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The Advantages In Using Electric Fence As Your First Line Of Defense

The Advantages In Using Electric Fence As Your First Line Of Defense

When it comes to your personal protection and the protection of your property, is there such a thing as “too much”? Hard to say really. But if you have the time and the means, you should spear no expense in securing your home. Sure, having you very own machine gun turrets installed on the lawn would be excessive indeed, not to mention extremely illegal.

But luckily there are other ways in securing a perimeter, and they’re far less expensive than advanced military technology. Building a fence around the area you’re trying to protect is the way to go; and nothing would be more efficient than your very own electric fence system. Electric fences are less obvious than barbed wire and more efficient, as they can deliver quite a punch to anything and anybody that dare to intrude on your property. To be more precise, the system uses alternative current (A.C.), and via a transformer,turns it into electric pulses. A mechanical trigger is activated when something comes in contact with the wires and the current is released immediately. The current shoots out the power terminal, goes through the wires as high voltage electric pulse (can go as high as 10.000 V) and it’s picked up by a second terminal, which consists of a rod (mostly copper) that’s implanted in the ground. Such fences are highly used today in agriculture (they deliver mild, discomforting shocks to keep animals away) or in prisons (where voltages are lethal).

Such technology is available for everybody who takes prepping and personal safety to the next level. And believe it or not, installing an electric fence has its own advantages over more traditional methods. If done right, you won’t be sorry won’t went for an electric fence instead of barbed wire or anything else. And here’s a list of reasons as to why.

  1. Electric fences are cheaper than traditional fences

Believe it or not, it’s true. The materials are cheaper to buy and the installation process will be cheaper as well. This is because an electric fence requires a lesser quantity of wires and fewer posts as opposed to traditional fencing methods. It’s not meant to be strong and withstand mechanical forces, but rather cover a big enough area to stop all sorts of intrusions. It may be frailer than barbed wire, but it will do some much more than scratch the surface of your skin; it can make you wish you’d never been born.

  1. Electric fences are easier to install

Because the key components are fewer and lighter, you can install your electric fence by yourself, although I’d advice against it. But even if you plan on doing it yourself, make sure you know what you’re doing. The materials aren’t that heavy, not even the posts, so the installation will go faster than if you’d be installing a traditional fence, where you’d need to dig holes. The thin electric fence poles require no such effort from your part; just take them out and stick them in the ground.

  1. Electric fence systems are easily maintained and modified

The system will require very little attention from your part. Just pay some attention to the battery system and the console from time to time, to make sure that everything is working properly. Also, they should be kept clean and dry at all times to avoid unwanted electric discharges and system shutdown. The wires require no maintenance, unless the fence has been hit or damaged in one way or another. Because it has fewer and lighter elements compared to a regular fence, you can modify the structure with ease. You can add or take out poles in a matter minutes.

  1. Electric fences are more efficient overall

The intensity of the electric discharge is customizable, depending of the types of charge you’re using, but also on the materials that the fence is made up of. Barbed wire can be easily cut and taken down by perpetrators, and once the fence is gone, the way is clear. Electric fences can’t be cut, as they’ll release thousands of Vs when the cutting tool comes in contact with the wire. So not only is it hard to go around, but it’s also very hard to interact with a fully charged electric system without getting the shock of a lifetime.

Of course there are some things to keep in mind and consider before installing you very own electric fence. The systems are effective, but you’ll need to keep the area around the fence as clean as possible at all times, so that nothing’s growing in the vicinity of the wires. Growing plants could complicate the situation, so make sure there are none close to the wires.

Thunderstorms could also spell trouble, as the electric discharges could shut the fence down. But repairing the electric fence shouldn’t be much harder then installing it, so that’s a plus. To make it even more effective, you could conceal it, so whoever is trying to breach your “fortress” will get a nasty surprise. However, most states have very specific laws regarding electric fencing visibility and signaling. So do some research and stay out of trouble.

How You Can Use Drones In A TEOTWAWKI Scenario

How You Can Use Drones In A TEOTWAWKI Scenario

Drones have been widely available on the market lately and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. Many people look at drones and see an over-the-top expensive toy. I, on the other hand, as a prepper, see opportunity. And with good reason. Drones are remote-controlled gadgets, with enough battery autonomy that have cameras attached. No special skills are require to handle your very own drone and you can even pair to your smartphone. You can use drones in a TEOTWAWKI scenario to gather intelligence in your surroundings without being physically present in a possibly hostile territory. Reconnaissance missions will no longer require special preparations, other than that of flying a drone that has a camera attached. The cameras can take high quality pictures and even videos with sound. If you’re smart phone allows it, it can even emit in real time. Many drones have a built-in GPS software that helps them return safely to their launch point, in case radio contact is lost. However, in a survival scenario, the GPS service might not be available, so keep that in mind before taking off.

What you need to know about drones

First and foremost they are battery operated. So if you plan on using the drones even when everything falls to bits, you’ll need to ensure you have a recharging station, based on fuel, or even better, solar panels. They are computer and smartphone friendly, which means they have USB ports that allows you to connect your drone to your computer, for easy access and settings; you can even follow the flight path in real time from your smartphone and even adjust camera angles. The flight speed varies from model to model. The average drone flies at about 25 mph, but the more expensive model can reach staggering speeds of even 80 mph. Autonomy and control distance is also variables from one model to the next, but an average fully charged battery gets depleted in about 10 – 30 minutes. There are also gas-powered drones available on the market, their autonomy is superior to the battery operated ones, but they’re also more expensive. A drone can serve many purposes in SHTF situation: scouting and surveillance flights, scouting for wild game and even delivering messages from A to B. On the down side, drones are very visible and can attract unwanted attention. They can be taken down easily or even worse, followed to give away your location. So you’ll need a bit of practice before using it in a critical situation and A LOT of caution.

Some of the best drones that you can buy

The Dromida Ominus FPV is one of the cheapest drones on the market, which is perfect for flight practice. The camera quality is rather good and it has great connectivity to you mobile device. It’s easy to use, has decent autonomy and it can be very fun to fly. For those of you that are looking for a device to get you started in the drone area, look no further. The Dromida Ominus FPV is a resilient little gadget, comes in many colors you can chose from (blue, green red, yellow), is both iOS and Andriod compatible (so you won’t have to change your phone) and costs only $150. If you’re interested in purchasing it, go here.

The Parrot Bebop drone is possibly the most renowned of the Parrot company and it is a semi-pro drone, meaning it’s considered to sit in between toys and professional drones.  The drone itsef is very lite and incredibly maneuverable, making it easy to fly even in closed spaces or indoors. It support smartphone and tablet connectivity and it comes with two batteries. The battery, if fully charged, should last about 10 – 15 minutes of continuous flight. The on-board camera is decent; it has a resolution of 1080p. The base model comes at about $450, but if you’re willing to spend more you can get the model with the range extension, that will allow it to fly further. For more details, go here.

The Yuneec Q500 4K is drone whose popularity is growing steadily amongst the drone enthusiasts thanks to its camera quality. The built in camera has a 4K resolution (4000p), meaning the image quality it offers for both pictures and video is unbeatable. It comes with two batteries and the camera is removable. There’s also a version that comes with a 1080p camera, but the $k version is of course far superior. The controller has an android built into it, so you don’t necessarily have to use your phone or tablet for maneuvering the drone. The model doesn’t have many gadgets and accessories available yet, but it won’t be long before Yuneec releases a bunch, considering how fast this little drone is gaining in popularity. The price is about $1300, and if you’re interested in getting your own, click here.

Getting your very own drone is nowhere near a bad idea. Flying one can be really fun and addictive, so if you’re lacking a serious hobby, drone flying could just fill that void. Enjoy it and practice, you’ll never know when your drone piloting skills will save your neck in a SHTF scenario.

By My Family Survival Plan

5 Seemingly Harmless Animals You Should Avoid In The Wild

5 Seemingly Harmless Animals You Should Avoid in The Wild

Nature is very diverse. And we all know (roughly) the dangers that lurk in the wild, especially when it comes to wild animals. We all have the common knowledge and common sense to stay away from big fangs, sharp claws or insects with stingers. It’s as clear as day that an encounter with a creature that posses such tools will result in a harmful or even fatal outcome.

Other animals may simply be disease carriers or territorial in nature, and if you’re not aware of their behavioral patterns, you’re in for a nasty and painful experience. Let’s have a look at some of the animals that are apparently harmless, but actually dangerous.

The swan (Cygnus sp.)

The swan is a swwmingly graceful creature that not many of us would consider dangerous under any circumstances. But they’d be dead wrong. Most nesting birds, like the swan, have a very acute parental instinct, meaning that if they feel that they’re nesting ground is danger they’ll fight off the attacker. Most nesting birds will fight only up to a point; if they fill they’re losing the fight or that the attacker is simply too strong to take on, they’ll flee and leave the nest and eggs to chance. But things differ in the swan’s case. The swan is relentless in defending its nest and territory and will keep going until either the attacker or the swan itself is dead. It will attack viciously: it can scratch, bite and poke and an angry swan may even try and drown its opponent if they find themselves near water. The bird itself can even grow as heavy as 30lbs, so taking on a defensive mother swan it’s not a thing you’ll want to do.

The Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops aduncus)

Experts consider dolphins to be the second most intelligent creatures on the face of the Earth, after humans. And rightly so: an adult dolphin has the intelligence of an average 4 year old human. Not only that, but their societies are some of the most evolved on the planet. They are fast learners, work together for common goals, communicate efficiently and even have a sense of humor, as studies have shown that dolphins will regularly play jokes on each other or even on people. But they’re intelligence comes with a price, as they tend to have a larger-than-normal tendency toward violence. They’ll hurt or maim for no apparent reason; cases have been recorded when dolphins kill just so that they get to play with the carcass of they’re victim. They have a higher than average sexual drive and will attack human males for territorial reasons.
Although friendly most of the time, dolphins have been known to be unpredictable and should be avoided unless you’re in the presence of trained professionals.

The Slow Loris (Nycticebus sp.)

The slow loris is a tiny, fury mammal, with big eyes and it’s extremely shy by nature. It makes a great pet because its cuteness is undisputable. But despite being one of the cuddliest animals in the world, it’s also one of the most poisonous. They have an active gland inside the elbows that produces a very powerful toxin. They use this toxin mostly to smear their young, which makes them less likely to be attacked and eaten by predators. The toxin itself, if ingurgitated, produces terrible stomach aches and even death. If attacked, they’ll suck the contents of the gland into their mouth and bite the attackers. This way, the toxin gets injected into the attacker’s bloodstream. If there’s an allergic reaction involved, the bite victim can die in a matter of hours if the left untreated. So think twice before making a move towards a slow loris; it might be the last thing you do.

The Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious)

This big and gentle herbivore is known as one of the biggest mud lovers on the face of the Earth. Because they live in arid places, where temperatures rise intensely, they’re beast means of cooling themselves is to roll around in the mud or muddy waters. Although they’re not violent in nature, they tend to get very territorial and will stop at nothing in protecting they’re mud ponds or females and young. Don’t let they’re funny looks throw you off. Despite their heavy structure, they can run to speeds of up to 20 mph and have a bit of 6,000 lbs of pressure, which is more than enough to snap a human in half. If you find yourself in their presence, thread carefully. You do not want to find yourself in the crosshairs of an angry hippo.

The Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)

The common chimpanzee has been proven to be the closest relative modern man still has in the animal kingdom. There are many similarities between us and our not-so-distant cousins, like opposable thumbs, facial expressions, cerebral activity and many more. They mostly live in small societies or groups (rarely solitary) and they tend to often manifest violent behavior for one reason or another. They’ll attack each other for dominance, territorial feuds or simply if they don’t like someone or something. Their violent nature can’t be completely overridden by training, as there have been many documented cases in which trained chimps have viciously attacked and maimed humans.

It’s plain to see that nature is not meant to be cute. Nature is primarily meant to be persistent. No matter how cute an animal might seem to you, don’t throw yourself directly at it, unless you know the species you’re engaging and you’re absolutely sure that nothing bad can happen. If you’re planning a trip of some sort in a wild location, educate yourself on the animals in the region so to have an idea of what you’ll have to face along the way.

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Keep Breathing: Some Of The Best Gas Masks You Can Afford

Keep Breathing: Some Of The Best Gas Masks You Can Afford

We’re all aware of what a gas mask is; at least we have some idea about them. Gas masks (aka. respirators) are heavily used in society. The Police force has them, the Special Forces have them, the firefighters have them, spray painters have them etc. The basic use of a gas mask is to serve as filter for the air you’re breathing in and to stop possible irritants and noxious substances from getting into your respiratory system and affecting you general state your health.

The best gas masks (or respirators) are based on the same principle: the air is pulled into the canister that has a filtering system (on 3 layers: aerosol filter, charcoal filter and dust filter) and then is released towards the interior of the mask; the filtered air is safe to breathe.

The air is sucked into the canister as the wearer breathes. There are also battery operated gas masks, equipped with a fan, that will syphon air inside, but become useless when the batteries die out. There are also some that work just like a scuba breathing system: they don’t have a filtering canister, but a pressurized air canister, that is completely sealed.

A gas mask is a real asset for any serious prepper. It’s an absolute must-have in case of a chemical or biological attack. Works just as well in a combat zone, as it’ll filter out heavy smoke and even dust clouds. There two main types of masks: half masks and full mask. I half mask will cover your mouth and nose only; they’re used in spray painting and are recommended only if you know what contaminant you’re dealing with. In case of an extremely dangerous contaminant or if you simply don’t know what you’re facing, a full gas mask is the way to go. Not only will it cover your respiratory system, but I’ll also protect your eyes and face from dangerous agents, like Anthrax etc.

Israeli Civilian Gas Mask

This gas mask was issued by the Israeli government, is NATO approved and it’s perfect if you consider the quality / price ratio (it costs about $80). Because of the relatively low price and good features, it’s regarded to be as the standard gas mask for civilian protection. It’s best used in an evacuation scenario from a contaminated area. The mask itself is made out of a soft but durable rubber that covers the whole face (full mask); it offers great protection not only for the respiratory system, but also for the entire face. It has extremely efficient filters (NBC filters) that will keep you safe from almost everything, from nuclear and biological agents (like Anthrax) to chemical agents. This particular gas mask comes in both adult and child versions.

M61 Finnish Gas Mask

The MA61 model was developed in Finland and it’s meant to be used as a heavy-duty gas mask. It’s a side-mounted mask, which means the filter is screwed into the side of the mask, rather than in the font. The rubber it’s made from is extremely durable, but rather soft flexible at the same time. Its flexibility means that the mask will incase the face of the wearer perfectly, making it airtight, so that noxious fumes or chemical agents won’t find their way inside. It uses a twin goggle system rather than a single visor. The exhalation system has a plastic valve with an integrated speech diaphragm, for better communication.

ADVANTAGE 1000 CBA-RCA Gas Mask

The 1000 CBA-RCA mask is 100% American and it was developed based on a US Military design that was used by the USAF during the Operation Desert Storm. It has a Hycar face piece which is about 40% lighter than most full gas masks and also a customizable fit. There’s also a standard nose cup to eliminate visor fogging and a mechanical speaking diaphragm. The visor is a one piece that’s extremely tough and offers great field of vision. The canister can be mounted on both the left and the right side and it’s effective against all sorts of biological and chemical agents, like Mustard, Lewisite, GA, GB, GD etc. The head harness is adjustable and stable. There’s also an ID tag attached and it includes a CBA-RCA canister. The whole package comes at about $300.

There are plenty of models that are available on the market, it’s only a matter of personal choice. The price of a certain gas mask does not necessarily reflect its quality, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money for a good product that will filter well and fit great. But you’ll need to educate yourself in the matter a bit so you won’t throw your money out the window. Luckily there’s many manufacturer’s and sellers and price ranges vary from one to the other. So keep hunting for bargains, you’ll most likely find them.

By My Family Survival Plan

Top 3 Forms Of Martial Arts To Learn For Your Personal Protection

Top 3 Forms Of Martial Arts To Learn For Your Personal Protection

You can benefit greatly from studying martial arts. And no, it’s not meant for kids only: If you’re serious about it, you can start out as old as you like and still end up being good at it. Martial arts can be more than learning combat moves for self defense: they’re great physical exercise, great self-discipline training, each form has its own philosophy and spiritual practice behind it (which you can study along with the moves) and great fun. But for those of you who are planning on getting their money’s worth, you can ultimately become an expert.

You might find yourself during your lifetime in certain situations from which you could easily escape unharmed if you have the proper training. Learning a fighting style could be very useful as a self-defense method: against attackers, muggers, perpetrators etc. If you’re trained well enough you could easily disarm assailants or even take on more than one at a time. There have been many fighting styles and techniques developed throughout history in various parts of the world. There are also many combinations of fighting styles available (mixed martial arts), for people who want to get the best of ALL worlds. It’s a matter of choice; let’s see what are the most popular at the moment and maybe you’ll find the one that suits you best.

Krav Maga

This it may come as a surprise, but it’s Israel’s very own fighting style. It was developed (mostly) by Imi Lichtenfeld during the 1930s. The style itself is very direct, meant to counter holds and incapacitations of every sort. Because it’s full contact and it gives advantage against almost any type of attack, it’s excellent for street survival, and not only. It’s a mixed style, comprised of elements which are basic to other fighting techniques like Karate, Jiu-Jitsu throws and grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ground fighting, Wing Chun burst of hands and even Greco-Roman wrestling. Its dynamics consist in the fact that it allows the practitioner to a attack and defend at the same time, in a single movement of the body.  In most martial arts styles the tendency is to block and immediately respond with a counter blow. Things are different in Krav Maga, we’re you’re suppose to block and deliver the attack at the same time: you could (for example) block an attack with you right arm and at the same time strike with the other arm or the legs. The strikes delivered and promoted by Krav Maga are vicious, meant to incapacitate and hurt as much as possible. You learn to go for the most exposed body part, like the throat, eyes, groin or the liver. It also teaches a lot of techniques for disarming your opponents, no matter if they bare sticks, knives or guns. The style is very efficient, it develops hand-eye coordination and it takes no longer then 5 months to learn.

Aikido

This is a very distinct fighting style, which has been promoted a great deal in pop culture by Steven Seagal. Don’t let Seagal’s reputation as an actor throw you off: he is probably the leading authority in the field when it comes to Aikido, having studied most of his youth years in Japan, with the greatest masters. He’s a legit 7 degree black belt who not only mastered the style, but also developed it: the kote gaeshi (Seagal’s signature move) or “forearm return” is a prolific move, essential to all survival fighters, no matter the style or technique.

This style uniqueness consists in its approach to direct fighting: Aikido teaches almost no direct blows whatsoever, it mostly teaches you how to counter everything that can be thrown at you. Its philosophy is based on the idea that an attacking opponent always leaves himself vulnerable. What you need to do is exploit that vulnerability and use your enemy’s momentum against him. For example, a straight punch could simply be countered by side-stepping and grabbing the opponents wrist or arm. You can simply pivot and throw him down if you grab the arm, or if the wrist is involved, simply twist it towards the outside. The momentum will help you break the wrist with almost no effort from your part, incapacitating your attacker immediately. This style requires awareness rather than speed or strength. If you keep your cool and your eyes opened, as an Aikido practitioner, you’ll have no trouble breaking the joints and wrists of your attackers.

Muay Thai Kickboxing

The fighting style was originally developed in Thailand, in the 19th century, and it translates to “the art of the 8 limbs”. It’s a contact fighting style, based on a large variety of punches, elbows and kicks. It’s philosophy consists in the fact that someone who is using a tool for fighting is limited by that one tool. A muay thai practitioner, on the other hand, has many such tools (punches, kicks, elbows), therefore has the advantage. It’s not a fancy style, but rather an effective one. It’s based on lighting speed, precision and power, and can exploit even the slightest opening in your adversary’s defense. The best way to counter a weapon attack (as long as you not held at gun point) is to approach the attacker as forward as possible. Simply aim for the jaw, throat or liver and kick it as hard as possible.

With enough technique and training, your legs and punches could easily crack bones and inflict serious pain. Kickboxing requires some serious physical training, as its practitioners do a little something called combat qi. It’s basically subjecting your body parts to repeated hits and damage, until the “hardened” body part no longer hurts as it used to. This practice is mostly used to harden the shin bone; kick boxers hit hard surfaces for 2 hours-a-day, 2 years straight.

There are many other fighting styles available, but these are my personal favorites and possibly the most useful in a combat scenario. But if you have to take one thing away from martial arts, that’s discipline and self control. Do not get carried away and avoid confrontation unless there’s no other way but standing your ground and fighting. But if that time comes, at least you now know where to go in order to overcome your opponents.

The Best 5 Dog Breeds For Your Personal Protection

The Best 5 Dog Breeds For Your Personal Protection

Dogs have been domesticated for millennia now, and ever since they have earned (and rightfully so) the reputation of “man’s best friend”. A family dog will get very attached to its owner or owners. And thanks to its territorial nature, will do a great job of protecting the ones he holds dear and his territory (your house and possessions). Throughout the years, dog breeding has become more and more specialized, with different types of breeds particularly good for different types of tasks, like: protection, hunting, guides for the blind, companions etc. If treated well and loved, your dog will reward you being faithful, caring and protective in return.

Dogs bred for protection in most cases, can be your best line of defense: they can sense danger from afar (smelling the approaching strangers) and can alert you by barking. But if this fails and you find yourself or your family under attack, your dog won’t hesitate to retaliate against your attacker. You can always count on your dog’s loyalty when it comes to protecting its master, no matter his size or ability. Next I’m going show you  the best 5 dog breeds for personal protection, on which most experts agree upon.

The German Shepherd

According to most specialists, the German Shepherd is THE guard dog. This breed is rather new, as it was first bred in the 19th century, in Germany (hence the name). It was immediately exported to America, and during the World Wars it was used on the field by pretty much everybody thanks to their keen sense of smell, which made them prefect in land mine detection or enemy tracking. They’re the most common breed used by the police force today, due to their obedience, sense of smell and responsiveness. The German Shepherd is particularly intelligent; they’re very fast learners and very good listeners when they’re given a certain command. Their fur is rather thick, which makes them tolerant to drastic climate change: they are very resistant to cold weather but they will easily shed in warm climate, in order to adapt. They are very aware of their surroundings and do an excellent job in protecting their homes and owners. Their size is considerable, capable of overpowering anybody. but despite their aggressive look, they are very loving by nature, especially with children. They are most effective if properly trained. It’s necessary the dog will have his very own place or quarters to sleep, so that he can understand his role in the family. As mentioned before, they are fast learners and if loved and cared for, you’ll need no better protection for you and your entire family.

The Doberman Pinscher

This breed originated in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. They’ve been brought to the US after the end of World War II and used mostly in military and police situations. Although many races were thrown into the mix, they carried greyhound traits quite strongly. Their careful breeding gave them excellent traits for a guard dog, like athleticism, strength and obedience. If trained properly, the Doberman will be very loyal to its master and very obedient to his every command. It’s not what you would call a loving dog, but it’s very aware and protective of its family (at the same time weary of people he doesn’t know) and quick to react if need be. They don’t require much grooming and attention, since their hair is short: regular feeding and exercising will suffice. The breed is rather disease-free; regular vet-checks and ear and tail clippings will avoid complications. They are not easily trained, and need to be dominated from an early age to understand authority. Also its best you they are brought up in a home full of children rather than brought in at an older age.

The Great Dane

The Great Dane (aka. the German Mastiff) has a long lineage that dates to about 3000 B.C. It was originally bred for hunting and protecting the household, but later one they were also put to military purposes, thanks to their innate sense of smell, which makes them excellent trackers. Although this breed is very big and intimidating, they are very gentle in nature, excellent around children or even other dog breeds. Despite their size, they are very well proportioned and have a great sense of balance. In other words, they are usually very size-aware and won’t run around the house, laying everything to waste in their path. It’s better as a guard dog than a protection dog, because of its timid nature. It might run away from a confrontation if scared, but their bark is extremely powerful and intimidating. In most cases it’s enough to keep evil doers at bay. You can’t just bring a Great Dane into your house without proper training. He will need constant supervision until he gets familiarized with the house, so they can learn what’s off limits and what’s not. Their size requires a fair amount of exercise, but overdoing it may cause health-related problems. Just limit you Great Dane to just daily walks and he should live a long a healthy life.

The Saint Bernard

If the name doesn’t ring a bell, just remember the movie about a big dog name Beethoven and there you have it. The breed is original from Northern Europe, where they were used on harsh climate conditions to roam and track travelers or lost civilians, mostly in snowy mountain areas. They could be easily followed through safe passage by almost everybody, thanks to their friendly nature. With big size, comes a big heart. Despite the fact that they can grow to about 180 pounds, they are very sociable and lovable, and they do extremely well in a large family setting. Just like the Great Dane, the Saint Bernard is more of a barker than a fighter, but unlike the Dane they aren’t at all aware of their size. So leaving small children unattended in their presence is unadvised, as they could easily sit or trample unknowingly over toddlers. As for training, they aren’t very responsive until they reach adulthood. They’ll eat more than any other breed of dog, require daily exercise and need fur brushing a few times a week. They’re life span is no longer than 10 years due to their massive size, but if you’re looking for a dog that more menacing by look than by nature, than look no further.

The Rottweiler

They go as far back as Antiquity does, when they were used as both guard and attack dogs in the legions of the Roman Empire. In more modern times, they did very well as police dogs or household guard dogs, thanks to their aggressive nature and intelligence. It’s a dog that you absolutely cannot bring into your home without professional training. He can be very aggressive and if not trained properly, a Rottweiler can pose a threat even to children.

They are known to be some of the smartest dogs on the planet, which makes them very responsive to training and obedient.

And after the training session is over the dog is used to its surroundings, you’ll see that he can be extremely loving and friendly towards the whole family. As far as the Rottweiler’s physical condition goes, you’ll have no problems.

They have maybe the best health history out of all domesticated dog breeds, and if fed and exercised regularly they live an average of 10 years.

There are many breeds of dogs to choose from. And when you chose yours, make sure you consult a specialist on the kind of dog would suit you most. A guard dog may be your best ally in a hostile or even SHTF situation, as they can guard and defend alike. However, always keep in mind that a dog is not a tool, nor a weapon. It’s a pet and a companion most of all, which requires time and effort to hold. But if you love and respect your dog, be sure that he’ll have no second thought about putting his life on the line for yours.

By My Family Survival Plan

Home Essentials You Need for Survival

Home Essentials You Need for Survival

With so many daily work, family, and personal distractions, it’s no wonder so many of us remain unconcerned and unprepared for a potential disaster to strike. But they do strike often, all around the world, and assuming you and your family will be exempt could endanger your lives.

Even though it takes thought and investment, preparing your home and your family for unexpectedly harsh conditions is well worth the sacrifice. In fact, the peace of mind alone might be worth it. If you don’t know where to get started, Modernize offers up a list of home essentials to build off of as you collect survival supplies.


Flashlights, Lanterns, and Backup Batteries
When anticipating a disaster, the last thing you should rely on is electricity. And there’s nothing more frightening than thinking of trying to keep your family safe in total darkness. Make sure flashlights and lanterns are handy in several rooms of the house, and always keep a good stock of backup batteries and bulbs. Solar flashlights are also a great addition, especially if you’re going to need to be on the move.

Hand Crank Radio
Staying tuned in to what’s going on could mean the difference between life and death. Procure a solar hand crank radio that will keep you updated on the news and weather while you keep your family locked up safe.

How To Survive A Permanent Power Outage


Solar Oven and Freezer
Nobody hopes that the aftermath of a disaster will be long-term. But it’s best to prepare for a longer time without electricity than you would like to imagine. Solar ovens are simple, effective, and can cook food in a variety of ways. Ready-to-go, just-add-water meals are very handy for a short term emergency. But a solar oven and a solar freezer to store your food stock could work in tandem to keep your family eating well in spite of the circumstances.

Coats and Boots
Being prepared for inclement weather is essential. Heavy-duty raincoats, winter coats, hiking boots, and rain boots will help keep them warm in dry in case of flooding or freezing weather. It will also help them travel more easily if traveling becomes necessary.

Water Purifier
Aside from shelter, water is the most immediate and vital need in many emergency situations. If you are not prepared to convert unsafe water into potable water, you’re not truly prepared at all. You need to both have ways to filter and purify it. While you’re thinking of your water needs, it never hurts to set up a rain catchment system that will allow you access to running water—though you will still need to treat rainwater to make it potable.

First Aid Supplies
A well-stocked survival first aid kit will include gloves, surgical shears, antiseptic wipes, bandages, pain relieving medication, antibiotic ointment, cotton-tipped applicators, sterile
gauze pads, a thermometer, tweezers, and several other items.

Make sure to thoroughly research and go beyond the basics for your first aid kit.


Pet Supplies
No one overlooks their kids when they plan for a disaster, but a pet isn’t always foremost on everyone’s mind. Pets need their own survival supplies including food, blankets, bowls, a leash, their own first aid supplies, and anything else you determine your individual pets’ need.

Sanitary Supplies
While weather disasters are more common in America these days, epidemics also pose a danger—as do unclean condition potentially caused by natural disasters. Supplies that would come in handy during a dangerous outbreak include: adhesive sealing masks with eye shields, anti-bacterial and anti-virus lotion, anti-bacterial wipes, bio hazard bags, bio hazard suits and gloves, and a supply of antibacterial soap.


Hygiene Essentials
Comfort and cleanliness isn’t usually the first thing on your mind in a survival situation. But if you prepare ahead, you can be more thorough about what your family needs and wants. Items like soap, toilet tissue, toothbrushes and toothpastes, feminine products, deodorant, and razors will come in handy even after just a day of relying on your survival supplies.

Sleeping Bags
Reflective sleeping bags that are cushy and can withstand harsh weather could mean the difference between a safe and good night’s rest and many sleepless, anxious nights. To protect your family from hypothermia, select sleeping bags that offer heavy insulation, fully waterproof materials, and low temperature ratings.

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Emergency Preparedness Guide
No matter how much you prepare yourself and your family, any type of emergency or disaster is bound to come with surprises. Instead of relying completely on your supplies and knowledge, make sure you have the educational resources anyone in your family would need to know how to deal with in difficult disaster-related circumstances.

Multi-Tool Knife
Weapons are certainly an important aspect of a home survival kit, as are tools. Combine them into one item for optimum efficiency and ease of use. You never know when a screwdriver, pliers, or a mini saw could come in handy.

These are simply the foundational items for a home survival kit. Build off of your family’s anticipated needs and show them how to use the supplies in case of an emergency.  

By Mary Saurer


Mary Sauer is a writer who has been published by Babble, Mom.me, and What to Expect. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two young daughters.


Best Household Items For Your Protection!

Best Household Items For Your Protection

Picture this: you’re in your home, minding your own business. You’re in your bed, in your kitchen or simply walking along from one room to another. All of the sudden you realize you’re being the victim of property trespassing and you’re face to face with the perpetrator. You are defenseless and you feel it! But how defenseless are you really? Not as much as you might think. As long as you are not at gun point or already subdued, you can fight back with pretty much everything you can find. And there are plenty of things that can pack quit a punch around a regular household. Even though the adrenalin flows, try and keep your cool and think quickly. If you react fast enough in grabbing the most appropriate thing and using it at full capacity, you can take out pretty much anyone that means you harm.

Many household items and appliances are excellent improvised weapons, especially if you target the most sensitive body parts, like the groin, the eyes or the neck. Even if you own a gun, most that it might not be in handy, so consider your possibilities.

Let’s have a look at the items that will save you skin in case of a self-defense scenario:

Beatsticks

As long as it’s stick-shaped and hard enough, it can hurt. Many items lying around the house are more than perfect for such an occasion. If you happen to have a broom nearby or a mop, the tail is hard enough to be used as a weapon, and can be very affective for blows on the head, on the groin or even on the hands (providing the attacker is carrying a weapon and you’re looking to disarm him). A baseball bat would be preferable, as its thickness makes it very unlikely to break, in case you miss you swing and hit it against a tough surface. If you’re being attacked in the hallway, you can always grab a walking cane or an umbrella, which can be very versatile: you can open it for protection (if the assailant is throwing stuff at you) and you can even use it to pierce flesh (if it’s pointy at the end). The best tool for such an occasion though would have to be the vacuum cleaner wand, and the reasons are obvious: it’s a metal bar that will never break, it’s not very heavy and everybody has one.


Sharp and pointy

It’s impossible not to find something that fits the description in every single room of a regular household! If you find yourself in the kitchen, plenty of kitchen knives (even butcher knives and hatchets for those serious meat eaters) are either lying around or orderly stored in shelves. You can use them as throwing weapons, if the attacker is out of reach and you intend on keeping things that way. But they also work perfectly as close range weapons, when the attacker gets close enough to get cut. Forks and corks work just as well for stabbing, especially in soft zones, like the neck or the eyes. Bottles are excellent cutting tools, if you grab them by the neck and smack them against a hard surface. You’ll be left with a very dangerous improvised knife that can cut a surface as big as the bottle diameter. Don’t try a similar approach with coffee mugs or glasses, as you might end up hurting yourself instead; simply use them as throwing weapons.

For slashing and cutting, sometimes, you need not look any further then your own pockets. A ballpoint pen, a pencil or even regular keys can be more than enough to inflict massive amounts of pain on whomever means you harm. They can easily pierce skin and inflict irrecoverable damage to the eyes. Neither would work well a throwing weapon though, because of their reduced weight. So keep them for close-quarter combat.

Rags

Believe it or not, a simple scarf or a long and sturdy enough piece of cloth can prove fatal if used correctly. The military are training for self defense with scarves, as they can prove very efficient in a close combat scenario. If you manage to get around your attackers neck, the scarf instantly becomes a garrote, which can easily cut blood circulation or the airflow through the neck. This will immediately weaken your adversary, but applied pressure for longer than necessary can even cause death. Blankets or drapes can be used as a means of distraction. Simply throw it at perpetrator. This will temporary blind him and obstruct vision. It will buy you more than enough time to react and to subdue him, either by locking his arms and legs or by delivering hard enough blows. If might also offer the possibility to escape in some cases. And if avoiding confrontation becomes an option, that’s what you should do.

Eyesores

eyesoresThe eyes are the main source of input, especially in a situation based on direct confrontation. Luckily they are very sensitive and it doesn’t take much to affect eyesight. Once this happens, it’s very unlikely that your adversary will put a good fight. Not only is the process very painful, but the eyes swell and water instantly, greatly reducing visibility. A regular spray (be it deodorant, window cleaner or inhaler) will provoke instant eye damage and excruciating pain. Squeezing orange or lemon juice in the eyes works just as fine, especially if you happen to find yourself in the kitchen, making orange juice or lemonade at the time of the attack. Salt, pepper, vinegar or even plant dirt (if you have plants in handy) are also very efficient and common to almost every household.

Shields

You will not always find yourself in the attacking position, but most likely will find yourself reduced to defending yourself. Whether it’s attacks at point-blank or you’re having stuff thrown your way, there are plenty of things you can grab in order to not get hit. Moving out of harm’s way would be ideal, but if this is not an option, you can simply grab large enough objects to deflect the attacks. Against a knife attack you can easily use your laptop, tablet, a suitcase or even a regular pot lid. The latter works perfectly as a shield, because its handle makes it easy to pick up and use, leaving you with a free hand, which you can use to grab a weapon yourself.

In some situations defending yourself with regular household items might even be preferable to using of fire arms. Not only might a gun be in handy, but you can go around many legal issues concerning self defense, as everyday items are not legally considered to be weapons. So decorate your house in such a way that every room has at least one item that might save your skin in case you’re being attacked in your own home.

by My Family Survival Plan

How To Turn Your Home Into An Impenetrable Fortress! Home Defense Tips And Tricks

How To Turn Your Home Into An Impenetrable Fortress! Home Defense Tips

The possibility of danger lurks everywhere. You risk mugging, robberies (or even worse) not only in the streets, but even in the safe haven that is your home. But better than taking self defense lessons is to take all the necessary precautions to turn your own home into a safe zone. I’ll walk you through some tips and tricks that will drastically reduce the danger factor and will really let you sleep peacefully at night.

1. Home Surveillance System is the first thing to really look into! You can get one based on a single camera, which you can place at your front door or pretty much anywhere else you want. The bigger the system, the more cameras, the better! It gives a better overall look on a perimeter that’s being monitored. But before going wild, shopping for such a complex system, read the price catalog carefully. They can be quite costly. And the more cameras you have, the higher the costs. A good camera to investigate is the NeatGear Vuezone. It’s an entry level camera, but it’s very versatile. It has good picture quality, good battery autonomy (since it’s wireless) and it’s not very expensive either.

NeatGear Vuezone wireless security cameraNeatGear Vuezone wireless security camera

I went for the Nest Cam system with 3 cameras, which is the #1 Amazon best seller in remote home security monitoring. It has some great features – for example you can set it to send a text message when someone walks up the garden path, you can look into the app to view the zone real time and even talk back to the person who has arrived. Great stuff. Nest also provides video backup in the cloud for a low monthly rate and you don’t have to scroll through “days of nothing” because it will show you the exact times that motion was detected. It also has night vision.

2. Get An alarm System! For your piece of mind there’s quite a range of home security systems to choose from. If you’re planning to spare no expense, you can get an alarm system that comes with professional monitoring system and a large pack of various service options. One of the best on the market are FrontPoint Security, which have a great variety of products to meet any demand. Their alarms are user-friendly and very efficient. They have various motion detection sensors that you can randomly place around the house and are easily activated or deactivated with a personal numeric code from the main console.

FrontPoint Security system FrontPoint Security system

3. Install motion sensors! These sensors are best placed near every possible entrance of the house, be it door or window. Once they detect movement (most probably caused by breaking an entry), they turn the lights on, either scarring the perpetrators or alerting you at least. RAB Lighting offers a vast range of such products, available to any budget.

4. Secure your doors with kick-resistant plating! No matter the quality of the locks you have installed, a doorframe will eventually give in if it’s kicked or hit hard enough. The door reinforcement plates from provider like Rebar Door Security will most likely stop even the hardest attempts to breaking an entry by sheer force. These systems are very reliable and are available to everybody. There are similar door jamb reinforcement kits on Amazon.

If you really want to sleep well at night you should also check out this Bulletproof Home mind-opening presentation.

5. Secure your sliding doors! In most cases these types of doors have proven to be the easiest access point for those who are trying to break into homes. The sliding system make them accessible to perpetrators, being very easily manipulated and opened. The security bar offered by Master Lock 265 Security Bar adds to the resilience of sliding doors, making them resistant to any sort of attempt to open them by force. The system is universal, working fine on normal doors too.

6. Get a deadbolt lock! Such a device makes the door inaccessible to everybody who doesn’t hold the key. A door fitted with this type of lock is safer, as the door knob cannot be turned without sticking the key in first. Having a quality deadbolt lock installed on a fortified door makes the job much more difficult for even the most ambitious burglar or thief! Medeco Maxum is currently the #1 Rated deadbolt on the market.

7. Get a guard dog! Man’s best friend can be very useful to guarding and protecting your home. You don’t have to be a dog person to agree on the fact that a vigilant dog can sound the alarm or fight of intruders by themselves. There are many specialized companies that train and sell various dog breeds for personal and home protection. Canine Protection International is probably one of the best (if not THE) best out there.

8. Leave the lights always on! If you can get used to always having the lights on in the house, know that this would be a very efficient burglar repelling method. Seeing the lights on it would make someone that’s set on breaking an entry think twice, as he faces the possibility of someone in the house being up and active. And if this doesn’t stop the perpetrator, at least you have full visibility of everything that’s going on around.

9. Make your very own safe room! The best way of achieving this is to include a safe room into the schematics of your future home. If it’s too late for that, Creative Home Engineering offers various solutions to those in need. They can fit and reinforce any mostly any room, making it safe and secure. If not, you have to choose the safest and most solid room of the house to act as protection in case you find yourself victim of intrusion. This room best be accessible to you at all times, so you don’t waste much time to reach it in case of danger.

Check out this article >>> How to Create a Panic Room in Your Home

Take all the necessary precautions and keep yourself and your family safe. It’s better to prepare and prevent than repair and repent!

Tips On How To Fortify And Prep Your Home Or Apartment

Tips On How To Fortify And Prep Your Home Or Apartment

There are potential scenarios where your home will become your survival shelter or safe haven. And therefore, it makes sense to minimize as much vulnerability in your home as possible. You’ll also want to get setup so that you won’t have to leave your safe-haven when it’s not safe to do so.

Too many homes are vulnerable to intrusion as a result of weak doors, locks and door jams. Even flying debris from hurricanes and tornadoes can penetrate poor quality doors and pose a threat to people inside the areas behind such doors.

fortify home - keyAnother way to increase home security is to install upgraded solid core doors using solid wood (2 inches thick or more) or steel doors on all external doors. The door jams should be upgraded to include latching faces that are screwed into the framing behind the door trim on the door frame (these screws should be several inches long, and the same for hinges). If you go to the trouble to install a high quality solid door, then you’ll want to also include high-security locks, which can be purchased from any locksmith. Commercial grade door locks provide an additional level of home security with locks that are more difficult to ‘pick’, and as a result of added pins in the lock cylinder, and it’s far more difficult to use a ‘bump’ key to pick a lock like this.

fortify home - board lock

Commercial and home-made door barricades are extremely effective in securing doors and stopping intruders. During and after disasters, there are instances where looters may try to take advantage of the chaos to enter homes and businesses. A solid barricade will protect doors that may not be monitored or used frequently, as well as primary entry doors.

fortify home - broken windowWindows are very vulnerable to many hazards including flying debris during hurricanes and tornadoes as well as would-be looters who attempt to gain enter by breaking a window. One relatively easy fix is to re-glaze key windows with polycarbonate plastic. This is the same kind of plastic that is used in many banks to protect tellers.

Many companies make hard-faced architectural polycarbonate sheet that is available in various thicknesses. Half-inch thick polycarbonate plastic is very tough stuff and in addition to stopping flying storm debris, it will stop many small caliber pistol rounds, and one-inch material will stop some rifle rounds.

Water:

In addition to all the other things (food, first aid, communications, etc) you’ll want to have stored, water requires special consideration: Water is critical to life and too many of the conveniences that we all enjoy related to personal hygiene.

Conventional toilets need water to flush and during/after many disasters there may be no water pressure; this means the toilet cistern will not refill once you flush that toilet. Instead of using that water for only one flush, it may be put to better use by boiling and drinking it (most toilet tanks [not the bowl!!] are relatively clean). And when water is in short supply, the last thing you want to be using it for is flushing a toilet.

So if we cannot use a flushing toilet how do we handle human waste if we cannot go outside? Portable toilets may be just ‘OK’ for some very short-term situations at best. And what comes out of most porta-potties is worse than what went in, so this poses a real disposal (and/or storage) problem.  Many people live in apartments and in tight neighborhoods so for these people the option of an outhouse is not available. Besides that, going outside your home or apartment to use the privy in some disaster scenarios may be dangerous. Of course if you live in a rural or country area, you could build yourself an effective outhouse now, before you need it. Here’s a DIY video on building a deluxe outhouse.

During or after any disaster, fresh water becomes a valuable commodity. One way you can improve your home as an effective safe haven is to have significant quantities of fresh water stored for use in emergencies. Storage tanks should be food grade plastic barrels/tanks or suitable metal alloys such as monel or 321 stainless steel. Iron and mild steel can be used, but extra filtration will be required to remove the iron oxide that will form in the tank over time. In a pinch, hot water heaters contain 20-80 gallons of fresh water which can also be used to drink.

Also, if you have a powerful suction pump, you can hook it up to a fresh water spigot inside your home or apartment and in many cases, you are able to pump out many gallons of water that is sitting static and otherwise inaccessible in water pipes when the pressure is gone (a loss of electricity in cities and towns results in the loss of water pressure). People who are lucky enough to live in a rural area and who have a well, can utilize a backup hand pump to deliver water from most wells (really deep wells can present problems when using a hand pump depending on the static water level in the well; make sure you have a good hand pump).

fortify home - porta pottySo what do you do if you cannot build an outhouse and a porta-potty is not your first choice? Thanks to recent developments in composting toilets you can install a composting toilet in any small indoor area, which can be used by a family of four people for many weeks before it needs to be serviced, which is a snap. These new toilets are virtually odor free (slight earthy smell from the peat moss inside) and are fairly affordable. These new technology toilets use sphagnum peat moss (available at most garden stores) as a base (it sits inside the toilet) which initiates the digestion (composting) of human waste material when it is introduced, turning it into essentially no-toxic, non-smelly fertilizer which can be subsequently used to support any plant-life.  Here is an example of a modern composting toilet which works well:  http://www.natureshead.net

These are just a few of the simple improvements that can be made to any home or apartment, which will increase your personal security and comfort during many common scenarios.

Cheers! Capt. Bill
Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM
http://www.WilliameSimpson.com
Twitter: @NauticalPrepper

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