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Author: Shane White
Posted: August 1, 2014, 5:00 am
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They ability to manage a large-sized vehicle in challenging conditions is important, especially in survival situations. This will enable you to safely transport more cargo, navigate different forms of terrain and even overcome partial or full barricades. Following are 7 reasons why you want to know how to drive a truck in emergency situations.

Moving Your Stockpile

The most important step in disaster preparedness is to stock up on food, potable water, medical supplies and an array of durable items for creating a basic shelter when necessary. Having these things on hand, however, does not automatically mean that people will be able to survive challenging and unexpected developments. Changing locations could be critical for avoiding contamination of food and water stores and for the preservation of life. The ability to drive a truck will make it much easier to fit all people and goods into a single vehicle so that families are not split up and rations are not unnecessarily divided.

Extreme Driving Conditions

Chances are that you will be facing extreme conditions in survival situations. According to Valley Driving School in Richmond, B.C. extreme weather conditions include extreme cold, extreme heat, wet roads, icy roads, extremely dry environments, snow, high winds and fog. Larger, more rugged vehicles are equipped to handle these types of conditions, however expert training is advised for some conditions.

Going Off Road

The ability to go off road in a 2wd vehicle is an important skill to master. Learning how to do this in a 4wd vehicle, however, will get you and your group where you need to go far faster and much easier. Larger trucks make great bug-out vehicles, even though they are more conspicuous than smaller autos with fewer navigation abilities.

The Ability to Transport Your Own Fuel

Small-sized autos will rarely be sufficient for transporting all people, water, food items, clothing, medical supplies and shelter materials. They will also lack adequate space for storing extra fuel. A large-sized truck, however, will allow you to take several fuel cans in tow. This will make it possible to drive further without having to plot a route that is heavily reliant upon having access to gas stations.

Overcoming Blockades

Many trucks will also have the ability to overcome or move past temporary blockages that have been established by authorities or private parties. In emergency events, creating feasible routes to safety will often require people to travel off the beaten path. Small obstacles that might cause problems for small-sized vehicles could be easily bypassed when riding in a large-sized truck.

Picking People Up

In the interest of self-preservation, most survivalists will not be eager to add to their group when leaving potentially life-threatening circumstances behind them. When time allows, however, it could be advantageous to pick up like-minded individuals who have stored resources and tools that will compliment your own. This can even enhance the collective skill set. With a larger vehicle on hand, you will invariably have more options in terms of who and what you are willing and able to transport. Trips into densely populated areas to replenish fuel, food or medical supplies can be more productive as well and these can therefore be limited.

Safe Shelter

When all else fails, a large-sized vehicle will provide safe shelter from the elements and will not require any modifications in order to do so. This will create a comfortable space for performing a wide variety of activities and could be far preferable to building a temporary shelter outside. Trucks as shelters will even provide limited access to a fairly reliable power and heat source. Using the truck as an alternative means for shelter will additionally make it easier for groups to quickly pack up camp and head to new areas when problems arise.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 30, 2014, 5:13 pm
Emergency preparedness is neglected in many homes, but it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for different events. Emergencies can involve anything from being stranded on the road in cold weather to natural disasters requiring immediate evacuation. Here are five tips you can use to make sure you’re ready in case the worst happens.

Keep up with Car Maintenance

It doesn’t matter how great your first-aid kit is if your car breaks down because the oil wasn’t changed. Keep up with regular maintenance so that you can count on your car working when you need it the most. This includes changing the oil, checking the battery and contacts, replacing worn windshield wipers, the cabin and engine air filters, having the tires rotated and replacing spark plugs.

Fix the Cars

In the event of an emergency, you may need more than one car to get out of town with the entire family, your pets, the possessions most important to you and some basic living supplies. When evacuating for a tornado, it’s impossible to know when the area will be safe to return, so you’ll need to take extra clothes and items along. If you have a broken down car, this is the time to get it fixed.

Basic Comfort

People in northern climates routinely keep at least one extra blanket in the car in case they’re trapped on the road during a snowstorm. However, this is a good item to have in all regions. It can become cool at night even in warmer climates, and you need to be prepared for anything. Include some basic comfort items in the emergency bin that will stay in your car. Consider blankets for warmth, work gloves, a complete change of clothing for each family member and a few rolls of toilet paper.

Necessities for Survival

In an emergency, everyone in town may be heading in the same direction as you are. Stopping at the grocery store may not be an option. Leave a case of water in the trunk of the car along with some food like trail mix, protein bars and other items that can take the heat. Purchase new supplies every few months and cycle them out so you don’t wind up with stale water and spoiled food.

Other Items to Consider

In addition to the standard first aid kit, remember a few other items. Even if cell service goes down for a while, it will hopefully come back up. Keep an automobile phone charger in the car so that you can maintain communication with loved ones. Pack flashlights and extra batteries. You should also have a basic tool kit and a set of jumper cables. Even though your car is in top condition, someone else may need your assistance with theirs.

Make sure that every car you own is packed with an emergency kit. If you have to leave the area in an emergency, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something essential in your rush to leave. If you’re stranded in a traffic jam or break down in bad weather, you’ll have the supplies on hand that you need.

Chaleigh Glass is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from tow truck companies in Kamloops that sell recycled truck parts like: Mike's Auto Towing. Other topics include things like how to spice up your love life to how to live off the grid. In her spare time she likes to golf, snowboard, and take lifestyle photos.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 29, 2014, 5:11 pm
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  1. Over Communicate

    This one is so basic it should be second nature, but so many people leave out this one thing that could save their lives. If you are traveling alone make sure you have a check-in buddy. This person should know how to contact you (if possible), where you are going (as specific as you can be down to trail), when you are going and when you are expected to be back. Every detail that you can give them is important and could be the piece that leads to your rescue should you become lost, injured or incapacitated in the wild.

  2. Carry a Handkerchief

    This simple and classic item should be in every preparedness-minded person’s pocket or within easy reach. It is the very spirit of the multi-tasker, and it is one survival item that is appropriate and accepted anywhere. Your handkerchief can serve countless purposes:
    • Bandage
    • Carry Container
    • First Stage Water Filtration
    • Fuel for Fires
    • Dust/Debris Mask
    • Signal/Marker
    • Oven Mitt
    • Cold Compress
    • Sling Shot
    When you start thinking about it, you will come up with 100 more uses for the simple handkerchief that will make you appreciate it in a whole new light.

  3. Use Everything

    When you are in survival mode, everything is useful and nothing is sacred. Understanding that things can be replaced will help keep you in the mindset that you are staying alive and ensure your priorities are in order. Whether it is stripping out the interior of your car for materials that can be used for clothing or shelter or busting up a dead phone to get a fire-starting spark from the battery; nothing you own is more important than staying alive. Many people have failed to survive catastrophe while they carried the very keys to their salvation literally on their back.

  4. Don’t Ration Water

    Many a stranded man and woman have been found dead of dehydration, their bodies found parched- next to a half-full canteen. Sound crazy? It’s more common than you might think. It’s a commonly held belief that you need to make the water last as long as possible, so you start to ration out whatever supply you have. This mistake is 100% fatal. Your body requires 2 liters per day- minimum. Taking a few sips to preserve the supply will do nothing but quench the superficial thirst. The saying is true, once you are thirsty- you are already dehydrated.

    Water is one of your critical needs, and you should always be on the lookout for a clean or cleanable supply. Drink what you have to stay hydrated, or your brain and body will cease to function at a high level. Eventually, they will cease to function at all.

  5. Relax, Seriously

    The last thing that most people in a survival situation think about is relaxing. It is a critical life and death struggle; there is absolutely no time to stop focusing on survival, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. Your mental well-being and morale are critically important. Most experts will tell you that your bug out bag should include a book, or a notebook and paper or some playing cards. It is these small things that will allow you to keep your mind from going into panic mode. Just like you take breaks from any work or project, so much you from survival. It has been said that survival is 90% mental, and that has been proven in survival stories time and time again. Take some time to breath, take a nap or hum a song- anything to clear your mind. Your focus will be stronger, and your morale higher- giving you the greatest chance of survival.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 23, 2014, 5:10 pm
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Whether you live alone, are walking through a big city, or driving in an unfamiliar area, it is important to always remember safety procedures. Most of the time, actions taken to ensure personal safety fall into the "common sense" category, but there are also several pieces of equipment which are helpful to have on your person at all times.

In the Car

Many car accessories manufacturers sell kits containing a lot of tools that become necessary in the event of an emergency. For example, there are window-breaking hammers which can be mounted to your dashboard. These come in handy when you are trapped underwater or in an overturned vehicle.

Another piece of equipment important to car safety is a fire extinguisher. If your car catches fire, it can move to the fuel or oil lines and cause an explosion. Fire extinguishers remove that possibility.

First aid kits are also important to have at your fingertips. Wounds from car accidents commonly become infected, since most victims do not immediately stop the bleeding or cover the wound. To limit the ill effects of car accidents, first aid kits are a necessary part of your emergency equipment.

On Your Person

Flashlights are always a good thing to have immediately available. Small flashlights that can be connected to your key chain are good to bring around with you wherever you go. Walking along roads with a flashlight will also alert cars to your presence, so they will not accidentally hit you.

Pepper spray or mace is also important to have in case of animal attack or attempted assault. These, like flashlights, come in keychain form and can be easily carried anywhere you need to go.

A pen and paper are surprisingly useful tools in emergencies. You may need to write a note on a car you've accidentally backed into, write down your contact information for police or others involved in an accident, or even signal for help with a hastily-scribbled note to a stranger. In these circumstances, you'll be glad you remembered to bring your pen and paper.

In the Home

Extra batteries are always good to keep in the house. If the power goes out, you'll be relying on batteries for light and heat. Gallons or bottles of water are also important to have, in case your water turns off in the middle of a disaster. For a long-term water supply, keep a filter or chemical purifier in your home, so you can get clean water from natural sources, if it comes to that.

Always make sure you keep these essential pieces of safety equipment readily available. The world can be a strange, exciting and dangerous place, so be safe out there!

Informational Credit to Nutech Safety Ltd

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 16, 2014, 5:16 pm

You see them in safari-related movies, on hunting tours and even on the roads nowadays. It's not a Jeep, although their heavy-duty design allows them to compete against other off-road vehicles. With a legacy originating in Japan back in the early 1950s[1], the Toyota Land Cruiser has become a popular vehicle in countless countries all over the globe.

But why is this particular vehicle so highly desired, and how can it work for you?

Today, many use the Land Cruiser as a regular civilian vehicle due to its SUV looks, seating capacity, speed and superior engine size as well as its overall availability around the world. Newer models even allow buyers to choose unleaded or diesel engine options.

However, unbeknownst to many, there may be a bigger punch underneath the vehicle's V-8 diesel or petrol engine. Many security companies (or their clients) specifically request this vehicle for transportation because of its unparalleled safety and customization capabilities. Specialty businesses offer the ability to transfer a vehicle’s drive shaft from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, which makes it perfect for international use in locations where the road systems are vastly different to how American transportation infrastructures function.

When considering an armored car company, what features do they offer that can boost security for a standard Land Cruiser model? Here are some of the most popular customizable safety features:
  • Bullet resistant glass
  • Reinforced steel frames
  • Added composite steel for doors and roof
  • Roof escape options
  • Self-sealing gun ports
  • Run flat tires
Did you know that, when shot at, bullet resistant glass acts like a giant piece of plastic wrap, and its layers of glass and plastic safely envelop each bullet fragment? Furthermore, by reinforcing the vehicle’s body with composite steel plates, it makes the vehicle able to withstand dangerous collisions as well as more impervious to blasts caused by improvised explosion devices (IEDs).

These aforementioned features can be combined to create an exceptional level of road protection, making it much more difficult to damage than a standard vehicle. Even in relation to bullet spray, a customized Land Cruiser can offer extra protection for its inhabitants. Perhaps this is why so many law enforcement agencies, security companies, and private military organizations request this type of vehicle as they go about their duties.

If customizable vehicle manufacturing is something you want to pursue to strengthen your security from any potential threat to you and your passengers, please feel free to contact the international leader of armored cars, The Armored Group, today!

[1]Toyota. “Toyota Land Cruiser Chronology.” 2013, September 2013. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from http://toyotanews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+land+cruiser+chronology.htm.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: July 14, 2014, 5:03 pm
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We preppers are well aware that the world is not a perfect place. A whole lot can happen in a very short amount of time: like how a hurricane can gut an entire city overnight. An earthquake can topple bridges and large buildings in minutes, and even a solar flare can send society tumbling into anarchy within days.

But let’s not forget about how we can also be caught off guard, away from our preps and gear. You’ve probably played this scenario in your mind a few times already…

The Scenario

You leave for the weekend to visit the in-laws without your gear, thinking, “There’s no way something crazy is going to happen while we’re gone.” And then, the unthinkable happens.

You’re suddenly in a crisis scenario …possibly miles from your stash of survival goodies and just no way to get to them.

So, what are you going to do?

I’ve always said that a prepper is someone who gathers knowledge and supplies to survive a crisis. A survivalist is someone knowledgeable who prepares to have no supplies when the crisis unfolds.

No ‘survival supplies’? Oh contraire, my friends. I can already think of 4 that would certainly be stored at the in-laws' place.

Cotton Balls & Petroleum Jelly

Want to know a cheap, easy way of starting a fire –even if you left your trioxane tablets back at home?

Go to the upstairs bathroom and open the linen closet or mirror cabinet. Grab the Vaseline, about 15 cotton balls and a prescription pill container.

All you need to do is take a cotton ball, dip it in the petroleum jelly, and shove it into the pill container. Then, repeat until the container is completely full.

When you need to start a fire, simply hit that puppy with one of the in-laws' 5,000 matches (because his mom loves her candles), and it will burn consistently for a good 3-5 minutes. At that point, starting a fire is idiot-proof.

Oh, and don’t wipe the stickiness off your hands. You can also use the Vaseline that was inevitably left on your fingers for lip balm. Waste not; want not!

Duct Tape

Let’s face it, this one’s a given. Here’s just a short list of all the things you can do with the wonderful loveliness of duct tape.
  • Repair nylons and plastics from tents to patio furniture covers, which can also act as a water resistant bag.
  • Rip it into strips and create a synthetic rope (which is surprisingly strong)
  • Rip it into very thin strips and create yet another fire starter, which will burn for up to 15 minutes.
  • Temporarily patch clothing
  • Secure dressings on a wound with a cotton bandana or ripped-off swaths of the living room drapes
  • Burn the duct tape to use as signaling, if there’s snow on the ground. It will burn with a smelly, dark black smoke that will contrast against the white landscape.
And that isn’t even close to scratching the surface, as to how useful duct tape can be. If anything, it’s probably the most important supply in the home and in your preps.


This one is often overlooked, but there are some fantastic uses for the New York Times. And yes, even the one that’s been lying on your in-law’s front porch since last autumn.

For instance, newspaper can provide excellent insulation for cold evenings. Simply crumple up the lose papers and stuff the loose wads under your clothing. You’d be surprised as to just how warm this can keep you.

Just make sure to have a layer under the crumpled wads, because that gets itchy quickly.

Also, if you’ve got a whole ton of newspaper and other junk mail just lying about the house, then you can actually purchase a device that will turn it into logs for burning.

It’s basically nothing more than a compressor that uses water to break down the fibers in the paper. Once you’ve got full compression, you can remove the wet log and let it dry.

If the in-laws have a chimney, then you’re in luck. If they don’t…

Who cares if your neighborhood doesn’t allow bonfires, use the backyard anyway. It’s not like you’re going to get reprimanded by the homeowners association.

Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 10, 2014, 5:34 pm
While some storms can be dangerous and devastating, there are many ways to prepare your home and family before it reaches your home. Residents are often informed ahead of time of the storm before it reaches them, giving them time to prepare and find shelter. These are the storms that can cause extensive damage to your home. Preparing for a devastating storm’s aftermath is just as important as getting ready for the storm. Here are some things to take care of after the storm passes:

Utilize Your Emergency Kit And Food Storage

Even if the storm wasn't that damaging, using what you have in your emergency kit and food storage can be quite helpful. Instead of frantically running to the store for food and water, use what you have in your home for less stress, and a simple way to save gas in your car. Following a natural disaster, stores are filled with long lines and out-of-stock essentials, so avoiding that mess if you can will help your situation and give you time to focus your attention on other important matters.

Insurance Information

After the storm passes, you will probably be without power and Internet service. You will not be able to open your laptop, go online and find your insurance information. Before the storm arrives, take the time to organize all of your insurance information such as policy numbers and phone numbers and put them some place safe. Once the storm has calmed down and everyone is safe, make a call to insurance company as quickly as possible to get the ball rolling and find out what other information they need from you.

Take Photographs

If your home has some unique features like a stained glass window or doors with intricate designs carved into them, you will want to photograph them in case they are damaged or destroyed in the storm. You might think that you could easily describe them for someone trying to recreate them, but this is not as easy as you think. Having a picture handy will help get these features replicated. If you have some expensive electronics in your home such as a brand new flat screen TV, take a picture of yourself in front of it. If you have photographic evidence of items that were damaged or destroyed during the storm, it will help you get an insurance claim processed quickly.

List of Professionals

The aftermath of a storm can leave your house in need of professional help. Your pipes might be damaged or electrical wires exposed. Take the time before the storm to organize a list of professional services and their contact information. If your septic tank begins to leak in the storm, you will want someone to look at it right away.

Keep Dry

It's very important to know how to stop a flood and dry out your home after a storm. Flooding can quickly cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you don't remove the water quickly enough, it will be too late for repair. Flooding can cause mold, mildew, structural damage and host of other problems. Be sure to turn off the electricity if you are dealing with water, and begin relocating as many items as you can to a dry area. Use towels and vacuums when you can, and call a professional for major flooding to take care of the problem.

Emergency Plans

After weathering the storm, your home might need a lot of repair work and it could be unsuitable for your pets and small children. Make arrangements for a safe place for your pets and children to go after the storm in case your home is unsafe. Relying on your neighbor wouldn't be the best idea, since they are likely in the same situation you are. Give yourself some options to keep your family safe if you can't stay in your home.

The aftermath of a storm can be a chaotic time filled with uncertainty. With a little pre-planning, you can make it easier to deal with any damage or repercussions of the storm.

Informational credit to Kamloops Septic Service.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 3, 2014, 5:12 pm
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The basic necessities of life—those things we all take for granted every day, are always what becomes most important to us when faced with a serious survival situation. These situations, whether they arise from incidents of extreme weather events, natural disasters, or some chaotic disruption in society itself, require intensive planning on the part of those who wish to survive them. Foresight, in this matter, can include a plan to convert your home into a functioning survival shelter.

Food and Water

We can't know for sure that the retail stores we depend up on for food will be open for business in an extreme survival situation. To this end, it's advisable to learn as much as one can about safely storing food and water. Although survival meals can be purchased ahead of time, they are meant to solve temporary food supply outages. Long-term planning requires being knowledgeable about the bulk storage of beans, rice, freeze-dried foods and canned goods. Canned food can be stacked on shelves, but items like rice and beans need to be stored in air-tight plastic drums impervious to moisture and pests such as insects, rats and mice. Water can also be stored in steel or plastic drums with liners or in bathtub bladders made for that purpose. However, if one chooses to store fresh water, their plans should also include the means to capture and purify rain water to be used for drinking and cleaning purposes.

Living off the Grid

It should surprise no one to hear that, when it comes to survival, simple strategies are almost always better than complicated ones. Complex tactics have a greater number of failure points, making them volatile and unreliable survival plans. A complex strategy is also likely to rely too heavily on things that might not be available when they are most needed. A good example of this is the sewing machine--it's always better to own a treadle-powered sewing machine (and know how to use it) than to keep a modern electric-powered one that will do nothing for you if the power goes down. One way to survive comfortably without electricity from the power company is to generate your own. This can be done by hooking up a generator to a stationary bike and pedaling whenever you require electricity. Surplus electric power can be stored in series of linked car batteries, which can be bought and stored at any time.

Guard Against Intruders

What's worth preserving, storing and caching is worth protecting from intruders. In a survival situation, a reliable home security system is a must. A Vancouver home alarm systems specialist from Astro Guard Alarms reports that, while most systems require alternating current to run, certain systems will operate perfectly under backup battery power. In the absence of a functioning electric-powered security system, your best bet is to create the perception that your home is not worth breaking into. You can create this impression by leaving a very large dog bowl or an empty box of shotgun shells—anything to create an intimidating façade to make potential intruders think twice.

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Author: Shane White
Posted: July 2, 2014, 5:14 pm
For July 2014, we want to give someone a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Pick out your own survival gear to help you get ready for the ever nearing end of the world. Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!

This month, we want to hear what you like and don't like about The Doomsday Moose. Please take the time to comment, and/or get involved in discussions below. We want to be among the best at what we do.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: July 1, 2014, 5:00 am
At present, residents craft a home that has a hard-to-miss curb appeal, and is an energy-efficient space that marries beauty and sustainability. However, people seem to forget or forego the idea that a home should first and foremost secure a family in its every sense. These days, home improvements lack the commitment of fusing home security function to make a home’s value in a more sustainable and more realistic sense. While doors with a personalized marble knob are indeed pretty and Pinterest-worthy, doors must be planned and constructed to guarantee home security and family safety.

This is where practical prepping comes in the picture. With all the disasters and emergencies from social uncertainties, a preparedness guide is now a lifestyle rather than a mere way to prevent damage in families and properties. Here are some items that may help you fortify your walls, just in case a zombie apocalypse comes:

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America’s Gut Talent

Did you know that when you feel there’s something unsafe in your surroundings, you are most likely right to some extent? Humans are wired with nature’s fight and flight mechanism that has been tried and tested since the beginning of our existence. How many times were you able to avoid terrible traffic because you mindlessly took an alternate route to work? Are there times when you chose to stay at home because you anticipated that the storm that was supposedly manageable turned monstrous?

Befriend Cooper’s Safety Color Wheel

What does Jeff Cooper, the father of modern handgun technique, have to do with your life as a prepper? He identified four colors to make situational awareness easier to remember. In a nutshell, situational awareness is the manner by which you and your household can identify risks and dangers in your environment. This way, you stay alert as you deal better with panic and stress.

White means you are totally unaware and unprepared. This usually happens when you nonchalantly switch channels when you hear a breaking news about a protest turned sour, or a storm that damaged a state that is nowhere near yours.

Yellow, on the other hand, is much like the alertness level you have when you are driving a car. As you exit your driveway and take your usual route to work or the kid’s school, you know that while there is no chance of coming across an unlikely situation, you should be prepared, still. An example of yellow-level prepping is having a spare tire or the number of people you’d call should you meet an accident.

Red and Orange for Driveway Safety

The other two colors call for more serious preparedness. Orange alert is when you find yourself in a specific emergency-related situation. For instance, you hear your neighbor’s driveway alarm go off in broad daylight. Considering that you’ve done all checks in your entire home’s entry and exit points, you instantly think about how a burglar can still find a way in your sealed garage. This is the time where you scour your brain as you decide on what to do. Will you contact the police or would you stay inside your home instead? Guided by the orange alert, you must remember that studies revealed that a single incidence of car theft in a neighborhood usually means that there are other burglars lurking within your vicinity.

On the other hand, red alert means that you should be ready to defend your family and property. Should you find your very own driveway alarm go off on a storm-stricken night with no light in sight, get your security gears ready. Driveways are highways of burglars, as many police officials and security experts say; but it must stupefy you. In essence, a safe driveway must be a factor of a safe residential area; so you must work for it at all costs, at all times. Strategically installing driveway entry alarm systems don’t only buy you more time to plan your self-defense tactics (since the police are inaccessible), it also distracts intruders who only take 3 minutes to pry your car open and drive off to his hideout.

How will these be linked to preparedness, you ask? Treating your everyday emergencies preps you for worse emergency situations. Knowing how to act, and when not to attack is essential in preparedness. If you can’t guard your car under normal circumstances, you will most likely lose your battles when you’re dealing with a car thief during an earthquake, a prolonged power outage, or a zombie apocalypse.

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Stick Your Home Security Head Out and Shout

A cheap yet proven way to deter thieves and trespasses is to make the most of your alarm sticker decals. Yes, you may have high security fence, or security trees in place, but you have to think like a burglar. More often than not, burglars get a thrill when they climb, tamper or trespass. This is much like a right of passage to them. As most homes have no fences, alarm stickers that can be seen from 2 or 3 feet from all angles, will instantly up the ante of your home security.

During floods, netizens usually alert friends, families and the public that their area is already in a wreck. While you are posting that you’ve already left your home to evacuate, chances are people who are not prepared for emergencies might think of breaking in your home to get a quick fill and perhaps, easy cash that would come in very handy. A good tip is to post your walls and windows that brandish your home security decal stickers.

Pet Door Might Be Your Home’s Trap Door

Whether your pet door is meant for small breed or larger breeds, it is still a possible point of entry to your home. These days, collars that signal your pet doors are better as compared with just letting them in and out of your house freely. Since dogs are also friendly and sturdy companions during disaster, do not neglect your pet’s preparedness, too. As soon as batteries drain, phones die, and fuel runs scarce, your dogs will still be up and running as you go on to live and tell your own survivalist success story.

Home Security Tricks for Intruder Threats

A preparedness plan can always turn to the adage, “Fake it, until you make it.” Still remember how the movie Home Alone gave kids and parents wicked and witty ways to keep the bad guys out? Keep an alarm system disguised as a shiny object on top of a table that knocks over easily and make sure that it distracts the burglar. Similarly, fake floorboards that are flood-proof can securely hold your emergency food supplies. This does not only save you space, but it also tricks burglars as they come across an empty basement or pantry with good old perishable food.

Seal your Food and Water Safely and Wisely

During disaster situations, people tend to break in stores and homes in search for safety, and food & water supplies that run low during these times. Make sure that your bug out car or your home can hold your food and water requirements for more than a week.

Learn to use bleach to make cloudy water safe enough for drinking. As a rule, a gallon of cloudy water could use 4-8 drops of common household bleach—after sitting for 30 minutes. You can always put canned goods and food inside glass jars in your bug out bag; but in reality, you need a survival food kit that can allow you to move faster sans the literal and figurative weight. Foods that are already packed per meal would easily secure you and your home’s energy needs without minding portion estimates. For larger households, compact emergency food kits that take up the least space are the best options for evacuation. Seek food storage that easily fit in your car. There is nothing worse than having to leave behind your disaster food stockpile just because they don’t fit your current stance and circumstance. Another scenario you wouldn’t want to be in, is when you find out that your food supply do not match the dietary needs of your family members that may stem from allergic reactions or medical conditions.

A Secure Home Should be Where the Heart Is

Remember, a secure home is a home away from damages of all sorts. Families must look at weaving the basics of home security in their preparedness plans. Starting with tweaking your home’s current curb appeal is a good way to make transition from an unprepared pack to a practical prepper in no time, and without exerting much effort that may seem unimaginable and uncalled for.

About the Author: Aby League is a qualitative researcher and a passionate writer. She is an innovator and technology enthusiast. She has been writing about health, psychology, home improvement and technology. You can see more of her articles on Elite Daily. To know her more, follow her on Twitter.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 30, 2014, 5:26 pm
by Shane White

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I was parked in a parking garage Monday and found an unpleasant surprise waiting for me when I left work.

I approached my car visually inspecting the tires and such as I typically do before I get in the car. I just checked the passenger side and saw nothing unusual and walked around to the other side and noticed that my driver door was opened. A split second later, I noticed a man laying in the floor with his legs hanging out of the car door into the parking lot.

Paraphrasing, here is the conversation that followed this discovery.

"What are you doing?" I asked

"I am trying to get my car started."

"This is my car."

The thief then paused and said, "I will be honest with you. I was going to steal it. But just for a little while."

While this conversation was going on he got up and was maneuvering himself so he could get away. The last thing he said was, "Don't tell anybody." and then he ran away. (obviously I didn't not tell anybody)

I stood stunned and shocked for a few moments amazed at what had just happened and then began to inspect my vehicle. It looked like he had been there for a while. He had taken the time to go through my glove box and center console and then organize what he wanted to keep and left what he wasn't interested in. He also spent some time on the ignition switch trying to force it with a screwdriver or something. After this he took the assembly under the steering wheel apart and started working on the wiring when I had found him.

The only thing that I noticed that he took was my rescue tool/pocket knife.

I got in the car and went home.


I spent Monday evening and the next day thinking about everything that had happened.

What if it had gone down badly.

What if he pulled a knife or a gun on me. I know he had one. He just stole one from the center console of my car.

What if he was high on drugs or reacted violently when he saw me.

I had handled the whole situation poorly. But then in my defense, I had not really thought through what to do when

something like this happens. Here are my thoughts.

If you see someone in your car, don't alert him to your presence. Get security or the police before confronting the criminal. If you should alert him to your presence, keep a good distance from him. Watch his hands and eyes closely for signs that he is going to make a move towards you. If you are attacked, do something to draw attention to yourself. Yelling or screaming would be effective.


Note that the parking garage companies are not in business to do more that give you a place to park. Beyond collecting your daily or monthly parking fee, they have little interest in protecting you or your car. They will tell you that it is not their responsibility if something happens to your car. Their security is basically sending a man through the lot once an hour and they have cameras at the exits. It is your responsibility to keep your car safe even though it is in their garage.

What are your thoughts?

Be safe.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 25, 2014, 5:07 pm
Clean water is essential to humans, but many of the sources for water became contaminated by natural forces, industrial runoff and other activities. The types of contaminants fall into several different categories. All of these can be hazardous for humans in different ways, even if our present society happens to crumble.

Common Microorganisms

Many types of microorganisms are found in untreated water. Bacteria, viruses and protozoa are the main types. These microorganisms usually enter the water supply through fecal matter from animals or humans. An effective water filtration system like those found at www.filterwater.com can remove these contaminants from water for safe drinking. Some gravity water filters do not require power to function, making them ideal for emergency use. Here are some microorganisms to watch out for:
  • E coli – A coliform bacteria, E coli causes intestinal illness and general malaise.
  • Giardia lamblia – Giardia, a protozoon, also causes vomiting, nauseas and diarrhea, which can become a chronic infection.
  • Cryptosporidium – This is another type of protozoa that causes headache, diarrhea and low fever.
  • Hepatitis A – This is a type of virus that causes liver enlargement, lethargy, weakness, anorexia and jaundice. It can be fatal in some cases.

Inorganic Chemicals

Inorganic chemicals in the water can occur because of natural forces or can enter the water through runoff or deliberate dumping of waste. Some common inorganic contaminants found in water include the following:
  • Arsenic – This chemical can be found naturally in groundwater and may runoff from agricultural fields or electronics manufacturing.
  • Asbestos – This chemical leaches into water from decaying cement-containing asbestos and from naturally occurring sources.
  • Barium – A byproduct of drilling activities, this chemical can increases in blood pressure.
  • Copper – This mineral is often caused by corrosion of plumbing materials found in buildings, but it can also result from erosion of natural sources.
  • Lead – This mineral also results from plumbing sources and also is found in nature.
  • Mercury – Mercury can result from runoff from industrial processes or from natural deposits.
  • Selenium – This mineral results from petroleum refining and from discharges from mining activities.

Organic Contaminants

Along with inorganic materials, organic compounds can also be found in untreated water, which can cause a number of health problems in humans:
  • Atrazine – This chemical occurs in water because of runoff from herbicides to control weeds in agriculture and in home lawn care.
  • Benzene – Benzene finds its way into the water supply through discharge from industrial processes and leaching from gas tanks.
  • Dioxin – This chemical leaches into water from waste incineration and other types of combustion, as well as from chemical manufacturing discharges.
Due to rising toxins levels found in humans seemingly by the year, you should be aware of the potential contaminants in drinking water, and protect yourself by testing your water and taking measures to address any present toxins.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 23, 2014, 5:22 pm
Your home is your refuge and safe haven away from this chaotic world. With this said, of course, coming up with effective ways to secure your home is undoubtedly one of your top priorities in life. This priority comes in light of the alarming growing rates of criminal home intrusion activities that have been taking place in every corner of neighborhoods of different backgrounds.

More than 2.2 million robberies occur every year in the United States alone, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You’ve got to admit, these figures have got to increase your drive to enhance your home security systems more than ever.

There are several ways to protect your house against intruders that won’t cause you any extensive hassle to implement. Being in the know on how to smartly implement these security hacks will save you from the aches and pains of constantly worrying about your home safety.

Sirens come to the rescue

Siren driveway entry alert alarms scare off burglars when they first attempt to break into your house. The intimidating sight and the loud sound that emanate from the siren alert the burglars that the house owner and the neighbors nearby are in the know of their attempted intrusion. Subsequently, burglars will likely leave your premises upon hearing the siren sounds off, before the police arrive at the scene.

Driveways are one of the burglars’ main targets, because they are the places where burglars enter through your house. It would be best to place a very loud sounding device in your driveways to stop home intrusions before they even happen. Sirens save you the hassle of having to undergo physical fights with burglars. Additionally, having a siren means you won’t have to beat the busy signal when you pick up the phone to call 911.

Energy saving security systems

You can find cellular based home security systems in an alarm system store at affordable prices. This is because you won’t need to spend extra money to purchase a landline or broadband connection to avail of these systems, since they are wireless. You can put a loud sounding alarm in these systems to alert you when they sense the presence of intruders in your home.

The difference between wired and wireless alarm is that the latter is more reliable as it works with or without power and is very easy to install. A wireless alarm frees you from worrying about home intruders when power availability is beyond your control.

Communicate with a two-way intercom

Install your two-way intercom beside your security alarm system. When your alarm system goes off, you can easily dash to the intercom to alert your loved one in the other part of your house of the presence of burglars.

Get the help you need from your garage when intruders come in and, in some cases, attack you. You may just save yourself from having to call the proper authorities once the person in the other part of your house comes to your rescue.

Don’t flaunt your valuables

One of the easiest ways to ensure family safety is by not having anything valuable in your house, or at least not appearing to have anything valuable. Don’t show off valuable items in your neighborhood, such as jewelry and expensive items, to avoid tempting potential burglars you may not know are lurking around.

Burglary cases often occur when you make the efforts yourself to attract burglars. Prevent this incident from happening by appearing modest and down to earth in your neighborhood.

Put up a front

Combat burglary by putting up an alarm system sign. You don’t need to actually own an alarm system in your home, but you can do some pretending to scare off burglars or intruders. Knowing what’s in store for them if they proceed to commit the crime scare off burglars in no time.

Install surveillance cameras in your front porch to watch over your sign. Vandalism is not uncommon, and you would not want your property to become a victim of it. Immediately report to authorities any suspicious activity you would observe from your CCTV.

Another path for intruders

If you have your air conditioner installed by your window, you need to think twice if you think intruders may not break into it. Install sensor garage alarm systems near the back of your air-conditioner to alert you of a possible break-in. The loud sound emanating from these systems can wake you up even when you are in a deep sleep.

Installing a security system in your garage also prevents possible car break-ins in your home. Car napping can happen anywhere, and your home garage is no exception. Be proactive and kill two birds with one stone in enhancing your home security.

Be selective when it comes to doors

One of the unexpectedly dangerous things in your house is when you don’t know your front or back door is not burglar proof. Avoid having doors that have glass near the doorknob. It is very easy for burglars to break the glass and tinker with the lock of your doorknob, to get inside your house. Get the heads up in advance before you put up all the doors within the premises of your house.

Avoid the social media hype

When going away on a vacation, avoid announcing your trip on social media sites, such as Facebook. You only give away information to potential intruders on the best possible times they can take advantage of the situation, and break into your home. If you wish to inform loved ones and friends of your upcoming trip, send them a private message, an email, text message, or better yet, call them up yourself.

A recent study by Rutgers University reveals that the use of residential burglar alarm systems reduces crimes. Ensure your home and family safety by not hesitating to take the initiative in going the extra mile to implement these security hacks in your home. You will find that the consequent lifelong protection these hacks bring makes all the hard work worth it.

Emily Harper is a writer and a full-time mother. She often writes about sustainability, parenting and issues concerning families and women. She runs the blog SecurityOcean.com

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 19, 2014, 6:08 pm
Insurance is not a very fun topic for most people. Many people look at getting insurance with the same light as doing their taxes, balancing their checkbooks, or buying their own grave site. However, things happen. Floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, major health problems, disabilities, sudden death, car accidents, and lawsuits could all happen when you least expect and there's little you could do to prevent them. You could, however, protect yourself and everything you love by having an insurance policy that'll minimize your damages. There are five major insurance policies everyone should have:

  1. Homeowner's Insurance

    Homeowner's insurance policies offer great values because you get a lot of coverage for not that much money. However, you must tailor it to your specific needs. For example, if you live in an area that's prone to earthquakes or tornadoes you will need to make sure your policy covers those disasters because they usually don't come standard. All homeowner's insurance policies cover five major areas:
    1. Damage to your home and detached structures
    2. Damage or theft to your household's personal property regardless of where it happened
    3. Financial loss due to any of the above occurrences
    4. Personal liability for injuries and damages that occur regardless of where it happened
    5. Medical expenses for injured guests regardless of fault

  2. Automobile Insurance

    Your vehicle poses the largest threat to you facing legal judgements, injury, death, and property damage. A liability insurance policy will pay financial judgements and medical bills for you, minimizing your overall risk. It's important to understand that this could mean big dollars. Let's say you injure a teacher in an auto accident who ends up missing two years of work. She stays in a hospital for two months then a rehabilitation center for the remaining 22 months. All in all, the total damages could be $100,000 in lost wages, $150,000 for pain and suffering, and $125,000 in medical expenses totaling $375,000. Those figures will only increases if you've injured a doctor, financial professional, or professional athlete instead.

  3. General Business Liability

    If you're a business owner, the last thing you want is someone slipping and falling everyday on your premises forcing you to pay tens of thousands of dollars each time. General liability insurance will protect your business against:
    • Negligence
    • Damages
    • Personal injuries
    • Medical expenses
    • Lawsuits
    • Advertising injuries
    Find out more information regarding business liability insurance at SBA

  4. Life Insurance

    Life insurance protects your loved ones from financial hardship once you pass. Life insurance can be used for funeral costs, debts you leave behind, and as a supplemental income for your family.

  5. Disability Insurance

    Disability insurance will protect you when you have a long-term loss of income due to a disability. Without this coverage, you and your family will struggle to pay for housing, living expenses, food, and additional care.

These five coverage areas are essential to protecting your family's financial stability. Consider speaking with an insurance specialist to build your personal insurance program.

Kandace Heller is a freelance writer in Orlando, Florida. She loves researching, writing and sharing what she learns with others. Informational credit to the Calgary insurance brokers at Thomson Schindle Green Insurance & Financial Services Ltd.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 17, 2014, 5:23 pm
There's nothing like spending time outdoors when the weather permits. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, hunting--the options are endless. Everybody enjoys nature in a different way, but you should always be mindful of your surroundings. When you're having too much fun, disaster can strike suddenly. If you happen to get injured out in the field, follow these steps to make a splint or sling to minimize the damage until you're able to receive medical attention.

Examine the Injury

Before you attempt to build a makeshift splint or sling, you must first determine the type of injury you have and its severity. Splints are most appropriate for serious fractures that either protrude from the flesh or don't. Their purpose is to keep the bones from shifting so as to prevent further injury. Slings, on the other hand, are more commonly used for lesser injuries such as dislocations, sprains, and minor fractures. They suspend a damaged limb in a safer and less painful position. Sometimes both are required to fully stabilize an injury.

Tend to Immediate Concerns First

If your injury involves an open wound, your priority is to control the bleeding. Use clothing, towels, blankets, or other cloth materials to tightly wrap the wound. Once the bleeding has stopped, try to clean the area around the wound to prevent infection. You can flush the wound out with a bottle of water if you don't have a first aid kit on hand.

Locate the Proper Materials

To make a splint, you'll need to find something rigid to hold the broken bone in place. Out in the wild, tree branches and bark are the most obvious materials to use for support. Anything that is rigid enough not to bend under the weight of the broken limb should work. For the padding, safety companies in Calgary recommend packing grass or leaves together to form a cushion layer. Finally, the same grass and leaves can be used to wrap everything together. If you have paracord or some form of rope on you, that would be ideal. A sling is much easier to make if you have the resources—the easiest way to go about it is to cut a shirt or tent open. An emergency medical specialist from 911 Industrial Response Inc reports that any piece of large cloth will usually do, so long as it is reasonably clean and sturdy enough to support the injured limb.

Build the Splint or Sling

First, wrap the cushion materials around the fracture. Then, place the support materials around the padding. Finally, secure the support materials to the padding with any string-like materials. The splint can be put into a sling for even greater support. To form the sling, cut open a large piece of cloth, and tie the two corners farthest away from each other together. Throw the knotted part around your neck, and place the broken arm into the loop.

When building the splint around the injury, remember to leave the body part as is. Do not attempt to shift or straighten out any broken bones as that can make things much worse. The splint should also cover the joints above and below the injured area for optimal support.

When you're out in the wild, anything can happen. Don't let an unexpected injury threaten your life. By creating a splint or sling, you can preserve the damaged limb and increase your mobility on your way to safety.

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 16, 2014, 5:15 pm
Accidents happen all the time across the world as a result of nature, or lack of preparedness. Some of these strange occurrences can happen at a moment's notice and can cause even the most prepared person to be surprised. These common accidents may come as a shock to you as well. Keep an eye open and stay prepared for even the worst accidents.

Have lightning, Will Travel

The rumble of thunder and a flash of lightning usually causes an occasional power outage. Some forms of lightning can be quick and ferocious. Heat lightning can quickly set ablaze a dry field or strike a tree that can damage the home. Grounding rods and keeping voltage under a fault interrupt device in the home can prevent electrical fires and keep lightning at bay. You might not consider these steps totally necessary but you might be surprised at how common these types of power outages are.

Flash Floods and Downpours

A heavy downpour of rain usually spells disaster for vegetation or the occasionally leaky basement. However, some flash floods can occur without warning and dump several inches of water and mud in an hour. This fast onslaught of water can inundate that basement of a home and complete land-lock streets going into town. Towns without adequate drainage have been known to cause entire foundations of homes to become submerged and damaged during a flash flood. Installing proper drainage in the home far away from the foundation can mitigate this problem. It is also a good idea to have some safe-guard waterproofing done to any basement. This kind of Chicago basement waterproofing can keep basements safe from water damage and freak flash floods.

Grilling Disasters

When spring and summer arrive, many homeowners love to enjoy delicious grilled food on the patio. However, some lack of preparedness can result in some pretty nasty accidents. From gas explosions to runaway flames, grilling can actually be a pretty hazardous summer activity. Gas takes time to dissipate and all gas tanks should be inspected for leaks. Charcoal grills should be allowed to smolder to prevent fires.

Drought Fires

While a flash flood can cause significant damage, total water loss can be just as dangerous. Many of these fires are quite common in drought prone areas and equally surprising in areas that have ample spring and summer rainfall. When the grass becomes more like dry hay it's important to water the lawn occasionally to prevent heat lightning or flammable objects from causing a fire. Even in a drought it is important to keep the lawn and garden at least a bit hydrated.

Rogue Tornadoes

An uncharted tornado can form very quickly and cause significant damage in a brief period of time. Low level hail and cirrus cloud formations are surprisingly common factors in building tornadoes. Maintain low shelter and prevent bodily harm by seeking a low spot during a tornado.

Freak accidents can strike anyone at any time. It's unfortunate to hear of events in the news and local events that cause devastation to a community or ruin a family event. However, taking precautionary measures and have a plan can keep the results of these disasters at bay.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. For this article she used Safe-Guard waterproofing as a resource. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 12, 2014, 5:11 pm
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A toilet overflow, heavy rains, a burst pipe or a malfunctioning washer can turn into a residential flood disaster. After a flood, homeowners must deal with salvaging their valuables, treading through the destruction, and finding a temporary place to stay while the property is being dried and restored. Taking the right steps following a home flood can make dealing with the nightmare much easier. Here are some of the most important steps any homeowner should take to ensure the site is safe and the mess can be cleaned up quickly:

Step 1: Have Electricity Disconnected

There is nothing more hazardous than an active electricity line and puddles of deep stagnant water. If you have standing water in your basement or on the lower level of your home, contact your electric company to disconnect the service until it is clean up. You should call if you noticed downed power lines or gas lines. The alternative is to call an electrician to inspect the damage for hazards.

Step 2: Contact Your Insurer Immediately

Floods and water damage are a sensitive topic when it comes to insurance. While standard plans do not cover all types of flooding, the first step to take when you are safe is to call your home insurance agent so that you can file a claim. When you file the claim, the agent will let you know about the water restoration companies that the company contracts with so that you can make an emergency appointment.

Step 3: Stay Out of the Home and Call a Water Restoration Company

Do not rush to go back to your home while it is flooded. Stagnant flood waters can be hazards and affect your health. Once you and your family are safe away from the site of the flood, call a water restoration company for emergency services. Be sure to keep all of your receipts if you stay in a hotel or you buy food or clothing. You may be reimbursed for these expenses.

Step 4: Be Sure the Restoration Company is Drying Out the Elements

Mold starts to grow 48 to 72 hours after a flood. This is why it is important to start drying out your carpets, padding, drywall and anything else that is soaked in the home. A restoration company will remove all of the flooded home finishing, set up driers and then set up other machines to suck the water out of the air. By pulling the humidity out of the air and running driers, the relative humidity in the room will go down.

Step 5: Start Salvaging Your Belongings and Your Home

Go through items taken out of the home to determine what can be salvaged. As you salvage your belongings, you can start to pick out carpeting and finishing that you can purchase. Stay in touch with your insurance agent so that you know if personal property coverage will apply.

Recovering from a home flood can be difficult, but if you are prepared it will be much easier. Take these steps to avoid mold and mildew, and to avoid any other hazards that can lead to more damage.

Tips provided with help from Leak Busters restoration services, specializing in water damage restoration and mold remediation in San Juan Capistrano, CA and surrounding areas

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 11, 2014, 12:08 am
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You’re in the middle of nowhere.

Whether by choice or by accident, you need to be able to fend for yourself. Even if you brought your own modern traps with you, the more of them you have working simultaneously, the higher your chance of snagging some grub.

One of the easiest traps to build is the Mohave Treadle Snare. It’s also moderately simple to set, and you only need to come prepared with some kind of thin trapping line and possibly your knife.

*Note: Keep in mind that in most states, it is illegal to set and leave primitive traps unattended. Obviously, if you’re in danger of starvation, then the law can make an exception, but in most cases, you may only construct primitive traps temporarily for educational purposes.

Let’s take a look at how to build your own Mohave Treadle Snare.

Find a Trail

One issue with deadfall traps is that are notoriously difficult to set, and you will kill the critter almost every time you have a successful trigger. Personally, I’m a fan of traps that will keep the critter breathing, because live meat never goes bad. Some of the best bugout-survival traps are from Havahart – as those are made so they don’t do in the animal when it triggers, and they’re extremely effective if you baited them correctly.

Nevertheless, treadle traps can swing both ways in terms of keeping a critter alive or killing it; as much of that has to do with the strength and positioning of your trap’s engine and how the snare synchs.

The Mohave Treadle Snare is also extremely versatile, and it can snag just about any size critter. However, for this post, we’re just going to go with rabbits as our target – simply because they’re probably best for this kind of setup.

Your first task is to find a good rabbit trail. Scat and tracks are always a good sign, and they’re a breeze to identify if fresh snow is on the ground. Though rabbit scat can often be mistaken for that of a deer, the absence of obvious deer tracks should be a dead giveaway.

Once you’ve found a good, well-trafficked rabbit trail, it’s time to set your treadly right on top of it.

Step #1: Your Engine

You’re going to want to find a sapling to work as your ‘engine’ or your ‘spring.’ For the purpose of snaring a rabbit, your torque doesn’t need to be extremely heavy, but it’s best to err on the side of having more spring weight than you need. This is largely going to be an issue of feeling, trial and error.

Make sure the sapling is close to the trail, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be directly on top of it. Much of that depends on how much line you have at your disposal.

Also, whether you dig it yourself or find an existing one, make sure your desired set location has a shallow divot that’s about three to four inches deep, 14 inches long and as wide as the trail itself. The divot will allow the treadle to drop and trigger the trap.

Materials list:

  • Rabbit trail
  • ‘Sapling’ trap engine
  • Spot on the trail with a small ditch or divot

Step #2: Your Vertical Supports and Horizontal Bars

Next, you need to find your vertical support bars. It’s best if you can find ‘Y-shaped’ sticks. Break them down to size if you can, that way you won’t have to use up your knife steel.

They need to be sturdy enough to support the weight of your sapling engine, so go with non-decomposing wood at about the thickness of your thumb. Make them each about seven inches long.

Essentially, you’re looking for your ‘Y’ sticks to have one side fixed in the ground at a 90-degree angle and the other jutting out an inch or so at 45 degrees.

Drive the long side of those sticks vertically, straight into the ground at least three inches, and keep them about 12-14 inches apart.

Make the inch-long ’45-side’ of the sticks face into the trap, perpendicularly.

Your horizontal bars merely need to be sturdy, but not too thick, as the two will be able to share the engine’s spring weight. These need to be longer than the distance between your two ‘Y’ sticks in the ground and roughly the thickness of a pencil. Find two of them.

Materials list:

  • (2) ‘Y’-sticks: ‘thumb’ thickness, seven inches long on one side and roughly an inch on the other at a 45-degree angle.
  • (2) 16-inch sticks: pencil thickness

Step #3: Your Line and Trigger Toggle

For this step, I recommend tarred mariner’s line or trotline (bank line), as it tends to synch quite easily, and it’s just the right thickness. How much you need depends on how far your engine is from the trail, so this will vary set by set.

You will also need to find your trigger toggle. This stick needs to be a little less than four inches long and roughly thumb-thickness.

Tie your line to the top of your sapling and determine how much spring weight you’re going to need versus how much distance it is to your set. Again, this is going to be almost all guessing in the beginning.

Next, you’re going to tie on your toggle stick at the spot where you have adequate weight to run the trap and at the spot that’s in between your two ‘Y’-sticks.

You will also need to leave space on the line for your snare after your toggle knot. You should make the snare large enough so a rabbit could just about sit inside the loop.

Materials list:

  • (1) Toggle stick: four inches long, thumb-thick
  • Adequate amount of line for your snare and for the distance between your engine and the ‘Y’ sticks

Step #4: Your Treadle

Once you’ve tied your toggle to the line, you will need to play with your set a bit to get the mechanics and your ‘trigger weight’ just right. However, your first step is to actually setup your treadle.

All you will need is thin sticks to rest on the lower horizontal bar, and then you cover it with grasses, leaves and other materials, so your critter can unwittingly walk right onto it.

Materials list:

  • Assortment of thin twigs of the same length

Step #5: Your Set

Here’s the tricky part…

In order to set the trap, take your toggle in one hand.

With your foot, press the upper horizontal bar into the cradle of the ‘Y’ in your support sticks to hold it in place.

Next, take the lower horizontal bar and treadle in your other hand and lift.

The key is to rest the toggle perpendicularly on both horizontal bars, allowing the weight of the engine to hold the treadle in the air over the divot.

Because this is a fairly stable trap, you can go ahead and arrange your snare on the treadle.

Springing the Trap

If all goes as planned, a curious rabbit will be hopping along the trail, and onto your treadle… right into your snare.

Its weight will force the lower horizontal bar downward and release the toggle. Then, the sapling will twitch up, ensnaring the rabbit.

If this happens successfully, you’ll come back to a furry meal – and the knowledge that your survival skills paid off yet again.

Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 8, 2014, 2:03 pm
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When a state of emergency is declared, it's unlikely that people will still respect the law. It'll be a world where everyone is out for survival, which means that looters, murders and other malicious fiends will be roaming the streets for whatever they can.

We spoke to home insurance experts from Anthony Clark Insurance Brokerage about how to better secure a home against potential robberies and other crimes. They gave us eight tips to better lock down a home:

  1. Invest in Curtains

    Windows are your greatest threat in a state of emergency. Individuals can peer in to know both who is inside of your home and what you have.

    Curtains act as a primary line of defense by hiding the contents of your home from prying eyes. This deters break-ins and other crimes.

  2. Lock Your Windows

    Most intruders bypass doors completely unless they're ajar. They'll instead go for windows, which are generally poorly secured.

    Invest in locks that will stop your windows from being opened from the outside. If you find yourself in a pinch, you can drill a hole in the window frame and insert a bolt.

  3. Reinforce Your Doors

    The only thing that keeps doors locked tends to be one or two locks that can easily give way with a little force.

    To keep your doors secure, consider replacing your door jamb with a steel frame. This will make it next to impossible to kick your door in.

  4. Don't Be Afraid to Board Your Windows

    In a state of bona fide emergency, it may be a good idea to board your windows up from the inside. This will protect you from intruders whom would be willing to break your windows to gain entry into your home.

    To take this one step further, you can add bars to your windows to deter people further. Unlike boards, you can easily see through iron bars. This may let you get the drop on a would-be intruder.

  5. Secure Your Basement

    Basements are one of those forgotten entrances that burglars will use to break into your home. It may be worth investing in bars for basement windows to prevent thieves from sneaking into your home.

  6. Don't Make Yourself a Target

    When in a crisis situation where looters and other ne'er-do-wells are rampant, it's important to keep as low of a profile as possible.

    This means minimizing your outside activity and keeping noise to a minimum. You don't want people to know that you're home unless they're people whom you can trust.

  7. Build a Support Network

    If you stock up on supplies that people will need during an emergency, then you'll find that your neighbors will value you highly. By building a support network, you can establish a community that will watch each other. This will ward off all but the most militant of trespassers

  8. Invest in a Dog

    While lights and other man-made deterrents may not function when the power goes out during a state of emergency, animals will. This makes having a dog that can guard your home key to warding off intruders.

    The best part about it is that most would-be intruders will be scared off by just the dog's bark. The dog's bite, on the other hand, is just an insurance policy.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 4, 2014, 5:22 pm
If you live near a fault line, one thing you must be prepared for is an earthquake. Whether you like it or not, you will likely have to live through one someday. Being prepared could mean saving your family and property from harm. Below are five steps you can take to help quake proof your home.

Make Sure Your Home Is Properly Anchored

One of the first things you should do is check under your crawlspace. Look where your walls meet the foundation slabs. Are they properly anchored to the slabs? If not, during an earthquake, it is likely that your home will slide along the slabs. Properly install anchor bolts along the sill plates every five feet to make sure this does not occur.

Protect Your Gas Line

One of the worst things that can happen during an earthquake is the gas line being punctured. The results can be deadly. Thankfully, you can do something to stop the gas if an earthquake were to occur. A shut off valve can be installed on the main gas line to turn it off automatically when an earthquake happens.

Purchase Heavy Handmade Furniture

You should also consider earthquake preparedness when you decorate your home. This certainly includes furniture. Instead of my flimsy furniture, go for more heavy handmade furniture. Wood is the best choice. Calgary wood furniture is solid and unlikely to be damaged during an earthquake. Your family can also use it for cover from falling debris. If you are in an earthquake prone area that you might consider anchoring top heavy furniture as well.

Protect Your Water Heater

Something else that is likely to be damaged during an earthquake is your water heater. To protect it, you will need to install a brace to give it extra support. The bracing in question should consist of sturdy metal stripping that is securely affixed to wall studs. You can purchase some from a hardware store.

Reinforce Masonry

Masonry walls that do not have extra support are especially at risk of being damaged by an earthquake. This includes walls made out of brick, cinder block, adobe and clay tiles. Whatever the case, one way to protect fragile masonry is to build a steel frame that the masonry will attach to. Consult with a structural engineer about this possibility.

Overall, most homes are not completely earthquake safe as is. If you live near a fault line, be sure to take the proper steps to make sure your home and belongings will be safe if an earthquake were to occur.

Informational Credit to The New Oak Tree

Emma is a freelance writer from Boston. Her interests include urban survival training and Urbex. In her free time, she enjoys baking, film noir, and indoor rock climbing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: June 3, 2014, 5:12 pm
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Author: Shane White
Posted: June 1, 2014, 5:00 am
At any moment, some disaster could occur that completely changes your life. Whether it be some chain-reaction natural disaster, war breaking out on American soil, or the disintegration of our government, only those of you who are well prepared for any eventuality will have the chance to survive. Those who possess these qualities may just become the leaders that emerge in an apocalypse.


The time may come when there is no more 911 to call in an emergency. If you have firearms, be sure you know how to properly use them. Have every member of your family take a basic self-defense class as well.

Stay Hydrated

Water is one of the most important things you will need in any kind of emergency. While it is great to stockpile bottled water, it is also necessary to scope out a source of fresh water you can go to if needed. If animals are drinking from the water source, then it should be safe for your family. It is a good idea to boil the water before you drink it, just to be on the safe side.

Eat Well

When you are no longer able to stop by the local grocery store for dinner on your way home from work, you will need to know how to supply food for yourself. Learn to grow and can your own vegetables, hunt and prepare your own meat and fish. Even very young children can be taught to fish. You also need to get a good book that can teach you what items growing in nature are safe to eat. A survivor knows how to get food in any situation.

Stay Warm and Dry

If your house becomes uninhabitable, then you may be forced to go on an extended camping trip. Have some good quality tents on hand, and bring good sleeping bags, a complete mess kit, matches, flashlights, extra clothing and shoes. Be sure you also have a well-stocked first aid kit for every member of your family. Take your family camping now to see how well you can manage in an emergency situation.

Important Documents

The world has a way of renewing itself, and the survivors of any disaster are bound to come together and rebuild at some point. It may be a good idea to keep a fireproof safe, or gun safe with you to hold your important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, bank information, medical records and money. Have a professional come and fit your safe with compartments and waterproofing elements to keep your documents well hidden and safe.

Don't wait for disaster to strike to figure out what you need to do. Use the above tips to prepare yourself, and you can protect your family and count yourself among those lucky enough to survive whatever is thrown at you.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer living and working in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico and loves to garden, hike and bike in her free time. For this article she used SafeWorld a division of Dial locksmith as a resource. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: May 30, 2014, 2:12 pm
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Those who survive natural and man-made disasters have a lot in common, and there is plenty that can be learned from their stories. At the top of the list is the will to survive, along with the implementation of common sense survival tactics that assisted them in helping family, neighbors and themselves survive very difficult situations. Here are some fundamental tips to help be ready when disaster strikes.

Be Prepared

Yes, it sounds cliché, and it is even the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. However, the most successful survivors say how they were prepared when they recount the disasters they survived. Taking steps to prepare your home and family against the most likely forms of disaster that can strike the geographical area to the most likely health emergencies a particular family may face is sound advice. For example, people living in areas where tornadoes are common should have an underground place they can go for safety, and those living in regions where earthquakes are threat should have electronics and large items secured to the walls so they don't cause damage.

Get Proper Training

Knowing how to use tools and skills can greatly help your chance of survival in the event of a disaster. Knowing how to use all the items in a first-aid kit and how to administer help to someone in need, including CPR, can make all the difference. If you are in a remote area or camping, it's wise to understand how your GPS works and know how to read the maps so you can quickly and safely leave the area when needed. If you are out in the wild, it's important to know how to properly treat water so you can safely drink it, and what plants you can eat. At home, be sure to know what each item is in your emergency kit, and train your family on how to use everything as well.

Tools and Supplies

Survivors who fare the best are ones that have the needed food, water, medicine, medical supplies and tools nearby when disaster strikes. To be prepared, store an emergency kit in your home, car and at work. Energy bars are small enough to store, and can come in handing if you are stranded on the road. Be sure each kit includes a blanket, first-aid supplies, food, water, medicine, basic tools and extra shoes when needed. Survivors have often used the resources they had to survive. Without any supplies available, you don't have many options for survival and a way out.

Early Warning

Weather alerts on smartphones or emergency weather radios can save a lot of lives in areas where severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can pop up suddenly. Simple smoke and carbon monoxide sensors could prevent many needless tragedies even today. Early warning allows the opportunity to get out in time or not even be there when disaster strikes. Hurricane and flood warnings allow families time to be somewhere else when the disaster is coming. While some still get get caught in major storms or scary situations, survivors have often said their outcome would have been a lot different if they were still at home and didn't know about the situation.

Storage of Valuables

A needless tragedy is the delay in evacuation due to someone wanting to preserve family heirlooms, photographs and other items that are treasured. People have gone back into burning buildings to get wedding and baby pictures or to get grandma's necklace, only to get seriously injured or worse. Safe deposit boxes at banks and storage units outside of the disaster-prone area should be utilized for keeping irreplaceable items safe. Storage units are also a great place to keep some extra supplies such as clothing and tools in case disaster strikes and destroys the home, says the professionals at The Self Storage Place.

Proper Mindset

The news stories on television after disasters are filled with videos of people recounting horrific losses along with the things they endured to survive. What you don't hear about often are the people who survived with little incident and clear mind. When families are prepared and can stay calm in a scary situation, they can make choices that will get everyone to safety sooner without incident. Some people die in natural disasters from heart attacks and small fractures, while others survive with critical injuries. Being prepared ahead of time will help you avoid shock and heart failure that comes with a sense of helplessness and worry. Knowing how to make quick decisions, stay calm and think clearly will increase your chance of survival.

Disaster survival in families starts with someone taking the lead to get everyone ready for what may come. Planning for the most likely disasters is usually sufficient for getting through situations that were never even considered.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: May 29, 2014, 12:03 am
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In today's increasingly hostile world, a basic understanding of hand-to-hand combat is an important survival skill. In this form of combative engagement, the persons involved are armed only with their bare hands or handheld weapons. Women are particularly vulnerable to assaults from men and would benefit greatly from a study of basic self-defense preparedness techniques.

  1. Be circumspect

    It is wise to be aware. You will probably need to change the way you view the world and perhaps your lifestyle as well. Avoid texting or listening to music through earbuds while out jogging or in other public places.

  2. Mental awareness

    Keep a clear head while you are out. Try to avoid potentially dangerous situations, such as shopping at night. Be aware that most crimes happen between 10 pm and 4 am. Always be mentally prepared for an attack. Think, "What if I'm followed? What if someone grabs my arm?" Storing the responses to these questions in your mind will allow you to respond more quickly in the event of an encounter.

  3. Run first

    Even in advanced mixed martial arts training, the number 1 defense you have is escape. Do not waste your energy by confronting an enemy that you can evade by running. Trust logic, you will be better off exhausted after a sprint than dead or severely injured by an attack. If you are doing well with the first two tips, you will be ready to run in the most direct route to safety.

  4. Resist

    If attacked, your mindset is one of your most critical defenses. You must have the attitude that you will defeat the enemy and escape, no matter what. If it comes to a fight to the death, the prospect of losing must not enter the mind even once. You must commit yourself to hit the opponent continuously with whatever it takes to knock him out or end his resistance.

  5. Effective defense strategies—above belt

    When rushed by an attacker, keep calm. Try to gauge and determine what he is about to do. If it looks like he wants to throw direct punches at you, move off the line of attack just before the blow hits and meet him with an outstretched thumb-tip fist in the throat. Aim just below the trachea. If grabbed in a bear hug, don't panic. Focus on aggressive damage to the attacker, such as knee strikes to the groin or eye gouges with your thumbs. If you are grabbed from behind, bash your head into his nose or eye until he quits (below his nose if he is tall).

    You may want to search the area for objects you can use for defense such as a pipe or glass bottle. According to a dental specialist from Lethbridge, the Able Dental Group, it is very difficult to knock teeth out while engaged in hand to hand combat. Your hands won’t be able to generate enough power because of the close quarters. You’ll need the range and power of an object to defend yourself.

  6. Effective defense strategies—below belt

    About four finger widths above the outer knee is the common peroneal nerve. Kicks and knee strikes to this region can cause high-level mental stunning. About the middle of the inner thigh, a large nerve runs over the bone. Heel kicks and knee strikes here can cause the opponent to drop. If you are knocked down, maneuver onto your back and use your legs as weapons. Kicks to the shins, crotch or solar plexus can be devastating.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: May 27, 2014, 5:13 pm

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