22 Chicken Approved Inexpensive Nesting Boxes

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22 Chicken Approved Inexpensive Nesting Boxes If you want your chickens to lay more eggs or lay eggs in one spot everyday so you don’t have to go hunting for them, you need nesting boxes. Nesting boxes can be quite pricey if you buy them online ready made. Do what I do and make your …

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17 DIY Root Cellars For The Homestead

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17 DIY Root Cellars For The Homestead Having a place to store your vegetables over he hot and cold months can save you a lot of money on electricity while keeping them fresher and better tasting. The DIY root cellars listed in the link below range in terms of their size, building resources, and the …

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Vehicle Every Day Carry Items

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Vehicle Every Day Carry Items If you want to be a little more prepared this winter, check out this awesome vehicle every day carry list that will help you out tremendously if you find yourself suck in a situation where you only have your vehicle. Chances are you will have your vehicle in an emergency, …

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A Cheap and Easy Way to Extend Your Growing Season

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Want to eat fresh home grown greens all winter long? This video shows a cheap and easy method for extending your growing season into the winter months.

This simple structure is a low tunnel. Low tunnels are called by different names in different regions. I’ve heard them referred to as a hoop houses, cloches, and cold frames. Those terms get the point across, but each each of them technically refers to something else. So for the sake of clarity, we’ll call this a low tunnel.

Components of a Low Tunnel

The structure is a simple series of hoops. I’ve seen people use PVC pipe, PVC electrical conduit, steel rebar, cattle panel, and flexible fiberglass rods (like tent poles). In my opinion, the best option is PVC – unless you have one of the other materials on hand already. A 10 foot length of 1/2 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe typically sells for under $1.50 – so it’s affordable. PVC electrical conduit is about the same cost, and it should last longer out in the elements.

My favorite method for securing the posts is driving a piece of rebar into the ground and fitting the PVC over the rebar, as is demonstrated in this video. (It’s comical to think that you could drive rebar 2 feet into the ground in my area – solid rock down there – we use pieces that are about 1 foot long, and we can usually get them about 8 inches deep.) I have also seen many people use pipe straps, screwed into the sides of their raised beds. I think the rebar method is better – especially if your beds are a few years old and the wood has started to break down. And, the rebar method can be done on any bed or row, even if there is no frame.

The final element is the cover, and this is where I’ve heard a lot of debate about which material is best…

Plastic versus Cloth as a Low Tunnel Cover

There are two common options: plastic or cloth.

Plastic sheeting allows light in to the plants, but it doesn’t allow for any air circulation or water penetration. Water may not be an issue if you’re protecting a bed that has drip irrigation installed. But because there is no air circulation – plastic is prone to overheating the tunnel on sunny winter days. If you use plastic, you need to remove or ventilate the tunnel appropriately to avoid smothering your plants with hot, humid air.

Cloth is a better option for air circulation, and water penetration. Floating row cover is a cloth material made of woven synthetic fibers that allows hot air out and allows water in – while providing insulation and light penetration similar to that of plastic film. In my relatively warm and dry climate, cloth row covers work very well for low tunnels. Be careful about using old sheets and blankets in wet weather – those can absorb water and they can actually cool the air as that water evaporates.

A couple of tips and pointers:

Climate: Take your climate into consideration when choosing the material you use to cover the tunnel. Where I live, I need to take advantage of every drop of rain that I get – so I use cloth instead of plastic. If you have abundant winter rains and you need to regulate the soil moisture – plastic might be a better option for you.
Integrity: If your low tunnel is very long, or if your garden gets a lot of wind in the winter – consider using an additional length of pipe across the top, length-wise, for structural integrity. Fix it to the hoops using twine or zip-ties – not pipe fittings.
Staples: In the video above, they staple the plastic to the raised bed frame. I would skip that step, and use rocks or bricks to weigh the plastic down instead. You’ll extend the life of the cover and make it easier to ventilate on warm days by avoiding the staples.
Lights: You can use a string of Christmas lights inside the tunnel for added warmth. If you do this, you will want to use the old school incandescent lights. The newer LEDs are more efficient, but they don’t offer much warmth. In this case, you want less efficient bulbs that use more energy, and generate more heat.
Survival Blankets: You can add a survival blanket on top of your cover for extra insulation on very cold nights. Face the shiny, aluminized side down – and remove the blanket to let the sun warm the soil again on the following day.

Check out this PDF from the Colorado Master Gardener Program and the Colorado State University Extension. They tested a low tunnel with 4-mil plastic sheeting, a survival blanket, and a 25 light string of C-7 Christmas lights. With all three of these measures in place, they consistently raised the temperature inside the tunnel between 18 to 30 degrees. You can read or download the PDF here: Frost Protection and Extending the Growing Season.

To see some more creative ways to add heat inside a structure during the winter, read these two great articles from our writing contest. This one is technical: Mad Scientist Works For Greenhouse Heating Independence Down To -25F, and this one is practical: Saving Heat in a Small Winter Hoop House.

If you want to eat fresh home grown greens this winter, but you don’t want to build a structure… Here’s a much smaller scale solution that you can put into place right on your kitchen counter: Grow Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors All Winter Long.

Thanks to Natalie Donnelly, John Garlisch, and Nissa Patterson of the New Mexico State University – Bernalillo County Extension Service, for the nice video.

Thanks to David Whiting, Carol O’Meara, and Carl Wilson of the Colorado State University Extension for the PDF Frost Protection and Extending the Growing Season. Their original post can be viewed here: CMG GardenNotes.


Comment on NRC hormesis

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I have a Master Degree from U of Michigan in Material Science and am very well versed in nuclear and radiation.

It is beyond reckoning that the “medical industry” supposedly based at the most basic “Hippocratic Oath” level of “Do No Harm”.   

Radiologist “Doctors” are some of the highest paid in the industry.    They probably think it is cool to treat cancer with radiation.   For the most part that is just short of insane.

Carol Marcus should be ashamed, especially as a woman” to insist that women, girls, and even fetuses be allowed to be blasted with up to 100mSV per year.     “remove any differential treatment” is the nice way of saying “blast them just the same as a nuclear plant worker during an accident.

Although LNT itself is rather “silly” to use as a standard, if you are looking for something that is correct per science.    I mean, LNT is based upon nuclear bomb exposure in Japan, extrapolated down to zero.    Although it sets a somewhat conservative safety level, It just doesn’t make sense out of the gate compared to the numerous different isotopes and radiation related heavy metals humans and animals are now exposed to.   

That said, tossing out LNT because it is not perfect, and replacing it with “hormesis, radiation is good for you, is absurd, i am kind of shocked that the NRC would even consider this. 

Now we know the nuclear industry is shutting plants left and right, and Vogtle, if it ever goes critical will double or triple the electric cost.    And we know the NRC, if not captured, surely promotes and tries to protect the nuclear industry.   After all…no nuclear industry, no need for the highly paid salaries at the NRC.  

Miller, Doss, and Marcus are in cahoots in writing their letters all about the same time…strategically staggered.   To create the appearance that “a lot of people are supporting hormesis”.     In fact, Miller and Marcus used almost exactly the same letter….with the exception that the woman Dr Marcus added “Why deprive them of the benefits of radiation”  without presenting a bit of evidence of the “benefits”

These letters are quite sloppy in fact, like the sloppy thinking that radiation is good for you.    Per Miller and marcus “Worker doses should remain at present levels, with allowance up to 100mSV effective dose per year if the doses are chronic”.   2 points here:
1)  The ploy of “remain at present levels” while at the same time suggesting an increase of 100 fold is almost sociopathic in the nature of saying things that are completely contradictory as a way to through people off their game.  
2) and then saying “allow up to 100mSV if doses are chronic”.    Were they in their right mind while writing this?    Chronic means recurring, so they are saying 100mSV is OK is it keep occuring year after year.   

Even the staunchest of hormesis supporting papers (submitted with effecitvely no proof of test results), neverthless states that any hormesis benefit goes away about 200 mSV cumulative.   

I am insulted the NRC published these papers, and am ashamed of being part of the USA scientific community when I see this obvious support for radiation in medicine and less controls on radiation releases at nuclear plant.

Once again, I am appalled that the apparently low empathy Dr Carol Marcus insists that women, children, and fetuses be cut no slack in terms of immensely high doses of 100 mSV per year.     I am disgusted, and concerned that a medical doctor could feel this way or make this statement.   It appears to be sadistic.

Watched a Man Get Killed Today: Misc Thoughts and AAR Comments

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Today I was witness to a very violent car accident which left one driver literally in pieces, it happened right in front of me on the highway while traveling around 75 mph.  Since I was on the scene immediately I was able to quickly assess the situation and provide help when necessary before first police/fire arrived around 5 minutes later.  Once everything was wrapped up (which included putting the deceased guy’s parts and pieces into bags) I had plenty of time to sit and think about how I should have done things differently, including how my kit is structured within my vehicle….specifically my emergency first aid kit.

A Normal Day…Or Not.

It was early afternoon and I was traveling on the highway about 1 hour away from my destination, cruising at 75 mph and thinking about the various activities I needed to conduct upon arrival to my destination.  I already had a hotel room booked and it was going to be a late evening, the plan was to grab a few hours and then hump it back to the office in the morning to continue to work back near home.   At that point I saw the tail end of a white van shoot across the median about 300-500 meters to my front followed instantly by an enormous cloud of white smoke as it hit a semi truck just rear of the cab at full speed.  Flying debris scattered everywhere and I immediately glanced and caught what mile marker I was at while hitting the 911 button on my phone.  In that split second I knew there were some seriously injured or dead people just up ahead, that’s how huge this impact was.  911 answered the call I I quickly blurted out what mile marker I was at on the highway while rolling to a stop and opening my door…I was sure they would get other calls.


My mental checklist was running as I jumped out of the car, I had surgical gloves in the side door pocket and everything from quik clot, Israeli bandages and a tourniquet in the trunk within reach.  No matter that stuff would take precious seconds to gather up, I needed to get to the van which was 20 meters to my front and sitting sideways across the lanes and smoking with the semi sitting another 20 meters beyond that.  The passenger side of the van was in bad shape but as I came around to the driver’s side (with the intention of checking on the victim) it became immediately clear that I needed to move on to the semi.

The driver’s side looked like it had been peeled back with a can opener.  The driver was sort of still in the seat but hanging down to the ground, almost cut in half, insides on the outside, anything above the shoulders completely unrecognizable.  Limbs were sort of….well they were not in good shape.  Nothing I could do here so I quickly moved to the semi which was literally gushing diesel out of it’s tank.

I came around to the passenger side and there was already another guy attempting to help the driver out who was clearly in shock.  He was worried about grabbing all of his things, mumbling about this and that while his truck was smoking and leaking, the only good news being that diesel is not as flammable as gasoline but still I did not want to take any chances.  Once the driver was out I went back to the van and started to warn some curious onlookers who started to wander up that if they went around to the other side of it, they would probably see something that they did not want to.  I also interacted with some traffic from the opposite lane telling them everyone who was there was alright and that help was on the way.

Action or Observation?

I don’t consider my actions remotely special but rather what I believe almost anyone would do in a similar situation.  People are hurt or potentially in need of assistance given the severity of the accident and location (not close to any major cities), who wouldn’t jump out of their car and run to assist?  Apparently not that many at all.  One guy was on scene to help me with the semi driver and a couple others migrated up asking what was going on but even 1-2 minutes after the accident with traffic stopped both ways on the highway the VAST majority just sat in their cars.  Maybe they were calling 911, maybe they were taking pictures, maybe they figured there was nothing they could do.  In any event I just remember wondering why more people weren’t running up to offer assistance.

After Action Review

I sat in my car about 20 yards from the van watching the firefighters cut out and then place the body parts of the deceased into a bag wondering what I could have done better.  Sure I was fortunate enough to be on the scene very quickly but I did make a few mistakes which mostly revolved around my emergency supplies.

What happened:  While I had all the right kit in my car it was dispersed all over the place.  In my door, in trunk in my survival bag.  I would have had to run back to the car, dig around and the run back to the victim.  Not good.

What should have happened:  As soon as I jumped out of the car I should have been able to yank on a small bag full of quick access emergency supplies, maybe just laying on the back seat.  Quick Clot, gloves, tourniquet, bandages et al.  EMS personnel took almost 5 minutes to arrive in this instance so what if one of the injured had an arterial bleed?  Bad news.

The Bottom Line

I thought I had it covered with respect to emergency medical supplies but when I had to move quickly today I realized my setup wasn’t optimal.  I know that there are quite a few EMS  types who read this blog so maybe you all can respond with tips as well.  I’m not thinking any of us need a super high-speed $500 medic bag in the back seat but it wouldn’t hurt to have all necessary items consolidated in a small pack which one could grab on the way out the door.  Thoughts?


Earthship project on CNN

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The divisive figure of Mike Reynolds of Earthship Biotecture, has been in the press again, this time on CNN. His company built 15 off-grid cliff-top homes in Taos, New Mexico. Going by CNN’s coverage you would have thought he built them all by himself – and perhaps he did.

“An Earthship is the name we have given a building or vessel that we use to live on this planet that is absolutely independent of all public and municipal utilities” says Reynolds. The homes are made from natural and other recycled materials that would otherwise go to waste. The main ingredient is old tyres from cars, which are rammed full of earth or (more costly) filled with concrete –  to create solar homes. Earthships in Taos range in price, from a relatively reasonable $250,000 to a staggering $1.5 million.

Reynolds used the publicity to talk about how government infrastructure could benefit from less of a bureaucratic approach when it comes to planning permission and urban development: “If some government or corporation was getting ready to do a city for ten thousand people, they’d spend ten years putting in infrastructure to support that city’s power and sewage….we don’t need that: if I had a thousand acres somewhere, and funding, I could start building a city tomorrow.”

Earthship Biotecture have plans to build an Earthship city, which would be far more sustainable than a modern city. An Earthship community reuses sewage for food production and landscaping and relies on solar power. One problem facing Reynolds and Earthship Biotecture is criticism from experts who say that Earthships are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

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How to Blend into Your Surroundings for Safety

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Revolvers, Choice and Emotional vs Rational Decision Making

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My buddy Displaced Louisiana Guy talked about revolvers and I did my own kinda brief post then well we got here. This hit on a couple things that merited a larger discussion.

I can not put words in my buddy’s mouth. Don’t know him that well and really knowing what someone is thinking is an iffy proposition at best.

To close at least as far as this discussion goes the revolver vs semi auto discussion. While the difference in capacity is huge in a service sized pistol it is less so in a sub compact carry piece. A G17 with one in the pipe holds as much as a wheel gun with 2 reloads. They are to modern gun fighting what the Henry repeater was to the civil war AKA a game changer. When we narrow it down to sub compact CCW type guns the real capabilities are a lot closer. If we go to single stack auto’s, which probably carry closer to a J frame, the capacity is darn near the same though the auto still has a reload edge. A Kahr CW9, S&W Shield, etc all holds 7-8 and a typical J holds 5. Sure 2-3 rounds is something but it’s not the game changing 3x advantage a Glock 17 has on a standard wheel gun.

Finding a scenario where a J frame falls short but a single stack like a Shield/ CW9/ etc comes through is iffy. A round or two more and a faster reload to lose the contact shot and easy button failure drill (squeeze trigger again) might not be a great trade off. Make it a Glock 26 or the M&P equivalent which hold about double the bullets at 10ish and it could well matter.

Still at the end of the day for a normal guy doing normal guy stuff facing normal guy problems a J frame is probably plenty. The cliche 3 rounds in 3 seconds  at 3 yards thing comes to mind here.

This brings us to a larger point. Being sentimental is part of what makes us human. Often survivalists and gun types are sentimental about kind of odd things like revolvers or old case folding knives or ALICE packs.  I think we gun types and survivalists can get so focused on making the right rational decision that we try to justify things that way. Instead of just saying that we like X, in this case wheel guns, and that we prefer it to another option which might actually have some rational advantages.

I think being honest about this has value. Why? First and foremost being real and honest is just plain useful. Second and more significantly being honest with ourselves lets us make decisions more rationally. Say item A has 85% of the overall capabilities of item B but I really like it for whatever reason? Well instead of trying to justify why A is as good as B I can look at whether A can do enough of the job to be good enough for me. Maybe item A only has 50% of the capability of item B and even though you love it you should put it up on the mantle above the fireplace and carry B instead.

So be honest with yourself and accept when you are being emotional about stuff. It will actually let you make better decisions in the end.


From the Desk of John Rourke – November 20th, 2015

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I have been planning on writing about the modern underground economy. Just a few words in the meantime. More and more people are conducting business via barter. Service for material things. Services for services. Material for material. Of course this has been going on for hundreds of years however the modern economy is dictating a higher need and frequency.

Simple online Facebook groups are a major player in the underground economy. People post items of all kinds from kids clothes to firearms all the way up to vehicles. These items are most often sold for cash however barter is frequently used.

I am getting to this post very late as I have been negotiating with several people to trade one of guns for another. There were numerous offers and ideas that were attractive. I ended up trading an AR that costs less than $500 for a Winchester Model 70 bolt action with polymer stock in .270 Winchester. Included the Bushnell scope in 6X18X50.


I also received 340 rounds of .270 with it.


This was a great deal! Looking forward to shooting it Saturday.

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“I don’t know if this needs saying here? It’s likely that at sites like this it’s understood. But just in case it’s not, we are in the beginning stages of WW3. This is not a fight with a bunch of rag-tag fanatics in Syria and Iraq, this is a global war against Islamic fundamentalism which is at odds with and incompatible with the western world. There are 1.3 billion Muslims. Some surveys suggest that as high as 25% of Muslims agree in some small measure with the caliphate. If only a tiny fraction support it then that’s ten’s of millions. This is going to get ugly fast and will last a long time. It’s a multi generational war in which we, the civilians are the targets. History knows that when your enemy is fighting a religious war against you, there can be no armistice. There can be no surrender, unless it is us who surrenders. To them its win or death, and nothing else. Once this is accepted by the world the war that will commence will dwarf every other conflict in the history of Mankind. The question is when? It’s easier to resist in the beginning than in the end.”

– – – John Gault, November 19th, 2015 – ModernSurvivalOnline.com

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.


Author: Matthew D. Goebel, Disabled Veteran, Retired US Marshal, Patriot &  Survivor.


I believe the most important necessity needed to survive any disaster or breakdown in society..is the WILL to survive.  I know this because I’ve faced death and the total destruction of what I understood as ‘my life’ and lived to talk about it.  Bullets, Food, Fire, Shelter, Income, Safety and Security, or what we perceive we need to live can change in a heartbeat.  
The day I turned in my x-wife for having sex with one of her underage students from a special needs school in New Jersey…My Will to Survive was tested…and tormented.  I lost my home, job, car, kids, retirement, and sanity.  I became bankrupt, jobless, homeless and began my journey of couch surfing. I married and divorced a third wife that tried to have me arrested after a PTSD moment..and me and my two wolf dogs, living out of my SUV… I traveled from NJ, and lived in national parks and couches in several states, WY, CO, KS, OH, PA and Virginia.  I lost 33 lbs and went without and medical care or meds, no guns, just a knife.  

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I wandered through mountains, deserts, forests, and did a lot of soul searching.  The ONLY thing that kept me alive was the love and admiration of my dogs.  THIS IS A KEY component to survival of man.  Without a dog primitive man could not be warned of danger, assisted in hunting, sleep with assurance, herd sheep, etc.  I fed off their resilience and they fed off my praise.  My Will to keep them alive honed my survival instinct and determination not to perish from this disaster.  After a series of horrible relationships I relied on my wolf dogs to choose who I would trust.  This led me to a strong relationship…the best ever.  

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I worked out and marketed myself with renewed strength and confidence which led to solid employment. Now I work with the Marines in Afghanistan because I have no fear, literally my Will has turned to hope and fortitude to not just survive but thrive. With my good pay I am recouping everything I lost and realized my new lifestyle as a Prepper…because disaster comes in many forms, BUT with strong WILL and a good Dog I believe we can make it through the hardest of times, like primitive man did, with ‘Pack’ mentality…leading and sacrificing to optimize survival.  How many times have we tried to kill off wolves and they continue to survive? How many dogs have rescued children or fought off an armed enemy to the death to protect its master?  The Relationship between Dog and Man and the WILL to Survive is the strongest of bonds and cannot be broken. 


Top 5 Injuries People Will Get After The SHTF

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Today I want to share another interesting video by The Patriot Nurse. In this one she talks about the 5 most common injuries people will get after the SHTF. This is a very helpful list because if you know what the most common injuries will be, you’ll know […]

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The Simple Way To Dye Fabric Naturally With Plants

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The Simple Way To Dye Fabric Naturally With Food

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As you explore different ways of creating and maintaining a sustainable lifestyle, you may want to experiment with the art of natural dyeing. Native peoples for millennia have used plants to create colorful dyes for decorating their clothing, their homes and even their bodies.

The great news is that you can find what you need for dyes right in your own backyard. You can use roots, nuts, berries and flowers to create a wide variety of colors and color combinations for dyeing your clothing items. As you get the hang of the dyeing process, you will enjoy experimenting with many different shades.

For best results, blossoms should be in full bloom. Berries should be ripe, and nuts should be mature. In order not to threaten the health of a plant, do not gather or harvest more than two-thirds of a stand of a plant.

Here are some common plants and the colors they produce:

  • Blackberries, iris root, walnut hulls – purple, dark purple, gray.
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    Raspberries, cherries, strawberries, beetroot, plum skin, red and pink roses — red/pink.

  • Pomegranates, beets, bamboo, reddish hibiscus, bloodroot – red/brown.
  • Red sumac berries, basil leaves, day lilies, pokeweed berries, huckleberries — red-purple.
  • Blueberries, red cabbage, purple grapes, elderberries, red mulberries – blue.
  • Onion skin – yellow/brown.
  • Turmeric — yellow/orange.
  • Carrots, gold lichen – orange.
  • Bay leaves, sunflower petals, marigolds, St John’s Wort, paprika, turmeric, dandelion flowers, celery leaves, Queen Anne’s lace roots, lilac twigs, barberry roots, mahonia roots, yellow dock roots – yellow.
  • Dandelion roots, oak bark, walnut hulls, tea, coffee, acorns, coffee, tea – brown.
  • Spinach, artichokes, Savoy cabbage, peppermint leaves, sorrel roots, snapdragons, grass, plantain, lilacs, nettles, peach leaves – green.

After you have gathered your plant material, it is time to consider your fabric. As you might expect, natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, linen and wool, will absorb the natural dyes with the best results.

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You may dye synthetic fabrics with plants, but the colors will be less vibrant.

It is a good idea to use a scrap of fabric to test the color and to gauge the color saturation before you begin the dyeing process.

Your next step is to prepare the fabric for dyeing by soaking it in a color fixative. This step helps the fabric absorb the color more readily.

For berries, you will use salt as the fixative, and for other plants, you will use vinegar. Dissolve a half cup of salt in eight cups of cold water, or combine one part white vinegar with four parts cold water.

Next, place your damp fabric in the correct fixative solution for about an hour. Rinse with cool water and then wring out extra water.

The Simple Way To Dye Fabric Naturally With Food

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Now you are ready to make your dye solution. Chop your desired plant material into small pieces and place them in a large non-reactive pot (glass or stainless steel work well). Cover with twice as much water as plant material. Bring solution to a boil, and then let it simmer for about an hour.

Next, strain out the plant material and add your fabric to the solution. Depending on the plant you are using, you could get the desired shade in as little as 15 minutes. The longer the fabric stays in the dye, the deeper the color. For a very strong shade, you can allow your fabric to soak in the dye overnight.

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Rinse the fabric well until the water runs clear. Then hang it up to dry. Continue to wash dyed items separately from other items in your laundry, as the color many run until all excess dye is removed.

How does the dyeing process work?

Fruit and vegetables contain colorful chemicals called polyphenols. These polyphenols are the reason your clothing, tablecloth or carpet gets stained when you spill certain food or drink. They attach to fabric and dye it.

Salt and vinegar help the polyphenols stay attached to the fabric. Without them, the dye would fade each time you wash the fabric.

The best part about using natural dyes is the satisfying aspect of it. As you experiment with different colors and color combinations, you will marvel at the beauty of natural fabric enhanced with natural dyes.

Here’s a final tip: Make sure you dye only what you want to dye. Cover your counter top and the clothes you are wearing while you work. And wear rubber gloves to keep the dye from staining your hands.

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Start prepping… I have no idea what to do???

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how to start preppingSo you want to delve into the world of preparedness? Welcome… and prepare to be overwhelmed. It is not your fault. We have all been there. With good intentions, you will plan and plot to prepare yourself for any disaster your imagination can contrive. Like you, we had no clue what to do.

Do not distress! Below are four easy steps to get you started.

1. Do a personal risk assessment

Domestic risks: Look at your home and home life. What are the possible events that could occur? Some examples may be a health crisis of elderly or disabled family members, a medical emergency, or unemployment. Consider safety in your home. Carbon monoxide, fire, property damage from fire, burst pipes, etc.
Geographical risks: Where do you live? Tornado alley, hurricane territory, fire or earthquake areas, maybe areas of extreme heat or cold? Check to see if you are at risk of mudslides, overflowing rivers and dams.
Local risks: Observe what is outside of your home. What disasters could happen in your area? Consider civil unrest, chemical plants, refineries, hazardous materials transported by rail or road.

2. Food and water

Even if it is enough to get you through 72 hours of any emergency, go get it. Water is an inexpensive, yet life essential. Use your risk assessment as your guide. Purchase food that you will be able to prepare and eat according to your possible risks. Don’t forget food for any pets you may have. They will be hungry too.

3. Medical and personal items

• Start with those in your home with medical or health issues. Take into consideration, medicine and medical supplies. In addition to specialty drinks/food and equipment, this may include incontinence supplies and other daily disposable items.
• A good quality first aid kit also needs to be on hand. It should cover the basic OTC medicine, along with bandages, gauze and medical tape.
• If you have a baby in the home, remember to have extra diapers and wipes. Also stock up on additional menstrual supplies.

4. Basic survival

• Basic items would be toilet paper, batteries, flashlights, a radio, matches, and cash. Again, go over your risk assessment and decide what you will need.
• Have fuel on hand. Make a habit or filling your gas tank when it gets to half empty. Have fuel on hand to cook with, heat your home and any light source.
• Make copies of important papers. Prescriptions, family contacts, insurance information, doctors’ numbers, etc.

These four steps can get you off to a good start into a prepper’s world. You will have some peace knowing that you can get through a small emergency. All of these steps can be looked into at a more expansive and deeper level. As you continue to work on being prepared, you will develop skills and confidence you did not know you had.
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Fortress Clothing: Lifetime supply of warmth

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We recently had the opportunity to meet Dale from Fortress Clothing at a preparedness expo here in Utah. We knew that his products served a huge need we had been looking to fill, so when he offered to come show them to us so we could try them in action (in the freezing cold) we knew we needed to jump at the chance. We tried on the entire bug out bag set and went out by the lake with a bitter wind. We were thoroughly impressed and are looking forward to adding these items into our “heat storage” preparedness plans.

Please remember that while something like this can be critical and life-saving in cold weather, it may not be one of the first items to get as part of your preps if you have budget constraints. If you have food, water, cooking, and sanitation covered look to this as a solution as you delve more into the more advance topics of protection, shelter, heating, and cooling.


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Fortress isn’t just a coat – it’s not even just cold weather clothing. Fortress is your complete HEAT STORAGE SOLUTION, and the advantages to using this to provide your warmth in an emergency are obvious. Fortress RETAINS YOUR BODY’s HEAT. Instead of trying to heat the space around you (your home, tent, or cabin) with traditional resources like firewood, coal or propane, FORTRESS allows you to be comfortable while heating yourself. Whatever the conditions, you will be able to function!

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Fortress Clothing Line with Dale:

Here are a few of the key features we love about Fortress Clothing:

  • “Bug Out Bag” provides a complete outdoor clothing solution
  • Can purchase items individually to meet your personal budget and needs
  • Hood is adjustable in three ways to be best suited for how cold it is
  • Jacket liner is warm enough for -30 degree temperatures yet light-weight enough for a chilly day at the soccer field.
  • Breathable material that is easy to maneuver in and doesn’t make you hot
  • Mittens remove the need for expensive and disposable hand warmers
  • Pant liners are perfect for sledding or snowmobiling (very versatile)
  • Hot socks (booties) act as a liner inside boots or as comfy house slippers
  • No need to buy multiple expensive coats, simply wear a light jacket or hoodie over the Fortress Jacket for a perfect coat solution
  • Save money by storing less fuel for your family’s warmth

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If you opt for the complete heat storage solution the entire set fits in a handy little “stuff sack”. This is perfect to attach to a backpack for your 72 hour kits to easily grab-and-go, stash in your car trunk for your car kit, or store on a closet shelf nicely compacted.

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Make Your Own Canned Apple Butter – Easy Crock Pot Recipe

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How To Make Your Own Canned Apple Butter – Easy Crock Pot Recipe Today I am going to share with you how to make my very delicious apple butter which will be completely homemade and without any added preservatives! Woohoo! I know you can buy apple butter in the grocery store, BUT it is loaded with …

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How To Live Off-Grid In A Boat For Cheap

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The subject of off-grid living often conjures images of a two-story homestead, lush rolling hills, and a bountiful garden.

But that’s not the only path to living off the grid, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to a couple who sold their possessions for an off-grid life on a boat, at sea. Ryan and Olivia Frank moved from Colorado to Florida several years ago to chase their dream of life on the ocean: eating fish for their meals, collecting rainwater to drink, and using solar power for electricity.

It’s a “minimal” lifestyle, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. And, believe it or not, their monthly expenses are far, far less than they were on land.

Ryan and Olivia cruise the Caribbean, witnessing first-hand the amazing natural sights that most of us only will see on a postcard.

Ryan and Olivia also tell us:

  • How they make money with laptop-based businesses from their boat.
  • What they store on their boat so as to survive days away from land.
  • How they stay connected with friends.
  • Why living on a boat is cheaper than living on land.
  • What they miss about “land life.”

Ryan closes by sharing with us a harrowing “storm story” that sounds like something straight out of a movie – only he and Olivia experienced it first-hand in the middle of gigantic waves. They also tell us how they stay out of the way of huge cargo ships, whose captains often don’t see small boats in the water. If you have a sense of adventure and love off-grid life, then this show is for you!

3 Of The Most Common And Dangerous Foodborne Diseases

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Food! We all do it, we all eat. Not only because we have to in order to survive, but also because we like it. Most cultures are unique when it comes to culinary treats, with at least a couple of dishes to set them easily aside from the rest of the world. Cooking may come in different shapes and sizes, but the raw material is (more or less) the same everywhere. We need organic material as fuel. But the organic material we ingurgitate may sometimes be infected by pathogens that will cause us harm. The food of beverages that contain certain bacteria, viruses, parasites or even chemicals will cause great distress and irritation to the gastrointestinal tract. Most of the gastrointestinal afflictions are acute; they manifest themselves rapidly, with fever diarrhea and vomiting and won’t last more than a few days, even without medical treatment. Others, on the other hand, will manifest themselves way more severely, and will cause a rapid death if left untreated.



This tiny bacterium (Salmonella enterica) is one of the most common and wildly spread foodborne pathogens on the face of the Earth. It lives in the intestinal tracts of animals and it’s transmitted to humans through food that hasn’t been properly washed and that previously came in contact with animal waste. What makes it dangerous and so wildly spread is the fact that it’s practically impossible to detect. Diseased animals manifest no exact symptoms; nor will the food products that get tainted. It’s not resistant to high temperatures, so cooking the food properly will destroy the proteins that make up the bacteria. If not, hell will soon follow. Within 12 to 72 hours from infection, the pathogen will make itself “visible” through acute abdominal pain and cramp, fever and diarrhea. The diarrhea is severe in this case, so drinking plenty of fluids is a must, in order to avoid dehydration. In a strong and healthy individual, the disease shouldn’t last more than 5 – 7 days. Medication is necessary only if the infection has already spread to the intestines; also if the infected person has a compromised immune system or is an elderly citizen, that will have problems fighting the disease on his own. It can sometimes lead to a complication known as Reiter’s syndrome or reactive arthritis, which causes painful joints, painful urination, eye soreness and chronic arthritis. The best way to avoid salmonella infection is it to cook your food carefully, especially meat and eggs.

Salmonella enterica



Also known as trichinellosis, is a disease that’s easily contracted by humans that consume meat infected with the larvae of the trichinella worm (Trichinella spiralis), be it from domesticated pigs or other wild animals. The larvae are incased in a cyst in animal meat. After ingestion, it gets in a human host, where the digestive acids found in our stomachs dissolve the cyst and release the worm. They mature in a couple of days in the small intestine. They will mate, lay eggs and from these eggs small worm will result that will make their way to muscle tissue (through the arteries), where they’ll incase themselves in cystic form again. In an attempt to fight the invasive creatures, you’ll body will suffer nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acute stomachaches in the first 2 – 3 days after eating the tainted meat. After the worms have matured and start reproducing (2 – 8 weeks), you’ll also experience fever, chills, coughing, eye-sealing, headaches, itchy skin, joint pain and irregularities of the digestive system (constipation or diarrhea). It’s a disease that should not be left untreated. The best way to avoid getting trichinosis is to cook meat at about 160°F, temperature that will destroy the cysts. You can also freeze you pork for 20 days in order to kill the worms, however this might not work when it comes to game animals.

Trichinella spiralis cysts in muscle mass



The Escherichia coli is a large group of bacteria, out of which most are harmless. The one that’s able to cause havoc is called the O157:H7, and is part of the STEC group (the E. coli that produce the Shiga toxin). They’re mostly found in the intestines and stomachs of ruminant animals (cattle) but also in sheep, goats, elk, deer etc. When the animal is eviscerated, the intestines might get cut and spill out on the meat, immediately infecting it. The most common method of spreading the bacteria is through ground meat, but it was also found in milk and other dairy products. Vegetables or fruits that come in contact with infected animal waste will also get tainted. Although it doesn’t manifest itself in any way in the animal hosts, in humans it can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, cramps and even bloody diarrhea. The infection spreads rapidly, so that about a third of the people infected will get hospitalized; about 10% of those that get hospitalized will die. It’s most dangerous when it comes to children ages 5 – 10. They risk of developing hemolytic-uremic syndrome as a result of the E. coli infection, which can lead to kidney failure. You can avoid E. coli infection by regularly washing your hands, washing vegetables and cooking your meat at a temperature of at least 160°F.

The O157:H7 E. coli



To avoid getting dangerous foodborne diseases, hygiene is a must. Always wash your hands, your food and avoid eating from unreliable sources. If you manifest any of the symptoms that I’ve listed above, check with your doctor immediately and don’t leave anything to chance. Most of the incipient symptoms are common in most type of food related infections, so it’s hard to tell on your own whether you’ve contracted something that’s life-threatening or not.


By Alec Deacon



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Footwear, Keeping You Alive, 1 Step at a Time by Watcher

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Our feet get us from point A to point B every day.  They are infinitely more important to us when we’re in the woods and have no alternative way to get around.  Unfortunately, we often take our feet for granted and neglect them.  This leads to issues such as blisters, …

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Hazards in Immigration

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I never thought I would say this, but I am glad my British aunt is no longer alive to see this. I think she would cry, especially after working so hard during WW II. There is nothing wrong with legal immigration, if you have the space and the money, but Britain had neither. May other nations learn this lesson.

Easy Mead Recipe

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I don’t drink much, but I love making stuff, and one of the reasons I got bees was that I was intrigued about how you could take a material with natural antibiotic properties (honey) and make something that required growth of “germs” (yeasts in alcohol). wanted to make mead. My local wine making mentor told […]

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Biblical Quotes on Preparedness

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After the earlier post, I figured I should show some Biblical Quotes on Preparedness. Genesis 6:21 “And remember; take enough food for your family and for all the animals”. God could have easily provided enough food every day for all people and animals on board, but He had Noah prepare ahead of time. God told […]

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Foxfire 6

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Like Foxfire 9 that we reviewed earlier, Foxfire 6 is a great historical documentary to teach us how our ancestors lived prior to rural electrification. Foxfire 6 deals with shoemaking, children’s toys, musical instruments, wooden locks, and has a very interesting story of a rural genius that powered a sawmill using salvaged car transmissions, axles, and […]

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Cheap CETME/G3 Scope Mount

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I do not normally advocate mixing airsoft with “real” gun gear, but if you know what you want, and understand that airsoft accessories are not normally built as strongly as accessories build for actual guns. I would not use airsoft lasers or airsoft rated under barrel flashlights or optics because they cannot handle the vibration. […]

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Explosive Pumpkin Carving

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Today we are going to use our “new” mosin nagant rifle to carve a pumpkin. Genny was a little confused when I put the tannerite target inside the pumpkin, and even more so when I poured half a container of non-dairy creamer over that to make a “cremora” charge. But when she saw the result […]

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Storage Meal #1 Spam Fried Rice

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Everyone involved in cheap prepping knows to store rice, beans, and wheat berries, but rice beans and bread WILL get old fast.  I plan on setting down some recipes that use basic storage foods only and are still good to eat.  My first recipe is Spam fried rice. Now I know that the name alone […]

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21 Days to Basic Preparedness eBook

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21 Days to Basic Preparedness sets up a common sense plan to quickly begin a journey to personal preparedness. It draws upon decades of experience as a prepper, as well as the professional training the author has as an emergency management planner for government. This is a practical document that covers mindset, planning, basic kits, […]

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Store Review: Clarksville Guns and Archery

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It is probably not a surprise that as a “gun guy” I visit lots of firearm stores. I actually make it sort of a hobby. I visit stores see how they differ, how they are the same, what they are selling, and how the staff interact with customers. As a firearm instructor I get to […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 3)

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When I was in the Marines, a good friend of mine and I were walking and he casually asked me, what was the most important thing in my life. It stumped me for a minute, and I began to wax eloquent on all the important things in my life, Sgt. B. Then grabbed me by the throat and began choking me while screaming “No, ITS AIR, PUNK!” – Lesson learned…. You will see that as the list progresses, we will get more items for comfort and repair. But in the beginning its about Water, Food, and shelter.

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How Effective is a TASER?

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TASERS are able to incapacitate attackers because they interfere with the signals that cause voluntary muscles to move.  Today we demonstrate it. While I am against anyone using a stun gun for self-defense, I am a firm believer in the use of Tasers as effective self-defense tools.Most people I meet think the difference between tasers […]

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Incremental Disaster Kit (Week 14)

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To Buy: ____1 can fruit (for each person) ____1 can meat (for each person) ____1 can vegetables (for each person) ____1 package eating utensils ____1 package paper ____Cups To Do: ____Make sure your network and neighbors know what help you may need in an emergency and how best to assist. ____Practice using alternate methods of […]

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Urban Search and Rescue Door Markings

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I do not like everything the US Federal Government does (but what’s new there)… However, they do get some things right on occasion. In my opinion, the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)  program is one of them. I have written about CERT before.  but Basically CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that could […]

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DIY Rain Barrel

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I am going to go out on a limb (but it’s a very sturdy limb) and say that no matter if you are a prepper, a gardener, into sustainable living, or just want to have a green yard in the hot summer – nothing gives you more bang for your buck than collecting rainwater for […]

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Travel-Trailer Homesteading Under $5,000

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Travel-Trailer Homesteading is a small book that packs a wallop, with information for readers tired of paying rent and yearning for a suitable home of their own, but who don’t have a huge bankroll to do it. Kelling lays out all the basics: how to analyze your budget and costs; how to find suitable land and […]

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Awareness – Avoidance – Evasion – Escape

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Awareness – Avoidance – Evasion – Escape

People survived on the floor of the Bataclan Theater because they reacted.

The following is an article set by my friend Ed, who has many years or experience is dealing with life threatening emergencies.  He is a strong believer in Awareness – Avoidance – Evasion – Escape,  unless you are armed and are part of a functioning group, only fight as a last resort.


A good article on BBC summarizes fundamentals:

Be Prepared: Many survivors of the Paris attacks have said that they mistook the first gunshots for fireworks. This is typical, says John Leach, survival psychologist and military survival instructor.
People not expecting gunshots will assume that they are something else because it does not fit in with their expectations. “We respond to the model in our head and we don’t respond directly to the environment and that is what makes us vulnerable,” he says.

React quickly: Only 15% of people in events studied responded in a way that helped them to survive. Up to 75% will be too bewildered by what is happening to react at all. The other 10% will react in stupid ways that reduce their chances of survival and get in the way of others.  Acting decisively makes survival more likely, but human nature is to wait for other people to act first. In the classic experiment, psychologists put people in a room and fill it with smoke to see how they react. People on their own were more likely to take action than those who were with others. (About thirty years ago, I was in a classroom of public safety personnel, we were all sitting at desks, when a significant earthquake hit.  We all sat there like fools and nobody dove for cover.  We just looked at each other and waited for the other guy to go first. Howard)

Make yourself a smaller target: “Where there’s cover from sight, there’s cover from fire,” advises Ian Reed, a former British soldier, military instructor and chief executive of the Formative Group security firm. Get out of the way and make yourself a smaller target. This can involve simply dropping to the ground but ideally means getting behind some sort of hard cover such as a concrete wall is the best option. “Hollywood portrays cars as bulletproof but that’s not the case,” says Reed. Despite this, hiding behind a car is better than being in the open. When an attack happens in a tightly packed space, a single bullet can injure several people. Keeping out of sight reduces the risk that you can be targeted deliberately and
reduces chance of being hit by ricochet or penetrating rounds.

Many survivors in Paris did this instinctively – turning tables over to use as makeshift shelters or hiding behind speakers in the concert hall. But the lack of cover on the main floor of the Bataclan meant not everyone there was able to hide. An Irish couple survived by playing dead. Be quiet, stay alive and don’t move. “They are looking for movement – it will catch their eye,” explains Reed. This is especially true if it’s dark. Some people in the Bataclan did run for the exit when the attackers paused to reload. This can be risky, but in some scenarios running away is a good idea. According to eyewitnesses on Friday, several people chose to stay hidden in offices and toilets until help arrived.

Fighting back: Rushing a gunman has worked in some situations. In August, a train attack was foiled in France after passengers overpowered the lone gunman. The men only made the attempt after the shooter’s weapon jammed.

Basic precautions for hazardous material incidents also apply here:

Time – minimize the time you are exposed in the open
Distance – move to put distance between yourself and the threat
Shielding – move behind substantial cover, not just concealment

Your actions should be guided by:

Awareness – Avoidance – Evasion – Escape

That doesn’t mean that Engagement isn’t on the table – but it’s a last resort, if you have no escape, you must fight for your life! Improvise a weapon if you don’t have one.

Tactics taught to off-duty cops consider that without anyone knowing where you are, without instant communications, or back up, and lacking normal duty gear a cop would normally have, it’s best to be a “good witness” and to move on – if you can.

The best fight is the one you never attend.

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DIY Instant Hand Warmers

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DIY Instant Hand Warmers Hand warmers can set you back anything from a few bucks to over 10 bucks! Stop spending all that money when you can make your own hand warmers that cost pennies! All you need is two ingredients and a few zip lock bags and you can have the warmth of this …

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The Great American Homestead Smokehouse [VIDEO]

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The Great American Homestead Smokehouse [VIDEO]

Long before we started homesteading, I wanted to build a smokehouse. I love the taste of smoked meat and often thought why not make this on my own rather than pay big bucks for someone else to do it? As a child, I would read books about the early American pioneers and how they would preserve their meats. A smoke house was an essential tool for those early settlers.

These were before the days of refrigeration and chemical preservatives. All they had was smoke and salt and a natural source for nitrates. AND, that’s all they needed.

So as we continued to built our off-grid homestead, a smokehouse was one of the projects that we just needed to have if we were going to save and preserve meats for any length of time. Right now we are canning a lot of meat. But what happens if canning jars and tools can no longer be found? How would we preserve our fall deer harvest or livestock butcherings?

Not only that, but cured and smoked meats taste wonderful.

I was watching a video recently of a number of chefs preparing a ham prosciutto. It’s a simple process really and it can be done with lots of different types of meats. We have lots of goat and sheep farmers nearby and deer in our area so there will be many opportunities this winter to prepare 1 or 2 prosciutto. The problem is that a true prosciutto hangs for a year and I’m not sure Jaimie is going to be ok with 1 or 2 deer hind quarters hanging around that long in the house. But, we’ll keep you posted on that.

RELATED : Portable Off Grid Oven & Stove

So needless to say we are planning on doing a number of videos this winter on the smokehouse and all of the meat we are going to preserve with it.

Today, most meat is preserved with chemicals. Back in the days of old, people would add saltpeter to their meats for curing. It kept the meat guarded from certain bacteria like botulism that salt will not kill. Saltpeter is also called potassium nitrate. When nitrates come into contact with certain bacteria, they will convert into nitrite. During that conversion process, not only are potentially harmful bacteria not allowed to multiply, but it also makes changes to the protein structure of the meat and that my friends is what produces an amazing flavor that is hard to beat anywhere.

Today, most meat cures throw in nitrites right from the start to make sure to eliminate any of those harmful bacteria mentioned above. However, by adding in the nitrite, you miss the conversion that you would have had if you would have added nitrates and allowed the natural conversion into nitrites. Thus some of the amazing flavor is robbed from the experience.

Since the middle ages, people have discovered that you can use some plant material to get the same effect as saltpeter. Many plants are high in nitrates and celery is one of them. We harvested our own celery this year in order to use it with our meat curing and preservation.

Our smokehouse is fitted with 3 shelves for smoking meats and salts. We also have 3 hooks for hanging meats as well. Because it’s a cold smoker, its a great way to preserve cured meats for long term storage without refrigeration.

The video below will give you some great ideas on how you too can build your own smokehouse. Imagine being able to create that amazing smoked flavor without having to pay someone else to do it.


Source : anamericanhomestead.com

Other Useful Resources :    

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

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

Survival MD (Best Post SHTF Medical Survival Guide Ever)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)

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

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

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

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

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

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

About the author : 

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife’s parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

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Rock the Sock – 15 MORE Preparedness Gift Ideas

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Give the Gift of Preparedness This Holiday Season. This year because of your recent move, our family is putting striving for a smaller Christmas. Our gifts are centered around getting better prepared and spending little funds. We are spending more time enjoying the season and its meaning. We are also looking for ways to make […]

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Cows Or Goats: What’s Best For Homestead Dairy?

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Cows Or Goats: What’s Best For Homestead Dairy?

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There are many considerations when choosing the right dairy animal for your homestead. To reduce the risk of making the wrong choice, here’s some factors to consider before purchasing a dairy cow or goat for your homestead.

What Size Animal Is Best Suited to Your Facilities?

A dairy goat might weigh 200 pounds. A cow will weigh between 800 and 1,300 pounds. That’s a big difference when it comes to feed consumption and facility requirements, as well as milking and handling the animal.

A dairy cow will require stronger fencing and housing. For instance, a cow pushing on the fence to reach grass on the other side or even to relieve an itch can topple posts and ruin fencing that would easily contain a dairy goat.

However, goats can be escape artists. They require tight fencing and electric fences, and hard fencing can be a good option.

What About Your Budget?

Cows will consume quite a bit more feed than a dairy goat. That’s definitely a consideration when choosing which one is best suited to your budget.

Everything You Need To Know To Keep A Cow Healthy, Happy, And Productive…

Be prepared to see prices of $1,000 and up for a good dairy cow. Goats tend to be lower, coming in at an average of $300, although I have purchased great producers for as little as $150.

Milk Production and Other Factors

Cows will produce much more milk, and depending on your needs that may be a good thing. But remember: You’ll be getting milk every single day that your cow or goat is in production. It can add up quickly. If you’re milking by hand verses using a milking machine, then stripping out a cow is much more work than a goat.

Another factor: Cow’s milk seems to have more cream than goat’s milk. If cream is an important factor in your decision, then a cow will come out on top in the cream department.

Breeding Considerations

When breeding your dairy animal you’ll either have to purchase or borrow a sire, or use artificial insemination. Both are viable options. You can contact other farms and homesteads in your area to locate someone who will sell or loan you a sire. You also can find someone who will perform artificial insemination for you.

The Ultimate Guide To Dairy And Meat Goats

The important thing to remember is that you will need to determine what your plan will be before breeding season rolls around.

As a general rule, dairy goats are seasonal breeders. That means the females will only become interested in breeding as the daylight grows shorter in the fall.

Cows Or Goats: What’s Best For Homestead Dairy?

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Cows are aseasonal breeders, meaning they cycle roughly every 21 days. So you can set up the breeding season with more flexibility to accommodate your budget and schedule.

One final thought when choosing a dairy goat or cow for your homestead: Cows and goats have distinctly different personalities. Visit a few farms to get an idea of which one you like best before making a purchase.

As always, do you your research and make an educated decision on what is best for your operation. In the end, you’ll be happier, the animal will be happier, and even the milk will taste much better!

What is your preference for homestead dairy – cows or goats? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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8 Syrians Caught Illegally Attempting to Cross Texas Border, White House Launches #RefugeesWelcome Campaign

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Breitbart is reporting that two agents with Customs and Border Protection apprehended eight Syrians in two “family units” attempting to cross into Texas on the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, otherwise known officially as Port of Entry 1, on Monday, November 16th.

Border Patrol agent and National Border Patrol Council Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.”

A Syrian caught using someone else’s passport also tried to get into Texas back at the end of the September and was stopped.

The timing cannot be missed.

While more than half of the state governors across the U.S. have said they will not be accepting Syrian refugees, according to the Refugee Act of 1980, “President Obama has explicit statutory authorization to accept foreign refugees into the United States,” PBS reports.

Meanwhile, ISIS is issuing new threats against the U.S. and the White House has started the new hashtag #RefugeesWelcome.

This goes on and on… Looks like the governors are going to have a fight on their hands if they want to keep Syrian refugees out.

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The French President has also vowed to welcome 30,000 Syrian refugees just as the nation’s Prime Minister warns that ISIS may stage a chemical/biological warfare attack against France.

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Obama Kissed The Devil, And Now Pandora’s Box Has Been Opened And All Hell Is Breaking Loose

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By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

A soccer game between the national teams of Germany and the Netherlands was canceled due to terror concerns on Tuesday, but this is only just the beginning.  From now on, very few people will be able to attend large gatherings in the western world without thinking about the possibility that they might be shot or blown to bits.  This is how terrorism works – it instills fear in people.  And that is why the recent attacks in Paris were so effective.  By striking random targets such as a rock concert, a precedent has been set that an attack can happen anywhere and at any time.  The target does not have to be politically significant or related to the war on terror in any way.  Just a few of these random attacks would be enough to cause mass paranoia among the hundreds of millions of people that live in Europe and North America, and now that radical Islamists are starting to understand this, all hell is breaking loose.

And of course this is all part of a larger trend.  All over the planet, terror is on the rise.  In fact, according to a stunning new study that was just released the number of people around the world killed by terrorism increased by 80 percent from 2013 to 2014.

Now that Pandora’s box has been opened and crazed lunatics are realizing how effective terror can be in manipulating the emotions of the masses, will we ever be able to get life back to “normal” again?

If you are not familiar with the concept of “Pandora’s box”, the following is how Wikipedia defines it…

Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod‘s Works and Days.[1] The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos)[2] given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”),[3] which contained all the evils of the world. Pandora opened the jar and all the evils flew out, leaving only Hope inside once she had closed it again.

Today the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching consequences.

As I mentioned above, a major international soccer match that Angela Merkel was scheduled to attend was canceled on Tuesday due to terror concerns.  According to CNN, there was “concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium”…

“Serious plans for explosions” forced the evacuation of a stadium in Hannover, Germany, on Tuesday night before a Netherlands-Germany friendly soccer match, the police chief for Germany’s Lower Saxony region told Germany’s public broadcaster NDR.

Chief Volker Kluwe told NDR that authorities “had concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium.” The tip from federal authorities forced the cancellation of the Netherlands-Germany match about one-and-a-half hours before game time.

Could you imagine what would have happened if there had been a major explosion in a packed stadium like that?

It is only a matter of time before the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball are facing the exact same kinds of threats.

We live at a time when our headlines are being dominated by terror.  Just remember what happened last month.  The downing of the Russian passenger plane in Egypt was a huge international story, and it has now been confirmed that it was a “homemade explosive device” which destroyed it…

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said Tuesday that a Russian passenger plane that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai last month killing all 224 aboard was blown up by a homemade explosive device.

Alexander Bortnikov, the FSB’s chief, told Russian state media that “traces of foreign explosives” were found in debris recovered from the crash site.

Thanks to years of very foolish decisions by our government and others, the Middle East has become totally destabilized.  War and civil conflict are the rule rather than the exception, and radical Islam is on the rise.  We were quite naive to think that we could “keep it over there”.  The truth is that what we have experienced so far is just the leading edge of what is coming.

But that doesn’t mean that we should roll out the red carpet for groups like ISIS like Barack Obama apparently wants to do.  His administration wants to aggressively resettle Syrian refugees all over America, and in recent days this has prompted a tremendous backlash from Republican lawmakers

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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

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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First Snowstorm of Season to Blanket Midwest This Weekend

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A storm is poised to bring the first snowfall of the season to parts of the Midwest, including Chicago and Milwaukee, this weekend.

Enough snow could fall to cause slippery travel in portions of Interstate 35, 75, 80 and I-90/94 in the Midwest.

The storm will produce a swath of snow from the northern Rockies on Thursday to the central Plains on Friday and the Upper Great Lakes region Friday night into Saturday.

Exactly where the swath of heaviest accumulating snow falls will depend on the track and strength of the storm.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: First Snowstorm of Season to Blanket Midwest This Weekend

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M7 Earthquake – Predicted, Magnetic Storm | S0 News Nov.19.2015

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Published on Nov 19, 2015

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Thursday, 19 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.9) (129 quakes)

Updated: Thu, 19 Nov 15:15 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Thu, 19 Nov (87 earthquakes)
Thu, 19 Nov 15:01 UTC M 3.2 / 10 km – [info] (0 km) 18 km of Golbaf, kerman


Thu, 19 Nov 14:59 UTC M 3.1 – [info] (32 km) Ecuador – Morona Santiago


Thu, 19 Nov 14:52 UTC M 3.2 / 2 km – [info] (274 km) 3.2 GREECE


Thu, 19 Nov 14:41 UTC M 4.7 / 28 km – [info] (149 km) NORTHWEST OF RYUKYU ISLANDS


Thu, 19 Nov 14:31 UTC M 4.3 / 10 km – [info] (350 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Thu, 19 Nov 14:24 UTC M 4.0 / 3 km – [info] (604 km) OKLAHOMA


Okc, ok / MMI III (Weak shaking): Tremors lasted appx 15 seconds
Motel 6 in Del City / MMI VI (Strong shaking): I was lying in bed watching tv and felt the room and my bed shake for several seconds at 1:40 am
Motel 6 in Del City / MMI VI (Strong shaking): I was lying in bed watching tv and felt the room and my bed shake for several seconds
Thu, 19 Nov 14:03 UTC M 2.8 / 20.9 km – [info] (44 km) New Zealand


Thu, 19 Nov 14:02 UTC M 4.2 / 19.5 km – [info] (272 km) New Zealand


Thu, 19 Nov 13:55 UTC M 3.5 / 96.7 km – [info] (81 km) 29 km al NE de Pica


GUG (U. Chile)
Thu, 19 Nov 13:52 UTC M 3.7 – [info] (230 km) 3.7 GREECE


Thu, 19 Nov 13:49 UTC M 5.1 / 10 km – [info] (97 km) Ascension Island Region



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CIA Double Agent Predicts Terrorist Attack On America Within 2 Weeks

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This is a situational awareness alert. A CIA ‘double agent’ who had infiltrated the Al Qaeda terrorist network is urgently stating that he believes the United States is ‘next on the list’ as ‘ISIS’ will attack within the next two weeks – likely around the Thanksgiving holiday period. He states that the ISIS terror organization […]

Episode 78 Rainy Day Projects

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Rainy Day Projects

Rainy Day Projects



Rainy Day Projects

Yesterday was delayed by the weather knocking out my internet. Which gave me the idea of doing a show on  rainy day projects. The things you can do inside to further your preparedness. I have several projects to keep you busy on when the outside is disgusting.

I talk about a few projects to be able to cook on. My favorite rainy day project is by far making alcohol stoves. You know the ones made from coke cans. Not soda or pop. This is the south. they are all cokes.

Looking for more rainy day projects? Have you updated your Bug out documents recently? I didn’t think so. They are one of the most important and most neglected preps.




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15 Super Mom Hacks To Save You Precious Hours

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15 Super Mom Hacks To Save You Precious Hours

Moms all like to pretend that we’ve got everything covered, but we all know that we’re just winging it. Whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, you’re probably busy up to your eyeballs.

We’ve found some really awesome hacks to help you regain part of your day. From meal preparation to organization, we’re sure you’ll find that these ideas will help you get a better handle on each day, leaving you more time for the fun parts of being a mom!



Freeze Sandwiches – Packing lunches each morning is pretty time consuming, especially if you need to pack multiples or are making each sandwich that morning. Instead, make a bunch ahead of time and freeze them, so you can quickly pack a lunch box in the morning!


Sink Extender – Little hands sometimes can’t reach shorter sink faucets, but with a few simple changes to a lotion bottle, you can make a sink extender. You’ll save precious time lifting them up to use the sink, and you’ll save your back too!


Car Trash Can – Repurpose a cereal container into a trash bin that won’t spill in the car. Perfect for catching tissues, food scraps, and anything else! When it’s time to clean up, just change the bag. No more messy car!


Treat Greasy Hair – Moms don’t have a lot of time to wash their hair some mornings, but you can have nice, clean, fresh hair if you can find 10 minutes!


Magnet Cups – Instead of washing a new glass every time the kids want a drink of water, attach magnets to a designated cup, then attach it to the fridge. Your kids will know exactly where to put it when they’re done.



DIY Fridge Mats – Sometimes food leaks, and that can cause some seriously gross messes that require a lot of scrubbing. These mats can simply be removed and replaced while being washed. So much easier!


Create a Family Binder – By storing all your important documents and information in a single binder, you can reduce the amount of time you spend digging through a file cabinet or folders.


Learn to Use Knives Properly – Learning how to use your knives most effectively can really reduce the amount of prep time you spend cooking (and any sustained injuries!)

Mommy Tip Make Toddler Shoe Shopping Easy

Foot Templates – Hauling the kids shoe shopping is a great way to get your blood pressure up. Instead, leave them at home with your spouse and take a tracing of their feet in to help you pick the right size.


The 10 Minute Clean Room – This method will help you and the kids get messy rooms spotless in under 10 minutes. The trick is not to let the process get complicated.


DIY Homework Caddy

DIY Homework Caddy – Make the clear up after homework stress free and simple with this useful DIY caddy, it’s colorful, pratical and really handy to store all those bits and bobs that tend to go missing!


Moster Spray

Monster Spray For Stress Free Bedtimes – If your kids have trouble getting to sleep, this monster spray can help them get settled faster and easier to take the stress away from you!

How to Make a Woven Wrap Hammock

How to Make a Woven Wrap Hammock – Making a fun den for the kids can take longer than you want it to and creates a huge mess which will take even more time to clear up. Save time with this super fun hammock idea!


Ikea Hack Co-sleeper

Ikea Hack Co-sleeper – Save those precious hours of sleep ( and MONEY) with this Ikea hack! Make this DIY co-sleeper and you and your baby can more ZZZ’s!

toothbrush storage

Toothbrush Storage Holder – Turn an unused silverware holder into a toothbrush organizer for the whole family! Save time and effort when it comes to the morning and bedtime routine!

Store Toys

Hide Those Toys – Slash clear up time in half with storage for toys in your living room. Instead of putting everything away in their bedrooms, simply add stylish storage like Whitehouseblackshutters.com did!

Dangers Rodents Present

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RodentSure, most rodents are relatively cute and cuddly-looking, but that doesn’t mean you should pick them up or keep them as pets. Rodents present a variety of dangers and are among the bigger challenges for pest control companies. Let’s review some of the dangers rodents such as mice and rats present and how to ensure they stay the heck away from your home.


Rodents play host to a number of parasites, including mites and the dreaded ticks. Mites and ticks carry deadly pathogens.


Rodents don’t have to harbor parasites to cause trouble. Their urine and feces contain germs that wreak all kinds of havoc on human health. As if that weren’t enough, rodents are capable of depositing hundreds of fecal pellets in the span of a week. They can also urinate in thousands of areas within the same time frame.


Rodents carry a whole slew of un-fun diseases, which are transmitted via excrement and direct contact. Examples of the many viruses spread by rodents include rat-bite fever, the hanta virus and oh yeah, PLAGUE.

Property Damage

In addition to making you and your family sick, rodents pose threats to property such as books and clothes.

Tips For Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

Keeping any and all rodents out of your house may seem like a lost cause, but fear not. There’s plenty you can do to ensure mice don’t take up permanent residence in your home. If you have a cat, you’re off to a great start, as mice and rats aren’t going to venture where kitties are waiting. Depositing fur and even urine-soaked litter in high-traffic rodent areas of your home also helps keep the little twits away.

Other tips include sealing all holes and cracks in your home and checking your foundation for gaps. Never leave food out or keep trash cans with food in them open. Store food in sealed containers instead. Get rid of dense vegetation around your house as well as stacks of firewood against or near the home. Pick up fallen fruit from backyard trees if applicable, and never leave garbage cans uncovered. You’ll attract raccoons and possums in addition to mice and rats.

Have you dealt with a rodent infestation? Share your tail, er, tale of horror in the comments section!

[HA1]Maybe a little more detail here? How do they pose a threat? By chewing these items?

Should You Prep For Bartering?

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Should You Prep For Bartering?

I guess you could say my wife and I have been “preppers” for several years. We have always believed in a debt-free lifestyle, and except for a couple of home mortgages decades ago, that philosophy has served us well.  My wife and I both have had steady jobs through the years and never fell victim to the conspicuous consumption routine of “keeping up with the Joneses”.  (That alone keeps a lot of stress out of family life.)  Without going into details, I can say that my spouse and I are fairly comfortable with our preparations for most things old man Murphy could throw at us, short of something like a nuke or serious asteroid strike close to our home.  Water?  Got it.  Food?  Got it!  Defense?  Got it!  PM’s?  Got some!  BOV and camper?  Got it!  Remote bunker?  Working on it!  We even have a friendly and supportive MD and have managed to get important medications (thankfully we don’t need many) stocked up. 

During the course of reading up on prepping, talking to others, listening to “experts”, etc., the issue often comes up about acquiring goods for “barter” in the wake of some wide-spread calamity. This got me thinking.  Should anyone deliberately acquire goods they know, or at least are pretty sure, they themselves won’t use but are just acquired for trading purposes? 

This begs a couple of questions.

First, how do you KNOW you won’t need something? After all, circumstances change, and what is prepping all about anyway but preparing for the unexpected?  Like it or not – we don’t know what we don’t know. 

Second, should you spend your limited resources acquiring things you believe will be important to others but which you presume you will have little or no use for yourself? And, which “others”?  If the time comes, the line of “others” is apt to be quite long, diverse and needy.


Let’s play pretend for a minute.  Here are four possible scenarios which, I hope, will help illustrate the point.




  • You are a tea-totaler! You have no use for alcoholic spirits. Since you have stocked up on disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, soap, topical antibiotics and other medical supplies, alcoholic spirits are irrelevant to you.  But one of the most common barter items mentioned by preppers far and wide is booze. In normal society, alcohol is widely available, relatively cheap, has a long list of uses other than just for drinking, and has a tremendously long shelf life.  After any significant catastrophe alcohol will likely disappear within hours.  Demand is certain to outrun supply many times over.  Should you purchase a supply of booze as a trade good?
  • As a prepper you have a comfortable (at least to you) supply of firearms and ammunition. At a garage sale you find several hundred rounds of XYZ ammunition, and for an unbeatable price. You do not have a firearm that uses XYZ ammo, you don’t know anyone who does, and you have no intention of getting one.  XYZ is not one of the top popular calibers, but it is somewhat common.  Do you purchase the ammo, knowing that, for you, it’s only a trade good?
  • Here’s a tougher one. You are allergic to penicillin. Do you stock up on Fish Mox,  (Amoxicillin)?
  • In several recent inner-city riots, news reports usually focused on liquor stores as targets of looters. Since we considered alcohol in the first scenario let’s move on to another item pretty high on the list of looter targets. (Guns, cash, and jewelry are of course top targets of looters, but these things are more easily removed from view, already protected with infrastructure or receive extra protection from security forces.) Believe it or not – disposable diapers. OK!  You do not have diaper dependent toddlers in your group.  Do you buy some anyway?

No doubt you can think of dozens of other scenarios and items based on your unique view of the world. And there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to acquiring goods solely for barter. Google “preppers and trading” and you will get hundreds of suggestions about what to stock up on now to trade after TEOTWAWKI.  Some lists are well over one hundred items long.   As none of us has unlimited resources, it’s a fool’s errand to try to acquire some of “everything”.  So what should you do?

In the minds of some, I’m going to touch a third rail here. My advice is no.  Don’t do it.  Do not deliberately acquire preps just for barter.

The typical prepper (is there a “typical” prepper?) has a limited horizon of people and assets to protect.   As altruistic as you may be, you cannot save the world. Your first and highest priority is to those you choose to throw your security blanket over.  Thought, effort and expense devoted to trade goods diverts resources from your primary goal of protecting loved ones.  Anything you envision trading for after the fact should already be on your ‘A’ list.

And what about storage space? A place to put all those trade goods may be of no real concern for a suburban homeowner with rooms to spare, but for some, storage space is limited.  If you are an apartment dweller do you really want to use some of what little space you have to store things you might, someday, somehow, be able to trade for something, maybe, you are not sure what?  All those trade goods will have to be put someplace; protected from weather, deterioration, theft, etc.

Consider also that in the event of widespread calamity; most of the needy will likely have little to barter with. You could well find that most of your trade goods will acquire next to nothing in return, thus making them nearly worthless in their ability to improve your situation.  Even worse, your barter goods could make you and your family an even greater target of violence.  If someone or group wants what you don’t need you may decide to give it away to avoid confrontation.  Paradoxically, giving away goods, even things you don’t want, can make you an even greater target than before.  Reference the many suggestions that for your own safety you should distribute welfare through front organizations such as churches – not through your front door.

I have nothing against bartering. It is a time honored tradition and a textbook example of a free market.  When two people freely exchange goods, both gain. But bartering should not be a strategy depended on in the early/middle stages of a catastrophe.  Successful bartering needs a relatively stable economic and social environment; something unlikely in the early/middle stages of the kind of event most preppers envision.  

In defense of barter as a tool, it is likely that many preppers will make mistakes in their acquisitions. I know I have.  Most of us will over-prepare in some areas and under-prepare in others.  Still other items or categories may be completely overlooked.  Nobody has a crystal ball that says you will only need this much X, and that much Y.    Who among us can foresee every need?  Careful bartering after some calamity may have a place but it should be practiced the way porcupines mate – very carefully!

My guess is that most people who talk about bartering after TEOTWAWKI envision something like a friendly get together at a flea market type environment where everyone has a good time and goes home with goodies they didn’t have before. If that is how you see post-apocalyptic trading taking place, I strongly suggest you take off the rose colored glasses and start thinking realistically.  It may take months or even years for that kind of order to be restored.   Bartering in a disorderly lawless world is apt to be a very dangerous activity.  Tempers will flare and you may not be able to safely ‘back away’.  Someone who envisions themselves or their family desperately in need of something you have is probably going to be pretty insistent.  Wouldn’t you?  When order and some semblance of civilized society return, barter will probably flourish, but for now, the longer you can stay away from it  – the better.

 Realize also that historically, bartering goods and services is cumbersome, inefficient and a tremendous drag on individual and societal economic improvement.  Even under ideal circumstances bartering is a slow hit and miss proposition.  That’s why money was invented.  Money speeds up a society’s improvement in lifestyle and security.  Consequently, in any post-apocalyptic environment, some type of “money” will eventually emerge.  Some will be tempted to think they know what that form of money will be.  I have no idea what it will be, but I do know most who guess will guess wrong.  And that thought leads to my concluding advice.

By all means – prepare. But do your homework.  Spend your resources on things you are sure or reasonably sure, you and your group will need.  To do less is to waste precious time, money and energy on a “hope”.  Hope is not a strategy.  Remember, anything you envision trading for after the fact should already be on your ‘A’ list.  If the time comes and you find yourself “over prepared” with some items, you may find a way to carefully barter some away for things you do not have.  But be extremely careful when doing so. 

Your list of necessities will not match mine, your neighbor’s, or some armchair expert’s list.  Don’t let that weigh you down with doubt.  Learn from others.  Listen to their ideas.  If invited, and you are so inclined, share your ideas with them.  Adopt good ideas from others and discard bad or irrelevant ones. Learning what others are thinking will pay off in ways you would never think of on your own. 

Be a positive force!


The Retired Professor


The “Retired Professor” signature is correct.  I was a college Professor for many years, teaching Finance, Economics, and Management.  During that time I also spent 15 years as a LE firearms instructor. Now happily retired in Utah pursuing several hobbies, including prepping.



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20 Outrageously Cute Christmas Nail Design Ideas You’ve Got Try

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20 Outrageously Cute Christmas Nail Design Ideas You've Got Try

Show off those nails this holiday season with some  festive designs! They might be just the touch you need to finish off an outfit or celebrate the season.

From super detailed and fabulous to simple and low-key, we have a slew of designs for your enjoyment and inspiration! Winter wonderlands, snowmen, reindeer, even a santa minion — if you are feeling ambitious! Something here is sure to get you in the mood to try out a new holiday design!

Have fun!



Blue Winter Wonderland – Simple and striking, these winter wonderland nails would be easy to do with a small paintbrush or even just a toothpick.



Candy Cane French Tip – A fun twist on a French tip, the gold glitter background adds just the right amount of glitz and the candy canes just add fun!



Candy Cane Stripes – If you’re looking for something simple but striking, these candy cane stripes might be just what you’re looking for! Use this design on an accent nail or do them all for some candy stripe fun.


Christmas Sweater

Christmas Sweater – They may just be painted, but these nails look warm and cozy with this Christmas sweater pattern!



Christmas Glitter – Simple glitter is the way to go with this one! Pick your base color and grab some red and green glitter, if red and green aren’t for you silver and gold would be another great one!



Let It Snow – Blue polish and silver and white glitter completes this simple but gorgeous look. Dress it up with some little white snowflakes or leave it as is!




Light Bright – These fun nails use actual thread for the light wire instead of trying to draw a super thin clean line. If you have ever tried to do this you know just how much of a challenge this simple task can be!


christmas tree, colorama,flash

Black French Tip – Simple and gorgeous, this nails use layers of polish to create this stunning tree look! Try it out for yourself!



Nude Glitter – Understated but so pretty, these nails use a simple nude polish and a single line of gold glitter for a classy holiday look!



Penguins – These little penguins are so adorable! The tutorial for this one is great! Lots of pictures and step-by-step details on how to accomplish this look.



Plaid Nails – Plaid is so in right now, why not let your nails join in too? Once you master the red and green variations, other colors won’t be far behind!



Red Glitter Snowflakes -These simple nails will make quite the statement at your christmas party! Grab a toothpick or a little brush and get painting!



Reindeer – Rudolph will look great as an accent nail with this adorable design. Try and snowy background to dress them up even more!



Christmas Minion – This may look like an intimidating design, but don’t worry. We found a YouTube video that walks you through the entire process if you want to give this little guys a shot!



Santa Hat – These santa hats are so cute! They’re so easy to do too, which makes them an instant winner in our book! Add a thin coat of sparkle over the top from some extra glitz.



Simple Christmas Tree – We love how striking this simple tree is, and the design is so easy to achieve! Who knew that a little bit of tape was all that you need to get such pretty nails?



Glitter Snowflake – If a simple snowflake is more your style, give this combination of glitter and snowflakes a try. The large snowflake is quite pretty on the simple blue background!



Snowman – Take frosty with you where ever you go with this adorable winter manicure! The tutorial is in French but the images are clear enough to follow along without mishap.



Fairisle Sweater – Easily our favorite design, and one of the more challenging ones, this stunning look would look great in a bright color too!


Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland – Another one of those designs that looks ridiculously difficult, but we have another video tutorial to go with this one and it’s really not as difficult as it may appear! There is a lot of detail work, but the results are gorgeous!

Don’t fool yourself; you might not be as ready as you think!

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We all hope and pray that we will be ready when the time comes, but will we really be ready?   I recently spoke to Prepper that is convinced that he is completely ready for anything that might happen, and I guess it is possible but not likely.  Don’t fool yourself; you might not be as …

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Six Lessons From the Ultralight Backpacking Movement

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Phillip Meeks.   I declared myself a backpacker in sixth grade. I bought an army surplus pack, a Sterno stove and a ten-dollar Rambo knife from the flea market. I subscribed to a magazine on the topic, checked out all the relevant […]

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What Do You Know About “Grave Sucking”?

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     Strange question, huh?  If you’re like me, you knew nothing about it.  But apparently this is a distorted view, among some Christians, of the spiritual powers that are available to us through our faith in Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
     I have shared with many through this blog, and through personal relationships, the direction that God is taking me in regards to spiritual matters.  Both my husband and I have discerned from our many hours of Biblical study, and listening for the Lord’s guidance, that we Christians are engaged in spiritual warfare, whether we acknowledge it or not.
     This new awareness has led us to the Scriptural knowledge in the Gospels and throughout the New Testament, that Jesus has empowered us with the Holy Spirit to partner with Him in continuing to carry out the works He did in the Father’s will, while on earth.
     This is oftentimes (actually, most of the time) met with skepticism or resistance by the traditional Church.  I can understand that… this insight has not been taught nor encouraged in the Western Church.  The thought of real demons afflicting Christians is a foreign concept, and one that just doesn’t fly in the face of our “God is Love and Grace” and “Prosperity Gospel” messages.
     Yes, God IS Love, and He DOES pour out His Grace and Mercy on us, but the Devil is real, too, and if he can deceive us into dismissing this piece of our Christian walk, then just think of all the havoc he can cause in our lives!  Or better yet, if he can substitute a false teaching… but one that mimics (and resembles) our authority from Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, then he can lead Christians down a path away from true Biblical instruction and towards an unholy indoctrination and empowerment.  Such is the case with a phenomenon known as “grave sucking”, or “grave soaking”.

     It even sounds evil, doesn’t it?  And to be honest, I had not heard of it until my husband brought it to my attention, and apparently it is a very real practice among those who think that it is Biblical.  Just what is it exactly?  I found the following description on a website called Youth Apologetics Training, which seeks to help teens understand and defend Christianity — which tells me that this strange practice may be gaining popularity among our younger Christian population.  The website debunks the unscriptural and unholy exercise, and explains what it is:  Grave sucking, or “mantle grabbing”, is the belief and practice of pulling the supposed Holy Spirit powers from the dead bones of a previously empowered believer.  It is taught that when a Spirit-empowered individual dies, their mantle or mission dies with them.  In other words, God’s mission for that believer was thwarted when that believer died.
     Maybe that believer had a gift of healing.  Maybe they were an apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, had the gift of serving others, or of encouragement.  From my understanding, there are those in the Christian community that believe, with that person’s death, God’s plans for that particular anointing are placed on hold.  So, how does God correct this and get his plans back on track?  They actually suggest that we, as believers, must find a way to retrieve the mantle, or anointing, from the rotting corpse six feet under.  Only then can we get God’s plans back on track.  This is achieved by placing hands on the gravestone of the deceased, or lying on top of the grave.  Sometimes a prayer will be offered to God to aid in this perceived power transfer.
     How perverted and unholy is this exercise?  As if God Almighty actually needs us to intervene and claim His lost anointing, and bail Him out and get His plan back on track!  What happened to the Sovereignty of God in that whole messed up scenario?  And doesn’t it suggest that the Holy Spirit is trapped inside that dead body, is confused, and doesn’t even realize the person is dead — that is, until He senses someone above ground seeking that untapped spiritual power and just decides to give them the supernatural God-given abilities?  Doesn’t that belittle the Holy Spirit?
      How can anyone who calls themselves a Christian believe in this?  But, remember, our kids have grown up in a generation that promulgates wizards, vampires, zombies and the soft-sell of the occult. This would make sense to them.  And where do they find the evidence that this bizarre understanding is Biblical?  The whole foundation is based on one verse in Scripture:  (2 Kings 13:21)  And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.  Supporters of grave sucking suggest that the man lived because there was power left in the bones of the prophet Elisha.  But this “charismatic” teaching is reaching way too far; even to the point of being ludicrous.

     First of all, it distracts from the One True Source of our anointing.  All anointing comes from God, and it cannot be “transferred” from one person to another.  Secondly, the idea that any God-given gifts can be imparted from the body of a dead person is taught nowhere in the Bible — no matter how hard someone might try to distort 2 Kings 13:21.  I’m not saying that God couldn’t extend a generational legacy from one person to another, but it would be a Divine appointment, not obtained from “sucking” the power or gift from the grave!
     Then, there is our Biblical knowledge that when believers are absent from the body they are present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).   Doesn’t this tell us that our spirit leaves our body when we physically die?  The Holy Spirit that was imparted to a believer is no longer on the earth, and thus that Divine power is no longer in the grave.  Any attempt to retrieve a spirit or power from the dead comes perilously close to necromancy, which is defined as communicating with the spirits of the dead, which in turn involves witchcraft, sorcery and black magic.  Who would want to take the risk that you could conjure up a spirit from the dark side?
     Furthermore, this unholy practice threatens to further divide the Body of Christ by discrediting any experience of the power of the Holy Spirit in a Christian’s life.  I have personally witnessed the Holy Spirit at work in a person’s life, and the power He has over demonic spirits.  But it was all done through the authority of Jesus, and the power came from the Holy Spirit — not from power being summoned and transferred from one person to another.
     There is nothing in the Bible that tells us we can “absorb” the spiritual gifts from another.  And I like how the Apologetics website for teens disproves this unscriptural teaching:  “In this view of the Father [and “grave sucking”], we have a God who both gets His plans foiled because His Holy Spirit-empowered followers die; and then to make matters worse, He forgets to tell His believers how to resume His plans by retrieving the powers from a grave site.  Then, it takes God several thousand years to realize He goofed and reveal this new information to His modern day “prophets”. ”  See how ridiculous the whole concept sounds?
     The sad thing is that kids (and some adults) are being easily deceived to follow this unholy practice.  If they would just study their Bible, they would realize that there is no foundation for this concept in the Bible, and that it does not fit the Divine Nature of God.  Why would God tell His followers to lie down on an unclean grave site to receive a lost portion of the Holy Spirit?  He is Greater than that and does not need our intervention to fulfill His purposes here on earth.  I find it incredible that people who call themselves Christian could be so deluded and confused about who God is and how He acts in our lives.  This is just another sign that Satan’s power to deceive is getting stronger … even in the Church.

Isaiah 8:19     And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

How to Make Amazing Sparkle Balls Out of Plastic Cups

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How to Build Amazing Sparkle Balls Out of Plastic Cups

It’s hard to believe that you can make something this beautiful with few plastic cups! This is a perfect craft to make with kids as it’s simple and straightforward but really magical!

Great if you have loads of fairy lights lying around waiting to be used in inventive cool ways!

The end results are beautiful, who wouldn’t love a few of these sparkle balls hanging in their front room. If you are always on the look out for simple but effective festive decor ideas then look no further!

Most of the items you will need you will have lying around already!

Materials you will need:

50 Plastic Cups

50 LED Lights

Heavy Duty Stapler

3 Clothes Pegs

An Electric Drill

Watch this video for the full tutorial!

Further Reading: 16 Magical Things You Can Do With Fairy Lights

Preparing For Nuclear Disaster: How To Stay Informed

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Nuclear BlastToday, relatively few people can even tell you whether or not a nuclear power plant is in their local region let alone the presence of missile silos, radioactive waste dumps, or other sources of nuclear materials.

You will also find that many preppers remain unaware of vital information sources that can help them evaluate personal safety.

What You Need to Know

Knowing where to look for information on man-made nuclear radiation sources is every bit as important as knowing what to do during a crisis that makes the headlines.

Online Nuclear Power Plant Monitoring Resources

If you live in the United States or Japan, you can get immediate information on almost every reactor in the country via the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center (netc.com). This is a privately owned site that gathers nuclear information from EPA monitoring sites as well as ones set up by private owners.

You can watch on a daily basis as radiation levels change as well as receive early warnings for reactors in the United States and Japan. The site aims to cover nuclear power plants around the world, and there is also a forum that you may want to join in order to learn about issues associated with nuclear power.

Related: The Nuclear Holocaust: How To Survive One Second After

Web Based Disaster Information Sites

You already know that there are hundreds, if not thousands of disaster scenarios that can wreak havoc at the local level and on larger scales. Floods, earthquakes, biological threats, or nuclear hazards – one site can give you a bird’s eye view of everything going on in the world.

While the Emergency and Disaster Information Service (RSO-EDIS) does not always give a great deal of detail, there is enough information there to enable you to research headlines via Google news research links.

RSO-EDIS is also an ideal way to study patterns of scenarios as well as acquaint yourself with the fact that tragedy and chaos already happen daily on our planet. This realization can help you feel calmer and reframe your reference points away from futility and also make it easier to gather useful information about how people are surviving crisis situations even though they are not especially prepared.

As we saw in Fukushima, it is not always human intention to cause a nuclear disaster. In this case, an earthquake followed by a tsunami were well beyond human control. Massive solar flares that trigger a large scale EMP, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters can literally crush power plants, missile silos, and anything else that contains nuclear matter.

Never forget that we are just tiny humans, and no matter how awed we may be by the power of our machines, it is nothing compared to the millions of pounds in a single cloud that seems to float so effortlessly in the sky. Even though RSO-EDIS will give information after a disaster has occurred, these sites will give you clues about patterns that precede larger events:

If You Need Information on Medical Treatments

If you search only for radiation treatments associated with a nuclear crisis, you may not find much more than a few links on Potassium Iodide and a few other drugs that have side effects almost as bad as the radiation itself.

On the other hand, radiation is also a primary treatment for many malignancies. As such, medical researchers are always looking for ways to reduce the impact of radiation on healthy cells while still targeting the malignant ones.

So you will find many discrepancies about the old “story” that medical researchers avoid studying herbal remedies just because they can’t be leveraged into expensive patented drugs. In fact, you will find many good, and ongoing studies on the effects of many herbs and vitamins.

While this research is rarely, if ever discussed in relation to nuclear survival scenarios, those who study Fukushima have seen the effects of these herbs and vitamins in action.

Related: 10 Must Have Items For Your Nuclear Survival

Updates in Nuclear Technologies

nuclear reactorsWe have not yet reached a stage where nuclear fuel is used up 100% in any given reaction, nor where all possible neutrons are channeled into increasing the radiation yield.

Consider a situation where you use a standard formula to calculate how much damage will be done by a 1 kiloton Uranium bomb. Back in the 1940’s, when the yield was only 10%, the damage area and fallout zones were much smaller than damage estimates from the 90’s. Failure to remain aware of new trigger assembly designs can easily cause you to miscalculate by hundreds of miles when it comes to navigating away from a nuclear incident.

This, in turn, can have a negative impact on when you decide to emerge from a shelter as well as how far out you decide to go in search of a new place to live.

Even though governments are very secretive about the yield of newly developed bombs, you can still keep up to date on other nuclear technologies and make some estimations from there. This includes assessing new nuclear plant plans as well as medical research patents.

No matter how you look at it, even being to aim a tighter, more lethal aim of radiation at a tumor means that nuclear fuel and other resources are being better harnessed. That, in turn, means you can get some ideas about how much more of a danger newer bombs will be.

Always look to research coming out of nuclear nations other than the United States to see what you may be up against. Scientists from other nations have very different cultural and philosophical views that shape how the look at scientific and mathematical problems. What US researchers may miss, scientists in these other countries may already be incorporating into their own devices; some of which may one day cause serious harm.

Never forget the old joke about how NASA spent millions of dollars to invent an anti-gravity pen that could be used in zero gravity while the former USSR didn’t spend anything at all: they just used pencils. It is these kinds of understandings that can give you a better sense of what is coming in terms of hostile nuclear detonations.

It is not always easy to find out about research going on in other countries by simply doing a search on Google or other search engine. You will need to gain access to Google page search results for specific countries, or find out which search engines are most popular in any nation of interest. Once you reach these sites, you can use Google translate to assist with making queries, and also reading the pages that you get in response.

This can be a time consuming and frustrating task, however you may uncover all kinds of interesting things. Once you get series of useful keywords or concepts, you can try feeding those back into your native language search engine to see what is going on closer to home.

The Information You Should Keep On Hand

As soon as you find out about a nuclear incident, you should know what to do and how to do it without further instruction. Because nuclear radiation and fallout zones are extremely unpredictable, you need to have a good bit of information either memorized or on hand in printed form.

The most important information includes:

  • Wind direction in your local area and shifting patterns for each season. Keep a notebook of your observations for the current season and an overall set of averages, and also a small non-detailed map with topographical and landmark information that also shows average fallout predictions. If you notice significant changes in wind trend from the averages, you will need to be able to extrapolate where the fallout bands will most likely occur.
  • Precipitation patterns – keep a notebook similar to the one for wind directions. This time, you will be correlating precipitation patterns to predicted fallout zones.
  • Temperatures – keep a notebook similar to the one for wind and precipitation patterns.
  • Incoming and outgoing tides – this notebook is especially important if you are planning to bug out in a coastal area or you will be near rivers, or any other body of water that has a noticeable tidal shift.
  • A quick guide to at least 10 foods and other natural remedies for radiation sickness. This should include how to grow the remedies of choice as well as how to prepare them.
  • Information on anti-oxidants and natural cancer inhibitors that you can grow easily.
  • Detailed maps of any area that you may have to leave or get into after a nuclear incident. Don’t just rely on a current atlas, look to older ones that may show roads currently out of repair, or places where you can travel more easily or unnoticed.
  • Basic information about how nuclear chain reactions occur and how to stop them. Now is the time to demand more information from nuclear power plants, medical facilities, and militaries. Never forget that hackers and espionage experts more than likely already have information that your hard earned tax dollars paid to develop, and then protect from people like them.

Do not settle for being the last to know just because something is marked “classified”. In a sense, this situation is just like rampant crime in areas where gun control is strictest. Ultimately, it is the common people in a crisis that solve the problem, not those who are “privy” to special equipment or information.

As far-fetched as it may seem, even a high school dropout or someone with very little scholarly information may be the only person that can stop a runaway nuclear reaction PROVIDED, if he or she recognizes what is going on and has some basic information to work with.

Related: Are We Prepared To Survive Solar Storms?

Communications Are Dead. How to Replace Them?

radioDuring a nuclear crisis, you can expect any number of responses from the government. While Japan made every effort to save civilian lives during the Fukushima incident, it is not clear what a nation at war will do in order to preserve as many resources as possible for the elites and any military personnel that can viably protect them.

You may well want to be able to communicate directly with other survivors as opposed to simply believing what you hear on radio or via other localized news dispersal methods. As you may already be learning from assessing media spin, you get an entirely different story when you actually talk to people that witness a situation or are directly involved in it.

Establish private band radio links, small scale transmitters and receiver systems, and telegraph based communication methods. Use anything you can to create a communications chain and code system that will enable you to get the truth about what is really happening in any given area. Not only will this save you countless hours of frustration, it can help you know which areas are best to travel to in a time of need.

There is no question that the internet offers an enormous amount of useful information that will make it much easier to survive a nuclear crisis. Unfortunately, once an EMP hits, or other nuclear blasts disable local internet structures, all of the information you take for granted will be gone.

Here are some ways that you can get information without using computers, and also stay in contact with people in the local region and within a few hundred miles:

  1. Local News via Radio and Public Address Systems

Make sure that all radios in your survival kit can receive AM and FM bands. The most important radio in your kit will actually be DIY “foxhole radio”. This radio is made from little more than a razor blade and graphite from a lead pencil.

Even though these radios are hard to tune and not very strong, they may still pick up emergency broadcasts that will give you the exact coordinates of a nuclear incident.

Next, you should keep a crank radio on hand. These radios work on static electricity and can pull in stations further away from your location. Try to find a radio that is certified EMP proof or one that does not use transistors or integrated circuits.

Related: Top 5 Emergency Survival Radios

  1. Community Based Sirens

If you give it some thought, you may realize that you haven’t heard a civilian nuclear threat siren in decades. Sadly, the vast majority of people would not recognize these sirens let alone know what to do if one sounded.

In fact, some areas may not even have sirens that can sound out across several miles. It is very important to find out if your city or town has a siren system up and ready for action. In some situations, you may be told that all emergency broadcasts are now done through radio and TV.

In an age where all TV signals, and many radio signals are delivered via cable (which in turn comes from satellite and fiber optic feeds), vital warnings will never reach the public. That’s why you should go to town board meetings and city planning meetings. Demand placement of sirens that do not rely on new technologies that can be wiped out in an EMP blast.

You should also demand at least 2 community wide drills for year so that people know what to do and what to look for. Considering how relatively feeble and non-detailed the information source actually is, education and practice are truly the only ways to make it work.

  1. Private Band Transmitter and Receiver Systems

Even though large scale spark gap transmitters are illegal (because they interfere with other transmission types) they are one of the few transmitter systems that will survive an EMP blast and also many other crisis situations. As such, you should at least learn how to build them, and keep sufficient materials do so in a time of need.

Once a crisis hits, many laws that you are currently bound by will be gone. This is one situation where necessity will demand building spark gap transmitters that can help you contact other survivors and get better information about what is going on. You can pair this transmitter type with Morse Code equipment and transmit messages for miles on end.

Morse Code

  1. Preset Signals

Basically, you would need to create a system of preset signals among preppers that would alert others to a situation. In this case, it would be the absence of a signal that alerts others that something is interfering with routine transmission.

Consider a situation where you are in daily contact with someone. If they suddenly do not call one day or send an email, you will be wondering what happened. In this scenario, if a whole group of people in a local area suddenly fail to transmit, then you know something is wrong.

Even if you don’t know specifics, it may still be possible to contact trustworthy people in a nearby locality to find out what is going on. From there, you can make arrangements as needed for whatever may be coming to your area.

  1. Direct Carriers of Information

Consider a situation where an EMP air based nuclear blast takes out all cell phones and other communication systems. Even though you may suspect that you need to head for shelter immediately, others around you may be completely off guard. What is worse, even if you try to tell them that there is a serious problem, they may not believe you as they stand around staring at their cell phones.

As the situation unravels, you may be one of the few to survive. How will you get the word out to loved ones and fellow preppers that may still be in safe zones?

In some cases, if you are with a group of people, it may be best for one or two people to try and get out of the area undetected. These people would basically act as messengers that deliver written or oral information to a distant site. As time consuming, dangerous, and frustrating as this method may be, you will have to use it in the absence of other means.

Right now, there are dozens of useful websites and apps that can be used to monitor all kinds of emergency situations, including ones that will provide valuable info about nuclear resources.

As you develop your own skills for detecting nuclear radiation, you will eventually be left with figuring out how to send and receive information during a crisis. While your options may be few, they are better than nothing.

Take the time now to learn what you can, store away as much information in compact form as you can, and always remember that, even in a crisis, there is strength in numbers.

Never fall into the trap of thinking you can survive alone or do without communications spanning several miles. Without advanced information about where you may need to go for safety, you will never have enough prior information to make the best possible decisions.


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21 Food Storage Items You Need For Survival

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There are 21 food storage items you need for survival and I’m going to share these with you today. There are more, but if you have these you can survive. Keep in mind you need water, lots of water. I prefer four gallons per person per day. I know the Red Cross and other emergency centers say one gallon per person per day. I’m a realist. I need more water. But I am talking about food today. I want you to picture what you could make with these items. I remember in the olden days we would store wheat (hard red wheat), sugar, powdered milk and beans. Lots of beans. Years later we would give the wheat to farmers or take it to the dump. We’ve come a long way, baby. I know we’ve all canned fruits, vegetables, salsa, spaghetti sauce, beets and whatever we could raise or pick from trees and bushes. I am talking about food storage basics today. Let’s get started.

Food Storage Items-The Basics

These give you some ideas for protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables:

  1. Wheat, I prefer hard white wheat
  2. Flour of choice
  3. Coconut oil
  4. Sugars and honey, liquid or powdered milk, instant or powdered
  5. Baking Powder
  6. Baking Soda
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. Spices-all your favorites
  9. Eggs
  10. Beans
  11. Rice
  12. Oats
  13. Yeast
  14. Powdered cheese or freeze-dried cheese
  15. Macaroni
  16. Tomatoes, canned, flakes or powder
  17. Vegetables, canned, dehydrated or freeze-dried
  18. Fruits, canned or freeze-dried
  19. Canned meats
  20. Peanut butter
  21. Jam or jelly

Here is a list of food items you can make with the items listed above:

If you can learn to cook from scratch you will save money and you will shop less. Plus, if you have an ice storm you are prepared to make any meal you want to fix at the last minute. If you have a butane stove or a Dutch oven with some charcoal and a match you can cook if the power goes out. Just cook outside with the Dutch oven.

  1. Pancakes
  2. Muffins
  3. Crackers
  4. Waffles
  5. Macaroni and cheese
  6. Rice dishes
  7. Bean recipes
  8. Oatmeal
  9. Bread
  10. Rolls
  11. Cheesy potatoes
  12. Tortillas
  13. Enchiladas
  14. Tacos
  15. Soups
  16. Puddings
  17. Cookies
  18. German pancakes
  19. Pasta
  20. Mayonnaise
  21. Wheat cereal
  22. Biscuits
  23. English muffins
  24. Crepes
  25. Meatless dinners
  26. Meatless casseroles
  27. Chili
  28. Casseroles
  29. Creamed tuna on toast
  30. Sandwiches like grilled cheese, peanut butter or canned meat
  31. Spaghetti
  32. Pizza
  33. Cheese and crackers
  34. Tuna or chicken on crackers
  35. Bagels
  36. Donuts
  37. Pretzels

Now this is just the beginning of what we may all need and can fix at home, but it’s a start and we all need to start somewhere, right? Please be prepared for the unexpected.

USU Education Extension Food Storage Guide

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100 Deadly Skills – Lifesaving Tips for Preppers

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I am always looking to learn skills that can improve many facets of my life. A chief aspect of prepping I believe is to continually learn and increase your ability to survive. This education can come in many forms from training courses, real-life exposure, videos, lectures and books. For me though I don’t learn from […]

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Turn In All Of Your Guns And Get A Secret Free Gift, Police Urge Residents

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Turn In Your Guns And Get A Free Gift, Police Urge Residents

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Citizens of one American city were asked to turn guns and ammunition over to police with the help of a local church.

Residents of the city — Greensboro, N.C. – also were encouraged to sign “a pledge of nonviolence.”

The event held on Nov. 14 was not a weapons buyback, because no money was exchanged for guns, police assured The Greensboro News & Record. Instead, the first 1,000 people who turned in weapons at Destiny Christian Center were to receive an unidentified small gift.

During the event any person over 18 years of age could turn in unloaded handguns, rifles or shotguns. After turning in the guns, people were asked to sign a pledge of nonviolence. Those who turned in the weapons were to remain anonymous.

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Police said they would then check to see if the guns were lost or stolen, and if they were, the guns would be returned to legal owners.

People who missed the event can turn in unwanted weapons by calling the Greensboro Police Department’s non-emergency line.

The gun turn-in and the nonviolence pledge are apparently part of the Greensboro Police Department’s effort to deal with a 68 percent increase in gun violence over the past year, The News & Record reported.

Buybacks More Common Than You Think

Such program are more common than you think, and they sometimes get corporate sponsorship.

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The Wegmans supermarket chain donated $15,000 in gift cards for a gun buyback that was held by the Rochester, New York, Police Department. During that event, police traded $19,350 worth of Wegmans’ gift cards for 228 functional firearms, including 160 handguns, The Democrat & Chronicle newspaper reported. (The police department had donated $5,000 worth of gift cards.)

Gun buyback programs always are controversial, especially in light of Australia’s rigid gun control laws that started with a national mandatory gun buyback program during the mid-90s. Critics have labeled that program a mass confiscation of guns.

Not all Australians are fans of gun control.

“We are a nation of victims,” Senator David Leyonhjelm, who represents the state of New South Wales in Australia’s parliament, told NRA News. “You cannot own a gun for self-defense … the criminals still have guns.”

Leyonhjelm warned Americans not to emulate Australia’s gun control efforts, and he criticized Hillary Clinton for praising the Australia model.

What do you think of gun buyback programs? Are they a good or bad idea? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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The Functional Vintage Kitchen

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I love my KitchenAide stand mixer and my multi-functional, motorized food processor, but in past generations many of these tools relied on elbow grease instead of electricity, and although you can find modern versions of these tools today, I prefer the vintage versions.  The vintage versions of these tools were made in the USA, built to last, and geared towards American practicality.



In the past, recipes in cookbooks relied on readily available ingredients that were usually locally sourced to create delicious, filling, and nutritious meals.  Very little was wasted, including leftovers.

Two of my favorite cookbooks are:

Note: Care should always be taken when using old recipes that they comply with modern food safety standards.

It’s recently become popular (again) to make meat stock.  There are many recipes on the Internet for “bone broth” and the like, but none have the same elegance combined with frugality as the recipe in The Original White House Cookbook:

“Consommé, or Stock, forms the basis of all meat soups, and also of all principle sauces.  It is, therefore, essential to the success of these culinary operations to know the most complete and economical method of extracting from a certain quantity of meat the best possible stock or broth.  Fresh uncooked beef makes the best stock, with the addition of cracked bones, as the glutinous matter contained in them renders it important that they should be boiled with the meat, which adds to the strength and thickness of the soup.”

The recipe given for making “Stock” is both economical and delicious:

“Six pounds of shin of beef, or six pounds of knuckle of veal; any bones, trimmings of poultry, or fresh meat; one-quarter pound of lean bacon or ham, two ounces of butter, two large onions, each stuck with cloves; one turnip, three carrots, one head of celery, two ounces of salt, one-half teaspoon of whole pepper, one large blade of mace, one bunch of savory herbs except sage, four quarts and one half-pint of cold water.

Cut up the meat and bacon, or ham, into pieces about three inches square; break the bones into small pieces, rub the butter on the bottom of the stewpan; put in one half-pint of water, the broken bones, then meat and all other ingredients.  Cover the stewpan, and place it on a sharp fire, occasionally stirring it contents.  When the bottom of the pan becomes covered in a pale, jelly-like substance, add the four quarts of cold water, and simmer very gently for five or six hours.  As we have said before, do not let it boil quickly.  When nearly cooked, throw in a tablespoon of salt to assist the scum to rise.  Remove every particle of scum whilst it is doing, and strain through a *fine hair sieve; when cool remove all grease.”

Author’s note: a “fine hair sieve” is not made of hair.  It’s made of fine wire like this one here.

The section titled “To Preserve Eggs” is an example of being cautious about modern food safety guidelines.  Here in the USA, store-bought eggs are washed before being sold and are kept refrigerated, however, this wasn’t always the case and is still not how it’s done in some European countries.  So, use your best judgment before deciding to follow this advice:

“There are several recipes for preserving eggs, and we give first one which we know to be effectual, keeping them fresh from August until Spring.  Take a piece of quick-lime as large as a good-sized lemon, and two tea cupfuls of salt; put it into a large vessel and slack it with a gallon of boiling water.  It will boil and bubble until thick as cream; when it is cold, pour off the top, which will be perfectly clear.  Drain off this liquor, and pour it over your eggs; see that the liquor more than covers them.  A stone jar is most convenient; – one that holds about six quarts.

Another manner of preserving eggs is to pack them in a jar with layers of salt between, the large end downward, with a thick layer o salt at the top; cover tightly, and set in a cool place.

Some put them in a wire basket or a piece of mosquito net, and dip them in boiling water half a minute; then pack in saw-dust.  Still another manner is to dissolve a cheap article of gum Arabic, about as thin as mucilage, and brush over each egg with it; then pack in powdered charcoal; set in a cool, dark place.  Eggs can be kept for some time by smearing the shells with butter or lard; then packed in plenty of bran or sawdust, the eggs not allowed to touch one another; or coat the eggs with melted paraffine.”


utensilsNothing beats good hand tools, especially if they come passed down from previous cooks and with fond memories.  I found some of these tools in second-hand stores, but the majority came from the women in my family.  From left to right…

  • Mawmaw Burks’ deep fry spatula – I don’t know if this was store-bought or if it was handmade, but I love the ingenuity of using chicken wire to make a kitchen tool.
  • My mother’s meat tenderizer- many delicious chicken-fried steaks were made using this meat tenderizer and it’s still useful today to tenderize less expensive cuts of meat prior to cooking.
  • A hand crank meat grinder that I picked up at a thrift store for less than $10- I have an attachment for KitchenAide, but for small batches, this works great. Plus, if the power ever goes out or I find myself needing to live without it entirely, this tool will come in handy
  • A meat cleaver I picked up at a thrift-store years ago for under $5 – no kitchen should be without a meat cleaver. I use this one regularly (as you can see by the wear) and keep it sharp.  Cleavers are great for cutting through joints and reducing the strain on your hands when cutting and wrapping large quantities of meat.  A word of caution: be sure to use a thick cutting board when using a cleaver.  A cleaver will go right through those flexible, flimsy plastic cutting boards.
  • My Great-Grandmother Taylor’s spatula. This is one of the vintage tools in my kitchen I no longer use for fear of breaking it.  I labeled it to make sure it wouldn’t get used by anyone else in the household.  The handle reads, “Albers Flapjack Flour” on one side of the handle and “Peacock Buckwheat Flour” on the other side.  There’s a bottle opener at the end of the handle.  There are a few of them available on eBay, but then it wouldn’t be the very one my great-grandmother used.
  • Possibly my most prized vintage tool of all- my Grandmother Ham’s biscuit cutter. I was born sickly, as they used to say, and spent a lot of time at Grandmother Ham’s house recuperating.  As the fifth child in a family of six kids, it was wonderful to get undivided attention from Grandmother.  While recovering from measles, the only thing I would eat was her rolled biscuits with lots of butter and honey.  And ice cream.  Lots and lots of ice cream.  There’s a center piece in the cutter that can be removed to cut biscuits, or when left in, it cuts a hole for donuts- deep fried and still warm, sprinkled with granulated sugar.  Mothers love their children, but grandmothers spoil them.  And that’s a good thing.

Cakes and Cookies

cookiecuttersMy children are all grown now (bring on the grandbabies!), but when they were young, they each got to choose their favorite birthday cake made from scratch.

During the holidays, my kitchen was filled with children and cookies.  My children, their friends from school, and the neighbor’s children were all invited over for a day of decorating sugar cookies.  Parents were asked to contribute whatever they could towards the festivities (a bag of flour or sugar, jimmies or other decorations, a pound of butter – whatever they felt like they could afford), and advised to bring their own plate so their children could take their creations home.  I had more than a few children show up on Cookie Day without anything to contribute and none were ever turned away.

I don’t know how long this tradition has been going on, but I remember doing it as a child with my own mother.  The rolling pin belonged to my mom as did the cookie cutters in the picture above.  Over the years I’ve added quite a few more cookie cutters to my collection, but these are the ones I love best.  I still occasionally see some of the young adults who were once my children’s friends and to this day they still refer to me as the Cookie Mom.  They also mention, half-jokingly, how strict I was when that many children were fighting over plastic bowls of jimmies.  I like how one of them, now a young man, put it recently: “There was no doubt we had to mind our manners at your table…and you gave us cookies.”

I like to think Grandmother Ham would have been proud of me.

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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Prepper Book Festival 10: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life + Giveaway

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Recent world events dictate that we remain on high alert, whether attending a concert, traveling using public transportation, shopping at the mall, or even walking around our own neighborhoods.  If you are like me, you may already be thinking that you know enough about situational awareness to know when something bad is about to happen and, as I have suggested, escape or take cover.

But that is only the tip of the iceberg.  To really get a grasp on the skills you need to stay ahead of the bad guys, you are going to need expert safety, survival, escape and evasion tactics.  With that introduction, I am pleased to present the next book in Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

Spy Secrets That can Save Your Life | Backdoor Survival

The book is Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life and oh my gosh, talk about 233 pages of information we need to know now!  This is information for the common Jill or Joe, written in a manner that is understandable and actionable.  For example, do you know how to think like a criminal, really?  Have you ever cased your own neighborhood or your own home?  Do you even know what to look for?

That is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are chapters that cover putting together a spy and escape evasion kit (not so different than a survival kit), how to travel safely, and even how to avoid or mitigate a car jacking.  This is good stuff.

In usual Book Festival fashion, today I share an interview with Jason Hanson, the author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life.  In addition, I have a three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway and for sure you are going to want to enter this one.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Jason Hanson, Author of Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

The book teaches everyday people — from soccer moms to CEOs — how to help keep themselves and their families safe. It details simple ways people can be more aware of their surroundings and the dangers that they may have to confront, so they’ll be better prepared to deal with unforeseen dangers in our world.

Some of the fun and useful safety tips in the book include:

· How to hotwire a car even if you have zero mechanical knowledge.

· How to escape zip ties, duct tape, rope, and even handcuffs in 30 seconds or less… without having to use a knife or sharp object.

· How to disappear without a trace.

· How to create an Escape and Evasion Kit and which critical items to include in it.

· Lock-picking secrets that will allow you to quickly defeat doors and padlocks.

· How to use social engineering to get almost anything you want. (These are the secrets used by top intelligence agencies around the world.)

· The #1 way to create an improvised weapon if you don’t have any other way to protect yourself during an emergency survival situation.

· How to avoid being the victim of a deadly home invasion.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I really didn’t have to do much research since this how I was trained when I was with the CIA for seven years (2003-2010), and this is what I do for a living. I was trained in many different skills including evasive driving, hand-to-hand combat, firearms, and more, including some things that I cannot share.

How long did it take to write?

Since I’m busy running my Spy Escape and Evasion business, it took me about six months—longer than if I’d been able to focus on writing full-time. Additionally, I continued doing speaking engagements and security consulting, as well as teaching everyday citizens at my Spy Class and at my Spy Ranch in Cedar City, UT.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

Mainly that anyone can use the Spy Secrets I share to stay safer on a daily basis.

We live in a world that is always changing, and we need to be prepared when faced with a dangerous situation. I hope that I never have to use my skills to defend my family, but I’m comforted knowing that I have the knowledge and training to hopefully stay safe. The goal of the book is to impart those skills to readers, too.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I was born and raised in the Washington, DC area. My first job out of college was with a local police department. After starting with the police department I was offered a job with the CIA and the Secret Service. I thought the CIA would be more fun and interesting, so I accepted the job. I worked for the CIA from 2003-2010. I had the entrepreneurial bug, and that was when I began teaching everyday civilians the secrets that could one day save their lives.

My wife and I recently moved our family to Cedar City, Utah. This is where we have the Spy Ranch, which is a 320-acre facility where I teach classes including Escape & Evasion Driving, Advanced Pistol Course, Defensive Riflecraft and many other courses that I believe every person can learn from.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, camping, and shooting.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I believe we should be prepared for everything: power outages, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, and the collapse of the dollar. Our society is unpredictable, and when people are in desperate situations they do desperate things.

We need to be prepared for all of these things, and it’s important to be prepared to shelter at home or leave in a moment’s notice–because you may not have a choice.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

The most important thing I recommend is to do your research. Read books and find people in your area who have done this. Also, build up your three-day food and water supply with other survival items, which I call an Escape Bag.

These are important steps that you can start now and slowly build up while maintaining a budget. It’s possible to build food storage on as little as $5 a week.

What book or movie, fiction or non-fiction, do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

Well, anything could happen, which is why I think it’s so important to be prepared. There was a TV show called Revolution that gives a good possible scenario.

Do you have plans for another book?

Yes, there are lots more Spy Secrets I have to share. I also write a weekly blog post where I share many ideas that everyday citizens can use to keep themselves safe. It can be found at www.SpyEscape.com.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

My book has lots of valuable information that will keep people safe. It’s important to always do research and learn as much as you can so you are prepared when faced with a dangerous situation.

Everyone should act today rather than put off preparing.


The Giveaway

Jason and his publisher have reserved three copies of Spy Secrets for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

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

The Final Word

Some of you may have seen Jason on Shark Tank where he shared a tip for releasing your hands after they have been bound up with duct tape.  That technique is in the book along with a whole lot more including how to escape from zip ties, rope, and handcuffs.

That being said, if I had to pick a single chapter as my favorite, it would be the chapter on “How to Run Counter Surveillance Like a Pro”.  I leave it to you to figure out who might be spying on me and why.

This is another fantastic Book Festival book and another must-have for your survival library. Please do enter the giveaway to win a copy for free . . . and good luck!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight:  Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in every day civilian life.

In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his “positive awareness”—a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior—on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation.

In this book, you will learn how to:

• prevent home invasions, carjackings, muggings, and other violent crimes
• run counter-surveillance and avoid becoming a soft target
• recognize common scams at home and abroad
• become a human lie detector in any setting, including business negotiations
• gain peace of mind by being prepared for anything instead of uninformed or afraid

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

Fall 2015 Prepper Book Festival 10

Middle Ground Prepping: A Sensible Approach
Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life
START PREPPING!: GET PREPARED-FOR LIFE: A 10-Step Path to Emergency Preparedness
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
Emergency Evacuations: Getting out fast when it matters most!
Air Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 3)
Rimfire Rifles: A Buyer’s and Shooter’s Guide (Survival Guns Book 4)
The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters
Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children–For Life
The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster
Book 6: Kerosene Pressure Lanterns (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits

 Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.


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Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So Crazy

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Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So CrazyWhy and How We Prepare

The recent terror attacks in Paris caused Lisa and I to have a conversation about why prepping is looked upon as overreacting and unnecessary. The answer is very simple…

We don’t live in Mayberry anymore.

With the way preppers are portrayed on television and the internet you would think that all preppers have thousands or rounds of ammunition, enough food to feed an army and a tank parked in the garage. While these people are out there, this is not an accurate representation of preppers.

For anyone who is reading this and is not a prepper, or is wondering what prepping is all about, this article will explain why we preppers aren’t so crazy after all, and why prepping is about more than worst case scenario.

75 to 100 years ago prepping might have been a little excessive, but then again if you look at how people lived 100 years ago it’s not so different than what we preppers strive to be.

I’m not saying that preppers are trying to move away from technology, I’m saying we strive to be less dependent on it and learn how to live without it. Just about everything we do these days relies on a computer program in one way or another, and while these are great and convenient it wouldn’t take much to disrupt the system.

As the world gets smaller and technology grows it becomes easier for the bad guys to expend their reach and disrupt our lives from anywhere on the planet. We’re not fighting with swards and shields anymore, were fighting with bombs and technology.

These disaster scenarios that we think about are just symptoms of the real problem. It doesn’t have to be a nuclear attack, or Martial law, or even a financial collapse to turn our lives upside down, it can be something or someone right next door.

First World Problems

In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about a number of tipics ranging from why we prepare, to what we prepare for, to digging deeper into why we all do this in the first place. Here are a few subjects we covered in this week’s show.

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Why do we apologize for being American? The culture in the United States has changed from people being proud to be American, to people apologizing for being from America. It seems that people have forgotten what made this country the greatest country in the world.

Welcome to Walmart: Most people in this country would have no idea how to fend for themselves if the grocery stores or internet were gone. Very few people these days have the skills that people just 50 years ago had, a good home cooked meal is being taken over by takeout and processed microwave meals.

We also talked about how this “Walmart Mentality” is it killing our country. Everyone knows the price of a product, but they have no idea what the true cost is. These low price products cost us manufacturing jobs, bad legislation because of lobbyists and horrible working conditions for the people making these products for dollars a day.

Political Correctness: Along the same lines as why we feel the need to apologize for being American is the constant need to be politically correct. At some point it became wrong to disagree with someone or to hurt someone’s feelings.

We look the other direction when our politicians do something that should land them in jail, but God forbid you say something about illegal aliens or you will be labeled a racist.

Divide and Concur: The best way for our government to pull the wool over our eyes is to divide us, and with the mainstream media in their back pocket this is almost too easy to do. It is much easier to control a group of people who are fighting each other than control a group who are fighting you.

If the heat is getting too hot in the kitchen…scream racism! If people are paying too much attention to big issues, they distract us with a false flag while they line their pockets.

Situational Awareness: We also talked quite a bit about what situational awareness is, and why it is crucial in situations like the one that just happened in Paris. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, or someone outside your workplace looking to do you harm we need to be aware of our surroundings and reduce the likelihood of something bad happening to us.

I wrote an entire article here about situational awareness because I didn’t want to breeze through it, but here is an outline of what we talked about in the show…

Situational Awareness Definition: Situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.

  • Analyze your vulnerabilities.
  • PAY ATTENTION! Survey your surroundings (Baseline, Anomaly, Plan of Action)
  • There is a difference between Prepared & Paranoid.
  • Demonstrate Awareness. Sometimes this can deter an attacker
  • Think and plan ahead.
  • Preconceived Notions (perceptions) can be dangerous.
  • The STAND Acronym. Situational Awareness, Tactical Advantage, Assets on Hand, Neutralize the Threat, Determination.

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I also mentioned the contest we are currently running with the Compound Bow Package from Apollo-Tactical and a few prizes we are giving away as well. You can have a look at the contest here.

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Omega Plague Post-Apocalypse

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Omega Plague Post-ApocalypseThis week on Surviving Dystopia it is my genuine pleasure to welcome fellow indie author P.R. Principe, Author of the post-apocalyptic novel, Omega Plague: Collapse.

A description from his website on his book, “An airborne strain of the AIDS virus decimates humanity. Bruno Ricasso, an Italian cop, a Carabiniere, struggles to survive on the island of Capri while Europe erupts in flames and society crumbles. But when his solitary existence is broken, Bruno returns to the empty city of Naples in search of answers.

11-18-15 virusCan Bruno find a way to stay alive in the ruins of civilization? Or will Bruno’s past sins prove even more deadly than the Omega Plague?”

This really brings questions to mind about such things we may need to think of in preparing for biological disasters in our efforts. Having served on active duty as a commissioned U.S. Air Force officer I think brings the military perspective to the possibilities in such a scenario.

He also has learned to forge a broadsword and has an amateur radio license, hopefully he can share some that knowledge with us this week and give a perspective that is both valuable and interesting.

As with other Post-apocalyptic authors I have had on the show, I am curious about ways we can use fiction to help enhance our preparedness and provide different perspectives to possible outcomes maybe we could have overlooked. I too would love to delve into the world of the indie artists with him and get his take on the indie world.

11-18-15 ebolaHis book as with mine has an element of the biological dangers that may lie in wait for the unprepared masses. Differences in each of these also affect the means by which we may prepare and keep ourselves safe. He speaks of airborn Aids virus while I found Ebola to be particularly nasty in my book. Either way the issues that come along with any Plague or epidemic are scary and specific. I look forward to gaining his insight and discussing our books and the impact that the scenarios might imply.

Take a moment to grab his book here. Give it a read and join us for some conversation and a look into the thoughts of its author. Check P.R. Principe out on the web as well.

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Food Storage Part 2 – Persevering

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Water Storage 101

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Water Storage 101We all need water. In as little as three days without it, a person can perish. Water is a vital part of being prepared. How much do you really need? How should you store it? How often should you rotate water storage? What can you do at the last minute? Let’s explore what experts say on those topics.

How much water do you need?

The American Red Cross recommends that you store 1 gallon of water per person per day. However, The Survival Mom recommends 2 gallons per person per day. Why? Think over a typical day and what you use water for – drinking, preparing food, washing clothes, washing dishes, taking a shower, brushing teeth, watering plants, filling pets’ water dishes, flushing toilets, making coffee. You could even take a gallon of water around with you for a day and see if that is really enough.

In a survival situation, you will also need water to sanitize and clean if you can’t use a dishwasher or washing machine. There can be a difference between the amount of water you absolutely need to have and the amount of water you need to make life comfortable. Consider, too, that babies and pregnant and nursing mothers often need more water than others. If you live in a hot or dry climate, take that into considerations as well.

After you figure out how much water you want to have on hand per person per day, then you need to decide how many days of water supply you want to have on hand. The basic recommendation is for three days (72 hours), but there are disaster scenarios that will have you wanting to have water on hand for more than three days.

How should you store water?

One of the easiest options is buying bottled water. It will require doing a little bit of math to figure out how many bottles you need, but generally about 8 bottles of water equals one gallon. If there are four people in your family, you’ll need at least 32 bottles of water per day. Cases usually have 24 bottles for a few dollars. For a basic week’s worth of water, you’d need just under 10 cases. Double that if you want 2 gallons a day per person.

If you want to store water in containers, make sure they are food grade containers. They should be thoroughly cleaned before being filled. Two-liter soda bottles are another option after they’ve been cleaned. Milk and juice jugs are not recommended for use because the sugars and milk proteins cannot be completely washed off the containers and can lead to bacterial growth. Glass containers can be used, but are heavy and can break. You can sanitize containers by soaking them for at least 30 seconds in a mixture that is 1 teaspoon bleach in 1 quart of water.

Water stored in containers may need to be treated by adding some bleach before storage.

How often should you rotate?

For water bottles, you can rotate them by the expiration or use-by date. For water you store yourself, rotate the water every six months.

Keep scent-free, dye-free bleach on hand for treating, sanitizing and purifying water. (Basically, you don’t want any additives in the bleach that could end up in your drinking water.) Bleach has a shelf life and starts to break down after six months. It needs replaced every 16 months. Rotate your bleach bottles frequently to ensure you have effective bleach on hand.

Other sources of water

If you haven’t stored up any water and the emergency is happening now, there are still some steps you can take. Start filling containers and bathtubs with water. If you don’t have a Water BOB to hold the water, clean the bathtub first, if at all possible. You can find more water in the hot water heater. Ice cubes can be melted and liquid can be found in canned goods. Do not consume any water or liquid that has a very unusual odor or color.

Potential outside sources of water include rain water, ponds, streams, lakes and springs. Outside sources of water need to be purified before drinking. Depending on your resources, timing, and the contamination of the water, boiling and/or iodine will treat many pathogens.

If the emergency involves contaminated water, you may need to shut off the main water valve to your home (Do you know where it is?). Be sure not to drink any possible contaminated water unless it has been purified, assuming that is possible. In the case of a chemical spill, it may simply be too dangerous to drink the water until the situation has been contained. And children are more susceptible to contaminated water than adults.

Last-minute tips

You don’t spend all your time at home so be sure to store water at work and in your vehicles as well. I always have a case of water in our minivan, and, with little children, it has come in handy for every day life, not just traffic jams and emergencies.

If you end up facing a long-term power outage, you may not have water flowing in your home. The generators that run city water could run out of fuel and well pumps that run on electricity won’t work. Every drop of water will be precious. Consider storing containers to hold water that can be re-used for sanitation, washing dishes and washing clothes. Look into having a rain barrel or storing water in 55-gallon drums so you have a long-term water solution. Water purifiers intended for multiple people to use repeatedly, rather than something like tablets or bleach that will run out far more quickly, are also a good investment.

For more information and details on water storage, visit:



FEMA and Red Cross

7 Alternative Ways to Preserve Food

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7 Alternative Ways to Preserve Food The two most popular ways to preserve food are canning and dehydrating. These methods are great, but they have their disadvantages. Canned food doesn’t have as much nutritional value as fresh food, and dehydrated food usually needs to be reconstituted with water before you can eat it. Fortunately, these …

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