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How To Hide Your Water

How To Hide Your Water

If there’s not enough water to go around, use these tricks to stay hydrated and safe.

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin, and this week I want to discuss a topic that is of great importance to people like me who live in Las Vegas—water. More than anything else, water is the most critical element of your survival. Without it, you’d be lucky to live more than three days.

 

You don’t have to be in the middle of the desert to experience drought conditions. If you depend on a pond, creek, or lake for your water, don’t take it for granted, because it could dry up or become contaminated for a number of reasons. After TEOTWAWKI you could potentially lose your water supply through natural events, by accidental means, or even though a deliberate act of sabotage.

 

Aside from survival, without water you are making yourself and your loved ones vulnerable to disease. Germs spread readily in unsanitary conditions, and you need water to keep things clean. You’ll also need water for your cooking needs.

 

Having your own stash of water where others can see it will make you vulnerable to predators who are willing to take what’s yours—or even kill for it—in order to ensure their own survival. Understanding your water storage options and how to keep your water safely hidden is your key to getting through a drought alive.

 

How To Hide Your Water

If you want to avoid the catastrophic consequences of losing your water to theft, you’ll have to know how to hide it while still being able to access it easily if you need to. Believe it or not, after the SHTF you will have to guard your water as closely as you do your firearms. One thing to keep in mind is you should use many different types of containers so if looters find one, they won’t find another.

 

This guide will teach you how to keep your water for your own needs instead of losing it to those who didn’t prepare.

 

A Word About Plastic Containers

For your health and safety, only food grade quality plastic containers to store your water. Beggars can’t be choosers, and if you wait until after an apocalyptic event to gather containers, you’ll have to take whatever you can find. That’s why it pays to invest in #2 HDPE BPA-free containers now, when you can make sure you have the best quality.

 

No matter what kind of container you use, it is recommended that you rotate your supply every six months to make sure you’re using the oldest water first. Keep your containers out of the direct sun, in the coolest possible location where they can be safely concealed.

 

55-Gallon Drum

When you think of stored water, most likely it is these large, blue barrels that comes to mind. It is certainly what thieves will be looking for when they’re dying of thirst. It’s easy to see why 55-gallon drums are so popular. Each one holds enough water for one person for three to four months. This is precisely why you’ll need to bury your water drums underground, using a siphon attachment to access the water when you need it.

If you live in an area where it freezes, be sure to leave plenty of room in the barrels and avoid overfilling them.

 

20-Gallon Water Box

These cardboard boxes contain four mylar bags, each of which can hold five gallons of water. These can be directly filled from your sink, assuming you still have running water. If you’re going to buy these 20-gallon containers, fill them while you still can.

 

5-Gallon Stackable Containers

If you need water containers you can stack and easily carry, these 5-gallon stackable containers are an ideal choice. This is a lighter, durable alternative that can help reduce the growth of bacteria in your water supply due to the fact they are typically built from 90 mils UN rated plastic.

 

Plastic Jugs

And speaking of plastic, when you’re in a bind, any plastic jug will do. In an ideal situation, you’ll only reuse jugs that originally contained water. But let’s face it, once the grid is down you may be very far from an ideal situation. In a pinch, you can also reuse milk and juice jugs. Just be aware, doing so means running the risk of increased bacterial growth that can destroy your supply.

 

Canned Water

For a durable option, choose canned water, which is sold in one-year and three-month supplies. This kind of water contains added minerals. This is not only healthy for you, it also creates water with increased alkalinity that contributes to a longer shelf life.

 

Water Bottles and Pouches

This is the ideal choice if you need something small, portable, and durable. You’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to buy them by the case.

 

Join me, Rob Raskin, again for the next installment of our three-part series. In Part 2, we’ll discuss what you’ll need to pack in your drought survival kit.

 

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Cast Iron Cooking for Survivalists

Cast Iron Cooking for Survivalists

Why cast iron is a prepper’s best friend in the kitchen

 

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about why cast iron cookware is a must-have for survivalists. Why limit yourself to eating merely for survival when cast iron cooking makes so many dishes a pleasure to eat. You can use cast iron to cook everything from meat to pizza to cornbread.

 

This article will tell you everything you need to know about cast iron cooking’s history, the benefits of cooking this way, and why once you try cast iron you’ll wonder how you ever cooked any other way.

 

The History of Cast Iron Cooking

Although cast iron cooking is trendy now, cast iron cookware has been used for centuries. If man used cast iron to cook his food before electricity was invented, you can also use it after a catastrophic event that knocks the grid out.

 

The Chinese first developed a technique for melting iron into a cast to make cookware around 220 A.D., and by the 16th century the technique was in-demand across Europe. The modern cast iron cookware we use today was originally patented in 1707. This technique hasn’t changed much since then because frankly, it doesn’t need to. It’s been popular for hundreds of years as-is, and it’s likely to remain popular for hundreds more years into the future—at least to the preppers who make it that far.

 

During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was said that cast iron pots were worth more than gold. These durable pans can last hundreds of years if they’re cared for correctly. You’ll want to keep this in mind if you have cast iron and you ever need to barter for something valuable.

 

The Benefits of Cast Iron Cookware

The benefits of using cast iron in your indoor or outdoor kitchen are nothing short of incredible—and delicious.

It’s Healthy

Aside from the obvious benefit of having cookware that will outlive you and double as a bludgeoning instrument and impromptu body armor, the biggest benefit of using cast iron cookware is the fact that it adds iron to your food. When you’re in survival mode, iron deficiency will be a big concern. You can increase your food’s iron content as much as 20 times by switching to cast iron.

 

It’s Non-Toxic

You may not know it, but the pans in your kitchen could be coated with poison, all in the name of convenience and saving calories. In an effort to avoid using oil, non-stick Teflon was invented, and testing has shown the chemicals it contains are able to kill birds. You won’t have to worry about toxins when you use cast iron.

 

Your Food Will Taste Great

People who use cast iron agree it’s worth the effort of seasoning the pans because the taste of food that is cooked this way is far superior.

 

Why You’ll Love Cast Iron Cooking

Aside from the health and taste benefits of cooking with cast iron, there’s a lot more to love about this cookware.

It’s Non-Stick

Once your cast iron skillet is well-seasoned, its surface will be non-stick and slick as glass. If a cast iron skillet is worth its weight in gold, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet is worth its weight in platinum.

 

It’s Easy to Clean

You don’t need to use soap on a cast iron pan, which is a big bonus in a SHTF situation. No soap—no problem! Simply lift the food off the pan with a spatula. You can also boil water to remove stubborn cooked-on food afterward.

 

It Evenly Disperses Heat

Unlike cookware made of cheap steel and aluminum, cast iron cookware will evenly disperse heat, leading to food that is cooked uniformly throughout the dish.

 

It’s Versatile

In your kitchen at home right now, you’ll be able to cook your meal in cast iron on the stovetop and move it directly into the oven. After TEOTWAWKI, you’ll be able to use your cast iron cookware directly on coals in your outdoor kitchen. As long as you have a skillet and a Dutch oven, you’ll have everything you need.

 

It’s Affordable

If you’ve ever bought a set of new cookware, you know how expensive it can get. When it comes to cookware, there are so many gimmicks that come and go. Cast iron remains affordable, and it can often be found in thrift shops and at garage sales. You can get a durable cast iron skillet at a big box retailer for under $20.

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but writing this made me hungry for a steak! Until next time, this is Rob Raskin, hoping you have a great weekend. Next week I’ll be discussing how to care for your cast iron cookware and what to do if it rusts.

 

Remember, there’s no such thing as being to prepared! When the SHTF, your loved ones will thank you for  the time you spent educating yourself about survivalism online.

 

 

Learn how to clean a cast iron skillet at camp.

 

You’ll be amazed by this cast iron cookware survival kitchen transformation!

 

 

Why Kansas City Is the Place to Survive

Why Kansas City Is the Place to Survive

Preppers are flocking to this western Missouri survival destination, and for good reason.

 

 

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss Kansas City, Missouri, the number-one prepper destination in the United States.

 

Kansas City is the home of the Greater KCI Survival Expo & Gun Show, an annual event between 2015 – 2018. This survival expo featured hundreds of booths of survival and preparedness gear, and it drew thousands of preppers to the area. If you’re looking for a place to survive the apocalypse where you’ll find a like-minded and well-trained community, look no further than this Missouri City.

 

Why You Should Consider Kansas City

One study conducted by CareerBuilder used marketing analysis data to rank which states are the best—and worst—to live in if you want to survive a zombie outbreak. Kansas City is right at the top of the list, with only one other city ranking higher.

 

Although the vast majority of us are not really afraid of a potential future zombie outbreak, the reasons KC ranked so highly are also the reason it’s considered a top prepper destination.

 

CareerBuilder used factors like the abundance of food sources, containment, and defensibility to rank each city, and when it came to Kansas City, Realtor.com agreed. The real estate industry website named KC first on their list of the 200 largest metro areas in the country in which you are most likely to survive the fallout of a nuclear incident.

 

Realtor.com determined KC was the top destination based upon the number of property listings that had:

  • A bunker or fallout shelter
  • A safe room
  • A lake or pond
  • A basement
  • Solar panels
  • Brick construction

 

Other factors the real estate website used to determine rankings included the state’s gun score, population density, and the number of likely nuclear targets in the area.

 

They also considered the percentage of the population that is currently employed as health care workers. In a catastrophic event, the more trained medical personnel you have on-hand, the better.

 

Missouri’s Underground Missile Silos

Want to learn how to get a Kansas City missile silo of your own? You’ll need to keep your eye on the market because on the rare occasion that these properties become available, you can expect other buyers to try to outbid you.

 

About Minuteman II Missile Sites

Between 1964 and 1997, the US Air Force managed 165 Minuteman II missile sites in Missouri. Construction of the sites took place between 1961 and 1972. These missile silos could be found in 14 counties, and Kansas City itself is spread out between four counties. While the majority of the city sits in Jackson County, there are also parts of the city that are located in Platte, Cass, and Clay Counties.

 

 

 

After the International Strategic Arms Reduction treaty in the 1990s, the missile sites were decommissioned. This often involved removing the missiles and imploding the silo. However, some sites were merely launch facilities without missles. Of those 15 facilities, 14 were not imploded.  Today they still exist in the State of Missouri, and from time to time these former missile silos hit the market.

 

In 2017, one western Kansas Minuteman II missile silo was listed for sale on eBay. The price? A surprisingly reasonable $325,000.

 

Currently Available KC Missile Silo Properties

According to MissleBases.com, there are currently two Minuteman II properties available in the greater Kansas City area.

 

One of these properties, a communications bunker in L-5 Junction Center, is priced in the $1M – $2.9M range. According to the listing, the bunker is in “amazing” condition, and it has been meticulously well-maintained. The systems in this bunker have potential, and the lucky buyer of this home will easily be able to expand their capabilities. This property is located just an hour outside of KC, so it’s close enough, but far enough away to increase your safety after an apocalyptic event. Owner financing is available.

 

The second property, a hardened underground bunker-home, is located in Polo, Missouri. This property is a little more affordable at $500K – $999K. This circa-1960s nuclear-proof communications center simply has to be seen to be believed. The previous owners have done so much with it, and it’s easy to imagine what a motivated new owner could add to the property. The space is safe, gorgeous, and in move-in ready condition.

 

Are you ready to head to Kansas City to take a closer look? So am I!

 

 

Take a look inside the Kansas City survival expo.

 

One KC prepper was arrested for making his own grenades in preparation for TEOTWAWKI. What do you think, survivalists, was this arrest unfair?

 

 

Are you a Kansas City survivalist? Why did you choose the area, and why do you recommend it? Please let me, Rob Raskin, and the rest of the readers know in the comments.

What Homesteaders Need to Know About Predators

What Homesteaders Need to Know About Predators

You need to understand your local predators to keep your animals safe.

 

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas back again with Part Two of my three-part series about protecting yourself from predators. In this week’s installment we’re going to discuss the most common predators, how you can tell what is attacking your animals, and what you can do to stop it.

 

What Are the Most Common Predators?

If you’re homesteading, these are just some of the many predators that put your animals at risk.

  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Hawks
  • Weasels
  • Bobcats
  • Minks
  • Wild boars
  • Owls
  • Raccoons
  • Opossums
  • Snakes
  • Mountain lions

 

What Predator Is Killing Your Animals?

When it comes to identifying a predator who has attacked your animal, the best place to start is by doing your homework. Before you set your homestead up, understand which predators are native to the environment and what they like to eat. This will allow you to understand the level of threat that is posed and to plan accordingly.

 

If the predator has already attacked, like a forensic investigator, you’ll have to examine the scene of the crime. Are there any footprints still visible? Not only can you identify a predator by its prints, you can also identify it by its gait. Were any claw marks left behind? Were your animals killed and left at the scene, or were their bodies dragged away? The answers to these questions will help you determine what kind of predator you’ve got on your hands.

 

You can also identify a predator via its scat. This can not only tell you what has been eating your animals, it can tell you what else it is eating: an important clue when you’re trying to identify a predator.

 

How to Protect Your Animals

There are both lethal and non-lethal methods of protecting your homestead from predators. Here are a few you may want to try first. You don’t have to wait for a predator to make its presence known before you take proactive steps.

 

The Best Defense Is a Strong Offense

Most barriers aren’t going to keep predators out. No matter how high you make your fence, predators can still climb and fly over or burrow underneath. You can bring your animals into a fully enclosed anti-predator shelter at night, but these can be incredibly costly to construct if you want them to be truly effective. There are also animals that prey during the daylight, like mountain lions.

 

Your best bet is to build a barrier and use it in conjunction with another method. To begin with, clear away any brush where predators can hide, and make sure you don’t leave pet food outside where it may attract them.

 

Electric fences can be effective for keeping larger predators like coyotes and wolves out, and some homesteaders believe these animals have the ability to communicate the rest of the danger to the rest of the pack. This is beneficial because the original animal who received the shock will prevent others from approaching the fence. That said, an electric barrier may not be effective where smaller predators are involved.

 

When it comes to protecting your animals from predators, a dog really is man’s best friend. A livestock guardian dog is a pastoral dog that has been specifically bred for the purpose of protecting everything from chickens to larger animals. These dogs become a part of your herd, and they’ll fight to the death to protect it. Because of this, they’ll be right there protecting your livestock 24/7.

 

Believe it or not, you can also use llamas as livestock guardian animals.  Llamas will stay your flock to protect it. Male llamas have been known to protect female sheep who are giving birth, and female llamas will circle the flock to keep it safe.

 

Keeping cats on your homestead can also keep your eggs safe from predatory snakes.

 

When It’s Time to Shoot

In many cases, there’s no reason to shoot a predatory animal. It is possible to live peacefully together with predators. As long as it hasn’t attacked your homestead yet, it’s best to hang back and observe it to determine whether or not it’s a threat or it’s just passing through.

 

A good general rule of thumb is to never take a life unless someone else is in danger of losing their life. The predatory animal being in the vicinity of your homestead alone is not a threat. However, if the predator has already attacked your animals, you may have to kill it to keep it from coming back because it’s developed a taste for what you’ve got.

 

Be sure to join me, Rob Raskin, again next week, when I’ll be discussing how to protect your homestead from mice and other rodents in Part Three of my three-part pests and predators series.

 

 

Learn how to identify what killed your chickens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc8jMscrQYo

 

These are the best dogs for homesteading.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euw7SVy0nz8

 

SHTF Guide to Pest Control

SHTF Guide to Pest Control

Mosquitoes Existed Before Us, but We Don’t Have to Let Them Outlive Us

 

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I’m going to be discussing pest control. This is Part One in a three-part series, because there are a lot of different insects and other animals out there that can pose a threat to survivalists, homesteaders, and their animals.

 

According to the most recent studies, mosquitoes have existed for 226 million years. They survived the Ice Age, and they’ll survive the apocalypse. Just about everyone in the world has been bitten by a mosquito at least once, and most of us have been bitten multiple times.

 

 

Mosquito Facts

Once you learn more about the habits of mosquitos, you’ll understand why mosquitos are winning the them vs. everything else in evolutionary history war. Mosquitoes come out on top every time, and here’s why.

  • Mosquito season is several months long, beginning in summer and continuing late into the fall.
  • How did the mosquito survive the Ice Age? The same way they survive every winter: hibernation.
  • Mosquitoes bite day and night, so there’s no time you can avoid them.
  • These pests can be found indoors and outdoors, so there’s no place you can go to avoid them.
  • Mosquitoes can drink three times their weight in blood. Your blood. While you sleep. Let that sink in for a while.
  • There are no vaccinations or medicines that are effective against most mosquito-borne illnesses. These illnesses include malaria, Zika fever, West Nile virus, and many strains of encephalitis.
  • Mosquitoes can smell your breath, so the only way to hide from them is to stop breathing. It sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but it’s real.
  • You may not even feel a mosquito’s bite. You won’t know until your system reacts to it after the fact.
  • Over a million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne illnesses, with another 700 million sickened by mosquito-borne illnesses.

 

The only way you can stay completely safe from mosquitos is to prevent their bites in the first place.

 

How to Make a Homemade Mosquito Trap

Commercial mosquito traps can be pricey, and they won’t be available after the SHTF. You can make these inexpensive mosquito traps at home.

 

Bottle Mosquito Trap

To make a bottle mosquito trap, you’ll need a two-liter soda bottle, a knife, a measuring cup, yeast, and brown sugar. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors, so whenever possible go with a green soda bottle.

 

First, you’ll need to use the knife to cut the soda bottle in half. After that, mix ¼ cup of brown sugar with 1 ¾ cups of extremely hot water in the bottom half of the bottle, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let the water cool off, and then add two pinches of yeast but this time don’t stir.

 

The next step is to insert the top half upside-down so the mouth of the bottle is pointed down toward the sugar-yeast-water mixture, with the wider opening of the bottle pointed upward.

 

You have now created an effective mosquito death-trap. Mosquitoes typically fly four to six feet off the ground, so this is the best height to place your mosquito trap. They prefer to feed at night when they can avoid the sun, but they’re also attracted to certain types of bright lights. Try to place your mosquito trap near a UV light if possible.

 

Amish Flying Insect Trap

The Amish avoid electricity and the conveniences of modern society, and because of this they are already prepared for TEOTWAWKI in many ways. The Amish have already developed an inexpensive mosquito trap that doesn’t rely on electricity, and it works on other insects, as well.

 

The Amish flying insect trap relies upon scent to attract mosquitoes. They say you’ll attract more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar, but this insect trap calls for both. To make it, you’ll need a cup of sugar, a cup of vinegar, two cups of water, one or two banana peels, and a two-liter soda bottle.

 

This trap is supposed to give off a scent that insects are attracted to, and once they fly in, they land in the fluid and drown. It is supposed to be hung in a tree or place on an elevated area to help get the scent into the air.

 

To make the Amish flying insect trap, cut the bottle in the same method we described in the last trap, but you’ll also need to punch two holes in it so you can hang it from a tree.

 

Mix the ingredients together, making sure the banana peels are completely submerged, and then place the mixture in the bottom half of your cut bottle. It’s simple, yet effective.

 

Next week we’re going to discuss how to protect yourself from predators if you’re homesteading, so be sure to check back!

 

 

Here are 8 all-natural ways to keep mosquitoes away.

 

Are you fore of a visual learner? This video will teach you how to build a mosquito trap.

 

Your Guide to Emergency Winter Shelters

Building a shelter to protect yourself from the elements is a matter of life and death.

Hello all! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, back with Part Two of our three-part winter survival series. In this installment, I’m going to discuss emergency winter shelters, why they’re necessary, and how you can build them.

 

After TEOTWAWKI, sheltering in place as we do for many storms today may be out of the question. Your home may have been destroyed, and staying in a neighborhood where people can find you could prove deadly.

 

Recent studies show that as many as 75% of Americans are not prepared for a disaster. According to a US Department of Housing and Urban Development report, 0.17% of the population is homeless, with over half a million of this country’s citizens out on the streets. In a cold weather climate in which failing to find shelter will mean certain death, there will be a lot of panic. You want to be as far away from it as possible.

 

With so many people who will be lacking even basic supplies and preparation after a catastrophic event, expect any shelters that are available to be filled to capacity. In winter, you can expect shelters to be much more difficult to get into, if it’s even safe enough or possible for any shelters to exist at all. That is why it’s imperative to have the knowledge, tools, and skill to create an emergency winter shelter yourself.

 

If you’ve done your planning, you may already have a skilled survival team in place, which can significantly increase your manpower. If members of your group are injured, they may still be able to help. For those whose injuries are too significant, the rest of the group can build a shelter that will give them protection from the cold while they recover.

 

Building Your Shelter: What You Need to Know

As I mentioned last week, hypothermia can kick in quickly. If you don’t get a weather-proof shelter into place, and fast, none of your other prepping efforts will matter. Whether you have tools on-hand or not, you can build an adequate shelter.

 

Tips for Building Your Winter Shelter

These basic tips will get you started.

  • Build during the daylight if possible. At night you’ll be vulnerable to predators, human and animal, and you’ll be more likely to have an accident while using your tools.
  • Don’t try to build an elaborate shelter. In the cold, it’s important to conserve your energy. Your shelter should be quick and easy to assemble.
  • Make sure your shelter is small enough that it can hold heat. If you are part of a group, think multiple smaller segments that can easily be added onto.
  • You want your shelter’s entrance to be at a 90 degree angle to the wind. It needs to be well-ventilated, and if you’re facing into the wind you won’t be able to blow smoke out and away.
  • If visibility would be in your favor, take steps to stand out from the landscape to help rescuers to see you.
  • If visibility would not be in your favor, take steps to make sure your shelter blends into the landscape, so predators won’t find you.

 

Snow Shelters

In this week’s installment, we’ll take a look at shelters you can build out of snow or directly in the snow. Even with no other materials around, you can still create these shelters with a few basic tools.

 

Snow Cave

If you find yourself without shelter in the deep snow, the snow cave is your best bet. You’ll want to make sure you only attempt this in an area where the snow is firm enough that it won’t collapse, because you could be suffocated or buried alive.

 

To build a snow cave, dig into the side of a snowbank, but only after you’ve determined it’s stable enough. From there, dig upward again and create a makeshift platform out of snow with enough space for you to sleep on it. For ventilation, create a small hole in the “roof” of the structure.

 

Snow Trench

If you have a saw and solid snow, you can create a snow trench of spur-of-the-moment winter survival. Saw a trench in the snow, cover it with branches, and pack those branches with snow for insulation. If the snow isn’t solid you can build blocks out of the snow to insulate the shelter. You can fit two people in this type of shelter.

 

Tree Shelter

In heavily wooded areas, you’ll find areas under tree branches where the snow is not as dense because most of it landed on the boughs above. Find an area like this and dig down to the ground beneath the snow to create a small shelter. You can pack the hole you dug with insulating materials like leaves, branches, or even heated rocks.

 

Be sure to join us again next week for Part Three of our three-part winter survival series. We’ll be discussing more elaborate shelters for long-term winter survival and give tips for choosing the site.

 

 

You can make a winter shelter without any tools!

 

Learn more about preparing for winter survival.

 

Long-Term Winter Survival Shelters

These are the shelters for you when you’re in it for the long haul

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week we’re back for Part 3 of our winter survival series. While some survival situations will be temporary, such as the aftermath of an earthquake or a short-lived episode of civil unrest, other situations will stretch out for longer—and sometimes even permanently.

 

In these situations, you’ll need to worry about long-term survival in all four seasons, especially if you’re in a climate that freezes in winter.

 

If the SHTF in winter, the first thing you’ll need to do is find shelter. Last week we discussed emergency shelters you can put-together in a hurry. This week we’re going to take a deeper look into shelters that will allow you to live in a more comfortable situation that is better suited to long-term survival.

 

When it’s cold, it is critical that you stay dry. In the wild, your options for materials to keep yourself dry may be limited. Even if you don’t have many materials available, you can still build a shelter that will keep you dry, warm, and alive beyond the initial crisis.

 

Once you have your emergency winter shelter in place, if the situation is stable, you may be ready to build a permanent or semi-permanent shelter that will allow you to live more comfortably in the wild in any season. This article will give you the ins and outs of building a long-term winter survival shelter. Consider this your starting point for further research.

 

Location, Location, Location

Just as with any other type of real estate, location is everything. This should be the first thing you’re worried about when you’re choosing the perfect spot to build your shelter. When you’re deciding whether or not a spot is the right choice, you’ll want to look for potential danger like vulnerability to flash floods or exposure, either to the elements, predators, or other humans.

 

When you’re choosing your location…

  • Use the sun as your guide. The earlier you get to work on your shelter each day, the better. Start as early as possible each morning and stop while the sun is still high enough in the sky to allow time to return to your temporary emergency shelter before nightfall.
  • Make sure there’s plenty of access to fuel and building materials. You’ll need to be able to get to both things quickly, so they need to be close.
  • Look for a place with natural wind barriers in place, such as large rocks and trees or caves. Make sure there’s no heavy snow drift, look for ground you can easily clear, and avoid steep areas that might be difficult or impossible to reach if it’s icy.
  • Steer clear of trees or rocks that look like they might fall.

 

Water Sources

You don’t want to be too close or too far from water. In winter any streams might be frozen, but you still may be able to see signs of how high the water can potentially rise when spring comes on nearby trees or rocks. Even if there are no marks, keep in mind that streams can rise as many as ten feet at night, and lakes can, too.

 

Local Predators

You’ll want to familiarize yourself with local predators and their habits so you can keep protecting yourself in mind when you’re choosing a shelter location. Avoid building at night, when predators will be out hunting. Predators are also something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of settling too close to a water source where they may come to drink.

 

Semi-Permanent and Permanent Shelters

Now we’re going to take a look at two different shelters: the igloo and the cabin. These are two popular options that each have benefits and drawbacks.

 

Igloo

While the igloo won’t last once the weather warms up, it’s an excellent choice for areas of deep freeze and heavy, deep snow and ice.

 

To build an igloo, you’ll need to start by using an axe to cut a triangle-shaped block of ice or form one out of snow and pack it tightly. Next, begin making trapezoidal-shaped blocks with tapered edges. From the first block you’ll want to arrange the rest of the blocks in a circle, stacking them inward until the dome shape is formed. The final block you’ll put into the center of the ceiling of your igloo is known as the keystone. Make sure you leave a door and a cold well, that you create holes for ventilation, and that you’ve built a sleeping platform inside.

 

Cabin

If you’re fortunate enough to have timber and nails, you can build a cabin. This is only an option if you have a lot of time to safely build. One of the best things about cabins in winter is you can warm it up with a stove. The cabin will hold the heat in while protecting you from elements like wind and snow. If you want access to plenty of wood, find a location with a lot of trees nearby. Once you’ve got your frame in place, you can use your axe to split trees and nail them to the frame. The more earth, leaves, etc. you can pack around the walls of your cabin, the better.

 

 

This video will teach you how to build an igloo by yourself.

 

Learn more about cabin building on a budget.

 

 

6 Ways You Can Survive Without Water

Run out of water but want to stay alive? Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I want to talk to you about what you can do if you find yourself in a situation where there’s no water anywhere to be found.

We all know the human body is 60% water, and because of this we can only live a few days without it. If you’re in a very mild environment, you may be able to push it to a week, tops. However, what many people aren’t aware of are exactly how many sources of water are all around us, if you know where and how to find them.

When you’re in a survival situation, the last thing you want to do is allow yourself to become dehydrated. The risks of dehydration include:

  • Death
  • Brain swelling
  • Organ failure
  • Heatstroke
  • Seizures
  • Shock

 

Even if you get to water before these serious symptoms have time to take hold, you will still suffer from low energy and exhaustion, right when you need your strength and stamina most of all. If you’re hiking, building, hunting, or even fighting, especially if you’re in the hot sun, your blood volume will drop. Once you stop sweating, you can expect to be dead in a few hours.t

The longest anyone is known to have survived without water is 18 days. This is how long 18-year-old Australian Andreas Mihavecz was locked in a holding cell in 1979. How did Mihavecz do it? It is said that he may have licked condensation off of the cell’s walls. So he did have access to some water, even if it wasn’t from a usual source.

 

How to Survive Without Water

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink? No problem! At least for a few days. You can survive in the desert, ocean, or anywhere else you find yourself without water if you follow these tips.

 

The Animals Know

If you can follow animal tracks, you can find water. The presence of animal life in an area means there is water there somewhere, even if you can’t see it. Most animals will visit water sources first thing in the morning and again at sunset, so this is the best time to search for fresh tracks. You should take time to familiarize yourself with the tracks of animals that are known to be in your region so you’ll make sure you don’t accidentally track someone that is dangerous. You don’t want to end up becoming food because you were looking for water!

 

Let It Snow

If you’re in an area that snows and it’s winter, you’re in luck. You won’t have to worry about finding water! Snow and ice are excellent sources of water, but only if you know how to safely drink it. If you eat snow or ice directly without heating it up first, you’ll make yourself even more hydrated by lowering your body’s temperature. To drink snow safely, be sure to boil it first, or, better yet, purify it.

 

The Law of Gravity

Water doesn’t flow upstream, so if you want to find some, start walking downhill and let gravity do the work for you. Another way you can use gravity to collect water is to set containers or tarps at an angle where the morning dew will collect on it. You’ll be able to drink from the containers and wring the tarp out to get the moisture from it.

 

A Different Kind of Cactus Cooler

In the desert, you can use your machete to hack a cactus open. No matter how dry the desert, you will find moisture in the pulp of any living cactus. This isn’t something you want to eat, because it can make you sick, but you can definitely suck the water out of the pulp.

 

Don’t Sweat It

If you can avoid it at all, DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF. If you don’t have enough water, it is imperative that you conserve the fluids in your body. Grueling activities can cause you to sweat out 1.5 liters, and in a TEOTWAWKI situation you won’t be able to risk that. To keep cool, anything you absolutely must do, do early in the morning before the sun has had a chance to really start heating things up.

 

Don’t Go Bananas – Drink from Them!

In the mainland US, you can find bananas in Florida, California, Louisiana, Arizona, and Texas. If you are bugging-out in these places and you don’t have enough water, you can cut a banana tree down, leaving approximately one foot of tree at the stump. By carving a bowl into what’s left of the stump, you’ll be able to access the water inside. This water will naturally fill the bowl with water. Incredible!

 

 

Learn more about how to survive in the desert without water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBOuSUJIgYY

 

How to make crops survive without water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NWpMqD8Qyk

 

 

 

The Best Survivalism Schools in the USA

After the SHTF, It’ll Be Too Late to Enroll

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and today I’d like to talk to you about pursuing training that will enhance your skills. Could you live without modern conveniences? How long would you survive if you were responsible for your own water, fire, food, and shelter? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you may be an excellent candidate for survivalism school.

 

The Benefits of Enrolling in Survival School

No matter what your level of skill and experience, there’s a program out there that will benefit you. For beginners, you will find everything from one-day clinics that are a quick drive from the city to remote wilderness retreats. Experienced preppers may have been honing their skills for years without having a chance to try them all out in a real-life setting. You will find specialty schools and programs that will allow you to test your skills to make sure they’re up to snuff. If there’s any area you know you need to be stronger in, this is your chance to focus on those weak spots.

 

3 Top Survival Schools

There are fantastic schools all across the country. Although many are incredible, these are three of the best.

 

Aboriginal Living Skills School

You may have seen the owner of this Prescott, Arizona school on the Discovery Channel, where he appeared on the show Dual Survival. Cody Lundin’s Aboriginal Living Skills School is located in the harsh Southwestern desert. Thanks to the extreme client, going here means being able to learn the ins and outs of desert and winter survival.

 

Lundin has over 29 years of field experience, and his focus is on teaching survivalists the skills they’ll need to get by in the wild without gear. In Aboriginal Living Skills School you’ll develop primitive living skills and the skills you’ll need to survive in urban areas after TEOTWAWKI.

 

One thing you’ll appreciate about this school is on top of their courses, Lundin also offers one-on-one training for those who want privacy and individualized attention while they learn. ALSS is a small school because the owner values being able to provide a higher level of training to a select group rather than spreading himself out so thin that the quality of his programs could be compromised.

 

Learn more about Aboriginal Living Skills School

http://www.codylundin.com/

 

Boulder Outdoor Survival School

Are you ready to take on the mental and physical challenge of a lifetime (at least, pre-SHTF)? You’ll find it at southern Utah’s Boulder Outdoor Survival School. One thing that’s interesting about this school is it was established in 1968, making it one of the oldest survivalism schools in the country. BOSS is dedicated to helping people personally develop through the preservation of traditional living skills.

 

BOSS offers field courses that teach wilderness survival in the breathtakingly beautiful Utah landscape. Here you’ll have the opportunity to go on an adventure for anywhere from seven days to 28 using only a knife, poncho, and the skills you’ll learn on the course to survive. They also offer specialized courses in desert navigation, survival rescue, and slickrock gathering.

 

If you want to become a wilderness first responder or you already are and you need to get recertified, this is the place to do it. If you’re low on funds, this is also a great school to attend because they offer financial aid. This is also the place to go if you need AmeriCorps training or if you want to get college credit for your efforts.

 

Learn more about Boulder Outdoor Survival School

Welcome to BOSS

 

Mountain Scout Survival School

Don’t think being a Manhattanite means you can’t learn prepping and survival skills in the wild. If you’re looking for an affordable experience close to New York City, you’ll find it at Mountain Survival Skill. MSS offers a range of single-day survival courses just outside of the city. They also offer survival courses in the heart of the city at Central Park.

 

MSSS was founded by Shane Hobel, one of the most highly trained people in the country. You may have seen Hobel on Doomsday Preppers, MonsterQuest, and CNN as well as in The New York Times and the The New Yorker. Despite his television appearances, Hobel is far from being an actor. Instead, he’s a former professional stuntman who appeared in films and live shows for 15 years. He is also a national licensed motorcycle instructor.

 

This is one of the most comprehensive survival schools you’ll find, with a wide variety of course offerings that teach basic to advanced skills. One-on-one private training is also available, and there are special packages as well. Hobel was trained by a Native American, and today he remains dedicated to teaching others how to live off the land the way the indigenous people did.

 

Learn more about Mountain Scout Survival School

http://mtnscoutsurvival.com/

 

 

Take a video tour of this Florida survival school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oLlji3y33I

 

Learn more about this “knife only” course. Are you up to the challenge?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC0UY_7l_9c

 

 

The Preppers Guide to Making and Storing Coffee

Without power, there won’t be any Unicorn Frappuccinos.

Hello all! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, here to bring you Part Three of my three-part series on what you’ll need to keep coffee in your daily routine after TEOTWAWKI.

After a catastrophic event, coffee will become a scarce commodity. Once you run out, you may be out for good. Even if you manage to find some coffee beans, they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to property make and store coffee.

In this final entry in my coffee series, I’ll be discussing various ways you’ll be able to make coffee without Mr. Coffee’s help—and even if you don’t have a grinder. I’m also going to go over proper coffee storage techniques. Can you imagine how devastated you’d be if your coffee stash developed mold or other problems that made it unfit for consumption or for trade?

Don’t worry, you’re about to learn the ins and outs of coffee prep and storage for survivalists, so your coffee will be fine.

 

Can You Brew Coffee Without a Coffee Maker?

No coffee maker? No problem, because there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Here are two that’ll have you awake, alert, and ready to face the day.

 

Pan Method

You can make coffee using nothing more than a pan, water, and ground coffee. Simply add the amount of water you need to the pan, adding just a little extra water. Once the water is boiling, add the amount of coffee you normally use. Remove your pan from your heat source and cover it. After five minutes, ladle the coffee off the top, being careful to leave the grounds that are settled below undisturbed. It really is that easy!

 

Whole Bean Method

This method takes longer because the purpose of a grinder is to break coffee beans down into smaller particles to speed up the brewing process. If you find yourself in a situation in which you have the time to relax, consider giving whole bean coffee a try. It’s worth the wait because the flavor is simply incredible. To make it, get a mason jar with 3 oz. markings and a lid. You’ll want to add one cup of hot water to the jar to start. Put a pot of water on your heat source, then place the mason jar inside it, filling it until the water level matches the level in the jar. Simmer for one hour, then carefully remove the jar, making sure to protect your hands because it’s going to be extremely hot. Pour the coffee out of the jar, and what you’ll have is the best-tasting cup of coffee of your life.

 

Can You Grind Coffee Without a Grinder?

You can grind coffee without a grinder using these four methods:

  • Rolling pin – Put the beans in a freezer bag, then place the bag between towels to protect it. Roll your rolling pin across the towels using enough force to break them into small pieces.
  • Hammer – Prepare your beans the same way you would to roll them, and use a hammer, mallet, meat tenderizer, or other blunt object to crush them, making sure they’re protected in a bag and between towels first.
  • Blender – If you have a generator, you can use your blender to grind coffee beans on the pulse setting.
  • Mortar and pestle – This one is self-explanatory. You won’t need any other equipment, but be prepared to spend a lot of time grinding your beans in a mortar and pestle.

 

How to Store Your Coffee

There is no one “right” way to store coffee, and many preppers swear their own method is the best. The truth is, their method probably is what is best for them, because no one’s situation is the same so we all may need to adjust our expectations after TEOTWAWKI. Some preppers prefer to buy canned coffee, which you can safely store in any cool, dry, dark place. You can also store beans in a root cellar. Just make sure you dig it as deeply as possible to keep the beans fresh.

 

One method many preppers swear by is storing green coffee beans and pan roasting it before use. The benefit of this is the green beans will keep longer, so there’s less risk. Like brewing whole-bean coffee, this is also something you’ll only want to consider if you’re sure you have the time, as pan roasting your beans every time is a lengthy process.

 

The best time to perfect your off-grid coffee making technique is now, while the grid is still operational, because you won’t have time to learn in a crisis situation. Remember what I always say: BE PREPARED.

Learn more about storing coffee now and after the SHTF.

 

Three ways to make coffee in the woods.