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The Wayward Journey: Post Apocalyptic Book Review

I personally am not a big reader of fiction, but there are a few things I really like.  The Wayward Journey was one of those books that I couldn’t put down.  It is definitely one of my favorite books and I can’t wait for the 2nd one.

Think of what is happening now in Detroit with the bankruptcy they are going through, in this book most of the US is succumbing to the same demise.  With the high inflation and unemployment rates many are unable to afford the things they need, so when a natural disaster hits at this worst possible time there is really not much to do other than hunker down and defend yourself from the lawlessness and brutality that becomes everyday living.

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When John the hero is on a business trip, a couple states away from his home, the disaster strikes.  John must use all his know how, and his tenacity to get back to his family when everything around him is falling apart.  Can he get to his family to protect them from the dangers?

That is just a little bit of what this book is about.  While this book is not as technical as the books from Rawles, Patriots and Survivors, I found it much more enjoyable and easy to read.  One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that you get the story of John who is basically at this point a survivalist trying to live on whatever he can find and attain, but you also get the story of John’s wife and their middle class neighborhood.  Because of John’s prior preparations his family is more prepared than many others in the neighborhood.

There were a few techniques that I learned, but more than anything I think this is a great example of how people can act during tough times.  There will not only be some violent people, but some of the worst will be those that are manipulative and that are only trying to gain power and control for their own terrible motives.  Being able to see through people and figure out their motives will be very important in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.

Being that the book I received was one of the first issued there were a few editing errors, but this book has gone through 2 more edits and another proofread cycle.  So if you get the new version on Amazon it should have no errors.  Any of the errors I saw were also not a problem for me enjoying the book.

So if you are looking for an interesting, fun and easy read that will be beneficial to you as a prepper, this is a book to get.  Nathan really did a great job in writing this his first book and he really knows how to leave you wanting more.  He is not stopping there he is writing the 2nd volume of the Wayward Journey which will be a definite read for me as soon as it comes out.  If you are interested in checking this book out just click on any of the pictures.

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How Our Food Storage Helps Us in Times of Typhoons

A tropical country, like the one in which I live, generally experiences more or less 20 typhoons in a year, some more devastating than others. Personally, I experience around seven typhoons in my part of the country every year, two or three of them disastrous.

If there is one thing I learned from my struggles with typhoons is that it is more important to have a full storage of food and supplies than a wad of cash or a wallet full of credit cards.

Having lived through typhoons that are bad enough to cause flooding and for us to have no electricity and running water for several days, I learned many things from each calamity that I feel more prepared when the next typhoon comes around. Obviously, the basic needs that must be met are food, water, clothing and shelter. While these things are supposed to be common sense, most still overlook them. I made the same mistake the first time I took charge of my family during a typhoon. However, I have since learned my lessons well and I would like to share some emergency food disaster preparedness and supplies storage tips so your readers will find comfort at the thought that, when disaster arises, their families are provided and cared for.

Having a well-stocked pantry is a good place to start when preparing for typhoons and other disasters. It is important to have food inside the house.  Food.  Not cash, not credit cards, but food. You see, the very first time I experienced a typhoon where I had to be in charge, I thought it was good enough to have cash at home, I thought I could just go to the nearest convenience store in order to feed myself and my son. Boy was I wrong. There was intense flooding a few blocks from my house so I could not even get out of the village to buy food. When the flood did subside, stores were closed because their inventory was mucked up by flood.  ATMs were either offline or had no cash to dispense. I was in dire straits. I learned that lesson well.

Building and maintaining a pantry of staples and other essentials do not have to be expensive or complicated. The trick is to build one’s stock over time. Personally, when I do my grocery shopping, I always buy an extra can or two of food like canned vegetables and the like. On the next errand, I would buy two extra boxes of soap. The following week, I would purchase extra batteries or toiletries, and so on. In time, the pantry will have enough food and supplies to last a week of disaster, maybe even more.

The point is to buy food that the entire family would eat. There is no point in buying canned beans if no one in the family would touch it with a ten-foot pole. Keep to the basics, the family’s staple food. Aside from food, it is also important to store drinking water. Finally, the pantry or stockroom must be at a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

I cannot stress just how vital it is to have well-stocked food storage for a family’s survival in typhoons. My son and I actually had to make do with very little food on those three days of the typhoon, flood and blackout and I never want to experience that ever again. For more tips on building and managing food storage, follow food insurance on twitter.

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Simple Survival Tips Anytime You Are Stuck in the Wilderness

Camping, hiking and even exploring mountains and woods can be exciting and thrilling, especially if you consider yourself an avid nature lover. Whenever you are planning to take a trip to the woods or a new environment altogether, there are a few survival tips for the wilderness that can ensure you stay safe, healthy and comfortable at all times, regardless of your location and surrounding climate.

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Research Where You Plan to Visit

Any time you are planning to take a trip into nature, it’s essential to thoroughly research the area you want to visit, the climate as well as its overall environment. Having an understanding of the climate, type of insects and animals you may encounter as well as the various risks you may find is one of the best methods of preparing for a wilderness trip. Take note of the direction you are walking in any time you start on a trail to have a better understanding of where you need to go when returning home without getting lost.

Food and Water is Essential

Packing and traveling with enough food and water is essential any time you are out in the wilderness, whether you are in the woods near your home or trekking through wilderness you are not familiar with personally. Ensuring you have enough food storage and the ability to provide enough water for each person with you in the wilderness is imperative to guarantee survival. Packing extra emergency food and water is also recommended in case you find yourself lost or stranded for any reason. Having a gallon of water each day per person in your trip is ideal to stay hydrated and keep your body healthy, especially if you are walking and staying active throughout the day.

Pack Necessary Survival Gear for Weather Conditions and Environment

Packing a first aid kit, tweezers, scissors, medications and even allergy pills is necessary any time you are planning a trip into the wilderness. Whether you are camping for an evening or hiking for a week, first aid kits, bandages, rubbing alcohol, lighters, lighter fluid, rope and other materials will keep you from feeling stuck, stranded and without assistance if you find yourself lost.

Communication Devices and Methods

Packing along cell phones, disposable phones and even a CB radio is also necessary when you are heading into the woods or any form of wilderness. Having a means of communication is a way for you to send potential signals and messages to others if you are stuck, hurt or lost while you are out on your own in nature.

Avoid Panicking

It is imperative to avoid panicking when you are out in the wild, even if you believe you are lost. When you begin to panic, the body is less likely to be prepared to take on any potential threats or challenges. Stopping, taking a deep breath and rethinking your situation slowly and calmly is necessary whenever you are trapped in the wilderness or trying to survive on your own while in nature.

Getting Oriented With Your Location

Get oriented with the location you are in any time you are out in nature. Regardless of where you are in the world, it is possible to determine direction by understanding that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. If you are also able to locate the North Star once nightfall arrives, it is much easier to determine which direction you should go in based on where you began your trip.

Knowing how to ensure your safety and healthy any time you are camping, hiking or simply exploring a new area is a way for you to keep from panicking, getting lost or being left without food, shelter or water. The more research you conduct prior to taking a trip or exploring new areas of nature, the more prepared and confident you will feel navigating and discovering the land around you.

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The Benefits of Living Off Grid

The collective sprawl of societal living shapes, and molds dictates what people are as well as what they become, and it is far from far fetched that living in isolation from society would have its benefits. To completely cut oneself off from the rest of the world with a solar-powered home and a well for water in addition to everything else that is necessary for healthy isolation is to become truly independent. Even those immersed in society whom we call “independent” are actually quite dependent on the very society in which they live. A measure of dependency is relative to the levels of dependency that others have. Children raised in isolation would be bred stronger in several important ways, and one of those important ways is psychologically. One’s perspective of “self” would be different, and there would be less chance of depression. Depression typically stems from issues with outside influences whose conveyed messages seem to indicate that one is somehow of lesser value while isolation greatly decreases the number of outside influences. There is also no economic standing to reach or to be used as self-classification.

One would likely have whatever he or she needed because the only thing standing in his or her way is the will to put forth the requisite effort to obtain it. Food, for instance, is either grown, hunted, or caught; a person gets out of life what he or she puts into it rather than reaping what someone else has sewn. Most societal dwellers do not know how to farm for example, so they are dependent on someone else’s knowledge in that department; moreover, they reap what real farmers have sewn, which is not of their own effort and, thus, may not be their preference. Even the concept of “preference” is a result of societal living. Isolation yields an ability to maximize the essentials in life. The complexity of irrigation in an inner city, especially within a landlocked state, raises the price of such a simple and common commodity like water, yet isolationism requires only that one build a well for oneself, not for a community; furthermore, the cost is merely the effort that is put forth to build and maintain this well.

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A person who has lived in isolation is liable to have a different concept in his or her mind of the word “cost”. This word has a direct correlation to the concept of currency for those who dwell in today’s society, but isolationism would more likely denote the effort or even the loss necessary to gain something. This means that a person living in isolation would have a firmer grasp of what effort is worth than someone who lives in today’s society. The idea of ascribing a numeric value (currency) to a resource or a service has skewed most people’s ideas of what things in life are really worth, and it has indirectly impinged upon common self-worth.
In a more practical sense, isolationism promotes critical thinking and provides a stable availability of resources not shared with anyone else. Pollution also amounts to essentially a non-issue; isolation can only even be attained away from the sprawl of others and, thus, outside the rim of waste and air pollution from things like streetlights, hairspray, or car exhaust. In this, isolationism contributes more toward healthy living.

Although being in total isolation would not be realistic it can show some of the possibly emotional and intellectual benefits.  A more realistic situation is living off the grid but still being connected to society.  It is a great thing to be able to use all of the things that make life easier, but to also know how to live when these luxuries may not be available due to  a collapse of society or a disaster.

As I talked about previously our level of dependency is based on others so if we are able to do the things that are necessities to life we are much further ahead than most in society.  By living off grid you can sustain yourself much longer than others which in most cases will help you wait out the early and worst times of a disaster or a societal breakdown.

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7 Essential Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

If you’re like most car owners, chances are there’s some junk in your trunk. Time to clear it out and make space for some items that just might save your life one day. You probably think that you already have them—but then again you might not. Time to pop the lid and take a look at the 7 things you do not want to be caught in your car without.

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  • Fully charged fire extinguisher –

Unlike the seatbelt law, there is no law that says you have to keep a fire extinguisher in your car. But should your car or the car of another motorist you come upon ever catch fire, you’ll be glad you have one on board. Note that the above title reads “fully charged fire extinguisher,” which means that once you obtain your fire extinguisher it should be checked periodically to make sure it is fully charged and functional. Although most car fires are electrical, the fire extinguisher you purchase should be rated to handle all types of fires. You should also become acquainted with the proper use of a fire extinguisher, as using it incorrectly could result in a serious injury.

Sounds obvious, but a flat tire has stranded many a motorist because they neglected to make sure they had the full tire-changing setup in the trunk. A fully inflated spare tire, check. Jack, check. Lug wrench, check. Chock or block of wood to keep the car from rolling if on an incline, check. Once the complete setup is assembled your work is not yet done. You must now make sure that you and everyone who is going to drive the car has a working knowledge of how to change a flat tire. The best way to accomplish that is to give a tire-changing tutorial wherein you physically go through every step.

  • Reflective signs or road flares –

You can’t control where your car breaks down, but you can be prepared to warn other drivers of the road hazard your car has become. If you’ve ever taken a defensive driving course, you would know that road flares or reflective triangles are essential emergency items that very well could save your life and the lives of other motorists.

There’s nothing like the sinking feeling you get when you go to start your car and discover that the battery is dead. Fortunately, most motorists will be willing to give you a jumpstart. But don’t bet on them having jumper cables. It’s best to carry your own set. Make sure your cables are in good shape and that the positive and negative clamps are clearly marked and corrosion free. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you know how to use them correctly.

  • Fully functional flashlights –

Flashlights are another important item to keep in your car. Other than providing light at night, a flashlight can also come in handy when looking under the hood, under a seat, or in the trunk during the daytime. Buy a flashlight especially for your car. If you live where it rains a lot, a waterproof flashlight is a good idea. And while you’re at it, keep a set of fresh batteries on hand so you’ll have a nice bright beam when you need it.

You never know when you may need to render first- aid while on the road. Your car first-aid kit should contain the basics, such as bandages, tweezers, and antibiotic ointments. Over the counter pain medications and instant cold or heat packs could also be included. For those with medical conditions requiring prescription medications, a one-day supply should be included in the event of being stranded. Make sure to check all expiration dates to make certain all items in the kit are in date.

In the event of a road emergency that leaves you stranded for any length of time or requires exertion, such as changing a tire in extreme weather, you’ll want to keep several bottles of water in the trunk to make sure all passengers stay adequately hydrated. On that note, for those who live in areas where being stranded in inclement weather could be a real possibility—particularly during the winter—it’s best to be prepared by storing extra blankets and warm clothing.

From Global Change:  A few other things I would have is a tool kit like the one in the picture.  I have used that goodyear one in the picture for about 7 years with no problems.  I would also recommend having a hammer, crescent wrench and vise grips. I would have some beef jerky or some type of food like datrex emergency bars in your vehicle.

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12 Must-Watch Survival Movies – Best Survival Movies of All Time

The popularity of survival movies has really grown over the past couple of years. I have rated these movies in three different categories.  The categories are: realisticness, survival value and entertainment factor.  Each of these is on a A – F Grading Scale with A being best and F being worst.  These ratings are all based on my opinion so you may not feel the same.

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Waterworld– Realisticness- D Survival Value-D Entertainment factor-C+ The Earth is now filled with water, but some people believe there is still dry land on the earth.  This is one of the many survival movies about the fight over resources.  As in many movies, this is a fight between the protagonist (Kevin Costner) and the antagonist (Dennis Hopper) and his cronies (called the smokers).  This movie is fun to watch but I don’t feel it was realistic or offered much in the way of survival value.

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The Postman– Realisticness-B Survival Value-C Entertainment factor-B I feel the reviews of this movie by critics don’t give it justice. In this film, the United States is a very different place with little order.  Many people have gone back to a dark ages style of living with no electricity, very little law, and a tyrant thug (Will Patton) trying to gain power.  The protagonist (Kevin Costner), a drifter, finds a way to make a difference in the world even though he is originally only worried about his own livelihood and well-being.  This was a very long movie, but I really enjoyed it and liked its sense of hope.  I thought this movie offered decently realistic insight on what could happen with a breakdown of society and numerous years of lawlessness.  It had a few areas that I think gave it some survival value, but overall, it was just one of the entertaining survival movies.

The Road– Realisticness-A Survival Value-B Entertainment factor-C While I didn’t feel this was one of the survival movies that lived up to my expectations, I feel it accurately portrayed the emotional rollercoaster that an end of the world situation would create. The characters in this movie were not able to trust anyone around them, and they lacked the resources necessary to carry on a normal life, which could be an accurate outcome in a real societal breakdown. I think this movie, while being boring in some spots, felt very realistic and showed the dreary outlook of the main character (Viggo Mortenson) in a post apocalyptic world with no hope.  On the survival value front, I thought there were some topics to take away from the story line that would be useful in real life.  I felt that this movie allowed me to realize that striving for happiness and wishing to live life to the fullest despite terrible circumstances is key to beating the end.

I am Legend– Realisticness-C Survival Value-B- Entertainment factor-B This is another of the survival movies that I think showed great emotion. The main character (Will Smith) and his dog attempt to survive throughout this film despite the constant threat of zombies. I will say this movie has one of the saddest scenes in any movie I have ever seen, which makes the whole movie worth watching.  This survival movie really shows you how important a companion is when you are lonely.  Other than the importance of companionship, there were only a few survival lessons to be learned.

Book of Eli– Realisticness-C Survival Value-C Entertainment factor-B I felt Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and Mila Kunis was worth the watch.  This survival movie showed how important being aware of your surroundings is.  Also in a disaster ridden world it shows how there will be people that will take power any way they see fit.  The use of religion to control people is what the antagonist (Gary Oldman) uses to gain power.  If you are a Christian or are religious this is definitely an important movie to watch because it shows how people can use religion and the Bible for good as well as evil to push their own motives. Even so, in the end, this movie didn’t show the Bible or Christianity in a bad light.  I thought the lesson of being aware was the best survival value it gave.

Jeremiah Johnson– Realisticness-A Survival Value-B Entertainment factor-B Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) is one of the best survival movies.  This movie is about a man who wants to live as a hermit living off the land, who wishes to be left alone to do his own thing.  This is the oldest movie on my list and also one of the best.  I believe it has great survival value and is quite realistic.  In one scene, Jeremiah Johnson finds a man who has been dead for a while with a note on him saying, “I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do hereby leaveth my bear rifle to whatever finds it, Lord hope it be a white man. It is a good rifle, and killt the bear that killt me. Anyway, I am dead. Yours truly, Hatchet Jack.”  How can you not love this movie with a scene like that? This movie is great at depicting how to live off the land and be self-sufficient.

Castaway– Realisticness-B Survival Value-C Entertainment factor-B Castaway, starring Tom Hanks, is a family survival movie.  There is some survival value to this movie like starting a fire or taking an abscessed tooth out with an ice skate.  The main character is involved in a commercial UPS type plane crash that leaves him stranded on an island with no other survivors.  It illustrates how ingenious people can be when they do not have the conventional tools for survival.

Into the wild– Realisticness-A Survival Value-B Entertainment factor-B Into the wild is the true survival story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) who gives up his ordinary life to roam the US and live in Alaska.  This is an ultimate adventure movie that shows how Christopher lived all by himself in the Alaskan wilderness with only what he could carry on his back.  This film offered good survival value, and it taught me something very important: never eat wild plants unless you know exactly what they are and if they are safe to eat.

Zombieland– Realisticness-D Survival Value-D Entertainment factor-A- This is really a comedic approach at the survival and zombie genre.  While there is really no realisticness or survival value to speak of it, is very funny.  This survival movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone. During the film, they all come together to help each other survive a zombie infested world.  In my opinion, one of the best cameos of all time occurs during this movie.  Just watch and see!

28 Days Later– Realisticness-B Survival Value-C Entertainment factor-B 28 Days Later is a survival movie starring Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins).  After a virus wipes out almost everybody on the planet, a few survivors come together to try and find a safe place to live.  This was a good movie that portrayed what could happen if an epidemic were to spread very quickly.  This survival movie does not have tons of survival value, but it still provides insight on the possibility of a nation or worldwide epidemic.

Mad Max/Road Warrior/Beyond Thunderdome– Realisticness-D Survival Value-D Entertainment factor-B Mad Max, The Road Warrior, and Beyond Thunderdome are very entertaining and fun survival movies to watch, but they are very unrealistic.  Mel Gibson stars as Mad Max, a man who lives in a post apocalyptic world who also tries to improve life for himself and others.  There really was not much survival value in these movies, but there are cool vehicles with many types of weapons, which makes them entertaining.

Red Dawn– Realisticness-B- Survival Value-B Entertainment factor-A+ Red Dawn is not just one of my favorite survival movies, but also one of my favorite movies  It has quite a few stars before they were household names (Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey).   The Russians and Cubans have taken part of Colorado and are rounding people up, whom they believe to be threats, into camps.  A group of high schoolers get together and live in the woods.  They badge themselves the “Wolverines” and try to take back the land that was previously theirs.  This is a great movie that provided survival value in the way of outdoor living, hunting and fishing.  The other thing I love about this movie, that others have also expressed, is that when you finish watching this movie, you feel extremely patriotic and proud of the great people that live in the United States.

Rescue Dawn– Realisticness-A Survival Value-B Entertainment factor-C This survival movie is the true story of Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), a German American fighter pilot whose plane is shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and captured.  I believe this film gives you a picture of how the living conditions in prisoner camps were. Additionally, it shows how important having a strong-will is when you need to get out of a seemingly dead end situation.  There are many scenes in this film that have survival value, especially when they escape from the camp and must live outdoors and survive in the wild.

Alone Across Australia– Realisticness-A Survival Value-B+ Entertainment factor-B+ This is survival documentary is not well known, but still provides pretty great survival value.  The only reason I saw this was because I attended a small independent film festival in my town.  This is the story of Jon Muir and his dog that set out on a trip across Australia with only him, his dog, and what he could carry on his homemade cart.  This is a great look at survival and has the highest survival value out of any of the survival movies I have reviewed.  Out of all the movies I’ve ever seen, this film probably has the saddest scene because what happened in the movie was what happened in real life.  If you get a chance, definitely watch this documentary.  The only problem is it is difficult to find and usually expensive because of its rarity.

Survival Movies I Want to See

127 Hours– It seems like this is one of the survival movies that would really be a great one.  This is the true story of Aron Ralston(James Franco) who is bouldering alone in Moab when he gets stuck.  This seems like it would be great because it demonstrates how we make decisions when in desperate circumstances.

Quest for Fire – This is a survival movie with Ron Perlman and Everett McGill that is set in prehistoric times.  It is an adventure story about three tribesmen who try to find a source of fire.

The Way Back– The Way Back starring Colin Farrell and Ed Harris is an escape and survival movie. Siberian prisoners that escape and walk a long distance to get to India where they will be free. This is one of the survival movies that looks like it could be a real winner.