Can You See Me Now? A Great Deal on a The Survival Hax Tactical Flashlight

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A Tactical Flashlight You Should Checkout!

 

Do you wanna see the light?  The flashlight?  The good people over at Survival Hax have graciously provided a 60% off code for their 1000 Lumens Tactical Flashlight.  This effectively makes the price $9.99!  When you consider that your purchase comes with a rechargeable battery and charger, you get a deal you don’t want to pass up! 

Here are the SPECS:

All measurements are done in inches and pounds.

  • Length: 5.3″ – 6.1″
  • Diameter: 5″ at head 3.5″ at tail
  • Weight: 0.35 lbs (with battery)
  • Material: Aircraft aluminum alloy
  • Luminance: 1000 lumens
  • Beam distance: 300 yards
  • Battery: Included 3.7v 18650 Lithium
  • Pressure resistance: 2,200 lbs
  • Water Resistant: (IP66 rating)
  • Crash Resistant: 30 feet
  • Charger: 18650 4000mah

 

To get this limited deal, follow these steps:

  • Step 1 – Go to Amazon Flashlight page: http://amzn.to/2FqLED2
  • Step 2 – Click on the yellow “add to cart” button, then proceed to checkout.
  • Step 3 – Enter promo code PREPWSHX when it asks for a payment method.

All done. This code will knock 66% off their purchase and will get the flashlight for only $9.99

The flashlight is rated at 4.5 STARS and have over 270 reviews.

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Shoot First or Hold Your Fire – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted Survival Game:

BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – You see a wave of men in orange inmate suits walking down the street towards your home.  They have pipes and makeshift clubs in their hands but they do not seem to be breaking into any homes or bothering anyone.

At this distance, you could take most of them out with your AR-10, but once they get close you will be overwhelmed if they try to jump you. Do you take the chance and let them pass or do you start shooting people who have done nothing to you? Why?

 

Tools to Help You Maintain Situational Awareness in Your Local Community!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted Survival Game Cards  – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – February 18, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “The Chaim Report LIVE: Faultlines and Quagmires” – 2/18/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 16, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Short update on Gaza escalation, Feb. 16, 2018.
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – FLU EPIDEMIC RAGING AMERICA –Feb 16, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – February 18, 2018
  • Jason A – Prophetic Warning for America! (2018-2019)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “The Chaim Report LIVE: Faultlines and Quagmires” – 2/18/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 16, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Short update on Gaza escalation, Feb. 16, 2018.

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – FLU EPIDEMIC RAGING AMERICA –Feb 16, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – February 18, 2018

 

Jason A – Prophetic Warning for America! (2018-2019)

 

Peace,
Todd

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

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Protecting Your Family…

And Doorbell Rings!

 

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

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

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

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

A Safe Life

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

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

 

Ring Package

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

The RING doorbell comes with all the hardware you need!

In a nutshell…

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

 

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

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

Pairing the RING doorbell with my phone.

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

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

Screwing in the security screws into the base.

This was too easy!

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

Peace,
Todd

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Conflicted: Mercy on the Dying – What Would You Do?

Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – One of your friends has been shot in battle, and a field medic told you he will be paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of his life.  This is a post-apocalyptic world you are living in and your friend asks you to please have mercy on him and put him out of his misery.

His wife and kids have already died and all he wants to do is be with them instead of living in a world as unforgiving as this.  Would you have mercy on your friend and kill him or would you let him live?  Why?

 

ALSO READDisaster Medicine

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Mercy on the Dying – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – One of your friends has been shot in battle, and a field medic told you he will be paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of his life.  This is a post-apocalyptic world you are living in and your friend asks you to please have mercy on him and put him out of his misery.

His wife and kids have already died and all he wants to do is be with them instead of living in a world as unforgiving as this.  Would you have mercy on your friend and kill him or would you let him live?  Why?

 

ALSO READDisaster Medicine

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – February 11, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Trouble From the North” – 2/11/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 10, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, Feb. 10, 2018.
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – ISRAEL STRIKES IRAN IN SYRIA –Feb 11, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – February 11, 2018
  • Jason A – Something Biblical is Going On!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Trouble From the North” – 2/11/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 10, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, Feb. 10, 2018.

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – ISRAEL STRIKES IRAN IN SYRIA –Feb 11, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – February 11, 2018

 

Jason A – Something Biblical is Going On!

 

Peace,
Todd

Prep for Hard Times: Why You Need an Offline Side-Gig Business Now!

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This is a guest post by Dare Tuitt

Are you earning enough money to pay for all your prepping needs?

Do you have enough money in your cash stash for a bug-out?

Do you have a mountain of debt that holds you back from (fill in the blank)?

Almost everyone I know needs more money to accomplish what they have to do, whether it be to pay for prepping items, pay down personal debt, purchase that getaway land in the American Redoubt areas or simply pay their monthly living expenses. With the escalating financial and political situation looking like it’s heating up as we head into the Mid-term elections, overcoming debt, getting personal finances in order and paying for those extra survival products should now be a priority.

To solve your personal cash crunch, you need a way to make some money as quickly as possible and I advise you do this offline as soon as possible. One of the fastest and easiest ways to earn extra money is by staring a part-time side-gig business.

Further Reading – Position Yourself for Financial SHTF – Practical Steps for Paying Down Debt and Saving Money!

Start a Side-Gig Business Now!

Why am I advising you start an offline business ASAP? Because the recent (and as of the date of this writing, ongoing) rollercoaster ride of the stock market may just be going through the start of a slow-motion tailspin, the effects of which will catch up to all of us in due time, as it ripples through the world economy. Also, the cost of living is not going down! Contrary to the good news about American energy independence due to vastly increased output from less regulation (thank you President Trump!) gasoline and other energy prices still tend to rise and fall based on demand and here in the USA we see them rise ahead of active travel days, like national holidays and due to seasonal weather variations in use. The cost of food is also not going down and there are seasonal price increases every winter just to get the food delivered by semi-trailer trucks and drivers working in extreme winter weather conditions. These are all good examples of reasons why you need an offline side gig business ASAP, to help you get more money NOW. But the real reason why is only beginning to be seen as politics plays an ever-increasing and unwelcome role in our personal economic lives.

Since 9/11, we have seen how technology has been used by the government to consolidate and control citizens. Our own NSA and Homeland Security have been given enormous powers of surveillance. Media of all kinds has also got on board and during the Obama years, we saw more of an unholy alliance begin to form between online Social Media corporations and government, specifically, Left-leaning governments. We see news reports about how, without much of a fight, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, ( all American-based corporations), have abandoned the rights guaranteed people under the American Constitution, when communist/socialist countries have made it a condition to limit their own citizen’s access to information provided by these online companies. They compromised free and open speech, in order to acquire access to new markets and/or acquire more market share in those respective nations. They sold out their “ideals” for market share.

More ominously here at home, Conservative and Christian Americans are under increasing unfair scrutiny, by social media “review committees” and “speech algorithm scrutiny”, the results of which are stripping out the so-called “objectionable” content in favor of a socially-engineered, exclusive Left-leaning content. The result is the elimination of Christian and Conservative viewpoints from the Internet, with the result (perhaps the intent?) of driving them out of business or greatly reducing their influence. This stuff seems straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, and it’s not going away.

The New World Order Doesn’t Like Your Privacy

New Internet-based technologies being brought to the market involve using your personal data, captured by social media with every keystroke you make on your computer. This information is being used to develop predictive models that ultimately could be used by a hostile government to determine what your political and religious beliefs are, and then treat you accordingly. When coupled with home electricity Smart Meters (now mandated nearly everywhere), automobile tracking devices, electronic surveillance via street cams, Smartphones, and in every HDTV, police and other government agencies can conceivably monitor your life both inside and outside your home 24/7/365. If this doesn’t bother you, it should. In 2018, we may see emerge the beginnings of an even greater Matrix of censorship, control and surveillance over our lives in ways we couldn’t even imagine just 3 years ago. There is research going on right now to weaponize our data using “predictive models” to determine if we are thinking “wrong” for the purposes of stopping crimes before they happen. What if this technology is used on political dissidents?

Once these control mechanisms are established, how long before the Mark of the Beast emerges? How will you earn money if you refuse the that Mark, without which you will not be allowed to “buy or sell?” (Revelation 13:16-17). Since people in the First World are already conditioned to just give away their personal information along with their freedoms and sense of privacy, Spielberg’s Minority Report doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Having an Internet-based business is fine so far as it goes, but what would you do if “they” make it impossible for you to earn a living online based on your political and religious affiliations? If you do all your business online, what would you do if there’s a crash of the Internet system or a major security breach that steals your online proprietary information or your banking passwords? What can you do if North Korea or Iran attacks the USA with an EMP?

This is why you need an offline business and you need to start it now. You need to earn extra money now, to get yourself and your family more secure, but most importantly, you need a way to earn some income if these other avenues are denied you.

What is a Good Offline Business?

Having a skill you can do that you can earn an income or barter with is a good place to start.

Can you grow things? Are you a master gardener? Grow vegetables and sell them at the local Farmer’s Market. Grow heirloom varieties of vegetables. Consume some, preserve some by canning, and save the seeds to sell them. People pay money for quality heirloom vegetable seeds. This could be a nice side business.

Can you fix things? Appliance repair, home “honey do” projects, car repair are all great skills to have to start a business. Any of these skills can be used to barter for other goods and services.

Find a skill related to something you enjoy doing, such as hunting. Learning how to process game meat is related to hunting, and can be turned into an offline business. Many people enjoy hunting and fishing, but hate processing the meat! Many fishing charter businesses include gutting and processing what their customers catch, for an extra fee. Perhaps you could set up a booth nearby and offer the same service to charter boat captains for a percentage of your fee for each referral they send?

Mowing lawns, weeding, cutting down or pruning trees, going into the national forests (with permit) to harvest fallen trees and scrub, then cut it into firewood and sell by the cord or half-cord. Pick up free pinecones, clean them and resell them as fire starters, Christmas decorations or turn them into natural bird feeders and sell them.

Do you have a truck or van? Help people move things. I know guys who make an extra $300 per day on the weekends alone just by helping young singles move from one apartment to another. Or they help people get furniture or large appliances home after a purchase, so they don’t have to pay higher delivery fees of the stores. They charge extra for carting away the old furniture or appliance to the dump. Sometimes, they sell the appliances to a guy who repairs them and sells them – one side-gig business helping another side-gig business.

Can you cook or bake to perfection? Become a caterer. If you can’t cook, establish your own “roach coach” lunch wagon route and drive through light industrial areas during weekdays. Sell sandwiches, pop, bottled water and snacks. You can even sell someone else’s sandwiches!

These are just a few examples of offline business you can start. The possibilities are endless!

I hope this article has helped you see the importance of having a way to earn extra money, as detached as possible from the threat of the growing “Matrix.” Whether you work your offline business as your full-time job or a side gig – you need to start one NOW.

Further Reading – What Would You Do with More $$$ – Micro-Businesses for Extra Streams of Income

Author’s Bio: Dare Tuitt is a retiree whose own side business is researching and writing about offline side-gig businesses. Some of the businesses Dare writes about is from personal experience, having started several offline side-gigs which prospered – and some that did not. Dare has uncovered many unique and highly-lucrative offline businesses that one can do part-time, or as a short-term project, to raise money fast! Dare looks for businesses that require little or no experience to do, little or no money to start and are perfect for homeworkers, college students, retirees and those looking to generate a substantial second income. To get the latest Dare Tuitt free report & recommendations for a great offline side-gig, email Dare at goldenpagemedia@gmail.com.

 

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/27/18)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 1/21/18 – 1/27/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Renting When the EMP Hits – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – You are behind on rent and now that the Electromagnetic Pulse went off and the banks aren’t open, your landlord came trying to collect.  He said either pay up in cash or in goods, or he will evict your family and put them on the street in 3 days with the help of his armed security guards.

You were not prepared to bug out at all, and your landlord said if in 3 days you don’t have payment, he will bring armed men to take you out of the house, but right now he is standing in front of you, alone.  How would you handle this situation?

ALSO READ – Survival for the Common Man – Your Primary Shelter

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – February 5, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Did You Get The Memo?” – 2/4/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 2, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Golan Heights, Feb. 5, 2018.
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – ASSAD THREATENS WITH WAR – Feb, 4, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 28, 2018

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Did You Get The Memo?” – 2/4/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy – February 2, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Golan Heights, Feb. 5, 2018.

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – ASSAD THREATENS WITH WAR – Feb, 4, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 28, 2018

 

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/20/18)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 1/14/18 – 1/20/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Betraying Friends – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – One of your friends approached you and confessed to you that he secretly plans to kill another of your friends.  He is so driven towards this, that he swears he will also take out anyone who gets in the way of his task.  You like them both equally, and to help one would be betraying the other.  When you pressed to find his reasons for murder, he remained silent.  How would you handle this situation and why?

ALSO READ – Friends in Low Places or People You Can Count On When Your SHTF!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – January 30, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “You Need to Know This: When Delusion Rules the World” – 1/28/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 27, 2018
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CALIFORNIA – Jan. 28, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 28, 2018
  • Jason A – The Meaning of Everything!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “You Need to Know This: When Delusion Rules the World” – 1/28/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 27, 2018

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CALIFORNIA – Jan. 28, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 28, 2018

 

Jason A – The Meaning of Everything!

Peace,
Todd

Your Cooking Kit – The Perfect Stove and Pot Combination For Any of Your Kits!

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Do you have a means to heat some water for coffee or cook your meal in your kit?  You can build a big fire and place your cooking pots directly on coals or a makeshift pot holder (ala bushcraft skills).  But you might want to create a smaller footprint, use fewer resources and make your fire as efficient as possible.

If that is the case, you might be interested in adding a wood gas stove, stainless steel pot combination that is the perfect size for anyone wanting versatility in their kit. This kit is very affordable, sitting at a combined price of just under $40.

The stove is an Ohuhu Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove.  You can start a fire at the bottom and just add wood or other materials to keep it going, but it really should be used in the Top Lit Updraft Method (TLUD).  This means that you fill the stove up with wood and other dry burning material, you then light it at the top.  As the fire starts, it heats the wood underneath, producing gas.  This gas then travels up the sides of the stove and burns very efficiently, creating a hot and smokeless fire.

The Ohuhu Stove nestles very nicely inside the Alpine MSR Stowaway Pot.  The pot is a stainless steel, 775ml pot.  It comes with a cover and the handle folds over to lock everything in place. The pot also comes with a mesh carrying bag.  Using the cover, I was able to bring 1 cup of water to boil in 4-5 minutes.  See my Instagram video below.

Like I said, this little combo is the perfect size for a bugout bag, GHB or any other survival kit.  The stove nestles inside the pot (make sure you get the 775ml pot) and is very compact.

Check out my pics below.

The Ohuhu Stove nestles nicely in the Alpine pot and can be stored in the mesh bag that comes with the pot.

I include a bag of cotton balls and Vaseline in my mesh bag.

Everything in its place …

All the components unassembled.

 

Assembled!

Fill the Stove all the way with wood to utilize the Top Lit Updraft Method!

Light it up! The wood gas process will start as the wood underneath gets hot.

This is the top piece where the pot sits on.

The pot with 1 cup of water inside.

The pot cover fits securely and helps to bring the water to a quick boil.

This shot is after the water boiled. Notice the charred wood and the jets on the side of the stove that shows the wood gas burning off.

The stove burns efficiently and leaves very little behind. The ash is what is left of the wood that was burned.

 

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/13/18)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 1/7/18 – 1/13/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/13/18)

Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 1/7/18 – 1/13/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Death by Virus or Snow – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – After being forced out of your bug out location by looters, you and your bug out group of 20 people, half of them children, walk for hours in a snowstorm looking for shelter.  You find a 45 foot insulated truck trailer that would be the perfect shelter. Within days of moving in, a family contracts a life-threatening virus.  Sickness and death could spread through the entire group if they stayed.  Throwing them out into the snowstorm would surely mean the infected family’s death.  What would you do in this situation and why?

ALSO READ

Do Preppers Know the Future of Medicine? 5 Ways to Prepare Now!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – January 22, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “To Understand What’s Coming, Look at the Past” – 1/21/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 19, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, Jan. 22, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 21, 2018
  • Jason A – Shocking Warning for Humanity!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “To Understand What’s Coming, Look at the Past” – 1/21/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 19, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update, Jan. 22, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 21, 2018

 

Jason A – Shocking Warning for Humanity!

 

Peace,
Todd

Prepping in College: Being Prepared for a College Bugout If Necessary

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College Bugout When the SHTF!

 

I was preparing myself for a college bugout!  When my oldest started his last year of high school, I realized that his decisions of if and where he wanted to go to college was going to impact me more than in the pocketbook.  I realized that in the back of my mind, I would always be thinking about how far he actually was from home.  How would he get home if the “world went crazy?”  And what would things be like for him on the way back if the “big one” hit?

Luckily, he chose to go to the local community college and then transferred to a program with the local university.  But, these thoughts came flooding back to me this week when I was emailed by a young college student.  The email read…

I have recently begun prepping as I find it fun and thought-provoking as well as practical. I have been reading some articles from your website and have begun listening to your podcast daily. First, I would like to thank you for putting time and effort into these tasks to help others become more prepared for when SHTF. I also was wondering if you could point me in a good direction to continue prepping. I am a college student and don’t have many funds available but did put some money into a basic bug out bag. Besides improving my bug out bag I’m not sure what my next steps should be. I am living in a dorm (over an hour from my house) so stockpiling food or water is not practical. I didn’t know if you had any suggestions as to how I could best prepare while living on campus. Any thoughts are welcome!

I responded to the email after a few days of thinking about this student’s situation, but I also thought that there are others out there, students, parents and even prepping grandparents, who might be in the same predicament.  So I would like to share and elaborate on my thoughts.

The Bugout Bag

Having a college bugout bag is an important and key element for a university student.  In a collapse or SHTF situation, they are truly in a situation where they should “bugout” to another location.  That location is going to be home or wherever the family will be located, if that is a bugout or retreat location.

The bugout bag is going to have to match the distance that the college student is traveling.  In the email that I received, the college student was only an hour away from home.  In this situation, I would have a minimal bugout bag.  I would have food or snacks that could be eaten on the go, water bottles, a phone charger, a means of defense (more on this below) and a first aid kit.  I would also always have the basics to filter and purify water, make fire, a knife and material to make a crude shelter if needed.  Of course, the bugout needs to reflect the season of the year.  Bugging out in the Spring is going to look and feel a lot different than bugging out in the Winter.

If the distance from college to home is farther and will take days and maybe even weeks, the bugout bag is going to have to be more robust.  For sure, food will have to be more substantial, probably a combination of dehydrated and even some survival tabs to manage hunger.  Water will need to be replenished, so a good filter is needed.  A fire kit, first-aid kit, shelter, defense, map, compass or GPS, and clothes will need to be in place.  Again, the distance and season will determine the specifics.

The bugout bag should always be ready and stored away in a closet.  It is recommended to have a bugout bag regardless if the student has a vehicle to travel home.  You just never know.

There has been a lot written on bugout bags.  For more, visit What Do I Put In My Survival Kit?

Transportation

The perfect bugout would have the student getting in their vehicle and driving home without any issues or even catching a flight back home if they are across the country.  However, not every college student can afford a vehicle on campus and you can’t count on a flight.  After all, we are talking about bugging out from college.  You never know which SHTF situation you are really prepping for!

The next best option would be a bicycle.

If a bicycle can be kept locked up and not stolen, I think a regular mountain bike would do.  The college student should have a spare tube, manual pump, and tools to change the tire if needed.  They also make puncture proof tubes that might be of interest.

If the bicycle is not safe just being locked up outside somewhere, then a foldable bicycle that can go under the bed might be required.  There are foldable bikes on the market that are made well and are reasonably priced.

The plus side of having a bike on campus is that the college student could use it to get around too.

Routes Home

Regardless of the mode of transportation, the college student needs to have various routes home.  A search on Google maps will give a student or their family member helping them prepare options.  Once several routes are established.  It would be a good idea for the student to take the various routes home when they visit home to make sure the routes are safe to travel, what concerns they might have and if there are any potential resources that could be utilized in a bugout home.

Defense

Defense is a big topic in the preparedness community.  It should be for college students too.  Unfortunately, most colleges are liberal snowflake hubs.  The State of Texas does allow college students to conceal carry on campus, but there are still rules that prohibit concealed carry in certain areas of the campus.

Other states that allow concealed carry on college campuses are:  Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin.  SOURCE

One way that students can defend themselves if they can’t carry a firearm is with pepper spray.  Students should be familiar with their pepper spray and practice on deploying it quickly.

READ – An Open Letter to My Past Female Students Entering College

Information

This area is very important and one that the college student should take seriously.  Our world is so fast paced and everyone is so connected that if an SHTF event was to happen, people would know pretty quickly.  The problem is that college students don’t always pay attention to the news and what is going on in the world.

The good news is that almost every college student is plugged into social media.  Like it was mentioned above, news travels fast.  The hope is that college students will see any important news and events going on and monitor the situation to see if they will need to respond.

One social media that young people use is Twitter.  Twitter can be very helpful to gather information fast.  Personally, I use Twitter for news.  That is the reason I only follow news organizations (mainstream and alternative news) on Twitter. It is very easy to open the Twitter APP and scroll a little bit to see if anything significant is going on.

In an SHTF situation, it might be beneficial for a college student to have a means to listen to radio reports, shortwave and weather.  A good, handheld crank, solar, battery operated emergency radio is nice to have.

If the grid goes down, due to cyber terrorism or an EMP, a small handheld ham radio, like the Baofeng, enclosed in a small faraday cage will be invaluable.

Closing Thoughts

Being away from home and in the middle of an SHTF situation, the college student’s first priority should be to get home.  A little bit of thought and consideration should be given to getting home.  Parents can help their child with purchasing the gear they might need and helping them think through some of the plans they should have in place if they ever needed to bugout from college.

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/7/18)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (1/7/18)

Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 12/31/17 – 1/6/18

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: The Death Penalty When the SHTF – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

 

SCENARIO – List 5 crimes punishable by death in a post-apocalyptic world that in the world of today do not carry that sentence.

 

ALSO, READ

 Hick’s Law in Survival Situations

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

An Easy Way to Add to Your Preparedness Library!

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There is a saying, “Knowledge Weighs Nothing.”  That saying implies that more knowledge is better because it doesn’t hurt if you have more knowledge, but don’t need it.

But where do you obtain that knowledge?  If you are a visitor to Prepper Website and if you listen to The Prepper Website Podcast, you know that I believe in providing the best knowledge in the Preparedness Community to readers and listeners daily!

But there is still more.  There is still a ton of information out there that you can gather, learn and have ready so you are prepared to help yourself and your family meet the needs of the future, whatever that might be.  This is why I am happy to share and promote the 2018 Prepper Bundle.

The Prepper Bundle is put out by my friends at the Self-Reliance School.  They work with authors to provide valuable preparedness content for a very reasonable price.

This year’s Prepper Bundle consists of over 53 authors, courses and/or videos.  The topics range from: Cooking, DIY, Food Storage, Frugal Living, Gardening, Homesteading, Natural Living, Natural Parenting, Natural Remedies and General Preparedness.  The topics are varied with great information.

Another bonus of purchasing the Prepper Bundle, are seven special bonuses that every purchaser receives.

And this year, I’m including my very own bonus to anyone who purchases the Prepper Bundle through my link.  But more on that in a second!

You can purchase the Prepper Bundle in three formats:

  • Online Digital Download (download immediately) – $39.97
  • USB Flash Drive with the Prepper Bundle (shipped to you) – $64.97
  • Online Digital Download (immediate download) and the USB Flash Drive (shipped) – $69.97

My Special Bonus for Prepper Website Readers

If you purchase the Prepper Bundle through my link, I will send out a link to a folder that includes everything you need, including a video walk-through tutorial, on how to hide important information like login, password and account information in plain sight.  Imagine keeping your website logins and passwords on your computer in a way that no one would ever suspect.  It will be hidden in plain sight!

To receive my special bonus, simply forward your invoice to my email – todd [dot] sepulveda [at] prepperwebsite [dot] com.  

To purchase the 2018 Prepper Bundle and for specific ebooks, courses, videos, and the special bonuses that come with the 2018 Prepper Bundle, click on this link –> CLICK HERE.

This is a great way to obtain a lot of preparedness information in one big swoop!  I hope you take advantage of it.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – January 14, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Prophetic Mudslides” – 1/14/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 12, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PUSH FOR PEACE DEAL IN MIDDLE EAST – Jan. 14, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 14th, 2018
  • Jason A – This Message will Change Everything!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Prophetic Mudslides” – 1/14/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 12, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Middle East Current Events Update

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PUSH FOR PEACE DEAL IN MIDDLE EAST – Jan. 14, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 14th, 2018

 

Jason A – This Message will Change Everything!

 

Peace,
Todd

Always Have a Way to Make Fire! A Large Ferro Rod for Your Survival or Fire Kit!

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Your survival kit needs quality gear that you can count on when the time comes to depend on it.  One of the important components of any kit you have should be the ability to make fire.  A good fire kit is important.  And a good fire kit has many options and ways to make fire, including a ferrocerium (ferro) rod.

A ferro rod that you should consider for your survival and fire kit is the Survival Hax 6″ Ferro Rod with Waterproof Tinder Holder.  It is a solid piece of gear that comes with a few extras that provides redundancy in your preps.

The Survival Hax Ferro Rod comes with:

  • a 6″ ferrocerium rod
  • 5 feet of Paracord in the form of a lanyard
  • a scraper that includes a bottle opener, hex wrench, and ruler
  • a waterproof tinder holder with cotton
  • and a plastic whistle.

The ferro rod feels good in your hands.  It doesn’t slip like many smaller versions.  There is not much to say about the scraper and paracord.  The waterproof tinder holder is nice, but I couldn’t get the tinder to light.  Some videos online make it seem like it works like a match, but I could never get it to happen with the ferro rod.  I did get it to light with a lighter, so I know it can happen.  I wondered if the cotton had some sort of accelerant on it, but after emailing Survival Hax, I was informed it didn’t.  It is just a very compacted form of cotton.

In hindsight, I should have taken the time to open up the cotton and use it that way, but like I said, I was looking at some of the videos I saw online.  I thought that if it worked like a match, it would be really awesome.  In the future, I will probably include my own tinder in the container.

I wouldn’t bet my life on the whistle.  It does blow and make noise, but I would prefer a metal type whistle to add to my kit.

The reason that you would go with this ferro rod compared to others on Amazon are the extras like the paracord, waterproof tinder container and scraper.  You can often find it on sale on Amazon.

The good people at Survival Hax have provided a special discount code for Prepper Website readers!  

You can get 50% off when ordering one 6″ Ferro Rod or get 60% off when ordering two from Amazon!  Here is how you can take advantage of this discount offer!

  • Go to Amazon.com <— This link takes you straight to the Ferro Rod page.
  • Add the 6” Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder and Whistle’ to your shopping cart and then checkout.
  • On the last screen where it says “enter a discount or promo code” use discount code SH50FIRE

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Ferro Rod and 5 Feet of Paracord

Scraper – Smooth side, Serrated side, Hex Wrench and Bottle Opener

Waterproof Tinder Holder – Pre-Filled with Compact Cotton. Notice my attempt to try and light it without shredding it first.

The “Whistle”

The Way I’m Going to Carry It!

 

 

@survivalhax Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder.

A post shared by Prepper Website (@prepperwebsite) on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:47am PST

 

 

Ferro Rod Vid. @survivalhax

A post shared by Prepper Website (@prepperwebsite) on Jan 15, 2018 at 12:37pm PST

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Also Read:

Peace,
Todd

Always Have a Way to Make Fire! A Large Ferro Rod for Your Survival or Fire Kit!

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Scroll down for a Special 50% Off Offer!!!

Your survival kit needs quality gear that you can count on when the time comes to depend on it.  One of the important components of any kit you have should be the ability to make fire.  A good fire kit is important.  And a good fire kit has many options and ways to make fire, including a ferrocerium (ferro) rod.

A ferro rod that you should consider for your survival and fire kit is the Survival Hax 6″ Ferro Rod with Waterproof Tinder Holder.  It is a solid piece of gear that comes with a few extras that provides redundancy in your preps.

The Survival Hax Ferro Rod comes with:

  • a 6″ ferrocerium rod
  • 5 feet of Paracord in the form of a lanyard
  • a scraper that includes a bottle opener, hex wrench, and ruler
  • a waterproof tinder holder with cotton
  • and a plastic whistle.

The ferro rod feels good in your hands.  It doesn’t slip like many smaller versions.  There is not much to say about the scraper and paracord.  The waterproof tinder holder is nice, but I couldn’t get the tinder to light.  Some videos online make it seem like it works like a match, but I could never get it to happen with the ferro rod.  I did get it to light with a lighter, so I know it can happen.  I wondered if the cotton had some sort of accelerant on it, but after emailing Survival Hax, I was informed it didn’t.  It is just a very compacted form of cotton.

In hindsight, I should have taken the time to open up the cotton and use it that way, but like I said, I was looking at some of the videos I saw online.  I thought that if it worked like a match, it would be really awesome.  In the future, I will probably include my own tinder in the container.

I wouldn’t bet my life on the whistle.  It does blow and make noise, but I would prefer a metal type whistle to add to my kit.

The reason that you would go with this ferro rod compared to others on Amazon are the extras like the paracord, waterproof tinder container and scraper.  You can often find it on sale on Amazon.

The good people at Survival Hax have provided a special discount code for Prepper Website readers!  

You can get 50% off when ordering one 6″ Ferro Rod or get 60% off when ordering two from Amazon!  Here is how you can take advantage of this discount offer!

  • Go to Amazon.com <— This link takes you straight to the Ferro Rod page.
  • Add the 6” Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder and Whistle’ to your shopping cart and then checkout.
  • On the last screen where it says “enter a discount or promo code” use discount code SH50FIRE

Scroll down to see my Instagram posts/videos!

Ferro Rod and 5 Feet of Paracord

Scraper – Smooth side, Serrated side, Hex Wrench and Bottle Opener

Waterproof Tinder Holder – Pre-Filled with Compact Cotton. Notice my attempt to try and light it without shredding it first.

The “Whistle”

The Way I’m Going to Carry It!

 

 

@survivalhax Fire Starter Flint with Waterproof Tinder Holder.

A post shared by Prepper Website (@prepperwebsite) on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:47am PST

 

 

Ferro Rod Vid. @survivalhax

A post shared by Prepper Website (@prepperwebsite) on Jan 15, 2018 at 12:37pm PST

Check out more from Survival Hax – CLICK HERE!

Also Read:

Peace,
Todd

Surviving the Disaster in California – Important Lessons Learned

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Prep Lessons Learned From A Disaster
Reporting from Montecito, California,

in the hardest hit area of the flood.

 

For the past three years, I have been a member of the Prepper Community, absorbing every article with great interest, archiving, bookmarking, running out to keep my food and prepping supplies in order. Today, I would like to share with you the first-hand account of the tenacity, bravery, and amazing stories in a small community of 10,000 people in the State of California.

A firestorm that began in Ventura after Thanksgiving moved across 440 square miles of mountain terrain, finally burning into the previous fires and extinguishing itself. With every fire, the next chapter is the rains and the havoc they leave behind.

Let me go back in time, so you can formulate a picture in your mind of the timeline of events and the scope of the disaster that is unfolding.

It was the week before Thanksgiving and family, guests and friends were arriving for all the usual celebrations in Northern Santa Barbara. My hubby and I were looking forward to our vacation in Idaho. Our rental home in Montecito was the last thing on our mind. We lived and raised our children in this home for twenty-five years. It was a beautiful enclave of homes situated among hundred year Oak Trees.

While sipping warm drinks in Idaho, my brother sends me a text to inform me of a fire that was moving rapidly from North of Santa Paula to Ventura, Ca. The day, Monday, December 5th. We kept a close eye on the developments in California and realized that we had to take the Northern most route into California due to freeway closures along the coast. The fire was heading towards Ojai, California and the concern was that it would jump the mountain range at Lake Casitas and head to Toro Canyon.

The Disaster Before the Disaster

On December 10th, we leave at 5:00 a.m., from Idaho and head through Oregon on Highway 95 to avoid the closure of the main coastal route into Santa Barbara, Ca. The weather conditions are icy and low visibility. We are traveling in the dark, on a highway, we are not familiar with, in poor visibility, with temperatures at 4 degrees. I have a go bag and feel extremely tense as we are the only car on the highway,

We make our way through all the mountain passes and drive 16 hours, but as we begin to enter the Santa Barbara area from the North, the plume of smoke and ash is extensive. Thankful to make our way to our home, we are carefully tracking the fire which has now jumped the mountain range and moved into Carpinteria.

We are certain the fire is heading directly for our home in Montecito, so we tell our tenants to leave and from there it is a tense week while we watch a fire obliterate the hills and houses all around us. As the fire exits and moves on, we return to see our home intact, but spot fires had burned all the landscape around our garage and guest cottage. The firefighters did an amazing job holding the fire back. But this is only the beginning of the devastation.

Without water, my husband and I begin to drive up the mountain towards the water tanks, we begin to realize the extent of the damage that the Thomas Fire left in its’ path. One hundred year Oak Trees were reduced to trunks and stumps, massive boulders were standing out like pearls on an ocean floor all along the mountain ranges. Hillsides that were once covered in brush, were now barren and exposed. More importantly, those were no longer just hiking trails, they were vertical slopes, with nothing to hold back the charred debris that was now littering the hillsides.

Disaster “On Our Doorstep”

When the announcement of the first winter storm hit the airwaves, we knew that if the rain was heavy, the floods would most likely destroy our home. On Monday, January 8th, we put sandbags and plywood in front of the doors and advised our tenants to leave. We pass by our neighbor’s house not realizing we would never see him again.

At 3:50 a.m., Tuesday, January 9 a flash flood, evacuate immediately warning was broadcasted on our phones. One hour later, my husband’s cell phone rings, it was his brother who lives down the road from us. They were trapped on the second floor of their home after a mudslide and had battery life on their cell phones, but no data. What was going on? They were cut-off from outside communications and did not dare go downstairs knowing there was a massive landslide.

Due to darkness, no one could foresee the tragedy that was unfolding in our close-knit community. At 7:00 a.m. my husband’s brother and wife begin making their way through the debris, only to realize that everything is destroyed and they are literally looking at 8-foot walls of mud, overturned cars, and debris everywhere.

They find a beloved neighbor dead in the debris and begin searching for his wife. She is alive but badly injured, their home had a twenty foot by a thirty-foot wide wall of mud and debris crash through it. Another neighbor is trapped in their home and carried out. They were in bed without any clothing and unable to climb out.

Many people are swept from their beds, houses literally wiped off the foundations, as the debris moved at speeds of thirty miles per hour or more through roads and creeks. From West Cold Springs Creek, six miles across the Los Padres Range to Toro Canyon, the face of the charred mountain let loose and buried everything for two and a half miles, all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The mudflow through our neighbors home was over twenty feet high by thirty feet wide.

The Danger of Too Much Disaster Stress

Nothing can prepare humans for unexpected devastation. Furthermore, humans can only process so much and then they shut down and tune out. This is exactly what happened in the days leading up to this storm.

The Thomas Fire was a 24/7 media event that resulted in people either losing their homes or, like us, staying glued to the computer and television trying to figure out if our home was still standing. After seven days of being evacuated and non-stop media, blaring doom and gloom, people were relieved to be home and the bad news behind them. Over 85% of the people that were told to mandatorily evacuate for possible flooding, did not heed the warning. The highest number of fatalities were along the creeks in the voluntary evacuation zone.

Many people felt the warnings were overkill, myself included. While I could see the threat, I could not conceive of the scenario that is before us today.

Lessons from Being On the Ground

Lessons to learn from this, yes, be prepared. Many people had no utilities and were trapped by the mud. They had to shelter in place until the first responders could dig their way to them.

Two, keep your phones charged at all times. This was the only way the responders could know where you were. Over 600 calls to 911 were made by people stating they were trapped.

See – EDC for Regular People and Then Some! The One Item You’ll Go Back Home For!

Three, taking a hike up the mountain, confirmed for me the danger we were in after the fire. Many people did not understand what was behind their homes on the hillsides. Know your neighborhood!

See – Tools to Help You Maintain Situational Awareness in Your Local Community!

Four, be friends with your neighbors. Those that have lost everything need you.

Five, mud and debris are damn dangerous. We tried to hike around to get to our brother-in-law’s home and I became stuck in two feet of mud. My husband found a large branch and put it next to me. I had to methodically hand dig each foot out by hand. He had to just keep me from panicking and stay out of the mudflow, otherwise, he would be trapped, too. It is really hard to remain calm.

Stay with a buddy. You will get into trouble and it is not safe.

Prepping is also about “love thy neighbor.” We are now going in and helping everyone dig out. Many times on prepping websites I have read comments about abandoning people who are not prepared. Read the Bible. The level of destruction in an event is beyond human comprehension. Use all your resources and help others. You can build them back again if necessary.

Finally, if all the experts are telling you they are concerned and to get out, don’t be a hero. Right now, there are 19 dead people, ages 3 to 89. A community of 10,000 people has been destroyed. It could take years to bring this area back. Mother Nature is a cruel reminder of how insignificant we are and how we cannot control or foresee every situation, no matter how prepared.

This is a guest post.

See – What Do I Put In My Survival Kit!

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (12/31/17)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 12/24/17 – 12/30/17

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Prep for WW3 – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela declared war against the United States due to the death of the dollar, which led to a complete collapse of the global fiat money system.  They blame the US government for ruining the global financial markets and are using propaganda to get the support of their own people.

Your country’s President has gone on TV and declared that there are rough times ahead and that all citizens need to prepare for World War 3.  What would you do after hearing that?

ALSO, READThis is Why We Prep! This is Why We Stay Aware!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – January 7, 2018

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Powder Keg” – 1/7/18
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 6, 2018
  • Amir Tsarfati – Short current events update from Israel
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – TURBULENT TIMES ARE COMING – Jan. 7, 2018
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 7th, 2018
  • Jason A – Something is Happening in 2018!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Powder Keg” – 1/7/18

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-January 6, 2018

 

Amir Tsarfati – Short current events update from Israel

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – TURBULENT TIMES ARE COMING – Jan. 7, 2018

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – January 7th, 2018

 

Jason A – Something is Happening in 2018!

 

Peace,
Todd

Survival for the Common Man – Your Primary Shelter

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Survival for the Common Man – Your Primary Shelter
Don’t Fear the Unknown! Get Prepared!

 

There are a few important necessities for survival. One of these important necessities is shelter. However, when you journey into the area of preparedness, articles on shelter tend to focus on shelters that are built out in the woods. Although it is important to know some of those types of shelters (see below), the common man needs to understand how important their “regular” everyday or primary shelter is to their survival.

The common man needs to have a shelter that is structurally sound and can provide protection from extreme cold and heat.

Structurally Sound

It is not in the scope of this article to discuss architectural safety in regards to your primary shelter. If your walls are falling in, you have some big issues to deal with! Instead, I would like to point out that the “common man” should be prepared to identify and temporarily correct any situations that can potentially hinder the integrity of his/her shelter.

For example, after Hurricane Ike, a friend had some roof damage. Shingles were torn off and more rain was forecasted for the week. This could have caused more damage to his home, water leaks, mold, sheetrock damage, etc.. However, he was prepared with some blue plastic tarps and the materials to tact them down to his roof. This provided the time necessary for a professional roofer to come in an fix the shingles.

Having the basic skills, supplies and tools to protect your home shelter is important.

Extreme Temperature

If you live in a tropical climate that never sees any wide temperature swings throughout the year, then this section is not for you! That type of climate, although it can be found, is not common! This section focuses on more variable climates, heat and cold. It is in these variable climates, even when you believe you are ok, that the need for shelter becomes the most important.

The main issues here is that you need to maintain your core temperature!

Hyperthermia is elevated body temperature due to failed thermoregulation that occurs when a body produces or absorbs more heat than it dissipates. Extreme temperature elevation then becomes a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to prevent disability or death.

 

The opposite is hypothermia, which occurs when the temperature drops below that required to maintain normal metabolism.

Source

Note the body temperature that your body should maintain in the graphic above.

Shelter from the Heat – Hot weather can make life very uncomfortable. But besides becoming sweaty and smelly, hot weather can easily kill you or your loved ones. You need to have shelter from the heat, plenty of water to drink and a means to cool off if possible. Shade and open spaces where a breeze can flow through are very important.

Shelter from the Cold Being too cold is different than being in the heat in that when you’re hot, you want open spaces to let the breeze through. In cold, you want to get “small” and layer your space as well as your clothes.

For example, most people know that you should layer clothes. That way, if your body gets cold or warms up, you can add or take-off clothes layers as needed. But you can also do this in your shelter. If you are in a situation where your shelter is cold, you can try “layering” your shelter or room. Do this by having everyone in the house/shelter stay in one room. Cover up windows and any places where drafts can come through (don’t close off the room so tight that oxygen doesn’t come in, you’ll run the risk of suffocation). You can also utilize another layer by setting up a tent in your room. Besides all of this, you should make sure that you have plenty of blankets and portable heaters if possible, remember proper ventilation.

Shelter Out in the Wild

Many articles and videos have been done on shelters outside in the wild. For examples on various shelters, visit the shelter tag on Prepper Website – here and here.

Here, I would like to share one shelter for handling extreme cold out in the wild. It is the Super Shelter, first made known by Mors Kochanski. Check out these two videos by Dave Canterbury on how to construct one.

 

Final Thoughts

Your shelter is important. We don’t always understand how important our shelter is until we don’t have one. For the common man, knowing how to survive in hot or cold temperatures is important. Preparing when you don’t need it will sure come in handy if you ever do need it!

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Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

DIY Altoids Fire Kit – So You Can Be Manly and Stuff!

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Make Your Own Altoids Fire Kit

 

Every preparedness minded person should know how to make a fire!  You should know this skill even if you live in the city and don’t get out to the wild much!  You never know when you might need to start-up a grill, start a fire to warm yourself or impress that pretty woman with your manly outdoor survival skills! 😉 

Your fire crafting skills should be complemented with a fire kit.  Fire kits don’t have to be very elaborate.  In fact, they should be kept pretty simple.  An example of a fire kit that you can easily put together is this DIY Altoids Fire Kit.

Here are the contents of this Fire Kit:

1 – Altoids Tin

2 – Tea Light Candles

2 – Big Birthday Candles

1 – Mini-Bic Lighter

4-5 – Waterproof/Windproof Matches

1 – Striker (comes with the matches)

1 – Baggy with Cotton Balls and Vaseline 

The contents pack very neatly in the tin!

One word about the matches.  I had every intention of making my very own waterproof matches using Strike Anywhere Matches.  However, I can’t seem to find Strike Anywhere Matches Anywhere!  Even on Amazon, the stock is hit or miss.  I would recommend if you happen to find some, to grab a box or two.  There is one thing to remember about the “NEW” Strike Anywhere Matches.  They are now “green” and don’t have the red phosphorus match head.  Some reviews on Amazon say they don’t work as well as the old red ones, but they seem to be good enough…if you can find them.

I found the UCO Stormproof matches in the camping section of Walmart.  But you can also find them on Amazon – CLICK HERE.  

Check out my video of the UCO Stormproof Matches below.  They are pretty cool!

 

@ucogear Stormproof #Matches for your #firekit #fire #firecraft

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There are a ton of other natural and man-made items that you can add to your fire kit.  What would you add?

You might also be interested in these articles:

Peace,
Todd

DIY Altoids Fire Kit – So You Can Be Manly and Stuff!

Make Your Own Altoids Fire Kit

 

Every preparedness minded person should know how to make a fire!  You should know this skill even if you live in the city and don’t get out to the wild much!  You never know when you might need to start-up a grill, start a fire to warm yourself or impress that pretty woman with your manly outdoor survival skills! 😉 

Your fire crafting skills should be complemented with a fire kit.  Fire kits don’t have to be very elaborate.  In fact, they should be kept pretty simple.  An example of a fire kit that you can easily put together is this DIY Altoids Fire Kit.

Here are the contents of this Fire Kit:

1 – Altoids Tin

2 – Tea Light Candles

2 – Big Birthday Candles

1 – Mini-Bic Lighter

4-5 – Waterproof/Windproof Matches

1 – Striker (comes with the matches)

1 – Baggy with Cotton Balls and Vaseline 

The contents pack very neatly in the tin!

One word about the matches.  I had every intention of making my very own waterproof matches using Strike Anywhere Matches.  However, I can’t seem to find Strike Anywhere Matches Anywhere!  Even on Amazon, the stock is hit or miss.  I would recommend if you happen to find some, to grab a box or two.  There is one thing to remember about the “NEW” Strike Anywhere Matches.  They are now “green” and don’t have the red phosphorus match head.  Some reviews on Amazon say they don’t work as well as the old red ones, but they seem to be good enough…if you can find them.

I found the UCO Stormproof matches in the camping section of Walmart.  But you can also find them on Amazon – CLICK HERE.  

Check out my video of the UCO Stormproof Matches below.  They are pretty cool!

 

@ucogear Stormproof #Matches for your #firekit #fire #firecraft

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There are a ton of other natural and man-made items that you can add to your fire kit.  What would you add?

You might also be interested in these articles:

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: Which Life to Save – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – After hunting for game in the wilderness, two of your friends were bitten by the same kind of poisonous snake.  You are the only one unharmed and with 1 vial of anti-venom antidote.

Both of your friends have lost consciousness and they have their kids and wives waiting for their return, but you can save only one of them.  A full dose of the antidote is needed in order to save a life, anything less would be just a waste.  What criteria would you use to save one of them and why?

ALSO READ – “I Should Have Died” – The Stuff You Might Want When the SHTF!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

 

Peace,
Todd

Can You See Me Now? An Affordable Portable Floodlight with Great Functions!

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A Portable LED Floodlight You Have to Consider!

 

When the lights are out, you and your loved ones will feel more comfortable if you can see your surroundings.  The Prepperverse is filled with many means of illuminating the dark, but this little sucker packs a punch!  The Loftek LED Portable Floodlight is a very affordable option to add to your gear!

The Loftek LED Portable Floodlight pushes out 15 watts that equals a 60-watt incandescent light bulb!  The light has two modes, white light (with the ability to dim the power once) and an SOS, blue and red light mode (see video below).  One of the added benefits is that the floodlight can double as a 6,600 mAh battery bank to charge smartphones or any other USB enabled device.

At just under $21, the Loftek LED Portable Floodlight is a great deal for any prepper to add to their gear.  You can purchase it on Amazon where it has 67 reviews and 4.5 STARS.  Click Here to go to Amazon!

Front View

Back View with Belt Clip

Waterproof Controls and Ports

Mini-USB to charge USB enabled devices.

USB Port to Charge the Loftek Floodlight.

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 31, 2017

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “2017 Recap” – 12/31/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 29, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – End of the Year Update
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN THE END-TIMES – Dec. 31, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – December 31st, 2017
  • Jason A – A Prophetic Event in America! (2018-2019)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “2017 Recap” – 12/31/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 29, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – End of the Year Update

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN THE END-TIMES – Dec. 31, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – December 31st, 2017

 

Jason A – A Prophetic Event in America! (2018-2019)

 

Peace
Todd

When You’re Separated from your Primary Kit – Your Backup EDC Kit

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Do You Have a Backup EDC Kit?

 

One of the first things new preppers like to do is to put together their own kit.  It is fun and exciting to put together your own kit.  It’s even more fun when you get to use your kit to help practice your preparedness, survival or bushcraft skills. Prepared minded people should carry their kit with them on a regular basis.  But what happens when that kit is lost or stolen?  Do you have a backup EDC kit?

Survival Hax has come out with a pretty robust little EDC Keychain.  It is the 10 in 1 Paracord EDC Keychain with Waterproof Pill Bottle.

The kit consists of:

1 – Waterproof EDC container
1 – Paracord – 4 feet when untied
1 – Fishing line
2 – Hooks
2 – Weights
2 – Floaters
2 – Sinkers
2 – Swivels
1 – Knife
1 – Tinder cotton
1 – Firestarter
1 – Saftey Pins
1 – Finger saw
1 – Whistle
1 – Carabiner

Some Observations

When I unscrewed the waterproof pill bottle, I had a hard time getting the fishing gear out of the bottom.  I had to eventually “fish it out” with my knife. However, a simple stick would have worked.  However, I did need a knife to access the rest of the gear inside.  The gear was bunched together with a zip tie (see pic below).  I could have eventually worked it out, but it was on their good!

The hand saw is the type that usually gets a bad reputation out there in survival forums.  However, most don’t use them like they are supposed to be used.  If I was in a survival situation, I would create a bow saw with the rings that are attached to the keychain.  The video below shows you exactly what I’m talking about.

 

 

I don’t really like to fish, so I didn’t unwrap all the fishing line.  But my friend Ken over at Survivaltek did a review on this same Keychain and did catch a fish and started a fire.  You can check out his review – CLICK HERE.

Final Thoughts

This isn’t your primary EDC Survival Kit.  This is a secondary or “emergency” one.  The items that make up this Survival Keychain can be used in a real emergency setting if needed.

You can purchase the kit on Survival Hax website or Amazon, where it has 21 reviews and is rated at 4.8 STARS.

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Peace,
Todd

 

Prepper Advice for Newbies and More from the Group

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Prepper Advice You Can Use!

 

The step into preparedness can be overwhelming.  There are so many websites offering prepper advice, so many possible doomsday scenarios and so many lists detailing what you should buy.  Going it alone can be daunting. Going it alone can cause you to make some costly mistakes.  So, it is wise for the new prepper, or even those prepping for a few years now, to take some time to learn from others who have gone before.

I recently asked the good people over at the Prepper Website Facebook Group, what advice would they give to newbie preppers and those who have been at it for 1-2 years.  Their contributions follow below.

Newbie into Preparedness

Verne – You got to know what you are prepping for in order to properly prepare. Dig into identifying natural (hurricanes, etc) and man-made (terror, war, crime etc). Which ones will have the highest likelihood of occurring and the highest impact. Prep towards those.

For more on Verne’s advice see – Survival for the Common Man – Where to Start

Erica (website – Living Life in Rural Iowa) – Gather knowledge and learn about what you are preparing for before diving in. Start slowly and buy quality food and things. It might take you longer to prepare, but by having the knowledge and spending your money wisely, you will be better prepared.

For more see – Position Yourself for Financial SHTF – Practical Steps for Paying Down Debt and Saving Money!

Linda – It is always better to be prepared for power outages and what you will need like candles or oil lamps.  Have enough for several days and nights.  Here in KY, we have ice storms and the power can be out for days,   Have ready to eat foods and another way to heat your home and have extra water.

An article of interest – Lights Out! NW Houston Edition: Lessons for Non-Preppers!

William – Don’t feel that you have to spend all kinds of money on preps up front. Just do a little at a time. Look for bargains & deals. Also, one thing my brother told me was to try and find 2 or more uses for something.. i.e. Paracord. Of course, that doesn’t go for everything. The very first thing I would advise to do though is to get a get-home bag put together. If you can’t make it home, your preps won’t do you any good!

See the Kit Link Bomb Page with Tons of Links on Various Kits!

Barbara – Remember to focus on your relationship with your spouse, partner, or dear friend so that during hard times, areas of friction won’t become blisters that pop.

See – It’s Getting Crazy Out There – Don’t Be Distracted! An Open Letter to Family & Friends

John – Never stop learning and never get complacent or content thinking you’re fully prepared. You’ll never be. Always plan on Mr. Murphy. Never quit training and practicing. Know your gear and supplies so you can go through it with your eyes closed.

For a great preparedness tool, check out – The Prepper Tool That You’re Not Using!

2-3 Years Into Preparedness

Erica (website – Living Life in Rural Iowa) – Reassess your preps. Reassess your reason for preparing. We should always be preparing, but sometimes our reasons change, our lives change, and our circumstances change. Look at your preps with an eye for what is going on in your life now versus then.

 

Anonymous – Remember supplies will run out….there will not be stores…so knowledge is best… Ask yourself what you will do when this happens…or that happens. How did our ancestors do things? Can you grow your own food for the year? Preserve it? Are you eating now how you will be eating in SHTF situations? I basically think about: Can I make my own? Break your needs down into groups and then ask yourself how you can get by for several years if things go south and society is not as it is now. Food? (No stores) Seeds for gardening, lighting, heating, clothing, communication, shelter, storing food, entertainment, schooling, medical (this is a biggy…may not have Dr’s around) and dig deep into each subject. Remember to try and have 3 ways for doing things….or three different items to use in an SHTF situation. (Three ways to store food, three ways to make clothing, three ways for each illness…

Make sure you visit  Prepper Website for the best in Preparedness, Self-Reliance, Homesteading, and More!

If you’re on Facebook, you might enjoy the Prepper Website Facebook Group.  It is made up of a great group of self-reliant, preparedness minded people.  You are welcome to come check it out – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

 

 

 

Self-Reliant Skills: Sharpening A Buck Saw Now and When the SHTF

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Sharpening A Buck Saw Now and When the SHTF

 

We are so “modern” that we have lost many important skills, like sharpening buck saw blades. Fortunately, sharpening skills aren’t too physically intensive, but it does take a little know how.  And although we have lost many of these skills through our “modern way” of living, the internet and Youtube provide us with great instructional tutorials that can help us practice and hone our skills. 

Recently, I came across a three-part video by Old Sneelock’s Workshop that walks you through how to sharpen a buck saw blade. 

Personally, I believe that buck saws are an important and easier tool to cut wood with than an ax.  Through the years, I have linked to videos of bushcrafters who only carry a blade into the woods and then fabricate their own buck saw in the wild.  I think it is a great strategy. 

I know that I can easily take a saw blade to a local hardware store and get it sharpened for a few bucks.  But, I believe that if we ever find ourselves in a true SHTF situation, that having the tools and the skills to sharpen our blades will be very important, especially if we are depending on fires for our main sources of cooking and heat.

I hope you get a chance to view these videos below and visit more of Old Sneelock’s videos.

 

 

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 26, 2017

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Current Events and Bible Prophecy – Prepped & Aware!

 

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “That Thing About Jerusalem, Israel (Again)” – 12/24/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 23, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Europe: Closer to the Antichrist
  • Jonathan Cahn Speaks on Trump, Jerusalem, And The End Times
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – TRUMP VETOES THE WORLD – Dec. 20, 2017
  • Jason A – Everything You Know is a Lie! (2018)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 23, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Europe: Closer to the Antichrist

 

Jonathan Cahn Speaks on Trump, Jerusalem, And The End Times

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – TRUMP VETOES THE WORLD – Dec. 20, 2017

 

Jason A – Everything You Know is a Lie! (2018)

 

Peace,
Todd

Preparedness Tip: Trash OPSEC

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What the heck is trash OPSEC (operational security)?  Well, it is something that you should take seriously!

You’ve enjoyed your holiday, opened presents and put things together.  The last thing you want is to take out your trash and let every thief in town know exactly what you have in your house.

It takes two seconds to break down boxes and put them in big trash bags or even oversized 55-gallon contractor bags, which you should have anyway because there are so many preparedness applications for them.

Preparedness is about making good decisions, all the time.  Even when taking out the trash!

For more – Don’t Cast Your OPSEC Before Swine (Unprepared)

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (12/17/17)

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Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 12/10/17 – 12/16/17

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: New Government Laws – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – Due to World War 3, the infrastructure of society has gone back to a level not seen since the 1800’s.  Your help is requested in forming the new government and you can change or implement 5 laws as you see fit.  What would these laws be and why?

Also read – Be Anti-Government: Teach the U.S. Constitution!

 

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 18, 2017

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017
  • Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017

 

Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 18, 2017

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017
  • Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017

 

Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 18, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017
  • Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “When You See ……” – 12/17/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 16, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/17/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PREPARING FOR NUCLEAR WAR – Dec. 13, 2017

 

Jason A – This will Change Everything You Know!

 

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (12/3/17)

Here are the Top Prepper Website Articles (by clicks) that appeared over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 12/2/17 – 12/917

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: Patriots or Radicals – What Would You Do?

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Conflicted: BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – The government collapsed and everyone has been on their own for months.  Out of nowhere 6 men wearing UN uniforms appear at your door, saying that they are with the government, and that they need your ammo and supplies along with everyone else’s in order to help reestablish order.  You and your family must comply or be counted as anti-government radicals.  Would you enlist and donate all you have to the new government and be counted as a patriot or would you be labeled as terrorist and fight them off if you could?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 11, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “That Thing About Jerusalem” – 12/10/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 8, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Special Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/10/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – US RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM – Dec. 10, 2017
  • Jason A – The Biggest Lie in Hollywood! (2017-2018)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “That Thing About Jerusalem” – 12/10/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 8, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Special Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/10/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – US RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM – Dec. 10, 2017

 

Jason A – The Biggest Lie in Hollywood! (2017-2018)

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 11, 2017

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “That Thing About Jerusalem” – 12/10/17
  • Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 8, 2017
  • Amir Tsarfati – Special Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/10/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – US RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM – Dec. 10, 2017
  • Jason A – The Biggest Lie in Hollywood! (2017-2018)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “That Thing About Jerusalem” – 12/10/17

 

Jacob Prasch – This Week in Prophecy-December 8, 2017

 

Amir Tsarfati – Special Update on Jerusalem, Dec. 7, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/10/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – US RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM – Dec. 10, 2017

 

Jason A – The Biggest Lie in Hollywood! (2017-2018)

 

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (11/26/17)

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Top 7 on Prepper Website

Here are the Top Prepper Articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 11/19/17 – 11/25/17

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: Finding Orphans – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – You hear a noise in the back of your house, and you found about 12 orphans scavenging for food in your garbage cans.  They appear to be kids under 6, 7 years old.  Taking them in would diminish your supply timeline by 50% and you aren’t sure you can replenish your supplies once they run out.  Plus it would take manpower to watch over all of them, and you can spare little since everyone in your camp is constantly exhausted from hard work and rationed meals.  Leaving these kids to their fates would mean their deaths, or worse. How would you handle this situation?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 5, 2017

This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Alignment” – 12/3/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Current Events Update, Dec. 5, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/3/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY UPDATE DEC 3, 2017 – ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIAN MILITARY TARGETS
  • Jason A – Prophetic Warning to America! (2017-2018)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Alignment” – 12/3/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Current Events Update, Dec. 5, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/3/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY UPDATE DEC 3, 2017 – ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIAN MILITARY TARGETS

 

Jason A – Prophetic Warning to America! (2017-2018)

 

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – December 5, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Alignment” – 12/3/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Current Events Update, Dec. 5, 2017
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/3/17
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY UPDATE DEC 3, 2017 – ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIAN MILITARY TARGETS
  • Jason A – Prophetic Warning to America! (2017-2018)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Alignment” – 12/3/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Current Events Update, Dec. 5, 2017

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 12/3/17

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – PROPHECY UPDATE DEC 3, 2017 – ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIAN MILITARY TARGETS

 

Jason A – Prophetic Warning to America! (2017-2018)

 

Peace,
Todd

GRAPHIC: USA vs North Korea – Military Comparison

With “Rocket Man” getting bolder and North Korea’s missiles getting better with each launch, I have seen more concern about the possibilities of Nuclear War.  We recently published an article entitled, “Nuclear Attack Strategies: Knowing How They Think Is Half the Battle,” that gives some insight into the possible “thinking” behind North Korea’s and other nations nuclear weapon’s stockpile.  But the concern still remains.  It would be helpful to see a visual military comparison.

This Infographic, provided by Hunting Mark, compares the military of the United States vs. North Korea.  It is a good visual of where the two countries stand militarily.

– Todd

The USA vs North Korea

 

 

This strategy involves a weak opponent challenging a stronger opponent, hence the name ‘asymmetric’ meaning ‘unequal’. The idea is for the smaller country to intentionally escalate a conflict to the point that they use a small (maybe battlefield) nuclear weapon in apparent defense of their country or interests against the larger “aggressor”. Ideally, the smaller country could destroy a carrier group or remote island military base as an example of their willingness to use their weapons. Then, they hold their larger weapons in reserve and tell the larger country and the world, “you might destroy us, but we will make sure and take out one or more of your major cities”. The smaller country hopes that the larger country will not be willing to sacrifice millions of their citizens to take out a small country (or dictator). So, the larger country reaches a stalemate with the smaller country. This strategy becomes even more effective if the smaller country can locate their limited warhead inventory onto ships, submarines or even smuggle them into the larger country.

 

Source

Peace,
Todd

 

GRAPHIC: USA vs North Korea – Military Comparison

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With “Rocket Man” getting bolder and North Korea’s missiles getting better with each launch, I have seen more concern about the possibilities of Nuclear War.  We recently published an article entitled, “Nuclear Attack Strategies: Knowing How They Think Is Half the Battle,” that gives some insight into the possible “thinking” behind North Korea’s and other nations nuclear weapon’s stockpile.  But the concern still remains.  It would be helpful to see a visual military comparison.

This Infographic, provided by Hunting Mark, compares the military of the United States vs. North Korea.  It is a good visual of where the two countries stand militarily.

– Todd

The USA vs North Korea

 

 

This strategy involves a weak opponent challenging a stronger opponent, hence the name ‘asymmetric’ meaning ‘unequal’. The idea is for the smaller country to intentionally escalate a conflict to the point that they use a small (maybe battlefield) nuclear weapon in apparent defense of their country or interests against the larger “aggressor”. Ideally, the smaller country could destroy a carrier group or remote island military base as an example of their willingness to use their weapons. Then, they hold their larger weapons in reserve and tell the larger country and the world, “you might destroy us, but we will make sure and take out one or more of your major cities”. The smaller country hopes that the larger country will not be willing to sacrifice millions of their citizens to take out a small country (or dictator). So, the larger country reaches a stalemate with the smaller country. This strategy becomes even more effective if the smaller country can locate their limited warhead inventory onto ships, submarines or even smuggle them into the larger country.

 

Source

Peace,
Todd

 

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (11/19/17)

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Here are the Top Prepper Articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 11/12/17 – 11/18/17

 

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

 

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: Danger From An Unstable Friend – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – One of your friends became a problem that could put at risk the lives of the entire group, including your family. Your friend won’t stop his reckless behavior and refuses to be thrown out of the group since he contributed to it and his wife and children have nowhere to go.  He has lost it and now he is putting the entire group at risk, but no one has the heart to deal with this but you. You tried to have a serious conversation, but that still didn’t work.  How would you handle this situation and why?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Nuclear Attack Strategies: Knowing How They Think Is Half the Battle

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Todd’s Note: Have you ever wondered why a certain country takes the stance they do on nuclear weapons?  It might be hard for those of us in the West to understand nuclear attack strategies of other nations, but this guest post by Centurion will help you to understand it all a bit more clearly.

When the average person thinks of nuclear weapons, they may imagine hundreds of weapons being unleashed on every city and target in the country at once. However, in reality, the people controlling these weapons on both sides likely see them as tools. Devastating and decisive tools, but tools just the same. But like any hammer, screwdriver or hand saw, tools are designed for a specific purpose and are best suited for specific tasks. So, what tasks are nuclear devices designed to accomplish? In order to get a better idea, one needs to know what the designers are trying to build. In military terms, this design is called strategy, in this case, nuclear strategy. And what they are trying to build is national policy to keep their country safe.

Currently, there are nine countries which are known or suspected to have nuclear weapons. Many of these countries regularly face off against each other and their military planners have spent years developing nuclear attack/defense doctrines and strategies based on scenarios with their most likely foes.

This article attempts to look at general nuclear strategy and how a country might “think” as they prepare to launch their weapons.

The nine countries are:

  • Russia
  • United States
  • France
  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Israel
  • North Korea

There are also five other countries which have nukes owned by the U.S. for the defense of NATO. They require U.S. arming codes in order to use the weapons and theoretically cannot launch without U.S. approval.

  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands

This article will NOT go into detail on the types of nuclear weapons available in various arsenals around the world, size comparisons between tactical and ballistic weapons, or the general effects and impacts of specific weapons on people or infrastructure. This article is about strategy and policy.

Nuclear Strategies and Attack Theory

 

Countries do not develop nuclear weapons simply for the challenge to see if they can accomplish it. They spend the time, money and effort to develop and build these weapons as part of their military strategy and warfare scenarios. The country’s political goals also play significantly into the type of weapons and delivery systems they build. This article explores some of the potential ways these weapons might be deployed against a country’s enemies.

First Strike (Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike)

The idea of a first strike is to attack an enemy before they attack you. Essentially, “get the first punch” with the hopes of finishing the fight quickly or hurting your opponent enough that they cannot effectively hurt you. The key to successfully executing this strategy is to eliminate the enemy’s ability to strike or retaliate. Targets of a first strike would include enemy missile sites, weapon stockpiles (especially nuclear weapons), command and control centers, and launch facilities.

Looking at nuclear military forces around the world, one can see a number of techniques which have been employed to counter this first strike strategy. In the United States, land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites are located in the middle of the continental land mass, in places like North and South Dakota and Kansas. The added distance from enemy launch points to impact points gives the U.S. a cushion of time to launch a counter-strike in the event the U.S. detects a first launch by an enemy. A rapid reaction to launch U.S. missiles out of the silos before incoming missiles impacted was part of the MAD doctrine of the 20th Century (detailed below). It basically guaranteed a massive retaliatory strike on any aggressor.

In the former Soviet Union, their military strategy involved keeping a significant portion of their nuclear arsenal mobile using portable launchers. These are essentially large semi-trucks designed for hauling and launching ICBM weapons. This mobility and unpredictability denied the U.S. military a stationary target on which to focus their weapons. The theory was, once a U.S. launch was detected, the Soviets had 20-40 minutes to simply drive away from the targeted impact point.

Submarines are a mobile, first strike strategy all their own. They are silent and deadly and one of the most feared weapons in the nuclear arsenal. As an example, Washington, DC is less than 300 miles flight distance from deep water where a Russian submarine might sneak in to launch. Assuming we knew and reacted the instant a submarine missile was launched (unlikely), it would impact the capital in less than 30 minutes. The same can be said of most major U.S. cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Charleston, New Orleans, Houston, New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)

Throughout the Cold War, the major nuclear players (U.S. and the Soviets) had a nervous standoff which came to be called MAD. This was an agreed upon balance where both sides know their enemy, once attacked, will retaliate with everything in their arsenal. This philosophy states, if one combatant attempts a first strike, they are assured they will receive a full-scale retaliation which would obliterate their own country. The idea was to ensure no one from either side would pull the trigger first because it would mean certain death for both sides 20-40 minutes later.

Minimum Deterrence

This national policy states that a country will only build and maintain enough nuclear weapons to “deter an enemy aggressor”. In other words, “you can hit me first, but I will end the fight quickly and decisively.” China has traditionally used this philosophy with respect to nuclear weapons. They maintain an arsenal large enough to significantly hurt an attacker, without escalating it into a costly arms race of sheer numbers.

This strategy allows a country like China to maintain a much smaller nuclear force. They can also minimize their efforts to modernize their systems because they aren’t necessarily trying to get their weapons through a primary defense shield. They merely have to be able to survive the first strike and hit soft targets in response to an attack. One known difficulty of this strategy is the ability to estimate an attacker’s willingness to take damage. In some circumstances, an attacker may be willing to take “acceptable loses” in an effort to achieve their aims. Another key difficulty to this strategy is arms reduction negotiations. When a country, like the U.S. or Russia, has an overwhelming number of weapons, it is easy for them to agree to eliminate 10% of their stockpile, knowing they will simply discard and dismantle all their old 40-year-old warheads, which were probably scheduled for destruction anyway. However, if the strategy involves maintaining only a specific number of critical weapons, then any reduction could allow your arsenal to slip below the level of effective deterrence to an enemy. This is why you rarely see China join the nuclear disarmament discussions.

The minimal deterrence strategy also has an impact in keeping smaller, regional conflicts conventional. If an attacker knows ahead of time that the defender has a small nuclear stockpile, they will likely do their best to keep any conflicts contained. This self-imposed escalation threshold by the attacker it is hoped would keep the defender from pulling the trigger on a nuclear device.

Battlefield (Tactical) Nuclear Weapons

These are “smaller” nuclear weapons designed to be used in a limited battlefield scenario. Tactical nukes are designed to be delivered by short-range artillery, airplane dropped gravity bombs, torpedoes, or short range ship-to-ship missiles. There are even reports of very small nuclear devices which can be delivered by commando teams to specific targets.

Tactical nukes are most likely to be used by the ‘losing’ side in an attempt to swing the battle their way quickly and decisively. For example, if India were to invade Pakistan with overwhelming air and ground superiority, the attacking force could quickly take large portions of Pakistan’s territory. However, seeing this drive, the smaller Pakistani force might request a tactical nuclear strike in order to “pause” the advancing line. This attack, focused on armor or aviation units, would temporarily cripple the attacking force and give the Pakistani army time to bring in reinforcements and beat back the assault.

In a similar move, if the Indian army were to be forced to rapidly retreat, they might use tactical nuclear weapons as a delaying strategy, taking out major bridges, mountain passes, or airfields in an attempt to give themselves time to escape and regroup.

Tactical weapons are definitely part of the attack and defense plans on both sides of the Korean standoff. If the North Koreans were to launch a massive invasion of the South, there simply aren’t enough soldiers (Korean or American) on the peninsula to act as anything other than a speed bump. Therefore, nuclear weapons have always been part of the defense plans of South Korea. Within minutes of a massive invasion, American soldiers would likely use long-range nuclear artillery to delay the attack while American assets were rushed to the region.

As mentioned, India and Pakistan have both focused their nuclear development around tactical battlefield weapons. This is why they are a significant threat to each other but do not usually make the headlines about threatening the rest of the world even though both are nuclear powers.

Terrorism

Terrorists would love to get a nuclear weapon. Owning and using one would allow any group to immediately become the premier terrorist organization in the world. Plus, assuming they could imply to the world that they owned more than one of these devices, they could likely demand nearly anything they wanted from nearly any country in the world with a high level of certainty that their wishes would be seriously considered. After all, they would have shown they have the weapon and are willing to use it. Their initial strike would also have disabled their largest perceived enemy, whether that is the U.S., Russia, Israel, or Great Britain. This terrorist organization could also take credit for changing the face of geopolitical politics and relationships overnight. It would be unprecedented in the world of terrorism up to that point.

Further Reading: It’s Getting Crazy Out There – Don’t Be Distracted! An Open Letter to Family & Friends

Beheading Strategy

The ‘Beheading’ strategy can be used by any size country, but will likely be used as part of a first-strike or retaliation attack. The strategy involves using nuclear weapons to specifically eliminate heads of state including administration and congressional leaders, as well as military leadership. The idea is to remove the leadership of a country, leaving only local governors or administrators who simply don’t have the experience to rally the country in a common defense. This strategy is designed to weaken the defending country’s ability to coordinate an effective response. However, this strategy also makes it difficult to organize a surrender.

If a first strike appears to use a beheading strategy, it is likely that the attacking country plans a full-scale invasion of some or all of the defending country. Using the U.S. as an example, this attack pattern might see an invasion of the west coast up to the Rocky Mountains, with a pause and negotiated truce. The invading force might hope that the remaining U.S., left largely undamaged, would be willing to sacrifice the coast to save the remaining population from a prolonged war on their own soil.

Preparing for the beheading strategy involves a rapid reaction to enemy launch detection. Leaders are quickly airlifted to remote bunkers both inside and outside of target areas. The U.S. President can be expected to be rushed to Air Force One within minutes, and remain aloft and mobile for the duration of the event, ensuring there is always “someone in charge”.

Hostage Strategy

If a country has a limited number of nuclear weapons, then a “hostage” strategy might be used in order to minimize destruction of the defender’s cities, transportation networks, and methods of production, while achieving the attacker’s demands. In this case, the attacker might use one or two nuclear weapons to strike uninhabited or lightly inhabited areas. Then, they send a clear signal to the leadership of the defender that they are willing and able to hit major population centers unless their enemy agrees to their terms. The attacker essentially holds the population hostage under threat of nuclear annihilation until the country’s leaders negotiate. If there is a delay, the attacker (like any hostage taker) may use one of their precious weapons to “make good” on their threats and take out a small city in the hopes it will motivate the defender to capitulate to their demands.

This scenario is the basis for a number of Hollywood action movies, which often involve a single hero saving the day and eliminating the threat. However, in reality, it is a difficult strategy to counter simply because of the variables involved and the unknown nature and demands of the attacker.

Asymmetric Escalation

This strategy involves a weak opponent challenging a stronger opponent, hence the name ‘asymmetric’ meaning ‘unequal’. The idea is for the smaller country to intentionally escalate a conflict to the point that they use a small (maybe battlefield) nuclear weapon in apparent defense of their country or interests against the larger “aggressor”. Ideally, the smaller country could destroy a carrier group or remote island military base as an example of their willingness to use their weapons. Then, they hold their larger weapons in reserve and tell the larger country and the world, “you might destroy us, but we will make sure and take out one or more of your major cities”. The smaller country hopes that the larger country will not be willing to sacrifice millions of their citizens to take out a small country (or dictator). So, the larger country reaches a stalemate with the smaller country. This strategy becomes even more effective if the smaller country can locate their limited warhead inventory onto ships, submarines or even smuggle them into the larger country.

This is the primary strategy which is likely being used by North Korea against the United States. The North Koreans are not stupid. They know the U.S. can obliterate them ten times over. However, they are betting the U.S. that they can get “one-shot” off and hit a major U.S. city (killing millions) before the U.S. can eliminate their command and control centers. They estimate that the U.S. cannot take that chance and are betting that leaders will be willing to negotiate rather than risk losing a city. It has been theorized that President Trump is playing the “crazy loose cannon” as a way of countering North Korea’s asymmetric strategy. If the Koreans think, “this guy might just be crazy enough to let us attack a U.S. city”, then their entire strategy becomes a fragile house of cards.

Conclusion

When the average person uses a tool to complete a task, they have a vision in mind of what they wish to accomplish. Policy and military planners follow a similar process. They have a vision of keeping their people and their armies safe. In many cases, the tools they use to accomplish this are devastating and decisive, but tools just the same. In order to properly employ these tools, planners have built strategies about when and how they will be used. This article has attempted to briefly lay out some of the common strategies and policies a country might entertain before putting these weapons to use. Hopefully, it will help someone better understand the posturing and positioning that is going on in the world today.

Disclaimer:

I, the author, Centurion, am not, nor have ever been, a military planner or involved with the military doctrine in any way. I am a student of history and have spent a considerable amount of time studying the Cold War and the strategies used during this period.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Nuclear Attack Strategies: Knowing How They Think Is Half the Battle

Todd’s Note: Have you ever wondered why a certain country takes the stance they do on nuclear weapons?  It might be hard for those of us in the West to understand nuclear attack strategies of other nations, but this guest post by Centurion will help you to understand it all a bit more clearly.

When the average person thinks of nuclear weapons, they may imagine hundreds of weapons being unleashed on every city and target in the country at once. However, in reality, the people controlling these weapons on both sides likely see them as tools. Devastating and decisive tools, but tools just the same. But like any hammer, screwdriver or hand saw, tools are designed for a specific purpose and are best suited for specific tasks. So, what tasks are nuclear devices designed to accomplish? In order to get a better idea, one needs to know what the designers are trying to build. In military terms, this design is called strategy, in this case, nuclear strategy. And what they are trying to build is national policy to keep their country safe.

Currently, there are nine countries which are known or suspected to have nuclear weapons. Many of these countries regularly face off against each other and their military planners have spent years developing nuclear attack/defense doctrines and strategies based on scenarios with their most likely foes.

This article attempts to look at general nuclear strategy and how a country might “think” as they prepare to launch their weapons.

The nine countries are:

  • Russia
  • United States
  • France
  • China
  • United Kingdom
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Israel
  • North Korea

There are also five other countries which have nukes owned by the U.S. for the defense of NATO. They require U.S. arming codes in order to use the weapons and theoretically cannot launch without U.S. approval.

  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands

This article will NOT go into detail on the types of nuclear weapons available in various arsenals around the world, size comparisons between tactical and ballistic weapons, or the general effects and impacts of specific weapons on people or infrastructure. This article is about strategy and policy.

Nuclear Strategies and Attack Theory

 

Countries do not develop nuclear weapons simply for the challenge to see if they can accomplish it. They spend the time, money and effort to develop and build these weapons as part of their military strategy and warfare scenarios. The country’s political goals also play significantly into the type of weapons and delivery systems they build. This article explores some of the potential ways these weapons might be deployed against a country’s enemies.

First Strike (Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike)

The idea of a first strike is to attack an enemy before they attack you. Essentially, “get the first punch” with the hopes of finishing the fight quickly or hurting your opponent enough that they cannot effectively hurt you. The key to successfully executing this strategy is to eliminate the enemy’s ability to strike or retaliate. Targets of a first strike would include enemy missile sites, weapon stockpiles (especially nuclear weapons), command and control centers, and launch facilities.

Looking at nuclear military forces around the world, one can see a number of techniques which have been employed to counter this first strike strategy. In the United States, land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) sites are located in the middle of the continental land mass, in places like North and South Dakota and Kansas. The added distance from enemy launch points to impact points gives the U.S. a cushion of time to launch a counter-strike in the event the U.S. detects a first launch by an enemy. A rapid reaction to launch U.S. missiles out of the silos before incoming missiles impacted was part of the MAD doctrine of the 20th Century (detailed below). It basically guaranteed a massive retaliatory strike on any aggressor.

In the former Soviet Union, their military strategy involved keeping a significant portion of their nuclear arsenal mobile using portable launchers. These are essentially large semi-trucks designed for hauling and launching ICBM weapons. This mobility and unpredictability denied the U.S. military a stationary target on which to focus their weapons. The theory was, once a U.S. launch was detected, the Soviets had 20-40 minutes to simply drive away from the targeted impact point.

Submarines are a mobile, first strike strategy all their own. They are silent and deadly and one of the most feared weapons in the nuclear arsenal. As an example, Washington, DC is less than 300 miles flight distance from deep water where a Russian submarine might sneak in to launch. Assuming we knew and reacted the instant a submarine missile was launched (unlikely), it would impact the capital in less than 30 minutes. The same can be said of most major U.S. cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Charleston, New Orleans, Houston, New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)

Throughout the Cold War, the major nuclear players (U.S. and the Soviets) had a nervous standoff which came to be called MAD. This was an agreed upon balance where both sides know their enemy, once attacked, will retaliate with everything in their arsenal. This philosophy states, if one combatant attempts a first strike, they are assured they will receive a full-scale retaliation which would obliterate their own country. The idea was to ensure no one from either side would pull the trigger first because it would mean certain death for both sides 20-40 minutes later.

Minimum Deterrence

This national policy states that a country will only build and maintain enough nuclear weapons to “deter an enemy aggressor”. In other words, “you can hit me first, but I will end the fight quickly and decisively.” China has traditionally used this philosophy with respect to nuclear weapons. They maintain an arsenal large enough to significantly hurt an attacker, without escalating it into a costly arms race of sheer numbers.

This strategy allows a country like China to maintain a much smaller nuclear force. They can also minimize their efforts to modernize their systems because they aren’t necessarily trying to get their weapons through a primary defense shield. They merely have to be able to survive the first strike and hit soft targets in response to an attack. One known difficulty of this strategy is the ability to estimate an attacker’s willingness to take damage. In some circumstances, an attacker may be willing to take “acceptable loses” in an effort to achieve their aims. Another key difficulty to this strategy is arms reduction negotiations. When a country, like the U.S. or Russia, has an overwhelming number of weapons, it is easy for them to agree to eliminate 10% of their stockpile, knowing they will simply discard and dismantle all their old 40-year-old warheads, which were probably scheduled for destruction anyway. However, if the strategy involves maintaining only a specific number of critical weapons, then any reduction could allow your arsenal to slip below the level of effective deterrence to an enemy. This is why you rarely see China join the nuclear disarmament discussions.

The minimal deterrence strategy also has an impact in keeping smaller, regional conflicts conventional. If an attacker knows ahead of time that the defender has a small nuclear stockpile, they will likely do their best to keep any conflicts contained. This self-imposed escalation threshold by the attacker it is hoped would keep the defender from pulling the trigger on a nuclear device.

Battlefield (Tactical) Nuclear Weapons

These are “smaller” nuclear weapons designed to be used in a limited battlefield scenario. Tactical nukes are designed to be delivered by short-range artillery, airplane dropped gravity bombs, torpedoes, or short range ship-to-ship missiles. There are even reports of very small nuclear devices which can be delivered by commando teams to specific targets.

Tactical nukes are most likely to be used by the ‘losing’ side in an attempt to swing the battle their way quickly and decisively. For example, if India were to invade Pakistan with overwhelming air and ground superiority, the attacking force could quickly take large portions of Pakistan’s territory. However, seeing this drive, the smaller Pakistani force might request a tactical nuclear strike in order to “pause” the advancing line. This attack, focused on armor or aviation units, would temporarily cripple the attacking force and give the Pakistani army time to bring in reinforcements and beat back the assault.

In a similar move, if the Indian army were to be forced to rapidly retreat, they might use tactical nuclear weapons as a delaying strategy, taking out major bridges, mountain passes, or airfields in an attempt to give themselves time to escape and regroup.

Tactical weapons are definitely part of the attack and defense plans on both sides of the Korean standoff. If the North Koreans were to launch a massive invasion of the South, there simply aren’t enough soldiers (Korean or American) on the peninsula to act as anything other than a speed bump. Therefore, nuclear weapons have always been part of the defense plans of South Korea. Within minutes of a massive invasion, American soldiers would likely use long-range nuclear artillery to delay the attack while American assets were rushed to the region.

As mentioned, India and Pakistan have both focused their nuclear development around tactical battlefield weapons. This is why they are a significant threat to each other but do not usually make the headlines about threatening the rest of the world even though both are nuclear powers.

Terrorism

Terrorists would love to get a nuclear weapon. Owning and using one would allow any group to immediately become the premier terrorist organization in the world. Plus, assuming they could imply to the world that they owned more than one of these devices, they could likely demand nearly anything they wanted from nearly any country in the world with a high level of certainty that their wishes would be seriously considered. After all, they would have shown they have the weapon and are willing to use it. Their initial strike would also have disabled their largest perceived enemy, whether that is the U.S., Russia, Israel, or Great Britain. This terrorist organization could also take credit for changing the face of geopolitical politics and relationships overnight. It would be unprecedented in the world of terrorism up to that point.

Further Reading: It’s Getting Crazy Out There – Don’t Be Distracted! An Open Letter to Family & Friends

Beheading Strategy

The ‘Beheading’ strategy can be used by any size country, but will likely be used as part of a first-strike or retaliation attack. The strategy involves using nuclear weapons to specifically eliminate heads of state including administration and congressional leaders, as well as military leadership. The idea is to remove the leadership of a country, leaving only local governors or administrators who simply don’t have the experience to rally the country in a common defense. This strategy is designed to weaken the defending country’s ability to coordinate an effective response. However, this strategy also makes it difficult to organize a surrender.

If a first strike appears to use a beheading strategy, it is likely that the attacking country plans a full-scale invasion of some or all of the defending country. Using the U.S. as an example, this attack pattern might see an invasion of the west coast up to the Rocky Mountains, with a pause and negotiated truce. The invading force might hope that the remaining U.S., left largely undamaged, would be willing to sacrifice the coast to save the remaining population from a prolonged war on their own soil.

Preparing for the beheading strategy involves a rapid reaction to enemy launch detection. Leaders are quickly airlifted to remote bunkers both inside and outside of target areas. The U.S. President can be expected to be rushed to Air Force One within minutes, and remain aloft and mobile for the duration of the event, ensuring there is always “someone in charge”.

Hostage Strategy

If a country has a limited number of nuclear weapons, then a “hostage” strategy might be used in order to minimize destruction of the defender’s cities, transportation networks, and methods of production, while achieving the attacker’s demands. In this case, the attacker might use one or two nuclear weapons to strike uninhabited or lightly inhabited areas. Then, they send a clear signal to the leadership of the defender that they are willing and able to hit major population centers unless their enemy agrees to their terms. The attacker essentially holds the population hostage under threat of nuclear annihilation until the country’s leaders negotiate. If there is a delay, the attacker (like any hostage taker) may use one of their precious weapons to “make good” on their threats and take out a small city in the hopes it will motivate the defender to capitulate to their demands.

This scenario is the basis for a number of Hollywood action movies, which often involve a single hero saving the day and eliminating the threat. However, in reality, it is a difficult strategy to counter simply because of the variables involved and the unknown nature and demands of the attacker.

Asymmetric Escalation

This strategy involves a weak opponent challenging a stronger opponent, hence the name ‘asymmetric’ meaning ‘unequal’. The idea is for the smaller country to intentionally escalate a conflict to the point that they use a small (maybe battlefield) nuclear weapon in apparent defense of their country or interests against the larger “aggressor”. Ideally, the smaller country could destroy a carrier group or remote island military base as an example of their willingness to use their weapons. Then, they hold their larger weapons in reserve and tell the larger country and the world, “you might destroy us, but we will make sure and take out one or more of your major cities”. The smaller country hopes that the larger country will not be willing to sacrifice millions of their citizens to take out a small country (or dictator). So, the larger country reaches a stalemate with the smaller country. This strategy becomes even more effective if the smaller country can locate their limited warhead inventory onto ships, submarines or even smuggle them into the larger country.

This is the primary strategy which is likely being used by North Korea against the United States. The North Koreans are not stupid. They know the U.S. can obliterate them ten times over. However, they are betting the U.S. that they can get “one-shot” off and hit a major U.S. city (killing millions) before the U.S. can eliminate their command and control centers. They estimate that the U.S. cannot take that chance and are betting that leaders will be willing to negotiate rather than risk losing a city. It has been theorized that President Trump is playing the “crazy loose cannon” as a way of countering North Korea’s asymmetric strategy. If the Koreans think, “this guy might just be crazy enough to let us attack a U.S. city”, then their entire strategy becomes a fragile house of cards.

Conclusion

When the average person uses a tool to complete a task, they have a vision in mind of what they wish to accomplish. Policy and military planners follow a similar process. They have a vision of keeping their people and their armies safe. In many cases, the tools they use to accomplish this are devastating and decisive, but tools just the same. In order to properly employ these tools, planners have built strategies about when and how they will be used. This article has attempted to briefly lay out some of the common strategies and policies a country might entertain before putting these weapons to use. Hopefully, it will help someone better understand the posturing and positioning that is going on in the world today.

Disclaimer:

I, the author, Centurion, am not, nor have ever been, a military planner or involved with the military doctrine in any way. I am a student of history and have spent a considerable amount of time studying the Cold War and the strategies used during this period.

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – November 27, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Many Earthquakes” – 11/26/17
  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/25/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Israeli-Syrian border – 11/26/17
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/26/17
  • Jason A – The Biggest Lie in America! (2017-2018)
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN PERILOUS TIMES– 11/26/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Many Earthquakes” – 11/26/17

 

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/25/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Update from the Israeli-Syrian border – 11/26/17

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/26/17

 

Jason A – The Biggest Lie in America! (2017-2018)

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – WE ARE LIVING IN PERILOUS TIMES– 11/26/17

 

Peace
Todd

Being Prepared and Staying Safe While Hunting – Your Hunting Trip Survival Checklist

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Todd’s Note – Hunting trips should be a great time to unwind, spend some time with friends and hopefully come home with some meat to stock the freezer.  However, just like in so many different scenarios in life, hunting trips can take a turn for the worse.  You need to consider a hunting trip survival checklist!

Recently, I read an article about an experienced hunter getting turned around and separated from his group in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.  He spent three days and three nights in freezing temperatures where at some point he fell in a stream.  Luckily for him, he had some supplies and some skills at building a fire that helped to keep him alive.  To read the news article – CLICK HERE.

Embarking on a hunting trip with the right mindset and supplies is important and can save your life.  This is the topic of the article below!


Stay Safe and Prepared: The Absolute

Must-Haves For Hunting Expeditions

Have you ever wondered: “What are the absolute essentials you need when heading out to an intense hunting expedition?”

Think about it: You’re out in the open fields, silently catching some meat to bring home, all the while trying to stay as silent as possible to avoid getting injured. And while having the best weaponry and accessories will help capture your game, it won’t help you stay alive for long if you ever get caught in dangerous situations where you fight for survival.

If you feel like nothing will ever go wrong while you’re hunting outdoors, then you’re living in a fantasy! Your survival in the field is a priority because anything can happen. So to ensure your safety, you must have the right tools. This includes a survival kit and other various items you may have overlooked while packing.

Instead of packing and prioritizing only your weapons, we’ll be addressing a serious topic: The items to pack for survival while out hunting.

Navigation

Sure, GPS systems have come a long way in letting us know where we are, but you can never be too prepared for what’s to come. Not only is there a chance of location inaccuracy from signal issues, but you can also lose battery from your device while trying to find a way out, wherever you may be.

It’s smart to carry the “old-school” tools, like a compass and a waterproof map. Of course, you should also bring a GPS (I recommend something to wear on your wrist and is fully-charged).

Light

Are you planning to hunt and camp out for a few days? You can’t always depend on the sun and moon for your light, especially during inclement weather. Pack heavy-duty waterproof headlamps and flashlights to navigate your way through the darkest of nights. After all, you can’t move around as freely when you can’t see as much. Do NOT scrimp on flashlights, because you would want something durable and long-lasting. Pack extra batteries and bulbs for just-in-case!

First Aid Kit

The first aid kit of a hunter isn’t the ordinary types you might expect it to be. Sure, the basic bandaid and Ibuprofen is optimal for minor injuries, but what about the bigger ones (that hopefully will never happen)? You must have a complete first aid kit, which includes all the medicine and bandages one needs for any unfortunate injury or illness.

Start packing your first aid kit with medicine, especially if you have any special needs like for diabetes, blood pressure, or other illnesses. Then move on and pack items built for severe injuries, such as heavy-duty bandages, gauze, splints, and others. You shouldn’t only pack these items, but learn how to use them just in case anything does happen in the field.

Food and Water

This is the number one thing to add to your survival kit because no one can live without food and water for an extended period. It doesn’t matter how long you are out hunting for; you must have easy-to-consume food, such as energy bars, nuts, and freeze-dried food, which can help keep you going without the chances of it getting spoiled.

You should also invest in a portable water filtration system, which will help you in times you have run out of water and turn to any body of water you chance upon. That way, you are ensured that the water you drink for survival is cleaner.

Pack utensils as well, made out of stainless steel to use for heating and cooking purposes, as well as when drinking and eating. Do NOT bother packing disposable items, opt for something functional and reusable. Limit the trash you throw!

Blankets

You never know how long you’ll be stuck in the wilderness, primarily during times you are lost or happen to be stranded from inclement weather. So with that in mind, you should also be prepared to stay warm. Space or emergency blankets are a must-have survival tool for hunters and campers alike.

Emergency blankets aren’t only windproof and waterproof, but they are also compact and can fit in your backpack. They are also functional in many ways, with you being able to use it as a sleeping bag, makeshift shelter, a heat conductor, ground cloth, or even a signaling device. It can also be used as a poncho for protection during the rain. This will keep you warm during the cold, which is recommended for those hunting deer in the winter.

Multitools

You should never enter the fields without a knife. Think of it as a writer and his pen- that is the closest analogy I can think of with a hunter and a knife. A multitool that carries a knife isn’t only meant for self-defense, but it can save you during hard times in so many ways. It can be used for opening cans of food, chopping small pieces of wood to burn, to cut and skin game, or to even treat emergency injuries, such as removing splinters.
Pack the top-grade multitool with a quality knife that can cut through various textures and thicknesses.

Firestarter

Another critical tool for hunters would be disposable matches or lighters. They aren’t only helpful regarding bringing light to the area, but can also have you build fires for cooking, melting ice or snow, or even for warmth and comfort during the cold days.

You can opt to have disposable lighters, though it’s best also to have a small pack of matches in waterproof containers or even a flint that can spark a fire with friction, just in case the lighters do not work.

Tools for Signaling

You can opt to bring flares during your hunt to signal for help, but other signaling tools such as a whistle or signal glass mirror will come in handy for emergencies. A whistle is a valuable tool to signal other hunters or to even ward off animals that you do not plan on capturing. You can use the mirror and light for signaling, or to check any part of your body for injuries.

Paracord

Having durable rope or a parachute cord (at least 50 feet) is a helpful tool to bring, as it can help build shelter, secure your backpack load, tie splints or slings for injuries, or even to rappel down inclines and steep paths!

Communication

And of course, you will need to make sure that you have a device used for communication purposes, whether you are hunting alone or in a group. Have a fully-charged phone or a two-way radio to update people on your whereabouts or to call for help if needed. I suggest that you also pack a small power bank to charge your phone as well if you expect to be in the area for a few days.

In A Nutshell

Just like targeting and shooting for the kill, your survival will depend on the tools and weapons you bring with you. It isn’t just about keeping yourself concealed with a hunting blind or the “strongest” gun. So make certain of it that you secure these items to stay prepared for anything while on a hunt.

Stay safe and pack wisely.

Author Bio:
Mitchell Wood is an outdoor, ranch and hunting guru. He is the lead guide and liaison at the Musket Hunting. He is an expert in both native and exotic hunting species as well as conservation.

 

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (11/12/17)

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Here are the Top Prepper Articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 11/5/17 – 11/11/17

 

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

 

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: EMP and FAR AWAY – What Would You Do?

The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – You are at a business convention 1200 miles away from your family when an EMP goes off and stops the entire civilization in its tracks.  None of the means of communication or transportation work, the banking system and all the comforts of modern civilization are broken, setting the entire country back hundreds of years.

Infrastructure won’t be fixed anytime soon and you aren’t ready for this.  You have $300 in your pocket and a few hours before all shelves are empty. Would you stay local or head for home?  Whatever your decision is, what would you buy with the money and why?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: EMP and FAR AWAY – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – You are at a business convention 1200 miles away from your family when an EMP goes off and stops the entire civilization in its tracks.  None of the means of communication or transportation work, the banking system and all the comforts of modern civilization are broken, setting the entire country back hundreds of years.

Infrastructure won’t be fixed anytime soon and you aren’t ready for this.  You have $300 in your pocket and a few hours before all shelves are empty. Would you stay local or head for home?  Whatever your decision is, what would you buy with the money and why?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Prepper Gift List – Get Them What They Really Want!

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I hate coming up with gift ideas.  I also don’t like getting gifts.  I always seem to get presents that I don’t really need or want.  So, I want to help my fellow Preppers or their significant others, with some great ideas.  This is my Prepper Gift List. 

HINT: If your significant other doesn’t know what to get you, send them a link to this article.

Below you will find some DIY gift ideas as well as gifts for those who just don’t have the time to make something.


DIY Food Bucket – This one is easy and well, it will help the giftee survive in case of an emergency.  Grab a bucket and lid from Home Depot or Lowes.  Fill the bucket with canned food for an emergency.  You should throw in a good can opener too. If the foods aren’t ready to eat like soups, etc…, make sure you throw in some easy to make recipes with the canned food storage your placing in the bucket.

You can also use this same premise to make a Hygiene bucket or Sanitation bucket of supplies.

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL ALERT – If you don’t want to waste time making your own food bucket, pick one up from Legacy Foods.  They have great food buckets that will last many years – CLICK HERE.

An Altoids Tin Survival/Boo-Boo/Urban Kit is another great DIY gift.  I’m very partial to the Boo-Boo Kits myself.  This small kit can be kept at the office in a desk drawer, in a vehicle, purse, backpack or even on you, in a pocket.  This is easy to assemble and the giftee will always remember you when they open up and use their kit!

My experience with Hurrican Harvey proved this little flashlight’s worth to me over and over.  The Outlite A100 Portable Ultra Bright Handheld LED Flashlight is a powerful light that anyone would love you for giving it to them when they are in need of a light.  You can also purchase two rechargeable batteries that will give you a lot of light when you need it!

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL ALERTHydroBlu Jerry Can – You’re going to hear a lot about this one in the near future! This Jerry Can is a water filter that anyone can use.  It will hold 5 gallons of water and filter it out as you pump it.  This is a must for any survival enthusiast or anyone who thinks they might go through a disaster or crisis situation.

If your giftee is getting serious about their preparedness, then they are going to need to learn how to cook over an open flame.  The Stove in a Can is an easy way to make that happen.  The stove comes with fuel and is easy enough for anyone to use.  It is another means to cook food and heat water during an emergency situation.  

 

Are you Conflicted? – If you’re looking for an unusual gift, maybe for a stocking stuffer, office party or even a white elephant gift, this will be the “Talk of the Presents.”   Conflicted is a card game with survival scenarios on the back of each card.  You or the person responding to the scenario will be “conflicted” on how to answer it.  These aren’t easy scenarios. There is a lot to consider here!  Check out Conflicted Cards Here!

Amazon Prime – a gift that would “keep on giving” all year long is giving someone Amazon Prime.  There are so many items that you can purchase from Amazon, the list is crazy huge! 

Everybody purchases on Amazon.  But when you give someone the gift of Prime, they get their purchases in 2 days AND it’s FREE shipping!  Anyone with Prime also has access to FREE Movies, TV Shows, and Music!  It is a great deal! Click on the banner below to check out Amazon Prime!

 

Of course, you could always buy a gift from Amazon’s Survival or Outdoor section.  And then there are all the survival books to choose from.  I would suggest that EVERY Prepper have Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Handbook in their library!

DIY Fire Kit – Another great DIY gift item would be a fire kit.  You could purchase small plastic bags and put cotton balls and vaseline inside and smash it to get the vaseline all over the cotton.  You can add a Ferro Rod, lighter, waterproof matches, some lint from the dryer and maybe a few tea lights.  

I tried to provide some different gifts rather than the usual “Prepper Gift List.”  I hope you find something the Prepper in your life loves!

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – November 21, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “You Need to Watch This” – 11/19/17
  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/19/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Where is America in Bible Prophecy? – 11/20/17
  • JD Farag – Guest Pastor Billy Crone: The satanic Invasion of Church Last Days – 11/19/17
  • Jason A – Everyone is Silent About This… (2017-2018)
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – KING OF SAUDI ARABIA TO STEP DOWN– 11/19/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “You Need to Watch This” – 11/19/17

 

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/19/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Where is America in Bible Prophecy? – 11/20/17

 

JD Farag – Guest Pastor Billy Crone: The satanic Invasion of Church Last Days – 11/19/17

 

Jason A – Everyone is Silent About This… (2017-2018)

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – KING OF SAUDI ARABIA TO STEP DOWN– 11/19/17

 

Peace,
Todd

My Favorite EDC Kit List – Start Carrying Today!

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I have to admit it, I play favorites.  I play favorites with my EDC. But I only do it because I have used this kit the most out of anything else I carry with me preparedness related. It is my Altoids First Aid Kit or what I like to call my Boo-Boo kit.  I think everyone should carry a Boo-Boo kit, so I would like to share my Boo-Boo EDC kit list with you.

But first, to be clear, I carry other EDC items every day.  And due to The Prepper Website Podcast, I know there are a bunch of new readers and listeners to materials on Ed that Matters and Prepper Website.  That is one reason I started writing Survival for the Common Man.

So let me define EDC really quick.

EDC stands for Every Day Carry.  EDC items are items you carry with you on a regular basis.  They don’t necessarily have to be survival related.  In fact, my most important EDC item is my cell phone.  I will return home if I happen to forget it.

But besides that, I try to always carry two other small Altoids kits; my Urban Survival Kit (not really survival like Wilderness Survival) and my Boo-Boo kit.

I always recommend that you make your EDC kit your own.  But to get your juices flowing, I’m sharing my list below.

My Favorite EDC Kit  List

Altoids Tin – It is really crazy, you can purchase empty tins on Amazon for $5.95 +.  It’s crazy because you can purchase Altoids almost anywhere for less than $4, plus you get the mints!  My favorites are the Spearmint Altoid mints.

Ibuprofen (Advil generic) – 20 count – I think we purchase the big bottles from Sam’s Club. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, pain reliever and fever reducer.

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed generic) – 10 count – Sinus pressure sucks! Pseudoephedrine is for nasal congestion and sinus pressure. Just get this at your local pharmacy or even Walmart.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl generic) – 5 count – Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine. It is used for seasonal allergies and allergic reactions. It will also help you sleep.

Plastic bags – I purchased the little bags from Walmart in the crafts section.

Antiseptic Towelette – 2 count – You can use these to clean an area on your skin or to wash your hands.

Sting Relief – 2 count – For insect bites, this towelette contains an antiseptic and pain reliever.

Bacitracin w/ Zinc – 1 count – Antibiotic ointment.

Band-Aids – 3 count – These are the larger band-aids.

Floss stick – 1 count – This stick also has a pick on the other end.

Burn Jel – 1 count – For the relief of minor burns. This pack contains 2% Lidocaine.

Mole Skin – Cut down to size. To prevent pain from blisters, etc… rubbing your feet.

Amber Glass Vials – 1/4 dram for Essential Oils – These are small and I can fit 2 of them easily in my Boo-Boo kit.

Lavender Essential Oil – Used for calming, to relieve itching of insect bites, decreases the pain of minor burns, stops bleeding.

Melaleuca/ Tea Tree Oil – Used as a hand sanitizer, insect repellant, natural deodorant.

Allergy L.L.P Essential Oil – Used for allergy relief.  I wrote about this essential oil here.

Your EDC Kit

You need to remember that your EDC kit, whatever it looks like, needs to be personal to your needs.  Looking at kit lists are helpful, but you need to make your kit your own!  If you would like some other ideas, make sure you check out this page!

What would you put in your Altoids EDC Kit?  Post your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Peace,
Todd

For more Altoid Tin uses – Check out this post – 13 REAL Survival Uses for Altoid Tins – You Can Easily Make One Today!

 

 

Survival for the Common Man – Your EASY Food Storage Solution

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Don’t Fear the Unknown! Get Prepared!

Food isn’t as important as one might think, at first. I say at first because most healthy people can go a while without eating. Now, I’ve never tried going more than three days without food, but I’ve always heard that you can go much longer than that. Although you will have diminished energy, you won’t die! But there is a psychological aspect to food that might mean more to you and your family in a survival situation than just putting nutrients in your body. Having food and a food storage solution is important for survival. And, I’m going to share with you how you can accomplish this without breaking your budget!

Food and the Psyche

But first, let’s explore this psychological aspect of food just a little.

Have you ever decided to go on a diet? Immediately you might feel your stomach growling or you might feel hungry. Your brain doesn’t like to think about not eating. Couple not eating with being in a survival situation and looking at your kids, who are looking at you for the next step or the next meal. You don’t want to be in that situation and be empty handed. Or should I say, have an empty pantry?

If you think about it, many people come together around food. When you invite people over to your house, you usually sit around and eat. Food brings people together. And, it can also encourage and help you to feel better about your situation. Have you ever eaten a great meal and just sat back feeling full and satisfied? There is something powerful about sitting down and eating a hot meal. And like I mentioned earlier, this is even more important when you consider the stress of a survival situation or crisis, whatever that might be.

Why People Don’t Have Food Storage

Having a food storage solution can seem like a daunting task. When you think about having a year’s supply or more for your family, it can seem overwhelming and the feeling makes many not even start. Another factor that causes others to not want to prep their pantry is that it can get expensive! Yes, it can get expensive if you go out and buy a year’s worth of freeze-dried food all in one purchase.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on freeze-dried food. In fact, I would recommend not making freeze-dried food your first purchase. Why? People who tend to make a purchase like that put the food up in a closet and then forget about it. They don’t build the basics of preparedness into their life.

I’m going to describe how you can start your food storage pantry easily and inexpensively. If you follow these steps and use the FREE download [Dropbox Link], you can have a decent food storage pantry in no time!

Starting Your Food Storage Pantry

The easiest way to start your food storage is with canned goods! There, that was easy!

Canned goods are already packaged for the long term. Dates on cans are usually “best used by” dates. Best used by dates are just dates the food company has decided to stamp on their cans to guarantee freshness. And expiration dates are just another term for “best used by” dates.

Think about this. If you have a can of soup and it says, “expires on January 21, 2018,” does that mean that when the clock turns midnight on January 22, 2018, that the food in the can all of the sudden goes bad? Of course not!

Check out this explanation from Food Reference (as sourced from my friend Chris @ Prepared Christian)…

“Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and it is still microbiologically safe! We don’t recommend keeping canned food for 100 years, but if the can is intact, not dented or bulging, it is edible.” – Source 

Now, you do want to make sure that the cans that you are storing are not dented, bulging or rusting in any way. If they are, you need to toss them. But besides that, canned food from the grocery store is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to start their food storage pantry!

Step by Step Your Food Storage Solution

Like I said at the beginning of this series, you need to start with a plan! You don’t want to to go to the grocery store and start tossing a bunch of cans in your cart.

Let’s start with what your family eats. What are the recipes that you know your family will sit down to eat? Do you have at least 5-7 meals you can name off? If not, you can use meals consisting of canned food like Chunky Soup and Mini-Raviolis. Some of the varieties of Chunky Soup over rice (to stretch it) make a hearty meal. Add a canned vegetable to Mini-Ravioli and you are good to go. You see, I just gave you two meals there. This is easy!

Now, think about the 5-7 meals you listed. You will need to make sure that all the ingredients are canned goods or that canned goods can be substituted. You can also use some dried goods, like pasta, beans and the rice I mentioned above, but you will need to package it for the long term. This isn’t hard to do.

Packaging dried goods for the long term is a little bit more advanced than buying cans, but it is not that big of a deal. And, you might not even have to do this. It depends on how many days or weeks of food storage you want. If you are wanting to package some dried goods, you can check out this post that has a ton of resources. Don’t get overwhelmed! If you find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, just forgo the packaging of dried goods at this time.

Back to the canned goods.

So the important thing is to start with a plan, or in this case, prepare a menu. In the FREE download, I make it easy for you to list out your menu and then list out the items you need to purchase. After you have one week planned out, then multiply it by 2 to have two weeks of food storage. Then, when you can, multiply it by 4 to have one month of food storage.

You’ll want to add different menus and items as you go. You don’t want your family to get bored with the same meals every week if you can help it! Another article that might be helpful here is, “Anyone Can Do it! Fool-Proof Food Storage!

Food Storage You Will Use

Let me briefly talk about a big food storage mistake.

One of the big mistakes you can make when it comes to food storage is putting up your food for a “rainy day” and not using it. The best practice would be to use the FIFO method. FIFO stands for “First In – First Out.” This means that the items you put in your pantry first, are the first to come out when you start cooking. This will take a little discipline at first. But basically, imagine looking into your pantry. You just bought another week worth of green beans. Instead of putting the cans towards the front of your pantry, hopefully, you have some sort of systems where all of the green beans are lined up, you move the green beans that are there forward and then place the newly purchased green beans at the back of your green beans storage. In order to make this easier, some utilize a can storage system like this. Or, if you are a DIY’er, you can make one out of cardboard like in the video below.

 

Final Thoughts

When you are dealing with canned foods, you will have to consider extra sodium and other ingredients you might try to avoid. Every food storage solution, unless you make your own, is going to have some give and take. But for the Common Man or Woman starting out, this is a frugal place to start.

Your family and loved ones are counting on you! Like the water storage that I mentioned in a previous article, this isn’t something you want to delay. Food means a lot to us now and will even more so in a survival situation.

Action Steps
* Download the FREE PDF on Food Storage [Dropbox Link]
* Take the time to plan out a canned food menu
* Purchase the items at your local grocery store

_____________________________________________
Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

Peace,
Todd

Survival for the Common Man – Your EASY Food Storage Solution

 

Don’t Fear the Unknown! Get Prepared!

Food isn’t as important as one might think, at first. I say at first because most healthy people can go a while without eating. Now, I’ve never tried going more than three days without food, but I’ve always heard that you can go much longer than that. Although you will have diminished energy, you won’t die! But there is a psychological aspect to food that might mean more to you and your family in a survival situation than just putting nutrients in your body. Having food and a food storage solution is important for survival. And, I’m going to share with you how you can accomplish this without breaking your budget!

Food and the Psyche

But first, let’s explore this psychological aspect of food just a little.

Have you ever decided to go on a diet? Immediately you might feel your stomach growling or you might feel hungry. Your brain doesn’t like to think about not eating. Couple not eating with being in a survival situation and looking at your kids, who are looking at you for the next step or the next meal. You don’t want to be in that situation and be empty handed. Or should I say, have an empty pantry?

If you think about it, many people come together around food. When you invite people over to your house, you usually sit around and eat. Food brings people together. And, it can also encourage and help you to feel better about your situation. Have you ever eaten a great meal and just sat back feeling full and satisfied? There is something powerful about sitting down and eating a hot meal. And like I mentioned earlier, this is even more important when you consider the stress of a survival situation or crisis, whatever that might be.

Why People Don’t Have Food Storage

Having a food storage solution can seem like a daunting task. When you think about having a year’s supply or more for your family, it can seem overwhelming and the feeling makes many not even start. Another factor that causes others to not want to prep their pantry is that it can get expensive! Yes, it can get expensive if you go out and buy a year’s worth of freeze-dried food all in one purchase.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money on freeze-dried food. In fact, I would recommend not making freeze-dried food your first purchase. Why? People who tend to make a purchase like that put the food up in a closet and then forget about it. They don’t build the basics of preparedness into their life.

I’m going to describe how you can start your food storage pantry easily and inexpensively. If you follow these steps and use the FREE download [Dropbox Link], you can have a decent food storage pantry in no time!

Starting Your Food Storage Pantry

The easiest way to start your food storage is with canned goods! There, that was easy!

Canned goods are already packaged for the long term. Dates on cans are usually “best used by” dates. Best used by dates are just dates the food company has decided to stamp on their cans to guarantee freshness. And expiration dates are just another term for “best used by” dates.

Think about this. If you have a can of soup and it says, “expires on January 21, 2018,” does that mean that when the clock turns midnight on January 22, 2018, that the food in the can all of the sudden goes bad? Of course not!

Check out this explanation from Food Reference (as sourced from my friend Chris @ Prepared Christian)…

“Canned food has a shelf life of at least two years from the date of processing. Canned food retains its safety and nutritional value well beyond two years, but it may have some variation in quality, such as a change of color and texture. Canning is a high-heat process that renders the food commercially sterile. Food safety is not an issue in products kept on the shelf or in the pantry for long periods of time. In fact, canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° F and below). Canned food as old as 100 years has been found in sunken ships and it is still microbiologically safe! We don’t recommend keeping canned food for 100 years, but if the can is intact, not dented or bulging, it is edible.” – Source 

Now, you do want to make sure that the cans that you are storing are not dented, bulging or rusting in any way. If they are, you need to toss them. But besides that, canned food from the grocery store is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to start their food storage pantry!

Step by Step Your Food Storage Solution

Like I said at the beginning of this series, you need to start with a plan! You don’t want to to go to the grocery store and start tossing a bunch of cans in your cart.

Let’s start with what your family eats. What are the recipes that you know your family will sit down to eat? Do you have at least 5-7 meals you can name off? If not, you can use meals consisting of canned food like Chunky Soup and Mini-Raviolis. Some of the varieties of Chunky Soup over rice (to stretch it) make a hearty meal. Add a canned vegetable to Mini-Ravioli and you are good to go. You see, I just gave you two meals there. This is easy!

Now, think about the 5-7 meals you listed. You will need to make sure that all the ingredients are canned goods or that canned goods can be substituted. You can also use some dried goods, like pasta, beans and the rice I mentioned above, but you will need to package it for the long term. This isn’t hard to do.

Packaging dried goods for the long term is a little bit more advanced than buying cans, but it is not that big of a deal. And, you might not even have to do this. It depends on how many days or weeks of food storage you want. If you are wanting to package some dried goods, you can check out this post that has a ton of resources. Don’t get overwhelmed! If you find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information, just forgo the packaging of dried goods at this time.

Back to the canned goods.

So the important thing is to start with a plan, or in this case, prepare a menu. In the FREE download, I make it easy for you to list out your menu and then list out the items you need to purchase. After you have one week planned out, then multiply it by 2 to have two weeks of food storage. Then, when you can, multiply it by 4 to have one month of food storage.

You’ll want to add different menus and items as you go. You don’t want your family to get bored with the same meals every week if you can help it! Another article that might be helpful here is, “Anyone Can Do it! Fool-Proof Food Storage!

Food Storage You Will Use

Let me briefly talk about a big food storage mistake.

One of the big mistakes you can make when it comes to food storage is putting up your food for a “rainy day” and not using it. The best practice would be to use the FIFO method. FIFO stands for “First In – First Out.” This means that the items you put in your pantry first, are the first to come out when you start cooking. This will take a little discipline at first. But basically, imagine looking into your pantry. You just bought another week worth of green beans. Instead of putting the cans towards the front of your pantry, hopefully, you have some sort of systems where all of the green beans are lined up, you move the green beans that are there forward and then place the newly purchased green beans at the back of your green beans storage. In order to make this easier, some utilize a can storage system like this. Or, if you are a DIY’er, you can make one out of cardboard like in the video below.

 

Final Thoughts

When you are dealing with canned foods, you will have to consider extra sodium and other ingredients you might try to avoid. Every food storage solution, unless you make your own, is going to have some give and take. But for the Common Man or Woman starting out, this is a frugal place to start.

Your family and loved ones are counting on you! Like the water storage that I mentioned in a previous article, this isn’t something you want to delay. Food means a lot to us now and will even more so in a survival situation.

Action Steps
* Download the FREE PDF on Food Storage [Dropbox Link]
* Take the time to plan out a canned food menu
* Purchase the items at your local grocery store

_____________________________________________
Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

Peace,
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (11/5/17)

Here are the Top Prepper Articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/29/17 – 11/4/17

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

 

Peace
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (11/5/17)

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Here are the Top Prepper Articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/29/17 – 11/4/17

 

CHECK-OUT PAST WEEKS – CLICK HERE!!!

 

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: Saving Your Neighbors – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

 

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

SCENARIO – You see a large mob breaking into your neighbor’s house, you know he is there with his wife and children.  You have about two dozen bullets, roughly one for each mob member.  You are the only person capable of defending your own family.  The mob passed your house and didn’t notice you all at all.

Would you step out of the shadows and risk your own life to help your neighbor or would you stay safe and protect your own family? Why?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman & Current Events – November 14, 2017

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This weekly post provides you with a select section of Current Events and Prophecy Update videos from current prophecy teachers. Be prayerful and line everything up against the Word of God.

But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/13/17
  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “World in Disarray” – 11/12/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Where is America in Bible Prophecy? – 11/13/17
  • JD Farag – Guest Pastor Billy Crone: The satanic Invasion of Church Last Days – 11/10/17
  • Jason A – America in 2018 | Nobody is Talking About This!
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – SYRIA DECLARES VICTORY OVER ISLAMIC STATE – 11/12/17

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/13/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “World in Disarray” – 11/12/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Where is America in Bible Prophecy? – 11/13/17

 

JD Farag – Guest Pastor Billy Crone: The satanic Invasion of Church Last Days – 11/10/17

 

Jason A – America in 2018 | Nobody is Talking About This!

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – SYRIA DECLARES VICTORY OVER ISLAMIC STATE – 11/12/17

 

Peace,
Todd

The Prepper Tool That You’re Not Using!

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Imagine someone gave you a tool that would greatly help you in your preparedness.  All you need to do is learn how to work it.  If you took a few minutes of your time to understand it and work with it, it would pay off significantly!  Would you take that time?  Would you figure it out?  Well, you do have a very powerful tool!  And you are more than likely not taking advantage of this prepper tool!  Let me explain.

I’m going to start off talking about my pre-prepper days.  I’m in education.  When I transitioned from the classroom to the Instructional Specialist position, I put in a lot of hours and time trying to prove to my administrators that I had what it took to become a leader.  After long hours, I started to… the only way that I can explain it is, I felt “thin,” like I was being stretched.

I was putting a lot out, but I wasn’t putting anything in.  Because I have done a lot of leadership development, outside of the education setting, I knew this wasn’t a good place and that I needed to start putting new ideas and fresh insights into my mind.

Because I like technology, I started looking into using RSS readers and podcasts to start reading articles and listening to shows that were providing new and fresh ideas in education, technology, and leadership.

Benefits of Purposeful Growth

Something happened!  I started feeling energized.  At work, I started seeing things with fresh perspectives, trying new things out and providing good ideas to others.  I saw the benefit of purposefully planning my personal development.  You can’t stay stagnant.  You need to always grow yourself!

When I started in preparedness, I implemented the same approach.  I started reading, listening and watching prepper related articles, podcast and Youtube channels.  It wasn’t long before I realized that there was a need for one central location that could link to all the great preparedness content out there. That’s when Prepper Website was born!

I still read, listen and watch prepper related articles, podcasts and Youtube channels!  But I also read, listen and watch articles, podcasts and Youtube channels that are not prepper related.  I also listen to audiobooks.  In fact, all of this is my primary means of entertainment, as well as learning.  I could probably get rid of the TV if it weren’t for the stupid Hallmark channel.  Don’t tell my wife I said that! 😉

The point is that you need to be purposeful about your growth, preparedness, and other areas too!  You already visit Prepper Website and navigate the internet.  More than likely you are watching Youtube videos too.  But the tool that you are most likely not utilizing is podcasts!

A Prepper Tool for Everyone

If you drive to work, workout, run, walk the dog or just have the radio on in the house during the day, you can listen to podcasts.

Technology has increased so much that it is so easy to bring up a podcast on your phone and listen to it.  In fact, you can set it to where it downloads automatically, and it just appears.  You can listen to it and then delete it from your phone to save space!

If you are going to start listening to podcasts, you’ll need an APP.  There are many good APPS out there for Android phones.  I use Pocket Cast.  It cost $3.99, but it is worth it!  Before Pocket Cast, I used Beyond Pod.  Stitcher also has a good APP that you can download for free.  iPhone and Ipad users have iTunes that will download podcasts.

Most of these APPS have a search function that you can just type in the name of a podcast or just a topic.  If a podcast you’re looking for doesn’t show up, you’ll have to get the RSS feed, usually displayed on the podcast’s website, to add to your podcast APP.  But it is very simple!

If you are looking for podcasts to follow, I listed the podcasts that I have in my APP, along with some other notable podcasts here.

Get That APP!

Check out this video on the Pocket Cast APP.

 

Here are some other links to videos that show you other podcast APPS

Final Thoughts

If you have time where you can put in some earphones or listen in your vehicle, you have the opportunity to add some real beneficial ideas and information to your mind.  Remember, there are podcasts on every topic imaginable!  There is something for you.

Do you already listen to podcasts?  Please share some of your favorite prepper and non-prepper podcasts in the comments below.

Peace,
Todd

 

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (10/29/17)

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Here are the top 7 articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/22/17 – 10/28/17

Peace
Todd

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (10/29/17)

Here are the top 7 articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/22/17 – 10/28/17

Peace
Todd

Conflicted: Psychological Barriers – What Would You Do?

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The game BEFORE the SHTF!

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

SCENARIO – Your bug out location is far off the beaten path, but you feel you need to put something as a barrier to discourage people from heading your way.  There aren’t enough materials to build a physical barrier, it has to be a psychological one that would cause people to turn away just from seeing it.  What kind of psychological barrier would you build and how would it be effective?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman – November 6, 2017

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But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/3/17
  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Massive Change” – 11/5/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 11/2/17
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/5/17
  • Jason A – NASA Won’t Tell You About This! (2017)
  • Calvary Melbourne Australia – RUSSIA AND IRAN MOVING INTO SYRIA – 11/5/17

 

Jacob Prasch THIS WEEK IN PROPHECY – 11/3/17

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Massive Change” – 11/5/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 11/2/17

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 11/5/17

 

Jason A – NASA Won’t Tell You About This! (2017)

 

Calvary Melbourne Australia – RUSSIA AND IRAN MOVING INTO SYRIA – 11/5/17

Peace,
Todd

Survival for the Common Man – Your Water Storage Solution

Don’t Fear the Unknown! Get Prepared!

Water is one of the most important preps. As you plan for survival, you need to be purposeful about having enough water for you and your loved ones. The good news is that you can acquire a water supply for survival with little or no money. With the simple steps below, you can feel confident that you will have a water supply to keep your family safe in an emergency.

Why Is Water So Important

The body needs water. According to the Mayo Clinic, water regulates body temperature, moistens body tissue, like in the mouth, eyes and nose, lubricates joints, protects body organs, prevents constipation, flushes the kidneys and liver by pushing out waste, helps to make minerals and nutrients available to the body and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Water is tied to health. Without clean drinking water, you and your family will be unhealthy.

How Much Water Should I Store

The number that you will always hear floated in preparedness circles is 1 gallon. But you need to understand that is a minimum amount for drinking and cooking only. You will need clean water for hygiene purposes; washing your body and hair, brushing your teeth, washing clothes and simply washing your hands. Start with the minimum amount for every family member for 2 weeks and then build from there.

1 gallon of water x 14 days x ___ family members = Your starting amount of water storage!

You also need to know that water is heavy and it is going to take up space. You will have to be purposeful about where you will keep all of this water. Depending on the storage container, you can’t just put your water storage in the garage or other areas that will experience extreme temperatures throughout the year. If you have spare closets and bedrooms, this is the best solution for you. If you have limited space, you will need to be creative!

I have prepared a free resource for you to download to help walk you through how many gallons and liters you will need to store for your family. To download the worksheet – CLICK HERE.

Storing Water – On the Cheap

As you begin your water storage, the easiest and simplest solution is to fill 2-liter plastic bottles that once contained soda (or POP). 2-liter bottles hold carbonated drinks under pressure for a long time. Many feel this makes 2-liter bottles a perfect FREE container to hold water.

Acquiring 2-liter bottles is fairly easy if you let people know you are doing a “project.” You can also load up during parties if you keep an eye out for them.

The procedure for washing and filling water bottles varies depending on which articles you read. I will provide you with a few ideas. You’ll have to decide on how far you want to go with your water storage.

To use these bottles, you need to make sure you wash them thoroughly with hot water and bleach. You don’t want to leave any of the soda or sugar behind. This can cause bacteria to grow in your water bottles.

Common advice among preppers is to mix 1 teaspoon of unscented bleach per 1 quart of water and use the water to clean out the soda bottles. Some people will tell you to let them dry and then do it again to be safe. You need to decide on that for yourself. Most don’t do the second washing.

After you feel comfortable with how clean your 2 liter bottles are, you can then fill them up using regular tap water. Here again, you will find various schools of thought. Some will tell you to fill the bottles up with tap water and then seal them up for storage and others will tell you to put two drops of unscented bleach into each 2-liter bottle for safety purposes. You have to make and live with the final decision.

Lastly, the water in the 2-liter bottles will need to be rotated. AGAIN, ideas vary. Some will tell you this needs to be done every six months. Others will say this needs to be done every year. And then some will say that if you did a good job of cleaning them in the first place, you don’t ever have to worry about rotating out the water. You have to feel comfortable with your decision, so do what you feel is right here!

NOTE – If you do rotate your water out, use the water to water your plants or yard.

Other Water Storage Solutions

One term that is very common to know in survival is redundancy. You’ll often hear the phrase, “two is one, one is none.” This phrase refers to the fact that sometimes things don’t go as planned and you need a back-up. When you are talking about something as precious as water, you need redundancy.

I suggest that every household have at least one, if not two WaterBobs. A WaterBob is a one time use, 100-gallon plastic bladder that sits in your bathtub and is filled with water from your tap. In the onset of an emergency, you would deploy the WaterBob and fill it up. The WaterBob comes with a pump that allows you to pump water out of the bag and into your container. A WaterBob costs about $70 and is well worth the peace of mind that you can quickly deploy this device and store up 100 gallons of water for your family.

You might be asking, can I just fill up my tub with water and not purchase a WaterBob? Yes and no! Yes, you can fill up your tub with water. But you can’t use that water to drink or for hygiene purposes. The reason is that you can never get your bathtub clean enough. No amount of scrubbing and cleaners will ever get all the nasty crud out of your tub! You can use the water in your bathtub to flush your toilet though. So if you have multiple bathtubs, you might want to consider using one to fill for flushing purposes.

 

Another option that you might want to consider is a Lifestraw water filter. This is the easiest type of water filter on the market. You basically put one end in dirty water and the other in your mouth and then suck the water up like a straw. If you have little ones, this might be an important solution for you. There are no moving parts or ways you can mess this up. It is easy for a young child to understand how to use. 

My first experience with the Lifestraw was at an expo. The guy behind the counter was using the water in a nasty gallon jug of dirty water. He would suck up a whole mouth full and then spit it out in a clear cup. The water was clean. It was pretty amazing to watch. After that moment, I was sold.  I always suggest Lifestraws to anyone wanting a water filtration system for their family. Are there others? Yes. But this is by far the easiest. Again, it is easy enough for a young child to use.

Conclusion

Water is life. You need water! This is the reason that I have chosen to write about this topic as my first topic, after planning, for this series. Take a moment to download the FREE PDF resource to help you calculate how many 2-liter bottles you will need to store up enough water for your family. Then put this information into practice!

 

Action Steps:

 

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Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

Other Articles in the Survival for the Common Man Series:

Peace,
Todd

Survival for the Common Man – Your Water Storage Solution

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Don’t Fear the Unknown! Get Prepared!

Water is one of the most important preps. As you plan for survival, you need to be purposeful about having enough water for you and your loved ones. The good news is that you can acquire a water supply for survival with little or no money. With the simple steps below, you can feel confident that you will have a water supply to keep your family safe in an emergency.

Why Is Water So Important

The body needs water. According to the Mayo Clinic, water regulates body temperature, moistens body tissue, like in the mouth, eyes and nose, lubricates joints, protects body organs, prevents constipation, flushes the kidneys and liver by pushing out waste, helps to make minerals and nutrients available to the body and carries nutrients and oxygen to cells. Water is tied to health. Without clean drinking water, you and your family will be unhealthy.

How Much Water Should I Store

The number that you will always hear floated in preparedness circles is 1 gallon. But you need to understand that is a minimum amount for drinking and cooking only. You will need clean water for hygiene purposes; washing your body and hair, brushing your teeth, washing clothes and simply washing your hands. Start with the minimum amount for every family member for 2 weeks and then build from there.

1 gallon of water x 14 days x ___ family members = Your starting amount of water storage!

You also need to know that water is heavy and it is going to take up space. You will have to be purposeful about where you will keep all of this water. Depending on the storage container, you can’t just put your water storage in the garage or other areas that will experience extreme temperatures throughout the year. If you have spare closets and bedrooms, this is the best solution for you. If you have limited space, you will need to be creative!

I have prepared a free resource for you to download to help walk you through how many gallons and liters you will need to store for your family. To download the worksheet – CLICK HERE.

Storing Water – On the Cheap

As you begin your water storage, the easiest and simplest solution is to fill 2-liter plastic bottles that once contained soda (or POP). 2-liter bottles hold carbonated drinks under pressure for a long time. Many feel this makes 2-liter bottles a perfect FREE container to hold water.

Acquiring 2-liter bottles is fairly easy if you let people know you are doing a “project.” You can also load up during parties if you keep an eye out for them.

The procedure for washing and filling water bottles varies depending on which articles you read. I will provide you with a few ideas. You’ll have to decide on how far you want to go with your water storage.

To use these bottles, you need to make sure you wash them thoroughly with hot water and bleach. You don’t want to leave any of the soda or sugar behind. This can cause bacteria to grow in your water bottles.

Common advice among preppers is to mix 1 teaspoon of unscented bleach per 1 quart of water and use the water to clean out the soda bottles. Some people will tell you to let them dry and then do it again to be safe. You need to decide on that for yourself. Most don’t do the second washing.

After you feel comfortable with how clean your 2 liter bottles are, you can then fill them up using regular tap water. Here again, you will find various schools of thought. Some will tell you to fill the bottles up with tap water and then seal them up for storage and others will tell you to put two drops of unscented bleach into each 2-liter bottle for safety purposes. You have to make and live with the final decision.

Lastly, the water in the 2-liter bottles will need to be rotated. AGAIN, ideas vary. Some will tell you this needs to be done every six months. Others will say this needs to be done every year. And then some will say that if you did a good job of cleaning them in the first place, you don’t ever have to worry about rotating out the water. You have to feel comfortable with your decision, so do what you feel is right here!

NOTE – If you do rotate your water out, use the water to water your plants or yard.

Other Water Storage Solutions

One term that is very common to know in survival is redundancy. You’ll often hear the phrase, “two is one, one is none.” This phrase refers to the fact that sometimes things don’t go as planned and you need a back-up. When you are talking about something as precious as water, you need redundancy.

I suggest that every household have at least one, if not two WaterBobs. A WaterBob is a one time use, 100-gallon plastic bladder that sits in your bathtub and is filled with water from your tap. In the onset of an emergency, you would deploy the WaterBob and fill it up. The WaterBob comes with a pump that allows you to pump water out of the bag and into your container. A WaterBob costs about $70 and is well worth the peace of mind that you can quickly deploy this device and store up 100 gallons of water for your family.

You might be asking, can I just fill up my tub with water and not purchase a WaterBob? Yes and no! Yes, you can fill up your tub with water. But you can’t use that water to drink or for hygiene purposes. The reason is that you can never get your bathtub clean enough. No amount of scrubbing and cleaners will ever get all the nasty crud out of your tub! You can use the water in your bathtub to flush your toilet though. So if you have multiple bathtubs, you might want to consider using one to fill for flushing purposes.

 

Another option that you might want to consider is a Lifestraw water filter. This is the easiest type of water filter on the market. You basically put one end in dirty water and the other in your mouth and then suck the water up like a straw. If you have little ones, this might be an important solution for you. There are no moving parts or ways you can mess this up. It is easy for a young child to understand how to use. 

My first experience with the Lifestraw was at an expo. The guy behind the counter was using the water in a nasty gallon jug of dirty water. He would suck up a whole mouth full and then spit it out in a clear cup. The water was clean. It was pretty amazing to watch. After that moment, I was sold.  I always suggest Lifestraws to anyone wanting a water filtration system for their family. Are there others? Yes. But this is by far the easiest. Again, it is easy enough for a young child to use.

Conclusion

Water is life. You need water! This is the reason that I have chosen to write about this topic as my first topic, after planning, for this series. Take a moment to download the FREE PDF resource to help you calculate how many 2-liter bottles you will need to store up enough water for your family. Then put this information into practice!

 

Action Steps:

 

_____________________________________________
Survival for the Common Man is a series of articles for those who are new to prepping or those who never really felt they had a good foundation to start.

Why Survival for the Common Man? I love to gain experiences in wilderness survival, bushcraft, homesteading and “tactical” preparedness. But the truth is, most preppers are regular, everyday people (the common man). We live in the suburbs, go to our day jobs, and attend school and family events. But we also see the world around us and see the need to be prepared, to make sure our family is safe and able to thrive in times of uncertainty. There are more of us than you might realize! This series is for you!

Other Articles in the Survival for the Common Man Series:

Peace,
Todd

Internet for Homesteaders and Off-Griders! Or Not!

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There are times I live in two worlds.  When I go up to my dad’s place in East Texas, I’m transported to an off-grid paradise where the skies are clear and God shows us a masterpiece with every sunset.  But then, I live in a fast-paced internet world.  This world allows me to update Prepper Website every evening and The Prepper Website Podcast every weekday.  Because my dad’s place is so remote, I get a faint signal there.  Enough to call out, but not enough to use my data, get on the internet and update Prepper Website.  Believe me, I’ve tried! 

Then, I was contacted by WeBoost to review their product, Weboost Connect 4G-X.  The representative told me that WeBoost wouldn’t create a signal, but it would boost a weak signal and improve it.  I was excited!  This gave me promise to spend more time up at the country and update Prepper Website, to live in both worlds.

WeBoost Connect 4G-X Review

 

Unboxing the Weboost Connect 4G-X.

The Weboost Connect 4G-X comes with everything you need to connect to the cell tower signal.  Other than what you see in the pic above, and in the following pics, I had the generator going to provide power.

The Outdoor Antenna

This is the outdoor antenna.  I plan on keeping the WeBoost really mobile to the point that I can temporarily put it up and take it down.  I don’t want to leave it up because we have had some issues with theft in the past.  And although it has been a while since we have had anything stolen, I want to make sure I protect this device.  So, I plan on temporarily mounting it to a 1″ x 4″ 12-foot board while we are in the country.  

The spot where I get the signal here is not where you see the antenna in the picture.  The spot is actually a little further back from the pic at the corner of the structure.

The outdoor antenna runs to the WeBoost Connect 4G-X inside. See pic below.

Indoor Antenna

The pic above is of the Indoor Antenna.  A cable runs from the WeBoost Connect 4G-X to this antenna.  Normally, in a traditional setup, this antenna would be mounted to the wall.  This is the antenna that would send out the boosted cell signal.

The WeBoost Connect 4G-X

This is a pic of the WeBoost Connect 4G-X main unit.  The outdoor antenna feeds into it and the unit feeds out to the indoor antenna.  The unit needs electricity (for you off-griders), so I had the generator on.  Normally, in the evening, we would have the generator on during the summer months to cool down the bedrooms.

Me frustrated! Trying anything!

AND…..this is a picture of me frustrated.  Why am I frustrated you ask?  Because of all the times that I have gone up to the country, this is the first time that I haven’t been able to get a cell signal at all!

My dad went up the day before because he was expecting the delivery of his new tractor.  See pic below. 😉  He usually calls when he gets there and then in the evening.  We were a little concerned that he hadn’t called anyone and that he wasn’t answering his phone. 

I was a little worried and apprehensive driving up the driveway the next day.  But I found dad milling around like always.  When I told him mom was worried and asked why he hadn’t called, he said that he didn’t have a signal. 

That WASN’T what I wanted to hear!  I made the trip up to the country to test out the WeBoost and fill-up my father-in-law’s deer feeder.

Although I tried for a while, I never was able to get a signal to really try the WeBoost.  And that is the rub, you need a signal for  WeBoost to actually boost!

I will say that I was disappointed.  My laptop with me and was going to use the hotspot on my phone to connect to the internet.  I wasn’t able to do that.  But it wasn’t the fault of the WeBoost Connect 4G-X.  It was just a lack of signal.  

I plan on going up there again real soon and trying it out a second time.  Thus, you will get part 2 of this review when that happens!

If you are interested in looking at the WeBoost Connect 4G-X for your homestead or property, check it out by CLICKING HERE. WeBoost also makes devices for vehicles!

Peace,
Todd

Dad’s new tractor!

ts

Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (10/22/17)

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Here are the top 7 articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/15/17 – 10/21/17

Peace,
Todd

Conflicted: One Skill in the Apocalypse – What Would You Do?

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

SCENARIO – What is the 1 skill you wish you had in case the world went into post-apocalyptic mode tomorrow?  Why?

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

If you are interested in purchasing your own Conflicted deck – CLICK HERE.

Peace,
Todd

Weekly Watchman – October 31, 2017

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But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!  Luke 21:28 HCSB

Disclaimer: I don’t agree with everything I post here.  However, I try to keep an open mind and definitely don’t want to be like the religious leaders of Jesus’ day that had the Son of God right in front of them, but didn’t recognize Him because He didn’t come the way they thought He would come!  Stay Alert!

In this week’s WW:

  • John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Something Big is Coming” – 10/29/17
  • Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 10/31/17
  • JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 10/29/17
  • Jason A – Corey Feldman Exposes the Illuminati in Hollywood! (2017)

 

John Haller’s Prophecy Update “Something Big is Coming” – 10/29/17

 

Amir Tsarfati – Current events update with Amir – 10/31/17

 

JD Farag – Mid-East Prophecy Update – 10/29/17

 

Jason A – Corey Feldman Exposes the Illuminati in Hollywood! (2017)

 

Peace,
Todd