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In a real emergency, it doesn’t matter whether you are bugging in or out, you may need to be warned of intruders. Today many of us sit at home with the doors locked, window closed and air conditioning keeping the temperature under control. After a disaster, we may have to keep all our window open, to try to stay cool. This eliminates some of the security we normally have. If you have people, who are trying to take advantage of the situation by looting you may need to rig up some early warning systems.
Fortunately there are many simple ways to give you early warning of intruders. Dogs are great, one of the best early warning systems. Often smaller dogs are more alert and will be quicker to bark. Get your dog ahead of time and get to understand your dog’s reactions. With a bit of training your dog can be a very effective early warning system. In addition, depending on the type of dog they can discourage prowlers.
One of the simplest early warning systems is to set up tripwires. Tripwire systems are very simple to put up and use. You just have to be sure that the tripwires blend in well with the surrounding. Some types of fishing lines works well, you can get fishing line in different colors.
Another simple alarm that can be used in your home or even a motel room is to put an empty glass jar upside down on your doorknob. This will fall (and make a loud noise, except on carpet) should someone turn the doorknob. (Warning- the bottle can break leaving glass fragments on the floor). A soda can filled with loose change balanced on the doorknob will make a lot of noise if someone attempts to enter. Windows also easy to trap with cans of change or jars.
01* In cold or freezing conditions, the worst thing you can do is let yourself get sweaty. He constantly mentions that if you get sweaty, you should let the sweat dry (he mentions this tip in almost every episode).
02* Use a lens from a camcorder to start a fire (as if it is a Magnifying Glass)
03* Always carry a good multitool (eg. Leatherman Wave or Swiss Army Explorer Plus).
04* Break wood between two trees to keep from hurting yourself.
05* Cut water-vine in swamps and jungles and place a cup at the opening to collect water.
06* Wipe mud over your skin to protect against mosquitoes.
07* If you catch lean food eat as much of the animal as possible, except the entrails. Certain wild animals have extremely low levels of body fat, which may lead to death by rabbit starvation.
08* To start a fire with a lighter that has no fluid, use a piece of tissue formed into a cone at one end with a ball of sock lint stuffed into the cone to catch the spark that comes off the lighter. This only works if the socks are manufactured from 100% cotton. He refers to this as a prison match (and tells viewers not to ask him why he knows how to make it).
09* Use a snowmobile seat cover to melt snow in the sunlight.
10* Don’t play the harmonica when polar bears are possibly around because they are attracted to strange noises.
11* Use corn chips to hold a flame in a manner similar to a candle wick.
12* Boil water by placing heated rocks in it. This is done when a water container cannot be held directly over a fire.
13* Heat rocks over fire and place them around the body as heating packs while sleeping or resting.
14* Use an emptied coconut shell filled with coconut fibers to carry a smoldering coal. This prevents the need to light another fire from scratch.
15* Use cow dung to keep a fire smoldering while away. This prevents the need to light another fire from scratch.
16* Use the elastic strap from a pair of boxers as a slingshot to fire a fishing spear.
17* Soak the foam cushion of a broken snowmobile in gasoline to use as fire fuel in the Canadian Arctic.
18* Determine the time until sunset by measuring the distance between the sun and horizon, wherein each width of your hand equals one hour.
19* Use moss from the north side of a tree to gain bearings without a compass (though he added that this method, though accurate in his case, is often unreliable).
20* When opening a conch shell, crack the point on the back and scrape out the meat inside.
21* To get fresh water on an island build a solar still by finding a box (or something similar) and put seawater and plants inside, along with a smaller container in the direct center, and cover it tightly with a plastic sheet. Then put a rock in the center of the plastic. The plants will sweat fresh water which will evaporate, condense onto the plastic and drip into the container.
22* Too much coconut milk causes diarrhea.
23* The Five “W’s” of Survival: o Weather: Temperature of the area, know what kind of shelter you need. o Wood: How much wood is around for both fire and shelter. o Wigglies: spiders, scorpions, snakes, anything that can bite you or poison you. o Widowmakers: rocks, trees, large animals, anything that can fall on you or attack you. o Water: Where will you get water, how will you obtain it.
24* Use a potato peeler on thin branches to create very curly wood shavings. These are great for getting very small flames turned into big ones.
25* Always check your boots for “Wigglies.”
26* Use large rock pieces and twigs to setup trap for small animals by placing an edible bait to the supporting twig (Les caught a squirrel in the Utah canyonlands once, he cooked it over fire for a long time to burn off parasites before eating)
27* Set up a trap in the swamp or river bank by sticking wood sticks in a pattern that looks like a square with the top side slightly open in a v-shape , place a bait inside to wait for a turtle or other animals.
28* To create smoke signal, burn damp wood chips over fire. 29* Before sleep pee so your body isn’t trying to keep the water inside you warm.
30* Eat Something before you sleep helps insides get warmer.
How do you light wet wood?
Use a sharp knife/hatchet to strip away as much bark and wet wood as possible. If you can use a hatchet to split larger pieces of wood into kindling, this will expose the drier inner layers. Start a small fire using the stripped kindling. Use the small fire to heat and dry the larger pieces.
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In a survival situation those who do not make decisions die. Bad decisions can always be corrected. If you don’t decide and fast you will die.
Leaders are not born. They learn and develop their skills with their actions. In other words leaders are those who achieve good results.
So, think, observe and plan. Then act. This is a key to survival.
Survival is not an act of being comfortable but sustaining life until you are rescued.
What happens if there is no rescue? What do you do then? Well number one is do not lose control of your thoughts and actions. Learn and practice survival all the time. What is survival? Is it too late to start.
S……..Size up the situation STOP: Stop,Think, Observe and Plan
U…….Use all your senses. Undue haste makes waste
R……..Remember where you are.
V……..Vanquish Fear and Panic
I…….. Improvise, adapt and overcome.
A…….Act like the natives.
L……..Live by your wits and continue to learn more.
The best you can do is not to worry and stay clam. Worry never has solved and issue. Worry is the diversion of positive energy into negative or nervous energy. There is no production of useful activity.
If an emergency happens like Sandy, Katrina, Earth quakes etc, a calm head will prevail. It is good to have a plan. However plans tend to fall apart. With that said, having a plan is good place to start.
Live by the rules of three. Prepare by the rules of three. The rules are as follows: you have three minutes to survive with out air, 3 hours to survive in harsh environment (snow, desert, heat, cold weather etc), 3 days with out water and 3 weeks without food. Make your preparations according to the rules of three.
Your mind is the best survival tool you have. If you keep it uncluttered from fear and confusion, you will survive. God gave you dominion over the earth and sea. Know that all you need is around you. All you have to do is look and listen.
With the above information, everyone is prepared for 21 Dec 2012 no matter what happens.