Considerations for Night Operations- Part 1, by Max Alexander

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Considerations for Night Operations- Part 1, by Max Alexander If we find ourselves in a bugout situation where the wheels have really come off of society you will need to make lots of special considerations. There will not only be the crazy people who were waiting for a reason to come out and destroy but …

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Multirole Armored Robot for Infantry Announced by BAE Systems

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Multirole Armored Robot for Infantry Announced by BAE Systems The age of robots is upon us. It didn’t come with a bang and it didn’t bring hordes of gun totting terminators to our ranks. Still, there is no denying that the age of robots is here. This article is just another example of how these robots …

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How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil

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How to Preserve Fresh Herbs in Olive Oil Hopefully you have a nice plot set aside for growing herbs. Herbs used to be only for culinary use in my kitchen. Once I learned about the healing powers of herbs I also started keeping a variety of herbs that go beyond the frying pan. The fact …

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Prepping Your Bedroom for Winter

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Prepping Your Bedroom for Winter From the bedroom of a modern homesteader, this article comes with advice for preparing for the winter. Now is the time to make these preparations. Not a moment later. If you don’t want to be caught off guard by the cold weather that is coming our way it takes preparations. …

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Floods, and EMP attack? South Korean ‘Preppers’ are Bracing for The Real Thing

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Floods, and EMP attack? South Korean ‘Preppers’ are Bracing for The Real Thing Apparently, Americans aren’t the only ones seeing the light when it comes to both the threat of North Korea and the instability in the world. These are all serious issues that we must take heed to. That said, I didn’t think I …

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The Middle Class Is Being Destroyed: Now Only 25 Percent Of All Americans Have $10,000 Or More In Savings

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The Middle Class Is Being Destroyed: Now Only 25 Percent Of All Americans Have $10,000 Or More In Savings We are spending like crazy to the void we have created with our crazy lifestyle. The American lifestyle is very unique. We are living very, very busy lives and most are unsure and unfulfilled. They are …

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Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications

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Be Heard in Any Disaster with Unstoppable Communications Communication is the key! The intelligence that you can glean in a survival situation can make or break your efforts. You must be able to both give and receive communications. Being outfitted to do so is very important. In a grid down situation how will you communicate …

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How Much Is Too Much Bug-out Gear?

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How Much Is Too Much Bug-out Gear? We all know the guy on the forum or even in real life who is just over the top with gear. Its an addiction like anything else. Good gear is as dangerous as gambling. If you have the money and the price is right its nearly impossible not …

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No skills when SHTF? What’s your worth?

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No skills when SHTF? What’s your worth? Forrest Garvin “The Prepping Academy” Audio player below! On this episode of the “The Prepping Academy” Forrest and Tenderfoot are  discussing if you have or have not the skills during a SHTF scenario. Are you  worthless to others? This will be hard for some to take but it’s … Continue reading No skills when SHTF? What’s your worth?

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Flashlights for Every Day Carry

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Flashlights for Every Day Carry Light is everything. Though our eyes have the ability to regulate under low light conditions we are creatures who are most effective in the light. There is no substitute for a good flashlight. Many people look at a flashlight and only consider it something you use when you are in …

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What Would It Cost You if You Didn’t Fight Back?

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What Would It Cost You if You Didn’t Fight Back? With the events in Berkley, Charlottesville, North Carolina, Boston and frankly most major cities. Self Defense is becoming a serious issue in the minds of most Americans. Just this morning I watched a Trump supporter who was beaten up by a mob of about 30 …

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Introduction to Owning Silver & Gold – Post 4 What is YOUR STYLE?

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Introduction to Owning Silver & Gold – Post 4 What is YOUR STYLE? From one of the best precious metal dealers in the nation comes an article that is very important for all who are considering precious metals in their life. This article looks at the buying of precious metals from a collectors standpoint. You …

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Level Up EDC: Featuring Sensei James Williams

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Level Up EDC: Featuring Sensei James Williams With everyday that passes you are putting yourself at risk by not bolstering your EDC. What you carry on your person everyday or your every day carry may have once been benign. Today, with the threats that loom, you should consider adding a few things to your EDC …

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Conquer Hygiene and Hydration as the Flood Waters Rise

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Conquer Hygiene and Hydration as the Flood Waters Rise The average person is going through a real life changing situation if they are hit by a serious hurricane. Even flooding rains can melt your psyche into jelly. I sometimes forget that the rest of the world is not immersed in natural disaster all the time …

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Urban Gardening: Growing Tomatoes, Vegetables and Flowers in an Apartment

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Urban Gardening: Growing Tomatoes, Vegetables and Flowers in an Apartment The importance of growing food is overwhelming to me. I think it is the first step in finding your own independence. There is no way you can get away from the will of the centralized food system and the big name corporations that produce most …

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Critical Thinking Skills: Preppers NEED To Understand The Difference Between Anecdote & Evidence To Thrive

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Critical Thinking Skills: Preppers NEED To Understand The Difference Between Anecdote & Evidence To Thrive These powerful concepts that have very little to do with your actual gear or other THINGS that we compile to survive disaster are so important. Its very interesting when you think about the various needs you have to fill and …

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Prepping for an Online Attack – The Need for a VPN

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Prepping for an Online Attack – The Need for a VPN Just as the physical landscape of our nation is becoming much more dangerous so to is the digital world. Though people may not be able to kill you from your device or computer, yet, they can do serious damage. When we talk about the …

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Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure

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Spark Your Kids Interest with a Backyard Camping Adventure If the quickest path from one point to the next is a straight line then the quickest path to prepping kids is camping. There is really no better way to get their gears turning on certain concepts nor is there a better way to get them …

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How to Make a Propane Forge

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How to Make a Propane Forge Though forging metal can be a highly dangerous thing and in a SHTF world injuries you could suffer may be life threatening. If you are not trained you may want to consider getting proficient today. That said, you are looking an at amazing way to transform scrap metal into …

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How to Hot Wire a Car When the SHTF

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I want to be clear about something right up front: I am not condoning grand theft auto. Hot-wiring is a very useful skill, but not so you can steal cars. However, after the SHTF there could be situations where you desperately need a vehicle to escape danger, go on food and water runs, get an […]

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Top 20 Places to Scavenge for Supplies After SHTF

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Some of you might be thinking, “I’m a prepper, I won’t have to scavenge for supplies. I already have everything I need.” Maybe, maybe not. Even if you’ve been prepping for years, it’s still possible you forgot a few things. But even if you didn’t forget anything, you could still end up in a situation […]

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Someone is Following Me

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Your Tactical Training Scenario…Someone is Following Me Everyday people are put in scenarios just like the one being described in this article. Most important is your ability to stay calm. Beyond that its all about being prepared. Its an alarming fact of reality. It all can go bad for you in an instant. This is …

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Season Hunting Pack Contents

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Season Hunting Pack Contents We all know about the value of hunting with a bow. Proficiency with a silent weapon is just such a benefit in a survival scenario. This is less of an article and more of a video. Sometimes, a good video can be the best way to explain something. When it comes …

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Centerfire versus Muzzle-Loader.

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Centerfire versus Muzzle-Loader.

In a fire fight no one can deny that it would be better to have a modern cartridge gun than a muzzle-loading gun, but let’s just look at some pros & cons for something to think about.


How to Run the Economy on the Weather. An interesting read.

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Stoneferry (detail), a painting by John Ward of Hull.

15 Things You Don’t Actually Need To Survive Disasters

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Last week I’d heard about a story of three family members who died during Hurricane Irma because they ran a generator inside their home. Although I couldn’t find more details, I did find this article about the incident. Sadly, such a tragedy was entirely preventable by understanding what carbon monoxide (CO) is, how it can … Continue reading “15 Things You Don’t Actually Need To Survive Disasters”

Gun Control, Knife Control,…Acid Control?

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Gun Control, Knife Control,…Acid Control? Its seems like there is nothing Americans can agree on lately. We are fighting old wars and new ones right here in the states. Though the bullets have not yet begun to fly. The truth of the matter is that there is one threat we all should be agreeing on …

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6 Principles of Survival – Maximize Rescue

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6 Principles of Survival – Maximize Rescue The interesting thing about rescue is that for every 10 articles I read about wilderness survival skills I find one that focuses on tactics that will actually get you rescued. I feel like rescue should probably be your number one goal in a wilderness survival scenario. Being able …

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The 10 Cold, Hard, Ugly Truths About Prepping

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The 10 Cold, Hard, Ugly Truths About Prepping Cold, hard, ugly truths are my favorite. Don’t bother me with any warm, soft, beautiful truths, particularly when prepping is involved. An article like this speaks to the idea that we are all just nasty humans looking for an easy way out. Though it may not be …

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How I Stopped Worrying and Used P.M.C.T.- Part 1, by D.D.

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How I Stopped Worrying and Used P.M.C.T.- Part 1, by D.D. Its rare that hear about the terrible effects that prepping can have on an individual. You will find yourself paranoid and often times stressed out. This is particularly true in the early days of prepping. Though we like to think of it as something …

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Why 90% of the Population Would Die Without Electricity

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Experts predict that an EMP strike that wipes out electricity across the nation would ultimately lead to the demise of up to 90% of the population. However, this figure begs an important question: if we were able to live thousands of years without even the concept of electricity, why would we suddenly all die without […]

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Fortifying Suburbs And Communities After SHTF

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Ezekiel 4:2 – Then lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it. History Walls were used to protect societies for a very long time. Uruk in Mesopotamia was one of the earliest examples of fortified walls that […]

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How to Identify a Spider Bite and Treat It

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How to Identify a Spider Bite and Treat It Spiders don’t always hang out after they bite so that you can easily identify them. Being able to identify the bite itself and the symptoms can help you be prepared for some of the worse effects from spider bites. Knowing whether a garden orb weaver or …

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Fully Automatic Terror: How to Survive a Barcelona Style Car Attack

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Fully Automatic Terror: How to Survive a Barcelona Style Car Attack I want you to ask yourself this question: Do you know what to do if a car comes speeding at you. With only seconds to act and even less time to think what is the first thing you would look for or do? This …

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The “NEW” First 100 Things To Disappear After The SHTF

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The “NEW” First 100 Things To Disappear After The SHTF It is the scarcity that we all fear. As preppers we are simply trying to have what we need when its nowhere else to be found. There are many security issues that this creates along the way. That being said you are going to learn …

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Plant a Fall Garden Cover Crop

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Plant a Fall Garden Cover Crop For a while I was obsessed with the significance of amending soil. I use to look at it as thought it were a one time operation. I thought that merely adding sand to clay soil would be enough to create an environment that would support plants. It will. But …

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When The World Ends: 5 Essential Items You Need To Survive if North Korea Sends Nukes

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You don’t have to watch the nightly news long to understand that we are under constant threat throughout the world — and that nuclear weapons threats are a reality. While no one hopes that we enter another nuclear age, it seems it may be only time that is by our side. What would you do …

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One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma

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One Family’s Experience with Hurricane Irma Its sad that we must see the suffering of our fellow Americans before we pump the gas on preparedness. Unfortunately, that’s the situation. These brave people who battled the storm and the aftermath have stories to tell. If you are a prepper you better listen up. First hand survival …

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K9 Commitment: Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Protection Dog

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K9 Commitment: Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Protection Dog I have always had dogs and for me its hard to imagine life without at least one. I get nervous at the thought of having no pup at my side, no tick tack of paws in the hallway, no tap dance when I get …

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Between a Compound Bow and Recurve Bow Which is the Best for Survival?

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Between a compound bow and a recurve bow, which is the best one for survival? Many people have their opinions when it comes these two. However, they lack the evidence to back their choice. To assist you to make the right choice, this primer will focus on the differences between a recurve and compound bow. …

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DIY 80% Lower Build: Introduction and Tools Required

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DIY 80% Lower Build: Introduction and Tools Required Do you want to build your own AR-15? Are you looking to create what some call a ghost gun? This is very much still a possibility as much as it makes politician lose their minds. Even if you are just a gun enthusiast who wants to create …

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After the Horrific Charlottesville Nightmare Prepare in 5 Ways

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After the Horrific Charlottesville Nightmare Prepare in 5 Ways Something has changed in America. Speculation has become reality and it would seem we have crossed a bridge that no one agreed on crossing. The world we knew just a few years ago is not the world we live in today. Its for the worse. Nothing …

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Prepping: How Much Food is Enough (Updated for 2017)

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Prepping: How Much Food is Enough (Updated for 2017) Most recently the collapse in Venezuela has taught us that starvation is never far enough away. There are tons of article on the net about various elements of a collapse. When I watch the people of the fallen nation of Venezuela attacking food trucks and rioting …

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Are You Prepared to Survive a Venezuelan Style Collapse?

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Are You Prepared to Survive a Venezuelan Style Collapse? While we in America are sipping our Starbucks south of us there is nation in the grasp of a full blown economic collapse. This isn’t the first time we have watched a South American nation fall into collapse. Of course this wont be the last. We …

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Inflatable Boats In Floods: What You Need To Know Before You Buy

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Inflatable Boats In Floods: What You Need To Know Before You Buy   Every flood disaster has seen the difference an inflatable boat can make for a family, a volunteer or emergency services. Floodwater is a sponge for sharp objects, disease, bacteria and everything else you don’t want your body to come in contact with. …

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4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making

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4 Food Storage Mistakes You Might Be Making Masters call it the 10,000 rule. Bruce Lee said very succinctly that he did not concern himself with the man who has thrown 10000 kicks once; instead he feared the man who has thrown 1 kick 10,000 times. I bring up these two instances because we have …

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How to Grow Your Own Food in the Winter?

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How to Grow Your Own Food in the Winter? Do you miss plucking fresh fruits, herbs or veggies from your garden during winter? Do you wish to enjoy a beautiful organic produce during the cold months? You are just in the right place. This write-up is dedicated to all the essentialities necessary for growing your …

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The 3 Biggest Keys to Long-Term Food Storage for Survival

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The 3 Biggest Keys to Long-Term Food Storage for Survival Food storage is key to any survival plan. There is no getting around this one. You must have a plan and an understanding of how you are going to feed your family in the event of  disaster. This plan should be diverse. Grow some fresh …

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Build a Prepper Home with a Log Cabin Kit in 3 days for $20,000

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Build a Prepper Home with a Log Cabin Kit in 3 days for $20,000   Thinking of building a prepper home to prep and defend for when SHTF? Building a log home is an easy way to build a small, well-hidden home for preppers, but, buying a log cabin kit is an even easier way. …

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Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland

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Important Things to Know When Camping in Iceland Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. From grassy lowlands and fjords to stunning mountains, every turn is impressive, and laying in a tent or the trunk of your car, staring up at the Northern Lights, is a difficult experience to beat. The Ring …

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A Quiet Life: How to Lower Your Profile or Go Fully Off the Grid

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A Quiet Life: How to Lower Your Profile or Go Fully Off the Grid The tighter the grip of tech clenches on our lives the more we feel urge to run and hide. There are families who practice powering down all devices for the weekend and “going dark” for some time. I think there are …

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7 Reasons Preppers Will Die After a Worldwide Collapse

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When the chips are down, mistakes can be fatal. Even those who have spent the better part of their life preparing for a disaster are prone to mistakes. And once you make them, there’s no going back. Some of these mistakes are rooted in misconceptions, others in heat-of-the-moment errors. However, the outcomes are the same. […]

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How to Make Your Own Pectin

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How to Make Your Own Pectin Homemade pectin is usually made from apples or crab apples, both of which have an abundance of pectin.  Making homemade pectin is one of those things you can do to save some money and to learn as a self-reliance skill.  If there was ever a time when the stores …

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How To Survive the Rising Waters of a Flood

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Waking up to torrential rain as a hurricane is heading your way is not a pretty picture. People falsely believe that if their region is above sea level, they will eventually be OK. However, Mother Nature can prove us wrong as we are currently seeing in Texas. The rising waters of a flood can cause … Read more…

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Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies

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Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies Thanks to the constant burrowing of science into how our bodies work we are now more educated than ever on the effect of vitamins on the body. We know that low levels of Vitamin D can actually make people depressive. We know that mega doses of Vitamin C can …

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036 This is a very interesting article on a topic that I do not know much about. What I like about this article is the idea of reoccurring disaster. We all know what happens to a community that is hit by a category 3 or 4 …

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage In terms of survival, the rule of three states that you can survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter in a harsh environment, three days without water and three weeks without food. This article tackles the issue of shelter and heating for the …

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion!

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion! For having such a great community its rare we all get together to talk about preparedness, survival or even ideas and beliefs. There are amazing people in this community who run successful businesses. There are tons of people with great ideas that will only make this world better yet for preppers …

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide There is nothing like a good dog. What other creature has followed us up from the stone age and been by our side. They watch our failings and our misery; they are therapists for it all. These great canines who spend their whole lives at our side, dependent on …

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus The feet are often affected by fungal infections, due to a number of predisposing factors, such as the excess sweating, inadequate footwear and insufficient hygiene. When a fungal infection occurs at the level of the foot, it can extend and affect the toenails as well. Left untreated, the infection will …

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog Training your dog certain techniques is essential for both his protection as well as the protection of your family. While dogs are caring, loving, protective animals, a poorly trained dog can be dangerous and destructive. Your dog can only be of great help if they are …

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Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip

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Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip Lately we have seen EDC explode in popularity. I am not really sure what its linked to but I have to imagine it has both to do with the threats we face as a nation and the demands of the technology that we use. If our …

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TEOTWAWKI Playlist: Your Soundtrack for the End of the World

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TEOTWAWKI Playlist: Your Soundtrack for the End of the World When the world ends, what will you have queued up on your playlist? Death metal, classic rock, hip hop, or feel-good music- no matter your taste or genre, if you enjoy it, music can help you get by in dark times. We cobbled together a …

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What Should Not Be Put In Your Compost

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What Should Not Be Put In Your Compost Compost can be defined as the organic matter that is the result of the decomposition of everyday waste. Compost is used as a fertilizer and it is the main ingredient to organic farming. It is nutrient rich and also acts as a natural pesticide. However, the process …

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5 Things You’ll Wish You Had Gotten Before The Collapse

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What do you think are the 5 best things to acquire before the collapse? I’m not talking about small items like lighters and water filters, but larger things that will make your home a better place to live after the collapse. In this video, Prepper Princess has five great suggestions, in order of importance. Here’s […]

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How to Produce a Sustainable Food Supply Anywhere

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How to Produce a Sustainable Food Supply Anywhere This is an article that will make your eye brows raise. There is no getting around it. When you see what the basis of this article is all about you may not like it. I think its a conversation and an idea that deserves exploring. This could …

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The United States Has Become A Nation Of Sheeple

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The United States Has Become A Nation Of Sheeple Sheeple is an old phrase that often brings up thoughts of the drones we see in society each day. Not the drones that hover intrusively overhead but the ones that behind the wheels of fast moving cars and in line with you at the supermarket. We …

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Australian National Security. Terrorism.

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I did a quick search on the net this morning to see if there were any disaster preparedness surveys or government advice sheets. I found nothing to date. I find this quite amazing. In & post WW2 there was advice on needed supplies, how to preserve foods, how to save money when purchasing food, growing your own food etc etc. The world has changed. My advice, Be Prepared!

Vehicle Key Safe

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Vehicle Key Safe There are a number of reasons why I am bringing this build to you. It has a video which is not that common for these types of builds but that’s not the only reason. The key safe is a very important piece of security for your daily life and that is just …

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Our Basic Sanitation and Hygiene Preps

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Our Basic Sanitation and Hygiene Preps Any article that offers up an outlook on the idea of sanitation and hygiene after the collapse is an important one. This is going to be a killer in the fallen world. I see a lot of videos and articles about the many things that will kill preppers. The …

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How to Beat Inflation

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How to Beat Inflation This is not a big read but its an important one. In today’s world we think the larger the text the more important it is for us to read. We think the more important it is and the more impressive it is to read a larger text. This article is such …

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Report: ISIS Had The Ingredients For A Frightening Weapon

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Report: ISIS Had The Ingredients For A Frightening Weapon: “Fires Off Just Enough Radioactivity Upfront To Kill You” We must remain ever vigilant in this society. Though we go spans of time without attacks or terror related threats it doesn’t mean that that lion has been finally silenced. When America is quiet I am always …

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More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag

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More Important Than The Bug Out Bag…the “Get Home” Bag The bugout is a perilous situation. There is not getting around the fact that the bugout may be your only option but it also might be your end. We have a serious inflation of abilities when it comes to our ability to stay alive in …

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Earthquake and Power Outage Experience in the Philippines

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Earthquake and Power Outage Experience in the Philippines   Editor’s Note: This full article is a guest post submitted to us for use on the site.  This was my experience with a mild earthquake and a power outage, in the Philippines. Amazingly nothing was damaged by the quake.  I expected some things to tip over.  …

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Growing food with Hydroponics

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Growing food with Hydroponics What if you have to live in a place where the soils are arable? Or how to provide large amounts of fresh food for your family when your space is limited? This can be done with Hydroponics, one of the most effective gardening methods without needing any soil. By using just …

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Overnight Survival Backpacking Checklist

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Overnight Survival Backpacking Checklist Do you have a tendency to forget things at the worst moments? Nothing is more annoying than having that awful feeling that you are missing something only to find out hours later that you were, in fact, forgetting an important item. Like when you get to a hotel and realize you …

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Master the Wild with Your Powerful Camping Knife

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

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The Fifth American War

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

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Preppers Need to Know Their Limitations

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

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12 Outdoor Survival Skills Everyone Should Master

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

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

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

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Two Wild Alternatives to Coffee

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

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

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

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Factory farming in Asia creating global health risks, report warns

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We have already had health problems here in Australia caused by contaminated frozen fruits from China, this threat though could trigger TEOTWAWKI!

Wonder Oven – Heat Retention Cooker

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Wonder Oven – Heat Retention Cooker A wonder oven is a heat retaining cooker for everyday cooking and emergency preparedness situations. The insulation of the wonder oven (also called a “wonder box”) will slow your food’s loss of heat keeping at cooking temperatures for hours. Using a wonder oven reduces the amount of fuel needed …

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

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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the author:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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