What Goes In Your ‘Plan B’ Cache (e.g. Olive Barrel)?

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‘NH Michael’ is an advocate of having a ‘Plan B Olive Barrel’ and recently said the following: I remember my Drill SGT saying the more you Sweat in Training (and Preparing) the less you bleed. It’s hard to prepare for what you refuse to consider. It’s a lot of Sweat to do Midnight Gardening as to have an effective Plan B Olive Barrel set aside with some “Beater Firearms” shelter tools and materials and supplies. If you do a Plan B Olive Barrel START with the Assumption you have been driven from the burning ruins of your house wearing bloodied

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Surge Protector For High Value Electronics (One of the Best)

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Preparedness / Protection for your electronic equipment with a quality surge protector is a form of ‘modern survival’ 😉 I want to share with you what I have determined to be a very high quality choice for effective surge protection (not the cheap protection that you might find in your typical ‘power strip’). I have been using this brand for years, and I can attest to the fact that my various electronic equipment has not blown up through the fiercest of thunderstorms! (Hopefully I didn’t just jinx myself.) Okay, enough teasing. You want to know what it is? In case

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Survival Knife with Fire Starter and Sharpener on Sheath

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A survival knife along with a fire starter is a highly recommended combination for bushcraft, wilderness activities, hiking, camping, and general survival preparedness. Some may prefer a survival knife combination where the sheath includes a holder for a fire starter such as a firesteel / ferro (ferrocerium) rod. Morakniv Bushcraft Carbon Steel Knife with Fire Starter (The spine of the knife serves as a striker for the fire starter rod.) The survival knife shown above is manufactured by world renown Swedish manufacturer, Morakniv (often called a ‘Mora’ knife). Here are the attributes of this particular Mora knife design: (UPDATED 2018

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Establish a position and improve upon it daily!

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Establish a position and improve upon it daily!

David Jones “Prepping Up with the Jones “Audio player provided!

This show covers all the things Dave has by way of Perps and why he has them. He will cover every step of his plan and share the thought process he went through to get to this point in his preparedness. As Dave always says, “Perpping is a process not a destination” and he will explain this as he talks about where he would like to be in the future.

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Evaluating and Managing Risks 1 of 4

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We are going to do a series on evaluating and managing risk. Survivalists habitually screw this up. They screw it up in a couple of ways. First and foremost survivalists often fail to use a disciplined program to do this. They fail to use evidence based analysis to assign relative, if not absolute probability to risks. Furthermore by taking an artificially narrow view of what they are preparing for they often miss many far more likely risks!

To say it bluntly I see many, if not most, survivalists screwing up by putting time/ energy/ resources into preparing for very unlikely or outright fantasy scenarios instead of far more likely real world risks. Survivalists do this for a few reasons. The lack of a disciplined approach is first. Listening disproportionately to well meaning ‘experts’ who almost surely failed to use a disciplined approach in is number two. Third is that people avoid tough problems in favor of fantasy problems that justify their mid allocation of resources and the gaping holes in their plans.

This is part one which is an introduction. My tentative plan is to do 3 more posts on this topic in the next couple of weeks. I will look at a couple of risk management techniques, how to prepare for a risk in a tiered organized way and then wrap it all together.

I hope this will provoke some thought and get you all to think critically about your own preparations. 

The Best Way To Store Fuel

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Reader question: “What is the best way to store fuel, gasoline or kerosene?  I was thinking of burring a 55 gallon drum with the top at ground level, with a hand pump for access.  Do you paint the drum with tar?  What do you suggest on both issues?” (This article was originally posted during 2012, but I’ve updated it for your reading pleasure and further comment)   Gasoline is difficult to store for a long time. It will go stale. Gasoline has a high vapor pressure (which means it evaporates quickly) and will also begin to go stale in a number

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Gasoline Siphon Pump – 3 Excellent Choices

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How many of you at one time or another wished you had a gasoline siphon pump? Ever got a mouthful of gas doing this? Read on… There are plenty of scenarios where it may be useful to transfer gasoline from one tank to another. – Siphon or pump the gas from another tank – Winterizing / drain gas tanks / run engine till stall – Lawn mowers, tractors, snow blower, ATV, etc.. – Get gas from another vehicle – Transfer gas from car to can or lawn mower – Empty stale gas – Siphon gas from car into your generator

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Camping Gear List & Checklist of Necessary Things + Nice To Have

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When you go camping, what gear do you take with you? I know that some of your camping gear list choices will vary depending on what kind of camping you’re doing (self contained multi-day hiking excursion vs. ‘base camp’). But that’s okay. I’m curious to put together a general camping gear list, including necessary things (and also things that may not be ‘necessary’ but nice to have!). Plus, regardless of whether you’re tent camping or ‘roughing it’ in a trailer 😉 there are lots of common items to take along. When all suggestions are in, I’ll make a camping gear

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How Many Gallons of Propane in a 20 lb Tank

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How many gallons of propane to expect in a standard 20 lb tank (typical barbecue grill size) when it’s “full” – is a bit confusing. However I’m going to make it simple for you (as simple as I can). When you bring your empty 20 lb propane tank to get it refilled, you are most likely going to get 4 gallons of propane. The tank technically won’t be filled to capacity, but for safety reasons a 20 lb propane tank should only fill to 80% of it’s maximum. If you were somehow able to fill the tank completely (extremely unsafe)

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Scandinavian Grind Is Best Edge For A Bushcraft Knife

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What is a Scandinavian grind? A scandi grind (or V grind) (commonly found in Scandinavian knives) is a wide flat bevel that runs to the edge of the blade. The image above shows the shape of a Scandinavian knife edge. The Scandi doesn’t begin tapering until closer to the edge. There is no secondary bevel.   Advantages of the Scandinavian Grind (Edge) – The long flat edge provides excellent control of the cut. – Excellent control in woodcarving. – Scandi grind prevents the knife from slipping off easily. – Bites into the surface without getting stuck. – Can be sharpened

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Used Knives For Sale At A Fraction Of Retail Cost

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These used knives have been cleaned, lubricated, and sharpened. They can be purchased at a fraction the cost of new. Who cares if there’s a nick or scratch here and there, right? It’s a knife after all… it’s going to be ‘used’. I can tell you that when I look at any of my knives, they all have blemishes, some worse than others. That means that I’ve used them! They’re not ‘for show’. And that’s okay. The good thing is that ‘being used’ won’t affect the effectiveness or operation of the knife. It’s still the same knife! Why wouldn’t you

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D Size Battery Maglight

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Does anyone use the D size battery anymore? I was going through my battery storage container inventory the other day to see if I needed to buy any new batteries. I have a handful of D size battery rechargeables, and it got me to thinking about it… First, the energy storage capacity of a D size battery is enormous compared with the most common consumer battery (AA size). Sure, the D size is bigger, but it sure packs a punch. D size battery capacity is typically 12,000 mAh (Alkaline) AA size battery capacity is typically 2,700 mAh (Alkaline) More: New

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Important Survival Preparedness Books To Have On Your Bookshelf

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I want your opinion too, but I felt compelled to list what I believe to be some of the most important preparedness books to have on your bookshelf. Call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing quite like a real tangible book. I’ve tried the Kindle thing a few times but I still like holding and reading a physical book. Sure, a Kindle will hold a zillion electronic books and is convenient that way. There are times though when it may be simpler, quicker, or more helpful to find what you’re looking for in a real hard copy reference book. Some

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2018 Preparedness Plans

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Trying to plan this years goals. Physical I have got and also financial. Preparedness stuff has been the hard one. 

Learning from past years I decided to start with a budget. Would like to say that I figured out a great amount based on my perfect zero balanced budget. In reality I took a SWAG at what should work and was conservative enough that it should be doable with a healthy margin for error and other financial goals. 


Check out the Top 10 Survival Kits of 2018. Plenty of good stuff for those in the market to get a ready to go survival kit. Worth looking at. 

I decided that for me $400-500 a month seemed realistic. Since there are 8 months left of the year I based my plans on those goals. Since I tried to put it into monthly goals not all are totally cohesive. In no particular order. 

– Scanner

– Primary weapons spare parts kits both backpack and heavy bug out. 

– Flir Scout

– Antibiotics and trauma stuff (generic medical beef up)

– Satelite phone 

– Ham radio (if I get my shit together and get the license)

– 1k 5.56, 500 rounds 9mm

– Freeze dried food and a couple propane cans.

Thoughts on the list? Thoughts on the order the stuff should be acquired in?


Part 2- Single Mom and Fixed Income Solutions!

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Part 2- Single Mom and Fixed Income Solutions!

Part 2- Single Mom and Fixed Income Solutions
Dane… “The Gunmetal Armory” Audio player provided!

This show is a continuation of last weeks Budget Prepping Show. I had my wife co-host with me, and multiple listeners have requested that she comes back, so we’re gonna team up and do part 2.

In part 2, I will cover my usual intro, product of the week, announcements, and any Ask Dane questions and then we are going to go thru the rest of the extremely long list of preps we made.

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Travel Berkey – The Smallest Berkey Countertop Tabletop Water Filter

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Berkey makes five different models of stainless steel countertop water filter systems. If you are looking for a high quality water filter for countertop or tabletop but you’re concerned about losing counter space, the Travel Berkey may be the right choice for you. The Travel Berkey is the smallest of their countertop / tabletop models. Travel Berkey with 2 White Ceramic Filters Travel Berkey with 2 Black Filter Elements Note: Here’s the difference between the white and black filter elements: Berkey: Black Filter Elements vs. White Ceramic   The Travel Berkey, being just 7.5 inches in diameter may be perfect

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Cordless Chainsaw – Battery Powered 40 Volt Powerhouse

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Last year I bought a battery powered (40 volt) electric cordless chainsaw and I couldn’t be happier with it. I also have a nice Stihl gas chainsaw which is fantastic. So you might be wondering, why would I buy a battery powered cordless chainsaw if I already have a gas chainsaw? Won’t the electric chainsaw be wimpy compared to that? Good questions! I was wondering about the wimp factor myself, but I took a chance. And let me tell you, my 40 volt Oregon cordless chainsaw is no wimp! Oregon 40 Volt Chainsaw (I upgraded mine to the 6.0 Ah

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Best Jumper Cables ( Size & Gauge )

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Here’s a little advice for the best size jumper cable size to keep in your car or truck. You do have jumper cables in your vehicle, right? Did you know that cold temperatures will greatly reduce your car’s battery capacity? And that’s one reason why it’s a good idea to keep jumper cables for just in case. Another is being a good Samaritan. As a car battery ages, it will become even more susceptible to poor starting during cold weather. In fact, a car battery can freeze solid in cold weather if it becomes too weak! If a car battery

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Stoves (Kerosene, Propane, Butane, Alcohol, Wood) For Cooking Preparedness

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Guest article by Chuck Findlay This comes from a life-long ‘stoveaholic’ that has way too many stoves and is not at all in recovery. The addiction is life-long and in full bloom with no hope for recovery. I have been an avid tent camper my whole life, from the time I could walk to today (57-years old) I have had all kinds of camping gear. That includes stoves that ran on all kinds of fuel. The stoves I have are butane, gasoline-white gas, propane, wood, and kerosene. Most of them are small backpack stoves and are not made to serve

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Bug Out Bag Kit (Checklist – Packing)

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I was recently asked the following questions regarding the Bug Out Bag and bug out bag packing.   When you travel, what top 3 survival items do you bring besides the common stuff everybody brings? It depends! Well, I suppose it partially depends on what’s considered common stuff that everybody brings. And it also depends on where I’m going and how long I will be away. Additionally, if I could “only” bring 3 items my answer would be different. That said, I always bring the following 3 items regardless of where or how long. 1. Knife 2. Fire kit 3.

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Single Burner Butane Stove Safer For Cooking Indoors

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A portable single burner butane stove is an excellent resource for emergency cooking, while on the go, or camping. Cooking without electricity is something that everyone should consider in case of a power outage or other situations. There is a wide variety of portable single burner stoves to choose from. They vary from ultralight camp stoves for hiking expeditions to larger stoves with multiple burners.   Butane Stove Safer For Indoors A good choice emergency stove for ordinary cooking that’s safer indoors than others is a single burner butane stove. Years ago I bought the GAS ONE butane stove and

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The Many Uses For A Game Camera

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How many of you have a game camera? They’re pretty useful! Not only do they assist the hunter finding ‘game’, but they’re good for all sorts of other discovery. A game camera or ‘trail cam’ is a great prep gadget to have in my opinion. Today’s models not only take pictures but video and audio too. And they see in the dark (to an extent). Some even are able to transmit wireless from their location. A nice security gadget too. I thought it might be fun if we list some of the things that we’ve used our game cameras for.

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Keychain Flashlight That Fits On Your Key Ring Like This One…

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How many of you have a flashlight on your keychain? I can’t tell you exactly how many times that I’ve used my own keychain flashlight (lots!). Having a flashlight at home is one thing, however most don’t have one on their person when they’re away from home. Sure, some of us keep an emergency kit in our vehicle which will include a flashlight. (You do have an E-kit in your vehicle, right?) But unless you physically every-day-carry a small flashlight or penlight, More: Best Pocket Carry Flashlight For Under 30 Dollars …chances are that you won’t have one when you

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Situational Awareness & Background Noise — Use Your Ears!

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Your ears are a very important asset to situational awareness! We hear all the time. Even when we’re sleeping our subconscious still listens. During the daytime as we go about our daily work, routines, and activities, our ears send ‘input’ to our brain. Even when we’re not ‘listening’ we’re still ‘hearing’. We are generally pretty good at distinguishing what would be unusual or out of the ordinary sounds in a given environment of background noise. Especially when we hear something that is loudly out of place, we take notice.   Background Noise versus Noticing Unusual or Out-of-Place Noises In this

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Vest Pockets for Everyday Carry

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A few days ago I read a comment here on the blog from “Skeezix”. I had been intending to write an article about a wearable vest with lots of pockets for everyday carry items, and she got me motivated to do it. Here’s what she said: Last year I started wearing the Uncle Miltie Travel Vest. Rothco Uncle Milty Vest It looks like a fisherman’s vest and it replaced my purse. It didn’t work out quite as well as I had hoped. The weight of it when loaded cut into the back of my neck. Strangers would comment, “Oh, you’re

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Water Filter – A Survival Prep ‘Must Have’

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A water filter is a survival prep ‘must have’ and high on the priority list of preps. We cannot survive long without drinking any water! In fact, you would likely NOT survive a week without it – they say 3 to 5 days would be it! Prepper Rule-Of-Threes The Rule Of Three Having a water filter will assure safe drinking water extracted from almost any water source. Ever heard of campers diarrhea? A good quality water filter will eliminate that risk. A very uncomfortable experience!   UPDATE This article was originally published during early 2010, and it’s still completely relevant

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2018-02-17)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Comment and voice your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, concerns, or questions for others on any general topic of preparedness. Lurkers? Let’s hear from you too!   For off topic conversation: Articles posted during the week – we appreciate that you stay on-topic. For off-topic comments, post them here, the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Recent comments list from ALL articles: Recent Comments   Sponsors of MSB Important: Please take just a

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Star Cluster

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Hey Folks, It’s been awhile. Life has been pretty busy. Between jobs, school, PT and various self improvement I am a fairly busy guy. Won’t apologize for that. A lot of the meaningful self improvement we do isn’t necessarily good blog fodder. This spring when school wraps up I may take up writing more frequently, if I want to, unless I don’t.

The financial markets are getting downright sporty. While huge moves to time the market are generally foolhardy a bit of rebalancing is probably a good idea. Taking a few profits out of equities isn’t a bad idea. Today on CNBC someone called the current market “picking up dollars in front of a steam roller.”

The topic of inflation is reading its head.

Money is under mentioned in preparedness. Part of this is the inherent oddly American trait to not talk about it and all call ourselves middle class. In our systems aside from some basic stuff like a pocket knife, a flashlight, comfortable footwear and a first aid kit money is probably the most important part of our systems for realistic emergencies followed closely by a concealed handgun. A roll of 20’s can solve a whole lot of problems. A comparable roll of 50’s can solve even more. A credit card with a high limit can get you a room to stay in, plane tickets or even buy a car to drive away if needed!

For a real world get home I am pretty comfortable with a day pack that has some basic stuff and a wad of cash. I am unlikely to be using a survival fishing kit but cash to buy lunch would be nice. Even in a realistic bug out situation I will have my pre packed bag, some guns and such but what I really need is a Visa card to get a motel room and a pizza!

Money also buys gear and bigger items like buy out vehicles and fancy survivalist retreates!

While not a sexy part of survivalism the answer to work more and scrimp to pay for stuff is really important. It applies at different relative levels for most everyone.

In a very transitional American view get out and earn that cool new thing you want!

One of the cool things about survivalism is that t is so broad. When life throws you a curve in one area focus on others. PT and dry fire are free. Organizing your stuff into cohesive systems is free. Rotating stores food and relaxing it as part of your diet is cost neutral if not free. The point I am trying to make is that there is a lot of stuff you can do even when money is tight.

Get out and do something this weekend!

Which Water Filter Do You Have?

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A drinking water filter is a highly recommended prep item for anyone and everyone – regardless if you’re a ‘prepper’ or not… Clean, pure drinking water is essential for healthy living. Even having an ordinary ‘Brita’ style water filter in your fridge is a water commodity asset! As most of you know, there is quite a variety of water filters. There are also lots of factors that you might consider when choosing a water filter. Some factors may include: – Filter media type – Effective minimum porosity – Tabletop vs. Portable – Overall size, weight – Form factor (functional design)

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Safe Plastics For Food and Drink (Food Grade)

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Plastics that come in contact with your food or drink ‘should’ be safe based on the following general information. Look for the Recycle symbol (often on the bottom of the container) and read the number located inside the symbol. The following list cross-references the recycle number (recycling symbol) with what is generally considered safe for food (or not safe).   Plastics Considered Safe for Food & Drink #1 PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) #2 HDPE  (high density polyethylene) *see note below #4 LDPE  (low density polyethylene) #5 PP  (polypropylene) Nalgene Wide Mouth 16oz Bottle, BPA/BPS FREE   Plastic Water Bottles or Soft

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LED Light Bulbs – Cost Savings Over Incandescent

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LED lights / LED light bulbs will save a significant amount of money on your electric bill because they use just a fraction of the energy compared with traditional ‘incandescent’ light bulbs. More and more people are switching out their old light bulbs with LED lights as the prices have dropped significantly. In this article I will: – Compare electricity costs between LED bulbs and equivalent incandescent bulbs – Describe LED bulb “lumens” equivalent to “Watts” – Compare color temperature terminology of LED bulbs – More tips…   The Most Common Regular Old Incandescent Light Bulb The most common incandescent

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LED Light Bulbs – Cost Savings Over Incandescent

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LED lights / LED light bulbs will save a significant amount of money on your electric bill because they use just a fraction of the energy compared with traditional ‘incandescent’ light bulbs. More and more people are switching out their old light bulbs with LED lights as the prices have dropped significantly. In this article I will: – Compare electricity costs between LED bulbs and equivalent incandescent bulbs – Describe LED bulb “lumens” equivalent to “Watts” – Compare color temperature terminology of LED bulbs – More tips…   The Most Common Regular Old Incandescent Light Bulb The most common incandescent

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When It Hits The Fan – What You Have Will Be All There Is…

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For those of you who are doing Preparedness Level 3 & 4. Here’s something to think about: Since the aforementioned levels of preparedness hypothesize SHTF to the extent of being prepared for a year or longer, a likely statement may be as follows: When the proverbial $hit hits the fan, what you have will be all there is. At least that’s how I suggest to look at it. If you’re reaching into preps due to a Level 3 event, there has been some serious SHTF that has occurred. This will be nothing like Level 1 or 2. Assuming this Level

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Survival Priorities During An Emergency

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A few thoughts about prioritizing one’s priorities in a survival situation. Whether you are planning for, or actually encountering an emergency or disaster, consider this list of priorities.   The right Attitude for Survival Attitude. Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome Beginning with, and maintaining an attitude that includes positivism, adaptability, and clear thinking. One’s immediate assessment, decisions and subsequent actions are foremost. The opposite would include panic, undue pessimism, brain freeze. The following list is a good framework and basic approach to have in the back of your mind when it comes to survival situations:   During an emergency situation, we

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Uses For A Mylar Emergency Blanket

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A Mylar emergency blanket is a common item in an emergency kit, and everyone should have (at least) one in each of their own kits. They are made from ‘Mylar’ foil material. They don’t cost much and they facilitate a number of practical and potential emergency uses. Here are some uses for a Mylar emergency blanket: Emergency Foil Mylar Thermal Blanket   Wrap up and keep warm. The number one purpose for the Mylar emergency blanket is to wrap one’s-self in, to keep warm. Most body heat is reflected back inside due to the heat reflective properties of the Mylar

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Yard Cart, Wagons & Wheelbarrows For Preparedness

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Wheels are round! They make it much easier to transport heavy ‘stuff’ from point A to B! As a prepper, are you overlooking the need for yard carts, wagons, and wheelbarrows that will assist you in moving ‘stuff’ around? Something that’s not necessarily motorized, but instead can be pulled, pushed, rolled, or pedaled. Think about how you might transport supplies from here to there if fuel runs out. Are you planning to carry or drag everything? Some things are just too heavy or cumbersome. Why not take advantage of the wheel?   Yard Cart, Wagons, Wheelbarrows for Water Transportation One

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MRE Meals for Food Storage & Survival Kit

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MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) are US Military precooked ration packs designed to feed soldiers who are currently engaged in ongoing missions. Just like regular meals, the military MRE is fortified with vitamins and minerals, enough to nourish and replenish the body. Today’s MRE’s are a lot better than when they were first introduced! They’ve come along way since C-Rats. They are made with a very wide variety of foods and flavors – and are available for civilian use.   Why MRE Meals are good diversification MRE meals are a good addition to part of one’s overall food storage preparedness

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Prepper New Year Resolutions 2018

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Soon it will be 2018. How many of us make New Year resolutions? I do believe that it’s a good idea, even if some of them fall by the wayside. It’s a good time to reflect back on where we’ve come from and project to where we’re going. A good time to set some new goals. Preparedness encompasses a very wide variety of life. It’s not just narrowly focused prepping for SHTF. That said, I wonder what some of your preparedness New Year Resolutions are? If you don’t have any yet, you might think about it. It’s good to get

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We Don’t Drink Enough Water During The Winter

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Do you drink enough water? You may be surprised but believe it or not, more people suffer from dehydration during the winter months than the summer months! During the summer, it’s hot. We sweat. Our body responds. We get thirsty. We drink water. During the winter, when it’s cold, we don’t feel as thirsty and we don’t drink enough water. Our thirst response may be reduced by up to 40%! Therefore we don’t drink as much as we should. Water is Always Leaving Our Body Every exhaled breath is moisture leaving your body. You know that ‘smoke’ you see as

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Best Gloves With Thinsulate For Cold Weather Outdoors

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Today I sure am glad that I have gloves with Thinsulate! We had a snowstorm yesterday and temperatures are in the single digits! Working the snowblower, shoveling, and raking the roof of our ‘shelter logic’ all took several hours while out in the cold. Brrrrr… I am a well seasoned northerner and am prepared for most all things “cold” up here. In fact it’s quite a production to switch over all our gear when the seasons change. We have outerwear geared towards Winter, Spring/Fall (the same), and Summer. And that includes our gloves. Gloves with Thinsulate!   Why is Thinsulate

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Dual Use Preps – Preparedness Multipliers

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Guest Article by Bogan The term “Dual Use” is commonly used in international politics and diplomacy to denote technology that has a civilian application but may also be used for military purposes. A crude example for illustrative purposes might be a nuclear power plant that can…oops… also be used to make atom bombs (ayatollah, anyone?). The term can also apply to a technology that can serve more than one purpose. The concept can also be applied to the preparedness -minded. Items that can are commonly known to be used for more than one purpose. They include vinegar, baking soda and

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Chainsaw Introduction for the Preparedness-Minded

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(Ken’s Stihl chainsaw (and my new battery powered electric))   Guest article by Bogan Why a Gas powered Chainsaw? This article is tailored toward a preparedness-minded individual who has little to no exposure to the gas (petrol) powered chainsaw, but who foresees the need. Pros: They make short work of big projects involving wood: downing trees, clearing roads (getting home or to your BOL), firewood and more. Cons: They make noise and smell – which may attract undesirable attention after WROL hits. Also, like any gas powered machinery, they take a bit of work to maintain. I will

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Remove Batteries From Your Portable Radio To Prevent Corrosion

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Why should you remove batteries from a portable radio? If you are not going to be using the radio for a long time, or even if you think you might not use it for awhile, remove the batteries. This is true of any electronic device that uses the typical alkaline AA or AAA battery. Here’s why:   Remove Batteries to prevent Battery Corrosion Some batteries will begin to leak when they remain inserted without use for a long time. When they begin to leak, the battery terminals themselves will corrode and will eventually be ruined. It’s a disappointing sight to

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Cacao Powder – A Mayan Super Food Packed With Antioxidants

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I just made a cacao powder blended smoothie (I threw in a banana too). For the sake of modern survival I thought that I would share with you a ‘not-so-well-known’ ingredient, high in antioxidants, that we have in our pantry: Pure organic Cacao Powder. We have been enjoying it’s antioxidant value for a number of years. For those of you who don’t know, organic cacao is considered a Mayan ‘super food’. In ancient Mayan culture cacao was revered as the drink of the gods. Only the elite of Mayan society could afford to drink it as the seeds were used

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A Hand Crafted Knife For Christmas

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I just wanted to post a quick note this morning in support of James Wahls, a small business owner over at Indy Hammered Knives. He has advertised with us on and off over the years (it’s tough doing so for a small business). While he currently is on a shoe-string budget, I felt compelled to help him by reminding you all of his business. I’ve always felt strongly about supporting small business and ‘Made in the USA’ when possible. Maybe there’s someone out there who would like to support him by purchasing one of his amazing hand crafted hand forged

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What is a HEPA Air Filter and Which is Best?

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You might be wondering, “What is considered HEPA and what is ‘good enough’?” I was recently asked that question regarding HEPA air filter for the home. A HEPA air filter is one that will filter out very tiny particles and is particularly recommended for allergy sufferers. I like HEPA because of the fact that less particulates enter the lungs while breathing! How many of you have noticed this at one time or another in your home: You’re sitting there and the sunlight is shining ‘just right’ through the window and you can see all that dust and particulate matter floating

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Christmas Gift For A Non Prepper

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Here’s a thought… Buy a prep related Christmas gift for a non prepper. A gift that’s actually discretely a prep item. What might that be? Those of us who are already preparedness minded would likely enjoy watching a friend, relative, or child appreciate the value of a prep oriented Christmas gift. Although some prep gifts would be obvious as such, the recipient might not even fully realize that you’ve purposely gifted a prep item. Depends what you get, their age group, interests… What are some prepper gifts (for a non prepper) that might be good choices for a Christmas gift?

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Cold Weather Boot Socks Are Not Enough

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Having good cold weather boot socks is important! However those socks won’t help much if the boots don’t fit right. The secret to keep feet and toes warm in your boots is largely about how your boots fit! Have you ever put on winter socks and then crammed your feet into boots only to discover that your feet and toes get cold? Doesn’t make sense right? You figure that those nice thick socks combined with your boots ought to keep your feet nice and warm! Here’s the secret: With winter boot socks it’s simple. It is imperative that your boots

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Safe Storage of Gas & Combustible Fuels

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Safe Storage of Fuel Do you store Fuel? Gasoline, Diesel, Propane, Kerosene, Camp-Fuel, Alcohol, Fuel-Oils, Acetylene? Are you storing them “Safely and Properly”? Have a look at this perfectly timed photo of an exploding gas can. Probably staged, but still quite impressive to say the least:   Guest Article by NRP Flammable liquids can be one of the most dangerous items anyone can store. Safe storage of gas and other fuels should be a top priority. If stored incorrectly it can lead to explosive disastrous results and even death. Here is an excerpt from the National Fire Protection Association: “In

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Survival Knife With Fire Starter

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A survival knife with a fire starter is a recommended combination by Modern Survival Blog for general applicable carry. Having both a knife and a fire starter will serve as excellent bushcrafting tools. Bonus: It will also help assure your survival. I personally like the knife sheath that includes a holder for a fire starter such as a firesteel / ferro (ferrocerium) rod. It’s just a perfect combination. There’s nothing wrong with separately carrying a fire starter but this keeps it all in one place (the knife spine as a striker and the fire starter rod tucked in the sheath).

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Preps For Short Term Power Outage

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A short term power outage will only cause inconvenience for most of us. The longer it drags on the more inconvenient. For the sake of discussion and some fun, lets talk preparedness for a regional power outage lasting 24 hours or less. And lets say that it happens while you’re at home, not at work. What are some of the preps that come to mind? What might you have on hand for such a power outage – to make life a little less interrupted? Instead of listing a zillion things, lets limit the list to what might be the most

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Best Bicycle For Preparedness?

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The best bicycle for preparedness is the one that you have! That said, maybe there’s a better or best bicycle… There are a number of considerations when choosing what might be the best bicycle for you. Additionally there are factors when specifically considering the aspect of preparedness First, you need to decide on the main or intended purpose of the bicycle: – ‘get home’ bicycle for one’s vehicle? – local transportation while vehicle is out of commission? – SHTF transportation, post collapse? – ‘bug out’? Then there are additional considerations: Best Bicycle Considerations – on road, off road, or hybrid

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Brass Monkey Weather is Here!

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Brass Monkey Weather is Here – What da ya Do? Host: Lynna… “A Preppers Path” Audio player provided! Sakes alive it’s already Brass Monkey Weather! Brrrrrrrrrrr only early October and the car thermometer says it’s 28 degrees! That’s not the coldest weather of course but not being ready for the crispness of fall it’s darn … Continue reading Brass Monkey Weather is Here!

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Best Extension Cord For Your Generator

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The best extension cord for your generator is one that is specified to handle the power that’s being delivered between the generator itself and the device or devices plugged in. I suspect that some people don’t know that it does make a difference having the right or best extension cord (or cords) when powering appliances and other devices. What difference does it make? If the extension cord is ‘too small’, not only will it heat up but it will potentially restrict the power necessary to safely operate certain devices plugged in. What do I mean by ‘too small’? I mean

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The Perfect Prepper House? (Conclusion)

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Guest article, by ‘NRP’ Final in a series I started back in December of 2015, I took a little break. In past articles I tried to point out a few types/methods of construction, location, materials and so-on in building the “Perfect Prepper House”. With the recent developments in Weather, Possible pending War, Social Unrest and just all out concern in regards to surviving the Apocalypse of your choice I’m going to hit more on what a Home should mean to the Owner. First of all building or preparing a person’s ‘Castle’ is totally a matter of choice. Each and every

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Is Our Nation Breaking Apart?

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Is our nation breaking apart? The following sentiments excerpted from a few recent comments on Modern Survival Blog are likely indicative of how lots of frustrated conservative Americans feel. I am not a ‘conspiracy nut’, however I firmly and logically believe that some of what has been going on has been intentionally orchestrated and funded. When 97% of “the news” is negative towards traditional American ideals and anyone who represents it is attacked, this is not coincidence nor is it conspiracy. It is orchestrated. A question is “why”? I already have a pretty good idea why. However I’ll let you

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Hurricane Irma Spaghetti Track Models (and more)

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(click image for latest positional update)   Hurricane Irma Strongest Ever in Atlantic? The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Irma was a “potentially catastrophic” storm. The maximum sustained winds are now 185 mph as of this post. Irma could potentially explode into the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Currently this hurricane is the strongest ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. As Irma churns closer to the U.S. coast, the path is becoming more certain. South Florida, particularly the Keys, is increasingly likely to take a hit. This hurricane is so large that the National Weather Service

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Ideal Bug Out Boat For Preparedness

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Guest post by “Bogan” Boat To Safety. The images of the flooding in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are everywhere in the media these days. They are filled with pictures of boats of one kind or another which are being deployed to get the living to safety, among other tasks. The Cajun Navy and other flotillas are out in force and Bass Pro, among others, has donated boats to the cause. Every imaginable kind of boat seems to be out there ranging from small kayaks to bass boats to air boats to ski boats, speed boats and party

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5 Berkey Accessories For Your Countertop Filter

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Berkey Accessories Do you have a Berkey countertop water filter? If you do, you might consequently be interested in any one of the following 5 Berkey accessories to compliment your drinking water filter. -Glass Water Level Spigot -Priming Bulb -Maintenance Kit -Stainless Steel Replacement Spigot -Stainless Steel Wire Stand If you do not yet have a Berkey countertop water filter, I will mention that it is one of the best you can get. While I consider my own drinking water source to be clean, we use our Big Berkey for all of our drinking water needs. I am also assured

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Apartment Dweller Preparedness Recommendations

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About 23% of all people in the United States live in an apartment dwelling (structure type: 2 or more units). That’s about 68 million people according to nmhc.org 2015 statistics. If you fit in that statistic and if you are a prepper, you’re presented with certain unique challenges for your preparedness. What are the preparedness challenges for the suburban apartment dweller? What can be done about some of these challenges?   A recent email posed the following question: I live in an apartment in the northern Seattle ‘burbs, and would like to know if you, or the online community, have

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How Long To Store Water Before Filtering It?

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Just got an email from someone who asked “How long can you store water before you need to filter it?” It’s actually a good question. I’m sure others wonder the same thing… If you store water for a long time, does it go bad? How often should I change the water if I’m storing it for long term preparedness? Is my water safe to drink if it has been sitting there for a year? Here’s my opinion: Store Water ! First things first… Store water! Water is a resource that many of us take for granted. If you live on

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What Did You Do To Prepare This Week? Ammo Cans and BOB Reorganization

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It was a pretty good week here in preparedness. Jiu Jitsu, PT and dry fire were good.

I got a deal on a bunch of ammo cans I have been sorely needing. Had a couple cases of 5.56 and some various other ammo that needed to get properly stored in cans. I had to dig around to find it all. Still fairly certain there is a case or two floating around somewhere that needs to go into cans but oh well.

Today I reorganized my bug out bag and assault pack. I worked on this recently. The resulting bag was good but the overall plan somewhat lacking. For most of my local situations I do not need a full up BOB. Having a full up 40 LB ish BOB to get me a few miles home is unnecessary and even counter productive. I need some of that stuff though.

Often survivalists end up with 2 totally separate systems. A get home bag and a bug out bag. I wasn’t in love with this idea. Basically it leaves you with 2 really redundant systems. Also the BOB really needs an assault pack anyway.

The idea I had was to shift items between the BOB and Assault Bag to make it so each is useful on its own. We want redundancy in essential items anyway right? So putting one item in one bag and another in the other leaves you with 2 relatively useful kits.

I rebalanced my BOB to 2 bags. Both come in around 20 pounds so 40 total. I will likely add a few things to the BOB since it has space now but the whole thing staying well under 50 total is very realistic.

There is some playing to do between them still and I can use a few more things. Specifically I can use another sawyer water filter, a flashlight and another poncho (my last one went into a cache). Also I wish I could find my darn Ontario Rat 3 knife an the pouch it is on.

Generally I am happy with this set up. Once I get it fully sorted out maybe I’ll take pictures and do an inventory. Fundamentally though I think the plan is a winner.

What did you do to prepare this week?

Summer Complacency

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Consumable Supplies: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Consumable Supplies (one of the topics of Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness) are items which are intended to be bought, used, and then replaced. With regards to preparedness it is simply a matter of stocking up on a number of specific items for your convenience and to ensure that you won’t run out during a period of disruption. Note: Level-1 preparedness is being prepared for a disruption that may last hours, days, or even up to one week. Most all “typical” disruptions will fit into this category and time frame. Surprisingly though, most people are not adequately prepared even for Level-1.

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Preparedness For Newcomers To The Group

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When the balloon goes up and the “S” hits the fan for real, you will hunker down into defensive mode. You have prepared for a long time and now your preparedness will pay off big time. You have been the Ant while all the Grasshppers were partying. The future looks grim for those who didn’t see it coming. They laughed and even scoffed at you for being a prepper. After all, preppers are just a bunch of kook’s right? While the impact rapidly sets in and others are running out of food, water, and supplies, you begin to realize that

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Without Electricity: Level-1 Prepping & Preparedness

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Being without electricity for a few hours is no big deal, right? Well maybe it isn’t too much of a problem if the power outage only lasts a few hours. But when it drags on into the day (or longer), then you will certainly have some issues to deal with. When you really think about it, our modern way of life is hinged on the availability of electricity – the grid! Now imagine the possibility of being without electricity for up to one week (Level-1 Preparedness). Let me explain how to get through it:   First of all, this is

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Off-Grid Charging System For AA-AAA Batteries, Plus USB

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Off-grid charging for the AA or AAA battery and other consumer batteries can be accomplished with a combination of the right portable solar panel and battery charger to get the job done. When might this be useful? While off-grid, camping, hiking, a remote location, or simply for your own preparedness. -Communications devices -Portable radios -Flashlights While on the go, out in the field or backpacking, the following off-grid charging equipment will charge the most popular size consumer batteries (AA, AAA). There is also a recommendation for a solar charger for USB devices (see below).   (UPDATED)   Off-grid Charging System

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Toilet Paper – Everything You Wanted To Know

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Toilet paper is one of NRP’s favorite subjects to discuss and joke about here on MSB. I have been waiting for this day when he finally submitted a guest article about this topic. He is the resident expert on this. So, buckle in, here we go… But first, a note about the image shown above, which is perhaps The Best Toilet Paper Holder ever. At least it is at NRP’s house! Hilarious! Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Ok; you all knew this Article was coming so stop rolling your eyes!   Toilet Paper Statistics A few facts before we get into

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Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It

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In every major disaster, in most of recorded history, and all of prehistory, these animals (rats, mice, insects) may have been the number one most common cause of death. You must be adequately prepared for them, or they can very easily be the major problem that kills you, your family, neighbors, or your group.   Guest post -by Papa Smurf Unfortunately, guns simply are not adequate to deal with the problem. These animals can be fun to hunt, but that simply will not be enough. What am I talking about? Just rats, mice and insects. These can destroy far more

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Five Benefits of Paracord

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Paracord is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord with nearly unlimited uses, applications and benefits, and is pretty much a “must have” for preppers (or anyone!). It’s like the duct-tape of cord! Here are more details about this amazing cord and a good supplier here in the United States of U.S. Made Military 550 Paracord: […]

Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

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4 Factors That Affect Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life Temperature Moisture Oxygen Light UPDATED:   Nesco Food Dehydrator   Temperature affects shelf life Storage temperature has a significant affect on shelf-life. The cooler the better! For every reduction in storage temperature of 10-degrees-C (18 F) the expected shelf life will double! That is pretty significant. […]

How Do I Get Prepared?

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The following is a comment from our very own ‘NRP’ here on the blog who was responding to an article that I wrote awhile ago entitled, “Getting Started With Survival Preparedness” I felt that his comment was perfect for a subsequent article, especially geared towards those who may be just starting out in prepping / […]

List The Most Important Preps That You Own

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I was sitting here thinking about my preps – something that I do from time to time while reassessing my readiness. You might ask, “Readiness for what?”, and I would answer, “Just about anything”. One’s readiness and preparedness might be as small or as large as you make it to be. Sometimes there are limiting […]

Birch Bark Fire Tinder

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Birch Bark is one of the best tree barks for fire tinder and it will light even when it’s damp. Why? Because the natural oils in birch bark is very flammable. For a successful “survival” fire, preparation is critical. Most all of the work is done prior to sparking or lighting the fire. Other than […]

A Survivalist’s Motto

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“If you don’t prepare, you could lose everything. If you prepare for the worst and nothing happens, you’ve lost nothing.” Given the dangers and risks in the world today, it just makes sense to prepare. The prepper / preparedness movement has gained a-lot of traction over the years, and it has been happening for a […]

Bugging out with Kids!

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Bugging out with Kids! Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps“ Audio in player below! The ole question is, how do we bug out with kids? This is as topic that can put a crimp in many people’s preps, however we have to preserve the next generation as best we can. Imagine if you will the loud … Continue reading Bugging out with Kids!

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The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order! Forrest & Kyle “The Prepping Academy” Audio in player below! On this show our host have a special message for you. Forrest and Kyle collectively have decades of prepping, firearms experience, training, and survival experience. That collective knowledge, experience, and research would like to say … Continue reading The Time is Now to Get your Preps in Order!

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Insect Killing Repellent For Your Clothing And Gear

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I just wanted to fill you in on a tip how to keep insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and mites off your clothes and your body… This stuff is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus. It is completely odorless after drying and ideal for any outdoor activity […]