Survival Skills Jump Start

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This step-by-step guide will help level up your preparedness to be ready for what is coming.  The content has been chunked into bite-sized, actionable pieces so you can do something right now to be more prepared. These are your opportunities to stand up and move forward towards preparedness with each step.

We are starting with Urban Survival Skills so that you can “build your basecamp” and be ready for the most likely survival situations.


Urban Survival Skills


Survival Skills - Medical

Many commercial medical kits are mostly just a box of Band-Aids when opened. There is nothing wrong with having one of these around the house as this is where most of us started out. However, the stuff in most of these inexpensive starter kits just cannot fix that many medical problems.
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Now, no matter what we do, some medical problems just are not going to be fixable. People die from falling off of buildings every year and sometimes, even if that building was a hospital, it would not make a difference. So, as a good place to start, ask yourself what would you be comfortable dealing with? Some folks cannot stand the sight of blood and I hate the sweetly acrid smell of vomit. Our guide on Building A Better Personal Medical Kit is a starting point that targets the common needs of stopping bleeding, preventing infection, patching up sprains and strains, handling cold/flu complications, as well as fever, blisters, splinters and minor burns. Our goal was to see how far the bar could be moved with just a little forethought and planning.

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With a little commitment to some training and more specialized equipment, additional issues become manageable. Learning the kinds of things that doctors take into consideration when picking the right antibiotic for a specific type of issue is the idea behind Survival Antibiotic Use which just adds another tool to your toolbox. Taking a course on advanced bleeding control or wilderness medicine will definitely move the bar down and increase what you can handle. Check out our Community Training Calendar to help find a class in your area.

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Building A Better Personal Medical Kit – Specific recommendations for what to put in your First Aid Kit, as well as a printable guide to help with planning.

Survival Antibiotic Use – How to choose the right antibiotic in an emergency situation, as well as some practical alternatives.


Survival Skills - Survival Kits

Personal Survival KitBuild a Discreet Personal Survival Kit – Learn how to quickly create a basic, portable, and inexpensive survival kit that can be quietly carried almost everywhere.


Survival Skills - Water

Water Storage for Emergencies – Although FEMA recommends one gallon per person per day, with a two week supply on hand, most Americans use between 100 and 200 gallons a day in non-emergencies, so water planning is critical.


Survival Food

Survival StoveChoosing a Survival Stove – The seven main survival stove types, based on the fuel they use, and then take a look at examples that represent the “best of” each of those groups.


Cooking On The Grill – How to use a portable grill to cook during an emergency, including some easy recipes that you can pull from the pantry.


Freeze Dried Meal Options – What you need to know about freeze-dried meals to set up an emergency food supply for your family. 


Survival Communications

Emergency File Backup – How to set up an emergency file backup plan with a two-layered approach, one copy of the data saved locally, and another copy of the most important files saved offsite.


Battery Backup For Smart Phones – What do you need to know about USB backup batteries and how do you keep one charged during a disaster.


emergency sanitation for survival

Sanitation in Emergency Situations – Learn to create an easy to use emergency sanitation kit that can be stored around the house or transported by vehicle.


survival firearms

Ammo BuyingAmmo Buying Basics – What You Need To Know – Buying ammo can be confusing. In order to make this a little easier, we are going to take a quick look at some of the current options and terminology to help you get a better understanding of what is on the shelf.


Building A 10/22 Survival RifleBuilding a 10/22 Into The Ultimate 22LR Survival Rifle – Building a 10/22 into the ultimate 22LR survival rifle takes some picking and choosing, with aftermarket parts available for basically every piece of the gun. But, this is also what makes building a 10/22 the perfect rifle to try your hand at gunsmithing on, since most tasks can be done with just a few common tools.


The Easy AR15 Build, Parts I – IV – We walk step-by-step through one of the easiest ways to assemble your own custom AR15 with just a handful of simple tools.


What To Look For When Buying a Suppressor – Knowing what to consider makes it easier to pick from among all the new technology and sometimes complicated options when buying a suppressor.


IAC Hawk 981R / 982 / 982T Disassembly – The Hawk shotgun is definitely one of the best home defense values on the market. Learn how to easily disassemble one for cleaning and upgrades.


Build Your Own Chamber Flags – Chamber flags are an easy way to make sure that a firearm is not loaded. They can be handmade in just a few minutes with a few simple items.


Fast & Easy Glock Magazine Cleaning and Maintenance – The big payoff is that you can literally feel the difference in how smooth a cleaned and dry-lubed follower runs inside a mag body compared to an unloved magazine.


wilderness survival skills


Ignition and Tinder Seven Cheap Ignition and Tinder Options For Fire Building – There are all kinds of creative ways to start a fire in an emergency situation. However, a little planning and preparation can save you from the stress of trying to conjure fire building sparks from a battery and a gum wrapper while shivering.


Fire Building – Learn The Teepee Fire LayTeepee Fire Lay Survival Skill – A big part of making it easy to start a warm fire lies in the proper arrangement of the wood. Packing the fuel too tightly limits airflow and suffocates the flames. Not enough fuel will cause the fire to die out prematurely. One of the easiest and most effective fire lays to add to your survival skills is the teepee style, but there are a few tricks that go into the build.


Find Fatwood - Survival SkillsThree Easy Tricks For How To Find Fatwood – Fatwood is the free firestarter that can be found almost anywhere there is a pine tree. One common question, though is how to find fatwood? It doesn’t matter if you call it fatwood, lightwood, heartwood, or some other regional variation. The magic behind this old woodsman’s trick lies in the lifecycle of the trees.


Make Char cloth How to Make Char Cloth, The Easy Way – Char cloth is a very traditional fire starter which, according to some, has been around since before the middle ages. It is commonly used as the tinder in spark based fire starting methods, such as with a ferro rod or flint and steel. This makes it an excellent way to ignite handfuls of dry grass, pine straw, or leaves when a lighter is not available.


Survival Skills -Tools

Folding KnifeA Folding Knife, Your Pocket Companion – Wanting a good knife in your pocket is nothing new. Archaeologists have found evidence that the earliest people not only had stone knives but also were working to improve them.  Quite surprisingly, the Romans had a multibladed folder. Today, a good knife is still one of the most useful tools that you can keep in your toolbox, or even better, in your pocket.


Flashlights Shining Some Light On Flashlights – You would be hard-pressed to find a house that doesn’t have at least one old flashlight stuffed away in a desk or kitchen drawer. Flashlights have come a long way over the last few years. On a good, modern LED flashlight dead bulbs are a thing of the past and they can run for days on the same set of batteries.


Paracord 550 Cord Survival Skills Build a Paracord Rope Kit – Paracord, also known as 550 cord, has earned a place alongside duct tape as a multipurpose item for repairs and more. This slim, green rope was originally used by the military to attach people to parachutes, so it is fairly strong and lightweight.  Our goal is to create a set of precut and ready to use lengths of rope that will save time and help avoid waste.

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