Survival Bug Out Gear

There are many many things to know and consider when buying or putting together survival bug out gear. Perhaps the single most important issue to realize is:

There is no such thing as a one size fits all.”

If you perform due diligence and investigate say … 10 of the best survival websites pertaining to building a bug out bag, with strongly recommended survival bug out gear, you’ll end up with a bug out bag that will weigh between 150 to 225 pounds. What is also somewhat remarkable is you still won’t have everything you need for addressing every anticipated situation. To me this is totally unacceptable. I haven’t carried a pack that heavy since VietNam and could hardly do it then. (Just as a note: a Pack’s weight should equal 15% of your body weight and no more than 20%. After that it becomes extremely difficult to manage)

Instead of putting a survival pack together I suggest we put a list together first in order to organize and classify the individual elements into weight and need. Another thing you must remember is “if the pack is too heavy it’ll either slow you down, injury yourself, or have you discarding elements as you go.” None of which is desirable.

Let’s get started with a plan on assembling Survival Bug Out Gear, keeping in mind, this does not have to be difficult or nerve rattling.

Obviously the first thing we need to decide is what type of bug out bag are we going to buy? We immediately run into two trains of thought both that will argue till the cows come home their position is correct.

  1. Buy all the items first, then buy the bag to fit the load

  2. Buy the bag first, then proceed to fill it.

Personally I’m entrenched in the buy the bag first, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m right.

  1. Don’t buy a bug out bag by price. Most likely you’ll want to stay within budget but don’t think expensive equals better, as that’s not always true

  2. Buy for comfort. Comfort of Straps are extremely important

  3. Go to a reputable sporting goods store, not Walmart. The sales people are knowledgeable and you’ll probably be shocked at how many varieties there are available.

  4. Once you’re happy with your bug out bag, let’s begin to fill it with survival bug out gear.

    Classify the needed items: I’m not going to recommend specific items you’ll need. Instead I want to classify them into certain needs and requirements, suggestions and allow you to fulfill or ignore the segment.

Water/Hydration: People tend to argue about anything and everything these days, but arguing the importance of water is not one of them. Without water, within 72 hours the body will shut down and you will die. Compare that to 3 weeks without food before death and … enough said. It’s recommended 1 liter of water minimum (¼ gallon) per day, per person.

Suggestions to fulfill this requirement:

  • Collapsible Water Bottle to obtain and hold water

  • Hard Water Bottle

  • Canteen

  • Water Filters / Purification System

  • Water Purification Tablets

I highly recommend to carry at least two (more is better) Lifestraws. These water filtration devises remove 99.9% of the bacteria and other deadly microbes from the water without boiling or additional treatment. A lightweight life saver.


Food & Food Preparation: You’ve addressed the single most important survival issue, water. (Although that is not always true) Let’s rephrase that to Normal survival issue. Now we must address the issue of food, and since most food will require cooking, preparation items. We won’t address hunting or foraging yet as that’s another whole ballgame. Let’s concentrate on bringing enough food to maintain us for 3 days.

Suggestions for take along food sources:

  • Protein/ Energy Bars (at least 6)

  • MREs / Dehydrated Meals (3)

Cooking Utensils:

  • Spork

  • P-38 Can Opener (little, lightweight, excellent for opening metal cans)

  • Metal Cooking Pot (Hard to cook anything over an open flame in a plastic or paper container)

  • Metal Cup (also handy if you must boil water to safely drink)

  • Fuel tablets (8 to 10)

Clothing: The type of clothing you have available can save your life. Style is out the window in this requirement. Some people may not take the importance of this requirement near seriously enough. Don’t be one of them!

  1. Choosing bug out clothing is somewhat similar to regular shopping. That is, choose the type of clothing that fits your body type, fitness level and tolerances.

  2. First rule of clothing … layer. Take off if hot .. put back on if cold.

  3. The type of clothes will depend on your environment and climate. You don’t want cold weather clothing in the desert. However, remember the desert becomes frigid at nightfall. Re-evaluate every six months as conditions may change.

  4. You must have at least 2 changes of clothes. The last thing you need is to be wet and unable to change into dry clothes, causing not only discomfort, but hypothermia. Don’t count on being able to start a fire and dry the wet linen. 99% of the won’t happen for some reason or the other.

Suggestions for clothing:

  • Lightweight long sleeve shirt (mosquitoes can drive you insane)

  • Durable pants (zip-off pants are ideal)

  • Underwear (chafing can disable you)

  • Wool hiking socks / 3 pair (wool wicks moisture)

  • Medium weight fleece coats (2 for layering)

  • Working gloves (to protect hands from cold, blistering and firm gripping)

  • Rain gear (poncho or rain suit)

  • Wear a hot, wide brim if possible (think cowboys wore wide brim hats for style?)

Shelter & Bedding: This is one of those ahhh subjects. Most survivalist rely on their own experience and skills to provide these items and scoff at store bought items. They’ll fill a trash bag with leaves for a mattress or pillow. However, companies are becoming more attune at making items designed for packs. At least explore the options.

  • Tent

  • Tarp

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Ground Bag

Heat Source: No matter where you are located or what time of year … you need a fire for heat and a 100 other reasons. If you think you’ll start a fire by rubbing 2 sticks together … I’ll notify your next of kin. You MUST have at least 3 sources of making fire. Always remember the motto … “Where there are two there is one. Where there is one, there is none.” I have no idea who thought of that but it’s kinda brilliant. Murphy’s law applied. You got 2 matches, figure one won’t light. Got 1 match, same as none as it probably won’t light.


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Suggested items for Survival Bug Out Gear:

  • Stick matches dipped in wax (waterproof)

  • Fire Stick

  • Steel & Flint

  • Tinder

  • Lighters

  • Research it as new products are always becoming available

First Aid & Hygiene: I group these two because they can overlap, plus try to buy items that could serve 2 purposes. For instance disinfectant for a cut can be used to sanitize your hands.

Suggested Items:

  • Small First Aid Kit

  • Insect Repellent (very important) with deet

  • Mylar Survival Blanket

  • Hand Sanitize

  • Travel tooth brush & paste

  • All-Purpose Soap

  • Compact Mirror

Tools: The following items are very nice to have, but you must be extremely selective in what you want to carry. Unless you hire equipment bearers like in the Tarzan movies, I wouldn’t get carried away with these items, but I feel it helpful to list them for your knowledge.

Suggested Items for Survival Bug Out Gear:

  • Survival Knife

  • Multi tool

  • machete

  • 550 Parachute Cord (50’+)

  • Duct Tape

  • 55 Gallon Contractor Garbage Bag (2+)

  • Resealable Plastic Bags (5)

  • Sewing Kit

  • Latex Tubing

  • Fishing Kit

  • Ax

  • Sunglasses

  • Binoculars

Crisis Situation: Lets switch gears for a moment. We have tended to lean towards a short survival situation or hike that may go wrong. But let’s look at a few items we will require if we are actually looking at a SHTF situation.

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Crisis Bug Out Bag:


  • $400 to $500 cash in small denominations – buy and barter

  • Quarters (8 to 12) vending machines

  • Precious metals (gold / silver)

  • Compass (It’d be nice if you knew how to read one)

  • Note Pad & Pencil

  • Emergency Whistle

  • Cell Phone

  • Emergency Radio with Hand Crank

  • Pepper Spray

  • Handgun

  • Ammunition (50 to 100 rounds)

  • Rifle or shotgun (preferably both as they serve different purposes)

  • Candles

  • Flashlights & batteries

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Some people get the idea that the Prepping / Survivalist agenda are set in concrete. There’s a right way and a wrong way only. I’m going to take this opportunity to briefly play devil’s advocate and show you how some items considered essential by some experts are a total waste of time, money and energy to others. Let’s begin.

  1. Sleeping Bags can be a total waste depending on where you are. Why carry a heavy sleeping bag when a couple of bivvies are adequate?

  2. Tents are a waste. Simply carry a lightweight tarp and some cordage to build a shelter. That will save @ 5 lbs.

  3. Camping Tripods are stupid. Why carry 6 lbs of iron around when you can quickly and easily construct a tripod for cooking out of available tree limbs.

  4. Camping Lantern. Why? Build a larger fire or use a flashlight.

  5. Flare Gun. Why? Build a signal fire or use a mirror to reflect sunlight as a distress signal.

  6. Plates & Utensils. Pack a spork and eat directly from the can or package.

  7. Medications. Some medications are essential, as are some pain relievers, etc. It’s doubtful you’ll use an entire bottle of these items. Dump them out and combine and adequate amount of each and put into one bottle or plastic Ziploc bag.

  8. Survival Books: If you’re bugging out it’s too late to begin reading. Grab a SAS Survival Guide, 7 ounces, as it will contain all you’ll need to know.

I think you get the idea. There is no one way to pack or do things. There may be better ways, but not only one way. When you are considering what Survival Bug Out Gear to pack it’s important to think. Do I really need this? Can I lighten this? Will another tool work just as well and on other things? Survival is a game of critical thinking.

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Survivalist. The word is strong. It stirs feelings of defiance, manliness and a warrior mentality. An army of elite specialist who can take on any problem and win with only a toothbrush and a rubber band. What??? Back to reality children. Survivalist, also known as Preppers, are a special breed, but not because they can wrestle a bear. Quite the opposite actually. They think ahead in order to not confront a bear. Much smarter and safer.

There’s an estimated 3 million survivalist or Preppers in the United States, which sounds like an immense number of people, but it’s actually only @ 1% of the population. This 1% lives closer to the poverty line than the other 1% of the fabulously wealthy. What provokes people to prepare for doomsday? What’s the deal with Preppers? I’ll give you my opinion:

  • Preppers are not doomsday projectors, they are realist. They don’t care about doomsday, they care about the next natural or man-made catastrophe lurking around the corner.

  • They are self reliant people that work hard for everything they possess and aren’t particularly fond of someone trying to steal any of it. They will protect their own.

  • They are proud people reluctant to ask for help, but one of the first to offer help.

  • Perhaps the single most common factor Preppers share is they don’t count on anyone bailing them out of a crisis. They’ll survive by their own determination and preparation.

This may come as a slap in the face, but the Government, especially the federal government is not capable of handling a large scale disaster, example 6000 dead in Puerto Rico, thousands stranded in the Super-dome by Katrina, cold and hungry. No need to go on.

Worse yet, in my opinion is the man-made crises, such as the 2008 – 2009 economic collapse of the economy due strictly to the actions of greedy unscrupulous men that fleeced the system and the taxpayers. We have survived and thrived since Katrina, but the effects of the negative economy lingers to this day.


Don’t think it can happen again? Laws and regulations passed after the economic collapse to prevent a recurrence are being removed daily by congress. Think the crooks will change? They say lightening doesn’t strike twice in the same place. Number 1 that’s wrong and number two it’ll definitely strike again and again if there’s a lightening rod attracting it.

It’s foolish to argue disasters won’t occur, they’ve become so common we are growing numb to the news. The Real question is how will you deal with it. Wait for help … or take matters into your own hands and prepare your family to survive any crisis.

If your answer is you want to take care of yourself, but don’t have the first clue on how to become a survivalist, you’re in luck. I’m going to offer you a lot of information on how to become a Prepper and it’s not rocket science. It’s good old fashion common sense, learning to see and think a different way than you currently do and a few unknown tips thrown in for good measure. I’ll take you through it step by step.

Survivalist Guide 101

Remember High school Algebra or Chemistry? You may be different than me, but learning in those classes was hard. The only way to conquer a difficult task is to learn it a little at a time. Same with prepping. Don’t let the perceived magnitude of the goal overwhelm you and cause you to quit before you start.

Be realistic. You may not have the skills to go on Naked and Afraid, few people do. (Personally I wouldn’t want to) You may not have a huge bank account to immediately obtain a large cache of supplies, or weapons for protection. No problem. Really. There is no one size fits all Prepper guide. You may despise firearms, obviously you wouldn’t go out a buy an AR15. However, Bubba may try to track down an army surplus tank.

Step One: The tire kicker Prepper. You know how it is when you want a new car but aren’t quite sure if you really need one. The tire kicker stage of becoming a survivalist is knowing it’s the smart thing to do, but aren’t sure they can do it. Questions of finances, skills, being mocked are at the forefront.

Step Two: The “I’m in water … now what?” Prepper. This stage is when you decide you’re gonna do it. They spend countless hours on the internet exploring Prepper and Survivalist websites. They will embark on a crash course of survivalist skills to get up to speed. This stage will actually last forever, you never stop learning, but the being obsessed with the learning will fade as you gain experience.

Step Three: The comfortable Prepper. In this stage you will become confident of your skills, no longer doubting yourself. You have obtained an ample amount of supplies and have learned enough skills to not only assist others by sharing their knowledge in person, but will contribute to forums and possibly guess write on an internet website.

Step Four: The Mountain Man. In this final stage, which actually very few reach, the Prepper has graduated to a Survivalist expert. He is planning for a real apocalypse, such as a nuclear war. They have a well supplied bug out location and a well designed bug out plan. They normally aren’t very forth coming with their knowledge because of the need of secrecy. Modern television has made these types of Preppers sort of heroes. They are featured in survival shows and promotions of Prepper materials.

You could easily break these 4 stages down to maybe a 100, but why? These are the four most common stages of becoming a Prepper.


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Let’s look at 20 or so steps to take in becoming a self sufficient Prepper or a full fledged survivalist mountain man.

  1. Itty Bitty Steps

    It’s imperative to not become overwhelmed by the deluge of information and things to do. Perform your due diligence by researching Prepper info on line or the library. Don’t be discouraged if someone calls you crazy. That’s OK. Should they come to you for help remind them you’re crazy, how could you help.

    2. Actually sort of a repeat of 1.

    Start little and slow. Don’t contemplate the long term. Accumulate enough supplies for 3 days. Then build on that cache to 7 days, 30 days, 365 days.

    3. No electricity.

    Seems like no matter what the crisis, hurricane, snow storm, etc the electricity is the first thing to go. Plan for it. Store flashlights, (at least 2 of good quality) batteries, (all sizes) candles (slow burning) and water proof matches. (For starting a fire for warmth and cooking. Generators and other power producing sources can be added later due to the cost.

    4. What to expect.

    You can develop an educated guess at to what crisis is most likely to occur where you are. Live in Florida … expect hurricanes Live in Oklahoma … expect tornadoes. Live by a river … prepare for flooding Live in a city … riots and civil unrest. As you can see its mainly common sense preparation, although mother nature can often throw curve balls.

  2. Don’t lose contact

    Create an emergency contact list and maintain it on your phone, computer, laptop, whatever also making a hard copy on a piece of paper. Sometimes the old ways work the best. Emergency contacts are first … police, fire department, hospitals, doctors, then family and close friends. Have phone numbers, cell phone numbers and email addresses.

    5.Never too much of a good thing

    The most important natural resource for your survival is water. You won’t live longer than 3 days without it. Stockpile as much as possible. Buy pre-packaged water bottles or refill empty milk cartons with water. Learning how to purify water is very important. A lake full of water in front of you won’t do you any good if you can’t safely drink it. Make a mental note of lakes, creeks and rivers near you where you can obtain water.

    6. Survivalist Cafe

    It’s not only how much of something you store, what is also important. Stockpiling dry beans and rice for example is very beneficial. They provide a lot of calories and are very nutritious. Learn how to properly cook them off grid, campfire or rocket stove. These stores will keep a lot of stomachs full.

    7. Prove who you are

    You need gather important documents, drivers license, passport, emergency contacts, marriage license, medical history. This may seem trivial in a crisis situation but it is not. These documents can help first responders to evaluate your medical treatment, you’ll need photos of your family in the event you are separated. You may need to prove who you are and where you live in order to gain access to your neighborhood. Keeping these on a flash drive is a smart and safe way to store them away from thieves.

    8.Mom I gotta pee

    Sanitation will most likely be a secondary concern until you need it. It’s quite possible the infrastructure could fail leaving you without water for drinking, bathing or flushing the toilet. You have to dispose of human and pet waste quickly and efficiently. But how. Research. For example hand sanitize will maintain hand hygiene, kitty litter and a bucket can serve as an emergency toilet.

    9.Don’t be lost

    You need a communication and transportation plan in place. It’s no guarantee you’ll be at home when the SHTF. Have an agreed upon place to go in order to gather your family. It’s a wise idea to make a practice run so everyone knows what to do.

    10. I’m too tired

    When the SHTF you may have to run, climb, swim or crawl your way to safety. By exercising regularly you can maintain some semblance of being in shape. This doesn’t mean you need a 6 pack ab. Work on stamina and strength in order to handle the potential physical pressures that may be required.

    11. You gotta know something

    It’s important to learn basic skills for survival. A traditional skill set for a survivalist is fishing or learning to hunt. Learn how to start a primitive campfire and how to build a shelter. Putting in a garden will familiarize you with the growing and harvesting of wild vegetables

    12. Got Your Six

    Get to know your neighbors especially if you live in a remote area. People are prone to watch out and help people they know. You don’t have to have weekly tea with them. Just remembering your face from church or school is enough. If things get territorial you’ll need one another s help to survive.

    13. Birds of a feather flock together

    Develop a group of like minded Preppers and survivalist. What could be better than having a whole group stockpiling supplies, learning skills, and providing safety in numbers.

    14. If only I could remember

    Create a survival library. No matter how smart, how experienced or how high your IQ nobody knows it all. You have dedicated X amount of time recently cramming information into your head. Think you can remember every single step or item needed. Paper books are great but electronic devises, especially if they are solar charged, will be better.

    15. Gotta go now

    Prepare a bug out bag for each family member. If the SHTF you won’t have time to pack a suitcase, and if you did you’d forget half of what you need due to the crisis atmosphere. Do a little research, customize what you want and have it packed and ready to go on a moments notice if need be. Bugging out doesn’t mean you have to hide in the woods and be raised by wolves. You may have to go to grandma’s until the flood waters near your home subside. You’ll still need individual bug out bags. Grandma won’t have famine hygiene products.

    16. I ain’t leaving

    If your home becomes too dangerous to stay, you must bug out. However, bugging in is always the preferred option. You’ll have your stockpile readily accessible, your neighbors have your back and most importantly, you’re in a familiar place. Sometimes hunkering down and letting the danger pass is the best way to handle it.

    17. Where do I go?

    Have an evacuation plan in place ahead of time. You may not have a choice, you have to leave. A properly planned evacuation plan already has several ways out of your house, know and practice these. Have every evacuation route drawn out on a map. It’s best if possible to avoid major traffic arteries as they will most likely be clogged with others trying to leave. Stick to side streets even if it means temporarily doubling back in order to reach clear sailing. Know how to travel and care for pets. And lastly, you may not be able to drive away. You may have to walk. Know where you might want to go instead of wandering around.

    18. Back to bugging in

    It’s important to have some sort of entertainment available. Games, cards, coloring books and reading books are all good options. Believe me without some sort of distraction the minutes will feel like hours.

    19. Blood makes me sick

    Like it or not injuries will occur. It’s important you are learned in the basics of first aid, as well as maintain a well supplied medical kit. Trauma injuries must be properly and swiftly dealt or else the person may die. It’s not a pleasant thought for many, but if not you…who? A good medical/first aid book is a great idea.

    20. I can’t count

    I know I said 20 tips, but there is one more that is deadly serious and must be faced.

    21. I don’t want to shoot … but I will

    You must be prepared to defend your home, family and supplies. This is where Preppers / Survivalist become confused with militias and other radicals. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact that’s why I held this off to last … it’s an unsavory topic. The idea of killing another human being is reprehensible to most people. But in the world of it’s you or it’s me … it better be you.


Daisy Luther explained this step far better than I can. Here is an excerpt from an article she wrote.

The only person you can rely on to protect your family is yourself.

You can stockpile until you have a decade of supplies put back, but if you can’t defend it, you don’t actually own it. You only have it because no one has bothered taking it away from you yet. You have what you have based on the goodwill of others, who are stronger, greater in number, and better armed.

You have to look at the psychology of this. People can justify pretty much anything when they or their children are starving. And I can understand that to a large degree – who could stand to watch their babies suffering?  But if someone can devolve to the above degree just to because everyone else is doing it, the chaos we saw above is only a tiny sample of what could come if people were truly hungry.

Take a long hard look at the threats you face during civil unrest, and develop one. Wherever you live, whatever your situation, you need to plan as though 911 does not exist. Whether riots are occurring in the streets or not, in the seconds during which the lives of your family hang in the balance, you are completely on your own.”

It isn’t enough just to choose a weapon and put it in a drawer. You need to learn to use it, practice with it regularly, maintain it, and keep on hand extra ammunition for it. The lives of your family could one day depend on your comfort level and skill with your defense weapon of choice.

Again, I thank Daisy Luther for allowing me to share this with you.

To become a Survivalist is nothing special. It requires hard work, dedication and a commitment to the ones you love that you will do everything in your power to take care of them.


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There’s little argument that unless you are one of the elite 1%…we live in very trying times. We hear terms like trauma and PTSD thrown around by television doctors, physiologists, news people and talk show hosts, but do we really know what these terms mean? Do we have the slightest idea the toll it takes on a person and their family experiencing trauma? Hopefully not, because that means you or someone you love has experienced the roller coaster ride of a chaotic life and you were along for the ride.

The Hate effect that has swept the country in the last few years has caused these diseases to not only increase in number but manifest themselves in intensity. It may surprise you to know that victims of crime, soldiers exposed to battle and migrants trekking a 1000 miles in an attempt to provide for their family’s welfare and safety all experience these same identical symptoms. We will mainly explore trauma through the eyes of a victim of a violent crime, as we all have been victimized in some shape or form in our life and may be better able to relate to this example. Let’s begin with out sample case.

Any crime victim will experience the trauma of victimization as an aftermath of experiencing the crime. Although outwardly seemingly unhurt from the incident the victim will suffer a tremendous amount of physical and psychological trauma. The primary effects of the experience can be generally grouped into 3 main categories: physical injury, financial injury and emotional injury. There are also possibilities of experiencing secondary injuries.


Trauma Issues

  • The physical injury is usually apparent such as cuts, bruises, fractured limbs, although internal injuries may also be present depending on the incident. It’s not unusual for physical injuries to be accompanied by severe fatigue, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much and loss or gain of appetite.

  • Victims suffer financially when their belongings, money, jewelry etc are stolen or damaged. They also suffer financially when insurance does not cover incurred expenses like hospitalization, medicine or funeral costs.

  • Emotional injuries may be the worse result yet of a crime. Not only is the victim affected immediately, but there may be long term problems for the victim and their family.

Some medical books describes a victim’s reaction to a crime as the Crisis Reaction. Most victims will react differently to the crime depending on the level of personal violation they feel they incurred. For instance a victim of a non-violent crime may feel less violated than a victim held up at gunpoint. This is not always the case as a victim of having their home burglarized may feel violently violated as their sanctuary of safety, their home, has been taken away. Trauma doesn’t restrict itself.


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There are certain common responses to the underlying reaction that a victim will undergo. These reactions may not happen for some time and these are not all inclusive:

  • They incur shock

  • numbness to the event

  • denial that it could happen to them or a family member

  • disbelief at the criminal act

  • anger … sometimes extreme

  • And finally recovery, which may be a week or may take a lifetime.

Nothing heals the pain and trauma but passing of time and sometimes that only barely lessens the agony. Here are a few tips for helping yourself or someone else cope:

  • Find a person you can talk to about your feelings with no fear of being mocked, privacy violated or any other fear. They must be trusted.

  • Allow yourself to feel the pain whether physical or emotional. It will not last forever, not at the current level anyhow.

  • Spend times with others, but make quiet time for yourself.

  • Take care of yourself, mind and body. This may not be easy, but is necessary. Rest, sleep, eat regularly and not just junk food

  • Re-establish a normal routine as soon as possible

  • Re-take control of decisions caring friends and family may have taken over

  • Regain your routine, but move more carefully and cautiously as you may not be 100% yet and you don’t need an accident to compound the issue.

  • Recall things that helped you cope in the past. Prayer, mediation, reading whatever helped.

Let’s examine the shock and/or numbness effect of trauma.

Shock and/or numbness are usually experienced at the initial stage of the crisis event. Whether you are a control freak or not, everyone has control over certain elements of their life, or at least feels they do. Suddenly and without warning the person is in a situation totally beyond their control and this total absence of control leaves them numb and disoriented.

It’s at this point the victim will incur the Fight or Flight syndrome which is a built in self preservation mechanism God gave us and we literally have no, or very little control over it. It’s known as an automatic physiological response. As noted this is a self preservation response but most victims don’t understand their response to the emotion or their lack of control.


A woman who took an intensive self-defense program in order to protect herself will be confused and embarrassed as to why when confronted she couldn’t initiate one defensive move she’d been taught. Or a man who turns and runs instead of standing and fighting will experience the shame of feeling like a coward, although that is not true. To rebut the person for their reactions results in secondary injuries which may never go away. “Once a coward always a coward type thing.”

You may ask how do soldiers, first respondents, police overcome this fight or flight syndrome control? Simply put … training. Ask nearly any person who became a hero for the moment and they’ll tell you their training took over.

Denial, Disbelief and Anger

During this segment of trauma the victim may or will most likely experience extreme mood fluctuations. Research shows victims nearly all react the same way. They will question fate:

Why did this happen to me?”

This couldn’t have happened to me!”

  • Many will experience dreams replaying the event, sometimes exactly as they remember it and other times distorted with crazy unrelated things interjected.

  • They may dream (nightmares if you will) about killing or causing great bodily harm to the offender. Torture becomes tantalizing.

  • Homicide victims may feel anger at the dead victim, reasoning if the person had done something different, not stayed late at work or took a different way home, they would not have been killed.

This will be a terrible time of trauma when the victim will contend with an abundance of emotional and stressful emotions such as:

  • Fear

  • Despair

  • Self-pity

  • Guilt

  • Shame

  • Anger

  • Hostility

Emotional help assuring them these feelings are normal and OK is important. Never make light of their pain.

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Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome:

Historically this type of trauma was used to describe military veterans and was referred to as being shell shocked or having that 1000 yard stare. Researchers now apply this syndrome to crime victims and other victims of violent actions (like being tear gassed with your children). It must be noted not every victim of a crime or every soldier experiencing combat will develop PTSD. This is especially true if preemptive crisis intervention counseling is offered and taken.

Some recognizable symptoms of PTSD are:

  • Sleeping disorders/continued nightmares;

  • Constant flashbacks/intrusion of thoughts;

  • Extreme tension and anxiety;

  • Irritability/outbursts of anger;

  • Non-responsiveness or lack of involvement with the external world;

  • Prolonged feelings of detachment or estrangement of others; and

  • Memory trouble.

PTSD is a very complicated diagnosis and the presence of any of the above-mentioned symptoms does not mean that a person is suffering from PTSD. However, it’s my strong suggestion demonstration of these signs require follow up analyzation by a medical professional.

Secondary Injuries:

One must remember a trauma victim not only struggles with primary injuries, but also must battle secondary injuries. Most secondary injuries are provoked by the victim failing to receive proper support and understanding by trusted and/or loved ones. For instance:

  1. A soldier returning from combat will have trouble relating to their family at first. Either the family repeatedly questions the soldier about their experiences and the soldier doesn’t want to talk about them, or visa versa the family doesn’t want to hear about the horrors of war. This was a daily travesty for soldiers returning from combat during the VietNam war. They were met with jeers and hatred by fellow Americans.

  2. Victims of violent crime may be treated with the negative attitude by professionals that they were somehow responsible for the crime. They were dressed provocatively resulting in them being raped, or they had no business in that type of bad neighborhood. Sometimes people who ought to know better display the height of ignorance and indifference.

<> on April 1, 2014 in Nogales, Arizona.

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This is not political, but as I write this piece I can’t help but think of the current immigration problems we are experiencing. I’m not arguing right or wrong, I’m arguing that we as God fearing people should look at what we may be doing to innocent people.


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A mother fearing for the safety of her children embarks on an unimaginable trek to the “Promised Land” (America) The distance she must travel is immense with daily dangers of being raped, killed, kidnapped and sold into slavery. The odds of the family making it all the way to America is slim to none.

Somehow they endure and are at the front gates of the prosperous, generous and tender heart Americans, Then their world collapses. They are denied legal entry to America, then are tear gassed and told they will never be allowed sanctuary. Stop and imagine that.

  1. A danger filled trek of thousands of miles on foot.

  2. Enduring unimaginable hardship along the way

  3. Then being tear gassed and told the family will never find safety

Trauma is a deadly emotional disease and we should take it more seriously than many of us do. Trauma doesn’t only occur in the movies … it’s real life. What are we doing to these children? Creating emotionally scarred and disabled people. Or creating a whole new generation of Bin Laden s intent on wrecking pain on Americans. Trauma is an uncontrollable disease with unknown results.


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Running Out of Water

My intent when I created this blog was to provide as much information as possible to help people live safer, and more enjoyable lives thru being prepared to handle crisis situations, man-made and Nature made. I feel its also my obligation to forewarn readers of potential dangers that may lurk ahead that don’t get much advertising, shall we say. The subject of running out of water is one such subject.

When we hear someone say they are running out of water, we immediately think their bottle of designer spring fed water supply is nearly exhausted or their canteen is running low, an inconvenience maybe, but rarely life threatening. That’s how spoiled we have become in industrialized, perhaps especially in the USA, countries. The issue of running out of water, something we will all die within 4 days max without, is treated as an inconvenience.

Hopefully changing our warning to “our global supply of water is in danger of running out,” will lend more weight to the issue. Unfortunately, we still have world leaders, specifically the moron who holds the US presidency, who don’t believe in climate change. So holding hope of taking this problem seriously will most likely be dashed. However, we must try.


Where’s the Water?

Let’s look at a few facts in order to set the stage.

A small child can look at an atlas and derive the fact the earth is mainly covered in water. So what’s the water shortage? For the non-believers and those who wish to just be argumentative, allow me to clarify. When I say we’re running out of water, I mean we are running out of drinkable fresh water. Of all the water on earth, freshwater makes up just 3% and less than 1% is actually freely available. The rest of the water is tied up in icebergs, glaciers, ice and snow-caps.

This means that all the water that makes up all the rivers, streams, lakes and groundwater that nearly 7 Billion people (and rising) count on for life is less than 1% of the total water on earth.

You can further break down the pending crisis another step. For some people in certain parts of the world, the issue isn’t so much lack of water, but lack of clean water. In Africa, especially, millions of people die each year from diseases that are totally preventable if they had access to clean water. Although there may be adequate water available from the nearby river, it is so contaminated with animal feces, human waste and industrial organisms from the city located 300 miles away, it’s literally a slow death sentence to drink it. What choice do they have?


Melting Iceberg

There are many factors that effect the reducing amount of potable water, but one reason stands above all others. The ever increasing global population boom. As populations grow so does the demand on water, not only for drinking but for agriculture and livestock. In industrializing countries industry requirements demand more water, for instance nuclear power plants demand huge amounts of water for operation. In other words water is essential for maintaining life, the basis of economies and the maintaining of society.

Historical records show the last massive war fought over water was in Mesopotamia 4500 years ago. Based on that information you may assume that a war over water is unlikely. Is that so?

2003 Darfur Sudan, a diminishing water supply provoked an armed conflict that resulted in 400,000 Africans being killed. Depends on who you’re talking to, but I’d call that a war.

Can’t happen to us. Why not? The Darfur conflict began as a local issue but quickly grew to encompass an entire region in war. I may or may not go to war with you if you have a vast deposit of gold in your country and I have none. But … the huge difference with water is it knows no geographic boundaries. The lake or river can be located or flow through several countries. Who owns it? As supplies of water diminish these water sources that caused no problems for centuries, all of a sudden results in severe animosity or hatred. Especially if one country perceives the other country is consuming more than their fair share.


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Can’t Happen Here.

If anything the last 2 years of political upheaval and trashing of American norms should teach us is we are not immune to terrible things happening to us just because we are Americans.

In October 2007, a 20 year old water dispute, nick named the Water War, broke out into near open hostilities between the states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia. A severe drought in the region created the possibility of Atlanta and its 4.5 million residents, could run out of water. The state’s National Guards were placed on alert, but fortunately only fiery rhetoric and not bullets were exchanged between the parties.


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In 2007 the town of Orme’s, Tennessee water supply dried up leaving its 145 residents without potable water for drinking or bathing. The nearby town of New Hope, Alabama not only allowed Orme to bring trucks to take water back to resupply their water system, but allowed them to run a 2 mile pipe line in order to tap into New Hope’s water system. What would have happened to Orme had New Hope refused to offer help? Would Orme simply collapse becoming a ghost town? Would armed conflict breakout between the 2 towns? Would each state take up arms to protect their citizens. Sometimes things can quickly spin out of control.

This is not an uncommon issue. The states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado have experienced economic pressures due to shared water that resulted in a formal water sharing agreement between the states. Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois are disputing water usage of the Great Lakes. I’m not insinuating a pending war or anything like that over water. I’m just trying to demonstrate this is a problem that effects all Americans.

Water is inequitably dispersed on a global level both by supply and the ability to retrieve the water. Developing nations scramble to provide their populations with water and usually end up paying more for it because they must pay for infrastructure to gain access and treat the water.


Quickly drying out

Developed countries can afford infrastructure that can deliver water cheaply and effectively to residents thus creating the illusion water is not that valuable. Digest this: it takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (this takes into account all uses for water, like drinking, sanitation and food production), the average American uses about 158 gallons. Why? What do we waste that much water on?

Can Technology Save the Day?

Hopefully technology will play a huge part in addressing the Running Out of Water crisis. Agriculture uses 70% of the water consumed by people, but 42% of all that water is lost because of bad and inefficient irrigation techniques. Advances in computer and satellite technologies have helped farmers to increase production by not over watering certain areas of crops, plus water savings. Drip-irrigation is also becoming more popular and will increase as costs drop.

Desalinization plants have proved capable of removing salt from seawater making it potable and are currently in use world wide. However, the facilities are very expensive to currently operate, but with anticipated reductions of costs thru technology it could have a huge impact on water supply.

Running Out of Water has created essentially two views of the current water crisis: optimism and pessimism. As water supplies diminish, conflicts may emerge, illness and death may take place. But while some may fight, the struggle to maintain or create a viable water supply has also encouraged cooperation and innovation between governments. From water crisis also springs hope.

There is another option than the two views and unfortunately requires mentioning. That of being an idiot.

  1. You don’t solve the world over-population problem by wiping out a few billion people through a nuclear war or even a conventional war. Besides, you may be one of the billion they decide must die for the greater good. Change your mind?
  2. No, global warming and the melting of glaciers and ice shelves will not solve the running out of water issue. In ice form the water remains potable, but once it melts into the sea it becomes seawater and can’t be consumed.



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How to Build an Underground Bunker

Unfortunately, knowing how to build an underground bunker is more important today than it was in Cold War of the 1950s. No political agenda only the facts as I perceive them. In the 1950s (I was alive then) the United States and Russia were teetering on the brink of nuclear war, but the world had an ace in the hole that few people comment on. Both leaders, Kennedy and Khrushchev, were veterans of World War II. Kennedy’s PT boat had been sunk and he and his entire crew nearly died. Khrushchev was involved in the brutal struggle with the Germans for Stalingrad. These two men knew the horrors of war personal and up close. Neither wanted the world to explode into a nuclear holocaust.

Today we have a leader who dodged the VietNam draft by having a doctor claim he had bone spurs, which if true was surely fixable making him eligible for military service. 6 times was drafted … 6 times he skirted the draft.

On the other side of the ledger we have Putin, an ex-KGB officer. Cold, cruel and calculating, seeing our leader as a brainless coward ripe for blundering. Additionally the USA is no longer guaranteed allies to assist in an attack by one of several nations hostile and quite capable of raining down a nuclear thunderstorm.

Perhaps you now understand why I believe knowing how to build an underground bunker is more vital than anytime in the past. And if you don’t believe we are in dire danger, fine. A bunker can serve many more purposes other than protection from war.

Whether you call it a survival bunker, apocalyptic bunker, bomb shelter, fall out shelter tornado shelter or a fruit cellar, a safe haven where you can escape underground in the event of an emergency is a blessing.

People like the President, billionaires and Wall Street moguls needn’t worry about how to build an underground bunker, the taxpayer or swindled dollars from investors have supplied the cash to have people build the bunker for them. These are opulent spaces furnished with all the modern luxuries the wealthy are accustomed to. Flat screen TVs, Spas, luxury furniture, etc.

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  • What about common people like you & me? People with regular jobs at sub-par wages

  • Where are our fancy bunkers located?

  • Where is our security systems and armed guards?

As usual … there aren’t any. We must fend for ourselves. But … what’s new about that? The important fact is you can build a bunker shelter on your own for your family’s safety.

Will it be easy? Hell No.

Will it be cheap? Cheap is a relative word with different meanings to different people. Can it be done on a Shoestring Budget? No.

But if you are really serious about offering the best protection you can for your family and consider that being the most important investment you can make both in time and money … we can explore proven methods and ideas of How to Build an Underground Bunker.

There are far too many variables that are “Site” & “Individual Preference driven” for this article to be utilized as a finish guide for construction. It is designed to offer general guidelines, advise and thought provoking information.


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Let’s get started learning on How to Build an Underground Bunker.

  1. Proper Mindset: This will be a major project, not a side project, and will demand planning and foresight. As a Prepper you should possess the skills required to carefully plan, but dealing with construction issues, especially if your knowledge is limited, can be extremely nerve racking.

  2. Check out building codes and/or required permits before spending one dime. If your city says “No” then the entire project stops and you’ll have to totally rethink your options. Moving or buying more land may not be a viable option.

  3. Should permits not be a problem, then you’ll need to buy, draw your own or have a contractor supply construction building plans, as your governmental agency will require review and acceptance of the plans before issuing a permit. You’ll want the plans whether the city requires them or not. You’re building a place for safety, it has to be built correctly or it could become your grave.

Where to Put It?

This step is extremely important and much more complicated than it may first appear and a screw-up at this initial stage can bring major headaches on later stages. For instance here are but a few questions to ask and answer:

  1. What kind of soil are you digging? Rocky clay can be difficult to excavate compared to farm soil.

  2. How deep is the bedrock? All terrain ends in bedrock, the question is how deep is it located. Shallow bedrock could require blasting and/or drilling and that quickly gets expensive.

  3. Any known natural gas pockets in the immediate vicinity? In some parts of the country this can be a serious question and problem.

  4. Verify there are no underground utilities, gas, electric, phone nor easements for possible future installation of such utilities.

  5. One issue often overlooked is how deep is the normal water table? Dig too close to the water table and you risk the possibility of water seeping into the bunker making it totally uninhabitable and possibly very dangerous.

  6. Be advised that excavating in cold temperatures require special considerations because the dirt responds differently to freezing temperatures.

These are but a few considerations required, but you get the drift. Pre-planning is imperative.


Let’s Begin:

You have done your due diligence and are ready to begin the actual construction process.

  1. Use 4- 2’ or 3’ long sticks of re-bar and stake out the approximate size of the underground shelter to be built. For instance drive a rebar stick into the ground at each corner of the intended 10’ x 10’ shelter. It may take you a few times to make the measurements square so don’t despair as that is normal. Tie string around each rebar identifying the perimeter of the bunker.

  2. Once the outline is square and identified measure at least 4’ away from the string all the way around the perimeter. Mark this with orange paint and remove the rebar and string. This is where you will begin your actual digging.

  3. Why dig bigger?

  • The hole must be bigger than the shelter in order to allow room to build the darn thing.

  • There will be utilities, piping, etc into the bunker requiring access from the exterior of the shelter.

  • Safety! Dirt walls dug deep with straight walls can cave in, potentially trapping and suffocating you to death. Dug walls should not only be larger but also sloped away from the hole.

Keep the removed dirt in one location relatively close to the work area as you’ll need it for back-fill after construction is finished.

Equipment: How to Build an Underground Bunker.

Our forefathers used picks, axes and shovels to dig fruit cellars, their equivalent of survival shelters and actually they are as adequate today as a 100 years ago. However, I don’t think we are as tough as our ancestors and definitely not as patient since we know how quick things can be dug with equipment. ** Ignorance can be bliss for the pioneers**

The quickest and best method, although not the cheapest, is to hire a professional who has the equipment and expertise required to make quick work of excavating the hole. If you are remarkably lucky you may have a family member or friend who can fit that bill. If not … it’s decision time.

We’ll throw out the digging by hand as a feasible option. So let’s look at rental equipment options:

  1. You can use a bulldozer, backhoe or bobcat to dig just about any size hole you need. Obviously the larger the equipment the quicker the job gets done, but with large comes potential issues.

  • Larger equipment is harder to control, especially for a novice doing on the job training.

  • Larger usually equals more expensive as larger equipment commands a larger price. If time is of the essence large equipment may be best but general rental times are 4 hour, 8 hour, daily and weekly rates. The cost comparison may not be worth the aggravation.

  • Larger equipment may not be able to get into your back yard or job site.

A Backhoe may be the easiest piece of equipment to learn how to operate. They come in various sizes which makes getting into and out of a restricted space possible.

A Bobcat is quite easy to operate as far as going forward, backward and sideways, but actual digging can be another story. The shovel blade must be capable of digging the type of dirt you encounter. If possible be nosy and check out what contractors are using in the area.


Cinder Block Construction

Bunker Structure Material: What material are you going to make the shelter out of or are you even going to build it yourself? These are again, huge decisions.

  1. Lumber is the number one building material used for all types of construction from residential homes to commercial buildings. However, wood should never be used for an underground facility. Doesn’t matter if the wood is treated or not it will eventually decompose and rot away. Additionally the chemicals used to treat the wood will leach into the soil and that is very bad for the environment and ultimately… you. Last but not least, wood is not strong enough to bear the weight in top of an underground facility.

  2. Concrete, re-enforced, will most likely be the best choice for building your structure as it is relatively cost effective, long lasting and strong enough to support an underground construction. Basically fulfilling every need required for the bunker. The issue with DIY concrete construction is the expertise required and specific equipment, such as concrete forms.

  3. Cinder block construction is another viable option. It is strong enough to withstand underground pressures and is long lasting. Combined with a concrete ceiling the bunker will be extremely strong.

  4. Metal could be the ultimate bunker material as far as strength. Using large sheets of 4mm steel and supported by steel tubes, welded together is a huge bank vault. It is nearly impregnable, water proof, infestation proof and will not rust away for at least a 100 years if not longer. A good cutting torch, welder and equipment strong enough to move the pieces into place and you have the ultimate bunker. Problem is the cost. Steel for a private bunker would be cost prohibitive. If you could afford this material you’d simply have someone else do the hard work.

  5. Regardless of your choice, do not forget bricks or pavers for the floor. They are cheap, retain heat and are attractive.

As you have already figured out building a safe bunker requires construction skills not everyone knows, as well as equipment not everyone owns or knows how to operate. However, if these obstacles can be overcome you’ll save a ton of money.


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Other Options:

The best option could be to purchase a ready made bunker. I’m not talking about the $250,000 ones you see on TV. I’m talking less expensive, not cheap by no means, options. Such as:

  • Storage containers

  • freight trailers- trailers used to transport by 18 wheel tractor/trailer combo

  • Concrete septic tanks- modified for bunker use

  • specifically built to size individual bunkers.

The internet is full of these types of dealers and suppliers and the sizes and accessories available will blow your mind. With the excavation done you’ll simply have the ready made bunker lowered into the hole.

If you recall I told you this was an enormous project. Just reminding you as we approach other issues to resolve while learning How to Build an Underground Bunker.

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1960 Underground Bunker Illustration 

Concealing Your Bunker: You may chuckle at this requirement since you may have had an army of construction workers in the yard, large equipment, noise, a messed up yard and on and on. “Don’t think the neighbors know what I’m doing? Duh.”

True, but neighbors change and if the SHTF there may not be any neighbors left alive that know anything about your bunker. Roving bands of looters won’t have a clue you have a bunker, which is most likely well stocked, if properly disguised.


Hidden Entrance

Your bunker will be underground so normally your entrance is all you really have to worry about. Small camouflaged lids, don’t make your entrance too large it’s to accommodate people not large furniture. Plant shrub and vegetation around the entire area making it “Hide in Plain Sight”. Plant shrub in a maze zip zag formation to hide the opening from plain sight.

Air Filtration: It’s simple, but actually easy to overlook. You’re in an air tight bunker underground, how long will that supply of air last? Not long, even if you’re in a huge bunker. It’s imperative you allow for 2 filtered air inlets to allow fresh air in and heat and carbon dioxide out. Be sure to have an ample amount of extra filters on hand, this will be imperative when talking radio-active fallout. Have at least one high quality gas mask and filters in case you are forced to go outside the bunker for some reason. Remember to disguise the filter vents with vegetation.

Clean Water: Common knowledge… you can live no longer than 3 days without water. Don’t know how much plainer I need to be on the importance of fresh potable water.

  • Some people will want to fill a tank, metal or fiberglass, to store inside the bunker. I don’t recommend that for a couple of reasons. The tank will take up precious storage room for other essentials, what happens when the tank is empty? Is there a method to easily and quickly refill it? If the water tank is located outside the bunker it’s hard to hide unless placed underground, more work, money and government permits. If this is the only alternative, fine, go with it. But explore other avenues before making a final decision.

  • Another option could be the water table. You’re already underground, how much further is the water table? Probably not much. By digging further, essentially digging a well, you can tap into underground water and with a small pump have unlimited water. Remember a filter to extract mud and rock sediment.

  • Installing a rainwater collection system is feasible. Build a collector or attach to a drain spout, run piping underground into the bunker.

On the flip side, water penetrating the bunker is very bad. Moisture creates mold and makes for a damp, cold and uncomfortable environment. Make sure the bunker is water tight. This may require special treatment if the water table could easily rise to the bunker level.

Security: We know the importance of hiding our entrance from prying eyes through camouflaging it with shrub, lawn ornaments, whatever works. But have you thought about sound proofing it? What if you did such a great job camouflaging the entrance looters were walking right by it happen to hear faint voices because you weren’t whispering? 1 in a million chance? Yeah, but look at the lottery winners who beat those odds.

Additional Matters to Resolve When Considering How to Build an Underground Bunker

  1. Food Cache. Building an add on to the shelter solely for food is not a bad idea.

  2. Escape. If possible, especially in the event you build a large bunker, to have two avenues of egress and ingress. You don’t want to be digging your own grave in the event an opening is inaccessible due to being blocked by debris or other mishap.

  3. Medicine. It’s of utmost importance to maintain a comprehensive medical kit in the bunker. Without treatment a simple cut can become infected and life threatening.

  4. Weapons and Ammo. Chances are if you have chosen to seek refuge in your bunker for safety, the possibility of the breakdown of law is quite real, at least in the short term. You must have 1 or 2 firearms and ammo in the case you need to protect your family from harm.

  5. Entertainment. Who cares about being entertained when the world is crashing down around you. That is actually one important part of having entertainment, to take your mind off the stress of the situation, at least for a bit. Playing cards, books, painting supplies, dominoes and other things will help create a diversion from the situation. Just consider this. Primitive prisons would lock unruly inmates into solitary confinement with nothing to do, and quite a few lost their minds. It can be mentally devastating.

As you can see planning and research on How to Build an Underground Bunker is imperative. You don’t want to finish construction only to realize you overlooked a major component. It happens to professionals, what makes you any different?


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How to Hide Your Food

Unless you know the context of the subject matter “how to hide your food” sounds somewhat and possibly, totally ridiculous. Why would I want to hide food? Well, maybe hide my candy bars from my blood-hound nosed grand-kids. Other than that, why would I want to hide food? If that’s your answer, obviously you are not a member of the Prepper community.

Stockpiling food and other survival supplies is the centerpiece of a motivated Prepper’s ultimate goal… stockpile items that are essential for the survival of your family and anticipation of nearly immediate shortage of such items. I believe everyone will agree food will be high on the stockpile list.

For the novice Prepper you may think this isn’t rocket science.

  • Do some research to identify the best food to store and remain edible.

  • Withdraw money from the savings, make a loan or max out the credit card.

  • Buy the food, bring it home, store it in the house.

What is the big deal you may say.

There are a couple of big deals and a lot of small ones.

  1. Anyone who has been building a stockpile, or rents a U-haul and fills it with food, will most likely run into a space problem. Unless you have storage space, such as a basement where you can build a dedicated storage room, space quickly evaporates. No basement, house is built on a slab … no problem, use the spare bedroom for storage. What? No spare bedroom, in fact the kids are doubling up. See what I mean?

  2. Lack of space is one matter, but a much worse problem is keeping the food you have stockpiled. That’s no problem, you’ll just keep having stored food a secret. Yeah, right. Good luck with that.

  • Your kids will tell their friends what you’re doing. Sorry, but kids are kids, even yours.

  • The neighborhood has eyes. You won’t realize it, but a nosy neighbor has peered through the blinds and have seen you unloading enough groceries to feed an army. What could you do with so much food and only 4 people to feed? Ah … stockpiling it for bad times. How clever. I’ll make a mental note of that.

  • In today’s information age your life is an open book. I assure you people with the proper authority, or proper hacking skills, can review every purchase you’ve ever made in the last 5 years and possibly beyond. You think they won’t be able to figure out you’ve been stockpiling?

Bottom line is keeping your food stockpile stash may be the hardest thing to do. You may arm yourself and fend off attacks by looters, but eventually enough people with enough firepower will break your defenses and take the food. If not looters, soldiers under Marshal law will confiscate the supplies.

These scenarios make it sound like it’s useless to try and store a stockpile of survival food because it’ll just be taken from you. However, there are always options and there’s a very real option that offers the chance for you to keep your food or at least severely limit the amount lost. Hide Your Food.

Let’s look at a few examples of how to hide your food. This method coupled with brute force may be just enough to make assaulting you just not worth the price. It’s a cost benefit equation that wild animals utilize. Even the king of beast, although possibly capable of achieving success, will mess with a cobra. The meal is too small to risk the life threatening venom.


Inside Walls

Building Hidden Compartments:

This is an excellent method of hiding food, but unless you have a rather large home, difficult to do. Any hidden room must flow naturally with the structure. Any newer construction or obvious out of place huge piece of furniture will draw immediate suspicion.

Perhaps the best place to build a secret storage area for an average house is under the steps, especially stairs leading to a second floor level. Looters will definitely look there, but if you build a fake wall about half way to the end, there’s a good chance they’ll overlook it. Store a few things, bats & balls, tennis rackets, whatever, for the appearance you use the area for storage, but there’s nothing of value there.

How to Hide Food Your Utilizing the Insides of Walls and Ceilings:

Common building codes call for 2” x 4” studded walls, interior and exterior, and you may even be lucky enough to have 2” x 6” walls. Remove the drywall sheeting on any wall and you will expose a 3 ½” deep by 16” wide vacant void between the studs. There will most likely be electrical wires and possibly water lines running through these walls, but they occupy very little space and are not dangerous. (You still don’t want to yank around on them and create a leak or a short circuit.)

Install shelves inside this void, fill it with non-perishable food (can goods) and replace the drywall. It’s important the replaced drywall be taped and painted to match the existing wall. If you are not skilled enough to do this, consider building an attached bookcase or placing a heavy piece of furniture in front of it to hide it.

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Suspended Ceiling Tiles

If you have a finished basement with a suspended ceiling you can turn the space between the floor joist into storage. Simply remove the ceiling tile, carefully as to not break it, and install shelves between the floor joists. You’ll experience the same issues as inside the wall but probably more congested as sewer and other drain pipes, heating/cooling duct-work and water lines all run inside these joists. If you remove ceiling tiles and encounter a lot of obstructions, put it back and go to another spot.

*** Floor joists will offer more room than walls because they are normally 2” x 8” or 2” x 10” and on 24” centers.***

A normal bedroom or hall closet can be used for food storage. Place a few boxes (containers) in the closet and have them clearly miss – marked. A bottom box of canned goods can be marked Xmas stuff while supporting real boxes of Xmas stuff. Or fill the box half way with food and finish topping it off with clothes.

An additional spot is above the door in the interior of the closet. Who looks there? Remove the drywall as in other examples, and store food in the vacant spaces. You won’t have to replace the drywall because chances of being seen are all but zero.


Fake Duct Work

Outsmart Them by Faking Them Out:

Maybe 1 in 100 people have the expertise to know a home’s systems well enough to know what is real and what’s not. And that 1 person will be focused on stealing food, not analyzing your sewer system. This offers you a golden opportunity to hide a vast quantity of food.

Your ventilation duct-work will be located either in the basement or the attic. You can construct a duct branch, however long you want, made from the same material and same appearance of the real ducts and store food inside it. You can store a lot of food in such a fake storage spot. Be sure to adequately support the fake as canned food is quite heavy.

You can do the same thing with your plumbing system. Drain pipes in the house will either be 3” or 4” wide. Even if they are 3” into the main sewer drain you can use 4” fake pipe and nobody will notice. Simply fill the 4” void of the pipe with canned goods, and place it onto the floor and secure it to the floor joist. Make sure it appears to go through the floor, concrete and wood, is plumb, and isn’t obviously out of place. They’ll never spot it if you do it right.

Do You Garden?

Another good place for how to hide your food is the back yard. If you have a garden this is an excellent hiding spot because the ground is already disturbed. Don’t shake your head. Burying food is one of the oldest ways of storing food. Early American history clearly describes casks and barrels of food being buried underground as a means to preserve it and/or hiding it from hostile Indians.


PVC Pipe

Dig a hole at a corner of the garden where a steel post can be inserted to appear as a fence post, or in the center of the garden where a scarecrow can be placed, in order to disguise the spot. Use food grade five gallon buckets filled with food and bury it. The container is leak proof and insects can not get in.

Another method is to take a 4” piece of PVC, fill it with food, glue caps on either end and insert into the ground. This pipe will fit nicely inside a hole you make with a post hole digger.

How to Hide Your Food in Plain Sight:

The soffit above your kitchen cabinets is a totally void spot. Remove the drywall, re-enforce the framework and install a bottom flooring. This can offer a tremendous amount of storage space. Either replace the drywall, finish and paint to match the rest of the kitchen or maybe wallpaper it, eliminating taping and painting.

Remove the toe plate from underneath the kitchen cabinets and you’ll discover an empty space for some storage. This space can be utilized for a diversion. Place food inside the void, but don’t reinstall the toe plate correctly. If looters spot this and find the food, they very well may think that’s all you have and will leave. Just a thought.

If you never use your dishwasher, or you haven’t replaced the broken one, use it for storage. Just be sure to disconnect the electric to prevent a well meaning in-law from turning the dishwasher on attempting to help with holiday dishes.

The washer and dryer can also offer space. Remove the backing, place food inside and re-secure the backing. Be sure that no food interferes with any mechanical movement of the appliance or you may have bought yourself a big repair bill.

Other Options:

If you absolutely don’t have enough space to hide food supplies, or live in an apartment, you can rent a storage unit at one of those self contained storage facilities. A 5’ X 5’ storage unit would hold a huge amount of non-perishable food.


Rented Storage Unit

Don’t overlook disgusting and diversion tactics:

  • Keep a weapon (pistol) in a water tight container and store it in the toilet water tank.

  • Build a cat litter box with a hidden shelf underneath it big enough to store a pistol.

  • Put a shelf large enough to place a pistol in the bottom of the pet food storage container and fill with pet food.

Don’t forget looters will be in a hurry. They want as much stuff as they can quickly find without too much problem and a fast get away.

  • Raise your bed onto blocks and store food under your bed. It’s not exactly inspector gadget hidden, but if they locate it, they’ll probably stop at that point, saving the rest of your cache.

Preparing for a crisis by knowing how to hide your food should be rather high on your priority list. However it’s only one element of a crisis management plan.


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Runaway Climate Change

Runaway climate change has surpassed nuclear war as the most dire threat to the end of humanity. This of course is the opinion of an American and being an American who cares about climate change has become an oxymoron since trump became President of the United States. I assure you this is not a political satire intended to prompt conversation and debate concerning runaway climate change, but rather quite the opposite. It’s a dire warning.

There are many fools in the world and somehow some of them have become political leaders of very powerful countries. If stupidity or fear are the reasons for ignoring the problem, I hope to enlighten with facts. If their ignorance is prompted by greed and selfish motives, then I’m wasting my time on them, but perhaps will stir an emotion of patriotism in people who can change the course of self indulgent dictators, real and wanna be.

The information presented is not sensationalized to prompt a fear response, it doesn’t have to be, as it’s devastating enough on its own merits. There was a 1950’s television detective show called “Dragnet” featuring detective Joe Holiday. His famous statement to witnesses he was questioning was “Just the facts .. and nothing but the facts” is what he wanted. Here are some facts and nothing but the facts on runaway climate change.


Glaciers Melting

  • The planet’s average surface temperature has risen 1.62 degrees F (0.9 C) since the late 19th century. Scientific studies verify this temperature increase is the direct results of increased carbon dioxide and other man-made emissions emitted into the atmosphere. The fear factor is most of the increase in warming occurred within the past 35 years, the warmest years on record taking place since 2010, with no signs of it slowing.
  • The world’s oceans have absorbed most of this increased heat, with the top 2300 feet (700 meters) warming more than 0.4 degrees F since 1969. Well, 0.4 degrees F definitely isn’t much of an increase and shouldn’t be the reason for hysterical runaway climate change charges. Right? Here’s a few of the resulting effects a 0.4 degree F rise in ocean temperatures.

  • The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have decreased in mass. NASA studies show Greenland lost an average of 281 billion tons of ice and Antarctica lost 119 billion tons of ice, with the Antarctica ice loss tripling in mass in the last decade. Where’s this water suppose to go but to the sea?

  • Global sea levels rose @8 inches in the last century. This rate has doubled in the last decade and is accelerating slightly every year with no sign of slowing. It’s virtually impossible to imagine, but how much landmass do you think has been lost to the ocean with the 8 inch increase? 8 inches probably equals 4 feet of loss beach and land times the perimeter of every island, sea shore, cove, etc over the entire face of the earth. Billions of acres? Trillions?
  • We’re not only talking sea bound ice, but glaciers are retreating everywhere in the world including the Alps, Himalayas, Andes, Rockies, Alaska and Africa. Satellite images reveal less snow cover on mountains in the Northern Hemisphere and what’s there melts quicker and earlier.
  • The number of record setting high temperatures in the United States have been increasing, while record low temperatures are deceasing since 1950. The US is also experiencing increased numbers and intensity of rainfall and water events, such as hurricanes.


Rising Water Levels

Humans are animals. Mammals to be specific and mammals are heat producing machines and must continually cool down, like a dog panting. In order to cool body temperature down the ambient air temperature must remain low enough to act as a refrigerant, drawing heat off the skin allowing the engine to continue without overheating.

Here’s the problem. Should the average temperature rise 7 degrees F and maintain, life around the equator could end especially in the tropics. Why? How? In the jungles of Costa Rica, for instance, humidity levels of 90 percent plus is normal. Combine the humidity with 105+ degree temperatures and simply walking around outside would be lethal. Within a few hours the human body would be cooked to death both from the outside and inside.

Runaway climate change skeptics will point out, with great glee, that the planet has warmed and cooled many times before and we survived. For the simple minded that’s enough justification to ignore climate change. They fail, intentionally or through ignorance, to recognize human life has a very narrow temperature span in order to survive. An 11 or 12 degree rise in temperature will result in more than half the world’s population, where they are now living, would die of direct heat. It’s doubtful we will reach this critical temperature in our lifetime, but maybe that’s the problem. Those who can change things know they won’t be effected by the deadly results of a runaway climate change.



Take the Rose Colored Glasses Off:

How bad are things really? Well, let’s look at some events and near future forecasts. Since 1980 the planet has experienced a 50 fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat. The 5 hottest summers in Europe since 1500 all occurred since 2002 and the IPCC warns that simply being outdoors during the summer will be unhealthy and possibly lethal for people in bad health.

  • In 2015 the cities of Karachi and Kolkata suffered mass heat related deaths. Should this trend of rising temperatures continue and maintain, the cities will be dangerously close to being uninhabitable.
  • The European heat wave of 2003 killed an estimated 2000 people a day. An unfortunate fluke? It’s predicted these conditions could become a normal summer.
  • The US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration forecast without relief or reversing of the trend any kind of outside labor in the Mississippi Valley would be life threatening. The entire US population east of the Rockies would be under more heat stress than anyone, anywhere in the world.
  • Experts estimate heat stress in New York City will exceed that of present-day Bahrain, which is one of the hottest places on earth.
  • By the end of the century the World Bank estimates the current highest temperatures in the tropical South America, Africa and the Pacific tropics will the lowest temperatures they will experience. The Persian Gulf and Middle East could endure temperatures of 164 degrees F, which has already sporadically occurred.

Runaway Climate Change and the Food Chain

  • Like many things in life there is no concrete rule, but the accepted basic theory is that for a staple cereal crop grown at optimal temperature, for every degree of warming, yields decline by 10 percent. Some argue 15 to 17 percent is more accurate, but we’ll low ball it. Based on this, we very well may be faced with 50% more people, population steadily increases, with 50% less grain as production dwindles.

Climate change denying plant physiologists will dispute the theory, claiming warming temperatures will allow places like Greenland to begin growing food replacing the lost production of historical growing places. That land replacement theory is a particularly weak argument as it is impossible. The tropics are already too hot to efficiently grow grain and if current optimum growing areas are decimated by excess heat, there isn’t enough newly available ground to replace what is lost. One must remember potential newly opened ground in Canada and Russia will not have suitable quality soil in which to grow grain. That takes centuries to occur.


Nothing growing here

  • Drought might pose an even bigger problem than the unrelenting heat. The world has huge swaths of land which are arable which will quickly turn into desert. It’s historically difficult to forecast precipitation, but every credible projected prediction anticipates unprecedented drought conditions by 2080.
  • Should these predictions bear fruit southern Europe, most of the Middle East, populated parts of Australia, Africa, South America and the breadbasket areas of China would cease to be reliable growing areas.
  • For the United States. Would the droughts be bad enough to create conditions dry enough to equal those that created the dust bowl era of the 1930’s. Hang on for this. NASA predicts the droughts will be the worse in a 1000 years, including the droughts between 1100 and 1300 AD which caused the complete drying up of every river East of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

It must be noted under current conditions the world has a huge hunger problem. An estimated 800 million are undernourished and this years early drought in Africa and the Middle East has killed an estimated 20 million people, mainly children. Think climate change won’t exasperate the problem?

Runaway Climate Change and Plagues:

Ever wonder what will happen when the Bubonic ice melts?

Fossils of prehistoric animals are sometimes encased just under the surface in rock not more than a few feet or sometimes a few inches deep. Ice works the same way as a climate ledger and as a frozen piece of history, but unlike items trapped in rock, which are dead, items in ice can be reanimated when unfrozen.

There are currently diseases trapped in the frozen Arctic ice that have not circulated in the air for millions of years, long before humans were around to encounter them. Our immune systems would have no idea how to combat a prehistoric plague emerging from the melting ice. One only needs to look at how normal diseases that European explorers brought with them decimated native Indian people whose immune system could not fight the illness. Some entire civilizations were wiped out by a cold or the flu. Who says we’re immune to the same fate against an UN-encountered germ?

The Arctic ice also harbors terrifying diseases from more recent history. In Alaska researchers have already discovered remnants of the 1918 flu that infected 500 million people, killing as many as 100 million, which was about 5% of the world population at the time. Scientist suspect small pox and the bubonic plague germs are trapped in the melting Siberian ice. These suspicions have recently been verified and scientists are attempting to discover methods to refreeze the tundra.

Let’s be real real optimistic and assume any and all deadly diseases, known and unknown, do not survive the thawing period. They all die.. no problem. Runaway climate change proponents will cheer, but epidemiologists are not celebrating. Their main fear is the relocation, rewiring or re-evolving of current scourges. Even with the transformation from wooden sailing ships to supersonic flight, the intertwining of populations, our ecosystems have done a pretty good job of restricting and maintaining massive outbreaks of diseases. For instance, if you live in Maine or France you don’t worry about contracting Zika or dengue. But, as the tropical temperatures creep northward, along with the pests that migrate and thrive in that environment, suddenly contracting these diseases become a distinct possibility.


Choking Forest Fire Smoke

Unbreathable Air:

Runaway Climate change will create a rolling smog that will suffocate millions.

Obviously we breathe oxygen, but there are other gases included in that breathing mixture including carbon dioxide, which is fine in appropriate concentrations. However, the percentage of carbon dioxide is growing, just recently crossing 400 ppm. It’s estimated that by year 2100 the percentages will surpass 1000 ppm. At that concentration human cognitive ability declines by 21 percent making many people unable to function. Imagine breathing the outside air making you fall down drunk, as that’s a reasonable comparison.

Additionally, pollution will increase in intensity due to the heat, creating more ozone forms of unhealthy smog. The National Center for Atmospheric Research has projected by year 2090 as many as 2 billion people globally will be breathing air above the WHO “safe” level resulting in increased deaths, illness and problematic pregnancies of increased Autism in new born babies.

The US Forest Service has stated that climate change has extended the wildfire season by 78 days since 1970. They estimate by 2050 339,000 people will die yearly from wildfire smoke inhalation. The wildfires will be twice as destructive as today and in some areas could grow five-fold.

*** This is extremely ironic as today 11/18/2018 president trump stated the reason for increased wildfires are we are not raking the forest floors and it has nothing to do with runaway climate change. Go figure? ***


He doesn’t lie all the time

There is also the terrifying possibility that rain forests like the Amazon, which in 2010 suffered its second “hundred-year drought” in the space of five years, could dry out enough to become vulnerable to these kinds of devastating, rolling forest fires — which would not only expel enormous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere but also shrink the size of the forest. That is especially bad because the Amazon alone provides 20 percent of our oxygen.

Runaway Climate Change Poisoning the Oceans

  • Barring a radical emissions reduction the oceans will rise at least 4 feet and possibly 10 feet above sea-level by 2100. Ever consider a third of the world’s major cities are located along the coast. Including ports, navy bases, power plants, oil refineries, farmlands, river deltas, marshlands, rice-paddies which feed a large portion of the world’s population. All of these things could end up underwater, as well as being at risk and prone to increased flooding. Land mass doesn’t have to be indefinitely underwater to be deemed worthless for food production and living space.
  • As carbon is sucked out of the air into the ocean, which sounds great, another deadly matter arises called “Ocean Acidification” This creates many additional issues, one of which is “coral bleaching” which is the dying of coral reefs. Coral reefs support as much as a quarter of all marine life and supply food to a billion people.
  • Ocean acidification will fry fish populations directly, too, though scientists aren’t yet sure how to predict the effects on the stuff we haul out of the ocean to eat; they do know that in acid waters, oysters and mussels will struggle to grow their shells, and that when the pH of human blood drops as much as the oceans’ pH has over the past generation, it induces seizures, comas, and sudden death.
  • That isn’t all that ocean acidification can do. Carbon absorption can initiate a feedback loop in which under-oxygenated waters breed different kinds of microbes that turn the water still more “anoxic,” first in deep ocean “dead zones,” then gradually up toward the surface. There, the small fish die out, unable to breathe, which means oxygen-eating bacteria thrive, and the feedback loop doubles back.
  • But the drowning of those homelands is just the start. At present, more than a third of the world’s process, in which dead zones grow like cancers, choking off marine life and wiping out fisheries, is already quite advanced in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and just off Namibia, where hydrogen sulfide is bubbling out of the sea along a thousand-mile stretch of land known as the “Skeleton Coast.” The created Hydrogen sulfide is so toxic that evolution has trained us to recognize the tiniest, safest traces of it, which is why our noses are so exquisitely skilled at registering flatulence. Hydrogen sulfide is the gas responsible for wiping out 97% of life when the dinosaurs disappeared — it’s the planet’s preferred gas for a natural holocaust.

I am definitely pushing the normal person’s attention span, therefore I’ll wrap this up. Many people have stated these and additional facts much more eloquent and precise, but I don’t know how else to say it,” runaway climate change, if not stopped, will destroy all of mankind and possibly the entire world. “

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Medical Tricks

The human body and its inner workings are absolutely nothing short of amazing. We all know the old cure for a sunburn… aloe, a cough… honey, a toothache … chewing tobacco, but if you really understand the connections that make the body function, or not, you’d be amazed at what you can accomplish with a few medical tricks. Medical tricks? Well, they’re not really tricks, they are the result of the infinite body functions and what certain actions will produce certain bodily results.

What I’m going to do is offer a few medical tips from medical experts that can affect common problems we experience as humans. These tricks, shall we say, are quite commonly known by medical professionals that dedicate their lives to medicine and the investigation of the human body. However, we (if you’re like me) don’t have a clue as to the tricks we are about to explore, but I bet at least one of these tricks will apply and help you solve a problem.

Let’s delve into the world of medical tricks.

Hearing Better: We have 2 ears which we use to hear and both are the same. Wrong! Our ears collect and hear data differently. If you are in a noisy room and wish to carry on a conversation with someone, turn your head to expose your right ear towards the person, as the right ear is better at following rapid rhythms of speech than your left ear. However, your left ear is better at picking up music tones, so turn your left ear to the soft playing radio in order to hear the music.

Overcoming Mother Nature: If a male needs desperately to pee, but there are no bathrooms close and you’re in a public area, what do you do? Think about sex. Imagining a sexual encounter or a sexy female will preoccupy your brain and lessen the discomfort. Obviously this is not a long term solution, but can hopefully buy you adequate time to find a restroom. Not surprisingly and maybe sexist, there has been no study of females to discover if the same applies to them. (Something to do if you’re bored)

World spinning? Ever drink a hair too much and felt dizzy? More than I’d like to admit, but do you know why you are actually dizzy? The alcohol yes, but why? The part of the ear that controls stability and balance is known as the cupula, which floats in a fluid composition the same density as blood. When the excess alcohol dilutes the blood the cupula floats in, it becomes less dense allowing the cupula to rise and create the imbalance you feel by confusing the brain.


The best remedy for this dizziness is to place your hand on something (table for instance) stable and not moving. This tactile input of stability gives the brain a second opinion of what’s actually occurring and helps orient the brain, resulting in feeling more balanced. Although the conventional foot-on-the-floor technique is more widely known, the nerves in the hands are much more sensitive than those in the feet allowing for greater brain comprehension.

Help I’m Dying: Anybody who wakes in the middle of the night with extreme heart burn knows what I’m talking about. It feels like you’re on fire and at times hurts so much you feel like you want to die to end the misery. The experience is so painful that many people will forego spicy foods, although they may love them, for fear of an attack of acid reflux during the night.

According to medical professionals one effective preventive measure is to sleep on your left side. Studies show that patients who sleep on their left side are less likely to experience a reflux attack. Why? When lying on their left side the esophagus and stomach, which are connected at an angle, are positioned with the stomach higher than the esophagus. This allows gravity to help maintain the food and acids in your stomach instead of rising into the esophagus and creating heart burn. Although not a 100% effective any advantage to reduce reflux is greatly appreciated.

Medical Tricks Take the Pain Away: When a child is given a shot 99% of them will scream bloody murder, some adults also fit this criteria, because obviously it creates and pain and hurts. The traditional method of pinching a bit of skin and injecting the needle may theoretically work at pain reduction, but actually just confuses the brain. The pain from the squeeze is worse than the needle, therefore the needle puncture doesn’t seem to hurt. A little feint and misdirection play.

Scientifically speaking, if want to stop the pain, not just mask it by creating greater pain somewhere else, you need to cough during an injection. That’s right cough. Studies show this phenomenon works because the cough creates a temporary rise of pressure in the chest and spinal canal, which inhibits pain – conducting structures along the spinal cord. In other words, it’s like a mini-spinal tap deadening pain nerves.

Stop, stop, stop: Ever be taking a jog and be stopped in your tracks by a stitch in your side? Ever wonder what causes this sudden pain and how to avoid it? It’s a natural phenom that most people, while running, will exhale as your right foot hits the ground. They’re not sure why, maybe because most people are right handed or right side brain dominate? This downward pressure creates pressure on your liver, which happens to be located on your right side, which then tugs at the diaphragm, which in turn creates the side stitch. The simple fix is to learn to exhale as your left foot hits the ground. Who would have guessed that?

Brain Freeze: Most likely everyone has experienced what is referred to as brain freeze. It’s an event that occurs when eating or drinking very cold solid or liquid substances and you suddenly experience an extreme headache. Although temporary the pain can be quite unsettling. What creates this occurrence is the nerves in the roof of your mouth become very cold as the frigid substance (ice cream) passes on the way down the throat. These nerves tell the brain the roof of your mouth is freezing, and being located adjacent, the body assumes the brain is also freezing. In order to prevent damage to the brain, the body overcompensates and overheats, thus causing the “brain freeze.”



You can lessen the pain and duration of the brain freeze by pressing your tongue as flat as possible against the roof of the mouth quickly warming the nerves locate there. That signals the brain the danger no longer exists.

Pins and Needles: Ever have your hand go to sleep while driving or waking up from a nap and an odd hand position? Sometimes the hand experiences a pins & needles stabbing affect, sometimes a dead feeling. This feeling will dissipate eventually but if you need quicker relief, rock your head side to side. What?

The majority of a tingling hand or arm is the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck. By moving the head side to side you loosen the neck muscles, thus relieving the tingling. Compressed nerves in the lower body can create this sensation in the feet, so get up and walk around or at least stand up.

Medical Tricks that allows you to seemingly Breathe Underwater: Ever see a quarter lying at the bottom of the pool and no matter how many times you try to retrieve it, you run out of breath before being successful. Here’s how to increase your time under water. When you’re under water it’s not the lack of oxygen that makes you desperate to breathe and abort to the surface. It’s actually the build up of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, signaling to the brain something is very wrong, which forces you to the surface in order to draw a breath.

To help in this matter, instead of taking a deep breath and going under, take several short breaths, like you were hyperventilating. When you hyperventilate the additional influx of oxygen lowers the blood acidity, which tricks the brain into thinking it has more oxygen than it actually has. These types of medical tricks will buy you an extra 10-12 seconds underwater.

Hocus Pocus Medical Tricks: Wanna win a bar bet by being the strongest person in the bar? Pick out the biggest and strongest person in the bar. Have this person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and tell him to hold that position. Using two fingers try to push his arm down. He’ll resist and you won’t be able to budge his arm. Now try again, but before you do have him rest his foot, either foot, on an object a half inch high, a few magazines will work and return to his original positioning. Using the same two fingers try pushing the arm downward … it’ll fall like a rock.

How? Why? When the person lifts one foot higher than the other, even though its a minute distance, you have misaligned his hips and have offset his spine. His brain will sense the spine is now vulnerable and will shut down the body’s ability to resist to the downward force because the spine is too important to risk injury.

Medical tricks is an easy catch-all phrase for manipulating the body to perform in a directed way. No, stopping a spinning room will not stop a DWI, but it’ll maybe buy you enough time to come to your senses and realize you better not drive.

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Prepper Supplies at Costco – Part II

To continue our Prepper supplies at Costco segment, let’s look at available Prepper camping and survival equipment. To prepare for the majority of crisis events, one must assume they will be caught away from home, or must evacuate the safe confines of home. Therefore, let’s look at some equipment that will make life in the wild sustainable and as comfortable as possible.

Prepper Supplies at Costco – Sleeping Bags

  1. Klymit Traverse Hammock $150.00

  2. Coleman 2 in 1 30 degree to 70 degree sleeping bag $45.00

  3. Klymit 35 degree down sleeping bag $100.00

  4. Klymit 2 person sleeping bag $270.00

  5. Klymit zero degree sleeping/compression bag $190.00

It’s important to be able to protect yourself from the elements, whether it be cold pouring rain, blistering hot sun or heavy frigid snow. Of course each element requires a certain type of shelter, but I don’t think we have any North or South Pole visitors here, so let’s look at normal, quick set up shelters.


Prepper Supplies at Costco – Tents

  1. Coleman 6 person Instant Cabin Tent $130.00

  2. Coleman 6 person Dome Fast Pitch Dome $100.00

  3. Coleman 13’ X 13’ Instant Eave shelter $120.00

  4. Coleman 12’ X 12’ Screen Dome $150.00

  5. Apex Modular Tent $400.00

Having a tent, an avenue to at least protect you from the majority of weather elements, is a giant relief. But… has anyone ever tried sleeping on rocky or wet or buggy ground? Yeah, it’s nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep unless you have reached the point of exhaustion, which is not good. Call it spoiled … I call it smart .. let’s look at ways to add a little comfort to our sleeping facilities.

Prepper Supplies at Costco – Air Beds & Cots

  1. Disco-Bed XL Portable Cot $250.00

  2. Klymit Double V sleeping pad with 2 pillows $120.00

  3. Klymit Insulated Static V Pad & Pillow $70.00

  4. Klymit Self Inflate Sleeping Pad & Pillow $60.00

  5. Light-speed Outdoor 3” Deluxe Sleep Pad $100.00

  6. Aero Comfort Loc Queen Size Air Mattress $150.00


Cooking Equipment

Most primitive or survival type situations will most likely have you cooking on a grill of natural material. A ring of rocks, to contain the fire, and sticks to skewer the food to be cooked. But it never hurts to look at a couple of alternative methods if the situation fits.

  1. Coleman & Triton Propane Stove $70.00

  2. Elevate Grill $200.00

I must stress these suggested Prepper Supplies at Costco are just that … suggestions and are not meant to be all-inclusive. But it gives the beginner a place to start reviewing their needs at prices that do not break the bank. Prepper supplies and equipment can quickly become very expensive and a newbie can quickly become a “kid in the candy store.”

I’ll finish with this tip. Quality Prepper equipment is one of the things, for the most part, that you get what you paid for. Don’t expect a $45.00 sleeping bag to keep you warm in zero degree environments. It won’t.

Prepper Supplies at Costco

Prepper supplies at Costco sounds like the beginning of an advertising commercial, an immediate turn off for me. However, sometimes people who are somewhat familiar with the Prepping lifestyle, forget what it was like when they first began. Where do I start? What should I concentrate on first? I’ve a limited budget so where do I buy the least expensive items. On and on.

This is not an endorsement of Costco, as we’ll explore other venues that offer essentially the same products, but Costco is a very familiar name and located over a vast area of the country. Therefore, I decided to begin our series of where to obtain “Prepper and Survivalist” supplies at wholesale prices at a large wholesale outlet. Let’s start our Prepper supplies at Costco with food.

*** I have listed prices at the time this article was written and there is no guarantee the prices won’t change, but it’s a guideline of estimated costs.

30 day supply

Bulk Food Supplies:

  1. Mountain House 12 servings turkey dinners $47.00

  2. 6 pack of P&B powdered peanut butter $47.00

  3. 60 servings of Mountain House dried breakfast skillet $160.00

  4. Mountain House Lasagna 60 servings $150.00

  5. Chef’s Banquet Macaroni and Cheese Bucket 180 servings $90.00

  6. 320 servings of freeze dried variety vegetable bucket $110.00

  7. 72 hour survival food kit $100.00

  8. Mountain House 4 day supply 28 servings $70.00

  9. Emergency Food Ark Month supply of 390 servings $115.00

  10. Mountain House Freeze Dried chicken stew 60 servings $145.00

  11. Mountain House freeze dried beef Stroganoff 60 servings $ 130.00

  12. Easy Prep cook in bag instant entree 236 servings $190.00

  13. Mountain House 30 day outdoor adventure meal 204 servings $ 480.00

  14. Glory Bee Clover Blossom Honey 40 lb $127.00


236 servings

This finishes our first article on Prepper supplies at Costco concerning food. I have decided to write several small articles concentrating on only one or two items in the event somebody would want to build their cache in small steps and I thought this would be the best and not so overwhelming. Until next time.