What Disappears First During a Crisis

Although North Korea is believed to have a small arsenal, its continued nuclear tests have raised widespread concerns over possible nuclear conflict.  However, the realities underlying the menacing vocabulary lately are a far greyer area than the bluster suggests. It is far from certain that Putin would be prepared to be the first leader to use nuclear weapons in wartime since 1945, over his territorial ambitions in Ukraine. If his primary goal is to stay in power, that could be exactly the wrong way of going about it. 

A nuclear attack could cause substantial fatalities, injuries, and infrastructure damage from the heat and blast of the explosion, and significant radiological consequences from both the initial nuclear radiation and the radioactive fallout that settles after the initial event.  A study last month found that the countries with the best hope of at least seeing their civilization survive during the ten years after a nuclear war would be Argentina and Australia.

How would you survive a nuclear war?  Lie face down to protect exposed skin from the heat and flying debris. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, if possible. If you are in a vehicle, stop safely, and duck down within the vehicle. After the shock wave passes, get inside the nearest, best shelter location for protection from potential fallout.

How far can you survive a nuclear explosion?  At a distance of 40-45 miles, a person would have at most 3 hours after the fallout began to find shelter. Considerably smaller radiation doses will make people seriously ill. Thus, the survival prospects of persons immediately downwind of the bursting point would be slim unless they could be sheltered or evacuated.

How long would it take for the Earth to recover from nuclear war?  Recovery would probably take about 3-10 years, but the Academy’s study notes that long-term global changes cannot be completely ruled out. The reduced ozone concentrations would have a number of consequences outside the areas in which the detonations occurred.

Nuclear attacks are not the only disasters to prepare for. 

In the State of Washington, on October 20th at 10:20 am will be the Great Shakeout.  If you live along the coastline be prepared to hear the drill as the tsunami sirens will be used

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are large-scale geological or meteorological events that have the potential to cause loss of life or property. These types of disasters include:

Severe storms and floods are the most common types of natural disasters reported in the United States. These meteorological events are occasionally preceded by presidential “emergency declarations” requiring state and local planning prior to the event, such as evacuations and protection of public assets. Disaster Distress Helpline staff are available to speak to those who call or text before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Survival Essentials

This is why we are always on the lookout for survival essentials that we can store in case SHTF.

The following list has items that will run out quickly when a national disaster strikes. The list is in no particular order; some items will run out faster than others.




Seasoned Firewood

Oil Lams with Lamp Oil & Wicks

Garbage Bags

Clothes pins/line/hangers

Fire Extinguishers

Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)

Matches (“Strike Anywhere” preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first

Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators

Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches

Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)

Duct Tape



Garden tools & supplies

Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies

Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel

Sleeping Bags& blankets/pillows/mats


Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)

Wagons or utility carts (for transport to and from)

Cots & Inflatable mattresses

Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.

Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts

Health & Wellness

Water Filters/Purifiers

Thermal underwear

Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)

Heavy Duty Work Boots, belts, Levi’s & durable shirts

First aid kits

Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams

Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.


Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, and flushable wipes

Waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)

Shampoo, toothbrush/paste, mouthwash/floss, and nail clippers

Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)

Laundry Detergent (liquid)

Food & Supplies

Insulated ice chests

Cook Stoves

Charcoal and Lighter Fluid

Manual Can openers, whisks, and kitchen utensils

Aluminum Foil

Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)

Flour, yeast & salt

Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)

Fishing supplies/tools

Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.

Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)

Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts

Coffee and Teas

Here Are Some Survival Guides in PDFs

Military, Combat and Tactical (51 downloads)

Wilderness Survival Books (51 downloads)

Food and Food Storage PDFs (222 downloads)

Homestead Skills (75 downloads)

Emergency Medicine (42 downloads)

Security and Defense (27 downloads)

General Emergency Preparedness and Survival (100 downloads)

Alternative Energy (2 downloads)

Water Storage, Treatment, and Resupply (41 downloads)

Survival Shelters (36 downloads)

Hygiene and Sanitation (2 downloads)

Knot Tying (16 downloads)

Urban Survival Manual PDFs (11 downloads)

Free Survival Guides (15 downloads)

If you like bushcraft and learning how to use the earth around you to survive in nature, this list is for you. Along with a handful of non-negotiable wilderness survival tools, information found in these downloadable PDFs can help you enjoy yourself more in the outdoors, and could quite literally save your life. Learn about sheltering, foraging, medicinal plants, huntingcold weather survival, bushcraft, and more. 


Foraging for Food

Medicinal Plants