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    Setting Up A Food Storage Pantry

    July 18, 2011 by Peggy Layton

    The goal is to acquire a three-month, well-rounded stock of food, water, medical supplies, non-food items, sanitation items, warm clothing, fuel, lighting, shelter and anything necessary for survival, so you will be prepared for any situation.

    I strongly suggest you find a place in your home or on your property somewhere — either in a basement, spare bedroom, closet, junk room, under the stairway, heated garage, out building or root cellar — and turn it into your own home grocery store and pharmacy. Somehow, get shelves in there: Build them, have them built or buy them pre-built. The room needs to be well insulated so it doesn’t freeze in the winter or overheat in the summer.

    My pantry is located in the utility room next to my kitchen. I had about 2 feet of wasted space between the door and the wall, so I had two sets of rolling shelves built to fit in the space. They pull out and can be loaded from the back so the cans roll down and get rotated before their expiration date. This is where I keep the food that our family uses on a daily basis. These rolling shelves hold case goods that I purchase when the grocery stores have case lot sales and other items that we use on a regular basis. (see photo below)



    My freezer is also located in this room, and I keep it stocked with the meats and frozen vegetables. I always store yeast in the freezer for making bread as well as other items like nuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, and butter. Even cheese can be kept frozen to extend its shelf life.

    I call my pantry “my home grocery store.” I set it up like a well-stocked storehouse so I can shop at home. It is convenient and saves me money by eliminating impulse buying. I encourage you to set up your own home grocery store. I have covered the subject of what to store and how much to store in previous articles. It is recommended that you “store what you eat and eat what you store,” otherwise you might get sick. A crisis is not the time to change your family’s diet.

    My Dehydrating, Sprouting And Baking Center

    On each side of my rolling shelves, I have regular shelves on which I keep my baking items. After I dry the food, I put it in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and store it on the shelves in the pantry.

    I like to dehydrate excess fruits and vegetables from my garden and orchard. Every year, we have an abundance of apples, pears, peaches, apricots, cherries and plums. I take the pits out, slice the fruit and place it on the dehydrating trays in my commercial dehydrator.

    I even dry tomatoes, onions, cabbage, corn, peas, beans and zucchini. I really like to make zucchini chips by slicing the zucchini into thin, round slices, sprinkling Italian herbs on them and dehydrating them. We eat these chips as a fun snack.

    I also sprinkle Italian herbs on slices of tomatoes and dry them. They are great to snack on or use in any recipe calling for sun-dried tomatoes
    One of my favorite things to do is to dehydrate the tops of the onions we harvest. I cut them into 1-inch pieces and dry them. I crush them up and use them when I need extra flavoring for omelets, spaghetti sauce or anything else that needs onion seasoning. I store the onion tops in plastic containers.

    I also like to dehydrate vegetables (such as zucchini, green and red peppers, and onions) and herbs together. I put them in the blender after they are dry and make an herbal seasoning that can be mixed with salt to make herbal seasoning salt. It is very good on all foods, and I use it like salt.

    I like to make bread, so I have a wheat grinder, bread maker and tortilla maker. I also have many grains that I use to make multi-grain bread. I put the grains in gallon-sized, see-through containers so I can see what I have and can find them easily. I like to keep them in an easy-to-access location; because if I can’t find my products, I probably won’t use them. Being organized is very important and helps me rotate my food. This ultimately helps me save money because I am purchasing in bulk, storing what I eat and eating what I store.

    The top shelf of my pantry was designed to hold my canning equipment, sprouting jars, roaster pan and other seasonal equipment.

    My Extended Pantry



    Your extended pantry should contain all the food and non-food items necessary to replenish the kitchen pantry. My extended pantry is in a well-insulated shed that my husband built on top of our root cellar. It is close to our house, so I can get to it year round. A closet under a stairway, garage or storage room would work well also for extra items. Just make sure it doesn’t freeze or overheat.

    Every time I go to the grocery store, I get two of each item that I normally buy, such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, pickles, olives, cream soups, mayonnaise, salad dressing, spaghetti sauces, mixes, etc. I put one away and use the other. I keep adding more and more of a variety of items to my home grocery store. It is so nice to have food items on hand when I make meals. This saves me time, since I don’t have to run to the grocery store because I am out of something. If we did have a situation where I could not get to the grocery store for an extended period of time, I would have what I needed.

    Planned menus can eliminate the panic feeling you get when you know you should store food and you don’t know where to begin. I have included a chart in my book, Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? for planning menus for two weeks. It asks you to list every ingredient to make sure you have each item on hand.

    If you plan your food storage program out carefully, you can avoid impulse or panic buying, which will save you a lot of money and grief. Anticipate your needs for a three-month period of time. Buy bulk foods in larger quantities and store them in plastic food-grade buckets that have airtight lids. See my previous articles, Dehydrated Food: What To Store And How Much To Store and How To Store Bulk Foods.

    My Long-Term Food Storage



    My long-term food storage area is in my basement. I store six large cases of toilet paper and various other paper products like paper plates, cups, paper towels, plastic utensils etc.

    I also store large quantities of dehydrated vegetables, fruit, mixes, sauces, rice, soup mixes, powdered milk and baking items in a cool, dry place away from sunlight and in a place that stays a constant temperature of around 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Hot or cold fluctuations in temperatures can destroy the nutritive value of the food and shorten its shelf life. A well-insulated basement or cold storage area, garage or shed is ideal. I realize that some people don’t have a basement; that’s why it is so important to plan a space that can stay cooler than the rest of the house.

    Buckets Of Wheat, Rice, Beans, Pastas, And Sprouting Seeds



    I keep all my bulk foods in buckets. All my mixes, grains, beans, pastas, sprouting seeds, e-Foods, prepackaged meals, baking items, sauces and gravy mixes go in buckets as well. This keeps mice from getting to the food and any other critters that can burrow through packages.

    I label my buckets with what is in them and the date they were purchased. When I run out of rice, beans, wheat, etc. in my pantry, I get another bucket from the basement to replace it. I know what I have and how much is there so it can be rotated and replaced. It’s a good idea to keep an inventory sheet with what you have on hand and how long it takes to use it up.

    Packaged Meals

    I have been storing packaged meals called eFoods. They are ideal for long-term food storage because they are packaged in Mylar® pouches that serve four people. Everything is in the pouch except water. Just add water and cook the food for 15 minutes, and it’s done. The meals are delicious, and the company will let you try samples of the meals before you buy. Just pay $9.95 for shipping and you get three meals that serve four people. I find them very delicious and easy to make. That is what you need in a crisis situation. I don’t just save them for a rainy day; I make the e-foods for meals when I am in a hurry, in the mountains, camping, hiking or feeding a crowd. I have decided that premade meals are the best food storage you can buy. They are fast, easy and convenient. You don’t waste food that way. This company has a program through which you can get one box of food per month. They call it “auto-shipment,” and it’s great! All you need is 10 minutes to set it up, and your food storage will be on auto-ship. Each month, you get a box of food delivered to your home. Go to the website, click on take the Freedom Tour, sign up for the free food and enjoy. Check it out at www.peggylayton.efoodsglobal.com

    Water Storage

    Water is king. It is actually more important than food. Without good, clean, potable water, you won’t be able to eat the dehydrated food you are storing.

    I keep water in several locations. I have a 185-gallon water storage tank that sits in the corner of my camping-equipment room. It needs to be located in an area that won’t freeze or overheat. The ideal temperature to store water in is room temperature or below (65-45 degrees Fahrenheit).

    If water heats up in plastic containers, it will leach the plastic into the water and can be harmful to your health. Do not leave bottled water in a vehicle in the heat of the sun for the same reason.

    I also keep smaller 5-gallon containers filled with water and ready to grab if needed.

    Any food-grade plastic container can be used to store water in. The bottles that apple, cranberry or grape juices come in are ideal for water storage. Never use milk jugs because they are made to break down after about six months, and they will start to collapse and leak.

    Stabilized Oxygen

    I use ION (stabilized oxygen) water treatment in my water tank and containers. It kills all bacteria and keeps the water safe for five years. One 2-ounce bottle will treat 110 gallons of water.

    The Goal

    The goal is to acquire a three-month, well-rounded stock of food, water, medical supplies, non-food items, sanitation items, warm clothing, fuel, lighting, shelter and anything necessary for survival, so you will be prepared for any situation. Keep these items in a place where they can be easily found if needed
    This information came from my books Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? And Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook. For more information about the products mentioned in this article, such as ION water treatment, 185-gallon water storage tanks, eFoods long-term dehydrated food storage, as well as the books I have written, go to my website.

    –Peggy Layton

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    Herb May Stop The Spread Of Brain Tumors

    July 18, 2011 by Personal Liberty News Desk

    Indirubin, the active ingredient in an herb used in traditional Chinese remedies, is the newest discovery in the fight against brain tumors.

    Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center found that the compound blocks the migration of glioblastoma and endothelial cells, two types of cells that aid in the growth of a brain tumor. This may lead to changes in the treatment of brain tumors.

    Indirubin is the active ingredient in the Indigo plant, and has been used in Chinese remedies for treating chronic myeloid leukemia. Tests conducted on mice showed that those with brain tumors who were treated with indirubin survived significantly longer than those that did not receive the treatment. Furthermore, the tumor, which was located on one hemisphere of the brain, did not migrate to the other hemisphere after being treated with indirubin.

    E. Antonio Chiocca M.D., Ph.D., one of the lead researchers on the study, which was reported in the online journal Cancer Research, believes that these findings may revolutionize tumor treatment.

    “Our findings suggest that indirubins offer a novel therapeutic strategy for these tumors that simultaneously targets tumor invasion and angiogenesis,” said Chiocca in a statement.

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    GMO Deregulation: An Act of War

    By Barbara H. Peterson
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    Scotts Miracle Gro has applied for and received complete deregulation for genetically engineered Kentucky Bluegrass from the USDA. Scotts “is Monsanto’s exclusive agent for the international marketing and distribution of consumer Roundup®.” The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. This strain of Kentucky Bluegrass will be “herbicide resistant” to Monsanto’s Roundup, and there will be absolutely no oversight of this genetically engineered plant, which can be used as turf or livestock feed. The reason that this was allowed to happen is because actual regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) was designed just for such an opportunity. The program was meant to fail from the very beginning. This is no less than an act of war against the world’s population.

    How Scotts GE Kentucky Bluegrass achieved complete deregulation

    Scotts’ genetically engineered (GE) Kentucky Bluegrass will not be regulated as either a plant pest or noxious weed, and these are the ONLY two ways that GMOs can be regulated by the USDA. The genetic engineering process itself is not considered a factor in determining if a plant should fall under regulation by the USDA. If a “plant pest” designated by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is used in the genetic engineering process, then the plant falls under APHIS’ regulatory authority. Also, if a plant is considered a noxious weed by APHIS, then its GMO counterpart can be considered a noxious weed. Conversely, if neither condition exists, then the plant falls through the loophole, and is deregulated completely. No oversight whatsoever. APHIS has no grounds on which to enforce regulations.

    Plant pest strategy:

    The situation with the Kentucky bluegrass arises because genetically engineered crops are regulated under rules pertaining to plant pests.

    The rules are really meant for pathogens and parasites, not corn stalks. Still, they could be stretched to cover the crops because most of them contain a snippet of DNA from a plant virus that functions as a genetic on-switch. And the foreign gene is often inserted using a bacterium that can cause a disease in plants.

    But in creating its bluegrass, Scotts deliberately avoided using any material from plant pests. The herbicide resistance gene and the genetic on-switch came from other plants and were fired into the grass’s DNA with a gene gun, rather than being carried in by a bacterium.Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said many of the genetically engineered crops now under development did not use viral material so they could conceivably escape regulation. (LINK)
    Noxious Weed strategy:

    In a 2002 petition from the ICTA and CFS, the organizations asked if APHIS would regulate GE Kentucky bluegrass under its Federal “noxious weed” authority in the Plant Protection Act. In response to the petition, APHIS conducted a risk assessment to determine the level of weed risk posed by Kentucky bluegrass, and subsequently evaluated whether the impacts posed by the plant would warrant it being regulated as a Federal noxious weed. As a result of its assessment, APHIS determined it would not regulate Kentucky bluegrass, GE or traditional, as a Federal noxious weed.(LINK)
    It would seem that the ICTA and CFS knew of the problem long before deregulation became a reality. So, why didn’t we hear about it until it was a done deal?

    The GMO regulatory fiction

    The fiction of GMO oversight created by the USDA to deceive the public was designed to disintegrate over time so that GMOs could be completely deregulated. It is all one big lie – a facade to enable a complete planetary takeover by mega-corporate interests. If the intent was to actually regulate them, then why not create regulations with teeth? Regulations that would address the unique properties of genetically engineered food/feed instead of using already existing “plant pest” and “noxious weed” regulations? All that needs to be done under the current system is to change the manufacturing process slightly, and GMOs drop right off the USDA radar.

    The USDA does not recognize the difference between GMOs and traditional plants, based on the “substantial equivalence” doctrine. Therefore, by removing the offending “plant pest” from the manufacturing process, the regulations no longer apply. And if a traditional version of the plant is not considered a noxious weed, then the GMO version will not be considered a noxious weed. See how easy that was?

    It is interesting to note that even though Kentucky Bluegrass rates high on establishment/spread potential, the USDA decided that the benefits outweigh the risks, and since traditional Kentucky Bluegrass is not considered a noxious weed, the GE version cannot be either, because the only difference is herbicide tolerance. The genetic engineering process is not a consideration.

    Case precedent has been set by Scotts. All that is left now is for Monsanto and its cohorts in crime to invest in this new manufacturing technique to bypass any sort of regulation at all for future GMOs. Since Monsanto was already recently given the green light to do its own Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), it was only a matter of time until complete deregulation was achieved, and Scotts achieved that. So, with no testing required by the USDA, biotech companies such as Monsanto will actually save a bit of time and money in the long run by not even needing to fill out an EIS, or submit any paperwork for approval, because no approval is necessary.

    What’s the big deal?

    If there are no plant pests used in the creation of a GMO, then it should be okay, right? Wrong. The very act of genetic engineering is dangerous and highly unpredictable. According to Arpad Pusztai, world renown scientist and GMO whistleblower,
    … the existing data support our suggestion that the consumption by rats of transgenic potatoes expressing GNA has significant effects on organ development, body metabolism and immune function that is fully in line with the significant compositional differences between transgenic and corresponding parent lines of potatoes. The results also suggest that a major part of these differences was not caused by the expression of the GNA gene in the transgenic potato lines but that these could have been due to the presence of one or more of the other gene(s) in the vector used in the gene transfer or to the possibility of disturbances in the functioning of potatoes’ own genes caused by the random incorporation of the vector in the potato genome (positioning effect). (LINK)
    In other words, whatever you insert in the cell is positioned randomly. This affects the way the cell operates, and no one in the industry has studied this. The cell is essentially wounded, and never heals up the same way twice. Yet, the only testing done is to look at the grown plants to see if they are similar in appearance. Cells are not Legos. You cannot simply remove one block and insert another and have the exact same structure as you had when you started. Something, somewhere is going to be different, and we have no idea how that difference will manifest itself. It is a game of Russian roulette, with people as the unwitting participants.

    What this means to you

    All new genetically modified crops can now be completely deregulated if one processing ingredient is changed (APHIS definitions for plant pests), because they will no longer qualify for regulation under the USDA. This means that there will be absolutely no accountability regarding GMOs at all. The labeling movement that has been growing stronger and stronger, will be a moot point because retailers and manufacturers won’t even know if what they are selling contains GMOs. No regulations, no oversight. Simply thrown into the market without distinction from traditional items, the only way we will be able to tell if something is genetically engineered is if…. well, we won’t. Period. As an official at the USDA told me: “I don’t know why GE Kentucky Bluegrass would be regulated, almost all plants are genetically engineered.” That is the USDA’s attitude.

    Enter the Terminator

    It seems that the plan all along was to deregulate GMOs completely, but the charade had to be maintained until a prestigious time to avoid public backlash too soon, such as what happened with the Terminator seed moritorium. Public outcry caused this technology to be put on hold, but testing continues to this day. Watch and wait for the Terminator to be released without any regulation or oversight, due to this new deregulation salvo launched on the American public. The stage is set. First take over all plant life with genetically modified plants, then introduce the Terminator to wrap it all up in a pretty package.

    But the Terminator has sterile seeds and cannot reproduce you say? Wouldn’t this be a solution to GM contamination? Well, one of the problems with Terminator technology is that it cannot be proven to be 100% reliable, and it is possible that not all seeds will be sterile, and the Terminator gene could be spread to viable plants, thus infecting the entire food chain with plants unable to produce offspring. Not to mention horizontal gene transfer. The norm would become plant sterility, with viable seeds becoming rare. The only way to get viable seeds would be to buy them. No more saving seeds, because the seed you save would be sterile.

    Conclusion

    The regulations for GMOs contain no teeth and are just there for show – to fool the public into thinking there is real oversight when in actuality, there isn’t. The USDA is a rogue agency of the Federal government that has proven time and time again that its only purpose is to provide a distraction for the American public so that corporate interests are able to completely take over our food supply with little to no interference from the people they are injuring.

    This Kentucky Bluegrass case precedent has the potential to be the single biggest food event on the planet. The complete deregulation of all GMOs means that anything goes. As long as there are no plant pests involved in the genetic engineering process that are listed on the APHIS site, then it is possible that just about anything else can be inserted into the plants, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, psychotropic substances, etc., without our knowledge or consent. Pandora’s box has just been opened, and closing it is quickly becoming ‘not an option.’ © 2011 Barbara H. Peterson

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    Etn Raptor Solar USB Charger and Weatherband Radio

    July 19th, 2011



    The Eton Raptor Advantage

    Imagine going on a long hike or walking through the dessert with a radio, cell phone charger, weather alert and more- all wrapped up into one product. It’s less to pack and more to enjoy! Not only does the Eton Raptor tell you the basics of your journey, but it can also take pressure readings so you can be aware of changing weather, it can tell you how high you’ve climbed and it can wake you up in the morning so you can continue your trek. When it gets too dark to continue, enjoy local AM and FM radio stations or use its flashlight to find your supper. It even has a bottle opener so you can crack open a cold one and relax. Since it’s been charging in the sunlight, you don’t need to worry about charging it while away from electricity. In fact, let it charge your cell phone. When you get back home, use its rechargeable battery to enjoy inside as well. The raptor comes in black, green and orange colors to fit your personality. The Raptor is 2.875 inches wide x 8 inches tall x 1.25 inches deep. It weighs only 11.7 ounces (332 g).

    The Radio and Weather Radio

    The Raptor plays AM (520-1710 KHz), FM (87.5-108 MHz) and seven NOAA Weather Channels. These will give you all you need to stay on top of the latest weather tracking and will also entertain you no matter where you are. The weather station that comes in the strongest is the one you should listen to for your area. Simply pull up the telescopic antenna all the way, tune into a station, select your choice and enjoy! You can even store the stations you like into the memory so it’s easy to find them again later.

    The NOAA weather alert feature allows the NOAA Weather Service and other government agencies to send emergency alerts to you. Just tune into your strongest weather channel, press and release the MEM button and any urgent messages will come on as they are broadcast. You may get alerts ranging from dangerous weather ahead to things such as oil spills.

    The Raptor Power


    The Eton Raptor can use solar or battery power to operate. Charge the Raptor in direct sunlight for about 18 hours to get a full charge. It can be used without a full charge but will not play as long.

    The Raptor also uses an 1800 mAh, 3.7 Volt DC, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. When fully charged, this battery will power the radio for about 30 hours at low volume. When you purchase the Eton Raptor it may have enough charge to play the radio for a short period of time. However, it is recommended to charge it with your computer’s USB port or with solar power. You can also use an AC adapter with a mini USB socket but that charger is not included. The Raptor’s rechargeable lithium-ion battery will fully charge in about four hours. Charging it for less time will result in lower play time.

    The radio will play while charging.

    It’s Easy-to-See

    Each button pressed causes the display light to come on for 10 seconds. This makes it easy to see what you’re doing, even while it’s dark.

    Features Include:

    • Altimeter (Can be set in feet or meters and will show you the altitude information)
    • Barometer (Can be made in mm Hg or in mbar units and tells you the pressure and temperature)
    • Compass
    • Digital display
    • LED flashlight
    • The device will display the date, time and battery even when it’s off. It can also show volume levels while on
    • NOAA weather radio
    • Digital clock (you can set two clocks so you can know what time it is in two time zones)
    • Alarm clock
    • Monocrystal solar panel with solar charge indicator
    • Thermometer
    • Digital compass (Can be set in feet or meters)
    • Chronograph
    • Altimeter log
    • AM, FM and Weather band radio
    • A bottle opener (on the side)
    • Calibration
    • Memory present to store your favorite stations (10AM and 10 FM station presets)
    • NOAA weather alert
    • IPX-4 splash proof
    • A solar powered USB output to charge your cell phone (5V, 500mA)
    • Headphone output
    • Audio input so you can use it as a speaker to play music off your phone or another device
    • DC input with mini-USB plug
    • Volume control
    • 1800 mAh, 3.7 lithium ion battery
    • Battery charge indicator
    • Aluminum carabineer
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    • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 1.2 x 8 inches ; 15.2 ounces
    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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    • ASIN: B004H8FUE2
    • Item model number: NSP200WXB

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    Survival is not just about staying alive, its about living a reasonably healthy life in an unreasonable world.

    Video: Survival Nutrition - SurvivalCache.com

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    Jul 14, 2011

    Survival Nutrition is an important part of preparing for a man made or natural disaster. Raw Source Organics makes a whole food supplement that can deliver the same nutrition as eating raw fruits and vegetables.
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    How to Vanish: Part 1

    By Survival Cache | Published: May 16, 2011




    For many years ability to disappear or blend in to one’s surrounding has become both necessary and popular, to the point that it has earned the right to be called an “art”. In this series of posts we will look at this art and how it plays a roll for the Survivalist.

    By F.C. Brake, a reader of SurvivalCache.com

    From hunters in centuries past to present day military and law enforcement, one common trait among these groups is the use of camouflage for cover and concealment. I’m sure we can all agree that all of the methods of camouflage and concealment are too numerous to mention them all. With that being said, I will cover a few of the basics in Part 1 of this series.
    We’ve all seen and heard quit a bit about the “ghillie suit“, but I think its safe to say that not everyone is going to keep one of these on hand. Perhaps because of the cost or the time and effort it takes to make one. Not to mention if the situation were dire enough, there may not be enough response time to get into this type of gear. Therefore, I’ll refrain from covering that particular system.

    But if that’s what floats your boat, then by all means, feel free to suit up! You can even buy a ghillie suit now on Amazon.

    As common sense would tell us, the type of camouflage used would or should be determined by our surroundings. I think it goes without saying that you wouldn’t use an arctic camo pattern in a wooded or desert area and vice-versa.

    When In Doubt, Black Out

    Camouflage doesn’t have to be that involved or costly and whenever its possible I always say “When In Doubt, Black Out.” Simply put, “black” is a widely used color and easily obtained. Just look at the SWAT, special forces, burglars, and even the legend of the ninja. The list is almost endless but remember, nothing in nature is black and while it is better than hunter orange for concealment, it can still stand out in some settings like a sore thumb. The best time to use black is in low light or after dark. Lets move on.
    If you want to get a great insight on blending in, just look at the animal world. The knowledge found there is almost endless. It still amazes me when I see a deer at the edge of a tree line and with a few simple movements it completely disappears from sight. You can be looking right at it and not see it.

    Using Nature

    When we are dealing with the art of concealment, not only should we consider colors, light, and shadow, but texture and terrain as well. This is why whenever possible one should use some of the natural things around them, such as leaves, twigs, tree bark, grass, bushes, etc. When looking to camouflage yourself, look for areas of shine or areas that could potentially reflect light. Examples include a watch, your face, glasses, a rifle scope, jewelry, etc. I know this is probably a no-brainer for most of us, but those who may be new at this I hope this small amount of information proves to be useful.
    In future articles I plan to cover a vast variety of techniques, so bear with me, keep checking back and by all means feel free to put in your two cents worth. Any and all knowledge is deeply appreciated, so start talking. Education is everything, but knowledge without application carries little weight!

    Stay tuned for Part 2

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    How to Vanish: Part 2

    By Survival Cache | Published: June 17, 2011


    Remember that camouflage does not make you invisible, especially when you are moving. A human face is a dead giveaway to the trained eye against a heavily forested background. Breaking up the pattern and removing the natural shine of human skin is a fundamental component of camouflage.
    By F.C. Brake, a reader of SurvivalCache.com

    This article is part 2 of a series of posts (read part 1 of How to Vanish)
    Although it may go without saying, I’ll mention it anyway. If you plan to use a face cover then it probably isn’t necessary to use face paint. However it might be a good idea to use a small amount on any exposed areas such as around the nose and eyes.

    Providing it is the correct application, some camouflage is better than none, or worse yet, the wrong camouflage. There are a wide variety of face paints on the market today and that is a good or bad thing. When I was in the military we had the face paint sticks that looked like overgrown crayons, worse yet they were a pain to use and even worse to remove.

    If you select a compact that gives you a variety of colors, keep in mind that you should use only the appropriate colors and don’t use every color in the palate. Unless of course you are going to a party and your goal is to look like a clown.
    Too many people try using the tiger stripe approach much like you see in the movie “Commandowith the former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger. While this may look cool and flashy, it defeats the whole purpose of camouflage in a real life situation. Also, if you are wearing gloves there is little need to camouflage your hands. Use your own judgment here.

    Again, some is better than none. However it may make putting on and taking off your gloves a little difficult. For now lets just cover the basics and try to keep it simple. I use a compact with three colors in it: BLACK, BROWN & GREEN

    The compact also has a mirror which is a good tool IF you need to use it for signaling or looking around objects such as trees, walls, corners, etc, etc… If your compact has WHITE in it and your background doesn’t call for that particular color, DON”T use it.
    How to Camo Your Face

    STEP 1: Starting with the areas around the eyes, under the nose, on the temples and under the lower lip I would use a light brown or tan. This will draw attention away from some of the lighter areas on your body (ex: your eyes) and also help to break up the pattern of the human face. This first step is where a lot of people go wrong by not making the area around their eyes large enough. If the area is too small then it will draw more attention and look like two circles of the same color (eyes).

    STEP 2: Next, in the areas between the sides of the nose and the cheek, on each side of the chin near or starting at or near the corners of the mouth and in the center of the forehead, I recommend a medium green or olive drab. These areas are important to break up your face pattern and are also areas of high shine due to sweat and facial oils.

    STEP 3: In the areas over the eyes, the cheeks and on the chin I use black. Remember, nothing in nature is black so don’t over do it.

    Finally, using my fingertips I blend all of the edges together and over the ears and down onto the neck trying to get a feathered subtle blend from one color to the next, much like you would were it airbrushed on. The purpose for this approach, as with any camouflage, is to break up the natural outline of your face, body, gear, vehicle, etc, etc…

    When you are applying camouflage to the hands, this same approach should be used, insuring that the lighter colors are used in the recessed areas, a slightly darker color applied to the “middle ground” areas and the darkest colors over the highest areas. Also keep in mind that if you are wearing glasses, goggles or a face shield you run the risk of giving off a “glare”.

    In the near future we will cover camouflage for your gear, vehicle, base camp and more. I hope this information has proved to be helpful.
    In the mean time, be safe, have fun & stay prepared!

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