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How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs | The Art of Manliness

A re-post from The Art of Manliness.com who in turn posted it as a guest (sponsored) post by Creek Stewart representing Dockers. Credit where credit’s due.

“Whether in a boat, on a plane, travelling through Africa, taking a road trip or Backpacking the Rockies, our cell phone has become a regular piece of Every Day Carry (EDC). I think it’s pretty safe to say that we will probably have our cell phone with us if ever faced with a tragic survival situation. It’s also not hard to imagine that it might not be working. Regardless of the reason, a broken or busted cell phone is STILL an amazing collection of pieces and parts that, with a little insight and creativity, can be used to help meet a surprising number of basic survival needs. How do I know this? I busted open a handful of cell phones to find out.” Creek Stewart.

For the full article and more from Art of Manliness follow the link below the image.

How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs | The Art of Manliness.

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Survival Origami: Aluminium Foil Water Cup

A wonderful little video from Survival Common Sense.com – one of my absolute favourite Prepper sites.

How to Wrap a Shemagh.

Hey, if you’re going to do it you should do it right. Even in the UK the need for an all-over head wrap is there. Keeping your head warm on a night watch for instance, as well as looking awesome around the campfire!!

(This isn’t me by the way)

Prepare for Electric Power Outages – Survival Common Sense

Presented by Survival Common Sense .com

Emergency preparedness means you should have backup systems or plans for heat, lighting and water. If you’re lucky, the power won’t be off long, but batteries are gone after a few days, unless you have a way to recharge them. A generator will only work until it runs out of fuel.

One of the more important aspects of urban survival during winter storms is lighting. Without a lighting plan, you could end up in the dark from when the sun sets at around 5:30 p.m. until dawn. The right lighting supplies can make this situation more bearable. (Source)

Although I don’t completely agree with this author’s reliance on candles (what could be worse when you are bunkering down in your house than a house fire!) I do agree that they are easily stockpiled. There are also good tips and links to other articles embedded in the text. (WCS)

For the Full Article follow the link below.

Prepare for Electric Power Outages – Survive the Storm | Common sense survival tips and safety guide to surviving an emergency or natural disaster; Survival Common Sense – Wilderness or Urban Emergency Preparedness and Safety Guide.

How to Prevent Toxin Exposure After Natural Disasters – AccuWeather.com

Presented by AccuWeather.com

In the wake of a natural disaster, it’s important to be aware of conditions that could put you in harm’s way. Though most people often think of mold as the most toxic byproduct of natural disasters such as flash flooding and hurricanes, there are several environmental hazards to watch out for too.

This is not just relevant to post-disaster times, but for general day to day maintenance of your current home or one you might purchase, or your compound, shelter, cabin.. anything. (WCS)

Follow the link to the full Article.

How to Prevent Toxin Exposure After Natural Disasters – AccuWeather.com.

The Seven Top Survival Priorities.

In the same way that all survival ‘kits’ have the same basic components, which we add to when expecting to face specific dangers, all survival plans should have the same basic priorities that are elaborated on to face individual needs or scenarios.

These needs/scenarios take into account things like:

  • Location. Whether you are based in a city or rural environment and where you expect to be if the SHTF (work or home)
  • Personal abilities. Survival experience and personal survival development as well as injuries/illnesses that might hamper your survival plan.
  • The nature of the emergency or disaster you face. Obviously, a local riot presents significantly different dangers than a flood or fire.

There are others, but you get the idea. Any survival guide worth its salt (and I like to think we’re getting there) will recommend the same seven basics that need to be assessed before an emergency and followed during the emergency, obviously changing the order of necessity according to the nature of the moment. So, without further ado…

Seven!!

Tools. Invest in a good knife and keep it handy. This is pretty much Rule Number One of survival and if you haven’t done so already then it should be at the top of your To Do list. Of course, we’re talking here about preparing for and coping during immediate and unexpected emergencies and disasters, so an exhaustive tool list/kit is unnecessary. If you keep a tool kit in the car, that’s wise. If you have an extensive tool kit at home, great. What you need in the heat of the moment is a surprisingly small number of items. 

Your knife. A first aid kit – well stocked but not full of things you are unsure how to use. A length of rope will help you out in countless scenarios. Sanitation and personal hygiene items, even just a toothbrush and some toilet paper (shell out on the luxury stuff, you’ll be thankful of it) and a small towel or wet wipes to keep yourself clean. Lastly, a multitool is almost without exception a wise investment, the exception being when you buy a sub-standard multitool. With multitools, you generally get what you pay for, so shell out as well after doing your research. Remember, you might well be gambling your safety and the safety of your family on the effectiveness of these tools. 

Six!!

Travel. Travel only really comes into play in a Bug Out scenario, and in the middle of a large scale problem such as a terrorist attack, virus pandemic or just civil unrest it is probably wise to not travel unless absolutely necessary in any case. 

If the necessity does arise to travel however, it is essential to plan your route meticulously beforehand. If you are deserting a city, you will not be the only one and major roads will become congested within minutes if they are not nose-to-tail already (I’m looking at you London!). Pay attention to news reports closely as accidents will be on the rise and there will be less emergency services available to attend them. Also, the local traffic Police may have opened specific routes for people leaving the city and closed others. It might be worth researching your local Council’s Emergency Evacuation Plan when you have a quiet moment. Most Councils have drafted one but they are commonly quite vague as emergencies are all different.

If you are travelling through unfamiliar terrain and break down or come off the road. Stay with your car and treat it as a normal accident. Panic is your enemy, especially if you are ‘escaping’ something. Your vehicle is your best shelter, protection and HQ. You are more likely to be found by the emergency services if you are with your car, and as long as the engine is still operational, you have a radio for updates on the current emergency status.

Look into the idling time of your vehicle while stationary and with a full tank. That way, you can estimate quite accurately how long you can keep the radio/heater/light on if you are waiting by the side of the road for rescue. Keep a mobile phone charger, preferably battery operated, in the boot alongside your Travel Emergency Kit (that is totally there right?) to ensure you can contact help if you need to.

Five!!

Communication. This aspect of survival has various parts, especially in the initial stages of dealing with an emergency or disaster. First of all, if you are separate from your family when disaster strikes (at work, at the shops. An EMP strike could happen any moment) what method will you use to contact them? With the power down, mobile (cell) phone towers will not operate meaning your fully charged iPhone 4s is as much use to contact your family as a bowl of wet sand. Standing, network telephones might work as the networks to some extent power themselves, but how long will they work for, and do you know the numbers you need to call? It could be a good idea to start writing these contacts down in a ‘little black book’ instead of just relying on your smart phone. Also, look into ways of charging your phone from batteries in case the mobile network does happen to survive, but the power does not.

You will also want to stay informed of what has happened, is happening and is likely to happen soon. For this it is wise to invest in a small, battery powered AM/FM radio and spare batteries, or for the more hardcore amongst you, a ham radio kit – also battery powered. There are £Pound£ Shops dotted all over the country that sell battery packs at ten for £1 so load up. In the more rural areas you could even invest in a map and compass, but in most of the UK you are never too far away from a town as to get hopelessly lost.

Four!!

Shelter. In the aftermath of a full scale natural disaster like the Haiti quake or the Fukashima disaster, it is exposure to the elements that  becomes the next major danger. This is also true of hurricanes and flooding, where people’s homes are literally blown or washed away before their eyes. People living in areas that have those elements to face however usually have a plan for finding local shelter, or plans are in place to shelter the victims in sports stadiums or schools.

In the UK, we only rarely have to deal with extremes of weather but they do happen. More common for us are unexpected snow storms and persistent heavy rain leading to localised flooding. The question of shelter comes into play when you are preparing your Bug In – Bug Out plan. It is rare that you will need a bug out plan in the UK unless facing the actual destruction of your house from fire, but it is still an essential part of Prepping and as soon as you leave your home, shelter becomes an issue. Can you go to friends or relatives? Do you need to camp and if so where can you go?

Also, consider what ‘shelter’ means. It means you’ll need clothing and equipment and you might need them in the blink of an eye, without a chance to dash ’round the house gathering them from wash baskets and attic spaces. If camping is a viable option in your bug out plan then where is your tent, can you assemble it correctly and are all the pieces in the bag? What will you wear? If you could be out for one or several nights you will need warm clothing, blankets, sturdy gloves,  maybe even a ground sheet. Can you carry them all between your family or will sacrifices have to be made (of equipment, not family members!)

Three!!

Heat.  The majority of houses these days are not built with working fireplaces and rely entirely on electricity for heating. Before you say “Mwa ha ha ha haaa you fool! This place is heated by gas!”, what sparks the little pilot light? In some climates, heat can be as little as wearing a jumper to bed. In the UK and Scotland however temperatures can plummet overnight, and are rarely tropical during the day so a plan to heat your home is relevant. If you are planning to, or have to Bug Out, you should supply yourself with a fire-kit and know how to use it properly. 

At home, learn how to start a fire and keep everything handy that you’ll need in case you have to do so. Teach your kids fire safety and keep in mind where your designated fire area will be. It is unwise to have a fire inside but if that is inescapable, keep it small and everything you need to extinguish it close to hand and keep it ventilated. Never use charcoal to heat indoors unless you have a purpose built charcoal burner, and even then do not try to cook on it. Inside, camping gas lamps (normally fuelled with paraffin) and camping gas stoves (pressurised gas or Methylated Spirits) can heat a room if all the doors and windows are closed – but again, remember ventilation and do not leave an open flame unsupervised.

Important: Methane gas is a by-product of the incomplete combustion of fuel. A build up of this, even from a small paraffin lamp can be fatal in a small, sealed environment. Even if you have to compensate a little heat, keep a flow of air through your shelter.    

Keep a supply of warm clothing, hats and gloves around, and there are products around that can keep your hands warm if things are getting a little tough.     

Two!!

Food. In the UK it is unlikely, very unlikely, that you will die of starvation in the event of a natural disaster, but if the power goes out you will not be able to feed yourself in the normal ways nor will their be any refrigeration until the power comes back. A good supply of canned foods, high energy/dense nutrition bars and ready to eat (add hot water) are available at every supermarket and easy to use cooking components can be bought from every camping store. If you want to be ready for long term self sufficiency then there are other options such as portable cooking stoves, or you could just eat barbecue every day. Yeah, that sounds like Heaven, but how will you keep the meat fresh?

The main question about food preparation, as I see it, is how reliant you wish to be on the State and Local Government to provide for you. The basis of Prepping is self reliance after all, so the goal should be for there to be no reason for you to need to go with your begging bowl to the bread line, undermining all your preparation. As a bare minimum plan to have enough meals available to fulfil your families calorific intake comfortably for at least two weeks, more if you live in a rural area with little chance of immediate help, and more depending on how long you want to stay self sufficient.

One!!

Water. In a large scale emergency such as an EMP Strike or city-wide blackout, not only the lights will go out. In all cities and towns the water is pumped to residents by electric pumps that will automatically give out – without back up – when the power goes down. In fact, to try and stall or prevent a blackout the water might be switched off prematurely.

Therefore, the reserves of water for both drinking and sanitation that you have available at ‘go time’ will be all you have until the power is restored. Fine, this might be the very next day. But it could be a week, or even two if the country is hit by an EMP. A person at rest loses between two and two and a half litres of water (or two to two and a half ‘quarts’ for our Americousins) a day. Some of this is in urination, some in sweat and some via Insensible Perspiration – keeping skin supple and eyes bright. This needs to be replaced to prevent dehydration, which leads to tiredness and sickness and prevents you being an effective team member.

Most, if not all, the people I know or ask do not drink that amount of water every day. It’s seen as something only gym-goers do. But we are always conscious that we have water available if we need it, you just turn on the tap (putting aside for the moment any concerns about Sodium Fluoride). In a survival situation, when we can’t be sure when the taps will work again, we need to do everything we can to promote and sustain our good health for the duration. If you are staying put, or ‘bugging in’, you need to be sure you have at least 2 Litres of fresh water per person per day available just for drinking. If you are expecting hot weather or strenuous activity, double it. If you are leaving your location, ‘bugging out’, then plan to carry a gallon per person, and have a plan to get more as an immediate goal.

The Almighty CONCLUSION.

These basics are the first things that need to be considered when establishing a Preparedness Plan but other things need to be taken into consideration, regarding where you live and your particular circumstances. For instance, local Emergency Planning might affect your personal plan, or what changes if your lights go out in the middle of winter instead of Spring? 

For now though; go buy a knife, stock up on food and start some fires! What could be simpler?  

 

The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset

Presented by Tactical Intelligence.net

Used by soldiers and CIA agents alike, The Colour Code of Awareness will help you see danger before it strikes and may just save your life.

In nature, predators seek out easy targets – the weak and the sick ones. Similar to the animal kingdom, human predators also seek out targets of opportunity – especially those who are unaware and oblivious to what’s around them. For this reason, it’s necessary to take on a state of mind that can help you stay alert to potential threats at all times and be able to intelligently react should you be faced with one. There’s no better metaphor for this state of mind than The Colour Code of Awareness.

Follow the link below to the Full Article.

The Color Code of Awareness: Developing a Combat Mindset.

Food Storage: Knorr Rice – 40 Servings

A big thank you to Technician775 for the Video. You can find his You Tube Channel HERE.

For people in the UK, Oxygen Absorbers are available from many self sufficiency shops and online. I get mine from The Self Sufficiency Shop: http://www.theselfsufficiencyshop.co.uk/

Understanding UK Knife Law.

All law is complicated, but UK knife law is not only complicated, but misleading. It is also subject to change, at any moment, for almost any reason. Due to the rising statistics of knife crime in the United Kingdom (at the hands of people that are not law abiding in the first place), our Government has made it very difficult to own or use a knife in any circumstance whatsoever.

It’s not their fault. Successive UK Governments have failed to impress us on so many levels that they routinely make knee jerk reactions to solve a ‘current’ problem or please a single issue group, and end up upsetting the entire population into the bargain. Sometimes, I think it would be better if they were corrupt, because they’re just… inept, and that’s not a good look.

Let’s begin:

“It is an offence for any person, without lawful authority or good reason, to have with him in a public place, any article which has a blade or is sharply pointed except for a folding pocket-knife which has a cutting edge to its blade not exceeding 3 inches.” Criminal Justice Act 1988 Section 139. Read the whole thing here.

Here, the phrase “lawful authority” refers mainly to the Emergency Services, and if you are a member of them then you already know the rules. However, “good reason” is used to denote civilians that use a bladed tool or knife in the course of their business; for example carpenters or chefs. This rule also covers religious / ceremonial costume such as the Scottish ‘sgian dubh’, a knife worn on the calf.

Also, the term “public place” is duplicitous. Of course, your town’s local High Street is a public place, but the term also refers to “private” places that the public can access. Even a “private” campsite that members of the public have arranged access to is recognised as a Public Place once the public arrive. You could still own and use a knife there, but you fall under the “good reason” clause. Just, “dude, we’re camping here” won’t cut it (excuse the pun).

Read it again: “…except for a folding pocket-knife which has a cutting edge to its blade not exceeding 3 inches.”

The exception was included (Section 139) because it was recognised that some knifes are carried just for general use and not for overtly criminal reasons. When written, it was a ‘common sense’ rule. Nowadays, in the age of PC and litigation, the concept of common sense has to be defended. Now, even a locking blade knife of under 3″ can be regarded as an offensive weapon if it is carried for that reason. It is up to you, the defendant, to prove that you were carrying the blade for a “good reason” and you may be sure that you are guilty until proven innocent.

As you can see, it is very easy to fall foul of the knife law in the UK. You could be alone on a private campsite, forgotten knife in your pocket from a day cutting wild flowers, and you can be arrested and charged for carrying an offensive , bladed weapon in public without good reason. That’s a minimum five years in prison.

........not OK.

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Emergency Communication Tips for Natural Disasters

Brought to you by KXII.com (US)

AT&T recognized by the department of homeland security offer these tips to help communicate after a storm. Program emergency numbers like the local police department ,fire station, and hospital into your phone.

Designate someone out of the area as a central contact so that all family members know who to contact if they become separated. Also keep your wireless phone dry water is the biggest threat during a tornado or hurricane, so keep your equipment safe with some type of waterproof protective covering.

Follow the below link for more communication tips.

Emergency Communication Tips for Natural Disasters.

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