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Archive for March, 2009

Butchering station example

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 29, 2009 Comments Off

This is an example of what a butchering station at a deer camp looks like. There should be a way to get the animal off the ground, butcher it, and if possible a way to cook the meat right then. Most deer camps have some kind of wood burning bar-b-q pit. Which means there is  [ Read More ]




Libertarian Party

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 29, 2009 Comments Off

Now that the nation is slipping into an even deeper depression, the voters might be wondering if they made a mistake.  If you voted for the Republicans or Democrats, you made a mistake. If you want real change.  And not the Obama type of change, then its time to cast your vote for the Libertarian  [ Read More ]




Ray Mears cooks a fish stew

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 28, 2009 Comments Off

Pretty interesting video about fishing and cooking with wild plants. One thing I really like about Ray Mears is his voice and the way he talks. While speaking, he stays at a steady pace, does not get in a hurry, and keeps his tone about the same. The second part of the video talks about  [ Read More ]




Political party games

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 28, 2009 Comments Off

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is sending out emails entitled “End the Pelosi Recession.” The first sentence of the email goes like this: Dear NRCC supporter, House Republicans have pledged to stop to the “Pelosi Recession” caused by a bloated Democratic budget that spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much. First  [ Read More ]




Where would you go

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 27, 2009 Comments Off

In the 1300s, and all the way through to the 1600s, when a community would have an outbreak of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), the people in that community would flee. Unknowing to them, they helped spread the plague to other towns and communities. It must be human nature to flee a disaster, such as  [ Read More ]




Solar powered sidewalk lights instead of candles

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 26, 2009 1 Comment

Most people do not realize that they have a renewable light source right at their feet. And that is those solar powered lights along the walkway. If you do not have any solar powered sidewalk lights, take a look at a local hardware store, or big box mart – such as wal-mart, lowes and k-mart. They are usually in the garden section.

When shopping for a solar powered light, do not get the cheapest ones on the shelf. But then again, dont go overboard on the price either. There are usually 2 different colored lights – clear and amber. Do not get the amber colored lens, they do not put out as much light as the ones with the clear lens. Be sure to get the lights that use an LED and not a regular bulb.

The way those lights work, during the day the solar cell recharges 2 AA batteries. As the sun starts to go down, a light sensor tells the unit when to turn on. Depending on how much sun light the solar cell got, that defines how much light the unit can provide. The more sun light the cell is exposed to during the day, the longer the burn time at night.




Water Filter for a Bug Out Bag

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 25, 2009 Comments Off

There is an interesting thread over on the forum asking about a water filter for a bug out bag.

Some of the suggestions include:
Katadyn Hiker (and Hiker Pro)
Sawyer filters and purifiers
MSR Miniworks
Sawyer Inline Water Filter
Katadyn vario

In this video we talk about the Katadyn vario from Prepared.pro.




Types of Survivalist

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 24, 2009 Comments Off

After watching the types of people that join the Survivalist Forum, there seems to be at least 4 different groups: Hoarders – the people that stock up on everything – food, water, canned goods, beans, rice, MREs,,,.  These are the people that have hundreds  or even thousands of canned or dried food products. Some of  [ Read More ]




Survivalist retreat example

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 23, 2009 Comments Off

A survivalist retreat should start off with the most basic of necessities – food, water and shelter. Besides those items, location is very important. Access to running water, wild game animals, land for gardening, and away from the public view should also be important considerations. Related PostsPrepping Fatigue Why Prepare Troubling Trend in Survival Websites  [ Read More ]




FEMA camp myths

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 22, 2009 0 Comments

It seems that ever since Hurricane Katrina there has been a of misinformation going around as to what FEMA really does.

Lets just set the record straight right now – FEMA is here to help people, not throw them in some type of FEMA prison camp.

The law makers in congress have setup a government agency that tries to help people in areas affected by a disaster. Most of the time, the relief efforts are composed of – food, water, and temporary shelter. After Hurricane Rita hit the Southeast Texas area I got to see “some” of what FEMA does. There was an immediate response of MRES, donated canned foods, ice and bottled water brought into the affected areas.

After Hurricane Ike, it became very clear as to what FEMA is designed to do. Bridge City Texas was flooded by the storm surge of Hurricane Ike.

The families there lucky (or blessed) – only got about 4, 5 or even 9 feed of saltwater, mixed with marsh mud in their houses.

The families that were not so lucky – their houses were destroyed by a combination of storm surge and wind damage.

Thousands of families in Bridge City had nowhere to go. People were living in tents, or in RVs and some families left Bridge City to go live with relatives. Out of several thousand homes, only about 12 had not been flooded. FEMA has been working for months to fix that problem.




Urban survival tips for men

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 21, 2009 Comments Off

Just a few tips to help the average male survive in the urban jungle. When the garbage gets full, take it out. This does not mean stomp on the top of the trash, to try to get another beer can in. Since the topic of beer was brought up, lay off a little bit so  [ Read More ]




A lesson from the Black Death

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 20, 2009 Comments Off

A few months ago as I was reading a non-fiction book on the Black Death.  There was an interesting story of a family that was out of food and staving.  The family members decided they had a choice to make – either try to get some food from town, or stay at home and starve  [ Read More ]




Eversafe Meals

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 18, 2009 0 Comments

Eversafe meals are kinda like a Meal Ready to Eat (MRE), but are a little different. The meals are packaged in a see through package, so the contents are visible. This is unlike a standard military issue MRE, where the package is not see through.

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The meals are packed inside of a study cardboard box. The straps that help hold the box closed can also be used as grab handles.

On the top of the box it says – “Two meals, per person per day.”

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Unlike a standard MRE, Eversafe meals contain a mix of military and civilian food. Which is evident with the spam package being visible.

eversafe-meal-1

Each package contains enough food for a grown adult to eat a meal, and have a snack for later. When I take these meals on a hiking or camping trip, I will usually eat the main entree meal, or the spam, and save the other one for later. So two Eversafe meals would be enough to provide 2 servings and 2 snacks.

One case of Eversafe meals should provide enough food for one person for around a week (5 – 7 days). While looking at the outside of box, no quantity as to how many meals each case contained was listed.

Each package contains:
MRE main entree
MRE snack
M&Ms
Spam
MRE heater
Paper napkin
Plastic spoon and fork
Coffee creamer
Salt & pepper
List of contents




Food supply chains

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 16, 2009 Comments Off

During outbreaks of the plague in Europe, there was one major problem that faced the rich and poor alike – and that was the availability of food. The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to break. The supply lines that feed the world are fragile. Before the crops are ever  [ Read More ]




Urban Survival Tips

Posted by Kevin Felts On March 14, 2009 Comments Off

When the term “Urban Survival” is discussed, thoughts of MREs stacked to the ceiling, closets filled with cases of bottled water, tons of dried beans and rice piled up in every corner of the house – those kinds of thoughts come to mind. The fact is, there is more to urban survival then just stockpiling  [ Read More ]