Ah, the conscious and subconscious mindset of knowing precisely what is going on around you, situational awareness. Sound important? Well, that is because it is important. Unfortunately, due to the defunct ways of Hollywood, the term situational awareness was slightly tainted by their “advertisement” of the skill-set in a well-renowned movie titled “The Bourne Identity” … Read more…
Over the past few years, here in America….
Contaminated water caused a complete loss of municipal services in both Ohio and West Virginia, resulting in almost a million people vying … Read the rest
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This article was gladly contributed by author P.A. Glaspy from paglaspy.com Since moving to the country and working toward self-sufficiency, I find myself paying a lot more attention to what’s coming
The stigma is real. Being a prepper or being labled as such can have implications in today’s world. While joining other groups like vegans or Buddhists will get you general applause, claming that you are preparing for widespread disaster will get you some raised eyebrows. It’s very interesting when you think about it. If you …
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From PrepperCon 2018 with Dave and James
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On this episode of Prepping Up Dave travels to PrepperCon in Salt Lake City Utah and broadcasts his show live form the floor of the show. His sponsor Emergent Biosolutions, maker of RSDL sent Dave to one of the biggest Prepper Event in the US. Get ready to hear about the latest gear, current trends and what Prepper in Utah are prepping up for.
Let me start by sharing with you a fact that is the foundation of being a smart prepper: Preparedness is inevitable but it does not come overnight. Yes! This is the biggest lesson I learned in my last five years! This realization is now my motivation to become a smarter prepper. This habit or lifestyle …
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It may be difficult to comprehend, but in many states, harvesting rain water, whatever the method, is highly regulated. It seems a little crazy that something that will literally fall
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Society nowadays believes that no matter how hard things will get, there will always be a beacon of help in the distance. We rely on technology and others to provide us with everything we need to have a good life. In fact, many people are convinced that there will always be someone to look over … Read more…
You could set up your home to look like a Fort Knox- but that might not fly with the neighbors and could raise a few red flags for would-be-intruders. “What’s so valuable that they could be protecting in there?” is definitely a question that would run through my head if I was scavenging for supplies …
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I am a follower of Lisa Bedford’s blog, and was very excited to hear she had come out with a book. This excitement was well founded because Survival Mom is a great book. As I mentioned in the video, I got this book for my lovely wife, who is very understanding, but who does not truly understand what prepping is, or why I spend so much time and energy doing it. This book connects the dots between good parenting and prepping. It is accessible, entertaining, knowledgeable, and shows that preppers are not some paranoid group of gun nuts stroking their guns
When I got The Prepper Next Door in the mail, and opened it for the first time, I thought “Man that’s a lot of stuff”. After reading it I have to say, go with your gut, because this book does have a lot of information. This book is jam packed with information, and has a reference section in the back that links to several well known prepper websites and YouTube Channels. I really appreciate it when authors give me ways to get more information, because if I liked the information they gave, and the way they have processed it, then
Life on the homestead requires a lot of creativity and frugality. The “five R’s” seem to be constantly in play: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repurpose, and Repair. Nothing ever goes to waste—today’s trash simply becomes tomorrow’s resources.
When buying something new is necessary, I usually try to make sure the item fits at least one of the following criteria:
- First, does the item have more than one alternative use or purpose?
- Second, does the item take up minimal space?
- Third, is the item inexpensive?
My Favorite Homesteading Tool
My absolute favorite “tool” on the homestead actually fits all three criteria: none other than the five-gallon plastic bucket. Not only do these wonder tools nest neatly into a tidy stack, they also have a seemingly unlimited number of uses.
Whether you are into homesteading, preparedness, or permaculture, five-gallon buckets are essential tools of the trade!
Getting Buckets for Free
A note about price: If purchased from a hardware store, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $five-dollars per bucket. But you can acquire them for FREE from your grocery store’s bakery department. All you have to do is ask nicely for the buckets that their icing came in. Other free sources include pickle buckets from hamburger joints, soap buckets from car washes, and lard buckets from Mexican restaurants.
Of course, be prepared to clean them!
The Bucket List
So, what exactly can you do with a five-gallon bucket once you procure it? I thought you’d never ask! Below, I showcase some general ideas that I use quite frequently. (If you’re keen on any given idea, more detailed tutorials can be found all over the Internet.)
1. Container Gardening
First and foremost, five-gallon buckets make for outstanding container gardens when you drill drainage holes in the bottom of the buckets. While some permaculturists might frown on the idea of container gardens, they are quite useful if you want to keep invasive (opportunistic) plants such as mint from taking over your garden. Additionally, in a grid-down situation, you can easily secure your food indoors overnight to protect from potential looters. That brings a whole new meaning to the words “food security!”
2. Growing Mushrooms
Another clever use for buckets is growing edible and medicinal mushrooms in them. Just drill staggering holes in the sides of the bucket, fill the bucket with free coffee grounds from the local corner coffee shop, and inoculate with the spawn of your favorite mushroom.
3. Organizing Your Tools
A five-gallon bucket also makes for a great tool bag. Either online or at your local hardware store, you can buy organizers that are specifically made for buckets and have all kinds of compartments. The outside sleeve compartments of the bucket are ideal for your smaller tools, such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. On the inside of the bucket, you can store your heavy-duty tools like your hammers, axes, and saws.
4. Making Wine
You can even make wine with a five-gallon bucket. Simply pour in some apple cider (sans preservatives), sugar, and yeast. Drill a hole into the lid, insert a rubber grommet, and then insert an airlock bubbler (available for a dollar at most home-brew stores). The Big Bird/Cookie Monster–style explanation is that the “yeasties” eat the sugar and essentially poop out carbon dioxide and alcohol. The airlock bubbler allows the carbon dioxide to escape, but prevents oxygen or other contaminants from entering your wine. There are a few more specific steps and ingredients that go into producing quality wine, but this is basically how wine is made! People drink alcohol in both good times and bad. Wine making can prove to be a very valuable and profitable skill in a grid-down scenario.
5. Feed the Worms
One of my favorite uses of a five-gallon bucket is as part of a vermicompost system (a.k.a. a worm bin). Red wiggler worms are voracious eaters. I feed them my shredded junk mail and food scraps. In return, they give me “black gold.”
If mushroom compost is the Cadillac of compost, worm castings are the Rolls Royce!
6. Make Compost Tea
In addition to vermicompost, compost tea happens to be the secret of success for many master gardeners. And with a five-gallon bucket, you can brew your own compost tea right at home. All you need is an air pump for aeration, some worm castings (compost), non-chlorinated water, and a few other ingredients. After two days of brewing, it is ready to spray on your crops using a pump sprayer. Your plants will grow twice as big, twice as fast!
7. Make a Mousetrap
Have a mouse problem, but don’t have the heart to set out a traditional mousetrap? Well, you can make a catch-and-release mousetrap out of a bucket and a few pieces of wood, plus peanut butter for bait. The contraption reminds me of the board game Mouse Trap that I used to play as a child!
8. Filter Water
Lastly, you can make a heavy-duty water filter from two five-gallon buckets stacked on top of each other. The top bucket has a ceramic water filter that filters out the dirty water dumped into it. The bottom bucket has a water spigot that allows you to extract the newly filtered water.
I hope you enjoyed some of the examples I’ve provided of why five-gallon buckets are the absolute best and most versatile tool for homesteading, preparedness, and permaculture. Five-gallon buckets not only serve as a container to grow your food in, they can be used in creating the fertilizer that enriches your garden. To top it off, you can use buckets to collect and ultimately store your bountiful harvests!
What about you? What’s your favorite way to use a five-gallon bucket? Leave me a note in the comments!
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There is nothing like a good how to for your week. This how to comes from a serious shelter builder who is offering up another impressive shelter design both in picture and video. The spider shelter is impressive because of its efficacy but also due to its ability to camouflage itself in the forest. From …
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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog
All homes need to be equipped with an emergency bag. We never know when we might
need one or when we might need to leave our homes quickly, so it is important to be
prepared and ready for anything. Getting an emergency kit together can be pretty
straightforward, you just need to know what to pack and the best places to get the items. The
good news is that they are pretty inexpensive and easy to find. So there really are no
excuses for not getting your kit together.
Three days, or 72 hours is usually the best time-frame to aim for. So here are a few of items
that you might need, if you’re not sure where to start.
It makes complete sense to have water in the kit. It is what you will need to survive, so as
much as you can fit in. Not only can you drink it, but you can use it to clean yourselves with,
as well as cleaning things like food or cuts. The goal is to aim to pack a gallon of water per
day, per person.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is really important when it comes to an emergency kit. You might not know
where you’ll end up, especially if there is something like a natural disaster. So it makes
sense to have some supplies to help you care for yourself and for others, until you can get
medical attention, if needed.
Flashlight and Batteries
Being able to see in the dark is important for an emergency kit. Candles and matches can be
a good idea, but generally, for safety, a flashlight is going to be a better option. If you can’t
find a flashlight that is powered by winding it up, then make sure that you have plenty of
batteries spare in your emergency kit too.
Often you’ll only have time to leave in the clothes that you are in. So having a few pieces
stored away in the emergency kit will help, especially if you’re wet and have only left your
house because of a flood, for example. Having some practical and sturdy clothing, much like
the things that froutlet.com sells, can be a good idea. You don’t know how long you’ll be
away from home, so you’ll want clothing that is practical, warm, and comfortable.
While you can go longer without food than you can do without water, to be as comfortable as
you can, some food packed away is a must. Think about some foods that are
non-perishable, and will actually be something that you and your family will eat. Plan for a
few days, and try to get things that won’t need too much preparation or could be eaten cold
(things like tins of beans could work well, for example. Plenty of protein and fiber in them).
This is just a start of the list that you would need. But having a few items packed and ready
to grab is going to be better than nothing.
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I love thinking about stuff like this. It is sorta like “What would I do if I won the lottery?”
Back to reality.
There are many people across this great country that are just now seeing the light and beginning there preps. For many of these newcomers the question of where to begin is ever present. Some people are taking things serious and are willing to sink some serious change into their preparations – so I figured I would throw my 2 cents in.
For someone relatively new to the prepping scene and having no purposely stocked supplies – a $1000 can go a long way.
Here are my recommendations:
- Food ($350) – this has to be the priority.
- Purchase in quantity what you normally eat. A good idea would be to sit down with a notepad and pen and meal plan for 2 weeks.
- Remember that there may be no electricity so all food items in the meal plan have to come from the pantry.
- Next – take that 2 week meal plan and make a list of all items and use that as your shopping list. If you are able to buy 2 of everything listed – that would be a one month supply.
- Take into consideration any supplies such as cooking oil that you may need to complete the meal. Don’t forget about spices and other condiments.
- Lastly – do consider shelf life (often on the package) as well as buying store brands and buying on sale to maximize your available funds.
What are the disaster recovery limits of the US government? What is the nation truly capable of recovering from? I have never considered this question until the 2017 hurricane outbreak.
The idea of living out of a backpack and not having roots dug into any specific place is an incredibly exciting proposition. That said, can you imagine what it might be like without all of those worldly possessions? What about having only that which could fit into a backpack. That includes clothes, electronics and everything …
At some point in our lives we have or might have to face certain harmful or dangerous situations that we might feel the need to escape from. If not that, sometimes life can just get so tiring and exhausting that you need to bug out for a while and spend some time on your own, …
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Rainwater: It’s free, falls from the sky nearly everywhere, and is relatively pure. Without rainwater, lakes and streams and aquifers would dry up and humans and animals would die or
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How to Be Prepared for Anything
(or, What I Wish I Knew When I Started Prepping)
Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below!
When a person becomes a prepper, they often go through a “waking up” phase to all the potential risks one could face. It can be an overwhelming amount of information to take in. There is a desire to get prepared for anything and everything.
Emergency Procedures during travel
David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!
This show we talk about what to do in in different types of emergencies when you are travelling. Let’s face it, most Prepper are ready if they are at home with all their gear but what should you do when your away? What to do in extreme situations if you only have moments to save yourself or a loved one.
As you should know by now, the AR15 rifle is one of the most popular rifles in the United States. Some love it while others hate it and try to demonize it. No matter the debate behind this rifle, we all have to agree that it is practical, extremely ergonomic and it can be one … Read more…
Those of us who are part of the prepping and survival community tend to look down our noses at the government’s emergency response agency, FEMA. Granted, there’s plenty of reason
Editor’s note: This article was written by one of our most beloved readers and opinion leader, Left Coast Chuck. I want to start off by saying that I have no
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In most cases, the first thing to strike in a crisis-like circumstance, be it lone-surviving a plane crash in the ocean or finding yourself stuck as a hostage to violent terrorists, is fear. As we preppers should be fully aware, it is fear that inevitably leads to panic. This is precisely what happens to many … Read more…
Commodities such as gold and silver have a world market that transcends national borders, politics, religions, and race. A person may not like someone else’s religion, but he’ll accept his gold. Robert Kiyosaki There is something that just feels right about silver. Its coded in our DNA. It has to do with the weight and […]
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As preppers, we assume that in a major crisis most people aren’t going to be able to look after themselves. That’s why we worry about securing our property, our supplies
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Whether we’re experienced survivalists or just starting out in preparedness, we constantly talk about the top items to include in a bug-out bag, get-home bag, or everyday-carry kit. However, with
One of the most rewarding things I have ever been apart of was raising livestock that produced something for my family to use and eat. Of course, you are not to get too attached to the animals but you are still responsible for taking care of them. Also, following a disaster these animals will be …
The Herbal Prepper on A Preppers Path!
Host: Lynna “The Other Side… A Preppers Path”
The so dubbed Prepper Movement has opened eyes in every sector of society, from wealthy to poor, the environmentalist to the throw away aficionado. In some way each of us has or is thinking about doing things differently. Being more prepared in one aspect or another, in looking at alternatives to what has become normal.
If you’re involved in the preparedness lifestyle, you’re probably into planning. Most likely, you research and study the excellent preparedness strategies put out by experts. Whether we prepare for incidents … Read the rest
Not very long ago (hardly a handful or two of years back) our communicational availability was a quarter (or less) of what it now is. If you could not reach John Joe on his kitchen phone and he didn’t come to the door when you knocked, well, you just figured he wasn’t home. Boy how … Read more…
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In my recent interview with Dylan Charles of Waking Times, I explain that you really only need 2 acres to produce all the food you need for a large family … and you can produce half of the calories your family needs in an average backyard.
You can listen to the interview, titled “How Growing Food Can Diminish Stress and Evoke a True Sense of Security,” here: http://www.wakingtimes.com/interview-how-growing-food-can-diminish-stress-evoke-true-sense-security/
So, since my Texas homestead is quite a bit bigger than 2 acres, I cultivate the equivalent of a half-dozen backyards where I just try things out.
I test various growing methods, compare the usefulness of different products in the same category (self-watering planters or game cameras, anyone?), and strive for high-efficiency, low-work methods for food production. (I mean, I travel a LOT—my food supply has to be at least partially self-sustaining!)
In the interview, I also joke that growing your own food is the “antidote to waking up” in a country that’s bankrupt and still teetering on the verge of economic collapse.
I’m sure you agree—gardening provides such a sense of security and relief!
In fact, growing your own really nutritious food with as little work as possible is the focus of my new video, “Grow Half Your Own Food (in your own backyard in just an hour a day).” We actually just did a free 72-hour screening of the film this week, but if you missed it, or want to be able to refer back to the information in it, you can still buy the video here: http://thegrownetwork.pages.ontraport.net/growhalf
Then, let me know in the comments below: What benefits have you gained from growing your own food?
By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog
If you ever stop to think about how prepared you are for a sudden survival situation, do you feel
a little worried? There are so many things that we could all be doing to try and prepare better for
those situations – and the more likely they become, the more important this is. There is plenty of
debate surrounding what is and is not essential as a survival skill, but one that nobody can
argue with is having the ability to find food – for yourself, for your family, or anyone you care for.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the major things you can do now to improve your
ability to find food, no matter what the situation brings.
Despite what else might or might not happen, foraging is always going to be a hugely important
skill to have. Even if you find yourself without tools and stuck in the middle of nowhere, being
able to forage at least a little could mean the difference between life and death. What’s more,
foraging successfully might not even be as hard as you might think. In general, it can easily be
done just by following some basic rules of thumb. Let’s have a look at some of those now, to
give you a better idea of how to forage properly.
First of all, it is important to make sure that you never just jump right into eating something that
you have not absolutely, one hundred percent positively identified. This could lead to poison,
possibly death. Instead, you should carry out a series of checks to ensure that whatever you
have found is safe to eat. First rub a small part of it on the skin somewhere, ideally the back of
the hand. Then wait a few hours and see if it causes any problems such as itching or swelling. If
it does not, try rubbing a small part against the lips and again waiting to see if anything happens.
If you are still fine, you can try eating a small part and waiting a day to see if it does anything.
This, however, is all a last resort attempt – in general ou sound only eat something when you
know what it is. If in doubt, leave it out.
That being said, most habitats are full of vegetation which you can readily eat, so long as you
know how to identify it. This kind of information varies hugely depending on where you might
end up, but there are certain things which you can almost always find to eat in the wild. It is
worth researching this stuff early on, and possibly treating yourself to a good handbook or two
as well. You should also be sure to pick your food from the right locations – in other words, not a
polluted stream or a nuclear landfill. Learn the seasonal changes and what you should and
should not eat. If you are clever about it, one day you could use your foraging skills to literally
keep your family alive – so it is worth learning the essentials now while you can.
Hopefully, if anything happens you will still be able to find the opportunity to go fishing, as this
can be a great way to get food in when you are trying to survive in the wild. If you were to only
forage, it would be hard to get all the nutrients and minerals you need. But if you can
successfully catch fish too, then you will be able to get your protein and irons as well.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to learn how to fish, and you don’t even need much to do it. In
most cases, you could cast a crude rod out in the wild – but if you have the chance, it will
definitely be preferable to try and get together a fishing kit now which you can try to hold on to in
the future if possible. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you might want to aim to have
in such a fishing kit.
For a start, you will obviously want some kind of a rod or spear in order to be able to catch fish.
But you might also want to take this opportunity to treat yourself to some more high-tech fishing
equipment, to make it as easy as possible for yourself in the future. It might be worth looking at
some HawkEye Boating & Fishing Electronics to see if you could benefit from fish finding
technology, for instance, as it is always a good idea to try and make things as easy for yourself
as possible. With the ability to fish, you will be able to find food much more easily in a survival
situation, and that will mean that you won’t have to worry quite so much about surviving.
As well as fishing, there might be times when you actually need to hunt land animals too. There
is of course plenty of debate about whether human beings actually need to eat meat at all. But if
you are in a survival situation you will probably find that being able to find meat will provide you
with plenty of sustenance in a short space of time, and as such it can be particularly good to be
able to hunt for meat when necessary. If you are not sure where to get started on this, the first
thing to bear in mind is that when it comes to it, you will instinctively find that you are able to do
it – as long as you are hungry enough, of course. But it is a good idea to make sure that you are
prepared in some way for what hunting entails. You should spend some time practising with
basic tools in places where it is safe to do so, and prepare yourself mentally if possible as well.
As long as you know how to hunt, you will always be able to find food when you really need to.
Nowadays, you can find a variety of innovatively designed water bottles which include filters and some other features which makes them ideal for preppers but not only them. If you are looking for water bottles that have a filter incorporated, LifeStraw Go may be the right option for you. I have two LifeStraw Go bottles, … Read more…
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Winning the Prepper Lottery
Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below!
In this show we are going to be playing a little bit of fantasy. Sometimes you need to take a break from the doom and gloom and have fun. So tonight we are not going to be teaching a skill or cool prepper tool. Tonight we are going to talk about what we would buy if we won the lottery.
When it comes to guns there is an endless debate on what a prepper should have. When it comes to bags the same could be said. In fact, there is a usually a knock down drag out debate about everything that we do or purchase. How we put together our preparedness plans even can come …
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The barter is not something that must wait till the collapse. Its just a forgotten art. its just something we stopped doing. That said, there are some serious situations in collapse that could call for a solid barter. In fact, you could argue that recovery depends on channels of respectful barter. This could be the …
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By William Seavey I’ve lived in standard stick-built homes most of my life – as, no doubt, have most of you. I still do, when I’m stateside. But, back in
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Self-defense can be a controversial subject, especially if firearms are involved. It’s always in the news and drives people in different directions. Part of this topic implies armed self-protection in most cases, which may not necessarily be right for everyone. However, this decision is personal and it brings in a series of responsibilities, not to … Read more…
By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
First of all, why would one build a raised garden bed at all?
The most likely answer is for the sake of bending over and your back.
Other reasons include the comparative ease to amend and control the garden soil, and the potential to construct / attach a sort of green house cover in order to start the growing season earlier in the Spring.
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80% of Americans are under the thumb of some sort of debt. Saving rates are abysmal, and it seems that our society is moving closer and closer to a ‘burn
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If you’re checking the perimeter and you see three or four armed men cutting the fence, there’s a clear threat. In that situation, opening fire is an option you’re going
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EMPs are potentially one of the most destructive weapons that could be used against today’s society. Just a single nuclear bomb detonated at high altitude over a major city could
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One way to prepare for potential emergencies is to read and learn from informative books with practical, usable information. “Camping’s Forgotten Skills: Backwoods Tips From a Boundary Waters Guide” by Cliff Jacobson is a literary resource that should be part of any survival or prepper library.
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Major Powers Mingle in Syria in an Explosive Mix The situation in Syria has all the makings of our third world war. When superpowers are conducting a proxy war there is always the opportunity for one mistake to change the world forever. Like two alpha male dogs its best if nations like America and Russian …
Forward thinker therefore prepper!
Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below!
I am a prepper therefore I am a forward thinker. I am a forward thinker therefore I am a prepper. Its a one hand washes the other situation. While I am a young man I still appreciate that this ride has an end. This short dance in the sun will eventually be clouded over and the infinite dark will follow.
What $50 Can Do for a Prepper It seems like you can stumble into a gift card just for answering your phone these days. Sometimes these cards come in small denominations. You may look at these small gift cards and wonder if they are good for anything but a simple tank of gas or something …
So I was going through some of my old YouTube videos and came across this video of me talking with Paul Wheaton about rocket mass heaters:
I had honestly forgotten some of the statistics on this thing, but it’s pretty incredible:
- If you use a rocket mass heater instead of a wood-burning stove or fireplace to heat your home this winter, you’ll use 1/10th the amount of firewood.
- Since the rocket mass heater captures smoke and uses it to produce heat, you’ll be releasing 1/100th to 1/1000th the amount of smoke into the atmosphere.
- The core of this thing reaches about 3,000°F, versus the 600°F or so generated by a fireplace.
- This is the perfect DIY project. You can build it yourself in a weekend.
- It’s inexpensive to make. In fact, some folks build theirs out of cob, discarded pieces of ducting, and old 55-gallon steel drums … for less than $20!
- And–here’s the kicker–many people heat their homes with a rocket mass heater using nothing but the branches that naturally fall off the trees in their yard. (In fact, one guy made it through the winter on just junk mail!)
Because rocket mass heaters are so awesome in so many ways, I got in touch with Paul and worked out a special deal for you on the 4-DVD set you hear about in the video:
Better Wood Heat: DIY Rocket Mass Heaters
(Click here to buy now.)
In this 4-DVD set, Paul shows you:
- DVD 1: “Building a Cob-Style Rocket Mass Heater”—Two separate designs using cob (one in a log structure, and one in a teepee)
- DVD 2: “Building a Pebble-Style Rocket Mass Heater”—Three pebble-style rocket mass heater designs, including information on building on a conventional wooden floor
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Prepper Notes and Weekly Threat Assessment Sometimes there are a number of threats and issues that pile up while you are at work or living your life. There is no way for a human to keep pace with the amount of content that is exploding out of the media world. Most of it is horrendous …
Build A Better Bug Out Bag
Host: Dane… “The Gunmetal Armory” Audio player provided!
O this episode of The Gunmetal Armory, we are discussing ‘Building A Better BOB’. When analyzing your BOB, there are multiple things that you must look at. We will discuss them in detail, look at how to optimize what’s in your BOB, and how to streamline how its carried. We will also dive into various products you may not have heard of, redundancy protocols, what is and is NOT needed, weight reduction, and low-coat options for the frugal-minded prepper.
Who will join your group?
Host: David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!
Dave answers questions from last week’s show on how to conduct a Prepper exercise. He reviews what “crawl, walk, run” means when exercising alone or in a group. Then Dave talks about a very important question that every Prepper needs to ask and that is how to pick people to join your group.
By The Survival Place Blog – Staff Writer
When it comes to prepping and focusing on your survival plan, there is one unavoidable
issue that many people find themselves experiencing: where do you find the money to pay
for all this stuff?
There’s no way of sweetening the truth, unfortunately; prepping is an expensive business,
The reason for this is simple: you’re shopping for your life in the future, as well as trying to
maintain the budget you spend on the life you’re living right now. Finding the funds to
undertake all the survival strategies you want to have in place is undoubtedly going to cost
Below, we’ll explore a few ideas you might want to either keep in mind or utilize for your own
purposes. If you have budgetary constraints that are damaging your ability to prepare
efficiently, then here’s what you need to know…
Getting started is the hard part
When you first begin to look into establishing a survival plan, you will find yourself needing to
find money for a variety of supplies. The initial cost of prepping can be extremely expensive,
so much so that some people decide to ignore the need to prep due to budgetary constraints
Try and see the starter phase as just that; something you have to endure that allows you to
make a start, and then things will settle down. Step one is always the hardest to take; just reassure yourself that the startup costs are not a true reflection of the amount of money you need to spend on a monthly basis.
When you have established the basics and fought through the starter phase, you should find that the demand on your budget becomes more reasonable. You should find that, in time, prepping will actually save you money if you do it correctly. So while the starter phase is tough and may lead you to having to go without a few luxuries, try to see it as a short-term pain for a long-term gain.
Start with an essential kit
Your first step for prepping should be an essential kit; something that you can transport or use at home. Thankfully, a basic kit does not have to cost the earth if you’re short on cash.
Here’s a quick list to get you started:
● Puts out fires,
● Can be used as a toothpaste and deodorant,
● Effective antacid for stomach issues…
● … and many more.
This video provides excellent insight into just how useful paracord can be:
● Can be turned into cutting cools,
● Can be used to make arrowheads or hooks for fishing,
● Can be punctured to create a shower head of sorts.
● Buy products near the end of their “best before” date; any prepper will know that “best before dates” are to be treated with suspicion anyway.
● Buy off-brand medication; it’s just as effective and is far more cost-efficient.
● Don’t go overboard on bandages, as other items of clothing can substitute in if needed.
● Buy cheap off-brand versions; they might not be as effective, but they’re better than nothing. You can usually find cheap options on eBay that will be suitable for most tasks. Plastic Tarpaulin
● Again, look online for the best deals; you should be able to find a decent size tarpaulin relatively cheaply.
The above items are inexpensive, easy to find, and incredibly beneficial in a survival situation. While you may want flashier, more expensive items, they’re not essential. Focus on the basics to begin with, and then you can begin to add more items from the helpful list provided on Free Survival Gear as your funds allow.
Focus on small changes you can make at home
When you have an essential kit put together, you can then move on to inspecting your home to see what changes you can make. Just remember to take it slowly.
What you should prioritize here depends on your personal feelings. Some preppers put weaponry at the top of the list, others prefer to stockpile food. Just remember to focus on slowly building your supplies piece by piece.
Many of the changes that you can make can save you money rather than cost it. If you’re concerned about food, then you’ll want to make use of some of the ideas found in this video:
Or if weaponry is your main concern, the cheap, simple catapult this video shows you how to make is definitely better than nothing:
Okay, so the above aren’t going to create a six-month supply of food overnight or provide army-level defense, but they are better than nothing. This term should become the motto for anyone who is prepping on a budget: you’re not making the huge preparations you wish you were, but what you are doing is better than nothing.
A final thought…
It can be tough to keep your motivation going when you’re prepping on a budget; you won’t
have an impressive stash to show off, or an armory to delight in, or all the latest gadgets to
bring a smile to your face. However, it’s important to remember that anything you do is still
going to make you more prepared than 95% of the populace. Even the smallest, most minor
survival prep you do is beneficial when compared to almost everyone else, so don’t be
dissuaded from your goal.
Prepping is expensive, but it’s also necessary. If you keep the above points in mind and try
out a few of the provided tips, you should be able to build a survival plan without risking
bankrupting yourself to do it. Slow and steady wins the day, so be patient, and you’ll get
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C. Get Home Bag Contents
D. Managing Your Get Home Bag
1. When is a GHB Necessary?
You’re driving home from work one day, and BANG, it goes down. The Shiz has hit the fan. Your car is out of commission and like most commuters, you’ve got a good distance to go to make it home. You quickly check your Get Home Bag, strap it on and start moving!
What separates you from everyone else stuck on that stretch of road? The contents of your GHB (Get Home Bag) and a few items from your Automobile EDC Supplies is what separates you from them!
The Get Home Bag and its Contents
First let’s figure out what constitutes a Get Home Bag.
I like to think of a Get Home Bag as a backpack, filled with enough tools and supplies to get me home. We may not have to hike a thousand miles, but some of us might end up on foot for more than 40 miles.
You don’t have to use a backpack, but I want something I can strap on and go! You’ll probably want to avoid anything expensive, fancy or tactical. I used an old computer backpack. You’ll want a backpack that looks very similar to what the other commuters would carry.
You don’t want the other stranded motorists to think that you may have anything that they don’t. People get real sketchy in life or death situations. See our Post: Covert Prepper Backpack
Backpacks are staples because they offer hands-free carrying and hefty storage space. In situations where you’ll need to sneak, run or climb, backpacks won’t slow you down or give you trouble. One notable downside is that backpacks aren’t easily accessible if you’re mobile. Plus, a large backpack is more noticeable as compared to the other bags on this list.
The contents of your Get Home Bag should contain these types of items:
- Extra Medications / Fever reducers
- Flashlight or Headlamp – You’ll need a sturdy, water-proof headlamp or flashlight. It should have a stable hands-free feature and has several light modes including strobe signals, dimming and flash. Be sure to have extra batteries.
- Sensible Walking or Hiking Shoes – If you wear heels or dress shoes to work, keep a comfortable pair of sneakers or walking shoes in your car.
- Extra Socks – Traveling long distances won’t be so great for your feet. You’ll need extra socks to keep comfortable and in instances where you need to ward off sores and blisters. Pack in wool socks if you know that you’re going to travel long distances.
- Knife. We’re talking about a survival knife. One that can baton wood, cut cord, skin game, and do all the things a good, rugged, outdoorsy knife can do. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be decent. This is exactly why I have a Cold Steel Bushman knife. $15 for a pretty tough knife. We did a couple posts on knives: Budget survival Knife: Cold Steel Bushman knife, Becker BK2 Companion Survival Knife, and the recent Bushcraft Buyers Guide.
- Fire – Firesteel, waterproof matches or a bunch of Bic Lighters, just have some way to make fire. It’s best to pack in several means to start a fire because this element can mean the difference between life and death. One firestarting product to consider is a compact and waterproof/ windproof lighter that starts reliably in rough conditions.
- Military Rain poncho – This can act as your rain gear and your shelter tarp, or in a pinch you add a poncho liner or jungle blanket and you’ve got a weather-resistant sleep system. That’s right multi-use gear, 3 birds with one stone (I know I just blew your mind). If you can’t envision how a poncho becomes a shelter here are a few links to help you out: 9 Military Poncho Survival Shelter Configurations and Poncho and Tarp Shelters
- Rope / Cordage – pick up at least 100 feet of 550 paracord. You’ll need it to rig your poncho into a shelter and you’ll probably need it for a bunch of other things.
- Duct Tape – I just take an old plastic card (library, shoppers rewards, etc) and wrap a decent amount of duct tape around it. I don’t want to carry a huge 8 inch thick roll of duct tape, but I want some, so I make sure to have about 1/2 inch thick roll of ductape, conveniently off the roll and around the flat card. This will fit easily in our GHB.
- Multitool – Like most of the items in your get home bag your multi tool should be high-quality and carefully considered. It should have at least wire cutters, cross point and flat drivers, pliers, a saw blade and a solid knife blade. This will be your go-to item for cutting rope, small pieces of wood, building a tent and more. If you’re handy and well-trained with a knife, you can opt for a fixed blade or a machete depending on the perceived situation.
- Backpack first aid kit – You can buy one or make your own. Basic first aid items such as medical tape, moleskin, gauze pads, splint, tweezers and bandages should be included. You’ll also need medications that provide relief from common aches and pains such as antacids, aspirin, Tylenol, etc. If you wear eyeglasses it will be wise to pack in a backup just in case.
- Bandana or Shemagh – Head covering, sling, sediment water filter (will not purify water) and a trillion other uses. Trust me, these are awesome to have.
- Hat – Keep sun off head, if winter have a stocking cap (WOOL).
- Compass (or GPS) and MAPS! – Get the Delorme atlas for your state and keep one in your car. You should assume that the main roads are congested in times of emergency. A map that will show you detours and alternative routes will come in very handy. If you have the time, you can scout in advance for possible routes to take.
- Sun Screen
- Insect Repellent
- Food and Snacks – Simple is best when it comes to emergency food rations. You’ll need around 3 to 6 energy bars to get started. Trail mixes and high calorie bars should do well. You won’t need to heat them up and they can be eaten while you’re on the go. The nutrition you get from these bars should power you up physically and mentally.
- Water / Water purification tabs or Water filter – You wouldn’t want to risk getting sick from drinking local water sources.
- Stainless Steel water bottle – This can save you from buying the $4 bottled water on road trips and can be used to carry and boil water if you find yourself stranded far from home! If you don’t go stainless steel, you still need a way to carry water so consider a Nalgene bottle or a Collapsible water bottle, if space is tight.
- Toilet Paper – Walking a long distance sucks, and you will have nature call.
- SunglassesSunglasses – to protect eyes from sun and debris (goggles might even be good).
- Work or utility gloves – You’ll be working with your hands most of the time outdoors, so it’s best to protect it. Pick the best one in the current season. Get thick ones and gloves that will protect you against scrapes, scratches, cuts and burns.
- Wet Wipes / Baby Wipes
- Cash – Cash is always useful to have, especially in emergency situations. Don’t carry large bills- instead, a bundle of 20’s should do the trick quite well. It’s wise to spread your money out in different places so you won’t reveal all of your money at once.
- PrePaid Calling Card (in case you need to use a payphone)
- Prepaid Credit Card
Rope or Cordage – It’s light and serves a thousand outdoor uses. It would be foolish not to put one in your get home bag!
Wet Wipes – A pack of wet napkins provide handy and convenience for when you need quick spit baths. Hand sanitizers are small enough so don’t forget to put one or two for good measure.
Paper and Pencil– Use this for recording information and leaving a note. With it, you can map landmarks or write down coordinates of places that could be useful later.
Weather Appropriate Clothing – One of the first things you’ll need is a change of clothes for practical reasons. Don’t forget to include a comfortable hat and a tough pair of gloves. Extra clothing should be rotated constantly depending on the season. You’ll certainly need dry clothes in wet and cold conditions or else you won’t survive the trip home. Layering up is essential to keep body warmth intact as you travel outdoors.
N95 Face Mask – You’ll be needing an N95 Mask to keep away that dust, dirt, sand, bacteria and viruses floating about. A t-shirt won’t be as effective.
Emergency Radio – The best one to pick is a hand-cranked dynamo that’s small and compact. Check and see if the radio gets NOAA Hazard and Weather Alerts. If the city or state goes into a blackout, you can rely on your emergency radio for useful information. If possible, get a unit that also has a charging port for your smart phone or mobile device. You may not realize it now but having timely information regarding weather and emergency alerts will prove to be useful in catastrophic events.
Firearm and Extra Ammo – Get this type of self-defense if you live in a state that allows it. Pack a few extra magazines or rounds into the get home bag in times when you need stopping power.
Walking Stick – There’s a very good chance that you’ll be walking most of the time. Collapsible walking sticks are convenient and provide support for your knees while on extended travel. This item can also double as emergency shelter when coupled with a poncho.
Glowsticks – Get the ones that give you 12 hours of light. It’s useful as it could be attached in shelters or when you need to light the trail in unfamiliar terrain.
- Personal Defense items (legal in your area) – Mace, Pepper Spray, etc. People panic and are often irrational in large-scale emergency situations. It’s a breeding ground of confrontation and desperation. You should keep this in mind and think about self-defense as part of surviving the ordeal. Avoid hand-to-hand combat; it’s wise to pack in a strong pepper spray, a firing taser or a compact handgun to show hostile forces that you shouldn’t be taken lightly.
- Solar charger for phone (and GPS)
- Small Binoculars – You’ll want to be able to check for obstacles and “situations” before you get to them. These don’t have to be pricey. I’ve linked to a small Coleman 10×25 pair for about $17.
- Emergency Signal – Pack in a small mirror or a flare for when you need long-distance signaling items. A whistle can also come in handy.
Make sure to grab your EDC Survival Kit and some extra gear from your Automobile EDC Supplies. Make sure to grab that Automobile Sun Shade from your car before you head out. This can act as a makeshift sleeping pad, and to reflect heat back to your body when it starts to get cool or cold. You should probably make a list of these items and put it on your GHB so you don’t forget to grab them from the Car supplies.
Make sure to add any other item that makes sense for the season, your region, commute or personal needs!
Download the printable Get Home Bag Checklist in pdf format.
Last but not least, take your brain. There will be a lot of lost, scared and predatory people. Use your wits. Watch out for traps. Gangs use “helpless” damsels in distress to lure in people all the time. I’m not saying don’t be a good Samaritan and don’t be chivalrous and charitable, but use your binoculars to observe for a while to make sure you don’t become the victim.
No matter what happens, you want to get home. What separates you from everyone else stuck on that stretch of road? Your Get Home Bag and your planning is what separates you from them!
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By Joe Humphries – High Tech Safety
Packing a useful survival kit depends a lot on what sort of emergency situations you expect that you’ll encounter. However, there are some items that are more universally helpful than others. Here are five items every survivalist needs in their pack.
When it comes to survival kits, you want to maximize every inch of real estate in your bag, which is why a multi-tool is an absolute must for any prepper. No matter how prepared you may be, you can’t always predict what you’ll encounter in a survival-type situation. So, including a tool that serves multiple purposes is a good way to cover all your potential bases.
A multi-tool can be as basic or feature heavy as you’d like. They range from the classic Swiss Army Knife to tools that boast 20 or more features—including everything from saw blades to pliers to wire cutters. Even the most complicated of multi-tools are generally small and lightweight, so don’t be afraid to purchase one that’s got as many gadgets as your budget will allow.
Water Purification System
In a survival situation, locating drinkable water will be one of your first and most important priorities. A water filtration system makes this task easier by converting a water source that might be dangerous for consumption into one that’s safe and usable.
You now have several options when it comes to choosing a purification system. The most basic choice is water purification tablets. These pills are dissolved in water and are designed to kill bacteria and other pathogens that can cause illness in humans. They are incredibly lightweight and easy to pack, which makes them appealing. However, some tablets can take up to an hour to be fully effective and may not neutralize some chemical pollutants.
Purification straws are another popular option. Their recent boost in popularity also brought a decline in once high prices. Like the pills, they are lightweight and easy to transport. Opposed to the traditional pumps that can are rather bulky. However, they are not ideal for purifying large quantities of water (since you have to drink it through the straw) and may not eliminate all viruses found in water.
Ultimately, choosing the correct water purification system will come down to personal preference and determining what kind of emergency situations you’re likely to encounter.
Space is valuable in your survival kit, which can make it difficult to justify the inclusion of something as bulky as a solar lantern. However, if you anticipate being without electricity for a long period of time, it might end up being a lifesaver.
In addition to providing light, many modern lanterns also come with USB ports perfect for recharging your phone or other electronic devices. Because of its multipurpose capabilities, this is definitely a smart item to include in your kit. Some even have bug zappers included in them.
You never know when you will need to defend yourself in an emergency situation, but carrying an actual gun is not a possibility for everyone. Depending on the model, a gun can take up too much space in your kit—not to mention the space that ammo will take up too. For these reasons, a stun gun is a must for any survival kit.
Many brands are no bigger than a cell phone, which makes storage and transport incredibly easy. Additionally, stun guns won’t draw unwanted attention to yourself. It’s a discreet, lightweight alternative to more traditional forms of protection.
Compact rifles that can breakdown into the stock are also highly recommended. It is always good to have a defense mechanism for attackers of two legs or four legs. Although, these will not bring the lightweight approach that some tasers can, there provide a lot more stopping power then a taser.
If you find yourself in the wilderness, you’ll need some sort of shelter, but tents can be bulky and take up space in your kit that’s better utilized by other items. A poncho shelter provides all the protection of a traditional tent without taking up any space in your kit. You can literally wear it on your back!
Granted, it might not be as luxurious as a fancy tent, but when it comes to survival, it will absolutely get the job done. In some situations I prefer sleeping under a tarp, I can exit easier and faster as opposed to a traditional tent.
About the author:
Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media Specialist for High Tech Safety. He regularly writes for survival and personal defense blogs, with an emphasis on nonlethal self defense.
For many Americans, shooting has always been their second nature. While some are fast learners, others require a lot of time and dedication to improve their shooting skills. No matter how much time you put into improving your shooting game, you will never be able to cover everything without the help of a shooting school. … Read more…
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What $50 can do for a prepper!
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I approached The Prepper Journal a couple months ago for a client. I already knew of the site and loved its content. I was a fan long before all of this freelance writing. Well, I posted some great content on there about setting up a base defense. It just so happened that this site was running a writing contest at the time of the posting, unbeknownst to me.
What do you do if you need to pass instructions to someone, but you don’t want to make any noise? In a major crisis there are likely to be criminal
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As you should probably know by now, the first 60 minutes after SHTF could be the most critical moments of your life. That time-frame is crucial for your well-being and the lives of the ones you love. This is what you need to do and learn how proper planning prevents poor performance when things go … Read more…
Our Prepping Goals for This Year As another year comes to an end it’s important for us to look back and reflect. The year 2017 was something amazing. It was really a disaster of a year in more ways than one. We faced some incredible cataclysmic disasters that changed the world forever. It was, by …
Preparation is key, at least this is the mindset of a “doomsday prepper” who is ready and prepared for any attacks, natural disaster, or potential apocalypse to strike. Visions of burly men sheltered away in a far-off bunker, geared up with supplies to aid them in their survivalist plan invade most people’s heads as they … Read more…
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The Prepper as an Ambassador
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With the influx of disasters and attack in 2017 I made the proclamation back in October that it was the year of the prepper. Never before have we been faced with so many major league disasters that touched on so many issues. Just think of the various conversations that are brewing in this nation based on the year 2017.
Smart Strategies To Keep A Low Profile During SHTF If you live in a densely populated area, you always have to think about the human factor and how it may influence your life. While this may not be a big concern during your day to day life, things can drastically change when the brown stuff …
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The Best Bug Out Bag Backpack – Finding the Optimal Tools for SHTF There are plenty of backpack options for your bug out bag out there. Just like the gear in your bug out bag, the backpack you go with varies for each person. Still, there is a wide range of quality out there and …
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Prepping Up 2017 Review!
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Don’t miss the last show of the year with Dave The NBC Guy. Show number 8 for Dave will do a review of all his past shows and a look ahead for this coming year. He will go over all of the subjects he covered and hit the high points of each to include a review of all his special guests.
Most of the disasters that people prep for involve a threat that you can see and react to with some sense of confidence. Even societal collapse brought about by an economic freefall or government coup still generally presents its threat as other people. However, for an epidemic outbreak, people are only part of the problem. … Read more…
The post 7 Steps To Prepare Yourself For An Epidemic Outbreak was written by Bob Rodgers and appeared first on Prepper’s Will.
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This week Dave tackles a tough question that many Preppers have thought about. Only a few have done anything to ensure success with Prepper Leadership. If you are the leader of your group either by design or by simple happen stance you will want to know things you should do to make sure you have success.
Listen or download “Prepper Leadership” in player below!
By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog
Ballistic body armor has become an integral part of the gear of gun owners. It is one of the greatest modern marvels that has saved thousands of people from death or serious wounds. And while it is part of the standard work equipment for American law enforcement officers, gun enthusiasts are also discovering its many benefits.
People are well aware of the deadly power of guns and proper safety starts with securing tactical armor to protect yourself in case of a dangerous situation. Plain and simple – wearing body armor can save your life. Modern advancements in production and design have made it possible to find a balance between high-level protection, comfort and usability. Body armor has advanced considerably and is now made from lightweight and breathable materials that protect against a variety of threats. There are many levels and styles to find your optimal fit. Manufacturers offer a large selection of lighter and more effective body carriers that can protect you from life-threatening shots.
Armor effectiveness and comfort are both very important elements in choosing the style and type of vest that best works for you. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to body armor. It may seem like a good idea to go by the saying of ‘the more the better’, but this does not apply here. Higher levels of protection are heavier and bulkier, making them a poor choice in certain urban environments or when they need to be worn for hours at a time. Ideally, you want to choose body armor only for the types of threats you expect to face (for example, there is no need to go for additional spike and stab resistance if there won’t be close combat) as this only adds extra weight to your gear. Do some research, learn about your surroundings and make a decision based on your physical qualities and skillset before purchasing body armor for best results.
Understanding the different levels available helps you determine which one is most suitable against certain pistol and melee weapons and choose accordingly.
The most commonly used body armor for civilian protection is Level IIa. Rated for pistol rounds and light fragmentation, it is soft armor, and is good against 9mm, 40 SW and 45 ACP. However, many consider this level to be the bare minimum armor protection.
When it comes to a decent array of pistol weapon threats, versatility and affordability – the best choice is Level IIIa. This armor is considered as standard armor for law enforcement at this time. If offers enhanced protection over level IIa up to a 44mag and it also stops 357 Sig, which is a high velocity round for a handgun.
The style of the vest is equally as important as its level of protection to ensure the best fit possible. There are two types of tactical body armor styles – overt and covert (concealable). Gun owners generally find that the latter offers greatest advantages as it is usable in any scenario as opposed to hard armor which is impractical for daily use and high-risk situations. Covert body armor offers reduced chances of detection, which is particularly important as it won’t draw anyone’s eye. In some cases keeping your body armor out of sight may actually end up saving your life as attackers won’t specifically aim for those body parts left unprotected by your armor.
One of the best advancements in the field of body armor came with the introduction of lightweight ballistic plates. Designed to supplement soft armor – they are a convenient way to enhance the protective qualities of the carrier. The addition of lightweight ballistic plates expands the variety of weapons your vest protects against. This allows the wearer to move through different types of environments adequately prepared.
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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Which survival food choices are the most common?
If all preppers were able to peek into the deep pantry food storage of others, what survival food types would be the most commonly found?
What is Survival Food?
It’s any food that you have purposely acquired and set aside (or rotate through) for preparedness.
Typically a well thought out storage of survival food will include a variety of foods and food types. Not just a case of MRE’s and we call it good…
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I had to passionately spend considerable time researching on a variety of rifles in the market today that you can use to protect and defend your family. I was awed by incredible designs and crafts flooded out there, including lackluster ones. But don’t worry; this post has got you covered. Having pointed that out, first, … Read more…
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A relaxing drive up to a mountain cabin can turn into a disaster during this time of the year. All it takes is a wrong move, and in a blink of an eye, your vehicle is covered in snow. You are now stranded, cold and isolated in your own car. Being trapped in the snow … Read more…
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Prepper Gift Guide
Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below!
Whether you find yourself here because you are a prepper yourself or, maybe, you are doing some intel for that special survivalist in your life, you have come to the right place. What I am looking to achieve is the ultimate guide to 2017 gifts for the prepper. Now, this is going to be much more than simply lists of items that are prepper centric.
Editors note: Here is a great read from our friends over at twowayradiotalk.com, make sure and follow the link and check this article out, plenty of useful info for keeping your family safe.
By Craig – Two Way Radio Talk
I think we can all agree that the likelihood of a nuclear war was contoured very nicely on this year’s news feeds. People all over the world know that North Korea is preparing its missiles for an attack against the US, but no one knows if the threat is real or it’s just an image stunt.
Besides the scary test launches performed by North Korea’s army, there is nothing to indicate that this is a real threat. However, the idea stands and the ruler in Pyongyang fuels it with new actions such as safety drills that teach the population what to do in the case of a nuclear attack.
Now, while American senators and politicians accuse North Korea of running illegal nuclear programs, it seems to have little to no effect on the outcome of this deadly game. However, the extremely sad side is that, in the case of a nuclear attack, the entire planet will suffer not just North Korea or the US. We are in the middle of a possibly fatal confrontation that could throw us in the next Ice Age, and this is definitely a scary thought.
But could we survive such a horrible attack? According to specialists in survival and military training, survival is possible, but only if you know the steps to take. That’s why below you’ll find more information on how a nuclear attack works and the steps to take in order to make sure you survive. After all, it’s the stake is none other than the survival of the human race!