Medicinal Plant Map of the United StatesMedicinal Plant Map of the United States This is a 1932 map of medicinlal plants by Edwin Newcomb. This shows the medicinal plants in each state. Below is a clickable map that can be blown up by holding your CTRL and rolling your mousewheel forward. There is also a link that will take you to a cartography service to get an actual high quality map printed if you...

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100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items100 Different Ways to Reuse Broken Household Items On the contrary, there are many different projects that you can do with those broken items and create stunning décor for indoors and out, all from things that you may consider to be trash. We have collected a list of 100 different projects that call for those broken items or common household trash. Repurposing is...

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Disaster Prepardness in Annapolis Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits continues to highlight building safety throughout the month of May. This week’s theme “Bounce Back Faster from Disaster – Build to Code,” emphasizes the importance of preparing your family and home for natural disasters. Anne Arundel County is vulnerable...

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What a real life economic collapse looks likeWhat a real life economic collapse looks like I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term...

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A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drumA vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn't carrying anything toxic

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Canning Meat

Category : Equipment, Food

meat-066Pressure canning is the only safe method for canning meat, fish and poultry. It is the only way you can destroy the bacterium that causes food poisoning (clostridium botulinum). Be sure to process canned meats for the correct time at the correct temperature in a pressure canner. Canning low-acid foods, such as meats, in boiling-water canners is absolutely unsafe because the botulinum bacteria can survive this process. If clostridium botulinum survive and grow inside a sealed jar of food, they can produce a poisonous toxin. Even a taste of food containing this toxin can be fatal. Boil foods 10 minutes at altitudes below 1,000 feet to destroy this poison. Boil foods 11 minutes if you live above 1,000 feet.

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Red Cross Emergency Handbook

Category : Equipment, First Aid

firstaidsmallHOW TO COPE WITH….

Accidents, Injuries, and Sudden Illness
Fire, Flood, and Earthquake
Water Rescue
Family Problems Caused by Military Service
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Ideas for bug-out-bags and preparedness kits

Category : Equipment bag

B.O.B. is your friend


Survival planning is nothing more than realizing some- thing could happen that would put you in a survival sit- uation and, with that in mind, taking steps to increase your chances of survival. Thus, survival planning means preparation.

Preparation means having survival items and knowing how to use them People who live insnow regions prepare their ve- hicles for poor road conditions. They put snow tires on their vehicles, add extra weight in the back for traction, and they carry a shovel, salt, and a blanket. Another example of prepa- ration is finding the emergeny exits on an aircraft when you board it for a flight. Preparation could also mean knowing your intended route of travel and familiarizing yourself with the area. Finally, emergency planning is essential.

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Survival First Aid Q&A

Category : Equipment, First Aid

firstaidHere are some basic questions and answers for Survival first aid. These cover a wide range of topics


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Disaster Medical Operations

Category : Equipment, First Aid

Most disasters are relatively unexpected, endanger lives and health, and overwhelm existing emergency resources.  These elements lead to some basic assumptions about disaster medical operations:

The number of victims will exceed local capacity for treatment.

Survivors will assist others.  They will do whatever they know how to do, although it cannot be assumed that most people know lifesaving first aid or post-disaster survival techniques.

The American College of Surgeons has described three phases of death due to trauma:

Phase 1.  Death within minutes due to overwhelming and irreversible damage to vital organs.

 Phase 2.  Death within several hours due to excessive bleeding.

Phase 3.  Death in several days or weeks due to infection or multiple-system failure (i.e., not from the injury per se).

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Driving tips For Disasters

Category : Equipment, General Info

IN_DELHI_TRAFFIC_1279388fAfter almost every disaster, search and rescue teams find victims who might have survived if they had known whether to stay with or leave their cars. Following are safety tips for drivers in various types of emergencies. This information should be kept in the glove compartment of your car. In any situation, the most important rule is: Don’t panic.

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Finding Your Way with Map and Compass


Category : Communications, Equipment, General Info


Part of a 7.5-minute topographic map at 1:24,000 scale

A topographic map tells you where things are and how to get to them, whether you’re hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, or just interested in the world around you. These maps describe the shape of the land. They define and locate natural and manmade features like woodlands, waterways, important buildings, and bridges. They show the distance between any two places, and they also show the direction from one point to another.
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Home-made old time cures


Category : First Aid, General Info

CORNS, quarter an onion and soak in a strong vinegar until pickled.
Bind a fresh slice of the pickled onion to the corn for three nights
to remove the soreness and the corn. Another remedy is to work equal
parts of beef tallow, sugar and ordinary kitchen soap into a salve.
Bind on corns with a small piece of adhesive tape.
{{{{(The second is more effective than the first and deer tallow and
lye soap may be substituted)}}}}

{{{{(Boils are caused by an infected pore, usually from rubbing of
dirty clothing these can become severe and turn into worse things so
Lancing the boil is the first line of defense, after that any
drawing agent, salt/soda paste, herbal drawing remedies, antibiotic
cream, soaks of vinegar etc… the key is to keep them dry but clean
and rinsed at least 4 times a day with what ever agent you have}}}}}

NAIL WOUNDS, or Inflammation of any kind, make a poultice by stirring
buttermilk and flour to a very thick batter. Cover a cloth with this
and bind to inflamed area.
((((Buttermilk will become a luxury item, see above for options for
infected wounds, with punctures it helps to push astrigent agents
into the wound, I keep non – needled syringes for just such

Drink a glass of warm water with a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in
it every morning before breakfast for a splendid TONIC.
Two or three applications of sassafras oil will destroy both head
LICE and EGGS. Just rub the oil over the infected parts.
{{{{{Coal tar and or any oil that will smother the parasites will
kill them, in a couple days comb with tight toothed comb to remove as
many eggs as possible and repeat Spearmint oil, cooking oil, lard,
tallow whatever if it can’t breath it cant live}}}}}}}

For BURNS, make a paste of flour and water as quickly as possible
and spread over the area. Also honey rubbed directly on a burn will
keep it from blistering. Vanilla extract will take away soreness and
keep it from blistering.
{{{{{Water is best for initial treatment of burns, any other
substance has a lower boiling point and can increase the underlying
burn, once the skin is cooled, keeping it moist by application of
burdock -grated, chopped, minced etc with water, and or aloe if your
fortunate, as well as just plain tallow better if it has mashed up
rose hips as those are natural emollients}}}}

If you have WARTS, put two parts of mutton suet, one part of
turpentine, and apply to warts every other night.
{{{{{The sap from milkweed, dogbane or dandelion will work too, apply
regularly, like every couple of hours, use fresh juice, warts are
casued by viruses and they have to breath also, duct tape and
electrical tape work also, however these remedies do not work for
planters warts, that takes heat and a great amount of it..}}}}}

Take two teaspoons honey at each meal to relieve CRAMPS IN THE
LEGS.   {{{{calcium products are more efficient and quicker,
especially if you have Mylanta}}}}}

If you have SINUS, chew a piece of honey comb about the size of a
piece of gum for about fifteen minutes every few hours for a week, or
take two teaspoons of honey at each meal.
{{{{Honeycomb contains the pollen of the plants that are causeing the
problems, it should only be used if it can be obtained within 2 miles
of your location, buying honeycomb from CA when you live in FL will
not be effective as you will be desensitising yourself to plants that
live in CA, this method is good for those with allergies also, honey
alone doesn’t contain enough pollen to help, REMEMBER NO HONEY TO

Take one tablespoon of corn oil at each meal for HAY FEVER.
Mix two teaspoons vinegar and two teaspoons honey in a glass of water
and drink at each meal for ARTHRITIS.
(((Salve made from Poke Root is much more effeicient for arthritis,
as is good calcium}}}}}

For PNEUMONIA, take six large onions, chop fine, put in a pan over
the fire, and add enough corn meal and vinegar enough to make paste.
Stir thoroughly and let simmer for about ten minutes. Then put in
two cotton bags and apply to chest as hot as can be borne. As soon
as one cools, apply the one which has been kept hot in a steamer.
Keep changing, making fresh poultices from time to time.
((((Mustard seed infused with the above is more effective, using
mints anykind in there as well helps to open bronchial passages, heat
on the chest is good as is moisture in the air, vapor baths using
mints and cherry help to open breathing passages,}}}}}}

Here are some remedies using apple vinegar that Marie Smith told me.
Add one tablespoon vinegar and one tablespoon turpentine to a beaten
egg yolk for LAMENESS.
{{{This is for horses or cows and is applied externally and
effective, turpentine on animals 50/50 with water will also kill
parasites (on humans too)

For FOOD POISONING drink one teaspoon vinegar in a glass of water
every five minutes.
Take two teaspoons vinegar and two teaspoons honey in a glass of
water at each meal for HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
((Add the vinegar and honey to Hawthorne berry tea and your blood
pressure will surely drop and stay down}}}}}}

If you have TARTER ON YOUR TEETH, put a teaspoon of vinegar in a
glass of water and sip slowly.
{{{Strawberrys have more effect on tartar than anyother available
rememdy outside of a dentist}}}}}

Take two teaspoons vinegar in a glass of water for NOSE BLEEDING.
{{{{Dried spaghnam moss used in the nostril will stop the bleeding,
the vinegar will help prevent new bleeds}}}}}

If you have a SORE THROAT, gargle a teaspoon vinegar to a glass of
water every hour. As soreness goes away gargle every two hours.
{{{{Cover two large chopped onions and a whole head of garlic with
water boil until only half the water remains, gargle and swallow the
liguid every hour, eat the onion/garlic with any soupstock you haveon
hand, onions and garlic are known weak antibiotics}}}}}

For a RINGWORM, apply vinegar six times a day directly on infected area.
{{{Ringworm is a fungus, vinegar has sugars in it, funguses thrive on
those, inside or out, ringworm is best smothered like warts and

{{{{{These rememdies are a good place to start but in a primitive
situation, cows, apples and the time to make vinegar may not be
possible, and then in those days folk didn’t know what caused what.
Hoping I added a bit of modern knowledge to your home rememdies.}}}}}

Types of Shelters and Fighting positions


Category : Equipment, Shelter

Sometimes you don’t have a tent and need shelter quick. Here are a few basic shelter types and different fighting positions that can be built with very basic materials.
This is a standard issue fighting position, usually a 2 man type of setup with overhead cover.












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Hosing the House and It’s Contents After A Flood

Category : Equipment, General Info

After a flood, the mud left behind by flood waters containes most of the health hazards you will face. It is very important to get rid of this mud as soon as possible. This is a lot easier to do before the mud dries out. here are some simple steps to follow when hosing down your home: hosing out the house

1. Shovel out as much mud as possible.

2. Make sure the electricity is turned off. Unplug all appliacnes and lamps, remove all light bulbs and remove the cover plates to wall switches and outlets that got wet. Check with your local building department to see if your code allows you to disconnect the wiring from the switches and outlets. If the code does not allow you to disconnect them, leave the wires connected and pull them out of their boxes. They can be replaced by an electrician. If the code does permit, it is probably best to throw away switches and outlets that were flooded and replace them with new ones.

3. Check your water system for leaks from pipes that may have been moved. Even if your water supply is not safe to drink, you can use the water to clean the house. If you have water, hose down the house inside and out. If you have an attachment that sprays soap, wash and then rinse the walls and floors. Hose the furniture too, and other major items that got muddy.

4. Heating and air conditioning ducts that got flooded will have mud left in them. If you don’t clean them out, your system will be blowing foul, dusty air that contains the same health hazards you are trying to get rid of. To clean the ducts, remove the vents or registers. If possible, remove some sections of the ducts in the basement or crawl space to give you access to all areas, then thorougly hose out all the ducts.

5. While you hose the walls, completely hose out all the light sockets and electrical boxes that you opened up and prepared. Contact a professional before turning the electricity back on.

6. After you hose out the ductwork to remove the mud, wash it with a disinfectant or sanitizer, such as the quaternary or pine oli based ones. (check labels for the contents and instructions.) If your ducts are in a slab or otherwise inaccessible, have them cleaned by a professional

7. Don’t let the water sit for long. Use a mop, squeegee, or if you have an outside source of power, a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.


Other very important health precautions.

  • Assume that anything touched by flood waters is contaminated.
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Disinfect everything flood waters have touched.