Articles from GPS1504

  1. The Original Survival Lighter: The Zippo

    Preppers everywhere are no stranger to the need to plan for fire when the SHTF. We talk about it all the time along with the various ways to make fire happen. No matter what fire starting method you choose, there is one thing that will come in extremely handy in a survival situation. That item is a good old fashioned lighter, but not just any lighter will do. Photo: GSanders It may be tempting to pick up a cheap multipack of disposable lighters to split up, throwing some in your BOB, car,...
  2. Zombie Fortification Brought to You By Tiger Log Cabins

    Fortifying your home against intrusion is going to be a key component to ensure your survival when the SHTF. There are a lot of steps you can take in order to ensure your home is ready, but many of these fortifications come with drawbacks. For example, adding bars to windows can create a safety hazard in the event a fire breaks out, blocking pathways to escape and possibly resulting in loss of life. Along the same lines, adding foliage with heavy thorns to create obstacles to entry can also...
  3. 15 Survival Uses for Empty Pill Bottles

    Even if you aren't on a regularly on bunch of prescribed medicines, odds are you still have at least a couple of pill bottles somewhere in your house. Whether it was an antibiotic you were prescribed last year or pain medicines from that sprain or strain six months ago, pill bottles have a way of hanging around. Being that they are small, it is easy to set them off to the side and forget about them. At some point, your collection may grow to epic proportions, but that does not mean it is...
  4. Applying Geocaching Techniques to Hidden Survival Supplies

    As a child, you likely participated in a great many treasure hunts. While this was a captivating activity for children, it fell by the wayside as we matured and grew into adults. For some, however, the excitement of a treasure hunt was too much to put down. They simply could not go through their adult life without the joy of stumbling upon a hidden treasure. As a result, geocaching was born. Photo: Friends of CCSP Geocaching is described as a 'real-world outdoor treasure hunt.' Worldwide...
  5. Harvesting Wild Plants to Fill Your Survival Needs

    An emerging trend is the harvesting of wild plants. Survivalists have done this for some time, but it has recently been embraced by other members of the population as well. During the harvesting process, wild plants are obtained to fulfill the needs of the forager. These needs may be for energy sustenance or medical in nature among other things. The common ground in harvesting includes the realization that items from the natural world can be used to aid us in survival and thus more and more...
  6. Choosing and Preparing a Bug Out Location

    When it comes to prepping, there are bases you need to have covered. You've painstakingly packed your BOB, utilizing every ounce of space to fill a specific need. Your vehicle has been outfitted for survival travel and packed with necessities. Fortifications have been made to your home, which you've also thoroughly stocked with provisions to get you through. All of this sounds well and good, but what if the unexpected happens? Having a bug out location is yet another essential part of...
  7. It's Official: Ebola Unleashed in United States

    Ebola is a dirty word. Each time it is thought or spoken aloud, fear grows, as does tragedy. For a while, those who reside in the United States were able to watch from afar as the outbreak took lives in Africa. With baited breath, we watched, hoping and willing it not to make its way to American soil. Then two infected aid workers were brought to Atlanta, Georgia, at which point the fear grew. Those two people survived the disease and were released to go home and return to their normal...
  8. 10 Potentially Lifesaving Survival Hacks

    As you meet and converse with other preppers or peruse written materials, you may hear or come across something that sounds downright odd. Strangeness aside, people may tell you to try something that seems absurd at best and you may hesitate to believe it. Even if a survival hack seems outlandish, don't be in a hurry to write it off, as there are plenty of unlikely, and unexpected, tips and tricks that will surprise you, such as the those listed below. 1. Crayons are not just for the...
  9. September Is Preparedness Month: Are You Participating?

    Designating certain days or months to specific events or causes helps bring about much needed awareness and attention. One example of this that may be fresh in your mind is the many Ice Bucket Challenges that have spent time in the news, and news feed as the case may be, for the past several weeks. Because of this, people who have never heard of ALS now know what it is and a respectable sum of money has been raised for the cause, making it a win all the way around. That said, why should...
  10. Regrowing Foods from Scraps, Skins, and Seeds

    A lesson we could all stand to learn prior to TEOTWAWKI is how to grow food. Purchasing seeds and stockpiling them to suit your growing needs is wise, but in the absence of seeds or to conserve seeds, try planting leftover scraps from the kitchen instead. Whether it is vegetables, fruits, nuts, or even herbs you crave, it can be grown from parts you might otherwise throw away. By planting instead, you create a new resource from which you and your family can partake. In addition to saving...
  11. 5 Steps to Decrease Fire Threats

    In recent years, there have been more than 300,000 annual residential house fires. For each of these years, the financial losses from these fires numbered in the billions of dollars. Loss of life hovered in the 2,500 range. All of these statistics have one thing in common: they are simply too high. Fire can be an unpredictable beast. Though we know what starts fires, enough preventative measures are not always taken to keep fires from impacting our lives. In some cases, fire control is out...
  12. Maintaining the Cold: Keeping Fridge Food Stable After the Lights Go Out

    After a natural disaster or other form of TEOTWAWKI strikes and the benefits of electricity are lost, there is going to be only a short time before the food in your fridge and freezer goes bad. Once it is lost, it is lost forever, and without power to keep it cold, there is only so much you can do. While your options will be limited, the key thing to remember is that you do have options. If you have perishable food items, you are going to want to make them stretch as far as possible when...
  13. Need Fire? Try Matches!

    To many of us, life includes the luxuries associated with having a roof over our heads. Beneath this roof we enjoy such creature comforts as a place to cook hot meals and stay warm when cold weather arrives. While enjoying such an existence is paramount for much of the population, it may not always be possible to partake in such a lifestyle. The time may come when TEOTWAWKI forces a change and a dependence upon new means to survive. Part of life after the SHTF is likely to include leaving...
  14. Foraging for Wild Edibles: 25 Plants and Nuts You Can Safely Eat

    It is important to have food when TEOTWAWKI strikes. By storing canned goods and having plans in place to grow vegetables, you will most definitely give yourself an advantage, but what else might be available to eat? Believe it or not, there are many wild growing plants that are edible of which you can find and partake from once the life as we know it now has changed. Here are 25 to get you started: 1. Acorns are something you might have to fight a squirrel to acquire, but they are an...
  15. Facing Ebola and the Resulting Controversy

    'Groundbreaking' is a word frequently used to describe things that are innovative or inventive. This word is often paired with other words that hold significant weight, such as 'discovery.' At this time, a groundbreaking discovery with worldwide benefits would be a vaccine able to treat Ebola. Whether or not such a vaccine exists we still are not certain. Possible vaccines are still in development and trial phases, but what is increasingly present is a need for such a vaccine. However, even...
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