7 Ways to Volunteer as a Prepper

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7 Ways to Volunteer as a Prepper “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew Sometimes prepping can make us callous to the world around us and we can forget about key components that make us human. But let’s face it, if you clicked on this post you must …

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Completely Natural Pest Control Methods For Your Garden

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Completely Natural Pest Control Methods For Your Garden A healthy garden is the best resistance against pests. The best way to avoid damage to your plants is to prevent pests from coming in. Once they invade your garden, getting rid of them can be tricky. These harmful pests can take up residence in your garden […]

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The Truth About Precious Metals in a SHTF Scenario

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The Truth About Precious Metals in a SHTF Scenario There are a few common misconceptions associated with precious metals and how they may not be helpful to a preparedness plan for either a SHTF scenario or potential economic collapse. If I can’t eat it, drink it, or use it to defend myself, I don’t need it. […]

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13 Do’s & Do Not’s of Growing Tomatoes

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13 Do’s & Do Not’s of Growing Tomatoes Tomatoes are wonderful to grow, eat and can. They can be stored for years when canned and provide us with great flavors and nutrients. I personally have not grown any tomatoes for a few years, that is my own fault because I have had a few problems …

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How To Make The Best Mosquito Trap Ever

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How To Make The Best Mosquito Trap Ever I won’t beat about the bush! Mosquito traps DO NOT WORK. Some may catch a few but in reality you will still get bitten and be itchy for days after a nice night in your garden! I found the best mosquito trap there is available and chances are …

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As per the saying “The Truth Will Set Us Free”!

Please feel free to investigate and do your own due diligence of our website – especially the documented evidence.

We have verified information concerning:

* How all the Prime Ministers and all the Politicians appointed within Australia since 1919 have been invalid and their positions illegal and that most of these politicians have known this fact, but hidden the truth from the nation.

* Why every Australian Federal & State Politician, Judge, Magistrate, Defence Force Personnel, Federal & State Police Officer, Sheriff, Local Mayor have all been committing Treason against the Australian people.

* Why the appointments of the past Governors-General since 1919 have been invalid.

* Why Queen Elizabeth II has NO legal authority or power over the government’s of Australia, Canada or New Zealand (and in reality, very little over Her own government).

* Why most of the Australian politicians and judges have continued for decades to defraud the people of Australia.

* How the Australian Taxation Office has no legal authority to collect taxes.

* Who really owns the Reserve Bank of Australia?

* Why the Australian Banking system is ripping off the Australian people and deliberately profiteering from their financial misery.

* Why politicians in countries like Australia, love complicated Tax Systems.

* What is a Debits Tax, what it would mean to the average person and why the Government avoids discussing it?

As we will be continually updating our information, we recommend that you constantly refer back to our website.

Zombieland: Synthetic Drug Epidemic a Major Threat, turning people into Zombie-like Addicts

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In a neighborhood in New York, which is known by locals as “Zombieland”, 33 people were hospitalized on Tuesday after overdosing on the synthetic drug K2. These designer drugs are sweeping through the country, turning people into psychotic madmen… […]

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9 Ways Container Gardening Is Just Plain Better Than Traditional Gardening

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9 Ways Container Gardening Is Just Plain Better Than Traditional Gardening

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The traditional garden is a thing of beauty indeed — a well-tended patch of cultivated ground with neat, straight rows of lush, green vegetables. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that image, and many gardeners would have it no other way. In recent years, however, alternative techniques, such as square-foot or raised beds, have come to the forefront.

Container gardening is one alternative that has amassed a dedicated following of space-challenged gardeners. While lack of acreage for a traditional garden is one reason for the popularity of container gardening, it’s only scratching the surface when it comes to the many benefits of growing vegetables in pots:

1. No weeding necessary – Any gardener who has ever planted a traditional garden is familiar with the arduous labor involved in frequent weed pulling and hoeing under the hot summer sun. Vegetables in containers, on the other hand, are generally grown in sterile potting medium. It isn’t impossible that a stray weed may occasionally find its way to the container, but weeds are rare and easily dispatched.

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2. Easy on the back – If your back complains every time you grab a shovel or hoe, then give yourself a break; container gardening is easy on the back, (and the knees, too). While container gardening is helpful for folks with a few aches and pains, it’s often the answer for people who have had to give up the pleasure of gardening due to various physical limitations. Even a wheelchair-bound person can enjoy container gardening.

3. Decreased chance of disease – Container-grown vegetables certainly aren’t immune from disease, but plants in a well-drained container filled with lightweight potting mix tend to be less susceptible than those grown in the ground. Proper watering is a factor, as soggy soil may result in root rot, which is nearly always fatal.

4. Reign in aggressive plants – If you’re concerned that a plant is beautiful and useful but just too much of a pest to grow in the garden, then a container will control rambunctious growth. Mint and lemon balm are prime examples of lovely, aromatic herbs that will take over your entire landscape very quickly if they aren’t contained.

9 Ways Container Gardening Is Just Plain Better Than Traditional Gardening5. Control the weather! (Sort of) – Moving containers from one spot to another allows you to take advantage of sunlight or shade, or to provide shelter in case of an unexpected cold snap, which in turn, means a longer growing season. Place a large container on a rolling platform to simplify relocation.

6. Fresh and convenient – Containers on a patio, deck or balcony are typically handy to the kitchen. Snip a few fresh herbs for dinner or harvest leafy lettuce or spinach and a juicy, ripe tomato for an unbelievably delicious salad. What could be better (or fresher)?

7. A no-till garden – Tilling isn’t only back-breaking work, but loosening the soil can unleash a monstrous amount of dormant weed seeds, meaning more back-breaking work throughout the season. Additionally, many gardening pros agree that cultivation actually disturbs important soil organisms, thus upsetting the natural balance of life in the garden.

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8. Containers are pretty – Containers may be as utilitarian as an old washtub or a row of terracotta pots, but for gardeners with a creative bent, pots are available in nearly every color under the rainbow. Look for containers made of wood, glazed ceramic, plastic or concrete, each with their own set of advantages and a few drawbacks, too. Have fun, but do your homework and consider your budget before investing in containers for your vegetable crop.

9. Vegetables are pretty, too – It’s all about practicality when it comes to growing vegetables in containers, but it’s a nice bonus that many vegetables are also highly decorative. Bright purple kale may be the queen of ornamental vegetables, but colorful veggies like chili peppers, bold rainbow chard, or bright purple eggplant add a real spark to the container garden. Don’t forget irresistible red tomatoes; frilly parsley or carrot plants; spiky, upright onions and chives; bright green basil; purple green beans on a trellis; or a cucumber vine draped gracefully over the side of the container.

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These 3 Countries Are Warning: America Is Too Dangerous To Visit

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At least three foreign governments consider the United States too dangerous for their citizens to visit.

Residents of the Bahamas, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were warned to be careful in the US this summer because of protests and violence, Fortune reported.

“Please be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US,” a Tweet from the Middle Eastern nation of Bahrain states.

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“For your own safety, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates urges you to please stay away from any ongoing or planned demonstrations and protests in cities around the United States,” a special alert for UAE Citizens in the United States, warns. “Please be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places when possible. Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe.”

The warnings do not mention any specific threat, but an alert from the government of the Bahamas warns that nation’s citizens about police in the United States: “In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.

The Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Issues is worried because most of that nation’s people are of African descent. The ministry is also concerned about political violence in the United States.

“Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds,” the advisory states.

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VIDEO: It’s Been 44 Years Since He Watered This ‘Garden In A Bottle’ — And It’s STILL Growing

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Many gardeners enjoy trying to grow plants in a bottle, but it’s likely that no one has had the success that David Latimer of the United Kingdom has.

Latimer planted spiderworts in his 10-gallon glass bottle in 1960, and he last watered it in … 1972. In the 44 years since then, the plant, sealed in the bottle, has created its own ecosystem. Latimer does place it by a window, allowing it to get light.

“It grows towards the light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly,” he told the Daily Mail. “Otherwise, it’s the definition of low-maintenance. I’ve never pruned it, it just seems to have grown to the limits of the bottle.”

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10 Best Places to Hide Your Guns in Plain Sight

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If you’re a gun owner with young children, then at some point you’ve faced a dilemma: You want easy access to your gun in case of a home invasion, but you don’t want to just leave it lying out where your kids can find it. Even if you’ve taught them gun safety, there’s still the […]

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The Journal Of Clinical Investigation Visits Fukushima and Writes On Scatching Piece On The Ongoing Disaster

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The Fukushima nuclear disaster is ongoing

Andrew R. Marks

Department  of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Clyde and Helen Wu Center for Molecular Cardiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, USA.

The 5th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster and the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the two most catastrophic nuclear accidents
in history, both occurred recently. Images of Chernobyl are replete with the international sign of radioactive contamination (a circle with three broad spokes radiating outward in a yellow sign). In contrast, ongoing decontamination efforts at Fukushima lack international warnings about radioactivity. Decontamination workers at Fukushima appear to be poorly protected against radiation.

It is almost as if the effort is to make the Fukushima problem disappear. A more useful response would be to openly acknowledge the monumental problems inherent in managing a nuclear plant disaster. Lessons from Chernobyl are the best predictors of what the Fukushima region of Japan is coping with in terms of health and environmental problems following a nuclear catastrophe.
homes, many  of which  are  still decorated with plantings of flowers and the blossom- ing cherry  trees  that are found  in the yards of most homes in this region. The readings on  the   radiation  monitors ranged  from 0.2115 to  1.115 microsieverts per  hour,  a measure of the  relative risks  imparted to biological tissues  by  ionizing   radiation.

One microsievert per hour is equivalent to four  airport security screenings per  hour and  is almost twice  the  annual limit  for occupational  whole-body radiation  dose limits  established by  the  nuclear regula- tory  commission. One  sievert total  expo- sure causes a 5.5% risk of cancer (1).
To  understand the  health risks  associated  with   ongoing  radiation  contamination  and   cleanup  in  Fukushima

Five years  after  a tsunami caused the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, cleanup of radioactive contamination is ongoing  and   a  formerly vibrant  farming region lays largely  fallow.  A recent visit to northeast Japan revealed wholly unexpected aspects of the  impact of the  meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The area devastated by the nuclear accident is easily accessed by a two-hour train ride from Tokyo to the city of Fukushima. It is then  possible to rent  a car and drive to within 18 kM of the reactors, which are still in meltdown.
On  the  train, digital  banners in  Jap- anese  and    English    encourage  passen- gers  to  visit  the  beautiful cherry  trees  in the  Fukushima district. In  the  rental car agency,  glossy   pamphlets  exclaim the beauty of the  region and  feature the  bril- liant  pink blossoms. On a recent April afternoon,   the    cherry    blossoms   were indeed spectacular. The  roads  deep  into the   region  affected  by  the   radioactive plume that  engulfed the  area  in March  of
2011 are clearly marked and readily acces- sible in a car rented at the Fukushima rail station. My  Japanese-speaking colleague translated the rental agency’s map as indi-
cating  an “area not to return to,” which we carefully avoided.

Following route 114 traveling east toward the  coast,  progressively larger  piles of large  black  plastic  bags  filled  with  dirt appeared on  the  roadside. At  first,  there were  piles  of  several hundred such  bags, each  approximately five  feet  wide  by five feet  in  height, methodically stacked one upon the other. Of note, similar bags appear to be used elsewhere in Japan to hold debris at construction and yard cleaning sites. Each bag was numbered with a white marker.
Approaching the eastern coast of Japan, the piles of bags on the roadside were more frequent and  larger  and  larger  and  larger. As route 114 progresses toward the  exclusion zone indicated on the car rental agency’s map, the piles of plastic bags filled with dirt reach unimaginable dimensions. Numbered in the  many  thousands, they  even- tually fill entire valleys that  recede off into the  horizon. In  some  instances, the  piles of black plastic  bags are covered with blue tarps  with  pipes  inserted into  their  tops, presumably to provide ventilation.

Roadside radiation monitoring sta- tions   are   placed  near   now   abandoned
region, the best  comparator is Chernobyl. Two of the  most  important public  health issues  related to both  the  Chernobyl and the  Fukushima disasters are  thyroid can- cers and  posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Assessing the effects of these nuclear accidents on  the  risk  of  thyroid cancer is confounded by the  fact  that  the mere collection of data  required to make the diagnosis (e.g., thyroid scans and ultra- sounds) necessitates extranormal surveil- lance.  Thus,  true  control populations are not   available. 

Nevertheless,  there  have been  reports of increased rates  of thyroid cancer following   the  Chernobyl nuclear accident (2), and  extrapolation from  that incident to  Fukushima is reasonable but as-yet  unproven. The  incidence of PTSD is understandably quite  high following nuclear accidents (3). There are  no  con- trolled experimental data  available to assess  the  ongoing risks  of  chronic low- level radiation now present throughout the Fukushima region. Thus,  it is imperative that  epidemiological data  are collected as thoroughly as  possible to  provide insight concerning  the   risks   of  long-term  low- level  environmental radiation. Similarly, it is imperative that data  are collected concerning the  spread of  radioactivity from

Conflict of interest: The author has declared that no conflict of interest exists.
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the  nuclear plant  disaster via water  (e.g., streams running through the region should

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Figure 1. Worker at radioactivity decontamination site near Fukushima labeling bags filled with topsoil removed from contaminated areas. Image credit: Andrew R. Marks.

be sampled regularly) and  via animals (in particular  birds   should  be  banded and monitored to determine how they  may be vectors for spreading radioactivity in seeds and other forms throughout Japan).
Just outside the town of Iitate, brilliant pink flags,  which  are  the  same  color  used for the advertisements designed to attract tourists to  view  the  cherry   blossoms in the region, flap in the breeze, announcing (only in Japanese) “radioactivity removal.” At one particularly large site near the town of Iitate, a constant stream of large  trucks with entirely open  containers was stream- ing into an excavation site located at a large mountain  of  brown   dirt.   Huge   shovels were  digging  dirt and  placing  it onto  con- veyer  belts  pouring the  dirt  into  the  open trucks, which were leaving the site heading south. The men  and  women handling this contaminated dirt   were   wearing  outfits similar to  construction workers observed in  other regions of Japan,  including hel- mets, masks, gloves,  and  overalls (Figure
1). Over an approximately 5-hour period of driving  through the region, the only police
observed were at the turn  around marking
the  edge  of the  restricted zone.  No  mili- tary  presence was  observed. On  several occasions, workers were seen handling the plastic  bags of radioactively contaminated dirt without gloves.
During the entire afternoon of driving through the region not a single sign warn- ing of the potential dangers of radioactive contamination was  observed in  any  lan- guage  other than  Japanese. There was no security at most of the contaminated sites, and  thousands of plastic  bags of contami- nated dirt were piled high in areas without any supervision or even a fence  to prevent access  from the public roadway. Birds flew all  through the  area,   presumably  trans- porting radioactive seeds  and leaving  con- taminated droppings throughout Japan.
It is estimated that over 100,000 indi- viduals   have   been   displaced from   their homes due  to  the  reactor meltdown (4). Some   have   been   relocated  to  far  away cities,  including Tokyo.  During my  visit, a group  of five elderly women arrived on the same train as we did and were escorted onto  a waiting bus to be driven to see the
cherry   blossoms  decorating  the   village
they  used  to live in. Other displaced for- mer residents of now unlivable villages are perhaps less fortunate and have been relo- cated to one of the numerous “temporary” dwellings dotting the  region indicated by convenient roadside signs.  Many  of these were  immediately adjacent to radioactiv- ity detectors indicating levels  of at least  1 microsievert per hour.
Ironically, during my visit to Fukushima on  April  14, 2016,  an  earthquake rocked the Kumamoto region of Japan,  ultimately causing at  least  42 deaths and  displacing thousands. This  region contains the  only working    nuclear  reactor   remaining  in Japan. Too far away to be felt in Fukushima, it was nevertheless a harsh reminder of the continued risk  for  further damage to  the reactors already in meltdown.
The  continued high  level  of radioac- tivity  removal efforts in  the  Fukushima region (entire hill sides have been denuded of  surface  soil)  indicate  that   the   Japa- nese  government knows  the health threat caused  by  the   contamination  remains. The  lack  of  security, the  failure   to  pro-
vide  any  of the  internationally accepted

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protective warnings against radioactivity contamination (e.g.,  the  universal three- armed black  and  yellow  sign  warning of radioactivity), and  the absence of any warning signs  for non-Japanese-speaking individuals, despite the active  advertising campaign to  attract tourists to  view  the cherry  blossoms on  this  beautiful region of  Japan,   is  disturbing.  The   possibility that   individuals could   access   enormous amounts of radioactively contaminated dirt  and  transport it to a sensitive area  in Japan or elsewhere is frightening.

About the author
Andrew R. Marks is the chair of the Depart- ment of Physiology, founding director of the Clyde and Helen Wu Center for Molec-
ular Cardiology, and professor of Medicine
and  Physiology and  Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University. He  is a member of the   National  Academy of  Sciences,  the National Academy of  Medicine, and  the American Academy of Arts and  Sciences and  served as  editor in  chief  of  the  JCI from  2002 to 2007. His research focuses on  the  regulation of  ryanodine receptor calcium release channels that control exci- tation-contraction coupling in cardiac and skeletal muscle.

Address correspondence to: Andrew  R. Marks,   Department  of   Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, Clyde  and  Helen Wu Center for Molecular Cardiology, College of Physicians and  Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center, 1150 St. Nicho- las  Avenue, Russ  Berrie  Medical Science
Pavilion, Room  520, New York, New York
10032, USA. Phone: 212.851.5340; E-mail:

1. [No authors listed]. The 2007 Recommenda- tions of the International Commission on Radio- logical Protection. ICRP publication 103. Ann ICRP. 2007;37(2–4):1–332.
2. Tuttle RM, Vaisman F, Tronko MD. Clinical presentation and clinical outcomes in Cherno- byl-related paediatric thyroid cancers: what do we know now? What can we expect in the future? Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2011;23(4):268–275.
3. Ben-Ezra M, et al. From Hiroshima to Fukushima: PTSD symptoms and radiation stigma across regions in Japan. J Psychiatr Res.
4. Yamashita S, Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey. Comprehensive health risk management after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2016;28(4):255–262.

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Nuclear Loves Corrupt States, Like New York, They Plan on Raping the Ratepayer $1B To Transfer Wealth

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stock here.   I knew deep in my heart that the Nukists that be would be using the “carbon lie” to promote themselves.   That is one reason that I actually found the Global warming temperature data before they jiggered it all.

And found that Global temperature is not caused by CO2, it may be a very small effect, but hardly noticeable.   So the big lie is playing out.


The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued a proposal to keep upstate nuclear energy plants open, supporting the US state to meet long-term environmental and economic standards.

According to the proposal issued by the PSC, advantages of the zero-emission plants prove to be far more than the costs involved.

Ya right.   They want to Extract $1 Billion MORE from the ratepayers over just 2 years.   How

exactly is that going to help the CITIZENS of New York?    

Another huge lie….nuclear plants are a benefit because of the property taxes that they pay.     Wow.     Isn’t it immediately obvious that those property taxes were extracted from the rate payers, and the economy would be far better off if the ratepayers kept that money and spent it in efficent ways….something that governments cannot do.


And then, in some shady deal, Exelon, instead of having to bear the $1B cost of decomissioning Fitzpatrick, has bribed the PSC into this subsidy, and then into letting them sell Fitzpatrick to some Zombie corporation that will simply go bankrupt when the time to decomission comes. 


More Americans Seeing The Need To Prepare For The Worst

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America seems to be crumbling, and more and more experts are comparing 2016 to 1968, which was defined by social unrest and violence.

In fact, many Americans in 2016 believe that things will get much worse before they get better.

Here are four reasons Americans are worried:

1. Social unrest. Micah Johnson shot 12 officers and killed five of them, and some in the country celebrated.

A hate group called the Black Power Political Organization sent out this chilling message after Johnson’s killing spree: “‪#‎BlackPower! ‪#‎BlackKnights! Sniper Assassins Take Down Five Police Officers! And More Will Be Assassinated In The Coming Days!”

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Incredibly, it was not hard to find people on social media who celebrated the killings of the officers.

Police across the country expect more violence after the Dallas rampage. On July 9, TMZ reported that the following precautions are being taken by the Los Angeles Police Department:

  • LAPD officers are carrying extra weapons on patrol.
  • Police are now patrolling two to a car.
  • Cops are being told to keep their law enforcement status secret when off-duty.
  • Officers have been told to carry riot gear and bulletproof vests with them on patrol.

Some officers fear fake 911 calls might be used to lure cops into an ambush.

Former Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said on NBC’s Meet the Press June 10 that America is “sitting on a powder keg.”

Ramsey fears that there will be violence at the Democratic and Republican conventions. He’s not the only one; authorities in Cleveland are preparing to mobilize 5,000 police for the Republican National Convention, Off The Grid News reported. Local, state and federal authorities are preparing to spend $50 million on security preparations for the event.

2. Terrorism. Orlando gunman Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, murdered 49 people in a gay nightclub – and ISIS is urging more attacks on America.

An ISIS propaganda video that surfaced on June 27 called for attacks on San Francisco and Las Vegas. The video praised Mateen and contained pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, CBS San Francisco reported. Former FBI agent Jeff Harp told CBS that he thinks the video is an attempt to incite more terrorist attacks.

3. The U.S. and worldwide economies. Despite the recent surge on Wall Street, most experts say the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom will wreak economic havoc, once the UK launches the mechanism to leave the European Union. CNN compared Brexit’s effect to how the 2008 financial meltdown impacted banks. One British bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), lost 40 percent of its value. Shares of Germany’s Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) fell by 25 percent. Bloomberg writer Lisa Abramowicz and many traders think Deutsche Bank could soon collapse.

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“History may be repeating itself right here before our eyes, given the huge selloff in stocks after the Brexit results were known, and then the bounce back of stocks a few days later,” said Chuck Butler, the managing director of EverBank Global Markets.

4. Threats to the electric grid. Parts of southern California could face up to two weeks of blackouts this summer because a natural gas storage facility is unavailable, The Los Angeles Times reported. That includes Los Angeles.

A cyberattack also could knock out the electric grid. Hackers were able to knock out power to 225,000 people in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the Ukraine on Dec. 23, 2015, using malware.

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Many experts, including government officials, are worried the US will be the target of the next cyberattack. ISIS is trying to develop the capability for such attacks.

“We’ve seen the ISIS propaganda machine recruiting the brightest new computer minds and brilliant techs,” Miller Newton, the CEO of encryption company Pkware, told Fortune. “They’re building the capabilities to do cyberwarfare and it’s coming in a substantial way.”

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In fact, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have begun issuing warnings to America’s power grid operators and other utilities about the serious threat of cyberattacks, Off The Grid News reported in April.

Other dangers to the grid include a solar storm that would take out the grid or an EMP attack from a country such as Iran or North Korea.

“North Korea wants to launch a satellite, and one of the greatest risks of the satellite is they would place a nuclear device in the satellite,” US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said earlier this year. “It would orbit around the Earth, and as it got over the United States they would detonate that nuclear weapon and set of what’s called an EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, which could take down the entire electrical grid on the Eastern seaboard, potentially killing millions.”

The Iranian military has studied the possibility of launching an EMP attack on the US electric grid, US Representative Trent Franks (R-Arizona) said. Franks said an Iranian document called “Passive Defense” describes such an attack, NewsMax reported.

“It outlined that the best way to deal with countries like America, a country that was much stronger than them, was an asymmetric strategy of attacking our electric grid,” Franks said of Passive Defense.

US Representative Lou Barletta (R-Pennsylvania) has warned that the grid would be down for weeks following an attack.

“If the goal of terrorists is to collapse our economy, then shutting down our electrical grid is where they would start,” Barletta wrote in a Roll Call op-ed. “Most troubling is the possibility that a cyberattack would be accompanied by a physical terrorist attack, a scenario that promises true havoc, panic and loss of life. The great challenge is that the threat continues to evolve, which only means that we are forced to evolve with it and be prepared for it.”

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Free Produce and How to Glean It Fresh From the Fields

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free produce

Food left in the field to rot

This morning I ran across an article that states that ½ of all the produce grown in the United states is thrown away.   Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests .   This is something that I believe based on personal experience.  For the last few years we have been able to get lots of free produce.

If you ask, many farmers will let you glean their fields.  Sometime the vegetables are not perfect, being deformed, but still taste the same.  Late in the season after the main harvest there are often new vegetables and fruit appearing.  Because this is a bit sparse, this is often not picked.   Get to know the farmers around you and you will be surprised at what you can get for free or little cost.

Another Source of free produce

The area that we live in was a major fruit-growing region 30 or 40 years ago.  As more people have moved in and the competition from overseas as increased, many of the orchards have been split up or just abandoned.  Some of the orchards are still owned by elderly people who have retired and no longer can maintain their trees.

We have found that when you see trees loaded with fruit and no one is taking care of them, it pays to go talk to the owners.  Many of them are more than willing to let you pick some fruit if you share with them.

Over the last few years, we have gotten apples, pears, olives, lemons, oranges, pomegranates and other fruits.  These have made a significant contribution to our diet and preps at a minimum cost.

Free produce in your area.

Take a good look at the area in which you live, you might be surprised at how much free produce is available, even if you live in the city.  I know people who lived in the San Francisco Bay area and still found free food.

We dry and can a lot of what we find.


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Survival Afterwards: Living in the Aftermath

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August 29 is my wedding anniversary.  It was the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf South Coast.  I try not to attach anyBest Hurricane Survival Tips connection between the two.  Though I lived 150 miles north of the landfall, our community was greatly impacted by the storm.  High winds and driving rain took down scores of trees and power lines along with them.  Roofs soared off homes, glass blew out, and highways became cluttered with storm debris and escaping vehicles.

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All the local motels and eating establishments quickly jammed up with “refugees” coming in from the coast.  Within a week supplies began to dwindle.  Gasoline was in short supply creating long lines at the few open stations to only be able to buy ten gallons.  Even many people lucky enough to have a generator, could not get gas to run them.  All the generators were sold out the first day anyway.  I did not get one.

On the Home Front

So, here was the scenario at home.  I was there off and on because my work site was open.  My wife’s was not.  Schools were closed Best Survival Tipsso my young child was home.  We had no electrical power.  City water pressure continued and we had natural gas for cooking.  In many ways we were better off than a lot of other folks.  We had meat and frozen food in the freezer we could get out quickly that would last a few days and the same in the regular refrigerator.  We had lots of canned goods to last a couple weeks.  We had filled two tubs with water and 12 gallon milk jugs filled when the news came just in case.

Related: The Human Element of Survival

We used the shower for bathing, which was often with the daytime temps above 90 with equal humidity.  It was hot.  Sleeping at night was very uncomfortable.  I had stocked up with plenty of flashlights and batteries.   We had several big candles and a Coleman lantern with two gallons of fuel.  I have a similar camping cook stove in case the natural gas cut off.   We mostly used the candles.

Home security proved no issue.  I had my tools ready but since everyone in the neighborhood was in the same mess, as it were, there was no real advantage to rummaging around or looting, etc.  It did not happen in my area.  Frankly I think the bad elements simply could not get the gasoline to be roaming around.  We do know what happened in New Orleans so there is a lesson to be learned.  Be prepared, equipped and ready.  We were.

At Work 

Work was down completely though the facility I manage was the only one in the whole area with electric power.  It was only Food Storagecoincidental that the regional power company was using the site as an emergency Bug Out location.  It became the central hot spot for all the employees and other groups seeking accommodations for overnight rooms and meals.  We were booked.  Many of my in-house employees could not get to work, which was a good thing.

Also Read: 4 Things To Consider When Bugging Out

We had a stocked walk in freezer and a good supply of other food stuffs.  We had no tap water so bottled water had to be used to cook.  We made a lot of sandwiches and set up a “buffet” each day in the lobby for employees and guests only.  We turned away walk ins that learned we had some supplies.  College police guarded the facility each day.

The ‘tough” part was toting buckets of water up the hill from the nearby lake to flush toilets.  Some of the residents were not able to do this or unwilling to do it.  People failed to realize this was an emergency situation and continued to be demanding.  I recall one obnoxious guest screaming about not having her cable TV.  She was evacuated.

Life without the Power Grid

I recall quite vividly just how tough it was to be without electrical power.  We are all creatures of comfort, and I have to admit my own weaknesses just as all preppers will have to do under real practical aftermath conditions.  When it is 90+ degrees during the day and the house is hovering in the 85+ range, it is decidedly tough to go without air conditioning in the south.

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Had it been 30 degrees I could crank up the gas log fireplace.  However, I have long wished we had put in a wood burning fireplace or heater instead of a gas one.  There is a trade off for everything since a wood fireplace or wood heater would mean acquiring an ample supply of good firewood each season.   Think about this if you build a new house or add on.

We were able to manage otherwise quite well at home.  I did not miss the electrical lights though I did miss the television for news and weather.  The FM radio sufficed, but make sure you have one.  It is amazing but many people today including preppers simply forget to have on hand an old fashioned battery operated dial radio.  Don’t forget either than your vehicle likely still has an AM-FM radio to catch news and weather.

Cracks in the Infrastructure

Preppers need to be thinking well in advance and planning for the breakdown of every common source of infrastructure that we have become reliant upon.  Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, other natural disasters can shut everything down.  We could very well be without any support service or utility option.  We might lose electrical power, natural gas, public water, and sewer.

Public resources could be hampered or gone altogether.  Police, fire, rescue and ambulances may disappear from service.  Hospitals may offer restricted service or could be vacant with no source of doctors, nurses, or other employees.  Airports could be closed and interstate highways either totally congested or locked down with abandoned vehicles.   Remember the scenes of highways in Atlanta on Walking Dead.

Related: 4 Step Home Evacuation Plan

The usual supply outlets like grocery stores will be quickly sold out and then likely completely looted.  The same could be true for hardware stores, home supply outlets, gun and ammo shops, pharmacies, general merchandise stores and even “7-11” type convenience stops.  It will all be gone in very short order.  Most businesses may be locked up or simply abandoned.  Hence, this is the definition of prepping and survival planning.  You will have to become totally self-reliant at least until order is re-established and the supply lines flow once again.  It could be a long while or it might be never.  Let’s all hope and pray that our species is above total annihilation, but given the politics and lunacy among the Arab nations, anything could happen on this earthen body.

Storm Interrupted Not a Marathon

In our case of this SHTF created from natural causes our local down time was only three days at home.  Some people out in the Survivalrural county areas lost power for 2-3 weeks.  Fuel supplies remained sketchy for a while but refilled within a month.  Life got better quickly when the electricity came back on line.  Ya just gotta love air conditioning.

Storm damage clean up took a year in some places.  It was a lot longer along the coast.  Some home sites and business will never be rebuilt.  Blue tarps still cover buildings in New Orleans even after billions were spent on recovery efforts.  Some residents still do not understand why Uncle Sam’s buses never did come to evacuate them along with a free wine and cheese basket.


Had this been some other kind of SHTF it could have been an exercise in fighting off the end of society as we know it.  Personally, I cannot image trying to tough it out in a remote woodland location living under a tarp lean-to, a tent, or out of the back of an SUV for two weeks, six months, or a maybe a couple years.  You younger folks can likely manage it for a while anyway.

The aftermath is not going to be a picnic.  Even a temporary discomforting event like Hurricane Katrina teaches us the stark realities of just how inconvenient these SHTF events can prove to be.  So preppers plan and plan wisely.  Plan to survive the aftermath or at least until society become redefined again.

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The Coming Collapse – Your Community Will Be Your Country

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A recent comment here on Modern Survival Blog reads as follows: “We are going to be on our own. Your community will be your country and you better prepare now. Normalcy Bias will get you and yours killed. Know who the good guys and the bad guys are in your neighborhood/town. Network with trustworthy friends, […]

Survival Thriftiness Part 2 Episode 108

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This week we have part 2 of our Survival Thriftiness series. We start out this week with a few ways to save money while traveling.

Mike talks about folding bikes to get around. They pack up small and can get you around town. To save money on hotels I mention couch surfing. Many people are willing to let you crash on their couch.  To me the least important part of traveling is where I sleep.  To this I also will find rest stops near my destination and just sleep in my car.

Mike begins the discussion on paper over plastic. Why you can save tons of money by using cash over a debit or credit card. You can see the money going away and will hesitate spending it more than with cards.

To add to using cash I mention the envelope system. It is a way to save money while ensuring bills are paid. I heard about it from some tiny housers. I used it to help save for my tiny house and to pay off my debt. I found a link to explain it much better. I will be implementing it soon and will follow up.

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DIY Treatments for Sunburns

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homemade sunscreenSummertime is an excellent time to get outside, but with hot temperatures, there comes the possibility of getting sunburned. Since the Earth’s axis is tilted, the sun’s rays hit the planet at a steeper angle during the warmer months, increasing the amount of light that strikes at a given point. Plus, the longer daylight hours mean that there’s more time for the temperatures to rise.

Consequently, there’s the potential for you and your loved ones to suffer sunburns. Depending on their severity, sunburns can be extremely painful. They can also lead to blisters, swelling, infection and even headache, fever, chills, and fatigue requiring medical attention if the sunburn is serious enough.

Most minor sunburns, however, can be treated at home using items you already have around the house. There are a few different options.

  1. Use compresses – Immediately after getting sunburned, the skin is often inflamed. You can minimize the inflammation by applying a compress. Try dipping a cloth in cold water and applying for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. For inflammation, you can also apply witch hazel with a cloth or cotton balls. For relief from itching, apply a powder with aluminum acetate.
  2. Apply natural remedies – For pain that often accompanies sunburn, you can apply several natural remedies either directly on the burn or via a cloth. These household items include water and oatmeal, boiled lettuce, yogurt, tea bags soaked in cool water, cornstarch with enough water to be mixed into a paste, and fat-free milk mixed with water and ice cubes.
  3. Take a bath – It’s important to never use soap following a burn. Soap dries and irritates the skin that’s already been damaged. Avoid bubble baths and soaking in soapy water. Instead, rinse the skin with cool (not hot) water, and consider soaking the affected area in cool water. You can also soothe the pain by adding baking soda or vinegar to the bath.
  4. Use Moisturizers – Sunburned skin is dried out, so it makes sense to add moisture back to your skin by applying moisturizing lotion. (Lotion with aloe is a plus.) Be sure to drink lots of water to add moisture back into your body as well. It also helps to eat a balanced diet to provide the nutrients your body needs to heal.
  5. Get some rest – Your body will need lots of rest in order to heal. However, sleeping on a sunburn can be a challenge. Sprinkle talcum powder on the sheets to make your bed more Plus, satin sheets can help provide relief to dry, itchy skin.

Of course, prevention is the best way to minimize the damage that sunburns can do. Use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 when going outside. Reapply sunscreen as necessary, especially after sweating and swimming. Wear protective clothing like hats that shade your face and lightweight fabrics. Try to avoid the hours between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is strongest.

5-Ingredient Mini Cheese Balls Recipe

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5-Ingredient Mini Cheese Balls Recipe 5-Ingredient Mini Cheese Balls Recipe ~ The perfect appetizer or snack for parties. You can’t go wrong with some ooey, gooey cheesy balls! The recipe makes around 30 cheese balls and takes around 30 minutes to prep and cook. All in all, not a bad amount of time for a delicious appetizer. My husband would like to try this recipe tonight so keep your eyes peeled on our FB page when we tell you how they turned out. If they look anything like the pictures I am sure they will be a big hit. Our kids

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Almond Cream Cake Recipe

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Almond Cream Cake Recipe If you are looking for one of the best tasting cakes on planet earth, this almond cake recipe will rock your world. Light, moist and velvety, this Almond Cream Cake has a homemade cooked, whipped frosting that pairs perfectly with the almond cake. Decorate the cake simply with sliced almonds. Check out the recipe and let me know what you think when you give it a whirl. If you have other recipes you would like to have featured on our Facebook page, feel free to send us a message. We will get it online and shared with thousands of

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Preparing your survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider. Part 3: Security.

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at Part 3 in our series.  In this one, we are going to discuss Camp Security and what you need…

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The Way I Pray For America

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     As I told you yesterday, all of us who believe in the power of prayer can have a tremendous impact on the spiritual war being waged against America.  God has increased my knowledge about the roots of the problems that plague our nation; and politics, money, and human power will never solve them.  
     As I have studied spiritual warfare over the past few years, it has become very clear that our country is under demonic opposition and attack.  The deterioration of our society is ample evidence of the Enemy’s influence through the assignments given to satan’s provocateurs and generals.  However, I have also come to know the importance of Prayer and the Word of God as powerful weapons in our battle to destroy satan’s strongholds.  So, I would like to give you an example of how I am praying for our country. 
     I have no formula, and I do not mechanically pray, but when I pray I have a very clear idea of how I want to approach my God and who I am battling.  I will show you how I pray (and why I specifically pray in that manner).  

Heavenly Father,

     I humbly, yet boldly, approach your throne as part of the privilege I have as your child.  Your Word tells me in Hebrews 4:16, that I can “approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that our nation may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [Your amazing] grace to help in this time of our great need.
     Father, I bow down at your throne, and ask that you consider my request as you did the requests of Moses when he pleaded on behalf of the rebellious Israelites.  Over and over again, when they turned their backs on You, You forgave them and restored them to Your favor.  I confess, Father, that we have turned away from You and opened spiritual doors for Evil to transform us in ways that dishonor You and threaten our eternal souls.  So, I repent of the sins of this nation, ask for Your forgiveness, and humbly request that You send Your warring angels on our behalf.

     And now, Father, I specifically ask that You make us into a strong, bold, spiritual army.  I speak Your Word into the spiritual realms:  “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.  We use Your mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing You.  We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ”. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
     Father, in the name of Jesus, I renounce the spirit of AntiChrist and the demonic spirits of anger, hatred and murder that have overwhelmed our country in recent days.  I renounce, in the mighty name of Jesus, the demonic spirits of division and discord that feed upon our sins, and I pray that Your heavenly hosts would be put on assignment to place every spirit of disharmony and disunity under Your authority.  I invite you, Lord Jesus, to take the throne of the realm of this nation, and rule over this territory with Your rod of iron.  In Your name, Jesus, I bind all of satan’s gatekeepers and I place each and every portal access belonging to him and his followers under Your authority.
     I place the blood of Jesus upon every portal and open door of evil and seal them with the Holy Spirit.  I take the sword of the Spirit and the Word of God, which are the strongest weapons I have, and I cut this nation free from satan’s realm and his inheritance.  I appeal to Your Justice, Father, and declare that as a man sows, so shall he reap.  Therefore, I pray that satan and his prince of America would now reap a hundred fold return for all of the evil sown against us individually, and as a nation.
     In the name of Jesus, I take authority over every demon that has been operating under the authority of satan and the rulers assigned to the United States, and I declare that they are discovered, apprehended, bound, pierced through, and thrust off us for judgment.  I declare that these demonic spirits will be sent to where the Lord Jesus sends them. And I place the Cross between them and this nation, so that they may never return.
     Father, in this day, when we mourn the senseless deaths that plague our nation, and when it seems that godless men and godless laws are destroying the very foundation of our lives, Your Word brings courage and strength to us.  You have promised that “whoever listens to Me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil” (Psalm 112).  Father, raise up an army of faithful people who will obey You and overcome the evil that is invading our land.  Protect us as we battle our spiritual enemies, and do not let their evil schemes succeed.
     And now, Father, I put on the armor of God; the complete armor you provide me in these days of battle … I put on the belt of Truth, which is Your Truth — not the truth of the world, not my own truth, nor the truth of the Enemy.  It is the truth of Your character and Your promises; it is the truth that is the foundation of my life.  Next, I put on the breastplate of righteousness, which protects my heart, where your laws have been written.  It is a free-will choice that I make to put that breastplate on and to determine to walk in the footsteps of Christ.  And in the midst of heated battle, that breastplate is also a symbol to those in the spiritual realm — they recognize which I side belong to, and Whom I obey.  I also strap on the sandals of the peace of the Gospel; the Good News that “He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. That brings such peace to my spirit and soul.  I know there is a purpose ordained for my life, and God will see it through to its conclusion.  I also embrace the peace that comes from knowing Jesus is forever with me; He will never leave me nor forsake me.  I then pick up the shield of Faith, which is my trust and confidence in Jesus Christ as my Savior.  It is also the faithfulness of You, Father, in protecting me from the fiery darts of the Enemy.  I praise You for the countless times I have been protected and shielded without even knowing it.  And lastly, I wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, who is Jesus, my Savior, and the Lord and Master of my soul.  When I speak the Word of God out loud in this physical realm, it is a mighty weapon to defeat any spirit that might come against me.  When my spirit speaks the Word into the spirit realm, it may not be heard in this world, but it destroys strongholds in the spiritual world.
    So, I now proclaim Psalm 18:2-3:  “The Lord God is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer.  He is my strength, and my God in whom I trust.  He is my Shield, and the power and strength behind my salvation, and He is my tower of refuge.  I will praise the Lord, for He is worthy to be praised, and I will be saved from my enemies”.  And I declare Ephesians 3:20-21:  “Now, to Him, whose Power is at work in me; who is able to carry out His purpose (in my life and in the world), and to do it more abundantly than I could ever dare to ask or think; to Him be the Glory in His Church, in Yeshua, my Savior, and to all the generations to come.  So be it!  Amen.”

     This is just a sample of the way I pray.  It is always in the name of Jesus, and I claim the power and authority that He has given me to trample on snakes and scorpions (demons and fallen ones), and to overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).  He tells me that nothing can harm us.  Mind you, I never overstep my authority… I am bold in battling spiritual enemies, but always partnering with Jesus and the Holy Spirit… never in my own power.  The Bible tells me that my spirit is seated in the heavenly realms with Jesus, so this is not just a battle in this physical realm.  The Holy Spirit helps me to picture my spirit, in complete armor, battling side-by-side with the army of holy angels, striking down strongholds of the enemy.  The Spirit helps me to identify the specific demonic weapons and spirits being used against me and the nation, and enables me to bind them, in the name of Jesus, and render them powerless and ineffective.  I can actually visualize the battle!  
     I know this may seem bizarre to many of you; you’ve never heard it in the Church.  And that’s the problem!  Our prayers are weak and ineffectual because we have lost the sense of our power and authority in the spiritual realm.  Read the Book of Acts!  It is the model for what the Church should be, and how we, as followers of Christ, should be continuing His work on this earth.  For nearly 2000 years, the devil has had a field day, lying to us and counterfeiting the Gospel Message and twisting it into one of tolerance for godless ways, hostility, and love for ourselves, rather than others.  Once we abandoned God, we gave ourselves over to the temptations of the evil one, and opened the doors for demonic oppression and persecution.  We have lost the way to fight back; and we have lost the knowledge that the Apostles taught the First Century Church.  Therefore, we are “tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching [and shifting doctrine]. We are influenced by people who try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth” (Ephesians 4:14).  
     I cannot tell you the fruit I have seen in my life, and the life of others whom I have prayed for after I searched God’s Word regarding spiritual warfare.  It’s there for us to see … IF we have the eyes to see it, and the renewed heart to discern it.

Deuteronomy 28:7   “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.”


Homestead Blog Hop #91

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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

We are in Wedding Week….Lots of little details coming together. So exciting! Have you had a wedding in your family recently??

Now on to the hop… Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

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:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature from Organic 4 Green Livings1.Organic Herbs that you can Grow in Your Garden from Organic for Green Livings

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop from Thyme to Embrace Herbs2. Bindweed Medicinal Uses in All Her Glory from Thyme to Embrace Herbs
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This Is How To Use Aluminum Cans For Survival

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survivopedia tin cansFrom hurricanes and flash floods to major disasters, chances are you will have at least a few tin or aluminum cans of food set aside for a time of need. Are you wondering if they can be put to good use?

Here are 10 ways that every prepper can use aluminum and tin cans for direct survival needs. From simple, “bare bones” essential vital devices to more decorative options, you can truly use aluminum cans in more ways than expected.

Basic Tools

If you expect to use aluminum and tin cans to their fullest potential, you need a few simple tools on-hand, and some of them are mandatory to get the job done. Without these tools and the skill to use them, you will either fail to finish your project, or you can get hurt if you don’t know how to handle and dispose of sharp metal edges and can remains.

  • Metal cutting scissors
  • Hand drill and drill bits capable of cutting through metal.
  • Sand paper, files, or sanding blocks suitable for metal working
  • Heavy, fireproof gloves – no matter whether you cut into a a large food can or a “thin” soda can, the edges  of the metal are more than sharp enough to cut into your skin. Always wear heavy gloves when working with metal. No matter how hard you try to avoid all those sharp edges, it only takes one cut to create a wound that can take a long time to heal or become easily infected.
  • Tarp or other coverings to cover the work surface and work area – working with metal cans is one of those things that makes more little snips of stuff than you might expect. Unlike paper or fabric, these little bits of metal splinters  can get embedded in your feet or hands and wreak havoc. Keeping the work area and floor covered makes it easier to simply pick up the whole mess and discard it.
  • A magnet – if you are working with metals that are drawn to magnets, you can use the magnet to retrieve shavings or other sharp bits of metal that are hard to find.
  • Goggles – when you are cutting metal, there is always a chance that pieces will snap off, fly into the air, and land right in your eyes. If you decide to use power tools for drilling holes, the risk of flying debris will be even higher. Even in the best of times, eye injuries are some of the most tedious and difficult to deal with.
  • Permanent markers – for drawing out patterns and creating cutting guides
  • Rulers, compasses, paper, and cardboard – there are few things sloppier and more wasteful than going into a building project without a solid plan and patterns for each part of the object being built. Always start your designs on paper using rulers, compasses ,and protractors so that you get precise parts and sizing.   You will also always be well served by building cardboard models so that you can recheck measurements and make sure that most, if not all the parts are accounted for.
  • Vices and clamps – No matter whether you are using power tools or hand tools to cut or drill into metal, keeping the work piece stationary makes it much easier to make precise cuts and also reduces the risk of injury and damage to the item you are working on.
  • Brazing torch – a torch that can fuse metals together is very important. Choose brazing equipment that runs on propane as opposed to one that runs on electricity. Try to get at least one pen sized torch and also a nozzle/valve system that will fit on a propane cylinder. If you know that you are going to have to work with metal in the post crisis world, now is truly the best time to learn how to solder and braze. Even if you do not have access to a welder or do not know how to weld, brazing is still a valuable survival skill that you can use for your own needs or barter in exchange for other goods and services.

Skills to Master

Along with the proper tools, you must also know how to use them. Here are some things you should practice so that you have a better chance of completing your tasks with minimal problems:

  • how to cut metal accurately into straight lines and curves without warping the metal or creating sharp, rough points where each snip ends
  • how to use files and sanding blocks to remove imperfections created while cutting and drilling
  • how to use sand paper to build up sharp edges for blades and other needs
  • how to bend metal for fan blades or other uses that require a bow shaped object.

DIY Projects to Recycle Your Aluminium Cans

Solar Heater

A solar can heater is the easiest and most inexpensive way to heat individual rooms now and in a crisis situation.

Video first seen on RICH ALLEN.

The basic solar heater design will not heat up water, however you can amend it by simply running copper or other metal pipes through the core area for each can. Aside from giving you a medium that holds heat longer, it is much easier to pump water through radiators located in other rooms.

You will also find it more efficient to pump water in through a pipe than trying to vent hot air into a window.

Video first seen on Nik The Cat’s Travels.

For a final innovation, make your solar heater cells portable or build smaller units that take advantage of sunlight from different areas during the day.

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Tin Can Rocket Stove

If you have two tin cans, you can make a stove that will burn paper, small bits of wood, and just about anything else. You can also modify the basic design to burn rubbing alcohol or other liquid flammable materials.

Video first seen on LDSPrepper.

Before a crisis hits, you would be well served to make a few stoves of different sizes.  Since the cans will fit easily enough into each other, you can carry four or even five stoves if you need to evacuate or bug out to another area.  At the very least, you should have one rocket stove for wood and solid materials, and one for liquid flammables in your bug out bag at all times.

Video first seen on tetkoba’s Alcohol Stove Addict.

Candle Holder

In a world without electricity, you can rest assured that candles will be primary source of light. Tin and aluminum soda cans can both be cut to size for most candles.

You can also get creative with these cans and make different slit designs for the light to go through, as well as bend the metal to make legs,  or for purely decorative purposes.

Video first seen on fixitsamo.

Metal Forge

When there are few sources of flat metal available, you will need a source of heat so that you can flatten available metals into blades and other important items. A tin can forge is easy to make and can be used to flatten out everything from  iron to drill bits.

While you will still need some other tools to repurpose different metals into other shapes, having a metal forge is still an excellent start.

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As wonderful as light bulbs are, they still require a fire proof enclosure for safe operation. Tin and aluminum are prefect for creating lamp cases and light socket holders.

You can also make shields for the light bulb in case you are going to use the lamp as a utility light.  For an added bit of innovation, bend some metal into a hook so that you can suspend the lamp from beams, nails, or anything else that suits your needs and safety concerns.

Fan Blades

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If you love camping, hiking, and hunting, you may be led to believe that there is very little use for fan blades in a pure survival scenario. On the other hand, if you need to generate power, dry off damp areas, cool down electrical equipment, or even repair the fan blade attached to an automobile radiator, being able to make fan blades from tin cans is a very important skill.

Here’s an example on how you can reuse aluminium cans and turn them into fan blades for a water pump:

Video first seen on Milan Vitéz.

Even though you may be able to use lighter weight, plastic fan blades for some applications, remember that you will still need to use metal for high heat areas or others where a plastic blade simply isn’t good enough.


Even in these “relatively safe” times, there is increasing interest in figuring out how to survive a live shooting situation. This includes scenarios where bullets from a surrounding area may find their way into your home.

On the other side of the equation, the average citizen that truly needs bulletproofing  is denied access to the best in terms of quality and efficiency. You can still make bullet proof armor from tin cans. The secret to your success will not be so much in the cans themselves, but what you put in the cans.

For example, if you want to bullet proof your home, six inches of sand will stop most bullets. If you cannot afford to build a fortification all at once, then just start with a few cans at a time. You can even choose to build eight inch fortification walls or more and enjoy the insulative properties of the fortified wall at the same time.

Automobile Repairs

When the warranty runs out on your vehicle, most car dealers figure that you will buy a new car rather than try to deal with all the expenses associated with repairing an older vehicle.

To add insult to injury, if you are a dedicated prepper, then you may already know that the older vehicles are sturdier, easier to fix, and better for survival situations because there is no way for computers to shut down your vehicle from a remote location.

But what happens when a radiator blows or something else springs a leak?  If you have a few tin cans, you can cut the metal to cover the leaking area, and then braze the tin to cover the leak. Even though some parts may not hold up very long after being patched this way, others may remain in good working order for years on end.

Video first seen on Richard Lloyd.

Fire Starters

There are at least two ways to use tin and aluminum cans as fire starters:

  • Take the shiniest portion of the can and use it to concentrate sunlight onto dry tinder. This process is helped immensely with tinder cloth as well as other materials that catch fire easily. If you do not have a shiny or smooth enough surface, you can also try fitting tin foil over the can to make it shinier.
  • When combined with suitable tinder such as pine cones, dry grass, or tinder cloth, candles always make an excellent fuel.  If you out in the rain, or all the materials around you are very damp, you can use a tin can as the foundation for a fire starter.  The can will build up heat faster and it will also give an easy way to hold tinder in place if the breezes are too strong.

Video first seen on ROBwithaB.


Container gardens are very nice and useful for prepping, however the cost of commercial planters can be prohibitive when you survive on a budget.

Also, most planters that you buy aren’t suited for vertical gardening or other situations where space and water may both be at a premium. By contrast, metal cans can be used to grow plants on just about any surface. Just be sure to paint the cans on the outside to make sure they do not rust. When choosing the paint color, you can also make the planters more suitable for different temperatures:

  • For hot weather and cooler weather loving plants, paint the planters white so that they reflect heat outward.  This will keep the roots cooler and also help reduce moisture evaporation. If you are concerned about white being easy to see by other people, try using very pale greens, blues, or even tans. There are many pastel shades that can still mimic dried grass or other natural materials if you paint them as camouflage patterns.
  • If you are planting in the fall or cooler weather, paint the cans black so that they absorb more heat from the sun.  You may get several weeks of additional growing time for outdoor vertical gardens simply by changing the paint color and also covering the plants with plastic.   Since can based vertical planters are much smaller than a whole garden, you can use anything from clear freezer bags to clear vinyl scraps to cover each planter.

Aside from acting as a valuable storage vessel for emergency and daily use foods, metal cans can also be used for many other things. If you are serious about being ready for as many disaster situation types as possible, master the use of tin cans and make sure that you can build and operate some basic equipment made from metal cans.

While some of these ideas may seem redundant to other equipment that you may have on-hand, remember that physical possessions can be lost, stolen, or ruined at any moment. When all you have is are a few tin cans and other used materials, knowing how to turn crap into something useful is one skill no one can ever take from you.


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Marinara Sauce Recipe Using Fresh Tomatoes

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Homemade marinara sauce tastes so much better than jarred or canned sauce that you can buy at the grocery store. By making it yourself, you achieve intense flavors that explode in your mouth with each and every bite.  Our favorite

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Infographic: The Survivors Guide to Lockpicking

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We’ve all thought about the vast array of things that we can to in order to be prepared for a real life survival situation. Clean water, food rations, tools and a diversity of skill sets are all a great start. However, one thing that many of us overlook is how we are going to keep getting water and food when our rations have run dry.

Since most of us live in cities, towns or near cities and towns – there is one vital skill that you should have in your back pocket. That’s where the skill of urban lock picking comes in. Knowing how to pick a lock can save you and your family in an urban survival situation. Imagine being starving, with a food truck right in front of you, full of Twinkies and other delicious and life saving treats but you have no tools to breach it… That would be one sad day with a lot of extra energy being spent trying to figure out how to get inside.

The infographic below shows you the basic steps to breach almost any lock out there with enough practice. Padlocks are notoriously easy to pick with this method although it can also be implemented with standard knob locks, deadbolts and others. Our friends at Picker Of Locks
made this east 4 Step Guide to get you started on your lock picking skill training. If you want to check out more in-depth articles on how to pick all different types of locks, lock pick set reviews and more – head over to pickeroflocks.com.


Uses for Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Ten Uses for Tea Tree Oil
“Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear. It is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.” source

Respiratory Support
Steaming water with a few drops of melaleuca in it. Be careful not to get a steam burn, but place face over steam with towel over your head, making a ‘tent.’

Mouth Support
1-2 drops directly to sore, with a cotton swab, twice a day.

Homemade Cleaners
Great for keeping germs at bay. 4 C. water + 2T Vinegar + 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

Homemade Mouthwash
Didn’t prep enough Scope? 1 1/4 C. distilled water and 6 drops of oil…add Peppermint oil for taste.

A few drop in your detergent will help with mustiness. (I am going to research cleaning the front load washer with this as well)

Melaleuca added to some Apple Cider Vinegar as a cleaner. This would be great for my window tracks.

Skin Tags
A cotton ball with a couple of drops of melaleuca on it placed over the skin tag. You can use medical tape to secure the cotton ball if you’d like.
The skin tag should loosen and fall off on it’s own.

A drop or two and the tick will unlatch.

For Hair
Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Tea tree oil has the ability to soothe skin. To make homemade tea tree oil shampoo, mix several drops of tea tree essential oil with aloe vera gel, coconut milk and other essential oils like lavender oil.

Homemade Deodorant
I have a great recipe here I used Lemongrass in that recipe, but Melaleuca would have been more effective.

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Remember Mom’s Minute Timer-You Need One

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Remember mom’s minute timer, you need one, I promise. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with stuff you want a little more organized in your home or garage? I know I do! It seems it’s a never ending project. You know stuff gets expired, stuff you no longer need or want starts piling up. Well, it’s not fun to do it by yourself, sometimes. I needed a kick start to get me going. Here’s the deal, you may think I want to clean this cupboard, this room or this dresser or whatever. I get it. I never stop cleaning out items, it’s who I am. Sort, donate, trash or save.

My point today is this, if you need help with whatever is bugging you, please ask for help. When I lived by my daughters we always had “organize” moments. We would all pitch in and help each other, this is what friends and family do. I totally have to have things organized. I cannot function well in chaos, although I do at times find myself in in a mess! LOL!

Sometimes we have to ask for help. I asked my friend, Lisa if she could help me get some cabinets organized. It is so much fun to do things like this with someone else. People who REALLY know me, know that I am usually very organized. This year I needed help. Lisa and I both believe in the 15-minute timer program, so I am going to share what my dear friend helped me with. We set the timer for fifteen minutes and got started clearing out everything in my cabinets. We emptied everything out and SHE organized it for me. I said, “Lisa, you are the expert.” JUST do it! She is amazing! We would set a goal to get this drawer or this cupboard done in fifteen minutes. It was amazing how fast you can do things if you are challenged by the timer!

Minute Timer:

minute timer

She did my messiest drawer, my sewing stuff. I LOVE this now!

minute timer

Here is one of my craft drawers…yep I can actually find some stamps…oh and ink….imagine that! LOL!

minute timer

Here is my cupboard with more craft things, yes I LOVE crafting!

minute timer

I hope today’s post helps you realize that in order to get organized (if you want to be organized), take baby steps. Make a list of the rooms, closets, files, drawers, cupboards, etc. Choose the areas that are the most important to you. Decide on one each day or one a week. You will be amazed if you set a timer how much you can get done in fifteen minutes. I had to let go of LOTS of stuff, I have downsized to a house less than half the size of my last home. It feels great to let go of stuff I no longer need. Here is the timer I have: Browne Foodservice 2428 Lux Minute Minder Classic 60 Minute Mechanical Timer

Organize items you need:

Clear bags to put the items you want to donate.  Kirkland Signature 33 Gallon Clear Trash Bags – 200 Bags with Smart Tie I use these clear garbage bags to cover and store my stuff in the garage as well.

Black garbage bags for items that are broken or not workable and need to be trashed. Hefty Drawstring Trash Can Liner Bags, 33 Gallon, 48 Count These are a great storage item as well. After a disaster, we will not have trash pickup for a day, weeks or months.

Plastic containers to organize your stuff that you want to keep. ArtBin Super Satchel Removable Divider Box – Art Craft Storage Container, 9007AB

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Paying Attention

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Does it seem like nobody is paying attention? My observation is that the default mode most people operate in is “distracted.” No matter if it’s talking on the phone, eating, drinking, texting, or talking the end result is the same, degraded situational awareness. Most of the time, the results are relatively harmless. If I physically […]

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3 Survival Uses For Bones, Straight From The Native Americans

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3 Survival Uses For Bones, Straight From The Native Americans

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People living in a self-reliant or survival situation must be resourceful. That seems obvious, but it is worth remembering.

This point is constantly reinforced when you watch someone on a survival show learn about living a more natural existence. As we’ve previously covered, creativity is a must in a survival situation, and that promotes resourcefulness. Resourcefulness refers to both finding new resources to use as well as fully using the resources you have. In other words: Waste not, want not.

One resource routinely discarded, but particularly useful, is the bones of animals after the hunt. Most folks today don’t give bones a second chance after dressing a carcass. It’s either a short trip to the dump or off to a deep hole for the coyotes and flies to pick clean. But in a situation where you must be completely self-reliant, you can’t afford to let all of the potential uses of bones go to waste.

If you ever do find yourself in that kind of situation, you’ll want to know these top three uses of bones.

1. As a cutting edge

Prior to the importation of iron to this hemisphere, Native people needed to be innovative to find a cutting tool. A cutting edge is simply one of the most used tools for primitive skills. It is common knowledge that stone materials, such as obsidian and flint, were widely used for cutting tools. What is known to a lesser degree is the use of both bone and copper by Native people for cutting tools, as well. Fresh bones take an edge very well and were used for knives, arrowheads, needles and spear points, as well — anything that needed a cutting edge.

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The processing of bones is very simple. Cutting tools can come from a variety of bones, but big leg bones work well. Bones can be split by smashing between two rocks or cutting lengthwise if you have access to a saw. Smashing tends to produce small chunks well-suited for arrowheads, while cutting in halves creates ideal material for making larger points. Once you have your bone pieces broken to size, you simply start to file it to shape using a modern metal file, or a hard stone of some kind. When you have your general shape it’s only a matter of honing the cutting side to a sharp edge. You’d be surprised how fast you can knock out a sharp bone point.

2. As heavy working tools

3 Survival Uses For Bones, Straight From The Native Americans Heavy-duty bones, such as shoulder bones and pelvic bones, also can be put to work. Native American people would have used these bones for heavy labor, like scraping hides, to be tanned or turned to rawhide. Scraping can be a rather labor-intensive process, and the heavy-duty bones would have stood up to the test just fine. It also has been said that rib bones were used for scraping hides, and with their concave nature that seems to be a likely scenario.

Bones were used for farming purposes by many people. Eastern woodland tribes depended heavily on agriculture for their sustenance, and farming takes a lot of work. Bones were used as shovels and bound to handles to make crude hoes, as well. These bone tools would have been quickly exchanged for steel and iron tools, but they were the tools used by millions of people prior to the importation of harder metals.

3. As nutrition

Heavy leg bones are packed full of nutritious bone marrow, which has omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It can be cooked in several different methods or boiled and made into a broth. This broth has been used by doctors around the world to treat a variety of diseases, from digestives issues to cancer. It is also consumed throughout the world by different cultures for its taste and nutrition. The Native Americans, too, ate bone marrow. I would doubt that most Americans have ever even considered eating bone marrow, but in a situation where food is tight, you can’t afford to let a single thing go to waste.

Next time you return home from a successful hunt, be thankful for the meat you’ve been blessed with, but also take advantage of the bounty of bones, as well.

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Gunshot Wounds: What to Do If You or Someone Near You Gets Shot

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Gunshot wounds: what to do if you or someone near you gets shot.Here in the United States, shootings are most of our minds right now. Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights … the list goes on. Many people have died. And many more are trying to come up with methods to prevent future shootings.

But, in this flurry of massive media coverage, I haven’t seen anyone explain what to do if you or someone nearby is shot. There are solid steps you can take—ones that not everyone knows—that could save a shooting victim’s life.

These steps are essential whether first responders are on their way or not. But we’re seeing right now that there’s a very real chance they could be delayed. When protests block streets, which some have done lately, emergency personnel may not be able to get to you as quickly as normal. Or, if you’re in the middle of an active shooter situation, first responders may have no choice but to wait it out.

It’s not always possible to save a shooting victim’s life. Even experts with the best training and equipment often have patients die. But if you do what you can, at least you’ve helped give the person a fighting chance.

Here are some steps you can take to help save a shooting victim’s life.

Step One: Act

  1. Ensure your safety. If there is a chance of more shooting, you must protect yourself. If you get shot, you become another victim unable to help anyone.
  2. Take action. Never assume someone else is going to step in. Do what you can. If someone else has taken immediate charge, ask what you can do.
  3. Call 911. Recruit someone else to do this if possible. Then have them come help you take care of the victim.

Step Two: Treat

The three immediate problems to look for are usually, in order of importance: no signs of life, heavy bleeding and a collapsing lung.

Remember, HIV and hepatitis may be caught from blood. So you and your helpers should use gloves or plastic or anything that can be a barrier between your skin and the blood.

  1. Look for signs of life. If there are none, begin chest compressions. Start them as quickly as possible but again, only if there are no signs of life, such as breathing. Note: If the person is in a car, remember that you have to get them onto the ground to give proper chest compressions.
  2. Have your helper put pressure on any areas of bleeding. (Or you can do this if you’re not performing chest compressions.) In addition to an entrance wound there may or may not be one or more exit wounds, and they’re not always where you think they should be.
  3. Apply a tourniquet if the wound is on an extremity (arm, leg, hand or foot), bleeding is profuse, and it’s not slowing with direct pressure.
  4. If the experts still haven’t arrived, plug any gunshot holes. Stuff them with a small wad of cloth or a tampon if available. Not only will that stop some of the bleeding, but if the bullet has injured and collapsed a lung, this step could keep the lung collapse from getting a lot worse.

Advanced tip: If you hear hissing or see bubbling from a chest wound, consider placing a credit card or something similar over it instead of plugging it with cloth. Click here for more on why; see the box titled “How to Make an Occlusive Dressing out of a Driver’s License.”

To expedite the arrival of expert help, onlookers should allow emergency vehicles to pass.

When first responders arrive, follow orders on how to continue to help. If nothing else, you may be able to help allow enough room for treatment and transfer.


 To recap, these are the basic steps to take when someone is shot:

  1. Ensure your safety.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Begin chest compressions if needed.
  4. Stop the bleeding (look for entrance and exit wounds; use direct pressure and/or a tourniquet).
  5. Plug gunshot holes with cloth or a tampon.

Next week I’ll post on what to do if help is not on the way at all. I’ll answer questions like, can I perform surgery? Should I get the bullet out? Subscribe below to be notified when that post is published. And for more tips on what to do in various situations when you can’t get expert help right away, check out my new book, The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook.

Have you ever seen someone get shot? What did you do?

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So You’re Thinking about Going Off Grid

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You’ve heard about it, you’ve thought about it, and now … you’re really considering making that big step. You want to get off the grid. Congratulations! We like to think that we live independent lives – that we’re the masters of our own fate. But the truth is that when we live on the grid, […]

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So You’re Thinking about Going Off Grid

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We like to think that we live independent lives – that we’re the masters of our own fate. But the truth is that when we live on the grid, we’re dependent on the state or province we live in and the government to keep things running smoothly.
So you're thinking about going off-grid? Here are a few things to think about and plan for
When things run smoothly, we enjoy a comfortable and convenient life. But if something happens to disrupt that grid, then what we depended on will come crashing down.
When you depend on anything else but your own resources, you can’t count on it always being there for you. That’s why you always need to find a way to live off the grid as much as possible, increasing your self-reliance constantly.


What Does Off the Grid Mean?

When you live on the grid, it means that everything in your home is usually connected. You get the electricity to power your home from an electric company or a co-op.
It means that you get the heat for your home from a utility company if you use natural gas, or perhaps your heat is also electric. If you have city water connected to your house, you’re living on the grid.
When you go off the grid, it means that you decide that you’re going to forego services that are supplied to you – and instead, you’re going to make your own energy to power your needs.
Going off the grid requires patience and planning. When you decide that you’re through relying on someone else to make sure that you stay connected, you must have a plan in place that will meet your needs.
Although some people are able to put down hundreds of thousands of dollars and become instant grid-independent, most of us need to go at it more slowly. As you can afford to, gradually increase your independence. It doesn’t have to be done right away, and you don’t need to have a system that provides 30 kwh per day.
Once you’ve found a way to create the renewable resources that you need to use and you’re completely creating your own support, your home will be self-reliant and you will be effectively off the grid. And that is a fabulous feeling.
Even with all of the stuff going on in the world and knowing that the grid isn’t always reliable or safe from terrorist attack, some people just don’t see the need to live off the grid. Or they live in a place where it is impossible to go completely off grid. After all, no city is going to let you dig a well in the backyard. But there are several reasons you might not want to rely on it, if at all possible.

Have you been thinking about going #off-grid? Here are some things to get your planning started

Why You Never Want to Rely on the Grid

There are new terrorist attacks weekly and sometimes, it seems that these attacks are happening almost daily. In many of these attacks, what gets hit is whatever will cripple the economy, whatever will obstruct communication and whatever will hit the people where it hurts most.
The grid is what’s most vulnerable to attacks. When most people think of the grid going down, they think about how it will affect them within their home. They know if the power plants are hit, they’re going to be without power.
But when a grid is attacked, it’s never based on how it will affect individuals in their homes. It’s planned based on how the fallout will affect entire cities and even regions.
For example, if a power plant is disabled, it doesn’t just inconvenience you by shutting off your power. It also shuts down gas stations and banks. 
Traffic lights go out.
Grocery stores can’t run. 
People can’t get the supplies that they need. 
Government buildings can’t operate. 
The infrastructure of cities relies on the grid. So when someone wants to cripple an area, they’ll target what will cause the biggest disruption.
Plus, when you rely solely on the grid, you’re forced to stay put. This means that you can’t bug out if you need to. When you’re dependent on the grid, it won’t be easy for you to leave if you don’t have a place that it’s self-reliant.
If it’s in the middle of winter, you can’t bug out with small children and go somewhere that has no heat. You’ll be forced to stay in place for the health and safety of those you love, even if there’s danger in the area.
Your choice won’t really be a choice when you’re dependent on the grid. Instead of being able to leave in the face of a SHTF situation, you’ll be forced to take your chances, hoping that everything will turn out all right.
Instead of living that way, you need to take control and figure out how your life is run.


Living Without Public Electricity

Though it might sound kind of scary and like it’s a huge undertaking, living without public electricity can be done – and not only can it be done, but you’ll gain a sense of freedom from being disconnected.
You’ll also gain relief from the stress of having to constantly pay those high electric bills every summer and winter. Living without public electricity should be first on your to-do list when you’re devising a way to get off the grid.
Creating your own power will be the biggest step that you’ll take. What a lot of people do when they’re coming off the grid is to search for a natural power supply.
You can easily power the needs of your home by harnessing the power of the wind or the sun. In fact, a lot of people already do this because they know that relying on natural resources cuts the high cost of electricity.
You can install solar panels in your home that can gather the energy from the sun. These panels will range in size as well as price. They’re powered directly by the sun’s rays.
When the rays shine on the solar panels, energy is gathered and then is able to be used through a conversion method. It’s simply protons turning into electrons. Using solar panels isn’t the only means of naturally getting off the grid to power the needs of your family, though.
You can also use the wind. People have been using wind energy dating back many centuries. When you use wind power, you’re also harnessing the power of the sun.
It’s the sun that powers the wind through the method of hot air pressure. If you’ve ever seen a windmill you’ve seen an example of wind energy. The more of a breeze that you have in your area, the better your home is suited for using wind energy.
You use wind turbine generators to be able to naturally power your home. Even the smallest of winds can still generate electricity. The amount of wattage the wind turbine is capable of producing depends on the size of the turbine that you purchase.
Some of them can also be used to charge batteries. They can generate enough power to support the same kind of electricity usage that a home draws from being on the grid.
You can run electronics, ceiling or electric fans, charge cell phones and use lights in your home the same way that you could if you were paying a bill to the electric company. The larger your turbine is, the more power that it’s capable of powering.
What many people choose to do is use a combination of both solar and wind power to bring electricity to their home. Solar and wind energy is a clean and inexpensive way to provide the electrical needs for your family.


Surviving in the Absence of Public Water and Sewer Service

Just as you need to take yourself off the grid with electricity, you also need to take yourself off the grid with water and sewer service. Fortunately, finding the water that you need to supply your home with isn’t hard.
Nature provides plenty of this for you – all you have to do is harvest it and bring it into your home. What some people choose to do is have a well dug. Digging a well is something that many people choose to do on their own.
You can certainly do this if you’re experienced. But if you’re not, you’ll want to get an expert to do it because there are issues that can backfire on you if you don’t. For example, if you don’t make sure you have a clean source of water in the well, then you’ll spend even more money to have it cleaned up and made usable.
The ground has contaminants that can make your well water unfit for drinking or using. This is why you want to pay to have a well dug if you can afford it. This will be one of your biggest expenses with going off the grid unless you can find someone that will dig a well for you in exchange for some service that you can offer in return.
Because well water can have a stronger taste than city water, you’ll want to have a good filtering system in place.

If you don’t like the idea of having a well dug or if you can’t get one dug because you can’t afford it, then you can provide water to your home by using a cistern. Newer Mennonite homes in southern Ontario, Canada, are made with this built into the basement.

These are containers that are specifically manufactured to hold water. These containers use rainwater that collects around your house through your gutters and is, of course, filtered before being stored.
Depending on the type of cistern that you use, you may also have to install a pump. A cistern is not a good idea for you if live in a dry region, and in fact may not even be legal in those areas. It’s also not a good idea if contamination from outlying buildings is going to be an issue.
For example, if you live in the vicinity of a paper mill, you wouldn’t want to get a cistern because the particles expelled from the paper mill’s smoke stacks will be in the air.
These particles could be carried via the rain into your gutters and down into your cisterns and then the water wouldn’t be healthy for you to use. 

When it comes to sewer needs, you’ll want to go with a septic tank. Despite some myths that go around, a private septic tank is actually an extremely earth-friendly and sustainable option.

It’s a big concrete container that’s below the ground. When toilets are flushed or water is run down the sink drains, it all goes into the septic container. When you use a septic container, you should have the waste carried away from the home so that you don’t have to deal with the smell.
One way to do this is by using a network of pipes. A properly installed septic container does not require maintenance that often. Ours has a filter that needs cleaning once a year but is otherwise maintenance-free for at least a decade.
Regular checks will help keep the system in good working order. While you may, depending on local bylaws, be able to put in the septic container yourself and fix the pipes so that the sewage is away from your house, you will still want to have a plumbing company check over your handiwork to be sure.
Whatever you do, though, don’t buy an expensive composting toilet. If you are unable or unwilling to install a septic tank, build a humanure toilet and a safe place to compost your waste outdoors.


The Best Supplies for Off the Grid Living

When you go off the grid, you’re going to need supplies. If you decide to go with solar power, you’ll need a solar kit. Many of these are fairly self explanatory and you can install them yourself.
You can buy a kit that includes a varied number of solar panels. You can also purchase additional panels separately. Pay attention to the wattage of the panels.
A good choice would be a kit that offers at least 1600 watts unless you know that you will be using very little electricity. We run our cabin on 750 watts, but we have few needs (and no refrigerator!). You’ll also need to make sure that the kit you choose has the connectors as well as the solar cable and battery cable.
Once you install your solar kit, you’ll be able to withdraw from public electricity. You’ll also want to get a water purifier. When you’re on city water, the city takes care of making sure that the contaminants in the water are at a safe level for human consumption.
Once you’re off the grid, you won’t get the same purification process, so you’ll have to do it yourself. You can get ones that attach right to your faucet. Look for ones that will let you know when you need to replace the filter and ones that only have to be replaced every three months or so.
Investing in a solar powered or a tankless water heating is also a good idea. Once you’re off the grid, you’ll still need a way to produce hot water. These kinds of tanks aren’t as big as traditional water heaters so if you have to bug out to a smaller cabin, they’re a great fit.
Plus, they only heat water that’s needed. They don’t continually heat like a regular hot water heater does. So they won’t be a drain on your energy source. You also might want to invest in a wood burning cook stove. 
Though these can be expensive, they are multipurpose. They can provide a way for you to stay warm in cold weather and a way for you to be able to cook. They also dry mittens and boots, keep plates warm when someone’s late, proof bread dough, burn paper trash, heat your water and much, much more – all at the same time and with the same fuel. A solar cooker is a great companion for a wood cook stove, since each works best in a different season
You might want to invest in a portable turbine charger that can keep your electronic devices powered. These devices can charge phones or music devices through the use of wind or solar power.
Going off the grid has both short term and long term options available for you. Solar ovens are an example of short term solutions you can afford quickly. Digging a well might take more planning, so map it out wisely and start acting on it as soon as possible!

Five Strange Things That Can Boost Your Immune System

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tissueNobody likes to get sick, and nearly everyone is open to any trick or habit that will boost their immune system. For most people, this means eating better food and getting more exercise and sleep. Or if someone is already coming down with a cold, they’re quick consume as much vitamin C as they can, or engage in whatever immunity boosting fad is making the rounds on the internet.

However, the human body is an unbelievably sophisticated machine, and improving your immune system isn’t so simple. In fact, there are some rather strange ways of boosting your immunity, which you probably would’ve never guessed are effective, such as:

Cold Showers

You’d probably assume that cold water would make you more susceptible to illness, considering that you’ve been told your whole life to bundle up in cold weather, lest you fall ill. But studies have shown that when you’re drenched in cold water, your body increases immune cell production.

Looking at Images of Sick People

If you’ve ever had an ailment that you couldn’t quite explain, you’ve probably tried to diagnose yourself by looking up your symptoms on the internet. Doing so will inevitably lead you to a Google Image search, where you will scroll through hundreds of ghastly images of sick people as you try to identify what’s bothering you. It turns out that you’re really doing your immune system a favor.

As part of a study in Canada, subjects were told to endure a 10 minute slide show that consisted of images of people who showed visible symptoms of illness. Afterward their blood was tested, and it showed signs that their immune systems had been temporarily boosted. This makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint. People who could boost their immune systems by simply looking at a sick person probably outlived anyone who lacked that bodily response.


While most trendy cold and flu treatments involve consuming popular superfoods (some of which do have merit) it turns out that abstaining from food can help keep you from getting sick in the first place. Fasting for three days causes your immune system to completely regenerate. It prompts your body to start eliminating damaged immune cells, and to start generating new more efficient cells. After three days without food, your immune system is completely rebuilt from the ground up, which is helpful for anyone with a damaged immune system, such as the elderly or cancer patients.

Physical Contact With Your Pets

If you can believe it, studies have shown that petting your dog can boost your immune system, though an explanation for this effect has never been found. If you happen to be a cat owner, don’t be discouraged. There’s a reason why cats often purr when they’re sick or injured, and it’s because their purring vibrates at a frequency that has a documented healing effect in mammals. It can help heal bones and tissues, and can even boost the immune system. It’s been theorized that holding or petting your cat while he or she purrs could transfer that effect to you.

Get Dirty

And finally, one of the best ways to boost your immune system is also one of the least intuitive. We live in a germaphobic society that has taught many of us from childhood to avoid contact with anything that isn’t sterile, and to constantly wash our hands. But it turns out that kids need to come into contact with dirty substances, so that their immune systems can develop properly. Kids who grow up in uber clean environments tend to have more allergies and autoimmune diseases.

As for adults, it’s not really socially acceptable for us to play in the dirt and eat bugs off the ground anymore. However, we do have our own version of introducing bacteria into our bodies. One of the best things we can do to boost our immune systems, is to consume probiotic foods such as yogurt, raw milk, and fermented vegetables.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Book review: The Survival Medicine Handbook – what to do when help isn’t on the way

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What happens during a medical emergency when dialing 911 is not an option? What is your next move?

by Leon Pantenburg

Most first aid and medical manuals will tell you to seek a medical clinic or hospital as quickly as possible when an emergency occurs. It’s sound advice.

But what happens when 911 isn’t an option? Maybe there has been a major earthquake, tsunami or natural disaster, and the roads are out, and Life Flight helicopters are grounded. The cavalry isn’t coming.

The survival medicine handbookThis is when reality hits with a resounding thump, and you realize the only person available to deal with the medical emergency is you. And you will have to rely on whatever training you had.

This is the concept behind “The Survival Medicine Handbook,” Third Edition, revised and expanded by Joseph Alton, MD and Amy Alton ARNP.

Better known as Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy, the duo is widely known in the preparedness industry as the go-to couple for all things medical. Their stated goal is: “To put a medically prepared person in every family for any disaster.”

First aid manuals are a dime a dozen, and come in all shapes, configurations and sizes. There is a plethora of information about taking care of injuries on the trail. But most of the ones I’ve seen, including those designed for Third World areas, always end up recommending the readers to seek modern medical help.

That’s where this manual is different. What happens if a disaster overwhelms emergency responders? Or if a catastrophe, such as a flood or earthquake, prevents entrance into an area?

The Survival Medicine Handbook is based on the assumption that outside help won’t be available.

Read it from that standpoint.

I found the book to be a wealth of information and a treasure trove of simple tips for improvising. The reader will learn such tips as:

Improvisation may be key in dealing with a medical emergency.

Improvisation may be key in dealing with a medical emergency.

Improvise butterfly and wound closure bandages – from duct tape. I knew how to use butterfly bandages from a first aid class I took. I carry duct tape in every emergency kit I have, and tried this technique as soon as I read about it. The concept works really well.

Make a water filter out of a plastic soft drink bottle.

Items to include in a survival dental kit.

How to handle a mass casualty event when medical personnel are overwhelmed.

Essential oils and herbal teas: In a long term survival scenario, nature may be your only pharmacy. It is imperative to learn the medical benefits of plants that may grow in your garden. A whole section is devoted to identifying and discussing some of these plants.

Allergic to bee and/or wasp stings? You probably won’t know until one stings you. Learn how to identify and treat anaphylactic shock.

Q: So how would this book fit into your preparedness planning?

A: By starting you thinking about survival scenarios where there is no outside help.

Dr. John Leach wrote in his groundbreaking “Survival Psychology” book, that  in any emergency, 80 percent of the people present won’t have any idea what to do, 10 to 15 percent will do the wrong thing, and 10 to 15 percent will act appropriately. This small group will react, based on what training they have had.

You want to be in the group which is in the know.  A good place to start is by reading this book. It is full of practical, sound advice on how to handle many basic medical emergencies.

But no book is a substitute for a first aid class. The best investment in your family’s well-being is to have several members trained in basic first aid. One is not enough. The trained person might be the one needing help.

The next investment should be in some medical books – not downloads – that can be used as reference materials when the electricity goes down and the batteries run out.

I review a lot of preparedness books, and my wife generally peruses them, too. After the publication has been read and reviewed, it is generally donated to the local library.

But, at my wife’s suggestion, we’re keeping “The Survival Medical Handbook, Third edition,” and it will go into our survival/preparedness library. We’ll be ordering another as a gift to friends who live part-time on an isolated ranch in the Oregon high desert.

That’s the highest recommendation I can give a book. Get one.

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Emergency Preparedness Generalized

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Emergency Preparedness Generalized Josh “The 7P’s of Survival” This week on the 7 P’s of survival we will be talking about generalized emergency preparedness. The recent flooding that devastated southern West Virginia gave me pause and made me reevaluate my own level of preparedness. 99% of the people we rescued from the flood waters barley … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Generalized

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