​A 10 Step Survival Guide for “The Dark Night of the Soul”







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“In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.”

– St John of the Cross

STRUCTURE.

It is the foundation upon which every aspect of our world is built.

Family. Society. Education. Industry. Commerce. Judiciary. Government.

You get the idea.

And like cogs on a wheel, your outer ‘public’ face is made up of grooves — the labels and ‘approved’ personal characteristics, traits, and hats you wear that synchronize perfectly with these external wheels and keep you in good standing in the world.

But, here’s the thing…

On their own, these external structures hold you to a limited view of yourself and way of being, in exchange for the validation, approval, and longing most of us subliminally crave.

They overlook to a large extent the unique individual you are. And from personal experience and the past 15 years of working closely with clients, here is what I have come to know:

As self-aware human beings, we are connected to a higher intelligence. Some call it Source, Universe, or collective consciousness, and still others, God.

Your connection with higher intelligence is the means through which you are able to access your innate intuition, gifts, skills, and information — the stamp that makes you, YOU.

Being able to express these fully and uncensored by life’s external structures is what ultimately enables you to feel truly happy, successful, and fulfilled.

And that is not to say that you should disregard familial, societal, or cultural modes and norms. Rather, I believe that it can only positively impact your happiness and wellbeing levels when you can identify and embrace your enormity and uniqueness, beneath the status quo.

So what does ‘structure’ have to do with the dark night of the soul? The answer is absolutely everything.

There are two major contributing factors to a dark night of the soul:

When an individual a) is not cognizant of themselves as distinct individuals from the external labels and constructs that qualify and give meaning to their lives, and b) has not been getting their deep, soul-level needs met, life in collaboration with this higher intelligence will often orchestrate the perfect set of conditions to awaken them to a greater appreciation of their inherent importance, complexity, depth, desires, and needs.

These can take the shape of powerful life events such as divorce, bereavement, redundancy, childbirth, relocation, trauma, or a health scare, to name a few.

The dark night of the soul is just that — an unexpected collapse of your identity and understanding of life in relation to external labels and constructs that plunges you into a deep, frightening darkness — an inner spiritual crisis, if you will.

Many people who are going through a dark night of the soul report feeling like a stranger to themselves, like they are free falling, and find it difficult to focus and make even the smallest of decisions. They no longer feel connected with the activities, people, places, and things they once were. They don’t know what they want or what will make them happy anymore.

The overwhelming darkness describes the vast inner landscape they find themselves traversing when the established frameworks of their lives, and how these once made them feel safe, important, accepted, and loved, have fallen away.

If you are recognizing that you have been trying to navigate your own dark night of the soul, here is a life raft that can help you get to the other side. Each step that you implement on my my 10 step survival guide can feel like a patch of dry land when you’ve been adrift on stormy seas.

  1. Know that there is an important reason you are having this experience. Life is asking you to seriously consider and reevaluate the path you have been on.
  2. Identify your soul-level needs which haven’t been getting met.
  3. Be open to an expanded understanding of who you are and what you are meant to be doing with your life.
  4. Consider that courage, self-trust, and unwavering determination are what will get you through — even when the path ahead seems hazy and unclear.
  5. Be gentle and loving with yourself with as much self-care as possible and by honouring your intuition and non-negotiable needs.
  6. Journal and try to establish a daily meditation or physically grounding routine. This will help you get connected to yourself and your truth.
  7. Don’t be afraid to share what you’re going through and enlist the support of a trusted confidante, mentor, or friend.
  8. Think in baby steps and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Acknowledge the darkness but keep looking ahead.
  9. Take an inventory of what you’ve been doing, neglecting, accepting, compromising, on etc. that doesn’t serve you. As soon as you feel ready and able, commit to letting these situations and/or relationships go.
  10. Ask yourself: “What is the old view of myself that life is asking me to let go of, and what are the qualities and strengths it is asking me to embody and become?”

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Survival 101: How to find effective cover in a mass shooting

According to numerous media reports stemming from the Las Vegas mass shooting, concert-goers were blocked from fleeing and had little or no cover to protect them from the full-auto machine gun fire raining down on them.

In desperation, some sought cover in porta-potties, according to media reports. Yet porta-potties are thin fiberglass structures that don’t stop bullets at all.

Give that ISIS has now claimed responsibility for this mass shooting, according to Reuters, it’s apparent that America has been turned into a war zone by radical Islamic terrorists. Every American, no matter how innocent, might find themselves the target of a relentless massacre. Because of that sobering reality, everyone needs to understand the true definition of “cover” from full-auto machine gun fire.

To help share this information, I’ve put together a quick guide here that can help you seek cover if you happen to find yourself in a mass shooting event. This information can help save lives, so share it widely. I’m dividing the list into three types of cover: Excellent, Medium and Poor. This list applies to rifle rounds, not pistol rounds. Rifle rounds have significantly more energy and penetration, as explained below.

If you hear automatic gunfire, immediately seek cover, RUN for it, then duck and cover your head once you’re situated behind effective cover.

Excellent Cover

Concrete pillars
Concrete road dividers
Stone walls
Large tree trunks
Dirt or sand embankments (sand stops bullets very efficiency)
Craters in the ground (lay low in the crater, out of the view of the gunfire)
Heavy duty commercial trucks, tractors, dump trucks or construction equipment (get behind engine blocks or wheel hubs)

Medium Cover

Vehicle engine blocks or wheel assemblies
Bleachers (get underneath them)
Stage flooring (get underneath it)
Other dead bodies (get underneath them)
Solid wood doors (but only if they are solid, not hollow)
Thick metal such as structural steel beams (but they can still be penetrated with many rifle rounds)
Bulletproof glass (usually won’t stop high-powered rifle rounds, but will stop pistol rounds)
Solid wood utility poles (they are only wide enough to protect vitals)

Poor Cover

Vehicle roofs (they are very thin metal)
Vehicle doors
Tables
Fences
Desks
Residential or office doors
Residential or office walls
Porta-Potties
Concert speakers

Beware of “richochet” rounds on concrete or pavement

In the Las Vegas massacre, full-auto machine gun rounds were coming from an elevated position. If you are standing on pavement or concrete, realize that many rounds can “bounce” off the pavement and fatally strike you after the ricochet.

For this reason, if you are on pavement or concrete, see if you can make it to dirt or sand, where the rifle rounds won’t ricochet. Dirt and sand immediately absorb rifle rounds fired from above.

It’s physics: Rifle rounds lose kinetic energy to farther they fly

It’s also important to understand the rifle rounds leave gun barrels with their maximum kinetic energy, but they lose energy the moment they fly, and they’re bleeding off kinetic energy as they travel through the air (due to friction with the air).

A rifle round that leaves the barrel of a gun at, let’s say, 2900 feet per second, may slow to under 1,000 feet per second before reaching a distant target. Because force equals 1/2 mass times velocity squared, as the velocity slows, the kinetic energy drops dramatically. What this means is that once a rifle round loses half its velocity, its kinetic energy is actually reduced to one-fourth of its original energy.

In practical terms, this means the more distance you can put between yourself and the shooter, the less kinetic energy they can hit you with. However, if you have access to “excellent” cover (such as a large concrete pillar), you would be wise to seek cover behind the pillar rather than running in the open to create distance. A concrete pillar will provide outstanding cover, and you can duck behind it in relative safety (vs. running around in the open).

If you hear rifle fire, RUN for cover!

Stay safe, everyone. If you hear shooting, run for cover. One of the more astonishing realities of the Vegas shooting is that almost nobody realized they were under full-auto rifle fire for the first 60 seconds or so. Those are precious seconds you should be using to run for cover.

People frequently confuse full-auto rifle fire with firecrackers. Firecrackers go off at random bursts, with no cadence. Full-auto rifle fire has a sustained cadence. It does not resemble fireworks at all. Watch online videos of this shooting and make sure you get familiar with the sound and cadence of full-auto machine gun fire. If you ever hear that going off nearby, immediately seek the best cover you can find.

Stay low. Move quickly. Duck and cover. Also be aware that if rounds are going off near you, fragments of concrete, wood, glass and pavement can seriously harm your face and eyes. Cover your eyes and head with your arms and hands. You can survive losing an arm, but you can’t survive losing your head.

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You need to know these 8 essential survival tips to prepare you for the next catastrophe

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Hurricane Harvey is a natural disaster that has rocked this nation to its core. The devastation left in its wake has placed hundreds of thousands of people in uncertain and terrifying situations. Unfortunately, Harvey is far from being the last major natural disaster to assault our country. Many more will come, and there’s no telling if they’ll be just as bad or even worse than Harvey. Before that happens, be sure that you won’t be caught with your pants around your ankles, like how many people were when Harvey swept through our Gulf Coast region. Here’s some tips for how you should prepare for the next catastrophe:

  1. Ready disaster preparedness kits  Disaster can hit at any given moment, so be sure to have an emergency kit with all the essentials at the ready. Fill this kit with food, water, medical supplies, lights, personal hygiene items, a means of communication (radio and/or cellphone), and personal documents. Place everything in a sturdy, easy-to-carry bag and situate that bag in an accessible area. Furthermore, be sure to keep at least three disaster preparedness kits: one for your home, one for your workplace, and one for your car. You could be at any of these places when something bad goes down. (Related: Hurricane Harvey proves again why it is foolish if you don’t become a prepper.)
  2. Plan for your area – Knowing your environment will give you a good idea of what you could be facing. Whether your hometown is prone to flooding or earthquakes, being aware of it will help you plan better since no state or city is truly the same as another. This will also help you become familiar with your area’s shelter locations and evacuation routes if ever you’re forced out of your home.
  3. Plan for your family, pets included – Even if you’re at peak physical condition, other members of your family might not be. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and pets should all be taken into consideration when you make emergency preparations and plans. If a member of your family needs special medications, then be sure to have them on hand. For pets, you can opt to have them microchipped to make it easier for them to be returned to you if you ever become separated.
  4. Learn basic emergency skills – What would you do if you’re bleeding from a deep wound and first responders are nowhere near you? Having a working knowledge of how to treat bleeding will make a huge difference in situations like these. Not just bleeding, though: being familiar with how to perform CPR, how to treat a burn, and even how to use a fire extinguisher can and will come in handy one day.
  5. Set aside some cash – Your debit or credit card won’t be of much use if there’s no electricity or electronic systems online. That’s why you should always put away a few hundred dollars just in case. Small denominations are ideal since a $100 bill is going to be harder to break.
  6. Have an out-of-area emergency contact – Should you ever need to leave your hometown, it definitely helps to know someone outside of it whom you can always rely on for shelter or supplies.
  7. Keep your car in top condition – If you have a car, don’t forget to maintain it. A well-maintained car with a full tank of gas should always figure into your emergency plans. You never know when you need to hit the road or when your vehicle will be all you’ll have left.
  8. Practice your plan – Having an emergency plan is one thing, carrying it out is another. Make it a point to practice your emergency plan every few months to see if there are still any kinks that need to be ironed out.

As with many things in life, a little preparation goes a long way. That’s why the Health Ranger Store is proud to offer Survival Preparedness Gear to help you get through just about anything. From multi-purpose tools to pandemic protection kits to the space-saving Garden Tower, the Health Ranger Store has got it all and so much more. Don’t let the next catastrophe catch you by surprise and hold you down. Stock up on the equipment and food you need to protect and support you and your family.

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A New Type of Darwinism: Survival of The Most Cooperative – Unity Consciousness

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a servant.”

— Max de Pree

When you were born, you were given a gift.

Do you know what your gift is?

Your gift might have been apparent from a young age or, like most people, your gifts developed and were recognized over time out of direct life experience.

More importantly, do you realize what this means?

It means you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t just as an important as anyone else in all the history of the Universe. Everyone is given at least one gift.

This makes you in league with Plato, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dr. Stephen Hawking…

Right now, your mind should be blown. Or you might be half scared out of your wits because it means accepting total responsibility for your life — something that’s been sorely lacking.

Will you finally accept the latest form of your soul’s gentle swan song to be your best self, or will you continue to do things the same way you’ve always been doing them?

“To be or not to be.”

— William Shakespeare

One choice will lead you to your highest potential, the other to the barest existence — a slave to culture and conditioning, a.k.a. Society — where you forfeit your sovereignty and self-empowerment.

Individualism: Your Watershed Moment

You, and others like you, are presently awakening to the realization that everything in the Universe is interconnected and interdependent — an expanded form of consciousness called unity consciousness.

The initial stages of unity consciousness are measurable as the qualities found in emotional intelligence, a term brought to our attention by Daniel Goleman in his 1995 book by the same name.

Emotional intelligence comprises of self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. Do you recognize any of these qualities in yourself?

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also
being moved to help relieve it.”

— Daniel Goleman

Something happens in unity consciousness. Not only do you begin to take responsibility for yourself, you realize we’re here to take care of each other.

The simple act of taking responsibility, beginning with yourself,  automatically makes you a leader.

Collectivism: Sovereignty and Service 

Unity consciousness goes beyond the egocentric self, fully cognizant that in a symbiotic world, what you do for another, you ultimately do for yourself.

Collectivism recognizes the overwhelming benefit of aligning ourselves cooperatively rather than in competition for the common good to create win-win scenarios.

“Anyone who has ever achieved true greatness made the leap from separation to unity consciousness utilizing her or his gifts in service of humanity.”  TWEET THIS

Fuelled by the power of collectivism balanced upon a substratum of unabashed individualism, self-leadership has the power to transform your life and the world in less than a decade — something that took lifetimes, even millennia, to accomplish under the old paradigm.

And this time, no one is left behind.

First, you must understand that collectivism defined by unity consciousness is not the historical collectivism derived out of separative thinking that calls for self-sacrifice, which isn’t necessary in an abundant world.

Individualism is a critical component cultivating natural diversity and maintaining checks and balances and thus remains.

New Leadership Blueprint

In unity consciousness, individualism and collectivism unite to transcend egoic self-service, creating a supportive environment for the development of every person’s skills and unique gifts.

This is where you step into your power. This is where you thrive.

When you choose to take responsibility and live your highest potential, you have the support of the entire Universe behind you.

 “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-empowerment and equality are the bedrocks of the New Leadership Blueprint that naturally bring out the leader within.

Yes, finally equality!

Neither you nor anyone else is ever asked to diminish your light for anyone else. In fact, the opposite occurs.

However, all things are not energetically equal. In other words, you will be pushed to let go of bad habits, destructive behaviour — anything in the direct path of your guaranteed success.

You will come to see that personal fulfillment and social responsibility become inseparable as you forge a new way of living and conducting yourself in the world.

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Your Gift Is Your Life’s Purpose 

The new leadership blueprint invites you to step into your life’s purpose, which is your highest potential expressed through your strengths (gifts), also known as your inner genius, making you a beacon of light for others to emulate.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

— Pablo Picasso

That’s all you must do to be a leader. Take responsibility and be on purpose!

Then, when we come together to do what we can’t do alone, we create a sustainable trickle-up world with enough momentum that it becomes its own power source.

Call to Action

You can dumb-down to mirror your surroundings, or you can consciously choose to create an environment conducive to the change you wish to see in your life and the world.

Napoleon Hill said, When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.”

Make a decision and never look back.

Generation Z’s TransGenerationals are doing just that. Our youngest generation will be the first generation like no other before us that get we really are here to create Heaven on Earth.

But, what are you going to do?

Are you going to resist? Cave to old habits that are getting you nowhere?

Or are you committed to discovering who you really are?

Courageous.

Focused.

Singular.

Good.

Worthy.

And that’s without even doing anything yet. Just wait! You get bonus gifts.

You are the gift. Give the gift of you to another.

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Survival report from inside Hurricane Harvey: The flooding has begun… and it’s brutal

I’m happy to report that I am writing this from inside the spiral arms of Hurricane Harvey, and although significant damage has occurred in a few areas (such as Rockport on the Coast), Central Texas is doing much better. However, the flooding began about 12 hours ago as rivers and creeks started spilling their banks in just the last few hours. The rain is relentless, and we’re expecting at least another 12 inches of rain today, on top of the 12 inches we already received yesterday.

The serious damage was initially limited to the direct path of the Hurricane eye, but this is rapidly changing as the damage vector transitions from wind to floods. I’m expecting the next 24 hours to be truly brutal, even for those communities far from the coast.

We’ve lost power twice already. Fortunately, I run a 1976 John Deere diesel tractor with a PTO-driven generator that feeds the entire property. I also have a large transfer switch installed, so when the grid goes down, I just fire up the tractor and throw the transfer switch. That’s how I’ve stayed online so far. But internet and cell phone services have been spotty. We’re often completely cut off from everything, including 911 if an emergency were to occur. Many of the roads are flooded out, and a Sheriff couldn’t reach you even if they wanted.

The rain, by the way, is warm. It’s definitely sun-heated Gulf water. Even when it falls on you, it’s comfortably warm, and you can be soaked with it for hours without feeling cold (as long as you’re moving around, anyway). At least we don’t have hypothermia to deal with in all this.

This might be one of those few storms where the scare stories are wisely heeded. Still, we haven’t yet seen widespread fatalities. In apparent expectation of a mass death event, the Mayor of one Texas town told people to write your social security number on your arm so that authorities can identify your body if you choose not to evacuate. The implication, of course, was that if you didn’t flee the area, you were sure to die. Let’s hope the Mayor is wrong.

According to local news reports, 40% of the population did not evacuate the area at all. They may soon regret staying put, however, as the flood waters rise to insane levels. The Colorado river, which runs through much of Central Texas, is already surging higher and is now sweeping across not just roads but also highways. Nearly all travel in this area is now at a standstill.

I’m writing this from inside the “hurricane” right now, and what I’m seeing in Central Texas at this very moment is relentless rain, rapidly rising rivers and streams, and steady 35 – 45 mph winds with gusts above 50 mph. At this point, it’s truly a “survival” scenario for all of us.

Look at all the far worse hurricanes in the 1930s and 40s

This isn’t the first time all this has happened, of course. Check out the track map below, showing 100 years of Gulf Coast hurricanes that struck North America. There’s something you might notice in this track that will hopefully surprise you:

… the greatest intensity of hurricanes occurred in the 1930s and 40s!

In fact, a major hurricane hasn’t struck the continental United States in 12 years.

The big difference between then and now is that most hurricanes in the 1930s and 40s didn’t have names. And the internet didn’t exist either, so people didn’t have a much opportunity to “socially freak out” with fear.

The modus operandi of the mainstream media has become 24/7 all-out panic and hysteria because that’s the only thing they have remaining after destroying their own credibility with endless fake news over the last year. The sober truth of the matter is that Hurricane Harvey is pretty damn nasty if you’re in it, but mass hysteria isn’t the practical solution to surviving it. As always, the correct answer is to be prepared. Be ready in advance, take all necessary precautions, have a stockpile of food, water, fuel, medicine, etc., and make sure you own a gravity water filter like the Big Berkey.

If a hurricane turns your home into rubble, there’s not much you can do about that, but most buildings built to appropriate engineering standards are surviving Harvey so far.

Now for the flooding… the next few days should be bloody Hell. I’ll continue to report from the disaster zone as long as I’m still online. If you’re concerned about my personal safety, don’t worry: I’m a survivor. We’re doing fine. I’m more concerned about how I’m going to be able to help others with emergency food supplies and other survival gear. At the moment, there’s not even any way to get that gear to anybody.

Remember this as you’re thinking about your own prepper strategies. When the day comes that you need help, even those who want to help you might not be able to reach you.

Hence the wisdom of preparing in advance for everything.

I’ll post most news as I’m able to get online. Thank you for your prayers.

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20 Hurricane Survival Tips From Real-Life Scenario

[8/28/17/ Tess Pennington]  Imagine this scenario: It’s the year 2005 and you are living in the heart of New Orleans. A hurricane is threatening to hit and even though the city sits 8 feet below sea level, you choose not to evacuate or even prepare because you’ve seen many hurricanes threaten to hit the city and it never makes landfall, so why prepare for this one? Days later, your great city is almost completely flooded from Hurricane Katrina and over 1,800 lives were claimed including some of your neighbors because, like you, they decided not to leave the city. Now you are left without electricity, water, and dwindling supplies. To make matters worse, supply trucks are cut off, the police and emergency services can’t meet the needs of the people and there are looters breaking into homes for supplies.

Yes, the above scenario is a worst-case scenario, but aspects of this are very common following hurricanes. These tropical storms are extreme and have the capacity to cripple our entire way of life. They are erratic in nature in terms of where they land, the types of damages sustained, and if there will be disasters in the aftermath, such as water-borne diseases, bug infestations, etc. Because of the unpredictability of these disasters, some choose to be complacent and wait to get preparations in order until the storm is imminent and hours away. While some take this disaster seriously and are meticulous in making preparations each year in case this natural disaster hits. So, which group do you choose to be in?

I’ve been very honest about my ordeals in living through a hurricane and I learned from my mistakes. Long story short, after I went through Hurricane Ike and felt helpless and under prepared, I made it my mission to help others get their homes ready for living in off-grid disasters. We all have a life lesson to share, and I am not alone in trying to get the word out on preparing for these storms. I asked some fellow preppers in the community what advice they would offer on how to better prepare for hurricanes, and the community overwhelmingly stepped up to help their fellow-man. When you read this list, pay attention to recurring advice – prepare ahead of time. This is the key to having all of your preparations in order.

20 Hurricane Survival Tips From Real-Life Scenarios

These are their words and, in my humble opinion, this is some very solid advice to follow.

  1. Put all of your important documents on a flash drive and put it in your bug out bag. If the time comes and you need to evacuate, you have everything all prepped and ready to go! – Tess Pennington
  2. My mom had supplies stored in new plastic trash bins. If they needed to bug out, easy to grab and put in the back of the car. Also, the bins would be useful. They also keep thing dry. – Judy Keller
  3. Keep enough cash in your BOB (bug out bag) for at least 1-2 nights in a moderately priced hotel and a few meals. A credit card with a zero or small balance would be beneficial as well. If you forget or lose your wallet, you want a backup method for paying expenses until you can return home. – Jim Cobb
  4. Well before the back to back hurricanes of 2004 in South Florida, I bought 28 gallons of water. I am glad I did because we had enough water for the police directing traffic. There was a lot we did. Whatever you think is best for your family and communities do it. Friends, coworkers so many lost their homes, businesses and more, so the things I regret not stocking up on are items such as diapers, toothpaste, etc. Essentials for all life is key. – Joanne DeHerrera
  5. They evacuated us several times after [Hurricane] Charley for Ivan, and people got stuck on the freeway, people died and animals etc. Ivan hit exactly where they said to evacuate too. We had 6 animals at that time. If I needed to squish them all in the car we would have but there was no gas, so glad there wasn’t. Our circumstances dictate how to respond, however, our gut instinct is always best. -Joanne DeHerrera
  6. We keep about 30 liters of water on hand at all times. I just save empty 2-liter bottles (the plastic is stable for room temp storage unlike plastic milk jugs) and treat the water using the 2:1 ratio with bleach. 2 drops to 1 liter of water. – Abigail Nicholson
  7. If you do not have a generator, get one! Have at least enough power to run the washing machine and microwave. A few solar cells to restore cell phone power, charge batteries for radios and flashlights is a must. Don’t forget the toilet paper and enough clean water for everyone in your family for cooking and drinking. You can use pool or rainwater for other purposes. Often overlooked in the city is a chainsaw with fuel mix, bar oil, extra chains. The bulk of damage outside the home is fallen trees. I was blocked in on my cul-de-sac for over a week by fallen oak trees from my neighbor’s yards. – Jim Alkek
  8. Those little solar lights that go in a garden or along your driveway come in handy to give you some light without candles or lanterns…I charge them up during the day and stick in a flower pot half filled with rocks…it’s not a lot of light but enough that you can see basically what you are doing.  – Sue Heath Reynolds
  9. Using my daughter’s experience from SC, the last time. In her area, her biggest problem was a lack of utilities because of downed trees and flooding. She had food, but no way to cook it. She has 3 daughters and had no way to bathe them. No light and so on…..it was the simple everyday things that made it hard. – Gary Rosenlieb 
  10. Hurricane veteran here. Each storm is unique but the main thing is to pay attention BEFORE everyone else does…that means at least 5 days in advance having everything in place so that all you have to concentrate on is securing your home. Also, knowing in advance if you will stay or go and LEAVING BEFORE they tell you to. Don’t forget oil (chainsaw/generator), a new chain for chain saw (all of which you should have anyways but most don’t replace); and well just making sure you have 2-3 weeks of supplies in place for being on your own. After several east coast hurricanes, it took WEEKS for stores to be back up and running, even 100 miles outside of the strike zone. Oh, TARPS and bug spray. I am not a bug out person, can’t really because of animal obligations (15 dogs, chickens, etc) so I have plenty of crates/kennels and such for them to come in (oh yeah baby, ugh, done it before). – Laura Bradley
  11. Also, a butane burner is great, like a demo chef at a restuarant…they can be used indoors, not expensive and easy to load…at SAMs and many places $22 and a case of fuel (like hairspray cans $12) – Sue Health Reynolds
  12. Around here, we don’t have to worry about water surging in from the coast, but winds can be an issue. When a hurricane comes, we usually tape the windows in an X or * shape. People closer to the water board up their windows, maybe sandbagaround their house. All other preps are the same. Be ready to leave in advance of the storm if it looks like it’s going to make landfall close to home. – Cat Ellis
  13. Make sure you know all of the available evacuation routes in your area. The main roads and highways will be delayed due to from the heavy traffic flow, so you will want to plan multiple alternative routes in order to ensure that you are not trapped in a flood while attempting to flee the storm. – John Haskell
  14. Everyone should have these in their EDC/BOB! In a Zip Lock Freezer bag or waterproof sleeve keep a FAMILY picture, copies of your and your children’s birth certificates…parents/grandparents/guardians/siblings should have a clear picture of children they may have to “claim” because you were not together when a problem occurs. Hopefully, this wouldn’t be necessary for an evacuation type scenario but you just never know. No telling who would be in charge when you arrive to pick up kids…it could be teachers, leaders that don’t know you personally or outsiders from DHS/Law Enforcement/TSA…Heaven forbid…there are no guarantees with anything anymore! I’m sure you can add to the list copies of your vehicle title, home title…things that are irreplaceable! You don’t want to get to bogged down but it it’s ultimately important to you…you may someday need proof that it is YOURS!! A flash drive is a great idea but in an extended power outage (EMP/ SHTF) you wouldn’t be able to show someone “the kid is mine”! – Sue Health Reynolds
  15. Not sure if this was mentioned already but have at least one or two pics of you and your pets together. This will go a long way toward proving ownership should you and your fur babies get separated. – Jim Cobb
  16. After making it through Hurricane Matthew, flooding, a week without electricity, and 2 weeks without water, I revised my preps slightly and have 3 major priorities here; a lot more water (needed to drink, cook, wash, and flush) extra fuel for cooking (and multiple cooking types we have a propane grill and a fire pit but after a flooding everything too wet) and non-kerosene lamps (after 2 nights cooped up, and unable to ventilate the fumes get to you). – Deborah Middleton
  17. Put as much as you can in plastic tubs. Especially shoes. Came back after Rita and had a tree through my house. Went right through my closet. No shoes, actually very little of anything. SO PUT AS MUCH IN PLASTIC TUBS AS YOU CAN. Forget the furniture, appliances they can be replaced. – Sue Tidwell
  18. In case it helps everyone is welcome to download the Hurricane and Evacuation topics (and some others) in PDF from our preparedness book. – Janet Liebsch
  19. It’s very wise to unpack your BOB every three months or so, minimum once or twice a year. It helps to be sure what is in there…items you decide you don’t really need and more importantly…items you may not have and really should have. WEIGHT…it’s also important to put those suckers on and see if you can actually carry it 🙂 better yet we need to be walking with them ON 🙁 physical fitness should be one of our number one preparedness priorities…as I point a finger at MYSELF 🙂 – Sue Heath Reynolds
  20. Prepare to defend your home at all costs. You don’t know how long the grid will be down and there will be looters. – Mac Slavo

These pieces of advice are all from those who have lived through this ordeal. They shared their stories because they want to help others prepare and get ready – listen to them. If you need a guide to help you in your preparations, consider The Prepper’s Blueprint to get you disaster ready – step-by-step. Do not wait until the last-minute to prepare or the items you need to live through this ordeal will be limited.

If you live in a highly populated area, understand that resources will diminish quickly, so preparing beforehand can circumvent this. You can always start out with these basic preparedness items to get through a disaster:

  1. Food and alternative ways to cook food
  2. Water – 1 gallon per person/per day for consuming only. Plan more for sanitary needs.
  3. Fuel for generators. Also, consider charcoal for outdoor grills
  4. Batteries and battery charger
  5. Flashlights and lanterns
  6. Generator
  7. Emergency lighting
  8. Ice
  9. Medical supply
  10. Items for baby needs
  11. Sanitation supplies

Ultimately, you are the only one who can best care for your family. Having a stash of your family’s favorite canned or dry goods, a supply of water and a simple medical kit can maintain your basic needs for a short-lived disaster. This simple preparedness supply could set you apart from the unprepared. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, now is the time to prepare. Listen to the advice of your fellow man.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/20-hurricane-survival-tips-real-life-scenario/

How To Find Water: The Most Valuable Survival Skill

[8/21/17]  You probably already know that water is essential to your survival…

…and a huge problem if you’re stuck without.

(In fact, just 3 days without can be fatal)

Imagine you’re stranded outdoors with no water, desperate to stay alive.

What would you do? How would you get water?

Today I’m going to show you the ins and outs of finding water for survival.

You’ll learn:

  • Where To Look For Water
  • How To Know If Water Is Safe To Drink?
  • How To Extract Clean Drinking Water (In the Desert, In the Forest, In the Ice).
  • Methods Of Purifying Water

Finding water has been an age old undertaking of mankind.

Living in the third world, it still is a struggle every day to access clean water even when it is available.

Statistics show 1 in 10 people living with no access to safe water worldwide.

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Source: World Health Organization

The body needs 2 quarts of water daily to survive (just to drink). But, remember this is survival.

If your supply of water is limited make sure you:

  • Rest! Physical movements must be limited.
  • Do not over exert yourself. Exposure to the elements must also be avoided. Keep out of the sun.
  • Do not drink your own urine!!!!
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the climate
  • Talking is kept to a minimum
  • Breath through the nose and not the mouth
  • Do not smoke or have big meals.
  • Absolutely do not drink alcohol

These lessons can be transferred to survival situations and can increase the chances of survival by over 80%.

And of course, it goes without saying, it’s always better to be prepared. Ensure your bug out bag is well equipped. Having access to water filters, a GPS, and containers to capture and store water will always increase your chances of survival.

llama in the desert may indicate water

Where To Look For Water

Where To Look For Water In Arid and Desert areas

Desert foliage and animals can indicate the presence of water

One major advantage of the Desert is visibility as there are no obstructions on the landscape. Unless there is a sandstorm, one can see the comings and goings of any form of life clearly. It is, therefore, possible to spot some telltale signs that can lead you to a water body.

Animal life:

Most people in a survival situation tend to keep away from animals. There is wisdom in this but animals can turn out to be a lifeline. Predators almost always have a watering hole in the vicinity of their territory and prey is always looking for a watering hole. Look out for a place where animals congregate and the animal population is widespread or a general direction which shows a considerable amount of animal traffic.

Bird and insect populations:

Mosquitoes abound where there is stagnant water, bees cannot live more than 1000 meters away from a water source and ants have a keen sense of smell which sniffs out water near their settlements. With any of these insects around you, it is a sure sign that there is a water body nearby.

Plant life:

A clump of vegetation in the middle of an arid area or near a rock formation can indicate water underneath the ground surface or within the rock veins. The greener and leafier it is the more water there is.

Where To Look For Water In Forests

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Forests can offer more options to find water

Even though there may be abundant water in a forest setting finding safe water may pose a greater challenge. However, chances of finding clean water are greater when you look out for

Animal life:

Grazing animals are never far from water sources in a forest and are a sure sign that clean safe water is nearby. Unlike the Desert where the animals only trek to and from the water source when they need water, in the jungle animals are ever present near a water body.

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Roots and tubers

Jungles have a lot of tubers and roots that are filled with water. These come in handy when foraging for clean and safe water to drink. It is best to find larger, thicker ones that have enough water instead of looking for smaller ones. That way you can minimize your movements, exerting yourself less.

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Prepper Survival Skills: Tools and Tips for Living Off the Land

[8/21/17]  Living off the land is a skill that can pay off in large dividends if you are stranded in the wilds long-term; want to add more variety into your daily diet at home and reduce food bills; or be prepared in the event of a grid-down situation where the grocery shelves empty.

Having taught extended bushcraft courses during the past 26 years, I’ve found the area of procuring food in the wilderness to be the most challenging skill in the field of wilderness living. Once learned and regularly applied, you will gain greater confidence in the back-country and know how to obtain food from a land that has much to offer, to those who know where to look.

The following material intends to convey practical methods that a person, with little experience in the outdoors, can use to get started obtaining food from Nature’s Kitchen. The emphasis of this article is on small game and not big game animals like elk, moose, and deer. On any given day in the wilds, you are going to come across a greater concentration of rabbits, squirrels, woodchucks, marmots, raccoons, and other smaller critters. For the survivor, these animals will provide sustenance until you can procure the larger game.

Food procurement has a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding it however. The idea that one can simply grab their bug-out bag and head into the hills to live off nature’s kitchen for a few months has been perpetuated in the reality shows and can get you into trouble. It took a tribe to feed a tribe and our ancestors relied on sheer numbers to obtain wild food not on a lone-wolf mentality.

I’ve had the opportunity to eat just about everything that crawls, flies, walks, or slithers- from snakes and coyotes to rats and grasshoppers. Under conditions where hunger is constantly gnawing away at the body (and mind), my food prejudices quickly fade after a few days and you will eat anything that runs in front of you. My success is also greatly increased by having a few key hunting and trapping tools with me at all times. Keep in mind that game laws vary tremendously from state to state so research your region of the country to determine what’s legal.

The Challenge of Living Off the Land

Procuring food in the wilderness can be a challenge because of some or all of the following reasons:

1) Few people subsistence hunt or trap like they did a generation ago and the skills and knowledge base in the community have been reduced or completely disappeared in some regions.

2) When many people hunt today, it is mostly for Big Game trophies which means sport first, and meat second. Plus, the sheer number of hunters taking to the woods each season is staggering. As a result, state game laws are becoming more restrictive and the pressure from often ill-informed animal rights groups have all but eliminated certain practices such as trapping from many states.

3) The geographic region (desert, mountains, etc…) may not support much life to begin with. It is far easier to make it as a hunter-gatherer in the lush, Pacific Northwest than in the desert lowlands of the parched Southwest.

4) It may have been a particularly tough year for your region. Perhaps the drought is severe or wildfires are wreaking havoc, and thus the animals and plants are suffering.

5) Modern game laws are much different than when our ancestors walked the planet and could harvest any species of animal in any season, day or night.

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6) Subsistence hunting and gathering is best performed as a group (tribe) and not as a solo pursuit. The more eyes, ears, and hands out on the land the greater the odds of obtaining wild meat, fish, and plants. Many of us today have little choice but to go solo which reduces “caloric efficiency.”

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/prepper-survival-skills-tools-tips-living-off-land/

Should You Invest In “Junk Silver” and Other Precious Metals For Survival?

[8/16/17]  I’ve noticed a lot of emails from readers recently asking me about investing in precious metals as a hedge against inflation. Since this is a subject that I’ve not covered before on TheSurvivalistBlog.net, I thought I would share my views on the topic for you in today’s post.

But before we get into the how to do it (or at least how I do it), let’s look at a few of the negative points of investing in metals and why I think you should invest mostly in other types of barter goods and survival gear.

Who Will Know…

For many people, the value of junk silver coins, for example, may not be conspicuous and it could be difficult to convince them that your coins are worth more than face value. Take your “junk silver” down to the nearest convenience store and try to get more than the face value at the checkout counter and you’ll see what I mean.

Money, gold, silver or whatever exchange medium you are using must be accepted before it is worth anything…

To get more than face value for your coins you’ll probably have to deal with a specialist, if not you had better be ready to explain what you have and why it is valuable to someone who has no idea of what you’re talking about. Good luck with that they will probably think you’re a confidence man or something.

When the stores have been empty for weeks and Joe six-pack is down to his last can of green beans, don’t expect him to trade that can to you for your “junk silver” coin.

What Will It Be Really Be Worth…

Someone without food, medicine, shelter or a means of protection, will want those life-sustaining basics much more than they will any form of currency. After all, they can’t eat gold or silver, they can’t plant it, they can’t use it to provide energy, they can’t wear it. Basic needs must be taken care of first – for that reason, I look for the price of collectible metals to plummet after a far-reaching end of the world type event at least until people start to rebuild.

It comes down to the type of disaster and how bad things are after the fact that will decide if people see coins as valuable or not. But, people will always need to eat, drink, stay warm and be protected.

Think about it – the nation has been devastated by a widespread epidemic disease, millions are dead the economy, power grid and transportation have collapsed. Which would you rather have a .22 rifle and box of ammo or a hand full of gold coins?

Who would trade you their .22 rifle and ammo for your pieces of metals? I wouldn’t and I doubt your neighbors would either…

At best hoarding such metals would provide limited protection during an economic crisis with no guarantee of being able to trade for what you need when you need it. It’s best to already have what you need to be put away so you don’t have to go looking to exchange those pieces of metal for life-sustaining basics.

Gold and Silver Confiscation…

Literally tons of gold were ripped from the hands of ordinary Americans after Franklin D. Roosevelt penned the first law to seize certain precious metal assets during the Great Depression.

Who can say for sure that it will not happen again? It probably will…

I’ve read many comments on this and other survival blogs pondering the possibility of food confiscation and redistribution after a disaster and while this is a real possibility, I think we would be more likely to see the confiscation of metals such as gold and silver especially if the disaster is economic.

Laws such as the “Trading with the Enemy Act,” and the 1977 “International Emergency Economic Powers Act”  have opened the door for future confiscation. Remember; you can legally have only what the government says you can have and they can make you into an instant criminal with the stroke of a pen.

Don’t think because your assets are held in precious metals that your wealth is safe – it isn’t.

Should You Do It?

From my statements above you may think I’m against hoarding precious metals – I’m not. Just don’t go crazy collecting gold and silver coins, get your basic survival needs first.

Remember, you can’t eat a silver coin or gold, it can’t keep you warm, it can’t protect you from attack and you can’t live in it. On a personal survivability standpoint, it isn’t all that important…

What I Do and You Should Too

After you have your other survival needs taken care of you might want to invest some of your time collecting and hiding coinage – here is what I do…

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From 1837 to 1964, the United States dimes were made of 90% silver and 10% copper—just like the Morgan Silver Dollar. I double-check all my pocket change for these – since pre-1964 dimes have become numismatic collectibles, I don’t find many this way but when I do I quickly put them away.

Source Article from http://govtslaves.info/invest-junk-silver-precious-metals-survival/

Practice means SURVIVAL: Why you can’t be a good prepper by sitting on the couch

Image: Practice means SURVIVAL: Why you can’t be a good prepper by sitting on the couch

(Natural News)
I just read a headline on a prepper website claiming that you can learn “9 survival skills” while sitting on your couch.

I’m not even kidding.

Curious, I clicked on the article. And okay, some of the suggestions were pretty good. You can learn how to tie knots, identify edible (and poisonous) plants, learn how to pick a lock, and weave a basket. But some of the other suggestions – like reading prepper fiction and watching some survival TV – were just nonsensical.

I wouldn’t necessarily classify the piece as click bait because I’m sure the author was sincere in what he or she was writing. But in all honesty — and there’s really no “nice” way to say this – if you’re planning on learning critical survival skills from the couch, without ever getting out of your house and comfort zone, you’re going to be among the first to perish when stuff really does hit the fan.

Because I’ll tell you something, and you can believe it: Only real-world practice and experience will prepare you somewhat for that big-time emergency when all heck is breaking loose around you and the world as you know it has ended.

So yeah, you can learn how to tie several knots sitting on the couch, but until you see which knots are and are not effective in real-world training or in real-time scenarios, you won’t know which knots fit which situations the best. The same applies to any skill.

Here are some better uses of your time in preparing your mind and body for the eventuality that you may have to run – or fight – for your life at some point in the near future:

— Physical preparedness: I can’t emphasize this enough. You simply cannot make it in a real emergency situation if you’re not in shape. It’s going to be difficult enough surviving in a chaotic environment where all basic services have collapsed and hordes of people are rioting, looting, shooting, killing and causing as much mayhem as possible. Add to that the heat of summer or the cold of winter, and physical conditioning will not just have become important, it will have become life-saving. Bank on it. You can lift weights, you can run some, but honestly, something more like this is better for overall conditioning.

— Firearms practice: No one wants to think about using a gun to defend themselves, but taking the life of someone who is preparing to take your life makes that task a little easier. However, you’ve got to get out and practice, practice, practice with your weapons. And, even then, actually facing off against an armed opponent is going to be nerve-wracking and scary. The only thing that will get you through it is becoming an expert with your weapon.

— Actually camp: A big part of surviving may be getting away from the urban and suburban areas and living hard, like off the land. Get used to it by going camping, often. While you’re out there, use your survival gear – your fire starters, your water purification devices, your knots, etc. Learn how to build a fire using wet leaves and sticks; learn how to build a quick lean-to or another emergency shelter; put up a tent using just para cord and a tarp; and so forth. Eat emergency rations. Cook something. Hike with a fully-loaded backpack. See how far your portable radios will reach, and in different kinds of terrain. Test your solar gear. Go in all kinds of weather. Do these things often, even if you’re not camping. There’s got to be a park or public area nearby where you can strap on your pack and take off for 3 or 4 miles. [RELATED: Beware of the summer bugout: Prepare to stay hydrated or the heat might literally kill you.]

— Navigate: One of the hardest things to do will be getting from Point A to Point B without getting lost. Learning how to navigate using topographical maps and a compass is only easy if you practice.

Surviving the real world when it has collapsed will be the hardest thing most people ever have to do. If that includes you, the only way you will give yourself a halfway decent chance at survival is if you get off the couch, out of the house, out of your comfort zone and train for it.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

Sources include:

MensFitnessFocus.com

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