10 Preparedness Thoughts After the Disasters

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These 10 preparedness thoughts lead me to a conclusion- it’s not going to be someone else affected for much longer. The possibility that you or I will be affected by something big is increasing. My hometown is Houston, Texas, so Hurricane Harvey hit close to home, even if I don’t live there. Very little of […]

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EDC: Shoelace caught in an escalator this morning

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This morning, right in front of my wife and I, a teen had his loose shoelace caught by the escalator we were on. His mother was next to him and reacted like a champ. Instead of panicking and pulling on the shoe she went immediately for the red button to stop the escalator.

She then pulled on her son’s leg trying to break it free. I gave it a quick pull myself but wasted no more time and just pulled out my Leatherman Charge and cut it. Mom was grateful as if I had saved the kid’s life. She was the one that did the most important part which was stopping the escalator.

But still folks, yet again an example of how important it is to have a cutting tool with you at all times. I’ll never forget a friend of mine from school who got the skin of his leg caught by some heavy machinery… he was lucky to not lose the leg, but the skin was peeled like a banana. The scar was terrible.

This is just a big reminder: carry a knife, better yet, carry this multitool, the Leatherman Charge Tti. I shamelessly promote it because I’ve carried mine for years (nearly two decades now!) and it’s the last tool I’d part with. Almost as good for much less, consider the Leatherman Wave as well.

FerFAL

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”

Apples 101: Which Varieties Store The Longest And Bake The Best

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Apples 101: Which Varieties Store The Longest And Bake The Best

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Apples are perhaps the most well-known and quintessential American tree fruit in existence today. They can be found on produce shelves from coast to coast—not to mention around the world—and are available year ‘round in most places, are widely enjoyed, and complement many types of cuisines.

It might be a little surprising to learn that apples are not indigenous to the United States, or even to the western hemisphere. The roots of the modern-day American apple tree, Malus sieversii or  Malus sievestris domestica, have been linked by DNA research to wild apples in the mountains of Kazakhstan.

Apple trees are said to have been in existence for thousands of years, and were brought to this continent from Europe by settlers. New cultivars were created—as many as 2000 today by some estimates. Appetizing varieties were used by early Americans for fresh eating and baking, while more bitter results were used by resourceful settlers for cider, vinegar and livestock feed.

Johnny Appleseed Was a Real Person?

Was Johnny Appleseed real, and was he really responsible for distributing apple seeds across the continent? Yes. While legend and hyperbole may paint him larger than real life by some accounts, he was indeed an actual person named John Chapman. He did travel across America in the early 1800s with the intent to establish apple orchards—perhaps at least in part as a commercial venture in hopes to make money in his nurseryman profession—and was fairly successful at that endeavor.

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As with nearly all plants grown for food today, modern apple varieties have been bred for constant improvements and new varieties continue to be developed. There are a many types of apple choices available, both as ready-to-eat fruit and as tree rootstock for planting to grow your own.

Apples can be grouped by seasons: summer, fall and winter. Summer apples are ready as early as August, even in northern climates by the end of the month. They are generally sweet and crisp, but only fleetingly. It’s tempting to start stocking up on apples as soon as the earliest varieties come available, but don’t do it. Buy just enough summer apples for fresh consumption, because early varieties do not keep well, even in the refrigerator. There are many varieties of summer apples, including popular choices such as McIntosh, Gala, Zestar and Lodi. But remember that there are regional differences when identifying apples seasonally—McIntosh, for instance, is a fall apple where I live in northern New England, but a summer apple in much of the country.

Most apples in northern growing zones are fall apples. These are the classic, crisp, flavorful fruits that comes to mind for most people when they think of apples, and include many favorite cultivars, from classic supermarket choices like Red Delicious and Fuji to heirloom varieties like Grimes Golden and Blue Pearmain.

There are so many fall varieties, in fact, that further classification is useful. Apples that are bursting with fresh flavor and best eaten out-of-hand are often called “dessert” apples. Other types with a meatier texture and/or larger size are considered to be “baking” or “pie” apples. Apples which offer a twinge of bitterness are called “cider” apples.

Apples 101: Which Varieties Store The Longest And Bake The Best

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Within and among those classifications, apples can be described by the degree of “russeting” they have, which is determined by a rough skin and sometimes a granular pear-like flesh. They are also often characterized as either sweet or “subacid”—meaning they are tart. Apples come in a wide assortment of sizes, from the enormous Wolf River which can be the size of a softball to the tiny Lady Apple, and every size in between. They ripen into colors from yellow and green to bright scarlet red to a deep plum color, and vary greatly in shape, from round to oblate.

These Keep Best in Cold Storage

Winter apples are those which keep well in cold storage. Many winter varieties, such as Ben Davis, Fireside, Honeygold and Fuji, last in home root cellars and refrigerators until Christmas and beyond. What’s more, many winter apples actually improve in flavor and texture after they are picked.

It may seem daunting to figure out which apples are best for what purposes and how long they will last, but there is a lot of help and advice to be had. If you buy from a local orchard, the sellers are likely to be very knowledgeable and willing to help you choose. Apples, after all, are likely their passion. If you do not get satisfactory advice at the orchard, you may want to reach out to your local cooperative extension service for advice about what apples grow best in your area. And if you are not buying local apples, many big chain supermarkets keep a handy reference book right in the produce department for use by customers. If all else fails, remember that the best keeping apples are typically the firmest, just about any apple can be used for baking whether it is marketed as a pie apple or not, and even those which turn out to be less palatable for fresh eating can be improved with a dab of peanut butter or a slice of cheese.

Whatever you buy, look for fruit of uniform texture—a soft spot could signify an unseen bruise or other irregularity—and free of other surface blemishes. Mostly ripe is good, too, even though apples will continue to sweeten after picking. Many people say apples keep better if the stem is on the fruit.

Apple orchards in many regions offer a “pick your own” option, a fun family activity which is often more economical than buying apples already picked. In addition to being cheaper, it affords the buyer the opportunity to choose exactly the apples they want. The orchard I go to usually has several different varieties ready to pick at any given time, all the same price, so it’s possible to mix-and-match.

Some pick-your-own—also known as “you-pick”—places provide containers, and others require you to bring your own. Some sell by volume, others by weight. If you are new to apple picking, it’s wise to call ahead or check their website before you go.

While apples do grow in most regions of the country, different apples thrive best in different climates. If you are fortunate, you live in an area which grows your favorites and can buy them locally without having to compromise on choices. Either way, there is sure to be an apple somewhere to please just about everyone.

What advice would you add about apples? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Article – Preparedness Month? Bah, Humbug. Happy Paratus Day! What’s on Sale

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WESTERN MONTANA – So, September is National Preparedness Month. After Hurricane Irma blew through, does anyone feel like Americans are more prepared since “preparedness” got its own month?

Maybe it’s time for our own holiday. That will get people’s bloody attention.

Happy Paratus Day!

It’s like Christmas for the prepared individual and family.

That’s right, kids….it’s been a whole year since the last Paratus holiday. The backpack is by the main egress point in the hopes that the elite Paratus Long-Range Recon Gift Squad will deliver goodies to deserving survivalists like myself.

It’s your holiday, guys….enjoy the heck out of it.

Article – Preparedness Month? Bah, Humbug. Happy Paratus Day! What’s on Sale

For your perusal:

WESTERN MONTANA – So, September is National Preparedness Month. After Hurricane Irma blew through, does anyone feel like Americans are more prepared since “preparedness” got its own month?

Maybe it’s time for our own holiday. That will get people’s bloody attention.

Happy Paratus Day!

It’s like Christmas for the prepared individual and family.

That’s right, kids….it’s been a whole year since the last Paratus holiday. The backpack is by the main egress point in the hopes that the elite Paratus Long-Range Recon Gift Squad will deliver goodies to deserving survivalists like myself.

It’s your holiday, guys….enjoy the heck out of it.

Gov’t Warns Dad: Your Kids Can’t Be Left Alone ‘In Or Outside The Home’ EVER

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Gov’t Warns Dad: Your Kids Can’t Be Left Alone ‘In Or Outside The Home’ EVER

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Riding mass transit has been added to the list of activities that are too dangerous for our children.

In fact, one father — Adrian Cook — was investigated by social workers because his kids rode the public bus to school.

Cooks’ five kids had been riding the public bus in Vancouver, British Columbia, for two years without any problems. The father even received an email from another bus passenger praising his well-behaved children.

“So imagine my surprise when I received a call from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD),” Cook wrote on his 5 Kids 1 Condo blog.

Following an anonymous tip, ministry case workers visited Cook’s home and interviewed his kids.

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Cook, who lives in downtown Vancouver and does not own a car, relies on public transit to get around. Cook taught his kids to ride the bus to be independent and self-reliant.

Public Bus Too Dangerous for Kids

“Our 45-minute bus ride is straightforward,” Cook wrote. “It begins with a bus stop visible from my living room window and ends at a stop directly in front of the kids’ school. We’ve had no issues riding the bus over the last two years, unless you count losing a cell phone or getting off a stop too early (their GPS-tracked cell phones easily resolved that).”

Despite that, Ministry social workers made Cook sign a safety plan stating his kids wouldn’t take the bus alone because they are under 12. That means Cook now must spend several hours a day escorting the kids to school and back.

Cook’s description of the MCFD’s rationale for its actions is chilling.

“The Ministry had checked with their lawyers ‘across the country’ and the Attorney General, and determined that children under 10 years old could not be unsupervised in or outside the home, for any amount of time,” he wrote. “That included not just the bus, but even trips across the street to our corner store, a route I can survey in its entirety from my living room window.”

It looks as if childhood freedom is dead in the United States and Canada.

What is your reaction? Share your thoughts in the section below:

How To Harvest And Live Off Rainwater

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More than two-thirds of the Earth is water, and yet each year regions throughout the country suffer from drought.

What’s a modern homesteader to do?

The solution may be simpler than you think. It’s rainwater, and our guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio says homesteaders who get only a few inches of rain each year can live off it. His name is Brad Lancaster, a speaker and teacher and the author of two books on the subject: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2.

Lancaster and his brother harvest approximately 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year on a 1/8-acre urban lot and adjoining right-of-way in Arizona – an area that gets only 12 inches of rain a year. And it’s far more than rainwater barrels!

Lancaster tells us:

  • How to get started in rainwater harvesting.
  • How to make water from the roof potable.
  • How to use captured rainwater to water the garden, landscape and lawn.
  • How to make a rainwater system work in dry or wet climates.

If you’ve ever wanted to harvest and live off rainwater, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

 

 

15 Foods That Are Tooth Pain Triggers

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Sharon had tooth pain that wouldn’t go away, so she went to the dentist. Her dentist asked if she had been indulging in the tomato harvest. Sharon smiled and nodded her head. The dentist told her that tomatoes are one of those foods that can erode the enamel of your teeth and cause tooth pain or sensitivity.

Nobody looks forward to his or her bi-annual visit to the dentist. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to lower your chances of needing expensive dental work with some eating strategies?

How food damages your teeth?

There are two main food ingredients that harm your pearly whites: sugar and acid.

Sugar

The millions of bacteria already in your mouth are super-happy when you eat Sugars, especially sucrose (table sugar). The bacteria feast on plaque buildup and produce lactic acid, which erodes tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it sticks to teeth making it (and the bacteria) difficult to remove even with brushing.

Acids

Acidic foods, including some fruit, eat away at the tooth enamel and directly break down your teeth. In this case, the bacteria aren’t necessarily producing acid and causing tooth decay.

Wash away natural acids by drinking water. Ironically, brushing after consuming acidic foods or beverages causes more damage. Teeth are porous and acid softens them. If you brush immediately afterward, it breaks down the enamel even further. After consuming acidic foods, rinse your mouth with water and wait at least an hour before brushing.

If you want to keep your teeth in good shape, there are a lot of foods to avoid or consume in moderation.

Avoid these foods for Tooth Pain Relief

1. Soda.

No surprise here. Soda is one of the top foods to avoid for sensitive teeth. There are two ingredients in soda that irritate teeth and cause pain: sugar and acid. It’s a double whammy.

2. Ice cream.

Sad, but true. Ice cream is cold, and it has sugar that causes teeth to be even more sensitive. People who have sensitive teeth lack the enamel layer that acts as a protective barrier.

3. Coffee.

Coffee is also a double whammy. Not only is coffee a hot food, which can cause your teeth to hurt. The caffeine in coffee is very acidic, especially when consumed in large amounts, which can make your tooth pain even worse. You’ll want to limit your consumption.

4. Hard candy and cough drops.

Lollipop, peppermints, and cough drops. Oh, my! When you have sensitive teeth, skip the hard candy and cough drops. They are full of sugar and could also cause teeth to chip or break.

5. Citrus fruits.

Pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes are all highly acidic fruits. The acid makes your teeth more sensitive because it eats away the tooth enamel. While highly nutritious, eating these fruits and drinking the fruit juice is a cause of tooth sensitivity and pain. Moderation is key with citrus fruits.

6. Tomatoes & Tomato-based pasta sauces

When the tomato harvest is in full swing, many dentists report higher instances of tooth pain. Although tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, they’re also highly acidic. Note that tomato sauce, as well as raw tomatoes, trigger tooth sensitivity. Again, moderation is key!

7.  Sticky candy.

Toffee, caramel, gummy bears, and licorice are especially bad for people with tooth sensitivity. They are full of sugar and stick to your teeth. Extremely sweet and sticky foods stimulate the nerves in the Dentin, the layer below the Enamel. This is what causes the pain.

8. Dried Fruits.

There are several sticky foods, such as raisins, figs, and dried apricots that are packed with nutrition but can cause tooth sensitivity. Dried fruits and fruit leathers are high in sugar and can do a number on your teeth. The sugars in the fruits, even though it’s minimal, stay on your teeth and feed the plaque bacteria. Rinse your mouth with water right after consuming and brush your teeth about an hour afterward.

9. Pickles.

The vinegar used to make pickles is highly acidic. They are often made with sugar as well. While the cucumbers are healthy, the brine damages your teeth. Drinking water with your meal helps wash away acid and sugar, but remember to brush an hour later.

10. Wine.

Alcohol causes a dry mouth, which reduces your saliva production. The sugars are deposited on your teeth and cause tooth pain. White wine and sweeter reds do the most damage. If you have sensitive teeth, consume wine in moderation.

11. Potato chips.

Oh, these crunchy, salty flats of addiction. The texture of chips, which gets gummy as you chew, tends to linger in your mouth and get stuck in the biting surface of your teeth. No one can eat just one, so it is a non-stop snack of acid production. The acid-producing bacteria indulge in your snack and up your risk of tooth decay.

12. White bread.

There are a number of reasons why refined carbohydrates, like sandwich bread, aren’t good for you. For one, they are full of simple sugars that quickly dissolve in your mouth. As you chew it, white bread gets a gummy consistency. This means those sticky particles get trapped on the biting surface and in between your teeth. The dissolving sugars cause a surge of acid that erodes tooth enamel.

13. Sports drinks.

Isn’t a sports drink a nutritious re-hydrator after your morning workout? Nope! Sports drinks are packed with sugar and acid. Cavities, erosion, and tooth sensitivity are heightened because we tend to swish these drinks around our mouth to rehydrate.

14. Vinegar.

Vinegar is in a variety of foods from salad dressings to sauces. However, vinegar can trigger tooth decay. There is a bit of good news: Lettuce combats the damaging effects of vinegar, so keep enjoying your favorite balsamic vinaigrette on your salad.

15. Apples.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the acid in this fruit may have you at the dentist. Apples are full of nutrition, but they are high in acid and surprisingly hard on your enamel. Eating apples is fine, but be sure to rinse your mouth with water shortly after, and brush your teeth an hour later.

Taking Care of Your Tooth Enamel

What do you eat to take care of your teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, it’s possible that some of your enamel has worn away.

To prevent further damage

Eat acidic and sugary foods in moderation, or if your teeth are extra-sensitive avoid these foods for a while.

Don’t brush too hard. If you brush your teeth with a heavy hand, stop! You’re taking off more than just plaque. Side-to-side brushing right at the gum line takes your enamel away faster. Use a soft-bristled brush and work at a 45-degree angle to your gum to keep enamel clean and strong.

Snack on these foods:

These treats moisten your mouth and fight acid and bacteria that eat away at your tooth enamel. Your saliva is a natural way to deal with acid, plaque, and the bacteria.

  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Plain yogurt

Drink green or black tea. 

Chew xylitol gum.

Rinse your mouth with water after consuming an acidic food. Wait an hour or so before you brush your teeth.

Read more about how to care for your teeth naturally here.

If you have sensitive teeth, and the symptoms last for more than a few weeks, be sure to talk to your dentist. Sensitive teeth may be a sign of a cavity that needs to be treated.

Do you have tooth pain due to eating acidic foods? Tell us your story in the comments below. We’re all here to help each other.

 

 

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15 Foods That Are Tooth Pain Triggers

Sharon had tooth pain that wouldn’t go away, so she went to the dentist. Her dentist asked if she had been indulging in the tomato harvest. Sharon smiled and nodded her head. The dentist told her that tomatoes are one of those foods that can erode the enamel of your teeth and cause tooth pain or sensitivity.

Nobody looks forward to his or her bi-annual visit to the dentist. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to lower your chances of needing expensive dental work with some eating strategies?

How food damages your teeth?

There are two main food ingredients that harm your pearly whites: sugar and acid.

Sugar

The millions of bacteria already in your mouth are super-happy when you eat Sugars, especially sucrose (table sugar). The bacteria feast on plaque buildup and produce lactic acid, which erodes tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it sticks to teeth making it (and the bacteria) difficult to remove even with brushing.

Acids

Acidic foods, including some fruit, eat away at the tooth enamel and directly break down your teeth. In this case, the bacteria aren’t necessarily producing acid and causing tooth decay.

Wash away natural acids by drinking water. Ironically, brushing after consuming acidic foods or beverages causes more damage. Teeth are porous and acid softens them. If you brush immediately afterward, it breaks down the enamel even further. After consuming acidic foods, rinse your mouth with water and wait at least an hour before brushing.

If you want to keep your teeth in good shape, there are a lot of foods to avoid or consume in moderation.

Avoid these foods for Tooth Pain Relief

1. Soda.

No surprise here. Soda is one of the top foods to avoid for sensitive teeth. There are two ingredients in soda that irritate teeth and cause pain: sugar and acid. It’s a double whammy.

2. Ice cream.

Sad, but true. Ice cream is cold, and it has sugar that causes teeth to be even more sensitive. People who have sensitive teeth lack the enamel layer that acts as a protective barrier.

3. Coffee.

Coffee is also a double whammy. Not only is coffee a hot food, which can cause your teeth to hurt. The caffeine in coffee is very acidic, especially when consumed in large amounts, which can make your tooth pain even worse. You’ll want to limit your consumption.

4. Hard candy and cough drops.

Lollipop, peppermints, and cough drops. Oh, my! When you have sensitive teeth, skip the hard candy and cough drops. They are full of sugar and could also cause teeth to chip or break.

5. Citrus fruits.

Pineapple, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes are all highly acidic fruits. The acid makes your teeth more sensitive because it eats away the tooth enamel. While highly nutritious, eating these fruits and drinking the fruit juice is a cause of tooth sensitivity and pain. Moderation is key with citrus fruits.

6. Tomatoes & Tomato-based pasta sauces

When the tomato harvest is in full swing, many dentists report higher instances of tooth pain. Although tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, they’re also highly acidic. Note that tomato sauce, as well as raw tomatoes, trigger tooth sensitivity. Again, moderation is key!

7.  Sticky candy.

Toffee, caramel, gummy bears, and licorice are especially bad for people with tooth sensitivity. They are full of sugar and stick to your teeth. Extremely sweet and sticky foods stimulate the nerves in the Dentin, the layer below the Enamel. This is what causes the pain.

8. Dried Fruits.

There are several sticky foods, such as raisins, figs, and dried apricots that are packed with nutrition but can cause tooth sensitivity. Dried fruits and fruit leathers are high in sugar and can do a number on your teeth. The sugars in the fruits, even though it’s minimal, stay on your teeth and feed the plaque bacteria. Rinse your mouth with water right after consuming and brush your teeth about an hour afterward.

9. Pickles.

The vinegar used to make pickles is highly acidic. They are often made with sugar as well. While the cucumbers are healthy, the brine damages your teeth. Drinking water with your meal helps wash away acid and sugar, but remember to brush an hour later.

10. Wine.

Alcohol causes a dry mouth, which reduces your saliva production. The sugars are deposited on your teeth and cause tooth pain. White wine and sweeter reds do the most damage. If you have sensitive teeth, consume wine in moderation.

11. Potato chips.

Oh, these crunchy, salty flats of addiction. The texture of chips, which gets gummy as you chew, tends to linger in your mouth and get stuck in the biting surface of your teeth. No one can eat just one, so it is a non-stop snack of acid production. The acid-producing bacteria indulge in your snack and up your risk of tooth decay.

12. White bread.

There are a number of reasons why refined carbohydrates, like sandwich bread, aren’t good for you. For one, they are full of simple sugars that quickly dissolve in your mouth. As you chew it, white bread gets a gummy consistency. This means those sticky particles get trapped on the biting surface and in between your teeth. The dissolving sugars cause a surge of acid that erodes tooth enamel.

13. Sports drinks.

Isn’t a sports drink a nutritious re-hydrator after your morning workout? Nope! Sports drinks are packed with sugar and acid. Cavities, erosion, and tooth sensitivity are heightened because we tend to swish these drinks around our mouth to rehydrate.

14. Vinegar.

Vinegar is in a variety of foods from salad dressings to sauces. However, vinegar can trigger tooth decay. There is a bit of good news: Lettuce combats the damaging effects of vinegar, so keep enjoying your favorite balsamic vinaigrette on your salad.

15. Apples.

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but the acid in this fruit may have you at the dentist. Apples are full of nutrition, but they are high in acid and surprisingly hard on your enamel. Eating apples is fine, but be sure to rinse your mouth with water shortly after, and brush your teeth an hour later.

Taking Care of Your Tooth Enamel

What do you eat to take care of your teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth, it’s possible that some of your enamel has worn away.

To prevent further damage

Eat acidic and sugary foods in moderation, or if your teeth are extra-sensitive avoid these foods for a while.

Don’t brush too hard. If you brush your teeth with a heavy hand, stop! You’re taking off more than just plaque. Side-to-side brushing right at the gum line takes your enamel away faster. Use a soft-bristled brush and work at a 45-degree angle to your gum to keep enamel clean and strong.

Snack on these foods:

These treats moisten your mouth and fight acid and bacteria that eat away at your tooth enamel. Your saliva is a natural way to deal with acid, plaque, and the bacteria.

  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Plain yogurt

Drink green or black tea. 

Chew xylitol gum.

Rinse your mouth with water after consuming an acidic food. Wait an hour or so before you brush your teeth.

Read more about how to care for your teeth naturally here.

If you have sensitive teeth, and the symptoms last for more than a few weeks, be sure to talk to your dentist. Sensitive teeth may be a sign of a cavity that needs to be treated.

Do you have tooth pain due to eating acidic foods? Tell us your story in the comments below. We’re all here to help each other.

 

 

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Equifax Data Breach — How Tell If They Got Your Info — 5 FREE Tools Of Protection Even If You Weren’t Breached

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stock here—-update—I did sign up for all 5 free services, but did not receive the confirmation email yet, probably millions are signing up
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I have been pondering if I need to take action after 143 million accounts were hacked.
And I found out how to find out if my data was hacked
Equifax appears to be performing in a stand up way, offering free services to people for 1 year, even if you weren’t hacked.

Yesterday they told me my data was not breached, today when signing up for the 5 free products, they
told me I may have been impacted.    At the bottom here, I added their “Terms of Use”.   You get the 5 free products as package deal, no ala carte options exist.   One is a credit lock, annoying if you actually are applying for a loan or credit. 

They are offering 5 free services.   What is weird though is that they give you a future enrollment date, for me it is tomorrow.  Although they state you can enroll anytime between that date and Nov 27, 2017.   So I have to log back in tomorrow (or after).
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IMPORTANT — during the sign up process you see this

A Progress Update for Consumers

September 8, 2017
We understand that some consumers are experiencing difficulties getting the answers and support they need through our website and call center. Ramping up the website and call center to handle the anticipated volume is ongoing and we are focused on making improvements as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this process has created.
Thus far today, we’ve made the following adjustments:
1) You Can Determine Your Status Immediately
Some consumers who visited the website soon after its launch failed to receive confirmation clarifying whether or not they were potentially impacted. That issue is now resolved, and we encourage those consumers to revisit the site to receive a response that clarifies their status.
2) No Waiver Of Rights For This Cyber Security Incident
In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident.
3) Expanded Our Call Center
We have tripled our call center team to over 2000 agents and continue to add agents.
Our goal is to make this process as convenient and consistent as possible. We will continue to identify steps to improve this process.
And we will continue as well to listen to your comments and suggestions.
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They are offering
1) Equifax Credit Report
2) Equifax Credit Report Lock
3) $1M Identity Theft Insurance
4) 3 Bureau Credit File Monitoring
5) Social Security Number Monitoring
Go here and check if you were hacked
 

Then go to the Enroll in blue near the top, they will take you to screen and give a date you can first enroll. I guess they had so many people trying to enroll at once that it overloaded their systems so they are trying to spread it out.

There have been recent public reports from Equifax, a major provider of various consumer credit services such as consumer credit reports and fraud monitoring, that personally identifiable information of 143 million U.S. consumers may have been accessed as a result of a confirmed major data breach. Data exposed reportedly included names, birth dates, social security numbers, physical addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Credit card numbers for around 209,000 US consumers were also reportedly accessed.

PS They told me that I was not hacked (yesterday, but today they said I was hacked)

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TrustedID Premier Terms of Use

Effective Date: September 8, 2017

TrustedID, Inc. (“TrustedID,” “we,” “us,” “our”), an Equifax company, provides its products to you (“You,” “Your”) through various websites (including www.TrustedID.com) and its related applications and products (collectively, the “Product(s)” which term includes any new features, products and applications offered by us from time to time), subject to the following Terms of Use (as amended from time to time, the “Agreement”).

YOU MUST ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR, USE OR PURCHASE ANY PRODUCT. BY REGISTERING ON THIS WEBSITE AND SUBMITTING YOUR ORDER, YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING ELECTRONIC RECEIPT OF, AND YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY, THIS AGREEMENT. YOU ALSO AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT BY USING OR PAYING FOR OUR PRODUCTS OR TAKING OTHER ACTIONS THAT INDICATE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT.

MANY GOVERNMENT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OR AT A NOMINAL COST FROM CERTAIN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IN ADDITION, CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO GIVE YOU A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE (SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A CREDIT REPORT) UPON REQUEST AT NO CHARGE OR FOR A NOMINAL FEE. NONE OF THE PRODUCTS OFFERED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CONSUMER DISCLOSURE INFORMATION THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU WITHOUT CHARGE. PRIOR TO PURCHASING ANY PRODUCT, YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE PORTIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT ABOUT THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT ORVISIT WWW.ANNUALCREDITREPORT.COM FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE.

PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS. TrustedID, Inc. provides the Products. TrustedID, Inc. obtains certain Product features from other companies, including obtaining credit Product features from Equifax Consumer Services LLC. TrustedID, Inc. may also partner with other companies (“Suppliers”) to provide Products or Product features to you or sell you a Product provided by a Supplier. Suppliers are included in references in this Agreement to “we”, “us” and “our”.

PERSONAL INFORMATION; AUTHORIZATION. As needed to provide Products to You, You authorize and instruct Us to obtain, monitor, and compile Your: (i) credit information from one or more consumer reporting agencies; (ii) “non-public personal information”, “personal information”, and/or “highly restricted personal information” about or concerning You as defined by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. sec 6801 et seq); and (iii) other personal information. By placing Your order You acknowledge and agree that Your access to the Products and any consumer credit information contained therein is subject to Your prior written authorization and Our verification of Your identity. As such, You understand and agree that by submitting Your order, You are providing “written instructions” in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for Us to obtain credit information about You from one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies and You hereby authorize Us to access Your personal credit information in order to provide the Products.

YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A CONSUMER DISCLOSURE FREE OF CHARGE. None of Our Products are intended to substitute, or constitute an offer for a consumer disclosure (sometimes referred to as a “credit report”) that may be available to You without cost or obligation under federal or state law. Prior to purchasing any Product via this website, You should carefully review Your right to obtain a free copy of Your consumer disclosure once every twelve (12) months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. A more complete description of your rights to obtain or gain access to your consumer disclosure without charge is contained in the “Additional Consumer Report-Related Disclosures” section of this Agreement.

USE OF THE PRODUCTS. By registering for the Product You certify that You are at least 18 years of age. You agree that the information You provide during the registration process, and the information You provide from time to time while using the Product, will be true, accurate and current. We may use information from third-party sources, including your mobile carrier, to verify your identity. It is a violation of federal criminal laws to knowingly or willfully obtain information from a consumer reporting agency under false pretenses. If TrustedID has any reason to suspect You have provided untrue, inaccurate or non-current information it may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to any part(s) of the Product) at any time, without notice. You agree not to: use the Product in any unlawful manner or in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Product or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Product; harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Product by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications; interfere with or disrupt the Product or servers or networks connected to the Product; violate any terms which may be applicable for any particular area of the Product; violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law; further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Product.

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE. In the event that the Product you are procuring hereunder includes third party software, You acknowledge that Your use of third party software may be subject to the license terms associated with such third party software. TrustedID hereby disclaims any liability or responsibility with respect to any such third party software.

MEMBERSHIP TERM. Unless terminated earlier pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Your Product membership will continue for the period of time specified on TrustedID’s website. If You receive the Product as a benefit of enrolling in, or purchasing, third-party products or services, Your Product membership may be terminated pursuant to the terms and conditions of Your agreement with the third party. As specified on the website, Your membership subscription may be subject to automatic renewal. TrustedID may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to the Product) at any time, without notice.

PRODUCT CANCELLATION. You may cancel any subscription at any time. To cancel Your subscription, please contact our Customer Service Team 7 days a week, 5am – 6pm Pacific Standard Time at 1-888-548-7878.

FEEDBACK. Unsolicited comments, suggestions, ideas or materials (including without limitation original or creative materials) sent or transmitted to TrustedID (collectively “Feedback “) will be deemed to be non-confidential and TrustedID has no obligations of any kind with respect to such Feedback and will be free to use, copy, modify and/or distribute the Feedback to others without limitation for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or acknowledgement to you, including, but not limited to developing and marketing products incorporating such Feedback.

ELECTRONIC AND TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATIONS. Unless otherwise noted, our Products are internet-based and in order to access our Products You must have: an internet browser that supports 128-bit encryption; an email account and appropriate email software; a personal computer, operating system and connection to the internet capable of supporting the foregoing; and sufficient electronic storage capacity on Your computer’s hard drive or other data storage unit or a printer that is capable of printing from Your browser and email software. As such, You understand and agree that this Agreement will be entered into electronically, and that the following information (“communications”) will be provided by Us to You by electronic means: this Agreement and any amendments, modifications or supplements to it; any initial, periodic or other disclosures or notices provided in connection with the Products, including without limitation Our privacy policy, all regulatory disclosures, and all communications related to the Products. In furtherance of the foregoing, You expressly consent to receive all communications regarding Your membership electronically, either by e-mail or by notices posted on the website and You agree that any requirement that a notice, disclosure, agreement, or other communication be sent to You by Us in writing is satisfied by such electronic communication. In order to ensure Your continuing access to Your Product, You agree to update Your email address on file whenever Your email address changes. You further agree that we may send You product-related announcements periodically. For instance, if our website is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we may send you email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account.

TRADEMARK RIGHTS. The TrustedID product names referenced in this website, including without limitation TRUSTEDID, the TRUSTEDID Logo, IDFREEZE, IDESSENTIALS and IDENTITYTHREATSCORE (“TrustedID Marks “) are trademarks or registered trademarks of TrustedID, Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Your use of the TrustedID Marks is governed by the TrustedID’s trademark usage requirements. Other products and company names mentioned on the website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE. Copyright Notice: Copyright (c) 2004 -2017 TrustedID, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Except as otherwise provided, TrustedID owns all content contained in this website, including without limitation the information, materials, text, graphics, website design, and the selection, assembly and arrangement thereof (“Content “). The Content is protected by copyright and other laws of the U.S. and other countries and may not be used for any commercial purpose or copied, distributed, displayed, modified, reproduced, performed, published, posted or reverse engineered in whole or in part without the prior written permission of TrustedID. For more information regarding our copyright policies please email help@trustedid.com or send regular mail to General Counsel, 1550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE. Certain Products include an identity theft insurance benefit for active users. The insurance limits are different depending on the Product. These identity theft insurance benefits are provided under master group policies issued to Equifax and its affiliates for the benefit of their active users. The complete insurance policies are available from Us on request. The insurance provider administers all claims, and We shall have no responsibility with respect to such identity theft benefit. Please click here to view the policy summary of benefits for policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $25,000 and here to view a summary of benefits of the policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $1,000,000.

CREDIT MONITORING PRODUCTS AND PRODUCT FEATURES. When offered or included as part of Our Products, “Credit Monitoring” monitors Your consumer credit files maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies, depending on the type of Product You have purchased (e.g, single bureau monitoring, tri-bureau monitoring, etc.). In each case the credit file or files that are monitored on Your behalf are separately owned and/or maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies: EIS, TransUnion LLC, and Experian. Credit Monitoring will not advise You if an item of identifying information is contained in the credit file of another person and in no event will Credit Monitoring ever monitor, compare or cross-reference Your credit file(s) with the credit file(s) of another person, nor will it ever provide You with any information contained in another person’s credit file(s).

Your credit monitoring alerts from EIS will usually begin on the day you enroll in an applicable Product. If Your Product also includes credit monitoring from Transunion LLC and Experian, the credit monitoring of credit files at those consumer reporting agencies may take several days to begin.

CREDIT REPORT CONTROL. Certain Products contain Equifax Credit Report Control (also known as Equifax Credit File Lock). Locking Your Equifax credit report with Equifax Credit Report Control will prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by certain third parties, such as credit grantors or other companies and agencies. Credit Report Control will not prevent access to Your credit report at any other consumer reporting agency, and will not prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by companies like TrustedID, Inc. which provide You with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file; Federal, state and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with You, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom You owe; for fraud detection and prevention purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to You. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Locking and unlocking Your Equifax credit report may take up to 48 hours. Locking and unlocking your Equifax credit report may also not be available during certain hours every night. When Your subscription is no longer active, Your Equifax credit report will be automatically unlocked.

ADDITIONAL CONSUMER REPORT RELATED DISCLOSURES. You have a right to obtain a free copy of your consumer disclosure once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer reporting agencies. To request your free annual consumer disclosure, you may go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You can obtain additional copies of your consumer disclosure from a consumer reporting agency, for which you may be charged a reasonable fee. There is no fee, however, if you have been turned down for credit, employment, insurance, or a rental dwelling because of information in your credit file within the preceding 60 days. The consumer reporting agency must provide someone to help you interpret the information in your credit file. You are entitled to receive a free copy of your consumer disclosure if you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the next 60 days, if you are a recipient of public welfare assistance, or if you have reason to believe that there is inaccurate information in your credit report due to fraud. For more information You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) by calling the FTC toll free – 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit their website: www.ftc.gov. In addition, the states of MA, VT, CO, NJ, MD and ME permit consumers to obtain one credit report per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge and the state of GA permits consumers to obtain two credit reports per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge. None of Our Products are intended to substitute for any free credit report or disclosure that any credit reporting agency or bureau is required by law to provide to You.

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND SERVICES. This Product may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other websites, services and resources on the Internet and otherwise, including reporting agencies (“Third Party Services “). TrustedID has no control over such Third Party Services and TrustedID is not responsible for and does not endorse such Third Party Services. You further acknowledge and agree that TrustedID shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any information, content, goods or services available on or through any such Third Party Services.

APPLICABLE LAW. This Agreement and its enforcement shall be governed by the laws of the state in which You most recently told TrustedID, Inc. You live according to TrustedID, Inc.’s records, without regard to conflict of law principles.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN US. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between You and Us regarding the Products and information contained on or acquired through this website or provided by Us, including through other linked third party Internet sites. This website may contain hyperlinks or other references to third party Internet sites that TrustedID, Inc. does not own or operate. You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that apply when You use third party Internet sites. You agree that You are responsible for reviewing and understanding any terms and conditions governing any third party Internet site and products and TrustedID, Inc. has no responsibility therefore. This Agreement takes effect on Your first use of this website, and it applies to all persons accessing the website from Your computer, and to all persons using Your User ID or password. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only and such headings are not to be used in determining the meaning or interpretation of these terms and conditions of use. You agree that this Agreement is not intended to and does not confer any rights on any persons other than Us and You and the third party beneficiaries referenced in this Section. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, unenforceable or void by applicable laws, the remaining portions shall continue in full force and effect. You may not assign this Agreement or the Product to someone else. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, the provisions contained in the following sections “Use of the Products”, “Trademark Rights”, “Copyright Notice”, “Applicable Law” and this Section, “Entire Agreement Between Us”, will survive termination of this Agreement and Your access to and use of the Products and the information contained on this website or provided by Us. Suppliers are third party beneficiaries under this Agreement.
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TrustedID Premier Privacy Notice

FACTS WHAT DOES TrustedID, Inc. DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Why? Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.
What? The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

  • Social Security number and credit card information
  • Payment history and transaction history
  • Credit scores and credit history
How? All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons TrustedID, Inc. chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.
Reasons we can share your personal information Does TrustedID, Inc. share? Can you limit this sharing?
For our everyday business purposes—
such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus
YES NO
For our marketing purposes—
to offer our products and services to you
YES NO
For joint marketing with other financial companies YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes —
information about your transactions and experiences
YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes—
information about your creditworthiness
NO We do not share.
For our affiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
For nonaffiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
Questions? Call: 1.888.548.7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week — our menu will prompt you through your choice(s)
What we do
How does TrustedID, Inc. protect my personal information? To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. For additional information, contact us at 1-888-548-7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week—our menu will prompt you through your choice(s).
How does TrustedID, Inc. collect my personal information? We collect your personal information, for example, when you

  • open an account or provide account information
  • use your credit or debit card, or pay your bills
  • give us your contact information

We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing? Federal law gives you the right to limit only

  • sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes—information about your creditworthiness
  • affiliates from using your information to market to you
  • sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing. See below for more on your rights under state law.

Definitions
Affiliates Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Our affiliates include companies with an Equifax name; and others such as IXI Corporation and TALX Corporation.
Nonaffiliates Companies not related to by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Nonaffiliates we may share with may include marketing and analytics companies.
Joint marketing A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

  • Our joint marketing partners include companies that provide financial education.
Other important information
California: If your account has a California billing address, we will not share your personal information except to the extent permitted under California law.

Equifax Data Breach — How Tell If They Got Your Info — 5 FREE Tools Of Protection Even If You Weren’t Breached


stock here—-update—I did sign up for all 5 free services, but did not receive the confirmation email yet, probably millions are signing up
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I have been pondering if I need to take action after 143 million accounts were hacked.
And I found out how to find out if my data was hacked
Equifax appears to be performing in a stand up way, offering free services to people for 1 year, even if you weren’t hacked.

Yesterday they told me my data was not breached, today when signing up for the 5 free products, they
told me I may have been impacted.    At the bottom here, I added their “Terms of Use”.   You get the 5 free products as package deal, no ala carte options exist.   One is a credit lock, annoying if you actually are applying for a loan or credit. 

They are offering 5 free services.   What is weird though is that they give you a future enrollment date, for me it is tomorrow.  Although they state you can enroll anytime between that date and Nov 27, 2017.   So I have to log back in tomorrow (or after).
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IMPORTANT — during the sign up process you see this

A Progress Update for Consumers

September 8, 2017
We understand that some consumers are experiencing difficulties getting the answers and support they need through our website and call center. Ramping up the website and call center to handle the anticipated volume is ongoing and we are focused on making improvements as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this process has created.
Thus far today, we’ve made the following adjustments:
1) You Can Determine Your Status Immediately
Some consumers who visited the website soon after its launch failed to receive confirmation clarifying whether or not they were potentially impacted. That issue is now resolved, and we encourage those consumers to revisit the site to receive a response that clarifies their status.
2) No Waiver Of Rights For This Cyber Security Incident
In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident.
3) Expanded Our Call Center
We have tripled our call center team to over 2000 agents and continue to add agents.
Our goal is to make this process as convenient and consistent as possible. We will continue to identify steps to improve this process.
And we will continue as well to listen to your comments and suggestions.
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They are offering
1) Equifax Credit Report
2) Equifax Credit Report Lock
3) $1M Identity Theft Insurance
4) 3 Bureau Credit File Monitoring
5) Social Security Number Monitoring
Go here and check if you were hacked
 

Then go to the Enroll in blue near the top, they will take you to screen and give a date you can first enroll. I guess they had so many people trying to enroll at once that it overloaded their systems so they are trying to spread it out.

There have been recent public reports from Equifax, a major provider of various consumer credit services such as consumer credit reports and fraud monitoring, that personally identifiable information of 143 million U.S. consumers may have been accessed as a result of a confirmed major data breach. Data exposed reportedly included names, birth dates, social security numbers, physical addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Credit card numbers for around 209,000 US consumers were also reportedly accessed.

PS They told me that I was not hacked (yesterday, but today they said I was hacked)

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TrustedID Premier Terms of Use

Effective Date: September 8, 2017

TrustedID, Inc. (“TrustedID,” “we,” “us,” “our”), an Equifax company, provides its products to you (“You,” “Your”) through various websites (including www.TrustedID.com) and its related applications and products (collectively, the “Product(s)” which term includes any new features, products and applications offered by us from time to time), subject to the following Terms of Use (as amended from time to time, the “Agreement”).

YOU MUST ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR, USE OR PURCHASE ANY PRODUCT. BY REGISTERING ON THIS WEBSITE AND SUBMITTING YOUR ORDER, YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING ELECTRONIC RECEIPT OF, AND YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY, THIS AGREEMENT. YOU ALSO AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT BY USING OR PAYING FOR OUR PRODUCTS OR TAKING OTHER ACTIONS THAT INDICATE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT.

MANY GOVERNMENT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OR AT A NOMINAL COST FROM CERTAIN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IN ADDITION, CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO GIVE YOU A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE (SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A CREDIT REPORT) UPON REQUEST AT NO CHARGE OR FOR A NOMINAL FEE. NONE OF THE PRODUCTS OFFERED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CONSUMER DISCLOSURE INFORMATION THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU WITHOUT CHARGE. PRIOR TO PURCHASING ANY PRODUCT, YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE PORTIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT ABOUT THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT ORVISIT WWW.ANNUALCREDITREPORT.COM FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE.

PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS. TrustedID, Inc. provides the Products. TrustedID, Inc. obtains certain Product features from other companies, including obtaining credit Product features from Equifax Consumer Services LLC. TrustedID, Inc. may also partner with other companies (“Suppliers”) to provide Products or Product features to you or sell you a Product provided by a Supplier. Suppliers are included in references in this Agreement to “we”, “us” and “our”.

PERSONAL INFORMATION; AUTHORIZATION. As needed to provide Products to You, You authorize and instruct Us to obtain, monitor, and compile Your: (i) credit information from one or more consumer reporting agencies; (ii) “non-public personal information”, “personal information”, and/or “highly restricted personal information” about or concerning You as defined by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. sec 6801 et seq); and (iii) other personal information. By placing Your order You acknowledge and agree that Your access to the Products and any consumer credit information contained therein is subject to Your prior written authorization and Our verification of Your identity. As such, You understand and agree that by submitting Your order, You are providing “written instructions” in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for Us to obtain credit information about You from one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies and You hereby authorize Us to access Your personal credit information in order to provide the Products.

YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A CONSUMER DISCLOSURE FREE OF CHARGE. None of Our Products are intended to substitute, or constitute an offer for a consumer disclosure (sometimes referred to as a “credit report”) that may be available to You without cost or obligation under federal or state law. Prior to purchasing any Product via this website, You should carefully review Your right to obtain a free copy of Your consumer disclosure once every twelve (12) months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. A more complete description of your rights to obtain or gain access to your consumer disclosure without charge is contained in the “Additional Consumer Report-Related Disclosures” section of this Agreement.

USE OF THE PRODUCTS. By registering for the Product You certify that You are at least 18 years of age. You agree that the information You provide during the registration process, and the information You provide from time to time while using the Product, will be true, accurate and current. We may use information from third-party sources, including your mobile carrier, to verify your identity. It is a violation of federal criminal laws to knowingly or willfully obtain information from a consumer reporting agency under false pretenses. If TrustedID has any reason to suspect You have provided untrue, inaccurate or non-current information it may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to any part(s) of the Product) at any time, without notice. You agree not to: use the Product in any unlawful manner or in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Product or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Product; harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Product by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications; interfere with or disrupt the Product or servers or networks connected to the Product; violate any terms which may be applicable for any particular area of the Product; violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law; further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Product.

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE. In the event that the Product you are procuring hereunder includes third party software, You acknowledge that Your use of third party software may be subject to the license terms associated with such third party software. TrustedID hereby disclaims any liability or responsibility with respect to any such third party software.

MEMBERSHIP TERM. Unless terminated earlier pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Your Product membership will continue for the period of time specified on TrustedID’s website. If You receive the Product as a benefit of enrolling in, or purchasing, third-party products or services, Your Product membership may be terminated pursuant to the terms and conditions of Your agreement with the third party. As specified on the website, Your membership subscription may be subject to automatic renewal. TrustedID may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to the Product) at any time, without notice.

PRODUCT CANCELLATION. You may cancel any subscription at any time. To cancel Your subscription, please contact our Customer Service Team 7 days a week, 5am – 6pm Pacific Standard Time at 1-888-548-7878.

FEEDBACK. Unsolicited comments, suggestions, ideas or materials (including without limitation original or creative materials) sent or transmitted to TrustedID (collectively “Feedback “) will be deemed to be non-confidential and TrustedID has no obligations of any kind with respect to such Feedback and will be free to use, copy, modify and/or distribute the Feedback to others without limitation for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or acknowledgement to you, including, but not limited to developing and marketing products incorporating such Feedback.

ELECTRONIC AND TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATIONS. Unless otherwise noted, our Products are internet-based and in order to access our Products You must have: an internet browser that supports 128-bit encryption; an email account and appropriate email software; a personal computer, operating system and connection to the internet capable of supporting the foregoing; and sufficient electronic storage capacity on Your computer’s hard drive or other data storage unit or a printer that is capable of printing from Your browser and email software. As such, You understand and agree that this Agreement will be entered into electronically, and that the following information (“communications”) will be provided by Us to You by electronic means: this Agreement and any amendments, modifications or supplements to it; any initial, periodic or other disclosures or notices provided in connection with the Products, including without limitation Our privacy policy, all regulatory disclosures, and all communications related to the Products. In furtherance of the foregoing, You expressly consent to receive all communications regarding Your membership electronically, either by e-mail or by notices posted on the website and You agree that any requirement that a notice, disclosure, agreement, or other communication be sent to You by Us in writing is satisfied by such electronic communication. In order to ensure Your continuing access to Your Product, You agree to update Your email address on file whenever Your email address changes. You further agree that we may send You product-related announcements periodically. For instance, if our website is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we may send you email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account.

TRADEMARK RIGHTS. The TrustedID product names referenced in this website, including without limitation TRUSTEDID, the TRUSTEDID Logo, IDFREEZE, IDESSENTIALS and IDENTITYTHREATSCORE (“TrustedID Marks “) are trademarks or registered trademarks of TrustedID, Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Your use of the TrustedID Marks is governed by the TrustedID’s trademark usage requirements. Other products and company names mentioned on the website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE. Copyright Notice: Copyright (c) 2004 -2017 TrustedID, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Except as otherwise provided, TrustedID owns all content contained in this website, including without limitation the information, materials, text, graphics, website design, and the selection, assembly and arrangement thereof (“Content “). The Content is protected by copyright and other laws of the U.S. and other countries and may not be used for any commercial purpose or copied, distributed, displayed, modified, reproduced, performed, published, posted or reverse engineered in whole or in part without the prior written permission of TrustedID. For more information regarding our copyright policies please email help@trustedid.com or send regular mail to General Counsel, 1550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE. Certain Products include an identity theft insurance benefit for active users. The insurance limits are different depending on the Product. These identity theft insurance benefits are provided under master group policies issued to Equifax and its affiliates for the benefit of their active users. The complete insurance policies are available from Us on request. The insurance provider administers all claims, and We shall have no responsibility with respect to such identity theft benefit. Please click here to view the policy summary of benefits for policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $25,000 and here to view a summary of benefits of the policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $1,000,000.

CREDIT MONITORING PRODUCTS AND PRODUCT FEATURES. When offered or included as part of Our Products, “Credit Monitoring” monitors Your consumer credit files maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies, depending on the type of Product You have purchased (e.g, single bureau monitoring, tri-bureau monitoring, etc.). In each case the credit file or files that are monitored on Your behalf are separately owned and/or maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies: EIS, TransUnion LLC, and Experian. Credit Monitoring will not advise You if an item of identifying information is contained in the credit file of another person and in no event will Credit Monitoring ever monitor, compare or cross-reference Your credit file(s) with the credit file(s) of another person, nor will it ever provide You with any information contained in another person’s credit file(s).

Your credit monitoring alerts from EIS will usually begin on the day you enroll in an applicable Product. If Your Product also includes credit monitoring from Transunion LLC and Experian, the credit monitoring of credit files at those consumer reporting agencies may take several days to begin.

CREDIT REPORT CONTROL. Certain Products contain Equifax Credit Report Control (also known as Equifax Credit File Lock). Locking Your Equifax credit report with Equifax Credit Report Control will prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by certain third parties, such as credit grantors or other companies and agencies. Credit Report Control will not prevent access to Your credit report at any other consumer reporting agency, and will not prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by companies like TrustedID, Inc. which provide You with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file; Federal, state and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with You, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom You owe; for fraud detection and prevention purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to You. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Locking and unlocking Your Equifax credit report may take up to 48 hours. Locking and unlocking your Equifax credit report may also not be available during certain hours every night. When Your subscription is no longer active, Your Equifax credit report will be automatically unlocked.

ADDITIONAL CONSUMER REPORT RELATED DISCLOSURES. You have a right to obtain a free copy of your consumer disclosure once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer reporting agencies. To request your free annual consumer disclosure, you may go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You can obtain additional copies of your consumer disclosure from a consumer reporting agency, for which you may be charged a reasonable fee. There is no fee, however, if you have been turned down for credit, employment, insurance, or a rental dwelling because of information in your credit file within the preceding 60 days. The consumer reporting agency must provide someone to help you interpret the information in your credit file. You are entitled to receive a free copy of your consumer disclosure if you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the next 60 days, if you are a recipient of public welfare assistance, or if you have reason to believe that there is inaccurate information in your credit report due to fraud. For more information You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) by calling the FTC toll free – 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit their website: www.ftc.gov. In addition, the states of MA, VT, CO, NJ, MD and ME permit consumers to obtain one credit report per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge and the state of GA permits consumers to obtain two credit reports per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge. None of Our Products are intended to substitute for any free credit report or disclosure that any credit reporting agency or bureau is required by law to provide to You.

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND SERVICES. This Product may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other websites, services and resources on the Internet and otherwise, including reporting agencies (“Third Party Services “). TrustedID has no control over such Third Party Services and TrustedID is not responsible for and does not endorse such Third Party Services. You further acknowledge and agree that TrustedID shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any information, content, goods or services available on or through any such Third Party Services.

APPLICABLE LAW. This Agreement and its enforcement shall be governed by the laws of the state in which You most recently told TrustedID, Inc. You live according to TrustedID, Inc.’s records, without regard to conflict of law principles.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN US. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between You and Us regarding the Products and information contained on or acquired through this website or provided by Us, including through other linked third party Internet sites. This website may contain hyperlinks or other references to third party Internet sites that TrustedID, Inc. does not own or operate. You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that apply when You use third party Internet sites. You agree that You are responsible for reviewing and understanding any terms and conditions governing any third party Internet site and products and TrustedID, Inc. has no responsibility therefore. This Agreement takes effect on Your first use of this website, and it applies to all persons accessing the website from Your computer, and to all persons using Your User ID or password. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only and such headings are not to be used in determining the meaning or interpretation of these terms and conditions of use. You agree that this Agreement is not intended to and does not confer any rights on any persons other than Us and You and the third party beneficiaries referenced in this Section. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, unenforceable or void by applicable laws, the remaining portions shall continue in full force and effect. You may not assign this Agreement or the Product to someone else. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, the provisions contained in the following sections “Use of the Products”, “Trademark Rights”, “Copyright Notice”, “Applicable Law” and this Section, “Entire Agreement Between Us”, will survive termination of this Agreement and Your access to and use of the Products and the information contained on this website or provided by Us. Suppliers are third party beneficiaries under this Agreement.
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TrustedID Premier Privacy Notice

FACTS WHAT DOES TrustedID, Inc. DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Why? Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.
What? The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

  • Social Security number and credit card information
  • Payment history and transaction history
  • Credit scores and credit history
How? All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons TrustedID, Inc. chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.
Reasons we can share your personal information Does TrustedID, Inc. share? Can you limit this sharing?
For our everyday business purposes—
such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus
YES NO
For our marketing purposes—
to offer our products and services to you
YES NO
For joint marketing with other financial companies YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes —
information about your transactions and experiences
YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes—
information about your creditworthiness
NO We do not share.
For our affiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
For nonaffiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
Questions? Call: 1.888.548.7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week — our menu will prompt you through your choice(s)
What we do
How does TrustedID, Inc. protect my personal information? To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. For additional information, contact us at 1-888-548-7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week—our menu will prompt you through your choice(s).
How does TrustedID, Inc. collect my personal information? We collect your personal information, for example, when you

  • open an account or provide account information
  • use your credit or debit card, or pay your bills
  • give us your contact information

We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing? Federal law gives you the right to limit only

  • sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes—information about your creditworthiness
  • affiliates from using your information to market to you
  • sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing. See below for more on your rights under state law.

Definitions
Affiliates Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Our affiliates include companies with an Equifax name; and others such as IXI Corporation and TALX Corporation.
Nonaffiliates Companies not related to by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Nonaffiliates we may share with may include marketing and analytics companies.
Joint marketing A formal agreement between nonaffiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.

  • Our joint marketing partners include companies that provide financial education.
Other important information
California: If your account has a California billing address, we will not share your personal information except to the extent permitted under California law.

Equifax Data Breach — How Tell If They Got Your Info — 5 FREE Tools Of Protection Even If You Weren’t Breached


stock here—-update—I did sign up for all 5 free services, but did not receive the confirmation email yet, probably millions are signing up
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I have been pondering if I need to take action after 143 million accounts were hacked.
And I found out how to find out if my data was hacked
Equifax appears to be performing in a stand up way, offering free services to people for 1 year, even if you weren’t hacked.

Yesterday they told me my data was not breached, today when signing up for the 5 free products, they
told me I may have been impacted.    At the bottom here, I added their “Terms of Use”.   You get the 5 free products as package deal, no ala carte options exist.   One is a credit lock, annoying if you actually are applying for a loan or credit. 

They are offering 5 free services.   What is weird though is that they give you a future enrollment date, for me it is tomorrow.  Although they state you can enroll anytime between that date and Nov 27, 2017.   So I have to log back in tomorrow (or after).
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IMPORTANT — during the sign up process you see this

A Progress Update for Consumers

September 8, 2017
We understand that some consumers are experiencing difficulties getting the answers and support they need through our website and call center. Ramping up the website and call center to handle the anticipated volume is ongoing and we are focused on making improvements as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this process has created.
Thus far today, we’ve made the following adjustments:
1) You Can Determine Your Status Immediately
Some consumers who visited the website soon after its launch failed to receive confirmation clarifying whether or not they were potentially impacted. That issue is now resolved, and we encourage those consumers to revisit the site to receive a response that clarifies their status.
2) No Waiver Of Rights For This Cyber Security Incident
In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident.
3) Expanded Our Call Center
We have tripled our call center team to over 2000 agents and continue to add agents.
Our goal is to make this process as convenient and consistent as possible. We will continue to identify steps to improve this process.
And we will continue as well to listen to your comments and suggestions.
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They are offering
1) Equifax Credit Report
2) Equifax Credit Report Lock
3) $1M Identity Theft Insurance
4) 3 Bureau Credit File Monitoring
5) Social Security Number Monitoring
Go here and check if you were hacked
 

Then go to the Enroll in blue near the top, they will take you to screen and give a date you can first enroll. I guess they had so many people trying to enroll at once that it overloaded their systems so they are trying to spread it out.

There have been recent public reports from Equifax, a major provider of various consumer credit services such as consumer credit reports and fraud monitoring, that personally identifiable information of 143 million U.S. consumers may have been accessed as a result of a confirmed major data breach. Data exposed reportedly included names, birth dates, social security numbers, physical addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Credit card numbers for around 209,000 US consumers were also reportedly accessed.

PS They told me that I was not hacked (yesterday, but today they said I was hacked)

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TrustedID Premier Terms of Use

Effective Date: September 8, 2017

TrustedID, Inc. (“TrustedID,” “we,” “us,” “our”), an Equifax company, provides its products to you (“You,” “Your”) through various websites (including www.TrustedID.com) and its related applications and products (collectively, the “Product(s)” which term includes any new features, products and applications offered by us from time to time), subject to the following Terms of Use (as amended from time to time, the “Agreement”).

YOU MUST ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR, USE OR PURCHASE ANY PRODUCT. BY REGISTERING ON THIS WEBSITE AND SUBMITTING YOUR ORDER, YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING ELECTRONIC RECEIPT OF, AND YOUR AGREEMENT TO BE BOUND BY, THIS AGREEMENT. YOU ALSO AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT BY USING OR PAYING FOR OUR PRODUCTS OR TAKING OTHER ACTIONS THAT INDICATE ACCEPTANCE OF THIS AGREEMENT.

MANY GOVERNMENT RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OR AT A NOMINAL COST FROM CERTAIN GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. IN ADDITION, CONSUMER REPORTING AGENCIES ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO GIVE YOU A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE (SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS A CREDIT REPORT) UPON REQUEST AT NO CHARGE OR FOR A NOMINAL FEE. NONE OF THE PRODUCTS OFFERED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE CONSUMER DISCLOSURE INFORMATION THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU WITHOUT CHARGE. PRIOR TO PURCHASING ANY PRODUCT, YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE PORTIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT ABOUT THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT ORVISIT WWW.ANNUALCREDITREPORT.COM FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A COPY OF YOUR CONSUMER DISCLOSURE.

PROVIDERS OF PRODUCTS. TrustedID, Inc. provides the Products. TrustedID, Inc. obtains certain Product features from other companies, including obtaining credit Product features from Equifax Consumer Services LLC. TrustedID, Inc. may also partner with other companies (“Suppliers”) to provide Products or Product features to you or sell you a Product provided by a Supplier. Suppliers are included in references in this Agreement to “we”, “us” and “our”.

PERSONAL INFORMATION; AUTHORIZATION. As needed to provide Products to You, You authorize and instruct Us to obtain, monitor, and compile Your: (i) credit information from one or more consumer reporting agencies; (ii) “non-public personal information”, “personal information”, and/or “highly restricted personal information” about or concerning You as defined by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. sec 6801 et seq); and (iii) other personal information. By placing Your order You acknowledge and agree that Your access to the Products and any consumer credit information contained therein is subject to Your prior written authorization and Our verification of Your identity. As such, You understand and agree that by submitting Your order, You are providing “written instructions” in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) for Us to obtain credit information about You from one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies and You hereby authorize Us to access Your personal credit information in order to provide the Products.

YOUR RIGHT TO OBTAIN A CONSUMER DISCLOSURE FREE OF CHARGE. None of Our Products are intended to substitute, or constitute an offer for a consumer disclosure (sometimes referred to as a “credit report”) that may be available to You without cost or obligation under federal or state law. Prior to purchasing any Product via this website, You should carefully review Your right to obtain a free copy of Your consumer disclosure once every twelve (12) months from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. A more complete description of your rights to obtain or gain access to your consumer disclosure without charge is contained in the “Additional Consumer Report-Related Disclosures” section of this Agreement.

USE OF THE PRODUCTS. By registering for the Product You certify that You are at least 18 years of age. You agree that the information You provide during the registration process, and the information You provide from time to time while using the Product, will be true, accurate and current. We may use information from third-party sources, including your mobile carrier, to verify your identity. It is a violation of federal criminal laws to knowingly or willfully obtain information from a consumer reporting agency under false pretenses. If TrustedID has any reason to suspect You have provided untrue, inaccurate or non-current information it may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to any part(s) of the Product) at any time, without notice. You agree not to: use the Product in any unlawful manner or in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Product or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the Product; harvest or collect email addresses or other contact information of other users from the Product by electronic or other means for the purposes of sending unsolicited emails or other unsolicited communications; interfere with or disrupt the Product or servers or networks connected to the Product; violate any terms which may be applicable for any particular area of the Product; violate any applicable local, state, national or international law, or any regulations having the force of law; further or promote any criminal activity or enterprise or provide instructional information about illegal activities; or obtain or attempt to access or otherwise obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Product.

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE. In the event that the Product you are procuring hereunder includes third party software, You acknowledge that Your use of third party software may be subject to the license terms associated with such third party software. TrustedID hereby disclaims any liability or responsibility with respect to any such third party software.

MEMBERSHIP TERM. Unless terminated earlier pursuant to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, Your Product membership will continue for the period of time specified on TrustedID’s website. If You receive the Product as a benefit of enrolling in, or purchasing, third-party products or services, Your Product membership may be terminated pursuant to the terms and conditions of Your agreement with the third party. As specified on the website, Your membership subscription may be subject to automatic renewal. TrustedID may, in its sole discretion, terminate this Agreement (or suspend, terminate, or otherwise restrict Your use of and access to the Product) at any time, without notice.

PRODUCT CANCELLATION. You may cancel any subscription at any time. To cancel Your subscription, please contact our Customer Service Team 7 days a week, 5am – 6pm Pacific Standard Time at 1-888-548-7878.

FEEDBACK. Unsolicited comments, suggestions, ideas or materials (including without limitation original or creative materials) sent or transmitted to TrustedID (collectively “Feedback “) will be deemed to be non-confidential and TrustedID has no obligations of any kind with respect to such Feedback and will be free to use, copy, modify and/or distribute the Feedback to others without limitation for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or acknowledgement to you, including, but not limited to developing and marketing products incorporating such Feedback.

ELECTRONIC AND TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATIONS. Unless otherwise noted, our Products are internet-based and in order to access our Products You must have: an internet browser that supports 128-bit encryption; an email account and appropriate email software; a personal computer, operating system and connection to the internet capable of supporting the foregoing; and sufficient electronic storage capacity on Your computer’s hard drive or other data storage unit or a printer that is capable of printing from Your browser and email software. As such, You understand and agree that this Agreement will be entered into electronically, and that the following information (“communications”) will be provided by Us to You by electronic means: this Agreement and any amendments, modifications or supplements to it; any initial, periodic or other disclosures or notices provided in connection with the Products, including without limitation Our privacy policy, all regulatory disclosures, and all communications related to the Products. In furtherance of the foregoing, You expressly consent to receive all communications regarding Your membership electronically, either by e-mail or by notices posted on the website and You agree that any requirement that a notice, disclosure, agreement, or other communication be sent to You by Us in writing is satisfied by such electronic communication. In order to ensure Your continuing access to Your Product, You agree to update Your email address on file whenever Your email address changes. You further agree that we may send You product-related announcements periodically. For instance, if our website is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we may send you email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account.

TRADEMARK RIGHTS. The TrustedID product names referenced in this website, including without limitation TRUSTEDID, the TRUSTEDID Logo, IDFREEZE, IDESSENTIALS and IDENTITYTHREATSCORE (“TrustedID Marks “) are trademarks or registered trademarks of TrustedID, Inc. in the United States and/or in other countries. Your use of the TrustedID Marks is governed by the TrustedID’s trademark usage requirements. Other products and company names mentioned on the website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE. Copyright Notice: Copyright (c) 2004 -2017 TrustedID, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Except as otherwise provided, TrustedID owns all content contained in this website, including without limitation the information, materials, text, graphics, website design, and the selection, assembly and arrangement thereof (“Content “). The Content is protected by copyright and other laws of the U.S. and other countries and may not be used for any commercial purpose or copied, distributed, displayed, modified, reproduced, performed, published, posted or reverse engineered in whole or in part without the prior written permission of TrustedID. For more information regarding our copyright policies please email help@trustedid.com or send regular mail to General Counsel, 1550 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

IDENTITY THEFT INSURANCE. Certain Products include an identity theft insurance benefit for active users. The insurance limits are different depending on the Product. These identity theft insurance benefits are provided under master group policies issued to Equifax and its affiliates for the benefit of their active users. The complete insurance policies are available from Us on request. The insurance provider administers all claims, and We shall have no responsibility with respect to such identity theft benefit. Please click here to view the policy summary of benefits for policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $25,000 and here to view a summary of benefits of the policies providing an aggregate limit of insurance of up to $1,000,000.

CREDIT MONITORING PRODUCTS AND PRODUCT FEATURES. When offered or included as part of Our Products, “Credit Monitoring” monitors Your consumer credit files maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies, depending on the type of Product You have purchased (e.g, single bureau monitoring, tri-bureau monitoring, etc.). In each case the credit file or files that are monitored on Your behalf are separately owned and/or maintained by one or more of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies: EIS, TransUnion LLC, and Experian. Credit Monitoring will not advise You if an item of identifying information is contained in the credit file of another person and in no event will Credit Monitoring ever monitor, compare or cross-reference Your credit file(s) with the credit file(s) of another person, nor will it ever provide You with any information contained in another person’s credit file(s).

Your credit monitoring alerts from EIS will usually begin on the day you enroll in an applicable Product. If Your Product also includes credit monitoring from Transunion LLC and Experian, the credit monitoring of credit files at those consumer reporting agencies may take several days to begin.

CREDIT REPORT CONTROL. Certain Products contain Equifax Credit Report Control (also known as Equifax Credit File Lock). Locking Your Equifax credit report with Equifax Credit Report Control will prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by certain third parties, such as credit grantors or other companies and agencies. Credit Report Control will not prevent access to Your credit report at any other consumer reporting agency, and will not prevent access to Your Equifax credit report by companies like TrustedID, Inc. which provide You with access to your credit report or credit score or monitor your credit file; Federal, state and local government agencies; companies reviewing your application for employment; companies that have a current account or relationship with You, and collection agencies acting on behalf of those whom You owe; for fraud detection and prevention purposes; and companies that wish to make pre-approved offers of credit or insurance to You. To opt out of such pre-approved offers, visit www.optoutprescreen.com. Locking and unlocking Your Equifax credit report may take up to 48 hours. Locking and unlocking your Equifax credit report may also not be available during certain hours every night. When Your subscription is no longer active, Your Equifax credit report will be automatically unlocked.

ADDITIONAL CONSUMER REPORT RELATED DISCLOSURES. You have a right to obtain a free copy of your consumer disclosure once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer reporting agencies. To request your free annual consumer disclosure, you may go to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228, or complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281. You can obtain additional copies of your consumer disclosure from a consumer reporting agency, for which you may be charged a reasonable fee. There is no fee, however, if you have been turned down for credit, employment, insurance, or a rental dwelling because of information in your credit file within the preceding 60 days. The consumer reporting agency must provide someone to help you interpret the information in your credit file. You are entitled to receive a free copy of your consumer disclosure if you are unemployed and intend to apply for employment in the next 60 days, if you are a recipient of public welfare assistance, or if you have reason to believe that there is inaccurate information in your credit report due to fraud. For more information You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) by calling the FTC toll free – 1-877-FTC-HELP or visit their website: www.ftc.gov. In addition, the states of MA, VT, CO, NJ, MD and ME permit consumers to obtain one credit report per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge and the state of GA permits consumers to obtain two credit reports per consumer reporting agency per year, free of charge. None of Our Products are intended to substitute for any free credit report or disclosure that any credit reporting agency or bureau is required by law to provide to You.

THIRD PARTY WEBSITES AND SERVICES. This Product may provide, or third parties may provide, links or other access to other websites, services and resources on the Internet and otherwise, including reporting agencies (“Third Party Services “). TrustedID has no control over such Third Party Services and TrustedID is not responsible for and does not endorse such Third Party Services. You further acknowledge and agree that TrustedID shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any information, content, goods or services available on or through any such Third Party Services.

APPLICABLE LAW. This Agreement and its enforcement shall be governed by the laws of the state in which You most recently told TrustedID, Inc. You live according to TrustedID, Inc.’s records, without regard to conflict of law principles.

ENTIRE AGREEMENT BETWEEN US. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between You and Us regarding the Products and information contained on or acquired through this website or provided by Us, including through other linked third party Internet sites. This website may contain hyperlinks or other references to third party Internet sites that TrustedID, Inc. does not own or operate. You may be subject to additional terms and conditions that apply when You use third party Internet sites. You agree that You are responsible for reviewing and understanding any terms and conditions governing any third party Internet site and products and TrustedID, Inc. has no responsibility therefore. This Agreement takes effect on Your first use of this website, and it applies to all persons accessing the website from Your computer, and to all persons using Your User ID or password. The headings used in this Agreement are for convenience only and such headings are not to be used in determining the meaning or interpretation of these terms and conditions of use. You agree that this Agreement is not intended to and does not confer any rights on any persons other than Us and You and the third party beneficiaries referenced in this Section. If any provision of this Agreement is held invalid, unenforceable or void by applicable laws, the remaining portions shall continue in full force and effect. You may not assign this Agreement or the Product to someone else. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, the provisions contained in the following sections “Use of the Products”, “Trademark Rights”, “Copyright Notice”, “Applicable Law” and this Section, “Entire Agreement Between Us”, will survive termination of this Agreement and Your access to and use of the Products and the information contained on this website or provided by Us. Suppliers are third party beneficiaries under this Agreement.
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TrustedID Premier Privacy Notice

FACTS WHAT DOES TrustedID, Inc. DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
Why? Financial companies choose how they share your personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information. Please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.
What? The types of personal information we collect and share depend on the product or service you have with us. This information can include:

  • Social Security number and credit card information
  • Payment history and transaction history
  • Credit scores and credit history
How? All financial companies need to share customers’ personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons financial companies can share their customers’ personal information; the reasons TrustedID, Inc. chooses to share; and whether you can limit this sharing.
Reasons we can share your personal information Does TrustedID, Inc. share? Can you limit this sharing?
For our everyday business purposes—
such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus
YES NO
For our marketing purposes—
to offer our products and services to you
YES NO
For joint marketing with other financial companies YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes —
information about your transactions and experiences
YES NO
For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes—
information about your creditworthiness
NO We do not share.
For our affiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
For nonaffiliates to market to you NO We do not share.
Questions? Call: 1.888.548.7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week — our menu will prompt you through your choice(s)
What we do
How does TrustedID, Inc. protect my personal information? To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. For additional information, contact us at 1-888-548-7878 from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Time seven days a week—our menu will prompt you through your choice(s).
How does TrustedID, Inc. collect my personal information? We collect your personal information, for example, when you

  • open an account or provide account information
  • use your credit or debit card, or pay your bills
  • give us your contact information

We also collect your personal information from others, such as credit bureaus, affiliates, or other companies.

Why can’t I limit all sharing? Federal law gives you the right to limit only

  • sharing for affiliates’ everyday business purposes—information about your creditworthiness
  • affiliates from using your information to market to you
  • sharing for nonaffiliates to market to you

State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing. See below for more on your rights under state law.

Definitions
Affiliates Companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Our affiliates include companies with an Equifax name; and others such as IXI Corporation and TALX Corporation.
Nonaffiliates Companies not related to by common ownership or control. They can be financial and nonfinancial companies.

  • Nonaffiliates we may share with may include marketing and analytics companies.
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All the Archery Safety Rules You Need To Know About

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Archery is something that seems fascinating just by hearing the word. Everyone, including me, would want to try it out whenever we hear someone telling their experiences with archery.

It’s true that with some practice and proper guidance, everyone can eventually find their way to performing archery perfectly. But before developing a hobby, one really needs to be aware of the dangers it has.

While through archery, no one can intentionally get hurt, but in several ways, you can hurt yourself or someone else without even knowing it. In that case, knowing Archery Safety Rules becomes a necessity.

This is why we have compiled together some of the basic rules for performing archery as safely as is ever possible!

 

  • Why Do We Need Them?

 

Understand now? While you might be very confident in yourself, telling yourself you won’t be careless enough to hurt anyone else or yourself, that would not be true; because we’re all humans and we all can make mistakes.

Apart from that, if we’re not well aware of the archery safety rules, we would never know how to do it the right way. Therefore, we need these rules.

 

  • Shooting Safety Rules

 

The following things are to be taken care of while you’re shooting out there. There are no crazy archery safety rules, just simple ones you should all be aware of.

  • Take care to not point your bow towards anyone, even if the arrow isn’t in there yet. This will help you develop better shooting habits.
  • Shooting your arrow high up in the air might seem cool, but it is just as unpredictable, and you might not know where it’s land. Thus not to shoot too high, and keep it low.
  • While you nock your arrow, make sure the bow is pointing towards the ground, because if the arrow accidentally slips from your hands, you can end up hurting yourself or someone else standing in the way.
  • Wearing an armed guard is definitely recommended while you’re performing archery, as it will protect you from receiving any severe injuries during it. You can have a look at a great arm guard for your complete safety.
  • Make sure to ask the people, if there are any between you and the target, to move aside and leave sufficient space so that they don’t end up getting hurt. Do this before nocking your arrow, and don’t nock it in without making sure the path is clear
  • Don’t draw your bow more than the actual length of the arrow, as it can lead to injuries on your part, as well as it can damage your equipment pretty badly.
    • If you’re using wooden ones, before the shooting sessions take place, always examine the arrows for any cracks or breakages , so that everything goes right during the actual performance.
    • If you spot even a slight damage on the bow string, it is recommended to change it right away, as it will not function properly and can lead to random shots. Don’t wait for it to become completely damaged either.
    • Make sure you’re not wearing any watches, jewelry, or anything else while performing archery. Take any such thing off so that you don’t end up damaging your expensive stuff.
    • For additional safety measures, make sure your phone is completely charged, so that you can contact anyone at all if you find yourself in an accident or anything like that.

     

  • Indoor/Outdoor Range Safety Rules:
  • Now when we’ve had a look at archery safety rules which cover your  measures, here are some steps which you necessarily have to take at the particular place you’re performing Archery at, which include your environment and everything else present in it.
    • Pay special attention to what the instructor is telling you to do. Listen to him when he instructs you to stop, warns you, or says anything else. Go by his actions and you’ll stay as safe as possible.
    • At the range, make sure they have a first aid kit always present in case of emergencies if anyone receives an injury. Don’t go to the range if they don’t have one with them.
    • Go to the shooting line only after you have examined your bow and arrow carefully, and made sure they are perfectly fine and not damaged in any way.
    • When you go to retrieve your arrows, make sure to walk carefully and not run, as you can lose your balance and hurt yourself over the arrows anytime. You need to be fully aware of your surroundings while you’re at the range.
    • Do not cross the shooting line unless the instructor tells everyone to stop shooting. Keep standing there, and only after the instructor’s command should you cross the line to retrieve your arrows from the target.
    • Until you’re not at the shooting line, or told by the instructor, do not nock an arrow into your bow for additional safety measures. A slip of hand and you can end up hurting yourself or anyone else.
    • If there’s anything you dropped beyond the shooting line, never ever cross the line until everyone is told to stop shooting by the instructor. Even if the thing is in your reach, wait till everything is clear to retrieve it.You can see to have a look at the very basic of the archery safety rules being visually described to you, so that you can have a bright idea.Conclusion:

      As a whole, paying attention to every single detail and having your nerves alert is how you’ll stay safe and protected while performing archery.

      The only gears you require for archery is a basic arm guard, and always keep it with you when you’re out for performing. Make sure to keep these archery safety rules in your mind to stay completely protected and have the best archery experience.

      If you have any further queries, feel free to comment them down below and I’d love to clear them up for you. Happy Archery!

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All the Archery Safety Rules You Need To Know About

Archery is something that seems fascinating just by hearing the word. Everyone, including me, would want to try it out whenever we hear someone telling their experiences with archery.

It’s true that with some practice and proper guidance, everyone can eventually find their way to performing archery perfectly. But before developing a hobby, one really needs to be aware of the dangers it has.

While through archery, no one can intentionally get hurt, but in several ways, you can hurt yourself or someone else without even knowing it. In that case, knowing Archery Safety Rules becomes a necessity.

This is why we have compiled together some of the basic rules for performing archery as safely as is ever possible!

 

  • Why Do We Need Them?

 

Understand now? While you might be very confident in yourself, telling yourself you won’t be careless enough to hurt anyone else or yourself, that would not be true; because we’re all humans and we all can make mistakes.

Apart from that, if we’re not well aware of the archery safety rules, we would never know how to do it the right way. Therefore, we need these rules.

 

  • Shooting Safety Rules

 

The following things are to be taken care of while you’re shooting out there. There are no crazy archery safety rules, just simple ones you should all be aware of.

  • Take care to not point your bow towards anyone, even if the arrow isn’t in there yet. This will help you develop better shooting habits.
  • Shooting your arrow high up in the air might seem cool, but it is just as unpredictable, and you might not know where it’s land. Thus not to shoot too high, and keep it low.
  • While you nock your arrow, make sure the bow is pointing towards the ground, because if the arrow accidentally slips from your hands, you can end up hurting yourself or someone else standing in the way.
  • Wearing an armed guard is definitely recommended while you’re performing archery, as it will protect you from receiving any severe injuries during it. You can have a look at a great arm guard for your complete safety.
  • Make sure to ask the people, if there are any between you and the target, to move aside and leave sufficient space so that they don’t end up getting hurt. Do this before nocking your arrow, and don’t nock it in without making sure the path is clear
  • Don’t draw your bow more than the actual length of the arrow, as it can lead to injuries on your part, as well as it can damage your equipment pretty badly.
    • If you’re using wooden ones, before the shooting sessions take place, always examine the arrows for any cracks or breakages , so that everything goes right during the actual performance.
    • If you spot even a slight damage on the bow string, it is recommended to change it right away, as it will not function properly and can lead to random shots. Don’t wait for it to become completely damaged either.
    • Make sure you’re not wearing any watches, jewelry, or anything else while performing archery. Take any such thing off so that you don’t end up damaging your expensive stuff.
    • For additional safety measures, make sure your phone is completely charged, so that you can contact anyone at all if you find yourself in an accident or anything like that.

     

  • Indoor/Outdoor Range Safety Rules:
  • Now when we’ve had a look at archery safety rules which cover your  measures, here are some steps which you necessarily have to take at the particular place you’re performing Archery at, which include your environment and everything else present in it.
    • Pay special attention to what the instructor is telling you to do. Listen to him when he instructs you to stop, warns you, or says anything else. Go by his actions and you’ll stay as safe as possible.
    • At the range, make sure they have a first aid kit always present in case of emergencies if anyone receives an injury. Don’t go to the range if they don’t have one with them.
    • Go to the shooting line only after you have examined your bow and arrow carefully, and made sure they are perfectly fine and not damaged in any way.
    • When you go to retrieve your arrows, make sure to walk carefully and not run, as you can lose your balance and hurt yourself over the arrows anytime. You need to be fully aware of your surroundings while you’re at the range.
    • Do not cross the shooting line unless the instructor tells everyone to stop shooting. Keep standing there, and only after the instructor’s command should you cross the line to retrieve your arrows from the target.
    • Until you’re not at the shooting line, or told by the instructor, do not nock an arrow into your bow for additional safety measures. A slip of hand and you can end up hurting yourself or anyone else.
    • If there’s anything you dropped beyond the shooting line, never ever cross the line until everyone is told to stop shooting by the instructor. Even if the thing is in your reach, wait till everything is clear to retrieve it.You can see to have a look at the very basic of the archery safety rules being visually described to you, so that you can have a bright idea.Conclusion:

      As a whole, paying attention to every single detail and having your nerves alert is how you’ll stay safe and protected while performing archery.

      The only gears you require for archery is a basic arm guard, and always keep it with you when you’re out for performing. Make sure to keep these archery safety rules in your mind to stay completely protected and have the best archery experience.

      If you have any further queries, feel free to comment them down below and I’d love to clear them up for you. Happy Archery!

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The Perfect Bug Out Location Survival Retreat

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I will throw out a few bullet points to the conversation started. While there’s probably no such thing in the real world as a perfect bug out location or a perfect survival retreat to call home, there certainly are things to look for when thinking about it wishfully or if actually considering a move. -Water source on the property -Enough land for privacy & security -Good soil for growing food -Climate conducive to growing season -Like minded people in region -Away from population density -Far enough away from nuclear power plant -Far enough away from a nuclear target -2nd Amendment

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Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about!

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Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! We learned a lot over the last two weeks. When we watched Harvey then Irma bear down on our nation it was probably a rude awakening even for some of us who are prepared for disaster. When you see the truly … Continue reading Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about!

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Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about!

Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! We learned a lot over the last two weeks. When we watched Harvey then Irma bear down on our nation it was probably a rude awakening even for some of us who are prepared for disaster. When you see the truly … Continue reading Evacuation: What you haven’t thought about!

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North Korea Set To Launch ICBM But Something Has Changed

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Hwasong-14 launch, July 4, 2017. Just an observation… While it is getting ‘regular’ to hear news about North Korea taunting the world with missile launches and nuclear bomb testing, the latest bit of news may be indicative that something has changed. The last time that we heard about North Korea launching a missile (which flew over Japan) the report was sudden and after the fact. Again, we heard about it AFTER they did it. There’s no way that ‘we’ didn’t know about it ahead of time. There’s little or no doubt that with our technology we didn’t observe them getting

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How Much Of A Beating Can We Take?

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In the last three weeks, we’ve seen two of the worst hurricanes in history strike our shores, with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston and the surrounding area, and Hurricane Irma hitting all of Florida.

While the 6.5 million inhabitants of the Houston metro weren’t told to evacuate, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statewide evacuation order, telling 5.6 million people to move out of the state for the duration.

Considering that only 1.2 million people live in the New Orleans area, either of these hurricanes dwarf the number of people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in US history.

The total dollars of damage from these two hurricanes is far from being discovered, but it will clearly put a major dent in our national economy.

At the same time all of this is happening, much of the western United States is ablaze with forest fires. Every state west of the Continental Divide has numerous fires, with California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho being hit the hardest. While much of this is wilderness area, the cost in lost timber will be astronomical. It will regrow, but that will take time.

On top of all this, the seismic activity in the area of Yellowstone National Park is spiking, with a “swarm” of over 1,500 earthquakes. Scientists state that there is no reason to suspect an eruption of the supervolcano yet, but they also tell us that Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption. What is keeping them from predicting one anytime soon is that there are too many other signs of a pending earthquake that aren’t visible yet. While that could change at any time, we should, at least, have some warning.

Of course, those who believe religiously in Climate Change are trying to make political hay from these disasters, claiming that they are caused by climate change. But then, we’ve heard them blame climate change for Brexit, the Flint water crisis (which was caused by bad management), a surge in fatal shark attacks, severe acne and even the election of Donald Trump as president.

This smart device will help you slash an excess of 70% off your power bill overnight…

Anyone who understand the science of hurricanes and forest fires knows that even if global warming were true, it would not cause these events. But then, those who push that narrative are selling it to a group of low-information voters, who don’t really understand, but merely accept what they’re told.

President Trump has already asked Congress for a 7.9 billion dollar relief fund for Hurricane Harvey and will probably end up doing something similar for the victims of Hurricane Irma.

If Congress follows their normal routine, other billions in pork spending will be added to these two bills, money spent on projects that couldn’t normally make it through the Congressional review process, but may very well be funded on the backs of the important legislation providing relief for those affected by the hurricanes.

But one has to wonder how many of these disasters the country can absorb, before they start causing a serious impact on our economy.

Granted, the United States is the richest country in the world, but even our well of resources isn’t bottomless. Eventually, we’ll hit a point where our government can’t keep borrowing money, then what will happen?

We in the prepping community look at a wide variety of potential disasters, wondering if one or another will end up being the downfall of our nation, creating that TEOTWAWKI world that we all prepare for. Yet, while we always look to a single event being the cause of such change, there’s nothing to say that there can’t be a series of events that cumulatively bring the nation down.

Right now, we have three of the country’s largest 20 metropolitan areas lying in ruins, not counting the damage to smaller communities. Over a million people had to abandon their homes, due to flooding, in Houston alone.

How much those cities are in ruins is still being evaluated; but it’s clear that it’s going to cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next three years to rebuild them; estimates are running as high as $290 billion dollars.

In Florida, the local power company is predicting that it could take weeks to restore power to everyone, just as it did after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The damage is so severe, that they are looking at the possibility of a wholesale rebuild of the electrical grid.

 

Video first seen on TODAY.

But this is nothing compared to Puerto Rico, where they are saying restoring the grid will probably take more than six months.

All this is from just the first two hurricanes of the season. We still have a month and a half of peak hurricane season to go. Who knows what else might happen in that time?

So, Where Does this Leave Us?

Sadly, few of the people hit by either of these hurricanes or the hurricanes to come are prepared for this sort of event to happen in their lives. Flood insurance and hurricane insurance are expensive; so few people buy them, unless they are required to as a stipulation in their mortgage contract.

What that means is that those whose homes are damaged will still have to pay their mortgage, as well as pay for expensive repairs to their homes, somehow. It will take some of these people years to effect those repairs, simply because they don’t have the money to do so and whatever aid they receive from the government won’t be enough to finish the work.

But what if those people didn’t pay their mortgages, but instead abandoned their wrecked homes and ruined lives? What would happen then?

In that case, the banks and mortgage companies would begin the process of foreclosing on their homes, taking that property, which was the collateral for those loans. The banks would then sell off the property, writing off the loss.

If each bank were to just absorb a few such losses, it wouldn’t make much difference. But if we end up seeing a continuation of destruction, there is a possibility of enough of these losses causing banks, especially smaller banks, to fail. While the government has typically bailed out the banks that were “too big to fail,” they don’t offer that same protection to smaller ones.

Each failed bank, like each disaster, becomes a burden on the economy, dragging us closer to the edge of the cliff of financial collapse. There’s really no way of knowing exactly how close that cliff is or which event might trigger a fall. A lot of that depends on psychology, never a very exact science. But one that is even less exact when you combine the psychology of many different people together.

All the More Reason to Prep

If anything, these events merely show all the more reason why you and I need to prepare. None of us know what is coming our way next week, let alone next year.

The things I’ve mentioned so far in this article are just disasters that nature has provided, without even looking at man-made problems that we could face. The world we live in is clearly a dangerous place, and it’s not going to get safer anytime soon.

But our prepping needs to go far beyond building a stockpile. I don’t care if you have ten years worth of food stashed away, it’s not going to do you much good, if it’s under ten feet of water. Nor, for that matter, is most of it going to be available for you to use if your home gets destroyed.

One way of mitigating this risk is by having at least some of your stockpile off-site, preferably in a secure location that you can bug out to, should you be forced to abandon your home. That way, you have something to use while you are away, and maybe even while you are trying to dig your home out of the rubble and see what you can salvage.

But there’s something even more important than your stockpile; that’s the knowledge you learn as part of preparing to face a disaster. Even in the worst of cases, where everything you own is taken from you, your knowledge will remain.

That’s what you’ll have to depend on to survive.

With enough knowledge, you can use just about anything you can find to survive. Maybe you won’t be living in the lap of luxury, but you’ll be warm, fed and have clean water to drink. That’s a whole lot more than millions of displaced victims of these two hurricanes can say today.

While they might be comfortably hiding away in a hotel room today, they’ll be in trouble when their funds run out. You, on the other hand, won’t run out of funds, because you’ll turn your evacuation into a camping trip.

Throughout history, it has been the more resourceful of us who have been the most successful. Whether that resourcefulness led them to invent new things, find new ways of doing things, or just do the necessary tasks of life.

In the wake of any disaster, it will be those who are the most resourceful who are the most successful as well. That survival knowledge you are learning is what is going to put you in this small, elite group of people.

Build your knowledge and prepare yourself! Your family’s survival will depend on that!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

How Much Of A Beating Can We Take?

In the last three weeks, we’ve seen two of the worst hurricanes in history strike our shores, with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston and the surrounding area, and Hurricane Irma hitting all of Florida.

While the 6.5 million inhabitants of the Houston metro weren’t told to evacuate, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statewide evacuation order, telling 5.6 million people to move out of the state for the duration.

Considering that only 1.2 million people live in the New Orleans area, either of these hurricanes dwarf the number of people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina, the costliest hurricane in US history.

The total dollars of damage from these two hurricanes is far from being discovered, but it will clearly put a major dent in our national economy.

At the same time all of this is happening, much of the western United States is ablaze with forest fires. Every state west of the Continental Divide has numerous fires, with California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho being hit the hardest. While much of this is wilderness area, the cost in lost timber will be astronomical. It will regrow, but that will take time.

On top of all this, the seismic activity in the area of Yellowstone National Park is spiking, with a “swarm” of over 1,500 earthquakes. Scientists state that there is no reason to suspect an eruption of the supervolcano yet, but they also tell us that Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption. What is keeping them from predicting one anytime soon is that there are too many other signs of a pending earthquake that aren’t visible yet. While that could change at any time, we should, at least, have some warning.

Of course, those who believe religiously in Climate Change are trying to make political hay from these disasters, claiming that they are caused by climate change. But then, we’ve heard them blame climate change for Brexit, the Flint water crisis (which was caused by bad management), a surge in fatal shark attacks, severe acne and even the election of Donald Trump as president.

This smart device will help you slash an excess of 70% off your power bill overnight…

Anyone who understand the science of hurricanes and forest fires knows that even if global warming were true, it would not cause these events. But then, those who push that narrative are selling it to a group of low-information voters, who don’t really understand, but merely accept what they’re told.

President Trump has already asked Congress for a 7.9 billion dollar relief fund for Hurricane Harvey and will probably end up doing something similar for the victims of Hurricane Irma.

If Congress follows their normal routine, other billions in pork spending will be added to these two bills, money spent on projects that couldn’t normally make it through the Congressional review process, but may very well be funded on the backs of the important legislation providing relief for those affected by the hurricanes.

But one has to wonder how many of these disasters the country can absorb, before they start causing a serious impact on our economy.

Granted, the United States is the richest country in the world, but even our well of resources isn’t bottomless. Eventually, we’ll hit a point where our government can’t keep borrowing money, then what will happen?

We in the prepping community look at a wide variety of potential disasters, wondering if one or another will end up being the downfall of our nation, creating that TEOTWAWKI world that we all prepare for. Yet, while we always look to a single event being the cause of such change, there’s nothing to say that there can’t be a series of events that cumulatively bring the nation down.

Right now, we have three of the country’s largest 20 metropolitan areas lying in ruins, not counting the damage to smaller communities. Over a million people had to abandon their homes, due to flooding, in Houston alone.

How much those cities are in ruins is still being evaluated; but it’s clear that it’s going to cost hundreds of billions of dollars over the next three years to rebuild them; estimates are running as high as $290 billion dollars.

In Florida, the local power company is predicting that it could take weeks to restore power to everyone, just as it did after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The damage is so severe, that they are looking at the possibility of a wholesale rebuild of the electrical grid.

 

Video first seen on TODAY.

But this is nothing compared to Puerto Rico, where they are saying restoring the grid will probably take more than six months.

All this is from just the first two hurricanes of the season. We still have a month and a half of peak hurricane season to go. Who knows what else might happen in that time?

So, Where Does this Leave Us?

Sadly, few of the people hit by either of these hurricanes or the hurricanes to come are prepared for this sort of event to happen in their lives. Flood insurance and hurricane insurance are expensive; so few people buy them, unless they are required to as a stipulation in their mortgage contract.

What that means is that those whose homes are damaged will still have to pay their mortgage, as well as pay for expensive repairs to their homes, somehow. It will take some of these people years to effect those repairs, simply because they don’t have the money to do so and whatever aid they receive from the government won’t be enough to finish the work.

But what if those people didn’t pay their mortgages, but instead abandoned their wrecked homes and ruined lives? What would happen then?

In that case, the banks and mortgage companies would begin the process of foreclosing on their homes, taking that property, which was the collateral for those loans. The banks would then sell off the property, writing off the loss.

If each bank were to just absorb a few such losses, it wouldn’t make much difference. But if we end up seeing a continuation of destruction, there is a possibility of enough of these losses causing banks, especially smaller banks, to fail. While the government has typically bailed out the banks that were “too big to fail,” they don’t offer that same protection to smaller ones.

Each failed bank, like each disaster, becomes a burden on the economy, dragging us closer to the edge of the cliff of financial collapse. There’s really no way of knowing exactly how close that cliff is or which event might trigger a fall. A lot of that depends on psychology, never a very exact science. But one that is even less exact when you combine the psychology of many different people together.

All the More Reason to Prep

If anything, these events merely show all the more reason why you and I need to prepare. None of us know what is coming our way next week, let alone next year.

The things I’ve mentioned so far in this article are just disasters that nature has provided, without even looking at man-made problems that we could face. The world we live in is clearly a dangerous place, and it’s not going to get safer anytime soon.

But our prepping needs to go far beyond building a stockpile. I don’t care if you have ten years worth of food stashed away, it’s not going to do you much good, if it’s under ten feet of water. Nor, for that matter, is most of it going to be available for you to use if your home gets destroyed.

One way of mitigating this risk is by having at least some of your stockpile off-site, preferably in a secure location that you can bug out to, should you be forced to abandon your home. That way, you have something to use while you are away, and maybe even while you are trying to dig your home out of the rubble and see what you can salvage.

But there’s something even more important than your stockpile; that’s the knowledge you learn as part of preparing to face a disaster. Even in the worst of cases, where everything you own is taken from you, your knowledge will remain.

That’s what you’ll have to depend on to survive.

With enough knowledge, you can use just about anything you can find to survive. Maybe you won’t be living in the lap of luxury, but you’ll be warm, fed and have clean water to drink. That’s a whole lot more than millions of displaced victims of these two hurricanes can say today.

While they might be comfortably hiding away in a hotel room today, they’ll be in trouble when their funds run out. You, on the other hand, won’t run out of funds, because you’ll turn your evacuation into a camping trip.

Throughout history, it has been the more resourceful of us who have been the most successful. Whether that resourcefulness led them to invent new things, find new ways of doing things, or just do the necessary tasks of life.

In the wake of any disaster, it will be those who are the most resourceful who are the most successful as well. That survival knowledge you are learning is what is going to put you in this small, elite group of people.

Build your knowledge and prepare yourself! Your family’s survival will depend on that!

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

Survivor Stories: All Hell Has Broken Loose in the Caribbean After Hurricane Irma

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Preppers often wonder what it would be like if everything was destroyed in a disaster. After Hurricane Irma devastated the Caribbean, it didn’t take long before society began to devolve. … Read the rest

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How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Another guest post from Bernas (Ben) Leonavicius who recently contributed an article titled “How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass”. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Man (kind) has practiced hunting since prehistory and until just a couple of hundred years ago this activity has been one of the major sources of our food supply. Nowadays, hunting is mostly practiced for recreational purposes rather than for food, though the food provided is a major bonus effect and, in extreme circumstances, you might face the decision of having to hunt to survive. In Alaska hunting is still the major source of meat, as it is in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Alaska people are even allowed to hunt for others who are not able but need the meat to get through the winter. It is a win win as hunters get to provide a humane service while getting to harvest more than their personal limit.

Assuming you were taken by surprise by circumstances and/or events, just what do you do if you ended up lost in the wilderness? FIRST, remember the first rules of survival – avoid making unnecessary efforts. Try to preserve your energy as much as you can and when it comes to hunting, try to expend less energy than you would regain from eating your prey.

Also understand that hunting is a true art and you have to prepare for it, like any emergency situation. The first questions a rescue party asks are to access the physical condition and skill level of the person they are searching for in the wilderness. Hunting “by necessity” as opposed to by plan requires the use of all your senses and abilities to surprise and capture a prey that is often more alert than you. Prey that can hear, see and smell you long before you are even aware of their presence. And since emergency situations may arise in the most unexpected moments, you should learn how to survive in the wilderness by hunting.

Practice makes better (I think perfect is impossible to achieve.)

Identifying The Prey

One of the most difficult parts of hunting is identifying the prey. Wild animals will not just sit there waiting for you to kill and eat them, they will feel your presence and move away.

    

The best way to identify your prey is to observe the traces, such as paw prints, eggs, and dejections. All these elements can be used to point you in the right direction.

White-tailed deer scat

Another way of identifying your prey is by recognizing the noises and by understanding the habits of your prey. For this reason, before starting your next adventure in the wilderness, try to find out as much as you can about the local fauna, the local wildlife, identifying the eventual potential preys and their resting or feeding places. This can not be over-stressed. Berries bring bees, bears, birds, small mammals and deer, pick wisely the one you want to engage. Knowing that is what will “inhabit” the area you should also know that their predators – coyotes, mountain cats, birds of prey and snakes will also be competing for these animals “locally”. Find fresh water, not just for your survival but because most of the prey you seek will do the same. This is where you will see the scat and the tracks and be able to plan your course of action.

 

  

Once you know these things you will be able to use the methods below to secure your future meal.

What are your options?

Once you identified your prey, the next step is to hunt it. There are various methods you can use depending on your abilities. The most common ways of hunting in the wilderness are:

Hunting with Traps

One of the easiest and least demanding ways of hunting is by building traps. To do this, you will usually need basic gear such as hiking rope or laces and eventually some sticks you can easily find in the wild. There are many types of traps that can be built with these elements, but probably the simplest and easiest to achieve is making a loop that you can use to capture your prey as soon as it sets head or foot inside the trap.

  

Obviously, to make the trap function for capturing food you will have to attract the prey to the loop by placing a bait or by blocking other surrounding paths.

If you don’t have either rope or shoe laces, you can use any piece of garment you might dispose of to tear apart and create an improvised string.

If you choose this hunting method, remember that:

  • The more traps you trigger the more chances you have to catch your prey
  • Hide the traps by camouflaging them into the surrounding environment
  • Put soil on laces or ropes to remove your smell, put local debris all over the trap if feasible
  • Block the surrounding paths with branches, trunks, or anything else you might use to divert game to the trap
  • Test the trap before setting it and make sure it works

Hunting with Firearms

Without a doubt, the easiest ways to spot, target, and capture game is with the help of a firearm. They can vary from handguns to rifles and their action range will change depending on the model you use.

Do everything you can to NOT be caught in a wilderness “situation” without a firearm , a thing to keep in mind as well is to invest in a high-quality set of sights for a handgun and in an excellent rifle scope if you are taking the rifle with you. And PRACTICE.

Apart from being valuable possessions if you will find yourself in a life or death situation, these optical instruments will also help you to survey more terrain while conserving energy. Practice and you will be able to aim and target with more precision. Valuable always because ammo is always finite.

Hunting with Alternative Weapons

If the use of traps failed and you have no firearm with you, then you could try building alternative weapons from what you can find in the wilderness.

The options are truly endless and the only advice to give in this situation is to avoid falling to the victim of desperation. Keeping ones head is the single best advantage you have over nature.

Take a look at the environment and identify all the branches, sharp rocks and other pointy or sharp elements you could use as weapons, then use them wisely and preferably on small preys. Have two at the ready as the first may only wound and you need to be able to finish the kill as efficiently as possible.

Hunting with Your Bare Hands

In the most extreme situations, you might have to use your bare hands to catch the prey. In this case, you have to identify any potential prey that is harmless, such as small game, lizards, fish, snails, small birds, snakes and even insects.

 Caught in his home in Houston two weeks ago!

Remember that animals, like us, become aggressive when attacked, therefore avoid chasing large mammals even if the prey you identified is harmless in normal circumstances, cornered, it is life or death to them.

Tips & Tricks

Regardless of which method of hunting you either choose or are left with, there are a few common sense rules you should follow to increase your chances of success:

  • Remove your scent: animals have a good sense of smell (humans have 5 million olfactory sensory neurons in their noses, dogs have 200 million; a bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away) and will easily identify your scent. For this reason, try to remove your scent by washing away your sweat and preferably by covering yourself with soil or mud
  • Know the wind: it changes direction so always hunt with the wind in your face and not on your back
  • Walk with the sun behind you: when following a prey, try to make sure that the sun is behind you. This “may” prevent the animal from turning around to avoid the glare or not see you withing the glare
  • Stop if the animal is fixing you: staying completely still until the animal resumes its normal activity increases your chances of catching the prey
  • Always try to have a survival kit at your disposal: in this way, in case of necessity, you will at least have with you all the essential gear needed to build a simple trap as well as some rudimentary weapons.

 

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How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Another guest post from Bernas (Ben) Leonavicius who recently contributed an article titled “How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass”. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Man (kind) has practiced hunting since prehistory and until just a couple of hundred years ago this activity has been one of the major sources of our food supply. Nowadays, hunting is mostly practiced for recreational purposes rather than for food, though the food provided is a major bonus effect and, in extreme circumstances, you might face the decision of having to hunt to survive. In Alaska hunting is still the major source of meat, as it is in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Alaska people are even allowed to hunt for others who are not able but need the meat to get through the winter. It is a win win as hunters get to provide a humane service while getting to harvest more than their personal limit.

Assuming you were taken by surprise by circumstances and/or events, just what do you do if you ended up lost in the wilderness? FIRST, remember the first rules of survival – avoid making unnecessary efforts. Try to preserve your energy as much as you can and when it comes to hunting, try to expend less energy than you would regain from eating your prey.

Also understand that hunting is a true art and you have to prepare for it, like any emergency situation. The first questions a rescue party asks are to access the physical condition and skill level of the person they are searching for in the wilderness. Hunting “by necessity” as opposed to by plan requires the use of all your senses and abilities to surprise and capture a prey that is often more alert than you. Prey that can hear, see and smell you long before you are even aware of their presence. And since emergency situations may arise in the most unexpected moments, you should learn how to survive in the wilderness by hunting.

Practice makes better (I think perfect is impossible to achieve.)

Identifying The Prey

One of the most difficult parts of hunting is identifying the prey. Wild animals will not just sit there waiting for you to kill and eat them, they will feel your presence and move away.

    

The best way to identify your prey is to observe the traces, such as paw prints, eggs, and dejections. All these elements can be used to point you in the right direction.

White-tailed deer scat

Another way of identifying your prey is by recognizing the noises and by understanding the habits of your prey. For this reason, before starting your next adventure in the wilderness, try to find out as much as you can about the local fauna, the local wildlife, identifying the eventual potential preys and their resting or feeding places. This can not be over-stressed. Berries bring bees, bears, birds, small mammals and deer, pick wisely the one you want to engage. Knowing that is what will “inhabit” the area you should also know that their predators – coyotes, mountain cats, birds of prey and snakes will also be competing for these animals “locally”. Find fresh water, not just for your survival but because most of the prey you seek will do the same. This is where you will see the scat and the tracks and be able to plan your course of action.

 

  

Once you know these things you will be able to use the methods below to secure your future meal.

What are your options?

Once you identified your prey, the next step is to hunt it. There are various methods you can use depending on your abilities. The most common ways of hunting in the wilderness are:

Hunting with Traps

One of the easiest and least demanding ways of hunting is by building traps. To do this, you will usually need basic gear such as hiking rope or laces and eventually some sticks you can easily find in the wild. There are many types of traps that can be built with these elements, but probably the simplest and easiest to achieve is making a loop that you can use to capture your prey as soon as it sets head or foot inside the trap.

  

Obviously, to make the trap function for capturing food you will have to attract the prey to the loop by placing a bait or by blocking other surrounding paths.

If you don’t have either rope or shoe laces, you can use any piece of garment you might dispose of to tear apart and create an improvised string.

If you choose this hunting method, remember that:

  • The more traps you trigger the more chances you have to catch your prey
  • Hide the traps by camouflaging them into the surrounding environment
  • Put soil on laces or ropes to remove your smell, put local debris all over the trap if feasible
  • Block the surrounding paths with branches, trunks, or anything else you might use to divert game to the trap
  • Test the trap before setting it and make sure it works

Hunting with Firearms

Without a doubt, the easiest ways to spot, target, and capture game is with the help of a firearm. They can vary from handguns to rifles and their action range will change depending on the model you use.

Do everything you can to NOT be caught in a wilderness “situation” without a firearm , a thing to keep in mind as well is to invest in a high-quality set of sights for a handgun and in an excellent rifle scope if you are taking the rifle with you. And PRACTICE.

Apart from being valuable possessions if you will find yourself in a life or death situation, these optical instruments will also help you to survey more terrain while conserving energy. Practice and you will be able to aim and target with more precision. Valuable always because ammo is always finite.

Hunting with Alternative Weapons

If the use of traps failed and you have no firearm with you, then you could try building alternative weapons from what you can find in the wilderness.

The options are truly endless and the only advice to give in this situation is to avoid falling to the victim of desperation. Keeping ones head is the single best advantage you have over nature.

Take a look at the environment and identify all the branches, sharp rocks and other pointy or sharp elements you could use as weapons, then use them wisely and preferably on small preys. Have two at the ready as the first may only wound and you need to be able to finish the kill as efficiently as possible.

Hunting with Your Bare Hands

In the most extreme situations, you might have to use your bare hands to catch the prey. In this case, you have to identify any potential prey that is harmless, such as small game, lizards, fish, snails, small birds, snakes and even insects.

 Caught in his home in Houston two weeks ago!

Remember that animals, like us, become aggressive when attacked, therefore avoid chasing large mammals even if the prey you identified is harmless in normal circumstances, cornered, it is life or death to them.

Tips & Tricks

Regardless of which method of hunting you either choose or are left with, there are a few common sense rules you should follow to increase your chances of success:

  • Remove your scent: animals have a good sense of smell (humans have 5 million olfactory sensory neurons in their noses, dogs have 200 million; a bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away) and will easily identify your scent. For this reason, try to remove your scent by washing away your sweat and preferably by covering yourself with soil or mud
  • Know the wind: it changes direction so always hunt with the wind in your face and not on your back
  • Walk with the sun behind you: when following a prey, try to make sure that the sun is behind you. This “may” prevent the animal from turning around to avoid the glare or not see you withing the glare
  • Stop if the animal is fixing you: staying completely still until the animal resumes its normal activity increases your chances of catching the prey
  • Always try to have a survival kit at your disposal: in this way, in case of necessity, you will at least have with you all the essential gear needed to build a simple trap as well as some rudimentary weapons.

 

The post How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting appeared first on The Prepper Journal.

How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Another guest post from Bernas (Ben) Leonavicius who recently contributed an article titled “How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass”. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Man (kind) has practiced hunting since prehistory and until just a couple of hundred years ago this activity has been one of the major sources of our food supply. Nowadays, hunting is mostly practiced for recreational purposes rather than for food, though the food provided is a major bonus effect and, in extreme circumstances, you might face the decision of having to hunt to survive. In Alaska hunting is still the major source of meat, as it is in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Alaska people are even allowed to hunt for others who are not able but need the meat to get through the winter. It is a win win as hunters get to provide a humane service while getting to harvest more than their personal limit.

Assuming you were taken by surprise by circumstances and/or events, just what do you do if you ended up lost in the wilderness? FIRST, remember the first rules of survival – avoid making unnecessary efforts. Try to preserve your energy as much as you can and when it comes to hunting, try to expend less energy than you would regain from eating your prey.

Also understand that hunting is a true art and you have to prepare for it, like any emergency situation. The first questions a rescue party asks are to access the physical condition and skill level of the person they are searching for in the wilderness. Hunting “by necessity” as opposed to by plan requires the use of all your senses and abilities to surprise and capture a prey that is often more alert than you. Prey that can hear, see and smell you long before you are even aware of their presence. And since emergency situations may arise in the most unexpected moments, you should learn how to survive in the wilderness by hunting.

Practice makes better (I think perfect is impossible to achieve.)

Identifying The Prey

One of the most difficult parts of hunting is identifying the prey. Wild animals will not just sit there waiting for you to kill and eat them, they will feel your presence and move away.

    

The best way to identify your prey is to observe the traces, such as paw prints, eggs, and dejections. All these elements can be used to point you in the right direction.

White-tailed deer scat

Another way of identifying your prey is by recognizing the noises and by understanding the habits of your prey. For this reason, before starting your next adventure in the wilderness, try to find out as much as you can about the local fauna, the local wildlife, identifying the eventual potential preys and their resting or feeding places. This can not be over-stressed. Berries bring bees, bears, birds, small mammals and deer, pick wisely the one you want to engage. Knowing that is what will “inhabit” the area you should also know that their predators – coyotes, mountain cats, birds of prey and snakes will also be competing for these animals “locally”. Find fresh water, not just for your survival but because most of the prey you seek will do the same. This is where you will see the scat and the tracks and be able to plan your course of action.

 

  

Once you know these things you will be able to use the methods below to secure your future meal.

What are your options?

Once you identified your prey, the next step is to hunt it. There are various methods you can use depending on your abilities. The most common ways of hunting in the wilderness are:

Hunting with Traps

One of the easiest and least demanding ways of hunting is by building traps. To do this, you will usually need basic gear such as hiking rope or laces and eventually some sticks you can easily find in the wild. There are many types of traps that can be built with these elements, but probably the simplest and easiest to achieve is making a loop that you can use to capture your prey as soon as it sets head or foot inside the trap.

  

Obviously, to make the trap function for capturing food you will have to attract the prey to the loop by placing a bait or by blocking other surrounding paths.

If you don’t have either rope or shoe laces, you can use any piece of garment you might dispose of to tear apart and create an improvised string.

If you choose this hunting method, remember that:

  • The more traps you trigger the more chances you have to catch your prey
  • Hide the traps by camouflaging them into the surrounding environment
  • Put soil on laces or ropes to remove your smell, put local debris all over the trap if feasible
  • Block the surrounding paths with branches, trunks, or anything else you might use to divert game to the trap
  • Test the trap before setting it and make sure it works

Hunting with Firearms

Without a doubt, the easiest ways to spot, target, and capture game is with the help of a firearm. They can vary from handguns to rifles and their action range will change depending on the model you use.

Do everything you can to NOT be caught in a wilderness “situation” without a firearm , a thing to keep in mind as well is to invest in a high-quality set of sights for a handgun and in an excellent rifle scope if you are taking the rifle with you. And PRACTICE.

Apart from being valuable possessions if you will find yourself in a life or death situation, these optical instruments will also help you to survey more terrain while conserving energy. Practice and you will be able to aim and target with more precision. Valuable always because ammo is always finite.

Hunting with Alternative Weapons

If the use of traps failed and you have no firearm with you, then you could try building alternative weapons from what you can find in the wilderness.

The options are truly endless and the only advice to give in this situation is to avoid falling to the victim of desperation. Keeping ones head is the single best advantage you have over nature.

Take a look at the environment and identify all the branches, sharp rocks and other pointy or sharp elements you could use as weapons, then use them wisely and preferably on small preys. Have two at the ready as the first may only wound and you need to be able to finish the kill as efficiently as possible.

Hunting with Your Bare Hands

In the most extreme situations, you might have to use your bare hands to catch the prey. In this case, you have to identify any potential prey that is harmless, such as small game, lizards, fish, snails, small birds, snakes and even insects.

 Caught in his home in Houston two weeks ago!

Remember that animals, like us, become aggressive when attacked, therefore avoid chasing large mammals even if the prey you identified is harmless in normal circumstances, cornered, it is life or death to them.

Tips & Tricks

Regardless of which method of hunting you either choose or are left with, there are a few common sense rules you should follow to increase your chances of success:

  • Remove your scent: animals have a good sense of smell (humans have 5 million olfactory sensory neurons in their noses, dogs have 200 million; a bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away) and will easily identify your scent. For this reason, try to remove your scent by washing away your sweat and preferably by covering yourself with soil or mud
  • Know the wind: it changes direction so always hunt with the wind in your face and not on your back
  • Walk with the sun behind you: when following a prey, try to make sure that the sun is behind you. This “may” prevent the animal from turning around to avoid the glare or not see you withing the glare
  • Stop if the animal is fixing you: staying completely still until the animal resumes its normal activity increases your chances of catching the prey
  • Always try to have a survival kit at your disposal: in this way, in case of necessity, you will at least have with you all the essential gear needed to build a simple trap as well as some rudimentary weapons.

 

The post How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting appeared first on The Prepper Journal.

How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Another guest post from Bernas (Ben) Leonavicius who recently contributed an article titled “How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass”. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Man (kind) has practiced hunting since prehistory and until just a couple of hundred years ago this activity has been one of the major sources of our food supply. Nowadays, hunting is mostly practiced for recreational purposes rather than for food, though the food provided is a major bonus effect and, in extreme circumstances, you might face the decision of having to hunt to survive. In Alaska hunting is still the major source of meat, as it is in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Alaska people are even allowed to hunt for others who are not able but need the meat to get through the winter. It is a win win as hunters get to provide a humane service while getting to harvest more than their personal limit.

Assuming you were taken by surprise by circumstances and/or events, just what do you do if you ended up lost in the wilderness? FIRST, remember the first rules of survival – avoid making unnecessary efforts. Try to preserve your energy as much as you can and when it comes to hunting, try to expend less energy than you would regain from eating your prey.

Also understand that hunting is a true art and you have to prepare for it, like any emergency situation. The first questions a rescue party asks are to access the physical condition and skill level of the person they are searching for in the wilderness. Hunting “by necessity” as opposed to by plan requires the use of all your senses and abilities to surprise and capture a prey that is often more alert than you. Prey that can hear, see and smell you long before you are even aware of their presence. And since emergency situations may arise in the most unexpected moments, you should learn how to survive in the wilderness by hunting.

Practice makes better (I think perfect is impossible to achieve.)

Identifying The Prey

One of the most difficult parts of hunting is identifying the prey. Wild animals will not just sit there waiting for you to kill and eat them, they will feel your presence and move away.

    

The best way to identify your prey is to observe the traces, such as paw prints, eggs, and dejections. All these elements can be used to point you in the right direction.

White-tailed deer scat

Another way of identifying your prey is by recognizing the noises and by understanding the habits of your prey. For this reason, before starting your next adventure in the wilderness, try to find out as much as you can about the local fauna, the local wildlife, identifying the eventual potential preys and their resting or feeding places. This can not be over-stressed. Berries bring bees, bears, birds, small mammals and deer, pick wisely the one you want to engage. Knowing that is what will “inhabit” the area you should also know that their predators – coyotes, mountain cats, birds of prey and snakes will also be competing for these animals “locally”. Find fresh water, not just for your survival but because most of the prey you seek will do the same. This is where you will see the scat and the tracks and be able to plan your course of action.

 

  

Once you know these things you will be able to use the methods below to secure your future meal.

What are your options?

Once you identified your prey, the next step is to hunt it. There are various methods you can use depending on your abilities. The most common ways of hunting in the wilderness are:

Hunting with Traps

One of the easiest and least demanding ways of hunting is by building traps. To do this, you will usually need basic gear such as hiking rope or laces and eventually some sticks you can easily find in the wild. There are many types of traps that can be built with these elements, but probably the simplest and easiest to achieve is making a loop that you can use to capture your prey as soon as it sets head or foot inside the trap.

  

Obviously, to make the trap function for capturing food you will have to attract the prey to the loop by placing a bait or by blocking other surrounding paths.

If you don’t have either rope or shoe laces, you can use any piece of garment you might dispose of to tear apart and create an improvised string.

If you choose this hunting method, remember that:

  • The more traps you trigger the more chances you have to catch your prey
  • Hide the traps by camouflaging them into the surrounding environment
  • Put soil on laces or ropes to remove your smell, put local debris all over the trap if feasible
  • Block the surrounding paths with branches, trunks, or anything else you might use to divert game to the trap
  • Test the trap before setting it and make sure it works

Hunting with Firearms

Without a doubt, the easiest ways to spot, target, and capture game is with the help of a firearm. They can vary from handguns to rifles and their action range will change depending on the model you use.

Do everything you can to NOT be caught in a wilderness “situation” without a firearm , a thing to keep in mind as well is to invest in a high-quality set of sights for a handgun and in an excellent rifle scope if you are taking the rifle with you. And PRACTICE.

Apart from being valuable possessions if you will find yourself in a life or death situation, these optical instruments will also help you to survey more terrain while conserving energy. Practice and you will be able to aim and target with more precision. Valuable always because ammo is always finite.

Hunting with Alternative Weapons

If the use of traps failed and you have no firearm with you, then you could try building alternative weapons from what you can find in the wilderness.

The options are truly endless and the only advice to give in this situation is to avoid falling to the victim of desperation. Keeping ones head is the single best advantage you have over nature.

Take a look at the environment and identify all the branches, sharp rocks and other pointy or sharp elements you could use as weapons, then use them wisely and preferably on small preys. Have two at the ready as the first may only wound and you need to be able to finish the kill as efficiently as possible.

Hunting with Your Bare Hands

In the most extreme situations, you might have to use your bare hands to catch the prey. In this case, you have to identify any potential prey that is harmless, such as small game, lizards, fish, snails, small birds, snakes and even insects.

 Caught in his home in Houston two weeks ago!

Remember that animals, like us, become aggressive when attacked, therefore avoid chasing large mammals even if the prey you identified is harmless in normal circumstances, cornered, it is life or death to them.

Tips & Tricks

Regardless of which method of hunting you either choose or are left with, there are a few common sense rules you should follow to increase your chances of success:

  • Remove your scent: animals have a good sense of smell (humans have 5 million olfactory sensory neurons in their noses, dogs have 200 million; a bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away) and will easily identify your scent. For this reason, try to remove your scent by washing away your sweat and preferably by covering yourself with soil or mud
  • Know the wind: it changes direction so always hunt with the wind in your face and not on your back
  • Walk with the sun behind you: when following a prey, try to make sure that the sun is behind you. This “may” prevent the animal from turning around to avoid the glare or not see you withing the glare
  • Stop if the animal is fixing you: staying completely still until the animal resumes its normal activity increases your chances of catching the prey
  • Always try to have a survival kit at your disposal: in this way, in case of necessity, you will at least have with you all the essential gear needed to build a simple trap as well as some rudimentary weapons.

 

The post How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting appeared first on The Prepper Journal.

How to Survive in the Wilderness by Hunting

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: Another guest post from Bernas (Ben) Leonavicius who recently contributed an article titled “How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass”. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

Man (kind) has practiced hunting since prehistory and until just a couple of hundred years ago this activity has been one of the major sources of our food supply. Nowadays, hunting is mostly practiced for recreational purposes rather than for food, though the food provided is a major bonus effect and, in extreme circumstances, you might face the decision of having to hunt to survive. In Alaska hunting is still the major source of meat, as it is in many parts of Africa and Asia. In Alaska people are even allowed to hunt for others who are not able but need the meat to get through the winter. It is a win win as hunters get to provide a humane service while getting to harvest more than their personal limit.

Assuming you were taken by surprise by circumstances and/or events, just what do you do if you ended up lost in the wilderness? FIRST, remember the first rules of survival – avoid making unnecessary efforts. Try to preserve your energy as much as you can and when it comes to hunting, try to expend less energy than you would regain from eating your prey.

Also understand that hunting is a true art and you have to prepare for it, like any emergency situation. The first questions a rescue party asks are to access the physical condition and skill level of the person they are searching for in the wilderness. Hunting “by necessity” as opposed to by plan requires the use of all your senses and abilities to surprise and capture a prey that is often more alert than you. Prey that can hear, see and smell you long before you are even aware of their presence. And since emergency situations may arise in the most unexpected moments, you should learn how to survive in the wilderness by hunting.

Practice makes better (I think perfect is impossible to achieve.)

Identifying The Prey

One of the most difficult parts of hunting is identifying the prey. Wild animals will not just sit there waiting for you to kill and eat them, they will feel your presence and move away.

    

The best way to identify your prey is to observe the traces, such as paw prints, eggs, and dejections. All these elements can be used to point you in the right direction.

White-tailed deer scat

Another way of identifying your prey is by recognizing the noises and by understanding the habits of your prey. For this reason, before starting your next adventure in the wilderness, try to find out as much as you can about the local fauna, the local wildlife, identifying the eventual potential preys and their resting or feeding places. This can not be over-stressed. Berries bring bees, bears, birds, small mammals and deer, pick wisely the one you want to engage. Knowing that is what will “inhabit” the area you should also know that their predators – coyotes, mountain cats, birds of prey and snakes will also be competing for these animals “locally”. Find fresh water, not just for your survival but because most of the prey you seek will do the same. This is where you will see the scat and the tracks and be able to plan your course of action.

 

  

Once you know these things you will be able to use the methods below to secure your future meal.

What are your options?

Once you identified your prey, the next step is to hunt it. There are various methods you can use depending on your abilities. The most common ways of hunting in the wilderness are:

Hunting with Traps

One of the easiest and least demanding ways of hunting is by building traps. To do this, you will usually need basic gear such as hiking rope or laces and eventually some sticks you can easily find in the wild. There are many types of traps that can be built with these elements, but probably the simplest and easiest to achieve is making a loop that you can use to capture your prey as soon as it sets head or foot inside the trap.

  

Obviously, to make the trap function for capturing food you will have to attract the prey to the loop by placing a bait or by blocking other surrounding paths.

If you don’t have either rope or shoe laces, you can use any piece of garment you might dispose of to tear apart and create an improvised string.

If you choose this hunting method, remember that:

  • The more traps you trigger the more chances you have to catch your prey
  • Hide the traps by camouflaging them into the surrounding environment
  • Put soil on laces or ropes to remove your smell, put local debris all over the trap if feasible
  • Block the surrounding paths with branches, trunks, or anything else you might use to divert game to the trap
  • Test the trap before setting it and make sure it works

Hunting with Firearms

Without a doubt, the easiest ways to spot, target, and capture game is with the help of a firearm. They can vary from handguns to rifles and their action range will change depending on the model you use.

Do everything you can to NOT be caught in a wilderness “situation” without a firearm , a thing to keep in mind as well is to invest in a high-quality set of sights for a handgun and in an excellent rifle scope if you are taking the rifle with you. And PRACTICE.

Apart from being valuable possessions if you will find yourself in a life or death situation, these optical instruments will also help you to survey more terrain while conserving energy. Practice and you will be able to aim and target with more precision. Valuable always because ammo is always finite.

Hunting with Alternative Weapons

If the use of traps failed and you have no firearm with you, then you could try building alternative weapons from what you can find in the wilderness.

The options are truly endless and the only advice to give in this situation is to avoid falling to the victim of desperation. Keeping ones head is the single best advantage you have over nature.

Take a look at the environment and identify all the branches, sharp rocks and other pointy or sharp elements you could use as weapons, then use them wisely and preferably on small preys. Have two at the ready as the first may only wound and you need to be able to finish the kill as efficiently as possible.

Hunting with Your Bare Hands

In the most extreme situations, you might have to use your bare hands to catch the prey. In this case, you have to identify any potential prey that is harmless, such as small game, lizards, fish, snails, small birds, snakes and even insects.

 Caught in his home in Houston two weeks ago!

Remember that animals, like us, become aggressive when attacked, therefore avoid chasing large mammals even if the prey you identified is harmless in normal circumstances, cornered, it is life or death to them.

Tips & Tricks

Regardless of which method of hunting you either choose or are left with, there are a few common sense rules you should follow to increase your chances of success:

  • Remove your scent: animals have a good sense of smell (humans have 5 million olfactory sensory neurons in their noses, dogs have 200 million; a bear’s sense of smell is so acute that they can detect animal carcasses upwind and from a distance of 20 miles away) and will easily identify your scent. For this reason, try to remove your scent by washing away your sweat and preferably by covering yourself with soil or mud
  • Know the wind: it changes direction so always hunt with the wind in your face and not on your back
  • Walk with the sun behind you: when following a prey, try to make sure that the sun is behind you. This “may” prevent the animal from turning around to avoid the glare or not see you withing the glare
  • Stop if the animal is fixing you: staying completely still until the animal resumes its normal activity increases your chances of catching the prey
  • Always try to have a survival kit at your disposal: in this way, in case of necessity, you will at least have with you all the essential gear needed to build a simple trap as well as some rudimentary weapons.

 

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Just a little spot of beauty

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Small island life of hard work and low funds. We have ferry to Cortes Island and 800 year around residents. There are 4 stores, a school, health center and much more. Very beautiful island with much peace a quiet. There are a small amount of local jobs more in the summer. 

We have 120acres that we have been making a home in with our family. 5 children between the ages of 3 And 14. Our plan is to clear a lower part of the land for garden and crops. After fencing to also keep livestalk. We do everything by hand with very little amount of power tools. 

We are open to the right people with the right mind set to come a be part of the family. I must stress that we are Christian and this would be important that you would shear this us. Please feel free to contact us 

Love

Misty and family

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Companion Planting Tips for your Balcony Garden

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The fall season, which starts in less than two weeks gives us another chance to grow a balcony or patio garden.  I have started sprouting seeds in containers.  Combining certain plants helps to repel bugs from decimating up my garden.  Whether you like planting flowers, vegetables or herbs, companion planting helps plants to thrive.   The infographic below gives some good advice on companion planting. Source:  https://articles.homeadvisor.com/r/a-visual-guide-to-companion-planting/

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Why the Political Context Forces Us to Prep

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by Isabella

During the Obama administration, the prepping community grew exponentially. Too many, it seemed like we were constantly on the brink of natural disaster, national gun seizures, UN takeovers, martial law, terrorism, you name it. The Obama administration was stressful and gave us all very good reason to prepare our families for disaster, and it’s certainly a relief it’s over.

Now that Trump is in office, however, you might think the tables seem to have turned, and many who were comfortable and happy under Obama have now begun to prep, fearing things like WWIII or a neo-nazi crackdown from President Trump.

While the left might be quite hysterical and delusional in comparing Trump to the National Socialist party of Hitler’s Germany (if anything, Obama was much more similar ideologically), the truth is that just because Obama is no longer in office, we ought not to stop prepping. If anything, we need to be even more prepared.

We seem to be in the midst of one of the most politically volatile periods in American history, and the tension is certainly not limited to domestic issues. There are a number of very important reasons the prepper should be more alert than ever in this highly toxic political environment. Let’s discuss some of these reasons:

Riots

Just because the Democrats no longer control the White House, Senate, or House, does not mean their ability to send dog whistles to the angry masses has gone away. After all, they still control the majority of the mainstream media, and at the drop of the hat, they could incite the type of violence we’ve seen in Ferguson, Baltimore, Charlotte, and Berkeley over the last few years, not to mention the way much of the public reacted when Trump was elected and then inaugurated.

One of the few languages young, angry, idealistic leftists understand is violence, and there is actually a terrifying rationale for such violence that is becoming more and more common: as The Daily Wire reports, many on the left rationalize using violence against anything they deem “hate speech”. If it seems a bit hypocritical to the peace-loving, tolerant left to burn cars, smash windows, and beat up Trump supports, it’s because it is. But, in their minds, it’s some kind of twisted form of self-defense, because they consider the very existence of ideas that run contrary to their own as violent.

There’s no telling what will set off these angry masses, and while they are fortunately not the gun-owning type, if their violence was to escalate to such a level that people felt compelled to defend themselves and their property with firearms, it could end up being very bad for non-leftists everywhere.

Trump’s Instability

Love him or hate him, Trump is certainly unpredictable. With the newly appointed General Kelly at the helm of White House operations, many are breathing a sigh of relief, but we all still remember the crazy week last month in which Trump cyberbullied Jeff Sessions, Sean Spicer resigned, and Scaramucci spent a total of ten days at the White House before going down in flames.

While the fact remains and most likely always will that there is virtually no evidence to indicate that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, the path Mueller’s investigation is now taking, he will most likely dig up something on the President, in the way Kenneth Starr did when he was investigating the White Water scandal and ultimately discovered Monica Lewinsky. If Trump were to fire Mueller, he would most likely be in no better position.

There certainly seems to never be a dull moment with the President, so between his unpredictable behavior and the Democrat’s undying commitment to bring him down, it remains prudent to be prepared for anything.

North Korea

Speaking on the constant UN Sanctions violations from everyone’s favorite communist dictator in Pyongyang, Trump had some very harsh words.

Vowing to react if North Korea continued with their risky behavior, Trump promised ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen’ in a press conference.

While in many ways, it seems unlikely anyone but the citizens of North Korea face any real threat. But concerns always hover that once the other shoe drops, the West Coast of the US could get hit with a nuclear weapon.

At this point in time, the international community is supporting increased pressure on North Korea, but it hasn’t always been that way, and it might not remain that way, as the US has clashed with both Russia and China over how to react to North Korea’s nuclear program.

North Korea is like a ticking time bomb, and one of the biggest reasons we have right now to prep. While it is unlikely the impoverished communist country could do much damage the majority of the US, if the West Coast were to be struck, it could cause some serious chaos in our country for at least some time, and of course if you live on the West Coast, this is an important consideration.

Russia

Speaking of Russia, tensions with the massive northern giant never seem to go away. As the left constantly hurls accusations of election hacking at Putin, Trump shuts down their collusion narrative by posturing against the famous oligarch at times.

Conflict over the outcome in Syria has both brought our two countries together and pitted them against each other, and while things seem relatively civil now, there’s no telling what the future might hold.

In many ways, the Cold War never ended with our biggest military rival on the globe, and they certainly are the most likely contender in the next world war. It’s always prudent to hope for civil relations with Russia, but this is one important factor to watch in the news if you want to stay abreast of the possibilities of war.

Islamic Terrorism

The US has one enemy that has no problem declaring itself as such: Islamic terrorists. While the Trump administration seems to be gaining the upper hand on the fight against ISIS in the Middle East, the nature of radical Islamic terrorism is such that you simply never know when they might manage to strike on American soil again.

Terrorists like the Pulse Nightclub, Ft. Hood, and San Bernardino shooters were living and working in the US, and, radicalized one way or another, simply planned out and executed their brutal slayings upon unsuspecting American citizens just going about their daily lives.

9/11 of course being the extreme example, there is also always the possibility of large-scale terrorists attacks as well, even cyber attacks or bioterrorism. Terrorism should remain high on your lists of reasons to prep, as well as a specific scenario you should be prepping for. Make sure to add training situational awareness and crisis response to your preparedness regimen.

Second Civil War

We have not had such a politically polarizing time in recent memory as we do right now, and as we continue to see, people on the left are getting more and more militant. The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that people on the right tend to be far better well-armed.

As we have seen in Berkeley and now Charlottesville, there are many people on both sides of the political spectrum who are ready and willing to brawl over differences of opinion, and this is not unlike the public violence seen in the Weimar republic between the fascists’ shirts and the communists.

Emotions are charged right now, and that is taking physical form in a dangerous way. Hopefully it won’t amount to much, but until this swell of violent political rivalry passes, it’s best to stay prepared.

Possible Impeachment or Ousting of the Trump Administration

Last but not least, of course, is the hypothetical constitutional crisis that has been on the horizon since before Trump even took office: impeachment, or other, potentially messier, attempts at destabilizing the Trump administration.

There is a mess in Washington right now between the so-called deep state war on the President, Mueller’s grand jury investigating the Trump campaign, and the Democrats laser-sharp focus on finding even the slightest hint of a chink in the armor of the Trump administration.

The Democratic commitment to upsetting the presidency in any way possible, even at the risk of a huge national crisis, are certainly something to be wary of, and a very good reason to stay vigilant and prepared.

Presidential administrations and political trends come and go, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that you never do know when you might regret not getting prepared. Now, more than ever, many volatile forces hover on the horizon as potential disasters or crises.

Don’t let your guard down just because Obama is out of office–keep prepping!

Fortifying Suburbs And Communities After SHTF

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Ezekiel 4:2 – Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. History Walls were used to protect societies for a very long time. Uruk in Mesopotamia was one of the earliest examples of fortified walls that […]

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Last Minute Preparedness: How To Prep For Sheltering in Place

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ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is not a substitute for common sense, nor is it a “betting slip” of things to do to beat the odds.  With Hurricane Harvey dealing our beloved states of Texas and Louisiana a crippling blow and with Hurricane Irma devastating the state of Florida, one thing is for sure – the nation needs to focus on preparedness…in all departments and for all disasters.  We’re going to run with this ball to give a checklist of things to do if there is a need to stay at home.

Sometimes it’s not just a matter of being either “hard-headed,” or rooted within the home and sentimentalities.  Sometimes there are things that force a family to stay in place and try to face what is coming, regardless of what the rest of the people in the area are doing.  Examples of this would be when a family member cannot be transported or moved, or when the family is unable to do it logistically for fear of losing everything or the great hardships imposed by fleeing.

Undoubtedly the army of skeptics is ready to call for fire on my position.  Before “Splash out,” sounds on the radio, however, the last sentence is the reality.  It happened that way in New Orleans with Katrina.  Whatever the situation or the reasons, it is not the focus of this piece to argue with Ned the Naysayer, but to provide something to help those who need it.  First advice:

If you can leave the area before the disaster strikes, then do so, and seek shelter elsewhere.

Now to the business at hand.  The more able-bodied people you have in the family to help you, the quicker you can expedite these basic tasks.  Review my articles on Katrina, and much of this ties into what my family and I did there.  We’re going to focus on stuff for a hurricane primarily, and then tailor-make it into advice to suit other disasters as well.

  1. Precut and preposition materials to close the “soft” spots of the house: plywood, 2” x 4” s, nails, screws, and plastic sheeting…these can be used to close off sliding glass doors, board up windows, and shore up spots that can be entered. If you have the time, then measure everything and cut pieces beforehand to set in place and then attach when the emergency is nearing.  Make sure there are extras of these materials in case there’s a breach of some kind.
  2. Bins and Bags: Place all your food (canned, dry goods, freeze-dried, dehydrated) into bins, and (depending on what floor you live on) raise them up so they’re above ground and secure. The reason is twofold: to protect from water, and so that you can grab them and move out with the food supply.  If you don’t have bins, use cardboard boxes and then place them into thick garbage bags.  Think on your feet.
  3. Tools: Centralize the tools you need (any kind of cordless drills or saws will be worth their weight in gold if they’re all charged up. Be able to do their function manually, just in case an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack or a Solar Flare occurs.  Make sure they’re protected from water or the elements and that everyone knows where they are and how to use them.  Don’t forget tools that you can use to get out, as well, if need be, such as a crowbar and an 8-lb. maul.
  4. Light: In the form of flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, and chem lights, for starters. Kerosene and white gas lanterns are nice, but be sure to use them after the initial consternation is over, such as the raging winds and so forth.  You don’t want to add fire to the list of complications that will present itself.  Make sure each family member has their own flashlight!  This seems a small thing, but it’s not.  Get a good one, such as a Maglite pen-light for $7 or $8.  You’d be surprised how much confusion results when the lights go out.  If it’s an EMP or war that brings about the power loss?  You better have blackout curtains or blankets to hang up and block out any light from escaping out of your windows.  Be sure: step outside (if there’s no radiation, of course) and make sure no light is coming out of those edges.
  5. Medical Equipment and Supplies: any family member who has special needs, such as medication must have access to that medication at all times unless they cannot administer it to themselves for any reason. All first aid equipment should be in a central location where everyone knows where the supplies are.  Each family member should have a small kit for themselves, as well, in case they are separated from the group.
  6. Water: Fill every container that can be filled and closed with a secure/tight lid. Fill all bathtubs, sinks, buckets, and so on.  You’re going to need water…on average at least two gallons per person per day.  Don’t forget the pets!  You’re responsible for them, and if you take care of them they may return the favor when it’s needed.
  7. Pet needs: we just mentioned it with the water. Make sure anything they need is in a bin…food, medical supplies, and materials to keep them clean and comfortable.
  8. The toilet: If you haven’t taken my advice from earlier articles, now is the time to pick up a toilet with a bucket that you can line with a plastic bag. Even if you do have municipal sewage, there’s the chance it may back up.  In addition, you can’t afford to use the water.  Tie it up in the bag and store this in a big bin for burning or disposal later.  Make sure you have enough bags to line it and plenty of toilet paper protected in plastic bags.
  9. Weapons: this one is going to draw the most criticism, but in the end, the decision rests with you and your balance between what is needed and your “love” for the law. Remember: the lawmakers of your state are already evacuated on your tax dime.  Every member of the family who is mature and responsible needs to be armed or have a firearm available if defense becomes an issue.  The “leaders” of the household need to carry, night and day.  Ammo and cleaning equipment needs to be safeguarded from the elements and readily available.
  10. Assign Tasks: Yes, that’s right. Everyone in the family needs a task assigned.  The younger members will feel a strong sense of participation and be both valued and needed.  Keep it simple for them, but they can do things, too, such as look after the pets and help take care of grand mom, who is bedridden, for example.  Tasking everyone also helps to reduce stress by giving a point of focus to concentrate on.  Assign someone (maybe grand mom, if she can do it) to monitor the radio or a small portable TV for news.
  11. Heads up with “Safe” Neighbors: this is a truly decisive issue and a judgment call. Only who you trust and trust absolutely!  You may be able to make a “heads up” with a close neighbor and family to help one another in time of need.
  12. Last Minute Pickups before the Midnight Hour: Fuel, canned food, as much cash as you can afford to withdraw, any last-minute medical supplies, batteries, extra radios, automotive equipment…anything you might need last minute…buy it. [especially ice and some Styrofoam coolers if it’s summertime…this for #14 below!  I did it, and you can, too]
  13. Vehicles: read what we did in my articles about Katrina. Flooding expected?  Stash the vehicle on high, as in a parking garage.  They’ll fine or ticket you?    They won’t have time to tow you, and guess what?  Your vehicle will be working when the time comes. As well, consider adding a 3-day supply of emergency items to the car in the instance that you have to bug out.
  14. Perishable food: cook it all as quickly as you can, and then refrigerate it. Better to have it cooked and then eat it than have it go bad.  When the time comes, throw it on the ice, as I mentioned above.  This will both save some of your perishables and also keep you from going into your longer-term/stable supplies.
  15. Firefighting gear: a couple of ABC-rated fire extinguishers may be a good investment. Keep them handy, charged up, and make sure all your family members know how to use them.

These tips will get you started.  We’ll cover more and be more specific for different types of disasters.  The important thing is to get these preps done and in place, and to think outside of the box.  In the end, you are responsible for your own preparedness, and to adjust accordingly for each specific type of disaster you face.  Fight that good fight, and fight it to win.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

A Green Beret’s Guide to Hurricane Season Preparedness

Checklist for Exterior Home Preparation For Natural Disasters

How To Escape a Sinking Vehicle

Tips On How To Fortify And Prep Your Home Or Apartment

 

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

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

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

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Last Minute Preparedness: How To Prep For Sheltering in Place

ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is not a substitute for common sense, nor is it a “betting slip” of things to do to beat the odds.  With Hurricane Harvey dealing our beloved states of Texas and Louisiana a crippling blow and with Hurricane Irma devastating the state of Florida, one thing is for sure – the nation needs to focus on preparedness…in all departments and for all disasters.  We’re going to run with this ball to give a checklist of things to do if there is a need to stay at home.

Sometimes it’s not just a matter of being either “hard-headed,” or rooted within the home and sentimentalities.  Sometimes there are things that force a family to stay in place and try to face what is coming, regardless of what the rest of the people in the area are doing.  Examples of this would be when a family member cannot be transported or moved, or when the family is unable to do it logistically for fear of losing everything or the great hardships imposed by fleeing.

Undoubtedly the army of skeptics is ready to call for fire on my position.  Before “Splash out,” sounds on the radio, however, the last sentence is the reality.  It happened that way in New Orleans with Katrina.  Whatever the situation or the reasons, it is not the focus of this piece to argue with Ned the Naysayer, but to provide something to help those who need it.  First advice:

If you can leave the area before the disaster strikes, then do so, and seek shelter elsewhere.

Now to the business at hand.  The more able-bodied people you have in the family to help you, the quicker you can expedite these basic tasks.  Review my articles on Katrina, and much of this ties into what my family and I did there.  We’re going to focus on stuff for a hurricane primarily, and then tailor-make it into advice to suit other disasters as well.

  1. Precut and preposition materials to close the “soft” spots of the house: plywood, 2” x 4” s, nails, screws, and plastic sheeting…these can be used to close off sliding glass doors, board up windows, and shore up spots that can be entered. If you have the time, then measure everything and cut pieces beforehand to set in place and then attach when the emergency is nearing.  Make sure there are extras of these materials in case there’s a breach of some kind.
  2. Bins and Bags: Place all your food (canned, dry goods, freeze-dried, dehydrated) into bins, and (depending on what floor you live on) raise them up so they’re above ground and secure. The reason is twofold: to protect from water, and so that you can grab them and move out with the food supply.  If you don’t have bins, use cardboard boxes and then place them into thick garbage bags.  Think on your feet.
  3. Tools: Centralize the tools you need (any kind of cordless drills or saws will be worth their weight in gold if they’re all charged up. Be able to do their function manually, just in case an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack or a Solar Flare occurs.  Make sure they’re protected from water or the elements and that everyone knows where they are and how to use them.  Don’t forget tools that you can use to get out, as well, if need be, such as a crowbar and an 8-lb. maul.
  4. Light: In the form of flashlights, battery-powered lanterns, and chem lights, for starters. Kerosene and white gas lanterns are nice, but be sure to use them after the initial consternation is over, such as the raging winds and so forth.  You don’t want to add fire to the list of complications that will present itself.  Make sure each family member has their own flashlight!  This seems a small thing, but it’s not.  Get a good one, such as a Maglite pen-light for $7 or $8.  You’d be surprised how much confusion results when the lights go out.  If it’s an EMP or war that brings about the power loss?  You better have blackout curtains or blankets to hang up and block out any light from escaping out of your windows.  Be sure: step outside (if there’s no radiation, of course) and make sure no light is coming out of those edges.
  5. Medical Equipment and Supplies: any family member who has special needs, such as medication must have access to that medication at all times unless they cannot administer it to themselves for any reason. All first aid equipment should be in a central location where everyone knows where the supplies are.  Each family member should have a small kit for themselves, as well, in case they are separated from the group.
  6. Water: Fill every container that can be filled and closed with a secure/tight lid. Fill all bathtubs, sinks, buckets, and so on.  You’re going to need water…on average at least two gallons per person per day.  Don’t forget the pets!  You’re responsible for them, and if you take care of them they may return the favor when it’s needed.
  7. Pet needs: we just mentioned it with the water. Make sure anything they need is in a bin…food, medical supplies, and materials to keep them clean and comfortable.
  8. The toilet: If you haven’t taken my advice from earlier articles, now is the time to pick up a toilet with a bucket that you can line with a plastic bag. Even if you do have municipal sewage, there’s the chance it may back up.  In addition, you can’t afford to use the water.  Tie it up in the bag and store this in a big bin for burning or disposal later.  Make sure you have enough bags to line it and plenty of toilet paper protected in plastic bags.
  9. Weapons: this one is going to draw the most criticism, but in the end, the decision rests with you and your balance between what is needed and your “love” for the law. Remember: the lawmakers of your state are already evacuated on your tax dime.  Every member of the family who is mature and responsible needs to be armed or have a firearm available if defense becomes an issue.  The “leaders” of the household need to carry, night and day.  Ammo and cleaning equipment needs to be safeguarded from the elements and readily available.
  10. Assign Tasks: Yes, that’s right. Everyone in the family needs a task assigned.  The younger members will feel a strong sense of participation and be both valued and needed.  Keep it simple for them, but they can do things, too, such as look after the pets and help take care of grand mom, who is bedridden, for example.  Tasking everyone also helps to reduce stress by giving a point of focus to concentrate on.  Assign someone (maybe grand mom, if she can do it) to monitor the radio or a small portable TV for news.
  11. Heads up with “Safe” Neighbors: this is a truly decisive issue and a judgment call. Only who you trust and trust absolutely!  You may be able to make a “heads up” with a close neighbor and family to help one another in time of need.
  12. Last Minute Pickups before the Midnight Hour: Fuel, canned food, as much cash as you can afford to withdraw, any last-minute medical supplies, batteries, extra radios, automotive equipment…anything you might need last minute…buy it. [especially ice and some Styrofoam coolers if it’s summertime…this for #14 below!  I did it, and you can, too]
  13. Vehicles: read what we did in my articles about Katrina. Flooding expected?  Stash the vehicle on high, as in a parking garage.  They’ll fine or ticket you?    They won’t have time to tow you, and guess what?  Your vehicle will be working when the time comes. As well, consider adding a 3-day supply of emergency items to the car in the instance that you have to bug out.
  14. Perishable food: cook it all as quickly as you can, and then refrigerate it. Better to have it cooked and then eat it than have it go bad.  When the time comes, throw it on the ice, as I mentioned above.  This will both save some of your perishables and also keep you from going into your longer-term/stable supplies.
  15. Firefighting gear: a couple of ABC-rated fire extinguishers may be a good investment. Keep them handy, charged up, and make sure all your family members know how to use them.

These tips will get you started.  We’ll cover more and be more specific for different types of disasters.  The important thing is to get these preps done and in place, and to think outside of the box.  In the end, you are responsible for your own preparedness, and to adjust accordingly for each specific type of disaster you face.  Fight that good fight, and fight it to win.  JJ out!

 

Additional Reading:

A Green Beret’s Guide to Hurricane Season Preparedness

Checklist for Exterior Home Preparation For Natural Disasters

How To Escape a Sinking Vehicle

Tips On How To Fortify And Prep Your Home Or Apartment

 

(Sign up for our FREE newsletter to get the latest prepping advice, gardening secrets, homesteading tips and more delivered straight to your inbox!)

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

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

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

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

The Colorado PrepperMed weekend class in early October is quickly approaching, and I honesty can’t wait to meet everyone coming. Because we have made a couple additions, I decided to bring Kevin from The Wilderness Safety Institute back on to go over these updates and talk about a few other disaster preparedness topics.

In the first part of this weeks podcast we did a quick recap about what PrepperMed is going to be. In the past podcast I did with Kevin we went into much more detail about this class, and who is going to be there. You can listen to that here. There are also links on that page to get more information about registration and the email update list.

SPP219 Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

PrepperMed Updates…

IMPORTANT: Registration is only open until September 22nd at midnight. If you are at all interested in joining us, make sure and get your spot while you can.

Along with some of the classes that were already finalized (listed below) Kevin has a couple exciting additions. As I said in the last podcast, instead of 2 days of medical training, we wanted to make this more “preppercentric.”

Zombie Apocalypse Training: This class will be very interactive. Paramedic and DMAT Training Officer Sam Bradley and ER Dr. Arlyn LaBair lead you through the “what if’s” of various real-world scenarios you may encounter, and how to handle some unique situations you’ve probably never considered.

Trip planning: Whether you are planning on bugging in, bugging out or just going hiking, the Trip Planning Essentials course teaches you the importance of planning your trip, and what to include in your plan. It will also cover essential gear to include in your bag/kit/pack that is relative to the environment you’ll be in, along with how to think about planning your gear in general.

The Rest of the Classes…

Medical Training: The first day will be completely focused on medical skills. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is normally a 16-hour course, designed for laypersons with no formal medical background or training. It’s an outstanding introduction to wilderness medicine.

Saturday will be dedicated covering topics such as vital signs, wound management, first aid kits, and much more. It will also include hands-on practice labs with experienced medical professionals.

Room Clearing (CQB): Former Army Ranger, Paramedic, and creator of the Mind4Survival podcast Brian Duff is doing a session on CQB which is the acronym for Close Quarters Battle. While I am excited about all the classes this weekend, this one should be great!

Natural Hazards Awareness: Meteorologist, natural hazards educator, and wilderness EMT Kyle nelson will go over natural hazard preparedness for the Non-Responder. This information could be vital in a number of situations.

Ham Radio Basics Explained: I put together a 1 hour session on the basics of ham radio. My goal is to answer all the questions you might have that go past the basics you read on the internet. It will cover different types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS), Disaster uses, Equipment, and what to expect from ham radio.

Also From the Show…

In the second half of this weeks show Kevin and I talked about quite a few other topics and his recent experiences being deployed to one of the areas severely affected by hurricane Harvey. Here is a list of some of the other subjects we covered…

  • lessons learned from Texas and Florida.
  • How the initial disaster is only the first hurdle in your plans.
  • When it comes to skills, learning the why is more important than learning the how.
  • Why having a number of different skills is important to preppers.
  • Long term food and diets.

Again, I can’t wait to meet everyone coming, and I hope you are one of them! If you have any questions you can email me, leave a comment below, or email Kevin (kevin@wildsafety.com) and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

The Colorado PrepperMed weekend class in early October is quickly approaching, and I honesty can’t wait to meet everyone coming. Because we have made a couple additions, I decided to bring Kevin from The Wilderness Safety Institute back on to go over these updates and talk about a few other disaster preparedness topics.

In the first part of this weeks podcast we did a quick recap about what PrepperMed is going to be. In the past podcast I did with Kevin we went into much more detail about this class, and who is going to be there. You can listen to that here. There are also links on that page to get more information about registration and the email update list.

SPP219 Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

PrepperMed Updates…

IMPORTANT: Registration is only open until September 22nd at midnight. If you are at all interested in joining us, make sure and get your spot while you can.

Along with some of the classes that were already finalized (listed below) Kevin has a couple exciting additions. As I said in the last podcast, instead of 2 days of medical training, we wanted to make this more “preppercentric.”

Zombie Apocalypse Training: This class will be very interactive. Paramedic and DMAT Training Officer Sam Bradley and ER Dr. Arlyn LaBair lead you through the “what if’s” of various real-world scenarios you may encounter, and how to handle some unique situations you’ve probably never considered.

Trip planning: Whether you are planning on bugging in, bugging out or just going hiking, the Trip Planning Essentials course teaches you the importance of planning your trip, and what to include in your plan. It will also cover essential gear to include in your bag/kit/pack that is relative to the environment you’ll be in, along with how to think about planning your gear in general.

The Rest of the Classes…

Medical Training: The first day will be completely focused on medical skills. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is normally a 16-hour course, designed for laypersons with no formal medical background or training. It’s an outstanding introduction to wilderness medicine.

Saturday will be dedicated covering topics such as vital signs, wound management, first aid kits, and much more. It will also include hands-on practice labs with experienced medical professionals.

Room Clearing (CQB): Former Army Ranger, Paramedic, and creator of the Mind4Survival podcast Brian Duff is doing a session on CQB which is the acronym for Close Quarters Battle. While I am excited about all the classes this weekend, this one should be great!

Natural Hazards Awareness: Meteorologist, natural hazards educator, and wilderness EMT Kyle nelson will go over natural hazard preparedness for the Non-Responder. This information could be vital in a number of situations.

Ham Radio Basics Explained: I put together a 1 hour session on the basics of ham radio. My goal is to answer all the questions you might have that go past the basics you read on the internet. It will cover different types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS), Disaster uses, Equipment, and what to expect from ham radio.

Also From the Show…

In the second half of this weeks show Kevin and I talked about quite a few other topics and his recent experiences being deployed to one of the areas severely affected by hurricane Harvey. Here is a list of some of the other subjects we covered…

  • lessons learned from Texas and Florida.
  • How the initial disaster is only the first hurdle in your plans.
  • When it comes to skills, learning the why is more important than learning the how.
  • Why having a number of different skills is important to preppers.
  • Long term food and diets.

Again, I can’t wait to meet everyone coming, and I hope you are one of them! If you have any questions you can email me, leave a comment below, or email Kevin (kevin@wildsafety.com) and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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