Author: Dave Asprey

how to prepare for a disaster in the home FIRE

how to prepare for a disaster in the home FIRE


A house fire is one of the most common disasters to occur in the home. Thousands die every year in the United States alone. Sadly this is a number that can be greatly reduced by drawing up and becoming familiar with a fire evacuation plan. How to prepare for a disaster in the home should be on everybody’s priority list as it could save you and your family.

Evacuation plan

Keep calm and try not to panic (I know easier said than done)

Its of vital importance that you have a escape plan in place, in order for you and your family to survive a house fire. You should regularly go through the actions with your family, on how you would escape your home if its on fire. You should have all the details down in writing and a diagram drawn so you and your family can see it often.

I have a diagam of our house floor plan hung up in our pantry where the kids can see it. In the diagram I have counted steps from bedrooms to the exit points in the house. We regularly practice this with the lights off walking then crawling to exit.

In a house fire there’s a big chance that smoke will be everywhere so you need to know your home layout blindfolded, so you dont get disoriented in you cant see.

Stay away from fabrics

In the event of a house fire you want to stay down and close of the floor as you make your way to the exit points. Smoke rises and this smoke contains toxic gasses from synthetic fabrics, paints etc.

If you find that the heat is intense, it would be wise to remove any clothing thats synthetic. If you have time replace your clothing with woolen garments. Synthetic clothing can stick to your skin and create burns that are far more severe. Fabrics around the home will go up in flames much quicker that other house hold objects.

What if you cant get out

If you cant exit the building for any reason, it may be a good option to stay put. Dont open any doors and try to cover or block up any cracks. put towels, clothes, blankets whatever you can find to fill any gaps. A fire will gain momentum fast if exposed to  oxygen. The fire will suck in oxygen from anywhere it can, so keep doors and windows shut until help arrives.

Call for help if your trapped on the upper floor

If you are on a high upper level call out to passerbys for help. Use your phone to call for emergency assistance and wait calmly until help arrives. Have any fire extinguisher’s there with you if possible.

If your not to far from the ground escape through the window

If you are on the first floor you can simply climb out of the window and jump to the ground.  If you are on the 2nd floor you may opt to dangle down from a window ledge to swing down to the ground from.

Remember that if you leave a window open for too long the oxygen will fuel the fire. If you make the decision to escape through a open window then commit quickly.

Keep rope ladders on the top floors

In a few different locations on your upper floors, have rope ladders stored. Make this a area easy to locate by all the family. If a fire occurs you can dangle these from balconies or window ledges. This will make for a easy escape for all the family

Leave your house immediately after you hear your smoke alarms

Where most people die in a house fire is when they delay in gathering photos, clothes, documents etc. As soon as you hear your alarms go off, make a inspection that it is definitely a fire and if it is, take immediate action.

Wake up all people and hurry to the exit points. Any pets can be taken along with exiting. All of you should be fully up to speed with the evacuation plan, even small children.

Don’t assume everyone is following you to the exit. Gather everyone in the house and be the last person to leave. This insures that small children, elderly ones get to safety

Doors can serve as a protection

Doors can be a great protection in the event of a house fire. But remember to keep them closed if flames are in the opposite room. If you are not sure where the fire is located, touch the handle of the door or the door itself.

If it’s hot to touch don’t open the door as flames will certainly be on the other side. Also if smoke is billowing from under the door this is another indication that there’s flames on the other side

Have a smoke respirator on stand by

Smoke is definitely the number 1 thing that kills most people in a house fire. Within 5 minutes toxic gas and smoke would render a person that has suffered from smoke interrelation unconsciousness. Brain damage would soon result if exposed to longer periods and probably death.

Have a smoke respirator on hand in a few different locations in the house that you can grab in a emergency. Failing this you can use a large plastic bottle, empty it and cut the bottom off. Cut it so it molds around your face in a slopping direction. Place a wet spong in the neck of the bottle and put it to your face. This will cut out most of the deadly gas and smoke

Take your fire plan seriously

Fire in the home is something that we all need to take very seriously. Way too many die in homes due to fire and sadly alot are children. Parents need to be diligent in taking this topic very serious and need to put a real plan in place.

Any questions regarding fire evacuation plans or help putting one together, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Are there any other things I forgot to mention here? Let me know in the comments below

Stay safe



escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute

escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute


Escape submerged vehicle in less than a minute! Experts suggest this tactic if your car happens to find itself sinking into the watery deep. But what if you throw a few logistical nightmares into the mix such as children or elderly people? Could you save everyone involved?

Bad driving got me thinking

Recently my family and I were driving along the Great Ocean Road in the very beautiful state of Victoria Australia. This is a very scenic road that whines itself along the coast for hundreds of kilometers. Its spectacular driving this road because often in sections the road actually goes out above the water, giving the driver and passengers a view of the crashing waves below.

Many overseas tourists come to drive this road at all times of the year and it’s often the busiest throughout the summer period. Super bikes, Harleys, European sports cars, Hot rods, muscle cars and retro vintage cars all take advantage of what this road has to offer. Many beaches, restaurants and cafes are jammed packed and you can’t get a car spot for miles.

A lot of tourists come out here from countries where you drive on the right side of the road, not like here in Australia where you drive on the left. This adds to a lot of confusion and often you will see head on accidents along this stretch of road

Whilst driving taking in the view, I made mention to my wife that driving this road this time of year is quite dangerous. She nodded her head and said that its pretty nuts. Many drivers were swerving all over the place, uncertain whether they had to stay on the left or right side of the road. Nuts alright!

My oldest son happened to say, I hope they don’t drive off the road into the ocean below. Wow! I thought. Imagine that I said, that could be a real disaster if they didn’t know how to escape.

This got me thinking and we started talking about it for the remainder of the drive

How do you escape from a sinking car?

Experts say that as soon as the car hits the water and settles, this is the exact time you should unbuckle your seat belt, wind down the window and climb out. This is great if you have a crank winding handle, but what if you have powered windows? Most car manufacturers guarantee that all car circuitry will work for 10 minutes in a submerged situation.

That’s great but what if the powered windows fail and don’t go down?

Smashing your side window is your best option. The front windscreen is made from toughened composite glass and it won’t break no matter how hard you thump on it. Using a hammer or pointed heavy steel type object (hammer) is recommended in assisting you with breaking it. Failing you don’t have a hammer in the car you can use your elbow to break it. Failing your elbow is not up for the job you can use the pointed steel parts from your head rest, whacking this on the glass instead

Remember when the glass breaks, clear away all the glass from the door frame so it doesn’t cut you.

Failing you have children in the car, what do I do?

Unbuckle your seat belt first, then work unbuckling the oldest through to the youngest. This is so that the older children can assist you if need be with the younger children. Have the windows already wound down and start exiting your children from the car, oldest to youngest. Hopefully the water hasn’t breached the windows at this point, but if it is starts to pouring in keep your calm. (Easier said than done I know)

Elderly or in firmed people would need the most help, but help them after the children have vacated the car. If their are any older children perhaps in their teens, they can assist you with this.

Windows didn’t break or go down. What to do now?


If the windows didn’t break or go down when you tried, your best option now is just let the car sink down to the bottom and settle. You will still be able to breathe for a considerable amount of time as the water won’t pour in fast at first. Don’t try to open the doors until the car has completely come to rest on the bottom and the water level is up around your chin. The inside pressure of the car and the outside pressure will now allow you to open your doors.

Take the last remaining bit of air taking a deep breath. Have all the children copy you and talk through what they need to do as the water is coming in and rising. Once the water has completely filled the car open the doors and swim out. Failing you are disoriented and don’t know where’s up, follow the air bubbles to the surface.

If their are any still in the car, take a deep breath and swim down pulling them out.

People would be swimming over to you by now and on the scene assisting. A car leaving the road and floating on the surface of the water is not something you see every day, so people will be only too happy to help


This is quite a scary scenario and is probably making your hands sweaty at just the thought of it. (I know it made my hands a little). Go through this scenario with your family, and being prepared will definitely help if this was to ever happen

Just try not to find yourself in your car out in deep water, that’s my best tip

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Latest Earthquakes

Latest Earthquakes


Plenty of earthquake activity is taking place around the globe and it doesn’t seem to be easing up.

Have you been effected by this increase of tectonic movement that all the experts seem to be raving on about?

This increase in activity could be an indication that a massive one is just around the corner around the highly volatile Ring Of Fire. Scientists for the past decade have been saying that California is well over due for a big one. An earthquake with a magnitude of 8 or higher along the San Andreas fault would see many people in danger and there would be a large loss of life

Just like the Hollywood blockbusters that depicts building’s crashing to the ground or massive tsunamis enveloping entire cities, we are constantly being exposed to footage of the effects of natural disasters and the vulnerability that people find themselves in after one takes place

How do I avoid earthquakes?

Cities now are more populated than ever. Anchorage, in Alaska just recently went through a series of earthquakes that busted up roads, building’s and parkland. But Alaska has always been rocked by earthquake’s and according to the long term residents, rumbling and shaking of the ground happens all the time

If you want to avoid earthquakes, move to areas that are nowhere near a fault line or a history of such disasters

Japan has always had consistent seismic movement because of its location to the Ring Of Fire. The deep ocean trenches such as the Mariana trench, are evidence of the grinding tectonic plates that smash themselves together forming huge deep valleys on the ocean floor. These trenches are also home to many hundreds of active volcanoes indicating the volatile nature of The Ring Of Fire

This Ring Of Fire horse shoes its way up from New Zealand, fringing the eastern coast of Japan, turning its way over to Alaska, then down through the western coast of California, finishing up off the S/Western coastline of South America

New Zealand has copped its fair share of destabilization from tectonic movement over the years. Christchurch is still rebuilding after a big one hit a few years back. Footage showed people running for their lives as buildings crashed and ground split underneath them.

And we can never forget Japan’s earthquake that sent a tsunami barreling its way through villages, swamping everything in its path. Scary footage indeed

Large dormant volcanoes that could come to life at any time, dot all over the place around the northern part of the Ring Of Fire making many people uneasy with uncertainty

Yellow Stone national park could blow its top at any stage making this place a volcanologists paradise

Have I made your palms sweaty yet?

Yes a large percentage of the world’s population live on highly volatile fault lines. That is why when a large scale earthquake occurs, they tend to happen in these densely populated areas and tragically loss of life happens

Earthquakes fire off all the time but occur deep down near the earths core. The earths tectonic plates are continually moving and nobody can predict when pressure is going to be released from any one of these.

For example scientific experts say that the San Andrea’s fault must be under extreme pressure and ready to let go at any time. But simply no one knows. It could continue to stay that way for another 50 years

Plenty of action happening deep down

Many earthquakes happen with us not feeling anything at all. They usually occur deep down beneath the ocean floor and go undetected by people on land. Scientists have detectors that can pick up the lowest of vibrations. The earth undergoes thousands of earthquakes per day, but most are in the low magnitude scale and are not felt by humans

But occasionally an earthquake happens close to the earths surface, and this is where it becomes dangerous and the loss of human life can take place

A decade of large earthquakes

Most of the latest earthquakes we have seen, have been some of the biggest in history. Here’s a list of a few earthquakes that may come to mind

Chiapas Mexico, 2017 Magnitude 8.2

Ecuador 2016 April 16 Magnitude 7.8

Chile 2015 September 16 Magnitude 8.3

Nepal 2015 April 25 Magnitude 7.8

China, 2014 August 3 Magnitude 6.5

Pakistan 2013 September 24 Magnitude 7.7

These earthquakes killed many hundreds of people and there was no warning that one was about to strike.

What do I do in an earthquake?

Many people don’t know what to do in an earthquake and this is where people die.

Gaining knowledge now on how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do when in an earthquake is vital for survival.

Loss of life usually occurs because things fall on people due to the shaking and swaying. Anything that can topple over such as, large pot plants, statues, furniture, large paintings on walls etc. These items can sometimes be very heavy and can crush someone in an instant.

When you feel the beginnings of an earthquake, quickly make your way under a solid object. Desks or large tables are good choices to seek refuge. Put your hands over the top of your head to stop any falling glass landing on you. Try to wrap some material around your nose and mouth such as a hat, scarf, shirt, jumper, handkerchief etc. This will prevent any dust filling your lungs.

Taking cover underneath solid objects would stop any plaster falling on you from walls and ceilings and hopefully give you protection if the building was to collapse.

When the chaos stops

If you can make your way quickly and safely to an exit do so. This is not the time to linger around to check out what’s just happened, snap some selfies on your smartphone and upload them to Instagram. Get yourself to the street as quickly as possible then take all the pictures you want.

Always know where the exit doors are when you are at any location and always carry on you documentation of who you are.

Earthquakes can devastate places and lives in an instant so educate yourself now on survival techniques by visiting my other posts on survival techniques in a disaster

Do you agree with what I have written about here? I would love to hear your feedback on this post.

I will endeavor to respond back to you ASAP

Cheers and stay safe




Get Me Out Of Here

Get Me Out Of Here

Natural disasters seem to be on the rise and people all around the world are being effected by them on a daily basis. 

Should we be alarmed or continue to stick our heads in the sand and pretend it’s never going to happen to me. Have you or somebody you know been effected by natural disasters? 

When one finds themselves in a situation like this the first thing they may scream is 


Whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, tsunami, flood, landslide, typhoon, tornado, erupting volcano that may affect us, we need to take certain measures now to help us survive.

Yes, unforeseen occurrences can happen to any one of us, but should that stop us from setting aside time to plan and think about this? Our very lives could depend on it

Get yourself out of the path of calamity

When the authorities warn of an impending hurricane, flood etc. It would be wise to heed the directions given and get yourself to safety or higher ground. Houses, cars are not worth risking your life for and many people have paid the ultimate price for staying put to try to save a possession. 

You can rebuild a house but you can’t obtain a new life if you die.

For some people, choosing to live in a location that is low risk is an option worth considering.

One authority said that disaster risk is geographically highly concentrated. A very small portion of the earth’s surface contains most of the risk and most future large-scale disasters will occur in these areas.

If you happen to live in a low-lying coastal town or on a fault line this may be true. If you can move to areas that are safer, then you are lowering your risk of being hurt or killed in the event of a disaster 

A action plan is of vital importance

You may have taken all the precautions in the world and still find yourself on the receiving end of a disaster. 

Coping with the after effects of a tragedy may be easier if you plan in advance. Knowing that you did everything possible to keep yourself and your family safe will be a comfort if things got bad.

Always know your surroundings

If you find yourself on a daily basis in areas that are crowded and busy, it would be good to stay focused on your surroundings and staying alert to escape routes or emergency exits if a stressful situation were to take place.

Some people I know avoid places that have high concentrations of people. Large office floors, big shopping centers, busy cities etc. They get pail at the thought of being anywhere near any of these and avoid them like the plague 

There’s so many scenarios we could discuss at length here, but its up to you to plan and think about what you intend to do if you got caught up in an emergency situation?


All go-bags should contain the following items

  • First aid supplies
  • Bottled water
  • Non perishable food
  • Important documents

It’s always best to get the family involved to discuss what disasters could affect us in our area. Review the requirements of each family member and prepare for them if they are not able to do so. 

Building a bug-out bag with the kids can be fun, so get them involved. Talk though the different items within their bags and have them using their items so that they become familiar with them


When adversity comes knocking at the door, how will we hold up?

Planning for the unknown and hardships of the aftermath of a disaster now when times are good, will help us greatly in times of distress.

Plan and act now before it’s to late

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Cheers and stay safe


Best waterproof hiking shoes

Best waterproof hiking shoes

I’m doing a review today on the Salomon hiking shoe range and I think this will blow you away! Well not literally blow you away, unless you were standing inside a hurricane, tornado or typhoon. Haha, Let’s get started!

The Salomon hiking shoe is best worn for hiking purposes. However walking the red carpet, black tie event or romantic walks on the beach have been successfully done in the Salomon shoe range. Many hard ass bearded men (and not so much hard ass bearded women) have worn these on many top-notch occasions. They can look very classy or rugged, depending on what your wearing I guess.

Warning: Not suggested wearing these on your wedding day, as this could end in divorce soon after

These shoes have super strong speed laces with a slide toggle, that can have you out of your tent on the trail in record time. No more having to bend over with your heavy pack on, to adjust loose or undone shoe laces.

The shoe is as tough as nails! However, I do not suggest you stand on literal nails, as these will surely go through the shoe and into your foot. This would hurt you!

As you walk along in these shoes you will notice they are quite ballsy. They resemble a pair of Michelin tiers on a 50 tonne bulldozer. The tread however is not made from tires but a high grade rubber that offers good high arch support

Other people who spend less on their hiking shoes would feel a little behind the 8 ball when matched with the Salomon shoe range. Over longer hikes these preform heaps better than other brands on the market. When hiking up and down slopes or jumping between rocks and logs, there will definitely be no issues.

A hiking buddy of mine recently noticed that I was wearing a pair of Salomons and commented that they look absolutely bullet proof. I agreed that they certainly do, but warned him that they haven’t been tested yet by bullets at a shooting-range and that he should not shoot himself in the foot when wearing them.

The color schemes are a game over for Salomon shoe range and would suit many tastes and styles.

If you were ever to find yourself in a pickle whilst you were wearing a pair of Salomons, you could quite easily out run the problem. Just pretend for a moment you were sun baking down the beach and noticed that a tsunami was raging towards you. If given enough warning one could definitely out run it in a pair of Salomons.

This is because the shoe performs like a runner and is designed to fit tight and snug just like a track and field shoe.

You may be opening a can of worms when purchasing a pair of Salomons though, because all your mates will be highly envious of you. They will think that you have landed into some cash from an inheritance or something and start expecting you to shout beers for everyone down the local pub.

So maybe it’s a good idea that you wear these perhaps when you’re out hiking by yourself or partner

These shoes are almost 100% waterproof which is very good news if you are planning on jumping some puddles or walking in the rain. However, I suggest that you don’t walk in water any deeper than the start of the laces. If the water lever rises above the start of the laces/ Tongue area, your precious dry socks will get moist and possibly wet.

The Salomom range is designed to offer the user maximum comfort and support. The company has definitely put a lot of thought into how the shoe breathes, because Let’s face it nobody likes a smelly foot when one kicks off their shoes. Lots of holes located in different area’s means a cooler foot and better smelling hiker.

In my opinion the Salomon range is a good shoe to purchase and would last for many years of abuse.

Let me know what you think of the Salomon range and if you are a user, how they have worked for you

Leave comments below and I will get back to you ASAP

Keep safe






hurricane survival kit checklist

hurricane survival kit checklist

We are once again heading for another hurricane season and already we are seeing some activity in the Atlantic Ocean. Are you currently experiencing the uncertainty of a hurricane building out at sea near to where you live? Do you have family that live in areas where hurricanes hit the most? Hurricanes can be extremely dangerous if you are underprepared

The thought of hurricanes coming within range of our homes, family and possibly destroying our home will always build a level of dread and anxiety inside us

A hurricane survival kit checklist is a must for any home before a hurricane hits with all its force.

Now is the time to read up on the area in which you live to find out any past history concerning natural disasters. These details could prove to be life saving as previous hurricanes give us a insight on what to expect and how to safeguard ourselves

If you have recently moved to a region where hurricanes hit, it would be wise to talk to as many locals as possible. You might learn of past experiences of how people prepared in the past and what are the best techniques to use to survive a hurricane.

Many people lose their lives because they are under prepared to handle the intensity of a large scale natural disaster so learn and prepare yourself now

Advanced Planning

Plan ahead.

Have a plan in place that gets you and your family to shelters safely and as quick as possible. Plan the route beforehand with the whole family, so everyone is clear on how to get there. Anticipate that roads could be blocked, so a alternative route is always a great idea. Have a plan B in place also in case the first plan fails. (Always have a plan B for everything)

A pre selected bug out location would be the best bet, already stocked with supplies.

Family members that are caring for elderly or who are disabled will need help and assistance in the event of a hurricane. It would be wise beforehand to contact the local authorities to be informed on what to do for these ones. All the information you can gather to help all family members cope though this traumatic event will prove to be invaluable.

Keeping children calm with games, headphones and music of their favourite bands/artists, will help them keep in a good frame of mind. Make sure any pets stay inside with you as they will be just as frightened and needing a safe place


Flood insurance

Get flood insurance if you don’t already have it and make sure you know all the details about the policy. Some insurance policies for flood damage need to be well read.  Some appear to look as though you are covered for everything but the small print may say otherwise.

Emergency supplies

Make sure you have already purchased or put together you 72hr emergency bug-out bag for yourself and family. Keep these bags stored in a high dry place near the exit points in you home and have one permanently in you car for the whole family.

If you have not done this, you must have at least

  • 72 hours of drinking water per person
  • 72 hours of non-perishable food that you don’t need to cook per person
  • First aid kit
  • flash light
  • All medications
  • Personal documentation
  • Batteries
  • Crank powered radio and battery bank for devices
  • Mobile phone and contact list
  • Turn you fridge to the coldest setting
  • Pet food
  • Fire kit
  • Cash and coins
  • Multi tool

Check out my post on survival must haves here

Batten down the hatches

Around your house you will need to place anything that can be blown away by the wind, inside. Batten down all windows and doors with thick marine plywood, screwed in place by the longest screws you can find.

Clean out any guttering around the roof line and clean out any down pipes. Trim any trees of dangerous branches and fill your car full of gas in case you need to evacuate. Shut off all electricity gas and water if you know how to or learn now the process to do it.

A hurricane warning will be issued over the radio within 36 hours of its landfall, so make sure you listen in for information.

Atlanta and central pacific Hurricane season starts from June 1st through to November 30th

Eastern pacific starts from May 15 through to November 30th

Where’s the safest place to be

If you live in a high rise building and are above the 10th floor you should evacuate. Everyone that lives on floors 1 and 2 should make plans with all occupants from floors 3 to 10 to bunker down on the lower levels.

A small team should be set up to organise for the care and safety of everyone.

Anyone that lives in a mobile home, flood plain or close to a river or major water-way should also evacuate because of storm surge

Riding out the storm

Just before the storm hits fill you bath tub full of water (this is not the time to take a bath) its for an extra supply for other things that may require extra water.

Unplug all electrical devices from the wall and turn off all propane tanks.

When the storm hits, stay away from any glass doors or windows. This is the time when people are injured, usually trying to take footage on their phones or cameras. If you want some footage of the hurricane, set up another phone that can record whilst your riding the storm out

Don’t use the land line telephone because it won’t work and move to the lowest level of the house. Any rooms that have concrete walls and ceilings are great to bunker in. If you happen to live on a boat, throw out multiple anchors, buffers and evacuate to somewhere safe.

Bunkering in a hallway or well-built closet is a good option and have plenty of thick soft pillows and blankets surrounding your body and head.

Monitor weather conditions on your radio and stay in your safe location until the authorities say it’s safe to leave. Have a place nearby that all family members will meet after the event just in case you are separated. Also again if separated, designate someone  who lives out of town that everyone can call to notify on their whereabouts and condition.

When the storm has abated and authorities have said it’s OK to venture outside, don’t turn on circuit breakers if the power is down. Wait for a certified technician to restore power.

If you smell gas leave immediately and if you see frayed wires or downed power lines keep well away until restored.

If indeed flood waters are surrounding your home, don’t venture inside until they have receded to a safe level. Don’t wade through flood waters and do so only if necessary.

Self defense

In and around you home, you must think of ways that you can protect yourself and family from people who may want to harm or steal from you. In the time of crisis their are always groups that will want to take advantage of the desperate situation by robbing or inflicting violence.

Have measures in place within your home to keep intruders out and if you need to evacuate yourself and family to the street, stay together and away from the main places of activity. I wouldn’t stay in relief shelters as this would be a haven for decease and unsavory conditions.


Keep well-informed when a hurricane is expected. You can remain totally safe throughout a hurricane if you take all the necessary precautions beforehand. Get yourself well-informed and stay safe

Please any questions you may have don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible


tactical survival thinking

tactical survival thinking

Even if you have no intention at all to know how to protect yourself, it may be wise to learn a few defensive moves to ward off an attacker if need be. Have you ever been in a situation that calls for you to defend yourself from a violent person? Thankfully most of us haven’t but does that mean that it could never happen?

Attacks are happening far more frequent with much more intensity than ever before. Whether you are young or old we could find ourselves on the receiving end of someones else’s violent behaviour

More and more now their seems to be violence filling the news columns. Innocent people minding their own business and then someone out of the blue attacks them for no reason at all. Young men and women are no longer safe out with friends at a party or gatherings. Older people are no longer safe inside their own homes as break ins are on the rise and parents live with the fear that their children could be abducted whilst walking home from school

We now live in a world that an attack can happen at any time and at any place. So what measures can we take to safe guard ourselves and our families, if we were to face a similar situation. I recently heard a friend say that these days you need to develop tactical thinking just to drive down to do the grocery shopping.

I think that all you need is to have a mindset that can flick into gear if need be to protect yourself. The key is knowing your surroundings and being alert to dangerous situations

There are a few simple things that we all can learn, that could stop an attacker from harming us despite their size or strength

Protecting Yourself from a group attack

Suppose one night you are walking home from a friends house late in the evening. You happen to walk pass a bus shelter on the opposite side off the road where their was a group of young men looking suspicious and carrying on loudly. You decide to put your head down, trying not to attract any attention from them.

Some distance later you hear footsteps coming up behind you. Turning your head to see who it is and notice its three of the guys from back at the bus shelter. They close the distance between you and them quite quickly and now they are right behind you. Turning to face them. The guy in the middle of the three starts pushing you around and accusing you of staring at them moments before. You have to act fast and so you decide to try to talk to them calmly whilst trying to keep a distance from them.

As you try to reason with them you notice that they are drunk and aggressive. They seem very committed to kicking your butt for no reason at all.

What do you do?

Talking your way out of this so far hasn’t worked so its time to think about plan b.

First need to know what our surroundings are before a situation like this occurs.

Whether we are standing in a bank line, sitting on a bus, walking with a friend to the mall. We need to be constantly alert to possible dangers. We need to stay alert to things that are happening around us all the time, because staying alert could save our lives. Always have in mind in any situation your in, how would I get myself out of here if I needed to?

Because of being alert you noticed from where the bus shelter was located to were you now stand, their were 4 possible safety locations.

  • There was a 24hr service station only 4 blocks back.
  • You know their’s a McDonalds only 3 blocks ahead.
  • You can see two men moving furniture into a house at the end of the street
  • There is a police station 5 minutes away if I run flat out

You run all these possible scenarios through your mind and decide to run the short distance ahead, where the men are moving the furniture and ask for help. All you need to do is put yourself in a position where you don’t get hit and make your escape

  • In a group attack you never want to be tackled or put to the ground. This is where you can get a kick to the head or groin.
  • You never want to stay static either, meaning if they are surrounding and advancing on you the focus in this situation is to try to manoeuvre around them so you can run.
  • Don’t stay still and always face them, moving backwards or side-wards talking to them trying to defuse the situation
  • Always try to put one of them in front of you as a pivot so the other two can’t attack from behind. Never have anyone behind you in a situation like this

Remember if you need to make the decision to hit first make it quick and hard. A hard punch to the sternum area, a kick to the groin will leave most attackers laying on the ground for a long time. This move may delay the chase from them once you make a run for it.

NOTE Unless you are a jujitsu Grand master, your best option in a group attack is always to get out of their as quick as possible and get yourself to a safe place. If you can talk your way out of a situation like this that is always best, but always be prepared to make a run for it

Protect yourself from a surprise attack

A lot of people these days get attacked now in broad daylight. People are now just too afraid to step in to defuse a situation fearing that if they do they may find themselves on the receiving end of a punch, kick or weapon. There have been plenty of good Samaritans in the past that have been killed trying to stop an act of violence on somebody innocent

Many attacks can happen by surprise and without warning. These days most attacks don’t always happen in lonely subway stations or secluded beach toilet blocks, but can happen on a busy footpath or even sitting in your car at a traffic light.

Some forms of defense items you can carry or wear on you can be

  • Sharp rings on fingers
  • Can of deodorant or pepper spray in your bag
  • Steel capped boots
  • Sharp pointed shoes
  • Stun gun
  • Small foldable stub knife that can be on a key ring or bracelet

Other things that will improve your chances of defending yourself from an attack is

  • Maintained good physical fitness
  • Learn some in close and long range fighting moves and regularly practice them


Hopefully you never have to confront an attacker but at least now you will know what you need to do in order to protect yourself and get to safety.

Please feel free to ask any questions below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Stay safe



Backyard vegetable garden tips

Backyard vegetable garden tips

All around the world for hundreds of years, back yard hobby farmers have been very successful in growing vegetables right in their own back yards. There are some varieties that grow great and produce a high yield in a short period.

Many types of greens, vine and root vegetables take on very well in all sorts of different areas and climates. Are you like the many thousands of well intended people that head to the back yard to put your hand to some vegetable gardening only to fail miserably?

Some of us have tried to grow our favorite vegetables out in the garden many times only to be saddened by the sight of seedlings that haven’t taken on or have died somehow by either too much sun, over fertilization or to harsh of conditions.

We often become inspired to start and grow a healthy productive crop, by either reading how easy it can be or hearing some experts explain the advantages of having your own vegetable garden. We head straight to the back yard with the vision of an overflowing vegetable garden producing us with a bountiful table of fresh greens and hearty root vegetables

But why is it that when we head to the garden to see the fruit-age of our labor we see a dust bowl? How can this be? Even school children out in the agriculture plot with the guidance of their teachers can grow veggies that would amaze the most seasoned growers.

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Beans #1 West

Back in the wild west the food was scarce and beans were on the menu. This is because beans were very adaptable to growing in harsh conditions and could be stored well after harvesting the crop. With the likes of John Wayne and Jesse James roaming the plains, their main food staple had to be cheap and able to be carried and stored in saddle bags for an extended period.

Remember Jack and the magic bean stalk? Well. Jacks bean stalk grew in an exceptionally fast period, and that goes for any beans that grow out in our back yard. They are hearty plants that offer plenty of nourishment and can be added into plant of dishes

Beans have a flexible growing range and can grow all year round in a sub tropical climate. Beans don’t take any nitrogen from the soil however they take it from the air making them take on in poor soil qualities. Once beans take on within the soil they grow in they store nitrogen in the roots, adding nitrogen to the soil. That’s why it is said that beans are a great pre-crop to other nitrogen dependent crops such as cabbages etc


Asian Greens #2 East

Fast growing and highly nutritious vegetable Asian greens are second on my list to grow in the garden. They can literally take on anywhere and are even found in the cracks of concrete if a plant is seeding nearby.

Asian greens are even though to be cancer fighting super foods from many in the alternative medicine scene. The properties found in many of these greens are found to support the re building and nourishment of good cells.


In Asia quite awhile back before over fishing and population was still low, people had a rich source of protein found in fish. But now days most Asian people need to source their protein from plants as animal protein’s are becoming a lot less accessible.

Raw or cooked Asian green taste great.

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Here’s a list of Asian greens you give a go at growing in your own back yard

  1. Yu Choy
  2. Water Spinach
  3. Tatsoi
  4. Snow Pea Leaves
  5. Napa Cabbage
  6. Mustard Greens
  7. Mizuna
  8. Malabar Spinach
  9. Kokabu Greens
  10. Fava Greens
  11. En Choy
  12. Daikon Greens
  13. Chrysanthemum Greens
  14. Chinese Celery
  15. Chinese Broccoli
  16. Bok Choy
  17. AA Choy

Middle East #3 Carrots = Delicious

Carrots a root vegetable comes in all different shapes and colors and date way back originating in Afghanistan. In the early days they were considered a medicinal food that was given when there was an illness or disease. The way carrots tasted back then weren’t to pleasant and not really put on the dinner table.

But now days with the aid of cross breading carrots are very tasty and are a compliment to many of salad or roast dinner. Today they are main orange but back in the old days purple, white and yellow. But does it really matter what color they are? All I know is that they are scrumptious steamed briefly and then roasted in the oven with honey on high heat for an hour or so. I also like to dust them before the oven process with some fennel seeds



#4 What did you say? Radish?? Yuck or yum??? Possibly originated in India

Radish plants will pop up and be ready for the table in no time at all. Some farmers plant radish seed with other seed knowing that they will at least have something to harvest whilst they wait for the other crop to take shape. Sometimes its used as a ground cover by farmers to keep the soil moist and protected for the lead up to planting seedlings




Types of radish for your garden

  1. Black radishes
  2. Daikon radishes
  3. French breakfast radishes
  4. Horseradish
  5. Round radishes
  6. Watermelon radish

All these grow exceptionally well in your veggie garden and well worth giving a go


Zucchini European staple

Originally came from the America’s Zucchini found its way to northern Italy. The Italians add it to almost everything that you can stuff in your mouth. It’s not a sprawler like the pumpkin vine and can be contained in a small garden bed.

This veggie is super easy to grow and even a novice can make success with this plant. The fruit on this plant can swell in a small amount of time and some say you can see it grow almost in real time.

Most zucchinis can grow 1 meter long and the record was grown at 2.55 meters long. Wow that’s a lot of salad!

Definitely give zucchini a go growing, you will definitely grow one of these as they are super easy. This will give you the confidence to put your hands to other fruits and vegetables.


Get your hands dirty out in the garden now and give it a go. Educate yourself as much as you can on all the different vegetables that you can grow and in what seasons. You will surely be successful at it if you read up on it.

If the grid went down tomorrow and the food shelves were depleted in your local shopping outlet how would you go at sourcing food for yourself and family? You would definitely have wished that you had grown your own food supply in the safety of your own garden







Camping survival equipment

Camping survival equipment




If a natural disaster were to strike our area and we are left under prepared for it, what would be a key piece of equipment that could be vital to our survival? Can you think of at least one thing you couldn’t live without?

There are many things we could stuff into our bug out bag when putting them together that we may think we might need in a survival scenario. The last thing we would want to be doing is grabbing things last minute when fleeing our homes, that’s a sure way that we could lose our life

But when reviewing the items we are using to build our bug out bags the question arises. Would these items prove to be beneficial when enduring such a scenario?

Considering this question I thought a review on a vital piece of equipment was needed in order to survive a natural disaster

This is my camping survival equipment post on a Crank radio/torch battery bank. I definitely think all bug out bags need one, and Ive researched where to buy it at the cheapest price

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Keeping informed through the media and having a power supply is key

Many items found in a bug out bag would prove to be very useful and handy in a survival situation. After this type of event we would want to be as comfortable as possible for any extended period. Some items that are in my bug out bag are

  1. Good quality first aid kit
  2. Water purifier
  3. High grade multi tool
  4. Mag light torch (Medium size)
  5. Portable camp stove and gas cylinder
  6. Hunting knife

One piece of equipment that I personally think is an absolute is a crank radio/ battery bank. With this piece of cool technology I can keep all my devices charged up and I can remain connected to the outside world through the different radio station broadcasts

Why would I want to tune into radio station broadcasts up you may ask?

After a disaster happens, news of the event will be circulating throughout different news stations with up to date information on what has occurred. In all the different effected areas we can learn of places to avoid, loss of life and where the disaster shelters have been erected. If you are needing to make important decisions on your plans for survival, this information could prove to be life saving to you and your family

Why would it be helpful to have a battery bank for all my devices?

We all store sensitive information now on our devices. We access bank accounts, read emails and social media etc. Now days if we want to learn some new piece of information or learn a new skill, we head over to YouTube, and can watch hundreds of video’s on any given subject.

Just imagine if my device had downloaded videos on survival techniques that I could watch to refresh my memory if need be after a disaster has occurred. Some stored information could be


  • How to administer first aid and basic surgical procedures,
  • How to build a bush shelter
  • How to start a fire by friction
  • Where to look for food
  • How to find medicinal plants and use extract there properties
  • How to trap animals for food
  • DIY protection from bush materials

Also having all our documentation stored on our devices would be very helpful if we needed to show authorities birth/marriage certificates etc. Its very important to have a printed copy of these in a waterproof zip lock bag just in case your devices are damaged

Accessing power to charge your devices might be harder than you think

Can you imagine what it would be like in a disaster shelter. I remember the images we were shown on television from disasters such as Katrina, Sandy and Irma. They looked as though things were very dire and levels of sanitation and comfort ability were very poor. I reckon if these levels were low, power supply would be scarce.

I don’t know about you but I would not want to be hanging around in one of these shelters for an extended length of time even if I had suffered a bad injury. If sterilization of floors, toilets and surfaces were nonexistent, infection and disease would grow rampant

I remember watching the movie Impossible staring Naomi Watts, on the true account on the Boxing day tsunami that devastated Thailand. Here she goes through the harrowing experience of enduring this disaster and being separated from her husband and children. She also had suffered extreme cuts to the back of her leg that eventually needed antibiotics and surgery.

Only in life or death situation like this, would be the only time I would be entering a hospital to get expert attention in a disaster of this magnitude. This is why now I try to gain knowledge on things that could save my life now and I view having a stored area on my device for this type of information is vital

Thanks for reading and please any questions or comments leave them below and I will endeavour to respond ASAP

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