Emergency Food Storage For a Million, Billion Years!? – Basic Steps For Starting A Supply Of Food And Water Preps

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Emergency Food Storage For a Million, Billion Years!?

The Doomsday Clock is the closest it has ever been to midnight. 2-1/2 minutes.
And the current time does not account for recent global events…

The terror will paralyze most, who will do nothing at all due to shock and terror. There will even be those who will suffer heart-attacks from the fear and panic of the horrific event. Chaos. [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…]

Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era

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Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era

We can learn from the philosophy of ‘using and reusing’ that Depression era folks were forced to live with. We can learn by examining what the skills were during the Great Depression era. Who were those that were able to find some work, those who were better able to survive those very difficult times?

What were the survival skills of that time and would they apply to surviving in a future post-collapse world? Warning To America — When The Economy Crashes In 28 May 2016 Parts Of America Will Resemble A 3rd World Country [Read more…]

Are you ready for a Collapse of the U.S Food Supply System and a Coming Food Crisis?

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Are you ready for a Collapse of the U.S Food Supply System and a Coming Food Crisis?

How to prepare for a Global Food Shortage 

You never ever thought this could happen in America. Well it is, and if you arent’t prepared you could be putting your whole family in jeopard. While you’re at it, think about storing food and some fresh water too. People thing are going to start getting really tough. Not to alarm you, but it won’t be long when you see people fighting over the point of protecting what they have from thieves.  [Read more…]

Doomsday Preppers Prepare for the End of the World

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Doomsday Preppers Prepare for the End of the World

What if the end came not with a bang or a boom or a trumpet blast, the seventh trumpet of Revelations that is, heralding the final woe of the Apocalypse.

No, what if the end were self-inflicted?

What if all it took was a breakdown of the political system we all take for granted to trigger the ultimate collapse of civil society? A collapse significant enough to cause a run on the bank and the gas pumps and the grocery store shelves.

That’s a doomsday scenario. And that’s the lens through which doomsday preppers view what’s been going on in Washington this week.

“The economy is by far No. 1. I would say 80 to 90 percent of the people that I deal with are concerned about where the country is heading economically,” said Scott Hunt. “They are worried about their future jobs. Or they’re worried about their children, their grandchildren, where they’re gonna get their jobs from.”

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Bug-Out Backup: How to Find Shelter Undergound

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Bug-Out Backup: How to Find Shelter Undergound

Shelter is widely understood as being one of the top needs for survival. More than anything, shelter provides a means of protection from adverse weather, helping us to maintain our body heat and not die of hypothermia. In addition, a shelter can help protect us from attack by enemies or those who are just careless with their guns.

There are a lot of people talking about underground shelters these days. Usually they refer to these shelters as bunkers; places of protection from attack in which a person or a family could survive a breakdown of society or other cataclysmic event. That’s not what I want to talk about in this article; what I want to talk about is emergency urban shelters.

You probably already have an urban shelter, called your home. How secure that shelter is against major weather events or attacks has a lot to do with the home’s construction. Some homes are fairly robust, being able to survive a hurricane or even a fairly determined attack by a small group of enemies.

However, no home can survive everything that can be thrown at it. In the case of a tornado or ground warfare, those homes are likely to be destroyed too.

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What would you do if your home was suddenly destroyed or you were suddenly forced to abandon it? During World War II, countless millions of people were faced with that very problem. That war, which was often fought from house to house, destroyed entire cities, leaving everything in rubble. Those civilians who managed to survive were suddenly thrust into a severe survival situation.

No matter what, it’s possible to find shelter. Man is a builder and while much of what we build can be destroyed, there are often structures that will survive. More often than not, underground structures have a better chance of surviving natural or man-made destruction.

Find out more about bugging in or out in Conquering the Coming Collapse. 

Even if a home or office building is totally destroyed, the basement will probably survive.shelter

Parts of the basement may be inaccessible due to the rubble from the floors above.

But it’s actually rather common that there will be habitable areas in the basement, where there is little rubble, but there is good protection from the weather and whatever is happening at ground level.

In addition to basements, there are other underground structures that man makes, any of which can be used as an emergency shelter:

  • Tunnels
  • Subways
  • Storm sewers
  • Abandoned storage tanks

What to Look for when Hiding

There are several things to keep in mind when looking for an underground shelter. The first and probably most important is that it won’t fill up with water, drowning you in your shelter. This means that water entry must be limited. If the shelter contains any drainage, that’s even better.

You also want to avoid anyplace that is going to leave you trapped. This is the problem I have with most people’s bunkers; once inside, they’re essentially trapped. Most wild animals know enough to make sure that their underground burrows have an emergency exit.

Make sure that your emergency exit is hidden enough and far enough away that you can use it without getting killed by the same people who might be trying to get in the entrance.

Good camouflage will help. If everything is in ruins and you build a shelter in a basement that looks like a nicely built shelter in the basement, others will become suspicious. You can pretty much be sure that at least some of the curious ones would have no compunction against killing you to steal your shelter.

Your shelter will invariably need some improvements, even if you find a shelter that looks fairly good (relatively speaking). In such a case, there will probably be a lot of scrap material lying around, from homes that have been destroyed. That material is ideal; as it can be made to look like it fell there naturally, camouflaging your shelter.

The inside of your shelter can be as nice or as fancy as you can make it. There are often furnishings and even carpets which will survive a disaster and can be used in your shelter. If you are sharing the shelter with others, try and give each person some private space, by breaking up your shelter with furniture, walls or blankets acting as walls. This will help prevent conflict from the stress of being in an enclosed space together.

Keep in mind that smoke can be a huge giveaway as to your location. You’ll probably need a fire to cook and keep warm. Be careful about where you place your fire, as well as what types of wood you are burning.

Plywood will give off a lot of smoke, due to the resins that hold the layers together.Likewise, pressure treated lumber is a bad choice for the resins that it contains. Any wood that is wet will give off a lot of smoke. Be sure to use clean, dry wood, without any paint or varnish.

An old trick is to have the smoke from your fire disperse through a tree. The tree’s branches and leaves cause the smoke to break up and spread out, making it less obvious. If you don’t have a tree, you can accomplish more or less the same thing using rubble from the buildings. Have the smoke from your fire pass through rubble that will break it up and disperse it.

 

Other useful resources:Conquering_resize1

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)

 

 

SOURCE : This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Off-grid Project: DIY Burnable Bricks & Logs Out of Paper

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Off-grid Project: DIY Burnable Bricks & Logs Out of Paper

The ability to make long burning fire logs or fire bricks could be a life saver during and after a major crisis. The time to learn how to make, use, and store them is now, before any major crisis starts.

Right now, devices used to make fire bricks and logs are as close as your favorite hardware store; but in a time after a major crisis there will be no place to buy them.

Fortunately, you can use simple materials from around the house, the yard, or even a junk pile to make a fire log or fire brick maker. [Read more…]

Top 10 Survival Skills for after the SHTF

SurvivalSkillsIf you have as one of your concerns a total collapse in society regardless of the reason, there are people out there who will tell you that you need to have knowledge or skills you can sell. Why is this? Let’s take the example scenario of an economic collapse? If there are no jobs as a customer service representative or a social media consultant; what will you do to make money? What will the people who traded stock do? What about people who sell cars? If we are in a true economic collapse, the only people who can be logically expected to survive are people who possess goods or services someone is willing to buy or barter for or those who have survival skills.

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What do I mean by survival skills? Do I mean someone who can navigate by the stars? No. Do I mean someone who can make a fire with a bow saw? No, although that is a really great skill to have. I am talking about skills for a certain limited set of trades and more importantly the skills we have all long forgotten to a major degree. In this post I want to talk about my ideas for the best, most pertinent survival skills you need to consider if you are prepping your family for any event where we as a country or even our world can’t dig us out of with a tractor. When the real end of the world as we know it arrives, what will you need to give you the best chance of making it through?

What Skills do you need to have?

That is a good question if you ask me because I have seen a lot of advice from people who on the surface seem to have a great idea or 20. The usual suspects are what might be considered our pioneering skills and I won’t discount those completely, but I will give you my thoughts and welcome all of the feedback you have in the comments below.

From the perspective of a total economic collapse, war, biological outbreak, EMP attack we will be looking at such a seismic shift in our lives that even the very concept of commerce could be set back years maybe decades. Having goods or services people want is a nice idea, but what if nobody can afford it? What if nobody knows you have these goods or services? You won’t be able to advertise in the Yellow pages anymore and your Etsy store might not be online anymore. Classifieds in the newspapers? Maybe your town will have a bulletin board where you can post an ad you make that highlights your services to the community. We simply don’t live in small towns with a main street and not much else anymore. You can’t hang your shingle out on the front porch and expect a lot of drive through traffic so how will the word get out so that people come to your “store” to conduct business?

Our society has developed to a point where the old models of commerce have changed. Imagine a world with no cars or few of them. If we have an economic collapse that renders fuel out of reach of the hands of most people, you won’t be able to drive to the next town to get some work done. Everything is going to change.

Are you trying to make a living at this, or live because of this?

I think the perspective of most of these lists on Survival blogs is from the standpoint of what can you do to earn money if we go through an economic collapse. What will you do for a living if the company you are working for now suddenly closes? If we have another stock market crash and hundreds or thousands of companies close because they can no longer purchase the raw materials they need to create products, or the products they do create aren’t sold anymore; what will you do for a living? How will you feed your family if you can’t afford the food in the grocery stores? What if there is no EBT system because our Government is broke? What if the computers are down?

The problem of an economy that is almost completely based on Services is that if people don’t have money for these services, you could be out of a job. Think of just two small examples of lawn services and maid services. These two industries exist primarily because people make enough money that their time is worth more to them than the cost of hiring someone else to do these two jobs. When you start seeing companies close and people are out of work, the two industries like lawn services and maids will disappear.

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The skills I am considering aren’t necessarily going to earn you a living, but they could. From the standpoint of a total societal collapse, I am thinking about not what I can make a living from, but what skills are going to keep me living?

1 – Growing your own food

This is the number one skill I believe you can have. For starters, if there are no jobs, there most likely won’t be any grocery stores. Having a garden on land that you are living on is the surest way you can take the responsibility for feeding your family into your own hands. Start a garden nowbecause this isn’t a skill you can easily ramp up on after a collapse. It is one thing to add additional crops, but it is another thing entirely to face an empty patch of lawn with a bucket of seeds in December. Knowing how to save seeds is also important because if the collapse is bad enough, the local Wal-mart might not be open anymore.

2 – Obtaining and filtering a steady source of water

Water is more important in terms of living than food is, but growing food is harder for most people than finding water. After your garden is growing, start a project of collecting rain in rain barrels or digging a well. Just having a 50 gallon barrel in your basement isn’t going to be enough in a true collapse scenario. Once you have water, you will need to treat it unless it comes from a clean source underground.

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One of the major problems of any collapse is the other people you have to worry about. As we saw in just the last Doomsday Preppers episode, there are opportunistic scavengers out there who have no remorse when it comes to separating you from your supplies. You have to have the skills to defend your home and family from people like this. Good training from someone who has actually lived through a war can be found at the SHTF School. The other side of this could be caring for your instruments that will assist you in securing your home. Basic tools and parts to maintain weapons are essential. If your expensive rifle with all of the sexy hardware on it breaks a firing pin, it becomes a club.

4 – Providing intermediate level medical care

Food and water will keep you alive, but at some point everyone gets hurt. The hope is that injuries are minor, but they could require additional first aid and possibly antibiotics to treat infection. At a minimum, a well stocked family sized first aid kit is essential. I have several just in case. Next up you need to know how to treat wounds like burns and cuts. Having a supply of fish antibiotics can be the one thing that keeps you alive when an otherwise minor cut could kill others in a post collapse world.

5 – Operating alternative power

One of my long term goals is to be completely self-sufficient from the electrical power grid. I do appreciate the irony in that statement seeing as how I run a blog, but the power we need to live off of in our daily routines could come primarily from the sun. An entire home solar system isn’t cheap at all, but you can start small. A couple of 100W photovoltaic panels, an inverter and several batteries or even a simple solar system could give you an advantage in a survival situation. Having the skills to help set these up for people could make you doubly valuable.

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6 – Raising livestock for food/Hunting

A garden is a great way to stay alive and some of my vegetarian friends would say that’s all you need. However, meat is something our bodies naturally need and you can get this several ways. Preppers usually go for chickens, rabbits, sheep and pigs in terms of livestock because they are all relatively easy to raise and produce good meat. Hunting is another option and gives you a great survival skill set you can use in other situations. Knowing how to butcher and eat what you catch is very important also. Aquaponics is another method that not only gives you a great source of fish, but can also fertilize the garden as well. This is one of those skills that will take a little know how and preparation prior to the grid going down unless you live near a big PVC factory and a tilapia farm.

7 – Communications

Being able to know what is going on in your city, state, region or even country is important. A lot of people have shortwave capable radios that can receive broadcasts from stations overseas, but if you want the best of all prepper communication options, you need to get into Ham radio. The basic equipment to start with Ham is relatively cheap but is possibly your best bet in anything other than an EMP scenario of staying in contact with others and relaying information to your group. Of course, you can build Faraday cages to shield your electronics like this for extra protection.

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The jack of all trades lumps a lot of other skills together because I think you will be using these more for yourselves than selling this service to other people. Things like basic carpentry skills; welding, plumbing; electrical work and even animal husbandry come to mind. I don’t know that I can envision anyone starting their own plumbing company for a while after the grid goes down but it is possible. What I can see though is a pipe busting in your house and you not having any money to call a plumber. Other skills fall into this like making soap, sewing, leather-working or knitting and cooking. None of the realities of life go away in a collapse, how we deal with them changes.

9 – Forager

This I put lower on the list because I do agree it is a valid way to survive, but of all the items above, I would want to rely on this least. Knowing the local varieties of plants, fruits, leaves, roots and nuts are edible can certainly augment your diet and keep you from starving. I know that there are several books out there that go into this subject to a high level, but I personally would rather pick something out of my garden that I know what it is than rely on a picture or description of something that may kill me.

10 – Weatherman

No, you won’t have a job standing in front of a green screen holding a remote control showing the weather fronts moving across the plains, but knowing how to forecast the weather is definitely a skill that could save your life in a few ways. For instance, the recent tornadoes that struck Illinois and Indiana would have been more deadly if people hadn’t been warned by the news. What if there were no news crews watching super Doppler radar? You will need to know how to forecast weather the old fashioned way to protect your crops and animals if it is going to snow or freeze.

These are just the ones off the top of my head, but I am sure you all will have more. I’d love to hear your ideas for the best survival skills in the comments below.

Other useful resources:ec_250x200_nf3-60ec08d

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)

 

 

SOURCE : www.theprepperjournal.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

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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

Growing Food in Different Climate Zones

Starting a new fruit or vegetable garden can be an exciting time, and it can be difficult to know where exactly to begin. Even experienced gardeners can find themselves overwhelmed when trying to grow food in a completely new climate. Which crops grow best? How long is the growing season? When is the last average frost date (assuming you aren’t living in a tropical zone)? These are the sorts of questions to start with. Fortunately, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a nationwide standard of splitting the country up into 11 basic hardiness zones based on the area’s coldest average temperatures in winter. Their interactive USDA Hardiness Zone Map is therefore an excellent place to start.

 

Once you identify your region’s USDA climate zone, you can get a good idea of factors such as how long winters last, how cold it gets, the length of the growing season, and which food crops and can’t thrive.

The USDA hardiness definitions and map does provide a great basic framework to get you started, but keep in mind that it does have its limitations. Because hardiness is only measured by the coldest temperatures of the year, it doesn’t take other climate factors into account. Some of these can include: the amount of precipitation, humidity, maximum temperatures and soil conditions. Both the high deserts of New Mexico and much of Connecticut, for example, are USDA Zone 6a, but their climates are still completely different. If you happen to live in the western United States, for example, and you’d like a more specific climate zone map, Sunset’s detailed climate zone map takes much more into account, helping you pinpoint your area’s overall growing conditions.

Before you get planting, you should also be aware of micro-climates, which are basically mini-climate zones created by features like bodies of water, parking lots or, more likely, the walls of your home. Taking advantage of micro-climates in your garden can help ensure that you’re plantings will thrive.

For more information on your region’s growing conditions, as well as help with common pests, soil amendments and other gardening stuff, consider visiting a local nursery, botanical garden or County Extension Office.

Each USDA climate zone has its own planting schedule, and has two basic growing seasons: warm and cool. The cool growing season, perfect for growing carrots, greens and radishes, takes place every spring and fall, and sometimes winter in the warmer zones. The warm growing season, featuring tomatoes, corn and squash, gets going in late spring and lasts through early fall. Growing seasons in the sub-tropics and the tropics work a little differently, as the growing season technically lasts all year. Their planting times are generally based around annual rainfall patterns.

Below is a basic overview of the 13 USDA plant hardiness zones. Note that you can extend your growing season by utilizing micro-climates and by offering protection from the cold with row covers or cold frames.

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Zones 1-2
Located in Alaska, the northern continental US and high mountains, this zone is defined by long, cold winters and a very short growing season.

Growing season: April – September
Coldest temperatures: -60 to -40F
Best plants to grow: Vine tomatoes, lettuce, kale, broccoli, asparagus, eggplant, other vegetables with short time between planting and harvest

Zones 3-4
Located in the northernmost US states and cool mountain regions, these zones enjoy a slightly warmer and longer growing season with very cold winters.

• Growing season: April – October
• Coldest temperatures: -40 to -20F
• Best plants to grow: Vine tomatoes, lettuce, kale, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, strawberries, eggplant, sweet peas, pole beans, winter squash, red and white potatoes

Zones 5-6
Encompassing much of the continental US, these planting zones stretch from Washington and Oregon, down to New Mexico, and across the midwest to New England.

• Growing season: March – October
• Coldest temperatures: -20 to 0F
• Best plants to grow: Tomatoes, corn, squash, melons, beans, strawberries, lettuce and other greens in the spring and fall

Zones 7-8
Defined by long, hot summers and mild winters, these zones cover much of the southern US, including the desert southwest and many southern states.

• Growing season: March-November
• Coldest temperatures: 0 to 20F
• Best plants to grow: Corn, tomatoes, melons, squash, collard greens, carrots, bush beans, asparagus and leafy greens during the cooler months

Zones 9-10
These sub-tropical to mild temperate growing zones cover much of the deep South, the Gulf coast, most of Florida and southern California. If protection is offered, the growing season can last throughout the year, though the occasional frost may still occur.

• Growing season: February-November
• Coldest temperatures: 20 to 40F
• Best plants to grow: Tomatoes, melons, squash, corn, peppers, yams, citrus, peaches, figs, bananas, salad greens and sweet peas during the cooler months

Zones 11-13
Found only in Hawaii and the US territory of Puerto Rico, these tropical growing zones feature a tropical climate and year-round growing season with planting times based around the wet and dry seasons.

• Growing season: Year-round
• Coldest temperatures: 40 to 70F
• Best crops to grow: kale, okinawa spinach, pole beans, passionfruit, sweet potato, red potato, cassava, pineapple, pumpkin, mango, papaya, Thai chili peppers, citrus, bananas, taro
• Crops to avoid: Any fruits requiring chill time, including berries, cherries, apples and peaches

Growing your own food is a fun, family-friendly hobby with tasty and nutritious rewards. Whether you’re a newbie trying out your first tomato plants, or a seasoned pro moving to a new state, understanding your garden’s climate zone is the first step towards planning and growing a successful, productive garden.

Find out more about food independence on Backyard Liberty.

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A Basic Guide to Shelters

main-300x185Depending on the region you live in, and the range of possible disasters you wish to prepare for, there are a variety of emergency shelters you can purchase or construct to better prepare yourself. You may not be in the market for a post-nuclear holocaust bunker, but you may very well be living in an area that is at risk from floods, severe storms, earthquakes and tornadoes or other natural disasters. While you can’t prepare for every possible scenario, you can ensure that you and your family have adequate shelter from the most common natural disasters in your area.
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5 Plants from the Kitchen for Your Health

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It’s been known since ancient times that vegetables and herbs are crucial in maintaining health and improving your well

being. But some of those common plants and herbs have medical properties and can turn into natural medicine when living-off-the-grid. What else would you use these items for? Let’s take a short look at some of the common vegetables preppers should have in their stockpiles. [Read more…]

Are You Prepared to Use Violence to Stop Violence?

Are You Prepared to Use Violence to Stop Violence?

Are You Prepared to Use Violence to Stop Violence

If asked, “are you willing to use violence to stop violence against you or a loved one?” many of us would answer “yes”. I know I would. The truth is, unless you’ve been tested, you really don’t know. During the last couple of months, I have put in a lot of drive time, listening to the audiobook “On Killing” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. [Read more…]

Introduction to Self-defense

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Introduction to Self-defense

Whether you live in an urban, suburban or more rural area, the topic of self-defense is a pertinent one and well worth discussing. With petty and violent crimes alike happening virtually everywhere these days, more and more people all over the world are taking an interest in various methods of self-defense.
It’s a well-known fact that criminals tend to choose ‘easy’ targets, preying upon those who are unaware or who don’t see them coming. With a bit of knowledge and a little effort, you can ensure that you and your loved ones aren’t the easiest targets around. [Read more…]

Top 7 Must Have Survival Skills

In order to be a good survivalist, you need to get the basics down. The following compilation breaks down the top seven skills that every survivalist must have in order to last the first few days.

 

7 – Basic First Aid.

You’ll never be able to make it very far if you don’t know how to take care of yourself. Make sure that you know how to clean a wound and how to properly bandage it. Also, know different methods for dislodging an item in your throat is helpful, especially if you will be away for a long period of time.

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6 – Self Defense.

You should know how to protect yourself against others, without the use of weapons. There are plenty of free resources available to teach basic self-defense techniques. Most people have an innate ability to defend themselves in critical situations, but brushing up a bit wouldn’t hurt.

 

5 – Reading a map and using a compass.

Reading a map and using a compass may seem commonplace, but in today’s world a compass is becoming a thing from the past. If you rely heavily on GPS guided directions or get mixed up with your directions easily, spending some time with a compass and a map of the area can give you some good practice.

 

4 – Building a shelter.

It’s important to know the basics here. If you ever do get lost or something happens to your shelter, it’s good to know how to rebuild. As a general rule of thumb, shelters should always be slightly elevated from the ground. Pay attention to your surroundings and find materials that will help accomplish your overall goal. Use tree branches to build the floor and roof, while lining the roof with large leaves.

 

3 – Gathering food.

You won’t last very long in the wilderness if you don’t eat anything. Be able to identify wild fruits and vegetables that are edible. Also, be familiar with fishing and the basics of hunting small game. You can only last so long on fruits and vegetables; at some point you’ll have to get some type of protein.

 

2 – Finding water.

Being able to locate water is a great skill to have. It is essential that you stay hydrated out in the open. You’ll also need to learn how to identify if water is safe to drink. You can tell how safe water is to drink by the location you found the water, the murkiness of the water, and by the amount of particles in the water. As a general rule of thumb, upstream is usually better than downstream. No matter where you find the water, it’s always a good practice to boil and filter the water before you drink it. This way, you’ll be minimizing your chances of ingesting any bad bacteria.

 

1 – Making a fire.

Making a fire is the most important survival skill to have because without a fire, you can’t boil water, cook food, or have a steady light during the evening hours. Remember, it’s always a good idea to start a fire by burning small brush and working your way up to large logs. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try to start a fire with flint.

 

Other useful resources:fsd300reg94n-db5c9a4

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)