Using Cell Phone for Emergency Communications

emergency communication

cell phones and chargers

We are all spoiled by the fact that we carry a small communication device in our pockets, the cell phone.  When I was young, these were still dreams in the science fiction movies.  Today I carry one with me everywhere and probably depend on it to much.  I am still not quite up to date; I haven’t gone to a smartphone yet, but maybe one of these days. During many different situations cell phones, work well for emergency communications.

If it is an EMP attack or a situation in which the government shuts down the cell phone system occurs you will have to go with your backup plan. …

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Storing Beans, Everything You Wanted to Know About Them

storing beansOver the years, we have posted a number of articles on cooking and storing beans.  Today’s post is a summary of some of the information we have learned.

Beans come in different varieties and you can normally find one that will suite every taste.  The Different Varieties of Beans  Try different  beans and find the ones that suite you and your family.

Most beans will store for 30 years if stored correctly.  This means keeping them cool and protected from exposure to oxygen by packing them in Mylar bags in plastic buckets, #10 cans or their equivalent. They are sensitive to heat and will become hard if exposed to high heat.…

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Urban Survival, What happens if you are Stuck in a City

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Even in these damaged WW2 cities people survived

Whether you live in a city or just visit on rare occasions, there is always the possibility of being stuck in an urban survival situation in case of a collapse or disaster.  So how do you survive?  If you live there, you should have preps and know the area well.

You should know where water is available.  This could include ponds, fountains, streams and reservoirs.  If you are counting on these types of water sources, read the following link The Hazards of Urban Water Sources, to keep yourself safe.  Many multiple story buildings have hundreds of gallons of water trapped in their plumbing systems, you just have to know how to access it. …

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Water Filters and Failing Municipal Water Systems

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Corrosion in the city water pipes, Flint Michigan

One thing that I have been concerned about is the fact that we are no longer maintaining much of our infrastructure properly.  Just look at the problems with water systems, levees, bridges and highways that have occurred over the last few years.  While these failures are all bad the one that concerns me the most are the water system failures.  While there have been numerous small failures, two large ones have recently came to light that bring the problem into focus and show why you need your own water filters.

In 2011, the state took over control in Flint after a budget emergency.  …

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Getting Home the Hard Way

getting home

Use a backpack that does not attract a lot of attention.

The following is a guest post from Ed, a friend.  It covers getting home during emergencies, when vehicles are not available.  This could occur for a number of reason, from earthquake damage to EMP.  I particularly like his suggestion on getting a folding bike.  They are compact and easy to carry in your car.

Getting Home the Hard Way

Many people work in the city and have a long commute back home.  Suppose your usual automobile commute were prevented and you needed to get home without driving?  What is your plan?…

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Waterproofing for Tents, Clothing and Shoes, Making Your Own

waterproofing

The right 1/2 of this cap has been waterproofed

For many years, oilcloth was used for waterproofing clothes, tents and even for covering pioneers wagons.  You can still buy oilcloth clothing and some members of my family wear it and love it for rainy weather.  Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or (in England) American cloth, was close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth (canvas) with a coating of boiled linseed oil.  It was one of very few flexible, waterproof materials that were widely available.  Oilcloth was used as an outer waterproof layer for clothing, luggage and many other uses.

Now recently I have been looking into how to make your own waterproofing materials. …

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How to Safely Survive a Riot

riot

Now by riot I am referring to a form of civil disorder commonly characterized by a group lashing out in a violent public disturbance against authority, property or people.  The type of riot I am referring to is different from an insurrection or TEOTWAWKI.  It is normally limited in scope and while it can cover large areas such as the WATTS riots in Los Angeles is normally confined to a limited area.

A major riot will normally only occur in a large city or in a venue where large numbers of people gather.  So far there have not been significant riots in small communities, but this could change because of flash mobs.…

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Cooking with Your Food Storage

cookingCooking with your food storage for many people will be a new experience.  They purchase and stock many foods that they do not use on a regular basis.  The old adage store what you eat and eat what you store is not followed by many preppers.

Part of the reason is because of the cost of freeze-dried foods.  I have encountered a number of people who have purchased large amounts of freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.  Because these are expensive and have a long shelf live, they are reluctant to open a can or two and experiment with them.

Now for many who are homesteaders and live off what they produce this won’t be a problem. …

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How Herbicides can Kill Your Garden, Even If You don’t Use Them

herbicidesA friend of mine recently tried straw bale gardening and had a dismal failure.  This caused him to do a bit of research and he found an article in the current (January/February 2016) issue of Backwoods Home magazine, on a product called Grazon, one of many aminopyralid herbicides used on hay and straw field to kill broadleaf weeds.  That may explain his failure.

Grazon or other Aminopyralid-containing herbicides are sprayed on pastures and fields of straw and hay because they  only kill plants such as horse nettle, pigweed and blackberries not the feed grass. After it is applied, the cows, horses and other animals graze on the grass, ingesting the herbicide which passes through their systems and into their manure.…

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Mora, Your Best Choice For a Reasonably Price Knife

MoraI like knives and have way too many of them including some very high quality ones.  Now with all these knives you would probably be surprised at what gets used the most.  My Mora Companion, which cost me just a bit over $15 on Amazon.  This is a great little knife.

Now Mora is a town in Sweden that is famous for making knives.  Originally there were two major knife manufacturers in Mora: Frosts of Mora and KJ Eriksson.   Several years ago these two companies merged into a company called Mora of Sweden or more commonly Morakniv.

Occasionally you will still see knives under the Frosts or Eriksson names for sale.  …

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