Morality in a shtf event.

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Someone recently posed the question ” If you are a person with high moral values, how will these morals be effected by a major shtf event? Will you stick to your high morals, or do you think that such an event will change you and cause you to throw these morals aside?”

I think the best way in which I can answer this, at least for myself, is to show you a video. This movie is based on a true event and to my mind best shows the way that I feel I would have to respond to a clear and present danger to myself, my family and my friends regardless of the survival scenario.

SurvivalRing Radio Podcast – Show 103 – Jan. 20th, 2017

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Friday night’s  show is done…news of the day, homesteading tips, frugality, home security, and brain science…understanding how your brain responds to danger…and how to make it better. SurvivalRing Radio…we’re gonna make it out alive….catch the podcast here… http://www.freedomizerradio.com/blog/2017/01/survivalring-radio-01202016/ As always, you are invited to be part of the show every week, either calling in, emailing […]

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Getting Your Family on Board!

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Getting Your Family on Board! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! It’s that time of the year again. Your holiday shopping is finished, there’s nutmeg in the fridge, pies on the cooling rack, and presents to wrap. Your family has come in to town, or maybe you’ve driven 13 hours to … Continue reading Getting Your Family on Board!

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 11, Is That All There Is?

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12 Days of Christmas Day 11 Is That All There Is via The Survival Mom

Christmas never seems as big and grand as it does when you’re a child. For weeks prior to the big day, their wide eyes see lights go up and they watch a thousand or so TV commercials advertising the latest and greatest “must have” toys.  Anticipation grows and grows, and it’s really amazing their little bodies can contain it all!

Once the 26th arrives and all the presents have been opened and the relatives have gone home, there’s a natural feeling of a let down. “Is that all there is?”

Enter: after Christmas surprises!

I love having one last holiday surprise for my kids in the form of a fun Christmas outing that takes place a few days after Christmas. One year it was attending The Nutcracker. Once we drove up north to play in the snow and anther year, we drove over to Disneyland for a quick trip to catch their spectacular holiday displays. Whatever it is, it’s fun for the entire family to have one last “something” to look forward to, even a pre-planned family game and pizza night.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something special enough to look forward to.

After the flurry, focus on friends

If you can, grab your calendar right now and schedule 1 or 2 simple get-togethers with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and any other group you’re a part of, post-Christmas. By “simple”, I mean, no stressing over the house looking “perfect”. If your friends come over to critique your home, you seriously need to get new friends. Don’t stress over the menu, either. It’s the conversations, the laughs, the shared memories and building of bonds that will be remembered, not that your party was catered by Chef Frou-Frou.

Very simple menu ideas?

  • DIY sandwiches, burgers, or hot dogs
  • Baked potato bar
  • Soup or chili with salad and bread
  • A big pot of spaghetti or baked rigatoni
  • Pizza from the cheapest place in town
  • Frozen lasagna (Don’t judge!)

For entertainment? How about…nothing! Nothing but talk with some music playing in the background. If the weather is cool, a fire in the fireplace cozies up the house and even a couple lighted candles add atmosphere. Your house is already decorated and is at its prettiest.

Have kids? Turn off the lights and let them play “Midnight” Hide and Seek. Adults can either sit in the dark or move to a lighted area somewhere else in the house. Card games and board games, allow for conversation — TV and video games do not! I recommend arranging an activity for the kids that won’t require a lot of supervision, or maybe pay a teenager to babysit the kids right there in your home as a way to diminish interruptions.

This year, my family fell in love with the dice game, Tenzi. It’s suitable for players of all levels and combines a very simple concept (tossing dice) with lots of competition and racing against time. I highly recommend it!

I probably don’t need to remind you, but banish all political talk for the night. Even if you’re among 100% likeminded people, you don’t need the stress or elevated blood pressure!

Whatever you plan for your post-Christmas event, don’t keep this a secret. Anticipation is part of the fun, and I always let my kids know ahead of time about our plans. How could you extend your Christmas just a wee bit longer this year?

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He’s alive…and part titanium! Plus, the very core of preparedness

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Me after no sleep after surgery…19 hours later…Advertisements I wrote the below about 6 hours ago while trying to find some semblance of sleep. Considered it a brain dump towards that goal, and found I needed to thank a lot of folks on Facebook who knew this surgery was hard-fought for, difficult to reach, and […]

Opinion: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a healthy future…plus, PODCAST!

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Update, Content, News, and months of podcasts.

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Well, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted here on the blog of SurvivalRing, and I do apologize. Life has been rather full outside the front door, and the moments in front of my computer (normally plural…the laptop is still down with a *Windows 10* infection) have been focused on research, online radio work, and […]

You Have To Try This Delicious Onion Pie!

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You Have To Try This Delicious Onion Pie!

Today’s recipe is for and “Onion Pie”. It comes from the Primitive Cookery book and it is absolutely fantastic. It’s very inexpensive and easy but it is perfect for a main dish. Wonderful flavors and textures. You have to try this! ***************************** ***************************** Sign up for our Youtube Newsletter! – http://jas-townsend.com/ytemail.php Standing Crust Video – […]

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How To ‘Talk Prepping,’ Rationally, With Family And Friends

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How To 'Talk Prepping,' Rationally, With Family And Friends

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Sometimes as prepared folks, we forget that most people do not “prep.” In fact, most people have a very backward view of prepping and survivalism in general.

While we see non-preppers as naive, non-preppers see us as crazy militia members hunkering down in the woods or stocking MREs in bunkers. This negative view is pushed by the media, the Internet, and even by politicians.

In reality, though, prepping is simply an extension of becoming self-reliant.

But should you even care if your neighbor, friend or family member thinks you are crazy? I say you should, for several reasons:

  • Security — a group survives easier than a person.
  • Diversity – a group of people will have a diverse range of skills, not to mention more food and survival items.
  • Prevention – desperate neighbors who know you prep can become desperate enemies when their bellies are empty.

How do you convince your family, friends and neighbors to become more self-reliant, even a survivalist or prepper? Well, first off, it’s not easy. Recognize right away that some people will just refuse to be turned, for numerous reasons. The biggest reason is that some people don’t want their bubble popped – and refuse to believe the government won’t always be there to protect them. Other people, though, will be more open.

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How do you bring it up? For starters, I’d choose someone I could trust, and not someone who would run their mouth. Consider this talk an investment in the people around you.

Do not come at them full force, with some sort of presentation about how the government is going to collapse any day now, or how an EMP is going to wipe out our infrastructure — or anything else that can be misconstrued easily. I’m not knocking anyone’s beliefs, or saying anyone is wrong; however, without having a frame of reference, and a working knowledge of the relationship that is built over time, you may come off as unhinged.

Do not treat this like someone going door to door to sell you something. Knowing when to bring it up and how to bring it up is important. So far, my favorite times have been during episodes of the Walking Dead, or survival shows on Discovery and Nat Geo.

These programs can prompt mild and interesting discussions about tactics, supplies, weaponry, shelter, etc. These conversation also can quickly became light-hearted debates about prepping in general. It’s here that you can interject experience, and knowledge. Don’t come at them with “both barrels,” though.

Discussions On The Gun Range  

Another way to spark the discussion is to take someone shooting. I’ve taken many people shooting, and with the right weapons and guidance it’s always fun. Shoot zombie targets, use cowboy guns, show your local Call of Duty fans an AR-15 or an AK-47. The firearms world was my entry into survival. Getting someone interested in owning a gun is often the first step into being self-reliant. All journeys start with a single step, and this is no different.

When I met my wife, she had never fired a weapon in her life. A few years later, she has an EDC (everyday carry) license and can spit the acronyms as well as I do. She’s into survival and prepping to a degree; you won’t find her in heated discussions on forums, but she supports the idea, and agrees we never have enough ammo. I’ve long considered guns to be the icebreaker of the survival world.

Defeating Common Arguments

I’ve defended my prepping nature many times in my life, often against naysayers who at first thought I was a bit nuts. I’ve learned to cite examples, and of course, not appear crazy. I treat it the same way I treat mature discussions about politics with people with whom I disagree – carefully toeing a line between making a point and yelling back and forth. I explain I’m not prepping for a nuclear war with Russia, but for real scenarios. One of my favorite lines that often appeals to those who believe in the government safety net is this: “Even the government advises to keep three day worth of food and water.”

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I can show them the ready.gov/build-a-kit page. This is essentially a very simple, and very easy to follow how-to on building a bug-out bag. They call it a disaster supplies kit, but the idea is roughly the same. Another favorite discussion starter is Hurricane Katrina. Point out how long it took for the government to get water and food to survivors.

Never come on too strong regarding what someone should do. It’s often better to answer questions and then offer advice for the new prepper.

I explain that my preps will more likely than not be used in a natural disaster – and, for me, that’s probably hurricanes since I live in Florida. This, of course, varies with the area.

Staying Sane

You’ll always have someone who wants to fight and argue about how crazy you are, and how prepping itself is crazy. The best way to prevent it is to stop the argument and do not validate them. Just drop it, and walk away.

Stay calm and prep on!

What advice would you add on talking to others about survival and prepping? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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Knowing Your Priorities In a Primitive Situation.

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Knowing Your Priorities In a Primitive Situation.

Whenever you may find yourself in a survival situation or choosing to live off the grid or even primitive you will have 5 basic priorities that you must have in order to survive. Most people know this and some do not. Reality personalities categorize these the way they themselves place these in order of importance […]

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

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On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You.

Today’s recipe is a simple meal meant for cooking while on the march or on the trail. These are “Norfolk Dumplings” and it comes from the Primitive Cookery book. For such a simple recipe, it really is quite delicious. A perfect outdoor recipe! ***************************** On The Trail? A Simple Recipe For You. ***************************** Sign up […]

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Spring time for SurvivalRing … News, Updates, life itself. Death in the family.

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Good evening my friends, We all have a lot to deal with in our lives, some good, some bad, some never wanted. Myself, working for the state of Wyoming takes most of my days. Home time is usually unwinding, getting a few chores done, and catching up on emails, with a few social posts here […]

Being Prepared: Have You Covered The Basics?

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Being Prepared: Have You Covered The Basics?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to preparedness matters, most of us tend to gravitate toward those aspects which bring us the most pleasure. In some cases, we neglect to involve our families in our plans and practice. I can tell you that I truly enjoy practicing bushcraft skills, cooking with the bare essentials over […]

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A 300-Year-Old Delicious Sausage Recipe

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A 300-Year-Old Delicious Sausage Recipe

Published on Feb 29, 2016 Michael joins us in the kitchen again this week! Today he’s brought us a late 17th-century sausage recipe from Martha Washington’s Book of Cookery. This recipe is attributed to a dish from “The Tavern at Oxford Gates” in the city of Oxford, England. These light and savory sausages are so […]

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A Delicious “Boiled Trout”

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A Delicious “Boiled Trout”

Michael Dragoo is back in the kitchen and he has brought a wonderful recipe from Martha Washington’s “Booke of Cookery” (annotated by Karen Hess). This “boiled trout” dish is actually poached rather than boiled, so it takes only minutes to prepare. This recipe is so delicious, it will likely find it’s way into our top […]

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Frumenty: A Wheat Pudding From the 18th Century

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Frumenty: A Wheat Pudding From the 18th Century

Today’s unusual recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s called “frumenty,” and it’s found in Charles Cook’s 1749 cookbook, “The London and Country Cook.” This warm dish is perfect for this cold weather, you have to try it!   ***************************** Click here for today’s recipe! – http://jas-townsend.com/furmenty.php Sign up for our Youtube Newsletter! – http://jas-townsend.com/ytemail.php To purchase […]

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An 18th Century Cheese Soup

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An 18th Century Cheese Soup

Published on Jan 25, 2016 This cheese soup is another recipe from Ann Cook’s 1755 cookbook, “Professed Cookery.” It’s a very easy and delicious little dish that is perfect for this cold weather. You have to try it! An 18th Century Cheese Soup ***************************** Genesee Country Village – https://www.gcv.org/ Click Here for the last week’s […]

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Survival

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Survival

Survival.  The very idea of being placed in a survival situation evokes deep feelings.  The reaction it stirs in you indicates a great deal about how you would react to an unexpected situation where lives may be on the line.  Could you accurately assess your ability to survive in a real survival situation?  Do you […]

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Persimmons

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Persimmons

Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit that are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and B-complex and minerals such as potassium, manganese and copper. They contain an anti-cancer and anti-tumor compound called Betulinic acid which makes them highly beneficial for lung, colon, prostate, breast, and skin cancer. Persimmons contain active enzymes that help […]

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SurvivalRing News … Updates and Trends. New Year, New Everything

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Good evening my friends… I’m going to try to keep this short, because it’s been a very long day of training in Meat World (my day job for the state of Wyoming)…12 hours worth (1st aid, CPR, AED use, policy, procedure, etc…you know, basic in-service prison annual re-certification training)  Even had  a working lunch…which was […]

A Delicious Lamb in a Blanket

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A Delicious Lamb in a Blanket

“Pig in a blanket” is a familiar term to many, possibly conjuring memories of childhood. Here’s a more refined recipe by a similar name from Ann Cook’s 1755 cookbook, “Professed Cookery.” This dish exemplifies 18th century cuisine. Elsewhere in the cookbook, it’s suggested that this dish could be baked, but the author recommends boiling because […]

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Kale

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Kale

Kale is a nutritionally packed leafy vegetable that contains incredible healing and rejuvenating properties. Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Kale is an anti-cancer powerhouse and contains phytochemicals such as glucosinolates that help protect the body […]

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Bone Broth

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Bone Broth

Bone Broth It’s winter here in Colorado so Aaron with Dream Catcher Botanicals shows you how to make bone broth. Stay warm! Bone Broth

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A Delicious Cheese Spread, Welsh Rabbit from 1788.

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A Delicious Cheese Spread, Welsh Rabbit from 1788.

Today’s recipe is from Richard Briggs’ 1788 cookbook, “The English Art of Cookery” It’s for a delicious and easy cheese spread. Jon shows first how to make it, then he demonstrates three ways to serve it, including an authentic recipe for Welsh rabbit, a very popular Tavern food of the day! A Delicious Cheese Spread, […]

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A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding

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A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding

Jon and Kevin are working together on a recipe today! This is an absolutely delicious “Steak Pudding” from the 1788 Cookbook “The English Art of Cookery.” This is definitely a top-tier recipe that you have to try! A Savory “1788” Steak Pudding To learn more about suet, watch our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypRsO… To learn more […]

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

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A 240-Year-Old Recipe for Pickling Eggs

Here is another video that is part of our 18th century food preservation series. It is a very simple method for Pickling Eggs found in the 1777 edition of “The Lady’s Assistant Cookbook.” Whether you use these eggs as a garnish or as a dish by itself, this recipe makes stunningly colorful and delicious treats. […]

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A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding

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A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding

Published on Nov 2, 2015 We’ve tried many recipes from various 18th century cookbooks, but every now and again one rises above the rest. Today’s featured dish is one of these exceptional recipes. It’s found in Amelia Simmons’ 1796 cookbook, “American Cookery.” A “Must-Try” Recipe: 18th Century Bread Pudding To purchase the items featured in […]

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Creamy Chicken / Bacon Tortellini

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Creamy Chicken / Bacon Tortellini

Ingredients Three Cheese Tortellini 1 ½ lb Turkey or Chicken Breast 1lb Bacon 1 Cup Sour Cream 1 Cup Mayonnaise 1 Teaspoon Basil Dry Or ¼ Cup Basil Fresh 12oz. Jar of Roasted Red Peppers 1 Packet of Ranch Seasoning 6 Roma Tomatoes 6 Green Onions All-Purpose Seasoning Directions Bring 5 Quarts Of Water To […]

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Pumpkin

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Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a very low calorie vegetable (actually technically a fruit) that is packed with antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E, beta-carotene, and zea-xanthin which can help prevent age-related macular disease. Pumpkin is also a rich source of B-vitamins such as folates, niacin, thiamin, and pantothenic acid and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and […]

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Smashed smokey red potatoes

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Smashed smokey red potatoes

Wash red potatoes and allow to dry Preheat smoker to 250° Place potatoes on smoker for 2 hours Wrap potatoes in foil and place back in smoker to cook for an additional 2 hours Remove the potatoes for the smoker and allow to cool in the foil for 30 to 40 minutes Remove the potatoes […]

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Ginseng

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Ginseng

Ginseng has often been referred to as a general panacea for its ability to promote healing for almost every type of ailment. Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb meaning that it has the unique ability to balance and tone multiple physiological functions at once which can provide more efficient and effective healing. It is a powerful […]

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Banana Apple Oatmeal

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Banana Apple Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the most common and popular breakfast choices for Americans. It’s comforting, filling and delicious. This recipe for oatmeal skips the grains altogether which is an added plus for those looking to avoid them. Instead delicious sweet fruit is used to mimic the consistency and comfort of oatmeal, with the added bonus […]

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Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils

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Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils

Jon and Josh are on the march today! Jon draws excerpts from Joseph Plumb Martin’s campaign memoirs to put together another simple soldier’s meal straight from the 18th century. Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils Joseph Plumb Martin Book – http://www.amazon.com/Memoir-Revoluti… Ash Cakes Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIdsJ… Soldier Ration Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUt1Z… Our Website – http://www.jas-townsend.com/ Request […]

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Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils

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Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils

Jon and Josh are on the march today! Jon draws excerpts from Joseph Plumb Martin’s campaign memoirs to put together another simple soldier’s meal straight from the 18th century. Simple Soldier Cooking Without Utensils Joseph Plumb Martin Book – http://www.amazon.com/Memoir-Revoluti… Ash Cakes Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIdsJ… Soldier Ration Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUt1Z… Our Website – http://www.jas-townsend.com/ Request […]

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Reverse Seared / Smoked Pork Chops

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Reverse Seared / Smoked Pork Chops

Lets start with some nice 1.5 to 2 inch thick chops The kind you would want to butterfly cut, but don’t… we want them nice and thick and one solid piece. Season Both Sides Of Thick Cut Pork Chops With Bad Byron’s Butt Rub Let Sit For 45 Minutes At Room Temperature Preheat Smoker To […]

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Grapefruits

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Grapefruits

Grapefruits are an exceptional fruit that have very strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. They are a great source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids which help to boost the immune system and prevent aging, illness, and disease. Grapefruits are known to help with fevers, fatigue, indigestion, insomnia, diabetes, weight loss, influenza, malaria, urinary tract disorders, constipation, […]

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Making Fresh Sauerkraut

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Making Fresh Sauerkraut

Welcome to the series 7 premiere of 18th Century Cooking! We start things off by trying a delicious and easy Sauerkraut recipe right out of the 18th century! Making Fresh Sauerkraut Wooden Masher – http://jas-townsend.com/handcrafted-w… Rolling Pin – http://jas-townsend.com/wood-rolling-… Lidded Crock – http://jas-townsend.com/lidded-crock-… Our Website – http://www.jas-townsend.com/ Request a print catalog – http://www.jas-townsend.com/catalog_r… Facebook – […]

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Urban Survival The Hammer

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Urban Survival The Hammer

Lets think URBAN survival for a moment. The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the total global population, up from 34% in 1960, and continues to grow. The urban population growth, in absolute numbers, is concentrated in the less developed regions of the world. It is estimated that by 2017, even in less […]

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Tarragon

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Tarragon

Tarragon is a culinary and medicinal herb that is rich in vitamins A, C, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium. It is known to help stimulate the appetite, relieve flatulence and colic, balance the body’s acidity, alleviate the pains of arthritis, rheumatism and gout, regulate menstruation, stop hiccups, prevent dyspepsia, […]

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Great Advice For Beginners

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Great Advice For Beginners

Today’s main comment offers some excellent advice for the first steps into reenacting! Since we get so many great comments from all of you, we are going to start splitting our Q&A videos up. This is to make sure all the information doesn’t become buried in long Q&A videos. Great Advice For Beginners Max Forloine […]

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3 Ways to Win Your Family’s Participation

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I have a wife who is supportive and involved in our family’s prepping. She’s interested in how we should respond to various possibilities, helps pick out some of our gear, and assigns a line item in the family budget for prepping supplies. But it didn’t take me long to discover that not everyone is so blessed. Having a significant other resistant or hostile to one’s prepping is apparently a “thing.”

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In an emergency, we really need the other adults in our home to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem–whether they be a spouse, parents, or grown children. They need to know what to do, what resources are available, and what we’re thinking. Our preparations are lacking if we have supplies, kits, and plans, but also families unable and unwilling to use them properly.

My perception of the problem is that “preppers” are seen as somehow “not normal.” Fitness, backyard grilling, or music are desirable mainstream passions. Prepping–associated too often with bunkers, hoarding, and too much camouflage–is an undesirable fringe activity. I don’t like it, I don’t agree with it, but I try to be prepared to deal with it. To get the support and cooperation of one’s household, then, one needs to change the narrative–to move prepping from “kooky” to “responsible.” Here are some ideas for changing peoples’ perspectives about prepping.

Get the government on your side

Yeah, I know many readers are critical of the government’s intentions and ability to help in a disaster. We should probably minimize this skepticism if we want to be perceived as more mainstream. And the truth is, however government agencies may have bungled this or that disaster or emergency situation, the government devotes a lot of resources to preparing for emergencies, and sees the need for us to do our part in preparing as well. Your household needs to get this. Download and print Red Cross Publication 658613 (also FEMA publication 477), “Food and Water in an Emergency.” Point out the large logos on the front page of the Red Cross (mainstream! trustworthy!) and FEMA (government! authority!). Read together the first page, where it says:

If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm, or other disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for days or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family.

Turn to the next page and highlight the part about “Even though it is unlikely that an emergency would cut off your
food supply for two weeks, consider maintaining a supply that will last that long.” Don’t overlook the part beginning on page 13 about bugging out (“evacuate”) with a disaster supplies kit, and talk of an additional 72-hour supply of food and water, radios, batteries, first aid, cash, etc.

Direct your web browsers to FEMA’s “Be informed about disasters” link, which declares “I don’t need to worry” is a “myth,” and recommends taking shelter, bugging out, developing a family communications plan, and putting together an emergency supply kit. This addresses the “normalcy bias” people have, the idea that there hasn’t been any disaster lately so there won’t be any in the future.

See? You’re not one of those wacky preppers, you are–in the words of the Homeland Security Department’s Federal Emergency Management Agency–a responsible citizen “protecting yourself and your family.” First draft of the new narrative: done.

Take a balanced approach

A healthy response to an emergency involves a good balance of preparation, gear, skills, supplies, and knowledge. Sadly, we’ve all seen people whose idea of preparing is just to stockpile scary firearms and knives, who are too physically unfit to bug out to the corner, who have an evacuation destination but no plan for getting there, etc. They’re part of the reason your family doesn’t see prepping as mainstream. You take a balanced approach: your fitness routine lends credibility to the 60-pound bugout bag taking up closet space; your regular maintenance of the brakes on the family sedan and household smoke alarms provides context to your purchase and maintenance of some appropriate firearms; the family vacation in the woods tacitly answers questions about fire steels and all those sharp-bladed implements; keeping containers of fresh gasoline in a shed near the generator are part of a story that includes life and health insurance and a growing savings account.

The goal here is to be taken seriously because you take your family seriously. It’s hard to believe someone is really trying to prepare for an EMP attack when they show no concern for a house fire. Be consistent and comprehensive in your preparations–character development for that new narrative you’re writing!

Use mainstream conventions

“Regular” families don’t generally practice bugging out. However, plenty of regular families do go camping. While not many dads teach their children how to live in the woods in the case of urban unrest, lots of dads teach their children how to catch fish and cook them up wrapped in leaves. “Normal” people don’t stockpile a year’s worth of food in their garage…unless they’re into couponing, and know which times of year are cheapest for stocking up on commonly used items such as toilet paper or laundry soap. (Someone else will have to write the article about how to justify one’s extreme couponing.) Instead of creating a communications system for when the grid goes down, why not take up the hobby of amateur radio? Instead of a talk of “bugging out,” talk about visiting out-of-town relatives.

Lots of mainstream hobbies can provide respectable cover for your sketchy prepper impulses: gardening, craft beer brewing, hiking, sailing, wine tasting (need a wine cellar for that), mountain biking, free-range chicken raising, etc. etc. etc.

It turns out that a lot of prepping activity is not so far from the mainstream until the actual label “prepper” comes into play. Is that narrative about the end of the world–or is it an advertisement for an active and vibrant lifestyle?

At the end of the day, you can’t make the key people in your home be as committed as you are to being ready for what may come. But invest the time and effort in sharing an alternate story that explains your interest in gear, supplies, and unusual activities–the reward is worth it!

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