Anyone or group needing an off grid partner?

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 I’m 36, southern gentleman. Can do a variety of things, from carpenter work to gardening. Help with catching and preserving food. My skills are very broad and versatile. Love to dig ginseng, different herbs and roots, fish, mountains, sustainable living. I would make a great addition to someones off grid life.  I am drug free, 420 friendly and have grown for the past 18 years. Cant wait to hear from the right person/group. 

 

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Fight Back! — Defending the Second Amendment

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Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

1) Know Your Rights – All people have a natural (God-given) right right to self-defense. This inalienable right is recognized and guaranteed by the second amendment to U.S. Constitution. Guns are a very useful, even necessary, tool of self-defense. They are also great for hunting, providing food, and recreation through shooting sports and collecting. But their primary function, as enshrined in the Constitution by our Founding Fathers, is for self-defense, against both bad people and bad governments. WE HAVE A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE, AND THE TOOLS NEEDED TO DEFEND OURSELVES.

If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed.” –Exodus 22:2

Jesus advised his disciples to arm themselves in view of likely persecution. –See my study of Luke 22:36

If someone comes to kill you, arise quickly and kill him.” –Talmud, Tractate Sanhedrin

Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church (2264)

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” –Thomas Jefferson

“What is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” –George Mason (the Father of the Bill of Rights)

Action Steps:

A) Read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
B) Get a “pocket copy” of both (various organizations often give away such copies).
C) Read the article “The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment” by Richard W. Stevens.
D) Check out the Biblical Self-Defense website.
E) Read my article Freedom of Religion or Freedom of Worship, to understand the important difference and how progressives try to water-down our rights.
F) Check out the book Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense by by Massad Ayoob.
G) Learn the laws of your state and locality regarding firearms, self-defense, and concealed-carry & open-carry. Your local gun store should be able to help with this step.

2) Work to Change Unconstitutional Laws and Excessive Regulations

Many states and localities have already passed legislation that violates the second amendment and/or otherwise restricts the inalienable right to self-defense. We must work diligently to change these laws and to prevent new restrictions. This will take some time, effort, and awareness.

Action Steps:

A) Know the positions of political candidates regarding guns and self-defense. Do not vote for candidates that do not support the second amendment or that favor excessive restrictions on guns and self-defense.
B) Vote for and otherwise support candidates at that respect the second amendment and promise to resist gun bans and excessive regulations.
C) It is as important to hold local and state level officials accountable, as it is to hold federal level politicians accountable. 
D) Make your voice heard. Pressure your politicians at all levels to be pro second-amendment, and to resist gun control efforts. Most moderate (non-ideological) politicians end up voting in the direction they feel the greatest pressure. We have to make sure we out-pressure the progressives. Write, call, email, and visit your elected officials often. Attend town halls. Write newspaper editorials. Be outspoken. Here’s how to contact congress.
E) Many gun rights organizations (see below) provide legislative alerts and suggested actions to take. Join their email lists and/or follow them on twitter to stay informed of these opportunities.

3) What about civil disobedience?

Civil disobedience of unjust and/or unconstitutional laws is legitimate and may be necessary at some point. However,the penalties for breaking gun laws are often quite severe, so please think long and hard before breaking them. The negative consequences may not only affect you, but also your family. If you do get into trouble, either through civil disobedience or just accidentally, seek legal help from a law firm friendly to the second amendment. Here are two directories:

A) The Shooter’s Bar — Pro Second-Amendment Attorneys
B) JPFO Guide to 2A/CCW Oriented Attorneys

4)  Join Forces with Others Defending the Second Amendment

A) National Rifle Association (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)
B) Gun Owners Association (TwitterWebsite, YouTube)
C) Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)
D) National Association for Gun Rights (TwitterWebsiteYouTube)

5) If you are in Law Enforcement or the Military, please Join Oath Keepers.  Even if you’re not, you can support them by joining as an associate member. You can also sign up for their free email list.

Website: https://www.oathkeepers.org/  

6) Know the Facts

Several politicians and activists have been caught lately reciting facts and statistics that were highly distorted and, in several cases, completely made-up. Opponents of the second amendment have no qualms about lying to get their way. It is crucial that we know the real facts and statistics so that we cannot be mislead, and so that we can correct the record and prevent others from being mislead. Here are several resources to help you learn the facts:

A) Gun Facts Website
B) Gun Facts 6.2 (link will download a .pdf of a 119 page book)
C) Gun and Murder Statistics (on JPFO website)
D) Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America by Dana Loesch

7) Schools and Zero-Tolerance

Schools have enacted zero-tolerance policies that go way beyond banning the actual weapons from schools. School kids have, and are, getting suspended, expelled, and sometimes arrested for such absurdities as merely using the word “gun” in a paper, drawing a picture of a gun on paper, having a green plastic army man with a gun, biting a pop-tart into the shape of a gun, having a toy “bubble gun” that looks nothing like a real gun, and even holding their fore-finger and thumb into a gun shape while playing on the playground (no more playing cowboys and indians, or even cops and robbers).

School officials understand the difference between a drawing of a gun and a real gun. They over-react to such an incredible extent not to discourage guns on campus, but to intentionally instill a fear of guns into students. Progressives know that if the current generation of students afraid of guns, it will be easier to ban guns once they grow up.  

Fight these absurd zero-tolerance rules in your kids’ schools. Stand up to administrators who think your kid should be arrested for biting a potato-chip in such a way that it vaguely resembles a gun. Most importantly, make sure you are voting for school board members who respect the second amendment, as well as the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Teach your kids to respect guns, not to fear them. Teach them how to use guns safely. Take team shooting and hunting. Check out the NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program for kids.
 
8) Promote Gun Ownership
 
Own guns and enjoy them. Encourage others to own guns, and to pursue hunting and shooting hobbies. The more people who own and enjoy guns, the harder it will be for progressives to take our guns away. Invite a gun-wary friend, neighbor, or co-worker to go hunting or shooting with you. Get to them before the progressives do.

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Stocking Stuffers For Preppers

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wfxza4czwe5jxlzzpt5lYes, it is that time of year again! Preppers around the world are gearing up for Christmas! Major purchases on lay away, and wish lists being created. I just love the Christmas tradition of the stocking and all the little goodies to be found inside. So I made a list, checked it twice, for all those preppers who were not naughty, but nice. Inexpensive, but useful stocking stuffers for that special prepper in your life!

And what better way to start than the stocking itself! A tactical stocking with manyTactical stocking OD useful features for use after the holidays. Comes in a variety of colors! The following items will fit in it nicely!

Lifestraw Water Filter

The most popular water filter

Life Straw Personal FilterTitanium Spork

Titanium spork

 

Hip Flask With Attached Collapsable Shot Glass

Every Gentleman Prepper should have one! (aso in pink for the ladies!)

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Emergency Candle

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Quick   Clot

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Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

Great for the bug out bag

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                                                       Cree Ultra Fire 7W300LM

These are really awsome little flashlights and dirt cheapCree ultra fire_

Luci Solar Powered Lantern

Packs to about the size of a CD case and solar charged.

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 Esbit Cooker

This has been a mainstay of campers and soldiers for many years. Great for the Get Home or Bugout Bag

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Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool

Nifty little tool

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moda seya 11 Function Credit Card Size Survival Pocket Tool  

Credit card size and stainless steel

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Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener

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UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers

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Ultimate Survival Technologies Wetfire Tinder

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Zippo Emergency Fire Starter, Orange Plastic

 

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife

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Well, there you go. Some neat suggestions for stuffing your favorite prepper’s stocking!

 

 

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More Fall work done and a couple of new toys to try out.

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While I don’t care much for strong winds, the black walnut trees and lilac bush leaves finally dropped to the ground today.  I got a bit frustrated by all the leaves and sticks the pekes always drag into the house via their “fluffy butts” so I got out the leaf blower and the leaf rake to try and stop all the tracking in of leaves.  My apple tree leaves are still green but by raking up the last of the walnut and lilac leaves we won’t have the pekes, or ourselves dragging in so many leaves and twigs coated with a sticky sap that clings to everything!  I don’t consider myself some sort of “neatnik” but I’m tired of vacuuming up leaves inside the house and combing or cutting leaves and twigs out of my peke’s fur.

I loaded up the wood rick today. This damp, windy weather has myself and Mom feeling a bit “chilled” and we used up a bit more wood out of the front porch rick this week than I had anticipated.  I filled the little garden cart with wood this last weekend so it was easy to top off the porch wood pile.  With this CIDP when and how much I can do physical labor can be a bit iffy at times. I was wiped out after stacking up the last cord of wood and filling up the wood buckets, but after a couple of days of rest I could get some chores done around the house.

Everyone has limits! Those limits might consist of time, physical energy or money but they are very real to each individual. I have lots of time because I’m disabled and SSD and VA provide my income. I’m not getting rich but I live a good life and can afford to buy a few gadgets and tools because I’m mostly debt free. I got a good deal on my house and my mortgage payment is lower than  most rent payments for an 3 bd. 1 3/4 bath home.

New Toy first impressions: Mom is really having a bad reaction to my cigarette smoke since we are starting to close off all windows, leaks and drafts. I will not stop smoking in my house, even for my Mom. You can call me names, trust me it won’t be the first time.  Now I am taking steps to “mitigate” my cigarette smoke. Holmes smoke grabber ashtray $10.44 on Amazon. Upside of the ashtray is does grab smoke and run it through a small filter. Mom says my smoking area seems to lack a smoke cloud.  Downside it only grabs the smoke from a cigar or cigarette while it sits in the ashtray.  The ashtray I bought is only battery powered and has no A/C backup or recharging function.

On the Holmes smoke grabber ash tray. Many complain that the ashtray is small. The tray is a bit small but is larger than most bar ashtrays that get dumped by bartenders. The ashtray is about 4 inches  square and about an 3/4inch deep. This ash tray will not hold more 10 cigarette butts or 2-5 cigars before you have to dump the ash tray but that should not be a problem for most people. I don’t get folks complaining about the size of the tray if what they want to get rid of smoke and odors. It is not all that difficult to dump the small ashtray in the trash when full.  My wish would have Holmes/Amazon offer a battery powered smokeless ashtray that is rechargeable via both 12 volts or 110 volts AC.

The little air ionizer for a car runs  on 12 volts and has an electrical 120-240 volt adapter/converter. The specs on this little air cleaner is for only 12 square feet, or about a sedan. I have plugged the little ionizer next to my computer desk and the air feels a bit different, though I’m not sure it is working to eliminate smoke from the room. I bought a Holmes air purifier with optional Ionizer and it seems that the air is getting better/cleaner. Mom says she is starting to feel better,  even my sinuses are finally starting to drain/clear out and the air is less stuffy /feels better and the house smells cleaner.

A great thing about the Holmes HEPA type air purifier as it will accept a replacement of a true HEPA filter. On the Amazon reviews of the Holmes air purifier for $34.99, many  people complained it was loud. I have been running the air purifier on high for several hours and it’s about as loud as your basic 20 inch box fan on medium setting. The low setting on the  air purifier is very quiet, about “white noise” level. For a great bargain I would buy the discontinued Holmes HEPA type air purifier for $34.99 and install a true HEPA filter and not buy the new/ improved air purifier that is a HEPA type and costs  about $10.00 more at Amazon.

I know the “air purifier” is not equal to an over-pressure type air-exchanger but I hope to cut down on air borne type viruses, bacteria along with allergens and smoke in the house.

 

 

The 13 Best Deals This Week on Budget Survival Gear

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Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of “The Best Survival Gear Deals Of The Week”!  Here are 13 awesome deals on budget survival gear that could be just what you’re looking for.  In case you missed the first edition, you can check it out here:  Let’s get started! LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – $19.95   … Continue reading The 13 Best Deals This Week on Budget Survival Gear

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10/22 Mags: Steel Lips vs. Hot Lips

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I’m in the market for some more Ruger 10/22 magazines. Having shot the Ruger 10/22 for, well, decades at this point…I’ve got some opinions on the magazines.

The factory 10-rd magazines are great. If you don’t mind being limited to ten rounds of ammo, they’re fine. They’re resilient, reliable, and pretty affordable for what they are. Having said that, I kept virtually none of them…I don’t envision a future where a 10-rd magazine is more useful to me than a 25-rd magazine.

The only two brands of magazine for the Ruger that I have had great experience with have been the sometimes-hard-to-find Eagle brand mags (which are quite good and usually quite cheap), and the ubiquitous Butler Creek mags.

When you get into the Butler Creek mags, you get two choices: Hot Lips or Steel Lips. Bother are very good magazines, no two ways about it. When the 1994 ban took place, the Hot Lips magazines I had were the last ones I could get. In 2014, ten years later, when the ban sunsetted, I retired most of the Hot Lips magazines. While they had served very well for those ten years, a few of them were starting to have the feed lips fray a bit. So…on that very informal bit of testing, I would say that with ‘average’ use a Hot Lips 10/22 mag will last you about ten years.

The Steel Lip mags, naturally, are going to last pretty much forever…the feed lips, anyway. And when you’re packing stuff away for the zombie apocalypse, where the magazine you have me be the only one you have for the rest of your life (however long that may be) it might be a good idea to spend the extra five bucks per mag and get the Steel Lips.

When the Hot lips are on sale, I can usually get them for around $8 ea, and if Fortuna smiles in my direction, I can sometimes find Steel Lips for about $12 ea. When Im off playing at the range, I play with the Hot Lips mags, saving the Steel Lips mags for the day they’re needed. (As much as one can need a .22.)

So…if you’re stocking up on mags these days, which i highly recommend, and you can spend the cash, get the Steel Lips. If you want more mags for your buck, get the Hot Lips. But….get something.

How To Guarantee Your Survival Even If You Can’t Get Your Bug-Out Bag

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How To Guarantee Your Survival Even If Your Bug-Out Bag Is Destroyed

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The need for making sure you have the necessary equipment and supplies for survival can’t be overstated. While it is theoretically possible to survive off of what you simply find, the reality is that the less you start out with, the worse your chances are of survival. That’s why people store items in survival kits.

But what if you can’t get to your survival kit, bug-out bag, everyday carry bag or get-home bag? What then? While we like to think that we keep ourselves equipped and supplied at all times, the reality is that there are always times when we’re not. What do we do in those times? Or what do we do if our home is destroyed and we can’t get back in to pick up our bug-out bag?

A lot would depend on the disaster that was happening and how much warning you’d have. But there are some cases that would make it impossible. Maybe they’re not very likely, but they do exist.

Take a nuclear war, for example. Granted, we’re not living in the Cold War anymore and the chances of a nuclear confrontation have been reduced drastically. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Both Russia and the United States still have large stockpiles of nuclear weapons, with other countries having considerably less. Rogue countries would like nothing more than to detonate such a bomb in America.

But there are many other things that could make it impossible to get back home, such as an earthquake, a chemical spill, a major storm or certain acts of terrorism. In any of these instances, you might suddenly find yourself without your bug-out bag or the ability to go home and get it.

This Crazy New Device Can Start A Fire Even In The Worst Conditions

That’s why you need at least one spare bag or kit, hidden in an alternate location. This set of gear might not be quite as good as your main bug-out bag, but it should still cover all of the bases, giving you enough to live off of. It should also have the necessary food and other supplies that you’ll need to stay alive. Ideally, it would be a mirror image or your bug-out bag, but the reality of cost will probably force you to go with some lesser expensive options.

For that matter, why stop at one? If an extra set of gear is a good idea, why not have two or three of them, secreted in different locations? Not only will that help ensure that you have access to them, but that you have access no matter where you are.

How To Guarantee Your Survival Even If Your Home Is Destroyed

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Your spare kits should also include at least one good sturdy set of outdoor clothing, a jacket and a good pair of walking shoes. Odds are that when you are away from home, you won’t be dressed for heading out into the wilderness, so you’d better make sure you have what you will need. Bugging out into the wild in a shirt and tie or a short dress just doesn’t work out all that good.

The other thing to consider hiding with your spare kits is weapons. If you have a concealed carry license and are carrying every day, then that might not be much of an issue; but if you don’t, then any weapon you stash with your backup kit would be the only one you’ll have.

Find a Good Place to Stash It

Stashing your backup kit too close to home totally negates its purpose. On the other hand, you don’t want to stash it so far from home that you can’t get to it within a day, even if you’re on foot. So, you need to pick the location or locations carefully, making sure that they are someplace you’ll be able to get to.

If you own a business that’s a ways away from your home, that might be an excellent place to make a stash. For that matter, you might want to do more than just stash a bug-out bag there, splitting up your stockpile and keeping part of it at your business. That gives you a secondary bug-in location, if you can’t use your home.

Another option is at someone else’s house if you have a like-minded friend who lives in an appropriate area to leave your stash. That could even be a reciprocal agreement, where you keep a kit at their house and they keep one at yours. Doing it that way will motivate them to say yes and probably to leave your kit alone, so that it’s ready when you need it.

This New Lantern Provides 100,000 Hours of Emergency Backup Lighting

How To Guarantee Your Survival Even If Your Home Is Destroyed

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A third possibility is a storage rental. These are available all over the place and some of them are quite inexpensive, especially if you’re just renting a small one. Like your business, this would provide you with a place where you have room to store more than just a bug-out bag, for a small monthly fee. While most of these places say that they’re only open during the day, if you can get over the fence during an emergency, you can pick your stuff up at night, too.

Finally, you can always consider burying your spare kit in the middle of nowhere. There are a number of ways of waterproofing equipment that you want to bury underground, such as using PVC pipe or a five-gallon bucket. Burying it will make it hard for others to find so that it hopefully won’t be bothered. Just make sure that nobody sees what you are doing so that it won’t be stolen. (Recommended: How To Build A Waterproof Underground Cache On A Budget.)

There are two problems with burying a stash. The first one is making sure that you have good landmarks to find it once again. Remember that some landmarks may disappear, such as trees that die. So have more than one set of landmarks that you can use. Secondly, you’ll need something to dig it up with. That can be a problem if the soil has a lot of clay in it or is difficult to dig in for some other reason.

Don’t Stop There

Having a spare set of gear is probably the most important reason to set up a survival stash. But let me give you one more. That’s to stash extra food. A typical bug-out bag has only three days worth of food in it. That’s not enough, as far as I’m concerned. So you might want to create some stashes which are just food.

These stashes will be easier and cheaper to set up, because you don’t have the cost of all the equipment. You can easily stash five days worth of food in a five gallon bucket and bury it somewhere, giving you accessible food when disaster strikes.

Do you have secondary caches? What advice would you add? Share your suggestions in the section below:

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Collecting Yeast

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Yeast is one essential product for food preparation, you need it to make bread rise and to make alcohol (which even if you do not drink, you need alcohol to make vinegar) Yeast is generally store-bought, but if you run out you will need to be able to capture your own wild yeast. Besides the […]

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How To Forge a Viking Axe

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How To Forge a Viking Axe For the past few days my interest has turned away from knives; and hawks and axes are my current interest. At my age, the more physical hammering involved in forging a hawk keeps that interest away most the time. But sometimes the urge just has to be answered. Having …

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6 of the Best Homemade Hot Sauce Recipes

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6 of the Best Homemade Hot Sauce Recipes Here’s some of my favorite Hot Sauce recipes from around the web. They are all very hot but at the same time very balanced so the flavors to match the type of chilli pepper and heat level. You can substitute store bought peppers for all of the …

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Childbirth When There is No Doctor

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childbirthI received this guest post from James.  This got me to thinking back to when I was child in South Africa.  At that time, it was not unusual for a woman to bear a child and go back to work the same day.  Now I am now saying that this is right.  But it does bring up the point that for most of human history childbirth has been a natural thing.  No real medical care and hard on the women.  But regardless we survived.  Just remember most of us, just because we understand germ theory now more than most doctor from the 1700 and 1800 hundreds.

Howard

How to Help with Labor in an Emergency

In an emergency or SHTF situation you may not have access to complicated equipment and personnel to help you with the birth of a child. At best you may have a first aid kit and a few women around who have been through it themselves and know a bit about what to expect.

It’s important to know about the natural process of labor and birth, much like one studies first aid techniques, to ensure that you are prepared for this type of experience and can help in the best way possible in the event that you are tasked with helping a pregnant woman birth her child.

It’s important to keep in mind that birth is a natural process. When left alone it usually starts spontaneously and also tends to resolve itself one way or another in a matter of a few hours or days. It’s important to cue the mother to move and get into the best positions for labor and birth, and to offer soothing words and helpful assistance – like offering food and drink – if that is something she can keep down.

Here are some tips for ensuring that the natural birth you attend goes as smooth as possible:

1) Encourage the mother to be active and upright.

Studies show that women who stay active in labor have shorter and less painful births – lying down on your back it literally the worst thing you can do while in labor. Encourage the mother to move around and change her position frequently while in labor so that gravity can help speed the process along.

2) Encourage the mother to eat and drink.

Similar to what midwives and doulas already knew, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)recently announced that it supports eating a light meal and drinking during labor (a marathon process that can take days to culminate in the birth of a baby). Eating and drinking in labor produces better outcomes for both mother and child. It’s important to consume high energy and efficient foods – like dates – which will help replenish energy and, in the case of dates, also shorten labor and reduce post-partum hemorrhaging.

3) Encourage the mother to get in the best position for optimal delivery.

Lying on the back is one of the most painful and unhelpful positions to be in for the birth. Additionally, it closes the pelvic outlet by up to 30% as the tailbone compresses inward – making it more painful for mother and baby, and more likely that the child will have a difficult time coming out. Imagine if a hat shrunk 30% smaller as you were trying to put it on – well babies have a small margin of error when it comes to the birth canal “opening” make sure it can stretch as wide as possible so baby doesn’t get stuck. Advise mom to get on her hands and knees lean over something, or squat – all of these are much better alternatives than lying on her back.

Off to a good start.

If you apply these principles the baby will most likely be out in no time at all – just get ready to catch! If you are interested in being prepared for additional rare birth situations and complications, like those experienced by Lori in The Walking Dead, season 3, I suggest reading over Emergency Childbirth: A Manual by Gregory White.  While you won’t learn how to improvise a cesarean section, you may just save a life or two.

James

Two additional books you may want to consider getting are Where There is No Doctor and A Book for Midwives.  You can download these or purchase them at their website, Hesperian health guides.

Howard

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The Best Emergency Food Methods For the AFTERMATH of SHTF

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The Best Emergency Food Methods For the AFTERMATH of SHTF

A second catastrophe promises to follow in the foot steps of a first — it’s a catastrophic food shortage. The time to prepare for that is now.

Emergency food storage can be done cheaply and you can store healthier foods longer than the big name emergency food producers want you to know. Lessons passed down by expert preppers on storing up emergency food on a budget…

Emergency foods are something that families, church and relief organizations, schools, institutions, and food banks should be stocking up on nowadays, while it’s still possible, while there’s still food to be had.

Our nation is sitting on a ticking time bomb and we unfortunately cannot tell exactly when this bomb is going to finally detonate. But we can hear it ticking. Louder with every passing year. Yet, no matter how frantically government and the military work to defuse the bomb, defusing this bomb continues to elude them. Of course I’m using an analogy to describe some serious crap hitting the fan.

When it does, we are looking at a famine on a level that this world has never seen before.

Nationwide food shortage and then —

Famine. No more food coming in from anywhere.

What if the day comes where stores never re-open? At the point where your survival food stores become exhausted after several weeks following a collapse, you’re either going to have to turn to begging for food, or a very difficult and frustrating life trying to hunt, fish, trap or forage in the adjacent forests — called living off the land — but truly, only the adept, the knowledgable, and the experienced are going to be able to “live off the land” and the ones who do won’t be found in any nearby woods or hills.

Because there won’t be anything to hunt or forage for in the nearby woods or hills following a major disaster.

Wildlife is very sensitive to the presence of people. So a large number of people fleeing into wilderness regions is going to send much of the wildlife fleeing for remote regions. It’s these remote regions that the hunting can be good; but only the most adept are likely to make it that far where there are no roads, where there may be rugged mountains and canyons and rivers to cross; there may be dangerous weather conditions to deal with depending on the season. If you can make it to a remote region, I’m talking really remote, it will be possible to live off the land, but it won’t be easy.

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Are you just fine right where you’re at?

In a worst case scenario, we may see martial law, a government collapse, a civil war of sorts. Our nation weakened, it’s defenses obsolete, it’s critical infrastructure all but destroyed, a scene from Red Dawn (I’ve referred to this movie in another article) may play out in a number of communities. Are those Russian jets in the skies? Are those parachuters dropping down onto main street, Chinese or North Korean? The sky is full of them. The clouds were a perfect cover when radar defenses on the ground were no longer working, having been fried by the EMP that had first wrecked America’s power grid six months back.

Parachuters are landing in residential neigborhoods. Quickly gathering up parachutes. Quickly checking weapons and gear. Firing at people who had been watching it all unfold from front yards and porches.

Who’s cargo planes are landing at the local municipal airport with tanks and military vehicles streaming out? Chinese symbols. Russian symbols. What the hell is going on?

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Hopefully that’s not your community

But it may be more than one community at some point. It’s very possible that your community will make it through the weeks and months following a collapse that we can feel in our blood and in our bones is heading America’s way some point soon. We can see the signs in the heavens and the earth, I believe, that Jesus warned about when he was here and told us to be on the watch for. Impending judgement. We were told, and cautioned as Christians, to watch for it. When we see it, we will know. It’s almost like Yoda talking to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, telling Luke he will know the time when the time is the right time. What Yoda? That makes no sense. On reflection though, Luke finally one day figures out what Yoda was telling him. What is the Lord telling us right now through the Spirit? For the unbelievers out there, who don’t yet know God, for a Christian this essentially means what is God leading us to do or prepare for without using words to tell us?

Some of us should be stockpiling food

Some communities, some neighborhoods, some small towns and cities will likely make it through the first few months following a collapse relatively fine, all things considered. Other’s won’t do so well and will be very dangerous places to live.

You’ll need some friends, you’ll need some fire power, hopefully God is on your side with all that fire power and he’s going to use you in some way to make a difference, for good. The violent hand of God is something we see repeated in Old Testament chapters of the Bible. I expect it’s something we’re likely to see again some day. There’s just too many examples of God going to war through his people, though not all of them of course, just a few at a time. Because if God used too many people, to give the enemies of Christ a beating, they might make the mistake of thinking that they did this by their own power. That’s not God’s style in the Bible though. That’s not the pattern we see in scripture.

Who remembers this phrase? “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”

When God favored the Israelites, the Israelites were successful at wiping out enemy nations, success after success after success.

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But when God was angry with the Israelites, over rebellion, over disobedience, over wicked acts and atrocities, just the opposite happened. The Israelites were overrun, beaten down, many killed, many more ended up enslaved to other nations.

That first part sounds a lot like America. At one time we were a nation under God. Success after success. Innovation after innovation. Dreams and bigger dreams. America had God’s favor and was the gem of the world. People from around the world dreamed of moving here and many did. But today America no longer has God’s favor. We have become God’s enemy. Not all of us. But a lot of us.

Jesus warned the wheat would be seperated from the chaff. If you don’t know what he meant by this, you better figure that one out fast. If should be the first thing you do before you do anything else in life.

What the hell did Jesus mean when he said he would seperate the wheat from the chaff? There’s nothing difficult with that statement. So why do so many people have a hard time grasping those words?

They just don’t care.

Tick.

Tock.

Time’s up.

How long will your emergency food last?

If disaster struck today, how long would your stockpile last? Careful, it’s a trick question. I’m not asking how long you would be able to live off your stockpile — I’m asking about the actual shelf life of the foods in your basement or pantry.

Though you may have beans and cereal that, in theory, can last 10 years or more, the way you store them can substantially decrease or increase that amount. In other words, you may have quite a bit of food in your pantry right now that has less than a year until it expires… and that’s a tough position to be in if a serious, earth shaking disaster struck today.

The Scoop on Emergency Food Storage

Extending the shelf life of several foods

Food storage done right, so you can double, triple or even quadruple the shelf life of your foods. Let’s talk about that for a moment. It all starts with the 5 food storage enemies: Oxygen, moisture, temperature, light and pests. The 6th one is time but there’s nothing we can do about that except rotating our stash. Now, if you’re looking to get 10, 20 or even 30 years of shelf life off your foods, you need to tackle all of these enemies. No exception.

Extending the Shelf Life of Grains, Beans and Rice

Grains, beans, white rice… These are some of the foods with a long shelf life preppers like to stockpile that are also cheap. However, not all varieties are worthy to be in your stockpile.

For example, Cheerios and other breakfast cereals you typically buy at the supermarket have a shelf life of 6 to 8 months. Processed cereals have many refined and hydrogenated oils in them, oil goes rancid so, even if you were to use the preservation techniques we’re going to talk about in a minute, it still wouldn’t be worth it. Thus, step one in storing your food for a really long time is to pick the right food. When we’re talking about real long term emergency food storage, opt for storing white rice (not brown), dried beans and whole wheat berries (not breakfast cereals); rice, beans and wheat berries should be the staples of your survival stockpile.

RELATED : 16 Foods That Will Live Longer Than You

Mylar bags with oxygen Absorbers for storing emergency food

The best way to store your emergency food is in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. This is a no-fail combination used by most preppers, provided your food is dry before you store it. Otherwise, you can wake up with condensation after you seal the package –- not a good thing.

The process is simple. You fill the bag nearly all the way to the top, seal it using an iron or a hair straightener (but not before you add a pack of the oxygen absorber), depending on the size of the bag. Oxygen absorbers are small packs of iron powder and create a nitrogen environment by removing any oxygen present through chemical reactions. So, even if the bag will look like it’s got air inside, you don’t need to panic because that’s just nitrogen.

It’s worth mentioning that neither the nitrogen nor the iron powder can affect your food (provided you keep the O2 absorbers inside the original packaging).

As you can see, you don’t need to vacuum-seal the bags; the absorbers will do the trick to prevent growth of aerobic pathogens (such as mold) as well as preventing oxidation. These are the two ways oxygen can spoil your food. Besides, your cereals will crumble under the pressure of the bag.

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Put mylar bags inside airtight BPA-free 5 gallon buckets

Next, you should put the Mylar bags inside airtight BPA-free 5-gallon buckets. This may seem unnecessary but it’s actually a good idea. First off, the bucket will shield the bags from light (another declared food storage enemy), thus improving shelf life. Second, it protects the bag from accidental puncturing (Mylars aren’t that strong, by the way).

We talked about aerobic bacteria but anaerobes need very little or no oxygen to develop. The most important one is called Clostridium botulinum and is responsible for a disease called botulism (not something you want to suffer from post-collapse). Fortunately, this doesn’t really occur when storing grains, beans and rice as long as they’re not moist. It’s something that mostly shows up in canned food, which we’ll tackle in a moment.

The last thing you need to do after you’ve taken care of oxygen, light and humidity is ensure the proper temperature. Anywhere between 50F and 70F will work, preferably closer to 50.

If you do everything right, how long can food last in storage?

What shelf life can you expect if you do everything right? This is pretty amazing:

– White rice can last at least 7-8 years with some sources going as high as 25.

– Hard grains such as wheat and corn can store for at least 10 years.

– Soft grains can last about 8 years (because the outer shell is not as strong as that of hard grains)

Emergency food storage for pasta

Storing pasta for the long term is just as easy as storing beans or grain. If you read the label, they tell you it lasts for 1-2 years but if you store it in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers, that shelf life can increase up to ten times… that’s 20+ years in shelf life!

Place it in plastic buckets to protect it from light, from crumbling inside and from accidental puncturing of the bag. Speaking of punctures, you may want to consider storing things like spaghetti in 5-mil bags instead of the more common 3.5 mil to avoid any sharp noodles accidentally poking holes in the mylar.

Some people like to freeze pasta before storage to prevent larva eggs from hatching. So, to kill these eggs, noodles should stay frozen for approximately 5 days but this method is not needed as long as you use oxygen absorbers. Ultimately freezing the noodles won’t hurt them but it won’t really help either. If you do decide to do it, you need to allow the frozen noodles to reach room temperature before you seal these noodles in Mylars. Otherwise condensation will form and allow the growth of mold.

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Canned food can last several years past expiration date

There are a lot of myths about canned foods and I want to bust the ones that have to do with shelf life, the one related to the expiration date. Food experts on shelf life have looked closely at unopened cans of food from several decades back, sometimes recovered from shipwrecks, and the data they found was a real eye opener: Canned food can last several years past it’s expiration date.

As long as the can has been properly stored and it looks good on the outside (it’s not leaking and the lid is not swollen or punctured), it’s probably safe to eat. You still have to check for suspicious smells but there have been reports of cans of food that were safe to eat even after 30 or 40 years.

Nevertheless, plenty of people have reported being absolutely fine after eating canned food past the expiration date. Of course, you need to give your cans the same conditions you do to your beans and rice: Keep them in a cool, dry, dark place away from moisture.

Now, there are two types of canned food when it comes to how long they can last: High-acidic and low-acidic. The USDA guidelines tell us that high-acid food (canned fruit and pickles) can last up to 18 months while low acid food (canned meat, beans, corn, potatoes etc.) up to 5 years. The acid in these cans contributes to the deterioration of color, texture and nutrients (over time, of course).

As mentioned earlier, if the can looks, smells and tastes ok, you can ignore the expiration and the “best by” dates (in a post-collapse you might not have a choice anyway).

Extending the shelf life of peanut butter

Peanut butter is jam-packed with calories and can last a long time if properly stored… but there’s a catch. It’s full of oils and, as previously said, oils go rancid over time. It depends which type of PB you’re storing, because natural peanut butter only last a few months while smooth and crunchy can last up to a year.

To improve its shelf life, you need to keep peanut butter tightly sealed and in a cool, dry, dark place. You should also store it in a glass rather than a plastic jar to increase longevity even more.

The alternative to PB is powdered peanut butter, which should store for at least 5 years, closer to 10 actually, and it’s good for another year after you open it. That’s considerably longer than traditional peanut butter.

Food items with an indefinite shelf life

You probably heard that honey has an indefinite shelf life. The only thing that can go “wrong” with it is crystallization, meaning the sugar molecules align themselves in a certain way. This is not a sign it went bad but still, there’s an easy fix: Place the open jar in a pot full of hot water and stir it until the crystals dissolve. In order to slow down the crystallization process, simply store the honey at room temperature. Since most of your foods need to be in cool places, you can keep honey in your kitchen or pantry where you probably have more space.

The other items with an indefinite shelf life are salt, sugar and molasses but the one thing you should do is keep them away from moisture. It’s common for basements to develop mold due to poor ventilation so the two options you have are to either install a fan (if your basement has windows), a dehumidifier (which, unfortunately, will incur electricity costs) or use some of the other recommended options depending on how bad things are.

The shelf life of seeds

No long-term survival plan is complete without the seeds that will allow you to start a garden once the dust settles after a collapse. In a worst case scenario, especially those who live in heavily populated areas, that may mean a long and difficult evacuation from a disaster struck region.The good news about seeds is that they don’t take up a lot of space and you can transport them with relative ease; when the time is right, plant that garden finally.

The most important thing to seed storage is to keep these seeds dry. Moisture is the biggest enemy but, fortunately, one you can easily defeat. Keeping your seeds in a cool, dry place should work and don’t forget to add desiccants to the container and seal them afterwards. Another thing you need to do is dry them before storage.

If you don’t want to use desiccants you have other options, such as putting them in paper envelopes. Other options include storing them inside the fridge or the freezer but if you’re left without power in the next disaster, you’re still going to use one of the aforementioned solutions.

The shelf life of various seeds varies. Some people say they can last up to a hundred years. They actually found seeds inside the belly of a frozen mammoth, meaning they lasted thousands of years! It’s hard to say but if you do it right, you can expect to get at least 5 years of storage life and a 70% germination rate. The ones that have the longest shelf life are:

Bean (2-3 years)

Radish, muskmelon, cress, collards and cucumber (5 years)

Tomato, squash, turnips, eggplant, sorrel, cauliflower Brussel sprouts and watermelon (4 years each)

…but, again, the life of a seed can increase if you do a good job storing them.

Emergency food storage for your pet

How to store dry and canned pet food

There are essentially two types of pet food you can stockpile and they’re the same ones you feed your pets every day: Dry and canned. Surprisingly, canned food lasts a lot longer than dry because dry food has a lot of fat in it, which causes it to go rancid quickly. Dry food usually lasts a year while canned food for 2+ years.

If you’re thinking of using oxygen absorbers with dry pet food, it might not work. You might wake up with mold rings around the absorbers which will, in turn, spoil the entire bag as several preppers have cautioned.

The good news about storing pet food, though, is that there’s no difference between survival food and what they regularly eat for your pet. The other good news is that pets can eat “human survival food” (for lack of a better term). For example, dogs can eat white rice, which we already know can last a lot longer if properly stored (being one of the most popular survival foods).

As long as you store your pet food in a cool, dry dark place (such as a ventilated basement), you’ll surely get a lot more than the 1-2 years it’s stated to last.

How temperature fluctuations affect emergency food

Before we wrap this up, I need to address an overlooked aspect: Fluctuations in temperature. We said earlier that some foods need to be stored at temperatures between 50F and 70F but that’s only half the story. The other half is that you need to keep temperature variations to a minimum because they too can (negatively) affect shelf life. Even if you keep it within the interval at all times, fluctuations between 50F and 70F should be avoided.

Why store up emergency food? So you can survive during a famine!

byl_8_250x200-09140faIn the modern age, with so many grocery stores and restaurants bustling with activity and low prices (sometimes high) on many common food items, it’s hard to imagine what life would be like if suddenly it all came to an end. Unfortunately, if someone were to pull the plug on interstate shipping and nationwide commercial food processing and commercial agriculture, literally overnight stores across several regions would slam shut their doors and before you knew it the greatest disaster in America’s history would unfold right before our eyes.

Famine. Food shortages. Long lines stretching possibly miles for a government handout (until the government closes it’s doors as well). Long lines seeking food at churches (that is until churches run out of food) and soup kitchens — soup kitchens once popular with the homeless but now attracting crowds of hungry and scared citizens and their families looking for food and also looking for a solution; but there won’t be one.

What about orginizations like the Red Cross and Salvation Army? In some communities, in the first few hours and days, they may also be a source for food, but expect incredibly long lines. When or if food finally gets into your hands unfortunately it may not be something you really find that palatable.

Isn’t storing up food at odds with living by faith?

For those of us who live as Christians, it would seem that way. Living by faith means we know that the Lord will provide. It takes great faith not to store up so that we can see how the Lord will provide and many times he can astonish us. I think though that there’s another angle here to look at; it’s knowing that there are a lot of people who will be hungry during a massive food shortage and subsequent famine, who haven’t stored up food, and first and foremost that could end up being a neighbor or even family and friends who simply never believed that the Terrible Day of the Lord as warned in the Bible was one day headed our way.

A lot of people, and I’m sure a few readers here, may not believe today in these Biblical warnings I’ve shared at different times on the site. I’m going to predict though that a lot of you will start believing in the times ahead.

I get that assurance from the Bible — most people who end up believing in Jesus don’t believe until God is dropping the hammer. In other words: People are some hard eggs to crack!

Food storage happens now — not later

It’s a sad, unfortunate fact. There will be a day where tens of millions of people realize that so many signs about a coming catastrophe were all around them, but they were just too glued to their daily routines and complacency and stubburness about life to notice. They felt life should be lived whatever way they wanted, even though for many the way they live their lives is in direct disobedience to God.

I know it. I’ve been there. And it’s not just the banksters at the top of the food chain preying on the consumers or the super elites at the head of our corporations; no, it’s the rest of us also, the people that make up modern day nations caught up in what the Bible describes as carnal, worldly lives — with a complete disregard for God and his warnings about the coming wrath on the world to deal with it’s many evils and atrocities. Atrocities are committed somewhere on our planet on a daily basis.

God sees all

The prophets, apostles, Jesus himself assured us that there is a terrible day coming for our planet.

If we don’t get our lives right with God, we are going to be caught up in the midst of it. It may start with a government collapse and famine and food shortages, but really that will only be the beginning. A serious storm is heading to our world and we see it’s waves starting to beat against our shores; consider ISIS (or another faction of Radical Islam) as one of those waves; if you look at the ocean during a storm you cannot count the number of waves that hit; but you can see how strong and violent the waves get as the storm approaches.

The storm is approaching

Matthew 21:25-26 – 25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world…”

Matthew 21:29-33 – And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Matthew 21:34-36 -“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Source : secretsofsurvival.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)

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5 Of The Best Radios To Stay Connected In A Survival Situation

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Believe it or not, no serious prepper should go without one of the best radios in his personal survival kit. And this is because when modern society fails and crumbles (and our means of communications will be amongst the first to go) or if you simply find yourself stranded, you’ll need to keep in touch with the latest news. Information will be vital for your very existence in such a scenario, and you very own survival radio device will get the job done. So whether hostile armed forces are marching in towards your location or whether a natural disaster is heading your way, you’ll hear it all and have enough time to take whatever precautions are necessary. Choosing a radio for a SHTF situation won’t be as easy as choosing one for everyday life.

These tiny gadgets can be very complex, but their complexity is a plus if anything. You can have radios that are set to pick up certain wavelengths that transmit the status of natural disasters. Some support multiple power sources, some can charge your small appliances (phones, etc.) and others have a crank system that will allow them to work when there is no energy left. Here are some of the best choices that are available on the market.

The American Red Cross FRX3 is a radio made to work indefinitely, despite the fact that there might be no electrical power running through the plugs anymore. Of course, it does have the capability to stay plugged in, but when the plugs fail to deliver, you can use the crank shaft to power up its internal NiMH battery. And if your hand gets tired, you can just point it towards a strong enough light source and the solar panel will do the rest. It’s not just a radio, it’s an intricate device that gets AM / FM bands, all the NOAA (National Weather Service) bands, has a flashlight attached and a USB port to charge up other devices. If you’re the type of person that often losses things, you’ll be happy to know that the Red Cross FRX3 is very hard to misplace, as it has a glow-in-the-dark locator and a flashing red beacon.

American Red Cross FRX3

The Kaito Electronics Inc. KA500BLK Voyager is a radio that is very light, well built and comes with many gadgets that can prove very useful in all sorts of situations. It has many choices when it comes to power sources (AC, Battery, computer, hand crank and solar), ensuring its autonomy in all sorts of environments. The solar panel is situated at the top of the device and it’s adjustable at a 180° angle. This feature is very convenient, as you won’t have to turn the whole device towards light sources. But its strongest feature by far is the array of lightning options you get with this radio device: a flashlight, a red strobe and if these weren’t enough, it also has 5 LEDs for reading light. It gets all sorts of wavelengths (even shortwave broadcasts). And for those of you for whom esthetics matter just as much as anything else, the radio comes in black, red, blue, green or yellow.

Kaito Electronics Inc. KA500BLK Voyager

The Grundig S450DLX is an excellent digital radio device, very strong and reliable. It’s very good especially when it comes to shortwave signals. It has a preset channel function that will allow you to preset you favorite radio channels and to access them with the push of the button; you get 50 slots for preset channels (10 per each band). The large LCD display is clear and easy to read and the knobs work perfectly (both the normal tuning and fine-tuning). It receives a high quality signal, with very little background noise, mainly thanks to its excellent anti-interference. And if somehow you’re still having trouble getting a clear signal, you can attach an external antenna. Aa a power source, it uses DC IN (9V) or 6 D batteries.

Grundig S450DLX

The Epica Emergency Solar Hand Crank Digital Radio is a radio similar to the model used by the Red Cross, except theirs is smaller. Personally, I’m having doubts whether this is a radio or a flashlight first, as the 3 LED lights fitted on this device are very powerful. As power sources, the internal batteries can be charged by USB, hand crank or through the solar panel. The display is easy to read and the radio picks both AM / FM bands, as well as all 7 NOAA weather bands. Most of the device is incased in a rubber-like housing, which acts as a shock absorbent and also waterproofs the circuits.

Epica Emergency Solar Hand Crank Digital Radio

The Swiss+Tec ST84500 BodyGard Platinum is one of the most versatile tiny radios on the market. It’s small, very light and you can carry it around everywhere by either throwing it in your backpack or a pocket, or simply by keeping it tied to your wrist. It has an incredibly large number of features such a small device: it has LED lights (low beam / high beam), emergency flash (bright red), 144mm diameter compass (oil based), crank charger, USB charger, security alarm (that’s motion activated) and state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries. As you can plainly see, it has EVERYTHING except the kitchen sink. But that’ll hopefully be included in the next model.

Swiss+Tec ST84500 BodyGard Platinum

Staying in touch with the world is a must for all of us. But a simple radio just won’t do. As you can see, there are plenty of choices out there for preppers when it comes to survival radios. And there are plenty more models to check out in order to find the “perfect fit” for you. But get your very own radio, and fast. You’ll never know what’s going to happen next.

By Alec Deacon

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The Healthiest People in the World… and How they Got that Way

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Marjory just got back from a big adventure. She went to the Copper Canyon in Mexico to meet the Tarahumara Native American people. They’re world-renowned for their long distance running capabilities.

And they claim that their running abilities peak at age 64!

So… Marjory went down there to interview them and find out what they’re eating.

In the spirit of Marjory’s adventures to learn more about traditional cultures and their diets, I thought this infographic would fit in nicely. It takes a look at 5 of the healthiest nations in the world, defined by their long life expectancy and low infant mortality rates. I couldn’t help but notice the little factoid about New Zealand… Check it out:

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To read more about the Tarahumara people of Mexico, check out this article Marjory wrote last summer: At What Age Does The Human Body Peak In Athletic Performance?.

 

Friday Farm Blog – Nov. 15, 2015

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Autumn greetings from the Friday Farm Blog!

We’re getting ready to travel this week, so my book selection is a little different. I’ve got two pieces of fiction to enjoy during the long flights. I have a couple of books I’ve been dying to read but haven’t been able to set aside the time for something frivolous. The first book I’m taking with me is One Year After, (William Forstchen’s follow up to One Second After – the book that has woken so many people up to the necessity of prepping for a long-term grid-down scenario). The second is my long-awaited new addition to A. American’s Survivalist Series, Enforcing Home. I’m a huge fan of this series – you can check out my review of the first few books HERE.

One of the toughest things about having a little farm is going away. We have to travel during the upcoming week to attend a family wedding, and it has been quite the production. I stocked up on extra feed, hired a farm-sitter (the girl who used to be our petsitter will now have expanded responsibilities), and got packed. I want to leave the house clean, the barn clean, and the coop clean, and we’re down to the wire getting it all done. As well, I have written a couple of articles ahead of time so you guys will have stuff to read while we’re away.

When we fly, I have to load a travel bag with very carefully selected preps, since the TSA doesn’t allow you anything you might actually need for survival. (Here’s a link to an article about our prepper flight kits.) I’m sure that with the recent goings-on in the world, they’ll all but cavity search us when we go through the TSA line.

A new addition

This week at the farm, a new goat came to stay. I am calling her Dottie because she looks like she has polka dots.

Dottie closeup

She is Nameless’s sister, so I thought they’d be happy to see one another. It turns out, goats have a short memory, and I had to separate everyone so that Dottie could make a friend and not get picked on. When we first re-introduced them, Dottie ran off and we had to spend nearly an hour chasing her. My daughter is laughing because of the wiggly goats. Being a farm kid is a lot of fun, clearly.

Kiddo and goats

Last week, I finished up another bushel of apples, some pumpkin, and did some deep cleaning in the house. My oldest daughter, the recent college graduate, will be returning from the wedding with us to spend time here during the holiday season. I’m very excited to show her the new place! She hasn’t been to the farm yet.

Late autumn days at the farm

Now that most of the food preservation is done, all of the babies have been nurtured to the point where they don’t require my constant attention, and the garden is put to bed, there is a lot less to do. Really, there’s just feeding, watering, and mucking out the bedding during this time of year. Since I have time on my hands, I’ll be spending the colder months working on a new book and planning for spring. We also have some indoor craft projects to keep us cozy and busy.

Here’s a photo that is classic Northern California. Around here, fall looks like this: autumn leaves and palm trees. This was taken at a shopping center we went to when we went to buy dresses for the wedding we’ll be attending. It’s a weird but beautiful combination. Since we’ve been getting abundant rain, this part of the state is lush and green right now.

Norcal fall

What does late fall have you busy with? Are you still preserving food? Is your garden still producing anything? When you spend more time indoors, how do you stay busy? Share in the comments section below!

 

 

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El Niño Is Going to Be Followed by a Devastating La Niña

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cyclone wikimediaAs you probably already know, El Niño is on its way. It’s been in the news quite a bit since August, when scientists first announced that we were due for a very wet winter. Since that time they’ve determined that it’s pretty much guaranteed at this point. Within the next few weeks, the West Coast is going to be inundated with record breaking rain storms that could rival the El Niño season of 1997. And despite the disastrous possibilities of this weather pattern, Americans living on the West Coast are pretty excited about finally receiving some heavy rain after several years of severe drought.

However, these people may be counting their chickens a little too soon. All they’re thinking about is the torrential El Niño that is imminent, and they’re forgetting the La Niña that often follows right after. Typically, the La Niña has an almost equal and opposite effect of the El Niño, which means that we’re only going to have a very brief respite from the drought.

However, there is another consequence of this year’s El Nino that is virtually a sure thing to happen within the next half year. A very rapid change in El Nino water temperatures will follow – in nine months we will have gone 180 degrees in the opposite direction and we will be dealing with a very strong La Nina.

The following plots the changes from El Nino (red) to La Nina (blue). Note the rapid change that occurred from November of 1997 to the fall of 1998. A very big La Nina followed the record El Nino:

The numbers:chart 1

A chart of the 1998 event:chart 2

 

As you can see, a heavy El Niño is often followed by a very drawn out La Niña. That means we’ll probably have horrendous drought conditions for another few years after this rainy season concludes, which will be felt in the Southwest and the Midwest. This could easily result in a major crunch in the food supply of the United States, and the rest of the world. According to Bloomberg:

The current El Nino, forecast to be the strongest since 1997-98, will weaken by spring, potentially giving way to La Nina, according to MDA. In the 1983-84 marketing year, when U.S. farmers planted corn under El Nino conditions before La Nina developed during the crop’s growing and maturing phases, production fell by almost half, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and an Oct. 26 report by Citigroup Inc.

And keep in mind that the real issue at hand here, isn’t the length or frequency of these weather cycles, it’s their severity. Between a third and a half of the seasons we experience are either coinciding with El Niño or with La Niña at any given time, and they don’t usually lead to any remarkable conditions. However, since this cycle is going to be so extreme, it means that the entire world is going to have a lot of problems over the next few years.

Just as both of these weather patterns have an inverse relationship, the kinds of damage they cause varies wildly across the world. Rain in one country means drought in another. Those countries may then experience the exact opposite of these extremes once El Niño shifts into La Niña.

Essentially what we’re looking at is several years of devastating floods and crippling droughts all across the planet. While we often think of this weather pattern in localized terms, the severity of this particular cycle now carries a few geopolitical implications. There will be more natural disasters, which means there will be more disease outbreaks and food shortages, which means there may also be more wars and revolutions.

In other words, the next few years are going to be nuts.

Will it be the end of the world? Hardly. But it’s definitely something you should be preparing for.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Typhoon In-fa to Threaten Guam Saturday

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By Eric Leister – AccuWeather

The 27th named tropical cyclone of the year has developed in the western Pacific Ocean.

Typhoon In-fa is currently northwest of Chuuk and southeast of Guam. Further strengthening is expected over the next several days.

As In-fa passed near Chuuk on Wednesday night and Thursday, it brought downpours and gusty winds. Earlier this week, In-fa brought more than 325 mm (13 inches) to Nukuoro Atoll in only 24 hours.

A continued northwest track will take In-fa south of Guam on Saturday. By this time, the cyclone could be as strong as a Category 2 or 3 hurricane with winds over 160 km/h (100 mph).

In-fa will pass far enough south of Guam that the island will be spared the worst impacts; however, tropical storm conditions are expected with wind gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) and downpours capable of producing flash flooding.

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10 All-Natural Ways To Fight Chapped Lips And Dry Skin This Winter

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10 All-Natural Ways To Fight Chapped Lips and Dry Skin This Winter

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I bet you really enjoy those hot showers in the winter, but did you know you could be causing your skin to dry out? Winter is coming, and with it months of dry skin and chapped lips. We all know the itchy, dry, burning feeling of our skin and lips during this time, but it doesn’t have to be this way!

What are the main causes of dry skin and chapped lips, and what are some natural ways to take care of these wintertime problems?

The skin on your lips is very thin, so you can imagine how easily your lips are affected by the world around us. Lips do not have oil glands to protect themselves or create moisture. And lipstick doesn’t provide the protection or moisture you need during the winter, and can even be part of the problem.

Causes for Chapped Lips and Dry Skin

Lips

  • Licking your lips is a bad habit that is a common cause of chapped lips. Although it feels like your lips are moist for a moment, the wind actually dries the lips out faster. So you lick, they dry, you lick some more, they dry even more. The truth is, you are licking away moisture. Dehydration is a key cause of chapped lips.
  • Hot or cold weather changes can also be blamed for dryness and soreness. Aging is a cause with which little can be done, but you can still practice healthy habits and take care of your skin and lips.
  • If you rub or touch your lips often, you are transferring bacteria from hands to face, which could lead to cold sores or irritations. Also, if you bite or chew your lips, you can cause bleeding and cracking, making them susceptible to infections.
  • Excessive use of lipsticks filled with chemicals, or lip balms with alcohol, retinol or menthol can also be very drying.

Skin

  • As with your lips, age plays a role in dry skin. Low humidity and extreme temperatures are other common causes.
  • Extremely hot or lengthy showers, no matter how dreamy they feel, strip moisture from your skin. Also, hard scrubbing in the shower can irritate the skin and facilitate dryness. Products often used for the skin which contain alcohol can be drying as well.
  • Makeup, when used daily, can have chemicals which are absorbed into the skin. In the case of dry skin, the type of makeup used can lead to extreme dry skin, especially in the winter.
  • Yes, smoking is a leading cause of dry, wrinkled skin. Be healthy and put down the cigarette. Your skin will thank you.

How to Prevent Chapped Lips and Dry Skin

What is the number one way to prevent this winter dryness? Drink plenty of water every day. You will moisturize from within. Also, vitamin B is important to both lips and skin, so consume food rich in Vitamin B. Make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 as well. Omega-3 prevents dehydration in cells, and keeps them moisturized and strong. Overall, eat healthy, eat fresh vegetables and avoid processed foods.

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Use a natural lip balm. You can put it on before bed, or wear a long-lasting one with SPF during the day. If you want to wear lipstick, simply use tinted lip balm. (Learn how to make your own lip balm here.)

10 All-Natural Ways To Fight Chapped Lips and Dry Skin This Winter

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For your skin, remember to moisturize as soon as you get out of the shower. Use as little soap as possible, as any soap can be drying. Use natural body scrubs and skin products with SPF.

Natural Remedies

Lips

1. Coconut oil — natural and easy to find, this oil is full of antioxidants.

2. Honey — apply honey alone at night. It cleans and heals, especially dry, dark lips caused by exposure to the sun. You can take a dab of honey, and a touch of sugar, to create a natural and gentle exfoliating scrub. Gently rub the combination on your lips and wipe excess off.

3. Green tea bags — enjoy a cup of green tea, and use the bag for your lips. Press the used tea bag to your lips for four minutes, and repeat this every day until your chapped lips are healed.

4. Lemon juice — take one teaspoon of milk or cream, and three drops of lemon juice and mix. Place mixture in fridge for an hour, and then take out and rub on lips (and other skin.) You can repeat this daily for three days. Lemon juice helps to fight signs of aging, and it softens, smooths and nourishes.

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5. Cucumber — peel a cucumber and crush it to extract its juice. Take the juice and rub unto your lips, leaving it for 20 minutes and then wash off.

Skin

For your skin, there are many natural oils and creams you can use. In addition to coconut oil, here is a simple list you can find in most stores, including health and organic goods stores.

6. Shea butter.

7. Cocoa butter

8. Jojoba oil

9. Palm oil

10. Aloe Vera

You can also place one cup of powdered milk in the bath to combat dry skin, or mix lemon juice and vinegar in the bath water. Also, try products with lanolin.

So, stay healthy and moisturized from the inside out. Be aware of what dries your skin and lips. Look around and find some natural alternatives for wintertime dry skin and chapped lips.

How do you prevent dry lips and skin? Share your tips in the section below:

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Equatorial Solar Risk, Powerhouse Star | S0 News Nov.20.2015

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Nov 20, 2015

Observing the Frontier Conference:
Phoenix: https://www.eventjoy.com/e/otf

Our Book, OBSERVING THE FRONTIER (Digital Download – PDF)
https://otf.selz.com

http://www.Suspicious0bservers.org
http://www.SpaceWeatherNews.com
http://www.MagneticReversal.org
http://www.ObservatoryProject.com
http://www.EarthChangesMedia.com

Solar Alerts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealS0s

Good Videos/Articles:
The Sun is Going to Sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7whL9…
Discussing Earthquakes with Kongpop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCUZ…
Earth’s Magnetic Reversal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIayx…
Top 6 Climate Change Problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ew05…
Pause on Pausing the Pause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZH46…
Sun Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
STARWATER Article: http://wavechronicle.com/wave/?p=1151
S0 Notes on Solar Shutdown: http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/fo…
IPCC History: http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/se…

Today’s Featured Links:
Space Weather At Equator: http://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/…
GM Salmon: http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/fb…
Early Galaxies: http://mcdonaldobservatory.org/news/r…
Wildfire Sats: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php…
Dwarf Star Magnetic Power: https://public.nrao.edu/news/pressrel…

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 20 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.6) (136 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 20 Nov 15:15 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 20 Nov (82 earthquakes)
Fri, 20 Nov 14:50 UTC M 4.8 / 10 km – [info] Jailolo (12 km) Halmahera, Indonesia
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Fri, 20 Nov 14:08 UTC M 2.8 / 5 km – [info] (237 km) GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 14:04 UTC M 3.0 / 60.6 km – [info] (44 km) NEAR AMAMI-OSHIMA ISLAND
I FELT IT

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NIED
Fri, 20 Nov 13:39 UTC M 3.6 / 48.6 km – [info] (300 km) 29 km al NO de Canela Baja
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Fri, 20 Nov 13:32 UTC M 3.1 / 51.8 km – [info] (89 km) KINKAZAN REGION
I FELT IT

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NIED
Fri, 20 Nov 13:11 UTC M 2.9 / 10 km – [info] (236 km) GREECE

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 13:11 UTC M 2.9 / 10 km – [info] (236 km) GREECE

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 12:43 UTC M 3.0 / 94.7 km – [info] (68 km) E OFF HOKKAIDO
I FELT IT

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NIED
Fri, 20 Nov 12:07 UTC M 2.7 / 4 km – [info] (522 km) OKLAHOMA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 11:26 UTC M 3.0 / 3 km – [info] (35 km) CENTRAL TURKEY
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 11:22 UTC M 3.5 / 5 km – [info] (522 km) OKLAHOMA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 10:49 UTC M 4.3 / 15 km – [info] (91 km) OFF EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 10:42 UTC M 3.1 / 238.2 km – [info] Yake-dake (23 km) CENTRAL NAGANO PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Fri, 20 Nov 10:37 UTC M 3.6 / 14.6 km – [info] (236 km) 17 Km WNW from Ithaki
I FELT IT

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NOA_HL
Fri, 20 Nov 10:35 UTC M 3.1 / 5 km – [info] (115 km) AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 20 Nov 09:38 UTC M 2.7 / 38.9 km – [info] (130 km) SE OFF MIYAGI PREF

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NIED
Fri, 20 Nov 09:33 UTC M 4.6 / 10 km – [info] (248 km) Greece
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Fterno (Greece) (30 km E from epicenter)(no details): Erg harde korte klap…voelt als 5…vandaag alleen maar sterke naschokken (via EMSC)
Preveza (Greece) (40 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Started with short bang and lasted 5-10 sec, objects rumbling but no lamps swinging. (via EMSC)
Fri, 20 Nov 09:23 UTC M 3.0 / 100 km – [info] Augustine (23 km) – Cook Inlet (SW Alaska) – 91km SW of Anchor Point, Alaska
I FELT IT

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USGS
Fri, 20 Nov 09:18 UTC M 2.8 / 15 km – [info] (492 km) PUERTO RICO REGION

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EMSC

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Gary Snyder at 85 talks about his off-grid life

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Gary Snyder Talks Off Grid at the Miami Book Fair

Snyder: “Dig in and take responsibility from there.”

One of America’s greatest poets, Gary Snyder, made a rare appearance talking about his off-grid life in California.   “I feel ancient, as though I had lived many lives,” he told the adoring crowd.
 “If you can be on the grid, stay on it. It’s cheaper,” Snyder told his audience at Miami Book Fair.  But he added, “There are lessons in solar panels and generators.”
Its strange advice given that Snyder been off the grid for 45 years and loves it.  He is a prophet of the back to the earth  movement and his most famous line from Turtle Island says: “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”
Snyder is something of a recluse, and when I once appeared at his front gate during a visit to the area, he gave me a dirty look and disappeared indoors.
He lives in an enchanted part of Northern California, down a dirt track next door to a private Bhuddist Temple he and a few friends built years ago.  He once said: Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream,so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies.
Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally
into it.”
I sat in the temple, imagining Snyder meditating there, and could not resist picking up the striker and apply it firmly to the huge bell. The tone that rang out was the purest I had ever heard and lasted a full minute.

The Basic List For Your EMP Survival

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EMP survivalAs you look around, you are aware that electricity and electronic devices have made permanent changes in how we all live. It is one thing to say you can do without electricity, and then actually be able to achieve that goal.

In fact, many people that lose access to electricity for one reason or another either wind up extremely sick or dead in a matter of weeks. No matter whether they are unable to refrigerate foods or keep the house warm, surviving without electricity may not be as easy as it looks.

Since an EMP will disrupt both electrical power distribution and ruin devices that use it, the wise prepper will do everything possible to prepare for an EMP blast. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few simple things to do to prepare for something that many experts believe will be the main focus of an enemy attack.

Learn about Passive Heating 

Since keeping your home warm or cool (depending on the season) tends to cost a lot of energy, this will be one place where you need to focus a good bit of attention. There are a number of “passive” unexpensive methods to keep your home warm or cool, and they can cut your heating bill by as much as 50 – 75% even on regular times.

  • Add at least one foot of R-22 insulation to the walls (fiberglass, paper backed insulation is much cheaper than foam based insulation boards). Insulate the attic and under the roof. Insulate floors and add heavy carpets, install carpet hangings on the walls or other decorations that will seal off the rooms.
  • Install tight fitting windows that will allow heat from the sun through in the winter. As long as you do not have furniture in the room that will fade in the sunlight, it is fine to choose windows that will let the maximum amount of light and heat in.
  • Put plastic over the windows to help keep heat from escaping the room. No matter how new or tight your windows may be, the seals may become brittle and the frames will lose their tight fit as the house settles.
  • Install storm doors that will have a tighter fit than regular house doors.
  • Rebuild door frames, hinge areas, and window areas so that they do not allow air in or out, and keep a good supply of newspaper on hand to place in doors to help prevent cold air from getting in.
  • Do not cover over house ventilation zones when insulating. No matter how much you may want to save on heating bills, it will do you no good if mold, fungi, and mildew build up in the walls because there is not enough air circulating.
  • Make sure the roof and shingles are in good repair. Always remember that heat rises, therefore the roof will always be prime escape point for heat that you may be trying to conserve. If you routinely close off the attic or other upstairs floors, then feel free to put plastic down on the floors in order to form a heat barrier.
  • Choose and practice living in one room that has been properly weather proofed, and maintain a reasonable temperature with very few, if any heat resources.
  • Don’t forget that candles, kerosene stoves, wood stoves, propane stoves and others all consume oxygen. Don’t create a completely airtight seal in the room because carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide levels can build up to lethal levels very quickly.
  • Use black and white to your advantage: black and dark colors absorb radiant energy while white and light colors reflect it. Carpets, furniture drapes, and many other internal objects can become heat retainers or reflectors if you pay attention to this one small factor alone.
  • Keep a large aquarium in the room. As strange as it sounds, water is one of the best insulators on Earth. It absorbs heat well and can also help keep a warmer, less dry temperature in any room that features an aquarium.

Passive heating and cooling methods can give you approximately 20 degrees worth of stabilization and also substantially cut your power bills at the same time. Just be sure to use good quality materials and do what you can to get the best prices on installation and labor.

Where Do You Get Your Food From?

Stockpiling food will not do much beyond helping you get past a short term crisis. Unless you have a year’s worth of food stored away and already eat enough to ensure fresh rotation, it is not likely that stockpiling will be a viable answer. And if you stockpile and others find out, they come to your home and try to take your food.

There are two ways that you can go about stockpiling. First, you can take a minimalist approach and only store 2-3 weeks’ worth of food. As long as you have a viable means of producing food, don’t take a chance of getting hit by looters or anyone else that might want to steal from you.

Second, the easiest if not most effective way to prepare for an EMP based food shortage may well be to store away large quantities of food for one year survival. Start off by purchasing airtight bins that will hold at least 30 gallons, and fill one bin with enough food to last for one month. The bin should include:

  • Foods that will last for one year or more (dried and canned foods will work much better than frozen foods or ones that do not have a very long shelf life).
  • Foods that are nutritionally balanced. Check serving amounts and make sure that you also meet your daily caloric needs.
  • Printed instructions for how to prepare each food.

To find out if your bin system will work, see if you can make it one month by eating only the foods in the bin and cooking only with resources that you will be using after an EMP has occurred.

hydroponicsYou may have to tweak the foods you choose to store away in order to develop a nutritious menu that will meet all your needs. Once you arrive at the proper ingredients for your bin, repeat the formula for at least 11 more bins, and this will give you a year’s worth of food that can be stored even in a medium to large sized apartment.

Do not forget that some factors (such as radiation exposure, damage to the packages, and looting) can deprive you of your stores. You must also have some kind of plan in place for what you will do when your stored food supplies run out.

As time passes, you’ll find harder to obtain food in rural areas, especially as survivors move from the cities and over hunt, over fish, and over tax the soil. Excess harvesting will also take a toll on wild plants.

Overall, as a beginner, you may actually be better served by focusing on intensive container gardening. Not only will you be able to triple or quadruple normal production amounts, container gardening also forms an excellent basis for setting up a hydroponics system. You can also grow container gardens in just about any location, including inner city apartments and other areas where land and other resources may not be available.

How to Cook without Electricity

Propane stoves can be expensive, and eventually you will run out of fuel, but there are still a number of alternatives you can use to cook meals:

  • A candle heater using flower pots. They can be used for cooking and for heating a room.
  • A solar cooker that can be used outdoors or indoors
  • A passive solar heater using tin cans, glass, and a wooden frame, and it can act as a heating source for one room or many depending on how you arrange the pipes.

If you have a bit of land around you or a wooded area, there are devices that you can use to help with cooking outdoors:

  • A tin can rocket stove – It’s fairly easy device to build from tin cans. It can be used to burn wood, or even used with candles. The rocket stove is usually used in outdoor settings, however you may use it indoors if you have sufficient ventilation.
  • A cinder block stove – You can create a reasonably durable and reliable stove using just four cinder blocks. This is ideal for cooking outdoors since it provides a decent working surface.
  • Start a compost pile near your home – Compost piles generate a good bit of heat, it only takes a few coils of non-flammable piping to transport that heat indoors. If you circulate water through the pipes, add water carrying radiators in each room to disperse the heat.
  • Underground stoves – These can be as simple as pits dug into the ground, or they can integrate tin can rocket stoves into the design. If you have enough wood or other materials, these stoves are easy to build and may be more efficient than above ground camp fires.

campfireThese outdoor stoves are easy to build, durable, and can be used with different kind of fuel (twigs, chopped up bits of wood, dried leaves, grass, dung, or anything else that is flammable). Keep supplies on hand to make it easier to start a fire: magnifying lens, tea lights, dried pine cone, or waterproof matches and tinder cloth. You can make the latter using a method similar to making charcoal.

If you live in a city, then you have seen homeless people and are aware of the methods they use to keep warm and cook any food they may find. Burn barrels or any other resource that may be set up by others in your neighborhood. Take the time now to get to know your neighbors so that in a crisis, you have the chance of moving among them safely.

Refrigeration and Keeping Cool

In time of need, you are sure to realize that any ice in your freezer will melt, and then you will not be able to make more using conventional means. If you have a solar cooker, you can make ice during the dark, or night time hours.

For the sake of simplicity, you can start off with a cardboard solar cooker, which can also be used for refrigeration during the night hours. In a survival situation, you will still need to switch to ice or some other method during the day hours.

There are some other simple things you can do to keep foods and medicines cool:

  • Bury foods in the earth
  • Use a zeer pot, which is basically 2 clay pots separated by wet sand. As the water evaporates, it will remove heat from the center of the pot.
  • Add table salt to ice in your freezer or a sealed container.
  • Consider refrigerators and freezers that run on propane or other alternative fuels

How to Obtain Purified Water

No matter whether you are accustomed to filtered water from the tap or rely on bottled water, there is bound to be a shortage of clean water after an EMP blast. You need a reliable plan for obtaining, conserving, and purifying water. If you are stuck in the city, it take much more time before you can get into a location where water be more available.

Here’s what you can do now for a better water management and also prepare for an EMP:

  • Find out how much water you are using each day.
  • Make note of the flow rate on all shower heads and faucets.
  • Replace shower heads with more water efficient options.
  • Place at least one ½ gallon jug in the toilet filled with water, to reduce the amount of water being used.
  • Look at all pipes, and any other places where the water you pay for may be leaking

Once you have learned to conserve water, you will turn your attention to storage and collection. There are five basic ways to obtain water during an EMP crisis:

  • Capture precipitation such as rain or snow in a bucket.
  • If you have access to the outdoors, learn how to collect water vapor that rises from the soil.
  • Pull water from the air by using table salt or other desiccants
  • If you have access to a well, install a hand pump to draw water from it.
  • Obtain water from a nearby pond or other source of water, and you can use an Archimedes Screw or a ram pump to draw the water

If you have to survive an EMP caused by a nuclear event, any water that you collect may not be suitable to drink even after you purify it using bleach, tablets, or some other form of chemical filtration.

The simplest way to cover all your basis in an EMP (get rid of bacteria, chemicals, and all radioactive substances except Tritium) is to distill the water. It requires heating it up to a point where it turns to steam, and then collecting the water droplets in a clean container.

Aside from using a still that require vast amounts of wood, propane, or some other fuel, you can also use a solar cooker with a plastic tent on it. If you do some experiments with plastic bottles, you’ll see how to use natural sunlight to make water evaporate faster, and then collect the clean water in a chamber away from the main heating area.

What About Your Car?

After an EMP blast occurs, you are likely to find it impossible to make use of motorbikes, cars, and other motorized vehicles. Even if they are not destroyed by the EMP, you will not be able to use them on the main roads until all of the broken down cars are removed.

And even if you fully prepare your vehicle for an EMP blast, it still may not be capable of moving over the kinds of rough terrain that you might have to navigate in the post EMP world. Use alternative forms of transport that you might want to consider: sled dogs, horses, other animals used for transport, or a rugged bike that can go over rough. A rickshaw might also be of some help.

For short distance or extreme emergency transport, skateboards and skates may be of some help. While they may seem slow, there is no question they will get you further and faster than running.

horseRemember that in a nuclear attack, it is estimated you will have about ½ hour before the radiation and compression waves catch up. You can double, or even triple you distance of travel with a skateboard or skates when compared to walking or running.

You may not think much about mobility aides unless you are disabled.

On the other hand, as the crisis unfolds, any number of problems can rob you of your mobility: injury from buildings falling apart as fires erupt as well as injuries sustained in altercations with rioters and looters.

If you choose one mobility aide, the most versatile aide is the rollating walker, which can be used just like a regular walker, or you can push the seat down and use it as a wheelchair. Even though the wheeled part is best used indoors and on smooth surfaces, it can help you get around your home in time of need.

For individuals looking for a lower budget option, a shepherd’s staff might be of some help. It can be as easily used indoors as it can rough terrain. As an added bonus, this type of staff also makes for a powerful weapon if you know how to use it.

Managing Sewage and Waste Disposal

If you live in a rural setting and have an independent leach field, then it is not likely you will need to worry about disruptions in the sewage system. Just keep some sludge removers on hand so that you can put off cleaning out the tank as long as possible.

People living in a city setting will truly have a number of problems with sewage because the municipal systems are likely to overflow and contaminate the streets, water, and just about anything else that the sewage comes into contact with. The simplest thing you can do is keep a portable composting toilet on hand to use in time of need.

Even if you avoid using municipal sewage, other people may still be dumping all kinds of things down the toilets and sink drains. Overflowing sewers will eventually back up and spew all kinds of noxious materials right into your home.

The only way to stave off this problem is to make sure all of your drains (including the toilet) are set up with shut off valves. As soon as an EMP hits, you will be well served by closing these valves so that sewage cannot get into your home.

As for the waste disposal, more than a few people think they will burn almost all of their garbage and keep their house warm at the same time. This may work for paper and wood, but not for plastics.

Start off by finding out exactly what you throw away each day and break those items into categories. Next, figure out alternative means for disposing of each waste type, or even repurpose it in a survival situation. If you have access to land, keep a few compost bins, and use it to grow houseplants that can be consumed for food or medicinal needs.

Personal Safety

If you have been following the news about terrorist attacks in Paris, then you may also be thinking a bit more about how you will manage personal safety.

Many people rely on guns for personal safety, while newer technologies are beginning to overshadow conventional guns. Considering that EMP would turn the world into a stage for anarchy, there are certain things that you should avoid for your personal defense:

  • Guns with electronic locks or biometric firing guards
  • Gun lock boxes that feature any kind of digital lock
  • Laser sights and scopes, even if they offer all kinds of advantages to shooters.

But there are many different kinds of weapons that do not require electricity, nor will they be affected by an EMP blast: knives, throwing stars, wooden staffs, swords, axes, poison darts, pen guns, poison/debilitating sprays, and just about anything with a sharp edge.

When it comes right down to personal defense training, there is no such thing as winning a fight unless you know the rules of the game. In the instance of personal defense the first rule is, and always will be situation awareness. This does not mean hyper vigilance, but knowing what to look for and how to look for it.

There are many kinds of defense training courses that you can take. Martial arts can give you plenty of moves as well as training in weapons that can be far more effective at close range than guns.

Most self-defense classes will teach you how to disarm an attacker as well as how to attack if needed. Never underestimate the value of even a few classes, because they can save your life now and also in the post EMP world.

Navigation and Communication

mapIf you have a GPS in your car, rely on the radio for traffic updates, or use your cell phone to get travel directions, then you will be at a huge disadvantage when an EMP takes out all the broadcasting stations, satellite links, and other infrastructure points that deliver this information to you.

When you are trying to get out of a city, you will be challenged more by obstructions on the roads then actual navigational problems. You can still use compasses and other items to help you determine which direction to go in. You have to know where you are in the city so that you continue to move outward instead of moving deeper into it.

Be aware of the fact that people escaping cities and towns may be in the woods. Before you go tromping through an area, always be aware that nervous people may be in the woods and will not recognize that you mean them no harm.

Unless you only know how to navigate with a GPS system, you will find that it is not especially difficult to navigate after an EMP. In fact, even if you do not have a map, you can still use landmarks for navigation and other methods to help you get to a generalized location. If you would feel safer having some kind of map on hand, then choose a good quality atlas.

Also, many people preparing for an EMP crisis already know that cell phones, GPS systems, and many other electronic aides will become useless.  These very same people do not realize that there are also some very serious problems with other elements of the communications infrastructure. But there are also other things to consider:

  • Radio stations in the modern world do not always rely on full-scale transmitters.
  • If you have a radio in your home, chances are it also relies on transistors, microchips, and other components that will be destroyed during an EMP.  In fact, even if you bought a weather or emergency radio that operates on crank power, there is also every chance that it will not withstand an EMP unless it has a built in Faraday cage, or was placed in one prior to the EMP.
  • A spark gap transmitter can be built in such a way that it cannot be damaged by an EMP.  Unfortunately, it is illegal to maintain and operate one of these broad range transmitters because they can disrupt pacemakers and other sensitive electronic equipment.

If you find it difficult, if not impossible to build up small radio networks, then you should at least know about basic signaling systems that may or may not help you gain and transmit information over short distances.

These methods include smoke signals, banging on pipes, and Morse Code. Even though these signaling methods are usually used for rescue needs, they can also be used to transmit information in your local area.

Even the most basic aspects of preparing for surviving an EMP can be complicated and require some effort. In many cases, these beginning tips will also give you plenty of room to expand into more advanced topics and training.

While you are looking at this list, remember that it does not do much good to overly focus on one area of prepping at the expense of others. For example, many people today are more concerned with food, water, and guns, yet completely forget that an EMP crisis may also involve trying to navigate, and maintain a comfortable room temperature.

Preparing for all of these elements will take time, practice, and the willingness to do quite a bit of experimenting. If you get started now, you will be that much further along in the process, and hopefully more confident in  your abilities to survive an EMP and thrive in the post crisis world.

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Progress

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I was able to get back to work on the tiny house this week and I can tell you one thing, I was right.

I told Candy we should not move into the house until it was complete because if we did, it would never get done. Being in the camper gave me an incentive to get the house done as quick as I could, but being completely sick of the cold camper living we decided to move into the unfinished house.

All summer I have had to look at an incomplete living and kitchen area. When you walked in the front door the first thing you notice is the insulation hanging from the ceiling, no kitchen cabinets, no trim and unfinished floors.
To top it all off, after living in it for several months we have accumulated more and more stuff making it hard to work around unless I remove everything.

For example, someone was throwing away a perfectly good wine rack.
This thing is huge and we have no place for it, but we got it. You have to walk around it when you come in the door.
Now Candy has plenty of space to store her wine with room to spare.
I have plans for it down the road by putting in our spa area, but for the time being it’s huge and in the way.

Working around wine rack, recliners, refrigerator, TV and a pantry I was still able to get the tin ceiling on this week in the living/kitchen area without loosing too much of my religion. 

The rain made it where I had a couple of short days at work leaving me a little time to get this done. So with help from my dad, we gotter done. Now all that is left is the trim.

I bought enough tin to do the underside of the front porch so we can sit out in the rain and not get wet and I plan on doing that this weekend. I also plan to pick up the kitchen sink base today and get all that started.
I am still undecided on if I want to make the counter tops myself or just buy them and cut to fit so I will check prices while I am at the big box store today.
I have a stove/oven picked out, but I need to make a special cabinet for that to sit on because it’s a tiny one.

Other than that, I got suckered into cooking chili Saturday morning in Dallas, then it’s off to my brothers to plan the Thanksgiving menu. I think we are going nontraditional this year and doing a Fajita Bar with all the fixens instead of the same old turkey dinner we do every year. Sounds fun.

I will post pictures of the progress.

Later,
Jerry

6 Good Reasons to Install Solar Panels

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6 Good Reasons to Install Solar Panels

 

For the past several decades, we are witnesses of change in thinking of an average person. Instead of thinking backward, “What was wrong?”, we started thinking “What can be better?”. This is the case when it comes to solar power source. To create better tomorrow, we had to think up something yesterday, and start using it today. Here are the reasons why.

Modern

It is less known that many countries in the world actually have quite old power grid, and that might represent major problem in near future. USA, for example, may or may not face crisis in the future, if something is not done. This large investment will not pay off on a longer run, for we will get only the transmitters of power. With solar system, we gain power source as well.

 

Independent

For now, solar power source is used only as the additional source of electricity, but the good thing is that it can be changed. Literally putting a few panels on your rooftop will make you free of relying on others. This means that in case of a major attack, or natural disaster, damage done would be far smaller.

 

 

Eco-friendly

Being highly dependable on fuel , we need alternative power source, and we need it fast. Majority of these additional sources are very “green” by nature, for there is no combustion, just pure and clean energy.

Unlimited source

Depending on fuels that may run out eventually is a risk, but the Sun will not run out for at least five billion years. Only one potential setback with this power source is that areas on Earth with less sunny hours during the year may have potential trouble, but that can be easily overcome, by combining several alternative power sources.

Self-sustaining [“Pic 3 – Alexandria tour” goes here]

If you are watching AMC’s TV show, “The Walking Dead”, you will notice that cities of Woodberry and Alexandria are relying on solar power, and are the only ones which have potential to last as havens for humans. This scenario can be applied easily, for in case of any worldwide catastrophe, we could still believe that self-sustaining cities exist.

Easy to mount

You will need professional help to install solar panels, but besides that, it is rather easy work. Depending on where you install them, you will need either stable decking supports, or adequate roof base. First installments are great for huge, open spaces, such as farms, while the second is better for urban areas. Installations required are consisted of several controllers and batteries, but that is not a rocket science. Pretty easy for an average man to maintain it.

When all the things above are taken into consideration, we can surely say that our future will depend on solar panels. That is why it is of utmost importance to start getting used to them now.

 

About the author

 

 

 

Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

 

 

 

 

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Sugardine – A cheap homemade antiseptic

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Sugardine is a homemade antiseptic that uses the antibacterial proprieties of sugar and iodine to prevent and kill infections. Sugardine was developed in the old days as a primary method to treat abscesses and thrush on the hooves of horses. However, only a few people know that this homemade antiseptic is also effective for humans. … Read more…

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The Veil Is Pulled Back — But For How Long?

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     Based on news reports in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, and our own national media sources such as Breitbart, The Blaze, and The New York Post, the threats of terrorism on our home soil are greater than ever before.  In fact, all these sources report that terrorist suspects have not only been arrested over the past 18 months, but officials are openly admitting that terrorists are crossing our borders, and are, as a matter of truth, already in this country.
     Why all the transparency and truth-telling, after so many months, and even years, of denying that the threat is real?  Has God pulled the veil of deception back for just a moment — for one last opportunity for us to get this right?  It certainly feels like that as The Daily Mail reports that over the last 18 months, nearly 70 people have been arrested for ISIS-related terror plots, including a handful of so-called “refugees”.
     The frightening aspect of these arrests is that they include such unlikely suspects as a young nurse, a pizza parlor boss and schoolgirls tricked into becoming shrouded ISIS brides. They also include a husband and wife team, both of St Louis, MO,  who face trial over allegations they gathered cash to buy military equipment for ISIS fighters in Syria; six Bosnian immigrants — three from Missouri, two from Illinois and one from New York — who conspired to support ISIS with money and equipment.  According to the US Attorney’s office, three have become naturalized citizens of the United States, and the remaining three have either refugee or legal resident status.
     There are refugees from Kenya, Somalia and Syria.  There are homegrown Muslim converts, and even an Air Force veteran who is accused of joining the ranks of ISIS to wage war on the country he once served.  The bottom line is this… what we have all sensed for so long is now being revealed — in spite of the continuous denials of those who are charged with keeping us safe.
     We are also now seeing representatives of the Middle Eastern communities in our nation revealing what they know.  The New York Post ran an article in which Aarafat “Ralph” Succar of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (and a member of the Bay Ridge Community Council) said that ISIS terrorists have “absolutely” sneaked into America by posing as civil-war refugees — and joined sleeper cells just waiting to be activated.  “I believe the terrorists from Syria have been coming into the United States, not only in the past few years, but way before that,” he said.  “I think they’re already at work.”  Who, of us who are awake, haven’t instinctively known that?

     Then there is Breitbart.com, who is reporting that Border Patrol agents are now coming forward to report that groups of illegal Middle Eastern immigrants are crossing our southern borders.  Such is the case of the five Pakistani men and one man from Afghanistan, who were captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents after having illegally crossed the porous U.S.-Mexico border in the Tucson Sector of Arizona.  We also have the two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), who are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector.  The question is why such crossings in the past were not prosecuted by the Department of Justice, and were dismissed “due to circumstances?”
     I truly want to grasp on to the hope of yesterday’s vote in the House of Representatives, which overrode the President’s veto, in regards to strengthening the vetting process of Syrian and Iraqi refugees admitted into the U.S.   According to The Blaze, the measure, which in effect would suspend admissions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, would require the FBI to conduct background checks on people coming to the U.S. from those countries. It would oblige the heads of the FBI and Homeland Security Department and the Director of National Intelligence to certify to Congress that each refugee “is not a threat to the security of the United States”.
     But can we trust that show of defense on behalf of the American people?  Does this action on the part of Congress, in reality, speak of hollow promises — especially in the light of testimony from foreign officials and intelligence officers that say there is no way to compile adequate information on any of these “refugees” from their home country?  Haven’t we heard such words and rhetoric in the past that have given us a false sense of security?  Remember, the legislation still must pass through the Senate, and these bills have a habit of changing radically by the time they get to the vote.  And I think the aspect that bothers me the most is that those of us who are concerned about the possibility of a Paris-style attack (which has been promised by ISIS), are accused of somehow abandoning “age-old American values.”  Is it against our values to want to protect the lives of our families and innocent victims?  Is it against our values to take a stand against man’s inhumanity to man?  Is it against our values to be bold in the face of Evil?
     I am not exactly sure why it seems as if, for once, many of our leaders are refusing to play the politically correct game, and actually seem sincere in their warnings and desire to speak the truth.  How long will it last?  Will God have mercy on us; and will we, as a nation, turn to Him in repentance and hope?  I know that He can protect us, if it is His will — even as the odds are stacking up against us.  He is Sovereign and Mighty in His power.  May He honor our obedience as we pray in the name of His Son!

Psalm 147:11     “The Lord favors those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience], Those who wait for His mercy and lovingkindness.”
   

Getting and staying in the Know!

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In this week’s post on prepping for the elderly and the disabled, we are going to look at how you go about getting in the information loop and staying “in the know”.  Many that are elderly or disabled tend to be isolated because they seem to think they have nothing to offer other people or groups.  The …

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4 Wintertime Projects To Get Your Garden Prepared For Next Year – And Keep You From The Winter Blah’s!

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Even though the snow and cold of winter’s dark days will be upon us soon enough – it doesn’t mean it’s time to forget about your garden. In fact, wintertime is actually the perfect time to plan, prepare and create all kinds of garden projects to help make next year’s growing season a huge success! Whether you are planning to grow your first veggies ever – or a seasoned veteran of the backyard garden – now is the time to make sure you have everything ready you’ll need next spring to hit the ground running – or should I say hit the garden planting! Here are 4 projects you can do to help chase the wintertime blahs – and get ready for growing next Spring! Plan Your Garden Out On Paper – Now! Taking time to plan your garden over the winter months is one of the most important and overlooked chores each year. By planning now – you can figure out the best ways to get the most from the available space in your garden, and make the most of your family’s food goals. It also allows you to get a jump-start on what seeds to order – and when to start them indoors.  Last but not least – […]

31 Reasons Why I Store Baby Wipes For Survival

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I have 31 reasons why I store baby wipes for survival. They are inexpensive and may dry out, but you can fill the small container with water and still use them. I really want to have as many rags, towels, paper towels or whatever to have available if the store shelves are empty after an unforeseen emergency. If you have experienced a disaster, storm, hurricane or whatever, you understand this statement. The stores will be empty within three days, some officials say. I doubt anything will be left after 24 hours, especially the critical things we need, but I’m also a prepper. I’m prepared for the unexpected.

Store Baby Wipes For Survival:

  1. Use to wipe the private areas on babies or adults.
  2. They are great for mini-baths.
  3. Wipe your brow to cool you down.
  4. If they dry out in the container, use as toilet paper.
  5. Use the dried ones as dish rags depending on how thick and absorbent they are.
  6. Wipe down door handles or doorknobs to help cut down on germs and bacteria.
  7. Great for sticky, gooey hands, not so much for greasy, but hey….
  8. Wrap one on a the end of the broom to gather that dust off the corners in the ceiling.
  9. Wipe down those airplane food trays, I can’t imagine what’s on those…I better stop thinking about that.
  10. Wipe down your landline phones, cell phones, keyboards or anything else you handle often that may have some germs lurking.
  11. Keep a stash in your car glove box or somewhere else in the car. When parked grab a few of those baby wipes and wipe down the door handles and the steering wheel.
  12. Keep a stash in your pocket or purse to cut down on the germs and bacteria from shaking hands, but you have to remember to use them!
  13. Use one as a temporary face mask if you do not have any N95 masks.
  14. Use to wipe down your pet’s feet if sore or dirty.
  15. If you go to the gym, use some to wipe down the exercise equipment handles before and after using them.
  16. Put a few drops of your favorite essential oil drops on one and put it inside your pillowcase and enjoy the fragrance. I recommend lavender essential oil, I just started selling Spark Naturals and I love them!
  17. If stuck in a snowstorm use the whole package to help you “rock” the car out of the snowbank by putting it as close to the wheel as you can.
  18. Make a portable toilet with a #10 can and fill it with toilet paper and a container of these….place it in your car for those emergency stops when needed while traveling. Stop the car and use it when you need to “go”.
  19. Great for hemorrhoids if you add a little witch hazel to the package.
  20. Soothing on a sunburn.
  21. Soothing on windburn as well.
  22. Great to wash blood off your hands or other body parts if cut.
  23. Clean the bugs or bird poop off your windshield to give you a better visual when driving.
  24. Wipe down the tables when eating out.
  25. Wipe off your grocery cart if the store does not provide wipes.
  26. Use one on the toilet seats in public places.
  27. Use one on the changing tables in those public places.
  28. Wipe down those TV remotes at hotels or motels.
  29. Wipe off the phone handles at hotels or motels.
  30. Wipe off the counter in the hotels or motels.
  31. Wash your hands with them after using the teller machines or gas tank filler.

I don’t know about you, but I think we all need to store baby wipes for survival, don’t you? Please tell me some items I should add to this list. Let’s be prepared for the unexpected.

CDC Center For Disease Control

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Family Wraps Their Home In A Greenhouse To Protect It From The Cold

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The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.

I first heard about this greenhouse a couple of years ago and it really fascinated me. Now you can follow along in this video as Kirsten Dirksen gets a tour of the house.

Fig tree

The owner Marie Granmar standing next to their indoor fig tree

“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” explains Sacilotto. He was inspired to build a house-in-a-greenhouse through his relationship with architect Bengt Warne who began designing the first Naturhus (Nature House) in 1974*.

Made out of 4mm security glass, it’s basically a regular greenhouse – just very big. It cost €80,000 euros to build, but that was over 10 years ago so expect a bigger bill if you want to build a similar structure today.

The Naturhus greenhouse

“The idea is to be self-sufficient” Marie says, i.e. be independent of external input. They collect rainwater, grow their own food, heat the home with wood in the winter, and have their own off-grid sewage system. It cost them a ton of money to get there, but as long as the greenhouse windows don’t break they’re fairly self-sufficient now.

Originally Sacilotto looked for an empty lot to build an entirely new Naturhus, but he eventually settled on an old summer house on the Stockholm archipelago. Using Warne’s design, he covered the small summer house, plus an addition, in 4 millimeter glass.

Inside the Naturhus

The footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, leaving plenty of room for a wrap-around garden, and since inside the bubble it’s a Mediterranean climate, the couple now grow produce atypical for Sweden (e.g. figs, tomatoes, cucumbers).

The terrace

The favorite spot is the glass-covered roof deck. Since there’s no longer need for a roof, the couple removed it and now have a large space for sunbathing, reading or playing with their son on swings and bikes.

The greenhouse isn’t the only novel point to the Granmar-Sacilotto home. They are also completely independent from city sewage.

Inside the Naturhus greenhouse

Built by Sacilotto, an engineer by training, the sewage system begins with a urine-separating toilet and uses centrifuges, cisterns, grow beds and garden ponds to filter the water and compost the remains.

In the video, Granmar mentions architect Bengt Warne’s influence in the 1990s since this is the date he reached a larger audience with his book release.

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Sales Spike: Get Your Guns Before They’re Gone

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Get Your Guns Before They’re Gone; Sales Spike In U.S. After Paris Attacks

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The terrorist atrocity in Paris has had an interesting side-effect here in America: Gun sales are on the rise.

Media reports across the country indicate that gun dealers and authorities who issue weapons permits have seen a significant increase in interest in firearms purchases.

“The line will go clear out the door, wrap around to the courtyard, and I would estimate the amount of phone calls quadruple,” Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff’s Office said of concealed carry permit applicants.

Kraus’s office normally processes around 50 applications for permits a day, but handled 104 requests on Monday, November 16, the first day of business after the attacks, TribLive.com reported. On Tuesday, November 17, the office processed even more: 121 permits.

Other locations in the state are seeing a similar pattern.

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“It’s 104 for Monday and Tuesday,” Butler County, Pennsylvania, Sheriff Michael T. Slupe said of concealed carry applications. Slupe’s office normally handles around 30 applications each day.

“It’s a reaction from the public and their need to feel safe,” Slupe said of the increase. “When Sandy Hook happened, I was out front (of his office), and we did 100 a day easily.”

Elsewhere, the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama also reported that concealed carry permits spiked, TV station WSFA reported.

Gun Sales Boom

Business at the nation’s gun dealers is also up. Jerry McCall, the owner of Texas Guns in San Antonio, told Fox News that sales have increased by 30 percent in the past week. He also said that sales of semi-automatic weapons have increased.

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“A normal firearm is about seven to 10 rounds and what has been selling this last week is 30, 40, 50,” McCall said of the firepower that is in demand. He’s also seeing more first-time customers.

McCall noted that the number of people in his concealed carry class also has doubled.

Record Gun Sales

The spike in firearms purchases is likely to send already record sales to new highs. The number of requests to the National Instant Criminal Background System (NCIS) hit a record high of 1,795,102 in September, Fortune reported. The number rose again to 1,976,759 in October. In fact, requests for NCIS checks have been at record highs for six straight months.

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The increase in gun sales is driven by fears of terrorist attacks in the United States and concern that the Paris atrocity could lead to tougher gun laws in the United States. Such action has also taken place in Europe, where the European Union could soon impose a total ban on the sale of semiautomatic rifles to the public, UK Sporting News reported. Some of the Paris attackers were equipped with illegal semiautomatic rifles.

At least one US politician, US Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois), already has cited Paris as a justification for more gun control in America, Free Beacon reported.

“And I think it ought to cause us to have another consideration of sensible gun safety laws,” Schakowsky told Tim Farley on SiriusXM’s The Morning Briefing Show on Monday.

Other gun buyers are motivated by just plain fear.

“I don’t want to be with my kids and my family hiding under a table. I want to be protecting us and get out of there and if I had to, try to stop somebody,” said Mary Hernandez, a customer at Texas Guns.

Do you believe more people should buy guns in the face of potential terrorism? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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Front Porch Friday November 20th

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Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

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

Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

Gregg’s pick this week is How to Make Vitamin C Rich Rose Hip Syrup by Strangers and Pilgrims. Anything that can reenforce health and our immune system is great.
Mama K’s choice is Herbs to Know: Sage by Preparedness Mama. I am all about essential oils and want to learn more about herbs.

Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

  • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
  • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
  • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
  • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
  • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
  • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

 

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Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

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Labrador tea is the name given to three closely related Rhododendron species. These plants were traditionally used for many medicines as well as Labrador tea, most commonly made from , becoming a popular beverage tea. But is it safe to consume?

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What Is In That Can of Freeze Dried Food? + Mountain House 3-Day Kit Giveaway

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Something that has been troubling me lately is rumor that some freeze dried products are produced from ingredients that are sourced in countries whose standards of wholesomeness and cleanliness are less than what we are accustomed to in North America.

As I rebuild my own food storage from scratch, this has become a major consideration. Do I want my precious food storage to come from China where standards of sanitation and quality in food processing are lax?  I think not.

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Don’t get me wrong.  Not all countries have lax standards and as soon as I can verify my research, I will let you know who is on the “A” list and who is not.  In the meantime, however, I have reached out to a few prominent freeze dried food companies for an official statement on food sourcing.

First up is Mountain House.

What Is In That Can of Freeze Dried Food?

How does Mountain House source the raw ingredients in its food storage products?

“We try to source from the United States whenever possible, and the majority of our ingredients are from the USA.

When it is not possible, we only source from the highest quality producers and have stringent, safety, quality and documentation requirements. Sometimes we are not able to source certain fruits or vegetables from the United States due to the fact that they might not be in-season in the Northern Hemisphere. Our facilities are also USDA and SQF II certified.”

SQF II? What is that?

SQF II stands for Safe Quality Food Level II certification. What it means is that we have documented processes and controls to ensure that our food remains safe and of high quality. It is an industry standard certification kind of like ISO 9001 for other industries if you’re familiar with that.

It is required if you want to work with the large national food companies and retailers. They won’t do business with you if you’re not SQF certified.  Also, please know that we are regularly audited by independent third parties to ensure we maintain compliance.

Do you have anything else you would like share about your sourcing process?

We source from highly qualified vendors that me our stringent technical and safety requirements. I’ll give you an example.

When we do strawberries we use a specific variety that can only be grown in a certain area here in the US.  The demand still exists when they are not in season up here. So, we have a qualified vendor in South America who grows them in the only other place in the world where these strawberries can grow and meet our technical specifications.

That vendor happens to be right at the same parallel (latitude) but in the Southern Hemisphere instead of the Northern one where we are, and they have the exact same environmental conditions required to grow the strawberries the way we want them. That way we can get strawberries in the winter and the summer. We regularly visit our vendors and ensure that their practices are up to our very high standard.

We will reject shipments of raw ingredients from vendors we’ve used for years if that specific lot doesn’t meet our specs or if safety is a concern. If they do this repeatedly we find a new vendor. Obviously, we take food safety as a major concern. Every raw material is checked for microbial activity before we cook with it and then again after it’s been made into a meal.

This kind of strict quality control is pretty expensive.

The Mountain House Multi-Day Kits

While chatting with Kenny Larson, my contact at OFD (the parent company of Mountain House), he mentioned their new, multi-day emergency food supply kits.  Each kit includes enough food to feed one person from two to five days.  The kits are packaged in a stackable box sized so that it will fit in a small closet, pantry or even under a bed.

These kits are perfect for someone just getting started with freeze-dried food storage. or as a supplement to bulk and canned foods.  The nice thing is that the emergency meals in these kits can be prepared by simply pouring hot water in a pouch, waiting eight to ten minutes, and eating.

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The Final Word

Freeze dried food is expensive so it pays to know what you are getting. In most cases, you will get what you pay for after weighing in on all factors including weight, calories, price plus shipping, and quality,

As I continue my investigation, I promise to report back with a response from the other leading freeze dried food companies.  How they respond and if they respond, should provide us with the knowledge we need to make well-informed purchase decisions.  Until then, the jury is out.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Paracord Lanyard:  I prefer a paracord lanyard over a bracelet because I can use it’s clip to attach my whistle as well as other items that I may want to add from time to time such as a second flashlight, a Swiss army knife, pepper spray, or a flash drive (thumb drive).

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claimed that these work great. So I bought one. Then I bought another.  All told, I have 8 of these spread out in drawers, in my emergency kits, the car, everywhere.

Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing.

Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds.  I love my cheapie whistles but this is the one I would depend on for wilderness survival.

Lavender Essential Oil:  This is the Swiss army knife of essential oils. My favorite lavender oil is from Spark Naturals.  Enjoy a 10% discount with code BACKDOORSURVIVAL.

Rectangular Tin with Window: I found this tin that is very similar to mine on Amazon.com.  Chances are you have something similar already that can be repurposed for free.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  Too large for a pocket kit but important to have with you is the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter.  At only 2 ounces (in weight), the LifeStraw is suitable for a backpack or bug out bag.  It is easy to use and requires no chemicals to remove a  minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria.

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Since I just purchased some dairy products, I thought I would mention that Instant Nonfat Dry Fortified Milk is on sale for 27% off.  Milk is perfect for the prepper pantry because it delivers protein and is also good to use when preparing those oats that you store.  Another good choice is Yoders Canned Bacon at 17% off.  If you like bacon, you are going to love this!

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Truck follies

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My main job I left behind (eight years ago before moving off grid) was merchandising for Best Buy, did that for 10 years, I never thought I’d get to do that sort of work again, then last year a friend of mine got me hired on doing merchandising, she has since retired (again) and now I have her territory, a large swath of west Texas, I service the dollar stores out here, between the 5 towns I regularly visit, I put 500-800 miles a week on my truck on average. I love getting to drive around and see this beautiful state.

Up until a few weeks ago, I had been working 12 hour days, but with the holidays approaching, the big jobs are pretty much done and now we are winding down for the season, they don’t want the merchandisers blocking the aisles during their peak shopping times, it is quite strange to be working in retail and working less during peak season, I’m not complaining.

Driving all those miles each week, I have begun to have to deal with vehicle hiccups, I inherited my dad’s pickup truck, an ’08 Ford F150, it runs very well, and even after hitting that elk last year (technically SHE jumped in front of me), the truck is still in good shape. I had a run of bad luck with tires though, a few months ago, I had 2 flat tires in pretty short order, admittedly the tires were at the end of their life and had done well for me, but it was high time to buy a new set, and that is exactly what I did.

This past week, apparently someone had taken a load of old drywall to the dump in town and hadn’t secured their load very well, and apparently there were nails included in the bits that fell off of their trailer going into town. I picked up a nail, I heard it when it broke loose from my tire as it bounced under my truck, within a few seconds, the low tire light came on, I pulled over to investigate and could hear the air escaping from the tire.

Fortunately our former fire chief happened to be passing by, he stopped and changed my tire for me. I dropped off that tire in the shop in town, had to pick it up the following day. The next day, on my way to another job I had another flat, different tire, same sound. This time, it was much farther from home, a much lonelier stretch of road and the sun was setting fast.

I am happy to say, that at 50 years of age, I changed my first tire, by myself, on the side of a near dark highway, I’d say about 15-20 vehicles passed me without stopping, I’m just glad they moved over as they whizzed past. By the time I double checked to make sure I hadn’t left anything on the road or in the grass, it was fully dark, and I was ready to go home. Some might not think it a major accomplishment to change a tire, but let me remind you these are truck tires, not the smallest or lightest things in the world, the hardest part was deciding where to place the jack, the second hardest thing was lifting the flat tire up to get it back into my truck bed. But all in all, it was good experience. Intellectually, I knew all the steps, I had just never actually done it before, I was confident I could do it, but now I KNOW I can.

I have always been prepared in my vehicles, carrying extra water, oil, gloves, shoes, clothes, anything I might need, I am quite prepared to spend the night in my truck if I have to, emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime, it pays to be ready for as many scenarios as possible.

What do you carry in your vehicle to get you through an emergency? Perhaps it’s time to reassess what you have and what you can add to it, things for you, things for other people, things for your vehicle… PB and I are going to work on building a better backup emergency kit for my truck, I’ll write more about it as it happens. How was your week?

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How To Make Hand Warmers For Cheap

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How To Make Hand Warmers For Cheap The winter months are upon us and that means cold hands. You can wear a pair of gloves but they don’t always cut it. See how to make DIY hand warmers which are cheap and very easy to make! All you need for this project is: 1. calcium chloride …

How To Make a Sourdough Starter

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How To Make a Sourdough Starter Sourdough bread is delicious, airy and fluffy. I love eating it. Did you know that sourdough bread is actually better for you that regular bread? Sourdough is more digestible than standard loaves and more nutritious too. Lactic acids make the vitamins and minerals in the flour more available to the …

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How To Make a Sourdough Starter And Bread

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How To Make a Sourdough Starter And Bread Making sourdough is super easy and super cheap to do compared to store bought sourdough bread. Learn how to make delicious sourdough bread using a traditional sourdough starter. Step-by-step instructions including the three critical steps for light and fluffy sourdough bread your family will love. Also includes information …

Eating For Health!

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Eating For Health – Super Salads, Forbidden Rice, and Homemade Broth”
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Eating For Health!On this episode we are having a discussion that is near and dear to our hearts – eating for health and some of the new best practices we are incorporating. For those of you that do not know us we’ve been on a journey with our health for years.

Eating for health means making some newer and healthier foods be staples in your diet and it does not always mean eating local but that will get discussed more in the show too. Three of our favorite foods we eat now are, Super Salads, Forbidden Rice, and Homemade Broth.

Eating For Health!If you are wanting to make some changes to or improve your health this will be a great show to help you become inspired as the path to eating for health is not easy.  If you are feeling like you are stuck in a Dead food diet we will share how we are adding spice to our meal planning literally.  No we are not nutritionists we are just sharing what is working for us and how we are both feeling better as a result of some of these changes.

Eating For Health!Food is the universal language we all understand and let’s face it we all have to eat but why not eat proactively for your health and eat healthy vibrant foods.  The Viking and myself will both weigh in on why we are personally making even more additional changes than we already had been doing.  I will be sharing some of our health goals for 2016 as well…this will be sure to be a show that will resonate with everyone.
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Are your kids equipped to handle these 7 scary scenarios?

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scary scenariosIn Episode  8 of my show, “The Survival Mom Radio Hour“, I ask the question, “Do your kids know what to do in a scary, violent scenario?” Be sure to listen to the show for more tips as well as an interview with Carnell Dixon of Survival Plants Memory Course.

Our kids are already aware of many of the scary things that happen in the world around them. They hear about them from kids at school, on the evening news, and in conversations they overhear, so it’s not a matter of scaring them but equipping them.

Here are 7 scenarios that kids of all ages should be aware of and should know how to respond:

1. A loud, sudden pounding on the door, especially at night. This would scare the heck out an adult, so you can be sure it would terrify a child. Your children should know to never answer the door in this type of scenario but to either stay in their room or go to a safe room/area.

2. The sound of a breaking window. This could indicate someone trying to break in the house or simple vandalism. Either way, it’s scary.

3. A smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounding. This article says that very often children sleep through a smoke alarm! Perhaps very  young children should sleep in an area closer to their parent’s bedroom rather than on another floor or separate area of the house, making it easier for a parent to wake them and get them to safety. For sure, kids should know what these alarms sound like and what they should immediately do when the alarm goes off.

4. A sudden scream from someone in the household. This could be due to a serious injury or someone having a heart attack. From my first book: “Here is an example of a routine based on a crisis in which children must handle a medical emergency on their own, without any adults present.

  1. Decide if a medical emergency requires a 911 call. If you answer yes to any of these, make that call!
    a. Is the person unable to get up or move?
    b. Are you not able to wake the person up?
    c. Is the person bleeding rapidly?
  2. Kid #1 calls 911 on a home phone.
  3. Kid #2 follows any instructions given by the 911 operator and calls Mom, Dad, or another adult family member.
  4. Get the house ready for the first responders. Even young children can help with these important steps:
    a. Secure all pets in a bedroom.
    b. Unlock the front door, so emergency responders can enter the house quickly.
    c. Make sure all lights are on in the house.
    d. The oldest child goes outside to signal emergency vehicles.
  5. Remain calm.

5. The driver of a car is suddenly unable to function. Does your child know how to steer a car? Does he or she know the brake pedal from the gas pedal?

6. Loud, incessant barking from family or neighborhood watchdogs, especially at night. This alone can be scary and kids should know what to do. After all, the purpose of having a watchdog is that the dog will watch out for intruders! Sudden, loud barking might very well indicate that an unwelcome person is on the property.

7. Sirens in the neighborhood. Whether it’s a police siren, ambulance, or a fire truck, sirens at a nearby house can be scary for kids. They should know to stay indoors and let a parent or other adult find out what’s going on.

What other scary scenarios should kids know how to handle?

Originally published May 29, 2013.

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