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Learn To Survive With Low Tech

As preppers we often spend a lot of time on buying and storing stuff to make disaster survival easier. For hunting and protection we will store guns and ammunition in large quantities to see us through months or years. But what happens if a gun were to break or you run out of ammo?

Knowing how to create weapons is vitally important and the lower the technology the better. For example, you can easily learn how to make a bow and some arrows for hunting purposes. A slightly more difficult task would be to build a cross bow, but it is not impossible.

For me crossbows are a weapon of choice to have in my arsenal. When they break down they are easy to fix and I have learned how to make my own arrows for various purposes. They are also more suitable for defence purposes.

One piece of cross bow technology that would be quite difficult to repair or create yourself is the scope optics for a crossbow.

Lenses are very difficult to create perfectly, so what I have done is accumulate about 10 different models, most of which cost less than $80. It’s usually for birthdays that I ask friends to maybe get me a crossbow scope.

Crossbow

Crossbow

The great thing with these weapons is that they are very easy to learn, and if you have used a bow and arrow you will better understand the more extreme flight arch when compared to a bullet. Most of the time we should bullets at relatively short distances, where the drop is not that great, a few inches at most.

However, with an arrow the effect of gravity is a lot stronger. This means that at short distance the arrow will drop quite a lot and having a zeroed scope will greatly help to alleviate that effect and be more accurate.

I highly recommend that you look up some home made plans for bows of all types and try and make your own. You won’t be making complex compound bows, but there is something really rewarding about heading out into nature, gathering the raw materials you need and then making your own bow and arrows. I’ve even gone out then and and completed my first successful hunt. It is a lot more difficult and time consuming that heading out with a hunting rifle, but so much more rewarding.

You should also have a large array of different knives. These are difficult to make yourself, but you could accumulate the raw steel needed and then learn how to shape and sharpen it. However, with the relatively low cost of knives it is probably best to just store many different types for survival situations.

Another thing that is on my list is to learn how to make a radio from the barest essentials. Apparently this is something that is taught in Special Forces training and is essential to many survival situations. Now, if you are in a desolate place with little more than a knife, you will probably find it difficult to make a radio. But with some very basic understanding of electronics it is possible to store old radios and computers to sue as parts.

The same goes for a basic understanding of physics and how to generate electricity. It doesn’t take much to build a dynamo, but if you don’t know the basics then you probably won’t figure it out under pressure.

For all these recommendations it is best to try them all out as weekend hobbies. Just having the theory can be detrimental in an emergency situation.

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Technology Disasters

Many people in the prepping community focus very much on things like natural disasters and war or civil unrest. One thing that is often overlooked is is the impact of technology disasters. In this post I want to just highlight some possible impacts you should be aware of and how it would impact your life.

No matter how technology averse you are, the rest of the world and economy isn’t. Practically everything we do and buy in some way involves technology along the way. Information technology is the main backbone of the economy these days and there are very few businesses that can function without any use of IT.

But IT systems are under constant attack from hackers and criminals and IT security is becoming an ever more prominent and important

nuclearWithin the IT security industry there is a commonly held belief that a major technology security incident is just a matter of time. So what are the possible implications?

Falling short of a universal virus that shuts down everything, or a major electromagnetic storm hitting earth it is more likely that very specific sections of the economy could shut down.

Imagine for example a cities transportation department that controls subways, trains and traffic signals. An IT shutdown for even a short period of time could result in utter chaos as was seen in the NY blackouts from a few years ago. This blackout only lasted a short time frame and was due to a power failure. An IT failure could result in transportations shutdowns that last several days or weeks.

While emergency services have some of the most secure IT systems they could eventually become vulnerable. Imagine dialing 999 and not getting through to someone. How quickly do you think that kind of issue would spread into the criminal knowledge, and now imagine how criminals could exploit such a situation?

More severe disasters could occur if access to military IT systems were established or various types of power plants. These types of systems make sure that things run smoothly and provide fail safes against all sorts of things like accidental firing or missiles or power plant overheating.

Nuclear power plants are particularly in danger of such problems and even if there was an incident hundreds or thousands of miles away that does not mean you would be unaffected.

Technology disasters can also mean that you no longer have running water or electricity or any communication to the outside world. In such situations you want to make sure that you are prepared for the worst.