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    Thanks for the positive comments but my comments are based on my personal location and situation. We live in the US midwest at 45 degrees north which means hard wood forests, low population density, neighbors are hunters and fishermen and help each other. Some provide a good percentage of their food and heat off the land. Plenty of dense national forest, lakes and rivers to provide food. But winters can be cold, -30f not unusual. So a lot of our survival plan is to stay where we are. Shelter in place. House is pretty much self sufficient with aux generator. At least 1 month worth of food and other supplies. 5 miles from a small town, surrounded by woods and farm fields. Oil lamps, fire wood for heat. All that said one thing to think on is where are you. Incinerator864 below ment...

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    Thanks for the positive comments but my comments are based on my personal location and situation. We live in the US midwest at 45 degrees north which means hard wood forests, low population density, neighbors are hunters and fishermen and help each other. Some provide a good percentage of their food and heat off the land. Plenty of dense national forest, lakes and rivers to provide food. But winters can be cold, -30f not unusual. So a lot of our survival plan is to stay where we are. Shelter in place. House is pretty much self sufficient with aux generator. At least 1 month worth of food and other supplies. 5 miles from a small town, surrounded by woods and farm fields. Oil lamps, fire wood for heat. All that said one thing to think on is where are you. Incinerator864 below mentions being on the Aussie coast and and his danger is brush fires. You have one of the best options. Learn to sail or handle a boat. Establish a friendship with sailors. Start crewing for them. Brush fires don't cross wide bodies of water. You will be safe a mile offshore. If there are islands then learn where they are and learn to fish and snorkle and spear fish. In the case of brush fires you are going to have a longer warning time. Your second danger, people. Again a longer warning time and a mile of ocean will keep you safe. A different subject, keep your eyes and ears open and your head on a swivel. Keep up to date on what is going on around you. Brush fires don't come up in 10 minutes, civil insurrection is the same. Things start out slow and come to a boil over time so if you are keeping yourself informed and watching what is going on in your community and surroundings you have the time. Don't be surprised and don't delay making the decision to leave. Don't end up in a bumper to bumper traffic jam. Consider if this is important to you and you are paranoid enough them move to some part of town where it is easier to get away. Living on the outskirts of a city gives you plenty of time to get out ahead of the mob. Civil insurrections don't start in the suburbs. As for firearms, Australia is a different situation, but I don't think that a diver with a spear gun is a problem and you get to eat. You might get tired of shrimp on the barbie but you will not starve. Also if you are on an off shore island your chances of having people problems is lower. Think about using pillow cases to carry a blanket, towel and spare clothes. Assuming the recent evacuations of Houston and Florida you will have some time to add to your bug out bag. Some small duffel bags with shoulder straps and you can carry a change of clothes. Does not matter if you pull a pair of dirty jeans from the wash, they are there if you need them. T-shirts and sweat shirts. Make sure you have plenty of socks. I may seem to be harping on feet but ask any infantryman how important it is to keep your feet dry and in good shape. One thing that I just thought of is a medical issue. I mentioned meds in a water proof plastic box. We keep all of our meds in a box like that all the time, we remove enough for one week in one of these day to day medical dispensers and if we bug out we grab the one box. Put a list of all meds for every one in the box. Make sure you have prescription copies for all non-OTC meds. All our meds are in one place to grab and go. Consider vitamins, 500mg of vit C daily prevents scurvy, a good multi-vitamin will keep you healthy. You are not going to be eating good or regularly. Be aware of what is happening around you.

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  • Disaster Preparedness Pack V3.14159265....

    I have worked, hunted fished and lived in the woods all my life and have military survival training. So just a few thoughts. Everyone in your group should carry a pocket knife. All should carry a belt knife, 6' for most and I carry a 10" solingen steel bowie knife that I can use to split firewood or other heavier tasks. Everyone should know how to sharpen and maintain their knives. Keep your gas tank full.!!!!!!!!Keep your meds in a water tight Rubbermaid or other brand plastic container that you can grab and run.Medicine bottles work good for carrying strike anywhere matches, put them in a zip lock bag and include several medicine bottles filled with cotton balls soaked in vasoline for a starter. Another medicine bottle with matches in your pocket. Go out in the woods some t...

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    I have worked, hunted fished and lived in the woods all my life and have military survival training. So just a few thoughts. Everyone in your group should carry a pocket knife. All should carry a belt knife, 6' for most and I carry a 10" solingen steel bowie knife that I can use to split firewood or other heavier tasks. Everyone should know how to sharpen and maintain their knives. Keep your gas tank full.!!!!!!!!Keep your meds in a water tight Rubbermaid or other brand plastic container that you can grab and run.Medicine bottles work good for carrying strike anywhere matches, put them in a zip lock bag and include several medicine bottles filled with cotton balls soaked in vasoline for a starter. Another medicine bottle with matches in your pocket. Go out in the woods some time and test eveyones skills using these tools. Learning on the go does not work. Get good leather boots with heavy cotton socks. Not light weight canvas 'hikers' or running shoes. If your feet get bad you are disabled. Water proof them with silicon spray. Wear them to break them in. Everyone should wear a military style web belt with a military friction buckle. They make a good tourniquet if needed and will hold up your pants. 6"-8" high tops will protect and support your ankles. I have divided up my survival gear. Some in pop up travel trailer that can be hooked to the pick up. Could live for months in there. Second level gear is in the pick up or can be loaded in it. With 6 man pop up tent could live for weeks. Third level or boogie bags ride behind the seat in the pickup. Everyone needs to know how to use all the tools, how to start a fire, set up the tent, set up the pop up camper, how to connect/disconnnect it. All this is predicated on some some warning time. 10 minutes loads the front of the pick up and some of the back end. 20 minutes loads the back of the pickup with camping gear, some food in coolers and hooks up the trailer with 20 gallons of clean water in the tank and 40 gallons of propane as well as. Don't forget a cuddle toy for kids. If you have to bug out it is going to be traumatic for them so make it an adventure and make sure they have a teddy bear or what ever and a small cuddle blanket. They need a bug out bag too, clothes and other things that they can carry. Add decks of cards, lots of games to pass time where ever you end up. Firearms: Forget it unless you are trained or willing to spend some time getting the training. A .22 rifle is the best hunter you can get, it will not take down large game but will keep your pot full of squirrels and rabbits. For self defence I like a .45 semi-auto. A hit will pretty much take out someone attacking you and if you miss, the report will stun them long enough for a second shot. Get trained in how to use any weapons you get. Learn how to disassemble and clean them. The main thing is that it is hard to shoot at someone with the intention of doing harm. Most police officers are unable to do it or have PTSD afterward so suggest that you get some combat training. Women are better at this if defending a mate or children.

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  • strumbly-player commented on amackay's instructable Junkyard Radio to Table Radio1 year ago
    Junkyard Radio to Table Radio

    Most newer cars and trucks have speakers in the doors and sedans have them under the back window deck. Cheap place to get speakers. Easy to pop out. If you widen the box and mount the speakers on the sides you can get stereo.

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