If you’ve ever had a bug problem before, you probably used a chemical pesticide to get rid of them.
Those chemical pesticides can be effective sometimes, but they’re unhealthy for humans to be around…even if the chemicals are marked “safe” on the label.
And to make matters worse, chemical pesticides are becoming less effective every day.
That’s why I’m showing you something called “diatomaceous earth”…a natural bug killer that works great and is safe to use.
But before I show you why diatomaceous earth is so effective, here’s why chemical pesticides don’t work so well anymore.
Why Pesticides Are Becoming Less Effective
You may have noticed that chemical pesticides have become less effective lately…
It’s not that the chemical pesticides are too weak…it’s that the bugs have become resistant!
Have you heard the saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? That saying is especially true in the bug world. Here’s why…
When you use a chemical pesticide, it’ll kill a certain percentage of the bugs, but some of them will still survive…
Those are the strong ones who are resistant to the chemicals. They’ll hatch more bugs that genetically share their resistance to the chemicals and eventually the whole population will become more resistant.
New chemicals can be discovered that work better, but the bugs will eventually become resistant to those too…so you’re fighting a losing battle when you use chemical pesticides.
You will not have this problem with the natural bug killer I’m about to tell you about…
Diatomaceous Earth – Natural Pest Control
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a safe and natural way to control pests…and they’ll never become resistant to it.
That’s because DE isn’t a chemical…it’s a material that actually cuts bugs open like shards of glass. It’s made from the fossilized remains of an ancient algae called diatoms.
The individual particles of DE are razor-sharp, but they’re microscopic, so it can’t cut us. However, they’re the perfect size to kill insects that crawl over it.
Here’s a short list of pests that DE will kill:
Many people also claim that DE kills spiders, though it didn’t seem to kill them when I tried it. It worked extremely well on everything else though!
You can get DE from stores that have garden centers, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.
How to Use Diatomaceous Earth to Control Pests
You can use DE to control pests inside and outside your house.
For use inside your house, you should identify the source of the insect infestation. Then put small piles of DE near those areas.
Examples would be near windowsills or by cracks in the wall. As insects crawl over it, they’ll get cut and die.
For use outside your house, sprinkle a perimeter around your house. This creates a barrier that bugs can’t get through alive.
Just be aware that DE will kill all insects…even the good ones that you actually want, such as ladybugs and earthworms.
Also, DE doesn’t work after it gets wet. So, if you’re using it outside, you’ll need to reapply it every time it rains.
And don’t worry about using DE if you have pets. DE is safe for humans and animals if you get the food-grade version, not the pool-grade version.
In fact, some people even consume food-grade DE because they think it’s healthy. There’s no proof that eating DE has any health benefits, but the fact that people can eat it without being harmed proves that it’s safe.
One of the first things to get sold out in stores during a crisis are over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
These medications have a wide range of uses and are generally safe for most people to use, which is why they’re available without a prescription.
You might take these OTC medications for granted now, but when SHTF they could be the one thing that saves you and your family.
That’s why you need to stock up on them now while they’re still readily available.
Here are the top 5 OTC medications that every prepper should stockpile just in case a crisis happens.
A painkiller/fever reducer is one of the most useful over-the-counter medications you can pack.
If you injure yourself during the chaos of a crisis, the anti-inflammatory properties of these painkillers could tide you over until you get medical attention.
And if you’re suffering from an illness, the fever-reducing properties will keep you comfortable while you overcome your illness.
Aspirin or ibuprofen will ease aches and pains that will definitely intensify during a crisis. Taking aspirin can also prevent heart attacks and maintain good heart health.
If you think there might be children in your group when SHTF, make sure to pack the child-friendly version as well because the adult version is toxic to them.
You can’t make good survival decisions if you’re sleep deprived, and that’s why you should pack a sleep aid.
When SHTF, your veins will be flooded with adrenaline, making insomnia a real survival threat. Combine that with the fear and stress of an unknown situation and you’ll be lucky to catch a few hours of sleep.
With the help of a sleep aid, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and restore your energy for the everyday demands of survival.
Some preppers might laugh at the idea of packing laxatives for survival, but don’t be surprised if the sudden stress, and especially chronic stress over the days, weeks, or months following a crisis, leads to constipation.
Even if you’ve never experienced constipation before, you’ll want to pack laxatives anyway because constipation is often caused by sudden dietary changes in addition to extreme stress, both of which you’ll face when SHTF.
Constipation is more than just uncomfortable, it can even be fatal if it continues for too long.
During a crisis, your diet will change. You’ll probably be taking in a lot fewer calories and with a lot less nutritional value. Even if you’ve done your best to pack the best-tasting, healthiest survival food, chances are it will still be a change from your regular daily diet, and you may need to account for any nutritional gaps.
If your body doesn’t get the vital nutrients it needs, it could start to break down, leaving you vulnerable to illness and injury, and that’s the last thing you want during a crisis.
Once a crisis happens, take a good daily multi-vitamin to make sure your body has everything it needs to function properly.
Most people have mildly annoying allergies. But what happens if you have a severe allergic reaction and you can’t get proper medical help?
That’s why you should pack anti-allergy medications just in case.
Plus, you can take them to ease the effects of a bee sting even if you aren’t allergic to bees.
Do you pack any other over-the-counter medications that you think I missed? Let me know in the comments section below…your knowledge could save a fellow prepper!
The great outdoors is home to some pretty creepy creatures, and one of the creepiest ones are ticks.
Ticks are arachnids just like spiders…but instead of minding their own business they jump onto you at the first chance they get and burrow into your skin while feasting on your blood.
Ticks are also a very real survival threat. Many of them carry Lyme disease, which is a serious condition when left untreated and can even be fatal.
I wrote this post to show you a few tricks for protecting yourself against these blood-sucking parasites.
The Tick Population is Growing…Here’s Why
The tick population is exploding at an alarming rate, and as a result the number of tick bites is going up…but why?
There are many potential reasons why the tick population is growing, but scientists have a few theories.
One possible explanation is that the growing tick population is caused by a growing deer population. Deer are one of the most popular hosts for ticks, so it makes sense that more deer means more ticks.
Another explanation is that ticks have been enjoying shorter seasons of freezing temperatures which usually kills them off.
Also, new suburbs are built in areas that used to be wilderness. The ticks in those areas continue to live there and now call those suburbs their home.
Protecting Yourself From Ticks Before They Bite
The best way to deal with ticks is to not get bitten in the first place, but that’s easier said than done.
When working in your yard or going for a hike in the woods, try to wear long pants and a long shirt. This will help stop the ticks from getting on your skin.
However, the ticks will still be on your clothes and if you don’t pick them off you’ll bring them inside your house with you.
Wearing light colored clothes can help you spot the reddish-brown ticks easier and allow you to pick them off before bringing them indoors.
With the growing tick population, the odds are that you’ll have a tick on you at some point. Knowing how to safely remove the tick will keep you safe and prevent you from making the situation worse.
All you need to remove a tick is a pair of tweezers.
Grab the tick on its head as close to the skin as possible. Using steady gentle pressure, gradually lift straight up without twisting.
Never grab the body of the tick because this will force its stomach contents back into your skin and lead to infection. The reason for not twisting is because twisting will snap its head off and make it hard to remove.
There are other methods of removing ticks such as cotton swabs with liquid soap or by burning it with an extinguished match…but these aren’t as good as using tweezers.
The match method and the soap method both make the tick panic, which will cause it to vomit its stomach contents into your skin in order to escape faster.
By using tweezers and squeezing the head, you’re preventing the tick from regurgitating.
Have you ever had any run ins with ticks? If so, how did you remove it? Share your story with us in the comments section below!
Did you know the biggest cause of car breakdowns is caused by battery failures? That’s why it’s so important to have a tool that can jump-start your battery. A car jumper is better than jumper cables because you can jump-start your battery yourself without the help of another vehicle.
It could take a while before you’re able to fix your car or help arrives, which means you might need to spend the night in your car. Having a flashlight can provide a little light during the night and make your overnight stay much more comfortable.
A flat tire is another common reason cars break down. That’s why you should always keep a spare tire in your trunk.
Jack & Tire Iron:
Of course, that spare tire isn’t going to install itself. You need special tools to change your tire, such as a jack to lift the car up and a tire iron to take the tire off.
It’s a good idea to keep a basic tool kit in your car just in case. Make sure it has all the essentials, such as pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, ratchet, and sockets.
Since you don’t know how long you’ll be waiting, you should make sure you have enough food and water to last at least a day or two. Snack bars should be good enough, along with a case of bottled water.
If you’re stranded during cold weather, hypothermia is a serious threat. You could stock lots of blankets and extra clothes, but those take up a lot of space. Emergency blankets are really warm and don’t take up much space.
Imagine being trapped in a car as it slowly sinks under water with a door that won’t open. That sounds terrible, which is exactly why I always keep a glass breaker in my car with me.
Your #1 survival tool in this type of situation is your smartphone…but it’s worthless if the battery’s dead. A power bank will give your phone’s battery an extra charge to make that important life-saving phone call.
Gas siphons are thought to be a thief’s tool, but you should also have one just in case you run out of gas. You could flag down a helpful passerby and pay him for a couple gallons of gas from his tank fair and square. You wouldn’t be able to do that without a siphon.
Having a first aid kit on hand is always a good idea. Being stranded in your car is a bad time to be hurt because there’s no way to get quick medical attention. If you’re hurt, you need to take care of it on your own with the help of a basic first aid kit.
Do you keep any other survival tools or supplies in your car that you think should be on this list? Tell me in the comments section below!
One of the biggest reasons more preppers don’t transition to homesteading is that they don’t have a way to earn a living while being off-grid.
Homesteading usually means living in a rural area, which means many people can’t keep their normal jobs.
That’s why I wrote this blog post showing you 5 simple ways anyone can earn a living off-grid.
These 5 things won’t earn you a lot of money compared to your regular job, but if you’re living a true off-grid lifestyle, then you don’t need a lot of money to sustain yourself anyway.
All the suggestions in this blog post are related to gardening, which is something you’ll need to do as a homesteader regardless of whether you use it to earn a living or not.
Sell Extra Produce
This is the most obvious way to earn a living as a homesteader, but I’m listing it here anyway because it works.
People love things that are local, and this is especially true with food. They could get store-bought vegetables, but your organic produce is healthier, tastier, and gives them peace of mind that they know where the produce is coming from.
Don’t worry about competition. Even if you’re in a rural area, not as many people grow their own food as you might think. That’s because gardening takes work…and paying you for it is much easier.
The catch is that you have to be able to grow enough to feed your family and have extra to sell to other people. The time, trial and error you put into gardening will eventually pay off and yield an abundant crop.
Sell Local Seedlings
You don’t have to wait until harvest time to earn from your garden because the plants themselves are valuable.
Some people like growing plants but don’t want to go through the trouble of growing them from seeds.
Not all seeds survive, and buying seedlings guarantees they’ll grow good plants.
Seedlings are particularly valuable if they’re a local species rather than a non-native species that grows in a similar climate.
Sell Organic Compost
Growing plants requires nutrient-rich soil…unfortunately, nutrient-rich soil is becoming a scarce resource because of soil depletion caused by industrial farming techniques.
Not every state is friendly towards homesteaders, which can make going off-grid even more difficult than it already is.
You’ll have a much easier time if you homestead in a state that has favorable laws and natural resources for homesteaders.
There aren’t any “perfect” states for homesteaders because every state government wants to dictate how you live to some extent by requiring taxes and permits. However, the ones on this list give you more freedom than most.
Also, this isn’t the definitive list of homesteading states. You can make homesteading work in almost any state, but these states are generally accepted as some of the best ones.
Alaska is called “the last frontier”, and for good reason. It’s one of the few places left where you can almost disappear from society altogether.
With that said, living in Alaska isn’t easy. It takes a certain level of dedication and hardiness to live in Alaska full time.
Many people who move to Alaska underestimate how tough it is and end up leaving after their first winter.
Homesteading in Alaska is common, however, and it’s a great state for homesteaders as long as you’re dedicated enough to live there year-round.
Maybe you’re on a super-strict budget for your homestead. In that case, turn your eyes to Arizona where some of the cheapest land in the country is just waiting for you.
However, you need to understand that the land is cheap for a reason. Homesteading in Arizona pretty much means you’re homesteading in the desert…not the best place for growing crops.
There are ways to make it work, though, and if you don’t have much money to work with, Arizona might be your best choice.
Even though it’s a desert, many homesteaders choose Arizona over other states thanks to its affordability and favorable homesteading laws.
Maine might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of homesteading, but the northern part of the state is remote, sparsely populated, and incredibly beautiful…the perfect place to set up your homestead!
Homesteading is common in Northern Maine, and because it’s so sparsely populated many areas aren’t incorporated as towns…which means almost no property taxes.
It’s not as cheap as Arizona, but you can still get pretty good deals there. Plus, for the extra money, you’ll get land that’s much more suitable for growing crops and a garden.
Idaho has nutrient-rich soil that’s perfect for growing plants. So if you don’t think you have a green thumb, why not give yourself the advantage of working with top-quality soil?
Idaho also has very favorable gun laws and a long history of protecting the rights and freedoms of its residents. You probably won’t be bothered by the government if you build your homestead in a rural part of the state.
You’ll have an easy time as a homesteader in Idaho if you don’t mind living relatively isolated from others.
When considering the cost of land, don’t forget to factor in property taxes. Property taxes can make a seemingly affordable homestead unaffordable. That’s part of the reason why West Virginia is so great for homesteaders…the property taxes there are some of the lowest in the country.
There are very few zoning ordinances for rural land in West Virginia, though this is slowly starting to change. If you want to move to West Virginia, try to do so before new zoning laws are passed so you can get grandfathered in.
Did I miss your favorite state? If so, tell me in the comments section below about why your state or any other is good for homesteaders.
Most preppers dream about going off-grid…but it’s not as easy as just buying a homestead and moving in.
Many would-be homesteaders jump in but fail because they didn’t think about the situation well enough.
I want to help make your off-grid transition a success, and that’s why I’m showing you the top 5 mistakes people make when going off-grid.
Mistake #1: Not Knowing Your Zoning Laws
Unfortunately, some places having overbearing zoning laws in place that prevents you from living an off-grid lifestyle.
You need to know this beforehand so you don’t spend a lot of money for land you can’t use how you want.
Depending on the specific ordinances, you might be able to get around these zoning laws. One popular method that people who live in “tiny houses” use is to build on top of a trailer so their house isn’t technically a “house”.
However, you’re better off just choosing a location that’s friendly or at least tolerant of off-grid lifestyles.
It’s worth the cost to get a consultation with a local lawyer wherever you plan on going off-grid.
Mistake #2: Not Having a Way to Earn an Income
It’s true that going off-grid will dramatically lower your expenses, but you’ll still have some expenses.
Unless you’re already retired, you’ll need to have some sort of an income.
Since going off-grid usually means moving to a rural area, you probably won’t be able to keep your current job unless you can telecommute.
Many people who live off-grid earn an income by creating custom crafts or growing organic food and selling it as a small business.
For instance, you could make soap, build furniture, make jams/jellies, or just sell extra crops you grow.
Mistake #3: Not Having Easy Access to Water
You need a lot of water every day to survive, so you better have an easy way to get it.
The best way to do this is to drill a well on your property. It’ll cost a few thousand dollars, but having quick and easy access to water is worth every penny.
But to build a well there needs to be a pocket of water somewhere on your property without having to dig too deep.
Most places have at least one, but some places are just too “dry”, and the only way to know beforehand is to have an expert test for water.
The other option is to live close to a natural source of water and filter it yourself. You can buy a full water filtration rig or do it on a budget with a water filter like the Sawyer Mini.
No matter how cheap the property is, don’t buy it if it can’t have a well or isn’t near a natural source of water.
Your off-grid life will be miserable if you have to constantly worry about where you’ll get water every day.
Mistake #4: Not Having a Reliable Food Source
How will you get food during your off-grid life?
You’re probably thinking you’ll just have a garden and grow your own food. That’s a good idea, but what you might not realize is that growing plants isn’t as easy as you think.
There’s a lot to learn, and even after you learn everything about gardening there’s still a lot of things that can go wrong and are completely out of your control.
Most or all of your crop could be wiped out by disease, insects, or just bad weather. That’s why you also need a backup source of food.
Here are four additional ways to get food: hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering wild edibles.
Each of these takes time and patience to learn, and while they may not provide your main source of food, they’re still important to learn just in case you need an alternative food source.
Mistake #5: Buying “Dead” Land With Low-Quality Soil
Even if you’re already good at growing plants, you’re going to have a difficult time growing anything if the soil is depleted or simply unsuitable for growing.
Did your property used to be agricultural land? If so, they probably sold the land because it became depleted and they couldn’t grow crops anymore.
Revitalizing soil can take many years and is not a practical project for most people.
Before you buy any property, have the soil tested by an expert. It’ll cost a few hundred dollars, but it will help you avoid buying worthless land that can’t grow anything.
Do you have any other off-grid mistakes to add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Every year, there are about 350,000 emergency room cases due to dog attacks. These attacks can cause serious disfigurement and sometimes even kill people.
And it gets worse…when SHTF, people will abandon their dogs and force them to fend for themselves. That means more dogs out on the streets desperate for their next meal.
If you don’t know how to defend yourself against a dog attack, you’re going to be an easy target for these feral dogs.
The good news is that there are ways you can avoid dog attacks and a couple easy ways to defend yourself.
Prevent the Attack
The obvious best option is for you to prevent the attack entirely, so you don’t have to defend yourself and risk injury.
When most people try to prevent a dog from attacking, they actually agitate the dog and make the situation worse. So here are a few tips on how to encourage the dog to leave you alone.
Avoid Eye Contact
If a dog is showing aggressive behavior, then you should avoid making eye contact with them. By making eye contact, you’re challenging the dog, and this will increase the chances of it attacking.
Instead, look past the dog, or at an object that’s close to the dog so the dog remains in your field of view without staring it down.
Don’t smile at a dog showing aggressive behavior towards you. This might be hard for you to do, especially if you smile when you’re nervous.
When a dog is being aggressive, it’ll bear its fangs…and it thinks that’s what you’re doing when you smile. By smiling, you’re returning the aggressive behavior and encouraging it to attack.
Don’t Turn Your Back
Never turn your back to an aggressive dog.
First, it displays weakness and will signal the dog to attack. Second, you won’t be able to see what the dog is doing. And third, by turning away, you could trigger the dog’s chase instinct.
Instead of turning your back, simply slowly back away while continuing to face the dog. This will allow you to create distance between you and the dog without showing weakness or triggering its chase instincts.
Understanding a Dog’s Only Method of Attack
Even if you’ve done everything you can to prevent the dog from attacking, it might attack anyway.
In that case, you need to understand the method dogs use to attack their prey so you’re better prepared to defend yourself.
This is fairly straightforward. Dogs only have one method of attack, and that’s to get close and bite you.
This is good news for you because this limitation makes dogs very predictable. They’ll either run or jump forward and bite the part of you closest to them.
If you can exploit this, then you’ll be able to successfully defend yourself from the attack of any dog because aggressive dogs all behave the same way.
Of course, it’s more complicated when dealing with a pack of dogs, but this post is about dealing with one dog. We’ll talk about defending yourself against a pack of dogs in a later post.
Two Ways to Defend Yourself Against a Dog Attack
Shooting the attacking dog is the safest choice if you have a gun, but many people don’t carry one regularly.
That’s why I’m listing these two methods of defending yourself against a dog that can be done even without a gun.
Using a Bite Stick
A bite stick doesn’t actually have to be a stick, though it can be. A bite stick just needs to be a long object that you’ll trick the dog into biting instead of your body.
Sticks and baseball bats work well, though you can even use something like a rolled up sweatshirt.
Keep the bite stick between you and the dog, and the dog will most likely bite it first.
Usually, when a dog bites something, it expects it to pull away…but you’re going to force the bite stick into its mouth.
The bite stick prevents the dog’s jaws from closing all the way and makes it impossible for it to bite you. Plus, if you’re forcing the bite stick into its mouth, it won’t be able to get rid of the bite stick.
Use the Clothes on Your Back
Let’s say you aren’t carrying anything suitable for a bite stick and you don’t have time to grab one.
Your other option is to use the clothes you’re wearing. A coat or sweater works best, but a regular T-shirt can work too.
Take it off and wrap it around your forearm. Your forearm now has a layer of body armor. Something as thin as a shirt won’t give you complete protection, but it will prevent a lot of damage.
Hold your forearm between you and the dog so the dog is more likely to bite it. The clothing you wrapped around your arm will protect you.
While the dog is biting the clothing on your forearm, reach under the dog with your other arm and grasp the dog’s rear legs. Now lift the dog up and flip it over. The dog is now upside down, and it can’t go anywhere because you’re holding onto its rear legs.
What you do next is a judgment call on your part. You can keep the dog in this position and call for help, or if you are nowhere near anyone, you can kill the dog by snapping its neck with your foot.
I know the idea of killing man’s best friend sounds pretty brutal, but depending on the size and strength of the dog, your life could be in danger. If it’s really viciously attacking you, you need to take that seriously and be prepared to kill it.
There’s no guarantee you’ll have access to proper medical care when a crisis happens. That means when a friend or loved one gets injured in a crisis, it’s up to you to treat them.
Knowing some first aid techniques will go a long way in preparing you for a crisis and might even save the life of someone you care about during a crisis.
You don’t need to know every first aid technique out there. Just knowing these top 5 first aid techniques will solve most of the medical problems you’ll encounter in a crisis.
Please note that this blog post is intended to give you a basic overview of first aid techniques and is not a substitute for getting professional training.
CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPR is one of the most well-known first aid techniques.
It’s used to help victims of cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is fatal, and if you don’t treat the victim with CPR, then they will die.
CPR used to be performed with mouth-to-mouth, though in 2008 the American Heart Association stated that hands-only CPR works just as well as mouth-to-mouth CPR when treating adults.
This is good news for you because hands-only CPR is easier to learn and it’s much safer for the victim.
How to perform hands-only CPR:
Lay the person on their back and tilt their head up slightly to open their airway.
Move your head close to theirs and listen for signs of breathing. If they aren’t breathing, you’ll need to perform CPR.
Put one hand on top of the other and place them in the middle of their chest.
Position yourself with your shoulders over your hands and use your body weight to push down about 2 inches into their chest. Quickly release your compression so your hands and their chest return to their starting position. The Red Cross recommends doing this at a rate of about 100 compressions per minute.
That’s all there is to it for hands-only CPR. Mouth-to-mouth CPR involves just one more step:
Pinch their nose every 30 compressions and breath air into their lungs through their mouth.
Be careful not to force too much air into their lungs or you could cause a complication called gastric distension.
Stabilizing a Spinal Injury
If someone has taken a big fall or has been forcefully hit on the head or back, then their spine might be damaged.
In that case, you need to act immediately to prevent the victim from moving, which could possibly sever their spinal cord leading to permanent paralyzation.
The good news is that it’s easy to stabilize their spine. All you have to do is use both of your hands to keep the victim’s head completely still so they can’t move it in any direction.
You’ll need to have another person available to perform a full body assessment to see if there’s any significant damage.
It could be a false alarm, but it’s good to stabilize their spine anyway just in case. The last thing you need is for a loved one to become paralyzed during a SHTF situation.
Pressurize a Wound to Stop Blood Loss
If someone has a wound, they’ll lose blood rapidly. The fastest and most effective fix for this is to simply apply direct pressure to the wound.
First, locate the wound and then place clean fabric over it, such as gauze. Then apply steady, firm pressure for at least 20 minutes so the blood has time to congeal.
At the end of 20 minutes check the wound again. If it’s still bleeding a lot, then apply more pressure and wait.
Once it has mostly stopped, wrap the wound with gauze or with a poultice until it completely heals. This first aid kit is affordable and is packed with plenty of gauze.
Shock happens when a person’s brain isn’t getting enough oxygen to function properly. It can be caused by many things, such as blood loss, accident, or illness.
Your goal when treating someone experiencing shock is to get more oxygen to their brain. The easiest way to do this is to lay them on their back with their legs raised above their body.
This will cause more blood to flow to their head and help their brain function properly.
While they’re lying there, check to make sure they’re breathing. If they aren’t, you’ll need to perform CPR.
Cover them with a towel or blanket to help keep them warm. It’s also a good idea to not give them any food or water because they’re already disoriented and they might choke.
The Heimlich Maneuver
Choking occurs when a foreign object is blocking a person’s airway and prevents them from being able to breathe.
You’ll need to perform the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the foreign object and restore their ability to breathe.
How to perform the Heimlich maneuver:
Get behind the choking person and wrap your arms around them.
Make a fist with one hand and place your pinky on their belly button with the palm side of your fist facing towards you.
Place your other hand over your fist to provide extra strength.
Pull your fist in and up, doing it repeatedly until the foreign object has been dislodged from their airway.
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It seems like riots are popping up everywhere lately, and that puts people who want to avoid them at risk.
Even though it’s best to avoid riots completely, you could still get caught in one unexpectedly.
This blog post is for anyone who’s concerned about getting caught in a riot and wants to get out as quickly and as safely as possible.
Intense emotions can spread like wildfire in a group of people, and fear is the most contagious one. When a mass of people start panicking, it’s easy to give in to fear, but you need to stay calm if you want to survive.
If you’re calm, you can think clearly…and if you can think clearly, then you can make good decisions and get yourself out of the situation safely.
Staying calm while everyone around you is panicking is easier said than done, so here’s one trick that will help you.
When people get scared, they take very shallow breaths and sometimes even hold their breath. You need to reverse that automatic response by consciously taking deep breaths.
Taking deep breaths calms you down and relieves fear and anxiety. You will be able to think clearly and act the more oxygen you can get to your brain.
Now that you’re calm and thinking clearly, you need to avoid being attacked by protesters. The easiest way to do that is to simply act like one of the protesters to “blend in.”
This tactic is a bit controversial, and I know you might not agree with what the protesters are fighting for…but I think going against your beliefs for a few minutes is better than being severely injured, or even beaten to death.
You don’t need to do anything extreme that might get you arrested, but you do need to try to act like other protesters. This might change depending on the protest, so look at how others around you are acting.
Move with the Flow
This tip could be the difference between getting tramped by an angry mob and escaping in one piece. Don’t fight the flow of people…go with it.
Always travel in the same direction of the mob. There will be much less resistance, and it’ll help you blend in just like acting like other protestors.
Going against the mob is a clear giveaway that you’re not one of them, and that could put you in danger.
Once you’re moving in the same direction as the mob, look around for a way out. Most protests will have a main body that makes up most of the protest, with significantly fewer people branching away from it.
Look for crossroads where you can split off as you’re walking with the mob, and do so at the first safe opportunity.
Avoid Law Enforcement
You might be tempted to run up to a member of law enforcement to ask for help. Don’t do it.
You need to understand that they aren’t there to help you. They’re there to stop the protest from spreading out of control.
They have no way to differentiate between you and a protester, so if you go up to one of them, you’re going to be treated like a protester. After all, you were just in the mass of protesters…who else would you be?
You will likely get tear gassed, tackled, handcuffed, and maybe even charged with a crime.
That’s why it’s better to just avoid law enforcement entirely. Besides, if you’ve been following this advice, you won’t need their help anyway. Just keep moving and blending in. You’ll get out eventually.
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