When the shelves go bare, the supply systems shutdown, and chaos hits the populated areas, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be frequenting your favorite restaurant for some time.
If you’ve been a reader of my blog for even a short time, you know how much importance I put on setting aside a years supply of food storage; but the reality is, food maybe taken from you or it may have to be left behind…
However, knowledge and skill will always be with you.
It’s during times like these that the skill of hunting will come in real handy.
After all, the more skills in self-sufficiency you can develop for obtaining food through either growing or harvesting (a.k.a. hunting/trapping) the less dependence you’ll have upon either commercial food sources or your own food storage.
Why it’s Time to Learn How to Hunt Now
Lest you think that you will simply walk into the woods and harvest a cornucopia of animals when things go south, think about this:
The sad reality is that our wild-animal population cannot support the total population in a country such as the U.S.
As an example, let’s just look at the deer population…
In the communist state that I live in (Massachusetts), there are a total of 85,000 whitetail deer. We have roughly 6.5 million people living in the state.
If you figure a generous 100 pounds of meat from each deer (the avg is probably more like 75 lbs), that equates to only about 1.2 pounds of meat per person — but get this — now the entire deer population is gone. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that that’s not a lot of meat.
Sure, the deer population may be a lot better in other states, but still, the numbers of wild animals cannot support the numbers of people for any sustainable amount of time.
The good news?
Well, it’s going to take some time for the rest of the population to figure out how to do this.
For someone, who has been hunting for a little bit now, I know that you can’t just simply walk into the woods and take your pick of deer and other animals.
It takes some time to learn how to hunt and although there’s overlap, each animal has its own unique strategy.
Sure, in times where rule of law is void, you won’t be restricted by many of the laws and regulations that we as hunters deal with now. But, even without them, it will still not be that simple.
This will grant those who have developed the skills ahead of time a window of opportunity to harvest a good amount of animals to put away before a large portion of the population catches on.
Of course, this is all conjecture anyhow.
I can’t say what type of situation we’d be faced with. It could be a plague that wipes out millions upon millions of people leaving competition for the animals a non-issue; or it could be a total systemic collapse that leaves millions of desperate people in its wake — forcing them to leave the cities and spread across the countryside like a swarm of locusts.
Whether it’s the next “great disaster” or just tough economic times, the importance of learning to hunt now shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Benefits of Hunting
Learning to hunt now goes way beyond survival or even beyond supplementing your current meat requirements.
First off, there’s the obvious health benefits of eating free-range, organic meat.
Also the health-building benefits of being in the outdoors in the fresh air, exercising, enjoying solo time or the camaraderie that comes with the group hunt.
Let’s not forget that the skills you learn in hunting carryover to a great many other areas that are very beneficial to preppers.
For example with hunting you get practical experience in:
- weapon handling, safety, maintenance, and function
- how to fire dynamically and under pressure
- and even building campfires and pitching tents during multi-day hunts
All these skills would easily carryover in a world where chaos rules.
So, if you’re interested in learning a new “hobby” that can provide just as many benefits in your life today as it would in a survival situation, I highly recommend you learning how to hunt.
Announcing a Soon to be Released Course
On a related note…
In February or March of next year, I’ll be releasing a new product that will teach you step-by-step how to hunt.
It covers everything from small game like squirrel to larger game like deer — including equipment recommendations, animal-specific hunting strategies, gutting, skinning, butchering, storing and preparing the meat for the table and much more.
Over 90% of it will be in high quality HD video so you can see exactly how each of these steps are done.
If you’re a member of my other course, Prepper Academy, you know how much of a stickler I am on quality and detailed information.
This course will be no different.
Keep in mind, this will not be a trophy-hunting course (although you still could use it for that I suppose) but is specifically designed for the prepper looking to feed his/her family or supplement their existing meat supply.
I’ve had the benefit of teaming up with a local hunter named Danny who’s been hunting and trapping almost every day for the last 40 years now.
He’s a real interesting character (think of Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, with the white beard and long hair, except in a lot better shape and cowboy hat instead of the wizard’s hat).
Although about 50% of his family’s meat supply comes through what he hunts and traps, he’s told me there have been years where he’s been unemployed where their entire meat supply came from his hunting/trapping efforts.
I’ve been hunting for a bit now and I can’t hold a candle to him.
This guy knows his stuff.
I’m really excited about this course and will give you more info as the time gets closer.
In the meantime, I’d love to hear your comments about things you’d like to see in a course like this. He’s got a wealth of knowledge and I want to make sure that we’re covering the most important things that you’d like to learn.
Keep in mind this is a hunting (not trapping) course. We plan on doing a trapping-specific course later next year. So please limit recommendations and comments at this point to be hunting-specific ones.
Before currency was even conceived as a means of convenient value exchange, there was barter.
I’m sure all of us at one time or another in our lives have traded something. Basically, we traded something we were willing to give away in exchange for something else we wanted or needed — and both parties (hopefully) felt better off.
That’s bartering — a process of trading goods and services for other goods and services.
So how does barter benefit preppers?
Well, first off, barter is a great way of getting preps if you’re short on funds.
Since it’s not dependent upon currency, it’s a very viable means of value exchange that preppers can take advantage of — if you know how to overcome its disadvantages…
For the most part, barter is bilateral. In other words, two people form an agreement of a mutually beneficial exchange.
The problem with that is, for the exchange of goods or services to occur, each participant must want what the other has. And finding someone who has exactly what you want AND is willing to exchange that thing for what you have to offer can be difficult.
However, there is also a multilateral (or circular) form of barter which can overcome those limitations.
Circular barter allows for a lot more flexibility: A wants what B has; B probably wants what someone else has, and that person in turn probably wants what a fourth person has. Eventually it’s likely that the chain will loop back on itself, so that a circular trade can be arranged.
This “circular barter” used to be only possible with barter organizations but now, with the Internet, there are a number of sites that give you this ability due to the large number of users online.
Here is a list of barter companies — look them up and see which one fits your needs and wants:
- BarterQuest.com – This is one of my favorites.
- FreeCycle.org — not exactly a barter site but you can get some good stuff for free that people are throwing out.
- Itex.com — If you own a small business or you’re a sole proprietor, this is a great barter site for businesses to business barter. You could find plumbers, welders, electricians etc who may barter with your skills/services.
- Craigslist.com — Craigslist has a great barter category that many don’t know of. This is typically under the “For Sale” section for your area.
- Multiswap.net — This site is a place where friends can all sign up together to create a trusted barter community. If you’ve got a bunch of like-minded friends and acquaintances, this is a great service to sign up for.
Historically barter has always become a method of exchange (even replacing money in some cases) during times of monetary crisis.
With our current economy the way it is, and where the dollar is going, it may very well be a more prominent form of value exchange in the near future.
With that in mind, start getting used to barter now and I would highly recommend you start forming barter organizations either locally or through a circular barter exchange service like Multiswap.net as mentioned above. This way you’ll be way ahead of the game when the economic collapse happens.
With winter fast approaching, those of us who live in the temperate or boreal climates are already starting to feel the cold setting in.
One thing that had always worried me (before I got a wood stove) was the regular blackouts that happen here in the Northeast and not being able to heat my home. Up until the time I got the wood stove, I was able to figure out a method that easily met my needs in an emergency.
In this article, I want to share with you this low-cost method that can be used whether you live in an apartment, a rental home or your own home and don’t have the option of some of the other more permanent off-grid heating options such as wood/coal or solar heating.
Emergency Home Heating on the Cheap
A couple years back, I had purchased the Mr. Heater Big Buddy portable propane stove (you may have seen the review here) and since that review I’ve had two instances where the power went out for a day or two forcing me to use it (in combination with the method I’ll be sharing next) to keep us toasty warm.
Basically, if you didn’t get the chance to read the review, it is a small, portable propane heater that can either be used with two propane “camping” bottles or attached to one or two normal 20 lb propane grill tanks and easily last for a week per 20 lb tank under normal use:
Creating the “Hot” Room
Note: this technique is particularly appropriate if you live in a place larger than 500 square feet. If your home/apartment is 500 sq feet or less, then the Big Buddy will be just fine by itself.
This method is very simple…
In terms of heating your home in an emergency, you need to start thinking of actually heating a smaller, cordoned off area where it is a lot more economical instead of feeling you need to heat the entire home.
For emergencies, the thing you want to do is basically cordon off a room or dedicated area in your home that will become your heating and living space for your daily activities. For my home, we used the living room for this purpose.
Some things that you can use as partitions are a large thick blanket, a plastic tarp, even a large mattress that is big enough to shut off and partition a section of your home.
Here’s an example of a big blanket that I used to cordon off the living room in my house:
I used wood clamps to attach the blanket to the entryway framing:
Then, using a portable heater that can be used indoors (like the Big Buddy), heat that room exclusively and use that room for your daily activities (and possible sleep area).
Since the Big Buddy is portable, we were able to bring the heater into our bedroom (as well as the kids) and with a window cracked a small amount, heat the room while sleeping.
A note on carbon monoxide:
Although this heater is rated to be used indoors without venting, I would still recommend cracking a window to allow for sufficient air exchange. Since I placed the 20 lb bottle outside and ran the hose inside through the window, it created a crack in the window just large enough for a good air exchange without losing too much heat:
If the crack in your window is too large for your liking and it’s venting too much cold air, stuffing a bit of insulation (old t-shirts, foam, or commercial insulation) will cut down the amount of cold air drafting in.
Note: The heater does have a low O2 sensor that automatically shuts off the heater if oxygen reaches a low enough point where carbon monoxide starts to be produced but I like to err on the side of caution.
How well does this method work?
Well, in a 450 sq foot living room, with the temperature into the teens outside, I was able to keep my room at a comfortable temp around 70°F with the heater running at medium (turning it to low or off if the temp rose during the day).
With my two 20 lb propane tanks, I had enough fuel to last me around 2 weeks with regular use.
As always, I’d love to hear your comments. Let me know what ways you use to heat your home in the winter that doesn’t depend on the grid.
My friend Todd, the editor of the Preparedness Review, has just released the Fall 2013 edition as a free download.
For those of you new to The Preparedness Review, it is published two times a year, in the Fall and Spring.
Articles are contributed by authors who write for the online Preparedness Community and it includes some of the best prepper information published during that time.
Here’s what you’ll find in the Fall 2013 edition:
- The Preppers Guide to Better, Safer, Cheaper Cleaning – Gaye Levy
- Survival Antibiotics Primer, Part 1 – Joe Alton M.D. (Dr. Bones)
- The One Hour Bug-out – Joe Nobody
- Step By Step: How to Build a Rocket Stove – Jamie Black-Smith
- Herbs For Sleeplessness and Anxiety – Silvia Britton
- How to Cut Up a Squirrel for Cooking – Hank Shaw
- Bugging Out vs. Hunkering Down – MD Creekmore
- Survival Trapping : Basic powered trap – Survivor Don
- Why You Need to Be Ready for Total Grid Failure – Daisy Luther
- How to Make Homemade Yeast – Tactical Intelligence
- WROL – Protecting Your Family When the Bad Guys Come Down Your Street – P. Henry
- Preparing Yourself and Your Family for the Use of Violence – Chris Ray
- 6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know & Why – Creek Stewart
- Natural Remedies for a Cold – James Hubbard, MD, MPH
- 10 Survival Skills Every 12 Year Old Should Know – Jane – Mom with a Prep
- The Prepper’s Conundrum: Bugging In – Tess Pennington
- Emergency Binder Template – Linda Loosli
Fall 2013 Preparedness Review Download Link
Here’s another link that is working if you have issues with the above one: FALL 2013 Preparedness Review
Alright, the winner for the LifeStraw Family 1.0 water filter, chosen by a random number generator is “John” (comment #62). There were a number of Johns who commented so be aware that it was the John with the “email@example.com” email.
John, I’ve sent you an email to your email to get your shipping address.
Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll be sure to have more of these in the coming months so stay posted.
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A few weeks ago I did a review on the LifeStraw personal water filter.
I found it to be a fantastic addition to my bug-out bag and highly recommend it.
This week I had the chance to test the latest product from the makers of the LifeStraw — the LifeStraw Family 1.0 filter.
When I first saw pictures of the LifeStraw Family water filter, I thought it was just the original lifestraw with an added hose and container. Since the personal LifeStraw is only around $20 on Amazon, I was a bit taken aback when I saw the Family version selling for around $75.
“$50 more for the same filter, a bucket, and a straw!?”
However, when I got it in the mail and actually unboxed the thing, I realized it’s quite a bit more filter than I originally thought.
Here’s my review:
LifeStraw Family Filter 1.0 Form and Function
The LifeStraw Family water filter is actually considerably larger than the personal LifeStraw that I reviewed not too long ago. You can see in the picture below, it is about 1 1/2 times longer and noticeably thicker than the personal one:
As you’ll read in the “Performance” section, the larger size is not just for looks. It accounts for an exponential increase in both capacity AND effectiveness compared to the LifeStraw personal filter (and that’s saying a lot since I think the personal LifeStraw is a great performing filter).
The design of the filter is, well…unique. Most gravity fed filters out there that I’m used to are similar in design to the Big-Berkey and Propur style filters — basically an upper reservoir that contains the filter element(s) sitting atop a lower reservoir that collects the filtered water.
The LifeStraw Family filter on the other hand is quite a bit different looking. It comes with a container (capable of holding around 2 liters) that feeds the filter via an attached rubber tube. In the container is a removable/cleanable “pre-filter” that I particularly like since it filters out all the bigger elements like leaf litter, dirt, mud and other nasties. This happens before they can contact the main filter which can do a number on shortening a water filter’s lifespan:
I also appreciate the color-coded taps. The blue tap is where the filtered water is drawn from and on the bottom, you’ll find a red tap for purging and cleaning. The bright red color is a reminder not to drink from that tap.
Finally, you’ll find a squeezable red bulb that’s used to help clean and purge the filter. This last component I really don’t like. Although it’s made from sturdy rubber, it seems like it could split over the years (especially if left outside in the sun).
To their credit, the LifeStraw manufacturers have put the bulb and other components through durability testing by simulation of its lifetime use. Still, it would be great if they offered replacement parts of the bulb and tube to stock up on just in case (perhaps they do, I just didn’t see any listed on their site).
This filter is not as easy or straightforward to use as other gravity-fed filters like the Big Berkey — especially for the initial use. Personally it was a bit of a pain to get it going the first time (I had to go through the troubleshooting guide in the manual) and I consider myself to be rather mechanically inclined.
Basically, the process involves closing the taps, filling the container, opening one of the taps for a few seconds, closing it, opening the other tap and sometimes waiting a bit until the water comes out so you can finally fill your drinking container. Then the cleaning process is a whole other set of procedures.
Fortunately they do show simple-to-follow pictures in their manual and on the packaging that you can reference.
I’m sure if you were using this on a regular basis, this whole process would become second nature. However, if you (like me) will be storing this for future use, you want to MAKE SURE you attach the manual or some other instruction sheet to the filter before storing it away
If you’re the visual type, here’s a quick video overview of me putting the filter to use: LifeStraw Family Review
LifeStraw Family 1.0 Filter Performance
I thought for such a small filter, the personal LifeStraw was amazing in that it could filter almost 400 gallons (~1500 liters). This filter — although slightly larger — can filter far more at 18,000 liters. In fact, independent testers have even tested it to 20,000 liters. That’s around 5300 gallons!
For a family of four, each drinking/using the recommended one gallon a day, 5300 gallons would last close to 4 years! Not bad at all.
Similar to the personal LifeStraw, the LifeStraw Family filter has gone through extensive testing to ensure it meets (and in many cases exceeds) expectations outlined by the EPA.
Here are the test results as reported by the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science of the University of Arizona:
- BACTERIA (i.e. Escherichia coli): Removes 99.9999% of bacteria. It was measured at an average of LOG 7.3 (this is higher than the required EPA standard of LOG 6)
- VIRUSES: The LifeStraw removes a minimum >LOG 4 (99.99%) of viruses. This meets EPA standards.
- PROTOZOA (tested against *Cryptosporidium oocysts): Removal of LOG 3.9 (99.9%) of protozoan parasites. This is higher than the U.S. EPA requirement of LOG 3.
*Note: Keep in mind that Cryptosporidium oocysts are much smaller than Giardia cysts (8-12µm vs 3-5µm) so if it’s able to remove Crypto it will have no issues with Giardia. (many testers by the way will test against Giardia and not Cryptosporidium).
From the above studies, we can see that the LifeStraw easily meets or exceeds filtration expectations from the EPA. Also, it’s worthwhile to note that the LifeStraw Family DOES filter out viruses (unlike the personal LifeStraw).
The LifeStraw Family water filter can currently be purchased from many distributors (including Amazon) for around $75. Here’s a link to Amazon.
$75, while not cheap, is not a bad deal when you look at it in terms of performance and capacity. As a quick comparison, the personal LifeStraw at $25 will filter around 400 gallons, while the Family model at 3 times the price filters around 5300 gallons — more than 13 times the capacity!…and, it filters out viruses.
The only other filter out there that competes would be the British Berkefield ones (which I also own and recommend). However, comparing these again in terms of gallons filtered vs price you get the following:
|Big Berkey||LifeStraw Family 1.0|
|Capacity:||6000 gal||5300 gal|
From a pure price perspective, the LifeStraw is around 4 times cheaper than the Berkey. Of course there are other things besides price that people look for so it’s not a complete comparison, but if price is a major factor for you, you’re not going to get much better than the LifeStraw Family. It’s a great deal when you’re looking at the price to performance ratio.
For the most part, I really like the LifeStraw Family 1.0 filter and have no qualms about recommending it. It’s very effective, the price is right, it can filter a lot of water before needing replacement, and it’s a whole lot more mobile than lugging along a Big Berkey or other similar performing gravity-fed filters if you needed to take it on the road.
If they do decide to make a 2.0 version someday, there are a few things I’d like to see different:
- A better string hanger: I know this is a minor flaw, but the string they provide to hang the filter quickly came apart and unwound, making it useless. I know. Not a big deal. I just replaced it with some paracord, but if that’s all I had, it would have been an added headache.
- Make it simpler: Their personal LifeStraw filter is so easy to operate. Suck the dirty water in when you want to drink. Blow it out, to clean it. I get that with the Family filter gravity is doing the “sucking” and that silly red bulb is doing the cleaning but having two different taps, and a somewhat complicated procedure to get the whole thing going could be problematic if the manual was lost.
- Make parts available: As a prepper, having ways of fixing/replacing things that wear out is a normal part of life for me. Since I worry a bit about the hose and bulb on the Family filter, that’s something I’d normally buy replacement parts for — just in case. Sure, I could buy a second filter, but why spend another $75 when I could just spend $10 for a few extra parts ya know? Again, not a huge deal but a nice to have.
A Chance to Win Your Own!
If you liked this review and specifically the LifeStraw Family, I have a LifeStraw Family filter that I would love to give away to one lucky winner this month.
To enter the drawing here are the requirements:
- Leave a meaningful comment here about anything related to water filtration, or your struggles with water preparations, your experiences with this or another filter, or even why you’d like to have the filter.
- In the email field (it’s not displayed to anyone but me), leave your best email so that I can contact you if you win.
Using a random number generator (random.org), I’ll choose one commenter to win a LifeStraw Famly filter ($90 value). More than one comment will not improve your chances.
This Saturday, November 2nd I’ll then contact the winner through that email from #2 above to get the address you’d like me to send it to.
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Over the last few years there’s been a HUGE growth of interest in pretty much anything dealing with Survival and TEOTWAWKI (“the end of the world as we know it”).
Nobody can doubt the popularity of TV shows like Revolution, Doomsday Preppers, Dual Survival, Man Vs. Wild, Survivorman and many others. And let’s not forget the recent spike in popular movies like The Road, The Book of Eli, and most recently World War Z, and This is the End.
So what do you guys think? Are all these movies and shows good or bad for the prepping movement?
And why do you think these types of themes are gaining in popularity?
I know, when talking with some friends of mine, they think it has to do with people “sensing” that something isn’t quite right in our society. That it’s gonna get real bad real soon and these shows and movies are just triggering what we all know, deep down inside, is going to happen.
Other friends of mine think it’s just a fad.
Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. Prepping is a huge part of my life, but whether TEOTWAWKI happens tomorrow, in ten years, or never, I don’t let what I can’t control rule my life.
The only thing I can control is how I respond to the situations I’m faced with — and that’s why I prep.
By the way, I just got word from a Nat Geo representative that they’re releasing a new 2-hour feature on October 27th called American Blackout. It depicts life in the days immediately following a blackout from an EMP cyber-attack.
The film was made in collaboration with expert analysts who supposedly show what would really happen following an EMP attack.
What’s pretty cool is that the film mixes in crowd-sourced material – home footage from real Americans during recent blackouts.
Doomsday Preppers, World War Z…Good or Bad for the Prepper Movement
On a personal note, I love watching these shows and movies. Beyond entertainment, I’ll often become aware of weaknesses or shortcomings in my own preps or plans or it makes me consider scenarios that I’ve haven’t before.
But as far as the “general masses” go, if these shows are what’s needed to wake them up out of their stupor and start preparing for the tough times ahead, then I’m all for them.
After all, the more prepared the general populace is, the better off we’ll all be (and the less we’ll need to worry about when times get desperate).
On the other hand, if these types of shows (like Doomsday Preppers sometimes does) causes people to ridicule prepping and turn away those who otherwise would prep because they fear being labeled as a “doomsday prepper”, then I think it does the movement (and preparedness in general) a disservice.
So how about you guys? Do you think these movies and shows are a good or bad thing for the prepping movement?
Let me know in the comments below…
One piece of gear that you’ll want to seriously consider adding to your bug-out bag is a Kindle eReader.
When I first mention this to my other prepping friends, I typically get laughed at — after all, relying upon electronics in a survival situation should be avoided, right?
After all, what if there was an EMP or solar storm? Or what if the Kindle got wet? And what about battery life? What will you do when the battery dies?
These are all valid questions but with some proper precautions (which I’ll be getting into in a bit) the advantages of a Kindle (and other “electronic-ink” eReaders) far outweigh the risks of losing it.
Let’s take a look and see why…
The Advantages of a Kindle as a Bug-Out Tool
First off, the Kindle eReader I’m talking about is the “electronic ink” variety that only displays black and white. Not the color “Fire” one that is more like an iPad. These are ok too but in my opinion are not as ideal for a bug-out situation. Here are the top reasons you need to add a Kindle to your BOB…
A Prepping Library in the Palm of Your Hand
The main benefit of having a Kindle in your bug-out bag is being able to access a literal library in the palm of your hand. Kindles can store over 3000 books!
On top of that, you can upload PDF files which lets you take advantage of the huge amount of fantastic (and free) prepping files out there on the web — everything from arrow making to zeroing a rifle.
And since you can print anything into a PDF file (using apps like BullZip PDF Printer) you can also store personal maps, cache locations, inventory lists and more.
Especially if a crisis became long term, having that kind of information at your fingertips is a huge advantage.
Low Power Requirements and Fast Recharge
The big advantage Kindles have over their color-tablet cousins (like the iPad, Kindle Fire, or Galaxy) is ridiculously long battery life.
Based upon a half-hour of daily reading time, a single battery charge lasts up to two months (with wireless off)!
In addition, recharging can be easily done off grid with small solar panels. And using a portable solar panel like the Suntactics sCharger-5 Solar Charger will allow you to keep it charged even while on the go.
Entertainment to Break up the Monotony
If you do decide to store a Kindle in your BOB I’d recommend adding some novels, children’s books (if you have kids) and other “light” reading.
Survival situations are inherently stressful and depending on if you’re holed up in one spot for long it can be monotonous and boring. Having some entertainment to break up the monotony is another reason a Kindle is a beneficial tool for your BOB.
Getting Around the Issues
So we already talked about how to get around the power issue. But what about some of the other concerns that people have, like the elements or an EMP?
Overcoming the Elements
The elements, especially moisture from rain or accidental immersion, are a real issue when it comes to non weather proof electronics like the Kindle.
This can be effectively remedied through use of a Loksak. I reviewed the Loksak last year after seeing it the 2012 SHOT Show in Vegas and absolutely loved them. They’re certified waterproof to 200 feet and the US Army Special Forces Group Dive Detachment uses them to protect their valuable electronics from salt water and hot humid conditions.
If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.
What’s also great is you don’t need to remove the Kindle (or any tablet for that matter) from the LokSak to use the electronics. Your finger can still activate the touch screen (if it’s a Kindle touch) even when in the LokSak bag.
Protecting your Kindle from an EMP Attack
Although an EMP attack or solar storm is not a very likely scenario, it’s still a potential threat that many preppers prepare for and worry about.
If this concerns you there are some options that may work for you.
One is to enclose it in a 3M Reclosable Static Shielding Bag. These 3M bags (that I’ve linked to) meet MIL-PRF-81705D Type III standards which are pretty effective against electromagnetic pulse. For added effectiveness you can also wrap it in a few layers of aluminum foil.
Is this proven to work? I don’t know. We really don’t know what the true effects of an EMP surge will be, but we know that using a Faraday “cage” can have the greatest potential and possibility of protecting our electronics gear — whether that is our GPS device or our Kindle e-reader.
Despite the potential downsides electronics like the Kindle bring to the table, the advantages you can gain from adding the Kindle to your bug-out bag far outweigh these negatives.
Although the Kindle is a great tool and I highly recommend it — it is still just a tool. Remember, the saying, “two is one and one is none” still applies here. It’s not a bad idea to add a small survival guide or two as back up just as you should have a compass as backup for your GPS.
We all know how important water is in a survival situation. Without it, you don’t stand to last long.
One question I get on this blog from time to time is:
“If I were stuck out in the bush how would I go about making a field-expedient or homemade version of a water filter similar to the commercial varieties made by companies like Katadyn or Berkey.”
I assume they mean making a filter that can eliminate biological nasties like Cryptosporidium or Giardia.
If that’s what you’re after, boiling is the only tried and true method of water purification out in the bush.
The Limitations and Uses of a Field-Expedient Water Filter
In reality, there is no way to get a field-expedient water filter to replicate the filtration performance (in terms of microorganisms filtered out) that you’d get out of a commercial one, but it DEFINITELY doesn’t mean these filters are useless.
In fact, if you plan on using the boiling method with dirty, stagnant water, you’ll have some nasty tasting and discolored water to deal with (even if it is “purified”).
And this, my friends, is where a field-expedient filter would come in real handy.
How to Make a Field-Expedient Water Filter
So, how do you make one and how effective is it really, and how do I make one?
Well, I just uploaded a video to show you how easily it’s done (click on the link or watch below):
Hey guys, thanks for all the participation and great comments (there was a total of 216 comments) about the various water-purification methods you use. Using the random number generator, it chose the following commenters (I’ve personally emailed each winner):
- Wiley (comment #201): “I am new at this and have not yet taken any steps to do any water treatment.”
- Misty (comment #6): “My favorite water filtration system is one that uses blue light to purify the water. However, this system is large and not practical for my b.o.b. so I am eager to try something like the lifestraw for that purpose.”
- NeoToxo (comment #13): “Interesting article – sounds like a good item to include in not only a bug-out bag but also my hunting gear…for the price maybe two. Aside from the bug filtering I prefer something with activated charcoal to help with the taste and absorbing assorted minerals. However something like that is bulky.