An essential in any prepper’s home is several fire extinguishers – each placed where they are easy to reach for the type of fire that may occur at that location. Different types of fires require different fire retarding agents to extinguish them safely. For instance, using water works great on paper based fires but is…
Having a backup plan for emergencies is essential, and this medicinal plant replaces many staples in the first-aid kit — in addition to some other sanitary necessities.
Commonly used to create textural interest in border flower gardens, wooly lamb’s ear is an adaptable perennial that is quick to spread to other areas of the homestead and is often labeled a weed in backyards across the country.
Each silvery-green leaf is covered with a light fuzz that is extremely soft. Pale violet flowers bloom late in the season, though they hold little to no medicinal value. (They do make a nice addition to floral arrangements, though).
Starting your own patch of wooly lamb’s ear is relatively easy. It can be started from seed in seedling pots or small containers, and can continue to grow to maturity in containers, provided they are thinned out regularly and are stored in a sheltered area over the harshest winter month.
In a garden or raised bed, plant seedlings 12 inches apart in a partly shady spot. Lamb’s ear prefers six to eight hours of sunlight. It is hardy, tolerating most well-drained soils, but is prone to wilting in the hottest days of the year. Equally important, the plant is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. It will easily spread to the surrounding areas and should be regularly thinned.
Wooly lamb’s ear is harvested at various stages of development, which should be based on its intended purpose. Plucked from the ground, leaves can be used immediately or stored in the refrigerator or other cool container for a few days at the most. In most cases, leaves of any size are fine to use. At the end of the long-growing season, leaves can be dried for use in the winter months.
Wooly lamb’s ear has historically been used for a wide variety of purposes.
The soft, fuzzy leaf of the wooly lamb’s ear plant is an excellent substitute for a bandage. Hunters and soldiers refer to the plant as “woundwort” and have used the leaves as field dressing for years with great success. Each leaf is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, thus reducing the risk of infection.
Furthermore, it readily absorbs blood and assists in the blood-clotting process. It is also safe to use on children and most livestock. These leaves are often used in conjunction with comfrey leaves to dress wounds.
Because of its unique texture and absorbent nature, in addition to its anti-bacterial properties, lamb’s ear makes a great emergency substitute for several personal hygiene products. When the stockpile runs out, wooly lamb’s ear leaves can be used as toilet paper. In the past, the leaves also were used for feminine hygiene needs, including use as an aid following childbirth.
A crushed or bruised leaf will release a clear juice that relieves insect bites, spider bites and bee and wasp stings. When applied to the affected area, the juice will reduce swelling and inflammation and calm the itch from the bite or sting. The juice is also useful for treating inflammatory conditions such as hemorrhoids.
Steeping the leaves creates an antibacterial, antiseptic wash that can be used to bathe wounds. Additionally, wooly lamb’s ear is useful for soaking traditional bandages to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. A mild or diluted wash can be used as an eye wash that is useful for treating pinkeye and sties.
Harvest young, tender leaves for drying. Consuming tea made from dried, young wooly lamb’s ear leaves reduces pain and fevers. It speeds the recovery of sore throats and mouth sores as well as slows diarrhea. Historically, tea made from wooly lamb’s ear was used to strengthen weakened heart conditions and also thought to stop internal bleeding.
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I’ve been transitioning to a vegetarian diet over the past few months and have discovered that most food storage recipes are fabulous for this new way of eating. I love that I can try new recipes and know that they fit in with the way I want to eat right now, as well as are full of ingredients that I have in my long term food storage. I made this Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili using my Instant Pot and it turned out amazing, wasn’t too time consuming and is fairly inexpensive with all the food storage substitutions I made! Win-win-win.
Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili
2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. freeze-dried chopped onions
1/2 c. freeze-dried red bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 c. instant black beans
2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c.freeze-dried green chili peppers
2 c. vegetable broth
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 cups cooked wheat berries (about 1 cup dry)
Juice of 1 lime
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup freeze-dried cilantro
1. Cook wheat berries in your Instant Pot for quickest prepping. Stovetop will work fine too. The recipe requires two cups of cooked berries so you would need about 1 cup of dry wheat to get that. I did a little extra just to make sure I had enough.
2. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and bell pepper and heat just until slightly browned. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and let cook for about 1 minute.
3. Add instant beans, tomatoes, chili peppers, vegetable broth and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.
4. Stir in cooked wheat berries and heat through, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat.
5. Stir in lime juice. Garnish each bowl with avocado and cilantro.
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There is nothing that sparks heated debate on the internet like the topic of which weapons are the best for (………..) purposes. However, when buying small arms for the purposes of a survival situation, there are some models that have advantages over others. Two of those models are the Glock 17 and the AR-15. This isn’t an article about which guns to buy, it is merely my personal thoughts on why these two weapons have advantages over others.
The AR-15, America’s rifle. There is more aftermarket support for this rifle than perhaps any other on the market. That means you can outfit the weapon to your personal situation. Different optics from short to intermediate range red dots to long-range scopes. Lasers both visible and infrared. Night vision capabilities. It’s endless. And I haven’t even gotten into changing uppers. You simply push out 2 pins pull the upper assembly off and drop on a .50 bmg upper! Or numerous other calibers. There was at one point a crossbow upper made by PSE available. I think this model has been discontinued, but I’m sure can still be found for sale with a little research.
But the main point of why the AR makes such a good choice is because of its capacity. The standard 30 round mags offer serious firepower. They are plentiful and very inexpensive. I am a fan of the Magpul products. Mind you, I am not affiliated with Magpul in any way. I have never had a Magpul mag fail me in the thousands upon thousands of rounds I’ve shot using them. And if one did, for around 9 bucks I’ll just get another one.
The Magpul 60 round drum is a very nice piece of gear. Well made, very rugged, and well designed. Having 60 rounds of ammo on tap is quite a force multiplier. My opinion of it is, it’s not so you can shoot more, it’s so you have to reload less. Think about it, if you fired 2 rounds per second, which is a pretty slow cadence, that’s 30 seconds of very well-aimed fire. Not the spray and pray you see in the movies. That is the capability to keep offenders pinned down while your buddies maneuver and flank the offenders. 30 seconds doesn’t sound like a long time, but how far can you run in 30 seconds? The average person in decent shape can cover a lot of ground in 30 seconds. These drums also are a great option for defensive positions. Having 3 men strategically positioned with a few of these drums each, can lay down some serious accurate fire. The drums also have the advantage of being a storage device. In other words you can load them and leave them loaded until you need them. They are a bit of a challenge to load for some people. But after you’ve done it a few times, it gets easier. They are also not fast to load, so these are something you want to have loaded ahead of time. For those who money isn’t an issue, there are belt fed uppers available, combined with a bump fire type stock like the slide fire, and you have what’s called simulated full auto. All 100% legal without the NFA paperwork. Yes, most of us would love to own a Dillion aero mini gun, but being next to impossible to own, the belt fed offers some nice capabilities.
The Glock 17 is probably the most issued sidearm in the world. There is a reason why. It’s because they work. There are only 34 parts to a Glock. They just don’t have much to go wrong with them. The 9mm has also come a long way in its effectiveness. Modern 9mm hollow points don’t give up much to its bigger brothers the .40 and .45. Like the AR, the aftermarket support is huge. More so than any other high cap polymer framed pistol. They are also inexpensive. For what a high-end 1911 costs you could buy 2 Glocks with holsters, mags, and ammo. Now, I’m not crapping on the 1911. They are still nice guns and I enjoy shooting one from time to time. But for a purpose-built fighting weapon, it does not beat the Glock. Why? Aside from the weapon working in all kinds of dirty conditions, again it’s capacity. The Glock 17 holds in a flush fit mag, 17 rounds. With the gun topped off 18. That is more than double the capacity of the 1911. For those of you who subscribe to the mentality that, if you can’t get it done with 8 rounds then you have seriously screwed up, we are not talking about dealing with the meth head mugger in the alley. Potential situations I’m referring to are something like an active shooter, a mall shooting dealing with other shooters who may be skilled, a SHTF situation where you may be dealing with a mob of thugs wanting to steal your stash of food and have their way with your women. I could go on. The weapon is also easy to shoot. There are no decockers or safeties to deal with. Aim and shoot.
Getting back to the capacity advantage, there are other companies out there now making Glock mags. Magpul makes not only the 17 round mags but also a 21 and a 27 round magazine. Glock factory makes the 33 round mag. Elite tactical systems makes a 31 round mag, a 27, 22, and a 17 round mag. Yes I know you won’t carry concealed a 27 or 33 round mag, on your person. In a bag however, it gives you that advantage of being able to put lots of bullets down range. The 21 round mags offer a great compromise in capacity and concealment. If you decide to buy the more compact versions of the gun, i.e. The 19, or 26, you can still use the model 17s mags. Yes they stick out of the bottom of the grip but gives you the piece of mind you’ve got enough ammo to handle most any situation.
The fantasy of getting into 100 round gunfights is just that, a fantasy. Or is it? Remember the westgate mall shooting in Kenya? A group of gunmen stormed the mall and killed over 60 people. The concert shooting in France in 2015, nearly 100 killed. We are living in different times. I personally think a more realistic SHTF situation would be possibly getting caught in one of these attacks. I mean let’s face it, a pole shift or climate change is the least of our worries. These bad people are out there, and they hate us and our way of life. Capacity is king. Well, second only to shot placement. Arm yourself with weapons that give you an advantage. You don’t have to carry Glocks or AR-15s, whatever you do decide to pack, have the skill to be effective with them. Think about this, if you were caught in one of these type situations, which would you rather have, a weapon that packs 8 shots or one that packs 18?
I know which one I’d want.
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The Old West was a tough place to hammer out a living. Whether it was mountain men, cowboys, or buffalo hunters, making ends meet in The West was not for the faint of heart.
Men and women alike had to be self-reliant, self-policed, and self-motivated if they were to survive. It certainly didn’t cater to the weak. Cowboys were one group who were particularly adept at taking care of themselves.
A major reason cowboys became so self-reliant was out of necessity. There simply wasn’t anything to fall back on in the middle of a 1,000-mile-long cattle drive. Part of their ability to complete a drive was attributed to their toughness and their ability to handle problems as they arose. Another reason they were able to complete these long drives can be credited to their planning for the drive. A properly supplied chuckwagon was essential if the cattle drive was to be successful.
One area the chuckwagon couldn’t fail in was the food department. The entire outfit would be composed of around 10-15 people, and those people needed food each day. Not only did those 10-15 people need food, but they needed fuel to energize their bodies for the 18-hour workdays they faced when on the trail.
Although they occasionally ate the cattle they were trailing, they also needed food in the wagon. Chuckwagons were packed full of all kinds of ingredients cooks used to prepare meals. Many sacks of flour and cornmeal were brought along for the journey. They also needed vegetables that would store well in the heat and provide enough energy for the cowboys to keep working.
If you are planning your garden and are looking for foods that store well, you might take a page from the cowboys and plant these three easy-storing crops.
One staple in the cowboy’s diet was beans – a food high in nutrition and protein (see nutritional information below). There is an old saying that proclaims, “There are two kind of people in this world — those that do eat beans, and those that should eat beans.” There are a variety of bean choices out there, but if you want to grow what the cowboys ate, then try pinto beans.
As they grow, simply let them hang on the plant until dry. After that, they need to be removed from the pod and stored in a cool, dry place. Once dried, beans can last for years without spoiling. Before cooking with them, soak them overnight to reconstitute.
Potatoes have an array of attributes that would have made them popular in any chuckwagon. First, they would have stored well on the long cattle drives. Just keep them cool and dry.
Second, they are packed with nutrition (see nutritional information below). In fact, there are stories of people eating nothing but potatoes for six months, without nutritional defects.
If you are looking for an easy-storing and nutritious crop, plant a few extra potatoes this spring.
One popular book with recipes from the Old West – “The Cowboy’s Cookbook” – includes a breakfast recipe of fried potatoes and onions. The ingredients’ list is short: potatoes, oil for frying, onions, and salt and pepper. Many a cowboy would have enjoyed this simple meal behind a dusty chuckwagon.
Out on the trail, cowboys needed food that not only “stuck to their ribs,” but also offered energy with essential vitamins and minerals. These staple foods, paired with a steady serving of beef, would have kept the cowboys fit and healthy.
Pinto beans (1 serving)
Potatoes (1 serving)
Carbs 63 grams
Protein 7 grams
Vitamin C 48%
Vitamin B6 46%
Onions (1 serving)
Carbs 15 grams
Vitamin C 20%
What would you add to our list? How do you make potatoes, beans and onions store long-term? Share your tips in the section below:
It’s common for homeowners to worry about home security, but for those who live off-grid – miles and miles from police and even neighbors – it’s of paramount importance.
After all, for off-gridders, there may be no one to call if things “go bump in the night.”
On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine home security tips that can keep you safe no matter where you live. Our guest is preparedness authority and author Jim Cobb, who has written several books on preparedness, including “Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies To Protect Your Family By Any Means Necessary.”
Jim tells us:
- What you can do to deter criminals from even stepping foot on your property.
- Why he believes dogs are an often-misunderstood form of security.
- What simple action he recommends be done to all doors.
- Which firearms he prefers for home defense. (It’s not the answer we expected!)
Finally, Jim gives us his thoughts on safe rooms and whether they’re worth the effort to construct.
If you want to sleep better at night with peace of mind, then this show is for you!
We have lived in our home for nearly a decade and I love it. I truly love my yard, but the feeling is not mutual. My yard is trying to kill me. After a lifetime of thinking of myself as allergy free, I have been proven wrong. Oak trees, along with other things, cause me to have an extreme allergic reaction. Care to guess where I live? Yes, in the middle of a 150 acres of forest.
I had no idea that this could be a life-ending allergy for me. Huge portions of this country have primarily hickory and oak forests. I would need to drive at least a twelve hours to be somewhere that doesn’t have oak trees. If you or someone in your family struggles with seasonal allergies, please go to an allergist to find out what they are. In a truly catastrophic event, it is critical that you know the type of environment you can live in.
I have had chronic bronchitis and other coughing-related problems since Junior High. At one point, a doctor prescribed an inhaler, and another mentioned I might have asthma. When I lived on the West Coast, my coughing problems subsided and I thought I had outgrown my allergies.
After I moved back East, the coughing problems returned. After a few years, seasonal allergy flare ups became a problem, so I started taking over the counter antihistamines. Things got worse and I was now using a nasal spray and prescription medication. I remembered my inhaler and tried it. It helped, a lot.
When I developed an allergy to onions, I realized that I needed to see an allergist. When I told her I had used more than 3/4 of a rescue inhaler in three weeks time, she was shocked. Clearly, it was the wrong treatment and I should have been in sooner.
As per normal procedure, I had stop taking antihistamines for a week before the testing, to ensure they were all out of my system. Thankfully I could still use an inhaler. The allergist tested nearly 30 different things on me using prick and intra-dermal methods. I came back as allergic to all of them. I reacted as a 4++, with 4 being the highest, on oak trees. My body was also very reactive to many other common substances such as ragweed and dust mites.
I had no idea how severe my allergies were. There were times I had difficulty breathing and that should have caused me to seek immediate treatment. But it crept up so slowly over a long period of time, I did not think about it. So please get check out by a allergist if you have symptoms that you can’t control. It may be worse than you realize, even potentially life-threatening – like mine.
Medication and Other Steps
There are many steps to help reduce your allergies. If you know you have a pet allergy, accept it and do not get another pet that will trigger your allergies. When you see an allergy and asthma specialist, they will give you a specific plan with remediation steps to take.
One simple step is to use a face mask. I strongly prefer the machine washable, reusable “Breathe Healthy” face masks because I can wear them for hours without the discomfort that cheap disposable masks cause. There are a variety of fun patterns to choose from. Cleaning the inside of you home can stir up dust, pet dander, and other allergens. Cleaning outside can stir up pollen. Wearing a face mask and possibly even goggles reduces how much of the allergen enters your system.
Neti pots can also be a great help, but be careful with the water you use. Buying distilled water is a great choice, although boiling and then cooling water before using it is also popular.
With the severity of my allergies, I will be getting immunotherapy shots. Immunotherapy is a weekly commitment for about five years. It isn’t something that everyone can do, even if they are a candidate for it. I know that I cannot avoid oak trees and I am going to keep my pets. For me, the sacrifice and time of immunotherapy is worth it.
The week leading up to my allergy test, I was wearing a face mask any time I went outside and most of the time I was inside. There were moments when it was difficult for me to breathe, and it wasn’t even peak pollen season.
My doctor prescribed Singulair, antihistamines, a nasal spray, and an asthma inhaler for daily use. I also rely on a rescue inhaler in case of an allergy induced asthma attack. Many allergy medications are available over the counter. It is important to know what medicine is best for you and to keep a good supply on hand.
If a severe allergy sufferer is without their medications for more than a day or two, their condition could degenerate from healthy to life-threatening before help arrives. For example, antihistamines only stay in your system for 2-7 days. Consider keeping extra medication at work, in the car or other places where you might need it.
Local honey can help with allergies for weeds, grasses, and anything else bees pollinate. But bees aren’t big pollinators of trees, so it can’t be a solution for everyone. It didn’t even occur to me that the reason the honey was improving, but not eliminating, my allergy problems was that I had multiple allergies to some things that bees don’t pollinate.
Local honey operates on the same principal as allergy shots. When ingested, your body is exposed to small amounts of an allergen to help it develop a tolerance. Honey has the potential to reduce the user’s overall “allergen load.” An allergen load is the total amount of allergens your body is dealing with at any point in time.
Once you know what you are allergic to, it is important to take steps to reduce your allergen load. You may be able to reduce your total exposure below the allergic threshold, which is where symptoms start. Since it is the total exposure to all allergens that leads to being symptomatic, it makes sense to reduce anything possible.
If you have a cup, and you pour some milk in it, some soda, some coffee, and a little bit of tea, it will eventually overflow. It doesn’t matter that there are lots of different types of drinks in it. The cup will overflow the same if you held it under the sink and filled it with just water. The same is true of allergens. If sufferers can remove or reduce even one or two triggers, it can make a difference.
Certain foods, such as onions, garlic, corn, and wheat, are common and seemingly impossible to avoid entirely. Others, such as passion fruit and quinoa, are fairly simple to avoid. The same is true of non-food allergens. Mites are almost impossible to avoid entirely and oak trees are incredibly common wherever there are deciduous forests. While most of us won’t part with a family pet easily, horses and orchids are pretty simple for most of us to avoid.
Bugging In versus Bugging Out
As a prepper, keep at least one extra month or two supply of your allergy medications, including local honey if you use it. Asthma inhalers are prescription only, making it hard to have extras on hand. Keep a supply of over the counter medicine, including simple anti-histamines, even if they aren’t part of your daily regimen. Remember that having your gear and supplies to keep allergens off you is also a must. A scrub cap (they make scrub caps specifically for long hair), no rinse shampoo, and the “Breathe Healthy” face masks can help keep pollen away from your eyes and nose. Pollen is designed to stick to things, so it will be carried in on the surface of anything that goes outside. Being able to clean your clothes without electricity will let you have pollen-free clothing, when you or anyone in the family has to venture out into nature. Pollen will also attach to your pets (waterless pet shampoo is a good idea), so be prepared to clean a lot during pollen season and in an emergency.
I know my allergies has forced us to change some of our preparedness plans. I am a big proponent of bugging in versus bugging out. In the event of a disaster, my family will have only a month or two of bugging in at our home. We will need to move away from any oak trees before I run out of medications. I will also need to be careful around fires because the smoke triggers my asthma.
As difficult as it is to have allergies, knowing what they are, how to treat them and what to do in an emergency, has given me more control over my health and preparedness plans.
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Tomatoes are one of those things that just about everyone – from the most novice of gardeners to the most experienced – likes to grow.
So, it’s no wonder that new varieties are constantly being bred and that everyone and their neighbor has advice on how to grow the biggest, juiciest and most delicious tomatoes on the block.
We have combed through the advice and found seven of the best tips for getting an amazing tomato harvest this year:
Tip No. 1: Choose indeterminate varieties
If you are growing tomatoes in a compact space such as an apartment balcony, then you may want to choose determinate tomatoes, as these plants are compact and will stop growing once fruit begins to appear.
But if you’ve got the space and you’re looking for a big yield, it is best to choose indeterminate varieties, as they will continue growing and producing fruit throughout the season.
Tip No. 2: Plant horizontally
Especially for the new gardener, this tip may sound counterintuitive. But whether you have bought a plant from a nursery or whether you are transplanting your own seedlings, tomatoes do better when they have been planted in the ground horizontally.
To do this, dig a shallow trench and lay the seedling on its side, covering up all but the top leaves. (Remember to strip off any leaves on the parts of the stem that you are burying.)
Following this advice will help your tomato plant develop a bigger root ball – and that means more tomatoes for you!
Tip No. 3: Side-dress with compost
Side-dressing is simply adding more nutrients (fertilizer or compost) around your plants. Once your plants start to flower, side-dress them with about two inches of compost and the next time it rains or when you water your plants, nutrients from the compost will be carried to the roots.
You can repeat this process every three weeks or so.
Tip No. 4: Use seaweed
To be at their best, tomato plants require a lot of nutrients – and if you want to garden organically, then seaweed fertilizer is a good option. Seaweed contains nitrogen and many other important minerals such as iron, zinc and potassium. Fertilize your plants with a diluted seaweed or kelp solution every other week and it will help stimulate growth and fend off disease.
Seaweed also can be used as a mulch near the bottom of your tomato plants. Keep in mind, however, that as it dries out it will shrink to about a quarter of its original size – so four inches of mulch will give you one inch once it has dried out. An advantage to using seaweed as a mulch is that because of its saltiness, it acts as a natural slug repellent.
Tip No. 5: Keep young plants warm
Tomato plants that are exposed to temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit will not produce fruit. If you find you’ve planted your seedlings a bit too early, or if you get some surprise cool nighttime weather, protect your plants with row covers overnight until the weather warms up.
If you do not have row covers, you can improvise using some tomato cages and old blankets. Just be sure to uncover again in the morning.
Tip No. 6: Harvest regularly
The moment of truth in tomato gardening comes when the delicious fruit begins to ripen. Once it appears that you are close to getting a ripe tomato, check the vines every few days and harvest as necessary.
This will help your plants to produce higher yields because the plant’s energy will be focussed on producing new fruit rather than on tomatoes that are already ripe.
Tip No. 7: Rotate your crops
To help keep your plants free of disease, you should wait at least three years before planting them again in the same spot. Tomatoes can be rotated with unrelated crops like lettuce, beans and corn. They should not be rotated with other members of the nightshade family like potatoes, eggplants or peppers.
What tips would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:
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I remember hearing my dad talking about “planting by the moon” as I grew up, one summer he decided it was all nonsense and would just plant whenever, with no regard to what the moon cycle was doing. Well, that year our garden wasn’t as good as it usually was, after that, we went back to planting by the moon.
What does that mean? Well, to simplify it, anything that is harvested from underground (root vegetables, carrots, onions, potatoes) need to be planted by the “dark of the moon”, when the moon is past full going toward the new moon. Anything that is harvested above ground, (corn, tomatoes and the such) should be planted by the “light of the moon”, meaning after the new moon going toward the full moon. If you get an “Old Farmer’s Almanac” it will get even more detailed as to the specific dates when you should plant based on the moon phases.
There is science behind this, it’s not hocus pocus, the moon affects water on earth, just look at what it does to the tides. Here is a video explaining how all of this works.
What about you? Do you plant by the moon? Do you believe in it or do you think it’s nonsense? Let me know below!
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In choosing to live a life that is more self-reliant, one should value being a good steward of their resources and learn how to reuse or recycle items to serve other purposes. If we are in a downward economic spiral, like many believe, we will need to learn how to do more with less, to be frugal, value DIY and become resourceful.
I tried to put some “walk to my talk” a few weekends back when I reused old hangers as landscaping staples.
After the demise of my two backyard chickens, my coop started to fall into disrepair. Since I didn’t want to raise chickens anymore (although we all loved the eggs), I put the coop up on Craigslist and eventually gave it to a family that was homesteading. As you would expect, the chickens tore up the ground, including ripping up the weed blocker that was WAY below their coop. As the coop laid empty, weeds started popping up everywhere. Since we have a pool and people come over often, I wanted to get it ready for Summertime pool parties and such.
I knew when the local Boy Scout troop came around selling bags of mulch for a fundraiser, that I was in luck. I would have normally purchased bulk mulch, had it dropped into the bed of my truck and then spend the time carrying it from the truck bed to the backyard. But, by supporting the local Boy Scout troop, I was able to get the mulch delivered and dropped off right in my backyard!
I had weed blocker left over from previous years, so that wasn’t an expense. I didn’t have the landscaping staples to hold the weed blocker down in the ground, and in all honesty, my experience with them is that they are not very useful anyway. They are usually too short and start to pop-up.
I have a ton of wire hangers from getting my clothes laundered at the cleaners. I know it is an expense, but it is worth it to me. I used to spend a lot of time ironing my clothes in the morning, this way, I get to spend more time in prayer and reading my Bible. So, it’s worth it to me!
In the past, I have come across various articles that give tips on how to reuse wire hangers for various purposes. I usually take loads of wire hangers up to the country to have them up there for whenever we might need some wire. But, I decided to use about nine to make some super long landscape staples to hold the weed blocker down while I spread the mulch.
The only tools I used were some pliers and snips. I really didn’t even need the pliers!
See the pics below.
I started by cutting off the hanger’s hook.
I then cut the long piece even with one of the shorter ends, and did the same to the other side. This left me a small 2″ piece to throw away. I straightened out the “hanger” staples a little before inserting them into the weed blocker.
Weed blocker before the DIY Landscaping Staples.
Because the DIY Landscaping Staples are so much longer than regular landscaping staples, they really stuck into the ground, even when I was walking all over the weed blocker.
The Boy Scouts made this easy…
This isn’t groundbreaking, earthshattering preparedness here. But, it does speak to reusing items to benefit your quality of life. I see many people give their hangers back to the cleaners when they pick up their clothes. I’m ok with that. That is their version of recycling. However, I figure that the hangers are part of my payment for the cleaning, so I want to use them for something that I can benefit from.
This little project didn’t take me anytime. But I know that the hanger staples will stay much better than landscaping staples I could have purchased from Home Depot or Amazon.
What other ways have you used hangers?
It doesn’t matter how old or how experienced you are, you can always learn something new. There are some important homesteading skills that will make life easier after (and before) the SHTF. It is not only about guns and gear. Similar to the Ultimate Prepper School Link List, here is a list of various Homesteading School facilities and online courses:
- Abundant Permaculture – US (Online) – Take my free Video Course to quickly (and easily) learn how to:
Get started with chickens, build a DIY coop, and cut feed costs 100%.
- Antiquity Oaks – US Illinois (Local) – Antiquity Oaks was founded as an old-fashioned homestead in 2002 by the Niemann-Boehle family. We are former city slickers who wanted to become self sufficient and have easy access to organically grown food.
- Aprovecho – US Oregon (Local) – Aprovecho’s mission is “Living, Learning, Organizing, and Educating to Inspire a Sustainable Culture.” Our goal is to provide the education, skills, and resources needed for our students to build sustainable livelihood within a regenerative, resilience-based economy.
- Arbor Vitaelog Craft – Canada (Local) – It is the vision of Arbor Vitae Log Craft to develop and enhance the natural and human resources in an efficient and self-sustaining manner.
- Arbutus Folk School – US Washington (Local) – The school provides enlivening learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, celebrations and lore.
- Bullock’s Permaculture Portal – US Washington (Local) – For over 34 years we have applied our shared experience to create what experts refer to as the finest permaculture site in North America. Together we develop and implement practical solutions for sustainable living while offering hands-on permaculture courses, workshops, skill-building, and more.
- CedarRoot School – US Washington (Local) – CedarRoot teaches skills for living…a revival of our whole person and the power of participating in our own sufficiency. Our focus is on hand to hand instruction to all ages and backgrounds, hoping to deepen an understanding of the natural world, and bring these skills of sufficiency into our modern life.
- Driftless Folk School – US Wisconsin (Local) – Driftless Folk School is a regional center for the preservation, promotion and training of traditional crafts, the art of homesteading, natural building, energy self-sufficiency, sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and wilderness skills. Crafting connections~Creating Community.
- EcoNest – Living Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber – US Oregon (Local) – An EcoNest incorporates timber-frame, straw-clay walls, earth plasters and natural and non-toxic finishes. This combination of time-honored building traditions with modern innovations results in a home of unsurpassed health and comfort.
- Emerald Earth – US California (Local) – Emerald Earth is an intentional community in the hills above Anderson Valley. With four full time residents, we care for the land, grow the majority of our own food, and sustain a community designed to benefit rather than deplete the planet.
- Everdale – Canada Ontario (Local) – Everdale’s mission is to be a farm-based organization that provides hands-on, solution-based food and farming education to build and engage healthy local communities.
- Farm School – US Massachusetts (Local) – The Farm School connects people to the land by serving as a family farm for the coming generations.
- Fox Maple – US Maine (Local) – Fox Maple was founded in 1975, at a time when the timber framing revival was just beginning to take root. Our motivation to begin building new timber frames grew from our desire to fully understand the nature of this ancient building system.
- Great Lakes School of Log Building – US Minnesota (Local) – The Great Lakes School of Log Building was started in 1974 by Ron Brodigan.
- Heartwood Folk School – Canada British Columbia (Local) – Heartwood focuses on teaching practical, joyful, Earth-caring, and community-strengthening skills, to adults, and also younger folks.
- Homesteading University – US (Online) – Online homesteading classes with over a 100 topics.
- House Alive – US Oregon (Local) – House Alive is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable organizations in North America for teaching natural building, earthen construction and appropriate technology.
- Island School of Building Arts – Canada British Columbia (Local) – ISBA offers exceptional training in timber framing, log building & related disciplines.
- John C. Campbell Folk School – US North Carolina (Local) – John C. Campbell Folk School provides experiences in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.
- Log Home Builders Association – US Nevada (Local) – The Log Home Builders Association is a non-profit educational association that teaches average men and women how to build a log cabin. We do not work with commercial or “kit” builders, only owner-builders and others who are interested in building a “real” log home for themselves.
- Log Building School – Canada Ontario (Local) – A Pat Wolfe Log Building Course is designed to expand knowledge – both of log building techniques and tools, their correct use and maintenance. It is a hands on course. Practicality is stressed from the outset. All students become familiar with the basic notches of the European chinkless style of logbuilding.
- Living Arts School – US Colorado (Local) – Located in Boulder County, The Living Arts School is Colorado’s folk school. A folk school, also known as a craft school, is a place for “folks” of all ages to pursue a unique and life-changing education–one that focuses on the renewal of traditional living skills, crafts and music.
- Marblemount Homestead – US Washington (Local and Online) – For over a decade, people from all over the world have learned and laughed with us. We teach artisan cheese making, homesteading skills, goat husbandry, organic gardening, bow making, wilderness skills, and so much more – both on the homestead and online.
- Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) – US Wisconsin (Local) – MOSES educates, inspires, and empowers farmers to thrive in a sustainable, organic system of agriculture.
- Moose Mountain Log Homes Course – Canada (Local) – Moose Mountain Log Homes Inc. has been handcrafting log homes since 1978 and Lloyd Beckedorf has also been an instructor in different parts of the world over the decades.
- Montana School of Log Building – US Montana (Local) – Al Anderson teaches a 5 day log building – Handcrafting Log Home classes – at the Montana School of Log Building log yard in Three Forks, Montana.
- Mullers Lane Farm – US Illinois (Local) – Small farm (not a hobby farm!) that teaches classes on a variety of topics including: Canning, Wood working, Harness repair, Gardening, Bee Keeping, Spinning and Basic Blacksmithing.
- Northeast Organic Farming Association – US Massachusetts (Local) – Welcome to NOFA/Mass. The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown.
- North House Folk School – US Minnesota (Local) – Our mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment that inspires the hands, the heart and the mind.
- Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC)
- Onalaska Log Building School – US Washington (Local) – One-day classes, you will learn to build a log building in that one day, guaranteed. The key to this success is the Butt and Pass building method, no notching and no need to season the logs before building, and no real building expertise is needed. We believe the biggest hurdle keeping people from reaching their dream of a log building is lack of confidence, we want to give you that confidence.
- Organic Growers School – US North Carolina (Local) – Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region.
- Ozark Folk Center – US Arkansas (Local) – Arkansas’s unique Ozark Folk Center State Park is America’s only facility that works at preserving the Ozark heritage and sharing it in an entertaining way. We keep the crafts, music and herblore of the Ozarks alive. Travel to Mountain View, Arkansas and tap your toes to mountain music at one of your favorite Arkansas state parks located in the heart of the Ozarks.
- Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture – US Pennsylvania (Local) – Promoting Profitable Farms that Produce Healthy Food for All People While Respecting the Natural Environment.
- Peters Valley School of Craft – US New Jersey (Local) – Peters Valley School of Craft is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1970 in partnership with the National Park Service to promote and encourage education and excellence in craft. From our humble beginnings as an artist colony to our recognition today as an internationally renowned center of fine craft, our presence in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area defines Peters Valley and the experience for our visitors, resident artists and students.
- Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture – US Texas (Local and Online) – A 510 acre farm near Waco, Texas on which is located the Homestead Craft Village, also the home of the Ploughshare campus. We built a small cafe and gift shop there, then soon a larger gift barn, a pottery shop, a woodworking/furniture-making shop and a blacksmith shop. Eventually we added a restored gristmill and a fiber crafts shop, along with other buildings.
- Quaker Farm Sustainable Living and Arts Center -US Michigan (Local and Online) – Located in Harrisville, Michigan, Quaker Farm Sustainable Living and Arts Center provides education through lectures, workshops and classes. Online videos, and articles about a wide range of living arts topics are also available.
- Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living – US Pennsylvania (Local) – Quiet Creek’s year-round classes cover sustainable topics such as integrated pest management, vermicomposting, creating raised beds, soil food web, herbal soap making, bread making, shiitake inoculation and many more!
- Reevis Mountain School of Self Reliance – US Arizona (Local) – Reevis Mountain School, located in the eastern Superstition Wilderness of Arizona, provides a place of inspiration, peace, and reverence for nature, where students and interns can learn natural healing and self-reliance skills, experience growing their own food, develop spiritual awareness, enjoy a spirit of community, and live healthfully.
- Richsoil – Permaculture Design Course for Homesteaders – US Montana (Local and Online) – This PDC will have a strong focus on DESIGN. Students attending this PDC will probably walk away with four times more experience with designing than students attending other PDCs.
- Spiral Ridge Permaculture – US Tennessee (Local) – You can learn Permaculture Design, Regenerative Farming and Homesteading Skills to improve your quality of life, create resiliency, care for the environment and have fun!
- Straw Bale Home Building – US Oregon (Online) – My name is Andrew Morrison and welcome to my straw bale building site dedicated to anyone interested in building their own straw bale house. If you are brand new to straw bale or are a straw bale construction specialist there’s something for you at StrawBale.com.
- Sustainable Living Association – US Colorado (Local) – Our educational programs, community events and workshops offer creative challenges, delivering valuable, long-term benefits for a wide range of community interests that improve the relationship between people and the environment. These programs forge connections between ideas, principles and resources and harness communication to better understand and express essential relationships that combine a local sense of place with global respect for sustainability.
- Sustainability Centre – UK (Local) – The Sustainability Centre is an independent learning and study centre, a beacon for sustainability and an award-winning social enterprise charity in the heart of Hampshire’s South Downs, UK.
- Swedish Nature Experience – Sweden (Local) – Swedish Nature Experience offers wildlife safaris, bushcraft and outdoor cooking courses, guided kayaking and fishing hikes, cross country skiing and walking trips and other outdoor adventures in central Sweden.
- The Clearing Folk School – US Wisconsin (Local) – The Mission of The Clearing is to provide diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests, meadows and water. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.
- The Farm – US Tennessee (Local) – In 1971, a caravan of 80 school buses and assorted other vehicles carrying 320 hippie idealists landed on a cattle farm in central Tennessee with a single log cabin and barn. They had a mission. As the banner on their band bus read, they were “Out to Save the World!” Today The Farm is home to roughly 200 people living on nearly 8 square miles of forested highland — a fourth generation of families and friends.
- The Folk School of Fairbanks – US Alaska (Local) – The Folk School of Fairbanks offers year-round, affordable classes and programs in a wide variety of hands-on disciplines for adults and youth. Woodworking, Boatbuilding, Pottery, Carving, Basketmaking, Blacksmithing, Sewing, Tanning, Book Arts, Survival Skills, Summer Camps for Kids and Adults, Cooking, Music, Wild Plant Identification and Harvesting, Food Preservation, Farming, Writing, Journaling and Drawing, Navigation, Botany, Biology, and so much more…
- The Institute of Urban Homesteading – US California (Local) – Featuring small class sizes and experiential learning, IUH offers the best in Bay Area sustainability and urban farming education with classes in gardening, urban animal husbandry, food preservation, brewcraft, foraging, fermenting, and much much more!
- The Michigan Folk School – US Michigan (Local) – The mission of the Michigan Folk School is to build community by providing educational programs that promote learning, teaching, and renewal of traditional folk arts and to promote the preservation of forest and farmland.
- The Old School – US New Mexico (Local) – Old School is a hub of experts happily sharing their user-friendly skills to further the revolution of sustainable and frugal living.
- Tillers International – US Michagan (Local) – In the USA, we offer 100+ classes a year in numerous homesteading skills, including blacksmithing, timber framing, farming with oxen, cheese making, beekeeping and more.
- Urban Homestead – US California (Local) – Offering affordable homesteading & skill share classes + workshops. Educating, inspiring and equipping modern homesteaders with practical skills needed for a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
- Urban Homesteading School of Powell River – Canada (Local) – The Urban Homesteading School of Powell River organizes individual workshops and classes, evening intensives, and weekend-long bootcamps on themed topics useful to anyone who wants to improve their urban homesteading skills.
- Villages Folk School – US Iowa (Local) – The Villages Folk School specializes in providing learning experiences in traditional arts and skills, while drawing upon the uniqueness of each of the eleven historic Villages of Van Buren County Iowa. Classes are held in peaceful rural settings so students can return to a simpler time and witness the importance of the artisan in village-life.
- Wild Abundance – US North Carolina (Local) – Wild Abundance offers classes and consultations in off-grid living, organic gardening, natural building, permaculture, primitive skills, and eco-homesteading in a community setting on a real, functioning and breathtaking homestead. Our instructors and consultants bring deep knowledge, vast experience and unbridled passion to make learning and reconnecting a joy.
- Wild Willow Farm & Education Center – US California (Local) – Wild Willow Farm is where we teach people essential sustainable farming skills, host homesteading and gardening workshops, hold community events, and train the next generation of sustainable farmers for our region.
- Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) – US California (Local) – Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA®) is part of a worldwide effort to link visitors with organic farmers, promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. Become a member today and gain full access to our network of organic farms.
- Yestermorrow Design/Build School – US Vermont (Local) – Yestermorrow Design/Build School teaches over 100 hands-on workshops a year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Our intensive, hands-on courses are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.
Are There More Homesteading School Links Out There?
If you know of a great school or course, please send me information. I’ll add it to the list.
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Securing your underground bunker from unwanted nighttime visitors and pests is a step many preppers overlook. Unwelcome strangers and people attempting to steal supplies may not be a large concern depending on how far off the grid you’ve placed your bunker. However, there is nowhere that a determined pest seeking food and shelter won’t go, and unfortunately no single way to deter them. The key is to identify weak points and take proper precautions to ward off pests from the get-go.
Identify, Prevent, Deter
There are a few types of wildlife pests that can be a serious issue for owners of underground bunkers. Every bunker needs proper ventilation and generally, houses significant amounts of food storage and water. Sure, your bunker ventilation can be concealed from passerby, but camouflage isn’t going to fool those pests with twitchy noses and empty stomachs. Spring is prime seasons for squirrels, raccoons, mice, skunks and bugs.
To prevent any unwanted pests around your bunker, keep all garbage and organic debris separate from the location. Once living in your bunker, burying your garbage isn’t going to cut it. You can bury it but do so far away from where you’re located.
The location of your bunker will play a role in the types of pests you may encounter. If the ground cover around your bunker is ideal for grubs or beetle larvae, then treat the area to prevent pests (like skunks and raccoons) that feed on these insects.
If you are near any type of farming or harvested crops, you might have mice. With this year’s high yield of crops there is likely to be an increase in mouse numbers which means all bunkers near areas of harvest should be wary of mice infestation on their food and grain storage.
The best way to deal with these pests is to proactively prepare your home and yard in advance of the spring. Consider installing tamper-resistant covers on your ventilation openings and look into an air-filtration system to safeguard you against unwanted pests entering through your ventilation. As a bonus, it will also work against environmental toxins that may become a threat. An NBA filter is a great addition for any bunker.
Maintenance is Key
Once you’ve identified the types of pests you’re up against, you can defend your weak points and make a plan to maintain these changes so pests never become an issue. Critters of all shapes and sizes can cause issues for bunker owners.
Don’t allow any of these animals a point of access into your bunker if you want to prevent contaminating your food and water supplies. If infestation gets to a point where you can’t fend off the intrusion, make the call to hire a trusted pest control service to eliminate the problem now and prevent it from becoming an issue again in the future.
With surveillance, proper storage of food and supplies, along with adequate tamper-resistant covers and shields for the various entrances to your bunker, you can prevent any pests from giving you a yearly headache or suffer the loss of any vital supplies. Plan, prepare and maintain, that’s the only way to keep those little buggers out.
About the Author: Casea Peterson is a freelance copywriter and content marketing specialist for businesses in the outdoor industry. She has been writing personally and professionally since 2009, but when she doesn’t have her pen in hand she can be found somewhere in the woods hiking, hunting, or exploring the Pacific Northwest.
When I am asked by preppers if it should be worth the time and price of admission to attend PrepperCon 2017, based on the standard of change effected due to attending past PrepperCon Expos, my answer is, “You can’t afford not to go.”
So don’t make any other plans, but prepare to attend this big preparedness event on April 21-22, in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a lot to learn and discover at this preparedness event. You’ll find me there too, with a special Q&A session and you’ll have the opportunity to get your EMP survival question answered.
Read the article below to discover the promotional code you can use for getting discount tickets for the show!
ROI for the Survival Consumer
Just like most of you reading this article, I am a consumer of survival/self-reliance products and services, and my experience as a survival consumer is vast. Over the years, I have developed a simple rule of thumb to judge survival ROI (Return On Investment) for my hard-earned money and time: Change Effected
Based on my investment, what change was effected? If I read a magazine and make a change or two to my personal survival/self-recovery kit as a result, then it was well worth the price of the magazine and the time it took to read it. If I made more than a couple of changes, then it was a great issue! If I read a magazine and no change is effected, it was a bust.
Whether the investment is a magazine or book, video or TV show, time engaged in social media or attending training, classes or an expo, the same formula holds true. Scaling the model up, as a result of the investment, did my gear, vision, relationships, situational awareness, habits, SOP, knowledge, ability or skills change?
Scaling it up some more, when major changes in vision, philosophy or relationships or trust occur, they can be life-changing. One of my most influential mentors used to say that, “trust is the one thing that changes everything.” I try to use this rule, when I write and provide services too. I ask myself how likely it is that what I am writing or teaching will effect change for my readers or clients in their emergency preparations, and I’m glad that so many of you appreciate it.
Celebrities, Guests & Speakers
A neat thing about this event is that you can just walk right up to celebrities you have seen on TV and strike up a conversation. I have found that the celebrities have been surprisingly accessible. If you are shy, don’t be.
Celebrities are just people, just like you and they share your same interests. You may find that you have more in common that you imagined. If you would like to get to speak to a particular celebrity, author or expert, your best chance is early on Friday while many people will still be at work!
- Salvador Alvarenga – This remarkable man survived an incredible 438 days at sea. You could read the book or you could meet him, hear his story and ask him questions is person! For those of you who cannot make it, I will be interviewing him for you!
- Alan Kay – Meet the man you watched win Season 1 of Alone on the History Channel! He is also a long time survival, preparedness and self-defense instructor.
- Nicole Apelian – Nicole is a favorite of Alone Season 2 fans and completed her doctorate in Sustainability Education with a focus on Cultural Anthropology. Nicole continues to visit the San Bushmen of Southern Africa whom she has worked with for many years to the end of preserving their culture and teaches primitive skills and herbal medicine based on her experiences.
- David Holladay – For many city dwellers, most of their understanding of primitive survival comes from watching survival reality TV. David is an Expert Survival Instructor who has trained many of the most knowledgeable survival instructors on TV and countless others who are not. He’s also a very down to earth all-around great guy and an immensely talented educator.
- Dave Wescott – Dave is an Expert Survival Instructor who owned the Boulder Outdoor Survival School and has hosted the nation’s premier primitive skills events for over 30 years. In the primitive skills world, David Holladay and Dave Wescott are living legends, both having worked with best selling author Larry Dean Olsen (Outdoor Survival Skills) based on primitive skills of the Paiute Tribe of Native Americans and helped to preserve these valuable skills.
- Jeff Anderson – Survival & Modern Combat Instructor
- Che Bodhi – Survival & Barter Expert
- Chris Weatherman – Survival Author known as Angery American (Survivalist series of books), Alone
- Yours Truly – I will be hosting Q&A classes on EMP Survival and covering the event for all of you who can’t make it.
- A.R. Shaw – Author (The China Pandemic)
- Kate Morris – Author (The McClane Apocalypse series of books)
- Annie Berdel – Author (Alpha Farm, The Beginning)
- Boyd Craven – Author (The World Burns series of books)
For Survivopedia Readers
I am excited to be hosting 2 question and answer sessions on EMP survival for Survivopedia at PrepperCon 2017!
Please come see me and get your EMP survival questions answered at the EMP Q&A with Cache Valley Prepper at PrepperCon 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Class times will be 4:30-5:20pm on Friday the 21st and 12:30-1:20pm on Saturday the 22nd in Room 300C.
If you miss the class, stop by my table and say, “Hi!” if I’m there or flag me down if I’m running around covering the event and you’ll be among the few who get to put a face with the name : )
PrepperCon 2017 boasts well over 120 classes, many of them taught by some of the very best instructors on the planet. Don’t confuse them with so many folks to whom survival is largely theoretical. These are typically vetted subject matter experts have actually been there and done that.
So many topics are being covered at this show that whatever your interest and skill level are, you sure to find classes or workshops that you will benefit from. As Expo’s go, this one is very interactive, education-heavy and focused on actually helping you to prepare for emergencies. Here are a few other highlights I find particularly interesting:
- Record Castaway Survivor on Ocean 438 Days – Ben Hansen & Jose Salvador Alvarenga
- Celebrity Panel: “Why Learn Primitive Survival Skills to Survive Modern Society?” – Alan Kay, David Holladay, David Wescott, Dr Nicole Apelian
- Psychology of Survival – Alan Kay, Dr Nicole Apelian
- Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Real World Disaster – Jeff Anderson
- EDC/BOB for Individuals and Families – Alan Kay & Dr Nicole Apelian
- Celebrity Panel: SHTF Talkin’ – Apocalypse Fiction Authors
- Surviving Catastrophic Events – Simplified Severe Injury Treatment – Ed Hendershot
- Emergency Childbirth – Raili Bjarnsen
- Family Survival the Earthquake Tomorrow – Scott Thomas
- Suturing – Dr David Pruett
- Emergency Water Storage & Disinfection – Max Gyllensog – Aqua Mira (Max is a water quality engineer with too many certifications to list who has traveled to other countries to set up water treatment in major disasters)
- Self-Protection – Unarmed, Hand, No Weapon, No Knife with Alan Kay
Vendors are the driving force behind any expo and legions of survival vendors competing against each other under the same roof creates a great environment for survival consumers to score show specials. PrepperCon 2017 will showcase some exciting new inventions and product offerings. While it can be fun to window shop online, it is nice to be able to see products with your own eyes, feel the quality, understand the dimensions without a ruler, heft them and have the ability to take them home if you choose. Some of the highlights, innovation and deals I am looking forward to are:
- Scavenger Six – Multi-caliber Repeating Firearm Unveiled to the World – Tim Ralston
- Tech Protect – Faraday Bags
- Survival Medical – Exactly what it sounds like
- 5.11 Tactical – Tactical Apparel
- AMP-3 – Amateur Radio Gear & Medical
- Aquamira Technologies
- Backwoods Home Magazine – Amazing writers!
- Zeus Lighters – USB-rechargeable Lighters that don’t use any fuel. Recharge from portable solar/USB battery pack
- Plan B – Custom Surplus Trucks
- Dillon Precision – Reloading Equipment
PrepperCon 2017 includes attractions for kids and even family members who maybe are not that into the whole survivalist scene. Creativity, entertainment value and fun are areas where PrepperCon stands apart from other survival expos.
The team of preppers who put on the event are enthusiastic about preparedness and have a healthy sense of humor about prepping which gives the event it’s unique personality and some fun family-oriented attractions:
- PrepperFash Fashion Show
- Hurricane Simulator – This is really cool!
- Do You Dare Eat This – with prizes – David & Jill Holladay
- Utah Search Dogs
- Food Storage Cook-off with Wise Foods
I expect a lot from this event considering, and you shouldn’t miss it. Did you get your tickets yet?
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This article has been written by Cache Valley Prepper for Survivopedia.
This is a guest article by Lisa Johnson
You are interested in becoming an expert underwater hunter and you are searching for some spearfishing tips? Everyone is interested in becoming a great spearfisher and this article of spearfishing guidelines and tips will improve you quickly and make you a great spearfisher.
We will be happy to share our best strategies on how to catch fish under the water based on the years of experience we have gathered. So read on!
Spearfishing is the process of going underwater to hunt fish by breath-hold diving with the utilization of a polespear or spearguns. Spearfishing of today utilizes elastic controlled spearguns and slings to hunt down the fish. Specialized equipment and techniques have been developed for spearfishing.
Spearfishing may be carried out utilizing free-diving, scuba or snorkeling diving strategy. Spearfishing while at the same time utilizing scuba gear is unlawful in some nations. The utilization of mechanically fueled spearguns is likewise prohibited in some jurisdictions and countries.
Spearfishing is very specific, usually utilizes no lure and requires no by-catch. Spearfishing is a lifestyle for some people! For some people, it’s an extraordinary game, brimming with adrenaline, and likewise, for others, it’s a wonderful universe of silence and mysterious life.
The technique utilized when spearfishing is imperative for the achievement. Try not to overlook that there are numerous methods depending on the kind of fish you want to hunt. Also, not just that. Your adopted technique will assume an extremely important role when it comes to safety.
Spearfishing is a technique that requires much time to fully comprehend, but doing as such will be highly beneficial. If you try to employ the steps underneath, you are guaranteed to enjoy your next spearfishing trip.
Step one: Begin with shallow water method of spearfishing. To get settled with spearfishing, begin in shallow water and fish over the water line. This process does not need total submersion of the body.
Step two: Go free dive spearfishing technique. Free dive technique of spearfishing is an underwater strategy for that requires a breathing gear.
To accomplish awesome diving strategy, inhale profoundly, curve your back like you want to dive into a swimming pool, and after that, enter the water with your head first and with your fins up in the air enabling your weight to pull you towards the base.
After the above process, quietly move through the water to check out the sea life and find your desired fish.
Step three: Follow safety rules. Spearfishing presents a greater number of difficulties than the standard line and rod angling since you are inside the ocean as a predator chasing prey. Some of the risks include sharks, fishermen i.e. people angling with a line and rod.
It also includes those spearfishers who may confuse you for prey or coincidentally use a spear to hit you. Do good to have an accomplice when spearfishing in order to safeguard one another, particularly if you are in a deep dive spearfishing.
Step four: Target your desired fish. When utilizing a pole spear, draw out your arm halfway in order to have sufficient space to extend your range at the last snapshot of attack.
Once you are certain that the fish is within the scope of the completely discharged spear, broaden your arm and discharge the lance in one smooth development, going for the leader of the fish.
If you are utilizing a speargun while deep dive or shallow water spearfishing, you don’t need to extend your arm to discharge a spear, just discharge the security and aim the speargun at your prey.
Step five: Hit your prey with the spear. Target the base of the skull, the point at which the spine connects since it promptly kills the fish and avoids sufferings. After hitting, hold either the fish or the distending spear point to control the fluttering fish.
Step six: Hook the fish. After you have speared your prey, you can now hook it to the fish carrier or if you plan to keep spearfishing, you can place it in an assigned area.
Putting on gloves will keep you from hurting your hands when handling fish that has sharp spines. Keep in mind that the blood from the already speared fish may attract other sea life.
To learn more about spearfishing tips and techniques, you can check out the video below: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tYUeewfSG3k
For safe spearfishing, you need to pick the right gear and we have already compiled a list of some of the basic gears required for spearfishing. Below is the list of spearfishing gears:
- The mask
- The snorkel
- Weight belt
- The stringer
- The fins
For a successful spearfishing trip, the above-listed tools are really important. To know more about some other good spearfishing gears, you can check out the video below:
We believe you will really get a lot of intriguing information in this content, which will likewise be interesting and important for expert spearfishers.
One of the fascinating things about spearfishing is that you will never get to know everything about it! It is believed that this Spearfishing guideline will at least widen the chance to succeed early and that you will go ahead to enjoy the spearfishing activity for a long time to come.
I’m Lisa. I have a strong understanding and passion for all things related to fishing. When I am not out wetting a line, I am sharing a range of tips and tricks on Fall For Fishing – to help others to snag their big catch!
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Nuclear power once had so much promise. We were assured that nuclear reactors would provide cheap, abundant, safe, and clean energy. And for the most part, that promise was delivered. Nuclear power is still one of the most effective forms of energy production.
But over the years a glaring weakness has emerged with this technology. When it’s implemented correctly, with extreme prudence and respect, it works wonderfully. However, on the rare occasion that a government or a company doesn’t take all of the necessary precautions, the ramifications are immense. Even if every precaution is taken, and the risk of a nuclear meltdown is slight, you’re still talking about a disaster that can utterly destroy a civilization (here’s what you should do to prepare yourself for that kind of disaster).
Take Fukushima for instance. Last year former prime minister Naoto Kan revealed that the TEPCO power plant meltdown could have been far worse. If the situation hadn’t been brought under control, he would have had to order the evacuate 50 million people, or about 40% of the population of Japan. He told the Telegraph that “The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake. Something on that scale, an evacuation of 50 million, it would have been like a losing a huge war.”
Of course, Japan isn’t the only country that could face that kind of disaster in the future. The United States is filled with nuclear reactors that could be at risk. In fact, according to a recent report from Natural News, there are dozens of nuclear power plants in the US that lie within earthquake zones.
A new interactive chart created by the Union of Concerned Scientists, which is really a database of U.S. nuclear reactors and safety issues associated with them, shows a higher-than-average concentration of nuclear plants along the nation’s East Coast that are at risk of being damaged or destroyed by an earthquake.
They include: St. Lucie Units 1 & 2 at Hutchison Island, Fla.; North Anna Units 1, 2 & 3 at Mineral, Va.; Peach Bottom Units 1, 2 & 3, Delta, Pennsylvania; Limerick Units 1 & 2, Pottstown, Pa., Indian Point Units 1, 2 & 3, Buchanan, N.Y., and Seabrook Unit 1, Seabrook, New Hampshire.
Further inland, there are other nuclear plants at risk, though they are not as concentrated as those on the East Coast, and many have only a single nuclear reactor. They include plants in Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Kansas.
More to the point, these are nuclear reactors that “face a level of seismic risk that’s greater than what they’re currently equipped to withstand,” according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
For years, government officials have been telling us that these plants are perfectly capable of withstanding natural disasters. However, that’s pretty much exactly what TEPCO and the Japanese government told their citizens, right up until the Fukushima power plant nearly destroyed their country.
With that in mind, we should be asking ourselves a very important question. Is the benefit of clean energy really a good trade-off for the risk of annihilation?
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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Most of the time prepping is about being in the “hurry up and wait” mode, which can cause us to become complacent about prepping. This might seem counter intuitive, but not having to use our preparedness supplies because of a disaster is actually a good thing.
While some of us might secretly hope for a small power outage, or a reason to test our preparedness level, hopefully none of us hope for a large-scale disaster that could change our lives forever.
SPP198 The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers
Below is a list of the topics we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Show this week. We talked about everything from escalating tensions around the world, preparing for natural disasters and other dangers of becoming complacent as preppers.
No Sense of Urgency
It can be tough to prioritize prepping when things are going good, and we don’t have that a sense of urgency. I think this happened to quite a few people after this election. People thought that because Trump won (or maybe because Hillary lost) they could relax about their prepping.
We can’t afford to lose our sense of urgency and become complacent with prepping, because bad things usually happen when we least expect it. When those times come that I feel like I have nothing to worry about, I start to worry about what I’m missing.
The Calm Before the Storm
With prepping, there are always ebbs and flows. There are times when I seems like everything is going well, but we know something could be right around the corner. While we are always looking ahead, some people don’t. Some people sell off their preparedness supplies or let their food storage dwindle.
As preppers we need to take advantage of this lull in the action instead of becoming complacent. When there is less demand, it usually means cheaper prices and sales. We can also take advantage of this lull in action and do some of the things we have been putting off for a while.
Attention to Detail
Sometimes when we think we have the best plan in the world, we end up getting bit in the butt because of something minor. In a SHTF scenario something minor could turn into something life threatening. We could have the best bug out vehicle, packed to the roof with all of our preparedness supplies, but if we forget to fill the gas tank it’s game over.
We can get complacent about everything from getting an oil change, to preparing for complete societal breakdown. As people we are creatures of habit, and we need to make a conscious effort to avoid that. This is why knowledge and skills are so important. The more we know, the better our chances are of catching those small details.
The Easy Life
Just about no one alive today has ever had to live through a world wide crisis (like WW2) and there has never been a large scale attack on U.S. Soil other than Pearl Harbor. The weapons we have today are much different than the mortars and tanks of WW2. Weapons are being developed that can be launched for anywhere around the world, and land in your back yard.
With countries like N.Korea and Iran hell bent on our destruction we can afford to be complacent. The United States has been the king of the hill for a very long time. The only way do remain the king of the hill and keep our freedoms is to deal with those who threaten us, not by crossing our fingers or asking please.
Sometimes as preppers we can become complacent because we fear an economic collapse and nothing happens. We hear about N.Korea testing missiles and nothing happens. The more this happens, the more we say “yeah, I’ve heard this story before”.
The problem is that we know eventually something will happen, whether it’s an economic collapse, bombs dropping or something else. Just like the story of the boy who cried wolf, eventually the wolf will come, and the sheep that are asleep will be the first to go.
Outside Our Front Door
At times we can get so focused on the larger SHTF scenarios that we forget about natural disasters and things around the home. While these larger disaster scenarios are important, there are other small scale scenarios we need to keep in mind.
Preparing for natural disasters and personal doomsday’s could be more important because they are more likely to affect you. Prepping isn’t just about Nuclear bombs and Martial Law, it’s about being prepared for ANYTHING that might affect you and your family.
As I said earlier, people are creatures of habit. Eventually these habits become routine, and we are basically sleepwalking through life. We might take the same route to work everyday, or we might go to the bank the same time and day every week. This all makes us to becoming a target for someone who is paying attention to what we are doing, even when we aren’t.
Situational awareness is also about paying attention to what is going on around you at all times. It can be easy to become complacent because our daily lives are usually pretty boring, and nothing ever happens. Criminals are opportunists, and all they need is 1 opportunity to take advantage of.
Becoming complacent about our health is probably something we all do at one point or another. This is because the affects of not eating right, or not exercising aren’t immediately noticeable. Over time these affects could lead to health issues and illness that could have dire consequences in an SHTF scenario.
It seems like some people won the genetic lottery and can eat of drink whatever they want, while some of us need to watch out for everything. Regardless which category you fit into, it’s important to be as healthy as possible because when there are no doctors or medications available, you are on your own.
Overconfidence can lead to complacency because we think we have it all figured out. Sometimes we can work our butts of preparing and take a break for a week. That week can turn into a month, and then 6 months leaving us right back where we started.
We all know that “know it all” or someone who thinks they have it all figured out. Anyone who tells you they know everything about a certain subject is probably not the person to listen to. We are all constantly learning and evolving, and there is always something new to learn.
Urgency and Fear
There is a huge difference between prepping with urgency, and prepping because of fear. We can’t afford to let these disaster scenarios consume our lives. Yes, there are some pretty bad things, and some pretty bad people out there, but all we can do is what we can do.
The reason we prepare is to remove some of that fear. We can only do what we can do, and the rest is in gods hands.
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