Conflicted – Children in SHTF – What Would You Do?

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CONFLICTED SURVIVAL GAME:

BEFORE THE SHTF!

 

Conflicted is a Survival Game.  Each card in the deck has a scenario that will stretch how you would respond in an SHTF situation.  What would you do?  Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

SCENARIO – The survival group you belong to has lots of children.  What are three essential life skills that every child should know in today’s current society?

What are three other skills you would add to their education in a post-apocalyptic world?

 

READ: Every Boy Should Own A Knife

 

 

Don’t forget to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Peace,
Todd

 

Irises are blooming and lawn mowed.

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Gosh,  the irises are with tall, huge purple blooms coming out in the front yard beds.   The roses are putting on buds and you can almost smell the aroma of them getting ready to burst forth this Spring. The front lawn got a bit neglected this spring what with trying to get the new garden beds built and moving Mom’s stuff.  I have been slowly pulling weeds and I got the weed eater out along with the mower to give the front yard a little TLC.  I was supposed to get the last garden bed built today but the lawn needed more time and energy than I had anticipated today.  Mom will stop by this week to help me finish up the last raised  garden bed.

I finally got the front door dead bolt to seat fully in the door frame using the new chisels (dull) and a 5/8 wood drill bit to “hog’ out the hole.  I need to add some metal re-enforcing to make the door more solid but it is one more step in making the home more secure.

Had a great chit-chat with a neighbor and got a tour of her garden and new chicken run built from old pallets.  The chicken run looked great with the re-claimed wood and was at least  12 ft. x 12 ft.

Her garden is smaller than before but as both of them work and volunteer they needed a low maintenance garden that looks good to them.  A huge garden that you can’t maintain properly is not something you want to have in your yard.  One of the things I like about the 10 ft x 30 inch beds as you can put them along sidewalks in all sorts of different configurations making L or T shapes rather than just a bunch of parallel beds. You can find room around the house for a bed very easily.   My neighbor  also loved the plastic fence  posts for making fenced chicken areas in her backyard that she could easily re-position as needed though the season.

These neighbors want to stock up on firewood this summer and may go in with me on a wood delivery.  I’d like to stack another cord and I think 2 cords would give them a good start on their ‘winter wood pile’.  The wood guys say they want to deliver larger loads if it is in a small areas as that saves them both fuel and time.  I like people that give me up front costs and deliver what they promise.  So the neighbors may get a shared load of wood that means everyone has at least a couple of cords of wood on hand to heat the house next winter.

Helping out your neighbors is not only a good thing to do it is the survival strategy of building a community/social network. If I know my neighbor has heat for his home and an alternative way to cook.  My wood stockpile will not look so tempting to them if things go bad.  The neighbors will protect the wood from outsiders as it is an energy source.  Once they buy a cord or two it’s not my wood pile it becomes their wood pile. I have a solid if not perfect plan in place for survival as one person.  But no one person has a good chance at survival.  Networking is about face time and making things happen when people have  need/ or can pay for it to happen. I’m firewood buying facilitator. I don’t get a cut of the profits, though I may save on delivery costs. I can’t imagine why a person would not buy and stack all the wood they could for next winter.  Those people do exist!

Making room

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I’ve another Ruger P95DC coming in and, honestly, I need to make some room for it in my wallet and gun safe by retiring out one of the other Rugers. So…if you want a Ruger P89 that was owned and shot by yours truly, there’s an auction up on GunBroker as we speak. Condition is good, with some bluing wear and some scuffing and whatnot around the triggerguard where some idiot put a wire hang tag on it. But, I’ve shot this thing and it’s as reliable a sunrise. I’ve taken it apart, cleaned and oiled everything, function checked it, and generally made sure it would be ready for that big day when all that stands between you making history and you becoming history is a reliable 9mm pistol.

Go. Bid. And know that your selfless actions will translate into a greater good for..well…me.

Trench Composting Method – The Easiest Way To Nourish Your Garden

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While very rewarding, gardening is hard work. Between preparing the soil, planting your crops and keeping the weeds out, it could become a full time job. So here’s a way to feed your soil without adding extra work to your day, by using the trench composting method. Trench composting doesn’t only create compost for your …

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How To Build A Dirty AR-15 Rifle

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Preppers and survivalists alike need one go-to rifle they can trust through thick and thin.  This would be a rifle for everyday use and/or carry either hidden as an EDC gun in the back of a vehicle, in the rack of an ATV/UTV at the Bug Out hide away, and one that will be reliable though not always treated kindly or cleaned regularly.  We all need a dirty rifle. A “dirty rifle” then defined here for rather universal service would be (could be) an AR-15 in a very base model.  This is a rifle designated to be available to “bang around” though not overly or by any means the focus of intended abused.  After all, you want a rifle that will function every time it is loaded, charged, and triggered.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

At the same time this would not be a rifle that was babied because it was the top-of-the-line model or decked out with all the bells and whistled as showcase illustrated on the cover of Recoil or Ballistic magazines, the Playboy of weaponry publications if you will.  This is a rifle that might make the issue of Mechanics Illustrated or Guns, Guts, and Cigars (I wish).

One Weapon of Choice

For this project then we picked a sweet, ripe rifle.  It is the more or less common man’s Smith and Wesson Sport II Optics Ready AR.  It is a flat-top model sans any supplied open sights, attachment points, or gadgets. It comes with a Picatinny rail atop the upper ready to accept your fav choice of scope, red dot, or holographic.  This is as basic an AR as one can get, but still have some options to customize. The forearm is a standard AR round model, and the buttstock is a 6-position CAR variety.  One 30-round PMAG is supplied.  It is chambered for the 5.56 Nato/.223.  It sells at Academy for $599.99.  A “Best Buy” in my book.

Basic AR Rifle Specifications

The essential specifications on this rifle include an overall length of 35 inches, though remember its CAR stock adjusts to a shorter length.  The rifle’s finish is a black matte Armornite coating for resistance to elements and rusting.  This rifle has a gas operated system which is a standard AR build.

The barrel is made of tough 4140 steel and is 16 inches long with a standard M-16 type birdcage muzzle flash suppressor.  The trigger guard is integrally forged.  The firing pin is chromed to resist corrosion and to provide smooth, reliable operation.  The upper unit does come with a forward assist should the bolt/carrier group not want to close on the chamber.  The chamber/bolt area is covered by a hinged dust cover.

The top of the receiver upper unit is affixed with a Picatinny rail suitable for mounting any selection of optics including a conventional riflescope.  More popular these days are some type of red dot, electronic or holographic sight.  Even green dot scopes are growing popularity since shooters have discovered the green illuminated reticle is easier to see in dim or dark light. There is also a short section of Picatinny rail forward over the gas block to mount a front open sight should the shooter also choose to add an open sight at the rear as well.  This rifle offers two sling mount attachment points, one loop at the bottom of the buttstock shoulder rest, and a push button QD swivel attachment point under the front gas block.

Options a Base Rifle is Missing

You might look at the specs above and wince a bit at what this AR rifle does not have from the factory.  Let’s review those items to see what is really critical in a “dirty” rifle, or what could be added as an accessory or just run it as is. At first glance you are surely going to notice the lack of open sights on the Picatinny rail.  That could be a correct-O, no open sights. However, with ease you could add a set of Magpul or GG&G pop up open sights to serve as a backup (BUIS).  There is some argument for this, but again, we’re trying to build a bare knuckles rifle here.

While a few factory ARs do add an optical sight, honestly the majority of them are low grade, less than stellar product, so not much is really missed.  Anyway, you are going to want to add a top notch optics on this rifle as it primary sighting instrument. The CAR buttstock on this Smith and Wesson is bare bones.  It is even missing a plug to attach a push button sling connector.  The conventional sling loop works, but there may be other options to consider adding to the attachment point up front under the gas block.

There is no massive (heavy) quad rail on this AR specimen.  Remember we’re not going to add all that “stuff” anyway regardless of how cool it is, or functional.  If your knees go weak, you can add a multi-sided rail system later.  Make sure you need it.

Mini-Modifications

For this rifle, only two changes were made.  First, I swapped the Std-slick AR pistol grip for a grabbable Hogue handle.  Next I replaced the round polymer forend with a Magpul best ar-15 gripCarbine length version with M-Lok ports so I could add something else if I desired later. For optics, I am narrowing the choices between a Trijicon MRO or an Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic).  What we want is a point-n-shoot set up for a fast aimed response.  One is small, lightweight, the other more “combat” hardy.  What would you choose?

Again, a dirty AR is a trench gun.  It is intended for readiness and quick deployment, a rifle that every prepper and survivalist should consider as an EDC long gun.  Build one for yourself.

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How To Build A Dirty AR-15 Rifle

Preppers and survivalists alike need one go-to rifle they can trust through thick and thin.  This would be a rifle for everyday use and/or carry either hidden as an EDC gun in the back of a vehicle, in the rack of an ATV/UTV at the Bug Out hide away, and one that will be reliable though not always treated kindly or cleaned regularly.  We all need a dirty rifle. A “dirty rifle” then defined here for rather universal service would be (could be) an AR-15 in a very base model.  This is a rifle designated to be available to “bang around” though not overly or by any means the focus of intended abused.  After all, you want a rifle that will function every time it is loaded, charged, and triggered.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

At the same time this would not be a rifle that was babied because it was the top-of-the-line model or decked out with all the bells and whistled as showcase illustrated on the cover of Recoil or Ballistic magazines, the Playboy of weaponry publications if you will.  This is a rifle that might make the issue of Mechanics Illustrated or Guns, Guts, and Cigars (I wish).

One Weapon of Choice

For this project then we picked a sweet, ripe rifle.  It is the more or less common man’s Smith and Wesson Sport II Optics Ready AR.  It is a flat-top model sans any supplied open sights, attachment points, or gadgets. It comes with a Picatinny rail atop the upper ready to accept your fav choice of scope, red dot, or holographic.  This is as basic an AR as one can get, but still have some options to customize. The forearm is a standard AR round model, and the buttstock is a 6-position CAR variety.  One 30-round PMAG is supplied.  It is chambered for the 5.56 Nato/.223.  It sells at Academy for $599.99.  A “Best Buy” in my book.

Basic AR Rifle Specifications

The essential specifications on this rifle include an overall length of 35 inches, though remember its CAR stock adjusts to a shorter length.  The rifle’s finish is a black matte Armornite coating for resistance to elements and rusting.  This rifle has a gas operated system which is a standard AR build.

The barrel is made of tough 4140 steel and is 16 inches long with a standard M-16 type birdcage muzzle flash suppressor.  The trigger guard is integrally forged.  The firing pin is chromed to resist corrosion and to provide smooth, reliable operation.  The upper unit does come with a forward assist should the bolt/carrier group not want to close on the chamber.  The chamber/bolt area is covered by a hinged dust cover.

The top of the receiver upper unit is affixed with a Picatinny rail suitable for mounting any selection of optics including a conventional riflescope.  More popular these days are some type of red dot, electronic or holographic sight.  Even green dot scopes are growing popularity since shooters have discovered the green illuminated reticle is easier to see in dim or dark light. There is also a short section of Picatinny rail forward over the gas block to mount a front open sight should the shooter also choose to add an open sight at the rear as well.  This rifle offers two sling mount attachment points, one loop at the bottom of the buttstock shoulder rest, and a push button QD swivel attachment point under the front gas block.

Options a Base Rifle is Missing

You might look at the specs above and wince a bit at what this AR rifle does not have from the factory.  Let’s review those items to see what is really critical in a “dirty” rifle, or what could be added as an accessory or just run it as is. At first glance you are surely going to notice the lack of open sights on the Picatinny rail.  That could be a correct-O, no open sights. However, with ease you could add a set of Magpul or GG&G pop up open sights to serve as a backup (BUIS).  There is some argument for this, but again, we’re trying to build a bare knuckles rifle here.

While a few factory ARs do add an optical sight, honestly the majority of them are low grade, less than stellar product, so not much is really missed.  Anyway, you are going to want to add a top notch optics on this rifle as it primary sighting instrument. The CAR buttstock on this Smith and Wesson is bare bones.  It is even missing a plug to attach a push button sling connector.  The conventional sling loop works, but there may be other options to consider adding to the attachment point up front under the gas block.

There is no massive (heavy) quad rail on this AR specimen.  Remember we’re not going to add all that “stuff” anyway regardless of how cool it is, or functional.  If your knees go weak, you can add a multi-sided rail system later.  Make sure you need it.

Mini-Modifications

For this rifle, only two changes were made.  First, I swapped the Std-slick AR pistol grip for a grabbable Hogue handle.  Next I replaced the round polymer forend with a Magpul best ar-15 gripCarbine length version with M-Lok ports so I could add something else if I desired later. For optics, I am narrowing the choices between a Trijicon MRO or an Aimpoint PRO (Patrol Rifle Optic).  What we want is a point-n-shoot set up for a fast aimed response.  One is small, lightweight, the other more “combat” hardy.  What would you choose?

Again, a dirty AR is a trench gun.  It is intended for readiness and quick deployment, a rifle that every prepper and survivalist should consider as an EDC long gun.  Build one for yourself.

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Common Seed Starting Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them

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For many gardeners the starting of a garden begins with plants and not seeds. This is a method that makes sense for most of us. I cannot fault anyone for starting a garden with purchased plants. Of course, the cost of a single plant these days is nearly $4. When you look at the cost …

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Common Seed Starting Problems and How to Troubleshoot Them

For many gardeners the starting of a garden begins with plants and not seeds. This is a method that makes sense for most of us. I cannot fault anyone for starting a garden with purchased plants. Of course, the cost of a single plant these days is nearly $4. When you look at the cost …

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Organic Mosquito Control

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One of the few things that is troublesome about the warming weather is the fact that those nasty biting mosquitos will be back after you. Some areas have mosquitos so bad that they can run humans out of an area all together. As the weather warms you should be looking around your yard to assure …

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Making Sunscreen Yourself Improves Health

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Making your own sunscreen is a healthy alternative to mainstream brands

We’ve been brainwashed easily into assuming that UV light is a carcinogen as dangerous as a cigarette. Far from the truth. The reality is, acquiring adequate daylight is essential for use as your body’s naturally-occurring creation of vitamin D. Moreover, you can find an increasing body of evidence relating minimized sunlight exposure to the major killers of our time. Scientists around the globe are starting to convey new data that increases the correlation between reduced sun exposure and higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, bone-related diseases, along with other typical health issues.

However, overexposure to sunshine isn’t beneficial either. Skin area damage, including burning, peeling, spotting, and wrinkling may result. Your solution isn’t to merely apply conventional sunscreens. They genuinely are crammed with chemical substances, including estrogen-like ingredients that could, in fact, increase tumor production.

Alternatively, how about making sunscreen that’s pure in quality by using vitamin C powder? This type of powder is rather cheap and is also sold by many providers. Vitamin C has a substantial part in lessening the impact of free-radical damage, and in this role, it can be particularly useful when it comes to securing against UV light damage. It could also be absorbed into your cells and is usually still prevalent approximately 36 hours after you have put it on your skin. For this reason, it may continue to ensure that you get sun relief even after you’ve washed the skin on your body and went swimming.

Here’s a simple recipe for making sunscreen on your own:

Combine two tablespoons of vitamin C powder in eight ounces of water. Put the solution into a spraying container and spray yourself with it regularly (say, every single hour or thereabouts). Vitamin C fails very rapidly inside of solution, which means you don’t want to make it in huge portions except if you’re doing it for a family gathering!

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When Can Chicks Go Outside?

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Your first hens might rock your world. All over this nation people are buying chicks and raising them. It is not only the country folk anymore. People have realized that having access to this type of quality protein is very appealing. There are many reasons across the broad spectrum that make this an appealing activity. …

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Free PDF: Journal of New Alchemists Volumes 1,3,4,5

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Journal of New Alchemists Volumes is another CD3WD document, actually in this case it is 4.  I have 4 of the first 5 volumes.  Upon reading these books, it seems that the New Alchemists are a bunch of hippies in a commune. However, hippies living in a commune have to have water, heat, food, and for most of them electricity. How they solve these universal problems is of use to people that are not hippies. – Namely good conservatives like me… Speaking of hippies, I am secure in my political stance, it wasn’t inherited.  My political viewpoints are reasoned opinions

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The 10 Best Reasons to Bug In and NOT Bug Out!

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bugging out, bugging in, evacuation plans, bug out location, bug out bagI like the idea of bugging out as much as the next guy, testing my mettle against zombies and a world without a power grid.

The reality is that most of us, by far, will be better off in an SHTF scenario staying right where we are — at home. The reasons to bug in far outweigh most other options. Over the years I’ve given this a lot of thought because like a lot of you, I, too, was swept up in all the glamour of planning to bug out. It’s the stuff prepper novels are made of but it’s what I call over-rated prepper advice!

The bug out bag — What should it contain? Let’s talk about that for a couple of years. I have nothing against a well-planned 72-hour kit, but once put together, move on already!

The bug out vehicle –Which make? Which model? How can I customize it and convince my wife to let me spend serious money on a side project when I already have too much on my plate?

The bug out location — Where will we go and, more importantly, how will we be able to afford what is a second home by any other name?

The bug out PLAN — Put all the pieces together and revel in the tactics, the strategies, the finest details and then go over everything in forum discussions that last for years.

All that aside, the cold, hard truth is that home will almost always be the safest place to be and guys like me who work some 15-20 miles from home base would be better off having a couple of simple plans for getting there. Reasons to bug in are smart and worth considering in spite of all the bug-out information on the web.

Off the top of my head, there are 10 reasons why your home is the best place to hunker down if you’re wondering, should I bug out. Spend your time figuring out non-crazy ways to fortify it and getting to know as many of your neighbors and fellow citizens as possible. In a crunch, they’ll end up being your actual survival group, like it or not.

So, in no particular order, here are the top 10 reasons to bug in and why it will almost always be the best course of action.

1.Far less risk to you and your loved ones when you plan on bugging in

Now that my kids are teens, I’m not quite as worried about being on the road with them as I was when they were younger. When you think about it, hitting the road in a bug out situation is fraught with extreme dangers to your family members. You and I might be able to hoist a 50-pound pack, strap on a firearm or two, and then hoof it to a remote, safer location. I guarantee you, a wife, kids, grandparents won’t be able to do that and what, then, is your choice? Will you leave them behind?

It’s much easier to have a comprehensive plan to gather everyone together in a single, safe location which is probably going to be your home. This article about low-tech ways to protect your home may be helpful to secure your home and property.

2. You know the terrain

When Hurricane Harvey hit our town, all of a sudden everyone was interested in the sea level of their home, their distance from the nearest lake and river, and whether or not the bridges around us were covered with water.

It doesn’t take long for a curious person with some time on their hands to learn all that and more, and that’s what needs to be done way before a real crisis hits.

Put me in a locale that I’ve only visited on weekends and then challenge me to get there with my family, in a crisis, with adrenaline is pumping, and I might be able to do it. There’s also a good chance that in all the confusion we might make a wrong turn or run into an unforeseen challenge, such as roadblocks, washed-out side roads, and the like.

3. You know the people

If you’ve read my article about the most dangerous threat, you understand how vital it is to know as many people as possible in your neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Now, most of my neighbors are a lot like me — hard working people who just want to do their own thing and be left alone. I respect that.

Alex, a few streets away, may have a hobby of collecting old pinball machines and his kids are a lot younger than mine, but he’s also one of the most industrious guys I know. He has a way of coming up with creative solutions to problems that makes me think he’d be ideal as a survival-group buddy. Joseph, on the other hand, is my next door neighbor and as far as I can tell, his only interests are going to and from work every day and watching TV. That’s good information to file away in my head, along with Caddie, the elderly widow 3 doors down who is a hoarder and emotionally and mentally scarred by decades of abuse. My daughter checks in on her from time to time.

I also know who doesn’t belong in this neighborhood and that is just as important as knowing who does. It makes it easier to identify potential threats, an excellent reason to bug in. Away from my home base, I’m not so sure who belongs and who doesn’t.

In a survival situation, you’ll have hundreds and hundreds of new and very difficult decisions to make and most of them will, in one way or another, involve the people around you. At your home base, you’re in the perfect situation to get nosy and learn all you can about them now. If you have a bug out location in mind, how well do you know those people and just as important, how well do they know you?

4. You’re more likely to have common ground with neighbors

When it comes to your kids, are you just a little paranoid about who you can trust? I am. My wife labeled me The Paranoid Dad a decade ago, and nothing has happened to make me behave otherwise. In my neighborhood, I’ve noticed that most parents, by far, are protective of their kids — we have that in common.

And it’s not just our parenting style that is similar but our general view of the world, our high regard for our constitutional rights (this is east Texas, after all), and how we value family. Sure, there are plenty of differences when it comes to political and social issues, but there’s a foundation, a common ground, that I’m not sure I would share with random, unknown people if we bugged out.

5. You already know multiple routes for bugging in

I know my neighborhood. I’ve driven the roads hundreds of times and have made a game of using as many different routes as possible to get from Point A to Point B. I know this area. In a pinch, I could figure out some back ways to retrieve one of the kids if they were at a friend’s house or my wife from one of her hair appointments.

Make a game out of finding different routes home. Use my strategies in this article about utilizing Google Maps to plan an evacuation. My wife even makes a point sometimes to get lost on purpose and then figuring out how to get home. It’s a good idea and so far, she’s managed to make her way home every time. I’m proud of her.

6. You know how to get in and out

This advantage is similar to the previous one but has more to do with knowing multiple ways to get back in your town and neighborhood and then out, if necessary, and not using just paved roads.

In a pinch, we could load up our bikes and take bike trails we’ve been traveling for the past 4  years. I’ve thought of packing my bike in my work truck so I’d have an alternate method of transportation but I haven’t done that, yet. Since we live near water, I’ve also been checking out streams, rivers, and lakes as yet another way to get out in an absolute worst case scenario.

You probably have similar information stored in your own brain and if not, start checking out all the different ways you could get back in and then out if need be. Also, with knowledge of terrain, entrances, exits, and infrastructure, you’ll have knowledge for defending your ground if it becomes necessary.

7. It’s easier and cheaper to maintain one home site

My main beef with all the know-it-all survival gurus who claim that a second home, aka a bug out location, is an absolute necessity is the cost involved. For someone like me, a guy with a well-paying job but also with the expenses that come with raising a family and owning a home, finding the money to buy property in an outlying area and then equipping it with not only another house but preps as well isn’t very likely.

And, it’s not helpful at all to tell me I’m dooming myself and my family to horrible deaths if we don’t have that rural home. Years ago my in-laws owned a beautiful cabin a couple of hours north of Phoenix. Nestled in the pines, it was a darn good bug out location, but when the economy went belly-up, they had no choice but to sell. Along with the mortgage, they had to maintain some county fees for roads, property taxes, and utilities. It all adds up.

Simply put, it’s just a whole lot cheaper to assess your home right now wherever it is and figure out how to best make it defensible and get it fully prepped rather than dividing your time, attention and money between 2 different properties.

8. My family knows where to come

As our kids have gotten older, there’s no telling on any given day where everybody is. My daughter now has a part-time job at a grocery store and meets up with friends a couple of times a week. My son has sports practice about 40 minutes from home, goes fishing with his buddies at nearby rivers, and gets to the gym on his bike a few times a week. My wife — well, there’s no telling where she’ll be during the week.

In a crisis, I want every one of them to know how to get home. Home is our #1 meet-up place, no matter what happens. I don’t want them wondering, should I go home or to our hidey-hole cabin 95 miles away? Is Dad coming home or heading there? I’ve already told my wife that if all hell breaks loose, I WILL find a way to get home. It may take a few days, but I’ll get there. With only one single survival location, our home, there’s no wondering where to go or where everyone is.

9. You know business owners, churches, and community leaders

I have a network of people in our lives that we know we can rely on for good service, good products, advice, and support. After the major flooding from Hurricane Harvey, these were the people who immediately volunteered their services, their property, their time, their money, and their connections to help out.

In many cases, they were helping strangers but in others, they knew the names and faces of their clients, customers, and church members. A support system like this is invaluable in a crisis.

10. It’s where all your stuff is

Speaking of Harvey, right before that storm hit, my wife and I quickly pulled out necessary supplies and gear we thought we might need to get us through everything from a boil notice to a long-term power outage. It was all there — the Mini Sawyer water filters, the solar lanterns and flashlights, our water storage barrels and filled WaterBricks, the Sun Oven, and a lot more.

We’ve been prepping for over 9 years now and have accumulated a lot of stuff including a solid 72-hour kit. Our preps are pretty well organized in closets, a spare room, and an attic. We know what we have, where it is, and how to use it. We are also right here on the property to protect what is ours if it ever came to that.

That isn’t the case for a bug out location. Even with a security system and watchful neighbors, if you have them, it’s all too easy to raid and loot a property that appears to be vacant. Some will argue, “You’re supposed to LIVE at your bug out location!” and that works for some people but not most of us. One of the major concerns of people who own these secondary locations is how to protect the property and all their belongings. There’s no easy answer to that.

What other reasons can you think of for planning to bug in rather than spending most of your time planning to bug out? I just don’t think that is the wisest course of action unless your home has become extremely unsafe.

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Cops Threaten To Kill All K-9 Dogs If Pot Is Legalized

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cops threaten to kill k-9 dogs

“Come any closer hippie and I’ll kill my dog.”

No, this isn’t an onion article. I wish it were.  Sadly, it’s all too real. According to a recent article from a Bloomington Illinois newspaper, the Pantagraph, some police officers in the state are so against marijuana becoming legalized, they are now threatening to euthanize all the marijuana-sniffing K-9 dogs unless pot stays illegal.

In the latest example of idiocy comes from good ole Illinois (The “arrest me” state). Yep, police in the Land of Lincoln are so upset at the prospect of legalizing marijuana that they now seem to be holding their own K-9 dogs hostage. Think Blazing Saddles here, “Come any closer and I’ll shoot the *&%#!@”.

It’s true, officials are now saying that all K-9 dogs would need to be “put down” should the state legalize pot. Retraining the dogs is just too hard, say police. Plus, the dogs haven’t been adequately socialized and cops say they can’t be trusted to make it on the outside.

Here’s The Crazy Story:

There are approximately 275 trained narcotic K-9s in Illinois, with each well-trained pot sniffer costing $8000-$10,000 dollars just to acquire. And that’s           just the cost for the K-9, which does not include maintenance costs. Replacing the dogs would cost millions, and Chad Larner, the director of Maron County’s K-9 Training Academy, said “retraining” the dogs would be “extreme abuse.”

Extreme Abuse?  Sounds Like An Oprah Episode

“At that argument, they’re trained on five different odors,” explained the Normal Police Department’s assistant police chief, Steve Petrilli, a former K-9 handler. “Once they’re programmed, you can’t just deprogram them.”

“The dogs are also trained not to be social,” which led Larner to comment that “a number” of the K-9s will have to be euthanized if marijuana is legalized. Shoot first, think things through later. Much later. Or maybe never.

Do The Dogs Really Have To Be Euthanized?

Other states have legalized  and they didn’t have to kill the K-9 dogs. Some of the dogs can easily be retrained to sniff other illegal substances. Some of them can remain useful in rooting out large quantities of marijuana that still break the law. Some of them can be given away or even sold to states that have chosen not to legalize pot. Now there’s an idea. Raise some cash by selling the K-9 dogs to Iowa for example.

You have to ask yourself, have we really come this far? Do we need to resort to emotion as a way of taking a stand? How are police officers protecting and serving the public by killing innocent dogs?

We’re not talking about total cultural destruction here. Sure, there are risks. But with marijuana we’re talking about an herb with many health benefits. Hundreds and hundreds, in fact, with more being discovered all the time.

Law enforcement always positions pot this way. It’s vintage in fact. They ratchet up the potential “harm” and “danger “of smoking it to the point where they lose allsense of perspective and proportionality.

Can we lie and emote our way to back to societal sanity? What would Andy and Barney do in this situation? They sure wouldn’t kill the dogs in Mayberry if pot were legalized there.

 

 

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Trail Cams Around Your Home Are Today’s 24/7 Digital Watchdogs

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As the world slowly continues to unravel, its important that we understand the target on ourselves. While the town we live in may be peaceful and quiet there is no reason to expect that it stay that way. Instead, you are better of preparing for a complete 180 on that scenario. You see, we do …

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Hand-to-Hand Combat Skills So You Can Get to Your Gun Quicker

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While owning and carrying a firearm is a great move and can really put you at ease in terms of threats, you must still remain vigilante. In other words, once you have a gun on your hip it doesn’t make you immune to attack. In fact, there are still a whole host of attacks that …

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How to Build a Super Top Secret Bunker Under Your House

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The bunker and the prepper tend to go hand in hand. For many preppers the bunker is just out of budget. Still, we have fantasies about that big underground bunker that is filled with many types of preps and is there to shelter us in the worst of times. While many preppers will say that …

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Off-Grid Millionaire AirBnB’s his Hawaii home

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Hill – Visionary publisher and Hawaii hippy

Each Christmas tech geek Graham Hill heads to Hawaii. At first he would shack up in a small, dilapidated cabin on Maui and spend afternoons kitesurfing at Ho’okipa beach.

Then he was offered a 2.2-acre plot of land. As founder of LifeEdited, a Manhattan property consultancy selling simple, small-space living, he had no plans to upgrade, he saw an opportunity. He would build an experimental eco house that would be similar to, yet different from, the two small apartments he had created with LifeEdited.

“At first I had no plans for the land,” he says, “but Hawaii is a great place for off-grid living. There’s lots of sun and wind, and where I am in Haiku, a decent amount of rain. It’s also the perfect temperature, so you don’t need heating.” He joined forces with the local architecture and engineering company Hawaii Off-Grid, and spent a year creating a 1,000sq-ft holiday home that is fully sustainable and creates more energy than it uses.

Wafer-thin, almost-invisible solar panels line the roof, lithium batteries in the garage store their energy, and a giant tank in the garden holds up to 20,000 gallons of rainwater. The two bathrooms come with compostable toilets and the whole space is fitted with the same sort of flexible, functional furniture that fills Hill’s micro-apartment in Manhattan.

Three of the four bedrooms feature fold-up beds and can change function; one becomes a games room, another morphs into a film room and the third becomes an office. The 330sq-ft lanai (terrace) is fitted with pop-up tables and loungers that swivel around a dining table.

When pushed to the max, the house can sleep eight and cater for 20, and every room offers views to the ocean and the West Maui Mountains, which shape-shift under ever-changing skies.

Thanks to two internet start-ups, 47-year-old Hill was already a millionaire before he founded LifeEdited in 2010. The first was a web-design company, which he sold in 1998 for $10 million; the second was sustainability website TreeHugger, which was purchased for the same sum in 2007. Featuring everything from how to build a chicken coop to the latest self-driving cars, TreeHugger presents eco issues in millennial language.

“It shows that going green and doing good doesn’t have to be non-profit,” explains Hill, whose mantra, “Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy,” has seen him invited to speak at TED conferences.

It’s new territory. Wind and solar technology is racing aheadEven for Hill, who is also a trained architect, going fully off-grid was a challenge. “It’s new territory. Wind and solar technology is racing ahead and it’s hard to know what to choose. Do you, for example, keep electric water heaters and have solar on the roof? Do you get a massive system that can deal with anything, or a small one with a generator as back-up? There are lots of decisions to make along the way.” And, after he’d spent $240,000 on the land and about $1 million on the build, Hill’s Hawaiian hideaway turned out to be more costly than he had hoped.

Graham Hill’s tips for an eco homeIn 2008, the State of Hawaii and the US Department of Energy launched the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which aims to make the state energy-independent by 2045. Experimental off-grid homes are scattered across all the Hawaiian Islands, and Hill hopes to build more. “There are places in Maui where you have no choice,” he says. “You can’t get utilities in there.”

Convincing space-starved New Yorkers that micro-living is the future is one thing; enticing super-connected city dwellers to step off the grid is a harder sell. “It’s true, but in Hawaii there’s the desire and political will and it’s happening,” says Hill, whose decades of business success suggest a knack for being ahead of the curve. “The environment is in really bad form and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. Oil is not working for us and we have to do something.”

Hill has no plans to move to Maui full-time and the house will be rented, but when he is there, he rises at 5.30am, meditates, works until 4pm, then jumps in his 1973 Volkswagen Thing (which he converted to electric with recycled Tesla batteries) and goes surfing until sunset.

Though he ‘grew up in a log cabin on a mountainside near Quebec with hippy parents’, off-grid life has been a new joy. “I had no idea how cool it would feel,” he says. “Knowing that all the energy needed to run my home is coming from that big ball of fire in the sky feels rather futuristic.”

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Politics and volcanoes

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In typical fashion, Montana pretty much skipped spring and dove straight into summer. Summer means time to do some outdoorsy things like shoot, fish, shoot, hike, shoot, hunt, and maybe shoot some more.

Unfortunately, I am busier than I care to be. I’ve three jobs/business concerns going on and an educational obligation that takes time. But I really, really want to just spend an entire day being lazy at the range and shooting rifles.

Midterm elections are coming up and I was discussing them with someone. We both agreed that the notion that the midterm elections will be a weathervane on national mood. I wonder if political polsters and pundits will have learned their lesson from the last election. I am of the opinion that the people in the last election who went to the polls quietly and avoided/lied to pollsters will be out in even larger numbers. My track record for political predictions is pretty awful, but I think the left whines about their ‘resistance’ but isn’t as motivated to actually get out there and vote as the right. We shall see.

I watched Trump’s speech the other day on pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. While watching that, I also watched a monitor showing live market and metals prices. A few twitches here and there but no real big changes. Either no one was surprised by his actions, or no one really thinks it was a bad idea.

This has been an utterly fascinating presidency so far. There are things I don’t like about Trump but it’s hard to disagree that he really does make stuff happen. He’s not my ideal president, but he’s a lot closer to it than that entitled harpie he ran against.

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Talking about politics is a guaranteed way for me to get frustrated. Swithcing gears…

You see Hawaii is having a little episode at the moment? Here’s a question that I never knew the answer to until recently. Lets say you own a piece of beachfront property in Hawaii. A flow of lava rolls across your property to the sea. As it rolls into the sea it cools and, bsically, becomes new land. Who owns that land? First person to go file a claim or stick a flag in it? Nope. As it turns out, it belongs to the state. I suppose I should have expected that given Hawaii’s fabulously left-leaning policies.

Volcanoes are fascinating players in disaster planning…while you know where the volcano is sitting, you usually don’t know when it’s going to go off. Oh, sure, there are signs but sometimes they go off like a nuke and no one was really expecting it. The Yellowstone supervolcano is always a topic of conversation and speculation when you talk about this sort of thing. I suppose if there’s a volcano anywhere in the continental US that’s likely to go, it’ll be there.

Other than a full tank of gas and a map showing three alternate routes, I’m not sure how you’d best prepare for a volcano. Staying put is probably out of the question. I suppose splitting up your supplies and being ready to completely abandon your location on a few hours notice is all you can do.

 

5 Clever Ways To Fish Without A Pole

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An adequate fishing kit can be compacted and put in a survival kit, but if you’re out in the wilderness without that kit, don’t despair.

Fish are an excellent source of protein, and with the right knowledge and some practice, catching fish on your own without a fishing kit is more than possible.

1. Hand fishing

The best locations to go hand fishing are in warm, shallow waters along banks and logs, and underneath rocks. The easiest kinds of fish to catch using this method are catfish, but then again, “easy” may not be the most appropriate word. Hand fishing also requires a great deal of patience. Keep your hands in the water for an extended period of time to bring them to roughly the same temperature as the water, and if a fish does come to within your grasp, grab it by the mouth and/or gills. You may also want to hold an improvised hook under the water to increase your chances of holding the fish.

 2. Improvised hooks and lines

An entire article could be written about the different materials that can be turned into fish hooks. Examples include safety pins, nails, needles, paper clips, bones, wood and best of all, a soda can tab. As for fishing line, you can use any materials you have on you such as strands of clothing, wire, sinew and vines. Lures can be improvised out of jewelry, and bait can be insects and frogs or even a colorful piece of cloth.

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3. Improvised nets

If you don’t have a fishing net, that’s fine. You can make your own improvised fishing nets with clothes, towels or blankets stretched between two sticks. Look for shallow water where schools of small fish are abundant, and push the fish toward a bank or a dead end. Once you reach the fish, lift the net quickly and see what you caught. Net fishing is best used to catch as many small fish at once as possible, in contrast to catching larger fish.

4. Spear fishing

While there are professional-grade fishing spears sold at nearly any sporting goods store, you can easily make one in the wilderness. The best material is a piece of green willow wood. You can tie a knife to the end, or sharpen the end of the wood to the point, or cut jagged edges roughly an inch apart from one another.

The limitation to spear fishing is that it can only be done on larger fish, requires a lot of skill, and is best done at night with a torch or light. You also need a lot of patience, and you have to be quick. It’s easy to become frustrated, so be patient and practice.

5. Trap fishing

Also known as Weir fishing, this is a more traditional fishing method where you put three stakes in the water downstream to construct a V-shape. Then, close two sides with cloth, rocks, more stakes, or any other material you can use, while keeping the end facing upstream open. Sit and wait for fish to swim into the V, and then close off the end to keep the fish trapped.  You can either catch the fish by hand or spear it, but the result is the same: dinner.

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Bug Out Bike – Apocalypse Bicycle

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The bug out vehicle has always held some appeal. Though in the same breath there are concerns about roads in a collapse. There may be no more dangerous route than the highways that you would traverse in a post-collapse bugout. The biggest concern about a BOV on post-disaster roads is that they would likely be …

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Prepper Food Is The Best Investment For A Lifetime

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Is Stockpiling Prepper Food A Good Idea?

Prepper Food

When I was a little boy, and we ran out of peanut butter, my mother would send me downstairs to get another jar off the shelf.

Usually, there would be two more jars behind that one.

My mother, just like her mother before her, always had months of food on hand at any given moment.

I grew up assuming this was normal, yet as a young adult, I didn’t shop this way.

After buying “BIG”, I might have two weeks of food on hand, but never three jars of peanut butter, eight cans of pork and beans or ten loaves of frozen bread.

I once asked my grandmother why she always had so much food in the house, and her answer was, “Just In Case.”

Now middle-aged, with children of my own, I fully understand her answer.

My grandparents grew up during the Great Depression and World War II.

They and their peers saw our fragile economy collapse in 1929, the market plummet, banks folding, and an entire way of life threatened.

During World War II, they experienced rationing of sugar, gasoline, and consumer goods. Of course, the war effort required sacrifice, and they lived in constant fear of an Axis victory.

When the war and rationing ended, they continued stockpiling prepper food and never stopped.

Not all that long ago my family relied wholly on the ability to go to our local grocery store and pick up whatever we needed on a moment’s notice.

I’d drive around with my tank on empty, knowing I could stop and get gas anytime I needed it. The gauge on my grandfather’s old Buick?

It never fell below half a tank.

I used to rely solely on my utility company to bring gas and electricity directly into my house, without which my family would freeze to death in the cold Upper Midwest winters.

These are all typical modern day expectations; citizens are completely relying on others for basic survival, the assumption being the dollar will always be able to buy these goods and services.

We assume money is as close at hand as the nearest ATM. And the value of the dollars we withdraw will remain stable; both dangerous assumptions.

On September 11th, while New Yorkers were pulling together for the common good and fire and police agencies all over the country were sending people and equipment to Ground Zero.

What was the rest of the country doing?

Many were sitting in their cars, in long lines, waiting to fill their tanks with $4.00 gasoline. Price gouging occurred all over the country as some store owners saw a chance to capitalize on people’s fears.

Luckily 9/11 was a one-day affair, and no follow-up attacks occurred and the price gouging didn’t spread beyond gasoline.

If we had endured another day or two of massive attacks, would it have spread to food or other consumer goods?

If there had been a sudden run on banks, would the ATMs have been shut off?

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Imagine The Aftermath Of A Real Catastrophe…


Imagine a man whose family lives paycheck to paycheck finds himself standing in line at the local grocery.

He’s got a single ten-dollar bill in hand while watching the food disappear from the shelves and prices rise before his very eyes.

He has maybe two days of food in the house, and he has to do something.

So he throws the ten dollars on the counter, overfills up his cart with whatever he can find and runs from the store.

A chain reaction sets off, mass looting begins, followed by men carrying the only currency still honored, firearms.

The store empties within hours and will not be restocked. Because what store owner wouldn’t board up the windows after his inventory is looted?

Couldn’t happen?

Just look at the looting that occurred after the Rodney King trial in Los Angeles, during the power outage that swept the Northeast a few years ago, or that occurred during Hurricane Katrina.

Government Shutdown

Civility Vanishes Along With Power, Water, and Food


For a brief time, it must have felt to those in New Orleans that they had seceded from the Union.

Words on paper (even disaster response plans) cannot feed the masses, illuminate the dark, or purify water.

The City Officials of New Orleans learned the real value of their emergency plan was less than the paper it was printed on.

Relying on a faceless Federal Government headquartered a thousand miles away, to swoop in and save us in times of disaster is a fool’s strategy.

Even the most stable, civilized nation on earth is only three days from anarchy, at any given moment.

Our constitution, our laws, and our public institutions are the framework that binds this nation together.

However, when the power goes off, the water is polluted, and food becomes scarce, we are divided and divided we fall.

Technology Dependent Society

More Technology = More Vulnerable


We rely heavily on computers, electricity, petroleum, and vehicles for all aspects of our daily lives. And when those technologies fail or are unavailable, our system breaks down.

Nowadays, in this country, we expect others to pick up the pieces for us when disaster strikes.

It’s not that we’re lazy. It’s just the way we’ve been conditioned to have the expectation “Big Brother will rescue us”.

For the majority of us, disasters and our survival are in the hands of others: the City, the State, the National Guard, FEMA, the utility companies, etc.

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What Our Ancestors Did


When our ancestors moved west to tame a new frontier they took no government promises.

But they did take horses, covered wagons, casks of water and food, rifles and ammunition for hunting and protection, axes for chopping wood, etc.

They provided for themselves and their communities, come hell or high water.

We must recover some of that pioneer spirit.

The desire to accept responsibility for ourselves and others, rather than expecting someone else to tow the line.

During times of crisis, the human condition can lead to behaviors as destructive as any terrorist’s bomb. We laugh when Homeland Security gives us tips such as keeping jugs of water on hand or fresh batteries in our flashlights, but when disaster strikes it is no laughing matter.

The unprepared citizen will find himself in that grocery store line, amongst the looters, risking his life for scraps to keep his family alive.

We will have more power outages, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes and, yes, terrorist attacks.

Now is the time to prepare, to plan, to ensure our family’s survival, and, yes, maybe those extra jars of peanut butter would be a good place to start.

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Canned Tuna

Best Prepper Foods For Stockpiling


After some quiet reflection, you, like many of your fellow citizens, have decided that maintaining a healthy food stockpile is not crazy paranoia and is in your family’s best interest.

Good for you!

  • Which preppers foods?
  • What other kinds of supplies?
  • Just how big do you want your stockpile to be?

If you are relatively new to prepping for survival you may be excited by this new endeavor we call food stockpiling.

But after the initial excitement is over, do you really want to invest in prepper food that requires constant attention?

One that takes constant food rotation and occupies half your basement?

food stockpile decision time

Prepper Food Decision


How long do you want your prepper food stockpile to last?

A week? A month? Three months? Six months? How about a year?

Sure, a year supply of stockpiled food may be overkill for most survival situations short of an apocalyptic event (i.e. TEOTWAWKI). However, maybe that’s what helps you sleep better at night.

Knowing you have a year’s worth of prepper food on the premises, what’s that investment worth to you?

One can’t underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep.

What’s truly sad is the average U.S. family doesn’t even have at least one week of food in their homes.

Food Stockpile Statistic

This is just the nature of living in 21st Century America. Where the grocery store has replaced the basement pantry and the underground root cellar.

Most natural disasters will not require survival stockpiling food beyond a few weeks, a month at the outside.

If you are talking political upheaval, revolution or some other Third World intrusion into our ordered American lifestyles, you may want to stockpile food for up to six months.

By that time society should be regaining some semblance of order. However, if you think society will collapse into anarchy, you may want to stockpile for a year or longer.

One thing to keep in mind is that continuous anarchy is an unnatural vacuum. Human politics abhors a vacuum.

Somebody or some group will fill the void. Perhaps it won’t be as altruistic as our current politicians (if you can imagine that). Still, humans are pack animals and will band together.

Society in one form or another will return. This means if you do have a massive stockpile of prepper food, these “friendly” folks may just relieve you of it, anyway.

But let’s assume you decide on stockpiling food in the mid-range of options. A six month supply of prepper food on hand at any given time for your family.

• So what prepper food should you stockpile?
• What prepper foods are stable in storage?
• What are human nutritional requirements?

Reseal Strip and Uncooked Freeze Dried Food

Freeze Dried Prepper Food


For the serious prepper who wants a significant food stockpile (one that will last for a couple of decades with very little hassle), you should purchase freeze-dried, prepackaged meals from a reputable emergency food supplier.

These emergency meals are designed to meet your families basic nutritional needs.

The best thing about this option is how fast and simple it is. Just figure out the amount you need, order it online, find a good place to store it in your home, and sleep better at night.

You can order a year’s worth today or buy a smaller amount over time, it’s up to you.

The Bottom Line: Freeze dried prepackaged meals are the easiest, fastest and foolproof way to build your food stockpile.

Or for those who prefer MRE meals, you could go that route as well. Not my first choice but to each their own.

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Prepper Food Via The Grocery Store


The human body needs fuel. Otherwise known as calories, namely: fat, protein, and carbohydrates.

In the long run, the body also needs certain vitamins and minerals to function properly.

Some of the vitamin and mineral requirements will be met by your prepper food stockpile, but adding a couple large bottles of a good daily multi-vitamin is a good insurance policy against scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies.

Your real concern is choosing storage-stable prepper foods that are dense in calories: fat, protein, and carbs.

Storing rice and dried beans are great sources of carbs and protein and in their nearly zero moisture condition, can last almost indefinitely if stored in a dry location.

Foods spoil in the presence of bacteria, fungi, and mold, all of which require water.

Many prepper foods are naturally preserved not by chemical preservatives, but by their packaged moisture levels.

Remember that microorganisms simply cannot grow without water. Stored in a dry, enclosed container, inside mylar bags, dried beans, and rice will last for many years.

Furthermore, they are easy to prepare.

Boil them in water until soft, add a little salt, or other dry seasonings. They even taste pretty good, especially when hungry.

Another great source of fat, protein, and carbs is peanut butter.

Stored in sealed jars, peanut butter has very low moisture and very high oil and fat content, which prevents spoilage.

It is also very calorie dense.

You should also learn how to make hardtack, which is a simple survival cracker that can last decades.

What about dried or smoked meats for protein?

Jerky, beef, chicken or turkey, will last a very long time.

Again due to good food packaging, low moisture, and high salt content. However, jerky is not high in calories or fat and is very expensive unless you make your own.

My personal favorite super survival food to make is pemmican.

It’s dried meat mixed with tallow. If packaged properly it can last several decades.

Here’s our step by step – How To Make Pemmican guide. Or check out the below video for a quick overview:

This brings us to a whole other topic: prepper food preservation.

There are several good methods for preserving meats and fish: drying, smoking, and salt-curing, however, we’ll save those topics for another day.

How about canned fruits?

Modern cans do have a plastic coating inside, but the high acidity of many fruits can still cause the cans to corrode from the inside over time.

I’ve seen this phenomenon with applesauce.

In a real food emergency, the fruits can still be eaten but may taste metallic or rusty. However, if you are starving you won’t even notice.

Just be aware – the grocery store prepper pantry method is not easy or simple. It takes a lot of time, energy and dedication to do it right. 



So what about other prepper supplies?

If I’m preparing and stockpiling food for my family, food won’t be my only concern.

Here are some others: aspirin, prepper antibiotics, bandages, prescription drugs, OTC cold/flu medicines, survival knives, tools, matches, and ammo to name a few.

Some of these may already be included in your emergency survival kits – also a good idea, by the way.

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Rules For Stockpiling Anything


Rule-  We don’t talk about our stockpiles with anyone.

If you choose to ignore this simple rule and share your stockpile with others outside your family, well, it’s great that you’re doing the good Christian thing.

However, realize you are sacrificing your family’s security when you do. Be prepared to lose it all if things go bad.

If your heart tells you helping others is just as important as helping your loved ones, then follow your heart, let your love light shine but prepare to accept the consequences.

Your 4 Step Stockpiling Food Action Plan

Your Prepper Food Action Plan


Action 1 – Decide on how many months of prepper food you want in the case of an emergency.

This is a personal choice and I cannot make this decision for you. However, if you’re a regular reader of this site, you know I believe our modern society is a fragile proposition at best.

I’m not sure in which form the ultimate catalyst will be but pick your poison: EMP (natural or coordinated), global financial meltdown, droughts, government tyranny, you name it…

The bottom line is there are many possible disaster events and if you add up the odds of one of them occurring in your lifetime…well, you become very motivated to get prepared ASAP.

Action 2 – Figure out how many calories your family needs per day to survive.

This one is relatively straightforward with the right tools – which we’re giving away for free – see below.

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Action 3 – Purchase the right amount of prepper food from a reputable dealer.

I recommend buying from Valley Food Storage.

Their prices are the best when factoring everything in such as shipping, quality sealing/containers, ingredients.

Plus, their products are tasty (my Valley Food Storage review post), the food bucket containers are high quality and easily stackable (making storage much easier and less intrusive).

Here’s Valley Food Storage’s comparison chart for your review and proves its the best on quality, price, and shelf life.

And just to see how easy it is – here’s a short video of me buying some food online from Valley Food Storage for my family:

Honestly, prepper food may end being the best investment you’ll ever make for your family.

Even doubling of the stock market value can’t protect you from starvation if society collapses and grocery stores go empty overnight.

Prepper food stockpiles and survival gear are the only things that can protect from that level of crisis.

Action 4 – Store this food in a cool, dry location, secure location and don’t tell anyone!

That’s it…4 easy steps that you can complete today.

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Prepper Food IS The Best Investment You’ll Ever Make


In my opinion, stockpiling prepper food is THE BEST investment you can make. Why? Because the alternative (a.k.a. the downside) is too scary.

Unlike your typical dollar investment (where the worst-case downside is losing all your money), the downside we are talking about in regards to a stockpiling food investment is your family starving.

But Jack, what if my food stockpile investment never pays off? Great, life continues as normal…enjoy!

But I ask you, what if stockpiling food does pay off?

Thank goodness you took action today.

Don’t wait, start right now because remember, there are no do-overs in survival. When all the grocery store food is gone, you get to live on what you’ve stockpiled.

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

P.s. Do you know where the closest nuclear bunker is from your home?

There are a lot of natural nuclear shelters in the US that are absolutely free. And one of them is near your home.

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Saving Money And Winning With Money: Essentials For A Clean Life

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Last time I covered many ways to save money when it came to food. Only I forgot to mention another way you can save! So, I’ll share that now and then get into other ways to save money on non-food related items. I lump this in with couponing because, again, I don’t have many instances […]

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Emergency Preparedness Week 2018

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Emergency Preparedness Week

This year, Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is May 6-12, 2018.
Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners. EP Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
  • Know the risks
  • Make a plan
  • Get an emergency kit


Facts About Emergency Preparedness

  1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  2. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
  3. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
  4. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
  5. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at www.GetPrepared.ca.
  6. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
  7. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
  8. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
  9. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
  10. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
  11. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
  12. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
  13. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
  14. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
  15. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
  16. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the “Monsterstorm” by the media.

Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?

In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. That’s why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.
Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities. Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories. It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.
Everyone responsible for Canada’s emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. More information is available on the Public Safety web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca (click on “Emergency Management”).

Using Technology During a Disaster

We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

No More Disappearing Tools With This Simple Trick! (Homesteading Basics)

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If there’s one ironclad rule of gardening and homesteading, it’s this: As soon as you lay that tool down on the ground, it will disappear! 😉 So, whether I’m heading out to the orchard to prune or trekking to the back 40 for fence repairs, I use a very simple trick to keep track of all the tools I need for the job.

Watch this 2-minute edition of Homesteading Basics to learn more:

https://youtu.be/jWQpYKBZwTU

Then, I’d love to know your tricks for keeping those tools handy on the job … leave me a note in the comments section below!

 

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No More Disappearing Tools With This Simple Trick! (Homesteading Basics)

If there’s one ironclad rule of gardening and homesteading, it’s this: As soon as you lay that tool down on the ground, it will disappear! 😉 So, whether I’m heading out to the orchard to prune or trekking to the back 40 for fence repairs, I use a very simple trick to keep track of all the tools I need for the job.

Watch this 2-minute edition of Homesteading Basics to learn more:

https://youtu.be/jWQpYKBZwTU

Then, I’d love to know your tricks for keeping those tools handy on the job … leave me a note in the comments section below!

 

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Cheap Ways to Beef up the Security in Your Home

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We all have that reuccuring nightmare or dream of a break in. It may happen through a window or a door but the thought of someone looming over us in the night, after breaking into our home is probably one of the most common fears in all of the world. This is for good reason. Break …

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Face To Face Communications – Talk Time Together

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Guest article by ‘CD in Oklahoma’ Most of us are aware of how important communications, or intel, is and will be during an event that could impact our lives, whether it be world-wide or local. There are many articles here on MSB pertaining to radios, phones, and receivers to help us keep in touch and provide us the communications needed for us to react to or monitor events around us. But there’s another type of communication that doesn’t seem to get as much attention, and I wonder if we truly appreciate how important it is and could be to our

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The Value of Strategic Deterrence for National Security

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by Derrick Krane

Deterrence is about striking fear in your enemy, causing them to doubt, hesitate, and change or stay their plans. It is the message that aggression will be answered with force, and the losses sustained will make a victory impossible, or too difficult and costly to justify.

Deterrence works on all levels from the individual as well as international level.  The ninth grader who starts lifting weights, working on their appearance and social skills, and making friends will less likely to be bullied. The nation with a strong military, a united populace, a strong economy, and loyal economic partners and allies will deter invasion of their sovereign territory, or actions against their national interests.

There are those on the far left who have no will to defend our nation. They advocate not only military reduction, but the most extreme of them want to eliminate the military.  Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world they say? They are apparently intent on national suicide by leaving our nation wide open to our enemies.  They hold beliefs which have no basis in reality. Have you ever heard these empty and absurd platitudes espoused by the liberals?

  1. It will be a great day when a school has all the money they need, and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a new bomber.
  2. What if they held a war and no one showed up?
  3. Love is the answer to defeating ISIS

Here are some of the realities and likely outcomes with these bits of bumper sticker wisdom:

  • The day that the USAF (United States Air Force) cannot afford to update or maintain its strategic bomber force will be a terrible day for our nation. Strategic bombers are aircraft capable of carrying a load of bombs or cruise missiles from one end of the Earth to the other without refueling. Strategic bombers can also be recalled once deployed, and they may take hours to reach their targets. In a spiraling out of control crisis, this can leave room for negotiation and de-escalation of hostilities, as a nation would not have to rely exclusively on ICBM’s (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles). ICBM’s cannot be recalled once they are launched. They can reach targets on the other side of the world in 40 minutes or less. There launch is irrevocable.
  • What would happen if an invading force was not met? The other side would take over the opposing nation’s territory and assets, and be emboldened to commit further acts of aggression.
  • ISIS and other radical Islamic extremists have stated their goal: a worldwide caliphate and imposition of sharia law. Infidels must convert, be killed, or pay a Jizya (a tax to live a precarious life). Do they sound like people that will respond to hugs?

The Concept of Deterrence

When Obama was in office:

This was the result of a President who did not project strength. Human beings are predatory. This is not an abstract academic theory, but rather an observation of human history. The weak are overtaken and dominated by the strong. If you are weak, you will be at the mercy of the strong.

This dynamic is played out on all levels, from individual to international. In correctional facilities, older, more physically powerful and socially connected inmates dominate the smaller, weaker inmates through force and threat of force.

The weaker inmates are intimidated, coerced, beaten, raped, robbed, killed or used as desired. In middle school, the timid, skinny kids, who are socially awkward or stand out in the crowd in some way will be subjected to power, control and domination games played by their more developed and confident peers.

Throughout history, larger, more powerful and more technologically advanced nations have dominated smaller, weaker less advanced civilizations. Weaker nations ally themselves with each other or stronger nations with common interests to gain power, economic strength, and resist acts of aggression. To ignore the reality and necessity of deterrence through the threat of force is beyond naive; it is ignoring the lessons of thousand years of history, and can have disastrous consequences.

The Value of Deterrence

The purpose of deterrence is to maintain as much peace and stability as possible in a very imperfect world.  Peace is best sought from a position of strength; otherwise negotiating can be reduced to begging for mercy.

The mutual threat of destruction or denial of victory can induce an enemy to consider alternatives to aggression and compromise. A strong military, and leaders with the fortitude to use it if necessary is a way to maintain peace without actually going to war.

The Limitations of Deterrence

Deterrence is one strategy for ensuring peace and national security among many. The underlying premise of deterrence is that the opposing party is rational, and interested in self-preservation.  This shortcoming of deterrence can be seen in the high rates of recidivism among habitual criminal offenders, who care little about being incarcerated.

Deterrence is also predicated on the credibility of the defender, and the defender’s will to fight. Under the Obama administration, as Dinesh D’Souza predicted, our enemies were emboldened, the United States military was weakened, and we were alienated from our allies. Deterrence is of limited value against those who fervently follow the belief that they will be martyrs, with a heavenly reward for giving their lives to kill the infidels. See more about religiously motivated terrorists and deterrence in the video below.

Conclusion

There will always be matters beyond our control, and others that are within our grasp. Ask yourself what you can do, and take action, whether you are a private citizen, legislator, or policy maker. Considerations for a strong America include:

  • Legislators and the military working toward the development of efficient new weapons systems and the maintenance and upgrading of in-place systems to use funding with the greatest efficiency. The F 35 has been a controversial aircraft, and it performance vs. cost has been the subject of great debate.
  • Do we need 800 bases across the world? How much could be saved through non-essential base closures or reduction, and keeping more US forces closer to home?
  • Ask your representative to support the continued development and deployment of an antiballistic missile system to defend the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as other Pacific possessions.
  • Our diplomats must reconnect with our allies, reassuring them of our loyalty and inspiring them to have confidence in us.
  • Think of what joy our enemies must take in the way we are divided. We must present a unified front despite our differences. Work to reduce the division between Americans, so we become united again, instead of so polarized along political and racial differences. See others as Americans first, judging by the quality of their character, not their race. Be willing to engage in discourse and discussion with people who have differing political opinions. Educate yourself on the issues, and make reasonable and sound arguments when answering the left. Also check yourself. There will be extremists on both sides of the political spectrum, who will also be the most vocal. If their behavior will be judged by others as the norm, then the entire political group will lose credibility.

America’s power contributes much to world peace. The “tolerant and peace-loving” (?) pacifist crowd is not operating in the real world. If a nation lays down its arms, it will be open to victimization. A weak military will encourage our enemies to act out aggression.

The Best Furniture Options for Your Bunker

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from Laura Marie Johnson to The Prepper Journal.  As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

Every serious prepper knows that their bunker has to be functional and long-lasting. Not only do you need enough supplies to last a decade or longer, you need quality furniture options that can function in a multitude of ways to make the most of your space. Today we are looking at some furniture ideas that you can either build or buy so that you can make the most of your space.

Anything With Drawers

Buffets, dressers, nightstands, and telephone tables are perfect for providing storage, use a little space, and provide something beautiful look at during confinement. A buffet in your kitchen area can store the dishes and give you extra space for more food. Telephone tables and nightstands can be used in the common area for a place to put your cup of water and store reading materials or other forms of entertainment to keep you busy. Dressers could keep clothes but also can be a storage spot for survival gear that makes it easy to get to. We highly recommend visiting a furniture store that offers Stanley furniture, an antique shop, or thrift stores for strong wood structures. They last a long time and can double as firewood should you ever need it!

The Bed That Doubles

Depending on how much space you have and how many people are in your bunker, the bed can double as storage or other furniture. If it’s just one or two people in the bunker, a futon can be fantastic for sleeping on and a couch during the day. It is especially enticing if you have a small bunker that doesn’t have much in the way of separate rooms. Murphy beds are always an option so that you can have your living room and pop the bed out of the wall when it’s time for sleep. The storage bed is a big draw for when you have separate rooms. While some beds have drawers on either side of the frame, a storage bed has drawers on one side that reside the width of the bed and pull all the way out. If you are handy, you can build it yourself to customize it to your needs and space. Aside from Murphy beds, collapsible bunk beds are also a great addition. You can easily locate these in any camping department or specialty shop. You can use easily fold them away after a night of sleep or, should you need to escape your bunker, you can use them in the woods. A very versatile option no matter the situation.

Tables For Protection

If you are concerned about your physical safety (and who among us isn’t?), tables that are modified to hide your protective gear becomes a must-have for the bunker. A coffee table that has a hidden drawer or the side table with a secret opening on the side is perfect for stashing guns and bullets (or whatever your choice of weapon is). You can try buying these in your prepper circles or you can learn how to make them on your own. Better yet, take a furniture making class so you can get the hang of the basics and figure out how to make your own designs!

Your Walls Are Your Best Friend

No matter the size of your bunker, your walls are the perfect spot for storage. You can choose to buy storage shelves or bookshelves to use as storage along the walls. Our favorite space-saving trick is to build shelving into the wall itself. Shelving is perfect for your food, supplies, extra clothing, weaponry, and entertainment. The possibilities become endless when you include strong and sturdy shelving!

 Use Your Floors Wisely

Flooring can become a great space saver without imposing on the space in your living quarters. By adding hidden storage spaces under the bunker, you can add an intense amount of extra anything to space. Extra water, weaponry, survival gear, food, medical supplies, and extra entertainment to switch are just a few things you can put beneath your floor. This can be especially important if you have added a couple of extra people to the space at last minute. They don’t have to know where the backup supplies are and you can ensure that if your time in the bunker is extended, then you and your people are covered. If you worry about anyone noticing that you have created extra storage in the floor, area rugs can help hide that fact and keep prying eyes out.

Recycle Big Toolboxes

If you can find large free-standing toolboxes that people want to ditch, grab them! They are perfect for storing the tools you will need for maintenance, extra supplies of nails and electric tape, light bulbs, and anything else you can imagine that you will need for a long time. If you have one just for maintenance, another can hold all your medical supplies or any other thing you don’t have a place for. The different shapes of drawers are perfect for just about anything and the material is very long lasting.

Think Outside The Box

When stashing your weaponry, you can sometimes think outside the box and find new places to stash a few pieces should you need to grab something fast. You have all seen the famous picture of the weapon taped behind the old chain-pull toilet in “The Godfather” or taped to John McClane’s back in “Die Hard”. NOT recommended unless you are proficient at removing tape from the weapon while drawing it to save your life (a skill John McClane didn’t need because his was done with Hollywood magic disappearing tape.) Perhaps behind a flat screen television or desktop computer, tucking a weapon down in the cushion of the love seat, or taping weapons underneath every chair in the space ensures that you can have a weapon quickly to protect yourself and your crew. The downside of course is children and their curiosity so use common sense please.

If you are in the planning phase of your bunker, this is an excellent time to plan your design and think about the furniture and supplies you will need. The layout will let guide you to how to ensure you have the freedom to move around and have space for everything. If you have already built your bunker and are now working on furnishing it, this is an excellent time to look at space-saving options. You need space to keep yourself and your crew safe and minimize health risks. Once you get rolling, it will get easier!

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The Best Furniture Options for Your Bunker

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest contribution from Laura Marie Johnson to The Prepper Journal.  As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

Every serious prepper knows that their bunker has to be functional and long-lasting. Not only do you need enough supplies to last a decade or longer, you need quality furniture options that can function in a multitude of ways to make the most of your space. Today we are looking at some furniture ideas that you can either build or buy so that you can make the most of your space.

Anything With Drawers

Buffets, dressers, nightstands, and telephone tables are perfect for providing storage, use a little space, and provide something beautiful look at during confinement. A buffet in your kitchen area can store the dishes and give you extra space for more food. Telephone tables and nightstands can be used in the common area for a place to put your cup of water and store reading materials or other forms of entertainment to keep you busy. Dressers could keep clothes but also can be a storage spot for survival gear that makes it easy to get to. We highly recommend visiting a furniture store that offers Stanley furniture, an antique shop, or thrift stores for strong wood structures. They last a long time and can double as firewood should you ever need it!

The Bed That Doubles

Depending on how much space you have and how many people are in your bunker, the bed can double as storage or other furniture. If it’s just one or two people in the bunker, a futon can be fantastic for sleeping on and a couch during the day. It is especially enticing if you have a small bunker that doesn’t have much in the way of separate rooms. Murphy beds are always an option so that you can have your living room and pop the bed out of the wall when it’s time for sleep. The storage bed is a big draw for when you have separate rooms. While some beds have drawers on either side of the frame, a storage bed has drawers on one side that reside the width of the bed and pull all the way out. If you are handy, you can build it yourself to customize it to your needs and space. Aside from Murphy beds, collapsible bunk beds are also a great addition. You can easily locate these in any camping department or specialty shop. You can use easily fold them away after a night of sleep or, should you need to escape your bunker, you can use them in the woods. A very versatile option no matter the situation.

Tables For Protection

If you are concerned about your physical safety (and who among us isn’t?), tables that are modified to hide your protective gear becomes a must-have for the bunker. A coffee table that has a hidden drawer or the side table with a secret opening on the side is perfect for stashing guns and bullets (or whatever your choice of weapon is). You can try buying these in your prepper circles or you can learn how to make them on your own. Better yet, take a furniture making class so you can get the hang of the basics and figure out how to make your own designs!

Your Walls Are Your Best Friend

No matter the size of your bunker, your walls are the perfect spot for storage. You can choose to buy storage shelves or bookshelves to use as storage along the walls. Our favorite space-saving trick is to build shelving into the wall itself. Shelving is perfect for your food, supplies, extra clothing, weaponry, and entertainment. The possibilities become endless when you include strong and sturdy shelving!

 Use Your Floors Wisely

Flooring can become a great space saver without imposing on the space in your living quarters. By adding hidden storage spaces under the bunker, you can add an intense amount of extra anything to space. Extra water, weaponry, survival gear, food, medical supplies, and extra entertainment to switch are just a few things you can put beneath your floor. This can be especially important if you have added a couple of extra people to the space at last minute. They don’t have to know where the backup supplies are and you can ensure that if your time in the bunker is extended, then you and your people are covered. If you worry about anyone noticing that you have created extra storage in the floor, area rugs can help hide that fact and keep prying eyes out.

Recycle Big Toolboxes

If you can find large free-standing toolboxes that people want to ditch, grab them! They are perfect for storing the tools you will need for maintenance, extra supplies of nails and electric tape, light bulbs, and anything else you can imagine that you will need for a long time. If you have one just for maintenance, another can hold all your medical supplies or any other thing you don’t have a place for. The different shapes of drawers are perfect for just about anything and the material is very long lasting.

Think Outside The Box

When stashing your weaponry, you can sometimes think outside the box and find new places to stash a few pieces should you need to grab something fast. You have all seen the famous picture of the weapon taped behind the old chain-pull toilet in “The Godfather” or taped to John McClane’s back in “Die Hard”. NOT recommended unless you are proficient at removing tape from the weapon while drawing it to save your life (a skill John McClane didn’t need because his was done with Hollywood magic disappearing tape.) Perhaps behind a flat screen television or desktop computer, tucking a weapon down in the cushion of the love seat, or taping weapons underneath every chair in the space ensures that you can have a weapon quickly to protect yourself and your crew. The downside of course is children and their curiosity so use common sense please.

If you are in the planning phase of your bunker, this is an excellent time to plan your design and think about the furniture and supplies you will need. The layout will let guide you to how to ensure you have the freedom to move around and have space for everything. If you have already built your bunker and are now working on furnishing it, this is an excellent time to look at space-saving options. You need space to keep yourself and your crew safe and minimize health risks. Once you get rolling, it will get easier!

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How to Make Your Own DIY First Aid Kit for Your Dog

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Maybe you’re going on a road trip with your dog, maybe you’re going camping, or maybe you just have a pooch who gets hurt more often than not? (some dogs, like my stupidly loveable Goberian Misty, can be quite eeeh clumsy and silly, to say the least). It doesn’t matter, it’s always good to have …

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15 Survival Uses for Triangular Bandages

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A triangular bandage is one of the most common types of bandages, and for good reason. Basically, it’s a large piece of cloth in the shape of a triangle with a right angle, like this. It can then be folded into a long narrow band called a cravat. One of the most popular ways to […]

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Keeping Clean When SHTF – A Short on Sanitation and Hygiene

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Survival preparedness is not always all about being Mr. Macho and being entirely informed in the ways of shooting, evading capture, or surviving on the absolute bare minimums (though, it’d be more than wise for one to have knowledge in all of those fields). No, sometimes you have to buckle down and learn about some … Read more…

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