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Building a Shelter in Snowfall 

Okay, the higher parts of America have already experienced a little white stuff already this season. The rest of us are on schedule for the usual treatment. If you’re caught out in it, especially if you up north somewhere, then you had better be ready to dig in, ride it out, and survive. Doing it right can be the difference between hiking away the next morning or freezing to death overnight.

To help keep you alive out in the snowy woods, the Swedwoods Channel on YouTube created another grand survival video that must be watched to be appreciated. Here’s what you find when you do view the critical lesson:

All pics from Swedwoods video.

The Woods Are Deadly, Cold, and Deep

God gave us the splendor of the forests and the great outdoors. The aptly named Robert FROST gave us the memorable poetry celebrating the potentially-distracting trek through the trees. And Old Man Winter can easily give us a life or death emergency, in the woods, should we linger too long and too close to the wrong weather front.

Today’s video makes some assumptions: You’re in the wild. You’re caught out in a blizzard or other sub-freezing environment without hope of returning to safety before dawn. You have no sleeping bag. (You made a regular mess of this outing, didn’t you?) You have to make a hasty shelter or become one with the ice and snow – maybe without even leaving a note about your Hawking gun like that iceblock dude in Jeremiah Johnson.

Here’s how to escape death in relative comfort.

Pick a Spot

And, don’t be too picky about it. Here, the bold Swed found a partially-uprooted stand of trees. This is nature’s inadvertent natural cave, shelter above and behind you. Make use of what you find. Fear not(!) the creepy-crawlies – they’re dead or frozen solid – just like you’ll be if you don’t act fast and intelligently. 

Looking around the forest landscape, or any landscape really, one will find a host of potential shelter locations. It could be a literal ground cave, a natural depression, a gully, a sturdy fallen tree, or just a combination of materials you assemble yourself. The first step is to find it, whatever it is.

Make Your Bed!

See, I just saved you the hassle of reading an entire Jordan Peterson book!

Line the floor of your fallen-tree cave with evergreen branches and soft, green needles. This will be where you sleep the night away. The material provides a (minor) level of cushioned comfort as well as a little insulation from the frozen ground.

Light A Fire!

Go ahead and do it sooner than later. There are several reasons to do so. But first, pay attention to the details Mr. Swed goes into preparing his fire. Strike it the old-fashioned way, having the kindling ready to receive the spark! 

Why fire it up this early? One, you might want the added warmth then and there, even as you rough out the camp. There’s the benefit of added light from the flames as the sun fails; it’s harder to work in the dark. You might be tired when you’re done; setting the fire now gets it out of the way (remember to feed it while you work). And, the fire will scare off the Big Bad Wolf, surely lurking around waiting to eat you. KIDDING – you are the apex predator, don’t forget that.

Have A Snack

You’ll need your strength, so go ahead and cook something up. You already have the campfire burning, so use it (another benefit of an early fire!). 

Yes, you can prepare the meal right on the evergreen branch bed. It’s antiseptic because of the surrounding cold, and you’re going to char it anyway. And, for God’s sake, if you forgot your sleeping bag and ECG, then at least remember the hot sauce!

Home Shelter Home

There’s much more. With something over your head, insulation under your back, and a roaring fire, partly shielded from the wind, you’re essentially set. 

Of course, more details are available, including expanded cooking options and forest-made furniture.

This video is over half an hour-long, which, in prepper years, makes it a Ph.D. dissertation-worthy endeavor. It’s one that could save your life. And it is well worth the watching!

Watch the Video!

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Also, remember to visit Swedwoods on YouTube. Find videos on everything outdoors – from ice survival to bushcraft hamburgers! The stout Swed films alone and does not give guided tours. Like, share, and subscribe if you appreciate what you see.

Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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How to Survive an Earthquake

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The definition of an earthquake is a sudden, unexpected, fast shaking of the earth’s surface, which is primarily caused by the shifting of the tectonic plates below the surface of the earth. Earthquakes can happen anytime, anyplace, and they occur without warning. It is just a sudden shaking, and then it’s all over. 

When you think about an earthquake, you immediately think of destruction. But you can also think about preventive measures that you can take to make sure you and your house survive an earthquake. 

What to Do Before an Earthquake

If you live in an earthquake zone and frequently experience them, this advice will already be familiar to you, and you will agree with it wholeheartedly. First, prepare an emergency survival kit that has all the necessary equipment in it: a first aid kit, medicine, about three to four days of canned food and water, and perhaps a radio. Then, talk with your family members and discuss creating an emergency earthquake contingency plan detailing how you will communicate with each other if you get separated, what to do in these circumstances, and decide on a safe meeting place after the situation calms down.

Conducting earthquake safety drills should also be an essential part of your plan. Performing such exercises can prepare your family for the real thing. Discuss different case scenarios and what to do in each. Drills can help a lot and prevent confusion if an actual earthquake occurs.  

What to Do During an Earthquake

Drop, cover, and hold on.

Before the earthquake hits, there are a few minutes or seconds during which you must do everything it takes to ensure your survival. Remember the rule of drop, cover, and hold on. 

Drop to the ground, be it that you are outside your house, in a car, or inside. The primary and most essential thing is that you should drop when you feel and see everything in your home shaking.

Next, cover. When inside the house, quickly get under your table or desk. If that is not a possibility, grab a pillow, a cushion, or any other soft object to shield your head and body. Then go crouch in the corner of your house where the likelihood of things falling on you is low. If you are outside your home and in an open space, get away as fast as you can from buildings that are threatening to collapse. Stay in an area with no trees, buildings, or power and grid lines to avoid getting trapped under them. 

After doing all the above steps, be patient and hold on. Stay inside, under the table, or wherever you are taking cover, and hold on until the shaking completely stops. When you are sure it has stopped, only then, try and move from your spot and assess the damage. 

What to Do After an Earthquake

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What happens after an earthquake, and how should you deal with it? 

Remember that many injuries occur after the earthquake when people go out of their homes to look for others. While doing so, they may inadvertently injure themselves or others. Another thing is that there may be aftershocks following the actual earthquake, which will cause damage as well if you are not careful and do not remain alert. 

To ensure your and others’ survival, follow these tips and techniques. First, check yourself and other people for injuries. If there are any injuries, and you feel capable of handling them, administer first aid and then call an ambulance for those who are critically injured. 

Check your home or building for any structural damage, like cracks or fissures in your roof or the structure. If you see any damage, report it immediately. Check for any type of leakage in the gas line or the waterline. Check for damage in the electrical wiring. If you smell even a hint of gas, turn the main connection off, open all the doors and windows, leave immediately, and report it to the appropriate authorities. 

If there is no power, prevent further possible damage by unplugging or switching off all the appliances. So, when the power comes back on, you can see if there has been any damage to the switchboard, like frayed wires, or you see sparks or smell something burning, and take necessary action like turning the electricity off at the main fuse box and calling in an electrician. 

Stay away from debris and don’t even think of going near a fallen building and areas that have suffered much damage. Do not enter the damaged buildings and other areas either.  Also, stay far away from bodies of water in case a tsunami also occurs. 

If you are trapped beneath the debris and rubble, do not panic, no matter how much you want to. Try and save your energy and only call for help when and if you know there are rescuers nearby who can hear you. Do not move too much as it will only disturb the dust and rubble and everything near you, and you will end up inhaling it and choking on it. One last thing to do if you are in this situation is to ration out your food and water and make it last as long as possible because it will be difficult to say when you will be rescued. 

The possibility of you experiencing an earthquake depends on where you live. If you live in an earthquake zone, you will experience regular earthquakes, even if they are of the lowest density. And if you live in a zone where no earthquakes occur, well it is still better to be fully prepared instead of thinking about winging it and having a don’t care attitude which will not help in your survival struggle at all. So, in conclusion, take the above steps at heart, practice, and stay alert.  

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis

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Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

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One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

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Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

The truth is a storm of one kind or another is always on the way. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. You have to be prepared in order to survive. You’ll need your wits. You’ll need a plan. You need gear. Fortunately, we at Freedom Prepper have you covered!

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As of today, it’s a smaller selection. However, that is about to change. Bookmark the site, save it as a favorite. Share it with your friends, family, and prepper network.

Let’s take a quick look at two available, critical need items:

Water Filter Straw Water Purifier with 16oz Water Bag

Our water straw filter removes 99.9999% of harmful substance.This water filter can remove the smallest solid particles found in the environment (down to 0.01 micron) and other harmful substances.

It has passed professional certification.It can provide you with safe and clean drinking water.There is one carbon filter block, it will filter everything from large dust particles and stone, it is very helpful to keep the filter straw clean. The activated carbon block will prevent mud and sand from clogging the filter straw.

No water, no life – remember that. Order one (or four) today.

2 Pack Solar Charger

It features dual USB and powerful LED Flashlight. Making it easy to charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. Two led lights can be used as a flashlight with Steady-SOS-Strobe mode. Five pilot indicators show the status of battery charger timely. Green light on when charging by solar, blue light on when USB charging.

Our solar charger works with all modern devices, iPhones and Android phones, iPads and all tablets.

Don’t be left in the dark – get one today for every member of the team. (Also available in a four-pack!).

Ordering couldn’t be any easier.

Check it out and keep checking back as the selection grows. SPA will have you ready when any disaster comes calling.

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