Articles from GPS1504

  1. Bugging Out from a Volcano

    Before the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2010, it was reported that animals were seen fleeing the low lying areas and heading for the hills. These animals had the foresight to get out of harm's way even when people did not. Animals must have some sort of extra sense that we humans lack; when danger is present or approaching, they just know. [MEDIA=youtube]j_csBXWlUA4[/MEDIA] Videos have been circulating recently of buffalo departing from areas...
  2. Trapping Game Animals

    When in a survival situation, you may find yourself in need of food. One way to acquire food is through trapping small game animals. While hunting for animals and foraging for berries and such may seem more practical, you have to consider the time and energy lost while doing so. To hunt, you may have to spend all day in one location hoping something will cross your path, and that a well-placed shot will not only be possible but also be all it takes to secure that animal as dinner. This is...
  3. Filtering & Purifying Water

    Since we previously went into ways and places to find and store water, the next logical step is how to make it useable. A lot of different bacterial and pathogens can exist in water that will need to be removed prior to consumption. Failure to do so can wreak havoc on bodily systems and cause extreme illness, escalating your situation quickly from bad to worse. Depending on the methods available to you, filtering and purifying water may not be terribly hard. Since portable water filters...
  4. Planning for the Absence of Water?

    Possibly the most important thing you will need in a survival situation is water. There are things you can ensure without access to for a period of time, but water is not one of them. It is widely reported that three days is the maximum we can survive without consuming water, and that is likely a best case scenario. If you are sweating profusely, three days could very well be wishful thinking. Alternatively, there has been the occasional situation where people have managed to live longer...
  5. Got Activated Charcoal?

    Is activated charcoal part of your survival stash? Activated charcoal has been used for centuries, dating back to 1550 BC as well as the days of Pliny and Hippocrates, and has long been praised for its detoxification properties. Actually made of carbon, activated charcoal is created by subjecting charcoal to oxidizing gas at high temperatures which makes it porous and gives it better absorptive properties. The charcoal itself originates in the form of woods such as Willow Bark that are...
  6. Making a Survival Bola

    If you find yourself in a situation where you have to hunt for your own food, hopefully you will be prepared. Having a rifle, shotgun, or bow and being proficient in the use of such items is probably the best way to go. Should you find yourself without such items, you are going to have to resort to alternate means of acquiring food animals to sustain yourself and your family. There are a lot of options for doing this, one of which is the bola. A bola is an easy to make weapon that is useful...
  7. 7 Ways to Alleviate Tooth Troubles When There are no Dentists

    As much as you might hate going to the dentist now, you might find yourself wishing a dentist were available post TEOTWAWKI. When societal collapse occurs, the dentist chair you once avoided will likely be out of commission. When you get a toothache, have an abscess, or something similarly awful is going on inside your mouth, getting help will probably take priority. When the dentist you once avoided becomes permanently unavailable, what can you possibly do to end the pain and solve your...
  8. Treating Heat Illness & Injury

    Since we recently discussed means of preventing heat injuries, we might as well follow that up with how to care for them when they occur. Even the best laid plans can go awry, making it possible for you to have to deal with things you did your best to avoid. With plans in place to avoid heat illness or injury, chances are you will fare better than most, but there is still the possibility that the heat will affect you or someone who is part of your family or camp. Even though sunburn and sun...
  9. Prevention is Key: Beat the Heat Before it Beats You

    The number one thing you have to look after to stay prepared is yourself. In a disaster situation where there is no longer any electricy (and therefore no air conditioning) things can go south fast if you are not prepared for the heat. While this is a particular worry in desert and southern climes, it heat stroke can happen anywhere-- especially if your regular means of protection are not around. If you've ever suffered from heat stroke, you know how awful it is. Not only will it make you...
  10. Benefits of Banana Peels: Add a few to your prepper stash

    When you crack open a delicious banana, chances are you immediately discard the peel. This may seem like a logical choice, but what if there were something useful or practical that could be done with that banana peel? If it could serve a purpose, throwing away that banana peel might actually be wasteful. Believe it or not, there are many things that can be done with a banana peel, provided you remove all of the connective stringy tissue first. Banana peels offer a lot of health benefits....
  11. Pain Relief from a Pepper

    Pain can be debilitating. It can stop you in your tracks and knock you out of commission. If you are a sufferer of chronic pain, you know all too well how much it can impact your life and stop you from doing not only the things you love, but also the things you need to do to survive. Pain relievers are a way of life for some of us as we embrace everything from modern medicine to over the counter pain relievers and even homeopathic options. It is convenient to be able to utilize these...
  12. 30 Jobs Vinegar Can Tackle

    One of the often forgotten things to stock in a prepper larder is that oh so common jug (or ten) of Vinegar. This item came in handy more times than I can remember following Hurricanes in the South and winter storms in the north. Vinegar is widely becoming a popular choice for use in households due to the many purposes it is able to serve. In addition to its cleaning potential, vinegar can be purchased cheaply and is frequently available in large amounts at most any grocery store. It is...
  13. Utilizing Battery Operated LED Motion Lights

    With the presence of flashlights and light given off by camp fires as well as the sun, it may be tough to imagine being truly lost without light. Since there are a lot of portable light options, you may not feel that there is a need for yet another. While in some cases this may be true, there is one case in which having another type of light source could be quite beneficial to you. When the SHTF, perhaps you will be lucky enough to find yourself able to remain in your home. This could be...
  14. Practicing Safe Firearm Handling

    With crime seemingly becoming a way of life for some, it is becoming more and more important to think about protecting yourself and your family. There are many ways to do this, such as beefing up home security systems or adding surveillance cameras, but nothing is quite as effective as a firearm. Due to this line of thought, people who have no gun experience are purchasing their first firearm with the intention of defending themselves. This is great as we have the right to bear arms and...
  15. 10 Tips for Spring Break Survival

    It is that time of year again: spring break. People everywhere are soon to be hitting the road in search of a vacation destination if they have not done so already. This can mean copious quantities of fun if you are able to kick back and relax during spring break at the location of your choice. It can also mean a lot of stress if things such as large numbers of people and mass quantities of alcohol being consumed happen to worry you. Spring break, for many people, is all about a good time....
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