How-to guide: What we learned about being prepared from Irma and Harvey
Always remember to stock your survival kits and bug out bags before any emergencies. As Hurricane Irma came closer to Florida, it became very difficult for the residents there to obtain supplies. Water bottle prices skyrocketed online. Although officials of Florida discouraged price gouging, many brands were still raising their prices to take advantage of people’s desperate need for essentials. On Amazon, some water bottle prices that were normally $24, were raised to $100. Airlines were also raising their fares to ridiculous prices, making it difficult for anyone that didn't have a plan for transportation. Flights that were normally $400 at some airlines, reached almost $2000 round trip. Some were even lucky to get essential goods at all. Lots of stores were out of stock of important resources or closed due to the storm. Getting all the supplies and plans taken care of months or years before an emergency is the best way to go.
How-to guide: What the hell is rucking and why should I do it?
The definition of rucking is “the activity of moving with weight on your back in a rucksack (aka backpack), where action, energy, and purpose are required”.
It’s also the foundation of training for many Special Forces units including Green Berets. These groups use rucking to help troops get used to carrying heavy loads (usually 100+ lbs) across long distance with little sleep to simulate a bug out, deployment where vehicles aren’t available, or other situations where strength and endurance are necessary.
How-to Guide: 5 Best Places to Live (When Society Begins to Collapse)
It is important to consider the best places to live in the event of a societal collapse, to consider what are the best climates and areas to keep you and your family safe. It is important to know what you are looking for when determining if the area will be sustainable for survival.
When considering a relocation there are many factors to consider when selecting the best area for efficient survival. You will want to look for areas with low population and low risk for natural disasters; this can be helped by avoiding coastlines and faults. You should also select an area with high game population for hunting, a running water source, and good fertile land to prosper growth. Also, consider looking for areas with low population density and cost of living as well.
How-to Guide: 5 Frequently Forgotten Bug Out Bag Items
There are basic items that everyone includes in their bug out bag, such as food, water, extra clothing, a firestarter, light source, and first aid kit. However, if you’re bugging out, chances are there is a reason and who knows how long it will be for. These 5 items are frequently forgotten by preppers, but can come in very handy in the event of a bugout. Plus, you can pack all of these items in a small MOLLE pouch such as the Sidekick and only take them if you need them.
How-to Guide: A Soldier’s Weapon, Tool of the Trade
To a soldier, a weapon is part of the trade, it becomes part of you because without it, you feel naked, without it you feel vulnerable. Throughout basic training, from the second you are issued your rifle, either an M16 or an M4, it becomes your weapon. Not a “gun,” because calling it that will cost you some pushups, and not something you play with, because it’s not a toy. From the second it’s issued to you until you turn it back in at the end of your basic experience, it is by your side, taken everywhere you go, and you are responsible for it. Through ruck marches in the rain, fire drills in the middle of the night, and low crawling through mud, your weapon better be in your hands.
How-to Guide: S.T.O.P & Survive When The SHTF
The obscure, overgrown trail you have been following vanishes into the scrub-oak, creating a sense of confusion which quickly overwhelms your senses. Breathless, you stop to catch some air and the realization suddenly hits….WHERE am I? You don't recognize any of the surrounding forest or canyon. The sun is setting and light is becoming scarce. You put your local map away hours ago, telling yourself, you knew this area like the “back of your hand”, but this area seems foreign. You are LOST….
How-to Guide: 5 Reasons to Consider Concealed Carry
As a veteran, licensed security officer, and concealed carry instructor my favorite response when I ask the question "Why don’t you concealed carry?" is "I don’t need to carry a gun, that’s what the police are for". For a lot of people, carrying a firearm on you most of the time sounds like overkill. Here are my 5 reasons to reconsider concealed carry.
HOW-TO GUIDE: 5 ESSENTIAL FIRST AID ITEMS
Walk into any pharmacy or grocery store and you will find shelf upon shelf, filled with hundreds of "over-the-counter" medications, used to treat everything from hair loss to hemorrhoids. This can make creating first aid kits and stockpiling medications a maze of confusion. "Expert" and healthcare professionals have their personal recommendations. The following are five over-the-counter items we suggest that should be bought in bulk and included in all of your first aid and emergency kits.
HOW-TO Guide: 4 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT WINTER STORM
Living in Utah we see our fair share of winter storms but inevitably, it seems, there are a large number of people who are ill-prepared for every storm we get. With every winter storm come stories of drivers who slide off the road, get stuck, or have break downs and are unprepared in regards to keeping warm, staying dry, and fueling their bodies while they either wait for help, or go out in search of it.
It’s not just drivers either that seem to get caught off guard by these winter storms, reports of people freezing and running out of food in their homes during power outages that they didn’t prepare for are also something we hear about often.
how-to guide: 5 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL TIPS THAT WILL KEEP YOU ALIVE
Being stranded in the wilderness may make for a good movie, but in reality, it can be a terrifying experience. Staying alive may require you to build your own shelter, start a fire without matches and even eat bugs for nourishment. Preparing yourself beforehand will give you a much needed advantage for survival if something does happen to you. Here are 5 important tips to help keep you alive. Take the time to learn these skills.
how-to guide: 10 ESSENTIALS YOU NEED IN YOUR WINTER EMERGENCY CAR KIT
It is easy to forget that one of the most dangerous situations you can fall prey to is being exposed to freezing weather during the winter months. We take this for granted because we have nice warm houses and cars that protect us. But what happens when you slide off the road or your car breaks down? The right gear could mean the difference between life and death.
Before you make that long drive for the Holidays, make sure you are prepared. There are a few practical things you can do to make sure you are safe this winter season with these 10 essentials.
how-to guide: EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST - BUILDING YOUR BUG OUT BAG
Being prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster these days is a must. If you don’t already have a bug out / emergency bag prepared and ready to go at home you should really consider building one.
Building a bug out bag doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, we believe it should be a fun and educational experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you’re planning well in advance should help put your mind at ease about "SHTF" scenarios.
how-to guide: 10 INTERESTING WAYS TO USE A SHEMAGH
The Shemagh (pronounced “schmog“), also known as keffiyeh or kufiya, is a traditional Middle Eastern headdress made of soft woven cotton cloth. It is generally found in arid regions and used as a means of protection from the sun, dust and sand. For the last few decades, soldiers from Britain have used the shemagh because of its versatility, and over the last decade US troops have also dawned the shemagh, especially special forces groups working in the Middle East.
how-to guide: What is EDC? introduction to Everyday Carry
You may think that Everyday Carry (or EDC for short) is just a guy's way of geeking out on the cool gadgets, weapons, and tools that he carries around with him. Your assumption may be correct on some level because EDC has been popularized by sites like everydaycarry.com, but in reality, everyday carry is a philosophy built on preparedness and function.
This means the things that you feel you cannot leave home without. This list of objects will vary depending on your needs, the amount of stuff you want to carry, and your lifestyle. We are big proponents of always being prepared and your EDC should be comprised of items that will lead to this goal should the need arise.