3 Tips On Getting Phenomenal Survival Bartering Power

Have you ever thought about the items you’ll use in a survival barter situation? I’ve always thought that it required stacks of dollar bills packed away in my bug out bag. But something changed my mind.

Today I took my car into the local car repair shop. Paying $300 wasn’t my favorite thing to do, but the car works now. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Wayne a lot. If he wasn’t nearby, then the job would surely be more expensive. But the entire experience made me think.

A disaster scenario came to mind. So, what do you think would happen if disaster struck and Wayne had to evacuate? For a minute, I thought that Wayne would be in big trouble having to leave his shop. Tools, lifts, oil, tires, everything. He would leave behind all of the stuff he’d invested in just to save himself and his family. We’d be so happy that we weren’t the ones leaving the shop behind. But there’s some irony to this situation. He’s not in as bad a shape as you think. You see, his skills are evergreen.

#1 Evergreen Skills

Evergreen skills are skills useable anywhere and anytime. They don’t go out of style. They are commonly needed. And they will always be needed. In essence, they are ‘ever’ + ‘green’. So how does this relate to Wayne? He’s a car mechanic. Everyone owns a car. So if he leaves his shop and everything behind, he can still setup shop somewhere else. How does this relate to you? You want evergreen skills. These put you in a good position for survival bartering. But that’s just one way to improve your bargaining power.

#2 Skills Are Tradeable

In disasters you trade. But with what? You could trade old furniture. You could buy bread with those old toys your kids don’t need anymore? But there’s a problem with that idea. How are you going to carry boxes of toys around as currency? That makes no sense. What does make sense is to trade with skills. So instead of carrying around boxes of stuff, you carry around your skill set. Which leaves a lot of room in your bug out bag to pack other stuff. So let’s cover the third thing that will give you bargaining power in survival bartering.

#3 Skills Don’t Diminish With Use

This is the big one. Let me give you an example. If you have 1 radio, and you trade it for 1 pounds of food. You now have your food. But you have no more radio. You are out. The food you will eat, and so you’ve eaten the value you bought. You’ve eaten your currency in essence. On the other hand, when you trade with a survival bartering skill, you still have that skill. After you’ve traded, you still have the same skills that you had before the trade.

So with my friend Wayne, if he needs food, he can fix a tire, and get 3 loaves of bread for his time. And still has just as much skill in his back pocket as he did when he started. Unfortunately, most people don’t think like that. They are concerned more about things than skills.

Summary

So to summarize, to be in the best position for bartering, you’ll want the best system. And to have the best system in the world for bartering, you’ll want to have the best skills. And to have the best skills, you want skills that are evergreen, tradeable and that don’t diminish with use.

So let’s do this. Lets come up with a way to get you onto the right road to barter in a disaster. Why don’t you do this. Make a list of your skills that could serve as your survival barter items. Try to come up with 10 skills that you have. Next to each one, put a rating on its value. Try scoring it from 1 to 10. So let’s say 1 is low and 10 will be the highest and most valuable.

Ask yourself what others might need, and if you could see that event happening in a disaster. If you do, then that might be a 10. Do you know radio communications? How about car fixing? Are you a computer guru? Are you a good cook? What’s your fire making ability like? Can you throw up a shelter real fast? Come up with your own Survival Barter List and see how much bartering power you really do have.

3 Tips to Survive a Tsunami

Tsunamis are giant waves that rise out of the ocean when an earthquake happens underwater. The magnitude of a tsunami depends on the size of the earthquake. The world has witnessed a number of such earthquakes in the past. Devastating tsunamis have caused a lot of damage to coastal property, as well as human lives.

In order to successfully survive a tsunami, an individual needs to be well prepared and should act with presence of mind. This article takes a look at 3 tips to survive a tsunami effectively. These tips can help increase the chances of survival.

3 Tips to Survive a Tsunami

Here you will find 3 tips to survive a tsunami. While survival tactics may vary depending on the degree of severity of the situation, these tips cover three different scenarios regarding surviving a tsunami.

– Prepare well in advance

If you live in a coastal region prone to earthquakes, you need to prepare in advance for a tsunami so you can react quickly if the natural calamity occurs. Research about your area should be completed in order to determine if tsunamis have occurred there in the past, or if the area is an earthquake prone zone. Essentials including medicines, food, and water should be kept in an easily accessible location. An evacuation plan will also need to be devised and remembered.

– Recognize the signs of a tsunami

Tsunamis provide some warning before they arrive. If there seems to be any sudden change in the depth of water, or if an earthquake has just been experienced, there may be a tsunami approaching soon. Animals recognize such signs sooner than humans and start behaving oddly. Pay attention to warnings given out by the government or community.

– Evacuation when a tsunami hits the land

If you find a tsunami hitting the land, evacuating the area is of top priority. You will need to abandon all of your belongings and look to save lives instead. You will need to get to higher land-a building or a tree-as soon as possible and must react and get out very quickly if caught in water.

The world has witnessed many horrible tsunamis that have killed thousands. While possessions and structures are damaged by tsunamis, the most major loss is the loss of life.

If you live in a coastal region, you must find out about the dangers of the region. Even if the area may not have experienced tsunamis in the past, there is always the chance of one happening if it lies close to an earthquake prone zone.

The 3 tips to survive a tsunami that we have provided above will help people survive the calamity. While it may prove to be quite difficult in the middle of a tsunami, one must always remember to keep calm and make wise decisions. Many people die in a tsunami, but the presence of mind allows others to survive such situations.

Fire Starting Methods – Five Tips For Starting a Survival Fire

There are a lot of different ways to start a fire if you find yourself in a situation where you need one. What I’m talking about here is survival fires. You find yourself in a survival situation and you need a fire to keep yourself warm, dry out your clothes, or cook something tasty to eat.

Let me first say this. You know if you are not old enough to do this without adult supervision. So just don’t do it without adult supervision if you aren’t old enough to do it by yourself. You could get yourself into a lot of trouble and either hurt yourself or others or destroy a lot of property. Fire is a great tool if used properly but can be dangerous and destructive if you do not respect it.

The time to learn how to start a fire is not when you are in a survival situation. You need to practice this skill to get good at it.

Tip#1 for starting a survival fire – No matter what type of fire-starting method you use, you will need tinder and small twigs to begin with, so go ahead and gather it now. Tinder is any light weight combustible material that will easily light. Straws, dry grasses, and stringy type tree bark work well. Sometimes I take lint from my dryer and place it in a small Ziploc bag, then put it in my pants pocket when I plan to go to the woods. Dryer lint makes a great fire starter.

You should use wood that is finger sized in diameter for your starting wood. Be sure to go ahead and gather a few slightly larger pieces of wood also. After going through a lot of effort to start your fire, you don’t want to let it go out because you weren’t prepared.

Clear leaves and other debris from around your fire area to prevent the accidental spread of your fire into an area where you don’t want it. If this is a practice survival fire or a campfire, be sure to have plenty of water available to be used to put out the fire. This way if your fire begins to get out of hand, you can quickly put it out. Do not attempt to start a fire when the woods are extremely dry or on a windy day.

Tip#2 Always carry a good disposable cigarette lighter with you when you go to the woods. There is no need to try and be a hero. I usually have two or more cigarette lighters in my pocket when I go into the woods. They are light weight, don’t take up much room, and usually work great.

Tip#3 If you have a flashlight with you, use the batteries to start a fire. It will help if you have 00 steel wool. You can buy it at the hardware store. Steel wool is made of thousands of tiny metal fibers. These fibers are so small, that the electricity from a flashlight battery will quickly cause them to glow orange. Add some steel wool to your survival kit or pocket as a back-up. Practice this method in case for some reason your lighters don’t work.

Tip#4 You can purchase flint and steel from a number of sources. Practice striking the flint and steel together to send a spark into your tinder. This will take some practice. You never know when you may be in a situation where you have access to a piece of steel in a survival situation. You may be able to strike your steel against rock. Practicing will prepare you for this situation. I do not recommend using your knife for this purpose. Your knife is too valuable to you in a survival situation, and usually doesn’t make that good of a fire starter anyhow. Don’t damage your knife. If you absolutely have to try it, be sure to use the back of the knife blade and not the edge.

Tip#5 Try using a friction method. This is usually the first thing that comes to the mind of most people when they think of a survival fire. There are several friction methods. One of the most popular seems to be the fire bow. Basically for this method, you will use a shoe lace or other similar cordage to manufacture a tiny bow. You will also need a piece of wood for the drill and a fire board. I prefer to use scrub willow for my fire bow construction. This method looks easy, but it takes a lot of practice to get it right. It helps tremendously if you know someone who can teach you this method.

You will need to carve a notch in the edge of your fireboard. When you drill, material from your fireboard and drill will build up in the notch and form a coal. You will then need to transfer that hot coal to your tinder. A good way to do this is to have your tinder underneath the notch on your fireboard to begin with. You will carefully wrap the tinder around your hot coal and gently blow on it. This adds a lot of oxygen for fuel. As you continue to blow on your tinder, it will begin to smoke. Once it lights, you will want to place your tinder underneath some of your small twigs which should be set up in a small tee pee type formation. Of course, your twigs will now begin to catch on fire. As you manage your small fire, you will gradually add more and larger pieces of wood.

There are a multitude of methods you can use for starting a survival fire. Pick one and begin to study and practice it until you have mastered it. Then try another. You cannot be too prepared, and your friends will be impressed with your new skills and knowledge.

Preventing Targeted School Shootings – Tips for Educators & Parents

As we approach the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, it is still apparent that our nation’s schools are still in desperate need of formal threat assessment programs to help predict – and thereby prevent- targeted school violence. The first step in implementing your school’s (or district’s) program is to develop a formal threat assessment policy.

A solid policy should set a baseline that establishes what type of behavior will be assessed or investigated. It is important to remember that the key is not who makes a threat but rather who poses a threat. Your policy may be to investigate and assess every threat of violence, no matter how unlikely. However, you should never wait for a threat. Inappropriate behavior and communications, while not a threat, are often a much better predictor or violent behavior. An example of inappropriate behavior is demonstrated in this poem written and submitted to a teacher weeks before the author opened fire on his classmates and teachers: Sinking into bed Homicidal feelings fill my head Suicidal thoughts not gone but not fleeing Because it is other people’s death I’m seeing Suicide or Homicide Homicide or Suicide Into sleep I’m sinking Why me I am thinking Homicidal and suicidal thoughts intermixing I know my life’s not worth fixing.

Now matter what the media “experts” say, the behavioral process leading to violence is observable; if you are in a position to observe the behavior and you know what to look for. Teachers and counselors are almost always in the position to observe the indicators of this building process. That is why providing training in identifying pre-incident indicators is critical in the success of a good threat assessment program. By knowing what to look for and reporting indicators of violent behavior, teachers and counselors allow the system to work. Another important aspect of your policy is the development of a threat assessment team. This team can be comprised of administrators, school counselors, teachers, mental health professionals and law enforcement, and will review cases to determine if the student in question poses a threat and what course of action to take with the student. Case management is an often overlooked aspect of threat assessment. As Gavin de Becker points out in his book “The Gift of Fear”, an assessment is looking at a snap shot in time of that person’s life, as the person’s life changes (for better or worse) so does the assessment.

Threat assessment is certainly a new area for most school administrators, but there is help. The United States Secret Service has developed a school assessment program and Gavin de Becker, who is widely regarded a world leader in security and predictive behavior has a comprehensive system and several books on the subject of predicting violence.

5 Tips to Opt for The Best Concealed Carry Holster

If you are serious about your safety, chances are that you have a concealed carry holster. And most of you know very well what we are talking about. If you are looking for a gun holster, you may have to search for the right one.

Since I have owned a gun for a long time, I can save you a lot of headache by giving you a few tips that can help you opt for the right product. These suggestions may help you look for the best holster. Let’s go ahead and check out the tips.

1. It should fit

You can’t just buy any carrier out there as one size can’t fit everyone or everything. Based on the type of gun you own, you should look for the right holster. Make sure both the belt and the holster offer the best fit. There should be no movement or slop. This is the most important thing to keep in mind when looking for the right stuff.

2. It should be easy to take out

Are you right-handed or left-handed? Can you draw the weapon easily with your right or left hand? Make sure the holster allows you to take your gun out with the hand you usually use to do your work.

If you can’t get your gun out at the right moment, the holster will be of no use. So, that’s an important consideration to make.

3. Easy to use when in a car

You should think about the time you spend in your vehicle. Most people don’t do a defensive draw when they are in a car and the seat belt is fastened. What should you do? Can you carry to weapons? Can you have another gun hidden somewhere in the car?

In other words, your holster should allow you to draw your weapon easily even when you are on the move in your car.

4. Thumb snaps, push-button and safety straps

Make sure the holster you are going to choose doesn’t have the things, such as thumb snaps, push buttons or safety straps. Actually, holsters don’t need these things. These features will only make it harder for you to draw your gun when you need it. As a matter of fact, you may have to deal with someone who already has a gun in their hands.

5. You get what you pay for

You can’t expect the best fit from a cheap product. Moreover, it may not work right and may not last as long as a quality holster. So, It’s not worth it to invest in a cheap holster. Nothing is more important than your safety. So, spending a bit more and investing in a high quality product is always a great idea.

In short, if you are on the lookout of a good gun holster, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this short article. This will help you get your hands on the best gun carrier so you can rest assured that you always safe.