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It’s hard to imagine that an isolated, backwards nation enveloped in darkness can be effective at cyber attacks. Then again, the DPRK has proven remarkably persistent and successful in causing problems over the last seven decades. Apparently, the limited electrical power that is available in the country is being used to cause problems south of […]

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Bugging Home-The Sargent-Pt 1

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The Sargent from is on the show today to talk about get-home bags and getting home safely after a disaster.

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AW Ban? Worry About Body Armor Too

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Given the recent terrorist attack in Orlando we can expect new attacks on the right to keep  and bear arms. The usual suspects are already at it. Let no crisis go to waste, right?

Well, as always the main debate revolves around firearms but this article caught my attention.

CNN: Orlando shooter TRIED to buy body armor

Apparently the attacker attempted to purchase level III body armour before the attack and for some reason the retailer refused to sell it to him. The interesting part is that the article puts on a positive light the idea of limiting or restricting the purchase of body armour. Of course they don’t seem to care that body armour saves people’s lives every day from people like this terrorist madman that attacked innocent people.

The problem is that unlike firearms, the right to own BA is not protected by the Second amendment and I’m sure gun grabbers would love to take those too.

I have written about the importance of body armour several times before. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you look around and buy some before its too late, or before you end up needing it!

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot

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26 Things You Can Do With A Crock Pot Crock pots are awesome. They do all the work, clean up in a snap and have a very versatile range of awesomeness they can create, it doesn’t heat up my kitchen during the summer and it makes warm and toasty food for the soul in the …

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How To Live Off Grid

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How To Live Off Grid So you’re sick of the city? It’s not hard to become fed up with the constant traffic, annoying passersby, rude cashiers, honking outside when you’re trying to sleep… the list is perpetually endless, and once you start thinking about it, it’s not difficult to start imagining your life away from …

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Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellar Tips 101

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Growing your own food can be very rewarding, especially during the summer months when veggies can be washed, cooked and on the table the very same day they’re picked (nothing fresher than that!). If you plan ahead and plant more than your family and friends can consume during the growing season, you can still enjoy your …

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Preppers Paradise? Yard Sale/Thrift Store Shopping List

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Preppers Paradise? Yard Sale/Thrift Store Shopping List Any preparedness item is fair game and you never know what you’ll find at a yard sale that might not be on your list, so keep an open mind, but here’s a few things to watch for if you don’t already have them. This is also a great …

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DIY Long Term Woodland Shelter

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DIY Long Term Woodland Shelter Have you ever given thought to the unlikely chance of having to bug out and you have no where to go? No other safe house? Well this article has over 20 photos to give you an idea how to make a long term habitat with from the woodland. So if …

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A Trip to Gander Mountain

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This is the store in Chesterfield, Missouri, but it looks a lot like the one I visited this week.

           For those of you who read this blog from another nation other than the US, Gander Mountain is not a mountain in the Blue Ridge west of Shenendoah National Forest.  Gander Mountain is a store chain which sells quality outdoor clothing, upscale camping gear, archery, camping, fishing, boating supplies and much more.  The boots and shoe collection is quite impressive.  They also sell a number of Liberty and other brands of safes.  They also sell a broad range of firearms both new and used, and absolutely everything that goes with them. Yes, they have a computer system which is connected to the Virginia State Police so that all of the requisite background checks can be done prior to gun purchases. Only Virginia residents may buy guns here and they too must endure the required checks.

           My husband took our sons to an action movie I would rather have skipped this weekend, and so I found myself with a few hours with nothing particularly pressing to do.  I decided to go to a couple of the places I never have a chance to stop in when I’m out with family or otherwise chugging to the next destination. Gander Mountain was one of those.

          I hadn’t intended to spend two hours there, but somehow I did.   There was quite a bit of nice outdoor clothing including some cargo pants I looked at for my sons, but decided I also wanted for myself someday as well.  They had exquisitely made cargo pants in a variety of sizes and colors for $29.99.    Next, I spent some time looking through some of the clearance racks.  Then, I stopped to look at quality backpacks, push packs, and range bags.   Eventually I found my way to the great selection of handguns and rifles.  I was surprised to see such a large collection of quality used weapons including a fairly large collection of Sig Sauer.
           They also had one of the broadest collections of ammunition I have seen anywhere. Whether you need 7 mm, of 22 LR they had some.   I really enjoyed the really large section of all types of safes, and accessories that would help you organize one, whatever the size.  If you have a chance, take a gander at Gander Mountain. Pun intended.


3 Ingenious Ways To Build An Off-Grid Home For Next To Nothing

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The off-grid and homesteading lifestyle has a tremendous amount of appeal for many. In a time of seemingly ever-increasing instability in our world, the idea of living in a truly self-reliant and sustainable way is more attractive than ever.

With that spark of enthusiasm, visions of silver solar panels, white wind turbines, and a sprawling timber home are often not far behind.

The reality for most, though, is that building a traditionally constructed home on our land is both time and financially prohibitive.

This is where non-traditional construction methods and materials enter. By non-traditional, we simply mean homes that are not primarily constructed of new lumber, bricks or stone. In their place, homebuilders utilize low-cost eco-friendly or reclaimed materials, and the construction time and skill required is most often greatly diminished.

In this article, we have gathered three of the most predominantly used, non-traditional building materials people are creating homes with. They are elegantly simple and unique in shape, character and function.

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So without further comment, welcome to this episode of “This Weird House.”

1. Tires: getting traction in construction

Strictly from an environmental perspective, used vehicles tires can be a bit troublesome. Although not exactly the longest in regards to decomposition time (50-80 years), they are plentiful, unsightly and a haven for mosquito breeding.

Fortunately, many companies have recognized these mountains of rubber as a commodity and have begun “upcycling” them. Typically, you will find them shredded into pieces and used as mulch at playgrounds and pavement material for running tracks and the like.

Given as most tire dealers were paying around $2 and up for used tire disposal, it was just a matter of time when someone would see this endless supply of free resources as an asset worth working with in the way of homebuilding.

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The usage of tires as a construction material can likely be credited to the “earthship” movement which started approximately 40 years ago. Today, these earthships utilize tires, which are rammed inside and between with compacted earth, to make up the outside and structural walls of the structure. Stacked flat and in courses much like masonry bricks, it is a construction technique that literally anyone can perform and virtually free of cost.

The other variation to this method is the usage of “tire bales.” What is a tire bale, you ask? A tire bale is simply a huge block of 90-120 tires which have been compressed. The bales are usually around 60 inches long, 50 inches wide, and 30 inches tall. Each bale weighs in at an impressive 1 ton and has an astonishing insulation value of R-186!

Despite their heavy nature, these bales make for quick construction and amazing heating/cooling efficiency. Having been used in the past for construction sites, retaining walls and windbreaks, they are now coming into prominence as a homebuilding material.

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2. Shipping containers

Survivalists have been using shipping containers as the foundation of apocalypse shelters and underground bunkers for decades.

But their use need not be limited to a hole in the ground or a glorified metal shoe box with a door. No, creative types across the globe are applying some innovative designs to these ship-worthy hunks of square steel, and the results are downright impressive.

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As the usage of these containers has grown, so has the amount of them used in a building. With a bit of skill and a torch, one can connect several units together to create a modular living structure that goes up quickly and structurally, stands the test of time.

Given a starting price for a typical used shipping container coming in at around $2,000, it is easy to see how this affordable, nearly instant housing concept is taking off.

If you would like to find shipping containers for your next construction project, you can visit for local inventory and pricing.

3. House of straw

Does that title conjures thoughts of instability and childhood stories about the three little pigs for you? Maybe thinking how it didn’t work out so well for the pork trio? Set aside, for a moment, your preconceived notions in regards to the stability of straw. We are talking about straw bale construction here, and this is no fairy tale.

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Aside from the obvious easing of construction time, straw bale houses are roughly three times greater in energy efficiency than conventional lumber framing. This is due to the fact that the bales (along with the stucco) create the whole of the wall unit. Structure and insulation in one block.

When many people hear about the notion of building a home made of highly combustible straw, their thoughts immediately turn to a raging inferno. The truth is that straw bales are so tightly compacted, they leave very little room for oxygen to enter and end up being a safer option than timber framing. In fact, the average lumber home took only 30 minutes to one hour to catch fire in recent tests. The straw bales took three hours (source:

Another benefit to straw bales is their incredible ability to absorb sound. This is a wonderful quality if you don’t wish to hear activities between rooms of your home.

Lastly, some people who are considering straw bale construction may be concerned that the straw might decompose over time. Worry not. The process of decomposition requires two critical thing:; water and oxygen. Your straw bales, if properly built, will have neither in your construction.

I hope we have inspired you to look at the many different options available for your next construction project. This is but a sample of the innovative ways you can build quickly and economically. Now have fun … and go exploring!


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Obama Admin to use National Security as New Excuse to Go After Guns: DHS to Take Charge

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Jeh Johnson, the head of DHS, is saying that is now the responsibility of the Homeland Security to regulate firearms. He claims that gun control is now part and parcel of his agency’s responsibilities. […]

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Why trapping is key to survival.

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Trapping is key to survival for several reasons. Many people do not have the knowledge

on how to set traps and where to set traps. Each and every trap you have set in a survival situation is like having another person out there 24 hours a day helping to get your next meal. There are several trap types we will discuss along with why targeting small game is more efficient than strictly going after large game such as deer and elk.

The first trap type we will discuss is snares. Whether its a hanging snare on a game trail or a spring snare using a tree for the spring. Snares are an effective method of trapping that has been around for years. In a survival situation snares are lightweight and easy to set up. I am a trapper and while I don’t use snares in running my trapline every year I do advocate them in a survival situation. Free hanging snares in a game trail or a fence crossing is very effective and generally catches the animal around the neck. A spring style snare can be just as effective and generally catches the animal around the leg. These are excellent methods in survival to gather food.

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The next trap type we will discuss are called toe hold traps. They are commonly called leg hold or leg catchers. These are metal traps that use spring tension to hold the animal in place until you get there. These traps are heavy yet highly effective. I use this style of trap every year. There several different sets to use when setting toe hold traps. The first is whats called a cubby set. To make a cubby set you use small logs and tree limbs to build it. Basically you are building a box using a tree as the back of the box. The next type of set is called a dirt hole set. You dig a hole at an angle at about 18 inches deep and the off set the trap from the hole. Drowning sets are effective sets in areas with steep river banks and 2 to 4 foot deep rivers or creeks. To make a drowning set you take a big rock or cinder block and attached a wire to it then throw it in the river or creek and attach the other end to a tree after putting a slider attached to your trap on the wire.
Cubby sets are used primarily for raccoon, opossum, and other small game. Drowning sets are primarily used to target beaver. Dirt hole sets are primarily predator sets but do not discount predators as food. Bobcats taste great.

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The next trap type is called a DP or dog proof trap. These are my favorite traps. They are easy to set and keep your neighbors from getting mad because you caught the dog in your traps. DP traps are a cylinder with a hoop of heavy wire under spring tension inside the cylinder. The coon stick his paw in to grab the bait and triggers the trap.
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The next style of traps is actually 2 different traps yet they work on the same principal.
The neck breaker traps like deadfalls and connibear are the most humane and effective traps. When setting a deadfall remember that the weight of the deadfall should be 5 times the target animal. If you are targeting 30lb raccoon then your deadfall should weigh at least 150lbs. While deadfalls are effective I prefer the connibear traps. These almost guarantee a quick kill and come in several sizes. Most states require connibear to be set in water but in a survival situation that would go out the window. Box sets using a connibear are very effective. Set the connibear and put it at the front of the box with the bait in the back of the box.

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Animals such as opossum, raccoon, muskrat, squirrels, groundhog, and other small game will be your primary targets when trapping for a survival situation. The reason for this is these animals are plentiful and are very tasty. They will have enough nutrients to keep you going. I have heard people say well I will just eat rabbits. You will not survive by eating rabbit alone as your meat source due to the fact rabbits have an almost zero fat content. So you should be targeting other small game as well. Raccoon have lots of fat and taste great.

Large animals are not the easiest animals to trap due to size. If you get a shot on a deer during the winter then good but during the heat of the summer never kill more than you need in a survival situation. In the wintertime you preserve large animals better because of the colder weather.

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Don’t Panic, Preparedness is a Process

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preparednessMy wife and I were talking this morning about how some of the people we know react to events.  They put preparedness on the back burner until something happens, then they panic.  They end up spending money that they don’t have, borrowing or putting preps on charge cards.  Now it is better than doing nothing.  But it is not the best way to go.

Preparedness is a process that should be ongoing.  It should be part of your monthly expenses the same as a house payment or utility bill.  Budget a set amount to buy preps with on a regular basis.  This keeps you from making mistakes and wasting money.  My wife keeps a list of what we need to accomplish.  Items are prioritized and done in order of importance.  This keeps us from making mistakes, forgetting important ideas, or being distracted by the gimmick of the month.

Think of preparedness as a marathon and not a sprint.  Over the years, I have seen people panic over a single event, charge up a bunch of preps and a year later they are giving them away.  Sometimes this has been good for me; I have gotten some cheap preps this way.

Since the shooting in Orlando, there has been much talk about new firearms restrictions.  As a result, there will be a rush to buy guns and ammo.   This is a good example of what I am talking about.  People will go into debt and pay too much.  If they had been budgeting for these types of expenses and buying regularly, they would already have what they need.

In the next few weeks, the price and availability of guns and ammo will be affected by the increased demand.  Now over the last 40+ years that I have been prepping I have seen temporary price increases in many products.  Don’t panic and pay too much.  The prices do come back down.  If you really have nothing you may have to spend the money.  But to many people get excited and rush out and buy items, they don’t really need at high prices.

Make up lists of what you need, prioritize them and budget for them.  Don’t panic buy.


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Surviving a Terrorist Attack: 5 Things You Need To Know

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Terrorist attacks have become a common occurrence–not just in the Middle East, but all over the world. From the notorious disaster on 9/11 in 2001 to the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels to last weekend’s murder of 49 people in Orlando, it seems terrorists have the ability to strike anywhere at anytime. The only […]

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Surviving The Great Depression: 12 Lesson From History

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A little over a century ago, the United States fell and fell hard. This event in history was infamously coined “The Great Depression”. It became known as the worst US economic disaster of modern times. With the full burden of it landing squarely on the shoulders of the American working class who stuggled surviving the great depression.

In fact, some didn’t survive. Many died.

But everyone suffered. And every American life touched by this tragedy was never quite the same.


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Lavender Oil: The Off-Grid Way To Fight Anxiety, Heal Wounds And Sleep Better, Too

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Lavender essential oil is one of the more commonly used essential oils and is perhaps the most versatile of all oils.

It is a non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing essential oil, so it is safe for all skin types. It has both stimulating and relaxing properties, and is known as a powerful healer and an antiseptic. Lavender essential oil refreshes, calms, invigorates and lifts the spirits.

I use lavender essential oil to help with my insomnia, as well as to reduce periodic bouts of tension, anxiety and depression. I find it exceptional for calming itching due to eczema and minor skin irritations such as rashes or insect bites. Lavender essential oil also aids in soothing my sore muscles, backaches and headaches. It is an excellent first-aid treatment when used to help with the healing of minor wounds and the prevention of infection.

The best ways to use lavender essential oil is through massage therapy and aromatherapy. Here are some ideas and recipes to help combat the most common of health ailments.

Use it for Anxiety, Depression and Tension

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety from time to time. If not treated, anxiety can lead to feelings of depression. Treatments for anxiety and depression often involve unnatural, addictive medications which cause sleepiness and loss of interest. Why not seek a natural source of relief from anxiety with essential oils?

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Anti-Anxiety, Relaxing Combinations for a Massage Therapy Blend, Bath Water or an Air Diffuser:

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil


  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops rose essential oil

To create a massage therapy blend, simply add 2 fl oz. of your favorite carrier oil.

Tackle Insomnia

Lavender has a natural calming effect and it also contributes to improving your mood, so it helps you fall asleep and feel better while you sleep.

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For a simple but effective aromatherapy idea to help with insomnia, before going to bed apply several drops of lavender essential oil to a tissue. Leave it beside your pillow so you breathe it in continuously while you sleep.

Create a Relaxing Atmosphere in the Bedroom by Using These Blends in an Air Diffuser:

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops tangerine essential oil


  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops sweet orange essential oil


  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops geranium essential oil

Taking a hot bath using lavender essential oil or combined with other essential oils is another way to relax before bedtime. It also has healthy benefits for your skin, muscles and state of being when added to a steaming bath water. Light some candles around the room and play some soft music to create a relaxing atmosphere. Run your bath water, drop in about six drops of the essential oils and swirl it around. Relax and enjoy.

Restful Bath Combinations:

  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops Australian sandalwood essential oil


  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops linaloe essential oil

Treat Cuts and Wounds

Lavender essential oil has high-quality healing and antiseptic effects, which calm and soothe the irritated area. It aids in healing by helping with new skin cell generation. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, so that it will help with any swelling and pain, too.

Try using this lavender essential oil blend to help disinfect and heal …

To Heal Cuts, Wounds, Ulcers or Skin Infections:

  • Two drops myrrh essential oil
  • Two drops frankincense essential oil
  • One drops German chamomile essential oil
  • One drops lavender essential oil
  • One fl oz. grape seed carrier oil

Don’t Forget Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a special way of using lavender essential oil blends. Some would say it is the most pleasurable, combining as it does the senses of touch and smell. It is also a therapeutic method, as essential oils are diluted in a carrier oil, like sunflower, and rubbed directly into the skin.

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Massage therapy using lavender essential oil blends has two further bonuses. First, it stimulates circulation, enabling the essential oils to disperse rapidly around the body, and second, the essential oils create a warmth with skin-on-skin friction, and this also causes the essential oils to smell stronger so that you get the therapeutic benefits of both the mind and the body.

Take a look at these therapeutic massage blends using lavender essential oil …

Recipe for a Rich Moisturizing Blend:

  • 7 drops rose essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 fl oz. sweet almond carrier oil

Recipe for Eczema, Itchy and Sensitive Skin:

  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops marigold essential oil
  • 5 drops violet essential oil
  • 2 fl oz. sweet almond carrier oil

Recipe for Backache:

  • 6 drops lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 fl oz. safflower carrier oil

Recipe for Tense Muscles:

  • 8 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops petitgrain essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops sunflower carrier oil

Headache Massage Blend:

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops rose essential oil
  • 1 drop chamomile essential oil
  • 1 fl oz. sunflower carrier oil


By creating a mixture which you love to smell each time you use it, you will feel more fulfilled and at peace. Lavender essential oil combines well with many other essential oils, so feel free to experiment with your own combinations to discover your favorite, relaxing scent.

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Refrigerator Foods You Can & Can’t Save After A Power Outage: A List

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Most of us experience occasional intermittent power outages that last just a few minutes.

But sometimes power outages stretch for hours or even longer.

Occasionally, the cause is a weather event. Other times it is due to construction or a car accident or other totally unexpected event.

However it happens, the moment the power goes […]

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The Gun Grabbers Do Not Know That Automatic Weapons Are Already Banned…

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Here we go again…   The ‘gun grabbers’ are predictably at it again, given the ‘opportunity’ presented to them following a shooting. Their most despised firearm, the AR-15, is yet again in their targets. Evidently though, they are quite confused about this particular gun (which happens to be the most popular style firearm in the […]

Site Planning for Your Survival Homestead

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A great deal can go into site planning for your survival homestead, even when the infrastructure is already in place and funds don’t exist to renovate lines or move buildings. Where we place things can increase or decrease our defensive abilities, success in growing, and how likely we are to see something – which can be good or bad

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How To Cool Without A/C by building a Cheap Homemade Whole House Fan

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How To Cool Without A/C By building A Cheap Homemade Whole House Fan If you are looking to cool your whole house without the aid of Air-conditioning then the video below will help you achieve this with relatively little work. The concept is simple and actually works a like a charm. I haven’t personally done this in my home but I did to my potting shed. As soon as I turned it on I felt a decline in temperature. This also can help with taking out the humid air which you will get if you are not using air conditioning.

USB Powered Lights

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These little USB powered lights are so bright! I am glad that I got 4 of them. I plugged one into the usb on my tv and it lights up most of the living room. Perfect. Be great in an emergency – plug into a usb power source. I have a hand crank one and a solar powered one that can charge up all day and then last all night. I love all of the usb powered items. I have 2 of the usb powered fans coming also. Could come in handy when camping.

Preparedness is the key to surviving an active shooter situation.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  By now we have all heard about the shootings in Orlando, FL.  While our government would have us believe that the December 2015 terrorist shootings in California were an anomaly, the ones in Orlando have proven that it just isn’t so.  They have allowed terrorist into our country and …

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Aftermath Automobiles: 4 Options for Bug-Out Vehicles

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It’s hard to overlook the appeal of an automobile if something goes wrong. A good car is one part transport, one part hauler, and one part mobile fortress. Given the sheer amount of vehicles on the market, though, it’s good to know your options for when things go bad and it’s time to bug out. Below are four of the best options for bug-out vehicles, as determined for disaster type.

Short-Term, One-Way Escape: Hybrid SUV

While staying on the grid might rankle a hardcore survivalist, you want to look for high gas mileage in a one-way escape. A good hybrid SUV combines the best of all world when on-road, giving you plenty of room for passengers and gear while still allowing you to go the distance. According to Edmunds, you can expect to get around five hundred miles on a single tank with a 2016 RAV 4, which should get you clear of any disaster.

Short-Term, Off-Road: Traditional Off-Road SUV

While a hybrid’s nice for staying on the roads, you’ll need something more rugged if you don’t think the roads will be available. This is perhaps the trickiest category, because you’ll need to consider taking everything you need while still having the full expectation of someday coming home. A traditional off-road SUV can get you there and back again, but be careful—there are plenty of SUVs out there that look rugged but can’t actually leave the road.

Long-Term, Shelter: Minivan

While conversions might offer you more space, you do want something that will keep you on move on a more limited amount of gas, such as a minivan. A modern van not only provides ample space for both passengers and goods, it also has the requisite hookups to provide both power and entertainment for those inside. Consult a car dealer like Woody Sander Ford if you have questions about the available features you need. While vans aren’t ideal for going off the road or long hauls, they can make for a fantastic shelter when you have no other choice.

Long-Term, Shelter Provided: Rugged Truck

You’re looking for a farm truck here, not a luxury model. A good truck can handle a lack of roads, deal with the weather, and provide you with hauling capability. If you have a fallback location—and you should—the lack of passenger space in the cab should become a non-issue. In a worst-case scenario, you can even bring several passengers with you in the truck’s bed. Trucks aren’t always ideal because of their lack of fuel economy and passenger capacity, but they can’t be beat for long-term survival.

This article was written by Dixie Somers. Dixie is a freelance writer and avid blogger who gets her inspiration from her wonderful husband and three little girls.

Spicy Pickle Relish Recipe – Sweet Summertime Heat

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I have never been a huge relish fan until this past weekend during our Minnesota book tour where I was introduced to spicy pickle relish.  We were standing in our booth at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market Annex when hunger took

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From Orlando With Rage: Attacked By Terrorists But NOT Terrorized

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Survivopedia from Orlando with rage

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably read some of my articles; I usually write about fun, informational stuff but not today. I live in Orlando, the City Beautiful. The land of flip-flops and Mickey Mouse, beaches and motorcycles, college kids and retirees.

On Sunday, Orlando was ground zero for the largest mass shooting in US history. My city was attacked by an ISIS-affiliated terrorist, and I’m really pissed.

Sunday morning, I went outside to walk my dogs, still half-asleep, before I turned on my TV and learned that some no-good, nut job, wife-beating jerk had decided that it was his right to judge and lethally punish a bar full of innocent people just because he didn’t like the way they lived. There were about 300 people inside Pulse Orlando, and over 1/3 of them were murdered or injured.

Pulse had a young following, so most of the dead were in their 20s and early 30s. Kids, really. According to reports, the shooter (I refuse to name him because he was just a lowly, cowardly sheep) scoped out Downtown Disney and Pulse. He chose the club because it was a “gay club”.

While it’s true that Pulse had a large LGBT following, it wasn’t exclusively that, nor were all the victims gay. Even if they were, they sure as hell didn’t deserve to be gunned down for it.

Orlando is my home as well as a prime destination for vacationers of all sorts. It’s supposed to be a place of fun; a place where fantasies are real and dreams come true. Yes, I realize that’s mostly an illusion created by commercialism, but to me, it’s true. Florida is my little slice of paradise and I’m enraged that some lowly hater spilled a river of blood in my streets.

What I’ve realized today is that the REAL illusion is the one of peace and safety that we all create.

I’ve known that security is an illusion for a long time now. That’s why I enjoy contributing to Survivopedia; I drink my own Kool Aid. I know that world-changing events are always just right around the corner, but on Sunday, I was shoved around that corner before I’d even had my morning coffee.

At least I was fortunate enough to live through the night; that’s more than what 49 of my fellow Orlandians were gifted with.


I’m sure that you’ve all been watching events unfold from afar, but let me bring it home a little bit for you. The news has been stating that they couldn’t release the names of all of the victims until the families had been notified; the truth is that families couldn’t be notified until the bodies were identified. Until just a few hours ago, they were still removing bullet-riddled corpses from Pulse.

For nearly 24 hours after the attack, Orlando Regional Medical Center was on lock-down just trying to handle the massive influx of wounded and dead kids. Nine died after arrival and several more are still in critical condition.

In total, 49 people were killed and another 53 were wounded. Three blocks around the club were blocked off for more than 24 hours so that bodies could be recovered without being filmed.

Just now, as I’m writing this piece, they released the name of the final, 49th victim: Stanley Almodovar III, age 23. He was a pharmacy tech described as humble and kind. He hadn’t even started living before he was gunned down by a psycho.

11 members of the Orlando Anarchy, our women’s football team, were there celebrating the end of the season with their friends and significant others. One of the boyfriends was killed. Another woman, a mother and wife, was there celebrating a birthday. Now she’s dead. This isn’t a faceless crime.

We Will Stay United

Over the years, I’ve sat in front of my television and watched as terrorists took the lives of people all over the world. I’ve felt a somewhat detached anger and sorrow for those people who lost so much, but there was always a certain degree of separation. Yesterday, that separation was shattered.

I’ve watched as my city has responded and I’m proud. O-Town is a pretty liberal place. Our culture is diverse and our politics, like the victims in this attack, run from one end of the rainbow to the other. We have die-hard bikers and hookah-smoking hipsters. Families visit Disney and business people conduct corporate retreats.

The one thing that we all share is that this is our home and we’ve come together grandly. There was a desperate need for O-negative and AB-positive blood and people of all races, religions, and sexual persuasions stood in line for 8 hours to donate.

Families had nowhere to stay and hotels gave out free rooms. Restaurants gave free meals and volunteers donated countless hours of time. Business signs removed their ads and ran banners of support. Demonstrators stood on corners with signs declaring that we refuse to be drowned in despair.


We came together in love to fight the bloody results of hate. Our flags are flying at half-mast but we are still Americans; we refuse to buckle under the weight of terrorism.

Gun Control Is NOT the Solution

Sadly, our situation is not the first of its kind; we already have a precedent to follow. People are going to be shocked, then, inevitably, we’re going to try to make sense of the senseless. The enemy seems like smoke, there then gone. How do we fight that?

Whispers about gun control become roars because that’s the only way some people can think of to prevent this from happening again. We look to things that we can control, because it’s human nature in the face of tragedy. That’s happening here already.

People on one side of the fence are screaming about the fact that the murderer, who had been interviewed twice by the FBI, bought his guns legally. Obviously (to them), gun laws need tightened.

People on the other side of the fence (me included) are wondering if things would have been different had even one person in that club been armed. We also keep saying again and again that guns don’t kill people; people kill people.

Chicago has the tightest gun laws in the country, as well as the highest murder rates; how are those gun laws working out for them?

Gun regulation isn’t the answer because the only people who are going to follow the laws aren’t the ones who are going to go out and shoot people anyway. That seems to be a fact that people tend to overlook.

The bottom line is that nobody can stop hate. You can’t fix crazy. No amount of immigration laws or gun laws, or regulations of any sort are going to stop somebody bent on committing heinous acts.

All we can do is be alert and be prepared. We can’t let fear rule our lives but it would be naively stupid to think that something like this isn’t going to happen again because, unfortunately, it will.

I’m glad the police killed the punk. My only regrets are that he killed so many before somebody got him and that his death was so quick.

Orlando has its share of crime, but for the most part, I’ve always felt safe here. I still do; just now I’ll feel a little safer when I’m carrying my 9 mil, because you can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be on high alert even as I continue to enjoy my life in the land of sandcastles and fairy princesses.

THAT is my right, and nobody is going to take it from me without a fight.

To all the friends and families of the victims of the Orlando shooting, you have my deepest sympathies. To everybody else, be vigilant.

On Sunday, this happened in my town; tomorrow it could happen in yours.


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Pressure Canning Pinto Beans

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How to Pressure Can Pinto Beans for Long Term Food Storage

Clean and rinse beans to make sure there aren’t any rocks etc.
I then soaked 3/4 of a cup of beans in each jar full of water overnight.
Next morning drain water and refill with fresh water

These need to go for 70 minutes at 10 pounds.
SUPER easy. For me, even better than Mylar bags for long term storage.

One pint of home canned is about 2 store bought cans. Those beans are packed in there where a store bought has more water.

Rough break down of cost

Canning jars: $7.50 per doz (.62 per jar)
Beans roughly .25 per jar full.
So around .87 a pint
Not including electricity for the stove
And more bang for your bean in terms of servings.

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25 Things You Need For The Next Disaster

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Here’s my list of 25 things you need for the next disaster that may come your way. These are the bare minimum items, but you can survive for some time during or after the disaster depending on the amount of water and food you have stored. I live in Southern Utah, and like it is in most places, it’s pretty clear we are going to have an unforeseen disaster or emergency sooner than later. If you watch the news on television or read anything online about what’s going on in the world, you know we must be prepared for a disaster, whether it’s sooner or later. I’m not a doomsday prepper, but we must be prepared for the next disaster or general emergency.

I have a printable list for an everyday carry bag below. Today it’s all about preparing for a disaster. We all have budgets that we must adhere to, and I get that, believe me. Start with water and food and add to your emergency stash. We must take care of ourselves because the government cannot take care of everyone. Please learn skills you can use to trade for food and water. Trust me, the day is coming sooner than later. It doesn’t matter where we live, we must be prepared for the unexpected.

The Next Disaster:

  1. Water, you know how I feel about water. I strongly suggest four gallons of water per person per day. I disagree with The American Red Cross, my mouth is dry just thinking about only one gallon per person per day that they recommend.  I quote: Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half gallon) of water each day. People in hot environments, children, nursing mothers, and ill people will require even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store at least one gallon per person, per day. Consider storing at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If you are unable to store this quantity, store as much as you can. If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool. End of quote. This is page seven in the brochure listed at the bottom of my post.
  2. Water filter
  3. Food
  4. Prescriptions
  5. Important documents in a good zippered binder
  6. Contact names, phone numbers, email addresses of people you need to touch base by texting, emailing, etc.
  7. Pictures of your family and pets (at least two of each, one to post on the evacuation/and or lost wall and one to keep)
  8. Flashlights, please get the solar ones if you can: Goal Zero 90109 Solo V2 Solar Flashlight
  9. Whistle
  10. Radio, preferably one with the NOAA weather station available (sorry, I can’t recommend one-I have returned every radio I have tried)
  11. Something to charge your cell phones or laptops (so you can see what is going on around you and in other areas of the state and country)
  12. Emergency Stove and fuel, I bought butane stoves for myself and my four daughters with fuel canisters
  13. The Volcano Grill is great because it uses wood, charcoal, lump coal or propane: Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove
  14. Sun Oven, if you have sun rays you can cook anything in this oven that you can bake in your conventional oven (if the pan fits and is not shiny)
  15. Emergency toilet, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, kitty litter and garbage bags (lots of them)
  16. Emergency washing machine: Emergency Washing Machine by Food Storage Moms
  17. First aid kit: First-Aid-Kit-Checklist-Printable
  18. Emergency kitchen items: Mobile-Portable-Kitchen-by-Food-Storage-Moms 2016
  19. 72-hour kits or bug outs are only a start of what you need: FSM 72-hour kit adults
  20. 72-hour kits for children: FSM 72-hour kit children
  21. 72-hour kits for your pets that you can transport: FSM 72-hour kit pets
  22. Small bills, one and five dollar bills
  23. Tools/knife, Leatherman’s my favorite: Leatherman – Wave® Multi-Tool, Black with Molle Sheath
  24. Compass
  25. Shelter to protect you and your family from heat and cold (extreme weather)

One of the most important things, although there are many, is to have access to an EDC bag. It’s an everyday carry bag you carry with you almost like a diaper bag, day in and day out. Or a large purse, my favorite is this one: Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack, Black Now, here’s the deal, everyone will have their own items they will need to carry, this list is just a start.

Items I carry in my everyday carry bag:

  1. Multi-tool knife, you can use these for so many things
  2. Hand sanitizer-keep my hands clean from bacteria
  3. Mirror-if stranded I can flash this to help people find me
  4. Compass-if stranded I can at least know the direction I am heading
  5. Whistle-I like the ones that are extremely loud to alert other people
  6. Small bills and coins for emergency cash if the power goes down
  7. Water bottle (with a filter)
  8. Lip gloss
  9. Small first aid kit
  10. Duct tape (small rolls now available)
  11. Seatbelt cutter
  12. Flashlight-extra batteries
  13. Pen and small paper tablet
  14. Folding knife for protection or other uses
  15. USB charger for phones and tablets
  16. Aspirin and Benadryl
  17. Pepper spray
  18. Black sharpie

Here is a printable to get you started: Everyday Carry Bag Printable. Now remember, this list is just a to get you started, you may have an emergency car bag in your vehicles with additional items. I wouldn’t be carrying an axe around in my EDC bag, just giving you the heads up here. I do have one in my car, though. Please let me know any items you would add to this list. I love your ideas!

Other EDC Items To Consider:

  • 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
  • Compass and maps; not everyone has a GPS in their car or on their phones
  • Can of motor oil
  • Fire Extinguisher(5 pound ABC type)
  • Flares and/or orange cones
  • Jumper cables
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Shovel/ax
  • Pocketknife
  • Tire gauge
  • Toolbox
  • Window scraper for ice

Necessities for survival:

  • Water/Granola bars/Jerky
  • Blankets
  • Jackets/sweaters
  • Emergency cash: approximately $50.00 in small bills
  • First Aid Kit
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Scissors/pens/pencils (not crayons-they melt)
  • Emergency snack food and/or MRE meals (items may need to be replaced more frequently if stored in extreme heat conditions)
  • Whistles
  • Umbrella
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra blankets

Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, like the next disaster. May God bless you for your efforts. We must take care of ourselves, that’s a fact of life.

Please remember my book is available: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

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Father’s Day Roundup: Posts to Help You Survive the Weekend

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Happy Father’s Day (almost). Do you have outdoor plans for the weekend? I’ve culled some choice posts to help get you prepped to survive.

Before we get to that, I want to thank you for responding to my request for book reviews last week. I have the best readers ever—really. Thank you for taking time to tell others what you think of The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook. I’ve included some excerpts from reader reviews at the end of the post.

And now, here are some posts I suggest glancing over before the big weekend because nothing should ruin Father’s Day—especially heatstroke.

Fishing/Boating Tips

Father’s Day Roundup: Posts to Help You Survive the WeekendTips for Grilling/Playing in the Heat

Eastern cottonmouth snakeHiking/Camping/Hunting Tips

Bee on a purple flowerTips for Doing Anything Outside


What are your weekend plans?

She Paid Her Medical Bills In Cash. You Won’t Believe What She Saved.

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She Paid Her Medical Bills In Cash. You Won’t Believe What She Saved.

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Paying for medical tests yourself can actually be far cheaper than billing them to your insurance, one woman was surprised to discover.

A woman identified only as Caroline was billed $269.42 for five blood tests; her insurance company, Blue Shield, was charged another $408, for a total of $677.42. Surprised by the bill from Torrance Memorial Medical Center in California – the tests were for common things such as vitamins – she called the hospital, according to Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus.

“I was completely surprised,” Caroline told the Times. “The woman I spoke with in billing said that if I’d paid cash, the prices would have been much lower.”

If she had paid in cash, each test would have cost $15. Instead, the hospital charged her insurance company about $80 for each test – meaning the original bill was more than five times the cash amount.

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“This is utterly crazy,” Caroline told the Times. “It’s such a huge difference. Why wouldn’t I just always tell them that I want to pay cash?”

Cash prices for many medical tests and procedures are often – but not always — lower than the prices charged to insurance companies, the Times reported. The prices are lower because they are designed for uninsured patients, but often, anyone can take advantage of them.

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“This just shows how screwed up the whole pricing system is,” said University of Southern California health economist Glenn Melnick. “It absolutely makes sense to shop around for healthcare like you shop for everything else.”

Melnick added, “Insurers aren’t getting the best prices anymore. Hospitals often charge whatever they want and have tremendous power over insurance plans.”

Healthcare providers jack up costs as high as possible when they negotiate for reimbursement rates from health insurers, the newspaper reported. The prices they quote are often several times the actual cost, to give them plenty of room to make money.

Blue Shield, Melnick said, likely did not realize that the hospital was charging it far more than what an uninsured person would need to pay.

“Even at $15,” Melnick noted, “it’s unlikely the hospital is pricing the blood test below cost.”

Gerald Kominski, the director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, told the Times that cash prices are one of the dirty little secrets of healthcare.”

“If your insurance has a high deductible, you should always ask the cash price,” Kominski said.

Unfortunately, not all clinics and hospitals will tell you about cash prices, but many will. The Times reported last year that some independent companies provide MRIs for hundreds of dollars – instead of the thousands normally charged at hospitals.

Have you ever paid with cash and gotten a better deal? Share your tips in the section below:

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Raising Earth Friendly Children

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We need a generation that grows up taking their role as guardians of the earth very seriously. We need earth-friendly, ecologically-aware children who grow into responsible adults. The good news is that teaching them this can be a lot of fun!

We need to raise the upcoming generation of children to be ecologically aware. Luckily, it's not too hard to do.

Seven Tips to teach your kids to be eco-conscious

#1 Be a good role model. 

This is perhaps the easiest way to teach your children to be eco-conscious. 
Children pay attention to what you do. If you recycle, reuse and pay attention to how you consume, your children will grow up with that example. When you show them that caring for the earth is important to you, through your every day actions, they will pick up on it. 
As an adult, I have an absolute horror and hatred for large scale clear cutting of forests. But it makes perfect sense – my father and grandfather told me many times about how the forest was a precious resource, that landowners had a responsibility to care for it and keep it producing indefinitely. When we would drive along the highway, my father would point out acres of clear cut land and nearly spit with rage. How could I not soak in a love for the woods and forests?

#2 Discuss your earth-friendly choices with your children

Look for learning moments to discuss why you are eco-conscious. For example, when you’re shopping you might choose to purchase an item at a flea market. Explain to your child why you’re buying used instead of new. Our children understand that “everything brought up on the mountain must be carried back down” and so they look for ways to diminish the garbage that we bring home.

#3 Help them explore nature. 

Nature is what you’re trying to preserve and protect. If your child doesn’t get out and enjoy nature, they won’t have an appreciation for the earth. Take nature hikes. Enjoy the beach. Head to the mountains or take bike rides. Just get some fresh air and sunshine.

#4 Field trips. 

Some recycling centers, landfills and water treatment plants offer tours. Check out your local facilities. What educational experiences are available? If they don’t commonly offer tours, consider visiting them on Earth day. Show your children what happens to our trash and waste water. Help them learn the cycle of consumption. It’ll help them appreciate what they use.

Teach your children to live lightly on the planet today. They're the ones inheriting it.

#5 Garden. 

Gardening is a wonderful way to appreciate and experience the earth. If you don’t have space outside you can create a windowsill herb garden. Use recycled, reused and organic material to create your garden. For example, tin cans to plant your herb seeds in. Compost to fertilize the soil. Rainwater to water the plants.

#6 Make it a game. 

Show your children how much water or electricity you use each month. Make it a game to lower your consumption. Turn off the lights when they’re not in use. Use water sparingly. Turn off all appliances. See how much you can reduce your electric, gas or water bill during the month. Then reward children for their efforts.

#7 Volunteer. 

Become active in outdoor clean ups. If your community has a “clean up the park” day, sign the family up. Volunteer at your recycling center. Or assist the recycling program at community events.
For example, many running events have recycling volunteers to make sure all those paper cups from the aid stations end up in the recycling bin rather than the street or the garbage. Show your children that the Earth is important and enlist their help in keeping it clean.
Most importantly, follow through on your words. If you tell your children that being environmentally conscious is important to you then follow it up with rules. Limit television viewing time. Ask them to turn off the lights. Make sure they don’t take twenty minute showers. Create a recycling center in your home. When it comes to teaching children, follow through is important.

15 Ways To Prepare for a Rogue Wave of Collapse

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Spend ten minutes on the web surfing the key words “prepping skills” and you will be presented with site after site preaching the gospel of prepping for the time when the stuff hits the fan, something we commonly call SHTF.  The truth is it is a bit bittersweet to see so many of us planning for a major meltdown of our economy, food supply, power grid, country, society, and quite possibly our planet.

Call it a feeling or an intuitive guess, but It is as though we are preparing for a huge rogue wave that will hit an any moment.  There is a huge, 100 foot wall of disaster that is zooming toward us. We don’t know what is coming or when, but we know in our gut that it is on its way.  And so we prepare.

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In my opinion, every once in awhile we need to go through a self-assessment to determine how well we are doing in planning for this rogue wave of collapse, in whatever form it might take.

Will There Really Be a Catastrophic Collapse?

I first wrote about the coming “rogue wave of collapse” in 2011.  What I write today is a very different article.  Back then, I was almost sure that a global collapse, economic or otherwise, would happen within months.  Clearly, what I envisioned did not happen, or at least did not happen in the manner expected.

My current opinion is that these past six years have brought an insidious and sometimes imperceptible decline in life as we knew it before the crash of 2008/2009.  I believe there is a high degree of complacency and most folks figure “this is just the way it is”.  My guess is that many have conveniently forgotten what it was like to get regular raises, purchase health care insurance at a reasonable price, and look forward to retiring at age 65.

While the alteration in our perception of life in the 21st century makes for an interesting and important discussion, that is beyond the scope of the tips I share today.  Still, it is wise to recognize that this new normal is setting a precedent for future generations and the path we are on is not a good one.

I do sometimes speculate that the act of prepping creates some sort of cosmic inertia that will somehow fulfill itself.  In psychology, this is called a self-fulfilling prophecy.  The fact is that so many of us are preparing for a dismal future and as a result, the fabric of our daily life is changing.  Because we expect the world situation to go from bad to worse, we are changing our attitudes, our habits, and our personal culture to adapt to a situation we think is going to occur.

And that is the crux of the matter.  We are planning for something bad to happen and in the planning, we are changing the course of our individual life plan.  Are the facts mixed with speculation? Or are facts mixed with a fiction that becomes the new reality?  This makes for a fascinating study.

Let me be clear.  I am not saying that prepping and acquiring survival skills is wrong.  And most assuredly I am not saying that planning for self-reliance and survival will lead to global food shortages and societal chaos.  Instead, I am throwing out the possibility and probability that life as we know it is indeed changing not only for the bad, but for the good.  We are making it change, one baby step at a time, with each can of beans, bag of rice, and box of bullets.

The life we are changing may be only a ripple when compared to some unknown, unpredictable catastrophe but it is change none-the-less.  And perhaps that in itself, over time, will change the direction of our world.

15 Things To Do Now To Prepare for a Collapse and for SHTF

1. Get your food and water supplies in order

This is going to mean something different to everyone, depending on where you live and what you feel is coming.  For some it may mean stocking up on pantry items and bottled water, whereas for others it may been purchasing additional freeze dried food and fillable water containers.  Regardless of your situation, get your food and water supplies in order sooner rather than later.

Additional Reading:  20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

2. Have at least two ways to filter water

Consider a Berkey or other system such as a LifeStraw Family as well as personal devices such as the Sawyer Mini or personal Lifestraw.  Pool shock is an excellent option but only if you know how to use it safely.

Additional Reading:  How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water

3.  Establish a cash fund, preferably in small bills

If the grid goes down, banks credit cards, and ATMs will no longer work.  If there is a major economic collapse, banks and our government may ration access to our own funds.  Think it won’t happen?  Look at recent events in Venezuela and think again.

4 Ensure you have both the means and fuel that will allow you to cook outdoors and without power for an extended period

Cooking over a campfire is fun when you are doing so as part of a weekend getaway but being forced to do so is a whole other matter.  Build or buy a rocket stove, build or buy a solar oven, and learn how to use same.  Extra tanks of propane are a good idea just be sure to check with local authorities who may have limits as to how much can be legally stored on your property.

Additional Reading:  Propane for Preppers:  The Five Part Series

5. Gather extra first aid and medical supplies

Think about sick room supplies as well as basic first aid supplies. In addition, get at least one good book on dealing with medical emergencies when help is not on the way.

Additional Reading:  How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

6.  Study alternatives to prescription drugs

There are a lot of choices when it comes to alternative medicine.  Start a medicinal herb garden and learn to effectively use essential oils to resolve common medical issues.

Additional Reading:  10 Useful Medicinal Plants To Cultivate From Seeds and 9 Best Essential Oils for Your Survival Kit

7.  Bolster Home Security to Discourage the Bad Guys

Regardless of where you live, there are things you can do to beef up the security in and around your home.  Examine your locks and the foliage surrounding your home.  Is your lighting bright enough to spot and possible take target on intruders?

Additional Reading:  20 Home Security and Crime Prevention Secrets for Preppers

8. Prepare yourself psychologically to defend your turf

There are many ways to defend yourself and your property.  Some involve firearms and some do not.  Whatever you do, have a good chat with yourself to determine what you are willing to do (or not) and why.  This is an important aspect of personal defense; do not ignore it.

Additional Reading:  10 Ways to Stay Calm and Prepare for a Disruptive Event and Can Nice People Shoot?

9. Don’t believe everything you hear in the media or read on the Internet

Without dwelling too much on this, sometimes it is the mainstream media and sometimes it is the alternative media that is all hype no substance.  Remember that fear sells.

And that is all I am going to say about that.

10. Keep your vehicle in good operating condition and keep the gas tank topped off at all times

Hopefully you will not need to evacuate but if you do, you want to be ready.  Don’t forget to periodically check your battery and tires, including the spare.

Additional Reading: Survival Buzz: 46 Must Have Items for Your Emergency Vehicle Kit

11.  Keep extra clothes on hand and don’t get behind in the laundry

You want to be prepared with climate suitable clothing, including socks and jackets.  That said, they will not do you a bit of good it they are in the laundry. It is also a good idea to have study shoes or boots for every member of the family.

12.  Stock up on basic hygiene supplies

Whether you are experiencing a short or long term disruptive event, you are going to want to maintain proper hygiene.  Wash your hands as often as you can, and make copious use of alcohol based hand sanitizers.  This is one area where you do not want to scrimp.

Additional Reading: Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare

13.  Know how to deal with waste if there is no running water or traditional sewers are no longer functional

There is a whole lot more to dealing with waste than having 48 rolls of toilet paper.  If the sewer system is no longer functional you are going to need buckets, bags, odor control, and some way to dispose of waste.

Additional Reading:  Dealing with Poo After a Disaster

14. Establish where you will go and how you will get there if forced to evacuate

Although being able to shelter in place is always the best option, if your home is destroyed or the environment dangerous, you need to be prepared to leave and leave quickly.  Identify in advance both where you will go and the routes you will take to get there.

Additional Reading:  Finding Your Way Back Home Without a Map and Compass

15. Keep your bug out bag stocked with what you need to survive for a short period while on the road

I almost said while “on the run” because that may be the case, especially if avoiding a trip to Camp FEMA.  Bug Out Bags need to be individualized and no one kit is appropriate for all situations.  Have as many kits as you have family members, taking into account individuals needs.  More family members means more is needed in terms of extra food, water, and medical supplies.  On the other hand, there will be more people to carry the load so you can spread the weight around.

Additional Reading:  How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag and The Conundrum of Bugging Out and What To Do About It

The Final Word

I was prompted to write this piece after reading George Ure’s article last week: Coping: A Pop Quiz for Preppers.  He poses a set of questions along with his own answers. I encourage you to do the same, substituting his what-ifs with your own scenarios.

Finally, I want to reiterate that even though we may feel that the world is going to heck, it is still our world.  Keep on living, keep on loving, and keep on prepping.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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LifeStraw Family 1.0 Water Purifier:  The Lifestraw Family contains no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts to wear out. It features a a high flow rate and is the perfect solution to your portable water purification needs – whether bugging in or bugging out. Read my review here.

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

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Solo Stove & Pot 900 Combo: Ultralight Wood Burning Stove: This combination is perfect for your bug-out kit and especially for heating water for use with freeze dried meal pouches.  The stove nests inside the stove.  Lightweight and it burns biomass, no other fuel is needed.  Recommended!

UltraFire Mini Cree LED Flashlight:  I personally keep flashlights in every single room of my house and you should too.  Consider ordering a dozen of these Mini-Crees.  For less than $45, you will have enough flashlights to stash everywhere including extras for nightstand drawers, desk drawers, and just about every place else you an think of.

At the time of this writing, these flashlights are $3.15 with free shipping. Or you can purchase 4 for $13.95.   These favorites are super mini sized, bright and waterproof.  Plus, they use a single, standard AA sized battery.

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BYBLight TML-T6: This flashlight is extremely bright, casts wide angle and, when zoomed, a very focused beam.  I swear that if there were a rattlesnake out in the desert outside my back yard this flashlight would find it.  It’s a sturdy thing with an aluminum casing that is not at all heavy.  It has 5 built in modes including the standard high, medium, low plus a strobe and SOS mode. It includes a rechargeable battery and a charger plus an adapter to hold AAA batteries.

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Just to see it stacks up with my other favorites, here is a photo showing the differences in size and form factor between the BYBLight, Coast HP1, and the UltraFire Mini-Cree.

Berkey Water Filter System:  For in home use, nothing beats the Berkey. My own Royal Berkey represents a key component of my water preps.   The Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: Accidents around the homestead do happen.  As much as we practice safety, it is a fact of life that stuff happens.  Quickclot is a must for any first aid or emergency kit; it stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item for your first aid kit. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic:  I have been using New Skin for years.  It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof.  It works.

First Voice Self-Adherent Stretch Bandage (Pack of 10):  I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg.  A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit.  And so I did.  This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.


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