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Paracord Is Your Friend

I don’t know about you but I love Paracord. It has so many uses. It is light weight and really strong. Paracord that has 550 on it, means it has a breaking strength of 550lbs. If the paracord has 325 on it, that means it has a breaking strength of 325lbs.

Paracord was first used by soldiers in world war II. They figured out pretty quick that it was an amazing tool for so many things. It comes in a huge variety of pretty bright colors or dark camo type colors. Paracord is something every bug out bag should have.

Paracord comes normally in 50 or 100ft hanks, You can also get it in 30ft lengths or custom off the spool. It is an all around perfect tool to have. Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope. You can never have to much. Here are some things you can do with it.

You can bundle things together, make your pet a brightly colored leash that you could also use for emergency later if you needed to. You could tie up someone, hang your food in the trees to keep animals away, make small snares to catch food with.  Fix your shoelaces, secure your tent, a tarp or things to the outside of your backpack.  Make a clothes line to dry your clothes, You could also use it for first aid purposes, maybe make a splint, tourniquet or sling.

The list is endless, you are only limited by your own imagination. There are several good articles online to teach you how to use it. Get some today, experiment with it, learn how to use it. Keep some in your car or bug out emergency bag. The better prepared you are the better off you will be.

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Cool Knife i got for my bag

 

  • Skull Design
  • 440 Stainless Steel Blade
  • Quick and smooth spring assist
  • Liner locking system
  • 8.5″ inch overall length
  • 3.75 inch blade
  • 4.5 inch closed length
  •  Zombie skull design
  • Aluminum inner frame
  • quality knife
  • put in your car, emergency supplies, bug out bag

 

Winter is coming, are you prepared?

It seems like every winter gets worse and worse. People get lost in snow storms, floods, severe storms you name it we seem to get it. Every person I know spends a lot of time in their cars. Wouldn’t it make since to make your car a personal safety zone?

Some things to keep in your car, a sleeping bag, a few blankets, extra coat, winter shoes, gloves, if you live where there is going to be a lot of snow, snow shoes. All of these items will fit into a small box that you can keep in the trunk, for just in case. A plastic tote works great for this.

You will also want to keep some food and water in your box, decide how many people will be in the car and plan accordingly. One food bar won’t be enough if you have five people.  If you take prescription drugs, keep a few extra in your box. I also keep a roll of toilet paper in my car, if I am going to be stranded I want to be comfortable.  Some other things you will want, a fire starter or lighter of some kind.  Another thing to have is a good first aid kit. Hopefully you will be rescued way before you need this stuff but you never know, it is better to be prepared and not need it.

I also keep a small fold up shovel in my car, I had to dig out once with a stick and I swore I would never do that again, it was hard to do. So now I keep a fold up shovel and a small axe in my box. There are a lot of items you could put in your box, these are just a few. You will need to decide what you may or may not need.  You never know when or where an emergency can happen. Be prepared as best as you can. You are in charge of your own safety, depend on no one but yourself.

What skills do you have for an emergency?

If a disaster or some kind of emergency came to your doorstep, what skills do you have that would be able to help. Do you have medical knowledge, or self defense knowledge?  Can you take care of yourself in the event of a serious emergency. These are hard questions we all need to think about.

We all like to think when the time comes, we will all become like some kind of ninja rambo person. The reality is we aren’t. Not unless you practice and train. If you go out and purchase a weapon of any kind, practice with it, so you know it inside and out. If you are planning on growing your own food but you never have before, grow a garden and practice with it. Don’t wait until the time comes to learn. That is a pretty hard learning curve.

Take some classes, maybe a first aid class, or a self defense class. These things can help you in every day life also, but in an emergency these skills will be invaluable. Every person is going to have something they are really good at. In your own group figure out what each person is good at. Each person could take turns training everyone else until everyone is good at the skills.

A little planning before the emergency will go a long ways in helping you after an emergency.

Written by Barbara Conover

Growing your own garden

Have you ever thought, I will just grow a garden if times are rough. I know I have. There are a few things to consider, first have you ever grown a garden and do you know how to do it. Have you ever plowed the land, planted the seeds, harvested the fruits of your labor. If the answer is no to any of these questions, you might want to grow a garden for practice. The benefits are great, you will learn how and get some good nutritious food to eat while you are at it.

Growing a garden sounds simple enough and it its, if you know how. I would recommend taking a master gardener class in your area. They know the local soil conditions, the local pests and all kinds of great information. They are an awesome resource for you.

Get your family involved in the garden project, more than one person in your group needs to know how to garden. What if something happens and you are not around can your family take care of themselves? The time to learn is right now, not when you really must have it. Take this time to practice and develop your gardening skills. Think about it, if times are really bad, fresh vegetables are the perfect bartering item.

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What do you put in a bug out bag

First of all what is a bug out bag, this is a bag that you keep extra supplies in, in the event of a disaster or some kind of emergency. To determine what to put in the bag think about what kind of natural disaster is likely to happen in your area. Tornado,earthquake, flood, fire, hurricane, nuclear plant, you get the idea.  After you decide what you are going to prepare for then you can decide what to put in the bag.

I feel you should have a bug out bag for each person in your family or group. That way if you get separated each person still has some basic things to see them through the emergency. I also think you should keep a bag wherever you are going to be, like at work, in your car, at home, wherever you think you might spend a lot of time.

You will want enough food and water in your bag for at least 72 hours. Remember you need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Don’t forget your pets, they will need food and water also.  Inside your bag also put a list of phone numbers and emergency contacts. Have a person outside of your area that everyone can call and check in with in the event you do get separated.

Make sure the bag you choose is durable but not too noticable, a flashy bag might make someone want to take it from you. For water you can get the water in the small packages, make sure you have at least three or four a day per person and your pet.  For food get some MRE’s or something you can eat right out of the package without having to heat it up. For myself i would stash a candy bar or two also in case my sugar gets low.  Make sure you have a small first aid kit, nothing huge but something that you can still get some use out of. You will want a light, get a good one. LED is best but whatever you can do is ok too. You also might want to put some kind of protection in your bag, maybe a good knife or something like that. If you think your emergency might include some kind of hazard to breath or dust, put some masks in your bag.  You can also throw an emergency blanket, poncho, tarp, and other things inside the bag. Keep the weight in mind when you are putting your bag together. If you have to walk 20 miles a 20lb bag is pretty heavy.

This is just a starting point for you to build your own bug out bag. In the times we are living I highly encourage people to be able to take care of themselves. Those are the ones that will survive the emergency or disaster.

Written by Barbara Conover

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