The Fires of SHTF: Are You Ready For This?Fire is one of those things that everyone puts on their survival checklist. It can provide heat, lighting, and security, but it can also take those things away. Most people don’t think about what fire could do if it were to develop into a forest fire or set buildings ablaze in a densely populated area.

With the recent protests and riots, you’ve no doubt seen images of buildings on fire. If the SHTF, there could be fires like that in every single city. This video by Canadian Prepper discusses this danger and how to prepare for it.

One of the largest fires in history was the Great Fire of London in 1666. This fire occurred at a time when firefighting methods were very primitive, and furthermore, there was no electrical grid. However, there also were not many deaths in the Great Fire because people were able to evacuate before the fire got worse.

The fact that there were very few high rise buildings at the time played a role in the low number of casualties. Today, we may have more advanced firefighting methods than the 1600s, but we also have numerous high rise buildings that can make it harder to evacuate.

There are numerous ways that fires can be created, either intentionally or unintentionally. If anything, fires are one of the most overlooked aspects of preparing for disaster. It’s virtually guaranteed that in a major disaster, arsonists will take advantage of the chaos to start fires around the city simply because it’s in their nature.

When it comes to bugging out of the city, you need to take forest fires into account when choosing a bug out location. It’s ideal to have a bug out location that is as fire-resistant as possible. The problem is that in North America, wildfires are a major threat because of the high number of trees in most remote areas.

The issue of both forest fires and urban fires will arguably be amplified in a major grid down disaster. This is because people will rely more on candles if the power grid goes down, and the increase in the number of candles means there will likely be a greater number of accidents…and therefore a greater number of fires.

Furthermore, without the power grid, more people will be reliant on fire to cook meals and boil water, and in the winter, they’ll need to rely on fire just to stay warm. Plain and simple, in the middle of a grid-down disaster scenario, it will only be a matter of time before fire becomes a huge problem.

Fires spread fast (whether it’s between buildings in a city or between trees in a forest), and you need a way to evacuate your building or bug out location fast. Without professional firefighters nearby, you can’t rely on putting out the fire yourself because it could get too large for you to do anything.

Considering your location and having an efficient evacuation plan in place matters the most. For a more detailed discussion along with suggestions on how to prepare, watch the video below.

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.308 and 10mm: A potent Duo for the Rural American West

SHTF Guns – SCAR 17S and Glock 20

I don’t put a huge emphasis on being a prepper as part of my identity, but it’s just a reality of life living, farming and ranching in a more rural area.  Unfortunately, a lot of people nowadays are seeing what “SHTF” is in the context of pandemic related restrictions, supply chain disruptions, and unrest.  Rural areas are not immune to these impacts either.  When Pete posed the question to me at SHOT about “the one gun you could have”, it certainly got my wheels spinning.  My current reality allows me to select specific tools for specific firearm-related jobs.  If I just had to grab one or two and go, it’d be these tried and true and versatile firearms that I often turn to and am very confident in: The SCAR 17S and the Glock 20.

I. Introduction

SHTF Guns – SCAR 17S

My choice for the SCAR 17S and Glock 20 are based on the durability of the firearms themselves, as well as the potency of both the .308/7.62x51mm and the 10mm cartridges.  As a long gun, the SCAR 17S has the advantage of a folding stock, aiding in compactness.  The 16.25″ barrel combined with the side folding stock makes a package that is easier to maneuver with in tight spaces or conceal in a discreet manner than many other .308 platforms. The 16.25″ barrel allows for good enough velocity to take down most  American animals in the lower 48.  It also provides enough energy at range to take down game animals out to reasonable hunting distances.  My firearm needs in a SHTF scenario would be pretty much the same as they are now: Defending home and family, defending my renewable food resource, and hunting.

SHTF Guns – SCAR 17S

If the SCAR 17S would be my one and only long gun, without question I would mount a suppressor on it.  Whether defending one’s life such as in a home or when hunting out in the open, a suppressor is a wonderful thing to have.  For now, my .308 suppressor rides on my primary hunting bolt gun, but it’s easy enough to mount on the SCAR if need be.  The SCAR has come along on all my hunts as either my personal backup gun should my primary hunting rifle break, or as a loaner gun to friends that have come up to hunt with me.  If one should desire an even shorter, more compact package, check out Nick C.’s detailed post on modifying the SCAR17s.

SHTF Guns – Glock 20

The Glock 20, chambered in 10mm, has been a constant companion at my side when hunting and in the outdoors for over a decade now.  I’ve taken my first mule deer with it and I’ve also used it for competitive shooting in the past.  It’s my number one choice of sidearm when farming, hunting, or checking trail cams.  Granted, it’s rather large and more difficult to conceal than, say a SIG P365, but that’s not a huge concern in my day-to-day environment.  I know it is extremely reliable by experience with it.  The only part I’ve broken in 12 years and thousands of rounds is the slide lock spring.

Granted, parts and magazines for the SCAR are more difficult to find and more expensive than many AR10 parts, but the short-stroke piston system of the SCAR, combined with its overbuilt bolt carrier, make for a very robust system.  Parts and mags for the Glock, however, are extremely common and easy to get.  I have experienced dust, mud, snow, rocks, mine tailings and pine needles getting into both the SCAR and the Glock, and have fallen with these firearms while hiking, mountain biking and working.  Both firearms just shrug such things off and keep going.

II. Landscape/AOR Overview

SHTF Guns – SCAR 17S and Glock 20

My landscape of high desert intersecting with the Rocky Mountains generally affords shots from 400yards all the way out to the horizon.  Close in encounters only occur when in the densest of woods or in river bottoms choked with willows.  I can and have had very close, unexpected run ins with ornery open range cattle, bears, moose, elk, and wolves in such close quarters.  I need firearms that have power and capacity to put down large animals quickly in a close encounter, but also have range to reach out and either take down game at range, or mitigate a longer ranged threat in a SHTF scenario when all bets are off.  I have had a person aim a rifle at me from a long way off (likely just being an idiot glassing me with their scope instead of their binos), and it felt good to have a firearm in hand that could return fire accurately at that range if I needed to.

III. Specifications: Base Firearms

Glock 20 (Gen3):

SCAR 17S:

IV: Specifications: Modifications and Accessories

Glock 20:

My Glock 20 has two important modifications: The trigger and the sights. In regards to the trigger, I am a big fan of Ghost trigger connectors.   They are easy to install and make a vast improvement in the trigger pull and reset of a Glock.  I have had the Ghost Rocket 3.5 installed in my G20 for over a decade without any issues.  The other modification I have made is to get rid of the factory sights.  I have an XS big dot installed which has given me great performance in both daylight and low light conditions.  I can pick up the XS big dot front sight extremely fast, and it still affords me a great deal of precision.

XS Big Dot tritium sight

For a general use holster, I like the First Spear SSV as a very robust OWB holster.   When using a pack, I like the Bianchi UM series, as it is easy to transfer between my belt and my kidney pad on my hunting pack.  The detachable flap of the UM series also is a good aid to keep debris out of the gun when it’s riding on the kidney pads of the hunting pack as well.  When carrying the G20 concealed, I find the best concealability for me is afforded by a belly band or a trigger guard holster such as the Raven Vanguard.

SCAR 17S:

The  SCAR17S is pretty much stock with the exception of the fore-end.  I have removed the bulky 3 and 9 o clock polymer rails, as they interfere with how I prefer to grip the fore-end for offhand shooting.  I removed the front rails and installed flush fit screws, torqued properly to the lower barrel support.  The fore-end is an overly complicated major shortcoming of the FN SCAR when compared to most ARs, and one must be careful to torque screws properly, or accuracy/receiver flex may be affected.  In the future, I may modify the grip and trigger.  Once my SiCo can gets its stamp, I’ll replace the stock muzzle device as well.

Trijicon VCOG view

For an optic, I mounted the Trijicon VCOG 1-6×24.  It’s a bombproof beast of an optic and affords all the advantages of an LVPO, plus it’s illuminated when you need it.  Should it ever (unlikely) break, there’s still the stock irons, which I can get consistent hits with out to 500y.  As far as optic covers go, I find neoprene sleeves work best for me, especially in extreme cold and snow.  I generally use slings attached via deadened/quieted snaps on the stock sling attachment points.  For carrying all day out in the mountains, I strap the rifle to the side of my pack.  When stowed in a vehicle, the SCAR17 barely fits inside an old Blackhawk discreet carry case of mine.

BLACKHAWK! discreet case. Yes, I get the Irony.

For a light, I would use a Surefire Scout in an offset mount off the top rail.  For a bipod, I primarily use a B&T Atlas CAL Gen 2 that I got on sale.  It’s a great bipod, but I suggest the BT65-LW17 CAL model with a QD lever if one is interested.  I cover the 6 o’clock rails with a simple rubber ladder style rail cover. I have tried out the KDG MREX MKII system, but I find it too loud for hunting use.

Fully loaded with a 20 round magazine as well as the beefy optic and bipod, the SCAR 17 is a bit heavy at roughly 10.5 lbs, but nothing that is arduous to carry around all day.

V. SHTF Guns: Ammunition

For a 10mm firearm, I prefer ammo that is as close to 10mm Norma original specs as possible.  My favorite load is Federal Trophy Bonded Bear Claw (P10T1).  The 180gr bonded load zips along at 1275 fps and hits hard.  My spare magazine is loaded with Underwood 220gr Hard Cast Flatnose (1200 fps) if the P10T1 doesn’t do the trick.  In all, that’s 31 rounds of potent ammo on board with the Glock 20 and one spare mag.  Enough to hunt plenty of game for a long time even if I didn’t have my rifle.

L to R: Federal P10T1 10mm, Fort Scott Munitions’ .308, Underwood 10mm

For the 17S, I’ve gotten the best accuracy when using Fort Scott Munitions’ TUI spun copper ammunition.  Groups are consistently 1 MOA with this load.  It also turns in decent performance with Federal Trophy Copper loads for those who don’t like lead in their meat, as well as Nosler Partitions for when a lead-aided expansion is needed.  Extra mags for the SCAR fit perfectly into my KUIU pants cargo pockets as an extra bonus, making for a discreet way to carry an extra mag while keeping it free of debris.

VI: SHTF Guns: Fielding/Range Time

The G20 has performed excellently for me over the years, with a single exception being the failure of the slide lock spring.  It seems to function fine with all ammunition in firing up to 2000 rounds without cleaning, and in temperatures ranging from 120 degrees down to 28 below.  Even when I’ve fallen in the outdoors and gotten debris into the Glock, it still functions fine and can be easily cleaned in the span of a few minutes in the field.  Not a single spot of rust has been detected and the finish is holding up great.

Most importantly, I have not had one single malfunction regardless of ammunition in my history of using the SCAR 17S.  It’s not the most accurate platform, but it’s the most robust semiautomatic .308 platform I can field with a good balance of compactness, portability and durability.  It also exhibits very little felt recoil for a .308, and is easy to keep on target.

VII: SHTF Guns: Conclusions

For my SHTF purposes of harvesting meat, dealing with aggressive large animal encounters, and possibly dealing with the occasional two-legged threat from close up to far away, the best choices for me in my area are the Glock 20 and SCAR 17S.  I have lots of practice with both firearms, and I know that they will reliably function for me when I need them.

Thanks to Pete for thinking of this interesting topic, and thank you to our readers.  Stay safe out there, I hope the S stops hitting the F eventually.

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The year 2020 is one that will go down in history. It has proven itself to be “the shambolic year.”

If you’re not familiar with that word, I just encountered it myself. It means, “Chaotic, disorganized or mismanaged.” Even leaving the part about whether or not it has been mismanaged aside for now, it has clearly been chaotic and disorganized; and we’re not even halfway through the year yet.

From a survival point of view, so far we’ve been hit with a pandemic, food shortages, being taken to the brink of a financial collapse, and now, social unrest and rioting. While none of these problems have been so severe as they could have been and none have put us in extreme danger, each of them could have. All of them are things that are normally looked at as serious events within the realm of preparedness and survival.

This series of disasters or near-disasters has brought up a very valid concern. We all tend to look at disasters as stand-alone events, where they come after us one at a time, with nothing else interfering. As such, we can deal with the various problems caused by that particular disaster. While there may often be some overlap from one problem to another, such as a financial collapse causing social unrest and violence, by and large, we look at these problems as separate events.

But as we’ve all seen over the last few months, the real world isn’t that polite and organized. It’s even become a joke, with memes showing up online, asking if it is still Coronavirus season or is it now riot season so that the person asking the question will know whether to take their mask or their rifle with them to work.

What’s to say they shouldn’t take both?

I know, that destroys the joke. But the meme clearly illustrates the confusion that’s going on in our country today. It’s just about reached the point of becoming difficult to know exactly what the disaster de jour is. What we were mostly concerned about yesterday isn’t the problem that we’re facing today. At least, it isn’t if you pay attention to what the media says.

This is dangerous. We all depend on the media for information, to one extent or another. But as the media has shown us, time and time again, their attention span is incredibly short. That’s especially true in this “never Trump” era, where they are suffering from TDS. If they can’t make it into a story to attack the president in some way, it’s as if they aren’t interested in it at all. Basically, if it isn’t the outrage of the week, they’re just not interested.

We’ve seen this time and time again, but now we’re seeing it in a new and dangerous light. Days before George Floyd’s tragic murder, the mainstream media was fixated on how dangerous it was for churches to reopen, ignoring public safety. But once the protests started, it was apparently no longer dangerous to ignore the need to wear masks and practice social distancing. As many others have pointed out, protesting obviously makes one immune to the ‘Rona.

Concurrent Disasters do Happen

As we’ve all seen, concurrent disasters can and do happen. Just because a new one comes along, doesn’t mean that we can forget about the old one, as the media does. Rather, it means that we now have to manage more than one problem at a time. So just how do we do that?

In order to figure out how to deal with this, let’s start with a simpler example than the problems we’re facing now. A problem which combat medics are trained to deal with, each and every day they are deployed. That is, dealing with a wounded soldier in a hot zone.

The normal rule of thumb with anyone who is wounded is to control the bleeding. Depending on the injury, a person can bleed out, or at least bleed out enough to cause irreversible damage, in minutes. So it makes sense to stop bleeding before going on to anything else. But if the patient that the medic is working on isn’t breathing, that takes higher priority. So, even though they might slap a compress on the wound or even put on a combat tourniquet, they’ll get to working on the airway and getting that soldier breathing as quickly as possible.

But even while getting that patient breathing is the highest possible medical priority that medic might encounter in treating that patient, that may not be the highest priority they have to deal with. If someone is shooting at their patient or at them, while treating that patient, they may have to defend that patient’s life, before they can save it, especially if they don’t have adequate infantry support.

So here we have three different emergency priorities that the medic has to balance:

Everything else comes after that; and there’s plenty of other “after that” for the medic to deal with. But if they can’t take care of those three things, then none of the rest of it will matter. How quickly they deal with those other things may depend on a variety of factors, such as how quickly medieval comes in, whether there are other casualties to deal with, and whether they are under fire. In some circumstances, they may not get to deal with the “after that,” because of having to care for other casualties.

It all boils down to priorities and the priorities boil down to saving a life. Just like that combat medic, you and I need to prioritize our efforts on those things which will save lives, especially those of ourselves and our families.

We’re used to thinking of this in a wilderness survival situation, where we are taught that we need to stop traveling two hours before sundown so that we can gather fuel, start a fire and set up a shelter for the night. Why those things? Because they are necessary to complete our number one survival priority, that of maintaining our body’s core temperature.

But how about the current situation?

How do we apply this to the risk of COVID-19, as opposed to the risk of violent rioting?

Clearly we have to be prepared to protect ourselves from both. The risk of catching the disease hasn’t been diminished in any way by the more recent problems. All that’s happened is that another danger has been added on top of it. We need to be prepared to deal with both.

But if push comes to shove, the riots are a bigger risk to those who get in their way, than COVID is. While only a very small percentage of people are attacked and beaten in the rioting, in the cases that people are, the results are serious; they are either killed or seriously injured.

On the other hand, the chances of catching the Coronavirus are clearly higher than that of being beaten during a riot, unless you are a business owner trying to protect your business. The revised RO rate out of the CDC is much lower than it was before. So is the mortality rate, bringing COVID-19 almost down to the level of the flu. While it might still kill you, it probably won’t, unless you have underlying health problems. Even then, it will take it a few weeks to put you under.

See the difference? What makes the riots a greater risk is the chance of dying and how soon death would occur. This is the standard we must apply, whenever we’re looking at multiple risks. We have to focus on the thing that has the greatest chances of killing us, dealing with that thing first.

This isn’t to say that we should totally ignore other risks. By no means. It means we allow the greatest risk to become the framework that we use in determining our reaction plan. Everything else then gets fitted into it, in such a way as to ensure that every risk is covered, as reasonably well as possible.

In other words, take your rifle to protect yourself with, but make sure you wear a mask as well.

Actually, better than taking your rifle is to avoid the areas where demonstrators are likely to gather and riots are likely to occur. If you happen to be somewhere and a crowd starts gathering, then make sure you get out of there. I don’t care how many rounds you carry, taking on an angry mob by yourself is a sure recipe for disaster, and it’s one where you’re the main dish.

Going forward, we all need to reevaluate our disaster planning, from the viewpoint of seeing if we are truly ready to deal with multiple disasters at one time. As part of that, we need to have a good enough understanding of the various survival requirements of each of the various scenarios we might face. That’s needed, in order to create an integrated list of everything you have to do, in the combined situation.

Of course, that’s going to be something you can’t really do in advance; because there’s no real way of knowing what combination of disasters any of us are going to face. However, it’s not something any of us can afford to ignore, especially at the point of time when that second or third disaster shows up. It is at that time, we need to evaluate how the two disaster scenarios fit together so that we can ensure that we don’t miss an important element of protecting ourselves.

That’s the risk we all face right now. We have yet to see if the masses of people out demonstrating and rioting are going to cause an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. It will be two weeks before we know that. If the disease is as deadly as the mainstream media was preaching as recently as last week, a lot of those protesters are going to soon be sick. We’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, it only makes sense for us to prepare for a second wave of the virus, while we do everything we can to ensure that we don’t get caught in the midst of any riots.

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In my last article, I spoke about leaving the castle in a scenario of complete social break down. I was pretty surprised by the overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our readers. (Thank you, BTW). If you are interested you can check it out here. I figured it was only logical to follow it up with some thoughts on “in castle” defense.

When defending my castle in the upcoming armageddon, my defenses will begin in the zone leading up to the house. It will be better to stop them before they get to my front door. I broke that down in half, very simply close and not so much. What is close and far? All that depends on where you are. Inner-city is going to be very different than a rural castle. As I said before, I live in the city. So, shooting at 500 yards just will not happen…..probably.

OUTER PERIMETER

So, let us look at the outer perimeter of our castle first. For my homestead, the outer perimeter would be about 150 yards maximum. In my planning, I arrived at the ideal ultimate set up. The first is a semi-automatic magazine fed .308. The all American AR-10.

My review of this great .308 here.

My AR-10 should readily say to any merry looters, “Don’t tread on me, dude”. Sustained accurate fire from my rooftop is the key to getting folks to stay away. Most important is accuracy.  So, in order to have an accurate range for those shots, I planned ahead. My daughter and I went out with my range finder and wrapped different colored ribbons around the telephone poles on the streets around my house. I logged all these in my range book.

135 yards, check!

The second will be the .50 bolt action. “A fifty, Mike. Really?” Yes really! One word: “Killdozer”. Improvised armor vehicles will show themselves. I grew up watching the “The A-Team”, but remember…. so did they. With the proper muzzle device, the recoil of a .50 caliber can be handled by most people. Even an eighteen year old girl.

INNER PERIMETER

For whatever reason, the attacker has made it to the inner perimeter. They are close to the castle, a dire situation. My philosophy here is my “Hornets Nest” idea. Make them realize they made a mistake. Immediate overwhelming firepower is the theme. A fully automatic Glock is well worth all the extra paperwork and licensure. A full-auto Glock 17 can dump a thirty round magazine in under two seconds. (fact, BTW).

A wall of Blazer says “go away”!

Behind that hornet’s nest of 9mm is a 12 gauge. Not a pump where “the sound of the action will scare them away”, but a top dollar weapon of war. The Keltec KSG is utilized by law enforcement and military alike. Twenty-two rounds of 12 gauge defensive ammo will save the day.

 CONCLUSION

Have no illusion about the conclusion, end times will be a bit challenging. With just some realistic goals and reasonable expectations, the end of the world will be a cakewalk. Do not kid yourself there will be difficult times even in the planning. Talking to my daughter about a back yard latrine was a huge battle.

Just some thoughts on my plan to survive armageddon. I hope you guys enjoyed this one as much as the first. I am sure you guys all have very similar plans.

A big shout out to all you readers. Please leave your fanfare below.

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(Natural News)
Disasters, be it natural or man-made, can happen unexpectedly. When they do, the best way to avoid them is to be on the move. You might not be able to do that with your car, especially when Americans spend, on average, 54 hours stuck in traffic each year. You will need a better bug-out vehicle, one that can help you avoid traffic, deal with tough roads, is fuel efficient and can be quickly used to get out of Dodge. One of the only vehicles that can help you do this is the motorcycle.

Here are four reasons why having a motorcycle as your bug-out vehicle might just save your life when SHTF. (h/t to ThePreppingGuide.com)

Fuel efficiency

During SHTF situations, you are only as safe as how far your vehicle can take you on the amount of gas in its tank. A good prepper keeps his vehicle on full tank and even have spare gas canisters around. However, a vehicle’s fuel mileage also matters greatly, especially when topping up on gas might no longer be an option. In this, motorcycles excel far beyond most vehicles. Motorcycles, on average, can take you between 35 to 40 miles per gallon of fuel. Some of the more fuel efficient motorcycles may even be able to pull off 60 miles per gallon or greater. Cars, meanwhile, only average at around 24.9 miles per gallon. (Related: Missouri company invents amazing survival moped that could help you bug out on a gallon of gas.)

Immediate action

You need a bug-out vehicle that can afford you a high level of immediate action. This vehicle needs to be able to get you out of danger quickly and give you the freedom to make split-second decisions that can save your life. Motorcycles can get up to speed faster than most cars, not to mention the fact that they are highly maneuverable.

Off-road capability

Speaking of a motorcycle’s maneuverability, what is great about this wonderful vehicle is that, when it is outfitted with the proper tires, it can have significantly more off-road capability than most vehicles. Trucks and cars are difficult to drive through anything other than proper, paved roads. Motorcycles, on the other hand, have proven themselves to be adept at traversing difficult terrain, be it shallow water, mud, sand or uneven land. Consider buying a motorcycle, and make sure that the model you’re getting has some off-road capabilities. If you might one day have to run away from a wildfire, a tornado or a hurricane, the motorcycle is for you.

Ease of concealment

During SHTF situations, mobility means survival. Many desperate people around you may turn to crime to get away from danger. Homes will be looted, cars will be stolen and people might get hurt. This is why it’s important to have a vehicle that you can hide away. Cars and trucks are too bulky. A motorcycle, however, can easily be tucked away in a thick patch of shrubbery, or in between a dense collection of trees. If you’ve got a tarpaulin with a camouflage pattern on it, the odds of somebody discovering your motorcycle have decreased to near zero.

Note that your home or bug-out location is still the best place to store a motorcycle. But if you have no choice but to leave your vehicle unattended for a few minutes in the middle of bugging out, it’s better to have a motorcycle.

A motorcycle is one of the best bug-out vehicles y available, especially if you’re looking to make a quick escape. Once you’ve got your hands on one, brush up on how to keep it functioning properly – read a few books or watch videos online on how to maintain and repair a motorcycle. Once you’re familiar with the ins and outs of your motorcycle, bugging out shouldn’t be difficult.

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When the news started to rush about the seriousness of COVID-19 I found myself in a crowded Railway Station, the major in Rome (Italy), waiting to pick up my train back home from a two Tracking classes weekend…

I can clearly recall I was wearing an olive green colored shemagh, and seeing all the people wrapped into their scarves – the luckiest among them got the chance to purchase a mask – quite pushed me in emulating them. The temperature outside was pretty much hot and the air seemed to give advance notice of Spring. It was Sunday, the 23rd of February.

I can label it as “the beginning of the worst

Having the perception of being somehow in danger is, no doubts, a level that not exactly everyone does reach. It depends on a lot of factors: knowledge, acquired preparedness, achieved successes in managing drastic situations.

In any case recorded, every scenario has proven to be marked by its own traits and “rules of engagement”. Tough weather conditions, lack of proper gear, being into the void in terms of cardinal points or unavailability of connection for mobile phones (or GPS): if we add to that a skimpy preparedness we can easily lose any hope to get out safe and sound.

I am pretty sure that all the readers here have not only the required skills to face quite any hardship and mishap, but the most important thing, they can count on an ideal mindset to do that.

As I
often tell my Students during Tracking Classes, especially at Basic Level, the
starting point is ATTITUDE, which is firmly connected to MINDSET. The vanishing
point is to give away and lose even the faith in.

There are no skills in which you can’t apply this specific point of view, which could literally save your life.

The Art of Tracking makes no Difference in that

Our choices are always driven by the matching of attitude and mindset and, by that, we are able to gain benefits from them if applied in the right moment and in the appropriate dimension. Personally speaking, I have been an outdoor enthusiast all my life, but the hunger for learning how to face an ongoing bad situation (and, consequently, how to fix it) came only with my mature age: in fact, I realized that accidents in life can easily happen anywhere, anytime.

My
approach to the Art of Tracking just cruised the same path, as I turned to be
into an individual who deeply matured in her heart and mind the willing to
learn how to read and follow tracks.

Necessity
plus curiosity can generate the right circumstances to survive.

The
critical question is: why should a person start to track, notably in an
emergency situation?

That
is the top notch of the essential importance of the topic of this article.

The answer is far from being unpredictable: the ground (and, sequentially, the surroundings you are in) provides us all the data we may need to get out successfully.

Search and Rescue Teams are aware of this, especially if they can trust trained Trackers.

Trackers are surely not special breed people: they are trained to rely on mere facts and logic.

They
accomplish their task just by reading carefully and analytically the ground;
they interpret what they observe and consequentially follow the tracks of their
interest.

They gather clues and put all the pieces together like in a puzzle. In this manner, they can understand how many persons passed on a specific trail, at what time, if they were carrying loads, and so on.

Again, Trackers are able to tell you if they were women and/or men if any animal passed before or after them if anything relevant happened. An unbelievable amount of information, if you think.

Various cases and crime scenes – murders, mass killings, and so on – have been solved by the legit application of the Art of Tracking. Yosemite Muders and Oklahoma City Bombing, both occurred in 1995,  just to mention you a couple.

Any disappearance in the woods can be handled through the utilization of the Art of Tracking, which happens to be extremely effective even if she comes straight from the Primitive Era. Technological developments, in fact, seem to have not caused particular effects in successfully replacing the feasibility of this skill.

Equally
speaking, learning this skill can come in handy if you find yourself lost,
especially if you have no GPS and the connection is totally off.

Being stranded can surely offer you a good manner to try out your Survival and even Bushcraft abilities, but we can’t overlook that our very first instinct will remain to move along before the darkness come, and quickly searching for help.

Reading the tracks of other people on the ground, for example, can lead you to a safe place.

No doubt you need to be almost very good in that, principally if the soil is clearly tough to read to the presence of rocks, gravel, leaves, grass, and so on. Think about a pine trees bed, for example: detecting clear footprints there can be extremely challenging.

Sandy and muddy soils are certainly precious aids in locating the trail to follow: on them, in fact, we can clearly see the outline of footprints.

On the other side, if you are an experienced Tracker, backtracking yourself will be probably your very first choice. You may be familiar with your stride (the total length of your pace, measured from the heel of left footprint to the heel of right, or from toe to toe) and you are able to recognize the pattern  (the design) of your boots.

Even in a situation of a pandemic like the current we are all living, this Art can mark the difference in selecting a safe place where to cross, for example: reading the ground, in fact, can allow you to understand how old is tracking, and, by that, avoiding the fresh ones, which can still bring the contamination of the virus.

Let me
very specific on this point: in order to reach the lowest level of being a
proficient Tracker, you should have gained experiences in years and years of
dirt time on ground” (as defined by Tracking’s terminology).

Every skill that can save your life requires that, and the ancient (and still so valuable!) art of reading, interpreting, and following Tracks makes no exception.

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SHTF isn’t just a modern phenomenon. Our ancestors survived many disasters. It’s best to learn their lessons. The Gila Cliff Dwellings are a great example.

Many people are starting to believe that somewhere around 10,000 years ago a massive comet colided with the earth and erased some serious civilizations that we are just revealing. Humans had to find any means of dealing with the onset of the ice age. 

Our people sought refuge in caves to deal with predators and the cold. 

While caves are not the cliff dwellings the idea is the same. 

In the mid-13th century, SHTF when a 24-year drought uprooted Native Americans throughout the U.S. Southwest. One band of the Mogollon (muggy-YON) people resettled at the headwaters of the Gila river.

There they built a fortress village in defensible cliffside caves. Attackers coming up the ravine and trails would be vulnerable to rocks thrown down by defenders.

From the clifftops, attackers would have a difficult time getting arrows or sling stones into the caves and over the walls.

A well-chosen, defensible homesite and good natural resources helped this Mogollon band survive and thrive when SHTF. Visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings, and see what lessons you can apply to your own prepping.

Your Relocation or BOL

Whether your gameplan is to buy a piece of land and live off the grid from now on or to have a piece of land that you can bug out to, you should consider some version of relocation. 

It helps to consider these things that the Mogollon tribe considered with their cliffside caves. Not to say you need cliffside caves to live in. However, you can buy a piece of land that is strategically placed. The idea of moving away is so you dont have to fight the masses.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared to!

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One thing that recent events have led to is the realization that the kitchen and pantry cannot continue to be set up the same way. I always felt that my small kitchen could be organized better and have really tried to make some improvements but I have to admit I have never really been satisfied with how it is organized. Both Matt and I are always rummaging to find a specific thing. Now that we are eating more bulk foods and have stopped stocking some items in our kitchen, it has really gotten out of hand.

Opening up vacuum-sealed bags and mylar so that we can rotate our preps means having bags open and clipped. You cannot just glance in the cabinet and see exactly what we have. There is also the issue of bags always falling over which can lead to spillage if you are not careful how you clip it.

I really love my kitchen but it is small compared to what a lot of people have. I have quite a few cabinets but I am low on counter space at least in part due to buying an electric toaster oven and a hotplate to help reduce our propane consumption during the pandemic and have a back up if the propane runs out at some point.

Extra Table=More Prep Space

Eventually, the plan is to have a small table near the kitchen that will provide additional counter space rather than sometimes using the dining table which is not that far from the kitchen. No matter what size kitchen you have, if you are making enough food products at home, there may be times when it feels a little cramped.

You can get small carts and other things that can help add counter and prep space to your kitchen but I think Matt is just going to make mine out of wood we have on hand so that it matches the rest of the house. Never underestimate just how much a little extra counter space can help in a kitchen. Of course, the downside to that is that it is more space to get cluttered too.

Finding containers to fit your space can be challenging.

I did a lot of research on different containers. For starters, I didn’t want to buy something that was not durable. I don’t like buying things again and again. We have a cast iron sink that is notorious for causing breakage of glass items that slip out of your hands. I love my sink but here lately with so many things stored in mason jars, there have been a few incidents. Once time just the lid broke but I lost about 4 oz of bread yeast and I found out the hard way that yeast will not just wash down the drain. It will clog your sink quite badly. I had to use oxygen cleaner to clear the line out. I was just thankful that the pipes didn’t have to be taken apart and cleaned out that way.

Rubbermaid Brilliance System

I found this system after doing a lot of research. There are a variety of appealing features when it comes to this system. For starters, they come in a variety of sizes and shapes that are made to easily stack on each other. Sizes range from 0.5 cups to 19 cups. All containers are airtight and leak-proof and have easy to lock down handles.

The pantry sized containers are a much better deal if bought in a set. The same goes for the smaller containers if you are just getting started. Of course, you can pick up multi-packs of a certain size if you decide that you need more or a certain size meets your particular pantry needs.

Considering I have never really bought anything except a few baskets and pan racks, I didn’t feel too terrible about spending around $160 on containers, especially something from Rubbermaid. I have never bought a Rubbermaid product that was not of superior quality and exceptionally tough. For those of us that are making even more of an effort to buy US-made products, Rubbermaid makes sense for a lot of household needs.

How COVID-19 has changed my kitchen.

We are eating more foods that come in bulk and we have less garbage.

Purchasing larger amounts of one thing we use a lot of and then repackaging into smaller sealed containers has made a lot of sense for us and reduced how much garbage we produce. It is amazing. We have actually had to start reminding each other about taking the trash out occasionally even when it is not full sometimes because it will sit too long. In order to avoid wasting bags, we just look around the house for anything that needs thrown out and empty all the waste bins into the one bag.

We are opening up some of our older stored foods and using them in our cooking.

It was time to rotate some food. It is very easy to put back food thinking it is for your 5-10 year food supply. That is that it will stay good for that long. Some things will and there are still other foods that may stay good for decades if sealed properly.

That being said, it is a good idea to use some stock and replace it with newly purchased preps. For example, if you find a mylar bag that seems to have a little too much air in it and it is a few years old, it is a good candidate to open and use up if it is still palatable and bug-free.

Remember that flour doesn’t keep as long as you might think. We opened some up that was 5 years old and sealed in mylar and it was pretty stale tasting. This is why so many choose to put back whole grains that have not been ground if they want something that will last for a very long time without tasting weird after a few years.

We have mostly just opened up some beans, grits, and mashed potatoes. After a few years, they all seem fine.

The refrigerator is mostly used for storing leftovers, unthawing meats, condiments, waxed cheese, opened canned goods and fresh pickled and fermented products. Oh and fresh yogurt and yogurt cheese!

Any really fresh stuff is coming in from the garden or from our Shiitake mushroom logs. We don’t have as much space taken up by canned beverages as we used to since we are making a lot of our beverages and kegging them. Seltzer and beer are on tap rather than in a can.

We are better about not leaving dried goods open for extended periods of time. We find creative ways to use them.

Let’s be honest. How much did you actually eat dried beans, rice, potatoes, etc before the pandemic? Maybe I am wrong but I think a lot of people didn’t eat some of these foods except occasionally because they take a little bit of time to cook and they need to be combined with other things to be tasty and not bland.

This is one of the reasons I asked James to do his article on recipes with beans and rice as well as a post on using oats. Even seasoned preppers that have been putting back those types of foods for years, don’t necessarily have a ton of ideas off the top of their head as to how to use them for meals they will actually enjoy. Here are the links to James’ posts if you are struggling with recipe ideas.

Our selection of spices has increased and we have been better about storing them and keeping them in more convenient containers.

Spices are really important when you are cooking from scratch. We have stocked up on some that we use often. Basically none of the ingredients we are using to cook are already seasoned so a good selection of spices to cook a lot of different cuisine is essential. Once you start cooking from scratch you realize just how much salt and other spices it takes to create a meal. When you are buying everything at least partially made already, it is easy to not know that.

Here is a link to an article on what spices and seasonings are good to have on hand. Remember that some spices are only grown in certain areas so the ongoing pandemic situation could lead to some not being as readily available. I didn’t realize that the basic black peppercorn that graces practically every table in the USA is mostly grown in India.

We cook from powdered foods more. Items like powdered whole milk and buttermilk, cheese powder, and more.

There was a time that I would have been a little appalled at the idea of using so many dried powders for cooking but that was years ago when I wasn’t aware of the variety and quality that was available. For example, if I had to make every cheese sauce with cheese powder that was full of artificial colors or flavors, I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic as I am when using a powder with real food ingredients. Yes, it costs more to get better quality dried goods but it is worth it.

Impulse Items and Treat Management

I have found that limiting the number of snacks and the types of snacks offered in the kitchen pantry help us both eat better and not blow through the convenient and easy to reach items quite so fast. During this time I have bought a few foods that before the pandemic I rarely bought but I figured I would buy a bulk pack of 2 oz bags of potato chips for example. I stashed half of the little bags in the more long term preps and have no plans to bring up more for quite some time. At least part of this is due to the fact that when they are too easy to get too they get consumed more than they should.

We don’t have kids so we are just having to practice food self-control ourselves. Those of you with kids are probably having to figure out some ways to keep them from eating up a lot of the snack foods and such. I have heard more than a few parents talking about how they are going to have to start rationing some items more because people being at home more has resulted in some things getting consumed way to fast and other more healthy options getting set aside.

The containers I bought are going to be a big help with rationing things out. Instead of having 4 lbs of one type of dried fruit or nuts out, we have had a single pound or even less of some items. When there is a huge container of something, it is easier to eat more in a single session.

It is important to have items stored where you use them the most.

For example, the dried items like chives, vegetable broth powder, minced garlic, and onion, are above the stove where we can get to them ins seconds when preparing meals.

Consider your kitchen layout and the flow of things.

It may take some time to get it set up the way that is best overall. It is one of those cases where you learn by doing and even if you have lived in your house for quite a while, you may not have spent that much time actually using your kitchen and pantry if you are like a lot of people in the USA. More time at home means more time preparing meals and eating at home too.

Other Food Storage Container Systems

These are often sold under the Foodsaver brand and they require a vacuum sealer that has an accessory port and hose. Even some of the inexpensive vacuum sealers have these on them. Of course, the seal is broken every time you open the jar but this would work well for sealing up a larger container or maintaining the freshness and quality of a product that you simply don’t use that often.

You can buy a lid that will seal standard Mason jar lids and one for Wide Mouth jars too. This is a good way to use standard lids and rings to keep dry food in regular jars. If you are trying to save money and have a lot of Mason jars anyway, this might be a good choice.

These look impressive and they are in the same price range as Rubbermaid Brilliance. I kind of wish I had got a few of these just to see how well they perform. I may have to do that if I need some more really big containers. One of the negative aspects of the Rubbermaid Brilliance System is that it was sometimes hard to find packages of large containers for a reasonable cost. Regardless of the brand, it seems that you can do a lot better by getting a package of assorted size containers rather than buying individually. The downside is getting some smaller bins that you might not find as useful.

Generic Plastic Bins

I saw a lot of these on Amazon and eBay but I was a little concerned about buying just random plastic bins for our food. I am going to include a few that I found that people seem to be satisfied with. Most of these are made with the same style of heavy-duty plastic that you see in Rubbermaid containers but I cannot personally testify to the quality of any of these.

Amazon has their own brand that is similar to the Rubbermaid Brilliance System. These seem to lock down on 4 sides. To me, these would be a little annoying to open and close for that very reason but I have to say the price is alright and despite the shortcomings of Amazon, they do have an excellent return policy.

These are very similar to the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers. If I had not already bought a lot of containers I would be tempted to try these out because they have a solid rubber seal that is airtight and the size and shape of each container are appealing for a variety of dried foods.

Has the pandemic situation changed your kitchen and pantry? Have you found the need to organize things differently? Have you found that you would rather cook at home rather than go out to eat or get take out?

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It is one thing to plan and prepare for safe travels before and even during a crisis or a major disaster, but not too many preppers have a plan for how they will travel safely and in good order after a major disaster takes hold.

Have you stopped to consider how long you might truly be living in working in the aftermath? You should, since it will affect every element of your life, including your travels.

There is so much we take for granted today when traveling…

We know where we are going, generally how we will get there, the routes we take will be clearly marked, clear, safe and we enjoy all manner of protection when traveling from first responders as well as private interests who can swoop in to help us when we run afoul of accident or get waylaid.

It is not hard to imagine that you will be lacking most or even all of those factors in the aftermath of a serious crisis.

And the situation might stay that way for some time. Will you be prepared to set out across the land on foot or by vehicle in an era where you are far from guaranteed to arrive safely at your destination? We will help you prepare for that eventuality in this article.

A Free Man (or Woman) Traveling the Land

It is easy to forget just how dangerous travel was in eras past. There were not necessarily highways as we enjoy them today. There certainly weren’t interstates.

Road signs might have been non-existent, or if they did exist, they could have been inaccurate or easily tampered with.

There was definitely no Highway Patrol, no AAA and, potentially, not even many other fellow travelers to help you if you got in a jam.

All sorts of hazards have awaited travelers over the centuries, everything from becoming stranded or overtaken by bad weather to getting lost or even waylaid by highwaymen and bandits.

If you were not fortunate enough to have people in your party, real traveling companions that you could count on, all you had and could rely on was your own wit, grit and resourcefulness to get yourself out of a potentially lethal situation.

Every once in a blue moon, a Good Samaritan might happen by and help a stranded traveler.

But as we all know the expectation of mercy and helpfulness when someone was truly helpless was hardly a thing that could be depended on until our modern age.

If you call yourself a prepper, it is definitely in your best interest to have a contingency plan for dealing with these types of conditions should they befall us again.

In the wake of a major natural or man-made disaster you might no longer be able to rely on the technology, the services, the landmarks and the flat-out certainty when traveling that you are used to.

If you only had to take care of yourself, and take care of business while en route to your destination under the new paradigm is the difference between life and death, between reaching your loved ones or getting back home, ask yourself honestly: will you be up to the task?

Considerations for Post-SHTF Travel

You will have plenty to plan and consider while properly traveling in the aftermath of a major disaster.

If you are going anywhere further than down the street or perhaps across town, you must treat the journey with extraordinary seriousness. Becoming stranded, getting lost, injured or attacked could mean certain death.

Below are a few considerations that should be factored into your trip planning:

Route Conditions

If at all possible, attempt to ascertain the conditions of your route before striking off. This could be challenging if modern communications are disrupted.

You want to know if the route has been physically damaged, is clogged with traffic from evacuees coming or going, or just an ocean of stalled and abandoned vehicles after the situation became untenable.

If you’re unable to raise anybody at your destination or at any official agency that can offer guidance via phone, radio or some other electronic method, try to find someone who has recently come into town via the way you plan on going and ask him or her about the conditions on the path.

Any information might make the difference. You’ll need to know if it is completely impassable, partially passable or clear, along with any possible detours that might exist.

One major consideration is the presence or absence of road signs, Trail markers or any other dependable physical landmarks so you can navigate reliably to your destination.

Do not assume that you will know the way just because you have traveled it a hundred, or even a thousand times before things went really bad: the entire landscape is liable to look very different from the way it did before.

Also factor in the return trip if you are planning one. Just because a route is clear does not mean it will stay that way, and deteriorating road conditions due to weather or other circumstances are far from out of the question.

You might trade a certain outcome where you are for being marooned with an unknown outcome elsewhere if you are not careful.

How far are you going? Are you going across town, across the county, all the way across the state or halfway across the country?

With greater distance comes more challenges and a greater logistical burden, including your method of conveyance, the supplies required and the overall exposure to risk or mishap.

If you are not going far by vehicle, for instance, and something goes wrong be it a flat tire or other mechanical breakdown, you can always grab your essential goodies and hoof it back home or on to your destination.

This will not be a surefire Plan B if you are making a trip of several hundred miles, however. There are too many variables to compute to say your outcome will be anything but uncertain.

Generally, the greater the distance you are traveling means you must weigh even more cautiously the downsides to not making the trip compared to making a trip over a shorter distance.

Getting derailed or sidetracked on a short trip is usually nothing to worry about. The same thing happening on a long trip could spell disaster.

Stopping Points

Whether you’re making a short trip or a lengthy one, do you know where you can stop if you get into trouble or just get tired?

This is especially important on long trips as you might imagine, as having a safe place to stop, rest and attend to other creature requirements of the flesh will be mandatory.

It isn’t safe to stop just anywhere, as you can be more vulnerable to all kinds of things, not the least of which he’s being overtaken by your fellow man who has bad intentions for you, or exposed to the elements.

This is critical if you are traveling on foot; an automobile can at least offer the nominal protection and shelter of its bodywork.

A poorly-planned stop will do nothing but increase your vulnerability, all other things being equal.

You will face increased danger from your fellow man anytime you are living in a without-rule-of-law scenario, for instance the kind we experienced in 2020 that has made travel so risky and uncertain.

When policing agencies and efforts start to fall apart or lose effectiveness at any level you will see an increase in crime, no matter what other existential threat everyone, as a populace, is facing. There are always wolves at the border, and this situation will be no different.

Be they desperate or merely of a criminal bent makes very little difference, practically; many of them will want what you have, including the contents of your BOB, the supplies your vehicle carries if you are driving one, and the vehicle itself.

Some of them will just want to kill you for sport. Others will want to do worse things. Do you have a plan for dealing with such an eventuality?

Hand-to-hand skills are always useful, but the presence of weapons is a virtual certainty, and you must be able to respond in kind.

Effective use of a weapon requires training, and there will be no or little time for training after an SHTF event. Get armed, get trained and practice now so that you will have proficiency later.

Even then, if you are traveling alone, you will be extraordinarily vulnerable to even a single attacker. Multiple attackers will be a critical threat.

Do not delude yourself. This danger magnifies when you are stopped or resting, but blundering into a roadblock or ambush is far from out of the question, and a constant threat on the most heavily traveled routes.

Terrain Factors

Consider what terrain you might be facing in your travels. Especially if you are forced to go off road and travel cross-country, the condition of the underlying terrain will drastically alter your timetable, and the effort/fuel required to transit.

Making a bad call or running into bad luck on terrain might see you halted or, even worse, stuck fast. This is definitely what you would call a bad day if you are traveling by vehicle.

Terrain that you could typically count on, assuming you know the area and your route well, could be transformed into a hazardous trap by bad weather: snow, rain and attendant conditions of reduced visibility will all affect your progress as well as your safety.

If you do get stuck or run into terrain that you cannot risk traversing, do you have a back-up plan? Is there a detour you can take or an entirely alternate wrapped?

For vehicles, do you have any recovery gear like a winch, straps, shovels, jacks and so forth? Failing to plan for these eventualities can spell disaster.

“Flight” Planning

Before embarking on any dangerous adventure, any seasoned wasteland wanderer or expert survivor will advise you to file a flight plan with a third party that you can expect to at least give a damn if you go missing or are significantly overdue.

This might be difficult to arrange in a post SHTF setting, but it is still achievable so long as you are not a complete Lone Wolf.

Filing of your flight plan is simple. You’re simply handing off your intended route along with any alternate routes to a third party that you know you can trust to come look for you or, if they cannot come look for you, to send someone who will if you do not arrive or return by a certain time.

A smart flight plan will leave some wiggle room for contingencies, delays and other generally harmless mishaps, but not so much that you’ll be stranded for an extended period of time sucking down supplies or slowly bleeding out.

Your contact can be someone at your home base or at your intended destination if you can raise them, but what matters most is that they know what your plan is and that they have a plan of their own for seeking you out if you do not show up by a certain time.

One of the most obvious and simple factors for planning any trip is also one where many preppers stumble or get things wrong. What do you need to successfully negotiate your trip, and how much of it?

Fuel is obviously one critical factor, even if you are traveling on foot. A steady supply of calories taken in will keep you operating mentally and physically at peak condition.

It is true that you can go quite a while with no food before you starve to death, but you will start to deteriorate physically and mentally once you have missed several meals.

Vehicles will require liquid fuel, of course, and assuming it is not a one-tank trip you will have to make allowances for the weight, space and security of spare fuel containers.

Other supplies will abound as well: spare parts if you have them along with tools to take care of any mechanical breakdowns or flat tires, shelter supplies in the form of tents, bivys, blankets and so forth.

Perhaps some spare clothing. Various other survival supplies that you should already have in your BOB, and so forth.

All of these things will count against your personal weight tolerances if you are moving on foot, or your vehicle’s space and carrying capacity if going by auto.

Post-SHTF travel will be significantly different from the comparatively smooth, safe and easy travel that we enjoy today. The experience will be harrowing, dangerous, stressful and full of uncertainty.

But like any other facet of survival you must prepare for this contingency. Take the time to study the factors we have outlined above, and you’ll be ready to minimize risk, and help ensure a positive outcome when the time comes to hit the road on a lengthy trip or a short one after the shit hits the fan.

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The bug out is a big deal and it goes a long way if you truly need to get out of dodge. However, bugging out on foot should be avoided if it can be.

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Having an effective, wheeled, method to get to your bug out location could make all the difference. 

You will get there quicker and you will obviously be a harder target to deal with. 

Have you ever dreamed of one of those extreme bug out vehicles? What about a decommissioned ambulance. There are many benefits here but how on earth do you go about getting an ambulance? 

Government Auctions

While it might seem impossible to get your hands on something like this, it’s well within the realm of possibilities. In fact, the governments both locally and federally auction of things all the time! 

You need to do some work on your end. Seeking out the local auctions or the best auctions is going to require you do a little research on your end. 

However, you could find ambulances or something even cooler at these government auctions. 

Repair and Modification

If you want to save money at the auction be sure that you look for vehicles that need some repairs. These will be cheaper and more available. 

This will also give you a chance to learn about the vehicle as you repair it. These things are very important. It’s just like any other type of gear. You need to understand how it works. 

This also gives you the ability to modify your new BOV. This could be aesthetic or operational. The ambulance presents you with many unique options. Be sure you get to know them all before starting to mod this BOV. 

Not only will an ambulance bug out vehicle be a great BOV it is also a great DIY project. 

Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker

If you can’t afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.

If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.

Easy Cellar will show you:

Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.

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