Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Personal Goal Has Been Reached

When I started this blog over two years ago I did not have high expectations concerning the traffic it would attract. There are simply a whole lot of really good blogs and forums out there. The most successful blog in Sweden that I knew about at that time was Innan det Sker / Endast Sverige Svenska Preppers Har. This was the blog that I personally aimed to maybe match some day when it came to number of hits I could expect. From the time that I started writing the blog in October 2008 up until the end of 2010 the traffic levels was quite moderate. It was first when I started to organize the material that I written into The Free Online Guide that I started to notice a significant difference.

I am not sure if I have truly matched the hits of the blog that I was aiming for but believe that I am at least close. I am still a universe apart from the largest blogs on the web like James Wesley Rawles Survival Blog but for me this has been a relatively successful project and I am glad that some of the readers find the Guide useful. Other new Swedish Blogs have also emerged during this time like my favorite Swedish Blog Preppers. Other new Swedish blogs like the newly started blog also show great promise.

I would like to thank everyone that has helped me to get to this point. A special thanks goes out to Kev and all the people at the Survivalist Boards that has given me the greatest support, especially during the early time of my efforts. I would also like to American Preppers Network (APN), all the other forums and all the reader that has told their friends about this blog through e-mail and Facebook. Thank You.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Things That You Can Do In Order To Prepare For Peak Oil

Peak Oil just like the subject of Man-Made Global Warming is a very controversial subject that may give many a very pessimistic outlook on the future. In this post I will make some suggestions to what you can do in order to prepare for a world where the access to oil is not as high as we have gotten use to.

Personal Preparedness
1.) Learn About The Subject
If you don’t know anything about the subject get a overview of the subject. In order to get some basic understanding of the subject you can see a documentary like “Blind Spot” or “The End of Suburbia”. The videos from Crash Course by Chris Martensson or ASPO TV can also be a good place to get started.

2.) Get a Bike
A Bike is one of the most energy efficient ways to travel with muscle power. Many persons use their cars for short trips that might actually be faster to travel by bike. Using bikes does not only save money, it also increases your physical fitness and is good for your health.

3.) Get a Fuel Efficient Car
If you are dependent on a car to get around one way of reducing your vulnerability is to get a fuel efficient car. This way high fuel prices will have less of an impact on your personal situation. Other ways of reducing the cost of travel by car is to
• Always make sure that you have the right air pressure in you tiers
• Take an eco-driving course and learn how to drive as fuel efficient as possible
• Avoid driving at high speeds
• Car pool with other people if possible
• Do not drive more than necessary

4.) Your Home
If oil and energy prices would rise there are steps you can take to reduce the economical impact that it will have on you. If you live in a cold climate increasing the insulation of your home can reduce the amount of energy required to keep it warm. Many also have high indoor temperatures, lowering the temperature inside by just a few degrees can save much energy. Examples of other actions that you can take to conserve energy:
• Take short showers and avoid baths
• Get low energy light bulbs
• Turn of lights, your TV, computer and other appliances when you don’t use them.
• Remember to check the energy efficiency when you buy new electronics

5.) Food Consumption
If the oil prices would raise this might also increase the price of food. In many countries half of all food that is consumed gets thrown away today. If this applies to your personal situation this mean that you could basically be storing half of the food you are buying if you change your habits. In addition to this many in rich countries eat too many calories per day, not too few; overweight, heart disease and diabetes are much bigger problems than famine.

6.) Prioritize
Today much of the things that we consume are things that we might not actually need. Not too long ago it was common to pass on possessions like clothing, footwear, tools and other possessions from one generation to the next. When it comes to Crisis Preparedness it’s easy to get too focused on specific types of items. It is important that you balance your effort over multiple fields.
• When you buy something try to invest in quality items that will last over time
• Learn how to repair clothing and other items when they break
• Take care of your possessions; tools will last much longer if you use them with care.

7.) Start a Garden
For many Survivalist and Preppers the dream is to have a farm or retreat and be self sufficient. However, for most this will remain a dream, over half of the world population lives in cities and the number of people living in cities increase every year. If you live in a house and you can start a garden and grow some of the food that you eat on your own, you might not be able to be completely self sufficient. But you can produce some parts of what you need. Even people living in apartments can grow some of the food or spices that they need on their own, do what you can with what you got. You may not be able to be self sufficient, but you can most likely add some food or spices to your diet.

8.) Your Mindset
Peak Oil as an idea that stands in direct opposition against much of what we are taking for granted today. Many of the people in the world today have grown up during a period when a rise in the standard of living and an incredibly fast technological development has taken place. The idea of continued growth is deeply rotted in our minds, institutions, media and political parties. Many are not even aware of the concept of Peak Oil even if they know that fossil fuels are non renewable recourses. We still expect them to last forever.

The US already imports around half of the oil that’s being used every year today and domestic production is sinking every year and have been doing so since 1970 when the US Oil Production peaked. How would the American society look like if no imports were possible and only half of the amount of oil currently being used was available? How would it look if only a forth was available?

Accepting that this could become the case in maybe just a few decades or even less time is very hard to comprehend and imagine. We might find solutions so that the access to energy will remain high, but we might just simply have to adjust to a new situation. Changing ones perception and mindset is the most critical aspect in order to be able to make this transition.

In Your Community
9.) Watch a Documentary About The Subject With Your Friends or Family.
"Home” or The National Geographic Documentary “2210 The Collapse?” based on the book by Jared Diamond are two suggestions, the first can be accessed for free on YouTube. Some will likely refuse the possibility, but some will learn and understand the concept.

10.) Get Involved
Get engaged in the Transition Network or some other type of organization that work with these types of issues. There are people that are working with Peak Oil and to promote Sustainability – You could be one of them.

11.) Put Pressure On Your Politicians
Many may expect that politicians and other may have a much better understand of this type of issues when they in many cases have no idea about this type of potential problems. Put pressure on your politicians and informing them about the potential problem. Are they aware about this type of problems and what are they doing about it? There are cities and communities that are actively working to reduce their dependency on oil and that do prepare for the possible consequences of Peak Oil. Your City or Community could become one of them.

Peak Oil is a subject that easily can get the most optimistic person pessimistic. The knowledge about the subject is still not very widespread even if the attention surrounding the subject has been increased the last years. Many within the Peak Oil Movement like Michael Ruppert the founder of CollapseNet are making very negative forecasts and believe that a Collapse is only a few months away. The message is that disaster is imminent.

Personally I have no idea what tomorrow will bring, so don’t see any point in making predictions. The worst could happen, there are no guarantees. But it is also possible that solutions can be found. Peak Oil is a Man-Made problem, we have created the problem and it is my belief that we can overcome it. If we can spread knowledge about the problem and change our ways we can at a minimum reduce the impact that Peak Oil might have both for our societies and for us as individuals. What happens tomorrow is not written, it’s up to us to decide how it will play out.

Other Articles:
Peak Oil
The Limits To Growth

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Get Home Bags – Examples of Setups

This article contains three examples of what equipment you can get for a Get Home Bag (GHB). The suggestions are based on the initial article about Get Home Bags (GHB). The article is not an exact Guide for what you should pack but intended to provide some inspiration and suggestions for what type of items you can get.

Exactly what you should pack in your Get Home Bag (GHB) depends on your own particular situation, terrain, setting, skills, health, physical fitness and many other factors. For more advice on what factors that you might have take into consideration check out the articles Get Home Bag and Building The Right Bug Out Bag For You.

Setup 1: Ultra Light Get Home Bag
Bag 0,4kg
[ ] Snugpak Response Pak 440g

Shelter 0,062kg
[ ] Lifesystems Thermal Blanket 62g

Survival Knife 0,241kg
[ ] Leatherman Wave Multi Tool 241g

Fire 0,014kg
[ ] BIC Lighter 14g

Light 0.046kg
[ ] 4 Sevens Preon 2 Penlamp (22,5g+11,5g+11,5g) 45,5g

Pocket Survival Kit 0,12kg
[ ] ESEE Izula Gear Wallet E&E 120g

First Aid Kit 0,112kg
[ ] Life Systems Micro 112g

Other Equipment 0,1kg
[ ] Roll of Electrical Tape 100g

Total Weight: 1,121kg = 2,5 pounds

Summary - Setup 1
This setup is very compact and light weight and does not contain any water or food. This can be an interesting type of setup for people how work very close to their home and primary want their GHB to work as recourse for their everyday life and during disasters or medical emergencies. This could also be used as an add-on for a larger Every Day Carry bag.

Setup 2 – Classic Get Home Bag
Bag 1,045kg
[ ] Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack 810g
[ ] Maxpedition Janus Extension Pocket 235g

Clothing and Shelter 0,588kg
[ ] Houdini Motion Wind Hat 36g
[ ] Hatch SGK100 Street Guard Gloves 504g
[ ] Coghlans Emergency Poncho 48g

Survival Knife 0,18kg
[ ] Victorinox RescueTool Swiss Army Knife 180g

Fire 0,014kg
[ ] BIC Lighter14g

Light 0,191kg
[ ] Fenix TK-15 Flashlight (155g+18g+18g) 191g

Pocket Survival Kit 0,28kg
[ ] TOPS Knives Survival Neck Wallet 280g

Water 1,2kg
[ ] Nalgene 1 Liter Widemouth (150g+1000g) 1150g
[ ] Water Purification Tablets: Life Systems Chlorine Dioxide Tablets 50g

Food 0,12kg
[ ] 4 Powerbars (30g x 4) 120g

Navigation 0,1kg
[ ] Citymap / Topographic Map 100g

Other Equipment 0,15kg
[ ] Charger for your Cellphone 50g
[ ] Rite-In-The-Rain 3” x5” Pocket Notebook 56g
[ ] Fisher Space Pen Bullet
[ ] Cash

Total Weight: 3,882 = 8,5 pounds

Summary - Setup 2
This is a classical example of a Get Home Bag, the setup is built around a shoulder bag with an additional pocket so that you can easily store some basic items like a Cell Phone, Wallet or Compass easily accessible. The setup contains some additional clothing, an emergency poncho, a water bottle, some powerbars, a BIC lighter to start a fire, a notebook, pen, city map, compass and a cell phone charger.

The Rescue Tool from Victorinox is especially built for first responders and has some special features like florescent handles, seatbelt cuter, saw for shatterproof glass, screwdriver and bottle opener in addition to a knife blade with a locking mechanism.

The Fenix TK-15 is relatively compact flashlight using either two CR-123 Batteries or a rechargeable 18650 battery. These types of flashlights has a very high maximum light output with the possibility of regulating the output to a lower level in order to extend the runtime. The main advantage of this type of lights is the relatively compact size, great light output and the possibility to use rechargeable batteries and use normal CR123 batteries making them ideal for a Get Home Bag and Every Day Carry. There are many other similar flashlights on the market like the 4Sevens Maelstrom X7, Sunwayman M20C and Surefire G2X Pro.

Setup 3: Comprehensive Get Home Bag
Backpack 1,34kg
[ ] Exped Mountain Pro 40 Backpack 1340g

Shelter and Clothing 0,3kg
[ ] EXPED Bivi-Poncho UL 380g

Survival Knife 0.854kg
[ ] Fixed Blade Knife: Ontario RTAK-II 854g

Fire 0.083kg
[ ] Lighter: Solo Storm 53g
[ ] Tinder: 6 Cotton balls soaked in Vaseline inside a small plastic bag (5g per ball) 30g

Light 0,124kg
[ ] Petzl Tactikka XP Headlamp (60,5g+11,5g+11,5g+11,5g) 95g
[ ] 4Sevens Preon 1 Flashlight (17g+11,5g) 29g

Pocket Survival Kit 0,14kg
[ ] Adventure Medical Kits: Pocket Survival PAK Plus 140g

Water 2,346kg
[ ] Water Purification Filter: Aquamira Frontier Pro 56g
[ ] 2 Water Bottles: Nalgene Wide Mouth 1 Liter (145g+145g+1000g+1000g) 2290g

Food 1,3kg
[ ] 1 Real Field Meal; 24 Hour Rations from DryTech (Contains 3 Freeze Dried Meals, chocolate, biscuits, energy drinks, snacks and water purification tablets; 5000 kcal) 1300g

Stove and Cooking 0,302kg
[ ] Vargo Hexagon Titanium Stove 120g
[ ] Vargo Ti-lite Mug 750ml 140g
[ ] Vargo Long Handle Titanium Spoon 14g
[ ] Proforce Folding Cup 28g

Navigation 0.109kg
[ ] Suunto Clipper Wristband Compass 9g
[ ] Citymap / Topographic map 100g

Total Weight: 6,898kg = 15,5 pounds

Summary - Setup 3
The entire setup with Backpack, Knife, Bivi-Poncho, Pocket Survival Kit, Equipment to Start a Fire, Headlamp, Flashlight and the Compass has a weight of only 2,715kg. This setup provides two Fixed Blade Knives, Multiple resources to start a fire, Two sources of light using AAA batteries, A Multifunction shelter that can be used as a Poncho and a Light Weight Cooking System.

The cooking system enables a person to use small pieces of wood or debris to cook water on the titanium mug and the long spoon is perfect to eat from the bags for the freeze dried rations. The 24 hour rations from DryTech contain 5000kcal, more than enough for demanding activities. The rations contains 3 freeze dried meal per day and additional chocolate bars, crackers, instant coffee, water purification tablets, energy drinks and so on. The main disadvantage: All items are packed in paper and plastic making the rations quite bulky and the rations are quite expensive. The advantage: You get basically everything you need in one package and you can eat some of the content without having to heat it or add water when you’re on the move.

The Headlamp from Petzl uses 3 AAA batteries and comes with a number of lenses so that you can get red, blue or green light if you would like so. The compact flashlight from 4Sevens is light weight and an excellent backup light for any setup or for Every Day Carry.

This is another example of a Get Home Bag that can be a good alternative for people how live in a setting where it is easy to find fire wood to use as an alternative to a normal stove that use gas, kerosene or fuel tablets. A Kelly Kettle can be a good alternative to the Vargo Titanium Stove. A Storm Lighter in combination with some cotton balls soaked in Vaseline works well as a Fire Starter in almost any setting and the some extra matches is also included in the Pocket Survival Kit from AMK. This type of setups can be a good alternative for people how work quite a long distance from their homes.

In this article I have presented three suggestions for Get Home Bags and some items that you can use when building your own setup. The setups represent an ultra light approach, a medium approach and a more comprehensive approach to the subject built around three different types of platforms. I hope that the readers have been able to find some useful information and inspiration.

Similar Articles:
Get Home Bag (GHB)
Building The Right Bug Out Bag For You
Light Weight Bug Out Bag
Light Weight Bug Out Bags – Examples of Setups
Every Day Carry (EDC)

Monday, May 16, 2011

It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

The World is Coming to an End. Things are getting darker and darker every day and soon something is going to happen. It will be swift and it will be hard. This is the basic story presented by most people in the Survivalist and Prepper movement. Everyone that is involved in the movement see this type of threads and post about all the time. Predictions made about specific dates, events and forecast. It’s happening soon – It is time to step up your efforts before it’s too late.

In this article I will challenges some of the perceptions within the movement and discuss what we can do broaden our perspectives. It will take you around two hours to look through the material presented in this article but it will most likely increase your understanding of the world and give you some new perspectives.

The Survivalist Narrative
Like I wrote before the story that is most often presented within the Prepper and Survivalist Movement is the story of the Sudden collapse. The World As We Know It will fall apart basically over night and only the well prepared or lucky will make it through. This is the scenario presented in two of the most popular fictional books often recommended; “Patriots” by James Wesley Rawles and “One Second After” by William R Forstchen. In the first book the US economy breaks down, violence, collapse and a foreign invasion follows. In the second book the US gets hit by a High Altitude Electro Magnetic Pulse (HEMP) that takes out all modern electronics from computer, to cell phones, modern cars and the electrical grid resulting in the death of a majority of the US population and a following invasion.

Our Perception of the World and Cognitive Bias
Richard Heuer is Psychologist that used to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In the book Psychology of Intelligence Analysis Heuer discuss many of the challenges the people working within the Intelligence Community face and why the often make incorrect analysis. One of the things that affect people the most is that we see what we expect to see and that different situations also affect how we perceive the world. During nighttime people are more likely to hear foot steps behind them when walking home compared to during daytime. Another critical aspect identified by Heuer is that when we have created mindset about something it resists change, no matter if there is strong evidence that suggests otherwise, new information that does not fit our first impression is changed so that it fits the original analysis or disregarded. This is something that every person does even if it is not a conscious process.

Two Stories about The World
A Good Story
So how does one change an incorrect assumption about the world? This is not an easy task. One method that can be used is to research facts, if the fact does not support our perception we might simply be incorrect. But to collect and display statistics in a way that makes it possible to understand and put in relation to other facts is not easy.

One person that has done is Hans Rosling. Rosling is a professor in public health and have been working as a doctor in countries that does not have many of the resources that hospitals in rich countries have. Rosling have the help of other created a graphical interface that allows statically information to be used to show the change within different countries over time when it comes to field like life expectancy, income, fertility rate and child mortality. This may not sound very interesting at first but I suggest that check out the video "New Insights on Povery". Its 20 min long, it will blow your mind and shake the perspective that you have of the world. Most people may assume that politicians and other top people within the business world has a good understanding of the world around them, but many of the leading people in the world has approached Rosling after he’s talks and said that they had no idea about facts that he just showed them.

A Troubling Story
If you have watched the video with Rosling you might be in quite a good mood. In 2009 the French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand made one of the most troubling movies about the contemporary world. In the movie “Home” multiple questions like the Population Explosion, Peak Oil, The Depletion of Non Renewable Resources and Environmental Destruction is discussed. The movie was not made to generate profit and can be seen by anyone for free on YouTube. This is a movie that I really recommend for everyone.

"Home" is not a unique movie, many similar productions have been made the last years like the National Geographic Documentary “2210 The Collapse?” based on the book by Jared Diamond, “Blind Spot” and “The End Of Suburbia” just to name a few. The stories are not identical but the message that they present are very similar; The world is facing an unprecedented crisis and we are not even aware of what’s coming.

So Where Does These Two Stories Leave Us?
After seeing these two videos you have been presented with two versions of the world both based upon facts. They are radically different, so is does any of these two perspectives present a correct perspective of the world today? My answer would be that both perspectives are correct. Both stories are grounded in fact. The message of the two perspectives are almost the exact opposite from the other and this is a good example of why it is so difficult to understand the complexity of the world even if one has some of the facts available.

What Should You Take With You From This Article?
So what would I like the reader to take with them from this article? First of all that the world is not only a set of facts, how we perceive these facts shapes our perception of the world. As Preppers and Survivalist the stories that we are told within the movement makes it easy to disregard information that does not support these stories. Many also take the information presented when a major crisis occurs as a sign that the “Big One” is here. This is something that takes place every time a new threat is presented, no matter if it is the swine flu, an economic crisis or most recently the events surrounding the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. Positive information is disregarded and negative information reinforced by many.

Most people that are not Survivalist and Preppers on the other hand often totally disregards information suggesting that major disasters or accidents may occur no matter what information that is presented to them. This can make it a very frustrating process discussing crisis preparedness, prepping or survivalism with anyone that does not share this perspective since the two people do not share the same perception of the world and will not easily change this perception no matter what facts they are shown.

So why did I write this article? I share many of the concerns that the can be found within the Prepper and Survivalist Movement, but I believe that it is important to always look at the entire picture and not just look for information that supports the conclusions that one has already made. An analysis based upon only positive or negative information will not be as accurate analysis than an analysis that also incorporates contradicting information. The other aspect is hope. Many discuss potential coming problems like they have already happened, like there is no possibility that we can overcome the problems that we face. People that give up on hope in a survival situation often die as a result. With skills, health, knowledge and the will to survive people have made it through situations that have been more or less hopeless. I believe that it is critical that one train too not only see the bad in every situations but also the positive sides and possibilities presented. This can also allow one to find solutions for problems before they manifest, instead of just sitting around and waiting for them to manifest.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Crash Course

I would like to recommend the series of videos made by Chris Martenson called “Crash Course”. These videos are 3 hours and 20 minutes long in total and can be seen for free on Martensons Homepage. The videos describes potential future problem within several fields like the Economical and Financial Situation, Peak Oil, Energy and Population Growth.

Martensons videos are not as spectacular as the movie “Collapse” by Michael Ruppert. The theme of videos also resembles the National Geographic Documentary “2210 The Collapse?” based on the book by Jared Diamond. The videos approach the subject from a clear and analytical perspective and is a good resource for anyone how would like to learn more about the subject. Martenson has also published a book with the name “The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy and the Environment".

Crash Course - Chapter 1

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Eleven Tips for Survival and Crisis Preparedness

There are many Top 10 lists on various blogs and forums concerning how one does best prepare for Emergencies and Survival Situations so here is another list from Sibi Totique and The Free Online Survival Guide with an Additional Tip.

1.) Review Your Own Situation
Many discuss Survival and Crisis Preparedness without taking the situation of those how are trying to prepare for an Emergency into consideration. Every person has specific limitations and possibilities that preparedness efforts must be adjusted to.
• What Kind Of Climate Do You Live In?
• What Are The Risks You Face in Your Everyday Life?
• What Kind of Terrain Do You Live In?
• Do You Live In a House Or Apartment?
• Do you live in a Urban, Suburban or Rural Setting?
• How much Time and Money do you want to put into Preparedness?

You can also make a more comprehensive analysis by your own situation by making a Risk Assessment.

2.) Health and Physical Fitness
In many countries overweight, diabetes and cardiac disease are major problems. Having good health and good physical fitness is not only a resource that may mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation – most importantly it will improve your quality of life, reduce stress and may prevent disease or illness.

3.) Emergency Budget and Financial Stability
Every person has a specific economic situation. Finding a balance between your income and expenses is an important part of Crisis Preparedness. Natural Disasters can result in economic loses but also every day events like job losses, accidents or a fire can be devastating without proper insurance and some extra funds available. I suggest that you approach this subject from multiple perspectives
 • Try to cut down on Expenses
• Start to make Savings every month, even small savings is better than no savings at all
• Keep learning more about your Jo/ Carrier or find an alternative form of income
• Make sure that you are properly Insured

4.) Skills and Experience
In a real survival situation the skills and experience that you have is you’re most important tool to deal with a situation. Having theoretical knowledge about a subject is good, but actually knowing how to put this knowledge into practice is even more important.

5.) Enhance Your Everyday Security
Most threats that people face are not extraordinary situation like natural disasters and man-made disasters. These disasters often get the most attention in the Media but are not necessarily the threats that actually cause the most harm. Threats like fire in buildings, traffic accidents, falling in the bathtub and unsafe electrical appliances are examples of threats that people face every day. Examples of steps to reduce this type of threats:
• Get Fire Alarms for Every Floor Of Your Home
• Get a Fire Extinguisher and Learn How To Use It
• Always wear a seatbelt and take it easy while in traffic
• If you ride a bike get a Helmet
• Systematically try to reduce threats in your everyday environment.

Being ready for major threats is important – But don’t forget about the little ones that may not be as interesting as the big ones.

6.) Every Day Carry
Emergencies and Survival Situations often happens when we expects it the least. Having some basic items on your person can help you to deal with this type of events. Examples of Items that can be useful:
• A Cell Phone
• Some Cash and a Credit card
• A wrist Watch
• Compact Flashlight or other Light Source.
• A Folding Knife, Swiss Army Knife or Multi-Tool, remember to follow your own legal restrictions.
• A Pocket Survival Kit

7.) CPR and First Aid
There are many emergencies that can result in bodily harm. Having the knowledge and skills to handle this type of situations can mean the difference between life and death for you, your family or family. First Aid and CPR are skills that have to be practiced with regular intervals if you will be able to use them effectively. The Red Cross and Other Organizations often offer this type of course for free or for a small fee.

8.) Water and Food Storage
In today’s society is fairly seldom that we see events that result in a disruption in the access to food or water, many people just have food for one or couple of days in their home and most supermarkets receive their supplies on a just in time basis. When situations occur that disrupts the access to food and water this can often result in big problems for people living in a community, this can often be the case after natural disasters like Earthquakes, Tsunamis, VolcanoesHurricanes or Ice Storms. Having some basic Food Supplies that can be stored in Room Temperature, Some Water Stored and some means of Water Purification can save a family allot of trouble during an Emergency.

9.) Basic Equipment for Your Home
Many people may lack any form of equipment that may be useful during an emergency. A First Aid Kit, some Basic Medications, a simple flashlight, some means to start a Fire, a small camping stove to Prepare Food and a battery powered Radio so that you can receive messages from Government Agencies may save you allot of trouble if you would ever need it. I suggest that you try to get some basic supplies and items to cover the most important fields and then expand gradually. You do not have to have multiple high quality products for each fields, a few basic items will do in most situations. Crisis Preparedness does not have to be very expensive.

10.) Get Home Bag (GHB) or Bug Out Bag (BOB)
Your Everyday Carry provides some basic tools that you can have on an Everyday Basis but some people may feel that they want more comprehensive solutions for an Emergency or Evacuation Scenario. For this people a Get Home Bag or Bug Out Bag may be an interesting alternative. Exactly what type of kit that you should put together must be based on your own situation and needs.

11.) Own the Process
You have just read ten shorts tips for anyone how is looking to become more prepared for an Emergency. This tips may be useful for some readers, other readers may already have a capacity that far exceeds the steps suggested.

The Blogs is intended to give the readers inspiration and advice so that you can find individual solutions that fits you, it is not a One Size Fits All Blueprint for every situation and person. The most critical aspect of the process is that you reach the point when you feel that what you are doing is based on your individual needs, your own assessment and your own situation. Always get second opinions and more than one take on different subjects. Forums like the Survivalist Boards can be a good source for information and feedback on ideas concerning Survival and Crisis Preparedness. For more suggestion about where you can find additional information check out the article Survival Related Blogs and Webpages.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

First Blog Sponsor – Provisions America, LLC

The Blog has now gotten its first official sponsor: Provisions America, LLC. Provisions America, LLC is a company that focuses on products for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness with a specific focus on Food Storage and Frieze Dried Products.

The Food related products include:
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The Company also offers a number of other Preparedness related products like
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This is currently the only sponsor of Sibi Totique and The Free Online Survival Guide so please visit their website and check out their stocks.