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Top Three Essential Oils and Hair Loss Solutions

You have heard a lot about essential oils and hair loss. For years now, you have been trying to desperately grow your tresses, but it may already be due to your genes why your mane takes a long time to regrow. You have tried a lot of products and treatments, but the results were superficial. You want something that will last and produce a great effect, hence you are serious in finding out more about essential oils and hair growth.

First and foremost, do not confuse mineral oils and essential oils. There are a lot of hair care products that contain mineral oils, which are synthetic elements that act as preservatives. Mineral oils are derived from petroleum sources. These can clog the pores of your skin, making it hard for your skin to get rid of toxins. As a result, you will not see tremendous effects in terms of hair growth and the products may also have negative effects on your tresses and skin in the long run.

Switch to Essential Oils and Hair Growth Products

It is best that you try out the oils and hair growth products first before continuing with its use. This way, you can test if you are allergic to any of these natural oils and also to find out which one will work best for the type of tresses that you have.

To help you decide which products to use, here’s a list of the top essential oils that are beneficial for your mane.

1. Lavender Essential Oil. This is typically grown in places with temperate climates. The oil was used by ancient practitioners in treating and preventing baldness, as well as in growing the tresses. This is effective because of its antibacterial elements that can help in treating scalp problems. When it reaches the hair shaft, the oil works its wonders in getting rid of dandruff and in eliminating the dryness of the skin.

You can use the infused oil in massaging your head and scalp nightly. Its scent has a calming effect, which can help you sleep soundly. When you wake up in the morning, use an organic shampoo in washing your locks. Towel dry your hair before styling and avoid using a blow dryer or any products that utilize heat such as curlers and irons. Lavender oil can add volume to your hair with continued use.

If you have time, you can also make your own lavender water and use this in rinsing your tresses every day. To do this, you need to boil some sprigs of the plant in water, simmer for around 20 minutes and cool. The combination of the oil and water will make your hair shiny, your scalp healthy and your mane smelling really good.

2. Jojoba Essential Oil. Aside from its effectiveness in supporting hair growth, the reason why this can be found in many essential oils and hair growth products, this is also known for giving moisture to the tresses. Its molecular characteristics can be likened to the oil that the glands in the scalp naturally produce. Unlike many essential oils, which need to be diluted in carrier oils before using, jojoba oil can be directly applied to the hair and scalp. Actually, this is used as a carrier oil for many essential oils and hair growth products. This kind of oil is hypoallergenic, so it won’t harm your scalp, skin and mane.

3. Rosemary Essential Oil. This can be used to grow your tresses and to delay the process of developing gray hair. This helps the scalp by improving its blood circulation. You can mix a few drops of this oil with olive oil and use the result in massaging the scalp. The leaves of rosemary can be boiled, simmered and cooled to produce water that you can use in rinsing your locks. The practice can help in retaining the natural color of your tresses. This is popularly practiced by people with black hair.

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Survival And Emergency Tips

There are few things to remember in times of emergency, and it is best if you are always prepared since you cannot tell when such emergency situation strikes you.

1. Always have a standby emergency kit. Make it available at all times with enough supplies and at least three to seven days of stocks for every member of the households. The emergency kit should at least include all the necessary items required for human survival such as can goods, water, flashlights, can opener, disposable eating utensils, battery operated radio, emergency instructional manual and a standby fully charged mobile phone with numbers of those individuals to contact in times of trouble. Include the special items indicated for your family members such as prescription medicine, feminine hygiene, diapers for small children and others. Have a standby amount of money inside your emergency kit also and be sure that you will not be using it.

2. Design a strategic plan for your premises. Orient your family members on the things to do and the things to prioritize during emergency situation. Specify the numbers of individuals your children should contact in times of emergency. Specify their numbers and places. At home, children should be instructed on how to contact this person during emergency situations. Plan another meeting location aside from your own home. This is to ensure that your plan will not be ruined because of miscommunication or failure to gather because of opposite directions. It is best if family should practice such task to prepare everyone during crisis situation.

3. The emergency kit should be prepared and stocked in a dry and cool place. Ensure that the foods are on their fresh manufacture date. If possible, avoid placing this kit in your garage due to shifts in temperature. The water should be replaced between three to six months and smoke detectors installed in your premise should be checked by a technician in a monthly basis. This is to ensure that your security alarm systems are updated in times of trouble.

4. Since today is a crisis day, it is best to ensure that your valuables are protected. List down all your expensive valuables including appliances, gadgets and jewelries. You can even take pictures for additional proof. Store any legal documents and documentation in a safe place where fire of flood cannot damage them. Such place includes your relative’s house, bank vault or time deposit box.

5. Have a tangible copy of important documents. This is most important to items like your personal identification cards such as social security card, driver’s license, tax identification card, land title, marriage contract, baptismal and birth certificates, diplomas and other legal documents which you find necessary. This is for fire protection. If something happens to your house, valuables or family members, you will not experience difficulties in the claims such as insurance and others.

6. Ensure that you and your place are ensured. There are a lot of insurances covering individuals to houses nationwide. Such insurances are available during disaster of natural calamity. Other companies offer insurance more than the worth of your properties so it is better to have one. Make sure that you are updated in terms of the payment scheme so that you can claim in times of trouble.

7. Lastly, never ever forget about your pets. They are part of your family also. Include them in the emergency precaution and action plan designed for your family. Some households give less priority to their pets than their property during crisis. Love your pets like you love your children and be kind to them.

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Survival Blankets

Survival blankets are layered with Mylar and an inside material to provide superior warmth and trap body heat. A good array of survival blanket is used by wrapping the blanket lightly around your body. You do need a small space between your body and the blanket to lock in air, which then works to insulate your body.

Survival blankets are much different than those you will find in a customary bedroom.  These blankets are consisted from a thin sheet of silver or gold plastic material that can be used in an emergency situation to maintain body heat.

Your survival blankets work in several different ways to maintain body heat. Your body loses heat from radiation, which simply means that the surface of your skin radiates heat, through respiration when you breathe and through both convection and conduction. The wind chill factor shows the amount of heat that you can lose through convection as the wind works to cool your body when it perspires. A survival blanket actually works to keep moisture and radiant heat near your body by trapping a layer of air that insulates.

The survival blanket provides a layer of insulation that can keep in up to ninety percent of your body heat when used properly. You will want to be familiar with some basic instructions on the use of these blankets before using them yourself, particularly if you are in an emergency situation. In most cases, you will want a dry, warm area to use the blanket in and have some other warmth providing blankets to use, as well as the survival blanket.

When you need to prepare for an emergency there is nothing that is more vital than having supplies readily available to maintain your body heat. If you are living in a climate with snow in the winter, or even if you have snow all year round, then you will want to have several thermal blankets in each car you own as well as in your home. Owning a supply of these blankets in your first aid kit for emergency is just as important as having disinfectant and bandages on hand. Ensure you have enough for each person in your family to use. 

When using survival blankets in the outdoors you also need to be prepared with other supplies to maintain body heat. Even in condition wherein temperatures are as high as fifty degrees Fahrenheit you can have hypothermia if exposed to high winds or if you happen to fall into cold water. These blankets are a must-have addition for every backpackers, hikers and campers who enjoy the outdoors in cooler temperatures.

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Survival Straps

STEP 8 – Back Braid Move Four

Find a place on the braid where the A cord runs through, poke a hemostat clamp through, grasp the loose end of the A cord, clamp the hemostat closed and pull through.

Repeat the back braiding process a few times more until the handle is securely attached to the leash.

STEP 9 – Finishing The Handle Loop

You now have the loose ends that must be finished. Cut the cords off, fairly close to the braid.The ends can now be melted with the wood burning tool that has been preheated. Run the hot wood burning tool in a sweeping motion over the cord ends until they are melted against the same coloured cord lying below it.

Paracord is an excellent material to make dog leashes from. It is light weight, durable and can be washed if it gets dirty. This tutorial will show you how to make a paracord dog leash using the four strand flat braid technique.

To continue braiding, repeat the above steps as illustrated above.

Agility Tabs are a “mini” leash that is used for training a dog for running an agility course. They are primarily used during the early stages of off lead work, when the handler needs a little handle to quickly grab their dog to get it back on course.

This tutorial will show you how to make an agility training tab using a four strand braid method and then finishing the tab with a terminal turk’s head knot.

Tools And Supplies

Tools that you will need are; scissors, a C-clamp, hemostat clamps, a wood burning tool, paracord and a small leash snap. If you don’t have a wood burning tool, a lighter to melt the cord ends will suffice.

Paracord will shrink when it gets wet, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that you preshrink the cord before you start to braid. If you don’t, the first time that you walk your dog in the rain, your leash will get all misshapen and lumpy.To preshrink the cord, soak it in hot water for about five minutes and then hang it to dry. You can toss it in a pillow case, knot it closed and dry it in the dryer as well, it’s your choice.

I am making an eight inch agility tab To determine how much paracord that you will need, break down the length of your project into inches and multiply by four. 8″ X 4 = 32″ so I will need 2 separate paracord strands that are EACH 32″ long

STEP 1 – Arranging The Cords

Pull all the cords tightly so that the knot appears even.

STEP 7 – Finishing The Turk’s Head Knot

All the cords are now poking through the top of the turk’s head knot. Trim the loose cords very close to the top of the knot. Gently melt the cord ends with the wood burning tool in a sweeping motion until they are flush with the top of the knot.

Your agility leash is now finished and ready to be used for your next training class!

In our quest to find the best gear for our two Shiba Inu’s, I had stumbled across ParaCord Dog Leashes several years ago after reading a Blog from ParaCord expert Stormdrane.

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Do You Have A Tornado Plan? Prepare For The Next Disaster

Being prepared now after already experiencing a tornado disaster will help to avoid confusion and panic should one ever strike again. Planning and practicing how and where you and your loved ones will take shelter is a true matter for survival. Be prepared to act quickly. And learn how to save as you rebuild your home after the destruction caused by the tornado.

The first step is to designate a place in your home where everyone should meet during a tornado. This area should be near the middle of the house on the lowest floor and without windows and glass doors. The safest place is underground, like a basement. If there is no basement available put as many walls as possible between you and your family and exterior walls such as hallways, closets, or central bathrooms. If you live in a mobile home, head to a safe area – tornado shelter or sturdy building. Never assume a mobile home will survive a tornado.

The second step is to know what a tornado warning device sounds like in your area. Some town areas use sirens. Other devices would be your local radio station, weather radio, television stations, and cable stations. Radio and television stations are part of the weather service’s warning system. A battery-operated radio should be your primary source in case of a power outage. Make sure your children know what the warnings sound like.

The third step is to designate two places for everyone to meet after the tornado has passed should you get separated during the disaster. One location should be close to your home but far enough away from any damages caused by the tornado. The other should be a distance away in case the first site is unavailable.

The fourth step is is to conduct a drill periodically to ensure that everyone knows what to do, where to go, and how to react as if a tornado were truly on its way. This should become a very routine action. Also discuss what to do if someone is away from the home at the time of the disaster such as school, work, store…anywhere but home.

The fifth step is to prepare an emergency supply kit. This should include emergency phone numbers, a three-day supply of food and water, first aid items, radio, flashlight, extra batteries…all in a waterproof container. There should be a gallon of water per person per day. It is a good idea to keep a smaller version of your kit in the trunk of your car should you have to vacate.

The sixth step is to continue monitoring the weather radio, television, or radio announcements. The stations will provide very useful information you will need regarding support efforts, rescue, and road conditions. Pay close attention to all the information announced. Do not attempt to return home until authorities give you the necessary approval.

After surviving a disaster such as a tornado there is sure to be damage to your home. Whether there is minimal or substantial damage depends on how much time it will take for you to return to your home. Repairs that must be made can cost an astronomical amount. There is a way to save on all your needs…from building materials and supplies to furniture, clothing, and much more. Turn your life around and the lives of your loved ones by saving, not only now, but for the rest of your life. Start saving TODAY!

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Managing Your Career in Uncertain Times – Seven Survival Tips

1. Don’t Panic. It’s hard not to have scary and somber thoughts during an economic slowdown. Suddenly all your plans seem shaky and your paycheck uncertain. Fear is a natural emotion during these times, but giving into fear won’t help. Instead, remain focused and motivated. Tune out naysayers who only fuel your negative thoughts.

2. Do your job well. It’s important that you keep doing your work at the highest level of quality and engagement. Yes, I know it’s hard to do with nagging fears in the back of your mind. However, being keen on delivering your best is most important now. Managers and supervisors are often asked to take a closer look at who adds value through their performance and who has been just “along for the ride.” Your commitment to organization’s objectives and your willingness to do what has to be done with as much skill and enthusiasm as you can muster, will make you appear more valuable than those who slow down and mope.

3. Don’t gossip. Have you  noticed clusters of your colleagues standing around with coffee, wringing their hands and bad mouthing the company, its leadership and the decisions they make? Refrain being attached to this group. Loose lips sink ships, and they also torpedo your career opportunities. Be watchful of your discussions at work. Walk away from “doom and gloom” conversations. Rather look for ways to contribute your ideas, thoughts, and actions to activities that focus on strengths of the organization and its deliverables. Don’t give them a reason to target you.

4. Be visible. Now is the time to be visible in a positive manner both internally and externally. Volunteer for a task force or committee that is looking at ways to streamline operations or to engage customers in a new way. Make sure your bosses see you doing your best to contribute to the on-going success of the company. If you have always been someone who barely makes in on time and leaves as soon as possible, change your pattern. Roll up your sleeves, tackle tough problems and stay late if that’s what it takes.  
5. Take stock. It’s time for you to re-evaluate your skills, talents and abilities, and where they fit in the labor market. Review your work over the last year. Can you identify your accomplishments and how your contributions made a difference to your department? Make sure that you can quantify your achievements in terms of efficiency, accuracy, increased revenue, cost savings or better customer relations. Focus on actions, not responsibilities. This is the first step to a new resume, should you need it. Take time now to identify the industries or market segments which might need you or where you might be able to add value. Do it now.

6. Re-engage your contact network. Acting like an ostrich with your head in the sand is not in your best interest. If you have neglected your professional and personal contacts, now is the time to re-engage them. Renew your involvement in professional or technical forums, clubs, or blogs. Share ideas and articles that may enhance their jobs and interests. Be able to identify your key accomplishments, skills and abilities and your areas of expertise. Ask them how you might be off assistance to them . You might need their assistance in gaining information, leads and contacts if your situation changes. People are willing to help those who have helped them;  it is human nature.

7. Be prepared. Many people don’t keep their resumes up-to-date. They figure I have a great job and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. That may sound reasonable; however, in an unpredictable and volatile time it leaves you unprepared. Creating a new resume BEFORE you need it, helps you to think more clearly, sharpens your focus on key strengths. It minimizes  the fear and pain should you , despite your best efforts, find yourself looking for new employment. While no one has a crystal ball that can predict just what will happen in the times ahead, these seven tips can be the deciding factors in assisting you to successfully navigate these uncertain times.  

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Measures For Development is Key in Business Survival

To manage well a business, there is the fundamental requirement of implementing measures for development to guarantee continuous improvement.

Measures must be prepared and implemented to find consistency in results. If desired results are not achieved, then the business should discover why such thing occurred, which may be caused by a number of factors, including people, input, or processess. Doing this will help avert further damage or trouble by applying corrective measures.

For each new goal, there is a corresponding set of measures that need to be developed and implemented. If such measures are effective, then it means improvement in productivity, and ultimately, the realization of a goal. Measures have to be supportive of the organization’s objectives to be worth the trouble of formulating them.

There are several ways to measure effectiveness. One example would be the retention level in any or all of the new jobs in the company. The longer the stay of new employees after training, the more effective the training program is. If you notice very fast turnover, this is already a warning signal for management that something is wrong, which requires attention and further study.

Another measure is increasing target sales. If new employees have been trained in sales, definitely there is an expected increase in sales as a result of training. However, if there is no eventual increase in sales results, perhaps training has not been successful. But whatever the measures, we have to remember that these have to be balanced with several other factors that exist within the organization, which may have direct effectd on desired results.

Measures implemented are expected to yield corresponding results, of which the ultimate goal is better efficiency, and better business.

If the objective is to make a turnaround in the business, then there are several things that have to be undertaken. These matters could either be undertaken by the executives themselves, or it may also be possible to hire professionals.

The more common measures would include an assessment of the current situation of the company in all aspects to know where exactly the company stands and to have a clearer understanding of where matters are and what needs to be done. If an aspect needs to be improved by means of assessment, then the next logical step would be to develop plans and definite strategies.

Of course, critical decisions have to be made known to key personnel to solicit support and to act as critics of the measures to be conducted.

One way to dispel rumours and low morale is to clarify things with employees. Taking time to listen to what employees have to say may just be fruitful. It is also necessary to meet with other players, such as financial institutions, suppliers, and customers. All these key players need to have an idea of what developments are happening or are going to happen in the company.

It is necessary to conduct an extensive review of present porcessess and systems to find out what measures need to be developed and implemented. If old practices caused problems, then they have to be stopped and replaced. Again, this has to be communicated with everyone in the company for them to understand what exactly is being done and why things are happening.

Throughout the process, results should be constantly evaluated against the plan drawn out in the beginning. This is where key performance indicators (KPIs) play a part to determine whether performance is improving. This is why measures for development are necessary in business.

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More Information On Disaster Management

 

Disaster management helps disaster preparation and dealing with a tough time. Being prepared will help you respond quickly as well. Some disasters could include:

1. War
2. Global warming and related items
3. Volcano eruption
4. Tornado or other big storm
5. Earthquakes

If you are not prepared you will find it difficult to deal with the many challenges following a disaster. You might be dealing with injuries, property damage, hunger, thirsty, no electricity and no phones. All of these can cause trouble. One example of a problem is not having a way to communicate. That means if there is an injury or perhaps a gas leak there is no way of contacting help.

Disaster management helps put together a plan. It helps you know what resources you need and need to gather. Now, there is personal family disaster management, but there is more extended disaster management that is needed as well. It includes having supplies that will needed for distributed to the community, how these items will be distributed. It is also important to have a backup plan; such as if a distribution station has been harmed there should be an alternative. It is all overwhelming that’s why it is important to prepare ahead of time. There are also the warnings that need to be presented to help people prepare to be as safe as possible during a disaster.

Every area from towns and neighborhoods to other countries has their own disaster management plan that needs to be created. There is no way to know how bad the disaster will be so preparation is vital for survival.

It is possible that the plan when implemented won’t work as planned. That’s because no one knows every aspect of what will happen. There is nothing wrong with going with the flow and that is easier when a disaster management plan is in place. It can also lead to making changes if a disaster happens again someday. You will know what works and you will know what doesn’t work. The plan can be changed to accommodate issues that didn’t work the first time. Of course, everyone hopes they never need to use the plan, but it is there if needed.

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Anxiety and Panic Attacks – A Survival Mechanism

There’s plenty of obtainable knowledge covering anxiety and panic attacks. Plenty of it has to do with techniques for either scraping by with or dumping them.

Still, there isn’t a good amount of instruction available concerning why anxiety and panic attacks are important for survival or why they are a needed part of being human.

Panic attacks and anxiety are the mechanical faculties that have kept us careful and safe for millions of years. Our survival, emergence and success as a species called a great deal on this faculty.

Man as the victim

Man has perpetually been specified as the tracker. Basically this concept is frightfully bogus when you envision it from an evolutionary viewpoint.

We did not pull through millions of years ago by being flashy, reckless, cocky animals. We pulled through by uncovering how to be restrained and very aware in unfriendly environments.

When human beings were in a world where many colossal animals viewed us as a snack, the proper way to hold on was to remain unnoticed.

You see, without anxiety and panic attacks we would not have vigilantly analyzed the area around us for peril and could have died out as a species.

How does panic help us?

It’s all about living. Once we have become observant that an expressed problem is dangerous, panicking makes the mind retain the incident.

This isn’t your usual classification of remembering, such as recollecting an address or phone number.

It’s the type that makes you feel cheerful when you hear your favorite song or feel happy when you’re looking at the family album.

This type of recalling is titled unconscious pattern matching because it is governed by the back portion of your brain. In the unconscious mind.

This permits you to counter respond in a well-defined manner when your brain identifies a particular predicament or ‘trigger’.

So the next time we happen upon a similar situation, our brain can very well give us the needed anxiety or panic to prepare us to either scram or hang around and fight.

And as far as endurance goes, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. So if you endure a panic attack in a car, you could very well feel a little edgy the next time you are on a plane, bus or train because the situation is sort of close.

Panic attacks are good for you!

The heightened level of anxiety is commonly acknowledged as a panic attack or the ‘fight or flight’ response. This is a miraculous emergency response mechanism.

All those sensations, the elevated blood flow, the adrenaline and so on, are designed to provide you the best probability to carry on.

It indeed puts your body in the right state of preparedness for either approaching your aggressor or vamoosing. And that is why anxiety and panic attacks are important for survival.

This legacy has left us with the knack to be fearful, to closely look over our surroundings for threats and to panic.

Yet, it is vital to see that this ability could quite possibly become habitual and inappropriate.

Anxiety is a permanent instinct that could once in a while get a tad out of control, especially in today’s challenging climate.

So how does all of this give us a leg up to determine which treatments are suitable for our anxiety and panic attacks?

It tells us that:

1. These are natural responses that may potentially change into habitual ones.

2. We have got to analyze the unconscious aspects when dealing with these issues.

3. This can commonly appear to be an issue with body chemistry, but in a good deal of cases, this is not true.

4. New skills and understanding can indoctrinate us to be composed in predicaments that previously invoked anxiety and panic occurrences.

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Wilderness Survival – Fire Making

Fire making is a need-to-know skill if you are planning on spending any time in the wilderness. Fire is the second most important need when in a survival situation, shelter being the first, and once obtained it can be used for many things including: boiling water to make it drinkable, hardening wood for spears, arrows, digging tools, firing pottery, keeping you warm, and the list goes on.

This article will discuss the different methods of fire creation that you should know about when venturing into the wild. We will cover flint and steel, ferro rods, lighters, matches, and different drill methods. This will not cover all the fire making methods in detail, but should be enough to inform you of the pro’s and con’s of each method and give you a place to start when choosing how you want to create fire when making camp.

Hand Drill Method

The drill methods for creating fire create a coal, which can then be blown into a flame, by using friction between two pieces of wood. A hearth board is placed on the ground and a spindle is then rotated back and forth onto the hearth board. The friction created between the two pieces of wood produces dust, which will heat up enough to form an ember or coal. This ember can then be moved into a bundle of tinder and blown into a flame. When using the hand drill method, the spindle used is usually a dry wood or vegetation (such as a mullien or cattail stalk) that has a very soft and pithy center. As the name implies, the spindles is turned with the power of the hands. The bow drill method utilizes a bow (much like a the type used to shoot arrows) to spin the spindle. This allows much more speed and power to be put into turning the spindle and it has less chance of blistering your hands. These drill methods are very reliable once you have the skill, however they can take some time to prepare.

Flint and steel have been around for ages. The basic concept is that you have a piece of flint, and a piece of steel – like that which metal files are made from. By striking the two together, sparks are created. These sparks are then caught by your tinder and can be blown into an ember and then into flames. It’s a fairly easy method to use, and also compact and lightweight to carry. The only thing you need in addition to the flint and steel is charcloth. Charcloth is a natural fiber, such as cotton, which has been heated to the point that its chemical makeup changes, but the air is kept from the fibers so that it will not burst into flame, but rather just char. The reason you need charcloth is because it catches a spark extremely easy. You can then place your red hot charcloth into your tinder bundle and blow it into flames. You can usually use the container in which you carry your fire kit (i.e. an altoid tin) to make the charcloth. You just place the natural fiber into the container, close it up, and stick it in the fire. After awhile you can pull it out and it will be black but not burned up.

A ferrocerium rod (aka a ferro rod) is the next step in the flint and steel evolution. The rod will throw off a lot of sparks when a piece of steel (such as the back of your knife blade) is run down the rod. These sparks can then be caught in charcloth or another tinder and be blown into flames. The advantage of the ferro rod ofer flint and steel is that it is a smaller package and easier to use.

Matches take the “spark” step out of fire making and go directly to flame. Although matches generally work OK, if they are wet they will not light. They can also snap easily. Its not a bad idea to carry some on you, but don’t depend on them.

Lighters are a step above matches. They also go directly to flame, but have the advantage of having a much larger fuel source (i.e. they can produce more flames for longer) and if they are wet, some can be dried out and used. Just as with the matches, its never a bad idea to have a lighter on you, just don’t depend on it.

If you are going into the wild, it really doesn’t hurt to take a lighter, matches, ferro rod, as well as flint and steel with you. It will all fit in a nice compact bag and give you four different ways to light a fire. Its also very good to know how to make an ember with one of the bow drill methods so that even if you go into the wilderness with nothing, you can still make fire by friction.

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Important Facts Pertaining to Emergency Survival Shelter

Emergency survival shelter is considered to be one of the most important forms of preparation for individuals that are creating survival kits. When an emergency situation arises, it is essential for individuals to have the proper shelter. While it is true that several days without nutrition and water may go by and not affect the survival rate of the individual that does not have access to these items, there are many emergency situations that have the capability of subjecting an individual to several harsh elements and conditions that could impact their livelihood in only a matter of hours. Many that specialize in survival techniques agree that the first issue that needs to be addressed during an emergency is shelter. In this survival guide, you will learn many important facts pertaining to emergency shelters.

An emergency survival shelter is intended to protect you from certain elements that may be present in the environment. These include weather elements such as extreme temperatures, snow, wind, rain, flooding, and various types of storms. It may also protect you from certain types of insects and wildlife such as spiders, snakes, bears, bees, mosquitoes, and alligators. In several types of emergency situations, the need for having adequate shelter takes precedence over the basic needs of food and water. Because of this fact, it is imperative that you place obtaining appropriate shelter for emergency situations as a priority when creating survival kits. When purchasing premade shelters, it is important to ensure that it provides ample space to protect you and features that will further enhance that protection.

When shopping for emergency shelters such as tents, it is important to understand that there are many factors that should be considered prior to finalizing your purchase. First, it is important to ensure that you consider the types of emergencies that have the capability of affecting your region. Once you have made a list of all the possibilities, it is important to determine how much time that you would have to construct the shelter should those events occur. If you would have a large amount of time, you may opt for large shelters that have enhanced features. However, if you would be limited on your shelter preparation time, you will want to focus on only shelters that may be constructed easily and without excessive complication.

When choosing an emergency survival shelter, it is important to know how many individuals may use the product. In some instances, you may find that you need to purchase either very large units or multiple units in order to appropriately accommodate all of the individuals that you would want to protect during an emergency. It is also important to consider the types of elements that you will want to protect yourself and others from. Tents and other types of emergency shelters are created using various types of products and materials. It is important to know which materials will prove to be most appropriate for the situations that you may face. There are several different types of emergencies that may directly impact you. While gathering all of the supplies that you will place in your emergency survival kit, it is vitally important to avoid forgetting what could be the most important aspect of the kit – the emergency survival shelter.

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Are You Prepared For Emergency Survival Following A Solar Storm? Part I

Solar Storms are coming, Emergency Survival knowledge, and Preparedness are key. You may be asking questions like, “Exactly what is a solar storm, and how can it affect me and my family?” “What emergency survival knowledge should I know about?” “If preparedness is the key, then what should I do?” In this four part series we are going to answer these questions and provide insight into the larger picture. We will give you the information that the media, and government are holding back.
So what is a solar storm? Well solar as you might have guessed refers to an event involving our sun. A storm is defined as a violent disturbance of the atmosphere. But instead of the disturbance occurring in the form of thunder, lightening, or precipitation, it is in the form of charged particles that are ejected from the sun. These charged particles travel in large clouds that can carry up to ten billion tons of plasma. These clouds are also called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), when they are released from the sun.

The particles in a CME (ions and electrons) are electrically charged, which means they also feel magnetic forces. Under normal circumstances these particles would be deflected by the Earth’s magnetic field or our shield if you will, and the survival of our way of life would not be in jeopardy. According to researches sponsored by NASA our magnetic field often develops two holes that allow huge leaks. These leaks can allow up to twenty times more particles to pass. You might be thinking that this sounds like a bit of an emergency. Hold on we’re not done yet. The number of particles breaching this shield depends on the orientation of the sun’s magnetic field. When the Sun’s and Earth’s magnetic fields are in alignment the largest breaches occur. The sun’s magnetic field changes direction every cycle.

In the summer of 1859, on August 28th, the magnetic fields of the sun and earth were in such an alignment. Solar observers of the time noted the development of numerous sunspots on the sun’s surface. Sunspots are the originating point of CME’s. They are regions of extremely intense magnetic fields that are intertwined and can suddenly release energy in a violent solar flare. There was no anticipated doom or emergency on September 1st, 1859, when the sun released a mammoth solar flare. For nearly an entire minute the intensity of sunlight produced at the region of the flare actually doubled. The CME resulting from the solar flare itself contained an extremely intense magnetic field that was oppositely charged to that of Earth’s magnetic field. The result was the Earth’s magnetic field was overwhelmed allowing charged particles to penetrate into the upper atmosphere.

There was very little need for solar storm preparedness in 1859. The only technology that was susceptible at that time was the Telegraph. The CME or Carrington Event, as it has come to be known, gave a jolt to some telegraph operators, and some of their offices even caught fire. So there was no emergency or threat to survival; life in 1859 pretty much went on as usual with the slight inconvenience of no telegraph messages for a while.

Imagine our society today, and how dependant we are on electronics, and power transmission. How would we react if suddenly all of that was taken away by one of these CMEs? According to a report by the National Academy of sciences, if such a storm occurred today, we could experience widespread power blackouts with permanent damage to many key transformers. A CME could very well occur during the next solar maximum and could be more intense than what happened in 1859. Our very survival could be on the line. “When”, you ask, “is the next solar maximum?” We’ll talk about that and what preparedness steps you can take to ensure your survival in upcoming papers. So stay tuned.

William Tonkin, as a child took an interest in outdoor survival and joined the boy scouts. Following high school William joined the military, and learned about cold weather survival in Montana. In more recent years he worked with emergency services developing mapping and communications software for their vehicles. Today he continues to share his knowledge of disaster preparedness with others.

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