Storing Water? Read This First!

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While storing food is a light and affordable proposition, water can be just the opposite. Water storage is not the easiest thing when you really start to get to levels that are effective. The average person who has water concerns will likely store a few cases of extra water. To get through a month a …

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So You Want to Learn to Hunt with a Traditional Bow?

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Even in the day of the modern compound bow, a tool that is much more powerful, there is a great deal of passion for the traditional bow. When you string up that trad bow and shoot arrows through it, there is a feeling of doing something that has been apart of the human experience for …

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SHTF Team Training: 10 Principles of Guerrilla Warfare: Linear Ambush

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If the country collapses or is invaded, you’ll need to learn about guerrilla warfare and tactical maneuvers to protect yourself. Movies are a good way to learn about how organized tactical teams move and react to enemies. If you want as close to “textbook” as possible, the movie “Red Dawn” (the first one) has the American freedom-fighters ambushing an armored column.

The way the kids are prepositioned on the heights, they are spread in a line (a linear formation).  As it is an armored column, when the first explosion goes off, the kids (Leah Thompson) opens up with the machine gun…the highest casualty-producing weapon of the unit.  She “closes the front door,” that is, takes down the lead vehicle and halts the progress of the column.  Then the “back door” is closed as the (pseudo)APC/BRDM is engaged, bottling up the main element between the two KO’d vehicles.

Then the group opens up on everything in the middle…this is the “Kill Zone” of the ambush.  The Soviets try to take the lower ground, but the kids have set claymores on the slopes and in the trees, and give them the “dam-dam,” as they mop up on the kill zone.

They don’t do it perfectly, but the film is a very realistic training tool.  Nothing ever goes perfectly, as von Clausewitz noted: “No battle plan ever survives the first five minutes of contact intact.”

Two principles were covered with the deployment of the claymores on the slopes of the ambush site.  First, always recon the objective precisely.  Secondly, if there’s time, physically prepare the objective, as with positioning the mines.

Clear and Simple Steps to a Linear Ambush

The linear ambush is simple, with simple elements, and we’ll list the principles here:

  1. Whatever you’re ambushing, be it vehicles or dismounted men, turn it into a formation you can work with…this is called shaping your target. This is going to be dependent on your weapons and capabilities. Shaping can be done by the following method: 1) know the planned route of the enemy, 2) know his strength, composition, and numbers, 3) in accordance with the terrain, find an area he will travel over that will lend to your operation…a narrow defile (as with a canyon or valley), a narrow road on the side of a hill or mountain…. or passing through a “choke” point, such as a tunnel.  Shape him this way.  If you can keep him in a large, clustered group?  Frogs in a puddle.  Stretch him out far and thin?  If you can close the front and back doors and put fire along his length on a line, then go for it.
  2. Restrict his mobility. Use water features, cliffs, or thick, uneven terrain to trap him.  If he’s immobilized, he’s staked out and ready to destroy.
  3. Ensure you (as the ambushing element) have at least 10 meters in between each individual position with adequate concealment and good cover.
  4. Be advised: the textbook response for them (the enemy) is to turn the entire element in your direction, face you, and charge at you. Give them something to think about: punji stakes, pits, deadfalls, and (if you can do it) mines and explosive charges.  Please note: when you must assault the objective, and traverse the ambush site…ensure you know where your own traps are…mines work both ways, you know.  While they charge and find your “surprises” put them under fire.  Make them pay for every inch of advance.  This is why the ambush of the kids was so effective in the film: they had the heights and struck effectively, preventing a charge to counter them.
  5. Close that front and back door, and each individual in your ambushing element (lead man, trail man) must remain in place…with primary fires kept right upon those lead and trail vehicles/initial engagement points, respectively. They have a critical secondary function: they prevent anyone inside from escaping “out of the doors,” and also keep any relieving forces from entering the kill zone or flanking the rest of your teammates on the line.  They must be vigilant, diligent, and ready to rock and roll to protect the rest of your group
  6. Prisoners: it’s up to you. Geneva Convention places you in a different status if you don’t treat prisoners accordingly.  Conversely, the invading force will label you as terrorists and criminals and will execute you.  I will mention this: when conducting guerrilla warfare against a conventional force, you will need to interrogate at least one prisoner if possible.  The laws of land warfare are as applicable to a besieged populace fighting a guerrilla war as the Marquis of Queensbury rules are to you in a street fight.  Use your own judgement.
  7. Weapons and equipment: After you’ve mopped up and secured the area, you want to cross-load the members of the assault team with as much weapons and equipment as they can carry, and move them out. Do not spend more than a few minutes on the objective.  You’d be surprised how quickly a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) to relieve them can arrive by chopper (helicopters, not Harleys)
  8. Intel Team: should consist (initially) of everyone on the ambush. Then when the “scavenging” group is moving out with weapons, explosives, food (prioritize according to pre-determined needs and stick to them), the intel team (never less than two, and optimally with four people) can conduct searches of the bodies of killed enemy soldiers…maps, orders, paperwork, radios, and anything sensitive or useful to the overall war effort of the United States of America.  IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IT, THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S INSIGNIFICANT!
  9. Sweep up the objective: Clean it up.  Nothing to give you or your group away. Nothing. Do not return to your base camp by the same route you arrived.  Sweep tracks, bust up the direction of travel, and take your time…. not necessarily traveling as a unit.  Small groups of two or three taking different routes, and maybe laying low to evade anyone on your tail.
  10. AAR: (After Action Review). This needs to be conducted as soon as you’re safe in your own territory.  Critical function: go over anything you did.  Any of you get killed?  Touch on all the bases…. everything from mission prep and LD (Line of Departure) to the actions on the objective, and the withdrawal and return.  Discuss everything: this is how you learn and perfect yourselves as a unit.

 This is reality, and in warfare, it is life or death.

So, you home-can foods and stockpile things?  Is it just for your family?  If an invasion occurs, you may not be one of the ones fighting…but you may be the “hidden factor” that enables the ones who are fighting to make it.  Use your skills as you can, and remember: we can all serve in some capacity.  Citizen-soldiers, right?  For every combat soldier, you need three in the rear and secured areas to supply that soldier.  If you can’t be the ones on the front lines, you can still help them: with food, shelter, medicine…anything they need.

One way or another, keeping our freedom will mean giving of ourselves and sacrificing something toward concepts higher than ourselves.

I’m an American, and when it comes I’m going to fight…as a Junkyard Dog.   They’ll know they were in a fight.  Consider this “series” on Guerrilla warfare and remember: you wouldn’t be enjoying them and neither would I…but for those who lived before us…and gave all…for us to keep them.  Stay in that good fight, and train for when it becomes real.  “When” it becomes real, not “if.”  As you train in peace, so shall you fight in war.  More to follow.  JJ out!

 

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Additional Reading:

A Green Beret’s Guide to Improvised Home Defense Strategies

ManTracker: How to Be One and How to Avoid One

Improve Your Natural Night Vision

Prepper Sustainability: How to Observe and Monitor Local Game

 Six Laws of Survival

 

 

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Fancy EDC Setup for the Weekend

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Sometimes its nice to change things a bit.

This past weekend I had a special event so I went with more of a fancy EDC while covering the basics.

The ZT0561 is in my opinion one of the best production folders ever made, arguably the best looking one. Today its no longer in production but if you like the general concept the ZT0566 is still in production, certainly a great classy folder and far more affordable.

Also highly recommended is the cell phone I’ve been using, the LG G6. It’s a last year model but every bit as good for my intended use as current flagship models for a fraction of the cost.

Waterproof, dustproof, two cameras, fingerprint reader placed on the center of the back. Big screen in a still small enough phone. Give the LG G6 a try if you’re needing a new phone.  Or try its newer big brother, the LG V30.

Take care,

FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Book Review: The Prepper Next Door

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When I got The Prepper Next Door in the mail, and opened it for the first time, I thought “Man that’s a lot of stuff”. After reading it I have to say, go with your gut, because this book does have a lot of information. This book is jam packed with information, and has a reference section in the back that links to several well known prepper websites and YouTube Channels. I really appreciate it when authors give me ways to get more information, because if I liked the information they gave, and the way they have processed it, then

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13 Rubbing Alcohol Survival Uses You Need To Know

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There is a little prepper in almost all things. That is a very interesting thing when you think about it. Even in todays world there are still ingredients that have tremendous potential and are old wonders from years past. It seemed like Grandmom had a few things that she used for everything. Now, our hyper …

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13 Rubbing Alcohol Survival Uses You Need To Know

There is a little prepper in almost all things. That is a very interesting thing when you think about it. Even in todays world there are still ingredients that have tremendous potential and are old wonders from years past. It seemed like Grandmom had a few things that she used for everything. Now, our hyper …

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Free PDF: Hydraulic & Other Machines

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Hydraulic & Other Machines is an interesting historical document, when they scanned it, it alternates color pictures of the actual pages with black and white scans.  I don’t know why this is, it doesn’t interfere with reading it, but I find it strange. If you understand basic hydraulics and other machines then you can fix or build just about anything. This book is old, but the principles in this book have not changed.  The principles in this book have been known for hundreds of years. This is a good text to learn from, its information is valid, however, being a

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Free PDF: Hydraulic & Other Machines

Hydraulic & Other Machines is an interesting historical document, when they scanned it, it alternates color pictures of the actual pages with black and white scans.  I don’t know why this is, it doesn’t interfere with reading it, but I find it strange. If you understand basic hydraulics and other machines then you can fix or build just about anything. This book is old, but the principles in this book have not changed.  The principles in this book have been known for hundreds of years. This is a good text to learn from, its information is valid, however, being a

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E. Coli Contamination

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E. Coli Contamination

E. COLI CONTAMINATION

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that food poisoning from romaine lettuce harboring the bacteria E. Coli spread recently to 29 states and sent at least 150 people to the hospital. The areas involved include all parts of the country from Florida to North Dakota to California, and new cases are making it the worst E. Coli outbreak nationally since 5 people died and 200 were hospitalized in 2006.

Although E. Coli is a common inhabitant of the intestinal tract, some strains, especially O157:H7,  produce a toxin known as “Shiga” that causes bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, dehydration, and other symptoms. Victims range from 1 to 88 years old, and a number are experiencing kidney failure, which has killed one person so far. Several E. Coli varieties are common causes of urinary tract infections.

E. Coli

E. Coli

Sources of Shiga-toxin producing E. Coli may include:

·       Contaminated water (even swimming in it may cause infection)

·       Undercooked ground beef

·       Unpasteurized milk or juice

·       Cheese made from raw milk

·       Raw fruits, vegetables, and sprouts

·       Contact with animals and their enclosures

·       Feces of those infected

After the organism enters the system, it usually takes several days for symptoms to appear. Unlike many infections, E. Coli tends not to cause high fevers, but the abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting can be severe. Dehydration can cause decreased urine production, dark urine, weakness, and fatigue.

Rehydration is the main treatment

Rehydration is the main treatment

Re-hydration support during the illness will help support the victim for the 6-8 days it takes most to get over the infection. Antibiotics are rarely indicated, as it usually goes away by itself; it is even thought that taking anti-diarrheal medicines may slow the recovery process by preventing the elimination of the organism through bowel movements. Dairy products or items with high fat content or fiber can make your symptoms worse.

If it occurs, kidney damage will begin to become apparent after the first week.

Simply avoiding bagged lettuce at the grocery store is not enough, as many of those made ill ate the lettuce in salads served in restaurants. It is not yet known where in the chain from farm to consumer that the contamination with the bacteria took place. A farm in Yuma, Arizona may be involved.

Prevention involves avoiding poorly prepared food and water.  Use different cutting boards for raw fruits and vegetables than you would for raw meat.  

The most important factor in preventing E. Coli outbreaks is strict diligence applied to washing hands before cooking, after caring for animals and their environments, and diapering infants or otherwise disposing of human waste. 

Eating salads is a healthy option for most, but always be sure to make yours with freshly-washed hands and vegetables.

Joe Alton MD

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The Third Edition

The Third Edition

Sarcasm — Russia Did It — The Facebook Ads

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I tried to download 3Q 2016 and it worked, the PDF often include the ad itself, but its a horrible shitty way to present “evidence” as paging through these is tedious.    I guess it is like metoo compliants, the more there are, the more credible the overall claim is, NOT.   

But the links to Facebook…..none of them worked.    So even if the ads made sense in supporting a particular meme, they would be unverifiable.

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https://democrats-intelligence.house.gov/facebook-ads/social-media-advertisements.htm

NOTE– The bastards probably spent $17M putting this list together, and they still provide it as a ZIP (executable file that could run any code on your computer) even though at most download speeds it might take just 10 seconds.    656 MB for one example
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3500 ads on facebook showing that Russia “did it”

These are hilarious!  

    Lol, so Kremlin ads were more effective at targeting and convincing American voters than the entire domestic mainstream media supporting Hillary Clinton https://t.co/PckLHpWfuV
    — GreekFire23 (@GreekFire23) May 10, 2018

It’s a relief to finally get some confirmation that electing the most anti-establishment candidate in the history of American politics wasn’t the American people’s fault.

 This is not one of the ads, this is  money being used to attack the President of the USA

In Major Escalation, Israel Unleashes Airstrikes, Shelling On Syria In Retaliation For Alleged Iran Attack

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We throw around threats of WWIII a lot in the prepping world. When you see three nations battling it out in such close proximity its hard not to get a little nervous. This is a story that is going to change things. What you have to remember is that Israel is the US. They are …

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How to be Prepared Without Breaking the Bank

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Money is a problem for many Americans. To be honest, we are just not that good with our money. There are statistics that can explain just how ugly the situation is. One such state is that less that 50% of Americans have $500 in the bank. Its a very strange thing to consider but its …

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Egyptian Walking Onions ~~Container Garden ~~ Back to Eden

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Of all the things that can change your life, a garden of perennials is one of the very best. You know, there is something incredible about having a garden but its one of those activities that requires much out of you. It needs you to take care of it, seed it and plant it each …

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Cancer Fighting Foods better then Chemo and Radiation

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stock here — Amazingly, my diet consists of the highlighted ones in the list.

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PlowboyGrownUp

“25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation”
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/25-cancer-stem-cell-killing-foods-smarter-chemo-radiation

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – Green Tea
6-Gingerol – Ginger
β-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens
Baicalein – Chinese Skullcap
Curcumin – Turmeric
Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberrry
Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee
Gossypol – Cottonseed [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)
Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables
Linalool – Mint
Lycopene – Grapefruit, tomato
Parthenolide – Feverfew
Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender
Piperine – Black pepper
Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim
Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia
Quercetin – Capers, onion
Resveratrol – Grapes, plums, berries
Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus
Silibinin – Milk Thistle
Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano
Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil
Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

Cancer Fighting Foods better then Chemo and Radiation

stock here — Amazingly, my diet consists of the highlighted ones in the list.

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PlowboyGrownUp

“25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo & Radiation”
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/25-cancer-stem-cell-killing-foods-smarter-chemo-radiation

Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – Green Tea
6-Gingerol – Ginger
β-Carotene – Carrot, Leafy Greens
Baicalein – Chinese Skullcap
Curcumin – Turmeric
Cyclopamine – Corn Lilly [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
Delphinidin – Blueberry, raspberrry
Flavonoids (Genistein) – Soy, red clover, coffee
Gossypol – Cottonseed [we do not suggest consuming this plant; this simply illustrates natural components exist that kill cancer stem cells]
Guggulsterone – Commiphora (myrrh tree)
Isothiocyanates – Cruciferous vegetables
Linalool – Mint
Lycopene – Grapefruit, tomato
Parthenolide – Feverfew
Perylill alcohol – Mint, cherry, lavender
Piperine – Black pepper
Placycodon saponin – Playycodon grandifloruim
Psoralidin – Psoralea corylilyfolia
Quercetin – Capers, onion
Resveratrol – Grapes, plums, berries
Salinomycin – Streptomyces albus
Silibinin – Milk Thistle
Ursolic acid – Thyme, basil, oregano
Vitamin D3 – Fish, egg yolk, beef, cod liver oil
Withaferin A – Withania somnifera (ashwaganda)

Utilizing Passive Solar Energy

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Using passive solar energy can save money on heating and cooling bills.

By utilizing passive solar energy, our ancestors could use temperate differences to heat and cool their homes. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, right? And it is higher in the summer than in the winter. We know that. Thousands of years ago they knew that. By using the difference in the temperature between day and night, summer and winter, they could trap the sun’s energy to make their homes pleasant to live in—warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  In the temperate parts of the States, houses were built to have southern exposure. In the hot parts in the South, they had deep porches and large overhangs to provide shade during the hottest parts of the day.  What they did was to live in harmony with the cycle of nature – they used the sun’s passive energy, with no technological devices whatsoever.

Solar energy is rapidly gaining popularity among Americans, for various reasons. Of about 116 million homes in America, 200,000 are using some kind of a photovoltaic solar (PV) system, with about 10,000 using solar energy alone as their source of power.  The prices are going down, the technology is becoming more available and affordable, and it is very attractive to people wishing to go off grid. But, PV solar systems mean high-level technology, require a great deal of knowledge for maintenance, and the initial cost is still relatively high.

Passive solar energy uses the knowledge of the local climate, the angle of the sun’s passage across the sky and the nature of materials used to build the home. By making the house the right shape, placing the windows right and positioning walls, windows and roofs in the right direction, one can cut the building’s energy costs by 30 to 40 percent with no additional cost.

The science behind passive solar energy

There are a few scientific facts that enable us to use the sun’s passive energy:

  • Heat naturally travels from a warmer to cooler area until the temperature equalizes.
  • Certain materials retain energy (heat) better than others. This is called thermal mass. Water, earth, rocks and bricks have the highest capacity to retain heat.

How to design a house to use passive solar energy

Although it is easiest to use passive solar energy if you are designing your house from scratch, you can make changes to your existing house in order to decrease your heating or cooling bills. In fact, most of the principles of designing a passive solar house make sense in building any house, as one uses the power of the sun to make living more pleasant and less expensive.

Although designing a house in order to minimize or completely eliminate use of fossil fuels for heating or cooling requires a lot of knowledge and planning, the basic principles behind a passive solar design are simple:

Orientation

If terrain allows, the longer axis of the house should be oriented east/west, so that most rooms face sunny south. Large tilted windows trap a maximum amount of the sun’s energy, which naturally gets transferred to the interior. In the summer, when the sun’s arc is much higher, these same rays will bounce off vertical panes of glass.

Prevailing winds should be allowed to pass through to help air circulation and equalization of the temperature. High ceilings allow hot air to travel upwards and naturally cool the space.

Planting evergreen trees on the north side of the house will protect the house from harsh winter winds, and leafy deciduous trees planted to the south will provide pleasant cooling shade in the summer. Once they shed their leaves in the winter, they allow the sun’s warmth to pass through.

Shading

If you allow full sunlight to come through your large southern facing windows in the summer, you would be living in a boiler. Deep overhangs keep the summer high-passing sun from overheating your living space, but in the winter, when the sun is much lower, the overhang is not in the way. The same seasonal shading can be achieved with trellises covered by seasonal vines, which die down in the winter, or deciduous trees which shed their leaves in the winter.  Shutters and curtains that keep the sun from overheating the living space in the summer can keep the temperature in the room almost 20 degrees lower.

Windows and patio doors

Windows are your solar collectors, so they should be located mostly on the southern side of the house. Limit the number and size of windows on other sides of the house. They should play an important role in air circulation.  Keep in mind that your windows not only collect energy, but lose it too, so do not exaggerate in size. Thick drapes or shutters should keep the rooms from losing heat during the night. Double panes play the same role.

Insulation

A house in which every surface opened to the environment is well-insulated keeps the same pleasant temperature year round. Insulating materials, which do not conduct heat well, prevent heat loss in the winter or heat entrance in the summer. Keeping temperatures even is the key so that you do not have to waste energy by raising or lowering temperatures to be comfortable.

Thermal  mass

Thermal mass is a building material that collects and distributes solar energy. It is a solid or liquid material that absorbs and stores heat or coldness and releases it when it is needed. While other building   principles are just common sense ways of building a house in order to save on heating and cooling costs, use of thermal mass really makes passive solar design unique.

Characteristics of some materials that store and distribute the sun’s energy well were known to our ancestors a long time ago. People were building houses in Mexico of adobe, or were covering roofs with sod in England, or were baking bricks all over the world, or were building castles with large stone cubes.

During the day and in the summer, the sun heats walls, roofs and floors made of a thermal mass, such as concrete, earth, brick or water. At night, or in the winter, when the temperature of the surrounding air drops, they release that stored heat because the inherent nature of the materials try to equalize the temperature with its surrounding.

In addition, solar panels can serve not only as photovoltaic collectors of the sun’s energy, but work in a passive way as thermal mass.

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Liquid Fertilizers – 4 Organic Solutions To Power Your Garden And Flowers!

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Do organic liquid fertilizers really work? You bet your all-natural, high-yielding, gorgeous plants they do! Ever since planting our first garden at the farm back in 2011, we have grown our crops using a 100 percent organic approach. We use

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Wolves In The Church

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     I’m sure you are familiar with Jesus’s Biblical warning in Matthew 7:15 which says, Beware of the false prophets, [teachers] who come to you dressed as sheep [appearing gentle and innocent], but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Implicit in this warning is that wolves of deceit have snuck into the Church and are ready to devour any true Christian sheep who are gullible enough [or unwise enough] to fall for their wrong teachings.
     And, boy, has the institutional Church used this alarming admonition to squelch any new revelations from God that are outside the established doctrine of any particular denomination. First of all, those who are quick to attack a fellow Christian’s attempt at edifying the Body regarding something God or the Holy Spirit has revealed to them, don’t bother to read Matthew 7:15 in context. Jesus says in the very next verse, You can identify them by the fruit [of their character], that is, by the way they act.  Scripture goes on to say that it’s pretty obvious that you don’t pick sweet grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from a tumbleweed. In other words, if you hear a different interpretation of Scripture, or a different teaching of a Biblical concept, the character of the “bringer” should be taken into account and easily discernible. If their testimony or word is plainly against Scripture, and if they don’t possess a reputation of the fruits of the spirit (joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and they are not displaying the Lordship of the Spirit in their life), then you can rightly discern they are intent on damaging the Church. But if this fellow Christian is of good character, and his heart displays a visible love of the Lord, and his actions bear good fruit, then perhaps he or she should not be so quickly castigated.
     Yet, I have found far too often that the Church members will react in indignation and self-appointed authority in deciding that any new proposed understanding of Scripture that differs from the orthodox teachings is unacceptable, and it borders on either blasphemy or heresy. And that really saddens me, because this is a picture of the Church that is far different from how it began in the aftermath of Christ’s resurrection and ascension.
     From the moment that the Disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and Peter preaches the first sermon at Pentecost, the idea of “church” meant “a fellowship of believers”. The Bible clearly teaches that these believers were faithful to follow the teachings of these first apostles or “sent ones”. (Re-read yesterday’s post on my view of what makes an apostle}. They regularly met in devoted believers’ homes, with the express purpose of sharing the Lord’s Supper as a sign of their unity. They prayed, studied Scripture, sang songs, and the focus was always on edifying the body of believers who were present. I think it is important to note the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to these “home churches”, as stated in 1 Corinthians 14:26: Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you. Do you see that in the modern Church?
     Can you see how different this is from what the modern Church has evolved into? First of all, I would like to reiterate and re-evaluate Jesus’s statements in Matthew 7 … He isn’t even talking to a group of Christians gathering in a Church building or denomination as we know it today. He is talking to disciples who are following Him around the countryside, and learning from His teachings. Shouldn’t that describe each of us, regardless of which denomination we claim allegiance to? And doesn’t He make it clear that we should look at both the character and the actions of our fellow believer before condemning their teaching/interpretation as deceptive? There are at least 34 verses in the New Testament that speak of the importance of fruit in the life of a believer, yet we seem too eager to judge based on shared theology.
    And, yes, Scripture is sufficient for us … it contains all there is to know about our God, but as I have quoted from Scripture over and over, God conceals the revelation of His word in the hiding place of His glory. But the honor of kings is revealed by how they thoroughly search out the deeper meaning of all that God says (Proverbs 25:2). He reveals Himself through Nature; through our spirits who testify to His existence; through His Son Jesus as presented in the Bible; and finally through His written Word — and through all these ways He gives us knowledge of Himself through our experiences with Him! It is not merely through our denominational doctrines and head knowledge! That is why the Greek translation of the New Testament talks so much about experiential knowledge — knowledge that comes from experience.
     Have we, as the institutional Church, forgotten that God is a rewarder to those who diligently seek Him? Why is it so difficult for our fellow Christians to discern that God could reveal Himself to an individual believer today through the Holy Spirit? Why are we so quick to judge a fellow believer’s testimony, just because it expands on accepted doctrinal beliefs? Why can’t we think God might want us to know more about Him? Do we really think our doctrine is all there is to know about God? And for mercy’s sake, why are we ignoring the character and actions of our fellow believers? Do we no longer believe that the Holy Spirit leads and directs us? Before condemning someone for what they are bringing to the Church Body, can we stop for a moment and spiritually assess the heart of the person, and look to see if they have borne fruit for the Kingdom of God?
     In fact, I often wonder just how Church members assess the fruits of their fellow believers. Is it based on the number of times they have been in the pews on Sunday morning, or the number of the Church activities they are involved in? Do they ever stop to think that perhaps there is fruit they don’t see — that this believer’s fruit comes from being obedient to Jesus’s commands when they invite Him to be present as they lay hands on someone who is in need of healing? What about the fruit that comes from the power of the Holy Spirit to defeat the spirit of unworthiness in a lonely and abandoned young girl, as this believer partners with the Spirit and Jesus to set her free from this torment.  All these experiences are revelations of the Presence of God in a believer’s life and evidence that seeds are being sown and fruit is being produced.

     The Holy Spirit reveals God to our spirits through our experiences. The Holy Spirit reveals God through Bible passages; and through our thoughts, and ideas that He brings to our minds.  He is fluid and flowing; always ready to reveal an aspect of our God that magnifies Him; that amplifies His glory. John 3:8 says, For the Spirit [wind] blows as it chooses. You can hear its sound, but you don’t know where it came from or where it’s going. So it is within the hearts of those who are Spirit-born!” The Holy Spirit is not bound by Church doctrine!
     So, I ask you, how is it that Christians within the Church think they are qualified to decide how the Spirit is leading or directing a fellow believer [who exemplifies good character; whose actions portray a heart diligently seeking after God, and whose deeds bear fruit for the Kingdom]?  Could it be that the Church barely resembles those early gatherings of Spirit-filled believers who encouraged each other to share and edify the body with what the Holy Spirit was showing them?
     I am in no way negating the warning to be on guard against the wolves who bring false teachings. They are real, and I’m pretty sure the Enemy has been infiltrating them into the Church for hundreds of years. I don’t see those early “home churches” being overly concerned with real estate, building programs, staff salaries, utilities, mortgages, pulpits, pews, sermons, elaborate worship programs, or how much money they had in the bank. When did the focus change from “going out” to “protecting our turf”?
     We all agree that wolves are definitely a danger to innocent sheep. And what I’m about to say may offend some, but I have personally witnessed a pack of wolves within the church driving innocent sheep out of the building where their Good Shepherd is waiting to feed them and lead them to springs of living water. It is not my attention to offend, but rather to give us all pause when meeting with our fellow believers, and before judging them.
     So, yes, we need to be persistent in keeping the wolves at bay and safeguarding the purity of Scripture. Lord knows, they are vicious and ravenous and waiting to destroy the Body of Christ. But let’s not limit our oversight to one man’s [or one denomination’s] conditional and designated understanding. Let us give the Holy Spirit the freedom to reveal to a person’s spirit what God would have them know about Himself. And then let us offer love and kindness and a heart that is willing to receive more of God. It just might bring more joy and peace to your spirit and to the entire Body. And that would be pleasing to God.

1 Corinthians 8:1-3     Knowledge [alone] makes [people self-righteously] arrogant, but love [that unselfishly seeks the best for others] builds up and encourages others to grow [in wisdom]. If anyone imagines that he knows and understands anything [of divine matters, without love], he has not yet known as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God [with awe-filled reverence, obedience and gratitude], he is known by Him [as His very own and is greatly loved].

 

Restaurant Chain Exposed For Refusing To Hire “Old White Guys”

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Old white guys discriminated against

Old white guys being kept out the restaurant industry as a matter of corporate policy.

One of America’s largest restaurant operators had a policy of not hiring “old white guys.” It’s true.
A manager at Seasons 52 admitted the chain did not employ “old white guys,” a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged. “We don’t hire people over 40,” another manager allegedly admitted.
The EEOC found 254 people who claimed they were not hired at Seasons 52 because of their age, The Orlando Sentinel reported. Seasons 52 is a chain of upscale wine bars and grills, owned by Darden Restaurants.
Seasons 52 managers refused to hire older people as waiters in order to project a “young and hip image,” the EEOC alleged. The discrimination was a “top-down” policy at the chain and not the work of rogue restaurant managers, the EEOC alleged.
We Don’t Hire People Over 40
The number of older people working at Seasons 52 did not match the age of the population a statistical report from the University of California at Irvine introduced as evidence revealed. The EEOC statistics did not show whether the number of white people working at Seasons 52 reflected the population.
Darden Restaurants is a publically-traded Fortune 500 company that owns the Olive Garden, Longhorn Steak House, Capital Grill, the Yard House, Bahama Breeze, Eddie V’s, Seasons 52, and Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen restaurant brands. Darden operates more than 1,700 restaurants and employees 175,000 people in the United States and Canada.
Darden agreed to settle the lawsuit for $2.85 million on May 3, The Sentinel reported. The company also agreed to retrain Seasons 52 managers not to discriminate, and to offer all the older people discriminated against a chance to reapply for jobs.
The lawsuit only covered the Seasons 52 restaurants and not the rest of the Darden brands. News stories did not say if discrimination against older white job applicants was happening at other Darden-owned eateries.
Discrimination against older workers in Florida’s restaurant and tourism industries is a pervasive problem, Robert Weisberg an attorney at the EEOC office in Miami revealed. Many restaurants, hotels, and hospitality businesses simply refuse to hire persons over a certain age.
Why Older People need Off Grid Jobs and Businesses
The Seasons 52 case demonstrates why older Americans need to consider self-employment, freelance work, and the gig-economy instead of the job market.
It is very easy for managers, and business owners to discriminate against people because of age, faith, or race and get away with it. Contrary to popular belief, most bigots are smart enough to beat the system when it comes to discriminating.
One way to protect yourself from discrimination in the job market is to be your own boss. Having job skills or products that you can market directly to customers is the best way to keep income coming in, in today’s changing economy.
Older and white Americans that rely on the job market are likely to be facing more discrimination in the years ahead. Millennials (persons under 37) will outnumber Baby Boomers (people aged 54 to 72) for the first time in 2018, Pew Research reported. There are currently around 74 million Millennials and about 73 million Baby boomers in the United States.

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8 Genius Uses for Buckets on the Homestead

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Life on the homestead requires a lot of creativity and frugality. The “five R’s” seem to be constantly in play: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repurpose, and Repair. Nothing ever goes to waste—today’s trash simply becomes tomorrow’s resources.

When buying something new is necessary, I usually try to make sure the item fits at least one of the following criteria:

  1. First, does the item have more than one alternative use or purpose?
  2. Second, does the item take up minimal space?
  3. Third, is the item inexpensive?

My Favorite Homesteading Tool

My absolute favorite “tool” on the homestead actually fits all three criteria: none other than the five-gallon plastic bucket. Not only do these wonder tools nest neatly into a tidy stack, they also have a seemingly unlimited number of uses.

Whether you are into homesteading, preparedness, or permaculture, five-gallon buckets are essential tools of the trade!

Getting Buckets for Free

A note about price: If purchased from a hardware store, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $five-dollars per bucket. But you can acquire them for FREE from your grocery store’s bakery department. All you have to do is ask nicely for the buckets that their icing came in. Other free sources include pickle buckets from hamburger joints, soap buckets from car washes, and lard buckets from Mexican restaurants.

Of course, be prepared to clean them!

Uses for Buckets

The Bucket List

So, what exactly can you do with a five-gallon bucket once you procure it? I thought you’d never ask! Below, I showcase some general ideas that I use quite frequently. (If you’re keen on any given idea, more detailed tutorials can be found all over the Internet.)

1. Container Gardening

First and foremost, five-gallon buckets make for outstanding container gardens when you drill drainage holes in the bottom of the buckets. While some permaculturists might frown on the idea of container gardens, they are quite useful if you want to keep invasive (opportunistic) plants such as mint from taking over your garden. Additionally, in a grid-down situation, you can easily secure your food indoors overnight to protect from potential looters. That brings a whole new meaning to the words “food security!”

2. Growing Mushrooms

Another clever use for buckets is growing edible and medicinal mushrooms in them. Just drill staggering holes in the sides of the bucket, fill the bucket with free coffee grounds from the local corner coffee shop, and inoculate with the spawn of your favorite mushroom.

3. Organizing Your Tools

A five-gallon bucket also makes for a great tool bag. Either online or at your local hardware store, you can buy organizers that are specifically made for buckets and have all kinds of compartments. The outside sleeve compartments of the bucket are ideal for your smaller tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. On the inside of the bucket, you can store your heavy-duty tools like your hammers, axes, and saws.

Read More: “No More Disappearing Tools With This Simple Trick!”

4. Making Wine

You can even make wine with a five-gallon bucket. Simply pour in some apple cider (sans preservatives), sugar, and yeast. Drill a hole into the lid, insert a rubber grommet, and then insert an airlock bubbler (available for a dollar at most home-brew stores). The Big Bird/Cookie Monster–style explanation is that the “yeasties” eat the sugar and essentially poop out carbon dioxide and alcohol. The airlock bubbler allows the carbon dioxide to escape, but prevents oxygen or other contaminants from entering your wine. There are a few more specific steps and ingredients that go into producing quality wine, but this is basically how wine is made! People drink alcohol in both good times and bad. Wine making can prove to be a very valuable and profitable skill in a grid-down scenario.

Uses for Buckets

5. Feed the Worms

One of my favorite uses of a five-gallon bucket is as part of a vermicompost system (a.k.a. a worm bin). Red wiggler worms are voracious eaters. I feed them my shredded junk mail and food scraps. In return, they give me “black gold.”

If mushroom compost is the Cadillac of compost, worm castings are the Rolls Royce!

6. Make Compost Tea

In addition to vermicompost, compost tea happens to be the secret of success for many master gardeners. And with a five-gallon bucket, you can brew your own compost tea right at home. All you need is an air pump for aeration, some worm castings (compost), non-chlorinated water, and a few other ingredients. After two days of brewing, it is ready to spray on your crops using a pump sprayer. Your plants will grow twice as big, twice as fast!

Read More: “Compost Tea: An Easy Way to Stretch Your Compost”

7. Make a Mousetrap

Have a mouse problem, but don’t have the heart to set out a traditional mousetrap? Well, you can make a catch-and-release mousetrap out of a bucket and a few pieces of wood, plus peanut butter for bait. The contraption reminds me of the board game Mouse Trap that I used to play as a child!

8. Filter Water

Lastly, you can make a heavy-duty water filter from two five-gallon buckets stacked on top of each other. The top bucket has a ceramic water filter that filters out the dirty water dumped into it. The bottom bucket has a water spigot that allows you to extract the newly filtered water.

I hope you enjoyed some of the examples I’ve provided of why five-gallon buckets are the absolute best and most versatile tool for homesteading, preparedness, and permaculture. Five-gallon buckets not only serve as a container to grow your food in, they can be used in creating the fertilizer that enriches your garden. To top it off, you can use buckets to collect and ultimately store your bountiful harvests!

What about you? What’s your favorite way to use a five-gallon bucket? Leave me a note in the comments!

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Often Overlooked Things

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Editors Note: A guest contribution from The Redneck Prepper 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!

We as preppers tend to always be prepared for the worst scenarios possible, but what if we are caught in a bad, but not worst case, scenario? As a man who has lived through a few disasters of different descriptions, I would like to share some thoughts with you all.

Imagine the following scenario if you will:

You have just survived a disaster without any casualties or major damage. Your generator is gassed up, plenty of oil and gas to keep it running, non-perishable food, medical supplies, etc. You have your own water well, and with your generator, you are not worried about water supply. You have power, but nothing happens when you turn the faucet on. Why? Because the wind/water/etc. Has damaged your plumbing. Now what?

This is the exact scenario my family faced after hurricane Rita in 2005. The force of the wind shifted the pump house, moving the water tank and breaking the plumbing. Thankfully pvc pipe can be patched relatively quickly. However, as a recent freeze taught us, you must be prepared to potentially replace ALL of the plumbing in your home. Always have extra pipe and fittings on hand in the appropriate sizes and materials for your home plumbing system. Do not forget primer and cement if you are working with pvc.

And what of electrical? A disaster can seriously damage your electrical system. Perhaps it will be as simple as capping off an unnecessary leg of a circuit. Perhaps you will need to rebuild a vital part of the system. Either way, having extra wire on hand is a great idea. Not to mention the correct tools for the job, as well as wire nuts and electrical tape.

I am ashamed to admit this, but there was a time when certain among us were caught without a manually operated can opener. Not everyone was born a prepper. Make sure to have extras.

A bathroom can be damaged too. It never hurts to have trash bags and toilet paper stored away. I speak from experience when I say that toilet paper is a wonderful luxury after a disaster.

Something I have not yet obtained, but fully believe everyone should have is a small boat. I lived through the flood of 1994, and did not think the water could every be higher. Harvey taught us all a lesson. Myself and my family were blessed enough to not have to be rescued, but it was 1” away. Literally, 1” from the threshold. I will be adding a boat to my supplies.

Now lets think about that generator. You probably have many gallons of fuel stored away, of course with the correct amount of stabilizer mixed in. There are probably cases of oil stored in a safe location as well. But what if this turns into an extended outage? Do you have spark plugs? Spare air filters? Oil filters (if your model uses one)? What about carburetors? From years of being the local guy everyone brings small engines to, I can tell you that carburetors often fail with today’s fuel. Even those that are cared for in the best manner possible. Ignition coils can fail without warning as well. It is worth it to know your machinery and have spare parts on hand. You only want to use your backup generator for the few minutes it will take to repair your main unit.

Having your chainsaw in good working order is also very important. There have been occasions where it is imperative that you be able to clear fallen trees or large wooden debris quickly. I have seen outbuildings mostly toppled after storms, and sometimes it is better to just cut them apart in a controlled manner and eliminate the danger of them falling the rest of the way. Assuming you can’t yank them down with your truck in the redneck style, that makes it go faster. The point is, you should always have fresh fuel for your saw, a spare chain, spare spark plug, and plenty of chain oil on hand.

There are some smaller jobs where the hassle and fuel consumption of power tools is just not warranted. For those moments, I always like to have a few sharp axes, machetes, hatchets and the like on hand. Most people have them stored away somewhere, but when was the last time you checked the edge on it? It is easier to sharpen them now with power tools than it will be to take the time and file sharpen them in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Perhaps these things I have mentioned do not apply in every circumstance. Or perhaps some of you have already taken the steps I have mentioned. My hope is that my experiences may be able to keep even one other person from having to learn these things the hard way. In the end, that’s what it’s all about. If the prepper community does not endeavor to support and educate each other, we will all suffer in the long run.

This brings me to my final point: people. We all attempt to educate and inform friends and family regarding the world of preparedness. And that in itself is a good thing. But do we talk too much? What if a young child mentions it to his/her friends? Or a good friend talks to outsiders? Even a spouse with a random comment? This poses two distinct issues. First, people know where to steal from. But have you ever considered political correctness? What if the powers that be consider your guns/knives/attitude to be a threat? I hope this inspires you to be very careful before discussing your plans. As sad as it is, you must consider all possibilities in today’s society. Which may in the long run be the biggest threat we face. Nature will do as nature does, but people are the most unpredictable thing there is!

Also worth note, I am not a writer by trade, so all mistakes in grammar are my own (Editor’s Note: None were found.) Until next time, keep your knives sharp, your guns clean, and your ammo dry.

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For Socialism and then Communism To Flourish…

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There is most certainly a faction, a percentage, who wants socialism in the U.S. for a variety of apparent reasons, some of which might be mentioned below. My personal opinion is that of small government, a laughable concept today. Given the ‘borrow & spend to oblivion’ attitude of our present government (and the negligible resistance to curtail it), it’s no wonder that it has grown into the behemoth we see today. And many people want MORE of it… After reading the following comment the other day, I felt compelled to post it:   from MSB regular, ‘Dennis, Socialism and communism,

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15 Ways You Can Prep for SHTF Without Spending a Dime

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If you’ve recently started prepping, one of the first things you’ve probably noticed is how expensive it is. From stockpiling ammo to food to gear to medicine to water and so on, the cost of getting ready for a disaster can add up really fast. This is why budget prepping has become such a popular […]

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Extra Money for Prepping With Todd Sepulveda

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As I’ve said many times, building preparedness skills are more important than any supply you can buy. With that being said, you just can’t escape the fact that prepping costs money. We can do DIY projects, and we can look for deals, but unless we get lucky, supplies cost money. Because of this, Todd over […]

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PrepperCon and Training Opportunities!

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PrepperCon and Training Opportunities
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How does a prepper get better? Some would say it happens through rigorous practice and for those who are very dedicated, maybe that’s an option. For the rest of us, we really don’t have a ton of time to devote to constantly working on skills and procedures. So what is the answer for the 9-5er and the person who is struggling to stay on the highest level of emergency preparedness?

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How to Safely Bug Out with Kids

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I’ve been a prepper long before my daughter came along. Prepping with a child isn’t necessarily that much different than prepping for an adult; they need food, water and shelter just like adults do. Sure, they’re kids and will definitely act out, throw tantrums, have a difficult time comprehending and understanding something right away; but their basic needs don’t change.

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Mother and daughter on an adventure

Let them be involved in everything; let them help create their bug out bag, let them help pick out a bag of their own, let them help make dehydrated meals, etc. Kids want to be involved in your life and more importantly, they should know what you’re doing and why.

The biggest piece of advice that I have about kids is that we must be patient and understanding. Kids don’t know anything. It’s up to us to teach them and it may take a few times (or more) of teaching for them to fully get it. It’s up to us to remain patient, understanding and most of all, encouraging. They’ll get it, just give them the proper time they need.

You may have taught your kids this skill or that skill, but when it comes to a real emergency, your kids may not be as understanding as they are during less stressful everyday life.

Let me quickly say that I know bugging out isn’t for everyone. The fact is, bugging out is just a fancy term for ‘evacuate’. Well, not ‘fancy’, per say, it’s a term derived from the military. Many prepper terms came from the military, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t valid. There are countless emergencies or disasters which could force you from your home. Just recently there have been stories of sinkholes in Florida and an erupting volcano in Hawaii. In both of those situations, evacuations have been ordered.

Mother and daughter

I highly suggest creating a comprehensive disaster plan so that you know what to do for each and every scenario, no matter how “unrealistic” it might be; never say never. Get the whole family involved and if your kids are too young to help with the plans, then you need to be their advocate.

You need to plan for their safety and comfort. If you have a family, maybe a tent would be better than a tarp. Making sure all of their needs are properly going to be taken care of in a bug in or bug out situation is the most important thing to consider.

You also need to keep in mind the safety of your children when it comes to any tools, knives, weapons or anything similar.

Do you carry a gun? Is the safe always on or does it even have a safe? Is it kept on your person or stored elsewhere? Are your kids aware that you carry a gun? Do they know about proper gun safety?

Do you carry a knife? Is it somewhere that they can easily access? Are your kids aware that you carry a knife? Do they know proper knife safety?

What about other types of items that they shouldn’t be getting their hands on?

If your children are too young to comprehend safety around certain objects, then it’s even more important that you find a way to keep those objects from them until they’re older and can fully comprehend safety around objects that could be dangerous if not properly handled.

How do you do that if you’ve bugged out into a comfy, cozy tent with sharp objects in your bag that they really shouldn’t be getting their hands on?

Setting up camp
Mac and cheese time

When I’ve done my mock drills with my daughter, who is 22 months old at the time of writing this, this is what I do:

Keep the children involved/distracted with other objects. My daughter loves glow sticks and flashlights and rocks and ripping paper and drawing and many other things. Keeping young children entertained isn’t difficult, it just takes a little pre-planning forethought.

Always keep an eye on them. It is so easy to lose track of your kids, especially during a stressful situation when you’re having to do a million other things besides just watch them. However, we have to do something to keep an eye on them. So involve them in whatever you’re doing. Are you purifying water? Let them watch or let them hold the purifier or whatever it is. Are you cooking? Let them (safely) stir the pot. The best way to know that they’re staying out of trouble is to involve them. If you can’t or don’t want to involve them, then make sure they are off playing outside and can’t gain access to the tent where your bag is. My daughter is too young to work the tent zipper….for now. One day she’ll be able to work it but by then, hopefully she’ll be old enough to comprehend safety lessons.

Hanging out at camp
Hanging out at camp

Give them their own bag to rummage through. Each of your children should have their own bug out bag anyway, but if they don’t, give them their own bag or ziplock or something to rummage through. Fill it with some goodies that will keep them occupied and entertained so that they aren’t interested in rummaging through your bag.

The point is, kids do need to be entertained to keep them out of trouble. Some kids are great at entertaining themselves, some kids are great at getting into everything they shouldn’t. You know your kids best. If you think it’ll be best to carry a box with a lock on it to keep the sharp objects in there, that’s up to you. Or you could keep the things that they shouldn’t be getting their hands on inside a certain pouch and then lock the zippers of that pouch. You could even use a zip tie to lock the zippers together, thereby locking the pouch and ensuring that they do not get to the objects that they shouldn’t.

I highly suggest doing as many mock drills as you can NOW when there is nothing urgent and no impending doom about to come barreling down.

By running mock drills you’ll be able to see not only how well your plan plays out, but how well YOU react to your children, spouse and the plans themselves.

Simply writing down plans isn’t enough, once you throw yourself into a mock drill, you will learn a lot about yourself and any holes in your plan(s).

When it comes to kids, they feed off of our emotions; if we’re stressed or angry, they too will be stressed or angry or just difficult to deal with. It’s important that we try to remain calm and keep a level head around our kids. It won’t be easy; that’s why we run mock drills so that we can learn how to better ourselves and our plans for when it really counts.

Bugging out with kids isn’t difficult, it just takes time, patience, planning and understanding.

Good luck!

Author bio:

Morgan is the founder of Rogue Preparedness where she teaches people how to be prepared for everyday emergencies and disasters. She lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and two dogs where they are active in the outdoors, self-reliance and preparedness