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10 Best Loans And Grants To Jumpstart Your Off-Grid Lifestyle

2017-06-23T03:14:02+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

Get started with sustainable living by getting the best loans and grants. If money is the only thing holding you back, these options will get you started or give you the money you need to improve your homestead. Loans and Grants for the Self-Reliant — This post is courtesy of Homesteading and shared with permission — You know you want to start or enhance a sustainable homestead or farm on a prepper retreat, maybe you have even found the perfect land at the right price – but you just don’t have enough money on hand to move forward with a loan or expand your existing farm. Luckily for all of us who want to get back to basics and lead a self-reliant lifestyle, a plethora of grants and low money down agriculture loans and grants exist. Even better, once you actually get your land, additional grants and program participation payments exist for many practices which you will be employing on your homestead anyway – more on those money-making opportunities in a future article. Agriculture gr..

Tsunami Shelters | What You Need to Know

2017-06-23T03:14:23+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

Tsunami shelters are developed by countries like the US where they could evacuate easily when there is a tsunami scare. Tsunamis are usually caused by an earthquake under the sea and it can cause great destruction once it reaches land. Tsunami Shelters: Preparing For A Tsunami Tsunami shelters could be big enough to support a whole community or small enough just to support a family of four. It must be accessible and durable. Ideally, a tsunami shelter must be built on high ground with stable platforms. You must consider the materials being used to withstand the extreme pressure of the water waves. Read along to know some fundamentals in building a strong tsunami shelter. 1. Reinforced Concrete Structure Image via AdventurerDeb Using concrete structures instead of wood is very efficient, even though wood is more resilient to earthquakes. Look for a specific concrete that doesn’t easily crack under water pressure. You should also consider the structural connectors, those that can absor..

10 Good-Looking Folding Hunting Knives Every Hunter Should Appreciate

2017-06-22T03:01:29+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

Folding hunting knives can serve their purpose and be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. If you’re interested in beautiful knives, take a peek at our list to learn all about 10 good-looking hunting knives. 10 Folding Hunting Knives For Every Hunter This article was originally posted at OutdoorWarrior.com and is shared with full permission. When hunters choose a folding hunting knife, they factor in the knives’ weight, quality, efficiency, and accessibility. These are very important features to consider when purchasing folding hunting knives, as you may already know. But these babies don’t just have to be functional—they can be very classy pieces of hunting gear, as well. Why choose practicality over aesthetics when you can get both? Upgrade your hunting gear with one of the items on this list! DKC-37 Victorian Damascus Folding Pocket Knife Camel Bone image via DKC Knives This beautiful piece of art from DKC Knives is made of Damascus steel with camel bone inlay. Uniquely engrav..

Survival Gear Review: The Fallkniven S1 Pro Knife

2017-06-23T04:08:06+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

The quest for a Goldilocks Knife, or one that’s just right, is less a journey and more of a marriage. To trust one’s fate to one single blade especially for survival situations, there must be a commitment to making the best of the situation regardless of the challenges. Thick and thin, sickness and health, and all that. By Doc Montana, a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache.com In additional to personal preferences, there is a small handful of knife characteristics that can be adjusted by blade makers including those addressing the grip such as size, thickness, materials, guard options, and shape. And for the blade there is steel type, length, thickness, grind, shape, and overall size. Of those eleven characteristics, even if each one only had two options, that would be 2 to the 11th or over 2000 combinations. But of course each option has many more than two possibilities, with some nearing an infinite number of choices. Quest for Perfection Goldilocks might be a fairy ..

How to Get Prepared When Time Is NOT On Your Side

2017-06-21T04:49:06+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

There are a lot of factors that make preparing for a crisis difficult. While some have issues with budgeting for gear and products, others tend to forgo their physical preparedness. But if I were to pick the main culprit that prohibits readiness for those striving to be prepared, it would be time. The question that I get asked the most by my NTC Members goes something like this: How can I find time to get prepared when I barely have time to eat? Multitasking: The True Secret of Emergency Preparedness Time management is crucial in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world. Our jobs take up a big chunk of our day, and that doesn’t even count the commute. If you have children, there are continual tasks that need to be accounted for. When you add in a pet or two… Finding time for anything is at a premium. We both realize the importance of preparing for ourselves and our families. If we choose to wait, it truly may be too late to get prepared. The stress in trying to find the time can be..

Water Contamination Report: Record Highs Reached And Still On The Rise….Should You Be Concerned?

2017-06-19T08:10:22+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

Water is literally the lifeblood of our planet…without it, we do not exist… Unfortunately we are in a downward spiral of water contamination that is about to cause massive problems. Like most people you probably think you’re safe. You believe that tap water coming from your kitchen sink will always be fresh, clean, crisp, and cold? Think again… Fracking, oil spills, and “legal chemical dumps” are at an all time high. Water Contamination By Legal Chemical Discharge Last Autumn I stood with hundreds and thousands of people in a peaceful way in order to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being laid. When Trump stepped up into office he gave the go-ahead for several different pipelines to begin pumping oil. It hasn’t even been a year since the Dakota Access Pipeline began flowing under the Missouri river and there has been a leak. Water Contamination Report: Top Waterways Affected By “Legal Chemical Discharge” image by Nancy Bauer | Shutterstock.com In 2012 environmentamerica.org r..

Survival Skill Challenge: Surviving 72 Hours With ONLY Knife

2017-06-18T03:52:28+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

In a survival situation, you may only have the skills in your head and the gear in your pockets to get you through the crisis. It’s a good idea to make sure that you’re well trained in the use of the items you choose to keep in your EDC. If you were left with only a knife… would you survive and thrive? Every few months I like to head into the wilderness to test out my survival skills and gear. On each challenge, I have a specific location, gear list, and weather forecast designated to give me new and interesting challenges. The Knife-Only Survival Challenge: Surviving 72 hours For my most recent challenge, I wanted to attempt the mother of all challenges. A hotly debated topic amongst survival specialists is if surviving with only a knife would be feasible. When I first started writing I strongly argued that it was not realistic and that it was downright dangerous to even consider it. However, as I have advanced in my survival experience my opinion has changed. For this challenge, I..

The Zika Virus – 2017 Update

2017-06-17T09:41:10+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

In the summer of 2016, I brought to you complete details of the Zika Virus, a virus carried by the aedes aegypti mosquito. I then followed up a couple of months later with updated information on the virus. The Zika Virus – 2017 Update: What It Has Come Down To Maybe it’s just me but, it seems that with everything you see in the news these days, ‘need to know’ information on viruses such as the Zika Virus can become overlooked or missed…and in some cases, not even mentioned (or reported) at all. Zika Virus Reported Cases So, what are the new developments regarding the Zika Virus? Let’s start with a ‘case count’ update. To be able to compare this year’s information to 2016’s information, I’ll cover case counts for both years. This information will be courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and will include the United States and all US territories. Case Count for 2016 In 2016, Zika virus disease became a nationally notifiable condition. Cases were reported to CDC by state, territori..

How To Build A Hurricane Shelter

2017-06-17T03:38:31+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

If you live in a coastal area, you already know the need for Hurricane shelter….and if you’re new to the area, you’ll want to make sure that you educate yourself quickly! Hurricanes and tropical storms are massive and can cause an incredible amount of damage in a short time. If you don’t have access to a hurricane shelter, building one may be your only option… but where do you start? How To Build A Hurricane Shelter: Hurricane shelters are built either as a part of a house or a building to provide protection from winds up to 190 mph. Additionally, a hurricane shelter should be accessible and easy to recognize. Ideally, its location should be in an area far enough away from the coastline to ensure there is no risk of storm-tide inundation. However, there are limitations when building a hurricane shelter. Scroll on to know the dos and don’ts for building a hurricane shelter. Location Image via Helena Wright Ultimately, a hurricane shelter should be located outside tide inundation are..

[Gear Review] Resqme Car Escape Tool – An EDC Essential

2017-06-17T01:35:40+00:00 By |Categories: Featured, General Survival|

Every year, hundreds of thousands of automobile crashes happen in the USA. These result in over two million injuries and over 30,000 deaths. While a lot of preppers get ready for doomsday, they often neglect to be ready for the more likely everyday hazards of driving. Therefore, it makes sense to prepare for car crashes and equip yourself accordingly. However, you may not have any idea where to start. Don’t let its size fool you… this one simple tool could save your life, the life of a loved one… or even a complete stranger. A crisis occurs in the blink of an eye…. be ready for anything friends: Resqme: Car Crash Survival At Your Fingertips Resqme is a small device that allows drivers and passengers to get out of their vehicle if it’s damaged in a wreck and escape through the door is impossible, the windows are jammed, or your seatbelt is caught. I purchased several of these a while back and can confidently say having at least one is a smart investment in your safety. Tool The tool i..