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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Destruction of America: U.S. Army recruits ‘not strong enough to throw grenades,’ Military drops requirement to accommodate snowflakes.

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Thanks to our Liberal P.C. Culture, the newest generation of Army recruits are ‘entitled, undisciplined & not strong enough to throw grenades.’ according to the head of the US Army Center of Initial Military Training. [...]

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Avoid Detection By Moving SLOWLY

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While moving, and regardless of where, how, or why you’re in a situation to avoid detection: Short of being invisible, you need to move SLOWLY to avoid detection. We humans (and most animals) have a very good ability to detect movement. It’s built in to our core survival instincts. Even in our peripheral vision. Slow movement however is much more difficult to notice. A recent comment here on MSB regarding avoiding detection: “We’ll just use a whitetail for an example, I can spot a deer that’s moving at a trot down the trail for several hundred yards if terrain permits.”

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3 Survival Knives You Need From Blade-Tech Industries

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Blade-Tech Industries focuses on what their customers need in blade technology. They supply members of law enforcement and the armed forces as well as hunting enthusiasts and survival experts. Blade-Tech Industries is ever increasing their research and development.  As an American manufacturer Blade-Tech Industries puts their country first and supplies only the best. With this in mind, here are three Blade-Tech knives you need for survival.

The RipTide Karambit

The RipTide by Blade-Tech Industries is a Karambit style knife and rapidly deploys via a lever located on the back of the blade itself.  This knife is also assisted by a kicker so the blade is easily deployed with the tip of the index finger.  The belt clip is an ambidextrous belt clip allowing left-handed individuals all the same benefits as right-handed individuals.  The finger well is smooth and not oversized making the RipTide a great hunting and self-defense blade in cold weather while gloves are worn.  The RipTide by Blade-Tech Industries also features the Emerson “WAVE” and “IKBS” patented systems which can be pulled from the pocket, forcing the blade out both quickly and safely for the user.  The RipTide by Blade-Tech Industries also features:

  • Blade Steel AUS 8
  • 2 ¼” blade length
  • 5” overall length
  • Ambidextrous Tip-Up/ Tip-Down pocket clip
  • Blade-Tech V-Hole

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For hunting, the RipTide blade is a great blade to have on hand for on-the-spot cutting. For self defense the RipTide by Blade-Tech Industries is a must have for everyday carry because of its rapid deployment for instant use.  With an extremely sharp edge and fine point, the RipTide blade by Blade-Tech Industries is a great tool to have for everyday survival.

Check out more of the RipTide blade by Blade-Tech Industries here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ay1zNA7CKs

The Pro Hunter

The Pro Hunter blade by Blade-Tech Industries is a trusted folding knife amongst seasoned hunters and professionals in the law enforcement and military communities.  An ambidextrous clip allows for all individuals left or right hand dominant to have quick access in a moment’s notice to their blade.  The textured handle increases grip while the Blade-Tech V-Hole ensures rapid deployment of the blade even in cold weather while gloves are worn.  The Pro Hunter by Blade-Tech Industries also features:

  • Blade Steel S30V Flat Ground
  • 3 5/8” blade length
  • 4 ¾” overall closed length
  • 5/32” blade thickness
  • 8 3/8” overall open length
  • Ambidextrous Tip-Up / Tip-Down pocket clip
  • Blade-Tech V-Hole

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The Pro Hunter blade is an excellent choice for all hunters but still remains one of the most popular knives amongst members of the armed forces.  From police to special forces the Pro Hunter blade by Blade-Tech Industries is more than reliable and a top pick for everyday carry.

Check out more of the Pro Hunter blade by Blade-Tech Industries here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFgbPubim9U

The Pro Hunter Jr.

The Pro Hunter Jr., much similar to its counterpart the Pro Hunter, is a smaller version but still packs just as hard of a punch. The textured handle allows for increased grip for this E.D.C knife as well as both left and right-handed individuals will be satisfied by the Pro Hunter Jr. due to its ambidextrous clip.  The blade itself features a Blade-Tech V-Hole which ensures a rapid deployment even while gloves are on.  The Pro Hunter Jr. and the Pro Hunter are both designed by Tim Wegner founder of Blade-Tech Industries.  The Pro Hunter Jr. also features:

  • Blade Steel AUS 8
  • 2 ¾” blade length
  • 2 7/8” overall closed length
  • 6 ¾” overall open length
  • Ambidextrous pocket clip
  • Blade-Tech V-Hole

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By itself, the Pro Hunter Jr. blade by Blade-Tech Industries is an excellent hunting knife and everyday carry knife.  The pocket clip allows the Pro Hunter Jr. to be attached to your belt for quicker reach.  Designed with all the needs a hunter could ever ask while simultaneously exceeding the needs of members of the law enforcement community and armed forces branches the Pro Hunter Jr. is one of the most trusted blades available on the market.

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Off Grid Internet gets a Boost: FCC Approves SpaceX plan to Build Broadband Satellite Service in the United States

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Today the FCC approved Elon Musk’s SpaceX plan to build a broadband network using satellites, making way for more reliable Off Grid Internet services. [...]

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Florida High School Mass Shooting: 14+ Victims Multiple Kids Killed and Injured

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Multiple people are dead and wounded after a gunman opened fire inside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. [...]

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3 Most Popular Pepper Spray Canisters (2018)

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Pepper spray is a very popular self defense tool. Why? Because it is effective and legal to carry in most places. Top 3 Most Popular Pepper Spray 1. SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray – Compact Size with Clip (have a look) 2. SABRE Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring (have a look) 3. SABRE Pepper Gel Spray – Runner with Adjustable Hand Strap (have a look)   As you’ve noticed, all three are SABRE brand pepper spray. And these three particular models just so happened to be the most popular based on the number of reviews coupled with the number

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8 Steps to Survive Anything

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You never know when disaster will strike, so you must be prepared for every eventuality. Check out this article for 8 steps to survive anything.

Basic Survival Knowledge

As a young Airman teaching students at the U.S. Air Force Survival School, I was posed a riddle by one of my officer students.  He said to me, “Imagine you are lost in the woods, it's freezing cold, hypothermia is setting in, and you come across a cabin in the middle of nowhere. You enter the cabin and there is a lantern, fully functional and ready to go.  There is also a wood-burning stove and a stone fireplace with paper and kindling.  What do you light first?”  I replied, “I would light the fireplace.”  A large smile spread across his space and he said, “Nope, you light the match first!”  Then it was my turn to smile and reply, “But sir, we don’t use matches!”  And I also reiterated that as an Air Force Survival Instructor, we NEVER became lost.

It was refreshing to see that the lieutenant was thinking about survival matters and possible scenarios one might encounter. Over the course of nearly two decades, instructing various students all around the world, I encountered many people who had never camped, never hiked, and didn’t know the first thing about what to do in a “survival situation.”  

As a professional instructor, it brought me great satisfaction to see those same people less than two weeks later leave with the confidence to survive on the basic skills they had learned.  The majority of the students that go through the Air Force Survival School MUST have this knowledge to accomplish their mission and continue in their chosen field. This article will be a short introduction to the basics of survival that could save your life.

1. Increase your will to survive

First and foremost is the Will to Survive, W2S.  You can have nearly every tool at your disposal and perish because you gave up, or you can have next to nothing and refuse to die through sheer force of will. As the old adage says, “You can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three minutes without air, but not three seconds without hope!”  

Nearly everyone has heard tales of incredulous ordeals endured only by the will to survive. Various movies have been made about such topics, such as the soccer team stuck in the Andes or Shackelton’s voyage to the Antarctic.  The will to survive is something that everyone is born with; however, it is an attribute that can be bolstered even more. The mental desire and discipline to live can be hardened to the point where giving up is not an option. Learning new skills, new techniques, and acquiring knowledge are a few ways to help yourself and those you love. W2S is vital to stay alive and to get out of a bad situation intact, just as vital as having a plan to help you accomplish that goal.

2. Take a minute and…S.T.O.P

Your mindset and your willingness to endure hardships will be the basic keys to survival anywhere in the world and in any condition. The will is equally as important as knowledge, equipment, and skills. And you obtain all of these through study and practice. Though it seems counterproductive in a survival situation, one of the first things you must do is: S.T.O.P

Stop!- Literally, stop. Take two seconds to grasp your situation, check yourself medically. Especially check your body because if adrenaline is pumping, you may have been injured without realizing it. Then, check your inventory and get ready for what is to come. Mentally and physically ensure you are ready for the ordeal in store.

Think – Consider your body, mind, equipment, environment, and location in that environment.  Look for potential communication and signaling possibilities. How likely is rescue to arrive and how soon?  Weigh your situation and then…

Organize- Your gear, your body, whatever you have to help improve your situation or whatever you can scrounge from the vehicle, the aircraft or the environment you are in. Take anything you can find because you never know what use you will have for it.  Too often survivors have left behind valuable equipment because they did not want the few extra pounds of weight or because they did not think they would need that particular item.

Plan – Prioritize your needs based on necessity and prepare your next move.  Keep in mind that your plan must be flexible in such a turbulent situation, and it is subject to change. But instead of exerting energy blindly or moving in a random direction, plan what you are going to do next and how you are going to do it.  Having a plan will greatly help you to achieve the ultimate goal of returning home.

3. Acquire basic medical knowledge

The next basic facet of survival is medical.  Whether it be professional medical knowledge, first-aid know-how, or a medical guide, you must know how to deal with physical emergencies as they arise.  Not only should you consider medical to be a reflexive attribute, such as when a cut, scrape or break occurs, but it should also be a proactive attribute.

For instance, in a colder environment, you must ensure that you aren’t succumbing to frostbite. Or in a desert environment, that you aren’t dehydrating and becoming afflicted with heat exhaustion or heat stroke. In a tropical environment, this includes checking that you are using some type of insect repellent or mud if there are no other options. At times you may have to get creative and use what is in the environment. Local plants are some of the best remedies if you know which ones are edible and how to use them. The best medical treatment is prevention!

4. Ensure appropriate clothing for the situation

If you find yourself suddenly thrust into a survival situation with literally only the clothes on your back, clothing will become vital.  In those moments, even something as simple as a pair of gloves or an extra pair of socks could be crucial. I will delve more into personal survival kits (PSK’s) in the future but consider what you carry on your body on a day-to-day basis and assess your survival chances if you were stranded this moment.

In 2005 I was deployed to Djibouti, Africa at Camp Lemonier.  I used to carry a large Camelbak with me as well as various items inside the bag that made up my personal survival kit.  One day a Marine officer jokingly asked me if I went to the bathroom with that thing on, I said, “Yes I do sir.”  I went on to explain that if we had an alert for incoming threats, there would be no time to run back to my office, grab the bag, and get to a bunker. I knew that with what I had inside that bag, I would survive for at least two days before my water ran out. 

5. Find shelter immediately

When it comes to shelter there are two types, Immediate Action, and Long-Term.  An Immediate Action shelter can be anything that aids in protecting you from the elements in a short timeframe.  Examples are caves, tree wells, rock overhangs, etc.  A short-term shelter can also be something that you can make or improve upon but something that takes a small amount of time.  A Long-Term shelter is something that is usually man-made or something that needs a large amount of improvement.  These shelters are generally types that take more than 30 minutes to construct.  Perfect examples are teepees, log cabins, snow caves, igloos, etc.

6. Know how to build and maintain a fire

The old “Survival TV” is a universal favorite, from 2-year-olds to 102-year-olds.  Everyone has fond memories of sitting around a fire. Maybe you were relaxing, making s’mores, telling ghost stories, having a beer, or merely enjoying spending time with friends and family. In modern society, the ability to start a fire has become amazingly simplified. However, when people are thrust into a situation where matches, lighters, newspaper and lighter fluid are not readily available, it becomes a very difficult undertaking. As much as firecraft is a physically protective facet, it is also an important psychological factor in survival.

7. Find sustenance for long-term survival

I saved Sustenance for last because, in my general opinion, if you enter a situation in a relatively normal and healthy state, sustenance can be put on hold for a while.  It will most definitely become a vital part of survival, but if you have even a small water bottle then you can worry about water and food later after more pressing concerns.  With all that said, water and food are the key components of sustenance and both are vital to survival.

Water is, of course, necessary to all life. We need water to survive and to maintain our bodies at a stable 98.6 degrees, especially if we are injured or under extreme duress and/or exertion from intense circumstances. In a survival situation, plain water is the best liquid to ingest. Nothing else will substitute for plain, good old-fashioned, H2O.

Unfortunately, due to our ability to procure food immediately from the grocery store, obtaining filling food in the wild will undoubtedly be a challenge. One of the most difficult things to overcome will be food aversions, such as snacking on bugs or wild animals that we aren’t used to eating.  

If plants are the plentiful foodstuffs, there is the danger of eating poisonous or harmful plants. There are great “universal” plants that anyone can identify and that are usually found anywhere around the world, hence the term universal.  Some classic examples are Cattail, Dandelion, and Bamboo.

8. Attempt contact with civilization

Lastly, consider signaling and communication, because either of those things may be your ticket home. In a separate article, I will discuss navigation because “self-rescue” may be the only option depending on the situation.  However, a cell phone, radio, or emergency beacon could greatly aid you in getting out of a sticky situation.  

If none of those are available, then being able to construct a signal with natural materials or flares may get you rescued. Classic examples include an SOS message stamped in the snow or HELP created from logs. A flag made of cloth attracts attention due to the movement. A signal mirror is invaluable, especially out on the ocean when potential rescue vehicles are miles away.  There are many pieces of equipment you can use and many things you can improvise, but all of these signaling and communication items are meant to help you return home, the number one goal in any survival situation.

Hopefully, you now have a broader understanding of how to make it out of survival situations alive.  These are key components to help you survive any situation, regardless of where you find yourself.  I hope this short introduction has jump-started your journey towards preparation.

Take the first step towards becoming a survival guru today! Do you know any more survival tips and tricks? Please share in the comments section below. 

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Woods Breakfast using the US Army Shelter Half

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Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden

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If you're planning on setting up an indoor garden, I suggest including medicinal herbs in it. Growing these herbs in your indoor garden would be both useful and satisfying!

7 Medicinal Herbs To Include In Your Indoor Garden

Growing medicinal herbs indoors could save you a trip to the doctor for minor illnesses like rashes or coughs. Wouldn't it be great to have these herbs right at your fingertips when you need them? You can make tea, tinctures, salves, and balms, plus you can also use these amazing herbs for your sumptuous meals! So, let me introduce you to 7 of the wonderful medicinal herbs you can grow in your indoor garden. Scroll on!

1. Thyme

Thyme | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Thymol, an active component of thyme, is responsible for the antiseptic and aromatic properties of the medicinal herb. Its antiseptic property can help relieve someone suffering from congestion, cough, indigestion, or gas. The next time you have minor coughing, consider drinking some thyme tea!

2. Rosemary

Rosemary | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Rosemary is an aromatic medicinal herb from the mint family. Dried rosemary is often used in cooking to add flavor, especially to meat. Medicinally, rosemary can help improve your mood. It also helps sweeten your breath. When you're having trouble concentrating, drink a cup of rosemary tea to boost memory and concentration.

Also, try making your own rosemary oil. This essential oil can be used externally for quick healing of wounds or skin irritations. Rosemary oil can also relieve sore parts of your body. Just rub the oil on the affected area for a speedy recovery.

3. Sage

Sage | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Sage is a classic ingredient in roasting and stuffing for your hearty meal. Just like rosemary, sage is from the mint family and can be used for a number of home remedies for some minor illnesses such as dyspepsia, indigestion, and hot flashes. Additionally, sage could also give a soothing relief for throat and mouth inflammation.

4. Lavender

Lavender | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Lavender's scent is famous for calming and relaxing. Additionally, this medicinal herb can also help to ease pain. If applied topically to cuts, lavender has healing properties. Lavender can also be made into an essential oil which can be used for a lot of natural home remedies.

5. Basil

Basil | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Basil is one of my favorite herbs used in cooking delicious meals like pasta sauces or soups. But, this wonderful herb also has medicinal properties that can help relieve flatulence. It can also be used topically for scrapes and cuts for a faster recovery.

6. Chamomile

Chamomile | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
For many years, chamomile has been a popular natural remedy for anxiety due to its calming effects. It's one of the top ingredients used in herbal teas. If you have a stomach ache, you can try drinking a cup of chamomile tea to help settle your stomach.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint | Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow In Your Indoor Garden
Another perfect addition to your indoor medicinal herb garden also comes from the mint family, the peppermint. This amazing herb is used to relieve indigestion or gas. It can also soothe headaches. Simply drink a cup of peppermint tea and wait for its magic to take effect.

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Having these medicinal herbs in your indoor garden could definitely save you time and money, as they can relieve common ailments. It's also quite satisfying to see these amazing herbs growing in your garden. If you're planning to add another plant to your indoor garden, pick one of these medicinal herbs.

What medicinal herbs do you have in your indoor garden? Share them in the comments section below!

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