Fishing Skills Of The Native Americans: No Hooks, No Reels, No Problem!

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Fishing Skills Of The Native Americans: No Hooks, No Reels, No Problem!

If you love to fish, you might have wondered how the indigenous people of the Americas managed to fish without all that expensive equipment so many people seem to use today.

When you think about it, many native tribes relied on fish as one of their main food sources, but without metal hooks, reels, rods or sonar devices, how did they manage to catch enough fish to not only survive, but to thrive?

My father was an avid fisherman, and although he liked his expensive reels, when he took my brothers and me camping, we rarely used any type of equipment other than the occasional net, which we actually brought for frogs. (I will tell you about my father’s favorite fishing method, the one he learned from his grandfather, later on.)

Let’s take a look at some of the forgotten or little-known ways that native people caught fish and other aquatic foods.

Spears and Other Obvious Methods

Most people think of spears as a means of catching fish — like Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway. While native people certainly did use this method, it isn’t always as easy as old Tom Hanks made it look like in the middle of the movie. If one was lucky, rocks provided a good platform from which to stand and wait for a fish, or a school of fish to pass. Canoes also were used, with one person navigating the canoe and holding it steady when they needed to, while two or more other persons would spear fish.

In a pinch, even the old bow and arrow could be used in shallow water. If the water was too deep, you could easily lose the fish, and your arrow, in the depths. A few tribes, such as the Powhatan, did make a type of line, called a “pemmenaw,” which was attached to arrows so they could be retrieved, along with the fish.

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During the winter, a common method to catch fish was the lure and spear method. A hole was cut in the ice, and then a white piece of bone was lowered into the hole on a piece of sinew. Fish would follow this “shiny” bone to the surface, then speared.

Nets or Obstruction Techniques

These methods remind me of my father’s favorite fishing method. He often referred to it as “the lazy way to eat.” Native people were known for making obstructions that worked like a net that they placed across the opening of streams or channels. These were made from woven reeds or other types of tough grasses, tied to stakes. These stakes were then placed on either side of a channel or part of a fast running stream, very much like a fence. Fish were held fast to this “fence” by the swift moving current.

Native people used similar types of traps as well. One method involved putting reeds or small twigs in the water, making a giant V. Rather than trying to swim back the way they came, the fish would congregate at the small part of the V, trying to find an exit. Fish could simply be pulled out by hand.

Fishing Skills Of The Native Americans: No Hooks, No Reels, No Problem!

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Another common trap, called a weir, was made from reeds. It formed a type of funnel that fish would swim in to, but found they could not escape due to either a fast current or multitude of fish behind them. These weirs were quite large, sometimes being three feet wide at the opening and about 10 feet in length!

Still other tribes used nets made from plant fibers. These large nets were then suspended between people standing in two canoes stationed on either side of a river. Once a few fish were caught, they were placed in the boat, then the net replaced in the water. Since the nets were not strong like nylon nets, they could only hold a few pounds of fish before they needed to be pulled in. Over the course of a day, however, this resulted in a bounty of fish. This also ensured that plenty of fish were left to replenish the waters.

Another type of net involved using a tree branch that made a large Y. Reeds or plant fibers were then tied and woven between the Y, making something like a very loosely woven basket. A person could stand in the river or ocean, or on a rock or in a canoe and scoop up fish, or wait patiently until the fish swam over the net, and then quickly pull up the net.

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My father would employ us kids to get sticks for firewood. He would then select a few dozen sticks about 2 inches in diameter. He used these sticks to make a large U in the water, usually in front of a swift moving part of the stream. The fish we caught, usually rainbow trout, would become trapped in the U, unable to swim out due to the strong current. This worked remarkably well and we often had fish for dinner each night, as well as fish to take home to our mother.

Seasons and Tides

Native people understood the cycles of nature. Pacific Northwest tribes knew when the salmon were returning to spawn, and would wait for them to finish spawning, before taking their dead or dying bodies as meat. In the fall, tribes could collect, literally, thousands of salmon. Drying the meat would ensure that they would always have something to eat, no matter what happened that winter.

Atlantic salmon will return again and again to spawn, so native people would make traps or use nets to catch them on their return route, after they had spawned and lay eggs. Indigenous tribes knew that if they took salmon before they spawned, there would soon be no more salmon to catch.

Those who lived near the seas quickly learned to catch fish, crabs and other sea life in tide pools. Tide pools make natural traps for fish, leaving them in very shallow pools after the tide goes out. Some tribes would take nothing more than baskets to the tide pools and pull out fish and crabs by hand.

Native people learned to find other food sources by watching nature at work. They knew when they could collect turtle eggs, birds’ eggs, clams, frogs, crayfish, sea otters, seals and basketfuls of migrating anchovies.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

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Growing medicinal plants are a great way to ensure garden sustainability and more notably, have access to natural medicine when you need it most. When I introduced more herbs in my garden, I noticed it had a profound impact on the vegetables and fruits I was growing. It also encouraged beneficial insects and birds to visit my garden and this helped cut down on plants being eaten.

Because of this observation, I changed my focus from solely growing to eat and, instead, worked to create a welcoming growing environment. Not only were my plants healthier, but I had access to natural herbs to use for making extracts and poultices. The following are reasons I feel gardeners should adopt adding medicinal herbs to the garden.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

  1. Have access to multiple forms of natural medicine for future needs. When you have fresh cut herbs to use for natural medicine, you have access to the freshest forms of their healing properties. For example, what if you cut your hand and did not have a bandage. Did you know that the sage leaf can be wrapped around a wound and used as a natural band-aid? Or, if the bleeding from that cut was so bad that it wouldn’t stop. Did you know that a few shakes of some cayenne pepper can help control the bleed? Or, if you have a severe bruise, make a poultice. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to use herbal medicine.
  2. Calm your senses with medicinal teas. Herbs like lavender, lemon balm, chamomile, catnip, and peppermint have a natural sedative quality to them to help calm your spirits or help you sleep better at night. Taking a handful of leaves and adding them to a cup of hot water will create a soothing cup of herbal tea. Here are some great herbal tea remedies to start with.
  3. Many medicinal plants and herbs are perennials and will come back year after year. The more established the plants are, the more they will produce each year. This will save you money in the long run! I bought a small oregano plant three years ago and it is the size of a small shrub. I have so much oregano now that I can use it for culinary uses and experiment with making my own tinctures and astringents. As well, my echinacea has produced so many “baby” plants that I have dug them up and transferred them to another part of my property where I am creating another medicinal garden.
  4. Feed your livestock! Livestock can also benefit from growing herbs in the garden.  Not only can they be added for additional nutrition, but you can use herbs to make natural cleansing shampoos and even clean wounds. Some herbs I feed my animals are oregano, comfrey, lavender, mint, and sage.  Note: not all herbs are healthy for your livestock, so do research to find out which ones are good for your animals.
  5. Another added benefit of having a thriving medicinal garden is that bees love it! This promotes bee sustainability and a healthier garden, as well. The blossoms put out by the flowers and herbs will attract bees that will, in turn, happily pollinate your vegetable and fruits. Consider planting some of these beneficial flowers in addition to herbs:
    • Asters (Aster/Callistephus)
    • Sunflowers (Helianthus/Tithonia)
    • Salvia (Salvia/Farinacea-Strata/Splendens)
    • Bee balm (Monarda)
    • Hyssop (Agastache)
    • Mint (Mentha)
    • Cleome / Spider flower (Cleome)
    • Thyme (Thymus)
    • Poppy (Papaver/Eschscholzia)
    • California poppies (Eschscholzia)
    • Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea)
    • Lavender (Lavandula)
  6. Regrow from cuttings on your windowsill. Herbs like rosemary, lavender, mint, cilantro, oregano, marjoram, basil, sage, lemon balm, and thyme are perfect for starting in a glass or canning jar. Simply add water and set in indirect sunlight – it’s that simple! Read more here.
  7. Herbs can be great companion plants for the vegetable garden. Don’t feel handcuffed to only growing vegetables, but herbs can be planted nearby to do double duty as companion plants. Companion planting can also help control the insect balance in your garden and repel some of the more unwanted guests like mosquitoes. Some favorite companion herbs are pairing basil with tomatoes, chamomile near cucumbers, garlic planted near apple, pear and peach trees, roses, cucumbers, peas, lettuce or celery. Read more about which herbs are great companions here.

Ready Nutrition writer and herbalist, Jeremiah Johnson has written extensively on how to cultivate a medicinal garden to use in a long-term emergency. His favorite medicinals are what he refers to as the 3 G’s: garlic, ginger, and ginseng. You can read his article on the subject.

To better understand natural medicine and using herbals for health, I strongly recommend you read more on the subject. The following books come highly recommended:

Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria,” by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor, by Cat Ellis (Herbal Prepper)

This is not a new gardening concept, yet is still not widely used. When you are planting your garden, consider adding a few herbs and watch the benefits grow before your eyes.

 

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Mouse hunt, plants and the 1st wall built for the new compost pile

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In the last couple of weeks of our mouse hunt we have caught over 40 mice in the chicken house and in the house.  For traps we are using box traps and sticky traps because we have critters and pets.  Snap traps will injure any animal and while sticky traps can get the dogs the traps can bet cut away with some scissors.   I’m trying out a rodent repellent in the basement that smells of balsam fir oil.  I added 6 bags of this “repellent” in hope that it will start driving the mice out of the basement.  Next week I will purchase the wood and start building shelving units in the basement.  My plan is to clean up all the mouse droppings,  Bleach and sanitize the walls to stop the mouse trails and make it safe from those mouse carried diseases and have all food items stored in long term containers that are vermin proof.  The last requirement of the shelving is it will accommodate traps or spraying for bugs long term.   While I may have slacked off  the last 6 months on storage.  My long-term food supply is very safe in 55 gallon metal drums.

Plants for the garden.

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As you can see I have a flat of Marigolds and several starer plants for the garden.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As you can see the pepper plants between the cages took quite a beating and look a bit sad.   I have starts to replace the peppers and my deep 4 ft.x 4ft raised bed is for any  plants that have no planned spot.  You can see the Black garden fence.  Well it has not worked for stopping the small digger dogs.  What has worked is those fold flat tomato cages hooked to the chain linked fence and  covers the small beds.

First wall of the new compost pile wall is built.   My carpentry skills are rudimentary at best, but as I build stuff I learn more about carpentry and how to make what I want in my mind happen in reality.  This the first wall of my compost pile and I can hide my screw ups against the chicken area. I learned a lot just putting together this first wall.  Overall I think this new compost bin idea will work long term and I’m also learning about how to work with different types of lumber and how to use those product around the yard.


The image on the left is the new wall of the compost pile.  The image on right is the my pathetic attempt of making a compost bin out of pallets that was less than successful.  There is nothing wrong with screwing up by the numbers if it does not cost you.  I learned the wrong way to use pallets to make a cheap compost pile.  Trust me I went very cheap and I did not know how to make anything plus I lacked the proper tools to make pallets work.   There is nothing wrong with using pallets to build a compost pile.  I just gave a pic of my screwed up compost pile to show that without knowledge and skills, half-assing stuff will probably end up costing you more money time and energy is the likely outcome.  I don’t have a lot of “extra” money to invest in stuff.  I really don’t have a lot of personal energy/strength to invest in screwing up.  So getting  stuff right or at least learning how to get stuff built right is critical.

I’m still not sure on how the compost pile will turn out,  though I have enough lumber to build a 2 bin system.  At this time the built wall will be on left side as well. I will have a divider section and a pressure treated built back wall.  I’m spending some dollars to build “my” compost system. Can you do a compost system cheaper?  Of course you can build one of those.  I’m no longer worried about cheap I’m worried about a working system for me.  I can afford to look beyond cheap and look at making stuff easy.

US Moves Closer to Full Scale War in Syria with Russia and Iran

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DIY Fixing Broken Flashlight Glass

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Fixing a broken flashlight glass might seem a bit old school, but the fact is most preppers and homesteaders have at least a few of these around the house. Your phone battery might die, but an old-fashioned flashlight with a supply of D cell batteries is a great thing. We use our flashlights during power […]

How to Make a Mini Axe

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How to Make a Mini Axe The feel of a good axe or hatchet in my hands is like nothing else. I went 25 years never even considering what a great axe means. Now I am sick with axes. There are so many brands making incredible tools. You can cut wood, trim plants and even protect …

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A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November

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A Financial Collapse Some Time ‘Between August And November Why is everyone trying to predict the next financial collapse? People lost a lot in 2008 and stand to lose more. There are people who took a financial hit that changed their whole way of life. Some had to go back to work and others just …

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North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront

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North Korea Prepping EMP Catastrophe Aimed At U.S. Homefront In 2012 I was playing a video game called Homefront. It was one of the best stories I have ever played. America was hit by a high altitude EMP attack by North Korea. They then launched a full scale attack on a crippled military and desperate …

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Summer Family Prepping Activities

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Summer Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Summer time is usually filled with outdoor activities anyway, why not add in some fun activities that also add to your survival knowledge. It’s a great way to discreetly hide ‘survival lessons’ by playing games instead! That trip to the …

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Prepping With Kids

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If you’d asked me 16 years ago if I’d be ready for when the SHTF, I would’ve answered yes without any kind of hesitation. After all, I was single, I was a Ground Team Leader in the Air Force Auxiliary unit Civil Air Patrol, I had worked as an Armed Security Agent, was working in the airlines, and had taken a multitude of camping, firearms, first aid, and survival courses. In the chaos of 9/11 I’d been told that I’d handled myself admirably and with a cool and level head by my co-workers and supervisors. I felt prepared.

Then I met my wife-to-be, moved across the country, and settled into suburban life.

As the years passed my emergency gear went by the wayside, my skills waned a bit, and I had to sell my sidearm at one point in order to afford to move to where jobs were available at due to recession. I didn’t think too much about getting back into emergency preparedness because I had work to do, education to finish, and the everyday chores of life to deal with. It wasn’t until the last couple of years ago when my wife and I became parents of two lovely children that we adopted. Once the process was over, my wife said words that I’d never thought that I’d hear from her:

“I want to prepare for the worst.”

At first you could’ve knocked me over with a feather as I never thought she’d want to become a pepper. Then I wanted to shout my elation at the green light to do something that I’ve been wanting to do again for so long. Heck, I got the go-ahead to buy guns again (Hello AR-7 and Ruger 22/45!). As I started delving back into the world of prepping by looking at articles, making lists, buying supplies, I had to stop for a moment because there was something that I hadn’t counted on having back in my Civil Air Patrol days. There was now a new factor to the equation: Prepping with Kids.

My Children are 9 and 2. I’ve found that I had to modify my lists to suit their needs and capabilities along with my own (especially after seeing a tear-jerking video on Facebook last year about a family bugging out over the course of a year between the daughter’s birthdays). This is what I came up with and your own mileage may vary on how your own situation might be similar or different from my own.

Having kids is certainly an adjustment – both to your every day life and your prepping plans.

What is your disaster plan?

This was the big question for us. What was our plan for when the SHTF happens? Were we going to bug out or bug in? As we live in Alaska now, I realize that we have an abundance of resources around us, a decent community that we live in, and we’re pretty isolated. So bugging out will probably only happen in the event that our town is evacuated for whatever reason. So getting BOBs was high on the list and I started getting the 5-Day Packs available at our local stores. Ultimately it’s going to be a bug-in scenario as all of our resources are where we live along with people that we know and can trust.

But what about your children?

While I love my kids, they are going to be a liability that I’ll need to consider in an emergency situation. Thankfully my 9-year-old has a level head and knows how to decently handle themselves when things get bad. They love the outdoors, can carry a basic BOB on their shoulders, and likes helping mom and dad around the house. I have started taking them to the local gun range to teach safety and shooting with my new .22 rifle and handgun that I mentioned above. I’d chosen those as they’d be easy for my kids to learn on, they’re lightweight and easily concealable if we need to go on a long walk, the ammo is interchangeable between the two of them, and they’ll be effective for hunting small game in the area. My 2-year-old, however, is a big concern as they’re still in diapers. My toddler can walk for maybe a mile and has lots of energy but right now a bug out bag weighs as much as they do! Their needs will need to be met in a time-frame that could last from a week to a year or more. Some of the major things of concern are:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Milk/Formula

One would think “Costco!” at once for the diaper solution but you also have to realize that your kids will be growing. If the SHTF tomorrow, and you just recently bought in bulk, then great! But if it happens a month from now, a year from now, or two years from now, those diapers that you squirreled away might not fit, especially if you have a growing newborn to consider. So while we’re doing potty training with my toddler, I am being mindful of reusable diaper and wipe solutions and taking into consideration shelf stable milk that I’ll be able to store in the meantime. With reusable diapers and wipes also comes the problem of clean clothes so another thing that I’m in the process of looking at is how we’re going to be doing our laundry if the power goes out and stays out (I’m looking real fondly at my kids’ bike chains now and how I can attach it to a washer cylinder).

Bugging Out with a Toddler

They will never make the walk by themselves so make sure you have a way to transport your younger children and take that extra time/weight into consideration.

There’s only two ways out of our town: Boat and Airplane. Three if you count trekking it across wilderness to the next nearest town but I live in a State where everything wants to kill you the moment you walk out your front door in the middle of civilization (yes, I have had black bears on my front doorstep before with nothing but a pane of glass between us). So walking out of here is not really an option unless we get to super desperation stage, and we’re talking SyFy channel level of desperation in which a glacier is advancing at Mach 5 with a Sharknado on top of it while a San Andres Movie level earthquake is hitting the area. I’d throw in zombies but we’re already so jaded up here with them coming off the cruise ships in droves every summer. Realistically, and in all seriousness, if it comes down to a government enforced evacuation it’s going to be by ferry or by airplane. While I highly doubt that we’ll be able to take our vehicle with us even on the ferry, that means we’re going to have to rely what we can carry ourselves.

HELLO? CHILDREN?

I’m getting there. As I mentioned before, one of our BOBs is the same weight as my toddler. So that means that either my wife or I will have to carry them while the other doubles or even triples up on the bags. In this kind of situation I’m looking at getting a frame backpack for kids that my toddler can ride and at the same time I’ll be able to carry a BOB (if anyone knows of a survival BOB/kid carrier, I’d be grateful for a link). In addition to the above items listed for my 2 year old’s BOB to last for five days, I also have to consider entertainment/distractions while we’re in the process of evacuation. For this I recommend buying multiple versions of your child’s favorite toy and/or stuffed animal and putting it in their BOB. That way if you’re leaving in a hurry, you don’t have to waste valuable time wondering where Mister Bear is at when you have one already tucked away and ready to go. One of your child’s favorite blankets might be something to consider for their comfort and peace of mind if you’re in the process of evacuating with them. If your child is anything like my toddler; then they’re going to want something comforting and familiar that reminds them of home while you’re on the move to safety.

I guess that in the end it comes down to the ages of your kids, what they’re capable of, and how much extra you’re going to have to put away in order to see to their basic needs. As time goes on, we go longer (Lord and Lady willing) without an event occurring, and as your children get older, their needs will naturally change until they’re at such an age that they can reasonably handle themselves in the event of a crisis. They’ll also learn from the example that you set for them and from what you teach them as you prep. These are skills that they’ll have with them forever. Teach them skills to survive, teach them how to keep a cool head, and don’t panic yourself. That, and a little common sense and hopefully you’ll come out of any situation reasonably intact.

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DESTINYSURVIVAL Land Navigation Interview

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The Imminent ‘Global Catastrophe’ No One Sees Coming

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The world has been focused on the threat from North Korea in recent weeks, concerned about the reclusive country setting off a traditional nuclear weapon or even an EMP. But there is a more persistent threat out there that we rarely think about – and there’s very little that we can do about it.

It is the sun, and, yes, it can take down the power grid with little warning.

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio is Arthur Bradley, a NASA engineer who is an expert on solar storms and disaster preparedness, having authored 15 books on the subject.

The last major solar storm to hit the Earth took place in 1859 – long before the power grid was put in place. If such a storm were to hit us now, Bradley says, it would cause a “global catastrophe,” crippling the grid for a year or more and causing millions of deaths.

Even worse: Bradley says we’re “past due” for such a storm.

Bradley also tells us:

  • Why the power grid essentially would be “un-repairable” and down for so long.
  • Whether the grid truly can be hardened to protect it from solar threats.
  • How Earth barely survived a solar storm just five years ago.

If you’re concerned about the future of your family and want to be prepared, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

City Forces Homeowner To Rip Up His Own Yard And Pay For $8,500 Sidewalk

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City Forces Homeowner To Rip Up His Own Yard And Pay For $8,500 Sidewalk

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Homeowners apparently will be forced to pay the city to rip up their front yards and install sidewalks under a proposal in Grand Forks, N.D.

“Sidewalks aren’t protestable,” City Council President Dana Sande told The Grand Forks Herald. “So once the city determines that the sidewalks should go into your neighborhood, you have one of three options: you can either put the sidewalk in yourself, you can hire a contractor to put it in, or you can have the city hire a contractor to put them in and be special assessed the fee. There are no other options.”

The council is requiring all homeowners to put in sidewalks in a plan to make Grand Forks “more connected,” The Herald reported. The sidewalk requirement has been on the books for many years but a previous council granted some homeowners a 10-year exemption. The present council has decided not to honor that provision.

“They’re just automatically going to do it and automatically put it on our specials and we’re just going to have to pay for it, so we don’t have a say,” homeowner Jared Johnson told WDAZ-TV.

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Johnson estimates the sidewalk he does not want would cost $8,500. That would add about $100 a month to his property tax bill.

No Choice: Put in Sidewalk or Else

Residents have no choice.

“They were granted a 10-year extension, so other neighborhoods could come and ask the same thing,” Sande said. “I would doubt the city would have much appetite for offering extensions for sidewalks, though, because, again, sidewalks are about community.”

That means property owners like Johnson will see a higher tax bill and lose part of their property. Around half of Johnson’s neighbors have signed a petition against sidewalks.

“It’ll be a foot off of our property marker up on the corner, then it’ll cut across here in the driveway which will take away a lot of our driveway space, unfortunately,” Johnson said.

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3 Ways to Use Your Swimming Pool for Emergency Preparedness

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There are plenty of warnings not to drink pool water, but would the same advice still apply in an emergency situation? The fact is pool water is not potable and contains many different chemicals, but despite all that, a swimming pool is one of the best things to own during an emergency. The average 20 ft by 40 ft inground swimming pool can provide access to up to 34,000 gallons of water at a time when getting it from the tap or well may not be feasible. Here’s how to prepare to use this valuable resource in a SHTF scenario.

Use Pool Water as Gray Water

Pools contain chlorine to keep them pristine, but when the electricity goes down and the pumps stop running, the automatic filtration and treatment system stops too. That can be a good thing as chlorine dissipates over time into the air. Thus, there is less and less of it. You may even notice algae starting to grow, which is also a beneficial sign that the chlorine is about gone. Then, you can use the water as gray water to do laundry, flush toilets, and take baths. The amount of water you use from the pool can keep your potable water stores from being wasted and used on those activities that do not require the absolute best filtration or water treatment.

To Stay Cool in Hot Situations

One of the most dangerous times for the power to go down is in the heat of summer. Luckily, if you own a pool, you won’t be one of those people who might end up with heat stroke. A pool isn’t just handy for jumping into when the temperatures get too high, but it can also be used for 12V battery-operated evaporative coolers, so you can sleep well at night. You can opt for the DIY option of a swamp coolers which works by cooling very dry areas down by spritzing water on them. However, there are also battery-operated swamp coolers on the market. Evaporative cooling is an ancient technique to keep buildings cool, and if you have an area with brick, you can even spray water on it and let the natural evaporation cool that space down.

You Can Drink It (With Some Cautions)

You probably are very aware what goes into your pool water, when it comes to additives and chemicals. Many pool builders might even be creating salt water pools for the neighbors or treating them with heavy metals, though. Thus, you might not know exactly what is in everyone’s pools, but you do know your own. It will need to be filtered and protected, to try to maintain some of the chlorine to avoid contamination. Cover your pool with a cover at the first indication that you are undergoing a long-term emergency. This will not only keep the sun from breaking down all the chlorine, but it will also keep debris out of the water. Use a swimming pool test kit to check the chlorine levels and once it goes below 4 ppm, it is safe to drink (assuming no other harsh chemicals are in it). You will still want to use a biofilter to remove any potential bacteria and additional chemicals before giving it a swig. If you have access to a solar still, this is the best way to treat pool water before drinking it. Do not drink pool water for more than a few days, just in case you’ve missed something. Also, don’t drink pool water from a different person’s pool because they might not know how it’s been treated and what is in the water. If you decide to build your own pool, you can run a quick search of “pool builders near me and ask for information regarding pool water as well as what designs best fit you.

Get Your Own Pool for Emergencies

Having your own pool is the best assurance of what goes into the water prior to an emergency. In the event of an emergency, you don’t want to rely on the kindness of your neighbors to offer up some of their pool water and then find out it has been harshly treated with too many chemicals or salts to make it drinkable. Instead, treat your pool with chlorine and have a plan to protect it and use it appropriately when the time comes.

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A Crash Course in Natural Remedies

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You knew you wanted to take charge of your family’s health when you first began learning about natural remedies. You probably even knew it wouldn’t be easy. But you had no idea you’d be so overwhelmed and confused by how much there is to learn and all the conflicting opinions. I’ve had the same frustrations. […]

Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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A Canadian couple is celebrating 25 years living off-grid – and they don’t even live on land … or on a boat, either.

Wayne Adams and Catherine King built an entire floating homestead they lovingly refer to as “Freedom Cove,” just off Vancouver Island.

“Thank-you,” is how Wayne responds when told by a land-loving grid person that he and his wife do not live a “normal” life.

Couple’s Floating Homestead Boasts Greenhouses, Gardens, Garage, Bedrooms … And A Lighthouse

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Freedom Cove is tied to shore with lines but not anchored. It boasts an artist studio, four greenhouses, boat garage, ample living space for two, a lighthouse, and even a dance floor.

The floating homestead weighs about 500 tons and was built entirely by hand; no power tools were used. The couple never gets seasick – but they do feel “landsick” during their excursions to shore.

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As it is with most homesteading families, the journey to creating, maintaining and sustaining the eclectic Freedom Cove was a “learn by doing” experience.

“Both Wayne and I, once we decided this is what we wanted to do, we just did it. We really didn’t think about the hardships; we just did it,” Catherine says.

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They engage in many of the same traditional activities of other homesteaders. They have an extensive garden that provides three healthy meals a day; they grow their harvest in pots on their floating labyrinth. Catherine is a vegetarian but Wayne loves to fish and calls the Vancouver Island waterway the “richest biomass on Earth.”

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The waters flowing around Vancouver Island are their “highway.” Wayne and Catherine travel to town only once every two weeks for essentials – each time more eager than the last to get back to their secluded Freedom Cove.

Their home utilizes solar energy, a fresh water system designed personally by Wayne, and generators.

Being “in” nature without interfering with it was one of the primary goals of the couple when they launched their subsistence living plan.

“It has everything I need to survive; it has water, it has ocean protection from big storms, and we are immersed in the temperate rainforest. It suits me,” Wayne told the Daily Mail. “It’s cool, it’s fresh, we have no industry here – and as you can hear right now, you can’t hear any mechanical things; there’s no boats, there’s no planes, no Harley Davidsons or sirens. We’re surrounded by nature – because I’m a wildlife artist and have been recognized as that for a while now.”

Storms are the biggest threat to the floating homestead, but being nestled inside a cove offers a lot of protection.

If you ever find yourself in the area, stop by. They welcome travelers to come check out and learn from Freedom Cove – and they often even give them a homemade candle as a souvenir!

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4 Ways To Help Your Budget Survive Retirement

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If you’re anything like me, retirement is just around the corner, sneaking up on you. We’ve tried to put it off and pretend that it isn’t there, and everything is going to be just fine once we retire.

Some of us might even have some idealistic dreams about having time for travel or for our hobbies once we retire, but there’s always something missing from those dreams. That something is the money to fulfill them.

Can we be honest for a moment? Most of us really aren’t at all ready for retirement. We’ve ignored all the advice from the investment and retirement gurus and don’t have the million dollars of savings that we’re supposed to have in order to retire.

We’re lucky if we have a few thousand dollars stashed away for a rainy day. Worse than that, we’re in debt up to our eyeballs, after decades of living on 110% of our income.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can help your budget survive retirement!

The only retirement plan that many of us have is Social Security, which as we all know, isn’t really all that secure. Besides, Social Security doesn’t pay much. If we have any company retirement at all, it’s minimal, because we’ve moved from company to company, throughout our careers, and our retirement account didn’t move with us.

With those sorts of prospects, retirement really doesn’t look all that good. Oh, we’ll have a lot of free time on our hands, but we won’t have the money to do anything with it. In fact, our biggest concern will be making it from one month to the next; not what to do with our spare time.

This is a whole new form of survival, and it’s going to take a whole new sort of strategy to overcome. While it’s really too late to start “saving for retirement” now, regardless of what financial planners might tell us, it’s not too late to make sure we can have a great retirement. We just need to take advantage of the years we have left for retirement, to set us up for life.

Get Out of Debt

The first and single most important thing to do, in order to prepare for a satisfying retirement, is to get out of debt. Most of us are so accustomed to debt, that it’s nothing more than part of the landscape. Yet that debt is sucking the lifeblood out of our finances. Making those monthly payments is controlling what we do and as we retire it will do so even more.

There are a lot of strategies for getting out of debt, so I’m not going to take the time right now to enumerate them. But there are a couple of key things that you should consider doing:

Downsize

Many couples downsize once their kids grow up and move out of the family home. This is a great opportunity to cash in on the equity you have on your home and use it to buy something that you can own free and clear. A smaller house, without a mortgage, will save you in more ways than just the house payment.

Stop Buying New Cars

One of the most insidious parts of the normal family’s debt comes from the idea that we have to have new cars. The saying is, “you either pay it in payments or you pay it in repairs.” But if you maintain a car properly, there’s no way you’re going to pay as much in repairs, as you pay in car payments. Besides, you won’t need that expensive, full-coverage insurance for the car either.

Use Windfalls to Pay Off Debt

Everyone loves getting a cash windfall. It doesn’t matter if it’s winning the lottery or getting an income tax return, we just can’t wait to get our hands on it and spend it. But that money is much better used by paying off debt, so that you don’t have to make all those monthly payments.

My wife and I have used the windfalls we’ve received over the last several years to invest in gold and silver. While we haven’t been able to buy much at once, we have been able to increase our investment. We’re waiting for the day when the price of gold and silver rise enough that we can sell that off and use the proceeds to pay off our mortgage.

Become Self-Sufficient

My wife and I bought our home rather late in life. That means we haven’t been paying on it for the 30+ years we’ve been married, and we’re not close to having it paid off. We knew that when we bought it, just as we knew that buying as big a home as we were buying was going to stretch our finances, especially in retirement.

As I already mentioned, we have a plan for paying off the mortgage. But we also have plans for reducing our monthly costs, so that we can afford to keep living in this home, even in retirement. Those plans include:

Reducing Our Energy Consumption

I’ve done a number of projects around the home to reduce our energy consumption. These include reinsulating the attic, adding a plastic film over the windows to make them essentially three-pane windows, zoning out heating and cooling so that we don’t have to heat parts of the home we’re not using, and planting trees and vines to shade our home and reduce the amount of heat generated by the sun. We’ve even changed our roof to a lighter color, so that it wouldn’t absorb as much sunlight.

Solar and Wind Power

I’m actively working to build solar and wind power for my home, so that I can reduce the amount of electricity I’m buying every month. By the time I retire, I expect to be able to produce enough to lower my monthly energy bill by at least $100 a month, if not more. I’m also switching over to solar hot water, which should reduce it even more.

This mechanism is so simple you can put it together by yourself in no time!

Homesteading

While we’re really not turning our home totally into a homestead, we’re working on making it more and more like that. So far, we’ve got a sizeable vegetable garden going, as well as over a dozen fruit trees in our backyard.

As our ability improves, we hope to expand on that. We’re also putting in a chicken pen for eggs, a bee hive and a pond for raising fish. Every bite of food that we can grow ourselves, is one less that we have to buy.

Putting in a Well

I just finished building a well drill, which I hope to use to drill us a well. While our water bill isn’t a major part of our monthly expenses, a sizeable portion of it is used for watering our yard, trees and garden. Just being able to water those, without paying for the water will help us save. Oh, and by the way, I also use greywater capture for watering my trees.

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There are many other ways in which you can reduce your monthly expense by doing things for yourself, rather than paying someone else to do them for you. I have a rather extensive workshop, where I repair my cars, build things we need, and do other things that most people have to pay someone to do. Everything you can do for yourself, is one less thing you have to pay others to do for you.

Redo Your Budget

If you’re going to survive the financial hardship of retirement, you really need to have a handle on what your expenses are going to be. Otherwise, you’re shooting blindly. You might just find that you hit the wrong target.

Now that the kids are out of the house, you should be able to live on a whole lot less than you used to. My wife and I found that our income seemed to go much farther, once the kids moved away. A lot of that is because we didn’t have to pay for things for them. But another part was that as mature adults, we didn’t have that many things we wanted. What we have is what we want. So we’re not constantly spending money on buying more stuff.

At the same time, you might find that you want to spend more of your income on things that you ignored before. My wife and I eat out much more, now that going out doesn’t mean paying $100 or more for the family.

We also find that our entertainment expenses are totally different, as they are not focused on the things the kids want to do. Actually, our entertainment expenses are quite low, even though we regularly do a number of activities.

Develop a Retirement Income Business

Just because your company says it’s time to retire, doesn’t mean that you have to agree with them. You have years of valuable knowledge and experience. All you need to do is find some way to put that to work.

Sadly, few companies today will hire older people when they can hire younger ones. That’s actually a rather simple business decision for most companies to make, since younger people will work for less than older ones will. But it leaves you and I without a job, unless we create one for ourselves. Fortunately, there are always opportunities to do just that.

If you haven’t embraced the Internet yet, it’s time to do so. Through it, you can connect with a wide range of people who are willing to pay you money. The best part is, you don’t have to leave home to do it; and if you want, you can even work in your pajamas.

Freelance in Your Professional Field

If you worked as a trained professional in any of a huge number of fields, there are still people who need your knowledge and experience. Maybe they can’t afford to hire you full-time, but there are many smaller companies that would love to hire you part-time or on a per-job basis, to help them out. Freelance opportunities are growing and there are a number of websites that provide a service, connecting companies that need freelancers to the freelancers themselves.

Start an eBay Business

One of the simplest ways to start a business today is to do so on eBay. Pick a category of products and start out small, buying a couple of cases at wholesale and shipping them out from your home. There are a large group of people who have built such a business into a full-time income.

Start a Blog or YouTube Channel

Blogs and YouTube videos both share something in common, the ability to share your knowledge and cash in on advertising dollars. From people who write about craft projects to women showing makeup tips, the income that you can derive from such an outlet is huge.

Develop Your Own Product

There is always room in the world for new products, especially truly innovative ones. Today, so many people are focusing on high-tech gadgets and apps for smartphones, that hardly anyone is making things to make everyday life easier. Yet there are still kitchen gadgets to be created, as well as things for a wide variety of tasks.

Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

If you like crafts, then turn that into a business. Etsy is a wonderful platform for selling quality handmade goods. I have a friend that is making handmade knives and selling the on Etsy. My dad’s retirement business was doing custom gunstock carving. As a sideline, he carved ostrich eggs, which he sold for $300 each.

Woodworking is a profitable hobby, too. Grab your tools and start practicing your skills!

There are literally hundreds of ideas that you can use to earn some additional income. If you start now, then by the time you reach retirement age, you could have a very good business built up; something to add to your Social Security and retirement income.

Remember, as you think about these ideas, that you don’t really need to earn as much income from your retirement business, as you earn now. You will have some retirement income that you will be able to count on.

So what you’re really doing is trying to come up with some means of supplementing that income. If you can do that, you’ll find retirement to be much more enjoyable.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia. 

TV bugout bags

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Every so often I watch “Parks and Recreation” simply because I really like the character of Ron Swanson. Another reason I like him: he has a bugout bag hidden in city hall so he can leave his office in a hurry if he has to.

While I admire the creativity, I’m not a huge fan of that sort of “hiding in plain sight”. But, sometimes there’s just no other way.

After 9/11 there were more than a few people in NYC who realized that once the bridges and tunnels are closed for security reasons you pretty much are on foot if you wanna get off that island. I know people who stashed mountain bikes (especially the folding variety) in the storage closet of their law firm’s office and that sort of thing. And more than a few office drones have a small daypack with comfortable shoes, water, and other necessities.

Anyway, I always enjoy it when certain preparedness standbys make an appearance on shows I enjoy. Case in point:

Portable Generator Safety Tips For Preppers

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If you live in an area that is subject to intermittent but long duration power outages, a portable generator is a good way to get though the event in relative comfort. Depending on the size of your portable generator, it can keep your freezer cold, give you light, let you run TV/radio and maybe even…

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How To Protect Your Garden From Cabbage Worms And Moths – Naturally!

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Anyone who has ever grown cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower knows the damage cabbage worms and cabbage moths can do! One day your plants are healthy and vibrant, and then suddenly it looks like they have become riddled with holes like

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Smart Ways to Teach Kids Prepping Skills Easily

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(Guest post about how to teach kids prepping skills, written by Warren Kuhn of TheCampingTrips.com) Smart Ways to Teach Kids Prepping Skills Easily

Adults might have an easier time learning about survival and prepping as compared to the kids. But it’s very possible to teach kids prepping skills. It is all about how to make the approach towards prepping that matters.

Any parent would want to prepare their child adequately when it comes to knowing the importance of survival when left alone. It might take time to get the kid loving the whole idea of survivalism, but with time, it will sink in. Let’s look at some of the best approaches you could use in teaching your child about survivalism.

Teach about the importance of food storage.

If you are going to teach about prepping and survival, then food storage cannot miss on the list. Food is an essential thing you will always need to survive, and should be stored as one of the basic prepping elements. You could start by teaching your kids about the importance of not wasting food. Whenever the kid is full, there is no need to pour the food in the trash when it can be saved. Teach the kid about storing such food in the survival kit.

With time, the kid should always know where the kit is placed and when to add more food to it. To be the best prepper, the kid needs to develop a taste for vegetables. Sometimes you will not always get access to the favorite meat meals, so the kids to understand that there are other options too. This also prepares them to be ready to eat something new that they are not used to as an important part of survival.

Teach the kids about safety and emergency plans.

Teach the kids about safety and emergency plans

It would feel comfortable seeing that your kid can at least show some defense whenever he comes across danger. This shows that you taught him well about the safety and emergency plans. It is never too early to start such lessons when the kid is young. It is at such a young age and you will always get the kid being sharper and intrigued to know more.

Tell the kids about the potential disasters they can face in life and how they are supposed to handle themselves in case of an emergency. What is important is that the children not to easily trust strangers even when in need of some help to get somewhere. Prepare the kids on events such as floods, storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Whenever this happens, let the kid understand why you had to leave your home and other belongings.

Use drills to teach the kids about prepping.

Teaching your kids about prepping should be done through drills as a way of helping the kids stay sharp. Let the kids be involved in the regular chores around the house such as washing water bottles, clothes, and other types of cleaning without knowing it is a drill. Make sure to fuse such activities with more fun things to do so that they do not get to see it as chores. One thing you could do is make a game out of it and there would be a reward for the winner.

It is still important that you keep the kids strong and physically fit so that they are self-sufficient to defend themselves. You can get the kids signed up for classes such as swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, and much more. The idea is to get them to appreciate the importance of being strong and still be confident about defending themselves.

Use camping to make the kids smarter

Camping is often seen as the ultimate way to get your kids learning more about prepping and survival skills. They might be old enough to carry boot knives, but you can always teach them how to wear one and use it when in danger or any other need arises. Camping will get them outdoors and help them understand what the outdoor life is all about. It would be important to get them excited about the trip before the actual day.

While at the camping site, you have to teach the kids about the survival and prepping skills they need for the trip surviving outdoors for a couple of days. If you own a propane generator, teach them how to start it to get power for light and other users. One thing to keep in mind is the age of the kid when teaching them about using generators. Teach the kid about using what is available around them to make the most out their camping trip. This could be teaching them about getting clean water from a stream nearby.

Prep the kid about first aid.

First aid is important as sometimes it determines the survival of a person until a professional offers proper medical attention. The kids need to know more about the first aid kit and how to use it. It can be useless when the kids know where the first aid box is located, but they cannot use it. The emergency survival kits should still be placed in a place where the kids can easily reach in case the situation of an emergency arises.

Help them memorize the important contact information.

You can never know when the kids would have to contact you as the parent for help. It is the reason you have to help them memorize important contact information not necessarily about contacting you, but other important agencies. You can have them memorize contact information of the police, the firefighters, and other different disaster rescue organizations.

Conclusion

As you can see, prepping skills for kids do not have to be hard, but rather only the important ones to get the kids prepared for anything. Most of the time, you should get many people confident about their kids being prepared in case of any disaster because they trained them well. You too could be that parent by opting to start teaching the kids about prepping skills starting today.

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Warren KuhnWarren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors. With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.

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Video: Azithromycin as Survival Antibiotic

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veterinary equivalents for Azithromycin

One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics is Azithromycin, known in the U.S. as Z-Pak, is now in a new veterinary version known as Bird-Zithro. In survival situations where you’re off grid and there no modern medical care for the foreseeable future, the medic for the family must stockpile medical supplies, and this includes antibiotics.

See how Azithromycin in the form of “Bird-Zithro” might fit into you survival plans to treat your, well, sick birds. Uses, dosages, precautions, and more are more are discussed in this video by medical preparedness writer Joe Alton, MD.

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

 

Joe Alton MD aka “Dr. Bones”

Joe Alton MD

 

Hey, learn more about Azithromycin, survival antibiotics, and 150 other medical issues in the Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available on this website and at Amazon.com. Also, check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net. You’ll be glad you did.

Food Storage Secrets You Need To Know

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I’m sharing some food storage secrets you need to know before you go crazy buying food for your pantry. I’m talking about long term food storage today. Let me say one thing, I do not look at the calories in the #10 cans I purchase because I don’t count calories in the food I’m eating today. I probably should, but I don’t. This is how I see food storage for Mark and me, the food I purchase we must both like eating. Sure, I can hear some of you say, you will eat whatever if you are starving. Yes, I’m sure that may be true. Here’s the deal, I do not buy meals, nope, I will not. I cook from scratch and I don’t like the stuff listed on the packaged “meals” for long-term storage.

I may have told you before, I do not eat out except occasionally because the food at restaurants is cooked with lots of salt and butter. It’s called fat calories and they are expensive calories.That’s why people think it tastes so yummy but when you cook from scratch you get sick from all the butter and salt when you eat out. Here’s the deal I am not talking about just fast food places, I’m talking about simple restaurants and even fancy eating places too!

I have been at Costco or similar large box stores and they have these buckets with small packages of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, for emergency meals. Now, I understand this may be easier for you to just pick up a bucket, take it home and set it on your pantry shelf. Yes, that is very easy and it’s better than not having any food storage. You can see the calories listed, the serving sizes, etc. Good grief, Mark would be starving if he had the breakfasts shown on a bucket I saw.

I would much rather make my own pancakes from scratch or oatmeal for breakfast with or without syrup. I won’t need butter because I don’t put butter on my pancakes now. My point is this, some of those pre-packaged meals have ingredients you can’t pronounce. I almost feel guilty saying that because I use cans of cream of chicken soup, but that’s how I roll. I can make just about any meal with a can of that stuff. I have tried every recipe for making my own cream of chicken soup from scratch but I don’t care for any of them.

I know certain companies make you set an appointment to have a salesman come to your home to purchase their food storage. Well, I’m not sure if they still do this but I would feel trapped. I like to buy a few #10 cans every month or so. I can’t afford a pallet of food to be delivered to my home with ingredients I can’t pronounce.  When you have time sign up with companies you like to use. You can receive emails when they have items on sale.

I hope you check the price per ounce because all those #10 cans are the same size BUT they may differ greatly in weight and shipping costs. Believe me, there is a big difference in the amount in the cans. Just giving you thheads-upup. Please remember we must store water and lots of it.

Food Storage Secrets You Need To Know

I totally get it when people say to me, “where do I start” when buying food storage. It goes back to this printout I use at every class where I teach about food storage: Where Do I Start by Food Storage Moms? So before you buy, look at the sodium levels, look at the ingredients. I know the pictures look fabulous on the bucket or those small packages but wait. Before you buy several buckets, buy one bucket and do a taste test with them at home. Go back and buy more if you can eat them. Remember, if you won’t eat that stuff today, will you eat it next year? Buy a few packages of those ready to eat bags where you only add hot water and see if you will like eating them for days or weeks. Please test them before you buy a LOT of them.

I only buy #10 cans of fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, cheese and I have a few cans of bacon. This bacon is really tasty but now remember it is not thick sliced bacon, but hey, I will take bacon any day after a disaster. 1/2 Case (6 Cans) Yoder’s Premium Canned Bacon I have yet to try any butter from any company that I would eat on bread, except I will use powdered butter for cooking but not for anything else. To me it is inedible, BUT I do like this brand: 24 Cans Red Feather Creamery Butter From New Zealand Watch for sales, it goes on sale a few times a year.

Food Storage Secrets You Need To Know
I’m typing the statements where the black arrows are: the can on the left is from Thrive Life and it says the ingredients are, red peppers, nothings else. Great! The can on the right is from Honeyville Grain and it says the ingredients in the can is a vegetable blend, (freeze dried corn, carrots, peas, red peppers, and tomatoes), nothing else. Great! SOLD! This is what I buy, freeze dried fruits, freeze dried vegetables, some dehydrated vegetables, freeze dried meats. I can make soups, casseroles, stews with a combination of any of these. The bonus, is they store for 25 years under optimal weather conditions. Please do not store your food storage in your garage if the temperatures go over 70 degrees.
Please read the cans, buckets, and packages for food storage secrets you need to know before you order them for long term storage. Read the labels, and buy what works for your family. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

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How to Make an Emergency Light

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When you live in a small space, you don’t have a lot of room to store a lot of supplies.  But you can learn an unlimited amount of survival skills and tips you can use if an emergency were to come up. If you find yourself in a power outage at home or at a friend’s house and you don’t have any candles or flashlights, here’s a quick way to make an emergency […]

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Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone To Grow As A Human Being

All too many of us are nice and comfy in our “comfort zone”, remaining there whenever possible. You might ask “What’s wrong with that?” Well, here’s what I think…   “Wrong” is not the right word. There’s nothing wrong with that in the sense of right and wrong. However here’s what I know as a […]

What Are The 6 Areas of Preparedness?

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What Are The 6 Areas of PreparednessWhether you are preparing for a week or a year the 6 areas or preparedness should be your considered in everything you do while prepping. The 6 areas of preparedness are food, water, shelter, security, sanitation and first aid…not in any certain order.

These are the building blocks of any good preparedness plan. How you prepare in each of these areas will depend on your personal situation, but they need to be included in every preparedness plan.

SPP202 The 6 Areas of Preparedness

There aren’t a lot of show notes this week, because I have written extensively about the 6 areas of preparedness in the past. I will however briefly cover what we talked about in the show, and then give you a couple of links that go into more detail. If you have any questions about any of these 6 areas of preparedness, leave a comment below.

Storing Food

How much food you store, and what you store is completely up to you. There are many suggestions about food storage in the prepper community, but your finances, family size, and storage space all need to be considered. The only wrong way to store food is to not have any when you need it.

In this weeks show we talked about: Different ways to find and store food, pantry food, long term food storage products, preserving food, hunting, wild edibles, and SHTF fuel and cooking options.

A Preppers Food Storage: One Sizes Does not Fit All

Long Term Food Storage Techniques & Ideas

Mother Natures Wilderness Survival Foods

Water Storage & Safety

These days all you have to do is turn on your faucet and you have clean drinking water, but what if that wasn’t the case? Most people wouldn’t even know where to start if they had to clean their water, but you do, right? Honestly, cleaning water and making it drinkable isn’t as hard as it seems, it just takes a little bit of knowledge.

If you are confused at all about how to clean your water, and what might be in it, I wrote this article titled What’s the Right Water Filter For Preppers? This article goes over different types of filters, as well as what they will (and will not) remove.

In the show we talked about: How much water to store, what a water filter can do, what is a micron, why treat stored water, and alternatives to storing water.

Finding and Storing Water for Preppers

Finding Water In the City When the SHTF

SHTF Water Filtering and Purification For Preppers

Survival Shelter 

When it comes to survival shelter, your home is the most important. Disasters come in different shapes and sizes, and bugging out might not be necessary. Our home is our base camp, so leaving it should be avoided if possible. With that being said, bugging out may be unavoidable, and we need to have the skills and knowledge to do so.

In the show we talked about: What is shelter? Protecting yourself from the elements, your home ,and bug out shelter.

How Many Bug Out Locations Do You Need?

Wilderness Survival skills for Preppers

Tips for Successfully Bugging In

Personal Security

Your personal security starts with you, and extends to your home and your surroundings. Everything we do on a daily basis either puts us at risk, or makes us safer. Everything from what we do online, to protecting our home from intruders needs to be considered on a daily basis.

In the show we talked about: Security around the home, bugging out, self defense, online security, OPSEC , and Situational awareness.

SHTF Perimeter Security: What You Can Do Now, To Prepare For Then

Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness

Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

15 SHTF Perimeter Security and Alarm Ideas

Sanitation

One commonly overlooked aspect of preparedness is sanitation. With the availability of over the counter medications, medical facility’s, and being lucky enough to live in a first world country, we don’t think about the dangers of bad sanitation. In a SHTF situation it’s not just about body odor and stinky feet. It’s about preventing illness, and not adding to an already bad situation.

In the show we talked about: Sanitation around the home, personal hygiene, sickness prevention, and SHTF Sanitation in general.

Podcast: SHTF Sanitation

Foodborne Illness and Prevention for Preppers

SHTF Wound Care: Safety & Sanitation

Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and Antibiotics

First Aid & Medical Skills

Whether you are a natural disaster, or an all out SHTF scenario, first aid should be one of your top priorities. Most of these basic first aid skills are easy to learn, and when you do, you’ll have a better idea about what supplies you need. In a survival situation, you might be the only option. You could literally make the difference between someone dying or living.

In the show we talked about: Basic first aid supplies, first aid skills and SHTF first aid.

First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

What Should Go In Your First Aid Kit Part 1

First Aid Supplies And Money Saving Tips For Prepers

Let Us Know…

If you have any questions or comments about the show, let us know below. Also, if you have any tips or advice that might help others, we’d love to hear that too.

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Something I had Not Thought Of Before!

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We have probably all thought about the possibility of an asteroid striking the earth, I seem to recall a scientist saying that asteroids pass the earth all the time, but at a distance that is no threat to us. But what if another planet in our solar system were hit by a large asteroid?
Our planet, Earth, is governed in it’s orbit by the planets surrounding us. The moon pulls us & pushes us & effects our ocean tides. But all the surrounding planets have some effect on Earth’s orbit. So what would happen if one of these other planets were knocked off course, or worse, destroyed? This would change Earth’s orbit, which surely would change our world’s weather patterns & climate. How do we prepare for that? Something to think about.
Keith.

Prepper Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Retribution + Giveaway

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One of the first post-apocalyptic fiction books I read was Brushfire Plague. I liked it so much that I left a review on Amazon which is something I almost never do (shame on me). The day the second book in the Brushfire Plague trilogy was released, I scooped it up and read it. Finally, we have the third book, Brushfire Plague Retribution, and it is another winner.

The Brushfire Plague series by R.P. Ruggiero, for me, set the standard for survival fiction. I liked that the characters were interesting and even more important, believable. They were strong, but they also had their weaknesses, just like we do. Perhaps most important, the books were a reminder that no matter what happens, we need to stay in touch with our relationships and the human side of prepping. With that introduction, I am thrilled to share an all-new interview with R.P. plus I have three copies of his book up for grabs in a giveaway. Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in to learn about the giveaway.

Bonus: Take advantage of a short-term offer to get a copy of the eBook versions of Brushfire Plague and Brushfire Plague: Reckoning for only 99 cents each.

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Preppers Implementing Drones

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Preppers Implementing Drones James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! Do you remember the intrusive feeling when you first heard about these little spy drones? We didn’t have access yet so it seemed unfair and ugly. I remember stories out of the county where people were shooting these little drones down like skeets with … Continue reading Preppers Implementing Drones

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