Diatomaceous Earth? Here’s How To Use It

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth, aka DE, is a completely natural product derived from fossilized diatoms, which are hard-shelled algae from bodies of water. You’ll usually buy it in the form of a light-colored powder, and it’s not expensive. It does meet one of our biggest needs as preppers – it’s multi-purpose. [Read more…]

Top Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Preserved Foods To Survive Winter

Especially if you live in an area where the weather will be bad, you’ll need to stockpile enough food to get you and your family through the winter. This can be a daunting task until you do it a few times and get used to tallying in your head how much you’ll need. [Read more…]

15 Skills For Surviving A Collapsed City

Skills For Surviving A Collapsed City

Will you survive a disaster in a city without having resources such as water, food, and safe shelter at your immediate disposal? You’re going to be facing hard times and the adversity from your fellow urbanites who aren’t survival-savvy. [Read more…]

How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

Compost

How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

Manure tea – doesn’t that just sound like something you’d like to have some crumpets with? Well, no.

But your garden will most definitely enjoy a cup, so today we’re going to talk about how to make and use your very own manure tea to get the best out of your crops.

Don’t mistake manure tea with compost tea; they’re two completely different beasts. Compost tea is all about microorganisms that are beneficial to both soil and plants. Manure tea is all about the nutrients in manure. [Read more…]

Why Should You Build Your Own Power Generator?

Power Generator

Why Should You Build Your Own Power Generator?

It’s a safe bet that you’ve come to the realization that dependence on a power grid is a bad thing. As much as you’d like to live entirely without it, electricity is an integral part of day to day life and, to be honest, you probably don’t WANT to live entirely without it. You need a better option.

Fortunately for you, you’ve started at a great time. There is a now huge push to live off the grid and suppliers of home generators that run on solar or biodiesel power are abundant. However, there are a few problems associated with this equipment that have led many people to learn to build their own power generators. [Read more…]

Diseases to Fear in the Aftermath of Disaster

Diseases

Diseases to Fear in the Aftermath of Disaster

Many people believe that the biggest fear in a post SHTF situation is going to be starvation or attack from our fellow human beings, but the likelihood of mass death by disease in the aftermath of disaster is a much more terrifying probability.

Think about it for a minute: if you’ve prepared for long-term survival either independently or with a group, you’ve likely got a defense plan in place, too. This includes invasion from desperate people who didn’t prepare, or from other enemy forces. These desperate people are going to starve off or kill each other off quickly if they don’t ingratiate themselves to a sympathetic group post-haste.

Either way, that threat will be neutralized in a few months or less. Starvation won’t be an issue for you as long as you manage to defend your stockpile.

So what, then, is going to be the next biggest threat? Disease, according to those who’ve thought about it.

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Illness is easily spread just by drinking contaminated water. Poor water sanitation is going to be the source of many diseases to fear in the aftermath of disaster.

In a SHTF situation, sewers are going to contaminate water supplies. Just one person improperly disposing of waste can contaminate the water within up to a 50-mile radius.

This will cause outbreaks of cholera, diphtheria, viral gastroenteritis, hepatitis A, typhoid, diarrheal diseases and intestinal parasites.

Unfortunately, most people won’t know how to properly sanitize water prior to drinking it and will most likely not know that these diseases can be contracted by bathing in contaminated water, as well. Don’t skip this step in your disaster preparedness.

Know how to purify water and have the equipment to do so.

Diseases and Infections of the Respiratory System

Illnesses and diseases such as the tuberculosis, whooping cough, flu, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia will kill millions and spread like wildfire.

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They’re air-born and easily spread through even minimal physical contact. One person coughs into his hand, then shakes hands with somebody and BAM – he’s just spread his disease.

Many of these illnesses aren’t necessarily lethal to healthy adults but they can easily kill kids and the elderly. It will be imperative that you monitor all of your people closely and sequester them if symptoms appear.

Also, we would recommend quarantining any new people that you allow into your group for at least a week. This isn’t a time to be nice – it’s a time to survive.

Diseases Carried by Insects

Malaria, West Nile Virus, Lyme’s disease, Murine typhus and even the plague are spread via insects and vermin such as mosquitos, fleas, ticks, and rats.

Though these are lethal, the good thing is that most of them are fairly easy to avoid with good sanitation practices. Don’t let water stand so that it can attract mosquitos, keep your living area clean so that it doesn’t attract rats, and do what you can to prevent fleas and ticks.20893101_s

Infections

What do you do if you cut your foot on a rusty nail? You think back to when you had your last tetanus shot, of course! If you’ve had one in the last 10 years, you monitor the wound for infection and keep it clean.

If it gets infected, you take antibiotics. Uh-oh. Tetanus shots and antibiotics most likely aren’t going to be available in a post-SHTF scenario and you should assume that strange water sources are contaminated, so now what?300x100_smd_02

Infections lead to such conditions as gangrene and sepsis and can be fatal. It’s going to be crucial in a SHTF scenario that you take extreme care of any type of wound in order to avoid infection. In this case, an ounce of prevention will be worth a pound of cure!

There are also some conditions related to malnutrition such as rickets and diarrhea that will be of concern, but these are the major ones that are the most likely to get you.

Not to be an alarmist, but we know for certain that our government keeps viruses for warfare and pharmaceutical companies have bugs quarantined in the interest of research. What happens to these bugs if some unsuspecting soul opens those coolers looking for food or supplies? That’s another scare altogether, but it’s one that is within the realm of possibility.

The best way to avoid any of these conditions is proper sanitation and segregation of the sick. Be careful when speaking to strangers, don’t share drinking or eating vessels or utensils, don’t drink from or bathe in questionable water sources, and wash your hands frequently.

Rest assured, these are just some of the diseases to fear in the aftermath of disaster. Just as with everything else, though, all we can do is our best. Knowledge is power, and we hope we’ve helped with that!

 

Other useful resources:33

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

Drought USA(Discover The Amazing Device That Turns Air Into Water)

 

SOURCE : survivopedia.com

Helping Others after Disaster

Without a doubt, the best thing that you can do to help others in a SHTF situation is prepare in advance. You prepare for yourself for disaster but have you considered the advantages of getting your community involved?

Chances are good that even though you may feel all alone in your prepping efforts, there are many like-minded individuals right in your community. Work with other preppers to form a plan and include what to do to help the oldies in your area as well as people with other physical limitations and families with several kids.

In a SHTF situation, every single person in a group has some worth: sometimes the challenge is finding the best job for each person. Particularly if there are physical limitations such as those brought about by age or physical disability, utilizing your human resources to the fullest potential can require some creativity and forethought. That’s where a good leader will excel.

Before we even get into the process of assigning responsibilities to oldies, kids, and other people with physical considerations, let’s talk first about how to establish some organization so that when a SHTF situation arises, everybody knows what to do and can perform seamlessly as a team, to ensure the survival of the group.

Organizing in Advance

Get together with other preppers in your area and establish a committee with a defined leader and people who are assigned to be in charge of key areas such as food, defense, and medical needs.

Make plans for leadership style after the SHTF, discuss different types of leadership and decide upon which type best suits the needs of your group.  This will help to promote a feeling of normalcy as well as streamline the organizational process.

Choose a leader wisely and base your decision on the capability, integrity, and experience of the person for whom you vote.  This person should be somebody that the entire group can trust, if not like. A good leader will have the experience and the creativity to use every resource in the group effectively and efficiently. Having established leaders will help the entire group remain cohesive in a disaster and will also promote feelings of security and community.

dreamstime_xs_16929554-199x300To ensure that a plan remains in place should something happen to your leader, it’s a good idea to choose a committee of responsible people with an established hierarchy. Committees also help distribute responsibilities and foster a feeling of ownership amongst your members.

Oldies and people with less physical capabilities shouldn’t be dismissed offhand for these roles because they can often contribute significantly to the group.

Discuss roles of each community member. While one person may have a huge pantry and kitchen that would serve as a mess hall for everybody, another may have a large storage area where medical supplies or other items of need may be stored. Utilize your resources.

Personal Roles after Disaster

Take into consideration every person’s abilities. Oldies and younger kids may not be able to perform many of the physical duties that able-bodied members can, but they can still fill vital roles when SHTF.

Consider for instance that somebody is going to need to keep track of supplies and monitor what goes out and what comes in. Fires may need tended and meals will need to be cooked. The group will also need somebody to watch the smaller children in defense situations or if search or hunting parties need to leave.

It’s important that every man, woman, and child has a role and that their particular strengths are utilized to the fullest. A good leader will be able to organize required tasks and put the best people for the job on them.

Most importantly, don’t discount somebody just because they’re older or physically less capable. In a SHTF situation, brains, creativity, and the ability to think effectively under duress are often more vital to survival than brawn.

Some Tips for Helping Others in a SHTF Situation

dreamstime_xs_30864473-199x300Remember that when SHTF, the rules are going to change.

People aren’t going to be trusting and there will be those who did not prepare and will turn to looting and other acts of crime just to survive.

Emergency services aren’t going to be there for you so you must be prepared to take of yourself and fellow community members. This requires good planning.

Here are some final tips to help you help others and therefore help yourself.

  • In order to be of help to anybody, you must first know them. Be an active member of the community and get to know your group. Establishing relationships is a great way to build trust.
  • Know each member’s strengths and weaknesses, and plan around them.For instance, one person may have advanced medical training but is in a wheelchair. Plan accordingly to get that person front and center so that he or she is safe and those skills are utilized.
  • Establish “buddy neighbors” for oldies or people with several small children. As soon as it’s safe, the buddy will check on those neighbors and help get them to safety.
  • Make sure that everybody has a role. It not only expands your resources, it gives people ownership and a sense of responsibility. Having a job helps people remain calm when SHTF.
  • Establish meeting places so that everybody knows where to go post-SHTF.

These are just a few ideas to take with you to your community meetings. The best part about working with others is that you have the advantage of brainstorming.

Establish your plans, and plan for contingencies and different SHTF situations. Every time that you meet to discuss and plan, you’re forming bonds and building trust, both of which will help you get safely through a crisis.

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SOURCE : survivopedia.com

12 SHTF Warning Signs from Animals

When it comes to natural disasters, animals are way further ahead of the curve than people are. They just seem to be able to sense change in the air. If you know what to look for, you can take advantage of the warning signs exhibited by your four-legged forecasters and winged weathermen.

Before casting this particular article aside, consider the fact that when the tsunami hit Thailand in 2004, nearly all of the animals who were free to roam made it to higher ground and survived. More than 200,000 humans died. That’s either one tremendous coincidence or the animals knew something that we didn’t.

Nowhere in the following paragraphs are we going to mention any kind of puppy ESP because that’s not what this is about. What we WILL discuss is the potential science behind how animals know when a SHTF situation is about to occur.

We’re also going to touch on 12 warning signs from animals for SHTF. First, let’s discuss HOW they know that weather is changing.

horse-300x221Infrasonics are extremely low-pitched vibrations and are emitted by such natural disasters as earthquakes and tidal waves. Infrasonic vibration causes nausea and nervousness in people.

Animals such as cows, horses, and elephants can hear lower levels than we can so maybe they interpret these vibrations as signs of danger and head for safety. They may also be able to feel them with their feet.

If you notice your animals fretting, or happen to live where you can see elephants migrating, take heed.

Barometric (air) and hydrostatic (water) pressure changes are more noticeable to animals than they are to most humans.

When hydrostatic pressure drops, such as it does before hurricanes and other storms, sharks head to deeper water where it’s safe. Bees and other land-dwelling animals react similarly when barometric pressure drops.

All of their senses are just better. When it comes right down to it, people just can’t feel, hear, see, smell or taste nearly as well as many other species.

When it comes to using our senses to detect the weather, we may be able to sense drops in pressure or temperature but we simply can’t hold a candle to an elephant’s sense of feel or a dog’s sense of smell or ability to hear.jumping-fish-front-300x215

As promised, we’re going to toss in a list of animal behaviors that you should watch out for.

If you see these changes, especially if you see more than one of these animals acting like this, take heed because something heavy is on the way.

  1. Bees stop flying around and go to hive.
  2. Birds go to their trees and aren’t flying around. They may migrate completely away.
  3. Fish bite hard one day then completely disappear the next day, or even a few hours later.
  4. Cows and other animals head to high ground and safety.
  5. Dogs and cats go missing. One guy checks lost animal posts in his local newspaper and actually uses that as one of his prediction tools for earthquakes.
  6. Fish jumping an unusual amount, or fish that don’t typically jump, particularly catfish, are jumping. There is some speculation that they can sense changes in the electrical impulses in the air or water caused by impending disasters such as earthquakes.
  7. If you live in an area that has a lot of frogs, they are prone to disappear prior to earthquakes and other natural disasters.
  8. Chickens may become agitated and stop laying eggs a few days before a major storm.
  9. Dogs become more agitated and may bark more or even become aggressive a few days before a major SHTF weather event. They may even refuse to go on a walk or walk to a certain area, such as by the water, during their walks.
  10. Horses, dogs, monkeys, and other pets may refuse food or treats several hours prior to a natural SHTF occurrence.
  11. Bats may be awake and active in the middle of the day a few minutes or even hours prior to a natural disaster occurring.
  12. Just for fun, we want to throw in an 12th sign – HUMAN babies tend to become anxious and irritable when extreme changes in weather are coming.

It’s this last observation that makes you really stop and think. There’s no doubt that animals excel at using their senses to survive but perhaps people have better radar than we think. Maybe we just need to focus on it more and hone it, just like we do any other skill.

Using animals to predict weather isn’t just backwoods mumbo-jumbo. Millions of dollars per year are being invested in finding out how effective animals are at predicting weather. Scientists know that there’s something more to it that just random luck and they’re working diligently to prove it. They would even like to use it to anticipate when and where natural disasters are going to occur.

Don’t make the mistake of writing off your animals’ weird behavior shifts: they may be the best predictor of SHTF that you could ever ask for!

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SOURCE : survivopedia.com