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The Start Of The New UK Prepping Blog

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The UK Preppers Guide website has been running for over two years now and I thought it was about time to add a regular UK Prepping Blog.

This is something I have been planning to do for a while now, but never had the time.

I also deliberately turned off comments to the main UK Preppers Guide website - you are able to freely comment here on this prepping blog

From previous experience there are just too many spammers out there and I wanted real people and real preppers to join in. Not someone selling perfume or trying to promote their website that had nothing to do with prepping.

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Steve Hart and I've been a prepper for as long as I can remember.

In fact, I was prepping way back in ‘the old days’ before the word ‘prepper’ was even heard of.

Mind you, everyone was a prepper then…

By that I mean everyone knew how to make ends meet by stocking up and by having the basic skills like actually being able to cook a basic meal from scratch.

man with air rifle

They knew about real food and how to make it last. They never wasted any food, and what wasn't eaten would be recycled and made into a meal for the next day.

microwave junk meal

Nowadays people just click a few buttons on their iPhone and zap – within 20 minutes there’s a box a ready made food delivered to their door.

But then sometimes they will get really daring and actually buy a box of food that they can “cook” themselves – buy “cook”, I mean open the packet and shove in the microwave and nuke it for two minutes.

Giving them a lovely meal containing just about every ‘E’ number and preservative known to man.

Sad really. We have lost the basic skill of even being able to feed ourselves without resorting to technology.

Over many years I have been quietly beavering away prepping.

For what? Well I don't really know to be honest.

But one thing I do know is that we have a dam site better chance of surviving if we are prepared. I have precious little faith in the government being able to provide shelter, food and a safe environment for me and my family if the SHTF.

So that’s why I prep. Not to be trendy (which apparently it is now), but because I want to be the one calling the shots. The one who can provide for myself and my family.

Over the years I have purposely learnt the essential bushcraft skills to help survival in a full on disaster. I can say with confidence that I have a pretty fair chance of making it through the rough times.

The chances of that happening are quite remote though aren't they?

Or are they?

Hopefully I will never see a world wide catastrophe during my lifetime, and that’s a good thing. But along the way prepping has been great fun to say the least. I have met some fantastic people involved with the prepping and bushcraft community.

And some nutters…..!

Please feel free to follow me on this blog and please comment if you think I’m right or wrong. Or maybe just to say hello.

Happy Prepping Folks..

Steve

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    • David Harding on October 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm
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    Well, what can I say.. back about 18 months some A$$ole perm banned me from ukpreppers because I wanted to send info up in HTML format.

    Never mind.. I continued prepping and am now able to actually see a good result. Hoping to live off grid of everything, and out somewhere the govt. doesn’t hassle too much.

    Anyway, I’ll sit in and listen and chat. If you challenge me, be prepared to talk about it.

    Skyy.

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    Thank you for this helpful information.

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    • Penny Plum on September 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm
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    Hi,

    In some ways I feel disadvantaged in my prepping, in other ways, I feel I do have skills that some don’t have. I lived in the western isles of scotland for 10 yrs. Winters there always required some degree of preparation, whether it was lack of food in stores due to the ferry not sailing, damage from high winds, the only road to town being blocked due to flooding, loss of electricity etc. I recall occasions when the electricity went down, if snow was on the ground, I would pack the freezer with snow to remove air gaps, keeping things frozen longer. I had a solid fuel stove which ran my heating and hot water as well as cooking. I chopped wood and cut and dried peat for my stove. Bringing it back from the moors in backpacks and wheelbarrows with my kids sitting on top. I cooked mainly from scratch, built furniture and even a pony stable once. I learned to knit and sew when I was a child, something i still do a lot. I forage for food and make preserves as well as storing bought food.

    My circumstances are rather different now. I live as a single parent (my boyfriend lives around 45 miles away), with my 3 yr old grandson, whom I have care of, together with my teenage daughter who is Type 1 diabetic and was diagnosed 3 years ago. My eldest two children have their own homes, one around 5 miles away, one 15 miles away. My other two children, both teenagers also (I have 5), live mainly with their father, who is not a prepper.

    I do feel I am fairly adaptable. My eldest and I were stranded in glasgow (we were attending college and uni at the time )a few years ago when the M8 came to a halt. I made the decision to get home. It took 3 hours to get a bus to leave glasgow, another 4 hrs to get a mile and a half out of glasgow. My son, not wearing his thicker coat, was showing signs of hypothermia as we sat for another two hrs on the bus. I made the decision to walk, it was a total unknown how much longer the bus would remain static, and getting colder, whereas I knew a hotel was around a mile away. It was the most bizarre situation, walking up an abandoned lane of a motorway, 18 inches deep in snow. The first thing I found was a garage that was still open (it was around 10pm by that time) and was able to get my son warm drinks and soup before the final, shorter walk to the hotel. The hotel staff had already welcomed a number of people from abandoned cars and buses and were extremely helpful and supportive. They provided hot soup for everyone and I could see my son recover as he warmed up again. Eventually, after around two hours at the hotel, a friend of my son was able to get his little hatchback out to get us, meeting us nearby, sticking to roads that had been cleared. It took us around 10 hours to get home that day. I still recall an abandoned double decker bus with SOS in place of the numbers, and as far as the bus we were on when I decided to walk, we got home (a further 10 miles from the hotel) long before the bus even reached the hotel.

    I no longer have my own land, I now live in a small block of flats (6 in a block) on the second floor with a communal entrance, not ideal by any means. My teenage daughter has mobility problems and cannot walk far. I am on the very outskirts of a small town, less than 5 minutes walk from the countryside. I do not have a large amount of space for storage now either. I live on minimal finances, meaning more expensive items are a challenge to get, though in regards to food and water, with foraging, preserving food and being excellent at seeking bargains and budgeting, that is something I can usually deal with. Last winter, when there was another power outage, I was able to still provide hot water and hot food to my kids as well as my neighbour.

    So you can see my situation isn’t ideal now. If anyone has any suggestions as to things I can do to maximise my advantages, I’d love to hear. I do live across the road from woods and a small river.

    Regards,

    Penny

      • Fenland Prepper on October 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm
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      It sounds like you have a good skill set but unfortunately live in a bad location in the event of a SHTF scenario. Now I don’t normally recommend bugging out in the UK as we have limited natural resources but in your case this might be a good idea. I don’t mean bugging out to a remote location but it might be a good idea to find a like minded person, either another family member or someone you can trust. You may be able to build up resources with them. Work out escape plans from your location and execute them to see how they work, then just keep a go bag with you.
      As you also say you are close to the countryside you might want to look at stashing much needed resources there, bury them well in sealed bins, so again you can grab them if you need to leave in a hurry.
      If you don’t have a car, work out a safe place you can use as an arranged pick up point.

      Its a shame your family don’t see your point of view but maybe explain it in a different way. My daughters boyfriend thought we were a little mad with our preps until I said “what if I lost my job? We could go months without having to buy food.” We have been cut off from clean water three times in 8 years so we have over a hundred litres of clean water on hand plus over 3000 we can purify. The last time the water was cut off due a mains burst there was panic buying of bottled water in the local shops, we were fine.
      People hear prepper and immediately think of the lunatics you see on tv in the USA with enough fire power to provide a small army.
      If you go back 90 or so years everyone was a prepper in some way, it was a way of life.
      I hope these words are of some use to you, let me know if I can offer any more help or advice.

    • DamIT on September 20, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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    not sure how old some of the coments above are, but until recently i lived on the West coast of scotland where power cuts up to 4 or 5 days werent that infrequent every winter. (no BBC coverage as its scotland and its supposed to be cold!). No leccy or gas, and a bit of snow blocking the roads could keep you at home in the village for around a week at a time. Im only talking an hour-ish from glasgow one of the biggest cities in the UK.

    • Ace on September 14, 2015 at 4:54 am
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    Glad I found this site. I actually came across this site looking for torch mounts for my bows.
    I been silently prepping since 2009, although I admit that over the last 12 months or so, I have been winding down my supplies to a point where I actually had to restock things in the last few days.
    I’m not the best or most prepared person in the UK, by a long shot.
    But compared to most I am much better prepared than most around here.
    Getting the message to everyone else was/is a nightmare. People walk around with blinkers on.
    If there is anyone in South Yorks area then would be good to make contact. Surely I’m not the only one?
    I have a bug out plan but in all honesty, it would really have to be bad to leave a fortified position which has water and food.

    While a few friends/family laugh about my preparedness, I see this as just taking responsibility for the safety and well being of my family.
    I will not be dependent on govt handouts/food/water rations.
    I will not be dependent on a non existent Police force coming to rescue me from aggressive would be intruders.
    I have prepared accordingly (within the financial restraints that come with having a family) to best survive and take care of the ones I love if TSHTF.

    Sure my plan isn’t the best.
    I have no bunker in case of Nuke attack. If that happens I’m fu**ed basically. I did look into it and basically it came down to £££££. No way could I afford one and anything I built would be insufficient for any long period of time.
    I’m more prepared for a break down in society. (probably through a currency collapse)
    If the lights go out and things get a little rough (which I fully expect if/when the currency goes down) then I have everything I need here.
    I still have a few things to do before I can say I’m truly ready.
    Main thing (and I have been putting this off for too long) is to get some sort of composting (dry) toilet sorted out. Not the nicest of prep duties but an essential one.
    With this I should be able to be self sufficient for an indefinite period.

    Is it better to buy one or just make one?

    Probably one of my biggest problems will be family, friends and neighbours. None are prepared and that gives me the unenviable choice of what to do, if/when these people have no food or water?
    I think it would be hard not to be somewhat generous and share (to a certain degree) my stash.
    Certainly in a large city like I live in, things could get very rough & we have a much better chance in larger numbers, so there is something to be said for making and keeping friends within the community in your circle.
    What would you do?

      • Ace on September 14, 2015 at 6:04 am
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      Just read through a few of your pages and one thing really keeps popping up. I could never solve this problem sufficiently to my liking, although I have made a plan to tackle this problem.
      The problem I had was “heating the home” in a power cut scenario in Winter.
      My house has no chimneys. The modern sort that relies completely on central heating. 🙁
      The provision I made to keep warm in such a case was 2 fold.
      1. Burning bin + a fire pit with a large-ish stack of dry firewood. (obviously can’t use it inside, but it might be useful outside at some point)
      2. All members of my family are well stocked on outdoor clothing equipment which should keep us warm, inside or out.

      I can’t see a way around this problem other than my 2 solutions above.
      Solar panels would not carry enough energy to run any heating equipment.
      A generator would bring unwanted attention.

      Any better suggestions?

      1. Hi Ace,

        Agreed, once a building has got cold, that is it – it takes twice as much energy to heat it back up to temperature again and twice as long, if not more.

        My only answer for anyone hunkering down during a prolonged SHTF situation in winter would be to use to use just one room, central in the home if possible and with as few outside walls and windows as possible.
        Next is insulation – the room must be well insulated – with anything that will help keep the heat in.
        Anything from layers of curtains over the windows to slabs of reflective insulation board [these are light and flat and can be easily stored in a loft or even under the bed] – but always try to use some reflective, insulation on the ceiling to ‘bounce’ the heat back..
        It is possible to maintain heat in a room with good insulation – look at how the Swedish do it – they can heat a room with just a 60W light bulb and the heat from the human body in freezing conditions.!!!
        If the heat can’t escape then it’s possible to use simple heating methods like the 36 or 48 hour survival candle, which will give light as well.
        It takes a bit of thinking about but it is do-able.
        Use plastic sheeting to form a porch entrance into the room as a heat shield divider to stop heat loss when moving in and out.
        If it was possible to build a fire outside without attracting too much attention then warming clothes and sleeping bags would be good use of the fire, as would boiling pans of water and then brining then into the room to use as a heater.
        Any cooking can be done outside and the pots n pans brought inside for additional heat.
        Normal house bricks can also be placed in the outside fire and warmed up to use as heat blocks inside the room.

        There are a few more other ways you can survive the winter cold and you question is a good one – I think I will put an article together giving information on that very subject of home heating when the SHTF.

        thanks

        Steve UKpreppersGuide

    1. Hi Ace,

      You have one of the very best and well informed UK Preppers in the country and he is in your area – check out Tom Linden, he runs the ukprn.blogspot.com – there’s not too many as well informed as Tom is.

      There are also many Yorkshire based preppers, so your not alone!!

      You have the right approach to your prepping, by doing the best you can with the money you can spare – it’s not easy but still very do-able.

      Yes, friends and family are a pain to say the least – and we are only really governed by our conscious there eh…!
      But forming allegiances with others, friends, family or fellow preppers has both good and bad points.

      The jury is still out on that one.!

    • M. Frey on August 26, 2015 at 12:02 am
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    Preparedness’ has been a part of my family’s thinking for about 10 years. Food, water and means of heating the home have been secured. When the stock market went crazy over the weekend – we had the peace of knowing we could last for a year or more on what we have stored. My thoughts have been directed to the vulnerability of the power grids in the U.S. and Canada. If “hackers” can easily “out” Ashley Madison, the U.S. federal employees soc sec and home information – why have they not yet done in the power sources? Those that prepare can sleep nights when bad news hits the media. That in itself is a positive.

    • Denise on August 2, 2015 at 9:44 am
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    Hi Steve, been prepping for over 10 years now and pretty much organised mentally. Its a shame we don’t have masses of countryside for bugging out, and the parts we do have are already taken by the mod. I’ve got a few ideas though; abandon places like farms, pubs which most have cellars; I guess you just have to go by your instincts when the time comes.As for bugging out at home, if you live in a city its a no no. mass panic will make everyone a target and there’s some pretty horrible characters out there who wouldn’t thin twice I’m not feeling the pressure to have weapons. If we get far from any cities then its likely any intruders will be like-minded as yourself and teaming up would be a better option. Were still going to need to form society after shtf, and also everyone has their own talents which will useful. In the usa most preppers are concentrating on protecting thierselves in the most extreme ways, its their mentality; we dont need to copy, traps to deter would be better. Afterall, if anyone makes it to your location they will be very weak from hunger and scared. Caution with compassion mixed together is where we need to be mentally. The everyday person didn’t get us in the shit and they like yourself will be the ones who have to create a new way of life that puts people first not materials etc.

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