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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Survival Recipe: Rice Pudding

A great way to use up leftover rice.
One of the longest-lasting storage foods is rice. Properly packed  and stored, rice can safely be stored to last for 25 years without the taste being affected.
But no matter how much you like rice, a steady diet of any food  can lead to diet monotony.
This recipe, from “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes,” by Jan LeBaron” lends some variety to a food storage staple, and is an easy way to use up some extra, leftover  rice! Click here to read the recipe.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review: Peter Kummerfeldt's 'A Better Way to Build a Fire'

The ability to build a fire build a fire under survival conditions may save your life. The inability may cost your life!


As a Boy Scout survival skills volunteer, I have helped teach well over 10,000 people basic flint-and-steel firemaking skills. This instruction has been done during all sorts of weather extremes. I have tried and tested many different firemaking methods, with the goal of being able to recommend the right tools to make a firemaking kit that could a person’s life.
One thing I learned after all this research and training is this: The average person, even if given matches and gasoline, couldn’t start a fire under survival conditions! Firemaking, like any survival skill, must be practiced, and you have to start out with the right tools and training.
One of those training tools might be Survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt's new ebook: "A Better Way to Build a Fire." Click here to read the review.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Survival Book Review: Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters

The fertilizer hits the fan and you may have to evacuate your area.

Immediately, the roads and highways will be jammed with unprepared refugees, most of them fleeing in panic to go somewhere - anywhere - else.

A prepper will be prepared for this eventuality, hopefully, and will not join the mindless crowd. But there may be no choice regarding staying or going  prior to or during a flood, earthquake, hurricane or tsunami. You may have to join the exodus.

So what is your plan, to get your family to safety, and do you have a vehicle you can depend on? Get some ideas by reading this review of "Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Quick, Easy Method to Make Jerky in Your Oven

Finished jerky
Maybe you had a successful hunting season, and ended up with lots of meat to experiment on. Or possibly, the idea is to learn another do-it-yourself skill, so you can make a healthy snack for the kids’ lunches.
Regardless of your motivation, preppers, survivalists and folks looking for a way to preserve meat for long term storage should learn how to make jerky. Like any survival technique, it may be one of those skills that could prove to be vital sometime down the road.
This recipe can be done in your kitchen in about two hours. Click here to read how!

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Blake Miller's "Best Jerky in Central Oregon" Recipe

Blake's recipe is great!
Those of us who are getting ready for hunting season know that energy in the field is a vital part of the whole experience. Healthy snacks keep you from getting hungry. Prolonged calorie deficit means you’ll start to get weak. That can affect your ability to maintain your body heat and keep moving.
Besides, who wants to go outdoors and be miserable! Here is GPS and land navigation expert Blake Miller’s jerky recipe. The meat should be completely covered by the mixture, so I’m not sure just how many pounds this recipe might be good for!
Click here to read the entire recipe!

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Chili Mix

Chili con carne (often known simply as chili) is a spicy stew.  The name of the dish derives from the Spanish chile con carne, “chili pepper with meat”. Traditional versions are made, minimally, from chili peppers, garlic, onions and cumin along with chopped or ground beef. Beans and tomatoes are frequently included.
Variations, both geographic and personal, may involve different types of meat as well as a variety of other ingredients.
In a survival situation, chili is a great choice for using up some of the less-choice cuts of meat. The dish can help stretch limited supplies of meat to feed more people.
To read the recipe, click here.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Field Test: The EcoZoom Biomass Stove

The EcoZoom is very efficient!
Consider this scenario: If the Stuff Has Hit the Fan (SHTF), you may end up with no potable water. In the aftermath of a large-scale disaster, such as the tornado that hit Joplin, MO, large groups of people will need pure drinking water. In many such cases, boiling may be the only practical way to kill the nasties that can cause water-borne illnesses.
And what about all that storage food you have on hand – how much of it needs to be cooked, and how long will your propane, charcoal or firewood reserves last?
Those are some of the reasons I agreed to field test the EcoZoom BioMass stove. To read the review, click here!


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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Survival Recipe: Zucchini Gratin

Here is a suggestion for using up some of the tail-end vegetables from the garden! Click here to read this zucchini recipe!


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Monday, September 12, 2011

Boy Scouts Practice For an Unexpected Night Out in the Wilderness

Here is one quick shelter that can be made with a tarp.
The thought was to take a quick hike before dinner, and the plan was to be gone about 45 minutes. But now you’re lost, and the safest course of action is to stay put and spend the night. Luckily, you have your Ten Essentials, and whatever food you packed, but no tent, sleeping bag or insulite pad.
Oh. And your matches don’t work. 
You have to build a shelter, and figure out how to stay warm, since the temperatures could drop into the 30s.
Have a nice night!
That was the scenario last weekend when 13 Boy Scouts and five adult leaders from Troops 18 and 90, located in Bend, OR. went on a “Ten Essentials Campout.” The idea was to train for surviving an unexpected night out in the wilderness. The theme was: “No tents, no sleeping bags, no matches, No PROBLEM!”
To read the story, click here.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Top 10 Storage Foods That Last (Almost) Forever

Rice can last a long, long time if stored correctly!
Here is a post from Lisa Bedford "The Survival Mom" about 10 foods that will last a long, long time. It is worth reading to see what you already have, and what you need to stock up on!
To read the story, click here.


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Survival Recipe: Healthy Spinach Pasta


Use fresh produce when available to save storage foods!
One way to stretch your storage food and prepper dollars is by taking advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. Right now, many gardens are producing a lot of  fresh veggies that can be substituted for the dried or dehydrated.
This recipe from “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes” takes full advantage of any fresh vegetables you might have. Substitute all or some of the fresh for the storage food and create a tasty meal.
To read the recipe, click here!
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Make Sure Your Survival Knife Sheath is Safe!

(Illustration by C. T. Fischer)
So you’ve decided what fixed-blade knife to include in an emergency survival kit or Bug Out Bag.
But how will you safely carry it? Where is the best place to wear that knife on your belt? And what things should you look for in a sheath to make sure the knife isn’t lost?
Unfortunately, some fine knifes come with mediocre to poor sheaths. In some cases, these sheaths can be dangerous to the user!
Outdoorsman and knifemaker  C.T. Fischer explains the best ways to carry your fixed-blade knife, and things to look for in a sheath. 
Click here to read the story!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Edible Wild Plants: Miner's Lettuce

Miner's Lettuce is widely distributed throughout Central Oregon (Linda Stephenson photo)
Miner’s lettuce (Montia perfoliata), an edible plant, is widely distributed throughout the high desert areas of Central Oregon. Learn how to recognize this plant, and you’ll be able to come up with a tasty salad in the wilderness! 


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

South Deschutes County Emergency Preparedness: FEMA Projects Earthquake Disaster on Oregon Coast

South Deschutes County Emergency Preparedness: FEMA Projects Earthquake Disaster on Oregon Coast: "Roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure will be severely damaged by the Cascadia earthquakes.
The Number One concern o..."

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Survival Knife Review: C.T. Fischer Nessmuk Knife

This Nessmuk-style knife is a winner!
Sometimes a knife just looks right, and that's what drew my eye to an ad for a "Nessmuk" knife.  It looked like a quality workhorse.
For a little background here, George Washington Sears, 1821-1890, is better known by his pen name of "Nessmuk". He wrote one of the first wilderness survival books,  "Woodcraft," in 1884 and was a regular contributor to "Forest and Stream Magazine."
He had strong opinions on survival gear, and designed several pieces, including this type of knife.
So when I saw a Nessmuk-style knife  advertised by C.T. Fischer Knives, based in Elk City, Idaho, I just had to try one out .
Here's my thoughts on the Nessmuk after testing it: click here to read the review!


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Monday, August 8, 2011

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Camp Chef Remote Meat Thermometer

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Camp Chef Remote Meat Thermometer: "This remote thermometer works great - but do you need one?
Dutch oven cooks tend to fall into two schools of thought: There are the..."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Garlic Asparagus With Pasta and Lemon Cream Sauce

Combine storage food with seasonally-available produce!
It's a good idea to practice with and use your storage food whenever possible to become a good cook with the foods.
But this recipe from “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes" pushed beyond “tasty” into  “gourmet”!
Since there are a lot of fresh vegetables around right now, you can obviously substitute fresh veggies for the dehydrated or freeze dried selections.
Try this recipe and you’ll realize the potential for how good storage food can taste!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Marionberry or Raspberry Breakfast/Energy Bars

Freeze dried fruit can also make a tasty breakfast bar!
These breakfast bars, from “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes,” can easily double as energy bars for a quick snack on a hike or any kind of outing.  Just make the night before, place in plastic sandwich bags, and eat one whenever you find your energy dropping!
The freeze dried fruits could also be substituted with fresh berries if such were available. In fact, this would make a great outing: Go pick some wild blueberries or raspberries, or whatever is in season, and include them in a batch of breakfast bars! (Or, you try some of the dried fruit blend on special this week!)
Click here to read the recipe!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Survival Gear Review: Frontier Pro Ultralight Multi-Use Water Filter

The Frontier Pro filters water well and is easy to use.


Deserts are arid. That doesn’t mean there aren’t springs or creeks – it’s just that they’re further apart than in areas with more rainfall and desert water sources may dry up during the hot months.

The other extreme might be during a flood, where  you may be in  a flood, surrounded by filthy, muddy water, with none to drink.
Wherever you are, staying hydrated is critical to survival. The preferred method of water purification might be boiling. But what if you need drinking water immediately to rehydrate a child, or don’t have the means to make a fire or a suitable water container?
Water filters that will work under these circumstance and in these situations need to effective. Most importantly, they must be light, compact and easy to carry and use or they will be left behind. That is why I was intrigued by the Frontier Pro Ultra-Light Multi-Use Water Filter.
Read the review here.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Preparedness Expo in Spokane, Washington

Special thanks to Idaho Bob for bringing this to our attention:
 
There will be an Sustainable Preparedness Expo, at the Fairgrounds, in Spokane, on July 31.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wilderness and Emergency Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Gear I Carry in the Wilderness

Wilderness and Emergency Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Gear I Carry in the Wilderness: "High tech gadgets are no substitute for proper training and preparedness! During nearly 45 years of wandering around the world’s backc..."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jan's Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Mushroom Barley Soup

Jan's Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Mushroom Barley Soup: "Dehydrated mushrooms There are many storage food items that are handy to have around the kitchen, even if there is no emergency! Dehydr..."

Map Compass and GPS: Lost in the Backcountry: How to Keep That From Hap...

Map Compass and GPS: Lost in the Backcountry: How to Keep That From Hap...: "Always test your gear and skills before you get in the field and need them! Test your equipment before you go afield. In my Wilderness S..."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jan's Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Chicken Fajitas

Jan's Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Chicken Fajitas: "Chicken fajitas are tasty and quick to make! This week’s survival recipe features Dried Chicken Dices. These chicken dices can be subs..."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Rice and Raisins Breakfast

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Rice and Raisins Breakfast: "Start the day right! Everybody knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But it is also the easiest to skip! Breakfast re..."

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Damper: Australia's Survival Bread

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: Damper: Australia's Survival Bread: "Damper is a quick and easy-to-make survival bread. Every prepper , survivalist or emergency preparedness enthusiast should have a variet..."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lost in the Backcountry: How to Keep That From Happening!

Always test your gear and skills before you get in the field and need them!
Test your equipment before you go afield. In my Wilderness Survival class I emphasize the phrase “it has to work for you.” Friends enjoy providing input and helpful suggestions. But don’t blindly assume these are sound recommendations.
To read the complete Blake Miller story, click here.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Survival Recipe: Chocolate Pudding (?)

This week’s survival recipe is definately comfort food, and it certainly could provide a much-needed morale boost under survival circumstances! 
And do you want to show off around the campfire?
Then just whip up this delicious chocolate pudding from survival or storage foods! To read the recipe, click here!


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Monday, June 6, 2011

Father's Day Gifts For That Prepper/Survival Dad

Don't forget the intangibles!
Fathers Day is June 19, and here are some practical, inexpensive gift suggestions for that prepper or survival dad!
Everybody (Says me!) needs to carry a small, pocket-sized survival kit wherever they go. If an emergency happens or the Sewage Hits the Fan, the only survival tools you’ll have are the ones in your pockets, purse, briefcase or coat pocket.
Maybe Dad is already on the preparedness or survival bandwagon, and is pretty well set up. Or, maybe he doesn’t have anything, and sees no need to prepare for anything.
Either way, here are some suggestions for inexpensive, useful gifts that can come from the kids. Any Dad worthy of  the title will appreciate and carry these items, because of who gave them!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Peter Kummerfeldt: Be Seen and Be Found Quickly

Leave your  trip plan on the back of a copy of the topo map you will be using.
The single most important step in getting rescued quickly is to leave a trip plan with two reliable people you can count on to raise the alarm when you don’t show up on time.
Your job as the survivor is twofold.
First to survive! To maintain your body temperature of 98.6ยบ F. for as long as possible, to keep yourself hydrated and to treat any injuries as best you can (thereby giving the SAR forces a chance to recover a grateful, living survivor.) Secondly – to make yourself more visible so that they can find you quickly.
Leaving a trip plan is the most important step to get yourself rescued quickly.  The next most important step is to remain in one place and wait for rescuers to arrive.  It is very difficult for those trying to find you if you are constantly moving – or as one rescuer put it “It’s hard to hit a moving target!”  So be patient, sit tight and make yourself more visible.
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Survival Gear Reviews: A Winner: The Camp Chef Double-Burner Propane Stov...

Survival Gear Reviews: A Winner: The Camp Chef Double-Burner Propane Stov...: "This setup has served me well, in the wilderness and on my patio! When I bought my Camp Chef double burner propane stove nearly 20 years..."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Survival Book Reviews: I Sit and I Stay Kids: A Survival Guide for Kids (...

Survival Book Reviews: I Sit and I Stay Kids: A Survival Guide for Kids (...: "Kids need to be outside. They need to be taking advantage of our great outdoors as opposed to vegetating in front of computer or TV scree..."

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Survival Gear Reviews: Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: How Wi...

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Survival Gear Reviews: Effective Ways of Carrying Water in Your Survival ...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: How Will You Cook That Storage Food? Try This Cook...

Survival Food Recipes and Off-Grid Cooking: How Will You Cook That Storage Food? Try This Cook...: "Bland, tasteless food is not only unnecessary, but in some survival scenarios, dangerous! It’s one thing to be set up and prepared for of..."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Survival Book Reviews: Desert Survival Skills

Survival Book Reviews: Desert Survival Skills: "David Alloway, author of Desert Survival Skills , has experience and the survival skills, and his book is worth reading, even if you don..."

Outdoor Quest: Stay Safe With Your Spot Locator

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Wilderness and Emergency Survival Kits: Outdoor Quest: Travel Safe With the Ten Essentials...

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wilderness Survival Kits: Include Intangibles in Your Survival Kit

Wilderness Survival Kits: Include Intangibles in Your Survival Kit: "Intangibles can help you survive! Some of the most valuable survival tools don’t cost anything, you can’t buy one and you absolutely can’..."
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Developing a Survival Mindset: Listen to the Interview

I had a great interview on the Doom and Bloom(tm) Show on Monday, May 16. We talked about wilderness survival, long solo hiking and canoe trips. Tune in to listen!

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The Ten Essentials and Beyond

When the weather starts to get nasty, you'll be glad to have your land navigation gear and Ten Essentials!
Land navigation guru Blake Miller and I discussed map, compass and gps and the Ten Essentials on this edition of SurvivalCommonSense.com Radio on the Preparedness Radio network. To listen to the show, click here.
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An Expert Explains What You Need in Map, Compass and GPS

What do you need for land navigation tools?
When it comes to land navigation survival tools - just what bells and whistles, if any, do you need? In this Broadcast of SurvivalCommonSense.com Radio, veteran Search and Rescue wilderness trainer Blake Miller takes you through buying your first GPS, and what things to look for in a magnetic compass.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Map Compass and GPS: Scientists Reveal Reason People Walk in Circles Wh...

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Survival Recipe: Basic Red Enchilada Sauce From Storage Foods

Enchiladas can be comfort food!
During an emergency, you can’t guarantee exactly what form of protein you might need to convert into a familiar flavor! For this recipe, you could use pre-cooked and canned chicken if you do not have the fresh ones. Or, you could use virtually any small game animal.
See the recipe here

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SurvivalCommonSense.com Weekly Email Update

Here is the May 11 SurvivalCommonSense.com email update. Please take a look!

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Monday, May 9, 2011

New Survival Recipes Blog

Here's a new blog that bears mentioning. Karla Moore is one of the SurvivalCommonSense.com expert sources for Dutch oven cooking, canning, preparedness and storage foods cooking. She is also a professional soapmaker. Please check out her new blog at survivalpantry.blogspot.com and follow it!

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Survival Food Recipe: Soup/Gravy Mix From Storage Staples




A good soup or gravy recipe mix can do a lot to stave off diet monotony!

When the big earthquake hits the Oregon coast, or there is a  quake along the New Madrid Fault, or the water keeps rising and shuts  off the roads you’ll still have to keep eating. That’s why we’re  preppers, and why we prepare for emergencies and disasters!
And while you may be feeling pretty good that you have a stock of  rice, beans and other staples, there must be provisions to make  different-tasting meals. Otherwise, at some point, diet monotony will  set in. Being able to introduce different, familiar tastes into the  equation, while using what is on hand, will be important!
Here is an easy recipe to make gravy or a soup base, using storage foods.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Here is the weekly SurvivalCommonSense.com email update. This week, survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt is featured with information about flash floods dealing with bad weather in the outdoors.

Friday, April 29, 2011

OutdoorSafe with Peter Kummerfeldt: Preparing to Survive a Flash Flood

OutdoorSafe with Peter Kummerfeldt: Preparing to Survive a Flash Flood: "Flash floods are named that because they can happen almost instantaneously! (NASA photo) Flash floods are the number one weather-related..."




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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Youtube Video: Leave a Note, Help the Searchers

Here is how to write a note to leave behind, before you go out on a hike or outing. That way, the Search and Rescue folks will know where to start looking! Click here to view the video!
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Pioneer grave on Meeks Cutoff trail near Bend, OR.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Survival Tips to Help Keep Your Child Safe in the Outdoors

Few things are more frightening to a parent than to look around and realize your child is missing! Here are some suggestions for preventing that situation from developing. And, you'll also learn some quick training tips to help you locate that lost child!
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CAN Cancer Central Oregon: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Pantenburg!

CAN Cancer Central Oregon: Happy Birthday, Jimmy Pantenburg!: "Jimmy Pantenburg April 21, 2011 , would have marked Jimmy Pantenburg's 17th birthday. He lost his struggle with brain cancer on July 3, ..."

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Help the Cancer Fight in Central Oregon

Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Help the Cancer Fight in Central Oregon: "April is the month where CANCancer tries to raise more money to help people undergoing cancer treatment in Central Oregon. But here's more t..."

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Survival Recipes and Cooking: Shortages and High Food Prices Are on the Way

Survival Recipes and Cooking: Shortages and High Food Prices Are on the Way: "Food prices: World Bank warns millions face poverty The World Bank has warned that rising food prices, driven partly by rising fuel costs, ..."

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to Cook Trout In Foil

Here's the start of a great, simple and tasty survival food meal!
Foil wrapped trout are easy to cook and enjoy!
Does your area have stocked fishing ponds for kids? Here is a great fishing and cooking method to “hook” the youngsters!
While catch-and-release is a good philosophy and sound resource management, some areas are stocked specifically so anglers can keep and eat some. 

With the right recipe, cooking trout or various panfish can produce delectable, simple meals loved by kids and adults!       


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Friday, April 8, 2011

Survival Food: Popped Wheat

Make great, tasty whole wheat snack!
Suppose you have a lot of wheat berries stored for whatever disaster might happen. At some point, you might be wondering: What are some of the options for using this resource?
This is a great recipe to use whole wheat. The grain stores very well, and and this recipe makes a fun snack. It is also great sprinkled on salads or as a topping for baked potatoes.
And perhaps best of all, this simple recipe can be cooked over a campfire in a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven. Click on this link to read the recipe



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Monday, March 28, 2011

Cooking off the Grid with Grubmasters Ann & Gerald: 2 Martini Meatloaf

Cooking off the Grid with Grubmasters Ann & Gerald: 2 Martini Meatloaf: "I know, silly name...comes from my Uncle John who used to rate my Mom's meatloaf from the number of martini's consumed in the construction p..."




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Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Emergency Blankets and Vests Th...

Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Emergency Blankets and Vests Th...: "The Blizzard vests work well! Blizzard Products – vests, blankets and sleeping bags. I had actually come across these products several ye..."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Sheltering in Your Vehicle

Urban and Wilderness Survival Kits: Peter Kummerfeldt: Sheltering in Your Vehicle: "Winter driving is dangerous - make sure you are prepared for and unexpected stop. Anyone who drives faces the possibility of spending a u..."

Carry Your Survival Kit for Rock-And-Roll Emergencies

That's my boy!
Always carry your pocket survival gear and you'll be ready for just about anything!
That happened last night when I went to an Indie Rock show at the Old Stone Church in Bend, OR,  that featured Portland bands "The Autonomics" and "The Dirty Words."
When my wife and I got there, the Autonomics lead guitar player (who is also my son, Dan) had an amp die, just before the show was about to start.
(Turns out, as is typical of most rock shows, the program's starting time was actually a statement of purpose!)
But it only took my dinky little light on my keychain survival kit to quickly help find and fix the loose wire.
I also had in my pocket a BIC lighter wrapped with about two feet of duct tape. My Leatherman Wave was in the car, along with more duct tape, as was 100 feet of paracord, should the repair job have escalated in scope!
Be prepared if you want to rock out!
The Autonomics: Dan Pantenburg and brothers Vaughn and Evan Likem.



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Saturday, March 26, 2011

OutdoorSafe with Peter Kummerfeldt: Survival Book Reviews: “Survive” by Les Stroud

OutdoorSafe with Peter Kummerfeldt: Survival Book Reviews: “Survive” by Les Stroud: "Peter demonstrates firemaking by rubbing two sticks together. “Survive” by Les Stroud. I finally got around to reading this ..."

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Survival Recipe: Hummus With a Kick

Whenever I get a question about off-grid or survival cooking, one of my most-trusted sources is Karla Moore, of Gilbert, Iowa. In addition to owning and operating “Heart of Iowa Soapworks,” Karla is also a farm wife, avid Dutch oven and off-grid cooking expert and a long-time prepper. She cans the produce from her garden, dries many of her own herbs and loves cooking for her extended family. Karla and her husband, Warren, have made many off-grid modifications to their farmhouse to help them get through the Iowa winters!
Subsequently, I value Karla’s opinion on Jan LaBaron’s latest cookbook “Jan’s Fabulous Food Storage Recipes: Converting Stored Foods Into Usable Meals.” She got the cookbook with no instructions, other than to try it. See what recipe Karla chose!

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Outdoor Quest: Topographic Maps

Outdoor Quest: Topographic Maps: "A good topopgraphic (topo) map is the hikers best companion on the trail. Unlike a road map, your topo will provide you elevation and altitu..."

Outdoor Quest: Map Reading Training For Children

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Cooking off the Grid with Grubmasters Ann & Gerald: Feeding the masses

Cooking off the Grid with Grubmasters Ann & Gerald: Feeding the masses: "My friend Leon Pantenburg asked what it was like serving 700 people...oh my, where to start! First, it takes an army of volunteers and..."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Survival Knives: Peter Kummerfeldt: What is the Best Survival Knife...

Survival Knives: Peter Kummerfeldt: What is the Best Survival Knife...: "This Mora-style knife is a good choice for an overall survival knife. I am sure the debate over “which is the best knife” has raged ever ..."

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Survival Knives: Peter Kummerfeldt: Choose the Best Saw For Your Su...

Survival Knives: Peter Kummerfeldt: Choose the Best Saw For Your Su...: "From left, a folder, a Fiskar sliding blade, and a double-edged Pac-Saw Wyo. Cutting tools, in all of their variations, have been an inte..."

Survival Knives: Do You Need a Machete in Your Kit?

This machete cost $3 at a gunshow, and is a valuable survival tool!
I’m not a fan of large survival knives, simply because they are generally too big and bulky for many of the tasks associated with wilderness survival. But I carry a machete in my car survival kit, and there are some tasks that a machete is ideally suited for. If you think one of those big South American knives is only good in the jungle or rain forests, think again! Here are some thoughts about adding one to your survival gear!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Make Your Car an Emergency Lifeboat

Whether it's evacuations in California ordered as a result of tsunami waves caused by the Japanese earthquake, flooding in Ohio, Tennessee and Pennsylvania this week, or the unexpected break-down in the desert or mountains, many people wind up on their own or even stranded in their vehicle, which becomes a kind of lifeboat.

But what is in that lifeboat to help an individual or a family cope with adverse conditions? Too few drivers keep basic tools and other necessities and helpers to endure a night or more alone in a car, or the basics to get a damaged car back on the road.

There are a few small things you can carry to make life on the road easier. Click here to learn more!

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Survival Recipes and Cooking: Long Term Storage of Beans and Rice

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Tsunami Safety Tips

Tsunami Safety Tips
From Janet Liebsch
Website:  "It's a Disaster and What are You Gonna Do about it?"

A tsunami [soo-nah´-mee] is a series of huge, destructive waves caused by an undersea disturbance from an earthquake, volcano, landslide, or even a meteorite. As the waves approach the shallow coastal waters, they appear normal and the speed decreases. Then, as the tsunami nears the coastline, it turns into a gigantic, forceful wall of water that smashes into the shore with speeds exceeding 600 miles per hour (965 km/h)! Usually tsunamis are about 20 feet (6 m) high, but extreme ones can get as high as 100 feet (30 m) or more!

A tsunami is a series of waves and the first wave may not be the largest one, plus the danger can last for many hours after the first wave hits. During the past 100 years, more than 200 tsunamis have been recorded in the Pacific Ocean due to earthquakes and Japan has suffered a majority of them.

The Pacific Ocean tsunami warning system was put in place back in 1949. As of June 2006, the Indian Ocean has a tsunami warning system, and NOAA expanded the Pacific system to include the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and areas of the Atlantic around the U.S. coast as of mid-2007.

Did you know...

...a tsunami is not a tidal wave - it has nothing to do with the tide?!

...another name used to describe a tsunami is “harbor wave”

...“tsu” means harbor and “nami” means wave in Japanese?!

...sometimes the ocean floor is exposed near the shore since a tsunami can cause the water to recede or move back before slamming in to shore?!

...tsunamis can travel up streams and rivers that lead to the ocean?!


BEFORE A TSUNAMI:

Learn the buzzwords - Learn words used by both the West Coast / Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WC/ATWC - for AK, BC, CA, OR, and WA) and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC - for international authorities, HI and all U.S. territories within Pacific basin) for tsunami threats...
Advisory - an earthquake has occurred in the Pacific basin which might generate a tsunami
Watch - a tsunami was or may have been generated, but is at least 2 hours travel time from Watch area
Warning - a tsunami was / may have been generated and could cause damage to Warning area - should evacuate

Learn risks - If new to area, call local emergency management office and ask what the warning signals are and what to do when you hear them. Coastal areas less than 25 feet above sea level and within a mile of shoreline along coasts are at greatest risk. Or visit http://www.tsunamiready.noaa.gov

Make a plan - Develop a Family Emergency Plan (e.g. establish meeting places, list of emergency contact #s, out of state contact person, etc) and Disaster Supplies Kits/BOBs.

Listen - Make sure you have a battery-operated radio (with spare batteries) for weather forecasts and updates. (Radios like Environment Canada’s Weatheradio and NOAA’s Weather Radio have a tone-alert feature that automatically alerts you when a Watch or Warning has been issued.)

Water signs - If near water or shore, watch for a noticeable rise or fall in the normal depth of coastal water - that’s advance warning of a tsunami so get to high ground. Also - if water pulls away from shoreline and exposes sea floor - run to higher ground ASAP!!

Feeling shaky...? - If you feel an earthquake in the Pacific Coast area (from Alaska down to Baja), listen to the radio for tsunami warnings.

Is that it...? - Don’t be fooled by the size of one wave - more will follow and they could get bigger … and a small tsunami at one beach can be a giant wave a few miles away!

Be ready to evacuate - Listen to local authorities and leave if you are told to evacuate.


DURING A TSUNAMI:

Leave - If you are told to evacuate, DO IT! Remember - a tsunami is a series of waves - the first one may be small but who knows what the rest will bring. Grab your BOB/Disaster Supplies Kit and GO!

IF ON OR NEAR SHORE - Get off the shore and get to higher ground quickly! Stay away from rivers and streams that lead to the ocean since tsunamis can travel up them too. You cannot outrun a tsunami ... if you see the wave it’s too late!

IF ON A BOAT - It depends where you are -- either get to land or go
further out to sea ...

In port - May not have time to get out of port or harbor and out to sea - check with authorities to see what you should do. Smaller boats may want to dock and get passengers and crew to land quickly.

In open ocean - DO NOT return to port if a tsunami warning has been issued since wave action is barely noticeable in the open ocean! Stay out in open sea or ocean until authorities advise danger has passed.

Don’t go there - Do NOT try to go down to the shoreline to watch and don’t be fooled by size of one wave - more will follow and they could get bigger so continue listening to radio and TV.


AFTER A TSUNAMI:

Listen - Whether on land or at sea, local authorities will advise when it is safe to return to the area -- keep listening to radio and TV updates.

Watch out - Look for downed power lines, flooded areas and other damage caused by the waves.

Don’t go in there - Try to stay out of buildings or homes that are damaged until it is safe to enter and wear sturdy work boots and gloves when working in the rubble.

Strange critters – Be aware that the waves may bring in many critters from the ocean (marine life) so watch out for pinchers and stingers!

RED or GREEN sign in window – After a disaster, Volunteers and Emergency Service personnel may go door-to-door to check on people. By placing a sign in your window that faces the street near the door, you can let them know if you need them to STOP HERE or MOVE ON.
Either use a piece of RED or GREEN construction paper or draw a big RED or GREEN “X” (using a crayon or marker) on a piece of paper and tape it in the window.
-- RED means STOP HERE!
-- GREEN means EVERYTHING IS OKAY…MOVE ON!
-- Nothing in the window would also mean STOP HERE!

Insurance - If your home suffers any damage, contact your insurance agent and keep all receipts for clean-up and repairs.

Mold - Consider asking a restoration professional to inspect your house for mold. Also check out http://www.epa.gov/mold

Some additional things to check and do...
- Check electrical system (watch for sparks, broken wires or the smell of hot insulation)
- Check appliances after turning off electricity at main fuse and, if wet, unplug and let them dry out. Call a professional to check them before using.
- Check water and sewage system and, if pipes are damaged, turn off main water valve.
- Throw out food, makeup and medicines that may have been exposed to flood waters and check refrigerated foods to see if they are spoiled. If frozen foods have ice crystals in them then okay to refreeze.
- Throw out moldy items that are porous (like rotten wood, carpet padding, furniture, etc.) if they’re too difficult to clean and remove mold. Remove standing water and scrub moldy surfaces with non-ammonia soap or detergent, or a commercial cleaner, rinse with clean water and dry completely. Then use a mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts clean water to wipe down surfaces or items, rinse and dry.
- Secure valuable items or move them to another location, if possible


Above extracted from IT'S A DISASTER! book (proceeds benefit APN)


Additional resources...

West Coast / Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
(WC/ATWC - for AK, BC, CA, OR, and WA) http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC - for international authorities, HI and all U.S. territories within Pacific basin) http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/

TsunamiReady:
  http://www.tsunamiready.noaa.gov/

CDC's Tsunami page:
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tsunamis/

Flood safety tips thread on APN:
http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=634&t=824

Earthquakes mitigation & safety tips discussion on APN:
http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=634&t=7288

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Tsunami Warning

From:  the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center:

To: U.S. West Coast, Alaska, and British Columbia coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Warning and Advisory #10 issued 03/11/2011 at 6:47AM PST

The advisory and warning regions remain the same. New observations are listed below.

The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Point Concepcion, California to the Oregon-Washington border.

The Tsunami Warning continues in effect for the coastal areas of Alaska from Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak) to Attu, Alaska.

The Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of California from the California-Mexico border to Point Concepcion, California.

The Tsunami Advisory continues in effect for the coastal areas of Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the Oregon-Washington border to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak).

A Tsunami Warning means that all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground and away from all harbors and inlets including those sheltered directly from the sea. Those feeling the earth shake, seeing unusual wave action, or the water level rising or receding may have only a few minutes before the tsunami arrival and should move immediately. Homes and small buildings are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures.

All residents within the warned area should be alert for instructions broadcast from their local civil authorities. A tsunami has been recorded.

A Tsunami Advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

At 9:46 PM Pacific Standard Time on March 10, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 8.9 occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan . (Refer to the United States Geological Survey for official earthquake parameters.) This earthquake has generated a tsunami which could cause damage to coastal regions in a warning or advisory. Estimated tsunami arrival times and maps along with safety rules and other information can be found on the WCATWC web site.

Measurements or reports of tsunami activity:

 Location                   Lat.   Lon.    Time        Amplitude
 ------------------------  -----  ------  -------     ----------- Shemya  AK                52.7N  174.1E  1130UTC   05.1FT/01.56M
 Adak  AK                  51.9N  176.6W  1223UTC   01.8FT/00.56M
 Midway Is.  USA           28.2N  177.4W  1044UTC   05.1FT/01.55M
 Wake Is.  USA             19.3N  166.6E  0918UTC   01.7FT/00.52M
 Dutch Harbor  AK          53.9N  166.5W  1134UTC   01.6FT/00.48M
 Naha  Japan               26.2N  127.7E  1022UTC   01.6FT/00.49M
 Nikolski  AK              52.9N  168.9W  1342UTC   01.9FT/00.59M
 French Frigate Shoals     23.5N  166.2W  1334UTC   01.8FT/00.56M
 St Paul Is.  AK           57.1N  170.3W  1225UTC   02.0FT/00.61M
 Sand Point  AK            55.3N  160.5W  1347UTC   01.1FT/00.35M
 Nawiliwili Kauai  HI      22.0N  159.4W  1344UTC   02.5FT/00.76M
 Barbers Point  HI         21.5N  158.0W  1312UTC   02.3FT/00.70M
 Honolulu Oahu  HI         21.3N  157.9W  1316UTC   02.2FT/00.66M
 Kahului Maui  HI          20.9N  156.5W  1331UTC   05.7FT/01.74M
 Hilo  HI                  19.7N  155.1W  1343UTC   03.4FT/01.04M
Time - Time of measurement.
Amp. - Tsunami amplitudes are measured relative to normal sea level. It is NOT crest-to-trough wave height. Values are given in both meters (M) and feet (FT).

TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK TWO TO THREE HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL ALONG THE NORTH AMERICAN COAST. FORECAST TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WCATWC WEB SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV. THE TSUNAMI CCONTINUES TO IMPACT THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. THE OBSERVATIONS FROM THESE INITIAL WAVES MAY NOT REPRESENT THE HIGHEST IMPACT.
Tsunamis can be dangerous waves that are not survivable. Wave heights are amplified by irregular shoreline and are difficult to forecast. Tsunamis often appear as a strong surge and may be preceded by a receding water level. Mariners in water deeper than 600 feet should not be affected by a tsunami. Wave heights will increase rapidly as water shallows. Tsunamis are a series of ocean waves which can be dangerous for several hours after the initial wave arrival. DO NOT return to evacuated areas until an all clear is given by local civil authorities.

Pacific coastal regions outside California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska should refer to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center messages for information on the event.

This message will be updated in 60 minutes or sooner if the situation warrants.
(For updates please go to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center:) The tsunami message will remain in effect until further notice. For further information stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, your local TV or radio stations, or see the WCATWC web site.

Link to Standard Warning Message
Link to Public Warning Message
Link to XML/CAP Message
Link to Printable Message



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