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  • 10 Survival Apps You Need Now

    Many people are under the false impression that prepping and technology don't go well together. Don't get me wrong, it's quite easy to assume that survival is all about bushcraft (wilderness skills); but it's not! Survival means using all available resources to get through the toughest of times.

    Modern technology plays a crucial role in the development of various kinds of survival gear. Also, thanks to various survival apps, you can put your smartphone to some good use rather than ordering junk food and playing video games.

    Top 10 survival SmartPhone Apps

    1) Cures A-Z: This application has extensive information about natural/home remedies and can be very handy for treating minor ailments. Even a seemingly trivial illness such as a cold can cause death if it not treated in time. Hence, this is one app that you absolutely must have. It has been downloaded more than a million times and free to use. Moreover, it also has a useful “share” feature that allows you to pass on info to friends and family.(Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    2) Knots-3D: Knots have a multitude of uses – from creating makeshift tools to temporary shelters and even rudimentary rafts. This app teaches you how to tie more than 100 knots using a 3D guide. It also features information on which knots are good (and bad) for which particular situations. You can even adjust the animation speed and slow down the more complex knots. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    3) SAS-Survival: This is the most complete survival app in our opinion. It contains exhaustive content on all possible survival or disaster scenarios. It teaches you important survival skills such as making fires, building shelters, procuring and purifying water, dealing with extreme weather conditions, responding to natural calamities, self-defense, and a lot more. The best aspect of this app is that it works offline – this makes it very usable if the mobile networks are down. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    4) Your google drive: You need this to backup all your important data such as identity cards, driving license, passports, home ownership papers, insurance policies, bank accounts, car titles, etc. This way, you can still identify yourself and access crucial financial and personal information even if you don’t have the hard copies with you. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    5) Flashlight: This app can help you light up dark areas – it is not an alternative for a real flashlight, but it can get the job done. You should already have one built into your phone.

    6) Wild edibles: This application can help you to find edible plants in the wild. The few food cans in your bug out bag will be gone in a day or two and you’ll notice that hunting is a lot harder than it appears on TV (especially if you haven’t hunted before). This app can help you forage for plants – this is relatively low risk. Wild Edibles contains info on how to avoid poisonous plants, responsible foraging, as well as a number of innovative recipes. Even if you don’t need to use this app in a survival scenario, it can help you find free food near your home! Beats paying through the nose for organic foods and impress the heck out of your guests. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    7) The MotionX-GPS app: This is a widely acclaimed application. Some call it the best outdoor app as you can use it to download maps of any location on the globe even without internet connectivity. The app also has a tracking feature to prevent you from getting lost. Download this app and have fun with it – try to find the nearest water source or plan an escape route! (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android Alternative)

    Red Cross8) First Aid App by The American Red Cross: This app contains detailed step by step instructions on dealing with a number of emergencies such as heart attacks, car accidents, drowning, fractures, bruises, cuts, snake-bites, diarrhea etc. The Red Cross is an authority in medical aid so all the info on this app is well researched and field tested. The app also has a built-in 911 feature that you can use to contact emergency services. First Aid is free to download and is devoid of ads and spam. All the content is accessible even when you have no internet connectivity. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android App)

    9) The award-winning Emergency Radio Application developed by Edgerif: This is a police scanner app, which makes it incredibly useful in times of natural calamities, terrorist attacks, civil war-like situations etc. You can use this app to listen to live frequencies broadcasted by the police, EMS, weather department, coast guard, air traffic control towers, etc. The app also has a feature that helps you locate the nearest source of frequencies and then guides you using GPS. Even if you don’t ever encounter a survival scenario, the Emergency Radio app can help you to track crime and other events in your locality. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android Alternative)

    10) Army Survival: This is a comprehensive survival guide based on army manuals. It holds effective and detailed information on dealing with extreme situations – from natural disasters to avoid being captured by enemies. You can become a master survivalist if you use this app seriously. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android Alternative)

    Special mention: The bug out bag checklist application is a good platform for beginners. It helps you create your bug-out-bag and tracks the expiry dates of your rations. (Download Links: I-Tunes App Store - Android Alternative)

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    About the Author: J.D. Phillips runs SurvivalCrackas.com and lives with his family in Southern California. You can follow him on Facebook and download his Guide How to Build the Ultimate Disaster Kit free of charge from his website, linked above!

     

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  • Living Alone in the Wild at Age 16...By Choice

    Isolated by Choice

    Imaging living alone in the wilderness – no Internet, no power, and no modern day conveniences. You would be completely on your own, left to your own devices.

    Oh, and you’re also 16 years old.

    Skye Kid - via the Guardian - living alone Zeki Basan, living alone in the Isle of Skye - photo courtesy of The Guardian

    This is the life of a young man on the Isle of Skye across the pond in Scotland. Taught by his mother at a young age how to cope with the many dangers in the wild, he has chosen the life of solitude as a good opportunity to practice while attending the School of Adventure Studies.

    He makes his own food, tans his own animal hides, and otherwise takes care of himself. When he’s done with school, he plans on moving back to his mother’s house, but until then, he’ll be living large on the land without another soul in sight.

    In this day and age, you just don’t hear about people living like this, especially youth. There is something to be said about outdoor preparedness. In this young man’s case, his living was helping him in his outdoor studies.

     

    Acquire a Particular Set of Skills

    Outdoor survival skills are an important skill set to acquire. For starters, you can use those skills to help your family in an emergency situation should the need arise. In our world, anything could happen at any time. Earthquakes, power grid failure, and other unexpected disasters could throw our world on its head, forcing us to fend for ourselves. Having survival skills can only be a boon in such situations.

    The last step... - living aloneTake time to go camping. Know how to set up your tent. While you’re out, practice making impromptu shelters from branches and other natural resources. Setting up a shelter is an essential skill to have. If you’re ever forced out of your home – or lost in the wild – a shelter can keep the harsh sun off of you as well as keep you out of the rain and other elements.

    While out camping, practice making a fire – without matches or some form of fire starter. If you’re left to your own devices, you may not have lighter fluid to dowse your wood in.

    There are plenty of outdoor survival techniques to learn, from filtering your own water, cooking over open flame, and first aid. While these skills are important to learn, there are still modern conveniences that can make your outdoor survival much more comfortable.

     

    Live Well in the Wild

    Power generatorsSafari Tent - Living alone can be juiced up through solar panels, allowing you to have charge devices and flashlights, charge lanterns, or power up other things that will make your life easier. Smaller generators and other portable power packs may not be able to power as many things for as long, but they are certainly useful for camping and emergency situations.

    Unless your soul purpose in living outdoors is to practice survival skills 24/7, then there is no reason why you couldn’t have a little extra comfort along for the ride. But before you go ahead and stock up on the comfort items, make sure you have the necessary emergency items to keep you alive, such as water, food, and shelter.

     

    Living in the wild completely alone isn’t for everyone, but there are some things we can learn from it. Spending at least some time in the great outdoors can help us prepared for all sorts of emergencies and teach us useful skills for when life takes an unexpected turn.

     

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  • Preparing With Disaster Apps

    Your smartphone can save your life.

    It’s true! Now, it probably won’t jump in the ocean and pull you safely from a rip tide, and it more than likely won’t put out the wild fire that’s coming dangerously close to your home. Instead, it can save your life by providing you with all sorts of disaster apps dedicated to helping you be prepared in the event of a crisis.

    Red Cross Disaster AppsVector Button - Canada Flag IconAnd, because it's Canada Day, and the Red Cross' logo is red and white (is that too big of a stretch? Nah, it's good)... I want to take today to talk about what the Red Cross is doing to help people use their phones to be prepared. They have put out a host of apps all dedicated to helping you be safe, even without a wireless or data connection.

    For example, the Emergency App monitors 35 different types of severe weather and emergency alerts, such as floods, tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat, earthquakes, and more. So no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you will be alerted if there’s a disaster that could affect you and your area. Aside from just alerting you to issues, it also includes tips to make disaster prep plans, where to find shelters in your area, and a “Family Safe” function to allow you to see if your loved ones are safe if an alert is issued for their area.

    More specific disaster apps focus on a particular disaster, such as hurricanes or tornadoes. In these specific disaster apps, you can monitor and track hurricanes and other storms, find shelters, and earn badges by taking interactive quizzes about that particular disaster. These apps also provide you with information on what to do before, during, and after a disaster.

    Monster Guard Disaster App Red Cross

    There’s even an app for kids, called Monster Guard. Monster Guard is a game that teaches kids aged 7-11 how to prepare for real-life emergencies, whether you're at or away from home. Throughout the game, kids are able to practice what they learn within the levels, thus helping them instill that knowledge in their minds.

    So not only does it give you information you need, but actually helps teach you that knowledge so you don’t have to rely on it in the moment. Because in the moment, you might not even remember you have that app. And if you do, you’re probably going to want your hands free.

    Preparing for disasters isn’t what it used to be. Technology has made it easy to learn about disasters, and therefore be ready for them. Just a few quick taps on your phone or tablet will open up a wide world of information, utilities, and aids that will help you and your family be ready for pretty much anything.

    Now all you have to do is actually use them.

    It’s one thing to have the app on your phone or tablet, but it’s something else entirely to actually utilize it. How many apps do you have on your mobile device that you never use? I’ll be honest, my phone is packed full of apps, and I only use a handful of them. I think I’ll use them eventually, but really, they just sit there gathering digi-dust.

    When you download these Red Cross apps, make sure they don’t get lost in some folder titled “May Use Eventually.” Use them frequently so you can always have that all-important knowledge in your mind, so when the time comes to actually use that information, you won’t have to worry about knowing the right thing to do. While these apps are designed to help us during and after a disaster, they also have important information to help you prepare before one shows up, so the aftermath won’t be so bad.

    With this kind of media easily accessible, it is my hope that you take the time to download and familiarize yourselves with these apps. Preparedness fits in the palm of your hand. Don’t forget to look down at it once in a while.

     

    p.s. Happy Canada Day!

     

    How do you use media to be prepared? Let us know in the comments!

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