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Primitive Shelter w/Bed

September 4, 2017

in Survival

The video shown here demonstrates how to build a simple shelter using primitive tools. The article below the video offers step by step instructions. Primitive Technology: Bed Shed – [youtube.com] Bed Shed – [primitivetechnology.wordpress.com] I built a bed shed, a small shelter with a sleeping platform built into it. It’s quicker to build than a […]

Much is not known about the actual damage levels inflicted by an EMP attack. For this reason, some discount the need to prepare for one. It is difficult to apply common sense to threat analysis in this case because there are so many unknowns. Here are some issues helpful in framing this: There are two […]

A U.S. Marine named Jeff Cooper used a series of color coded conditions to describe mental states of awareness. He taught that the state of awareness, or “combat mindset” is the primary factor in determining survivability in crisis conditions and lethal confrontations. CONDITION WHITE – unaware and unprepared CONDITION YELLOW – relaxed with no specific […]

Generating Electricity

March 7, 2017

in Energy

We depend greatly these days on our always available public utility electric power supply. In some areas, outages occur but they usually don’t last very long, in most cases power is restored within a few hours or a few days at most. When we do lose power, we worry about heating and cooling, and how […]

Electrolyte Alternatives

January 28, 2017

in Food

An electrolyte is a substance dissolved in water creating a solution that conducts electricity. Salts that contain sodium, chlorine, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium are examples. In the human body, electrolytes carry signals that activate neurons and muscles. Without the correct balance, the signals can be diminished and nerves and muscles may not work as […]

Risk Assessment is part of an overall Risk Management process that includes: Risk Assessment Risk Response Risk Monitoring The Risk Assessment piece is composed of listing threats that exist and analyzing how our “defenses” or “mitigations” will be able to handle those threats. The end product is a “risk status” that allows us to concentrate […]

Hydroponics is a way of growing plants without dirt. The plants are supplied their needed nutrients through a flow of either water alone or water and some form of growing medium, such as rocks or vermiculite. Aquaponics builds upon this idea and adds fish into a closed loop growing environment. Food for the fish is […]

Growing Food Without Water

August 10, 2016

in Food

When we plant vegetables in a small home garden, we often take for granted that there will be an unlimited supply of water available and we can water the plants whenever they need it. In many emergency scenarios, the public water supply will not be available. There are two obvious remedies for this: Plant drought […]

Learning about EMP is mostly important because it offers an opportunity to create a comprehensive emergency plan for a catastrophic event that covers all aspects of survival. IS AN EMP ATTACK PLAUSIBLE? Answer 1 – while a normal nuclear attack is not likely because the retaliation has the potential to completely destroy the attacking nation, […]

JUMPSTART is a survival methodology that includes consideration of others around us who are either not aware of the need to prepare for emergencies or have made a decision to lower the priority of that need. For an introduction see: JUMPSTART: Overview This is the third part of a series of five articles on Energy. […]