He Built A FULLY Off-Grid Shipping Container Home On A Mountain Top

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He Built A FULLY Off-Grid Shipping Container Home On A Mountain Top

Shipping containers have everything you need to build a home, according to Adam Hellicar of Honey Box, Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in container box architecture.

They even can be used to build a fully off-grid container home on a British Columbia mountain top, Hellicar says in a new video on the Exploring Alternatives YouTube channel. The home is made with three 20-foot shipping containers that are joined with specially designed clamps.

The middle container is bolted and locked to a cement block, and the two outer containers are stabilized with lashing rods that are used on container ships.

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“It is 100 percent off-grid. … There are infinite ways of building with containers,” Hellicar says.

The interior of the home is light and bright, and its many windows offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

The home has what Hellicar calls “a modest solar system” that provides 800 watts of power. Propane provides the energy for the home’s hot water heater, refrigerator and range/oven. A woodstove delivers heat. The home has a composting toilet.

Hellicar installed a gutter and downspout system to divert water off the roof, and a second gutter catches any leaks from the top gutter. Rainwater and well water fill two large tanks for showering and washing dishes, but Hellicar elects to purchase his drinking water.

The home has spray foam insulation, as it adheres well to the steel walls and helps avoid condensation problems.

Hellicar built the home as a way to show how shipping containers can create unique living spaces. He does not live in the home on a full-time basis. He says the home is mobile and can be taken apart and reassembled in three to four hours.

“What I like about shipping containers is that they are simple,” Hellicar says. “They have steel; they have structure. … The space on the inside can be anything you want.”

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Is Bitcoin the new gold?

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I’ve always avoided giving financial advice. Not my job and just too much responsibility.

When it comes to such a thing, I just stick to what I know well which is economic collapse. It’s what I went through and it’s what I’ve researched over the years.

When it comes to an economic collapse there are a few basic points to keep in mind.

When everything is going to hell, you can count on banks screwing you to save themselves. Closed doors and a “Me speako no English” sign on it… in New York City. Frozen accounts, conversion to new currencies worth a fraction of what the original one was worth.

Precious metals provide a hedge against hyperinflation or full economic collapse. They are an established commodity over thousands of years, accepted as something that holds intrinsic value. IT doesn’t matter if it’s just a chunk of metal. In our minds, and now for thousands of years, “its worth its weight in gold”. And oil is worth its weight in oil, so are cereals, beans and so on.

And then there’s bitcoin. A complex cryptocurrency which most people don’t even fully understand what it is. The only way to understand more is to spend several hours, maybe several days reading up. What’s important to understand is that Bitcoin is a commodity. The best way to describe it would be the digital gold of the internet era.

No, its not gold, nor is it silver. The piece silver in my pocket, a 1964 Kennedy half dollar, is material, tangible, but that doesn’t mean Bitcoin isn’t valuable as well. What it lacks in tangible peace of mind it has in liquidity. Its easy to move around, access and sell all over the world. Its not controlled by anyone, no government. For Bitcoin you’ll need a Bitcoin wallet. Which one?  I’m not affiliated in any way to any of them and cant recommend a specific one. Just look online and go for the one with the best reputation.

When asked for financial advice I’ve always kept a pretty conservative position. Diversify, some cash is important, very important actually. Some money in the bank, some money in a bank in a different country, some precious metals, investing in reliable stocks, investing in good real estate. And yes, putting some money in Bitcoin.

Bitcoin has been going up non stop this year. Will it stop and drop? Probably. Will it go up even more in the long run, maybe a LOT more? I think that’s very likely. While its digital nature means there’s always the risk of hacking or other tech related problems, its ability to be moved around, the market for it, easily converted to different currencies and increased acceptance are advantages worth noticing.

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

Go Away Green – Disney’s Camouflage Paint

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Go Away Green – Disney’s Camouflage Paint Disney is full of surprises. We have all seen how they used to hide adult images on their VHS sleeves; and if you haven’t it’s worth checking out. Today, we’re talking about what they hide in plain sight every day.The magic of their theme parks is achieved by …

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Tokyo To Gracefully Bow Out Of The Olympics?

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Bowing out of the Olympics — It would be the right thing to do, and as shown below, others have strategized on how us citizen scientists could make it happen.

Send the top athletes, the ones with top physical genetics in the world, into a land with pervasive radiation, is nothing short of insane.   It’s a political stunt, and the negative ramifications should be clear and spoken loudly.

At the bottom of this post is a summary of why so much dangerous absurdity happens around radiation — Power, Money, Control

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2 yrs. ago, we targeted Olympic athletes to serve as news media “hooks” raising public awareness, contacting athletes directly, launching a media PR campaign creating a “news story,” and building continuing media coverage based on responses.

I recommended waiting…until we had bite-sized info to release that was closer to the event.

This “top-of-mind” window is what we were waiting for:

“…considerably more radioactive than current radiation models anticipated. If ingested, these more radioactive particles increase the risk of suffering a future health problem…
…”hot particles are small mobile pieces of radioactive elements that can be breathed in, drunk or eaten in food. The fragments can then become lodged in bodily tissue where they will emanate high-intensity ionizing radiation for months or years, damaging and twisting cells, potentially causing myriad diseases and cancer…

“Comparing external radiation to hot particles inside the body is an inappropriate analogy,” Gundersen told EnviroNews in an email. “Hot particles deliver a lot of energy to a very localized group of cells that surround them and can therefore cause significant localized cell damage.”…”
An interview article was published in the magazine “Monthly Japan” (September 2015), titled “An honorable retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games”. Reactions at that time were said to be “noteworthy and expanding…”
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Assertions were that the Tokyo Olympic Games divert attention from Fukushima and give the the world the false impression that Fukushima no longer poses a threat. The article opined that advancement of the Tokyo Olympic Games was at the expense of the funds needed to address environmental disasters created by the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactors… 

The article states that the future of the Olympic Games themselves is at stake, because the very spirit of the Games and the Olympic Movement require an honorable retreat, and so that Japan can devote maximum effort to control the Fukushima crisis.

http://www.olympic.org/ioc-commissions/documents-reports-studies-publications
I don’t have time right now to re-outline the extensive campaign I presented here, complete with Olympic athletes, their contact info, and a long list of e-mail addresses for media mouthpieces.
Here is a site to source athlete lists:

https://www.olympic.org/athletes-space

When I suggested getting started on this, folks here said I was a pompous and controlling attention seeker, and that the idea of not continuing to do nothing, but instead to “work” toward a better world was patently offensive to happy bloggers. Lol 

So…I just drop in from time to time with editorials about impacting stories… And watch you lot’s pastime of tearing each other limb from limb. I do get nuggets now and then, but the “gold” is usually buried in a mountain of you know what. Lol <com-post>

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Note how Tepcon has been lying to everyone the entire time.
They lied about rad releases.
About meltdowns.
About meltouts.
About the spent fuel fires at reactor 4.
Tepcon tried to bullshit us with that easily disprovable “reactor 4 spen fuel pool removal” video!
 Tepcon and the nukers are serial liars.
We all know this.

They have an established historical pattern of releasing false pics, vids and statements which are often not even from the same location.

Dana and others have proved that the R4 sfp vids are fakes. Just look at the building!!!

Why should we believe Tepcon is now suddenly showing the public truthful images of the current condition of Reactor 3??? Anyone can find pics of the exterior condition of reactor 3 after it went prof critical nuclear dirty bomb mode and EXPLODED with a massive black mushroom cloud blowing towards Tokyo that day.

Do we really think that Tepcon is not just showing the public some “reactor 3” images that are, once again, just images from a different reactor? T

epcon has an established historical pattern of lying to the public.
They lied about the meltdowns. They lied about the meltouts.

They lied about radiation levels – repeatedly. They definitely lied about the R4 sfp vids. Why should we believe them now?

  • Jaonth

    You’re right that “Tepcon has been lying to everyone the entire time.” But there’s a much bigger truth behind that: the truthful facts on radiation toxicity have been carefully obfuscated for ages by all nations profiteering from nuclear energy, medical radiation, and nuclear weaponry, such as the US, France, Russia, India, or Japan.

    The conventional medical-dental industries and the nuclear-military industries (=the radiation cartel) have been, for well over half a century, perpetually lying about, and minimizing, the true toxicity of ionizing radiation (e.g resorting to false sneaky comparisons between radiation exposure from sunlight or an airplane flight to a dental or medical x-ray or the exposure to nuclear fallout, etc. to deliberately deceive the unwitting public) to avoid culpability for the huge number of deaths and injuries that they’re responsible for (discussed and well referenced in the book “The Mammogram Myth” by Rolf Hefti — outline at http://www.supplements-and-health.com/mammograms.html ).
    You can recognize the global grip of this powerful big money cartel by the ominous absence in the reporting of the allied corporate mass media (the mainstream fake news media) about the ongoing severe disaster at Fukushima, or by any of the solid proofs about the frauds this criminal evil cartel is involved in. You can find out more about that from Dr. Chris Busby, Dr. Helen Caldicott and others who are not tied to the corrupt radiation cartel.

    • Jaonth, great comment. Somehow, we might be able to shame individual actors (TEPCO) into some proper response, but indeed, it is the overall Radiation Cartel and it’s links to the big money big power interests all the way from Uranium mining, to Waste Site Cleanup.


Massive Change In Melting Point of Plutonium Published 6 Months After Fukushima

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stock here — The Nukists did not understand a very important property of “the most dangerous element on earth” that they were “playing with”.     That element being Plutonium in PuO2 form.

Research released in Sept 2011 (6 months after Fukushima) showed a decrease in the temperature difference between melting and boiling (gas) point.   Prior to Fukushima, they thought they had a “comfort zone” of 350F, but after Fukushima their tests showed the comfort zone was a lot less comfortably at just 56F.      

So Plutonium can rapidly flash from a solid to a gas!
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razzz

TEPCO thinks graphite melts? It vaporizes. At what temperature? Over 7,0000F degrees. Unless they know something else was going on inside Unit 3’s reactor vessel (higher pressures, etc) they are still guessing to what happened.
Mock setups for meltdowns show fuel melts and collects in a blob to heat up the bottom of the reactor vessel then blasts out the bottom all at once with the help of overpressure from off-gassing. The iron bottom of the reactor vessel is going to glow red and give way long before any graphite does.
Unit 2 shows a hole in the grating from a hot blob passing thru. I suppose outer fringes of the reactor bottom might survive with some control rods and drive equipment intact below.
Simplyinfo has a pic of Unit 5’s pedestal area in pristine condition to compare against.
From what I read, after Unit 4 blew, then Unit 3 pressures dropped. Possibly showing they might have been linked via tunnels and piping.
Doubt Unit 4’s pool was ever hot enough to meltdown so melted fuel fallout releases were less possible. Might have been a lot of off-gassing (rod tube pressure failure) and some zirconium reactions there but not a lot of irradiation like at Unit 3 (neutron bombardment).
Still would like to know where all the scattered fuel pellets came from.
Unit 3’s spent fuel condition will be hidden with the new cover being put in place.


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  • CodeShutdownCodeShutdown

    razzz if you run past that info about U3 pressure reducing when U4 blew, make sure you post it. Ive never seen that, that I recall.
    This is not to go against your info about vaporization of graphite but I have seen graphite melted somehow with my own eyes. It looked like a black moon surface. Related to a nuclear reaction…
    How can we know what the conditions in U4 sfp were? If there was a freshly unloaded fuel load, then how different is it than fuel in a shutdown RPV? Except no RPV pressure. Recall that large releases have been reported in the literature from U4. Also high neutron flux was reported there also

    • Methinks the scattered fuel pellets at R4 shown in the header of my website, were experimental MOX they were planning on tossing into R4, recently souped up with a new reactor shroud, sitting on top of the used fuel. Many looked barely damaged.

  • razzz, I didnt verify for Fuku, but nuclear fuel is usually UO2, melts at 5189F. But in the presence of oxygen (air or water) it will turn back in U3O8 at around 1600F, which will then melt at 2100F,
    which then boils to U02 (again) at 2370F.
    With MOX they also have PuO2 which melts at 2744F, but just milliseconds later in a uncontrolled chain reaction, will turn to gas at 2800F
    hmmmm, do ya thinks all that Pu may have been gifted to the atmosphere via stretched reactor bolts and the most of it that melted through the reactor vessel and then “flashed off” to a gas just 56F after turning to a melt?
    Did that massive pressure increase when turning into a gas, compress all the water vapor, thus changing the “reactivity” and thus creating a Moderated Prompt Criticality.

15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP

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Let’s just say that the unthinkable becomes the real and happening.  Let’s take this article and go over it.  This will be a segment in three parts, the next ones being immediate actions taken at work and at home.  I’m hitting on traveling first, as there are so many vacationers jaunting around happily over the landscape.  All kidding aside, traffic is congested during the summer, extending traveling time on the commutes.  Let’s game the scenario, and here it is.

Here’s the scenario:

You’re cruising down the highway in your 2013 four-door sedan, having just dropped the kids off twenty minutes ago to the swim club.  Now you’re on the open highway with a heavy traffic flow…about 5 miles from the edge of town and 7 miles from work.  You’re listening to the radio, when suddenly it crackles and goes dead, along with your engine.  You look around and pumping the brakes manage to slow down and then drive off the road onto the shoulder, just feet away from the back bumper of another vehicle.

The vehicle comes to a stop, and you try the ignition again.  You look at your watch, a Casio G-Shock, to find there is no display.  You reach for your cell phone.  Nothing.  It’s dead.  There are perhaps a dozen cars around you…half to your front and half to your rear.  All of them have stopped, and most of the drivers have gotten out.  You hear the sound of an engine, and looking up, see a ’58 Ford pickup truck weaving in and out of the stalled traffic, moving toward your rear, away from town.  The book “One Second After” has just played out in real life.  The United States has been attacked by an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon.  You’re 15 miles from home, and the “S” has hit the fan.

On Friday 7/29/17, North Korea just successfully tested an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and experts from four different countries including the U.S. have determined that they have the capability of striking the U.S. anywhere.  That means the optimal point for an EMP strike (dead center of the continental U.S., at 300 km above ground) is not only their prime target but also attainable.

15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP

Back to our scenario.  Most will be clueless and unprepared.  Let’s do it up, down and dirty with the steps that you should take if you are “Citizen X” outlined in the scenario:

1. Have a plan already in place: That means to formulate one right now, f you haven’t already done so.

2. If there are a lot of people around, such as in the scenario, then immediately grab your gear and get out of there. What gear, you may ask?  We’ve “gamed” much of this to the point of nausea, but let’s list out those essentials:

“Go/Bug Out Bag”: This guy already needs to be packed and ready, in that vehicle that will become a 3,000-lb. paperweight. Three days’ supply of ready-to-eat food, one day’s worth of water and the means to filter more.  Compass, flashlight, knife, first aid kit, poncho, jacket/sweatshirt, extra socks, map, light sleeping bag, fire starting material, small fishing kit (hooks, line, bobber), sewing kit, MSW (Minor Surgical Wound) kit, extra cash ($20 denominations and smaller), ground pad, extra clothing (hat, OG bandana, etc.), and ammo.

Weapon: Please don’t feed me “legal information,” or “I can’t do that in my state.” These are “sink or swim” rules.  If you don’t have a weapon now, you may not have one later.  If you don’t have the fortitude to take that weapon and be ready to use it when the time comes, then you probably won’t survive this or be able to help your family.  One rifle, one pistol, with ammo for each.

Grab that bag and put it on, securing your weapons. Then secure the vehicle, closing the windows and locking it up.  If nobody is around, throw it into neutral and push it off the road.  Camouflage it with branches and leaves…taking care not to cut them from the immediate area that you stash it.  Most likely it’ll be “violated,” so now is the time to take the stuff you need and get it out. If the scenario above applies, just secure the vehicle and get out of there.

3. Traveling: Do not walk on the roads. Skirt the road with about 50 meters (that’s about 150 feet) between you and the edge of the road.  Stay away from people unless you know them and trust them…both qualities are emboldened.

4. For Metro People: If you are out in the suburbs or open road, and you must return to the city? It may be better for you and your family to arrange for a rallying point outside of the city.  If that isn’t possible, then you should exercise extreme caution.  Allow the nearest family member to secure the home and then wait for you.  Travel when it’s dark to be on the safe side.  Your visibility is cut down, and so is the visibility of those who may be hunting you.

5. Long distance to go? Forage along the way.  Refill your canteens/water bottles whenever you’re able, and take note of any freestanding water supplies or “blue” features (that’s the color of water on a military map) for use in the future.  DON’T MARK YOUR MAP!  If someone gets a hold of it, you do not want them to be able to find your home.  You must commit the route to memory and adjust your steps accordingly.

6. Dealing with the Stress of the Event: The power is not coming back on…ever…and it really has begun…the Day After Doomsday is here. Take a deep breath and concentrate on your training, your preparations.  If you don’t have any, then this piece is a wake-up call to get moving!  The best way to do it is immediately accepting what has happened without dwelling on it.  Concentrate on the tasks at hand: navigating home, scouting what is in between, and foraging for anything you need.  You have a job to do!  Reconnaissance!  We’ll go over that now.

Reconnaissance: You must see on the ground what is in between you and the happy Hallmark home you’re returning to. You should take note of any places that hold medical supplies, food, or anything you may need for yourself or your family.  You should take note of possible refuge sites to hide if you and the family hightail it out of the home instead of having a “Walton Family Homecoming.”  You must take note of water features, danger locations (cliffs or impassable terrain features), as well as dangerous individuals.  Yes, the ones who were jerks before all of this?  Wait until you see how they’ll be now, with no controls exercised over them.

7. Best Advice I can Give: Travel at night. This may be impossible for several reasons.  Firstly, if it’s an all-out nuke attack, there may be the problem of radiation for you, in which case you’ll have to either reach home immediately or seek shelter immediately to remain in place for several weeks.  Secondly, you may have other family members that need to be attended to and cannot wait for a long time.  The kids in the scenario are a prime example.  If it is an EMP only, there will be a “quiet period” of about 6 to 12 hours before everything breaks loose and the sequel to the movie “The Road” begins in real life.  Darkness is the best time to travel.  It hides you and helps you to cover your tracks until the morning light.

8.The rest of the family: They must KNOW THE OVERALL PLAN AND HAVE A PLAN OF THEIR OWN TO FOLLOW UNTIL YOU GET THEM OR UNTIL THEY REACH HOME. This is all going to take some preparation on your part and remember the saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Don’t put it off!

9. Avoid people, families, and groups of people. Your goal when traveling is to be invisible.  I wrote some articles on how to hunt and how to avoid the manhunt.  You may want to refresh yourself on those points, and follow a few basic rules I keep in my own mind and heart:

  • When a disaster occurs, everyone is your “friend” even when they are not
  • There is no interest but self-interest outside of you and your immediate family
  • Whatever you need and have, they also need and want
  • They will kill you for the barest of essentials of what you’re carrying
  • Don’t talk to anyone: don’t exchange information, pleasantries, and do not tell anyone anything about yourself, your family, your general destination, or your home…it can be used against you later…and it will be

10. Coming home: Don’t walk right on in. Use a roundabout route, and go to a spot where you can watch your house for at least half an hour or so before making your “triumphant return.”  The S has hit the fan, and this is not the return of the Prodigal…you’re just going to tiptoe in.  But before you tiptoe through the tulips and the window, keep in mind that Tiny Tim and his gang of marauders may have done it before you.  That is why you want to watch the house closely.  Best Advice I can give: Have your kids/spouse put up a long-distance-visible sign/signal so that you know everything is either OK or that you’ll have to come in and rescue the family.  For example, if the birdhouse is still on the corner of the porch, then all is well.  If the birdhouse is gone, or if it’s sitting on top of the post that holds the mailbox…well, time to play CQB (that’s Close Quarters Battle) and clear the house of the rats.

11. Never underestimate anyone’s ability to take your family members hostage: That goes for the “friendly neighbors,” most of all…the biggest rats on the block. If that happens, guess what?  You’re now the HRT (that’s Hostage Rescue Team), or you better have a couple of guys such as this in your survival group/pod/neighborhood unit.  The hardest guy or gal in the world will “cave” when their son or daughter is being held at gunpoint by some goon.

12. You’re Home…Now, Time to Fight! That’s right!  Just when you thought it would be cozy and comfortable…just you and the family and your happy supplies…here comes a whole bagful of “Gummi Bears” down the block…only these bears are armed with baseball bats, zip guns, chains, and crowbars.  Armed also with about a week of BO (that’s Body Odor), all twelve of them combined still have an IQ of 50, tops…and here they are, at your door.  They don’t want Halloween candy, by the way.  You just walked twenty miles.          Say, remember that article I wrote about using ginseng, and drinking coffee to help you keep alert and awake?  I hope that one comes to mind because it’s about to become a “festival” at your house.  We’re going to cover more on this in the next segment.

13. Obtain that “second set” of electronic equipment. Oh yeah, the one JJ continuously warns about!  Well, now that all your electronics that were exposed are junk, I hope you made some Faraday cages and stashed an extra one of those radios…or even several, for those of you who thought long-term.  You need to find out what’s going on.  Ham radios may help if you shielded them.  So may CB’s and satellite phones.

14. Arm the Whole Family: by the time you reach home, every family member either accompanying you (small children and toddlers excepted) should be armed. Time to really see how tight and full of solidarity you are as a real family unit…one that must fight in order to survive.

15. Exit Stage Left: You may just find that the homecoming isn’t; that is, you must write it off as a loss and get out of there…it’s either destroyed and burning or occupied by the marauders. Unless you have the skills and the ability to deal with all of them, it is better to retreat and stay alive.  You need a plan in place in order to make this work.

We’ve covered a lot of information here.  This is all designed to stimulate those creative thought processes.  The thinking alone is not enough: you must formulate a plan and then implement it.  A plan without action is of no use.  A plan executed too late is a tragedy: a funeral dirge getting ready to play.  Don’t be too late to formulate your plan for you and your family.  If the lights go out, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the party’s over…and the party may be one that never comes to an end.  Fight that good fight each and every day!  JJ out!

 

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

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

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

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Trump Threatens North Korea With ‘Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen’

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Trump Threatens North Korea With ‘Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen’

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President Trump Tuesday threatened North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with “fire and fury” after reports surfaced that the rogue country has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on a missile.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said, with reporters present. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening — beyond a normal statement — and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

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Earlier, it was reported that analysts with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) say North Korea already has built a nuclear warhead that can fit onto a missile, The Washington Post reported. Just a few weeks ago, North Korea tested an ICBM that analysts said could reach Chicago and cities west of it.

“The IC [intelligence community] assesses North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by ICBM-class missiles,” the document obtained by The Post states.

It is not clear if the North Koreans have tested the miniature warheads, but the Japanese Ministry of Defense concluded there is evidence the communist regime has them.

Nuclear warheads must be miniaturized in order to fit onto ICBMs and other missiles. Some American and Russian ICBMs actually carry several nuclear warheads.

There are currently around 15,000 nuclear warheads on earth, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists estimates. The biggest nuclear powers are Russia with around 7,000 warheads and the USA with 6,800. Other known nuclear powers are France (300 warheads), China (260 warheads), India (130 warheads) Pakistan (140 warheads), the United Kingdom (215 warheads) and Israel (80).

North Korea is believed have between 30 and 60 nuclear warheads, according to the Bulletin.

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Iranian Drone Nearly Collides With U.S. Navy Jet; Comes Within 100 Feet

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Iranian Drone Nearly Collides With U.S. Navy Jet; Comes Within 100 Feet

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An Iranian drone nearly collided with a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter plane over the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nimitz in the Persian Gulf Tuesday.

The QOM-1 drone flew within 100 feet of the Navy jet as the Super Hornet was preparing to land.

“The dangerous maneuver by the QOM-1 in the known vicinity of fixed-wing flight operations and at coincident altitude with operating aircraft created a collision hazard, and is not in keeping with international maritime customs and laws,” a U.S. Navy press release stated.

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The fighter plane had to perform a “roll over” to avoid collision.

A Navy spokesman told The Navy Times that if the F/A-18E “had not done the maneuver,” the two aircraft would have collided, a Navy spokesperson told The Navy Times.

“There were repeated radio calls to stay clear of the active fixed wing operations,” the spokesman said.

The drone had apparently been flying around the carrier for some time before buzzing it.

The QOM-1 or Saqeh is an unmanned drone that looks sort of like a small fighter plane. A picture of the drone released by the Iranian military shows it carrying four rockets similar to U.S. Hellfire missiles.

A nuclear-powered carrier such as the Nimitz carries a crew of about 4,500 sailors and officers and around 75 aircraft. Only two nations — the United States and France — have nuclear-powered carriers.

Military experts believe that the Iranians back-engineered the Saqeh drones from a US RQ-170 drone manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the Voice of America reported.

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How To Make a Difference In Your Food Supply

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One online newsletter changed my food supply …

Most days, I’m on the Internet for work. I’m usually searching for information. There are a few online newsletters to which I subscribe in order to keep up with the issues of the day and general reports. I never thought my Internet searches would lead to my making a difference in my food supply.

It was through one of these online newsletters that I found a company who was canning high-quality beef and pork from a family farm. I checked out their website and looked for nutritional information.

It is always valuable, especially for someone like me who is sensitive to heavily salted foods. The nutrition information wasn’t available on their website, so I called.

The number seemed to be local to me, so I was intrigued. I like buying local.

However, the farm was located in Ohio. It turned out that one member of the family lived relatively close to me. I mentioned to him the missing nutrition information, and he promised to email it to me immediately.

food-supply

Is it really pasture-raised beef and pork?

I’ve purchased pastured beef through my local grocery stores for years. My next question to the son was about that. He confirmed that the beef and pork was raised on grass, but was finished on corn.

While I had him on the phone, I learned that it was a family farm. I inquired if the corn was organic. Most commercially grown corn is genetically modified (GMO).

The person I spoke with wasn’t certain, but promised to speak with his father to find out for sure.

Family farm becomes aware

Not too long after that phone call, I got a call from his father, the actual farmer!

We had a long conversation about his farm, the cows and pigs, and the corn that was used to finish the animals before slaughter. I was disappointed to discover that he didn’t know whether the corn was organic or GMO. He told me that it came from a silo that was filled by several of his neighbors, as well as his farm.

Alarm bells are ringing

I was especially concerned because it was very likely that the corn was GMO. I spoke with him about my concerns about food that is genetically modified. He was assured by the experts that GMOs were safe.

Rather than argue about it, I decided to praise all the things he told me that were sustainable: using cover crops, rotating pastures, and using manure for fertilizer. I could see that he was really trying to produce the best meat possible for his customers, and I told him as much.

We ended the call on a positive note, and I thought that was the end of it.

Have you read this article on Food Safety and Nutrition by Tasha Greer? Click here to read it.

The food supply changes

About a week later, I got an email from the farmer’s son.

Imagine my surprise and joy to read:

“I’d like to let you know that we have researched the GMO issue, and we have decided to switch our operation in Ohio to completely GMO-free grains and hay. We are starting the process next week and will keep our customers and potential customers in the loop as to when we are completely GMO-free!”

I really didn’t expect one phone call to make that big of a change!

The moral to the story is to communicate and ask questions!

Whether you get the same result that I did or not, every person who takes the time to look into a product and ask questions will cause the market to change … and hopefully improve it for others.

It is true that the food sold in the U.S. is changing. For those of us still dependent on grocery stores, more and more of them are selling organic produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy, and eggs.

If the largest distributors, like Wal-Mart are providing organic foods for their customers, organic and pasture-raised is a big deal.

According to the OTA (Organic Trade Association), Americans spend almost $50 billion on organic foods annually. (1)

Check out this chart by the Organic Trade Association: Organic: Big Results from Small Seeds

If there is a product you like, but it’s not organic—talk to the producer, especially a small farmer. Anyone who takes the time to do that is important to them. What these farmers realize is that one person represents potentially hundreds or thousands of their customers.

You can make a difference! Sometimes, it’s just a phone call away.

Have you made a difference in your food supply? Tell us your story in the comments below.

Resources:

  1. Organic Trade Association. [https://www.ota.com/resources/market-analysis]

 

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How To Make a Difference In Your Food Supply

One online newsletter changed my food supply …

Most days, I’m on the Internet for work. I’m usually searching for information. There are a few online newsletters to which I subscribe in order to keep up with the issues of the day and general reports. I never thought my Internet searches would lead to my making a difference in my food supply.

It was through one of these online newsletters that I found a company who was canning high-quality beef and pork from a family farm. I checked out their website and looked for nutritional information.

It is always valuable, especially for someone like me who is sensitive to heavily salted foods. The nutrition information wasn’t available on their website, so I called.

The number seemed to be local to me, so I was intrigued. I like buying local.

However, the farm was located in Ohio. It turned out that one member of the family lived relatively close to me. I mentioned to him the missing nutrition information, and he promised to email it to me immediately.

food-supply

Is it really pasture-raised beef and pork?

I’ve purchased pastured beef through my local grocery stores for years. My next question to the son was about that. He confirmed that the beef and pork was raised on grass, but was finished on corn.

While I had him on the phone, I learned that it was a family farm. I inquired if the corn was organic. Most commercially grown corn is genetically modified (GMO).

The person I spoke with wasn’t certain, but promised to speak with his father to find out for sure.

Family farm becomes aware

Not too long after that phone call, I got a call from his father, the actual farmer!

We had a long conversation about his farm, the cows and pigs, and the corn that was used to finish the animals before slaughter. I was disappointed to discover that he didn’t know whether the corn was organic or GMO. He told me that it came from a silo that was filled by several of his neighbors, as well as his farm.

Alarm bells are ringing

I was especially concerned because it was very likely that the corn was GMO. I spoke with him about my concerns about food that is genetically modified. He was assured by the experts that GMOs were safe.

Rather than argue about it, I decided to praise all the things he told me that were sustainable: using cover crops, rotating pastures, and using manure for fertilizer. I could see that he was really trying to produce the best meat possible for his customers, and I told him as much.

We ended the call on a positive note, and I thought that was the end of it.

Have you read this article on Food Safety and Nutrition by Tasha Greer? Click here to read it.

The food supply changes

About a week later, I got an email from the farmer’s son.

Imagine my surprise and joy to read:

“I’d like to let you know that we have researched the GMO issue, and we have decided to switch our operation in Ohio to completely GMO-free grains and hay. We are starting the process next week and will keep our customers and potential customers in the loop as to when we are completely GMO-free!”

I really didn’t expect one phone call to make that big of a change!

The moral to the story is to communicate and ask questions!

Whether you get the same result that I did or not, every person who takes the time to look into a product and ask questions will cause the market to change … and hopefully improve it for others.

It is true that the food sold in the U.S. is changing. For those of us still dependent on grocery stores, more and more of them are selling organic produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy, and eggs.

If the largest distributors, like Wal-Mart are providing organic foods for their customers, organic and pasture-raised is a big deal.

According to the OTA (Organic Trade Association), Americans spend almost $50 billion on organic foods annually. (1)

Check out this chart by the Organic Trade Association: Organic: Big Results from Small Seeds

If there is a product you like, but it’s not organic—talk to the producer, especially a small farmer. Anyone who takes the time to do that is important to them. What these farmers realize is that one person represents potentially hundreds or thousands of their customers.

You can make a difference! Sometimes, it’s just a phone call away.

Have you made a difference in your food supply? Tell us your story in the comments below.

Resources:

  1. Organic Trade Association. [https://www.ota.com/resources/market-analysis]

 

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12 Water Safety Tips

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12 WATER SAFETY TIPS

Keep her safe this summer

In warm weather, a lot of outdoor activities will include waterfront areas like the lake or beach. A dunk in the local water feature is refreshing, but puts many, especially children, at risk for injuries; of these, drowning is one of the most tragic.

Among those 14 years old and under, drowning is the second most common cause of injury-related death (car accidents are first). More than 800 kids die due to drowning mishaps every year, and thousands more sustain nonfatal injuries, sometimes involving significant brain damage.

WHAT PUTS YOU AT RISK FOR DROWNING

Keep an eye on the little ones at all times

There are a number of factors which increase the risk of drowning. They include:

Poor swimming ability: Simply put, if you can’t swim, your chances of drowning increase.

Poor supervision: Drowning can happen relatively quickly and without a lot of noise. Even the presence of lifeguards may not save you on the beach, and unsupervised small children could die even in the bathtub.

Location: Although home swimming pools are the most likely places that young children drown, most adult drowning events occur in natural, boating, or wilderness settings.

Lack of Barriers: Pool fences that separate the pool from the yard reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%.

Lack of Life Jackets: 88% of boating deaths by drowning involve people who weren’t wearing life vests.

Alcohol: The majority of deaths by drowning in adolescents and adults involve impaired judgment and coordination caused by drinking.

Seizure Disorders: Drowning, often in the bathtub, is the most common cause of death by injury for those with a seizure disorder (epilepsy).

 HOW TO RECOGNIZE A DROWNING PERSON

mouth below water level, silent gasping without calling for help may alert you to someone in trouble

The act of drowning if usually associated with non-swimmers screaming and thrashing about. This may, indeed, lead to drowning, but once begun, it’s as likely to be a silent event.

In the early stages, very little water enters the lungs due to a spasm of the windpipe that seals the airway. This prevents passage of water into the lungs, but also air. As a result, the drowning person is unable to call for help. Within a short period, they lose consciousness, leading to a set of reactions in the body that ends in cardiac arrest.

These reactions may appear unremarkable, but are important to recognize. They include:

  • Forward position with the mouth at or below water level
  • Alternatively, supine with head tilted back and mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and open
  • Gasping for air instead of yelling for help
  • Swimming ineffectively
  • Flailing arms and legs in a failed effort to rise out of the water

At this stage, the process may still be reversed with prompt and effective resuscitation. Survival rates depend strongly on the duration of immersion.

REACH, THROW, ROW, GO

Pools and Lakes are common risk areas for drowning

At the beach or in the wilderness, you might encounter a distressed person in the water. Your first response will be to jump in and help. The victim, however, may be panicking and flailing around. To avoid injury and reduce the risk that you’ll become the next victim: Reach, Throw, Row, Go.

  1. Reach out to the person with a stick or oar.
  2. Throw the person a lifeline, life preserver, or other floating object.
  3. Row out to the person in a canoe or other boat if available.
  4. Go into the water only when there is no other option.

THE CHAIN OF DROWNING SURVIVAL

In circumstances where you encounter a person in trouble in the water:

  • Shout for help.
  • Remove the person from the water in a safe manner (Reach, Throw, Row, Go).
  • In normal times, call Emergency Medical Services.
  • Begin CPR, using both chest compression and rescue breathing. Chest compression alone is insufficient for drowning victims.
  • If available, use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and assist in transport to a modern medical facility if possible.

12 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE IN THE WATER

Here are 12 safety tips to keep your family safe from drowning mishaps:

  • Take Swimming lessons: Don’t go into swimming-depth water if you don’t know how to swim. Swimming lessons are provided by many municipalities throughout the country, even for very young children. So are CPR classes, which are very important when it comes to aiding drowning victims.
  • Keep strict supervision on minors: Children in the water should always be supervised by a responsible, sober adult. For preschool children, the adult should be close enough to touch the child and not involved in any other activity.
  • Utilize the “Buddy System”: Everyone, even adults, should always swim with another person or persons.
  • On the beach, beware rip currents: Know the meaning of flags on supervised beaches. High waves, discolored water, debris, and channels of water moving away from shore are signs of dangerous conditions. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until free, then diagonally towards the beach.
  • Foam “noodles” or inflatable toys don’t take the place of life jackets. Be firm about using the right equipment, even for adults.
  • Pool fencing saves lives: Four-sided fencing 4 feet high with a high latch is the safest way to prevent small children from falling or jumping into the pool and getting into trouble. Don’t leave toys near the pool after swimming.
  • Be aware of the weather: Thundershowers often whip up the water with strong winds, increasing the risk of drowning.
  • Be physically fit: Swimming involves exertion, so make sure you’re up to the challenge.
  • Avoid alcohol: Any water activity is more dangerous if you’re drinking.
  • Don’t hyperventilate: Taking rapid deep breaths to see who can stay underwater longest may cause a blackout.
  • Use the shower, not the bathtub, if you suffer from a seizure disorder. The odds of drowning are much lower if you avoid the tub. Any outdoor swimming activity should be done only with one-on-one supervision.
  • In the wilderness, be wary of river crossings. Fast moving water may knock you off your feet, even if less than a foot deep.

Make that summer trip to the beach or lake memorable (in a good way) by knowing how to recognize and treat near-drownings. You’ll be glad you did.

Joe Alton MD

Dr. Alton

 

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14 Fall-Loving Vegetables You Can Plant FROM SEED In August

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It seems when most folks think of gardening, images of tomatoes, corn and squash come to mind. These are all great crops, but they all have the major downfall of not tolerating frost.

The truth is, there are many crops that not only tolerate frost, but actually thrive with cooler weather. By learning to work in the cool-season margins of the growing season, we can prolong our growing season and greatly increase the amount of food we grow.

August can be a great time to get back in the garden and replant certain crops. Not only is the soil warmed up and ready, but as the seedlings emerge close to September, the weather is getting more comfortable. It also works great if you have empty space in your garden from crops you’ve pulled.

Planting late, however, does pose a few major problems.

Most regions still experience some brutally hot days in the middle of the month. Extremely hot temperatures can raise havoc on your young seedlings. Hot temperatures also dry your soil out faster, making it more difficult to germinate your seeds. If you choose to plant in August, watch the forecast and make sure to keep those young seedlings well-watered if hot weather arrives.

A second challenge is the impending frost. This short window may discourage you from a late planting. However, if you learn what crops will tolerate cold weather, you can expect to budget up to an extra month or more for growing. The trick is to choose the right crops that tolerate cooler daytime temperatures and frosty nights.

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There are two factors to consider when planting crops in August: how fast they grow, and how frost-tolerant they are. Here are a few good crops to plant in August to improve your garden’s annual yield.

Fast-Growing Crops

These fast-growing crops can be planted early enough to avoid a frost:

1. Baby carrots – Harvest in 30 days.

2. Leaf lettuce – Harvest in 30 days.

3. Radishes – Harvest in 30 days.

4. Spinach – Harvest in 45 days.

5. Bush beans – Harvest in 40-65 days.

Survives Light Frost

If you generally experience light frosting early on, these crops are capable of surviving:

6. Kohlrabi – 50-60 days to maturity.

7. Leaf Lettuce – 30 days to maturity.

Frost-Tolerant Crops (Survives High 20s Fahrenheit)

14 Fall-Loving Vegetables You Can Plant FROM SEED In August

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These three crops can really extend your growing season past the first frost:

8. Beets – 50-60 days to maturity.

9. Green onions – 60-70 days to maturity.

10. Peas – 70-80 days to maturity.

Frost Tolerant Crops (Survives Low 20’s)

These crops are the hardiest of the hardiest. They will survive after everything else has died and is in your canning jars.

11. Cabbage – 50-90 days to maturity.

12. Collard Greens – 40-65 days to maturity.

13. Kale – 40-65 days to maturity.

14. Radishes – 30-60 days to maturity.

Again, depending on where you live, August doesn’t have to necessarily spell the end of your gardening season. By getting out of the old habit of planting only after the last frost, we can really extend our growing season. All these crops can grow without the assistance of greenhouses or cold frames, but if you decided to incorporate the use of those structures, you can really start to increase your harvest.

If you get creative, organized and get busy, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to extend your growing season and do some August planting.

What would you add to our list? What do you plant in August? Share your tips in the section below:

Top 5 Easy-to-ID Edible Backyard Weeds

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Like the white picket fence that surrounds it, a thick, green, weed-free American lawn is a symbol of suburban success. But for all the pulling, mowing, weed-whacking, and spraying of poison we do to kill these fast-spreading invaders, few homeowners stop to learn exactly what the plants are that they’re so dutifully destroying. If they. . . Read More

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Mobile Charger Battery Bank – Kogala Solar Bank Review

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Awesome prepper gear! A mobile charger battery bank is an item you’ll find on most prepper’s emergency supply checklists. It’s handy for recharging cell phones, walkie-talkies, NOAA radios, digital readers, GPS, and high tech camping lanterns when a power outlet isn’t available. My husband is a Boy Scout leader […]

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Superfoods in Seven (7) Days

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: Another contribution from Ra Denney, and timely as our normal growing season draws down. More proof that where there is a will there is a way to achieve your goals. 

Most crops take an awfully long time to grow, however not Microgreens (see Nutritional Analysis). Most varieties are ready to eat in a week or two. Researchers at the USDA have determined that the cotyledons, or “false leaves” that are the first to pop out of a seed are a concentrated storehouse of nutrition designed to feed the new plant until the roots can grow and take over.

Broccoli microgreens have been shown to contain as much as 40 times the vitamins & minerals as an equal weight of broccoli florets. You can turn a 40-pound sack of Black Oil Sunflower seeds into an enormous quantity of highly nutritious vegetation. Microgreens taste great in salads, on sandwiches, in smoothies or just by themselves. My chickens love these more than any other food!

Another benefit for Preppers, in addition to the fast turnaround on a high nutrition food, is that Microgreens can grow in the dark. You merely need to take them out into the sun when they are big enough to eat and let them green up and perform photosynthesis for a few hours. Your plants never need to be exposed to possible theft. To get started, all you need is any kind of fairly tall tray with a lid.

You can use a plastic clam-shell cake box or even something smaller. Put an inch of soil on the bottom, spread your seeds & sprinkle soil lightly over them. Spray them & keep them damp for a few days until they begin to sprout. You can then water once a day.

  

I have even grown peas on a couple layers of paper towels. When they’re ready, cut them off at ground level & enjoy.

You can get the Sunflower seeds at a feed or box store and you can get whole peas at an ethnic food store – these are usually the most economical sources; for other varieties, you can order seeds from many online outlets.

To be clear, certain types of beans, such as Kidney are NOT suitable for microgreens. Some safe varieties of plants for microgreens include Arugula, Basil, Beets, Lettuces, Celery, Chia, Clover, Cilantro, Cress, Dill, Flax, Garlic, Kale, Mizuna, Mustard, Popcorn, Kohlrabi, Onions, Tatsoi and Turnip.

Most seeds can be stored for a long time with care, so for years into the future, you can have a fresh variety of super-nutritious vegetables on your table in mere weeks.

Some of the nutrients found in these microgreens are vitamins K, C and E, lutein, and beta-carotene, usually boasting up to 25%-30% pure protein. “All of these nutrients are extremely important for skin, eyes, and fighting cancer and have all sorts of benefits associated with them,” says researcher Dr. Gene Lester, of the USDA.

I was first introduced to microgreens by a friend name of Lorenzo and Khang Starr has been a great mentor. You can visit his microgreens forum to share your efforts and see what others are growing and how they’re using their produce. (https://plus.google.com/communities/118293278099960528255)

Microgreens must surely be a Preppers dream, with seeds being so compact & easy to carry and store. Being able to turn them into a super food in as little as a week is a phenomenal result compared to other crops. Growing them indoors eliminates the stressful fear of losing everything to rippers or critters.

Get yourself some Sunflower seeds and start experimenting today so that when the time comes, you can quickly grab a bunch of sacks and keep your neighbors fed for months.

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Top Tips to Prepare Your Parents for Emergencies

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Top Tips to Prepare Your Parents for Emergencies The glue that holds this society together is the parents. You have to understand that. No matter what stance you take on children you have to support those parents who are doing the work. The kids are our future. You know the deal. It was my kids …

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10 Great DIY Greenhouses

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10 Great DIY Greenhouses The greenhouse is every backyard gardeners fantasy. We are all guilty of dreaming about having a nice big greenhouse that allows us to produce food all year long. You may have even find yourself turning garden beds into mini greenhouses. What about taking it to the next level? This article has …

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6 Principles of Survival – Maintain Core Body Temperature

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6 Principles of Survival – Maintain Core Body Temperature One of he most underrated threats in the wild is the condition of your core body temperature. Many of us like to concern ourselves with things like wolves, bears and maybe even contaminated water. The issue with core body temperature is that it can kill you …

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How To Choose The Best Tarp For Survival Shelters

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How To Choose The Best Tarp For Survival Shelters The things an experience outdoorsman can do with a tarp are pretty impressive. The tarp can be an incredible shelter. Naturally, there are many different companies producing tarps. They are such a common item that many companies are creating them. Because of this it can be …

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Hot Pepper Mustard Recipe – The Secret is Revealed

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Over the past several years, many of you have asked us for our Hot Pepper Mustard Recipe. Well, until now, that recipe has never been shared, not even with Jim! I first had hot pepper mustard when I was in

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Surviving The Weather: Floods In The Midst Of Drought

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Unless you live in Texas, you may not have noticed that San Antonio, the state’s second largest city, flooded once again last week. While any flood is an aberration, the city of San Antonio is known for them.

While large parts of the state are known for being arid, the farther east you go, the more rainfall there is. San Antonio is kind of in the middle, but still receives more than its fair share of flooding.

This latest flood ends a period of drought that has plagued central and southern Texas all year long. Its sudden, unexpected arrival reminds us all of the high danger from flooding that large parts of the nation regularly face.

Flash floods can occur at any time, even when there is not any rainfall, all the way to the visible horizon.

What makes San Antonio so flood prone is that it is nestled in the San Antonio River Valley, a wide, rather shallow valley, which has been carved out by the river’s past floods. Coming from the northwest and flowing towards Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico.

The river carries water from the Texas Panhandle region, as well as from New Mexico. The accumulated water from rainfall upstream of San Antonio has flooded the entire valley at times, since long before the Alamo Mission was founded, let alone the town of San Antonio.

But San Antonio is not the only place in the country which is feeling the effects of flooding. New Orleans is once again flooding, after a mere day of heavy rain. In the case of New Orleans, like in the case of San Antonio, sitting in a natural depression merely adds to the effect of any flooding.

Even so, the flooding in New Orleans is nothing, compared to the flooding that hit the state of Louisiana last year. That flood impacted one-third of the state’s parishes (what the rest of us call “counties”), causing somewhere between $10 and $15 billion in property damage.

The simple fact is that any low-lying area is subject to flooding when there are heavy rains, and we have no control over the rain.

Oh, cloud seeding can be used to cause rain in response to a drought, but that requires existing clouds and it can only cause rain, it can’t stop rain or even control it. When it decides to rain, the best we can do is give thanks for it and hope that we don’t get too much so you could live your life as usual, and not turn to your survival reserves.

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Flooding has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. Part of this is that we tend to build our cities in places which are prone to flooding. Mankind has always needed water, so we build besides lakes and rivers.

Specifically, we find that low-lying areas beside rivers are ideal locations for cities and towns, as well as being ideal locations for floods.

With that in mind, it’s clear that any of us could end up in the same straights as the citizens of San Antonio, finding ourselves in the midst of a sudden, unexpected flood. Therefore, we have to be ready for such a time, so that we can protect our home and possessions.

Is Your Home Prone to Flooding?

To start with, we need to find our if we are in a flood plain or not. If you own your home, this should have come up as part of the mortgage process. Mortgage companies typically require you to buy flood insurance, if your home is in what is known as a “100 year flood zone.”

Basically, this designation means that the home is likely to experience a flood sometime within 100 years. But even if you don’t live in an area designated like this, you may still be at risk of flooding; or you could be living near an area that is subject to flooding, like I am.

Although my home is on slightly higher ground, much of the area around me is a 100 year flood zone. So, I may not end up with my home flooded, but I could end up essentially trapped on an island, waiting for the waters to subside, if a hurricane were to dump enough water on our area.

While mortgage companies are very interested in protecting their investment, they aren’t perfect. So you should check on your home’s location, verifying for yourself how much of a risk of flood there is.

One way to do this is using a topographical map. That will show your altitude above sea level, as well as all the land around you. In fact, that’s how I found that I’m on higher ground, with my home less likely to be flooded.

You can get topographical maps from the US Geological Survey, either printed ones, or digital ones, from their website at: www.USGS.gov. While there are other sources, this is one of the rare cases in which the government is actually cheaper.

One key element in looking at any flood risk is relativity. There are different levels of flooding, based upon the amount of rainfall. You also need to look at terrain in a relative manner. The point isn’t so much how high your home is above sea level, as it is how high it is above or below the surrounding terrain.

Water will always seek to flow to the lowest point. So, water on a hill behind your home will flow towards your home, unless the slope of the hill is greater in the direction of your neighbor’s house.

But the water shouldn’t stop at your home, unless you are the lowest point around. Rather than trying to enter into your home, it should flow past it, and continue on downhill. As long as there are areas that are lower than you are, you should be relatively safe, depending on how much the water rises.

Of course, you want to understand how much lower the land downhill is. If it’s only a foot or two downhill and there’s a heavy rainfall, you might still end up with flooding. For me, the altitude I live at is close enough to the land around me, that it would only take a couple of feet of water for me to be worried about my home.

The second factor here is the slope of the land. I’ve been known to say that the land where I live is so flat, that they build overpasses on the highways so that our children will know what hills are. Water drains slower off of flat land, than it does off of sloping land.

So if it rained hard enough, the fact that I’m a couple of feet higher than the surrounding area really won’t be of much help. The water won’t flow off my property fast enough to keep my home high and dry.

Before putting your topographical map away, you want to determine two more things. Those are: where would the water be coming from if it is flowing downhill towards you and where would the water be coming from if the waters were rising?

You see, there are two different ways in which we can have flooding, from rainfall flowing down to us or from rising waters. In order to be able to protect our homes from flooding, we need to have a pretty good idea of which kind of flooding we’re going to be dealing with.

So How Can You Protect Your Home?

San Antonio, New Orleans and other cities have spent millions, maybe even billions of dollars installing flood control measures. Yet they don’t stop all flooding; why is that? It’s simply because all those flood control measures are based upon specific assumptions about how much extra water they have to protect the city from. When water levels are higher than that, the measures taken aren’t enough.

When that happens, it’s up to us to protect our own homes or to abandon them. Personally, I don’t like the idea of abandoning my home. But unless I could properly protect it, I might find myself forced to do just that.

The age-old method of flood control is to use sandbags. I’ve seen pictures a number of times through the years, of homes which were surrounded by sandbag walls, keeping flood waters out.  While this could be considered taking extreme action, it’s a whole lot better than having your home flooded.

Of course, that means having enough sandbags and sand to build the wall. It also means making a pretty good guess as to how high you need that wall to be. If you don’t build the wall high enough, it’s not going to do a bit of good anyway. You may as well not have it, if you don’t have a wall which is higher than the highest point the waters reach.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to try and sandbag just the doorways of their home. That will help, if you only have a couple of inches of water. In such a case, it will keep the water from flowing under the doors. But that’s it.

The problem is that most walls have some sort of vents in them. Brick walls will have occasional spots where there is no mortar between two bricks, usually in the next to the bottom course of bricks.

These vents allow air to pass through the brick wall; but they’ll also allow water to pass through, meaning that the brick wall isn’t waterproof. Of course, that can be helped by simply caulking in the crack and allowing the caulking time to dry.

Even with a wall of sandbags around your home, there is still a chance of seepage through them. A good sandbag wall is tight, without any spaces. But you might end up with some small ones, which the water can get through.

So in addition to the wall, you need to make sure that you have a good all-purpose utility pump or two and enough hose to send the water back over the wall. Dig a sump and put the pump in there.

There are a couple of towns in North Dakota which have problems with flooding every spring. This is because the nearby river actually flows north for a short distance.

What that means is that the loop that goes back north doesn’t thaw as fast as the more southern parts, blocking the river’s flow and causing flooding. So towns and individual farmers have to build dikes to protect themselves from flooding.

Video first seen on PreparedBC.

Building a dike is essentially the same as a permanent sandbag wall, except that it is made of dirt, not sand. While the dirt gets wet and muddy, it is compacted by its own weight, so the water only seeps in so far. It never gets to the point where the dike melts in a massive mudslide.

There are other commercially available means of flood control, such as the Quick Dam. This is made of bags of water absorbing material. The water causes them to inflate, accomplishing the same thing that sandbags do.

But they are much easier to install than sandbags. However, they are only a few inches thick, so you’d need to build up a wall, much like building with sandbags, if you had a serious flood situation.

There are also large tubes, such as the “Tiger Dam” from US Flood Control, which can actually be placed and filled with water, forming much the same sort of barrier as sandbags do. The basic difference is that they are much faster and easier to put in place.

A Final Note, Just for Preppers

The risk of flood means that all your preps are at risk of being destroyed by flooding. This is something you and I can’t afford. Therefore, an important part of establishing your flood plan is to ensure that our food and other supplies won’t be destroyed if our home becomes flooded.

Don’t just depend on your ability to keep the water out of your home; protect your supplies as well. Should your home flood, you’ll need those supplies more than ever.

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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