7 Terrifying Realities Of Long-Term Blackouts (That You’ve Probably Never Considered)

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Before we get into our list, lets first describe exactly what is meant by a long-term blackout. Ready.gov does not characterize power outages by short and long term. They merely

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What to Do if North Korea Fires a Nuke Toward Your City

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you heard about the false missile warning in Hawaii a couple weeks ago. For 38 minutes, over a million people believe a nuclear missile was headed right toward them. Think about that for a second… All those people who believed they were about to die had to decide […]

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Top 6 Most Dangerous Medicines For People Over 40… Are You Taking any of These?

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Many people weigh their physical and mental health by how often they see a physician. Those who rarely find themselves in the presence of doctors tend to be better for

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Why Bugging Out Would Be a Living Hell for the Average Joe

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“Just minutes ago, an explosion rocked the North Anna Nuclear Generating Station. Those local to the station may have felt tremors from the blast. Officials in the plant are saying that this explosion was not part of a malfunction. Instead, it is believed that a device or multiple devices were detonated with the specific intent […]

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How to Avoid Radiation Poisoning When the Unthinkable Happens

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If you are within the blast radius of a modern day nuclear weapon, you are pretty much dead on impact. There is no amount of prepping or body armor that will save you. Your bunker will probably prove useless as well considering there will be little to no warning. Also, it will probably come in […]

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

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You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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5 Issues Preppers are Missing Completely

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Let me start this article by saying that we are amid a powerful group. The readers and the writers, talkers and teachers of the survival and prepper niche are special people. This community embraced me with open arms over 5 years ago and I am always impressed by what the skills and understanding they possess. […]

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Concealed Carry 101: What They Didn’t Tell You During Firearm Training

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Concealed Carry 101: What They Didn’t Tell You During Firearm Training

Since 2001, America’s sleepy eyes have slowly been opening to the threats we face each day. In just the last five years, we have watched radical Islam step out from the shadows and murder people with impunity — both in American and Europe.

In many states, you need firearms training to get your concealed carry license. What you never get, though, is training on how to carry that weapon. In fact, I didn’t even get advice on how to carry my weapon. It is truly your responsibility to learn about holsters and positions to carry.

The Discomfort of Ignorance

Many people take to magazines, blogs and YouTube videos to decide how to carry their weapon. Some even are trading their personal comfort for the ability to carry their weapon. Look, it’s 2017; there is no time for bulky, uncomfortable holsters or carrying positions.

Kydex – This hard plastic material makes up many of the new holsters on the market. The material is cheap and strong to protect your trigger.

Leather or nylon – These holsters will take some time to break in, but they can be comfortable, as well. They are effective, but personally I want something sturdy protecting my trigger. I have kids, and I am not a sedentary person.

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Combo – These are very cool designs that offer up the tough plastic protection of the Kydex hull along with a nylon or leather backing.

(There are some great examples of these holsters here.)

12 O’clock, 3 O’clock, 6 O’clock

But it’s not enough simply to have the right holster. You also need to consider where on your body you carry it. Let’s examine the options:

12 o’clock, appendix or front carry – This is a method I hadn’t considered until just recently. The appendix carry offers incredible ease of access. You are merely a shirt lift away from grabbing your gun. Many people like appendix for its ability to conceal your weapon in an area most people aren’t expecting. The biggest drawback is not having the ability to bend forward with some types of holsters.

3 o’clock, right hip or 9 o’clock, left hip – This method is most common and probably just comes down to your dominant hand. It offers good mobility. Some people are not a fan because of the possibility of something called printing. Printing is showing the outline of a weapon through your clothes, thus giving away the fact that you are carrying concealed.

6 o’clock, small of your back – To me, this is movie-style carrying. I am a very flexible guy and I still find that this is a very inconvenient way of carrying. With training and muscle memory I am sure it gets easier, but this position is not my cup of tea. That said, many people love it. It puts the gun out of the way and is there when you need it.

Chest carry – If belt carry doesn’t offer you the carry style you like, then look into chest holsters. These strap to your chest and offer access to your gun without a hindrance at the waist.

Leg carry — Some people strap to their thigh or even their calf, depending on the size of the weapon. These can be very effective and unobtrusive methods of carrying concealed.

Off-body carry – If you find that having a gun on your person is too much of a burden or discomfort, consider off-body carry. Over-the-shoulder bags will offer quick access to your weapon. Look for bags that are designed for conceal carry.

You Be the Judge

Unfortunately, many people are stuck carrying a weapon in an uncomfortable way because some guy online told them it’s the best way. There is only one true way to fix your problem, and that is to experiment. Carry in several diverse ways before settling on one concealed carry method.

What is your favorite concealed carry method? Share your tips in the section below:

Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications

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The Importance of Incoming and Outgoing Communications

Communications are a vital part of any operation. Whether we are talking about military operations, business or even in a family; communication is everything. For preppers the idea of having plenty of water and food is part of the plan. Security, hygiene and first aid are all parts of the average preppers plan. If there is any area that suffers in the average disaster response its communications. To me this is very troubling.

Not only should you have a method for incoming transmissions but also a method for outgoing comms in case you need help when the phone lines and wifi are down. Aside from the immediate concerns incoming and outgoing communications are the best way for a prepper to decide the next course of action. In a disaster the scenarios will change rapidly. If we are talking about a complete collapse of society large scale events will happen even faster. All the intel you can get from your local area will be necessary.

Incoming

There are many ways for you to receive incoming communications. As a prepper I think your best bet is to consider power source and scope. What information can you pick up with a particular device and how will you be able to power that device over the long haul.

Survival Radios
Any radio that is powered by battery and some other off grid means is a survival radio. Whether you are talking about a hand crank radio or a solar powered radio these are great survival options. With these devices you will be able to tap into some local and national level intelligence. Both could be incredibly important following a serious disaster. Its important that you know what is happening and how things are changing? You wont get all of the info but something is better than nothing.

Police Scanners
If you want to move into a deeper layer of communications consider investing in police scanners. For those of you who are uninitiated, you can use these devices to hear the police and EMT channels. On any given day you will hear some simple chatter from these brave men and women. When you are faced with a true disaster these channels will be alive with information that will keep you safe. Vital information coming from police communications at the ground level, as a situation unfolds, could really help your decision to bugout.  Read more about buying your own digital police scanner.

Outgoing

Incoming communications are great until you need something. Once you have an issue, whether health or safety related, the need for outgoing communications becomes very apparent. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many avenues for outgoing comms at the local and national level. Still, if you prepare you will have options.

HAM or Amateur Radio
This method of incoming and outgoing communications is easily the most well known in the prepper circles. This method requires a license and some equipment to work but it is widely accepted as the best possible method for comms when the SHTF. This is because the radio frequency will travel even when phone lines and cell towers are down. There is tons of great in depth information about handheld HAM radio  in this article.

Handheld Radios
These are really only good for short range communications but they could still serve a purpose in a disaster. While you may find yourself buying a set that promises 25 miles of range it will only really function at about 3-4 at best depending on interference. That said, they can still be effective if you have no other way of communicating.

Neighborhood Meetings
Often overlooked, because of our isolated way of life, the neighborhood meeting could be a great way to remedy issues. A cohesive neighborhood will care about their neighbors and check ins will be done even in the worst conditions. This may seem like an antiquated thing to count on in 2017 but I challenge you to look at this as the future of disaster response. The strong community is always what makes the news in times of disaster. I think now is the time to rehearse and get people on board in your own community.

Prepper Investment

Another tool in survival communications is the satellite phone. Now, these things don’t come cheap and are quite an investment. In a vast societal collapse you will have something that could get you in touch with outsiders or you could just have a lot of dead air. I think the satellite phone has a lot of benefits but for most preppers its a serious investment that should be well researched.

Measuring your Current Status

If you want to be good at anything you have to start measuring it. Knowing what you now know about communications, how do your current preps stack up? Its probably time to consider setting new goals. If you want to find true success in prepping you must measure or assess yourself and then set goals. For most of us we are falling short when it comes to disaster communications.

The tools are out there if you wish to procure them.

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Fortifying Suburbs And Communities After SHTF

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Ezekiel 4:2 – Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. History Walls were used to protect societies for a very long time. Uruk in Mesopotamia was one of the earliest examples of fortified walls that […]

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11 Actions You Must Take After an EMP Attack

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Clearing the plates from the dinner table, you hear your kids in the living room. It’s summer and it’s hot. Thunderstorms were happening almost every evening as the earth struggled to deal with the cool dry air meeting hot moist summer days. Suddenly, the lights flicker. The power surges, and then it all goes out. […]

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How to Make Gunpowder Step by Step (With Pics)

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In the Chinese culture, there are four great inventions that are celebrated. You may have recognized them at the Beijing Olympics as they made an appearance at the games. They are: papermaking, printing, the compass, and gunpowder. Although there is a widespread belief that the Chinese only used gunpowder for fireworks, they also used it […]

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The Greatest SHTF Killer and How to Stop It

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There are enemies all around us.

Before we understood pathogens people explained disease using God. If you were doing something to anger your god he might make you sick. Before an understanding of germ theory the ways that sickness was diagnosed and cured is actually quite interesting.

Today we are not as terrified of germs unless we have children or we are older. This is because we have an easy out when it comes to bacteria, viruses and all pathogens for that matter. There are very few pathogens that will kill us and there is nothing we can do about it.

In a collapse scenario, all that changes. When the antibiotics stop being made and the medicines become harder to find people will die from simple things. When water is tainted you will see people die from diarrhea. It may sound crazy but it’s true. If you are constantly drinking questionable water you will die from dehydration through vomit and diarrhea.

Resources analyst Erik Peterson, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, describes the water crisis this way:

“At any given time, close to half the population of the developing world is suffering from waterborne diseases associated with inadequate provision of water and sanitation services,” Mr. Peterson explained. “There are about four billion cases of diarrhea disease per year, resulting in about one or two million deaths, some ninety percent of which, tragically, are in children under the age of five.” https://www.voanews.com/a/a-13-2005-03-17-voa34-67381152/274768.html

Personal Hygiene

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Everything you touch is covered in bacteria. Some of that bacteria is great for your skin or great for your body. They are also covered with pathogens that will do you body harm. Every time you touch your eyes, hair, ears, nose or mouth you are pulling pathogens from your body or transferring them into your body from someone or somewhere else.

The only way to combat that is by washing your hands regularly. Of course, washing hands and keeping clean will become much harder when water is not coming from our taps. You must have a plan. Just one month after a collapse you are going to see levels of disease and infection and filth that are hard to believe.

End of Services like Trash, Sewage and Burial

What will you do with the dead? What will you do with the trash and the raw sewage that will back up. Will every citizen turns into an honest and caring person who will be accountable for their waste? Of course not.

  • Sewage and human waste will contaminate water ways
  • The dead will rot in their homes or in yards
  • These pests will carry pathogens
  • Trash will pile up and pest populations will increase

Solutions

Creating a small sanitation kit today is the best thing you can do. This kit should include the following items:

  • Combat One hygiene system
  • Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Disposable aprons
  • Dust masks
  • 2 boxes of rubber gloves
  • Large contractor bags
  • 2 trash cans with lids

Combat One

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This system was created to aid American military spec ops soldiers in the field. The present-day mountains of Afghanistan or the streets of Mosul look a lot like a SHTF scenario. This system was designed for an environment where water was sparse but keeping clean and utilizing strong personal hygiene practices can win the day.

For the military, there are many soldiers lost to sickness and injury. This product was designed to mitigate that by providing waterless sprays, foams and wipes to clean you without using water.

These products are powered by a substance that us as preppers are familiar with. It’s the antibacterial power of colloidal silver.

Of the many items I listed in this article for your use against pathogens in a SHTF scenario these products are one of the most important. Water will be a very real struggle for most of us each day. I take these cues from real world and the struggles of the third world.

Guns, lights, dry food and optics are a lot of fun to buy but if you aren’t prepared to deal with dangerous pathogens that will kill more people than any gun or knife in a post disaster. Be prepared.

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6 Things That Could Attract Dangerous People After SHTF

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First, the disaster will come. It will come like they always do. It may start slow and steady but eventually, it will reach a fever pitch. The destruction brought on by man or mother nature will ravage all that dares step in its path. The audible effects of the disaster will give way to visual […]

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Is a Concealed Carry Weapon Really Necessary?

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January 2017: 39 people were killed and 70 wounded in a nightclub in Istanbul. Things have changed. Methods have changed and we have learned so much about the threats we face. There are instances when, in hindsight, we can place a concealed carry weapon or a CCW into a situation and proclaim, “it would have […]

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What to Expect from the Government After the SHTF

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In the face of any real disaster, the government is going to take steps to manage it. Some of these steps will be policy driven and others will happen out of necessity. Let’s look a little closer at what to expect from the government in time of disaster. What We Know The best place to […]

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Survival Hygiene While On The Road

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You have the tactical training, you’ve got the tactical watch, pants, plans and boots. By now I am sure you have a bag filled with all sorts of hi tech tools for water filtering and purification, navigation, self-defense, first aid and fire craft. Have you considered Tactical Hygiene? As preppers and survivalists, there are many […]

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10 Steps To Take After The SHTF

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There are many things you can do at the onset of a disaster. Most people panic. But when you panic, it leads to drastic and dangerous decision making. Panic leads to the type of radical actions that get people hurt or killed. Another thing people do at the onset of disaster is freeze. They haven’t […]

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5 Fun Activities To Create A More Prepared Family

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5 Fun Activities To Create A More Prepared Family

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It’s the reason many big companies today are advertising to kids. It’s the reason app developers have stopped pandering to adults as a middleman to the children. It’s in the actions taken by nonprofits and institutions around the nation to create junior ambassadors. The children are the future. Their power simply cannot be denied.

But if we are not growing our own little ambassadors to fight for the cause of liberty and freedom, then how can we expect that heavy torch to be carried into the future? How can we expect the kids to be more self-reliant and independent? The answer is we cannot.

In this age of technological convenience, we must be creative if we hope to grip our children with seemingly ancient ideas of freedom and preparedness. With services like Amazon that deliver anything you ever could want to your doorstep, how can you convince them that doing things the hard way and the old way is needed?

So, what can we do to create a more prepared family?

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Here’s one solution: Blend their interests and desires into activities that bring them closer to self-reliance and preparedness. You see, to be an effective teacher or parent you must carry at least a bit of deception in your arsenal.

Here are five activities:

1. Geocaching.

If you are looking to get the family outside and hunt for some “buried treasure,” there is really no substitute for geocaching. It’s a game of following coordinates via GPS on your smartphone to a location where someone has hidden a cache.

5 Fun Activities To Create A More Prepared Family

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These caches contain very small items … and sometimes contain nothing. You can trade for items in the cache or just sign the booklet inside to let the next explorer know who was there before them.

Geocaching gets the kids outside and teaches them about the powerful method of hiding survival caches. Your survival caches may be filled with bullets and food storage, but these are a little more kid-friendly.

2. Self-defense.

Gone are the days when martial arts were exclusively for the tough guys. Even MMA gyms have incredible kid’s programs that teach them self-defense, among other great lessons. There is simply no better method than to throw them in a class with people their age who will quickly become their friends.

Spend time teaching your kids the good stuff. There are a lot of martial arts out there, but the fact is some are just more effective than others. Consider getting your kids into the following disciplines:

  • Muay Thai
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Krav Maga

3. Minecraft.

5 Fun Activities To Create A More Prepared Family

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Minecraft is a totally creative buildable universe where your characters can work together not just to build cool structures but also to craft all the tools you’ll need to do so. This crafting element helps kids understand the manipulation of base materials and how they can be turned into something useful.

Example: If you are going to put glass windows in your home, you must collect sand and place it in your furnace. To power your furnace, you either will have to mine coal or make charcoal from wood.

The survival mode also requires you to hunt or farm to feed yourself. You must build shelter to protect yourself from many of the enemies.

In Minecraft, you also will have an inventory to manage. This means you will only have so much room to keep items that you collect.

The game is a blast with kids, and there is no other outlet where you can combine so many survival principles in a fun and enjoyable night-in. All the while, they will be learning about things like resources, crafting, farming, disaster, recovery and adaptability.

4. Shooting.

If your kids are old enough to shoot, then this is one of the most important things you can do as a family.

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Our Second Amendment rights are constantly under fire, and we need a generation of responsible gun owners to take our place. If our kids are going to fight for our rights, they must understand the truth about what a gun is, what it’s capable of and — most importantly — how to safely own and use one.

5. Camping.

You can mutate your camping trips into bug-out trips. It’s a very easy scenario to pose to the kids. Make your camping adventures a little more impromptu and try to utilize as little convenience as possible. Take your bug-out bags and use what’s inside of them.

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Challenge your kids to leave the electronics at home and bring with them only their wits. Of course, this will put more pressure on you to keep them entertained. Don’t worry; I have answers for that, too.

  • Navigation with a compass.
  • Finding wild edibles.
  • Firecraft.
  • Fishing.
  • Watching wildlife.

Camping is a no-brainer, but you can take it to another level if you are smart about how you spend your time.

There is an old saying: “Bait your hook with your heart and they will always bite.” When it comes to your family, it’s no different. Show them your passion and then compromise to make it fun for them.

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7 Things You Need To Survive An EMP

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Though stories have been pouring out for at least 5 years about the weakness of our power grid, we are still woefully unprepared. And one of the most effective ways our enemies could cripple our power grid is with an EMP (electromagnetic pulse). It would require a tremendous amount of energy, usually from a high-altitude […]

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Want To Disappear From The Grid? Here’s What You Need To Know

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You might be thinking, “Why disappear?” There has long been speculation that the government is playing more of a role in our lives than ever. What we learned about the NSA and the inherent spying in the name freedom is that we are compromised. All Americans are compromised by the digital footprints they have created. […]

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3 Major Threats Facing the U.S. By the End Of 2017

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There was a time when writing about the threats we face as a nation was little more than conjecture. Many long-winded articles often injected fear into the reader based merely

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8 Things To Do NOW Before The Economy Crashes Again

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The stock market has seen nearly perpetual success over the last eight years. The country is also carrying 20 trillion dollars in debt that will expand exponentially in the coming years. Worse than that, many Americans are so woefully unprepared for an economic downturn that if we see something like a derivatives bubble burst, most […]

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4 Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods of the 1800s

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4 Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods of the 1800s

The struggle to keep and store enough food is not a new problem, and as far back as 12,000 B.C., there is evidence of food preservation. The greatest tools to the ancients would have been sun and wind. Of course, we also can look to the Native Americans to learn how food was preserved. They smoked and salted meat to make it last longer.

Or we can look to the classically trained chefs of the 1800s. Their stories may not be as exciting or as fraught with peril as the American pioneers, but under certain kings they could be one bad meal away from the gallows!

1. Fat cap

Fat has an astounding ability to preserve. This is especially true when it rises to the top and seals in food. When fat cools and seals food in, it also keeps oxygen out. Without that precious oxygen, it takes much longer for the food to spoil. That is because bacteria need oxygen to proliferate.

One of the best ways to take advantage of this fat or fat cap is to create a stock or broth. Bone broth has become very popular and would work here, as well. As you simmer the bones in your stock or broth, try not to skim off the fat. (Although you do need to skim off the foam and impurities.)

As this mixture cools, you will see the fat cap begin to rise, form and solidify. Store this somewhere cool. A refrigerator is ideal for the modern homesteader, but a cool basement will work, as well, particularly in colder temperatures. In the fridge, you will get up to a month if you leave the fat cap undisturbed; you could get up to two weeks in a nice cool area.

2. Salt cure and hang

This is a combination of techniques and is one of my very favorite preparations. The best method comes from the world-famous chef, Jacques Pepin.

Traditionally it is to be used on the pork picnic or hind quarters. You will first have to salt this piece of meat for 30 days. Place it in a large container or odorless trash bag. Cover it completely with salt and leave it in a cool place for a month.

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After the month is up, wipe off the salt, but do not rinse it because we are in the business of dehydration with this preparation; rub it with some whiskey or bourbon. In France, they would tell us to use cognac but we are in America so I use what we make here.

Next, wrap this beauty in some cheesecloth or a breathable chef’s coat.

The timing is critical, as it will take six months to hang and dry. You must be aware of your climate and the time of the year. To do this right, you need a nice cool, dry environment that will stay that way for most of the six months. On the East Coast, that means hanging your pork around September or October and pulling it down in March or April.

After about three months, unwrap your meat and give it a look. Make sure it hasn’t fallen prey to bugs or something bigger! Also, there may be some mold growing on this meat and you will need to trim that off, as well. Rewrap and hang for the remainder of time.

Once you have reached the six-month mark, drop your meat and bring it inside. Touch the meat; is it springy in the center or solid? Cut it in half and look it over. If it’s not completely dry, it will still be gummy in the middle. Wrap it again and hang it for another month. If it’s dry, shave off any mold and unsightly pieces.

Eat it raw or use it to flavor soups, pastas and stews.

In today’s world, this might sound like a lot of work for something you cannot eat for six months, but if you killed an animal in September and you could have access to the meat six months later, that would be a huge benefit to the people who are storing food.

I have used this on the following cuts of meat as well:

  • Beef shoulder — same prep as pork
  • Deer hind quarter — same prep as pork
  • Duck breast — salt one week; hang 1 month
  • Goose breast — salt two weeks; hang 2 months.

3. Rillette

The rillette is a preparation that also takes advantage of the powerful preserving qualities of fat. This preparation is traditionally used for rabbit and is one of my favorite ways to enjoy a good hare.

Rillette

Rillette

The meat of a rabbit should be roasted slow and low in an oven until it gets tender. It is then minced or processed in a food processor with a mix of herbs. (Chefs of the 1800s, of course, would have used cleavers.) For this flavor, use lavender, thyme and oregano. Chill the meat at this point.

Add fat to this mixture, as that is what makes it a rillette. Traditionally duck fat is used for this and you want the mix to be pretty creamy. In other words, add chilled fat slowly into your food processor until you achieve a good balance. Season it if you wish with salt and pepper.

Divide your rillette into smaller containers and top each with some warmed duck fat that will harden like the fat cap we mentioned earlier.

I am not positive on shelf life of the rillette because they get eaten fast. I bet if you had tops to cover them and buried this in the ground during winter, they would last at least a month.

4. Confit

I have saved my very favorite chef prep method for last. To “confit” is to cook on extremely low heat, submerged in fat. It is basically deep fat baking instead of frying. The results are totally different from that of deep fat frying, though. Meat is transformed into something incredible at these low temps.

We will focus on duck legs, as that is the classic meat used. Salt the duck legs for 24 hours and cover them with a little fresh thyme. After 24 hours, rinse and place the legs in a nice deep baking dish. Next, cover with duck fat and bake at about 200 degrees for six hours.

The legs become juicy, tender and incredibly succulent. They are also covered in fat. I am sure you know where this is going. Once cooled, the fat will harden and prevent spoilage. Shelf life: one month.

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5 Commitments You Must Make Before the Next American Depression

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I can hear the snickers in the back of the auditorium already. Those of you who would consider it nearly impossible for this great land to tumble back into depression.

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How to Make 2400 Calorie Emergency Ration Bars Designed to Feed You for a Full Day

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Across the table from a government worker I was discussing the importance of emergency food. The discussion was centered on freeze dried meals and canned foods. We were discussing the

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