The Best Way to Hone Your Survival Skills

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Human beings have a strong will to survive, but that will can easily get beaten down when faced with overwhelming situations. A situation is only overwhelming when there’s a lack of knowledge or skill. When you know what do to because you’ve already planned ahead of time, you can act on instinct rather than react in a panic.

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Fire drills are practiced in schools (and should be in your home, too) so that everyone will know what he or she is supposed to do. When you perform a task often enough, you can do it automatically without thinking about it when an emergency hits.

Test yourself by conducting drills by going camping on the weekends and only bring your survival bag. Camp in inclement weather so you’ll be prepared to handle that, but remember to let someone know the area where you’re going to go camping.

Practice often so you’ll know what to do in the event of weather disasters, health emergencies and threats to your safety. Practice using the first aid kit, treating a wound, an unconscious person, practice setting a broken bone, treating a burn, etc. Practice what to do if you’re unable to call for help and you’re wounded.

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It’s important because the best way to survive is to practice what you’re going to do in any worst case scenario. You might not live in an area prone to tornadoes, but that doesn’t mean one won’t happen-be prepared for the unexpected.

Number one, prepare yourself mentally. If you allow the situation to overwhelm you or to make you fall into the trap of self-pity, your survival odds drop. The first step to take is to assess your situation and realize that you need three things – shelter, food and water. Of the three, find shelter first, a water supply second and food last.

Of course, practice is easy when you’re already prepared for survival. You should have a stockpile of food and necessities already gathered in your emergency pantry for your survival.

You should have staples in large quantities. Have water jugs filled and ready in your emergency pantry. Besides food, have batteries, flashlights and a camp stove put back as well.

But you should also get survival guides and study those so that you’ll know what to do if you have to get your food source from the land. For example, some people advocate eating plants, but certain plants will not only upset your stomach, they’ll kill you. What you want to do is to hope the worst case scenario never takes place – but you want to be prepared for it if it does.

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Alex the Prepper

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The importance of an underground bunker during a disaster scenario

With so many things going bad all around the world, it’s no wonder that many people have developed an interest for prepping and the survivalist lifestyle. If you come to think about it, it’s a natural reaction, I mean, who could blame them?


There are so many scary developments out there, ranging from natural disasters to manmade ones, like wars and failing industrial equipment (think about Fukushima folks!).

In this day and age, it’s pretty hard to make your family feel safe anymore. The society became so alienated, that sometimes you can’t even trust your next door neighbor.

Prepping is the new parlance of our times. Getting ready for all sort of things, including an economic collapse or a natural disaster became almost a natural, autoimmune reaction to our profoundly sick society.

If you wrap your mind around it, if you want to be 100% protected against almost all types of disasters, including natural (floods, tornadoes) and manmade ones (EMP/Chemical/Nuclear attacks/fallout) , an underground bunker is the obvious answer. Yes, you got that right, the underground bunker is becoming increasingly popular among doomsday preppers and survivalists. And for a good reason folks!


Basically, building your own underground bunker (or shelter if you prefer) is not very complicated and it doesn’t require a huge investment. Actually, an underground shelter can be built at a very reasonable price, especially if you’re ready (and you have the skills) to put some of your own labor into it. If you’re not the handy type of person, you can use some professional services, but the basic construction materials are quite cheap. There are lots of cost-effective methods for building yourself an underground bunker, all you need to do is some research and have the determination to get the job done.

The next step is to stockpile imperishable foods and water inside your bunker. Again, most of these items are relatively inexpensive, especially canned meat, fruits and veggies; another must-have foods (also very cheap and nutritive) you’ll need to stockpile are bulk items, like beans, rice and seeds. Keep in mind that you’ll need plenty of water, to last you and your family for a long period of time. You must consider investing in water filters and chemical means for purifying contaminated water, like iodine tablets (there are lots of methods for doing that, you should do your homework online).



Air purification is crucial in a survival situation, especially inside of an underground shelter. Chemical weapons and nuclear fallout have long lasting effects over the atmosphere, hence the air quality inside of your bunker must be your top concern. Don’t hesitate to invest in a top-notch air purifier and also provide your bunker with proper ventilation.

Another essential item for an underground bunker is a power generator. Batteries are viable solutions for small appliances like radios and flashlights, but when it comes to heating/cooking/other vital equipment, a portable generator is the answer.

Last but not least, you must realize a simple fact : you can’t predict everything, so you should expect the unexpected, your scenario is as good as mine and anything can happen : an economic collapse, an EMP attack, nuclear fallout, a terrorist attack that disrupts the infrastructure, our government gone rogue against its citizens, all these things are capable of destroying the fabric of our society. Don’t take the risks lightly, just look around at all the madness in the world and start preparing now, until it’s too late!


How to prepare for a disaster

We all know that old saying “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”, yet some of us (and I am talking about preppers here) are actually living by this motto. Just being prepared for a disaster doesn’t make you a pessimist, by all means. It’s better to be realistic and learn from the past events in our (recent) history (think Katrina); this is just stating the obvious, one must adapt or perish, Darwin taught us that.


You should learn the basics of survival and also don’t expect the government to take care of you, forget about the nanny state and deal with what will happen in a real life scenario: in a wide-spread emergency situation, you and your family can’t rely on help from outside, it’s all up to you when SHTF. While serving in the military, I learned this simple fact : “There’s trained and untrained, which one are you?”‘.

The first question that comes to mind is “Are you prepared” ? Just think about some of the worst case scenarios and answer the following :

– What can you say about your house safety? I am talking here about your security systems such as lights, smoke detectors, solid locks etc.

-What did you do for your personal(and your family) safety? Do you know how to defend yourself? Are you keeping yourself and your family members physically fit?

-Do you own guns for protecting your property and your family members? A concealed carry permit is a must have, protect your Second Amendment rights by using them. And if you own guns, you must learn how to use them, owning a weapon is just the first step.

-What about your financial safety? Do you have emergency funds available? And by available, I mean cash, the money in the bank are not yours (see Cyprus). Have you ever considered investing in gold/silver coins (real money)?

-Are you prepared in case of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, forest fires, earthquakes?


You can dramatically increase your chances of survival if disaster strikes just by contemplating these issues in a sincere and lucid manner; in order to deal with a problem, you must first acknowledge/realize its existence, the rest just flows naturally.

You must always have a plan already made and practiced (think drills) in order to handle the potential situations mentioned above. You must be able to survive in your own home for an extended period of time (stock weapons, ammo, non-perishable food, water, medicine) in case of a society collapse scenario/power grid failure/your scenario is as good as mine. In any wide-spread disaster situation, a breakdown in law enforcement is very plausible, it already happened in the past.

Also, in case of an imminent disaster, you must be able to evacuate your residence as soon as possible and as safely as possible. You must have provisions and tools available (emergency kits) and to be ready for an emergency evacuation in case of a pending disaster (hurricane/tornado/tsunami). Sometimes, an evacuation order may be issued without warning, so you must be prepared for leaving your home on a short notice.

Think ahead and always have a secondary location available for bugging out, like a far-away relative or a friend. The emergency items must be stored in your vehicles, for example first aid kits, extra clothing and essential survival items. Keep your fuel tanks topped up at any time and you can also consider storing fuel in canisters.


All for today

Alex The Prepper

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Prepper Ammo and Firearms Storage

You want to set aside a stockpile of ammo and firearms because you may not be able to buy them when you need them. As with any stockpile of supplies, the way that ammo and firearms are stored is important.



While you might think that ammo is too durable to get damaged, it’s not true. There are some things that can cause ammo to break down. That’s why it’s important to know how to store it properly.

Heat is one of the things that is destructive for ammo. When ammo is exposed to high temperatures, over time, the powder begins to deteriorate and ammo that’s gone bad is no good to you when you need it.

You have to remember that metal expands in high temperatures. So, to protect it against that breakdown that’s caused by heat, store all of your ammo in a dry location. You want to store it in the original container that it comes in.

Slide the original container down inside another container that’s airtight and seal it up. Some people choose to use those surplus military ammo containers while other people use a dehumidifier where their ammo is stored.



You can also use moisture absorbers like those silica gel packs. If kept from the heat and other things that cause the ammo to break down, you can expect your ammo to last you at least 10 years or longer.

Moister is another problem with ammo. The moisture can wreak havoc with the ammo and can lead to misfires if used. Humidity is one of the causes of moisture damaging ammunition.

You want to keep the humidity level in the storage area as low as you possibly can. If you drop ammunition in water and then immediately use it, you won’t have a problem. It’s long term exposure to moisture that you have to worry about.

Light is a third thing that can damage ammo. You want to make sure that you keep your ammo stored in a dark place – away from light – especially sunlight since sunlight can cause temperature variances.

You want to follow the same rules for storing your firearms that you use for storing your ammo. Keep your firearms away from heat, moisture and light as well. Years ago, soldiers used to hide weapons.

Some preppers hide firearms beneath the ground in airtight, waterproof containers that are sealed in protective padding and wrapping and many years later, those firearms still work beautifully.

There are laws that govern the stockpiling of ammo and weapons so you want to make sure that you follow the laws for your state. For example, some of the laws prohibit people from stockpiling too much of either weapons or ammunition.

Check out laws referring to ‘stockpiling of weapons’ or ‘stockpiling of ammo.’ In some cities, you have to have permits if you want to store a lot of ammo and weapons. Then again, some people ignore this completely or store their weapons across many cities or states to be gathered in the event of an emergency.



What Goes Into Your Survivalist Bug Out Bag?

If you’re new to survivalist training, you might not know what a bug out bag is. This is just gear that you can grab and go on your way in the event of a disaster. You can put your gear into a backpack or other sturdy nylon bag.


You’ll need food that’s lightweight. Something like freeze-dried foods or MREs. Make sure you pack enough that can last everyone with you for at least three days. Water is a must-have.

You’ll also need three days worth of water for everyone. But you’ll want to take along something to collect water in for the days ahead. Pack water purifying tablets. Bleach can do in a pinch, but is harder to pack.

Aside from food and water, you need a way to cook the food and boil the water. To cook the food, you’ll need a basic cooking set, which would be lightweight pots that can be used over campfires or on a portable camp stove.


You’ll want to pack clothes for two days. The clothes that you’re wearing when you bug out will count as your third set. Make sure you pack long pants, long sleeved shirts and other clothing that will keep you warm.

You’ll want to do this even if it’s summer. Long pants and long sleeved shirts will protect your skin from pests and will keep you warm if the temperatures dip at night. You’ll also want to pack extra socks and underwear. Take sturdy hiking boots along, too.

Rain gear like a poncho can be used as shelter in a pinch. Bring a hat along to keep the rain and the sun off your head. Take sunglasses to protect your eyes in case you’re out in the sun for long periods. A bandana should be packed because it can have a multitude of uses.

Shelter materials should also go in your backpack. Take a tent or a tarp along with cording in the event you need to tie something to trees. Carry a sleeping back or a sleeping pad along to protect you from having to sleep directly on the ground. Make sure there are enough emergency blankets for everyone.

Personal hygiene materials need to go in your bug out bag and don’t forget your first aid kit. Fire starters are necessary as are waterproof matches. Take a flashlight that uses solar power rather than batteries.

You’ll also want fishing gear, a knife and a multitool. An emergency radio and a way to charge your cell phone using solar power should be included in your bug out bag. Have sturdy gloves and a small axe that can be used to make a clearing or to get debris out of your way.

You’ll want to have a folding shovel and duct tape along, too. Bring your important papers and pack entertainment. Finally, make sure that you bring a weapon such as a gun in order to protect yourself and your family.


What Kind of Survival Clothing Should You Pack?

You never know when you’re going to have to get out in a hurry. Having a bag packed with all of the necessities you need – including clothing – will allow you to be prepared for any situation.

You already know that you should have the basic items like food, water and first aid. When it comes to clothing, it can be a little confusing knowing exactly what or how much to pack.


A good rule of thumb to follow would be to pack as if you’re going to be gone for three days. You’ll also want to consider exactly where you’re going when choosing what clothing to pack because the area you’re going to may have different weather than where you’re currently living.

If you’re heading to a rainier area, then you’d want to make sure you had rain gear – and if you’re going to an area where the weather is colder, you’ll want warmer clothing. Since room can be limited in a backpack, you want every piece of clothing to serve a purpose.


Pack two pairs of pants to wear. Since you’ll be wearing a pair, that counts as your third day pair. You’ll want to take long pants rather than shorts since you might be hiking through rough terrain. Plus, having long pants can help protect your legs against insect bites.

Take two shirts along for the journey. You’ll need one that’s fit for warmer weather – such as a short sleeve t-shirt. But you’ll also want a long sleeve shirt for cooler temperatures. Remember that temperatures always drop in the evening hours. By having both a short sleeve and a long sleeve shirt, you can double these up for warmth if needed.

For undergarments, you’ll need to take two pairs of socks and two pairs of underwear – but you’ll also want to pack a pair of thermal underwear. You can wear these under your clothing in the event of cold weather.

You’ll want to take along a hat to protect your head from the sun’s rays as well as to keep your head warm if it’s cold. A hat can also be useful to keep the rain out of your eyes.

A jacket is a must-have clothing item, but you want one that can serve two purposes. You want one that help you keep you warm but can also protect you from inclement weather like rain.

Many jackets have a waterproof shell and are lined with warm material on the inside. You can find some that are lightweight so that fitting them in your backpack won’t be an issue.

Don’t forget to pack footwear. When you first start out, it’s best to wear your waterproof boots and pack a pair of athletic shoes. Break them in ahead of time to prevent blisters if you have to hike around a lot.

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Alex the Prepper


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Attention Gun Owners: Have you noticed a shortage of ammunition when you visit your local gun shop or big box retailer? If so, you’re NOT alone…

Even though Congress and the President failed in their recent attempts to ban high powered rifles and create new gun control laws, they’ve regrouped and are now implementing their backup plans.

These backup plans could be WORSE for gun owners than the original legislation they tried to pass. And unfortunately, they could be much more detrimental to gun owners.

Since the founding fathers gave us a right to keep and bear arms, leftist politicians can’t take away our guns (no matter how hard they try!).

So instead they’ve got plans to essentially turn our guns into nothing more than glorified paperweights.

These anti-gun crusaders have plans already in action right now that target making it incredibly difficult to get your hands on bullets and ammo.

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Could it be that buy purchasing that much ammo they are intentionally emptying the shelves so ordinary Americans – like you and me – can…

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