Articles from GPS1504

  1. Fire Preparedness for Families

    House and apartment fires are responsible for many deaths. There are many steps that can be taken to safeguard the dwelling in which you reside, such as adding smoke detectors and checking batteries regularly as well as having fire extinguishers and/or a sprinkler system. While having fire protection systems in place is important, it is hard to convince a landlord to make the necessary improvements to keep you and your family as safe as possible. Because of this, the act of protecting your...
  2. STOPP: an acronym for scenarios like when the SHTF

    When times get tough and you are suddenly faced with fast-paced change and a need to immediately think on your feet, how do you go about doing so? Do you take the time to think about the situation at hand or do you instead let adrenaline take over? Are your actions planned and deliberate or hasty and not well thought out? It is easy to get caught up in the moment when things are quickly happening around you. Fear causes people to react like they might not have in an ordinary situation, as...
  3. 12 Survival Uses for Trash Bags

    If you think trash bags are not useful for much more than taking the garbage out, it is time to think again. Trash bags actually have a lot more to offer than one might initially think. Should improvising uses for trash bags not be high on your list of things to do, no worries because 12 uses for trash bags are listed below! 1. Trash bags work great for water protection whether it is your stuff or yourself that is in need of protecting. To keep items dry, place them in trash bags and seal...
  4. What is on your Survival Key Chain?

    Key chains are not just for keys anymore, at least not for those of us with survival in mind. Since you have your keys with you during pretty much all of your travels that include leaving the house, it makes sense to outfit your key ring with some handy tools to help get you through whatever you might face in the course of a normal, or abnormal, day. Adopting your own do-it-yourself survival key chain to include life-saving items can prove very useful and is something to consider doing if...
  5. Purchasing and Storing Batteries for Optimum Use

    Few things are more important than having access to battery power when you need it. There are all sorts of useful devices that are powered by batteries, from flashlights to weather radios. Since the possibility of electricity failure after TEOTWAWKI is great, having a stock of batteries will help power the things you might need but cannot otherwise charge. The first step in stockpiling batteries is to select the right ones. Know what your devices need rather than guessing. It may not seem...
  6. The Storage and Use of Bleach

    When you think of an easy way to clean and sanitize, you probably think of bleach. In addition to killing all sorts of disgusting things, it is known for reducing water impurities and killing bacteria in water to make it potable. Having this ability makes bleach a valuable asset, but there are some things you should know about bleach before deciding to use it freely. Even though bleach was not created with human consumption in mind, it can be used to purify water in the absence of a heat...
  7. Potential Survival Needs Fulfilled by Bamboo

    Depending on where you live, it is possible that you will have a good bit of bamboo at your disposal. Bamboo is a fast growing plant that is adaptable to many climates. It is also invasive and can spread quickly, making the planting of some varieties actually illegal in places due to their potential for takeover. In recent years, bamboo has been discovered to be useful in even more ways than previously thought, such as in flooring, which has led to overharvesting. If bamboo is still...
  8. The Necessity of NOAA Weather Radios

    All too well I can remember the first time a weather radio woke me from a deep sleep and warned me to hit the deck. As scary as it was at the time, I am thankful for it now. Without the benefit of a NOAA weather radio, I would have never known the danger that was coming my way. You see, I live in the South where hurricanes and tornadoes love to come out and play. Hurricanes give you warning as they track slowly towards your home toting bags packed with impending doom. Hurricanes announce...
  9. 10 Reasons to Consider Purchasing Baking Soda

    Who knew a cheap box of a white powder-like substance could make so much difference in your life? Whether or not TEOTWAWKI is knocking upon your door, there are a multitude of reasons to stock baking soda in your home and BOB. It is definitely not just for cooking anymore, although it serves that purpose well. When you explore the possible uses for baking soda and combine those uses with its cost effectiveness and the ability to store it indefinitely prior to opening, it makes good sense to...
  10. Survival Uses for Pine Resin

    Depending on the part of the country you call home, chances are that there is some variation of pine tree in your neck of the woods. Different species of pine trees are plentiful in many areas, making them accessible to much of the population. In addition to being plentiful, they offer survival benefits, such as being a source of pine resin. There are several uses for pine resin that make keeping it in mind for use in a survival scenario worthwhile. Since the purpose of pine resin is to...
  11. A Closer Look at Wetfire Tinder Cubes

    Many times over we have discussed the importance of being able to build a reliable fire. Be it for warmth or food preparation, having a heat source will at many times prove invaluable to you. While there are a lot of ways to start a fire and keep it going, there will come a time when rain is present and you will be faced with challenges in starting and maintaining a fire. Since rain naturally douses fires, it is an obstacle in the burning of one in most cases. However, there is an exception...
  12. Survival Tools Made of Stone

    There are a lot of things you may find yourself needing after TEOTWAWKI. These could be things that did not make your list in the first place or things that were lost in the shuffle. Regardless of how their absence came to pass, there may come a time when you have to improvise to get the job done. One group of items in particular that can be improvised is tools. Since building materials will probably not be readily available in the uncertain future we face, creating or even simply repairing...
  13. 35 Reasons You Need Bandanas

    Do you have bandanas in your survival stash? If not, you should! In addition to being small and easy to carry, bandanas are cheap and serve multiple purposes. If you don\'t want to carry your bandana in a pocket or bag, you can wear it instead. Either way, being sure to have a bandana is in your best interests. Here are 35 reasons why: 1. Bandanas make great hats to shield the top of your head from sunburn. Whether you have a lush head of hair or are more on the aerodynamic side, protecting...
  14. Fortifying Windows Against Storms and Looters

    As we inch towards spring and warmer weather, we are inching towards other things that we might not enjoy quite as much. Beginning around spring and extending on through summer is a pretty big storm season for much of the United States. Tornado season begins around April and hurricane season starts in June. In recent years, tornadoes have done major damage and cost many people their lives. Although science has come a long way and predictions as to the likelihood of tornado strikes can be...
  15. Water Resistant Gear: Buy it or Make it?

    Depending on the conditions you are facing, getting wet can be unpleasant. Staying wet can be even more unpleasant and lead to disease and discomfort such as trench foot. This can be quite debilitating in a survival situation not just because you could literally lose some toes but also because of the pain involved. Even in cases where it is hot and a cool rain feels good, you do not want to stand out in that rain forever much as you would not get much enjoyment out of having your own...
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