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Introduction to Survivalism

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May 30, 2013 in Preparedness


I have been studying the NWO since 1998 and survivalism since 2002. By no means do I claim to be an expert on either topic. The more I learn, the more I realize I have yet to learn. Point is, I’ve been around the block. While I agree we need to do all we can to fight the information war now, I believe we’d be foolish not to be prepared for the worst.

I can’t tell you how many well-meaning conspiracy “realists” I have met that think they can strap on a backpack, grab a gun and some camping equipment head out to the woods and think they are going to “survive” like in red Dawn when SHTF. I highly doubt most of them have more than a month or 2 at best, more likely it will just be a few weeks or days. It ain’t that easy, think about it. The Pilgrims knew the basics of living off the land, had the Native Americans not come in and saved their butts they wouldn’t have made it. Those were seasoned and hardened people from good stock, what chance do you really think the average person has? Step one to survival is realize you don’t know how to do half the stuff you think you know, especially if you have only seen it on TV.

Our survivalism tactics are a little different compared to what the average survivalist is preparing for. The average survivalist is preparing for an economic collapse, political instability, natural disasters or military invasion. While all these things are plausible they don’t take into effect what we already know is planned. That is martial law and FEMA camps. Now it is possible when SHTF and martial law is declared that the government will leave you alone if you have moved to some place in the sticks and run a self-sustaining homestead. If I could afford it, or my situation allowed, I’d do it. Thing is, we all know they’re probably aren’t going to sit there and let you just live your lifestyle outside government control for long before they start demanding you take a microchip, or start hunting us down for our religious or political beliefs. A homestead will probably only buy you time.

Rule 1: Confidentiality is a must. I refuse to talk in detail about my safety plans through email or over the phone and I highly suggest the same
Rule 2. If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else. You’re going to need to draw the line at some point or you will give yourself into a very difficult position. There is a place for giving and sharing, I’ll get to that later.
Rule 3. If you want to make it then being a “prepper” will only help you so much, you need to learn how to become a survivalist.

A Prepper in my eyes only really knows how to stockpile, they are lacking some foundational skills. What will they do when they eventually run out of supplies? What do you do if you have to flee? What if everything you have is stolen? First and foremost before you getting anything else in your head you need to learn what is commonly called primitive skills.

Primitive Skills
You would be shocked how much of this you can learn on line between youtube and simple google searches first. I will recommend a book that will cover some of the basics well called Tom Browns Field Guide to wilderness survival. Some of these things seem basic and sound simple but they are more complicated then you realize. Research, then go into the woods and field and practice. Basically I am giving you things to Google search below.
1. shelters to protect you from the elements, build the door facing east, at least1 foot at least of insulation materials, if you can find a trash bag or plastic liner to install underneath it will help keep moisture out. Do not keep your fire in the shelter, but you can heat it by bringing hot rocks into the shelter with some sort of stick contraption or a shovel.
2. fire from sticks, magnifying glass, or whatever you can find… and remember you need to be able to keep the fire going too, learning to get a spark doesn’t do “diddley squat” if you can’t get from point A to point B, if you aren’t fast enough and set up to move quickly you will not have much luck.
3. purify water by filtering, boiling, distilling, solar stilling, etc and know the benefits advantages/disadvantages to each.
4. Know how and where to set traps, basics of tracking, hunting gutting, how to make weapons
5. know how to preserve food through drying and smoking.
6. tool making, bows arrows, bowls, farming equipment hand drills knives, spears, rope/cordage etc.
7. navigation, learn how to tell north by starts and sun, learning how to forecast the weather naturally is helpful as well
8. foraging, know your wild and medicinal plants and what they are good for. Pick up a field guide at a bookstore or bookstore online I have Medicinal plants of North America by Jim Meuninck, make sure the pictures in the book are photographs and clear, I have some great books one for instance that had information on 800 plants in NJ, but the pictures are horrible so I only use it if I know what the plant is already. There is also a great website I have spent a lot of time studying. http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/ click the link for wild edibles under foraging on the left side of the site. They are not the best pictures so I google image all of them to be sure, and I spend time outside looking for those plants as well.
9. first aid
10. Farming skills
11. security, and self-defense
12. Know God and pray without ceasing. I find God speaks to me clearly when I am in his creation, in nature, my mind gets quite cloudy in everyday life, but I imagine not everyone is made the same way as I am.

Prepping is not useless, it is quite important but is secondary to knowing your primitive skills.
1. Seed saving… hugely a big deal especially with GMO seeds almost everywhere it is hard to find real heirloom variety that continue to produce good seeds that can be saved for the next year. I bought most of my seeds through seeds of change and other online resources but recently I found a company thanks to advertising on AJ’s show that will sell you a whole “seed vault”, enough for a 1 acre crisis garden and I have heard they tell you how to save the seeds and when and how to plant. I had to learn all that stuff the long way and every plant is different. Even different varieties of the same plant like tomatoes have different directions from each other FYI seeds keep longer in the back of the freezer:) Buy a seed vault http://www.mypatriotsupply.com/Articles.asp?ID=245&Click=20546&gclid=CL7B_7D8-7ACFYFo4Aod0CshKQ
2.Water storage… most people don’t think about storing water, but they say you need a gallon a person per day, I’d have at least 2 weeks stored up, more is better of course. Don’t just buy bottles water from the store. The cloudy plastic degrades over time. We save clear bottles from juice we buy at the grocery store. Make sure you fill them up past the lip so that there is zero air in them to keep bacteria from growing. It is also good to put a little bit of chlorine in them, but if it is too much it can make you very very sick. It’s only a couple drops worth and it has to be a specific kind I am not sure what kind as I use our tap water which already has chlorine in it. Iodine tablets work as well, but again it is all about proportion and chlorine is supposedly safer. It is emergency water so I am not as worried about the fluoride and stuff. For regular use I have a Big Berkey water Filter, if need be the thing can filter even pond water. I hear the Pro Pure is also a great choice but I do not have experience with it.
3. Food Dry goods… buy only by stuff you use or will use, by that I mean that you need to put your food on a rotation so that stuff just doesn’t’ go bad because you have it sitting on the shelf and if you don’t touch it for years it just goes bad. You need to eat stuff and replace periodically. We don’t buy all at once but we buy a few extra items every grocery trip to make it affordable there is also a company called E-foods direct. Their food has a shelf life of 25 years, all non-gmo… great quality food, not quite strict enough for our families current diet, but very good, they do have some processed flour and sugar, but they don’t use preservatives… worth checking out. I have also heard of wise food, bust they have too much junk in there for my tatstes. Learn how to dehydrate foods and can yourself! Also learn the primitive skills way while you’re at it, but when possible I would use a dehydrator and can.
4. Money A lot of people are predicting a complete economic collapse. there are a lot of different strategies as to where to put your money, but the best advice I think I have heard is don’t “keep all your eggs in one basket” have an emergency fund in the bank, the experts say at least 6 months of your pay worth(we don’t have that one though, for sure), have some cash locked up at home in case the banks are shut down. Have Gold and silver at home in case our dollar suffers from hyper inflation. Heirloom seeds, ammo and possibly alcohol are all good bartering items.
5. Potassium Iodide or Iodate anti-radiation pills in case of nuclear attack, pretty cheap now but hard to find when you need them. After japan had the earthquake a $20 bottle’s worth on e-bay went for $700 or $800 a pop because people were afraid the Fukishima blast stuff would get here. It is here, they just don’t tell you about it and it is messing with our food most of which is grown in California.
6. Electricity
Generators are a good thing, but I would ever invest in a gas one, especially if everyone is out of power then how on earth do you expect a gas station to be able to fill your tanks up with no power? They have Solar generators which sound like a great choice to me. If you can “roll” your electric they say your fridge only needs about 2 hours of power a day to keep cold.
7. Self-defense having a good relationship with your neighbors is important, motion detector lights, guard dog, security alarms, all a good thing, of course guns are good
8. Homesteading… If you can raise catfish in a barrel, make cheese and raise chickens that is awesome but how many have the time or money. While I think a self-sufficient lifestyle of the grid should be a goal for all of us eventually, that is further on down the list.

Other things to keep in-mind
1. Bug out bag this is a backpack filled with emergency stuff you might need if you have to “bug out” or leave immediately. I have a K-bar knife, a few other pocket knives, matches, razors, lighter, survival manual, edible plant guides, water container, iodide tablets(for water purification) potassium iodate for radiation, rope, a hand crank flashlight/radio, bible and probably another thing or two I am forgetting.
2. Keep your mouth shut I know I said it before but I will say it again. Don’t tell people your plans, or what you are doing, sort of like all those people on facebook who update their status to “we are on vacation” and return home to find their house robbed. Even the people you trust will start turning on you if they are desperate and need to feed their family.
3. Living situation
We plant to hold down the fort until God tells us otherwise. That means we are prepped and ready for ourselves. We also have prepped a little extra seeds, water ect. so that we can share with neighbors. You scratch their back and help them out when they need it then they earn your trust. You can teach them survival stuff as it goes and you can help defend each other if and when the time comes. If we ever have to leave for safety reasons and abandon the house we will be off the main roads (they say expect traffic to be tripled from rush hour in a major emergency, I think that is underestimating personally) I don’t plan to be with too many people as that is more mouths to feed and attracts more attention. More noise, bigger shelter, bigger fire, more resources needed. Figure out how to move and live undetected. Guns are good, but guns make noise, I would consider becoming proficient with a long bow and snares. Personally I don’t think you want to be too far out in the woods as we can scavenge from the trash and abandoned stuff of those who are still around. I wouldn’t dare be tempted to squat in an abandoned house though then you just become a target. Areas with more farms and less woods means more animals to hunt so would you rather be safe or would you rather to have food, hard question. I plan to have a few camps and to be ready to move in a moment’s notice if I have to.
4. it is good to sharpen your skills by studying with others. There are a few online prepping forums I have joined to get connected to other preppers http://www.survivalistboards.com/ http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/ The survivalists group I used to run on myspace was great. It had over 4,100 members, but obviously that is worthless now. Survivalists usually keep to themselves, but sometimes they like to meet together. Try to connect to some locals interested in self-sustaining stuff, homesteading, foraging or infowarring

Hope this is a good start for anyone who is seriously interested in survivalism. If you have any questions I’d be happy to help, send me a personal message.

I also have a youtube channel


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2 responses to Introduction to Survivalism

  1. A fantastic book for the survival part is “Extreme Survival” by Akkermans, Cook, Mattos, & Morrison. It is less than 10 dollars at Barnes and Noble, hard cover with loads of pictures for step by step ways of making or doing almost all of the things you listed in the survival section. It also has information on self defense, street skills, survival at sea, air, in war zones, and natural disasters.
    I have been trying to prep but have been moved 3 times in the last 9 months so it has not been easy. Just keep trying – and yes – knowing and speaking to God is your best chance at survival above all these things! Great post!

  2. FINALLY someone else is saying what I have been trying to say. GREAT post! I know that even on the run from NWO government goons in uniform under color of authority will make it their mission to hunt down every freedom loving Christian and arrest or kill!

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