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Lemons on a lemon tree

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 30, 2009 Comments Off

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Fire pits

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 30, 2009 Comments Off

Fire Pit Fire pits give people the chance to sit outside and enjoy some family time together. Some areas have banned open fires, so the fire pit with a screen cover might be an alternative.

During periods of power outages, these fire pits can provide a way to cook, provide light, and some form of security for the family. Prowlers and thieves are less likely to go around where they can be seen. From the dawn of mankind, fire has provided warmth and security. These days, you just have to adapt to your surroundings. Instead of building a fire in the middle of the yard, these pits provide a defined area where its safe to build a fire.




Water wells and urban survival

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 29, 2009 Comments Off

Water wellWater, water everywhere and nar a drop to drink – is a classic statement from the rhyme of the ancient mariner. But in the case of urban survival, there is no water and there is nothing to drink.

Most urbanites depend on water supplied by the city – through the cities water system. However, this is also a weak point in disaster planning. Most cities and towns have prohibited their citizens from digging private wells. If that is the case in your area, its time to get the laws changed. Not being able to have your own water supply makes you and your family a slave to city. Free people do not ask permission to use something that is on their own property – or in the case of ground water, under their property. Slaves ask permission, freemen use what is theirs as they see fit.




The Survivalist Mentality

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 23, 2009 Comments Off

Video filmed at Martin Dies State Park, just west of Jasper, Texas. In this segment we discuss certain aspects of survivalism.




Written disaster plans

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 22, 2009 Comments Off

While planning for a disaster, an important consideration should be to write your plans down, make copies and then send those copies to your friends and family members. The plans should include destination during the evacuations, contact phone number, routes you plan on taking during the evacuation and backup phone numbers – plus your usual  [ Read More ]




Whitetail deer pictures

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 21, 2009 Comments Off

Whitetail deer are a medium sized deer native to the United States. One feature that has ensured the species survival is that they can adapt to just about any kind of terrain, or food source. Some species do well in forest, or grasslands – but not both. Whitetail deer can adapt to woodlands, grassy plains  [ Read More ]




Hog hunting with dogs

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 20, 2009 Comments Off

Before we get started, each state and country is going to have its own laws on hunting with dogs.  Before going hunting, make sure you have a clear understanding of the laws before you do anything.  This video was filmed in Texas during the summer of 2008.  During that time it was legal (and still  [ Read More ]




Tents

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 19, 2009 Comments Off

tents Whether your just going camping, or bugging out to a friends house, its important to have some tents on hand. Keep in mind that if you and your family need to leave your home, tents offer portable shelter. During hurricane season, hundreds of thousands of people evacuate, and have nowhere to go. Having your own portable shelter provides more options on where to spend the night at.

Besides tents, every family member should have a sleeping bag, pillow, and maybe even a cot or air mattress. During an evacuation, having your own portable shelter provides more options then having to stay in a shelter supplied by city, church, or some other organization.




Home grown onions

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 19, 2009 Comments Off

home grown onions

Home grown onions are an easy item to grow. Even for those gardeners that have a black thumb and kill everything they touch, onions should still be able to live through the touch of death.

The way onions grow, they have several shoots that come off the main root. These shoots develop sugars, which then go into the bulb and help the bulb grow. When the shoots start to die, that is a sign that the sugars are going into the root ball.




Panic buying before a disaster

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 18, 2009 0 Comments

Panic BuyingWhen the public has and kind of advanced warning of a disaster – such as a hurricane or pandemic disease – people go into a panic buying mode. Keep this one thing in mind – if you do not have it before the panic buying kicks in, you will not be able to get it.

These images were taken as Hurricane Ike was approaching the Texas coast in September of 2008. The list of items that disappears off the shelf first is rather short, but still long. It includes canned foods, bottled water, camp stoves and camp stove fuel, bread, flashlights, and other odd and end items.

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Flashlights sold out before the storm

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 17, 2009 Comments Off

As Hurricane Ike was approaching Texas in September of 2008, one of the first items to sell out was flashlights. The cheaper the flashlight, the faster it sold out. And it was not just regular flashlights that sold out, it was also the hand crank kind.  This picture was taken about 2 days before Hurricane  [ Read More ]




Hand tools for urban survival

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 15, 2009 0 Comments

In an urban survival situation, its important for units to be self supportive. This includes being able to do basic repairs to the home or structure the people are staying in and growing a home garden. This is where the hand tools come into the picture.

Hammer Hammers

Unlike an air powered nail gun, or an electric powered nail gun, this amazing device only works with the swing of an arm. You hold it in your hand, grasp firmly and swing.

Every urban survivalist should have several good quality hammers on hand. Do not try to get off cheap. Go ahead, spend the money and get a quality product.

It has been my (Kevin) personal experience that hammers made in the USA are of better quality then those made in China. Also, buying made in USA products helps keep the factories here in the states. That keeps the jobs local which means less people on government assistance. So, buy American and keep your neighbors with a job. Or pay higher taxes and buy your neighbors food stamps, its your choice.

Be sure to include framing hammers for fixing walls and roofs, 4 pound hammers and 8 pound hammers in your collection.




Urban Survival Disaster Preparedness Plans

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 12, 2009 0 Comments

Putting together a disaster preparedness plan can be a daunting task. To begin, let us start with some basic questions. What kind of disaster should be planned for? What kind of disaster gear should be included in the kit? How many people will the plans have to support? How long will the disaster last?

Location is very important. This is one of the first questions anyone developing a disaster plan should take into consideration.

Everyone that lives within 200 miles of the Southeastern coast of the USA or the Gulf of Mexico coast should plan for hurricanes and/or strong thunder storms.

Anyone that lives in the northern regions should plan on cold weather with lots of snow and ice.

Mountain / arid regions should plan for wild fires in the summer and snow along with ice in the winter.

Tornadoes should be considered, regardless of location.

Earthquake prone regions should plan for just that, earthquakes.

By those examples, each disaster plan and urban survival kit will be a little different. However, each kit should contain some of the same basic items.

Food & Water – most organizations tell people to have at least 3 days or 72 hours worth of food and water on hand. This is an unrealistic number. After a disaster, such as a hurricane, most relief organizations plan on having services in place within 72 hours. What if the family has 3 days worth of food and water, and the relief services are NOT in place during that time frame?

For the sake of discussion, lets say the Jones family has 14 days worth of food and water on hand. The Smith family has 3 days – just like the government advices. On the 5th day after some kind of disaster strikes, the Smith family is asking the Jones Family if they have any food they can spare.

Whatever the government says you need, double or triple that number.

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The mindset of radical survivalist

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 10, 2009 Comments Off

The 1970s and the 1980s were interesting times for survivalist. The threat of nuclear war with Russia was a clear and present danger. Russia was in Afghanistan getting its butt kicked by a bunch of nomads. Duck and cover public service announcements were broadcast on TV. Soldier of Fortune magazine and American Survival Guide was  [ Read More ]




Monument to the 1900 galveston hurricane

Posted by Kevin Felts On June 7, 2009 Comments Off

This monument is dedicated to the survivors and those who lost their lives in the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas. It sits along the beach wall at Galveston. Related PostsGalveston ferry sucks Complacency and disaster preparedness Becoming complacent with disaster preparedness