Budget Preps for the Frugal Prepper

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Budget Preps for the Frugal Prepper With the rising cost of…well everything, finding any extra money for preps (or anything else) can be a real challenge. How can you possibly prepare for the unknown when making ends meet on your day to day is hard enough as it is!? Part of being a prepper means …

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Hunting & Defense. Which Tools Are Best?

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Hunting & Defense. Which Tools Are Best?

My .22 caliber BRNO Rifle.

Some people will disagree with what I am going to say here, so it is up to you the reader to use common sense & decide for yourself, based on what I say here, which is the best tool/s for hunting & defence.

Many people recommend the modern firearm for long term wilderness living/survival, & if they were just recommending this firearm for defence only, I would agree. What I disagree with is the fact that if a modern firearm is used for both defence & hunting, you will have to carry a lot of ammunition with you. When this ammunition runs out, you are left with a club.

The .22 is a reasonable choice for defence, but in a fire fight you can go through a lot of ammo unless you only choose targets that you stand a reasonable chance of hitting. Even then, you will need a lot of ammo. Modern firearms on the whole are reliable, but they can malfunction. I have had a rifle fail due to cold weather, the firing pin was sticking in the bolt. Another .22 had a duff firing pin & it had to be replaced. I could not replace this firing pin in a wilderness situation.

The .22 LR has it’s limitations in hunting. It is very good for small game such as rabbits, geese, ducks etc & a good shot will bring down a goat. Anything tougher or larger than this, shot with a .22 LR, may get away wounded. So what I am saying is, I recommend that if you are travelling with a companion or in a group, someone should be carrying a modern firearm, but keep it for defence purposes only.

Once the caliber of a breech-loader goes over .22, then the weight also increases, & there is a limit to how much weight you can carry in ammo without compromising your survival supplies in other areas. Water, food, & medical supplies should NEVER be compromised by carrying large amounts of ammo. With a muzzle-loading arm this is not such a problem, because (A) you can retrieve spent lead from shot game & easily remould it, & (B) gunpowder (black powder) is not as heavy as lead (or modern cartridges) & you can carry a lot of it in gunpowder wallets without compromising other survival supplies.

My .32 caliber flintlock muzzle-loading rifle with double set triggers. This rifle has more killing power than the .22 rimfire.

Hunting.

For hunting in a long term wilderness living/survival situation I think the primitive/traditional bow & arrows or the flintlock muzzle-loading firearm are superior tools. The compound bow is not a good option in my opinion because (A) there are too many bits to go wrong, & (B) it requires special arrows & bow string, neither of which can be replaced in a primitive situation. Whilst I think the bow is an excellent choice for hunting providing you are skilled in archery, they are a poor back-up for defence against firearms.

The flintlock muzzle-loading gun or rifle is an excellent tool to use for hunting, & it is a reasonable back-up for defence against other firearms. It is a little slower to load than a breech-loading firearm, but is still a viable option. Ideally if you are a member of a group, there would be modern firearms, muzzle-loaders & bows in the group. This would be the case in the group I belong to. BUT, if I was travelling alone, & could only carry one tool (breech-loader, muzzle-loader or bow), my choice is the flintlockmuzzle-loader.

Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.

Patriots’ Prayers for 6-19-2016

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

This week, I hope you will join me in praying for our government officials and for the Church and clergy in America.

For Our Government Officials

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. I especially hold up to you President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I also pray for all the President’s Cabinet members and advisers,  the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your will in all things. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. In the name of our Lord Jesus we pray, Amen. (Additionally, please feel free to pray by name for any elected officials at any level, especially those with jurisdiction over your locality.)

For the Church in America

Heavenly Father, please remember Your Church, which You purchased with Your precious blood – protect it, strengthen it, and multiply it. Keep Your Church in peace, and bring to naught all plots and threats against Your Church. Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church, and grant them the courage, wisdom, and strength needed to boldly preach and do Your Will during these perilous times. In the name of our Lord Jesus we pray, Amen. (Please pray by name for your church, your pastor or priest, and fellow church members.)

How To Sharpen A Machete: Let’s Not Make This A Dull Topic

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Keeping yourself and your tools sharp is key when preparing for the unknown or life in general. So knowing how to sharpen a machete is a skill that can benefit you not only in your preparedness for life, but will provide a useful tangible tool in your belt.

Tools that will be needed:

​Keeping a sharp edge on your machete takes practice and time. Its a discipline that can pay dividends outside of just having a great self defense tool. The habit of taking the time to do this will instill a willingness to finish projects and keep them maintained.

So let’s get into this!​

How To Avoid Sharpening Your Machete More Than Needed

If you can avoid practices that cause your blade to lose the edge you’ve worked so hard to put on it, then you won’t have to work as hard to restore it when you do sharpen it. And it goes without saying that a blade will go dull just from lack of use, why we don’t know, but it just does.

Keep it in a sheath of some kind

The greatest cause of a dull blade is when it’s exposed and able to be beat up by whatever’ around it. So instead of hanging it against a wall where it can be slammed up against the wall or other tools taht are around, keep it in a sheath to protect it.​

Don’t use it as an every day tool

Very few times in a year do I think “this is a job for my machete”. And unless you’re trekking through the jungle or defending your family from a hoard of zombies, you shouldn’t be using this as a tool very often. That means no using it to open packages, pry lids open, or anything that doesn’t require an action shot.

Don’t overestimate the blade

True a machete can handle a lot, but don’t run with that thought and try to cut down a tree or something. You don’t use your steak knife  to butcher a deer (at least I hope you don’t), so don’t use your machete to cut tree limbs or branches. Use this tool for it’s purpose.

Ways To Sharpen A Machete

First of all we need to address the fact that you NEVER use an electric wheel sharpener for a blade that already has an edge on it. We’re assuming that you have a machete that you’re using or want to touch up, so these tips should help you put a razor edge back on your blade.

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It is possible to sharpen a knife with a file to obtain a very sharp edge. However, those who may be familiar knife sharpening may recognize the need for care when using a file on a knife edge. A small, fine, flat file should be used to avoid removing larger amounts of material. The pitfall to using a file as opposed to a whet stone is the possibility of altering the edge or even shape of the blade with a file.


Sharpening Puck / Whet Stone

More often than not referred to as a sharpening stone, the puck is a simple to use sharpening tool that  can be used on most blades that require touching up. The same concept as the sharpening filer applies to the stone, except you can take longer strokes with stone because you can twist as you go down the blade which gives more length opportunity.


These are the two most reliable ways to hone your blade and get the most out of it. However these are called field sharpening tools for a reason. They’re not meant to be the only tools you use to keep a significant edge on your machete, but they are what you should use most of the time for day to day routine maintenance.

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Enemy of the State

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And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul.

1 Samuel 18:11-12

David served his country militarily when he killed Goliath, he was a model citizen and walked righteously before God. Nevertheless, he found himself becoming and enemy of the state. As Saul burned with jealousy and anger towards David, he began to pursue him throughout the land, hunting him down like an animal. If you read 1 Samuel, you’ll see the various evasion tactics David had to use to stay alive.

Likewise, many Christian today are beginning to feel the distaste their government is developing for them. Despite their military service, model citizenship and living good lives, they are starting to feel like enemies of the state.

David was able to stay alive through his relationship with God and by making wise choices in evading an oppressive government that was out to destroy him. As our faith takes us father and farther out of favor with those in control, we have to teach ourselves to think more and more like David.

Radio Free Redoubt did a 3 Part Podcast Series on Going Underground. I would recommend that every listen to those broadcasts and start developing the habits of a persecuted class. The learning curve is steep and the time is short.

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Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!

Mark

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21 Awesome Ways To Use Pennies In The Home And Garden

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21 Awesome Ways To Use Pennies In The Home And Garden Never underestimate your pocket pennies that have the ability to transform into amazing crafts, decor and art. It makes you believe the almost valueless penny could be of tremendous value. To complete a “penny project” is very simple; you only need to prepare a hot glue gun. Who would have thought the humble penny could be so useful in and around the home and garden? I love the way pennies look, I love the color and I love how inexpensive projects can be when using them. Raid your piggy

25 DIY Fun Water Games And Activities For Kids

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25 DIY Fun Water Games And Activities For Kids Summer is here. The heat is here. Kids are off school and already getting under our feet. Well, they are mine, so that means fun water games that they can all enjoy and keep cool in the heat. The picture above shows you the 4 favorite water games we are going to be trying first this summer. Splash through summer with fun water games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Use the hose to have a limbo contest, or invite the neighbors over for a water balloon relay. The

CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade Recipe

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CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade Recipe This CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade is going to quickly become one of your favorite frozen treats this summer. A blend of CopyCat Chick-fil-A Lemonade (with a bit more lemon) and Vanilla Ice cream. Tasty and totally refreshing! We made a few of these today and let me tell you a little secret… they are WAY better than the original from chick-Fil-A. I promise these will make give your tastebuds a real treat. Easy to make, yummy to drink and keeps you cool on a hot day. Check out how to make one… CopyCat Chick-fil-A Frosted

Bulb-Stacking For Blooms All Year Long

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Bulb-Stacking For Blooms All Year Long The gardener with limited space can take advantage of the special attributes of bulbs that require little room for root space, take up little space above ground as they mostly grow straight up rather than spread sideways and have foliage that dies back after blooming. Layering is the perfect way to maximize the flowering potential of a small garden. In a hole as little as 18″ wide by 12″-14″ deep, you can get a wonderful display of bloom from early spring until well into August, even fall. Don’t worry, I know spring has come

Security, Hiding Your Preps In Plain Sight

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Security, Hiding Your Preps In Plain Sight Home security is a critical aspect of preparedness. Your preps will be all for naught if someone steals them. If a thief were to break into your house, how easy would it be for them to find your valuables? This is just one of many crucial mistakes people make when …

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Security, Hiding Your Preps It In Plain Sight

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Security, Hiding Your Preps It In Plain Sight Home security is a critical aspect of preparedness. Your preps will be all for naught if someone steals them. If a thief were to break into your house, how easy would it be for them to find your valuables? This is just one of many crucial mistakes people make …

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DIY Portable Power Pack For $25

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DIY Portable Power Pack For $25 This is a great DIY project to make. This would be very handy if the power went out and even for tailgating and camping. In this tutorial, they use a standard car battery, I would honestly switch that out for a deep cycle 12v battery and then hook up …

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Fielding Expedient Ammo Reloading

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“Urban Man~ Here is an interesting lesson from a survival buddy of mine.”

Caution: This lesson is for educational purposes only. Gun powder is dangerous. Firing damaged or incorrectly loaded ammo is dangerous as well.

There may be a time in ones life when it may become necessary to have to reload ammo in the field, especially in a wilderness survival situation or the collapse of society. 

We are comfortable in knowing that at the moment we have access to ready made store bought ammo. But, what if that luxury was some how taken away? What if there were no stores left or available to purchase our ammo?

In such as situation, ammo can still be available if one knew how to obtain what was needed to reload their own. Spent ammo shells, especially shotgun shells can be found laying around all over the desert. Primers can be reconditioned and reloaded. Black powder can be homemade. Lead shot can be made from scrape lead.

You really do not need fancy reloading equipment in order to reload ammo in an emergency or self reliant situation.

Learn now to start saving your spent ammo hulls and shells. Set them aside to be reloaded at a later date when the time is needed.

Here are the steps that were covered in the video to reload a 12 gauge shell: (if this is the first time a plastic shotgun shell is being used, cut the top crimp fingers off the shell where the crimp line meets the star crimp.)

1. Remove primer
2. Install a new primer
3. Measure powder and add to shell
4. Using dowel rod, gently compress the powder in the shell
5. Add correct amount of wading (plastic, paper, animal hair, leather, etc.)
6. Using dowel rod again, gently compress the wad into the shell
7. Add correct amount of shot. (insure that there is enough room at the opening of the shell to add the over-shot card)
8. Add over-shot card and compress gently with dowel rod
9. Add glue over top of shot card ensuring that the inside walls of the shell receive glue as well
10. Immediately add another shot card over the top of the first one and apply gentle pressure to allow glue to spread out

Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action.

Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder. 

Best Egg Laying Chickens For A Beginner Backyard Farmer

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So you’re finally tired enough of going to the store over and over paying for eggs that you’re not even sure are up to the quality you’re paying for, and now you’re in search of the best egg laying chickens to get the job done for you. Well my new feather loving friend, you’ve come to the perfect place to learn such things!

​We’re going to go over the best chicks to get the most eggs with as little maintenance as possible. But you have to do your part and look at the options we show you and see if they fit into your means for what’s actually possible and not just what you would like to have.

Also we’re going to go into the benefits of raising chickens, whether in your backyard or on a bit larger scale. These chickens can be an amazing resource for more than just eggs!​

What To Consider When Raising The Chickens?

Is it legal?

If you truly are starting this operation in your backyard then you need to consult your cities limitations, if there are any, on what sort of standards they have. Some cities might not let you have more than a few hens, and some areas won’t let you have roosters at all. Which would make the whole egg laying thing a little difficult.

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If this is your first time raising chickens to lay eggs then we recommend buying chickens that are already grown and laying eggs rather than raising chicks. The benefits are that you get eggs from day one (unless they’ve already laid an egg that day), and the older chickens are more resilient than the chicks who are more susceptible to disease.

Chicken Coops

Now this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive coop you can find. Actually most coops you can just build yourself with minimal supplies. Like the pig pen made from wood pallets. And if your motivation for raising these chickens in the first place is to save money then you certainly don’t need to buy a fancy coop.

But if you’re going to build or buy your own ​chicken coop you first need to decide how many chickens are going in this thing. Unfortunately there’s not a hard and fast rule set for how many chickens per square feet you should make the pen, but you’ll probably figure it out.

Best Chickens For Egg Laying

Now before we get started on the specific breeds of chickens for egg production, we need to cover a few basics. First of all there are two sizes of hens, and which size you get should be determined by the size of your coop. There are Bantom hens and Standard sized hens.

The bantam hens will be lighter than the standard size, and the size of the eggs will obviously be larger coming from the standard as opposed to the bantam. Another bonus of the standard sized hen is that they will be less flighty than a bantam, again thanks to their size.

Black Australorps


It’s been said that Australorps are the Australian take on the Orpington breed. However, the Australorps are calm and friendly, and excellent layers of light brown eggs. Also the Australorp’s have exceptionally soft, shiny black feathers, and shines with hints of green and purple in the right light.

you’re looking for a pet chicken that lays dependably, gets along with humans, and could be a meat bird if you wanted it to. Then this might be a bird for you.

PROS

  • Sweet temperment around adults and children, family bird
  • Great layers
  • Hardy bird that can stand the winter

CONS

  • Limited Color Availability
  • Personality is generally skittish or aloof

Silver Laced Wyandottes


The Silver Laced Wyandottes were the true beginning of the  Wyandotte breed of chickens, and a fantastic example of smart breeding. They are easy to look at and the most productive hens you could hope to raise.

Wyandottes are a favorite for the average backyard flock person. Their seemingly clock-like egg laying, easy going nature and cold weather durability make them a fan favorite for the best  egg laying chicken.

All of their feathers are a metallic white with streaks of black running through them, similar to Silver Sebrights. The Wyandotte roosters have the same laced feathers, but their hackles and capes are composed of glimmering silver, like a suit of armor which might explain the royalty in their name and how they carry themselves. 

Wyandottes have a heavy body and small rose comb which makes this breed perfect for cold climates because they are not prone to frostbite. The hens are hardy, energetic and faithful layers.

PROS

  • Sweet temperment around adults and children, family bird
  • Large eggs
  • Dual purpose, can be a layer or a meat bird

CONS

  • Larger bird so it requires more space
  • Personality is generally skittish or aloof

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3 Problems You Better Solve Before Raising A Mixed Flock

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3 Problems You Better Solve Before Raising A Mixed Flock

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There is nothing quite as picturesque as a farmyard setting with chickens, ducks and perhaps a turkey or two wandering around. Unfortunately, a mixed flock may be more trouble than it’s worth. If you’re considering keeping different species of fowl or poultry together, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to keep in mind.

Advantages of a Mixed Flock

Some common reasons people want a mixed flock includes:

1. Aesthetics. Many people find a mixed flock to be very visually pleasing. While this alone isn’t a good reason to keep different species together, it is important to some.

2. Saves space. Depending on the species you are keeping, you can save space by keeping fowl together. You may be able to keep the fowl in one coop or at least have them share a yard/pasture/pond/etc.

3. Saves money. The above advantage also can mean that keeping a mixed flock can save you money in terms of building materials and fencing. This can be very tempting if you are building your pens or other structures from scratch.

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4. Beneficial for land: Keeping a mixed flock may benefit your property as each species contributes something. For example, chickens are great for keeping insects in check but may not eat pests like slugs. A few ducks will take care of the slugs, however. Chickens and ducks will eat some grass, but geese are excellent grazers.

5. Entertainment: Entertainment may seem like a funny advantage, but just like aesthetics, it can be a huge advantage for some people. Watching the interactions and behaviors between species can be quite fun and even educational.

There are many reasons people decide to keep different species of fowl together, but generally it comes down to saving space and saving money. Unfortunately, keeping different species together can easily become a problem.

Disadvantages of Mixed Flocks

If you are seriously thinking about combining different species, consider these three potential problems:

3 Problems You Better Solve Before Raising A Mixed Flock

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1. Bullying. Bullying is easily the most common problem of keeping different animals of any type together. Fowl, in particular, can be quite territorial and aggressive; a simple Google search will show you numerous threads in forums in which people with just one flock of chickens need help with bullying problems. While some species get along together naturally, like ducks and geese, you can quickly run into problems when it comes to a big size difference like turkeys and chickens. Injuries and death can and do occur.

2. Disease. The next common problem with a mixed flock is disease and illness. There are a couple of specific issues with disease. First off, some fowl act as a disease carrier between species. For example, chickens are carriers of blackhead disease. This is the main reason hatcheries and breeders often stress to keep these birds separate. Secondly, some species are more susceptible to diseases than others. Something like a respiratory issue in a chicken flock can be more easily treated than a mixed flock with the same problem. Simply put, keeping species separate gives you bio-security against disease and allows more efficient treatment of illness and parasites.

3. Malnutrition. There is a common misconception that malnutrition always coincides with being underweight. In reality, livestock can be malnourished even if they visually look well-fed and healthy, even overweight. Malnutrition is simply a condition of livestock not receiving the proper nutrients in their food. Typically, if someone has one type of fowl, say chickens, they will buy chicken food. If they only have turkeys, they will buy a turkey food. Oddly enough, many people with mixed flocks just throw out one type of feed. This will quickly lead to malnutrition, deformities and even death. Each species must eat a species-appropriate diet, which can be very tricky in a mixed flock.

These three disadvantages are just the most common reasons why mixed flocks aren’t a good idea if you don’t seriously take planning and diet into consideration.

How to Make a Mixed Flock Work

If you are set on making your mixed flock work, you will need to do some homework. First off, limit how many species you are going to mix. Two or three species should be your limit unless you happen to have a massive amount of space.

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To limit bullying problems, it’s wise to make sure each species has its own areas to hang out around. For example, a large feature will keep ducks away from your chickens, although they may be in the same fenced area. In this case, an added benefit will be that your ducks, who will undoubtedly make a watery mess of their area (be it a pond or sunken-in trough), won’t dirty up your chickens’ water, feeders and dirt bath areas.

Waterfowl should be given ample space in terms of water, so you can avoid bullying problems among geese and ducks. A large pond will allow them to create their own territory boundaries, but if you don’t have that option you should give them different watering spots with plenty of space around them.

3 Problems You Better Solve Before Raising A Mixed Flock

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Despite the potential for disease between chickens and turkeys, many people still keep them together. If you’re only raising two or three turkeys for the holidays, they may get along well with your chickens since it will only be temporary. If you plan to keep more than this or have hopes to breed, it would be best to keep them separate, as turkeys will act quite dominantly toward chickens. They might share a fenced-around area but should not be housed in coops together.

As for feeding, you will need to come to some compromise to ensure all the birds get what they need to eat. You could feed them separately, but this will take up a lot of time. Instead, you should choose which species you cohabitate carefully. For example, you could keep chickens and ducks together on a non-medicated chick grow feed but add in calcium in a separate area for the laying hens and supplement extra protein for the ducks.

Raising a mixed flock can be very rewarding, but should be approached cautiously. Even a healthy, peaceful mixed group could suddenly go bad at the drop of a hat. Always be prepared for this by having some means of housing the birds separately if such an event does occur.

Do you keep a mixed flock or have done so previously? Please share your opinions in the comment section below.

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Zika Update: More Cases In U.S., More Woes In Brazil

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The U.S. now has three newborns with Zika-related birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Puerto Rico now has 1,700 confirmed cases of Zika, almost 200 of which are in pregnant women. The warm-weather U.S. territory is in the midst of an epidemic of the mosquito-borne illness. The numbers don’t take into account that 80 per cent of infections are without symptoms, a fact that suggests that the actual number of cases is at least five times higher. Evaluations of blood banks in the island has found that more than one per cent of all units donated carry evidence of the Zika virus.

Although 750 cases has been identified in the continental U.S. and Hawaii, all appear related to travel in the epidemic zone. More than 200 pregnant women are being monitored for signs of fetal damage. The CDC has yet to find a case that they are confident was locally transmitted. They consider the risks of a U.S. epidemic to be very low.

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Microcephaly

The CDC is counting a range of abnormalities in its study on the effect of the virus. Chief among them is microcephaly, where the baby’s skull fails to grow normally, probably as a result of defects in brain development. Also seen are calcium deposits, excess fluid in the brain, and abnormal eye development.  It is thought that 1-15 per cent of Zika-infected newborns will come out with some type of problem.

In an effort to increase preparedness levels, the CDC has assembled teams of experts that it will send to various high-risk states, especially when the first expected local cases are found. Also, the teams plan to assist efforts to control mosquito populations in the affected areas. Lab tests for Zika virus, previously available only through state labs, are now available in various commercial labs, such as Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp.

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Aedes Aegypti life cycle

The Zika virus, along with the often-more serious Dengue fever virus, is spread by Aedes mosquitoes. Both Aedes Aegypti and its cousin, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes Albopictus, are thought to be able to spread the virus. These mosquitoes have now been identified in 44 states, up from 12 in previous surveys. The same mosquitoes are known to transmit Yellow Fever and the West Nile virus.

In the meantime, the World Health Organization has closed ranks with the International Olympic Committee in saying that it considers Zika a low risk for causing problems in the upcoming Summer Games. Previously, it had sounded alarms regarding Rio de Janeiro, the host city. Rio has the second highest number of Zika cases in Brazil. The Games start August 5th.

More than 250 medical professional of all stripes, including myself, have signed a petition recommending cancellation or transfer of the Summer Olympics to another venue. At present, this forms a minority opinion, although many countries are warning against travel to the Zika epidemic zone, especially for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy and their partners. Canadian professor Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa was invited to sit in on WHO’s Zika hearings, but the invitation was then rescinded when he refused to sign a confidentiality agreement.

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Brazil: Zika epicenter

As if Brazil wasn’t having enough problems with Zika virus, the acting governor of Rio de Janeiro state has declared a state of “financial disaster“.  Governor Francisco Dornelles announced the measure to allow Rio to adopt extraordinary measures to pay mounting costs related to the Summer Olympics. Brazil is in the midst of a major economic recession.

Dornelles’ spokesman said that the decision was made because of lower-than-expected revenues from taxes and oil royalties. He said: “The financial crisis has brought several difficulties in essential public services and it could cause the total collapse of public security, health care, education, urban mobility and environmental management,”.

Rio’s situation is so bad that two of its hospitals were taken over by the government to pay medical personnel. Some police stations are so strapped for funds that they have asked for donations of basic items like toilet paper. Public workers and retirees have suffered months-long delays in receiving their money. Major Olympic projects, like the metro line being built to carry tourists to venues, are well behind schedule.

So, ask yourself this question: Is it worth it to have half a million tourists from 180 countries travel to the epicenter of a major epidemic for a sports event?

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Knife review: The Benchmade Griptilian is a hardworking, durable folder

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What’s a reliable, high quality lockblade folder? Check out the Benchmade 551 Griptilian.

by Leon Pantenburg

Knivesshipfree is a Survivalcommonsense.com sponsor. The company did not supply a free knife for this review, and I was not paid to write this review.

I prefer to carry a rigid blade knife whenever practical, but there are times when a folder is the best choice. I don’t leave the house without a pocket knife, and which one depends on what I’m doing.

The Benchmade Griptillian is a sound choice for an all-around folding knife.

The Benchmade Griptilian is a sound choice for an all-around folding knife.

The urban pocket knife may be called upon to slice a bagel, spread peanut butter, open mail etc. In my case, I’d add  cutting the plastic bands that hold bundles of newspaper together. But my pocket knife must also work well outdoors in a wilderness setting.

My son Dan, a former Boy Scout, carries a knife every day also, but his knife needs are different. He lives in the Portland, Oregon area and plays in a band that tours regularly.

Dan uses a folder when setting up and tearing down the stage setups. One-handed opening is a plus, he says, when carrying gear and needing to cut something. His knife opens boxes, cuts duct and gaffer tape and does everything a utility needs to do.

We’re not the only ones who like this knife. The Griptilian is the recommended folder for several Search and Rescue teams, and these folks don’t mess around with gear that might not work in a pinch.

I also have criteria for picking a folder, based on years of use, experience and prejudice. If you’re interested in what I judge a folder on, click on pocket knives.

Here’s what I found out about the Griptilian:

Specifications 

Overall Length: 8.07″
Closed Length: 4.62″
Blade Length: 3.45″
Blade Thickness: 0.115″
Handle Thickness: 0.640″
Weight: 4.62oz.
Pocket Clip: Tip Up, Reversible
Lock Mechanism: AXIS® locking mechanism
Blade Material: 154CM Stainless Steel
Blade Hardness: 58-61HRC
Blade Style: Satin Finish, Modified Drop Point

Here’s the good things:

Handle: The 551 has a grip texture molded handle. The material doesn’t appear to transmit heat or cold. It also is comfortable in my hand, so extended whittling sessions are not a problem. The clip fits nicely in the hollow of  my hand, and so far, it hasn’t caused hot spots and subsequent blisters.

It comes in a variety of colors, which is important for camouflage. My daughter’s Griptilian has a pink handle. It looks cute, and generally doesn’t concern casual viewers. Dan specifically wanted a high visibility orange handle, so the knife could be easily spotted if it was left somewhere. Besides, what gang banger wants to steal a knife that can be seen?

Blade design: The point is a modified drop point, and that is a good choice for a knife that will be expected to do everything. At 3.45 inches, the length is handy for small tasks, but still able to do hard work. It would work quite well as a small game and deer hunting knife.

The AXIS is one of the best blade locks on the market.

The AXIS is one of the best blade locks on the market.

Blade lock: I don’t trust the safety on any firearm, or the lock on any folder. But the AXIS is one of the best blade locks on the market, IMO. It is smooth, locks up like a safe, and is easy to engage and disengage. With a little practice, the Griptilian can be opened and closed one-handed. With a little more practice, the knife can be opened as fast, or faster, than a flipper or assisted opening knife.

Dan’s Griptilian has had hard, extended use, and the lock is still tight, with no sign of wobble.

Steel: A pretty knife with crappy steel is a waste of money. The Benchmade Griptilian is made of 154CM and it’s excellent for this blade.

When Dan brought his Griptilian home after two months of hard use on the road, the blade was not particularly sharp. But all it took was a quick stropping to bring it back to hair-popping sharp.

Made in the USA: Benchmade knives are made in Oregon City, Oregon. This means the business and employees are state and federal taxpayers who contribute to their community. Support American small business!

The Griptilian retails for about $100. This is a fair price for a quality piece of cutlery that will last a long time.

Derrick Bohn, owner of Knivesshipfree, sells a lot of knives. He says the Griptilan gives the “best bang for your buck.”

“I suppose the best recommendation of these knives would be that when people come into our store and ask me to suggest a modern folder, I point to Benchmade — always,” Bohn said.

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Predictable Gun Grab, Ebola Bio-Security Failure, and Proof That Preppers Just Might Be the Sanest of Us All

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Survival Saturday is  a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

The Survival Saturday news this week … Read the rest

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Grid Down Prepping

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It’s no longer a matter of settling for canned food for dinner. If we are forced to live through a grid down scenario, it’s whether or not you’ll have any food at all. It’s about dealing with starving people, who, in their desperation, will try to forcefully take what you have.

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Being a Good Observer is an Important Skill in the Backcountry.

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A lime stone cave near where I live.

The better observer you are, the better your chances of survival are in an emergency.  If you spend a lot of time in the same general areas, you should take the time to learn to read the terrain. There are many nature signs that can help you.  Learning these signs can help you in almost any areas or situations.

For instance, let’s talk about rock.  The type of rock in the area can tell you a lot about what to expect.  Limestone will tell you that you may find caves, holes and stone pillars.  If there is granite, the chances of natural caves are greatly reduced.  Where there is granite you are likely to have uneven rough ground and depending on the area maybe wet boggy ground.

Pay attention to rock faces, geological forces such as glaciers often tip rocks in the same direction.  See if there are any exposed angles visible and do they tend to run in one direction.  If you are familiar with the rocks in your area, this can help you to determine the points of the compasses.  This is one of the few navigation techniques that will work underground in a cave.

Look at the smaller rocks around you.  If the rocks are round and smooth, you know they have been exposed to running water and constant erosion.  The water may be gone but you can use this technique to help determine if the area you are in is susceptible to flash floods. Be careful in low-lying areas.

Soils are another thing to watch.  The darker the soil, the more organic materials it contains and the richer it is.  You should have lots of plant and animal life in this type of area.

When it is time to set up a camp or bug out location, check the soils in your campsite.  Sandy soils tend to be dry and drain well.  Clay soils will hold the water.  Avoid this type of soil when camping.

These are just a few of nature’s signs that you will see if you are a good observer.  Every area is unique in some aspects, but many are consistent all over.  Work on your skills and become a good observer.

Howard

 

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How to Build a Secret Underground Greenhouse

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by Karen

One of the most important aspects of survival after the collapse of society is how to ensure you and your family have enough food. You may have a few months of food stored away, but eventually that will run out and you will need to hunt, forage, and grow your own food. The great thing is you don’t have to wait for the collapse to get started.

Growing your own food will allow you to develop the skills you will need post-collapse and it will give you the chance to save money on your grocery bill. With the cost of food on the rise, this is important. There are so many advantages of an underground greenhouse, that you might be surprised. You might also be surprised at how easy it is to build and maintain one.

Advantages of an Underground Greenhouse

An underground greenhouse offers plenty of advantages over a traditional greenhouse. The first and perhaps most important of these is the fact that you can keep it hidden, particularly if it is built into a natural hillside or slope. When it comes to survival post-collapse, keeping your source of food hidden from the roaming eyes of others is an advantage. Other advantages include:

Visual appeal: Some people feel that having an underground greenhouse looks better than having a traditional above-ground structure.  The idea of not having a large, bulky structure on their property makes it nicer in terms of visual appeal.

Insulation: When the greenhouse is set beneath the surface, the thermal mass of the earth acts as an insulator. A greenhouse set between 6 and 8 feet below the surface will keep a consistent temperature through the winter and the summer. In the winter, the temperature can easily be kept between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius), which is warmer than above-ground greenhouses. In the summer, the cool earth keeps the temperature from getting too hot. This makes the greenhouse ideal for any climate and any season.

Versatility: Besides the fact that an underground greenhouse can grow food, it is also useful if you have livestock. There are a few types of livestock that can benefit from being in an underground greenhouse, particularly in the winter. This includes chickens, sheep, and goats. If you have livestock and enough space for a larger greenhouse, then it makes sense to build a greenhouse big enough for the animals.

Protected environment: An underground greenhouse is far less susceptible to pests and chemicals. Chemicals that are sprayed nearby won’t end up on your plants and pests, including insects and mammals (deer, rabbits, etc.), won’t have easy access. That said, you need to be sure pollinators have access to your crops. If they don’t and you are growing food that is not self-pollinating, then you will need to hand-pollinate.

Low maintenance: Since the greenhouse is buried, most of the structure consists of the earthen walls surrounding it and the ground as the floor. For this reason, there is very little structure that actually needs to be maintained. The garden beds have less exposure to the elements and will last longer. The only part that will require regular maintenance is the roof. the frame and plastic or panels can be replaced/repaired as necessary.

Design

There are a number of different designs when it comes to building an underground or pit greenhouse. The early sun pit was a design from 1881 that used the effect of the sun heating the ground or dark stones to heat the greenhouse. The walipini is a popular underground greenhouse design originating in South America that takes advantage of the winter sun. here is a design analysis of a walipini greenhouse. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i79bE7a-f8g)

Regardless of the deign you use, it is recommended that your underground greenhouse is 8×12 feet in size. Of course, you will have to base the size of your greenhouse on the amount of space you have available and the amount of space you need for planting and walking inside the greenhouse. Here are some general tips when building an underground greenhouse.

It is important to put your underground greenhouse in the right location. When scouting a location:

  • To keep your greenhouse out of sight and secret try to place it in a location that is not highly visible from major routes of travel, such as a roadway or trail.
  • Make sure there isn’t too much tree cover or shade from buildings because your greenhouse needs light.
  • You want the greenhouse to run east-west with the roof facing south to capture the sunlight (facing north if you are in the southern hemisphere).
  • Plan your greenhouse so that you have a way in and out of the pit, whether that is a ramp or stairs.

Once you have determined where you will put the greenhouse, you need to dig a great big hole. When excavating:

  • Dig down to a level 2 feet below the planned depth of the greenhouse.
  • Ensure the walls have a slope of at least 6 inches between the roof and the floor.
  • Clay, bricks, or any other material that will trap heat can be used to build and stabilize the walls and keep them from caving in.
  • Save the deeper excavated soil to build up the north wall of the greenhouse, creating a berm, and the top-most excavated soil for the floor of your greenhouse.

Once you have your hole and your berm, you will want to plan for drainage. When planning drainage:

  • Fill the extra 2 feet you dug down with gravel, courser at the bottom and finer at the top.
  • Lay 8 inches of soil on top of the gravel.
  • Ensure the perimeter has 2 to 3 feet of gravel, which will improve drainage.
  • Ensure the bottom of the greenhouse has a slight slope from the middle to the edges to ensure good drainage.
  • Open gravel wells in the corners are an optional feature that will provide a method of water collection.

If you are planning to install an irrigation system, do it at this point, digging the trenches and installing the hoses/piping. Here is one way to install an irrigation system:

  • Dig trenches throughout your garden, making them a few inches in depth.
  • Ensure all trenches feed into a single trench located at one end of the garden.
  • Lay PVC piping and/or soaker hoses in the trenches.
  • Ensure all hose ends are capped and all PVC connectors are sealed and their holes stopped up with rubber cement.
  • Avoid connecting more than total of 100 feet of pipes/hoses to maintain adequate water pressure.
  • Drill 1/16-inch holes into pipes and any hoses that don’t have holes and space the holes in groups about 5 feet apart.
  • Install a backflow, timer, and pressure regulator to the faucet, making sure to connect the hose to the pressure regulator.

Once you have the irrigation and drainage taken care of, you can install the door(s). When planning the door(s):

  • Build your ramp or stairs at the appropriate location.
  • Build the door frame at the base of the ramp.
  • If there are any gaps around the frame, fill them with clay or soil to prevent heat from escaping.
  • Secure the door frame to the wall of soil by drilling holes into the sides of the frame at the top, middle, and bottom and using dowel, rebar, or stakes to attach the frame to the wall.

Finally, with the door(s) in place, you can install the roof. When roofing:

  • The berm should be situated so the angle between the top of the roof and the berm inside the greenhouse is anywhere between 53 degrees and 73 degrees.
  • Add 23 degrees to your latitude to determine the angle of inclination for your roof (the ideal is that the roof is perpendicular to the rays of sunlight on winter solstice).
  • The frame can be constructed from wood, 4-inch PVC pipes, or the type of metal hoops used in hoop houses.
  • The roof frame can be covered in greenhouse plastic or polyethylene or glass panels, ensuring that the covering extends past the edge of the frame by at least 1 foot on all sides.
  • Plastic sheeting can also be placed on the underside of the roof frame.
  • A rain gutter can be installed, placed along the bottom edge of the greenhouse, that will catch the runoff from the roof and direct it away from the structure.

Every greenhouse needs the right amount of ventilation, so it is critical that you include ventilation in your plans. The four ways to add passive ventilation (without the use of electricity or fans) to your greenhouse is as follows:

  • Install two doors, one at each end of the greenhouse.
  • Build a chimney into the midpoint of the wall at the back of the greenhouse.
  • Build a door-sized vent at the midpoint of the top of the wall at the back of the greenhouse.
  • Build drain pipe venting arms that are run from outside, through the earth, and into the greenhouse, allowing the temperature of the earth to regulate the temperature of the air entering and leaving the greenhouse.

Plants

When it comes to what you can grow in an underground greenhouse, anything that you can grow above ground in the growing season or anything you can grow in a traditional greenhouse is fair game.  This includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Broccoli
  • Fruit-bearing bushes and trees (even citrus)
  • Winter and summer squashes
  • Melons

Through the cooler winter temperatures, you can grow cool-weather crops, such as:

  • Kale
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Peas

If you have the space, the ability, and the drive to build an underground greenhouse, you won’t regret it. This is a super way to be able to grow food all year round and keep that food off the radar because it is simply less conspicuous.  For more information on the process check out this video series:

Happy building!

Knife Drop: Restarting a Knife Collection

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Knife Drop: Restarting a Knife Collection

As you already know, Thomas and I moved to the UK just last month. Thomas lived in the UK before he moved up to the Great North (Canada!) for me a number of years back (for those wondering, yes he does have a British accent), and so with a little effort, he managed to find some… Read More

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The Devil’s Brigade

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A friend sent me this info. Looks like good stuff. _________________________________________________________________ The Difference Between a FairyTale and a War Story:  One Begins with, “Once Upon A Time,” and the other begins with, “This Ain’t No Jedburger Shit…“ Prediction:  When a certain “Jedburgher Academy Head Master” discovers the recent TV Series, “The Devil’s Brigade,” perusal of […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-06-18)

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(Had this visitor not too long ago…)   This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your Fiat Paper into tangible practical assets 😉 The more who […]

Prep Blog Review: 5 Defense Tactics Inspired By Orlando

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articolOrlando has been in our prayers and in our minds these past few days.

On top of the madness, blame and suffering, there’s a sad fact. Terrorism attacks have become the 2016 reality.

And we’re on our own to get prepared and face the danger. Here’s what help I could gather from our community:

1. 16 Things You Need to Know When Caught in a Panicky Crowd or Riot

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“What happens if you are stuck in a large riotous crowd?  Now this can be the result of an evacuation or bug out situation or just riots for any one of many reasons.  Now back in the early seventies I was working undercover and got caught in a couple of the anti-war riots that occurred during this period.  I even ended up on the wrong side of a police line, not the right place to be.”

Read more on Preparedness Advice.

2. How to protect your home from rioting mobs using fire as a weapon

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“As the presidential political landscape takes shape, even a passive observer can tell it is looking like a violent year.  I have been taking careful notes on these developments and it should have you worried if you live in an urban area.  In particular, it has caused me to review preparations to counter fire dangers.  I have seen firsthand how fire can be used as a weapon either intentionally or inadvertently and it has awesome destructive force.  More specifically, in an urban setting, out of control fires can quickly spread and consume entire blocks in firestorms.  Now, think about your home.  How well is it protected and how prepared are you if fire is used directly or indirectly against your home?  More specifically, if the fire department can’t or won’t respond to your home because of riots and anarchy, will you be able to prevent fire from destroying it?”

Read more on Last Minute Survival.

3. Weapon Handling in an Active Killer Event

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“Last weekend I taught an Active Shooter/ Active Killer response class at The Tactical Defense Institute in southern Ohio.  Myself and several other instructors presented three days of material for 27 eager students. One of the key learning points we discussed all weekend was how to avoid being mistaken for the killer if you choose to draw your pistol and respond during an active killer event.  With more and more police agencies teaching a rapid single officer response to an active shooter call combined with larger numbers of armed citizens with CCW permits, there is the very real chance that another armed responder may be on scene if you decide to engage the killer.  In a rapidly evolving stressful event like that, it’s very easy for responders to make mistakes.  It’s no good if you stop the killing only to be shot by another CCW permit holder or a responding police officer who mistakes you for the killer.”

Read more on Active Response Training.

4. Effective Practice For Concealed Carry Self Defense

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“Effective self defense with a handgun involves reality based training and practice.

It needs to be practiced into ‘muscle memory’ to the extent that if and when the MOMENT arrives to use lethal force, that you will react swiftly and effectively to save your life or other innocent lives.”

Read more on Modern Survival Blog.

5. Lee Morrison – Striking To The Face

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How To Make The Best Caramel Popcorn Ever

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This is how to make the best caramel popcorn ever! It’s an old family favorite we all love. It’s gooey, yummy caramel and it stays soft, but not drippy. I guess that is how I would describe this caramel. I use it for apples in the fall and popcorn in the summer or anytime in between! This is a family reunion favorite treat!

This is so easy to make and the caramel popcorn is so soft you will make it all the time and love it! It’s one of those treats you can;t stop eating it. Gotta love it!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn:

Ingredients:

4 cups brown sugar

2 cups light Corn Syrup (without high fructose sugar)

2 cubes (1 cup) butter cut into pieces to melt faster

2 cans Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions:

Bring the brown sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Stir constantly and add the butter pieces and sweetened condensed milk. Continue stirring constantly over a medium heat. Cook to a semi-firm ball. If I drop some caramel in a cup of cold water and if it can be made into a semi-firm ball…it’s ready. This makes a lot of caramel for popcorn. I like to buy “Nu-crisp” already popped popcorn at Harmon’s grocery store, or a similar grocery store. The package I used today is called “Corn Pops” (not the cereal corn pops).  Put the popped popcorn or corn pops in a very large greased/buttered bowl so you are ready to stir the caramel over 1 pound  of popcorn very quickly. You can add peanuts, pecans or almonds, enjoy.

PRINTABLE Recipe:  Caramel Popcorn by Food Storage Moms

Homemade Caramel Apples & Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

Combine all the ingredients together and stir constantly the entire time while cooking over medium heat. Cook to a semi-firm ball. If I drop some caramel in a cup of cold water and if it can be made into a semi-firm ball…it’s ready. This is the size pan I use to make my caramel, it is a four-quart stainless steel pan: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel 4-Quart Covered Saucepot

Homemade Caramel Apples & Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

The Best Caramel Popcorn:

Easy Homemade Caramel Apples And Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

This makes a lot of caramel for popcorn. I like to buy “Nu-crisp” already popped popcorn at Harmon’s, or a similar grocery store. The package I used today is called “Corn Pops” (not the cereal corn pops).  Put the popped popcorn or corn pops in a very large greased/buttered bowl and be ready to stir the caramel over 1 pound  of popcorn very quickly. I love the smell of freshly made caramel in my house…..yummy! These are my favorite stainless steel bowls for mixing: ChefLand Mixing Bowl, Large, Stainless Steel, Set of 4 Sizes – 3, 5, 8 and 13 Qt.

If you want to make Homemade Caramel Apples:

Homemade Caramel Apples & Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

Wash the apples and dry completely. Put the “Popsicle” sticks in the apples and place the apples on parchment paper in the refrigerator. The caramel sticks to cold apples better than room temperature apples. You might wonder why I have a small hammer next to the apples….it was the only way I could get the sticks into the crisp apples. I forget every year to cool the apples with caramel before dipping them into the mini chocolate chips…yes they melted..at least most of them. Almonds and the coconut are NOW my favorite toppings!!

Choose Your Favorite Toppings:

Easy Homemade Caramel Apples & Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

Roll The Apples When Slightly Cool:

Easy Homemade Caramel Apples And Caramel Popcorn | by FoodStorageMoms.com

Expect two things two things to happen after you make and serve these fun treats: (1) your fingers and teeth will get sticky caramel all over them, and (2) your family will beg you to make more batches once these are quickly eaten up.  Enjoy!

My favorite things:
OXO Good Grips 4-Piece Prep Bowl Set with Lids

Borden Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 4 pack of 14 oz. Cans

Loew Cornell 1021167 Woodsies 150-Count Craft Sticks

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White House Warns: Start Stockpiling For ‘Long-Term Loss Of Electric Power’

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White House Warns: Start Stockpiling For ‘Long-Term Loss Of Electric Power’

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Three days’ worth of food and supplies is insufficient for your family’s survival, the federal government has finally acknowledged in what one expert is calling a landmark shift in emergency preparation.

The White House’s new plan was released last year as part of its Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan and then explained again in April at a workshop hosted by NOAA. The event included White House speakers.

Grid expert Chuck Manto attended the workshop and detailed the new plan in a June 15 article at DomesticPreparedness.com, which is a website for emergency planners and first-responders, such as firemen and police.

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The new plan warns about a “long-term loss of electric power.”

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

“For the first time since the demise of the civil defense program of the Cold War, the federal government has made one of the most significant modifications to its emergency preparedness message,” wrote Manto, CEO of Instant Access Networks LLC, a firm that produces solutions for EMP-protected microgrids. “A three-day emergency kit is no longer sufficient to prepare for emerging threats, whether coming from Earth or from space.”

White House Warns: Start Stockpiling For ‘Long-Term Loss Of Electric Power’

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Manto added, “Instead of implying that U.S. communities can always count on being rescued from any disaster in four days – requiring three days of food and water to stay comfortable – the implication now is that local communities might not always receive assistance for a much longer period of time.”

The new federal government strategy contains several changes that Manto said are significant:

  • Complete an all-hazards power outage response and recovery plan: for extreme space weather events and the long-term loss of electric power and cascading effects on other critical infrastructure sectors;
  • “Other low-frequency, high-impact events are also capable of causing long-term power outages on a regional or national scale.
  • “The plan must include the Whole Communityand enable the prioritization of core capabilities.
  • Develop and conduct exercisesto improve and test Federal, State, regional, local and industry-related space weather response and recovery plans: Exercising plans and capturing lessons learned enables ongoing improvement in event response and recovery capabilities.”

Manto explained that the new strategy acknowledges that “unlike the cases of Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, where help could come within a week or so, help might not arrive in 40 days, or even 400 days.”

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“Long-term national outages of power and other infrastructures that depend on them – including water, sewer, communications, and healthcare institutions – could mean that the entire country might undergo a catastrophe and might not be able to quickly mobilize resources to help many communities,” Manto wrote.

A long-term disaster is not simply theoretical, Manto asserted. Each decade brings anywhere from a 6-12 percent chance of an 1859 Carrington event, according to scientists. During that year, the sun experienced a solar storm of such magnitude that it would have shut down the power grid if it had existed.

“That is a significant likelihood for such a calamitous occurrence,” Manto wrote. “Including high-impact threats in overall disaster planning scenarios provides a sense of importance and immediacy that should compel the whole community to get involved, rather than simply hoping for someone to rescue them.”

Anyone who wants to survive an EMP-type event needs to take note of Manto’s warnings and act accordingly.

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Survival Buzz: Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF?

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The term old geezer has been around for as long as I can remember with the common definition being “an elderly man that is extremely old”.  That seems like an oxymoron to me but what do I know?

Wikipedia has this to say:  “Geezer is a slang term for a man. In the UK, it can carry the connotation of either age or eccentricity. In the US, the term typically refers to a cranky old man.”  Okay, so an old geezer is both eccentric and cranky.

Do Old Geezers Think or Care About SHTF? | Backdoor SurvivalI would like to soften that definition a bit.  To me, an old geezer is someone who has lived life for awhile, learned a lot from the school of hard knocks, and yet, in spite of age or other limitations, has a healthy curiosity about things unknown. An old geezer can be 40 or 80, and can be a man or a woman.  On many occasions, I have thought of myself as an “old geezer”.  Now that we have set aside a definition, today I ask and answer:  Do old geezers think or care about SHTF?

My answer is: Of course they do!

For the past couple of months, the concept of old geezers and prepping has been something I have given a lot of thought to. Perhaps it is because of the questions I get in comments and emails, or perhaps it is simply the recognition that many folks, regardless of age, are hungry for more than the simple basics of preparedness.  They thirst for material that melds mindset and inspiration with the tactical and practical aspects of prepping,  Heck, I seek that out for myself every single day of the week.

And then there is a popular website (name withheld to protect the guilty) that recently posted an article on prepping for seniors and suggested if you had relatives in their sixties, to stock up on Depends and obtain names of assisted living facilities that were prepper friendly.  Sixty?  Good grief!

Regardless of your age and where you are in your preparedness efforts, I feel safe in assuring you that old geezers do indeed care not only about prepping, and SHTF, but a lot of other things as well.

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This tip came in from Bonnie this week via comments and it is such a good one that I just had to share it for all to see.

I use 5 gallon buckets to store COMFORT FOODS and it is marked on the bucket as such.

This is vacuumed sealed candies, snacks (that I purchase after a Holiday like Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween) to get 75-90% off the regular prices. I open the bags and make individual bags of goodies with the vacuum sealer and fill with the GOODIES OF MY FAMILIES CHOICE.

And speaking of buckets, see below.

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

You are going to love this one.  5 gallon buckets come second only to mason canning jars in my home.  There will be three winners this time around.

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

With all giveaways, winners are notified by email and have 48 hours to claim their prize or an alternate will be selected.  Once selected, the names of winners are also displayed in the Rafflecopter on the original giveaway article.  This usually happens on the Friday following the end of the giveaway. 

Prepping Gear That I Love

Last week I tested a new flashlight, this time from “LEDNut”.  This style of heavier, more powerful flashlights have become a new favorite even though most run between $13 and $20.

This particular model, the LED Nut XML-T6, is priced at the low end of that range and so far performs as well as the others I own that are similar.  It comes with a rechargeable Lithium ion battery, charger, and an adapter for AAA batteries.

LEDNut XML-T6 | Backdoor Survival

Will it ever replace all of those Blocklites and $4 mini crees I own.  No, not really because this is not what I would call a pocket flashlight.  That said, when I take Tucker the Dog out at night, this is the flashlight I use.  Given that it has a powerful beam that extends 1,000 feet, it is also better for walking at night and tactical purposes.

Subscriber Update

Last week I held a subscriber-only giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  I know $25 is not much but hey, free is free.  There were no strings attached to the giveaway and no entry requirements other than being a subscriber.  I was overwhelmed by the response!

The reason I mention this now is I am planning to do at least two of these giveaways a month (and I have additional Amazon gift cards sitting in my desk to prove it.  All I can say is thank you again to subscribers.  If you want to get in on the fun, click below to sign up.  You will also get a copy of my Emergency Food Buyers Guide for free.

Emergency Food Buyers Guide 2016-02-26

Coming Soon:  The Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle

As you know, a big part of my preparedness strategy has to do with medical self care and lessening my reliance on organized medicine.  That is not to say that I do not go to doctors and health care professionals because I do.  Instead, I want to be prepared for a time when professional healthcare may be inaccessible for any number of reasons.

For the past few weeks, I have been evaluating the many packaged bundles and online courses being offered this summer.  The one that caught my eye (and the only one) was “The Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle” that has been put together by Ryan and Stephanie from Ultimate Bundles.  Since I have worked with them before, I was excited to learn about it and took the time to review the contents.

All I can say is WOW!  This is an incredible eBook and eCourse bundle featuring authors and experts I either know about or have worked with in the past.

I will have more information next week but if you would like to be notified when it goes live, check it out here:
The Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.

The Final Word

At the risk of sounding frivolous, there are days when we all take preparedness too seriously.  I feel there is room for all of us to laugh a little, even at ourselves, while we continue to examine how we are going to prepare for uncertain times.

Will there be an honest-to-goodness “lights out” cyber attack?  Is the Second Great Depression right around the corner?  Is the government going to round up prepper-types and confiscate our land, food, and arms for the greater good?

These questions have no age.  I hear them asked by twenty-somethings and by eighty-somethings,  And so, I say it again.  Yes, indeed.  Old geezers absolutely do think, care, and prepare for when the stuff hits the fan.

Old or young, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this subject.

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

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Bargain Bin:  I carry my portable survival kit whenever I leave the house.  The nice thing about it is that it fits neatly in a pocket, day pack, glove box, or handbag.  If you are interested in more details or need assistance building your own kit, see 8 Essential Items: The Perfect Portable Survival Kit.

In the meantime, here are some items you should consider carrying with you as you travel near and afar.

100 BIC-style Lighters Disposable Classic Lighter:  Running about 16 cents each and free shipping, these are great to have on hand for both survival and barter use. Want fewer than 100.  You can also get a pack of 50, currently priced at $11.

Zippo Street Chrome Pocket Lighter:  Zippo has been creating virtually indestructible, windproof refillable lighters for more than 75 years. The Zippo Street Chrome pocket lighter is no exception. This lighter features a classic textured chrome finish and carries the same lifetime guarantee–to either work or be fixed by Zippo free of charge–for life.  All wearable parts including flints and wicks are replaceable.  Every prepper should own at least one Zippo!  Learn more about Zippos in the article What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel.

Blocklite Ultra Bright 9V 6 LED Flashlight: I own six of these little gems. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. These little flashlights just go and go, plus, they make good use of those re-purposed 9V alkaline batteries that you have recharged with your Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger.

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

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

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

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

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

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The Frying Pan!

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The Frying Pan! James Walton “I Am Liberty” After all of the horror this week I need a break. I want to head back into the world of cooking methods. We have had some fun in the past with our cooking method shows. There are still many more methods to talk about. I feel like … Continue reading The Frying Pan!

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