What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Avoid Detection By Moving SLOWLY

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

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3 Most Popular Pepper Spray Canisters (2018)

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Pepper spray is a very popular self defense tool. Why? Because it is effective and legal to carry in most places. Top 3 Most Popular Pepper Spray 1. SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray – Compact Size with Clip (have a look) 2. SABRE Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring (have a look) 3. SABRE Pepper Gel Spray – Runner with Adjustable Hand Strap (have a look)   As you’ve noticed, all three are SABRE brand pepper spray. And these three particular models just so happened to be the most popular based on the number of reviews coupled with the number

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The Golden Horde – Redirecting & Misdirection

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First, Who is or What is the “Golden Horde”? While the phrase originally came from the ancient Mongols who overran eastern Europe in the 13th Century, the prepper community uses the phrase as follows: “The “Golden Horde” is (are) the anticipated throngs of unorganized and organized individuals, groups, and ‘gangs’ who will be out roaming, searching, and even looting & pillaging for food and supplies following a major widespread societal and infrastructural collapse – without the rule of law.” There’s a lot of varying opinion regarding the possibilities and probabilities of a Golden Horde, and how far (or not so

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-10)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Which Water Filter Do You Have?

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A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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Which Water Filter Do You Have?

A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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Your Tiny World Without Communication & Transportation

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Thinking once again about hypothetical results from an event or events that may happen in our future: The loss of our electrical grid. That is, power grid infrastructure damage either from man made circumstances (EMP, electromagnetic pulse) or that from our own nearby fireball, the sun (CME, Coronal Mass Ejection). This time however I thought about it from a slightly different viewpoint than previous articles on the subject. I thought about how tiny our world would become. Our personal spheres would shrink to become incredibly small. That alone would be shocking for most people living in today’s modern world. Without

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Home Remedy for Upset Stomach

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The following natural home remedy (remedies) may likely offer temporary relief for an upset stomach or stomach pain – while you consider the underlying cause (a particular food sensitivity, your current diet, etc.?). I wonder how many people today have forgotten that their grandparents and ancestors had discovered countless natural home remedies for all sorts of ailments. I wonder how many home remedies have been lost or forgotten, not having been passed down to recent ‘modern’ generations… Well here are a few to consider for an upset stomach:   Ginger Root For Upset Stomach Pain During a conversation some time ago

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

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Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Seed Saving Is Neither Difficult Nor Complicated

Guest Article by Lauren: Seed saving is not difficult. The hardest part of seed saving is knowing when and how the particular crop produces seeds. Some seed in the spring, some in the fall, some the 2nd year. Some have seed pods, some have fruit. If seeds come from inside the edible fruit (like tomatoes, squash, and peaches), let one fruit ripen on the plant and harvest the seeds from that. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’ve lost track of how many times someone’s said “Wait, I can plant that?” The fruit will have to be fully ripe,

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Signal Mirror for your Survival Kit

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A ‘real’ signal mirror is a mirror with a built-in way to precisely aim it’s reflection (from the sun), and is intended to alert others of your location. While an ordinary reflective mirror can also be used as a signaling device, it cannot be precisely aimed and ‘flashed’ at a target like a purpose-built signaling mirror. The secret to a true signal mirror is this: “Retro reflecting” material. A reflective mesh which assists while aiming the mirror. “Retro reflective”. In the context of a signal mirror aiming device (with a round hole and ‘mesh’ in the middle), the mesh material

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Signal Mirror for your Survival Kit

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A ‘real’ signal mirror is a mirror with a built-in way to precisely aim it’s reflection (from the sun), and is intended to alert others of your location. While an ordinary reflective mirror can also be used as a signaling device, it cannot be precisely aimed and ‘flashed’ at a target like a purpose-built signaling mirror. The secret to a true signal mirror is this: “Retro reflecting” material. A reflective mesh which assists while aiming the mirror. “Retro reflective”. In the context of a signal mirror aiming device (with a round hole and ‘mesh’ in the middle), the mesh material

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-03)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-03)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-03)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Safe Plastics For Food and Drink (Food Grade)

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Plastics that come in contact with your food or drink ‘should’ be safe based on the following general information. Look for the Recycle symbol (often on the bottom of the container) and read the number located inside the symbol. The following list cross-references the recycle number (recycling symbol) with what is generally considered safe for food (or not safe).   Plastics Considered Safe for Food & Drink #1 PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) #2 HDPE  (high density polyethylene) *see note below #4 LDPE  (low density polyethylene) #5 PP  (polypropylene) Nalgene Wide Mouth 16oz Bottle, BPA/BPS FREE   Plastic Water Bottles or Soft

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LED Light Bulbs – Cost Savings Over Incandescent

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LED lights / LED light bulbs will save a significant amount of money on your electric bill because they use just a fraction of the energy compared with traditional ‘incandescent’ light bulbs. More and more people are switching out their old light bulbs with LED lights as the prices have dropped significantly. In this article I will: – Compare electricity costs between LED bulbs and equivalent incandescent bulbs – Describe LED bulb “lumens” equivalent to “Watts” – Compare color temperature terminology of LED bulbs – More tips…   The Most Common Regular Old Incandescent Light Bulb The most common incandescent

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LED Light Bulbs – Cost Savings Over Incandescent

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LED lights / LED light bulbs will save a significant amount of money on your electric bill because they use just a fraction of the energy compared with traditional ‘incandescent’ light bulbs. More and more people are switching out their old light bulbs with LED lights as the prices have dropped significantly. In this article I will: – Compare electricity costs between LED bulbs and equivalent incandescent bulbs – Describe LED bulb “lumens” equivalent to “Watts” – Compare color temperature terminology of LED bulbs – More tips…   The Most Common Regular Old Incandescent Light Bulb The most common incandescent

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What Your Grandmother Knew…

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One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the computer age, and just things in general. The Grandmother replied,   Well, let me think a minute, I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not yet invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, or clothes dryers. Clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. Your Grandfather and I

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What Your Grandmother Knew…

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the computer age, and just things in general. The Grandmother replied,   Well, let me think a minute, I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not yet invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, or clothes dryers. Clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon. Your Grandfather and I

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Best Ice Cleats for Traction on Ice and Snow (2018)

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ICE CLEATS (UPDATE 1 YEAR LATER) I felt compelled to update this “Best Ice Cleats” post 1 year later. During the past several weeks we’ve been using our STABILicers quite a bit around here. We’ve had our annual ‘January thaw’ whereby some of the snow partially melts into slush and puddles, but then refreezes into a slippery mess. I can reaffirm that these cleats have been simply, AWESOME! STABILicers Ice Traction cleats for Boots and Shoes We’ve been using them for a few seasons now and they are still performing like the day we bought them! These cleats have held

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When It Hits The Fan – What You Have Will Be All There Is…

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For those of you who are doing Preparedness Level 3 & 4. Here’s something to think about: Since the aforementioned levels of preparedness hypothesize SHTF to the extent of being prepared for a year or longer, a likely statement may be as follows: When the proverbial $hit hits the fan, what you have will be all there is. At least that’s how I suggest to look at it. If you’re reaching into preps due to a Level 3 event, there has been some serious SHTF that has occurred. This will be nothing like Level 1 or 2. Assuming this Level

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-01-27)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-01-27)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Survival Priorities During An Emergency

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A few thoughts about prioritizing one’s priorities in a survival situation. Whether you are planning for, or actually encountering an emergency or disaster, consider this list of priorities.   The right Attitude for Survival Attitude. Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome Beginning with, and maintaining an attitude that includes positivism, adaptability, and clear thinking. One’s immediate assessment, decisions and subsequent actions are foremost. The opposite would include panic, undue pessimism, brain freeze. The following list is a good framework and basic approach to have in the back of your mind when it comes to survival situations:   During an emergency situation, we

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Survival Priorities During An Emergency

A few thoughts about prioritizing one’s priorities in a survival situation. Whether you are planning for, or actually encountering an emergency or disaster, consider this list of priorities.   The right Attitude for Survival Attitude. Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome Beginning with, and maintaining an attitude that includes positivism, adaptability, and clear thinking. One’s immediate assessment, decisions and subsequent actions are foremost. The opposite would include panic, undue pessimism, brain freeze. The following list is a good framework and basic approach to have in the back of your mind when it comes to survival situations:   During an emergency situation, we

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Uses For A Mylar Emergency Blanket

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A Mylar emergency blanket is a common item in an emergency kit, and everyone should have (at least) one in each of their own kits. They are made from ‘Mylar’ foil material. They don’t cost much and they facilitate a number of practical and potential emergency uses. Here are some uses for a Mylar emergency blanket: Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blanket   Wrap up and keep warm. The number one purpose for the Mylar emergency blanket is to wrap one’s-self in, to keep warm. Most body heat is reflected back inside due to the heat reflective properties of the Mylar

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The Fisherman On The Beach – Not A Care In The World…

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A fisherman had his line cast out in the water from the shore. It extended back to his fishing pole which was resting in a sand spike rod holder. The fisherman was resting comfortably on the sand and didn’t seem to have a care in the world. His hat pulled over his eyes in the warm mid day sun. Hands folded on his chest, perhaps snoozing a bit. Another man, a businessman who lived near the shore, was taking a lunch time walk down the beach to relieve some stress. As he walked along the shore he spotted the fisherman.

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The Fisherman On The Beach – Not A Care In The World…

A fisherman had his line cast out in the water from the shore. It extended back to his fishing pole which was resting in a sand spike rod holder. The fisherman was resting comfortably on the sand and didn’t seem to have a care in the world. His hat pulled over his eyes in the warm mid day sun. Hands folded on his chest, perhaps snoozing a bit. Another man, a businessman who lived near the shore, was taking a lunch time walk down the beach to relieve some stress. As he walked along the shore he spotted the fisherman.

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How to Avoid Catching the Flu on an Airplane

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How NOT to get the Flu on an Airplane Flight Unless you want to wear a bio-hazard suit, here is a list of what you can do to avoid catching the Flu on an airplane. According to National Air Traffic Controllers Association resources, there are an average 26,527 passenger flights per day and 5,000 aircraft in the sky at any given time over the United States. The latest NATCA data also indicates that 928,900,000 passengers were served during 2016. That averages to more than 2.5 million passengers per day across the USA. Especially during Flu Season, odds are that many

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POLL: Top Categorical Priorities For Your Personal Preparedness

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I’m talking about categorical areas of preparedness concerns for YOU. The priorities as you seen them from your own perspective. And to add a twist, the poll will be gender based. Two polls. One for men and the other for women. Both polls have the same list of choices. Only respond to the appropriate poll. I simply thought of some higher level categories for preparedness. I could have listed LOTS more, however there are too many for a simple Poll as you get more specific. Many of our circumstances are different from each other which may alter how you think

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-01-20)

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A flock of about 30 Goldfinch have found our feeder…   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent

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Rivers & Streams Interactive Map (Upstream & Downstream)

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The following Rivers & Streams online interactive map is pretty cool! You can browse and zoom anywhere in the United States to discover rivers and streams. And the really neat part is that clicking on a river or stream will trace it’s entire path either upstream or downstream (selectable). Have you ever wondered where that note in a bottle might end up if you toss it into the river? This map will show you! Knowing where rivers and streams come from, and where they’re going, could be a big help in planning a boating trip (canoe, kayak, fishing, etc..). It’s

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Yard Cart, Wagons & Wheelbarrows For Preparedness

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Wheels are round! They make it much easier to transport heavy ‘stuff’ from point A to B! As a prepper, are you overlooking the need for yard carts, wagons, and wheelbarrows that will assist you in moving ‘stuff’ around? Something that’s not necessarily motorized, but instead can be pulled, pushed, rolled, or pedaled. Think about how you might transport supplies from here to there if fuel runs out. Are you planning to carry or drag everything? Some things are just too heavy or cumbersome. Why not take advantage of the wheel?   Yard Cart, Wagons, Wheelbarrows for Water Transportation One

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Round Out Your Long Term Food Storage After Basic Goods Are Laid In

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“Once you have the basic dry goods laid in, how should you approach the rest: meats, vegetables, vitamins, i.e. the things that help round out the diet.” ? That’s an excellent question and one that should inspire some good comments! For long term preparedness there is often focus on dry goods and foods that are specifically processed for long shelf life (rice & beans, freeze dried, #10 cans of ‘xyz’, etc..). That’s all good! (and important). But what about rounding one’s food storage (for the long term) but with other items that will compliment the diet? Who wants to eat

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Nickel Iron Battery For Off Grid Energy Storage

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The Nickel Iron battery from ‘Iron Edison’ is an updated version of Thomas Edison’s battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. For off grid energy storage and renewable energy systems, this battery will likely be the last one you’ll ever buy. Why? Because it’s nearly indestructible! Edison’s battery recipe used iron oxide and nickel hydrate, without the corrosive acid-based electrolyte used in today’s lead acid batteries. The result was the long life Nickel-Iron-Alkaline cell. The Nickel Iron battery features the longest life span of any battery ever invented. You might want to read that again…   Advantages of

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Nickel Iron Battery For Off Grid Energy Storage

The Nickel Iron battery from ‘Iron Edison’ is an updated version of Thomas Edison’s battery design that he considered to be nearly perfect. For off grid energy storage and renewable energy systems, this battery will likely be the last one you’ll ever buy. Why? Because it’s nearly indestructible! Edison’s battery recipe used iron oxide and nickel hydrate, without the corrosive acid-based electrolyte used in today’s lead acid batteries. The result was the long life Nickel-Iron-Alkaline cell. The Nickel Iron battery features the longest life span of any battery ever invented. You might want to read that again…   Advantages of

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Wound Care – When to use Steri Strips or Suture

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Wound care and guidelines when to use Steri Strips for closure or to Suture. Hypothetical question: One thing I’ve been wondering is – Will I be able to actually sew myself back up if something happens that requires that? I’ve got the suture kits, steri strips, everything to clean the wounds or whatever, but, can I pull off stitching myself up? – ‘Nailbanger’   That question from a reader here on MSB inspired another to answer with some great insight and guidelines. I chose to post it here separately in case others missed it.   Reply from ‘me’:   Steri

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-01-13)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments.   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Small Cooking Pot For Camping & Kit

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A small cooking pot is a desirable and important item for camping or a kit (survival, backpack, bug out bag, 72 hour kit, etc..). A compact camping cookware set or an individual small cooking pot will enable: – heat up a can of… – boiling water to rehydrate a freeze dried meal – hot coffee or tea – boiling water for drinking – storage space within while backpacking – clanking together to scare away that bear! Tip: How Long To Boil Drinking Water   There are some pretty nice camping cookware sets with various nested pots within. They’re small enough

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Fake TV Light For Home Security When You’re Gone

A fake TV light is a great burglar deterrent! It’s even more effective than ordinary lights on a timer in my opinion. Here’s why: (UPDATED) As viewed from the outside at night, a TV appears as a flickering shimmer of light, colors, and hues against a window, shade, or curtain. Burglars are opportunists. The typical home burglar looking for a vacant home to burglarize will likely move on when they believe that someone is home. If you are going away on vacation or for any extended period of time, a fake TV light like the one shown below will serve

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MRE Meals for Food Storage & Survival Kit

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MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) are US Military precooked ration packs designed to feed soldiers who are currently engaged in ongoing missions. Just like regular meals, the military MRE is fortified with vitamins and minerals, enough to nourish and replenish the body. Today’s MRE’s are a lot better than when they were first introduced! They’ve come along way since C-Rats. They are made with a very wide variety of foods and flavors – and are available for civilian use.   Why MRE Meals are good diversification MRE meals are a good addition to part of one’s overall food storage preparedness

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Favorite Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Foods and Brands

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A recent comment here on MSB: A few weeks ago, someone (I think new) had asked about which brands of freeze dried/canned food were the best. Several of us threw in our two cents worth about Mountain House, Emergency Essentials and so on. Thought about other factors since then. For example, the OvaEasy eggs are a little better than other brands, but more expensive. With items like bananas, found the freeze dried were better than the dehydrated. Red Feather canned butter is really good, and so on…. Hey Ken, how about doing an article where we can all chip in

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Improvise, Adapt, Overcome ! What the Marine Corps can teach us about Preparedness

Guest Article by Bogan The Marine Corps phrase ” Improvise, Adapt, Overcome ” can readily be applied to preparedness. When things don’t go as planned you can either shut down, or….   Improvise Improvise: It has been said by many commentators on military strategy ranging from Sun Tzu to Colin Powell, that the best laid plans last only until initial contact with the enemy. (Or “…the first shot is fired”, the quotes vary, but the idea is the same.) By analogy to the contingencies you may be planning for, things can quickly go bad fast: EMP, pandemic, weather, exploding caldera,

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Improvise, Adapt, Overcome ! What the Marine Corps can teach us about Preparedness

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Guest Article by Bogan The Marine Corps phrase ” Improvise, Adapt, Overcome ” can readily be applied to preparedness. When things don’t go as planned you can either shut down, or….   Improvise Improvise: It has been said by many commentators on military strategy ranging from Sun Tzu to Colin Powell, that the best laid plans last only until initial contact with the enemy. (Or “…the first shot is fired”, the quotes vary, but the idea is the same.) By analogy to the contingencies you may be planning for, things can quickly go bad fast: EMP, pandemic, weather, exploding caldera,

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-01-06)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments.   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Practical Skills for Hands On and Preparedness Viability

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Most professional worker skills today are hinged with our modern day way of life. The majority of people in the United States generally work in services rather than manufacturing / hands-on. Preparedness for the ‘here and now’ Preparedness for the potential ‘after’ Having practical skills are beneficial for the now and potentially the ‘after’. ‘After’ meaning a time of post-collapse, a depression era perhaps. Those skills that involve a trade, working with your hands, or anything that will assist your sustainability may be particularly valuable in that sense. Our ancestors of generations ago had many practical skills. It was pretty

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Survival Kit Paracord – How Much To Include Or Take With You?

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Paracord is a popular item for an emergency survival kit. There are lots of practical uses for cordage and it’s pretty much mandatory to have a length thereof in a preparedness kit. The question is: “How much?” “How long?” “What length of paracord should I have in my survival kit?” Each time that I put together a kit or go through an existing kit, I ask myself the same question! So, what’ the answer?? You do have at least ‘some’ cordage right?   Uses For Paracord From A Survival Kit Before we can figure out how much paracord, or whatever

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Herbal Medicines for Ongoing Health

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Guest Article by NRP I will be the first to admit I know about 1/1000 of what I would like to know about Homeopathic Medicine, Herbal Medicines, and Herbology. Also I am by no means a Doctor or claim to know lots about this topic. But I do know that the ability to “Heal” will be of GREAT importance in the ‘Aftermath’ of any potential long lasting SHTF. So, herbal medicines, what exactly is all the uproar about? Well let me first say this; I have seen first-hand what “Modern Medicine’s” hack/cut, Radiation/Chemo Drugs/Therapy Cut/Paste ‘can’ and will do. Also

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Basic Legal Preparedness – Getting Started

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Guest Article by Bogan As is well documented on MSB, preparedness can take many forms: food, water, sanitation, defense, fire (heat), medical, bugging out, getting home, going off grid, and much, much more. However there is another type of preparedness that should also be on the radar screen: Legal preparedness. What follows here is not legal advice, nor is it remotely intended as such. Rather it is a general treatment of the topic. What do I mean by the term “Legal Preparedness”? It refers to the things you can do that are within your control NOW that can affect how

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How To Lose One Pound A Week

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Would you like to lose one pound a week until you reach a weight goal that suits you? Maybe you’re simply overweight and want to lose weight. You might have eaten way too much during the Thanksgiving Holiday or the Christmas Holiday period. Or both! Who doesn’t, right? I stepped on the scale this morning and discovered that I’ve packed on a number of unwanted pounds since November. Again, most all of us indulge too much during this time of year. But here’s the difficult reality: It’s easy to gain an extra pound in one day. It takes a much

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-30)

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Friday morning I witnessed this incredible display. Two ‘Sun Dogs’. It was a very bright display and lasted for nearly an hour!   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent

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Prepper New Year Resolutions 2018

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Soon it will be 2018. How many of us make New Year resolutions? I do believe that it’s a good idea, even if some of them fall by the wayside. It’s a good time to reflect back on where we’ve come from and project to where we’re going. A good time to set some new goals. Preparedness encompasses a very wide variety of life. It’s not just narrowly focused prepping for SHTF. That said, I wonder what some of your preparedness New Year Resolutions are? If you don’t have any yet, you might think about it. It’s good to get

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Prepper New Year Resolutions 2018

Soon it will be 2018. How many of us make New Year resolutions? I do believe that it’s a good idea, even if some of them fall by the wayside. It’s a good time to reflect back on where we’ve come from and project to where we’re going. A good time to set some new goals. Preparedness encompasses a very wide variety of life. It’s not just narrowly focused prepping for SHTF. That said, I wonder what some of your preparedness New Year Resolutions are? If you don’t have any yet, you might think about it. It’s good to get

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Wicked Cold! It’s So Cold That…

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It’s so cold that you have to break the smoke off your chimney. It’s so cold that when I put on my coat to take out the garbage it didn’t want to go. It’s so cold that your eyes freeze shut when you blink. It’s so cold that we had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post. It’s so cold that that my long-johns are hiding. It’s so cold that that your coat needs a coat. It’s so cold that that my internet froze. It’s so cold that the optician is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair

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Types of Alternative Energy for Preparedness or Off Grid Living

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Alternative Energy. Alternative to what? For this post the context will be alternatives for getting things done that ordinarily rely upon the power grid. I want to brainstorm large and small systems for alternative energy ‘tips and tricks’ to power or replace some of our modern day reliance’s. Or to specifically perform a task to replace a conventional means of a modern day system which we may rely upon.   Solar power. First that comes to mind is solar power. Solar to electricity. Harnessing the sun’s energy with Solar Photo voltaic (PV) panels. I have been doing this for years.

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Types of Alternative Energy for Preparedness or Off Grid Living

Alternative Energy. Alternative to what? For this post the context will be alternatives for getting things done that ordinarily rely upon the power grid. I want to brainstorm large and small systems for alternative energy ‘tips and tricks’ to power or replace some of our modern day reliance’s. Or to specifically perform a task to replace a conventional means of a modern day system which we may rely upon.   Solar power. First that comes to mind is solar power. Solar to electricity. Harnessing the sun’s energy with Solar Photo voltaic (PV) panels. I have been doing this for years.

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Improve Fireplace Heat Efficiency With a Fireback

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A Fireback improve fireplace efficiency. Fireplaces are not very heat efficient compared to other sources of home heating. Who can resist though a nice fire in the fireplace! Unfortunately lots of heat is wasted as it goes right up the chimney. One way to improve the heat emanating from a fireplace is is to add a Fireback. They are used to reflect heat back into the home that would otherwise be lost up the chimney, while also keeping the rear wall of the fireplace significantly cooler. A Fireback is a metal plate that stands at the rear of the fireplace.

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Enjoy Your Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

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Hello MSB, Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas. We certainly are having a white Christmas this year as we’re buried under piles of the white stuff in northern NH. Fitting. Some of you have traveled to visit others. Others of you have visitors who have traveled to you. Still others are simply home with theirs or themselves. No matter. This time of year is a religious celebration for many. A holiday period. A reflective time for others. Regardless, I hope you enjoy this time. I’m taking today and tomorrow off 😉 Behave. I’ll be checking. Merry Christmas -Ken J.

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-23)

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We have so much snow on the ground right now that I even saw Frosty go skiing by…   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did

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We Don’t Drink Enough Water During The Winter

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Do you drink enough water? You may be surprised but believe it or not, more people suffer from dehydration during the winter months than the summer months! During the summer, it’s hot. We sweat. Our body responds. We get thirsty. We drink water. During the winter, when it’s cold, we don’t feel as thirsty and we don’t drink enough water. Our thirst response may be reduced by up to 40%! Therefore we don’t drink as much as we should. Water is Always Leaving Our Body Every exhaled breath is moisture leaving your body. You know that ‘smoke’ you see as

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50 Personal Security Tips

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Personal security is often overlooked, ignored, or never even thought of. Most people go about their daily lives and routines without a thought of potential danger lurking nearby. It’s great that for the most part we don’t have to worry too much about it. The trap though is your normalcy bias towards this notion. Just because it was safe last time doesn’t mean it will be safe this time. The following list of personal security tips may help secure you in your daily life. These tips are just the ‘tip’ of the iceberg, so add your own to the list…

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50 Personal Security Tips

Personal security is often overlooked, ignored, or never even thought of. Most people go about their daily lives and routines without a thought of potential danger lurking nearby. It’s great that for the most part we don’t have to worry too much about it. The trap though is your normalcy bias towards this notion. Just because it was safe last time doesn’t mean it will be safe this time. The following list of personal security tips may help secure you in your daily life. These tips are just the ‘tip’ of the iceberg, so add your own to the list…

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Survival Food Most Common In Preppers Deep Pantry Storage

Which survival food choices are the most common? If all preppers were able to peek into the deep pantry food storage of others, what survival food types would be the most commonly found? What is Survival Food? It’s any food that you have purposely acquired and set aside (or rotate through) for preparedness. Typically a well thought out storage of survival food will include a variety of foods and food types. Not just a case of MRE’s and we call it good… Someone might choose to purchase a professional ready made survival food kit for long term storage. They’re available

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Survival Food Most Common In Preppers Deep Pantry Storage

Which survival food choices are the most common? If all preppers were able to peek into the deep pantry food storage of others, what survival food types would be the most commonly found? What is Survival Food? It’s any food that you have purposely acquired and set aside (or rotate through) for preparedness. Typically a well thought out storage of survival food will include a variety of foods and food types. Not just a case of MRE’s and we call it good… Someone might choose to purchase a professional ready made survival food kit for long term storage. They’re available

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Good Old Fashioned Physical Labor For Better Health

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Unfortunately (for our health) our modern way of life involves more sitting and little exertion than standing, moving, and good old fashioned physical labor. Physical Labor is just not a part of today’s worker majority. Most of our jobs and occupations require little or no physical labor. Lots of office jobs. Desk jobs. Even lots of our service jobs don’t amount to very much physical labor. Exceptions being construction and other such occupations that actually do require physical labor. All this can’t be too good for our modern health and modern survival. Being a preparedness website, not only do I

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You Know You’re A Sheeple If…

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Sheeple diagnosis. Someone started this topic in a recent comment thread here on MSB. I thought it was pretty funny and that it would be fun to ask you all for additional “one liner’s” to add for the list. Just what or who are Sheeple? What is a Sheeple? ‘Sheeple people’ might not exhibit all of the following traits, however they likely fit a good number of them or lean towards them. (Some are added for comedic value – although still potentially valid!) I will add to the diagnosis list as your recommendations come in… (filed under ‘systemic risk’ for

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-16)

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(woke up to this scene Thursday morning)   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Read the most

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Water Storage & Availability (Level 2 Prepping & Preparedness)

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Water storage or availability for up to 1 month. Level 2 preparedness will be a bit more challenging in a few areas. One that could present some difficulty is the water category. Water Availability For 1 Month I titled this subheading using the word ‘availability’ rather than ‘water storage’. The reason I did this is because it becomes challenging to store enough water for a longer period of time beyond just several days or a week. Reference: Prepping & Preparedness Level 1 The disaster or disruptive scenario under which you enter Level 2 will dictate to an extent your water

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Best Gloves With Thinsulate For Cold Weather Outdoors

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Today I sure am glad that I have gloves with Thinsulate! We had a snowstorm yesterday and temperatures are in the single digits! Working the snowblower, shoveling, and raking the roof of our ‘shelter logic’ all took several hours while out in the cold. Brrrrr… I am a well seasoned northerner and am prepared for most all things “cold” up here. In fact it’s quite a production to switch over all our gear when the seasons change. We have outerwear geared towards Winter, Spring/Fall (the same), and Summer. And that includes our gloves. Gloves with Thinsulate!   Why is Thinsulate

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MSB Upgraded to 2048 bit Encryption Internet Security

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Modern Survival Blog has been upgraded to ‘https’ (as opposed to ‘http’). https://modernsurvivalblog.com/ For those technically challenged: This simply means we’ve upgraded ModernSurvivalBlog.com so that the internet connection between your computer and our server is secure. The same type of “https://” internet security as banking websites. We have implemented a SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer) between you (your computer, tablet, smart phone) and our MSB server. SSL certificates create an encrypted connection and ensure visitors their connection is secure. It establishes trust. Browsers provide visual cues such as a lock icon or a green bar when connected to Modern Survival

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Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

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I keep an emergency contact card in my wallet. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a number of years. Here’s why it’s important: Getting Into A Serious Accident If you ever get into a serious accident whereby you are unable to effectively communicate with first responders or anyone else, an emergency contact card in your wallet will provide important contact information. If you are unconscious or unable to communicate, at some point emergency or hospital personnel will want to contact someone about your condition. You will likely have your own drivers license or other ID in your wallet, and

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Dual Use Preps – Preparedness Multipliers

Guest Article by Bogan The term “Dual Use” is commonly used in international politics and diplomacy to denote technology that has a civilian application but may also be used for military purposes. A crude example for illustrative purposes might be a nuclear power plant that can…oops… also be used to make atom bombs (ayatollah, anyone?). The term can also apply to a technology that can serve more than one purpose. The concept can also be applied to the preparedness -minded. Items that can are commonly known to be used for more than one purpose. They include vinegar, baking soda and

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Dual Use Preps – Preparedness Multipliers

Guest Article by Bogan The term “Dual Use” is commonly used in international politics and diplomacy to denote technology that has a civilian application but may also be used for military purposes. A crude example for illustrative purposes might be a nuclear power plant that can…oops… also be used to make atom bombs (ayatollah, anyone?). The term can also apply to a technology that can serve more than one purpose. The concept can also be applied to the preparedness -minded. Items that can are commonly known to be used for more than one purpose. They include vinegar, baking soda and

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Dual Use Preps – Preparedness Multipliers

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Guest Article by Bogan The term “Dual Use” is commonly used in international politics and diplomacy to denote technology that has a civilian application but may also be used for military purposes. A crude example for illustrative purposes might be a nuclear power plant that can…oops… also be used to make atom bombs (ayatollah, anyone?). The term can also apply to a technology that can serve more than one purpose. The concept can also be applied to the preparedness -minded. Items that can are commonly known to be used for more than one purpose. They include vinegar, baking soda and

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Planning and Documentation (Level 1 Prepping & Preparedness)

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I have added this segment “Documentation and Planning” to the Level 1 (Basic) Prepping & Preparedness series. Prepping & Preparedness Level 1 Why? Because it’s not only helpful but it’s important to plan. Documentation will also serve as a reference source for useful information and actionable items.   Planning for Preparedness In previous segments we talked about food & water, kits, First Aid, dealing without electricity, cash on hand, seasonal issues, safety & security, consumable supplies and gear. It’s one thing to read or talk. It’s another to “do”. Level 1 preparedness is easy. That said, most everything is easier

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Planning and Documentation (Level 1 Prepping & Preparedness)

I have added this segment “Documentation and Planning” to the Level 1 (Basic) Prepping & Preparedness series. Prepping & Preparedness Level 1 Why? Because it’s not only helpful but it’s important to plan. Documentation will also serve as a reference source for useful information and actionable items.   Planning for Preparedness In previous segments we talked about food & water, kits, First Aid, dealing without electricity, cash on hand, seasonal issues, safety & security, consumable supplies and gear. It’s one thing to read or talk. It’s another to “do”. Level 1 preparedness is easy. That said, most everything is easier

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Planning and Documentation (Level 1 Prepping & Preparedness)

I have added this segment “Documentation and Planning” to the Level 1 (Basic) Prepping & Preparedness series. Prepping & Preparedness Level 1 Why? Because it’s not only helpful but it’s important to plan. Documentation will also serve as a reference source for useful information and actionable items.   Planning for Preparedness In previous segments we talked about food & water, kits, First Aid, dealing without electricity, cash on hand, seasonal issues, safety & security, consumable supplies and gear. It’s one thing to read or talk. It’s another to “do”. Level 1 preparedness is easy. That said, most everything is easier

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-12-9)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Is this your first-time commenting? Then let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note: Read the most recent comments (from all articles) here. ———————————–

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Fire Starter Kit To Be Kept Within Your Other Emergency Survival Kits

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A fire starter kit is a very important asset and should be a subset of your other emergency / survival kits. This may include: – 72-hour kit – emergency kit in your vehicle – bugout bag – get home bag – day pack for hiking – pack while hunting / fishing / outdoors – camping equipment – E-kit kept in your ATV 4-wheeler – kit in your snowmobile – boating emergency kit – EDC, everyday carry Get the idea? Pretty much anytime you’re heading out beyond your home base, having a fire starter kit within your other ‘kit’ is excellent

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Property Taxes – Lowest to Highest by State sorted by dollars

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Property taxes and retirement are of high concern for most people who are getting ready to retire or are already retired. Modern Survival! With regards to taxes when you retire, your property taxes will amount to more dollars than any other tax that you will be paying. And they always go up! Sometimes alarmingly! When people retire, they typically spend less money and they no longer receive an income from an employer (or employment dollars lessen due to working part time). Therefore income tax rates for your state don’t matter so much as your property taxes. Similarly retirees tend to

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EMP Attack – What The Average Citizen Can Do For Themselves

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Rather than rehashing the technicalities of the EMP weapon itself and how it works (electromagnetic pulse), instead let’s talk about what the average citizen can do for themselves to prepare for an EMP. Some tech talk: Nuclear EMP Components E1, E2, E3, and what they mean…   Prepare For An EMP Question: Is it even practical or worthwhile to prepare for an EMP? Given that so many reports suggest that it will end the world as we know it and countless millions will lose their lives, do we even stand a chance at survival? Answer: Yes. We all have the

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EMP Attack – What The Average Citizen Can Do For Themselves

Rather than rehashing the technicalities of the EMP weapon itself and how it works (electromagnetic pulse), instead let’s talk about what the average citizen can do for themselves to prepare for an EMP. Some tech talk: Nuclear EMP Components E1, E2, E3, and what they mean…   Prepare For An EMP Question: Is it even practical or worthwhile to prepare for an EMP? Given that so many reports suggest that it will end the world as we know it and countless millions will lose their lives, do we even stand a chance at survival? Answer: Yes. We all have the

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