Articles from GPS1504

  1. Hurricane Myths Debunked

    In less than six weeks' time, hurricane season will be here. If you do not live in a coastal town, you may feel that hurricane season is of no interest to you, but let's not forget that hurricanes are mobile and cover a lot of ground in many parts of the country. There are a few other things we need not forget as well and a few myths in need of debunking. When it comes to a hurricane, preparedness is essential, but knowing the truth can save you as well. The 1st myth is possibly the most...
  2. Foraging for Cattails

    Whether or not it is done for immediate survival needs or because it is a trend that has become popular, foraging for food is a concept that is spreading far and wide. Foraging has many benefits; in addition to teaching people to identify and use edible plants as food, it is also giving them invaluable education as to foods that exist outside of the grocery store. It is also cost effective to forage, provided you do so legally without trespassing and helping yourself to someone else's...
  3. A Tree with Many Uses: The Slippery Elm

    Although not a common food item in modern times, the inner bark of the slippery elm tree was once dined upon by pioneers and early settlers. Typically enjoyed in the form of porridge, the pinkish-white bark of the slippery elm tree was dried and ground, then boiled before being enjoyed as a meal similar in nutrition and consistency to oatmeal. In fact, this meal is so effective that Revolutionary War soldiers at Valley Forge sustained themselves for 12 long days on slippery elm porridge...
  4. 6 Simple Staple Crops to Embrace

    Since the importance of a food bank was discussed recently along with the importance of staple crops, going into staple crops in more detail could prove helpful to individuals and families mulling over selections. As discussed earlier, staple crops are foods that are eaten regularly in quantities large enough to make them a 'staple' in one's diet. They also provide adequate levels of calories and nutrients for survival. Often times, staple crops are inexpensive to buy as well as easy to...
  5. Surviving Lightning Storms and Strikes

    They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, which has been scientifically proven untrue, but in all honesty one strike is bad enough if you are the target. Being struck by lightning can cause serious injury or even death due to the damaging electricity and high levels of heat encountered by the subject of a strike, or flash. A flash is the term coined for a completed single lightning event and is essentially a massive electrical discharge that takes place in several different...
  6. Adventures in Survival Food: The Crawfish

    Sometimes survival eating can get interesting. When times get tough, it may become necessary for you to sample items that are not ordinarily on your menu. This can even include eating bugs...mud bugs. Crawfish are small, edible crustaceans that can be found in various locations around the United States. They are also referred to as mud bugs, crayfish, or crawdads and look much like a tiny lobster might. In the south they are highly prized in meals such as crawfish etouffee and pasta dishes...
  7. Seed Bank Considerations and Preparations

    Having an emergency seed bank may be of great use to you after the SHTF and food is hard to come by. With seeds stored ahead of time, you can go right into garden mode, planting and growing foods that will sustain you through uncertain times. Ideally growing a garden is something that will be embraced before lean times befall us, but having a seed bank ready to go when the time comes will still put you ahead of those who will have nothing at all on which to rely. When preparing a seed bank,...
  8. Tornado Survival Precautions

    Tornadoes are starting to appear in the southern states and if you are a resident of a tornado prone area, it is time to think about shelter/survival plans if you have not already done so. Even though spring is largely regarded as tornado season, tornadoes do not strike exclusively in that particular season, so in truth year-round preparedness plans should be in place. What is tornado season for you will depend on your location, as some areas are prone to tornadoes earlier or later in the...
  9. What Makes a Good BOB?

    In my travels, I recently saw mention of a Bug Out Kit that someone purchased online. Although the kit itself was not too terribly far off the mark, the bag itself got me wondering. The bag may have been decent but what was off-putting was the words \"Survival Kit\" emblazoned across the front of the bag in bright colored letters, which was just too gimmicky to me. What, to you, makes a good BOB and what does not? We\'ve all been to school and some of us spent time in the military. As a...
  10. To Be or Not To Be...Vaccinated

    In recent years, cases of autism have been on the rise. While there could be a plethora of known and unknown reasons for this, a lot of the blame is being place on vaccines. As celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy who have no medical background back the notion that vaccines are linked to autism while the voice of science quietly argues back, who do you believe? Autism aside, the anti-vaccine movement is gaining ground and doing damage. Diseases that have in the past been eradicated thanks to...
  11. Using Vehicle Parts to Survive When Stranded

    Storing survival gear in your car is a must. What if you were to break down away from civilization and only have access to your vehicle\'s contents? In situations such as this, one can only hope for a well-stocked vehicle to get you through until help arrives. If help is not coming, supplies will be even more vital to get you out of your current predicament and back to where you need to be. This is why having things you might need in your car at all times should be embraced. Let\'s say...
  12. Surviving Anaphylaxis

    It seems like just yesterday I had to rescue my dog from trying to eat a bee...maybe because it was just yesterday. Now that warm weather is starting to visit, so are bees. With bees come bee stings and sometimes anaphylaxis. If you have an allergy to bee stings or anything else that causes anaphylaxis, there is no time like the present to prepare for such reactions to occur. Knowing what causes anaphylaxis and how to treat it in both the case of yourself and someone else is key to coming...
  13. The 5 Foes of Food Storage

    Food storage sounds like a simple enough concept to grasp. Buy what you need and store it in a safe place and you're good to go, right? Well, not so much. With the prices of food constantly going up and the possibility of TEOTWAWKI lingering, we need to take measures to ensure the longevity of the food we have and can afford to stockpile. It isn't like the grocery store will still be open for business and receiving regular shipments when the SHTF; at that point, you will have to be your own...
  14. Decagon Link System: Yay or Nay?

    Shelter is probably one of the many things you have considered and planned for in the event that TEOTWAWKI strikes. This may include remaining in your home, meeting at a centralized location, building your own shelter, or pitching a tent. Whichever shelter method you choose, it is important to be able to get out of the elements and protect yourself. Beyond that, your level of commitment to shelter is up to you and it can be an basic or elaborate as you prefer. Many of us have a love-hate...
  15. 50 Survival Skills You Should Have...Just For Starters

    In order to survive whatever life throws at you, there is one universal thing that can help: knowledge. What you know how to do and what you have practiced are skills that will contribute to your success or, in the event that you lack knowledge, failure. Knowledge is easy to carry with you because it is weightless, taking up only space in your brain. It is also unbreakable and does not expire, so the more you have, the better off you will be. In life, and in survival, there are basic things...
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