Panicy non-buying

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The last thing the blogosphere (or any other sphere, for that matter) needs is another person espousing their opinions about the latest school shooting. So..I’m not going to do that.

Instead, I’m going to prattle about how this is the first time something like this has happened where I didnt feel the need to hock a kidney or lung so I could panic-buy more AR’s or magazines.

I’ve enough on-hand that my needs are, I think, met for a long while AND I have enough to make a hefty profit off the unprepared if they pass another magazine ban. So…no panic.

It’s been fourteen years since the Assault Weapons ban ended and we could once again have normal-capacity magazines. If you can’t remember what those dark days are like, lemme dial up the Wayback Machine for you…

Too many people think that because Trump is in office we have nothing to fear in terms of future prohibitions. People who think that are short-sighted, unrealistic idiots. But, if you’ve had fourteen years to get you magazine/gun needs taken care of and still haven’t…well… maybe you’re not really the kinda guy that needs to be reading preparedness blogs.

Moral of the story: being able to not stress about magazine/gun bans is a nice thing. And that peace of mind is only because I haven’t been sitting on my hands these last few years.

Preparedness Items to Get in the Post Valentines Day Sales

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Preparedness Items to Get in the Post Valentines Day Sales Thanks to our capitalist society, that is always under fire, we have these giant production runs on items that are designed for specific holidays. We see the biggest runs for Halloween and Christmas. If you are silly you will just sneer at the leftovers on …

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Destruction of America: U.S. Army recruits ‘not strong enough to throw grenades,’ Military drops requirement to accommodate snowflakes.

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Thanks to our Liberal P.C. Culture, the newest generation of Army recruits are ‘entitled, undisciplined & not strong enough to throw grenades.’ according to the head of the US Army Center of Initial Military Training. […]

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More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States

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More Than 100 Are Dead As The Worst Flu Epidemic In Years Sweeps Across The United States This years flu is going nowhere fast.  It is infection people all over the nation and has caused some serious situations. We have seen whole school districts tapping out to this flu in Texas. We have seen Triages …

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Corruption. Government Tax Cuts For Big Business. No advantages for the common people.

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Why many big companies DON”T pay corporate tax!!!

Star Cluster

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Hey Folks, It’s been awhile. Life has been pretty busy. Between jobs, school, PT and various self improvement I am a fairly busy guy. Won’t apologize for that. A lot of the meaningful self improvement we do isn’t necessarily good blog fodder. This spring when school wraps up I may take up writing more frequently, if I want to, unless I don’t.

The financial markets are getting downright sporty. While huge moves to time the market are generally foolhardy a bit of rebalancing is probably a good idea. Taking a few profits out of equities isn’t a bad idea. Today on CNBC someone called the current market “picking up dollars in front of a steam roller.”

The topic of inflation is reading its head.

Money is under mentioned in preparedness. Part of this is the inherent oddly American trait to not talk about it and all call ourselves middle class. In our systems aside from some basic stuff like a pocket knife, a flashlight, comfortable footwear and a first aid kit money is probably the most important part of our systems for realistic emergencies followed closely by a concealed handgun. A roll of 20’s can solve a whole lot of problems. A comparable roll of 50’s can solve even more. A credit card with a high limit can get you a room to stay in, plane tickets or even buy a car to drive away if needed!

For a real world get home I am pretty comfortable with a day pack that has some basic stuff and a wad of cash. I am unlikely to be using a survival fishing kit but cash to buy lunch would be nice. Even in a realistic bug out situation I will have my pre packed bag, some guns and such but what I really need is a Visa card to get a motel room and a pizza!

Money also buys gear and bigger items like buy out vehicles and fancy survivalist retreates!

While not a sexy part of survivalism the answer to work more and scrimp to pay for stuff is really important. It applies at different relative levels for most everyone.

In a very transitional American view get out and earn that cool new thing you want!

One of the cool things about survivalism is that t is so broad. When life throws you a curve in one area focus on others. PT and dry fire are free. Organizing your stuff into cohesive systems is free. Rotating stores food and relaxing it as part of your diet is cost neutral if not free. The point I am trying to make is that there is a lot of stuff you can do even when money is tight.

Get out and do something this weekend!

Book Review: Home Workshop Explosives

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ECSC5ameA I like to joke (not really a joke, but more of gallows humor) that I am on several “lists” due to my eclectic and controversial book purchases.* However, as I used to tell my college kids (in intro to terrorism) if you don’t know the bad guy tactics then you can never hope to catch them. you will hear more about that when I get around to reviewing The Monkey Wrench Gang, The Mini-manual of the Urban Guerrilla, and Turner Diaries, The author claims to be a chemical engineer, but I cannot verify that due to his use of

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Free PDF: History of Civil Defense 1945 -1984

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The PDF History of Civil Defense 1945 -1984 is actually called “America Civil Defence 1945 -1984 The Evolution of Programs and Policies it was written at Emmitsburg Maryland – which the home of the National Emergency Management Center – basically a college campus for teaching strategic courses in Emergency Management.  I never got there, as I spent my training time on the tactical courses.  If you read through the abstract you see that this document describes how we went from preparing individuals and teaching personal preparedness to being concerned primarily with government survivability. This monograph examines the modern civil defense

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What so “New” Small Modular Nuclear Reactors have In Common With Clinton —Corruption

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This was Rod Adam’s baby; lots of money dropped into it and then cancelled. For a series of informed speculations about the likely hijacking of US nuke power R&D, attend the video by George Webb. Did you know that senior FBI officials actively manage nuke fuel processing, sales and transport? If you follow Webb’s lead, he corroborates HRC’s 20-year-long choke-hold on this sector relied on staffing key positions with loyalists. This eased changes in oversight regulation, giving the FBI special management. Under the guise of national security, HRC and her team at the FBI stripped the Nuclear Regulation Agency [NRC] of its perogatives in order to personally enrich themselves.

In a sane and just country this POV would not be rendered solely on YT but confirmed and advanced by the NYT and WAPO. Instead, a few journalists set each day’s national news feeds with encrypted talking points sent from Langley. Slipping the CIA’s Mockingbirds, use this inside nugget to fuel your indignation to new heights

That Old Compass

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Grandfather’s compass from decades ago may no longer be the best selection for the hiker.  The image below is of a compass made between 1910-1920.  Though the dial is fairly detailed, the accuracy may be reduced due to the polarity of the magnetic needle. 

 In general terms, the polarity is how the magnetic needle will react to the earth’s magnetic field.  Over a period of almost 100 years, the compass’ magnetic needle may not move in relation to magnetic north as it did when new; that could mean the differences of several degrees.  

To prove this point take a new baseplate compass and compare the two (do not hold them near each other.)  A navigator can also compare it a new compass or a location where a street or trail is known to run true north.


My recommendation then is to leave the old antique compass in a place of honor at home.  It is time to consider buying a new compass.

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

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How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan

The US witnessed one of the worst hurricane seasons in hundreds of years, and that was on top of the countrywide flooding and storms that inflicted parts of the country into panic. These kinds of weather situations aren’t uncommon and are happening around the world at an increasing rate.

As conditions and freak scenarios are becoming more and more common, more and more people are turning their attention to creating emergency plans.

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How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan

The US witnessed one of the worst hurricane seasons in hundreds of years, and that was on top of the countrywide flooding and storms that inflicted parts of the country into panic. These kinds of weather situations aren’t uncommon and are happening around the world at an increasing rate.

As conditions and freak scenarios are becoming more and more common, more and more people are turning their attention to creating emergency plans.

Continue reading How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan! at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan!

How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan

The US witnessed one of the worst hurricane seasons in hundreds of years, and that was on top of the countrywide flooding and storms that inflicted parts of the country into panic. These kinds of weather situations aren’t uncommon and are happening around the world at an increasing rate.

As conditions and freak scenarios are becoming more and more common, more and more people are turning their attention to creating emergency plans.

Continue reading How to Create a Family Preparedness-Emergency Plan! at Prepper Broadcasting Network.

Forward thinker therefore prepper!

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Forward thinker therefore prepper!

Forward thinker therefore prepper!
Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below!

I am a prepper therefore I am a forward thinker. I am a forward thinker therefore I am a prepper. Its a one hand washes the other situation. While I am a young man I still appreciate that this ride has an end. This short dance in the sun will eventually be clouded over and the infinite dark will follow.

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4 Expert Lethal & Non-Lethal Setups For Protection Home & Abroad

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4 Expert Lethal & Non-Lethal Setups For Protection Home & Abroad With the turn of events in the last few years you may be really considering a new method of protecting yourself. Where you might once have felt comfortable with mace on your key chain, things might have changed. Who could blame you. We have …

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Do Bullets Go Bad?

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Do Bullets Go Bad? If you plan on surviving any type of end of the world collapse its going to take ammo. There are many articles out there where people show you many ways to get your hands on high quality, bulk ammo for cheap. Maybe you are in a situation where you have a …

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Ten Must-Have Items to Pack in Your Survival Kit

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A survival kit is stocked with the basic necessities you’ll require to stay alive and keep your family safe while you await or prepare a more permanent living situation. While each person’s idea of “necessities” might vary, these tools are universal in nature and can prove immeasurably useful in an extreme situation where your survival depends on your preparedness and resourcefulness.

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Avoid Detection By Moving SLOWLY

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While moving, and regardless of where, how, or why you’re in a situation to avoid detection: Short of being invisible, you need to move SLOWLY to avoid detection. We humans (and most animals) have a very good ability to detect movement. It’s built in to our core survival instincts. Even in our peripheral vision. Slow movement however is much more difficult to notice. A recent comment here on MSB regarding avoiding detection: “We’ll just use a whitetail for an example, I can spot a deer that’s moving at a trot down the trail for several hundred yards if terrain permits.”

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How To Declutter Stuff In Your Home Quickly

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Well, it’s that time of year when I feel the need to declutter stuff around the house and garage. Again. I actually helped a friend yesterday declutter stuff in her master bedroom closet. I don’t know about you, but if someone will just come and talk to me as I start pulling stuff out of closets, it’s a lot more fun. I had gone to breakfast with her and she mentioned how overwhelming it is to organize closets and cupboards, etc. I told her I would help her, then I went to pick up some zippered bags and called to see when we could get started. I brought my Minute Timer but we didn’t use it. We jumped in and started tossing, recycling, and boxed stuff to sell. I like to clean my house in 15-minute increments because then it makes me work faster as I hear the timer tick.

Anyone that knows me really well, understands my passion for organizing everything. I really think I am OCD and I own it. If my daughters mention a closet could use some organizing, I’m on it. They know I love cleaning out stuff and labeling everything. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live close to IKEA or The Container Store, I love those stores. I could browse in those departments with containers and organizers for hours.

Let’s make this easy today, you can use 33-gallon clear bags for donating stuff, black bags for trash, or if you have some empty boxes you’ve saved for moving, just them and be sure to label them based on what’s inside. If the stuff you pull out of the closets, cupboards, drawers, or the clothes hanging up in closets are no longer useful or no longer give you joy, it’s time to let the stuff go. I promise you’ll feel calm and joy in your life with less. The biggest bonus you can give to yourself is letting go of clothes that someone else could use today, not ten years from now. If you haven’t worn them in three years, chances are you will never wear them again.

I know, I can hear some people saying, “but this cost me $$$$,” but if you aren’t wearing it, why hang on to it? Has it been ten years since you wore it or used it? Is it a collector’s item, Or is it just clutter? Let’s keep the good stuff and let go of the rest. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t want my daughters to have to go through useless stuff after I pass away.

I know it’s hard to let go, I get it. My friend mentioned a quilt made by her grandmother was frayed on the edges, but she felt a sentimental attachment to it. You could tell it was a well-loved quilt. I told her I would help her “bind” the quilt another day. We put that special quilt in a zippered bag to protect it with love. These are the bags I buy, you can get them at Bed, Bath & Beyond or order them online. Sweater Bags and Quilt Bags. I used to buy those “vacuum bags” but they ended up not working out for me. They would pop open and split.

Now, the kitchen “stuff” is a totally different ball game. I’m a kitchen gadget junkie, I confess. I love cooking, baking and trying new recipes, it’s my passion for life, I guess. Yes, I do have those cupboards organized pretty well. But I will organize them another day. Again to see if I can eliminate things that haven’t been put to use, no matter what the reason. Somethings the tuff decision is whether to throw the items away or give them away. My husband tells me that someone can put to use the things I don’t want or need. He likes taking things to organizations like Goodwill, or the Deseret Industries.  He figures those folks know best what can be sold or placed elsewhere, so we drop them off and let the people there make the decision. Worst case, things like the clothes will be used to make scrap or rags.

Declutter Stuff

declutter stuff

This is where you have to be ready to make a decision whether you can let go of stuff or not.

Declutter

I know, I can hear some of you say “it’s overwhelming to know where to start” or you may say, “I hate to declutter stuff.” Or you may have zero interest in cleaning out any closet, cupboard or dresser drawers. No worries.

Recycle

I remember my great-grandmother taking pieces of fabric from worn out dresses, shirts, and blouses and “piecing” a quilt with the different fabrics. Those quilts continue to be treasured. Donate what can be recycled.

Sell

You can have a garage sale, sell stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Market Place. You may be able to take some items to a consignment store. This will help your pocketbook and help someone else at the same time to purchase items they couldn’t normally afford to buy. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Keep

When in doubt about stuff, keep it and wait six months when you have time to purge your house again. I have an extra Bernina sewing machine I bought a few years ago. I won’t sell it because I would be lucky to get pennies on the dollar if I tried to sell it. I am saving it for one of my granddaughters who will get married someday.

Trash

If the item(s) cannot be fixed, repaired, or recycled, place them in your trash can. And don’t look back. Trust me, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

Donate

Here’s the deal, there are so many people that could wear those shoes on the shoe racks that you will never wear, those shirts that no longer fit you, or those jackets that would be great for someone else to use. I went with a young girl and she purchased prom shoes and a prom dress at a thrift store. She was thrilled and looked beautiful in that slightly used dress! I was thrilled to hear that P.A.W.S. has a place to donate stuff to help the pets in this world have some money to help them. Yes, I dropped some stuff off today. What a great feeling.

I hope this post helps you declutter stuff that can be used by someone else, give you some extra cash, and feel the joy of living with less stuff. May God bless this world to be prepared for the unexpected.

Remember Moms Timer by Linda

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How To Declutter Stuff In Your Home Quickly

Well, it’s that time of year when I feel the need to declutter stuff around the house and garage. Again. I actually helped a friend yesterday declutter stuff in her master bedroom closet. I don’t know about you, but if someone will just come and talk to me as I start pulling stuff out of closets, it’s a lot more fun. I had gone to breakfast with her and she mentioned how overwhelming it is to organize closets and cupboards, etc. I told her I would help her, then I went to pick up some zippered bags and called to see when we could get started. I brought my Minute Timer but we didn’t use it. We jumped in and started tossing, recycling, and boxed stuff to sell. I like to clean my house in 15-minute increments because then it makes me work faster as I hear the timer tick.

Anyone that knows me really well, understands my passion for organizing everything. I really think I am OCD and I own it. If my daughters mention a closet could use some organizing, I’m on it. They know I love cleaning out stuff and labeling everything. It’s probably a good thing I don’t live close to IKEA or The Container Store, I love those stores. I could browse in those departments with containers and organizers for hours.

Let’s make this easy today, you can use 33-gallon clear bags for donating stuff, black bags for trash, or if you have some empty boxes you’ve saved for moving, just them and be sure to label them based on what’s inside. If the stuff you pull out of the closets, cupboards, drawers, or the clothes hanging up in closets are no longer useful or no longer give you joy, it’s time to let the stuff go. I promise you’ll feel calm and joy in your life with less. The biggest bonus you can give to yourself is letting go of clothes that someone else could use today, not ten years from now. If you haven’t worn them in three years, chances are you will never wear them again.

I know, I can hear some people saying, “but this cost me $$$$,” but if you aren’t wearing it, why hang on to it? Has it been ten years since you wore it or used it? Is it a collector’s item, Or is it just clutter? Let’s keep the good stuff and let go of the rest. Maybe it’s my age, but I don’t want my daughters to have to go through useless stuff after I pass away.

I know it’s hard to let go, I get it. My friend mentioned a quilt made by her grandmother was frayed on the edges, but she felt a sentimental attachment to it. You could tell it was a well-loved quilt. I told her I would help her “bind” the quilt another day. We put that special quilt in a zippered bag to protect it with love. These are the bags I buy, you can get them at Bed, Bath & Beyond or order them online. Sweater Bags and Quilt Bags. I used to buy those “vacuum bags” but they ended up not working out for me. They would pop open and split.

Now, the kitchen “stuff” is a totally different ball game. I’m a kitchen gadget junkie, I confess. I love cooking, baking and trying new recipes, it’s my passion for life, I guess. Yes, I do have those cupboards organized pretty well. But I will organize them another day. Again to see if I can eliminate things that haven’t been put to use, no matter what the reason. Somethings the tuff decision is whether to throw the items away or give them away. My husband tells me that someone can put to use the things I don’t want or need. He likes taking things to organizations like Goodwill, or the Deseret Industries.  He figures those folks know best what can be sold or placed elsewhere, so we drop them off and let the people there make the decision. Worst case, things like the clothes will be used to make scrap or rags.

Declutter Stuff

declutter stuff

This is where you have to be ready to make a decision whether you can let go of stuff or not.

Declutter

I know, I can hear some of you say “it’s overwhelming to know where to start” or you may say, “I hate to declutter stuff.” Or you may have zero interest in cleaning out any closet, cupboard or dresser drawers. No worries.

Recycle

I remember my great-grandmother taking pieces of fabric from worn out dresses, shirts, and blouses and “piecing” a quilt with the different fabrics. Those quilts continue to be treasured. Donate what can be recycled.

Sell

You can have a garage sale, sell stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Market Place. You may be able to take some items to a consignment store. This will help your pocketbook and help someone else at the same time to purchase items they couldn’t normally afford to buy. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Keep

When in doubt about stuff, keep it and wait six months when you have time to purge your house again. I have an extra Bernina sewing machine I bought a few years ago. I won’t sell it because I would be lucky to get pennies on the dollar if I tried to sell it. I am saving it for one of my granddaughters who will get married someday.

Trash

If the item(s) cannot be fixed, repaired, or recycled, place them in your trash can. And don’t look back. Trust me, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.

Donate

Here’s the deal, there are so many people that could wear those shoes on the shoe racks that you will never wear, those shirts that no longer fit you, or those jackets that would be great for someone else to use. I went with a young girl and she purchased prom shoes and a prom dress at a thrift store. She was thrilled and looked beautiful in that slightly used dress! I was thrilled to hear that P.A.W.S. has a place to donate stuff to help the pets in this world have some money to help them. Yes, I dropped some stuff off today. What a great feeling.

I hope this post helps you declutter stuff that can be used by someone else, give you some extra cash, and feel the joy of living with less stuff. May God bless this world to be prepared for the unexpected.

Remember Moms Timer by Linda

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Emergency Procedures Your Child Should Know

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Most kids are smarter than they look even at a tender age. They can take simple instructions, detect and respond positively to emergency situations. You need to teach them the right emergency steps to take. They should know when and how to respond if someone is in danger or when they find themselves in trouble. Here are some emergency procedures your child should know. Calling 911 Kids learn faster and have a good memory. If you teach them to make 911 calls during an emergency with practical demonstrations, they might save someone’s life or yours when the need arises. Tips:                                                                                         

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Making Medical Preparations

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Red J to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award 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!

An Additional Editor’s Note: I need to point out that this is good information and that it should be read and considered from your own point of view and that is why I have decided to publish this guests post. As it pertains to methods of stocking up on prescription medications there are some legitimate issues you must consider. As presented your interactions with your medical professionals are between you and them. Most insurance companies will not authorize prescriptions for more than 30-days. Shopping alternative pharmacies is a practice oft used in the illicit drug trade and EXTREME caution is recommended here as this may indeed get you on a list you never, ever want to be on. Some meds HAVE TO BE REPORTED at the time of sale and this is built into the software that runs a pharmacy. They will ask for a valid ID and submit it to their systems. This is a touchy subject as human weakness and human greed and government control all come together to possibly produce the worst of all outcomes. TPJ

Like many middle-aged Americans, I have a number of health conditions and rely on the medical system to manage my health concerns.  So I am very concerned about making medical preps.  I expect that many people’s health will get worse in an extended grid-down situation.  Stress on everyone will be extremely high.  A nutritious diet and sufficient sleep may not be consistently available.  Such living conditions will make people more susceptible to common ailments such as cold, flu; http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/01/25/preparing-illness-shtf/ offers help for colds, flu, and a broken ankle.

Others will be more vulnerable and possibly life-threatening.  Imagine a COPD patient without her oxygen pump or a diabetic patient without his diabetic medicine, or someone with chronic pain who no longer has access to pain medicines.  Untreated high blood pressure will damage a person’s arteries, leading to buildup of plague, reducing blood flow and eventually heart attack, heart failure, or stroke.

Does anyone in your family or prepping group take medicine for arthritis, thyroid, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heartburn or acid reflux, asthma, diabetes, depression and/or anxiety?  These are some of the most common American health issues.

This article will help you and your household or group make medical preps.

Stock up on OTC Products for Your Specific Conditions

I’m not going to recommend first aid items to stock because they can be found in http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/10/28/prepper-first-aid-finding-perfect-ifak-kit/ and http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2016/12/09/importance-medical-kit-preps/

These are somethings to stock for muscular pain or fibromyalgia – handheld massager, capzasin gel, salonpas patches, lidocaine patches, Stopain, Biofreeze.  Potassium tablets can also reduce muscular soreness.  A hot bath with Epsom Salt can also reduce muscular pain.  My pharmacist told me that Vitamin B-12 that’s dissolved under the tongue, can reduce nerve pain; it must be the kind dissolved under the tongue (sublinqual) and not swallowed.  An electric handheld massager can also help reduce muscle soreness; see below on how to prepare to use it after a grid-down disaster.

If you have diabetes, do you have an extra blood sugar monitor, spare battery, test strips, and alcohol swabs?

Will anyone in your family or group need a cane, crutches, walker, or wheelchair in the future?

How to Stock Extra Prescription Medicines

One way to stock up on your prescription medicines is to call in refills 4-5 days early.  Do this every month for 6-7 months, and you will have one extra month’s supply of your medicine.  I’ve been told that one can also do this with mail order prescriptions.  Exaggerating your symptoms may also get your doctor to prescribe a larger dose (or a battery of new and expensive tests). This ma result in allowing you to store the difference in doses.

Another way is to consider reducing your dose 1-3 days per week, and storing the difference.

Another way to stock up is to ask your doctor or PA (Physician’s Assistant).  Explain to him/her why you believe things will get very bad.  Depending on his/her response, ask if s/he would consider prescribing a larger dose.  Wait to do this until you have been seeing your doctor regularly for at least a year, to establish a trusting relationship.  Do not ask for extra opioids because of widespread concern about opioid abuse and addiction, and U.S. states are passing new laws making it harder for doctors to prescribe opioids.  As a patient, recognize that when you ask your doctor for extra medicine, you may actually be asking him/her to accept additional risk to his/her ability to continue practicing medicine.  So be discerning in what you request. There is a possibility he or she may have some pharmaceutical samples that they can dispense.

When I first considered asking my doctor for extra med, I was skeptical about ever finding a doctor who would agree to that.  So I didn’t ask for several years.  Then one day, I remembered that a doctor or PA is bound by doctor-patient confidentiality; so asking would not blow my OPSEC (operational security).  I thought the worst my PA could do was say no; what did I have to lose?  So I explained my reasons for believing things will get bad. My PA responded in an understanding manner and then asked me what I wanted, to my surprise.  Now I didn’t want to take advantage of his willingness to do so (and by that time, I had a good supply of most of my prescriptions); so I asked only for an extra dose of my diabetic medicine.

If your doctor agrees to this, I recommend going to a different pharmacy, one that does not have your insurance info in their system, and I would not give them your insurance info, as your insurance company will not approve a second dose and likely identify you as a possible unethical user (since those who abuse or sell their prescriptions often use more than one pharmacy.)

As you stock up on your prescription medications, keep them in a secure, discreet place in your home.  Do not tell friends that you have them or where they are.  If word gets out that you have a supply of prescription meds in your home, drug thieves may target your home.  A US military study showed that medications in pill form will last 15 years. (This is very general – as a lot of meds may require refrigeration or do have short potency life spans.) A medicine in capsule form will last 1-2 years, and liquid meds a year or less. You will want to keep some in your bugout bag and get home bag, rotating them periodically.

How to Power Electric Medical Equipment in a Grid-down Situation

Do you use a CPAP for sleep apnea?  Does someone in your group use a heating pad for arthritis or sore mucles?  Does anyone use a TENS unit or muscle stimulation unit for chronic pain?  Does a family member use an oxygen pump for a breathing ailment?  Does a disabled person use an electric scooter?

If electric medical equipment are to be used in an extended grid-down situation, plans must be made for an alternative power supply.  Options include wind power and water power, although most preppers choose a solar system.  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/01/26/affordable-off-grid-solar-electric/ describes a solar power system that can be used to power electric medical equipment.

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/01/26/affordable-off-grid-solar-electric/ describes a solar power system that can be used to power electric medical equipment.  http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2017/08/31/prepare-power-grid-outage/ offers guidance on setting up a solar system, a backup generator, and a supply of batteries.  You can also find portable solar battery rechargers on amazon.

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2015/12/14/p3solar-dynamo-plus-review-backup-power/ is a review of a small portable solar system.  Look at your current and future needs for electrical power, and consider options before choosing one.

Physical Things You Can Do

When my PA recommended exercise a couple years ago, I chose to join a local gym and go 3 times a week.  I needed cardio exercise for my heart, exercises to strengthen my low back and core muscles, and weights to add some upper body strength.  Regular exercise has increased my energy, endurance, and strength. It has also improved my memory and quality of sleep.  I feel years younger.  My low back and hip problems meant I could not jog outdoors, but using an elliptical, step machine or stationary bike are low-impact cardio workouts.  Once I got past some initial muscle soreness (my PA recommended bananas and/or a potassium supplement), exercise makes me feel years younger.  To limit possible soreness when you begin exercising, ease into it; stop before you feel worn out.  Regular exercise can help you improve your health and prepare physically for the stresses of a disaster.

Exercise can reduce your chronic pain because exercise releases endorphins in your body that act as natural pain relievers.  If you suffer from low back pain, do some exercises to strengthen your low back and front core muscles; this will reduce your back pain by letting your muscles take some pressure off your spine.  I have found this to be true for my low back pain.

It is possible learn to do spinal adjustments on your own back, which will be important for those of us with spinal issues.  Here are some resources that show you how.

https://www.wikihow.com/Crack-Your-Back

https://www.wikihow.com/Do-an-Upper-Spinal-Rotation

https://healthfully.com/chiropratic-methods-can-do-yourself-5462972.html

As you make your medical preparations, consider the medical needs of your household or group.  What do you need now and in the next 3-5 years?  Customize your medical preps for you and those closest to you.  Hard times are coming.  Will you and your family or group be medically ready?

If you reply with a question, I will try to help, and maybe others can help too.

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Camping Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

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Camping is an awesome outdoor activities and it has its own unmatched fun and excitement. Like every other thing, camping can be made more efficient, fun and frolicsome with some really valuable Camping hacks, tips, and tricks. Here are 7 camping tips. Test Your Gear- The gear you bought last year or probably a couple of months back and would be using them for the first time or a subsequent usage is on its way this camping trip. Whatever the case may be, test all your gear before you set up your camping sail. Fixing malfunctioning equipment can prevent a

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Camping Hacks, Tips, and Tricks

Camping is an awesome outdoor activities and it has its own unmatched fun and excitement. Like every other thing, camping can be made more efficient, fun and frolicsome with some really valuable Camping hacks, tips, and tricks. Here are 7 camping tips. Test Your Gear- The gear you bought last year or probably a couple of months back and would be using them for the first time or a subsequent usage is on its way this camping trip. Whatever the case may be, test all your gear before you set up your camping sail. Fixing malfunctioning equipment can prevent a

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‘7 Ways to Feed Your Garden for Free’

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Last year, David the Good filmed a fun (and funny) presentation for The Grow Network’s Home Grown Food Summit on how you can keep your garden fed and maximize the nutrition in your food without spending a dime.

Well, we’re a Community of sustainability-minded DIYers who like to find ways to turn trash into garden treasure, so is it any wonder that David’s video on “7 Ways to Feed Your Garden for Free” ended up being one of the event’s most popular presentations? (Plus, you know, David is just a likeable, funny guy, so that probably helped, too. 🙂 )

Read More: “Homemade Fertilizers—15 Simple and Inexpensive Options”

Anyway, David posted this video on YouTube on February 4, aaaaaand it’s already got more than 10,000 views. Translation? You should watch it now, too! 🙂

Here it is:

As David says, “The presentation clocks in at about 45 minutes long and should be a great inspiration for your spring gardening plans.”

Amen to that!

Then, let your TGN Community know in the comments: What are some other ways you like to feed your garden for free?

 

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Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning: How to Revive an Old Cast Iron Pan, Quickly and Easily (Video)

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I first jumped on the cast iron train more than a decade ago—and a big part of that was learning about proper cast iron skillet seasoning.

Back when I was a kid, I remember we had some old cast iron pans we didn’t use. They were rusty things and were eventually consigned to lying alongside the carport. Now, I wish I could go back in time and save them. All but two of the cast iron pans I now own were originally discovered in antique shops and thrift stores … then reclaimed through cleaning and seasoning.

When I was younger, I never thought all that much about cookware, other than to quit using aluminum and Teflon in favor of stainless steel. I used to have some really nice stainless pans. No more. Now I’m a hard-core cast iron user—especially for frying.

Once you’ve cooked on a well-seasoned cast iron pan, you’ll never want to go back to weird, nonstick surfaces and stainless scorch-fests.

To show you my method for cast iron skillet seasoning, I created a video on how I clean up and season cast iron quickly and easily with just some steel wool, oil, and my oven. Check it out…

Seasoning cast iron well can convert an old pan from being a pain to cook on, to being a delightful surface.

Here’s a quick overview of the steps I follow to prepare the pan in the video:

Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning and Cleaning

Step #1—Clean Up the Cast Iron
A metal brush can work for this step, but I like good old steel wool. I’ve also sanded cast iron smooth with some light sandpaper. The idea is just to get the rust and junk off your pan so you can start fresh.

Step #2—Wash the Pan
Wash any gunk and metal filings from the pans with simple dish soap and water, then towel dry your pan thoroughly.

Step #3—Oil the Pan
My favorite oils for seasoning cast iron are lard and tallow. I think the saturated fat does a nicer job than just vegetable oil. Coconut oil works, too, but if you don’t have any of those three, just use whatever cooking oil you have lying around in your pantry.

Step #4—Bake the Pan at 500 Degrees
Some directions will tell you to cure cast iron at 350°F. This has never, ever worked well for me. 500°F really bakes that oil coating into the iron and gives the cast iron a glossy, solid black surface.

Follow these four steps for cast iron skillet seasoning, and you’ll be transported into a new realm of sauté bliss. (And, for more on everyday cleaning and maintenance of your cast iron, check out the tips in the comments below!)

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(This article was originally published on October 9, 2015.)

 

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Rationing Food After SHTF: Who Eats Last?

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Here’s an interesting question that I don’t hear very often: If you start running low on food, how do you ration what’s left? Hopefully, you won’t ever run low on food, but there are plenty of scenarios where it could happen. So in the interest of preparedness, I think it’s important to think about this […]

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Biological Warfare: Is Smallpox a Threat? Recent Government Activity Suggests It Is

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ReadyNutrition Readers, we have done several articles on biological weapons, as well as specific diseases that one might encounter with an attack by a so-called “rogue” state.  But we also know the value of a good “false flag,” that is an operation by a government and made to appear to be something different.  The burning of the Reichstag prior to World War II and blaming it on Marius Van Der Lubbe is one example.

In this vein, recently a vaccine for Smallpox has come to the forefront of news reports. An article from Outbreak News Today is reporting on an investigational smallpox vaccine that has successfully passed one of its clinical trial phases.  As a matter of fact, it is so successful that USAMRIID (the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases) has been doing the testing…and is developing this as an alternative to the current U.S. smallpox vaccine.

“If approved, this vaccine will have a direct impact on improving force health protection for U.S. Soldiers and other service members who are required to be immunized against smallpox,” said COL Gary Wheeler, commander of USAMRIID.

According to Paul Chaplin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bavarian Nordic, IMVAMUNE has been given to more than 7,800 subjects in 21 clinical studies, including this trial and one other Phase 3 study. He said the company plans to file a Biological License Application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration later this year.

“This program has only been possible through the consistent and strong support of numerous U.S. Government agencies and demonstrates what can be achieved through a successful public-private partnership to protect the public from the deliberate release of the smallpox virus,” Chaplin added.

If the disease was eradicated more than 40 years ago, then why all the concern now?

Smallpox does not exist in its natural state outside of laboratories.  It is, however, kept as a biological weapon in many countries, including North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran, as well as the United States.  USAMRIID is located at Fort Dietrich, Maryland, the premier research facility for bioweapons in the United States, as well as a “repository” for many devastating pathogens such as Ebola Virus and Avian Flu (Bird Flu) Virus.

The kicker: the U.S. government has ordered $133 million of the smallpox vaccine, and Canada recently ordered just over 65,000 doses of this experimental vaccine, going by the name “IMVAMUNE” and produced by the Bavarian Nordic corporation. 

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How This Deadly Pathogen Can Affect You

Firstly, I strongly recommend going into the archives and reading the articles on bioweapons and smallpox.  I have detailed a good deal of information about herbal aids with such a threat.  In addition, emphasis must be placed on the fact that it is possible to obtain such medicines in Canada and bring them into the United States.  Before you are rendered completely aghast, remember there are legal methods for obtaining such meds, provided they aren’t banned in the United States.

But if the United States government is testing them for its use it makes it highly likely that you may be able to import some for yourself.  We faced a similar situation back around 2009-2010 with stockpiles of Tamiflu running out.  Granted, it is not a “perfect medicine,” but it is better to have something and have the choice of whether to use it or not than not to have it and have no choice whatsoever.

Again, as with all SHTF scenarios, you’ll have to weigh what you can do and what you will do in order to ensure that you have a fighting chance with all of it.  Stay in that good fight.

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

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

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

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Tough and expensive couple of weeks.

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Diana the peke died after 15  years.  I almost put her down 18 months ago but she bounced back.  This time she just was worn out and died in her sleep.  Diana had a great run and I like to think a pretty good life for a dog.  Tucker the peke picked another fight with Mom’s terrier Jackson and popped an eyeball.  Well Tucker lost the eye and the surgery was not an anticipated expense but he is healing well and now has a tough “piratical” look.  Hopefully we won’t have any more medical emergencies that require stitches the next few months.

Still moving Mom into her new place but this going back and forth is wearing us both out.  We got the electrical cord in conduit buried across the roadway.  Mom got a great deal on a washer/dryer delivered and installed and the appliance guys will give her a $75.00 credit for a glass top stove trade for an element top type stove.  I believe a glass stove is for people who seldom use a stove to cook.

I dropped off Mom’s portable Air conditioner unit but I’m not sure she will need it in her small home of 900 sq.ft.  As long as she is comfortable to sleep she should be good.  That means lower electrical costs in summer.

The big thing for Mom is taking care of her chickens.  The chicken house is moved to her place.  We add power via electrical cords that are run through pipe and have a small/temporary chicken run at Mom’s place.

Mom owning a home still is not quite real for her.  Well a few mortgage payments and utility bills should take care of that concept.  Mom can’t afford to pay me rent and have her own place and pay the bills.  She must strike out and make her own place and do her thing.  I’m not kicking her out I’m just trying to make her move as easy as possible.

 

Well we got Mom’s bedroom done now all we need to do is the bathroom and kitchen basics and the rest is easy.

 

14 Immediate Natural Remedies for Lymph Nodes

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Your lymphatic system runs throughout your body in much the same way as your circulatory system. It works to fight off infection, and isolate pathogens from the rest of your

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