Preppers Guide to The Bug Out Bag

Article by Hollon Plenty

One of the worst situations imaginable is one that requires you to evacuate the home and discover a safer haven. This might be the result of the serious natural disaster or extreme civil unrest. Regardless of the result, having to leave one s home, that is your base of surgery, is traumatic to state the least. In order to reduce the trauma inflicted on you and your own family, too as to ensure your own best possible chance for success during an emergency, a “bug out bag” is essential. A bug out bag is just a kit that stays packed as well as accessible always, which you can quickly retrieve as well as take with you as you flee. Having a bug out bag is essential for all preppers and those prepping to survive. There are some basic provisions that all bug out bags should contain.Food as well as WaterObviously, the family will need food and water as you flee the disaster. Water is especially critical, but unfortunately it’s also very heavy. The amount you can carry depends just how you are planning to travel. If you may be fortunate enough to be able to flee in a car, this is easier. But irrespective, water is also needed even if you must leave on foot. To be prepared for both situations, you need to maintain a provide of water in gallon jugs to transport in a vehicle, and smaller bottles or perhaps canteens that each member of the family can carry.

Food is less important than water, but depending on how extended you will have to travel and stay away, it can become a great issue. Items like beef jerky, dried fruits, energy bars, MRE’s as well as other light fat foods are best. Once again, if you have a vehicle, canned foods are an option. If you do take canned foods, ensure they tend to be either self opening or perhaps that your kit contains a can opener.

Medications / First Aid Kit

Keeping a supply of treatments in the bug out bag itself, is definitely not always possible, but a supply should at least be kept on-hand and easily accessible. In an emergency these items can quickly be packed for transport. An one week provide of medicine that is important is the minimum you need to keep available. A good prepper will have a first aid of some sort. You need a prepper mindset and assume you’ll be on your own and definitely not have access to proper medical care for a couple time.

Documents

Depending on the emergency, identification could become a great issue. For this reason, the bug out bag should contain a complete set of documents for the family. In the greatest case, each family member should have a passport. At a minimum birth certificates should be included. Depending on the emergency, these items might be required to pass through checkpoints and other government control points. It is also advisable to have all the critical medical as well as financial information backed up on a secured USB Flash Drive.

Personal Defense

Part of prepping is to hope for the best but plan for the worst. A prepper will have to take into account that other people you might run over when you flee tend to be definitely not going to be ready and will try and take just what you have by force. Further articles regarding tactical gear is coming soon.

Other Items

To properly pack a bug out bag for your own family, you ll need to perform an assessment. The more items you have on hand, the better you will probably be. But keep in your mind that the kit can quickly become unmanageable if you include too much. The essentials for survival should be the priority. Keep in mind, the situation could reach a point where you end up on foot, transporting your supplies on your own body.

Conclusion

The bug out bag does definitely not have to be a single container, however rather it should be a pre-packed set of equipment that remains intact as well as in a known location to grab it quickly. If everything can’t be kept with the kit, including treatments, keep a list attached to the kit that outlines items that need to be retrieved and added at the last minute. You all hope a bug out bag not becomes necessary, but if it should, you ll be very grateful you took the time to prepare it before time. There are a variety of options for a prepper to make an useful bug out bag.

About the Author

Duke Martin and is the founder and editor-in-chief of http://Proudprepper.com blog – which is a resource for those curious about what it means to be a prepper of those who are already prepping to survive. http://Proudprepper.com focuses on news, resources and product reviews.

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How to treat snake bites

Article by Ed Praetorian

It’s warming up out there and the creepy, crawly things are coming out, many of which bite and sting. And this includes those venom packing snakes common to the U.S.: rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouth and coral snakes.

How does it feel to be bitten by a poisonous snake? Depends on whether you have yours with or without venom. Bites without injection of venom or dry bites are frequent but not without pain and a slight risk of infection. When venom is deposited, the amount of pain and damage is dependent on venom potency and the amount injected and whether the poison remains locally in the tissues or is picked up in significant amounts by the circulation.

Severity also depends on the type of venom. There are two broad categories for venomous snakes, those that are neurotoxic and those that are hemotoxic. This is a very simple division considering there are twenty or more toxins that are found in various combinations in poisonous snakes in the US and around the world. These toxic substances can produce major clinical problems such as paralysis, muscle damage, clotting dysfunction, bleeding, kidney damage, shock and tissue damage1. But not all toxins are present in a single snake species.

Common Types The most common and widely distributed venomous snakes in North America are the Crotalidae family of pit vipers: rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths. Their “pits” are heat sensors located between the eyes and nostrils and are used to locate small warm blooded animals for food and on occasion any part of a large warm blooded animal that irritates or threatens them, accidentally or on purpose.

Pit vipers also have moveable front fangs which allow them to reach out and touch someone more effectively. Pit vipers typically cause local tissue damage but when envenomation is severe can cause shock from damage to capillaries that allows the intravascular fluid to leak out producing hypovolemia and may cause the body’s clotting mechanism to malfunction thus causing the victim to hemorrhage.

The coral snake is less common and is neurotoxic with the potential for inducing paralysis but may also cause local tissue damage. But coral snakes are not the only neurotoxic snake in our country. Some members of the Mojave or Mohave family of rattlesnakes in the southwest carry the Mojave toxin which is neurotoxic and can induce paralysis1.

Bite risk Most snake bites occur on the extremities3 and victims are commonly young adult males involved with the use of alcohol (go figure) or folks working around their home. Also at risk are snake handlers (religious or professional), snake collectors and employees around snake farms, research centers, and zoos where exposure to domestic and foreign venomous snakes is possible.

Fortunately, most US snake bite victims survive. The death rate for US snakebites averages five deaths per year, mostly due to pit vipers5. Using the average snake bite data below, that’s only one death per 2,795 bites or an annual death rate of 0.18% (of course it’s 100% if you’re one of the).

So what’s your bite risk? Below is US data reported to the National Poison Center Database from 2000 to 20076 (annual average in parenthesis).

9571 (1196) rattlesnake bites 7724 (965) copperhead (highland moccasin) bites 1362 (170) cottonmouth (water moccasin) bites 3063 (382) unknown pit viper bites 656 (82) coral snake bites And these were only the reported numbers, which always means there were unreported bites.

Of interest, but no utility, the cottonmouth is sometimes called a water moccasin and the copperhead a highland moccasin. Why moccasin? It is unknown but one rumor has it that neither the cottonmouth nor the copperhead are equipped with rattles like their cousin, thus move about quietly as do humans wearing moccasins. And if you want to know how the venomous snakes really got their poison click here.

In case of bite So what happens if you get bit? Or you are caring for the bitten? First, remind other

Test Your Survival Skills Backpacking

Article by Robert Wallace

How fit are you? How many survival skills do you have? What do you really need to survive in reasonable comfort? These questions can be answered by going on a backpacking outing. Man’s natural instinct is to survive. The basics for survival are the same for everyone. However, minimum requirements are not necessarily comfortable. The real question is how much do you require to survive.

What is Your Fitness Level

You will find out, without a doubt, how fit you are when you go camping via a backpack. You will find out:

* how far you can walk, * how much weight you can carry * how much stamina you have.When you go on a backpacking adventure, you will really find out how good or how bad of shape you actually are. Sometimes, the truth hurts more than your muscles. The experience will be worth the pain.

Key to Packing Light

When you go backpacking, you will also find out about your survival skills. The object of backpacking is to survive with as much or as little comfort as you can carry.

If you have good survival skills, you can be a lot more comfortable. That is if you know how to survive without having to carry everything. You will need to know how much water you can carry and how to set up a camp without your back becoming too heavy.

Being able to cook without having to carry a lot of unnecessary utensils will lighten your pack as well. In short, the less you must pack, the better off you are.

When will this be useful?

Remember Katrina? Learning how to survive for weeks without electricity, food, water and shelter put a lot of people in extreme discomfort. Those who knew how to fend for themselves made it through the ordeal better. While weight wasn’t a real problem, shortages of food, shelter and water was. Minimum camping skill came in handy.

Improve Your Comfort with Backpacking

Backpacking excursions will help you to find your comfort zone. The more you camp, the more you will learn how to make yourself comfortable with less. Since you must carry everything when backpacking, this will become essential. Therefore, you will find ways to be comfortable without a lot of equipment.

Practice survival skills with your family. Having your family go with you will teach them how to survive with comfort also. There won’t be as much complaining if you are forced to survive.

Backpacking will let you and your families know what shape everyone is in and how to make themselves comfortable with less. In backpacking, less is more. The less you require, the more skills you will have. The more skills you have, the more comfortable everyone will be.

People don’t think of surviving until a disaster strikes, go backpacking and be prepared. Don’t let a natural disaster catch you unprepared. Start backpacking now and save yourself later.

About the Author

Robert enjoys many business ventures and sharing his passion with others. As a businessman, he always has new projects going. Visit his latest business venture at http://womensworkoutclothes.org where he has compiled reviews on Plus Size Workout Clothes.

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Should you be worried about post apocalyptic survival skills?

Article by Judah Hamilton

With all the craziness going on in the world today, should you be worried about post apocalyptic survival skills? Most people have seen movies like Mad Max or The Road and they feel a certain connection to the characters because they could imagine themselves being stuck in a survival situation. The state of the modern world however constantly suggests that civilization could one day return to this chaotic post apocalyptic environment and there are more and more signs you should be prepared.

I know it is a scary prospect, the world with no society or government, but a catastrophic disaster or financial meltdown could make this nightmare a reality and you would have to be prepared to protect and provide for your family under these circumstances. Everyone should learn basic survival skills because even if a massive hurricane or earthquake cut off the food supply chain things can rapidly deteriorate and you should be prepared.

Post apocalyptic survival skills refer to the basics of survival without modern society, living like hunter gatherers and returning to agriculture and hunting on an individual basis for survival. In the Ipod and Xbox generation this may seem like such an insignificant probability it isn’t worth preparing for; but if it ever were to occur you would be absolutely defenseless.

Developing your post apocalyptic survival skills is important if you subscribe to the maxim:

“it is better to have and not need than need and not have.”

Our ancestors survived off the land and we know it is possible, but our instincts and skills are dulled and diminished by modern technology and civilization. We are truly animals just like any other, but our advantage was our ability to learn and pass on knowledge, not any specific ability that enables other animals to survive.

For this reason we are particularly vulnerable in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Humans need to be to prepared to survive after the apocalypse or they will surely perish. Basic survival skills and survival gear will go a long way in preventing an untimely demise.

The government suggest being prepared for 72 hours of survival but is this really enough? Many people died during Katrina who relied on government aid instead of their own skills and equipment. It is important for all families to be prepared come hell or high water for post apocalyptic survival and you should definitely develop your survival skills in case of a disaster.

About the Author

Judah Hamilton is the administrator of a post apocalyptic website that is dedicated to survival. This site has a survival gear list and many fascinating, practical survival tips to help ensure survival after the apocalypse.

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Judah Hamilton is the administrator of a post apocalyptic website that is dedicated to survival. This site has a survival gear list and many fascinating, practical survival tips to help ensure survival after the apocalypse.

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