DIY Vermicomposting: The Most Efficient Way of Using Organic Material

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In an earlier article we talked about different methods for traditional composting yard and kitchen waste.  Today, we’re going to cover Vermicomposting- composting with worms!  Composting, the process of taking raw organic material like kitchen scraps, lawn trimmings, dead leaves, and chipped woody material and turning it into a useable, stable, non-offensive soil amendment can be done in any living situation.  By composting our green waste and kitchen scraps, we reduce our impact on landfills and enrich the soil in our yard and gardens.  For this discussion, we’ll be using the word “organic” to mean anything that is alive or was once alive like plants and animals or any waste produced by plants and animals.  Organic material accounts for as much as 52% of the garbage humans create.  That’s a huge amount of material ending up in our landfills that could be utilized in our yards, gardens, and even our planter boxes.

Vermicomposting Is An Efficient Way To Reduce Trash

Vermicomposting, also known as vermicasting, is the process of using worms to break down those materials and turn them into a rich, dark, humus-like substance that can be added directly to our gardens without aging it.  Like traditional composting, vermicomposting breaks down organic material, but is much easier to do on a smaller scale and is an excellent choice to compost kitchen scraps in a controlled, enclosed, odorless environment.  It’s clean, socially acceptable, requires no physical effort on your part to keep aerated (traditional compost must be turned), reduces the mass of waste by 30% or so, and even creates more worms that can be used for fishing.  It’s also faster than traditional composting.  Vermicomposting takes about 22 to 32 days to turn organic waste into castes (worm poop) whereas traditional composting can take 30 to 40 days for hot composting or even years for passive composting.

Although food waste can be added to traditional compost piles, adding kitchen scraps to compost piles comprised of dead leaves and other yard debris can also attract unwanted pests like rats and raccoons.  Rats especially love compost piles- they like to burrow into the warm pile and enjoy feasting on all the kitchen scraps you’ve provided.  Left unchecked, they breed very quickly and can spread disease.  They’ll also eat eggs from your coop and kill your poultry.  We were recently reminded of how destructive rats can be when they got into our quail coop.

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We raise our quail on the ground on a coop tall enough for them to fly.  We prefer this method as it allows the quail to behave naturally and build up their muscles, thus giving the meat a texture closer to wild quail.  We use a gravity flow water system that feeds into multiple automatic watering cups.  We had drilled small holes in the side of the coop to thread the water hoses through, but when one recently busted, we pulled it out and meant to get back to repairing that one cup when we had more time.  We soon noticed our quail had stopped laying…or so we thought!  Young rats can fit through an opening the size of a quarter!  They were feasting on the quail food, gorging on eggs, and enjoying the fresh, clean water provided daily.  Within a very short time, we had a multi-generational rat infestation.  I can tell you from experience it’s much easier to take steps to prevent the rats from wanting to set up house than it is to get rid of all of them once they do.

Vermicomposting solves this by using worms to compost kitchen waste in a controlled, closed environment.  In order to get started, you’ll need:

  • A container
  • Electric drill
  • Bedding (shredded cardboard or paper, dry leaves, wood shavings, or straw)
  • Red worms (Eisenia fetida)
  • kitchen scraps

 Many urban gardeners use vermicomposters as a way to get started with raising worms.   You can buy a worm bin like the Worm Factory or simply build your own. Arguably the easiest way to build your own is to purchase a plastic storage bin with a lid.  The size of the tub will depend on the amount of food scraps you think you’ll generate in a day.  Generally, worms can eat about 75% of their body weight in food scraps in a day, and the bin should have one square foot of bin surface area for every half-pound of food scraps.  Use the formula of width in inches divided by 12 times length in inches divided by 12 (or W/12xL/12).  A tub similar to this one would work well.  Avoid clear or see-through tubs.  Worms don’t have eyes, but they do have light sensors on the surface of their skin.  Light causes them pain and they’ll run away from it.  It’s better to use a bin that is opaque.

Building a DIY Worm Bin

The best type of earthworms to get for composing are Red Wigglers. These are heavy feeders and have been shown to thrive in worm bins. Like every other living thing, worms need three basic things for life: food, water, and air.  You’ll need to drill some holes in the bottom and sides of the tub to allow for air circulation and for water to seep out.  The number of holes you’ll need depends on your climate and how moist the food is going into the tub.  It’s better to err on the side of caution and drill too many holes than it is to not drill enough.  If you’re concerned about castings falling out of the bottom of the tub, use a liner.  An inexpensive nylon sheer curtain works well.

If you’re going to use the lid of the tub as a catch basin under the tub, don’t drill holes in it.  Place it upside down under the tub and fashion a new lid for your worms (remember, they like it dark!) our of a piece of cardboard or plywood cut to the same size as the tub so that it rests on the lip of the tub or even overlaps a little.  Avoid having the cardboard or plywood lid so small that it fits into the tub and will be resting on the bedding and worms.  Not only does this cut off some of the airflow to the surface of the material, but your worms will happily compost your lid right along with your food scraps.

Here’s a great video to follow step-by-step:

Bedding Material and Moisture Level

Once you have the holes drilled in the bottom and sides of the tub and the plastic lid flipped over and under the tub, it’s time to get your bedding material ready.  No matter what you choose – shredded paper, sawdust, straw, etc- it should be soaked in water.  Allow it to sit in water until it has soaked through and then drain it.  You might need to squeeze the water out.  The goal is to have your bedding about as damp as a well-wrung sponge.  Any water and the worms might drown.  Too dry and they’ll die from lack of water absorbed through their skin.  The ideal moisture level is about 75%.  Place handfuls of bedding in the bottom of the bin and fluff the bedding up a little.  Fluffing allows the bedding to develop little pockets of air so the worms can get enough oxygen, too.  If the bedding is too compacted, the worms will have a difficult time burrowing through it and may trap too much moisture.  It could also create an anaerobic (lack of oxygen) environment which encourages rot and foul odors.  Keep your bedding layer to 1 foot deep or less to prevent compaction.

Worms can survive temperatures ranging from around freezing to as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but their productivity will suffer at either of those extremes.  If you plan on keeping your worm tub in an area protected from temperature fluctuations, like a garage, basement, or mudroom, there’s no need to insulate the tub.

Adding Your Worms and Feeding Them

Now it’s time to add your worms.  Place about a half pound to one pound of worms for every square foot of surface area in your tub.  Red Worms are epigeic, meaning they’re surface dwellers.  More accurately, they live just under the surface of the soil, whereas other types of worms (like night crawlers) can tunnel much deeper.  Place your lid on the tub and allow the worms to settle down into the bedding for a few hours before feeding them.  It’s a good idea at this point to keep a bright light on over the lid.  This encourages the worms to burrow down into the bedding instead of trying to crawl out and away from the tub.  After about a week, the light can be removed.

Once the worms have settled into their new habitat, it’s time to feed them.  Worms will eat just about any organic matter, but you’ll get better and faster composting if you chop it in into small pieces first.  You should also avoid adding high acid or salty kitchen scraps like citrus.  Meat, bones, dairy products, greasy foods should also be avoided.  The worms won’t eat them and it encourages other pathogens to populate your worm bin.  Of course, never, ever add dog, cat, or bird poo or any feces of a meat-eating animal.  It’s better to feed once or twice a week than it is to disturb the bin daily to add more scraps.  To feed, simply pick a new spot each time, create a small hole in the bedding, and drop the scraps in.  The worms will migrate over and find the new feeding spot.

When the conditions are right, your worms will start reproducing.  Worms are hermaphroditic, meaning they have both male and female organs.  The thick band near their head is part of their reproductive system.  Each worm can produce an egg capsule (cocoon) every seven to ten days.  In fourteen to twenty-one days, two to four baby worms will emerge.  Baby worms will mature to breeding age in about two to three months and the adult worms can live as long as seven to ten years.

Maintaining a worm bin is relatively simple once the worms have been provided the right amounts of bedding, air, moisture, and food.  Fresh fruits and veggies are about 90% water, so there’s usually little need to add more moisture to the worm bin once you’ve soaked the initial bedding.  Over-feeding can be an issue and will cause odor and attract flies, so carefully measure the amount of food you’re giving your worms until you get a feel for it.  If, after the first week, you see worms trying to escape, there is something wrong in your worm bin- check their basic requirements again for water, air, and food to make sure they’re in the right balance.  Stay tuned!

Ruby is a first generation Californian who grew up in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley farming community. She’s been involved in agriculture for 40 years and learned to preserve food, traditional home arts, to hunt and fish, raise livestock and garden from her Ozark native mother.

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The Thinking Man’s Trump: 3 Reasons the Donald’s Run Will Ensure a Carson Win

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Donald Trump’s entry into the republican presidential race, though much-maligned, still offers the best antidote to a Hillary Ben Carson for PresidentClinton presidency.  He’s single-handedly injected life into a nomination process that has lacked passion for 20 years with his ability to tweak the media and boldly state his point of view.  His very presence has made every debate must-see television as he’s repeatedly shunned political correctness, boldly pointed to Obama’s failures and unabashedly embraced the immigration issue that others dodge due to an increasingly diverse electorate.

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Oh yeah, and he’s done something else.  He’s built a roadmap to the nomination for Dr. Ben CarsonTrumpCarson is a one-two punch that has everyone deeply concerned about the jab, when a massive left hook is ready to rain down upon them.

Trump Repeatedly Goes Off Book

One of the biggest reasons Trump resonates so much for people is that he absorbs the attacks of the media and doesn’t cower in Donald Trumpthe corner when they come.  His immigration stand has been predictably branded racist, his rhetoric maligned and yet he consistently doubles-down and stays on message. When attacked, he attacks.  Carson sees this, and has added this arrow to his quiver.

Consider just last week, when Carson was assailed by internet reports that statements in his book may be less than truthful.  Conventional wisdom (along with most political pundits) says the best course of action is to ignore attack attempts and they go away.  Perhaps make a benign statement, but under no circumstances do you make it a big deal and lower yourself to their level as to do so only raises the reach of the reports.

Also Read: 5 Reasons to Support Donald Trump

Carson’s response was to do the exact opposite.  He didn’t back down, shrug it off or calmly hope it went away.  He stole a page from Trump, came out swinging and destroyed the narrative, reportedly pulling in a huge day of contributions in the process.   It was pure genius and nothing a party operative would ever endorse, which is part of why it worked. Highly paid pundits build campaigns like Jeb Bush’s where the strategy is to hang around, avoid gaffes, say little and hope you are the last man standing. In a crowded field, that is a recipe for failure.

Trump Draws Crowds

Record audiences come to see what insane blather Mr. Trump may invent at each debate, but along the way they stay to hear the Top Survival Blogreal candidates.   The platform Donald provides is invaluable to those offering real solutions and prudent commentary.  Carson has capitalized and come off as sensible and thoughtful.  He’s the perfect yin to Trump’s yang, and yet the only reason his homespun solutions get any attention at all is because of the intense media coverage provided by Trump.

Yes, Carson is unpolished and at times awkward, but it only adds to this charm.  He’s not a politician, he’s a guy.   In a world where “would you have a beer with this guy” is the lowest common denominator in selecting a leader of the free world, this plays well.   People want to vote for a guy! It is all very “W” of him as Bush was a candidate who repeatedly showed up very poorly at the debates, but ultimately won two terms based on likability.

Trump Has Moral Baggage

Perhaps most importantly is the contrast between the two men –as men.  Trump is on wife #3, has declared bankruptcy multiple times, was born into money and is a tone-deaf narcissist.  He isn’t even bought in to 90% of his own party’s platform.  He is an opportunist who sees a chance to self-promote and has struck out to do just that.  All of this makes him wholly and completely un-electable by a conservative party.

Carson on the other hand is the real American success story.  Rising from poverty through hard work and sacrifice and creating first generation wealth and esteem.  Most importantly, he actually believes in the ideas that made the Republican Party great (40 years ago).  Personal accountability, equal protections and incentivizing people to help themselves are not just ideas, they are a way of life.

Few politicians have a moral framework, fewer still actually will attempt to govern from it.  Carson seems like the rare exception.  He knows right from wrong, understands America and appears poised to govern on principles rather than opinion polls.  Not since Ronald Reagan have we seen a president who merges policy with principles and it is high time we did.

The Takeaway

The point of all of this is not to malign Trump, but to thank him.  Without his passion and energy, we’d be doomed to Clinton part 3.  He truly is the carnival barker of our generation.  Thank goodness Dr. Carson is there to back all the hype with real solutions.

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How To Can Your Own Chicken

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How To Can Your Own Chicken Canning meat is one of the best ways to be prepared. It also can save you a boatload of money too. For example, if you don’t raise your own chickens you can always find deals on chicken at your local store so when they have sale buy it all …

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Terror Attack Rocks Paris Again: At least 40 dead

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Wounded people are evacuated from the Stade de France in Paris on November 13 after explosions were reported during a football match between France and Germany.
Happening right know. At least 40 people have been killed in various bomb and firearms attack across Paris and 60 people are believed to be held hostage.

Terror grips Paris

As these events keep happening it is more important than ever to be prepared on a very realistic, very practical sense of the word. Everything comes into play: From what you carry with you so as to defend yourself and your loved ones, how we react when we notice something suspicious, do we listen to our gut instinct or do we pretend not to hear it so as to not look paranoid, down to what you have with you to treat hemorrhage and maybe stop someone from bleeding to death, to where we decide to live and which places we frequent.

How To Purify Water Safely Camping or Outdoors:  5 Ways to Purify Lake or River Water

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Purifying Water OutdoorsIt doesn’t matter if you are hiking, kayak fishing or on a hunting trip, any outdoor excursion can go awry in a hurry if you aren’t geared with the proper survival equipment or don’t have a clean water supply.

If you’re not carrying your own supply of water in with you, you’ll need to purify the water you find in the wilderness.  To purify water while camping, you have five great options available to you: Boiling water, water treatments, water filters, water purifiers, and UV methods.

Let’s look at 5 great ways to purify lake or river water next time you’re out in the wilds.

Boiling:  Boiling water is a simple and effective way to purify water for drinking. There’s nothing to it: Collect the water into a pot or other container, put it on the camp stove, and boil it at a full boil for at least one minute (at least 3 minutes at altitudes above 6,562 feet).

That’s all it takes.

Boiling kills the bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that will ruin your trip. However, boiling does nothing for the mud and other particulate matter. But if you’re patient, you can leave the water out for a bit and the mud will settle to make drinking more pleasant.

If you aren’t used to boiling your own water, below is a quick video with a demonstration as well as the benefits & negative aspects.


Water Treatments:  Water treatments come in two basic types: chlorine and iodine. Chlorine comes in tablets that you dissolve in water and let stand for 15 minutes.

Iodine, which comes in tablets, crystals, or tinctures, works the same way, though iodine should not be used by pregnant women or people with thyroid issues.

If you aren’t familiar with the treatment options from a chemical perspective, below is a quick video.


Water Filters:  Water filters are great options for purifying water when camping. They’re easy to use, and are available in personal or larger, portable models for two or more people.

Filters do a good job on protozoa and bacteria, but will not filter out viruses. Water filters work by straining the water through an internal element using a hand pump, gravity, or in a sip tube. They also leave the mud out, so you get a nice clean drink.

Below is a quick method to make a quick survival water filter own your own.


Water Purifiers:  Water purifiers are the next step up in convenient, portable water purification solutions. They feature a combination of a filter and chemical compounds or, most recently, a multiple filter system.

To be marketed as a water purifier in the United States, the device must meet or exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Guide Standard and Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers.

EPA-registered products must destroy 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% or viruses and 99.9% of protozoa. Water purifiers are affordable and provide safe, reliable filtration.

Below is a quick video of three popular water filters.


Ultraviolet Light Methods:  Ultraviolet light can also be used to purify water. At the correct intensity, UV light contains ample radiation to destroy the DNA in bacteria and other organisms.

Most UV purifiers pass water through a UV irradiated chamber to sterilize the water. The downside to UV purification is the expense: Even a simple handheld unit is costly.

However, UV radiation uses no chemicals, leaving you with pure, tasty drinking water.

One key to making the UV filter work properly: The water must be agitated enough so that particles do not obstruct the light, or pre-filtered to remove sediment before purifying

One popular UV water sterilization method is the Steri-pen. You can see that product broken down in the video below.

Wrap Up:

While there are several ways to make sure the water you are about to drink is clean, any of the methods mentioned above should keep you out of harms way on your next outdoor excursion.


We are not responsible for any unsuccessful attempts by you to purify water.  The suggestions above are widely used but purify your own water at your own risk.

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Apollo-Tactical Compound Bow Giveaway & Review

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Apollo-Tactical Compound Bow Giveaway & Review

Are you a bow hunter? Or have you ever used a compound bow? Even if you aren’t I bet you will be when you win this Tactical Compound Bow package from Apollo-Tactical.

This is not your run of the mill compound bow, this a top of the line milled aluminum compound bow with all the bells and whistles included. This package has everything you need to hit the range or head out hunting.

This bow weights 4.5 lbs and includes adjustable draw length 19” – 30” (without bow press) and adjustable draw weight 15 Lbs – 70 Lbs (without bow press) sending arrows flying through the air at up to 320 FPS (Feet Per Second) making it ideal for any shooter.

This bow also includes a built in weighted dampening system designed to reduce vibration & sound, and the forward site comes with 5 adjustable fiber optic/UV reactive pins and a UV LED light (batteries installed). The site is also horizontally and vertically adjustable.

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Aaron has set up a coupon code for fans of Survivalist Prepper for $100 off, and if you buy one now you have an even better chance of winning a second one. Just use the coupon code “grayman” (without quotes) at checkout.

So here we go!

I am happy to announce one of the best giveaways we have had here at Survivalist Prepper…

And it’s just in time for Christmas…Sweet right!?

But, before we get into the rules for the contest I have a few more prizes to mention!

Along with the compound bow form Apollo-Tactical I am going to add a few consolation prizes as well. Here is what we are going to add the giveaway to sweeten the pot…

IMPORTANT: Make sure and watch the video below for more details about all the prizes.

Alright, so let get to the important stuff…


The contest will start on November 13th and the winner will be picked on December 11th. That way there is plenty of time to get these out to you before Christmas.

Because we are combining the Survivalist Prepper Academy Members monthly giveaway and a giveaway for fans of Survivalist Prepper there are going to be 2 different pools that we pick from, the entries pool and the winner’s pool.

Here’s How it Works…

Current Academy Members will be given 5 entries right off the bat that automatically go into the winner’s pool.

IMPORTANT: If you are not a member and would like to become one, you can become a member by using this page we are offering exclusively for this contest. [Visit the Contest Page Here] To see what the Academy is all about first click here.

I will get notified when you use this page to sign up, and you will automatically get your bonus entries.

If you purchase one of these compound bows before the contest ends you will get 15 extra entries, plus a free lifetime membership to the academy giving you 20 total extra entries in the winner’s pool.

Make sure and use the coupon code “grayman” (without quotes) to get $100 off.

The second pool is for everyone else (including academy members). We are going to pick 10 names from this pool and add them to the winner’s pool.

IMPORTANT: This doesn’t need to be 10 different names, if the same name gets picked twice, that person goes into the winner’s pool twice.

IMPORTANT: I will pick all the winners (from the winner’s pool) on December 11th and post the video here as well as our YouTube channel and Facebook. You can also get on our email list (if you are not already) and get important updates about this giveaway.

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IMPORTANT: The winner’s will be given 2 days to respond. If they do not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.

If the winner of the compound bow does not respond within 48 hours, one of the current winners will be moved up, and a new consolation prize winner will be picked.

How to Enter…

This video explains everything about how this contest works. From what the prizes are, to how to win, to how you can enter.

REMEMBER: You can enter daily to increase your chances of winning!

Good Luck Everyone!

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4 Reasons Everyone Should Live In The Woods (At Least For A Little While)

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life; living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”

― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

4 Reasons Everyone Should Live In The Woods (At Least For A Little While)

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live, just for a little while, in the woods? To become part of the intricate weave of nature, to live simply, eagerly drinking in all of God’s beauty around you? For many people, spending time living in the woods is a life-enriching experience that they won’t soon forget. But for nearly all people, just being in nature for a while has been proven to be highly therapeutic.

Here are just some of the reasons why leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind for a while may need to be something you put on your “to-do list.”

1. You feel small

Yes, that’s right, I said small. Far too often we think too highly of ourselves and our neat urban lifestyle. A move to the woods where the trees are big, the moon is big, and you are somewhat vulnerable to the natural life teeming around you, makes you feel small. Feeling small helps remind you of your own natural state and be bigness of God. This is a very humbling experience to say the least.

2. You realize what you really need

Do you need your Dish Network with 170 channels to survive? What about your expensive Italian leather sofa or your 12-inch memory foam mattress? Chances are, these are nothing but luxuries that you have become accustomed to, and they certainly are not necessary for you to live a long and happy life.

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What about thinking about just what you need to survive, the essentials? When you spend time living in the woods either in a small cabin or even a yurt or wall tent, you begin to appreciate just how few things you need to live. This is another great wake-up call that keeps you humble.

3. You learn new skills

4 Reasons Everyone Should Live In The Woods (At Least For A Little While)

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If you are not accustomed to anything but city life, moving to the woods will require you to learn some new skills: whether it be building, growing food, hunting, fishing, building a fire, etc. Take time to embrace the opportunity to learn these new things and work with your hands and be creative while you are at it.

4. You de-stress

Many people living in busy urban centers carry with them a great amount of daily living stress. Running here and there, working long hours at work and keeping a busy social schedule leave little time for peace and quiet. A move to the woods demands one to slow down and be still. At first, this may be almost impossible, depending on how stressed you are. However, over time, the peace and perfectness of nature will begin to calm your soul, and you will find yourself more relaxed than you have ever been before.

Often, people recovering from illness retreat to the woods for solace and healing. Spending time apart from your busy life will help to put things into perspective and allow you to value each day for what it really is.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with your in-the-woods venture, be sure to do research before heading out. Perhaps you will rent a small cabin, build your own place or live in a yurt or a tent. The best thing is to be prepared and know at least a little bit about what to expect before you make the move. Then, simply enjoy it all.

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Gear Review – Uberfire – Fire

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In the world of survival, the biggest challenges are to focus on the four main categories: Fire, shelter, water, and food. Each category can be a challenge in itself and the order in which each is obtained can be crucial to life and limb. After doing some research, I wanted to ensure I could reduce the risk … Continue reading

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Prepping: Can It Lead To Hoarding?

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Prepping Can It Lead to Hoarding

Prepping could lead to hoarding for a very small percentage of people. However, as with any condition described as a disorder there are varying degrees. We all probably “hoard” to some extent, but most of us would never get to the point where we would be eligible to get on the reality show Hoarding: Buried Alive.

Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items (MAYO Clinic, 2015).

You are not a hoarder by definition necessarily if your home becomes cluttered with items you may think you will need at some point. However, will that point ever come, and just how much do you really need. Planning is important, and knowing when to gather up items for a crisis, and knowing when to get rid of others is all part of prepping.

There is being prepared and then there is simply prepping for the sake of prepping. At some point a person may begin gathering and then refuse to discard items that have no practical use now or a foreseeable use in the future. Without a clear idea of something’s use, then why not get rid of it. Ask yourself why you saved a particular item. If you have no idea why, then it may be time to bag and toss that item.

In theory any item would have a use down the road, but look at the probability of ever using it, and then look at the fact that if you do discard an item can it be replaced at relatively little cost. If you are collecting plastic water jugs, for example, at some point you would have to start getting rid of the older ones, because you simply do not have the space to store them.

You may buy water in gallon jugs and save the empty ones for future use on a regular basis, but do you need to store every single one you have ever purchased. When you start tripping over items you have collected it may be time to bag some up and put by the curb.


You need an emergency supply of food, but you cannot just keep piling it up, and not ever incorporate the older supply into your daily menu. Even though some emergency rations have an extended shelf life you still have to inspect the food, check the dates, and use what may be getting close to its life expectancy.

You always want a fresh supply on hand for an emergency, so you do have to rotate and replace. You should always have some idea of how much you need on hand for the most obvious threats you and your community face. You need a plan, and you have to revise and adapt as the situation on the ground changes.

Survey after survey shows that only a small percentage of people in this country are prepared for any type of emergency. When a family is not prepared, and then a snow storm is predicated they panic buy. They rush out and buy generators, bags of ice melt, snow shovels, snow blowers, and then load their carts up with batteries, jugs of water, canned soups, diapers, candles and whatever else is left on the shelves.

In many cases, they have spent money that they didn’t have. They bought out of fear, their decision making processed was skewed, and they didn’t have a plan. They bought on impulse brought about by fear. They may have skipped the mortgage payment or let the car payment slide because a storm is coming and they need food and lots of it, they need milk, bread, canned food, snacks and the list goes on. This is short term hoarding to some extent. After the crisis has passed many find they didn’t use much if any of the supplies they so desperately thought they needed.

Just Got to Have Gear and Gadgets

Need or want, you do need to know the difference, and you also need to be able to differentiate between collecting items, because you are a collector and it is your hobby, and buying items you plan on using.

Collectors buy pieces and then never use them, but they may display them. They may sit for hours looking at them, still in the original box or package, never opened, and they never intend to open the box. They are not hoarders. They are collectors, and they know exactly what they are doing. They want fine art, rare firearms, certain toys, knives, coins, stamps and so on. They want and can afford things they would never use in any practical manner.

The rest of us do not have the financial resources to buy what we want just so we can say we are the only one that has that rare piece. Most of us have to budget for things we need and for things we want, and we simply cannot afford to buy things just for the sake of it. We buy and use things and when they no longer do as intended we should toss them in the trash and be done with it.

If you stop and think about it, some of what you have is simply something you wanted, and not something you needed to survive. We are talking about supplies, gear and gadgets you may pick up to survive an emergency, survive becoming lost in the wilds, survive a major natural disaster, not everyday items you need during the normal course of the day.

Everyone has a favorite knife that has seen better days a favorite pair of  hiking boots or shoes with holes in the sole, that coat that needs patching that you cannot part with. We all have been there, are there, and will be there again and again. However, when you have dozens of rusty old knives with no practical use, when you have shoes, boots or coats that cannot be worn again and yet are still in the closet, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate. Start sorting and start bagging up things you can’t use before you cannot keep track of what you do, and do not have to get you through an emergency.

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How to Build a Super Top Secret Bunker under Your House

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How to Build a Super Top Secret Bunker under Your House Can’t afford a regular bunker? Build a secret one under your own house. This artilce shows you how a man is making a secret bunker under his house. Not everyone can make this type of bunker, but a lot can. Message him with questions if …

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How To Make Emergency Fuel: Bucket Biodiesel

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How To Make Emergency Fuel: Bucket Biodiesel There are a lot of how to make biodiesel articles floating around on the web,  I have looked at them all over the years. Some are good some not so good. I was doing my daily search of information and came across one of the best articles about …

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Hunting and Plant Gathering After Nuclear Fallout

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nuclear falloutI was recently doing some research on radiation and came across some information in a government publication on gathering wild food after nuclear fallout.  This was written for the US military.  The first part talked about gathering packaged and canned foods.  Canned foods should have the labels removed and then be washed.  The food inside will be good.

Foods stored inside closed containers or protected areas like cellars should be safe.  However, you need to wash them prior to handling or eating.

Now what about Hunting Animals

First, assume that all animals, regardless of their living conditions have been exposed to nuclear fallout.  Nuclear fallout affects animals in the same way it affects humans.  Most animals that are exposed will get sick or die within the first month. If no other foods are available you will have to use these animals as a food source.

  • Follow these rules
  • Do not eat any animals that appear to be sick. It may have developed a bacterial infection because of poisoning from nuclear fallout.  This meat even if thoroughly cooked could cause illness or death.
  • Carefully skin all animals to prevent fallout particles from the skin and fur from contacting the meat. Do not eat meat close to the bones and joints, as 90% of the radiation is in the animal’s skeleton. Leave at least an 1/8 inch of meat on all bones.  Discard all internal organs such as the liver, kidneys and heart, since they concentrate beta and gamma radiation.  The remaining muscle meat should be ok to eat.
  • Cook all meat until it is well done.
  • Use fish, aquatic animals or plants only in an extreme emergency. They will be much more contaminated than land animals.
  • All eggs should be safe to eat.
  • Avoid all milk in contaminated areas.

Gathering plants after nuclear fallout

Plants become contaminated by the accumulation of nuclear fallout on their leaves or by absorbing it through their roots.

  • Your first choice of plants should be plants that grow their eatable portions underground. Examples would be potatoes, turnips, carrots, or Jerusalem Artichokes.  These should be safe to eat, once you scrub them and remove their skins.
  • Your second choice is plants that have a smooth skin that you can remove after thoroughly washing. Examples would be bananas, apples, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, or similar foods.
  • Your third choice would be any smooth skinned fruit, vegetable or plant that that you cannot easily peel. Wash them thoroughly.
  • Just remember the effectiveness of scrubbing is directly related to the roughness of the surface of the plants surface. Washing can remove up to 90% of the nuclear fallout from smooth skin plants, but only 50% from rough skinned ones. Eat rough skinned plants only as a last resort.

This information comes from the latest version of the U.S Army Survival Manual.  Hope you never have to use it.



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What Is The Best Survival Take-down Bow?

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Choosing the right survival weapon can be a difficult choice. Do I take the 25lb M60 with 5lbs of ammo, or the much quieter and easier to pack, 2 lb survival takedown bow? I know some of you will still end up carrying the heavy weaponry but for this short review we will be comparing two of the most popular survival takedown bows.

The SAS Tactical Survival Bow vs the Primal Gear Compact Folding Survival Bow.

These are both excellent bows but there are some key differences. In this short video, Craig reviews both of these products and offers an awesome giveaway!

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Bugging out Lessons Learned While Hunting

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4/5 (9) I went hunting for the first time this year earlier in the week. I have been waiting for deer season to open up in my neck of the woods and finally got my chance to get out there and try my luck at bringing home some meat to fill my family’s freezer. The […]

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5 ‘Forgotten Foods’ Your Grandparents Ate That You Should, Too

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It seems as though our grandparents and great-grandparents were overall much healthier, despite having lived off of a diet high in fat, meat and carbs. There is a lot of debate and varying opinions about why past generations seemed healthier. Regardless of what you believe, you can’t deny that diet is a major factor in health.

Here are 5 foods that were common on the dinner plate that you may want to add to your diet.

1. Homemade butter

If you’ve never had homemade butter, you’re really missing out. Butter made from grass-fed raw milk is absolutely delicious and loaded with nutrients to boot. Fat is nothing to fear when it’s from a source like this.

The benefits of homemade butter are numerous, including:

  • Is a high source of easily absorbable vitamin A.
  • Is loaded with antioxidants which protect against free radicals and fortify arteries.
  • Is rich in vitamins E, K and D.
  • Helps reduce stiffness in those with arthritis.
  • Helps keep the brain and nervous system performing well.
  • Helps protects and heals gastrointestinal infections.

Making homemade butter isn’t difficult and you don’t need a churn. All you will need is milk, a little salt and either a mixer or a simple jar.

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2. Organs

In past generations organs were certainly not wasted and often relished as a tasty, nutritious meal. Even though not everyone is a fan, it is well-worth it to add them to your diet every now and then.

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Some of the best types of organs include:

  • Heart (beef, lamb and chicken) – technically a muscle.
  • Liver (beef).
  • Brain (any).
  • Kidney (beef).

Other options are tripe and tongue.

Organs tend to be an acquired taste, and generally beef organs are a little milder compared to lamb, mutton, pig, etc. Organs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fats and amino acids. Liver is particularly nutritionally powerful and actually has the highest amount of vitamin A of any foods. An added bonus of these organs is how inexpensive they tend to be.

3. Bone broth

5 ‘Forgotten Foods’ Your Grandparents Ate That You Should, TooBone broth or bone stock is another food item that many people pass up, instead buying a premade stock from the grocery store. This is a real shame, since homemade bone broth isn’t just more delicious but also very healthy. Plus, it reduces waste by using up those leftover beef or chicken bones.

Bone broth can be made from really any bones, even fish (which is quite popular in Asian cuisine). This protein-packed elixir is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Even studies have proven that chicken bone broth truly does help get rid of a cold! Read this article to learn how to make it.

You can use your bone broth in a soup or simply drink a mug of it.

4 Fermented foods

While some cultures still eat a lot of fermented foods, most Americans don’t — save perhaps for pickles. Since most people don’t rely on canning to preserve their foods, the use of fermentation isn’t really common. For past generations, fermentation was used more often to increase the longevity of food. The fermentation process also gives different nutrition.

Some of the most common fermented foods include:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Kimchi
  • Salsa

While some of the above fermented foods are from different cultures, they are still a healthy food you can enjoy. Properly fermented foods are filled with vitamins, minerals and probiotics. These will, of course, vary depending on the vegetables you use. There are also different methods for fermenting produce.

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Some recipes require a brine, like pickles, while other foods, such as sauerkraut, can be lacto-fermented. Lacto-fermentation simply uses salt and spices, along with water. Some sauerkraut and kimchi recipes use no water. Instead, the salt naturally pulls moisture from the produce.

You can find tons of at-home pickle and other fermented food recipes online. I highly recommend you give them a try. Aside from health benefits, it is also a great way to ensure you don’t waste extra produce from your garden.

5. Wild game

Hunting is still a popular hobby in many parts of the US, but it’s safe to say that most of our grandparents or great-grandparents ate wild game much more often. Wild game, both large and small, offer health benefits that many normal meats from livestock don’t.

As a whole, wild game is far leaner than beef, pork or lamb. The meat is also believed to be nutritionally superior, because the animals ate what they were supposed to eat. Rather than consuming grains and hay, deer and elk eat a variety of fresh foods. Compared to most commercial livestock, meat from wild game is much higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

As mentioned before, it isn’t just big game like deer, elk or antelope that is good for us. Don’t forget about small game like rabbits and even squirrel. If you live in a rural area but don’t hunt, ask your neighbors or friends that do hunt if you could buy off a portion of their deer or other animal from them. Most wild game takes a little getting used to for some people, while others find that they taste delicious. It is definitely worth a try!

Please share your favorite meals and/or recipes your grandparents may have passed down to you in the comment section below!

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Potassium Iodide Tablets Shelf Life

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In case you have been wondering about the shelf life of potassium iodide tablets, also branded as iOSAT, I discovered that what I had thought about it has been incorrect… For those of you who don’t know what they are, they’re basically ‘nuke pills’ that help prevent radioactive iodine from getting into the thyroid gland […]

Friday Farm Blog – Nov. 13, 2015

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The past few weeks have been overwhelmingly busy, with a sick family member, a trip coming up, fall farm tasks, and life in general, and I missed writing the Friday Farm Blog and sending out newsletters. In fact, I have hardly written at all because I was too busy doing life to write about life. I’d think I was a slacker if I didn’t know how much I’d been working.

Sometimes I get a wild hair to organize, and I can’t rest until every nook and cranny is perfect. That has been this week. I began with my canning pantry, but then decided the rest of that closet needed to be redone. Then I moved on to the bathroom, then it was the kitchen…well, you get the idea. Maybe it’s fall nesting, but I’m only halfway done and I just want to keep going. An organized house makes me feel great because it looks good, but from a prepper’s point of view, it’s really helpful to be able to lay hands on everything ASAP.  That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

The other night, I woke to my giant 150-pound guard dog yelping frantically.  I raced downstairs, armed, worried that there was an intruder again who had done harm to the dog this time. When I peered outside, he was thrashing around frantically, rolling in the dirt. I was alarmed and baffled until I smelled it…he’d been sprayed, and sprayed thoroughly, by a skunk.

Now, we got Thor when he was about 2 years old, so his puppyhood cannot be blamed on me. He was raised as a working dog, and as such, wasn’t bathed or brushed or treated like a pet. So I’m pretty sure he’s never had a bath in his entire life, and when your dog is bigger than you are, bathing them when they’re unwilling doesn’t seem like the best idea. Great Pyrenees dogs have a strange fur that repels dirt, oil, and grime, and his dust bath seemed to remove the greatest part of the horrible smell. It’s a good thing, because he hates water. If you spray him with the hose he runs away like you tried to set him on fire. Apparently, all it takes to defeat a 150 pound guard dog is a skunk or a water gun.

(He has a dog house, but prefers to sleep on this too-small dog bed on the front porch, which he drags right in front of the door, regardless of what more convenient place I move it to.)

Thor's dog bed

I digress. Thor didn’t smell too badly by the next day due to his Pyr coat.

But the house!!!! We’d had a window cracked in the kitchen, and that dreadful smell permeated everything before I realized what had happened.  I’ve tried all sorts of remedies for skunk smell, sprayed essential oils, and washed or cleaned everything that was washable and cleanable. Still, when we return home after being out for a while, you could smell a faint odor. The solution seems to be to place open cups of vinegar everywhere. This absorbs the smell, and seems to be getting rid of the final hints. Of course, now my house sort of smells like cole slaw, but it’s so very preferable to Eau de Skunk.

My chickens and ducks are finally low maintenance. They’re out of the delicate baby stage and only require a visit or two per day to keep them fed and watered. I’m impatiently awaiting the arrival of the first egg. Thus far, my waiting has been in vain. The oldest ones are just over 6 months old and I was really hoping for our own eggs by Christmas. Maybe we’ll have fried chicken instead. (Kidding – the girls all have names so we have no plans to eat them.)

Here’s a picture from Birdland, AKA, the coop and run. If you had a bird phobia and walked in there, you’d be scarred for life, since they all anxiously surround you, hoping to be the first to get whatever treat you must certainly be bringing them.


Last week, I canned more applesauce and  also some coleslaw. 3 entire heads of cabbage only made me 5 pints and 1 quart of sweet-and-sour slaw. I expected to get a bit more from that much cabbage, but it’s nice to have a side that I can pull out of the pantry like that. This week’s canning will be more apples, some pumpkin, and some pears.

Who else is looking forward to Thanksgiving?  The week of, we are traveling to visit Granny, who has some special festivities planned before the date. She has travel plans on the holiday itself, so we’ll be returning with my oldest daughter, the recent college graduate, in tow. I’m looking forward to a lengthy visit with her. This, by the way, is the awesome thing about homeschooling. We can travel whenever we want to, without getting “permission” from the school or worrying about threatening letters from the truancy board. (That’s a real thing, much to my surprise.) My homeschool kiddo just takes school along with her, and gets to enjoy great adventures without the hassle of all of the other vacationing families. I think our feast will be on “Black Friday” because there is no sale in the world that could compel me to leave the house on that day.

So, what’s going on in your neck of the woods?  Are you still preserving and harvesting? (I know our growing season is pretty lengthy, so lots of places are probably finished with the harvesting.) What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Share in the comments below.

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Keeping the “Special” in Special Occasions: 10 Tips for Celebrating During Hard Times

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Need a low budget birthday or anniversary idea? Check this out: Keeping the "special" in special occasions! 10 tips for celebrating in hard times.Who doesn’t love special occasions?  Holidays are a great time to relax and enjoy life and family.  But what if life isn’t so good and your family is going through a hard time?   Large scale disasters, or personal disasters like experiencing job loss, family stress, or loss of a loved one can severely limit the time, energy, and money available for “extras”.  Regardless of our personal situation however, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and even super special occasions like weddings will still happen.  Being able to set these days apart as special is a morale booster that may be particularly necessary if you are going through a hard time.  You don’t need a huge party to let someone know they are loved and honored.  Try some of these low budget ideas to keep the “special” in those special occasions even when resources are limited.

1.  Do something instead of buying something.  Experiences can be more memorable than gifts.  Even if all you can do is something small, make a memory.  Walk in the woods.  Picnic on the grass (or in the living room).  Read a special book together.  Have a karaoke night.  You get the idea.

2.  Make something instead of buying something.  Homemade gifts speak volumes about the level of thought you put into celebrating the other person or event.  Use your crafting skills and make something meaningful.  A friend of mine has a metal rose made by her husband who was a welder.  Absolutely beautiful, low cost, and more meaningful than a box of chocolates.  Can you work with wood?  Knit or crochet?  Paint or draw?  Surely you can write!  Create a book of things you love or admire about the other person, or write a heartfelt note.

3.  Involve friends and family.  Having special people over can be a treat in itself.  Or have each friend or family member write down a memory they have shared with the person who is celebrating their special day and box them up as a gift.  Free but priceless.  This does take some prior planning so everyone can participate!  No procrastinating here!

4.  Make your own bouquet.  Want to give flowers?  How about a wildflower bouquet.  Or cut flowers from your own flower garden. If you don’t have a flower garden, ask a friend or neighbor who has one if you can use some of their flowers for a bouquet.

5.  Shop all year.  Clearance sales and other special occasion sales like Black Friday can produce some great gifts. So can some yard sales.  Buy it cheap, stash it, and you have something to give when that special day rolls around.

6.  Give things you already have.  This can work lots of ways.  Maybe an older brother doesn’t use his toy car anymore and you can gift it to the younger one.  Clothes that were worn very little by one sister might be loved by another.  Make sure to get the permission of whoever is giving up the soon-to-be-gifted item!  Some of my favorite gifts were given to me this way by my grandparents–ornaments off my Grandma’s Christmas tree, vases and a nativity set from my other grandparents.  Things you might think have little value become valuable because they are a piece of you.

7.  Use special place settings.  Break out the china.  Or just give the birthday boy or anniversary couple special plates.  Pick up holiday themed paper plates and napkins on clearance after the holiday and they’ll be ready to use the next year for making anything you put on it a little more special.

8. Keep party stuff in your food storage and emergency supplies.  No need to go overboard here and buy out a party supply store!  A few cake mixes, frosting, or ingredients to make them will go a long way.  If the power is out, you may need an alternative method for baking your cake.  A Sun Oven, dutch oven and coals, or HERC tea light oven would all work great.  And you do have candles in your emergency supplies, right?  Stick one on that cake you just baked, or use them for a candlelight dinner.

9. Learn to produce some of your own specialty foods.  As you plan your garden, farm, or hunting season, plan for the foods you want to have for your special occasions.  Love pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?  Grow pumpkins.  Want a turkey?  Raise one.  One year my family produced everything we needed to make our own Thanksgiving meal.  It was a little different (nobody could grow cranberries and we had fish and venison in addition to the turkey), but it was fantastic!

10. Simplify now.  As parents, sometimes we want to give our kids everything they want.  If you regularly go to extremes celebrating special occasions, it might be hard to do something small when you’re experiencing hard times.  The good thing is that people, especially kids, don’t need a lot of the “stuff” we get them.  Trimming back on what you spend and simplifying holidays now will help if there comes a time when you need to do less.  One family I know has simplified Christmas by giving each child only four gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read.  Are there traditions you could start now to simplify your special occasions?

Celebrating should not need to end if things get hard.  Using these ideas can help your family keep the “special” in special occasions regardless of your personal circumstances.  Have any other ideas?  I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!

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Earth Changes Accelerate As 12 Major Earthquakes Hit Chile Within The Last 24 Hours

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By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

Something strange is happening to our planet.  Over the past 30 days, there seems to have been much more “shaking” than normal, and this is particularly true along the Ring of Fire.  This afternoon I visited the official website of the U.S. Geological Survey, and I discovered that Chile had been hit with 12 major earthquakes within the last 24 hours alone.  The smallest was of magnitude 4.4, and the two largest both measured magnitude 6.9.  We have also seen dozens of volcanoes erupt recently, including the incredibly dangerous Mt. Popocatepetl in Mexico.  Fortunately we have not seen a major disaster that kills thousands of people yet, but many believe that all of this shaking is leading up to one.  In addition, the weather all over the world continues to get freakier and freakier.  Just today, Yemen was hit by a second major tropical cyclone in less than a week.  Any one of these strange disasters in isolation may not seem like that big of a deal, but when you start putting all of the pieces together it starts to become clear that something really significant is taking place.

So why are all of these things happening?  Well, some experts point to the sun.  In recent years there has been a tremendous amount of hype about “global warming”, but the truth is that evidence is starting to emerge that indicates that our sun might be heading into a period of “hibernation”

The sun will go into “hibernation” mode around 2030, and it has already started to get sleepy. At the Royal Astronomical Society’s annual meeting in July, Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University in the UK confirmed it – the sun will begin its Maunder Minimum (Grand Solar Minimum) in 15 years. Other scientists had suggested years ago that this change was imminent, but Zharkova’s model is said to have near-perfect accuracy.

And what did we see last winter?  It was a very cold, bitter winter that set new all-time records all over the planet.  Here is more from that same article

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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Pacific Fire Hose to Aid Drought Across Western US Into Early Next Week

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

Heavy rain will soak portions of Washington and British Columbia through Friday, leading to flash flooding before spreading inland through the weekend.

“A fire hose of moisture extending from the western Pacific Ocean to western North America will focus over British Columbia to Washington state through Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

The heaviest rain will fall across the Olympic and Cascade mountains of Washington as well as Vancouver Island and the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Total rainfall could exceed 10 inches (250 mm) in some locations through this weekend.

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Volcanoes Today, 13 Nov 2015: Lokon-Empung Volcano, Etna

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Etna’s steaming New SE crater this morning

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Etna’s New SE crater is the likely site of new activity in the near future. Intense steaming from the eastern vent of the youngest summit crater suggests that magma is not far from the surface.
Over the past two weeks, 5 episodes of increased tremor and increased degassing occurred from the crater, but so far all ended without an eruption – one could call them “failed attempts” to produce the otherwise typical paroxysms. Another such episode might be about to start at the time of this update (check the webcams).
In the meantime, weak strombolian activity continues at the vent inside the Voragine crater.

Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): The volcano has been relatively calm at the surface, but internal unrest continues to be significant. VSI keeps the alert level at “Siaga” (Alert) or 3 (out of 4), where it has been since July 2011.
A mild gradual increase in seismic activity over the past 2-3 months has been noted. The latest bulletin issued yesterday reminds the public to keep a safety distance of 2.5 km around the Tompaluan crater, where new fractures were formed during and after the eruption on 13 Sep last year. Sudden phreatic or phreatomagmatic explosions (caused by overheated steam and/or contact between water and magma), with associated ballistic ejections, pyroclastic flows and ash falls could occur any time with little to no warning.

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 13 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (148 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 13 Nov 15:07 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 13 Nov (91 earthquakes)
Fri, 13 Nov 14:44 UTC M 3.2 / 29.7 km – [info] (314 km) FRONTERA_CON_PANAMA


Fri, 13 Nov 14:40 UTC M 2.9 / 102 km – [info] (43 km) TARAPACA, CHILE


Fri, 13 Nov 14:36 UTC M 3.9 / 40 km – [info] (391 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Fri, 13 Nov 14:04 UTC M 4.8 / 18 km – [info] (58 km) SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION


Fri, 13 Nov 14:00 UTC M 3.2 / 35 km – [info] (322 km) FAR E OFF CENTRAL HONSHU


Fri, 13 Nov 13:37 UTC M 4.0 / 7 km – [info] (251 km) NW WAKAYAMA PREF


Fri, 13 Nov 13:21 UTC M 2.9 / 8.2 km – [info] (48 km) YUMRUKAYA-TATVAN (BITLIS)


Fri, 13 Nov 13:16 UTC M 3.1 / 9.6 km – [info] (128 km) E OFF HACHIJOJIMA ISLAND


Fri, 13 Nov 13:10 UTC M 3.4 – [info] Cotopaxi (7 km) Ecuador – Cotopaxi


Fri, 13 Nov 12:58 UTC M 3.1 / 95.8 km – [info] (127 km) KUJUKURI COAST BOSO PEN


Fri, 13 Nov 12:56 UTC M 3.3 / 246.7 km – [info] (111 km) NW OFF SHAKOTAN PEN


Fri, 13 Nov 12:54 UTC M 5.1 / 60 km – [info] (136 km) MARIANA ISLANDS REGION


Fri, 13 Nov 12:46 UTC M 3.2 / 18.6 km – [info] (354 km) 89 km al O de La Higuera


GUG (U. Chile)
Fri, 13 Nov 12:25 UTC M 3.6 / 311.9 km – [info] Mt Fuji (12 km) MT. FUJI REGION


Fri, 13 Nov 12:21 UTC M 5.1 / 53 km – [info] (119 km) Mariana Islands


Fri, 13 Nov 12:17 UTC M 3.2 / 44.9 km – [info] (123 km) E OFF IBARAKI PREF


Fri, 13 Nov 12:10 UTC M 4.7 / 54 km – [info] (108 km) NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.



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Very Surprised At How Well This Heats

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I bought one of these a while ago and first thing that my hubby said was, “There is no way that will heat the whole house!”. Well , it has been really unseasonably warm here and we just now got to try this out. It was 29 the other night and windy. I turned this on in the kitchen before we went to bed. I got up in the middle of the night, dreaming I was in a desert dying of thirst. This Duraflame DFS-450-2 Carleton Electric Stove with Heater, Black really worked. Now , I do have to say – we are in a very small house. About 1000 square feet. If that much. So if you have a bigger house I would get 2 of these and have at the ends. Or just have in a room and keep door closed. We haven’t even gotten our gas turned on yet. This is surprisingly working so well. I had bought 2 of these Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch to put in the bedrooms just in case the “fireplace” didn’t heat well enough on its own. But, these Lasko 5307 Oscillating Ceramic Tower Heater, 16-Inch work very well, also. A couple of weeks ago we had our first frost warning overnight and we just used the small one in bedroom and it actually kept the whole house warm.Very surprised how well electric heaters work now. I can remember when I was a kid we had a heater for the bathroom and it never did even knock the chill off. It was awful. They have really come a long way in making these heaters work very well and they have great safety features also.

Woman’s Survival Guide

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Woman’s Survival Guide: 8 Things You Must Know to be Ready for Any Disaster (Survival Guide books, survival guide for beginners, survival guide for the modern world) was a free kindle book when this post was written. Fill your kindle with survival books. Learn more about Off-grid Kindles here!

Typically underrated during times of disasters, women are the backbone of communities and families. Throughout history and in many cultures, women are looked at to perform passive roles. It is now known that women are more than just nurturers and providers during disasters—they stand alongside their male counterparts or even, at times alone, actively being the glue to keep their families and loved ones out of harm’s way.

Being prepared for a disaster can determine how you act during the real situation. Survival Guide for Women: Get Your Family Ready for Any Disaster not only identifies potential disasters, but is also a step by step how to guide on what to do should you find yourself in disastrous situations with your family. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what to do before, during, and after any situation.

With this manual, women will find themselves ready for any situation, regardless of the severity.

Topics discussed include the following:

  • A brief discussion on women’s roles during times of disasters
  • What is a disaster
  • How to prepare your home for any disaster
  • Hurricanes and major storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Cold Weather Disasters
  • Fires
  • Road Accidents
  • Key Elements of a Circuit Breaker

Security LIghting

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My step-son just moved out into the boonies and has no security lighting at all! When the sun goes down it is pitch dark. So, we are getting him one of these Sunforce 82156 60 LED Solar Motion Light to help him out a bit. With being out there all by his self most of the time and then having his kids on the weekends , they have to have something out there to at least give them a bit of lighting outside and to let him know if someone walks up to his house.  Plus, if the power ever goes out , he will still have this light. I think that would shock someone who might walk up onto the house , if they know the power is out , and it is pitch dark. They would walk up there thinking that they could get in and BAM, this would light up and make them think twice about it!!

Vetigel – The gel that stops bleeding in seconds

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Vetigel is an algae-based gel that can stop bleeding in just a few seconds and is set to become the band aid of the future. According to the manufacturer this wonderful gel should be available for human use in the near future and it will revolutionize the way we heal. Being able to stop bleeding … Read more…

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11 Crazy Colorful Crafts Using Melted Crayons

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11 Crazy Colorful Crafts Using Melted Crayons

This collection features the perfect crafts for color-loving, creative children!

It’s amazing what you can conjure up with a few melted crayons – everything from decorative garlands to stunning luminaries and original pieces of artwork. Some of them can be done in a spare ten minutes while some of them will keep your little ones entertained all weekend.

It may sound obvious but have you ever thought about making your own new crayons from old ones? If you raid the kids craft drawer you’ll probably find loads of old, short and broken bits of crayon which they don’t use anymore…but these are exactly the bits you need, just simply melt them down and let them set. You could even experiment with different colors, shapes, scents and even glitter!

new crayons from old ones

These beautiful melted crayon luminaries will light up any occasion and the best part is, the kids can get involved with making them! Once finished, their brightly colored designs will bounce off the walls in a warming flicker. Simple but effective!

melted crayon luminaries

With the help of this step-by-step tutorial from, you too can create a stunning bit of rainbow crayon art. It’s easy to do and the kids will love using a hairdryer to melt the colors down the canvas, producing a piece that’s truly original!

rainbow crayon art

A pencil isn’t as fun without a pencil topper and these homemade heart shaped ones are adorable! You will need a mold to make them (which you can find here at Amazon) but the rest is quick and simple. After ten minutes in the oven, they’re ready to add to your child’s stationary collection!

pencil topper

Any little girl would love this decorative heart garland for their room. The crayon stain produces a stained glass effect on the waxed paper and when all the individual hearts are strung together in a garland it looks great hung across a window.

decorative heart garland

This project is slightly different to all of the others because rather than melting the crayons, you need to heat a collection of rocks instead which you then hold the colored wax over in order to melt…and voila, a handmade paperweight with a personalized, artful design!

handmade paperweight

Here’s a really fun christmas ornament project you can do with your kids this year. The melted crayon baubles are easy to do and will make a gorgeous addition to your tree.

melted crayon ornament

If we haven’t already proved how versatile crayons can be then check out this tutorial which shows you how you can use them to create color block candles. Unlike other DIY’s we’ve seen across the web which use swirling and tie dye effects, this one produces a clean, crisp candle that’s enough to rival any you see in stores.

color block candles

Stephanie, over at, created these amazing butterfly suncatchers for a sensory activity that her kids could enjoy.

butterfly suncatchers

For those of you who may not know what pointillism is, it’s a painting technique in which small distinct dots of color are applied to a canvas in order to form an image. It’s a great style for kids because the artwork doesn’t have to be neat or concise and they can be free with their creations…all they’ll need are a few crayons that have been slightly melted at the end!

melted crayon art

Who said pumpkins had to have a scary face carved into them? Conjure up a different look with this simple decorating idea.

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Pasture Raised Pigs (Video & Transcript)

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Duration: 5 min 08 sec

Pasture Raised Pigs

“Ok, this is our pig paddock. You can see here it is a portion of the pasture that has been fenced off with electric fence. It’s a temporary electric fence so it can be taken down and put back up if we need to. We utilize the forested areas of the pasture for the pigs. Because it’s of little value to the cattle since there’s not a lot of grass growing and the interior portion and we are utilizes Joe Saltines philosophy out of Virgina. It is a concept where the pigs are brought in and they provide an adequate amount of disturbance to the soil. Essentially tilling it as well as putting down fertilizer in their droppings and with the right amount of disturbance, not to much that is, you end up with an improvement actually to the ground. So after we take the pigs off of here they will give the pasture a rest and they will be, this ground will be allowed to grow back up with natural grasses before they will be brought back in again.”

“You can see here that they have a little mud hole that they use here by the water that was created by us providing fresh water to them everyday. We also sprinkle them down when it’s really hot and so we have the barrel that has what we call a hog nipple on it. You can see here the pig drinking from the hog nipple. Then we have the tubs that we actually flush out and clean out and replenish about twice a day so they have plenty of fresh water. Studies have shown that animal livestock that get pure water equivalent to what humans like to drink actually improves their production.”

pasture raised pigs

“So, if you want to take a walk with me down to the rest of the pasture here. This is where their fed. We do feed them by hand twice a day so we can monitor the amount of feed that they’re getting and you know, making sure that their all healthy and their appetites are good. You can also see here that we have an adequate amount of forage still for them in this pasture. You can see the hog droppings. Of course it’s been really dry here. We haven’t had rain for a good month and a half. You can see how cracked the soil is here.”

“So they have all of this area. We are a small operation so we probably have maybe a dozen pigs per acre. This area, again, depending on the conditions, how much rain we’re getting, what the temperature is, we rotate them accordingly to other areas so they don’t overly disturb the soil. This is the pond area that they have. You can see it gives them plenty of area to wallow and to cool themselves during the hot afternoons.”

“Again, an electric fence is all we use to keep the pigs in. Relatively easy to use and inexpensive. You can see again here that we have plenty of forage for them still. In most of the pastures.”

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Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions From Scratch

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Disinfecting Cleaning Solutions From Scratch

Commercial disinfectant products consist of many chemicals that may cause allergic reactions, vomiting, respiratory problems, irritation of skin, and may pollute the air in your home. Moreover they are expensive. You need to take care for you and your family’s health. There is no need of unpleasant situations because of a cleaning product. So the safer method is to make a cleaning detergents by yourself. They are made by cheap products such as vinegar, baking soda, water and etc. and are strong competition to those that are bought from the shop.

You do not need to disinfect every room and every day, but disinfection is a necessity in the bathroom and the kitchen. Here are some DIY disinfecting cleaning solutions from scratch to keep it naturally.

If you want to kill the germs off the surfaces in your home, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, here is a recipe for a home-made disinfecting cleaner.


  • Half cup of white vinegar
  • One tsp baking soda
  • Ten drops of tea tree oil
  • Spray bottle

Direction: Mix them in a clean spray bottle with 400-500 ml of hot water. When you spray on the surfaces, let the liquid sit for ten minutes and then wipe it off. You can say goodbye to the germs.

Here is a another recipe for disinfectant that is most commonly used for the bathroom. What do you need?

  • Clean an old spray bottle
  • Half cup of both white vinegar and vodka
  • Ten drops of both lavender and lemon essential oils
  • Half cup of hot water

You can spray any surface of the bathroom and let the DIY product sit for about ten minutes. If you want to do it the right way, use different microfibre cloth for sink, mirror, shower, tub and toilet. There will be no germs.

Another way to deal with the germs is this recipe for disinfecting. Mix in a bucket…

  • Three quarters cup of chlorine bleach
  • 1 tsp laundry powdered cleaner
  • Gallon of hot water

Leave the liquid for a little more than five minutes. After that you can rinse and wipe off the surfaces with a sponge or a microfibre cloth. You can disinfect, deodorize and clean tubs, sinks, showers, porcelain, ceramics, chairs, diaper pails, tables, garbage cans, fridges. Do not use it on trim or aluminum surfaces.

For the next recipe you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of borax
  • Three cups of hot water
  • Four spoons of white vinegar
  • Spray bottle

Shake the substances. Now you have a powerful disinfectant and every single germ will be eliminated. When you spray on surfaces, leave the product for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse carefully and dry it.

Another easy and natural way to disinfect the bathroom and the kitchen is by mixing equal parts of water and rubbing alcohol. Spray wherever it is required and leave it for seven-eight minutes. Then rinse and wipe off with a cloth. Notice that you need to clean the surfaces first, and then to disinfect them. It is a part of the cleaning process, not the cleaning process itself.

Using natural products is much more safer and does not cause health problems. They are as effective as the commercial ones, but less dangerous and cheaper. Keeping you and your family safe is your main purpose. Disinfection is essential and necessary, but it does not need to be chemical and toxic. Killing germs in the eco-friendly way is the better way for you and your beloved.

The article is contributed by Edna Thomson. She is the manager of a cleaning company called SW6 CleanersLondon.


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21 DIY Christmas Wreaths Filled With Holiday Cheer

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21 DIY Christmas Wreaths Filled With Holiday Cheer

It’s time to start thinking about the holidays! Especially if you are planning on going crafty and making your own gifts and decor. What better way to kick off the holiday craft season than with a charming wreath to hang around your house?

If you can’t decide where to start or what you want to do, try taking a glance at this list for some fun inspiration! We have found some of the best wreaths for the season to fit all different styles of decor. From natural to the more traditional, from glitzy to simple, there’s a bit of everything here for you to enjoy!



Frosted Lit Wreath – Frosted ornaments help achieve the soft glow of this beautiful wreath. The tutorial is really easy to follow and soon you too could have a lovely wreath adorning your home this holiday season!


White Pine Cone Wreath – If you have pinecones around your house, or in your neighborhood, this project is super cheap and easy! Get your hands on a grapevine wreath for the base, a bit of glue, and some spray paint and you’re golden.


Yarn Pom Wreath – Making yarn poms is so fun and easy that you could have your kids help with this one to shorten the amount of time it takes to assemble this charming wreath!


Embellished Burlap Wreath – If you enjoy the shabby chic touch, then this wreath it a beautiful choice for your holiday decor! The embellishment can be designed to fit your tastes but the wreath is easy to put together and  looks great.




Painted Cork Wreath – Glue, paint, and corks will help you achieve this simple but striking wreath. If a snowflake isn’t your style, you can shape this to whatever suits your fancy!


Gum Drop Wreath – Oh my goodness, this is cute! Gumdrops make the perfect display of color while also adding dimension to the wreath.



Book Page Wreath – This stunning wreath uses book pages to create the ruffled look. The how-to is simple, but it will be a time consuming —but fun— project!


ornament ball wreath 2

Ornament Wreath – You see these wreaths all over during the holiday, but did you know that they are actually really easy to make? This is a great tutorial to follow along with.



Coffee Filter & Ornament Wreath – Coffee filter flowers can be found all over the internet, but they fill out this wreath design beautifully for a gorgeous white theme.



Framed Wreath – Think outside the traditional wreath, and opt for a fancy painted frame for fit your holiday decor! This one is great inspiration for your own project.



Layered Felt Wreath – This felt wreath will add a charming retro touch to any decor. Substitute colors that fit your tastes for a lovely wreath!



Orange Wreath – Go all out and try your hand at a dried citrus wreath for a look that is striking and smells amazing! The drying process takes a while (if you’re using an oven) but the end product is well worth the time.



Santa Belt Wreath – This cute santa wreath is super easy to make and requires very few materials. Substitute gold or yellow for the belt buckle if you want and decide if you want the beard or not to make it your own!



PVC Wreath – For a more modern take on the holiday wreath, consider this project. Cut PVC pipes make the base and can easily be painted in whatever color you want to match your ornaments or other decorations that you decide to put inside.



Paper Dahlia Wreath – This paper dahlia wreath is stunning and so easy! Change the colors to fit a holiday theme and add glitter and embellishments to dress it up a bit!



Paper Tube Wreath – Everyone has seen those toilet paper tube projects, but have you seen that concept turned into a wreath? We hadn’t either, but with a bit of embellishment, this could be an adorable holiday decoration.


Marshmallow Wreath – Winter should also be known as marshmallow season, right? Support this idea with this darling wreath made entirely of marshmallows! Instead of skewers, try attaching a few stick of cinnamon or some candy canes.


Candy Stripe Ribbon Wreath – Who knew that such a simple project could be so lovely? The process is really easy and the materials are pretty minimal.


Scarf-Wrapped Wreath – Make use of an extra holiday scarf by turning it into a charming holiday wreath! How cute!



Lumberjack Plaid Antler Wreath – Let’s be honest, we chose this wreath mostly for the name, but the project itself is super adorable and has the perfect seasonal theme!



Snowman Wreath – We found several different versions of this wreath style, some of them were painted white, some had many different embellishments, but that’s what’s nice about this project. You can make it fit whatever style you want to!

What’s Up With The Ring Of Fire? Are We Paying Attention?

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     It’s always interesting to see how the public reacts when a scientific-style article comes out on natural disasters.  The latest concern of both the U.S. Geological Survey and the average citizen, is the increased activity along the area of the Pacific Ocean, known as the “Ring of Fire”.
     In case you’re unfamiliar with that term, here is how Wikipedia defines it:  “The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements.  It has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes.”
     Didn’t know it existed?  I did, but don’t usually think too much about it — until I start seeing a proliferation of articles on it and a rise in concern over its activity.  A website called The Truth reports that during late 2013, ten major volcanoes erupted along the Ring of Fire, and while the mainstream media in the United States was strangely silent about this event, it was a very big deal.  They say that during that time period, scientists saw eruptions at some volcanoes that have been dormant for decades.
     To see one or two simultaneously active volcanoes is not unusual.  But ten is nothing to sneeze at! And since approximately 90% of all earthquakes and approximately 80% of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire, don’t you think it makes sense to pay attention to this highly unusual activity?  Especially since the Ring of Fire runs directly up the west coast of the United States?  And although we haven’t yet seen major activity in our region, the Ring of Fire has certainly been active in other parts of the Pacific Ocean, as witnessed by these news stories in foreign countries:
     Volcano creates new island off the coast of Japan.  A dramatic volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean has created a tiny new islet in Japan’s territorial waters, the first time in decades the nation has seen the phenomenon.
     Mount Sinabung in Indonesia.  During that same time period, a volcano in western Indonesia erupted eight times in just a few hours, “raining down rocks” over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes.
     But it wasn’t just the Far East that experienced a higher rate of activity.  A series of eruptions occurred in Mexico, Guatamala, and the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.  And do you see that the West Coast of the U.S. lies between those pinpoints on the map?  Alright, so maybe we didn’t see anything to report about back in the fall of 2013… but does the same hold true today?  What’s the latest on the Ring of Fire?
     According to the latest U.S. Geological Survey updates, A total of 583 small earthquakes have shaken San Ramon, California, in the last three weeks or so – more than five times the record set 12 years ago.  Could this be the prelude to “The Big One” that everyone in California is waiting for?  Everyone knows that a major earthquake and/or tsunami off the coast of California, or in Alaska, may well be enough to destroy everything in its path.
     And is the American public prepared for such an event?  An estimated 750,000 people would need to be evacuated from Los Angeles alone, with comparable numbers in other large metropolitan areas, according to experts. Even a relatively mild event could be sobering.  It’s been over a year since a 6.0 earthquake rocked the Napa Valley in California; and over 20 years since the 6.7 quake in Northridge, California.  Have Californians, and Americans in general, become lulled to sleep?
     The truth of the matter is that California hasn’t dealt with a serious tsunami wave or earthquake in the recent and short memory of the public, and hence the general population remains clueless on what to do. Most will follow instinct and head for higher ground or flee the city, but are the highways and routes capable of facilitating a quick exodus from the most danger-prone areas?
     Let’s face it, for years, we have watched as the rest of the Ring of Fire has been absolutely ravaged by major seismic events.  We all remember the earthquakes that caused the Indonesian tsunami of 2004 and the Japanese tsunami of 2011. And the world mourned when major earthquakes devastated New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Japan and the Philippines.  Don’t you think it is only a matter of time before the San Andreas fault is affected by whatever appears to be happening to the earth’s crust?
     I don’t want to come off as “doom and gloom”, but I think it is time to begin paying attention to the signs that the earth is giving us.  Huge, unexplainable sinkholes; rumblings and strange noises coming from deep inside the earth; and an increase in activity along the Ring of Fire are nothing to ignore or blow off.  I just think it is prudent to be prayed up and prepped up for what my spirit is telling me could be a major event in our near future.  Yes, the Lord is in control, but He gave us a brain and an innate instinct to survive. Are you listening to that instinct?

Revelation 16:18   “And there were flashes of lightning and loud rumblings and peals of thunder; and there was a massive earthquake—nothing like it has ever occurred since mankind originated on the earth, so severe and far-reaching was that earthquake.”


The Best Garden Seed Catalogs To Get You Through The Long Winter Months

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There is one activity each winter that always seems to do the trick when it comes to keeping our minds off of the frigid temperatures, blowing wind and seemingly ever-expanding pile of snow outside. No – it’s not building a roaring fire in the fireplace, or pouring a hot cup of coffee – or even preparing a favorite comfort meal like roasted chicken. It’s actually none other than the annual ritual of burying ourselves in the latest seed catalogs that arrive in the mailbox! Much like an avid reader looking forward to the latest release from their favorite author – we never seem to tire of devouring every single seed catalog we can can get our hands on each winter.  There is something so energizing, invigorating and beautiful about looking through all of the incredible photographs of the plants and vegetables. Not only does it turn our thoughts toward Spring, and keep our minds off of the gloominess of Winter – it’s also a great way to find and try the latest and greatest heirloom seeds for next year’s garden. Although we save many ornamental and heirloom seeds from our plants each year, there are some like our tomato, cucumber and pumpkin seeds that we purchase each year to insure that our […]

Using Survival trailers for bugging out.

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OK, I recently ran across something that I really like and it is called a “Survival Trailer”. They are also sometimes called bug out trailers, as well.  As strange as it may seem, I hadn’t really considered this until now and it is the subject of today’s Post  so I hope you enjoy it. Survival …

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Product Review: The New Power Whisperer

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Power WhispererThe Power Whisperer, Type M is an upgraded version of the popular Power Whisperer emergency power system. Manufactured in the USA, in South Carolina, this is a mobile power system designed and built by Americans, with the prepper in mind.

This stealthy power supply provides power for a family when the lights go out; whether due to a storm or an EMP. Since it isn’t powered by a gasoline engine, there is no noise to alert the neighbors that you have power, while they are sitting in the dark.

Typical power generators are noisy, letting everyone around know that you have electrical power. They also require quite a bit of fuel, which can be hard to come by.

In the aftermath of an EMP or attack on the electrical grid, the noise that they make could be catastrophic, inviting attack from those who didn’t bother preparing for the emergency. As a silent system, the PowerWhispered won’t give you and your family away.

Power WhispererThe system consists of a high capacity, 100 amp hour, deep cycle lead-acid battery. The battery is charged by a 100 watt, second generation, flexible solar panel, which is stored in a compartment in the unit. 45 foot leads are provided for the solar panels, allowing you to put them on the roof or some hidden area, without giving away the presence of your PowerWhisperer.

A 2,000 watt voltage inverter provides sufficient power to run any home appliance or power tool. You can also use the 12 volt output for powering devices that are designed for plugging in to a car’s power system, such as for recharging a phone or other portable electronics.

Speaking of car’s power system, they’ve included a car charger for recharging your PowerWhisperer’s battery, when the sun goes down or on a stormy day. While solar is great to have, it only works while the sun is up. If you’re running the vehicle’s engine anyway, this gives you an option to recharge, at a rate of 5 amps.

A power station, enclosed inside the unit, provide breakers and connections for drawing power from the unit, as well as the unit’s controls. This is one of the areas that have been heavily upgraded, with a more sophisticated, user-friendly controller.

The new controller has a LCD display, giving you full information on battery voltage, charging amps, amp hours and much more important information. The 200 amp breaker is marine grade, providing sealing from the elements and ensuring that the unit won’t be damaged if it rains.

Connection for the solar panels is provided in the storage compartment. You can also attach additional solar panels for faster regeneration of the system.

The entire unit is housed in a rugged, 1/16 inch thick aluminum case, mounted on two large 10″ wheels, for easy transport, just like a hand truck. The aluminum keeps it lightweight, while the all-metal case makes it a perfect Faraday Cage.

All the components of the unit are protected from EMP, whether caused by a nuclear blast or solar activity. The PowerWhisperer can be used for bugging in or if you are bugging out to a prepared Power Whispererbug-out retreat, it can be brought along. Removable transport handles make it easy to carry, and can be removed for storage once you have reached your destination.

The housing is actually split into separate compartments for the power cell, storage and system management. It turns out there is no commercial grade hardware available for securing a 66.5 pound battery.

The designers solved this problem by putting the battery in its own compartment. A woodland pattern camouflage net is provided for help in concealing the unit from neighbors while in use.

The unit comes complete with an EMP protected compartment for storing the solar panels, that is also big enough for storage of radios and other small electronic devices, keeping them with the power supply, while protecting them from EMP. Made in the USA, you can be sure about the quality of this unit.

The Type-M is fully upgradable. The solar panel the unit comes with can be upgraded with the addition of a second 100 watt solar panel. There is also room to accomodate a second power cell, increasing storage capacity. You can even use the PowerWhisperer together with a wind turbine, integrating your power systems perfectly.

All in all, the upgrades to the PowerWhisperer have taken an already great unit and made it even better. Each one alone may not seem like much to brag about, but taken together, they make the overall unit easier to work with, more capable and more prepared to meet your needs when that next emergency comes along… even if it’s an EMP.


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Herbs to Know: Sage

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An herb garden workhorse Sage is an herb native to the Mediterranean, belonging to the Lamiaceae (mint) family along with oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme and basil. The many species of sage have virtually the same properties. Its leaves contain tannin and its astringent properties have been demonstrated over centuries. “Sage is singularly good for the […]

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How To Get Rid Of Pantry Moths In Your Kitchen

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I really never thought I would write a post about how to get rid of pantry moths in your kitchen. I had never heard of pantry moths or the Indian meal moth until about a month ago. I was at a friends house and she mentioned, “I am so sick of these tiny moths in my kitchen!” They did not look like typical moths like the ones you see flying around outside light bulbs on your home. Well, of course, I had to look really close at the moths. I am not sure why I did, but I always like learning new things. The thing that’s different about these moths is the fact they are only about 1/2 an inch in length. I have only seen larger moths. I had my iPhone with me and we both decided to look up why these tiny moths could possibly be hanging out here. Lo and behold, they are called pantry moths.

I started laughing because I remember having mice in my house when I lived in Riverton, Utah. Before you scream out loud about anyone having mice in their home, I must tell you a funny story. I had the perfect neighborhood and to this day I wish I had not sold that home. The whole neighborhood would bring chairs outside with our lunch and laugh for hours. I mentioned one day that I caught six mice in one hour in my kitchen. I had to throw out so many things. Plus I had to disinfect everything. I must say, I am the expert on what kind of mouse trap to buy. Yes, indeed I am. My cute neighbors started laughing because I said “I had a family reunion this morning of mice in the kitchen”! I’m losing it! We all laughed.

We found the hole where those rascals were coming in, and with the new mouse traps I stopped the party. The girls all said, “why would the mice go to Lindas house when we have all the crumbs from kids under our kitchen tables”. We had a good laugh. It doesn’t matter how clean you are, the mice love to party. This is my favorite mouse trap: Intruder 16000 Better Mouse Trap 2 per Package So, my friend having pantry moths just made me laugh in a good way. I told her we would tackle it together. And we did. I store all my food products in hard commercial plastic containers like these: Rubbermaid Commercial FG630600CLR Space-Saving Container, 6-Quart Capacity with these lids: Rubbermaid Commercial 6509 8-3/4″ Length x 8.3″ Width, White Color, Linear Low Density Polyethylene Lid for Space Saving Container They are air-tight and I store everything in them. I still buy some OXO containers, but these Rubbermaid ones are my favorite.

How Do Pantry Moths Come Into My House:

Pantry moths will come into your house via a package of flour, rice, beans, cracker or cereal, chips or most any food item from the supermarket. They are teeny tiny, almost invisible eggs that are in food packages and hatch larvae that turns into moths. You may see these tiny black/brown beetles that are very tiny bugs in corn meal, bird seed, flour, cereal, etc. You may see these cream colored worm-like critters climbing on your walls. The first thing you need to do is look for the oldest packages of food or spices you have. Yep, they love all the unopened packages as well. Oh, and those partially closed spice containers are a dream come true for these babies.

Places To Look For Pantry Moths:

  1. unopened packages, check the cereal boxes, the unopened bags, check the creases of the bags inside all boxes
  2. cracks in your cupboards
  3. spice containers
  4. breadcrumbs, even if unopened
  5. boxes with baggies-they love to hide
  6. check dried flowers
  7. check under lids, they can hide anywhere
  8. cupboard hinges
  9. vacuum all floor moldings, empty the bag and take the dust out to the trash
  10. they hide in the cupboard pin holes, its a perfect place to lay eggs
  11. use a pantry moth trap like this one: Pro-Pest Pantry Moth Traps – 6 Ready to Use Pre-baited Traps (3 Packs of 2 Traps) The female emits a similar pheromone substance as these traps when she is ready to mate. The male panty moths will follow the scent to the traps. The male critters will flock to the sticky mat looking for the female pantry moths. This should hopefully stop the pantry moth life cycle
  12. some people think if they put their food in the freezer it will kill the pantry moths. They actually go into a dormant stage sometimes and wake up when back in the warm comfort of a cupboard.
  13. pet treats and dog food are a delicacy to these critters
  14. children’s macaroni artwork is tasty, throw out the artwork when possible
  15. dried fruit, they will chew right through those bags or cardboard containers
  16. remove all cupboard liners, they hide underneath, vacuum everywhere
  17. nuts
  18. chocolate as in chocolate chips
  19. never buy a damaged box of food at the store because they may have some eggs hiding inside
  20. Jello gelatin boxes

How To Clean The Pantry Moth Hiding Places:

I helped my friend by totally taking EVERYTHING out of the cupboards. We inspected for webs, larvae, egg and moths. We both washed down the top and underneath the shelves in each cabinet. Yep, they hide in crevices and corners.

Things you will need:

  • bleach/Clorox  spray
  • garbage bags
  • vacuum
  • paper towels to dispose of the webs, beetles, larvae, and moths
  • hot soapy water with rags you can throw out
  1. wash all cupboards with hot soapy water. I went one step further, I brought out the BIG guns (bleach mixture): Clorox Clean-up Disinfectant Spray Cleaner with Bleach Value Pack (2-32ounce bottles) w- 4 SOS Sponge I picked it up at the local supermarket. We sprayed, wiped and sprayed again all the cupboards, baseboards, countertops and window seals. We wiped down everything we thought a moth family might use to hide. She has not seen ANY moths for a month now. Hopefully, we got the infestation under control and eraticated.

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This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really)

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This American City Jails Citizens For Having Garden Weeds (Yes, Really)Officials in one Missouri city can jail citizens simply because they have not paid fines for such trivial matters as having dead vegetables, hosting a barbeque and even walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk.

The actions by politicians in Pagedale, Missouri, have prompted a federal lawsuit that could shut down what appears to be an unconstitutional code enforcement for profit.

Pagedale treats its residents like walking, talking ATMs, making withdrawals by issuing tickets for ridiculous things that no city has a right to dictate,” said William Mauer, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice.

Mauer is lead counsel in a federal civil lawsuit designed to stop the city from using fines on code violations such as having mismatched curtains.

“By targeting a set amount of revenue from fines and fees from its residents, Pagedale turns policing upside-down,” said Josh House, another attorney at the Institute.

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The most outrageous behavior from the government of Pagedale, a suburb of St. Louis near Ferguson, occurred in August. That is when 38 property owners, including Valarie Whitner, received letters from the city threatening to demolish homes unless they paid fines, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Whitner owed the city $800 for a variety of code violations at her home, including having chipped paint on a drain spout and weeds growing in her vegetable garden. The violations only involved the appearance of the home and yard and did not affect health or safety.

What is truly disturbing is the rationale Pagedale Mayor Mary Louis Carver gave for the fines at a city hearing.

“We want to bring our property values up and make our neighborhood look nice,” Carver said.

Of course, she also wants to raise revenue.

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The Institute’s lawsuit alleges that Pagedale officials effectively have turned code enforcement and the municipal courts into a money-raising money machine that violates the US Constitution.

“Rather than protecting and serving the public, Pagedale sets a revenue goal and then uses its code enforcement powers to achieve it,” House said.

Some of the Institute’s specific allegations against Pagedale include:

  • Revenue from non-traffic fines makes up 17.68 percent of the city’s budget.
  • Pagedale actually set a goal for fine revenues in its 2014-2015 city budget: $353,000.
  • In 2013, Pagedale’s municipal court heard 5,781 cases. The city’s population is just 3,304.

The Institute for Justice alleges that Pagedale’s fines violate two clauses in the Constitution, including the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

“A defendant does not receive the process due him when the court system is little more than a means of managing and feeding the city’s budget, not dispensing justice,” the Institute said.

The legal group also said  the fines violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment.

“Whether a fine is excessive depends on proportionality; that is, the amount of the penalty must bear some relationship to the gravity of the offense that it is designed to punish,” the Institute said. “Applying that standard here, any fine imposed by Pagedale for something like not having drapes on your windows would be excessive. This is because harmless activities are not offenses.”

Following is a partial list of what can elicit fines:

  • Having a satellite TV dish antenna in the front of the house.
  • Having hedges that are over three feet high.
  • Walking on the wrong side of the crosswalk.
  • Walking on the public streets.
  • Having weeds over seven inches high.
  • Having basketball hoops and wading pools in the front yard.
  • Having a barbecue in the front yard on days that are not national holidays.
  • Having more than two people gathered around a barbecue.
  • Having alcoholic beverages within 150 feet of a grill.
  • Not having a screen on an outside door.
  • Not hanging the curtains neatly on windows facing the street.

The Institute is hoping the suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri could become a class action lawsuit — meaning a ruling in the matter would affect all people fined by the city.

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Front Porch Friday ~ November 13th

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Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

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Gregg’s pick this week is I Have a Gun! I Don’t Need Anything Else! by Living Life in Rural Iowa. This post reminds me of too many people. I am glad to see several folks think the way I do.

Mama K chose Preparing your Own Pantry by Strangers and Pilgrims. Love the organizing and it is complete with labels!

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5 Oddball Uses for Duct Tape + RediTape Giveaway

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We have all done it.  Who has not squished a roll of duct tape flat so that it would take up less room? Or, alternatively, who has not taken a few feet of duct tape and wrapped it around a pencil so it could be stored easily in a tight space?  I will bet there are a sea of hands out there!

Well guess what?  You no longer have to do that!  Now there is RediTape Duct Tape which comes in pocket sized, 5 yard packs.  Not only that, it comes in six different colors.  Oh my gosh this is terrific stuff and I am thrilled to share it with you.  Not only that, I have six sets of six packs of RediTape to give away lucky Backdoor Survival readers.  Now how cool is that?

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But first, let me tell you about RediTape and the 5 oddball uses of duct tape that have worked for me these past couple of weeks.

About RediTape Duct Tape

Duct tape is duct tape right?  Wrong.  There are different grades running the gamut of dollar-store versions to heavy-duty industrial versions.  In my own tests, I would put RediTape right smack in the middle.  It is stronger and tackier (stickier?) than the dollar store variety but not as thick as the 3M stuff.  At the same time, it seems softer and more pliable.  Does that make sense?

No worries, though, because where RediTape shines is in it’s form factor.  Each pack is 2 inches wide and 4.25 inches long.  The thickness is about 1/2 inch.  This means that it fits easily in small, compact spaces such as:

Backpack or Purse
First Aid Kit
Vehicle Glove Compartment
Tackle Box

It tears easily and cleanly.  What I mean by that is that when you tear it, it tears straight across, no knife or scissors required.  The current rainbow of colors include fluorescent green, fluorescent orange, black, silver, yellow, and pink which I have renamed “girly girl pink” because I love it so much.

On the other hand, the RediTape folks are open to feedback relative to new colors and patterns.  Purple cammo anyone?

Other than that, what can I say?  It is duct tape after all.

5 Oddball Uses For RediTape Duct Tape

1.  Create a waterproof bandage

By now you know that I recently made a deep slash in my finger with a box cutter.  After the initial bleeding had subsided, I fashioned a nifty girly girl pink bandage for myself.  Trust me, it got a lot of attention at a community pot luck.  “Oh, how cute but WHAT happened?”

2.  MacGyver (fix) a broken lamp switch

I have very little lighting in my Southwest home and none is in the bedroom.  Instead, I have been getting by with my SunBell Solar Lamp.  The problem is that I let Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) use it and the button top to the on-off switch got messed up.  No worries.  He fashioned a color-coordinated doo-hickey out of a paper clip and RediTape.  It works great and I now can once again turn my lamp on and off!

3.  Repair a broken laptop case

I don’t know how it happened but the plastic side of my laptop case cracked and fell off.  RediTape to the rescue.

4.  Book binding

Cookbooks in print form are precious.  I happen to have a hand-written book of my own recipes that was started when I was a single woman in the 70s.  The book is falling apart so I bound it up with some fluorescent green RediTape.

5.  Waterproof label for preps

I purchased a number of large, Rubbermaid tubs for storing preps in my garage.  I have my preps sorted in bins by type, something I learned while visiting my friend Linda at Food Storage Moms.  For example, one tub is for all things water related, another for solar items, and yet another for hand-operated mills and kitchen tools.  Each now has a bright colorful label letting me know what is inside.

Similarly, I have started to label my food buckets with RediTape in the same manner.  I know that by using duct tape, the label will stay put and not fall off.  And no, the food buckets are not in the hot hot hot garage!

I admit, what is oddball to me may not be oddball to you.  So, if you are seeking additional ways to use duct tape, visit 50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival.

The Giveaway

Here is the part you have been waiting for.  The nice folks at Proton, the makers of RediTape, have 6 sets of tape set aside for 6 different winners.  Each winner will get one of each of the six colors.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.


The Final Word

I will be the first to admit that sometimes I relish in being the queen of quirky,  Quirky is good because quirky is fun.  And so it is with these fun, yet useful and practical packs of duct tape.

In my opinion, duct tape belongs in every survival kit and yet it is often left behind due to its heft and bulk.  Please know that there are alternatives such as these convenient, pocket-sized packs of RediTape.  The fact that RediTape come in colors is a bonus, because this is truly a well-crafted and quality duct tape and one that will serve you well in all types of emergencies, oddball or not.

Have fun with the giveaway and good luck, everyone!

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RediTape Pocket Duct Tape 2-Pack:  RediTape is available from Amazon in 2 packs.  I love this stuff and am stashing packs in all of kits.  In many cases it will replace a big bulky roll of the 3M stuff, giving me room for additional preps.

SunBell Solar Lamp:  The SunBell Solar Lamp is a very cool portable lantern that does whole lot more than sit on a tabletop.  I love the fact that it can be used as a task lamp or flashlight and that it can charge my phone.  The fact that it charges my mobile device, too, is a bonus  The EarthEasy price is also less than Amazon.

Sunferno Flintstone Portable Solar Panel with Rechargeable Battery Pack:  This sturdy solar power pack is lightweight and small enough to be used in an EDC kit.  I especially like that it has 2 USB ports.

Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. See How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries.

How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew:  You are going to love this book.  It is charming and and timely and filled with good-natured humor and the loving spirits of grandmothers everywhere. Also check out How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew.

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Bathing Wipes:  One wipe is more than enough for a complete “bath”.  These are a good backup when traditional showers are not available such as the week or weeks following a disaster.  Also good for the sick room as well as camping, boating, hiking and such.  Here is my review.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness panty.


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Technology, preparedness aspect!

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Do You Have Your Technology Affairs In Order?
Karen Lynn “Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Technology HAMAs we know it’s not if an emergency happens it’s when… and one aspect that many folks forget about is having their technology affairs in order?

Preppers are preppers because they have the food, the bug out bags, and everything prepared for an unforeseen and unfortunate event…but maybe they don’t have everything prepared. For example many people do not have technology preparations in place including important documents you may need in an emergency.

11-12-15 solar-panel-So now you are in a predicament and well the documents are nowhere to be and don’t automatically assume we will necessary be off grid in an emergency. That is why Karen Lynn is so excited to dig deep into this discussion with Radio Show Host Highlander of Tech Preps…talking about several things you can put into place whether you are facing, a weather emergency, a family emergency, or even an epidemic of some sort.

Where would you begin to get your tech preps in order? Do you know? Are you aware of the technology that is available to you even that may run on batteries or other types of alternative energy for you to use in an emergency?

About Highlander:

Highlander has been working with computers and technology for around eight years and before that was a satellite technician for a broadcast company, and various other technical jobs. He has a degree in business management and above and beyond that is an “Out of the Box” thinker when it comes to problem solving, and troubleshooting with technology. A natural affinity that he has had and really dove into his love with computers in 1989 and it is a hobby that he has enjoyed tinkering with computers and even ham radio that he became interested in and added as a hobby as a teen. He is the “Tech Fix it guy” in his circle of friends but he doesn’t mind it’s just what he does. Karen Lynn say’s but don’t ask him if he’s special because like most brilliant fix it people he just says, “I’m not anybody special…I’m just an average guy that has an affinity for technology…I just have a knack for it.”

Karen Lynn shares that must be why so many of you tune into his show each week “Tech Preps” because Highlander has the info and is happy to share it with all of you! Humble, smart and so excited about technology. Both Highlander and Karen Lynn are passionate about technology and how it came make your life easier now and in the future as part of your preps.
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