Prep These 5 Foods To Be Prepared for Emergencies

These are five easy little food preps people can find at just about any grocery store, but some of the conditions that I wanted for this is that they had to be either in single servings or did not require refrigeration after they were opened.

For example, you don’t want to open up a can, only to feed one or two people and then have it spoil or have bacteria get into it over the next day.

The worst case situation of the power goes out– you want something that a) you can eat in one serving or b) it does not require refrigeration after it’s opened.

Here’s our list:

Honey

The top of my list is honey. We get just the regular store brand honey– does not require refrigeration and stays good almost forever. Sometimes it will crystallize so you’ll have to warm it up a bit but that’s like with older honey. It’s also a topical antibiotics so you put it in a cuts and wounds to help them out.

Peanut Butter

Next is peanut butter. My wife and I we only get the natural peanut butter that only includes roasted peanuts, sugar, pommel and salt, and that’s it. Some peanut butter has hydrogenated oils, which contributes to coronary heart disease, and we do not buy any of that. Jiffy peanut butter has got 80 milligrams of sodium while the Skippy has got 150 milligrams of sodium.

Canned Fish

Some type of canned fish. Single serving size– whether its tuna fish or salmon, that’s going to be left up to the taste buds of whoever is eating it. I’m kind of leery of even listing canned fish, tuna fish or salmon because of the mercury content. They say that pregnant women in certain groups should not eat more than say two servings of tuna a month. It’s a great food, but with our dependence on coal-fired plants, most of our waterways and fish are contaminated with mercury. Don’t consume a whole lot of fish is what I’ve always heard.

Nutritional Drinks

Now this is a little something I wanted to touch on. These range anywhere from say 190 calories, 150 calories all the way up to meal replacement size which would be like 350 calories. Not really a whole meal replacement, but a meal supplement.

The metal cans would be good to store at your retreat as rodents are less likely to chew through metal as they are to chew through plastic. Anything made of plastic rodents will chew thru so if you’re storing peanut butter, you may want to go with glass jars so the rodents.

Canned Food Goods

We also recommend some type of canned beans, fruit or vegetable. Pick whatever you eat naturally. Whatever you eat during the course of the day, whatever you eat during the course of the month– that’s what you buy.

We buy the store brand and not the name brands to save money. That’s something that I’ve noticed is that whenever you start stockpiling stuff like the Spaghetti O’s, it’s like , well not everybody likes Spaghetti O’s or ravioli. Pick things that are somewhat bland that most people will eat because it’s pretty simple – you just open it and serve it on the side of a meal.

Notice that everything here is single serving size or two serving size. Maybe in three serving sizes where you can open it up and say two or three people eat out of it, or if you’re one really hungry person you can sit and eat the whole thing. If you buy the large cans then the whole family is going to have to eat the same thing and you’ll get some type of complainer that won’t want that item. You can’t just tell them if you don’t like it don’t eat it because they’ve got to get their energy up.

So there are some simple fast food preps that you can get just about any grocery store. One thing though is that I like to stockpile what I normally eat. I’ve got a few cases of MREs. But not everybody likes MREs, they are kind of cost prohibitive, stuff like what I mention above are only a few dollars.

Good Parents: Teach Kids How to Survive in the Wilderness

In 2016 the National Park Service reported that 325 million people visited the parks in this country. That was a record they’re expecting 2017 to be an even bigger year. One of the most important things to remember when you go into a national park or any wilderness area for that matter is that it is not an amusement park. It’s one of those things where there’s a little bit of preparation and a little bit of knowledge that’s needed because it’s such an unforgiving environment. Now when we talk about search rescue operations 75% of those search and rescue operations in the National Park Service dealt with people who were day users only. That means they weren’t prepared to stay overnight it was just something they wanted to go do they want to go take a picture they wanted to get off of the trails just for a few minutes something like that and ended up needing help from outside agencies.

Talking about kids and teaching kids it’s super important to make sure they understand that it is an unforgiving environment and that they take it seriously. First thing is they need to have something with them some kind of a kit or some set of materials it doesn’t have to be in a pretty package format that says survival kit on it, something like a backpack or bag or even the pockets in the clothes that they’re wearing if they’ve got the materials that they need that’s what we’re talking about. If you go out there and they do happen to get away from an adult or supervised areas or get lost or whatever the case may be there couple of very important points that we should talk about with those kids. You need to teach your kids that if they do happen to get lost they need to stop moving they don’t want to become more lost it really does complicate the search and rescue solution as far as the responders are concerned.

Kids need to have emergency shelter that is easily accessible and easy to use tear it open put it on and sit down. Now with sitting down you don’t want to just sit on the ground a little foam sitting pad putting that in there folded up takes up almost no space doesn’t weigh anything at all, but can make a tremendous difference.

Having some kind of equipment with them to signal something like a whistle because that whistle blast is going to carry much longer distances and is much easier to hear then a voice that may be overcome by a running water sounds or by the wind or whatever the case may be.

Let the kids know that if they are lost it’s not gonna be something that they’re gonna get in trouble for. The searchers are there to help them mom and dad are not going to be upset with them for getting lost they’re gonna be very happy to see them and it will be a good thing as far as the search and rescue is concerned when it ends successfully. So if they hear their name being called if they hear someone coming a vehicle sound or something like that they need to start using a whistle that noise maker they blow it long and hard over and over and over again because that whistle blast is gonna carry much much further than a human voice will and you’ll be able to continue it for much much longer. Bottom line tell the kids to keep blowing that whistle until they can see the rescuers coming.

The national parks and any wilderness area in the country is a wonderful thing to go out and utilize. We’re not trying to scare people or make them think that it’s automatically gonna happen that there’s going to be some kind of negative outcome. In fact, most of these scenarios/situations where people need help they resolve from a search and rescue perspective 92%, in fact, resolve in less than 24 hours so really it’s just a matter of protecting yourself and taking a couple of extra steps to get all the things ready so that we have the peace of mind to know that if something unfortunate happens we have everything that we need ready and it’s not going to be a negative outcome.

On Military Geography and It’s Role in War


When you hear about subjects regarding the military, you do hear a lot about weapons, you hear a lot about, the weapons technology, you hear about a lot of battles and those are very important factors that need to be looked at. There is also another factor that is often overlooked: it is the role of geography that it plays in war.

There’s a field dedicated to this known as military geography. Military geography is how geography plays a big role in war.  You have geopolitics involved.

Let’s talk about one thing the land itself. Geography is a big part of war because war is fought on the ground. Wars are often fought over land. In many cases, the land plays a role in how many battles take place.

Risk of Mud

For instance, nothing slows down artillery— nothing slows down vehicles– like mud. When you have mud, it is the universal enemy of armies trying to win.  Mud is one thing to consider.

Desert Warfare

Desert warfare deals with the extreme heat. In some places, like, Afghanistan, you have a desert area and an area where it can get extremely cold.  When this occurs, you have to really think about just the fact that there’s not a whole lot of water available.  You’re always around that risk of dehydration and then, in many areas, you have to deal with sand dunes and sand storms.

Where you have a lot of US military when they’re in the desert, they’re wearing these very late in life uniforms– the camouflage looks different than if you were to fight in say, the jungles. The goal is to blend in with your surroundings when you’re in the desert. Different clothing for different environments has often played a big role in how many wars have taken place.

Alpine Warfare

When you’re up in the mountains, you have the threat of altitude sickness. You have to have an occasion where you have troops that are not used to fighting up in the high mountains–  where the air is thin up there. There’s always that factor, and then you’ve got the factor of just such a range of terrains– so rugged. You have to be strong to just get throughout terrain.

And then terrain hawks also make it harder for vehicles to get thru, and then you also have to think about colder weather– extreme cold weather– and then you have to think about avalanches.

Avalanches are constant threat in many high mountainous areas where you’ve got a lot of snow and it doesn’t take much to set off an avalanche. You also have to think about something else when it comes to– you also have to think about what mountains can be good places for?

Jungle Warfare

Me and hot humid weather do not get along and I live in a climate where it gets really hot in the summer.  You can imagine how rough it would be in war! you can imagine. In tropical areas– the jungle– you gotta worry about catching malaria, you gotta worry about just the amount heat and humidity soldiers can withstand and just how it wears on the body–  especially if you’re not from that climate.

Maps

You always need a good map, and without a map, yeah– you got problems. It’s about strategy, it’s about knowing where you’re going.  Where you’re going to act, where the enemy is, where you think the enemy might be, where that fortification is or where this target is you have to have a map you need a map.  It’s necessary to have a map.

Without that map, you’re gonna have problems– for example, you might walk into a trap. With today’s technology with geographic information systems (GIS) with remote sensing, it is sort of guessing being for how you have to have your cartographic resources for war.

Geography is one of those things is in the details and it is something that it manages to sneak itself and it’s always a role even if you’re not recognizing it. Geography is one of those things you should always be looking at in a lot of fields. This is why you have the field, military geography. Geography plays a role in wars.