Making Old Pioneer Sourdough For Traditional Baking

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I’m fascinated by the old ways of living and my mother and grandmother were the ones that showed me how to do things the old-fashioned way. I love to bake and I often surprise my family and friends with old recipes. Making pioneer sourdough is one of the teachings I try to pass on and … Read more…

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News You Can Trust and Some Alternative News Options?!?

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In our fast paced world, news and information can come at you very quickly.  The problem that many people are encountering, is that they have to wade through the spin that the news agency puts on it.  For many conservative and patriotic citizens, Fox News has been the go to place.  But many have even started to question some of their commentaries.  Actually, commentary shouldn’t factor in news, except for op-ed pieces. (But that is another topic altogether.)  Alternative news sources are the option that many are gravitating towards.

As a result of not trusting the mainstream media, I have tended to rely on alternative news. That is one reason I created the Alt. News Hub on Prepper Website.  It is a page of feeds on Prepper Website from some of the best Alt. News sources out there.  It is the most viewed page on Prepper Website besides the front page!

I’ve also mentioned that I only follow news accounts on Twitter.  This is purposeful so I can keep up to date on what is happening, many times as it happens.  I follow all types of news accounts and just remember that they might not spin the news the way I see it.  “Know thine enemy” and all that!

Another important source that I’ve recently talked about on The Prepper Website Podcast is the APP from Suspicious Observers.

I don’t watch too much TV.  But recently, a friend turned me onto the One America News Network.  From what I have experienced, they do a good job of just sharing the news without all the commentary.

One America News Network is owned by Herring Networks, Inc. Herring Networks, Inc. is a family owned and operated, independent media company focused on providing high quality national television programming to consumers via its national cable networks. The for-profit company was established in 2004 and has its primary production operations in California and Washington, DC.  SOURCE

 

You can check this page to see if you can get One America News where you live.

There might not be a “PERFECT” news source out there.  But it is important to stay aware of what is going on.  Things that happen in one part of the country will eventually affect things happening in your part of the country!  Don’t be blind!

Are there any news sources that you listen to or watch?  Share them in the comment section below to help those looking for a new source!

Peace,
Todd

Here’s the Skinny On Saving Seeds

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how to save seedsAs summer begins rolling into autumn, it’s time to get busy saving seeds from your summer harvest and learning how to save seeds.

First, remember that HEAT and MOISTURE are the enemies to seed viability after storage. In other words, just the things that make a seed germinate when planted are the same things that will kill them during storage and prevent germination later when planted. Even if the poorly stored seeds germinate, they may produce weak, spindly plants that do not produce fruit or vegetables. You may get carrot sprouts but never any root bigger than a thread even after months of growing.

When stored properly, some seeds can last 5-10 years, but this depends on the type of seed.  Some seeds don’t do well the second year no matter how good the storage conditions.  Seed banks use climate controlled environments (temp/humidity) to store their seed banks and grow them out every second or third year.

Fedco Seeds has a great chart on Seed Saving for Beginnners which gives great information including seed longevity. Most seeds store well for 2-3 years, but there are wide variations. For example,  onion will only last one year and leek will last two at the most.  Cucumbers, melons, and tomatoes can last up to ten years.  I have successfully grown tomato plants from seven year-old seeds.  Remember, though, the younger the seeds, the more vigorous the plants will be.

If you are faced with an emergency where you had to get a garden in and survive off what you produce, you will also need to harvest seed from that garden so you don’t use up all your precious seed bank and have nothing left for the next season.  If your emergency is such that you have enough time to grow a garden, you may need to do it for more than just one season before you get any kind of meaningful harvest.

There is no substitute for experience in the garden.  I recommend a fantastic book by Steve Solomon called Gardening When it Counts: Growing Food In Hard Times.  His premise is that you are gardening because you are going to live on what you grow so you cannot afford to waste money or to fail.  This book was not written specifically for any particular state or zone and is not for the Square Foot Gardening crowd but it is full of extremely valuable advice gained from decades of experience with subsistence gardening.  He also discusses seed longevity and seed saving. I highly recommend the book.

In an ideal situation, you would be growing your seeds every year and saving seeds from the most vigorous plants and the best fruits.  This way your seeds will always be fresh.  Even if you live in an apartment, you can practice growing seeds on your balcony in pots.  That said, you may purchase seeds for your garden and only plant some and save the rest for the next years.  I do this, and it’s a great money saver.

When you have seeds to store, they should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. A mason jar in the refrigerator is ideal.  Adding a desiccant, oxy pack, or pumping down to vacuum would also improve shelf life. Do not store seeds in a frost free freezer without making sure the container is airtight. Ever seen an ice cube left too long in a frost free?  It evaporates. This will kill your seeds. Seeds need to maintain a low level of moisture to survive.  If you buy your seeds in a #10 can, keep it in the refrigerator.  Every 10 degree F increase in temperature above standard conditions combined with a 1 percent increase in the moisture content of the seed, cuts the storage life of the seed in half.

Last but not least, make sure you purchase good quality seeds to begin with.  Some seeds are nearly worn out when you get them.  If you purchase seeds that have been stored in an outside nursery with the lovely trays of flowers, under a mister system, they are in trouble.  I was at a “big box” garden center the other day and the seed envelopes were under the shade cloth outside, in the heat, near the flowers.  The packages had been so damp they were bent over.  They had probably been out there all summer.  I checked the envelopes and the seeds were loose in the packet and not inside a foil pack inside the envelope.  At a “supercenter” I went to, the seeds were inside the air conditioned part of the store and well away from any moisture.  These would be a much better bet.  The best place to get seeds for storage is through mail order or order online from a reputable dealer.  My favorite is Fedco Seeds for quality, price, and customer service.  There are several other good ones as well.  These seed dealers store their seeds appropriately and test germination each year for each lot.

Guest post by Marta Waddell.  Marta is a master gardener for the University of Arizona, a speaker and trainer.

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Pet First Aid for Emergencies or Everyday

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It is important to know how to take care of your pet during emergencies. Knowing pet first aid techniques may save you money and even save their life. In January we adopted our first cat. My husband grew up in a house constantly claiming 2-3 cats so he was pretty excited and confident. I had […]

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The Trigger: If This Ever Happens You Know You’re Days Away From Nuclear War

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

Editor’s Note: Back in February of 2014 we published an interview and report from well known preparedness strategist and strategic relocation expert Joel Skousen in which he explained his assessment of how World War III would “go down.” At the time, North Korea was considered by most to be nothing more than a small pest that posed no real threat to the United States. President Barrack Obama, like his predecessors, had maintained America’s policy of “strategic patience” with the rogue state, while its leader, as he does today, often made threats about attacking the United States, Japan and South Korea. What’s different today is that North Korea has proven their capabilities with not only inter-continental ballistic missiles, but nuclear weapons as well. Moreover, they have threatened to launch nuclear attacks against specific U.S. targets and many in the intelligence community have argued that the North may already have the weapons systems in place to strike key population centers that include Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Unlike 2014, today we have a different kind of President – one who believes strategic patience is a failed policy. Donald Trump has made it clear that North Korea will not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons and has backed his words with the might of Naval carrier strike groups off the Korean Peninsula and strategic bombers stationed in Guam. Trump and his national security team have essentially given Kim Jong Un two options. Either dismantle North Korea’s nuclear program, or war will be declared.

On that note, we encourage you to consider the following assessment from Joel Skousen. If war is coming, this may well be how it’s triggered. And when it goes down, it’s going to be thermo-nuclear.

Originally published February 10, 2014:

It’s no secret that the world is on the brink of a significant paradigm shift. With the economy in shambles and the United States, Europe, China and Russia vying for hegemony over global affairs, it is only a matter of time before the powder keg goes critical.

As was the case with World Wars I and II, the chess pieces are being positioned well in advance. It’s happening on all levels – monetary, financial, economic, geo-political. Lines are being drawn. Alliances are being cemented.

We know that a widespread depression is sweeping across just about every nation on earth. The complete collapse of the world we have come to know as it relates to commerce and consumption is a foregone conclusion. We may not know exactly when or how the final nail is driven into the coffin, but we know it’s happening right before our eyes.

Throughout history, when countries have fallen into destitution and despair, their leaders have often resolved their domestic plights by finding foreign scapegoats. This time will be no different – for all parties involved.

In the following interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones, Joel Skousen of World Affairs Brief  leaves nothing to the imagination and outlines what we can expect as East and West face off in coming years.

The trigger is clear. What will follow is nothing short of thermo-nuclear warfare on a massive scale.

The trigger event has to be North Korea… North Korea is the most rogue element in the world and yet it’s been given a pass by the U.S… We don’t do anything to stop its nuclear progress, unlike Iran.

Russia and China… it’s too early… they’re not ready to go to a third world war over Iran…

When you see a North Korean launch against the South… and they do some minor military attack every year, so you’ve got to be careful not to confuse those with a major artillery barrage on Seoul. If this ever starts you know you’re days away from nuclear war. People ought to get out of major cities that are major nuclear targets.

There has to be a reason why North Korea has been preserved… It can only be because the globalists know that they are the puppets of China and that they will be the trigger.

Here’s how I think it’s going down. I think there will be an attack against South Korea. The North Koreans have over two million troops… 20,000 artillery… they can level Seoul in a matter of three or four days. The only way the U.S. can stop that attack is using tactical nuclear weapons.

And that would give China the excuse to nuke the United States. U.S. is guilty of first-use, the U.S. is the bully of the world, Russia and Chinese unite to launch against U.S. military targets. Not civilian targets per say. There will be about 12 or 15 cities that are inextricably connected with the military that are going to get hit that I mentioned in Strategic Relocation… you don’t want to be in those cities.

You may have two days notice when that attack in Korea starts, before China launches on the United States.

And if you ever see everything blackout, because both Russia and China will use a preemptive nuclear EMP strike to take down the grid… before the nukes actually fall… anytime you see all electricity out, no news, nothing at all… that’s the time you need to be getting out of cities before the panic hits.

In his Strategic Relocation documentary, Skousen notes that the reason Russia and China have yet to take action is because they are not ready. But as current events suggest, they are making haste. Iran has apparently deployed warships near US borders and China has continually balked at internationally established air zones, encroaching on U.S. interests. North Korea continues to do whatever it wants, even after sanctions issued again their nuclear development plans by the United Nations. And, given President Obama’s refusal to attend the Olympic games with other world leaders that include Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, it should be obvious that the relationship between the world’s super powers are strained.

No one is willing to back down. And as we saw in the 20th century, that kind of diplomacy ends with the deaths of millions of people.

No one believed it could happen in the early 1910’s and again in the late 1930’s.

And with a Nobel Peace Prize winner at the helm of the freest nation on earth, not many Americans think it can happen in today’s modern and interconnected world.

But what if history rhymes once again?

Are we really to dismiss the warnings of Joel Skousen simply because it is such an outlier that it is impossible to imagine for most? Or do we look at history, see how such situations have unfolded over the last 5,000 years, and conclude that it is, in fact, possible that it happens again?

The lives of hundreds of millions of people are in the balance. That’s a sobering thought for average people, but mere chess pieces to the elite who sit behind the curtains with their fingers on the buttons.

As before, when the circumstances suit them and the time is right, they will invariably push those red buttons as their predecessors did before them.

Those in target cities in the U.S., Russia, China and Europe will become nothing more than statistics for the history books.

But if you know the warning signs, then perhaps at the very least, you stand a chance.

If you ever wake up one morning and your TV doesn’t work, the internet is down, and your cell phone is off, then you need to assume that your city or region was hit by a super EMP weapon, such as those being developed and tested in North Korea, Russia and China.

As Skousen warns, in such a scenario you’ll have about two days to get out of major cities to a safe location outside of the blast radius. We recommend a number of resources, including Skousen’s Strategic Relocation and Holly Deyo’s Prudent Places, both of which outline safe areas in the United States based on various factors like population density, location of thoroughfares and resource availability.

When it starts all avenues for obtaining critical supplies will be unavailable.Therefore, wherever you are, prepare for the worst by stockpiling reserve food, water, and nuclear preparedness supplies. Given the scenario outlined by Skousen, nations may well engage in conventional warfare after the nukes drop, meaning that you’ll need to be prepared to adapt to changing circumstances and know, at the very least, basic military strategies and tactics to evade, defend and attack.

It’s an outlier to be sure. But it’s one that has been experienced by every second or third generation on this planet since the dawn of human civilization.

It may well be our turn very soon.

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: The Trigger: If This Ever Happens You Know You’re Days Away From Nuclear War

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Master the Wild with Your Powerful Camping Knife

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Master the Wild with Your Powerful Camping Knife Have you not given thought to a fixed blade knife yet? Sure that foldable knife in your pocket is great but in a survival situation you need something with a little more oomph. This article is a look into finding the right camping knife but I think …

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Sew Your Own Carbon Air Filter for $10

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Sew Your Own Carbon Air Filter for $10 This is such an interesting technique to learn that I had to include it. The survival use is not clearly defined but there are so many directions you can go once you understand the basics of this creation. Are you keeping carbon on hand? I recommend keeping …

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The Fifth American War

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The Fifth American War We are a nation of individual with the highest levels of freedom and individualism on on the planet. Its not hard to understand how a population like this can wind up at each others throats. In nations with less freedom people are merely butchered when they are of a differing opinion. …

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Preppers Need to Know Their Limitations

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Preppers Need to Know Their Limitations At the sight of this article I knew it would be a good one. This is an issue in much of the prepper and survivalist world. This strange idea that our will can overcome legitimate injury or poor training is just as dangerous as not being prepared at all. …

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12 Outdoor Survival Skills Everyone Should Master

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12 Outdoor Survival Skills Everyone Should Master   If you want to be able to make it on your own in the wilderness, there are a few things that you’re going to have to know first. We’ve come a long way since our hunter gatherer days as humans, and unfortunately this means that our basic …

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What to Do When Your Tree Is Dying: 6 Things You Need To Know

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What to Do When Your Tree Is Dying: 6 Things You Need To Know If you plan to manage a homestead or a bug out property you will be taking care of trees. Now, the taking care of trees is an interesting topic because it can be for very different reasons. Trees do a lot …

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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October While no one in their right mind would dare set a date for the collapse, as we have seen that fail time and time again, there are watchers out there. I would gladly refer to this author …

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Two Wild Alternatives to Coffee

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Two Wild Alternatives to Coffee The dawn of a new workday brings many things to the forefront. Kids have to be ushered to and fro, reports completed, meetings held or postponed and all the while we must carry on as the survivors we are. For most of us, the morning routing requires less doomsday and …

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Guest Post: Fine Gold versus F.I.N.E. Central Banks, by Gary Christenson

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Guest Post: Fine Gold versus F.I.N.E. Central Banks, by Gary Christenson In today’s world economy there are still forces at work that wish to see the dollar succeed as a world currency. These forces keep the dollar releavent and hide the scars of its past. They hide the massive debts and the bloated lives the …

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How To Preserve Food In The Ground Like The Pioneers

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The pioneers had to endure harsh winters and food wasn’t as abundant back then as it is today. They had to come up with all sorts of ingenious ways to preserve food and make it last longer. Natural storage was one of the first choices for them and they learned how to preserve food in … Read more…

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Americans Are Suddenly Preparing Like Crazy for World War III and Nuclear Fallout

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(Natural News) With the United States and North Korea inching toward war, millions of Americans are inundating prepper supply stores with orders even to the point where several of them are having difficulty keeping up with demand. And frankly, for those who are just now getting into prepper mode, it’s possible you’re too late.

As reported by CBS Detroit, a local shop manager, Ben Orr of Army Supply, said he’s been selling a ton of “prepper items” over the past week.

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told the local affiliate WWJ. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.” (Related: Click here for The Health Ranger’s science-based preparedness guide for surviving nuclear fallout.)

In addition, because much of what is causing the friction between Pyongyang and Washington has to do with the former’s nuclear weapons program, Orr said sales of radiation antidote potassium iodide products have been especially heavy.

“It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr. “Your body can’t tell the difference between bad, radioactive iodine and acceptable iodine, so it actually will stop you from getting thyroid cancer.”

He added: “It’s supposed to work. It’s FDA approved. But they also recommend you don’t take it unless the government says to take it. Unless people are scared of something, we don’t really ever sell it.” [Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, and inventor of Cesium Eliminator says iodine does not block radioactive cesium — check out the website here.]

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Will You Survive If You Have to Bug out to the Forest?

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Bugging out to the woods.

By The Prepper Journal

In a SHTF situation where you can’t stay in your own home, and moving in with a friend or relative is not an option, what will you do? If bugging out to the wilderness suddenly becomes your only option, will you survive? Probably not for very long, if you believe the experts. Nevertheless, if your survival plan doesn’t include a bug out to the forest option, it should, but coming up with a good plan might be more difficult that you think.

For starters, do you have a reliable bug out vehicle? If your bug out plan has you escaping the city or suburbs in a modern vehicle, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. Most modern vehicles won’t survive a strong EMP event. You may find yourself traveling on foot, away from a major metropolitan area, in search of food and water. But at least you won’t be alone. When food and water run out, millions of others will be traveling, mostly on foot, away from large centers of population. Even if you have a working vehicle, it may be useless, due to the gridlock created by people and disabled vehicles, all on the same escape routes. You may avoid some of that if you get away quickly, but will you? How much time will pass before you’re packed, and ready to go? Will the roads already be jammed by the time you depart? As time passes, the situation will get worse. Can you imagine what starving, desperate, people are capable of doing? I’m thinking “zombie apocalypse”.

My Bug-out Plan

Understanding the predicament, I don’t have to look any farther than my garage for a solution. My bug out plan doesn’t depend on a full-size vehicle, but I won’t be bugging out on foot either. I suspect that I wouldn’t last very long, with just the items I can carry on my back. Instead, I’ve decided to use my garden tractor (riding lawn mower), pulling a small trailer. Don’t laugh, it’s more practical than it may seem.

  • It would probably survive an EMP event.
  • It can travel off-road, avoiding traffic jams and bypassing bottlenecks.
  • It can pull a small trailer, loaded with essential supplies.
  • I can avoid people who may want to harm me, or take what I have.
  • I’ll have a 360 degree view, helpful for situational awareness, and if I have to use a firearm.
  • I’ll be able to travel to places inaccessible by car, which in theory will make me more secure.
  • My getaway will be at a whopping 6 miles per hour, maximum, but it beats walking.

It’s not how fast you bug out, it’s how well you bug out fast

It’s not how fast you bug out, it’s how well you bug out fast

There are drawbacks, of course. I’ll have no shelter from the elements, as I would in a car or truck. My traveling companion will have to ride in the trailer, or walk along side. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that I won’t be able to outrun anyone. For that reason, it’s important to pack and leave quickly, before things get out of hand.

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Cooking with Cast Iron Cookware

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Today I’d like to discuss cooking pots, specifically cooking with cast iron cookware and why you should not only get some now but learn to use them properly. Your life could very well depend on it! Planning your strategy for long-term survival after the end of the world should begin well before the actual end. . . Read More

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Could A Nuclear War In Asia Effect You? Absolutely

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Right now all eyes on North Korea, which is totally understandable. The rhetoric being exchanged between our government and theirs has never been so heated, and at this point it wouldn’t be a surprise if war broke out. However, while the media has been parading an endless stream of worrisome stories on this subject, they’ve neglected to keep tabs on another brewing conflict between China and India.

For weeks the two countries have been hashing out a war of words over a border dispute in Bhutan. The Chinese tried to build a road in disputed territory, and the Indian army was deployed to block them. Since then the Chinese have been threatening to annihilate the Indian soldiers if they aren’t removed.

Over the past month, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been on the move. We believe that the PLA has made sufficient preparation for military confrontation.

It is a war with an obvious result. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be aware of the PLA’s overwhelming firepower and logistics. Indian border troops are no rival to PLA field forces. If a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region.

And that isn’t just bluster. China and India have gone to war over border disputes as recently as the 1960s. The only difference now, is that these nations both have nuclear weapons.

While many Americans are now deeply concerned about the possibility of their country being embroiled in another world war, most haven’t considered the possibility that there could be a nuclear exchange that has nothing to do with us, in countries that are far away from us. Which has to make you wonder, should we be concerned? Would a war like this have a major effect on life in America?

The answer is yes. It absolutely would. It certainly wouldn’t be an apocalyptic event for us if America decided to stay out of the fray, but we’d have reason to be concerned. That’s because any nuclear weapons detonated in East Asia could produce a cloud of fallout that would reach us. It wouldn’t be cataclysmic, but it would be dangerous.

We know this because when China tested a nuke back in 1967, it produced fallout cloud that enveloped almost all of the United States. According to a book called Nuclear War Survival Skills (which is still a very relevant book that you should check out):

Trans-Pacific war fallout, carried to an America at peace by the prevailing west-to-east winds that blow around the world, could be several hundred times more dangerous to Americans than fallout from the worst possible overseas nuclear power reactor accident, and many times more dangerous than fallout from a very improbable U.S. nuclear power reactor accident as lethal as the disastrous Chernobyl accident was to Russians…

…Fallout from the approximately 300 kiloton Chinese test explosion shown in Fig. 1 caused milk from cows that fed on pastures near Oak Ridge, Tennessee and elsewhere to be contaminated with radioiodine, although not with enough to be hazardous to health. However, this milk contamination (up to 900 picocuries of radioactive iodine per liter) and the measured dose rates from the gamma rays emitted from fallout particles deposited in different parts of the United States indicate that trans-Pacific fallout from even an overseas nuclear war in which “only” two or three hundred megatons would be exploded could result in tens of thousands of unprepared Americans suffering thyroid injury.

It would take several days for the fallout to reach us, at which point most of the radiation would have decayed. But there would still be enough radioactive material in our food supply to cause thyroid damage to thousands of people.

The best thing you can do to prepare for a nuclear exchange in Asia, is have a supply of potassium iodide on hand, and to stock up on supplies that could remove radioactive materials from your body and the environment. It would also be wise to prepare yourself for a global financial crash that would inevitably follow the destruction of two countries with massive economies.

It’s unfortunate, but the bottom line is that nuclear weapons have a global effect, in one form or another. Even if you live far away from where these bombs land, they can still ruin your health.

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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Entitlement Attitudes, Fragile Mindset, and the Next Generation of Preppers

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Millenials (Generation Y), the iGen generation, and younger people in general seem to be taking a beating in many studies and news reports. Entitlement and fragility seem to be a recurring theme. I haven’t been around that long (Gen X here), but I’ve been around long enough to see each new generation get critiqued by the preceding. . . Read More

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Prepping Between Reality And Paranoia

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We often let our imagination run wild and we put ourselves in all sorts of hypothetical scenarios. As preppers, a little skepticism may help us push forward with our prepping plans and keep us alive if SHTF. However, an excess of imagination can do more harm than good. Here is how we can keep a … Read more…

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The Ultimate Survival Tree That Grows on Almost Every Street in America

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This tree is so common in the U.S. that you can see it planted on the streets, in parks, and in residential areas (due to its use as a specimen

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Guns vs. Body Armor

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

More and more people who are not professionally involved in the military, security and/or law enforcement fields are starting to consider body armor. Civilian safety is, in fact, becoming a hot topic of discussion on both government and public levels as the number of assaults, violent accidents, urban unrest and terrorist attacks through the roof in the last decade. Even though a lot of people have gotten in the habit of walking around with pepper spray or some other form of personal protection, now body armor is quickly becoming the next best thing to stay safe any place, any time.

Body armor comes in many shapes and types, but you should have a good understanding of what it can and cannot do for you in all situations. Essentially, no body armor is 100% bulletproof and different levels are only suited against the type of bullets they are tested against. This means that you should carefully examine the potential threats you are likely to face and choose your vest accordingly.

Body armor is generally classified as soft and hard. Soft body armor is more concealable and lighter, making it particularly suitable in urban situations and scenarios. It can provide protection from bullet and/or stab wounds, but the application isn’t as hard core. Covert soft body armor is designed to be worn under clothing or a light jacket and protects the wearer from other threats that the average person could face. There are a number of ballistic threats that body armor is efficient in stopping, which include:

223 Remington

The .223 Remington (5.56×45mm NATO) became popular in part due to the military acceptance of the M16.  It is almost identical with the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge in terms of external dimensions bu there are differences in maximum pressure and chamber shape. Given its specifications, this round you requires a level III protective vest.

.308 Winchester

The .308 Winchester is similar to the military 7.62x51mm specifications, making it the most popular big-game hunting cartridge in the world. It is commonly used by Military Snipers and Police Sharpshooters. Well-adapted for short-action rifles, it requires a vest at the highest level of IV to ensure protection.

7.62×54mmR

Developed by the Russian Empire, this is the longest serving military-issued cartridge in the world. This round remains one of the few standard-issue rimmed cartridges that are still in military use, and in 2011 the cartridge reached 120 years in service. Mostly used in sniper rifles like the Dragunov SVD sniper rifle and machine guns like the PKM, the round has a similar performance to the iconic American .30-06 cartridge. Adequate protection against this rifle caliber requires level IV body armor.

.30-06

The .30-06 Springfield cartridge was introduced to the US Army in 1906 and remained in use for the next 75 years. Still a popular sporting round, most major manufacturers produce ammunition for it. There have been slight modifications done over the years, including shortening the barrel at its breech and resizing the chamber. This round also will require a vest at Level IV for protection.

.300 Winchester Magnum

The .300 Winchester Magnum is a popular, belted, bottle-necked magnum rifle cartridge that was introduced by Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1963. It is designed to fit a standard length action, based on the .375 H&H Magnum. Extremely versatile popular with a variety of users, the round has found a fan base with gun enthusiasts, hunters, the Military and Law Enforcement. The .330WM is known as the most popular .30 cal magnum among American hunters, and requires a Level IV vest for protection.

.338 Lapua Magnum

The .338 Lapua Magnum was developed for the military long-range sniper. Its potential as an anti-materiel round is limited due to its lack of power, although it still requires the highest level of protection, NIJ Level IV for any sort of protection.

.50 BMG

The .50 Browning machine gun was developed in the late 1910s and became a standard cartridge for NATO forces and many non-NATO forces. The cartridge is available in many variants, and is based on the shape of the .30-06 cartridge. This round will need a vest at Level IV with hard armor plates.

Given the wide range of bullet proof vests available, it is important to choose the right type for each situation and expected threats to ensure adequate protection.  Most soft armors come with the option of additional protection in the form of hard plates, so there is a great deal of flexibility in choosing the right bullet proof vest.

In recent years, the most commonly used firearms in random and terrorist attacks are semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and low-caliber handguns. While the latter can be stopped by a standard Level III vest, you will need additional ceramic plates to ensure protection against the 5.56 mm ammunition used in most AR-15 rifles. There is currently a large variety of covert and overt bulletproof vests that have pockets, where extra SAPI plates can be fitted to up the security level to the desired standard. Both carry their advantages in different situations. For example, covert vests work better in urban environments, where you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are wearing body armor while overt vests are easy and quick to put on in the event of an attack.

The ease of access to these guns poses a lot of security issues, the biggest one of them all of how can civilians equip themselves against such a common danger. With proper research and assessment of the crime statistics of your local urban environment, you can take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety in the event of any attack.

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 How To Harden Your Home Using the Cheapest Materials on the Market

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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

Purchasing sandbags have always been sold in late summer early fall as a preparedness product that is associated with the flooding attached to the fall rainy seasons and hurricanes.  The time to order and purchase your sandbags is now, but for a different reason: to harden your house if possible.  Those sandbags can be filled with more than just sand and can be used to stop more than just water.  Look at the world situation right now with North Korea, China, and Russia: need I say any more to encourage you to prepare and fortify your homes for a SHTF event?

There are charts ad infinitum that will give you the amounts of layers of sandbags that are needed to stop a bullet, depending on the caliber.  Most fill them with sand; however, unless you live on a beach, sand may be something not found out in your backyard.  You can fill them with dirt, but the stopping factor is significantly reduced.  It’s up to you: your decision (to paraphrase “Alice in Chains”).  You can make them permanent with concrete.  You can convert a front porch into a semi-fortified fighting position with three layers of sandbags about 3 to 4 feet high.

I don’t care to hear naysayers complaining at how the front porch will collapse, the room will collapse, yada yada.  It is up to you the homeowner to find what the weight-bearing structural load is for your porch or any other room you intend to fortify.  The main point is that there are steps you can take at home to make your property harder to enter and to enable you to defend it.

One of the big problems is that it’s hard (or impossible) to “scrap” different types of building materials or construction supplies out of the dump.  The days of “dumpster diving” for materials are just about over.  Salvage companies save everything to sell back to China, to be sent back (and sold) to us…as the salvors are raising money that is taxed by the local government…the same local government that will not permit you the citizen to “dumpster dive,” as it cuts into the “chain of events” just outlined…and their profits.

You’ll have to pick up some rolls of heavy-gauge fencing wire to cover over your windows.  Nail them right to the frame with fencing staples, and ensure they’re taut.  In this way, the Molotov will not go through.  Also, ensure that you have at least 1 inch between this fencing-grating and the glass from the window.  The Molotov may hit and allow the glass to break by bending the wire in enough so that the bottle’s weight impacts the window.  Then you’ll have to cover the busted window with plastic.

And since we’re on the subject, you can pick up rolls of 6 mil plastic, 25’ x 10’ for about $10 at Wal-Mart…could come in handy to close those windows if needed.  If you pick up the fencing wire rolls with rectangular apertures, say 2” x 4” it will facilitate you using the window as a firing port if the window is able to be opened from the inside and not a fixed window.  I wrote several articles a couple of years ago for SHTFplan detailing how to harden your home; I highly recommend reading them if possible.

A good door brace (also referred to as a New York Lock) for the entry doors to your home will help out.  It won’t completely prevent a break-in, but it’ll slow it down enough for you to deal with it.  Consider a good brace-bar to go across the door.  You want to make sure you have a solid frame.  If it is one of those premade “cookie-cutter home” frames, you may have to reinforce it.

Plywood sheets should be measured and cut for the event (or eventuality, depending on your viewpoint) that your windows will disappear.  Cut out your sizes to be able to nail or bolt into the frame on the outside of the window, and mark the pieces to enable you to match them up to the appropriate window.  I suggest (at a minimum) ½” pressure-treated plywood.  Also: measure and match up with those pieces pre-cut 2” x 4” sections, to put together as a “T” or multiple “T’s” to brace up the plywood in the center when it is in place.  You never know when some fool will try to smash out the center of the plywood and enter the house.

Cut apertures for firing ports and viewing ports at the appropriate levels in your sheets.  You can cover these up with pieces of plywood either on a screw or on a hinge to the side, to enable you to use your firearms to deal with Mr. Moron who just won’t take “no” for an answer.  Make sure you take down and remove any trees, bushes, or anything that can provide marauders with cover and/or concealment.  Cut down these things and use them for firewood later.

Now is the time to place any building materials and supplies you can on your property for use in repairs later.  Most of this article applies to those who live in a house, and it has not yet taken into consideration the plethora of neighbors, neighborhood associations, and other assorted worthless groups that try to infringe on your rights and safety in the interest of keeping their property values high and in conformity.  You may have to do it all on the q-t, and keep the OPSEC at a high.

The best thing you can do: conduct a thorough assessment of your home and determine likely avenues of approach for invaders foreign or domestic, weak points in the house, and areas where you would most likely make a stand.  We’re getting “long in the tooth,” so to speak, with world events, and you need to harden all of the points of your home now while there is still time.  An ounce of prevention is more than a pound of cure.  Keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out!

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Nation Can Fall

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A Nation Can Fall James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! Another socialist paradise ruled by a charismatic leader, who was loved by Hollywood, has fallen. It goes to show you the great judgement of those we like to idolize in our nation. Sean Penn, most notably, was in love with Hugo Chavez. The … Continue reading A Nation Can Fall

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I’M NOT COMPETING WITH YOU

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When it comes to my personal level of preparedness or my family’s level of readiness and resilience, you need to listen and hear me clearly when I say …. I am not competing with you.

 

So very often in the world of preparedness, in forums across the spectrum and in every specific area of interest, one of the realities is that those that are seeking to learn more about how to best prepare their families quickly become overwhelmed at the prospect of it all.  This is very common and virtually all of us have been there at one point or another.  This is because tackling the idea of personal preparedness is, indeed, quite a task.  I’m not re-inventing the wheel by pointing this out.  However, I point that out to focus on a more insidious and disheartening obstacle that makes everyone’s journey towards better preparedness more difficult, especially those new to the subject matter.  This obstacle presents itself in a myriad of forms, from the overbearing and extreme doomsday prepper that makes you question your sanity, to the know it all prepper that offers nothing more than a voice telling you that you’re doing it wrong, to the “look at all my stuff” prepper that takes a not-always-s0-quiet glee in showing off their preparedness “stuff” and telling you all about how far behind the curve you are type prepper, to the zero sum prepper that let’s you know in no uncertain terms that it’s you or them.  There are others too.  Some are obnoxious, some are dangerous, and some are ridiculous, but ALL are counterproductive to the greater goal of advancing the idea of preparedness.

 

The “on the ground” reality of my level of preparedness, however great or small, doesn’t diminish or increase your level of preparedness in any way.  Rather, I hope any effort I choose to make to open a window into our journey that exposes all of our successes, as well as my failures, will help you as you travel your preparedness road.  No one can tell you the best way to prepare you and your loved ones for an uncertain future better than you.  My situation and circumstance is not your situation or circumstance.  My weaknesses are not your weaknesses.  My resources are not your resources.  How then can I expect to be able to tell you how to achieve your preparedness goals, and furthermore, why should you listen?  Now, by all means, take a look around, listen and learn from anyone you think has something of value say, show or share.  Take what works and leave the rest behind.  Just remember, at the end of the day, it comes down to what you want to accomplish and how best you can make that a reality.

 

What you’re doing and how you’re doing it should be absolutely comfortable for you.  Forget peer pressure.  It’s easy to get caught up in this trap, especially once you’ve got the basics covered.  Again, this is a common misstep, even among those of us that have given this topic a great deal of consideration.  Remember, no one will have to walk a mile in your shoes except for you, so make sure they wear well.

 

As you look around the landscape of the personal preparedness universe, you will undoubtedly find people with perspectives that you value and appreciate.  I hope you will seek to build beneficial relationships, maybe even from some of the people behind those voices and perspectives, and hopefully you can and develop a community of your people from those relationships.  You can think of this as your tribe.  You can’t, and shouldn’t, do this preparedness thing alone.  It will wear you down.  Building relationships and aligning yourself with folks that share the same moral and ethical perspectives as you, the same character type as you, and even the same general world view as you, will prove to be a tremendous resource in the long run.  Especially if they just happen to have a skill set that you may be lacking.  The cold, hard truth is you have to sleep some time, you can’t be everywhere at once, and certainly none of us know everything there is to know.  A strong community is a tremendous asset at any time, but especially during a time of crisis.  Start building yours today.

 

Finally, please remember to enjoy the journey!  You’re doing all of this work, research, and training to be ready when the occasion demands it of you.  It can become quite the anxiety triggering grind.  I would like to encourage you to look at the other side of the coin and remember that you are providing yourself with entertainment, social activity, physical activity, continued education, and perspective, just to name a few benefits.  And please don’t forget why you’re doing all of this in the first place.  Doesn’t that make everything you do worth it?  Never forget, you can handle this.

 

I am not competing with you, but I sure am pulling for you.

 

If you want to better understand my thoughts on personal preparedness, please check out my books HERE and HERE, or wander deeper into this blog.  I hope this website will help you along your way, especially if you’re just getting started.  Keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms as well.

 

 

 

 

 

20 Roadside Emergency Items You Better Store In Your Car’s Trunk

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20 Essential Emergency Items You Better Store Your Car’s Trunk  

By Rich MOff The Grid News

The trunk of my car is an amazing place. In it, you can find tools and equipment to deal with a variety of situations.

Most of what is there can and has helped me out in an emergency; but pretty much all of it has helped someone else, too, when they were facing problems of their own. I have found that helping others in a time of need is a great opportunity to share the message of preparedness and convert them to our way of looking at things.

I need to mention here that this is different than just being prepared to be caught in a blizzard, which I’ve written about previously. While many of the items overlap, there are things in my trunk which have nothing to do with surviving a blizzard. Besides, where I live, a blizzard could only happen if God gave us one by His miraculous power

So, what sorts of things can be found in my trunk?

1. Tools – While not huge, I have a fairly complete mechanics tool kit in the car. There are always situations where your car or the car of another needs to be repaired.

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Authors on the Air Host Spotlight

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As you may already know, I am the Host/Producer of a preparedness themed radio show called Practical Prepping. Period. on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.  I was recently asked to give an interview for a segment of the network’s monthly newsletter called the Authors on the Air Host Spotlight and was thrilled to participate.  You can sign up to receive the newsletter HERE.  Below is the full text of my interview.

 

1. Randy Powers, welcome to the spotlight! Please introduce yourself. You know the drill: name, profession, pets, GPS coordinates of your survival cache . . . anything you think the readers might enjoy.

 

Thank you, Terri.  Let’s start with what’s most important.  I’m daddy to a beautiful baby girl named Riley who will become a big sister later this year when we welcome her little sister to the family.  I’ve been married to my best friend for 18 years and we’ve been working to create the world we want to live in, practicing a preparedness lifestyle on our north Georgia homestead for the last 15 years.  I love, and am a student of, history, geology, and sociology.  When it comes to preparedness, I have a particular interest in gaining a better understanding of the macro issues we face as a society going forward, including resource depletion and climate change.

I’m a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and the University of Georgia. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a working journalist since graduating from UGA with a career spanning 20 years across all forms of media, including radio, print, digital and television. Since 1998, I’ve been working with an international broadcast media outlet with credits as an editor, producer, speaker, media manager, and trainer.  I’ve seen a lot over the years on location and in the newsroom and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a contributor on three projects that were awarded the prestigious Peabody Award in 2005, 2008 and 2010.

Using the skills I’ve acquired during my career as a journalist, I’ve widened my focus to include disaster preparedness, becoming an entrepreneur as the founder and Chief Managing Partner of Practical Tactical. From this new platform, I work as a personal preparedness strategist, consultant, public speaker and author.

I love to talk preparedness with anyone interested in the subject and I always reply to anyone that reaches out.  I can be contacted directly by email at practicaltactical4you@gmail.com or through his website at www.practicaltactical4you.com, and am very active on social media.  You can find me on Facebook at the Practical Tactical page (https://www.facebook.com/practac4u/) and the Practical Prepping. Period. page (https://www.facebook.com/PracticalPreppingPeriod/) and onTwitter @PracTac4U (https://twitter.com/PracTac4U).

2. Tell us about your show “Practical Prepping.” When are you on? What are the topics of discussion? Who are some of the writers and other personalities that have appeared?

 

Practical Prepping. Period. is really the natural next step for me in spreading the good word about personal preparedness.  Having already been practicing personal preparedness for more than a decade and learning most of what we knew through good old trial and error, in 2012 I was motivated to help others with their journey to preparedness with the hope of saving them a little time and effort as they took steps to better prepare their family.  After blogging and making YouTube videos for a couple of years, and a lot of urging from author Steve Konkoly, I decided to publish the practical, straight forward guide to preparedness I had developed for my consulting business, Practical Tactical Quick Start Guide.  Very soon thereafter, I co-authored a book with Steve on preparedness called Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required, a light-hearted, instructional look at practical readiness concepts that nearly ANYONE can embrace–without seriously interrupting your life or draining your bank account.  The promotion for that book introduced me to Pam Stack, executive producer for the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.  After a few months of discussion, we decided to launch Practical Prepping. Period. for anyone interested in personal preparedness, regardless of their level of experience, as an alternative to the tsunami of websites and television programs out there that promote the idea that if you’re not prepared for the very worst catastrophe you can image and the post-apocalyptic scenarios that are sure to follow such an event, you may as well not even bother.  We welcome everyone under our supersized preparedness tent and are truly interested in seeing what we can learn from one another.

The show airs live on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network on the first Wednesday of every month at 9 pm EST.  Taking a whole-istic approach to preparedness, we talk about all aspects of the topic.  This includes everything from wilderness survival to off-grid homesteading.  I also like to provide a platform to explore the “bigger picture” factors involved in preparedness like resource depletion, climate change, energy, the environment, and the economy, in hopes of helping our listeners better understand the macro forces that are driving the impacts the each of us feel and experience on an individual level.

Only July 6th we will celebrate one full year of shows, and I’m proud to say that this has been a very informative and entertaining year!  We have managed to fill show after show with top tier names from the world of preparedness and social commentary, authors and even one Hollywood film producer!  We have welcomed Survivor Jane, James Howard Kunstler, Thunder Levin, Richard Heinberg, Steve Konkoly, Alice Friedemann, Gail Tverberg, Prepper Nurse, Rick Austin, Sean T. Smith, Chris Martenson, Mat Stein, Mason Inman, and John Michael Greer to the show so far and we have no plans on stopping anytime soon!

 

3. Expand on the subject a little bit. There’s a lot of misinformation out there.  What is prepping? Why is it important?

 

You’re right about that, “prepping” has attracted a bit of a stigma as it moved into the mainstream and there is a lot of misleading and down right bad information out there.  As I said earlier, we don’t think of personal preparedness in exactly that way.  We choose to practice a lifestyle of personal preparedness.  By this I mean that we do not take action steps out of fear or as a direct response to the perceived threat of the moment.  Instead, we take a long range view that focuses on constantly working to strengthen our overall resilience against any threat that may arise.  Every decision we make is wrapped around the framework of this world view.

As a topic of discussion, “prepping” really should not carry a stigma because it is something that every one of us does every day already.  Think about it for a moment.  If you go to the grocery store and buy food for you home, you are preparing to feed yourself and your family for the next week.  It’s the same if you put fuel in your vehicle so you can go to work next week.  If you maintain your car insurance or home owner’s insurance, then you are taking steps to prepare for an eventuality that may happen just in case you ever need it.  Everyone is a prepper already and most don’t even stop to realize it.

The cold hard truth of preparedness on any level is that bad things happen to good people every day and there is nothing any of us can do to stop that.  However, you can absolutely take steps to mitigate the impacts of any eventuality with just a little planning and focused preparation.  The great news is everyone can do this and achieve the preparedness goals that are appropriate for themselves and their families.  Regardless of what you may be preparing for, you will never be able to prep for perpetuity.  No matter how deep your larder, those supplies will eventually run out.  That is precisely why we promote the idea that there is more to personal preparation than collecting the preparedness “hardware” of stored food, supplies and gear.  These things are great and often vital, but in order to give yourself and your family the best chance of making it through any upheaval, this “hardware” should be paired with the “software” of preparedness knowledge, skills and experience.  As with most things in life, but especially in preparedness and homesteading, you can’t just talk about it.  At some point you have to be about it.  In our view, this symbiotic relationship between the “hardware” and “software” of preparedness is crucial to the ultimate viability of any complete personal preparedness plan.

4. What are you reading? Both for fun and for your show. Are there any books, fiction and non-fiction, that you’d recommend to someone who wanted to learn more about prepping.

 

Recently I have been reading The Oracle of Oil in preparation for my chat with Mason Inman on the show.  Inman takes a look at the remarkable M. King Hubbert in what is a great example of how bringing the past alive can help us make sense of the future.  For fun, I recently completed Dogs of War by Jonathan Maberry and I am anxiously awaiting the ZULU Virus Chronicles from my pal Steve Konkoly.  As for recommendations, I have a few. Starting with non-fiction, anyone interested in homesteading should have a copy of The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery on their bookshelf.  It’s an amazing reference volume.  The Foxfire Series is also a wonderful resource on this topic and many others.  Mat Stein has a couple of fantastic volumes, When Technology Fails and When Disaster Strikes covers all the bases.  I would also like to humbly suggest the book I co-authored with Steve Konkoly, Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required.  And finally, a work that has been tremendously influential for me that has served as a road map for where we may be headed as a society is James Howard Kunstler’s The Long Emergency.  When it comes to preparedness fiction there is a lot to choose from, but I’ll try to keep it manageable.  My favorite in the post-apocalyptic genre is a true classic, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.  Others that are fantastic include Lights Out by David Crawford, Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, One Second After by William Forschten, the Borrowed World series by Franklin Horton, and a series that I consulted on where preparedness was involved, The Perseid Collapse series by Steven Konkoly.

5.  The final question is always what I call “rat out a friend.” Tell us about an author that we should be reading (and if you have a story about the writer, well then, out with it.)

 

An author that you should be reading if you are interested in prepping or post-apocalyptic fiction that you may not have heard much about is D.J. Molles.  The Remaining series is a wild, fast paced and hardcore sprint through a post-apocalyptic world from a perspective I would venture most of us have never considered.

 

As for a story, well I have a pretty good one, but it’s not about Mr. Molles.  It’s about Steve Konkoly.  A little over two years ago, Steve and I had just finished a call doing some promotion for Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required when my wife Alice popped her head into my office with some news.  She was letting me know that she was going into labor with our first child, my baby girl Riley, and that it was time to go to the hospital.  Steve and I were bantering when I stopped mid-sentence and relayed the info to Steve.  His response was instant.  Even though he was many miles away in Maine, it was as if I could feel him pushing me out of the room and on my way to what would turn out to be the greatest day of my life!  He quickly said something like “Get out of here, man.  Go!  Good luck!” and we were soon on our way.  Later when we talked about that moment, Steve just had to laugh saying, “I still can’t believe I was talking to you when you got the call.  Awesome.”  I think that tells you an awful lot about the kind of guy Steve really is.  I’m very proud to call him my friend.

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me and my show. If you’re on Facebook, please check us out and LIKE and FOLLOW the Practical Prepping. Period. page to keep up with everything we have going on, upcoming guests, and much more.

 

Top 50 Things To Disappear From Stores Before A Natural Disaster

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Every time a big storm is predicted, you see people panicking and ransacking regional stores. These are the same people that call folks like you and me “odd”. They think we exaggerate with our prepping plans and we won’t need all the things we stockpile. Before a natural disaster, the following things will disappear faster … Read more…

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Go Away Green – Disney’s Camouflage Paint

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Go Away Green – Disney’s Camouflage Paint Disney is full of surprises. We have all seen how they used to hide adult images on their VHS sleeves; and if you haven’t it’s worth checking out. Today, we’re talking about what they hide in plain sight every day.The magic of their theme parks is achieved by …

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15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP

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Let’s just say that the unthinkable becomes the real and happening.  Let’s take this article and go over it.  This will be a segment in three parts, the next ones being immediate actions taken at work and at home.  I’m hitting on traveling first, as there are so many vacationers jaunting around happily over the landscape.  All kidding aside, traffic is congested during the summer, extending traveling time on the commutes.  Let’s game the scenario, and here it is.

Here’s the scenario:

You’re cruising down the highway in your 2013 four-door sedan, having just dropped the kids off twenty minutes ago to the swim club.  Now you’re on the open highway with a heavy traffic flow…about 5 miles from the edge of town and 7 miles from work.  You’re listening to the radio, when suddenly it crackles and goes dead, along with your engine.  You look around and pumping the brakes manage to slow down and then drive off the road onto the shoulder, just feet away from the back bumper of another vehicle.

The vehicle comes to a stop, and you try the ignition again.  You look at your watch, a Casio G-Shock, to find there is no display.  You reach for your cell phone.  Nothing.  It’s dead.  There are perhaps a dozen cars around you…half to your front and half to your rear.  All of them have stopped, and most of the drivers have gotten out.  You hear the sound of an engine, and looking up, see a ’58 Ford pickup truck weaving in and out of the stalled traffic, moving toward your rear, away from town.  The book “One Second After” has just played out in real life.  The United States has been attacked by an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon.  You’re 15 miles from home, and the “S” has hit the fan.

On Friday 7/29/17, North Korea just successfully tested an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) and experts from four different countries including the U.S. have determined that they have the capability of striking the U.S. anywhere.  That means the optimal point for an EMP strike (dead center of the continental U.S., at 300 km above ground) is not only their prime target but also attainable.

15 Tips to Get Safely Home Following an EMP

Back to our scenario.  Most will be clueless and unprepared.  Let’s do it up, down and dirty with the steps that you should take if you are “Citizen X” outlined in the scenario:

1. Have a plan already in place: That means to formulate one right now, f you haven’t already done so.

2. If there are a lot of people around, such as in the scenario, then immediately grab your gear and get out of there. What gear, you may ask?  We’ve “gamed” much of this to the point of nausea, but let’s list out those essentials:

“Go/Bug Out Bag”: This guy already needs to be packed and ready, in that vehicle that will become a 3,000-lb. paperweight. Three days’ supply of ready-to-eat food, one day’s worth of water and the means to filter more.  Compass, flashlight, knife, first aid kit, poncho, jacket/sweatshirt, extra socks, map, light sleeping bag, fire starting material, small fishing kit (hooks, line, bobber), sewing kit, MSW (Minor Surgical Wound) kit, extra cash ($20 denominations and smaller), ground pad, extra clothing (hat, OG bandana, etc.), and ammo.

Weapon: Please don’t feed me “legal information,” or “I can’t do that in my state.” These are “sink or swim” rules.  If you don’t have a weapon now, you may not have one later.  If you don’t have the fortitude to take that weapon and be ready to use it when the time comes, then you probably won’t survive this or be able to help your family.  One rifle, one pistol, with ammo for each.

Grab that bag and put it on, securing your weapons. Then secure the vehicle, closing the windows and locking it up.  If nobody is around, throw it into neutral and push it off the road.  Camouflage it with branches and leaves…taking care not to cut them from the immediate area that you stash it.  Most likely it’ll be “violated,” so now is the time to take the stuff you need and get it out. If the scenario above applies, just secure the vehicle and get out of there.

3. Traveling: Do not walk on the roads. Skirt the road with about 50 meters (that’s about 150 feet) between you and the edge of the road.  Stay away from people unless you know them and trust them…both qualities are emboldened.

4. For Metro People: If you are out in the suburbs or open road, and you must return to the city? It may be better for you and your family to arrange for a rallying point outside of the city.  If that isn’t possible, then you should exercise extreme caution.  Allow the nearest family member to secure the home and then wait for you.  Travel when it’s dark to be on the safe side.  Your visibility is cut down, and so is the visibility of those who may be hunting you.

5. Long distance to go? Forage along the way.  Refill your canteens/water bottles whenever you’re able, and take note of any freestanding water supplies or “blue” features (that’s the color of water on a military map) for use in the future.  DON’T MARK YOUR MAP!  If someone gets a hold of it, you do not want them to be able to find your home.  You must commit the route to memory and adjust your steps accordingly.

6. Dealing with the Stress of the Event: The power is not coming back on…ever…and it really has begun…the Day After Doomsday is here. Take a deep breath and concentrate on your training, your preparations.  If you don’t have any, then this piece is a wake-up call to get moving!  The best way to do it is immediately accepting what has happened without dwelling on it.  Concentrate on the tasks at hand: navigating home, scouting what is in between, and foraging for anything you need.  You have a job to do!  Reconnaissance!  We’ll go over that now.

Reconnaissance: You must see on the ground what is in between you and the happy Hallmark home you’re returning to. You should take note of any places that hold medical supplies, food, or anything you may need for yourself or your family.  You should take note of possible refuge sites to hide if you and the family hightail it out of the home instead of having a “Walton Family Homecoming.”  You must take note of water features, danger locations (cliffs or impassable terrain features), as well as dangerous individuals.  Yes, the ones who were jerks before all of this?  Wait until you see how they’ll be now, with no controls exercised over them.

7. Best Advice I can Give: Travel at night. This may be impossible for several reasons.  Firstly, if it’s an all-out nuke attack, there may be the problem of radiation for you, in which case you’ll have to either reach home immediately or seek shelter immediately to remain in place for several weeks.  Secondly, you may have other family members that need to be attended to and cannot wait for a long time.  The kids in the scenario are a prime example.  If it is an EMP only, there will be a “quiet period” of about 6 to 12 hours before everything breaks loose and the sequel to the movie “The Road” begins in real life.  Darkness is the best time to travel.  It hides you and helps you to cover your tracks until the morning light.

8.The rest of the family: They must KNOW THE OVERALL PLAN AND HAVE A PLAN OF THEIR OWN TO FOLLOW UNTIL YOU GET THEM OR UNTIL THEY REACH HOME. This is all going to take some preparation on your part and remember the saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Don’t put it off!

9. Avoid people, families, and groups of people. Your goal when traveling is to be invisible.  I wrote some articles on how to hunt and how to avoid the manhunt.  You may want to refresh yourself on those points, and follow a few basic rules I keep in my own mind and heart:

  • When a disaster occurs, everyone is your “friend” even when they are not
  • There is no interest but self-interest outside of you and your immediate family
  • Whatever you need and have, they also need and want
  • They will kill you for the barest of essentials of what you’re carrying
  • Don’t talk to anyone: don’t exchange information, pleasantries, and do not tell anyone anything about yourself, your family, your general destination, or your home…it can be used against you later…and it will be

10. Coming home: Don’t walk right on in. Use a roundabout route, and go to a spot where you can watch your house for at least half an hour or so before making your “triumphant return.”  The S has hit the fan, and this is not the return of the Prodigal…you’re just going to tiptoe in.  But before you tiptoe through the tulips and the window, keep in mind that Tiny Tim and his gang of marauders may have done it before you.  That is why you want to watch the house closely.  Best Advice I can give: Have your kids/spouse put up a long-distance-visible sign/signal so that you know everything is either OK or that you’ll have to come in and rescue the family.  For example, if the birdhouse is still on the corner of the porch, then all is well.  If the birdhouse is gone, or if it’s sitting on top of the post that holds the mailbox…well, time to play CQB (that’s Close Quarters Battle) and clear the house of the rats.

11. Never underestimate anyone’s ability to take your family members hostage: That goes for the “friendly neighbors,” most of all…the biggest rats on the block. If that happens, guess what?  You’re now the HRT (that’s Hostage Rescue Team), or you better have a couple of guys such as this in your survival group/pod/neighborhood unit.  The hardest guy or gal in the world will “cave” when their son or daughter is being held at gunpoint by some goon.

12. You’re Home…Now, Time to Fight! That’s right!  Just when you thought it would be cozy and comfortable…just you and the family and your happy supplies…here comes a whole bagful of “Gummi Bears” down the block…only these bears are armed with baseball bats, zip guns, chains, and crowbars.  Armed also with about a week of BO (that’s Body Odor), all twelve of them combined still have an IQ of 50, tops…and here they are, at your door.  They don’t want Halloween candy, by the way.  You just walked twenty miles.          Say, remember that article I wrote about using ginseng, and drinking coffee to help you keep alert and awake?  I hope that one comes to mind because it’s about to become a “festival” at your house.  We’re going to cover more on this in the next segment.

13. Obtain that “second set” of electronic equipment. Oh yeah, the one JJ continuously warns about!  Well, now that all your electronics that were exposed are junk, I hope you made some Faraday cages and stashed an extra one of those radios…or even several, for those of you who thought long-term.  You need to find out what’s going on.  Ham radios may help if you shielded them.  So may CB’s and satellite phones.

14. Arm the Whole Family: by the time you reach home, every family member either accompanying you (small children and toddlers excepted) should be armed. Time to really see how tight and full of solidarity you are as a real family unit…one that must fight in order to survive.

15. Exit Stage Left: You may just find that the homecoming isn’t; that is, you must write it off as a loss and get out of there…it’s either destroyed and burning or occupied by the marauders. Unless you have the skills and the ability to deal with all of them, it is better to retreat and stay alive.  You need a plan in place in order to make this work.

We’ve covered a lot of information here.  This is all designed to stimulate those creative thought processes.  The thinking alone is not enough: you must formulate a plan and then implement it.  A plan without action is of no use.  A plan executed too late is a tragedy: a funeral dirge getting ready to play.  Don’t be too late to formulate your plan for you and your family.  If the lights go out, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the party’s over…and the party may be one that never comes to an end.  Fight that good fight each and every day!  JJ out!

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Top Tips to Prepare Your Parents for Emergencies

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Top Tips to Prepare Your Parents for Emergencies The glue that holds this society together is the parents. You have to understand that. No matter what stance you take on children you have to support those parents who are doing the work. The kids are our future. You know the deal. It was my kids …

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10 Great DIY Greenhouses

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10 Great DIY Greenhouses The greenhouse is every backyard gardeners fantasy. We are all guilty of dreaming about having a nice big greenhouse that allows us to produce food all year long. You may have even find yourself turning garden beds into mini greenhouses. What about taking it to the next level? This article has …

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6 Principles of Survival – Maintain Core Body Temperature

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6 Principles of Survival – Maintain Core Body Temperature One of he most underrated threats in the wild is the condition of your core body temperature. Many of us like to concern ourselves with things like wolves, bears and maybe even contaminated water. The issue with core body temperature is that it can kill you …

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How To Choose The Best Tarp For Survival Shelters

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How To Choose The Best Tarp For Survival Shelters The things an experience outdoorsman can do with a tarp are pretty impressive. The tarp can be an incredible shelter. Naturally, there are many different companies producing tarps. They are such a common item that many companies are creating them. Because of this it can be …

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UNDERSTANDING PREPAREDNESS: Preparing for the Unknown

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UNDERSTANDING PREPAREDNESS: Preparing for the Unknown What is the real picture of survival? How does it all paly out. The truth is we don’t know. Sure, there have been societal collapse events all over the globe but we have never seen a the US in a societal collapse. We do things different here. There is …

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How to Build the Ultimate Car Survival Kit w./ checklist

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How to Build the Ultimate Car Survival Kit w./ checklist As of late I have been moving ever closer to the idea that how we outfit our vehicle will seriously determine our readiness. For manyAmericans they are in or around their car much more than they are in their home. Think about it. You spend …

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Top Ten Trees For Survival And Wilderness Living

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If you plan to bug out to or just spend more time in the wilderness, it makes sense to learn about tress you could use for survival. You would have to exploit what resources are available in a certain region and you need to recognize the species you could use to make your life easier. … Read more…

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Here’s What Burglars Will Tell You About Protecting Your Home From Thieves

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I’d wager that no one leaves their home without being at least somewhat concerned about the belongings that they leave behind. Contained within most homes, is the sum total of the owner’s life, and not just in a material sense. There are plenty of items with sentimental value as well. And all of it is typically protected by little more than a few locks on the doors and windows. If someone really wants to break into your home and steal what you own when you’re not around, chances are that there isn’t much standing in their way.

But if you want to make it harder for any would-be burglar to enter your home, or at least make your home a less desirable target, don’t just buy an alarm system and call it day. You should really listen to people who are burglars and take their advice. An MSNBC affiliate out of Atlanta recently did just that. They sent letters to 86 people who had gone to prison for burglary and asked them a variety questions about their crimes. Their answers could tell you a lot about how to protect your home from this crime. What they told reporters included the following:

  • Don’t advertise what you own. One burglar admitted to looking for homes that had cars with NRA bumper stickers, which would indicate that there are plenty of guns to steal there.
  • Burglars don’t just look in obvious places. If they feel safe, they’ll tear everything up looking for hidden valuables.
  • The best time to break into a house was between 12:30 and 2:30, because it’s rare for both kids or adults to be home at that time period.
  • Not all burglars are intimidated by security alarm signs and cameras, and many admitted to knowing how to disable alarms. Some suggested that cameras would indicate that there are valuables in the home.
  • As you might expect, burglars are terrified of large dog breeds.
  • Burglars aren’t typically killers. They don’t want to a serious confrontation with a homeowner, so any sign that someone is home is a deterrent.

When asked what precautions homeowners should take to keep their homes from being burglarized, most of the inmates gave similar answers. For instance, many of them suggested that homeowners leave some sign that someone is home, such as parking a car in the driveway or leaving a TV or radio on.

But the biggest deterrent is visibility, and that applies in more than one sense. They suggested that you keep your bushes and trees trimmed so that your home is easy to see. Homes that were isolated, either by the distance from other houses or by being obscured by big fences and vegetation were definitely easier to rob. It seems that the things people build around their homes to make them feel safer have the opposite effect.

And of course, visibility means nothing if no one is actually watching your home. One inmate admitted to preferring homes in communities where the neighbors were very reserved and conservative, and others recommended that you get to know your neighbors. The implication is obvious. In neighborhoods where people don’t really know each other or care about each other, it’s quite easy to break into a home.

That’s because nobody wants to get involved when they see someone hopping your fence, nobody can tell if anything out of the ordinary is going on in your home if they don’t know you, and nobody is really paying attention. As a result, nobody calls the cops.

The bottom line is that neighborhoods, where people talk to each other and don’t feel the need to build barriers between each other, are safer. And that’s probably something that we’ve known intuitively all along.

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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More Than Thunder: How to Prepare for Summer’s Biggest Storms

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You are reading this because you want to prepare your home and family for storms you feel are getting a little worse as each year goes by. The accumulating data even has NASA detailing how storms are getting worse. From the early Pioneer days, Americans have been a resilient people who do what it takes to be ready when Mother Nature rages. Here is how you can be ready for the worst summer storms.

Develop Your Evacuation Plan

It is important to address it up front that you need to not only know when to get out but how to safely and quickly do it. Based on your lifestyle, considerations of acceptable risks, necessity of sheltering in place, finances, the weather data and more, you need to concretely as possible decide when to evacuate. Instead of wavering in making the decision to leave, your family needs a point where, when reached, you get out quickly. Be prepared to leave with “Go Bags”, and have a tertiary evacuation route plan—three routes to safety—in case your primary and secondary routes are impassable. Better safe than sorry really does apply here.

Develop a Fortified Shelter

You can accomplish this a little bit at a time to budget the expense. This may be a storm cellar if you live in Tornado Alley, or it may be a specially designed and anchored safe room in your home constructed to weather winds and flooding. Fortification includes the shelter meeting design standards to withstand the worst recorded natural weather or seismic event in your region as well as containing water, food, medications and other items your family members—including pets—will need to shelter in place during a storm.

Establish a Backup Power Supply

If you have not experienced a protracted power outage, you can get a taste of what it is like by shutting off the main breaker at your service panel on a hot summer day when everyone is home. The lack of air conditioning and Wi-Fi is likely going to be the first two things noticed to be gone. It will get hot fast, the kids will get cranky, and your refrigerated and frozen food starts to warm up. If you have a well, the water is off too, and there is no juice to even power a small fan.

Even a portable gas-powered generator comes in handy in these situations, but a whole-house generator powered by a large propane tank or underground diesel fuel storage tank is better. If you are connecting to household circuits at the breaker box, be sure to install an automatic transfer switch, like those at Enercon Engineering Inc, to protect power line workers and emergency personnel from dangerous back current feeds from your generator.

Manage Your Supplies

It is easy to become lackadaisical about keeping enough water, food for people and pets, medications, gas for cars and other supplies sufficiently stocked and rotated for freshness on hand for sheltering in place. If the storm season was mild last year, you may not be so adamant about being ready this year. If there is a history in your geographic location of residents going without for two weeks, then you should have at least two weeks of everything you need to keep life as normal as possible. What is considered as needed varies so greatly from one family to the next that a list cannot be supplied here. You need to work that out among your family, and make sure your supplies never drop below a minimum standard year round.

Being prepared takes a bit of initial and ongoing work. Just incorporate your storm preparation management into your daily routines, and delegate specific tasks to family members capable of responsibly and efficiently completing them. Put one person in charge of checking to make sure everyone is doing their jobs, which may include everything from making sure there is enough bottled water on hand to routinely checking that the backup generator works and has fuel.

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Controlling the Prepper Image

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This is another guest post by Janet M.

It’s no secret that a good number of people think of preppers as nut cases, whackos, weirdos, alarmists, pessimists, or just plain dangerous people. I learned lately that some agents of a certain governmental agency tasked with protecting the homeland view preppers as cultists. Why is that? Does it have anything to do with how preppers present themselves?

Categories of the Unprepared

It’s been reported that only about ten percent of the American population is prepared for any kind of national emergency or catastrophe. Some won’t look at the possibility of anything bad happening because they think that if they ignore it, it won’t happen. They’re just too scared to face it.

Another category of unprepared people is the group that suffers from normalcy bias. (Fill in the blank) has never happened, so it won’t happen in the future. They can’t imagine their neighborhood in flames, a collapse of the economy, buildings completely leveled by an earthquake, no electrical power, or no water coming out of the faucet.

Some think the government is going to take care of them in the event of a SHTF emergency. They can’t imagine that a critical national emergency might overwhelm emergency services, like what happened after the localized disaster of Hurricane Katrina. They don’t see that emergency workers might understandably be so concerned for their own families that they wouldn’t come help them.

Others don’t want to spend the time and money on prepping for something that might not ever happen.

Then, there are the people who think preppers are so weird that they don’t want anything to do with us. They can’t get beyond the idea that someone might think of them as just as weird as the preppers if they jump over the barrier and join the ranks of the prepared.

There are undoubtedly more categories of the unprepared, but the question remains: Why does ninety percent of the population not prepare?

What We Can Do About the Prepper Image

We preppers can’t control what people think. It would be so much better for us if more people were prepared since we’d have fewer needy people coming to us for help in an emergency or those who might try to take what we have by force. We might not be putting so much thought into how to protect what we have or whether or not we’d share stored food. The question of whether or not we’d shoot someone who tried to take our stuff wouldn’t be such a troubling and often-considered question. More prepared people would mean less stress for us.

Since we can’t control what the unprepared think, is there anything we can do that we haven’t thought of before to encourage others to prepare?

Perhaps working on changing the image of the prepper would help. Maybe if people looked at us differently, more of them would be willing to join our ranks. Most of us are driven to persuade others to prepare by our concern for them. But, maybe we could do a better job of expressing it.

But, how would we do that? The prepper community includes the survivalist who’s armed to the teeth with a 40-pound, tricked-out assault rifle and says he’ll head to the forest and blow away anyone who comes close to him. Then, we have the 80-year-old grandmother who quietly buys a few extra cans of beans when they’re on sale so she can feed her grandchildren when the ship hits the sand. There’s a wide chasm between the two, occupied by preppers of all sorts. And, “Doomsday Preppers” didn’t help the situation at all. I could never tell when watching episodes if the producers wanted people to think that the featured preppers were geniuses or if they had gone way out past where the buses run. Maybe people were supposed to draw their own conclusions, which they certainly would have done, based on their already-formed prejudices.

People form their opinions of others based on what they say and do, plus their own past experiences and attitudes. A lot of damage has already been done to the prepper image because of what many of us have said and done.

Is It Time?

Maybe it’s time for each of us think about how we’re representing the prepper image. Maybe statements like “I’m going to blow away anyone who comes onto my front porch” or “I have enough food and water to hunker down for two years, and I’m not sharing with anyone” should be eliminated from our conversations. Maybe the militant tone of voice that some of us use when talking about prepping should be softened. Maybe the sometimes aggressive speech we use on people should be replaced with silence or more carefully thought-out messages.

This is a personal issue that we all might need to consider. We all have the power to improve the prepper image among those who haven’t yet joined our ranks. Then, maybe more of them would want to join us.

Peace,
Todd

How To Build A Disaster Tool Kit – Tools For After It Hits The Fan

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When there’s wreckage everywhere and you hear cries for help, you will need to act and act fast. To handle the aftermath of a disaster you need to make sure you have the proper tools to get to work. Building a disaster tool kit is the clever way to go and here is why. My … Read more…

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The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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If there is one thing that the left and the right can agree on, it might be this: We are living in uncertain times. Negative news stories flood our newsfeeds and screens and radios and newspaper pages every day. It includes cyberattacks, tension between global superpowers, government corruption, catastrophic weather events, terrorism, mass murders, attacks on elected officials and law enforcement, populist uprisings, angry protests, rampant poverty, and general unrest—often more than one of them on the same day. It leaves a lot of people shaking their heads and wondering how we can turn things around, and how it can possibly all end. Many feel unnerved or frightened—even people who have never worried before.

Some of us are concerned that things could get worse before they get better. In fact, some of us have been concerned about possible tough times ahead since long before our nightly news sounded dire, and have been preparing for the worst-case scenario all along.

Whether a seasoned prepper, someone new to prepping, or someone just considering joining the preparedness community, many people will agree that there has never been a better time to be a prepper than right now. Even though the possible disasters vary widely among different schools of thought within the preparedness community, from natural disasters to electromagnetic pulse to famine to war to economic collapse to dozens of other scenarios, it is clear that hard times could be on the horizon.

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Preppers have not always been taken seriously. Considered by some to be a radical fringe, preppers’ concerns for the future and dedication to self-sufficiency have not always been shared by mainstream Americans. I get some raised eyebrows when I tell people I’m a prepper.

“No, I’m not one of those crazy ones you hear about,” I assure them.

But it is by no means clear what would define me—or anyone—as a crazy prepper. It is true that we all focus on different possibilities and different preparations. There are many variations amid prepping lifestyles, in the same way that there are many ways to live as back-to-the-landers, house flippers, foster parents, pet owners, mountain climbers, volunteer missionaries, or any other cause or belief to which people might devote their lives. I have my own way of prepping, which may or may not be seen by others as crazy. But crazy or not, I have noticed more people are considering the benefits of preparing for the future. Folks who even a year ago might not have given any real thought to the tenets of prepping have expressed to me a measure of unease about today’s world and tomorrow’s possibilities.

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The One Thing The Left And The Right Can Agree On

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People come from different directions to the realization that learning to provide for oneself and one’s future is crucial. For some, it is an extension of having grown up in a conservative rural family where households and communities fended for themselves in the face of potential job loss or severe weather or injury. For others, it is learning about the likelihood of the world as we witness it being knocked off-kilter by the loss of a power grid—either by way of an electromagnetic pulse due to naturally occurring sunspots or due to something more sinister and deliberate initiated by hostile entities. Still others have reason to believe that primary American institutions, such as our financial structure or our system of government, are on the verge of implosion which will leave citizens scrambling for resources.

Some feel the threat of impending changes in food availability—due to climate change, overpopulation, government regulation, overdependence on fewer varieties, or other causes.  Others worry about polar shift or massive earthquakes.

There is what some perceive to be an increasing likelihood of all-out war—with North Korea, Russia, Syria, ISIS or others. This is compounded by what feels to the residents of some communities like war already in progress—a war on people of color, a war on men and women in uniform, a war on the poor, or a war on taxpayers.

There is no shortage of threats to concern us. In response, preppers everywhere are doing their best to be ready for whatever might happen. Some buy a few extra cans of prepared soup and vegetables when they are on sale and tuck them away in the back of a closet for just-in-case.  Many people try to follow suggested guidelines of keeping a three-day supply of food, water, batteries and other necessities—things like baby diapers and medicines and fuel—on hand at all times. Others take things a little more seriously, filling pantries with rows and rows of food stockpiles and keeping gun cabinets full of weapons and ammunition and practicing emergency evacuation procedures. Some people create alternative residences for themselves by way of underground bunkers or wilderness retreats, which they plan to use if their current home becomes uninhabitable for any reason.

With possibilities looming that could shake up our entire supply chain, affect how we acquire what we need to live, alter our priorities, and even change our very livelihoods and lives, there is no better time than now to be a prepper.

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Where SHTF This Year Around the World

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One of the best ways to learn how to deal with a SHTF situation is from real-world examples of how the average person deals with them and which threats are most essential to protect from to ensure their survival. There were plenty of SHTF scenarios this year that we all can learn from. I’ve chosen. . . Read More

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Seasonal Considerations: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Important for prepping and preparedness are the seasonal extremes and other conditions which I will describe in a minute. We sure have it made in our modern world of heat and air-conditioning. We can spend most of our time in climate controlled homes, offices, stores that we shop, our vehicles… But for those who live where it can get really cold or really hot, you better give a bit of thought to what you would do if our modern “lifeblood” were to temporarily go away (electricity). No heat during the winter? No air-conditioning during the summer? It could even become

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10 Most Important Things On Every Survivalist’s Checklist

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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

Survivalist are people who are prepared for any circumstance in times of war and peace. A survivalist does not only prepare for himself but also for his fellowmen. Traditionally survivalist would plan for war and keep the essential items needed to survival in war. The survivalist might make a list for himself or might even be responsible for making the list for others. If you are wondering what are the must have items on a survivalist check list then please read below for 10 most important things on every survivalist’s checklist:

  1. Food and Water

Starting from the basics food and water supplies are necessities on every survivalist checklist. A survivalist would not just pack to go with but will also contemplate the unforeseen circumstances that could cause shortage of food and water and pack accordingly.

  1. Flash Light

A flash light is a must have on a survivalist checklist. When talking about a survivalist we are talking about someone who will have the items to survive in unfavorable conditions and flashlight is an extremely important tool to have.

  1. Match sticks and Fire Starter

Weather anticipation is also very important along with cooking food. Both for cooking food and for keeping yourself warm during cold weather you may need to start a fire so a survivalist checklist would definitely have match sticks and fire starter.

  1. Camera

Although a new invention but camera has become an essential item on survivalist checklist. With new inventions such as video glasses and wifi nanny cams it has become easy to use cameras for security and recording and one of these items are a must have on survivalist checklist.

  1. Survival Knife

Although some people debate this but a survival knife is important. Even if there is no danger a survival knife can be used for hunting and cooking.

  1. First Aid Kit

First aid kit is a must have on a survivalist checklist because you can face medical emergencies anywhere and you must be prepared.

  1. Blanket

Weather is unpredictable sometimes and a survivalist blanket can help him survive through cold weather.

  1. Water Filtration System

Although difficult to carry but survivalists responsible for survival of multiple people specifically in war could benefit greatly from a water filtration system. As it could filter the water readily available and help during shortage of water.

  1. Outdoor Cook Stove

Survivalists would mostly be responsible for cooking their own food and sometimes in very unfavorable conditions. Although, this might not necessarily be on all lists but an outdoor cook stove could be very advantageous.

  1. Duct Tape

Although when we mention duct tape the question of its important is risen. But duct tape could have a lot of benefits. It could help in fixing things that you might have broken but you need and is not very heavy to carry.

A survivalist checklist could have above items and more on the basis of the survivalists’ mission. A survivalist in war might have a different checklist than a survivalist who is looking to survive alone through one trip.

This article originally published at The Survival Place Blog10 Most Important Things On Every Survivalist’s Checklist

About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

 

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Add Strength to your Survival Plan with Powerful Fitness Tools

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Add Strength to your Survival Plan with Powerful Fitness Tools Are you looking for a workout routine that will stand the test of time and even a life changing disaster? There are several pieces of workout equipment that are crucial to your success and fitness in a survival scenario. Many people think that when it …

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This 3500-Year-Old Powerful & Natural Cure Found in The Bible Treats So Many Diseases

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The olive leaf has been used for ages for nourishment and medicine. The Bible shares many instances of the olive tree. The olive leaf was used even before Christ. Ezekiel

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Animal Predators on the Homestead

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Do you know what predators are eyeing your homestead animals? Learn how to recognize and prepare for 50 common animal predators on the homestead. Several years ago we lived on a beautiful, wooded piece of land in the Oregon Cascade foothills. The pine trees were abundant and so were the predators, although the latter were […]

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How To Harden Your Home Using the Cheapest Materials on the Market

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Purchasing sandbags have always been sold in late summer early fall as a preparedness product that is associated with the flooding attached to the fall rainy seasons and hurricanes.  The time to order and purchase your sandbags is now, but for a different reason: to harden your house if possible.  Those sandbags can be filled with more than just sand and can be used to stop more than just water.  Look at the world situation right now with North Korea, China, and Russia: need I say any more to encourage you to prepare and fortify your homes for a SHTF event?

There are charts ad infinitum that will give you the amounts of layers of sandbags that are needed to stop a bullet, depending on the caliber.  Most fill them with sand; however, unless you live on a beach, sand may be something not found out in your backyard.  You can fill them with dirt, but the stopping factor is significantly reduced.  It’s up to you: your decision (to paraphrase “Alice in Chains”).  You can make them permanent with concrete.  You can convert a front porch into a semi-fortified fighting position with three layers of sandbags about 3 to 4 feet high.

I don’t care to hear naysayers complaining at how the front porch will collapse, the room will collapse, yada yada.  It is up to you the homeowner to find what the weight-bearing structural load is for your porch or any other room you intend to fortify.  The main point is that there are steps you can take at home to make your property harder to enter and to enable you to defend it.

One of the big problems is that it’s hard (or impossible) to “scrap” different types of building materials or construction supplies out of the dump.  The days of “dumpster diving” for materials are just about over.  Salvage companies save everything to sell back to China, to be sent back (and sold) to us…as the salvors are raising money that is taxed by the local government…the same local government that will not permit you the citizen to “dumpster dive,” as it cuts into the “chain of events” just outlined…and their profits.

You’ll have to pick up some rolls of heavy-gauge fencing wire to cover over your windows.  Nail them right to the frame with fencing staples, and ensure they’re taut.  In this way, the Molotov will not go through.  Also, ensure that you have at least 1 inch between this fencing-grating and the glass from the window.  The Molotov may hit and allow the glass to break by bending the wire in enough so that the bottle’s weight impacts the window.  Then you’ll have to cover the busted window with plastic.

And since we’re on the subject, you can pick up rolls of 6 mil plastic, 25’ x 10’ for about $10 at Wal-Mart…could come in handy to close those windows if needed.  If you pick up the fencing wire rolls with rectangular apertures, say 2” x 4” it will facilitate you using the window as a firing port if the window is able to be opened from the inside and not a fixed window.  I wrote several articles a couple of years ago for SHTFplan detailing how to harden your home; I highly recommend reading them if possible.

A good door brace (also referred to as a New York Lock) for the entry doors to your home will help out.  It won’t completely prevent a break-in, but it’ll slow it down enough for you to deal with it.  Consider a good brace-bar to go across the door.  You want to make sure you have a solid frame.  If it is one of those premade “cookie-cutter home” frames, you may have to reinforce it.

Plywood sheets should be measured and cut for the event (or eventuality, depending on your viewpoint) that your windows will disappear.  Cut out your sizes to be able to nail or bolt into the frame on the outside of the window, and mark the pieces to enable you to match them up to the appropriate window.  I suggest (at a minimum) ½” pressure-treated plywood.  Also: measure and match up with those pieces pre-cut 2” x 4” sections, to put together as a “T” or multiple “T’s” to brace up the plywood in the center when it is in place.  You never know when some fool will try to smash out the center of the plywood and enter the house.

Cut apertures for firing ports and viewing ports at the appropriate levels in your sheets.  You can cover these up with pieces of plywood either on a screw or on a hinge to the side, to enable you to use your firearms to deal with Mr. Moron who just won’t take “no” for an answer.  Make sure you take down and remove any trees, bushes, or anything that can provide marauders with cover and/or concealment.  Cut down these things and use them for firewood later.

Now is the time to place any building materials and supplies you can on your property for use in repairs later.  Most of this article applies to those who live in a house, and it has not yet taken into consideration the plethora of neighbors, neighborhood associations, and other assorted worthless groups that try to infringe on your rights and safety in the interest of keeping their property values high and in conformity.  You may have to do it all on the q-t, and keep the OPSEC at a high.

The best thing you can do: conduct a thorough assessment of your home and determine likely avenues of approach for invaders foreign or domestic, weak points in the house, and areas where you would most likely make a stand.  We’re getting “long in the tooth,” so to speak, with world events, and you need to harden all of the points of your home now while there is still time.  An ounce of prevention is more than a pound of cure.  Keep fighting that good fight!  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Breathe Even While Sleeping: Three Preps for Sleep Apnea

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Breathe Even While Sleeping: Three Preps for Sleep Apnea This topic may sound like something that is a little to niche. I will tell you that breathing at night is an issue that deserves talking about. You will need to prepare to deal with your sleep apnea if you are heading into a SHTF scenario. …

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Planning For Success During And After The SHTF- Part 1, by Old Bobbert

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Planning For Success During And After The SHTF- Part 1, by Old Bobbert Preparedness is all about planning. So what happens to a guy who doesn’t really like planning but wants to be prepared. The good news is there are tons of people who love planning and are creating plans and processes each day. They …

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9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid

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9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid Management of water is a manifold process. Its not going to be enough to simply fill your shed with gallon waters and drink them as it all falls down. I am a firm believer in having access to quality water that is already filtered and in …

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The Super-rich Are Buying Luxury Apocalypse-safe Bunkers

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The Super-rich Are Buying Luxury Apocalypse-safe Bunkers There are certain warnings that we just keep avoiding. The unchecked growth of giant corporations that are now doing business with foreign powers is probably one of the most terrifying signs of all that trouble is ahead. Maybe its the creeping Islamization of the west that is keeping …

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33 Things To Do With Old Jeans

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33 Things To Do With Old Jeans Its hard to imagine clothes wearing out and us not having access to a swath of other choices to buy at stores all around you. If we see a total societal collapse those resources will be few and far between. You will have to learn how to make …

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How To Make An Emergency Car Kit

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How To Make An Emergency Car Kit Articles with a nice story can often times take the monotony out of someone telling you what to do. I always prefer a good story mixed into a how to game. The emergency car kit is very important and you probably have something of your own already. Chances …

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Prepper Hardware Supplies

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An essential element in building up a comprehensive prepper supply is to include on a planning list a stock of all doomsday prepper gearsorts and types of hardware items.  You can have all the tools and gear in the world, but if something breaks, needs maintenance, or a fresh build, then nothing much can be done without a deep supply of hardware materials.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

Sourcing Hard Hardware

The term “hardware” conjures up nostalgic thoughts of old wooden floored, side boarded store buildings with long aisles and shelves of goods stacked to the ceiling.  As a kid they were prime places of wonder to wonder.  Heck, they still are as an adult.  Indeed, any prepper worth his salt, bug out bag, and fire starting kit has to love a good hardware store.

Inside are bins, shelves, racks, and peg boards holding all the supplies for every prepper dream and aspiration to survive if or when a truly serious SHTF ever befalls us.  But, where do you start filling your supply list?  Are there priorities to buy first, other items later?  Let’s just start with a long running brainstorming list.  As you shop, you’ll find more I am certain of that.

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Any prepper hardware list has to start with nails.  All kinds, types, sizes, and lengths of nails.  Much of this world is shtf suppliesheld together by nails first, then screws.  Buy box quantities of screws or better yet the plastic divider sets of a combination of all kinds of screws.  Be sure to have metal and wood screws, flat head, Phillips head, tapered, long shank screws and everything else in between.

Go with this same combination mixed sets for nuts and bolts.  Again you will need lots of small sets with flat washers and lock washers.   You should have some lag bolts for heavy jobs for wood structures, brick and plaster.  Get some screw and bolt, metal and plastic anchors. Add in some metal braces, “L” braces and corner brackets, hinges, hasps, slide bolt locks, metal repair plates or strapping, and the many other fix-it type hardware pieces, parts, and gadgets.

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Have some wire for light and heavy duty jobs to hang stuff or fix a fence.  This is not electrical wire, though you may know how to use that, too.  String, twine, and ropes are all handy as are all manner of elastic straps, tie downs straps, ratchet locking straps and other types.  Buy a complete selection of plastic pull lock ties in multiple sizes, strengths, and lengths.  These have a million uses.  Have some metal screw down clamps, and hose clamps of all sizes.

Chemical items may also qualify as hardware in a broad definition.  Glues for wood, metal and plastic, super glue and regular types.  Paints both aerosol and liquid will have many uses.  All types of spray lubricants, general oils, water dispersants, degreasers, and solvents should be on hand.  Have other cleaning solutions like detergents and bleach as well.

Include a wide selection of tapes.  Heavy duct tape, masking tape, painters tape, black electrical tape, and double sticky tape.  Add a roll or two of trail marker material, surveyors tape, or forester timber marking tape.

Include a stock of plumbing parts and repair items, toilet repair kits, floats, valves, flappers, wax seals, and water pure pitcher made in usa NSF shield english 99.99 400x250 USA supply hoses with couplings.  Have an extra flush handle or two as these break as well.  For bigger plumbing, sewer or water supply projects have some supplies of PVC pipe, connectors, angles, and fittings of 2-3 of the most common size types with cans of pipe cleaner and joint adhesives.

There are a gazillion other hardware items you can’t remember or just keep forgetting until the repair need comes up again.  Keep a running “buy” list.  The best way to do this is just to periodically stroll the aisles at a huge building supply or hardware store.  If you you’re not buying, make a list or take some pictures on your phone as a reminder.  When the times comes, and it could be often, you are going to need hardware.

 

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Why Hawaii Might Be The Worst Place To Live If The SHTF

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As North Korea’s missile program continues to advance by leaps and bounds, and as the regime’s threats to the US become more aggressive, there’s growing concern that states like Hawaii and Alaska could be targeted with nuclear weapons someday.

It’s an understandable fear, considering the fact that these states are so much closer to North Korea. It’s not clear if the famously isolated nation will ever be able to target the mainland, but it seems very likely that they could at least strike a state like Hawaii in the near future.

That’s why Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency recently released a statement that informs residents of the state on what they should do in case they come under nuclear attack.

Citizens of Hawaii are advised to look out for emergency sirens, alerts, wireless notifications, or flashes of “brilliant white light” that will indicate that a nuclear detonation is incoming or underway. 

From there, the agency instructs citizens to get indoors, stay indoors, and stay tuned via radio as “cell phone, television, radio and internet services will be severely disrupted or unavailable.” Instead, expect only local radio stations to survive and function. 

If indoors, citizens should avoid windows. If driving, citizens should pull off the road to allow emergency vehicles access to population centers. Once inside, Hawaiians should not leave home until instructed to or for two full weeks, as dangerous nuclear fallout could sicken or kill them. 

The guide also informs Hawaiian residents that water and electrical utilities will likely be disrupted and that they should remain sheltered for up to two weeks. After that, they may be able to leave their homes to search for “food, water, and medical care.”

All of which brings up an important question. How should Hawaiians be preparing for major disasters, like nuclear war or an EMP? It’s a question that isn’t brought up very often in the prepper community, but it should be. The islands are home to nearly 1.5 million people, most of whom reside on Oahu, a densely populated island that is half the size of Rhode Island.

The people living there would have problems that would be daunting to most preppers living in the mainland. If you were stuck in a major city during an event that destroyed society, you would at least have a chance at escaping on foot. Hawaiians don’t have that option. If they were cut off from the outside world, they would have nowhere to flee to. They would be stuck on an island chain that has to import the vast majority of its food, and pretty much all of its fuel. So Hawaiians need all of the weapons, tools, and supplies that most preppers need, but they need more of it. Here’s a short list of what Hawaiian preppers need to consider:

  • They need to stock up on a lot of food. After a major disaster, it could be much harder for the US government to provide relief efforts to islands that are thousands of miles away from the mainland. That difficulty would be multiplied if Oahu’s harbors were damaged in any way.
  • Fuel would be scarce for the same reasons why food would be hard to come by. Hawaii is pretty much 100% dependent on imported oil. It would be wise for Preppers in this state to buy solar panels and stock up on propane.
  • Water would be another major issue. Hawaiians rely almost entirely on underground aquifers for their water needs, which probably aren’t too easy for most urban dwellers to reach. There are a few rivers, but they aren’t very substantial. While most preppers know that they should have some kind of water filtration device, it would be a good idea for Hawaiian preppers to have a water desalination kit, as well as a rainwater collection system.
  • Anyone with a sailboat would have a huge advantage. They could catch fish, or flee from densely populated places like Oahu, and head toward some of the other islands. Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be a very affordable option for most Hawaiians.
  • Of course, the biggest challenge that most Hawaiians in Oahu would have to worry about is space. Hawaii has the most expensive real estate in any state, so most people don’t have sizeable homes. So while Hawaiians would need to stock up on more supplies than people living in the mainland, they have less space to work with.

Here is a list of 100 items that disappear first in a disaster

In the event of a massive disaster, Hawaii could be cut off from the rest of the world for a very long time. The people there would be left to their own devices in a place that simply cannot sustain their population, and there would be no way for most people to bug out. And to top it all off, most people don’t have enough living space to properly prep for that scenario. It would be a nightmare.

Though most people think of luxury and relaxation when the subject of Hawaii comes up, in reality, the people living there may have the most difficult time preparing for the possibility of social collapse. Maybe that’s why the prepping community doesn’t talk about this state very often.

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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How Zip Ties Can Be Used In A Survival Scenario

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Zip ties help in times of emergencies and are a great addition to any survival kit. Anytime you go out camping or fishing or hiking up the mountains take your survival kit along. Choose ties made of plastic as they are very cheap. These tiny tools will occupy a very small space in your kit … Read more…

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Five Survival Lessons We’ve Learned From Natural Calamities!

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Five Survival Lessons We’ve Learned From Natural Calamities Since the dawn of man, there have been countless natural disasters responsible for taking innocent lives and causing quite a bit of both material and emotional damage. Fortunately, since technology is so advanced nowadays, we are much better equipped to deal with this kind of scenario than … Continue reading Five Survival Lessons We’ve Learned From Natural Calamities!

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Best Manual Grain Mills for Milling at Home

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Grain stores much longer than flour, so its natural for many preppers to prefer to stock up on years worth of grain over the flour itself. By doing this, you also save a pretty penny. But, when SHTF and it is time to open up your five-gallon buckets of grain, you aren’t ready to cook.. . . Read More

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Want Information? The Round Table Grand Slam!

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Want Information? The Round Table Grand Slam! Have you ever felt unsure, will it work kind of unsure? You’ve spent a lot of time and preparation putting this one together and the variables that could cause a major malfunction are many. Check the list and recheck, what was missed? When you’re all done you give … Continue reading Want Information? The Round Table Grand Slam!

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First-Aid Procedures You Should Know

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Everyone should have a basic knowledge of first-aid. It could mean the difference between life and death for you or best first-aid tipssomeone else, and its usefulness isn’t restricted to a survival situation. Here are our recommendations for starting your basic first-aid education.  We’d recommend readers do more than just read the books or online courses recommended on this list. 

By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache and SHTFBlog.com

Free Guides to First-Aid

Take at least one basic practical course in first aid with an instructor that will teach you how. Many hospitals, clinics and community centres offer this for free. Check out First-Aid WikiBooks, The National CPR Foundation, The Red Cross, First-Aid for Free, Grand County Government.

CPR

CPR is short for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; it is a life-saving procedure used when a pulse and breathing rate Hydro Flask Water Filtercannot be felt. The easiest ways to check for breathing is the rise and fall of the chest, or by holding a mirror up to the mouth and nose. Often, CPR is performed when waiting for an ambulance to arrive.  Your first step is to make sure the airway is clear and that there is nothing obstructing the throat.

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Hands are placed over each-other in the middle of the chest, and chest compressions are performed. The Red Cross recommends compressions of “at least two inches deep”. Interestingly, the perfect beat for CPR is 100 beats per minute – which matches songs like Another One Bites the Dust by Queen and Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees. Rescue breaths are performed in-between, while keeping an eye on the rise and fall of the chest and continuously feeling for breathing and a pulse.

Severe Bleeding

Arterial blood is bright red due to its high oxygen content, while venous blood is darker. In many first-aid basic survival first aidsituations you might need to put a stop to severe bleeding. Close the wound, if possible, and apply pressure until medical help can be found.  Elevate the area above the heart if necessary and possible. It’s vital that wounds are always kept clear of infection: Washing wounds with salt is painful, but often the most effective thing you’ve got when there’s nothing else around.

Stitches

Some severe cuts and wounds might require stitches. (Some, it’s worth noting, don’t – don’t attempt to close up an open bone fracture yourself as you’ll do far more harm than good.) Always have several types of needles (including curved), sterile thread and cotton balls as part of your kit at the very least. Always sterilize your equipment, hands and the wound before you start: You don’t want to stitch any infections up inside the wound.

Remember that you’ll have to create a knot to hold the stitching together. The best explanation we could find comes from Boston University: Basic Knots & Sutures.

Fighting Infection & Cleaning Wounds

Infection is often the greatest battle when it comes to first-aid, and a lot of it is down to after-care. As part of your first-aid kit, include gloves, alcohol, sterilized water, cotton balls, needles and thread and bandages at the very least; many over-the-counter antibiotics can be purchased and stored – keep in mind that many are penicillin-based and watch out for those who are potentially allergic.

Related: First Aid Training – An Essential Survival Skill

Wounds can be cleaned with a saline solution: Salt is one of the cleanest substances known to man and does far more than just add flavour to your food: It could, in dire circumstances, save your life.

Sprains

It’s fairly easy to sprain a wrist or ankle. Symptoms of sprains include immediate swelling and pain, bruising and impaired movement in the affected joint. (Yes, if you can still move it, it’s sprained and not broken.)  Immediately stop and rest the affected area; if you can, place a hot or cold compress on it and then compress the joint – though not enough to cut off circulation and do any tissue damage. The key-word is avoiding further strain as much as possible and waiting for the swelling to subside.  In some cases, you might be dealing with a dislocation; basic guides to anatomy will teach you which bones should (and shouldn’t) be where.

Concussions

Concussions occur as an (often minor) brain injury; symptoms can include a headache, dizziness, disorientation, vomiting and nausea and migraine-like response to light or sound. In severe cases, memory loss or unconsciousness could accompany concussions. Pupils might respond differently to light, or one might be different in size to the other.

Immediate treatments for a concussion include fluids, a healthy diet and rest; according to Marshfield Clinic, it’s fine to sleep after a concussion providing that the person is able to hold a coherent conversation and symptoms like disorientation and change in pupils have disappeared.

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Preparing Your Household for Drought

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Whether you believe in climate change or not (there are many out there who don’t), you and your family will have to deal with natural phenomena at one point in your lives. One of those phenomena is drought, which is defined simply as the absence or lack of water for an extended period of time, … Read more…

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Why We Freeze When We’re Scared And How To Overcome It

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Pretty much everyone is well aware of the flight or fight response. Whenever humans encounter a dangerous situation, their sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear. Adrenaline is dumped into our bloodstreams, our senses are heightened, our reflexes quicken, and we become relatively immune to the sensation of pain. Then we make a decision. Depending on what we’re dealing with, we either fight what is threatening us, or we run from it.

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However, there is another aspect of this fear response that isn’t talked about as much. It should really be called the “fight, flight, or freeze” response because there’s a good chance that you’ll freeze under pressure rather than act. It’s not uncommon for people to do absolutely nothing when something or someone is threatening them, and it’s a response that you can’t really control. When it happens, it’s like being paralyzed.

At first glance, it sounds like a cruel joke, courtesy of evolution, and is often seen as a sign of personal weakness. In reality, it is neither of those things, though it is a natural biological response to danger that can be beneficial in certain circumstances. Just as we evolved to have an extreme physical reaction to danger that includes fighting or running away, we have evolved to involuntarily stop moving in certain situations, and there are a few reasons why we do this.

One is that when we freeze under pressure, our senses are just as heightened as they would be if we were running or fighting. We freeze to assess the situation before we act. We also freeze in the presence of predators, which is a kind of defense mechanism. If an animal or person is stalking us, by freezing we aren’t making sounds and we aren’t giving away our position.

And finally, humans freeze in situations where they perceive a threat that appears to be too strong for us to fight or run away from. The brain enters a dissociative state that can’t process the environment when you feel like your situation is absolutely hopeless. In this state, you can’t really hear or see what’s around you, and you can’t feel what’s happening to you. Your brain basically forces you to play dead, so that whatever is trying to hurt you will hopefully give up, and so that your psyche is protected from physical and emotional trauma.

Of course, this response isn’t always helpful. A classic example that is found in nature, is how deer often respond to seeing the headlights of oncoming traffic. They freeze when they obviously should run or retreat. Likewise, your brain isn’t a perfect judge of dangerous situations. Sometimes you can freeze when it would be smarter to run or fight (or if you have anxiety or PTSD, you might freeze under totally harmless circumstances). You can get stuck in that mental state, unable to act on avoidable danger.

As for how to overcome this biological response, it’s not an easy task. You don’t really control when you freeze, and your options for slipping out of this state are pretty limited. The only technique scientists have discovered, is taking deep, controlled breaths.

The new findings from research team at Bristol offer helpful insights for better understanding the root of paralyzing fear coming from deep inside the brain. Fear-evoked freezing is a universal response. Luckily, each of us can flex some cognitive muscle to override these innate neurobiological impulses.

Taking a few deep breaths in any fearful situation will stimulate the vagus nerve and the “rest-and-digest” aspects of the parasympathetic nervous system. This relaxation response unclamps the neurobiological grip of fear and allows us to “unfreeze” and move freely.

And that’s pretty much it. Unfortunately, it’s not clear if that will work in all circumstances. If for instance, you’ve reached the point where your mind is dissociating from the outside world to avoid mental trauma, it doesn’t seem likely that taking deep breaths would help you snap out of it. And even if it could, would you want to be aware of a horrific situation that you have no control over?

There’s only one way to avoid the kind of freezing that is caused by situations that make you feel completely helpless. And that is to not be helpless, by preparing yourself for dangerous encounters before they happen. You have to be thoroughly prepared for a wide variety of situations. You have to learn how to save yourself when faced with predatory animals, and you have to train yourself in many different self-defense techniques. And of course, it helps immensely if you have the right tools and weapons for these encounters.

In short, the more options you have to save yourself when your life is in danger, the less likely you are to curl up in a ball and hope for the best when your life is on the line.

Additional Links:

The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

What Should You Do When A Bear Attacks?

Hard Core Chicks: Eight Self Defense Tactics Every Woman Should Know

5 Everyday Items That Will Double As Defensive Weapons

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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Keeping kids healthy and hydrated over summer break

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Keeping kids healthy and hydrated can be a challenge during summer break. Warm weather and freedom from school can lull us into a false sense of security | PreparednessMama

Keeping kids healthy and hydrated can be a challenge during summer break. Warm weather and freedom from school can lull us into a false sense of security. Summer is full of all sorts of fun and adventures. Swimming, sprinklers, hiking and camping, fun camps and playgroups. The options are limitless! And of course it’s not […]

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Legacy Food Storage Review – A Hands-on Sampling

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Legacy Food Storage has earned itself a spot in many prepper’s pantries, and the reasons are simple. Their food options are robust, offer great variety, and have a 25-year shelf life. I received a sampler from Legacy that contained six four-serving packs: pasta alfredo, potato soup, enchilada beans and rice, a meatless stroganoff, oatmeal with. . . Read More

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28 Long Term Wilderness Survival Tips from the Alone Show

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28 Long Term Wilderness Survival Tips from the Alone Show If you must watch network television or television at all the show Alone is a very interesting one. It is about as legit as survival shows get. Besides weekly contact to take weight and vitals these survivors are on their own all the time. This …

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Environmental Nightmare! Dozens Of Highly Toxic Substances Have Been Found In Tap Water All Over America

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Environmental Nightmare! Dozens Of Highly Toxic Substances Have Been Found In Tap Water All Over America Are you filtering your water? You will after you read this article. About 8 years ago there were studies done about how trace elements of medications were found in tap water all over the nation. Things like antidepressants and …

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Best Freeze Dryers for Drying Food at Home

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There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the “prequel” on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here. Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major drawbacks at the moment is the high cost of such a device. At the moment, home freeze. . . Read More

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How To Build A Log Cabin

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So you want to build a log cabin? Who can blame you! This is a dream of many homesteaders and off-gridders, and for many it remains just that – a dream. But for you, it doesn’t have to. Handcrafted log cabins are one of the most beautiful rustic looking homes, especially in today’s age where … Read more…

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Finding The Best Solar Oven System For Your Needs

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Solar ovens are a popular cooking choice for those who have the right environmental conditions. In this guide, I’ll discuss what to consider when buying a solar oven and  suggestions of the ones that work best for prepper’s. First let’s cover the basic pros and cons. Pros of Solar Ovens A solar oven offers a. . . Read More

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Melting Ice Cap Threatens To Release Trapped Ancient Viruses

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It’s official: scientists warn that we now are facing a pandemic SHTF. The deadly, frozen pathogens that have been sleeping for millions of years under the Arctic ice and deep

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The Prepper Rant!

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The Prepper Rant Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio player provided! I may be on my Soap Box a bit but a lot of “myths” or plain false-hoods have been told about prepping, from both sides, preppers and non-preppers. There is so much misinformation out there it is unbelievable, akin to a room for experts … Continue reading The Prepper Rant!

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Viking Style Throwing Axe From an Old Woodman’s Axe

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Viking Style Throwing Axe From an Old Woodman’s Axe This article has a little bit of metal working and a little bit of wood working involved. It is the supreme repurposing of a tool in to a new and more impressive tool or weapon. I love the idea of being able to take old tools …

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SPG 015: 4 Reasons Why Preppers Don’t Have a Strategic Plan

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SPG 015: 4 Reasons Why Preppers Don’t Have a Strategic Plan This article is such a great look into yourself as a prepper. It takes a great deal of soul searching to look into yourself and find out what you are doing wrong or what you are afraid to do better. The issue with most …

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Grab and Go Deluxe Trauma Bag from DoomandBloom.net

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Grab and Go Deluxe Trauma Bag from DoomandBloom.net There are so many kits out there and it seems like there are hundreds being made everyday. How do you discern from these quality tools and the ones that are garbage? Money is tough to come by these days and it makes those prepper related purchases harder …

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