The Corn-Free, All-Natural Way To Feed Your Backyard Chickens

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The standard advice for feeding laying hens is simple: Just buy corn and layer mash. And if you’re primarily concerned with saving time and trouble, this is probably the right approach for you. But if you’re concerned with health and sustainability, you might consider another approach. Natural feeding can allow you to avoid pesticide-treated GMO corn. It also helps you make fuller use of your land’s resources in feeding your flock, and produces tastier, healthier eggs. We’ve been moving toward more natural feeding for several years, and so far we’ve been pleased with the results.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to natural feeding. This article lays out some basic natural food sources. Don’t worry about getting the proportions exactly right. Proportions matter if you’re feeding one pre-blended ration, but if you consistently offer your hens different types of whole foods, they can select what they need. Think about what you have available, mix and match to create your feeding program, and notice how it works for your hens. Make adjustments as needed.

Outdoor Feeds


Pasture provides chickens with greens, worms and bugs; it also may include seeds and fruits. Pasture can provide a substantial portion of your flock’s energy requirements. It also provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals, and those benefits get passed on to you; eggs from pasture-raised chickens are higher in omega-3 acids and some vitamins.[i] Foraging also keeps chickens occupied and makes them less likely to attack each other.

Fully free-ranging hens get the broadest nutritional boost from their extensive pasture.

They’re also quite vulnerable to predators, they may tear up your gardens, and they may hide their eggs where you can’t find them. Electro-net or other portable fencing allows chickens to range somewhat while providing a boundary.

Unless you clip your birds’ wings, they’ll be able to fly out. Hawks also can fly in. Chicken tractors of various kinds allow you to fully enclose chickens while still providing access to fresh pasture. The tractor must be moved frequently.

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Our current chicken setup features a small A-frame yard with an open bottom which rotates around our chicken coop and chicken compost pile.


Tractored chickens are likely to exhaust the bug and worm supply in their fenced yard fairly quickly. Compost piles are a good source for bugs and worms and also give chickens a chance to enjoy scratching while not destroying their fresh pasture. We throw weeds into the compost pile throughout the year; the chickens eat parts of them, and the rest rots down and provides habitat for red wigglers, sow bugs and many other chicken treats. We water the pile when it starts to dry out. Sometimes we also lay a board down over part of the pile for a day or two at a time; flipping the board always reveals a layer of sow bugs for the chickens to gobble.


Some people manage to raise laying hens entirely on compost and pasture. This works best if they have access to extensive piles and pastures. Many backyard growers will need to offer supplements, as we do.


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Seeds are a very compact and efficient source of energy. We still buy some grain to feed our chickens. Corn and soy are the basis of most commercial chicken feeds, but we avoid these because they are usually genetically modified. Many other seeds, including wheat, oats, millet, barley and sunflower seeds, are not commercially available in GMO forms. The grains are high in energy, relatively low in protein. Sunflower seeds are high in fats and proteins. We feed a mix of wheat, oats and sunflower seed ordered from the local feed mill.

Field peas are not genetically modified now, although that may be changing in the next few years. Lentils are non-GMO and expected to stay that way for some time, according to the website GMO Compass. Both are high in protein but not fatty like sunflower seeds. Our feed mill doesn’t carry these, so we’ve had to find other protein sources.


Chickens need a high proportion of protein in their diets for health and good production. We’ve found several ways of supplementing protein with farm-raised inputs.

The pasture and compost provide some bugs and worms. Japanese beetles handpicked from our gardens are another good protein source; we collect them in a jug, pour them out into a shallow pan of water in the chicken yard, and watch the hens gobble them up. We’ve also given the hens minnows from our overstocked pond. Some poultry keepers raise red wiggler worms or soldier flies to supplement their hens’ diets.

Our chickens also get meat scraps. When we butcher rabbits, the hens get the offal. When we eat meat with bones in it the hens get the bones to pick.

Dairy products also work well for hens. They get the whey from our cheesemaking; usually we put it in a waterer and let them drink it, and sometimes we soak their grain in it. Cheeses that store too long and get too strong and sour for our taste also go to the hens.

Some poultry-keepers collect discarded food from delis or restaurants to feed their hens. This may contain a high proportion of meat and dairy products.

Vegetable Supplements

We live in upstate New York, where the ground is frozen and covered in snow for several months each year. During the winter our chickens move off the pasture and into an enclosed coop. The yolks of their eggs turn noticeably paler, as they have a more restricted diet. We periodically feed them fodder pumpkins, weeds and limp leaves from the greenhouse, leftover baked potatoes (never feed raw potatoes!), and wheatgrass to provide variety, vitamins and minerals.

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[i] Jeff Mulhollem, “Research shows eggs from pastured chickens may be more nutritious,” Penn State News, July 20, 2010 (

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7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round

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7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors Year-Round I am so glad I came across this article, I didn’t realize that herbs can be frown indoors all year round, after reading this in depth article I now understand we don’t have to wait until spring to enjoy our favorite herbs. Herbs do still need warmth and …

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How-To Make Your Own Paracord Snowshoes

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How-To Make Your Own Paracord Snowshoes Harsh temperatures and serious weather conditions can be the line between life and death when you’re in a survival situation. Depending on where you live, you may be acclimated to a certain climate, but everyone has the point where their body just cannot take it. Specifically looking at freezing …

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Return of the Scottish Hut

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Hut, Scotland, Building Regulations, Bothies, Off Grid

Huts or bothies were part of Scotland’s culture since early C20th.

If you fancy buying an inexpensive off-grid getaway in Europe – try Scotland.

The government announced changes to their building regulations early this year. This will include huts of up to 30m² becoming exempt from regulations, specifically aimed at making it simple for people to achieve a life off the grid.

In a few months, you could be gazing out from a building like the one in the picture for less than $25,000 inclusive.

Scotland has a strong hutting culture dating back to the early 20th century; it was only 60 years ago that this began to dwindle. The largest remaining hut community in Carbeth, near Glasgow, managed to weather this decline. The community bought the land on which their 140 huts stand in 2013. But now resurgence is happening, thanks mainly to the campaign A Thousand Huts championed by the environment organisation Reforesting Scotland.

This organisation recognises the benefits of hut life, offering a retreat for rest, recreation, enjoying nature and making memories with family. Alongside use as a base for outdoor activities, huts contribute to sustainable development and encourage learning new skills. Reforesting Scotland have been lobbying for changes to the law for some time and are keen to encourage more people to adopt the hut lifestyle. Now changes to building regulations are being finalised this year, more people can benefit from having their own off-grid getaway.

Scottish planning (zoning) policy requires all developments to get planning permission for a new build from their local authority. This involves providing a description of plans on the chosen location. This part of the process will not change and will still have to take place.

However, single storey huts will no longer need a building warrant or have to comply with strict building regulations. This gives hut builders more freedom in how they build their huts and can significantly reduce building costs. There are still some rules which will have to be met.

Firstly, the build must fit the description of a hut as given in Scottish Planning Policy documents, which is as follows:

“A simple building used intermittently as recreational accommodation, having an internal floor area of no more than 30m²; constructed from low impact materials; generally not connected to mains water, electricity or sewage; and built in such a way that it is removable with little or no trace at the end of its life.”

By restricting size, the risk of structural instability of the hut is reduced but its energy efficiency is maximised.

Secondly, some health and safety regulations will have to be met, for example relating to fire risk and spread. A guidance document outlining these will be published by Reforesting Scotland later this year.

The Scottish Government has also allowed provision for a sleeping platform and amenities such as composting toilets within the hut. In terms of energy use and production, off-grid solutions such as solar panels and micro wind turbines are most desirable, however these are location dependent.

There are hutting cultures in other locations, such as the Scandinavian countries. However, these seem to be growing in size and elaborateness. The aim of this policy development in Scotland is to take people back to basics and off the grid.



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Planning to go Chile

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Hi guys, I’m planing to go off grid and I’m searching for people that can share with me information about going off grid on south of Chile or Argentina.

To move more deep inside the unpopulated areas of Tierra de Fuego Chile (is my preferred location and not too distant of Ushuaia to have some “near” towns to get supplies when need) I was thinking on buying two horses to transport the initial equipment and tools to start the building of my long term house/cabin, and have been asking-me how difficult is going to be to maintain the horse well on winter.

Another thing that I was thinking was on a second step buy some sheeps and goats for meat, wool and milk. So If you like this idea and want to discuss about it, send me a message.


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Foraging During Winter: 7 Cold-Hardy ‘Survival Plants’ That Could Save Your Life

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Foraging During Winter: 7 Hardy ‘Survival Plants’ That Could Save Your Live

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Winter is obviously not the best season for foraging for wild plant edibles, but in a survival situation there are many plant-based foods you can use to keep you eating even when prospects for wild game come up short.

With a little work learning what’s edible in your area, you’ll be prepared should you find yourself hungry and on your own in the dead of winter. Here are a few options available throughout the United States:

1. Frozen or fermented fruit

Though by January, apple season has been over for months, many types of apples hold their fruit on the tree all the way through winter, especially native crab apples. Some heirloom varieties of apples have been selected for their ability to hold fruit without dropping them well into cold weather. One such variety is D’Arcy Spice, which is traditionally picked in November months after most apples have dropped, and then stored hung from bags off the tree in winter. The apples themselves will freeze, and slowly begin to ferment into calorie-rich hard cider within their skins when the temperatures rise above freezing. Scientists believe that our ability to digest alcohol stems from the ancient practice of harvesting fermenting fruit in winter and early spring, and needing to get as many calories from it as possible.

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Foraging During Winter: 7 Hardy ‘Survival Plants’ That Could Save Your Live

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Other fruits also hang on the tree or vine through the winter include grapes and hawthorn fruit (an astringent native fruit, similar in some ways to a crab apple). For grapes, many wild species ripen long after birds have already migrated, and hang on the vines to be eaten by returning birds in the spring.

2. Water plants

Water has a buffering effect on temperature, and in less extreme climates the ground near small ponds may be workable during warm spells. That’s a good time to go looking for cattails, which can be identified by their dry stalks sticking up out of the water. Their roots are similar to potatoes and are a rich source of carbohydrates. Watercress growing along banks is also high in nutrients, though unfortunately low in calories. Together, steamed cattail roots and watercress can keep you going until your prospects improve.

3. Tree bark

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The inner bark of many trees is easy to harvest and contains starchy calories that are easily accessed in winter with the use of a sharp knife or even a pointy rock or stick. Trees such as pine, aspen, beech, maple and linden are excellent choices, and some restaurants are jumping on the foraging bandwagon and making a pine bark bacon by marinating the inner bark in salt and spices before roasting it to a crisp in strips.

Though I’m sure pine bacon won’t fool a true carnivore, it’s something that might add a bit of comfort to an otherwise dire situation, and perhaps help you forget that you’re actually eating bark to survive.

4. Wild berries

While many softer fruits are long since eaten by birds or rotted away, some berries hang on through the winter and are a welcome calorie and nutrient source if you can locate them. Teaberries are the fruit of the wintergreen plant, a creeping forest ground cover. The berries remain edible all winter and can be found in melted patches of the forest floor. Cranberries, similarly, remain tasty all winter and can often be found as late as June of the following year still clinging to the low-trailing stems. Rose hips are a bit astringent, but generally hold on roses, wild or propagated, throughout winter and can help fight off vitamin C deficiency.

5. Nuts

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If you’re winter tree identification skills are decent, you can find acorns, butternuts and black walnuts by digging in the snow at the base of those trees. Take care to identify those trees ahead of time, noting the distinctive branching pattern of the butternuts and black walnuts, as well as the diamond bark pattern particularly prominent on butternuts.

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Once you know how to spot them, they’ll likely be a great high calorie mid-winter food source anywhere squirrel populations are not exceptionally high.

6. Biennial roots

Biennial roots, or the roots of plants that store energy in the first year for seed production in the second year, are a great source of calories in the winter in milder climates where the soil can be worked. Good examples include burdock, wild parsnip, wild carrot (also known as Queen Anne’s Lace), Jerusalem artichokes, thistle root and dandelion.

7. Winter hardy greens

Many nutrient-rich salad wild greens do not die back in winter. They keep their leaves and pause growth during cold and snow-covered spells only to continue growing when temperatures warm slightly or snow cover melts off briefly even in mid-winter. Good examples include sorrel, chickweed, miner’s lettuce and watercress. While they’re not calorie-rich, they can help to balance a diet based on starchy roots or meat by providing micro-nutrients, and help to boost moral by giving you a taste of spring even in the coldest parts of the winter.

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SOG Mesh Utility Vest, Medium/Large

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The SOG Mesh Utility Vest provides the necessary structure for all your gear, yet allows air in for ventilation and breathability. It has multiple size adjustment points for a custom fit. A grab handle is located on the interior of the vest as are two interior document pockets with Velcro closure. The vest is MOLLE equipped and also features a hydration pocket at rear (Reservoir not included) and 4 waist level Square Rings to attach extra gear.

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Wild Plant Scout Trip 17JAN17

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I set out earlier today on a scout of one of my favorite local haunts. It’s an area I frequently conduct classes at. The area is a riparian zone and very rich with a diverse flora.

I entered the dirt parking lot and noticed three other vehicles parked, but no one around. I gathered they were on a hike along the trail that parallels the creek.

Exiting the vehicle I heard a sound I’ve never heard there before, the sound of a roaring river. No way, I thought, as I walked over to what was supposed to be a creek. The creek was a roaring river. The area in the photo is typically a dribble, very easily crossed by stepping on small stones to get across; not today, however.

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VISM by NcStar AK Chest Rig (CVAKCR2921T), Tan

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Features: • Includes three double AK Magazine pouches, with hook and loop fasteners and bungee cord retention straps, to carry up to six 30 round Magazines. • Two large Utility Pouches on each side of the chest rig with quick connect buckle flaps for storing additional ammo and gear. • One central Chest compartment with button snaps for more storage. • Shoulder Straps are fully adjustable for length, for adjusting how high or low the AK Chest Rig sits on the chest. Adjustable Waist Strap with quick connect buckles. • Padded Shoulder Straps with MOLLE webbing for attaching MOLLE compatible pouches.

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Condor Rapid Assault Chest Rig – OD Green MCR6-001

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Color: OD Green, Color: Black, Padded cross-back shoulder strap with webbing and D-rings Swivi-Lockster – Swivel push release buckles Heavyweight webbing for modular attachments Six open-top mag pouches Four elastic loops (two each side) Front pocket pouch with hook and loop panel inside Additional mesh pocket on interior.

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Bank Payments and Having Children when SHTF

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Hi ferfal my name is Aris from Greece I am 31 years married no children yet. I had send you before an e mail many years before but didnt get an answer its ok I had your book for guidance hope you are ok.

I know you are very busy so I’ll make it quick.

I have a question need your advice .

What did you do in Argentina with banks? my father has a  house loan and till now we pay it  many people here dont paid the banks because they waiting bankrupsy and to come drachma alredy the banks here make some cut to the loans if someone  has 10000 euro loan and can afford to pay the say pay us 5000 euro cash and we are ok.

Many clever guys took advance of this so me and my father feel like suckers that we struggle  to be ok with our payments.


1 shall i stop paying the bank and keep the money in offshore or as we say in the matress waiting?2 keep paying ?


Also a personal  question my wife and I want to make a child start a family but situation here is very bad economical shall I wait for better days or to start having children, how was in Argetina the birth  rate after the economic collapse?

I try to buy the new book of you but don’t have money right now waiting the summer for work. I love my country and I don’t want to leave.

Thanks for all the advices from the first book sorry for my english!!!


Hello Aris,

I’m sorry I didn’t reply to your previous email. Some days it piles up and if the following day I also get a bunch its sometimes hard to keep up. Sometimes they end up filtered as spam for whatever reason.

Regarding your first question. What you certainly DON’T want to do is to lose your house to the bank. You need an advisor to go over your contract and make sure that whatever it is that you do, you do not endanger that.  Having said that, yes, many times you pay every month and then comes this guy that hasn’t paid a cent all year and gets a bigger discount than you. Banks are all about making money, not being fair, let alone being your friend. If they can charge you 2x they will, and if they believe they can only get 1x out of another person then they will go for that. In Argentina its common practice to pile up property municipal fees and wait for some payment scheme that offers a bigger discount to debtors. In that case yes, the person that paid in time feels like a sucker. After making sure you are not endangering possession (don’t know how this works in Greece) maybe you can save up that money in an offshore account. If you have to make the payment you still have the money, if eventually a better deal can be made and save money then you can try that too.

As for your question regarding children my advice is to go for it. I had my first boy right after the  big collapse of 2001. It wasn’t easy, as you say money was tight, but it was worth every second and I’m glad we had him back then rather than wait. As I explained in my previous post, you have to live today, not plan to live 5 years from now and this is especially true with having kids. Have them young, enjoy them. In Argentina birth rates went up soon after the crisis. This is pretty common, for people to invest more in family when times are tough.

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

Conflicted Cards Contest Winner

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Last month the guys at conflicted cards were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway to showcase deck 7 financial collapse. I wanted to do this contest by giving a scenario and seeing your responses in the comments of the video.  The judging was simple, who, in the time allotted, got the most thumbs up for […]

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Attaching Beams to Shipping Container Corners

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As I have talked about earlier I have a thief problem at the land.  In this post I am Attaching Beams to Shipping Container Corners so I can add a palisade style gate between the two boxes so I can fence the area between them in. Since I have 2 40 foot boxes, and they […]

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Car Survival in Winter

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It’s predicted to be another harsh winter and, for most in the U.S., this means trouble if someone gets stuck out on the road during a blizzard or other extreme conditions. Hypothermia (the effects on the body from exposure to cold) may occur on the wilderness trail, but also right in the driver’s seat of the family car. It’s important to have a plan in case you are stranded in your vehicle.


Your Car


Winter conditions don’t just affect people, they affect cars as well. Cold affects rubber and metal; it even decreases the battery’s efficiency. Tires become stiff and flat for the first few hundred yards. Your oil and other lubricants become thicker at cold temperatures. This makes the engine work harder.


Therefore, vehicles that will be doing duty in extreme cold should be “winterized”. This involves switching to a lighter viscosity oil, changing to snow tires, and choosing the right (anti-freeze) ratio of coolant to water. Gas tanks should never be less than half full.


Your Life 


You’re not a bear, so you can’t hibernate through the cold weather; you’ll have to live in it, so take measures to avoid becoming a victim of it. Many deaths from exposure are avoidable if simple precautions are taken.


The first question you should ask before you get in the car in cold weather is: What’s the forecast? Is it possible that you’re driving straight into trouble? Checking the weather beforehand is a lot better than finding out about it on the road.


The second question should be: “Is this trip necessary?” If the answer is “no”, you should stay home. For most people that work, however, the answer is “yes”. If you have no choice but to hit the road during a winter storm, drive as if your life depends on it (because it does). Brush ice and snow off windshields, side mirrors, or anywhere your view might be blocked. Don’t speed, tailgate, or weave in and out of traffic. Make turns slowly and deliberately; avoid quick stops and starts.


Notify someone of your travel plans before you head out, especially if you’re in rural areas. Take your cell phone with you but save it for emergencies. Your focus has to be on the road, not on texts from your friends.




If you live in an area that routinely has very cold winters, you may not be able to avoid being stranded in your car one day. Your level of preparedness will improve your chances of staying healthy and getting back home. So what should your plan of action be?


  1. Stay calm and don’t leave the car. It’s warmer there than outside and you have protection from the wind. Having adequate shelter is one of the keys to success, whether it’s in the wilderness or on a snow-covered highway.
  2. Ventilation is preferable to asphyxiation. Crack a window on the side away from the wind for some fresh air. People talk about water and food being necessary for survival but, first, you’ll need air to breathe. Wet snow can block up your exhaust system, which causes carbon monoxide to enter the passenger compartment. Colorless and odorless, it’s a deadly gas that kills in enclosed spaces without ventilation. Clearing the exhaust pipe of snow and running the engine only ten minutes or so an hour will help prevent monoxide poisoning.
  3. Group Hug. If you’re in a group, huddle together as best you can to create a warm pocket in the car.
  4. Keep Moving. Rub your hands, put them in your armpits, or otherwise keep moving to make your muscles produce heat.
  5. Don’t overexert yourself. If your car is stuck in the snow, you’ll want to dig yourself out. A lot of sweat, however, will cause clothing to become wet. Wet clothing loses its value as insulation and leads to hypothermia.
  6. Let others know you’re there. If you have flares, use them. Flashing emergency lights on your vehicle will drain battery power, so use them only if you think someone might see them.

The Winter Car Kit 


If you’re going to travel in very cold conditions, there are a certain number of items that you should keep in your vehicle. This is what an effective winter survival car kit contains:


  • Wool Blankets. Wool can stay warm even when wet.
  • Spare sets of dry clothes, including socks, hats, and mittens.
  • Hard warmers or other instant heat packs (activated, usually, by shaking, they’ll last for hours)
  • Matches, lighters and/or firestarters in case you need to manufacture heat.
  • Candles, flashlights (keep batteries in backwards until you need them).
  • Small multi-tool with blade, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.
  • Larger combination tool like a foldable shovel (acts as a shovel but also an axe, saw, etc.)
  • Sand or rock salt in plastic container (to give traction where needed.)
  • Tow chain or rope.
  • Flares.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Water, Food (energy bars, MREs, dehydrated soups, candies).
  • Baby wipes for hygiene purposes.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Medications as needed.
  • Tarp and duct tape (brightly colored ones will be more visible and aid rescue.)
  • Metal cup, thermos, heat source (to melt snow, make soup, etc.)
  • Noisemaker (whistle)
  • Cell phone and charger

The items above will give you a head start in keeping safe and sound even if stranded. With a plan of action, a few supplies, and a little luck, you’ll survive even in the worst blizzard.


Joe Alton MD


Insulate a Shipping Container Part 2

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I still think spray foam is the best way to insulate a shipping container, but I am still to broke to do it right, or even attempt a DIY solution. However using closed cell sheets is a decent alternative, and much better than any other ideas I can find online. After measuring and seeing that […]

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PLEASE sign & share this petition. Is The Australian Government Lawful?

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Please share this post widely for all Australians.
Thank you.
Regards, Keith.

Great Day

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Just having a great day! The weather is ok. Perfect temperature, but it is kind of gloomy out. Windy. My Little man got up real early and did a bunch of “home”school work. I have gotten a ton of things done around the house and now getting ready to work on some stuff online.

Working on some of the goals that I set for this year. Already have one of them done and working on #2.

Doing some more prepping. Oldest son moving out gave me a whole room to redo and turn into a stockpile room. So far all that I have done with it though is getting everything sorted and into rubber made totes. Not sure if want to keep it like that are invest into shelving. Right now, might just be best to keep it like it is. Try not spending any money!!

Just as long as we are all still prepping and being frugal in the new year, we will be doing great.

Lying Scientists at NOAA, FDA, EPA, CDC Exposed — Drain the Science $wamp!

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stock here: We been harping on “Lying Scientists” for quite some time.     It exasperates the effects of our toxic environment when those at the helm of science play fast and loose with facts.   

Here is the lady in charge of the CDC.    Seems like widespread abuse of the scientific
process.    As we always suspected, really knew, just didn’t have the proof.  

Interesting that the CDC flickr photo collection is not focused on USA Health, but they have assembled a few dozen very expensive people to unveil…………….artwork/pictures taken in Nigeria


There is a group of anonymous scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control—they call themselves the Spider Group—Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research. They have penned a letter to the CDC’s chief of staff, Carmen S. Villar:
Here is the explosive accusation they make:

“We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception.”

“Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors. Others see it and turn the other way. Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right.”

“We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behavior. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units. These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.

This also goes to the heart of the matter RE Vaccines:

Here it is. All the people who said we were making it up, inventing charges of fraud at the CDC Whistleblower William Thompson’s own statement, released from his lawyer’s office today.
CDC…well, here it is.
I’ll have more to say about Thompson’s confession. But for now, read his words, particularly the opening. The 2004 CDC study on the MMR vaccine and autism was cooked. It was fraud.

My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.
I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.
I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits.
My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub­ group for a particular vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines.
I have had many discussions with Dr. Brian Hooker over the last 10 months regarding studies the CDC has carried out regarding vaccines and neurodevelopmental outcomes including autism spectrum disorders. I share his belief that CDC decision-making and analyses should be transparent. I was not, however, aware that he was recording any of our conversations, nor was I given any choice regarding whether my name would be made public or my voice would be put on the Internet.
I am grateful for the many supportive e-mails that I have received over the last several days.
I will not be answering further questions at this time. I am providing information to Congressman William Posey, and of course will continue to cooperate with Congress. I have also offered to assist with reanalysis of the study data or development of further studies. For the time being, however, I am focused on my job and my family.
Reasonable scientists can and do differ in their interpretation of information. I will do everything I can to assist any unbiased and objective scientists inside or outside the CDC to analyze data collected by the CDC or other public organizations for the purpose of understanding whether vaccines are associated with an increased risk of autism. There are still more questions than answers, and I appreciate that so many families are looking for answers from the scientific community.
My colleagues and supervisors at the CDC have been entirely professional since this matter became public. In fact, I received a performance-based award after this story came out. I have experienced no pressure or retaliation and certainly was not escorted from the building, as some have stated.
Dr. Thompson is represented by Frederick M. Morgan, Jr., Morgan Verkamp, LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio,

Hellfire Orange Big Game Vest

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Tactical vests were originally built to improve mobility for tactical engagement for military and law enforcement. We have taken it to the next level and redesigned and further engineered this technology for today’s tactical big game hunter. Our vest is compatible with all MOLLE accessories so you can build it to fit your needs.

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Kids Army All Terrain Camo Combat Vest – Fits Ages 5-13 Yrs

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If you are looking for that perfect fancy dress item, or the exploring vest that your kid has always wanted, you are in the right place! Our Kids Army All Terrain Camo Combat Vest is ideal for fancy dress, exploring, adventuring and whatever else your kids want to use it for. The vest is very hardwearing, has 9 pockets and adjustable straps making it suitable for kids aged 6 years to 13 years old.

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Nc Star Children’s Vest, Black, Small

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The Vism Vest for Children is constructed of tough PVC on top of mesh webbing for maximum ventilation and durability. This Vest from Vism includes 4 pistol magazine pouches, 2 rifle magazine pouches, and a fully-adjustable cross draw pistol holster. The Vism Vest for Kids includes heavy duty pistol belt attaches securely to vest to keep everything in place.Features:- Material:Heavy Duty PVC- Size:8-13 Year Olds- Constructed of tough PVC on top of mesh webbing for maximum ventilation and durability- Size 8 – 13 year olds- 4 pistol magazine pouches, 2 rifle magazine pouches, and a fully-adjustable cross draw pistol holster- Front zipper, 2 buckles, and adjustable shoulders with 3 adjustment straps on each side insure a secure custom fit- Includes heavy duty pistol belt attaches securely to vest to keep everything in place- Hydration system compatible (bladder not included)

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Voodoo Tactical 20-8112001330 Men’s Msp-06 Entry Assault Vest, Large/XXL, Black

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This is a wise choice for your police or military missions. Your Voodoo Tactical – MSP-06 ENTRY ASSAULT VEST, features side-release buckles, with adjustable web straps and fully adjustable shoulder straps, for a tailored fit. We’ve provided three pistol mag pouches, plus one extra, that’s attached to our large frame auto, fully adjustable holster. There’s also three M4/M16 30-round mag holders, for use with long guns, a first aid/ammo pouch, two inside zippered map pockets, hook-n-loop strip for ID patch, emergency grab handle, lots of universal attachment straps, that fit any of our universal pouches. Adjustable belt included as well. Make it your choice.

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Signature K9 Modular Ultimate Load Bearing Harness, Coyote Brown

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Need your partner to share the burden of a heavy load but tired of dealing with poorly designed and cheaply made harnesses on the market? Then the coyote (tan) Modular Ultimate Load-Bearing Harness is the choice for you. This harness can literally allow your working dog to carry his own weight in gear. Designed with load-rated nylon webbing throughout and spacer mesh underneath for additional padding and increased airflow, this piece is very strong yet lightweight and comfortable. Each side includes two long molle strips for attachment of molle pouches and equipment directly to the harness and the G-hook attachment loops offer easy connection of any modular harness system G-hook attachment or maybe even some of your own. The top front includes a large section of Velcro for top-mounted ID pouches and patches and the bar-tacked reinforced handle and load-rate V-ring are located near the back for maximum control and even weight distribution when lifting or pulling. Fully adjustable chest and belly straps along with generous leg room for a full range of motion provide a secure, non-twisting, non-sliding harness that can handle the weight you put on with ease.

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BLACKHAWK! Omega Cross Draw/Pistol Mag Vest – Coyote Tan Right

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BLACKHAWK Omega Elite vest cross draw pistol Mag is made up of heavy-duty nylon mesh for maximum breathability. It is adjustable for length and girth up to 6 inches length and add 32 inches girth. It features robust drag handle, #10 YKK Vislon zippers and Side-Release buckles for rapid Donning and Doffing along with four pistol magazine pouches and one horizontal accessory pouch.

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BLACKHAWK! Omega Cross Draw Elite Vest, 6-Inch Length, 32-Inch Girth, Black

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The BLACKHAWK! Omega Vest Cross Draw/Pistol Mag is constructed of heavy-duty nylon mesh for maximum breathability and is adjustable for length and girth up to 6” length and additional 32” girth. It offers a robust drag handle, #10 YKK Vislon zippers and side-release buckles for rapid donning and doffing, padded HawkTex Sniper Shoulder for a fully ambidextrous vest, and two large, zippered map pouches inside. The vest has an interior pocket for BLACKHAWK! Hydration System (sold separately), heavy-duty webbing on front and back for attaching S.T.R.I.K.E. pouches, and belt loops secure vest to any web belt (belt not included). Features: Cross-draw holster secured by an adjustable side-release buckle; magazine pouches with adjustable flaps for tall or short magazines; one compass/strobe/GPS/small radio pouch on shoulder; four pistol magazine pouches; one horizontal accessory pouch; and three M16/M4 pouches hold six magazines.

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UTG Ultimate Tactical Gear, 10 Piece Complete Kit, Black

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UTG Ultimate Modular Tactical Gear 10 Piece Complete Kit, 1 X PVC-V747 UTG Web Tactical Vest – 10 Webs on the Front, 7 Webs on the Back, Zippered and Q.R. Buckles, Waist Hanging Loops, Size Adjustable Straps, Adjustable Padded Shoulder, Mesh Interior with Zippered Pockets, Front/Back Velcro Patches GPS/Cell Phone Pouch, Flashlight Pouch, 2 Open-Top Double Mag Pouches, Dual Pistol Mag Pouch, Med/Utility Pouch, Duty Belt, Drop-leg Platform Ambi Holster, Drop-leg Platform Dump Pouch, Black

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UTG Sportsman Tactical Scenario Vest, Black

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UTG Sportsman Tactical Scenario Vest, Black, PVC-V568BT Want a sturdy vest for your professional duties or recreational sports, but do not want to go for the full weight material? This is the perfect choice. It incorporates the complete, serious combat mode design with absolutely no scrimping, but uses lighter weight material for best performance as well as the sporty look. You get to easily carry your all gear for quick and comfortable access in diverse sportsman scenarios.
View larger A Well Executed Design Sniper shoulder guard well protects you from recoil. Various pouches for walkie-talkie, differently sized magazines, holster, and elastic shot shell loops can be found ergonomically placed on the outside front of the vest for efficient access when speed counts. Many customers especially expressed thanks for the backside web system providing additional, hands-free carry options for gear and tools. From shoulder tops to waist, from left side to right, the vest is designed to be most generous and accommodating to different body types and sizes. Attention to even the smallest of details is our no-compromise motto. View larger Familiar Standards Leapers UTG is known for providing total solutions to a wide consumer base, from all walks of life to different age groups. The scenario vest offers a choice many simply cannot refuse. Fall in love with the authentic look and feel, including the adjustable universal rifle-type magazine pouches, the modular cross draw sidearm holster, the shot shell holders as well as the pistol mag pouches. View larger High Quality Stitching, Seam Lines – Great Attention to Details Dense stitching and heavy gauge seam lines throughout the entirety of the vest meets the real world or scenario demands for well built, durable, and rugged use gear. Quality zippers will not snag, preventing additional slowdowns from occurring. View larger Second-to-none Rescue Drag Handle The UTG Rescue Drag Handle on the back of the vest provides maximum strength for un-expected situations. This small and yet critical component went through painstaking efforts in design and testing to guarantee the highest dependability when you need it in any rescue scenario. View larger Breathable, Well-Ventilated Mesh Material Vest material is breathable, well-ventilated, and dries quickly keeping moisture to a minimum and allows for comfortable prolonged wear. Housed within the breathable and well ventilated mesh system are 2 large zippered internal map/document pouches ideal for storing hunting tags, licenses, identification, and other valuables. View larger Interchangeable Mag Pouch and Holster The vest includes a hook-and-loop attachable modular double-mag pouch as well as a right-handed holster. They are interchangeable to meet demands of different missions. Both of these components come with belt loop(s) on the backside, usable as a belt mag pouch or a belt holster. The holster fits most of the popular full size double or single stack handguns on the market.

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10 Essential Tips for Surviving a House Fire

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In a normal survival situation, fire is something you need for things like light, heat, protection, and the ability to cook food. But in the event of a house fire, it can become your biggest enemy and something you need to escape from immediately. Many people have tragically perished in house fires, and if you […]

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The Soft Coup Against Trump May Accelerate Hard

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It is a politically charged week for certain as we are truly living in historical times right at this very moment. Following yesterday’s heated discussion surrounding the question “Will Planned Chaos At Inauguration & US Streets Spiral Out Of Control?”, we will ask a new question “Will the furious actions to delegitimize Trump (an ongoing […]

How to Build a Natural Deer Hunting Blind

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Quick Navigation Before You Start Choose Your Location Choose Your ToolsBuilding a Deer Blind Ground Deer Hunting Blind Elevated Deer Hunting BlindWrapping It Up Before You Start First of all, let’s begin by defining what a deer hunting blind is.It’s a camouflaged shelter that gives you a good vantage point, and a sniping position.A hunting …

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Herbal Salve making Basics

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Herbal Salve Recipe Basics

Did you ever wonder why salves are so good for everyday use for example how about a bee pollen salve is so powerful for the skin,  where bee pollen is cold infused into the oils used in your salve recipe. Bee pollen is a powerful skin care aid in cell regeneration because of the flavanoids,antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids but particularly because of its pure form of b complex vitamins . Domestic Bee pollen due to the bees cross pollination process(s) allow this. providing a new and powerful source of cell regeneration of the skin.

Herbal healing salves are great for everyday use and are very powerful in healing Wounds, Cuts, Sores, Bug Bites with little or no scaring They are also used for sore muscles and actually extracting infections and  poisons from a wound. and a good black salve can over time pull a small splinter out of a wound or hard to get area.
Follow this category to get the recipes for many salves
Below is a simple recipe for a general healing salve to help you understand how salves are made and to be used as a base recipe for other salves you desire.
There are many different types of salve used for different purposes. E.G.  
  • To draw out a poison or infection of some sort one can use a black salve. 
  • For Burns of all degrees one can use a good burn salve.
  • For. Cuts and bruised one can use a general healing salve
  • For Injuries one can use a  sprain salve
  • For poor Circulation, reumatory arthritis, and or joint pain or even to help stimulate blood circulation in specific ares of the body through a topical process one can use a circulation Salve
  • For inflammation one may use an powerful anti-inflammatory salve.
  • For Eczema use a lavender tea tree, oregano,plantain salve
  • and these are just a few salves 

Making The Salve:
What You Will Need:
  • 1 ounce of pure Beeswax
  • 8 ounces of herbal infused oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • tea tree essential oil
  • vitamin e liquid capsules ( to use as a preserver to get more of a shelf life of the salve)
  • stainless or enamel pot
  • potato ricer or cheese cloth for pressing the oil soaked herb(s)
  • Glass jar for storage ( Small baby food jars work great)
  • 2 cup pyrex measure cup (for transferring liquid salve into containers or tins)
I.  First you will need to make an infused oil:
Cold infused oils: ( better quality salves and longer shelf life)
Take 6 ounces of your herb or her combination (in total) and place in a quart size mason or glass jar.
Add a Good quality olive oil and stir very well.
Let sit for a min. of 4 weeks to achieve a good quality infusion. Some say 2 weeks (I go 4 weeks and try to make extra so I always have some ready to make a batch of salves
after the 4 weeks strain and press herbs back into the stained oil.
Warm infused oils: ( Quicker good for quick needs but has a shorter shelf life)
 In a  stainless steel or enamel pot add 1 1/2 cups of good quality olive oil  and bring to a very low simmer once you reach the simmer point back off the heat
Add  6 ounces of your herb or her combination (in total) .
stay on low or warm for 1 hour.
After one hour take off stove and let oil cool. Once cool stain and press
II. Making the salve liquid to pour into your containers:

  1. Add once ounce of pure beeswax and slowly melt it completely
  2. Once completely melted, add infused oil to the melted beeswax.
  3. You will notice it will solidify at this point just let it all remelt together as one liquid.
  4. Once completely a warm liquid add to pyrex measure cup and quickly pour into your containers.
  5.  While still in liquid form break and add vitamin E liquid of one capsule and then add essential oils 2-3 drops of each per container. 
  6. Let harden and use as needed

This New Creepy Website Knows Everything About Your Family – And It’s Free

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This New ‘Creepy’ Website Knows Everything About Your Family – And It’s FreeAnyone who knows your name can discover your home address and the addresses of every member of your extended family thanks to a new free genealogy website,

In less than five seconds, accurately listed my age, my birthdate and eight of the last nine addresses where I received mail. It also accurately listed the names, birthdates and addresses of my parents and my brother – all tied to my name.

Disturbingly, is totally free and does not even require registration. It gets all of its data from public records.

Nor is it just relatives who might be listed at Washington Post reporter Abby Ohlheiser discovered that the names of a former roommate and her ex-boyfriend were listed as “associates.”

“The site listed my 3- and 5-year-olds as ‘possible associates,’” Anna Brittain, a writer from Birmingham, Ala., told The Post. She said FamilyTreeNow “scared me to death.”

Discover How To Become Invisible In Today’s Surveillance State!

Ohlheiser’s description of FamilyTreeNow as “creepy” seems very accurate. There are other similar sites that scan public records available online, but most of them charge a fee for searches and require registration.

Who Is Behind FamilyTreeNow?

Ohlheiser  was not able to determine who was behind She located a company called Family Tree Now LLC, but was unable to find anyone willing to talk.

Opting out of FamilyTreeNow is fairly easy. All you have to do is follow these steps.

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the “I’m not a robot” captcha at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click “begin.”
  4. Run a search for yourself by entering your name, state and city and age.
  5. Read the record carefully to make sure it is you.
  6. Click the big red “opt out” button.
  7. Visit the site 48 hours later to make sure the information has been deleted.

There is another low-tech way to keep your home address off of sites like FamilyTreeNow. Simply get a mailing address other than your home, such as a P.O. Box.

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You’re Being Watched: 7 Sneaky Ways The Government Is Tracking Your Every Move. Read More Here.

Back to Basics Bundle: 70 Ebooks, Online Courses, and More!

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Skills and knowledge trump gear and miscellaneous stuff when it comes to survival, and this brand new Back to Basics Bundle will provide you and your family with hours and hours of great information related to many different areas of being prepared.

WHAT IS A BUNDLE? With the popularity of ebooks and online courses, “bundles” have become a hot trend. A bundle is simply a collection of related ebooks, online magazines, e-courses (online classes) and, occasionally, collections of podcasts. You pay a single fee for access to the entire lot and then can download it to as many computers and other electronic devices as you wish.

This Back to Basics Living Bundle is impressive. When I first took a look at the ebooks and contributing authors, it was a “Wow!” moment. There is so much great information in this bundle and best of all, it’s not just for preppers. There’s something for everyone with:

  • 70 ebooks
  • 1-year subscription to Molly Green membership (regularly priced $29 per year)
  • A homeschool planner
  • Gardening coloring book
  • 3-month membership to SchoolHouseTeachers website, with over 300 online courses!
  • 52 week preparedness guide
  • …and my NEW BOOK! “One Second After the Lights Go Out” — full of practical tips for surviving a long-term power outage from the very first second you realize the power’s off and won’t be coming back on for a long time. This book isn’t published anywhere else, yet.

The price is $29.97, which is the best bargain you’ll get all year!

Get instant access as soon as you pay for the bundle!

It sounds amazing, but what if…

The power goes out! What good is an ebook then?

Excellent question! The beauty of ebooks is that they can be stored on multiple electronics, including one or two you might put in a Faraday container. If you have an old cell phone that can hold downloaded pdfs, why not store some of these on that phone and keep it in a Faraday container or Faraday bag? As well, you can print out these ebooks as many times as you like and organize the hard copies in files or binders.

It’s hard for me to download anything with my slow internet speed.

Back 2 Basics has a solution you’ll love. For an additional $25, you’ll receive a flash drive loaded with everything, delivered to your door. This allows you to quickly download the books onto multiple computers and then have the flash drive for long-term storage.

I tend to buy things and never use them!

Boy, can I relate! Even if you only use the free Molly Green membership, that includes dozens more ebooks, 60 digital issues of their gorgeous magazine, planners, printables, beautiful graphics for your computer desktop…it’s a huge, huge bargaiin. Use only these resources and you’ll break even! Read my new book, One Second After the Lights Go Out, and you’ll have more than your money’s worth, plus there are 69 other books and online courses just waiting for you, and they’re yours, permanently!

I prefer using my Kindle instead of reading PDFs on my computer.

Quick answer: follow these online instructions to transfer these ebooks to your Kindle!

I hope you’ll take advantage of this truly fantastic deal. I’ve been an affiliate with Back to Basics for 2 years and this is their best bundle yet! Click HERE to learn more and order today!


Sesame Seeds

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Sesame seeds are a high energy food that help to provide optimum health and wellness. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein which is most beneficial for growth, especially in children. Sesame seeds are also high in minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. In fact, did you know that just a 1/4 cup of sesame seeds provides MORE calcium than 1 cup of milk?

And calcium is not only vital to bone strength, it is also known to help ease the affects of migraines, aid in weight loss, and provide relief from PMS. The copper in sesame seeds offers anti-inflammatory benefits which can help to relieve swelling in auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Sesame seeds are rich in Vitamin E, Folic acid and B-complex vitamins such as niacin which enhances GABA activity in the brain, reduces anxiety, and provides for a better night’s sleep. They also contain a special element called “sesame-lignin”, a potent antioxidant, which is an active free-radical scavenger that can also aid in lowering cholesterol and preventing high blood pressure.

Sesame seeds have the unique ability to nourish the nervous system, strengthen hormone production, support the cardiovascular system, benefit the digestive system, and reduce fatigue. The high Vitamin E content in sesame seeds has been highly prized as an ancient beauty treatment for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

Sesame seeds can be sprinkled on salads, vegetables or rice, mixed with dates or honey, or used as a delicious spread known as tahini. Tahini (sesame butter) is creamy, rich, and satisfying and can be used as a savory base to salad dressings, dips, sauces or hummus, or used as a sweet treat when mixed with honey and nuts.

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How to Make a Self Scratcher for Cats

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How to Make a Self Scratcher for Cats It’s no secret that cats love a good scratch, right? Give them a good rubbing session with this easy DIY for a self scratcher. You can easily move and adapt it to different places around the house. I made 3 of these last night, I was up way past midnight so my little fur babies had a birthday surprise. Guess what? they LOVE them. I think these DIY cat scratchers are way better than anything I have bought over the years and will continue to make these for my other cat lover

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22 Survival and Preparedness Movies Your Kids Can Watch

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This list is part of my eBook, Prepared Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Raising the Next Generation of Self-Reliant, Responsible Adults! THIS WEEK ONLY (Jan 16-22, 2017) Get my Prepared Kids eBook as part of the Back to Basics Living Bundle–a spectacular collection of resources for preparedness, food storage, natural remedies, healthy living, cooking from […]

Classic Homemade White Bread Recipe – Preservative-Free Freshness!

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Make this classic, homemade white bread recipe and you will never buy store-bought bread again!  The taste of homemade bread is just simply better than store-bought bread! Not to mention it’s preservative-free, inexpensive to make, and doesn’t take a whole

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How To DIY A Paracord Survival Grenade

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DIY Paracord Grenade

If you’re an outdoor aficionado, you’re probably checking constantly for survival tips and tricks and, as you may already know, paracord is one of those special items you should have on your person when SHTF. In other words, always have it within reach.

When it comes to survival gear, there are 4 basic things you should be capable of doing with it: shelter-building, filtering water, gathering food, and starting a fire. In an ideal world, your survival kit must be able to resolve all these issues without problems.

If you’re able to achieve this goal, you’ll be able to survive for a few days until help arrives, or possibly even indefinitely, in case the cavalry is busy somewhere else. You know what I am talking about – if you can procure water, food, shelter, and make a fire in a survival situation, you’re pretty much guaranteed for winning the prepper academy award.

This brings us to today’s topic, how to DIY a paracord survival grenade. Truth be told, a well-made (as in smart) paracord survival grenade can be described as the mother of all survival gear.

That’s because a properly made paracord grenade will provide you with all the basics of survival, i.e. you’ll be able to hunt and fish, start a fire, build yourself a shelter and, why not, even boil water.

The devil is in the details. That’s an old saying which is truer than ever when it comes to paracord survival grenades.

The thing is, you can buy a pre-made one. In case you’re wondering why, well, paracord survival grenades have already achieved legendary status among the prepper community, which is growing exponentially year after year. Because of that, this pre-made item sells quite well indeed.

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In a nutshell (pun intended), a paracord survival grenade has a core which contains essential survival items, all wrapped with paracord, which in itself is another crucial survival piece of gear, ending up in a nicely-wrapped, portable, space-saving packet of survival goodies.

Now, talking about commercially available items, some of them are wrapped together using a cobra knot with the paracord. This style knot makes the grenade look great, but looks won’t help you survive if it’s not functional.

The problem with the cobra knot is that despite its cool appearance, when the rubber hits the road and you need to use it, it is pretty hard to deploy. It’s not as quick as you may need it to be at the critical moment when your life depends on it.

Now, the problem with using other types of knots is that you may end up with an ugly looking paracord grenade, but in my book, usability trumps beauty, so fair warning.

As per future reference, I would suggest DYI-ing your paracord grenade using the quick-deploy type of the cobra knot, which is the solomon bar.

This type of knot requires some practice and patience, but it’s fairly easy to do after you get the hang of it, and it’s lightning fast to deploy if so desired. Here is an example, take a piece of paracord and start practicing.

Video first seen on TyingItAllTogether

Moving along with our story, nowadays almost everyone has heard about paracord bracelets, which actually became more like fashion pieces rather than survival items for the urban prepper. A survival paracord grenade has more than just plain rope, but what’s inside is what matters the most. It’s here that you must pay extra attention.

A basic survival paracord grenade holds about twenty feet of paracord. Ideally, you should go for mil-spec paracord, but any type of high-quality paracord, rated to at least 500 pounds, will do the job if you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere, in the wilderness and all that jazz.

Obviously, you can create a bigger or a smaller one, depending on your needs and personal preference, but as a general rule of thumb, 20 feet, or roughly 6 meters, of paracord are marking the sweet spot, dimensions-wise. The idea is to strike the perfect balance (as in portability/convenience) with your survival grenade, else you can choose to carry some rope and a bunch of survival tools in a bag if you’d rather.

As I already told you, one of the key issues with DIY paracord grenades is to be able to take them apart easily. For example, consider that you’re out there in the cold (it’s winter after all) and your hands are frozen stiff. Struggling to untie the knots of your paracord grenade for deploying your survival gear in order to make a fire is not the best idea in a survival situation, right?

Video first seen on MOD

5 Essential Steps to DIY the Perfect Paracord Survival Grenade

So, if you want to build the perfect paracord grenade, you must follow a few simple steps, together with knowing perfectly well what survival tools to include inside.

1. Built it around a carabiner

A paracord survival grenade is built around a carabiner. That’s what makes it look like an actual grenade. Aesthetics aside, a carabiner is a staple item in any respectable survival kit.

2. Put some fishing and trapping gear inside

Next, considering that one must eat in order to live to fight another day, you must put some fishing and trapping gear inside your survival grenade. Items such as snare wire, small game trapping items and a small fishing kit would be perfect.

3. Add a small LED flashlight

A small LED flashlight would come handy when in need, i.e. starting a fire is not possible and you can’t find your way in the darkness. After all, the sun has a tendency to disappear for hours, especially during the winter, and if you’re afraid of the dark … I’m kidding of course, but an LED flashlight is an excellent item to have in your survival kit in any situation.

4. Include a small blade and a Ferro rod

Another item to consider is a small blade and a Ferro rod, as an additional fire-starter item. Ideally, one should carry a survival knife at all times, but having a backup is always smart, hence the small blade recommendation.

These are the bare minimum survival items to consider, but use your imagination and don’t be afraid to improvise (a small lighter or match sticks, striking sheet, etc).

5. Wrap the survival items in tin foil

Last but not least, once you have decided what to put inside the core of your survival paracord grenade, don’t forget to wrap ’em all up using a tin foil. Besides keeping your survival gear inside dry, the tin foil sheet can be used as a water container and you also can boil the water in it, thus destroying the bacteria.

Remember – all items must directly contribute to base survival in one way or another.

Video first seen on LittleMtnOutdoors

This particular paracord grenade hides essential survival tools inside:

  • 6 feet of fishing line
  • a razor blade
  • 2 small hooks
  • 2 split shot sinkers
  • a small strip of sandpaper
  • 6 strike-anywhere matches,
  • 2 band aids
  • 1 foot of jute twine for tinder and aluminum foil
  • the paracord itself.

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Gear Review: DIY Soft Plastik Bait Injection Mold Do-It Fishing

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<a href=”″ rel=”nofollow” style=”display: none;”></a> #BaitMold I am only posting this because the manufacturer is holding me to the terms of the review agreement even though I never received the product. Normally when I have a bad experience the company lets me not review the product rather than say something bad (this happens […]

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New stubby non-NFA shotgun from Mossberg

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These things really are wildly impractical, unless you’re expecting trouble in a long narrow hallway, but the fact that .gov restricts them is all i need to want one.

Anyway, apparently as long as the shotgun receiver never had stock on it, and the overall length is 26″, it doesn’t fit the federal description of ‘shotgun’. Without a handy category to pigeonhole it into, it is simply a ‘firearm’. Whats this mean? It means you can have a 14″ barrel on a little shotgun that doesn’t require the $200 song-and-dance.

Yes, I’ll get one. Because.

Some video of it from TFB:

I must say, between ‘arm brace’ workarounds on SBR’s, and this little quirk to get sub-18″ shotguns, it’s an interesting time to be alive. Perhaps this sort of thing will convince the powers that be to scrap the whole nonsense….but I doubt it.

Framing a Wall in a Shipping Container

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This post shows how I went about simply framing a wall in a shipping container.  I needed to build a room in the back of the shipping container that I can insulate and cool so that I won’t get heat stroke working out at the land in the summer. Framing a Wall in a Shipping […]

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Gear Review: Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

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I need a Wireless Outdoor Security Camera because I have thief issues at my land.  I built a fence for a deterrent, but my Dad refuses to use it because he thinks he doesn’t need it when he is there (But he believes his backpack blower was stolen while he was sleeping in the shipping […]

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For Wilderness and Urban Safety: Attach a whistle to your child

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You can only yell for help as long as your voice lasts. Here’s why you need to carry a whistle.

by Leon Pantenburg

To keep your child safe in the city or in the wilderness, the proper training and a whistle, may be the most important tools.

Attach whistles to outdoor and everyday gear, so you’ll have one if needed.

I carry a whistle at all times on my keyring. For an easily-carried auditory signalling device, there is nothing better. A whistle blast is not normal: People tend to look in the direction where the noise came from.

Shouting for help, during an emergency,  will last as long as your voice does. (Remember Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet floating on that door after the ship went down in “Titanic“?)

And screaming, whooping and hollering won’t carry as far as a shrill whistle, and may be mistaken for something other than a call for help.

In an urban situation where everyone is talking and making noise, a whistle can cut through the background din to draw attention in your direction. (And here’s an interesting survival scenario:  If you end up in a dark movie theater and the lights go out completely, whoever has a flashlight instantly becomes a leader! If you also  use a whistle, you will be viewed as the person in charge.)

A good safety practice is to attach a whistle to every child on every outing. (My kids were so used to this. When my daughter was younger and went to the mall, a whistle was clipped to her backpack. If she felt threatened or in danger, she had been trained to blow it, wherever she might be!)

These whistles are less-likely to freeze during cold weather since they don’t have a pea in them.

Here are some whistle training rules to teach your child:

  • The whistle is not a toy. Never blow the survival whistle for fun, and only use it if you’re lost.
  • In an urban or wilderness situation, don’t move around once you think you’re lost.
  • Stay in one place and blow a series of three blasts. This is the universal distress signal.
  • After you blow the three blasts, wait awhile, and blow another series. Searchers may be trying to signal back, and you won’t hear them if you blow continually.
  • If  lost in a crowd, stay in one place and blow three blasts on your whistle. Keep doing this regularly until you are found.

* A really good wilderness safety reference book for parents  is “I Sit and I Stay.” In the book, author Leah L. Waarvik gives whistle-training and other safety tips for kids if  they get lost outdoors.

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Why Preppers Should Learn to Survive Without Brand Name Equipment

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living without survival toolsReadyNutrition Readers, this article is a “trumpet call” to continue your preparations, or to commence with them if you have not done so already.  We don’t know what the inauguration is going to bring, if indeed it does occur peaceably.  For one thing, everyone and their brother on the Left has threated everything possible, such as mass demonstrations, mass disruptions, and physical violence against the incoming president.  The bottom line: we don’t know what will happen, and it is best to remain in a state of readiness and preparation.

I’m also going to explain something of my own mindset regarding matters toward preparation.  With some of the pieces I have written, there have been a good deal of disparaging comments, especially directed toward pieces with recommendations for tools, equipment, food, and on-the-spot preps from bargain sources and Dollar stores.

The reason I have suggested things such as small tool kits and “piecemeal” equipment from thrift shops or the Dollar Trees is that there are tremendous numbers of readers that are either just starting out prepping or are on a limited budget…so limited that they can do it no other way.

I fully understand there are some people who cannot afford laser rangefinders, Gerber Multi-tools, or Fat Max Stanley tape measures.  I suggest alternatives for them.  Know what?  Here’s the bottom line on that:

None of us are going to be completely prepared when the bottom drops out.  Knowledge and skills should be desirous over materials, because with these you can either acquire what is needed or improvise out of what can be fabricated into something useful.

Obama just recently signed Executive Order 12333 into play.  This one removes the restrictions over the intelligence-gathering agencies regarding the sharing of information pertaining to terrorist suspects, ad infinitum.  There is also mention of procedures that reinforce previous NDAA policies of taking any and all actions necessary against terrorists, whether they are actual or potential.  In essence, the EO hands over the unchecked power to snoop into the hands of soon-to-be president Donald Trump.

Recall that in 2009, Bush Jr. gave the incoming Obama a manila envelope marked “from #43 to #44.”  As can be seen, the Patriot Act and the 2006 Warner Defense Acts already were in place when Obama assumed the throne.  Please do not think that things cannot continue to deteriorate just because Trump is assuming the office.  That is why we must continue to prepare and plan for an eventuality.  What is that eventuality?  It is not an event as it is a concept: eventually the United States will face a crisis of a magnitude that cannot be either easily overcome or (should the crisis occur) recover from.

This is why the advice is the way it has been.  Let the readers obtain what they can.  You guys and gals are intelligent.  You know the difference between a “Survival Knife” that runs $15 and is made in Pakistan to a BMF Gerber made in the US that runs ten times that price.

The point is to win with the tools and pieces of equipment you have available until you can make improvements to them.

Productive advice is always useful, but let’s keep it in the context of what it’s meant for.  There are many people who write to me and ask me what to pick up at least temporarily until they can replace it with something better.  Not everyone can afford a Cannondale, and some must be content with a Huffy…bought used…for a bicycle to pack in the back of their pickup truck.  The point of ReadyNutrition is not just for everyone to buy the same manufactured things akin to a bunch of clones, but to improvise and make do with what they have and back those materials up with knowledge and skills.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that everything is just going to improve as soon as Obama leaves.  You must be prepared for all manner of disasters that can bring the SHTF to your backdoor at any given moment.  The final point I wish to make is this: I have a survey meter, but I also have a Kearney Fallout meter that I made with my own hands.  I can also repair and recalibrate my survey meter, and make more Kearney meters in addition to the one I already made.  Obtain it, or make it, and then become an expert with it and with repairing it.  This holds true for all of your supplies.

To encourage those who may need it: whatever tools you rely on, make sure they’re maintained and that you can use them.  It may be that your screwdriver set or hacksaw from the Dollar Tree are all you can afford, but take heart and make do: you’re at least doing something.  When it all boils down to it, if you have to cut one lock on a chained-up alleyway or unscrew one hasp to make a getaway…the dollar tools will have paid for themselves.

So: take these words of encouragement, and keep them close to heart.  You can find a way to succeed with what you prepare that works within your budget and abilities.  Whatever equipment you choose, know it through and through: let the equipment be an extension of yourself.  Do the best you can, win with the weapons at hand, and take care of your family.  Especially that last part: that will see you through.  Keep in that good fight.  JJ out!


Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

12 Home Remedies For Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

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12 Home Remedies For Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Prepare for the changing seasons early! Before you know it, spring will be back. Stay prepared with these 12 home remedies for poison ivy, oak and Sumac. Winter is definitely in full swing…there’s no denying that! My neck of the woods, the Lone Star state, is experiencing an extremely cold week. Heavy jackets, scarves, gloves, and winter hats are officially part of the Texan wardrobe – at least for now.

With old man winter comes barren landscapes, for the most part. Before you know it though, spring and summer will be upon us and once again all plant life will be plush and green once more.

But…did you know that some plants are actually very much alive and look much different in the winter months? The plants I am referring to are poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Some people are highly allergic to these plants while others are not allergic in the least. Some do not recognize these plants in the winter months, therefore, walk among them only to break out in the terrible rashes that these poisonous plants leave behind.

If you are among those who may not know what these three plants look like in the winter months, check out my previous article, Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac: Be Aware All Year Round, for a complete photo gallery of what they look like all year round.

I know of a few people who have experienced severe rashes this winter due to these poisonous plants. Some were in total shock that it was even a possibility in January. If you have had an unfortunate run-in with any of these three plants this winter, not to worry. I have compiled a list of great home remedies for poison ivy, oak and sumac that have produced great results!

12 Home Remedies For Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

If you suspect contact with any of these three plants wash the area with warm water and mild soap before the oils from the plant have had a chance to be absorbed into your skin.

If a rash has already begun to develop, try any of these home remedies to help ease the itching, inflammation, and pain. In my research, I have found that the following remedies have had the most successful results

* Disclaimer: These suggestions are not medically proven. If the rash continues (or gets worse), please seek medical advice or treatment from a medical professional.

Aloe Vera Gel

This wonderful plant is great for treating sunburns and other types of burns! It is also great for treating the rash caused by these poisonous plants.

Just split open the leaves and place the gel directly on the affected area. Aloe vera gel will relieve the pain and itching. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, you can buy the bottled aloe vera gel at your local market and it will be just as effective.

Baking Soda

Add ½ cup of baking soda in warm bathwater and soak. You can also make a paste with warm water and apply directly to the rash caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac.


Make a paste of cooked oatmeal and apply it to the rash. This home remedy has great results because it helps draw out the toxins therefore relieving the pain and itching these rashes cause.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the affected area. ACV has the ability to pull the poison from the rash. You can also treat the affected area with a cotton towel soaked with warm ACV. Reapply to the skin as needed until the rash subsides.

Himalayan Crystal Salt

This home remedy is especially effective for a rash caused by poison ivy. Poison ivy can cause the skin to become wet and inflamed. Himalayan crystal salt dries out the skin therefore drying out a poison ivy rash.

Make a paste out of purified water and himalayan crystal salt and place it directly onto the rash. You can also soak in a bath of warm water and a cup of himalayan crystal salt for a ½ hour.

Banana Peel

This method is pretty simple. Just rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area to help relieve itching and inflammation.


Blend a raw potato in the blender or food processor. Apply the potato paste to the skin and cover area with plastic wrap to relieve itching. The starch from the potato also helps dry out the skin which promotes a quicker healing process.

Dawn Soap

Apply dawn soap directly to the affected area. Leave on for a couple of minutes then wash off with cold water. The grease fighting action of dawn soap will aid in drying out the oils within the blisters of a poison ivy rash.


Make a paste out of turmeric and lemon juice or rubbing alcohol. (All three of these ingredients aid in the drying out process of a blistering rash caused by poison ivy.) Apply this paste to the affected area for about 15 minutes and wipe off. The color of the turmeric can yellow your skin but not to worry – it’s not permanent.


Cut a cucumber into slices or make a cucumber paste (you can accomplish the cucumber paste by using a blender or food processor). Apply the slices or paste directly to the affected area. Leave on for at least 15 minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Epsom Salt

As with the himalayan crystal salt remedy, epsom salts dry out the blisters of a poison ivy rash. Add 2 cups to a warm bath and soak for 20 mins. You can also soak a paper towel with warm epsom salt and apply directly to the affected for 20 minutes.

Tea Bags

I would personally suggest green tea or chamomile tea bags for this remedy. Seep tea bags for 2-3 minutes then once cooled completely, apply to the affected area for about 15 minutes.

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Survival Hax Survival Shovel Review

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I was recently approached by Survival Hax to review a new shovel they had come out with.  The Survival Hax Survival Shovel is filling a void in the marketplace for a budget-friendly, collapsible shovel.  It’s small and lightweight which makes it conceptually ideal for hiking and backpacking.  Likewise, it’s adjustable which promotes ease of use.

12 Months of Prepping for Disruptive Events: EMP

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Those of you who may be new to the world of prepping may not immediately think of EMPs when it comes to immediate threats. Instead, the top threats in your own mind might be a nuclear war, economic collapse, and the uncontrollable events that Mother Nature regularly throws our way.

Seasoned preppers, however, rank EMPs pretty high on the list of potentially disruptive events. For many, it is the number one threat. In this article, we will look at why that is, what they are, and what you can do to prepare for an EMP.

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