Month: July 2014

The US Military’s Introduction on Outdoor Winter Survival- Part II

Part I of this series detailed the food requirements needed in arctic environments.  One part that was noteworthy is the fact that you need more calories in extreme cold weather.  Now we will explore the overall damaging results of extreme cold. GENERAL EFFECTS OF COLD WEATHER   The issue of survival ends up being paramount when conditions become extreme and the temperature level drops. Under these conditions, you could have the tendency to withdraw emotionally, and not want to leave the warmth and protection of their shelter or tent. However, this will not work if you need to get work done. So, the treatment is physical activity.  And you must also attempt to continue to be alert and active. COCOON-LIKE EXISTENCE  When using several layers of clothing and covering your head you’ll, tend to withdraw within yourself and maintain a cocoon-like presence. When this happens, your hearing and eyesight is restricted, which can results in an accidents happening COLD-WET When temperature levels are near freezing and high and low temperature levels alternate between freezing and thawing cold-wet conditions occur. These conditions can be accompanied by damp snow and rain, triggering the ground to become slushy and muddy. You’ll require clothing is waterproof or water-repellent with an external layer that is resistant to wind. And the coats inner layer should be insulated.   Also, proper waterproof shoes are essential.  COLD-DRY   Cold-dry conditions take place when average temperature levels are lower than 14oF.  Most likely, the ground will be frozen, and snow will be dry. WIND CHILL   Wind chill is a combination of both wind and temperature. Temperature level alone does not offer a true indication of how cold weather will affect you. So, In order to efficiently gauge the difference between temperature and the effect of the cold a wind-chill scale must be used.  Below is a wind chill chart that also can help you realize when you are in danger of...

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DIY Long Term Food Storage Cheat Sheet

Proper emergency food supplies is not just MRE’s. It’s also home canned foods.  Home canned foods not only good for you but are great long term food storage solutions.  First of all, for safekeeping you should keep your canned food in a location that’s cool, dry and keep your canned food on a strong well-braced shelf.   Also, for the summer months, you need put the shelves far enough apart to permit for circulation of the air and for optimum access of your food. A rule of thumb  is to leave about a two-inch area above the jars.   You also need to set racks for quart containers,  separated about nine and a half inches  and the racks for pint containers, need to be separated about seven and a half inches apart.  Furthermore, shelves twelve inches apart will certainly give you room to save number two, and a half tin cans on top of one another. Have You Considered How Much Storage Space You’ll Require For Your Canned Foods?      First, inventory  for your foods and find out how much canned food you currently have. You can keep two rows of quart or pint jars front to back on a shelf twelve that is 12 inches wide. If you organize containers using this method, you could count on storing 20 jars on just four feet of rack space....

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Disaster Survival Tactics: Your Life May Depend Upon It

The chances of actually encountering a disaster are slim.  However, as long as the potential exists it’s important that you are prepared. If there were a major disaster today and you were trapped in your home would you be able to survive for a few days?  If you can’t answer yes to this question then it’s time that you start making some changes in your life.      Disaster preparedness can help you to be ready if the unthinkable happens. It’s far too easy in modern society to get a false sense of security and not properly prepare yourself. The truth is that all it takes is one man-made or natural disaster to throw the world around you into chaos. Because of the potential dangers that surround us all it’s important that you take disaster preparedness seriously. This means that you need to plan on what to do if a disaster strikes, and also need to have supplies on hand so that you can sustain yourself, and your family for a lengthy period of time. In addition to stocking your house with food and supplies, you should also prepare a disaster survival kit for each of your vehicles. While you will probably not be able to leave your home in the even of a disaster, it’s always best to be prepared to move should the need arise. Long Term...

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The Ugly Truth About Self Defense

     We live in a dangerous and violent world. The police and other law enforcement agencies do an admirable job of protecting us, but they simply cannot be everywhere at once. If you truly want to do all that you can to ensure your safety, and the safety of your loved ones, then you’ll  need to learn how to defend yourself.      The first thing you need to learn is that in a real-world combat situation, there are no rules. So, You can’t worry about fighting fair.  This means that you need to learn that doing whatever it takes to put your opponent down is not only acceptable but necessary. Unfortunately simply knowing that you may have to hurt or kill someone isn’t enough. You need to train and prepare for it. That is why you need to learn how to handle a gun, knife and at least the basics of unarmed combat. Unarmed Self-Defense or Martial Arts      Learning to defend yourself doesn’t mean spending countless hours at a martial arts studio. In fact, most traditional martial arts are inadequate for real world combat situations. Instead of spending your time practicing forms, blocks, punches, and kicks, you need to learn techniques that are applicable in a real-world fight. For example, one of the best real forms of self defense is Krav Maga.  Krav Maga was...

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Outdoor Survival Training: It Can Be The Difference Between Life and Death

If you love the outdoors  learning outdoor survival skills is something that every responsible person needs to do. Granted, even though the chances of being placed in a real life survival situation may be remote it’s important that you prepare for just such a scenario. It’s much better to spend time preparing now, than finding yourself in need of survival skills and not having them.  The average urban dweller who finds  themselves trapped in a survival situation are completely unprepared and have no idea of what to do.  As a result of this they’re dependent upon others with only real hope of survival is rescue.  As a general rule of thumb you should learn a wide range of outdoor survival skills so that you will be well prepared when disaster strikes. And be sure to spend extra time learning skills that are pertinent for the part of the world you live in. You should also learn skills related to any areas you might be visiting on a trip as disasters can happen anywhere any an time. When it comes to outdoor survival there are a few basic concepts that you need to master.  First you need to learn how to make a fire.  A fire can keep you warm in cold climates, can help you to process water to make it safe to drink, provides you light at night, and will also...

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