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4 Survival Skills Your Kids Should Know

As a responsible parent, you teach your children everything they need to know about getting along in modern society. You teach them your morals, your beliefs, you help them with their homework, and you guide them in their decisions.

If you were living in poorer circumstances (or earlier ones), you would also teach them how to survive without the comforts of technology. Those basic skills have largely fallen by the wayside, unfortunately, because there’s so little need for them in today’s world. But if things go bad and you’re not around, they’ll need to know how to cope without assistance. Here are four essential things to pass along.

Living off the Land
Any number of terrible scenarios could remove us from the luxury of the local supermarket. If such a case should arise, your kids need to know how they can live off the bounty that surrounds them. Teach your children the difference between edible plants and poisonous ones. Teach them how to hunt, fish, and find the edible animals that live in your area. Not only will these lessons prepare your child for the worst, they can serve as bonding opportunities that are often scarce in today’s “gotta check Facebook again” society.

How to Make a Fire
Historians say few discoveries pushed man forward into world domination more quickly than harnessing the power of fire. We don’t have as much use for fire today as we used to, but it will be an essential element in a world without electricity. Teach your kids how to make, respect, and use a fire with as few tools as possible. Teach them how to cook using an open fire as well. Fair warning, though: they may not want to go back to kitchen-prepared meals after this.

How to Find Water
Is there anything we take for granted like running water? The elemental building block of life, water is so ubiquitous and plentiful in America that we rarely give it a second thought. But if everything about modern life changed tomorrow, getting water would be a lot more important than getting the computers back up. Teach your kids how to find water in your area, how to determine whether or not it’s safe to drink, and how to filter and boil it properly.

How to Administer First Aid
Unlike the above three skills, it’s important to teach your kids how to administer first aid regardless of whether you are prepping for a worst-case-scenario. Until science gives us teleportation, paramedics will always be constrained by time. In that time, people can die from a variety of injuries and ailments if not treated immediately. Teach your kids how to stop bleeding, save someone from choking, and how to administer CPR. Sign up for classes if you’re not sure yourself.

The Staples: Foods That Stand the Test of Time

Because you can head to the grocery store anytime you like, you probably don’t put a lot of thought into buying foods that will last for weeks or even months. Most Americans shop with the idea that they will be back at the store within a week. But if you’re serious about building a survival storeroom, you’ll need to stock it with foods that won’t go bad in a few days. Thankfully, there are plenty of foods that fit the bill.

Wheat and Corn
Dry corn, hard red wheat, and buckwheat should be part of any serious storage strategy. Hard grains like the three aforementioned ones can not only be used to make an enormous variety of tasty recipes, but they can last for a decade if stored properly. Other ingredients that fit the bill include millet, durum wheat, spelt, and kamut. Most can be found in any reasonably-sized supermarket, but you may have to visit a health food store for others. Of course, you can find just about anything on the internet.

Oat Groats
Want to start living healthier right now? Try adding oat groats to your diet. These cereals are made from hull-less oats, and they provide the kind of fiber that can lower cholesterol and make you feel fuller longer. Of course, they also stay good for up to eight years, making them a perfect part of your prepper pantry. Other good options include quinoa, barley, and rye.

Coconut Oil
You’ll need a decent supply of oil for a number of reasons, and coconut oil is one of the best for any prepper. It has a shelf life of 2-4 years, depending on whether you opt for refined or unrefined, and it comes with plenty of health benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked. Among the proposed benefits are its antiviral, antimicrobial properties, which make it the perfect choice for boosting immunity.

Beans
Beans are so useful to the prepper that they should be considered an essential part of any good food storage pantry. Kept free of oxygen, many beans can stay good for up to 10 years. Focus your collection on pinto beans, lima beans, kidney beans, and lentils. Other good choices include garbanzo beans and blackeye peas. Beans are nutritionally dense, cheap, and easy to prepare, so stock up!

Pasta
Dry pasta can last a long time, though you don’t want to build your entire inventory out of it. It doesn’t provide much in the way of nutrition or protein, making it a poor choice if you’re focusing on getting a good bang for your buck. That said, it is tasty and it will fill you up, so it doesn’t hurt to have some around. Another option is white rice, which has a long shelf life when properly stored.

Odds and Ends
Stock up on flour, cornmeal, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, powdered milk, herbs, coffee, baking soda, honey, salt, sugar, and alcohol for a complete survivalist pantry. Not all of these have the extra-long shelf life of the other staples, but they will last a long time. They’re also good to keep around for short-term emergencies.

 

Unintentionally Inviting Burglars Into Your Home?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, burglary rates in the United States have been steadily trending downward, decreasing a remarkable 56 percent from 1994 to 2011. Even so, this leaves us with more than 27 victimizations per 1,000 households, and that means more than 2 million homes each year fall victim to a burglar. Many of these breaches are little more than crimes of opportunity, and experts say that up to a third of household burglaries fall into the category of preventable crime. In other words, people leave their doors wide open for crime to pay them a visit.

Could America Be Headed For A Civilization-Destroying Famine?

Though families committed to the survivalist movement do their best, no one can live their entire lives preparing for the worst. For most people, it is a nightmare of significant fancy to imagine that the grocery stores – now stocked to the roof with every type of food that a civilized society should ever want – could one day stand barren and empty. So far have we come from the days of early agriculture, we view food like any other commodity you buy at the store. Many of us have cabinets stocked with cans of old soup and boxes of forgotten experiments, there to collect dust until we decide it’s time to finally make those whole wheat apple muffins.

Don’t Fear the End: You’ll Probably Die Long Before It Gets Here

There’s a delicate line between being prepared and being paranoid. What you should be wary of, in particular, is spending all of your time, money, and effort on preparing for some distant event that may or may not ever happen while leaving yourself open to the everyday harms that are much more likely to fall in your lap.

Thinking the Unthinkable: 4 Frightening Visions of the Future

If we ever wake up one morning and find ourselves face to face with what survivalists call the SHTF scenario, it may be in a form we didn’t expect. You can spend all of your time building a bomb shelter or stockpiling weapons against vile marauders, but if doomsday comes out of famine or frost, they may not do you much good. That’s why it’s important to not only prepare for what you think you see coming, but for those things that you may not see around the corner. Here are five scary scenarios you should keep in the back of your mind when prepping.

Is There a Bridge Between Survivalists and Nons?

They call us “doomsday preppers,” with a condescending tone typically reserved for male feminists and pro wrestling fans. Hardline survivalists react to this skepticism by becoming even more firmly entrenched in echo-chamber communities where there is no scenario of the future too outlandish and no alternative website too lacking in credibility. As a responsible prepper, you should be open to criticism, skepticism, and you should continually question numbers and theories that are only reported by backwater bloggers. The mainstream media is a biased, commercially-driven cesspool, but that fact doesn’t make the cavedwellers on your favorite message board any more right about the future of gold.

Why You Should Be Growing Your Own Food

Following a grassroots petition, Subway has announced that it will stop using a chemical called Azodiacarbonamide in their sandwich bread. The fast-food chain, which has long traded on a reputation for providing a healthier alternative to McDonald’s, KFC, and the like, ran into some trouble when activists began pointing out their use of the chemical. Azodiacarbonamide is frequently used in rubber and synthetic leather products to increase their elasticity. It serves the same purpose in bread, acting as a dough conditioner for easier kneading.

Water Scarcity: Are You Prepared for Drought?

For most Americans, it’s difficult to think of water as a limited resource. Even if you live in an area where there are lawn-watering restrictions in the summer, the thought that you might turn on your tap one day only to be greeted by a puff of dust is unimaginable. While few of us would trade our security to gain a greater appreciation for the society we live in, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup plan in case everything goes belly-up one day. Take California, for instance. Residents there are dangerously close to feeling the ill effects of a major drought.