First off

get a Gieger counter NOW …. you can get cheap ones that will do well enough that plug into the audio jack of a cell phone  .. and cost under $35.

Decide whether you will  bug in and convert a basement room into a bunker, or setup a bug out fall out shelter far from your home either way You will need to invest in a large amount of strong plastic drop sheeting.

Invest in gas masks for the whole family, and other protection gear as you might need.

Invest in a positive pressure fan system and HEPA rated filter for the safe room/fall out shelter.and a solar setup to run the fan 24 hours a day

Good instructions for use and why you need it here: http://www.alpharubicon.com/basicnbc/safefanwar.htm

Store enough Food and Water for at least 2 weeks – preferably 6 months.

get a pile of empty sand bags and good shovel.

get your latrine requirements sorted out .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Obsessed with Bug Out?

Posted: April 20, 2017 in Survival

Do you have 5 bug out bags and keeps of bug out vehicles?

Ever wonder why you felt the need to do this?

I found one reason the other day …
the training manual for Nuclear survival from FEMA suggests that you should have them.

The main reason would be that, in case of nuclear war, you would need to move out of the cities to build a fall out shelter to survive, as Rural areas were less lightly to be bombed .. this seams to drive a lot of the theory behind bug out.

Bug out bags are designed to allow you to survive for a few weeks away from home at a shelter – or in the case of a BOV, dig your own fall out shelter.

Most major survival philosophy seams to be centred around this.

In a scenario where you are not in the path of fall out, or there are other disasters that are not nuclear, it would make more sense to bug in.


Treating large Puncture wounds/shrapnel and bullet wounds  in the past was a rather difficult affair.

I went to the war museum the other day, and I paid careful attention to the past medical procedures, looking at how things were done in the past, because the more “low tech” you can go, the more sustainable your method will be.

what I noted was the following:

  • Tourniquets were common, and helped keep you alive often ,even though you might ultimately loose a limb, because of the time taken to treat a wound.
  • Maggots are your friend as they only eat dead flesh; which helps with cleaning out infected wounds.
  • Pre-prepared Battle dressings were common , and were sterilized with petroleum jelly or Vaseline and iodine tincture.
  • Alum lumps crushed into powder, are good for disinfecting and clotting large wound.
  • Friars balsam or Tincture of benzoin can clot a wound very affectively.
  • X-rays were a HUGE part of the medical revolution in the early 1900’s and cannot be down played , and improvising these should be part of any groups planning.
  • It was not the medicine that was ineffective at the time so much as getting soldiers from the front to the medical facility that often killed them. Once they had sorted out a way to get soldiers treated promptly there was a much greater chance you would survive.

 

 

 

 


Why should you buy a “Potjie Pot” or a three Legged Dutch Oven?

I finally had some time to put pen to paper ( or finger to keyboard lol ) and give a little info why you should get one.

these are heavy three-legged cast iron pots used in south africa to cook food …

here is why you should get one and have it as a Bug in tool :

  1. They are almost indestructible and should last a 100 years or more with the proper care.
  2. These pots make use of what ever fuel you have on hand – there are tails of people using cow dung or even small twigs and grass to fuel them when wood is scarce.
  3. They use very little fuel and once hot, stay hot for very long.
  4. They do not waste calories into the fire like a barbecue – all the fat from the meat and veg is retained
  5. The meat cooked traditionally in the pot is lower quality and tougher – because its slow cooked this doesn’t matter.
  6. You can use the lid turned upside down on the fire as a frying pan
  7. Because the fat doesn’t fall in the fire,(which causes most of the BBQ smoke ) it can be nearly smokeless.
  8. You can easily bake bread in the pot in the form of dumplings and other “pot bread”

When we go hunting we take this pot with us.. when you get up in the morning, you stoke up last nights camp fire coals and add some fresh wood, fry your breakfast on the lid .. eggs.. last nights pot bread (dumplings) and left overs from the pot …

chop up your meat and veg for the day and add it to the pot left overs etc …

pop some bread dough on the top of the meat and veg for dumplings

and take some coals from the camp fire  about 5 good fist sized coals is all you need to cook the pot for the day..

then close up the pot and walk away for 3 hours.. go fishing .. hunting … on patrol etc…

this pot does quite well unattended …

then come back around mid day and eat …

replace the ingredients and got out again …

come back 3 hours later and eat again …

leave on the fire and put in some more dumpling bread dough for the morning and let steam over night .. then repeat again the next day …

you can slow cook anything with the pot…

tactically these are very sound camp cookers

I’ve even set them up to use a solar concentrator the thickness of the pot makes them very good for solar cookers as the heat distributes evenly and the pots retain heat well…

I got my NZ firearms licence

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Survival

So I bit the bullet rhetorically and got my Category “A” firearms licence here in NZ

thought I would chat about the process for those of you looking to get it:

  1. Go to the police department and get a copy of the Arms code and the application forms ( available online too )
  2. Study it ( its not difficult )
  3. Get the required safe.
  4. and fit it …… don’t do the rest till you have the safe fitted, saves loads of time!
  5. Book your appointment to do the mountain safety course.
  6. Attend and pass it
  7. Fill in the application forms
  8. Get 2 photos
  9. Pay the fees at the Post office
  10. Hand in the forms at the police.
  11. Wait … follow up if no response in a week or 2
  12. Have the interviews —
  13. Wait …. about 2-3 weeks
  14. get first letter stating its a approved ( YAY!!! ) or declined
  15. wait another week
  16. get card in the post
  17. buy stuff 😉
  18. 🙂 Dodge wife as to why you spent $3000 you don’t have on an AR “you dont really need” and everything else (optional)

Pic of my new rifle