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“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
A Prayer for America*
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. We, the people of these United States of America, acknowledge You as our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Sustainer. Forgive us as individuals and as a nation for not acknowledging You as we should.
You have given to every individual certain inalienable rights. Those inalienable rights come from You, and You alone. No one – no politician, no judge, no government, no worldly authority – can take those rights from us. Those rights of every individual cannot be voided or abdicated, even by majority vote. Forgive us for those times we have allowed those rights to be limited or taken away, rather out of fear, greed, foolishness, or just thoughtlessness.
O Lord, we know that the proper role of government is to protect those rights you have given to us. Government is to secure those rights for us from all threats, foreign and domestic. It is not the role of government to control or restrict those rights You have given to us. Forgive us for allowing our government to grow way beyond its proper role, and to assume powers that are not proper to government.
Father, You are the arbiter of right and wrong, good and evil. You are the source of moral law, which You have given to us, fixed in Your perfect Word. As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings. Forgive us, and guide us to once again look to You for our moral standards.
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Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;
If you’re a fan of Mark Dice’s man-on-the-street videos, or perhaps the man-on-the-street interviews by Jesse Watters that highlight the fact that today’s youth doesn’t know who won the Civil War, who we won our independence from in the Revolutionary War, whether Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court, you might be tempted to get upset at the educational system. But, according to today’s verse, it was never their responsibility. Yes, the educational system has been completely hijacked by the socialists and the communists, and yes, there is an agenda behind dumbing down your kids, but it is the responsibility of the parents and the grandparents to teach children why this was a Christian nation.
Furthermore, it is the responsibility of parents to know what their children are being taught. And in case you didn’t know, if your kids are in public school, they’re being taught that there is no God. Darwinism is not just about science, it is about faith. Darwinism promotes the religion of atheism. If you are sending your children to learn atheism 30 hours a week, and Christianity 1 hour a week, don’t be surprised when they no longer espouse the beliefs you thought you were teaching them in your home. If this fact doesn’t bother you, boys in the shower room with your teenage daughter shouldn’t really be an issue.
Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.
Have a blessed day and happy prepping!
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If SHTF Should You Head For The City Or Country? So you’ve done your research, read the books, seen movies about society collapsing and then one day it happens – SHTF. This one always brings a lot of debate. Should you stay in the city or run to the woods? What if your house is …
Technology seems to be something that splits most preppers down the middle. For some, stocking up on all the latest survival gadgets is an essential step to take to ensure preparation for potential apocalypse.
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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition
ReadyNutrition Readers, I’m the last person on earth who would ever advocate going out and buying a brand-new vehicle from a showroom floor. For any of you who may be selling automobiles, this is no insult to you or your products. This article is meant to point out the advantages to “recycling” that older vehicle you have, and making an old thing into something new. This has to do with a preparatory and survival mentality, not about saving dollars. It has to do with things that may help you when you need them after the SHTF.
We have already seen and read a myriad of articles on the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), and the susceptibility of newer-model cars and trucks to the pulse, due to the reliance of the vehicles on complex circuitry and integrated computer systems. OK, so you have an old 1973 Ford pickup truck, and it’s on it’s last legs. It is a five speed and doesn’t utilize any of the ultramodern component parts just mentioned; however, the engine is not what it used to be.
Before you scrap it, I want to bring before you the possibility of doing a complete engine overhaul on the vehicle. Understand if this avenue is pursued, you need the services of a competent mechanic…one who you can totally trust and rely on. What an engine overhaul entails is detailed, but not complicated. You will put out some money on this one, however, it may turn out to be a goldmine for you. The pragmatic, non-preparatory reason is that if the engine is completely fixed and placed into reliable working order, the money you would have sunk into a new vehicle is completely eliminated.
The engine overhaul is just as it sounds: taking your vehicle’s engine completely apart, cleaning the parts that are serviceable, and replacing any parts with new ones as needed. You can spend several thousand dollars on this, and once again, this will vary with your factors of the vehicle’s condition, availability of parts, and what not. A good mechanic will do this and certify your vehicle after completion for an additional hundred thousand miles. Then what?
Well, you’ve eliminated a car payment, as we mentioned. Your older model should be well within the limits of being protected from an EMP, as mentioned, as it does not hold all of the modern hardware. There are some other factors worth considering as well. Remember those “black boxes” installed in the vehicles after 2012/2013 and (some firms) even earlier? Well, that “secret agent” inside of your engine that tracks your every move with the vehicle is then eliminated.
In some states (Montana is one of them) if your vehicle is a certain age, you can apply for a “permanent” tag that will eliminate the yearly fee of their sticker on your license plate. In addition, an older model may not be subject to the same emissions requirements as a new one, eliminating the needs for inspection, compliance, and funds expended. Also, your insurance may even be reduced if you present paperwork showing that your vehicle has been improved in this manner.
Camouflage is another issue. Your “beater” of a pickup truck doesn’t attract as much attention, both pre and post-SHTF. It is less likely to be stolen or interfered with (interior looted, etc.) Another thing is its simplicity. The good mechanic will be able to advise you on what extra parts to obtain, pertaining to those that frequently wear out. If the engine is simple, it is usually simple to repair it. Of course there are other factors to weigh in, such as if it’s a gas guzzler, but here again, the mechanic can help you out in the initial assessment and can tell you whether or not the engine overhaul will significantly improve the gas mileage you’ve been getting.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that you may have “tailor made” this vehicle to serve your needs, such as weapons racks or tool brackets and boxes. You are familiar with it, and know its limitations when you’re driving it…what it can and cannot do. Think of how it was when you picked up the vehicle new. You’ll be taking it back in the direction of that capability. You won’t have to start out on a brand-new slate; it’s almost akin to having a surgery that will extend your life, and in this case it is the life of your vehicle.
Consider the engine overhaul on that early-model vehicle, and you’ll save money in the long run, and keep that anonymity that you so desperately desire as a prepper and survivalist. The key is the good mechanic. When all is finished, you’ll have something that will not look pretty on the outside as a new vehicle but you’ll have restored an asset that you need. You will have invested in something that you know inside and out…capabilities and limits. Then you can capitalize on this, and rely upon it again to suit your needs. Happy motoring, and find that good mechanic! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
By The Survival Place Blog
When it comes to survival in the wilderness, this is not something that should be taken for granted. Nature can be very harsh and unforgiving, and you have to be prepared. So many people try to take on the wilderness without making sure they’re fully prepared. And this is often a recipe for disaster. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap, and make sure you do everything you can to help your survival chances.
Imagine you’re preparing for a time when the world regresses, and we are forced back into nature. This is when all of your preparation and training is going to come in handy. Here is everything you need to do to survive in the wilderness when the time arrives.
Get Basic Training
The first thing you should do as soon as you can is to get basic survival training. This could be a few weeks of simple training on how to make a fire, learning Morse code, and hunting strategies. Getting some basic training is essential for helping you learn the ropes and develop new survival skills. Without this training, you’re basically going in blind to any survival situation.
You also have to make sure you have stocked up on all the relevant things. There is a lot of stuff you’re going to need for your survival experience. Things like weapons, a tent, fishing apparatus, etc. So, you should check out Chandler Rod and Gun Club and see the sorts of things they talk about. It is absolutely essential that you stock up and have the right supplies to help with your survival.
Watch Bear Grylls!
If you want to pick up further tips and ideas, you need to tune in and watch Bear Grylls. The survival expert often provides a lot of useful tips and suggestions on his programs. Use these as your bible and learn from them. You may even think about keeping a journal of all the things Bear suggests so that when the time comes you’re ready to use them.
Build a Home
When you’re out there trying to survive in the wilds, you need a base. You have to have some sort of home or base of operations. And that means you need to get to work building somewhere. So, try to do this as soon as you can to make things easier for you. Find the ideal location and build yourself a fort or a hut you can live out of.
Expect the Unexpected
The main thing you need to remember when trying to survive in the wild is to expect the unexpected. Remember, nature can be unpredictable, and a lot of things might happen you haven’t prepared for. Try to pre-empt this by expecting and preparing as much as you can for unforeseen events. Have an emergency plan in place if the time comes.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when it comes to survival in the wilderness. Only a few people are actually cut out for this kind of thing. By making use of these ideas and suggestions, you can be sure you will have a great chance of survival.
As Bonnie continues to shift away from the Eastern Seaboard, there are signs of possible tropical development in the Caribbean.
A disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms is currently showing signs of development in the central Caribbean Sea, and regardless of whether it will be able to strengthen into a tropical storm, it will bring flooding downpours and rough seas to Florida early next week.
This disturbance will be picked up by steering winds which will guide the feature northeastward near the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico as the weekend comes to an close.
Volcanoes Today, 4 Jun 2016: Kerinci volcano, Kliuchevskoi volcano, Michael, Turrialba, Sakurajima, Yellowstone, Zavodovski,
Source: Volcano Discovery
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been very calm recently. After 2 weeks with no recorded explosions, a few relatively small ones occurred yesterday and today, producing ash plumes that rose to 7-8,000 ft (2-2.5 km) altitude.
Kerinci (Sumatra): A small eruption was seen from the volcano this morning at 07:44 local time. An ash plume from an explosion at the summit of Indonesia’s highest active volcano rose approx. 400 m from the summit crater.
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): The effusion of a lava flow on the southeastern flank of the volcano continues with little changes. A second flow branch has recently made its appearance.
For now, no significant explosive activity is present, although this could of course change quickly (as often has in the past). A strong thermal signal is visible on satellite data.
Michael (United Kingdom, South Sandwich Is): At least some intermittent mild eruptive activity might be continuing at the volcano.
On a recent satellite image, a weak dark line possibly indicating an ash plume can be seen.
Turrialba (Costa Rica): Following a 4 days pause in activity, new ash emissions have been occurring from the volcano again since yesterday.
Activity seems to have restarted gradually on Wednesday and became more intense yesterday morning, when a plume rising up to approx. 2000 m could be observed during clear weather. Small ash falls were noted in downwind areas.
Yellowstone (Wyoming, USA): The activity at the caldera (seismicity, deformation, degassing etc) remains at normal levels. Despite continuing rumors and fear-mongering media (unsupported by facts), there is currently no sign to believe that the so-called “supervolcano” is about to erupt violently anytime soon.
The USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) who monitors the caldera’s seismic activity, its ground deformation and other geophysical parameters very closely maintains therefore Yellowstone’s current status level at “green” = “normal” – actually, the most typical state of any of the world’s thousands of active volcanoes.
Yellowstone’s current observed activity underground and at the surface (mostly hydrothermal in nature, e.g. its hot mineral springs and geysers) falls well within this normal activity state and should not be sign of worry.
Info abbreviated from the latest monthly USGS/YVO report:
Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 13 May 2016)
Aso (central Kyushu, Japan): degassing, sporadic steam / ash explosions (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): intermittent mild ash emissions (updated 23 May 2016)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 28 Nov 2015)
Bristol Island (United Kingdom, South Sandwich Is): new eruption since late April 2016 (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Chikurachki (Paramushir Island): new eruption since end of March 2016 (updated 31 Mar 2016)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent mild to moderate explosions (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): seismic unrest, occasional ash venting (updated 22 Mar 2016)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): overflowing lava lake (updated 2 Mar 2016)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 23 May 2016)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 5 May 2016)
Kilauea (Hawai’i): new surface lava flows from breakouts N and NE of Puu Oo since 24 May 2016 (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 27 Apr 2016)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): ash emissions (updated 13 May 2016)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake ini summit crater (updated 6 May 2016)
Momotombo (Nicaragua): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 29 Mar 2016)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent mild to moderate ash emissions (updated 23 May 2016)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): new vent on crater floor (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): intense spattering from intra-crater cone (updated 29 Mar 2016)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 20 Apr 2016)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 24 Feb 2016)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): sporadic vulcanian explosions from Minamidake and Showa crater (updated 3 Jun 2016)
Sangay (Ecuador): mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 20 May 2016)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): intermittent strong explosions from growing Caliente dome (updated 26 May 2016)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): lava flow, small strombolian explosions (updated 1 Jun 2016)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 9 May 2016)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 22 May 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak, intermittent strombolian explosions (updated 23 May 2016)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): intermittent mild to moderate ash emissions (updated 3 Jun 2016)
Villarrica (Central Chile): lava lake in summit crater, spattering, strombolian explosions (updated 4 Apr 2016)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 13 Nov 2015)
Car Emergency Kit List – Preparedness for the Car Most of us believe it or not do not have any kind of kit for emergencies in our car. I have read that 7% of Americans have an emergency kit for that just in case moment. I personally have an emergency road kit that I keep in the trunk of …
Americans love potatoes, eating about 125 pounds, per person, per year. Although potatoes are easy to grow, many off-gridders on small plots of land avoid them because traditional growing techniques take up a lot of space. However, by using the caging technique, you can get a high yield in a small space.
Caging refers to the practice of using a wire cage, wooden box, barrel, or any other device designed to grow potatoes vertically. By using this practice, potato yield can be increased by anywhere from two to 10 times using the same area of garden.
Here’s how caging works:
1. The container
Select the container, or cage, for your crop. It should be 18 inches by 18 inches or larger, with room for 1 to 4 feet high of soil. On my homestead, I use either a 4-foot-square or 5-foot-square raised bed, constructed of wood, which is 16 inches high. There are also commercially available cages designed for growing potatoes vertically, but instead of spending your hard-earned money, I’m sure your off-grid homestead has materials available for constructing one.
2. The soil
Before planting, set aside enough soil to fill the container. For potatoes, a slightly acidic soil that drains well is ideal. I like to use a mix of peat moss, native soil, compost and vermiculite.
Fill the cage with 6 to 8 inches of soil. Plant the seed pieces 3 to 4 inches deep. Let the potatoes sprout and grow to a height of 8 inches or so. The photo above is from my 5-foot by 5-foot potato cage for this year, where I have Yukon Gem potatoes that have grown 6 to 8 inches high.
4. Fill up the Cage
Once the potato plants are about 8 inches tall, like in the photo above, it’s time to partially bury the plants. Take some of the soil you’ve set aside and gently bury the plants about a third of the way.
Continue the process of letting the vines grow higher, and then partially burying them, until your cage is full. Take care not to ever bury the plants by more than one-third to a half, and make sure there is adequate moisture.
Tips for Maximizing Success
Successful potato growing begins by selecting the right cultivar for your climate, and growing vertically is no exception. Potatoes originated in the cooler high altitudes of South America, and thrived for centuries in the cool weather of northern Europe and Ireland. So if you live in an area where the summers get hot like I do, choose a variety that has been developed for heat resistance. These include Butterfinger, Defender and Yukon Gem types.
The reason caging works is that some varieties of potatoes will continue to form tubers from parts of the vine that have been recently buried. However, not all potatoes varieties are created equal — some excel at this and some don’t. So for growing vertically, consider those types listed above, as well as All Blue, Carola, Dark Red Norland, German Butterball, Yellow Finn and Fingerling potatoes.
Potatoes should be grown on every off-gridder’s garden. They give great yields, provide lots of needed carbohydrates for the hard-working family members, and store for months without electricity. If you’ve shied away from growing them because of traditional space requirements, try caging today.
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Ever wonder what natural disasters had the biggest impact on the human race since 1900? Well, the infographic below provides a good overview (click to embiggen). The biggest natural disasters since 1900 are listed by the number of persons affected as well as the total death toll. As you can see, the most destructive events […]
8 Rules of Medical Self Care that will Ensure Your Survival We tend to overlook our own medical well being, prepper or not, as the world around us tends to be chaotic and keep our focus occupied elsewhere. It’s not good or bad, it is what it is. We’re human. Eventually though, our thoughts tend …
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I love this time of the year, its spring and the yard sales are starting. Every year I add to my preps for pennies on the dollar. Last week I bought a good Alice pack complete with fame and all the straps, plus a pistol belt, canteen and a small pouch for the total sum of $10.
This morning I bought a 300-gallon water tank with most of the piping to hook it up to rain gutters for $50. A great buy, since it had only been used for fresh water at a couple of home shows. The tank looks like it has never been used. By this afternoon, the tank will be set in place and filled. I won’t hook up the rain gutters at this time since it will probably be another 6 months before we get any rain.
On most Friday’s and Saturday’s I check out the local sales and flea markets early in the morning. Over the years, I have saved thousands of dollars buying preps from yard sales. I have bought everything from generators to tents. Estate sales are always my favorites; you never know what will show up. I have been to ones where the parents were preppers and the kids could care less. Mountain House #10 cans were a $1 each and other preps equally as cheap.
My rules for yards sales are always bargain, most people expect it. Don’t insult somebody’s stuff; just tell them that this is what you can afford to pay. Now I always try to go to yard sales in good to affluent neighborhoods. Most people in these neighborhoods just want to get rid of stuff and are not in it for the money. In poorer areas, people often need the money and the prices are not as good.
If you haven’t tried yard sale shopping, get busy and try it. I think you will be surprised at what you find. Also some of you that are experienced, let us know about your best finds.
Survival Training – Where to Get an Education When most people think of education, they imagine a classroom setting with a teacher lecturing at them in front of a chalkboard. But did you know that it’s possible to get an education in survival? Believe it or not, there are schools all around the United States …
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.
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Sooner or later, it will happen. Some kind of disaster will unfold, wreaking havoc in the economy, panicking consumers, and thereby triggering a run on the grocery stores. You might remember that, in March of 2011, an undersea earthquake triggered … Continue reading
20 Ways to Deter Rabbits from Eating Your Garden We can all pretty much attest to the fact that rabbits are cute. However, being that they are cute and rather harmless doesn’t negate the reality that the rabbit population being so large could quickly manifest your yard into a rabbit warzone. Digging holes into your ground you’ve spent weekends mowing to perfection. Eating all of your vegetables from your garden – Pretty much burning your carrots at the level of annoyance and frustration! We’re by no means Elmer Fudd by any stretch of the imagination, but you’ve come to the
How To Make Dehydrated Potato Flakes From Scratch This is a great technique that lets you store your potatoes for years, not months. Dehydrating them and storing them as potato flakes can give you the ability to stockpile a lot of potatoes in a very small space. Now is the perfect time to start planting your …
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Our long weekend and the first one of summer, got me thinking of ways to enjoy DIY projects again. I’ve always been their biggest fan. I get excited about the idea of a new project, start the work, and can’t wait to finish and use them at their best.
I’m getting more and more worried about my water reserve (must be the heat). So I’ve decided to mix useful and fun, in choosing posts for this week’s Prep Blog Review, and I’ve found some pretty interesting stuff to try.
1. How to Find and Purify Water Sources You Never Considered
“This is Part II of a pair of articles on finding and obtaining water in the field. The last one we covered some methods of chemical purification, and stressed (as we stress here): boiling is the safest method to purify your water. Keep in mind something I didn’t mention in the previous article: water that is contaminated by pollutants such as toxic chemicals and industrial wastes is not able to be purified by chemicals or boiling to make it safe for drinking. We will address that in a minute.”
Read more on Ready Nutrition.
2. Prepping: Water Storage
“Water is a topic that is something that is touched on in preparation but I think most times it is often seen as getting by with the min. amount rather than what a person really needs to store on hand as well as making clean drinking water for the future. I can tell you from my own 5 day no tap water test that one gallon stored per person a day might be okay for three days. But it will not be enough even for a week long outage. Sure it’s better than nothing but I don’t know about you but I’m not preparing based on better than nothing”.
Read more on Hot Gas.
3. 22 Ways To Conserve Water In Your Home
“Water shortages brought on by droughts have caused water restrictions in many areas of the country. Many are seeing the excessiveness of their lifestyles and are finding that the landscaping around their homes and in-home water usage isn’t as conducive in minimizing their water usage.
The water consumed by the United States is among the highest in the world. On average, one household uses 350 gallons of water. Did you know that if a household started conserving water, you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%? This means the average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,000 gallons of water per year.”
Read more on Prepper Dome.
4. How to Adjust the pH in Soil and Water for Abundant Harvests
“In terms of plant growth, the pH of the soil the plant is growing in can have a massive impact on yield, so it is important to optimize the pH in soil. Solutions shown to be 7 on the pH scale are neutral, so pure water would be neutral. Solutions under 7 on the pH scale are acidic – cider vinegar, for example, is around 4 on the scale and stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is around 2-3. Solutions over 7 on the pH scale are alkaline – bleach is around 13 on the scale and a baking soda solution about 9.”
Read more on: Ask a Prepper
5. Safe Drinking Water in Any Situation
“Everyone agrees that you should have an emergency supply of water. Most experts advise that you should have a minimum water supply for 72 hours and the CDC recommends that you have 1 gallon of water for each person in your family for each day. If you have a family of 4 you will need 12 gallons of water for those 72 hours. This is pretty easy to do with bottled water. Bottled water is pre-packaged and has clear expiration dates so you know that the water is still safe to drink.
Acquiring safe drinking water becomes a little more difficult if you need to abandon your home or if the emergency lasts longer than 72 hours. Each case requires understanding of water safety, contamination, and treatment.”
Read more and on SHTF Preparedness.
This article has been written by Brenda E. Walsh for Survivopedia.
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It’s no secret that in a post-SHTF situation, most women will be at a distinct disadvantage. Men are perceived as stronger, more prone to violence, and naturally more intimidating than women. The only thing women can do to combat this is to use this perception to their advantage when becoming a gray woman.
We notice and remember people because they draw our attention. It could be they seem threatening, overly large, or intimidating. It could be they are dressed differently, walking faster or slower than others in the crowd or acting calmly when everyone else is in panic mode.
Whatever the difference, even if not consciously identified, their image stays in our mind and is easily recalled later. Women don’t naturally stand out for these reasons, and that’s what becoming a gray woman is about, going unnoticed, staying off the radar of others, being “hidden” even when you have to be out in the open.
Invisible but Not Weak
As a woman in most crowds and especially post-SHTF, appearing overly alert and tuned in will actually make you stand out. You need to be alert and aware without looking like you are. If you appear to be too weak, you will stand out as an easy target. On the other hand, if you appear to be too strong or aggressive, too in control of yourself and your surroundings, you will draw attention and be seen as a threat which could draw an attack.
If you’ve ever ridden an elevator with a woman who was wearing a particularly strong perfume, you understand how scent can draw attention unintentionally. In a post-SHTF situation, women need to forgo the use of perfumes and strong smelling soaps and shampoos, even if you have them stockpiled, because it will cause you to be noticed and possibly remembered by those you encounter. Scent can also be a dead give-away if you do find yourself in a situation where the only option is to hide out of sight.
One area women overlook when becoming a gray woman is their appearance. Men have been conditioned to notice and remember how women visually look and dress. Pay particular attention to this fact, forgo the make-up, and try to dress so as not to attract unwanted attention from men in the crowd. Don’t go overboard and look mannish because that can draw attention as well. Wear jeans and khakis, and stick to colors that are plain such as blue, gray, green, tan, brown, and other earth tones.
Feminine Hygiene Needs
Go for reusable rather than the synthetic ones that can be bought and stockpiled. In a post-SHTF scenario, getting rid of any kind of trash will be tough. There won’t be garbage pick-up and accumulating trash is not only a health hazard but it’s a dead give-away to looters that someone is in the area. Food scraps can be fed to animals or buried to hide them and paper can be burned.
So, when it comes to feminine hygiene you’re going to have to consider going all natural or at least reusable. If you are handy with a needle and thread you can find patterns for pads on the Internet. You can make your own reusable pads out of just about any type of material but cotton and flannel are ideal because of their absorbency.
The other reusable option that comes to mind is called a silicon menstrual cup, sometimes called a moon cup or diva cup. This device can be bought online in advance and stockpiled. Each cup can be washed and reused safely for up for up to one year, possibly longer if you had no other option. For most women it’s not more uncomfortable than a tampon so the only inconvenience is washing it after each use.
Although cooking during a post-SHTF situation may not be solely the responsibility of women, this is an area where women can cultivate their expertise and take a lead role. Learn how to cook outdoors over an open fire, over a camp stove, or even just hot coals. Learn what herbs and other additives you can use to enhance taste but that won’t linger in the air during cooking or long after the meal is served.
The thing that catches most people off guard is the element of surprise that often comes with dangerous situations, especially an attack, assault, or riot. Following a natural disaster or in a post-SHTF situation, the most important thing a woman can have to help her survive is situational awareness. This means being aware of your surroundings on a daily basis so that you are instantly alert to anything that is out of the ordinary and anything that could indicate danger is about to rear its head.
Situational awareness is about training yourself to be alert. It’s honing your observation skills including not only what you see, but what you smell, and what you hear so that you can be acutely aware of what’s happening or about to happen even outside of your vision field.
When you enter a building, any building, pay attention so that in an emergency situation you can act instinctively. This means take note of where the exits are, the location of fire alarm pulls, vending machines, a first aid kit, or if there is a vent system big enough to crawl through if you needed to stay hidden.
If you’re a mom, you are probably already somewhat aware of how to tune into what you hear that is out of sight. Most moms are able to listen to their kids playing in another room and “know” by their tone of voice, the sounds they hear or don’t hear, whether something is amiss. Hone that skill to tune into to other sounds as well. Pay attention to what the birds sound like on a normal day outside your home and how that changes when they feel threatened. Birds and even barking dogs can give you early warning of trouble if you pay attention to them.
The next time you go shopping with your family, practice observing things that are outside of your normal range of vision. Can you observe people walking behind you by glancing in storefront windows? When you stop for lunch, sit with your back to the wall and watch people as they enter. Then close your eyes and try to recall what they were wearing, carrying, or other distinct features about them.
Practice memorizing things quickly. Glance at the table when you sit down for lunch then turn away and try to write down everything that is on the table without looking at it. You can do this with license plates, drivers of cars that you pass, phone numbers, and even billboard signs.
Know Your Way Around
Make it a point to know the area that you are going to be in, whether it’s where you live, work, or visit. Take time to learn your way around your bug out location as well. When things get chaotic, your knowledge of the streets, alleys, and businesses around you could be the difference between life and death for you and possibly for your family. Make sure you have and carry updated topographical maps as well as maps of any underground routes such as subways or utility tunnels.
At the moment that you are able to escape a dangerous confrontation, knowing your way around the area when your opponent does not could just be the thing that saves your life.
Watch for Signs
Signs of trouble can be all around us if we are paying attention. If someone enters the bank in the heat of summer wearing a jacket, it could be a sign the bank is about to be robbed. If you hear an argument beginning behind you in the check-out line at the grocery store, it could be a sign that things are about to get out of hand. A slight change in the weather could indicate a fierce storm or tornado is brewing. If you learn to pay attention to the little things that most people take for granted, you’ll be alerted early to possible danger. Having even just a few moments notice of trouble can give you the time you need to get out of harm’s way.
Get Enough Sleep
One thing that is crucial, especially for women, is to get enough sleep. This is difficult during “normal” times but it is so important to being able to stay alert and healthy. In reality, you could be living your typical life one day and running for your life with your family in tow the next day. You won’t be at your best, you won’t be on high alert and ready to protect your family from danger if you are running on two hours sleep. With that in mind, getting the right amount of sleep every night is one way that you keep yourself prepared for whatever may come tomorrow.
One way to develop situational awareness and to stay alert to what may be happening around you is to just avoid distractions such as cell phones, music iPods, or other electronic devices. When you are moving through town, whether on foot or by car, make sure you are paying attention to others around you. Is traffic moving normally? Is there someone in the crowd around you that is acting suspiciously? You definitely won’t notice these things if you are distracted by your phone.
The more you practice the skills above, the better you will get at blending in to your surroundings and going unnoticed. You will also develop increased situational awareness and “instinctively” know what is happening around you. You will be able to move about without being noticed by others when you want to and your Spidey sense will be activated automatically when danger is brewing. You will avoid becoming a target and will have extra time to take action to get out of the area in advance of danger.
It’s a great day for a reminder about 32 things you need in your car for survival. Of course, we all have different items we may need, but these are the bare necessities to survive in your car, for various reasons. Yesterday my husband and I drove into town and when we got back on the freeway to return home we could see the backup on the freeway for what seemed for miles. It was too late to change our minds to take the back road to our home. We could see that the freeway was backed up on both sides of the freeway. Dang!
There was road construction going on, but we could tell something else much bigger was the culprit on the road today. It’s so crazy because we had three lanes merging into two lanes. We are polite drivers and this awesome semi-trucker kept letting cars in and we decided it was now his turn to move to the lane we all had to merge into. We were all inching along so it’s not like we could hurry up to get home. You can probably picture the guy or gal who speeds along the emergency lane to pass all of us. I said to Mark, “Well they can’t be going to the hospital because it’s in the opposite direction.”
What normally took us 15 minutes to get home took a little over an hour. It wasn’t that bad for us. We had stainless steel water bottles filled and emergency bags filled in the back if we needed them for say three hours or more if we were at a standstill on the freeway. We have traveled to California when there has been an accident or some kind of incident on the freeway and the traffic flow has literally stopped. You can probably picture this because it may have happened to you. Our cars are stopped with the engines off and turned on only to warm or cool us a bit depending on the weather. This is another reason I always have to have my gas tank at a very minimum of half full.
Things We Need In Our Car:
- 4 cans of water ( I chose these because they have a 50-year shelf life-hot or cold). Yes, they are a little pricey, but I buy everything slowly….I do not want plastic bottles in my car where I live with 110-115 degree weather in the summer. Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water
- Can opener, to open water or anything else if needed.
- Lemon packets to flavor the water if needed.
- Pet food and dishes for them.
- Snacks, like granola bars.
- Names and phone numbers of who to contact in an emergency.
- Battery/crank powered portable radio/extra batteries.
- Flashlight/preferably one with solar/crank/LED – I prefer the Goal Zero solar flashlight/crank.
- Compass and maps; not everyone has GPS in their car and on phones.
- Can of motor oil.
- Fire Extinguisher (5 pound ABC type).
- Flares and/or orange cones: Victor 22-5-00238-8 Collapsible Sport Safety Cone
- Jumper cables:Cartman Booster Cable 4 Gauge x 20Ft in Carry Bag UL Listed (4AWG x 20Ft)
- Rags/paper towels.
- Pocket knife
- Tire gauge
- Window scraper for ice
- Tow rope
- Duct Tape
- Bungee cords: Erickson 06845 Black 36″ Industrial Bungey Cord, (Pack of 4)
- Waterproof matches: UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case, 25 Stormproof Matches and 3 Strikers – Orange
- Jackets /sweaters
- Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
- First Aid Kit: AAA 85 Piece Commuter First Aid Kit
- Baby Wipes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Paper, scissors/pens/pencils (no crayons-they melt)
Here is my emergency car toilet: Emergency Car Toilet by Food Storage Moms
Please share some of your items you keep in your car for survival and I will add them to my list. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected!
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(a spectacular double rainbow a few days ago…) This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your Fiat Paper into tangible practical assets 😉 The more […]
Grocery prices in crisis-ravaged Venezuela are so out of hand that a dozen eggs now cost $142 at the official government supermarket — and $208 on the black market.
And it’s not just eggs.
Cassava, a tuber root, once cost $7 per pound and now cost $41 in the store. Powdered milk cost between $104 and $139. The price for corn flour has grown from $1.3 per pound to $13 per pound, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
A bag of groceries consisting of one kilogram of rice, a kilo of sugar, and a liter of cooking oil cost Caracas resident Maria Linares $214, according to the newspaper.
“The last time we had chicken was in December,” Linares said.
She and her two children now eat nothing but eggs, cassava, butter, cornmeal patties and plantain.
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“We are feeling hunger,” she said. “I don’t know what I’ll do if prices keep going up.”
On paper Linares, a government employee, makes a good salary of $3,761 a month. In reality, though, the single mother makes around $38 a month, because she is paid in worthless Venezuelan government currency called bolivars, The Morning-Herald reported.
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In modern America, going without toilet paper for even a single day is unfathomable. The thought of it is cringe-worthy to most people. That’s why any time a major storm is about to hit, and everyone rushes to the store to buy up supplies, one of the first items to run out is toilet paper.
However, for any situation that results in the break down of society and lasts more than a couple of weeks, stocking up on toilet paper is not a viable option. The average family of four goes through about 240 rolls of toilet paper per year. So unless you have a large home, keeping anywhere near that much toilet paper is only going to take up precious space that would be better used for essential survival supplies.
As sacrilegious as it may sound, toilet paper is not essential to your survival. In fact, it’s only been in common usage around the developed world for over a century. Many of the alternatives that humans have been using for thousands of years are, shall we say, unpleasant. However, a few of these old school methods are bit more palatable, and much more sustainable, such as:
In the past, it was typical for the wealthy to use strips of wool, hemp, or cotton to clean up after a bathroom visit, while the poor were stuck using, hay, moss, or even stones. The most obvious advantage to using these fabrics, is that they can be cleaned and reused. But more than that, they’re also more comfortable and provide a thicker barrier for your hand.
From a prepping perspective though, there is one downside to this idea. Cleaning these reusable wipes would require a considerable amount of water. Unless you have a well on your property or live near a river or creek that flows year round, reusable wipes are not economical. If on the other hand you do live somewhere that has a natural source of water, you do have another viable alternative to toilet paper…
Another alternative would be to repurpose old bits of cloth that have been tattered or torn. This gives the cloth a new purpose and can help you conserve your preps. Many old-timers have been collecting these strips of cloth and saving them in their “rag bag.”
One of the most common methods of cleaning your rear throughout the world, is to simply rinse it with water. In India, the vast majority of the population will simply rely on a splash of water or a hose, while the Japanese and the Europeans use bidets. Since you’re preparing for a situation where running water may be out of the question, you’d have to rely on the Indian method of scooping water out of a bucket and repeatedly splashing it on your behind. Not exactly sophisticated, but it is somewhat effective. At the very least it could help prolong what toilet paper supplies you do have.
For thousands of years humans have been using leaves in lieu of toilet paper, and in most parts of the US, you’ll find leafy plants that can provide one of the best alternatives to toilet paper almost year round. Unless you live in the heart of a city where plants need to be constantly maintained and watered to survive, you won’t have any trouble finding trees and bushes that provide an abundance of leaves after any prolonged collapse.
That of course means that, unlike the other two toilet paper alternatives, this one won’t suck up your water supplies. Leaves are clean, abundant, disposable, and quite effective. The most common plants that are used as a toiletry include Mullein, Corn Lilly, Thimbleberry, Large Leaf Aster, and Wooly Lambs Ear. However, pretty much anything that doesn’t cause rashes and isn’t abrasive, will work. If you do happen to use the wrong leaf, here are 5 natural remedies to soothe rashes.
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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with answers to your questions, an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
This week I return to your questions, with the query this week having to do with organizing your preps. Here is the specific question that was asked:
Can you tell us more about organizational techniques? Inventories and the like… I swear, I might have enough to survive in my apartment for six months, but that’s only if I can FIND all the stuff!
This is a timely question since, at the moment, I am attempting to minimalize my surroundings by finding a new home for for the excess accumulation at my Washington State home. It is not easy.
As I see it, here are the issues that a preparedness minded household faces:
Food and water storage take up a lot of space.
Food storage, because it is heat, light, and humidity sensitive, needs to be stored in a prime-time location, preferably in the main living quarters rather than a garage or outbuilding (if you have one).
Rotating supplies is tedious at best, especially if they are tucked away out of sight and out of mind.
If rotating supplies is tedious, inventorying is a nightmare. If you are lucky enough to have started from the get go and have kept your inventory up to date, you are in the minority. Most of us are too busy living life to get around to it, even though our intentions are good.
Emergency and survival gear often does double duty as recreation and camping gear. Upon arriving home from an adventure, it gets thrown in a pile until the next time. It gets lost in the shuffle.
You save every half filled bottle of shampoo, cleaner, medication, and everything else you can think of because even though you no longer want or need it, it will be good for bartering. Or, as Shelly and I like to say: “let’s save this for SHTF”.
Have I stuck a chord with some or all of these issues?
I know that many of you consider me an expert but honestly, I am as human as the rest of you and find my household inventory techniques to be lousy. I am always making a purchase, whether on Amazon or at Costco, only to find that I already have a two year supply of whatever it is I purchased. Not that a two year supply is bad, but my house is only 1500 square feet and the cupboards and closets are full!
On the other hand, my organizational skills are good. Everything is organized but I don’t know what I have. That may sound odd but it is what it is.
So, in answer to the question, I will share some of my organizational tips then let you fill in with your tips in the comments.
5 Tips for Organizing Your Preps
1. The first step is to make room for your preps by getting rid of stuff you do not use or need. As simple as this sounds, it is difficult to do. I find that it makes it easier to part with treasures by either donating them to a local thrift store or giving them away for free to someone in need. These days most communities have a Facebook page where you can buy, sell, and trade items. Put an ad up giving something away for free and it will be gone before you know it. If you do not want someone coming to your home (a personal choice), agree to meet in a parking lot or some other neutral location.
2. Once your make room for your preps, acquire storage boxes that are sized so that you can store like-sized items together. I favor shoe box sized plastic boxes and banker-style boxes. For me, it is a lot easier to store items under the bed or in your bedroom closet when the sizes are consistent. These two sizes work best for me.
3. Create individual boxes for various categories of items. I have separate boxes for light sources (flashlights lanterns, glow sticks, candles), fire starting equipment (including pre-made cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly), knives, cordage, solar items, barter toiletries, and even a box for “survival junk”. In this latter box are oddball items that can not be classified.
4. Label your boxes. About six months ago I stopped using labels and began using painters tape instead. This has become a real game-changer in that the labels do not fall off. Not only that, they are easily removed and replaced as the contents of the boxes change.
5. To the extent you can afford to do so, keep your preps separate from your day to day supplies. I realize this is difficult from both a financial and a storage point of view, but do the best you can. It really does help.
Let me reiterate that this is the organization system that works for me. I try not to spend more than a dollar for my plastic shoe boxes (try Target for the best prices) and I watch for coupon sales at Staples for the bankers-style boxes.
For those of you that struggle with space, here is an article I wrote that might help: 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper.
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Want to hear a replay of the radio show I did with Knoxville NewTalk Radio 98.7? Here is a link: Survival Prepping on Howell and Yarborough. The show was an hour but the replay has been condensed to thirty minutes.
Enjoy the show! And try to ignore that I still had a remnant of last week’s cold.
What Did I Do to Prep This Week?
As I mentioned last week, my focus has turned to skills rather then stuff. That said, in addition to clearing away unused clutter from my home and garage, this week I added three items to my preps: Quake Hold (I was almost out), Dentek Lost Filling & Loose Cap Repair, and Open Fire Roasting Sticks.
Coming Soon: Free Online Class Teaching 13 Ways to Harness the SUN’S POWER to Save Money & Be Prepared!
As of Friday morning, over 400 have registered for this class. I so want to let you know that this class will be recorded and available for replay for a limited time after the fact. That said, everyone who registers will get a free, 600 recipe cookbook so for that reason alone. it is worth registering.
Note: The cookbook will be send to you via email on Wednesday, after the event.
This is an all-new class that has only been given once. I have previewed the class myself and can assure you that you will learn something useful if not for now, for when the SHTF.
The Final Word
There are undoubtedly as many ways to organize your preps as there are preppers. One thing we all can agree on, however, is that knowing where our stuff is located will be important if we are ever called about to survive using our carefully stashed supplies.
And as far as the survival supply inventory? I don’t know about you, but for me that is still a work in progress.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Here are a few of the items mentioned in this article.
Quake Hold: This is great stuff for securing items on shelves and against the wall. If you live in an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane area, the time to secure your stuff is now.
Dentek Temparin Max Lost Filling & Loose Cap Repair: Who would have guessed that this type of product would be only $5.00. After writing this article I ordered some because, like many in my age group, I have a number of fillings and crowns.
Open Fire Roasting Sticks: These “marshmallow” sticks will be useful if I have to cook items over an open fire without the benefit of a pot or grill. They come in a pouch and take up very little storage space.
Staples Economy Storage Boxes: This is my preferred brand of “bankers boxes”. To me, they are sturdier than the Bankers Box brand.
Sterilite 6 Quart Storage Box: This is the type of “shoe box” I mentioned in the article.
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