Be Ready

recently, SSM ran a post that made my boy hamster run like mad. the post is about preparing for emergencies and withdrawing for modern worthless entrapments.

i wouldn’t consider myself a prepper by any means. preppers are waiting for a end-all-be all event- economic collapse, pandemic, war, terrorist attack, zombies, etc. well, being from southern louisiana, i was raised with self reliance in my blood. the minute i knew a hurricane was coming and we were going to ride it out, i knew my job: clean the tubs, start making extra ice, help mom with making room for us to sleep, check the batteries. Paw-Paw and Maw-Maw handled the food. about 2 hours before the storm would make land fall, Paw-Paw would fill the tubs with water and ice, then he’d place his beer in the ice water (smart fucker).

once the power went down the fun began. there were usually about 8-9 of us in the tiny 3 bedroom house (MEXICANS!!!!!) we lived by flaslight and candles and ate out of cans (no sterno back then) and what was in the fridge that was ready to eat. after the power went out, eventually the water would stop coming from the tap. me and sis played cards, i’d play with my action figures; TBH, it was like a mini-camping trip. it was FUN. i looked forward to riding out a storm. longest run we did was 5 days and it was a BLAST.

then there was my dad’s side of the family who’s father was Houma tribe and taught me wilderness survival basics. i used to LOVE going into the woods for 2-3 days. i could trap, hunt, forage, make a fire, and could build a mini cmap for 2-3 days worth of shelter. to me it wasn’t roughing it, it was FUN.

i watch a lot of the “apocalypse” type shows on discovery and the like and most of them make me laugh. as God is my witness, shit could go down tomorrow and i wouldn’t need to leave the house for 4-5 months. i could set up a perimeter (fishing line and small bells), defend my shit, eat, hydrate, illuminate, and have basic sanitation for the entire time. while each person should plan according to their own specifics (family vs. single person), i’ll give you the basics.

WATER

most people in survival mode immediately think of food first- WRONG. water is the most important thing you could have. you can go 2-3 weeks without eating. after 2-3 days without water dehydration sets in and you will be circling the drain. procure a water source, have a filtration system (check-amazon), have purification tablets (potassium iodide) and a means to boil water.

currently, i have about 40 gallons of bottled water. if i knew i was going to need more, i’d clean my bath tubs with bleach (BLEACH ONLY), rinse, and fill it with water, then duct tape garbage bags over it.

some experts recommend 2 gallons per person, but the reality is a quart or two per person should be a minimum, obviously more during the summer.

FOOD

this one is quite easy. i have well over 150 cans of food. one can for me per day. do the math. i have 3 cases of MRE’s (1/2 per day), and at least 15 sterno’s and a sterno oven to cook the cans on (again amazon, it’s cheap too). platsic ware and paper plates are tits for this sort of thing as well. i’ve pointed out more then once there’s a complete bounty of food close by that most people NEVER consider: squirrels. they’re plentiful and pretty easy to snare or shoot with a pellet gun or .22. rabbits as well if you’re in a country’ish environment. and PLEASE, if you have the means to fish, have the equipment to do so.

and PLEASE, buy a non-electric can opener.

DEFENSE

the above two mean jack shit if you can’t protect it. mob mentality WILL be the law of the land when shit hits the fan (SHTF). not much i can do for you if you live in an urban environment, you’re just gonna have to fight. i live in the burbs and we’re a pretty tight knit group. 80% of my neighbors are armed. as far as i’m concerned the best home defense weapon is a shotgun. easy to use, accurate at short distance, cheap, and effective. simply racking it is a powerful deterrent. my go-to bug out gun though is the Ruger 22/45. i carry a lot of ammo, and it’s effective at dropping small game. we all know i have other “girls”, but these are the only 2 worth mentioning.

these items require bullets, have plenty. the shot gun is good for defense and SHOOTING BIRDS to eat. but bird shot will still make a good owie if you shoot someone with it. i’d also recommend guys learn to shoot a bow. it’s effective, it’s quiet and it been a staple weapon since man developed them. plus, it’s GREAT stress relief. i had a brief chat with Keoni about bowhunting, hopefully this will be a proper nudge to get him shooting again.

SANITATION

you might find yourself without power for an extended amount of time. if you do, eventually your toilet is going to stop flushing. when that happens, yer in some deep shit. wokka wokka. guys have it easy; women, not so much. Paw-Paw used to put a up a make-shift toilet for the ladies to “go business”. it was outside of course, but here’s a few rules of thumb regarding outside toilets i learned from the good’ol Corps.

your field latrine should be about 150 yards from your base camp and MUST be on the bottom end of a down-grade in the topography. dig a trench 2 feet deep, by two feet wide. make a deposit. add saw dust or crushed leaves when it get’s ripe. when finished with it, fill it back up. personally, i have a camp toilet with numerous biodegradable bags. i can piss on any tree, but i wanna poop in SOME luxury.

and toilet paper, have PLENTY of toilet paper. i predict TP will even become a tradable item.

LUXURY

hey, just because SHTF doesn’t mean you need to TOTALLY revert to savagery. so here’s a few items that are useful to have around: wet-naps, sterno’s, tea candles and regular candles (they burn about 4 hours and i have about 200 in my house right now- you’re gonna need them at night too…..HELLO), solar outdoor shower, solar charger (put it the sun, use it to charge an MP3 player), books, games, cards, batteries, a few flash lights, non power tools (shovel, ax, machette, hammer/nails, tool set), do-it yourself book, dust tape, light bulbs, hand crank radio/light (solar charged btw- it even has a USB outlet to charge small items), fuses, bleach, vinegar, battery operated fan (you thank me if it’s summer), and shit to make fire.

i also have a solar powered heated shower- it’s heavy duty plastic and zip seals up-top. fill it with 5 gallons of water and place the black side to the sun, wait a few hours. once the water is warm, undue the clasp to start the shower. wet yourself, close water. soap up and rinse, turn off water. dry up. a hot shower is a GREAT mood lifter after you’ve gone a few days without a shower.

BARTER

one day, you may find you can’t access your ATM. then, currency may become irrellevant. i have a VERY good supply of junk silver (dimes, quarters and half dollars). look it up. i also make it a habit to pick up small silver trinkets at flea markets and vintage stores. also….BOOZE. people will always want to dull the senses. i make a VERY strong hooch from everclear, fresh berries or cherries, and sugar. if there’s any interest i’ll do a food porn post on making this. it’s actually pretty easy.

and trust me, TP and bullets WILL become valuable trade items.

PANDEMIC-FIRST AID

of all the possible “could be” scenario’s, this is one i’m VERY quilifed to talk about. in the event of some sort of viral pandemic, STAY INDOORS. DO NOT try and go to the hospital, it will be over-run and once they start turning people away, the looting will begin. i’ve been in NUMEROUS mass casualty drills and it’s awlays the same assessment: “good training, defintately see some room for improvement, but over all it went well.” this is military speak for CLUSTER.FUCK.

if you haven’t done any of the above, and a pandemic hits- welcome to fuckedville, population you.

this is the part where i tell you to invest in a good first aid kit, have a good supply of OTC cold meds, aspirin, naprosyn (advil, alleve), nyquil/dayquil type meds. don’t even think about antibiotics. go to Jack’s site, hit his amazon link and grab some “quick clot”, this is a means for stopping severe bleeding. some are made from shrimp, so if you have an allergy to shellfish… andy/c of my training, i’m a mini clinic. i have access to supplies you civilians don’t. sorry. you MIGHT want to look into getting gloves and masks to protect you from respiratory/droplet borne infection. i can perform minor surgeries, suture, treat 90% of the illnesses i come in contact with. i know quite a few HM’s that have been invited to be the “doctor” for a few prep per communities. my medical knowledge is a VERY highly sought skill set.

i was giggling and shaking my head during most of this one.

take a few first aid courses at your local community college. learn CPR. these 2 could save you, or someone you loves life.

if you experience a cut that requires stitching fear not. wash the wound thoroughly, then approximate the cut (lightly push the edges together to close it) and add superglue. seriously. i’ve had more than one drunk friend come over with a cut and no heath insurance. i cleaned it and glued it. it burns, but it works.

did i get EVERYTHING, probably not. but this is meant more for guys that have never thought about this before. and i’ve had a few inquiries, so i figured i’d write about it. if you want more you can check out this guys site, his advice is gold. also, most of the items i listed can be found on amazon (the outdoor heated shower is about $15).

here’s a few video’s for you guys.

i think Doc will enjoy this one.

this one is more recent and VERY good, kind grim though, but that makes it all the more authentic.

hope this helps.

stay up.


44 Comments on “Be Ready”

  1. Ev says:

    Looking forward to the Everclear post.

  2. MrTheHermit says:

    I would be interested in that Everclear post. My parents do a similar thing with different varieties of mint (apple, pineapple and chocolate) and also make wine from elderberries but I’ve never tried it myself.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      I guess I’ll post it this weekend.

    • Jones says:

      BTW, here’s my Everclear/vodka recipe — soak 200 to 240 medium-roasted coffee beans in about 700 ml of Everclear or minimum 40% ABV vodka for six weeks, shaking the bottle weekly. (Drink the other 50 ml you’re not using, don’t be a wastrel.) Filter out the coffee beans and you have coffee vodka. Add cream and sugar to taste for a more potent White Russian. 🙂

      Kona vodka is pricey to difficult to source in most of the Americas, but you can make your own if you have a good source of medium-roasted Kona coffee beans. Costa Rican medium roasted beans work nicely as well, and of course Blue Mountain from Jamaica is absolutely wonderful done this way.

      So why not make a White Russian with fresh coffee? The coffee stays stable at a wide range of room temperatures when it’s preserved in vodka — I’ve kept a bottle in an environment with 35-40 C daily highs for months before without problems. Coffee stored that long would have grown aflatoxin, which can be dangerous business.

      It’s pretty obvious when dairy’s gone bad, but coffee, much less so …

  3. sunshinemary says:

    Oh, good stuff here, Danny. I really like the tea candle suggestion. Also, I’d never heard of Quick Clot, but I’m going to ask my husband about it. Steri-strips are a good possible alternative to stitches or superglue for bad cuts.

    Learning to hunt now, while there is no emergency situation, is wise. People laughed at me last year when I said I am going to learn to hunt, but I think it’s a good skill for both men and women to have. I don’t need to take down big game, but I’d like to know how to kill a rabbit and skin it. I read Doc Illusion’s Bunny Murder post with great interest.

    But squirrels…I mean, gosh, we feed the squirrels, they’re like pets, I just don’t know if I could… 🙂

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      I just linked some videos you and hubster should watch. I posted how to run down rabbits and just dressing them with just a stick.

      2 squirrels a day will do you well.

      you can snares on amazon, and tell hubby to look into getting a copy of “shelters shacks and shanties”. thats the book that taught me how to build forest shelters.

      And for the love of God, once you apply quick clot, don’t remove it. You’ll tear open the wound. Apply, pressure. If it soaks through, apply another. Add more, but NEVER remove.

  4. theshadowedknight says:

    I was playing with knives and I cut the tip of my finger off. Took about an eighth to a quarter inch of the end. Superglued it back on, and you can barely see the scar. Superglue is good stuff. Also, for women, or for trading, get lots of tampons, the stick kind. If you can get them, get the washable cotton pads as well, so that they are reusable. When the women are on the rag, they are going to actually want to have the rag on which to be. Hah.

    Danny, any truth that they make good dressings for puncture wounds? The stick type, I mean.

    The Shadowed Knight

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      That’s brilliant about the tampons. Of I had a woman in my life on a permanent basis, it would probably be a more obvious call to me.

      Puncture wounds are covered and allowed to close on their own. If anything you can stuff it with sterile wet gauze and change the dressing every 12 hours. You NEVER suture a puncture wound.

      But tampons, no, I’d be afraid the cotton fibers would stick to the flesh and cause an infection.

    • theshadowedknight says:

      Tampons are like cigarettes. You can easily buy them in bulk, and then portion them out individually as trade goods. The ones who want them really want them, and few people stockpile them.

      One of those things that people skip over, then desperately seek. Sandwich bags, trash bags, paper. Especially paper. Toothbrushes, spices, all sorts of other things. Little stuff that people rely on, and you are the man with the plan.

      The Shadowed Knight

    • Jones says:

      Here’s a few more for you …

      Get methacrylate “super glue” instead of cyanoacrylate “super glue” — the heat the cyanoacrylate stuff produces can be super mean, especially when you’re having to repair something close to nerve centres. I’ve repaired broken teeth with methacrylate “super glue” temporarily until an extraction could be performed. Danny’s experience with burning “super glue” was likely with the cyanoacrylate stuff.

      You can sometimes find methacrylate “super glue” at pet shops — it’s a no-nonsense quick wound patcher for small pets who get into fights they can’t win. (BTW, I put “super glue” in quotes because it usually isn’t all that super.)

      Tampons aren’t nearly as good as Quick Clot with silver — they don’t market them for bullet holes (obviously), but they’re fantastic for patching up after them. The colloidal silver in them works well for keeping the wound clear of most infectious pathogens. As Danny says, you shouldn’t stuff the Quick Clot inside the puncture wound, but you do use it as a highly absorbent dressing. Expensive, but worth it, especially if there’s a risk you or someone you’re with is going to get shot.

      BTW, you can tell how “worldly” your chick is if she sees Quick Clot and immediately thinks it’s so you can patch up bullet holes, as in yours, hers, or someone else’s. The others will think it’s “for camping” …

      Other stuff for when SHTF — see if you can get Vermox and Combantrin (or the US equivalents). (I think Combantrin is sold as “pyrantel pamoate” or Pin-X in the US.) When hygiene goes south, you’ll become susceptible to parasite transmission, especially in sub-tropical and tropical climates. You can be miserable for several years with an parasite infestation, especially if something like Ascaris (longworm) goes rogue on you. I’ve also treated it with wormwood, cayenne, pumpkin seed, cloves, and extremely strong coffee mixed together — it tastes nasty, but it gets the job done.

      Then there’s iodine, as in potassium iodide — a lot of stress may screw with your thyroid. I keep some Iodoral 12.5 mg tabs that I can break in half — 6.25 mg/day is in line with the amount you’d get from sushi with good seaweed wraps. Titrate to bowel motility as with vitamin C, but be considerably more careful with it by staying within the bounds of good sense. In the event of a nuclear accident, you’ll hear how much more you’ll need to take from whatever authorities survive. Nuke-grade KI typically comes in 32.5 mg tablets which aren’t quite as useful for general health maintenance, but they’re cheap, so it’s good to have a bottle of that stuff handy.

      Finally did you know that you can use “super glue” and cotton wool (or cotton balls in the US) together as a fire starter? Now you have another use for that “super glue”, and now you know where you shouldn’t store it. (A hint for those who don’t get it: don’t store your “super glue” in your sock drawer.)

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Jones-

      no argument here. and where did you gain this wisdom.

      i learned to keep cotton balls soaked with vaseline in camera film cases for kindling. quite a few survival sites recommend raiding pet stores for meds and supplies. makes sense, it’s basically the same shit and most people NEVER consider it.

      having a dog, i know all the meds he gets are the same meds humans get, just at peds dosages. while most people are raiding the supermarket, i’ll be raiding pets mart.

    • Jones says:

      Danny —

      You don’t even need to soak the cotton wool/cotton balls — it’s really a 1+1 as you need it sort of thing with cyanoacrylate glue. Find some packs of single-use cheap cyanoacrylate glue in air-tight aluminium crimp tubes for a very compact fire starter.

      I’ve learned from the tropical school of hard knocks, the kind that Tristan Jones used to write about. If it’s an insect, it’s often at war with you, for instance. Parts of the Caribbean and Latin America do not have malaria or dengue under control — neither are a lot of fun, and I’ve had both along with some other stuff that’s even less fun. When your alternatives include “waiting for it to arrive from the States” or “waiting for the medevac to Martinique”, it’s usually better to have some ideas about how to fix your own problems first.

      If you want to read about survival in challenging environments, such as how to provision a sailboat for several weeks of uninterrupted sailing without the benefit of sustained electric power, give some of Tristan Jones’s sailing books a read. Much of his stuff was written before the advent of GPS and easy-to-use long-lasting electrics, so his wayfinding techniques will work long after the last GPS satellite gets de-orbited into atmospheric burn-up.

      He’s long gone, unfortunately — he passed away a while back in Thailand. He’s an example of what you can do on a very limited source of funds. He sailed around the world on Royal Navy retirement scraps — I don’t think it would have been possible for him to have scoured the bottom of that particular barrel. (I’m just another Jones, not that particular one.)

      BTW, you don’t need to raid the pet shops if you have a proper chemist (pharmacy) to raid — PetSmart is the last resort for you because you’re in the States. 🙂

  5. Mister E says:

    I knew all that scented-candle-faggotry business was just a ploy for survival stockage! And it masks the latrine odors too!

  6. ba says:

    Pigeons are right up there with squirrels on my menu.

  7. Been thinking about this, off and on, since reading Alas, Babylon in high school. Though a lot of it was in the interest of writing a SHTF novel (which I never did), it did put a permanent backburner-level interest in the subject in my mind. Plus, scouting and being in a military family put me in a similar mindset as you, that doing outdoor stuff is fun – unlike a lot of people who live near me. So, some quick notes before I get back to work:

    Making liqueurs is a ton of fun! Seriously low-impact hobby that makes people happy.
    It’s the defense thing that I’m most critically lacking, I think. Not a single firearm right now, though that will be changing soon. You are 100% right that unless you can defend it, all preparations are moot.
    Was discussing bows and bowhunting just yesterday, actually. Talking with a weightlifter friend who doesn’t like loud noises (like when at a firing range), so her home defense is a crossbow. It’s the non-gunpowder equivalent of a shotgun. Can go straight through her front door if it needs to, and she has the strength to reload quickly. Interesting choice.
    I think there’s an article on Art of Manliness on manly uses for tampons, mostly for survival situations.
    Having considered SHTF situations for a couple decades now, I’ve concluded that the most valuable commodities would soon be toilet paper and Tylenol. There’s a whole raft of 2nd place items, including alcohol, tampons, and some other stuff mentioned in the article.
    I’m told super glue was, in fact, actually first developed for small wound closure, which is why it sticks to skin better than anything else. Can’t prove it, but it sure as hell works for that.
    Recently came across the concept of a composting toilet, which would take survival-level sewage issues to dang near civilized level.

    Hum. Since I’m never going to do that novel, I should maybe do some nonfiction musings on the topic.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      there’s no arguing the logic of having a bow. if she can set a crossbow, God bless her. most women can’t even draw my bow, and it’s only set to 50lbs. i’ll be doing an archery bowyer post soon enough.

  8. theshadowedknight says:

    Danny, have you ever read SurvivalBlog.com? It is the best resource on the net for suvivalism and minimalist living.

    The Shadowed Knight

  9. The Navy Corpsman says:

    Some thoughts:

    If you’re really wanting to get ready for total self-sufficiency on the order of a year or more, think about clothing, toolmaking and other ‘primitive’ skillsets.

    Leather is far more durable, far easier to make, and extremely versatile. Get to know upholstery companies, offer to take their scraps, offer to buy their scraps. You may get turned down by many of them, car upholstery is another source, but even one source can get you 25-50 lbs of free leather per month. I once made a trip to Amarillo, stole a phone book, drove all over town to various shops, picked up about 350 lbs of scrap leather. Learn how to brain-tan your own, best to set up a small shed if you have the land, away from the house. I have never met a woman who can stand the smell of deerskin soaking in brain solution, and the flies will drive you nuts. Local butchers can also be a good source of raw hides from beef, and they usually will give the hide away. Don’t forget to ask for sinew, best thread there is, cheaper and lasts longer than waxed thread bought at the store. Keep it in a sealed coffee can, stops the bacteria breaking it down and insects from eating it. My wife has two machines for sewing leather, but eventually, you’ll need the sinew and a steady hand to sew with.

    Tools. Back in the day, there were no hardware stores where you could walk in and buy a new hammer, or a new handle for it. You either made it yourself, or you did without. I’ve spent the past two years learning the basics of blacksmithing, and the previous owner of my ranch was even kind enough to give me the entire junkyard he had built up over the 120 years that his family lived here. Auto springs make excellent knives, 40 acres of sheet metal to make nearly any roof you care to, I’ve even got some very valuable old iron with nearly no carbon in it… what we used to call wrought iron. It cannot rust, because the silica in the iron prevents oxygen from penetrating the top surface layer. Buy LOTS of sharpening stones, they last a long time and you will need them. If you have hardwoods on your land, learn a little about trimming branches that you can use to make axe handles and other wooden objects, without actually killing the tree.

    I’m fortunate in that I have an artesian well that produces enough water to actually make electricity from it. Ran a pipe downhill to a turbine with a generator. The water goes into a series of stock tanks and each is lined with clay to keep the water clear and clean. When I made the turbine house, I bought a dozen turbines and five generators. The water drops a total of 800 feet, but I only have one generator at 100 foot drop for 90 KW of electricity. Total cost was about $30,000, but I’ll have electricity if the grid dies. The major cost was NOT the generators… they’re relatively cheap, because they’re military surplus. The big cost was the wire and burying it… could not find a cheap ditch witch, nor even a trenching attachment for the tractor, so I had to hire a guy to trench the wire for three miles, plus the cost of the plastic pipe to bury the wire inside.

    Right now, I am working on stripping a gas Jeep CJ 8, and boxing the frame, then I am going to add a large electric motor with a dozen big marine batteries. I’ve already done this to an ancient Massey Ferguson tractor with a bucket on one end and loader on the other. Takes 24 hours to charge it up, I get about four hours of steady use. Better than a pack string of horses for very large or very heavy loads.

    Also, keep an eye out for buildings being demolished in the nearby towns and cities. I’ve gotten thousands of bricks, and hundreds of concrete blocks for free. Even broken ones; they last nearly forever and they occupy perhaps one acre in a pile til I need them.

    Salt. Either buy a lot (like half a ton) with the iodine it in, or if you’re lucky, you live near a salt lick. Hunters know what I am talking about. Preserves meat, flavors food, makes pickles and other stuff. Also, herb garden as well as vegetable, fruit trees, berry canes. My wife is allergic to bee stings, so I do not keep bees, but I still get most pollination done by wild bees, I did hire some bees the first two years after the trees matured, but only increased my harvest by a couple dozen bushels of apples, peaches, etc. Not worth the extra time or money, and by depending on wild bees, I know I will still have fruit after SHTF.

    If you’re looking for land to buy, be sure to keep a hill on your list of priorities. Build the house into the hill, but dig out the hill and make a much larger underground basement than the footprint of the house requires. Makes a great root cellar for veggie storage, shelter for the family in case of twisters or uninvited guests. I live in a semi-desert area of the USA, so water is not a real issue into the basement. Plus, I had to blast a lot of sandstone, to make the shelter… the kind that is non-porous. THAT cost a lot, under the laws now in effect, you cannot blast your own rock. On the plus side, the guy I hired probably saved me thousands in dynamite, because he knew how to blast rock.

    Animals. Dogs are obviously needed. Also, think about geese, they’re loud whenever anyone, including me, is detected. Ducks, as Danny mentioned, are delicious. If you get chickens, be sure to get some guinea fowl, they will kill snakes that come after eggs and chicks. If you have the land AND the grass, beef is best, followed by sheep, followed by pigs. Some folks have a religious aversion to pigs… that’s cool, but remember, we’re talking about not starving. I don’t have pigs because of the smell and the flies. Plus, hogs WILL get out of the fence. It’s what they do.

    Learn how to make lard. Yes, it’s not healthy, but you’ll work it off so fast, and pies made with lard are so damned good, you will not worry about it. Hardwood ashes also make good lye soap, with some animal fat you have nice soap. Extra virgin olive oil won’t be around. Buy or make a human powered washing machine.

    Lastly, medicine. Both SunshineMary and Danny mentioned it. I have two points: research the medicine you’re taking… find out the shelf life, and how to extend it. There are places (mostly illegal) where you can buy many medicines in bulk. I’m not even going to tell you how to find them… just that they exist. If you’re diabetic, better do a LOT of reading. Ounce of prevention and all that.

    Sorry for the length of this comment, this is barely scratching the surface of what I have done, just in case things really do get bad enough.

    Oh yeah… flint. Find some flint rock, and test it with steel for firemaking. Then, get about half a ton of it, use it in the yard for landscaping, etc. When you need it, firemaking tools are all around the house.

    The Navy Corpsman

  10. The Navy Corpsman says:

    P.S. Wire. Baling wire, thick and thin. I use the thick stuff to make nails, up to 40% more holding force with square handwrought nails. Thin wire for everything else. Better than duct tape, and cheaper, depending on the fix, of course. Barbed wire (in my part of the country, bobwhar) for the animals, is a must. Wish there was a homegrown solution to wire, but I have not yet found it. I am testing some bois d’ arc shrubs to see if they will grow here (Osage orange) but not sure yet. Thorns on those shrubs/trees will stop a brahmer bull in his tracks. If you live somewhere with better water, it’s the perfect hedge/fence for pasture.

    The Navy Corpsman

    • Damn, Corpsman, that was a heck of a rundown, and together with Danny’s is a ton of distilled knowledge. If I manage one of these a month it’ll still take me a couple years to get through your list – and I know you were giving a shortened version! But halfway through that list is several months’ survival more than most of the non-rural country is ready for, so even part is better than none. Looks like time for me to get cracking on that.

  11. Faust says:

    Ya’ll are so damn hardcore. I live in an apartment in the middle of a major city, and I’ve more or less assumed that in the event of an apocalypse I’m just screwed.

    I do have serious respect for the knowledge you’ve got, though.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Dude, what I told you can help you x100 if you survive an initial event. That is, after SHTF….you make it, if you set up how I suggest, you’ll be MUCH better off.

      When you go to the store, buy 4 cans of food and a gallon of water. After a month, loon at the food bank you’ve made.

  12. Seraph says:

    “i make a VERY strong hooch from everclear, fresh berries or cherries, and sugar. if there’s any interest i’ll do a food porn post on making this. it’s actually pretty easy.”

    You had me at ‘VERY strong hooch’.

  13. Mrs. KTC says:

    Great story about your Paw-Paw.

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  15. Faust says:

    Fuckit, you’re right Danny. I hadn’t thought of it that way.
    Canned goods are cheap, and so is water, and I have the space in the cabinets I don’t use.
    Worst case I’m out like 50$.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      I built my food/water bank up over 3 months. Look for sales on canned items, especially at dollar stores the food inside is good for over 10 years if the can isn’t compromised.

  16. The Navy Corpsman says:

    The key here is attitude. Depending on the emergency, just keeping a full tank of gas in your car to get the hell out of Dodge can make a huge difference in your life expectancy.

    Just remember to respect the sign that says “No trespassing” when you’re in the boonies. Chances are, the owner has the sign sighted in, four inches high.

    Danny, I play Everquest, for keeps. I could write a blog myself, about survival, but it would be a rehash of 100 other websites that already exist.

    For you, for your pals, for your readers: If you learn one thing from this post, and the comments therein, let it be that you CAN survive, and live pretty well, unless its nuclear war. If you have one question, it should be this: Do I want to?

    The Navy Corpsman

  17. Mister E says:

    Has anyone stocked up on seeds for gardening? Fresh veggies in small plots can also be a huge moral boost with good nutritional value. If you don’t have a big plot of land you can grow some things like herbs in flower pots. A bigger garden might attract raiders so smaller might be best. Also, drier lint for fire starter along with steel wool and a 9 volt battery. Everyday items that are overlooked that just might come in handy. And if you get real desperate for kindling…belly button fuzz. Coffee creamer is also great, that stuff burns like gas. If you have MRE’s there is creamer in them. It can be used with match heads as a makeshift gunpowder.

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      Micro farm. I’ll have a small plot with goats and chickens. Goats are the ultimate survival livestock. Hearty, easy to keep, provide milk and meat….

      You got it all.

  18. The Navy Corpsman says:

    Heirloom seeds (seeds that are true to the parents) are the best, hybrids of any veggie have extra vigor and production, but you have to re-breed the parents every year. Plus, heirlooms have the advantage of 20-100 generations of selection for the biggest, best production.

    My wife runs the flowers and herbs, I run the veggies… just simple logic, I’m a country boy. The veggie garden is huge, but I live miles from the nearest town, more than 65 miles from the nearest city, so I don’t worry about attracting attention.

    I think we discussed goats last year, Danny… just remember to keep the billy away from the nannys and the kids, else the milk will taste… bad. The problem for me is coyotes. Goats just are not big enough to withstand the coyotes around here, and although I go varmint hunting several times a year, there are just too many damned ‘yotes. Heck, four or five years ago, we had a mink that went apecrazy on the chickens, lost almost 20 layers til the dogs got the mink. I’ve got a bunch of traps now, all sizes, but I won’t trap anything that I cannot use in entirety.

    Watched the video on a flu pandemic. Some pretty good points in the video, and there are anti-virals, as you know, which can make a huge difference in an influenza pandemic. I had to laugh at the guy who got an infected cut. Yeah, people in 1800 died from cuts. They didn’t know about basic first aid and germ theory, either. Every fall, I make about 20 barrels of apple jack, about 10 of peaches, nectarines, apricots. I do have a still, but that’s used mostly for my pickup which runs on E85. It also runs on straight corn liquor, about 190 proof, but I have to add methanol in the winter to keep the water in the lines from freezing. Anyway, that cut could have easily been treated with the booze that they showed near the end, where the guy with the cut faints at the potluck dinner. My own grandfather told me about getting cuts before antibiotics, people were careful back in the 1920s.

    I wanted to touch on defense, or firearms, if you prefer. Sure, you want to be able to defend your property, your family, your food if things get bad. Sure, you want people to just pass on by, but it is pretty easy to see parts of my ranch from the county road. Some preppers spend tens of thousands of dollars on weapons and ammo, but unless you’re near a major highway, you can pretty much assume you won’t be assaulted by a line company of Marines. The whole idea of ghosting, for me, was to find a place that was far away from the comfortable civilization, where people that do drive by say, “NO thank you” and drive on. I still have the outhouse sitting in the yard, complete with the moon in the door. It’s not even got a seat in it, nor a hole in the ground, but it makes people think we live primitively. We do, but even if I do use horses to plow and disk the garden, I still have a very well designed septic system for every building on my land.

    Next year, the plan includes planting about 40 acres in canola. At about 90-110 gallons per acre, if all goes well, that’s 3500+ gallons of biodiesel. I’ve got a Dodge Cummins that I am rebuilding expressly for biodiesel, heated tank and all the bells and whistles. My oldest, and his kids will be living here this coming summer, to see if they want to move here permanently. He has three diesels, we’ll get them biodiesel ready in no time. If I use 3500 gallons in a year (which I doubt I will) then I’ll just add to the acreage planted. I’ve got four rebuild kits for the Cummins, should last me about 30 years, if I am careful. Ford E85 pickup for working around the ranch, Dodge Cummins for longer trips into town. With the grandkids coming to stay, I’ll need a couple milk cows, easily found, bonus will be milk-fed veal. Also, I have to make repairs to the horse barn (remuda of 37 saddle stock, 12 draft Shires) and corral, and plant more alfalfa for winter hay stores. It never ends… hopefully.

    The Navy Corpsman

    • dannyfrom504 says:

      The buck will be separated from the ladies. And a dog will patrol the perimeter for coyotes. I plan on having a small garden. It’ll be just me after all.

      Sent from my iPhone

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