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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tools and Resources to Aid in Your Preparedness

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


Tools for Your Preparedness

   Since 1999 it has been my goal to share resources that I find useful and in today’s ‘episode’ you’ll find many such tools presented for your consideration.  Feel free to submit or make a comment by posting using the comment box at the bottom!

Here are 7 things to consider when choosing a survival knife…

1. Tang:

You want the steel to run from the tip to the bottom of the knife.

The Rambo knife didn’t do this, which is the reason you could store all of the items in the handle.

The problem with knives that don’t have the steel running from top to bottom is this: The steel (blade) stops at the handle so if you’re having to pry something open or do heavy work, the blade will snap off.

2. Weight:

Anyone who’s been in the military or law enforcement is probably familiar with the term “ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain.”

So, while I do own some massive knives for the fun of it (thank you Crocodile Dundee), I’d never carry them since they weigh a ton.

In a survival situation where you may be walking for a while, you certainly want a lightweight knife.

3. Straight Edge:

While a blade with a serrated edge may look cool, it’s not the best idea. It’s much tougher to sharpen, so stay away from them for your survival knife.

4. Size:

It’s not easy to conceal a gigantic knife, and as I just mentioned, it’ll weigh a lot more.

The ideal size of a survival knife is between 8-10 inches in overall length.

This size allows you to do a variety of tasks without running into problems because the knife is too big or too small.

5. Fixed vs. Folder:

I do carry a folding knife clipped to my pants when running errands. However, folding knives are not what you want when the stuff hits the fan.

Folding knives aren’t anywhere as strong as fixed blade knives so make sure your collection of knives isn’t only folders. (The blade will snap off folders at the pivot point if you’re putting a lot of force on it.)

6. Sheath:

Make sure the sheath isn’t cheap cloth that will fall apart after a few days.

You want a sheath where you can easily insert and remove the knife and it doesn’t get stuck and take the Jaws of Life to get the knife out.

You also want a sheath that’s versatile and you can wear on your belt in a variety of positions (horizontal, vertical.)

Plastic injection molded sheaths are what I prefer.

7. Steel:

There are a lot of steels on the market and I don’t want to bore you with a long novel. But, if a knife costs $20 they’re obviously using cheap steel and, like many things in life, you get what you pay for.

Bottom line, if you’re buying a knife for the fun of it then you can go cheap and not worry about quality.


This video shows numerous ways to start a fire without matches. Mixed between some that most of us know — fun with batteries and steel wool, ferro rods, etc. — we have plenty of oddball stuff that’s not as commonly known.

The Two Keys to Preparedness

There are a lot of different aspects to preparedness - food, water, shelter, first aid, hygiene, and guns & ammo, just to name a few. But, one guy believes there are two keys to preparedness upon which everything else depends. Read More Here.

What's Your Escape Plan?

When it comes to riding out a disaster, most are strongly divided into two camps. Either stay or go. Each has it's own unique advantages and disadvantages, which are covered here. Read More Here.

If your gas and electricity were cut off for awhile due to a major disaster? How would you make a hot meal? I have a few basic survival cooking methods to share with you.

1. Grill (my favorite). To me, everything tastes better on a grill anyway, so get your food in order of its "perishability", wrap it up in tin foil and grill it to perfection. I use the grill for everything from eggs, to soup, to tea. By the way, if you haven't tried tea or coffee cooked on a grill or open fire, you are missing out - the smoky flavor is great. You'll likely be out of coals pretty quickly, so be sure to conduct regular stick gathering expeditions if you don't have firewood on hand.
The grill is also great for boiling water if your water supply has been compromised during the crisis. Hopefully you know this, but just in case... Don't bring your grill in the house! Not only is it a fire hazard, it is a toxicity hazard, since it releases smoke and toxins into the air.

2. Open fire. If you don't have a grill, make a small fire and cook over the open fire or over the hot coals. You can use the open fire to make just about everything you can make on a grill.  Make sure you don't build the fire close to the exterior walls of your house, near brush or near your car.

3. Pit cooking. A method used by various tribes all over the world, pit cooking is an easy way to make delicious hot meals without the hassle of "babysitting" them. Make a fire and burn wood until you have a bunch of nice hot coals. While the fire is burning, wrap food in tinfoil or place in a Dutch oven. Dig a hole in the dirt, place the coals on the bottom and place the food on the coals. Wait almost as long as you would wait or an oven to cook the meal and check it. Use the food thermometer when in doubt. One of my absolute favorite pit cooked meals is steak and baked potatoes. By the way, you don't even have to wrap the potatoes; just keep the skins on and bury them.

4. Solar cooking. This method uses the sunlight to cook your meal. You can buy a solar oven or make one yourself (a topic for another e-mail) by using a box, some sticks and tinfoil. In takes awhile, but in the absence of other tools, it is a foolproof and smoke-free way to cook…

When disaster strikes, no one ever knows when things will return to normal again. In some cases, there may be the possibility of things never truly returning to normal. With this being the case, it’s a good idea to stock up on foods that are meant for the long haul.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that these foods will only last 20 or more years if they are properly stored in conditions that are dry with stable temperatures and limited light exposure. You can learn more about that in our list of 10 things that will destroy your food storage.

With that said, here are 20 survival foods that can last at least 20 years...


Rosefield is a classic traditional cabin, which can be built for less than $6,000. The cabin is open plan, which has the advantage of making it far easier, cheaper and quicker to build than more intricate cabins with separate rooms. This particular plan also includes a detailed cabin assembly diagram and step-by-step instructions which includes a foundation guide.  [282sf’]


Do you live in an apartment or a house with a small backyard? Have you always wanted a garden but don't have enough space?

 There's a solution: Bucket gardening. All you need are some 5-gallon buckets, rocks, peat moss, planting soil, and compost. That might sound like a lot, but it's actually very simple.

Not only is bucket gardening a great solution for people with limited space, it also has many advantages over traditional gardening. You can have a greater variety of plants, you won't have to do any weeding, and you'll have fewer pests deal with. Here are some other benefits of container gardening.

If you decide to give it a try, the first thing you need to ask yourself what you're going to grow. Beginners should always start with very easy plants. It will boost their confidence and give them valuable practice before they move on to more difficult plants...



News of the Left Wing

Could a cultural purge come to America? It may be more likely than you think...

Get Ready for the Struggle Session
Mao unleashed university and high school students to weed out enemies and hold them to account. The students became the paramilitary Red Guards. They were instructed by the party to "clear away the evil habits of the old society" and extinguish what came to be known as "the four olds" – old ideas and customs, old habits and culture.

Tax collectors chase rich New Yorkers moving to low-tax states. Auditors inspect cell records, even your dog's vet bills
New York officials are using a whole new set of high-tech tools, including tracking cellphone records, social media feeds, and veterinary and dentist records. Auditors are even conducting in-home inspections to look inside taxpayers' refrigerators.


That’s Congress’ reward for sinking the US government $22 trillion in debt… for creating debt bubbles in housing and student loans… for utterly failing to address a broken Social Security system… for wasting billions on things like a broken Obamacare website, defending Congressmen from sexual assault lawsuits… and fighting like children during a government shutdown while millions of Americans were out of work.

A new study says Americans racked up $67 billion in credit card debt during 2018, sending outstanding debt to an all-time record high.
The personal-finance website WalletHub’s Credit Card Debt Study revealed that U.S. consumers began 2019 owing a total of $1.03 trillion to credit card companies.

Secular stagnation of the US economy (Summers, 2015) and wealth inequality (Piketty, 2014) have brought out charlatans with their snake oil cures. Their solution is the old chestnut of socialism, where full employment and wealth equality are guaranteed for all. Socialism is now openly “revived” in the US, where most do not recognize that already there have been decades of creeping socialism which most people have mistaken for capitalism.

With incomes down nearly 50% more than half of small farmers in the US are losing money and suicide rates are soaring.


Many states offer assistance for farmers…These national organizations are good starters:

Farm Aid Hotline: 800-FARM-AID  800-327-6243;

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255


A Final Note…

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Mike said...

Plenty of BEEF as usual my friend!

Larry said...

Appreciate the resources and I saw the plug for small farmers. Had no idea about their suicide rate but somehow not surprised...I'll share that!

Stephanie said...

I could be wrong but it seems fewer people, especially the younger generation, are self reliant today. Of course, there are exceptions [thankfully]. Perhaps the media exploits these losers and fails to cover stories self sufficient folks? Anyhow, good stuff as always. We need more like this. I know you've been doing this longer than most and hope you continue.

Bob said...

The more I read about the economy and especially what Democrats have planned if they should regain the White House [God Forbid] the more I fear about the future & the more I want to plan and thank you for the resources you provide!