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Aging Infrastructure and the Rising Digital Threat

As a prepper and survivalist, there is only so much you can do to protect your homestead and your family. You can ensure you have adequate water, food, and shelter for prolonged disaster crises and responses, but you cannot control the infrastructure of your country. 

There is a significant difference between personal vulnerability and national security. Unfortunately, recent works have revealed the potential weaknesses in the latter. For example, in early May, the Colonial Pipeline hack demonstrated the necessity for an overhaul in U.S. infrastructure.

The Colonial Pipeline is a major gas supplier for the east coast, and the hack presented the threat of gas shortages throughout. While the panic was the primary cause of recent shortages in the southeast, the hack was a dire warning of things to come, and the pipelines are not the only thing at risk. The current electrical grid also runs on outdated machinery, systems, and software.

The Rising Threat

Hacks on corporations are nothing new, and many terrorists and criminal organizations have created effective businesses built on ransomware. However, until recently, it seemed most of these attacks were on independent operators. Still, recently — within the last decade — hackers have been turning their sights on government infrastructure, health, transportation, energy, etc. 

The criminals see these heists or data-naps as good business. Companies cannot afford to leave systems offline, so they are quick to pay. For example, Colonial Pipeline was hacked on a Monday and decided to pay the ransom on the same day.

Unfortunately, while there is no denying Colonial Pipeline made the right decision for the company, the move is only motivation for further and more aggressive attacks on infrastructure. At the same time, independent hacker groups and criminal organizations are currently the aggressors, who are to say when digital warfare will become the newest military tactic.

Government Response

The government is currently debating President Biden’s infrastructure plan, the American Jobs Plan. Initially starting negotiations at $2 trillion, the administration just released the newest offer of $1 trillion. 

The plan is a decisive more forward, but many are concerned it does not do enough to improve digital security. For example, the plan calls for improvements in energy, education, and transportation, but it waivers its stance on enhanced digital security. In addition, the original proposal included a budget for making improvements to cybersecurity, but many experts argued it was not enough to support the implied changes to existing infrastructure.

Without a rigorous and financial commitment to the improvements of tech and security around basic infrastructure, the vulnerabilities will still be present, regardless of the progress. This administration and those that follow need to realize the imminent threat of cyber terrorism and digital warfare. In addition, Congress needs to enact policies to ensure change is financially viable.

Individual Concern

As a citizen, there is little you can do on a national scale other than vote. However, to ensure you are not a victim of the next national crisis, you can do whatever it takes to get off the grid and relieve your dependence on government infrastructure. For example, you can invest in solar power, install water filtration systems, stockpile food, clean water, and ensure you have a supply of gasoline should a shortage occur.

As a prepper and survivalist, you know you cannot 100% rely on the government to protect its citizens, especially when it fails to see the writing on the proverbial wall. Currently, infrastructure is at risk, and it will remain at risk until the Administration and Congress act.

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A Brief Guide to Our Favorite Backup Generators

Loss of power is one of the most common scenarios in disaster situations. Whether you’re dealing with a severe storm, cyber-attack on the power grid or other foreign or domestic attack, you can almost guarantee the power will go out at some point. When that time comes, what will you do? How will you keep your refrigerated or frozen foods from spoiling within a few hours? How will you keep the lights on in your home? A good generator can help alleviate many of the discomforts and dangers associated with a prolonged power outage. Here’s a brief guide to some of our top picks.

Gas-Powered Generators

Gas-powered generators are only good if you have gas on hand to power them. But they’re very good at providing sufficient power to keep large appliances (such as critical medical gear and refrigerators) functioning when the power goes out. Portable gasoline or propane-powered generators are fairly inexpensive and some can crank out serious wattage. Some great options include:

  • Honda EU2200i Gasoline Powered Inverter Generator: This generator has 2200 Watts, which is enough to keep the essentials (such as a refrigerator and a few other devices) running in the average-sized home. It’s also pretty quiet and has a run time between 4-9 hours.
  • Westinghouse WGen9500DF Dual Fuel Portable Generator: If you’re looking for a little more power, this 9500-Watt generator will meet your needs. It has a 12-hour run time and can be powered by either gasoline or propane.
  • DuroMax XP12000EH Generator: For even more wattage, the DuroMax XP12000EH generator is a good choice. It is not the most affordable option, but you may find that the extra sticker price is worth the increased power of the 457cc OHV engine. This generator also takes gas or propane.

When it comes to storing fuel, propane tanks are generally safer to store than gasoline. Always store with the valve closed in approved containers. Keep in mind that a full propane tank is safer than an empty one, since empty propane tanks are more likely to contain explosive vapors.

Solar-Powered Generators

Solar-powered generators can be great life-saving devices in emergencies. They don’t require you to store fuel, and they operate cleanly and quietly. But they do have their drawbacks. Notably, you need to have sunlight to get power from a solar-powered generator.

They also have slow recharging times and higher up-front costs. They do make great backup power supplies though, in case you run out of fuel for your gas-powered generators. Here are some of our top solar-powered generator picks.

  • Goal Zero Yeti Lithium Portable Power Station: This generator comes in various models, including the 3024Wh model and the 428Wh model. The 3024Wh model is more expensive but it also has more power capacity than the 428Wh model. It provides more than 3000Wh of battery capacity. All models have two AC outlets, two 12V output ports, and three 2.4A USB ports.
  • Humless GO Mini Portable Solar Generator and Panel Kit: This kit comes with two 130-Watt solar panels (foldable), a plug-and-play connecting cable, and the Go Mini generator with 640 Watts of power. This silent system is great for powering small items but won’t power your refrigerator or other large appliances.
  • Suaoki 400Wh/120,000mAh Portable Solar Generator: This high-power unit can be charged from various sources, including AC outlets, solar panels and 12V/24V vehicle-based power sockets. It’s a great choice if you need a solar-powered generator to serve you on the road or at home.

These are some of our top picks, but we want to know which options are your favorite. Have you used a generator in an emergency? If so, what type was it and how did it perform? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Avoid the Threat of a Gas Shortage With a Few Simple Strategies

The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack left many U.S. citizens scrambling for the pumps, despite the announcements that there was no need for concern. The cyberattack happened Monday, May 6, 2021, and by Tuesday, the company paid the ransom. Once the ransom was paid, Colonial Pipeline could begin checking systems and reestablishing production levels, which took several days to return to normal. Unfortunately, the statements from the company and the government were not enough to stop the rush on local stations, resulting in many running dry.

It is essential to reiterate there was never any real threat to gasoline production levels. The panic buying that occurred drove the shortages in the southeast. The country saw similar occurrences during the pandemic, when panic led to a lack of paper supplies, despite there being no threat to the supply chain.

As all preppers know, panic is the enemy. Therefore, while any gas shortages are currently temporary, if still ongoing, it is better to learn how to cope in such situations should they happen in the future.

limit driving

If possible, don’t drive. You want to save the remainder of your tank for emergencies or necessary trips. Unfortunately, a gasoline shortage does not end the need for commuting, especially to work. If possible, ask your boss if you can work from home to save gas. Many employers might be understanding. 

If you cannot work from home, it is crucial to make the most of your trip. Plan your route, allowing you to use your commute to run essential errands. You also want to try and avoid traffic to limit idling.

maximize your current tank

You want to maximize every tank during a gas shortage, meaning you find ways to ensure you get the most miles from your current fillup. There are a couple of ways to do this: limit excess weight and shut off the A/C. 

According to the AAA, while weight reduction won’t affect the fuel economy too much for larger vehicles, small cars experience significant advantages. To remove excess weight, you’ll want to take out any bags or belongings from the trunk and inside the cabin. You can also remove roof racks or special carriers. Getting your vehicle as close to its original weight is best to preserve fuel economy.

The A/C and other systems force the car to use more energy, requiring more gasoline. If you want to improve fuel economy, open the windows and park in the shade. While it might not be comfortable in the hot summer months, it can help get you a few extra miles.

use public transportation

If you live in the city, use public transportation instead of your vehicle. Transportation authorities often have a supply and reserve of fuel, meaning they are not as susceptible to fuel shortages. 

Trains and buses are usually available in most metropolitan areas, making stops at most major intersections. If you cannot find fuel, you can likely find a bus or train to get you close to where you need to be.

carpool

If you cannot stay home and public transportation is not an option, you can choose to carpool. By sharing a ride, both drivers essentially double their current fuel. The best part of carpooling is if you can travel with someone who has a more fuel-efficient vehicle, meaning fewer required trips to the pump, especially when they might be few and far between.

Are you worried about a gas shortage or the repercussions of the Colonial Pipeline attack? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

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What To Consider When Picking a “Bug Out” Property To Buy

Times are changing, and it’s important to prepare for additional changes yet to come. Just as you probably never imagined you’d experience a toilet paper shortage in your lifetime, you may not have imagined you’d need to start looking for a “bug-out” property this year. But here we are. Wise preppers understand that when things get really bad, they may have to leave their homes and head out to the wilderness (at least for a while). The more prepared you are to handle such a situation, the more likely you will be to survive.

The good news is that your bug-out property can also double as a recreational property where you go to camp and practice your survival skills. But you don’t want to buy any remote property you see for sale. Here are a few things you should consider when deciding which bug-out property to buy.

water

This may seem obvious, but many people forget to even consider the availability of water when looking for a property where they can lay low for a while. However, if you’re serious about survival, you need to make sure the property has some sort of access to fresh water year-round. This may be in the form of a lake, river, well or natural spring. Stock up on water purifiers as well and keep them in your bug-out bag so you can make any available water safe for drinking purposes. If there is no water to be found within miles of a property, it’s probably not worth buying.

distance

You may be able to find the perfect survival property for sale, but if it’s going to take you days to get there in an emergency, it’s just not a practical solution. When it comes to location, here are a few things the ideal property should offer:

  • It should be close enough to where you live that you can get to it on a single tank of gas
  • It should be far enough from the city that you aren’t in danger of being overrun by others who are trying to escape the dangers of the city
  • It should be no more than 60 miles from your home so you can reach it on foot if necessary

It may not be possible to find a good survival property that meets all of these recommendations, but do your best. If you can’t find a good bug-out property close by and you know you’re going to have to travel many miles in a SHTF situation, make sure you pack extra fuel and supplies to bring with you.

self-suffiency

When looking for the right property for an emergency, consider how it will help you be self-sufficient. Ideally, you should look for a place that’s located near:

  • Game and/or fish
  • Firewood
  • Sufficient space and sunlight for gardening
  • A source of electricity (such as water, solar and/or wind)

Don’t count on the electrical grid to power your needs when SHTF. Alternative sources of power are essential for any bug-out location.

security

When buying a property for survival purposes, take some time to consider how secure it is. Is it concealed by trees, fences, gates, etc. or is it located in a wide-open space? How many paths and roads lead to your property? Is your property located right next to a main road?

Generally, the more secluded your property is, the easier it will be to defend it from anyone with ill intent. You may also want to invest in Sentry Alarm Mines when situations become dire. They’ll alert you if someone trips the wire and trespasses on your property so you have time to react.

These are a few of the top things to consider when looking for a property you can purchase for your bug-out needs. Do you have additional suggestions we haven’t mentioned? Let us know in the comments section!

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How To Pick Your Very First Gun

You know you want a gun, but you have no idea what type of gun will best suit your purposes, right?  With so many different varieties out there, how can you possibly decide which gun should have the honor of being your “first”? While there is no single “right” gun for everyone, there are some things you can do to determine which gun is right for you. Here are some helpful tips to make the first-time gun selection process much easier.

Figure Out the Purpose for Your Gun

Before you purchase your first gun, you need to think about what its primary purpose will be. Are you buying a gun primarily for home defense or for target practicing at the gun range? Do you want a gun you can carry with you (concealed or open), or are you searching for a home-defense gun that will do the most damage to an intruder with murderous intent?

The intended purpose for your gun may not fall into a single category, and that’s OK. You may want to use it for both home defense and target shooting. But as long as you at least have an idea for how you’ll use it, you’ll be able to avoid purchasing a firearm that doesn’t meet your most important needs or expectations.

Try a Few Types

Remember how your mom always encouraged you to date a lot of girls so you get an idea of what’s out there? The same holds true when you’re gun shopping. You don’t want to make a commitment to the very first gun you hold in your hands, because you don’t know if there’s something better out there for you. Try a variety of guns. If possible, go to a gun range and test shoot multiple guns so you can see how they feel in your hands, how much recoil they have, etc. When it comes to choosing your first firearm, “playing the field” is a good thing. It will help you make a wise investment when you’re ready to commit to your first gun.

Consider Ammo Availability

As a first-time gun buyer, you may not be aware of how difficult it’s been to find ammo lately. Hopefully, everything gets back to normal soon, but it is wise to at least consider ammo availability before purchasing a gun. Though every type of ammo is more difficult to find right now than usual, there are some types of ammo that are more popular and are generally easier to find when there isn’t a general ammunition shortage. They include: .22, 9mm, .223, 12 gauge and .308. In normal conditions, if you have a gun that takes any of these ammunition types, you should be able to find the ammo you need pretty easily.

Figure Out Your Budget

Firearms can be expensive, but you can also get decent models for a reasonable price. When you’re shopping for your first gun, set a realistic budget, then look for a gun that fits within that budget.

In addition to these tips, you’ll also need to consider gun weight and size when purchasing your first firearm. If you’re still not sure what type of gun is right for you, don’t be shy about talking to a salesperson at your local gun store. He or she knows a lot about different gun models and will be able to help you select the firearm you need.

Are you an experienced gun owner who has a favorite gun you consider ideal for first-time gun buyers? Or maybe you have a few models you’d advise inexperienced gun owners to stay away from. Either way, let us know in the comments section!

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22 vs. Shotgun for Survival

The world has gone a little bit crazy lately, and it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll protect yourself and your family if it ever comes to that. One of the most effective survival tools available is the one government is constantly trying to take away: the firearm. Though some people seem to think they’re all equally dangerous, the truth is that some firearms are more lethal than others. And no, it generally has nothing to do with how “scary” the firearm looks.

Those who have real-world experience with guns know that the .22 and the shotgun are both highly desirable for home-defense purposes. But what about survival in general? Which one is the better choice for your overall survival needs, including staving off predators (both the human and animal varieties) and obtaining food? It turns out the answer isn’t obvious at first glance, so let’s break down the pros and cons of each gun in detail.

Range

When it comes to your survival, the shooting range of your gun is very important. In this category, the .22 is the clear winner. The average .22 long rifle is effective at 150 yards. A shotgun, on the other hand, is meant for close-range targets. The estimated effective range of the average shotgun is just 25-40 yards with birdshot, approximately 50-75 yards with smoothbore slug, and closer to 100-125 yards with a rifled slug. So, in the category of range, the .22 wins if you’re planning to shoot targets far away from you. Of course, accuracy also depends on the skills of the person doing the shooting, as well.

Weight

It’s not unusual for shotguns to weigh as much as 12 pounds, though there are lighter-weight options available. The average .22, on the other hand, weighs just 5-7 pounds fully loaded and scoped. When it comes to survival purposes, even a few pounds makes a big difference. The lighter the gun, the less energy you’ll expend lugging it around. So in terms of weight, the .22 comes out on top.

Versatility

The more versatile a gun is, the better it generally is for survival purposes. A .22 can only use one type of ammunition, while a shotgun can take a variety of ammunition options. This can make it easier for you to choose the right variety for the type of food you’re trying to take down. In terms of versatility alone, the shotgun has the upper hand.

Damage

In a real-life survival situation, you’ll probably care more about the damage your gun can inflict than how much it weighs. You’ve probably already guessed which gun is the winner when it comes to mortal damage, and it’s the shotgun. For up-close encounters, such as if a robber is trying to kill you or make off with your supplies, a shotgun is more desirable than a .22. It also requires less accuracy, which is important when your adrenaline is pumping and your arms are shaking.

You’ll also want a shotgun at your side if you encounter large predators in the wild. A shotgun will probably take down an attacking bear quicker than a .22.

The bottom line is that both of these guns are great to have for survival purposes. However, out of the four categories listed above, the .22 wins two and the shotgun wins two. We hate to decide the outcome of a tie-breaker (though we’re leaning toward the shotgun), so we want you to let us know which one you’d rather have by your side in a survival situation. Have you had to use either of these guns for self-defense? If so, how did it turn out? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Best Livestock to Prep for SHTF Situations

Food storage is important for serious preppers to have, but it can only last so long. If the world plummets into an extended SHTF situation, you’ll need to have a reliable source of food available to you. In addition to storing up heirloom seeds and learning how to collect seeds to propagate your own produce garden, it’s also important to know how to raise, butcher and prepare livestock. Animal products are rich in protein, which is an important dietary building block your body will need when you’re working hard to survive.

Whether you’ve owned livestock before or you’re looking into it for the first time, there are a lot of things to figure out. In addition to determining where you’ll keep your livestock and how you’ll protect and keep your animals safe from predators and thieves, you also need to determine what type of livestock is most sustainable in emergency situations. Here are a few of the top livestock animals to consider buying when you’re prepping for SHTF situations.

1. Chickens

Chickens are small animals that don’t take up too much space but provide a delicious and reliable source of food. It’s important to keep in mind that some chicken breeds are louder than others, so opt for quieter breeds if your goal is to be discreet and avoid unwanted attention.

Another benefit chickens offer is that they are low-maintenance animals. While they are outdoor animals, you can move them into your garage or other covered area in a pinch. Their droppings can be composted to help your fruit and vegetable garden grow a more plentiful harvest. Additionally, they can help eat up mosquitos and other pests.

2. Small Goats

While large goats require a lot of space to raise, Nigerian dwarf goats and Pygmy goats can thrive in much smaller areas. These goat breeds are also good at foraging food for themselves, even on land that isn’t particularly rich in foliage.

Nigerian dwarf goats are commonly used as dairy goats, while pygmy goats are frequently raised for both milk and meat. If you’re worried about the wellbeing of your goats when SHTF, you can bring them inside your pole barn or large garage for temporary safekeeping. Keep in mind that goats are known for their uncanny ability to eat practically anything, so never house them near your food storage, seeds or even “non-edible” items such as backpacks and sleeping bags. They’ll try to eat anything they can possibly chew.

3. Pigs

Pigs are exceptionally easy to feed, as they’ll consume almost anything you give them. They’ll also root around on the ground to find anything edible in the area. Since they’re so adept at self-feeding, pigs are a favorite animal for preppers to raise.

Some pigs can grow very large, but they don’t need a lot of space to thrive. In fact, the smaller the wandering area, the bigger and fatter pigs tend to be (which is ideal for getting the maximum amount of meat from a single animal).

One of the nicest things about pigs is that practically every part of their bodies is edible. Even the skin can be made into chips. A single pig has the potential to feed a small family of 2-4 people through an entire winter.

4. Dexter Cattle

Beef is a great survival food, but it’s not easy to raise cattle because they require a lot of space and a lot of food. However, there is a miniature breed of cattle, called Dexter, that does not require as much roaming space or food. You won’t get as much meat from a Dexter cow as you would get from a standard cow, but you’ll still be able to harvest a decent amount for your survival needs.

Are there any other types of livestock you’re currently raising or would recommend for a SHTF scenario? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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CDC’s Zombie Preparedness Tips: Hogwash or Helpful

While a tongue-in-cheek take on emergency preparedness, the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness tips are a credible resource for those wondering how to prepare for any legitimate crises or threat — or even reanimated corpses. As the CDC proudly points out, it would be the first on the ground to find answers should a disease start turning citizens into the walking dead.

Though a marketing tool, the Zombie Preparedness guide is legitimate. It started after the rise of popular tv shows to reach more people and provide potentially life-saving advice. Only 17% of the American population takes disaster preparation seriously, meaning the majority — 83% — are ill-prepared for a natural or human-made disaster.

While you will not find details about zombie-killing weapons, the CDC guide does provide valuable tips for emergency preparation. The primary pieces of advice deal with building an emergency kit and developing a plan.

Emergency Kit

The CDC guide quickly describes the Zombie Emergency Kit supplies as useful in all disasters, from hurricanes to pandemics. It stresses the importance of having enough materials to get you through the first couple of days until you find a refugee camp or shelter.

When putting the emergency kits together, remember to make one kit per family member. It is also helpful to have multiple kits on-hand in different locations because you never know where you will be when disaster strikes. Every kit should include, at a minimum:

  • Food

  • Water

  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies

  • Tools

  • Medications

  • Important documents

  • Clothing and bedding

  • First aid kit

You will want to have a healthy selection of non-perishable items for food, and for the water, you’ll need at a minimum one gallon of water per person per day. Medications will be family-member specific, but you should also have some non-prescription medicines on-hand. Tools will include necessities, like a utility knife and duct tape, but you will also want to have a battery-powered radio for emergency broadcasts. Finally, essential documents include your passport, driver’s license, birth certificate, and anything else of value.

Emergency Plan

The emergency plan is an essential four-step proposal that includes meetup locations and contacts discussed with all family members. If you are ever in a crisis, like a zombie apocalypse, knowing where to go and who to call is paramount to your survival. The four-steps include:

  1. Emergency identification: Compile a list of all possible and credible threats in your area — for example, tornados, wildfires, floods, earthquakes, etc. Along with the list, you should include disaster-specific necessities. If you need help identifying possible disasters in your area, contact your local Red Cross for more information.

  2. Pick a designated meeting place: Whether zombies invade your home or a hurricane causes an evacuation, you need to have a place where your family can regroup. You should have at least two meeting places, one directly outside your home for local disasters, like house fires, and just outside of your neighborhood for largescale disasters requiring evacuation, like wildfires.

  3. Identify emergency contacts: While many people make a list of family and friends, your list needs to include practical points of communication as well. You will want the details of the local police and fire departments at a minimum.

  4. Plan several escape routes: When disaster strikes, you will have little time to think. Before an emergency, practice emergency routes to your family meeting places. By having options, you are sure to find your way in any disaster, even the zombie kind.

While the CDC’s Zombie Preparedness tips are a marketing ploy, you can find helpful emergency preparedness information. What do you think of the guide? Leave a comment.

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Survival Tips: How Some Families in Texas Could Have Been Better Prepared

Is there anything Texas homeowners could have done to be prepared for the freak weather and power outages that happened? Preppers would be ready with these six things:

1. Generator

Propane generators are less likely to freeze in winter weather, and propane is usually cheaper than gasoline. Generators can keep power going for your furnace and stove, and keep your water heater running. Remember to keep the unit outside, with the exhaust facing away from any entry points. This way, you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide problems.

2. Heating Fuel or Firewood

Make sure you have some kind of non-electric method of heating your home. Gas heating helps your family stay warm if electric power disappears. That doesn’t mean you can’t use electric heat at all. Some modern HVAC systems are hybrids, offering the option to run on both electricity and natural gas. Firewood can also work if your home has a fireplace and chimney. Don’t forget to fill up your home’s tank with propane, natural gas or fuel oil in preparation for winter.

3. Full Gas Tank for Your Vehicle

It’s always a good idea to have enough gas in your tank for emergencies, but especially during winter weather. Gas pumps operate using electricity, so trying to fill up your truck during a blackout isn’t going to work. A full tank of gas can help you warm up and let you recharge your phone.

4. Water

When people think of disaster prep, they often think about food but not how important water is. “But the water in my tap is fine,” they say. Yeah, maybe until water pipes break because of freezing temperatures.

You need one gallon of water per person per day. The authorities recommend having enough for three days, but we like to prep beyond what the so-called “experts” think. We recommend being ready for at least a week without drinkable water and preferably two weeks (55 gallons is plenty).

5. Food You Don’t Need To Cook

Don’t get us wrong — you should absolutely cook meals if possible. It’s all about the psychological effects of survival. Something warm heats you up and helps your family feel safer. It brings a degree of “normal” to a crazy situation.

That said, good survival strategy involves preparing for what-if moments. What if a severe winter storm lasts weeks instead of days? You’ll be happy to have non-perishable goods that don’t require any cooking: trail mix, dried fruit, beef jerky, protein bars, crackers, canned beans and tuna.

One thing to remember about canned foods in winter weather is that the liquid inside can freeze and expand. Broken cans aren’t safe to eat later. Keep canned goods (during a power outage) wherever your family gathers to stay warm. Or, stock up on dehydrated cold weather rations (MCW or RCW).

6. Insulating Materials

To stay warm in an emergency, choose one room (preferably one without windows or one that has a fireplace) and use thick blankets to insulate entry points such as windows. Duct tape is amazing for sealing leaks. You also need a stockpile of blankets and heavy clothing just for this type of emergency. Thermal underwear, sweaters, gloves, hats and insulated coats can make a huge difference inside and outside.

Did we miss anything? If you live in Michigan, Minnesota or another cold climate, share some of your winter-weather survival wisdom with fellow preppers down south.

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3 Times Someone Beat the Odds and Survived on Their Own

If you spend any time on survival webpages or forums, you’ve probably heard at least a dozen times that building your “survival team” is key to getting through whatever the future may hold. While it’s always great to have the contact information of like-minded individuals who have various skills to offer, you never know when you might find yourself in a survival situation. What if you’re out camping when SHTF and there’s no one else around to rely on? What if you’re in the middle of a cross-country vacation and your savvy group of bail-out buddies is a few hundred miles away when disaster strikes?

Well, you’ll be happy to know that you’re not doomed to certain death if you find yourself on your own in a survival situation. Here are three different times someone beat the odds and survived without help from anyone else.

Angela Hernandez

Angela Hernandez was driving down Highway 1 near Big Sur in California in July of 2018 when a small animal crossed the road in front of her. As she swerved to mix it, her SUV tumbled off the road and down a cliff, leaving her 200 feet below the road. Her vehicle had fallen partially into the water next to a rocky beach.

Angela suffered serious injuries during the crash, including a broken collar bone, collapsed lung, brain hemorrhage and fractured ribs. The initial impact caused her to pass out. When she woke up, she discovered water rising in her vehicle. She used a multitool to break her car window, then crawled out and swam to shore. Over the next seven days, she walked along the base of the rocky cliff, hoping to find a way up to the road above. She slept on the rocks of the beach and used a hose from her vehicle to collect water from moss she found along the shoreline.

Finally, a few hikers saw Hernandez’s vehicle and called for help. Rescuers eventually found her sleeping on the rocks and helped her get to a hospital where she received emergency care.

Juliane Koepcke

On Christmas Eve in 1971, Juliane Koepcke was involved in a plane crash after the flight she was on was struck by lightning. The plane began to fall apart in midair and crashed into the Peruvian rainforest with Juliane still buckled into her seat.

Miraculously, Juliane survived. She was the only survivor of the flight and was completely alone. Her collarbone was broken and her body was badly battered. She only had a bit of candy to sustain her, but she did find water in a small stream.

While she searched for help, Julianne dealt with slow starvation and a maggot infestation in her arm. After traveling downstream for nine days, she found an empty encampment. She located some gasoline and poured it into her maggot-infested arm. After a few hours, lumber workers discovered her in their encampment and took her to an area where she could be airlifted to a local hospital.

Aron Ralston

One of the most well-known reports of solo survivors beating the odds is the story of Aron Ralston. He became trapped between two boulders while hiking alone in Blue John Canyon in Utah. After days of attempting to wriggle out from beneath the boulder and surviving off of his own urine, he did the unthinkable and amputated a portion of his own arm.

After this incredible feat, he descending down a 65-foot-wall with just one hand. Six hours after amputation, Ralston was rescued. He had nearly died from blood loss but found the will to survive.

These stories prove that it’s possible to survive terrible situations all by yourself. Do you have any other gripping tales of solo survival? Let us know in the comments section.

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