by Brandy D. Anderson
Thinking about the worst case scenario isn’t a pleasant thing, but it could save your life. That’s not to say you should live in perpetual fear of an awful ‘what if’, but you should know enough that you could get by if you needed to. These four YouTube channels give you awesome advice and tutorials on all the things you would need to know should you find yourself in a ‘SHTF’ [Sh*t Hits The Fan] situation.
About: “My Names Roach I’m a former career soldier and Ambulance paramedic, my Channel is about survival & preparedness in the 21st century everything from how to find and treat a viable water source to how to survive watching your business fail, having your home reprocessed and still be able to feed your kids for me surviving in an urban environment is just as hard as running off to the woods and living on nettle stew and acorn coffee the way things are today we need to be able to do Both, Survive-Adapt-Overcome welcome to life in the 21st Century”
This guy, Roach, is awesome and, as you can see in his ‘about’ section, he covers a lot of different things on his channel. His introduction video, “My 24 Hour Go Bag + Link Break Down/ Contents” gives you a good preview as to what you’ll find here. His ‘Go Bag’ is what he takes with him on walks and hikes when he’s planning on being gone for less than twenty four hours. Roach explains that he also always carries a few extra items in his pockets, like his Zippo lighter, compass, magnifier, and pen. He gives you a close-up look at everything in the pack as he takes them out one-by-one, explaining the use and need for each item.
Roach is quite personable, and even begins some episodes by having a quick cuppa tea from his steel Stanley thermos. You’ll find a lot of great product reviews embedded in the different videos, like a detailed review for a Chopper One axe in “Part 1 Prepper Meet 2016”. Roach shows the spring loaded wedge, the hickory handle, and explains why it’s one of his favourite “gadgets”. There are camping videos, where he shows some cool landscape shots, and he, of course, also gives tutorials on how to set-up camping gear, fire pits, cooking grills, and tents. In “Campout Oct 2016 Part 3” he shows you a neat 13,500 Discreet Winch Mount. One of his most popular videos teaches you how to make a pot belly stove. Play lists include “4 x Overland”, “Fathers”, “Bugout Trailer”, “DIY Prepper, Simple Home Made Prepping Ideas”, “Roach on TV Film Radio Media”, and “Survival Tips and Tricks”.
British adventurer Bear Grylls is known for his daring tv shows, but did you know he also has an awesome YouTube channel with loads of cool survival videos? This is a great place to get all of his features in one spot. Grylls says, “What I love about survival is the fact that it’s not just about the textbook knowledge, it’s about improvising … there’s a thousand different ways you can use stuff”. Many of his videos focus on the four basic needs for survival: “protection, rescue, water, and food”.
One of his most popular uploads is a short interview he conducted with TV news anchor Anderson Cooper about “5 Common Items That Can Save Your Life| Anderson Cooper 360 January 7, 2011”. Grylls says these five items are a shoelace (“There are so many things to do with a shoelace, from making traps to climbing up trees to stitching stuff to securing yourself to something”), a sock (“filter water through it”), a wristwatch (“to get your baring – point your hour-hand at the sun, and [then you] split the difference between that and twelve o’clock to give you a south line”), a paper-clip (“thread with it, use it as triggers for traps, for a compass”), and a battery (“signal”, “for fire”). Unfortunately, the play lists aren’t well organized (there are only two small lists posted), however, all of the videos are labeled well so you can easily find what you’re looking for by either typing keywords into the search box or simply by scrolling through the pages and pages of awesome content.
“No- Nonsense, Straight talk about Medical Prepping for SHTF and everyday stuff too. I am not liable or responsible in any way for your actions or inactions. Use your head and your own discretion. Everything I tell you is for research purposes only. I absolutely claim complete benevolent dictatorship over all of my material, including comments posted on my material. Just so’s ya knows. 😀 I make liberal and regular usage of the block button. You have zero right to ‘free speech’ on MY channel. If you are 1) rude 2) abusive 3) just irk me or act like an ass expect to be blocked with no sympathy. I care about people! Let’s have fun on this channel, and be kind to each other!”
This channel is like no other survival channel I have ever found. Where most survivalists focus on knowing how to utilize your environment, making sure you have the right gear, and knowing how to improvise with what you have, Patriot Nurse focuses on the most important tool – your health. Because, without knowing how to maintain your health and wellness, none of these other tricks are going to be of much use.
She has a great introduction video to this concept called “Do You Make These Prepping Mistakes?” where she breaks down the realities of having to survive in the world where there is no mass sanitation, there are no medical workers, and you need to know what medical and health dangers to watch out for. In “We’re Setting Up For World War 3 And A PANDEMIC”, Patriot Nurse talks about “pandemics, global conflicts, and the spread of disease which we are long overdue for”. There’s another video, “Who Will Die First When SHTF: A WARNING” where she explains in detail how various groups of people would react in a survival situation. Some of her other videos include “Cholera: How To Treat And Prevent It!”, “What To Do For Pneumonia”, “Top 5 Injuries In SHTF”, and “How To Get Your People Prepping”. It is worth noting, while she always provides awesome survivalist medical advice, some of her political ideology tends to bleed into a number of her tutorials.
Forge Survival Supply is a channel hosted by a few different people, and some of the video formats differ as well. Some of the segments involve hosts on-camera performing tutorials or product reviews, while other videos are focused on the subject (usually a close-up tutorial) and while they do have audio, there’s no on-screen host talking, the commentary is scrolled across the bottom of the screen. The diversity is actually nice, it gives the channel a fun, eclectic feeling.
One “silent” video is about “Survival Saws” and it begins by showing a pile of saws before an off-screen man proceeds to cut a small trunk with each saw (the camera is focused on the saws and trunk, you only see the host’s hands). The video shows : “Eleven survival saws. Well, actually nine and two duds”. Then it shifts to show each individual saw and its effectiveness (or ineffectiveness), with detailed descriptions for each piece: “A $10 no-name hardware store bow saw” works very well, making a quick and smooth cut, whereas the “Gerber Gator Machete… [is a] good machete, but [a] dud as a saw”. In “Survival Gear Review: Fire Starters” two on-screen hosts give detailed reviews of “four different fire starters, waterproof matches, as well as three different fire pastes or tinders to use for your fires”. This is filmed out in the forest and they demonstrate each item as they talk about the it. They give useful tips, too, like when they tell you that you don’t need to use the entire cube with Tinder Cubes, because a sliver works just as well, obviously giving you more usage for the same amount of money, and this is particularly useful to know if you find yourself in a survival situation. The hosts are clear with their demonstrations and quite likeable.