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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.

Can You Make Coffee Without Beans?

When the SHTF, you may just have to brew with what you’ve got. Here’s how.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I want to talk about something most of us begin our day with—coffee. Have you ever thought about what survival might look like if you didn’t have that cup o’ Joe in the morning? In a survival situation, you might not have any choice. Once you run out of coffee, unless you know someone who still has some left and you have something to trade for it, you’re going to be out of luck. It’s never too soon to learn the basics of coffee substitutes.

Coffee substitutes are nothing new. Even the Mayans brewed a coffee-like beverage using ramón seeds. Today, there are plenty of fancy coffee substitute beverages on the market made of alternative ingredients like cocoa beans, mushrooms, barley, and chicory. In Poland, a coffee substitute that is similar to our instant coffee yet made of instant grains is popular. But for most of us, it’s unlikely you’re going to bug-out in Poland.

If you’re in Hawaii, you can grow your own coffee beans. If you’re in the mainland US, you’re going to have to come up with a substitute once the existing coffee supply runs out. After TEOTWAWKI, there will be no websites or Whole Foods to buy those exotic substitutes, either. You’ll have to brew your coffee substitute yourself, using ingredients that are naturally occurring in your environment.

A group of scientists studied the pistachio to see if they might be a healthier alternative to traditional coffee, and the results of that study were promising. This was largely in part to the pistachio’s powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Some people choose to drink coffee made of roasted grains for health reasons, as these beverages do not contain caffeine. After a catastrophic event or social collapse, you’ll need to be in peak condition if you want to survive. The health properties of these drinks are worth considering. You can drink as much of these coffee substitutes as you’d like without the jitteriness you’ll experience if you drink a pot of coffee.

The following coffee substitutes might not taste exactly like the coffee you’re used to, but it’s better than no coffee at all. Some people actually prefer the taste of coffee substitutes. You’ll never know if you like it or not until you give it a try. Continue reading to learn how to make coffee out of two ingredients that are commonly found in the United States: acorns and dandelions.

 

How to Make Acorn Coffee

Wherever you find oak trees, you’ll find acorns. Wherever you find acorns, you will find people who are using them as food. Keep in mind, however, that not all varieties of acorns are safe for human consumption. Before you eat an acorn, you’ll need to know that it’s edible for human consumption. It’s best to do your research now and familiarize yourself with the types of acorns you’ll find in your area.

Ingredients

  • A few handfuls of acorns
  • Knife
  • Grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Purified water
  • Baking sheet
  • Grill

 

Directions

The first thing you’ll need to do is boil the acorns for approximately 20 minutes, then let them cool down. Once they’ve cooled, peel the shell away, and next peel the skin. Split the acorns in half and then lay them in the sun to dry for a day. Once the moisture has been removed and they’re completely dry, you’ll need to grind them. Once they are very finely ground, put the grounds on a baking sheet and make sure they’re spread out evenly. To roast them, place the baking sheet under your brill. Be sure to keep an eye on the grounds as they’re roasting, because they’ll burn easily.

To make the grounds into coffee, brew three tablespoons of the roasted grounds in a cup of boiling water. You can filter the grounds out using a wire mesh screen or, if you’re lucky enough to have any, coffee filters. As you can see, there’s really no difference between this process and making any other kind of coffee.

 

How to Make Dandelion Coffee

Dandelion root coffee is said to taste similar to coffee made with traditional coffee beans. This coffee substitute is a natural diuretic, and one major benefit it offers is a strengthened immune system. Staying healthy is a literal matter of life or death in a survival situation, so that’s a huge plus.

Harvesting dandelion roots is a lot more work than picking acorns up from under an oak tree, that’s for sure, but once you’ve tasted this coffee substitute you may agree it’s worth the effort. The trick is to harvest your dandelions in the early spring, before they flower. Once they do, the roots will become bitter.

 

Ingredients

  • 15 dandelions with the roots still attached
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Oven
  • Purified water

 

Directions

Cut the roots from the dandelions, and then cut off all smaller parts of the roots until only the bulkier root stalk remains. Spread the root stalk pieces out across a baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven. If you don’t have access to an oven, you can roast these under your grill as well. You’ll want to roast them for 30 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to make sure they brown but don’t burn.

With dandelion root coffee, you can skip the grinder. This brews more like a tea. Simply steep the pieces in a cup of boiling water until it’s as strong as you like it.

Check back next week for Part Three of my three-part series, when I’m going to take a closer look at ways to safely store your coffee and how you can brew coffee in the wild.

The Survivalist Mindset: Do You Have It?

Survival isn’t always about the gear you carry…

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and this week I’d like to talk to you about what it takes to be mentally prepared to survive a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of people who went into the wild with a lot of planning and equipment and then perished. We’ve also heard unbelievable stories about people who found themselves in life-threatening circumstances with no preparation and made it out alive. What’s the difference between those who make it and those who do not?

Your most powerful and reliable survival tool isn’t something you can buy: It’s your mind. Even when you have no gear, no supplies, and it seems like you have no chance, as long as you are mentally tough you have what it takes to get through it. Often, to get others through it with you as well. Conversely, even with the most high-tech, sophisticated gear and weapons, if you’re mentally weak and you can’t handle pressure, you may very well be doomed.

 

Traits a True Survivalist Must Have

Here at CATS2010, I have shared an ongoing series of riveting survival stories that have captivated my attention. Despite harrowing odds, these individuals survived because they shared the following traits.

 

  • The ability to embrace learning – A true survivalist reads, researches, practices, seeks out mentors, and looks for new ways to do everything. If you’re never satisfied the first time because you know you can do it better, this describes you.

 

  • A positive mental attitude – A true survivalist knows a defeatist attitude is the first step in…well, defeat. You are going to make it because your mind is sharp and you know how to stay focused, without letting ego, fear, stress, and emotions get in the way.

 

  • A commitment to self-care – How are you going to survive if you aren’t strong enough to endure? The simple answer is, you aren’t. A true survivalist stays in shape by running, lifting, hiking, climbing, swimming, and doing whatever they can to keep strong and active.

 

  • A community they are a part of – Your chances of survival are greatly increased if you don’t go it alone. When the SHTF, you’ll want a trained team behind you, each of whom brings a skill to the table. A true survivalist knows how to build, nurture, and maintain these alliances.

 

  • The motivation to push through the worst of it – A true survivalist will persevere after others have thrown in the towel. Your mental toughness and refusal to give up will not only keep you alive—it will help the people around you to survive.

 

  • Natural leadership ability – A born survivalist is a born leader. You know how to cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the matter so you can do what needs to be done. People look to you for guidance because they know you can be counted on.

 

  • The ability to be adaptable – Throughout the history of the planet, organisms that could not adapt and evolve have died out. This will include you if you can’t identify what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of if you want to stay alive.

 

If you see these traits in yourself, you’re off to a great start and likely to survive the worst. If not, it’s not too late to develop these traits now, but someday soon it may be. Time to get started!

 

How to Develop the Survival Mindset

One of the best ways to develop the strong, positive survival mindset you’ll need is to practice endurance techniques. Push your body and your mind beyond anything you’ve previously expected of yourself. Workout harder. Run farther. See how long you can tolerate immersion in cold water. Use visualization and meditation to focus and picture yourself overcoming obstacles. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you always said you would not.

One exercise you may find helpful is to picture various disaster scenarios and imagine how you would react. What would you do if there was a terrorist attack wherever you are right now, using whatever is at your immediate disposal? Would you be able to defend yourself? Would you be able to help others? Do you know where the escape routes are? Do you know which rooms can be locked? Once you consider the possibilities, it becomes obvious there is a lot to mentally prepare for.

On top of the possibility of terror attacks, Americans today face social unrest, EMP strikes, natural disasters like flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and more. Once you have trained your mind to think and react like a survivor, you will have a significant advantage over those who weren’t prepared.

 

 

The late Colonel Jeff Cooper discusses mental conditioning for combat.

 

 

You can cultivate a survival mindset.

 

 

Survival Fishing Challenge: Could You Win?

No Rod? No Problem! You Can Fish in the Wild Without ANY Equipment.

Hello everyone! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to ask you an interesting question I’ve been pondering myself all week: Could you survive the Survival Fishing Challenge? This challenge requires you to spend three days fending for yourself in the wild near a body of water. You will be responsible for purifying your own drinking water and fishing for your own food. Could you show up at a local ocean, lake, or river without food and water and survive? With these basic skills, you’ll have a fighting chance.

This article is part one of a two-part series. Next week I’ll be discussing how to clean and cook a fish using items from your bug-out bag.

How to Catch Fish

You don’t need a rod and reel to catch a fish, though it doesn’t hurt to have them. Even the most devoted and experienced fisherman can find himself without his gear through no fault of his own at TEOTWAWKI. If you want to stay healthy, you need to have fish in your diet. It’s loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids your body and brain need to function at an optimal level, which is critical in a survival situation. The protein and vitamin D in fish will help you stay strong. These unusual fishing techniques will result in a steady supply of fresh seafood for you and your family.

Nets

Around the world, myriad cultures fish with nets. The benefits make it an obvious choice. You can fit nets in a pack, and there are compact and telescoping models that allow them to take up a lot less space than a rod and reel. It’s easy to see why nets are such a popular choice for but-out bags. The only drawback to fishing with a net is the fact that you have to get it wet first. This is a tricky prospect when you’re surviving in a snowy environment.

Trot Lines

Why throw out a bunch of lines when you can attach many hooks to a single line? This is an incredible method to use if you want to be able to have baited hooks at a variety of depths. These work by tying one end of the line to the shore while throwing the weighted end into the water. It really is that easy, and on top of that it allows you to catch more fish at once.

Hand-Line It

If you love the experience of fishing with a rod and reel but just don’t have one around, hand-line fishing is for you. This method of fishing is self-explanatory. Instead of using a rod and reel, you use a heavy object and tie your line to that, then add a baited hook and use your hand as the reel. The trick is to control the line with your hand so you are in command of the tension.

Branch Poles

As long as there are branches near the shore, you can make a fishing rod, although granted you won’t have a reel available. To use this method simply cut a branch, attach a line with a baited hook, and then drive it into the mud or sand along the shoreline. Interestingly enough, you can cook fish using this method as well, as is pictured in the photo above. I’ll get more into depth about that next week.

Your Bare Hands

Yes, you read that correctly: you can catch a fish with your bare hands. In fact, people worldwide do just that every day. Here it’s called “noodling.” It’ll take some practice to master this method, and you’ll need nature on your side as well. After all, in order to catch a fish, you have to be faster than the fish. That’s something that you might have to be born with, though of course you can work to hone your instincts.

 

Catch Your Own Bait

No matter how much of your favorite store-bought bait you’ve got on-hand, eventually you’re going to run out. That is why you must know how to find your own bait in the wild. Next time you’re camping or hiking, look under the rotting logs and rocks around you and take note of how much bait you’ll find. The bugs, worms, and grubs under there will attract fish to your hooks.

Don’t forget to check back next week for part two of this series. After all, it’s one thing to catch the fish, but it’s another to know how to prepare it so it’s also great to eat. Once you’ve tried fish this way a few times, you’ll develop a real taste for it!

 

You’ve got to see this guy catch an 84-pound catfish with his bare hands!

 

Would you take the Survival Fishing Challenge?

 

 

5 Best Survival Video Games

Video games that can help preppers develop the skills they’ll need for TEOTWAWKI.

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the merits of taking a survival dry run with survivalism video games.

Survival is no game, but thanks to new and improving video game technology survivalists now have the opportunity to sharpen their skills in the virtual world. Although video gaming is no substitute for hands-on training, these games are an incredible way for preppers to consider how they might handle a wide variety of different survival situations.

The survival genre has become increasingly popular in the gaming world, and most companies have released at least one survival title. One of the best things about survival games is you can choose your apocalypse. Whether you’re more concerned about surviving in the wild, in a post-nuclear wasteland, or in a battle royale-style free-for-all, these games will give you the chance to do just that.

Most of these games have features that allow you to keep track of exactly how long you will be able to go without food, without water, and without sleep. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we had a way of tracking this in real life?

 

Top Survival Games of 2019

These are some of the bestselling survival games people are playing right now. Do you think any of these would help you survive the collapse of society?

 

Rust

This game isn’t new, but it’s remained a popular choice with preppers over the years. In Rust, players wake up in the wilderness naked, alone, and without any supplies. After that, you’ll have a number of different choices you can make that will either increase or lessen your chances of survival, just as you would if the SHTF in real life. These include going it alone, working cooperatively with other players, gathering weapons, and even avoiding booby traps. In Rust you’ll have the ability to build increasingly sophisticated tools, to hunt for your own food, and to build your own shelter. It’s easy to see why so many survivalists are turning to this game to practice their skills!

 

Day Z

What does the Z in Day Z stand for? Zombies, of course. There are plenty of zombie apocalypse video game titles, but this one is different because it focuses on survivalism basics. This game is interesting because the zombies will hardly be the only foe you’ll need to defeat. One of the biggest threats you’ll encounter in Day Z is other players. While the walking undead is not a danger you’re likely to ever encounter in a post-apocalyptic scenario, encountering other humans are just as dangerous is something you’d likely experience on a daily basis, unless you’ve managed to find wilderness remote enough that you won’t have to deal with it. We should all be so lucky.

 

ARK: Survival Evolved

Playing this game involves a certain level of suspension of disbelief, because there is virtually no survival scenario outside of a Jurassic Park movie that will involve dinosaurs. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of fun to pretend you can just hop of a pterodactyl and fly away if you need to. In ARK: Survival Evolved, you will be part of a tribe that is ready to push their way into the Stone Age by creating tools, building villages, and more. You’ll have to defeat enemies and learn new skills if you want to stay alive, just as you’d have to in real life. Minus the T-Rex.

 

SCUM

SCUM is a game you’ll want to try if you’re concerned about what our society will look like in the future if we experience a total breakdown of humanity. This is a more realistic possibility than many people are aware of. In SCUM, you’ll have a front row seat at the taping of a reality television show in which death row inmates are given a shot at survival for ratings. This game takes survival seriously, to the extent that it even measures your heart rate. It’s kill or be killed in SCUM, and taking other people out so you can get their gear is something you won’t be able to avoid if you want to make it out alive.

 

Frostpunk

You’ll have to make a lot of tough decisions when you’re trying to keep a group of people alive in a world that has frozen over, and that is the whole point of Frostpunk. This game goes beyond mere survival. You’ll have to consider the needs of a society and not just yourself as an individual, and that includes making moral choices. Would you save someone’s life if they’d prefer to die? Could you keep the people you need to find supplies to stay warm, fed, and dry happy so they don’t revolt? Give Frostpunk a try and you’ll soon find out.

 

Are video games useful to survivalists? Read the poll results here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabpU0tdVhg

 

These are the Top 10 survival games of 2018 and 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsF924i6wOw

 

The Survivalist Mindset: Do You Have It?

Survival isn’t always about the gear you carry…

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, and this week I’d like to talk to you about what it takes to be mentally prepared to survive a disaster. We’ve all heard stories of people who went into the wild with a lot of planning and equipment and then perished. We’ve also heard unbelievable stories about people who found themselves in life-threatening circumstances with no preparation and made it out alive. What’s the difference between those who make it and those who do not?

Your most powerful and reliable survival tool isn’t something you can buy: It’s your mind. Even when you have no gear, no supplies, and it seems like you have no chance, as long as you are mentally tough you have what it takes to get through it. Often, to get others through it with you as well. Conversely, even with the most high-tech, sophisticated gear and weapons, if you’re mentally weak and you can’t handle pressure, you may very well be doomed.

Traits a True Survivalist Must Have
Here at CATS2010, I have shared an ongoing series of riveting survival stories that have captivated my attention. Despite harrowing odds, these individuals survived because they shared the following traits.

• The ability to embrace learning – A true survivalist reads, researches, practices, seeks out mentors, and looks for new ways to do everything. If you’re never satisfied the first time because you know you can do it better, this describes you.

• A positive mental attitude – A true survivalist knows a defeatist attitude is the first step in…well, defeat. You are going to make it because your mind is sharp and you know how to stay focused, without letting ego, fear, stress, and emotions get in the way.

• A commitment to self-care – How are you going to survive if you aren’t strong enough to endure? The simple answer is, you aren’t. A true survivalist stays in shape by running, lifting, hiking, climbing, swimming, and doing whatever they can to keep strong and active.

• A community they are a part of – Your chances of survival are greatly increased if you don’t go it alone. When the SHTF, you’ll want a trained team behind you, each of whom brings a skill to the table. A true survivalist knows how to build, nurture, and maintain these alliances.

• The motivation to push through the worst of it – A true survivalist will persevere after others have thrown in the towel. Your mental toughness and refusal to give up will not only keep you alive—it will help the people around you to survive.

• Natural leadership ability – A born survivalist is a born leader. You know how to cut through the BS and get straight to the heart of the matter so you can do what needs to be done. People look to you for guidance because they know you can be counted on.

• The ability to be adaptable – Throughout the history of the planet, organisms that could not adapt and evolve have died out. This will include you if you can’t identify what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of if you want to stay alive.

If you see these traits in yourself, you’re off to a great start and likely to survive the worst. If not, it’s not too late to develop these traits now, but someday soon it may be. Time to get started!

How to Develop the Survival Mindset
One of the best ways to develop the strong, positive survival mindset you’ll need is to practice endurance techniques. Push your body and your mind beyond anything you’ve previously expected of yourself. Workout harder. Run farther. See how long you can tolerate immersion in cold water. Use visualization and meditation to focus and picture yourself overcoming obstacles. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something you always said you would not.

One exercise you may find helpful is to picture various disaster scenarios and imagine how you would react. What would you do if there was a terrorist attack wherever you are right now, using whatever is at your immediate disposal? Would you be able to defend yourself? Would you be able to help others? Do you know where the escape routes are? Do you know which rooms can be locked? Once you consider the possibilities, it becomes obvious there is a lot to mentally prepare for.

On top of the possibility of terror attacks, Americans today face social unrest, EMP strikes, natural disasters like flash floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, and more. Once you have trained your mind to think and react like a survivor, you will have a significant advantage over those who weren’t prepared.

The late Colonel Jeff Cooper discusses mental conditioning for combat.

You can cultivate a survival mindset.

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

Prepping for Man’s Best Friend

You’re prepared for the apocalypse, but is your dog?

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’m going to be discussing survivalism for pets. Do you have a SHTF plan in place for your dog? If you don’t, it’s time to start putting one together and investing in supplies. Your dog is going to need gear and training in a post-apocalyptic situation, or it might not survive. Make sure your best friend is ready for anything that might come your way before it’s too late.

A 2017 study in the Swedish Journal of Scientific Reports associated dog ownership with a 33% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a lowered risk of death. That is incredible news for dog owners, but in a SHTF situation, your risk of death will change—and fast. After the collapse of society, your dog may end up more significantly and immediately connected to your survival.

There are myriad benefits to pet ownership, including support and companionship. Dogs lower your stress and increase your mood, but more than that, they’ll defend you. It is your dog’s natural instinct to warn you of danger because they see you as a part of their pack. During TEOTWAWKI, your dog will literally lay its life on the line for you when the people who didn’t bother to prepare before the grid collapsed will be scrambling to take what you have.

Don’t lose your beloved pet to the elements, the terrain, or the enemy. When TEOTWAWKI is upon us, don’t leave your friend behind. Do what it takes today to make sure your whole family has what they need to survive, including the dog.

Steps You Can Take NOW to Help Your Pet Survive

Although disaster is not imminent, there are steps you can take today that will give you peace of mind if the worst should ever happen. Make sure you have a pet first aid kit handy, invest in any protective gear your dog may need to brave the elements where you are or where you’ll be going. Get a tactical dog training harness that holds gear. You’ll be glad you did!

Your dog’s ability to act in your best interests is a matter of life or death for both of you. Is your dog trained? Be honest…how well are they trained? Can you reliably count on them to follow your commands? If not, begin intensive training or hire a trainer now. Most communities have some form of affordable or even free group training classes.

Another thing you’re going to want to do ahead of time is educate yourself about safe ways to store your pet’s food, because a food and treats stockpile isn’t going to do your dog any good if it makes them sick. Make sure you have enough dry food, canned food, and treats to weather out the storm. Whatever you’ve stockpiled for you and your family, make sure you have the same for your pets.

A well-trained dog may know enough not to stray from its owner, but anything can happen. If your dog is separated from you, you’ll want it to have an ID collar. Put any identifying information someone else could use without a power grid in place to potentially return your animal to you. Your dog may be chipped, but with no electricity, who is going to be able to read it?

Last but not least, make sure to take your dog to the vet regularly, while you still can. It’s important to keep current on your pet’s shots and to stay on top of any potential problems that may arise. A crisis situation is not when you want to learn your dog has a health issue.

Your Dog’s Bug-Out Bag

You have a bug-out bag ready and on-hand just in case you need to get out in a hurry, right? Well have you ever considered that your dog needs one, too? Make sure your dog’s emergency survival kit contains the following items:

  • · Water and purification tablets
  • · Dog food packets
  • · Leash
  • · Lightsticks
  • · Thermal blankets
  • · Travel bowl
  • · First aid kit
  • · Rope

· Any protective gear that is appropriate for your area’s climate

As you do for yourself, you’ll want to keep one doggie bug-out bag in the house, and one in your car. Because you just never know, and that’s why it’s crucial to BE PREPARED.

If you don’t already have a dog you can count on, or you don’t have a dog at all, remember, when it comes to survival not all dogs are created equally. Researchers determined certain breeds offered more health benefits than others. The breeds you want to look for are scent hounds, terriers, and retrievers.

When the SHTF, where will your pets fit in? Find out with VP Prepping & Survival.

AlaskaGranny shows you how to safely stockpile food for your pet.

Survivalist Disinfectants That Really Work

Hello everyone! Robert Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk about the many different kinds of unconventional and all-natural disinfectants that are available to survivalists and homesteaders. You never know when you might need to disinfect a surface, a utensil, or a wound or infection, so it’s best to be prepared and have some sort of disinfectant agent on-hand.

 

Keep These Disinfectants On Hand

  • Manuka honey, especially non-pasteurized—you can count on this anti-infection remedy to promote healthy healing. In fact, humans have been relying on its healing properties for centuries, and possibly even longer.

 

  • Epsom salt soaks—Magnesium sulfate is not technically a disinfectant, but it can be used to dehydrate an area, to draw out infection, and to treat skin irritations and conditions.

 

  • Dakins Solution—This is an old stand-by that is easy to use if you have household bleach on hand. To make this solution, use between 0.25% and 0.5% bleach mixed with sterilized water. This treatment is really effective for flushing debris from wounds

 

  • Aloe Vera—If you’ve ever had a sunburn, chances are you are already familiar with this plant’s curative properties, but did you know it is also a natural disinfectant and antiseptic agent? This is a great plant to have around, and you can also use it as an antifungal and an antiviral.

 

  • Silver—Many people don’t know that millennia ago people dropped silver coins in water to prevent the growth of bacteria. If you have invested in precious metals, you may want to keep this one in mind!

 

Visit me, Robert Raskin, here again at CATS2010 next time, and if you have any more ideas for natural disinfectants, please leave them in the comments!

 

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Garden or Die: Your Urban Survival Oasis

You don’t have to have acreage in the wild to grow your own survival garden—just tell them Rob Raskin of Las Vegas said so! You can grow food anywhere you happen to be, as long as you have the right equipment and you have taken the time to make sure you are prepared.

 

There are benefits to growing a garden indoors, such as the plants being protected from inclement weather and the ability to transition to a more self-reliant lifestyle even if you are not yet ready to fully make your move off the grid. This is also a fantastic way to grow your own food in an area where the soil isn’t nutrient rich enough to support growth.

 

Even if you are a novice gardener, this is an incredible option that can help you to supplement your food supply. There are containers made especially for the purpose of indoor gardening, but it is not necessary to invest in these because there are many other containers that you can find inexpensively that will work just as well. In fact, you can use many items you’ll find around your house for free like food containers and common plastic grocery bags. And we all know how easy it is to amass a huge pile of those!

 

What You’ll Need to Get Started

Your container gardening starter kit should contain:

  • Nutrient-rich soil that is meant for the type of plant you wish to grow
  • An area with sufficient sun exposure
  • Seeds for plants that are suitable for container gardening
  • Adequate time to devote to your garden to make sure it’ll thrive

 

With a little time, patience, and research, you’ll have your own garden in no time! While it may not produce enough food for you rely on it completely, it’s a great start and a step in the right direction. This is Rob Raskin, wishing you happy homesteading—even if you’re in the middle of the city!

 

Want to grow a survival garden in the city? You’ll need to learn these 5 container gardening tips!

 

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Wildfire Survival: Click Here If You Want To Make It Out Alive

In last year’s deadly wildfires in California many people were killed, with a total of 8,527 fires and 1,893,913 acres destroyed. This is Rob Raskin, and 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 this year. There are many homesteaders in drought-ridden areas, so this is especially crucial for survivalists in these regions.

 

Knowing how to survive a wildfire is also crucial if you are a survivalist who is living in the woods. When there’s no fire department nearby to save you and roads could be blocked, you’ll need to know how to react quickly and efficiently. When civilization collapses, the people who have the survival skills will head to the wild and away from more populated areas. If this is your plan, make sure you know where the best routes for escape are located.

 

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 of Las Vegas, Nevada, hoping you stay safe and keep informed and aware in every situation.

 

Learn more about how to prepare yourself for wildfire survival.

 

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Want to meet real Patriots for uncensored, Liberal-free talk? Join me, Rob Raskin, at ProAmericaOnly.org. I started PAO so real American Patriots would have a place where their voices can be heard, without the censorship and banning we experience on other sites. We’re social media that puts America first, and we support President Trump!