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Comments Off on How to Make a Gas Mask

Buying a military grade gas mask is easier than ever today, with surplus stores in most towns, and the internet offering them at affordable prices.  If you haven’t purchased on yet, or you can’t justify the costs right now, you can always provide yourself and your family with some level of protection by making your own homemade gas mask. The instructions for building your own gas mask are simple, and require common household items, or items that you can get from virtually anywhere without spending more than a few dollars.  Keep in mind, however, that these gas masks aren’t going to filter out all the potential toxins you may be exposed to, and they are only going to work if […]

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If you’re ever stuck out in the wilderness overnight without a tent or other survival gear, you’re going to need to find a way to build a shelter to shield you from the elements.  Temperatures can get dangerously cold at night in most parts of the world, so this is one survival tip everyone should understand. Using Existing Shelter While it isn’t as fun or dramatic as building your own lean-to or other shelter, it is the smart choice when you’re stranded.  Finding any type of existing shelter will give you a big advantage over building your own.  Look for cars, cottages, abandoned cabins or anything else you can get into for the night.  You can also find caves, rock […]

How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent

Posted: 22nd February 2014 by Michael Levanduski in Animals, Bug control, How To
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There are dozens of different mosquito repellents on the market today, and many of them are quite effective.  The problem is, however, that most of them have unhealthy chemicals in them.  In addition, in the event of a catastrophic disaster, stores would no longer be around. Whether you’re looking to save some money, make sure you’re not spraying chemicals on your skin, or you just want to be prepared for anything, it is a good idea to learn how to make all natural mosquito repellent. Controlling mosquitos is extremely important not only because they are a nuisance, but also because they can be very hazardous to your health.  Mosquitos can transmit many different types of diseases.  In addition, mosquito bites […]

How To: Make Water in a Desert

Posted: 14th February 2014 by Michael Levanduski in How To, Water Survival
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If you ever find yourself stranded in a desert it is absolutely essential that you find a source of water as quickly as possible.  The hot dry temperatures during the day can cause you to become severally dehydrated quite quickly.  Unless you are confident that you can find help quite quickly, it is best to find water and shade during the day, and attempt to travel at night when the temperatures are much cooler.  If you have the right equipment, getting water from the desert isn’t nearly as difficult as many people imagine. The first method is a pit style solar still, which harnesses the power of the sun to pull water out of the ground and plants for you […]

Comments Off on What to do if you Fall through the Ice

The winter months can be brutal, but they can also be a lot of fun.  If you live anywhere near a pond or a lake, you have undoubtedly enjoyed ice fishing, ice skating, or any other activity on the frozen water.  While thick is strong enough to hold a lot of weight, it is also easy to misjudge the strength, resulting in falling through to the cold waters below.   The water under a frozen lake can be absolutely frigid, and will sap the heat from your body in seconds, so you need to act fast.   If you know how to respond, however, you can get yourself to safety. Be Prepared Anytime you’re going out on the ice for any reason […]

How To: Find Water in the Wild

Posted: 9th January 2014 by Michael Levanduski in How To, Water Storage, Water Survival
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Whether you get lost while on a nature hike, or you’re forced to go out into the wild because of a disaster or other emergency situation, you’ll want to know how to get your hands (or mouth) on some water.  Water is far more important than food, or even shelter in most cases.  In order to stay healthy, humans need at least two quarts of water per day.  If you’re out in the wild, you may need quite a bit more than that due to exposure to heat, cold or lots of strenuous activity. Having the ability to find water in the wild is an excellent survival skill that may save your life someday.  The exact techniques used to find […]

Comments Off on How to Cure Meat in the Field

When most people go hunting, they are able to quickly field dress any animals they are able to kill, and either take them home or to a processor to be properly butchered.  For many people, especially those in survival situations, this is not an option.  Being able to properly cure your meat in the field will allow it to last for significantly longer without going bad, which could be life saving. In order to properly preserve meat, you need to act as quickly as possible after a successful hunt.  You need to have raw meat either frozen, smoked or dried so that it won’t go bad.  During the winter months, it is possible to allow the meat to freeze without […]

Comments Off on Hot Water off the Grid

When it comes to prepping, one of the many important things to think about is how you’ll get the hot water you need.  Hot water is used for cooking, cleaning, bathing and many other important things we do every day.  In the event of a total loss of power and/or gas, most people would be without a good way to get the hot water they need.  It is possible to set up solar water heaters, or use generators, but those are often expensive and inefficient.  Heating the water in a pot over an open fire is also a slow and inefficient process.  The following guide will show you how you can make virtually unlimited hot water for a minimal investment. […]

How To: Beekeeping

Posted: 27th November 2013 by Michael Levanduski in How To
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Beekeeping is a great hobby, which many people enjoy from around the world.  It is actually one of the oldest forms of agricultural food production, with evidence of it dating back thousands of years to ancient Rome and Egypt.  The honey harvested from beekeeping is a delicious snack, and is actually one of the healthiest ways to sweeten almost any food.  In addition, honey never spoils, so you can store it for as long as you want.  When it comes to preparing for an uncertain future, beekeeping truly has a lot to offer. If you’re interested in becoming an amateur beekeeper, you’ll need to know how to get started.  Beyond the initial setup, however, beekeeping is a very affordable and […]

Comments Off on How To: Start a Food Storage Program

If you want to be truly ready for any disaster or emergency situation, you need to make sure you have enough food and water stored away for you and your family to survive on until the disaster is over, or you can establish other sources of food. Depending on your geographic location, the number of people in your family, and other factors, you’ll typically need 3-12 months of food stored up.  Some factors to consider are the ages of those in your family, how skilled you are at gathering food from the wild, and things like that. While it may seem overwhelming to try to build up 3-12 months of food for your entire family, it doesn’t have to happen […]