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Summary: For their first home together, Twilight and Applejack wanted a house close to Applejack’s farm and big enough for Twilight’s books, with a little something special besides. They settled on the perfect place, one of the oldest barns on Sweet Apple Acres, and had it converted into a comfortable house for their little family. But when strange things start happening just after they move in, Twilight finds that she has a mystery to solve before she can really call her dream house “home.”

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The question some, if not many people have is “Can I be charged and/or arrested for failing to heed a mandatory evacuation order. The answer is yes, in some states, but not likely. It is akin to a curfew issued in some cities due to civil unrest or a natural disaster. A violation can lead to fines and or incarceration in some cases.

In North Carolina, for example, the governor can “Direct and compel the evacuation of all, or part of the population from any stricken or threatened area within the state during a state of emergency”. “Anyone who violates an evacuation order can be charged with a class 2 misdemeanor, which can be punishable by up to 30 days of confinement, probation, or community service” (Blitzer, 2016).

Texas, for example, specifically provides that a county judge or mayor of a municipality who orders a mandatory evacuation “may compel persons who remain in the evacuated area to leave and authorize the use of reasonable force to remove persons from the area” (Tex. Government Code § 418.185).

Mandatory evacuations are employed to protect the public, and to protect the first responders as well. The order is used when the disaster has the potential to cause severe loss of life, and property damage. The authorities, of course, would prefer people voluntarily leave, and in some cases, a person may be asked to fill out a form if they refuse to evacuate. The form may ask for a person’s next of kin, social security number, and other identifying information so your remains can be identified. This is essentially a scare tactic to encourage people to leave. In most cases, you would be told that emergency services would not be available to include police, fire, hospitals, and paramedics/ambulance services.

By staying, you endanger your life and possibly the lives of others. Rescue personnel even though they may be ordered from an area may still attempt a rescue, that’s simply what they do and in some cases, the rescuers die because of their efforts. Friends and other family members may also try to help or even complete strangers, and thus, their lives are put at risk, it’s not just you in danger.

The urge to stay and protect your property and possessions is overwhelming, but possessions can be gained back, a life cannot. This is another reason to make sure you have prepared, prepared by having adequate insurance coverage, an evacuation plan, and the means to evacuate. If you do not fear a financial disaster, you may be more apt to leave knowing you have the financial means to rebuild and to regain what material possessions you had lost.

Every person has a personal choice to make and if it is just you staying then nobody really has anything to say. However, if there are other family members staying then again it’s just not you in danger, and then there are those that may try to rescue you or bring you supplies.

It is a very difficult decision for most people. You may not have all of the information that the authorities have, so in some instances, you have to trust in their knowledge.

During Hurricane Matthew, some 2 million people evacuated and some found that their homes and property suffered no damages, and thus, some stated they would think twice before leaving again. The fear of looting is a major concern, so many do stay for that reason. However, no one knows before it is too late just how severe a storm may be. Evacuating from one storm only to find out you would have been okay staying, is not a reason to stay the next time.

Be prepared and know the facts and do not put your life or the lives of others in danger for material possessions.

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Skill is what will save your life in a survival situation, and often times it is the simplest of skills that you have, which will be the most useful. Most of us already know how to tie a simple knot. We learned how to tie our shoes at a very early age, and possibly even learned how to lash our books together for easy carrying.
You can tie ribbons on gifts, and may even tie off certain cuts of meats, so knowing how to tie knots is not new, but the type of knots you may need in a survival situation may be new to you.
Knot making is a simple mechanical skill, a skill that you will never forget, but it takes practice, repetition in other words so the skills become natural. In stressful situations you want skills that come to you without thinking, where your hands and muscles know what to do without thought.
Cordage Is Essential In A Survival Situation
However, you must know how to make a knot that holds tight for cordage to do you much good. Cordage may be needed for climbing, for example, and knowing the right knot for climbing can mean the difference between surviving and not.
Even if you do not expect to be mountain climbing you may need rope to haul gear up or to lower gear down an incline. You may need to use a rope for a safer decent for yourself as well. Traditional mountain climbing is not the only time you would need rope to help you navigate through a wilderness area, so you need to know how to fashion a knot that will hold you and your gear secure.
You should know how to make a knot that will splice pieces of rope together to create longer pieces. You will need to lash shelter poles together, splice fishing line and know how to lash down tarps over your supplies so they stay in place in windy conditions.
You will need to know how to secure your gear to a pack and to tie down tarps for shelter. You may also have to restrain others in some extreme cases, and even secure food overhead to keep predators from dining on your food.
Start With the Three That Are Probably the Most Well Known and Useful
They are not listed in the order of importance, and after discussing the first three we will talk about a few more.
Clove means to “cleave” or hold fast and this knot is ideal for tying a rope off to an object such as a stout limb or even to a tree. Use it to lash poles together for your shelter for example and use it to secure gear to your pack or to a vehicle. Use this knot to securely hang food from a limb to keep animals from getting to it.
A square knot is commonly used to join pieces of rope together or to splice sections together in other words. Also use it to secure bandages to a wound, or to tie objects together such as bundles of firewood for carrying. Sometime this knot is also referred to as a “reef knot”.
3.) Bowline
If tied correctly the bowline knot will not slip making it ideal for some mountain climbing situations and rescue operations. Use this knot to secure shelter material such as tarps and ponchos. When the wind is blowing the knots will hold when tension/pressure is applied. Make the knot big enough to secure around your waist when descending inclines or when making river crossings.
Now For Some Other Useful Knots
A taunt-line hitch is an adjustable loop and is typically used on lines that are under tension. Use this knot when periodic adjustments are needed. This knot can be used to help you climb trees because you would have to adjust often as you climb. This knot is often times called a tent-line hitch or riggers’ hitch. It can be used to secure tarps over objects where you would have to undo the knot to retrieve goods or materials on a regular basis.
The figure-eight knot is typically used in both rock-climbing and sailing. The knot is used to keep the rope from running out of a restraining device. It will jam under tension but can be more easily undone unlike the overhand knot which usually has to be cut to undo the knot.
This knot is common in “prusik” climbing when used with a climbing harness, proper rope and a locking device. This allows the climber to ascend or descend more easily because the knot can be undone and of course keep the rope from running out the end of the device.
There are of course literally dozens if not more types of knots that you can learn, but in some cases you will find that some are simply variations of other knots, such as the ones listed above.
Practice with the cordage you expect to be working with, such as Paracord, fishing line and various other diameters of quality nylon rope. You want to keep things simple when in a survival situation, so trying to learn and remember a dozen different knots may confuse you.
If you plan to rock climb, mountain climb or plan to be on a boat then yes learn the knots essential to your safety in these situations and you certainly cannot always predict what situations you may find yourself in. Anyone that expects to be in a wilderness environment should know the basic rock/mountain climbing knots as well as the top three knots for general use around camp.

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10 Basic Survival Skills You Need To Master Before SHTF
Posted by Jason The Good Survivalist
2. How to find water and purify it . This is the most important skill everyone should learn in order to survive. As we all know it is impossible for us to survive without water so it is important to understand the importance of knowing how to get and purify water. You need to realize that unless your water source is a spring chances are your water supply will run out and you need to find an alternative source. Knowing how to purify your drinking water is also very important to ensure that it is clean and potable.
3. Learn the art of clothing repair. You need to master this skill as clothing is one of the most important elements when surviving. From basic sewing to making clothes from bolts of cloths or leather it is important to master this skill to help ensure your chances of survival.
4. Learn basic grooming skills. Basic grooming skills are very important to learn to keep your family clean and healthy in a survival situation. Keep in mind that being healthy is one of the most important factors in ensuring you and your family’s survival.
5. Learn first aid. During a disaster situation you cannot expect to get medical professional help so it is important to know how to treat yourself and others as it will be your only chance in a emergency situation. Every household or group should have a good first aid manual and kit before and during a disaster situation.
6. How to start and maintain a fire. This is one of the most essential skills you need to learn in order to ensure your survival either indoors or outdoors. Learning how to start a fire and have it going when you need it can mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Fire can be used to cook food and purify water not to mention keep you and your family warm ensuring your chances of survival.

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