Category Archives: Transportation

Survival Bicycles Can be a Good Idea

In today’s society, I see large numbers of bicyclists riding around every weekend when the weather is nice.  They are all wearing the tight bright colored outfits that seem to be mandatory for bike riders today.  I remember when we rode around in our jeans or whatever.  Now I will admit that bikes today are an improvement over what we had. so I have been giving some thought to building a survival bicycle.

My bicycle riding days are long past, although I have been giving some thought to starting again and I even have a couple of bikes.  So I am no expert. …

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If You Have to Bug Out, What do You take?

 

In yesterdays post I talked about bugging in and how that would probably be the first choice for many of us.  As I said yesterday, the point at which I bug out from my home will be the point at which it is more dangerous to stay than leave.

For some people who have a bug out location already set up that is easy to get to, this may not be much of a problem.  But unfortunately, most people don’t have a well stocked bug out location or the skills to live off the land without one.  Most people will be dependent on what they take with them. …

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Get Home Bags Should be a Work in Progress

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Yesterday I spent part of the day helping a young man build some get home bags for his family.  Now get home bags are designed for one purpose, to help you home during an emergency.  The content of each bag depends on how far from home you travel.

If you never travel more than a few miles from home and the area in which you live has a moderate climate and the walking is easy, your get home bag can be very small.  If you travel a lot and it would take you several days to get home, your kit should be much larger.…

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My EMP Proof Truck Failure and Murphy’s law.

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The subject of EMP proof vehicles has been on my mind for the last few days.  My father who is in his nineties has had to quite driving and he gave my wife his old pickup.  She has always loved that truck and he kept it in good shape.

Since it is a 1972 Chevy that he has owned since it was almost new, we knew the history of the truck.  In the 1970’s when President Carter was messing up the economy and the gas crisis occurred he had the truck converted into a duel fuel vehicle.  It burns both propane and gasoline and has two gas tanks and the propane tank.…

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Survival Resources Found in Your Car or Truck

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If you are lost in the back country or looking for resources after TEOTWAWKI, an automobile can be a gold mine of survival items.  Every year I see stories of people who get lost and die after leaving their vehicles.  This year two adults and several children were stuck in Nevada, and by staying with their jeep and using their resources were able to survive.

If you are lost and there is a search being conducted to find you, a vehicle is easier to spot from a plane or road.  It provides shelter from the wind and rain.  Lying under it can shelter you from the sun.…

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Vehicle Emergency Kits are a necessity

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One thing we can all do is learn from the mistakes of others.  Well this morning my son was enroute towing a small two-wheeled cargo trailer to a second home in another state.  The trailer was recently purchased and was brand new.  Well out in the middle of nowhere he blows a tire on the trailer.  Now he is an individual that normally carries a vehicle emergency kit containing everything under the sun.

After stopping, he goes to change the tire and discovers he does not have a wrench that fits the lug nuts on the trailer. Now he is a good mechanic, and has a complete auto shop and has built and restored older vehicles. …

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Winter Will Affect Preppers, Regardless of Where You Live

Winter is here and so far, it has been a dry year, but I see that chain control has already been in effect at least once.  If you are familiar with the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you will know that they can get snow as deep as 10 – 20 feet in the Donner Pass area.  It used to be that in the winter highway 80 was often completely blocked to vehicle travel for several months.  In the past, I had the chance to speak with people who remember not being able to cross by vehicle until the start of the spring thaw. …

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Field Expedient Techniques that You Need to Learn

The other day I was reading a Field expedient handbook published at the U.S. Army Infantry School back in the 1960’s.  These are interesting little books with lots of good knowledge.  If you run across field expedient handbooks for sale at a reasonable price, they are worth picking up.  They have a lot of different types of information in them and the military produced lots of them.

Today I am posting information from a couple of pages that you may find useful.  The first is some techniques that were designed to work with the older 4 x 4 military vehicles.  But in an emergency, you may be able to adapt these to yours.…

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Topo Maps and Where to Find Them

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After the blogs we recently posted on bug out routes, I decided to take a look at my maps and maybe upgrade a few.  After deciding what I needed, I went down to a local mining store that always carried them in the past.  No luck, so I checked the website for REI and they no longer carry the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) topo maps.

Then I went to the internet and found that you can download the topo maps for free from the USGS website http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2013/3093/.  The only problem with this is, I need paper copies and the maps are larger than you can print on the average printer. …

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Bugout Route Planning, Comments from a Friend

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My friend Ed has some experience is Bugout Route Planning and has sent in some excellent comments on the article that I posted yesterday.

“Great info. Many families who think that they are “prepared” don’t have a viable evacuation plan which they have actually road tested. A hazmat release, hurricane storm surge, flood or terrorist attack could make it unsafe for you to shelter in place at home and are cause to take your family and leave. You may not have much warning time to do so.

If you have early warning, don’t be caught on the road among the multitude of “unprepared in denial.”…

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