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SHTF has been a common name for a global disaster or cataclysm, but the reality is that in many parts of the world it is our own faeces that helps feed us.
Check out these snippets from an article in the South China Morning Post:
You produce some 500 litres of urine and 50kg of faeces a year. Besides water and organic carbon, your annual output contains about 10kg of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compounds, the three main nutrients plants need to grow – and, helpfully, in roughly the right proportions.
Scale that up and the world’s population excretes 70 million tonnes of nutrients annually. Applied to fields, this could replace almost 40 per cent of the 176 million tonnes of nutrients in chemical fertilisers used by the world’s farmers in 2011.
In India, despite laws banning the practice, an estimated one million people, mostly women and girls from lower castes, are still paid …
In Hawaii six people are living in a geodesic dome, experimenting with they types of food that astronauts can eat when they journey to Mars. NASA have five meat products that have a long shelf life, and it is not surprising that one of them is Spam.
One of the the problems with long-distance space travel is that people soon get bored. One way of alleviating that is to add variety to their meals. Here’s one idea that was cooked up in Hawaii:
Recipe Ingredients: (serving of 6)
2 cups cooked short grained Japanese rice
1 cans Spam
3 sheets nori, cut in 2″ strips lengthwise
1/3 cup shoyu
3/4 cup sugar
Cut Spam into 6 slices per can.
Combine sugar and shoyu in a pan over medium-low heat.
Fry spam in sugar and shoyu until mixture has thickened and Spam is slightly crispy.
Drain on absorbent towel.
Cut sheets of nori into 2 inch strips.
Using a Spam can, cut out …
Often when I am discussing killer solar storms with people, they’ll say something like I’m going to die one day anyway, so, whatever. It’s the opposite attitude of a prepper. But how do preppers react to the concept of something mundane killing them? I guess some strive to stay alive no matter what the culprit. But others might not find a fight against heart disease exciting enough?
Survival Life have made a nice list of all the non-catastrophic ways of dying, and the associated odds. I’ve added how to beat the odds…
Get Heart Disease (diet and exercise)
1 in 6
Get Cancer (diet and exercise)
1 in 7
Have a Stroke (diet and exercise)
1 in 29
Die in a motor vehicle incident (walk)
1 in 98
Die from Intentional self-harm (choose not to)
1 in 109
Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (I think these odds are wrong?)
1 in 126
Falls (take more …
Of the many major concerns I have with a general lack of preparedness in society, two stand out that can be jointly fixed:
Lack of government preparedness – especially in the more major scenarios like the next Carrington Event
Just in time delivery to stores and supermarkets, as well as just in time manufacturing – where very little inventory exists
Providing food for the starving masses is quite achievable if the government stores the items that preppers know are durable and cheap. Tinned beans and rice for example. But you can’t really trust a government that doesn’t really care about preparing to rotate supplies.
What if all the government needed to provide was secure warehouses? No purchases, no transport costs, no quality control, no rotating…
1. Identify the types of products our country would need a lot of in a massive catastrophe2. Create laws that stipulate they are essential supplies
3. Require manufacturers to deliver the …
Forget what they tell you about salt being bad for you – the jury is still out. And that’s only regarding too much salt.
In ancient times salt was a valuable commodity! Ever wonder why?
There are many good reasons for storing salt in your prepping supplies:
Preserve meat – when your fridge no longer works
Health – we need salt (dietary sodium) in our diets to some degree
Taste – any little improvement will be well received
Cleaning – cleaning things (abrasive), or brushing your teeth (with baking soda)
Melting snow and ice
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There are a lot of choices when it comes to multi-tools. They are almost always small, like a Swiss army knife. But there’s another way of achieving similar results – store all the little tools inside one big tool, like an axe:
Mo-Tools Wood Inlay Axe
On the big side we have an axe, hammer and pliers. Inside the handle are a saw, bottle opener, screwdriver and blades.
I almost ordered one of these, but then thought about how cumbersome it might be using the small tools, considering the bulk and awkwardness of the entire tool. Imagine trying to unscrew a screw with this?
I think the combo of axe, hammer and pliers is just fine. But for small fiddly tasks, stick with a regular multi-tool. It’s OK to have both.
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Many people don’t even know where Belize is, so look here:
(hint: it borders Mexico and Guatemala, and the Maya live there)
So, why would you want to live there? Well, if you are happy with your current life, family and employment – and you have faith in your country remaining safe and free, I can’t see it as much of an improvement.
However, if you are a little bit paranoid (as many of my readers are), disillusioned with your current lot, have some cash and feel like a fresh start – it is a top choice. I think Australia would be better, but it costs a lot more to live here.
Some qualities Belize has:
it is never in the news – which means that not many bad things happen there
glorious tropical climate and pace of life
choose from the coast. mountains, forest or farm land
they speak English!
not far from the USA if you wish …
I found this at the Daily Mail, but it looks like they have scanned it from a magazine like Popular Mechanics and didn’t credit it… Anyway, this picture could save you a thousand SHTF hours if you buy them all:
Also by George Shephard, this is a light overview to help inspire deeper research into how to prepare for the worst:
Prepping on a Budget
Free for “the next few days”.
For the next few days this Kindle book is available for no charge at Amazon:
How to Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag
It is a pretty good light overview of what could ultimately be the most important part of all the prepping you do. However, I’ve not yet come across an awesome resource on this topic. By awesome I mean one that tells you exactly what configurations suit which bag sizes. Otherwise all we get is lists of good stuff to take with you, but you can’t fit it all in your bag…
Here’s a brief excerpt from the free book:
LifeStraw is awesome advice. Unfortunately the advice about water to carry is dodging what (for me) is the #1 go bag dilemma – how much water do you take with you?
The standard advice is that an adult needs 1.5 – 2.0 litres per day. You might be able to get by with less, but …
With the presumption that throughout your region all electricity is off, how will people communicate?
Cell towers need electricity
Land lines might not need electricity at home if they are the non-cordless, but the phone system itself needs electricity
TV and radio need electricity to broadcast
Police, military and emergency services depend on electricity to communicate
For local communications you have the options of walkie-talkies and CB radios, but they are only good for a few miles. That’s great for contacting local friends and relatives, and well-worth having, but won’t help you learn what is going on elsewhere.
Amateur radio (aka HAM radio) is the only remaining method for long-distance communications. So, in anticipation of needing this, your choices are:
1) Get a license and gear
2) Get a license and use someone else’s occasionally
3) Get to know those who have the gear
Where all these choices meet is joining a local enthusiast’s society. At the very least you should be able to get to …
There’s a massive dilemma for preppers who wish to prepare for an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) from enemies or nature:
Buy a Faraday Cage – very expensive, because none are made for the consumer market
Build a Faraday Cage – and never know if you got it right until crunch time
Most designs that can be found online for a Faraday Cage are for something the size of a shoebox or similar. A simple description is a tightly-closed metal box (like an ammo tin), covered in tin foil, grounded, with some form of simple insulation on the inside (like cardboard). Put anything electronic inside it and it will survive an EMP – because the cage will receive the energy and dissipate it via the grounding. The same principle applies to lightning rods on church steeples.
An episode of Doomsday Preppers features Tim Ralston (the guy who shot his thumb off) who is using shipping containers …
As if the End Of The World (and associated hullabaloo) wasn’t stressful enough, we are moving out of the city, to spend a couple of years (at least) at our safe spot. Just a few days from now. Yep, while juggling media appearances I was packing boxes. I wonder how this past week would rate on a stress meter?
The timing is more to do with school years and family visits than the doomsday we just dodged – in case you were wondering why we would move after Dec 21 and not before. Plus, the house was only officially finished a few days ago. Oh yeah, I’ve been dealing with banks and builders as well.
So I won’t be posting much in the next week. But then I’ll get cracking on the backlog of things I figure are 2012-relevant but I have yet to write about.
As I have been saying, I consider …
The event is the Bosnian wars of the mid 90s. I’m posting a copy in full to make sure it gets read by as many people as possible. As he says towards the end, this scenario can happen from natural disasters as easily as man-made ones. Please share – I consider this to be required reading.
Originally from SurvivalistBoards, via SHTFPlan.com.
OK, i wanna share with you my own experience. (be patient with my English, i am from far away )
I am from Bosnia, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year i lived and survived in a city of 50 000- 60 000 residents WITHOUT: electricity, fuel,running water,real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.The city was surrounded for 1 year and in that city actually it was SHTF situation.
We did not have …
A family and their survival gear, food and water:
The article it comes from (at NY Times) is well worth reading, and has the full size of the image and lists what all their survival items are.
It discusses the prepping industry and expos. Some brief excerpts:
Douglas talked about emergency preparedness, sustainable living and financial security — what he called the three pillars of self-reliance. He detailed the importance of solar panels, gardens, water storage and food stockpiles. People shouldn’t just have 72-hour emergency kits for when the power grid goes down; they should learn how to live on their own. It’s a message that Douglas is trying to move from the fringe to the mainstream.
…Five expos this year have drawn 40,000 people who pay $10 each. The radio network has logged more than two million podcast downloads; in one day alone in July, it reported nearly 90,000 downloads. The book, which …