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Family Survival Course Review – My Honest Opinion

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Hey, Davis here.

Thanks for checking out my blog, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a comprehensive review of The Family Survival Course written by none other than survival expert, Jason Richards.

First and foremost, I just want to clarify that I will be writing an uncensored, unbiased, no-frills review of Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course.  What you are about to read are the ESSENTIAL details you need to know before picking up a copy of the guide yourself.

NOTE:  This is a review site.  Click here to visit Jason Richards’ Official Website.

So just what is this survival course anyway?

The “Family Survival Course” by ex-marine of 23 years, passionate survivalist, and founder of SurviveFoodCrisis.org Jason Richards is a comprehensive emergency survival guide designed to keep you and your family safe should a major crisis hit your town or city.

Dubbed the “crisis survival Bible”, this guide shows you several tactics that you can start using today to keep you and your family prepared should the next national catastrophe hit your area.  Some of these tactics are pretty well-known, and many others were completely new to me.  Jason Richards makes it a point to go into almost painstaking detail over everything from what food to stock now to how to make your own herbal supplements.

For example, Jason teaches you how to make a 72-hour survival kit, or “bug out bag”.

This “bug out bag” is designed to give you the 15 things that you cannot live without just in case you need to get out of the area in a hurry, or “bug out” in military speak.  Now, everyone knows that you should always stockpile things like food, water, clothing, etc., but the book goes into detail giving you ESSENTIAL facts like how much water should you bring, what kind of foods should you keep, and what exactly should you store your critical items for survival in?

I’ve read a few family survival guides and books over the past few months, including the Worst Case Scenario Handbook, and don’t get me wrong, they all have some great stuff in them.  However, this was one of the first emergency survival guides I’ve come across that gives you the EXACT instructions on how to stay alive for the LONG TERM in the event of a crisis.  Jason Richards’ to-the-point writing style tells you EXACTLY what you need no know and nothing more, no added fluff and theory to fill up 136 pages.

Here’s exactly how much food and water you should keep in your bug out bag:

Water is absolutely essential to survival.  This will probably be the first thing you use after you’ve gotten into a survival situation.  For a 72-hour survival kit, you should always keep 1 liter of water per person per day as a bare minimum.  So for a family of four, you’re looking at keeping AT LEAST 12 liters of water in your bug out bag at all times.

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As far as food, ready-to-eat canned foods and energy bars are ideal.  For the amount, use 2,500 daily calories as a gauge.  This number will be about 15% larger for teenagers with voracious appetites, and about 15% lower for adult women and children.  It’s also recommended in the guide that you pack foods that you’ll like.  Morale becomes even more important as the days drag on.  Remember, this is for a bug out bag.  This is what you’ll keep around so you can grab it and run and keep yourself going for at least three days.

So what are the BAD things about Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course?

Just like every product that I have read and reviewed, it’s not perfect (nor would I expect it to be).

-          I wish that there were a few more pictures, especially when Jason is explaining how to make things.  From time to time, the survival guide get a little too in-depth with descriptions, especially when he is explaining how to make a greenhouse.  I had a difficult time picturing how the thing was going to look in my head after reading the instructions.

-          Jason can get QUITE intense with his theories on what is going to happen and how the American government is lying to us.  This is very evident when he spends 3 pages listing all the diseases caused by the fluoride added to water supply of almost every major U.S. city.  While healthy paranoia is a good thing, I would like to see his sources on where he is finding this information before I pass judgment on fluoride.  Also, while it was terrible what FEMA did when they corralled the Katrina survivors into the Superdome, I don’t really think “government slaves” was the appropriate phrase to describe them as.

And what are the GOOD things about it?

-          Jason covers everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING.  I found the plans to create solar panels for less than $200 to be worth the price of this guide ALONE.  This was also one of the few places in the book where PICTURES were added to show you exactly how they should look during each step of the process.  There are also plans for a portable generator made from a lawnmower, and how to make your own greenhouse using only plastic tarps PVC pipe, and Duck Tape.

-          This book is 136 pages of nothing but survival techniques.  Jason goes into great depth explaining in detail things like what foods to store, how to store them, what to store them in, how to get the most out of them, everything.  This urban survival guide was made to keep you alive for 7 years after a major disaster.

-          The Family Survival Guide is set up to flow in a no-fluff fashion.  Jason gives a great step-by-step guide on what you can do right now to protect yourself for the next Katrina.  Instead of a “you can do this, OR this, OR this” style, Jason keeps the book in more of a “you do this, THEN this, THEN this” style.  I found this to be a much less overwhelming style to follow.

-          It doesn’t matter what kind of emergency it is, this guide will still work.  Whether it’s an earthquake, hurricane, flood, or zombie apocalypse, you’ll be covered.  There’s even a guide on how to treat diseases with herbal remedies, everything from diabetes to diarrhea.  Jason is VERY passionate about survivalist tactics and it really comes through in his book.

-          You don’t have to be a survivalist veteran to do the things that he shows you in the guide, even building solar panels and portable generators.  Everything is explained in such a way that even the biggest survival dunce can figure it out.  I should know, I’m one of those dunces.

Overall, what do I think?

Jason Richards’ Family Survival Course is in my eyes one of the best no-fluff, no BS emergency survival guides on exactly what you need to do to survive after a disaster.  It’s got you covered from Day 1 to Year 7.  Jason, an Operation: Enduring Freedom veteran, police officer, and survivalist really lets his 23 years of survivalist training show through (and it really does show through!).  This guide is packed from start to finish with tips and plans to not only survive the next big disaster, but thrive after it.  I’ve learned more from Jason than I have from any other survival guide I’ve read.

Hope my review helped,

Davis

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Food Storage Essentials

Food-Storage

Many people want to have a nice supply of food in case a survival situation hits, but not many know how to store it.  This article will shed some light on that mystery.

Exactly what to store 

This really is by far the most common question asked .

Wheat 
This is certainly the mainstay of your survival diet . Wheat is nature’s longest storing seed , with an unlimited shelf life given proper conditions . The wheat can also be sprouted adding fresh greens to the food plan even in wintertime . Put back 400 pounds per person . 

Salt 
While not a food but a mineral salt is none the less critical to the diet and individual health . Salt is also utilized in the preservation of food and animal products . Salt similar to wheat has an indefinite self life . At least 20 pounds per person . 

Honey 
As a sweetener honey makes an unequaled contribution to the food regimen . Some think of it as a super food giving strength and renewed vitality . Being an extract from theflora kingdom , it is sure to include numerous elements which contribute to health . Honey like wheat and salt has an infinite self life . At least 10 pound per individual . 

Powdered Milk 
Most people will turn their nose to even the thought of powdered milk , preferring whole milk from the grocery store shelf . Granted it does have a slightly different flavor but it’s not unpleasant to drink , after a week or two it seems to “grow” on you . Research has shown that fat-free powdered milk , when kept dry and reasonably cool , will keepwith little change in value for over 15 years . You need 60 pound per person . 

Other Foods 
After you get the basic four foods ( wheat , sugar , powdered milk , and salt ) in the needed proportions , it is a simple matter to add other foods as you get the extra money . Pinto beans , white rice , split peas , soybeans , dried green peas , whole corn and canned meats , fruits and vegetables may be added giving more variety to the diet . And don’t forget to include pepper , baking powder , baking soda , canned yeast , dried eggs , cooking oil , multivitamin and mineral as well as extra vitamin C caplets .

How to store 
I store all my grains , beans and powdered milk in food grade plastic buckets . There is a lot of bewilderment and controversy over whether a bucket is food grade or not . A #2 inside a small triangle on the bottom of the bucket means it is made from HDPE plastic and is of food grade .

I purchased mine from the local home improvement store in the paint section . They also had them at the Wal-Mart but I like to buy from hometown business owners if at all possible . Sometimes they can even be gotten free from bakeries and restaurants , just be sure they only held food items not paint , chemicals or other things that can make you sick or dead .

Foods packaged in oxygen don’t store as well as those in an oxygen free environment . Oxygen absorbers ( available from Nitro-Pak ) take away the air from the enclosed container , leaving an environment of 99% pure nitrogen in a partial vacuum .

Don’t open the bag of oxygen absorbers until ready to use because they are going to absorb oxygen from the surrounding air and become ineffective . Have the whole thingall set to go before you open the package . Any unused absorbers may be stored put in a small canning jar until needed .

You should definitely have everything ready to go before you begin . Then pore the food you are planning on preserving into the buckets a little at a time wiggling each one as it is being packed to settle and disperse the contents . Fill each bucket to about ½ inch from the top and throw in three oxygen absorbers to each bucket of foodstuff .

Quickly put the lids on each bucket and pound closed by laying a board across the top and striking with a hammer or rubberized mallet . After a couple of hours the absorbers are going to create a vacuum that will cause the lids on the buckets to “pop down” indicating a good seal and a proper environment for extended storage . Be sure to label each with date , content and weight , written on the front section with a permanent marker .

Where to Store 

The next question is where to store all of this food ? Lack of space is the main drawback to residing in a 26ft’ travel trailer . Just about everything needs to be stored outside . Even in most homes and apartments daily life can get uncomfortable as more junk gets brought in to fill the space . One alternative is to sell some of the stuff you don’t use ,perhaps cleaning out a large closet and filling it with your stored foods . You will want to take a look at your personal situation and space available , storing your foods accordingly .

I have the majority of my foods cached in my outbuilding behind my trailer . This might not be the idea set up but it is dry and shaded in the summer . I took a lot of concrete blocks and laid a sheet of 4×8′ ply board on top to form a platform to stack the buckets on keeping them off the ground . I want to have a root cellar big enough to hold the big amounts of my food storage , but for now I must cope with less than stellar .

If you haven’t read my Family Survival Course review yet, check it out by clicking here.

Useful Tips on How to Create a 72-hour Survival Kit

Everything is great and hunky-dory right now, but what are you and your family going to do should a disaster strike?  It can happen anywhere at any time.  Earthquakes, fires, tsunamis, Hurricane Katrina, you always think that it will happen to someone else, but what if YOU are that “Someone Else”.

One of the best ways to give you and your family passing grades on emergency preparedness is to make what is called a “bug out bag”.  A bug out bag is the nickname those in the emergency-survival-guide business call a 72 hour survival kit.  Basically, it’s a family survival kit that you have ready at all times just in case you need to “bug out” of the area in the event of a disaster.

But just what should you keep in your bug out bag?  Here is a little list of good things to keep in your survival kit:

1.        Water

Sure, everyone knows to keep water in your urban survival kit, but how much?  Water is heavy.  For a more long term survival kit, you’d obviously want to bring more, but for a bug out bag, I’d suggest bringing 1 liter of water per person per day.  So a family of four would bring a total of 12 liters of water in their 72 hour survival kit.

2.       Powdered Food

It’s much easier to lug around than canned food, has better nutrition, and can be grabbed on the fly as you’re rushing you and your family out of the house.  Things like powdered mashed potatoes, powdered milk, etc.  Obviously, it tastes much better when you add water to it, but you can eat it dry if you absolutely have to.  And given the situation, you absolutely have to.

 3.        Batteries

All kinds.  We’re talking AA, AAA, C, and backup cell phone batteries.  Right after a disaster, everyone will be on their cell phones trying to call loved ones, the authorities, anyone really.  Phones only last so long, and they’ll be dead by the time the cell towers unjam themselves.  Not many urban survival guides touch on this, so be one step ahead of the game and pack some spare batteries.

4.        A “Family Defense System”

People can and will go crazy after a disaster.  Some might try to come after you and your family, especially when they see you coming with your family survival kit.  No bug out bag is complete without some sort of “defense system”, whether it be pepper spray, a baseball bat, or yes, even a handgun.  Your goal here is to survive, not to let someone rob you at the most inopportune of times.

7 Ultimate Survival Foods for Dealing with a Disaster Aftermath

So you want to keep you and your family safe in case the unthinkable happens.  That’s why you started stockpiling food in the basement.  But are you sure you’re stocking what you need for survival?  You know to stock lots of food, but what foods are best for your urban/family survival kit?

Well, here are 7 ultimate survival foods straight from Jason Richards’ “Family Survival Course” to keep you and your family alive during times of crisis.

        1. Beef Jerky

Any urban survival guide worth its salt will tell you that beef jerky is probably one of the best survival foods out there.  It’s healthy, chock full of protein and calories, delicious, and practically lasts forever!  No bug out bag should be complete until you throw a couple of bags of jerky in it.  If you’re not crazy about beef, you can make your own, or substitute beef for turkey.

        2. Pleasure Foods

Things like popcorn, hot chocolate/juice powder, peanuts, nuts, and peanut butter.  Think about it:  you might be without any luxuries for awhile.  Morale is going to suffer.  This may not be something you want to put in your 72 hour survival kits, but is definitely something to consider for more long term survival kits.  They are still nutritious and can be awesome for raising morale or as a little reward for making it this far.

        3. Garlic

Yes, garlic.  This is fantastic for keeping your family free of diseases for the long haul.  It also adds a little bit of pizzazz to all that Spam your new emergency survival guide told you to hoard.  I would consider it one of the more critical items for survival because it is light, cheap, and keeps the germs away.  When disaster strikes, you may not be able to get to a pharmacy any time soon.

        4. Vitamins and Minerals

Again, maybe not really a bug out bag sort of thing (and not technically food), but vitamins and minerals can come in mighty handy.  Stored food has a much lower nutritional value than fresh food.  The act of canning can decrease food nutrition by as much as 60%.  Super-food supplements like blue green algae and bee pollen can literally save your life.  Definitely keep these around in your family survival kit.

        5. Coffee

Please, oh please bring coffee in your 72 hour survival kit, your wife will be thrilled.  There is definitely a reason why every emergency survival guide mentions coffee somewhere.  Green coffee is best if you can get your hands on it.  It hasn’t been roasted or cracked yet, so the shelf life is much higher (around 20 years).  You can roast it when you are ready to enjoy it.  It’s great for morale, and will get you alert in the morning.  Even more important when your survival depends on your awareness.

        6. Honey

If you bought an urban survival guide (or any survival guide for that matter) and honey isn’t in it, tear it up and use it for kindling.  Honey is the only food in the world that never spoils.  In fact, honey has been removed from the tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs and was found to be just as fresh as honey fresh from the beehive.  As a sweetener, it’s second-to-none.  It’s also a natural antibiotic, having been used to treat wounds on the battlefield for centuries.  Stick it in your family survival kit right now.

        7. Vinegar

An absolute must-have in any good long term survival kit.  It can jazz up just about any recipe in existence.  It’s also a cheap cleaning agent, a solvent, and a deodorizer.  You don’t get much more all-purpose than vinegar.  Definitely one of the most critical items for survival you can keep in your emergency survival kit.

A Useful Article About Survival Inspired by James Richards

My goal was to create a Jason Richard’s Family Survival Course review and after reading the guide, I learned some interesting things.  It’s easy to take for granted the relative safety we live in today, but what would happen to you and your family were thrust into an emergency situation?  Do you know what a “bug out bag” is?  Does your house have any sort of family survival kit?  Do you even know the critical items for survival?

It really helps to have a 72 hour survival kit handy in case the unexpected hits.  Having what you need for survival ready to go in an easy-to-get-to spot can mean the difference between life and death.

A 72 hour survival kit, or bug out bag, is easily created and crucial to emergency survival should the next “big one” hit.  Some items that you should keep in your bug out bag include water (1 liter per person per day), lightweight canned food, a pocket knife, necessary medicines and prescriptions, and some sort of family survival guide and “defense system” (wink, wink) wouldn’t hurt, either.

Of course, this kind of 3-day emergency preparedness is just the tip of the iceberg.  A true survivalist is going to need a much more long term survival kit in order to make it after a big disaster.  Getting out of immediate danger is obviously a big part, but what do you do afterward?

Perhaps the most important thing that anyone can do in an emergency situation is to BE CALM.  You will need all the strength you can muster, and panicking will only make things worse.  A really good calming strategy is to force yourself to take deep breaths and repeat a short phase, something like “you’ll be fine” or “God is good”.  Slower breathing relaxes your muscles, and reduces the knee-jerk fear reaction that you’ll have should disaster strike.

So if you want to STOP living in fear and START preparing your family for disaster.  The sooner you start, the better.  Once the fire starts burning and everyone is panicking, it’s already too late.