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Could You Survive a Plane Crash?

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about surviving a plane crash. I don’t know about you, but I love to travel, and whether or not you’d be able to survive a crash is something we all think about once in a while when we are flying, isn’t it? If you are a survivalist or homesteader in a remote location, however, you may need to fly for more than simple travel. Whether you fly for work, for play, or for survival, read my list for things you’ll need to pack in your airplane survival emergency kit.

 

After a plane crash, your first concerns are going to be the three S’s:

  • Shelter
  • Sustenance
  • Safety

 

If you have any injuries, you are going to need to treat them, and you will also need to immediately evaluate the weather, the terrain, and what you will need to do to survive. At a minimum, you will need a shelter that will allow you to withstand any inclement weather conditions, you’ll need clean drinking water, you’ll need dry clothing, and if you aren’t rescued right away you will also eventually need food.

 

These are the items I carry in my emergency bag when I fly:

  • Mylar blanket
  • Waterproof tarp
  • Water purification tablets
  • Protein bars
  • My multi-tool knife
  • Bug spray
  • A flashlight
  • Sunscreen
  • First aid kit

 

Unless you have a lighter or other Firestarter, one skill you are going to need to master if you want to survive a crash is building a fire when you don’t have any supplies. If you don’t know how to build a fire out of nothing, the time to brush-up on your skills is before a flight and not after.

 

Do you carry an emergency bag when you fly? What are your essentials? Let me, Rob Raskin, known in the comments!

Southwest Flash Flood Survival Stories

Southwest Flash Flood Survival Stories

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to share some stories with you about people who survived flash floods in the American Southwest. Here in Vegas it is almost the rainy season, and this area is prone to flash floods. These powerful floods can strike without much, if any warning, so if you are in an area that is prone to flooding be aware, stay safe, and be prepared!

 

Sarah Owen

When 33-year-old backpacker Sarah Owen of Page, Arizona, headed out on a solo hiking trip in Utah’s Paria Canyon, she had no idea it would very nearly be her last. There was just a 20% chance of rain when Owen decided to take her chances with the weather, but within forty minutes a storm began, and Page’s hike took a turn for the worse. Soon the woman found herself nearly literally in over her head as torrential rainfall began to pour and she found herself stuck in quicksand. Rather than staying calm as one is supposed to do when stuck in quicksand, the hiker panicked and began flailing, but she regained her composure, crawled out, and went back the way she came—choosing to camp overnight rather than risk crawling through more quicksand. In the morning after the storm receded, Sarah Owen was found by a pair of hikers, and together the three of them hiked back through the quicksand and made it out to safety. The moral of this story is don’t hike alone, because they don’t call it quicksand for nothing!

 

Brandon West

Arizona man Brandon West didn’t head out alone when he went hiking with his dog Lucky this year in Payson, Arizona. West and his dog decided to hike and swim in the beautiful Tonto National Forest. When the floodwaters from a monsoon that was miles away swept through the area, the man was left with little time to react, and he quickly realized every move he made had the potential to be his last. With no margin of error, West was able to guide himself to safety, and miraculously he was also able to mostly hold his dog up out of the water—even while they were swept down waterfalls. Eventually West and his canine companion were separated, but both lived and were eventually reunited. Nine other hikers that day weren’t so lucky.

 

Have you ever been caught in a flood? How did you survive? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

 

See footage of Brandon’s dramatic rescue here:

Your Guide to DIY Ammo

I am Robert Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I want to talk to you about making your own ammunition. As any prepper or homesteader knows that ammo is an absolute essential, because you never know when an intruder or a wild animal may appear. Chances are you have plenty of ammunition in case of an emergency, but if you are in the wilderness or in hiding for a long time, you may eventually run out, and that is when it will be crucial that you know how to make more. Our forefathers cast their own bullets, and you can too, provided you have the necessary materials on-hand.

 

What You’ll Need

Unfortunately, you cannot channel your inner MacGyver on this one. You are going to have to invest in a few specific supplies, unless you have a lot of scrap metal lying around. For this task you will need:

  • Bullet molds
  • Lead
  • Tin
  • A heat source
  • A cast-iron pot or aluminum pan
  • Wax – simple beeswax will do
  • A well-lit and well-ventilated workspace – preferably outdoors!

Make sure you have the right molds for your weapons. You can find these on ebay or in specialty shops, if you want better quality. You will need to mix tin in with your lead to make your bullets strong enough, and the correct ratio of lead-to-tin is 20:1. You can find metal at scrap yards, auto shops, tire stores, and plumbing supply shops—just stay away from car battery lead. For your heat source, you may want to use a hot plate, but you can also use good old-fashioned fire if you don’t have any power.

 

The Process

The details will differ for different processes, and I encourage you to look into this in more detail, including reviewing videos, before you decide which is the right one for your situation. As a very general overview though, after you melt your metals, you’ll want to skim off the stuff that floats to the surface. Then you will be ready to begin the casting process. You will need to coat the mold with wax and then pour the metal into your pre-heated mold. After letting the metal cool, turn the mold over and use a wooden mallet to give it a whack to get the bullets out. Just be careful that you do not use a regular hammer for this, because it could crack your mold.

 

The Advantages of Doing It Yourself

Many people mistakenly believe that homemade ammo is inferior in quality, but the truth is by doing it yourself you can end up with a very high-quality product that excels in both performance and accuracy. You can save money this way, and there is also just something very satisfying about knowing that you have made your ammo with your own hands. You will feel confident knowing that in a doomsday scenario you would potentially never run out of bullets as long as you could continue finding sources of scrap metal. Once you have started making your own bullets, you may never want to go back to store-bought again!

It’s Time to Look into Off-Grid Power Systems

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about the need to be prepared to get your power from an alternative source. Frankly, we don’t know if the grid will be around forever, especially when you consider how unstable the world can be. Despite the fact that some experts have declared that cyberterrorism has reached a point where it could spell the end of the world as we know it, including knocking-out power grids for a long time, your average American wouldn’t last two weeks without power.

 

Renewable Energy for Survival

Whether you simply want to save money or you are worried about the threat of powers that could shut down the grid in an attack, there are alternatives that can allow you to maintain power regardless of the situation. Solar power is one solution—provided the sun’s light is visible, of course (such as, for example, in a nuclear winter situation). Other alternatives available to homesteaders and survivalists that will allow you to have access to renewable energy without being connected to a utility grid include wind turbines, battery banks, and even propane. Which one will work best for you is dependent on your unique situation, because there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to alternative energy sources.

 

Some people even fear that North Korea is a threat to our power grid, and hackers are another persistent threat. There are many sources of renewable energy that homesteaders and preppers have to choose from, along with a variety of solar-powered gear. It’s no secret that our nation’s power grid is vulnerable, and that is why many homesteaders have turned to alternative energy sources they will be able to count on if TEOTWAWKI is upon us. The time to begin looking into this is now and not after the worst has happened. Which alternative energy source works best for you? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments.

Put Together the Ultimate Urban Survival Gear List

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to cover some basics you will need for urban survival. Anyone who has seen the Twilight Zone episode “Time Enough at Last” knows the importance of having an eyeglasses repair kit when the worst happens and civilization as you know it comes to an end, but what else does the average person need in order to truly be prepared?  You may not be a survivalist per se, but everyone should have certain items on-hand in case of emergency. Whether your emergency is a temporary one, such as the aftermath of a natural disaster, or it is something more serious involving the current political climate, having the tools and supplies you’ll need to weather the storm is essential.

 

Why Do I Need a Survival Kit?

Survivalism isn’t just for bearded men with bunkers in the woods anymore. The world has been hit with one disaster after another in recent years, from catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis to devastating political upheaval and even home invasion robberies. People in California expect earthquakes just as people in Oklahoma expect tornadoes, but today factors such as fracking and climate change have resulted in natural disasters striking in areas where the locals were not expecting them. In this unpredictable world, when it comes to your health and safety and that of your loved ones, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?

 

Just the Basics

There are certain items you will need to have immediate access to in order for basic survival. These are essentials, so these are going to be the first thing you’ll need to put in your kit. The most important thing you’ll need to add to your kit is a multi-purpose tool that has pliers, wire cutters, a knife, scissors, a bottle opener, a can opener, and a multi-bit screwdriver.  You’ll also want to have all of your emergency contact information on-hand in an easily accessible place where others can find it if you are not able. Be sure you have plenty of fire-starting implements on-hand as well.  Make sure you have a shut-off wrench as well, because you may need it to shut your gas off.

 

Your Survival Kitchen

Water, instant coffee, powdered butter, eggs, and juice, canned foods, and condiments are just a few of the essentials you’ll need to keep in stock for your family. You’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils, because you won’t want to waste your precious water on dishwashing. If you have a pet, don’t forget pet food! Make sure to eat what you store. It’s important that you don’t just stockpile food and then forget about it, because the vast majority of foods do have a shelf-life that you’ll need to consider. You should stock the foods your family uses, and then as you use them make sure to continually replace them.

 

Boost Your Morale and Your Comfort Level

If you are going to be in a difficult situation for an extended period of time, you’ll need to take care of your family’s emotional  and comfort needs as well, especially if you have children. While you can technically survive without supplies like feminine hygiene items and diapers, with a little forethought you won’t have to, and this is something you’ll appreciate if these things aren’t there when you need them. Having board games, books, musical instruments, pencils and papers, and other entertainment items will go a long way toward keeping everyone content. Every person and family is different and will have unique needs, so take the time to make a list of what your family requires before it is too late!

Tips for Going Off-Grid in Winter

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk about steps you can take to make sure you are prepared to live off-grid during the winter. Homesteading in an area where it snows presents many special challenges. These will require preparations in advance if you want to get through the worst of it. From frozen pipes to frozen chickens, there are many problems that can and will arise for homesteaders who don’t take steps to ensure they’ll have what they need to survive until the spring thaw.

 

If you live in a region where it snows, the following tips are for you:

 

Check Your Generators

Even if your generator looks great, it’s important to start them up and to give them an oil change prior to each winter to give yourself the best possible chance of having a generator that is in top working order.

 

Protect Your Pipes Against Freezing

If you have a house with plumbing or you are living in a trailer or other shelter with pipes, you’ll need to take precautions to ensure your pipes don’t freeze, and this also includes your tanks and your water pump. Pointing a propane heater at your water and septic tanks can help keep them from freezing, and it also helps to use an insulated shell whenever possible.

 

Stay on Top of Your Plowing

Keeping access to the roads open can be essential in the winter, so you’ll want to make sure you plow regularly to make sure you aren’t snowed in. It can pile up faster than you might think! You can find many snow removal tips for homesteaders online, and it may take some trial and error to figure out which ones work for you.

 

Do you have any winter tips you’d like to share? Let me, Rob Raskin, know in the comments!

 

Here is a Winter Prep Checklist that will help you to make sure you are prepared for the season:

These Mistakes Can Kill You in a Wildfire

Hello! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk about mistakes that can kill you if you are caught in a wildfire. In October’s deadly wildfires in California over 40 people were killed and 140,000 acres destroyed, and now the Ventura and Ojai area is on fire and experiencing massive destruction of property, though thankfully so far no deaths have been reported. I thought I’d take a minute to talk to you about what to do if you are ever trapped in a forest fire so you can be prepared if you are in a drought area when fire season hits again next year. There are many homesteaders in drought-ridden areas, so this is especially crucial for survivalists in these regions.

 

Before a wildfire strikes

Know where important documents and keepsakes are

Know where your keys and your wallet are

Know where your glasses and your medications are

Know where your pets’ leashes and crates are

DO NOT wait too long to evacuate – emergency responders WILL be swamped, and they might be too overwhelmed to reach you in time

 

If you are caught in a wildfire

Most important of all is to stay calm

DO NOT try to save your house with a garden hose

If you are on a hill-head lower and fast

Try to steer clear of trees and vegetation if you can

If you can’t move fast enough and there is a swimming pool or other body of water handy, dive in

Lie facedown and cover up your body to protect it if there is no alternative

 

Until next time, this is Rob Raskin, hoping you stay safe and keep informed and aware in every situation.

A Toast to Wilderness Cocktails

Hello, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, bringing you a fun post this week. Whether you are celebrating a special event or you just want to relax with a drink after a long day of hunting, you don’t have to skip out on the cocktails just because you don’t have a liquor store nearby. If you are a homesteader or a survivalist who enjoys a great cocktail, this is yet another thing you’ll be able to do yourself while you are off-grid, provided you have the right supplies, so here is a peek at some of the essentials. And it doesn’t hurt to have a DIY still handy.

 

Whiskey is Quicker

Moonshine is as American as the frontiersmen who once rebelled over the unfair taxation of spirits, and it’s easier to make than you may think. If you can ferment alcohol, then you can do this. You’ll just need some yeast, either fruit or grain, distill water, distill alcohol, and essential oils. With a few supplies like an alcohol hydrometer, a fermentation vessel with a lid, some barrels, and a little research and patience (or a lot), you can take the chill off a winter’s night with your very own whiskey.

 

DIY Vodka

If you have potatoes, then you have vodka. Okay, I will admit there are a few steps in between the two, but they aren’t anything you can’t handle on your homestead. If the worst should happen and there is a social collapse or other disaster, this sought-after beverage will be in short supply and great demand, so it’s worth any survivalists time to learn how to make it, whether you want to drink it yourself or trade or sell it. For this drink you’ll need potatoes, standard malted barley, and a very large pot. It’s really that simple, after you’ve had some practice.

 

The Pirate’s Drink

If pirates can make rum at sea, then you can make it in the wild. To make rum you’ll need molasses, baker’s yeast, distilled water, and sugar. Lots and lots of sugar—as much as two pounds of it! You’ll also need copper couplings and tubing, a pressure cooker, a bucket, and some waterproof sealant. You don’t have to age this in wood barrels, but it will improve the flavor. Rum can take a week or more to make, but when you are enjoying that mojito you’ll understand that it is worth the wait. Although, depending on your circumstances, you may need to skip the ice.

 

 

Remember, it is illegal to distill alcohol in the US at this time, but we never know what the future may hold, and any survivalist knows the importance of being prepared. This is Rob Raskin, and I hope you’ll visit again the next time you need information about going off-grid.