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We Are Starting To Find Out What Is Beneath The Thin Veneer Of Civilization That We Have All Been Taking For Granted

Unlike so many people around the world, those of us that live in the United States were fortunate enough to grow up in a relatively civilized society.  Unfortunately, we have turned our backs on the values that our forefathers handed down to us, and so now we are starting to find out what is beneath the thin veneer of civilization that we have all been taking for granted all these years.  Our society is absolutely teeming with predators, crime rates are soaring all over the nation, millions of Americans are afraid to leave their own homes, and hordes of drug addicts are literally pooping in the middle of our streets whenever they feel like it.

In some of our largest cities, highly organized groups of criminals are constantly invading homes.  Of course when these thieves encounter a homeowner that is actually armed it can result in a deadly confrontation

A homeowner shot and killed a home invasion suspect in Los Angeles early Saturday morning while a grandmother and toddler were in the house in the fifth such crime reported in the area in the space of 10 days.

Officers were called to a home in the Granada Hills section of the San Fernando Valley, north of Beverly Hills, around 5am on Saturday after someone reported a ‘hot prowl’ – a burglary where the homeowner is present.

‘The officers’ preliminary investigation determined that approximately three to four armed males in their 20s entered the home with the intent to burglarize the location,’ according to LAPD officials.

Once upon a time, Los Angeles was such a beautiful city.

But now it is covered from one end to the other in filth, trash and drug paraphernalia.

Of course much of this degradation is being fueled by drug addiction.

We are in the midst of the worst drug crisis in the entire history of our country, and many addicts have made theft a lifestyle in order to fund their addictions.

In addition to robbing homes, these addicts are constantly smashing into vehicles, and they are one of the biggest reasons why retail theft has soared to unprecedented heights

New York City has led the US with the sharpest increase in the number of reported shoplifting incidents since before the pandemic, according to a study.

The Big Apple saw a 64% increase in reported incidents of retail theft during the four-year period between mid-2019 and June of this year, while Los Angeles experienced a 61% surge in the same metric, according to the Council on Criminal Justice.

This is not what a civilized society looks like.

In Bellevue, Washington, so many vehicles are being stolen that the police are literally giving away steering wheel locks in a desperate attempt to bring auto theft down…

The Bellevue Police Department is giving away steering wheel locks Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bellevue Crossroads Substation.

“The effort comes as auto thefts have been on the rise in Bellevue and across the region,” said BPD.

BPD said Bellevue has had a 29% increase in car thefts in 2023 through October.

BPD has seen a 762% and 730% increase in theft of Kias and Hyundais.

I honestly do not understand why people still want to live in these big cities.

According to one recent survey, 40 percent of Americans are now “afraid to walk alone at night near their home”.

Millions of Americans live in a constant state of fear because our nation is absolutely teeming with predators and drug addicts.

During his recent debate with Gavin Newsom, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis pulled out the infamous “poop map” that shows reports of human feces on the streets of San Francisco…

During Thursday night’s debate between Gavin Newsom (D) and Ron DeSantis (R), the Florida governor busted out the San Francisco ‘poop map’ created by OpenTheBooks.

The map, created in 2019, plotted nearly 120,000 case reports of human feces on the streets of San Francisco between 2011 and 2019 using the city’s open records portal and 311 call information posted by city officials.

Well, now that map has been updated, and despite everything officials have tried reports of human feces in the streets have been coming in faster than ever

It’s been updated…

According to Adam Andrzejwski of OpenTheBooks, here it is in all it’s brown glory – only now it’s got an additional 125,506 cases in just three years – more than double the amount reported in the initial eight-year period.

This is our country now.

We live in a country where hordes of mindless drug addicts pull down their pants and defecate in the streets whenever they feel like it.

And thanks to the open border policies of our leaders in Washington, more drug dealers and more drug addicts are pouring across our borders with each passing day.

It is being reported that the foreign-born population in the U.S. has now reached a whopping 49.5 million people

The nation’s foreign-born population has hit an unprecedented 49.5 million, the largest ever recorded in American history, under President Joe Biden.

Analysis by Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) revealed that in October the foreign-born population reached almost 50 million, increasing by 4.5 million foreign-born residents since Biden took office in January 2021.

How do you think the drug cartels in Mexico make so much money?

They make millions upon millions of dollars by selling drugs to us.

And our leaders refuse to secure our borders year after year.

It is infuriating.

We are literally committing national suicide, and the stage is set for an epic eruption of societal unrest in our major cities which will be so bad that it shock the entire planet.

Decades of incredibly bad decisions have brought us to this point, but even at this late hour our leaders continue to make some of the stupidest decisions imaginable.

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Legacy Emergency Food Review: Putting It To The Ultimate Test

Today, I’ve got something really important to share…

My review one of the top freeze dried food brands on the market today:

Legacy Food Storage.

But does it live up to the hype? Is it worth an investment? How does it taste?

Today, I answer ALL these questions and more…

TOPICS IN THIS REVIEW…    ↓(click to jump)

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Pre-Dinner Expectations…

Dinner time was making me nervous.

I was trying to keep my expectations in check as the family gathered around the table.

No, the evening’s dish wasn’t hot dogs and baloney (I know the kids would eat that crap).

It was a menu I chose.

And one I wasn’t sure the kids would like.

No matter what the packaging tries to sell (with its professional “perfect” meal photos), freeze dried food can’t hold a candle to a home-cooked meal.

Yes, I’m aware that’s an unfair comparison.

To me, there’s nothing like a delicious homemade meal.

And freeze-dried food can’t compare, right? Maybe…

But, to be honest, “taste” shouldn’t be your main reason to buy freeze-dried survival food.

No, we invest for its:

  1. Convenient bulk calories
  2. Extreme longevity
  3. Secure packaging

Taste is more of an afterthought.

It’s a nice bonus.

It’s the cherry on top.

Because if you’re ever truly forced to eat lots of freeze-dried survival food, you’ll be so hungry an old shoe would taste amazing.

With survival food, taste matters only after other important aspects (packaging, calories, nutrition, price).

Because, in general, I’d rather store survival food that lasts a crazy long time but tastes bland.

I’d rather have survival food with all the essential nutrients your body needs.

But it tastes like unseasoned mush.

Why? Because if you’re facing starvation, even the worst-tasting food miraculously turns into a 5-star meal.

I don’t buy survival food to enjoy a meal.

I buy survival food to survive.

So why even perform a taste test with the family?

Why not just buy on price, nutrients, and calories – those are “more important” criteria, right?

Because if it does taste good today – it’ll taste amazing when I need it.

Again, the taste is not the primary reason for your purchase.

But it’s also nice to know exactly what you’re getting.

So for my family, the dinner taste test was a big part of our full Legacy Premium freeze-dried survival food review.

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Choosing Our Meals

A few days ago, we’d just received an Emergency Food Bucket from Legacy with eight meals in it.

For this review, we picked two freeze-dried meals out of eight choices:

Pasta Alfredo, Pasta Primavera, Enchilada (beans and rice), Stroganoff, Cheese and Broccoli Bake, Chili Mac, Cheese, and Broccoli Soup Mix, Classic Chili Mix

I laid them out and let my wife choose one, I choose the other.

She picked Stroganoff; I went with Pasta Alfredo.

Legacy’s Food Bucket

Now, before I move on to the meal packaging and the cooking, I want to take a minute to discuss the bucket.

Simply put, the food bucket is a very nice bonus.

It’s a 15-liter, white #5 plastic bucket with a handle.

It’s lightweight but robust—a great combination for stacking and protecting your food stockpile investment.

No complaints about the bucket; it’s a nice addition.

The bucket came with a security seal.

What I like about this is with survival food, you’re not planning to use it often.

So, you can leave this seal when you first store your food, and it’ll help keep the bucket free from rodents or pests.

Legacy Emergnecy Food Bucket Open

Just leave the seal on until you’re ready to use your survival food, even if that’s a decade from now.

The other nice feature is the handle.

This makes for super convenient hauling.

But I must ask myself – “How often do I plan on hauling my survival food around?”

The answer for me – is NEVER (if I can help it).

So, while the handle initially seems like an important feature, I’d prefer not to have to pay extra.

That’s just me.

The handle might be a big selling point for someone else.

If you’re bugging in, you’ll likely only use the handles two times in your life (once to store it and once to retrieve it).

However, if you’re bugging out by vehicle, the handle may come in handy.

If you’re practicing your escape plan, the handle is nice since you may use it a few times a year.

Legacy Survival Food Pouches

Legacy’s Food Pouches

Let’s talk about their meal pouches.

The front of each package has an image of several foods.

Each image is identical no matter the food that’s in the package.

It looks like they are showing macaroni and cheese, broccoli soup, chili, and Alfredo pasta.

For example:

The Stroganoff package does not have an image of the stroganoff you’re about to eat.

Not a deal-breaker, but worth noting.

The black, bold lettering denotes the actual meal inside in the upper right-hand corner.

You can’t miss it.

There’s also the net weight number in the lower left-hand corner and the 100% quality guaranteed emblem on the bottom left.

On the back, there’s the typical “Nutrition Facts” table, cooking directions, ingredient list, allergens, etc.

Fairly standard stuff.

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Shelf Life Guarantee?

One omission I noticed on the packaging was a shelf life statement.

Another food storage company I reviewed included a shelf life note on the package.

Now, Legacy has an “Up To 25 Year Shelf Life” image on their website.

A similar statement I’ve seen with most freeze-dried meal companies.Up To 25 Year Shelf Life

However, I’m always curious – if the food only lasts 1 year, does it still meets that “up to 25 years” requirement?

The key is the use of the words “up to.”

Technically, 1 year is in that “up to 25 years” range…

So basically, it sounds like a meaningless phrase that makes the buyers feel warm and fussy but doesn’t hold anyone accountable.

Again, this is not just Legacy Foods – nearly all the other companies use this same confusing verbiage.


Then I found the FAQ section on their site.

Here’s what they have to say about their foods longevity:

  • How long can Legacy’s Premium meals be stored?
  • When kept in optimum conditions as outlined above, freeze-dried food can be stored safely and securely for up to 25 years with no need for rotation.
  • What is the best way to store freeze-dried food?
  • Like any food storage, freeze-dried food is best preserved when stored in a cool, dark place that maintains a fairly consistent temperature.

Properly Store Your Survival Food

So basically, what they are saying is their freeze-dried food has the potential to last 25 years (maybe even longer).

But it is highly dependent on how YOU store it.

If you store it in a place that floods, harbors rodents, and is blazing hot in the summer, the food will go bad well before 25 years.

So make sure you know how to store your survival food to protect your investment for the long haul.

But in general, freeze-dried food tends to last a long time when stored properly.

Plus, the meal pouches look both solid and reliable.

It has a broad, tight seal all the way around the edges.

legacy pouch mylar seal

Also, the pouch material used is Mylar.

So as long as the seal stays intact, the air inside the pouch will be completely isolated from the air outside.

That’s the power of Mylar bags.

After opening the package, you must fish around the freeze-dried food to remove the oxygen absorber.

This square pouch attracts and absorbs oxygen.

So, when paired with air-isolating Mylar, the oxygen absorber eliminates nearly all the oxygen inside after the food is packaged.

Another method of removing oxygen from packing is to flush the oxygen out with another gas like nitrogen.

Based on their website, this is also a method they use as well.

Between the oxygen absorber and the nitrogen flush, you’re left with nearly no oxygen left in the sealed pouch.

The less oxygen, the better since oxygen is necessary to grow mold.

So, if you remove all the oxygen, you also eliminate the possibility of mold growth.

Obviously, desirable for long-term survival food storage.

oxygen absorber

Now, you do have to remove the oxygen absorbers before you cook your meal.

They’re not something you want to cook and accidentally eat.

You want to remove the oxygen absorber before you dump the meal into the boiling water.

Trust me; I learn this lesson the hard way.

In one of the meal pouches, I was struggling to find the absorber, so I thought maybe it was left out…

So, I dumped the meal into the boiling water, and there it was.

Then I had to carefully get the absorber out of the boiling hot water without getting scolded.

And then explained to my 3 ½-year-old daughter, this was a “Daddy only” job and that she should never mess with hot boiling water.


So next time, I’ll be dumping the food into a bowl first, then removing the oxygen absorber before adding it to the boiling water.

Lesson learned – don’t make the same mistake.

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Cooking Legacy Food

Cooking Freeze Dried Meals

By the way, cooking freeze-dried meals is in the running for the “easiest task in the world.”

  • Measure water and put it in a pot
  • Bring water to boil
  • Add meal
  • Whisk and reduce heat to medium
  • Wait for 12 – 15 minutes (stirring occasionally)
  • Remove from heat and wait for 3 – 5 minutes
  • Serve

It was so easy.

However, in an emergency, this easy task might become a bit more challenging (depending on the nature of the emergency).

If electricity and natural gas are unavailable (a real possibility), you won’t be cooking on your lovely kitchen stove.

Instead, you’ll have to find an alternative survival cooking method – like getting a portable stove.

It was so easy; I had my 3 ½ years old help me (she’s so proud of the ½).

Legacy Emergency Food Strogonoff & Pasta Alfredo

The Taste Test

My 10-month-old son started happily shoveling it in as fast as his little-uncoordinated hands allowed it.

10 month old

But to be honest, he’ll eat just about anything you put in front of him.

The real test was my 3 ½-year-old daughter – if she doesn’t like something, it’s game over.

With food, she can be picky and stubborn (she gets the picky from Mom, but the stubborn part – that’s all me).

So, I was pleasantly surprised by my daughter’s reaction to our survival food dinner:

“Hey, Dad, this is gooood!” Followed by her new favorite kid quote, “it’s yum yum yummy in my tum tum tummy.”3 year old

So, congratulations, Legacyyou passed with flying colors from the kids.

Now, the adults have a bit more to say.

Of the two meal options, my wife and I both agreed that the Stroganoff was the better-tasting.

The Pasta Alfredo was a little on the bland side for my tastes, and I used a fair amount of salt and pepper to give it some flavor.

The Stroganoff had more flavor than the Alfredo, and we both enjoyed it and even went back for seconds.

So while it wasn’t the best meal I’ve ever had, what’s important is it satisfied my family.

Everyone ate, got plenty of calories, and for survival food, that’s what matters.

Dog Licking Plate

Oh, and after dinner, Loui, our chocolate lab, didn’t hesitate to clean plates either, so he was also won over.

So far, so good with Legacy Premium Freeze Dried Foods.

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Price Comparison

The next review point may be the most important of them all – price.

They claim to be the “best value food storage company.”

Note: Comparing prices is not as straightforward as you might think. Some company’s like to focus on cost per serving, while others cost per lb.

There are occasionally seasonal sales, bulk discounts, etc.

It’s challenging, if not impossible, to determine the “absolute best price.”

But this doesn’t mean we can’t understand the value.

Here’s a helpful comparison table.

Using this table will give you a sense of the value you’re getting.

Legacy Emergency Food Storage Comparison Table

So as you can see, Legacy offers extreme value – especially on a per-calorie basis.

So how to proceed? I recommend you decide on your family’s survival food priorities. Figure out what’s most important to you.

  • Price?
  • Fillers?
  • Artificial Preservatives?
  • Hydrogenated Oils?
  • Free Shipping?
  • Shipping Timeline?
  • Customizable Orders?
  • Gluten-Free Package Options?
  • GMO?
  • MSG?
  • High-Quality Mylar Bags?
  • Shelf Life Guarantee?
  • Buckets or Storage Bins?
  • Made In the USA?

You need to look carefully at all these factors before buying.

Then once you’ve done that, choose the food storage company that meets all your top priorities.

 I believe you’ll be very happy with Legacy Food Storage as your freeze-dried food supplier.

Full disclosure – I have built my long-term survival food stockpile with a combination of Valley Food Storage, Mountain House, and Legacy Food Storage.

I think it’s smart to diversify across different manufacturers.
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  • Up to 25-year shelf life
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  • Voted the best tasting
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free options
  • Made in the USA

The most important thing is that you take action now.

If disaster strikes, you’ll be kicking yourself for not having bought some survival food kits.

It may be the best investment, but only if you do it right now.

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    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    There seems to be a never-ending list of gear and items that are required in an emergency situation. There are so many factors that are difficult to address due to the unknown.

    If you were to ask ten different survivalists for a list of their “Top” preparedness items, you’d probably get 10 different answers. And that’s perfectly OK! Every individual has a different location, climate, season, and experience level to deal with.

    However, food and water supplies certainly rank high on that list for all of us. This is why growing your own food from heirloom seeds is highly beneficial.

    Heirloom Seeds: Preparedness Plan Essentials

    When it comes to food, there are many valid methods that will work well during an emergency scenario. I have peers who prefer storing food utilizing canning and pickling techniques.

    There are others that choose to store freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. What we do have in common is that we all tend to keep our refrigerators and freezers well-stocked.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    This will let us ride out any emergency that lasts 5-7 days. But we are fully aware that if the crisis lasts longer than a week, we will have to dip into our food storage.

    Vital Nutrients

    During an extended emergency situation, I want to have access to fresh vegetables. I may have a good amount of calories in storage but I need to couple that stored food with fresh vitamins and minerals.

    This will go a long way in keeping both me and my family healthy and working at optimal levels. Our immune system will be taxed enough with all the added stress brought on by the emergency.

    Consuming as much nutrient rich food as we can, will keep us on track to accomplishing our mission.

    Many of us that are focussed on preparedness have fresh vegetables growing in our homes. We have outdoor gardens during the warmer months. I also utilize indoor planters that are growing vegetables and herbs all year round.

    In addition, I personally enjoy the taste of various sprouts and have a new jar, sprouting every week. They are highly nutritious and a good example of food that can be grown indoors at any time.

    Growing sprouts from seeds is an excellent way to keep your nutrition and food supply levels up, but what about growing other foods from seeds?

    Getting The Right Seeds

    When it comes to storing seeds for emergency preparedness, there is definitely no shortage of vendors. As with most things in the preparedness world… The more options, the more confusing that things tend to get.

    Growing food from seeds was a skill set that I was lacking in. Like most people, I tend to practice what I am really good at and forgo the things that I am ignorant in.

    Well, since I am always preaching for everyone to get out there and learn new skills- Let’s just say that it was time to diversify my knowledge by adding in some gardening techniques.

    As I began my research, I was really getting confused. At first, I learned that any of the seeds that were GMO (genetically modified) were not what I wanted to plant in my garden.

    Genetically modified seeds are unstable compared to what we will find in nature. That makes harvesting seeds from your initial crop virtually impossible. Plants grown from GMO seeds lack taste and offer inferior nutrition.

    On the flip side… Heirloom seeds are old-time varieties that are open-pollinated and handed down through multiple generations. So I knew that heirloom seeds were the way to go.

    The germination rate is another important factor that I was unaware of. It basically is a percentage of the seeds that are expected to grow from that specific batch.

    If I were to plant 10 seeds and 8 1/2 of the sprouted, the germination rate would be 85%. This is extremely important because if you have a low germination rate, you would have to store and plant many more seeds than you would need to with a better germination rate.

    In the meantime, we are wasting crucial supplies in the form of land, labor, water and even our preparedness budget.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Lastly, there was the pollination criteria. From the options that were available, open pollination was the preferred method for me.

    Open pollination is when pollination occurs via insects, birds, wind, humans, or other natural means making the plants more genetically diverse.

    This allows plants to slowly adapt to local growing environment and climate, maintaining their consistency year after year.

    Once I digested this information, I began gathering and storing the best seeds that I could get my hands on. More importantly, I began working my gardening skill set.

    Just like any other skill, the more practice that I put in, the better I will fare when I am called upon to use those skills. Getting food from seeds is not a simple process.

    I know that if I do not devote time to understanding the why’s and the how’s of gardening… I will just be another gear collector crossing items off the list as I throw them into a go bag.

    There is a plethora of valid information on growing food from seeds. A few clicks on the Google search engine and many credible sources come up in the results. As of right now, I am still in my “information gathering” stage but things have been going quite well.

    I have grown some tasty food and I am becoming aware of what it will take to replicate the process in an emergency situation.

    I realize that my current garden can easily be taken out by another Hurricane Sandy; It has happened before. I may also need to move out on foot and establish a garden in an extended-stay base camp.

    What I would like to do is to share a few of the reasons that I feel everyone focused on preparedness, should have heirloom seeds as part of their survival plan.

    So Let’s Dive Right In!

    They Can Feed Your Family For A Lifetime:

    The good thing about following the guidelines that I mentioned above is that you can gather seeds from the vegetables that you grow. In theory, you can gather a better harvest of seeds each year.

    The plants get used to your climate and soil (with a lot of work on our end) and all things being equal, provide a better harvest each year.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Please keep in mind that this requires skills developed through experience. But if our ancestors were able to do it, while virtually being cut off from society…

    It is a hell of a lot easier for us; With access to resources such as Google and YouTube. Practice your gardening skills now, while conditions are ideal. In an emergency scenario, the ideal is usually a four-letter word.

    Feed Your Whole Group:

    With the right amount soil, sun, and water, you can easily feed your whole family or group with less than half a pound of quality seeds in your kit or (seed bank). This will work well whether you are hunkering down with a home garden or if you have to be on the move searching for a more suitable location.


    Carrying extra weight that may not help your cause is always a downer, but when it comes to heirloom seeds… The weight is light and well worth it.

    Seeds will react differently depending on the season, climate and other conditions. Being able to carry a variety of seeds will go a long way in making sure that you are continually prepared.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    With an ample supply of seeds, you can do well in providing food for your family even if the germination rate is less than ideal. Once again, there are many unknowns in a SHTF situation, we need to continually be prepared for the worse case scenario.


    When it comes to purchasing quality heirloom seeds, even the best quality seeds are relatively inexpensive. Luckily, we are currently in a competitive market. To us, that means better pricing, but it also means that there is a lot of inferior product in the market.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    We need to do our research but also put the seeds to work. Only then will you truly know if your seeds are sustainable or just a false sense of security.

    Grow Indoors Or Out:

    As I mentioned earlier, being able to sprout from seeds gives you tasty and nutritious food. It takes less than a week to get your seeds to sprout. The best part is that you do not need soil, it doesn’t require much space and you can make it all happen indoors!

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Tomatoes are another plant that seems to work well indoors. There are plenty of other vegetable varieties that can be grown indoors as well as out. An outdoor garden is usually the best bet when it comes to getting the most out of your seeds.

    However, in an emergency scenario, the key to survival is having options. The fact that many varieties of seeds can be turned into food in both indoors and outdoors gardens makes, them a great addition to any preparedness kit.

    Clean Food Source:

    Plants are easily assimilated by our digestive system. In a survival situation, keeping stress to a minimum -including our digestive system- is imperative.

    The fact that our bodies can extract nutrition from plants, with minimal stress to our system, makes them an ideal food source for when SHTF.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Growing these plants from heirloom seeds that are non-gmo and not from hybrids, keeps the vitamins and minerals gained from these plants, at their highest values. Keep that in mind when choosing your seeds.

    Stores For A While:

    Many of the seeds that are meant for emergency preparedness are packaged for long-term storage. Some manufacturers package them in mylar bags while others opt for plastic containers, which are commonly referred to as seed banks.

    As long as the heirloom seeds remain in their packaging, kept away from heat, and remain dry, 5 years in storage is about average. You will certainly lose some of the germination rate each year so that needs to be factored into your plan

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    If you choose to collect your own seeds, the same principles apply. Keep them labeled, individually sealed and in a dry container. Store them in cooler temperatures and they will retain maximum value. Some people even opt to store their seeds in their freezer.

    It is always a good idea to keep rotating the seeds in your storage. As you practice your gardening, rotate the seeds in storage with fresh seeds of the same variety.

    Use For Bartering:

    Once you put in a bit of time and learn to collect seeds from your harvest, you basically have an endless supply of seeds. In an emergency scenario, these seeds will give you great bargaining power.

    Not everyone is going to put in the effort to become a good gardener. If you choose to master this skill, you will have an endless supply of viable currency.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Our paper money is going to have very little value when the SHTF. Developing skill sets, and having sought-after items to barter with, will keep you in good standing with others in your community.

    Bottom Line:

    When an emergency occurs, we need to have various food sources. Hunting, trapping, snaring and fishing are all options that we hope to have access to.

    But what we store is truly the only option that we can count on. Having various food storage options is a must but we also need to possess the ability to grow our own food.

    Heirloom Seeds: Are They Part Of Your Preparedness Plan?

    Having a good heirloom seed bank is something that everyone focused on preparedness should have. But possessing the skills to grow the seeds both indoors and out, in diverse climates, is something that we all need to add to our preparedness plan.

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    Best Survival Whistles: The Loudest Ones For Rescue & Safety

    Survival WhistlesToday I’ve got something very important to share…

    A Complete Guide On Survival Whistles & How To Use One In An Emergency

    Because a whistle is the smallest, lightest, and most inexpensive life saving tool.

    No question about it!

    Because when you’re cold, disorientation, thirsty and lost, the whistle gets help fast.

    It serves as a beacon for rescue and may prove to be your ultimate salvation!

    But with so many options today…

    How do you know which is best?

    Today I’ll give you definite answers (plus so much more):

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    Best Survival Whistles For Sale Today

    The free market has seized upon the need for whistles.

    Today you can find everything from ordinary whistles, to super-tech rescue howlers.

    Finding the right one can be an overwhelming.

    But that’s what this article is for.

    Here is a list of some of the best rescue whistles on the market, and what makes them worth a look:

    1. Our Top Recommendation

    SE 7-IN-1 Green Whistle

    The 7-in-1 Whistle is a high-tech whistle that comes with a LED flashlight and a compass (as the name implies). It also includes the following:

    • signaling mirror
    • waterproof storage compartment
    • thermometer
    • magnifying glass
    • 16” lanyard

    This device is helpful in any survival situation.

    The main drawback to this whistle is its color. Instead of neon-orange (which makes it easy to spot), this one’s green. This color tends to blend into nature’s surroundings.

    This may be a Pro if you are not interested in rescue but evasion.

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    Emergency Zone 5 in 1 Whistle

    The Emergency Zone 5 in 1 is similar in form to most common whistles. It’s simple and effective.

    Not only do you get a loud whistle, but you also get a waterproof container. A container for stashing your matches, fishing line, hooks, and other small survival tools. You also get a small compass and a signal mirror.

    The bright orange color of the tube makes this whistle easy to spot in a chaotic scene. The entire whistle floats in case you drop it in water.

    It comes with a lanyard that can also be used in an emergency. And it includes both matches and flint inside.

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    The HyperWhistle142db claims to be the world’s loudest whistle, capable of producing a sound of up to 142 decibels.

    It’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who love hiking, camping, and boating, etc. And it’s a wise tool for emergency situations where a loud whistle can help attract attention and signal for help.

    The HyperWhistle142db is made from high-impact ABS plastic and is waterproof and durable. It’s also easy to use, with a pealess design that produces a loud, clear sound without requiring any specific blowing technique.

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    Michael Josh Outdoor Rescue Whistles

    Michael Josh Outdoor Whistles are made of durable and lightweight aluminum alloy and feature a loud and clear sound that can be heard from a distance.

    The product also includes a keychain for easy carrying with a fashionable lanyard.

    Overall, customer reviews of this product are positive, with many users praising the loud and effective sound of the whistle. Some users have also noted that the product is small and lightweight, making it convenient to carry on outdoor excursions or attach to a keychain for everyday use.

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    The Dantoel Titanium Rescue Whistle

    The Dantoel Titanium Resuce Whistle is made out of Polished TC4 Titanium Alloy. This means it’s completely waterproof, anti-corrosive, and non-toxic.

    The pea-less design allows the whistle to work in all conditions, delivering an instant sound without being distorted by water, dirt, saliva or ice, etc.

    This little whistle is still super loud at up to 120 decibels, which can easily attract others’ attention from a long distance.

    The sleek, compact, and lightweight design makes the whistle your perfect EDC partner. It can be attached to a keychain, necklace, lanyard, accessories or your backpack.

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    Atomic Bear Bracelet (2 Pack)

    Some of the better paracord bracelets include a whistle.

    I honestly can’t think of a better way to carry a survival whistle than having it as a part of your paracord bracelet.

    Why? Because paracord is so useful for survival and then combining it with an emergency whistle is smart.

    I don’t wear my paracord bracelet to show off. I wear it because it has a paracord, a firestarter, and a whistle. If you wear it every day, you’ll never be without a whistle in an emergency.

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    What Is A “Survival” Whistle Anyway?

    Most of us have been playing with whistles since we were kids.

    Strutting about blasting high-pitched squeals that annoyed our parents to no end.

    But when you stop to think about it, the whistle is an incredible invention.

    It’s a small handheld device that turns your exhale into a high-pitched, piercing screech.

    • It doesn’t scream words.
    • It doesn’t emit flashing lights.
    • It doesn’t send out radio signals.

    But if you’re hiking and you hear a loud whistle, you know what’s going on.

    Someone’s in trouble and need your help.

    That’s why whistles are a prime example of non-verbal communication.

    Owning a good whistle is important.

    Many outdoor backpacks include a safety whistle built into the buckle clips.

    So even if you forget to pack your whistle, you can still have one at all times.

    Whether you’re in the woods, the mountains, at sea, or in a city.

    But these small built-in buckle whistles are cheap.

    They’re not 100% reliable, and not the loudest option available.

    So even if your backpack has one built-in, I still recommend investing in a rescue whistle.

    Then stash it inside your pack or add one to your keychain.

    How Whistles Save Lives

    Who knows how many lives have been lost because the victim had no way of signaling for help?

    Too many.

    According to statistics, on average there are 650,000 people reported missing in the USA each year.

    Now, obviously, not all these missing person reports are hikers lost in the woods…

    But many of them are.

    Fortunately, there’s a simple way to reduce the number of unnecessary missing persons.

    Invest in a loud whistle and put it on your keychain.

    Hell, buy ten rescue whistles and put one inside each of your backpacks.

    And anywhere else you think where they might come in handy.

    And these loud distress signals aren’t just useful for backpackers.

    They’re for:

    • Hunters
    • Backcountry Skiers
    • Sailors
    • Camping Hiking
    • Mountain Bikers
    • Climbers
    • Etc.

    They are essential for anyone who ventures into the wilderness.

    Even those who live in rough parts of town can benefit from having a loud whistle.

    Whistles scare away thieves, pickpockets, kidnappers, and criminals.

    ↓ Your Easy Guide to Emergency Whistles

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    The Many Whistle Uses

    To illustrate how useful whistles can be, here’s a short list of ways a whistle can come in handy:

    • Directing a hunting dog.
    • Getting the attention of a large crowd.
    • Signaling drill squads.
    • Lost in the woods when things are scary, cold, and lonely.
    • Stranded on a lifeboat at sea and you see a large boat in the distance.
    • Injured in the wilderness, cannot escape without help but no one is with you.
    • You shot your friend while out hunting. You need to stay and tend to him while signaling for help.
    • While out rock climbing, you get stuck in a storm and are unable to get off the cliff wall.
    • You’re cornered in a dark alleyway by a bunch of creeps.
    • Someone pulls a knife on you and demands your wallet.
    • Your dog is lost.
    • You’re a child being kidnapped.
    • Directing traffic in an emergency.
    • Refereeing a sporting event.

    The applications are endless!

    And the best part is they’re lightweight, inexpensive, small, and packable.

    You don’t have to break the bank and don’t have to break your back either. 

    They only weigh a few ounces.

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    Bullet Survival Whistle

    How To Make A Bullet Whistle

    Making your own whistle in an emergency is not ideal…

    But it can be done.

    Try not to count on your ability to do so in an emergency.

    It’s always better to prepare first and improvise second.

    If you get a whistle and add it to your pack, you won’t have to worry about improvisation.

    You reach into your bag, grab your whistle and start blasting away.

    Also, if you’re robbed at knifepoint, making an emergency whistle isn’t going to work either.

    But you can’t always expect 100% preparation in every conceivable situation.

    So, for this reason, here’s a quick guide to creating your own improvised whistle:

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    1. Find a Bullet Casing

    Bullet casings are the best material to use for this project.

    Long-range rifle calibers are the shape you’re looking for.

    Remember the “aluminum alloy whistle” from the previous section?

    You want to find a casing shaped like that. Long and slender, like that of a .223.

    Bullet casings are the best option because their shape is already similar to a whistle.

    Other items would take more machining to get the shape right.

    So to complete this guide we’ll assume you have a .223 casing.

    2. Shave Down the Casing

    You need the casing to be one single diameter without a neck.

    So you’ll need to take the casing and shave the neck off with a rock or file.

    This takes a bit of elbow grease and time but it’s definitely doable with persistence.

    3. File a Notch

    Next, you need to utilize a 90-degree rough edge (rock, concrete, or file) to create the desired cut-out shape.

    If you need a reference on what it should look like, take another look at these aluminum alloy whistles or watch the video below.

    4. Find a Stick That Fits Tight

    In order to create the whistle sound from a bullet casing, you need to insert a stick into the open end.

    You need the stick to be snug enough to hold in place.

    5. Shave The Top Of The Stick Down

    Finally, remove the stick from the whistle, then shave a little bit off the top.

    This will allow high-velocity air to funnel through and hit the cut-out hole.

    This process creates the high-pitched whistle you desire.

    This option is NOT to be relied on in an emergency.

    It’s more of a fun project before you’re in dire straits.

    If you can’t find a .223 and .22 casing laying around, try using a ballpoint pen cap or a small tube of scrap metal.

    Anything that can create a sharp, shrill, piercing sound when blown into will work.

    The device matters less than the product: a loud shrill noise.

    It doesn’t matter what you use to get rescued, as long as you do.

    Improvisation is an important survival skill and one you should practice often.

    Because rarely do events work out according to your original plan.

    No plan survives first contact so being able to think adaptively and react accordingly is essential.

    Always (always) make the most out of the resources available to you.

    The Final Word

    Whistling has been an important survival skill for thousands of years.

    Of course, back in the day, people used their lips and their hands to do it.

    But today, whistles have been refined into a better survival tool.

    They are the perfect way to signal for help when you’re stuck in an emergency.

    No doubt, whistles have saved countless lives over the years.

    They are cheap, effective, and reliable.

    They’re an essential survival tool.

    An essential piece to anyone’s bug out bag.

    So if you take survival seriously (and if you’re reading this, then you do) you must own at least one.

    Don’t get caught without one in a situation where attention could have saved your life.

    Because that’s the kind of situation that ends badly.

    Save your future self and keep an emergency whistle on you at all times.

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    Airport Go Bag | 10 Must-Have Items For The Prepared Traveler

    With these 10 must-have items for your airport go bag, you’ll be safe and ready during air travel.

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    Build an Airport Go Bag With These Essentials

    Airport security can deter you from bringing along adequate prepper supplies, but having an airport go-bag or airport survival kit can save you. Your wallet can take a sizeable hit, you can miss your flight, or you can have your trip categorically ruined if you get detained just because of a piece of gear you unwittingly packed inside your bag.

    Traveling by air has gotten a lot more complicated than it used to be. Not only are the counter and security lines getting longer and slower, but also the available choices for travel gear seem to diminish with each passing day.

    Considering all the scrutiny continuously being added to the airport, it’s best to be sure and plan what exactly you should take with you in your travel bag. With that in mind and these 10 must-have items for your airport go-bag, you’ll be ready and safe during your travels.

    1. Your Airport Go Bag Backpack, of course!

    I recommend using backpacks or rucks with good staging areas for each piece of your gear.


    I suggest it to be:

    • A more compartmentalized gear so it will be easier for you to get something you need.
    • Light so it is easy and convenient to carry around.
    • Spacious to have a room in your travel go-bag for your comforts. Find out what additional gear you will need an account for when choosing a pack.

    2. A Water Purifier

    These foreign places may not be foreign to us in a regular sense but they are certainly foreign to our digestive systems.


    Having a water purifier is not just for emergency situations but it is certainly handy to have in your go-bag for your everyday traveling needs.

    3. A Tactical Flashlight

    Having a good tactical flashlight gives me a bit more confidence in my readiness while traveling. So, I practice often with my tactical flashlights.

    With the proper training, you have one heck of a self-defense tool that can save your life!

    4. Some Backpack Body Armor

    Look no further than recent events for validation of body armor’s importance. Get the best you can afford and be careful with all the knock-offs available.


    The last thing we want from our preparedness effort is a false sense of security.

    5. A Tactical Pen

    You can cause ten times the damage than an ordinary pen if you plan on utilizing a real tactical pen for self-defense. It looks like a black pen and nothing more.


    I can carry it in my pocket and just about anywhere, no one looks at it twice.

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    6. Some Paracord

    Serious survivalists never underestimate the value of basic cordage. Paracord is light and packs easily.


    Most of us have paracord bracelets, belts, and other gadgets made from paracord. Having a few feet of extra cordage in your travel bag is always a good idea.

    7. Small Dry Bag(s)

    I keep a small dry bag in my travel go-bag because of this, along with some incidentals and tech gadgets in it.


    Anything can happen while traveling so it is a smart idea to protect your sensitive gear from the elements which may render them unserviceable.

    8. A Spork

    Yes, a spork. Those I use are made of titanium, making them lightweight as well as hypoallergenic. Your immune system gets taxed enough while you travel.


    Any additional germs picked up from utensils left out in the open, countless fingers rummaging through them and you can see why a spork is a good piece of gear to have with you.

    9. Electrical Tape

    You know what they say about duct tape – it fixes anything. In our case, it repairs gear and builds temporary structures to make use of.


    To avoid confiscation and being questioned in an international airport, you can use electrical tape. It has similar applications to what the duct tape offers and a smaller profile.

    10. Ferro Rod

    Everyone is aware matches and lighters are illegal on a plane. So in lieu of this, we carry a small Ferro rod.

    It is incredibly lightweight and blends well with the pack. I use various Ferro rod necklaces and like to show them as a necklace to whoever is inspecting my travel bag.

    Check out the full tutorial video on the items you should place in your airport go-bag by Coach Helder below:

    I keep other items in my travel bug out bag I consider a staple. But I’m continually testing and reviewing gear. When I find an item that works better for me, my skill sets, and the situation at hand, I upgrade my travel go-bag accordingly.

    Also, having cool gear is awesome but there is a caveat: you need to know how to use it and how to use it well! Get familiar with every piece of your gear in your go-bag and you’ll be good to go.

    Do you have additional insights or suggestions you’d like to share? Please feel free to leave a comment on the comments section below!

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    Paracord: Everything You’ll Ever Need To Know

    Never leave paracord out of your survival and emergency gear list. Find out why and how here!

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    All About Paracords: A Prepper’s Best Survival Tool

    What Is Paracord, Anyway?

    Paracords are a lightweight nylon rope initially used to suspend lines during WWII. The smooth texture of the rope is ideal for multiple uses due to its lightweight and elastic nature.

    Paracords are also a prepper’s best friend. Also called a parachute cord, it is strong, versatile, inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to carry.

    Hikers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts sometimes use “survival bracelets” made of several feet of the rope which are woven into a compact and wearable form. Such bracelets are meant to unravel so when you need a rope for whatever purpose, you got it.

    These uses include securing cargo, lashing together poles, fixing broken straps or belts, assisting with water rescues, controlling bleeding with a tourniquet, etc.

    You can also use the inner part of the rope in survival situations such as fishing wire or as a heavy-duty rope. In addition to purely utility functions, paracords also make good and practical fashion accessories.

    Everyday Paracord Uses

    The uses for 550 paracords are virtually endless. From clothing to furniture to tools and self-defense, there’s a project to fill just about any survival need you can imagine.

    It comes in so many colors, we can’t possibly name them all. There is also an infinite number of cool projects you can make from this nifty, strong survival cord.

    Due to its super practical applications and versatility, paracord is one of our favorite items to keep in our survival gear.

    • You’re out camping and you realize you didn’t bring any of the tools needed to set up your tent…
    • Your car breaks down and you need to tow it, but don’t have any rope or chain…
    • Someone in your party breaks a limb and you need to make a splint…
    • You’re on a fishing trip and realize you forgot a stringer…

    All these situations and more can be a great opportunity to use paracord. It is known for its flexibility and durability, making it an ideal survival tool for any situation or terrain.

    Once you realize how many uses this material has, you won’t want to leave home without it.

    Click here for our list of 80 Uses for Paracord, and check out the video below for a more thorough rundown of what it is, how it works, and what it can be used for:

    The History of 550 Paracord Strength

    The term paracord comes from the cord used on soldiers’ parachutes in WWII. The term 550 simply means that it has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, giving it the name of 550 paracords, or 550 cord.

    When soldiers landed in the battlefields, they would cut the cord off their parachutes and pack it up for later use. This particular cord would come in handy for soldiers during battle.


    Whether it was used to strap gear to humvees, build shelters, or as sewing string, the cord could be used in endless ways. Learn more about the history of 550 cord here.

    So what is the big deal with Paracord? What makes it different than regular nylon rope? You can’t read about survival lately without reading about paracords and projects using them.

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    Survival Paracord Bracelet

    A paracord survival bracelet is a great tool for any prepper to have around. We have seen more cool survival bracelets than we can think of, and it is difficult to say which one is the best to have around.

    We just prefer to keep an assortment on hand. You can make or buy a paracord bracelet with a fire starter buckle, add a custom emblem (like survival straps).

    Add decorative items to your bracelets like shotgun shells, a compass, and many other useful items. You can even add a watch face to your bracelet and make it into a watch band.

    Keeping your emergency survival bracelet around your wrist and ready to quickly deploy in the case of an emergency situation is a simple way of being prepared no matter where you are.

    How to Make a Paracord Bracelet

    There are tons of different ways to make a survival bracelet out of paracord. Here are some of our favorite tutorials.


    Check them out and try making your own survival bracelet.

    Favorite Paracord Projects

    1. How to Make Paracord Survival Bracelets | 16 Cool Projects

    With all the different types of paracord bracelets on this list, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. We think you will find several paracord projects you love.


    This goes way beyond personalizing your bracelet with colors. We have 16 options that not only look different but serve different purposes. Check out the different paracord bracelet weaves and pick one that works best for you.

    2. How to Make a Paracord Bracelet

    Ever wonder how to make paracord bracelets? Here is a list of different paracord bracelet projects for you to make at home.


    All you need are a few simple supplies and you will be making paracord bracelets for your friends and family. Not to mention your personal outdoor use.

    There are many different weaves, patterns, and knots you can try when braiding the bracelets.

    3. How to Make a Paracord Watch Band

    Looking for a cool paracord project? This watch band project met my requirements.

    I love my Paracord watchband because it serves a dual purpose. I like knowing I have a durable timekeeping accessory and also like knowing paracord can be a lifesaver in a crisis.


    This is a super rugged and stylish watchband, and also a bit unique. In this project, I use two colors of paracord to create my watch band. (You can also follow these same steps to make a bracelet with a side release buckle.)

    4. Easy Paracord Vapor Pen Lanyard

    Vapor Pens are all the rage these days, but they can be awfully expensive. If you’re prone to being forgetful or clumsy, this Vapor Pen lanyard will keep your loving chemical brother safe and snug around your neck.


    Even better, you won’t have to dig through your pocket every time you want to use it.

    What Is A Lanyard? A lanyard is a strap or a cord used to hold items and worn around the neck, wrists, or shoulders.

    5. 10 Coolest Paracord Survival Bracelets

    Preppers may not be known for their fashion sense, but bracelets can mean the difference between life and death. Paracord survival bracelets, that is.


    Each bracelet is made with between eight to twenty feet of woven paracord, which can be taken apart and used in various survival situations. Did we mention you can store essential survival gear in these bracelets?

    6. Braze Bar Quick Deploy Paracord Bracelet Tutorial

    When you are in a survival situation, every second counts. This blaze bar paracord bracelet is designed to quickly deploy.


    How quick you ask? Under 20 seconds! Follow this tutorial to make your very own blaze bar, a quick deploy paracord bracelet and be at ease knowing you’re a little more ready for an emergency situation.

    7. Cobra Survival Weave for Paracord Bracelets

    A paracord survival bracelet is a versatile tool that can come in handy for a number of emergency situations.

    Whether you are a survivalist, frequent hunter, outdoorsman, or just value the need to be prepared at all times, paracord bracelets are a great tool to have on you at all times.


    In this tutorial, you will learn how to make the Cobra Survival Bracelet. When made correctly, this Cobra weave will quickly deploy to about 10 feet of paracord!

    8. How to Make a Paracord Keychain

    This paracord keychain is a perfect place to keep matches, cash, and other essentials with you wherever you go, and to carry it safely and discreetly.


    Best of all, it’s easy to make yourself. Click here for the DIY tutorial.

    9. How to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet: Tire Tread

    A paracord survival bracelet is a versatile tool that can come in handy for a number of emergency situations.

    Whether you are a survivalist, frequent hunter, outdoors person, or just value the need to be prepared at all times, knowing how to tie a paracord bracelet is an important skill.

    A paracord bracelet is a good thing to have on hand at all times.

    10. How to Make a Paracord Bracelet: Oat Spike

    It’s better to know how to tie a paracord bracelet more than one way. Try this Oat Spike paracord bracelet!


    Knowing how to tie several is even better than just one.

    Paracord Knots, Hitches, and Braids

    In order to make something useful out of paracord, you need to know what sort of knot is right for the job.

    With a little help from our friends over at DIY Ready, we’ve compiled some tutorials to help you master the art of paracord knots, braids, and hitches.

    These tutorials will help you find the right technique for using your 550 cord in any situation. Just remember–practice makes perfect!

    1. Survival Knots and Hitches

    What an insanely useful item for preppers and off-the-grid living! Make strong knots and hitches with this amazing rope.


    Our friends at DIY Projects made an awesome list of all the best knots and hitches.

    2. Four Badass Paracord Knots

    Sometimes knowing the right knot could save your life. Case in point – you need to escape a POW camp and have a pile of bedsheets in your room (It’s a five-star POW camp).


    What knot would you use to tie the bedsheets together so that you can still take the bedsheets with you to keep you warm during your trek through Siberia? By the end of this post, you’ll know exactly which knot to use.

    3. DIY Four Strand Braid

    This bracelet is made with 550 paracords. The working cords were guttered so that it would give it a flatter, more feminine look and feel.


    But, it works just the same without gutting the cord. The middle core is not gutted. This way gives the braid a more rounded look.

    Click here for the full tutorial.

    Paracord for Emergency and First Aid

    Paracord is a vital tool in an emergency situation. Its durability and flexibility make it strong enough to perform all kinds of tasks. Here are just a few:

    …#35 Tie straight sticks around a broken limb to make a splint.

    #36 Tie a sling to hold your arm

    #37 Sew up a wound using the internal strands. For thinner thread untwist one of the internal strands

    #38 Make a tourniquet to slow loss of blood

    #39 Make a stretcher by running paracord between two long sticks or fashion a branch drag to move an injured person

    See more Emergency Uses for Paracord via

    More Paracord Info and DIY Tutorials

    We’ve only scratched the surface of the many possibilities of paracord. The truth is, there are tons of projects you can do with this versatile survival material.

    From phone cases to dog collars, to lanyards and even furniture and shelter, the only limit is your imagination. Check out more of our favorite paracord articles and tutorials:

    1. Paracord Projects | Solid Gear Wrap

    Make this paracord weave for all sorts of survival gear and tools.


    This grip will make your tools, gear, and weapons more comfortable and easier to handle.

    2. Homemade Paracord Knife Grip


    This paracord knife grip from our friends at DIY Ready is an awesome addition to your survival gear.

    3. 36 Paracord Projects for Preppers

    Want to know how to make cool paracord projects? We picked 36 of our favorite 550 cord ideas for you to try out.


    Our selections offer everything from paracord lanyards and belts to whips and weapons–even a cool paracord keychain with a secret hidden compartment that makes a super tiny survival kit.

    Click here for the full list.

    4. Cool Paracord Projects

    We love 550 paracord projects, and there are so many to choose from these days–survival bracelets, belts, watches, monkey fists, lanyards, gear wraps, and hundreds of other creative and cool ideas.

    The wallet pictured above is super stylish, and the woven cord makes it super strong and especially durable.


    We had not thought of making a wallet before and can’t wait to try this one in the color combination of our choice. We will be sure to post pictures when we do.

    If you make one, please make sure to share photos with us. We would love to see them!

    5. How to Make a Paracord Dog Collar

    There are so many fun projects out there. Right now, our favorite one is this DIY paracord dog collar. It’s the ultimate dog collar made with about 40ft of 550 cord.

    This DIY dog collar is your best bet if you are looking for a stylish collar that is also super strong and durable. You can make this collar in any color combination you wish, and the same weave can also make a matching, super strong, and durable dog leash.


    If you’ve been following our paracord projects, then you know the Cobra weave is one of the more popular weaves. For this paracord dog collar, we are going to take it one step further and do a King Cobra weave!

    This weave is super strong and even adds thickness and padding to the original Cobra weave, making the collar more comfortable for pooches of all sizes.

    6. How to Make a Snare Trap

    These instructions and tutorials will show you how to use paracord and sticks to create a basic snare that will increase your probability of trapping in the wild.


    It is not nearly as difficult to catch a game as you would think it might be–albeit primitive, this trap is effective and a great project to know for emergencies.

    Let’s get started on this cool paracord project that is one of our favorite survival DIY ideas!

    7. How to Make a Paracord Belt | Instructions

    These paracord belt instructions and easy-to-follow instructions show you how to make a DIY paracord rescue belt, my favorite of all the paracord belts I tried.

    Paracord bracelets can come in handy but only have 8-12 feet of rope, while a belt can have up to 50 feet or more of 550 paracords.


    In extreme survival situations, 50 feet of rope would be a lot more useful to you than 8-12 feet. However, this 550 cord belt gives you at least 50 feet of rope that is quickly accessible.

    And, depending on your waist size, up to 100 ft of strong cord. It is super quick to deploy, you can unravel it in seconds.

    This particular DIY belt is made with Slatt’s rescue weave and is our favorite one for survival.

    Watch this video from Survivalkraft to find out how to tie a snake knot!

    Now you know those paracords aren’t just accessories you can look cool in. They are also survival gears you can feel safer and secure with.

    Learn to make more DIY paracord projects for your own use and perhaps to give as survival gifts to your family and friends.

    Do you have an awesome tutorial that we missed? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 20, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

    How To Survive Thanksgiving: Without Killing Your Family

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    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks as you congregate with people you rarely see. Everyone’s expected to participate in a symbiotic nirvana of food, drink, and football, but it inevitably ends in horror. If you want to know how to survive Thanksgiving, you’ll need a solid game plan.

    Spending time with the family on Thanksgiving can be tough, but with football on the TV, we all have a chance of surviving.

    How To Survive Thanksgiving This Year

    The first Thanksgiving celebrated survival. The Pilgrims arrived off Cape Cod in the winter of 1620 and stayed on their ship, half dying of scurvy and disease before moving south to Plymouth. They set up a settlement in March 1621 and were greeted by a native who spoke broken English. He went back and told the tribe, “These people are screwed. Do we want to help them?” No one volunteered until a dude named Squanto, a native American kidnapped, sold into slavery, escaped to London, and joined an earlier exploration mission to America, volunteered to show the settlers how to grow crops. He might have let them starve if he’d known about manifest destiny.

    After a successful harvest in November 1621, the governor of Plymouth invited the native tribes to a three-day party to celebrate. They ate turkey and made keg stands for 72 hours, and Thanksgiving was born.

    If the settlers survived a brutal winter and were able to break bread with random people, here’s how you can survive Thanksgiving too.

    Surviving The Thanksgiving Debate

    Everyone has an unhinged relative whose life revolves around politics and will turn an innocuous conversation into a political fight. Some will disagree with Republicans, and others will disagree with Democrats, but both can agree when Nancy Pelosi leaves her husband in San Francisco, he gets hammered (too soon?). You’ll never change their minds, so don’t engage.

    Avoid them by watching football in front of the TV and refusing to acknowledge their existence. If they corner you, “Irish Out” of the conversation. An “Irish Out” is walking off in silence, giving no reason to leave. Practice beforehand when leaving a party, group, or work gossip session. If anyone asks where you’re going, tell them you’re grabbing a water, you got a text stating your brother died (7th time this year!), or you’re late to run cocaine for the Columbian cartel. The point is to say as little as possible and leave.

    You’ll argue if you get trapped in a political conversation on Turkey Day. Next thing you know, you and Uncle Jay will be in the front yard punching each other in the face because you disagree about how the cost of bananas hurts the socioeconomic strata of the impoverished in Venezuela. Next, you’ll be hauled to jail without soap on a rope, and your husky cell mate will make you his prison bitch. Shut down these conversations by casually mentioning how you removed your pubic lice infestation by shaving your body hair.

    Avoid Family Gossip And The Family Lives

    Everyone knows Uncle Jay’s pre-diabetic and will lose a limb before next Thanksgiving, but it’s best to ignore the topic. Sitting in front of the TV to watch the Detroit Lions lose won’t work. Grandma Ann’s going to corner you under the auspices she cares about your life. She doesn’t. She’s old and wants to gossip.

    Let her talk, agree, and nod. Jay’s fat and his son looks like the local bartender. Aunt Louis had a kid out of wedlock and didn’t do Kegel exercises to keep her vagina in shape. Nephew Pete disgraced the family by cheating on his wife and not spending time with his kids. Keep nodding. You’re Switzerland – be neutral. The alternative is to stoke the fire and watch Grandma Ann throw rolls at the family four minutes into the ham being cut. Ok, instigate. Those rolls came from Cousin Gabe, who bought them at Costco instead of making them from scratch. They taste like ass, so fuck it.

    Knowing how to survive Thanksgiving usually means not overeating and avoiding too many adult beverages.

    Get Wasted And Avoid The Death Threats

    It doesn’t matter how hard you try to keep the peace at Thanksgiving. It’s going to go sideways. Now’s your chance to ensure you’re never invited back. Start drinking early and mess with everyone. Someone’s going to ruin the day, so it may as well be you.

    Pregame before you arrive. Bring a 30-rack of Milwaukee’s Beast Ice minus the six cans you drank on the way. Don’t bother knocking. Instead, barge through the front door with your beer and yell, “Uncle Jay, you are fat as hell. Is your wife still banging the bartender?” Kick Grandpa, Vernon out of his recliner, turn on the football game, and set the 30-rack next to you as you yell, “Don’t bother me until the rolls are ready. They better not be that Costco trash Gabe.” This sets the tone for the day.

    Survive Thanksgiving By Continuing The Boozefest

    Pound a beer every 15 minutes and invite Grandma Ann to talk politics. Agree with everything she says. “Hell yes, inflation is killing America, and it’s Biden’s fault due to student loan forgiveness!’ Then encourage her to tell that to your liberal niece who’s $120,000 in student loan debt and working as a cashier after going to Berkley to get a sociology degree. Hit pause on the game and observe. When the argument breaks out, grab the bag of marshmallows in your pocket, and toast them as the party becomes a conflagration.

    If you make it to the feast, insult every dish. Some are delicious, but you’re 20 cans deep in Beast Ice, and your taste buds are dead. A boss move is to steal Tupperware from the kitchen and snag the food you want before the fights break out. Stuff them in your backpack so you can chow down later. Start by insulting the gravy. People take pride in making gravy when it’s just adding milk to baked pig fat. Say, “This tastes like you fed your baby a raw onion and added milk to his diaper.” Next, target the green bean casserole. As you’re being kicked out, grab the backpack and what’s left of the Beast Ice. This is called the “Drunken Irish Out.”

    Get an Uber home because you shouldn’t be driving. When you get home, pour the Beast Ice into the toilet, and break out the delicious food you stole. It’s time to turn on the game and enjoy your spoils, you just managed to survive another Thanksgiving dinner with the family.

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    SIG Sauer MCX-Rattler LT: Enhanced PDW for Duty or Defense

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    Based on the popular MCX-Rattler, the new SIG MCX-Rattler LT brings PDW features in a more modular, capable package. Designed to meet the needs of Special Operations forces, the MCX-Rattler LT comes fully ambidextrous and ready for most any mission.

    SIG MCX-Rattler LT Details

    The platform offers either 6.75- or 7.75-inch barrels chambered in .300 BLK, 5.56mm NATO or 7.62×39. It comes with an ambidextrous bolt catch and bolt release to facilitate the manual of arms. An adjustable gas pistol enables shooters to regulate gas depending on suppressor use. Fitted with the SIG QD suppressor-ready flash hider, it comes can-ready as well.

    Two different barrel lengths and three calibers are available in the SIG MCX-Rattler LT.

    A flat-blade trigger helps shooters extract the most accuracy potential. The platform also works with all MCX barrels and handguards, enabling further customization down the road. A completely modular system, users can simply mix and match SIG parts.

    For more info, visit

    SIG MCX-Rattler Features & Specs

    • Caliber: .300 BLK, 5.56mm NATO, 7.62×29
    • Barrel Length: 6.75in or 7.75in cold hammer forged barrel for ultra compact design
    • Fullly ambidextrous controls
    • Interchangable barrels, now compatible with all LT barrels and handguards
    • SIG Flatblade match trigger
    • SIG SLX/SLH suppressor-ready flash hider
    • Magazines Included: (1) 30-round magazine
    • Magazine Type: AR-15
    • Action Type: Semi-Auto
    • Trigger Type: 2-Stage Match
    • Twist Rate: 1:5 (300 BLK), 1:7 (5.56), 1:9.5 (7x62x39)
    • Grip Type: PDW
    • Overall Length: 16.5 – 25.75 inches
    • Accessory Rail: M1913
    • Operations System: Short-Stroke Piston
    • Overall Weight: 5.1 – 6.2 pounds
    The modular Rattler LT can accommodate multiple SIG parts.

    Editor’s Take:

    We’ve put some rounds through the original MCX-Rattler around here, and it comprises one seriously awesome PDW machine. With the current state of the pistol brace favorable once more, look for manufacturers to start pushing pistol platforms again. The MCX-Rattler LT has the bones to run as an SBR or pistol, depending on your preference and tax goals. In any configuration, this one looks like a winner. We hope to get a true field test conducted in short order, so stay tuned!

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    Poppin’ Prairie Dogs Shooting the Stag Arms Pursuit

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    Stag Arms has been creating a buzz in the industry ever since they made their exodus from gun-unfriendly Connecticut to the 2A-positive state of Wyoming in 2019. In 2022 when Ryan Donohue became general manager, the company began to skyrocket. With Donohue at the helm, the team is focused on constantly innovating. While their core products are solid rifles at buyer-friendly prices, they’re always figuring out how to make their products even better. Whether it’s offering a plethora of left-handed options (cleverly branded “Lefty Mafia”) or coming up with ways to enhance the overall shooting experience, Donohue and his team never tap the brakes on their momentum. When it came time to test out some modifications and upgrades to Stag’s popular Pursuit hunting rifle, the team put together a fun T&E adventure that I was all too excited to join—a two-day ladies’ prairie dog shoot in beautiful southeast Wyoming.

    Shooting the Stag Arms Pursuit Rifle

    As a Texas gal, I’m more than well-versed in the damage feral hogs pose to landowners, but I hadn’t been aware that fields in other parts of the country were falling prey to prairie dogs and their similar destruction. Named for the sound of their canine-like bark, these ground squirrels can dig burrows 7 to 15 feet deep. Not only does this pose the threat of injury to horses and cattle, but prairie dogs also cut down grasslands to expand their field of vision, limiting the food supply of cattle herds. 

    Field Ready

    Our group of seven ladies arrived bright and early at the rancher’s 500-acre field for the first day of the shoot. The sheer number of prairie dog mounds stretched as far as the eye could see. They were everywhere.

    We spent the morning of day one zeroing our Crimson Trace Brushline Pro optics, loading up countless mags with Fiocchi Hyperformance ammo and staking out the fields for optimal shots. Stag already outfitted the Pursuit rifles with Silencer Central Banish 223 suppressors and BSF carbon-fiber barrels in .223 Wylde–both 16- and 18-inch variants. These rifle are great-looking. Cerakoted in a rich, metallic midnight bronze, no detail went overlooked, right down to a Stag-branded leather panel on the adjustable Magpul CTR stock to ensure a comfortable cheek weld.

    We went to work in teams of two–one spotting and the other blasting. It played out like the carnival game–Whack-A-Mole come to life. Prairie dogs pop up randomly and then retreat into their burrows with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Often, there would be pairs or sometimes even groups of three on a single mound. At times, we were shooting farther than 400 yards, so finding these small creatures was an effort in itself. Occasionally, they’d run from one mound to the next, which helped to spot them, but it took quite a bit of practice and some good-quality glass.

    Easy Like Sunday Morning

    These lightweight ARs, even lighter with the carbon-fiber barrels, made for an easy time of switching up shooting positions and carrying the guns from spot to spot. And it always feels great to be able to forego ear protection while shooting suppressed with lightweight Banish suppressor that boast a 34 dB reduction in sound. Shooting was easy. The recoil was controlled with a VG6 Precision Gamma 556 muzzle brake, and the Timney USA short two-stage trigger made follow-up shots effortless , which is crucial with this type of shooting. Other than a quick lunch break back at the trucks, we spent the entire sunny, breezy day—and the next—shooting away, ending day two with an epic multi-shooter Tannerite grand finale, because who doesn’t love some explosives on a random Wednesday?

    The thing that impressed me most during these two days of nonstop shooting in a dirty, dusty environment is that every single one of the seven Stag Arms Pursuit rifles ran perfectly and consistently with zero issues, which is a testament to how using American-made, high-quality components makes a huge difference in a gun’s performance. 

    The entire adventure was nothing but pure fun, great shooting and lots of laughs, all while helping a local rancher. I’m honored to have been part of the group assisting in the development of Stag Arms’ new Pursuit Pro AR line. While the configurations may change over the next months as the Stag team fine-tunes the rifles, I’m excited to see the line launch at SHOT Show 2024. For more information, visit

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