10 Stockpiling Tricks That Will Make Your Food Last Longer

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10 Stockpiling Tricks That Will Make Your Food Last Longer

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You would think that stockpiling food would be easy, right? Just buy a bunch of food, stash it away somewhere where it won’t be eaten, and you’re good, right? Uh, wrong. Building a stockpile and making it last is a lot harder than it looks.

The basic problem is that food, as it grows naturally, isn’t intended to be stored for years. For that matter, food the way it’s package at the grocery store isn’t intended to last for years. The manufacturers of that food assume that you are going to eat their products within a few months — and they pack it accordingly. So, if you want to keep your food around longer than that, you’re going to have to do something with it yourself and not trust their packaging.

The good news is that people have been hoarding food for millennia. Preserved food has been found in the various tombs of the pharaohs, demonstrating that mankind has been preserving and storing food for much longer than we would expect.

Fortunately, you and I don’t need to make our food stockpile last for thousands of years. It behooves us, though, to make sure that we store our food as well as possible, ensuring that we will have something to eat when everything suddenly goes wrong.

Here’s 10 ways to make your food last as long as possible:

1. Rotate Your Stock

One of the easiest ways to ensure that your food stocks last is to borrow a page from the stores you buy your food in. They have a rule called “first in, first out.” This merely means that they sell the oldest first. You should use the oldest first. If you are stockpiling a year’s worth of food and you always use the oldest can, box or bag of a certain item, you’ll never have anything in your stockpile that’s more than a year old.

This is especially useful for things you use all the time, like spaghetti sauce. To ensure that you’re actually using the oldest first, make a habit of marking the month and year of purchase right on the label. That way, you have a quick reference and don’t have to try and remember which style label is older than which.

2. If It’s Wet, Can It

Canning is one of the most effective and long-lasting means of food preservation out there. So make good use of it. The basic rule of thumb is that if a food item is wet, it can be canned. So, start canning meat loaf, extra produce from your garden and the fish from your latest fishing trip. If canned, it can stay usable in your survival stockpile for years. Some canned foods that are over a century old are still edible and nutritious.

3. Salt Does More than Flavor

Salt is nature’s preservative. So is sugar for that matter, although we use salt for preserving more than sugar. Other than fruit, just about anything you are trying to preserve probably needs salt added. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about canning food, dehydrating it, making your own cold cuts or smoking a ham; salt is the key to ensuring that bacteria don’t spoil your food.

4. Overdo it With Oxygen Absorbers

If you’ve heard about packing dry food in aluminized Mylar bags and five-gallon buckets, then you’ve probably heard about oxygen absorbers, too. These are added to prevent food from oxygenating and losing its freshness. But oxygen absorbers also make an inhospitable environment for bacteria and insects, both of which need oxygen. So, when adding oxygen absorbers to dry foods that you’re packaging for your stockpile, go for a bit of overkill. Don’t just use the minimum recommended; step it up a bit and ensure that the oxygen has really been absorbed.

More than anything, this is about ensuring that insect eggs can’t hatch, creating a population of insects inside your preserved food. Any insects which did manage to hatch from their eggs won’t be able to survive without oxygen.

5. Don’t Forget the Silica Gel

Few people mention it, but adding a packet of silica gel to dry foods when packaging them for long-term storage can help ensure that they stay fresh. These foods turn stale when they absorb moisture. While you probably already try to make sure that there is no moisture in the container, when packaging those foods, things can happen. The addition of a silica gel package can ensure that any moisture which does get into the package is absorbed by something other than the food.

6. Keep Track of it All

Make sure that you develop and keep a good spreadsheet of everything you’ve got in your stockpile. This should mention package size, quantity and the location or locations you have it stored. Always be sure to update your list. Don’t just have that spreadsheet on your computer, either. Print a hard copy and keep it in a notebook.

7. If You Use it, Replace it

This is one I have to keep after my wife about. It’s easy to just dig into your stockpile if you need something and pick an item without realizing it’s the last one. Make a note so that the next time you’re shopping, you can pick up a replacement and put it in your stockpile.

8. Keep it Cool

Heat will cause many foods to alter while stored. It speeds up chemical reactions and in extreme cases can slow-cook the food. Always try to keep your food stored in cool, dry places rather than in hot ones. The attic really isn’t a good place for food storage for this reason. You’re better off hiding it under the bed or putting it in the basement.

9. The Tougher the Better

When it comes to packaging, the tougher the better. Never settle for “just good enough.” Go for something that’s overkill. I can show you five-gallon bucket lids which have been gnawed through by rodents. Bacteria and insects aren’t the only things that want to eat your food stockpile; there are plenty of mice and rats in the world that would love to have a picnic at your expense, too.

10. Spread it Out

Whatever you do, don’t store all your food stockpile in one place, or even all of one type of item in one place. Let’s say that your basement is your main food storage area. That’s probably pretty good. But if your basement floods, you aren’t going to have access to that food. So, make sure that some of it is stored under the bed or in the upstairs hall closest.

For that matter, you should have one or two food caches off-site, as well. You never know what could happen. The people of Southeast Houston probably weren’t expecting to have to abandon their homes before Hurricane Harvey came along.

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Why Free Animals Are A BAD Homestead Investment

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Why Free Animals Are A BAD Homestead Investment

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Most Free Animals Are Male

Most of the animals you’ll see available for free are males. From intact buck goats and wethers to roosters, buck rabbits and drake ducks, nearly every farmer deals with an overabundance of boys from time to time.

So, why would you not want to take advantage of free males, especially if it’s a type of animal you might be planning to breed?

First, males given away for free are often not of the highest quality. They may be lacking proper bone structure, muscling, libido or markings. Even if they have these things, they may be past their prime, meaning low settling rates from either a low sperm count or diminished breeding hormones.

Second, males take more planning to house and care for. This is especially true of livestock that have a particular breeding season. Male goats can be quite destructive during the fall rut, even when running with a herd of females. Turkey toms that co-exist with other poultry through most of the year can be particularly aggressive at the beginning of the breeding season and may need to be separated.

Unsexed or Incorrectly Sexed

Craigslist and sale boards are full of free animal posts that start with the story of “we brought home two critters that were supposed to be males, and turns out one was a girl” or vice versa. Regrettably, not everyone who has livestock knows how to determine an animal’s sex. To get around it, animals will often be listed as “unsexed,” “straight run,” or as a “must take all” grouping. Sometimes an uneducated owner will just take a guess on sex entirely and give it away.

To avoid unexpected complications down the road, know how to sex the animal you are planning to take in, or have a friend or family member that knows how help you.

Hidden Illnesses

Depending on the species, a critter may be carrying something that is infectious to other animals or even to others of its own kind.

A good example of this is chickens with fowl pox. When we lived in Mississippi, it was common for free chickens to be carrying the pox. With the pox, the chicken is fairly asymptomatic, meaning it doesn’t usually display the same blisters, respiratory issues or diminished appetite of other birds. What you will notice is that hens infected with it stop laying while the virus runs its course. However, like chicken pox in humans, it spreads easily, and will readily transmit to other poultry species where it does considerably more damage. From our experience, ducks and turkeys especially will develop lesions and blisters on their heads, around their eyes, and near their reproductive organs. In mild cases and healthy adult flocks, the effects can be pretty minimal, but fowl pox will easily kill chicks, juveniles, and can even cause the loss of fertility in adult breeders.

It’s not just chickens, of course. Often free rabbits are active carriers of Pasteurella, and your free goat may be positive for CL, CAE or even Johne’s Disease.

You can minimize the risk of bringing an infected animal home with a good biosecurity plan and a minimum quarantine of 30 days.

Reproductive Issues, Genetic Anomalies, or Bad Mothers

As an animal lover, we all get attached to our critters in one way or another. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that people will give away an animal that should really be culled due to reproductive problems or being known carriers of genetic issues.

Be sure to ask a lot of questions, especially if the animal previously had offspring. There are bad mothers in every species, from rejecting offspring, being inattentive, not having enough milk, or even killing them at birth.

Behavior Issues

Unfortunately, not everyone is honest about why they are getting rid of an animal. From being an escape artist, hating men/women, or attacking anything smaller than itself, critters with behavioral problems are often offered up as freebies for the unsuspecting.

A friend once brought home a beautiful one-year-old boer goat doe. She was purebred but given away without papers. The original owners had told my friend that they were just short on space, so they needed her to go, and that was why they had her penned up in a horse stall instead of out with the other goats. The doe was healthy, but my friend put her through quarantine anyway, though there were no issues. Once put out with the herd, this little doe became nothing but a problem child. She would escape from any paddock no matter how good the fence; she was insanely aggressive at feeding time; she would go out of her way to knock younger goat kids down. Then she turned on my friend’s 12-year-old granddaughter. It was the human aggression that earned the doe a trip to the butcher.

Bad Time of Year

Lastly, there is always an uptick in free animals during the winter months. This is mostly due to the increased costs to feed and/or the hassle of taking care of livestock during the cool, wet months. If you are willing to deal with a new addition to your homestead and have the facilities to keep it, be sure that you can afford to feed it. Both drought and wild fires can have impacts on the price and availability of everything from hay to bagged feeds.

With a little planning and know-how, you can avoid these free animal pitfalls. While we all enjoy adding livestock to our homesteads, just be sure they don’t end up costing you more in the long run.

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4 Optics That Will Revolutionize Your Survival Rifle

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4 Optics That Will Revolutionize Your Survival Rifle

A quality optic for your rifle can be one of the most important upgrades imaginable. However, have you ever thought about optics for your survival rifles?

When looking at optics for these survival rifles, I tend to look at several different features.

Durability is an obvious one. In a survival situation, you won’t be able to replace the optic easily, and you’re probably going to have to expose it to the elements at some point.

Accuracy is another obvious one. However, as I’m sure you’ve seen, most modern optics hold their zero really well, so you probably won’t have to worry about this one too much. It comes more into play when considering that some people just won’t shoot some optics as well as others. It’s a fact of shooting.

The last feature that I like is an optic that has an etched reticle or uses fiber optics. This eliminates the need for batteries. I like this due to the fact that batteries may be hard to come by in a survival situation.

Generally speaking, I prefer no magnification for a survival rifle. However, a variable magnification scope that starts at 1x magnification would work just the same. I have found that with enough practice, I am able to accurately and effectively shoot out to 300-plus yards without any magnification. Conversely, shooting at 50 yards and closer with magnification can be very difficult.

Let’s talk about some of our favorite survival optics.

Vortex Spitfire

The Vortex Spitfire is a prismatic scope, so it is extremely compact. It is only four inches long, and weighs in at 11.2 ounces. This compact size is one of the biggest appeals of a prismatic optic. The reticle just uses dual rings, so it is extremely easy to acquire targets. While the reticle is etched on the prism, it also can be illuminated in red or green.

In terms of durability, this one is hard to beat. It is waterproof, fog-proof and shockproof. The anodized finish adds in to this, and the optic can be used in any variety of temperatures.

The eye relief is comfortable, and the scope is parallax free, so you will be able to easily shoot with this optic. I found this to be an excellent, accurate optic, especially when considering the relatively low MSRP.

Vortex also offers a Spitfire prism scope with 3x magnification.

Burris AR-1X

This optic from Burris is another great choice for your survival rifle. It is the same size as the Spitfire, but it is a little bit heavier. The eye relief is also a little bit shorter, so some will not find this as comfortable for shooting.

While the Spitfire was a prismatic sight, this one utilizes lenses. The lenses are fully multi-coated, so you will be able to see more clearly. It allows for a lot of light transmission, so it’s consistently easy to see.

The reticle is slightly more complex than the Spitfire. It uses a large circle, but also includes a bullet drop compensator. On one hand, this will help the intelligent shooter extend his range. However, on the other hand, it may slow down your target acquisition. Similar to the Spitfire, this one has an illuminated reticle that can be either red or green. The black reticle is etched on the lenses, so you don’t need a battery.

This optic will work well on a survival rifle. It is small, durable, and will last for a long while. However, it is slightly more difficult to use, due to the more advanced reticle. As far as price goes, this one is much more affordable than the Spitfire.

Trijicon ACOG

The Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) is very commonly used in the military. This is actually my favorite survival optic, but be warned, it is extremely expensive.

This optic is my favorite due to how durable it is and the fact that it uses fiber optics. There are never any batteries involved.

In terms of magnification, there is a wide variety available. The scopes are all fixed magnification, and they start at 1.5x magnification and go up to 6x magnification. For the survival rifle, I recommend 1.5x or 2x. Maybe 3x magnification, but it will take some getting used to at close range.

Similar to the Burris optic, these optics utilize classic lenses as opposed to the prism used in the Spitfire. They are extremely durable, as evidenced by the military using them in combat. The reticles of each ACOG are slightly different, but most of them incorporate some bullet drop compensator. I found them to be easier and quicker to use than the Burris optic.

Iron Sights

This one should be obvious. No matter what optics you decide to use on your rifle, having iron sights as a backup is absolutely crucial. Now that almost all optics rely on electronics, and use some form of illuminated reticles, it is very important to have that manual backup.

I can’t imagine having a survival rifle without iron sight backups. I recommend shooting with your iron sights every once in a while, just in case you ever have to use them in a survival situation.

 

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10 Ways Avocados Just Might Help You Live Longer

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10 Ways Avocados Just Might Help You Live Longer

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Did you grow up avoiding eating avocados because they were “fatty” and loaded with calories? Many of us did. However, today’s nutritionists recognize the avocado as one of the healthiest fruits around.

Yes, avocado has a high content of fatty acids, but these fats offer many nutritional benefits. The “good” fats in avocado can help keep your cholesterol levels down and can decrease your risk for heart disease. On a sandwich, mashed avocado offers fewer calories and more nutrition than butter or mayo.

Sometimes called alligator pears, avocados are packed with fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and more than twice the potassium of a banana. The fruit also contains vitamin E, niacin, and riboflavin, and when you eat an avocado along with other foods, it can help your body absorb other important nutrients, such as lutein and alpha- and beta-carotene.

Avocados are believed to have originated in Mexico. Historians report that Spanish explorers found the fruit there in the early 16th century, but drawings discovered in early Aztec settlements reveal that avocados grew wild in Central America and South America thousands of years before then.

Eventually, Mexican avocado trees found their way to California along with early settlers, and today California grows nearly 90 percent of the U.S. avocado crop. (And many homesteaders grow them indoors.)

Not only is it the basis for guacamole, but fresh avocado is a great addition to salads, and it can be tasty sliced as a snack or spread on a sandwich or crackers. Now let’s look at the 10 main health benefits of avocados.

1. Potassium. Avocados are high in potassium, which helps reduce high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

2. Vitamins. Eating an avocado is almost like talking a natural daily vitamin supplement. It is especially high in vitamins K, B5 and C.

3. Healthy fats. Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid. Oleic acid, which also is in olive oil, helps reduce inflammation in the body and is important to heart health.

4. Fiber. Fiber consumption contributes to weight loss, reduces blood sugar spikes and helps maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the intestine.

5. Lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Avocados are linked with healthy cholesterol and blood markers and fewer heart disease risk factors.

6. Nutrient absorption. Eating avocados along with other food helps your body better utilize nutrients, especially antioxidants absorption.

7. Antioxidants. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two nutrients contained in avocados that are important for eye health.

8. Bone health. Extracts from avocado oil, called avocado unsaponifiables, can help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis.

9. Appetite reduction. Eating a meal that contains avocados may help you feel fuller longer, helping you to consume fewer calories.

10. Nutritious baby food. When you are ready to feed your six-month-old or older baby solid food, mashed avocado is a fine choice. More nutritious than an apple or a banana, avocado provides protein, folate, vitamin B6 and the 10 essential amino acids.

How to Select and Store Avocados

Avocados have their best flavor when they are perfectly ripe. A ripe avocado feels slightly soft when you apply a little pressure to the skin.

To ripen a hard avocado, place it in a paper bag and then check it each day, or put it next to a banana in your countertop fruit bowl.  You can place a ripe avocado in the refrigerator to preserve its freshness. Once you have opened an avocado, a squeeze of lemon juice can help protect it from browning.

Ready to add some more avocados into your life? Try them fresh and raw or here is an easy guacamole recipe to try

Guacamole (yields 2 1/2 cups)

Ingredients

3 medium to large avocados

1 firm tomato, diced

1/2 white onion

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

2 TB fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Open the avocados by cutting them length-wise around the pit and then using a sharp knife to strike the pit so that it sticks there. Now twist the knife so that you can easily the pit and scoop out the flesh.

Mash the flesh with a fork.

Stir in other ingredients.

Sources

https://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/avocado-lowers-ldl-cholesterol

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-avocados-healthy/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-zinczenko/8-reasons-avocado-is-a-pe_b_6648104.html

http://www.newsweek.com/healthy-heart-diet-potassium-avocado-toast-and-bananas-may-prevent-disease-679593

Educational System Being Used For Not Just Indoctrination, But For Extinction of Basic Human Rights

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let me explain the Headline:

Schools have all become training centers for the acceptance of the New World Order, one government control of everything that matters.    Some picture this as a liberal brainwashing, and in part it is, but it runs deeper.    The super rich, many are sociopaths that demand complete control over the world, and don’t ever anyone dare question their status…have co-opted the “liberal cause” to a great extent to adopt their own policies of ultimate control.

300,000,000 guns in USA, and a strong middle class with strong moral values is a tough nut to crack.

Decades have been spent trying to degrade the middle class and moral values.

By bringing up “mental health” as the culprit to be dismissed, they don’t even have to address the psychoactive drugs foisted on the population, and the fact that so many are pissed, weakened, no path forward, by the abuse of the government and the leaching by the financial system.

So after decades of indoctrination of students, what better way to have the indoctrinated rise up than by mass murdereing groups of them, so they can bleat for “take away the guns”

Just an aside, but isn’t it interesting how everyone except the defendant is grossly overweight, even obese?

 NBC now pretends that “Students are Seizing Control of The Gun Debate” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/students-seize-control-gun-debate-plan-walkouts-march-n849226

 
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A Smart Financial and Defensive Move – Protecting Your Family and Home When the Doorbell Rings!

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Protecting Your Family…

And Doorbell Rings!

 

You feel it and you know it, our world is becoming less safe.  In the preparedness community, we talk about situational awareness, OPSEC, carrying concealed, firearm training and more.  This isn’t a fear based article, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that I’m telling the truth.  We are living in curious times and some may even say dangerous times.

I believe part of this is due to the mainstream media’s willingness to focus on crime and sensational stories. They do that because they need the ratings.  Remember when the news would close out with a positive story?  I haven’t seen too many of those lately!

I also believe the increase in crime is due to our economic situation.  Although the stock market is going through the roof right now, the great financial numbers haven’t really hit main street. I left the grocery store yesterday with 4 small plastic bags that cost $75.00.  Remember when that would buy you a basketful of food!

But life goes on.  We still go to work and the kids still go to school and we hope to make the best life we can.  We use our brains.  We spend less than we make.  We prepare.  We protect. We are aware.  We try to teach our kids to do all the same.  Again, we try to make the best life we can.

A Safe Life

One of the things that I try to ensure for my family is a safe life.  Yes, you can’t always shield them from everything.  But wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to make their world the safest?

I recently took the plunge and purchased a RING Doorbell.  I had looked at them in the past and decided against it because I thought the video storage feature was too much.  But after a recent conversation with a friend, I realized that I was wrong.  When I found out that the video storage was only $30 a year, I bit the bullet and made the purchase.  I’m glad I did!

 

Ring Package

The RING doorbell is one of the easiest hi-tech home safety layer someone can install.  Anyone who can install an APP and follow the directions of a video can do it!  And the great thing is that it comes with everything you need to install it!  The only possible thing that you might need is a drill if you are installing it in brick.  But even then, they provide you with the drill bit.

The RING doorbell comes with all the hardware you need!

In a nutshell…

  1. Download the APP to your phone.  Install it and make an Account. You can download the APP without purchasing the RING and see videos from your neighborhood.
  2. Connect the APP to your Wifi.
  3. Open the RING package and click the orange button on the back of the RING doorbell.
  4. Walk through the connection process that takes a few minutes.
  5. If you have a doorbell, remove it.
  6. Use the level and mark the holes to screw in the base.
  7. Screw in the base and connect the doorbell wires to the base.
  8. Set the RING doorbell on the base
  9. Screw in the security screws at the bottom of the RING doorbell.

 

That’s it!  All along the process, there is a video (see it below) that walks you through the installation, step by step.  They have made this thing foolproof!

Another cool aspect of this is that every member of the family can have the APP installed on their phone.  And, you get a running activity record of who comes up to your front door along with video and sound.

Pairing the RING doorbell with my phone.

The level and base getting screwed in. Doorbell wires are still exposed.

Doorbell wires screwed in and ready for the RING doorbell to get placed on the base.

Screwing in the security screws into the base.

This was too easy!

This is the video that I watched (on my phone) to install the RING. The only thing I didn’t do was turn off my electrical breaker. I like to live on the edge! 🙂  Ok not really….

 

 

The Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell is under $140 on Amazon.  It has 4 STARS and almost 30,000 reviews!  That is right, 30,000 reviews!

I believe the investment in this hi-tech, easy to operate device is worth it.  Just watch some of the videos below.

 

 

Peace,
Todd

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Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’

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A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps. We cannot survive long without drinking any water! In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it! Prepper Rule-Of-Threes The Rule Of Three Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!   UPDATE This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant

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Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’

A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps. We cannot survive long without drinking any water! In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it! Prepper Rule-Of-Threes The Rule Of Three Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!   UPDATE This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant

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The Father Of Cold War Nuclear Explains How Radiation Will Now Wipe Out The Planet

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** NUCLEAR IRONY ** PLEASE READ **

On January 29, 1982, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, Admiral Hyman Rickover, testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress on the Hazards of Nuclear. Rickover was probably the single most influential person over our government’s involvement and the heightened productions of nuclear government contract productions during the Cold War. That is why his quote below is so jaw-dropping:

“I’ll be philosophical. Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn’t have any life – fish or anything. Gradually, ab out two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet and probably in the entire system reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin, and it started in the seas, I understand from what I’ve read, and that amount of radiation has been gradually decreasing because all radiation has a half-life, which means ultimately there will be no radiation.

Now, when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible. Now that is the philosophical aspect, whether it’s nuclear power or using radiation for medical purposes or whatever. Of course, those are not bad because they don’t last long, but every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has life, in some cases for billions of years, and I think there the human race is going to wreck itself, and it’s far more important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it.

I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation. Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear-powered ships? That’s a necessary evil. I would sink them all.”

–Admiral Hyman Rickover

Surviving A Market Crash Pt 2

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Ross Powell of Survival401k.com is on the show today. We talk about the bloodbath in the markets last week and discuss what caused it and how you can prepare.

 

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Danny and Alisa’s lives are turned upside down when Danny begins having prophetic dreams about the judgment coming upon America. Through one of Danny’s dreams, they learn about the imminent threat of an EMP attack which will wipe out America’s electric grid, sending the country into a technological dark age. If they want to live through the most catastrophic period in American history, Danny and Alisa will have to race against time to get prepared, before the lights go out.

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Best Advice for Preppers Stuck in the City/Suburbs

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During and after any societal collapse, a productive homestead in a rural part of the country far away from any mega-cities will be a much safer and better  place to live than the large cities and their suburbs. But, many preppers complain that they are “stuck” living where they are at now and simply cannot move to a small town or rural area.* What can they do? 

My best advice for people stuck living in the city or suburbs: Connect with trustworthy, like-minded people near you and together start preparing and planning for difficult times. This concept is often called a mutual assistance group, or MAG, and can be as formal or as informal as you want it to be.

Working on a project (such as prepping) with other people provides for a certain amount of mutual encouragement and accountability, enabling you to stay on track. It allows all parties to draw on different experiences and skill sets. You can make and split bulk purchases, reducing costs for all involved. You can also split the costs of certain purchases for which your group only needs one – such as a ham radio. If the group is successful, at some point you may even consider going in together to buy a few acres of rural property to use as a bug-out retreat. 

Many skill sets need to be learned by all group members (examples: basic first aid & CPR, self-defense). But you can assign certain advanced or specialized tasks to certain members. “Sam & Emily, you’ll be our medics so you need to get advanced first aid and medical training. John, you’ll be our ham radio operator and communications expert, so get the equipment and training. Bill, you have the only pick-up truck in the group, so you need to get a hand truck and dolly and be available to group members for hauling. Mary, since you’re already into sewing, you’ll be the group’s seamstress so make sure you have plenty of supplies to repair our clothing after the SHTF.”  You get the idea.  

You should also plan how you will provide mutual aid to each other both during a disaster and after. Plan for both natural disasters and man-made disasters. Write down these plans and expectations to prevent misunderstandings. 

Who should be in your network? Well, I did say trustworthy, like-minded people near you. You’re not looking for folks with certain skill sets (worry about skills later). Rather, you’re looking for folks who share similar worldviews, concerns, and goals. Start meeting people and talking to them. Look first to those already around you – your neighbors, fellow church-members, friends, co-workers, and so forth. Look for clues as to their attitudes and mindset. The guy at work with a NRA sticker on his pick-up might be a good prospect. Your neighbor who still has the “Hillary For President” bumper sticker on his Toyota Prius, probably not. Once you pick out a prospect, start feeling them out. Mention watching a hunting show, or a rerun of Dual Survivor, or something similar, and see how they react. Negative reactions, move on. Positive reactions, keep the conversations going. It may take several conversations as both parties feel each other out before building enough trust to get into preparedness and survival topics. 

Religion and politics do make a difference. Someone diametrically opposed to your views on these topics will make a poor fit for your group. Have discussions on these topics early on. Believe me, you’ll quickly figure out if they are incompatible with you. 

I also suggest that you need people who are physically near your location. Transportation with be difficult when the SHTF, and become even more difficult post-collapse as gasoline runs out and infrastructure breaks down. Absolute best is someone who lives within eye-shot  of your location. Next is someone within reasonable walking distance of your place. And expand outwards from there.

* I don’t want to insult anyone, but we all sometimes need a swift kick in the pants: I put “stuck” in quotes because what most people really mean when they say they are “stuck” in the city or suburbs is that they simply aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifices to move, or otherwise don’t really want to change their current lifestyle. In most cases, being “stuck” due to some reason supposedly out of their control (financial, career, family, health, etc.) is actually an excuse they use to justify doing what they want to do instead of what they know should do.  If you are “stuck” in the city or suburbs, I urge you to honestly examine your own motivations, but I warn you that such a self-examination can be quite difficult and uncomfortable. 
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Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix

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Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix The situation in Syria has all the makings of our third world war. When superpowers are conducting a proxy war there is always the opportunity for one mistake to change the world forever. Like two alpha male dogs its best if nations like America and Russian …

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SHOT Show 2018

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SHOT Show 2018 What is more exciting than SHOT Show? Its one of the only good things about January, in my opinion. A giant collection of the latest and greatest equipment from brands that support the cause of preparedness and tactical thinking individuals. Well, I searched all around the internet for just the right resource …

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27 Preparedness Tips for Beginners

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27 Preparedness Tips for Beginners Well, there is always room for a beginners article. The truth about a beginners article is that we are all beginners anyway, aren’t we? Who is an expert on surviving the end of the world? Now there are people who know more than others about the topic but who can …

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Winter Bug Out Bag Essentials for When SHTF

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Winter Bug Out Bag Essentials for When SHTF Is your bugout the same no matter what time of year it is? Do you rely on the very same loadout no matter what the situation? You have to consider that as seasons change so will your needs. This should be part of your bugout preparation. One …

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The Perfect Romantic Gift

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  I got this as the perfect valentine gift for my wife.  It is a quality kitchen gadget so that we never mix clean and dirty dishes.  Yes for the 2018 valentines I bought my wife a magnetic clean & dirty dishwasher indicator. We constantly get confused about if we had ran the dishwasher or not, and I hate waste, so after looking for solutions I found this one.  This not a sponsored review, I bought this myself and have had no contact with the sellers. Actually, with the way my wife responded to her gift I may not have

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Gear Review: USB Rechargeable AA Battery

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I bought this on a whim when I was searching through amazon.  I was trying to find something cheap to allow me to buy an add on item I needed. This product is a USB Rechargeable AA Battery.  It uses a USB port to recharge so there are not cords to keep up with. I like rechargeable batteries, because they are easier to store than hundreds of batteries, and I have several solar setups to recharge these batteries. Here is some basic information about this battery: Rechargeable——500 guaranteed recharges,applicable to all device with AA battery such as wireless. mouse, keyboards,

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Gear Review: USB Rechargeable AA Battery

I bought this on a whim when I was searching through amazon.  I was trying to find something cheap to allow me to buy an add on item I needed. This product is a USB Rechargeable AA Battery.  It uses a USB port to recharge so there are not cords to keep up with. I like rechargeable batteries, because they are easier to store than hundreds of batteries, and I have several solar setups to recharge these batteries. Here is some basic information about this battery: Rechargeable——500 guaranteed recharges,applicable to all device with AA battery such as wireless. mouse, keyboards,

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Eve Gonzales Trading Post in the Woods!

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Eve Gonzales Trading Post in the Woods!
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Dave continues to get the guest that really make a difference in the Prepper world and this week Eve Gonzales from Trading Post in the Woods comes on to talk about Lessons Learned a new book she has out. Eve is a disaster response professional that works for a nongovernmental agency (NGA) that helps disaster victims.

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Eve Gonzales Trading Post in the Woods!

Eve Gonzales Trading Post in the Woods!
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Dave continues to get the guest that really make a difference in the Prepper world and this week Eve Gonzales from Trading Post in the Woods comes on to talk about Lessons Learned a new book she has out. Eve is a disaster response professional that works for a nongovernmental agency (NGA) that helps disaster victims.

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Potato Crates – How To Grow Your Best Potato / Sweet Potato Crop Ever!

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If you are looking for a simple, inexpensive, and labor-free way to grow potatoes, then potato crates are the answer! Over the past few years, we have switched to growing our entire potato crop (traditional and sweet potatoes), in homemade

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The Christian Experience: To Give and Receive Encouragement

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     Yesterday’s blog post dealt with a reality of our Christian experience that can make us feel like we are walking alone. While our journey towards righteousness will inevitably offend someone, and we often find ourselves offended when another Believer doesn’t agree with us, the antidote to such discouraging seasons is to find encouragement; in the Word and in the Father’s love for us.
     But I also want to focus this message on the importance of giving encouragement and receiving it. This is a message that is heavy on my heart today because my spirit is sensing that we are in a season of growing spiritual attack against the Body of Christ.  Just this morning, my phone exploded with text messages asking for prayer for several strong Believers. And even my own husband was under attack.  All the attacks centered around worry and anxiety over the care and protection of family and loved ones. Christians who are on the front lines of spiritual battle suddenly find themselves with concerns and fears and, yes, even doubts, that they are up to their assignments.

     When this happens, it is up to the rest of us to rise up and lift them up. Encouragement is going to be an important weapon in this season of our Christian walk and in the seasons to come. The Enemy sees our hearts and spirits growing stronger in the knowledge and mysteries of the Lord, and he knows his time is short. So we can expect his attacks to grow stronger, too. But we don’t need to suffer them!
     In John 16:33, Jesus says, And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in Me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in Me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous,  for I have conquered the world! That should be our greatest encouragement! But there are times we need to come alongside our Brothers and Sisters in Christ and confirm that Word from our Lord. And there are times we need it to be confirmed to us. 
     The Bible speaks to us of the many forms of encouragement: building one another up; stirring one another up to love and good works; meeting together; giving grace to each other; bearing one another’s burdens; standing with others and Christ on behalf of another; gently encouraging those who feel themselves inadequate; encouraging others by teaching the Word and admonishing one another in all wisdom; singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs; strengthening each other to endure; helping each other to renew our minds in Christ; teaching and exhorting and equipping each other to do the works of ministry; urging each other to stand on our faith; promoting God’s Truth that He will carry our burdens and anxieties because He cares for us; and reminding each other that the favor of God is upon all those He calls His children.
     Encouragement is such an explicit part of our walk with the Lord. In this carnal world, if we lack encouragement we will feel unloved, unimportant, worthless, and abandoned. And if we don’t receive encouragement from soaking in the Word, our spirits will be dry, unproductive, and powerless.  Either way, we are vulnerable to the attacks of the Enemy. Encouragement is vital! And God knows we need to not only give it, but receive it, as well.  
     But if you are like me, there are times I just don’t feel up to the task. I don’t have the right words or my spirit is struggling itself.  That’s when I have to set aside my self-interests and ask the Holy Spirit to counsel me exactly how the person needs to be blessed with encouragement. Most of the time I have a sincere and convicted heart of the promises the Lord has given us, but just can’t seem to convey them in my own words.  That’s when I have to be still and let the Holy Spirit take over. My words don’t need to be long or lofty; I just listen to the prompting of the Spirit and He will share the riches of God’s grace with me.
     But what about the times that we need encouragement? Is it hard for you to receive it? That’s exactly what the Enemy wants — to convince you that either you have to handle your battle by yourself; or that you are unworthy of asking for help. That is a lie! First of all, our Lord and Savior promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. But the Enemy will try to convince us that He, too, will let us down, like so many others in our lives. That isolation is one of the most debilitating tactics of the devil. When he can keep you secluded from Jesus and fellow Believers — especially if it is your spouse or family — then he is free to whisper his lies as you struggle to keep from drowning in self-condemnation. Stay focused on Jesus and reach out for encouragement!  There is not one of us who has not suffered an attack from the Father of Lies. Even Peter, who was perhaps the most outspoken when it came to declaring Jesus’s promises, took his eyes off His Savior as he walked on water, and the result was he began to sink! 
     I want to point us back to John 16:33.  Jesus tells us it is inevitable that we will undergo troubles and sorrows in this world. But it is important that we retain our Identity. We are the Sons and Daughters of Him that conquered this world! In view of our eternal life with Jesus, these short-lived troubles are platforms to come together for our mutual enrichment. Whether we are the one giving encouragement, or the one receiving it, it allows for God’s marvelous grace to spread among more and more people, resulting in an even greater increase of praisetowards God, and bringing Him even more glory! So, whether we are the Encourager or the Encouraged, let us focus our attention not on what is seen or the lies whispered in our ear, but focus on what is unseen; in the promises of our Lord to be with us through this temporary life. Remember, whatever is seen before your carnal eyes is also temporary. The promises of Jesus are eternal. He has taken away the power this world has to defeat us, and has conquered it for us. Let us be encouraged in the Peace He offers us, and encourage others to rest in His victory! 

1 Thessalonians 5:11      Because [Jesus gave His life for us], encourage the hearts of your fellow believers and support one another, just as you have already been doing.
     

What You Need In Your Emergency Vehicle Kits

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If your family is planning some road trips soon, please consider having some emergency vehicle kits stored in your car so you’re ready to survive situations that arise when we least expect them. It’s better to have too many emergency items than none at all. I remember the car would be packed and I would say to the kids, “has everyone used the bathroom, we will be driving for a few hours before we stop for a potty break?” I always like the gas tank filled up the night before so all we have to do is load the car and start the trip.

Typically before we hit the 50-mile mark someone needed to use the bathroom or wanted a snack. We usually took a cooler with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and lots of water. Add some carrot sticks, sliced apples and we’re good to go.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

I’ve been a little frustrated with the set of emergency vehicle kits I made several years ago. I had Husky bags with food and water, a Bridgestone bag filled with car items I purchased at Costco. I had also used an ammo can for first aid items. I confess it was a dumb idea. It seemed like whenever I needed some adults and kids OTC drugs and especially Benedryl, I had to open several bags to find it. Good grief, I would get so frustrated I decided I had to redo them.

I found a DeWalt toolkit with a tray at Home Depot for about $46.00, it’s sturdy and has heavy duty clamps. I kept the other two bags but filled them differently. I’ll explain what I did below. I decided to bag the ammo can, I will use it for different project another day.

Just so you know, we have one car that is a 2009 Honda CRV so we had to keep the containers small but have stuff we need in case of an unforeseen emergency. We always keep bottles of water in every cup holder in the car at all times. We live in the desert and it’s critical we have water. We can use it to drink or pour the water on our heads to cool us down.

I rotate the OTC adult and kids drugs every six months or so. I replace batteries every six months as well since here in the Southern Utah heat they have such a short shelf-life.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits

My new DeWalt Emergency Container rocks! I love it.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

OTC Drugs Needed

Here’s the top shelf in the DeWalt toolkit for the OTC drugs I can find quickly now! Yay! I’m so excited to be able to open that container, first!

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Mini-First Aid Kit

The pile below is located underneath the top rack in the DeWalt container shown above. It’s a blanket, duct tape, every kind of bandaid and first aid kit item I may need. It’s condensed big time compared to my first aid kit that goes with my 72-hour kits, but I have a small car.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Emergency Toilet Ideas

These items below fit underneath the DeWalt top rack as well. You may have seen my post: Toilet For The Car by Linda. I was thrilled when a reader mentioned the people in Japan use these for potty emergencies: Biffy Bag and another friend told me about these chemicals: Reliance Bio-Blue (keeps the smell down before and after using the #10 can). I put a roll of 4-gallon bags (for refuse disposal) and a roll of toilet paper stored in the #10 can. I keep hand sanitizer in my car at all times so it’s available when needed.

Emergency Vehicle Kits Water and Food

I like the water product called: Blue Cans for long-term storage. They work great in the car because they last for 50 years and they can handle temperatures up to 145-150 degrees. I love this, yes they are pricey, but you get what you pay for when storing stuff for long-term. If you live where you can pick them up without paying for shipping they are a lot cheaper.

I store Thrive Life food pouches of freeze-dried food because you can eat it right out of the package and it has a shelf-life of 25 years. The shelf-life will be shorter in my car because of the heat, but it still works for me. Of course, it’s good to have a can-opener in the car for many reasons. The water on the right below has a shelf-life of 30 years. It tastes like metal to me, but I can use it to cool our bodies down by pouring it over our heads. It is Coast Guard approved, but the taste is not acceptable to me. Just giving you the heads up here.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Emergency Vehicle Kits Needed For Cars

This picture below is the Bridgestone bag I purchased around Christmas time from Costco a few years ago. It was very inexpensive considering all the items inside the bag.

Emergency Vehicle Kits

Here’s the deal, fill your emergency vehicle kits with items your family needs. Let me know if you are taking a road trip this year, life is good! I would love to see Mount Rushmore or Niagara Falls. They are on my bucket list. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

PRINTABLE list: Items For Your Car by Linda

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