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A home birth is an option many women prefer: it allows them to go through an emotional and painful process in the safety and comfort of their own homes. However, not all home births are planned.
In a SHTF scenario, it is possible for pregnant women to be unable to leave their homes. Alternatively, it is possible that they no longer have access to proper medical facilities. So what is the right procedure if this happens?
Dealing with a home birth under SHTF circumstances is bad enough, but it can get worse. The baby can arrive prematurely. This is not unheard of during these times. Any SHTF event can cause a lot of stress and, in turn, this can induce labor. Many pregnant women have been forced to deliver a premature baby at home for these reasons.
On its own, a premature birth is bad enough. Premature babies are susceptible to a number of health complications. Some of the most common include breathing problems and difficulties maintaining their body temperatures. However, if SHTF, going to a hospital or any other kind of medical facility is not an option.
In this situation, it is best to learn how to make do with what you have.
Signs of Preterm Labor
If you are to give birth prematurely, you will want to know as far in advance as possible. This will allow you to get ready as best you can. That is why it is important to be able to read the signs, and here are some of the most common ones.
- Stomach cramps. It is common for women to experience cramps during pregnancy. However, these cramps would not be associated with diarrhea. They are likely to occur in the lower abdominal region. They can also come and go without warning and feel similar to menstrual cramps.
- Backaches. If you experience any backaches in your lower back, you should make note of it. They can be either continuous or they can come and go. Pay special attention if you have tried various methods to ease the pain, but none of them have worked.
- Increased pressure. This is a sensation which can be brought on by premature labor. It is generally felt in the vagina or pelvis area.
- Flu symptoms. Another sign of a premature labor is experiencing some flu symptoms without feeling sickly or ill. These include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. However, all three symptoms are common during a normal pregnancy, too. Therefore they should not be taken as a sign on their own.
- Decreased fetus activity. It is common for a fetus to stop kicking and moving around during a preterm labor. Try to note whether your baby’s activity levels have decreased or stopped altogether.
- Frequent uterine contractions. If you are experiencing contractions at least once every 10 minutes, this can be a sign of premature labor. However, it is sometimes difficult to tell if these contractions are genuine. In order to be sure, try to lie down for an hour on your side and drink a few glasses of water to stay hydrated. If the contractions still persist afterwards, they are genuine.
- Predisposition to preterm labor. There are several factors which increase the likelihood of a premature birth. These include smoking, kidney or bladder infections during pregnancy, having twins or triplets, past abortions or miscarriages, STDs, poor nutrition, a lot of stress etc. Each one can increase your risk of going into labor prematurely.
Getting Your Home Ready
If you do have to experience a premature birth at home, you will want to be well-equipped with all the items you need in order to deliver the baby safely and the monitor his health condition.
You can start with regular items which would be necessary for a standard home birth under normal circumstances. These include sheets, pillows, plenty of towels, bed liner, cloths, trash bags etc.
Some women prefer to go with a water birth. In this case you will need to buy a small pool, as well as keep some gallons of water handy in case you don’t have access to water later on. If this is a SHTF event, you will not want to be using your drinkable water supply to fill the pool.
All of those items are easy to get. The problem starts with the medical equipment you will need in order to look after a premature baby. Some of these are expensive while others are simply unavailable outside of hospitals. Even so, there are some you can find available for commercial use.
With a premature baby, it is important to establish their health condition as soon as possible. In a hospital, the baby would be hooked up to various machines that monitor its status. Since this is not possible at home, you will have to settle for alternatives.
It is very important to monitor the baby’s breathing, heart and blood pressure. You can do this yourself with small machines which are available commercially.
What a baby really needs in this situation is an incubator. This is not a cheap item, but it will provide the baby with a safe and sterile environment. More importantly, it will keep the baby warm and protect it from outside noise and germs.
Some of these incubators are also fitted with bililights. These are a set of bright fluorescent lights fitted over the incubators. They are used to treat jaundice, a common health issue in premature babies.
Something will be needed in order to assist with the baby’s breathing. There is a high likelihood of premature babies suffering from breathing problems. A ventilator is a machine used to deliver air into the baby’s lungs. Under regular conditions, it helps the baby breathe, but it does not breathe for it.
However, if the status of the baby is critical, the ventilator can be used to temporarily breathe for the baby. This will allow the lungs to recover.
The mother must get into a comfortable position, whether in bed, on the floor, in a pool etc. Her legs need to be spread wide and the mother must try to remain calm and take long, deep breaths.
When the baby starts crowning she will need to push hard until the baby has come out.
This process can be long and painful. Even so, with a premature birth it is recommended to avoid painkillers and other medication as long as possible.
The person assisting the birth should have some training beforehand. This way he or she can deal with the possible complications that could arise during birth.
Suffice to say that this situation should only occur under SHTF conditions where no alternative is possible. Once it has arrived, the baby needs to be taken to a hospital as soon as possible in order to receive proper treatment.
Source : www.survivopedia.com
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I live in a hurricane zone. While we don’t get a lot of hurricanes that actually hit us, we do get a lot of threats from them.
So, I’ve seen how people react to them, time and time again. The funny thing is, the same people go to the store and buy the same things each time one is heading for us. They never seem to prepare or even improve upon their last-minute preparations.
Setting aside the lack of wisdom that goes with their decisions, there’s a huge problem with how they are approaching disaster preparedness. That is, they aren’t thinking ahead.
Their lack of planning explains, at least a little, the poor decisions that they make. When you’re in a hurry to make a decision, the natural tendency is to fall back on the things you know the best. That can be rather problematic, especially when you consider that the things which we would normally use when everything is going fine are not likely to be all that useful when the power is out. As we all know, whenever there is a disaster, especially a natural disaster, one of the things you can count on is for the lights to go out.
Knowing how people react, the local stores have made their own provisions. When a hurricane warning comes, you can see the local Walmart stores rolling out pallets of flashlights and batteries. Extra shipments of some food items come in, and emergency items are “stocked to the roof” in anticipation of extra sales. Even so, they still sell out of the same things every time.
Of course, the biggest thing that people are stocking up on is food. But, since they haven’t planned it out, they usually buy the wrong things. I’ve seen it over and over.
Here are the first 10 foods that tend to sell out in the stores when a disaster is imminent:
- Beer & alcohol
- Canned fruits & vegetables
- Canned soups
- Peanut butter
- Frozen prepared foods
If you look at that list, you can spot a number of very important errors. First of all, the meat and frozen prepared foods require refrigeration. Likewise, bread won’t usually keep more than a few days without going bad. Yet, the one thing we can always count on is the power going out. So, what they are doing in buying those foods is either preparing for a feast or preparing to throw the food away.
On the other end of the scale, there are some things on that list that really make sense. Water is going to be the number one “food” need for most people, so stocking up on it is always a good idea. Unfortunately, the stores never have enough water and sell out of it quickly. Only the first 100 or so people to get there manage to buy water.
Soup, peanut butter and other canned goods are always good survival food — the types of things that most preppers stock up on. However, most last-minute shoppers don’t buy enough of them, so it won’t be long before they’re scrounging for food.
Finally, we find beer and alcohol rather high up on that list. Contrary to Maslow’s Hierarchy, most people put their vices before the basic needs for survival. This is especially true in times of crisis. Many people drink to forget their problems, and a disaster definitely qualifies as a problem. So, they’ll stock up on beer (and cigarettes too, but we’re talking about food here) to make sure that they have enough to keep themselves distracted from the destruction all around them.
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(Natural News) While no one knows what life is going to throw at us, it is safe to say that it won’t hurt to be prepared for an emergency, disaster, or SHTF (S**t Hits The Fan) scenario. According to Back Door Survival, some three million Americans, or 1 percent of the total population, are making detailed plans and taking measures to prepare themselves for a major catastrophic event.
Many people still believe governments will step in when disaster strikes. However, when we look back at the horrible scenarios during Katrina and Super-storm Sandy, we know that that isn’t going to happen. Those affected had to wait days for aid or face hour-long lines to get some water. It has become apparent that the government isn’t prepared to handle massive rescue operations, nor can they provide for everybody during a disaster. (RELATED: Read more survival news at Survival.news.)
Whether it’s another economic collapse, natural disaster, or the end of the world, preparing yourself for opportunities so that you can take advantage of them when things turn for the worst are paramount during these uncertain times. As the world continues to spin out of control and people start to lose their confidence in governments it is very likely the number of preppers will grow in the coming years.
Survival of the fittest
Being prepared for an emergency is as simple as planning ahead. However, what many people often forget is that prepping is more than just stocking up on survival essentials. If you are going to take prepping serious, it is also time to start working on your health and fitness level.
Should the worst happen, chances are your life and environment aren’t going to look the same. In a world that has erupted into chaos, life will become more physically demanding. You might have to run, jump, climb, and fight your way through out-of-control situations. However, if you are out of shape or in bad health, chances of surviving out there can be pretty slim.
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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.
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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Disaster Prep Guides Inaugural Show! John Smith “Disaster Prep Guides” Audio in player below! On this first episode of Disaster Prep Guides, we go over different scenarios from different disaster events and what could happen when different variables are introduced. Imagine if you were hiking in the woods and got lost on the trail? What would … Continue reading Disaster Prep Guides Inaugural Show!
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I have a vast array of interests that add flavor and color to this wonderful life of mine. A few of those happen to be the idea of apocalypse and what impact it may have on the baseline human condition, our sometimes crazy weather and it’s impacts on this incredible world, and a deep rooted love of history, especially when either of my previous two mentions are somehow involved. In her recent work Surrender The Sun, author AR Shaw has offered up a shiny bobble that I simply could not ignore. So, the real question is would it live up to my wild imaginings of where it may take me?
Full disclosure, AR Shaw is a friend, a very nice lady and I have read her work before. That is precisely the reason I want to be careful in this review to only speak to the work and my impressions of it.
Given the interests I listed above that originally secured my interests in the book, in Surrender The Sun, Shaw did not disappoint.
Want to end life as we know it?
Let’s do it.
How about a naturally occurring catastrophe?
What if I told you it’s all happened before and it will happen again?
Awesome. Bring it on.
In this cataclysmic, blizzard driven romp of a story, Shaw does a wonderful job of world building. I could feel my lungs ache and burn in the frigid temperatures as I stood on the lake shore staring out as wisps of blowing snow spun out and across the body of water’s frozen surface. To further my immersion in this white-bleached, wintry wasteland, Shaw effectively weaves a sense of intimate foreboding throughout the tale as I witnessed Bishop standing like a granite mountain as he shepherds flame-haired, Maeve and her party through the seemingly never-ending storm. Both natural and man made.
In short, if you share any or all of the interests I mentioned earlier, take a chance on Surrender The Sun. The story and the world are engulfing and satisfying. The author also does a good job of touching on some of my other interests too like preparedness and just what it would feel like to realize that you cannot prepare your way out of a situation. After all, it seems that is where things would get really interesting anyway, right? There will come a point when reading this book where you will find yourself standing alongside Bishop and Maeve, each of you asking yourselves the same question. Now what?
Jump into the deep freeze and grab your copy of Surrender The Sun today. To keep up with everything going on with AR Shaw, be sure to check out her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
Technology shrinks. Technology becomes more and more available. This is a constant. We have started down a technological track with an unknown end. This addiction and this dependence on tech
Emergency, like natural calamities such as flood, typhoon or hurricane, and earthquakes are a dangerous situation, requiring an immediate and fast response to avoid unwanted results ̶ injuries or death. Being able to make sure that you are safe before, during, and after any disaster is needed to counteract or respond effectively. What is needed is preparedness. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S., it means a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective actions in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response. Emergency Preparedness can save your lie or your loved ones lives.
Now, that sounds really intimidating. But we cannot just depend on all, everything, every time to the government agencies for security and emergency, or a non-profit charity organization such as Red Cross. We too must take our part, be on a mission to help ourselves during these times.
Nothing beats Planning and Preparation
- Discuss within the household the type of emergency and how to respond to them, that may occur where you live, work, and your children (if any) attend to school and play. Include in it the roles and responsibilities of each member and how everybody will work together as a team.
- Take a Drill. These agencies have for sure guidelines for families on how to prepare before and during an emergency that is short on time but essential. Here is some few advice from them:
- Get a Kit. Purchase an emergency preparedness kit.
- Discuss on the Kit Rules. Make sure that every member in the household knows where it is placed aside in the house and that is to be used for emergency only. Also, identify the uses of each item inside the kit. You may personalize the Kit also. You can add canned foods and other personal items in the kit. Below are the following items that should be available in your kit.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
- Water, one gallon of water per person per day good for three days: for drinking and sanitation
- Food (non-perishable), at least a three-day supply
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towels, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Extra Cash
Consider also the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games (toys) and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl) – for those with pets
- Extra set (back-up) of car keys and house key
- Matches or lighter
- Rain Gear
- Make an Evacuation Plan. Have your own map and determine two or three destinations of evacuation areas and routes to go there. In your map, it is recommended to highlight them for an easier look at the event of the emergency.
- Be informed. Information is essential, especially on a calamity hitting your area. Right at the beginning, knowing what natural disasters may or can affect your location and what to do helps to you keep heads up of the possible scenarios during the disaster. It is already recommended to stay updated on the weather forecast news if a typhoon or hurricane may hit your area. Follow the advice of local authorities if they are telling you to evacuate.
- If away from home, ensure you know the hotline numbers, if possible write it down and have each member in the household has their own copies. Ensure that you have the contact numbers of the people close to you, like family. They must know how to reach you and you know how to reach them.
Keep it current and keep it with you. Information may include:
- Emergency hotlines, like 911
- Local Government Emergency and Safety Unit (hotlines and trunk lines)
- Local RED CROSS hotline
- Family phone numbers
- An out-of-town contact (a close relative, friend) – Name and phone or mobile numbers
- Common family emergency meeting place or evacuation area
- Learning Hands-Only CPR. This skill is absolutely necessary. You can save a life from a cardiac arrest. Furthermore, also consider learning skills on First Aid.
- Get connected. Keeping your data and devices available will keep you connected to the social media world, and post status updates (needed) on the current happening in your area or situation during the emergency. On the verge of no electricity, keep at reach your power banks, loaded enough to get you throughout the day/s so that when batteries of your smartphones are empty, it is there ready to back you up.
For the First Aid Kit
It is equally important to know how to treat minor injuries and how it can make a difference in an emergency. Below are the following items should be available in your kit:
- Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towels
- Antibiotic ointment
- Burn ointment
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminate
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine, and asthma inhalers.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies
- Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Other first aid supplies for Emergency Preparedness:
- Tube of petroleum jelly or another lubricant
- Oil Liniments
Having and knowing all these guidelines on emergency preparedness, it is an important reminder that we need to be ready to respond to natural or even man-made disasters ̶ always. Because disaster can strike at any time of the day, so it’s important to have a planned response whenever we are at work, on vacation or on the road.
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Most of us are planning on “bugging in” when a disaster strikes. Generally speaking, that’s a much more practical solution for people who don’t have a survival retreat off in the woods somewhere. Not only does your home provide you with shelter, but it has all of your survival equipment and supplies, as well as your other possessions. But what do you do if something happens to your home?
There is always a risk of your home taking a hit during a natural or man-made disaster. Some disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, are known for destroying houses. If that should happen to you, then you will need an instant replacement. If you haven’t thought about it beforehand, then you might not have an idea of where to go or what to do.
To start with, evaluate the condition of your home. If part of it is still standing, then you might be able to take shelter there, at least on a temporary basis. You only want to do this if the part that is standing is structurally sound, though. If it is likely to fall, you don’t want to be trapped inside.
If you find that you have to abandon your home during a societal collapse, there are a number of places around you, many of which may very well be excellent shelters to use. While they may not be as nice to stay in as your home, neither is a makeshift shelter or a tent off in the woods somewhere.
If you have outbuildings on your property, that might be a good starting point. Surprisingly, a shed or detached garage might survive a situation in which the house is destroyed. While that building may not be as well constructed as the home was, it might have been sheltered by the home itself.
Granted, a shed or garage isn’t a very comfortable or even nice place to lay your head to rest, but it has the advantage of being close to your home. That means you can stay close to your possessions. If you are going to begin salvage operations — to get what you can out of your damaged home — then it helps to stay close. Besides, those salvaged items can be used to make your temporary shelter more comfortable.
2. Your place of business
If you own a business, then you probably have an alternate shelter that you have legal title to, even if it is rented. Your office or store may very well survive something that damages your home, simply because commercial buildings are often stronger than residences. Their simpler construction, lack of windows and need to support more weight on the floor leads to a more robust building design.
If you have such a place, it would be good to stock some emergency supplies and equipment there, so that in the case of a disaster, it’s easy to move your family to the workplace. While you probably won’t want to abandon the equipment and supplies you have at home, what you keep at your business will help your family to survive while you are salvaging whatever you can.
3. Abandoned homes
Whatever makes your home uninhabitable may make it so that many other people flee. If that happens, then there will probably be a good assortment of abandoned homes available in the neighborhood. (Note: Use this option only as a last resort in a societal collapse.) The problem with this is that you would technically be trespassing and if the person came back, the situation could become a bit sticky. For this reason, I wouldn’t be too quick to move into someone else’s home.
If forced to move into someone else’s home, it is wise always to treat it as if it were theirs and not mine. In other words, I would take care of their home, leaving their possessions alone as much as possible. While I would use their furniture and kitchenware, I wouldn’t remove anything from their home or rearrange things any more than absolutely necessary. That way, if they were to come back, I could at least show that I’ve cared for their home.
Having said that, moving into an abandoned home is probably the most comfortable option you have for an urban survival shelter in an emergency situation. While it wouldn’t be your home, it would be a home, with all the comforts to be expected.
4. An abandoned business
There are always abandoned buildings around that were once stores, warehouses and other businesses. Any of these provide the basics necessary for a shelter. They can keep the weather out and protect your family. At the same time, businesses usually have a lot of open space, which you can configure as you need for your family. They also often have bathrooms, which might still work if there is water service.
While I wouldn’t hesitate to use an abandoned business as a survival shelter, I wouldn’t expect much more of it than it to be something to help protect me from the weather. I would operate under the assumption that anything I need would have to be brought in.
One nice thing about abandoned businesses is that you can pre-plan. Just by keeping your eyes open for businesses that close in your area, you can know which businesses would be available in the case you need an emergency shelter. A little further investigation could show how you can get into those buildings if you have to use them as a shelter.
5. A vehicle
This may sound a bit unusual, but survival situations are unusual. A vehicle can actually be a fairly good, although small shelter, in times of need. I lived in a motorhome for a number of years, traveling the country. Although the space was limited, I had everything I needed. In a pinch, I could have lived in a much smaller vehicle if needed.
A prepared vehicle is easier to live in. But even if your vehicle isn’t prepared ahead of time, there are things you can do to make it work. Adding a shell to the back of a pickup or removing the back seats from a van creates a living space. A mattress in that area makes a comfortable sleeping area. Camping equipment, such as a camp stove, can quickly turn that makeshift vehicle shelter into something rather comfortable and workable.
6. An abandoned basement
Basements are the part of any structure that are most likely to survive. As such, they can be used as a place of refuge, even when the rest of the building has been destroyed. Often, the floor above the basement will remain intact even when the rest of the building is destroyed. That can turn the basement into an underground home.
During World War II, much of Europe was destroyed. As the various armies battled across the landscape, defenders would take refuge in buildings, using them as makeshift pillboxes. The attackers then had to destroy those buildings, clearing out the soldiers. The residents of those buildings often took refuge in the basement.
While a basement isn’t a very comfortable shelter, it worked for the Europeans. At a minimum, it protected many of them from being killed by shrapnel and gunfire. Once the fighting moved on, many stayed in the basements because the houses and apartments above were destroyed. While it wasn’t as comfortable as home, it was shelter.
7. The underground
Speaking of basements, underground structures of many types have been used as shelters at one time or another. The catacombs of France are probably the most famous of these. But those aren’t the only underground shelters that have been used. Governments often build underground bunkers to hide activities, simply because they are well hidden.
Of course, you won’t be able to get into an underground bunker that the government is using, but many cities nevertheless have some sort of underground. This could be a storm sewer system (like the catacombs) or a subway system. Some cities even have commercial areas that are underground. Regardless of why the structure is underground, it is much more likely to survive many a calamity than anything above ground is. That makes it possible to use as an emergency shelter.
What type of shelter would you use? Share your tips in the section below:
Do you have enough food for an unexpected snowstorm? Are you ready for a natural catastrophe? If not, now is the time to start. FEMA recommends that you have at least 3 days’ worth of food and water stored. But that is not enough, because in a crisis it may take weeks to get the food back on the grocery store shelves and for power to be restored.
For less than $60, you can feed a family of two adults and two children for 30 days.
Sound impossible? It’s not! With just a few ingredients and two easy recipes, you and your family can survive a disaster.
7 Foods For Survival
Here’s what you’ll need to get:
- 10 lbs. of cornmeal
- 20 lbs. of white rice
- 16 lbs. of dried mixed beans
- 2 lbs. of granulated chicken flavored bouillon
- 1 gallon of pancake syrup (or honey)
- 1 lb. of salt
- 2 lbs. of vegetable oil
A few weeks ago I bought most of these items at Walmart and Sprouts, and it cost me less than $60 for everything. I found 20 pounds of white rice at Walmart for only $8, and Sprouts had a sale on dried, mixed beans for less than $1 per pound. And I also got a gallon of pancake syrup from Walmart for only $8 because it’s much cheaper than honey. But if you don’t mind spending more money, honey will be more nutritious and will usually last indefinitely.
Rice and beans will last the longest when stored in food grade enamel-lined buckets with a Mylar lining that will provide an airtight environment. It also helps to add a few crushed bay leaves. To store cornmeal, put it in the freezer for a few days to kill any bugs. Then store it in a bucket with Mylar lining. And don’t forget to use oxygen absorbers, too. Grains stored this way should last anywhere between 20-30 years!
Want a warm, filling and inexpensive breakfast? Try cornmeal mush. This recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. And of all the breakfast foods that you can buy, this one is the cheapest.
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups hot water
Directions: Combine the cornmeal and cold tap water in a bowl to keep it from getting lumpy. Meanwhile, in a pan, combine the salt and hot water. Bring it to a boil over high heat. While the water is heating, add the cornmeal mixed with the cold water. When the water and cornmeal boil, reduce the heat to low. Allow the mush to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it is nicely thickened.
Spoon mush into bowls and serve with pancake syrup or honey, if desired. Don’t forget to set aside the leftovers to go with lunch and dinner! To fry, pour mixture into a loaf pan and chill completely. Remove from pan, slice and fry in a small amount of oil over medium-high heat until browned on both sides. Fried cornbread tastes great with soup!
Rice and beans are a survival staple. After all, they’re cheap and provide carbohydrates and protein. This soup is very hearty and filling. It costs just pennies to make, and it will give you enough energy to sustain you during a difficult time.
1 cup of rice
2 cups of dried, mixed beans
1 tablespoon chili powder (optional)
1 tablespoon cumin (optional)
Bouillon (season to taste)
Directions: Add first six ingredients to a large kettle. Pour two quarts of water. Add bouillon to taste, chili powder, and cumin (if using). Bring to a boil and simmer for two hours. This soup is thick and hearty, and should be enough to feed four people for lunch and dinner.
Although this soup is often bland by itself, it’s easy to add more ingredients. I usually add two cans of tomatoes, one diced onion, three diced carrots, two diced celery stalks, and two diced potatoes. It tastes great with canned chicken, ham and Vienna sausages for extra protein. And it makes a great meal when served with fried cornmeal mush.
I also like to top it with one of the following toppings:
- Sirachi sauce
- Hot sauce
- Tortilla chips
Other Survival Supplies
Cornmeal mush for breakfast and “survival soup” for lunch and dinner will help to provide enough food to feed your family for 30 days. I also recommend that you stock up on canned fruit and canned vegetables to supplement your diet. To help with any vitamin deficiencies, make sure that you have enough multivitamins for each person in your family. And make sure that you have some extra prescription medicine set aside, as well as pet food to take care of any animals.
Don’t forget to have plenty of water set aside. You’ll need at least 120 gallons for a family of four for 30 days. One of the cheapest ways to store water is to purchase a bladder that you can use in your bathtub.
If you have a fireplace, it’s also a good idea to have plenty of firewood set aside to heat your house and cook your food. But if you don’t have a fireplace, you can purchase a small gas burner and have plenty of propane to cook meals.
During times of economic uncertainty, it’s essential to be prepared. And if you buy these 7 foods for survival, you’ll be much more prepared in case of an emergency.
God’s Word shows us the importance of planning ahead. Proverbs 27:12 says: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
What food items would you add to this list? Share your tips in the section below:
When we think of survival and disaster preparedness the images most people conjure up are basically rural. Preparedness is all about being ready to harvest the essentials from the land,
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I have no doubt that most of you are aware that wildfires raged across eastern Tennessee earlier this week decimating Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas along the way. These fires are not the only ones that have been burning across the southeast in recent weeks, but the they are the first to directly impact large and heavily populated cities. This was the scene earlier this week in Gatlinburg and throughout Sevier County…
Fire on the mountain (language warning):
The mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia are an outdoor lover’s playground throughout the year. If you live in the region, you have probably visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of their people. We grew up just a few hours away and visited often, never minding the ride to get there, but rather enjoying the magnificence of the view throughout the trip and we always felt right at home once we arrived. It is for this reason and many others that this disaster is personal for us and we wanted to do whatever we can to help. Watch this space for possible updates and any future wildfire relief efforts.
To this end, I spent most of today (Wednesday 11/30) on the phone with several national and local agencies trying to get the first hand scoop from the experts on the ground on the best way to have offer the most benefit to the most people possible. What follows is what I learned.
As of my writing this article, the local chapter of the American Red Cross reports that in terms of their ability to meet the immediate needs of the community in terms of basic supplies (food, water, shelter, clothes, toiletries, etc.), they and all of the local agencies they are talking with are “at capacity” after having seen a tremendous outpouring of support from the state and region. That’s GREAT news! However, the reality is this will not be a 72 hour, five day or one week disaster and that is where we can step up and really make a difference. From every person I spoke with today, the main way we can help is by donating money to support the ongoing efforts that will be required to help Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the good people of eastern Tennessee going forward. With that in mind, my work today led me to three agencies where you can donate funds and be certain that your money will go directly to help the people of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the good people of eastern Tennessee. If you would like to make a donation to help with the wildfire relief efforts that are ongoing in these devastated areas, based on my personal conversations I can suggest the following agencies with full confidence and without hesitation:
The East Tennessee chapter of the American Red Cross is currently housing 1,400 people nightly in shelters that have been displaced by the wildfires, additionally providing food, transport and pet care to everyone. For reference, keep in mind that it takes $1000 to provide this assistance to 100 people daily, so know that every dollar you donate will be making a real difference in the lives of every day people just like yourself.
If you would like to donate to the East Tennessee Chapter of the American Red Cross, please send your check to:
ATTENTION LORI MARSH
American Red Cross East Tennessee
6921 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37909
You can follow the East Tennessee Chapter on Facebook too.
GATLINBURG RELIEF FUND (SMARTBANK)
This fund has been established by the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and will disperse all raised funds directly to local impacted citizens to be used at their discretion. This will put funds directly in the hands of those that need it most.
If you would like to donate to the Gatlinburg Relief Fund (SMARTBANK), here is the link to donate with a debit/credit card:
If you would like to send a check/money order please make it payable to: Gatlinburg Wildfire Relief Fund
Please mail the check to:
P.O. BOX 1910
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868
Check out the donation link on the Smartbank Facebook page:
If you would like to take a longer term approach to this disaster and offer help to those that may have lost everything and do not have adequate insurance to help them get back on their feet, the TVCH is a good option. For more information, visit tvchomeless.org and to donate money, call 865-859-0749. If you know of anyone that has lost their home, the Homeless Assistance Hot Line is 888-556-0791.
If you are interested in doing what you can to help our nearby neighbors get through these very trying times, I hope this information helps you make that happen. Remember friends, disaster doesn’t care about our schedules and does not play favorites. There, but for the grace of God, go I. Disaster can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. I hope you will do what you can to help.
To keep up with the most up to date information regarding the ongoing disaster unfolding in eastern Tennessee and how you can help further, check out the great coverage from WBIR , WATE and the KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL. Please be aware that unlike the three mentioned above, I have not spoken to all of these organizations and agencies listed on those pages personally.
Andrew Duncan captured drone video of the damage done by the fires in Gatlinburg and Sevier County.
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Let’s start at the very beginning. Why do you need a small business disaster recovery plan? The answer is simple. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), nearly 40 percent of small businesses never reopen after a disaster. An even greater number fail within 1 to 3 years, due to insurmountable losses.
While the recent devastation from Hurricane Matthew may lead some to believe that business emergency preparedness applies only to large storms or natural disasters, the fact is that there are many emergencies you should prepare for that can interrupt operations and profitability, from localized outages to random fires, floods and more.
According to the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey, over 75% of businesses have experienced the loss of at least one critical application after a power outage – leading to an estimated cost of more than $5,000 per minute. For tech reliant companies, that’s a lot to put at stake for lack of preparation.
While there are many kinds of disasters that can strike and many reasons that businesses may fail afterward, doing your business disaster planning ahead of time is an essential step to being able to recover, reopen and recoup your losses in the event of any emergency. It’s crucial not only to have the correct insurance plans in place to protect your physical assets, but also to have strong business continuity and emergency preparedness plans so during a crisis situation at work, you can put your company in position to survive.
How Do Disasters Impact Small Businesses?
Beyond the immediate economic impact of a shutdown, business disruption due to floods and hurricanes, fires, outages and other emergencies can impact your company’s chances of survival in many ways.
The first way that your business could be impacted is though physical damage to the premises and facility, including the building itself, pipes, ventilation systems and more. Consider what emergencies have happened in your area before and how they’ve impacted the businesses around you. What would the cost of not doing business for an hour, day, week or even longer be? It’s time to consider how to mitigate those losses. Review your insurance policies now – the cost to rebuild is often what results in closed doors.
Staffing and Clients
The second way a business will be impacted during an emergency is in staffing and customer retention. Employees may be evacuated or otherwise unable to come to work during the disaster, while significant damage to the area may impact both your staff and customers’ ability to return to their homes, jobs and consumer behaviors. What plans do you have in place to prepare for a change in your staffing or client base? Consider having a remote operations plan to ensure essential services continue in the event of on-site interference.
Business Disaster Planning: Be Prepared in Advance
The basics of business disaster planning have to do with effective preparation, testing, training and leadership. You have to prepare your small business continuity and recovery plans, test them regularly, train your people to perform their roles and have strong leaders in place to ensure they’re carried out when disaster strikes.
Getting Your Business Ready
Here are some of the technical things you might want to consider investing in now so you don’t regret it after a disaster:
- Lightweight laptop that’s connected to essential business systems
- Cell phone with mobile Wi-Fi capabilities or another sources of localized Wi-Fi connectivity
- Cloud storage for essential documents
- Off-premise operations hub
With cloud storage becoming more and more accessible and affordable, I highly recommend you save important business documents to a cloud storage platform, so you can still access crucial information should your on-site records be unsalvageable. It’s also important to consider where you’ll base operations if an evacuation order is issued or you’re otherwise unable to use your current facility due to damage
If you end up stranded in the office, you’ll also want to have what I call a “business BOB” on hand. Keep your bug-out bag in an area you’ll be able to access in an emergency, and stock it with essential items that can make the difference between life and death when you’re stranded at work.
Your business BOB should include enough supplies to support the people in your office for at least 72 hours:
- Nonperishable foods and a way to prepare them – consider what you’ll do if there’s no power
- Water, and plenty of it
- A first aid kit, medical supplies and basic toiletries including soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, baby wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, etc.
- A toolkit including a compass, flashlights, duct tape, lighters, and other common tools
You may also want to consider having backup systems of defense should your alarm systems go out – especially if your facility is at high-risk for looting or other forms of opportunism that are common during emergencies.
Getting Your People Ready
When it comes to human resources, the most important thing to consider is leadership and communication.
- Establish leadership in advance. You should choose leaders with a high degree of trust, integrity, capability and experience.
- Who should employees go to with questions about their work during an emergency? If you are stranded on-site, you’ll need leaders to supervise different essential areas, including food, defense, medical services and even conflict resolution.
- Establish communications systems, buddy systems and meeting places. What will you do if wireless networks are down and you’re stranded at work?
- Consider having a battery-operated, solar or reliable ham radio, satellite phone and other emergency communication systems on hand that can allow two-way communication and information delivery when cell phone towers and other business systems are down.
- Sign up for alerts from the Red Cross and local authorities so you stay up-to-date on the state of the emergency.
- Make sure every member of the team has a role and a job to do. Consider individual skill-sets – including any medical, counseling or defense training – and how they would be best put to use. Giving everyone a role not only expands the human resources you have available, but it also helps keep people calm in a crisis situation.
Long before disaster strikes, the business continuity plans you create must be shared with and practiced by employees so they know exactly what to do before panic sets in. Test your plans regularly, train employees to carry it out, assess effectiveness and always solicit for feedback. Having a plan will do nothing if it’s not tested, refined and continually refreshed.
It’s also smart to communicate your emergency and business continuity plans with any business partners who may be impacted by an interruption in your operations so they, too, know what to expect. Alerting them in advance will help them know how to stay in touch with you and help you avoid increased losses both during and after disaster.
Crisis at Work: Putting Your Plan into Action
If you’ve prepared well in advanced, you should be able to put your emergency business continuity and disaster recovery plans into action relatively smoothly. Of course, during a disaster, nothing is for sure, so here are a few tips to ensure you stay as safe as possible:
- Immediately deploy your emergency communications system when disaster strikes to keep staff and customers alert, aware and ready to act.
- Always follow evacuation orders and use the information available to get employees and personnel safely out of harm’s way before disaster strikes.
- If you’re unable to exit the premises in an emergency, secure your location, people, supplies and equipment.
- Remember that every member of your organization has value in an emergency. Just like managers look for employees’ best use when it comes to day-to-day operations, it’s important that you find the best way for everyone to contribute in an emergency so that no one feels helpless or alone.
That last point is probably the most important – beyond actually having a small business emergency recovery plan in place. Emotions run high in emergency situations, so you need to be ready to help people cope. Being sufficiently prepared prior to a disaster will go a long way to keeping everyone calm and collected until you make it safely to the other side.
Small Business Disaster Planning Resources
Explore FEMA’s Small Business Preparedness Toolkit, featuring a range of resources and planning documents.
Use the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Sample Emergency Preparedness Checklist to create your own disaster checklist today.
Specific disaster preparedness information and sample assessment forms for small businesses are available at PrepareMyBusiness.org.
Get more resources from the Small Business Association:
- Disaster Assistance Information to help you recover after a disaster.
- Disaster Planning Resources to guide your emergency preparedness and business continuity plans and protect your assets during a disaster.
- Also find Emergency Preparedness Resources that cover different types of natural and manmade disasters
About the Author
Pete Duncanson is the Director of System Development at ServiceMaster Restore, the largest franchised disaster restoration company in the United States providing mitigation and restoration services to homeowners and business owners. Pete has for worked ServiceMaster Restore for more than 30 years and is recognized throughout the cleaning and restoration industry, serving on many boards including The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Pete is also vice president of operations for Society of Cleaning and Restoration Technicians (SCRT), corporate representative to Restoration Industry Association (RIA) and IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association), and outreach instructor for Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
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Todd’s Note: I recently received the article below in an email from Michael R. He didn’t intend to send it to me as a potential article. He instead was passing along information that he had been thinking about, analyzing and trying to problem solve. I thought that his information was important to pass along, being that I haven’t seen the effort (actual numbers) put into explaining why freeways and roads will become impassible if major cities tried to bug out in an emergency situation. Michael makes a lot of sense. After thinking through his information, I believe it is even more important to be aware of what is going on and either move now or choose to bug-in. I don’t know if getting a jump start on bugging out will be possible. If you have to think about it, you might be too late!
The simple common definition of “Bug Out” is traveling… and more specifically, traveling from a densely populated area to a less densely populated area.
Have you ever thought about the minimum amount of time that the perfectly prepared family who has a Plan and has practiced evacuation would need to evacuate to a predetermined bug-out location? Yes, there are a lot of qualifiers in this sentence but work with me here.
Let’s start by setting up the parameters as a challenge.
First, the only criteria for our perfect family, who are all at home in their metropolitan suburb, is they will only need to grab the most urgent essentials like medicine, then depart their home and arrive at their bug-out location within 12 hours to beat the challenge.
Well, that’s an easy challenge to win. The fastest transportation is our fully-fueled vehicle, since we have pre-deployed our resources in advance, so we’ll simply jump in our vehicle and be there in a few hours.
But since we’re cautious people, we’ll do some risk assessments using the tried and true, “What ifs.”
What if our metropolitan city, in our case, Dallas, attempted to evacuate?
There are a lot of people in Dallas, but “a lot” is kinda’ vague. And only a few keystrokes reveals there are 451,000 houses in Dallas County.
A few more keystrokes reveals that each household has 1.8 cars, but it is reasonable to believe that an evacuation will cause families to travel as a unit in a single vehicle. So, let’s think that at most 451,000 cars will hit the streets. However, it is safe to assume that not all residents will evacuate, so I’ll reduce the amount by 20%, leaving the potential for 360,800 cars on the road.
OK, now some fairly uncomplicated criteria: a car is 16 to 17 feet long, plus you might add a foot or two to compensate for sharing the road with an unknown quantity of 73-foot long tractor-trailer rigs and the 50-foot long travel trailers that those “almost prepared” will attempt to escape in.
All of which equals about 6+ million feet of vehicles, add to that 1 million feet of trailers and another 1 million feet of bumper space (1.5-feet between vehicles) divided by the number of feet in a mile – 5,280 equals 1,500 miles of vehicles.
OK – where could those 1,500 miles of vehicles go? A safe answer is anywhere out of Dallas, but let’s stick to major, high speed, traffic arteries like Interstate Highways. Dallas has 3 Interstates, meaning 16 lanes of outbound roadways available for use in a mass evacuation of Dallas.
One additional fact: Studies of actual highway traffic have measured vehicle flow rates as high as 2,000 vehicles per lane, per hour, at a speed of 60 miles per hour.
In a perfect scenario, 360,800 vehicles at 60 MPH will take 200 hours to evacuate Dallas – the math is 2,000 vehicles per hour times 2-seconds per vehicle divided 60 will equal hours – you might want to leave early.
Here is the Total Breakdown
It ends up that you have 2,784 miles of vehicles wanting to occupy 956 miles of Interstate.
An omission that dawned on me as I was rethinking my premise – houses are not households – houses are houses – apartment are not included!!!
The Dallas Apparent Assn. says there are 201,599 apartments in Dallas county – but there is no average number of cars per apartment – the safest guess may be 1 car per apartment – add 40% to miles – so, 3,894 miles of cars wanting to occupy 239 miles.
Now if you think that everyone had a place to go – Mom & Dad’s house, a 2nd home, a farm or a camping place – and that they were evenly spread across the 6 major arteries out of Dallas, there would still not be enough road space
Figure it this way – 6 arteries times 4 lanes per artery times “X” miles – it doesn’t matter what “X” equals, the first bottleneck stops all traffic.
In an attempt to keep things simple, these thoughts were based on only Dallas County being evacuated and not any other city or town – not Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Garland, Arlington or Ft Worth. The compounding factor is simply beyond my simple premise. if you apply a simple advancement algorithm to the 11 counties that are 900 square miles each around Dallas county, the result is a multiplier of about 8 – instead of 3,000 miles of cars you have 30,000 miles of cars – my mind hit tilt way long ago.
Some cautious conclusions come to mind. It seems reasonable that in only 1 hour, cars leaving Dallas will be bumper-to-bumper or stopped on all paved roadways for 250 miles? Yep, total stop! Highways will become parking lots. The majority of people will be poorly prepared for returning home and unprepared to walk to continue their journey to a place of refuge, Add to that the idea that no relief vehicle could travel past the first creek because every bridge would be impassible from the people clustering around it for water, for family caregivers who won’t abandon the infirm or young.
Personally, I have come to the conclusion that it is mathematically impossible for a family evacuation to a bug-out location located within 300 miles of home without a head start of 12-hours.
FYI: The equations had no allowances for lane stoppages, accidents or breakdowns. (Care to make a side bet on the probability of no accidents from a panicked mob? Me neither.)
To me this says hunker down or leave early…
A Short List of Recent Evacuations in the U.S.
The following is a partial list of some of the larger emergency event population movements in the past 10 years. I did not include population movements for genocide, epidemics, famine, or armed conflicts/civil wars.
August 2005 – 484,000 evacuated due to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. September 2005 – 3 million evacuated in Texas and Louisiana, including 2.4 million from Houston, Texas, due to Hurricane Rita. October 2007 – California wildfires forced more than 900,000 people in Southern California to evacuate. August 2008 – 1.9 million people evacuate coastal Louisiana, including New Orleans, for Hurricane Gustav. August 2011 – A mass evacuation stretching from North Carolina to New York is ordered because of Hurricane Irene and its size.
Current Situations. Bugging Out on Foot. More Questions than Answers
I am also perplexed at the current migration in Europe. How are so many people feeding themselves on a 2,600 mile journey? How are they traveling? Who is underwriting the costs associated with this migration? We know there is food for the migrants because there is no outcry about starvation. But where is the food coming from? On a daily basis, a million people consume an enormous amount of food. We know that ramping up food production takes months. Where is all this food coming from? Will the consumption of these food reserves cause a rise in food costs as producer stocks are depleted?
Todd’s Note: Michael gives us a lot to think about. What do you think? Feel free to leave your comment below. Click the links for more info. on bugging out, bugout vehicles or bugout bags. Also checkout these links – BOL and BOB.
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No matter where you live, your home is at risk for some kind of natural disaster. Whether you’re on the earthquake-prone west coast or right in the heart of tornado alley, it’s crucial to learn how to prepare your home and family for possible disaster. Disaster preparedness is crucial when it comes to taking care of your family. Here are a few ways to ensure your entire family stays safe in the event of a weather emergency:
- Make a family emergency preparedness plan.
Not only is it important to sit your family down and discuss exactly what to do in the event of an emergency, it never hurts to have a tangible copy to refer to in the moment. Natural disasters are hectic and panic has a way of making you forget what you’re supposed to do, so having a reference is always a good idea. Create an emergency preparedness plan with your family that covers all the potential disasters for your area. Where should your kids take cover in the event of an earthquake? Does your spouse know where the emergency flashlights are? Do you have a designated emergency contact your children can reach out to if you’re unavailable when disaster strikes? Keep hard copies for emergency reference, but make it a constant conversation to refresh everyone’s memories.
- Take special considerations for children.
You’ll want to make sure your kids understand the gravity of a true emergency and the importance of acting quickly and appropriately. If you live in the country, your kids should know that the second they hear tornado sirens while in the backyard playing, they can’t waste a single second in dashing to the basement. If you live in the city, talk about “safety spots” near their school — like a trusted friend or family member’s house — they can go in case getting home amid the chaos simply isn’t possible. Make sure they understand that their safety should never be compromised under any circumstances; not even to save your garden from ferocious hurricane winds.
- Buy a few medical books.
You never know what injuries may occur, so stock up on some emergency medical books — don’t rely on a smartphone’s access to the internet or a tablet having enough charge to pull up the information. A few books on basic first aid, sterilization, and emergency care, as well as any applicable pet emergency care literature should be enough to keep you prepared. This is especially important if you live in a secluded, rural area and rescue crews may take longer to reach you in an emergency. One of the best medical books you can add to your household is “The Survival Medicine Handbook” by Dr Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton. Also known as Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy they focus on teaching people how to deal with emergencies in laymen terms so we all get it.
- Prepare your pets.
Ideally, your pet is micro-chipped with up-to-date information, but never underestimate the power of his collar and ID tags; these items can be a major help to getting him back if he runs away or becomes lost in a crisis. Keep in mind that even if you live in a residential suburb where most people know your pet, he could wander farther than you expect and without tags, a rescuer may assume he’s a stray. You should also make sure his leash and carrier are somewhere easily accessible should you need to evacuate the house in a hurry.
- Practice, practice, practice.
Practice safety drills in your home on a regular basis. Switch up the times of day and situations in which you alert your family to a practice emergency, including during meals and smack dab in the middle of game night. Go over what to do in situations away from home so that even if you’re somewhere unfamiliar on vacation, everyone will know what to do should emergency strike.
When it comes to floods, hurricanes, blizzards, and all of their havoc-wreaking cousins, there’s no such thing as “too prepared”!
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14 Tips For Staying Calm During A Disaster One aspect of survival that people often overlook is mental survival. Just think about how stressed out you were last time you had a really bad day. Now imagine that times ten. If you get too stressed, you’re liable to unravel which can lead to poor decision-making. …
Whenever a disaster strikes, most governments hide behind a veil of fortitude and authority. They make it clear to the population that everything is under control, and order will soon be restored by their efforts. Governments always do everything in their power to convince the population that they’re still in charge regardless of the facts. Which of course makes sense. After all, if everyone knew that the government couldn’t maintain order during a catastrophic event, then they’d want a new government.
As preppers know very well however, it’s often the case that governments aren’t in control of anything during a disaster. Their ineptitude and gross negligence doesn’t go away just because there’s blood in the streets. They don’t rise to the occasion. If anything, quite the opposite happens. The government’s inefficiency and bureaucratic nonsense usually hampers relief efforts, despite the best efforts of most low ranking first responders of course.
What most people don’t realize however, is that average citizens aren’t the only ones to be affected by the poor decisions made by their government. Even the highest levels of our government can quickly lose control of a situation when the SHTF. Disasters are inherently chaotic, and chaos doesn’t discriminate. No matter how much money, power, and expertise is at your disposal, your best laid plans can fall apart when things get real.
And that’s precisely what happened in the United States on 9/11. Most Americans like to think that our government was on the ball in every conceivable way on that day, and that the feds took swift and appropriate actions to deal with the crisis. However, that’s not entirely true. According to NBC, recently declassified documents have revealed that the tippy top of our government was running around with its head cut off on 9/11. Take a look at some of these revelations:
Three dozen live nuclear weapons were aboard U.S. Air Force bombers at three airbases when al Qaeda struck New York and Washington.
Because of inadequate communications equipment and procedures, top U.S. officials couldn’t talk to each other or to anyone else. Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to speak to Bush to know why the U.S. was preparing to go to DEFCON 3 — but the White House couldn’t put him through to Air Force One. Bush had no way to receive phone calls.
After Bush left Florida, where he had been reading a book to schoolkids, his plane was low on fuel but for hours had nowhere to land.
Most of the top 10 people in the president’s line of succession, including Vice President Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, either refused to follow the protocol and go to their designated secure sites, or were out of the country, or were never contacted.
Now-disgraced Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, third in line, observed protocol and was taken to an underground bunker in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But that left him out of touch with all other top government leaders.
Attorney General John Ashcroft was in a government plane and tried to return to Washington, but was turned away by the FAA.
Education Secretary Rod Paige, 16th in line to the White House, was left on the tarmac in Sarasota, Florida. He rented a car and drove back to Washington.
That second point is especially worrisome. We nearly went to DEFCON 3 and had no way of communicating with the Russians. Can you imagine how freaked out the Kremlin was on that day? Under different circumstances, 9/11 could have snowballed into an accidental nuclear war.
Keep that in mind for the next time our country is faces a major attack. The government and the media will put on a brave face, but behind the scenes it could be very different. Your politicians and bureaucrats could be quietly panicking or running in all directions in the face a rapidly deteriorating situation that they cannot fix.
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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We rely on the Internet for nearly everything in life, but in the wake of a natural disaster or large-scale collapse of the power grid, it is possible that the Internet could become inaccessible.
Even a few days without it could cripple American society’s ability to manage money, practice commerce, and communicate.
Because of that, it is a good idea to reduce your dependence on the Internet by moving more of your needs offline.
Here’s five areas to get your started:
1. Banking. Out of convenience, most Americans do at least a portion of their banking online. There’s no harm in using an online account to manage some of your bill payments and financial transactions. Just don’t rely on it to maintain your records. Monthly or quarterly, download a paper statement from your bank, print it, and file it away. Additionally, make sure you have paper records for all of the accounts you hold. Do the same thing for any stocks or important records of assets; record them on paper. Better still, do most of your bank transactions in person, at a local bank; you’ll have greater security and get better customer service.
2. Maps. Relying on GPS or Google Maps to tell you how to get around your local area is foolishness. Purchase or download updated local maps and keep them where they can be easily referenced or found in case of emergency. GPS won’t be a reliable source of navigation if the power grid is compromised.
3. Reference materials. Whether you read books on a Kindle or tablet, follow websites relevant to your interests, or just get the news delivered digitally, it is important to keep a paper trail for the information you’ll need in the future.
You may not always be able to Google your way to an answer. Buy reference books relevant to setting up and maintaining a homestead, including home improvement encyclopedias and farming manuals. Printing information from often-referenced websites and filing it appropriately will ensure you’ll have the knowledge at your fingertips long after you can’t get it online. Best of all, develop your skills now so you will not need as many reference materials to accomplish tasks around the homestead.
4. Email. Discussing plans and making decisions by email has become commonplace. Create a personal file of email correspondence for each family member and for your business activities. When agreements are solidified by email, print the message and file it accordingly. In addition to backing up your knowledge of what was decided, the written correspondence is an important record in your family. Just as our prior generations preserved old letters, so we must preserve meaningful emails in order to tell the story of our families.
5. Contacts. Many people scarcely know their phone numbers, let alone those of their families and other close contacts. Maintain an address book containing all the contact information and locations of anyone you care about, as well as resourceful peers and acquaintances.
Knowing where to find someone important to you is the first step to reconnecting, and you don’t want to be left high and dry by an inability to access your contacts.
Bonus – Unplug These, Too
Photos. Of course, this is a little sentimental, but there’s more to life than practicality. Don’t simply store precious family heirlooms “in the cloud.” Kids today are being raised with very few printed photos documenting their lives. What a shame if all of those digital photos were lost! Create a photo album for each member of your family, or a family album documenting your lives together. The small investment of time and money could reap rewards for the rest of your life and become an important piece of your family’s heritage.
Entertainment. Learn to amuse yourself without surfing the web, clicking through Facebook, or playing online games. Part of being resourceful is being able to find and create entertainment with ready supplies — paper and pencil, card, and dice games are a great way to connect with your family and have a great time without plugging in. Invest in a book of activities and start gathering around the table more often, and you won’t miss the Internet so much in times of outage.
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First Aid and Other Supplies You’ll Need When Preparing
Make no mistake about it: The Big One is coming. This isn’t an irrational fear promoted by extreme preppers or the companies that market to them. It is a real fear that is fueled by real science. And, while many preppers are mistaken for people who believe that the Walking Dead could really happen, what we know is that our infrastructures are simply not built to withstand major earthquakes or other disasters.
On the West Coast, for example, Cascadia isn’t a rumor or an urban legend; it is a reality that is no longer a matter of “if” but “when.” And when that quake happens, the roads, the electrical grid, the municipal water supply, internet connectivity–they are all going down. Some experts say that it could take more than a year to simply get the basic necessities back into place. Estimates on life getting back to “normal” (like we take for granted now) say it will take a lot longer than that.
So: while a giant meteor strike or nuclear Armageddon might feel a little far-fetched, for a lot of our readers, the possibility of being cut off is something that must be dealt with. The best way to deal with that reality is to make sure you are prepared.
Experts agree that, at minimum, you should have enough clean water and food supplies on hand to last for six months to a year. You should also make sure that you are stocked up on first aid supplies and other necessities like comfortable and durable clothing, shelter supplies, etc.
If you are new to prepping, this can seem incredibly overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to go overboard with your disaster prep right now. We recommend building up your supplies slowly over time. Here is a tip list on how to start preparing for the worst:
It is vital that you have enough clean water on hand to get you through at least a few weeks of living once disaster strikes. Remember, this water won’t just be used for drinking. You’ll also use it for cooking, bathing, etc. Collect enough for your entire family, both humans and pets. The simplest way to do this is to buy 1-2 five gallon drums of fresh water every time you go to the grocery store.
You will also want to purchase a portable filter and supplies for making polluted water drinkable. These will come in handy if and when your clean water supplies run dry.
2. Medical Supplies
Those cute little first aid kits that you keep in your bag or your vehicle are great for minimal needs, but you’ll want to step that kit up a few notches for your emergency supply. You are most likely going to want to stock up on disinfectant supplies and sterile bandages. After that, you’ll also want to keep basic sewing supplies and gauze in your kit, creating a small surgical kit of sorts. And, of course, this is a good place to store some extra matches–in addition to sterilizing instruments; fire can also cauterize deep wounds.
With all of this in mind, you might want to spring for a course on some basic medical training that you can use in the field. Sign up for first aid and CPR classes. Make sure you know what to do when you can’t call an ambulance, as being able to reach emergency personnel will be out of the question.
Focus on non-perishables that don’t require cooking in order to be edible. Canned beans, dried fruits and veggies, are a just a few examples. Add a few family sized cans to your cart every time you go grocery shopping to build up your supplies. There are some great checklists available that detail the types of food you’ll most want to have in case of emergency.
You will want to be sure that you are sheltered from the elements in the event of an emergency. You don’t necessarily need to have an expensive or expansive tent, but a tent that can shelter your family and can be easily assembled and disassembled is recommended. Be sure to practice putting up and taking down the tent a few times to ensure that you know what you’re doing. Taking a wilderness survival skills course that will teach you how to build shelters “from scratch,” how to tell good plants from bad, how to make snares to catch small pretty, etc. will only further increase your chance of survival.
The main reason to do all of this, of course, isn’t to be the King of the Mountain once disaster strikes, but to simply survive long enough to have normalcy return. Having supplies on hand and knowing how to use them will help you stay calm in an emergency. Your calming presence, more than anything else, will help you keep you and your family alive in scary and dire situations.
It sounds like something out of a Cold War era movie. Boxes of medical supplies stacked high in government warehouses to help citizens in the event of a public health emergency.
However, this huge stockpile is very real. It is called the Strategic National Stockpile, and according to the CDC website, “Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. in time for them to be effective. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.”
For security reasons, the location and the number of warehouses that comprise the SNS are classified information – as is much of what is in them. “If everybody knows exactly what we have, then you know exactly what you can do to us that we can’t fix,” Greg Burel, director of the program told National Public Radio in a recent interview. “And we just don’t want that to happen.”
The SNS started in 1999 with an approximate $50 million budget. Since then, it has built an inventory in multiple warehouses that is valued at just over $7 billion. “If you envision, say, a Super Walmart and stick two of those side by side and take out all the drop ceiling, that’s about the same kind of space that we would occupy in one of these storage locations,” Burel said.
The SNS extensive inventory includes massive amounts of small pox vaccines, antivirals in case of deadly flu pandemic, medicines to treat radiation burns and sickness, chemical agent antidotes, wound care supplies, antibiotics and IV fluids.
NPR science writer Nell Greenfieldboyce recently visited an SNS. She was told she was the first reporter ever to visit the secret warehouses, and she had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to describe the location or the exterior of the facility.
A locked section of the warehouse stocks painkillers than can be addictive. A giant freezer is filled with medicines that need to be kept frozen. Greenfieldboyce described a humming sound that comes from the rows of ventilators that are charged once a month and sent out for maintenance once a year.
With an annual budget of more than half a billion dollars, the SNS is charged with deciding what to purchase for the stockpile. In order to do so, officials must determine which threats are realistic and which are not.
“That’s where we have a huge, complex bureaucracy trying to sort through that,” Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, told Greenfieldboyce.
The government recently hired a firm called Gryphon Scientific to analyze how well the stockpile could respond to a range of health disaster scenarios.
Although he said he could not be specific on results of the study, Gryphon Scientific’s Rocco Casagrande told the NPR reporter, “One thing we can say is that across the variety of threats that we examined, the Strategic National Stockpile has the adequate amount of materials in it and by and large the right type of thing.”
However, he pointed out that the studies were based upon a single type of attack at a time or a single type of weapon.
The brief shelf life of some of the newer medicines is a problem for the SNS. “These are often very powerful, very exciting and useful new medicines, but they are also very expensive and they expire after a couple years,” explained Dr. Tara O’Toole, a former Homeland Security official who is now at In-Q-Tel, a nonprofit that helps bring technological innovation to the U. S. intelligence community.
Another problem is the time it would take to get the medicines from the warehouses to the people who need them in the event of real emergency. “It is not going to be easy or simple to put medicines in the hand of everybody who wants it,” O’Toole told NPR.
The warehouse Greenfieldboyce visited contains 130 shipping containers, but who will be on the receiving end of these shipping containers during an actual emergency?
“While they do have plans for emergencies, and lists of volunteers, they’re volunteers,” said Paul Petersen, director of emergency preparedness for Tennessee. “And they’re not guaranteed to show up in the time of need.”
Local public health officials have had severe budget cuts and are underfunded, Petersen told NPR. “Over and over, I heard worries about this part of the stockpile system.”
O’Toole said, “We have drastically decreased the level of state public health resources in the last decade. We’ve lost 50,000 state and local health officials. That’s a huge hit.” She commented that emergency drills would be helpful, adding, “The notion that this is all going to be top down, that the feds are in charge and the feds will deliver, is wrong.”
Meanwhile, the secret warehouses continue to stockpile supplies. “We have the capability, if something bad happens, that we can intervene in a positive way, but then we don’t ever want to have to do that. So it’s kind of a strange place,” Burel told NPR.
“But we would be foolish not to prepare for those events that we could predict might happen.”
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Preppers 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:
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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There are many videos and articles out there that tell all about Bug Out Bags and what to do when you bug out, but have you thought about WHEN you should consider bugging out? Of course, we all have different opinions about these things. Jack from Black Scout Survival touches on a few things that you might not have thought of.
He tells about the acronym RED-OUT that he lives by and what it means. He touches on issues of hurricanes, riots, lack of resources and the fact that 20% of our population is on some sort of behavioral medication.
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When Should You Bug Out?
Transcription provided by American Preppers Network
Number of speakers: 1 (Jack)
Duration: 8 min 27 sec
BSS: What’s going on guys? Black Scout Survival and today we are going to be talking about when to bug out and a lot of people do a lot of videos on bug out bags and all kinds of bug out stuff. But how do you know when it is time to bug out. You know what I mean? If you leave to soon, you could be making a mistake because it could be quickly over or it could be something like Katrina where if you stay you might end up everything or dying. Or becoming in a worse situation.
So there are a few things you need to consider before you bug-out or to know when to bug out. I first heard this acronym on a podcast. I can’t remember who came up with it but it is a very good acronym. I was writing down and taking notes when I was listening to this podcast 2 or 3 years ago. The acronym is RED-OUT. Basically we will through the list starting with R.
R- Resources, or lack of: So let’s say you’re in a situation and you run out of food in your house. You know you’re sheltering in place and you run out of food. Obviously you need to go. Go find better resources or there could be a place that has better resources and so you need to bug out there. Or you run out of resources at your home. Either or. So resources. Obviously you need these things to live so you need to bug out if you run out or bug out if there is a better place that has more resources than what you have or what you need.
E – Environmental Threat: Obviously that is a no-brainer. If you got a CAT 5 hurricane coming at you house you need to leave and go somewhere else. Now when we are talking about bugging out we are not talking about catastrophic end of the world disaster. Although we could be talking about that but also just common sense stuff. Like Katrina, a lot of people tried to stay and weather the storm and though wound up dying or losing everything they had.
So environmental, getting away, you know if you’re in Asia or Japan and pneumonia is coming obviously you need to leave. So basically, common sense. Environmental, if you’re going to be in danger by staying there.
D – Destination: The next thing is Destination. Bugging out if you have a bug out destination, if you don’t then why would you bug out because you don’t have any place to go. Living out in the wilderness is probably not ideal for a lot of you because you couldn’t sustain yourself out there. So why would you do that?
You need to have a destination obviously or if you don’t, then don’t bug out. You’re at your destination.
O – Overwhelming Force: The next one is overwhelming force. This could be getting attacked by people. Residential homes are not built to be impenetrable. Most houses are, if you have a brick home, it’s pretty tough but it’s not impenetrable. You have doors and windows and all that kind of stuff. You could knock it. If you have vinyl siding like these new houses you can take an axe and be in it in about 20 seconds if you wanted to. Probably 2 minutes if you wanted to just by hacking away at the house. So
So, houses are not built for that so overwhelming force. If you are obviously outnumbered or outgunned you need to bug out. Don’t stay there and basically wait for your death.
U – Unprepared for the situation: The next one is unprepared for the situation. So let’s say this is the first video you’ve ever watched on black scout and you never prepared for anything and something happens tomorrow and you have nothing. No supplies or anything. Well then obviously you need to bug out. If it is a hurricane or something like that you need to go ahead and get out and get to another area where you’re safer. Just like the overwhelming force, your house can’t with stand a CAT 5 hurricane. You need to bug out to a safer place.
Obviously, that is also looking at maybe medical. If you lack medical supplies and you need medical supplies or medical treatment to get those. Or lack of resources. The other thing is that 20% of the population so you really have to be aware of that. That once the grid goes down, a lot of people are going to be off their meds and stuff like that and it is going to be dangerous with crazy people off their medication. That is another thing to be aware of.
T – Threat Growing: The next thing is threat growing and if violence is imminent obviously you want to get out to a safer place. You don’t want to stand around in a dangerous place waiting to get jumped by a bunch of people. You want to get out and get away to a safer location. So looking at like the LA Riots, not standing around a riot area go ahead and get out. Bug out. Get away from the situation.
Like I said again, the bug out where a lot of people think only doomsday prepper type stuff, I’m talking about getting out of a situation. Riot and chaos in the neighborhood you go ahead and leave. And like in the LA Riots, the Korean neighborhoods were getting attacked and the stores were getting robbed. They wound up having to defend themselves with firearms in that situation. They sheltered in place but they were getting overwhelmed even though they had firearms. The other guys did to.
We are over populated for the most part all over the world and most homes and residence that you look at like the suburbs. A lot of people live in apartments, a lot of people are moving to cities. Cities are growing larger because that is where the jobs are and it so getting to where you have a large group of people so if something bad happens what do you think is going to happen when you have a large group of people and everybody is going nuts? So that is something you have to be aware of as well.
Basically what we are getting to with the Red Out acronym and everything else is you have to look at the risk verses the reward. Is it going to be worth your time to, I mean, is it going to be safer to bug out and the reward going to be better? Is trying to get the reward going to risk your life. So you have to look at these things.
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You may not be getting prepared for a major national disaster, but the government sure is. I have been informed that in recent months numerous emergency food companies have been contacted by the government, and they have been told that their inventories could potentially be seized in the event of a significant emergency. And as you will see below, the government recently participated in an exercise that simulated “an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade”. In addition, NPR has just revealed details about the very secretive Strategic National Stockpile program that is storing billions of dollars worth of medical supplies in warehouses around the nation. This is a program that most Americans do not even know exists. On top of everything else, strange reports of military vehicles with UN markings have been coming in from all over the…
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Each week during throughout the year, you can turn on the television and watch reporters interview families who were unprepared for a natural disaster – and who lost everything.
Summer, in fact, is prime season for a host of natural disasters, whether it’s hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or simply major storms. And then there’s earthquakes … and the threat of terrorism.
Would you and your family be able to leave the house, on a moment’s notice, and survive? That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to Lisa Bedford, a survival expert who is the author of two books on the subject: Emergency Evacuations and Survival Mom.
Getting your family ready for a potential natural or man-made disaster isn’t complicated, although plenty of mistakes can be made along the way, Bedford says.
She also tells us:
- Which survival supplies are the most important — and where families should store them.
- Why it might be wrong, during a disaster, to first grab “what matters most.”
- How long families should be prepared to survive following a crisis.
- What survivalists often get wrong about “bug-out locations.”
- Where you can live, for free or at least cheap, after a disaster.
If you want to be better prepared for a disaster, or you simply want to make sure you haven’t made any big mistakes, then this week’s show is for you!
Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami next week.
Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…there is a gargantuan, 700 mile long quake-maker referred to as the Cascadia Subduction Zone that rests at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the American northwest where the seabed meets the North American tectonic plate. According to experts, this behemoth has the potential to unleash the worst natural disaster in the history of North America should it rupture entirely.
The “Cascadia” has already shown it’s power and it has a violent history. According to this CNN story, on January 26, 1700, Cascadia unleashed one of the biggest quakes in world history that triggered a tsunami so large that it raced across the Pacific and swallowed coastal villages in Japan. You’ve probably heard of the San Andreas fault, but it’s nothing compared to the monster that is the CSZ. The CSZ has the potential to rip off a 9.0 magnitude quake, almost 30 times more energetic than anything the San Andreas could unleash, not to mention the subsequent tsunami that would be generated at the same time. The CSZ holds so much more power because it is a subduction fault, whereas the San Andreas is a slip fault. With a slip fault, the two land masses slide past one another causing an earthquake that is fairly short in duration. In a subduction zone, one of the earth’s tectonic plates is being forced downward into the earth as the colliding plate slides over the top of the first plate. These plates get “hung up” occasionally allowing stress to build up along the fault as the top plate is pulled down with the lower plate. When the stress becomes too great, the top plate “snaps” back to it’s normal position releasing a tremendous….almost incomprehensible….amount of energy. This snapping action creates a terrifyingly violent shaking that can last three to five minutes, far longer than the 15-30 seconds of shaking you may be used to in other earthquakes in California. As if the shaking weren’t enough, as the plate “snaps” back it simultaneously lifts the ocean above it triggering a devastating tsunami. The last time the Cascadia ruptured, the coast of the North American plate dropped about 5 feet! Think for just a second and imagine the size and unrelenting ferocity of the tsunami wave that would have been created by that type of land mass dislocation.
According to the official flyer for the event, “Over 50 counties, plus major cities, tribal nations, state and federal agencies, private sector businesses, and non-governmental organizations across three states – Washington, Oregon, and Idaho – will be participating in the four-day Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise.”
U.S Northern Command is getting in on the act as well, holding five other exercises simultaneously. The final Cascadia Rising 2016 drill plan tells us those five exercises are entitled “Ardent Sentry 2016″, “Vigilant Guard”, “Special Focus Exercise”, “Turbo Challenge” and “Joint Logistics Over-The-Shore”, all of which focus on a scenario that involves a magnitude 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone followed by a giant tsunami that could displace up to a million people from northern California to southern Canada.
The United States is a continental country and the Cascadia Subduction Zone represents a North American sized disaster and national threat. Even if you do not live in the great northwest or have family that does, it would be wise to maintain a wary eye cast in that direction. When the CSZ fully ruptures again, even if you don’t feel the shaking, every American will feel the impacts.
We are blessed in our modern-day society with a robust and diverse communications grid: landline phones, cell phones, cable Internet, even satellite communication.
But the stark reality is that all of those systems can, do and have gone down in an emergency. For better or worse, we are a communication-dependent culture, and many of us wonder the same thing: How will we stay in touch during an emergency or even when the grid goes down?
Many Americans have an answer, and it is amateur radio. Ham radio — so-called because of the “ham-fisted” nature of early amateur wireless telegraph operators — is literally designed to provide robust communication in case of disaster or emergency. In fact, that ability is one of the key planks of the entire program as defined and designed by the FCC.
Typically when primary communication goes down, volunteer ham radio operators provide their time and gear to local emergency response units, the Red Cross or simply with their neighbors, and get messages out when there is no other real-time communication method.
If you or your group want to get in on this, the first thing you need to do is get licensed. The exams are simple, the Morse code requirement was dropped years ago, and most importantly, once licensed you’ll be able to work with local clubs and groups that are dedicated to maintaining a communication backbone during an emergency. The most basic license, called “Technician Class,” is sufficient to get you on the air with the most common type of short range radios on the 2-meter band. Upgrade to General or Extra and you can work frequencies across the shortwave spectrum as well, allowing true global communication.
For many well-equipped survivalists, a simple two-meter handheld is all they’ll ever need. Sufficient for local work, for communicating with a small group, or accessing local repeaters, radios ranging from the ubiquitous and affordable BaoFengs to the more expensive and premium quality Yaesu handhelds will more than do the job. These types of radios are perfect for small group exercises, keeping in touch with nearby family, or getting onto a local net which may use repeaters or simple relay methods to pass traffic out of your local area. Some repeaters are connected to the Internet, giving you true global reach, or are trunked with other frequencies, like 10 meters, which can give you a regional or global reach. Either way, a good handheld is a must addition to your survival gear.
Hot on the heels of handhelds, it’s hard to beat a good base station. Whether installed in your vehicle or in your home, even a basic two-meter base station will give you greater range than a handheld. Remember, too, that most two-meter radios will be able to listen to NOAA weather reports, and even many common law enforcement and fire channels, making them even more invaluable in a survival situation.
If you spend some more money and invest in a high frequency radio, you’ll be able to use globe spanning frequencies like 10 or 20 meters, and, when coupled with the right antenna, be able to reach out for hundreds and thousands of miles.
Most critically, though, you need a way to power all of these things. Small handhelds run off of easily rechargeable battery packs that you can recharge with a generator, solar unit, or in your vehicle. Some also have battery packs that use common AA batteries, making them even more versatile. Acquaint yourself with local and (if applicable) regional networks. These are scheduled events usually open to any operator who cares to call in and join. Most of these also will activate during an emergency and may work with civil authorities or aid in relaying messages out of an affected area. Ham radios are also very useful for staying in touch with your family, friends or survival group in case of an emergency.
Of course, it is important to acquaint yourself with your gear and local groups BEFORE relying on them for an emergency. Some people think they’ll just get a radio and stick it in a drawer until they “have” to use it. This is simply a good way to get ignored or fumble around on the air at best, and to get badly hurt at worse. A ham radio isn’t some magical communication tool, but it is the communication tool that will remain functioning even in the worst of disasters due to its decentralized nature.
Right now, if you have the luxury of reading this in safety, you have the luxury to invest in some gear and get licensed. It could actually save your life someday.
I know I’ve complained about this before, but I can’t stand preppers who are actually looking forward to TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it). Sure, disaster movies are exciting, but talk to anyone who has actually lived through a major disaster and they’ll tell you how awful it is. That’s why […]
This video is about Leveling Up To A Trauma Kit from a standard individual first aid kit (IFAK). Here’s a list of what is in this kit:
In the Boo Boo kit:
Triple antibiotic salve
Individual eye wash (x4)
Rolled gauze (x4)
OLEAS modular pressure bandage
Bloodstopper Compress Dressing
SAM splint (1.5 ft)
3×3 gauze pads
Gerber foldimg knife
8-10 feet duct tape
6″ light stick
Self-adhering wrap (x2)
Celox z-fold hemostatic gauze (10 ft)
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How to Teach Kids About Emergency Preparedness
Many well-meaning parents keep their kids in the dark about preparedness to avoid scaring them with descriptions of potential disaster scenarios. The problem with being too overprotective is that it underestimates children’s capabilities and could put your entire family at risk in an emergency.
Let’s face it – kids know bad things happen in our world. Even little ones see and notice more than we think. Knowing you’ve planned ahead for an emergency comforts children and satisfies their desire for honesty about difficult situations.
Naturally, how you talk to your kids about disaster preparation will depend on the child’s age and maturity level. To get you started, here’s a list of essential strategies for preparing kids for emergencies:
As soon as your children can sing nursery rhymes, you can help them to memorize their basic information by making up a little song spelling their last name and phone number. As soon as they can, kids should also learn their address and parents’ names.
We’ve all heard stories of toddlers saving lives by calling 911, which shows it’s never too early to teach kids about this life-saving service. Make sure your child knows only to call in a true emergency, taking time to explain what does and doesn’t count. You should also help them practice what to tell the dispatcher, including name, address and why they’re calling.
Just like kids do fire drills at school, you’ll want to practice these at home as well. This gives them a low-pressure practice environment so they know what to do in an actual emergency.
You should also talk to them about location-specific scenarios like earthquakes or tornadoes, and teach them moves such as Stop, Drop and Roll or Drop, Cover and Hold On.
Make Prepping Fun
Whether you’re using a song to teach your toddlers their names or practicing how fast you can get out in a fire drill, remember that kids learn more when they’re having fun. Websites like the CDC and Ready.gov have online games to help children learn about emergency preparation.
Your child’s school or daycare center will have its own emergency response procedures, so it’s important you know these ahead of time. In case you can’t pick up your kids during a disaster, you’ll want a back-up plan for someone else to step in. Make sure to inform both the school and your child of this contingency plan.
Since it might not be possible to get home in an emergency, you’ll want to determine two or three other places the family can meet. Your children should know how to get to each place, or at least how to tell a trusted adult where to take them.
You should have a bug-out bag (small BOB) for each of your children in case you have to leave home during a crisis. These bags should include things like snacks, a flashlight, parent contact information and possibly some warm clothes. You can also get your child involved in picking comfort items such as a game, a toy, a book or stuffed animal.
In your bug-out bag, you’ll want to keep copies of key documents like birth certificates and recent photos, as well as any needed medications for your kids.
While many adults know about hazards to avoid in an emergency, children may not. That’s why it’s important to teach them to stay away from downed utility poles, power lines and trees after a disaster.
Little ones don’t necessarily need to know every bad thing that could happen during a disaster, but they do need to understand the basics of how to respond. By being calm but serious, you can help ease your kids’ fears while also showing them the importance of preparation. Knowledge is power, and it could be your child who saves lives in an emergency one day.
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If you believe in the value of being ready for a disaster, then you probably understand that the time to prepare is now.
Since the type of disaster or crisis may vary, it can be difficult to prioritize exactly where you should be putting your efforts. Below are five things you can do to better prepare yourself for a variety of challenges.
1. Get fit. This is far from easy, I know. Like most people, I prefer to eat more food, choose less healthy options, and engage in less activity than is optimal for my health.
But it is important not to lose sight of the future. The reason for preparedness is to increase the chance of survival, and to maximize the quality of life after catastrophe happens.
Consider how much more you’ll be able to contribute to the well-being of your family and community if you are capable and strong. If you are morbidly obese or frail and don’t have the capacity for endurance, you will not be able to play as big a part in protecting yourself as you would like to.
It is possible you could even place loved ones in additional danger. If you are unhealthy and go knocking on a dear one’s door when the world is in chaos, they are likely to take you in despite what it will cost them.
Better for you to pay the price now. And when you think about it, it’s hardly much of a price. By eating right, exercising, taking steps to lower your blood pressure and blood sugar, and building cardiac strength, you will most likely feel much better and be glad you made the lifestyle changes.
2. Get out of debt. Nobody knows for sure what will happen. Will the economy collapse? Will Wall Street crash? Will the value of the dollar suddenly plummet due to offshore circumstances beyond our control?
Some permutations of apocalyptic predictions say that lending institutions will cease to exist. Loans and mortgages will implode, leaving homeowners and borrowers to live by the adage “possession is nine-tenths of the law.”
But there are no guarantees it will work that way. It is possible there will still be enough enforcement in place to repossess your belongings and put you out of your home. Even barring anything being hauled off by creditors, nobody needs the added stress of financial ruin in times of emergency. It is better to own free and clear as much as you can.
Another fact to consider is that debt is costly due to interest costs. The less of your income that is committed to monthly payments, the more money you can devote to investing in preparedness.
3. Get skills. Telling yourself that you can easily take up gardening or learn to use a cross-cut saw for firewood when the time comes is folly. Investing in supplies and equipment ahead of time is not enough.
Saying you will learn to use your stuff after disaster strikes is like saying you will learn to drive your car after you need to rush someone to the hospital. It might be possible, but it is certainly not the best way.
If you think your post-apocalyptic life could include hunting animals, living in the forest, raising livestock, sharpshooting, collecting mushrooms, canning vegetables, starting fires without matches, or living on the move – then get good at it while you can afford to make mistakes.
4. Get organized. None of your preps will do you any good if you can’t locate them easily and access them when you need them.
If disaster happens suddenly, those of us trying to survive will have to react with speed and confidence. There may not be time to wonder where you stashed those batteries or whether the latest 300 pounds of livestock grain ever made it into the barn.
In addition, it is harder to know for sure what you have on hand without organization. Lists and specific routines help, as does making sure there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.
5. Get real. Do not worry about zombies. Instead, concern yourself with laws that don’t make sense or with politicians who don’t have America’s best interests at heart. Worry about our nation’s enemies, natural disasters, the state of the planet’s resources and the economy.
You do not want to become so consumed with having a massive stockpile of every kind of weapon and ammunition known to humankind that you neglect to gain real independence. Having the ability to take care of yourself in a wide variety of situations, and knowing you will not perish while waiting to be rescued, is far more worthwhile.
Rather than holding mandatory all-day weekend sessions teaching your kids how to pick a lock using a secret pocket gadget cleverly disguised as a credit card, try teaching them potentially universal skills. Skills like finding their way without using GPS, preparing vegetables for cooking, and steering clear of poison ivy can be far more useful.
There has never been a time when the Latin phrase “carpe diem” – meaning “seize the day” – has been more important. By focusing on the above, you can improve your chances of surviving when disaster strikes.
What would you add to our list? Share your ideas in the section below:
There are those who step up and take charge. Who speak with authority and cause others to look to them for direction. They have a proven track record of leading family, friends, coworkers in all kinds of situations from day-to-day functions such as running a household to emergencies and disasters.
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Texas is known for a lot of things – delicious BBQ, horse-back riding, but one of the most unfortunate things the Lone Star State is also known for is flash floods. Flash floods are rising waters that occur during heavy rainfall and can happen at any moment. They are also incredibly dangerous, especially for those who have never experienced one. This was exactly the case when an AP reporter saw a trapped passenger sinking in rising floodwater.
The reporter sounded disgruntled as the car sunk, the passenger still inside. “What should I do?” the passenger yelled in desperation. He was an old man and had just opened the passenger-side door to ask the reporters for help.
“Get out of the car!” the reporter shouted. “Get out and swim!”
The old man was hesitant, still holding the car. “What do I do?” he asked one more time, to which the reporter said the exact same thing.
“Stay in the car?” the old man asked.
“Get out of the car!” shouted the reporter.
Finally, the old man plunged himself into the water and immediately the reporter vocalized his doubts. “No,” he said negatively, the old man struggling in his pants and suit.
The old man had a little ways to go, but for him, it may have felt like miles. Immediately, the reporter raced for the old man’s safety, lending him a hand to help him out of the water. “Are you okay, sir?” the reporter asked the shaken man, staring into the camera of the news station.
“Thank you,” he said, standing up and fixing his pants. “Yeah, I’m okay.”
As soon as the two walked away, the old man gasped. “My car,” he said. “I didn’t think the water was that deep.” Looking back, the man had a terrified look on his face, staring down as he paced. Luckily, he walked away safely, but only due to the thankful advice of the reporter.
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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.
Johnny Jacks: Former Green Beret & New Preparedness Author ofAbsolute Anarchy
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On this episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Johnny Jacks, former Green Beret & new preparedness author, will be my special guest.
On his seventeenth birthday, Johnny Jacks enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, later transferring to the U.S. Army where he became a Special Forces soldier, a Green Beret. He completed training at the U.S. Army Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in the spring of 1966 and began a career serving on Special Forces A teams in Europe, Asia, and Central America, including a combat assignment to Special Forces A team 102, Tien Phuoc, Vietnam, 1967-1968. He became proficient in guerrilla warfare strategies and tactics, communications, intelligence gathering, and guerrilla group organization and operations.
After retiring from the Army in 1982, he worked for several government agencies over the next thirty years in significant positions involving national security and emergency preparedness program implementation and policy-making. These roles provided him with knowledge of the national security policy relating to continuity of government and continuity of operations with insight into what will take place with the senior leadership when the Schumer hits the fan and the nation falls into a state of absolute anarchy.
This combination of experience and education in off-grid, self-reliant living, guerrilla warfare, and national security policy imbued him with unique insight into today’s individual and group prepper survival needs and requirements and gave him the skills and knowledge needed to defeat organized gangs and other bad guys and assist refugees under a state of absolute anarchy.
Hence, the title of his upcoming new release, ABSOLUTE ANARCHY, an interactive study guide to surviving the coming collapse. This fantastic new prepper/survival guide includes a foreword by Dr. Joe Alton, a/k/a Dr. Bones, author of the Survival Medicine Handbook.
Johnny has created an interesting concept with Absolute Anarchy. The book will be closely tied to his website,http://AbsoluteAnarchybook.com. He suggests that his readers study the book and the suggested supplementary information found online. Participate in the practical learning exercises described in Chapter 11 of Absolute Anarchy. You will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a self-reliant survivalist, fully prepared for TEOTWAWKI.
He believes many preppers are oriented toward survivalist techniques, the sort of things that Lewis and Clark, Daniel Boone, and Davy Crockett, and other pioneers used to exist on the frontier of the time. Johnny does not discuss Rambo stuff in this book, just the practical application of prepper and off-grid living techniques that will enhance your ability to exit the other side of the die-off alive and ready to reconstruct a new America as envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
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Disease comes in many forms. It is not only bacteria and viruses that cause disease. Cancer, as we all know is a prolific killer in today’s world and autoimmune diseases,
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Franklin Horton: Experienced Prepper & Post-Apocalyptic Author of The Borrowed World Series
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On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, experienced prepper and post-apocalyptic author, Franklin Horton, will be my special guest.
Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountainsof southwestern Virginia. He attended Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Commonwealth University. In his spare time he pursues outdoor adventures with his wife and two children. His interests include camping, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and shooting.
He is also a committed prepper. He and his wife lead a preparedness lifestyle which helps him lend realism to his incredibly successfulBorrowed World Series. Franklin and I will discuss the threats we face as a nation with a particular emphasis of a potential terrorist attack against our power grid.
We’ll discuss his hugely successful series which was began with Book One, THE BORROWED WORLD, an Top 5 Amazon bestseller in both Post-Apocalyptic Fiction and Dystopian Science Fiction during the summer of 2015. The next book in the series, ASHES OF THE UNSPEAKABLE, was released in October of 2015 and rose up the Amazon bestseller charts to reach the Top 10 in both categories again. Franklin’s third book, Legion of Despair, is slated for release on April 8, 2016, although the paperback edition is available on Amazon now.
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Someone recently posted a meme on Facebook, claiming that the United States was already socialist in many ways. The meme quoted a number of benefits that we as Americans enjoy, claiming that they are ours because of socialism.
Amongst them, it talks about the 40 hour work week and weekends off, both inventions of Henry Ford, who was probably one of the nation’s ultimate capitalists.
Oh well, if socialists… I mean Democrats, can get their followers to believe that Lincoln was a Democrat and that Democrats and Republicans “switched sides” about racism, I guess they can get their followers to believe just about anything.
But the scary part of this is that most of our youth, those we call the millennials, think that many of the benefits of our modern, capitalistic society, have been given to us by socialism. They have been taught that corporations are all about greed, and therefore bad; and that anything good that we have is because the government has forced those horrible corporations to give things up.
Our youth are being taught a warped view of the world in college. Specifically, this warped view praises the benefits of socialism and condemns capitalism. Within the ivory halls of academia, where reality doesn’t enter and things are dealt with on a purely theoretical basis, socialism is seen as the cure to the nation’s and perhaps even the world’s ills.
On a purely theoretical basis, socialism actually looks quite good. Everyone works equally and everyone receives equally. There’s just one problem… it requires perfect people. Everyone has to be working for the “common good” without any thought of themselves. I don’t know any people who are that good.
In reality, socialism has been a total failure, everyplace it has been tried. That’s because there is no motivation built into socialism for people to excel. It doesn’t matter if you do an excellent job or if you don’t even meet the minimum standards, you receive the same reward. Without any differentiation, there’s no reason for those who can do better to do so.
Of course, if you talk to proponents of socialism, they’ll berate you for not being purely altruistic in your outlook. They’ll talk about how socialism hasn’t worked, because it has been tried in the wrong places. Then, as quickly as they can, they’ll segue into a tirade on the evils of capitalism.
So, Why Do Millennials Fall for Socialism?
Is it just what they’ve been taught in college, or is there something more? While a fair portion of the blame can be laid at the feet of their professors, the truth is that both the education system and capitalism have failed them. They see no hope in the current situation, so are looking for something better. Without the experience necessary to judge socialism honestly, they accept what they’ve been taught.
Let’s start with the education system. Somehow, colleges and universities have managed to sell society in general and our youth in particular, the idea that you need a four-year degree in order to get a “decent” job. Yet, at the same time, they’ve stopped training students for those supposedly decent job. The vast majority of today’s graduates hold degrees in specialties for which there are no jobs; nor, in many cases, were there ever.
Just how many jobs in women’s studies or homosexual studies do our colleges and universities think exist? Yet countless students graduate with degrees in such fields, having been told by their counselor that they should study what “they like,” rather than studying something with a true job potential.
Sadly, these institutes for higher learning have become a factory of uselessness. Today’s higher education is more about political indoctrination to the liberal ideology, than training for any real job. Students pay a small fortune, much of it with borrowed money, to gain a degree that not only doesn’t guarantee them the job they were promised, but if anything, has destroyed any usefulness that the student might have in the job market.
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What Has Enabled All This?
Government handouts. The vast majority of students today receive some sort of financial aid, compliments of Uncle Sam. As with any other situation where the government is footing the bill or footing a percentage of it, that has caused the cost of higher education to skyrocket. College education has increased in price by more than three times, thanks to these government handouts, even when taking inflation into account.
So, our youth are being told that they have to earn a useless degree, which they can’t afford, but will have to pay for anyway. Then the people who sell them that degree don’t even have the decency to direct them into a field where they might actually be able to find a job and make a living. Instead, they are told to study whatever interests them. So students, not knowing better, work four years or more to earn a degree whose only purpose is to enrich the university where they studied.
Once these young people make it through their classes on Marxism, political correctness and how to complain every time your feelings are hurt by someone with an opposing opinion, they are ready to leave school and get their first real “adult” job. Only… there aren’t any jobs; at least not in their field.
There are currently over two million job openings today for skilled people. But most of those jobs require people with vocational training, not people who have learned advanced basket weaving. Yet the educational system isn’t preparing our youth for those positions, because that doesn’t fill their coffers.
But leaving the two million jobs aside, job growth since Obama took office has been dismal. It hasn’t even kept up with population growth, let alone make up for all the jobs which were lost during the recession. Yet our liberal government has the audacity to try and tell us that the “recession is over” and we are in “full recovery”. Try telling that to someone who can’t find a job.
Obama loves to point to figures showing the “huge” amount of jobs that have been created during his presidency. But those figures, like any others that this administration presents, are phony. When you analyze them, you see that the largest percent of those “new” jobs are in the public sector, not the private sector. So, Obama and company are creating government jobs faster than all the businesses in the country can.
Why Can’t Businesses Create Those Jobs?
Because of a combination of a down economy and oppressive government regulation. Obama’s administration has created more regulations per year than any previous administration, by far; and many of those regulations harm business in one way or another.
What jobs have been created in the private sector are mostly part-time jobs. Somehow or other, our national memory has forgotten this gift from Obamacare. The IRS regulation which defined “full-time” work as 30 hours or more per week, has destroyed full-time employment in entire industries. A large number of those who are employed are actually under-employed, because employers can’t afford to hire full-time people and have to pay the high insurance rates that Obamacare has given us.
I hear reports constantly out of the left about how people can’t live on minimum wages. I agree. People aren’t supposed to live on minimum wages. They also aren’t supposed to live on 25 hours of work per week. Yet, this is part of the legacy which Obama has given us… all the while blaming businesses, Republicans and conservatives for the lack of good paying jobs.
So for most millennials, not only do they graduate saddled with crippling dept, but there aren’t enough jobs to go around. Even those who are smart enough to study a field which has real chances of employment, the lack of economic recovery is hampering their ability to find work. Of all categories of people, the young, and especially young black men, have the highest unemployment rates.
It’s no wonder that millennials are disenchanted with the system we have in place. They don’t see the chance for opportunity that they were promised existed for them. Whereas a college graduate 20 or 30 years ago could readily find a job in their field, with the potential for advancement and a satisfying career, today’s youth graduate without any hope. Nobody is offering them the chance to make it on their own.
When these disenfranchised youth look at socialism, it has to look attractive to them; especially if their education in history is lacking. They didn’t grow up looking across the Atlantic Ocean at a socialist giant. They didn’t see what NAZI socialism did to the world. They only know China as a manufacturer of most of what they buy, not a communist country that has murdered and oppressed their own people. They lack the perspective of history, to show them what socialism really is. Someone needs to teach them.
If our youth aren’t educated in the truth about socialism, I can guarantee you that they will vote socialism in for the United States. It may not happen this election cycle, but it will happen.
The fantasy world of socialism will be held before them as a utopia where their problems will be solved by a benevolent government, and they’ll go skipping along, gaily, down the trail to vote and turn the United States of America into the Socialist States of America.
This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.
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There’s going to be enough going on without another person going crazy with fear, anger, screaming, yelling, and more. Let’s look at some ways to stay calm and avoid unnecessary drama….
Stop fearing death…when it comes, it will come. Especially if you believe in any conception of the afterlife.
Stop fearing harm…just try to give more than you get when threatened. We will always fear, but the more you become strong and fight ready, the more confidence will aid in your resolve to exist.
Focus on one task at a time in order to prevent overloading mentally.
Prioritize your needs and goals to be realistic with your daily schedule.
Avoid setting unrealistic expectations with any thing, any place, or anyone.
Practice healthy procrastination. If it isn’t serious and necessary for survival, let it go if you are feeling overloaded.
Accept your reality as where you were meant to be at this moment in life.
Seriously…have an attitude of gratitude for everything you have and receive through your efforts or from others.
Seek to help others from the the perspective of gift giving…give and let go of the gift. This way you avoid resentment.
Anger is danger. Avoid it as much as you can. All anger is a response to fear. void fear, avoid anger. To avoid fear, accept everything and merely take appropriate action. Let it be this disconnected from anything but appropriate action and reaction, without anger.
Love all people in your heart, even if their actions lead to it being necessary to smash them. While it may be necessary to smash others that attempt to cause you or loved ones harm, there’s no reason to make it more than it is in reality. Just an appropriate defensive action.
Make sure you allow yourself enough rest. The strongest and most defensively sound shelter, that is well hidden, can give you the most confidence for a restful sleep. Feeling safe will allow you to rest deeply. Rest is extremely important for survival. High levels of stress cause higher levels of dehydration.
Avoid medicating with drugs or alcohol. This will chemically alter your brain and cause unnecessary hormonal spikes. A sober mind and healthy body is the best tool in readiness. The healthiest people of mind and body can handle stress much better.
Be a competitor against adversity, but also be a good sport. Accept that you will fail in some endeavors. Any successful person can tell you of their many failures along the road to success.
Seek as much comfort as possible, but also accept discomfort as part of survival if you are removed from everyday conveniences.
Avoid the negative, internally and externally. Don’t speak it, engage it, or think it. Stay positive and accepting of whatever the situation, so your mind stays clear and prepared for the solution that may come as you calculate your environment in order to overcome adversity and improve your situation.
Be creative, rather the destructive. Put what you have to good use, and utilize everything you can find. You might find something that can easily be made into something that merely gives you amusement every time you see it in action. This will give your mind distraction from a harsh environment. Always seek happiness, no matter what the situation. The mental state of happiness is always an internal choice, no matter what the external situation.
Agriculture, keeping up!
Brett Bauma “Makers on Acres”
On this episode of Makers on Acres Tech. Build and Grow show we are discussing modern agriculture and how our modern way of producing food will not be able to keep up with the population booms and how it will affect its own ability to produce.
The modern agricultural system is where it is because of need (demand). In order for our large population to be fed, people had to start innovating to find ways to produce more food, cheaper and more efficiently. The modern agricultural system is though, a threat to itself, us and our futures. Many farmers rely on GMO crops for large enough harvests to pay the bills and keep the farm going. Most modern agriculture relies on chemical fertilizers to feed the depleted soils, to then feed the plants.
Acres upon acres of farm land are dry, dusty, organic matter deprived waste lands that have no nutritional value to the plant they play home to. Farmers rely on Agro scientists and chemists to find ways to keep the crops fed and growing so that they can feed their families, but what they don’t realize is that they are slowly sending their farms into the grave.
Although the modern system can sustain the population, the expected population booms in the future and the ever changing land health is a threat to food supply and incomes of thousands of families and communities.
So what is the solution?
Listen in to hear my discussion on how I believe that the current food system will crash and no longer be able to sustain the future additional billions of residents on this earth. We all mostly depend on the food that appears on grocery store shelves. What will happen when the day comes that it’s not there on a regular basis?
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