How To Make Molt Loaf For Molting Chickens

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How To Make Molt Loaf For Molting Chickens Did you know that if your chicken is molting they usually stop laying eggs? The rooster also can become infertile during this period too. I am sharing a great recipe for “molt loaf” it is a high protein loaf for molting chickens that will help with the regrowing …

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“I paid Sydney Water $800 a year — now I get it for free”

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Kylie is a local hero for sticking two fingers to the water company

Unplugged – and loving it

Living in a city it can seem hard to kick free from the grid, but in Sydney Australia, Newtown resident Kylie Ahern will soon become the latest environmentalist to live completely off the grid.

“I am currently getting all my water from a series of tanks – one is buried in the backyard and the others are above ground,” Ms Ahern said.

“I used to pay $800 a year to Sydney Water, now I get it all for free from my roof.

“I also have a stormwater absorption pit so all the water coming off the roof goes straight into the tanks and then into the pit.

“I am putting solar panels up and installing batteries and my aim is to disconnect from the electricity grid.

“I am in the process of looking for the most energy efficient appliances and I am cutting off my gas as I will be using an electric induction cooktop.

“The coal seam gas situation in this country has been really upsetting, therefore I want to make sure I am not contributing to the problem.

“We are lulled into thinking we need to pay for these services like water and electricity that we can get for free. Sewerage and plumbing is my next task as I can’t get the tanks onto my property just yet but they are something I am definitely aiming for.

“I am expecting all the work to be completed by early next year.” The Newtown resident shared her disdain at the inaction of politicians charged with reducing global emissions and encouraged other like-minded conservationists to follow in her footsteps.

“I have watched politicians over the years do very little to protect our environment and fail to do anything meaningful around reducing our emissions, so I decided that I had to do more,” Ms Ahern said.

“I think most of us want to do more to protect the environment but it’s knowing where to start that’s the challenge.“You don’t have to do a full renovation of your home; you can do little things like buy energy-efficient appliances or use a diverter so excess rainwater goes into your garden.”

The process of creating a self-sustaining property may seem like a daunting or impossible task to some, Ms Ahern insists it is a relatively streamlined process, if you have the right help.

Ms Ahern, recruited the assistance of Chippendale’s Michael Mobbs, who famously took his home off the grid in March, hopes to achieve the same results with her two-bedroom worker’s cottage by early next year.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 12th, 2015

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Hope everyone’s weeks is going well. Had a few minutes so wanted to touch base.

Yesterday was really touching to see the outpouring support for Veterans. I have mentioned this before but I did not serve. It is a regret I consider often. I have always appreciated what men and women of the armed forces have done for this country. My father was a Vet and I loved hearing stories of his time in basic training and the camaraderie he had with fellow soldiers.

I saw comments rolling in here and checked Instagram and Facebook periodically. Lots of stories, memories and appreciation shared.

Throughout social media there were also lots of comments regarding today’s generation and the degrading respect for the country itself, the American flag, and all that many brave men and women have sacrificed for. I agree. The entitlement minded today lack the understanding and respect for the country that should be there. The reasons are many and that is for another day.

What I do know is most everyone I have ever met and know now respect the hell out of the military and all those that serve and have served. While many things about this country are screwed at least the respect for the military hasn’t totally dissipated.

As Capt. Michaels provided  – this video is very fitting……


To all those that serve and have served…..a sincere “Thank you.”







Podcast- What the Bible Says About Hilary’s National Gun Ban

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An old friend of the show, Frank Raccioppi is on the show today to talk to us about the Bible and the Second Amendment, and what we need to do to save both from the left.

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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Survival Medicine Hour: Survivalist Author James Rawles

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Famed survivalist James Wesley, Rawles joins Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, for an interesting and informative interview regarding all aspects of preparedness, from starting out to barter to needed skills and supplies.  James also talks about his new book “Island of Promise”, about the formation of a Christian sanctuary state with libertarian principles. Also, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, answers some question from a listener of Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast as part of his expert council.

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,


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Five Things Larry Winget Is Doing Personally In Challenging Times

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by Larry Winget

I get a lot of questions and am interviewed on radio and television about what people should do in these troubling times.  I decided this time to tell you what I am doing instead of just telling you what you should be doing.  Maybe you will find something in what I am doing that can help you when making decisions about your own life.  These are things I am doingpersonally, in a few weeks I will give you the five things I am doing professionally.  Hope you enjoy this blog and learn something as well.   If you see something you like, please help both me and your friends by sharing this blog with others.

Five Things Larry Winget Is Doing Personally In Challenging Times

1.   I am being realistic. Things are never going to be like they were.  My business, in fact, my entire industry has changed forever.  Chances are that yours has changed forever too. Technology has changed the way we do business in every way.  I find it easier and cheaper to order toothpaste from Amazon than picking it up from the grocery store.  People would rather read a book on a computer than to hold a real book in their hands.  I watch more movies and television and listen to more music on a device the size of a pack of cigarettes than I do on my 60 inch flatscreen with stereo system attached. I never would have believed that technology would have made such a difference in the way we all think, shop, how we are entertained and educated.  Technology has changed the way I make money.  It’s not enough to stand on a stage now and talk or to write books, it takes technology for me to survive financially. Bet the same applies to you.  And technology will change our world even faster and in bigger ways in the future.  I fought this for a while and in some ways, I will continue to fight certain areas of it in my personal life.  However, I am realistic about it and know that my life and my business have to adjust to deal with the changes and the technology.

I am also realistic about the state of the union.  Yes, our country.  We are in trouble.  I mean serious, serious trouble.  I love my country and have great faith in our strength when we pull together.  However, we don’t pull together very often anymore and from what I can tell, we don’t even want to.  I am no longer as optimistic as I once was about our possibilities.  And while I am not a full-on pessimist yet, I have become a realist.

2.   I am constantly defining and redefining my priorities.  Time, energy and money always go to what is important to you.  I have said this for years and believe it completely.  Read my books for more details on my thinking regarding this idea.  The same principle applies to me. My age, my family, the turbulent economy, the amount of free time I have and want to have and many other factors cause me to look at my life differently than I did just a year ago.  Much of what used to be important to me has lost its appeal.  Spending more time with friends and family and doing/experiencing things I have missed by working too much to enjoy have become more important to me now. And while I have never much cared about what people thought, I am more that way than ever before. I live my life on my terms, making sure that my actions are in alignment with my principles, my goals, my words and my beliefs and honestly don’t give a rat’s ass whether people like it or not.

3.  I am watching my money.

Spending: I don’t know of anyone regardless of their income who is spending like they did a few years ago.  Income is harder to come by these days for everybody at every level.  So while there was a time a few years ago where I never gave what I was spending a second thought, now I give it a third and a fourth thought.  Every responsible person should do the same in these chaotic economic times.

Saving:  While I have always been a saver, I tuck away a larger percentage of my income now than I used to. Why? Because the future is more uncertain for everyone than it used to be.  Having higher reserve funds is going to be more important in the future than it has ever been before.

Cash.  I have always been a big believer in having cash on hand, but now I stash extra twenties away more than before.  I have a cigar box and a big gun safe that is well protected so it’s all very secure; but even if you don’t have those things you should be tucking away some bucks someplace. Besides, if the power goes out, that ATM machine isn’t going to do you much good and your credit cards aren’t going to be much consolation either.

Investments:   Diversification in your investments is now more important than ever.  If you have the cash to buy real estate, it hasn’t been this cheap in a long, long time.  Gold and silver still seem to look good but I wouldn’t sell everything to buy it like some are doing. However, a portion of your portfolio in precious metals makes sense.  Mostly, I am reminding myself what any smart investor knows; investments are long term.  And now, really long! Stop checking your money every day, every week or even every month and take a deep breath.  Don’t react emotionally to this chaos. Investments are for the long haul and if you are trying to time the market to make a fast buck, you are crazy, just like the market.

4.  I am preparing. I have written in my books, “Expect the best, but be prepared for the worst.”  I think most of us are great at expecting the best and do very little to prepare for the worst.  This is evidenced by people’s saving accounts!  But I think it’s time to take preparation to the next level.  Therefore, I have become a prepper.   No, I am not one of those wacko survivalist youtubers by any stretch of the imagination.  However, as I said earlier, I am a realist.  Our economic system worldwide is a disaster.  The US is so upside down on its debt, with no solution at hand to fix any of it, that I am not seeing a good way out of our mess right now.  I don’t think our entitled citizens are above revolting like we have seen in France, Greece and the UK. Natural disasters are increasing causing power outages and other issues that either force people to leave their homes or force people to stay in their homes.  A report this week by the government said that our power grids are particularly susceptible to hackers. Our borders are weak and our enemies are strong and sneaky.  There are many people and nations who simply don’t like us and wish us harm, along with many individuals right here in our own country.   We are vulnerable on many levels. Even FEMA suggests that every person have at least three days worth of food and water stored in case of emergency.  Our grocery stores do not carry enough food to last three days if they lose power.  So what happens to you and your family if your area loses power for a week, or even a day?  Or if a natural disaster hits your area?  Or if there is a revolt due to economic collapse?  Are you prepared?

If you live in a climate where there is snow, you know you should put a blanket and some sand and other supplies in your car in case you get stuck in the snow.  You probably carry a jack and a spare tire and  jumper cables in your car ‘just in case.’  Yet that is most people’s entire level of preparedness.  Most people don’t have enough food in their homes to make dinner tonight.  If every fast food restaurant in their neighborhood closed for the day they wouldn’t even be able to have dinner tonight. That’s dumb, naïve and irresponsible.   I have food and water put away to last my family for six months.  It’s easy to do and not much money.  I have a generator and plenty of gas to keep it running for months.  I can cook even if all power is gone.  I can defend my family and my property if needed.  I am prepared in every way I can think of, not out of fear but because I am smart and have taken the time, the energy and the small investment it takes to care for my family ‘just in case.’  You may think this makes me a crazy survivalist, I think it just makes me a responsible person.  And while I hope none of us ever have to be tested in these regards, I won’t be one of those guys who looks back in regret because I couldn’t be bothered with it or was afraid of how it looked or sounded to others.

5.  I am focusing on right now. The future is determined by what you do now.  That applies to your money, your health, your relationships and your career.  Work hard at your job today.  Eat healthy today.  Exercise today.  Be nice today.  Have high standards for yourself and others today.  Expect more from yourself today. Save today.  Spend wisely today.  Prepare today.   Enjoy today!   Today is all you have, give it everything you’ve got!


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Can Small Organic Farms Feed The World?

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The most common criticism against organic farming (or, as I like to call it, farming) is that it will not feed the world. Only conventional farming, the common wisdom has it, can feed the population of nine billion expected by 2050. But is that true?

Not only can small organic farming feed the world, but I believe strongly that it is the only thing that can save and heal our world.

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10 Reasons Why You Do NOT Want to Bug Out

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There are certain situations where you would be forced to bug out, and it’s important to prepare for that possibility. But there are some people who look forward to bugging out a little too much. The moment they hear about a major storm or hurricane, they grab their bug out […]

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After a spectacular fail over at Yahoo! hosting, I switched over to Bluehost a year or so ago. I’ve been very pleased with them. Downtime has been non-existent, and customer service has been top notch. A++++ will blog again.

Same for UpDraft backup software. This thing backs up the entire blog three times a week, drops copies on my server and over at DropBox. Very pleased. In theory, any repeat of the Great Yahoo Hosting Fail wil result in me losing, at worst, half a weeks posts. Yay for total backups.

But…with great redundancy comes great fiscal responsibility. I think it’s been a couple years since I asked anyone to pitch in on server-side costs like hosting, backups, etc. If anyone wants to kick in a few bucks to defray costs and keep the lights on, well, theres a button at the upper right hand side of the page. Clicking on it and shooting some alms in my general direction will go towards keeping the hosting and related bills paid. And Crom bless you.

Letters from Survivors in Ukraine Part 3

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Part III, looking into various messages from people in eastern Ukraine. Again, I’ve gone through the most interesting parts, posted over at , making some personal comments and remarks. I firmly believe that real-world events such as these present us with invaluable lessons.
Escaping From Donetsk
Olga Astakhov, Anthropologist, Donetsk
I am not going to discuss all the twists and turns of applying for a permit (to cross the boundary between the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the rest of Ukraine) because there is a mass of cases like these already.
People, who submitted documents at the end of January, still have pending applications.
Not too long ago, my friend’s cousin, living in Zaporizhia, ended up in the hospital. Of course it is hard to leave Donetsk without a permit, that’s why she first travelled to Russia and from there went to Zaporizhia in Ukraine.
FerFAL comment: This reminds me, get your passport NOW. Even if you don’t plan on traveling, its essential preparedness documentation. For those that are thinking right now “oh, Ferfal, but I don’t PLAN on going anywhere when SHTF…” to those that are thinking that, just stop it right now. The nature of serious disasters dictate that things don’t go according to your own personal plans and preferences, improvising is what its all about, trying to be ready for the unexpected. Those things “you never thought you’d do”, those are the ones that catch people completely unprepared. More on “I never thought” later. If you can get a second passport, don’t give such a powerful tool up and get one pronto!
Is this logical?
The permit system is permanently in effect on territories of the ATO (Antiterrorist Operation, the Ukrainian military’s term for combat operations with separatist forces) zone. Thus, it is impossible to go through the Volnovakha checkpoint without a permit, unless you use dirt roads. These are illegally used to transport credulous passengers for large amounts of money.
FerFAL comment: So many lessons there. Having a vehicle capable of moderate off-roading, having a BOB, having a kit in your vehicle. So often overlooked, having the physical capability of actually walking those distances if needed to cover them on foot.
The same applies to crossing the border between Artemivsk and Horlivka.

If you take the risk of going through the Kurakhov checkpoint, you may get lucky. Some get let through without a problem, nothing is asked of them. It’s enough to show a Ukrainian passport.
There are many announcements about the permits in Donetsk: permit registration costs 300-800 hryvnya. Is this a little or a lot for a retired woman, who wants to travel and withdraw her 1,000 hryvnya pension?
FerFAL comment: Cash is king, hoe often have I repeated that commenting in these Ukraine letters alone?
This is how people end up abandoned.
For those who wish to register for a permit in cities and regions under the control of the Ukrainian government, offices were opened to issue the necessary documents. This partially relieved the main coordination centers.
Regarding carriers, there are two sides to this coin. On one side, the permit system significantly complicated and lowered passenger traffic, and thus this affected the income of businesses.
Also many carriers, who work in the controlled and occupied areas of Ukraine, are forced to pay double taxes in order to continue running their business. The taxes are paid to the so-called DNR and Ukraine, which is why resourceful carriers have adapted to the situation.
FerFAL comment: “But sir, its TEOTWAWKI, I’m not supposed to pay for fees and government VAT any more because its WROL.” Its cute sometimes to see how naïve some preppers can be. Its cute but also dangerous folks. WROL is code word for no government, and sadly the government will still be there to make life miserable of. Rule of law doesn’t go away when SHTF, its still there to scew you and never to help you.
“Before we sell a ticket, we check the passenger’s permit. It’s safer this way. No immigration certificates or Donetsk residency are accepted,” says one of the drivers who works in the ATO zone. The age group of passengers has also changed. Before it was mostly youth and pensioners, but now the number of pensioners has decreased and the number of young men has declined even further.
Before they depart, many carriers enquire about the passengers’ permits and sell them tickets afterwards – the tickets are sold at different rates. Those who don’t have the required permit will have to pay an extra 20-30 percent on top of the regular price. This generally applies to the route between Donetsk and Kyiv.

Travel tariffs are the other factor that affects passengers’ expenses. The chaotic exchange rate of the U.S. dollar has had an impact on fuel prices in Donetsk – petrol and gas cost 5-9 hryvnya more than in Ukraine.
This is why the number of trips has been cut down, and passengers spend hours waiting in line to travel out of Donetsk. The price hasn’t changed for now, but shuttles in Donetsk and Makiivka no longer accept Ukrainian coins. In front-line cities they only accept amounts up to 1 hryvnya.
In this situation, only one thing is positive – the transportation infrastructure is still trying to survive through the horrible wartime conditions. Some carriers are even helping get people out of dangerous areas for free.
What’s In A Name?
A Ukrainian Teacher From Donetsk
‘Donbasivtsi’ (citizens of Donbas) – this is what some of my students now call themselves.
Adults have come up with other names: Novorossian, or New Russians.
I can’t explain why they don’t like the more generally accepted name ‘Donetchan’ (resident of Donetsk), although sometimes they use this word. Maybe, the revolutionary wave that has driven them since last year, demands the creation of everything from scratch, even something so tactless.
The creation of words is generally positive; it mirrors changes in the life of a nation and for that matter, in its spirit.
What can be said about people, referring to themselves with a name originating from a geopolitical region, no bigger than the territory that they occupy?
Psychologists will probably find the teenage complex regarding the extent and signs of delusions of grandeur. Philosophers may point to the characteristics of lazy-spirited people’s desire to exaggerate their accomplishments in order to affirm their existence.
The newly created ‘Donbasivtsi,’ the new citizens of Donetsk, remind me of people who put on colorful contact lenses and will insist that their eyes were always bright emerald.
Dear Donbasivtsi, you can try to convince others of this, and they will probably believe you.
Suck-ups will sing the praises of your “naturally green” eyes; you can even convince yourselves of this. However, you will not be able to change your own nature. I know that your eyes are gray, like your soul. You are gray-eyed and gray-spirited; you betrayed your ancestors and your entire essence of being by tolerating evil.
Now you express many complaints about Ukraine that should instead be addressed to various jurisdictions; but the government is made of people, meaning specific problems need to be resolved with specific people. Why blame your homeland and distance oneself from her?
If history had a sense of humor, she would give you time to develop. In 100 years, you could even become a nation – a nation of traitors. There is but one answer to the question: “Who are Donbasivtsi?” They are former Ukrainians, who denied their people; they are former Russians, who don’t know their own customs; they are Tatars, Armenians, and Greeks who forgot who they are.
But history is a fair but tough judge, who won’t give such people a chance.
You claim that in general you are doing okay.
Look around, what you refer to as the laws of your new “republic” are just a pathetic lookalike of the regulations of another state. Your freedom with a weapon in your hands prohibits me from referring to my Homeland (and yours) by name and from communicating with her, not letting Ukrainian media in, and basically doing everything possible so that residents don’t desert the supervised basements.
FerFAL comment: Censorship, media control, sounds familiar. reminds me of the “Secretary of Strategic Coordination of National Ideology””, created by Cristina Kirchner in Argentina. Since when do we need the government to explain the population how they are supposed to think? Guess we’re now calling that freedom.
Your “prosperity” looks out from underneath empty supermarket shelves, boarded-up windows, closed stores, and half-empty markets. Your salaries resemble sop, just to keep you quiet.
And you — having surrendered many civil rights, all benefits, allowances, social protections, the opportunity to plan your futures — are silent. Even you cannot look at the destroyed medical industry — that is hanging on by a thread thanks to the heroism of everyday doctors and nurses — or at the disorder in education, closed business or unemployment, through rose-colored glasses. Was this the life you dreamed of?
You say that your purpose right now is survival. What sort of people do you plan to become in order to survive? What sort of people will your children become?
Those who were Ukrainian yesterday (If you’ve forgotten, look at their birth certificates, and at the same time look at your own passports that read ‘Ukrainian citizen’ in two languages!) and call themselves ‘Donbasivtsi’ today because they hear that being Ukrainian is unworthy, either out of your mouths or out of your illegitimate silence?
You say that it hurts you to hear the words ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Ukrainians’, because your husbands are dying in a war with Ukraine. But you started it! Did you not realize that the gun that you were holding in your hands could kill?
It’s not Ukraine that hurts you; it’s your drowsy consciousness attempting to awaken your soul. Wake up!
People queue for free food distributed by pro-Russian rebels near the town of Debaltseve last month.
Debaltseve After The Fall
Nadezdhia, Sociologist, Horlivka

This story is of an acquaintance, who surprisingly left the city recently and managed to get herself to Ukrainian [controlled] territory. The horror came later, when the separatists took over Debaltseve and the flags of the executive committee changed.
I was remaining in Debaltseve until the end, even during the evacuation. It was scary to leave.
The city died. It was razed to the ground, yet I was still trying to find a way to survive in conditions unfit for life. My countrymen are trying to restore their homes after the shelling and they are trying to recover property that remains in the buildings. But that’s impossible.
Everything has been looted and destroyed.
People stand in long lines to get humanitarian aid and prepare food under the open sky. Practically all the buildings in the center have been seized by Debaltseve militants, destroyed or damaged. To assess the humanitarian situation, it is enough to look at the gray-with-hunger faces of its residents. There is also nowhere to live. People live in basements, get sick, and die.
There is no medicine. According to my calculations, more than 80 percent of the buildings in Debaltseve were destroyed during the war. The kindergartens and other institutions are closed. They have been promising to reopen the central city hospital since February 25.
There is another hospital by the train station, completely destroyed.

FerFAL Comments: Always the basics folks, dont forget to cover medicine, water, food and shelter. These you will always need!
The city is full of mines; it’s dangerous to walk anywhere. There is no electricity. Every day they bring in bread and hot tea and distribute it for free. Under Ukrainian control, we even got canned food, grains and potatoes. For now, we are still getting bread and tea. However they said that something was delivered by the International Red Cross.
My countrymen are living in unsanitary conditions; they are hungry and cold. In Debaltseve the problems don’t end with electricity. There is no gas or water. Few people have stayed. Usually no more than 200 city residents wait in lines to receive humanitarian aid. All these people are elderly.
The last weeks before the departure of the Ukrainian army, the attacks did not abate – a number of buildings came under fire. Since the end of January, Debaltseve has been without heating. Since the beginning of February, it has been without light and water.
Around 6,000 or 8,000 people remained in the city. This is around 30 percent of the original population. They mainly sit in their basements because it is cold in their apartments. They prepare food near their driveways on a fire, outside. In addition to this, most of them don’t have any money at all, which is why they can’t leave the city.
I’ll tell you about the basement, that I had to live in. It’s dark inside and damp. There is a table with a candle in the middle of the space. Women sit at the table feeding their children.
Before the departure of the Ukrainian Army, the residents of Debaltseve left the city in masses. They fled to Kharkiv in particular. Women with children and the elderly mainly went there, some left with their entire families, men included.
There is no rush to deliver groceries to the territories occupied by the Donetsk People’s Republic. Other cities and villages are collecting food for Debaltseve. Other than food, medicine is also vital. The people, who weren’t able to leave, now have to wait in long lines just to get water. Very often they collect water directly from puddles on the street. Fortunately the snow has melted. There is risk of intestinal infections.
Everyone who gets the opportunity will probably attempt to leave the city at the soonest possible moment; just like us.
Oleksandra Samoylova, Student, Luhansk
State universities in the occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions have come under separatist control. For students, that means changes in everything from class size to curriculum.

Here in the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), the first lesson on Mondays usually begins with the question, “How are you?” The teachers aren’t asking about course work or whether we’re prepared for class; they’re asking about our domestic life. Is everything OK with our homes and families? Did everything go well on our trips back home?
There are so few students going to lectures these days that teachers have time to pay attention to each individual student. It turns out they’re not only capable of reading out loud from a book; they can actually communicate and express human emotions. Only now have I begun to see the human side of my teachers.
The small groups are very interesting. Every student gets maximum attention; everything is explained to them, and all their questions are answered.
At the same time, while communicating with their students, lecturers often slip up and inadvertently talk about politics. Topics can include: dissatisfaction with the Education Ministry, problems with salaries, and working overtime because rising debt has forced them to cut back personnel.
Compared to previous years, studying has gotten easier for me. Now we can spend more time on interesting core subjects, and less on general topics like religious studies. A lot of students elsewhere probably lose interest in their studies because of a lack of financial incentive or scholarships. That seems sort of funny to us now.

Student Life Outside the Classroom

At the start of winter, the university had organized a lot of concerts and events and assigned us to volunteer duties. They did this to create the illusion of a flurry of activity.
The various tasks associated with bringing an Orthodox element to higher education were especially absurd. Talks about the friendship between science and religion were full of cliches. The female heads of various student committees, all blonde atheists tired of the long, boring conversations we were subjected to, lied depressingly about “broad support for useful student initiatives.”
But students these days embrace the Orthodox Church about as much as wolves do vegetarianism. At the bus stop near our “temple of science” it’s not uncommon to hear conversations like this:
— How did you celebrate Easter?

— With three beers!
— Oh, and I drank wine.
Students are used as “extras” at rallies. This has always been true. But while once there was only a limited range of gatherings, now they call us out for any number of reasons. Once I saw a coordinator of a so-called “initiative group” get into an argument with his teacher. The point is that students are being dragged away from their classes to attend events that even their lecturers haven’t been told about.
Incidentally, all the different departments have been forced into new formations due to the low number of teachers. The concepts behind these new “associations” are pretty unique. Translators, for example, are now part of the Philosophy Faculty.
‘Liquid’ Teachers
In our department there’s just one teacher left from the old staff. She’s the one person with whom I feel free to openly discuss my views. True, I can see with a kind of horror that if she hadn’t persuaded me to enroll, I’d now be considered “on the continent,” as they say — pro-Kyiv, in other words.
Many other teachers flow in and out of the university like water. You don’t have time to get your grades or finish a project for one before you have to get used to the personality and questions of another.
The first reason for that is the salary. They get paid only twice in six months. Other reasons include the incredible amount of paperwork (the transition to Russian standards, translating documentation), problems with co-workers, or dim prospects for certain subjects — particularly for those specializing in Ukrainian history or Ukrainian language and literature.

The Price Of A Russian Diploma

Almost every day students ask their teachers for guarantees that they’ll receive Russian diplomas. No one is talking about “local” diplomas from the Luhansk People’s Republic.
But we worry that’s what they’re going to give us, although they’re of no use to anyone. Even the rare ardent fans of the “blue, blue, and red” — as the separatist flag is known — say they’re “out of here” if there aren’t going to be any Russian diplomas.
They’ve apparently already received Russian diplomas in some universities around here. I haven’t seen photographic proof. There are different ways of getting them — you can defend your degree there in Russia, or from here by Skype. Some people get sent elsewhere to take their exams.

The teachers say that everyone will get their degrees. But how much value will these diplomas have, if…. students are studying unsystematically: gunfire and explosions can prevent them from going to class. A majority of those enrolled this year can’t call themselves university students without embarrassment. Many of the upperclassmen have come up with their own individual schedule for finishing their course work and are located in different countries. Studies are the last thing they’re thinking about.

It’s a complicated question: for what accomplishments, and according to what criteria, is our generation of students going to receive its diplomas?
I hope that the labor market will dump us in the service-industry niche of Slavic fast food — or whatever they’re planning to build instead of McDonald’s — and that no catastrophes will ensue.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Essential Survival Clothes Missing From Your Bugout Bag

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During a crisis, whether it’s some type of natural or man-made disaster, it’s important to be dressed for a successful bugout.

Granted, it might come down to a scenario where you’ve got minutes to get out of Dodge, ruling out the possibility of a visit to your survival wardrobe. So, there’s a chance that you might have to make the initial run while wearing your usual work attire polo/khaki combo.

So to get our wheels up on this post, my rule of thumb is that you should always keep at least two complete changes of survival apparel in your pack. And just as a sidenote, you’ll actually save space if you roll your clothes, and not fold them. Now let’s begin…

Like Any Other Day … Dress For the Weather

This is actually a bit of a conundrum, especially for those off the gridders among us who live up north with dramatic, dynamic and sometimes downright punishing seasonal changes. But here are a few pointers so that you don’t find yourself in a jam when caught in weather that’s unusually hot/cold/rainy/etc.

  • Pack clothes that you can layer. Layering allows you to put on a jacket or take off a fleece, depending on what the temps are doing that day.
  • For the eventuality of rainy, moist weather, you’ll follow the layering principle if you purchase lightweight wet gear (like rain shells and chaps). That way, you’re not lugging around an entire insulated raincoat, in the event that the weather gets oddly hot and dry for no apparent reason. Also, a little poncho can go a long way in these situations, especially if you get the kind that can become a shelter/hammock combo.
  • When it comes to hats, it’s easy enough to get something lightweight with a brim that breathes. And bring one that will allow you to throw a beanie under it or your poncho over it.
  • For footwear: if you live pretty far up north where temps routinely get lower than 10 degrees Fahrenheit on a rather regular basis, then you’re probably going to need a pair of Thermaline Gore-Tex boots that will keep your toes from getting frostbite. However, for those of us in temperate zones and further south, I’d still recommend getting a pair of waterproof hiking shoes — and when the temps drop, making sure you have some SmartWool socks at the ready. Double up your socks if needed.
  • For the miscellaneous apparel, you’ll want to pack the following: a pair of water shoes or sandals for crossing streams, a shemagh or scarf, sturdy sunglasses (I prefer Wiley X), a pair of work gloves, and a complete set of hot or cold weather Under Armour (or comparable brand).

Suiting Up to Be Tactical or Tacticool?

Now this particular issue tends to be a big one, especially since it’s the cool thing these days to buy tactical-style clothing for a bugout. Even in a natural disaster crisis, tactical clothing looks militaristic. In which case, you’ll cause alarm wherever go.

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Not everyone gels with the “tacticool” look. Sure, it might offer a lot of really useful pockets and such, but sadly, you’re only going to make yourself a beacon for manmade-unfortunate events.  Not to mention, you’ll also become a target for individuals who are wearing many of those same things.

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I’m not necessarily saying that ALL camo will get you into a tight spot, but I am saying that it’s best not to look like a soldier, insurgent, or upstart. On the other hand, there are lots of camouflage options that won’t make a person immediately appear militant if stumbled upon. I mentioned A-Tacs camo before, which is almost creepy-effective; yet still, its pattern doesn’t have the same look as that of conventional military camo. Yes, it’s made for troops, but most troops (and almost all civilians) wouldn’t really know that this was the case.

There’s also Mossy Oak and Realtree camo, too, which would do extremely well in the sticks and won’t look threatening. That is, unless you run into someone from PETA …but that’s an issue for another day.

The 3 Pillars of Bugout Apparel

In this post, I have mentioned quite a few guidelines and suggestions, which might end up being a bit difficult to remember. That’s why I believe it’s best to follow simple principles for these kinds of things where memory fails. So, these are my three “pillars” of bugout apparel, which keep me thinking clearly when purchasing clothes to stuff in the pack:

1. Protection – Survival clothing is meant for the purpose of keeping us protected from the elements. From wet rain to dry heat, your clothing should first serve this function, which is meant to ultimately keep you from heat sickness, sun exposure, frostbite and hypothermia. In addition, your clothing should facilitate your own protection by working with your weapons loadout and not hindering its effectiveness.

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2. Durability – Survival clothing should have a higher-than-average durability factor, as evacuations and refugee situations could place the survivor in harsh, abusive environments over an unknown span of time. For this reason, all apparel should have the capacity to take a beating and remain intact, especially since shopping for a new outfit is no longer a possibility.

3. Camouflage – Survival clothing should allow the survivor to blend into the environments, in which he or she plans to retreat. If the retreat location or the route itself carries the possibility of human interaction, then it’s best to wear camouflage that does not look threatening. Also, clothing that is colored in earth tones can act as improvised camouflage if pressed. Whether in the woods, the plains, the desert, the bayou or in the middle of a town: Blend in and avoid drawing attention by what you wear.

When Caught In the Rain, Become Waterproof

Overall, your bugout clothing should protect you from the rainiest day of them all: the day that your home is no longer your home. And on such a day, the ones that live a successful and easy life (in comparison to the rest of society, of course) will be the ones that have a realistic, serious perspective of the situation — and do not allow the accompanying challenges to bring down their morale and willpower to build a new life.

So don’t simply purchase a milsurp jacket, just because you saw the guy wear it in that survival show, triggering the old survival-action-hero-fantasy reflex. Hey, even I’ve got one of those reflexes, so I get it.

Instead, purchase a jacket which follows the three pillars of bugout apparel, because it will keep your body at a cozy 98.6-degrees when the ambient temperature is chillingly far from it.

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Survival Hacks – Of Label Uses For Everyday Products That Are Probably Already Inside Your Cabinets

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Preppers are experts at penny-pinching and finding multiple uses for many of the items in their survival stockpiles. Expanding upon that notion, I decided to do some research and conduct a thorough inventory of the “non-preps” already gathering a bit of dust around the house.

The results of my very unscientific study revealed that some quality preps might be going unnoticed in the closets and cabinets of preppers across the country and around the world. In addition to finding off-label and dual-use items hiding in my pantry, my research also gave me a few dozen more preps to look for once the store shelves empty of all obviously essential items during a post-disaster panic.

Hair Coloring Kits

Surprisingly, the hair coloring kits often found in big box stores, and even dollar stores, could become useful preps. Sure, covering those roots would be a great morale booster during a long-term disaster, but that is not the only use for this item.

  • The hair color developer is routinely made with hydrogen peroxide that could be used as a suitable disinfectant for small wounds or to clean hygiene and non-emergency items such as toothbrushes and tweezers. The peroxide in the developer could be used to treat foot fungus, soften calluses and corns and clean earwax.
  • The clear plastic gloves in the box are definitely not medical grade, but should be saved to prevent the spread of germs when conducting basic first aid or when aiding a sick loved one. Save the expensive latex gloves for when they are needed most; it could take weeks or months for the supply chain to begin running again after a SHTF scenario.
  • The hair coloring dye could be used to stain bright colored clothing (or hair) darker to camouflage from prying eyes. Although the dye will wash off the skin in a matter of days, mixing together some dark shades of dollar store hair dye could help hide light-toned skin when attempting to remain as far from view as possible during a TEOTWAWKI hike to safety.

Waffle Irons

Waffle irons are of course perfect for the traditional breakfast favorite, but can be used to cook far more than just a tasty treat to pour sweet syrup on. The iron requires very little electricity to run, so it’s perfect for even small and inexpensive solar chargers. The same chargers sold to power your mobile devices could be used to bring life to a waffle iron. The local camping store likely sells adapters to allow any small appliance to be plugged into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter or gas generator with plug-ins.

  • A brief list of the items I have successfully cooked on a waffle iron includes bacon, cheeseburgers, eggs, hot dogs, crab cakes, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, and several not-too-liquidy meals from our long-term storage preps.
  • If smell and sight discipline are a priority, cooking on a waffle iron will reduce the wafting scent of cooking meat and does not produce any smoke to attract attention.

Baking Soda

There are a plethora of survival and homesteading uses for baking soda that you may already be planning to use during a disaster. But there are a few oldies but goodies that were commonly used during the 40s and 50s that may have gone unnoticed.

• Splinter Removal – To remove a splinter, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water and soak the affected area. Let the area soak for about five minutes and repeat for a day or two until the unwanted material works its way out of the skin. This method may be preferable to picking at the splinter with tweezers or a knife and creating a larger open wound, which could easily become infected. Even a small infection can turn deadly during a long-term disaster. Keeping up to date on Tetanus shots is highly advisable — and could save your life.
• Chicken Feathers – To remove feathers easily and to rid the bird of any possible parasites, boil the chicken in a pot of water mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
• Baby Bottles – Keeping baby healthy during a SHTF scenario means that baby bottles and pacifiers must be kept clean and sterile. To rid baby bottles of mother’s milk residue or old formula and germs, pour ½ cup of baking soda into a tub of hot water. Allow the bottles to become fully submerged and let them soak for several minutes before scrubbing.


• Dab a little toothpaste on a burn or inflamed minor wound to reduce swelling.
• To prevent eyeglasses or rifle scopes from fogging up, wipe on a little dab of toothpaste, then wipe it off.
• The polishing ingredient in modern toothpaste is diatomaceous earth. The white powder is made of the miniscule remains of tiny sea creatures that died millions of years ago. Insects do not like diatomaceous earth and will crawl away from it any time they are given the chance. Squeeze some toothpaste next to your garden rows and along the edge of a plant container to deter bugs and help protect the survival food supply.

Aluminum Cans

I upcycle as many used or unneeded items as I can around our homestead. Many folks have repurposed empty food cans into organizers and used them for craft projects, but there is far more that can be done with the containers.
• The aluminum cans can be cut with a knife and used to make both fishing hooks and arrowheads. Make slices in the can piece until you have formed something that resembles an arrowhead or fishing hook shape — it could help you find your dinner.
• Dig a hole the height of the can and cover the top loosely with twigs to make a pitfall trap for very small game.
• Use an aluminum can to cook over an open fire by cutting two holes near the top and stringing it above an open flame. If you have a larger can, make an emergency stove to cook on by filling the inside with rubbing alcohol, twigs, or dry grass.
• Place a candle inside the can to prevent wind from blowing it out and to make your light source portable.
These are just a few examples of off-label uses for common household items. Share your own projects and suggestions in the comment section below.

Wisdom from 20,000 feet as We Discuss The Corrupt and Bureaucratic NRC Hormesis Gambit

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On nuclear/radiation standards, safety, risks, etc, both scientific/professional attitudes and mythology, and general public opinion, public attitudes – public mythology –

have been inundated by disinformation, and maintained by being kept in the dark, for going on three generations.

When Chernobyl happened, with catastrophic results, the recourse was to continue the lies, cover-up, etc.

The more general culture of deception, PR, etc, the marginalization of integrity, and the ascendancy of institutional ‘man’, submissive widgets all, pretty well, accommodated the nuclear scam/crime scene.

And, the ‘end of oil’ meme, the carbon/ greenhouse meme, gave nuclear the halo of saviour, or a kind of free pass, even as its pernicious implications for physical and social health became more and more obvious to more and more people.

Sprouting everywhere roof top solar panels etc look pretty benign and sensible in comparison.

The real ‘paradigm shift’, the ‘tipping point’, comes when the mythology changes. That is the great task, as I see it, and Fukushima and Durnford and the demise life in the Pacific tidal zones of Western N America, are important bits and pieces in the demise of the psychological fundament of heretofore institutional and public loyalty to nuclear reactors.

How many rads can dance on the head of a radioactive pin is comparatively a marginal matter.


well written Oldster. The ascendancy of institutional man. I see a comic bell curve of the evolution-devolution of homo sapiens. How strange and banal it should come down to office chairs and politics. I think all politicians should wear beggars clothes and all scientists should wear propeller top beanie caps. When will we admit we are all children before nature and the cosmos?


Tsars, Kings, Emperors,
sovereigns of all the earth,
have commanded many a parade,
but they could not command humor.
When Aesop, the tramp, came visiting
the palaces of eminent personages
ensconced in sleek comfort all day,
they struck him as paupers.
In houses, where hypocrites have
left the smear of their puny feet,
there Hodja-Nasr-ed-Din, with his jests,
swept clean all meanness
like a board of chessmen!
They tried to commission humor-
but humor is not to be bought!
They tried to murder humor,
but humor thumbed his nose at them!
It’s hard to fight humor.
They executed him time and again.
His hacked-off head
was stuck on the point of a pike.
But as soon as the mummer’s pipes
began their quipping tale,
humor defiantly cried:
‘I’m back, I’m here! ‘,
and started to foot a dance.
in an overcoat, shabby and short,
with eyes cast down and a mask of repentance,
he, a political criminal,
now under arrest, walked to his execution.
He appeared to submit in every way,
accepting the life-beyond,
but of a sudden he wriggled out of his coat,
and, waving his hand, did a bolt.
Humor was shoved into cells,
but much good that did.
Humor went straight through
prison bars and walls of stone.
Coughing from the lungs
like any man in the ranks,
he marched singing a popular ditty,
rifle in hand upon the Winter Palace.
He’s accustomed to frowning looks,
but they do him no harm;
and humor at times with humor
glances at himself…

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Nimble and quick,
he’ll slip through anything, through everyone.
So- glory be to humor.
He- is a valiant man.
Translated by George Reavey
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Communications :: Run Your Own Secure XMPP Chat Server (cheap!)

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I’m a huge advocate of information that that enables people to control their own communication.  That’s why I often write about Ting and other providers that give you full control.

In this case, that provider is Digital Ocean.  I first heard of Digital Ocean about two years ago.  I’ve experimented with various server applications, like “OwnCloud” (which give you the ability to securely share files) and WordPress (which you’ve probably already heard about).

Now, it’s time to do some secure chat using eJabber (an XMPP chat server).

The how-to should be really easy to follow, but don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions.  Digital Ocean How-To:

Now, the best part is that you can try Digital Ocean with absolutely no risk.  Just use this link and get $10 credit to spin up your own server.  The credit is enough for you to run the cheapest server for a full two months.  To get started with Digital Ocean, just click here.

Comment with your issues or questions.

Winter Wilderness Survival: Take Care of Your Feet and Your Odds of Survival Increase.

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immersion footReadyNutrition Readers, we continue our winter trauma series on first aid measures with a segment on Immersion foot.  As you guys and gals are going to be hiking, hunting, and hill-climbing all over this fall, it is very important that you protect two friends of yours…your feet…from unnecessary damage they could sustain.  In order to do that you need some knowledge and some preventative measures.  The best adventures are most enjoyable when they are planned out beforehand with the proper equipment and training.

What is Immersion Foot?

This medical issues defined as “damage to the foot owing to continued exposure to water or to moisture, e.g., hiking through streams, mud, or puddles,” (Taber’s, 19th ed. pg. 1019).  Symptoms mentioned are numbness, tingling, and cramps within the legs.  Sounds simple enough.  There are other complications, especially depending on the exposure time and the temperature, two of the main factors that determine exactly how severe a case one will experience.

Immersion foot is also known in the vernacular as trench foot, labeled as such during World War I when “doughboys” (American GI’s) suffered from it while fighting in the trenches (trench warfare was predominant then) of Europe.  The greatest short-term complications are as follows:

  1. Blistering and “pruning” (withering) of the bottoms/soles of the feet
  2. Raw rubbing and cracking of the toes and the membranes/skin between the toes
  3. Sloughing off of the bottom layer of the soles from movement after wetting
  4. Incapacitation: inability to walk
  5. Local hypothermia

Long-term complications are much more serious, and some of them are as follows:

  1. Necrosis – tissue death from sloughing and lack of circulation
  2. Secondary Infection: from long exposure to water/wetness, with athlete’s foot or even gangrene arising (the latter very common during World War I with the doughboys).
  3. Prolonged/permanent incapacity/inability to walk.

Preventative measures are the key, but first a little first aid.  When your feet are not in the condition to walk, don’t push the envelope: take a break and baby your feet.  First, follow JJ’s simple rules:

Always have a dry pair of boots in your backpack and at least 3 pairs of socks.

Some may complain that such a precaution adds too much weight.  Bunk.  It pays for itself the first time your feet become soaked without warning.  It does not have to go to immersion foot…dry your feet and change out your footgear!  It isn’t that much weight…and you can carry a lighter pair of boots, and thick spare socks.  You’ll have to dry the other pair (the wet one) out by a fire, anyway.  A pair of jungle boots and two pairs of wool socks will go a long way.

Bring plenty of foot powder with you and powder up those “dogs” when they’re wet.  There are plenty of good ones out there that will stay dry a long time.  Also, you’re going to need to make a shelter of some kind if you don’t have a tent and you’re just hiking.  The day hike can turn into a survival epic if you break through the ice of a creek.  Bring a poncho (military issue if possible) and five (5) bungee cords to construct a temporary shelter.  Four corners, grommets and bungees, stretched to four trees, and the hood tied off and bungeed to an overhanging branch, and you’ll be all set.

Make sure your waterproof your boots and your socks in Ziploc bags or wet weather bags.  Also make sure you have plenty of fire starting materials and that they also are secured in waterproof containers.  Moleskin is great for blisters.  Buy a nice big square of it and a pair of medical shears/scissors.  The moleskin can be cut into doughnuts for the hot spots and as a semi-bandage for the blistered areas that have ruptured.

A word of advice: do not lance the blister (bubble-type) on your feet!  The fluid inside of the blister is sterile; once you lance it, you have created an open wound.  Then there is an avenue for pathogens, and you have also just removed a natural “cushion” that your body produced on its own.  Yes, the blister is a pain in the neck, but it is designed to act as a cushion between the skin and the underlying subcutaneous tissue that is injured.

How to Prevent Food Immersion

Now for the prevention portion.  JJ prefers Rocky Gore-Tex boots with vibram soles and at least 1000 grams of Thinsulate within.  His socks of choice are cotton against the skin overlapped by pure wool socks.  The cotton absorbs the sweat, and the wool wicks it away from the cotton and the skin.  In addition are Rocky Gore-Tex socks that are designed to work against the skin; however, the author usually wears thin cotton socks beneath them to prevent chafing.  JJ’s backup pair is a pair of winter desert camo (military issue), and six (6) pairs of socks: three cotton and three wool.

Other good types are Belleville, Hi-Tecs (the full leather jobs only), and Herman Survivors as your primary winter boot.  These Gore-Tex boots go a long way in preventing immersion foot and frostbite.  Remember, if you suffer an injury as such, be sure and check your feet out with the doctor, as these are first aid measures only as discussed in this article.  Be safe, and remember to plan everything in advance.  When you plan properly, an accident becomes a minor setback instead of a major challenge that can end in disaster.  Have a great time, and keep those feet dry and warm!



Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Dutch Oven Cooking, Tips, Tricks, no-no’s And Some Recipes

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Dutch Oven Cooking, Tips, Tricks, no-no’s And Some Recipes I love to cook with a dutch oven, they cook beautifully every time. I found a great article that goes over every aspect  what your oven can do. They also go over proper cleaning of the ditch oven, a few no-no’s, tips and tricks and a …

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How To Make Turmeric Bombs

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How To Make Turmeric Bombs: An Anti Inflammatory Supplement If you don’t already know, Turmeric is proven to help people suffering with arthritis and other pain and diseases. There has been over 7000 studies on the active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin. I have added Turmeric in my diet for just over 2 years now and …

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

Here is another video that is part of our 18th century food preservation series. It is a very simple method for Pickling Eggs found in the 1777 edition of “The Lady’s Assistant Cookbook.” Whether you use these eggs as a garnish or as a dish by itself, this recipe makes stunningly colorful and delicious treats. […]

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A Quick-Start Guide for New Preppers Who Want to be Ready RIGHT NOW

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When you first start prepping you want everything RIGHT NOW. You look around your home and see nothing but shortcomings. You don’t have enough food, you don’t have a woodstove, you have no secondary water source…that’s it. You and your family are doomed.

You feel a panicked urgency because you’ve learned just enough to know that you are NOT prepared.You know that there are all sorts of supplies that you need, but if you’re like most of us, you’re on a budget. Very few of us can afford to buy everything we need all at once.

Here’s a guide

Stop panicking. Take a deep breath. You can devote yourself to getting started without breaking the bank.

So if you have to split up your purchases, how do you prioritize your supplies? How can you create a sensible supply quickly before an impending crisis occurs?

The following recommendations in this guide for new preppers will help speed you through the preparedness process. Wherever possible, use items that you already have. Consider this a checklist of what you need and fulfill it as you can. In each category there will be a range of options, including some freebies whenever possible, as well as reading material on the subject.

Please keep in mind, the following doesn’t provide you with a year’s supply of anything. It will get you through most short-term disasters with aplomb, though. Once you have this foundation in place, you can spend time and money building upon it.


Water is near and dear to my heart, so much so that I wrote a book on the topic. (You can find The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide HERE.) I always put water at the top of the list, because without it, you’ll be dead in 3 short days. The need for an emergency water supply isn’t always the result of a down grid disaster. Recently, we tapped into our emergency water when the well pump broke. Some places have had water emergencies when the municipal supply was contaminated by stuff like industrial spills or agricultural run-off. Floods and bad storms can also sometimes cause the water supply to be tainted.

Use containers you have RIGHT NOW and fill them with water from the tap. Put the lid on and stash them away. Don’t use milk jugs or juice jugs for drinking water, but you can use them for sanitation water in a pinch. If you can get your hands on some empty, clean 2-liter soda bottles, that will be perfect. We don’t drink soda, so we have some of the 1-gallon water bottles from the store.

Buy some filled 5-gallon jugs of purified water.  How much you need should be based on the number of family members. The rule of thumb is 1 gallon per person, per day, but you may find you need a lot more than that when you add in pets and sanitation needs. You may be able to find these less expensively, already filled at the store. When I lived in Canada you could pick up a filled jug for less than $10, but California has all sorts of environmental rules that make these containers more expensive here. Another option is the 7-gallon Aquatainer that is designed for easy stacking. (Be sure to put this in a place where the floor can support the weight of a bunch of heavy water containers.)

Have a way to dispense the water from the jugs.  We have a top-loading water dispenser for use in emergencies. These MUST be top loading because the bottom-loading ones require electricity to run the pump.) If you don’t want to make that kind of investment,  you can get these nifty little pumps for about $12.

Get a gravity-fed water filter.  I use a Big Berkey, but it’s a hefty investment when you’re trying to get everything at once. If you can’t swing that, buy Jim Cobb’s Prepper’s Survival Hacks book. It has numerous DIY water filters that you can make without spending a fortune.

Cooking methods

If the power goes out, how will you cook? You need the ability to boil water, at the very least. If you can boil water, then you can heat up canned food or prepare freeze-dried food in an emergency. Here are some secondary cooking methods, some of which you may already have.

Wood stove or fireplace.  If you heat with wood, you’re a step ahead already, at least in the midst of a winter power outage. However, you won’t want to fire up the wood stove to cook in the summer, particularly since you may already be battling the heat without a fan or air conditioner.

Gas kitchen stove.  Some kitchen stoves that use gas or propane can be used without electricity while others can’t. (If you’re replacing your stove, this is definitely a quality you’ll want to look for.)

Outdoor barbecue. If weather allows, you can fire up your propane or charcoal barbecue during a power outage and cook your feast outdoors.

Rocket stove. There are all sorts of little emergency stoves out there which are designed to boil water quickly and without the use of a great deal of fuel.  My favorites are the Volcano 3-way stove and the Kelly Kettle.  You can also make an efficient stove. We made one last week that brought water to boil in less than 4 minutes.

Do not risk using emergency stoves designed for camping, indoors, unless the manufacturer specifically says that it can be used indoors. To do so is to risk fire, smoke damage, or carbon monoxide poisoning.


Emergency food comes in many different forms. The first thing you have to look at is cooking methods, which we discussed above. The food you choose needs to be able to be prepared using the method you have available now, not the one you plan to get in the future.

Another important note is that your emergency food supply should be nutritious. You won’t want to fill up on empty calories when you may be making greater demands of your body. Keep in mind food restrictions, too, because an emergency situation is bad enough without an allergic reaction or intolerance illness.

There are several different ways to create a food supply.

See what you have.  Go through your kitchen cupboards and see what you already have that could be used in an emergency. Things like nut butters, crackers, and other no-cook snacks are great options. Canned foods that only require heating are good as well. Instant rice or noodles can be added to your emergency supply. Group these items together on a special shelf or in a Rubbermaid container so that they are available when you need them. Figure out how long your supply would last your family before you go and purchase more. Figure out what shelf-stable items you need to add to balance out your supply. (Perhaps dried or canned fruit and vegetables, canned meat, jerky, etc., would provide more nutrients and variety.)


Emergency buckets. The very fastest way to create an instant food supply is emergency buckets of freeze-dried food, which require only the ability to boil water to prepare. One caveat: do not go with the cheapest thing you can find. Some of those taste absolutely terrible. As well, they’re loaded with unhealthy chemicals and sodium. If you normally eat very healthfully, then move to MSG-laden freeze-dried meals, you’re not going to feel well at all in an emergency.

My very favorite brand of emergency food is Numanna, found HERE.  It’s surprisingly tasty, contains no GMOs, no MSG, and no Aspartame.  They even have gluten-free products, which is important to my family since we have some pretty severe intolerances. (Here’s my review of one of their products.) These are already prepacked to last for 25 years and are a crucial part of my long-term food supply.

Build a pantry.  Make a list of what you need to feed your family for a month without a trip to the store, and without reliance on long cooking times. (This rules out beans and rice for most people.) Learn more about building a pantry that will see you through a variety of emergencies (including personal financial crises) in my book, The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half Price Budget.


If you live in a cold climate, winter weather during a power outage can be a life-threatening emergency. It’s vital to have the ability to stay warm if the power goes out. Most central heating systems require electricity to run the fan or motors. Here are some options for secondary heat sources if you generally rely on your central heating system.

  • Wood Heat: Everyone’s favorite off-grid heating method is a fireplace or wood stove. The fuel is renewable and you have the added bonus of an off-grid cooking method. Unfortunately, if your home doesn’t already have one, it can be a pretty expensive thing to install.  If you rent, it’s probably not going to be an option at all to add wood heat to someone else’s property. If you have wood heat, make sure you have a good supply of seasoned firewood that is well-protected from the elements.
  • Propane Heaters:  There are several propane heaters on the market that do not require electricity.  I own a Little Buddy heater.  These small portable heaters are considered safe for indoor use in 49 states.  They attach to a small propane canister and use 2 oz. of fuel per hour to make 100 square feet extremely warm and toasty.  A battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm provides an extra measure of safety when using these heaters indoors. If you have a bigger area to heat, this larger unit will warm up to 200 square feet. Be sure to stock up on propane if this is your back-up heat method.
  • Kerosene/Oil Heaters:  Kerosene heaters burn a wick for heat, fueled by the addition of heating oil.  These heaters really throw out the warmth.  A brand new convection kerosene heater like this one can heat up to 1000 square feet efficiently.  When we lived in the city I was lucky enough to have an antique “Perfection” oil heater, which was a charming addition to our decor that was be called into service during grid-down situations.  Click here to read more information about the different types of kerosene heaters that are available.
  • Natural Gas Fireplaces:  Some gas-fueled fireplaces will work when the electrical power goes out – they just won’t blow out heat via the fan.
  • Pellet Stove:   Most pellet stoves require electricity to run, but there are a few of these high efficiency beauties that will work without being plugged in.

If you have no additional heat at all, you can usually keep one room tolerable for 2-3 days.  If the cold is relentless and the outage lasts longer than that, you may need to seek other shelter.  Watch your temperatures. If the daytime temperature in the house dips below 40 degrees, the night time temperature will be even colder, and it won’t be safe to stay there, especially if you have children or family members who are more susceptible to illness.

These methods can help you stay cozier during a storm.

  • Heat only one room.  One year, our furnace went out the day before Christmas. We huddled into a small room with just one window.  We closed the door to the bedroom and used a folded quilt at the bottom to better insulate the room.  If you don’t have a door to the room you’ve opted to take shelter in, you can hang heavy quilts  or blankets in the doorways to block it off from the rest of the house.
  • Cover your windows.  You can use a plastic shower curtain and duct tape, topped by a heavy quilt to keep the wind from whistling through your windows.  Take down the quilt if it’s sunny outside for some solar gain, then cover it back up as dark falls. If you have reason to be concerned about OPSEC (OPerational SECurity – keeping your preps private), use heavy black garbage bags to cover the windows to keep light from escaping.
  • Light candles.  Even the small flames from candles can add warmth to a small area.  Be sure to use them safely by keeping them out of the reach of children and housing them in holders that won’t tip over easily.
  • Use kerosene lamps.  Those charming old-fashioned lamps can also add warmth to the room.
  • Use sleeping bags.  Cocooning in a sleeping bag conserves body heat better than simply getting under the covers.
  • Have a camp-out.  This works especially well when you have children because it adds an element of fun to an otherwise stressful situation.  Pitch a tent in your closed off room, get inside with a flashlight, and tell stories.  When you combine your body heat in a tiny space like that, you’ll stay much warmer.
  • Get cooking. If you have a propane or gas stove in the kitchen, your cooking method may not require electricity.  So bake a cake, roast a turkey, or simmer a soup. You can use it to warm the room while making a hot, delicious feast.
  • Heat some rocks.  Do you have a place outdoors for a campfire?  If so, put some large rocks around the edges of it.  They retain heat for hours.  When it’s bedtime, carefully place the rocks into a cast iron Dutch oven and bring this into the room you’re going to be sleeping in.  Be sure to protect your floor or surface from the heat of the Dutch oven. The stones will passively emit heat for several hours without the potential of a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning during the night.


Another thing that can quickly become dire is personal sanitation. Depending on your situation, you may not have running water or flushing toilets. You need to stock up on supplies to make the best of these situations and keep family members healthy.

  • Baby wipes. You can never have enough baby wipes. Stock up on these for hand-washing after using the bathroom, before and after food prep, and before eating.  They can also be used to wipe down surfaces.  You can learn more about hand and surface hygiene when there is no running water HERE.
  • Cleaning supplies. You still have to keep your home reasonably clean when there is no running water to help prevent illness and disease. You can find some cleaning hacks HERE.
  • Personal waste. You have to have a plan to deal with personal waste when the toilet won’t flush. This article tells you how to make a human kitty litter toilet, a very inexpensive solution to the personal waste issue. Waste must be handled very carefully to avoid the spread of disease and illness.

Here are the items I recommend that you keep on hand for water emergencies:


Lighting is absolutely vital, especially if there are children in the house.  Nothing is more frightening than being completely in the dark during a stressful situation. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to plan for, as well as one of the least expensive.

Some lighting solutions are:

Tools and supplies

Some basic items will make your life much easier during an emergency. Here are some things that are essential in the event of a power outage:

If you’d like to expand on the basic supplies, a more detailed list of tools and hardware can be found HERE.

First Aid kit

It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on hand at all times, but particularly in the event of an emergency.  Your kit should include basic wound care items like bandages, antibiotic ointments, and sprays.  As well, if you use them, keep on hand a supply of basic over-the-counter medications, like pain relief capsules, cold medicine, cough syrup, anti-nausea pills, and allergy medication. Particularly important if sanitation is a problem are anti-diarrheal medications. Be sure to have a couple of good medical guides on hand. I like this first aid book, this medical book, and this book of natural remedies.

If you want to put together a more advanced medical kit, you can find a list HERE.

Special needs

This is something that will be unique to every family. Consider the things that are needed on a daily basis in your household. It might be prescription medications, diapers, or special foods.  If you have pets, you’ll need supplies for them too.  The best way to figure out what you need is to jot things down as you use them over the course of a week or so.

Other Stuff

As you continue along your preparedness journey, you’ll find that there are other items that are very important to you. For example, you’ll want to build yourself a bug-out bag for possible evacuations.

And don’t be surprised when this mindset creates within you the itch to be more self-reliant, which means you’ll be adding gardening tools, sewing supplies, woodworking tools,  and other supplies to your stockpile.

Another aspect of preparedness that is often overlooked in the beginning of the journey is the ability to protect your home and family. If you aren’t already of this mindset, the idea of bringing home a firearm can be overwhelming. When you’re ready to learn more about personal protection and home defense, go HERE and read this article.

Add These to Your Library

Hard copy books are excellent references. I recommend that newbie preppers purchase the following to keep them motivated to become more prepared.

You’ve got this!

You’re going to do some list-writing, so grab a notebook and pen.

  • Write a master list. Now, based on this article, go through and write a list of the things that you feel are important for your family’s preparedness plan. Include the things that you already have. Organize your list by checking off the things you have.
  • Organize the supplies that you have into “kits”. I have Rubbermaid tubs labeled with the contents for emergency purposes, sorted into kits for things like pandemic supplies, off-grid lighting, batteries and power supplies, etc.
  • Now write a minimalist list of the first things that you must have for survival. Don’t worry if you can’t get everything at once. Start off by covering all of the bases with a skeleton kit that will get you by.  This list might include some food that doesn’t require cooking (thus eliminating the immediate need for a secondary cooking method), a way to keep warm, water, a kitty litter toilet, and some baby wipes.
  • Finally, write the big list. This is a list of the things mentioned in the article that you want to own. Make a copy of the list and keep it in your wallet so that if you happen by a thrift store or yard sale, you know what you need. As your budget allows, pick up one or two of these items per week. These may be higher ticket items so don’t worry if it takes you a while to get them. You’ve gotten the bare necessities, so these items will just add to your already sturdy foundation of preparedness.

Don’t panic. Start with your basics in each category and add to it as your time and budget allow.

Calling All Preppers

What would you add to this list for those who are just getting started out? What words of encouragement do you have for those who are just beginning? Please share your best beginner prepper advice in the comments below.

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Finding and Storing Water for Preppers

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Finding and Storing Water for PreppersIf you listen to everything you read or hear about emergency water storage and filtration it can seem like a daunting task, but it is just water right? With all the different additives, proper storage and proper containers all this different information can lead us to overthink a fairly simple process.

Water is essential for our survival, but water itself does not go bad, water gets microorganisms and bacteria in it that we need to remove to make it safe to drink.

With that being said, in theory as long as we can keep the water from evaporating, what water is stored in is more important than how water is stored.

This doesn’t mean you just grab any empty container in the house and fill it with water, there are still a few factors you need to keep in mind when storing water like rotation, the containers you use, storage temperature and where to find water in a SHTF scenario if you run out.

In this week’s show about finding and storing water for preppers Lisa and I talk about why storing water doesn’t have to be brain surgery, and where you can find water if your storage space is limited.

Finding And Storing Water Podcast

We are also doing something a little different this week (and hopefully more often) with the show, we are publishing the podcast in both audio and video. Some of the videos will be available on our Youtube channel, and some will be available exclusively to Academy members.

(Part 1: Water Storage)

Water Storage Containers

As I said earlier, what you store water in is more important than the additives you put into it. There are certain containers that will work to store water, some that are the preferred method and some that you should avoid all together.

Avoid Glass and Milk Jugs: Avoiding glass might be self-explanatory, glass can break if water freezes or it is dropped leaving a huge mess. Milk jugs are not meant for long term storage, they are made with thin plastic and the milk proteins are very hard to completely remove.

With that being said, milk jugs can be used for gray water (bathing and cleaning) for emergencies, but don’t depend on them for long term storage.

Use Thicker Plastic Containers: Containers like 2 liter bottles or Arizona iced tea jugs are a better option for long term storage because the containers themselves were manufactured for longer term storage. If stored properly these will last for years, but they are usually clear (letting light in) and hard to maximize storage space with.

Store Bought Water Containers: These by far are your best bet, but they do include the added cost for storing water. These are specifically made for storing water long term and there are quite a few options.

What is a WaterBOB? If you live in an area where hurricanes are a possibility you probably already know what these are. A good method of collecting water in an emergency is filling up your bath tub. A WaterBOB helps you keep the water you collected from draining or evaporating, and keep it protected from possible contamination.

Water Disinfectants

Tap water doesn’t necessarily need to be treated when you store it, and water does not go bad, but it can get contaminated. If your water is properly treated and stored it will save you time down the line by not having to filter or treat it before use. Like they say “A job worth doing, is a job worth doing right”

Unscented Bleach: Using unscented bleach might be the easiest and most cost effective way to treat your water for storage. Use about 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water and then you should be able to faintly smell the bleach, if not, just add a little more.

The bleach smell will dissipate over time, so make sure you check before you put your water into storage. Make sure that if you add bleach after it has been stored you wait at least 1 hour before drinking it.

Note: There are 100 drops in a teaspoon, so a teaspoon of bleach would treat about 12 gallons of water.

Calcium Hypochlorite (Pool Shock): This actually has a longer shelf life (before use) than liquid bleach and is easier to store, although not as readily available as liquid bleach.  This is however a little more complicated than adding bleach to your water. First you need to mix the solution, then you need to add it to your water.

Gaye over at BackDoorSurvival wrote a great article about the entire process of using pool shock to treat water, so have a look at that if you are interested in this technique.

Aquamira Water Treatment (Chlorine Dioxide): This is iodine and chlorine free and can remove 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and cysts, including Cryptosporidium and Giardia. This comes in 2 bottles (1oz or 2oz), will last for 5 years, and all you do is mix even parts of each to your water storage.

Note: 2oz of Aquamira (combined) treats 30 gallons of water. There are 591 drops in 1oz, when you combine these 2 bottles you get 1182 drops. To treat one gallon of water you would need about 40 drops of this solution.

Storing Water Efficiently

There is no doubt that water takes a lot of storage space, but it is one of the most important preps we have. Water sometimes gets overlooked because of our easy access to it, but what happens when that is not the case? Here are some ways to maximize your space for water storage.

Water Bricks: These are especially helpful in small homes and apartments. With just the space under beds and in closets you can easily store 200 gallons of water with these. Water Bricks cost about $20 each (3.5 Gal) but if you buy 1 or 2 a month you will have a good supply in no time.

Legacy Water Boxes: Legacy Food Storage has also tried to solve the water storage problem with their water storage boxes. He have these available at the and they come with the Aquamira water treatment mentioned above. Make sure and check out our discounts for Legacy Foods here.

2 Liter Water Bottle Crates: I mentioned these in the video and you can find them on eBay for around $5 to $10. If you do use 2 liter bottles to store water these crates are a great way to not only keep them organized, but keep them stored safely.

Pools and Wells: If you have one then it goes without saying that they are a great water source and great for saving storage space. Pools usually have filters, but In an SHTF scenario those filters might not be working and the water will need to be treated before using it.

Water Storage Suggestions

You want to store water at moderate temperature meaning indoors (if possible), and away from the light. The containers that are specially made to store water will be opaque, but the containers that are transparent or translucent like 2 liter bottles will need to be stored away from the suns UV rays.

Storing water outdoors is not out of the question, and sometimes you might not have a choice. If you live in a temperate climate (like San Francisco) you won’t have to worry about freezing temperatures. If you do live in areas where the water will freeze you need to make sure and leave room for the water to expand without breaking the container it’s in.

High temperatures can be worse than cold temperatures because heat and light can cause the plastic to leech chemicals into the water. This article from OffTheGridNews goes into more detail about water storage and containers.

Where to Store Water

Storing water can be tricky depending on how much you need, and if you live in a small home or apartment you might need to get a little creative.

If you get the Water Bricks, the Legacy Water Boxes or even the 2 liter bottle crates you can store water in closets, spare rooms or under beds. Just make sure the containers are sealed well, or you might have a big mess on your hands.

Myths From Preparedness Pro

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Myth: Rotate your water storage every 6 months to 2 years.

Nonsense. Do you have any idea how long your tap water is stored before it gets to your faucet? Years, and usually in public exposure scenarios.  Water is a universal solvent though–so more important that changing it out repeatedly is making sure you use uncompressed containers in the first place. Use strong, thick, food-grade materials. While there’s no need to change out the water more frequently than every 5 years or so, you do want to make sure that you inspect for leaking containers on a regular basis. Also, if you’re using tap water, then don’t bother treating it UNTIL you use the water. There’s more than enough chlorine and all kinds of other chemicals in that water until you’re ready to filter and use it.

Myth: Don’t store bottled water on cement; it can leach chemicals into your water.

Heated cement can cause a chemical reaction, so don’t store any food or drink on cement that is exposed to the sun or on a portion of a slab that is exposed to the sun. But storing goods on the concrete in the cellar or basement is perfectly fine.

Finding Water When Yours is Gone

In this video we go over some places you might find water when and if your supply runs out. In a short term disaster scenario this might not be an issue, but the longer the event lasts, the more likely your water supply will be gone. This could be caused by over usage, unplanned events or even looters who didn’t have the foresight you did.

Finding Water (Part 2)

Here is the article that we talked about in the video about finding water in the city that goes through some places you can find water. You really need to think outside the box with this and look around your home and neighborhood and see what you can come up with.

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How To Travel When SHTF

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Regardless if you plan to hunker down or to bug out, knowing how to travel when a disaster hits your area is a major safety factor for you and your family. If you have a place to go to, you need to make sure you get there safely. Traveling from point A to point B … Read more…

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The Attitude of Survival

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Wendy. Survival is not guaranteed by an awesome assortment of tools and gadgets. Many times throughout history, when lives were on the line it was a deep down desire to succeed that kept people going. It wasn’t a can opener, it was […]

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Things to Avoid When You Carry a Concealed Weapon

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Don’t be this guy

The following is a guest post from a contact that works for IDF Holsters.  I agree with everything he says about carrying a concealed weapon and want to add one more piece of advice.  The operative word is concealed.  Every now and then, I run across someone who doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of the word.  They like to impress others with the fact they are carrying.  This is stupid for several reasons, but the main one is you are giving away your biggest advantage, surprise.  Your weapon should be concealed but accessible.  Follow the advice in this article, get a good holster and dress right.


Top Things You Should Avoid When You Carry a Concealed Weapon

Carrying a concealed weapon involves a lot of responsibility, taking care to follow safety precautions and practicing effective self-defense skills. Because of the weight of responsibility, concealed carriers have to practice great care at all times. Here, we’ve listed the top things you should avoid when you conceal carry.

Not getting a high quality holster

Buying an inexpensive holster is not necessarily a bad thing, but using a poorly made one is. There are a lot of options for great holsters around that are of high quality yet not necessarily overpriced. Make sure that the holster you are using for concealed carry fits your needs well and does not sacrifice safety or reliability.

Whatever material your holster is made of, just make sure that it is able to retain your weapon properly and it gives you enough comfort for wearing. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of holsters. Certain kinds may not work so well for you, so it’s important to find the one that best fits your lifestyle and corresponds well with your preferred carry position.

Not being prepared enough

It’s a bad habit for concealed carriers to have to assume that they are much more skilled than any hostile force they may encounter. This can result in a lax attitude and can spell disaster in a self-defense situation.

Never underestimate your opponent’s skills and never overestimate your abilities. Observing the proper amount of caution is what’s best with your concealed weapon, so be sure to practice your skills and have the right mindset so you’ll be prepared enough.

Not storing your firearm securely

When you don’t have your weapon on you, always make sure that you keep it stored and locked away securely. This would prevent any accidents or dangerous situations, such as having someone else spot the weapon, which could result in mishandling or misfiring.

Getting involved in conflicts

Self-defense is the core purpose of having a concealed carry weapon. Defending one’s life, those of loved ones, and the lives of innocent people when endangered by a hostile force is what conceal carriers value.

However, there are consequences which you need to anticipate and accept when you use your weapon in any given situation. This is why you need to try and avoid conflicts for as much as possible. Keep in mind that there will always be consequences when you use your weapon.

Not wearing proper clothing

Wearing your concealed weapon entails a change in the way you dress, but it does not necessarily mean that you have to wear loose shirts and shorts all the time. The key is to find a balance and adjust things accordingly.

Make sure that your clothes can accommodate your weapon well. The top thing to remember is you should keep your gun concealed and not call attention on yourself through printing or fingering your weapon.

Carrying a concealed weapon requires a great deal of responsibility, not just for your safety, but for those around you. This would mean not threatening anyone with a weapon that looks obvious or giving anyone any reason for suspicion or panic. For this reason, you need to make sure you have the proper holster and keep things where they should be.

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The EPA standing up for Citizens Health, Slaps Back at the Absurd NRC Proposal to Increase Our Radiation 100 Times

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Hotel Californium!    Sucking me in again with the EPA jousting the NRC.


Even though LNT is not “fact” is not “correct” it helps set a reasonably low safety measure for radiation exposure.    So it doesn’t have to be perfect.

For those who are confused by LNT, here it is in a nutshell.    They took health results from the 2 nuclear bombs dropped on Japan and then extrapolated a line down to the zero Y and zero X axis.   and then far far away from the huge exposures of the atom bombs, they used the atom bomb data to set safety levels for much lower levels of radiation.    So it’s actually a bit of stretch of logic at best.    But it set a level that it “pretty OK”.

By NRC wanting to throw out LNT, there is a basis of logic for that.   But the insanity comes when they want to replace LNT, with Hormesis “Radiation is good for you, up to 100 times the radiation allowed now”.   That is 100mSv.   I think even the nuke cartel does not believe this would be wise, but that this is a ploy to say “lets make a compromise, and make 20mSv per year the new standard”.

Nuclear plants are dying like flies, and worldwide, they make about $400B in profit for their owners, so they can throw a lot of money at trying to slow the death rate of the existing plants, whilst getting Obama to throw in money for the “next generation” research.   

So yes, keeping LNT is much better than throwing LNT out and replacing it with 100mSv hormesis.    In the perfect world we would replace LNT with something even stricter, a “supra linear” model.   That won’t make sense to most people until you see it in a chart form.

But basically, repeated long term attacks by small levels of radiation, especially man made radiation, can be much more damaging than 1 large attack that doesn’t cause immediate permanent damage. 

Consider the example of a person walking out there apartment door and getting mugged, beaten to the ground, kicked, but not permanently damaged.    Then that person experiences no bad attacks for 5 years, instead committing thenselves to physical training and healthy probiotic eating.

Now compare that to a person who walks out the door of their apartment and a group of bullies give them a solid hit that bruises them but doesn’t knock them to teh ground.   And the next day they strike again, sometime hitting the same bruised areas.   This goes on for 5 years.  

Who do you think is in better shape after 5 years?

I think it is a fitting analogy.

And it should also be obvious what happens if they throw a banana at you every morning, you  take the banana, make a smoothie and end up healthier.   OK I had to throw that in there for Codeshutdown, LOL.

Ted Koppel Is Buying Freeze-Dried Food For The Day When A Cyberattack Takes Out The Power Grid

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Ted Koppel Is Buying Freeze-Dried Food For The Day When A Cyberattack Takes Out The Power Grid

Most Americans have absolutely no idea how incredibly vulnerable our electrical grid is, but Ted Koppel does.  For many years, Koppel was the level-headed host of Nightline on ABC, but now he is issuing a very chilling warning to America.  For more than a year, he investigated potential threats to our power grid, and he has detailed what he discovered in a new book entitled “Lights Out“.  He is convinced that a massive cyberattack could take down our entire electrical grid for an extended period of time, and he was horrified to learn that the Department of Homeland Security really doesn’t have a plan for how to deal with this kind of a scenario.

What Koppel found out during the course of his investigation freaked him out so much that he actually decided to buy freeze-dried food for himself, his children, and even his grandchildren.  The following comes from CBS News

In “Lights Out,” Koppel paints a grim picture of a paralyzing power outage in the form of an all-out cyberattack on the nation’s electrical grid.

“It’s frightening,” Koppel said. “I mean, it is frightening enough that my wife and I decided we were going to buy enough freeze-dried food for all of our kids and their kids.”

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Koppel believes that Russia, China and Iran already have the ability to conduct such attacks.  And actually, the truth is that many other nations such as North Korea have been rapidly developing the capability to conduct such operations as well.

It is only a matter of time until we see absolutely massive cyberattacks unleashed against national power grids, and the United States is the most likely target.  Unfortunately for us, our government has done very little to prepare for this eventuality.  Here is more from CBS News

Koppel says the one agency that would be ready to counter a cyberattack such as this is the Department of Homeland Security. But are they ready?

“No,” he said. “I’ve talked to every former Secretary of Homeland Security, and they all acknowledge there is no plan.”

And the current Secretary, Jeh Johnson, didn’t offer much guidance to Koppel, either: “I kept asking ‘What’s the plan?’ Why wait until disaster strikes? Why not tell ’em? Do you have a plan?’ And he just sort of pointed up at a shelf filled with white binders and he said, ‘Look, I’m sure there’s something up there somewhere.’”EMO0909 (1)

But we have been warned.  In fact, just recently there was a major congressional hearing about this.  At that hearing, one member of Congress explained that there is a significant attack on our power grid once every four days

Such attacks hit the nation’s electric grid once every four days, according to estimates, Rep. Randy Weber, a Texas Republican, said at the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology hearing. The session was focused on better protecting the nation’s power grid and identifying its vulnerability to cyberattacks.

In over 300 cases of significant cyber and physical attacks since 2011, suspects have never been identified,” Weber said.

And of course it isn’t just a cyberattack that we need to be concerned about.  As I wrote about just over a month ago, a giant electromagnetic pulse either from the sun or from a weapon could fry our grid at any time as well.

RELATED : A Massive Electromagnetic Pulse Could Collapse The Economy In A Single Moment

Perhaps this is not something that you are making preparations for personally, but the White House sure is.  According to the Houston Chronicle, the White House just released a plan that details how it would respond to an EMP event…

The White House Thursday released a contingency plan for about the most terrifying scenario possible: a massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that wipes out the power grid.

Just imagine no more cell phones, Internet, credit cards, gas pumps, running water, electric lights or industry in a single fateful moment.

It could come from a solar flare that sends ultra-high-energy particles cascading toward the earth, frying every electrical transformer they encounter. So the White House, in conjunction with 24 other federal agencies, published a “National Space Weather Strategy” and accompany action plan, outlining a response if such a disaster were to occur.

I don’t know if any of us can really imagine how crazy things would get if the lights went out and never came back on.  We have all become so incredibly dependent on computers, cell phones, televisions, ATMs, heating and cooling systems, credit card readers, gas pumps, cash registers, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc.  What would life be like if suddenly we couldn’t use any of those things anymore?

At some point there will be a massive power grid failure.  It is just a matter of time.  And as space weather consultant John Kappenman recently told Gizmodo, when it happens power might not be restored for months or even years…

“If you take electricity away, either immediately or within a short period of time, you’ll suffer the failure of all critical infrastructure,” Kappenman said. This includes things like water, sewage treatment, gas stations, banks and hospitals. “One of the concerns that we have is that in the worst case scenarios, we could be looking at weeks, months, maybe even years before restoration of the grid.”

That’s why preppers are taking a longer view. “I have a five year supply of food for employees and family,” a source who requested anonymity told Gizmodo. This individual says he’s rigged up a 12.5 kW solar array in the “remote wilderness,” complete with “power outlets and water spigots about every 50 feet” to support a small fleet of RV trailers for the long haul. Other preppers agree that a multi-year food and water supply is crucial. Some are also stockpiling large quantities of medications (“five year supplies of meds can be obtained from Asia without prescriptions,” one source told Gizmodo).

So how can we get prepared?  The YouTube video that I have posted below was produced by Infowars, and it contains advice from renowned survivalist experts including James Wesley Rawles.  I think that you will find it to be very helpful…Untitled-1

Source :

Other Useful Resources :    

Mega Drought USA:(Discover The Amazing Device That Turns Air Into Water)-DIY

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

Survival MD (Best Post SHTF Medical Survival Guide Ever)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)-DIY

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Easy DIY to build your own off-grid free energy device)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

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Who Is Courtland Grojean, And Why Should You Care?

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Until some weeks ago, back in October, I had never heard of Courtland Grojean  (Yes, the same one MBV spoke about in one of his Tuesday posts. His info was originally mine, and I didn’t find out till Tuesday evening that MBV had been given it by a mutual friend.) The only reason I found out then, was due to finding out that I was under investigation as a Law Enforcement Officer (yes, I work in LE, it is not mentioned out of deference to my family’s safety, and it has no bearing on what I teach in my business, or write about on the blog). Apparently, someone named Courtland Grojean made an allegation/inquiry to the AG’s office (no, we’re not discussing what state I work in, what agency I work for, or what assignments I’ve had and have now, that’s a no-no, and I won’t acknowledge or verify any questions or “facts” that any of you entertain as comments. Besides, does that even matter?) about JC Dodge. This is someone they said worked for the AG’s state, and worked in a specific LE department. The allegation/inquiry consisted of Courtland Grojean saying that he was doing an “expose” for the Citizen Journalist of LEO’s who were involved with Neo Nazi and Anti Gov groups, and that he had found evidence that JC Dodge was a LEO in the AG’s state, had a Neo Nazi and Anti Gov website, and was conducting paramilitary training.

Huh, imagine that. Some asshat wants to get me disciplined or fired because the have some beef with me, and use the coverall terms  “Neo Nazi”, “Anti Gov”, “Paramilitary” to get an investigation started (yes, an AG has to investigate allegations like that, they simply don’t have any option in that regard. So I get interviewed, and when i told them I was expecting something like this, I was asked why I thought anyone would make a specious allegation such as that. I said I didn’t have proof, but that a guy named Christian Hyman/Kerodin (whatever it really is) was the type to so something like that, simply because he’s a petty, malicious, wanna be of a little man and has a beef with anyone that’s in LE or .Mil, or .Gov, in general, and me specifically and that if they look at his writing, they would not only see that, but they’d see they things he’s said about me.

So time goes by in the investigation (it was apparently started sometime in the beginning of October). I do some research on my own, and low and behold, guess what I found out? I find out that Courtland Grojean was a fictional character in a Mack Bolan type series called “The Death Merchant”. Read the description below of the hero “Richard J Camellion” and tell me who that sounds like when they describe themselves.


Kerodinfuckup10   Kerodinfuckup12Kerodinfuckup13Ok, so we’ve seen the “Death Merchant’s” description, but who is Courtland Grojean? Here is the fictional character “Courtland ‘The Fox’ Grojean”. Go to the last description on the screenshot below.

Kerodinfuckup11So I find this fictional character named “Courtland Grojean”, but what about the rest? Hold on to your seat, ‘cuz it’s gonna get bumpy.

I start digging deeper, and I find the screenshot below. Note in the bottom left hand corner of the screenshot that there is a tag that says “”

Kerodinfuckup10 Kerodinfuckup25


So that’s what I punch into Google, and this was what I found.



I then went to this  Whois-DomainTools address , and here’s what I found. See anything familiar in the email bar?

kerodinfuckup16Yup, that’s what it says, Further investigation revealed this.


Wait a minute, does that say they (Yup, it’s Holly and Christian Kerodin) have 57 domains? Surely we won’t recognize any of them, right? They are in order with a small amount of overlap to show continuity.


This is the special one. Look at the third from the bottom.

This is the special one. Look at the third from the bottom.

Here is a screenshot from what comes up when you click on the domain name


Yup, is registered to You want to know who Courtland Grojean of the Citizen Journalist is. Below is pictured Courtland Grojean of the Citizen Journalist.

Kerolin and the empty holster

The “Courtland Grojean” of the “Citizen Journalist”.

So why did they (and it is a “THEY” now, there is no ambiguity as to who is involved) try to get me disciplined or fired? It’s simple. I’m a threat to their validity. I was on the IIIPSFA Board, and know everything that went on there. Although all I’ve said publicly in comments was that I know nothing about theft or any missing money, and that a number of us left at the same time due to concern over the direction Kerodin was taking the Society and a feeling of him not being straight with us. Apparently that’s a reason to try and get me disciplined or fired at my full time job, using the legal/administrative mechanism he always speaks of despising soooo much, because he knew they could not blow it off, and they had to investigate the inquiry/allegation. Sounds like the crap he pulled with  Mark Firestone a while back, doesn’t it. It even sounds similar to what he was convicted of extortion for when he went to malls demanding money for his “services” or he’d put their “lack of readiness” on the security end of things,out to the public. Any other reason. Well sure there is. While not mentioning him by name in my posts, I have said his idea of what a “commando” is, and the fact that he would title his little “school” the “Jedburgh Academy” is a slap in the face to those who earned and made history under that very title. I have also posted things written by my friend SFC Steve Barry, where he gave his valid and experienced “two cents” concerning the “III JedburghCommandoOfficer” BS.

Remember this?


Key points in the post here,

Hit them wherever they show themselves vulnerable. Play as dirty as your conscience will permit. Undermine them, sabotage them, and discredit them.”

That’s THEIR M.O.. 

I guess THEY believe that if they get me fired or disciplined at work that I will STFU about his BS “bad boy” claims, his “Stolen valoresque” Jedburgh crap, and discredit anything I might say in the future about the IIIPSFA Board interactions. Ain’t gonna happen! I’ve been quiet up till now about details of the IIIPSFA Board “goings on” but I’m not so sure that i should have been. Two other Board members and I left (we decided to leave the Board instead of pushing him out of the Presidents position.


Kerodin  claimed he pushed me out, but actually couldn’t “orchestrate” a 5 year old’s “Chuck E Cheese” birthday party, let alone my “navagation towards the door”)  under the agreement that we would not say anything about Board business or the problems we had with Kerodin, as long as he didn’t start anything with us. That agreement clearly has been violated, but I haven’t decided if I even want to bother giving people info when they clearly will make every excuse in the book for him even when verifiable facts are presented. BTW, I guess by “Unconscionable” he meant the fact that I spoke up when he tried to bully the Board and especially the CoB with BS behind the scenes FU games.

Back to being investigated for having a Neo Nazi, Anti Gov (that’s hilarious, when you realize the accusation/inquiry came from him) website, I wrote something here about my friendships, and how associating and assigning me the beliefs and convictions of my friends is complete nonsense. During the investigation I advised that Kerodin had made an insinuation that I was a racist, due to my friendship with SFC Steve Barry. Apparently, a friendship with someone is not a crime, thankfully.


Kerodin has tried to insinuate here, that due to my friendship with Barry, I am exactly like him. We are not exactly alike, but by God, Barry is my friend and has been for 18 years, due to mutual respect and a similar background.  An ExCon, “commando wanna be” trying to insinuate what’s said above being facts (me being a racist), and at the same time, no one is seeing the hypocrisy of the screenshot he wrote above, and the one he wrote below this paragraph, especially when it’s all coming from and ExCon, (which is a “Non starter” for a lot of people in the friendship department), kinda makes me wonder how foolish and delusional are those that claim “III” status, and identify with Kerodin.

Kerodin's Muslims

So there it is. Read over it, click on the links, talk among yourselves as to what you will tolerate in someone claiming to be one thing, but constantly proving he’s another. I have tried to include all the links and screenshots I could think to make the case. They are not “III”, they are “0”, and anyone who would associate with them should be suspect as well, simply because they have no reason not to have learned the FACTS about them by now.. Kerodin has said and done some good things over the years, but even though a broken analog watch is right twice a day, that doesn’t mean you don’t fix or replace it. This isn’t about your friendship with Kerodin. It’s about people who try to destroy the livelihood of a guy who is trying to help others prepare for the worst. I have pointed out a few times on my blog what I believe are “Thugs” in the LE community. I hate thugs, no matter if they are mob enforcers, gangbangers, bad cops, or corrupt judges and politicians. You people cry out for LE to step up and “Do the right thing” by speaking out about the problems within the LE community, and then, when I do, some asshat with a personal beef not only “outs” the fact that I am in LE (he knew from personal conversations, and he also knew I kept it low key for my family’s sake), but then says this in a comment here,


I have not talked about my LE career or shown any pics of myself in my LE uniform online. I don’t even put that crap on FB.


I tell you what, why don’t you guys figure out what the fuck you want out of those in LE who actually give a shit about calling out those within their ranks who are thugs. Damned if you do Damned if you don’t, right?  If I don’t say anything, I’m condoning it, if I do say something, an ExCon says I’ve betray my “Brothers in Blue”.

My LE employment has nothing to do with my business or my blog, yet they went after that because any ExCon knows an investigation has to be done after those types of allegations/inquiries are made. I was very fortunate that the investigation was fair, and not a “Witch Hunt” (as Courtland Grojean Kerodin probably hoped it would be). I was cleared of any wrongdoing or “Conduct unbecoming”, because, at the end of the day, my facts trumped their allegations.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE


To all the Vets out there, thank you for your service.

Lights Out For A Nation Unprepared As Cyberattack Downs Power Grid

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Ted Koppel, the anchor of ‘Nightline’ from its inception in 1980 until his retirement in 2005, is now buying freeze-dried food for his family as a result of recent ominous conclusions spelled out in his book, “Lights Out”, revealing the great dangers that we are facing from a debilitating and potentially very deadly ‘grid-down’ cyberattack. […]

How To Make Evergreen Scented Vinegar for Cleaning

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How To Make Evergreen Scented Vinegar for Cleaning The weather is getting colder so that means more time is going to spent indoors. You may as well spend that extra time wisely by making and using this awesome evergreen scented vinegar cleaning solution. This DIY cleaner is easy to make and non-toxic. This stuff cuts through …

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The Smart Phone As A Survival Tool

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i phone 6Being a bit old school, I finally decided to join the 21st century and bought an Apple i-Phone 6. I did it primarily for business communication as I am handling a lot more now and needed more than just the functionality of phone and text that my old clam phone provided. As I started using it, I saw a number of features and apps that would be useful in a SHTF situation as well as day-to-day survival.

Before I get started, I wish to point out that I am still old school in many areas regarding technology. For example, GPS is great. Untill the batteries die or you can’t get a satellite signal. Then you better have a good compass, a map of your area, and the knowledge to use them. I see technology as an enhancement of your basic skills, not a replacement for them. Keep in mind that these phones are dependent on three critical items: functioning batteries, functioning cell towers, and functioning satellites.

I have only been experimenting with this phone for a few weeks. But I can break down it’s survival uses into the following categories: Communication, Reference Storage, Information, and Navigation. These are some of the features and apps I have been looking at. Most of these either come with the phone, or are available from the Apple App store either free or for as little as .99 cents. Some cost a bit more but are all reasonable.There are a tremendous number of apps available. Some useful, some not. Experiment.


Obviously phone and text capability would allow you to communicate with either help or family in an emergency. Again, dependent on being within range of a functioning cell tower. One app that may be useful in SHTF is Facetime. This app allows you to make video calls using wi-fi. (assuming you have functional wi-fi during the issue). If you are communicating with a family member and trying to describe a situation or object you can just turn the camera towards it and they can see for themselves. This may be useful in early stages of SHTF.

Reference Storage

Unless you have been living, breathing, eating, and sleeping survival for the last 30 years, you can’t remember it all. Having a set of references handy  and downloaded on your phone could be highly useful. Here are some I like.

011SAS Survival Manual

This is probably one of the best survival manuals out there, and you can download a complete copy to your phone. It also has some interactive features such as videos and photos. One feature I like is the compass feature. This doesn’t use a GPS system. Instead, it takes you through using the phone to find cardinal directions similar to using a watch and is set up to work in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Pretty useful if you lose or break your compass. It will also talk you through sending Morse Code messages using the flashlight on your phone( the camera flash)


There are a number of apps that are copies of the U.S. Army survival manual FM 21-76. This is one of the better ones I have found, although the photos are picture negatives. It is easy to navigate, and it has a handy button to turn on the phone flashlight. The compass feature will show you your current location in longitude and latitude and your direction in degrees. It will also show your altitude

005How To Tie Knots 

This is a nifty app that will actually guide you step by step, with interactive pictures, on how to tie a very large variety of knots. Categories include basic, climbing, rescue, surgical, bends, friction hitches, hitches, loops and others. It also allows you then option of downloading a very large number of other knots. This is probably one of the more useful apps I have found, not only for survival, but for daily use if you use rope a lot.

002American Red Cross App

This is a complete first aid manual with some additional features. There are short training courses for typical emergencies, as well as a set of tests. This would be a good app to begin learning first aid on if you are a beginner, or a quick and handy reference for those with experience. Using GPS, it will also show you where the nearest hospital is.



Staying on top of occurring events can be critical to survival. The ability to scan emergency and police broadcasts in SHTF can be a valuable asset. There are a number of apps that you can download. The one I am testing is

screen568x568Scanner Radio Delux

This scanner app allows you to select the areas you wish to scan, and then select which departments you want to listen to. You can pre set favorites for quick access and scan for stations close to you. It also has an alert set up so that it will inform you if there is a large amount of traffic on any given channel. There are a lot of scanner apps and this one seems to work pretty well. I can listen to police and emergency traffic nation wide.

002FEMA App

Although FEMA is a dirty word in the prepper community, they do have a useful app that you can set up to get weather notifications from the National Weather Service. You can program it you any location or multiple locations. Useful for tracking ongoing bad weather.


The i Phone has a built-in compass function that can be set to orient on either true or magnetic north. But there are some interesting navigation apps that have potential and that I am trying out.


This is a highly developed and intricate navigation program. It utilizes the phone’s GPS compass system and enhances it with a tremendous number of features. It uses military developed GPS navigation systems. You can find and track multiple locations, bearings, the Sun and the Moon and stars, in real-time. You can overlay the compass over a live camera image or maps to instantly see which way you are facing. It will enable you to find and track your location, coordinates in geo and military formats, altitude, current and maximum speed and course. Use imperial, metric, nautical and military units. You can observe your and your targets’ positions on maps rotated automatically according to the current azimuth. You can use a variety of street, satellite or hybrid maps. It has the capability to be used as an optical rangefinder similar to the way sniper scopes are used. This is a bit of a complicated program and takes time to learn, but it has a tremendous potential in general SHTF navigation and even tactical applications.

001Galileao Pro

This is a standard map GPS navigation program with one important difference. It allows you to download on your phone a tremendous number of very detailed maps worldwide. By downloading maps of your probable operational area, you can navigate even with the loss of GPS. The maps are very detailed street type maps. I downloaded maps of where I live in both Arizona and Germany, and on my German map can expand it to see the street I live on and even my exact house.

screen568x568Google Earth

For those of you familiar with this program, it is simply the i Phone version of the program you have on your computer. You can use it for route reconnaissance, and to see the terrain of every part of the world that has ever had a satellite flying over it. The value of this program is that you are seeing satellite images that will show more details than any standard map. Useful for plotting bug out routes.

Useful Accessories

If you are going to use your smart phone as a useful survival tool, you need to set up a maintenance system for it.


Otter caseOtter makes a wide variety of protective cases for all smart phones.  The one I bought has a hard rubber case with a screen shield. It comes with a carrying mount for your belt that will allow you to carry the phone either vertically or horizontally. The case can also be snapped open to provide a convenient desk mount.


This is the Achilles heel of technology. No power, and you have a very expensive non functional piece of plastic to stare at. Obviously, a cell phone charger for your auto car charger_should be a normal part of your EDC kit.

There are a number of external battery power packs that you can get to extend the time your smart phone can operate. But for long-term use, you are going to need recharging capability. This means solar, especially in a long-term grid down SHTF situation. Goal Zero  makes a large variety of solar kits that are potentially useful to the prepper.

One portable kit, the Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit is a portable 91GuqIDwCwL__SL1500_solar power kit that will enable you to keep you cell phone charged as well as a number of other devices. It will do the following: Charge up a cell phone in 1 hour, and charge up removable AA/AAA batteries from USB or sun. At 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.8 inches  in size and 1.2 pounds in weight, it is small and light enough to be considered for your bug out bag.


A smart phone can be an excellent addition to your preps. You can communicate, navigate, store maps, and store reference manuals with it. It has a built-in camera and flashlight. But it is cell tower, GPS satellite, and charged battery dependent.  As long as you understand it’s limitations, and don’t substitute it for basic survival skills, it can be a highly useful survival tool.

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Episode 77 Survival As Retirement

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Survival As Retirement

Survival As Retirement


Survival As Retirement

This week is a solo episode. James talks about Survival As Retirement. It is a concept I heard about years ago on the Survival Podcast Forum. Using Survivalism to retire. It immediately clicked with me.

The goal of Survival as Retirement is to eliminate the recurring non renewable costs. Basically to get rid of bills. So instead of paying $200 a month on electricity put in a solar system. It’s an up front cost of about 6~10 years of electric bills. After that payback period  you are power retired. You no longer need to pay for power.
The same applies to food. Many of us have to buy food daily, weekly or monthly. This is another bill that can me reduced or eliminated. The goal for many survivalists is to be 100% food self reliant. To provide all of our food from our own land.
To me this is a three fold process. The most important to me is animals. Animals that you breed are a renewable resource. The same with egg laying animals. I spend about $36 a month on the cheap eggs. I would much rather have organic free range eggs. With my own flock, even a small one of about 4 girls I could be egg retired. I would never have to buy them again as long as I could replace the hens as time went on.
This is Survival To Retire and my retirement plan.




  • Define Retirement
  • Social security and 401ks bust
  • Self sufficiency
  • Solar power
  • Batteries
  • well
  • rain water,
  • cisterns,
  • wood,
  • solar heater,
  • solar hot water heater,
  • electric blankets
  • Food storage
  • Animals
  • Annual Crops
  • Food forestry
  • Aquaponics/Aquaculture
Extra Income
  • Business
  • Passive income
  • Side jobs
Early Semi Retirement
  • Work Less

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Episode 76 Survival As Retirement

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Survival As Retirement

Survival As Retirement


Survival As Retirement

This week is a solo episode. James talks about Survival As Retirement. It is a concept I heard about years ago on the Survival Podcast Forum. Using Survivalism to retire. It immediately clicked with me.

The goal of Survival as Retirement is to eliminate the recurring non renewable costs. Basically to get rid of bills. So instead of paying $200 a month on electricity put in a solar system. It’s an up front cost of about 6~10 years of electric bills. After that payback period  you are power retired. You no longer need to pay for power.
The same applies to food. Many of us have to buy food daily, weekly or monthly. This is another bill that can me reduced or eliminated. The goal for many survivalists is to be 100% food self reliant. To provide all of our food from our own land.
To me this is a three fold process. The most important to me is animals. Animals that you breed are a renewable resource. The same with egg laying animals. I spend about $36 a month on the cheap eggs. I would much rather have organic free range eggs. With my own flock, even a small one of about 4 girls I could be egg retired. I would never have to buy them again as long as I could replace the hens as time went on.
This is Survival To Retire and my retirement plan.




  • Define Retirement
  • Social security and 401ks bust
  • Self sufficiency
  • Solar power
  • Batteries
  • well
  • rain water,
  • cisterns,
  • wood,
  • solar heater,
  • solar hot water heater,
  • electric blankets
Extra Income
  • Business
  • Passive income
  • Side jobs
Early Semi Retirement
  • Work Less

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Veterans forge a wild kind of peace

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NC Outward Bound School Veterans

Outbound course lets Vets unplug

Relationships begun on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many US Army veterans start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories about that most difficult of subjects for a male – how they feel.

Forty feet up in the air, eye-level with the autumn treetops, Rusty Achenbach felt his heart racing as he inched his way across the scariest part of the ropes course — a wobbly beam dubbed “Too Slack Jack.”∙”Watching, Rusty,” his spotter called below. Everybody in Crew 6 was watching, rooting for him. Strangers he hadn’t known four days before were now his trusted band of brothers and sisters.∙At the end of the ropes course, Achenbach found himself perched on the edge of a platform, stepping into thin air to swing in a huge arc back and forth through the bright leaves. “Awesome!” he yelled.∙Just another “aha” moment at the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Achenbach and Crew 6 aren’t the typical teenagers or corporate executives who tackle wilderness adventures under Table Rock Mountain overlooking Linville Gorge. These military veterans have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they were fighting to find peace for themselves back home.

“I’m scared of heights. My boss won’t even let me get on a ladder at work. You guys getting me up there was pretty impressive,” Achenbach said, safely back on the ground as Crew 6 circled up for the debriefing. No adventure goes without a discussion of the emotions released and the lessons learned.

Every ropes course has its significant moment, explained instructor Shane Ambro. “You can feel the collective energy joining one person on part of the course.”

“The look on your face was priceless,” Army vet John Moder teased. “They ought to make you the poster child for Outward Bound. The motto could be ‘You’re dumb if you don’t come.’”

Moder was surprised to learn that the courses were free to military veterans. Outward Bound picking up not only the tuition, but also air travel and hotel stays.

“The vets have given for the country. We want to be able to give back to them,” said Matt Rosky, the veterans program coordinator for the NC Outward Bound School.

The Outward Bound School at Hurricane Island, Maine started a veterans program in the 1970s, working with those returning from the Vietnam War. The programs soon spread to other Outward Bound schools nationwide, but funding started to peter out by the late 1990s.

With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the global war on terror with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more veterans have gone on multiple tours of duty and cycled back into civilian life, some more successfully than others. With post-traumatic stress disorder, loneliness, depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, younger veterans are also less likely than older veterans to seek help or counseling at the VA.

The North Carolina school launched courses for veterans in 2009, serving 792 veterans at Linville, the Outer Banks and in the Everglades National Park in Florida.

Nationwide, the Outward Bound schools have served 5,574 veterans.

A significant percentage of vets taking the therapeutic adventures offered by Outward Bound showed significant decreases in anxiety, depression and loneliness, and increased social interaction and self-confidence, a 2013 study showed.

Fitting back in

Achenbach, 32, served two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan from 2002-10. Now he works as a part-time mechanic and carpenter.

“The military spends years training you to go to war, but then they spend only a few hours debriefing you before you go home,” he said.

Drugs and alcohol became an easy medicine for his loneliness. “After my third DUI, I woke up. I was going to drink myself to death. It took me five years before I could ask for help.”

He learned about the Outward Bound veterans courses through his VA counselor in Wisconsin.

Fitting in with a crew of strangers, especially military veterans, wasn’t hard.

“Actually it was pretty easy. We were laughing and joking in no time. It makes me think my trust issues aren’t as bad as I thought.”

The relationships forged on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many of the vets start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories and what they feel.

“We’re trying to create a space for camaraderie and conversations between the crew members,” said Stiles Rader, an Appalachian State University graduate who started with the Outward Bound as a college intern and slowly worked her way up to instructor.

Instructing veterans was intimidating at first, but she read books about the wars. She tries to be prepared and professional in the field — attributes that military personnel expect and respect. “They do bond as soon as they start training. They get super close.”

The staff work hard to accommodate vets and their needs. “You can’t babysit these people,” said Bernie Trudeau, the chief instructor.

He recalled one vet who arrived, carrying a long Bowie knife. “He said the blade had five confirmed kills, No way was he going out into the woods without it,” Trudeau said. The vet was prone to night terrors, so the instructors made sure the knife was safely out of reach after he went to sleep.

Drugs and alcohol are forbidden, but Outward Bound made an exception for its tobacco ban when it came to the veterans.

“Some of these guys have insomnia and don’t sleep. They might want to stay up most of the night around the fire.”

Getting soldiers, Marines and sailors to follow orders isn’t difficult, given their training. Getting them to open up emotionally and socially is difficult. “We’re not therapists, but if you spend time in the wilderness, you can open yourself up to new experiences,” Trudeau said.

Instructors discourage sarcasm and snark when working with teenagers, but they tell veterans are bonding when they start teasing each other.

Rivalries between branches are set aside, along with ranks, salutes and protocol. Everyone is an equal on this field.

“We’re all veterans here. We’ve been through the wars,” said Kenyan-born Samuel A. At 41 he was among the oldest on the course. Still active in the service with tours in the Middle East, he asked that his last name not be given as a security precaution.

Sam liked the time spent in the woods, unplugged from both civilian world and the combat zones overseas. “With no cell phones, it’s just us and nature. You can reflect on positive opportunities and it’s easier to talk with like-minded folks.”

Dawn Cary, an Air Force vet, is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie, eager to go skydiving or tackle the ropes. What really scared her about coming to Outward Bound was the social interaction. Since leaving the service, Cary said she missed the military camaraderie, that sense of shared purpose.

She appreciated the hike up to Table Rock where the crew members had a short time to reflect. They regrouped and raised a cairn of rocks to mark their memories and their time on the mountain.

On the mountain, Stewart Edmiston of Durham reflected on the changes in his life. He had joined the Air Force out of high school in 2001.

“We saw the Twin Towers come down during our basic training.”

He knew then that military service was serious business.

Now Edmiston works with a nonprofit in Durham, trying to help veterans become entrepreneurs. The time in the wilderness was also prelude to another turning point in his life

The Durham resident had packed not just for his Outward Bound course, but a short vacation afterward with his girlfriend up at Banner Elk. Edmiston was planning to propose to her.

Finding compassion

Just as the veterans were wrapping up their four days in the woods, another crew of Outward Bound instructors in training were coming out of the wilderness after 49 days. Waiting for dinner, former Marine Anthony Droz did a few pull-ups on a bar suspended from the rafters.

After two tours in Iraq, Droz said combat wasn’t the worst part, but losing the camaraderie. No matter what hell you were going through, you could count on your buddies.

Back in the States, drugs and alcohol proved no substitute and he was plagued by survivor’s guilt. Droz has seen other leadership training programs run by Navy SEALS, Special Ops veterans and Army Rangers, where civilians pay money to simulate the grueling training for special forces.

Basic training is about breaking a recruit down to follow orders. Outward Bound doesn’t run participants at a grueling pace, but challenges them emotionally and mentally.

Compassion, one of the pillars of the Outward Bound experience, becomes part of leadership, being able to look at people from different perspectives. Droz said he was surprised that he would learn that from seven weeks in the woods.

“The brotherhood you felt in the military doesn’t change when you take off the uniform for the last time, it moves to other areas,” Droz said. He hopes to return next season as an instructor for Outward Bound, serving his fellow vets. “Oh, I”ll be back.”

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The relationships forged on rope courses, rock climbs and backpacking treks translate into an ease around the campfire where many of the vets start to talk about themselves, willing to share their stories and what they feel.

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Food Storage Recipe – Cake Mix Cookies

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Easy enough your kids could make them!

I stock up on cake mixes everytime they are on sale.


1 package cake mix

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

Mix all together.

It will be a thick dough.

Roll into small balls and flatten onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Tons of styles of cookies to make with any of the different types of cake mixes. One of my favorites uses carrot cake mix and are iced with white icing!

6 Ways To Keep Your Compost Pile Working Throughout Winter

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Autumn is here and winter is just around the corner. As many gardeners begin to bed down their gardens, some people get concerned about their compost piles. Will a compost pile survive the winter? Can I continue adding compost to my piles? Is there anything special I need to do to ensure I have healthy compost come spring?

Thankfully, winter composting is really not that difficult. Some people use a “set it and forget it” mentality while others put in more work caring for their compost until spring. Here are some tips to help you through your first winter composting:

1. Build up a Shelter and Roof Around the Piles

If you plan on composting during the winter, the most important thing you can do is protect your compost piles. There are many ways you can protect the sides, such as:

  • Stacking straw or dried old hay bales.
  • Using recycled pallets.
  • Stacking cinder blocks.
  • Using wooden stakes and old feed bags.

The sides don’t need to be solid, although it would help hold in more warmth. Just this simple effort can make a big difference in how your compost pile looks in the spring. For even more protection you can add a roof. This roof could be recycled old plywood, feed bags, a tarp, etc.

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Keep in mind that if your compost pile is completely protected from all elements, it can dry out easily. You will need to maintain proper moisture in your compost pile with water if it has a roof over it.

2. Add Extra Carbon and Lay Off the Nitrogen

Your compost pile is going to need plenty of carbon in the cold months. Carbon is the “brown” stuff, meaning you will want to use leaves, twigs, wood chips and those types of yard wastes.

Winter composting means you won’t be able to add as much nitrogen to your compost piles as you would have in the summer. It simply won’t be processed quickly enough. Reduce how much nitrogen you put into your piles when it’s cold. Remember that nitrogen is simply the “green” stuff like table scraps. You can also add nitrogen like rabbit or chicken manure, which produces a very beneficial heat as it processes.

3. Mix Up Carbon With Nitrogen

Going back to carbon vs. nitrogen once more, try to layer your browns and greens as much as possible. One giant layer of green isn’t going to compost as efficiently as a thin layer of green with a carbon on top. Even better, give a rough mix to the layers.

Keep some bags of dried leaves by your compost pile and when you add in your scraps, throw in about the same amount of leaves, mixing it a bit with your hand.

4. Chop Up Table Scraps First

Since all of the lovely microbes in your compost pile will slow down in winter, it will take longer for scraps to be eaten. You can help this process by chopping up big table scraps before adding them to the pile.

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This only takes a moment but really helps your pile continue the composting process throughout winter. Some people even roughly blend their scraps, just for a couple of pulses and not pureed, and add that to their pile.

5. Switch to Hole Composting

Hole composting is fairly self-explanatory. Instead of making a pile above ground, you dig a deep hole and add compost plus scraps to it. You can simply place a board over the hole to protect it from the elements and trap in heat. This makes for a very happy compost pile and makes your job much easier. Come spring you can continue use the compost pile in that manner or move it to join a pile.

6. Let It Go Dormant

Letting your compost piles go dormant is the easiest route, but then you’ll have to find other uses for your kitchen scraps and other organic material. Perhaps you can feed more scraps to your livestock or give them to someone with livestock (such as pigs) that will eat them. Most people just leave their compost piles as-is. It still would be a good idea to shovel off snow before it melts and throw a tarp over it during heavy rains.

If you don’t have compost piles yet but plan to build some up, it would be a good idea to make shelters for them before you start the pile. You may also look into store-bought or DIY completely enclosed compost bins/digesters. These are nice for people living in urban environments as well.

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Veterans Day 2015: Thank You For Your Service

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The Survival Place Blog would like to Salute our Veterans:

Thank You For Your Service!

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants for 2015;

54th Street Grill — Veterans and active duty military get a free meal (up to $12) on November 11.

Applebee’s — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, on November 11.

Arooga’s — Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a fixed menu on November 11.

Bakers Square— Veterans and active duty military get a free breakfast from a set menu on November 11.

Bar Louie – On November 10 and 11, veterans and active military personnel get a free meal up to a $12 value.

BJ’s Restaurant — Active duty military and veterans receive a complimentary entree under $12.95 on November 11.

Bob Evans — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast from a select menu on November 11.
Bonanza Steakhouses — Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

Buffalo Wild Wings — Veterans and active duty military personnel receive one small order of wings and a side of fries for free on November 11 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Burntwood Tavern — Veterans and active military get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

*NEW* Calhoun’s — Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on November 11.

California Pizza Kitchen – Veterans and active military receive a complimentary entrée from a special menu on November 11.

California Tortilla — On November 11, active duty and retired military get a free taco all day long.

Carlo’s Bakery — Veterans and active service members get a free large cannoli on November 11.

*NEW* Carrabba’s — All veterans and active duty service members get a free appetizer November 9 through 15.

Cattlemens — Active, inactive, and retired military personnel get a free Small Sirloin Steak Dinner on November 11.

CentraArchy Restaurants — Veterans and active duty service members get a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends on November 11 at participating restaurants.

*NEW* Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse — Veterans and active duty military eat for free on November 11 from a special menu. Veterans also receive a $10 coupon for a future visit.

Cheeseburger in Paradise — Active and retired military personnel receive a complimentary burger with fries on November 11.

Chicken Salad Chick — On November 11, veterans and active duty military receive one sandwich or scoop of their choice of chicken salad, one side, a pickle spear and a cookie.

Chili’s — Veterans and active military service members get a free entrée from a limited menu on November 11.

Claim Jumper — On November 9, all Claim Jumper locations will provide veterans with a complimentary meal from a special menu.

*NEW* Cotton Patch Café — Veterans and active duty military get a free chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken on November 11.

Country Cookin — Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a free meal from 2 pm – 8 pm on Tuesday, November 10.

Cracker Barrel — Veterans get a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert during lunch and dinner on November 11.

Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam on November 11, from 5 a.m. to noon at participating locations.

El Fenix — Active duty and retired military members get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

FATZ Café — Veterans and active military get a free World Famous Calabash Chicken meal on November 11.

Figaro’s Pizza — Veterans and active duty service members get a complimentary medium 1-topping pizza on November 11.

Fire and Ice — Veterans and active duty get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill — Active duty military and veterans get a free lunch or dinner entrée on November 11.

Friendly’s — Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner from a limited menu on Veterans Day, November 11.

Golden Corral — Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Night free dinner will be available on November 11, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Gordon Biersch — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free appetizer on November 11.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch or dinner on November 11.

Greene Turtle — Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a select menu on November 11 at participating locations.

Hale and Hearty Soups — Veterans and active duty service members get a complementary Small, Medium or Large cup of soup on November 11.

*NEW* Honey Baked Ham — Veterans and active duty personnel get a free, all-American meal on November 11 at participating locations.

Hooters — Veterans and active duty military get a free meal from a select menu at participating locations on November 11.

*NEW* Hoss’s Steak and Sea House — Veterans get a free meal from a select menu on November 11, from 11 am to 9 pm.

*NEW* Hurricane Grill and Wings — Veterans and active duty personnel get a free meal on November 11 from a limited menu.

Hy-Vee — Veterans and active duty military members get a free breakfast buffet on November 11.

IHOP— On November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants offer veterans and active duty military free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

IKEA — Veterans get a free entrée from November 8 through 11.

Johnny Carino’s — Veterans and active duty military get a free meal with their choice of unlimited soup or salad from a Veterans Day Menu on November 11.

Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all veterans on November 11 at participating locations.

Krystal — Active and retired military receive a free Krystal Chicken or Sausage Biscuit from 6 AM to 11:00 AM on November 11.

LaMar’s Donuts — Veterans and active duty military get a free donut and 12 oz. coffee at participating locations on November 11.

Little Caesars — Veterans and active military members receive a free $5 Lunch Combo from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. on November 11.

Logan’s Roadhouse — In addition to the 10% military discount offered every day, military and former military guests will also receive a free dessert on November 11.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants — On November 8, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants will offer a complimentary entree to veterans from a special menu.

Max & Erma’s – On November 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering veterans and active military personnel a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

Menchie’s —  All active and retired military personnel will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on November 11.
Mission BBQ — Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich and a slice of cake on November 11.

*NEW* MOD Pizza — Veterans and active duty military get a free individual, artisan-style pizza or hand-tossed salad on November 11.

O’Charley’s – Veterans and active duty service members get a free $9.99 meal on November 9, as well as free pie on November 11.

Old Country Buffet — Current and former service members receive a free lunch at participating locations from 11 am until 2 pm on November 11.

Olive Garden – On November 11, all veterans and current service members get a free meal from a limited menu. Family members dining with them enjoy 10% off of their meals.

On the Border — Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free meal from the “Create Your Own Combo menu” on November  11.

Orange Leaf — Veterans and active duty military get a free cup of froyo on November 11.

Outback Steakhouse – All active and former service members receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on November 11. Outback is also offering active and former service members 15% off their meals Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

Pizza Schmizza — Veterans and active duty service members get a free slice of pizza on November 11, between 1 and 4 p.m.

Ponderosa Steakhouse — Active duty and retired military get a free buffet on November 11, 4 pm to close.

Red Hot & Blue — Veterans receive a free entrée with the purchase of a second entrée on November 9, 10 and 11. Coupon required.

*NEW* Red Lobster — Veterans, reserve and active-duty military personnel receive a free appetizer or dessert from a limited menu from November 9 through November 12.
Red Robin – Veterans and active duty military get a free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries on November 11.

Rock and Brews — Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a side choice throughout the day on November 11.

Ruby Tuesday — Veterans, active duty and reserve service members get a free appetizer on November 11.

Ryan’s — Current and former service members receive a free lunch at participating locations from 11 am until 2 pm on November 11.

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill — Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is offering the choice between complimentary hummus served with grilled herb flatbread or garlic cheese bread on November 11.

Shoney’s — Shoney’s will offer a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty service members on November 11.

Sizzler — Sizzler offers active duty and veteran military members a free lunch and beverage from a limited menu on November 11 until 4 p.m.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill — Veterans and active duty get a free meal from a select menu on November 11.

Snuffers Restaurant & BarOn November 11, all active duty and retired military members receive a complimentary cheeseburger.

Spaghetti Warehouse — From November 9 through November 11 buy one entrée and get the second entrée free. Coupon required.

Starbucks — Veterans, active duty service members and spouses get a free tall coffee on November 11 at participating locations.

Station Casinos — Veterans and active military get a free buffet meal on November 11 at all Feast and Festival Buffet locations.

Sticky Fingers — Veterans, active, inactive or retired servicemen and servicewomen get a free entrée up to a $12.99 value on November 11. In addition to the free meal, veterans who dine-in get a coupon valued at $10 to be used on their next visit.

*NEW* Tap House Grill — Active, inactive and retired military personnel get a complimentary meal on November 11.

Texas Roadhouse — Texas Roadhouse locations nationwide will offer veterans a free lunch on November 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Offer is good for active duty, retired or former U.S. military.

TGIFridays — Veterans and active duty military get a free lunch from a select menu on November 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tijuana Flats — Veterans and active duty military get a free entree on November 11.

Tony Roma’s – Veterans and active military personnel receive a complimentary half rack of Baby Back ribs on November 11.

Twin Peaks — Active duty and veterans get a free menu item from their Annual Veterans Day Appreciation Menu on November 11.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Veterans and active military get a free entrée or individual pizza with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value on November 11.

Village Inn — Veterans and active military personnel receive a free breakfast on November 11 from a select menu at participating locations. Village Inn is also providing a “Thank you For Your Service Card valid for 20% off on the next visit.

Wienerschnitzel — Veterans and active duty military receive a free Chili Dog and a small Pepsi on November 11.

World of Beer – All veterans and current service members receive a free select draught beer on November 11.


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Veterans Day Severe Weather Outbreak to Threaten 30 Million in Central US

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A severe weather outbreak will take aim at areas from Houston to Chicago on Wednesday, Veterans Day.

The risk of severe storms will extend eastward across part of the Midwest into Wednesday night.

The severe thunderstorm threat zone covers an area home to approximately 30 million people.

Following spotty thunderstorms that erupt over the central and southern Plains, a line of thunderstorms will develop from Iowa to Missouri Wednesday afternoon. Storms will be more spotty in nature during the event farther south.

The storms will become locally severe during the late afternoon and will push eastward into the evening and nighttime hours on Wednesday.

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Volcanoes Today, 11 Nov 2015: Pacaya Volcano, Fuego, Etna, Semeru

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The active lava dome inside Semeru’s crater in early Nov 2015 (image: Andi / VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Last night, a marked peak of volcanic tremor occurred as sign of internal unrest at the volcano, but (unlike during many previous occasions) did not result in a paroxysm and was not associated with any particular change in surface activity.
urrently, this consists of mild strombolian explosions inside the Voragine summit crater.
…9 Nov:
During the past hours, volcanic tremor has bee rising strongly. In the past, this has often been a sign of an impending paroxysm (violent summit eruptive phase). Whether this is the case now is too early to say.
So far, no significant activity is visible from the New SE crater (NSEC), although a hot spot is present on thermal webcam images.
If you like to follow this activity in real-time, visit the webcams

Pacaya (Guatemala): Near continuous spattering and weak strombolian activity is occurring from a vent deep inside the Mackenney crater.
Shon Jihyun who climbed the volcano a few days ago, filmed this activity on 6 Nov (link to video on facebook).

Fuego (Guatemala): Another small paroxysm – a peak in activity with lava fountains and lava flows – occurred at the volcano last night. It seems that activity with increasing effusion rate began during the night Sunday-Monday, as the volcano observatory reported a new lava flow on the southern flank the next morning. It was headed towards the Las Lajas and El Jute drainages and had reached 1500 m length by Monday morning.
By Monday evening 21:15, the flow was almost 2 km long and intermittent strombolian explosions at the summit had merged into pulsating low lava fountains, generating an ash plume that rose approx. 1.5 km and drifted 20 km west and southwest:

Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): The lava dome inside the summit crater continues to grow slowly. Andi climbed the volcano a few days ago and observed continuous degassing, sometimes followed by minor explosions.

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 24 May 2015)
Aso (Kyushu): steaming, occasional phreatomagmatic or strombolian explosions (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): mild ash emissions (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent explosions from summit crater (updated 20 Oct 2015)
Cotopaxi (Ecuador): vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Aug 2015)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 8 Nov 2015)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava fountaining, strong strombolian activity, lava flows (updated 6 Nov 2015)
Gamalama (Halmahera): new eruption on 18 Dec 2014 (updated 8 Sep 2015)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava flow, incandescent avalanches (updated 21 Oct 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 2 Nov 2015)
Kilauea (Hawai’i): new lava flow from vents on NE flank of Pu’u ‘O’o (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): ash emissions, weak strombolian activity (updated 11 May 2015)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): large explosion on 31 July 2015 (updated 31 Aug 2015)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent ash emissions, strong degassing (updated 21 Sep 2015)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): growing island (updated 21 Oct 2015)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 26 Feb 2014)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): lava effusion from new vent near Piton Rivals (updated 30 Oct 2015)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 18 Aug 2015)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 17 Aug 2015)
Rinjani (Lombok): lava flow effusion and ash emissions from new vent on Barujari cone (updated 6 Nov 2015)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): seismic swarm, eruption warning (updated 6 Nov 2015)
Sangay (Ecuador): likely strombolian eruptions at summit crater (updated 13 Mar 2015)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): slowly growing lava dome, ash explosions, viscous lava flow extrusion, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 6 Nov 2015)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 9 Nov 2015)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 30 Oct 2015)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 2 Nov 2015)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak strombolian activity at summit vents (updated 16 Apr 2015)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian explosions in Ontake crater (updated 1 Oct 2015)
Telica (Nicaragua): intermittent phreatic explosions (updated 27 Sep 2015)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): intermittent small ash emissions, small to moderate explosions (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): small to moderate ash emissions, intense degassing (updated 26 Oct 2015)
Villarrica (Central Chile): small lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 May 2015)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 11 Nov 2015: Pacaya Volcano, Fuego, Etna, Semeru

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Big Quakes Forecasted, CME Impact Watch | S0 News Nov.11 2015

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Wednesday, 11 November 2015

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Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.6) (129 quakes)

Updated: Wed, 11 Nov 15:10 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Wed, 11 Nov (78 earthquakes)
Wed, 11 Nov 14:54 UTC M 3.2 / 5 km – [info] (0 km) – 7km NE of Edmond, Oklahoma


Wed, 11 Nov 14:17 UTC M 2.8 / 6.3 km – [info] (94 km) NEAR AMAMI-OSHIMA ISLAND


Wed, 11 Nov 13:43 UTC M 3.0 / 25 km – [info] (240 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Wed, 11 Nov 13:25 UTC M 2.9 / 147.9 km – [info] (55 km) TOKYO PREF


Wed, 11 Nov 13:20 UTC M 4.7 / 289 km – [info] (48 km) Mariana Islands Region


Wed, 11 Nov 12:45 UTC M 3.9 – [info] (308 km) Off Coast of Ecuador


Wed, 11 Nov 12:08 UTC M 5.2 / 10 km – [info] (117 km) Off Coast of Costa Rica


Playa Lagarto, Guanacaste / MMI III (Weak shaking)
Tamarindo (Costa Rica) (72 km NW from epicenter)(no details): Just the tiniest of rumble while I was sitting quietly (via EMSC)
Wed, 11 Nov 11:45 UTC M 5.4 / 96 km – [info] (158 km) Java, Indonesia


Yogyakarta / MMI VIII (Severe shaking): Having dinner at a restaurant and felt the building shaking. Duration about 5 sec.
Yogyakarta (Indonesia) (116 km N from epicenter)(no details): Even if we live in the north of Yogyakarta city, the epicenter of the earthquake being about 130km from here, we did feel it clearly, and the water in the pool moved quite a lot, it actually could have get out of the pool if it did last longer (via EMSC)
(Indonesia) (108 km N from epicenter)(no details): Felt in tembi Bantul, no sound but lights swaying and went on for half a minute (via EMSC)
Yogyakarta, sleman jalan Magalang / MMI IV (Light shaking)
Semarang (Indonesia) (204 km N from epicenter)(no details): Feel shaky here.. (via EMSC)
Magelang (Indonesia) (151 km NW from epicenter)(no details): i was lying in bed reading and felt vibrations. i went up and felt the crescendo. wooden interior rattled. house is a very solid stone construction of one floor app 50square meters. (via EMSC)
Bantul (Indonesia) (107 km N from epicenter)(no details): First start softly vertical. Then start harder shaking horizontal direction north-south. (via EMSC)
(Indonesia) (149 km N from epicenter)(no details): I my self don’t feel any, but all of my 2nd floor window is shaking (via EMSC)
Yogyakarta (Indonesia) (116 km N from epicenter)(no details): lumayan terasa banget… (via EMSC)
Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia / MMI IV (Light shaking): Out shopping in downtown Yogyakarta. Bottles of condiments in front of us started lightly shaking, clinking, rattling. Our friend’s wife called him from their family home in Semin to tell him they felt the earthquake too.
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Wed, 11 Nov 11:19 UTC M 3.6 / 10 km – [info] (528 km) PERSIAN GULF


Wed, 11 Nov 10:45 UTC M 3.3 / 40 km – [info] (258 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Wed, 11 Nov 10:41 UTC M 2.8 / 18.6 km – [info] (125 km) NE OFF IWATE PREF [Map] NIED
Wed, 11 Nov 10:38 UTC M 3.1 / 5 km – [info] (541 km) OKLAHOMA



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Building Local VHF Communication Server From Raspberry Pi

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Purpose of this post: provide information and resources to HAM operators with respect to setting up a simple BBS (bulletin board system) that can be operated on the VHF (2-Meter) HAM band through a TNC (terminal node controller).

Why would someone want to do this?  Here’s a great little demo from YouTube:

You should easily see that such a tool can be incredibly valuable for relaying news and such.  Also, though the video does not go into this, repeaters can be set up to send messages to various locations.I am not going to attempt to rewrite anyone else’s work in this post.  I’m simply going to give you a collection of links that will help you get informed and maybe get started.

There are more and more links I can post, but this is already a ton of information.  Post your comments if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to respond.

A Survivalist’s Guide to the Lost Art of Meat Grinding

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A Survivalist’s Guide to the Lost Art of Meat Grinding

It might not be at the top of your Christmas list, but for the survivalist enthusiast, a meat grinder certainly should be. There’s an elegance to this simple piece of equipment and an air of honesty about it. A meat grinder does one thing: grinds meat.

If you’re a huntsman gunning for self-sufficiency, what else is available to prevent wasting scraps of meat not large enough for cut steaks? Or for blending meats for rationing? Or for processing meats like rabbit, which will be plenty abundant when more traditional meats are gone but are generally too tough for other preparation techniques? Nothing. Nothing else can do what a meat grinder can do, and when the meat gets tough, the tough get a meat grinder. Here are two practical and survival-oriented recipes that will show you what a quality meat grinder is capable of accomplishing.

Meat grinders come in all shapes and sizes. They can be manually or electrically operated and come either as freestanding units or a countertop attachment. If you won’t be grinding massive amounts of meat at one time, a manual grinder is best, and would be ideal for cooking up some rabbit sausage.

Rabbit Sausage

Given the often tough texture of rabbit meat, when cooking it in cubes or small steaks, it needs to be tenderized violently. When ground, though, rabbit meat becomes tastier and more versatile. To prepare this rugged delicacy, you will need:

  • two pounds of rabbit meat
  • one pound of complimentary meat, such as pork butt or shoulder
  • half a tablespoon of each: black pepper, cayenne pepper, white pepper, and cumin; one tablespoon of garlic, oregano, and basil
  • two tablespoons of salt, thyme, and Parmesan cheese
  • three tablespoons of parsley
  • half a cup of minced onion
  • a full cup of thinly sliced shallots
  • one egg
  • three-fourth cup chicken stock
  • half cup of breadcrumbs
  • about seven casings

For preparation, soak the casing in cold water, squeeze the water out, and then lay them flat and refrigerate until time to fill them. The mixture preparation is simple, and easy for the hunter or camper or survivalist. You just throw all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up with your hands. Keep the mixture cool for 24 hours and then stuff the casings with it using simple twists in the casings where you want the links to break. Toss the stuffed casings into a pan with an inch of water in it and bake uncovered for an hour at a temperature of 300 degrees.

Blended Meat Burgers

In just three minutes, you can grind enough meat for six burgers. With a grinder, you can mix and match your meats based on availability and desired flavor. At the helm of a grinder, you become a meat alchemist, experimenting and creating with different percentages of blended available meats, consistencies and taste complexities.

To create a perfect, simple ground meat burger, you will need:

  • one egg
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • half a teaspoon of black pepper
  • half a pound of freshly ground sirloin
  • half a pound of freshly ground turkey or pork butt
  • half a cup of dry
  • fine breadcrumbs

This recipe is ideal a survivalist because these burgers can be cooked on an open fire in a pan or grilled on a grate. To prepare the patties, whisk your egg, pepper, and salt together, and then add the bread crumbs and blended meat to the mix. Then use your hands to mold it all together. Separate the meat into about four, three-quarter inch patties and cook for about seven minutes on each side, covered. Then serve and enjoy.

The lost art of meat grinding can be rediscovered in modern camping, hunting, or survival situations. It just takes a little ingenuity, a decent grinder, and a hearty appetite.

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The Best Way To Stockpile Vegetables Off-Grid

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Canning veggie off gridThough many of you may be considering using solar panels or other sources of energy when you go off-grid so that you may have refrigeration and electric, that’s not going to be the norm if SHTF. For most of us, we’re not going to have refrigeration or a freezer to preserve our foods. For that reason, I think that it’s important to discuss ways to stockpile vegetables off-grid.

Stockpiling Store-bought Veggies

This is, of course, the easiest way to stockpile most vegetables but it does cost more in the long run that growing and preserving your own vegetables.

Though methods such as canning may have a hefty cost up front, you’re going to be able to re-use the jars so each season, your cost per jar just keeps going down. However, if you don’t have space to grow a garden, stockpiling store-bought canned foods is the best way for you to prepare.

Canning Your Vegetables

canningWe’ve discussed canning vegetables in several other posts but there’s a reason for that: it’s effective as a means of storage and, when canned properly, vegetables will last for a decade or longer. I think that it bears repeating that you need to do this safely. Again, we’re assuming in this article that there is no power source.

That means that canning over an open fire (or in an enclosed fire pit) is going to be your only option. The single most important part of canning your vegetables this way is that you ensure that the water remains boiling the entire time.

This is because one of the primary reasons that you must boil your jars of vegetables for a set amount of time is to kill the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulism causes damage to your central nervous system and can quite realistically be fatal.

Vegetables that have a low acidity, which encompasses just about every vegetable except tomatoes (yes, I realize that tomatoes are technically a fruit), must be boiled at temperatures higher than most boiling water baths reach.

You need to use a pressure canner for most vegetables and all meats in order to kill the spores that cause botulism. Doing that over an open fire is certainly possible but you’re going to need a tremendous amount of fuel to do it. You can read more about that here.

Of course, if you’re operating with solar panels or other sources of off-grid power that enables you to cook inside, fuel won’t be an issue.

If you notice that your jar isn’t sealed, has bubbles inside before you open it, has foam on top when you do open it, or is under a lot of pressure when you open it (food may blow out), don’t eat it. These are all signs that the food is contaminated with the botulinum bacteria.


dehydratingDehydrating is a wonderful way to preserve vegetables. It preserves most of the nutrients in the foods and also makes them lightweight and reduces the size by at least half.

It’s also simple to do even if you don’t have a dehydrator. For example, if you string peppers, green beans or peas (to name a few) on a string and hang them in the sunlight, they will dry perfectly well just like that over the course of several days or a couple of weeks.

All of you have likely heard of sun-dried tomatoes. The best way to dry your tomatoes in the sun is to cut them into quarter-inch strips or wedges and lightly salt them. Just set them out in the sun and let them dry out, turning occasionally to hasten the process. Onions could probably be dried like this too, but I’ve never tried it. If you have, tell us about it in the comments section.

The thing to remember about dehydrating is that it doesn’t preserve your food long-term. It simply preserves them a bit longer because it removes most of the water content. Since there’s still water in them, they’ll spoil eventually.

Many people counter this by canning the vegetables after dehydrating them. The main reason for doing this instead of just canning them is that you can get much more dehydrated food into a jar than you can hydrated foods.

Smoke Your Veggies

Yes, you can smoke vegetables for long term storage, though you should probably can them afterwards just as you would dehydrated foods. You’ve probably heard of smoking meat; you’ve undoubtedly even eaten it!

The same process applies to vegetables. Cut the veggies in strips and put them in your smoker. Smoke them until they’re dried just as you would if you were dehydrating them. There are now indoor smokers but that would require electricity. Of course, if you want to get a head start, you could smoke them inside now and preserve them for later!

One of the biggest advantages to smoking your vegetables is that it adds tremendous flavor that adds a wonderful layer to soups, stews and other dishes that you may make.

Since seasonings may be at a premium if SHTF, this added flavor will be an advantage. There’s nothing that boosts morale more than well-flavored foods and smoking infuses such a unique taste that fond memories of barbeques and parties are sure to follow.



Herbs are best dried or fresh. The good thing about most herbs is that you can grow them in pots even indoors and can just pinch some off as you need them. Most continue to grow and replenish and even if they don’t, herbs tend to grow quickly and are usable practically from the time that they sprout.

drying herbsTo dry your herbs, all you have to do is hang the plant upside down in the sun and let them wither and dry.

It’s easy and will preserve your herbs for months. The secret here is to make sure that they are completely dry.

You’ll know that they’ve reached that point when the leaves crumble when you roll them between your fingers.

If you don’t get them completely dry, they’ll mold and then all of your hard work will be wasted.

There are many different ways for you preserve your vegetables off grid. Experiment with each and see which one you like best. It’s probably a good idea to become proficient in each method now so that it won’t be a challenge for you if something does come to pass that causes you to live off grid.

Just be sure to do it properly because mold or bacteria can make you extremely ill and can even kill you. Become proficient now!

If you have any more suggestions for preserving vegetables off grid, lease share your knowledge with us in the comments section below.

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This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

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11 Tacky, Hilarious & Festive Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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It’s hard to believe that the tradition of holding ugly Christmas sweater parties is a relatively new one, since they’ve quickly become a must-attend party that’s replaced traditional holiday parties.

Ugly sweater parties are a great way to have a festive party, since the goal is to look as silly as possible. Pick up an ugly sweater from a local thrift store if you want, but we’ve found some really excellent ugly sweaters that you won’t want to miss–plus, DIY tutorials for each one.

We’ve found sweaters for every member of the family, including the dog! Check out these awesomely tacky sweaters and get inspired!



Tacky Rudolph Christmas Sweater – This is an awesome idea for a simple sweater that’s perfectly and fully decorated for the holiday!


Advent Calendar Christmas Sweater – This is a really simple take on a tacky Christmas sweater that you might even wear on Christmas Eve! A small brooch lets you denote which day you’re wearing it on!


Easy DIY Ugly Sweater – If you’re not great at DIYs or don’t have a lot of time before the party, you can transform a simple, plain sweater into an adorably ugly Christmas sweater in an hour or so.


Festive Christmas Tree Dog Sweater – Let Fido get in on the action too! This adorable sweater is the perfect way to spread the holiday cheer!


Grumpy Cat Christmas Sweater – Now you can wear everyone’s favorite Internet cat, expressing your distaste for way-too-early Christmas sales or parties.


Reindeer Maternity Sweater – This is a great way to wear a big, bulky sweater that fits your belly without looking like a marshmallow. And so cute too!

Glitzy Reindeer Ugly Sweater – this is a great way to re-purpose an already Christmas-y sweater. Glitter, a reindeer, and some felt, and you have a super cute ugly sweater.


Mustache Sweaters – Mustaches might not be as popular now as they were a few years ago, but these sweaters are still really adorable. A series of mustaches form a Christmas tree in the center of a pre-existing sweater.

star trek sweater

Star Trek Spock Christmas Sweater – Perfect for the geeky member of your family, this Spock sweater is a cinch to make!


Tacky Tie Christmas Sweater – Your significant other probably has a lot of old,tacky Christmas ties, so why not snag a few to create this amazingly tacky Christmas tree motif


Elf Sweater-Onesie for Baby – We’ve saved the cutest for last. Make baby an adorable onesie that’s snuggly, soft, and warm. Not to mention, it’s cute as a button!

22 Amazing Things You Never Knew You Could Make With Card & Paper

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22 Amazing Things You Never Knew You Could Make With Card & Paper

Dig out that stash of paper and the pile of cardboard from the crafting cupboard and have some fun with your kids using these simple ideas!

It’s unbelievable how versatile paper can be but you can create everything from play houses, to decorative room garlands and beads for threading or homemade bracelets!

Not only will these fun page corner bookmarks encourage your kiddies to read more but they’ll also make sure that they don’t lose their page. The friendly monster characters are simple to make  and your little ones  can have fun customizing them with sharp teeth and googly eyes!


Making paper beads is a great way to recycle any junk mail, newspapers, or magazines that you might have laying around. We don’t know what children will find more appealing, making them or playing with them once they’re finished!

Simple, charming and oh-so cute, this paper plate tidy will give your child’s desk an adorable makeover. They can pop all of their essential stationary in it ready for them to complete their homework after school.

More often than not you’ll probably use smaller bits of paper for crafting with your kids but what about experimenting with a big roll of paper? It can open up a whole new world of creative projects and enables children to be bold and fill the whole page.

The simple things in life are always the best so why spend a tonne of money on an expensive store-bought play house when you can make your own at home out of a cardboard box! Katie, over at, have created three different houses and each is as cute as the last…why not make all three and give your kids a whole mini village to play with! You could even add a castle for your princes and princesses like this one over at


For those of you who may not be familiar with this art technique, ‘suminagashi’ is a Japanese term for floating ink. It’s a brilliant craft to do with kids because they’ll be completely mesmerized by the process –  starting with a plain piece of paper, popping it on top of some water and transforming it into something vibrant and colorful.

A few paper napkins and some colored crayons are all you need to make a whole menagerie of animal finger puppets. You can make them ahead of time and use them to keep the kids entertained at the dinner table.

We couldn’t have a collection of paper and card crafts without featuring a toilet paper roll somewhere! This DIY ring toss game will only take moments to make but it will keep the kids amused for hours!

If you’re having trouble teaching your child to tell the time then we’ve got the perfect solution for you! A homemade paper plate clock will allow them to learn in an interactive way as they can move the hour and minute hands themselves.

paper clock

These whimsical bird cage lanterns will add a fantastic decorative accent to any kids room. You could make a whole array of them and hang them up as a garland or create a mobile in the corner…either way is stunning!

Encourage your kids’ musical abilities with this simple banjo made from paper plates and a few well-tuned rubber bands! After you’ve enjoyed a family crafting session you can listen to the sweet tunes that the homemade instrument produces!

A DIY paper dinosaur hat that you can make from a couple of sheets of paper? Sounds like something that children everywhere would love! Check out the full tutorial over at and add it to their dress-up box today.

This amazing 3D handprint optical illusion will leave your little ones feeling flabbergasted! All they’ll need to do is trace around their hand and then add some cleverly placed colored lines on top to create an instant three dimensional effect.

hand print illusion

If paper mache is involved in a craft you can be sure that it will get a bit messy but that shouldn’t put you off making this igloo! Plus you wont need any snow in order to do it!

Get your kids to design a special homemade pop-up card for a loved one this year for a personal touch that will warm any heart.

If you’ve got an old cereal box or two then you’ve already got everything you need to create a cardboard city for your children to play with. They can drive their toy cars between the houses or use it as a setting for their dolls!

These easy paper fortune cookies are fun for kids and adults alike! Once you discover how quick and simple they are, you’ll want to make them for every occasion…Birthdays, Valentines Day, Anniversaries – you get the idea!

Perfect entertainment for rainy days, this DIY pirate ship is something we wish we had when we were younger!


Paper pinwheels probably take the prize for the easiest craft ever! If you’ve never made them before then this tutorial will guide you through the whole process with step-by-step photo’s. You could probably even let the kids have a go on their own, just be on hand to supervise!

A zoo, a farm, a jungle…you and your little ones can create your own with these paint chip animal friends.

We’ve seen a whole heap of brilliant paper crafts but did you know that you can actually make your own paper? With a little bit of patience and some preparation, you can soon whip together your own crafting material. If that wasn’t enough, this particular DIY has seeds embedded into the pulp so you can gift it to friends for them to plant!

Oh Crap, time to go!

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NOTE: To all of my Brothers In Arms, serving both present and past “HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!”  HOO AH!! Don’t wait until the last-minute and find yourself saying “Oh Crap, time to go!” when SHTF hits. Waiting until the last-minute to bug out could be deadly and at the very least, make your trip much more …

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Thoughts On This Veteran’s Day …

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     As I contemplate the ongoing service of our nation’s military veterans, I am nearly overcome with emotion.  This nation has been at war for over 14 years, and the continued dedication of most of our military personnel — in the face of exhaustion, dismantlement, disrespect, and dishonor from the likes of the Veterans Administration — amazes and astonishes me.
     We have fought in big wars under a Republican President (Afghanistan and Iraq), and small wars under a Democratic President (Libya and Yemen, for the obvious ones), and it has cost us nearly 7,000 lives and billions of dollars.   Unlike the last World War, there doesn’t seem to be an end goal in sight, and the path to victory seems blurred.  Yet the men and women who fight in our armed forces remain steadfast and unwavering in their commitment to defend this nation from enemies foreign and domestic.  And in that, they share the legacy of all those who have come before them.
     Would it astound you to know that the total number of Americans killed in U.S. Wars is more than 1.1 million?  And that doesn’t take into account the veterans who fought in the French & Indian War before this nation officially existed.  And would it further amaze you to know that America has been at war — in one form or another — for 222 out of its 239 years?  That’s 93% of its existence!!  That leaves us with the fact that we have only been at peace for 21 years since the birth of this nation! (For a year-by-year timeline of America’s major wars from 1776-2011, click here.)  Whether these statistics mirror the experience of all mankind is a subject for another day; today I want to focus on those who have served our nation in armed combat.
     Along with those facts come the statistics of our fallen veterans … Nearly half a million died in our Civil War, and over 400,000 in World War II; and, as I mentioned, we have lost nearly 7,000 veterans in the Global War on Terror.  These are the statistics coming from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
     As exemplified by the numbers, about 12% of the population served during WW II, resulting in the fact that most Americans were likely to know or be connected to someone in the military.  Today, less than 1% serve, and there is the danger that our society is suffering from a disconnect — we are less likely to know what is going on, someone who has served, or what they have experienced.
     Gala True, a medical anthropologist and folklorist with the Department of Veterans Affairs and contributor to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, says, “So few have served, that it’s very easy for people to say that ‘I didn’t want these wars,’ but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t all part of this [experience of war]”.  So that is one aspect that is different for this generation of veterans.
      Author James Fallows, of The Atlantic, writes, “When I was a kid in the ’50s and ’60s and then older in the ’70s, American pop culture reflected a country familiar enough with its military to make fun of it at times. You had shows like “Gomer Pyle,” or “Hogan’s Heroes,” or “”McHale’s Navy.”  You had works of art like “South Pacific” or novels like “Catch 22″ and even movies like “MASH.” {These films] respected the importance of the military and the important things it did that were heroic in the large scale, like World War II, but it was still made of real people with their real foibles.  But now we have started to have this artificially reverent view of the military that’s also distant and disengaged.”
    There is another important distinction that separates this generation of Americans from those of the past.  During World War II, even if you didn’t actively serve, you participated, through rationing, scrap drives, blood drives, and so on.  Everyone was connected to the war effort.  And everyone believed in our mission.
     Can we agree that this is no longer the case?  Or that it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify our mission?  There are those who will point to our astounding statistics of war since WW I — the cost in treasure and lives — and say that it points to our lust for war, and supports a 2014 International Gallup poll that America is the #1 threat to peace in the world.  I dispute that.  But I must admit that I no longer have a clear vision of our national leaders and their perspective or objectives concerning this nation’s involvement in world conflicts.
     That being said, my support for our nation’s veterans will never waver.  I am in awe of their continued sacrifice and willingness to put the safety and security of this nation before themselves and their families.  It is an unselfish act to step into the gap between their fellow countrymen and an enemy that desires to defeat us — and it is both honorable and righteous.
     So I salute all this nation’s veterans; from the first colonial farmer who grabbed his musket and joined the ragtag Continental Army, to the millions who have served over the last 239 years; from the 18-year-old recruit at boot camp to the elite fighting forces of our special operations units.  This salute is not about the morality of wars we have fought, or the policies of Presidents.  It is about the veterans.  They have served so that others might live their lives free.  Such service by an individual towards his fellow man deserves our absolute respect.  May God Bless you all for your sacrifice and your commitment to our nation.

Isaiah 6:8    And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe Makeover- Now A Healthy AND Delicious Side Dish

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We have absolutely fallen in love with sweet potatoes at our house. I never had much exposure to them growing up – only at Thankgiving when someone would bring a sweet potato casserole topped with golden brown marshmellows.  And although I would sneak a little of the topping off the dish, I always preferred to stick with the familiar bowl of Russet mashed potatoes. That changed about a year ago when we added baked sweet potatoes to our dinner menu.  We found out that the potatoes have terrific nutritional value and they were sweet and moist enough that we did not need to add any butter (or brown sugar) to them.  They were delicious straight out of the oven. So in preparation for the winter and holidays, I wanted to find a way to make a traditional sweet potato casserole without all the added calories but not sacrifice the taste.  That is exactly what this recipe does – all while using no dairy products and only natural sweetners.  Of course, the addition of the chopped pecans still allows for that familiar crunch while enjoying this guilt free side dish.  Who needs the extra calories around the holidays anyway? Sweet Potato […]

How Do I Store That? Brown Rice

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Save money, be healthy – store brown rice Today let’s talk about how to store brown rice. We all know it’s good for us and that we need to incorporate it into our meal plans. The thing about brown rice is this – it quickly goes rancid if not stored properly. That means that all […]

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Podcast #120: Interview with Jessica Espinoza of Delicious Obsessions and 20 Dishes

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Mountain Woman Radio Episode 120 Jessica Espinoza Delicious Obsessions & 20 DishesNovember 11th, 2015: In today’s show I am blessed to interview Jessica Espinoza of Delicious Obsessions and 20 Dishes and have her  join me once again to share all the exciting and amazing things she has up and coming.  This you will definitely not want to miss out on…  You can also find more information out here […]

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Christmas Gifts-Most Important Things People Need

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We may all have different ideas concerning this statement: Christmas gifts-most important things people need. By now you hopefully know I am not a doomsday prepper. Remember the term prepper means, in my opinion, someone who is prepared for the unexpected things that may happen in life. It could be a job loss, major health issues, loss of income, natural disasters, like hurricanes, tornadoes or flooding, etc. No, I will not skin a squirrel and eat it. Nope, it’s not going to happen. I will be a vegetarian and eat beans with the vegetables I grow and preserve from my garden to get some needed protein. In most cases, I am hearing money is tight, very tight. So, I want to suggest some Christmas gifts today that can be used for years to come. I would love to know that my family members will be okay in the event we lose power, water or the roads are closed due to flooding or whatever. So, let’s get started with some very useful ideas that would make great gifts to help you be prepared for most anything in life.

Christmas Gifts-Most Important Things


We need to have the knowledge to know what to do and how to plan for the unexpected things that may happen in our lives. One step at a time. The first thing I recommend is my book that is available right now at the pre-sale price before it hits the bookstores on Dec. 8th, 2015. My book will walk you through most everything you need to know to survive. Knowledge is king in my book, the more we know how to take care of ourselves the better we will be prepared for the unknown. You will have no fear if you are prepared…you really will feel so much better about things.


This is a great statement about my book I am quoting from Amazon: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

“Parents care about keeping their families safe, hydrated, fed, and healthy on a daily basis; yet, every year families face unforeseen situations that threaten those necessities. It could be a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard, or a man-made emergency situation like a power outage or food shortage. Is your family prepared? In Prepare Your Family for Survival, readers learn the basics of water and food storage―where to start and what to work toward for serious preparation―as well as 72-hour kits and evacuation plans. Readers also get helpful guides to follow once their family is in an emergency, like how to stay clean with a limited water supply, how to cook with emergency cooking devices, and how to survive in the dark.”

My book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book-A-Million, Indie Bound, The Book Depository, iTunes, Google Play, Target, Walmart and many more. If you have the knowledge you CAN survive, I promise. I recommend buying the paperback book so in case we lose power you have the book available in your hands to review and survive. The Kindle version would be great to read if you are sitting in a doctors office waiting, you can review and sharpen your skills to be prepared for the unexpected.


Please remember your neighbors, family members and friends that are living alone. They still want water stored, food storage and some conversations. I received an email once that a reader asked me “what can my mom store in her nursing home, care center or whatever?” So yes, even our elderly friends or family members in care centers still worry about having food storage or water on the shelves in their rooms. They want that security of knowing they have some food and water in their rooms should an emergency or disaster happened. Grab a 24-pack of water the next time you go to the supermarket for your elderly neighbor, or take it to the nursing home if you know that person would love to have a case of water stashed in their closet. They would love the fact that someone cares about them, I promise.

Please remember those college students who are working jobs to pay their way through school. They need water stored in their apartment in case of a disaster or unforeseen emergency. Gift cards are great, but they can’t drink them if they have a disaster where they live. If you can deliver a case or two and ask them to keep it under their bed for emergencies for six months and then rotate it. You can sleep at night knowing they have water when they may need it the most.


Here’s the deal about food storage for your elderly neighbors, if you have some living in your area. I have gone to some luncheons in my neighborhood and there are a lot of people that do not have the means to put an extra case or two of food in their pantries. If you can afford to take a sack full of canned goods that the elderly singles or couples could just open with a can opener, trust me they will be so happy. I know a lot of people that getting older and do not have the strength to go grocery shopping. Offer to take an elderly couple to the store and pick up the tab, only if your budget allows. This would be an awesome gift and a blessing to those receiving the food. Oh, and if you make bread, that is icing on the cake, so to speak, if you give them a warm loaf from the oven.

Now, let’s talk about college students living in apartments. First of all, they are learning to budget, which is a good thing. But if you really want to give a great Christmas gift to a college student give them food items they can open and heat to eat. Gift cards are great, but not after a disaster or unforeseen emergency. The students need food, not gift cards that may be useless for days if not weeks if a disaster were to hit.


Get a flashlight for everyone in your family. Preferably one that does not need batteries like this one: Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight with Integrated Solar Panel

72 Hour Kits

Here are the PRINTABLE links to my suggestions for your 72 hours kits: Adult 72-Hour Kit    Child 72-Hour Kit   Pet 72-Hour Kit

If you can’t afford to buy a backpack AND the stuff to put in them get a box and start filling it as your budget allows. Something is better than nothing, just start.

Backdoor Survival

My friend, Gaye over at Backdoor Survival just wrote a great article about re-thinking her 72-hour kit or bug out bag. I love this article. How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag by Backdoor Survival

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Dealing With Diseases After SHTF

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Apart from preparing, planning and thinking for an SHTF situation, have you ever wondered what the most likely threat is for people? As common sense suggests, when people know a SHTF situation is eminent today or sometime soon, they will go mad stocking food and water and prepare survival tools and kits. But there is something more than this – diseases after SHTF. Even the most prepared survivalists can be faced with illness in the aftermath of disaster.

Doctors are the people who first come into our minds when it comes to any condition like this, but in a disaster situation, the doctors would be facing the same survival challenges and after all they won’t be leaving their families.

In the aftermath of disaster, people might fear for starvation the most, which can lead to death, but in actuality the real reason that increases the probability of mass deaths is even worse. Can you imagine a situation where you have prepared enough for your survival and have a very-well planned strategy for defense too? The tools, the stocked food and water, everything is enough to keep you alive – starvation does not seem crucial here. If you have thought over it, the bigger threat is of contracting diseases after SHTF!

It is likely that people might not put much thought into it so here are the details that will help you keep aware of and prepare for disease after SHTF.

Common Sources Of Diseases After SHTF

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You made it this far- now learn how to protect your loved ones from diseases after SHTF. Image via Mitch Barrie on flickr.

Water Sanitation And Poor Hygiene

The clean drinking and tap water that we use in our daily lives to fulfill human requirements is taken for granted by everyone. Imagine a situation where public water supplies cease to function – inevitably, there will be a rise in deadly disease then.

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Without purification methods, improvised water supplies can easily become contaminated. Image via SuSanA Secretariat on flickr.

When proper sanction becomes no longer a simple thing, here is when you should fear for lives. Water supplies will be contaminated in a SHTF situation causing an outbreak of typhoid, diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis A, gastroenteritis and diphtheria. People might not know what to do then and this is one of the reasons why you are advised to keep a water purifier kit.

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Flooding poses an even greater risk to sanitation.

Diseases Caused By Insects

The best place to breed for insects is dirty and contaminated water and what can be better for them when you are facing SHTF disasters. I guess they would be the least bothered creatures on Earth then. Sounds funny, but is as dangerous as threatening the people’s lives.

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Small but deadly! Mosquitos are responsible for spreading severe diseases, such as Malaria and West Nile Virus.

Mosquitos, bugs, fleas, ticks, midges, rats and flies – almost like non-existent creatures could play the role of being the biggest creatures in a SHTF disaster by making you sick and that too, to such a severe extent that if not treated properly, people may die! Malaria, Lyme’s disease, Murine typhus, West Nile Virus and other contagious and life-threatening diseases spread like fire in the woods.

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Avoid camping near swamps and marshes, if possible. These areas attract insects.

It is important to have the knowledge beforehand and learn to keep clean drinking water and food. An insect repellant, non-prescribed anti-biotic medicines and hygiene accessories are therefore recommended to keep in a kit of emergency survival supplies. In areas of high risk for insect-borne diseases, be sure to include a mosquito net in your bug-out bag.

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Sleeping under the protection of a mosquito net is an effective way to prevent contracting insect-borne diseases. Image via Christian Haugen on flickr.

Respiratory Diseases And Infections

Respiratory infections and diseases are a major concern as they spread really quickly in disastrous situations. Cold, cough, flu and sore throat can still be treated through non-prescribed medicines (recommended to keep in a first-aid kit) however it becomes more threatening as there are certain bacteria and viruses that are drug-resistant. In a situation where all you can do is carry your own self safely; non-prescribed medicines will be of no use and won’t cure them.

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The flu virus is highly contagious and difficult to contain when living in close quarters.

These bacteria and viruses cause upper respiratory tract diseases such as bacterial pneumonia. It could be a major reason for massive death –imagine the unlimited food and water you’ve stocked, would it be of any help? Of course not, so is the reason why diseases are a bigger concern in the aftermath of SHTF.

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Dealing with diseases after SHTF will be challenging without access to modern medicine.

When fighting for their survival, survivalists live in groups with their families that increase the chances of transmission of air-borne diseases and infections from one person to another. Infants, elderly, and immune-deficient people are more susceptible to catching infections. The simplest example can be, you cough and then use the water-bucket that is shared, the other person uses it and here’s how he catches the disease.

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Take extra care to prevent infants from exposure to illness and disease.

Practicing good hygiene, like covering your cough, washing hands frequently, and avoiding shared utensils whenever possible will help reduce the spread of respiratory viruses. If a member of your group becomes ill with a respiratory infection, it is best that they rest and limit interactions with others until they recover.

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Ah-choo! Catch your sneeze or cough to minimize airborne pathogens.

Wounds And Infections

In a SHTF scenario, it gets extremely crucial to take proper care of wounds and infections as tetanus shots and antibiotic medicines aren’t available. To clean them, you of course won’t be able to rely on other sources of water too being unsure about its contamination. Infections lead to conditions like sepsis and gangrene.

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One thing you can prepare is a well-stocked first aid kit for tending to injuries.

Prevention is better than cure and here would be the time to practically implement it. A simple wound in such a situation can lead to long-term disabilities, chronic wounds, infections in bone and unfortunately Death! Having knowledge and learning medical skills before such disastrous situations can help survivalists save their lives. Learning about medical emergencies, cleaning and sterilization will also help prevent infections.

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Important essentials for cleaning and bandaging wounds.

In order to be able to address wounds and injuries, you will need a well-stocked first aid kit. It should include bandages, antiseptic, and tools to help you quickly tend to injuries and prevent infections. For help with planning your first aid kit, CLICK HERE.

Food-Borne Diseases

While food plays an important role in your survival, it can also be a source for harmful bacterial infections. It is better to skip a meal and continue to look for food than to consume something that is questionable. Food-borne diseases can be deadly, especially without access to immediate medical intervention.

Foods that come from animal sources, such meat, eggs, and dairy products, may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Also, cross-contamination can occur with other foods, such as produce. In a survival situation where sanitation is compromised, it can be difficult to maintain cleanliness and thoroughness when cooking. Do not consume undercooked meat or eggs! The resulting infection can cause fever, diarrhea, and cramps lasting several days. Depending on the person’s health, this can become very severe.

Another danger may be lurking in your pantry. Food-borne botulism can be contracted from canned foods that are not processed properly. Untreated, botulism can progress into paralysis of the arms, legs, torso, and even respiratory muscles. To help prevent contracting this disease, boil canned foods for ten minutes before consuming. For more information on canning safety, CLICK HERE.

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Your strategy for health is a major component of your survival. Dealing with diseases after SHTF requires planning ahead by educating yourself about disease prevention and treatment. Be aware of sources of contamination. Know how to recognize symptoms and do not dismiss them – even mild symptoms can be a sign of a more serious problem, especially when resources are limited. And always pack a first aid kit in your bug-out bag!

Your Thoughts

Can you think of any other diseases that may arise post-disaster? Are you taking extra steps to prepare for disease after SHTF? Tell us about them in the Comments section below, thanks!

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Frugal Prepping: 30 Survival Items You Can Get at the Dollar Store

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By Tess Pennington This article first appeared in  Preparing for disasters can be costly if you have to purchase everything at once. Many preparedness enthusiasts prefer the less stressful route in prepping a little at a time. That said, … Continue reading

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City Confiscates 10,000 Guns, Thumbs Nose At State Law

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City Confiscates 10,000 Guns, Thumbs Nose At State Law

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Atlanta’s police department is storing up to 10,000 confiscated firearms and refusing to give them back to their owners or sell them, in defiance of state law.

Deputy Police Chief Ericka Shields told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that her department has several thousand confiscated guns stored in a secret location.

The city’s mayor supports the police department.

“It’s very difficult for me to lead on this, because even in the state of Georgia, when we take illegal guns off the street, under Georgia state law right now, we actually have to return them or make them available to the public in some form,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed told TV station CBS 46.

Reed was referring to Senate Bill 350, a state law that makes it illegal for local governments to destroy confiscated guns. That law obligates the city to return stolen guns to “innocent owners” and when not possible, to auction off confiscated weapons to the public. The police are refusing to do either one.

“We have an obligation to re-sell that, re-bid that, and get that to gun purchasers so they can re-sell those,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said

But Turner argued that doing so would be “catastrophic” to public safety.

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“The city of Atlanta has not done that,” Turner said.

The authors of the bill say the city obviously is breaking the law.

“The law says what the law is. I don’t know how you go around that,” former state Senator Don Balfour, who wrote the law, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The law, passed in 2012, requires that a city auction off guns every six months. Atlanta has not held any auctions. It also says: “If the lawful owner is not found or unable to take possession of the firearm, the law requires that municipalities shall not have the right to reject any and all bids or to cancel any proposed sale of such firearms, and all sales shall be to persons who are licensed as firearms collectors, dealers, importers, or manufacturers.”

Nationwide, the fate of confiscated guns varies widely from city to city and state to state. Some large cities including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles – as well as the US Department of Justice — destroy all confiscated guns. The Justice Department destroyed more than 90,000 firearms worth an estimated $24 million over the past 10 years, CNN Money reported.

Other jurisdictions destroy only certain weapons, such as defective or illegal guns and firearms used in violent crimes. Some law enforcement agencies sell guns to the public through auctions or sell them through federally licensed dealers. Some departments also distribute seized weapons to other law enforcement agencies.

Eleven states — Arizona, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina — have laws encouraging or requiring police to sell confiscated guns to the public, CNN Money said.

The NRA and other gun rights groups have threatened to sue cities that refuse to sell weapons as required by state law.

“Police destruction of firearms is unnecessary and wasteful,” NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter told CNN Money. “There is no reason any police department can’t resell those firearms to law-abiding citizens and use the money for any number of things — infrastructure, law enforcement training, equipment, etc.”

Police Chief Fred Fletcher of Chattanooga is one of many law enforcement leaders that disagree with the NRA on this issue. His fear is that guns could end up in the hands of the bad guys.

“My job is to keep my officers safe,” Fletcher said. “To send them out to face the same guns they risked their lives to get off the street is a big concern.”

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Homestead Blog Hop #56

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. My 5 Favorite Safe & Eco Friendly Gifts for Toddlers (Perfect for Christmas) from Natural Alternative Therapies

Featured on Hoemstead Blog Hop - Gifts for the Homesteader in Your Life

2. 100+ Gift Ideas For The Homesteader In Your Life from One Ash Homestead

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - How to Make Apple Juice3. How to Make Apple Juice from Oak Hill Homestead

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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When The Meds Run Out, These are The Natural Alternatives That Could Save Your Life

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herbsOne of the perks of Ready Nutrition is to read books on prepping and natural living and share which ones I like with all of you. Like many of you, I have a natural curiosity about natural medicine and practiced using essential oils and herbs to make my own salves and teas. I am by no means a master herbalist but love learning about the subject. I envy author Cat Ellis’s herbal background and believe it will serve her well during a time when there is no doctor. I was so excited when she decided to do a book on the subject and she was kind enough to let me interview her about her book, the Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor.

1. Tell us a little bit about your book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine. 

51ieolyMzzLPrepper’s Natural Medicine is the book I wish I had when I first started learning about herbal medicine. It is written for the total beginner, with no assumptions of prior experience with herbs. However, I have a few tips and tricks that even experienced herbalists would find interesting.This book covers all of the basic skills necessary to make herbal medicine, the therapeutic properties of 50 herbs that will grow almost anywhere in the United States, plus provides formulas for how to create your own medicine. Instructions are provided in an easy to read, conversational style, much as I would speak if the reader were taking one of my classes in person. While this book would be of use to any budding herbalist, it specifically addresses concerns that preppers have, especially long term disasters where the option of getting professional medical care is off the table. For example, how would you treat a snake or spider bite? What about anaphylaxis? Hypothermia?There’s a trend to sanitize herbal medicine with claims that “herbs work gently”. And to a point that’s true. Chamomile is a gentle herb that helps with stress and winding down at the end of the day. On the other hand, some herbs are potent analgesics, antispasmodics, and antimicrobials. Some herbs can help stop bleeding both internally and externally. Others help with seizures.This book is primarily a medicine-making book using herbs for one’s primary source of medicine. It is not a gardening, foraging, or a plant ID book. If your survival plan is to stay mobile, this may not be for you. I do have thoughts for a future book to address those needs, though. If you are stocking up on food, water, ammo, silver, and other supplies, then this is the herbal book for you.

In your book, Prepper’s Natural Medicine, you emphasize the importance of having herbs as part of your preparedness plan. What would you recommend as a starting point for beginners?

I would start off with easy to grow herbs, such as comfrey and peppermint- just try getting either of those two not to grow, and herbs that do dual duty as culinary and medicinal herbs, such as cayenne, garlic, ginger, thyme, and sage. These are familiar to most people, which makes learning how to make herbal medicines less intimidating.

In the book, you mentioned that ingesting essential oils has its place. When is that?

Very rarely, and almost never. There are oils which have GRAS status, which means, “General Recognized As Safe” by the FDA as a food additive. The most common use of this is as a flavoring, whether that be in food or in cosmetics, such as lip balm or lip stick. What this normally means is a drop or two of, say, lemon essential oil in a batch of lemon squares. It is diluted across the entire recipe, and most people don’t sit down to eat the entire batch in one sitting.

However, from a therapeutic standpoint, essential oils are best inhaled or applied topically in some type of carrier, like a salve or lotion, as many are irritating to the skin to apply directly. Regular ingestion of essential oils over time leads to complications, like liver damage, and really misses the mark on how essential oil work best.

That being said, a drop of clove oil applied to a painful tooth, or peppermint oil in an enteric coated capsule for intestinal infections and cramping, or a drop of cinnamon oil added to herbal cough drops or an herbal sore throat spray, are good examples of when ingestion has its place. And, of course, in that batch of lemon squares.

My favorite chapter in the book is the herbal first aid kit. What herbs would you consider the most important and why?

It was tough to narrow it down to just the 50 herbs in the book! But, if I had to pick just 10, my choices would be:

  1. Peppermint: This one herb does so many things. Peppermint can settle the stomach, relieve congestion, soothe away a headache, help cool a person’s temperature, it has a pleasant taste, and kids readily take it.
  2. Comfrey: Two of this herb’s folknames are “knitbone” and “bruisewort”. Comfrey helps to knit tissues back together. This goes in my burn care salve, is excellent in a poultice for a sprained ankle, helps the skin to heal quickly and with minimal (if any) scarring. It works so well, that it should not be used on deep wounds, healing the upper tissue layers and trapping bacteria inside. Short term use only as a tea, though. But could be very useful for someone healing from a serious sprain or broken limb.
  3. Thyme: This is your respiratory system’s best friend. Use in teas, syrups, and most importantly, in herbal steams for any respiratory infection, either bacterial or viral. Add to bath water when you feel sick, to benefit from the steam and sooth the entire body, or use thyme’s antimicrobial properties in herbal cleaning products. Blends well with lavender for the same purposes. Thyme can be taken as a tea or syrup for sore throats and general respiratory relief.
  4. Yarrow: Easy to find growing wild, yarrow is known for its ability to stop bleeding. It is taken both internally and applied externally for this purpose. It can also help reduce fever through sweating, and is an anti-inflammatory, making it a wonderful flu herb, chasing away the aches and pains and fever associated with the flu.
  5. White willow: This tree’s bark contains a chemical called salicin. Salicin is metabolized into salicylic acid, which is the origin of aspirin. The active ingredient in aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid, a synthesized version of salicylic acid. White willow is much less irritating to the stomach than aspirin, and in my experience, is more effective and lasts longer. If you don’t have a white willow nearby, meadowsweet is a good alternative for your herbal garden.
  6. Cayenne: Cayenne contains capsaicin, which is well known for pain relief by blocking the signaling of pain from the source to the brain. Cayenne is a vasodilator, primarily of the small blood vessels and improves circulation. This is really important for people who are sedentary or diabetic. Cayenne is also anti-inflammatory, and analgesic. It is a primary ingredient in one of my oxymel (herbal vinegar sweetened with honey) recipes, which I use as an herbal decongestant.
  7. Berberine: This is actually a chemical found in various herbs, not an herb itself. Berberine has more uses than can be listed here. It’s top uses are as a local antibiotic, for blood glucose management, to strengthen the gut wall, lowering liver inflammation, and promoting healthy cholesterol and triglycerides levels. A berberine-containing herb can be used for wound powders. Berberine is excellent for throat infections as a spray, though it does have a very bitter taste. It must come in contact with the infected tissue to have an effect, so sweeten it up with honey or glycerin, then thin with water to work in a spray bottle. Some people taking berberine for its blood glucose and metabolic benefits prefer to take theirs encapsulated. Wherever you live in the United States, there is at least one herb that contains berberine that grows in your area naturally. These might include the Amur cork tree (an invasive on the east coast), Oregon grape root (Northwest), chaparral (Southwest), algerita (Texas and southwest), barberry (not a native plant, but can be grown almost anywhere), and goldenseal (endangered, but was native to east coast and midwest).
  8. Echinacea: This herb has been pigeonholed as a cold and flu herb, but it offers so much more. Echinacea is excellent for wound care, and makes a great addition to wound powders. The tincture is slightly warming and numbing, making it perfect in a spray for sore throat spray, or dental infection or wound. Echinacea is an immuno-stimulant, and it can act as a systemic antibiotic at the right dosage. Dosage is usually far more frequent than people expect, all the way up to once every hour. My preference is for Echincea angustafolia root.
  9. Garlic: Everyone needs lots and lots of garlic. This is the posterchild herb for food being medicine. Have your garlic raw, fermented in honey, or cooked, it’s all beneficial. Garlic supports immune function, is antibacterial, antifungal, and is well known for it’s heart health benefits.  If you want to stay healthy, eat a lot of garlic.
  10. Valerian: In about 10% of the population, it can have the opposite effect, but valerian helps almost everyone sleep. Valerian also helps with pain, spasms, coughing, and can be used topically for sore muscles.  Something to be aware of with valerian is that the dose is really dependent upon the individual. A very small dose may be fine for one person, and the next may need three times that amount.
  11. Mullein: This list needs a good expectorant to round out the list, and mullein is one of the best. The soft leaves from the first year plant are excellent for helping break up stuck phlegm. In the second year, the plant sends up a large stalk with yellow flowers. Pick the flowers and infuse them in olive oil for earaches.

What three points of the book do you want readers to walk away with? What tools would you recommend?

First, herbal medicine works, and works very well, even in serious cases. Herbs aren’t just for gently falling asleep after a stressful day. They can help . Second, while there is a lot to learn in order to use herbal medicine safely and effectively, it is fun learning. This process is enjoyable and empowering, and my book gets you started off on the right foot. And thirdly, the time to learn how to use herbal medicine is right now, while things are still relatively good.

In a long-term emergency, what natural medicines do you think will be needed most?

In a long term emergency without access to a doctor, pharmacy, or a hospital, we will still need to have the ability to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Acute injuries and infections are obvious, and require antimicrobials and analgesics. According to the CDC, however, 1 out of every 2 adults in the United States have a chronic illness, and that’s just based on people who actually go to the doctor for a proper diagnosis.While a lot of preppers are concerned with how to treat a bullet wound, and that’s a valid concern, far more people will require a sustainable source of medicine for heart conditions, diabetes, arthritis, mood disorders, and so on.

We will need:

Antimicrobial herbs: wounds, respiratory infections, and intestinal infections. Several I mentioned above, but I would add clove, black walnut hull, and artemesia for parasitical infections. I would also put special attention toward herbal antibiotics in the face of every-increasing antibiotic resistance. We would need both local and systemic herbal antibiotic alternatives to drugs. Herbs that come to mind as local antibiotics would be berberine herbs, garlic, juniper, burdock, and sage. Systemics are a little more scarce, but sida, bidens, and artemesias such as sweet Annie, cover a lot of ground.
Cardiovascular herbs: In addition to the cayenne, garlic, and berberine I mentioned above, as well as the yarrow to stop bleeding, I would also add bilberry, hawthorne, and motherwort.
Analgesics: In addition to the pain-relieving white willow bark, we will need additional pain relievers. Arnica is great for join pain, especially from arthritis, sprains, and repetitive motion injuries. Corydalis, California poppy, and Jamaican dogwood is a combination used for severe pain. Black cohosh and lobelia can be infused into an oil and a salve or lotion made from it for muscle spasms.
Anti-diabetics: Diabetes is one of our most common chronic illnesses in the United States. For type two, goat’s rue is the origin of the active ingredients for metformin. A three month study found berberine as effective as metformin.[1] There is some hope for type one diabetics with Gymnema sylvestre and fenugreek, as both help to regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas to help the body start to make its own insulin again. Gymnema is not available in plant or seed form in the United States, so one would have to stock up on the dried herb, and tincture it for both dosage and longer term storage.

You have a new book coming out. Can you tell us about it?

pandemicMy new book is called Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills, and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak, and is available for preorder on Amazon. This book covers a whole range of issues related to pandemics, and is in direct response to emails I received from readers of my blog and my live internet radio show audience.We have had this unique opportunity to observe and learn from the Ebola crisis in West Africa. We have been witness to individuals attack clinics, what happens when medical facilities reach surge capacity, curfews and quarantines, martial law leaving people without food, had the specter of bio-terrorism lingering, and how our government and media control what the public know. The goals of individuals, staying healthy and not dying, are not the same as government concerns, which are maintaining order and suppressing panic. And, of course, we had the tragic case of Thomas Eric Duncan who brought Ebola to the United States by plane, and spread the disease to hospital staff. There is so much to learn from all this that helps us make better plans in case of an outbreak. If there is any positive side to the horrific loss of life in this unprecedented Ebola outbreak, it would be how to better prepare for pandemic threats.

In the book, I cover seven illnesses I believe are the most significant threats to trigger the next great pandemic. This includes drug-resistant bacteria, viruses which have a demonstrated history of causing pandemics, the human involvement of both terrorism and human error, and the conventional and herbal treatment approaches, if any, are provided. The book wraps up with a pro-active section on how to establish a Self Imposed Reverse Quarantine (SIRQ), with resources to learn more about pandemic preparedness.

My Thoughts on Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor

Have you ever wondered what you would do if there were no pharmacy? In the early onset of my prepping endeavors this question plagued me. Dying from illness or infection is one of the most likely ways one can die in a long-term emergency and without the knowledge of medicinal herbs and natural medicine, you could be a world of trouble. This very question was the first sentence that Cat wrote in her book and what I loved so much about the book. From the very beginning, she cuts to the chase and gets to the heart of topic. Throughout the book (and something she mentioned in her interview with me) she listed fifty of the most useful herbs, medicinal uses and recipes to practice. She holds nothing back in this book and uses a layered medical approach to assembling a natural medicine kit.

This book teaches you the how’s, what’s and why’s about creating a natural medicinal pantry. Because Cat comes from a prepping background she uses a common sense approach to emphasize the vulnerabilities of solely storing western medicine supplies including how supplies will expire, run out and the ever-looming antibiotic resistance bacteria in the near future.

The book is easy to read, written in a friendly manner and is packed with information. If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. From start to finish, I absolutely loved it! Cat is a wealth of knowledge and I will recommend this book for years to come. As well, Cat has an equally informative website, Herbal Prepper that all of you should check out!



The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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SERE or Micro Kits!

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SERE or Micro Kits, Why Everyone Needs One!
Josh “The 7 P’s of Survival

Micro Kits Full+Kit+Contents_small_resizedIt’s been awhile since I’ve had a show where I could sit down and just talk to you about things I personally do and things from my kit. Tonight we are going to change that as I will be the guest for the evening :). I plan to examine my Micro kits and what I have found works best in them after a few years of testing.

Micro Kits PhotoGrid_1431130630079_resizedOver the years my Micro 10 C’s kit (see it here) has changed dramatically as it was initially more gadgets and now it fulfills my survival needs to match my evolving skill set. I have tested each item in the kit countless times and in various manners and each item has multiple uses to effect survival anywhere I might be in the world. This kit goes with me wherever I go and I believe it could get me out of nearly any jam in the woods. We will go through what I started out with which was more of an E&E prepper kit to what I carry today in my kit. Along the way I will tell you why I got rid of many of the items and why others made the cut.

I will then turn to my pocket first aid kit and delve into its contents. While it is nothing off the charts it was enough to get my wife through a two week trip with some serious blisters on her feet.

If there is a surplus of time (something I never seem to have) I will then dig into my edc items and my IFAK/blowout kit of choice (if we run out of time you can find my EDC kit HERE).

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