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Month: May 2009

Woods shock the silent killer

Woods shock refers to a persons mental state after the realization that they are lost. Its the effect of taking someone from their normal environment, and putting them into a situation where they do not have the slightest idea where they are at. The degree, or level of woods shock varies from person to person. The effects range from fear to all out panic. Living in a city, people have streets, and street names to keep them oriented. We know where we are at because this street connects to that street, and so on. When a person has been raised in the city or town environment, they become accustomed to knowing the street layout and how to get from one place to another. In the Continue Reading….

North Korea pushes world to the brink of war

It seems that someone hit the rewind button, and is replaying 1939 all over again. This time its Kim Jong instead of Hitler. How long will the world have to wait before something is done about this madman? Will China support this puppet that is acting like a master? How long will Japan tolerate North Korea acting like a bully? Japan should have the right to defend itself. Regardless of what happened in World War II, it is ever nations right to defend itself. If the United Nations strikes at North Korea, where will China stand? Since the US Congress has passed all of those free trade treaties, the USA no longer has the ability to fight a large scale war. China on the other Continue Reading….

Stihl Chainsaw Description

Stihl chainsaws are probably one of the best chainsaws on the market. This video was filmed in early 2008 while my son in law and I were cutting up a red oak tree. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or any other type of widespread natural disaster, chainsaws should be a must have item. After a hurricane has passed through, chainsaws are essential for clearing roads that are blocked by fallen trees. Stihl Chainsaw DescriptionRate This Article

The survivalist and their garden

Its important for the survivalist to take gardening seriously. When the food stocks are gone, whatcha gonna do then? Seeds are cheap when compared to stockpiling other types of food, seeds last longer the most types of canned foods, and most seeds are reproducing. If you buy an MRE or some freeze dried food, after you eat the food will you be able to plant the package and grow an MRE bush? Maybe be able to pick some MREs off your MRE bush? Probably not. If you buy the right type of seeds, the plant should be fertile and the seeds should be able to be harvested. The survivalist and their gardenRate This Article

Using cotton balls and vaseline to build a fire

In this video I discuss building a fire with cotton balls and vaseline. There are several things I learned from making this video. One – vaseline by itself does not burn. Second – do not coat the outside of the cotton ball with vaseline or else it will not burn. The sparks have to be able to reach the cotton fibers in order to start the fire. Guys, if you use cotton balls that belong to your wife, be sure to ask permission first. Using cotton balls and vaseline to build a fireRate This Article

Flooded roads after a natural disaster

After natural disasters – such as a hurricane – roads may become flooded and impassable. This video was filmed after Hurricane Ike passed through the Southeast Texas area in September 2008. Its important to know where the back roads are and how to use them. Flooded roads after a natural disasterRate This Article

Coleman 533 dual fuel stove

The Coleman 533 dual fuel stove may not be small enough to take on an extended hiking trip, but its just right for around a camp site such as a park or survivalist retreat. If you need a stove to take to the lake or local park, then take a look at the Coleman 533 dual fuel stove.


Dual Fuel engineering: operates on clean-burning Coleman Liquid Fuel OR unleaded gasoline
Fully-adjustable 10,500-BTU burner
2.1-pints fuel tank runs for up to 2 hours on High setting
WindBlock system shields burner for maximum heat and reliable operation in all weather conditions
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Propane tanks for the survivalist retreat

Propane tanks can provide the remote survivalist camp with fuel for stoves, ovens, hot water heaters and even generators. When considering whether to store propane or gasoline, keep in mind that propane can be stored for years. Two of the main reasons why I like propane – it stores well, and it has a multiple of uses. I can buy the 2 pack of 1 pound propane bottles, store them at the camp, and the fuel never expires. Then there are the wide range of attachments for the bottles – lanterns, stoves and space heaters,,,, only to name a few. When the weather gets cold, my brother takes a small space heater to his deer stand. Go back a year later and the stove still Continue Reading….

Portable water storage example

Sometimes local feed and fertilizer stores will get 16 gallon drums in stock – these can make excellent water storage solutions. Most of the time they were used to ship some kind of syrup, and the inside smells like Dr. Pepper. These may not be good for storing drinkable water, but will probably make a good hand washing station. Portable water storage exampleRate This Article

Fruit tree considerations for the urban survivalist

One part of the survivalist preps that is often over looked is the fruit tree. Instead of having to plant a garden every year, just plant a few fruit trees. Take care of the trees, give them some fertilizer, keep the bugs off of them, keep them trimmed and you might just have a food producing machine in your backyard.

Most people have a corner in the backyard where a fruit tree could be planted. If there is not enough room for a full sized tree, look into some miniature fruit trees. Some of miniature types only grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall.

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