1. Find tinder. Anything that is dry, fibrous, and will take a spark or “catch” and ignite should do. Pocket lint, feather down, dried mosses, and shredded plant fibers such as cedar bark are all good examples.
2. Gather firewood. Gather several handfuls of kindling, typically tiny pieces of wood in various sizes. You want some that are as thin or thinner than a toothpick but longer; several handfuls of wood about the thickness and length of a pencil; and lots of wood up to about the thickness of your arm.
3. Make a nest. Use small fiber, such as cattail, to ignite the coal and slightly thicker fiber on the outside, such as dry leaves, to shelter the nest. Make sure you leave a hole for the coal. A cotton ball size of tinder will do.
Freeze dried food pouches are the best option for long term emergency food preparation. We at Survival Kit Guide like Mountain House’s offering and suggest that you take a few moments to address your stash. Mountain House offers several packages depending on the volume of freeze dried food you and your family will require.
Just remember that buying the food doesn’t mean you’re finished; you’ll need water and a way to boil it in order to make your emergency meals. Along with your drinking water, make sure to include enough for your freeze dried preps, and stock up the fuel you need for the water boiling method of your choice. We recommend the Jet Boil system, as it is both easy to use and very convenient, and the propane refill canisters are affordable enough to stock up on as well.
Here’s a quick guide to figure out the amount of water you will need per pouch:
Pro Pak Entrees – 1 ½ cup boiling
Double Serve Entrees – 2 cups boiling (53171 1 ½ cups boiling) Continue reading
In 2012, Hurricane Isaac made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River and proceeded to drop copious amounts of rain over the Gulf Coast States . Isaac reached the shore as a category 1 storm but due to its large size and slow-moving speed, Isaac let loose so much rain that flooding became prevalent all across the Midwest. Not to mention it spawned numerous tornadoes and led to hundreds of thousands of power outages.
Isaac left thousands of residents under water and without power, and left communities scrambling for shelter and supplies. Being prepared and having a plan for such an emergency is too important to ignore. Even though we were informed of Isaac’s approach, the flooding and loss of power tested everyone in its path. Be proactive and start building your disaster kits and survival cache today; don’t wait until it’s too late.
Below are some great new tool and supply ideas:
Food, water, defense, and shelter– the “4 food groups” of preparedness. Traditional shelter may not be portable enough to fit in your bug out bag. But resourceful preppers can build decent shelter from pack staples like paracord and a tarp. We’ve narrowed it down to 3 basic shelter options.
A makeshift tarp shelter is minimal, portable and generally effective for providing cover from the elements and keeping you dry. In order to take full advantage of a tarp’s ability, be sure to include some paracord and duct tape. The paracord will allow you to tie off the tarp to a tree or other structure to create a roof over your head and the duct tape will come in handy for repairs should your tarp become damaged. This method will at least provide you with a dry place to hunker down in and can be pulled out of or packed back into your BOB quickly. A tarp is also light and won’t take up valuable room inside your BOB. Continue reading
Military grade 550 paracord should always be included in your bug out bag, survival gear stash, and disaster kits. There are hundreds of uses for it. Tell us how you’ve made use of paracord. Share your ideas, and let’s see if we can’t come up with a list of 50 uses of paracord. I’ll start.
- Use paracord to string up your tarp for a make-shift shelter.
- Wrap the handle of your knife to make a better grip.
- Use it to wrap a splint in case of an injury.
Wildfires are fast moving and unpredictable. In the recent years wildfires have become a real threat to areas that were once thought not prone. You can see the smoke from miles away, but your first clue that there’s a forest fire nearby is falling ash. Hopefully you will never be that close, but if you are, evasive action may be required.
Here’s 10 simple rules to help you survive a wildfire:
- Leave the area. Don’t wait around to see how things develop. Wildfires are so powerful, unpredictable, and destructive, that even well-equipped and trained professional fire fighters die when they become trapped by an onrushing blaze that overruns their position.
- Maintain situational awareness. Be aware of what’s going on around you at all times. Simple but crucial. Continue reading
Bladder Systems: A CamelBak (Bladder System) can be very useful in any emergency situation. They come in a variety of sizes and allow you to have your hands free while staying hydrated. The bladder systems can require regular cleaning, particularly in hot and humid environments. To prevent mold from developing, you can store most bladders in the freezer. The CamelBak Skeeter Hydration Pack is designed specifically to be stored in the freezer and requires no cleaning. I’ve been storing my CamelBak in the freezer for years and it works great with limited cleaning. Continue reading
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For those of you that require corrective lenses or glasses, don’t loose your focus during an emergency situation. Do this by including extra eyeglasses and contact lenses with your preps. I have a pair of eyeglasses and a 2 week supply of contacts in my BOB (bug out bag) and in both my vehicle and home survival kits. Be sure to keep them in a protective case too. Visit your eyewear supplier and see what their best deals are for inexpensive sets. Or better yet, SAVE A TON OF MONEY by shopping online- we found bendable titanium frames for under $20 here. Don’t worry about how they look either. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing mine in public- but if disaster strikes I may be left for dead without them. Continue reading
Odds are that you have been in a situation where you were stuck indoors without power or water due to some sort of natural caused event. If you haven’t, I’d wager a bet that you will at some point. We take for granted the convenience of turning on a faucet, firing up the stove and cranking up the A/C or furnace. When the power goes out or the water stops flowing, we seldom worry that it won’t be restored in a matter of minutes or hours. Natural disasters seem to be happening all too often these days, but with a little forethought and preparation, you won’t be left dependant on others to stay safe and comfortable until things are restored.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms, flooding and fires are a part of nature and they don’t usually give you much warning and time to prepare. My wife and I recently went through 3 days and nights without public power and water supply and were unable to leave our home due to a large wildfire. Although I had prepared for a natural disaster of this nature, it still was a great learning experience and I’d like to share our story. Continue reading