It’s A Matter Of Using Social Media during an Emergency….

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This is a road that I used to drive on to go in to town when I lived in South Carolina.  If you look closely, you will see that the workers are standing near the edge of a big flood.  Just know that there are several lanes of road under the water.  This is a major thoroughfare in Columbia SC.  The flooding took place in early October.  I wrote about this topic somewhat in this post.  
I had the opportunity to go down to the impacted areas of Columbia as I happened to be visiting.  I also know many good people who are helping those who have been displaced.  I have watched in awe as so many service-oriented individuals have jumped in to help in a variety of ways.  How did everyone know what to do and what to donate?  It has been done and continues to be done with Social Media.

Social Media during an Emergency….

Within days, the S.Beltline Community had a Facebook page up and running. After posting pictures of the flooding and damage, they started posting needs. Here is one of the first posts from this community:
Here are some of the early posts from this group of volunteers:  (These posts were put up within a couple of days after the flooding).

“We will be starting our first Community Tent today around 10:00 this morning at the corner of Glenhaven and Whispering Pines Circle. PLEASE PARK at the Pinewood Baptist Temple at 1510 S Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC 29205. It’s a short block down Glenhaven to check-in at the Community Tent.”

“FANS, FANS, FANS! We need FANS – box fans or commercial grade- we REALLY need these to air out several homes. And if you have an extension cord, PLEASE bring it too! Pls put your name on anything you bring so it gets back to you! When you sign in at the Community Tent, we will do our best to note any items you bring as a reminder. THANK YOU!”

We desperately need a SUMP PUMP ASAP!! House has 4 ft of standing water in a house on Timberlane!!

Magically, people and needed items began to appear. These are brand new fans that were just dropped off for anyone who may have needed them.

Just one day later, the needs list grew:

After you drop off items, PLEASE park at Palmetto Baptist Temple at the end of Glenhaven!! There will be many more commercial crews on the street that will need access to houses/street parking.
Friday will be a BIG sorting, cleaning & demo day, so we’d love to have ALL HANDS ON DECK! smile emoticon
#1 Need – **PLASTIC BINS – assorted sizeds for packing salvaged items (stand up better with damp items)
*PU trucks for moving salvaged furniture/items
*Wheelbarrows (we promise to give them back when you leave!!)
*HAND SANITIZER (never enough….)
*Push Brooms
*”TO-GO” meal containers so volunteers can take meals directly to the residents
*Packing tape “guns” for tape rolls we have or individual packing tape dispensers w/serated cutting edge
*Heavy duty work gloves
**Latex & non-latex gloves (everything is still pretty wet)
**SIZE 12 / LARGE Ladies clothing (loose fitting/comfortable)
**DIET & REGULAR SOFT DRINKS (for caffiene and variety)
We hope to see you soon! 

Who are these people coordinating and working together?  Which government agency is managing all of these needs?  NONE!  These are volunteers from Columbia and the surrounding communities.
Requests for Hard Hats, Wheel Barrows, N95 masks, Gloves, food, and hand sanitizer were constant.  The need for Volunteers was mounting…

The Sewer Treatment Plant had also flooded.  This meant that sewage was mixing with the Flood waters….as were ‘critters’ such as snakes.  Volunteers had to be very careful to protect themselves.

PLEASE READ THIS ONE AND PASS ALONG: I spoke with (individual)  this morning. Her husband has been very involved in getting medical care for volunteers. She wants me to share that if you’ve been working in and around these contaminated waters and you have any doubt at all about your last tetanus, you need to head over and get a booster. This is for anyone who needs it. Help me share this with various work site pages.
2 hrs ago- Columbia, SC ·
Wound care and tetanus shot updates continue SATURDAY and SUNDAY from 9 am until 8 pm. If you have any sort of cut or scratch from cleanup work AND it’s been 5 years since your last shot, come get one. 4811 Devereaux Road, 29205.
Shout out to great workers from Palmetto Health, Columbia Fire Department, and Richland County EMS!

Local businesses provided food to those who were impacted and the volunteers.
Here is a post from a local Volunteer:

“Spent the afternoon with my daughter handing out water to residents in some severely affected neighborhoods near Midlands Tech. Many of the residents were Spanish speakers, so I called my Son at BYU and asked him to talk to the Hispanic people and ask them what they need. (One man told my Son he was hungry, so I called Marco’s Pizza on Rosewood and they delivered a dozen FREE pizzas that my daughter and I handed out with the water. 

Then we went back to get more water and made 2 more trips to Marco’s and picked up another 40 or so pizzas and distributed those to citizens in need. 

Super Kudos to Marco’s Pizza, who made no attempt to sell pizza, but used all their supplies on hand and made hundreds of pizzas that were given to hungry people!!”

The next day….

“So, after the cool experience yesterday, decided to do more of the same today. Loaded up with water and headed out to the same apartment complex — armed with 30 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches — thanks Chris Eckert and Christopher Callaway at the Garners Ferry Road store. Took the Spanish-speaking LDS missionaries with me and we found several groups of Spanish-speaking people in their apartments (multiple families) and gave them food and water. Then we invited others to come to the Church later and we’d have more food. We fed about 30 people at the Church with food prepared and delivered by the Spanish group of the Church at Windsor Lake

I restocked with 10 pizzas from Ci Ci’s on Garners Ferry (thanks Juan!) and fed folks at the Church and went back into the apartment complexes. 

Also got donated food from PDQ (thanks Michael …. and Tim Tebow, whom I found out is one of the investors).
People were so gracious and humbled by the help, and I just really enjoyed seeing their smiles.” 

Meetings were set up to work with the City, County, and Federal programs. All were advertised in social media:

We have been providing DSNAP information for over a week. If you are in Richland County and want to apply, DSS says here is when/where you need to go:
Week of November 2 – 6:
Word of God Church and Ministries
119 Diamond LaneSee More

South Carolina residents who lost property or income due to this month’s historic flooding are now eligible…

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As you might expect….there were rumors that needed to be addressed:

There are many rumors and myths that are percolating out there. Here are some FACTS about rebuilding, permits, etc. 

1. FEMA has NOT moved the flood plain as a result of this flood. FEMA and Richland County GIS show the 2002 FEMA flood zones. Some floodplain areas were revised in late October 2014 and again in August 2015, so determining whether your property was included or excluded from the 100 year flood zone as a result of these revisions could mean the difference of what type of permit you need and whether you have to bring your property up to code and raise it. 

2. No final decisions have been made about who can and who can’t rebuild. The County has not committed to nor started the process for buying out properties. 

3. As for whether your house must be raised/brought up to current Code depends on whether you are in the 100 year floodplain and if so, whether your expense to return the home to its ore-flood condition exceeds 50% of the fair market value of your building/home. You may be required to get an Elevation Certificate, which must be prepared and certified by a Licensed Land Surveyor, Registered Professional Engineer or Registered Architect who is authorized by state or local law to certify elevation information. The certificate is used to confirm whether you are in the 100 year floodplain. Because the value-to-expense calculation will vary per property, each “rebuild/raise” determination will be different. 

4. If the homeowner has decided to relocate instead of rebuild, that changes the direction for FEMA, so residents need to give that info to FEMA if they have already made that decision. Then an SBA team takes your case to pursue their mortgage loan option for the house you choose for relocation. Your current mortgage lender(s), if you have mortgage(s), will need to be involved in the process should you not have enough money to payoff your existing mortgage(s) [short-sale]. 

5. If you are in the 100-year floodplain, you will need an estimate from a licensed residential or general contractor in order to pull a permit and perhaps more depending on whether your property is in the City of Columbia. If you hire a licensed contractor, which officials recommend, they will pull the permit instead of the homeowner.  

6. Regardless of who pulls the permit, all mechanical tradesmen (subs like HVAC, plumbing, electrical, roofing, etc.) will also have to pull a SEPARATE permit if your house is in the floodplain.  

7. Inspections for substantially damaged structures are tentatively set to begin this week for Richland County properties. These are done in conjunction with FEMA using 4-person “teams.” All Richland County inspectors will be in Richland County vehicles. Before allowing anyone in your home, county officials recommend that you get a picture of the inspector, their ID badge and business cards. If they will not provide this or if you have any question about the inspectors or the inspection, Richland County officials suggest you call (803) 929-6000 ASAP to verify.  

8. If you are in a condo or town home that shares common walls and/or roof, FEMA considers the entire building as a WHOLE. They do not look at these as individual units even though they have different tax numbers. If one of those units is in a flood plain, then the entire building is considered to be in the flood plain. 

9. There are opportunists and ne’er-do-wells popping up everywhere saying their business has “permits” to begin work. Those with hanging “city” tags are NOT city employees and they do NOT have permits. Those “city tags” are merely business licenses they have to buy in order to solicit their services. The City and County HAVE NOT ISSUED ANY PERMITS TO BEGIN WORK IN OUR AREA. 

10. The green and yellow signs the County stapled on doors do NOT have anything to do with determinations for rebuilding, etc. Those signs were posted after a preliminary inspection to say whether or not it was safe to enter or inhabit the house. 

10. The valuation of your home/damage is determined locally using FEMA’s inspection process based on an upcoming inspection of your property. Who handles the valuation and permitting depends on whether your property is located within the City. If it is, then you will apply for permits with the City. If you are not in a municipality (unincorporated), then the County will handle your permitting. 

11. Don’t even think about starting work without a permit! This could cause your permitting fee to as much as DOUBLE, delay your rebuild and seriously affect your ability to sell or insure your home in the future.  

12. For more information on permits for unincorporated properties located in Richland County, go to…/BuildingCodesI…/Permits.aspx  

13. For information on permits for floodplain properties within the City of Columbia, go to

Each day, the needs are posted from tearing out, removing debris etc.  (This load of Plywood was donated to help the displaced families comply with the legal  requirement to board up their homes). Just to get a feel for the current needs, here is a list of wanted items/volunteers that was  posted for today (Sunday 11/1/15)

SUNDAY’S NEEDS: LESS RAIN!!!URGENT NEED: VOLUNTEERS!! Come help us hang the plywood and finish debris cleanup!! We will also have donation sorting and boxing.PLEASE DROP OFF all donations @ 100 WHISPERING PINES CIRCLESTILL NEEDED:Gallon-sized zip lock bagsWindow cleanerDishwashing liquidClothes detergent pods(easier to separate than liquid or powder)BroomsHandles for 12 oz. mop headsHand sanitizer (8-10 oz)Children & Adult underwear & socks(All sizes)Baby food -VegetablesMany thanks to all the angels who appear with these items throughout the day.Our volunteer crews have been working day/night + in the rain to help the residents of MORE THAN 50 homes + apartments with their tear outs, debris removal, water and mold abatement! And we will not stop helping them recover. ‪#‎laboroflove‬ ‪#‎southbeltlinestrong‬ ‪#‎floodfamily‬ ‪#‎floodfriends‬

There are so many types of service being offered.  Last night the volunteers hosted a Trunk-or-Treat event for the families that had been displaced.  (This picture makes me weep…)

Take home message…..

  • This community did not wait for the Governmental Authorities to come. They saw a need, organized themselves, and reached out to the community.
  • These folks used Social Media to share needs and requests for help.  The people in the immediate area were asked to share this page to inform others about what the needs were and how they could help.  It had hundreds of ‘likes’ in a short period of time and now has nearly 2,000 likes. (By clicking ‘like’ folks can see the posts from this Service Group).
  • I witnessed cars driving past and dropping off needed items.  Volunteers from many Churches, College Students, groups from other cities (Spartanburg, etc) and States (I saw a group from Alabama). Folks were coming from all across the country to help.  
  • Thousands of hours of volunteered service have cleaned out homes, helped remove debris, set up a make-shift store where all items are free (clothing, diapers, furniture, appliances), and this weekend are putting up plywood over doors and windows.
  • These volunteers have committed to stay here and help for the long haul.

St. Matthew 25:40  “…Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I am grateful for the tremendous service and sacrifice these volunteers are offering folks they often don’t even know.  I feel blessed to witness this miracle unfolding through the use of social media.  The “Class” being taught by this group of volunteers continues to be in session… May the Lord Bless them all in their continued efforts to serve their fellow man. 

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 4 “Here’s Not Here”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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Hacking as a Prepper Skill :: Digging into Linux

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If you don’t have a linux computer, you will want to consider purchasing one, or consider simply installing linux on a laptop you have kicking around.  Armed with the internet and craigslist, you can probably get set up with a very capable laptop for well under $150.  I would recommend focusing efforts on building up a decent laptop rather than desktop for obvious reasons (you will likely have a battery, it runs on lower power, can run it off of a car inverter if needed, and of course it is portable).

1st step… get some hardware
As stated above, you can quickly and easily get going with linux by using a laptop that you already have kicking around.  The good thing is that you can take advantage of linux without having a powerhouse of a computer.  Basically, you will want something that is at least a dual-core processor.  This includes CPU’s by either AMD or Intel.  If using Intel, look for at least a Core2Duo (any of the ‘i’ series will be even better, like the i3, i5, i7).  If using a computer with AMD, then get something that is at least an AMD X2 (or other AMD nomenclature that represents at least two cores).  
If you have to purchase a computer to get on linux, here are some great options.  You are not limited to the options listed, but these are my favorites.
Note: If you are looking on eBay or Craigslist, look for laptops that do not include an operating system.  You can also get one cheap without a hard drive, but buyer beware… some sellers don’t sell the “drive caddy” with the computer, so picking it up with a hard drive (but without a operating system) is probably the best bet.
Lenovo T-series:  I currently have a Lenovo T400 with linux installed.  It is a dual-core (Core2Duo) with 4GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive.  The T400 would be the very minimum I would consider.  If I was going to get another T400, I would probably only consider paying $50-$75.  A bit better would be the T420 or T430 (and good pricing would be around $125 to $175).  The T430 will cost a bit more than that.  Lenovo T-series laptops are very well built and are highly adopted in the business community as being laptops that will last well beyond their lease life.  Therefore, you will find lots of Lenovo T-series that are being sold “off lease.”
Dell E-series:  Just about anything in the E4xxx or E5xxx series will be decent enough to run a modern linux distribution.  eBay is a great source for the E5400 at about $175.  It is a well-build laptop, but I still favor the T-series Lenovo.
Panasonic Toughbooks:  I have had the opportunity to own a couple Panasonic Toughbooks back in the Pentium 3 heydays.  They are awesome, rugged laptops.  What Toughbooks lack in performance, they easily gain in durability.  Some have questioned whether a Toughbook may even be built well enough to withstand an EMP.  Though I don’t have the answer to that question, I would not hesitate to jump being another Toughbook.  To get a Toughbook with at least a Core2Duo, you are probably looking at about $250 on eBay.  Shop around though and wait for the good deals because Toughbooks have a tendency to go for top dollar.
Feel free to post comments below regarding specific models you may have a question on and I will try to respond.
2nd step… pick a linux distribution

I would recommend perusing some of the information on for information about various distributions.  There are literally hundreds of distros (maybe even thousands of distros).  Linux is highly customizable, there are variations of linux distributions that fit every need.
Word of caution: don’t get caught up in all the various distros while trying to find something to fit your specific need.  I only recommend going to Distro Watch so you can be enlightened by what is out there.  If you find a distribution that you are curious about, you can go to YouTube and do some further research and see what it is like.
Here is my recommendation for a linux distribution to get you started: Ubuntu.  But… don’t let my recommendation keep you from doing a little research yourself!
There are a few different Ubuntu linux flavors, but I will narrow it down to two.  If you are running lower end hardware (like a pre-Core2Duo with 2GB RAM), then you will likely want LUbuntu (it is a fast and lightweight installation that will run well on older hardware).
If you are running a post Core2Duo or better, then you can get the ‘regular’ Ubuntu and still have good performance.  Or, better yet, stick with LUbuntu  and really make it scream.  Personally, I would lean toward LUbuntu.
3rd step… download and build an ISO
Download your ISO from one of these pages:
There are various ways to create an ISO install media.  You can take the downloaded ISO and burn a DVD or create a USB install drive.  Of course, the process changes whether you are using a Windows computer or Mac OS X.

Here is how to burn an ISO to a DVD on a Mac:

Here is how to burn an ISO to a DVD from Windows:
You can also build a bootable USB Drive (using LiLi on Windows):

You can also use some command line tools in OS X to achieve a USB install from the Mac, but it is a little more involved and success would be highly dependent on your comfortability in the command line (which this comfort level will hopefully improve over time!).4th step… boot your laptop and start the install
Ok, now here comes the fun.  Take your install media, insert it into your laptop, and start the install!  On most PC’s you will need to press F10 or F12 at startup in order to select your boot device.  Of course, proceeding will erase the contents of your hard drive, so proceed with caution.Though this video doesn’t go into great detail on the install process, I think it has great info about LUbuntu it if you are beginner:Here’s a video about Ubuntu.  Though I disagree with the minimum specs, the video is useful nonetheless.I hope you find the information helpful!  Please post your comments and questions below!

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 2nd, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Reminder: Next week I will be AFK so my daily “From the Desk of….” will likely be absent.

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A few years ago I started a monthly series called “Call to Action“. These served as a reminder to look at particular areas of preparedness, grade your level of readiness, and take action to improve it as necessary. I am going to restart this series soon and will republish these original posts as part of the continuing project.

Hope it’s useful.

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IDIOT OF THE WEEK: A Fort Brag soldier wore a suicide bomber costume for Halloween. This created a response from the bomb squad. Wow.

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This past weekend I picked up some pinto beans and Mylar packed them. I am on a food storage kick right now. As I go over more scenarios in my mind and read more books I am emphasizing food more and more.

Food. Food. Food. FOOD!!!

Variety is key. Staples such as rice and beans play a big part. Common canned foods are a major component. Freeze dried and dehydrated round out my food supplies.

Favorite foods stored away? Campbell’s Bean and Bacon soup, Bush’s Baked Beans, and Mountain House Chili Mac.

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Have a great week everyone!!!!


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Excerpt from American Exit Strategy

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AESThe following excerpt is from the fantastic book American Exit Strategy written by Mark Goodwin. It is being reprinted with permission.

Let me set the stage: In the book there is a Presidential debate taking place between three candidates – Governor Howe(Democrat), Congressman Marcos (Republican), and Independent candidate Paul Randall. Paul Randall is a Republican but running as an Independent. What follows are the closing statements from Paul Randall after both Howe and Marcos discussed their policies which were obviously not in line with the Constitution.


Excerpt from Chapter 4 – American Exit Strategy

“Yes, thank you Amy.” Paul said finally.” I had an excellent speech that we had worked on all day, but the closing remarks made by Governor Howe and Congressman Marcos have hit harder than I expected. These men do not represent what our forefathers had in mind when they risked their lives to build you this country, America. Our forefathers had in mind to build you a nation on faith that was anchored by morality and law to ensure liberty. The framers of the Constitution spent years to create a document that would ensure our liberty and guarantee our God given rights. They had just thrown off the chains of tyranny and hoped to guard you against that same oppression. Governor Howe and Congressman Marcos sought to put this document behind them, the document upon which the entirety of our legal system is founded. Without the Constitution, we have nothing but anarchy, for all the powers of government are defined and prescribed by that document. These two men go beyond nullification of the Constitution; they seek to take away the rights given to you by your Creator.

Let’s look at just a few of the infractions against our founding principles. The Declaration of Independence so eloquently speaks of the right to life. Both of these men have infringed upon that right for millions of unborn children. They condone murder of the most defenseless. I know they don’t think that it is a life. They think that it’s just a blob. Have you ever seen an ultrasound Governor Howe? Does that look like a blob to you? It looks like a person to me. I see tiny arms, legs, a head, fingers and toes. So when does life begin? I say at conception. You say at some other time, but you can’t tell me when. If you can’t tell me when, then you cannot say definitively that it does not start at conception. Therefore, you can’t tell me definitively that abortion is not murder. If we’re going to pick a time that is convenient to say when life begins, let’s just say it starts when you wake up from being a liberal or a neo-con.

Both of these men have been involved in passing laws that infringe on your Second Amendment rights. The amendment says ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ don’t you gentlemen understand?

Our country has been reduced to begging for handouts from the IMF and UN because of the continued welfare spending proposed by Governor Howe and the warfare spending proposed by Congressman Marcos. If we want to regain our national sovereignty, we’re going to have to cut defense spending to a sustainable level. That will not include Congressman Marcos ‘Jobs’ plan that pilfers the taxpayer to enrich the military industrial complex. It also won’t include the constant growth of the surveillance police state that ‘protects’ us from terrorism. Do you know the odds of dying in a terrorist attack Congressman Marcos? It is 20,000,000 to 1. Do you know the odds of being struck by lightning? 6,250 to 1. Lightning is 3200 times more likely to kill you than a terrorist. Do you know how many lightning rods and rubber shoes we could buy with the $300 billion dollar intelligence budget that we use to spy on our own citizens through programs like Prism? But that doesn’t matter, because it’s not about saving Americans from terrorism, it’s about controlling them.

We are also going to have to turn welfare back over to the church. Government can’t handle welfare and it is not their job. This is the job of the church. When a person is in need of financial help, there are usually other factors at work. Sometimes it may be drugs or it may just be poor money management. Sometimes it‘s just that they need help through a hard time. But they need the church to counsel them and find out what the issue is. The church can then help them get back on their feet. If they’re just freeloaders, the church can discern that and kick them out the door. Government can’t do those things. They just get people stuck in a cycle that they can’t or won’t get out of. Government has no ability and no desire to help people who are down. The liberals get dependants to give up their freedom for an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT card and insure their votes and our nation’s demise.

Health care? Ironically, the heath care bill dubbed Al Mohammad Care was the disease that completely collapsed our economy into the ruins we see today. Governor Howe brags about the unemployment rate. It is a manipulated number that doesn’t count millions of people who have dropped out of the work force over the years because there were no jobs to be had. The number also neglects all the people who are working part time because they can only find part time work. If you calculate those folks in, the number is much closer to 30% than the 7% that is reported. All of these part time jobs popped up when the health care law forced many service sector businesses to cut employees to 25 hours per week to avoid being required to provide health care insurance for them. Other part timers were hired to take the hours of the employees who lost hours. That goosed the U3 unemployment number to make it look lower.

My plan is not an economic stimulus plan. It is not the ‘lie in the sky’ bill of goods these other two candidates are offering. My plan is painful but it takes us back to a sustainable path. The future will be painful. The only question is, will we salvage what we have and rebuild or will we burn it to the ground, to a point from which there is no coming back? My plan will prevent significant loss of life. Howe’s plan or Marcos plan will most certainly end in complete collapse of our government and economic system. Depending on how much charity we receive from other nations, we should expect a die off of between 10% and 40% of the US population. There is no more sugar coating the facts. It’s just simple math. We are out of time and the collapse is at hand. The IMF is low on funds and unable to bail us out much further. To continue to print money through quantitative easing will collapse the little value the world still places on our paper currency. My plan will take us through a revaluation and reinstitute a 100% backed bi-metal monetary system backed by physical silver and physical gold. Gold and silver have been used as stores of value since the very beginning of time. Genesis 13:1 states “Abraham was very wealthy in cattle and silver and gold.” That, my friends, is the beginning of time. This will replace the Federal Reserve and the central planners with a free market that regulates monetary supply though scarcity. It protects the citizens from inflationary taxation through new money creation which robs savers. The value lost by savers through inflation is then reallocated to the government for them to waste and buy votes.

My plan is not a new one. It is the same plan our forefathers handed us more than 200 years ago. It was a plan that worked, so let’s get back to it.”

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Rourke: I have read this part of the book several times. How I wish that we had a Presidential candidate that would speak these words. Do we? I believe Rand Paul and Ted Cruz would likely speak these words.

The future of this country is bleak and it would take a true Patriot combined with great personal sacrifice of the American people to fix it. The sacrifice is going to happen eventually regardless. There is a movement in America against the Constitution and against Christianity. The Federal government continues to grow exponentially invading almost every aspect of our lives. This is all happening right in front of us however the vast majority of the country is oblivious – or just do not care. They may even suspect the truth but as long as the heat comes on, Dancing With the Stars is aired, and their EBT card is filled it will be business as usual.

The author of American Exit Strategy – Mark Goodwin – hosts a podcast a few times per month. Check it out at

I highly recommend you read this book.









November’s “Harvest Sale” from Emergency Essentials

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As usual I highlight monthly sales from Emergency Essentials. They have been supplying high quality food storage products and preparedness equipment for decades. Fantastic company!!

With Fall/Winter well underway many folks are putting stuff back to prepare for harsh winters and whatever else may come our way. These sales from Emergency Essentials are a great way to stock up and save money.

Here is just a sampling for this month’s Harvest Sale:

Freeze Dried Peach Slice – large can  Reg. $40.95 / SALE: $19.99

Freeze Dried Strawberry Dices – large can  Reg. $24.99 / SALE: $17.49

Instant Nonfat Dry Milk  – large can  Reg. $21.99 / SALE: $15.95

Freeze Dried Green Beans – large can  Reg. $19.99 / SALE: $12.49

Freeze Dried Pomegranate Arils – large can  Reg. $49.99 / SALE: $19.99

Mountain House Freeze Dried Ground Beef – GROUP SALE:  Reg. $59.99 / SALE: $35.00 per can (min. 12 cans purchased)

Mountain House Scrambled Eggs Pouch – Reg. $4.99 / SALE: $3.69

High Uninta Trail Hiker Backpack – Reg. $39.99 / SALE: $21.99

10 Pack 500cc Oxygen Absorbers – SALE: $1.49

Brownie Mix – large can  SALE: $9.49




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Podcast-Michael Snyder-Judgement of God is Imminent-Pt 2

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Michael Snyder of is back for part two of our discussion about economic indicators that prove the collapse is well underway. He reminds us of how far we’ve strayed from God’s plan and encourages us to brace for the coming judgement.

In The Days of Noah, Book Three: Perdition, a global empire arises  from the ashes of the world that was. The emerging order is unified by a new global currency and a single world religion which are mandated by an imposed UN treaty.  Noah Parker’s family refuses to take the IMF implant required for buying and selling in the new  system, and are hunted down like common criminals for daring to resist the state. Noah will have to rely on faith and wits to endure the powers of darkness which are quickly consuming the earth.

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19 Survival Items To Buy Before Winter Arrives

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Although technically winter doesn’t begin until December 21st, in many parts of the country it’s here already. Winter always seems to catch us off guard. It’s no big deal if you love things like making snowmen or using the fireplace, but it can be dangerous if you find yourself out […]

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Bear Attacks

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black bear

Black Bear

The Great Outdoors is, well, great, but there’s also danger in them thar hills, and it pays to know what to do when you encounter it.



I’ve talked about animal bites in videos, but I haven’t shown you any actual animals. Although we’re here at the Birdhouse Inn, the best bird’s eye view of the mountains in the Great Smokies, we’re not talking about birds today. We’re talking about bears.



Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae, and I’ll bet you don’t know what their closest living relative is: It’s seals. There are a number of species of bear but the one around here is the American black bear. 1800 bears live in the Smoky Mountains and many of them have become very accustomed to humans.



There are several in the area around this property, mostly youngsters that have decided that Halloween pumpkins are a tasty treat. I guess we should have known, because bears, indeed, eat more plant matter than meat, taking in opportunistically whatever they can find, like acorns. Poor crops of such foods, called mast, result in bears moving out of their back country territory to look for alternative food sources, like your trash. Even though black bears are only 8 ounces when they’re born, males (also known as boars) can wear 500 pounds or more. This puts you in danger, no matter how “cute” you think these critters are.

newborn black bears

Newborn black bears


To prevent injuries from bear encounters, situational awareness is the order of the day. Watch for disturbed trash, fresh tracks, and of course, actual bears.

bear droppings

Probably from an actual bear…

Some basic advice: Don’t hike alone. Whenever possible you should hike in groups, 90% of people injured by bears (mostly grizzlies, I suspect) in Yellowstone National Park were alone or with only one other hiking partner.



Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk, or at night, times that bears are out in warm weather months. You’re just as likely to come upon a bear as it is to come upon you.



You might think it’s not too smart to yell “Hey, Bear!” or sing “The Star Spangled Banner” on the trail but, actually, bears don’t like noise and it’s actually a pretty good strategy, especially when traveling near babbling brooks or other settings where normal hiking noises might be muffled. Just don’t do it with a hamburger or hot dog in your hand.



When you encounter a bear, it will, hopefully, be at a distance: If so, and the bear doesn’t see you, keep out of sight and go slowly behind and downwind of the bear. If the bear does see you, slowly retreat the way you came. A bear in defensive mode will huff, hiss, or slap the ground with its paws, telling you that you’re too close. So put some distance between you and the bear. However, don’t run, it might activate a chase response in the animal.



If the bear follows you quietly, ears erect, and its attention is clearly directed at you, it is likely in predatory mode and not acting defensively. Make yourself appear larger, louder, and threatening. Groups should stay together to look like a bigger threat. A bear that is initially curious or testing you may become predatory if you appear meek. A deterrent like pepper spray, at least, or other items of personal defense will become very handy. Pepper spray is most effective at close range, say 5-10 feet.



If the bear attacks, don’t run. You can’t outrun a black bear. Don’t climb a tree unless you’re a squirrel, you’re not 10 years old anymore, it takes longer than you think, and your pursuer is a very good climber. Use your deterrent and fight for your life, because that’s what’s at stake. Kick, punch or hit the bear on the face, eyes, nose, with whatever you have.


Probably a better tree climber than you

You also should not play dead. Bears will feed on carrion like deer carcasses, so why pretend to be one? If you do, however, keep your backpack on, lie face down and clasp your hands over the back of your neck with your elbows protecting the sides of your face. A bear that’s just protecting its cubs may decide you’re no longer a threat.



Which leaves you with bite and claw injuries that may be bleeding, so make sure that backpack has dressings, tourniquets, antiseptics, and other supplies needed for treating wounds. Here’s an article on dealing with animal bites and one on active bleeding



Studies have shown that bears accustomed to humans never live as long a life as truly wild bears. Bear lose their fear of people by being fed by them. As a result, many of these are hit by cars or end up euthanized. Remember this: A bear that’s fed is a bear that’s dead.



Joe Alton, MD


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Post-EMP Survival: What If You Can’t Get Home?

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One of the most haunting emails I’ve received this year is from Mallory:
I recently started reading your blog (love it!) and have your EMP First 15 Steps PDF. I have a couple more business trips planned for the rest of 2015, and some are quite a distance from home. I wondered if you could give any advice at all on what I should prep for, gear-wise or even mentally?
The thought of an EMP happening when I am NOT at home, maybe not with my spouse and children, it scares me.  I just want to be as prepared as I can be, because who knows when something like this could happen — 2 minutes from now or 2 years from now?
Once you’re aware of a power grid failure due to an EMP, cyberterrorism, or a solar event, you can’t help but share Mallory’s worries.
This past month I’ve been reading Ted Koppel’s newest book, Lights Out, and, frankly, it has done nothing to ease my concerns. In fact, in this book, he clearly lays out how our nation’s leaders have done virtually nothing to protect our power grid from any type of attack, nor are there effective plans in place to help the millions of citizens who will be completely unprepared.
He knows because as part of his research, he interviewed those who should know, such as Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, and Admiral William Gortney, who provided a Pentagon news briefing earlier this year on the topic of power grid vulnerability.

You can never get home, or can you?

One memorable example from Lights Out that might provide at least one solution for Mallory and others in her position is Craig Kephart’s plan.
Craig is an avid bicyclist and a prepper. They live in an upscale area of St. Louis and his business requires that he make frequent business trips around the country. From the book:
“Craig worries that he may be trapped out of town and that all conventional forms of travel could be shut down. He always carries enough cash so that, no matter which city he’s in, he would be able to buy a bicycle, biking shoes, and whatever other equipment he would need to take him back to St. Louis.”
“Craig assumes that he could ride 150 to 200 miles a day. He’s thought about this a lot. “Last place I want to be is in a major metropolitan area during a time of national crisis.”
Craig’s plan might be a very effective one for him, in the case of a cyberterrorist attack. This type of attack on our power grid would disable the grid itself but wouldn’t be as devastating as an electro-magnetic pulse.
Craig has realized that getting home from hundreds of miles away when the world has erupted into chaos won’t be easy and he’s come up with a plan and is training for that possibility. If this should happen, there will be countless scenarios which he may not have anticipated, but at least he has a plan for getting home. Your plan should include:
  1. Transportation. Planning on hoofing it home? Better start getting into super-shape now!
  2. Water. Where you’re stranded and the terrain between you and home will determine if you will be able to find a plentiful supply of water on a regular basis. If you’re not sure you can, stay where you are.
  3. Food. Can you set traps? Hunt and fish using alternative methods? Can you identify edible and medicinal wild plants? Do you know which parts are edible and which are poisonous? Do you know how to start a small fire for cooking and purifying water, and, if so, what will you use for a cooking pot? These are just a few of the issues to consider.
  4. Shelter.  Putting up a lean-to is one thing, but surviving the elements within that shelter is quite another.
  5. Security. You may be surrounded by people more desperate than you. More fit, more strong than you. Can you survive on your wits alone? What self-defense skills do you have?
  6. Weather and terrain. Those will both change as you travel. Are you ready for all possibilities? Do you know of alternate routes that might be easier or would allow you to avoid populated areas?

5 Possible ways to survive post-EMP when miles separate you and your loved ones

In my view, being stranded from home in a post-EMP world would leave you with few options. As part of my own research into EMP survival, here are a few viable options in case the worst really does happen and you are dozens, if not hundreds, of miles from home.

  1. Head home regardless, carrying with you the basics for survival, or whatever you can acquire. Survival novels are full of tales of determined men, making their way home to their families over hundreds of miles. This option might work if you are in good physical shape, have no health issues, and are blessed with an enormous amount of luck. It wouldn’t hurt if the terrain between you and your family has multiple supplies of water. Forget it if you have more than just a few miles of desert to traverse.
  2. Stay put and lay low. If you have the skills and knowledge, set up a wilderness camp and use your ingenuity and Boy Scout skills to live off the land. You’ll end up dying a pretty quick death, most likely, but this is an option.
  3. Stay put and try to become an indispensable part of another household or group. If you have a bank of life-saving skills, such as knowing how to grow and preserve food, medical training, or can help guard your new group of fellow survivors. When the infrastructure begins to be rebuilt, you can then begin heading home.
  4. Stay put and start a new life. This option isn’t necessarily pessimistic. Given the circumstances, you may have no other choice.
  5. Do a little bit of both. Combine stints on the road, always heading homeward, with time spent staying with a community or with a family. They might be grateful for the additional help with physical labor and whatever practical skills you possess may help get them through a difficult time until you’re able to travel again.
A number of my readers mentioned seeing Ted Koppel on various news shows discussing his book and the very likely event of a significant cyberterror attack on the power grid. My guess is that this weekend there are thousands of new “preppers” who suddenly realize their comfortable lives are built on a very shaky foundation and that the very government they pay taxes to, has no plan to save them if the worst happens.
I recommend Lights Out as an informative and very well researched book on the topic of grid failure and the likelihood of cyberterrorism.
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Friday Farm Blog – Nov. 1

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This week’s Friday farm blog is brought to you a day late and a dollar short.

Okay, maybe two days late and not really a dollar short. This whole once-a-month shopping thing has been incredibly good for my budget.  I am working on my list for the next grocery trip and already did a run to an outlet store for some supplies that are always way cheaper there. I’ll give you totals next week, but I’m very very pleased with this so far.  I think the biggest savings comes from the lack of impulse purchases. I have trouble going into a place with all of this glorious food and not bringing some of it home with me.

Last week was rather challenging. I did lots of canning because it’s that time of year. I made more tomato-basil soup, some canned tomatoes, and a huge batch of barbecue sauce with the last of the tomatoes. After my tomato canning fest, I went to clean up the kitchen and – whoops – no water!  It turned out that my well pump bit the dust. We went a couple of days without running water and got to test out our preps. What we learned is that we have dramatically underestimated how much water we use with our livestock. I had thought we had enough stored for about a month before tapping into our secondary sources, but in reality, we would have enough for about a week based on our usage those two days.  I strongly advise running a surprise drill at your place. Don’t go out and buy extra supplies for it – start wherever you’re at, with what you normally keep on hand. Let us know what YOU learn.

Our trenches have been dug, so bring on the rain. Unless something really unusual happens, our little valley should be safe from flooding. We are officially set for fall.

Happy fall yall

In the week ahead, I have apples and pumpkins to can. Fall is crazy busy, but I love the productiveness of it. Slowly, my pantry is getting loaded up for the winter. The smell of apples and cinnamon is in the air today, as the dehydrator runs with a full load of apple chips. Speaking of which, the top of the dehydrator is my older kitty’s favorite cozy warm spot now. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

Cat on the dehydrator

All of the livestock are pretty happy about the canning. They get delicious scraps daily from the previous day’s food prep. I had a lot of trouble with the ducks when they were smaller. They’re extremely skittish and not at all friendly like the chickens, even though I raised them the same way. So, since there was no bond, I decided to eat them…but then, it’s like they knew, because now they do this when I walk in the coop, which makes it harder. Sigh.

Hungry birds

Last night, (Halloween) I went up to the barn late because I couldn’t remember if I’d given the goats water when I put them away. Since I’m a wuss and I think a mountain lion is going to eat me, I took my 150-pound guard dog, Thor, with me. When I walked out of the barn, before I turned the flashlight on, I saw a truck slow, then stop, in front of our gate. I watched in astonishment as a guy jumped out of the passenger side and hopped my fence. I felt that the best course of action was to “release the hound” so I unclipped Thor’s leash. He tore down to the fence, with his scary deep bark. Never have I seen someone try to leap over a fence backward so frantically. I think the guy might have peed a little. I turned on my spotlight and watched him get back in the truck, where they peeled out in a big hurry.

Good doggie.  He has a sweet face but probably not so much when he’s running at you snarling.

Thor sitting

This week my plan is to finish the food preservation, then spend some time organizing my pantry. I love the look of all of those jars of food. How was your week? Did you do anything to get your preps and farm set for the fall?  Are you still getting stuff out of your garden?

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5 Most Nutritious Fish Found In The U.S.

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The most nutritious fish meat is considered very good for your heart, being rich in protein, minerals and vitamins (A, D and E), very important in maintaining good health. It also contains high-chains of omega 3 fats, selenium and it’s rather low in saturated fats (the bad kind of fats). A scientific studied conducted by professors Dariush Mozaffrian and Eric Rimm showed that eating a portion of 3 ounces of fatty fish (herring, salmon, mackerel etc.) 2 times a week reduces the chances of heart failure by 36%. The omega 3 fats in this case are key in protecting the heart from cardiac rhythm disturbances, maintaining a regular heartbeat. Erratic heartbeats can be very dangerous and potentially fatal if left untreated. They also lower blood pressure, improve the functionality of blood vessels and lower the levels of triglycerides. The studies on fish benefits for the circulatory system are approved by the American Heart Association.

It was also demonstrated (through observational studies) that the same omega 3 fats are extremely important for brain development and activity in infants. Studies confirm that the nervous system and brain in children whose mothers consumed fish during the pregnancy is far superior in development to children whose mothers did not include fish in their diet during the pregnancy and breast-feeding period.

Fortunately, fish is abundant and available to Americans, who should reconsider balancing their diets and making more room for such beneficial and nutritious substances which are found in fish meat. Let’s have a look and see our options.


The farmed Rainbow Trout

(Oncorhynchus mykiss)

The rainbow trout is not only nutritious, but it’s also very delicious, preferred by many when it comes to cheap and affordable sea-food.
It’s not a particularly endangered species, but some varieties are not fit for consumption because they show signs of contamination with PCB chemicals (especially the species native to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron). It’s not pretentious when it comes to cooking. It’s best to leave the scales on while doing so, because this will remove the need of adding extra oil while coating or breading the fish. It’s excellent for simple recipes and goes great with mushroom sauces, spices or just lemon. Baking is best done at 400°F – 500°F, for 5 minutes on each side.


The wild-caught Alaskan Salmon

(Oncorhynchus kisutch and Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)

The wild-caught salmon is considered bettered healthier and better than the farmed kind, sine the farmed ones have double the dosage of unhealthy saturated fats than the wild ones. The omega 3 fats levels are the same. Even marketing giants, such as target have been stacking up lately on wild salmon, selling only salmon certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. This fish is perfect for salads or sandwiches, and it also goes great with white bean soup. There are plenty more recipes out there, each being tastier than the last.



The wild-caught Pacific Sardines

(Sardinops sagax)

It’s astonishing the comeback these tiny fish made after the late 1950, when the nearly went extinct. They don’t have a good reputation when it comes to creative recipes and food assortments, but don’t let that fool you. Just because they’re been eating straight out of the can for the last hundred years, doesn’t mean there’s no potential available. If you feel like experimenting in an “unorthodox” manner, you can make or buy a mouth-watering sardines & white beans salad. If you feel like keeping the traditions alive, there’s always the ever-popular sardine sandwich with either plain or marinated sardines (garlic, tomato sauce, olive oil etc).


The wild-caught Albacore Tuna

(Thunnus alalunga)

This fish has gained a lot of bad reputation lately because of the suspicion of high levels of mercury poison. After scientific testing, tuna caught in Canadian and Western U.S. coasts have in fact proven to have lower amounts of poison in their bodies than anywhere else in the world. This is because these fish are generally younger and were exposed to the poisonous substance for lesser periods of time. The Albacore is not the type of fish that you find at your local everyday fish market or store. It’s hard to come by, but it’s mostly available at online stores, like Heritage Foods USA. The best Albacore I have ever eaten came in ht shape of tuna kebab, easy to prepare and delicious to the maximum. Simply prepare like regular kebabs, using tuna meat (even the loins) instead of chicken.



The farmed Barramundi or Asian seabass

(Lates calcarifer)

It’s a very uncommon fish for most Americans, and with good reason. This white-fleshed fish is native to Australian waters, where aborigines firstly fished them by hand from their natural habitat, freshwater rivers. They are easy to breed and the U.S. farms have become highly specialized in doing so. They utilize land-based tanks in which the fish are being kept mainly on a vegetarian diet. It’s highly recommended to buy American, as the other countries farm these fish in ocean-based nets that are highly pollutant. The Barramundi can be simply cooked with lemon juice for dressing, whether It’s fried, grilled, or baked. But it can also be used for fancier recipes, like Barramundi with Swiss chard and roasted sweet potatoes.

As you can see, there is plenty of fish the sea! There are many unpopular species available throughout the U.S. that work wonders for the ones health, whether they’re bought off the internet or simply fished the old fashioned way.


By Alec Deacon


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Duct Tape: Its Survival Uses Are Nearly Endless

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Duct Tape Arrow Fletching

Duct tape is cloth or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape usually coated with polyethylene. Powdered aluminum pigment gives traditional duct tape its silvery gray color. Duct tape, as most know it, is traditionally gray or black, but today it comes in multiple colors.

How It Got Its Start

During World War II, Revolite, at the time a division of Johnson & Johnson, developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive that was applied to a durable “duck cloth” backing. The tape was water resistant.

A mother of two soldiers fighting in the war named Vesta Stoudt worked in a factory that tested the tape for the company. Vesta soon realized that there were many practical uses for the tape and she had one use in particular in mind.

She wrote to then President Roosevelt in 1943 asking that the Army look into using the tape to seal ammunition cases during that period. She knew from her son’s accounts that the ammo cases allowed moisture inside, thus creating problems with their ammunition.

A team headed by Revolite’s Johnny Denoye and Johnson & Johnson’s Bill Gross were asked to help develop the new adhesive tape in the beginning for sealing ammo cases. The tape was designed to be ripped by hand and not cut with scissors. 

Duct tape got its start as “duck cloth” which had a multitude of uses from shoes to electrical applications. Electrical cables were wrapped in duct cloth to prevent corrosion and the cloth was sewn into to shoes and clothing to make them stronger.

The Melvin A. Anderson Company of Cleveland, Ohio, acquired the rights to the tape in 1950. It was typically used in construction to wrap air ducts, thus, the name “duct tape” became part of the vernacular in the 1950s, along with other tape products that were colored silvery gray like tin ductwork.

The duct tape you know today is not suitable for duct work, because it does not hold up well under heat. There is tape however, designed specifically for wrapping/sealing duct work (ShurTech Brands, n.d.).

Duct tape today, is made with a variety of tightly woven fabrics to provide strength. The threads or fill yarn, as it’s called, may be cotton, polyester, nylon, rayon, or fiberglass. The fabric is very thin gauze called “scrim” which is laminated to a backing of low density polyethylene.

Duct tape has been a staple in the military for decades, and it is often referred to as “riggers’ tape”, “hurricane tape”, or “100-mph tape”. Duct tape was and is supposed to withstand up to 100 mph winds, thus the name. It was used during the Vietnam War to repair or balance helicopter rotor blades.

Enough of the Science and History behind It: On To Survival Uses

1.) Fire Starter

Lay out a short piece of duct tape adhesive side up and scrap your magnesium bar over the adhesive to collect the magnesium shavings. Once the tape is well coated roll the tape into a cylinder and store in a pill bottle or some other container. You can make dozens of these fire starters up ahead of time.

One or both ends of the cylinder can be ignited with a match or lighter, and it will burn for several minutes, allowing you to ignite dry or damp tinder, or you can slice a hole in it to ignite the magnesium scrapings with a spark in the absence of matches or lighters.

Duct tape itself is combustible and you can ignite it with a spark from a Ferro rod, flint, and steel or ignite it with a match as you would tinder. Cut into small strips and pull the strands apart to create a surface for oxygen.

2.) Cordage

Cut the duct tape into strips and twist into cordage and the strength of the cordage is related to how wide the strips are when you twist them.

3.) Arrow Fletching

The simplest method is to cut two strips about four inches long. Lay your shaft on the adhesive side of one and then lay the other over the shaft lining up with the other piece of tape. Then cut at an angle on each side to create the Fletching. You can get creative with the tape, but remember you are in a survival situation so do not make it too complicated. Simple Fletching will work.

4.) Create a Sling for Your Injured Arm

You can put two long strips of tape together by placing adhesive side, to adhesive side to create a long strip that can be shaped into a sling. Where the elbow rests place additional pieces to create a pocket for the elbow, so it stays in place. Make it long enough to tie off behind your head or in some cases you may need to secure the limb to the body tight by wrapping tape around the lower chest or stomach.

Use duct tape to attach splints to legs, fingers, and arms.

5.) Snow Goggles

You have to protect your eyes from light reflecting off snow and one way of doing this is to cut two strips long enough to cover both eyes with some overlap. Put the two pieces together adhesive side, to adhesive side and put up to your eyes. Using a pencil, marker or by carefully pricking to mark where to cut small slits for the eyes. Once you have cut the eye holes, attach cordage to each end, and tie around your head.

6.) Restrain Someone

Use duct tape to retrain hands and legs of any person.

7.) Repair Gear, Equipment

Use to repair holes in tents, shoes, clothing, and backpacks and so on. Duct tape is only a temporary fix and it will leave behind a residue that can be very difficult to get rid of. Cover larger rips in clothing by placing a piece on the inside and outside of the tear making sure the tape sticks to the sides of the cloth and to each other.

8.) Fly Catcher

Sprinkle sugar or honey on the strip and hang like any fly strip around the tent or campsite to keep flies and certain other flying insects away from your food and body. You can just hang the strips without adding sugar or honey if you fear you may attract more than you catch. Insects will stick to the tape as they try to make their way inside your tent or shelter.

9.) Wound Closure

Use like a butterfly bandage except do not let the tape touch the wound. Cut into strips. Place cotton or another type bandage between the wound and tape however. Use the tape to draw the cut closed, by attaching one end to dry skin on one side, and then pull the wound closed and attach the other end of the strip of tape to dry skin on the other side.

10.)  Trail Markers

You can buy duct tape in various colors and orange tape would be ideal for marking trails. Cut into strips and hang from limbs or even wrap around limbs instead of making blaze marks on live trees.

Additional Uses

  • Tape together Mylar Blankets to create an emergency shelter or use for sleeping bag covers, or make a ground cover by filling a Mylar blanket/tarp with pine boughs, leaves or grasses and tape the ends and sides together
  • Tape a fixed bladed knife to a sapling to create a spear
  • Temporarily repair a water bottle, make sure the area is dry and clean before applying the tape, this does not mean the bottle will not leak, but it will reduce the loss of your precious water supply
  • Reinforce or make grommet holes so you can attach cordage to light material. Fold over a piece wherever you plan to attach cordage to keep the material from ripping. Material such as Mylar blankets, plastic sheeting, and thin canvas, for example. Put the hole through the duct tape
  • Cover sharp ends of frayed cable/wire and tape over frayed ends of rope to prevent more unraveling 
  • If using glass or sharp pieces of Chert for cutting, tape one side to protect your fingers/hands
  • Tape loose fishhooks ends if you do not have a proper storage container, to keep the hooks from stabbing you or ripping gear or clothing
  • Lay a piece of duct tape out, adhesive side up, to secure small screws from knife handles, eyeglasses or any other piece of gear or equipment to the adhesive as you work, to keep from losing the part (s)
  • Wrap up wood curls/sawdust in the tape to create even more fire starters
  • Make a temporary knife sheath using cardboard and duct tape or just use duct tape

As stated earlier the uses for duct tape are endless. For today however, we concentrated on what we thought might be some of the more important uses in a survival situation. The uses really are only limited by your imagination.

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3 Ways To Escape Zip Ties

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3 Ways To Escape Zip Ties I can’t believe I haven’t shared this information with you all before, I am so sorry. This knowledge, believe it or not, is very important to know. Kidnappers or people who want to tie you up to maybe loot your house most likely will use duct tape or zip …

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How To Build A Slimline Can Storage Pull Out Rack

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How To Build A Slimline Can Storage Pull Out Rack I have posted a few DIY canned food storage articles over the years but none as awesome as this one. The ones I have posted in the past were hung on a shelf and could store around 20 cans. This canned food storage is slimmer, …

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40 Of The Top-Rated Chili Recipes

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40 Of The Top-Rated Chili Recipes Fall is very much here and that means cooler weather, fresh air and chili. If you don’t live in Nebraska you probably haven’t heard of Runza, they do the best chili ever! They also set their prices with the temperature. so say one morning at 6am it’s 32 degrees …

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Use SoapStone Warmers For Emergency Heat

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Use SoapStone Warmers For Emergency Heat I haven’t heard of soapstone before I read the article I am sharing with you today. Apparently soapstones were used as bed warmers in the 1800’s. I guess you could call them the old school waterless heating bottles. Kinda.. Soapstone is very dense and this means its thermal conductivity …

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Why I believe There Will Be A Zombie Apocalypse…

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I can hear you now, she just said that there will be a zombie apocalypse! And yes, I do think there will be one. But , I don’t think they will be brain eating monsters. I think that it will be more serious than that. When the SHTF and all of the people that were not prepared or people that are now out of their drug of choice start hunting for what they need , it will be like we are all being attacked by ZOMBIES! It is going to be very scary and dangerous. They will be just like zombies with only one thought on their mind – TO GET WHAT THEY NEED NO MATTER WHAT IS IN THEIR WAY OR NO MATTER WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO TO GET IT! Might be scarier than dealing with a monster zombie like on The Walking Dead and movies. They will be looting pharmacies and stores quick and then hitting houses looking for what they “need”. The prepared ones will have to stay out of their way. This is why we all should be preparing to hunker down and wait anything out. If something does happen we can stay put for a while.


Winter Emergency Car Kit Suggestions

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Winter Emergency Car Kit Suggestions Most of us believe it or not do not have any kind of kit for emergencies in our car. I think the statistics is like 7% of Americans have an emergency kit for that just in case moment. I personally have a small tote I keep in the trunk of …

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Dollar Tree Food Storage!

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Went to Dollar Tree yesterday for some cleaning supplies and as always I go down the food aisle just to see what they have this time. Usually have something great one time and never get it again. This time they had these Skillet Sauces that are for chili!

You cook up your ground beef and drain it, Stir in this sauce, a can of kidney beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. Let simmer for about 10 minutes than eat.

I just wish they would have these skillet sauces more than just once. They are so good.

How To Tie the Ultimate, All-Purpose Knot

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How To Tie the Ultimate, All-Purpose Knot Certain skills are part of the Swiss Army Knife collection; abilities useful in so many places that once learned, you wonder how you ever got along without them. Tying a bowline knot— sometimes called a bowline hitch—is one of those skills. The knot creates a loop of rope …

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5 Best Uses for Duct Tape in a Crisis

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5 Best Uses for Duct Tape in a Crisis

By Frank Bates

halos-duct-tape-large-7Anyone who understands the value of multi-purpose items realizes how important duct tape is. In fact, most people would be hard pressed to come up with another item that can serve as many purposes as duct tape does.

Much more challenging than providing a comprehensive list of duct tape usages is narrowing that list down to the five best uses for this incredible tool in a crisis situation. Everyone’s top five list would be different, depending on a variety of factors including the weather, the type of clothing you have in your bug-out bag and the specific tools to which you have access.

For this particular top five list, I’m going to stick with the duct tape uses that just about anyone could take advantage of during an emergency situation. It’s very possible you’ve already used a couple of them, and maybe you’ve heard or thought about a couple others. Hopefully, there will be at least one for which you’ll find yourself saying, “I’ve never considered that.”


Duct Tape Origins

There are several different opinions regarding how and why duct tape was created, including one that says it was formed for the purpose of sealing air ducts. Some credit Johnson & Johnson for first developing this versatile item during the 1940s – in response to a U.S. military request – for the purpose of sealing boxes of ammunition in order to keep moisture out.

Regardless, duct tape quickly became popular. Since then it has taken on different forms, functions and colors, and can now be found in homes and supply kits, as well as among hunting, fishing and camping gear.

OK, now for my top five duct tape uses in a crisis:


duct-tape-pantsClothing – Following a disaster that causes you to bug out, you’re probably going to have to spend a significant amount of time in the outdoors. The weather will be a big factor here, but regardless of the temperature, you will need to be protected from the elements. Any number of clothing items – footwear, gloves and even visors – can wear out quickly, but you can layer and form duct tape to fashion temporary versions of one or more of them.






First-Aid – Even with hiking boots or walking shoes, you’re probably going to get blisters when you’re traveling on uneven terrain in the wilderness. Duct tape is an ideal tool for holding a cotton ball or sterile cloth over an infected area to help it heal faster. There is also a good chance that you will roll an ankle or sprain a wrist in the wild, so you need to have duct tape available for tightly wrapping it. You could even use duct tape to form a sling for an arm injury.




_files_products_Duct_Tape_Spare_TirePatching – Repair work with duct tape can take a variety of forms. It’s often needed as a short-term fix for leaks in buckets, water bottles, boats, hoses and fan belts, as well as holes in sleeping bags and clothing items. Duct tape can be used to splint a broken or cracked tent pole or fishing pole, and can even be utilized to keep a loose window in place when applied in a crisscross pattern. Even if the window breaks, the tape could keep dangerous shards of glass from falling.




Duct-Tape-Clothes-LineCordage – Wet clothes are usually nothing more than an inconvenience, but in the wilderness they can be a death sentence. With duct tape, you can form a clothesline that will enable you to suspend those wet clothes over a fire, taking advantage of the wind and heat. Duct tape can serve additional cordage purposes when you twist and weave it into a strong and durable makeshift rope.







Insulation – Your hands and feet can get cold in the wild, even if you’re wearing boots and gloves. Insulate boots and gloves with duct tape, especially in areas where they may be ventilated or cracked, to keep your extremities warmer. Speaking of which, you can use duct tape directly on your skin to help prevent frostbite. Losing a little dead skin and hair is better than losing toes or fingers.



Frank Bates of 4Patriots LLC is the editor of the Patriot Alliance Messenger, as well as the content writer for blogs and articles at Patriot Headquarters. He is also the creator of Power4Patriots, a series of DIY solar videos and manuals; Food4Patriots, the supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage; Water4Patriots, featuring the Alexapure Pro tabletop water filtration system; SurvivalSeeds4Patriots, maker of the Liberty Seed Vault; Patriot Power Generator, a portable solar generator; and other products.  





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Food Storage Recipe – Bacon Gravy

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We eat a lot of gravy in our house. Whether it is from packets, jars , or homemade. We love gravy. This is one that my Grandmother used to make all of the time and it is still a favorite in our home.

Bacon Gravy



About 2 tablespoons of bacon grease

2 tablespoons of flour

2 cups of milk

salt and pepper

Cook up your bacon to the point to where it is done , but not too crispy.

Remove it and drain it. Set it aside and leave about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the skillet.

Add the flour to the grease and whisk it together. Cook this for about a minute. DO NOT BURN THE FLOUR!

Add the milk and whisk it together.

Crumble up the bacon and add it with salt and pepper to the gravy and cook it until it gets to desired consistency.

Serve it over biscuits or toast.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse! Part 2

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Some of us might try to stay put during a zombie apocalypse and that is going to take a lot of work to get our homes ready to be able to do that.


 You have to secure your location. It is the most important thing that you have to do. You can always figure out a way to get more supplies, but you have to have your place defended.

Try to make the outside look normal and put your defenses inside. Make the outside look deserted and not even worth a look into. If it looks like there is nothing of value there or that it has already been looted than no one else will want to search it. They will think that all of the good items are gone.

Board up and block all of the windows and doors on the ground level. This will block any access from the outside. Leave one door or window where you can easily get out of that is disabled from the outside. Maybe “hide” an access point for you in case of an emergency. Block all ground floor windows with anything you can that is strong. Like boards, cupboard doors, furniture, and anything else.

If you can now, start storing up wood sheets and 2×4’s. Screws will work better and have a better hold than nails.

If you have a basement with windows the best thing to do is block them from the inside. Make sure they are sealed good and then take dirt and cover your whole basement line with it. Covering the windows completely! If you do it early enough , you could even plant grass seed in the dirt so it looks like it is supposed to be like that and that you have no basement at all. The basement can now be your storage for all of your food and emergency needs.

The most important thing is to have the house secured and to then have a way to always have clean water. Also have a plan for trash removal. That can attract unwanted animals and maybe even zombies.

Your home is secure so have ways to cook food, heat it, and have clean water.

But, always have a plan for bugging out if you have to.

What’s In Your Food? Grow It – And You’ll Know It!

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Sadly, the majority of food products that end up on the dinner table today have been grown with heavy doses of synthetic fertilizers, sprayed with tons of pesticides, and then are processed to contain a seemingly endless list of preservatives. It doesn’t take a scientist to know that the effects on our long-term health are anything but good.  In fact, all of the above have been linked to a plethora of health risks from cancer to diabetes and everything in between.  Maybe it’s time we all start to take charge of our own food sources – and grow a little more of our own food. There is really only one way to ever know for sure what is in your food – and that is to grow it! And believe me when I say that the health benefits go far beyond just eliminating the harsh and sometimes deadly preservatives that are found in nearly all of the commercially grown and processed food today. In fact – growing your own organic-based vegetable garden covers every aspect of a healthy lifestyle – from getting a dose of fresh air and sunshine (a great and NATURAL source of Vitamin D), to the exercise gained and […]

Survival Food – Arid Edibles

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   Wild edibles are a precious source of food when you find yourself lacking the resources to survive in an unknown environment. Since nature doesn’t always play in your favor you could be wandering in unfamiliar grounds like the desert. In the United States, some major areas are deserts and although it might not be … Read more…

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Acts 4:18

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So they sent for them, and commanded them not to speak 
[as His representatives] or teach at all in the name of Jesus [using Him as their authority].

    The other day I heard Russ Dizdar, ordained to the ministry by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1978, and now an outspoken advocate for Spiritual Warfare and Deliverance Ministry (among many other disciplines) say that the most powerful aspect of the Church (found in Acts, Chapter 4) has not been realized.  First of all, that’s a pretty strong statement; and knowing his honest and direct appraisal of the modern Church, I just had to see exactly what he was talking about.
     The chapter begins with the arrest of Peter and John because they have been openly “teaching the people and proclaiming in [the case of] Jesus the resurrection of the dead.”  You see, they were declaring the power of God to resurrect men from the dead, and had been exercising the authority given to them by Jesus (the Son of God) through the power of the Holy Spirit, and had healed a lame beggar.  And because of this attesting miracle of the power of the ascended Jesus, 5,000 men heard the message of salvation and accepted Jesus as the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  You can imagine how that upset the conventional religion of the day.  So, the Sanhedrin (the High Jewish Court) had them arrested, and on the next day, they convened the high priests of the Jewish people to interrogate Peter and John.
     Scripture says, “they repeatedly asked, “By what sort of power, or in what name [that is, by what kind of authority], did you do this [healing]?”  Peter wasted no time in making it very clear to the Church leaders exactly what happened:  “let it be known and clearly understood by all of you, and by all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you [demanded be] crucified [by the Romans and], whom God raised from the dead—in this name [that is, by the authority and power of Jesus] this man stands here before you in good health.” (Acts 4:10).
     Now, the members of the Sanhedrin recognized that this miracle had been seen by thousands of people, so there was no denying it.  But they were unsettled about the threat this posed to their own authority.  So they asked, “What are we to do with these men?”  And they decided ” to keep it from spreading further among the people and the nation, let us [sternly] warn them not to speak again to anyone in this name.”  Acts 4:18 gives us their charge to Peter and John:  “So they sent for them, and commanded them not to speak [as His representatives] or teach at all in the name of Jesus [using Him as their authority].”
     But Peter and John knew that God had a purpose in these miracles, and that the power and authority of Jesus had been predestined to be passed on to mankind through the Holy Spirit, and they could not deny His will.  So they prayed, “And now, Lord, observe their threats [take them into account] and grant that Your bond-servants may declare Your message [of salvation] with great confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders (attesting miracles) take place through the name [and the authority and power] of Your holy Servant and Son Jesus.”  
     After reading this entire Chapter, I get what Russ Dizdar is saying.  The very same Church leadership that opposed Peter and John teaching the authority and power in the name of Jesus is at work today.  Church leaders, whom I respect and admire, are saying the same things that Annas and Caiaphas, the high priests, were saying in the First Century… “I don’t think it’s a good idea that you pursue this line of teaching.”  But just like the high priests of old, instead of studying it themselves and praying about it, they are quick to pass judgment that it doesn’t fit the accepted or mainstream religion of our day.  
     The religious leaders of yesterday (and today) should have listened to Peter and John!  Never did they claim that their actions and their results were by their own power…. it was ALWAYS in the name of Jesus Christ!  And so it is today.  Those of us who read the Scripture and take Jesus at His Word … whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Fatherrealize that the authority and power given to Peter and John, has also been given to us.  
     Jesus didn’t say, “You Twelve who believe in me”, or “You 70 that believe in me”.  He said “Whoever believes in Me…”.  If, as some are of the opinion, this power and authority was only meant for the Apostles, wouldn’t He have made that distinction?  And to think well, that doesn’t apply to us because we have Jesus now, doesn’t make sense to me.  He was telling the Apostles that He would convey His power and authority to them (through the Holy Spirit) so they could do the works He had been doing because He was going to the Father.  We are in the exact same condition as those humble, simple men who followed Him.  He was no longer in their presence, and it was their faith in Him that precluded the transference of His Authority and Power to them through the Holy Spirit –the authority to pray to the Father, seeking His will; and the power to carry out His Divine purpose.  Just like those normal men, who became Apostles, we have heard the message of salvation, accepted Jesus as our Savior, received the Holy Spirit as our Guide and Counselor, and have access to that same power and authority they did after He went to the Father.  
     You see, nothing has really changed, except that we are not doing the works He did, and have therefore not done greater things.  In fact, we have allowed Satan and his minions to exercise their power and authority, and done nothing to stop them!  And, in my mind, Jesus must be frustrated to know that we have been given the Authority and the Power of the Father, just as He was, to carry out the Father’s will, yet we don’t use it!  Could Jesus step in and save every abused child or damaged marriage or evil intentions of man?  Absolutely!  But He gave us the authority and power to defeat the Enemy In His Name — because it glorifies Him!!
     What has remained the same is the reluctance of religious leaders to examine His Word, and to realize that we have relinquished that power and authority He meant for us to use.  Russ Dizdar is right — the most powerful aspect of the Church has not been fulfilled, and Satan has taken full advantage of it, as he operates unopposed and unchallenged.  It’s time to take back our power and glorify our Savior!!

SHTF! Do You Have The Right Knife?

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A wise man once said that the best solution is the one that fits you…

Some time ago, the guys from Knife Planet asked us to take part in a expert roundup on the best survival knife. It was a tough choice for our expert, Cache Valley Prepper, as it felt like having to choose your favorite kid, but nevertheless here’s what we, and 22 other experts, came up with.shtf knife infographics

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Cook Like Grandma: Nothing Goes to Waste

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Cooking utensils on a dark grey background.You’ve raised your livestock with care, fed them well, and thoughtfully attended to their needs.  Eventually, they have one bad day when they are dispatched quickly and humanely.  As you set about to the butchering, you may be wondering what to do with all the parts that aren’t muscle meat.

Many Americans have become unaccustomed to eating offal and other parts of animals that aren’t normally found in your average grocery store.  But this wasn’t always the case, and many fine recipes can be found in American vintage cookbooks and amongst the traditional recipes of other countries.

Pig’s Feet

 Smoked ham hocks, the part of the pig between the foot and the leg bone can still be found in most grocery stores.  They’re often used to make bean dishes, but did you know pig’s feet are just as delicious?  To properly clean them and prepare them for cooking, do the following:

Scald, scrape, and clean the feet very thoroughly, then sprinkle lightly with salt and let feet soak for four to eight hours.  Wash the feet well in clean water.

When carefully cleaned, they can be prepared several ways.

Broiled: Split feet, dredge with salt, pepper, flour, and broil for ten minutes. Season with butter, salt, and pepper.

Fried: Split feet and season salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Dip into beaten egg, then into bread crumbs, and fry in hot deep fat (350 degrees F) 5 minutes.

Pickled Pig’s Feet (Souse)

  • 4 good-sized boiled pig’s feet with uppers
  • 1 qt strong vinegar
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 T whole cloves
  • 1 T broken cinnamon
  • ¼ C salt
  • 2 t pepper
  • ½ onion, cut into eighths
  • 1 blade mace


  1. Clean feet carefully and cover with hot water.  Simmer until meat will separate from bones, then remove carefully with a skimmer.
  2. Place in stone jar, taking out the largest bones.  Save water for later use.
  3. Heat vinegar with bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, salt, pepper, onion, and mace.  Simmer slowly for 45 minutes, but do not boil at any time.
  4. Remove cake of fat from top of cooking water from feet.
  5. Add about 1 quart of the water to the vinegar; if vinegar is not very strong, use less water.  Strain liquid through a sieve and pour over meat in jar.
  6. Chill 2 days.


 The tongue of a cow is most commonly used for these dishes, though the tongue of any animal can be eaten.

Braised Tongue

  • 1 cow tongue
  • 2 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 parsley sprig


  1. Add tongue to a kettle, cover with boiling water, and cook slowly for two hours.
  2. Take tongue from water and remove skin and roots.
  3. Place in deep pan and surround with 1/3 cup each carrot, onion, and celery, cut in dice, and one sprig of parsley; then pour over four cups sauce (see recipe below).
  4. Cover closely, bake two hours, turning after the first hour.  Serve on platter and serve around the sauce.

* Sauce for Tongue

  1. Brown one-fourth cup butter, add one-fourth cup flour and stir together until well browned.
  2. Add gradually four cups of water in which tongue was cooked.  Season with salt and pepper and add one teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.
  3. One and one-half cups stewed and strained tomatoes may be used in place of some of the water.

Recipe Source: The Original Fannie Farmer Cook Book 1896.


 Tripe is the culinary term for the stomach of ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, and deer.  The United States Department of Agriculture only recognizes (and therefore approves of) two types of tripe, both of which must be prepared under strict guidelines.  However, other countries have a much broader definition of acceptable preparation and uses.  To learn more about tripe and how different countries address it, go here.

Lyonnaise Tripe

Cut honeycomb tripe in pieces two inches long by one-half inch wide, having three cupfuls.  Put on a pan and place in oven that water may be drawn out.  Cook one tablespoon finely chopped onion in two tablespoons butter until slightly browned, add tripe drained from water, and cook five minutes.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and finely chopped parsley.

Recipe Source: The Original Fannie Farmer Cook Book 1896.

Menudo Soup

Makes 6-8 generous servings

For the broth:

  • 3 pounds of clean tripe cut into small bite size pieces
  • 1 cow’s feet (It’s usually sold already cut up in pieces)
  • 1 pound narrow bones
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion cut into thick slices
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano

For the sauce:

  • 6 guajillo peppers cleaned, seeded, open flat, and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground cumin (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves

For the garnishing:

  • 1 Tbsp. Piquin peppers crushed to add when serving if you like hot food.
  • Lemons cut into wedges
  • Dry Mexican oregano
  • ¾ cup white onion, chopped
  • Serve with warm corn tortillas


  1. Simmer the cow feet and marrow bones in a large pot with 6 quarts of water, 5 garlic cloves and an onion for about 15 minutes at medium heat without covering. During this time, skim off the foam that forms.
  2. Add the tripe and oregano and cook for about 2 – 2 ½ hours approximately until tripe is tender but firm (make sure you do not overcook). You could also use a crock pot and set it in low for 6 hrs.
  3. Remove the cow feet and marrow bones from the pot. Skim the fat that forms on top of the broth. Once the cow foot cools a little, remove the bones and chop the meaty parts of to be returned to the pot.
  4. While the meat is cooking, prepare the guajillo sauce. Toast the Guajillo peppers in a griddle over medium heat. Press them down with a spatula slightly toasting them without burning them.
  5. Place the toasted peppers in a bowl and cover with water. Let them soak for about 25 minutes until soft. After that, drain the peppers and place them in your blender with the rest of the garlic, ½ cup of the broth, and cumin if using. Blend until very smooth. Strain the sauce using a sieve and pour into the pot. Simmer the broth for another 30 minutes, partially covered. Taste to season with more salt if needed. Note: Some people add Hominy to the soup. If you can buy Hominy in a can, drain it and add it to the soup in the final simmering.
  6. Serve the soup in large bowls and place the garnishes in a dish in order for everyone to add to their liking. Do not forget warm corn tortillas to soak in the broth.

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 Kidneys can be found in all vertebrates and serve an essential function of filtering waste from the body.  They filter the blood and produce urine.  Sounds appetizing, right?  Properly prepared, kidneys are a favorite dish around the world.

Lamb’s Kidney I

Pare and cut in slices six kidneys, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Melt two tablespoons butter in hot frying pan, put in kidneys, and cook five minutes; dredge thoroughly with flour, and add two-thirds cup boiling water or hot Brown Stock.  Cook five minutes, add more salt and pepper if needed.  Lemon juice, onion juice, or Madeira wine may be used for additional flavor.  Kidneys must be cooked a short time, or for several hours; they are tender after a few minutes cooking, but soon toughen, and need hours of cooking again to make them tender.

Recipe Source: The Original Fannie Farmer Cook Book 1896.


 According to the US Department of Agriculture regulation 310.16 a: “Livestock lungs shall not be saved for use as human food.”  However, they remain a popular dish in other countries and are regularly consumed.  In vintage cookbooks they’re often referred to as “lights” because they’re so light in weight that they’re the only organ that will float in water.


Serves 4

  • 600 g (about 1 1/2 lbs) veal lungs
  • 1 veal heart
  • 1 root vegetables (parsley, carrots, celery stalk)
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 3 allspice corns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 spring thyme (small)
  • 1 onion (small)
  • Salt

Final stage:

  • 40 g (1/8 cup) butter
  • 30 g (1/4 cup) flour
  • 1 cooking spoon capers 
  • 1 onion (small), halved
  • 1 anchovy fillet (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • Lemon rind (grated)
  • 1 tbsp parsley (finely chopped)
  • Dash of vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Pinch of ground marjoram
  • Smidgen of mustard
  • 2 T sour cream
  • 2 T cream
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 4 T goulash sauce (for serving)


  1. Separate the veal lung from the windpipe and gullet. Soak well, piercing several holes in the lung so that water can get into the cavity.
  2. Fry the onion, cut surfaces down, in a pan until golden brown. Fill a large pot with cold water, add lungs and heart and bring to boil. Add root vegetables to the pot, as well as, peppercorns, allspice corns, bay leaf, thyme, salt and onion. Simmer until meat is tender.
  3. Remove the lung after about 1 hour and rinse with cold water to cool. Leave the heart in the stock for at least another 30 minutes, until very tender, then remove. Heat some of the stock in another saucepan and bring to boil. Meanwhile, cut the lung and heart finely, removing any cartilage.

For the final stage:

  1. Heat some butter in a casserole dish. Sprinkle in the flour and sauté until light brown.
  2. Add the finely chopped ‘innards seasoning’: capers, onion, anchovy fillet, garlic, lemon rind, and parsley. Let draw on low heat for a few minutes.
  3. Add the reduced stock, stir well and cook for 15-20 minutes until thick. Add the innards and season with salt, pepper, vinegar, sugar, marjoram and mustard.
  4. As soon as the ragout is thick, stir in the sour cream and cream. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Add lemon juice to taste and serve with a few drops of hot goulash juice and serve with bread dumplings (Semmelknödel).

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Semmelknödel is another delicious recipe to consider when cooking lungs. The recipe can be found here.

Vintage cookbooks and recipes from around the world can open up possibilities for delicious recipes that allow one to use every part of the animal for human consumption and to reduce waste.  So, before tossing these bits to the dogs, spend some time exploring these lesser-known or forgotten recipes.  Stay tuned!

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NRA Pistol Instructor Course (includes Basic Instructor Training Course) Clarksville TN December 12-13, 2015 (HIGHLY DISCOUNTED)

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We will be teaching the NRA Pistol Instructor Courses (Including the Basic Instructor Course) at Clarksville Guns and Archery in Clarksville TN December 12-13.  Normally this is a $350 course, however, Clarcksville Guns and Archery and I are working together to give these two course for $249.99 The class will be a hands on course […]

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European Alternatives To Balsam Fir For Medicinal Purposes

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In an article published here on my blog, I outlined the medicinal use of balsam fir, Abies balsamea, for cuts, grazes and sores. I then went on to describe how I had made use of the sap in helping a wound heal while I was on a wilderness canoe trip. The article generated a fair […]

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