by Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: June 23, 2015

Survival CoalitionLet’s assume that you have decided not to bug out, you have decided to stay home, using your house as a base of survival.

Not every survival scenario ends with you living in a tent or shelter made of branches.

In a post-apocalyptic (or at the least post-large scale disaster) world people will be fighting for survival, for food, for water, for security.

Let’s assume you have a plan for this

In many cases, your best chances of survival are on turf on which you are familiar – home field advantage and all that.

There are two problems with this that must be addressed, preferably before disaster strikes

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So What’s Wrong With Self-Sufficiency?

Just because you are living in your home does not mean you can just lock the front door and go to sleep.

If the nature of the disaster is such that food and resources become scarce, you can bet there are bad guys out there who have not prepared as you have.

Don’t let the fact they haven’t stockpiled fool you into believing they haven’t prepped. For some of the more ruthless of our brothers, prepping simply means firepower and the will to use it.

These guys figure why waste time and money stockpiling food or gear when they can just take what they need from someone who has it.

This is a valid argument on their part. It is damn near Darwinian.

The lion doesn’t think twice about running the cheetah off from a kill.

The ruthless man who is willing to exert his ruthlessness can generally get what he needs. This factor multiplies if you are talking about many ruthless people working together.

The police won’t be there to stop them, and if they leave no witnesses, no one can testify later should civilization reemerge.

You simply can’t provide 24 hours a day security for your family – and can you really count on your wife or ten-year-old on the roof with the deer rifle to cover the hours you have to sleep?

To make matters worse, surviving will require more of you than just standing guard. You need allies to share this responsibility.

This is where neighbors may come into play…your makeshift survival coalition for those who plan to stay.

I listed two problems above, the second of which was neighbors.

Just like in normal times, they can be both an asset and a liability – in some cases a hindrance.

A responsible, dependable, skilled, friendly neighbor with high moral standards can be a powerful asset, just as a weak, unreliable, unskilled, unmotivated waste of DNA can be a liability.

Neighborhoods can come together to forge alliances for mutual protection and support, but only if the right people are involved. The wrong people can lead to mutual destruction.

You need to know which of these people live around you.

How Do You Form A Neighborhood Survival Coalition?

You start now.

You can’t wait until disaster strikes. That would be rolling the dice with your family’s fate.

You need to know now who you are dealing with and begin laying the foundations for a future survival coalition – for now, let’s just call them friendships.

You don’t want to come across as the nutjob extremist in the cul-de-sac, which you are not. You are just a rational person forging relationships for mutual interests.

Best case scenario the efforts will just yield friends who will help you swap out an engine in your truck or buddies you can go fishing with on weekends.

Nothing wrong with a few more friends.

So put yourself out there if you haven’t already. Introduce yourself and your family to your neighbors, invite them over, have a block party, swap home improvement help…whatever.

One evening on the street bar-b-cueing and drinking beer, and you’ll know exactly with whom you are dealing.

Sometimes you can tell whom you are dealing with just by their handshake. For most people, you can usually tell if someone is an asshole or a patsy in the first five minutes.

Within an hour, you’ll have a pretty good understanding of who these people are and if they are reliable human beings or just oxygen thieves.

As you get to know these people you may steer the conversation toward things like camping, hunting, fishing, firearms, martial arts, etc.

People love to talk about their hobbies. It’s a completely natural thing that will tell you volumes about these people.

Now you don’t have to be friends with all these people. Truth be told, that might even be a mistake.

There may be a few you will want to keep a healthy distance from. They may prove to be the ruthless guys not looking to cooperate.

That being said, don’t immediately disqualify the ruthless guy from your survival coalition.

In fact, the ruthless guy who is willing to cooperate and has a modicum of morality and dependability can be a great addition to your team.

So now you know the good from the bad, the wheat from the chaff, the cream from the milk. Although you may be forging friendships with the wheat – don’t piss off the chaff.

Keep on friendly terms with everyone in your neighborhood, if possible. That asshole may change his colors when TSHTF.

So does this mean you have to spill the beans to your new friends that you are building an end-of-the-world security force?

No. Bad idea.

No matter how you do it, you won’t sound rational to the average neighbor – and in order to be taken seriously later, you have to be thought of as rational today.

Just keep a mental list of your prospective survival coalition team and the skills, tools, equipment, and vehicles they possess.

File it away in the back of your mind for future use and enjoy your new friendships.

So what if the seeds of disaster are starting to sprout? There are disaster scenarios where the general public can see the event coming (like an economic collapse) – sometimes for weeks or months before it arrives.

In these cases, keep current on the news and ensure your friends in the neighborhood are current as well.

Encourage talk amongst yourselves about what’s coming.

You may be surprised when your friends start talking about making plans to deal with the coming disaster.

Work the mutual protection concept into conversation slowly and put your friends at ease with the notion you’ll all take care of each other.

So do you tell your new found survival coalition about your stockpile of food?

Remember the number one rule for both bunkers and stockpiles? “Don’t talk about your bunker or stockpile?”

Well, this is still a good rule, but as the time of the disaster approaches you will have to share this information at some point – that is if you want mutual protection.

Still, be wary about with whom you share it. Some neighbors not quite in the group, but on the cusp of acceptance, may be left in the dark for a while until you can ascertain their true intentions – it’s a judgment call – like most things in survival.

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This Brings Me To Adding Millennials To Your Survival Coalition

These young adults are very different than those of us reared back in the Twentieth.

On the surface, some of these young people may not seem to possess skills useful to survival, but on the other hand, many of these kids are really, really smart and may just prove incredibly adaptable under adverse conditions.

They are an untested hypothesis – an unknown quantity.

It may serve you well to welcome them to your group if they possess the right personality, rather than the right skillset.

On the other hand, if they seem worthless and completely lost without a cell phone in their hand – they just might be.

Another judgment call.

There are those weak souls out there, often Liberal types, who just don’t seem to have a self-preservation instinct.

They oppose firearms, national defense, corporations, national borders and mandatory sentencing for violent criminals.

They are very trusting souls when it comes to people they really should not trust.

These types are more concerned about their environmental impact than they are about staying alive -but maybe that’s because staying alive has never been in doubt until disaster strikes.

These people could be a terrible hindrance to your efforts.  Don’t give these people critical jobs or place too much trust in them. They don’t see the world as it really is.

Given time, the Nature they want to protect will eat them up and shit them out. In the meantime, you may have to deal with them.

Building your survival coalition, like friendships, takes a little work, but it absolutely necessary to the long-term security of you and your family.

Better to find out now which neighbors can help and which can hurt your chances of survival.

Come together and survive.

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by Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: September 1, 2015

SHTF CommunicationsDo You Know What Your SHTF Communication Options Are?

Preparing for SHTF means more than just stockpiling food.

It’s more than just storing water.

It also includes good SHTF communications.

Being able to send and receive critical news and knowledge about what’s going.

Even if you are literally “in the dark” it doesn’t mean your SHTF communications have to be.

Having a guaranteed way of communicating with others in the worst of times is an essential prepper responsibility.

However, there is not just one single method for SHTF communications.  There are actually several options to consider.

Some better than others so let’s get started.


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Let’s Start With Cell Phones

Almost everybody today has a cell phone that can make calls and send text messages. And they are the best option for limited event emergencies.

If you get in a car wreck, a cell phone works quickly to call for help. If someone is having a heart attack a cell phone can get medical professionals notified immediately.

Yet, they are just about the worst option for anything larger in scope. Anybody who has been in a mass disaster situation can attest to the frustration of trying to make a cell phone call. They probably discovered that the network they are so used to using is completely overloaded and jammed. No outgoing calls, no incoming calls. Nothing.

Even at non-emergency events, such as popular at college football games, you’ll notice jammed cell phone networks locally.

This is especially true since nearly all college-aged adults are heavy users of cell phones, these types of cell phone network jam.

And with the proliferation of smartphones, these local network jam ups are likely to get worse and more frequent in the future.

A network jam is a common problem and is the cell phone’s Achilles heel. Making it the absolute worst communication option for SHTF.

Hell, even smoke signals will be more reliable than cell phones when SHTF.

The one saving grace for cell phones is the text messaging option. When a mass emergency occurs and cell towers are jammed, try using text.

The use of text messaging has proven to be slightly less affected by an emergency situation.

During Hurricane Katrina, text messaging (while not instant) did continue to get through.  So hey, it’s worth a shot.

And with cell phones in rural areas of our country, you have to deal with weak cell phone signals.

Sure, you can get a cell phone signal booster but those only work if there’s a signal to boost – not a guarantee in a widespread emergency.

So never make a cell phone your only survival communications option.

What about Hand Held Walkie Talkies?

Walkie-talkies, also known as GMRS/FRS radios, are great for short-range SHTF communications. They work best for a small individual group like your survival coalition.

They don’t work for mass communication or long-range communications.

It’s an ideal option for a family wanting to stay in contact as they move around a small property or local area.

Just be aware, depending on the model and manufacturer you’ll get different ranges.

So make sure you test their range before you need them so you understand your walkie-talkies range limitations.

Most specified ranges are for flat open land areas.

Trees, hills, and buildings tend to diminish the overall range. So just keep this in mind if you choose walkie-talkies as your local SHTF communication device.

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Is Ham Radio Good For SHTF Communications?

Ham radio was one of the most popular communication devices over large distances in the middle of the 20th century.

However, as phone networks improved, the cost of long-distance and international calls grew cheaper. So the popularity of ham radio dwindled for the masses. But, ham survival radio perfect for survival purposes.

Ham radio networks are both reliable and can communicate over long distances.

They are also not dependent on cell phone towers.

The only real drawbacks to ham radio are the equipment costs and the training necessary to learn how to use it.

If you intend to broadcast (and not just listen) then you will need to get an official license.

To operate ham survival radio equipment legally, an operator must obtain a license.

This includes passing a test and paying a small fee.

However, a license is not required to purchase, own and just listen in. Which is extremely valuable in most survival SHTF communications scenarios.

And after SHTF all these rules and regulations won’t matter anyway.

Plus, getting a small setup and a license is easy. So don’t let it stop you from becoming a licensed operator.

Also, invest in upgrading your ham radio’s antenna so that you can transmit and receive signals over longer distances.

Getting intelligence reports from other States can prove very helpful when grid power is out across the nation due to an EMP attack.

Is CB Radio a Viable SHTF Communications Option?

Citizens Band radio was one of the most popular ways of keeping in contact with people in the 1970s and 80s.

However, this form of radio communication dropped in popularity in the late 20th century.

CB Radio advantages include the greater range vs walkie talkies. However, a CB radio is generally located in a single location within a property.

Within a built-up area, the use of CB radio could be affected by larger buildings and more interference.

Unlike ham radio operators, a CB operator doesn’t require a license or pass a test to take to the airwaves.

Should I Invest in Listen Only Devices?

One of the major problems when disaster strikes is the loss of power.

For all the devices discussed thus far, they all require electrical or battery power to operate. So you’ll need to figure out your backup power system to operate these for longer periods of time when SHTF.

That’s why I suggest you invest in a listen-only survival radio device.

Not only are they low cost, but you can also get one with a hand crank to be able to easily keep it powered. Just crank and listen. Simple.

These shortwave listen-only radios can provide an invaluable link to SHTF news.

It can help keep you up to date on the current situation for any major disaster.

Another listen-only option to consider is the use of a police scanner.

These allow you to obtain information that could be life-saving during an SHTF event.

This is a unique option as important news will be broadcast over analog police frequencies. But, many law organizations are moving to digital technologies.

So over time, this option will become less effective.

Also, note that a scanner must be programmed in advance.

You want to make sure you are tuned into the right channels to gain the right emergency news.

Your SHTF Communications Action Plan

You should make a plan for all 3: Listen, Local, and Long. These are the 3 communication levels you should strive for your SHTF communications. This means a 3 pronged approach.

1 – Listen Only

First, if you don’t already own a small portable hand crank survival radio, don’t you think it’s time?

It’s small and light-weight (), plus it doesn’t require batteries.

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Done? Good, you now have your electrical independent SHTF listen-only communication taken care of. Congrats.

2 – Local Communication

Second is local communication. If you have a local survival coalition (and you should) then you need every member to have a walkie-talkie.

Now your coalition just got 10 times stronger as you can communicate so much better and faster when SHTF.

3 – Long Range Communication

Finally, you should investigate owning and operating a ham radio.

Here’s a good one to get you started and here’s a website to learn more about getting a license.

For a true SHTF event, you’ll want to be able to reach out over longer distances to communicate with other survivalists and preppers.

Good SHTF communications is a difference-maker in survival.

The ability to listen, communicate locally, and over long distances is vital to your long-term survival success.

Don’t underestimate this advantage and don’t wait until its too late.


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Food and water. Those are the two things we all think about when it comes to surviving when the SHTF. Water is plentiful so why not use it to get your food as well? Fishing is one of the most sustainable ways to feed yourself when you can’t simply go to the grocery store and pick something up. 

In this crash course, I’m breaking down ways to catch fish without a rod, how to track the fish down, and a few expert tips to help you plan ahead. 

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Best Survival Fishing Techniques 

Catching fish isn’t that hard when you’ve got a survival fishing pole and reel, but what do you do if you have nothing? If all hell broke loose and you had no choice but to fish for your food, what would you do? Would you have any idea how to do it? Most people would likely say no, but this section will help you learn the basic primitive fishing techniques for survival.  

Spearfishing 

Spearfishing has been around for ages and it’s grown into not only a popular sport but a great tool in the arsenal of preppers all over the country. It’s a great way to catch fish without requiring a large number of tools that will weigh you down and make it more difficult to travel. 

You’ve got two choices here. You can plan to make your own spear when SHTF or you can prep your spear now and plan to take it when you bug out. 

The most important piece of every spear is the rubber sling mechanism used to release the spear and stun the fish. Most people think that a spear is simply a sharp stick and that’s not the case. 

Another misconception is that the spear impales the fish, but that’s not always the case either. A spear should be designed with three sharp prongs at the top and the purpose of the spear is to simply stun the fish, not kill it. This is called a pole spear. 

If you’re planning on prepping a spear beforehand, go with a Hawaiian Sling. These come with a mechanism that automatically releases the spear when you spot a fish you want to stun. I would personally recommend bringing one of these with you because they don’t take up a lot of space and they make fishing much easier. 

Hand Fishing (Noodling) 

This might be the most difficult method of survival fishing but it’s the one you can always count on. Noodling involves treading water and remaining as still as possible for as long as possible while waiting for fish to become comfortable around you. This could happen in a matter of minutes or it could take as long as an hour or two. 

Keep your eyes fixed on the water and your hands close to the surface. Once you spot a fish that you think you can catch, you’ll throw your hand into the water and attempt to pluck it out. 

Using a net is obviously one of the best ways to catch a larger number of fish in a short amount of time. It’s also a great way to catch bait that you can use to rig a makeshift fishing rod or a regular spinning rod if you have one. 

You’ve got three different kinds of nets and it helps to understand all of them. 

Gill nets are the simplest but they require the most effort and you’ll expend quite a bit of energy using them. But, they are a quick method to catch fish because you could go from nothing to enough fish to feed a family of four in a matter of minutes. 

When you’ve been without food for days, this sounds like a great strategy. All you need to do is throw the net into the water and use the buoys to pull it back in. You’ll want to identify an ideal fishing location before doing this and be sure that the net is coarse enough to capture even the smallest of fish. 

Drift nets are another method. These are illegal so I wouldn’t recommend trying to practice this but in a life or death scenario, it’ll work like a charm. Drift nets get pinned between two stakes that you’ll drive into the ground in a river or stream. The net will catch the fish that flow downstream and hopefully prevent them from swimming back up. The best part about this method is that it’s sustainable and requires little to no effort once you’ve set it up. 

The last method is using a standard dip net which is a net with a handle that you’d see anyone have in their fishing boat. It’ll require you to watch the water, find the fish, and then use the net to catch them. I wouldn’t recommend this strategy unless you have no other choice. 

Trotlines are a unique method where you run a line through the water with bait on it. You would preferably do this in a moving body of water like a river or stream. The line will have multiple hooks dangling from it with bait. As the fish move through the water, they’ll see the bait, and hopefully strike it.

The most important thing to remember about this is to check it regularly and make sure that everything is secure so you don’t lose your catch. 

Fishing Weir 

I saved my favorite method for last. If you really find yourself in a scenario where you have absolutely no resources to work with, you can set up a weir and catch fish for months if not years if you have to. 

For this to work, you need to make a double heart shape like the one pictured below. You’ll make it with rocks and design it so once the fish get stuck in the weir, they can’t get out. The best place to do this is in a moving stream or river because you’ll want to keep the stream moving in the direction opposite of the exit to the weir. 

Just be sure to adjust accordingly for rising and lowering water levels. You’ll need to build it high enough for when the water level increases but not too high that it becomes unsteady. 

One thing that you’ll want to keep in mind is that practice makes perfect. All of these methods mean nothing if you never go out to the water and attempt to practice them. Teach your children, teach your spouse, and teach whoever else you’ll be bugging out with. Everyone should know how to catch fish without a rod and reel. 

Preparing and Planning

Now that you understand some of the ways to catch fish, let’s talk about how you can prepare. Preparation and planning are the keys to surviving whether it be an EMP, natural disaster, or nuclear holocaust. Preparing for each scenario will make survival that much easier. 

Pairing Your Bug Out with Your Fishing Hole 

The planning stage starts all the way back when you start figuring out where you’ll bug out to when the SHTF. If you live in a remote area and have a lot of land, you’re lucky. If you’re like most people, you’re either in a suburb or some type of urban environment that will require you to leave your current location in exchange for something more remote. 

When you’re deciding on this location, you should keep fishing-related factors in mind. Look for things like pooling water, streams, rivers, and eddies along those rivers. These are areas where fish hide and they’re the best locations to deploy some of the fishing strategies mentioned above. 

Understanding How to Catch Fish

Knowing how fish behave, when they feed, and how they feed will also help you succeed. Keep in mind that fish are most active in the early morning and at dusk. If you plan to catch them with spearfishing or even with a rod and reel, you’ll want to fish at the times when they’re out feeding. They’ll be more aggressive and more likely to come closer to you and your bait during that time. 

You’ll also want to factor in seasonal effect. If you live in a place that gets all four seasons, you should make sure to have backup food acquisition strategies because you’ll have a much harder time fishing when the water gets cold. 

Finding Bait 

Fishing with the best lures is the go-to strategy for many, but eventually you’ll run out of lures in your tackle box so you’ll have to resort to live bait. You can go around and forage for bait or try to catch it yourself using some of the netting strategies outlined above. 

I also recommend flipping over rocks near rivers and streams. This is a great way to find crawfish, grubs, and larvae which will attract fish. You can use all of these to bait your trotline which will easily result in a faster catch. 

Preparing Your Catch 

Once you’ve caught something, you need to at least have a general idea of how to prepare it. We’re not talking about Gordan Ramsay level cooking here, but you need to cook it so no one gets sick and you get the most out of every fish you catch. With many freshwater fish, they’re full of bones so it’s very easy to waste a lot of product because you’re afraid of consuming the bones. 

Another important thing to remember is that you need to keep the fish alive until you’re ready to cook it. 

Start by finding the hole under the tailfin and cut horizontally towards the head. Doing this on both sides will yield two filets and if you do it carefully enough, there shouldn’t be much meat left on the bones. This is something that takes a lot of practice, so don’t wait for chaos in the streets before you start learning how to properly filet a fish. 

Final Thoughts 

Understanding how to fish when the SHTF could be the difference between life and death. While everyone is foraging for food amongst the urban chaos, you’ll be able to escape and develop a sustainable way to feed yourself and your family. 

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We’ve all seen videos that show how quickly a fast-moving wildfire or storm can wipe out a family home or even an entire neighborhood. A disaster – human-made or natural – can change life as we know it in mere moments.

We write a lot about the things you need in order to survive after the end of the world as we know it, but what is even more important are the skills you need to possess. Supplies can burn, be stolen, or get swept away by a storm. But the survival skills you learn will stay with you.

Here are 25 basic skills you need to master before it’s too late.

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1. Finding Water

Water is essential to life. After three to five days without water, your organs begin to shut down. Therefore, having access to water is critical to survival after a disaster.

This video shows how to find water in the wilderness. And this article offers information on purifying water.

2. Starting a Fire

Fire can keep you warm, boil your water, cook your food, and keep predators at bay. Knowing how to start a fire under different circumstances is an essential life skill. Fire requires oxygen, fuel, and heat.

This video shows how to start a fire with only limited resources.

3. Foraging

Although we can survive longer without food than without water, finding food is near the top of any survival list. Finding and identifying edible plants, herbs, roots, and tubers can mean the difference between life and death in some survival scenarios.

This website is an excellent starting off point for the beginning forager.

4. Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping

These varied and essential life skills involve tracking animals, building traps, snares, nets, and learning how to clean and prepare wild food. This article is written for first-time adult hunters.

And here is a fishing guide for beginners.

5. Building Shelter

Keeping safe from the elements is a critical part of survival. You’ll want to learn how to find natural shelters as well as how to build your own with natural or human-made items.

This article describes 3 simple designs for outdoor shelters that used minimal supplies.

6. Finding Your Way

Navigation and orientation skills include learning how to read and use different types of maps, use a compass, estimate distances, and navigate using only the stars and the sun.

Check out this article as a way to get started on these crucial skills.

7. Telling Time

Knowing how to estimate time before sundown or before sunrise can help you stay safe. For example, you’ll know how long you have to build a shelter before it gets dark.

Here’s a hands-on (literally!) method to try.

8. Predicting The Weather

With a weather app at our fingertips all the time, many of us have lost the ability to recognize Mother Nature’s weather signals. However, knowing weather skills can save your life in the wilderness.

Here’s a beginner’s guide to some of the weather cues we can find in nature.

9. Tying Knots

Whether we’re fishing, climbing, or putting up a shelter, ropes can help in many survival scenarios. However, they won’t do us much good if we don’t know how to tie knots. You should learn and practice basic knot typing skills.

This article has links to videos that show you how to tie 10 different knots.

10. Using Basic Tools and Weapons

Do you know how to use a hatchet to split firewood, gut a fish with a knife, use a slingshot, handle a bow and arrow, or fire a gun? Take the time to learn and practice using these life-saving tools and weapons.

This video demonstrates how to create some ancient survival weapons in the wilderness.

11. Knowing First Aid

Having a first aid kit is essential, but knowing first aid skills is even more important. Here are some of the life-saving skills you should learn and practice.

12. Keeping Things Sanitary

Improper hygiene can lead to infection and illness after a disaster. Knowing the basics of sanitation can help keep you healthy during a time when germs are rampant.

This article has some hygiene information and links for keeping safe from germs after a disaster.

13. Learning Self-Defense

Take a self-defense class and practice these skills on a regular basis. Even better if you can find a friend or partner to practice with.

Here are some basic moves to get you started. Keep in mind that avoiding a dangerous situation is also an essential part of self-defense.

14. Knowing How To Use Camouflage

Another way to protect yourself in the wilderness from animals and humans is to use camouflage. You can hide from predators or shoot your dinner.

Here’s an interesting article that explains the science behind camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, and how to do it.

15. Hiking and Climbing

Building up your strength and stamina through hiking and climbing is an essential survival skill. Imagine trying to bug out and being too tired to carry your bug out bag any farther.

Here are some hiking and climbing skills from professional hikers and climbers.

16. Rowing

Similarly, you should learn how to row a canoe, kayak, or rowboat. Contrary to what many people think, rowing doesn’t just use the force of your arms. You need to build up your legs as well.

Here’s a video that shows you how to develop this skill with rowing machines.

17. Swimming

Swimming is another life skill you should learn and practice. Knowing how to stay calm and afloat in a water emergency can save your life.

Here’s a video that demonstrates how to float.

18. Communicating

When the power is out, and the internet is down, you may need to find other ways to communicate after a disaster. Here are some of the skills to learn:

The previous skills we’ve listed focus mostly on wilderness knowledge, but if you’re staying in one place, you’ll also need to know and refine other basic life skills.

19. Growing Your Own Food

Do I really need to explain why the ability to grow your own food is so important? I didn’t think so.

This article covers the information beginning gardeners need to know to start a home vegetable garden.

20. Cooking Meals From Scratch

We’re so used to convenience foods and take-out and restaurant meals in our society that many people have lost the skill of cooking from scratch. But in a grid-down scenario, cooking from scratch may be your only option.

This article lists the basic ingredients you need to keep on hand.

21. Food Preservation and Storage

If you’re growing and cooking your own food, there’s a good chance you’ll have a surplus. So, the next skills you need to learn are is how to preserve and store your food.

This article explains how to store emergency food.

22. Sewing, Weaving, Knitting, and Mending

You might not think about sewing as a survival skill, but it is. Clothing and outerwear help keep our bodies safe, warm, and dry. And being able to make or repair our clothing could a critical part of staying alive after a huge disaster.

Here are some sewing basics to learn.

23. Working With Wood

Knowing basic carpentry skills and how to use woodworking tools can come in very handy during or after a disaster. You should know how to build and repair simple structures and fences, for example.

This article discusses basic carpentry skills.

24. Raising Livestock

Animal husbandry, as well as the care, feeding, and housing of animals, all take time to learn. However, farm animals can help keep you and your family alive in the aftermath of a disaster.

This book is a beginner’s guide to help get you started.

Finally, we would like to stress that you work on developing the mental and emotional skills needed to survive a disaster.

25. Developing Situational Awareness

This skill helps you to remain calm and clear-thinking during an emergency. Although some people come by this skill more naturally than others, situational awareness can be learned.

Situational awareness is based on the O.O.D.A. Loop, which was developed by U.S. Air Force Colonel John Boyd. The acronym stands for:

This article gives an overview of situational awareness for beginners, and this video from a retired Navy SEAL offers 10 tips for improving your situational awareness.

As we have made our way through this challenging past year, each of us has learned some tough lessons. In addition to the shut-downs and the many losses associated with COVID-19, many of us have experienced natural disasters or witnessed civil unrest in our communities.

Perhaps the most important lesson is that we now understand how life can radically change in just a short period of time. However, we also learned that we adapt to those changes when we set our minds to it.

What skills on this list do you need to learn? Which ones do your kids need to learn? The time to prepare for the next disaster is not after it has happened. It’s now.

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Preppers know that home gardening is a beneficial activity because it allows you to grow crops without any harmful pesticides. Becoming a home gardener also means you have access to food after SHTF. (h/t to FoodStorageMoms.com)

6 Reasons to start a home garden

Even if the world doesn’t end tomorrow, below are six reasons to start growing fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables in your home garden.

It gives you access to organic and nutritious vegetables 

Growing your own food is one of the best ways to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) like corn, potatoes, or soybeans. Aside from being GMO-free, growing organic crops protects your family from the harmful side effects of pesticides often used on store-bought produce.

Having a vegetable garden also means you significantly shorten the process of getting produce to your table. When you buy food at the store, it’s usually stuck through a long process of being harvested, shipped and distributed.

While fruits and vegetables sit in storage or on store shelves, they lose some of their nutritional value. Consuming produce in its rawest and freshest form means you eat fruits and vegetables at their most nutritious.

Here are some of the best crops to grow in your home garden if you’re a beginner:

Vegetables

Fruits

If you live in an apartment, you can also grow smaller plants and various herbs in containers or buckets. Utilize the space you have and grow crops that you can use to make tasty and nutritious food for your family.

Cultivating a home garden keeps you active

Home gardening offers many benefits, but it’s a task that requires some hard work. But that’s fine, especially since gardening is one of the best ways to stay active.

Maintaining a home garden is more physically demanding than buying supplies at a grocery store, but studies show that gardening offers health benefits like improving your heart health and immune system response, relieving stress and decreasing heart rate, improving fine motor skills and boosting your physical strength.

Having a home garden also ensures you get regular exercise from walking around your property to inspect your crops, tilling the soil, pulling weeds by hand and watering. These routine tasks encourage your plants to grow big and strong.

At the same time, regular physical activity can help relieve your stress and anxiety.

Home gardening helps prevent vitamin D deficiency

Living in an area that has seasons means you run the risk of being vitamin D deficient, particularly during the winter months.

Fortunately, gardening means you spend a lot of time outdoors in the bright sunshine as you tend to your crops. While you can also get vitamin D from certain superfoods like cod liver oil, egg yolks, herring, mushrooms, salmon, or sardines, spending time outdoors is a great way to get your daily dose of this essential nutrient.

Home gardening gives you easy access to produce when SHTF

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first began, store shelves quickly ran out of essential supplies.

If you have a home garden, you don’t have to worry about running out of fresh fruits and vegetables amid the pandemic or other disasters or other events that can make it difficult to stock up on supplies, like:

Home gardening is better for the environment

Did you know that growing your own food is better for the environment? If more families started home gardens, fewer trucks would be needed to deliver food long distances, which emits a lot of fossil fuels into the air.

Starting a home garden also reduces your reliance on food transportation. Finally, growing your own crops means your harvest is free from pesticides that commercial farmers use, which is good for the environment and your overall well-being.

Home gardening helps you save money on groceries

Home gardening requires an upfront investment in essential tools and supplies like seeds and gardening tools, but gardening helps you save more money compared to buying produce from the grocery store.

Not sure where to start? Here are some of the tools you’ll need for your home garden:

Once you’ve established your garden, you can use the money you save on food for other projects around your homestead.

Gardening tips for beginners

Gardening may seem like a difficult undertaking, but it’s a task that’s worth all the time and effort you put into it.

If you’re a gardening beginner, you can ask experienced preppers for tips. You’ll also learn from your own mistakes. In time, you’ll have a bountiful garden that will help you feed your family even after SHTF.

Here are some tips that will help you get started:

Don’t wait until it’s too late to start a home garden. Learning how to grow your own crops ensures that you have access to food even after SHTF.

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Even if you’re well on your way to establishing a stockpile of supplies to hold you over during a major emergency, there may be one or two things that you could be forgetting. While you probably have most of the biggies covered, you’d be sorry if you forgot to have some of the ones that didn’t seem as important at the time. Sometimes you have to go back and consider what your most basic needs are to be sure that you have all your bases covered. Which in fact is what most of these items are. These are 13 things you’ll regret not having when SHTF.

13 Things You’ll Regret Not Having When SHTF

1. Soap

Proper sanitation is one of the first things that goes following a major disaster. Without having soap to keep not only all of you clean, but particularly your hands clean, it will only be a matter of time before you could get terribly sick. And if you don’t have the right medicine or even the convenience of being able to head to your doctor so they can fill out a prescription for you, your situation could wind up deadly. Make sure that when you plan on stocking up on soap, try to purchase a supply that is antibacterial. 

2. Hand Sanitizer 

No matter how much soap you have set aside, eventually, your stockpile will draw to an end.  You will want to have an abundance of hand sanitizer as one of your emergency items so that your soap supply won’t diminish too quickly. We quickly realize that this is one of those things you’ll regret not having when SHTF.

3. Bleach 

Bleach is probably the cheapest and one of the most effective ways of disinfecting contaminated water, along with keeping your surroundings sanitary. Be sure to stock up on this one as much as you can. Remember to store the variety without any scent or it will carry over to the flavor of the water, and it may not be as tolerable to your body either. Please only store what you can use within six months.

4. Toilet Paper/Kleenex Tissues 

If it came down to it, your family could definitely survive in a world without toilet paper, but would you really want to? This is why it only makes sense for you to create a huge stockpile of toilet paper that you don’t touch until an emergency.  And don’t forget Kleenex, I have so many allergies, I have to stock these all the time.

5. Feminine Products 

For those of you who have a family with several females living in your home, you’ll be under a lot more pressure to make sure they stay fresh and clean with a stockpile of tampons or sanitary pads. They never go bad and don’t take up that much space when being stored. Don’t be afraid to make homemade ones, you may need them. In case you missed this post, How To Make Reusable Menstrual Pads  

Suffering through a headache without any form of pain relief is painful, but it is doable. Yet what about if you are suffering from a toothache or some type of serious injury? Not so easy to do. Be sure to get a number of different kinds of pain relievers because they each have their special uses. 

You also don’t have to get caught up in worrying about the expiration date on the bottles once they’re past the date. They never really go bad, but just lessen in strength over time. While you’re at it, go ahead and stock up on other medical supplies and OTC medicines that would be useful.     

7. Can Openers 

A majority of the food that you’ve stockpiled for emergencies probably comes in a can. It would be a lot harder to get the contents out of them without a manual can opener. Just to be safe, keep more than one of them around in your home. Again, please stock more than one can opener, you never know when that favorite one will break. Can Openers

8. Tools 

Having basic tools along with screws, nails, and adhesives will be crucial if you’re forced out of your home and you need to build a shelter for your family. Following a post-collapse, it’s going to take a ton of hardware materials to rebuild again, and it will also give you something that you can barter with too.  

9. Matches and Lighters 

Unless you’re skilled with making fires by using another method, you will regret not having plenty of matches and lighters set aside for a SHTF scenario. Starting a fire can be difficult as it is, especially if your knowledge is limited in that department. You will need to be able to make a fire for your cooking and lighting purposes. It doesn’t hurt to have the matches in waterproof containers in case the emergency takes place during a storm. That’s also why flashlights and a large stash of batteries would also be a must-have.  

10. Ammo 

Without ammo, it’s going to be pretty difficult for you to hunt, and your hunting rifles will be completely useless. One thing to keep in mind is that you can never have too much ammo, especially following a major disaster. If you’re in a situation that you don’t want to give away your location, stocking up on bowstrings and arrows may also be something that you should consider.    

Even if you have never touched a lick of booze in your life, it would be smart for you to have it on you if ever SHTF. Some people use it to calm their nerves in order to help them relax, but alcohol can be used to help disinfect wounds. It also holds value and would give you another bargaining item that you could use to trade with people for almost anything. This is another item you’ll regret not having in SHTF.

12. Entertainment 

When you’re left with a useless mobile device in your pocket following an SHTF scenario, you will have wished you had another form of entertainment to help you pass the time. For some people, it will take only be a short time before they experience withdrawals and a case of the jitters if they aren’t able to check their email or their social media.

Make sure that you have plenty of books, board games, playing cards, pencils, and pads of paper to keep you busy. While you may not need to be entertained, these are things you’ll regret not having when SHTF.

13. Valuable Skills 

You could have every survival item that should be included in your stockpile, but if you don’t have the skills that go along with them, your family probably isn’t going to make it. Hunting, fishing, gardening, foraging, husbandry, welding, carpentry, are just some of the useful skills that you could find very helpful to have. Your skills could be yet another bargaining chip that you could barter with. Survival skills are another area that you may need to brush up on and practice. This is one of my top posts, 30 Pioneer Skills We Cannot Lose  

13 Things You’ll Regret Not Having When SHTF

Final Word

Hopefully, you and I will never have to experience an SHTF situation in our lifetime, but there’s always that slim possibility. These are several items that you will regret not having if that day were to one day show up. Of course, having sufficient food and water are critical and that should go without saying if you are at all prepared. A camp stove, plenty of fuel, and enough warm clothing are also some that you shouldn’t forget. What are some things you’ll regret not having when SHTF? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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by J. G. Martinez

Do you intend to someday solely depend on their little patch of land to provide for yourself and your family? Rest assured, these 5 essential homestead machines will be beneficial for those who (like me) have these plans. These are not high-tech devices.

These simple homestead machines will reduce your physical workload during hard times.

5 Essential Homestead Machines

These are homestead machines I find to be quite useful, I will be adding these devices to my homestead for sure.

Here’s why I think everyone planning to live self-reliantly should consider these homestead machines.

A shredding machine shreds things like PET bottles and all sorts of plastic stuff. It can crush aluminum cans and reduced them to shreds. If you are skilled (or even if you want to become skilled) in recycling metals like aluminum (like I know I will have to do in the future), this is something you will need.

I like the versatility, as it can reduce the size of large pieces of whatever you need to crush and is soft. I wouldn´t use it to shred anything other than plastics, soft metals (like aluminum cans), and bones.

Aluminum has a good resale price in economies like ours. Being a metallurgist, I can makeshift a model of some part and cast it.

Note: This is not something a novice should be doing as there are some considerations.

Maybe this shredder needs to take care of some dry cattle bones previously chopped. Make sure to reduce the bones to a proper size beforehand. A shredding machine can crush and cut wood or cardboard debris for briquettes preparation, optimizing our usage of anything combustible. If you have a wood gasifier attached to your generator, this will be a great tool.  

Windmill Water Pump

A relatively simple device, the can be made with a bit of tinkering here and there and some recycled materials. The most common practical uses for a windmill are to irrigate pastures and gardens, water livestock and supply, and aerate ponds.

The good thing for me is that it’s usually windy on my mountain. This device will be pumping water 80% of the time. If your pumping needs are moving your water source anywhere from 50 to 250 feet underground up to the surface, a windmill water pump is just what you need.

Grain Mill

Milling our grain for our meals on the homestead requires a machine. I’ve tried pizza with yucca flour, and it’s excellent! Tons of fiber, too. Venezuela doesn’t produce wheat, by the way. Nor oatmeal, as far as I know.  Grain mills are absolutely essential homestead machines.

I like two kinds of grinders. One of them is the standard kitchen tabletop grinder. The other one is the rotary balls mill. (Maybe I will build one) You load the product into a cylinder that rotates on its horizontal axis. Hardened ceramic balls inside generate friction with one another and ground the softer material. We use it extensively in the metals industry to grind ores, and the results are excellent. If you are only grinding organic materials, the ceramic balls should last for generations. A very popular manual grain mill among preppers is the Victoria Cast Iron Manual Grain Mill.

Waste Oil Burner

These last few days, I noticed the problem with the diesel supply is now really peaking. Over 300 loaded semi-trucks and mid-sized trucks are in Merida State, where most of the vegetables in the country are grown and transported from to the capital city, Caracas.

But there is no fuel. No Bueno.

Depending on an external source for fuel and surrendering the capability of getting on our truck for any profitable activity to external events is a big NO. After some research, I found that you can process regular plastics with a small setup and a good flame and get diesel by a process called pyrolysis. The process is not that simple, though, and should be done carefully and with some equipment and knowledge of the pyrolysis process. 

Wood Fuel Generator

Believe it or not, you don’t need extreme building skills to build a wood gas generator. Wood gas generators designed in WW2 supplied fuel for agricultural production without affecting the fuel supply to the Army. They are one of the most simple homestead machines that will be worth their weight in gold

In , you can admire some designs of wood gas generators, including some aesthetically pleasing for the picky. (Those looking for designs that don’t look like a moonshine refinery attached to your ride. LOL.)

There are some disadvantages, as with many things. Due to the nature of it, careful handling is crucial. Nothing a bit of time and work can’t resolve. The good thing is, these things are simple technology. The basic principle is using the gas as a byproduct of wood pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the process that gets out of the wood the combustible gas with heat instead of burning it in a chimney. Filter the gas. Once it’s cleaned, it can be consumed by your engine just like gasoline. 

These homestead machines are not difficult to build.

This may seem like an intimidating task. It’s not. You may need to enlist the help of someone who can weld a decent bead and use an angle grinder, but that should be enough. There are several step-by-step guides in varying degrees of difficulty. This system feels like something I could use long-term, and it’s flexible enough. 

I learned a few things when researching wood gas generators:

Depending on the design, building a wood gas generator could require a bit of an initial investment. However, you can use recycled materials to help offset the price. There are many more instructional videos out there. Some of them even show a car running at the end.

NOTE: I haven’t found a reliable source to verify if the syngas can be safely stored. It’s probably better to store it as intended. Handl flammable, explosive gas with great care.

These homestead machines will make life far easier.

This is not exactly the change I was expecting. Sometimes your destiny isn’t what you expected.

The prospect of collecting a payload of plastic, taking it to my hutch, and distilling it to get a 25$ jerry can worth of fuel, three times a week, with no rent to pay, no water/power bill, 3-4 days worth of food per week produced by kiddo and me and having fuel is appealing. Clean mountain air and no crime are something to be appreciated until the rest of the world looks like a pleasant place to live in once again. 

Thanks for your reading, and God bless you all!

What about you?

If you already homestead, do you use any of these tools or machines?​ Are there others you would recommend adding to this list? Do you have questions about the machines? Let’s discuss getting the most out of our land (and bodies) with simple machines in the comments.

About Jose

Jose is an upper-middle-class professional. He is a former worker of the oil state company with a Bachelor’s degree from one of the best national Universities. He has a small 4 members family, plus two cats and a dog. An old but in good shape SUV, a good 150 square meters house in a nice neighborhood, in a small but (formerly) prosperous city with two middle-size malls. Jose is a prepper and shares his eyewitness accounts and survival stories from the collapse of his beloved Venezuela. Thanks to your help Jose has gotten his family out of Venezuela. They are currently setting up a new life in another country. Follow Jose on YouTube and gain access to his exclusive content on Patreon. Donations: paypal.me/JoseM151

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by Linnea Johnson

Most prepping articles assume you are at your best or darn near your best. That you may need to lose an extra few pounds, run a few more miles, or take up the next hand-to-hand combat phase is acknowledged, but with the understanding that you’ll do it.  

This article is about those preppers who may have had surgery recently, who may have a chronic condition, who have a child with a disability, and who may feel the prepper-sphere has left them behind.

My personal experience as a prepper when I was not at my best

Last summer, I had knee replacement surgery. I went through 6 months of physical therapy, struggling to get back function in my leg. I still have a limited range of motion and pain, but nothing could have prepared me for the next wrung of the recovery ladder.

In January, I woke up with all my joints and my teeth in pain. “No worries,” I thought, ” I’m coming down with something or trying to fight it off.” Weeks went by, and my joints hurt more and more. When I lay down to sleep, I cried from the pain, which permeated all my joints. In the morning, I cried again from the pain. I could hardly walk, and my hands were so swollen and painful, they were unusable. 

Finally, a diagnosis and some relief, although it was not over

I was working from home, and it was becoming impossible to type—a necessary skill when working from home. Finally, I went to urgent care, where they put me on a short course of steroids. The steroids took the edge off, and the tears subsided, but I was back to unbelievable pain when they ran out.

A friend got me in to see her rheumatologist, who wasn’t seeing new patients but would accept me. It would be eight weeks before I could see him. Finally, after an initial visit and lots of blood tests, he diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis, a lifelong condition that involves lots of pain and difficulty in walking, using hands, and lifting. I started on more steroids and on a treatment plan supposed to take the edge off in 3-6 months.

Sharing, as a prepper, the thoughts and emotions I went through

My initial thoughts conveyed to my family were, “If you need to bug out, leave me behind because I’ll slow you down.” That was a sobering thought.

After coming to that conclusion, I started trying to think of what was going right. First, I was grateful for all I’d done over the years, and especially since the pandemic, to prepare my household for difficulties. We had almost a year’s worth of food put back and many of the preps needed for a grid-down situation.

Still, I worried, so I did what I could

I learned that I could still do research. I could still order groceries from Walmart and have them loaded into the back of my car. I could still order from Amazon, and the retailer would deliver the goods to my house. Trust me when I say that those services have been lifesavers for someone who can’t walk well or even hold a pen to sign a check. 

I learned that if I had to fly somewhere, I could order a wheelchair from ticketing to the gate and between flights at no extra charge, except for tips. I learned that if I needed to bug out, I’d need motorized transportation.  

Reflecting and identifying became handy tools for me

Given my recent experience, I’d like to suggest these thoughts and reactions in the face of a chronic or acute illness.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional

People who’ve been through difficulties are more creative in their solutions. They’ve thought through things in more detail than those who have not had to struggle. They can provide step-by-step analyses and solutions.

People who’ve been through hard things are more resilient. People who’ve been through problems are more understanding of other people’s problems—they have bigger hearts and can be more empathetic.  

What kinds of difficulties have you had? How have you coped? How have you prepped? Is there anything that makes it tougher for you to prep or would make it harder in an emergency? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

About Linnea

Linnea Johnson has her MA in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught preschool students through adults on topics including music, English as a 2nd language, technology, business, and personal finance.  She now works in technical business development with universities.  She and her husband homeschooled their two active sons, who went on to careers in mechanical engineering and entrepreneurship. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family, cultivating a little urban farm, and traveling with her husband of 31 years.

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How to Stay Connected When SHTF

Today, it’s all about how to stay connected when SHTF! Prepping for an emergency goes well beyond simply stocking up on enough food and water to cover each of your family member’s needs. That’s right. Staying connected with family and friends, along with hearing information on what’s going on in your region would be very important after an emergency has taken place. In case you missed this post, Parent Emergency Essentials Every Parent Needs

Stay Connected When SHTF

Just because you’re left in the dark information-wise immediately following a major disaster, it doesn’t mean that you have to be when it comes to staying connected with the outside world. Failing to have any form of communication could prevent you from hearing vital information on more of the dangers that may be headed your way.

Not to be overdramatic, but being blindsided could very well cost you and your family their lives. Having several communication methods among our emergency supplies is essential for every prepper. Here are a number of different ways how to stay connected when SHTF.

How to Stay Connected When SHTF

Weather Radio 

A battery-operated weather radio will keep you informed of any news and updates that are happening in your area, but what are you going to do if that SHTF situation is long-term? Your battery supply will quickly dwindle down to nothing.

That’s why I’d encourage you to get a hand-crank weather radio that doesn’t require batteries, it’s relatively low in cost, and will keep you informed about your area’s current situation. All you have to do is crank and listen.   

Cell Phones

What’s nice about this communication device is that most people have one these days. They’re incredibly handy if you’re dealing with a personal emergency, whether someone you know is experiencing chest pains, or you were involved in a serious accident. Help can be reached and ready to assist you within a matter of minutes. 

However, when it comes to a wide-range emergency, cell phones are about the worst communication option there is. That’s because everyone around you is experiencing the same situation and may be calling for emergency assistance, or are checking in on their loved ones at the same time that you are. This can cause a network jam and you won’t be able to have outgoing or any incoming calls. 

One thing you can try is to send text messages to those that you are trying to reach. For some reason, text messages are less affected and you will have an easier time getting through than trying to call someone.

Due to how unreliable cell phones are during an emergency, this is why they should never be your only form of communication.     

Hand-Held Walkie Talkies 

Hand-held walkie-talkies are great for short-range communication, especially if you have friends or family that live close by in your community. 2-way radios would also be an ideal option if you have a neighborhood survival coalition that’s on the same page as you when it comes to an SHTF situation. Having a method for properly communicating with one another will make your coalition that much faster and stronger and without miscommunication.    

Keep in mind that every walkie-talkie manufacturer and model is different, and they will only cover a certain range from each of them. Trees, buildings, hills, and other obstacles can cause interference, also limiting your range. It’s in your best interest that you don’t wait until an emergency has taken place to find out how well they work. You should discover what those range limitations are beforehand by testing them out and making any necessary adjustments, if possible.  

CB Radio 

The Citizens Band Radio was a highly sought-after form of communication during the 70s and 80s, but not nearly as much today. What was nice about them is that they didn’t require you to get a license, or take a test in order to operate one as the HAM radio did. The CB radio also has a much further range than what you get from a walkie-talkie. 

While a CB radio is capable of covering much further distances, they do have their drawbacks as well. Unless you’re a truck driver, this communication device is generally kept stationary in a particular location in your home. Not only are you unable to move around easily with it like you do with walkie-talkies, but it also experiences interference, especially if you’re living in an urban area. CB radios can still be purchased today and at a reasonable price.   

HAM Radio 

When it comes to communicating with others over a great distance, the HAM radio is probably your best and most reliable communication option. What’s also nice is that you don’t have to rely on cell phone towers to reach those greater distances.    

Unlike the CB radio, there is an equipment and license cost, as well as training that you will have to take so that you know how to properly use it. At the end of all this, there’s a test with a small fee and then you will be good to go. That way you’re not doing something illegal, but if you’re only using a HAM radio to listen in on, there is no license that is required.

This may sound like too much of a process, but don’t let any of this deter you from being a licensed operator because it’s a great communication device to have following an emergency. Another thing to keep in mind is that these rules and regulations will mean absolutely nothing following an emergency situation.

This is one of the most important ways to stay connected in any emergency situation.

How to Stay Connected When SHTF

Final Word

When it pertains to your family’s survival, having good listening and communication devices could possibly end up being the difference-maker. Following a SHTF scenario, you will need to be able to communicate not only with other people locally, but also with those that live a greater distance away.

That way you can reach out to other preppers and survivalists out there to help you stay better informed. Also, knowing what’s going on in your area would be incredibly important as well.  How do plan to stay connected when SHTF? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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When the dust has finally settled following a SHTF situation, things can still continue to get a whole lot worse. If you think for a moment that your family will be tickled to death about eating cans of soups and vegetables day after day, you’d better guess again. Before too long, your children will begin crying and wishing they had a snack worth eating, so don’t hesitate to buy healthy snacks that will satisfy their hunger. It’s even okay to throw in some of their favorite not-so-healthy snacks, along with yours, to keep morale up. These are some of the best snacks to take with you when SHTF. 

Best Snacks to Take With You When SHTF 

Dried Fruits 

Some of your favorite fruits may not be available as fresh offerings for quite some time following a major disaster in your area. So if you still want it as part of your diet, consider stocking up on dried fruits instead. Try to only get dried fruits that are unsweetened, or that are naturally sweetened using apple juice. Also, avoid purchasing any dried fruits that contain the preservative sulfur dioxide in the listed ingredients. These are some of the best dried fruits that are full of key nutrients that you need to consider:

Dried chickpeas and other bean-based foods are addicting, to say the least, and a great snack item to munch on. They contain protein and fiber, giving you the energy that you will need throughout the day. Some people even buy snack-sized packages of hummus that they can add to these delicious veggies to spice it up a bit. Instant Pot Hummus and Mediterranian Bowl

Granola Bars 

I’d be willing to bet that your children’s favorite kind of granola bar has chocolate chips mixed in. That’s okay. You can also stock up on healthier protein and other energy bars just for you. Just be sure to keep an eye on their expiration dates because they don’t tend to last as long as some of these other snack items on this list. Homemade Granola Bars

In my opinion, a road trip wouldn’t be complete without a package of beef sticks or beef jerky to eat along the way. Depending on what beef jerky or beef sticks you go with, they’re generally packed full of protein, helping you to regain some of your energy. Try to stick with beef jerky that is made from grass-fed cows and aren’t crammed with sugars and other preservatives. If you’re looking for a healthier choice, there are also turkey sticks that taste pretty good too. Homemade Hamburger Jerky

Salmon/Tuna Packets

There are so many different packet flavors of tuna and salmon on the market these days that are a great snack when you’re on the go. No matter which one you choose, you can bet they have important nutrients such as protein, B vitamins, fiber, and Omega-3 fats. Be sure that you remember to have some type of healthy cracker stored away that you can enjoy with it.  

A Variety of Nuts 

Nuts are not only delicious but highly nutritious as well. They’re chock-full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats while helping to curve your appetite at the same time. This is why many dieters turn to this tasty snack when trying to lose weight. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, be sure to have several different varieties of nuts on hand in your emergency snack supply to keep things interesting and fun. Health Benefits of Nuts

Trailmix 

When you have a craving for something that’s both sweet and salty, trail mix is generally what I  turn to for such an occasion. It’s a nutrient-dense snack that will provide you with energy, especially if you are having to do physical activity, such as hiking. 

You can buy a bag of your favorite variety at the grocery store, but it’s also a snack that’s very easy to make on your own. Choose from ingredients such as nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a few M&M’s to sweeten your batch. Here are a few that trail mix recipes that you can try making: 

Pemmican is a traditional Native American food that is capable of lasting for many years when it’s stored properly. If you’ve never tried it, you wouldn’t know that you’re missing out on great snacking food during an emergency. It’s very good! Pemmican usually includes ingredients such as dried meats (bison, deer, elk, moose, etc.) or fish, dried berries, and animal fat. It will provide you with an energy and mood boost, something you’ll definitely be needing. Here are step-by-step instructions for how you can make pemmican. 

Popcorn kernels are a whole grain that’s high in fiber and low in fat, making it another great salty snack option for you. If left unpopped and stored correctly, it will usually last you for about two years. When you decide to pop it, you’ll get maybe one or two weeks out of it at the most. What’s also fun about this snack is that there are so many different flavors and toppings that you can drizzle on top to make it even tastier. Popcorn: Everything You Need to Know

Other Snacks to Consider

There really is no wrong answer regarding snacks that you should take with you when SHTF, but here are a few others that you may want to gather, especially if you have young picky eaters. If you choose to stock up on any of the following, just remember to rotate your supply every few weeks:

Best Snacks to Take With You When SHTF

Final Word

When it comes to a SHTF situation, you’re going to want tasty and delicious snacks to help you and your family through such a catastrophic event. Make sure that you’re choosing snacks that not only satisfy your hunger but have plenty of nutrients, thus providing you with much-needed energy and vitamins. What are some of the best snacks you can suggest to take with you when SHTF? May God Bless this world, Linda.

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