Kid Built Computer Part III Downloading the Kano OS

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The process to download and install the Kano OS is very well documented on the actual Kano website.  I recommend just buying their setup.  It is not that much more expensive than DIY, but the kit and the kit documentation is much more kid friendly. You are not going to find a better kid sized […]

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Kid Built Computer Part II Setting up the Kano OS

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This is my son and I powering up his blackberry pi mini computer and setting up the Kano OS. Once again, the footage is wonky, my wife was holding the camera and as this was the first power up of the computer neither of us knew what would happen on screen. Our only problem with […]

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Emergency Contact Card For Your Wallet

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

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Have You Considered Your SHTF Communications Plan?

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  Be Honest About Your Current Communications Plan For most preppers quantifying is a problem. We buy stuff and we store stuff, but do we have a true definition of what “prepared” is?  The truth about being prepared is that we cannot quantify what we will need. I will let you in on a little […]

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10 Survival Movies List

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Have you watched any survival movies lately? While films from Hollywood are often filled with garbage, I thought that I would list 10 survival movies for your interest. I’m not saying that these are not hyped up or unrealistic in any way, however there may be some lessons learned for SHTF survival, possibly including what NOT to do! I have watched all of these survival movies at one time or another (and lots more). The following list came to mind, all of them unique in their own way. If you’re looking for some movie entertainment, you might watch any of

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Get Your HAM Radio License in 7 Days

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HAM radio is one of the best ways to communicate after a disaster, especially over huge distances. The thing is, they’re a bit complicated. As with most electronics, it’s easier to learn as you go. The problem is that you need to get a license before you can even use one. Tin Hat Ranch wrote […]

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Link – Fire Station Orange Go-Kits

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Nice to see that someone, somewhere, at some level of bureacracy, had the presence of mind to greenlight this:

Each Portland Fire & Rescue fire station has an “orange go-kit”: a 55-watt Icom IC-2100H and a roof-mounted antenna. NET volunteers are permitted to use this equipment if they have a valid FCC amateur radio license. The kit CANNOT leave the fire station, and so cannot be checked out; but, a volunteer can visit a fire station and use the radio there.

I recall years ago when the LDS church was encouraging a similar plan amongst their membership.

C Crane, Skywave Portable Radio

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Two weeks ago I purchased this radio and used it for the first time during Hurricane IRMA. It is a very good, very small radio that does just about everything you could ask of a small pocket radio. Naturally, it has AM/FM, Weather, important to me at that time and Shortwave.
The most impressive feature of this radio is the battery life of 60-70 hours on two “AA” batteries and its simple intuitive controls. Don’t need a manual every time you want to use it!

During the Hurricane, I used the radio because the power went out at the motel shortly after we arrived. All the hallway emergency lights came on as they should and apparently the Wi-Fi system ran on a backup battery also. The Wi-Fi connection became weaker and weaker until there was no signal available, so the radio was our connection to the outside events. This also meant no internet, no way to charge the laptops, i-pads or phones.

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 Small Lightweight Portable AM/FM/Shortwave/Weather/Airband Travel Clock Radio With Alarm
  • Lighted LCD Display, Rotary Volume Knob, Stereo Headphone Jack, Sleep Timer

  • 400 Memory Presets, Direct Entry Keypad, Autoscan Tuning, Signal Meter

  • Runs approx. 60-70 hrs. at moderate volume on (2) AA batteries (not included) or can be powered by an optional AC adapter

  • Includes Earbuds, Carry Case and Fold-out Backstand.

  • 1 Year Warranty.

Communicating During a Disaster

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In the last couple of weeks, we’ve had a major hurricane and extensive flooding in Texas, wildfires in California and Oregon, and now a Category 5 hurricane is threatening Puerto Rico and Florida.  September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it is very timely to discuss various aspects of preparedness. Communications is Crucial In an emergency, it is important to have a way to communicate – you need it to contact emergency services as well as with friends and […]

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5 Ways to Contact Loved Ones After the Grid Goes Down

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“Once upon a time” is a great way to start a fairy tale, but not an article on emergency communications, because once-upon-a-time was a really lousy place to be when it came to communication. In those fabled times, there was nothing except what you could transmit on foot or horseback or by boat. Maybe there […]

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Best Cheap Portable Radio For AM/FM

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I’ve had this ‘best’ ‘cheap’ (inexpensive) portable radio for several years and I’ve got to tell you that I still believe it’s the best little AM-FM radio for a survival-preparedness kit. That is if you’re looking for a small little battery operated radio that splits cost versus quality pretty well. UPDATE: There is a newer model of this portable radio since I purchased mine: Sony ICFP26 Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio It’s great for hearing news and information about what’s going on during an emergency or disaster. And it’s perfectly fine for just plain old listening. When it comes to

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Communications Grid Down!

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Communications Grid Down! Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! So, you got your long term storable food and fresh water is covered. You have your ammo and some gold and silver. Imagine a grid down scenario…no power, no running water. We now enter the Psychology aspect of Prepping. The isolation. The not … Continue reading Communications Grid Down!

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4 T’s of Emergency Communications Planning

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4 T’s of Emergency Communications Planning If the lights go out or if a serious disaster strikes how will you know what’s going on? Do you have a communication method that will help without the aid of electricity or Wi-Fi. Many preppers have powerful radios that use the power of the sun to keep them …

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Blast from the past: “eBooks or Printed media, which is best for a Survival Library?”

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Hello my friend and welcome back! Today I have a blast from the past for you and I would really like to hear you thoughts on it.  eBooks or Printed media?  This is a…

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Read This Before You Buy a Ham Radio

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Ham radio has become an increasingly popular tool for preppers and people living off the grid. While it is a fairly inexpensive hobby to get into (you can buy surprisingly good imported handheld radios for under $30) there are a few things you need to know before you purchase a ham radio. Get a License […]

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JOBS: Preparing for Job Loss…steps to move onward & upward [Updated]

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Yes, I am living it right now. I made a decision and quit a job with the state of Wyoming, moved to Nashville with everything I owned (that I hadn’t sold or gotten rid of) and started from scratch again. Had a job building corporate Dell PCs for two weeks, but after knee surgery 6 months […]

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Emergency Communications

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Emergency Communications Ray Becker “Renaissance Man” Audio player provided! Way back when our prepping community was developing on YouTube, I had identified an important subject; Communications. In a grid down scenario or some other emergency, being able to communicate or at least listen, would be vital for information, Intel and would be a huge psychological … Continue reading Emergency Communications

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What is “Field Day” and why every Prepper should know about it!

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  Twice a year, “Field Day” happens all across America and around the world.  There is Summer Field Day that is by far the biggest, and Winter Field Day which…

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JOBS: Preparing for Job Loss…steps to move onward & upward.

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Yes, I am living it right now. I made a decision, and quit a job with the state of Wyoming, moved to Nashville with everything I owned (that I hadn’t sold or gotten rid of) and started from scratch again. Had a job building corporate Dell PCs for two weeks, but after knee surgery 6 months […]

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How to explain to your friends and family what a Prepper is without sounding nuts!

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Hello, my friend and welcome back!  I know we have all had those awkward conversations with close friends or family members and sometimes it can be like explaining why you believe in God.  In…

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Reload: Cyber attack, what you don’t know could get you killed!

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When most people think of a cyber-attack, they think of someone stealing data or something to that effect. The truth could not be farther from the truth. In today’s post, we are going to…

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“THANKS, OBAMA!” THE 44TH PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON SPACE WEATHER

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You’ve probably heard of something called a coronal mass ejection (CME), otherwise known as a massive solar flare, and you probably know it could be very bad for the United States if the we happened to be facing the sun when it impacts earth. A large CME has the potential to have devastating impacts on everything from our global positioning systems (GPS), satellite operations, space operations, aviation and even our power grids, knocking them offline in an instant and destroying critical power grid infrastructure. A CME is one of several extra-terrestrial events that could possibly impact earth that are collectively referred to as space weather. Although much less likely, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) can produce the same impacts, most commonly seen as a result of a nuclear explosion. In a world where international terrorism is a real threat, the possibility of an EMP weapon being used against the United States is a real concern. Experts agree that a direct impact from a large CME or a successful EMP attack is an existential threat to the United States that could instantly bring an end to our modern civilization.

 

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On October 13, 2016, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order — Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events that outlined the country’s contingency plan in the event such weather events lead to significant disruption to systems like the electrical power grid, satellite operations or aviation, stating “It is the policy of the United States to prepare for space weather events to minimize the extent of economic loss and human hardship.”

 

 

With this EO, President Obama ordered that the federal government takes steps insure that the national infrastructure is secure in the event of a space weather event. The National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan ( PDF ) was announced a few days later in conjunction with President Obama’s executive order, along with a PDF of The Implementation of the National Space Weather Action plan, complete with a White House official summary. The official pages aren’t up on WhiteHouse.gov, but here is the latest information I could find on those too.

 

 

After years of Congress knowing about the problem and failing to take action, I was pleased to learn that the President did what he could through the executive office to try and protect the critical infrastructure of our nation.  However it is still up to Congress to set aside the funds to follow through and take action in support of the specifics laid out in this order.

 

So what does this mean for me and every one of you concerned about national security and the protection of our extremely fragile power grid infrastructure? The phrase “Within 120 days of the date of this order…” is used repeatedly in this executive order. If you take a look at the calendar, we are at that point right now. I’ve read for years about how everyone knows this is a threat, yet no one is willing to take action. Well, the former President did what he could do in response to a lack of action by Congress and now it’s our turn. Call your United States Representatives and your United States Senators and ask them to take action on President Obama’s executive order to coordinate a national response and strengthen our national power grids against the possible catastrophic impacts of a massive CME or electromagnetic pulse attack. Find your US Representatives and your US Senators and urge them to take action on this very important initiative today.

 

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Part 3: Creating your own Emergency Communications Center for your Bug Out Location.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today we have the final part of this 3 part series. The truth is that when SHTF hits, most people are going to be completely in the dark…

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Part 2: Creating your own Emergency Communications Center for your Bug Out Location.

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In part 2 of this post, we are going to look at camp communications, as well as what frequencies and websites you will want to monitor.  Grab a…

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Part 1: Creating your own Emergency Communications Center for your Bug Out Location.

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Hello, my friend and welcome back! No matter whether you are bugging in or bugging out, you need to have an Emergency Communications area in your shelter.  I think most people realize the need…

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Personal Radio Communications

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Personal Radio Communications Bob Hopkins “APN Report” Audio in player below! I bet some folks got a handheld radio in their Christmas Stocking this year. I bet also, some may be having a hard time figuring out how it works too. This Saturdays show is about personal communications, to help those poor souls who may … Continue reading Personal Radio Communications

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SurvivalRing Radio – 1st Live 3 hour call-in Talk show this Friday

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My good friend and radio show cohost James “Doctor Prepper” Stevens has retired from the Critical Preparedness Resources Talk Radio show as of last Friday. He is moving on to other consulting ventures, but will occasionally drop in to the new show taking moving into his time slot, when he has the time. The last […]

Radio Communications

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Radio Communications Ever feel overwhelmed with trying to understand how to communicate off-grid. Ok you got CB’s, hams, high and low frequency, pricey and cheap antenna’s? Well on this episode of “Preparing For Life’s Storms” we talk about setting up our communications and communications network. Old Geezer Prepper from YouTube helped us to understand the … Continue reading Radio Communications

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Why Preppers Should learn to code Python (and E-book Learn Python review)

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#python Many preppers focus on old skills like bushcraft and homesteading, but don’t forget to realize that we also live in a tachnology filled world. Having the ability to code can come in handy. Python Read More …

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Faraday Cell Phone Bag for Information Security

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#rmsidtheft In earlier videos on DIY faraday cages I used cell phones to show that the homemade bags did prevent the EM radiation from penetrating.  I was not doing it to show how to protect Read More …

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Digital Comms: Communicating even when you can’t hear!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  Today we’re going to be talking about using digital radio communications to hide your radio traffic in the background noise.  It’s an interesting concept and one it would…

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Modern Survival Blog Surpasses 30 Million Visitors

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I recently happened to check our ‘Google Analytics’ statistics to discover that ModernSurvivalBlog.com has just passed the 30 million visitor mark. Wow… Thanks to you and all those who have happened across this site by way of relevant internet searches, links from others, etc., we’ve crossed a significant milestone. While it’s just a number, it’s […]

Prepper’s Communication Handbook (Book Review)

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Communication is important – both in normal, everyday life and in a SHTF scenario.  Suburban homesteaders have the benefit of being nearby people and, often, don’t have to worry about being stranded without normal communication equipment functioning.  That doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from Jim Cobb’s latest offering, Prepper’s Communication Handbook.  This book will not

Can’t Charge Your Cell Phone

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The Four Essential Steps to Rebuilding Civilization

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ruined cityPreppers spend a lot of time and energy figuring out what they need to do to protect themselves and their families in a wide variety of situations. However, their preps usually have more to do with basic sustenance than they do with prosperity. This is by necessity of course, since when disaster strikes, mere survival is often the best any of us could hope for.

But if we want to really thrive after a major disaster (and in this case I mean a truly cataclysmic disaster that throws us into a new dark age), hunkering down in our homes with weapons and freeze-dried food isn’t going to cut it in the long run. At some point after the dust settles, we’re going to have to come out of our bunkers and start rebuilding the kind of civilization that we want our children to grow up in.

Which, when you think about it, is an incredibly daunting task. A civilization that could provide even a fraction of the amenities that we have now, would rely upon millions of people carrying out thousands of unique services, any of which can derail civilization to some degree if they’re not fulfilled. And when you think about it that way, it almost seems impossible. Where do you even begin?

The truth is, that while civilization depends on everyone carrying out countless (and often thankless) jobs, there are a few core pillars of civilization that are more important than anything else. If after a disaster, these tasks are taken care of, everything else will eventually fall into place. Once it’s safe enough for you and your family to start engaging with what’s left of your community, these are the problems that will need to be solved first:

Re-establishing Order

As much we preppers like to criticize the government, we all know that if there isn’t some kind of system that punishes people who murder and steal, then we don’t have a civilization. Nothing will be rebuilt if people don’t feel safe enough to leave their homes.

After any kind of collapse however, there is a brief period of time where just about anyone could come to power, including people who have no business telling the rest of us what to do. You see this all the time in developing nations, where bandits, warlords, and drug cartels are often the only form of authority for some communities. The actions taken by you and your community after the collapse, will determine whether or not you will live under criminals, or live under a system that respects your rights, protects your property, and appropriately engages with neighboring communities.

Rebuilding Communication Networks

A civilization is only as advanced as its mode of communication. If after the collapse, the only way to send a message is by written letters delivered on horseback, then your community will have all the luxuries of an 18th century village. But if you can establish some kind of electronic communication, you’ll be in pretty good shape.

Obviously, the survivors of the collapse won’t have the resources or know-how to get the internet up and running again. Instead, ham radio operators will likely be the best candidates for rebuilding global communications. Even though these radios can’t send or receive signals globally, they still have a range of dozens of miles, and sometimes hundreds of miles in perfect conditions. A network of these operators working together, could help small isolated communities relay messages across any given continent.

Opening Transportation Routes

It’s been pointed out before that once the trucks stop delivering goods, civilization will grind to a halt. One of the first orders of business for any fledgling survivors, will be reopening and repairing transportation channels, so that goods can once again reach their homes. This may require the removal of abandoned cars from crumbling roadways, or if nearby bridges have collapsed, survivors may have to construct pontoons or makeshift cable ferry’s to transport goods until the bridges are rebuilt.

Producing Trade Goods

And finally, any community that wants to thrive after the collapse will have to produce some kind of tangible good or useful service that the world around them needs. If your community can make something that other communities need, it will be on the fast track to full recovery after the collapse, because then you’ll be able trade on a wider market and attain desperately needed supplies and labor for rebuilding civilization.

It could be something as simple as producing a surplus of food, or reopening a mine that went out of commission when everything fell apart. Communities that can’t produce something that the global economy needs, will be mired in poverty for years, and may resort to unsavory practices to survive. So if you’re thinking about moving to a rural area that will be safe from the chaos of a social collapse, take a good hard look at the local economy, and make sure that community produces something tangible that the world needs.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Preparing your survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider. Part 1

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Hello my friend and welcome back to today’s post.  Today we are going to look at preparing your Survival compound for SHTF and things you need to consider.  It is part one of a…

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2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

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2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however […]

Now is the time to learn how to use a Ham Radio for survival!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  When it comes to survival, I think we all understand the need for reliable information in any disaster scenario.  Ham Radio is easily the most reliable due to…

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How to Communicate When The World Goes Silent

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Alternative methods of communication are easily overlooked since we rarely use them in our day-to-day lives. Cell phone networks have gotten so reliable that most people feel like their smartphone is all they’ll ever need. But if a widespread disaster strikes, cell phone towers could be jammed or stop working altogether. If you still don’t […]

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Monday Mania – 5.9.2016

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In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Strategies for Dealing with Those Who Aren’t Prepared, 20 Reasons Preppers Are Happier Than the Rest of the World, “Skills That Could Save Your Life”: 25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know, Raise Plants and Fish Together with Aquaponics, & 15 More Monday Mania – 5.9.2016 The internet will … Continue reading Monday Mania – 5.9.2016

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Prepper’s Communication Handbook

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Lifesaving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster. Communication is one of the most important things that is missing during a disaster. If we become separated from our loved ones, the stress of not knowing can be intense. We also need information about the disaster and what to do next. The new […]

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What Are Your Favorite Alternative News & Information Sources – Websites?

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Having recently posted the article, The Mainstream Mass Media versus Alternative News, I thought that it would be a good idea to renew / update the following original article on favorite alternative news and/or informational websites and other sources beyond the mainstream mass media (originally posted during 2014). So lets here from you in the […]

The Mainstream Mass Media versus Alternative News

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It is well established that most Americans do not trust the mainstream (mass) media (supported by Gallup polls and others – look it up…). It’s no wonder since most recognize that they are all owned and controlled by the same handful of corporations who are themselves integrated into the establishment as controllers and persuaders of […]

Simple and affordable Satellite communications for after the collapse.

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Hello my friend ad welcome back!  When the collapse comes and depending on where you are, communications with the outside world could be difficult.  In today’s post we are going to look at a simple and affordable way to use satellites to communicate with the outside world.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have …

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THE NEXT BIG SOLAR STORM: AN APOCALYPTIC TIMELINE

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Have you ever wondered what might happen in the event a massive, earth directed solar flare were to erupt hurling a powerful coronal mass ejection (CME) at our home planet? What series of events could unfold? What would the impacts be? How do you think we might react? Well, this infographic gives us a look into what that future eventuality may look like.

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Listen To Police/Fire/EMS Without A Scanner On Your PC!

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It may be useful for you to know what your emergency and police are up to. Especially useful for areas away from your location so you can actually hear what’s going on in neighboring towns and what may be coming your way.
Browse the site to see what it offers and how to use it. It is simple to understand.

Click on your state then click on your county.

It may take a minute or two to start hearing the chatter, be patient.

Being able to communicate in tactical situations is critical and what you need to know.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at how Being able to communicate in tactical situations is critical and what you need to know.  Set back and grab a cup of coffee while we visit. We all know that communicating is critical in tactical situations, but with so …

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What is a tactical call sign and why on earth do I need one?

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Hello my friend and welcome back to another post.  What is a tactical call sign and why on earth do I need one?  This was a question I received from one of my readers.  And it is also the topic of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we …

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What is a Software Defined Radio and why should Preppers have one?

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post we are going to look at Software Defined Radio: What it is and why it is important for Preppers to have at least one.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit. A ham radio friend of mine recently got me …

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Don’t fall for Government Propaganda about prepping!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! I have been recently working on creating a Prepper Coalition in my area and have been surprised at some of the things I’m hearing from the Prepper Community on the subject.  It seems that the Federal Government has been working overtime with their distribution of propaganda aimed at Preppers.  …

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The Biggest Thing Lacking in Prepping…

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Herb Mayr. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today. Let me preface this brief writing by saying that I very much […]

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GoTenna Communication

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gotenna off network communicationsGoTenna, has a developed a very unique approach to communicating. They have designed a solution that allows you to use your mobile device in areas with no cell service.

GoTenna Communication

GoTenna is a 6-inch antenna, sold in pairs, that can be hung from a backpack, purse or belt. It pairs via Bluetooth to Android and IOS mobile devices. It uses their messaging client app to transmit text messages and GPS location data over 151-154 MHz (The Multi-Use Radio Band or MURS), to one, or more, GoTennas paired with other mobile devices.

Why not just use MURS Walkie-Talkies?

While the GoTenna may be more expensive than some sets of MURS handheld walkie-talkies, it does give you some advantages over them.

  • You can send text-style messages to one device, or a group of devices simultaneously.
  • No talking = No sound, so if you need to remain silent, GoTenna has you covered.
  • You can send your GPS location to other GoTenna devices, in your meshed network. These coordinates can be viewed on the Go-Tenna’s downloadable, high-resolution offline maps.
  • Multiple devices can send and receive messages at the same time, with walkie-talkies, you normally can’t hear while transmitting.
  • GoTenna’s messages don’t touch the internet. They can only be intercepted using a radio scanner. All GoTenna communications are encrypted using RSA 1024 encryption, so even if the signal is intercepted, it should be gibberish.

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Range

The range of the GoTenna can vary greatly depending on the environment and terrain. These were our results. Based on your local terrain and environment, your mileage will vary!

Open and Flat terrain

GoTenna’s signals claims around nine miles in an open environment. We did achieve almost 4 miles. Thank you, western Ohio, for being so flat.

The rest of the World’s terrain

When operating in a a more hilly and densely wooded area, the signal seems to drop off around 2-3 miles.

In dense urban environments, we were limited to much less than 2 miles, sometimes as low as 500 – 1000 meters.

Best case scenario terrain

The good news is that since this communicates on the MURS Band (151-154 MHz and limited power to 2 Watts), we can extrapolate that if someone was high enough and had a clear view of a horizon the signals could theoretically travel up to 50 miles.

I have spent the last couple months using these devices to communicate on hikes, with my companions and from the trail back to camp. In these rural areas, you can get by with handheld walkie-talkies, but they don’t give you the ability to send your GPS location, nor to communicate without using your voice. This device would be essential should I fall into a ravine or am injured and need someone to come get me now!

When disaster strikes or the unexpected happens, standard communication mechanisms can become overwhelmed, prevetning you from contacting essential people. GoTenna fills the gap to provide a secure method of mesh communications between mobile device in areas with no cell service!

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Read, learn, Practice and never stop!

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Hello my friend and welcome back today! In today’s post we are going to talk about the importance of learning and practicing new skills.  I am constantly amazed at how many people read about how to do something and yet never practice what they read to help set it in their memory.  This is a …

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Survival Communications for the frugal Prepper!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! In today’s post, we are going to look at survival communications and what the frugal Prepper should know about them.  You don’t need to spend a fortune to have a top-notch communications setup.  It can be easy and inexpensive if you know how.  Grab a cup of coffee and have …

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Living “Off Grid” may not mean what you think it does!

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Hello my friend and welcome back! I talk to people all the time that keep saying that they can’t wait to go off grid, as they check their email every few minutes as well as their Facebook. Then they usually complain about it being too hot or too cold. As I listen to them, I …

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Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

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During a regional (or wider) disaster (e.g. major storm) and subsequent power outages, one of the main things that people will be trying to do is communicate with others via their cell phones / smartphones, and searching for information about the event. Back during Hurricane Sandy, many people walked long distances from areas that lost […]

Top 10 SHTF Communications

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This week’s video is another one from Sensible Prepper. In it he talks about the top 10 ways to communicate after the SHTF. This is a very important topic that too many preppers overlook. If a disaster happens while you and your family members are spread out around […]

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More Power or not, that’s the question!

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Hello my friend! In today’s post, we are going to take a look at hand-held communications and why more power is better in some cases and not in others.  Knowing the difference could just save your life in an SHTF situation so set back and grab a cup of coffee while we chat. So, what …

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Using the Baofeng UV-5R in survival situations.

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Hello everyone and in today’s Video Monday post, we are going to look at the Baofeng UV-5R radio for use as a tactical and survival radio.  I have many of these in my preps and they are a large part of my survival communications plans for after SHTF hits.  Being a licensed ham radio operator, …

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Everyday Items You Should Have on You to Withstand an Apocalypse

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By Cherie

In the event of an apocalypse, you want to be fully equipped with tools that increase your chances of long-term survival. Prepare yourself through tactful outfitting of everyday accessories that can withstand harsh conditions. Many of the devices you use are powered by battery or electrical energy, which may not be at your disposal in an emergency situation, so make sure you own devices that are sufficient enough to sustain power and support your perseverance. Here are the top everyday items you should have on you to withstand an apocalypse:

Rugged Watch

Your watch should be equipped with information that helps you keep track of the progression of time in several ways. For example, the Casio GSHOCK GA100SD digital watch is inspired by the military and has world time, a precise stopwatch, a countdown timer, four daily alarms, a 24-hour countdown timer, a date display, 29 world time zones, daylight savings and a 24-hour format. This helps you track time no matter where you are and who you need to contact.

The watch also is built with ultra-tough shock resistance, water resistance up to 600 feet and a steadfast buckle closure, so it can last through almost anything. The battery life on the watch lasts two years, so store enough batteries in your shelter in case you need a replacement.

Durable Phone

Your phone needs to be able to withstand any unpredictable conditions. A phone like the Galaxy S5 has up to 29 hours of talk time and up to 20 days of standby time as well as GPS capabilities, plenty of memory and 4G connectivity, which helps ensure that you can contact friends and family members after a disastrous event.

Pair your smartphone with the SatSleeve for Android to enable satellite access to your phone for reliable communication in remote areas. The satellite coverage provides access to phone calls, emails, instant messages and apps within Thuraya’s network that spans across 161 countries. The high penetration alerting capability lets you stay connected and receive calls and notifications even when the satellite antenna is stowed. The SatSleeve also can make predefined emergency calls without being docked to your smartphone.

Multipurpose Tool

Carry a multi-tool in your pocket to avoid having to carry a myriad of tools. The Leatherman Wingman multi-tool includes a 420HC combo knife, spring-action regular pliers, needle-nose pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, three kinds of screwdrivers, scissors, file, bottle opener and can opener. It is thoughtfully designed for accessibility, as many of the tools have outside-accessible, one-hand spring action features. It has a pocket clip and measures at 3.8 inches, so it’s easy to carry around without adding any extra weight or bulk.

Pocket-Sized Kinetic Charger

In the event of an apocalypse, traditional energy sources may not be at your disposal, so it is important you have the means to create your own energy to power your devices. Harness energy from kinetic movement through the Ampy Move motion-charger battery. It is about the size of a deck of cards and the weight of a smartphone, which makes it easy to carry around in your bag or clipped to your pocket. It can charge any technological device that uses a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0, including your smartphone and smartwatch. An hour of movement or exercise can produce up to one hour of smartphone battery life, five hours of smartphone standby battery life and 24 hours of smartwatch battery life. The Ampy Move is waterproof, but not submersible, and contains an 1800 mAh battery.

 

DIY Battery Pack

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Being a DIY’er is a lot like being a gun guy.  Any self respecting gun guy has (at one time or another) bought a gun simply because he had either a holster or an odd box of ammunition that he didn’t have a gun for. This DIY Battery Pack project is like that, I recently […]

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ePrepper HowTo :: Run a Mumble Communications Server

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Post Objective: Demonstrate setting up Mumble server on a Digital Ocean droplet.
Skill Level: No skill is required to follow this how-to.

As you probably already know, at ePrepper, we are focused on communications.  Today, we are going to dig into Mumble and show you how to cheaply set up a server using a Digital Ocean droplet.  You can get started with a $10 credit to Digital Ocean which is enough to get your server running for a full two months!  There are no commitments and this is a risk-free offer.

What is Mumble?  Mumble is a chat server that is often used in gaming, but has some great features including…

  • voice chat (using mic/headset preferred)
  • text chat
  • open environment making it easy for people to join a chat
  • all communication is encrypted
  • iOS and Android apps available as well as OS X and Windows
If you are going to follow this tutorial, you will want to set up a Digital Ocean account in advance (using the link above to get $10 credit so your server will be free for two months).  If you want to try out our Mumble server, you can skip down to the bottom of this page for connection details.

Step 1: Create your Digital Ocean Droplet

Click Create Droplet:

Name Your Droplet:
You can select from various regions.  For best performance, choose one close to you. 
Change tabs from “Distributions” to “Applications” and select “Mumble Server”

You can set up SSH keys, but in an effort to keep this tutorial easy, we are going to skip this section and click “Create”

VIOLA!  After a minute, your droplet will be ready!

Step 2: Get Console Access and Configure Mumble
Click “Console Access”
You should have received two emails from Digital Ocean.  One email will include a “root” password for your droplet.  The other email contains some information about setting up Mumble on your droplet.  When you log in for the first time, you will be required to create a new root password.  Of course, remember what you set it to.

Now… pay attention to the screen, there will be a SuperUser password for Mumble on the screen.  Be sure to write this down, you will need it later!

Now, you will want to configure your Mumble server, but really there is just one thing we want to change.  If we don’t change one of the settings, the server will show up to Mumble users with the name “Root.”  So, let’s change that to a better name.

At the # prompt type…
pico /etc/mumble-server.ini

Using the arrow keys on the keyboard to find the line “#registerName=Mumble Server” and change it by removing the #… something like…
registerName=MyMumble

Press CTRL-O to write out the file, then press <ENTER>.  Then press CTRL-X to get back to the # prompt.  From the prompt, now type “service mumble-server restart
Ok, now you are ready to connect to the Mumble server!
Step 3: Connect to Your Mumble Server via SuperUser
If you don’t already have a Mumble client installed on your computer, then you will need to install that before proceeding.  You can get the client from here: http://www.mumble.com/mumble-download.php  Follow the instructions for your operating system.  Note: Mumble is also available for iOS and Android, just search your device’s available apps.
Once your app is installed.  You will be greeted with a setup wizard.  This will walk you through setting up your sound (use a headset for this portion, else you will get feedback).  You can skip through the sound setup and mute your mic if you desire (which is what I did for now).
Now, you need to connect to your Mumble server.  If you are using a Mac, then your screen will probably look something like this.  It may be a little different from the PC.
Click “Add New…” on this screen:
Label: Whatever you want to call this connection
Address: The IP address from your Digital Ocean droplet.
Username: SuperUser if you want to have ability to add/remove channels and kick people off the chat.
Password: This is the SuperUser password you jotted down from an earlier step.
If you see this message (and you probably will), you will need to click Yes.  This will accept the certificate from the server and allow you to connect to it.
 Next… Add a channel to your Mumble Server.  I’ll just call it Prepper Talk.  You can add as many channels as you like.  The $5/month Digital Ocean droplet is reported to handle about 100 users (probably tons more if users are primarily using text instead of voice)
That’s pretty much it.  Now, you can start texting/voice chatting with other users.
Now, I invite you to try Mumble on our server.  Just scroll up a couple screenshots to where it shows our Mumble server IP address (the number that begins with 104….).  Get a Mac/PC or iOS/Android client and try connecting to us!

NOTE ABOUT HANDLES!
Get creative with your handle.  Don’t use your real name or something that hints to your real name.  Just join the server and make up a handle.  Maybe I’ll catch you in the chat!

This may or may not be obvious, but if this Mumble server ends up getting abused, I’ll be forced to take it offline, change IPs, and only circulate the new IP to trusted users.  I will be trying to leave the server up so you can mess around with Mumble as you decide if it is something you want to try.

Communications :: Run Your Own Secure XMPP Chat Server (cheap!)

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I’m a huge advocate of information that that enables people to control their own communication.  That’s why I often write about Ting and other providers that give you full control.

In this case, that provider is Digital Ocean.  I first heard of Digital Ocean about two years ago.  I’ve experimented with various server applications, like “OwnCloud” (which give you the ability to securely share files) and WordPress (which you’ve probably already heard about).

Now, it’s time to do some secure chat using eJabber (an XMPP chat server).

The how-to should be really easy to follow, but don’t hesitate to comment if you have questions.  Digital Ocean How-To: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-ejabberd-xmpp-server-on-ubuntu

Now, the best part is that you can try Digital Ocean with absolutely no risk.  Just use this link and get $10 credit to spin up your own server.  The credit is enough for you to run the cheapest server for a full two months.  To get started with Digital Ocean, just click here.

Comment with your issues or questions.

To Drone or not to drone …That is the question!

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To Drone or not to drone …That is the question! Well at least the question for today’s post that is. I was looking through a sales paper over the weekend and found some really good deals on drones with video cameras on them for very little.  By that I mean $200 or less.  I know …

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CB Radio, 40 Channel Handheld with NOAA Weather

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Lately, I have been fine tuning all my emergency preparations, selling off some of the old prior to Y2K electronics with current technology. I’ve already downsized my 4kw generator with a new, much quieter and fuel efficient Honda 2000i.
When it comes to radio communications I feel the CB will still be used by many in a grid down or other emergency where all normal everyday communication methods are out for an extended amount time. For my own radios, I feel the FMRS, CB, 2-Meter and Marine handheld radios plus a small portable Shortwave AM/FM radio for shortwave listening should be sufficient for my needs at this time. Last week I purchased a new CB handheld radio, a Midland 75-822 to replace my very old and twice as big one.



The features that sold me on this unit were its small size, the mobile adapter that has a 12v plug to plug into the cars or any power port and a antenna connection for a taller roof top antenna. Also uses my favorite size ‘AA’ batteries. It comes with two battery pack/holders, one for ‘AA’ alkaline and the other for Rechargeable NiCad batteries with a charger.
Radio Features:
  • Ultra-Portable CB and Weather Radio
  • 40-Channel CB Radio
  • The 75-822 offers 40 separate communication channels, delivering the maximum CB communication range with 4 watts of output power.
  • Channel scan can automatically check all channels for activity, stopping on any active channel for five seconds. You can also store and instantly access up to five of your favorite channels in memory. When you flip on the device, a last channel memory feature will turn on the last channel you selected before powering off.
  • While communicating, a built in ANL (automatic noise limiter) improves reception for weak signals, and squelch control further eliminates background noise.
  • Weather Radio/Emergency Channel Convenience
  • The 75-822 features instant access to NOAA Weather Radio, for weather/hazard information in your area 24/7.
  • Immediate access to emergency channel 9 and informational channel 19 is also provided.
  • The Dual Watch feature lets you monitor channel 9 and another channel of your choice simultaneously.
  • Power With AA Batteries or Vehicle Power Port
  • You can power this unit with six AA batteries, complete with a battery life extender feature. To get even more from your batteries, high/low transmit power settings are provided (4 watts and 1 watt, respectively).
  • A mobile adapter is also included for powering directly from your vehicle’s “cigarette lighter” power port.
  • Easy to Use
  • The 75-822 boasts a large, backlit multifunction LCD display that’s easy to read, day or night. A keypad lock feature “locks in” your preferred settings, so they aren’t accidentally changed. The flexible antenna with BNC connector is easily removed for transport, and an external headset jack is provided for hands-free use.
The new CB radio.
Radio with the mobile set-up attached. Remove the battery pack and snap on the mobile set-up to use vehicle power and the antenna lead to attach to my stainless steel whip antenna.
Upper Left; Radio.
Upper Right; mobile set-up.
Lower Left; ‘AA’ NiCad battery pack with wall bug charger.
Lower Right; ‘AA’ battery pack.

Box front.
Summary:
It is a good radio, lots of volume, backlit display, the option of alkaline or rechargeable NiCad ‘AA’ batteries or 12v vehicle battery, a small size and important to me because of hurricanes is the ten NOAA weather reception stations.
Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio   $76.83
Hustler MBM CB Radio Antenna Magnet Mount   $24.25
The magnet is strong at 5 inches in diameter with 100 lbs. of pull. When I’m parked or camped it holds my full length stainless steel whip to the van roof very securely.
I added three Velcro self-stick loop pads to the bottom because it’s so hard to pull off the roof. It makes it easy to slide the magnetic base without scratching the paint to a curved part of the roof then pull it off.
Stainless steel whip antenna on the van.

The First Five Things You Should Do in Any Emergency!

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I was working on a new Emergency Preparedness binder last night, and started to notice a pattern emerge in the first 5 items for each emergency. These are typically the most critical items and I thought I would share them with you in today’s post. Now granted, some of these may not apply in certain …

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Power in the Collapse or Collapse Because of Lack of Power

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Two recent pieces of information came out to prompt me to write about each Prepared Family to have a plan on how power sources for their survival during a collapse. And like the title above suggests, if the U.S. Grid is shut down, the collapse will follow.

First, we have the Federal Government warning about power outages. This in and of itself would not raise too many concerns, but in the words of the Government ” Be prepared for power outages as we rely on electricity and other utilities for survival, so when we lose power it’s a major problem. A power outage compounds the impacts of a natural disaster and increases anxiety. Having a way to communicate with family, friends, and coworkers is imperative.

The Government goes on to suggest these tips:

Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out and ensure you have extra compatible batteries for any device that can run on battery power (i.e., cell phones, portable phones, medical or assistive devices, radios). Consider purchasing hand-crank and solar-powered chargers.

Keep your car gas tank at least half full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. You’ll also have a good method for charging devices in an emergency or, if necessary, moving to a location with power.

Never use a generator, gasoline-powered equipment and tools, grill, camp stove, or charcoal burning device inside or in any partially enclosed area, including a basement or garage.

Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors or electric detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home and outside of bedrooms to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially deadly gas. Plan to always keep a generator outdoors.

And finally, a friendly word from the Government about communications, which would be sorely affected by a collapse of the Grid,……Don’t wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

During an emergency, communication is critical. We want to know that our family is safe and taken care of. We need to let our family, friends, and coworkers know we’re okay, and be ready to help our fellow citizens by fulfilling the DHS mission. Having a family emergency communication plan with key phone numbers and other information readily available is important.

And then from USA Today, a report that “Attackers successfully compromised U.S. Department of Energy computer systems more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014”, from a review of federal records obtained by USA TODAY finds.

Cyber attackers successfully compromised the security of U.S. Department of Energy computer systems more than 150 times between 2010 and 2014, according to a review of federal records obtained by USA TODAY.

Incident reports submitted by federal officials and contractors since late 2010 to the Energy Department’s Joint Cyber security Coordination Center shows a near-consistent barrage of attempts to breach the security of critical information systems that contain sensitive data about the nation’s power grid, nuclear weapons stockpile and energy labs.

The records, obtained by USA TODAY through the Freedom of Information Act, show DOE components reported a total of 1,131 cyber attacks over a 48-month period ending in October 2014. Of those attempted cyber intrusions, 159 were successful.

“The potential for an adversary to disrupt, shut down (power systems), or worse … is real here,” said Scott White, Professor of Homeland Security and Security Management and Director of the Computing Security and Technology program at Drexel University. “It’s absolutely real.”

Energy Department officials would not say whether any sensitive data related to the operation and security of the nation’s power grid or nuclear weapons stockpile was accessed or stolen in any of the attacks, or whether foreign governments are believed to have been involved.

“DOE does not comment on ongoing investigations or possible attributions of malicious activity,” Energy Department spokesman Andrew Gumbiner said in a statement.

In all cases of malicious cyber security activity, Gumbiner said the Energy Department “seeks to identify indicators of compromise and other cyber security relevant information, which it then shares broadly among all DOE labs, plants, and sites as well as within the entire federal government.”

The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the Energy Department responsible for managing and securing the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile, experienced 19 successful attacks during the four-year period, records show.

While information on the specific nature of the attacks was redacted from the records prior to being released, numerous Energy Department cyber security vulnerabilities have been identified in recent years by the department’s Office of Inspector General, an independent watchdog agency.

After a cyber attack in 2013 resulted in unauthorized access to personally identifying information for more than 104,000 Energy Department employees and contractors, auditors noted “unclear lines of responsibility” and “lack of awareness by responsible officials.” In an audit report released in October of last year, the Inspector General found 41 Energy Department servers and 14 workstations “were configured with default or easily guessed passwords.”

Urban Man’s comments: What this all means is that the prepared survivor must plan for life without the electrical grid. Best case is a completely solar powered home backed up by a fuel generator and wind mills generating electrical power, but alas, only the richest can afford this. 

For the economy prepper this means have battery powered devices with common batteries and a goodly amount of rechargeable batteries – they make them in almost all sizes now. I have six sets of re-chargers that I can power from as 12 volt source (vehicle battery or cigarette plug adapter) and from folding solar panels. 

I have a several solar kits still in the box and keeping them that way in case I have to bug out. my next big purchase will be a power source 1800 Solar Generating unit, which like the name suggest, is capable of generating 1800 watts of power at peak and is re-charged through a 100 watt solar mobile panel. Just get prepared people!

Urban Man