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02/Sep/2008: Goodbye my friend

My good friend Blackstar has passed on. He died in his sleep early Wednesday August 27th.

The last two years were a constant battle for him, due to health issues and the social security administration screwing around his claim he had it rough.

As long as this site exists your words will be available to all who wish to read them.

Goodbye my friend, we will meet again.


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The need for survival transportation should be obvious but the kind and/or types may not be so obvious. Small and midsize cars or mini pickups are fine if you don't plan on going anywhere or are by yourself with no family. You can load all you need for most any survival situation in on of these withthe exception of group 3 type disasters. Even so you may find that it is to your advantage to add storage capacity to these vehicles to carry extra items or allow yourself more flexibility. Rooftop storage and trailer hitch reciever platforms are about the limit however without going to a dedicated trailer. Many small cars do not have the weight capacity to add much with seriously affecting the handling,durabilty and safety of the vehicle. Your owners manual will state the maximum load for your vehicle and if it is missing the tire inflation placard/decal will also give it. For most small and midsize cars this will generally be between 650 and 1000 pounds. It sounds like a lot but lets add some basic weights for a family of four. Father @ 200 lbs, mother @ 135 lbs, 10 yr old daughter @ 85 lbs and 16 yr old son @ 150 lbs for a total of 570 lbs. That leaves only 80 pounds for everything else if your car is rated for a 650 pound load. Gas weighs just over 6 pounds per gallon so you can put about 13 gallons in the tank and you are now fully loaded and you haven't even put the first thing in for equipment. Starting to get the idea that small cars and families don't mix for survival purposes? If so then read on for more information on how to do it.

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24/Jan/2006: We're Back

After a haitus that lasted longer than I expected, I have returned and with a little luck will be regularly posting here again. It will probably be in fits and starts to begin with as I still have a few other issues to settle out but I expect to be able to do at least one article a week and maybe two or three as things get back to my version of normal.


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You will note I have three group levels for survival equipment on the sidebar. It should be noted that using a higher level of equipment is just fine but is not required. It should also be noted however that you will have a better chance of meeting any needs when using a higher level of equipment. That is to say that group 1 equipment does not include the medical emergency supplies included in group 2 or 3 even though it is entirely possible you may have a need for that level of supply during a group 1 event. It is simply less likely that you will need the higher level supplies in a low level event. You shold also note that the higher the level of supply the less mobile you will be. When fully stocked at group 3 levels, you will essentially be commiting yourself to a fixed base or homestead/farmstead. Over the next few weeks I will be listing the various supplies needed or required. An example of first aid/medical supplies at a group 3 level may be found here in reply number 3 by Laughs at Hurricanes.
http://forum.survivalistssite.com/index.php?topic=58.msg177#msg177


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25/Nov/2005: The Survivalist

What makes a survivalist or for that matter what is a survivalist? Perhaps the place to start is with some definition(s) of the word itself.

someone who tries to insure their personal survival or the survival of their group or nation
(courtesy, wordnet.princeton.edu)

A survivalist is a person who anticipates a potential disruption in the continuity of local, regional or worldwide society, and takes steps to survive in the resulting unpredictable situation. Some survivalists take an interest in survival in the wilderness or at sea, while others look for opportunities to gain practice and training by assisting in government volunteer organizations
(courtesy, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalist)

So it could be said that a survivalist is a person with the desire to survive AND whom takes some action to acheive that goal.

Is a survivor a survivalist?

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25/Nov/2005: Disaster Types

Disasters come in all sizes from personal to global. Many disasters while in and of themselves are truly disasters, they are not from the point of reference of being a cause for survival other than the immediate action needed to survive it. If you wreck your car it is a personal disaster but the survival aspects are to simply get out alive and get help for yourself from the services society has in place for this. Granted, if you wreck your car in an isolated area where help is not readily available then survival does become a dominate issue but it is still a very short term one in most cases. Survival in this sense means having a small emergency vehicle pack along with your first aid kit.

We are more concerned here with events that affect dozens to hundreds of thousands or millions of individuals in a similar manner. While individual needs may vary some, the overall needs of the affected group are the same.

As I said in the last article, I will differentiate between disasters and the group level they belong to. There is of course some overlap between adjacent group levels but rarely will a given disaster situation span all three levels. Out of neccessity for brevity, this list will not be complete but will be sufficient to guide you in being able to know the difference between them.

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21/Nov/2005: What is Survival?

A dictionary definition of the word survival could read as follows.

1. a state of surviving; remaining alive
2. a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment
3. something that survives

(courtesy wordnet.princeton.edu)

and from the Encarta Dictionary

1. staying alive continuation in life or existence
2. fact of living through something the fact of having managed to live through something
3. something from the past a custom, idea, or belief that remains when other similar things have been lost or forgotten

This of course, makes the antonym of survival, death.

So survival is merely the act of remaining alive. The question then becomes for how long do we wish to stay alive. For most of us the answer to this question is easy, for as long as possible. Yet many people will not survive and live in the face of situations for which they are unprepared or are unable to cope with. These situations can be broken down into three main groups based on the amount of time involved with each of them. For our purposes here we will define these three groups as follows.

1st Short term emergency survival for periods up to two weeks in duration.
2nd Medium term emergency survival for periods over two weeks but less than six months.
3rd Long term survival for periods over six months and extending indefinately.


It is safe to assume that in the first instance that this type of survival would be required in the event of a natural disaster and that one would resume their normal standard of living relatively quickly.

In the second instance the same assumption can be made with the addition that it may or will incure a major change in the prior normal standard of living and that a new standard will have to evolve. This could still be due to a natural disaster or it could be from a manmade disaster or event.

In the third instance there is still a slim chance that the predisaster standard will be resumed but at this point it is far more likely that one will be assuming a new and very different standard of living. It is likely that they will be entirely dependent on themselves for their life and survival with death as the only option if they fail. This instance is almost surely to be of a manmade origin and not a natural disaster although it is still possible for it to be so.

In coming articles I will present information dealing with each of these three groups and how one can expand into another. I will present resources and methods for coping with these different groups including ways to minimize the discomforts that will accompany them. Some of these resources and methods will be more appropriate to one part of the country than another. Some will be more appropriate for a larger group while others will only be appropriate for an individual or small family. I will try to give coverage to each instance with each article and not concentrate solely on one for an excessive amount of time. However, there will be far more information presented for the third instance then the second and more for the second than the first so that as time goes by most of the articles will by force be dealing with long term survival.

The next post will deal with the types of events that are associated with each of these groups.

Blackstar
blackstar@survivalistssite.com


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19/Nov/2005: Some supply links

http://www.majorsurplusnsurvival.com/index.htm Military surplus and consumer survival supplies.

http://www.uscav.com/default.aspx Military surplus and consumer survival supplies.

http://www.cpr-savers.com/index.html Excellent source of reasonably priced First aid kits and medical supplies in bulk.

http://www.medical-supplies-equipment-company.com/product/PPF/param/1115_0__1_true/product_search.asp About the best price I know of for water activated fiberglass cast bandaging material. Also here is a link to their main page for other medical supplies. http://www.medical-supplies-equipment-company.com/

http://www.medexsupply.com/index.php Another good source of medical supplies and surgical items.


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18/Nov/2005: Welcome

Welcome to Survival by Blackstar. I hope you will find benefits from reading the items here. The idea of survival and self sufficiency has been with me since the first oil embargo back in the 1970's. (I was a charter member/subscriber of the ORIGINAL Mother Earth News as done by John Shuttleworth.) While I am a lover of the ideals of peace and prosperity for all, I don't see a lot of it happening for most people including myself. So while I try to live in peace I am prepared for much worse. Over time I will post articles and opinions here that should aid both beginners and old timers alike in their own personal preparations for the unthinkable things we should all be thinking about.

Thank You,
Blackstar


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