4 Urban Survival Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

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4 Urban Survival Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore If you want to survival in an urban survival situation, you’ll need to A) Stock up on supplies and B) Protect those supplies. That’s all it really boils down to. One of the best urban survival tips to remember is that having a gun is the best form of self-defense …

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8 Threats To Beware Of If You Live In The City

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8 Threats To Beware Of If You Live In The City Urban survival is a popular topic among preppers, probably because most of them–despite dreams of a homestead in the country–live in big cities so they can get to work in a reasonable amount of time. I’d like to tell these people that the city …

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Natural Solutions for a Healthy Blood Pressure

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Their are man natural herbs that will aid in blood pressure normalization. It is very strait forward and consistency is needed while always monitoring your blood pressure.  There are very simple herbs to both raise and lower blood pressure with natural effects. A very Powerful Blood and simple natural pressure aid is the Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Se recipe and instructions below. There are nutritional juices that will provide the same effect. a healthy and maintained Circulatory system will provide amazing results to all the other main systems, because now the delivery of nutrients and oxogen is more efficient and reliable. Secondly, Absorption increases and a healthier metabolism comes in to play. Now  all the vital enzymes from everything you consume are  absorbed more properly and effectively to each main system.

I start off with a overall list of beneficial herbs then break it up to lest a short but powerful list of herbs to confer both High and Low Blood Pressures. There are also powerful and powerful tonic recipes for each. As I stated before there are nutritional ways to aid Blood Pressure and I list simple but powerful juicing recipes for each as well.

Blood Pressure Herbs

Powerful Blood Pressure Herbs:

  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Hawthorne
  • Licorice Root
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic (Good For both High and Low Blood Pressure)

10 ounces of warm water
2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of raw wildflower honey
Direction:

Mix very well until all ingredients are COMPLETELY dissolved and drink daily.

High blood pressure herbs (A very short list)

  • Ashwanganda
  • Astragalus
  • black cohosh
  • blue cohosh
  • black current
  • Cayenne
  • Celery seed
  • Cleavers
  • Garlic
  • Hawthorne
  • Lemon Balm
  • Plantain
  • Passion Flower
  • Tomato

A high Blood Pressure Tonic With High absorption

  • 8 ounces of pure coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon of hawthorne extract/ Tincture

Mix well drink daily.
This  tonic will help clear out arteries and veins by cleaning up plaque buildup on vascular and arterial walls. Secondly, this will also strengthen the heart muscle.

High Blood Pressure Juicing Recipe:

  • 1 inch knob of Ginger
  • 1 inch knob of Turmeric root
  • 1 handful of dandelion leafs
  • 1 apple
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 handful of cilantro

Directions:
Juice all ingredients while beginning with  the Ginger and Turmeric Root first
OPTION: Add 1-2 teaspoons of Raw wildflower honey to sweeten
Drink daily.

Low Blood Pressure Herbs 

  • Licorice Root
  • Belladonna
  • Broom
  • Ephra
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Ginseng (Panax/ Red)
  • African Red Rooibos
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose hips

A low Blood Pressure Tonic With High absorption

  • 8 ounces of pure coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon of Licorice root extract/ tincture

Directions:
Mix well drink daily.
This  tonic will help Stop the vasodilatation and naturally increase the blood flow to the heart in a consistent fashion and raising the blood pressure level(s) naturally.

Juicing for Low Blood Pressure Recipe:

  • 1 inch knob of Ginger
  • 1 inch knob of Turmeric root
  • 1 handful of dandelion leafs
  • 1 apple
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • handful of parsley 
  • 1/4 beet
  • 3 leaves of spinach
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons of raw wildflower honey.

Directions:
Juice all ingredients while beginning with  the Ginger and Turmeric Root first,  then sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. OPTION: Add 1-2 teaspoons of Raw wildflower honey to sweetendrink daily .

How To Build A Tiny House On Wheels Project

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How To Build A Tiny House On Wheels Project   This “how to” for building a tiny house on wheels is a great DIY project. Awesome for camping and a great back up bug out home if SHTF. I go a little weak at the knees for tiny houses or cabins 🙂 I can’t help …

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5 Garden Crops You Need To Grow That Give The Most Protein

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5 Garden Crops You Need To Grow That Give The Most Protein We all should know by now that protein is the building blocks of life. Proteins have many different jobs within the body. The body uses proteins for energy. Protein is also used as an enzyme, which starts reactions within the body, including metabolism, and gene …

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How to Build a Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System

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How to Build a Self Watering Rain Gutter Grow System Learn how to make a self watering rain gutter grow system. Be the envy of your neighbors and grow the best vegetables with minimal effort and watering on your part! Larry from YouTube shows us how. Having a garden is every preppers dream. Some are …

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Medicinal Uses of Usnea, Old Man’s Beard

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Medicinal Uses of Usnea, Old Man’s Beard Usnea has long been used therapeutically in many traditional systems including Chinese, European and Native American herbal medicine. One of the most important therapeutically active components in usnea is usnic acid, which has potent antibiotic properties. Click the link below to see what else this fantastic plant/lichen can …

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Glock (almost) Perfection?

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Fernando–

The Glocks are very nice guns and have lots of performance features to commend them.

The only thing I disagree with is the lack of a positive mechanical safety.

I know that devotees of the non-safety pistols get defensive when anyone takes exception to this design feature.

But–anyone trained to a level of competent pistol shooter can train to take the safety into account when they do need to deliberately fire the weapon.

And–when they don’t need to have the weapon fire, or heaven forbid not have it fire when somebody who should not have their hands on the gun (but somehow got hold of it)–then that is when the manual safety earns its plaudits!

We see too many cases with the non-safety pistols where gun owners (including experts) somehow shoot themselves or others, kids get hold of a gun and shoot themselves or others–where a mechanical safety properly employed would have likely saved people from harm.

I realize that everyone who has not had such an incident happen in their own lives will poo-poo and object to suggestions along these lines, but consider how many tragedies might have been prevented happening to others like themselves who did have things go bad for themselves or their loved ones.

Best wishes,
Larry

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Hi Larry,

I cant say I agree with you on this one and I believe I have a good foundations for the point I’ll try to make.

No, I don’t think the Glock needs a safety.

1)Revolvers don’t have safeties, and no one ever thought of bothering putting one in them other than some oddity here and there. Nearly all firearms experts agree revolvers don’t need safeties. Revolvers do have longer and stiffer trigger pulls in double action, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are perfectly ok without a manual safety and the double action only trigger pull in a standard Glock is stiff enough to avoid the kind of accidental discharges that sometimes happen with hair triggers and single action only firearms like the venerable 1911.

2)Talking about the 1911, that was my first handgun. I spent years training with it, so much that when I went to the dark side and got my Glock, I spent years disengaging a safety that wasn’t there anymore whenever I drew the gun. No problem there since its just a reflex thumb flick on the side of the Glock.

3)In terms of legal problems and accidental/negligent discharges due to lack of manual safety, notice that most police departments seem to be ok with Glocks anyway, in spite of the complicated legal situation they often find themselves in.

4)The British army recently adopted the Glock 17, no problem with the lack of safety there. SEAL did so too, as have other special forces around the world. The truth is that as long as the shooter does its part and carries the gun in a holster Glocks are perfectly safe. The accidental/negligent discharges can still happen with guns with safeties, all they have to do is disengage it and pull the trigger. They key part of the problem being pulling the trigger when you don’t really intend to do so. I think there a good reason why firearms instructors, shooting experts and specialists overwhelming favour Glock both for themselves and for arming others.

5) I will concede that in a fight, at night, and after losing control of your weapon, an attack may grab your weapon and fail to disengage a safety while trying to shoot you. Then again I believe that the advantage of having a Glock, the best handgun for combat and defence. Greatly out weights the chances of what has to be admitted as a rare, unlikely scenario compared to much more probable ones. As for kids, I believe that if a child has a loaded gun that’s already a disaster. I believe also that most kids will easily figure out a safety. They are simple enough to figure out for a kid that ever played videogames or even owned a toy gun. If a child has hold of a loaded gun and is playing around with it trying to figure out how to operate it you have messed up bad as a parent already and chances are that with any loaded firearm you’re looking at a tragedy about to happen. If anything, keep your gun in a quick access safe or use a trigger lock. They are cheap enough and much better insurance than praying a child doesn’t figure out the use of the safety which he most likely will.

FerFAL

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

CIA Director Warns Americans need to be ready for Large-Scale Terror Attack inside the U.S.

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CIA Director John Brennan warned Americans that he believes ISIS could be planning a similar large-scale attack here in the United States. […]

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7 Worst Rookie Prepper Mistakes

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We all make mistakes, especially when it comes to prepping. Fear of doomsday has caused many people to make rash decisions they later regret. Believe me, I know. Fortunately, the Internet makes it easier to learn from other people so you can avoid making the same mistakes they did. To that end, SNO Multimedia made […]

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4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Picking A ‘Bug-Out’ Location (LOTS Of People Do No. 2)

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4 Foolish Mistakes People Make When Picking A 'Bug-Out' Location

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When choosing a location to “bug out” to, there are three very common mistakes people make, each of which could seriously compromise your survival plan, or even worse.

Don’t make these mistakes, and you’ll stand a much better chance of pulling through.

Mistake 1: Head for the hills!

Sure, we’ve all said it, either seriously or in jest. Things go south, we’ll fall back to the mountains and regroup. Especially for those in the western US, the mountains are this near-mythical stronghold full of resources and assets ripe for the picking, and somehow nearly perfectly secured against government intrusion. The reality is much more brutal. Unless you are already intimately familiar with where you want to go, are prepared to not be able to live off the land, and have supplies in place or can bring the bulk of your gear with you, this is a terrible choice.

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Not only will every other like-minded person head that way, but in a disaster, roads already will be clogged, and you may not even be able to make it to your location. This one should be saved for the very well-prepared or for those who already live close to the hills and know exactly where they are going and how to survive in the wild for the long term.

Mistake 2: Hunker in the bunker

Close behind heading for the hills, many survivalists and preppers imagine a fortified position they can withdraw to, and either hide while the world falls apart, or even hold off determined gangs of marauders. Raise your hands: How many here have a real fort, or super-secret hidden bunker? Didn’t think so. You might hold off the odd band of criminals, but otherwise your bunker might become your own personal Alamo. Think wisely before committing yourself to the safety of your homemade fortification. You are better off having a few rural acres with a water source, cabin and supplies.

Mistake 3: The stay-at-home survivalist

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OK, this one isn’t always a mistake, but a lot of the time it can be. For me, that’s my usual plan. Where I live, the biggest worry is an earthquake. If I’m still alive when things go bad, then I’m good. I keep an earthquake kit stored away from the house, and I can eat and live decent, and probably can help my neighbors some. However, if serious civil unrest happens, I’m screwed, as I live smack in the middle of an urban area.

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At that point, staying at home could be the worst mistake I ever made. Take an honest assessment of the risks you face where you live. In some cases, you can almost always stay put. In other cases, you’ll have to be ready to leave. From wildfires, to neighborhood-destroying riots, the risks to the stay-at-home prepper are legion. If you can’t leave, then at least be extra well-prepared. Store gear outside the home, possibly even lightly buried if building loss is a concern. Have a place you can hide in if at all possible. Either way, have a fallback plan, even if it’s just hooking up with your buddy two miles away.

Mistake 4: The isolated homesteader

For some of us, this one may be a dream come true. A simple home, off-the-grid power and communication, a big garden that feeds us and gives a surplus to can, maybe some livestock, good hunting, trees for fuel, and a stream to fish in. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I know it does to me. At least until something happens that would push me out. One benefit of cities and populated areas is that there are more people and more resources to combat an emergency. An earthquake, fire or flood could destroy all your hard work, and leave you with nothing. If you are one of the fortunate rural homesteaders, you must take extra precautions, because you may be one of the last to get any help in a disaster, and if civil society breaks down along with a grid collapse, you may be in trouble.

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Buying A Used GPS Receiver

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Used receivers in thrift stores, estate sales and auctions are generally overpriced and outdated. 

I have seen many used or re manufactured receivers fail during classes that I teach.


If the hiker is in need of a back-up receiver here is what I would suggest:

·       Keep an eye on the blog www.gpstracklog.com.  The blogger keeps an up to date site on what is happening in the world of GPS receivers.


·      Identify what models are of interest and then visit Ebay, Amazon and WalMart.com to get a price baseline.


·      Get a relatively current model.  For example, Garmin models such as the 60 or eTrek series should have the following nomenclature next to the model name such as H, or HCx (Garmin GPSmap60CX.)


·      A receiver is in reality a hi-tech piece of equipment.  If the viewing screen is badly scratched or the case is cracked or showing signs of rough wear walk away from it.


·     Never buy a receiver without a demonstration.  Take some AA batteries with you when you go shopping.


·     The receiver should track satellites within a few minutes of being turned on and should be locked on, ready to navigate in 4-6 minutes (ball park estimate.)


·      Determine how much mapping capability it has.  For example, my old Garmin GPSmap60 receiver had the capability to store 100 mega bites of data which approximated to about half of the state of Oregon.  Receivers with micro SD cards offer more capability.


·       Retain all paper work and warranty info supporting re-manufactured product.

Learn the Art of Herbalism Your Own Way

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Learn Art of HerbalismAre you thinking about learning herbalism as a readiness skill to better help yourself and loved ones during an emergency? Let me be the first to tell you that getting a solid herbal education can be tough, but it’s incredibly rewarding. There’s a lot of information to cover, and many different approaches to teaching and practicing herbalism. There are also many different ways to learn herbalism: you can enroll in a local herb school, take online classes, or gather resources to teach yourself. But as a prepper, how do you sort through all of the options and determine what’s right for you?

Herbalism is largely unregulated in the United States. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that you, as a consumer shopping for an herbal education, need to weigh your options and do your research. And if you’re also a prepper, it’s important to feel confident that your teachers have done their research and had extensive experience, and that the course materials will cover topics that are relevant to preparedness and survival.

My Own Herbal Education

My first “official” herbal school experience left me frustrated that my instructor relied mainly on industry street cred and charisma. Most of the information in that course was good, but there were no references to external research ANYWHERE in the course. The more I studied, the more this made me uncomfortable. I had read widely on my own prior to enrolling, so I had a sense of what was reliable and what wasn’t, but it was still a very frustrating experience. Also, my main focus at the time was on working with clients more than preparedness, but the course didn’t really even cover as much of that as was implied. Very frustrating!

After several more years of self directed study, I found an herb school that focused on herbalism in remote settings and for community emergency preparedness. This school (The Human Path) has been a great fit for me, because it has allowed me to fully develop my interest in emergency herbalism, and even offers clinical outreach programs in remote settings that will allow me to gain more experience with my intake and evaluation skills while actively making a difference in communities. Founder of The Human Path, Sam Coffman, wrote this article on The Survival Mom blog.

Around the same time, I also began working for an herb school (The Herbal Academy) that offers online programs (from beginner level to family herbalists to clinical professionals) that are created collaboratively. Because of the school’s emphasis on collaboration, the courses reflect the wisdom and perspectives of many experienced herbalists rather than a single person. Click on this ad to learn what this course is all about. I highly recommend their courses.
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Where should YOU learn herbalism?

There are many more options available now than there were even a few years ago. Take advantage of that! Spend some time researching different schools. You might even be lucky enough to have a local herb school nearby so that you can learn in a classroom setting, which can make learning skills like plant identification and applying your knowledge (via student clinical programs) much easier.

Nowadays, many herb schools are even accessible online (and yes, this is great. Trust me- I mailed my lessons in via snail mail at the first school!). There are several advantages to taking online courses:

  • It’s easier to reach instructors,
  • Easier to participate in virtual classroom settings like webinars and chats.
  • Online, you can quickly research questions you might have.
  • It’s easier to be in touch with current and former students, so you can get their reviews and insights into a particular course before you enroll (always a good idea!).

You should understand, though, that there’s no formal syllabus that all herb schools are required to follow, or any accreditation process that they must undergo (at least in the United States), so where you go to learn herbalism will depend largely on your goals. You will need to take a look at the founder’s philosophy, whether or not the lessons are backed with adequate research materials, and whether the training offered at the school is a match for your needs.

Generally speaking, steer clear of programs that claim to make you a “master herbalist.” The phrase is just hype. There is no meaningful standard by which to judge the qualification. “Certified herbalist” is the same way. Just as there is no accrediting body specifically for herb schools, there’s also no regulatory body that grants titles for herbalists. A school can, however, give you a certificate of completion for successfully passing their exams.  

Herb schools will typically fall into one or the other of these categories based on the focus of their programs. Keep these in mind as you sort through which schools might be a good fit for your needs:

  • Tradition-focuses on a historical subset of herbalism (such as Ayurveda from India)
  • Career- focuses on developing skills and advanced theory needed in a modern clinical setting
  • Family Herbalist- focuses on everyday use of herbs in a family/home setting
  • Survivalist- focuses on herbalism in remote or survival settings
  • New age- focuses on intuitive herbalism, shamanism, or spiritual aspects of herbalism

For preparedness purposes, a course with a survival school is a wise investment, but you shouldn’t overlook a solid foundation with a school focused on home herbalism, either.  A good home herbalism course will usually teach you how to make many different types of herbal preparations and give you plenty of information that you can apply for everyday health needs.   

An herb school may also divide their programs into different tracks based on specific skills or skill levels, such as beginner, intermediate, or advanced, so take your time investigating the schools that interest you. Even if you don’t think every course they offer is a good fit for what you want, there may be a specific track or set of courses that’s exactly what you’re looking for. Here are three school directories you can peruse to get a feel for some of the options available:

Here are three school directories you can peruse to get a feel for some of the options available:

Herbal Education Guide from Plant Healer Magazine

School Directory by the American Herbalist Guild

Herb Schools List at Mountain Rose Herbs

How to Learn Herbalism on Your Own

It’s also possible to be a self taught herbalist. This approach requires careful research and the dedication to seek out many professional perspectives, and no, reading internet forums for different opinions and ideas doesn’t count! There are a few things you can do to make your self-guided herbal preparedness studies more fruitful:

  1. Invest in a solid herbal textbook like Medical Herbalism by David Hoffman, or Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy by Kerry Bone. Read it, cover to cover, and take notes. This will give you a very good introduction to herbalism from the more scientific side. (This is what I did after my first, not-so-successful experience, and it was worth every penny).
  2. Get a few herbal recipe books that teach you how to make herbal extracts, teas, and other preparations. James Green’s The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook, Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health or Homegrown Remedies by Anne McIntyre are all excellent resources. Work through the book and teach yourself to make the different types of products.
  3. Make a list of the types of health problems you know you will need to address, personally, and research them. Start looking up (and using, with your doctor’s permission) herbal alternatives.
  4. Create herbal components for your first aid kits. Here is more information about that.
  5. Part of the beauty of having herbalism as a survival skill  is that herbs are renewable- you can grow them yourself! Select a few new herbs each year and add them to your garden. Many are lovely to look at and can be added to urban and suburban landscaping, or grown on a balcony or patio in containers. Herbs can be difficult to grow from seed, but many do very well if grown from cuttings or root division. You’ll need to learn the specific needs of each plant as you go.
  6. Foraging is much less reliable as a supply tactic than many people think it is. Plants may not be available when you need them, or it may be hard to find certain ones in your area. If you want to learn to forage, you will need field guides specific to your area and lots of time to learn plant identification. You will also need to learn the individual timetable of each plant- when it blooms and when to harvest- and what specific parts are used. You’ll also need to tend your foraging plots so that (hopefully) there will be even more of the plants available the next year because you took the time to spread seed or otherwise help the plants regenerate. It’s best to focus on one or two really abundant “weeds” at a time and add more as you hone your skills.
  7. Wilderness First Aid- if at all possible, take a course in wilderness first aid to supplement your herbal studies.
  8. One prepper and herbalist, Cat Ellis, offers this book written from a prepper perspective, all about various herbal and natural remedies.

All of this goes to show that there are many, many different herbal schools to choose from, and that whether or not you enroll with a school or strike out on your own, you should be a very active participant in your education. Ask questions, read widely, create herbal products to use at home, and really participate in what you are learning! Herbalism is so much more than “book learning” and you will have the best results later by learning to incorporate herbs into your current lifestyle now as well as how to utilize them in a remote or disaster setting.  

Learn more about herbalism right here on The Survival Mom blog

17 Urgent Preps For Under $100

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If you’re reading this, you no doubt want to be prepared in case of a widespread disaster. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t have a lot of money. Hopefully you can come up with $100, but how prepared can you actually get with so little money? More than you think. Although you […]

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Do You Need a Blood Pressure Cuff in Your First Aid Supplies?

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You will need a stethoscope to use with it.

I have included a blood pressure cuff, also known as an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer in my medical supplies.  Now I have had people tell me that this is not something that should be included unless you have had medical training. They argue that it will be useless to the average person.

However, I disagree a blood pressure cuff can be handy in many ways.  If you have people in your group that have high blood pressure this can help you monitor them and determine whether exercise, diet or alternate medicines are helping them.  Extra medical gear is always good to have, even if you don’t know how to use it.  Medically trained people may be available that do not have access to medical equipment.

I would suggest that you get a manual blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.  The manual cuffs are extremely accurate, with a minimum of training, they are easy to use and never require batteries. You do need to have a stethoscope.

Normal blood pressure can vary with age, condition and genetics.  The following should be a good guide to help you determine what is normal.

top number (systolic) in mm Hg Bottom number (diastolic) in mm Hg Your category
Below 120 and Below 80 Normal blood pressure
Between 120-139 or Between 80-89 Prehypertension
Between 140-159 or Between 90-99 Stage 1 hypertension
160 or higher or 100 or higher Stage 2 hypertension

Blood pressure cuffs come in sizes

You may need to get more than one cuff.  Recently I was present when an older overweight person had heart problems at a social activity.  Several experienced medical people were on the scene, but had no equipment with them.  Having a first aid kit with me, I loaned one of them my blood pressure cuff.  Much to my surprise it would not fit, their arm was too large.  They needed an extra large cuff.  Prior to this incident, I did not know they came in sizes.  So if you have someone in your family or group that is unusually large or small you may want to check it out and make sure your cuff will fit.

A good list of medical supplies you should have on hand.  An Updated List of Medical Supplies

Howard

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Bee Update

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Been up to the Bees today again to add some brood boxes, boxes where they create more workers, and feed those that are expanding. You don’t need to feed them at this time of year but when you do they grow faster and the hives are stronger ready for when you want to split them […]

3 Taster Locations To Try Unplugging

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Off-grid home in Majorca to rent on airbnb, perfect for a getaway from technology

Enjoy the Spanish sun and views whilst unplugging from the rest of the world for a getaway

Curious about what living off-grid would be like but not quite ready to give up the mortgage? Thinking where to live out the rest of your days in idyllic peace but not quite sure?

Not to worry, if you’re considering the big leap into the unknown, you can try a short break disconnecting from the big brother system — renting an off-grid home from Airbnb.

In Chelan, Washington State, for example, there lies a hobbit hole which any Lord of the Rings fan would die for a night in. Upon a mountain hill, surrounded by rabbits and deer is the perfect place for someone on a quest for off-gird living to start their journey.

Kirstie Wolfe built the 288-square-foot rental into a hillside on a five-acre tract of land she bought in Orondo, a small town between Chelan and Wenatchee along the Columbia River in central Washington. After burying the structure, she went all out decorating the space with an obsessive attention to detail. “I try to make it as authentic as possible,” builder Kristie Wolfe explained. She succeeded with flying colours, visitors walk past a small outdoor garden through a big circular door — just like in the books and movies. The rustic interior uses reclaimed wood, hanging lanterns, and circular arches and windows to evoke a fantastical feeling, a point underlined with small charms like a cobbler’s workbench and several subtle “Lord of the Rings” touches inside.

As well as being the perfect place to let your imagination run free, it is also a fully functioning off grid home with its own septic tank and solar panels, you can unplug in style and comfort. To see the photos and more details on the hobbit home, click here!

 

For those in Europe – nestled into the mountains on the quiet North-West side of Mallorca it is the perfect place to turn off from the outside world and relish nature as it is.

It is a 30-minute drive down the mountain to a beach or an exhilarating hike away, which in turn, gives you the most breath-taking views of the blue Mediterranean. It’s located inside a national park which means you will live side by side with exotic birds and wild flowers. The house comes complete with a water tank which collects 40,00 litres of rain water which you can then filter into drinking water and use to flush the toilet and wash with . Also, it is furnished with two flushing toilets, solar panels a shower, a gas fridge and hob and a fireplace and wood burner for the winter months. There is an outside kitchen with a BBQ so you can cook cooley in the breeze whilst taking in the glorious views.

Outdoor hot shower in off-grid home in Majorca

Beautiful heated shower located outside to give you the perfect mixture of comfort and authenticity

If you’re not so keen with the cooking, you can hire a cook who will show you how to use the outdoor facilities and make your meals for you. The estate is broken up into separate houses which you may choose to rent altogether or just the one/two. The top house comes with two bedrooms and wireless broadband from a solar panel.

How secluded you are is completely up to you. You can have someone show you around the house and neighbourhood with you and immerse you into the off-the-grid lifestyle or you can do it alone and test yourself. You can view its profile on Airbnb here and watch a narrated tour of it here on youtube for more details on the property and how to book it.

 

Our third home was named as one of the best homes in America by Dwell and top ten homes in the world on Airbnb. And it’s completely off-grid. The humble abode is situated in a pristine remote valley in the beautiful Californian high desert and the views are amazing.

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The desert home underneath the stars

 

It is completely powered by solar panels which allow you to have a comfortable stay whilst venturing off into the unplugged world. There is no wifi or TV to encourage you to completely immerse yourself into your stunning surroundings and your own thoughts. It’s architecturally significant green home with large floor to ceiling windows, a fireplace, flushing toilet and hot shower and a fully functional kitchen. So why not check it out on Airbnb for pictures and the chance to enquire about booking it for a weekend away from your stress and worries.

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How to Reliably Communicate Off-Grid

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Those vast open landscapes, however, expose an area that most preppers pay little attention to normally, which is how to communicate over those vast areas of land and communicate off-grid completely when needed.

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8 Organic Ways To Keep Your Garden Bug-Free (No. 4 Kills Them Quick — But Is Safe For Humans!)

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If you’re determined to grow a healthy garden without benefit of pesticides, you’re definitely on the right track. Conventional pesticides kill both good and bad bugs, leaving no natural controls that keep pests in check. As a result, pests are replaced with even tougher, chemical-resistant super-pests, with no beneficial insects left behind to maintain control.

Try not to panic if your plants are bothered by an occasional nibble, as “sharing” the garden is part of growing organically. Keep your plants properly watered. Ensure the soil is healthy and rich in organic materials. Keep in mind that healthy plants are always more pest-resistant than plants that are stressed.

If you find that your garden is overrun with pests in spite of good gardening practices, then consider natural alternatives such as these.

1. Beneficial insects. Such as lacewings, ladybugs, ground beetles, pirate bugs, parasitic wasps, praying mantis and hover-flies. Beneficial insects have preferred targets, so a healthy diversity of helpful bugs will help control a variety of pests, such as aphids, thrips, scale, mites and whiteflies.

2. Beneficial plants. Many blooming plants attract beneficial insects. For example, try alyssum, cosmos, Shasta daisy, yarrow, calendula and coreopsis, as well as herbs like dill, fennel, lemon balm, parsley and coriander. On the other hand, some plants, most notably marigolds, may help deter harmful pests.

3. Handpicking. Although it isn’t anybody’s favorite job, picking pests by hand is a highly effective natural pest control technique made easier with a good pair of gardening gloves. Most pickable insects, including caterpillars, slugs and tomato hornworms, are most active at dusk.

4. Diatomaceous earth. This powdery substance is made of the skeletal remains of tiny marine creatures known as diatoms. The abrasive dust abrades the outer covering of soft-bodied pests like potato beetles, squash bugs, slugs, snails, aphids, whiteflies and others, causing the pest to dry out and die. Although diatomaceous earth is safe, wear a dust mask because the dust can irritate your lungs.

Diatomaceous Earth: The All-Natural Insect Killer!

5. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) – A naturally occurring bacteria, Bt is non-toxic to humans, pets, birds and wildlife. However, when it is eaten by pests, the toxin dissolves in the gut and causes death in three to five days. Bt, available as spray or dust, is best applied in late afternoon and must be reapplied after rainfall or irrigation. The substance also can be mixed with insecticidal soap (see below), which improves coverage.

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6. Insecticidal soap – A spray made of natural soap (not dish soap or hand soap), insecticidal soap spray isn’t toxic to people or animals, but deadly to soft-bodied pests like aphids, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites. It is relatively safe, but because it kills on contact, it shouldn’t be applied when beneficial insects are present on the plant. Insecticidal soap spray works fast and is safe to use on vegetables up to harvest time. Don’t spray in the heat of the day or when the sun is directly on the plant.

7. Homemade sprays – The jury is out on homemade pest control sprays; some gardeners swear by them, while others claim they are a waste of time. If you’re inundated with pests, it won’t hurt to give them a try, and they might just work.

  • Garlic spray – Blend 10-12 garlic cloves in a quart of water, and then let the smelly mixture sit for at least a full day. Strain the solution through cheesecloth and add a cup of vegetable oil. For even more punch, add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper or chili powder, then let the mixture sit for another 24 hours. The spray, which is highly concentrated, should be mixed at a rate of ½ cup to 1 gallon of water.
  • Insecticidal soap spray – Mix 1 ½ tablespoon of natural soap (such as castile or oil soap) with a quart of water and a few drops of cooking oil, which helps the spray stick to foliage. You also can add a teaspoon of garlic or a garlic bulb, and/or a small amount of cayenne pepper. Some gardeners like to add one or two drops of citrus essential oil.
  • Red pepper spray – This simple spray consists of a tablespoon of chili powder or cayenne pepper and six drops of natural soap in a gallon of water. Mix well and apply weekly, or as needed.

8. Horticultural oil – A type of highly refined oil, horticultural oil plugs the pores so that insects can’t breathe. They soon suffocate. Although the oil dissipates quickly and little residue is left behind, horticultural oil shouldn’t be applied on very hot or cold days, or on drought-stressed plants. Horticultural oil is effective against a variety of pests, including spider mites, aphids, leaf hoppers and whiteflies, among others.

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What Is The Government Preparing For?

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You may not be getting prepared for a major national disaster, but the government sure is.  I have been informed that in recent months numerous emergency food companies have been contacted by the government, and they have been told that their inventories could potentially be seized in the event of a significant emergency.  And as you will see below, the government recently participated in an exercise that simulated “an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade”.  In addition, NPR has just revealed details about the very secretive Strategic National Stockpile program that is storing billions of dollars worth of medical supplies in warehouses around the nation.  This is a program that most Americans do not even know exists.  On top of everything else, strange reports of military vehicles with UN markings have been coming in from all over the…

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Jose From History Channel Alone!

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Jose From History Channel Alone  Josh “7P’s of Survival” This week we will have Jose Martinez Amoedo from History Channel Alone on the show and we will be talking about his life’s journey leading up to his choice to take part in ALONE on The History Chanel. Once we learn a little about his background we … Continue reading Jose From History Channel Alone!

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Homestead Blog Hop #89

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Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

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1. Laundry Detergent Recipe from The Woolly Homestead

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2. Making Salves and Ointments from Oak Hill Homestead

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 3. Through Wisdom a House is Built ~ A Practical Application from Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

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How Continuity of Government Matters to You

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As most of you know, the federal government has procedures in place to protect and shelter elected officials during a major catastrophe. The procedures have been in place for decades and up until a few years ago, the shelters and procedures were designed to protect and shelter against a nuclear attack.

The cold war caused this country to rethink certain things, and what goes around comes around.

The results of a nuclear attack would be the same as an EMP caused by mankind or Mother Nature, however. The bunkers and procedures would still be used because they are still relevant, and assumedly have been upgraded to meet evolving threats.

The average citizen, of course, would be left to fend for themselves, and according to some studies, which by the way are highly speculative, coordinated help would not arrive from the federal government until 80 or 90 percent of the population was already dead. After all, the elected officials would have to see to their own welfare first, and then devise a plan for helping the rest of us, and frankly, if there are less of us, then there is less help required.

Cold thoughts maybe, but also reality, because the government always calculates an acceptable number of casualties into every plan they have ever developed. The government knows that they cannot possibly control, or feed over 300 million people or more when you factor in other countries and their people that may be affected and on the list for aid.

In 1859 there was a massive solar storm dubbed the Carrington Event. The only infrastructure at the time was the telegraph system, which was melted down of course. It was so destructive it actually burned up papers on the telegrapher’s desks. Imagine if that happened today. Experts can only agree that it’s just a matter of when and not if it happens again (Klein, 2012).

What Does This Mean For You

In 1859 welfare was the local church helping a family out, or neighbors bringing food and helping with the children and chores if someone took sick or there was a death in the family. In the absence of government, the people banded together and did what the government essentiality was designed to do, and that is to protect its citizens from threats foreign and domestic.

The community helped out, and yet even during hard times people were expected to help themselves as much as possible. This is what is lacking in the government’s plans for today’s population, accountability. Vagrants and lay-a-bouts didn’t get much sympathy in 1859. A hand-up was not a handout.

Homes were lit with candles and for the better off folks or the “upper crust”, lamp oil, or “carbon oil”(kerosene) was available for lanterns. Wells were main water sources and gravity fed water towers were used to supply water to towns and cities. Electricity was not needed. You can’t miss what you had never had.

Today, of course, it’s a different story. Whether you like it or not or even realize it, the government is in your life, and you will miss it when it’s gone. With that being said, however, missing it and not being able to survive without it are two different things.

Who Can Go It Alone

Not many can do it alone, however, some if not many think they can. Once federal, state and local governments are not functioning then it is up to the people of the communities across this country to govern their communities, and communities will need governing. Anyone that thinks otherwise is in for a rude awakening. A crisis that collapses the government is not an episode of the Walking Dead. The reality is much different from a television series.

People will have to come together if for nothing more than for collective knowledge and skills. There is safety in numbers, and you the lone wolf will need others as well.

Of course, you can survive on your own if you have the supplies, the means to grow and raise your own food, the ability to provide medical care for you and yours, and defend your property alone. Anyone can do this for a period, but then what.

When one government fails then another must rise in its place. Instead of a centralized government, local governments will have to do all the heavy lifting in the short-term. You should be a part of this movement, otherwise, you cannot complain about how it is run.

You might consider all this while you prep. What would you need, what would your community need, and what can you contribute.

It is not about making sure everyone else survives, you can’t guarantee that, but it is about making sure you survive. The absence of government or some sort of order means anarchy and this lessens your chances of survival. Some may welcome the chaos for whatever reason, but in a short time, it will destroy those that wish it.

Klein, C. (2012). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.history.com/news/a-perfect-solar-superstorm-the-1859-carrington-event

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Survival Thriftiness Part 1 Episode 107

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This week Mike and I discuss Survival Thriftiness. This is the first part in a two part series. In today’s podcast we talk about how to save money in the following categories. Reducing Bills, Food and Household goods.  As usual we got long winded and ran long.

A good method that we both have used is to call a service provider and haggle with them to lower your bill. If they can’t lower it you can often get incentives to stay. If they still can’t do anything for you many of their competitors will offer you a lower bill to switch. Loyalty is only good in friends and family.

We talk about buying food only when it is marked down. Making often expensive meats very affordable. I have found that local stores tend to have the best mark downs. The large box stores have pitiful price reductions. The same goes for produce. One local store often has expensive salad mixes marked down below a dollar.

When it comes to household cleaners making your own can save you a ton.

We talk about all that and much more.

 

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Make Your Own Survival Knife

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In a survival situation, a knife is a critical piece of gear to have. A good old-fashioned knife can do all sorts of things. It can help cut wood for a fire, fashion traps to catch food, fight off predators, make tools, drive in stakes, cut bandages for first aid and much more. Consequently, it is an essential part of an emergency kit and/or survival pack.

So what if something happens and you don’t have one on hand? Your best bet is to make one yourself.

The materials and tools you’ll need for your DIY survival knife are:

  • A hacksaw blade
  • Paracord
  • An electric grinder
  • A file
  • Scissors
  • A lighter
  • Hand, ear and eye protection

Start by gripping the hacksaw blade in your hand. This will give you an idea of where the grip will be. Make a mark where your index finger is and begin grinding away with the electric grinder. Cut into the blade about 1/4” and taper the handle back. Then sharpen the edges of the front of the blade down to a point.

For the handle, take an inch of the paracord and place it against the handle near the top. Hold this piece in place while wrapping the paracord around itself all the way to the bottom of the handle. Pull the last little bit of the cord through the last round, snip it, and then burn it.

Take an arm’s length of the paracord and use a strider weave running along the handle. See the video for detailed instructions.

Once this is complete, you can then sharpen the knife and it’s ready to go!

Verifying images

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Fact is, you can’t really believe everything you see. Right? You don’t have to be a chemtrail-sniffing Alex Jones fan to have a distrust of everything you read on the internet. A little Photoshop here, some constructive captioning there, and next thing you know there’s a re-animated Hitler shaking hands with Obama. Staying informed is a necessary part of preparedness, but how do you make sure that what you’re seeing is legit? I was stumbling around the internet and found this interesting article about how to verify that the video/images being presented to you on the internet are actually what they are presented as. Is that really a picture of a dead Osama Bin Laden? Is that really a picture of Syrian refugees rioting with police? There’s an old saying in journalism – “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

How to verify photos and video on social media networks.

15 Ways to Make Camping With Kids Easier Than You Think

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We don’t believe in waiting until our kids are “old enough” to camp.

My first child was 6 months old when we set up the tent in the back yard and spent the night. My second child was 10 months old when we managed to pick the hottest weekend of the entire year to go to a campground. And my youngest was a co-sleeping, nursing infant when we packed her off to the campground with her siblings.

Camping with kids is not easy. But it’s also fun and probably not as hard as most people think. Camping is a sure-fire way to find quality family time. It’s a chance to really put your skills to the test, like fire starting and plant identification, and teach those skills to your kids. And it can be a chance for character-building, too, as you solve problems together, engage in campsite diplomacy, and make do with what you have with you.

Anyway, I’ve learned a few things over the last decade of tent camping with children. Maybe my trial and error method can give you a head start with your learning curve.

      • Use disposable everything!  Even if you use cloth diapers, washcloths, and real plates at home, camping with kids is the time to go disposable. Pack paper towels, disposable diapers, plastic grocery sacks (for trash or wet clothes), and paper plates with plastic utensils. You’ll have enough to do without washing extra camp dishes or trying to haul home extra laundry.
      • Pack extra clothes. Pack even more clothes per child than you think you’ll need. If you do this camping thing right, they’ll need them!
      • Keep a change of shoes and clothes in the car. Reserve at least an extra pair of shoes and a full change of clothes for each member of the family in your vehicle. More than once, we’ve had the unexpected rain storm, or discovered a new leak in our tent. If nothing else happens, at least you’ll have clean clothes for the ride home. And you avoid a major car cleaning chore after your adventure, too!
      • Familiarize your children with your tent ahead of time. Each year before the first camping trip, we set up the tents in the front yard to play in them, or even have at least one nap time in the tents. If you’re planning to use a Pack N Play for an infant or toddler, make sure they’re used to sleeping in it, too.
      • Do a backyard trial run. If it’s the first time camping for your family, or for the newest famiy members, consider “camping” in your own backyard for a night or two before hitting the actual campground. This will give you an even better idea of what to pack and plan for.
      • Plan familiar foods. Camping with kids is probably not the time to try that fancy 17-ingredient recipe. Stick with hot dogs and hamburgers or something equally easy. If you’d like to expand your camping menu, try to add just 1 new recipe each trip.
      • Go with a group. If you can, coordinate your camping experience with another family, or several! We’ve found that having lots of adults around makes it very easy to keep track of all the kids, share meal responsibility, and even give each mom and dad a bit of time together.  For example, each family could take a meal to cook and host for the entire group. Camping with a group also helps to keep the kids occupied—they have friends to go bike riding or exploring together.
      • Pack a battery-powered fan. If you choose to ignore all the rest of the list, at least pack a fan! Not only will it help keep the hot summer air moving, it can also help mask some unfamiliar night noises. A better nights’ sleep will make all your day time experiences much more pleasant.
      • Give them a gift– to use while camping. Depending on your child’s maturity level, consider giving them a tool to use while camping. Even a younger child could probably handle a very small pocket knife. Older children could learn to use fire-starters, tent peg mallets, or even hatchets. And if they own it, they’re much more excited about using it to help out.
      • Establish clear rules around the fire. This is the one area where we are very strict. No running around the fire. No lighting sticks on fire and waving them. And have a containment plan for any mobile infants or toddlers. To date, we’ve never had any serious fire-related injuries, and we plan to keep it that way.
      • Have a wide-ranging first aid kit. We use a plastic tackle box as our camp first aid kit. If you un-package items, you can easily fit everything you need for burns, bug bites, scrapes, upset tummies, and allergies. Placing items in zip top baggies will keep them organized and water proof.
      • Don’t do everything. Don’t send the kids off to play while you set up the tent and start the dinner fire. Give everyone a task, such as holding tent poles, or collecting a certain size stick. They won’t learn unless they’re involved, and in the long run, your job gets easier. Just imagine 5 years from now, sitting in your camp chair while the kids set up and get dinner on the fire.  
      • Let the kids get dirty and give them the freedom to explore.  Camping puts you directly in contact with nature, and nature is messy. If the kids are sweaty and muddy at the end of the day, you’ve probably done things right.
      • Teach respect for others campers. Camping etiquette means going around, not through, someone else’s campsite. It also means being aware when riding bikes or playing catch in the road and observing quiet hours at night. And when you’re by the water, be aware of people fishing.
      • Don’t be afraid to pack up early. Last summer, there was a severe line of thunderstorms moving in on our last night. It was just me and 3 kids, so I made the decision to pack it up early and head home. Good thing, because we had severe weather all night long—one of the worst storm systems of the season. You don’t have to prove anything—there’s always next time.

Camping teaches kids survival skills in a fun way. It builds their confidence as they realize how much they know and can do. It gets them away from screens and in touch with nature. And it creates family bonds and life-long memories.

Camping in general gets easier with experience. People give all sorts of excuses why they can’t take kids camping.   “Oh, I’d love to take my kids camping, but not while they’re in diapers!”  But if not now, when? What if you find yourself “camping” someday after an unexpected event? You’ll be glad you practiced now!  Besides, it’s rewarding to hear your kids telling their friends, “We had the BEST time ever camping!”

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13 Top Skills To Learn Now For Survival

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There is no time like the present for developing the skills and knowledge that you need to survive when SHTF. Some skills can help you survive immediately and amidst the chaos in the aftermath, while other skills can help you survive in the long-run.

Either way, those who have the widest variety of skills and who can learn or adapt new skills quickly and efficiently, will be the most likely to survive in a post-SHTF scenario.

Here’s a short list of 13 top survival skills you should develop that the guys from Cabela’s put up and turned into the infographic that you see below. Answer the questions to check you skill level and see if you would survive a major disaster!

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Why Should I Learn Infant CPR?

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Learning baby CPR is not just a practical thing to do when you have some spare time; it is something that should be made a priority. Thankfully, as the below guide clearly illustrates, it is not a complicated procedure. Just about anyone can learn how to perform baby CPR on a young child and the following points can give you the motivation you need to either learn or refresh your skills in this area. 

CPR Will be Vital in a Doomsday Scenario

Don’t expect hospitals, doctors, nurses and paramedics to be available should a doomsday scenario occur. Such individuals are likely to be caring for their own families, fleeing danger zones, or will be so overwhelmed that they won’t be able to provide proper assistance. Knowing infant CPR can enable you to save your child’s life if there is no one else around to turn to for help; what is more, you may even be able to trade this skill for food and/or other items or services you may need in a disaster scenario. 

Babies Are Prone to Dangerous Accidents

Babies grow quickly and tend to put dangerous things in their mouths, drink or eat poisonous substances and engage in other unsafe behaviors. While there are a number of things you can do to protect your little one from serious accidents, you cannot expect to be able to shield your child from danger all the time. Your child can have a bad accident when left unsupervised for a few minutes or when visiting a less than safe relative’s or friend’s home. A car accident could also result in serious injuries that may require your CPR skills.

Bystanders Are Reluctant to Help

It may be a simple procedure to learn, but you want to practice CPR regularly to ensure that you do it correctly in the time of need. Unfortunately, many bystanders are reluctant to help because they are afraid of doing something wrong. Don’t refrain from offering CPR even if you don’t remember the exact procedure or feel less than confident in your skills. In a traumatic situation, you may not remember how many compressions should be given per second, how deep the compressions are meant to be, or whether or not you should flick a child’s feet first before giving CPR. However, even flawed CPR is better than none at all if there are no signs of circulation. 

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Closing The Gaps: Our Spiritual Hypocrisy

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     Everyday I receive an email with an inspirational message from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.  Frankly, although I am not an athlete, I still enjoy the sports analogies that accompany the emails, and I also enjoy receiving a message each day about how to honor God.
     One particular email really spoke to me, and I think it pertains to the Christian community’s difficulty in embracing the spiritual realm and spiritual warfare.  Dan Britton, who played professional indoor lacrosse for four years for the Baltimore Thunder wrote that day’s message.  Dan serves as FCA’s Executive Vice President of International Ministry.  He chose to speak about spiritual integrity.  Here is his testimony:  “As a lacrosse player, I knew some of my teammates to be big partiers. Despite their lifestyle, I learned that they had nothing to hide. Actually, I came to find out that they lived with more integrity than me! As a Christian who had a “testimony” to protect, I tried to hide my gaps. What they said and did, however, were the same things. No gaps. Just the basic “what you see is what you get” lifestyle. They were partiers, but not hypocrites. It all lined up with them. Unfortunately, we as Christians often will say one thing and do another.”
     What Dan refers to as his “gaps”, I prefer to think of as our deviation from our true self, or our imbalance.  The true identity of our spirit often doesn’t match what we project to the world.  Our Inside doesn’t match up with our Outside.  Integrity is the state of being whole and undivided; the condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction.  That means we are consistent in our character, conformed in both body and spirit, just like Jesus was … we are the same, whether it is according to the spirit inside of us, or the physical image that the world sees.
     In the aspect of spiritual warfare, can you see how the Enemy can take advantage of us when there’s an imbalance between our inside and outside?  Too many Western Christians care more about the image they project to each other than who they project to the world.  At the same time, they are desperate to keep the spiritual side under wraps because it is so dissimilar to the physical side they promote.  And the Enemy swoops in and begins to whisper his destroying lies:  you’re a fraud … you profess trust and confidence in your Savior, but inside you are full of doubt and unbelief … if they knew the dark things in your past, your fellow Christians would denounce and reject you … keep it hidden; hide your fear/anger/bitterness/unforgiveness, and keep on pretending … The lies go on and on and on.  And millions of Christians live their lives in defeat and ineffectiveness.  Oh, they put on a good show, but as Dan Britton’s message says, when they look in the mirror, there are gaps between the spiritual and the physical that don’t line up.  They see the holes where satan has taken up residence in order to oppress them.
     And they’re too afraid to look at spiritual warfare as a way to transform their lives, get free from satan’s bondage, and to become the whole person — inside and out — that God desires them to be.  They can’t get beyond their suspicions that working in the spirit realm with Jesus and the Holy Spirit is somehow … I don’t know … maybe too mystical, or speaks of unnatural and unbiblical practices.  But why are Christians unable to understand the truth that Jesus Christ is living in us, through the presence of the Holy Spirit?!?  Why would we choose to ignore His presence and His help when satan begins to attack us with his lies?  Why would we choose to remain powerless, impotent, and unfruitful?
     An image was just given to me by the Holy Spirit … in the context of Dan Britton’s “gaps”, when we do not allow Jesus to transform us to wholeness — when we do not call on His presence that is right there, within us! — those gaps become spaces and holes through which the Living Water seeps out of our lives, and it’s impossible for us to be nourished.  We do not bear fruit for the Kingdom of God.  It is not enough to live a moral, ethical life on the outside. We are called to produce fruit for the kingdom, and we can’t do it through the activities of our Outside self; we can only do that through partnering our spirits with the power of the Holy Spirit.
     Once Christians experience the power of Jesus working with them and through them to deliver themselves or another out of the crippling bondage of satan’s lies, they will close those gaps and become their true, authentic self — everything in alignment with God and His purpose … to glorify and exalt Jesus as our Savior.
     If you haven’t experienced a spiritual attack, you will.  If you are growing spiritually; if you are exposing the Enemy; if you are invading his territory; if you are trying to break away from the world and its temptations and distractions; if God is preparing you for a great work for His kingdom … get ready, you will be spiritually attacked.  But there is no need to be fearful!  We have Jesus living in us, and at our invitation, He and the Holy Spirit will be your armor as you go into battle.  Remember, He’s as close as the mention of His Name.  Just call, and He will come.

Proverbs 18:10    “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

How to make compost tea

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There are plenty of good reasons for gardeners to make compost tea, but above all, it provides a natural alternative to enrich the soil without using chemical based fertilizers and damaging the environment. Making compost tea doesn’t need to be hard work and it costs you almost nothing. Compost tea is easily made by soaking … Read more…

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How To Grind Whole Wheat To Make Bread

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If you want to learn how to grind whole wheat to make bread, I will show you how today with a NutrilMill L’Equip wheat grinder. I have had this one for several years and all of my daughters have one as well. It’s a great machine and will grind your whole wheat very fine. I prefer fine flour to make my bread over coarse flour. I grew up watching my mom make bread in a large silver bowl. When I was first married I carried on the traditional with my own large silver bowl. Eventually, I saved enough money to buy a Bosch bread maker. I’m on my third Bosch bread machine. I wore out the first one and handed down the second one to one of my daughters. It’s the best investment I have ever made, besides my wheat grinders. This is why I’m showing you this post today.

If you can learn to make bread you can cut your grocery bill big time. It also teaches your children the art of making bread so that they can carry on the tradition. The recipes I have for you below are no-fail recipes if you use fresh ingredients. If you want to make white bread you need to buy bread flour because it makes a fluffier bread. Please keep in mind that whole flour must be placed in the freezer right after grinding to keep the nutrients, as well as keep it from going rancid. White flour has a shelf-life of 12-18 months if stored properly. I only buy the amount of white flour I will use in 12 months. Yes, it does go rancid as well.

How To Grind Whole Wheat:

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The little plastic cup collects some extra fine ground wheat, I just dump it in with the rest of the freshly ground wheat. It just snaps on as shown below.

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The gray looking “sponge” filter piece keeps you from getting flour all over you and your house.

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I never wash anything except the first time when I took it out of the box when purchased. Obviously, you would not wash the big machine with the cord. I just wiped it down. I never wash my bowl, lid or sponge piece. One thing I will tell you right here, when I first got this wheat grinder I tried everything to turn the lid open and closed. I dusted it with flour as directed. Nope….it did not twist right. I took it back to the store where I purchased it and they said I did in fact, have a warped bowl. They instantly replaced it free of charge. It was brand new. They tried closing it and it would not twist open or shut. So, please keep that in mind when you purchase yours. I tested one on display at the store and it twisted open and closed with zero flour……easy.

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Here I have the wheat extender on so I can put more wheat berries into the top. I never take it off. I usually grind 8 cups of wheat first then empty the bowl. Then I put another 4 cups of wheat in to finish grinding what I need for each batch of bread that I make. Everyone does this differently I am sure, I am just telling you what works for me.

Here I am showing you how I set the top button to determine the texture of the wheat.  I never change it, it is always all the way to the left or counter-clockwise. If you want it a little coarser you can turn it to the right. It will not make a cereal type texture. You can grind so many things, but not oily seeds like Flaxseed. Be sure and read the directions before you decide to grind something. I prefer my flour very fine.

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The lower black button is off if turned to the bottom. It will turn on when I turn it to the tiny button with the line through it. I never turn it farther right.

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Here I use a plastic butter spreader to whisk the flour out of the crevices. I use a dry cloth to remove any excess. I grind my wheat a couple of days ahead of making bread. I just freeze it in these L’Equip bags. Most people grind the wheat and make their bread right then, that doesn’t work for me. You will learn what works for you and your family. These bags are reusable for a few times: Extra Bags for Flour Bagger (Set of 10)

I hope this inspires you to learn to make bread. I must say, I LOVE the feel of bread dough, there is nothing more rewarding to me than making several loaves of bread. Here is a link to some of my bread recipes: Food Storage Moms Bread Recipes and Whole-Wheat-Bread-For-Two Recipe and Whole-Wheat-Bread Recipe and French Bread Recipe and No Fail White Bread Recipe by Food Storage Moms and White-Bread-For-Two Recipe and Cinnamon-Rolls Recipe

Let me know if you make bread or greind whole wheat, I would love to hear! Remember, if you can make bread you can survive almost any disaster. It will fill your belly with the fruit and vegetables you can grow and preserve. You can barter a loaf of bread for just about anything. If you start with a large silver bowl and fresh ingredients you can do it, I promise. Adcraft SBL-30 30 qt Capacity, 22-5/8″ OD x 7-1/2″ Depth, Stainless Steel Extra Large Mixing Bowl with Mirror Finish

 

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Water And Electricity ‘Could Be Off For Weeks,’ New Disaster Report Admits

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Water And Electricity ‘Could Be Off For Weeks,’ New Disaster Report Admits

Governments, business, residents and communities in southern California are largely unprepared for a major earthquake that can occur any day, according to the authors of a major study on disaster risk prepared by the University of Southern California (USC).

“Water and power delivery systems could be off for weeks, housing for tens of thousands could be damaged and specific aspects of our infrastructure could be disrupted or rendered unusable,” states the report, Strengthening SoCal: Southern California Disaster Risk Initiative, prepared by experts at USC’s Bedrosian Center for Public Policy Research.

Although the report specifically involves southern California, it nevertheless gives an indication of how long services might be out for the rest of the country after a major disaster, especially a big earthquake.

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The study, released on June 22, draws some frightening conclusions, including:

  • Many of the water lines in Southern California will burst during an earthquake, leaving residents dependent on bottled water for weeks or months.
  • Natural gas pipelines would rupture, creating massive fires that could destroy large areas of cities. Since there would be no water, there might be no way to put out those fires.
  • Many of the natural gas pipelines in Southern California lack shut-off valves, making it difficult to turn gas off after an earthquake. Broken natural gas pipelines might fuel massive wildfires.
  • Many businesses lack the equipment needed to keep running for days after a disaster — such as generators and backup power systems. This includes hardware stores, which are essential to rebuilding.
  • Many local governments are as unprepared as businesses. That means police, firefighters and ambulances might not be available.
  • Large numbers of people would be injured or killed because many building codes do not require earthquake-proof structures. That means many homes, offices and business will collapse.
Water And Electricity ‘Could Be Off For Weeks,’ New Disaster Report Admits

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The study’s authors fear that critical industries would simply pull out of California completely rather than rebuild, and would take thousands of jobs with them.

San Andreas Could Be Close to The Big One

Geophysicists think that California’s most dangerous fault, the San Andreas, might be close to giving way, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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New computer imaging technology has detected rising and sinking on the fault that could indicate a big quake is imminent. Areas of the fault in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Bakersfield counties are rising at a rate of about 1/10th of an inch a year. Other parts of the fault in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and San Bernardino counties are sinking at the same rate.

“Once there is a major event, all of that energy gets released,” geophysicist Sam Howell told The Times.

There has not been a major quake on the southern San Andreas fault since 1857. A major quake takes place, on average, every 150 years, Howell said. Other parts of the fault haven’t seen a major quake in 300 years.

Despite that, experts still cannot predict when the next big one will hit.

“It’s pretty much impossible to say when the next one will happen,” Howell said.

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6 Quick Tips for Managing Student Loan Debt

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Statistics show that about 33% of all Americans age 25 and older have college degrees and those numbers are rising  over time.  Unfortunately, many Americans use loans to finance this higher education.  Nothing welcomes your adulthood like getting the first student loan bill in the mail.  These bills can control your life if you’re careful.  And, while we don’t recommend taking loans in the first place, following these six steps will help you steer clear of trouble and manage your debt in a responsible manner:

1. Don’t Ignore Your Student Loan

Most of us would agree that student loans are no fun to pay back.  Completely ignoring them, however, will lead to serious consequences in both your credit rating and financial future. Make sure you start paying them off right after finishing college.  

Editor’s Note: College loans typically give you a six month grace period from graduation before you have to start paying them off.

2. Set Up A Budget

Your lifestyle completely changes after college.  You’ll need to start paying attention more to your financial surroundings and managing the flow of money through your accounts.  Part of managing your income and expenses will involve tackling your student loans.

Monitor all your incomes (pay checks mostly) and expenses (rent, food, utilities, student loan payments, etc.) and create a budget off this information.  It will help you determine your repayment strategy and show you where you can and cannot spend money.

There are apps and programs that can help. Third Party phone applications like You Need A Budget (YNAB), Mvelopes, and Mint as well as software programs like Zilchworks and Quicken can help you get on track.

3. Set An Affordable Monthly Payment

There is no one solution for everyone. Once you’ve set up your budget you’ll be able to get a clearer picture of what you’re capable of committing to pay each month – no less than the minimum of course so you don’t default.  If you can’t handle the minimum for whatever reason, it is best to talk to the loan manager as they are usually willing to work with you.  It is much better to set up smaller monthly payments over a longer time than default on your loan.

You will get rid of your loan sooner (and pay less interest) if you pay a higher amount than the monthly minimum.  This approach should be a goal, however.  Minimum payments should be considered mandatory for the reasons we’ve listed above.  Side note – if you have a lot of debt, consider looking into the debt snowball payment method as a way of getting out of debt faster.  It won’t be easier, but it works..

The recently created Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan (PAYE) also aims to make paying off student loans more manageable.  

Editor’s Note: I have no experience with this plan so please check with consultants to see if your loan and circumstances qualify you for the program.

4. Research Forgiveness Options

There are some lawful ways to have your student loans dismissed.  There are also certain criteria you must meet to qualify for a student loan forgiveness program. Research available student loan forgiveness programs at the state and federal levels to see if there is a student loan forgiveness program that suits your situation.  In the meantime, make sure you’re keeping up with your minimum payments.

5. Set Up Automatic Payment Options

One of the best solutions for student loan repayment is to opt for an automatic payment option.  These programs will automatically deduct a preset amount each month from your account to pay off the loan.  You will not have to worry about writing a check each month as it will be deducted automatically on a certain date.

Typically, you have the option of picking which day of the month you pay the loan.  This option allows you to do helpful things like schedule your payment for the day after your paycheck is credited to your account.

This approach takes the responsibility of remembering to write a check and mail it (or even just log-in and process payment) each month out of your hands and keeps your credit and status in good standing.

6. Make Extra Payments Whenever Possible

We touched on this item in Step 2, but the best tip for managing your student loans (after not taking them) is to pay them off as early as possible.  You can do this by making extra payments whenever you have a few dollars in your pocket.

When making extra payments, make sure it is explicitly clear that the extra money in your payment is to be put against the principle of the loan and not against the next future payment.  Also, if you have multiple student loans, always apply any extra payments to the loan with the highest interest level first.  This approach will reduce the amount of interest you pay and reduce the total cost of your loan over time.

Conclusion

Student loans are beastly things that are best avoided.  That being said, if you have them, it’s best to service them as much as possible.  We recommend following these six steps and also consulting with the most experienced, informed and active student debt consultants you can find in order to resolve your debt the most beneficial way possible to your current situation. Student loans can be trying but they are survivable.

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