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Kilees’ Journey: Introduction to Wilderness Survival

kilee 5(Editors note: I hope you are enjoying Kilees’ journey as much as I am. In this phase of Kilees’ prepping education she has begun where I feel every prepper should start, with understanding what it takes to survive. Over the next few weeks Kilee will be sharing her research in to what different aspects of survival would take from the perspective of a mother. -The Rebel Prepper)

Understanding the basic concept of survival is key when it comes to surviving in the wilderness. You must have the proper mind set and determination to over come any obstacle that is thrown your way. It doesn’t matter if it is just you, a group, or your family; You must have a plan on how to get through any situation. There are a few things that will help you in your journey even if it is just short term or long term. No one really knows how long they must survive in the wild but it best to just be prepared and just go with it. Stay strong, everyone has the will power to survive.

What is more important than having water. Everyone knows that if you do not have it then you cannot survive more than three days without it. If you have a bug-out bag make sure you bring something to hold water, canteen or water bottle are good solutions. Water is not just for drinking you can use to prepare food like soup or cleaning wounds, cleaning tools, yourself…as you can see having water is important. If you are unsure of how to find water then take some of those survival classes, I do not know a lot of ways to do or find things but asking doesn’t hurt. I know i try to ask as many questions as I can, even I it is stupid it doesn’t hurt to just ask. There are many ways to find water but find a way that best suits you and your situation.

Staying Warm:
Maintaining a proper core temperature is extremely crucial. If you happen to be surviving harsh winters then it is important to find different methods to staying warm not just for you but for any one else in your party. Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Extreme temperature elevation then becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.

Finding Shelter:
Not all places have everything you need to build a shelter. If that is what you are dealt with then make it work. If you are in a warm climate with no trees then find shade during the day, and build a fire at night because the temperature drops dramatically at night. Wetlands means build up from the water if you cannot find land. If you are somewhere cold then dig into the snow to block the weather. If you are unsure of how to build a shelter then you can always take a survival class. If you have children, do not worry; I know when I was in school I went to camp and they taught us a few things about surviving in the wilderness. As a child learning it can be difficult to understand but children are willing to learn if it means helping their family survive and stay alive. If you can maybe teach your children a few skills so when they are faced with a difficult situation they are prepared and willing to help out in any way they can. Even helping find wood to build a fire they will feel a sense of pride and joy when they know they helped.

Having the proper amount of sleep is important. Humans need a certain amount remain rational. If they are not able to get the amount of sleep they are needed every day then they can start to hallucinate. If that starts then you are unable to make decisions or make sense of what to do. You do not want to go through that. I know when I do not get a certain amount of sleep my stomach will start to hurt and the pain is intense and lasts more than a few hours. If you have trouble sleeping at night it might be a good idea to just take a small nap during the day to make sure you are functioning properly.

The will to survive:
The state of mind is an important factor when it comes to survival. If you are weak and not willing to learn from your mistakes then you will not make it on your own. State of mind is a temporary psychological state, it can be overcome but you must be willing to do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do in an urban or suburban area. To prepare yourself and your family you can always read up on survival stories of how other people have survived in situations they were faced with. It is always good to be prepared for just about anything. You never know what life has in store for you but having all the knowledge you can stored away is important if you want to survive.

I know there is a lot more to surviving but these are just some ideas to help you prepare for anything that comes your way. If you are a beginner like myself then we can learn together and become more than just beginners, we can become professionals and try to help out as many other people as we can. Teaching someone how to survive is something I am looking forward to doing. I am a kind- hearted person and I take joy in knowing that I helped someone. So, stay aware and stay alive; fight to press on and most of all have a little bit of fun while your at it. This isn’t a teacher forcing you to do something you don’t want to; you will find a way to make sure you and your family will survive.

Til next time this is Kilee reminding you, never look back… Keep pushing to become something your children can look up to.
-Kilee KeepOnPrepping.

SHTF Medical: Turmeric

turmeric(Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I am not providing medical advise and will not be held liable for any misuse of this information. Consult a medical professional before starting any new medications/supplements. All medications be they Rx, OTC or natural have risk of dependency/death.)

There are very few people who have the funds or the connections to stock a lifetime supply of prescription pain killers, let alone enough for a prepping group. While you may be thinking that you could ransack the nearest pharmacy ones the grid falls I assure the drug addicts are more determined to get their fix than you are to get something you might need. No worries, losing meds from a bottle is not the end of the world, in fact there are many natural pain killers that have been used for thousands of years by our ancestors. Before you roll your eyes at the thought of natural pain relief remember out ancestors had to deal with things like sword wounds and mace impacts so your sprained ankle or stubbed toe should be treatable.

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, it is often often found in Indian dishes like tandoori chicken and is best known as being the ingredient that makes curry yellow. As flavorful as turmeric is the benefits go well beyond the dinner plate. Turmeric is a well known cancer fighter having proven to stop the spread of breast cancer to the lungs in mice. It has also shown a resistance to allowing the growth of skin cancer, actually causing melanoma cells to commit suicide. Studies are showing promise in the fight against prostate cancer and even prevent it when combined with cauliflower of all things. Other studies are showing that it helps reduce the side effects and boosts the effectiveness of the chemo drug paclitaxel. There are even more cancer fighting benefits to turmeric, I highly recommending adding it to your daily diet and your prepping stock if you are at a high risk for cancer.

With the merit of turmerics cancer fighting capabilities covered we can get back to the subject at hand, pain relief. Turmeric has long been used as an antiinflammitory, especially for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also a natural painkiller as it inhibits the cox-2 enzyme which is involved in the inflammation pathway. It has also shown useful as an antiseptic and antibacterial when disinfecting cuts and burns.

For all of these benefits, plus the fact that turmeric adds great flavor to foods I highly recommend adding it to your SHTF stock. I recommend buying online for the best deals, storing it in an air tight container and keeping it in a dark dry place for the longest storage.

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Prepping Terminology Lesson #12: ”SHTF”

shtfEnglish is a comprehensive language, we can describe what we are talking in a manner that can really get out point across yet people still find it necessary to make up a word to best describe something new. When you first start prepping you will quickly find that preppers have their own vocabulary of key words and acronyms to describe gear, kits, places and anything else under the sun. This segment is here to help people better understand the terms that are already out there to keep us all speaking the same language.

SHTF: Acronym/Idiom “Shit Hit The Fan”. Definition: When the trouble begins.

I was asked about this one from a reader and after trying to explain it via email I came to the realization that it would make a great vocab lesson. I mean we hear it all the time. “When the shit hits the fan…”, but what does it really mean? As far as origin is concerned I have narrowed it down to one of two liable sources, the phrase comes from ether (1) a agricultural manure spreading machine OR (2) from WWII era troops (as it was used in several accounts in US marine documents and literature from the war). Though there is no exact date or source for who was first to coin the term, I am almost certain the the marines made it famous.

Still the question remains, what does it really mean? I have pondered the question and have come to a conclusion, it means what the users says it does. If civil unrest broke out, then the SHTF. If a hurricane blew your roof off and flooded your county, then the SHTF. If a foreign military invaded, the just SHTF. However, it doesn’t have to be such a large scale disaster. It could be a personal problem like getting laid off because your boss can’t keep you on because of Obamacare; your mother is lying on her death dead; your home burned to the ground and you had choose to buy groceries over paying your home owners insurance. All of those are logical SHTF scenarios although some are much more likely to happen.

I live in western Washington state, the Seattle area that puts me within 180 miles of two “dormant” volcanoes (Mt. Rainer 100 miles and Mt. Saint Helens 180 miles), there is also the ever looming threat of a 8.0 or higher earthquake leveling my area and I am close enough to the coast to be hit by a tsunami. Plus there are the yearly floods, mudslides and fires that plague the state and those are just the natural disasters I keep tabs on. I also prep for civil unrest and I am surrounded by an Air Force base, an Army base and two Navy bases; that means I have a small window to evacuate before martial lay is declared and roundups start. With all of those worries overhead the only real situation I have faced sense becoming a prepper was a personal SHTF situation.

I got laid off from work after the restaurant I was working for changed management. I had no money coming in and didn’t know what I was going to do. Luckily , my friend Matt (who happens to run the kick ass site came to my aid and got me started with a site of my own. I have sense paid the kindness forward to another friend who was in need.

“SHTF” has very little to do with gear, skills or training; it is about finding out who you really are in the worst situation imaginable. These tests go to show us where we need to grow as people and as preppers. The whole point of this article was to remind you that personal emergencies are going to be more frequent that the ones that effect us all. We all have to look to the big picture but it important to remember that it is all of our individual pictures that make the big picture possible.

Questions from the editor, share in the comments below:
What do you prep for?
Have you used your kit more for personal or SHTF purposes?

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“Keep your bags packed, and your magazines loaded”- The Rebel Prepper

Kilees’ Journey: Gardening for Beginners‏

kilee 4The process of learning to garden is labor intensive, even for professionals. The best thing to do when you are beginning to start a garden is to learn more about which plants you would want to raise, either a vegetable or flower garden. Enjoying your first hard earned harvest gives you a sense a pride and makes you think about what your going to better next season. Having the right tools in hand and caring for your plants will make your garden grow. Before you know it, you too will become a professional gardener in no time.

Knowing which plants grow in your region is key when starting your garden. If you find yourself wanting to know a little more; it doesn’t hurt to go down to your local nursery or home improvement store for more information. They can tell you what time of year to start your harvest if you are unsure. In the northwest region we are known for our fresh apples but there is a lot more to our state then just apples. If your planning on growing a garden make sure your plants have plenty of water and sunlight. Happy plants means happy gardener.

Having the proper tools to start a garden is essential. Without a proper tool your garden could be over run by weeds or other unnecessary things that can ruin your harvest. Having a good pair a gardening gloves will keep your hands from blistering from other tools your hands will face when your keeping your garden in shape. Their are other tools you will need in your garden like a shovel, rake, hoe, clippers, and more importantly a hose. Having the proper tools will ensure that your garden is getting tender loving care it deserves.

Planing before you start your garden is key. Applying your brain with the right knowledge to start your garden will help you know what to do. Knowing which plants attract bees and butterflies will be beneficial. If you are having any trouble you can always ask someone for help. Ask an experienced gardener or go to a home improvement store. Tall plants block the sun from smaller plants so make sure your taller plants are in back of the small growing ones when you plant the seeds. As a mental check for yourself, scan your property for the best place to set your garden up. If you don’t then you could end up with a garden that wont grow. Having good soil and water will help your garden grow.

Proper soil preparation is important to your garden. Remove any rocks are weeds from the area you would like to make your garden. Using the tools you just bought will help prepare your soil for your garden. Before you decide to plant, make sure you put down some fertilizer. You can either have manure or chemical. It does not matter which one you end up choosing, as long as you have it. Now that you have made the base for your garden you are ready to start planting.

Do not get too excited, slowly think about different flower and vegetable varieties you would want to put in your garden. Make sure you have healthy plants with no diseases. Your plants will have labels on them so make sure you read them before you proceed with putting them in your garden. Make sure you follow the directions on your plants. If you plan too early you will ruin your harvest in the winter time. If the directions say something specific that your plant needs then make sure your plant has it. It wont do you any good to ignore the directions.

Having water for your garden is important. If you water your plants every day for a week and then every other day for the second week you will start seeing a garden show. After the second week, water your plants just once a week. Having a good root system is important to your garden. One thing everyone should know about gardening, if your garden has to much water it will not grow. Make sure your plants get the proper water intake. If you do that then you will see the garden you worked so hard on, grow grow grow!

Growing a garden for you and your family would be something to look into. Grocery shopping can get expensive, so having a garden would be a great idea. If you ever need any help with starting your garden ask your children if they would like to help. I know my mother forced me to helping her make her garden and for me it wasn’t fun. If you can find a way to make your children excited about helping then you would have an extra set of hands to help make your garden grow. Start planning your garden now, and enjoy the outcome. Til next time this is Kilee reminding you, never look back… Keep pushing to become something your children can look up to.
-Kilee KeepOnPrepping.

Be sure to check out for highlighted section below in blue to read up on more gardening information via archived Rebel Prepper Network articles.

Essential Prepping Skill: Gardening Part One “Introduction to Soil”
Essential Prepping Skill: Gardening Part Two “All About Soil”
Essential Prepping Skill: Gardening Part Three “Preparing the Soil”
Essential Prepping Skill: Gardening Part Four “Garden Beds”
Project of the Week: Starting a Vegetable Garden

SHTF Medical: Natural Allergy Remedies

allergy1In the worst of times you will find the worst of times. That is why we prep, we want to stack the odds in our favor as much as possible. The point to it all is to keep moving forward, figuratively and literally. Keeping in the right frame of mind will help you maintain your reason for living, but with everything stacking up against you this will be easier said than done. Learning to treat medical problems will make you an invaluable resource to a group and add to your chances of being a survivor.

Well folks the cold sting of winter seems to have beaten back by our old friend the sun once again. Spring is here and that means two things, one is that love is in the air. Along with the spring twitterpation there are also irritating allergens which make the fact that love is in the air that much more hilarious. I know from personal experience that it is hard to court a potential mate while coughing, sneezing, with congestion and itchy red bloodshot eyes; almost as hard as it is when you are all doped up, half asleep and loopy from antihistamines like diphenhydramine. That is why I am all about the natural remedies when it comes to allergy relief.

There are several remedies that are being scientifically proven time and time again to treat symptoms yet naysayers refuse to believe that anything that does not come from a pill bottle will not work. Long term use of over the counter or RX medications can have adverse health effects. In countries like India and China the very last step to treating an ailment is a pharmaceutical drug, instead diet and herbal remedies are always the first step. Some of the more popular natural remedies are:

Local Honey: taking 1T of  honey twice a day sourced within 10 miles from where you live helps to introduce the pollen and build up tolerances in a healthy way.

Butterbur: is a herb. These plants are praised for antiinflammatory properties for treating headaches, congestion and fever.

Stinging nettle: are high in vitamin K, carotene and quercetin. Be sure if you choose a nettle extract that it only contains the leafs, the root is also used but for prostate health.

Quercetin: is a flavinoid found in foods like vegetables, fruit, grain and leaves. Some of which are sweet potato, red apple, cranberry, radish, black/green tea, dill, buckwheat and broccoli. It is the equivalent to an over the counter nasal spray.

There are several other plants that are great for treating what ails you, these are just a few examples to get your research started. There are more remedies in the link below. Be sure to look out for words highlighted in blue throughout this article to learn even more prepping and medical information via archived Rebel Prepper Network articles.

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Kit Item of the Week #10: LBE

lbe2Every survival kit needs to be custom fitted to the individual that will be using it, there is no ready made setup that will take care of everything you need to do. However, there are certain items everyone should have in their kit. Often people will overlook simple things that could be helpful but are not a highly prized as other more talked about items. This segment is designed to help you make sure that you are equipped with these essential items that will better your kit and therefore your odds.

LBE: Acronym for Load Bearing Equipment; Gear that allows you to carry your equipment.

As a single prepper I was on a fairly limited monthly budget, I could add a few small items and usually if I sacrificed something in my personal life I could swing one big purchase. Now that I am in a relationship my previous budget has been cut in half but the money I do have is split yet again to help equip my girlfriend. This has made me in to a much less impulsive buyer, I research products, seek out reviews and turn to friends for recommendations. I also spend the extra money on quality LBE rather than having to replace substandard gear over and over again.

The first piece of quality LBE gear you are going to want is a belt. Your belt is going to be with you every day so you will want something functional, this is especially true if you plan to hang gear off it. A flimsy leather belt will net you flimsy results, it will also stretch and deform over time. Spending the extra money on a high quality extra thick leather or ridged nylon belt will keep your gear from sagging your pants like a wanna-be thug. If you are planning to carry a full loadout ether when training or the SHTF then investing in a duty belt or military surplus ALICE style web belt will keep your gear where you need it.

The second piece of LBE will be your pack. No matter the bags intended purpose there are certain markers to look for when shopping. First are wide, padded straps that will keep a heavy pack from eating into your shoulders. A wide, padded waist belt is also helpful if you have a full size pack, it will keep the pack over your hips and relieve some of the felt weight in your shoulders. A frame is a must for hiking and B.O.B.’s, these will save your back and keep you upright rather than hunched over. I use the general rule that a 3 day assault/ medium ALICE pack or smaller can get a pass with an internal frame. Anything larger than the an assault pack needs to have an external frame, metal is best. This is one item that you can spend entirely too much money on if you cheap out and have to buy one after another. I recommend looking at military surplus packs, I personally run a marine issued ILBE main pack I picked up for $50 and I will be picking up one for Kilee soon. After you meet the aforementioned qualification there is one more additional choice to be made. There are two basic types of packs to choose from, you have the modular packs that have multiple pockets for organizing everything and the is the “bucket” style pack that is one large main pocket and maybe one or two small outer pockets for essential items. The pack you choose will be entirely up to the level of OCD you live with.

(If you have a BOB or are looking to build one this article is a must read)

The third piece of LBE is commonly called your “battle rattle”. You battle rattle is anything you are going to use to carry guns, magazines, armor, ect. I highly recommend to all of my readers that they invest in body armor, it is the only way to protect yourself from bullets and steel plates are extremely reasonably priced ($65 each at The added benefit of having armor is that it lets you invest in a plate carrier and the plate carrier allows you to carry magazine pouches, hydration packs, knives and other gear. I have thrown away a lot of money on knock off plate carriers, do not make the same mistake, spend the money on a high quality vest. Gear for air soft is cheap because it is for kids that play air soft, gear for saving your life is expensive because your life is worth saving, isn’t it? I wouldn’t recommend spending less that $150 for you vest (that is without plates). If you are totally against armor then you can duplicate the loadout with a chest rig. Again spend the money on a quality rig, you will probably be looking at the right stuff in the $100 range.

Selecting a good holster will also cost you some money. Find a holster that works for you will depend on your needs. I like a dropleg rig that rides high on my thigh (where it is suppose to be warn), but other people may wear theirs mid thigh or choose to run a holster on their belt or chest rig. No matter what you choose be sure to shop around and find something that is made to fit your specific gun, there is nothing worse for holding your gun than a crappy nylon holster made to be “one size fits all”. It is like wearing a burlap sack to a black tie dinner, it just doesn’t fit. I prefer kydex and other polymers over leather and nylon, I use a blackhawk serpa dropleg rig on my battle belt and a MDJ hybrid holster for my EDC.

Lastly magazine pouches are often added in haste as a “whatever’s cheap” option after selling your kidney to pay for your belts, holster, pack, plate carrier and chest rig. Again buy a quality product that is made for your mag, modifications should be kept to a minimum if allowed at all. I like nylon for my rifle magazines, polymer for my pistol mags and when I add a shotgun to my kit I will add SOE velcro backed shotgun cards that stick to the receiver of the gun.

In the end it is about equipping yourself with the best quality gear you can get your hands on and setting yourself up for success. I know it is not easy, but it can be done, if I can do it with a girlfriend and her two kids then you can do it to. Don’t fool yourself in to buying cheap gear as a prepping option, save your hard earned dollars and buy the right piece the first time around. Don’t write off military surplus gear just because it is used, it should speak to its durability is it has gone to a war zone and come back in working order. If you want the new gear check out the link to Original Special Operations Equipment to see what quality gear looks like. I do not receive any compensation from OSOE, I doubt they even know who I am.  Finally, be sure to look out for words highlighted in blue throughout this article to learn even more prepping information via archived Rebel Prepper Network articles.

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Prepping Terminology Lesson #11: “prepper protection act of 1791″

bill-of-rightsaEnglish is a comprehensive language, we can describe what we are talking in a manner that can really get out point across yet people still find it necessary to make up a word to best describe something new. When you first start prepping you will quickly find that preppers have their own vocabulary of key words and acronyms to describe gear, kits, places and anything else under the sun. This segment is here to help people better understand the terms that are already out there to keep us all speaking the same language.

We are living in a time where history is apparently beginning to repeat itself. Unfair taxes are being levied, threats of gun confiscations by a tyrannical government officials, and a join or die attitude is being hinted at with our healthcare system. This is not what our forefathers wanted when they fought for our independence, but they saw this is what we may become so they drafted laws to protect us. The constitution was signed in to law March 4th 1789 as supreme law of the land, and on December 15th 1791 the first 10 amendments were ratified becoming better known as the Bill of Rights. What does the Bill of Rights have to do with prepping? These amendments protect our rights to prepare and I will explain how.

The first amendment reads as follows, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances“**. Because of this law we as preppers may share knowledge, form groups, work and train in different skill sets together without persecution in public or private.

The fourth amendments says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized“**. This means that with out a warrant a government official may not come in to your home and seize your preps; weather they are food, medical supplies or firearms. This piece of legislation written by out forefathers as the highest law in the land to protect us has all but been undone by one piece of federal legislation dubbed “the patriot act”. With this act in place all it would take for a government employee (such as a police officer/ solder/ government contractor) who blindly follows orders to kick down your door and take all but three days of you provisions is a state of emergency to be declared. This leaves you dependent on the government while redistribution of the supplies you bought for you and your family takes place.

The sixth amendment states, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense“**. All this means is that you must told of the charges you are facing, have your case heard in a court of law by a unbiased jury of US citizens, and it must be done in a timely manner. This high law was also trumped by “the patriot act”. The patriot act makes it so that all a government official has to do is call you a “terror suspect” and you can be taken in to custody without warrant, proof or charges.

The eighth amendment follows up from the sixth, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted“**. As a “terror suspect” you are stripped of all rights as a US citizen. After unlawfully detaining you hey can hold you indefinitely, withhold basic human rights and execute you if you a deemed guilty. Thanks patriot act. As preppers many of us are armed, outspoken, constitutional supporters and to many politicians and lawmakers this is the profile of a “domestic terrorist”.

The amendment that has the most opponents is the second, lovingly referred to as “liberties teeth”. Every other amendment in the bill of rights is defensive, the second amendment is our means of offense if a tyrant tries to take our other rights away. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed“. It is split in to two basic principals part one “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,”** and part two “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed“**. The first principal means that a civilian run fighting force is to be established in each state to protect the rights of the people; it is often argued by the federal government that this is what the National Guard is, but because it is structured, funded and used as a part of the military this is not the case. The second principal is always under attack by politicians and the blind masses. Tragedies where a lone gunmen (often a registered Democrat) shoot innocent people are the tools of the crooked and the power hungry. An armed populace keeps tyrants from storming the gates, if we lost our ability to shoot back we would overrun. An armed homeowner keeps their family safe from outside threats. As preppers we arm ourselves to protect what is ours and the people that we love. This amendment allows us to preserve life and it is out duty to stand up for this right.

We are coming to the point when we will have to look to the past to find the answer to our future. Sometimes in the course of human history we can not continue to stand around passing the buck saying “someone has to do something to change our current situation”. Sometimes we have to stand up as individuals and start something bigger than ourselves. We are seeing the rise of the totalitarian government that our forefathers warned us about, but because they had this foresight these men of vision took pen to paper and protected our right to take our country back. Not only is it our right to bear arms, it is our duty to be ready to use them. Our God given rights shall not be infringed. Check out the link below to see if you are at risk of being black bagged and shipped off to Gitmo as a “domestic terrorist”.

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Kilees’ Journey: Stranded with the kids (my mommy vehicle kit)

kilee 3Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road with children? I have and trust me, it is not fun. At the time I was not at all prepared and I did not know how long we (my 3 year old son and two year old daughter) were going to be stranded. We were without food water, diapers…etc. Because of this I have came up with a list of items that you should always keep in your vehicle in case of an emergency. All these items should help you overcome any situation you’re up against; but always remember, if your freaking out because you do not know what to do or what will happen, stop, think (positive) and figure out your next move.

First things on our “mommy vehicle kit” are food and water. Always pack 3 days worth of food and water if you are able to fit it in your vehicle (more if you are taking a road trip). If you are already looking in to becoming a prepper then stocking up and setting aside extra food is already something you will be planning to do. Keeping food in your car is like making sure that all of your eggs are not in one basket. Something to remember when your filling your bag with food is to make sure your choices are ready to eat and have plenty of protein, carbs and fats. Some examples would be peanut butter, flour tortilla, granola bars, tuna, spam, chicken, rice, beans, etc (a can opener, spoons and paper plates are also smart additions). When it comes to water you will want at least a case, that is 24 bottles. Do not plan on finding water on the road, water found by the road may be contaminated with gas, oil and other harmful chemicals. People can go 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food in the best possible situation, stranded in the middle of nowhere with small children is not the best of situations. If you would like to know more about how to get started prepping food check out this article and shrug off that “oh shit we are going die” feeling.

Second would have to be be diapers. Oh my goodness these are definitely important to have in your car. Sometimes I think to myself “well I am not going far so I wont need to pack any” and without fail every time I get on the road one of my kids needs a change. I don’t have to kick myself anymore because I keep a pack of them in the car at all times so I never go without them. First of all the smell is horrific and second I do not like having a my child sit in poop for very long. It is cruel to make a child wait hours before they are changed, it can irritate the skin and cause a rash. I do not like to see my children suffer so I do whatever is necessary to keep them calm and happy. Diapers can be expressive but if you can find them at a good price it would be a good idea to stock up on. Happy kids means happy mother, remember that the next time you go on a trip. Diapers can also be used for first aid, because they are made to soak up liquid they work just like a pad to absorb blood from wounds. Wipes are also a great idea, just like diapers they are a must have in case your child has to go to the bathroom. However, you do not have to use them for wiping butts. They are also great for cleaning up after messes, spills, cleaning a wound, you could also dry some out to make a fire if you don’t have anything else. I admit that I sometimes do not use wipes after every change but I am a pretty good mother and I look out for my children and I always do whats best for them. So having wipes with you is a great plan so stock up, they are always on sale at stores for like a dollar or more.

Third item in the “mommy vehicle kit” is a stroller. If you don’t have kids then you may think of this as a luxury item that takes up too much room. I challenge you to carry a 25 pound bag of rice and drag a 40 pound bag of flour on a inline skate a few miles while listening to a recording of your mother nagging you and tell me that you wouldn’t rather have a shopping cart and a Ipod. A stroller will let you keep your kids in sight and your awareness where it needs to be. It also lets you carry gear if you know that help is not coming. While a large stroller may not be an option if you drive a small car, you can find smaller models the fold to a 4″x4″ package.

Fourth item in the “mommy vehicle kit” is sunblock. Having sunblock with you at all times is a great idea, especially when you have a newborn baby with you. I know as an adult, getting sun burnt is the worst and even though try and be prepared I seem to get one or two every summer. If a sunburn is excruciating to me I can only imagine the level of suffering your baby would have to be in as well. Sunblock that’s above 30 SPF works best, anything lower wouldn’t really work unless your skin is naturally dark. I am Irish so my skin is pretty fair. My mother always bought me 50 SPF and most brands work. Knowing what works for you and your children is important, being sun burnt can cause you to get dehydrated and without water in the summer time, you will all be toast. Be sure to make sure the bottle expired or isn’t almost empty, always have a full bottle of sunblock with you just in case your stranded for days.

Fifth item in our “mommy vehicle kit” is spare clothing. You should pack for the weather you and your family are about to encounter. If you are planning on taking a trip to some where cold then pack for some where cold, same thing with hot climates. Always have a set of warm clothing is always a good call, even hot days can yield freezing nights. Do not forget about an extra pair of sensible shoes, please do not pack flip flops for you and your children that’s just asking for trouble. I would recommend hiking boots or steel toed boots, just in case you have to hike to find help or venture to find shelter making materials.

Fire is the Sixth item in our “mommy vehicle kit”. Fire making equipment is important to keep you and your family warm if its cold out. It is a necessity to have if you pack food that you would like to eat warmed up. Warm food will keep everyone more energized, alert, and aware than cold food. If you are planning to have food to cook be sure to include a pot and utensil. Everyone should keep waterproof matches, disposable lighters and a blast match or magnesium bar with them in the car at all times. Having multiple ways to start fires is always a good idea.As is adding a bag a charcoal briquets would be a great idea if you happen to be stranded on the highway and there is not an abundance of trees or brush surrounding you. You can also check out this video from MD Prepper on making reusable car heaters for emergency situations.

The Seventh item in our “mommy vehicle kit” list would be a map. I know you’re probably thinking “why do I need one when I have my phone”. Lets think for a second, how long do phone batteries last? 12-14 hours if it is fully charged; what happens if your phone dies before you are rescued? Having a paper map is essential, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. A road atlas of the US can be purchased on amazon for cheap and can be left in your car indefinitely. Best thing to do is keep your eyes pealed so your are some what familiar with all your surroundings. If you can before you head out, mark on your map places or landmarks that would have water or food in case you happen to run out before you get rescued or find help. Maps are a wonderful and handy tool and most of us forget because technology is the new thing now, always remember to have a back up plan.

The Eight item in our “mommy vehicle kit” is a first aid kit. Everyone should keep one in their vehicle at all times and if you do not then you are an idiot. I know accidents happen. So far this year I have dropped a 25 pound cutting board on my foot at work and sliced my arm with a knife opening a package. Having an emergency kit would have been useful to stop the bleeding and saved me a $500 trip to the emergency room. I suggest (as does Rebel) in piecing together a kit rather than buying a prepackaged one. Band-aids, triple anti-biotic cream, tape, gauze, Q-tips, etc are cheap boo-boo remedies but larger wounds call for tourniquets and clotting agents. The investment is worth the money, especially if your children with you. You never know with kids, they tend to hurt themselves at least once a week. You never know what could happen, and car accidents can be rip your family apart. Watching my kids bleed out with no way to help is not something I want to ever go through. If you are stranded they can still find a way to hurt themselves. Remember to always be aware of what your children are doing and never let them out of your site.

Self defense would be the ninth item on our “mommy vehicle kit”. Lets talk knives. There are so many uses for a knife, cutting, hunting, fixing, preparing a shelter, defending yourself and your family. You should always have at least one knife on you, A carbon steel blade would provide the best edge-holding ability; ideal for rugged use. I keep a Cold Steel Kukri Machete in my car because it bridges the gap between a knife and a short sword, having a sturdy knife in hand can be useful for making a shelter for you and your family. Always remember to pack one, stay safe and stay alert. Second is a firearm. Every mother should own a gun. You should be comfortable with whatever you choose (and I mean what YOU choose, don’t let your boyfriend, husband, dad or brother tell you what to get), I don’t care if it is a small pink 9mm, a 12 gauge shotgun or an evil black AR15. If you are going to be out for the day then your gun should be secured on your body or in your car. Rebel and I installed a lock box in my car for my Glock 23, I also keep extra magazines and ammo with it. A gun is a must for mothers.

The tenth and final item for our “mommy vehicle kit” would have to be a flashlight. Having a flashlight is an important component in any situation. I know being a mother is tough and we tend to lose things, especially when you are dead tired. At night or early in the morning I have a hard time finding my work clothes because I do not want to turn on the light and wake anyone up so I have a flashlight near the bed. I also keep one in my purse, so being prepared and buying a few small flashlights to keep in your vehicle would be a good idea. You never know how important something is until you are put into a situation and not having something that you need for you and your family. Small LED lights last a long time and are easy to store because they do not take up much space. Adding a pack of batteries ia wise as well. Flashlights are a must so remember to pack one.

The eleventh item on this ten item list would be a good quality backpack. It should have wide padded straps, a waist belt and some kind of frame (ether internal or external). While staying with your car is usually the best way to be spotted sometimes you have to leave because help is not coming. Having a way to carry your supplies will keep you from sacrificing your body and your sanity. Remember before leaving to leave a note or marker so people know which way you went.

In conclusion, having this ten easy essential bag on the go for all mothers would be something to look into. Something can always happen, it can be something good or something bad, at least you are now more aware and can do something about your situation if it happens to go bad. Remember to stay calm, think positive, move forward and never over think your situation. If you get stranded you now have a bag to get by and if you have any further questions or concerns you can always contact my self or Rebel here at Til next time this is Kilee reminding you, never look back… Keep Pushing to become something your children can look up to.
-Kilee KeepOnPrepping.

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SHTF Medical: Treating Sepsis

sepsis1In the worst of times you will find the worst of times. That is why we prep, we want to stack the odds in our favor as much as possible. The point to it all is to keep moving forward, figuratively and literally. Keeping in the right frame of mind will help you maintain your reason for living, but with everything stacking up against you this will be easier said than done. Learning to treat medical problems will make you an invaluable resource to a group and add to your chances of being a survivor.

In the lawless american west, prior to “civilizations” intrusion, it is said that sepsis killed more men than the bullets that passed through them. Back then gunshots that by today’s standards could be easily treated with some stitches and course of cautionary antibiotics would take strong healthy men to the grave by what was often attributed to “lead poisoning”. The fact is that the wounds would become infected, the would would go septic, the body would overreact to combat the infection and with the blood now severely infected it was a bacterial infection that would be the cause of death, not the lead.

When the grid falls we will find ourselves back in the wild west, there will be lawlessness and the havoc that accompanies it. Gun shots, stab wounds, debris thrown by explosions, blisters and even splinters all create avenues for infection to get in and bacteria to grow. With all of the running and readying yourself you may not even realize you are injured. To make matters worse a blood infection may not even be noticed, although fever is a common symptom it is not always present, sometimes cold and chills present themselves as symptoms. Sore joints and rash could be overlooked as chafing and inflammation from your bug out trek or heavy workload. Confusion and disorientation could be dismisses as being dehydrated and exhausted.

As usual the very young, elderly, recent surgery recipients and ill are at the greatest risk due to low immune levels. Death rates in these high risk groups can be as high as 80% even with our modern health care. Healthy people see an average death rate of around 5%. However, as I said earlier, more cow town tough guys died from infection than directly from their bullet wounds. It doesn’t matter how strong you are before getting shot, blood loss will weaken the immune system just like cancer. Treating a septic wound includes broad spectrum antibiotics and IV fluids (how to make a SHTF IV fluid mixture). Proper first aid for minor wounds will help you combat infection before it starts; cleaning, sanitizing, covering and repeating as needed will go a long way in keeping you healthy.

If you are preparing for disaster you should have a stock of antibiotics. If you are looking for more information on which antibiotic to use for what ailment check out these archived antibiotic articles.

With sepsis an ever present risk in a world gone to hell it is important to remain vigilant. Some studies say your risk of death from sepsis goes up 7.6% every hour it goes untreated. Have group members check one another for injury, this will not only keep people safe but plant the seed of trust in members watching each others backs. If you want to know more about sepsis check out the link below and also be sure to look out for words highlighted in blue throughout this article to learn even more prepping and medical information via archived Rebel Prepper Network articles.

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Kit Item of the Week #9: Boots

boots1Every survival kit needs to be custom fitted to the individual that will be using it, there is no ready made setup that will take care of everything you need to do. However, there are certain items everyone should have in their kit. Often people will overlook simple things that could be helpful but are not a highly prized as other more talked about items. This segment is designed to help you make sure that you are equipped with these essential items that will better your kit and therefore your odds.

As a chef I have been told more times than I can count that “an army marches on its stomach”. Having worked my fair share of 18 hour days standing, running, heat at an almost unbearable level sitting long enough to choke down half a sandwich at the 14 hour mark I can tell you that refueling is nice, but suitable footwear is essential. I am sure the troops will telling the same thing.

While in the kitchen proper footwear was nonslip and nonporous so you wouldn’t fall when you walked across a wet floor or scald yourself it a hot liquid was dropped. Preppers can use the same logic when it comes time to find the shoe that is best for you and your plan. I always recommend a pair of boots over typical shoes. A good pair of boots will give you the support you need to keep you moving. The ankle should be high and stiff enough to keep you from rolling it causing a sprain (between 4 and 6 inches). The insole should be comfortable and give the the right amount of arch support. The outer sole should be aggressive enough to keep you from slipping in the mud or on wet rocks.

Things to also consider are water proofing, air flow, laces and overall quality. In wet regions a waterproof boot is a smarter choice, keeping your feet dry is the best way to prevent foot problems like immersion foot. If your boot claims to be waterproof but is made with nylon inserts I recommend backing up the claim with a can of silicone waterproofing spray. If your ares floods regularly you may want to invest in a pair of rubber muck boots or waders to supplement your needs. You may choose to forgo water proofing ff your region is relatively dry. You will want to look into a synthetic hiking or military style boot, these will allow your feet to breathe and not get drenched with sweat. Ether way you go you will want to keep your feet in good health, failing to do so will get you killed. Ailments like trench foot lead to gangrene and gangrene leads to sepsis (blood poisoning).

Overall quality always gets me; I deal with preppers everyday that will drop well over a thousand dollars on their rifle that they may never use but will scoff when I suggest to them that they invest in a solid pair of boots that they will use daily. Boots from Wal Mart are fine if you are just wearing them around, when the grid falls you will need something more sturdy. Laces on most boots suck, that is why when I bring a new pair home I always pull them out and replace them with 550 cord. A pair of high quality boot will set you back, they will also hold up better to abuse.

Personally I wear steel toe work boots daily, I have sense I was 14 years old. Why would a 14 year old choose steel toe work boots over the more trendy skateboard style shoes? Protection. After being assaulted by the school bully and his friends while walking home for the second time I figured it was time to make a change. I needed a legal means of self defense to even the odds. I knew I couldn’t carry a knife at school and a bat could be taken away and used against me I settled on a pair of boots. The next time the guys tried to jump me I caught them off guard. The ring leader came at me and I kicked him in the thigh as hard as I could, he dropped to the ground in pain. His buddies rushed me and I still went home with a busted lip, however they got the message that I wasn’t easy prey any more. The boots gave me an advantage that let me take a stand, that is why I recommend looking for boots with steel toe reinforcements.

By now you are ether convinced that you need to invest in a a pair of boots worthy of kicking Hillary Clinton’s ignorant lying ass out of the country for her comments about Benghazi or you are just as ignorant as she is. Knowing that all of me readers are all well informed good looking people I wish you all the best in finding a solid pair of boots. Below are links to brands that have done right by me in the past with superior quality and craftsmanship. I am not affiliated with ether of these companies nor I do receive any compensation (although if they would like to work out a deal I am more than willing to hear them out).

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