7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 5: PRACTICE

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Saturday, September 23

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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War. We are under attack and we are attacking. It’s scary out there! All the uncertainty has caused an economic meltdown. The country is in turmoil, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available. With stores being emptied out for weeks we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation. We’ve also heard that gangs of rioters are roaming the country. It’s time to think about how we can protect ourselves.

Goal: PRACTICE a long-term powerless emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Watch our webinar on how to plan a year supply of food.
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels. We have 2 different types of calculators. The basic and basic plus (that adds more variety).
  • Educate your self and make a plan about protection in times of crisis. Here is a link to series we did on the topic a couple years ago.
  • Review safety procedures and precautions with your kids.
  • Double check your first aid supplies and medication as hospital are either crowed or shut-down. Getting to them is DANGEROUS anyways.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE ELECTRICITY AT ALL TODAY.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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BOB’s – Get It Right From the Beginning!

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This is a guest post by Tim Clifton “Hawk”

BOB’s are one of the most talked about items in preparedness. Everyone has their own version of what is needed. A simple search of the web will provide you with a large number of items for you to pack, you will also find there are almost as many options for type and styles of bags to pack. In this world of information at your fingertips, it can sometimes be overwhelming. I remember back in the mid 80’s when putting together my first pack with my Father, most of my stuff was “hand me down” or second or third generation gear. My first pack was a military-style canvas fanny pack. I was so excited to get my pack going that I could not wait to try it out.

The pack I had was to sustain me during extended search and rescue operations. All the gear was given to me or loaned to me from my Father. His belief, as is mine, is use good quality gear regardless if it’s brand name or not. What matters is “Will it hold up and will it work for the job?” He once asked me, “You want your butt hanging over a cliff on a shoestring?” No, you have to use the right tools for the right job. This is one of the things that I find complicates things now. When we went to get a pack or something to go in our pack- there was no online searching for it, there weren’t thousands of advertisements all claiming their knife is so sharp it will cut you from 5 feet away. We drove to a shop and tried to find the best quality for the price. A good rule of thumb is to buy each item knowing it’s a tool to be used. The name on the side will not save you in a bad situation. That said, never pack a tool or item in your bag you have not already used and proven to be worthy of your use and abuse.

Questions to Ask Before You Bugout with BOB

So let’s look into the idea of the bug out bag, the idea behind this style bag is that you are buggin’ out leaving where you are for a safer location. Some place that is less dangerous than where you currently are. Now some people have a bug out locations and some have bug out vehicles. So the biggest factor in what gear to get and pack is, what are you doing? Where are you going? And, what do you think is going to cause you to have to bug out? If you think you may have to bug out because of a leak at the nuclear plant, how are you getting away? What is the distance you need to be to reach the safe zone?  

One major thing to consider when making any type of pack is weight, the average experienced hiker travels between 10 to 15 miles per day. So you take your 72-hour pack, three days walking 15 miles you’ve made it 45 miles, has that gotten you to the safe zone? If it hasn’t, do you have enough to get you to your safe zone? You need to know where you’re going and how long it will take you to get there. Don’t wait till you’re in an emergency situation to figure out your route. Plan it out and have maps with you. Include alternate routes in case yours is blocked. Three days of walking will wear most people out, most people are not used to packing 40 pounds mile after mile. Once you have arrived at your safe place, are there materials enough to provide for you or are you still going to be operating out of your pack?

Packing a heavy pack for days in a stressful event that will take a lot out of you. There are those that will push themselves to the limit too far, but when they do stop to rest or sleep, they do so for a lot longer than planned. Stress and fatigue will also cause you to do things that you normally would not do like stopping to tie your shoe and get a drink from your canteen, only to realize hours later you left it sitting beside the log you propped your foot upon. When planning your bug out bag, plan your trip and be sure to include rest stops and sleeping locations. You need your rest so you don’t make mistakes.

See Also: The Bugout Formula – If You Have to Ask Yourself, It’s Already Too Late!

Bugout Bag Pre-Planning

Make sure the gear matches the most probable emergency for your area. Living in Kentucky, I don’t normally do hurricane planning, nor do I think I’m ever going to have to worry about a storm surge. If I do, I have bigger problems than my pack not having everything, like finding a very large wooden boat. I do have to worry about flash floods, tornadoes, pandemics and winter storms. With this in mind, I pack appropriate items or gear to help me deal with the situations I may encounter. For example, I don’t want the winter clothing weighing down my pack in the summer, so I pack accordingly.

One of the most common mistakes people make is to make their bug out bag a camp bag as well. My Dad had many packs, each designed with a specific purpose in mind. He had bags for everything he thought we might need. We had medical bags, low angle rescue, high angle rescue and swift water rescue bags.  While it is a great idea to have a bug out weekend camping trip to make sure your bag will work for what you want it to, buggin’ out is not exactly the summer camping trip. Unless you’re a “thru-hiker” you’re not going to be breaking down camp each morning and heading out for the day again. Most campers set up camp, stay the allotted time then head home a day or two later. With a bug out bag, the camping aspects should be very limited. The purpose of bugging out is to get you out of the area, so most of your time should be spent moving as opposed to setting up a camp.

Bugout Bag – The Essentials

You will want the basics. You need water, fire, shelter, and food, everything beyond that is for comfort. No, I’m not knocking comfort. I like the comfort of a fire, the soft glow and the crackle of wood. Just the whiff of woodsmoke on any given day transports my mind to a happier place, my body relaxes and some of the stress melts away. For me, many wonderful childhood memories are associated with campfires, good company, and even better stories. I am soothed by all of the senses associated with a campfire so I normally have at least 5 different ways to start a fire.

I also pack a water bladder as well as a water buffalo canteen. While they add a great deal in weight, it’s less time I’m spending in one place to treat and or purify water. If I’m stopped, I’m eating or sleeping, not working on stuff.

For shelter, if I take the time to do more than curl up by a tree, my shelter can be in place in under 5 minutes. Once again, my purpose is to get out of the area, so I’m not spending a lot of time to make a big fancy shelter or pitch a tent. Building a lean-to or wiki up or debris hut takes time and while they have their place, bugging out is not it.

In the food department, I pack finger foods for the most part. I want to be eating while I’m walking. I really don’t want to set up and have to cook each meal. If I’m going to cook one, it’s going to be when I’ve stopped to rest for the night, cooking something quickly like oatmeal or rice. Trail mix and energy bars or jerky are the traveling foods that I keep and are lightweight. While it’s not the gourmet meals I like to eat while cooking out on an open flame, these serve the purpose for bugging out to keep my energy levels up while traveling.

So with bug out bags. Where are you going? What is it going to be like on the way there? How long is it going to take? What do you need to get there? Pick the gear you need to answer those questions and remember, knowledge is the best tool, easy to pack and lightweight.

See Also: Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag – Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit

 

“Hawk”
Tim Clifton
“2013”

Prisoners escaped, widespread looting in Puerto Rico after hurricane.

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Something to think about!
“I was raised about a mile from that prison complex in Bayamon, so I know that my former neighbors are on edge. Our criminals are some of the boldest I know. Sadly it’s only going to get worse, as people’s bellies start to really ache, LEO’s reach their limits, looters get bolder and there is less of the good stuff to loot from stores. Guess what; down there, generators are a big “come rob me” beacon shouting out to a half mile radius. Shit’s getting real, and there’s little respect for the rule of law or private property, and private firearm ownership is rare. You have to have a permit to possess, and another one to carry, and they’re both subject to the whims of the approving authorities. This is where that laid back, care-free Caribbean attitude stops being cute. The island has a history of recorded hurricanes since the 1800’s and it’s still always a last minute panic. My uncle installs storm shutters down there for a living and was working until 11pm the night before the storm hit. I got good status back from most of my family except for my uncle, but this is only the beginning. God help them because only he can change the heart of those who would do harm.”

North Korea Threatens To Test Hydrogen Bomb Over Pacific Ocean

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North Korea Threatens To Test Hydrogen Bomb Over Pacific Ocean

North Korea is considering testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean, the Communist nation’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, warned in an interview with reporters Thursday.

Ri made the comments at the United Nations in Manhattan.

“This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean,” Ri said. “Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un does.”

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For his part, Kim delivered a rare recorded statement on video, saying that U.S. President Donald Trump will “pay dearly” for his warnings against North Korean, CNN reported. North Korea, Kim said, “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”

“I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue,” Kim said. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”

Trump tweeted on Friday, “Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!”

Trump spoke to the United Nations this week and warned that the U.S. would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to do so.

The term hydrogen bomb or “H-bomb” is an old nickname for thermonuclear or second-generation nuclear weapon.

The most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested, the Russian Tsar Bomba (1961), was a hydrogen bomb.

A typical H-bomb contains the explosive force of around 400 kilotons of TNT. In contrast to a hydrogen bomb, the Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima delivered 15 to 16 kilotons of destructive force.

What do you think the Trump administration should do? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Can Herbs Boost Your Chickens’ Egg Production? Yes!

Can Herbs Boost Your Chickens’ Egg Production? Yes!

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Herbs have a variety of health benefits for chickens — very similar to their effects on humans. If you are looking for holistic ways to care for your chicken flock, scattering herbs throughout the coop and nesting boxes is an effective method.

Herbs can be used as an insecticide, for rodent control, and as a stress reliever. You also can try feeding herbs fresh to your chickens. Another effective method is to add dried, ground herbs to their chicken feed. If you’re trying to boost egg production, try mint and parsley. (Read more below.)

Try these herbs with your chickens:

Lavender. Lavender is a favorite herb among humans and animals alike. If there is one herb you should use right now, it is lavender. One of my favorite ways to use lavender is to place some in each of the nesting boxes. Lavender releases an aromatic scent that helps to reduce stress, ideal for nesting boxes.

There are other reasons why you may want to use lavender for your chickens. Lavender helps to increase blood circulation, and it is a natural insecticide. While you might want to use lavender in nesting boxes, it is also safe to air dry and use dried in the coop.

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The benefits of lavender don’t stop there. Lavender also is antibacterial, antifungal, helps to fight off staph infections, and improves your chickens’ digestion! It is an easy and pleasant herb to include frequently.

Oregano. Oregano is a strong herb. You might know that already if you’ve ever used oregano essential oil. Numerous studies conclude that oregano contains natural antibacterial properties. Within chickens, it helps fight against coccidiosis, salmonella, infectious bronchitis, avian flu and E. Coli.

Can Herbs Boost Your Chickens’ Egg Production? Yes!

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Aside from the antibacterial properties, oregano also contains many nutritional benefits, and are high in vitamins E and K, along with calcium and necessary antioxidants. Allowing your chickens to consume oregano will boost their immune and respiratory systems. Herbs that benefit the respiratory system are useful for flock owners.

There are two ways you can add oregano to your chickens’ diet. First, you can simply allow the flock to snack on fresh cut leaves. Another easy choice is to add dried herbs to their feed.

Mint. The mint family is large, encompassing a huge variety of plants. You can use spearmint, orange mint, peppermint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, catnip and more! Mint is highly aromatic, making it a great choice for repelling rodents or insects in the chicken coop. Novice and expert gardeners can easily grow mint around the perimeter of your chicken coop! Doing so creates a natural mouse barrier, even though your chickens may like mice for snacks!

During summer months, try adding freshly crushed mint leaves to your chickens’ water. Mint has the natural ability to lower the body temperature in humans and animals.

Mint also can help to increase egg production. Adding any mint to your chickens’ feed might result in larger eggs with thicker eggshells. It also can increase overall egg production, so you might want to use it during a rainy period with less sun.

Sage. Sage is an easy herb to grow in your garden, and it’s an exceptional choice for your chickens’ health. I opt to add it to their feed as a dried herb, but you can always use clipped, fresh herbs. Why is sage a good choice? It contains many antioxidants and vitamins, which will help keep your flock healthy.

Some chicken owners believe sage helps to fight off salmonella and other diseases. Sage also helps to control parasites that may be attacking your flock.

Parsley. You might love parsley for your dinner dishes, but your chickens can benefit from its use, too. Chickens love parsley, and they can eat it fresh directly from the garden. You can grow it around your chicken coop, allowing them to graze on it through the fence of your run. Another choice is to pick fresh parsley from your garden and feed it throughout the month to your chickens.

Why would you want to use parsley? It contains vitamins such as A, B, C, E and K. These benefits help to encourage blood vessel development, which may help to stimulate egg laying.

Herbs are easy to grow and maintain yourself. If you have space, I would recommend growing a separate herb garden just for your chickens. If humans can benefit from the use of herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes, chickens can, too.

Have you used herbs to increase your flocks’ health? Let us know about your experience in the section below:

Healthy Versus Unhealthy Survival Food

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by Megan

With plenty of clean drinking water and shelter to sleep, the average adult can survive for several weeks or longer without food. This means that in a short-term survival situation, any kind of food, even unhealthy food or “junk food’ will be comforting.

This is fine for a short-term situation where the goal is to satisfy your rumbling stomach and hang on until help arrives that you know is on the way. But in a long-term survival situation where “help” is likely not coming, proper nutrition becomes critical to survival from day one.

Proper nutrition is important from day one in a survival situation because without the right vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs, your body begins to be negatively affected in multiple ways. Lack of proper nutrition over time of course can negatively impact anyone. But lack of proper nutrition in a long-term survival or SHTF situation means your physical strength and mental clarity can diminish rapidly. This is detrimental to your long-term survival because chances are, you will be expending a lot more energy on a daily basis than in your normal routine which means your body begins to fall apart much faster.

Most people know that staying well hydrated is of the utmost priority but make sure you’ve planned for multiple ways to have access to fresh drinking water. Stockpile sports drinks that are low in sugar but packed with electrolytes to replace those that are lost while hiking to your BOL, hauling water, chopping wood for a fire, or foraging for wild edibles.

Following a SHTF situation, you will have innumerous tasks you must accomplish just to survive. Even for those people whose normal days are active and can barely find time to sit down, the strenuous tasks needed for basic survival will be challenging. In a survival situation, a lapse in mental focus for just a few moments can cost you your life or the life of a family member. You must be on alert nearly constantly for dangers that could be lurking. Adrenaline may get you through the first couple days, but only a well-balanced diet can combat the mental and physical fatigue that will set in quickly following a SHTF event. A lack of physical strength and stamina can seriously hamper your ability to rejuvenate for the next day’s tasks, heal quickly from injuries, and ward off illness and diseases.

Some of the effects of inadequate nutrition that can be detrimental in a survival situation include:

  • Poor mental focus and clarity
  • Physical weakness
  • Fatigue or Lack of Energy
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression

All of these issues can really have a negative impact on how well you can get strenuous tasks completed and make you more likely to be injured or get sick. In addition to some of the effects above, a SHTF or other survival situation comes with additional stress, inadequate sleep and relaxation time, and increased threats from outside sources. In a SHTF situation, professional medical help and pharmaceutical medicines will be in short supply if they are available at all. It’s critical that you work proactively to prevent any illness, injury, or diseases if you’re going to survive.

Survival Food Needs

Carbohydrates

These are starches, sugars, and fiber that is contained in foods. They can be complex or simple. Natural sugars like those found in vegetables, fruits, milk, and some added sugars are simple. Whole-grain breads, starchy vegetables, cereals, and legumes are good sources for complex carbohydrates. You need a balance of simple and complex carbohydrates in your diet. Carbohydrates assist in providing the body with energy and help guard protein stored in the body.

Without sufficient carbohydrates in your daily diet, metabolism of fatty acid suffers and the body becomes weaker. Carbohydrates should make up approximately half of your caloric intake for a normal day, no less than 60 grams minimum. So, for the average adult during a SHTF situation, you’ll want to be much higher and get as close to half your caloric intake as possible.

Carbohydrates come from:

  • edible plants are easily accessible if you know how to identify them properly
  • white rice
  • grains like wheat and oats
  • root and tuber vegetables
  • cereals
  • honey
  • fruits
  • sugars

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Protein & Healthy Fats

Protein is found in foods such as eggs, meats, and beans. Proteins are important because your body breaks these down into amino acids which are distributed through your body. It’s also important for a wide variety of essential things including provision of nitrogen you can’t get from lipids or carbs. They also help balance pH and are vital for the immune system. Recommended daily protein intake is 20 to 25% normally and more during strenuous activity.

Healthy fats are critical because they are an energy source but also because they help the body to properly absorb vitamins. Omega 3s are healthy fats found in fatty fish and in plant oils such as corn oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. Healthy fats are vital for creating fatty acids and glycerol. Fatty acids help to regulate inflammation in the body and glycerol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that serves as a source of fuel for the body. Recommended amount of healthy fats is around 10 to 30% of total calories per “normal” day so for a SHTF situation you’ll want to be closer to 30% most days.

Protein comes from:

  • many different insects if the situation is dire
  • fresh meat such as rabbits, chickens or other poultry (start raising them now)
  • peanut butter, legumes, and nuts
  • eggs
  • canned fish and meat
  • grains like quinoa and wheat
  • Oatmeal
  • MREs

Healthy Fats come from:

  • Avocado or Avocado Oil
  • Whole eggs
  • Cheese
  • Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, and herring
  • Chia Seeds
  • Dark chocolate
  • Fatty cuts of lamb, pork, beef, and lard

Critical Vitamins

Vitamins are classified as water soluble or fat soluble. Vitamin C (helps with iron absorption) and all the B vitamins are considered water soluble vitamins and each has a different function within the body. Water soluble vitamins are not easily stored within the body and extra is flushed during urination which means these vitamins need to be replenished frequently. Keep this in mind when planning your survival meals and snacks. These vitamins are critical to helping your body use the energy in the food you eat.

Water Soluble Vitamins come from:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Dark green leafy veggies like kale and spinach or broccoli
  • Meat, poultry, dairy products, shellfish, fish, and eggs
  • Tropical fruits and oranges
  • Peanuts and peanut butter
  • Nuts, peas, soybeans
  • Bananas

Your body needs these essential vitamins to continue to function by producing energy, building cells, and making collagen for wound healing (Vitamin E), healthy teeth, and bones (Vitamin D).

Fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamins K, E, A, and D are stored in the fatty tissues and liver and distributed as needed by the body. Fat soluble vitamins are critical for building bones, healthy vision, and to help store other essential vitamins. Getting and maintaining sufficient levels of vitamins also helps to prevent diseases that can occur when certain vitamins are deficient or in short supply such as:

  • Blindness (Vitamin A deficiency)
  • Rickets (lack of Vitamin D)
  • Scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency)

Fat Soluble vitamins come from:

  • Veggies like carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, asparagus, cabbage
  • Eggs, milk, yogurt
  • Nuts like almonds and sunflower seeds
  • Fruits such as cantaloupe and apricots
  • Fatty fish like sardines and salmon, shrimp, and trout
  • Olive oil, coconut oil

Vital Minerals

The minerals your body needs work similarly to the critical vitamins in that some of them circulate more like water soluble vitamins and should be replenished frequently and others are more like fat soluble vitamins because they need to be absorbed and transported through the body by a carrier. The reason it’s important to know how these minerals work is so that you can plan your survival meal plan in a way that replenishes those that don’t get stored and to not overindulge on those that are naturally stored in the body.

  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Trace Minerals

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Healthy Survival Food Options

Okay, so now that we know what kinds of nutritional ingredients will be critical to keeping our energy, strength, and mental clarity intact during and in the aftermath of a SHTF event. But what kinds of foods are good options?

Ten Super Nutritious Survival Foods:

  1. Dark Chocolate (Antioxidants, fiber, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, improves brain function, protects skin from sun damage)
  2. Brown rice or Brown rice hot cereal (high calorie, protein packed, and good source of minerals such as iron. Store airtight container for 3-6 months.
  3. Whole Eggs (nutrient dense contains a bit of every single nutrient we need plus antioxidants)
  4. Cheese (calcium, B12, selenium, protein, Vitamin B12, fatty acids)
  5. Dried Beans especially split peas. (high calorie, good protein source, some vitamins and minerals) Long shelf-life
  6. Chia Seeds (high fat-9 grams in 1 ounce of seeds, fiber, Omega-3, loaded with minerals, can lower blood pressure and are anti-inflammatory.
  7. Avocado or Avocado Oil (contains oleic acid, high in potassium, high fat)
  8. Nuts and Peanut Butter (good source of protein, high in healthy fats, Vitamin E, and magnesium) Store airtight, lightweight for easy carry during bug out.
  9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (good source of healthy fats, stores open 3-6 months, unopened up to 2 years or until it begins to smell “sweet”.)
  10. Powdered Sea vegetables or greens (vitamin and nutrient dense, can boost immunity, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, can make up for lack of fresh produce)

MREs

We’ve all heard about MREs for survival food. One of the benefits of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) is that they are just that, ready to eat. For most of these, you can simply open them and eat them cold. They are lightweight and provide an average of 1,200 to 1,500 calories. MREs have a long shelf life, and are easy to carry in a bug out bag or get home bag if needed. For the average adult, two MREs daily will give you the recommended calories needed to keep you alive. Many of them come with beverages, snacks, and even utensils in the package. One thing to be careful of with MREs is that although they often are a good source of carbohydrates, protein, and other essential nutrients, they can be high in salt or sugar.

Freeze Dried Foods

The advantage to some of these packaged “freeze dried” meals, from companies like Wise and Mountain House, are that they are lightweight and pre-calculated for you to help ensure balanced nutrition. And in most cases when bought in bulk they have enough variety to combat “food fatigue”.

They are typically more difficult to use on the go because you need to at least have the ability and time to boil water to rehydrate them and some can take up to 30 minutes to fully cook. Another issue some have found with these meals is that they aren’t as tasty as one would hope and can be expensive to purchase. But in a pinch, they can be handy to have as part of your survival food stockpile.

Eggs

  • can be cooked multiple ways
  • freshly laid eggs (unwashed) can have a long shelf life if properly stored
  • fragile in a bug out situation but most bird eggs are safe to eat in the wild as a last resort

Canned Chicken

  • Comes canned, in foil pouches, or mini pull tab cans
  • packed with protein
  • can be heated quickly or eaten cold if needed
  • Long shelf life

Tuna Fish (Albacore)

  • comes canned or in foil pouches
  • can be eaten cold right out of can or pouch if necessary
  • foil pouches are lightweight
  • long shelf life
  • water in canned tuna helps with hydration if needed

Canned Alaskan Wild Salmon

Inuit people (native to Alaska and Northern Canada) have low stroke and heart attack rates. This low rate is attributed to a long-term diet of fish.

  • high in protein
  • good source of healthy fats
  • minimal contaminants
  • can be eaten if necessary right out of the can

Trail Mix

  • simple sugars for quick mood boost
  • protein from seeds and nuts
  • Decent shelf life if stored properly

Beef Jerky or Pemmican

  • go with natural when possible to limit harmful preservatives
  • high in protein
  • long shelf life
  • lightweight and non-bulky

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Hardtack

  • Made from flour, salt, and water
  • Stored in airtight containers
  • Long shelf life
  • Easy to carry
  • Must be soaked first to soften enough to eat

Basic Cooking Grains

If your long-term survival plan for food includes being able to make your own breads and other tasty meals, you’ll want to include flours and pastas in your survival food stockpile. When frozen first and then stored in airtight containers, white flour, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, pasta, and cornmeal will last five years or more. These are all great to have in your stockpile for making things tortillas, cornbread, biscuits, muffins, etc. that you can combine with sauces and gravies to make delicious and hearty meals.

Properly sealed and kept away from heat, the following grains can last nearly a decade:

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Rye
  • Millet
  • Spelt
  • Kamut
  • Hard Red Wheat
  • Soft White Wheat

Freeze Dried or Instant Coffee

  • mood booster
  • warm beverage in colder weather
  • Decent shelf life
  • extend shelf life by storing frozen as long as possible

Emergency Food for Diabetics

If you have diabetes stick to food low in potassium and limit your portion sizes. Below are some good foods to have on hand:

  • Raw honey and cinnamon can help with blood sugar management
  • Instant glucose tablets
  • Low potassium juices (grape, apple, or berry)
  • Dried cranberries not raisins
  • Dried or Fresh Plums, pineapple, or peaches not mango or papaya
  • Dry cereal (unsweetened and unsalted)
  • Vanilla wafers or Graham crackers
  • Sugar free drinks such as ginger ale or sugar free drink mix
  • Distilled water
  • Unsalted peanut butter
  • Low sodium canned salmon, chicken, tuna, turkey
  • Corn syrup
  • Evaporated milk
  • Unsalted Crackers

Gluten Free Emergency Food

  • Jerky (beef, salmon, pork, turkey)
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Organic dried fruit (no sulfites)
  • Bone broth (cooked and frozen)
  • Dehydrated vegetables (snap peas, etc.)
  • Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin
  • Homemade Canned Foods
  • Gluten-Free Granola
  • Dried beans
  • Gluten-free crackers

Additional Survival Foods That Won’t Spoil

There are several foods that you can add to your survival stockpile to not only help prevent “food fatigue” by adding flavor but to also boost nutritional value. Some of these foods are considered basic staples which will are great to have on hand to create meals or enhance flavor. Store these ingredients in airtight containers and add desiccants to dry ingredients to combat moisture and humidity.

Seasonings

  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon Sticks (antimicrobial, antioxidants, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, boosts immune system to protect against diseases like cancer and heart disease)

Honey

  • Contains B6, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and amino acids
  • High in minerals like iron, manganese, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc,
  • and phosphorous.
  • Local wildflower honey can help prevent allergy symptoms
  • Great source of natural energy
  • Packed with antioxidants to boost immune system by increasing polyphenols in the blood that fight disease.
  • Can be used for wound healing and burn treatment
  • Natural cough remedy
  • Indefinite shelf life

Molasses

  • Contains essential minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin B6, selenium and magnesium.
  • Use as a sweetener in coffee, oatmeal, etc.
  • Can help alleviate PMS symptoms
  • Can relieve constipation, stress, headaches
  • Improves immune system
  • Good source of energy
  • Store in cool place. Shelf life up to 6 months opened or 1 year or more unopened

Instant Jello

  • Easily digestible form of collagen
  • Contains all but 1 of the 20 amino acids needed
  • Inexpensive
  • Shelf life 3 years to life of packaging
  • Just add boiling water and let gel or drink as a liquid
  • One packet can serve up to 4 people
  • Can be used to make homemade Pedialyte

Maple Syrup

  • Stores unopened in glass containers for decades
  • if mold grows once opened, boil and skim the surface and store in clean container

Regular Corn Syrup

  • Can mold once opened if not stored properly
  • Karo Syrup has fewer calories and no high fructose corn syrup

Jaw Breakers

This one doesn’t add much nutritional value except perhaps a quick sugar boost but it can do wonders for your morale, especially for children who might be hungrier than they are used to during normal times.

Providing an older child with a jaw breaker during a long walk or during periods of turmoil can take their mind off what’s going on. It can also help them to stay quiet during times when stealth is critical.

Prevent Food Fatigue

During and following a SHTF event, stress can be overwhelming. Mental and physical fatigue can have a huge effect on your motivation to keep going day after day. Believe it or not, food can become a source of comfort and a huge morale booster during times of crisis. When the day has been long and stressful, the ability to quickly prepare a tasty meal that has all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain itself will be critical.

Imagine the difference in your mental state between knowing you’re stuck eating the same dried beef jerky and coffee or knowing that you have what you need to prepare a warm chilli or tasty stew later that night. This is what “food fatigue” is about. Plan your survival food stockpile so that you can prepare healthy meals with enough variety to keep “food fatigue” from being detrimental to your mood and morale. One important way to prevent “food fatigue” is to stockpile “treat” foods as well even if they don’t have much nutritional value. This includes foods such as hard candy, chocolate, and even some soda or other tasty beverages.

Enhance Meals with Pure Flavor Extracts

When it comes to long-term survival after a SHTF event, you’re going to eventually want to return to a menu that is as close to normal as possible. Baking and cooking meals may difficult for months or even years after the chaos has receded. Manufacturing and shipping will affect supply and availability or traditional baking and cooking ingredients. Having pure flavor extracts included in your survival food stockpile can help you create healthy and tasty meals and desserts.

Imagine the morale boosts you can provide several months into a survival situation if you can add a dash of your favorite fruit flavor to oatmeal, add hazelnut to your coffee, or even a dash of lemon flavor to water.

  • Almond
  • Vanilla
  • Maple
  • Strawberry
  • Hazelnut
  • Black Walnut
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut

You’ll find survival food lists on other sites but our list specifically takes into consideration the requirements of the human body for survival and to thrive. Pick and choose from the above list according to your daily caloric intake and try to balance your survival diet to compensate for your increased activity and stress levels.

Surviving long-term following a SHTF situation will be fraught with dangers and obstacles. It’s up to you to plan ahead to make sure your survival food stockpile includes the healthiest foods to prevent the effects of malnutrition from being one of those obstacles.

3 Outdoor Emergency Cooking Options

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Fall Harvest: How To Pick And Store Apples For The Winter

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It’s that time of year! The apple tree is overloaded, and you simply can’t eat them all at once. No amount of apple cobblers, apple pies, and applesauce will use them all. So it’s time for you to empty the tree and get them stored away properly, ensuring that you can enjoy this bounty for … Read more

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Best Extension Cord For Your Generator

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The best extension cord for your generator is one that is specified to handle the power that’s being delivered between the generator itself and the device or devices plugged in. I suspect that some people don’t know that it does make a difference having the right or best extension cord (or cords) when powering appliances and other devices. What difference does it make? If the extension cord is ‘too small’, not only will it heat up but it will potentially restrict the power necessary to safely operate certain devices plugged in. What do I mean by ‘too small’? I mean

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Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake, Birthing Supplies, Hemorrhage, More

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Survival Medicine Hour #355

earthquake damage

earthquake damage

What would you have done if you were in Mexico City during the recent earthquakes? Is there anything that might have increased your chances of survival? In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP talk about earhtquakes in general and give you safety tips that could save a life.

birthing supplies

birthing supplies

Plus, what supplies would you need for delivering a baby and caring for a pregnancy in tough times? Nurse Amy put on her Expert Council hat from Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast to answer a listener’s question. In addition, one of our readers sends us an entertaining story about her son’s hornet sting and some natural remedies she uses for her allergy-prone family.

Direct Pressure on Bleeding Wound

Bleeding wound

Lastly, is it time to add a 4th R to Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic in school curriculums? Should Reduce hemorrhage classes be talk in view of the risk of injury during natural disasters, shooter events, even car crashes? Sounds crazy, but would it save a life?

All this and more in the latest episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/09/22/survival-medicine-hour-earthquakes-first-aid-hornets-birthing-supplies

 

BTW, you can follow us at twitter @preppershow, YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy channel, and Facebook at our Doom and Bloom page or our survival medicine group “survival medicine dr bones nurse amy”

Thanks!

Don’t forget to check our medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net, plus our latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon and on this website.

The Survival medicine handbook Third Edition 2016

The Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake, Birthing Supplies, Hemorrhage, More

Survival Medicine Hour #355

earthquake damage

earthquake damage

What would you have done if you were in Mexico City during the recent earthquakes? Is there anything that might have increased your chances of survival? In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP talk about earhtquakes in general and give you safety tips that could save a life.

birthing supplies

birthing supplies

Plus, what supplies would you need for delivering a baby and caring for a pregnancy in tough times? Nurse Amy put on her Expert Council hat from Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast to answer a listener’s question. In addition, one of our readers sends us an entertaining story about her son’s hornet sting and some natural remedies she uses for her allergy-prone family.

Direct Pressure on Bleeding Wound

Bleeding wound

Lastly, is it time to add a 4th R to Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic in school curriculums? Should Reduce hemorrhage classes be talk in view of the risk of injury during natural disasters, shooter events, even car crashes? Sounds crazy, but would it save a life?

All this and more in the latest episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/09/22/survival-medicine-hour-earthquakes-first-aid-hornets-birthing-supplies

 

BTW, you can follow us at twitter @preppershow, YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy channel, and Facebook at our Doom and Bloom page or our survival medicine group “survival medicine dr bones nurse amy”

Thanks!

Don’t forget to check our medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net, plus our latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon and on this website.

The Survival medicine handbook Third Edition 2016

The Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake, Birthing Supplies, Hemorrhage, More

Survival Medicine Hour #355

earthquake damage

earthquake damage

What would you have done if you were in Mexico City during the recent earthquakes? Is there anything that might have increased your chances of survival? In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP talk about earhtquakes in general and give you safety tips that could save a life.

birthing supplies

birthing supplies

Plus, what supplies would you need for delivering a baby and caring for a pregnancy in tough times? Nurse Amy put on her Expert Council hat from Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast to answer a listener’s question. In addition, one of our readers sends us an entertaining story about her son’s hornet sting and some natural remedies she uses for her allergy-prone family.

Direct Pressure on Bleeding Wound

Bleeding wound

Lastly, is it time to add a 4th R to Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic in school curriculums? Should Reduce hemorrhage classes be talk in view of the risk of injury during natural disasters, shooter events, even car crashes? Sounds crazy, but would it save a life?

All this and more in the latest episode of The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy! To listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/09/22/survival-medicine-hour-earthquakes-first-aid-hornets-birthing-supplies

 

BTW, you can follow us at twitter @preppershow, YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy channel, and Facebook at our Doom and Bloom page or our survival medicine group “survival medicine dr bones nurse amy”

Thanks!

Don’t forget to check our medical kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net, plus our latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, available at Amazon and on this website.

The Survival medicine handbook Third Edition 2016

The Survival Medicine Handbook Third Edition

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

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Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun
Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

I’m shopping for a new gun. Many of you are as well I’m sure. Most of us would have  more firearms if budget allowed.

Since I haven’t hit the lottery yet I have to find the best bang for my buck. 

In the past, I  bought guns in a variety ways. I don’t always just head down the gun shop. 

Since I’m getting serious about shopping for a new handgun I thought I would document it. 

With the growth of the internet, we have more ways than ever to buy firearms. But some online methods are being crippled by liberal censorship. 

The free market always answers censorship though. 

I came up with every way I could think to legally buy a gun.  You can always make your own homemade guns though. 

Gun Shop

This is the first stop for many when shopping for a new gun.  Gun shops will have the biggest selection of firearms locally. 

Be picky about your gun shop. Some are managed and staffed by very knowledgeable people. Others not so much. 

I would be wary of shopping at a gun shop if the staff is repeating bad information and gun myths. Unless they have the best deals. 

The prices you find at gun shops can vary greatly. Do some research first to see what the general going prices are. 

If you get to a shop and all the prices are high, see if they will haggle any. Many of the Mom and Pop gun shops have some haggle room in their prices. 

I bought my Ar15 from a very good semi-local gun shop. I went to several shops before buying. Some great deals were found but held out for what I really wanted. 

I was looking for a Stag Arms Left Handed model.  And with spare magazines, I paid under a grand. 

 

Pawn Shop

I have a special place in my heart for pawn shops when shopping for a new gun. 

I bought my very first gun and my first handgun from pawn shops. Both great deals to be sure. 

With pawn shop guns you are buying used and this can make a huge difference in price. 

The condition of the guns is usually great. The sad thing is that most gun owners are not gun shooters. There are many people that buy a gun for self-defense and never even fire it. 

Those are the people that pawn their guns when they need cash. 

Some pawn shops will haggle to some degree. The chain stores mostly have a percentage they are allowed to reduce the price. 

Also, most pawn shops have layaway programs. For many paying a bill is easier than saving money and buying outright. 

 

Gun Show

I’ve been to many gun shows and found great deals. But never on guns. I’ve bought a lot of survival gear at gun shows.

Here in Tennessee, you will often see guys walking around with guns for sale. Which here at least is perfectly legal. And can be good deals.

I went to a gun after the sandy hook shooting and that was an experience. 

The line was wrapped down the road. While standing in this huge line I saw an insane deal.

One guy had a custom built AR15 all tricked out. And with the tempory price surge was sure to get a pile of cash. 

Before he even made it in some guy offered him a pickup truck for the gun. He took the deal.

If you go to buy from a gun show have a budget and know the prices you should be paying. 

And going on the last day right before closing can snag good deals. People have to pack things up.

 

Private Sales

I have more experience with private sales. A lot more. So much so that my mom asked me once if I was an arms dealer. 

Private sales also know as the gun show loophole is a sale between citizens that are not dealers. 

In all except 19 states (at the time of writing), this is legal and does not need a background check. 

This has many advantages. There is little to no record of the sale. Many preppers like this in case the liberals ever get to confiscate firearms. 

There is no taxes on a private sale. I mean you are supposed to report any income to the IRS so they can tax it. That is up to you. 

I have sold and bought guns from Facebook. Before the great crackdown. There used to be a lot of gun trading groups. Someone would post showing what they have or what they want. You message them and meet up. 

In the wake of Facebook shutting down those groups, many dedicated websites popped up for trades. 

Some large ones, Like Armslist and Gun Listings. And local ones like Tennessee Gun Exchange.

Online Sales 

When shopping for a new gun you can find great deals online. 

Some companies have direct sales, Like Stag Arms. Others, Like Glock, require you to go through dealers. 

On some, you can avoid tax since it’s an online sale. Depending on your state and the site. 

This online gun store has great prices and a layaway program.  Which is a great way to buy a new gun. 

Buying online means you will have to have them ship to a local FFL. They will normally charge a small fee for this. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way I’ll be shopping for a new gun is a combination of few of these methods.

I’m  checking the online gun stores and trading sites. I want to see what the market is paying for handguns right now. 

I will jump on a great deal if I find one. But If I don’t I will check the pawn shops all around me. Firstly by calling to see what they have. 

If I find a great deal and they have layaway will go put it in right away. I will use the money I have saved for a deposit and pay it off as quickly as possible. 

I like the commitment of having it in layaway and having to pay on it. 

 

How Did you buy your last gun? What was it and did you get a good deal? Let me know in the comments!

 

Subscribe to the Survival Punk Survival Podcast. The most electrifying podcast on survival entertainment. 

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Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun
Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

I’m shopping for a new gun. Many of you are as well I’m sure. Most of us would have  more firearms if budget allowed.

Since I haven’t hit the lottery yet I have to find the best bang for my buck. 

In the past, I  bought guns in a variety ways. I don’t always just head down the gun shop. 

Since I’m getting serious about shopping for a new handgun I thought I would document it. 

With the growth of the internet, we have more ways than ever to buy firearms. But some online methods are being crippled by liberal censorship. 

The free market always answers censorship though. 

I came up with every way I could think to legally buy a gun.  You can always make your own homemade guns though. 

Gun Shop

This is the first stop for many when shopping for a new gun.  Gun shops will have the biggest selection of firearms locally. 

Be picky about your gun shop. Some are managed and staffed by very knowledgeable people. Others not so much. 

I would be wary of shopping at a gun shop if the staff is repeating bad information and gun myths. Unless they have the best deals. 

The prices you find at gun shops can vary greatly. Do some research first to see what the general going prices are. 

If you get to a shop and all the prices are high, see if they will haggle any. Many of the Mom and Pop gun shops have some haggle room in their prices. 

I bought my Ar15 from a very good semi-local gun shop. I went to several shops before buying. Some great deals were found but held out for what I really wanted. 

I was looking for a Stag Arms Left Handed model.  And with spare magazines, I paid under a grand. 

 

Pawn Shop

I have a special place in my heart for pawn shops when shopping for a new gun. 

I bought my very first gun and my first handgun from pawn shops. Both great deals to be sure. 

With pawn shop guns you are buying used and this can make a huge difference in price. 

The condition of the guns is usually great. The sad thing is that most gun owners are not gun shooters. There are many people that buy a gun for self-defense and never even fire it. 

Those are the people that pawn their guns when they need cash. 

Some pawn shops will haggle to some degree. The chain stores mostly have a percentage they are allowed to reduce the price. 

Also, most pawn shops have layaway programs. For many paying a bill is easier than saving money and buying outright. 

 

Gun Show

I’ve been to many gun shows and found great deals. But never on guns. I’ve bought a lot of survival gear at gun shows.

Here in Tennessee, you will often see guys walking around with guns for sale. Which here at least is perfectly legal. And can be good deals.

I went to a gun after the sandy hook shooting and that was an experience. 

The line was wrapped down the road. While standing in this huge line I saw an insane deal.

One guy had a custom built AR15 all tricked out. And with the tempory price surge was sure to get a pile of cash. 

Before he even made it in some guy offered him a pickup truck for the gun. He took the deal.

If you go to buy from a gun show have a budget and know the prices you should be paying. 

And going on the last day right before closing can snag good deals. People have to pack things up.

 

Private Sales

I have more experience with private sales. A lot more. So much so that my mom asked me once if I was an arms dealer. 

Private sales also know as the gun show loophole is a sale between citizens that are not dealers. 

In all except 19 states (at the time of writing), this is legal and does not need a background check. 

This has many advantages. There is little to no record of the sale. Many preppers like this in case the liberals ever get to confiscate firearms. 

There is no taxes on a private sale. I mean you are supposed to report any income to the IRS so they can tax it. That is up to you. 

I have sold and bought guns from Facebook. Before the great crackdown. There used to be a lot of gun trading groups. Someone would post showing what they have or what they want. You message them and meet up. 

In the wake of Facebook shutting down those groups, many dedicated websites popped up for trades. 

Some large ones, Like Armslist and Gun Listings. And local ones like Tennessee Gun Exchange.

Online Sales 

When shopping for a new gun you can find great deals online. 

Some companies have direct sales, Like Stag Arms. Others, Like Glock, require you to go through dealers. 

On some, you can avoid tax since it’s an online sale. Depending on your state and the site. 

This online gun store has great prices and a layaway program.  Which is a great way to buy a new gun. 

Buying online means you will have to have them ship to a local FFL. They will normally charge a small fee for this. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way I’ll be shopping for a new gun is a combination of few of these methods.

I’m  checking the online gun stores and trading sites. I want to see what the market is paying for handguns right now. 

I will jump on a great deal if I find one. But If I don’t I will check the pawn shops all around me. Firstly by calling to see what they have. 

If I find a great deal and they have layaway will go put it in right away. I will use the money I have saved for a deposit and pay it off as quickly as possible. 

I like the commitment of having it in layaway and having to pay on it. 

 

How Did you buy your last gun? What was it and did you get a good deal? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun
Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

I’m shopping for a new gun. Many of you are as well I’m sure. Most of us would have  more firearms if budget allowed.

Since I haven’t hit the lottery yet I have to find the best bang for my buck. 

In the past, I  bought guns in a variety ways. I don’t always just head down the gun shop. 

Since I’m getting serious about shopping for a new handgun I thought I would document it. 

With the growth of the internet, we have more ways than ever to buy firearms. But some online methods are being crippled by liberal censorship. 

The free market always answers censorship though. 

I came up with every way I could think to legally buy a gun.  You can always make your own homemade guns though. 

Gun Shop

This is the first stop for many when shopping for a new gun.  Gun shops will have the biggest selection of firearms locally. 

Be picky about your gun shop. Some are managed and staffed by very knowledgeable people. Others not so much. 

I would be wary of shopping at a gun shop if the staff is repeating bad information and gun myths. Unless they have the best deals. 

The prices you find at gun shops can vary greatly. Do some research first to see what the general going prices are. 

If you get to a shop and all the prices are high, see if they will haggle any. Many of the Mom and Pop gun shops have some haggle room in their prices. 

I bought my Ar15 from a very good semi-local gun shop. I went to several shops before buying. Some great deals were found but held out for what I really wanted. 

I was looking for a Stag Arms Left Handed model.  And with spare magazines, I paid under a grand. 

 

Pawn Shop

I have a special place in my heart for pawn shops when shopping for a new gun. 

I bought my very first gun and my first handgun from pawn shops. Both great deals to be sure. 

With pawn shop guns you are buying used and this can make a huge difference in price. 

The condition of the guns is usually great. The sad thing is that most gun owners are not gun shooters. There are many people that buy a gun for self-defense and never even fire it. 

Those are the people that pawn their guns when they need cash. 

Some pawn shops will haggle to some degree. The chain stores mostly have a percentage they are allowed to reduce the price. 

Also, most pawn shops have layaway programs. For many paying a bill is easier than saving money and buying outright. 

 

Gun Show

I’ve been to many gun shows and found great deals. But never on guns. I’ve bought a lot of survival gear at gun shows.

Here in Tennessee, you will often see guys walking around with guns for sale. Which here at least is perfectly legal. And can be good deals.

I went to a gun after the sandy hook shooting and that was an experience. 

The line was wrapped down the road. While standing in this huge line I saw an insane deal.

One guy had a custom built AR15 all tricked out. And with the tempory price surge was sure to get a pile of cash. 

Before he even made it in some guy offered him a pickup truck for the gun. He took the deal.

If you go to buy from a gun show have a budget and know the prices you should be paying. 

And going on the last day right before closing can snag good deals. People have to pack things up.

 

Private Sales

I have more experience with private sales. A lot more. So much so that my mom asked me once if I was an arms dealer. 

Private sales also know as the gun show loophole is a sale between citizens that are not dealers. 

In all except 19 states (at the time of writing), this is legal and does not need a background check. 

This has many advantages. There is little to no record of the sale. Many preppers like this in case the liberals ever get to confiscate firearms. 

There is no taxes on a private sale. I mean you are supposed to report any income to the IRS so they can tax it. That is up to you. 

I have sold and bought guns from Facebook. Before the great crackdown. There used to be a lot of gun trading groups. Someone would post showing what they have or what they want. You message them and meet up. 

In the wake of Facebook shutting down those groups, many dedicated websites popped up for trades. 

Some large ones, Like Armslist and Gun Listings. And local ones like Tennessee Gun Exchange.

Online Sales 

When shopping for a new gun you can find great deals online. 

Some companies have direct sales, Like Stag Arms. Others, Like Glock, require you to go through dealers. 

On some, you can avoid tax since it’s an online sale. Depending on your state and the site. 

This online gun store has great prices and a layaway program.  Which is a great way to buy a new gun. 

Buying online means you will have to have them ship to a local FFL. They will normally charge a small fee for this. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way I’ll be shopping for a new gun is a combination of few of these methods.

I’m  checking the online gun stores and trading sites. I want to see what the market is paying for handguns right now. 

I will jump on a great deal if I find one. But If I don’t I will check the pawn shops all around me. Firstly by calling to see what they have. 

If I find a great deal and they have layaway will go put it in right away. I will use the money I have saved for a deposit and pay it off as quickly as possible. 

I like the commitment of having it in layaway and having to pay on it. 

 

How Did you buy your last gun? What was it and did you get a good deal? Let me know in the comments!

 

Subscribe to the Survival Punk Survival Podcast. The most electrifying podcast on survival entertainment. 

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Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun
Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

I’m shopping for a new gun. Many of you are as well I’m sure. Most of us would have  more firearms if budget allowed.

Since I haven’t hit the lottery yet I have to find the best bang for my buck. 

In the past, I  bought guns in a variety ways. I don’t always just head down the gun shop. 

Since I’m getting serious about shopping for a new handgun I thought I would document it. 

With the growth of the internet, we have more ways than ever to buy firearms. But some online methods are being crippled by liberal censorship. 

The free market always answers censorship though. 

I came up with every way I could think to legally buy a gun.  You can always make your own homemade guns though. 

Gun Shop

This is the first stop for many when shopping for a new gun.  Gun shops will have the biggest selection of firearms locally. 

Be picky about your gun shop. Some are managed and staffed by very knowledgeable people. Others not so much. 

I would be wary of shopping at a gun shop if the staff is repeating bad information and gun myths. Unless they have the best deals. 

The prices you find at gun shops can vary greatly. Do some research first to see what the general going prices are. 

If you get to a shop and all the prices are high, see if they will haggle any. Many of the Mom and Pop gun shops have some haggle room in their prices. 

I bought my Ar15 from a very good semi-local gun shop. I went to several shops before buying. Some great deals were found but held out for what I really wanted. 

I was looking for a Stag Arms Left Handed model.  And with spare magazines, I paid under a grand. 

 

Pawn Shop

I have a special place in my heart for pawn shops when shopping for a new gun. 

I bought my very first gun and my first handgun from pawn shops. Both great deals to be sure. 

With pawn shop guns you are buying used and this can make a huge difference in price. 

The condition of the guns is usually great. The sad thing is that most gun owners are not gun shooters. There are many people that buy a gun for self-defense and never even fire it. 

Those are the people that pawn their guns when they need cash. 

Some pawn shops will haggle to some degree. The chain stores mostly have a percentage they are allowed to reduce the price. 

Also, most pawn shops have layaway programs. For many paying a bill is easier than saving money and buying outright. 

 

Gun Show

I’ve been to many gun shows and found great deals. But never on guns. I’ve bought a lot of survival gear at gun shows.

Here in Tennessee, you will often see guys walking around with guns for sale. Which here at least is perfectly legal. And can be good deals.

I went to a gun after the sandy hook shooting and that was an experience. 

The line was wrapped down the road. While standing in this huge line I saw an insane deal.

One guy had a custom built AR15 all tricked out. And with the tempory price surge was sure to get a pile of cash. 

Before he even made it in some guy offered him a pickup truck for the gun. He took the deal.

If you go to buy from a gun show have a budget and know the prices you should be paying. 

And going on the last day right before closing can snag good deals. People have to pack things up.

 

Private Sales

I have more experience with private sales. A lot more. So much so that my mom asked me once if I was an arms dealer. 

Private sales also know as the gun show loophole is a sale between citizens that are not dealers. 

In all except 19 states (at the time of writing), this is legal and does not need a background check. 

This has many advantages. There is little to no record of the sale. Many preppers like this in case the liberals ever get to confiscate firearms. 

There is no taxes on a private sale. I mean you are supposed to report any income to the IRS so they can tax it. That is up to you. 

I have sold and bought guns from Facebook. Before the great crackdown. There used to be a lot of gun trading groups. Someone would post showing what they have or what they want. You message them and meet up. 

In the wake of Facebook shutting down those groups, many dedicated websites popped up for trades. 

Some large ones, Like Armslist and Gun Listings. And local ones like Tennessee Gun Exchange.

Online Sales 

When shopping for a new gun you can find great deals online. 

Some companies have direct sales, Like Stag Arms. Others, Like Glock, require you to go through dealers. 

On some, you can avoid tax since it’s an online sale. Depending on your state and the site. 

This online gun store has great prices and a layaway program.  Which is a great way to buy a new gun. 

Buying online means you will have to have them ship to a local FFL. They will normally charge a small fee for this. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way I’ll be shopping for a new gun is a combination of few of these methods.

I’m  checking the online gun stores and trading sites. I want to see what the market is paying for handguns right now. 

I will jump on a great deal if I find one. But If I don’t I will check the pawn shops all around me. Firstly by calling to see what they have. 

If I find a great deal and they have layaway will go put it in right away. I will use the money I have saved for a deposit and pay it off as quickly as possible. 

I like the commitment of having it in layaway and having to pay on it. 

 

How Did you buy your last gun? What was it and did you get a good deal? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun
Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

Best Ways To Go Shopping For A New Gun

I’m shopping for a new gun. Many of you are as well I’m sure. Most of us would have  more firearms if budget allowed.

Since I haven’t hit the lottery yet I have to find the best bang for my buck. 

In the past, I  bought guns in a variety ways. I don’t always just head down the gun shop. 

Since I’m getting serious about shopping for a new handgun I thought I would document it. 

With the growth of the internet, we have more ways than ever to buy firearms. But some online methods are being crippled by liberal censorship. 

The free market always answers censorship though. 

I came up with every way I could think to legally buy a gun.  You can always make your own homemade guns though. 

Gun Shop

This is the first stop for many when shopping for a new gun.  Gun shops will have the biggest selection of firearms locally. 

Be picky about your gun shop. Some are managed and staffed by very knowledgeable people. Others not so much. 

I would be wary of shopping at a gun shop if the staff is repeating bad information and gun myths. Unless they have the best deals. 

The prices you find at gun shops can vary greatly. Do some research first to see what the general going prices are. 

If you get to a shop and all the prices are high, see if they will haggle any. Many of the Mom and Pop gun shops have some haggle room in their prices. 

I bought my Ar15 from a very good semi-local gun shop. I went to several shops before buying. Some great deals were found but held out for what I really wanted. 

I was looking for a Stag Arms Left Handed model.  And with spare magazines, I paid under a grand. 

 

Pawn Shop

I have a special place in my heart for pawn shops when shopping for a new gun. 

I bought my very first gun and my first handgun from pawn shops. Both great deals to be sure. 

With pawn shop guns you are buying used and this can make a huge difference in price. 

The condition of the guns is usually great. The sad thing is that most gun owners are not gun shooters. There are many people that buy a gun for self-defense and never even fire it. 

Those are the people that pawn their guns when they need cash. 

Some pawn shops will haggle to some degree. The chain stores mostly have a percentage they are allowed to reduce the price. 

Also, most pawn shops have layaway programs. For many paying a bill is easier than saving money and buying outright. 

 

Gun Show

I’ve been to many gun shows and found great deals. But never on guns. I’ve bought a lot of survival gear at gun shows.

Here in Tennessee, you will often see guys walking around with guns for sale. Which here at least is perfectly legal. And can be good deals.

I went to a gun after the sandy hook shooting and that was an experience. 

The line was wrapped down the road. While standing in this huge line I saw an insane deal.

One guy had a custom built AR15 all tricked out. And with the tempory price surge was sure to get a pile of cash. 

Before he even made it in some guy offered him a pickup truck for the gun. He took the deal.

If you go to buy from a gun show have a budget and know the prices you should be paying. 

And going on the last day right before closing can snag good deals. People have to pack things up.

 

Private Sales

I have more experience with private sales. A lot more. So much so that my mom asked me once if I was an arms dealer. 

Private sales also know as the gun show loophole is a sale between citizens that are not dealers. 

In all except 19 states (at the time of writing), this is legal and does not need a background check. 

This has many advantages. There is little to no record of the sale. Many preppers like this in case the liberals ever get to confiscate firearms. 

There is no taxes on a private sale. I mean you are supposed to report any income to the IRS so they can tax it. That is up to you. 

I have sold and bought guns from Facebook. Before the great crackdown. There used to be a lot of gun trading groups. Someone would post showing what they have or what they want. You message them and meet up. 

In the wake of Facebook shutting down those groups, many dedicated websites popped up for trades. 

Some large ones, Like Armslist and Gun Listings. And local ones like Tennessee Gun Exchange.

Online Sales 

When shopping for a new gun you can find great deals online. 

Some companies have direct sales, Like Stag Arms. Others, Like Glock, require you to go through dealers. 

On some, you can avoid tax since it’s an online sale. Depending on your state and the site. 

This online gun store has great prices and a layaway program.  Which is a great way to buy a new gun. 

Buying online means you will have to have them ship to a local FFL. They will normally charge a small fee for this. 

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the way I’ll be shopping for a new gun is a combination of few of these methods.

I’m  checking the online gun stores and trading sites. I want to see what the market is paying for handguns right now. 

I will jump on a great deal if I find one. But If I don’t I will check the pawn shops all around me. Firstly by calling to see what they have. 

If I find a great deal and they have layaway will go put it in right away. I will use the money I have saved for a deposit and pay it off as quickly as possible. 

I like the commitment of having it in layaway and having to pay on it. 

 

How Did you buy your last gun? What was it and did you get a good deal? Let me know in the comments!

 

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What Are the Most Important Home Security Improvements to Make?

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It’s no news to preppers that keeping your home safe is important. We’ve got that part down. What’s a little more tricky is knowing which home security improvements are the most important for you to do, so you don’t end up spending money buffing up security in areas that are perfectly fine, and accidentally overlooking […]

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How To Tell If Your Child May Be Dehydrated

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Have you often wondered how to tell if your child may be dehydrated? Please remember, I’m not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field. I’m a mom and a grandma and sometimes call myself Dr. Linda for the advice I give my loved ones, but I am not a doctor. A couple of days ago I saw on Facebook that one of my very special friends had a sick child. I immediately sent him a text. They have no insurance because, as we all know, many people can’t afford insurance. Often you are better off paying cash when you go to the doctor because the doctors will charge you less because they don’t have to wait months to be reimbursed. Plus, some prescriptions cost less than your co-pay if you pay cash. As young parents, or grandparents, we worry when a young toddler gets sick because they can’t always tell us what hurts or how they are feeling.

I waited a day before I sent another text to see how the little princess was doing. She was better, but after three or four days of vomiting and diarrhea, she was getting more lethargic. My concern was that she may have the Rotovirus or some symptoms of being dehydrated. This is a perfect example of what may happen if we have a disaster in our area and there are no doctors around. We have to educate ourselves now so we can do whatever is possible if we are unable to go to a doctor or the emergency room.

Please note, do not mess around with a child who is dehydrated, or an adult for that matter. Mark has been sick three times in our married life and all three times he has ended up in the hospital because he was too stubborn to go to the doctor. The last time I said we are going to Instacare and we are getting you hooked up to an IV with fluids. We went to the local Instacare facility and I said he needs an IV now, we are our own advocates. I sometimes call myself Bossy Boots, but I know when someone needs an IV and is dehydrated. Yes, indeed, he was severely dehydrated. Older adults sometimes don’t even realize they are thirsty and they may become severely dehydrated.

I had a close friend who had a young son die from the Rotavirus, it’s nothing to mess around with.

Dehydrated Symptoms

Vomiting

Diarrhea

Sunken eyes and cheeks

No tears when the child cries

Brown urine

No pee for three hours

Dry diapers (not the norm, they usually have several wet diapers in a day)

Won’t eat, sometimes they are too weak to eat or have no appetite

Lethargic and very fatigued, sleepier than usual

Dry mouth and tongue

Glossy red or cracked lips

Fever

Disoriented

Excessive sweating

Listlessness and irritable

Rapid heartbeat

Rapid breathing

Very dry skin

Headache

One of the great drinks that can help is Gatorade (it has some Electrolytes), Pedialyte, popsicles, or whatever your family member will drink. Please remember this diet if you have someone in your home who is vomiting or has excessive diarrhea. I call it the BRAT diet. I don’t know where I heard about it but it works. Please don’t second-guess your gut telling you your child is sick and may be dehydrated.

The B.R.A.T. Diet:

Bananas

Rice

Applesauce

Toast (plain)

Please take your child to the doctor, ER or another emergency facility if your gut tells you something is not right. It’s flu and cold season right now and so many viruses are going around. Please stock up on some Gatorade or make your own healthy drink. I like to deliver emergency dehydrated stuff to cute families I love, so I buy the little bottles of Gatorade for them. When in doubt go to the ER if possible. Listen to your head, heart, and gut. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. I highly recommend this Medical Handbook for emergencies.

Tips For Staying Healthy:

Wash your hands.

Keep your bathrooms as clean as possible.

Build up your immune system by eating fruits and vegetables.

Keep your kitchen as clean as possible.

Clean doorknobs, remotes to TV’s,  and light switches with Clorox wipes carefully (they’re pretty dry wipes).

Don’t shake hands, yep, you heard me right, do fist bumps if you feel the need to greet someone with a friendly gesture.

Wash your hands after you fill your gas tank.

Wash your hands after you use a keypad at any store.

Use hand sanitizer after you put your money in one of those tubes at the bank.

I know what you’re thinking, Linda must be a germaphobic. Is that a word? Yes, it is. I own it. May God bless your family to stay healthy this fall and winter.

Help ward off the flu by Linda

Clorox wipes

N-95 Masks

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Essential DIY Tools – Creating A Great Home Workshop On A Budget!

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The Essential DIY tools needed to create a great home workshop. In spite of what many think, you don’t need a big home workshop filled with expensive tools to create and build the projects you dream up. A few weeks

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How To Secure Your Windows Against Mother Nature’s Fury

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Your home’s weakest points are without a doubt the windows. We fail to realize that these key elements need a better approach when it comes to fortifying our homes against nature’s wrath. If you want to protect your home against intruders and the elements, you need to secure your windows properly. Home security remains a … Read more…

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Ugly Bug Out Lessons You Need To Know Now!

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There’s a lot of survival info out there on bug out preparation. Even FEMA has directives on evacuations. But that didn’t stop the recent hurricane disasters from destroying the best laid bug out plans and killing people in the process.

The problem is, everything you thought you knew about SHTF bugging out is probably WRONG! As Mike Tyson once paraphrased from an original historic quote, ‘Everybody has a plan…until they get punched in the face’.

With more potential weather disasters still threatening to thrash lives and properties by smacking down mercilessly on the South East Coast during the height of ‘hurricane season’, here’s how NOT to die during the bug out itself…

Don’t Rely on Government Orders

These recent Harvey and Irma hurricane disasters caused the end of the world as they knew it for so many unfortunate people in the aftermath, and were among the strangest storms in meteorology annals, but these were not the worst or deadliest coastal storms in history.

 

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In the 1900’s, the best weather forecasting usually relied upon how much your joints ached and what you noticed when you looked out your window about as far as your eyes could see. There was no real warning in Texas when a Cat 4 hurricane blasted in with a storm surge that made landfall at Galveston, and took enough people by surprise to kill upwards of 8 thousand before they could escape.

In later years, local governments began to develop evacuation plans and emergency backup procedures for public safety by relying on modern weather prediction science to eliminate the element of surprise.

However, as usual, the government eventually botched up these strategies as well. When Rita thundered down to Texas in 2005 at a brutal category five level, the governor’s office issued mandatory immediate evacuation orders when it was all but too late for the greater Houston metropolis.

Over 113 people died and numerous injured when all was said and done, but the problem was that almost 100 of them were killed in the evacuation itself! Imagine trying desperately to survive but winding up driving in your own funeral procession?

Rita was such a gruesome bug out debacle that this time, during Harvey’s recent retro two step storm stomp on Houston, the authorities -and I use that term with visceral scorn- decided to ultimately leave it up to the individual citizen’s discretion to bug out, or not.

Houston officials made excuses, but the real reason they copped out was so that they could not repeat Rita’s flawed decision making mistake and be blamed for screwing up, if anything went wrong, Which, of course, could detrimentally affect future political stature.

The fact I’m going to try to get everyone reading this to accept is that you simply cannot depend on government information or timely help, especially in a serious evacuation scenario. They can’t even get in urgent supplies and relief effort moving fast enough because of all the ‘red tape’. Private volunteer first responders are doing most of the heavy helping at this point in time.

Video first seen on News Today.

The Government is Not Here to Help

The truth about the government being ‘here to help’ is one of the dirtiest secrets in the great American Book of Secrets. The gruesome reality is that you are worth more to the Government DEAD, than alive. Especially if the IRS doesn’t make a lot of tax dollars off of you. In fact, you’re a spreadsheet liability if you’re on welfare, food stamps, or some other socialist dole program.

The bottom line revenue math is all the Govt really cares about. So between estate taxes and getting you off social security and medicare and you no longer using what clean air and water we have left in a government polluted world after you die…well, you get the graveyard picture?

The government’s sole (certainly not to be confused with ‘soul’ because they don’t have one) purpose in any major emergency is only twofold.

First preserve the safety of their own power elite entity, and then only make decisions that prioritize the strength of their political power base. This is the only reason that FEMA exists. On the surface, it appears to be a governmental humanitarian organization to really help the people for the benefit of nanny state propaganda.

But its primary function is to protect the government power elite during emergencies by controlling the masses or incarcerating them in the camps if necessary, to prevent the formation of strong enclaves of anti-government resistance due to an epiphany in realization that the government is mostly part of the problem, and not the solution.

All totalitarian dictatorship countries around the world have similar methodology backed by military force. Government FEMA evacuations should be the LAST resort for any knowledgeable well-prepared prepper. Because virtually all government sponsored evacuations are too little too late and amount to nothing more than another catastrophe in the making.

So first and foremost, your bug out success depends only upon your own plans and self-reliance skills. Forget about shelters or counting on neighbors being a good bet in any grand scale emergency. There are many media suppressed horror stories about the way these stockyard emergency shelters wind up in almost all cases.

During Katrina, these shelters were virtual prison dormitories that got so bad that security guards fled these sites that then turned into hell camps of violence, crime, rape, and death.

There’s some anecdotal evidence, but hard documented facts are long covered up by now, that one of the reasons there was a gun confiscation orders during Katrina were so that looting wars wouldn’t cause so much carnage that unfavorable mainstream media coverage would be bad for government business.

Never mind that the regular citizens would also be disarmed and at the mercy of violent criminals who still got their hands-on guns because they stole them from homes and people before the police did.

In emergency survival preparations, no ‘one plan fits all’. There are some basics, but generally plans vary and adapt according the demographics, area climate, magnitude and types of disasters. So we have some apostasy and schisms among preppers. We can have either ‘bugging out’ or ‘bugging in’, also known as ‘surviving in place’, for the same emergency.

To me and many other experts, ‘surviving in place’ is a euphemism for soiling all your clean underwear while waiting in sheer terror to see if you die or not.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Bug Out

There’s an interesting clash of aphorisms many of us learned coming up in life that our parents and teachers would mentor. You remember, ‘the early bird always gets the worm’. And my favorite, the legendary race between the ‘Hare and the Tortoise’, both of which are nothing as they seem.

The ‘early bird’ metaphor was really designed to get everybody up early enough to put in a long, hard day’s work as in ‘make hey while the sun shines’ so the government can milk more taxes out of you.

But the rabbit and the turtle race was nothing less than the power elite brainwashing you into believing that ‘slowly but surely’ was the best way to go in life. All the while the wealthy power elite was moving as fast as they could in life to take advantage of the most beneficial, but sparse, opportunities as soon as possible…while the rest of the masses of dumb asses would ‘snooze, and ya lose’.

It’s the same thing with bugging out. First know that despite the other placating but specious notion that prepping for ‘surviving in place’ would be a good alternative to bugging out has a lot of alternative following, however, it is simply wrong and stupid in most cases, and almost suicidal in some of the serious disasters like we’ve seen.

I realize too well that not everyone can bug out easily, or even at all. The critically injured, very elderly, or mobility disabled and travel disadvantaged come to mind first.

But if they reach out and develop a serious plan, way BEFORE the bad events so that they are prepared, it is not impossible for disabled persons to safely bug out. In fact, the strategy I’m about to reveal will accommodate the solution to a minimum amount of stress and danger and a maximum level of success.

Get Out of Dodge Way Before the Gunfight Starts

Think ‘fast, but not furious’. In these recent hurricane predicaments, the government’s entire emergency early warning weather system is ‘bass ackward’. They start off with a good advanced catch of a potential storm disaster-sometimes several days in advance, which allows plenty of time for safe evacuations and preparation, but this never happens!

What does happen to most people instead is a common syndrome that in my experienced opinion is sponsored by the ignorant control freak government disaster authorities, and contributes to the problems that reduce your chances of a successful evacuation. It’s called imminent fear induced procrastination.

They keep everybody focused on the track of the storm, like a gambler at a poker game of death, intently studying the other players, waiting to bet their lives on getting the winning hand, hoping that their luck changes on the odds that a hurricane hand can change dramatically at the last minute…

This causes a feeding frenzy to clean out the local food stores so they have enough to stuff down their pie holes as they stay superglued to their TV or computer screen, waiting for the metal monster truck to splat them like a paintball, when they could already be safe and sound someplace else.

This creates a mentality that ‘well, maybe it won’t hit us directly and we don’t have to do anything but have a few beers to calm down, while we wait it out?’ Or, ‘maybe it just won’t be so bad’?

Which wastes valuable time better spent hightailing it out on the road not yet critically infested with boiling road raging bumper to bumper traffic crawling slower and slower until…it grinds to dreadful stop. And now you’re trapped. In a potentially worse situation than had you at least prepared well to survive in place and not evacuated at all.

And then panic will set in. But again, the virtual reality is that almost everyone–with the exception of highly trained professional responders or experienced military operators–always panics. It’s unnatural not to panic in such terrifying life threatening SHTF situations.

 

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But the simple procedures we’ll show you here will guarantee a much less stressful and safer alternative.

So the number one message here is don’t prepare for the evacuation by primarily planning to ride out the storm in place. This is only for persons whose original plan to bug out failed because for some insane reason they didn’t read this information and somehow couldn’t get out in time and/or then had no other choice.

And also, don’t just wait for the Govt holy decree telling to ‘get on your mark, get set, GO!’ and then proceed like the obedient lil’ doggies’ who then all at once get whipped along by the police cowboys, to join the vast growing herd of panic driven cattle heading for their last roundup, at the last most dangerous minute to FEMA CAMP corrals.

Instead, prepare to BEAT the storm AND the evacuation! In other words…

The only sure way to not be a disaster victim is to NOT be there when the disaster happens!”

The Best Way to Bug Out

1. Have a Bug Out Location (BOL) in Advance

No serious self-reliant prepper should be without one, especially if you live in a major city or other very disaster-prone area. The best option, of course, would be to be already living in a safe rural area with well-prepared survival set up at your home.

The second would be a 2nd home or cabin somewhere more secluded that’s stocked and ready. The next option would be to have a safe, relatively remote, piece of empty land to pull your BOT (Bug Out Trailer) to and set up for a long-term stay.

Next have a small BOT packed and ready to rock at a moment’s hook up at your residence, and a designated BOL like a public camp ground or something to rent or go to for an extended set up in advance.

After that, well, improvise as best as you can. If you don’t have a trailer, you can be surprised what you can fit in a truck, minivan, or even a compact car for extended camping at safer location. If you have a good friend or relative in a safe location, that could work out well.

The idea is to know where you’re going, and be ready as best you can to move out immediately after you make your own decision to ‘go’.

2. Don’t Overplan the Escape Trip Itself

I see so many Bug Out Preps that are a waste of time. Bugging out is simply going from one place to another to avoid serious catastrophe. You don’t need to hire a semi-tractor truck moving van to take everything but the kitchen sink.

The critical point is not so much ‘How’ you do it, But ‘When’. If you leave early enough and know your best route to destination, you don’t need five alternative routes which will be just as dangerously congested as a main one if you leave too late.

The idea is leave early enough so that your Bug Out resembles more of an anytime weekend getaway drive to the country! No stress, no shutdowns, plenty of gas along the way, and so on. If you leave early enough you can probably stop for dinner before you reach your BOL! You don’t need extensive prepping or a plan B, C, or D, if you have a good plan A.

3. When to Move Out!

And that’s the critical analysis. The short answer is that ideally, if there’s any chance at all that a hurricane will affect your residence, you want to be sitting and watching the weather radar on your TV at your Bug Out Location while the storm is still off far enough off the coastline.

In other words, If I lived in Florida near the ocean in the path of hurricane Maria AND it was aiming directly at my town, and just saw what it did to Puerto Rico early this morning, I’d ignore the weather reports hoping that Jose would somehow deflect Maria’s landfall.

By now I’d already be about six hours into my bug out, calmly cruising across the Northern Florida State line, blowing kisses and waving the bird at all those hungry gators and snakes, at the normal speed limit. I’d be heading further inland to a safe location where I’d be sitting in front of the TV safely and comfortably, watching all the destruction and praying for the poor souls who didn’t make it out in time.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. You can always come back if it missed your area. But if you check in to Hurricane Hotel by trying to ‘survive in place’, you might just never check out?

Video first seen on Dane Wigington.

Post Script

It surprises me that so many don’t quite grasp the fact that major metropolitan areas will always be a death trap in apocalyptic scenarios.

They will rapidly breed everything from scarcity of every necessary life sustaining essential, to neverending disasters from criminal anarchy, to disease by unsanitary conditions, such as are now happening in Florida, to intense, systematic looting and murdering.

That’s why having a well thought out BOL is so important. Sure, you don’t need one way up in mountainous no man’s land just to escape and hole up from coastal storms, a couple hundred miles inland on elevated terrain would work for that. But it would be more prudent to put in a little more effort, and have a BOL that fits all or at least most catastrophic events. Maybe a group effort with family and friends to minimize cost?

The big cities and most of the smaller ones will be uninhabitable if the so-called long overdue massive power outage, total economic collapse, nuclear war, or out of control plague or pandemic hit us.

Bugging out, smartly, and sooner rather than later, is the ‘only way to go’!


This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.

An Easy Way to Preserve and Tan the Hide of a Deer

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: Another guest submission from Mitchell, founder of Musket Hunting, and another timely article as hunting season is upon us. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award like Mitchell, as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

 

After hunting your award-winning deer, you don’t have to throw away the hide. Tanning the hide, with this simple procedure, will help you to preserve it. You will have a nice hide that you can use as rug, a fur coat, or for home decorations. Here is a simple way to tan the hide of a deer or any other animal that you hunt.

Materials Needed:

Some of the most important materials and tools you will need include:

* A sharp knife

* Non-iodized salt

* A flat working surface like a wide sheet of plywood or an old work bench

* A 10-gallon container made of wood or a plastic garbage bin

* A scraping tool

* Baking soda

* Single-edged knife

* A stirring paddle

* Hydrated lime

Procedure

  1. Take off All Fat and Flesh From the Hide

Cut away all pieces of flesh that may be attached to the skin. Trim the ragged edges from the flesh side. If you cannot start the process of tanning within a day, you need to cure the pelt promptly. This will keep the hide from degrading and stop the hair from slipping in future. Curing also helps to improve the absorption of the tanning agents.

To remove flesh from the skin, lay it on a cool concrete surface or flat rock. Use a flesher or knife to get all the flesh off the skin so it does not rot. Do this immediately after you have skinned your deer. Be careful while scraping flesh so you don’t pierce or damage the hide.

  1. Cure the Pelt with Non-iodized Salt

Salt the deer hide immediately after you take off the flesh. It will help to remove moisture and prevent flies from infesting the pelt. Hides should be tanned immediately after they are dried so they are not damaged by insects.

To salt the hide, lay the fur side down on a wide surface. Sprinkle fresh non-iodized salt on the flesh side. A good rule of thumb is to use a pound of salt for a pound of hide. Sprinkle the salt evenly and rub it into all the cut edges, the legs, neck and wrinkles. You can repeat this procedure in two or three days after the first application gets wet.

  1. Dry the Hide

Position your hide so fluid can quickly drain off it. The salt you put will help to remove a lot of moisture from the hide. If necessary, you can hang the hide after you salt it until it is completely dry.

  1. Soak and Clean the Hide

Soak your hide in the 10-gallon plastic container or garbage bin. Do not use a metal container because the salt and tanning chemicals can react with it. Keep changing the water until the deer skin is soft. In most cases you may need to soak it for one to two hours before the hide becomes soft.

After the skin softens, place it on a plywood board and work on it with your hands. Stretch out the skin on a board and then pull hide back and forth against the edge of your board. Dry skin has a shiny layer of tissue which needs to be broken up before it is removed with a dull metal saw blade.

When the skin is getting tender, you can add baking soda to the water, soak the skin in water and then stir it with the paddle. This simple operation will ensure that the skin becomes very tender and that the tanning solution is fully absorbed.

  1. Remove Hair

If you want to tan the hide into buck skin, you should take the fur off before tanning it. Mix four quarts of hydrated lime with five gallons of water. Ensure that the skin is totally immersed and no air is trapped in the skin.

Keep the hide soaked till the hair slides off the hide with ease, especially when you use your hand to push it off. Some hides may take up to six days to shed their hair with this method. Then you can place the skin on a board and push off the hair with the backside of a knife.

  1. Tan the Hide

You can achieve the most effective results by using tanning agents available in form of home tanning kits. But if you want to produce your own tanning solution, you may use any of these options: brain tanning, alcohol and turpentine, or salt and alum.

The commercial solution requires the least amount of effort, so you should try it first. You can buy a pack of hide tanning formula for $20 or less. To clean the hide and take off excess salt and grease, you should soak the hide in soapy water. Put on a pair of gloves and work the tanning solution into the flesh side of the skin. Apply pressure and some creative strokes so the solution can saturate the hide.

To use the deer’s brain to tan the hide, you need to take it out of the skull and preserve it in a refrigerator till you are ready to use it. Later, you can put the deer’s brain in a saucepan and add one cup of water. Cook the brains and the water until the brain becomes liquid. Blend the mixture with a spoon to remove all lumps.

After washing the hide with water, and mopping up the excess water with towels, you stretch the hide out on a table, pour the brain mixture on the hide and work it in with your hands. After rubbing in the mixture, place it in a freezer bag and put it in the fridge to allow the brains mixture to penetrate the hide.

  1. Soften the Hide

    

To stop the hide from becoming too stiff, you need to soften it. You should remove it from the refrigerator and put it on the drying rack. Use a cloth to wipe the excess brain mixture and then soften the hide by running a large stick back and forth on it till it is soft and pliable.

 

 

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An Easy Way to Preserve and Tan the Hide of a Deer

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: Another guest submission from Mitchell, founder of Musket Hunting, and another timely article as hunting season is upon us. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award like Mitchell, as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

 

After hunting your award-winning deer, you don’t have to throw away the hide. Tanning the hide, with this simple procedure, will help you to preserve it. You will have a nice hide that you can use as rug, a fur coat, or for home decorations. Here is a simple way to tan the hide of a deer or any other animal that you hunt.

Materials Needed:

Some of the most important materials and tools you will need include:

* A sharp knife

* Non-iodized salt

* A flat working surface like a wide sheet of plywood or an old work bench

* A 10-gallon container made of wood or a plastic garbage bin

* A scraping tool

* Baking soda

* Single-edged knife

* A stirring paddle

* Hydrated lime

Procedure

  1. Take off All Fat and Flesh From the Hide

Cut away all pieces of flesh that may be attached to the skin. Trim the ragged edges from the flesh side. If you cannot start the process of tanning within a day, you need to cure the pelt promptly. This will keep the hide from degrading and stop the hair from slipping in future. Curing also helps to improve the absorption of the tanning agents.

To remove flesh from the skin, lay it on a cool concrete surface or flat rock. Use a flesher or knife to get all the flesh off the skin so it does not rot. Do this immediately after you have skinned your deer. Be careful while scraping flesh so you don’t pierce or damage the hide.

  1. Cure the Pelt with Non-iodized Salt

Salt the deer hide immediately after you take off the flesh. It will help to remove moisture and prevent flies from infesting the pelt. Hides should be tanned immediately after they are dried so they are not damaged by insects.

To salt the hide, lay the fur side down on a wide surface. Sprinkle fresh non-iodized salt on the flesh side. A good rule of thumb is to use a pound of salt for a pound of hide. Sprinkle the salt evenly and rub it into all the cut edges, the legs, neck and wrinkles. You can repeat this procedure in two or three days after the first application gets wet.

  1. Dry the Hide

Position your hide so fluid can quickly drain off it. The salt you put will help to remove a lot of moisture from the hide. If necessary, you can hang the hide after you salt it until it is completely dry.

  1. Soak and Clean the Hide

Soak your hide in the 10-gallon plastic container or garbage bin. Do not use a metal container because the salt and tanning chemicals can react with it. Keep changing the water until the deer skin is soft. In most cases you may need to soak it for one to two hours before the hide becomes soft.

After the skin softens, place it on a plywood board and work on it with your hands. Stretch out the skin on a board and then pull hide back and forth against the edge of your board. Dry skin has a shiny layer of tissue which needs to be broken up before it is removed with a dull metal saw blade.

When the skin is getting tender, you can add baking soda to the water, soak the skin in water and then stir it with the paddle. This simple operation will ensure that the skin becomes very tender and that the tanning solution is fully absorbed.

  1. Remove Hair

If you want to tan the hide into buck skin, you should take the fur off before tanning it. Mix four quarts of hydrated lime with five gallons of water. Ensure that the skin is totally immersed and no air is trapped in the skin.

Keep the hide soaked till the hair slides off the hide with ease, especially when you use your hand to push it off. Some hides may take up to six days to shed their hair with this method. Then you can place the skin on a board and push off the hair with the backside of a knife.

  1. Tan the Hide

You can achieve the most effective results by using tanning agents available in form of home tanning kits. But if you want to produce your own tanning solution, you may use any of these options: brain tanning, alcohol and turpentine, or salt and alum.

The commercial solution requires the least amount of effort, so you should try it first. You can buy a pack of hide tanning formula for $20 or less. To clean the hide and take off excess salt and grease, you should soak the hide in soapy water. Put on a pair of gloves and work the tanning solution into the flesh side of the skin. Apply pressure and some creative strokes so the solution can saturate the hide.

To use the deer’s brain to tan the hide, you need to take it out of the skull and preserve it in a refrigerator till you are ready to use it. Later, you can put the deer’s brain in a saucepan and add one cup of water. Cook the brains and the water until the brain becomes liquid. Blend the mixture with a spoon to remove all lumps.

After washing the hide with water, and mopping up the excess water with towels, you stretch the hide out on a table, pour the brain mixture on the hide and work it in with your hands. After rubbing in the mixture, place it in a freezer bag and put it in the fridge to allow the brains mixture to penetrate the hide.

  1. Soften the Hide

    

To stop the hide from becoming too stiff, you need to soften it. You should remove it from the refrigerator and put it on the drying rack. Use a cloth to wipe the excess brain mixture and then soften the hide by running a large stick back and forth on it till it is soft and pliable.

 

 

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3 Things to Consider Before Going Off-Grid

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3 Things to consider before going off-grid. Generating your own power is a lifestyle change. Create an off-grid system so if something devastating happens, natural or otherwise, you still have power | PreparednessMama

Generating your own power is a lifestyle change. Take a look at how to create an off-grid system so if something devastating happens, natural or otherwise, you can still have power. We have all been home when a cold front has come in and our homes electrical system had to work double time to maintain […]

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