Barn shaped blueberry

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Laura and Rory’s barn shaped blueberry tiny home,  they designed it themselves,  I love the little touches that makes it theirs. With clever ideas,  they have made the most out of the small space they call home.

The gambrel roof is a great idea,  it creates so much more usable space in the loft area,  and the ventilation in the roof area,  it’s something I want to incorporate into the SkyCastle.

Here is their video walk thru, enjoy.

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Martial Law: What You Need to Know to Survive

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Martial Law: What You Need to Know to Survive A lot of you have asked about martial law. I decided I would go hunting for some great info on how to survive it if it ever were to be enforced (I pray to god it doesn’t) Wikipedia says “Martial law is the imposition of the highest-ranking …

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Friendly Snakes Vs. Not So Friendly Snakes

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Friendly Snakes Vs. Not So Friendly Snakes… Identifying Venomous Snakes in the United States   Snakes are everywhere right now, see how to identify the bad snakes and see how the good snakes are not as good or nice as you may think! I know for sure I have a snake den on my property, …

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51 Cheap Backyard DIYs That Are Borderline Genius

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51 Cheap Backyard DIYs That Are Borderline Genius I love my backyard. It may be small, it may be narrow and not very wide but I love spending every second I can out there! I know I am pretty limited as to what I can do to it so I have to be very careful …

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How To Make Hard Cider The Easy Way

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How To Make Hard Cider The Easy Way First off let me start by saying that you too CAN brew a wonderful hard cider that will rival store bought ciders and exceed every expectation! After brewing this hard cider recipe, the store bought brands will be a thing of the past and not only will …

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How To Make Easy Bread In A Can

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How To Make Easy Bread In A Can Make bread in a can when camping or bug out situations for quick and easy calories that actually taste yummy. You are probably thinking “bread in a can?” I was too until I read this wonderful article below, It shows us how we can take advantage of …

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How To Make At-Home Flu Shots

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How To Make At-Home Flu Shots We always have flu medicine to hand but do you really think that flu medicine will be available if SHTF? This article is amazing and gives you recipes to make your own immune booting shots to fight that nasty flu and cold. Not just for SHTF times but this …

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Pairing Wood Chips For Meat Grilling

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Pairing Wood Chips For Meat Grilling Ah, grilling.. the great american past time. I absolutely love spring because that’s when I fire up my grill. My neighbors, without fail come round when they smell the hickory or mesquite scent flowing through their gardens. For the longest time I never even knew that if you paired …

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Emergency Kit: Your Four-Legged Friend Needs One Too

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pet emergency kitsYou may have your emergency kit packed and ready to go in the event of a disaster, but what about your furry family member? The kitty or doggy in your life needs an emergency kit too, especially if the animal requires medication or other special treatment. Let’s review what your pet emergency kit would entail so you can get started on one today:

Food And Water

Okay, this may be glaringly obvious, but your pet emergency kit definitely needs food and water. Pack at least one bag of dry food and as many cans of wet food as you can fit, as well as plenty of bottled water. Several days’ or a week’s worth of food and water is generally best.

IDed Collar & Leash with ID

Many pets get loose during natural disasters, and unfortunately some never come home again. Keep a collar featuring an ID tag with the pet’s name and your contact information in the kit, as well as a leash. These extra items are helpful if you need to secure your animal during an emergency, and they also provide necessary information, should the cat or dog be separated from you.


All the medications your animal takes must go in the kit. Again, a few days’ or a week’s worth of options meds is what you want. You must rotate the medications as needed to avoid giving your pet expired  drugs in the event of an emergency.

You’ll also do well to add first aid items to the kit, such as hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting,  milk of magnesia to absorb poison, and an eyedropper to administer medications or flush your pet’s eyes. Gauze and non-stick bandages to stop bleeding are recommended as well.

Important Documents

Copies of medical records, proof of ownership, and any other important documents are yet another emergency kit must, as is the phone numbers of your veterinarian. Make sure your contact information is also written down, since having a separate paper as well as the ID tag is recommended.

Additional Items

Other items to add to your kit include:

  • Favorite toys and blankets
  • Bowls
  • Towels
  • Cat litter and box
  • Cleaning supplies (for litter boxes, etc.)
  • Photographs of the pet
  • Grooming Supplies

Anything else a pet emergency kit should include?


BREAKING: 3 Babies With Zika Virus Born On U.S. Mainland, CDC Confirms

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BREAKING: 3 Babies With Zika Virus Born On U.S. Mainland, CDC Confirms

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Three babies infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus have been born on the United States mainland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday, marking a new chapter in the expansion of the virus.

At least three other babies were lost or aborted because of Zika.

All total, 234 pregnant women – citizens and visitors – have been infected with Zika, the CDC reported. In Puerto and other U.S. territories, the number is 189.

Zika is spreading fast, and the CDC estimated that 20 percent of the population of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is expected to catch the virus, The Washington Post reported.

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Around 13 percent of pregnant women infected with Zika give birth to babies with a rare birth defect called microcephaly. Microcephaly babies are born with severe brain damaged and deformed heads.

“What we’re seeing is a very consistent pattern underscoring the fact that Zika causes microcephaly and other severe brain abnormalities,” Denise Jamieson, the CDC’s chief of women’s health, said. “This highlights the importance of preventing unintended pregnancies, avoiding mosquito bites and for pregnant women to avoid traveling to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.”

CDC officials expect local cases of Zika to occur in the US because it spreads by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found through the South, Southwest, Midwest, and as far north as New England and Southern Ontario.

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Navigation Book to Read

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Recently, one of my students showed me a book by Greg Davenport. This was a new one for me.   Davenport’s book Advanced Outdoor Navigation is a great read.

This book is very detailed and is an excellent resource for the backcountry navigator.  I found a copy on Amazon.  My copy was printed in 2006.  The GPS section needs to be brought up to date.  

I wish it was still in print as I’d use it as the required reading material in my next class.

An Asteroid The Size Of A Football Field Has Been Orbiting Earth For 50 Years — And We Just Discovered It

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An asteroid estimated to be upwards of 300 feet wide — the size of a football field — has been circling Earth for about 50 years but was only discovered this year by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope, NASA announced this week. The asteroid has been dubbed 2016 HO3, and scientists say similar objects may be circling the planet without us knowing. Although such an asteroid could do major damage to Earth if it hit, NASA says it keeps a safe distance.

This NASA video gives more details


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Repelling Summer Bugs, The All-Natural Way

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We all enjoy summer, but not everything about warmer weather is great.

For starters, wouldn’t it be nice if there were fewer flying insects – and if you didn’t have to grab a can of chemical-laced “OFF!” just to make them go away?

Well, you can, and that’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio. As herbalist and author Stephanie L. Tourles tells us, you don’t have to drench you and your family with DEET or other chemicals this summer. In fact, you may be able to use the all-natural ingredients already in your home to put together a few bug-repelling recipes – and they work!

Tourles is the author of “Naturally Bug-Free: 75 Nontoxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths & Other Pesky Insects.”

She tells us:

  • Which all-natural products you can use to repel mosquitoes.
  • Why she never uses DEET – and urges others to do the same.
  • How you can ward off ticks.
  • What you should do if ants are crawling in your home.

Some of the recipes she shares with us work against almost any flying insect, so even if you don’t have mosquitoes, you should listen. Don’t miss this amazing episode if you hate pesky summer bugs!

Emergency Preparedness Radio Station

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Over on the Survival UK Forum Lightspeed is making an interesting proposal for anyone interested in trying out a complete easy to use radio station. Here is the article he posted. If you are interested get over there to register your interest.

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A Politician is Murdered in a Place You Might Not Expect

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Jo Cox   Labour Party Member of Parliament


     The next time that someone tells you that the US “is the only place in the civilized world where murders are taking place in the street”, don’t believe it.

                 Today, forty one year old British politician  Jo Cox, was killed after meeting constituents in the street at a planned event. She tends to have such meetings almost weekly.   Jo Cox had worked hard on behalf of immigration and on encouraging Brits to remain in the European Union.   Tempers are high in England with the Brexit vote coming.   A 52 year old man grabbed her by the hair, yelled at her, stabbed her, kicked her, and when bystanders intervened, witnesses say he shot her with a firearm.   Yes, in England where no one has one, and even the police are only issued one if they are special police and it’s an unusual circumstance.  The assailant was apparently upset concerning Jo Coxes efforts to admit so many culturally and ethnically diverse people into England that he felt it was threatening Britain’s cultural identity.  He was shouting “Britain First !” as he attacked, according to bystanders.

                Jo Cox was the wife of Brandon and the mother of two young children.    I don’t share her politics, but no one deserves to be attacked in the street while they are doing their job.  The assailant is fortunate that Britain has no death penalty presently.


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Chives contain nutritional compounds that are vital for bone and neurological health and can help to prevent osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. They also have an exceptional amount of vitamin A and other antioxidants such as carotenes and lutein which help to protect the body from a variety of cancers. Chives contain a healing compound called allicin which has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.

Allicin also has the ability to help reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke. The sulfur containing oil in chives provides powerful antiseptic abilities without any of the digestion disturbing tendencies that the rest of the onion family can create. Chives are also known to help build the immune system, fight intestinal fermentation, and stimulate both stomach and liver function.

They are especially beneficial for those suffering from inflammation and autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia, bursitis, chronic fatigue, adrenal issues, shingles, epstein barr virus and vertigo. Chives are also an excellent source of folic acid which is essential for woman before and during pregnancy. Chives can be easily grown indoors or out and are a simple, flavorful, and healthy addition to any salad, guacamole, potato, rice, soup, or vegetable dish.

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Bottle Feeding Baby Goats

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I wanted to share my families experiences with our first time bottle feeding baby goats. I am no expert in goats, our two Nubian bucklings are my first ever foray into the world of goat roping (although I did rope a goat in Tunisia once – but they would not let me bring it back on ship (USS Saipan MEU 24)… My wife did raise Boar goats with her parents when she was a teen, and the thing that sealed the deal on my desire to propose was a picture of her holding a sick baby goat and attempting to

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Recipe Chicken with Vinegar

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Today’s recipe of cooking chicken with vinegar is a pretty basic cooking skill.  This of method cooking meat “Adobo” is a cultural cooking process from the Philippines, where meat is marinated in vinegar, browned, and then simmered in the marinade. This process is worthwhile for preppers, homesteaders, or outdoorsmen to know because leftovers keep well without refrigeration because the vinegar inhibits bacteria. In my experience it softens up tough meat, and I especially like using this process with rabbit.  As a matter of fact, I make “chicken with vinegar” far more often with rabbit more than I do with chicken.

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Book: Rustic Carpentry

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See larger image Rustic Carpentry: Woodworking with Natural Timber With an introduction by master craftsman Ralph Kylloe, this manual on rustic carpentry is a superb resource for woodworkers, furniture makers, and carpenters of all skill levels. Here are clear and concise instructions for creating beautiful pieces with unfinished timber, utilizing the unique texture and shape of tree branches, trunks, and shrubs. In addition, rustic woodworking requires few tools and relatively little skill to make decorative and practical flower stands, tables, chairs, gates, porches, aviaries, footbridges, verandas, tool sheds, and more. All these projects are included here with detailed advice on

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Sea Shipping Container Missile Launch Platforms

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Many people have never thought of this but it is real. The USA has always went to battle with small under-funded countries to somewhat safely satisfy the weapons manufacturing greed of a few rich people and our corrupt greedy Congress. The small countries can not match our Air Force or Navy so we were reasonably safe from a battle on our soil and therefore safe to wage a battle to make money.

Well times have changed, China and Russia are not backward underfunded countries. Their level of weapons sophistication rivals the USA. In other words, they can bring it to us and probably will. Look what Russia is doing in Europe now, flexing their muscle while we have the most incompetent leadership ever!

When I first saw sea shipping years back it made me think what an easy way to launch a missile from or get a nuke into our seaports and set it off before customs can inspect the containers. Anyplace that has a seaport these container ships can be 50, 40, 30 or even 20 miles off-shore and launch. The flight time would be seconds to target so that means there’s no way to intercept and destroy. No-one would suspect anything out of the normal but the top layer of containers could all house dozens of missiles etc. Places like Cuba, Mexico, the Bahamas could already have the mobile containers on the ground just waiting for someone to give the order to push the button. And let’s not forget the very unstable N. Korea and Iran who have nukes and delivery missiles. They feel they have nothing to lose and believe we must be destroyed.

Is this all possible? Probably. Get prepared to feed yourself should a few of these things go off.

The video will answer any questions about this real weapons threat.


Club-K Container Missile System 2013

Link to video. It’s 8 minutes long but worth watching!
Published on Apr 3, 2013

Concern Agat, Russia.

3M-54E maquette
3M-54E1 maquette
3M-14E maquette
91RE1 maquette
91RTE2 maquette

There are two major launching vehicles: the Klub-S, designed for launch from submarines, and the Klub-N, designed for launch from surface ships. These two launchers can be equipped by the following warhead and guidance combinations:

3M-54E – Anti-shipping variant, Basic length 8.22 m, with a 200 kg warhead. Range is 200 km. Sea-skimmer with supersonic terminal speed and flight altitude of 15 feet (4.6 m) at final stage(2.9 mach).

3M-54E1 – Anti-shipping variant, Basic length 6.2 m, with a 400 kg warhead.
Range is 300 km. Sea-skimmer with subsonic terminal speed(0.8 mach). Allegedly capable of disabling or even sinking an aircraft carrier.

3M-14E – Inertial guidance land attack variant. Basic length 6.2 m, with a 400 kg warhead. Range is 275 km. Subsonic terminal speed(0.8 mach).

91RE1 – Submarine-launched anti-submarine variant, with an anti-submarine torpedo. Basic length 8.0 m, with a range of 50 km. Supersonic speed. The torpedo has a warhead weight of 76 kg. 
Follows a ballistic path into the surface, speed is Mach 2.5.

91RE2 – Ballistically launched anti-submarine variant, with an anti-submarine torpedo. Basic length 6.5 m, with a range of 40 km Supersonic speed. The torpedo has a warhead weight of 76 kg. For surface ship use only. The lightest of all variants, with a launch weight of 1300 kg. Speed is Mach 2.

7 Prepper Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

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I just found a great new Youtube Channel called City Prepping. If you like this site, you’ll definitely like this channel. There are a several great videos, but this one is my favorite because he talks about several aspects of urban survival that he learned while living in Afghanistan. The seven lessons he covers are: […]

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Best beginner knife? We review the Mora 840 Companion

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What do you need in a beginner knife? Check out the Mora 840 Companion.

by Leon Pantenburg

One of the most common questions I get concerns recommendations for a first knife. That topic was discussed in another post: Ten things to consider when buying that first knife

About 12 years ago, Boy Scout Troop 18, in Bend, Oregon bought 40 Mora 840s in bright orange for the boys to use. The troop sold these to the boys for $8 each. Last year, the troop bought 50, and these are in constant use. They went for $10 each.

Troop 18 bought 50 Mora 840 Companions for the scouts to use.

Troop 18 bought 50 Mora 840 Companions for the scouts to use.

I have not seen any of these Moras break or fail in any way, despite the hard wear put on them. The boys use them for everything, from cleaning fish to Dutch oven cooking.

One of the adult leaders, former scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Pat Simning, has used his Mora for field dressing moose, caribou, deer, elk and wild hogs.  After last year’s elk hunt, Pat upgraded to a Bark River Snowy River.

My original 840 is still used frequently. It is a great canoe trip knife, and cleans fish nicely. It works well for whittling and just about any other task thrown at it.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, user knife to get started with, take a hard look at the Mora 840 Companion.

Mora is a brand. The town of Mora, Sweden has been a knife-making center for centuries. Smiths in Mora developed a basic, functional style that became known as the “Mora Knife.” Until recently there were two remaining large companies in Mora, K.J. Eriksson and Frosts of Mora. They have merged into “Mora of Sweden.”

These are several of my favorite Mora-style knives.

These are several of my favorite Mora-style knives.

Mora knives place function before style. They have the flat Scandinavian grind that goes cleanly to the edge, and come from the factory very sharp.

A Mora specialty is the laminated carbon blade. This is a three-part sandwich, with a core of high carbon steel protected by sides of tough lower carbon steel.

Here are the 840 Companion specs:

  • Fixed blade outdoor knife with 4.1-inch high carbon steel blade
  • Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty; Made in Sweden
  • Patterned, high-friction grip makes the knife comfortable to hold and easy to handle
  • Blade length: 4.1 inches (104 mm);
  • Blade thickness: 0.08 inch (2.0 mm); Overall length: 8.6 inch (218 mm); Weight w/ sheath: 3.9 oz. (110 g)

Here’s the good stuff:

Price: You can get an 840 for about $20 just about anywhere. Buy them in bulk, as the scouts do, and the knives are substantially cheaper. The Moras are designed to be almost-disposible utility knives, so you don’t have to worry about getting too attached, or bonding with your knife. But it’s OK if you do!

Design: The Scandinavians came up with their basic knife design back in the days of the Vikings. The Vikings were proponents of the big knife/little knife theory.

Their big knife might be a broadsword or some other long, sharp, pointy object, designed to cause great bodily harm. But their small knife, according to my research, would be a do-all, Mora-style blade. This small knife did the majority of the work because it was so handy, and was carried everywhere.

These are several of my favorite Mora-style knives.

After cleaning an eight-trout limit the handle on this Mora was still easy to use safely.

Handle: Knife makers hear constant bellyaching from me because they make knives with too-short handles. My palm measures four-inches across, and many otherwise excellent knives just don’t work for me.

The 840 handle is perfect for my hands, and it also works well for kids’ smaller grip. The rubber handle doesn’t get slippery during use, and the contours are almost perfect.

Blade length: The 4.1-inch blade is another excellent choice. For all-around use, it is really hard to beat a four-inch blade.

Point: The 840 has a slight drop point, which is a good option for an all-around user. Price being what it is, you can alter the point however you want to.

Grind: The Scandinavian Grind is a wide flat bevel that runs to the edge of the blade, according to Ragweed Forge, and there is little or no secondary bevel. This is a great grind to learn how to sharpen on. The bevel itself is the guide. Lay the edge so it is flat on a whetstone, and use a slicing motion. I think the scandi edge is the easiest to sharpen.

Steel: The Morakniv company uses blades of 12C27 stainless steel, UHB-20C carbon steel, Triflex steel, or very hard (HRC61) carbon steel laminated between softer alloyed steel. The 840 blade is made from the laminate, and its edge-holding ability is excellent.

Know this:

  • The 840 is not a full tang knife. It appears to be about a 3/4 tang. It will not be as strong as a full tang, and you (probably) won’t be able to drive it into a tree and stand on the handle.
  • The sheath is not safe to carry as is, IMO, and needs to be modified before it can be safely used. (Here’s how to modify it.)

IMHO, your first knife should be a rigid blade, and inexpensive. You won’t know exactly what you want and need until you use a knife some. The 840 is a good place to start, and if the pattern, design or handling aren’t suitable, you’re only out about 20 bucks.

If you do like the Mora style, you can find high end knives in that pattern.

Or maybe you’ll decide to stick with the 840, since it meets all your needs. In either situation, you can’t go wrong starting out with a Mora 840.

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Summer has Arrived and it is Time to Start Solar Cooking

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A meal cooked on Solar ovens

Summer is here and the sun in shining.  It is time to start solar cooking.  It is fun, keeps the heat out of your house and prepares you for cooking in an emergency.  Now there are many advantages to solar cooking in an emergency.  One it saves fuel, you don’t have to waste time looking for wood or burning other precious fuels.  You can use a solar cooker in the winter as long as the sun is shining and you insulate the cooker from the cold ground.  A friend of mine has used his sitting on top of 4 feet of snow and been able to cook a meal.

Normally the best time of day for solar cooking is between 9 am and 3 pm.  A good rule of thumb is that if your shadow is no longer than your height you can cook with a solar oven.  If your shadow is to long the sun is to low on the horizon.

If you live above the 60 parallel, you may find that solar cooking is not very efficient.  At lower levels, solar ovens can be very efficient, for example at the 40°N parallel you should average 150 days a year, almost 6 months.  At the 35°N parallel you should be able to cook for well over 6 months.

solar cooking

A chart showing the number of prime cooking days at different parallels.

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A map showing the 35 and 40 parallels

As a rule of thumb, we have found that it takes about twice as long to cook food on a solar oven as it does on a stove.  Some solar ovens are faster than others.  You need to spend some time studying them to determine which one is best for you.

Here are some links to help you with solar cooking

If you do a search on this site under solar ovens you will find additional information, recipes and plans to make your own.

There are currently several high quality solar ovens currently on the market,  This includes the Gosun solar oven, the Global Sun Oven, and the Solavore Solar oven.  In addition, there are many other good commercial and homemade stoves available.   But there is a learning curve so start now.



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Summer Prep For Kids

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I have listened to a lot of people lately complain about their kids and how all they want to do is sit in front of Survival Kidsscreens.  Ironically while these people are telling me about their “lazy” kids, they are checking their phones and physically, appear to be the indoor/ couch type of person.  I am extremely tired of hearing how lazy children are these days when their supposed role models are no better.  Kids will imitate those they spend the most time around.  If you are an active individual they too will be active.

By Tinderwolf, a contributing author of SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Likewise, if you are lazy and you show them that technology is the most important activity to spend their time on, well they will follow suit.  Having your kids be active as soon and often as possible is paramount. Start off small and keep it going.  You don’t have to plan some fancy trip to the mountains for a week straight.  All kids really want is attention and consistency.  My kids were going through a phase where they enjoyed pirates.

Related: Get Your Kids Outside

So, I got a hold of a bunch of old half dollars (non-silver) and various other coins and planned treasure Camping & Survival Kidshunts. I would hide the “treasure” in the yard or at park and then make up a treasure map.  Be creative and don’t make the map too difficult to read. I drew mine with crayons or markers, added various landmarks that they would easily identify and added a North, South key on it.

I took it one step further to make the map look older by rubbing used coffee grinds all over it and crumpling up the paper.  Sometimes they would have trouble finding their way and I would make up very simple riddles or clues for them to figure out.  This simple activity got my kids outside, introduced them to reading a map, used their imagination and they had an absolute blast with this game.  I found what works with my kids so they enjoyed this activity and now they ask to go on treasure hunts all the time.

Related: 4 Step Household Evac Plan

Learning how to fish is not only fun (in my opinion) but is a critical skill to learn.  From my experience, my Best Survival Skills for Kidskids got bored pretty quickly when I first took them fishing.  I found they stayed interested in the process much longer when we were catching fish.  The easiest way to accomplish this is by not fishing for the biggest fish in the pond but rather, fish for the little ones.  I would always find a spot on shore where I knew I could dip and pull little Bluegills and Sunfish out of the water with regularity.

When my kids knew they could get their own fish they wanted to completely take over the process and soon they were sitting next to me doing everything themselves.  As they get older make the fishing experience more challenging.  Instead of using a store bought pole have them make their own from a tree branch or have no pole at all.  I found what works with my kids to make fishing fun and now they ask to go all the time.

Also Read: Everyday Survival Kits

I first took my kids camping in my mom’s backyard.  They helped me sent up the tent, laid out the bedding, collect firewood, and sorted out all of the other particulars.  It was important to me that they didn’t rely on just a tent for shelter so we made other types of “forts” to play in.  We used a tarp and other natural materials to create different kinds of structures that could be used for shelter.  I had them do everything when the time came to create a fire. Creating a scavenger hunt to find the materials kept them interested in the process.

I gave them a very small Old Timer knife to scrape tinder and cut small twigs.  Once the ingredients for the base of the fire were ready I had them use a lighter to get the fire going.  When they saw that little flame grow and grow into a warm life giving fire, their eyes got as big as silver dollars.  This made the frustrating process of them using a fire rod much easier as they had the knowledge and drive to see that fire again.  I found out what works for my kids and now they want to go camping, they want to learn different methods for starting a fire, they want to create their own shelters.

Related: Family Survival

What I found most interesting with my kids were the questions they would come up with on their own.  I was Survival not introducing them emergency situations or prepping but getting them involved in outdoor activities and skills that many don’t become involved with anymore. As time went along   the questions they had were prepping and emergency situation related.  “Dad, what happens if you can’t get food from a store?” “Dad, what do you do if you get hurt and no one is around?”

I fostered these questions and treated them gently like a small ember of a fire.  Never doom and gloom the situation until you have to.  You have to find what works for your kids to keep them interested and having fun. I used the same methods as mentioned above to teach them gardening, food storage, self- defense, navigational skills and the list goes on.  You are the adult, you are the role model, you not only have to show them (and yourself) how to take the first step, but how to keep putting one foot in front of the other in the pursuit of a more fulfilling, skillful lifestyle.

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Power down all the empty, time consuming aspects of your life and get involved.  Sometimes teaching others is easy and sometimes it makes you want to hit your head against the wall.  One of the most important aspects to teaching others I have found, is that I learn just as much, if not more, from those I am teaching. Get out there and remember, have fun!

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Survival Gear Review: Talon Grips

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Best handgun grips

So I’d just like to come right out at the outset of this review and state that Talon Grips have best handgun gripsprobably provided the most satisfaction-per-dollar of any of the firearms modifications I’ve tried in recent memory. They are quite inexpensive, easy to install, non-permanent, and 100% effective at the specific improvement they offer. They’re just damn cool too. All pros, no cons. This will probably be a short review, now that I think about it.

By Drew, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

A Cut Above

If you read my article “12 Great Preps for Under $30” you’ll remember that I’d listed stick-on gripBest Pistol Hand Grips tape as a great buy, due to the fact that you could buy it in strips at cut it to any desired shape, to add texture and “grippyness” to any item that needed it. Specific examples are: handgun and rifle grips, cellphones and cellphone cases, knife handles, etc.

Talon Grips – hailing from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, takes that idea and go one step farther, providing laser-cut application-specific pre-made grip tape sections. With over 200 different designs available from 22 different firearms manufacturers, it’s a safe bet that there is a patented wrap-around pattern that fits your exact gun. Talon Grips also offers a bewildering array of stick-on grips for smartphones, rifle grips, shotgun fore ends, extended magazines, tasers…even a stick-on bottom coaster pad for YETI Rambler travel mugs.

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Talon Grips got their start back in 2009 when a duty Glock 21 was fitted with a set of grip panels Best Pistol Gripmade from skateboard tape. Others in the department had to have their Glocks likewise upgraded. Soon thereafter, sales on eBay started taking off, and more designs were developed – first more Glock models came around, then Springfield XD grips, all cut by hand from rolls of skateboard tape. Soon they were farming out the product to a local die cutter for mass production, and in 2011 a proprietary rubber material was developed specifically for firearm grip application, and a laser cutter was purchased to allow for much more intricate designs. In 2012, a patent was received for the one-piece wrap-around die-cut grip design Talon Grips had perfected. The sky has been the limit for Talon Grips since then, and this 100% Designed- and Made-In-USA product has been taking the firearms world by storm.  Law Enforcement, competition shooters, military operators, and the civilian market all have flocked to this easy to install, effective modification.

The design is deceptively simple in theory, yet intricate in execution.  Talon Grips are comprised of one-piece wrap-around laser-cut (you can see the scorch marks on the white peel-off grip backing when you get the grips) stick-on grip panels that utilize an adhesive that has been formulated to stick to guns (especially polymer) like crazy, yet is (relatively) easy to remove with no gluey residue remaining behind.  The panels are notched, relieved, and contoured to look like they grew on the gun; all of the sets I got had cutouts for existing logos, reliefs for thumb rests, and cut-outs for existing terrain on the gun.  So, like I said: while these are very simple, there has been a lot of time spent designing the grips to fit perfectly…and fit perfectly they absolutely do.

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The grip material is offered in two configurations: granular (feels like fine 150 or 220 grit sandpaper) and textured rubber, with both makeups being very thin – less than ½ millimeter thick – for no added bulk to the gun.

The granular material is the epitome of traction for those who need 100% hold on their gun no matter what the conditions – sweat, rain, mud, blood. The aggressiveness of the grip has a trade off if you wear your gun concealed: the grain of the grip would be awful rubbing against your skin on an inside-the-waistband holster, and I imagine it would fray or even wear its way through clothing given enough time and movement. But, if you have a belt gun that rides in a holster on the outside of your body (think uniformed law enforcement officer), there’s no better way to go if positive handgun retention and grip is what is needed.

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The rubber material is textured to provide a pattern a bit like a stippled grip, but the formulation Best Handgun Gripsof the rubber is far more tactile and positive than a stippled polymer grip. The rubber grip is far and away the more user-friendly and versatile of the two materials: it won’t harm clothing or skin with contact, but still provides almost a sticky gripping surface for the user to really muckle onto. The only time the grip was anything like compromised was when I submerged the grip module of my test Sig P320 in water. The Talon Grip stayed on the gun just fine, but it had a sort of “squishy” feeling that was definitely odd. However, the valleys of the grip surface allowed water to ooze out, and while it felt weird, the gun wasn’t about to squirt out of my hands. If you’re in a really wet environment frequently, I might lean towards the granular grips. Otherwise, the rubber ones are terrific – and the rubber grips are the ones I personally chose to leave on my Sig.

Talon Grips doesn’t just do handguns – they offer a lot of other cool grips for non-traditional items. I also ordered up a Talon Grip for my Remington 870 home defense shotgun – I’d seen a grip was offered for the Magpul MOE shotgun fore end so I had to try it. I also ordered a wrap-around rubber grip for my work-issued Apple iPhone 6S cellphone.

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The Magpul grip had slots cut into it to allow the MOE fore end’s molded-in ribs to come through Best Forend Gripthe grip, and there were also cut-outs for the Magpul logo.  The only issue that I ran into with the Talon Grip for this application was minimal: I had to pull the light and rail off the fore end to get the grip on – and to re-install the rail and light on the fore end means pulling the gun apart to access the inside of the fore end.  Not the end of the world for me since I’ve had Remington 870s apart more times than I can count and have all the proper tools, but for the run-of-the-mill gun owner it might be an inconvenience.  But the pros definitely outweigh this small malfeasance, because the traction I get on the fore end for fast, aggressive cycling is unparalleled.

The iPhone grip was pretty cool.  I pulled the iPhone out of the Magpul Bump Case it had been residing in, cleaned it off with the supplied alcohol wipe, and installed the grip.  For clumsy people like me, it felt a touch alarming to have the phone out of a nice protective case, but the positive grip that I now had on the iPhone thanks to the Talon Grip allayed (most of) the anxiety. If you’re someone who doesn’t need a protective phone case but would like more traction on a phone, the Talon Grip is absolutely the ticket. All the cutouts for rocker switches, power button, charger port, and input jack were all precisely placed, and the rubber grip didn’t create any issues slipping the phone in an out of pockets.  While it was really great and I used the phone with the Talon Grip for a week or so, I eventually peeled the grip off and let the phone live in the Magpul case again since I drop phones with alarming frequency, and I have a 2-year-old running around that likes glowing devices.  That’s not a detraction of the Talon Grip; I just needed the protection over the traction – even though the added traction DID keep me from dropping the phone on numerous occasions.

Getting It On

Installation of the Talon Grips is a breeze if you have any attention to detail and patience – you Best Handgun Gripsdon’t have to be a gunsmith to get the benefits of the grips – installation is almost dummy-proof.  You’ll need the Talon Grips, a hair dryer or heat gun, and (optional) a couple Q-tips and some rubbing alcohol. A full read-through of the included instructions is definitely recommended.

First off, disassemble the gun if you can.  You’ll be moving the gun around, pivoting, turning, twisting it to get the best angle to install the grips. Remember, these are a wrap-around design, so at one point, you’ll likely have the gun pointed at yourself or other things that don’t need extra holes. Be smart, take the gun apart.

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Next, we’ll need to clean the application area.  Talon Grips provides an alcohol pad to accomplish this; however, I found that the pad didn’t really reach down into my Sig’s existing grip texture that well, so I chose to soak a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and really get down and dirty with the cleaning.  The alcohol will eradicate any gun and/or skin oils that have accumulated on the gun and provide a really positive adhesive surface for the grips. Let the alcohol evaporate fully before moving on.

For handgun grips, you start on the left-hand side of the gun, when viewed as if you were Best Handgun Gripsshooting the gun.  I did a dry run first, trying out the alignment of everything instead of peeling the backing off and just going for it. Personally, when getting started, I didn’t remove all of the paper backing from the grip at once – I really didn’t want to deal with multiple adhesive surfaces flailing about mid-way through the process, sticking to things other than what I intended them to. I started with just peeling the left-hand grip side and leaving the remainder attached to start – it was easy to pull the backing as you went around the gun.

Using the existing Sig Sauer logo that was on the gun‘s grip, I lightly aligned the Talon Grip on the frame, getting the orientation perfect. I had to pull the grip off once to start again – this didn’t seem to have a detrimental effect on the grip material or the adhesive.  But once I got the initial start of the Talon Grip on exactly right, the rest of the installation fell into place. I just rolled the grip around the gun slowly, adjusting each tab where I needed to. The instructions said not to pull or tug, but a small amount of gentle stretching was required on the right-hand side of the grip to get the opposing-side Sig Sauer logo cutout to align properly.

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A little tip from your buddy Drew: don’t press the whole grip down on the left-hand side starter panel when starting out. Be sure to leave the frontstrap side of the grip unattached if possible. I’m telling you this because you’ll find that as you wrap the grip around the gun, you definitely have too much grip for the frontstrap.  Don’t cut this off! Peel back the left hand grip slightly, and tuck this excess material underneath the left-hand grip. Then, once you’re happy with the alignment of the whole system, press the Talon Grip grip down firmly to get the adhesive to grab.

After I was happy with the placement of the grip on the guns, I stole my wife’s hair dryer (for the love of God, don’t tell her please) and secreted away to my basement workshop. I set the hair dryer to “low warm” and directed the hot air stream onto the Talon Grip.  I took care to keep the hair dryer moving and to not let one area of the grip get too hot – Talon recommends getting the surface about the same temperature as a hot cup of coffee. You could watch the rubberized material almost shrink a little and work its way into grooves and recesses, ensuring the adhesive got a firm grip. Once I was satisfied, I let the gun cool completely and returned the thieved hair dryer to its proper location. Once everything was set up, the Talon Grip was adhered strongly to the gun – definitely in it for the long haul. In the time I’ve had the grips on, no edges have peeled and there has beed zero bubbling or relocation needed – a tribute to a sound design, quality products, and a proper cleaning.  As an aside, I might hold off from using the hair dryer on Talon Grips that are applied to electronics – I didn’t use it on the iPhone, and the grip stayed on just fine.

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When it came time to peel off the Talon Grip from my iPhone, I really had to work at it to get an Best Pistol Gripedge pulled up enough to get a grip on it.  Once I did have enough for a good purchase-and-pull, the Talon Grip really fought me to stay on the phone.  But, I eventually prevailed (how sad would it have been if I didn’t?) and removed the grip. I’m happy to say there was zero need for removing sticky, gluey residues – because there weren’t any.  Talon Grips are 100% reversible if you want to change to a different texture or want to sell/trade the gun – you can’t say that for a custom stipple job on your gun…and I daresay the Talon Grips function better than a stipple job.


What can I say?  Order some Talon Grips.  Right now.  If you don’t like them, you’ll be out less than $20.  But were I a betting man, I’d wager that you’ll love Talon Grips on your handgun/shotgun/taser/YETI cup that you’ll be a return customer.  They’re effective, inexpensive, easy to install all by your lonesome, an completely reversible. How can you go wrong? Give it a whirl, you’ll be glad you did.

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Radiation Pollution, Enabled By A False Dose Model, Is Causing a Cancer/Disease Epidemic

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Another good interview with Dr. Busby on ICRP + the FALSE RISK MODEL:
Dr. Busby said:

“…The governments of all countries have been regulating the emissions from nuclear sites and the exposures of humans on the basis of a FALSE RISK MODEL === A false relationship between exposure to radiation and the health effects that they produce. And this risk model, which was developed in 1952 in order to underpin the development of nuclear weapons, has been broadly unchanged since 1952.

It’s held by a group of people called the International Commission on Radiological Protection…. The Scientific Secretary of this organization met with me here in Stockholm in April of last year and at least conceded in a debate that we had, which was videoed, that the risk model is indeed false. It cannot be used for predicting or explaining the health effects of exposures to substances like Strontium90, and Cesium137, and Plutonium and so forth ….

This is the biggest public health scandal in recorded human history. People have been systematically contaminated and poisoned by these substances since … global weapons testing… the nuclear fallout from atomic bombs…and it is this exposure …that is essentially the cause of the current cancer epidemic.”

From the link immediately above:

The dirty secret about internal emitters

The aforementioned stakeholders in keeping us ignorant about the risks of radiologically contaminated food know full well that alpha radiation is the elephant in the room, the sword of Damocles hanging over the head of everyone who eats.

Obesity is linked to cancer in reality because people who eat more, ingest more internal radiation emitters, including the very dangerous alpha emitters. The more you eat, the more alpha emitters end up in your blood stream and in your cells, and the greater the risk of a double DNA strand breakage that can’t be repaired and turns into cancer because the cell does not commit suicide, neither stops dividing and the immune system is not in the full 100% of cases able to kill the tumor before it’s larger than a grain of sand or at most a grain of rice.

When you’re older, these mechanisms become less efficient and will eventually fail. Alpha exposure from an internal emitter will then inevitably result in cancer. Public information on alpha emitters obfuscates the issue. Alpha radiation is portrayed as the lowest risk of all, in pictures that show that alpha particles can’t even penetrate the skin. It is as if they want to make them appear harmless.

State Rank List – Percentage Of Preppers Per Population

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Have you ever wondered which states have the highest percentage of preppers? (those who are preparedness-minded)? Have you ever wondered where your own state ranks within the 50 states of the United States? Have you ever wondered which state has the least preppers per population? Having recently run a poll asking our readers to let […]

5 Stealth Native American Skills That No One Else Has Mastered

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5 Stealth Native American Skills That NO ONE ELSE Has Mastered

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Whether is was a matter of sneaking up on prey to catch their next meal, sniffing out enemies who might be nearby so that they could be avoided, or planning a sneak attack on enemies, one of the most notable skills that native people had was stealth.

When Europeans came to the New World, they were often amazed at how native people seemed to be able to walk through the woods almost without sound. When you consider the amazing hearing of most animals, it makes you wonder just how hunting parties managed to get close enough to their prey to make a kill!

In the times before the white man walked in the New World, there were no telescopes, no long-range rifles, no binoculars. How did native people manage to get so close to game and avoid their enemies?

1. Walk silently

It seems backwards to most of us, but indigenous tribes know that walking silently means walking toe to heel, not heel to toe. The native way of walking was to take smaller steps (no more than three feet or so) and place the toes on the ground first. The weight of the body should rest on the back leg. This allows you to check the noise value of the ground you are about to step on. This way, if there is a twig hidden under leaves, you will feel it with your toes before it makes much of a sound. This enables you to change your footing, if needed.

If the ground under your toes appears (and sounds) like a quiet step, you can now put your heel on the ground and transfer the weight to your front leg. Once your toes are on the ground, roll on the outside of the foot until your heel is firmly in place.

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This is the exact opposite to how most of us walk, and it will take some practice if you hope to acquire this valuable skill. Practice on a wide range of surfaces. Once you think you have the hang of it, get a friend to turn their back on you, while you sneak up behind them. See if they can hear you or if they can tell when you are within “attack” range.

2. Be ultra quiet

While walking toe to heel is considered to be the main stealth skill, there are other things that matter. For example, no matter how silent your feet might be, if you are singing, talking, whistling or even breathing loudly, you will be heard! This is one reason why native people learned the songs and whistles of native birds. They could signal one another with natural sounds that few would suspect.

Being aware of noise makers on your person is another factor to consider. Your equipment, shoelace ends tapping on your shoes, nylon pants rubbing against your legs, a clanging water bottle or rifle, all make noise that, while it might not be much, will sound like a trumpet in the quiet of the woods.

3. Watch your posture

Most people walk with their backs hunched forward and their heads up. This will naturally put most of your body weight on your front foot, which you don’t want. Learn to bend at the knees and keep yourself as low as possible while still keeping the upper part of the body erect. Yes, this means leg strength, so you might want to consider doing more squats to increase the strength of your thigh muscles.

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While you are bending at the knees, keep your hands and arms at waist level. Use your hands (palms down) to balance and further help distribute your weight. In the dark, or even in places where the light level is very low, this can help you avoid smacking low tree branches. Picture the form: knees bent, torso erect, hands spread wide between rocks or trees. This is the perfect position to pounce upon unsuspecting prey or move quickly if you are suddenly ambushed.

4. Breath differently

If you have ever watched a horror film and watched someone find a great hiding space, only to give it away with their labored breathing, you will find that this is a true fact, not just a movie stunt.

Of course, you need to breathe, but be aware of how loudly you are breathing. Many people find that they can breathe more quietly with their mouth open.

Another trick that indigenous people used was not staring directly at the person or animal until they were within range and ready to attack – believing that humans and animals could sense, somehow, that someone is watching them.

If you are not in a position to shoot or if you simply want to avoid being seen and your prey looks at you or even in your general direction, do not assume you have been spotted. Freeze right where you are. Eyes will quickly catch movement, but objects that are stationary, not so much.

Depending on your skin tone and what your purpose is, you might want to consider the lighting. This is why most native people painted their face and upper body (even their horses) with streaks of black and dark red. This helped them appear more like shadows. If you have very light-colored skin and will be in a low-light area, you might want to cover it with some streaks of dirt. While an animal might not recognize a shadow, a person surely will. Be aware of your position in the sunlight to avoid projecting a human shadow. Many native tribes tried to keep the sun on their back as they knew that most animals, and people, will turn their faces away from direct sunlight.

5. Check the wind

While you most likely could not smell a deer or a person (unless that person was using perfume or lacked deodorant) until you were almost upon them,  almost all animals have a better sense of smell than you. If the wind is chasing your scent directly to your prey, even an average deer can smell you coming from half a mile away! All the stealth in the world won’t help if your prey can smell you coming. Check the wind, no matter how slight, and be certain that you are upwind!

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Alligator Attacks

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While reading of the tragic attack by a Florida alligator on a two year old boy recently, it struck me that, although I’ve written about bear encounters, animal bites, and shark attacks, I’ve never written about alligators or crocodiles. Yet, we sometimes see gators in the lake behind our home here in South Florida, and they can be very dangerous.

Alligators are crocodilians, which also include crocodiles, caimans, and some other species. Solidly built and reaching large sizes, you might be surprised to know that these powerful reptiles’ closest relations still in existence are birds. Although humans are usually not on these carnivores’ menu, they aren’t the pickiest eaters. As a result, there are about 300 attacks reported yearly worldwide that lead to injury or death. Attacks by crocodilians occur mostly in Africa and Asia, mostly by Nile river crocodiles, but have also been reported in North America, South America, and Australia.

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Looks slow and clumsy; it’s not.

Although alligators look clumsy and slow on land, they can actually reach a speed of 10 mph. In the water, however, they can be agile and seriously fast. It makes sense to give them a wide berth whenever they are seen. This isn’t always easy, as their modus operandi is to stalk and ambush with only their eyes, ears, and nostrils above water. Once they grab hold of their victim, they hold it underwater until it drowns.

Situational awareness, so important in survival, will help avoid an encounter with an alligator. Attacks can occur both in the water and the water’s edge.Watch for mounds of vegetation that could represent a nest and stay away from murky water or shallow swampy areas of vegetation. Swimming in alligator territory is unwise, and they are especially attracted to splashing around. If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly, get out as quietly and quickly as possible.

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Alligators might be hard to spot in swampy vegetation

Attacks by crocodilians most often occur at dusk or at night. Nesting mothers are, unlike other reptiles, protective of their young, and have a nasty temper. Having a flashlight or head lamp will alert you to their presence at night in or out of the water by the reflection of light from their eyes.


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If you spot a gator on land, stay 75 feet away. If you’re camping in alligator country, make sure that your tent is six feet above the water line and at least 150 feet from the water’s edge. Store all food securely and avoid leaving scraps around that might attract them. Especially keep a close eye on dogs and children near the water’s edge. Alligators prefer smaller prey that they can easily drag into the water.

Alligators will sometimes hiss when they feel threatened. If they charge, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction from the water. If they catch you, they’ll try to drag you in. Once you’re in, your chances of survival drop greatly.


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alligators can jump vertically out of the water

Let’s say you, somehow, find yourself in the jaws of an alligator or crocodile. If it lets go, it was just a defensive reaction, but if it holds on and tries to get you in the water, you must fight. The eyes are most vulnerable, and gouging at them might be your best chance. After that, any trauma you can inflict to the head might discourage it enough to let you go.

If all has failed and you’re in the water, there’s still a chance. The alligator has a flap of tissue in their throat that prevents it from drowning. If you can grab hold of or damage this tissue, called the “palatal valve”, water will flow down its windpipe and your attacker might just release you.

If you manage to get out of the water, realize that any bite wound is probably already colonized with the huge amount of bacteria that alligators have in their mouth. Even  a minor bite will become infected if not treated with antibiotics.

Joe Alton, MD


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Re-hydrating Survival Food Tip #2

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Re-hydrating Survival Food Tip #2

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Haha….really? Another no brainer? Yes – really, just like with tip #1 “Using the Correct Amount of Water” there are people who don’t know these simple tips. This tip will make life a little easier when all you want to do is eat as quickly as possible.
What it boils down to is (-ha, did you see what I did there? ok, no more bad puns) people not boiling their water long enough to reach a rolling boil. It sounds easy enough but many people don’t understand how big of a difference a strong rolling boil vs. a low/medium boil makes in food re-hydration time. We are talking about a 5-15 minute difference depending on the boil.
5-15 minutes may not sound like much but when you are hungry or the kids are hungry and everyone wants to eat right away it can be a significant difference. It really makes a big difference when you are making several batches to feed the entire family. Forget about trying to conserve cooking fuel and only using a medium boil. You will end up waiting longer than the expected time for your emergency survival food to re-hydrate, you will get frustrated, and then put survival food back on the heat trying to speed the process up. Now you are burning more fuel than if you had just waited for a rolling boil the first time around.

The Three Boiling Stages

Small Bubbles on Bottom

Stage 1. Small bubbles on the bottom. This is more of a simmer than a boil. This is common for people to use when at a campfire and the coals aren’t hot enough to reach an actual boil before a significant amount of water evaporates. You can use this to re-hydrate your food but you will have to wait more than double the time that is recommended on the package.

Medium Bubbles on Bottom Starting to Break the Surface


Stage 2. Medium bubbles on the bottom are starting to rise and break the surface. Although this is technically a boil it is not a rolling boil. This will re-hydrate your food faster than stage one but you will still have to wait longer than expected for the food to properly re-hydrate – unless you like the “crunchies.”

Rolling Boil



Stage 3. This is the money shot! You want a the water to be a furious rolling boil. This will re-hydrate your emergency survival food as quickly as possible. Once you reach this point go ahead and quickly add the freeze dried or dehydrated food, stir, and cover. This will get you and your family eating as quickly as possible.
About the Author:  Darren Gaebel is a U.S. Army Veteran and has a decade of experience with natural disasters as a catastrophe claims adjuster. During Darren’s catastrophe experience he has seen the toll it takes on families who are unprepared. For this reason he created this blog ( to help educate and spread awareness for disaster preparedness. Darren also created to provide a way for individuals, families, and disaster relief organizations to have access to a stress free solution for getting prepared.  A portion of all proceeds from the website are donated to non-profit disaster relief organizations.

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Fire up your survival skills now, not later!

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  Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today we are going to discuss the need to fire up your survival skills now not later and why it is so important.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat. As Preppers, most of us have made a priority to learn as many survival skills …

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Save on the Essentials: 5 Frugal Ways to Prep for Any Disaster

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In the face of looming disaster, you may find yourself unable to cope with the expenses of properly preparing your home. However there are many steps you can take to prepare yourself on a tight budget with little stress. Getting the family together and making a list of set goals for everyone to work towards can be a good start.


The first step to preparing for any disaster is to prioritize your needs. What items, tools and foods are essential for survival when you are in the most need? Food storage is something that every person that prepares has plenty of, it’s an essential. Create a short list of the items that you believe are 100% necessary, and then add optional items afterwards. Make sure all of the essentials are marked off your list before you begin on anything else. A great deal on ice cream won’t help you if you run out of flashlight batteries in a storm that takes out your electricity.

Compare Prices

If you have the luxury of preparing for a disaster before it is upon you, you certainly have the option to shop around and price match the essentials. Take control of the situation ahead of time and give yourself options to choose from instead of having to pay a higher price at the last second. See which stores offer a price match guarantee or price match and discount deal. Look in the paper for case lot sales, and search online for more readily available discounts.


While you’re busy comparing prices and brands, make sure to stop by sites that offer discounts and coupons for specific items. For instance, you can find a Brownells coupon and many others on sites like Using coupons effectively can greatly reduce your preparation costs. Put your accumulated coupons together in a binder for easy access when you need them.


One of the biggest challenges of being frugal in the case of an emergency is that you often don’t have time to do much research or planning. However if you make a habit of taking advantage of good deals all year long, then you should have a healthy stockpile built up before trouble arises. As a result, you won’t be forced to pay higher prices when supplies are running low.


There are now many communities of people who love to barter and trade. Usually the people in these groups have access to a specific product or skill that may be in short supply. They may be willing to trade and barter for your supplies and services as well, which can allow you to broaden the scope of your preparations without spending any additional money up front.

There are many ways to prepare for a disaster in a budget friendly way. Take the time to decide what you need and then do the research to ensure you are getting a good deal on those items first. Shopping and trading effectively is the only way to save yourself money when the pressure is on.

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7 Quick Garden Tips To Keep Your Garden Beautiful This Summer!

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We have all been there. One day, its late Spring and the garden is growing beautifully – and in the blink of an eye – summer rolls in and it all becomes a tangled jungle of weeds & bugs!  But

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Layered Tragedies for Orlando

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Orlando, Florida

        One of my closest and dearest friends lives in Orlando. Why have I not mentioned the layered tragedies there this week ?  First, a young woman who was a favorite on The Voice was signing autographs there, and was shot to death while signing autographs after her concert. Her brother tackled the assailant preventing the deaths of many, but mainstream media will not tell you that.  Second, a young Muslim, born in the US, who had a long history of raising red flags for employers, friends, ex-spouses, and schools, shot to death 49 people in a bar, and injured a bit more than 50 more.  Six of the injured remain in critical condition with more deaths anticipated.  Twice the FBI had investigated him for potential terroristic threats. A police department to which he had applied to work also called Homeland Security about his behavior, and yet, the system did not work in order to protect the people who happened to be in that bar in Orlando that night.
The third tragedy that happened in Orlando this week is that a two year old boy who was visiting Disneyworld with his parents and siblings was snatched from the edge of the lagoon by an alligator. His father was injured while trying to get him back. A number of alligators were euthanized and their stomach contents examined while the specific alligator was located.  Meanwhile, the child’s body was found.  A Canadian and a British couple have reported to other news groups that their own children were almost snatched there in the weeks that preceded.  Why would alligators be kept within reach of small children at a family park ?

          Our president may not admit that militant Islamists are at war with the west and specifically with the United States. Of course, most Americans realize that most Muslims here are decent people who just wish to raise families here. However, a militant extreme subgroup of Islamists exists and wishes to create as much death and mayhem as possible here in the US.  Not to admit this truth is not to have an operational and successful plan to battle these anticipated series of attacks.  Look at France which has weathered a series of attacks in the last few years. Such attacks are here now as illegals from the Middle East come through the Mexican border to us illegally and disappear in our nation. Intelligence analysts tell us there are likely to be many many sleeper sells waiting to activate this entire month of Ramadan.


         Our government has not listened to its citizenry in almost eight years. All we can do is obtain concealed weapons permits if we are permitted to in our region by law, and train to be the safest and most reliable shot possible. This is not where the responsibility ends. We must also make sure we are trained well enough to hold on to that weapon if we are ever rushed by an attacker.  We must also keep our children and criminals from gaining access to the weapon. We must protect against accidental discharge of the weapon while cleaning, carrying or maintaining it.   We should absolutely avoid any location which is a gun free zone where we are sitting ducks.   We must train dispassionately for the day when a militant Islamist or other active shooter tries a mass shooting in our own midst.  We must be able to grab our weapon, vanquish the threat he is causing by pumping several rounds into the largest part of his body. We must know enough about our weapon and ammo and be practiced enough NOT to endanger bystanders while we are vanquishing the shooter. Then we must remove his weapon from him, notify police, and render aid to those who have been shot until ambulances arrive.   You notice I did not call them first responders, because WE are the first responders.   This is a large responsibility and a crushing one, but I assure you, it is ours.   The choice is to prepare for such a day now, or stand helplessly as you and your children are gunned down at a birthday dinner at Chipotle or similar restaurant.  Think about this.  We may not be able to catch each nut with radical Islamist thought disorders. However, we can make sure that at any location he might choose that ten of fifty people are licensed, trained and ready to vanquish a mad dog such as he.

Surviving Deliciously: 5 Dry Canned Meals In Jars

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You know those cool brownie mixes in a mason jar that some people give as gifts? Well, let’s take that one step further and apply the concept to prepping.

Dry canning entire meals has several benefits, and today we’ll take a look at them, and I’ll share some recipes, too.

In my article about dry canning, I discuss the methods of dry canning in detail but to sum it up, it’s canning dried foods instead of wet foods using dry heat or oxygen absorbers. The process is much easier wet canning but if you plan to use meat, you’ll want to use freeze-dried instead of dehydrated to really extend the shelf life. There are several reputable places to purchase all sorts of dehydrated and freeze-dried foods online.

5 Reasons to Dry Can Meals in Jars

You have your stockpile neatly organized. Green beans with green beans, pasta with pasta, etc. The boxes are lined up and the bags of flour and sugar are stacked, so why in the world would you want to throw a wrench in the spokes?

Better and Easier

Well, because dry canning an entire meal makes your stockpile better and easier. You can make several of the same meal all at once so that you don’t have open containers.

Keeps Bugs Out

The lights are out and the grocery stores are empty. Fortunately, you stockpiled plenty of sugar and flour, so all you have to do is build a fire and mix up some biscuits or pancakes, right? Sounds awesome, until you pour out about 100 little bugs along with your flour and sugar. Dry-canning seals out the bugs that can get into boxes and bags.

Take the Guesswork Out of Meal Planning

It’s tough for many to plan how many boxes of spaghetti, cans of peas, or cups of flour you’ll need per person per week, but if you have one meal for 4 in a quart jar (that’s about average), then that’s one meal you don’t have to worry about. No dividing cups of flour by number of people.

Keep Meals Interesting

One of the hardest things that many people who have survived catastrophe report is the need to eat the same foods over and over again. Yes, beans and rice will nourish you (sort of), but do you really want to eat variants of it daily? That may be your only option if you store food separately and have to bug out.

You can dry can soups, chili mixes, a variety of breakfast and dinner dishes, and even desserts so that you have wide variety of meals pre-made and ready to go. Many of these only require water. If you decide to bug out (or are forced to), you can always pour the contents of the jar into a plastic bag along with the recipe and toss it in your bug-out bag so you’ll have complete meals along the way. Lightweight, easy, delicious, and nutritious.

Great Way to Save Money

The cost of these recipes varies from $1 to $8 per quart jar full, not counting the price of the jar. Compare that to the cost of MREs made for camping and it’s almost mind-boggling how much you can save just doing it yourself! Once you get the hang of things, start making your own recipes and come back here to share them with us.


5 Recipes for Dry Canned Meals in Jars

OK, now that we’ve talked about some of the benefits of dry-canning meals in jars, let’s get down to the recipes. 

Penne with Mushrooms and Sausage

  • 2/3 cup tomato powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried onion
  • 2 tbsp. freeze dried spinach
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. marjoram
  • Small pinch of thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cheese blend
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup sausage crumble
  • About 1 cup penne (or whatever pasta you like)
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried mushrooms
  • 2 Tbsp. diced carrots

If you have extra room, stuff more pasta in. Remember to keep gently shaking/tapping the jar to settle the ingredients as you add them to the jar.

Directions: Pour the contents of a jar into a large skillet and add 4 1/2-5 cups simmering water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked and the sauce is thickened, stirring frequently. Add a bit more water if necessary.

Cheesy Hamburger Macaroni

You can make this cheesy if you want, or you can skip the cheese and just make it cream of soup – style. You can also substitute a couple of cheese sauce packets from mac and cheese for first 4 ingredients. You can also add some freeze-dried veggies if you’d like, if there’s room or if you’re using Mylar bags.

  • 2 tbsp. sour cream powder
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dried onion
  • 1/4 cup instant non-fat dry milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • ½ cup freeze-dried ground beef
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric (adds color and nutritional value)

Directions: Pour contents of jar along with 6 cups of water into a large skillet. Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce to a simmer for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring frequently. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Universal Bread Mix (or Cinnamon Roll Mix) in a Jar

Bread really helps you stretch portions and this recipe yields about a 10-inch loaf of bread or a dozen rolls. It’s great for breakfast cinnamon rolls, too. When sealed, this mix will store for at least 3 years.

  • 2 tbsp. instant potato flakes
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. instant non-fat dry milk
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp. powdered butter
  • 3 cups + 2 tbsp. bread flour (feel free to substitute 1/2 cup whole grain flour for ½ cup of the bread flour if you’d like)
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast

Pour the bread mix into a bowl and add the yeast. Add 1 cup warm water stir until it’s kneadable (is that a word?). You’ll need to add a bit more water, but do so slowly until the dough is elastic – neither dry nor sticky.

Knead for 5 minutes then shape into round ball and cover, rubbing a tsp or so of oil over the top to keep it from drying out. Allow to rise until double in size (60-90 min). Punch down, knead for a couple more minutes and shape into loaf or rolls. Allow to rise again.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. To make cinnamon rolls, just roll the dough out after the first rise, slather with butter, sugar and cinnamon, roll it up, slice it, and follow the directions listed above, though baking time may be a bit less.

Breakfast Sausage and Egg Hash

We all need breakfast, and this one is hearty and delicious. Keep the egg mixture separate from the meat and potatoes because they only take a few minutes, whereas the meat and potatoes will take several minutes to rehydrate.

I like to add a pack of sausage gravy mix to the jar, too. I just slide it down the side of the jar and press it to the glass so that it doesn’t take up much space.

Place directly in jar:

  • 1 packet country gravy mix (use mix that requires water, not milk)
  • 2 cups diced dehydrated potatoes
  • 1 cup freeze-dried sausage (the real stuff)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Put in small fold-top sandwich baggie on top of potatoes and sausage in the jar:

  • 1/3 cup powdered eggs
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried cheddar cheese or cheese powder
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried bell peppers (optional but nutritious)
  • 2 tbsp. freeze dried mushrooms (again, optional)

Directions: Combine the first 4 ingredients in a large skillet along with 4 cups of boiling water. Let them rehydrate, then drain any extra water. Cook for 10-15 minutes.

While the potatoes/sausage mix is cooking, combine the egg baggie with 2/3 cup cold water (only 1/3 if you didn’t add the veggies) and whisk together well. Let it rehydrate for 5 minutes, then cook in a separate skillet, or pour right in over the potatoes and sausage when they’re nearly done and cook them all together for the last few minutes.

Make gravy as directed on packet and pour over the sausage/potatoes/eggs.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Skillet Meal

Tip: Substitute 2 boxes of scalloped potatoes along with the cheese mix for the first 3 ingredients. Of course, if you buy in bulk, making the recipe as written will be much more cost-effective.

Tip: To make it vegetarian, substitute other veggies for the ham. Good choices include broccoli, peas or other greens that will add nutrition.

  • 2 1/2 cups dehydrated potato slices
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered cheese sauce
  • 1/2 cup instant milk
  • 2 tbsp. dried onion
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried ham (no substitutions)
  • 2 tbsp. freeze-dried carrots
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. butter powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Pour ingredients of jar into a large skillet and add 6 cups of water. Stir to mix while bringing to a simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes or until potatoes and ham are tender. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

And here’s another one:

Video first seen on Linda’s Pantry.

3 Tips to Remember 

And here are some tips to do it right:

Tip: Once you have the jar sealed, label the lid and place the recipe inside of fold-over sandwich bag and tape it to the outside of the jar. I do this for two reasons:  it keeps the directions from fading or smearing, and if I want to pour the meal into a large zipper bag to take with me on the fly, I can peel the directions off and toss them in the bag, too.

Tip: For pasta dishes, I add the pasta first, then add the spices so that they settle through the pasta instead of taking up space at the bottom.

Tip: Instead of using jars, you can always use Mylar bags if you’d like, though that can get expensive and the bags aren’t rodent-proof.

These are just a few recipes to get you started and in the right frame of mind. I wanted to include some go-to recipes that include breakfast, pasta, potatoes, and bread so that you have a good base. I really recommend using oxygen absorbers instead of the oven method, especially in meat or egg dishes. That way, you know that the oxygen levels in the jar are nil or almost nil so that bacteria can’t grow.

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Now, start thinking and experimenting so you can share some ideas with the rest of us! If you’ve already made up some meals in a jar, please tell us about your experience (and share your recipe!) in the comments section below.

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How To Use A Sun Oven and Love it

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Would you like to learn how to use a Sun Oven and love it? The hardest part about setting up a Sun Oven is taking it out the box and getting it fully unpacked. People are sometimes afraid because they don’t know how to use the oven. The hardest part for me was taking the plastic wrapping off of the solar panels. I have two Sun Ovens, the first one was hard to peel off the wrapping. The second oven I purchased, the materials came right off without any trouble. I have the old style but it’s awesome! The new ones are blue on the outside, either one is fabulous!  You will never burn anything in these babies! Gotta love that! I forgot my bread one day and it was fine 30 minutes after the required baking time. Here’s the deal, you forget you are cooking outside because you can’t smell the food!

I bought a second Sun Oven because I use mine all the time to keep my kitchen cool and save money on my utility bills.

How To Use A Sun Oven-It’s Really Easy:

I want you to look at the shadow on the ground  in this first picture. The “points” do not line up so this means the Sun Oven is not pointing in the right direction to get the full sun reflection or heat. The newer ones have a positioning tool so these instructions are for this style only.

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This second picture shows the “points” are still NOT “squared” or “even”  with all four sides of the shadow. I just keep turning the stove until I get it right.

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Please notice the silver bar on the back of it. It depends on the Sun’s location as to whether or not that “leg” needs to be up or down 1 -9 inches or so. Okay check out this picture.

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Can you see the shadow around the Sun Oven?  Look at the three squares (you can’t see the fourth one)  on the ground. If all 4 “squares” are equal all the way around you will get the BEST Sun exposure and heat. You can see I raised the leg on the back about 6 inches to get the “squares” to line up correctly towards the sun.

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Here is the fourth picture showing another angle with the “squares”. I learned this “TIP” from a guy who works in a store in St. George, Utah called “Your Family Still Matters”. I love the people that work there. I learn something new every time I go in there! I hope I explained this so people can understand what the “squares” are.  I went to a friends house and I had to show her these squares. It will not work at 6:00 at night at least where I live. You need full sun. I like to use mine between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. I like to tell people to think about the time that is the least safe temperatures or time to swim for sunburns……yep 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Well, this is when you get the best SUN for cooking food!!! I have to tell you the temperature goes up so much faster now that I figured out how to get the best reflection from the Sun! Love it! You can bake anything in this Sun Oven that you can bake in a conventional oven if it will fit. You lock the lid closed with the wing nuts and you are good to go. Be sure and have good hot pads.

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‘No Fundamental Right’ To Grow A Garden, Attorney Tells Judge In Major Case

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A closely watched court case concerning front-yard gardens in Miami Shores, Florida, has finally received a court hearing, and the city’s attorney showed no signs of backing down.

Circuit Judge Monica Gordo heard a challenge June 8 to the Miami Shores ordinance that allows fruit trees and plastic flamingos in front yards but bans vegetables.

“There certainly is no fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard,” Miami Shores attorney Richard Sarafan told the judge. “Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.”

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The attorney for the couple at the heart of the case disagreed.

“We’re not saying you can do anything you want on your property,” attorney Ari Bargil of the Institute for Justice told Gordo, according to the Miami Herald. “We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution.”

(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s interview with Bargil here.)

Bargil is representing property owners and married couple Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll, who – as Off The Grid News reported – were ordered by the city to tear out their vegetable garden.

The couple grew vegetables in the front yard for 17 years until the Miami Shores village government passed an ordinance banning front yard vegetable growing. Ricketts and Carroll were facing a $50-a-day fine.

“There is no vegetable ban in Miami Shores,” Sarafan said. “It’s a farce, a ruse.”

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Miami Shores’ residents are free to grow vegetables as long as they stay in the backyard, Sarafan told Gordo. But Ricketts and Carroll contend that their back yard does not get enough sunlight to grow a garden, and that their front yard is the only option.

The case is significant because it could establish a legal precedent that property owners have the right to grow vegetables.

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The Institute contends that the village violated the Florida state Constitution’s privacy clause, which bans arbitrary government interference in private activities.

The issue is important because several local governments across the country have tried to ban front-yard vegetable gardens, Institute for Justice Communications Coordinator Matt Powers noted.

The most outrageous case occurred in Oak Park, Michigan, where city officials threatened to jail Julie Bass for planting vegetables in her front yard in 2011.

“These incidents demonstrate a disconcerting trend in local governance, as city councilmembers are increasingly seeking to regulate even the most harmless uses of property,” Powers wrote at the Institute’s website.

Gordo will make a ruling in the case sometime in the next few weeks, The Miami Herald reported.

“Come by when we win the case,” Carroll told reporters after the hearing, “eggplants on us.”

That meal might be years away if the legal battle drags on.

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Simple Hacks to Build New Habits

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If you have tried to create new good habits, you know it isn’t easy!

Most of us need all the help we can get. Sadly, those bad habits seem to sneak up on us and establish themselves with barely any effort.

If you have been following along, you’ve already learned 3 steps to creating new habits and how it takes to form a new habit.

But creating new habits is a difficult process – let’s make it a little easier!

6 simple hacks to build new habits

Get help with building your new habits. Six simple hacks to make it easier.

I am going to show you six simple hacks that will make it a little easier to ditch the bad habits and establish the good ones.

Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore.

Are you ready? Of course you are. Click next page for the six hacks.

SHTF Perimeter Security: What You Can Do Now, To Prepare For Then

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SHTF Perimeter Security What You Can Do Now, To Prepare For ThenAlthough we hope nothing happens that would cause us to “beef up” our home security, we all know it is a very real possibility that we would need to protect our home in some unconventional ways in an SHTF scenario.

I titled this article SHTF perimeter security: what we can do now, to prepare for then because while setting up pit fall traps and tossing caltrops all over the front yard might become necessary, it might get you in some hot water today. With that being said, there are some things that we can do now, and some thing we can do to prepare for an SHTF event.

Today in the show Adam and I talked about just that. Adam is a police officer who does general assessments like these for people in his community, and modified it for preppers like us.

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Adam wrote me that “One thing I have training through the police department is home security, normally what citizens in my town do is either send us video or pictures of their property and we advise on best ways to prevent intrusion.  I have modified it for those in my prepper group to include SHTF security.

We tried to stick to the images in the order they were listed below, but make sure and listen, because there is much more information about each of them.

The images below are just an example home, but use your imagination and figure out what you could do to improve your perimeter security. I plan on going out and taking some pictures of my home from different areas and doing this same type of threat assessment.

Front Of Home

House Image 1The Pros…

  • Long driveway leading to house
  • Pasture with double fence between road and house
  • No tree obstructing view of road
  • Strong wooden doors
  • Nothing of value noticeable from roadway
  • Electric fence (on chain link)

The Cons…

  • No gate(s)
  • Short fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Add a gate and upgrade white fence
  • Plant thorny plants under front Bay windows
  • Add a light to fence post to light long drive
  • Camera facing driveway

SHTF Fixes…

  • Barrier to driveways
  • Board lower windows

Right Side View

House Image 2

The Pros…

  • Pasture with double fence protecting house
  • Electric fence
  • Nothing of value visible besides cows

The Cons…

  • Trees at border (limits visibility and provides cover for intruders)
  • No side window
  • Short fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Attach a solar light to utility pole (get permission)
  • Camera to utility pole (get permission)

SHTF Fixes…

  • Trim all lower branches
  • Trip alarm in pasture (more info below about traps) (and here)

Left Side View

House Image3

The Pros…

  • Long open driveway
  • All Outbuilding doors face into property
  • Large street light inside property

The Cons…

  • No gate (U shaped driveway)
  • Small decorative fence
  • Outbuilding for cover/concealment

Items to Fix Now…

  • Gate(s) added and upgrade fence
  • Lights on all sides of outbuildings

SHTF Fixes…

  • Gate/Barrier
  • Remove items of value from outbuildings
  • Alarms & traps

Left Pasture

House Image 4

The Pros…

  • Large open area between next residence and secondary fence

The Cons…

  • Equipment out in open with no view from main house
  • Decorative fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Better fence
  • Organize/concealment for equipment

SHTF Fixes…

  • Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Remove all equipment to inside perimeter fence

Right Pasture

House Image 5

The Pros…

  • Gap between fence and trees
  • Better fence (electric)

The Cons…

  • Juts up against roadway

Items to Fix Now…

  • Nothing important

SHTF Fixes…

  • More Traps: Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between trees and roadway

Top View From Roadway

House Image 6

The Pros…

  • Long pasture to property (150 yards)
  • Wire fence
  • Second fence between house

The Cons…

  • Items of value visible from roadway
  • Over-watch position for intruders

Items to Fix Now…

  • Nothing

SHTF Fixes…

  • More traps: Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Early warning alarms
  • Hide water pond
  • Litter pasture with debri

Right Top View From Roadway

House Image 7

The Pros…

  • Large pasture
  • Double fence

The Cons…

  • Jutted up against residential housing

Items to Fix Now…

  • None

SHTF Fixes…

  • Possible second barrier fence between residential fence
  • Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Early warning alarms
  • Establish “hide in sagebrush” in top corner (will provide hidden security point and over-watch of whole property)

Backyard (From Left)

House Image 9

The Pros…

  • Well pump covered (pump house)

The Cons…

  • Outbuilding access with no view from house
  • Lots of concealment for intruders

Items to Fix Now…

  • Enclose area
  • Organize area

SHTF Fixes…

  • Concealment of items of value

Backyard ViewHouse Image 10

The Pros…

  • Pump house concealed
  • Well lighted
  • Plenty of supplies for “projects”

The Cons…

  • Items of value visible
  • Access to back of house from front with no barrier

Items to Fix Now…

  • Concealment for propane tank

SHTF Fixes…

  • Concealment for propane tank
  • Clean property to prevent tripping hazards in case of night ops
  • Board up bottom windows

Overall Assessment

Overall a good setup: Long driveway and pastures providing natural long areas of no concealment (creates apprehension)

Areas hit first: If I were to hit the house I would come from left pasture and take what I could from the pasture then move into the outbuildings (very little chance to be seen), if no hint of resistance would move to back of house and enter from back side of house to take what I want.

SHTF assessment: Lots of potential. Real close to residential and that is worrisome, if traps and early warning is put in place and overwatch/security is put in place there is potential for a lengthy bug in scenario.

Lots of garage space to “prep” cars unnoticed in bug out scenario. Lots of pasture and land for animals but little concealment for them from hungry masses. Large amount of no concealment area between house and roadways creates lots of open fire lines.

Way I would attack: (assuming all SHTF plans were put in place)

Looting only: I would come from left side pasture and raid the Outbuilding.

Full attack: I would come from the top road to fire down from the high ground and overrun the position.

Recommend for minimum security

2 man security team: 1 over-watch at top of property. Second roaming perimeter of house.

What Would You Do?

I want to say thanks to Adam again for taking the time to be on the show this week. Because of his job, and his training he tends to think more “tactically” than most people, and we can all learn from it. If you have anything you would do, or a way you would attact the property if you were an intruder, let us know in the comments below.


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Looking for ASAP

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I am a white male, athletic, college grad, professional, and worried about the state of things. I have a great corporate job, but do not want to be part of the “rat race” anymore. I am a military veteran, avid outdoorsman, and grew up outside hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and still enjoy doing all the same. I currently live in the south, but am looking to relocate anywhere for this. I am worried about the state of the country, and truthfully world, in general. The economy, terrorism, FEMA camps, police militarization, racial divisions, etc. I would love to go off-grid, and not be in or near a major population area for when it all collapses. I have strong survival and primitive skills, and would love to teach and learn. Honestly, I would be happy just disappearing completely into the woods somewhere and living a life of self-sustenance. I know it’s a long shot, but am hoping to find my partner to watch each other’s backs when the zombies are roaming around.

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Prepper Book Festival 12: 5-Gallon Bucket Book + Giveaway

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When this newest Prepper Book Festival was launched, I indicated there would be some fun titles along the more serious fiction and non-fiction titles. Couple practicality and usefulness with fun and and we have a real win.  Such is the case with today;s book, 5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles.

Here in my household, collecting 5 gallon buckets takes second place only to mason jars, and you know how I feel about them!  Give me a few dozen buckets and jars and I can and do store anything.  There is one critical difference between the two, however, and that is I am very clever at scoring pre-owned buckets for free from restaurants and bakeries.

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With that introduction, I am pleased to introduce you to The 5 Gallon Bucket Book by Chris Peterson.  Want to learn how to make a manual washing machine?  What about a composting toilet or water filtering system to use when SHTF? Detailed directions are in this book. Heck, there is even a DIY for creating a Vermiculture Bin,  Aquaponics System and a Trotline Buoy – all using a five gallon bucket as a starting point.

DIY Manual Washing Machine | 5 Gallon Bucket Book

Each DIY project is beautifully photographed with step by step instructions using common supplies and tools.  Chris also invokes his sense of humor here and there.  For example, when talking about the benefits of a manual washing machine, he says:

“The other benefit is exercise.  So many people pay for a gym when you can get a decent workout just by saving electricity and water.  Even the least fit person in the household will be capable of washing a small load of clothes while burning a tidy sum of calories”.

On the fun side of the ledger, I love the garden fountain and the cable and cord organizer.  Okay, I admit to sometimes walking on the quirky side of life but to me, those projects are fun.

In traditional book festival fashion, Chris is here today to answer my interview questions plus offer up three copies in a book giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below so you can enter to win.

An Interview with Chris Peterson, Author of 5-Gallon Bucket Book

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

It’s an easy-to-read instructional manual on reusing 5-gallon buckets in ingenious, useful and fun ways.

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

I started by looking around on the web at Instagram and other sites at what people were doing with 5-gallon buckets. It was amazing. I did some library research on 5-gallon bucket projects in other books, and then came up with a long list that I eventually whittled to the projects that I felt were the most universally useful, interesting, valid and fun.

Then I camped out in a hardware store to figure out how to create achievable versions of those topics.

How long did it take to write?

About three months, including research, writing, and working back and forth with the photographer on details.

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

Everything we throw away can be reused in interesting and intriguing ways. It’s fairly simple to turn trash into treasure, and I think this book proves that.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a former book editor, and I’ve been a freelance writer for 12 years. I’ve written extensively on do-it-yourself topics like deck building and refitting bathrooms. But I also write cookbooks and do a fair bit of ghostwriting. After living in Brooklyn for 30 years, I recently moved to a small town in southern Oregon—a big culture change, but I’m settling in.

In my free time, I snowboard, root for the Yankees and go hiking. I also cook and bake like a maniac.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

As a Buddhist and environmentalist, I’m concerned about the slim margin of time we have to reverse some of the damage we’ve done to planet and prevent irreversible and very serious changes to cultures, societies and economies around the world. I think reusing waste material is a simple, imaginative way to lessen our impact on the environment.

The goal is to make a better, cleaner, more livable world for the next generation and beyond.

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

An emergency kit (and, look, you can use a 5 gallon bucket for one).

No matter where you are, there’s the possibility of an extreme weather event or other type of emergency. Even a long power outage can make things difficult for you if you haven’t got much gas in the car and haven’t shopped in a while.

Basic first aid supplies, batteries, a battery powered radio, dried snack foods and water are easy to set aside and can be vital if your really need them. Once you go through the exercise of making an emergency kit, you can take one step further and make prepper pantry, or even a rudimentary survival shelter.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

The worst case scenario is The Road, which is what happens when society breaks down under pressure. But I think any old Western movie will give you some idea of what it might be like if things go south quickly. Bad things happen when the food chain is interrupted, or there is a threat to general law and order or basic social agreements like the fact that we all agree these little pieces of paper are worth something of value.

Do you have plans for another book?

Many. I’m currently working on a revision of my book Building with Secondhand Stuff: How to Re-Vamp, Re-Purpose & Re-Use Salvaged and Leftover Building Materials. But then I’m going to be working on a book about renovating and pimping out old campers.

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

I hope they take the opportunity of the book to explore reusing not only 5-gallon buckets, but other supposedly “waste” items (I use old milk cartons as plant starter boxes).

It’s really like an interesting game when you hold something over that kitchen garbage can and say, “Wait, I wonder I could make this into…?”

The Giveaway

Chris and his publisher have reserved three copies of his book in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

One takeaway from Chris’s interview was his suggestion to watch old westerns to learn about life when things go south.  What a great idea and not one I have seen mentioned before.  In thinking about it, a lot is written about survival during the Great Depression but what about pioneers heading west in wagon trains, with only the most rudimentary of supplies?  Like I said, something to think about.

If you are lucky enough to win a copy of the 5 Gallon Bucket Book, you are going to be over the moon anxious to start on some of the projects.  One I want to start right away is painting the outside of some buckets were pickle containers in a previous life.  Of course these painted buckets will not be used for food storage, but they sure will be useful in color coding buckets of biomass, charcoal, tools and other non-consumables.  I can’t wait to get started.

Whether you want to make an upside down tomato planter, nesting box for your hens, or one of the projects mentioned at the beginning, you are going to love this book.  And if you wants some tips for scoring free buckets?  That is covered too.  Just remember to be creative and ask nicely!

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

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Spotlight:  .5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles

Why just reuse a bucket when you can reinvent it?

Five-gallon buckets are ubiquitous and cheap (indeed, they are often free). But did you know they can also be hacked, hot-rodded, re-engineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, small-scale farmers, and preppers? 5-Gallon Bucket Book contains 60+ ideas that put these humble and hard-working mainstays to work past their prime and keep them out of landfills. Simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects, make sure you will have fun and love the results of your work.

Projects include perfect additions to your yard and garden, tools to care for your animals, useful innovations, handy home helpers, and even family-oriented designs! They range from simple things such as chicken feeders to much more complex projects (small room air conditioner, anyone?).

For anyone who doesn’t already have fifteen of them cluttering up the garage, 5-Gallon Bucket Book also offers advice on where to get cheap and free buckets and how to tell if a bucket is safe to use for food.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb


5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense


Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

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


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