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This blog is to help you in preparing for an emergency. It also contains other information that you might find spiritually up-lifting. This is not an official website of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". This site is maintained by Barry McCann (barry@mail.com)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nature’s Nutrition 4 Wild Edibles, Their Nutrition and How to Find Them

If you’re lost in the woods without any food, how can you keep yourself from starving while waiting for help? Sometimes unlikely sources of food can be the most nutritious. These four wild edibles will give you all the nutrients you need to stay alive when scrounging.
Cattail Roots
Cattails are the survivalist’s best friend. Cattail roots have plenty of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, B, C, and K.
Cattails can be found in any wet, marshy area, including drainage ditches alongside the road. You can also dig up the roots in the winter. Clean the roots before boiling them. You can also harvest starch from them or grind them to make flour. Eating them raw won’t hurt, either, but it can give you a stomachache.
Stinging Nettles
A cup of stinging nettles has almost 40 calories and nearly half of your daily recommended dose of calcium. It also has so much iron that it’s sometimes used to treat iron deficiencies.
Nettles grow anywhere that grass or weeds can. Look for their slightly hairy, serrated leaves—just make sure you wear gloves before you touch them.
Don’t eat raw nettle leaves—it’ll hurt! Blanch or steam the leaves to remove their sting. You can also use their leaves to make a very nutritious tea.
Grasshoppers and Crickets
Grasshoppers and crickets have a surprising amount of protein and are tasty when fried in butter or oil. Though, according to a Bethesda, Maryland, pest control company, you’ll probably want to remove their wings and spiky legs before you fry them up. In just 100 grams, these bugs can contain up to 20 grams of protein. That’s almost as much as ground beef. They also contain lots of calcium, iron, and fat.
Crickets and grasshoppers can be found in tall grass. Just listen for their telltale chirping. Grasshoppers are more nutritious but can be trickier to catch because they can fly. You may need a quick, silent approach or a net to catch them.
Bee and Fly Larvae
Larvae taste good baked or fried and have life-sustaining protein, amino acids, and fat.
You’ll find bee larvae if you break open a beehive or honeycomb. Honeybee larvae will also be surrounded by honey and royal jelly, which can provide even more nutrients. Getting stung can sometimes be life-threatening, though, so think twice before raiding a hive. On the other hand, fly larvae can be found anywhere there is decomposing material or manure. Once they’re cleaned off, they’re ok to eat.
Surviving Off Your Back Yard
Nature has everything you need to forage for food as long as you know where to look. Keep an eye out for wild edibles and do some research to find which plants and insects are native in your area.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Preppers Personal Security Tips


A lot of people watch shows like Doomsday Preppers or T.V. series such as The Walking Dead and reach the inevitable conclusion that preppers are crazy and that emergencies and disasters are things that never happen in real life, not to them at least.
The fact of the matter is, preparedness goes well beyond Doomsday scenarios. In fact, “little things” such as getting ready for burglaries, having a well-equipped car and taking care of personal security are common sense, and they have nothing to do with asteroids, zombies or World War III.
In what follows I want to tackle the issue of personal security. If your spouse isn’t interested in preparedness, this is one of the issues you could mention without making yourself look crazy. Good people are victims of bad people each and every day… and this happens in first, second and third world countries alike.

Personal Security Tips for Preppers:

Step #1: Taking Care of the Little Things
I’m not going to bore you with stats about assaults, rape and street fights. You can find those online if you’re looking for a good scare, or if you need them to convince your spouse to listen to you. We all know that people are attacked every day and they don’t have to go to Afghanistan for it.
Everyone should have at least one self-defense item on them at all times. Now, I don’t know the laws where you live, so I’m just going to give you a list of things to choose from. I trust you will do your due diligence on what you can and cannot get:
  • a handgun
  • a folding knife
  • a stun gun
  • pepper/wasp spray
  • a tactical pen
  • a slingshot
  • a credit card knife
In Australia and Europe you’ll even have a hard time with pepper spray… but don’t let this discourage you from finding alternatives.
Step #2: Taking it To the Next Level. Your Car
Once you have at least one item with you at all times, it’s time you consider your transportation vehicle. Even if you don’t use it that often, what will you do if you’re going someplace out of town and you’re suddenly ambushed by a group of people. It happened to me onceand luckily they were kids who started hitting the car with their fists, so driving off fast was enough.
Keeping the law in mind, let’s see what some of the things you could fit in your car’s trunk are:
  • a rifle or a shotgun
  • a snow shovel (hint: this is practically mandatory for emergency situations, no one can accuse you that it’s a weapon)
  • a large knife
  • an axe
  • a machete
  • baseball bats
  • walking sticks
One of the things I bought for my car was a snow shovel. It can’t be considered a self-defense weapon because its purpose is to use it to get your vehicle out of snow and mud… but it can make a good back-up self-defense weapon in case I get attacked.
Step #3: Get a Dog
I’ve had dogs for the past 15 years and loved each and every one of them. All very loyal, though they didn’t get many chances to show it by defending me. There are plenty of breeds to choose from: German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and even smaller ones such as beagles.
Step #4: Take Self-Defense Lessons
I should have put this at the top of the list but I realize a lot of people are lazy, and self-defense lessons take time, effort, patience and focus. Now, I’m no martial arts instructor but one thing I know is that if you don’t practice, you’re not going to get any results just by watching YouTube videos.
If you don’t have the time, consider ditching the gym for a month to try them. You’re going to get one heck of a cardio workout every time. Finding a self-defense class in your area is something that requires research, such as:
  • talking to people who’ve already taken one
  • watching YouTube videos with demos of each martial art to see what they look like and researching which ones are best for you
  • not assuming that a more expensive class has a better instructor
  • keeping in mind any medical issues you may have such as a bad back or bad knees
  • and, last but not least, finding an instructor who’s passionate about what he does
Step #5: Convincing Your Family to Do It
If your family isn’t receptive to prepping or their own personal security and well-being, if you feel they might be reluctant to the above suggestions, you should probably think and plan beforehand what to say.
Let me help you out by giving you some suggestions on how you can approach them:
  • Dig up old news of people being attacked in your town or city. This is very powerful proof that they can’t argue about.
  • Read the stats I was talking about in the beginning of the article and let them know that, even if the odds are small, it’s still important to be prepared.
  • Think what they are going to say and have comebacks. Some of their objections might be: “Oh, this will never happen to me!” or “Don’t worry, we live in a safe neighborhood!” or “I’m not going alone in unknown places at night so I don’t need this”.
  • Lead and they might follow. If they see you taking action, they might be inspired and follow your lead.
Stay safe,
Dan F. Sullivan

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sleeping in the Wilderness

Camping or spending time in the wilderness is a lot of fun, but it’s not much fun if you can’t fall asleep. It’s always difficult when you’re dealing with a hard ground and a sleeping bag that’s ill equipped for the weather. That’s why, if you want to sleep well in the wild, you have to be prepared.
Additionally, you’ll want to understand the different stages of sleep. When you’re getting good sleep, you spend the majority of it in REM, which stands for rapid eye movement, an essential part of allowing your brain to recover after being awake all day. The trouble is that it’s difficult to get to this stage of sleep because disturbances like snoring, sounds in the background, and uncomfortable sleeping positions make reaching REM difficult.
When you’re camping, hunting, or trying to survive in the wild, you’re often faced with treacherous sleeping conditions that make it virtually impossible to achieve REM. Because you want to be on your best game, you need a good night’s rest in the wild.

Here are some suggestions on sleeping in the wilderness:

Use a Tent

Only go without shelter if you absolutely must. A tent is your first line of defense against sleep disruptions such as inclement weather, insects, and wildlife. Purchase a tent that’s just the right size for your needs. Tents are fairly compact and easy to carry, even if they add a little weight to your survival pack. In the end, you’ll be grateful for the protection.

Get the Right Bedding

You’ll also be much more comfortable if you have the right bedding. An inflatable pillow is always a good option, since it’s easy to pack and will support your head. However, be sure to get a pillow that dips in the center for optimum head support.
Furthermore, make sure your sleeping bag is conditioned for the elements. Sleeping bags are rated by degrees. It’s best to purchase a bag that’s guaranteed for sub zero temperatures, but one that’s also light enough to carry in your hiking pack.

Buy a Comfortable Pad or Mattress

Thick pads will keep you from feeling every rock and pine cone as you sleep. A thick pad can be difficult to carry, however, since it takes up a lot of room. At the very least, use a thin foam pad that will offer some protection from the ground beneath.
You might also consider an inflatable mattress. It won’t take up much room before your trip, and it’s easy to blow up once you get there. If you don’t want to bring along an air pump, invest in a self-inflating mattress.

Control Noise

Obviously, you can’t make owls stop hooting or keep squirrels from rustling tree branches, but you can mask these noises. Use a battery operated white noise machine to keep things peaceful inside the tent. Soft music can also help.
If you don’t have a noise machine or music player, then use a natural noise filter like the sound of a creek or a river. When you set up camp near running water, you’ll have a very difficult time hearing anything else, which will promote a great night’s sleep

Monday, July 18, 2016

How To Hang A Ridge-line

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you the basics of hanging a ridge-line. Whether you use it for a clothes line or for a tarp shelter, knowing how to set up a secure ridge-line is an important skill to know. Especially if you need to hang your shelter relatively fast because a storm is coming or dark crept up faster than you thought.
Tying knots to secure ropes and go fishing is one thing a lot of people tend to over look. Not knowing how to tie a good knot can mean the difference in dinner and hypothermia.
To hang this ridge-line you need to know how to do a Siberian Hitch Knot to secure one end of the para-cord to the tree. Krik also has another short video showing you exactly how to tie this sort of knot. Please feel free to view that video here.

How To Hang A Ridge-line


Saturday, July 16, 2016

How to Tie a Siberian Hitch (Video)

Krik of Black Owl Outdoors shows you how to tie a Siberian Hitch used to hang a ridge-line, which is a great quick release hitch perfect to use to secure a ridge-line for a tarp while you’re camping, backpacking, or just picnicking in the outdoors.
He goes step by step and slowly shows you how easy it is to accomplish. It may take a couple of tries but once you get it, it quickly becomes a favorite knot to be used.
There are many other types of knots out there that can be used. Several are mentioned in his comment section. I urge you to try different different ones until you find one that satisfies you. The Know How of Knot Tying shows great animation videos to teach you multiple knots.

How to Tie a Siberian Hitch


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

42 Experts Share Tips on How to Survive if Lost

Survivors Fortress, Conrad Novak has put together a very well organized article that shares 42 different peoples best 3 tips to know if you are ever lost in the woods and need to survive. He has kindly shared that with us and allowed APN to share it with you.
“Just the thought of being alone in the wilderness gives most people a panic attack. And while it is good to be aware of all the dangers of the wilderness, it is more crucial to think with a clear head so that you can survive any situation, such as getting lost.
Wilderness survival is a lesson that you need to think about and learn before you leave your home. You need to make sure that you think about every scenario that you creep up while you are out in the great wide open.
You need to learn how to get by with just the supplies you have in your survival gear until you reach civilization or a rescue team finds you. It is also paramount to learn about how you can find food and shelter, how to make sure that you drink safe water, how to signal your position for rescuers, and how to ask for help using sound and light.
These are all extremely critical as the human body is not built to live in the wilderness for a long period of time. You will need fire and shelter to keep you warm and protect you from the natural elements and wild animals. The terrific news is that there are wilderness survival tips that you can follow, with or without a survival gear, to make sure that you survive getting lost in the wilderness and come back to civilization safe and sound.
In this article 42 experts give you their best survival tips when you get lost in the outdoors so you can learn what the most important steps are to assess the situation, what you will need to do while waiting being rescued or what course of action to take in case that is not a possibility. Enjoy!”

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Cheap Medical and Prepping Supplies

ThePatriotNurse shares with us how she shops for her medical prepping supplies, Wonder Woman and a few other things you may not have considered.  She walks us through Costo and shows us some of their best deals to get your medical supplies stored up fast. I have to say, she definitely makes shopping fun.
Medical supplies are very important to have in case of an emergency or bug out/in circumstance. Medicine can mean the difference when it comes to preventing or treating infection, fever, cough, acid reflux etc. Preventing a cough, allergies or vomiting can also mean not giving away your location should you need to remain quiet.
Medical training is also a very important thing to consider working towards. After all, what good are medical supplies if you don’t know how to use them?
Hope you enjoy ThePatriotNurse and shopping with her bubbly personality.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

16 Preppers Reveal Their Favorite Survival Tool




I think we can all agree:The right Survival Tool can mean the difference between life and death. And since there are thousands of survival products to choose from, how can you decide which one to buy?
To better rephrase the question:
“If you could only choose one survival tool, which would you choose and why?”
To get to the bottom of this, we asked 16 preppers/survival experts what their favorite survival tool was.  
Here were the top 3 recommendations:
  • Knife (4 Votes)
  • Knowledge (3 Votes)
  • All Others (1 Vote Each)
Keep reading to discover why each expert considered these items to be the most crucial for survival. Note, you can also use the following links to navigate to each professional’s website and/or social media page. We hope you find some value in this post. Enjoy!

Michael – On Point Preparedness

Recommended Tool: Bolt Cutters
“There is one prepper tool that I have not seen written about too much. However, it is critically important: small bolt cutters. Scenes of refugees climbing through razor wire and border fences bring a stark reminder that we may face similar situations. While these small bolt cutters cannot cut through pad locks or other thick metal, they can definitely chew through razor wire and wire fencing. They are also small enough and light enough to add to your BOB.”
Here’s a video from Michael’s YouTube page:

Expert Bio: Michael is the owner of On Point Preparedness, a website dedicated to teaching people how to prepare for any SHTF situation. Since 9/11, he’s been involved in liberty, truth seeking, and preparedness movements across the country. Be sure to check out his site!
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Dan – Survival Sullivan

Recommended Tool: Band-Aid
“I know many preppers are going to choose the survival knife or the multi-tool as the most useful survival item and- they’re probably right. But my favorite survival item so far was the one that actually helped me survive: the small and humble Band-Aid. I used it last year when I visited some piers with some friends and injured my fingers. I used it a few days ago when I cut myself while using a folding saw to cut wood.
Many forget the possibility of injury or death in SHTF situations. When you’re injured, you’ll be unable to perform basic tasks, just like I was a few days ago. A small bleeding can prevent you from carrying wood, washing your hands, jumping, climbing and doing anything efficiently. Get an assortment of bandages (that are dirt-cheap, anyway), and keep them everywhere: inside your survival bags, in your gym bag, your laptop bag, your purse and even in your wallet.”

Expert Bio: Growing up, Dan spent a lot of time outdoors. He’s been a prepper since 2014, and today shares his knowledge with people across the world. He’s not a conspiracy theorist nor does he believe in the zombie apocalypse- he’s just a regular guy who wants to be prepared…for anything.
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John – Prepper Zone

Recommended Tool: Knowledge
“Knowledge. When you have knowledge, you can create everything from cutting tools (via techniques such as flint knapping) to constructing cordage (while utilizing both natural & man-made materials around you) all with your bare hands. Understanding how to leverage your knowledge regardless of your surrounding is key to every successful survivalist’s strategy. Equipment alone will not guarantee your survival – ever. You need to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to a survival situation taking place.”

Expert Bio: John is the founder of Prepper Zone, a site dedicated to teaching people how to prepare for anything- biological attacks, nuclear war, natural disasters, and much more. When disaster strikes, you’ll be glad that you read this articles.
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Alan – Urban Survival Site

Recommended Tool: Multi-Tool
“Since I spend most of my time in an urban environment where anything can happen, I like having a multi-tool because it can help me out in a variety of situations. My personal favorite is the Leatherman Wave. The latest model (830040) has 17 tools, several of which can be accessed without even opening it. The knives, pliers, scissors, ruler, wire stripper, screwdriver and bottle opener have all come in handy on countless occasions, which is why I never go anywhere without it.”

Expert Bio: If you’re trying to survive in the city after a disaster, Alan is the authority figure to turn to. His website contains loads of information for surviving in an urban environment post SHTF. You can also follow him on any one of his many social media channels.
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LeAnn – Homestead Dreamer

Recommended Tool: Knowledge
“The most recommended survival tool is not a piece of gear. It’s not the latest and greatest knife or tent, cooking set or water filter. Those are just things that can be lost, broken, or stolen from you and then you’re down to just your hands and head. SKILL is the most important tool out there to survive. 
More often than not, it’s not the gear you have that saves your backside, it’s your head. The knowledge and practice of survival skills will serve you long after the knife breaks, the ferro rod is lost, and you have nothing but the clothes on your back to work with.”

Expert Bio: Not only does LeAnn teach people how to become more self-sustainable, but she’s also an avid prepper. From gardening, food storage, recipes, to preparedness articles and more, her website contains a lot of valuable information.
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Steve – Let’s Talk Survival

Recommended Tool: Knife
“I live in an urban environment where you can run around in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops at 2am in the morning in the middle of winter so there is really no need for me to carry tools for starting fires or to building elaborate shelters. I am more concerned with my car breaking down miles from home, buildings falling from an earthquake or being attacked by unruly crowds so if I didn’t have my EDC pack hanging from my shoulder, a Leatherman or Swiss Army-style knife would likely be my go-to survival tool if I could only choose one. But a high-power tactical flashlight would definitely be a close second.”

Expert Bio: Steve’s blog, Let’s Talk Survival, is focused on teaching people about self-reliance and emergency preparedness. At his website, you’ll learn a ton about survival skills and techniques. Check out his website and social media pages to learn more!
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Robert – Off Grid Survival

Recommended Tool: Knowledge
“I’m usually pretty reluctant to give gear advice. What’s good for one person may be totally wrong for another. The best thing a person can do is to get away from thinking they need a certain piece of gear or tool to survive; instead, I recommend stocking up on knowledge. It’s the one thing that can’t be lost, can’t break, and will always be there for you when you need it. The less reliant you are on gear, the better off you will be when something bad happens.”

Expert Bio: Robert is the founder and writer at Off Grid Survival. With 20+ years of experience, he knows his stuff about survival and preparedness. His articles have been featured in major news outlets as he continues to educate people today.
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Jason – The Survival University

Recommended Tool: Knife
“Other than my brain, knowledge, and acquired skills, my most valued survival tool is my knife. I could make a primitive knife but having a quality blade at my side makes jobs 1000 times easier. Though I do not need two, I carry two bushcraft style blades with me.  The first is a Benchmade Bushcrafter, the second is an ESEE5
One is smaller for more precision work while the other I use for larger jobs such as chopping or batoning wood. With these two blades I can make just about any other survival item that I need. I can craft a bow, arrow, spear, trap, shelter, dress and skin an animal, defend myself and so much more with a knife. I can use it to fashion a digging stick to dig a seep well to purify water. I can use it to craft a bow drill to create fire. I can skin an animal to make clothing or shelter. There is little I cannot do with my knife.”

Expert Bio: Jason is a primitive survival instructor for Sigma 3 Survival and the Owner of Mountain Man Survival. He owns and operates a survival school located on 1,500 acres of land in Colorado. His website, The Survival University, teaches people about how to survive in the wilderness.
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James – Plan And Prepared

Recommended Tool: Cell Phone
“Hi, I’m James L. from Planandprepared.com. David asked me to list what I think would be the most important survival tool. If I could pick only one thing, I’d pick my cell phone. A charged cell phone can help in about 95% of all emergency situations. Simply being able to alert others to your emergency condition and your location can save your life faster than just about anything else out there. But I know saying “Cell phone” may not be a sexy pick. So in that case, I would say a good, solid knife. With a solid knife and the clothes on my back, I can build a fire and make a shelter depending upon my location. Hence, my pocket knife (and cell phone) is ALWAYS a part of my EDC.”

Expert Bio: James is a former outdoor survival instructor, and currently works as a police officer in Oklahoma City. He’s a firm believer in being prepared for unforeseen events. You can check out more of his work at his website, Plan And Prepared.
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Evan – Know Prepare Survive

Recommended Tool: E-Reader
“My favorite prepper/survival tool is an e-reader. I know it isn’t the most popular or obvious tool, most people would say a knife or flashlight or paracord. But, to me, having a resource that I can consult at any time to find out if a mushroom is poisonous or how to skin a raccoon is invaluable. 
I’m never going to remember all that stuff on my own so having dozens of survival/bushcraft/homesteading books in a package that weighs almost nothing and takes up little space is a no-brainer for me. Plus, you can put some fiction books on there to keep your morale up when things get tough.”

Expert Bio: Know Prepare Survive is an excellent resource for learning how to survive any disaster. Here, you’ll find articles ranging from archery to preparedness and everything in-between. Evan also writes gear reviews that are worth checking out.
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Chris – The Bug Out Bag Guide

Recommended Tool: Tomahawk
“My most recommended tool: A Tomahawk. Why: It is a great multipurpose tool that can help make a lot of survival situations easier. You can use a tomahawk for self-defense, shelter-building, cleaning game, hunting, breaching doors and windows, building traps, signaling (banging on another object), fire starting (bang it against flint or use it to build a fire drill or bow saw), cutting cloth to make bandages, and a lot more! The tomahawk has been used by outdoorsman for hundreds of years, it is a reliable tool that is easy to use and serves as a force multiplier when out in the field.”

Expert Bio: Chris is the founder of The Bug Out Bag Guide, a website that teaches ordinary people how to prep for SHTF. If you’re interested in building a bug out bag, he’s the guy to get advice from. Be sure to check out his website for more awesome tips!
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Stefan – Knife Scout

Recommended Tool: Knife
“The best survival and prepping tool is obviously a good knife: If you have nothing but a knife you can survive almost anything. No matter if you’re stranded on a tropical island, Canada’s harsh northern forest or somewhere in the desert in Nevada. A good knife allows you to trap, hunt, skin and prepare food. Dig for water. Make a fire. Build shelter. Fish. Do first aid. 
And in the worst case you can use your knife to defend yourself. The most important thing though is that a knife helps you to build other tools: Yeah you could bring an axe, or make one from your knife. Sleds, weapons, traps, a makeshift hammer. The list is endless. A well-chosen knife costs less than $100 and lasts for a lifetime. I am sorry, but if you don’t own one you’re a moron. You can check my website for recommendations on how to choose a good survival knife.”

Expert Bio:  Stefan is the founder of Knife Scout, a website where he writes about knives and survival. He focuses on providing readers with honest reviews on the latest survival knives on the market. Stefan also writes about survival backpacks and more.
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Cari – American Preppers Network

Recommended Tool: Gill Net
“Aside from the basics that we all carry in our gear such as knives and fire starters I would say my favorite thing to have is a gill net. They are light and do not take up much room. Gillnetting is a common fishing method. The fish may be caught by gill nets in 3 ways. 
Wedged – held by the mesh around the body. Gilled – held by mesh slipping behind the opercula, or tangled – held by teeth, spines, maxillaries, or other protrusions without the body penetrating the mesh. Most often fish are gilled. A fish swims into a net and passes only part way through the mesh. When it struggles to free itself, the twine slips behind the gill cover and prevents escape.
There are bodies of water all over the place and if we are in a survival situation I feel that this would be a wonderful way to obtain food that has a lot of nutritional value.  You can set it up and forget about it while you get your shelter ready and take care of other important things. Another plus…you do not need bait. Just make sure you do your homework on the different mesh sizes and decide which is right for you and the area you will most likely be in. You will want a net that will fit the size fish that are plentiful in your areas.”

Expert Bio: If you’re looking for quality, well-researched information on emergency preparedness and survival, then check out American Preppers Network. They are followed by people all around the world and are a top resource in the industry.
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BG Smith – Bug Out Military

Recommended Tool: Portable Water Filter
“As the rule of three states: water is a high priority item in a SHTF event. One of my favorite Items to help me with water is my Sawyer Mini. I am a firm believer in you need to build your bag around your Sawyer Mini. For the price and size I don’t think you can beat it. You can run it in multiple ways to produce nice clean water for consumption. 
In conclusion, you also need a good way to carry your water. The Sawyer Mini can be run in tandem with a camelback or other hydration systems straight off the line. That works well if you need to grab and go then filter later. At 100,000 gallons of clean water for $20 the Sawyer stands alone.”

Expert Bio: BG Smith runs a popular Facebook page, BUG OUT Military. If you’re looking to meet like-minded people in the industry, I highly recommend you join his page. Not only will you learn a lot, but you’ll also be able to connect with people from around the world!
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Steven – The Weekend Prepper 

Recommended Tool: WaterBOB
“As someone who has lived through three hurricanes, the thing I found the most useful was a WaterBOB. Hurricanes (and all extreme weather events) could cause you to lose power – which means no well water. And even if you are on city water, the storm could stir up the reservoir and cause a boil water alert – sort of hard to do with no electricity. A WaterBOB gives you a full bathtub full of water in a sealer container to keep it clean. It even includes a pump to extract only the water you need.”

Expert Bio: Chris is the founder of The Weekend Prepper, a website that will teach you how to survive any disaster, natural or man-made. From food preservation to self-defense and more, his website is an excellent resource for anyone interested in prepping or survival.
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Aaron – Smart Prepper Gear

Recommended Tool: Knife
“Out of all of the survival gear that I currently use, I would highly recommend the Schrade SCHF9 Extreme Survival Knife. Cutting and building a fire will be essential in a survival situation. The Schrade SCHF9 does an excellent job of chopping wood, cutting, fettering and can even be used to spark a flame for a fire. The fire will be essential to keep warm, to purify water and cook food. Chopping wood can also help you build an emergency shelter to keep you safe from any harsh weather. So this knife is something that I would highly recommend as it is capable of performing many functions.”

Expert Bio: Aaron is a 33-year-old prepper from Central Florida. You can learn more about him at Smart Prepper Gear. Here, he not only reviews the latest survival gear, but he also teaches people survival tips and tactics for any SHTF situation.
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