Articles from GPS1504

  1. Take Charge with a Portable Power Bank

    There is going to come a time in all of our lives when the lights go out. The how's and why's of this could amount of a wide array of reasons and explanations, but suffice to say power outages happen be it due to severe weather or zombie apocalypses. Being prepared to handle such outages, be they long term or short, will go a long way towards preserving your sanity. Even if it is just to maintain access to the simple things, such as a source of music or entertainment, to get you through...
  2. Continuing Survival Education with Free Online Classes

    Many modern careers require continuing education. To remain successful, it is essential to stay on top of current knowledge and effective procedures. Staying on the cusp of cutting edge technology can enable one to stand apart from the rest when it comes to just being good or being the best. It is also helpful to know what might come your way in a changing world in addition to enhancing your own personal capabilities. Continuing education is something we should all embrace. For some it may...
  3. Is Diatomaceous Earth for You?

    Is /npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html"">Diatomaceous Earth part of your survival plan? After TEOTWAWKI, it will be necessary to re-establish many things, including a sustainable food source. Hunting and scavenging for food will be part of this process, but gardening will also play a very large role. With gardens, however, come garden pests, and diatomaceous earth is rumored to be a solution to pest problems of all kinds. It is not without its own set of drawbacks, however. What is...
  4. Got Paracord?

    The paracord bracelet has become a staple on people with survival in mind. It is convenient due to small size and ease of carrying while also allowing you to carry large amounts of paracord, which is quite valuable in a survival situation. Paracord (the real stuff, anyway) has a 550lb tensile strength along with inner strands of twine that each have a tensile strength of 50lbs. The outer shell and interior twine can be used together or separately to help you through some tough times. If you...
  5. Fortify with Foliage

    Your home is your castle. You have worked hard for the possessions you have and refuse to stand for someone trying to take them away. Because of this, you safeguard what you own, be it vehicles, home furnishings, or anything else of value. Your doors are locked. Motion lights have been installed. Video surveillance records those who come and go. All of this seems like adequate deterrent, but what is truly adequate to stop those who are desperate and have nothing to lose? What about those who...
  6. Always Expect the Unexpected in a Disaster

    Talking about preparing for catastrophic natural disasters and actually doing so are two very different things. Living in an area where hurricane season rules half of the year, I am well aware of the dangers of storms and why it is necessary to prepare. I learned the hard way, much like many other people, just how dangerous a major hurricane can be. As a transplant from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Gulf Coast, I remember looking around at all of the old homes on coastline and thinking that...
  7. Emergency Gas Siphoning

    If you\'ve ever lived through a natural disaster, you know exactly how precious of a commodity gasoline can be. When a storm necessitating evacuation is coming, gasoline becomes more valuable than gold it seems. Lines develop at service stations and people start to get very nasty if they are unable to fill their tanks. The battle between price gouging gas stations and those limiting purchases to the likes of $25.00-$50.00 only make bad situations worse. Then, when gas sells out, hysteria...
  8. Step Outside of the Box to Find Items in Cans

    When you think about food for TEOTWAWKI, you probably think a lot about canned goods. Not only are canned goods cheap, but they are also stackable and easy to store in addition to having a long shelf life. You can get some canned vegetables (peas, corn, green beans) to go with your canned meat (Vienna sausages, potted meat, Spam) and make a meal of it. Also available are items such as canned raviolis and soups to spice things up. Regardless of the combinations you choose, it is good to have...
  9. Identifying Venomous Snakes

    When the time comes for you to bug out, you never know where you might ultimately wind up. You might plan to be in a certain place, but the nature of the SHTF is that unexpected things happen and force us to take drastic action. This might translate to living in an abandoned Laundromat for all we know. It could also mean moving into a failed restaurant venture that closed and is boarded up tight. Or you may find yourself wandering about in the great outdoors, becoming in tune with the...
  10. Survival in Hypothermia Inducing Waters

    While you may not want to go swimming in frigid waters, you do not always have the luxury of making such choices. Sometimes unforeseen things happen and you are left to deal with the aftermath. This could mean any of number of things going wrong and dumping you in cold water, such as a makeshift raft that sinks or an ill-timed step on the water's edge that results in a slip that causes you to go for a dip in water of which you are unable to climb out. Preventing such accidents is ideal but...
  11. Survival Sleeping

    Have you ever watched the behavior of horses in a herd? Horses are flight animals and their herd hierarchy is based on assignment of tasks, specifically the task of standing guard. When a group of horses is napping or sleeping, there is always a man (or mare!) on guard. The job of that horse is to watch for danger and alert the rest of the herd when that danger is present so they can get up and flee as is their nature to do. That guard horse will remain standing while the others lay down and...
  12. Protecting Food from Bears

    We all have our go-to places in mind for when the SHTF. Mine just so happens to be in the woods. Every survival situation that plays out in my head plays out in that particular place in the woods. Ultimately, that place may wind up being unsafe or inaccessible when the time comes to use it, but if it is safe, it will be high on my list of places to go. While there, I hope not to encounter competition for space or food, but that very well may happen. The biggest competitor that concerns me,...
  13. The Survival Benefits of VapoRub

    While it is a given that you will need a first aid kit for when the SHTF, there is something else you will need that pertains to health care but is not standard in most first aid kits. That item is Vicks VaopRub. I'm sure you've tried it or at the very least heard of this strong-smelling rub that you apply to your chest when ill to clear congestion and suppress coughing. It serves many other purposes than just that, however, so having some in your survival stash could prove useful. 1....
  14. Food Items that Double as Candles

    When the lights go out, most people gravitate towards flashlights or candles. If you do not have access to these items, however, you are going to have to rely on the acclimation of your eyes to the darkness. You will be able to see surprisingly well in the dark, but still not as well as normal, or as well as you would be able to with a light source. Having the ability to create light in darkness with everyday food items can come in quite handy, especially if you need to read some...
  15. Predicting Sunset in the Event of Timepiece Failure

    It is vital in many circumstances to know the time of day. Sunset brings with it things we might prefer to avoid if we find ourselves out too late, such as nocturnal predators. These predators can be both of the animal and human variety but what matters is that you probably do not want to encounter something which might want to eat you. This is why losing track of time can amount to a real problem if you find yourself not making it back to camp at the time you should. You can always take a...
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