August 2, 2014

Review of ALTAI™ MF Tactical Boot

Review of ALTAI™ MF Tactical Boot

I was recently contacted by a representative of ALTAI and asked if I would like a pair of the ALTAI™ MF Tactical Boot to wear and write a review on! I gladly accepted, as I had recently been considering buying a pair of boots.

When I saw the claim of “no break-in period”, I was more than a little skeptical. Having served four years in the Navy and breaking in more than a few pairs of flight deck boots, I remember how painful the break in period was.

Some quick facts about the boots:

• Altai® is light at 650 grams – 23 ounces (size 9)
• Waterproof / breathable bootie
• NO break-in period.
• Highly functional upper with SuperFabric® material
• Abrasion Resistant
• Quick drying
• Stain Resistant
• Air Permeable
• Vibram® outsole – hiking tread
• Slip Resistant
• crimped laces
• Speed lacing – metal eyelets
• Padded nylon tongue
• Waterproof leather toe

Here is a 360 view with some information on some of the features.

My Take:

As I said, I was a bit skeptical when I saw the claim of “no break-in time”. While I did need to put in an insert, I think this had to do more with my feet than the boots. To be honest, I did not put them through a rigorous stress test. I wore them through my normal day. However, I will often times have to take my usual shoes off at my desk because they’re uncomfortable after a while. These boots are quite comfortable. In fact, probably one of the most comfortable pieces of footwear that I have worn right out of the box. I believe that they’ll probably get more comfortable the more they are worn.

It’s been many years since I wore something with this much ankle support. Because you can’t move your ankle, you have to walk a little different. This goes for all boots that go over the ankle, not just these boots. I don’t know if all military style boots were made the way flight deck boots were; mostly leather. Because the upper part of these boots are made with SuperFabric®, they actually hug more and offer more ankle support than flight deck boots did.

The boots are made in Korea, however the SuperFabric® material is made right here in my state, Minnesota!

Because of the features of these boots and the level of comfort, I think they would be well suited for anyone whose footwear is important and considered to be part of your gear, not just an accessory. Whether you’re in the military, are an officer, or spend time outdoors, I think these boots will serve you well!
 
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Storage Units

Storage Units

I know I am not the first person to think of storage units as either a cache site, or as a BOL (Bug Out Location), but I’ve given this some thought recently and want to share those thoughts with you. There are admittedly some shortcomings, but there could be enough upside for this to be a great option for some of you. For this idea to make any sense at all, you might need to change how you think about storage units. Don’t think of it as a place to keep the crap you don’t have space for at home. Instead, think of this as a viable secondary location to store supplies to meet your family’s five basic human needs.

 
Cost

The first hurdle might be monthly expense. I checked Uhaul.com for some local storage facilities and for a 5x5x8 climate controlled unit, they wanted $59 a month. To keep perspective, I’ll wager the overwhelming majority of people with a BOL pay more than $59 a month in a mortgage or other loan payment. Look at this like your other prepping, as another form of insurance. I don’t know that the expense is justified for me right now, but if I lived in an area with common natural disasters it might be.

I said “$59 for a climate controlled unit” earlier because if you’re going to store food in this location, you’re going to need it to be climate controlled. This means it is going to be more expensive than a normal unit. Temperatures between 40 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for food storage. For every 18 degrees above 72, the food loses up to half its nutritional value over time.
 

As a BOL

I would be shocked if any storage facility does not have verbiage in the contract about not residing in the unit. If you’ve followed the blog for a while you probably know that I believe in 95% of situations people should not bug out and are better served by staying home. Personally, if I take action on this at some point, I don’t plan on residing at the unit itself and will use the unit as a cache. However, if there is an event that pushes me from my home, and we make it to the storage unit, we could resupply and hit a hotel or, if needed, stay at the unit or nearby.
 

How far away?

There are a couple things to consider when it comes to distance. If you live in an area hit by natural disasters, having the unit outside of the “danger zone” might make sense.

If you have a long commute, having the unit at a half-way point might make sense. I personally think the risk of an EMP is low. If it is a concern for you, having a storage unit in between would provide a safe spot in between and a place to resupply or lay low if needed. You probably don’t want it further than you could walk in one or two days.
 

What Should You Store?

To my thinking this would be an endeavor for someone who has either been prepping for a while, or someone that sees a big need for a cache/BOL.

To the seasoned prepper who has probably accumulated plenty of equipment, I would say store some of the “extra” gear you have that isn’t crucial to keep at home.

To the person who sees a need for a cache/BOL I would say store what you think you will need most. I realize that is very open ended, but hear me out. I read on a forum once about man who had a conversation with a wealthy executive that worked from their home. This executive expressed some concern over evacuations taking place in California due to wildfires in the last few years. The person on the forum told the executive they could do as little as a BOB, or as much as stock a storage unit with everything they would need in the event their house burned down. Months went by and the forum member received a call from the executive, thanking them for the advice and stating that they had stocked a storage unit with every necessity for him to work. When they were forced out by a wildfire, the only downtime they had was for the drive time to the unit.

So, if you think having a cache is important, stock it with what you think will be important.

Rotate, rotate…rotate!

Please do not forget to rotate any perishables you store in a storage unit.

 
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Beat the Heat

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The beautiful Mrs. Ray and I don’t tolerate the heat very well. July and August in Minnesota can see 100 degrees + with humidity that would make someone from the tropics feel right at home. I wrote last year about how our AC went out and how we dealt with it. Well, we’re in the same situation this year, albeit better prepared. We’re also blessed that we’re not in the hottest time of the year.

I thought I would share some tips for staying cool that I have found over the years. If you have followed the blog for some time, you might have seen some of these. There will be at least one new one that is pure genius and makes me wish I had come up with it.
 

Clothing

Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing.

It might sound counterintuitive, but wear long sleeve shirts and a hat. The sun directly on your skin will heat you even more.

Wear clothes made of cotton as it wicks heat away from your body. This is the reason the phrase “Cotton Kill” exists. When the phrase is used, it’s usually in cold climates.

If you wear a hat, get it wet and put it back on. A bandana can work for this as well.
 

Liquids

In hot weather, you need to increase your liquid intake. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. When you’re active, you should be drinking 16-32 ounces of water an hour.

If your urine is anything but clear, you are dehydrated and need to rehydrate ASAP.
Avoid beverages containing caffeine as it promotes dehydration.

Water is a great source to stay hydrated, but many people don’t like water. There are additives such as powdered Gatorade that can flavor water and add electrolytes at the same time.

Put a water bottle in the freezer. When you go outside, take it with you. As the ice melts, you’ll have cold water to drink.
 

Food

Avoid using the stove, as it will just add more heat.

Eat cold foods; fruits and vegetables are a good idea.

Eat smaller meals but eat more often. The larger the meal the more metabolic heat your body produces to digest it. The same applies to drinking very cold water; it can actually heat you up because your body quickly reacts to warm the water to core temperature.

Eat copious amounts of ice cream. (Sorry about that, the little kid in me took over for a second.)
 

The Body

The body radiates heat from the head, hands and feet. Getting these areas wet will aid in cooling.

When I was in the Navy, on a cruise to the Gulf, they told us to eat more salt on our food, to help the body retain water. It’s true that we lose salt and minerals when we sweat. These salts and minerals need to be replaced. A sports drink will often work. Check with your doctor before going this route.

If outdoor work must be done, do it in the morning or evening. Avoid being out in the sun in the hottest part of the day.

Put a bottle of lotion in the fridge. Squirt some on and rub it into hands and feet. (I have never tried this, but it sounds like a decent idea.)

By placing a cool water bottle between your upper thighs or in your armpits, you will cool the blood. Don’t use ice cold as this could be a shock to your heart.

A similar principle is to get a bandana wet with cool water and wrap it around your neck, head or wrists.

Take frequent cool showers or baths.
 

Don’t Forget Your Pets

Keep plenty of cool water available.
Make sure they have shade available to lie in.
Some of our dogs love chewing on ice cubes.
 

The Home

If you have a basement, the temperature there is often 10-15 degrees cooler. My home is a four level split. I would say each level is at least 5 degrees cooler than the one above it.

Keep your curtains or blinds drawn. If possible, have the outside of the blinds or curtains be light in color. This will reflect heat back outside. Dark colors will increase the temperature. This would be a good idea in the colder times of the year.

I have not done this but have heard that it works; hang a damp sheet in place of your drapes. To go with the drapes suggestion from above, use a light colored sheet.

Another thing that I have heard of but haven’t tried is spraying your roof with water. The heat evaporates the water, leaving the roof cooler. Here are several other passive cooling techniques.

This idea would only work if you have power but no AC. There are indoor AC units that give cool air inside, venting the exhaust to a panel you cut to fit into your window. This wasn’t an inexpensive solution but cooling the bedroom so we could sleep is worth it. Yes, I realize that if the grid fails, it will be worthless. But the grid is still up right now and we’ve had to use this when the AC has stopped in the last two years.

The following is an idea that I think is brilliant! For those who can’t watch the video yet, the premise is to place a frozen milk jug into an insulated 5 gallon bucket, drill 3-4 holes on the sides of the bucket and place a small fan on top of the bucket, blowing air towards the ice, forcing cool air out the holes in the bucket.


 
I realize not all of these suggestions will work in all climates. Please add any others you might have.
 
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Prioritization in a Survival Situation

One of the most important tasks in a survival situation is prioritization. In a dire situation, doing the wrong thing first can literally mean the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, there are so many potential situations that prioritization of an emergency is not a one-size-fits-all methodology. With that being the case, I have some general guidelines that I think could be helpful.
 

Knowing What is Important

I have written a few times on the five basic human needs. These needs exist every second of every day, but ensuring that you have potable water to drink, food to eat, shelter from inclement weather, energy for heat and cooking as well as security from those who might mean you harm should be your priority in a survival situation.
 

Knowing When it is Important

There is a general survival rule called “the rule of three’s,” which states that the average human can last:

3 minutes without oxygen
3 hours without shelter in severe weather
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
 

Putting the What, with the When

This might seem over simplistic but using those two in conjunction should help prioritization in any survival situation. Take a look at both and apply them to your situation. Meeting the 5 basic needs is the goal, now start to apply the rule of 3’s to your situation.

Do you have clean oxygen to breathe? If not, this is a dire emergency! Getting out of the smoky area, breaking the choke hold or getting to the surface of the water is your priority.

Do you have shelter from the weather? For the majority of situations, our homes will be our shelters. If your home has taken damage from a storm, is it safe to stay in? If not, taking temporary shelter somewhere else might be needed. If you’re lost in the woods without shelter, making shelter is a priority. I believe another aspect of shelter is security, but I’ll cover this later.

Do you have enough potable water, or access to water, to last your group three days? I think saying the average person can go three days with no water is a bit misleading. Sure, one might not die for three days without water, but you’re going to be feeling pretty rough after even half a day, especially if you’re exerting more energy. This isn’t to say that you must have 3 days’ worth of water stored for each person in your group. If you have access to water and a means to filter and purify it, then the danger is lessened.

I think food is one of the needs that people think about first and probably most. The truth is that food should often be lower on the priority list. In a survival situation, there is a good chance we’ll be exerting ourselves more than normal and we eventually need to be replacing those calories, but missing a few meals is something most of us can handle.

Out of the five basic needs, the rule of 3’s covered shelter, water and food. Energy and security remain. This makes sense because energy and security don’t have strict guidelines.

Everyone will need to use some type of energy to cook, boil water or possibly for heat, but the amounts and types of energy will vary greatly. Fuel is kind of the oddball of the five needs in that the importance of having enough fuel completely depends on your situation and circumstances. If you’re stranded in the bush, gathering fuel (wood suitable for burning for example) is much more important than for someone who is at home on the third day of an extended blackout, who might need to ensure enough propane for the camp stove.

When it comes to security, the chances are low that one will need to use violence to defend themselves. But, if/when the need to use force presents itself, it is absolutely the most important need. This is not to say that security can just wait until all of the other needs are fully met. I mentioned above that I believe that an aspect of shelter has to do with security. As long as humans have been building shelters to live in, it has been in part to make us more secure from wild animals and those who would do us harm.

The Discovery channel hosted a show called The Colony for two seasons, both of which are available on Netflix and I recommend them. The premise of the show was a group of people thrown into a mock situation. For example, one season was a TEOTWAWKI pandemic event. The group had to come together to meet their five basic needs.

***Spoiler Alert***

If memory serves, they put off security until “bandits” raided their compound during both seasons. In the beginning, they were gung ho about finding shelter, clean water and enough food and later found ways of generating energy. If they would have told one person a day to work on securing the shelter, and making some improvised weapons, they would have been so much better off.

So when is security a priority? When in the midst of an attack, it is the number one priority. Otherwise I think it should be woven amongst the other needs until your shelter is secure and your means of defense are seen to.

For the record, I don’t think The Colony was something to follow as an example. There aren’t that many TV shows that thrust people into actual survival situations. You can learn from what the members of the Colony did wrong and decide what you would’ve done differently.

 
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Redundancy and the Five Basic Human

I have covered the five basic human needs before, but today I’m going to take another approach. Before I go further, I need to say that every time I write about the five basic human needs, there is a comment or an email about Maslo’s hierarchy of needs. Maslo’s list is a bit touchy-feely for me. He lists things like self-actualization and self-esteem, which doesn’t really apply to survival. It might be great for a “How to Feel Complete in Life”, but I’m talking about the needs to keep you breathing and putting one foot in front of the other. I am also going to give some tips on adding redundancy on each of the needs.


What are the five basic human needs?

 
Water

Water is probably the most important of the five basic needs. That is until it’s not (more on that later). The rules of three say that the average human can last three days without water. This is a very general statement, and not very accurate. I don’t tolerate the heat very well…at all. When I was in the Navy, doing fairly hard labor, often in the direct sun on the Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf, it was easily 115 degrees. I was drinking probably 2+ gallons of water a day, easily. We had a squadron wide meeting in a very hot room and I had not been able to get a drink beforehand. Half-way through the meeting, I passed out due to dehydration. I was sweating more than I was taking in. My point in this little story is that a gallon a day might be fine on a cooler day, with less intense labor going on. If the temperatures are warmer and there are moderate to high levels of activity, one gallon might not be enough.
 
Water Redundancy

A rule of thumb I have heard on water storage is that you should store one gallon of water per person per day. The average family of four who wanted to have enough water stored to last them one week would need to store 28 gallons of water. That is either one big drum or a lot of water bottles. That’s only for one week! That’s why I believe one of the more important preps is a good water filter and knowledge of nearby water sources; natural bodies of water, swimming pools, hot tubs, marshes, anything with cattails has some moisture to support it. This would be one of my last options, but it is there.

For even more redundancy, have multiple ways of filtering and purifying water; boiling, purification tablets, iodine, bleach, UV purifiers and on and on.

 
Food

The rule of three says we can go without eating for three weeks. We’re told Jesus went 40 days, but then we’re told that He was attended to by angels, so I’m not sure if He would recommend trying 40 days without food.

Most of us eat three meals a day with snacks in between. For now, let’s drop the snacks. The family of four consumes 84 meals in one week. That is a lot of planning and expense! I think that’s one of the reasons beans and rice are a popular staple in various prepper pantries.
 

Food Redundancy

By this I do not mean just how much food you have stored away. I also mean the types of food you have stocked. I think having a mix of commercially canned, home canned, frozen, dehydrated and freeze dried food is a good idea. Heck, even MRE’s have a place! You don’t know how things will unfold. Having a variety of ways to eat and cook food is a good idea.

I also mean the knowledge of how to grow it, raise it, hunt it, clean it and how to process and store it. What happens when your food stores are empty? Knowing how to replace them is a very good idea.
 

Shelter

This is an easy one! For most of us, this is our home. Sure, I think knowing how to make a primitive shelter is a good idea, but it seems much more practical to know how to secure your home inside and out. Have you thought about what you would do if a severe storm broke out many of your windows? What about if things really fall apart and you need to fortify your home against intruders? Have a means to defend it! More on this later.
 

Shelter Redundancy

The obvious redundancy plan is bugging out. For those newer to the site, I think that in 95% of situations, staying home and battening down is a far better plan than bugging out. However, that five percent could be very dangerous if you do not bug out. For that reason, have a bug out plan. I give some tips on building multiple bug out plans, even if you do not own a bug out location, in an article called Challenging Bug Out Myths.

Your shelter redundancy could mean a tent, an RV or a relative, etc. Just have a plan, or a few of them!
 

Energy

By “energy”, I not only mean electrical power, but any type of power source that provides us the energy to cook, warm or light our shelter.

 
Energy Redundancy

I think this is another aspect where we need to have as much redundancy as possible. If the grid went down, how many ways do you have to cook or boil water?

Redundancy can come in the form of a variety of fuel sources, including propane, gasoline, diesel fuel, wood, kerosene, flashlights, batteries, crank lights and radios.
 

Security

I usually put security on the bottom of this list because the other needs are fact. They WILL be necessary. You will need to drink. You will need to eat. You will need shelter from the weather. You will need a means to see and to cook. Earlier, I said that water is the most important of the needs, “until it’s not”. A violent or potentially violent encounter is, in that moment in time, the most important human need.

It is my firm belief that no one has the right to put their hands on you in a violent manner, or with the intent or threat of violence. When they do, they have lost their right to avoid a trip to the ER or worse.

I am not a violent man. I can count the number of violent altercations I’ve encountered on one hand and have fingers to spare. However, If Joe Dirtbag attempts to use violence, I will be a threat to my enemy and will use as much force as necessary to stop the threat. I hope you will do the same.
 

Redundancy in Security

I know people who only carry a gun for their self-defense and don’t see a need for anything else. Here is the fault with that logic; their solution to every possible encounter is to answer it with deadly force. For this reason, I have trained in martial arts, will frequently carry concealed and during those times, carry a knife and pepper spray as well. I have an asp (baton) that I carry sometimes as well.

Some might ask if I expecting confrontation and the answer to that is “no”. I’ll wager that, if asked, the vast majority of victims of violent crime would say “no” as well. Because there is always a chance that I could be the victim of violent crime and because all threats are not equal, I have redundancy in my self-defense plan.

Someone shooting in a public place is not the same threat as a large snarling dog is. An obviously drunk, 100 pound person, screaming angrily and making threats is not the same threat as an ex-boyfriend of a co-worker who comes to the office and starts beating her.

Could they all escalate to deadly force? Sure, but there is a very good chance that all but one could be stopped with pepper spray or some form of physical combative.
 

Closing

One of the prepper mottos is, “Two is one. One is none”. I think that applies to the basic human needs too. Meeting those needs on one front will see you prepared, but not nearly as much if you approach things from many fronts and add in redundancy as often as possible.

 
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Scavenging; Morally, Safely and Efficiently

If you are a frequent reader of this or other preparedness/survival related blogs, you most likely have preparations stored for various “stuff-hitting-the-fan” scenarios. For short term, minor/moderate events, the chances are good that what you have stocked could see you through to the other side. However, in a prolonged, far-reaching, severe scenario, the chances increase that you might run out of some of your supplies.

If faced with dwindling supplies, or if your supplies are destroyed or stolen, you could be faced with scavenging or salvaging to resupply. I have given this subject some thought and have developed some guidelines. If forced by a survival situation to scavenge or salvage, I believe these guidelines will help one to do so safely, effectively and morally.

 
Morally

One of the rules in every society is “No stealing”. God believes in this so much that He made it one of His Ten Commandments. But is scavenging stealing?

I used the words “salvaging” and “scavenging” above intentionally. I believe they have different meanings and are not the same as stealing or looting. Language is important, so here are some brief definitions, all from Dictionary.com;

Scavenging:
to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
to search, especially for food.

Salvage:
the act of saving a ship or its cargo from perils of the seas.
the act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc.

Steal:
to take (the property of another or others) without permission or right, especially secretly or by force:

Looting:
spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.

There are some who see this issue in black and white and say that taking anything that you did not purchase is stealing and, therefore, sin. In Scripture, we’re told of Jesus plucking grain on the Sabbath, also of Him going to the fig tree to eat figs and cursing it when it had none. Later, He tells the disciples to go ahead of Him and take a colt to bring to Him.

It is clear that Jesus did not own the field of grain, the fig tree or the colt. If we look at this issue in black and white, Jesus committed petty theft for taking the grain, attempted theft for the figs and the equivalent of grand theft auto for taking the colt. Did Jesus sin? Of course not. My point is that there can be extenuating circumstances where someone could take things that they did not pay for without stealing and thus, is not sinning.
 
How can one scavenge morally?

Do not take anything that is actively owned. An example; if during hurricane Katrina someone came upon a home with boarded windows and a light visible on the inside, obviously the home and its contents are being actively owned. However, if you stumble upon a home that is damaged by the storm and is not fit to live in, if you called out and no one answered, one might make a judgment call to see if there were any life sustaining supplies inside or signs of recent usage. If, after the survival situation has passed, the people who owned the home or business returned, I would gladly reimburse them somehow for the supplies I used.

A survival situation is not the time to score free TV’s, stereos, liquor or any other item that is not needed for survival. If it cannot increase your five basic human needs; water, food, shelter, energy and security, it could be looting.

Only take what you need. If you have an abundance of water and a water purifier at home and you come across a case of water bottles, leave them for someone without.

On a side note, if you ever have someone accuse you of hoarding because you prep tell them this: buying now when there is plenty of supply and stocking up is prudent. Running out and buying or taking in an emergency when there is a limited supply is hoarding.

 
Scavenging Safely and Efficiently

Like most of the population, I have never had to scavenge or salvage to survive. I have developed the following ideas from watching TV/movies related to survival as well as from Prepper fiction and from video games. In the last year or so, there have been several games with varying types of events; some zombie outbreaks, some pandemics, some stranded on an island and on and on. Many of these games are multiplayer. In some of these games, if you are killed, you must start over with nothing but the clothes on your back, so people are very cautious when dealing with others.

While the event may be fictional, I have learned a lot about scavenging/salvaging and about how people react in SHTF events. Some might say that people act tougher or ruder because it is over the internet in a game. I tend to believe that the internet just magnifies a person’s true self. If someone is opinionated in person, they’re even more so online. If someone is a bully, they are even more so online. If someone is compassionate in person, they are more so online.

Here are some tips if you ever find yourself in a situation where you must scavenge to survive.

One of the things I learned by playing video games is that it can be very easy to forget where you’ve scavenged and where you haven’t searched yet. One thing I started to do in games is to place an item by the front door of houses when I was done, so I could tell I didn’t need to go back in during return trips to that neighborhood. In real life I would probably make a discreet mark with spray-paint or marker.

Another thing I learned was to always carry a good backpack! In several of these games, there is a lot of junk laying around. Some of it might have a purpose, but the lesson I learned is that while a sturdy backpack is important, it fills up quickly and gets heavy even faster.

Take what is needed and make plans to come back for things you want or can’t carry during the first trip. One could place a discrete mark of another color to signify you want to get something from inside.

The grid or internet could be down, so keep a phone book around. If you discover a specific need, you’ll have a means to look for the address of a place to go trade or salvage what you need.

Work in pairs. It is easy to get focused on the task and not be as alert as you should be; use the buddy system!

In a few of these games, there are “safe zones,” where combat is not possible. Other players were often willing to trade inside this zone. However, one of the most dangerous places was the area nearby. Other players who play as bandits know that people coming or going often have gear from trading. I think this would be the same in real life. If you go to a known area to trade, don’t go alone. Again, use the buddy system.

Think outside of the box. Everyone is going to think of Costco, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart. They might not think of the office complex or the industrial area of town.

 
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Favorite Posts From Are We Crazy or What?

I’ll be honest, food storage isn’t one of my strong points. Sure, I know how to put up food in Mylar with O2 absorbers, but putting up fresh food is another thing. That’s why I like sites like Are We Crazy or What? Jennifer shares a wide variety of information, but some of my favorite posts of hers are on growing and preserving food.

These are skills I think every prepper should at least understand, and Jennifer has some great ideas. Here are some of them; posted with her permission.
 

How To Sprout Seeds: Storing Seeds To Sprout Means Fresh Food Is Only Days Away!

Sprouting seeds is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your health. Seeds that sprout are also some of the best food items to store for preparedness.

 

Food Storage: Storing Herbs and Spices for Long Term Storage

Herbs and spices are an important part of food storage. Many of the food items that store well in long term storage are a bit bland in taste. Although, beans, rice, and grains might be enough to sustain life they definitely need a little something to make them taste good. Considering a lot of preppers have picky eaters in their hoard, making food taste good can allow you to turn your attention to other aspects of survival. Picky eating is not such a big problem when there are a lot of choices but in a survival situation it can become a big problem really fast. I know there are those who are of the “if they’re hungry enough, they’ll eat it,” school of thought. But there are individuals who will compromise their health before eating something they don’t perceive as tasting good. Also consider your family: do you have kids and elderly you’d like to keep well feed because they are the ones who are at high risk of disease or other hunger related issues? Making your food taste as good as you possibly can is important for health as well as morale.

 

How To Dehydrate Garlic — Plus Making Garlic Powder

Dehydrating garlic is simple and completely straight forward. All you need to do is peel the garlic, chop it and then place it in the dehydrator. Let me show you how to dehydrate garlic step by step, give you a few tips and then show you how to make garlic powder, which is also super simple.

 

Dehydrating Potatoes – Plus a Secret Revealed!

Dehydrating potatoes is fun and easy! If you let the dehydrator run all night you wake up to the smell of potatoes in the morning. My husband says it reminds him of hash-browns cooking… I still prefer waking up to the smell of bread baking but the smell of dehydrating potatoes comes in a close second. The practical side of dehydrating potatoes is that you can almost make a meal out of potatoes so to have them on hand to cook up at a moments notice is super convenient. Dehydrated potatoes also make a great addition to your food storage as they will last for years if stored properly. We usually buy the huge bag of potatoes from our local big box store, eat half and dehydrate the other half.

 

Favorite Posts by The Survival Mom

Here are some of my favorite articles with kids in mind written by (a couple were entries written by other people) the The Survival Mom and reposted here with her permission.

INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Everyday Carry for Kids

Many of us have long lists of EDC items that never leave our sides, but what about our kids? Would they be ready for an emergency at school or even a friend’s house?

 

INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: 7 Things Your Child Should Have in His Bedside Table

It’s important that your kids are familiar with the basic concepts of survival and emergency preparedness. For any emergency situation, whether it’s a middle of the night asthma attack or an unexpected evacuation, your child should have these five things in his bedside table (or another easy to access location) and should know how to use them.

 

Are your kids equipped to handle these 7 scary scenarios?

Our kids are already aware of many of the scary things that happen in the world around them. They hear about them from kids at school, on the evening news, and in conversations they overhear, so it’s not a matter of scaring them but equipping them.

 

32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able to Do ASAP!

Knowledge is something that takes time to develop, so we need to start teaching the next generation now. In case God forbid, our children are left to fend for themselves or we are injured or even just to make your family more apt to survive, every child must learn these survival skills so they can pull their own weight and contribute as much as they can. If your family learns now to be a well oiled machine, you will be more likely to survive any type of collapse.

 

5 Things to stock up on that will help keep your kids feeling secure

As a “Survival Mom” I think of my children first. Keeping them safe and fed in a terrible situation is most important. However, the following are 5 things in my prepping supplies to help my kids feel a little more secure if the SHTF. Physical comfort, traditions, and routines will always serve to make kids feel more secure.

 

INSTANT SURVIVAL TIP: Do your kids know where they are?

When I was a little girl, I had my very own chauffeur. My driver toted me around town to the mall, the movie theater, to church, while I sat in the back seat and relaxed. There was no need for me to pay attention to street signs, and I usually had no idea where I was. My driver was in charge, and I was taking it easy

 
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Infidel Body Armor

Infidel Body Armor

I’m excited to introduce Infidel Body Armor, one of the newest Prepared Christian sponsors! Body armor is one of those preps that I think is a very good idea, but is something I have put on the back burner, until I came across Infidel Body Armor’s FAQ page and saw this:

“What does “Infidel” mean anyways?

• Over in the Middle East, our soldiers are called Infidels every day. The Koran says that Christians are infidels: Koran 5:17, “Infidels are those who declare God is the Christ, son of Mary.” Our company is Christian-owned and we wear that definition of “Infidel” with pride. We claim the privilege of worshiping God according to our conscious and allow others to believe as they would- just don’t try taking away our right to worship how we want to.”

Ok, their being vocal about their faith isn’t the only thing that sold me. I was also swayed by the quality of the product and its features. I’m not going to get into specs. I’ll save that for an upcoming review. I do want to take a minute to tell you about two very cool things happening at Infidel Body Armor!

First:
They are having a Memorial Day sale; 10% off with code: 1776

Second:
They are giving away an AR-15, a to be exact. All you have to do is follow that link and sign up for their newsletter! This will run until the end of June. This is what Infidel Body Armor had to say about the contest:

“I’m a smaller company and the there’s a much bigger chance of winning a gun with me than with some of the other bigger companies due to the number of people that enter the contest.”

Some of you might be thinking, “Why would I ever need body armor?” Do you carry a firearm for self-defense? If you do, then you must believe that you might need to use it against someone with a gun trying to kill you or a loved on. Now, do you believe that if society begins to crumble, if even for a short time, that we could see increased violence?

I answered yes to both questions. If things fall apart I will feel much more protected with body armor, than without.

Stay tuned for a review!