Sunday, 21 April 2013

Review of the Emergency Survival Kit - Grab n' Go bag for two.

When the apocalypse comes, your equipment will mean everything to you. Things as simple as bandages and plasters could become the difference between life and death. There are thousands of things we take granted for in our consumerist worlds - however your local GP won't be able to save you when the supply chain collapses. I've been taking this into consideration, and what I've managed to found a pretty handy Emergency Survival Kit. It comes packed with all the things we'd need to survive in a post-apocalyptic world - after browinsing through the stock list, I found it contained a variety of useful goodies such as tents, chargers, batteries, flashlights, can-openers, gloves and more...

Sure, you could buy all of these things seperately - but the chance of you missing out something vital could lead to a tragic scenario. For the survivalist, this bag almost guarantees you a fighting chance when the shit hits the fan. Don't misunderstand me though, the equipment is only half of the game - you're also going to need to consider escape strategies and organization within your survivalist team (unless your planning on going solo).

This bag is good enough to facilitate not just one person, but two. After taking a look at this survivalist product, I can see this emergency kit being more than enough for two people; maybe even three. Obviously, this bag won't be a solution in the long term, as you'll plenty of food and medicine stocks to along with it - that said, this kit does come with plenty of space to jam in your supplies. 

I purchased this emergency kit last week, and now it's sitting in my prepping cupboard alongside with all my other survival tools and equipment. If you're just getting into the preppers lifestyle, or think you need to add a bit of security to your survivalist arsenal - then I highly recommend this product. At less than $140, you can't really go wrong. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

The Modern Production Chain: Prone to Crisis

If you’re in Europe at the moment, you’ve probably already heard lots of about the recent horse scandal that has came to light over the last month. Tesco, Morrisions, Ikea and even Sedexo, a food servicing company that runs cafeterias for children in schools, have been found to be selling beef products that aren’t as beefy as the packaging might suggest.  Significant traces of horse meat was found in beef products; in some cases, there was more horse than beef. Since the revelations, there’s been an outcry over food standards and regulations. The fact that a crisis like this happened in the first place does not surprise me at all. When you consider the lack of regulation and oversight, it’s quiet easy to include a crisis like this as almost inevitable.
Most people don’t understand how complex the supply chains are in our economy. If you were asked how your food got onto your plate, I don’t think you’d be able to answer beyond  ’from the supermarket‘.  Ultimately, we don’t have a clue what goes on behind the doors of our supermarkets. Where does the meat come from? Who transports the products? What region? What country? I wouldn’t be able to confidently answer any of these questions. This worries me. This worries me a lot.  We need to start asking the questions that we’ve ignored for so long. Who exactly is monitoring the supply and distribution chains? I expect the answer to that will be nobody.
If there is no official body that is monitoring the supply chain, all the way from the farm up to the supermarket, then how on earth can we even say that what we’re eating is totally safe for consumption? Horse burgers have been sold as beef burgers and we’ve only just noticed – this has probably gone unnoticed for years. If it’s that easy to sell horse as beef, then what is to say that there aren’t dangerous substances in the food we’re eating right now. Furthermore, do we understand the long-term effects of eating the things we’re eating?
As a result of the exposure of these supermarkets, we’ve seen a complete drop in consumer confidence. We put lots of trust in the supermarkets by using them to purchase almost all of the things that we rely on. This scandal has destroyed that trust and we’ve now started seeing a huge plunge in the purchases of cheaper meat products. The challenge for the supermarkets is to prove that they’re in control and can certify the quality and contents of all it’s products. While they try and send that message to the consumers, these same supermarkets are pleading to the authorities that they had absolutely no idea about what was going on. These are supermarkets are among the richest corporations in the world; they hire industry-leading analysts and observers. They are claiming they knew nothing about the horse? If they couldn’t find a shocking issue such as this one, then how on earth can the consumer regain their confidence?
The short answer to all these questions is no. The problem with this crisis is the lack of understanding. Nobody seems to have a clear and concise picture of how our food is being sourced. Our society is becoming more complex and more advanced, however I feel that within this complexity – we are losing track of lots of really important things. A little bit of horse in our burgers certainly won’t be the worst of issues that come to light. I predict that similar labeling issues will become apparent over the next few months/years and we’ll start to become more to grips with the severity of the situation.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Location...Location...Location: Water sources

Location...Location...Location is the weekly column on choosing the right place for your dwelling when the apocalypse hits.

Water is the key to surviving in the wilderness, therefore you should keep this in mind when settling down in the new world. Fortunately, fresh water lakes, rivers and estuaries are a common sight in both the US and the UK, however the deadly bacteria that lurks in them is something to consider.  Setting up your own simple water filter system is not as difficult as one may think.

That guide will teach you how to create a simple water filter in the wilderness with a minimum amount of resources. Drinking fresh water without any type of filter can be extremely dangerous, diseases such as cholera thrive in water and would be fatal if they got inside your body.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Winter is coming.....

Yes, its that time of the year, the leaves have fallen, the snow starts falling and Saint Nicholas is preparing for his yearly present run. Surviving in the winter within the safe walls of modern society can be a great challenge in its own respect, but can you imagine the struggles you would find yourself in if the apocalypse broke out during the  cold months of winter?

Dangers such as frostbite and hypothermia can be fatal to those who are exposed to bitter cold temperatures for extended periods of time. Such risks can be easily ruled out if you take the appropriate measures. My first piece of advice is the same as your mother's, Wrap up warm! Some people underestimate the difference a woolly jumper can make in cold situations. As mentioned many times before, it is highly unlikely we will have the luxury of central heating when civilization gets flushed down the toilet, therefore keeping yourself warm at night is crucial winter-time survival. Below, I have linked a great example of an affordable yet apocalypse proof duvet. I highly recommend taking a look.
Duvet/Quilt suitable for cold temperatures

Winter is also the peak season for colds and seasonal flu. Unfortunately, most generic flu medication will be scarce, this means you will have to find other ways of dealing with those nasty colds. Judging by my own personal experience, I can recommend using a variety of hot drinks and smells to ease down the illness, I have also found that most colds/flus will repair themselves after a short while.

Take all of this information on board. You never when the apocalypse might strike.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Location...Location...Location: Safety in numbers

Location...Location...Location is the weekly column on choosing the right place for your dwelling when the apocalypse hits.

The survivalist ideal would be to live in a thriving community of fellow survivors, each person contributing to the greater good of the community. Being alone in an era of fear and disorder would have severe effects on both your mental & physical state, this is why many survivalists have already begun to form small pre-apocalypse outsposts which will be working communities when the world goes down the toilet.

I'm sure this ideal sounds like the perfect solution in a new world, however for every person you choose to enter your dwelling, is another mouth to food and another body to protect. Picking the right amount of people is crucial to running a self-sufficient community.

Are you planning on rebuilding civlization, or are you planning on running a small hamlet? Make this decision now and stockpile your resources accordingly. Without sufficient resources to run your community, people will quickly leave, or even turn against your leadership. As leader of the group, the folk of your community will look up to you for advice and support.

Fortifying your outpost will be the key to survival, a smaller village will mean less work on the fortifications. A small yet resourceful group is much stronger than a large and undefended one. Please feel free to leave comments on what type of community you plan to run/join when the apocalypse hits.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Keeping the cold out during the apocalypse

For many us, winters can be harsh, ruthless and dangerously cold even in the times when civilization still stands tall and proud, however imagine the bitter winter air in a world without central heating? I had a chat with an insulation contractor and he gave me a fact: "Most homes are 75% more reliant on heating than they would be if their home was properly insulated". This fact got my head tingling.

After doing some research into insulating services in the UK, I found prices to vary which I believe could effect the efficiency of the insulation. Some companies were offering prices at a few hundred dollars, although others were pricing their services in the thousands. I suggest doing some research into local insulation installation services and see how your home can be heated. As mentioned in one my previous posts, this will instantly a huge money-saver for you, money which can be used to fund various survivalist methods to keep you and your family safe when the apocalypse hits us.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Survivalism begins at home

This might last you a few days.....
Unfortunately, not all of us can invest the time and money to retreat to a remote dwelling in the wilderness where we can live a life of complete self-sufficiency and isolation. What I just described is the survivalist's ideal, however it shouldn't come as a surprise to you that many of us have real life commitments which take priority: family, finances and jobs. This is why it is important for you to take some baby steps to make your home more self sufficient and most importantly, more prepared.

Many of us shop weekly to refill our food stores, but will your local supermarket be open when the world is suffocated in nuclear fallout? Stockpiling food is one of the most of preached survivalist messages, some survivalists stockpile up to 2 years worth of food. I'm not asking you to buy a lifetime's supply of canned beans, however having enough food to last a couple of months will have positive effects on your chances of surviving a decent life in the post-apocalypse era.

During winter time, those of you who live in colder areas will find that you are reliant on indoor heating to keep yourself warm. It is highly likely that the global power supply will go down in days if not hours, this makes electrical heating impossible, which also means getting cold. Fortunately, many local building contractors offer services to make your home more insulated and warmer throughout the year. This will not only be a great benefit when the world goes potty, it will also cut down on your heating bills.