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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Hydra Light Product Review!!! Wow!

The Hydra Light Product Review

I got word a water powered Flashlight was heading my way for a product review & immediately pictured a contraption with a propeller to dip in a running stream, or some penlight hooked up to a water bottle. Instead, I got the Hydra Light, a foot long, rubber-coated, yellow & black plastic cylinder, looking every inch a serious lighting device. It sported some heft to it too, but strangely, no propeller or water tank.  Instead, inside it was a long white cylinder where a battery would be, with two metal ends and holes along the length of it’s sides.
End-cap with fold-out hook
The end-cap flares out forming a stable base with a recessed fold-out plastic hook to hang it upside down. (Although I doubt the hook will hold up long.)
At the business end, a clear plastic lamp bezel sports a mirrored concave top cover, and an aperture in the center. Around the single white LED inside the bezel, was more mirrored plastic.
The bezel does double duty. Slide the bezel fully extended, the light is configured as a lantern. With the bezel retracted, it becomes a directed flashlight, projecting the light out the end through the aperture.
So far, it LOOKS like a flashlight. But now what’s up with this white plastic can-like tube inside, where a proper battery would be? It looked intriguing.
The fuel cell of tomorrow?
I learned it’s the fuel cell that relies on a process of Ion Transfer involving oxygen as fuel. The Hydra-Light fuel cell has a generous heft to it. It rattles, which I assume is something that somehow reacts to moisture.
I began to figure out that this ISN’T a water POWERED flashlight as the advertising implies. Instead, water is used another way, as a CONDUCTOR.
A chemical reaction occurs when two dissimilar forms of metal interact with each other. It’s called ELECTROLYSIS. Simply put, molecular ions from one metal flows to another metal when a current path between the two is present. A common example of electrolysis is galvanic corrosion…how Iron becomes rusty when exposed to oxygen. All it takes is a conductor. It just so happens WATER is a conductor, and it’s conductivity is greatly increased when MINERALS are dissolved in it.
It clicked…(like a light bulb over my head). Inside this moistened fuel cell container, enough electrical current is generated when the contents of the fuel cell is moistened and exposed to oxygen, causing Ions to flow from one metal end-cap to the other .
Even though it only takes water to create electrical current, there’s not a whole lot of electrical current being produced. There’s another component in this that makes it work… a super efficient LED!
The star of the show is this LED
LED’s have revolutionized lighting. Light Emitting Diodes have become very efficient after years of development, all but replacing the incandescent light bulb. Being able to radiate bright white light from very little energy, modern LED’s are now the ideal low cost, low maintenance, long-life light source.
And it’s a single LED that makes everything happen.
Now…Something needs pointing out.
While this Ion transfer process results in electrical current being generated, there isn’t a LOT of electrical current. So while the LED is efficiently producing light, it’s not the brightest of lights. The Hydra Light isn’t meant to blind, it’s made to produce light, JUST using water!

Within these narrow constraints, the Hydra Light DOES IT’S JOB, LIKE NO OTHER!
The Hydra Light is ideally suited as a emergency light source, one that can provide light with just water, without ANY other technology.  I get that, and anyone who is desperately NEEDING light when ALL ELSE FAILS would get that too.
The Hydra-Light boasts up to 100 hours of continuous service. One short dunking of the fuel cell in water is all it takes.
THAT I put to the test.
I dipped the power cell in a glass of tap water, shook out the excess water, slipped it in the Hydra Light, and turned it on.  The LED immediately produced a bright blue-white light. As a flashlight it threw a very impressive beam. As a Lantern the single LED was able to light up a totally dark room to a respectable level, not super bright, but still bright enough.  Then I left the Hydra Light on and started the clock.
72 hours later (that’s THREE DAYS), the light was noticeably dimmer, and it went dark while I was away at work at day four. at least 90 hours total. That’s close enough for me.
Again, this is just dunking the fuel cell in water, shaking out the excess and turning the lamp on.
Pretty darn impressive IMHO.
For the Hydra-light, the duration test is more of showing how long the fuel cell will conduct current until the fuel cell dries out. Of course, normal battery powered flashlights can last 100 hours, (often brighter too.)  But after that, you just need to briefly re-moisten the fuel cell of the Hydra Light, & the light can stay on for 100 hours more. (Do that with other flashlights.)
After a few dips in water, the efficiency of the fuel cell diminishes. Still, that’s remedied by simply adding salt to the water. The saltier the water, the brighter the lamp will glow. According to the maker, more fuel cells are available. But generally speaking, the whole idea of a emergency light source that can be left on a shelf for decades, & still be able to produce light after just a dip in some water, is just the thing to have when all else fails.
And for that, I TOTALLY approve.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

3 Ways to Use Your Swimming Pool for Emergency Preparedness

There are plenty of warnings not to drink pool water, but would the same advice still apply in an emergency situation? The fact is pool water is not potable and contains many different chemicals, but despite all that, a swimming pool is one of the best things to own during an emergency. The average 20 ft by 40 ft inground swimming pool can provide access to up to 34,000 gallons of water at a time when getting it from the tap or well may not be feasible. Here’s how to prepare to use this valuable resource in a SHTF scenario.
Use Pool Water as Gray Water
Pools contain chlorine to keep them pristine, but when the electricity goes down and the pumps stop running, the automatic filtration and treatment system stops too. That can be a good thing as chlorine dissipates over time into the air. Thus, there is less and less of it. You may even notice algae starting to grow, which is also a beneficial sign that the chlorine is about gone. Then, you can use the water as gray water to do laundry, flush toilets, and take baths. The amount of water you use from the pool can keep your potable water stores from being wasted and used on those activities that do not require the absolute best filtration or water treatment. 
To Stay Cool in Hot Situations
One of the most dangerous times for the power to go down is in the heat of summer. Luckily, if you own a pool, you won’t be one of those people who might end up with heat stroke. A pool isn’t just handy for jumping into when the temperatures get too high, but it can also be used for 12V battery-operated evaporative coolers, so you can sleep well at night. You can opt for the DIY option of a swamp coolers which works by cooling very dry areas down by spritzing water on them. However, there are also battery-operated swamp coolers on the market. Evaporative cooling is an ancient technique to keep buildings cool, and if you have an area with brick, you can even spray water on it and let the natural evaporation cool that space down. 
You Can Drink It (With Some Cautions)
You probably are very aware what goes into your pool water, when it comes to additives and chemicals. Many pool builders might even be creating salt water pools for the neighbors or treating them with heavy metals, though. Thus, you might not know exactly what is in everyone’s pools, but you do know your own. It will need to be filtered and protected, to try to maintain some of the chlorine to avoid contamination. Cover your pool with a cover at the first indication that you are undergoing a long-term emergency. This will not only keep the sun from breaking down all the chlorine, but it will also keep debris out of the water. Use a swimming pool test kit to check the chlorine levels and once it goes below 4 ppm, it is safe to drink(assuming no other harsh chemicals are in it). You will still want to use a biofilter to remove any potential bacteria and additional chemicals before giving it a swig. If you have access to a solar still, this is the best way to treat pool water before drinking it. Do not drink pool water for more than a few days, just in case you’ve missed something. Also, don’t drink pool water from a different person’s pool because they might not know how it’s been treated and what is in the water. If you decide to build your own pool, you can run a quick search of “pool builders near me“ and ask for information regarding pool water as well as what designs best fit you.
Get Your Own Pool for Emergencies
Having your own pool is the best assurance of what goes into the water prior to an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you don’t want to rely on the kindness of your neighbors to offer up some of their pool water and then find out it has been harshly treated with too many chemicals or salts to make it drinkable. Instead, treat your pool with chlorine and have a plan to protect it and use it appropriately when the time comes.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse By Bobby Akart, six-time bestselling author and founder of Freedom Preppers

Albert Einstein once wrote, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
I believe that Einstein envisioned a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world without  power. In poll after poll, one of the threats that concerns preppers is the use  of a nuclear-delivered electromagnetic pulse weapon to cause a grid-down  scenario. There are many bad actors on the international stage. Each one is capable of wreaking havoc in the United States by shutting down our power grid  and enjoying the resulting chaos.
What is an electromagnetic pulse?
Let’s get technical, so bear with me for a moment.
An electromagnetic pulse—EMP, is an intense burst of electromagnetic energy caused by an abrupt, rapid acceleration of charged particles, usually electrons. An EMP can contain elements of energy over a large part of the electromagnetic spectrum, from very-low-frequency radio, to ultraviolet, wavelengths.
A typical example is a lightning strike that produces a localized EMP. As the lightning makes contact, it can direct a large electrical current in nearby wires. A single current surge can damage sensitive electronic circuitry, such as wires and connection contained in computers and ancillary equipment.
By definition, an explosion results from the very rapid release of a large amount of energy within a limited space. This definition applies to a lightning strike, a conventional explosive like dynamite, as well as for a nuclear detonation. However, the energy produced by any one of these explosions results from different means. Understand that all explosions are relative. The effects of the shock wave are directly proportional to the amount of electromagnetic energy associated with the detonation. Its force and effect depend on the quantity of energy associated with the explosion.
Which brings us to the principal differences between conventional weapons and a nuclear EMP is the powerful electrical currents created by the blast. For that reason, the effectiveness of the conventional bomb and a nuclear EMP differ because the target is vastly different. Conventional weapons seek out hard targets—a surface burst. Nuclear EMPs seek out a high-altitude location above the Earth’s surface—an air burst.
What’s the difference between a nuclear delivered EMP and an electromagnetic pulse caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection?
The simple answer is that a Coronal Mass Ejection originates from the Sun when enormous quantities of solar energized paritlces envelope Earth and causes a disruption in the Earth’s magnetosphere. These energized particles are an EMP. In part two of this discussion, which will be published in a week, we will
discuss solar flares and CMEs in depth.
Regardless of the source of an electromagnetic pulse, the impact upon our nation could be catastrophic. Recently, the constant barrage of cyber intrusions into the public and private sector have captured the news headlines, but it is time to refocus on the threat an EMP poses for our nation’s critical infrastructure.
Senator Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, began hearings in the summer of 2015 on the threat of an EMP detonation over the United States.
The witnesses included, among others; James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence, Joseph McClelland, Director of the Office of Energy Infrastructure Security at FERC, and Christopher Currie, Director of Homeland Security and Justice with the Government Accountability Office. Their conclusion: The threat is real, and the need for the U.S. to prepare for this eventuality is critical. Chairman Johnson, in his opening remarks, stated that although the issue of EMP has been on the government radar for years, it has largely gone ignored. He pointed out the fact that not one of the suggestions put forward by the congressionally mandated EMP Commission, formed in 2002, has been put in place.
The science behind an electromagnetic pulse might be considered complicated and frightening to some. An EMP event can occur either naturally, (through solar flares, as discussed above) or artificially, as the result of a high-altitude nuclear explosion. The high-energy particles from such an explosion would cascade down to Earth, interacting with the planet’s magnetic field and destroying the electronic systems below. The resulting pulse of energy could destroy millions of transformers in America’s power grid, as the pulse travelled along transformer lines.
The possibility of man-made EMP events has grown in relation to the technological sophistication of America’s adversaries. It is a widely known fact, that both Russia and China already have this capability, and both countries have carried out serious work relating to the generation of EMP in recent years, as part of their respective military modernization programs.
Now, America’s enemies like Iran and North Korea may not be that far behind. Iran, for example, is known to have simulated a nuclear EMP attack several years ago, using short-range missiles launched from a freighter. In 2015, the Iranians fired a medium-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. North Korea, meanwhile, has acquired the blueprints to build an EMP warhead. In July of 2013, a North Korean freighter made it all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal, carrying two nuclear-capable missiles in the ship’s hold.
All of these countries have successfully orbited a number of satellites that could potentially evade U.S. early warning radars. The Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars, as former President Ronald Reagan once called it, was widely panned as bizarre by political opponents and the mainstream media. Today,
satellites carrying nuclear warheads are at the ideal altitude to generate an EMP across the entire continental US. Perhaps, President Reagan was right.
Scientists concur that such an attack, if it occurred, would have devastating consequences. A nuclear warhead detonated three hundred miles above St. Louis, Missouri, could collapse the entire nation’s power grid. According to the EMP Commission, the recovery time from such a nationwide EMP event might be anywhere from one to ten years. In the meantime, ninety percent of Americans would likely
die from starvation, disease, or societal collapse.
Are the threats to our critical infrastructure from an EMP attack and Cyber Warfare mutually exclusive?
Not necessarily. North Korea’s recent nuclear test and dictator Kim Jong Un’s claim that he has a hydrogen bomb, has shifted focus away from the cyber threat and onto EMP once again. Although the focus of attention has shifted, at least temporarily, away from cyber threats, the North Korean nuclear threat is just another dimension of the threat from cyber warfare.
Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea have all adopted an asymmetric warfare capability. Cyber warfare is not limited to computer viruses and hacking but is a combined-arms operation that includes the coordinated use of physical sabotage and an EMP attack. Our enemies consider a high-altitude nuclear EMP attack as the ultimate weapon. North Korea’s recent low-yield nuclear test, and its claim that it has a hydrogen bomb, are confirmation of the Congressional EMP Commission’s findings that North Korea is attempting to acquire a super-EMP weapon —a low-yield hydrogen bomb.
There are solutions, and the clarion bell has been rung. Our nation’s leaders have a duty to protect the homeland.
What if the preppers are right
Further, if the threat is real, and most preppers acknowledge that it is, how do you prepare?
Where do you begin in formulating a Preparedness Plan? An entire preparedness guide, hundreds of pages long, may still not adequately cover the elements of a comprehensive preparedness plan. The numerous disaster preparedness guides, blogs, and professional videos are all excellent resources. But where do you start?
Essentially, it all boils down to: Beans, Band-Aids & Bullets
Well, of course there is much more to developing a preparedness plan than the big three, but all preparedness experts know these are the basics. Many preppers are well organized and rely heavily upon checklists. We urge you to review the following link to a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD of an extensive preparedness checklist. Preppers constantly update their checklists to insure they didn’t overlook anything. You will as well.
As you review the following, keep in mind certain basic principles when preparing your plan.
The survival rule of threes: You can only live three minutes without air; three hours without shelter in extreme conditions; three days without water; and three weeks without food. This helps you prioritize your preps for a post collapse survival situation.
The prepper rule of redundancy: Three is two, two is one, and one is none. When your prepper supplies run out, you can’t drive down to Wal-Mart and restock.
Building your prepper supplies to an acceptable level for long term survival requires baby steps. Thus, survival planning starts with the perfect trinity of prepping—beans, band-aids and bullets. Clearly, an oversimplification of what a preparedness plan entails, but it is a pretty good reflection of what you better have covered. This is a well known expression within the prepper community as it outlines the essentials that you will need in the event of TEOTWAWKI—the end of the world as we know it.
In summary, beans will include your prepper supplies, the items in your prepper pantry and water. Band-aids will refer to all things medical. Bullets represent the weapons and ammunition necessary to protect yourself, your family and your preps.
I wrote EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse to be a primer on the threats we face as a nation from an attack delivered by an Electromagnetic Pulse weapon. This book is intended to raise awareness of the threat, and provide the reader with preparedness solutions. EMP: Electromagnetic Pulse will also help you answer the question:
What if?
EMP: A threat from above to America’s soft underbelly below.
The clock is ticking. One second after. One year after.
~ by Bobby Akart, Contributing writer to the American Preppers Network and GaltStrike. He is the Amazon Top 100 Author of his best-selling
Bobby is the best-selling author of the epic series of novels entitled The Boston Brahmin Series. Political suspense collides with post-apocalyptic thriller fiction as nine Bostonians whose lineage dates back to
the American Revolution navigate the societal and economic collapse of America. Can The Loyal Nine save the republic while protecting the interests of their mysterious benefactors — The Boston Brahmin? Learn more at  www.TheBostonBrahmin.com.
He has also written the Prepping for Tomorrow series, which has achieved three #1 bestsellers in twenty-nine non-fiction genres on Amazon. His attention to detail and impeccable research is critically acclaimed. Visit www.BobbyAkart.com to learn more.
Because you never know when the day before … is the day before.
Prepare for tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to Build a Campfire : Arranging Wood for a Campfire

This campfire infographic will help start your fire at the camp in no time. It’s a necessary skill, whether you’re just spending the night outdoors or if you’ve found yourself in a dire survival situation.

Campfire Infographic | Building Your Campfire in No Time

Whether you’re building a campfire to enjoy with friends on a camping trip or keeping yourself warm through a cold winter night, knowing how to build a great fire is a must-have skill. To build the perfect campfire, you need the right combination of tinder and fire starter, as well as the right way to feed your fire with oxygen for it to burn as long as possible. Are you ready to work on your campfire building skills? This campfire infographic will give you the perfect instructions.
Infographic | Campfire Infographic | How To Build The Perfect Campfire

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Three Must-Have Energizing Foods For Survival Situations

Whether prepping is a simple hobby or a lifestyle for you and your family, you’ll need to know which foods to pack for maximum health value.
When choosing these foods, energy should be the top priority — particularly if you aren’t sure when your next meal will be.
Below I’ll explain a few must-have foods for you to look into if you’re wanting to stock up on the nutrients that’ll serve you well.
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is excellent for preppers because they’re packed with essential nutrients and also last a long time.
For instance, as long as you keep your coconut oil sealed up and protected from extreme temperatures, your coconut oil can easily last a year or more.
Typically, as long as it’s not turning strange colors or giving off smells, your coconut oil should be good to go.
One of the main reasons that coconut oil is an excellent food to add to your preppers inventory is because it provides you with healthy fats and calories that sustain you and curb your appetite.
From a nutrient standpoint, coconut oil is known as a superfood because it contains fatty acids like capric acid and lauric acid. Adding coconut oil to your meals or simply eating spoon fulls gives you plenty of brain-healthy nutrients, lowers your cholesterol, and helps you deal with inflammation-related problems.
The fatty acids in coconut oils help you to build muscle and sustain all of your bodily processes.
2. Organic Honey
Organic honey is yet another power food that people can use to get healthy servings of countless vitamins and nutrients.
For example, honey has 22 amino acids and a whopping 5,000 enzymes.
You’ll be able to store honey virtually forever to enjoy the immeasurable health benefits that it has. For example, it can help you to deal with allergies and respiratory issues, while also building up your immune system.
Honey is useful for digestive health and also naturally produces melatonin, which is a health aid that gives you complete sleep cycles. This, along with the fact that honey is packed with natural sugars that give you a boost of energy, you’ll never be dragging around as you go throughout your day.
3. Lentils
Whether you prefer green lentils or red lentils, these are packed with energy giving nutrients that’ll help you stay healthy and strong.
For instance, lentils are packed with fiber that helps you to digest your food and make better use of the energy they provide. Protein makes up the bulk of the calories found in lentils, which means you’ll be building healthy lean muscle, while also staving off hunger.
These lentils burn slowly, which means that you’ll have energy to get you throughout your day, regardless of your metabolism speed. They’re also great for your heart health and blood circulation, which is aids in brain health and mental function.
Best of all, uncooked lentils can be kept for a year or more without spoiling, which is perfect for preppers.
If you pack away these three foods, you’ll be good to go with any prepper setup.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

7 Ways to Use Coconut for Survival When You Have Nothing Left

Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left

When you find yourself in a Cast Away moment, you become overwhelmed and frantically look for resources that will aid in your survival. But did you ever think of a coconut as a means of surviving? Aside from being a source of food and drink, coconuts can be used in a variety of ways to help you live longer while waiting to be rescued.

Coconut Uses You Probably Didn’t Know

If you’re stranded on an island or in the middle of nowhere, you should be thankful if you see a coconut tree. While we often take things around us for granted, these overlooked trees produce fruit that could potentially save our lives. Read on for coconut uses you might be surprised to know.
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1. Soothes Dry Skin and Chapped Lips

 Soothes dry skin and chapped lips | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
When you’re dehydrated, chances are your lips will chap and your skin will crack. In these situations, apply coconut oil on your lips and the parts of your skin experiencing dryness. This will relieve the pain and discomfort by keeping these parts moisturized.
Coconut oil can be extracted by boiling. While an easy process, it can be time-consuming. However, you’ll find that all the time and effort you put into extracting coconut oil will be worth it. Here are the steps you should follow for extracting coconut oil:
  1. Start by grating the coconut meat. You can try to build a grater with a block of wood and some nails – just put the nails in rows and make sure they sprout out of the wood. If this isn’t doable, get some rough wood to help you grate the meat.
  2. Add hot water to the coconut and stir this mixture until it cools. Then, squeeze the coconut meat as much as you can to extract as much coconut milk as possible.
  3. Add more hot water after the first squeeze and repeat the process after you squeezed out as much milk as you can.
  4. Put the coconut milk over the fire and leave it there to boil.
  5. After an hour, the foam will form on the surface and yellowish fat will appear on the edges. When this happens, sprinkle water on the coconut milk’s surface to draw out the oil.
  6. When the foam begins to dissipate and you see the surface is covered with golden oil, you can pull the mixture out of the heat. Pour it through a strainer or cloth to capture the foam and bits of coconut milk.
  7. Allow the coconut milk to settle and solidify. Pour into a small bowl to skim the surface of your container.
  8. Set aside what is left after skimming and transfer the rest to another container and put it on the fire for another 15 minutes.
  9. After the bubbles disappear, you’ll see the newly extracted coconut oil!

2. Hygienic Purposes

Hygienic Purpose | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
You won’t have to worry about hygiene if you find a coconut tree nearby. Soap, mouthwash, deodorant, ear cleaner, hair conditioner, and hand wash are all among the many coconut uses for hygienic purposes. It can even kill head lice!

3. Rust Removal

Rust removal | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
If you’re lucky enough to have a knife with you during an emergency situation, but find yourself unable to use it because of rust, coconuts can help you out. All you have to do is apply a thick layer of coconut oil to your knife blade and let it stay for 1 to 2 hours. Wipe off afterward and repeat if needed.
4. Nose Bleed Prevention
Nose Bleed Prevention | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
Being out in the heat for too long can cause your nose to bleed. While a bleeding nose is rarely a sign of a serious medical problem, it can prohibit you from functioning as you normally would. You may prevent this from happening by gently applying coconut oil to the inside of your nose.

5. Treatment for Wounds and Cuts

Treatment for Wounds and Cuts | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
Coconut oil has many medical properties, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory being the most effective. This is a great solution if you suffer from abrasions and cuts. To treat wounds and prevent infections, apply coconut oil and cover it with a bandage if there is one available. You may consider this as a first aid method for cuts and abrasions that might become a much bigger problem if left untreated.

6. Cooking Bowl

Cooking bowl | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
If you find yourself on a deserted island near the ocean, you can catch fish or clams. While it’s easy to just use a stick to cook the fish, roasting clams may be a little more tricky. However, you can use the coconut shell to roast the clams with ease.

7. Relief from Bug Bites

Relief from bug bites | Coconut Uses For Survival When You Have Nothing Left
Bug bites are inevitable in the outdoors. They can be uncomfortable, itchy, and painful. Fortunately, applying coconut oil to those pesky insect bites can remedy and prevent the swelling and itching, therefore providing relief.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

How to Transform Your Yard Into a Survival Garden

There are two kinds of preppers: those who plan to run for the hills and those who hope to stay put for as long as possible. If you are the latter kind, you’ve undoubtedly outfitted your home with every conceivable advantage, from security windows and doors to months-worth of shelf-safe foods. However, if you haven’t even touched your landscaping, you aren’t doing all you can to prepare.
Your yard is more than a useless zone between the unprepared masses and your beloved family. There is plenty you can do to transform your yard into a space that improves your chances of survival, to include growing your own food and cultivating a line of defense against potential attackers. To make your very own survival garden, here are a few tip and tricks:

Build a Natural Growing Environment

It should be obvious, but plants don’t naturally grow in rigid rows like you normally see in landscaped gardens. In the wild, plants grow just fine without weeding, trimming, or pesticide treatments; they continue to bear fruits and seeds without human intervention. You should strive to build a survival garden based on a natural growing environment. Still, that doesn’t mean you can throw seeds into your yard and expect them to grow. Instead, you must carefully construct your natural survival garden to optimize your benefit.
In nature, plants must share water, air, and sunshine, and they protect one another from pests like bugs and birds. This is typically achieved through loosely organized concentric circles. At the center is the tallest point, a large tree that protects shade-loving plants. Outside the shade grow thick shrubs that keep away larger pests like rabbits and voles and outside them, fragrant herbs that keep away smaller pests while attracting pollinators and protective insects like bees and wasps.
Ideally, you should maximize your use of the three dimensions while planning your growing environment. By doing so, you can produce up to five times more food than you might with traditional growing beds. Even better, because your yard will simulate a natural environment, it won’t encourage scavengers and looters to pillage your hard-grown food.

Choose the Right Plants

The plants you choose will ultimately depend on your region and soil. For example, it is unlikely that a prepper in Minnesota will find much luck keeping a citrus tree alive outside in the frigid winter; similarly, peaches don’t grow well in the dry air and soil of Arizona. Additionally, the seasons may impact what plants thrive and produce food and what plants go dormant or die. If you want a hands-off survival garden, you need to research what to plant when — and maybe get some help from qualified professionals during your planning stages.
Here are a few examples of possible plants for your survival garden:
  • Trees: citrus, stone fruit, and nut trees
  • Shade plants: members of the cabbage family, including kale, broccoli, and arugula
  • Shrubs: berry bushes, sweet ferns, and other edible shrubs
  • Herbs: basil, lavender, mint, lemon thyme, rosemary, and most any other herb.

Consider Defensive Flora

On one hand, wide-open fields and floodlights give you the visibility you need to see possible intruders before they reach your home; on the other hand, if your home looks inhabitable and defensible, you are more likely to attract people wanting to take what you have for their own. In truth, you might be better served by maintaining defenses that don’t look like defenses — which is to say, using your landscaping to protect you.
The easier you make it to get to your front door, the more likely you are to have visitors. Thus, the attractive and inviting front walkway will need to go. Instead, you should try to make passage into your domicile as confusing and discouraging as possible. Around the exterior of your yard — around the valuable crops of your natural garden — and along the narrow, winding passageway to the interior, you should install plants that are less-than-inviting. Some examples (of varying soil and climate needs) include:
  • Creeping juniper grows like a blue carpet covered in thorns.
  • Golden bamboo grows in thick clumps, creating a hard, natural wall.
  • Firethorn is a tall shrub with thorny stems that makes for another natural wall, but this one is covered in beautiful white flowers and red-orange berries — that aren’t good for eating.
  • Sloe or blackthorn grows in hedges of thick, prickly foliage, and the berries can be used for flavoring gin.
  • Mountain or blue pine are trees with especially sharp needles.

Be a Diligent Gardener

Even if you do opt for a low-maintenance, natural survival garden, you shouldn’t expect to perform zero yardwork. At the very least, you will need to harvest your crops throughout the seasons, and you will likely need to manage your defensive flora so it doesn’t impede your passage through your yard. Though it takes some effort to build and maintain, your yard is among your most valuable prepping assets, and you shouldn’t neglect it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Security Essentials For Home & Office

Security is an issue that we frequently deal with. It may be protecting ourselves from muggers or preventing access to our electronic profiles, or countless other possibilities. It’s always a good idea to develop a plan to protect ourselves from intruders, but our belongings need protection too, both at work and at home.
It is fairly simple to implement many of the steps necessary to avoid being a victim of a crime. Good password choices and wise email habits help with cybercrime. Avoiding dangerous areas can reduce the likelihood of being robbed. And simply locking the door goes a long way towards preventing burglaries.
But it does take some more steps to get the full protection you need to truly minimize your risks. At the same time, it’s very difficult to maximize that protection without feeling like you’re living in a fortress. How do you a strike a balance between simple daily routines and powerful security? Here are some ideas.
Multifunctional Features
Nobody wants fences and gates that look so fence-y and gate-y, but it is possible to use these devices in a way that is aesthetically pleasing while still proving lock-down tough against criminals. Aftec concrete wallsfit that bill. They are tough and secure but still include beautiful veneers that make them look as decorative as they do defensive.
In fact, many outdoor features can provide protection and beauty simultaneously. Remember that many of the most valuable items we have–tools, televisions, guns, and so forth–are large and heavy. Thieves will want to park as close as possible, so illuminating or barricading areas where they might put the getaway vehicle will make it tougher for them to execute the heist.
Alarm Systems
An alarm system remains a powerful tool for security in any location. And thanks to a number of new features, they are easier to use than ever.
Today’s alarms can be armed and disarmed with remote controls or via an app. No more struggling to enter passcodes before an activation takes place. And speaking of activation, sensors are more effective now. Better equipment installed by experienced technicians yields a lower chance of false alarms.
In addition, video surveillance can couple with an alarm. You can receive a notification on your phone that the alarm is going off, then quickly switch to another app to review surveillance video. If all is well, you can contact the monitoring company and have the alarm canceled. If not, you have video evidence of what happened.
Concentrated Security
Sometimes your best efforts still won’t keep criminals out. But that doesn’t mean that they can get what they have come for.
There are lots of tips and tricks for where to store things to make them harder for thieves to find. After all, the jewelry box is a pretty obvious first choice for intruders. Lots of people have been successful by finding creative places to hide things.
But that really only works for things you don’t use every day. A business that has to handle cash on a daily basis needs a safe, and there’s nothing wrong with having several safes to help split up the risk and to limit access by employees. For example, more people will need access to the daily startup cash for a retail business, but they won’t all need to get into the business credit cards, so those two items can be stored separately.
With so many new technologies available, upgraded security is easier than ever. We can make it very difficult for criminals to access our property and our people, both at home and at work. And we can do it without spending our lives searching for passcodes and digging through keys.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

How to Choose the Perfect Cooker for Camping?

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner – whatever you want to cook, now it is possible to prepare any meal far away from technical civilization. When the issue is cooking anything in the heart of nature, a perfect stove can give you the feel of home. But from a wide variety of types, is it difficult to choose the right one for you? Take a look at our perfect cooker reviews guide and it’ll help you to pick best one for your camping.
These tips will guide your research:
         At first, decide what you need. A camping stove or a backpacking stove?
         Now decide the types of fuel. Is it canister or liquid? Both of them have different aspects. 
         Now, think about the size and weight. Is this size can carry your all cooking needs, and is the weight is light enough to transport with own hand?
Choose one, which you can use to boil water for coffee on a lake or cook dinner after a day-long climbing.
Car Camping vs. Backpacking Stoves

Camping or backpacking which type of stoves you needs completely depends on space and weight restrictions, and also on your cooking objectives. 
Car camping stoves are designed relatively large and powerful as like as home burners. You can use them for preparing any type of meal, but can’t transport them far away from your car. 
On the other hand, backpacking stoves are designed to be efficient for their size and weight. Some backpacking models are designed only to boil water, while others can prepare food with some preset models of ultra-light cookware. 
Canister vs. Liquid Stoves
To get the adequate heat, you have to burn something. 
Basically, camping stoves have fallen into two categories based on the fuel type. Canister stoves are usually powered by propane oil which is blended with butane or iso-butane to keep the fuel steady and continue to burn even when it’s not so hot out.
Liquid-fuel burners are powered by refined gas, which is better than others at giving an unswerving flame at low temperatures. 
Campers can use a wide variety of liquid fuels in multi-fuel stoves, while most use kerosene and gasoline to cook a meal.
There are other fuel choices, as well. Stoves in the option classification incorporate models that keep running off of strong fuel tablets. These are supported by ultralight hikers who pick the “pocket stove” as a result of how versatile both the gear and fuel are. There are likewise wood-fueled camp stoves that channel vitality from consuming sticks into usable centered warmth, and a few renditions make vitality that can likewise charge electrical gadgets.
What Size Camping Stove Should You Buy? 
The following inquiry to consider is the way enormous of a gathering you hope to cook for. By and large talking, there are two primary sizes to browse: minimized two-burner models that sit on a tabletop and bigger, unattached outdoors stoves. 
Gatherings of 4 or Less
On the off chance that you have a gathering of four or less and are simply outdoors for a couple of days, we suggest a minimal two burner. Acquiring a mass tank hose connector additionally gives you the alternative of utilizing a substantial propane tank rather than the little green 16-ounce canisters. Single-burner stoves are adequate for some gatherings of 1-3 in case you’re keeping your suppers straightforward. . 
Gatherings of 5-7 
In the event that you are right in the center with a gathering of 5-7, it can be harder to pick which item to buy. Begin by considering your cooking requests and your normal excursion length. One incredible choice is to run with a reduced two-burner and afterward include a third reasonable one burner. This expands adaptability and enables two individuals to cook on the double. A few burner detached model will give you a lot of energy and space, however, won’t appear to be justified regardless of the bother to collect and transport on the off chance that you don’t generally require it. 
Gatherings of 8+ 
On the off chance that you have a gathering of at least eight, you will clearly require all the more cooking space, and will in all likelihood require more than two burners unless all you intend to eat is soup. This can be accomplished by having an expansive three-burner detached model with legs, or numerous reduced two-burner models. We do prescribe the unattached choice as it extends your kitchen and doesn’t take up valuable tabletop space. 
Remember that bigger items require more vitality to pack, gather, and keep up. We have discovered that they are extremely incredible on the off chance that you have a substantial gathering or need more table space. On the off chance that counters space isn’t an issue, be that as it may, two of your most loved smaller outdoors stoves could be a similarly intense however more portable choice.