So you’ve started your prepper journey and you’re not sure what to buy as far as prepping supplies go. You can think of the obvious things, but know you’re not smart enough to think of everything you will need when things go south. This preppers list should be able to help you get started and sleep better at night knowing that you are much more prepared than the Average Joe.
This list doesn’t include anything food or water related, since that would almost be its own separate list of prepper supplies. The general rule has always been that man can go three hours without shelter, three days without water, and three weeks without food.
Knowing that, you should prioritize accordingly. Make sure you have enough water and food to last at least a month, and then start working on collecting the items outlined below.
This list of prepper supplies contains numerous items I think every good prepper should have. The list is split into a six different categories: Shelter, Heat & Power, Safety, Medical, Tools, and Comfort/Other. I have presented them in order of urgency.
Some of these things you would need right away, others you wouldn’t know you were missing until months later, and some you would be a fool to focus on unless you had everything else sorted out (chocolate and alcohol).Table Of Content
Heat & Power
Comfort And Other
To End It OffShelter1) A Thick JacketIf you can ensure you will never succumb to exposure and can brave the elements in emergencies, then you are already way ahead.
2) Work BootsThe health of your feet determines how quickly you can move, so you want to be sure you protect them well and are ready for all terrain.
3) Heavy Duty GlovesProtection of your hands is essential, especially if you plan to be doing any sort of work outside or with power tools.
4) TarpsThis is the duct tape of your shelter. You want to know you have one or two in case anything goes awry.
5) TentsSomething easy to carry but heavy enough to protect you from a rainstorm. This is really about protecting yourself from the elements if you plan on spending long periods of time outside.
6) Sleeping BagsYou will be thankful for this preppers list when you are cozy in your sleeping bag while everyone else is in just their jacket.
7) BlanketsThese are like a top up on your bed and can be a lifesaver if you find yourself short a tent in the cold.
8) BackpackIf you ever intend to leave the safety of your house, a backpack will make sure you are able to keep all the necessities close at hand.
9) Barbed WireA little barbed wire can cover your walls and secure them from any unwanted trespassers entering by unexpected routes.
10) WireDifferent from barbed wire in that it is more for binding or locking gates, if you have some of this around your house you can block off exits and secure gates more easily.
11) CarNot only can move you around, it can also shelter you at night by providing full protection from the elements. Added bonus is your trunk acts as a safe of sorts and isn’t easily accessed by intruders without the key.
12) Jumper CablesYour car is only useful as long as it works. This investment is one won’t regret if you leave your car lights on by accident one night.
Heat & Power13) Propane HeaterThis is just portable enough to be practical, but also very effective at keeping you warm.
14) FlashlightsThis is one of the obvious ones, but you want to be able to be mobile in the dark, you’ll need one of these for every member of your group.
15) BatteriesFor every tool that requires batteries, you should ensure you have extras stockpiled. Otherwise, you’re only taking half measures and are leaving yourself open to having useless tools a few months down the road.
16) Lighting Your home becomes much safer when you have full visibility on the surroundings. The element of stealth disappears.
17) Spare fuelYour car is only as useful as the amount of fuel you have access to, so make sure you’re prepared for a gas shortage.
18) GeneratorLarge expense, but this creates so much energy that if you can afford one you should be installing it yesterday.
19) Solar PanelsAnother great way to generate energy, and it will generate income for your household in the meantime.
20) Battery ChargerYour batteries double, or even triple in worth when you buy one of these.
21) CandlesLess technologically advanced, but very practical and energy friendly.
22) MatchesFires have got to get lit some way or another.
23) LightersYou’re not really expected to be able to make a fire with just a few sticks when you could just stock up on cheap lighters instead.
Safety24) GunYour safety is paramount, so you need to have at least one of these to ensure you and your family are protected no matter what happens.
25) PistolGuns are good, but they aren’t always easily concealed. Having one of these will help you move around in an unthreatening way while staying safe.
26) Firearm SafeAn absolutely essential purchase to make sure no one ever has the chance to use your gun on you.
27) KnifeMore reliable than a gun and useful in a variety of situations, you will need a knife no matter the circumstance.
28) AmmoPotentially more important than a gun because it can be repurposed to create fires, you won’t get much use out of your gun if you don’t have enough ammo.
29) Tasers/Pepper SprayFor the medium-alarm situations that don’t require a full use of force.
30) Security CamerasBetter to monitor things from the safety of your home.
31) CashIn case of a systemic financial collapse, you always want some of this in your home.
32) Precious metalsThese are harder to store, but more likely to retain their value in a doomsday scenario.
Medical33) AspirinToo many uses to name, but having a pain killer on you never hurt.
34) Respiration MasksSave yourself from any airborne diseases when you absolutely need to go outside.
35) BandagesFor any wounds you might have.
36) Hydrogen PeroxideSuper cheap and super effective at cleaning wounds.
37) First Aid TapeFor your bandages or cottonballs.
38) TweezersLots of uses and you’ll be thankful you’ve got these when you need to do some operating on the go.
39) ScissorsCut through clothes or bandages.
40) Antiseptic padsthese will help you quickly clean cuts or wounds while on the go.
41) Aloe VeraAll natural and very effective at soothing burns.
42) Sutures/NeedlesIf you ever need to stitch yourself you’ll be glad you have these rather than the improvised alternatives.
43) Basic VitaminsSometimes you’ll need to get your nutrients from different places than you get your food. This will help you when you get down to the canned goods.
44) Charcoal TabletsGreat for helping with stomach issues and any potential poisons.
45) AntibioticsA few packages of these and you’ll feel much safer knowing you’re ready for anything.
46) Sun BlockYou’re going to be spending a lot more time outside and you want to be ready for all of the elements.
47) Insect RepellantWhether you’re camping or just in unfamiliar territory, this will help you make sure you avoid getting destroyed by the local bug population
48) CottonballsThese can clean anything from wounds to weapons.
49) VaselineA good way to treat wounds and you will even be able to start fires if you use it correctly.
50) Baking SodaThis can cover everything from hygiene to cooking and is so cheap you can’t afford not to buy it.
Tools51) Can OpenersThis is food related, but very underrated and could also come in handy if you happen upon a few beers at some point.
52) Duct TapeThis really should be first on the list, but it’s so obvious that I’d expect everyone to have it regardless.
53) Garbage BagsGood for storage and transportation, and you can even use them to collect water if you were in a pinch.
54) Steel WoolAnother multi-use item that is good for anything from starting fires to cleaning pots.
55) AxeWhether for splitting wood or getting through a door in an emergency, having an axe on hand will serve you well.
56) BucketBuckets are perfect for storing and moving dirt or water.
57) WheelbarrowLike a bucket, a wheelbarrow is perfect if you foresee the need to move heavy objects and want to save your back some trouble.
58) Siphon TubesOnce you run out of gas, you’ll want a way to refill from cars that have been abandoned.
59) Glass JarsIf you have any skill at making food that can be preserved, make sure you have something to store them in.
60) Writing Utensils & PaperYour computer and phone aren’t going to cut it anymore. Get some pens, pencils and paper so you can still communicate with other people.
61) BicycleUses less fuel than a car, and can get to hard to reach places that a car can’t.
62) MultitoolA quick tool while you’re on the go to fix any small issues.
63) Screwdriver and other assorted toolsA toolkit is essential whether you’re a prepper or not. You should know how to build things, fix things and take simple appliances apart.
64) RopeAn absolute essential, you will want to have several varieties of this for any and all emergencies you’ll encounter.
65) CompassYour phone compass will be a thing of the past, and not everyone can navigate by the sun. This is probably worth practicing with so you don’t make a fool out of yourself the first time you use it.
66) RadioAt a point, you’re going to want to see what else is going on out in the world. Make sure you actually know how to use this otherwise, it just serves as deadweight.
67) SoapCleaning your body will make sure you don’t get any infections (and it never hurts to not smell).
68) Dish SoapCleanliness will save your life better than any gun in some cases. Keep your dishes clean so you avoid getting sick.
69) HammerYou are likely going to need to build or reconstruct structures at some point. Having a hammer on hand will make this much easier.
70) Nails and ScrewsAny building you do will require some of these.
71) Fire ExtinguisherGod forbid your house catches on fire, but you better make sure you have a fire extinguisher close by if you do.
72) Zip TiesThese are great for holding things together on the go. Make sure you have multiple sizes!
Comfort And Other73) PassportYou probably won’t be travelling any time soon, but having this around just in case could be a great way of identifying yourself if things start to get better again
74) Toothbrush and toothpasteNot essential, but let’s get serious, you don’t want your breath smelling terrible every day for the rest of your life just because you didn’t stock up before things went down.
75) Toilet PaperSure, you can just rinse or improvise a substitute, but who wants to do that when you can easily buy some now and save yourself some gross encounters.
76) ChocolateI don’t think I would be alone in missing the occasional taste of chocolate.
77) AlcoholLiquid therapy is a term for a reason. May as well buy some of this to make yourself feel better when it seems like things can’t get any worse.
78) Your FamilyWhat use is all this preparation if there’s nobody to share it with? Keep your family close and let them know of your plans so that you don’t end up alone in this world.
To End It OffI hope that after reading this list of prepper supplies you are just itching to go out and buy everything on this list.
Just remember that slow discipline will get you through this journey a lot less wastefully than emotional spending sprees. You want to cultivate a horde of prepper’s supplies that fits your needs, not horde everything you could possibly need.
With this in mind, I wish you best of luck as you start this journey!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ColinColin is a freelance writer and editor. A fan of The Walking Dead. It led him to think what if SHTF and what does it takes to survive. Colin hobbies includes gears, tech gadgets and rehearsing different "End Of The World" situations in his head.
42 Experts Share their 3 Best Survival Tips When Lost in the Wilderness
By Conrad Novak
June 23, 2016
Just the thought of being alone in the wilderness gives most people a panic attack. And while it is good to be aware of all the dangers of the wilderness, it is more crucial to think with a clear head so that you can survive any situation, such as getting lost.
Wilderness survival is a lesson that you need to think about and learn before you leave your home. You need to make sure that you think about every scenario that you creep up while you are out in the great wide open.
You need to learn how to get by with just the supplies you have in your survival gear until you reach civilization or a rescue team finds you. It is also paramount to learn about how you can find food and shelter, how to make sure that you drink safe water, how to signal your position for rescuers, and how to ask for help using sound and light.
These are all extremely critical as the human body is not built to live in the wilderness for a long period of time. You will need fire and shelter to keep you warm and protect you from the natural elements and wild animals. The terrific news is that there are wilderness survival tips that you can follow, with or without a survival gear, to make sure that you survive getting lost in the wilderness and come back to civilization safe and sound.
In this article 42 experts give you their best survival tips when you get lost in the outdoors so you can learn what the most important steps are to assess the situation, what you will need to do while waiting being rescued or what course of action to take in case that is not a possibility. Enjoy!
Meet the Experts ...
101 unusual things to stock for TEOTWAWKI that you won’t see on many other lists
1. Shoe and boot laces – yes, you could use leather laces but why not stock some?
2. Fence posts – entirely too handy not just for fencing but for gardening
3. Barbed wire and chicken wire fencing
4. Cloth diapers – handy for so many things other than the obvious
5. Manual egg/batter beaters – whisks work, but the old-fashioned egg beater is hard to beat
6. Hoyle’s rule book for card games – lots and lots of entertainment in one simple book
7. Dice and dice games rulebooks – as above
8. Goggles – safety ones
9. A way to figure calendars into the future
10. Solar powered fencing – even if you don’t have livestock now, you may have it later. And it can be used as a “first line of defense” or used for parts for other uses
11. Canes – there will come a time when they are needed. Adjustable ones are better
12. Plant pots for starting seedlings. You’ll want various sizes
13. Metal rulers – because they last much longer. Different sizes
14. Rain gauge – for keeping track of rainfall
15. Barometer and something that tells you how to use it to get an idea of the weather
Survival Communications on the Cheap…or…How I put together a HAM radio setup for less than $120.00 that allows me to talk with other HAMS hundreds of miles away
This is a guest post by Old Hillbilly and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.
(Several weeks ago the topic of the “Eastern Redoubt” came up and during that discussion, someone asked how Wolf Pack members might communicate with each other both within and outside of the “Redoubt”. I responded briefly about my experiences using a simple HAM radio setup that has allowed me to talk with folks not only in my area but in the “Redoubt” area also. It was at that point M.D. asked if I would write an article about my experiences. What follows is the result of my efforts. Let me say up front that I am not a writer (as you will soon learn) and I tend to ramble on and on and on….just as I do in person! Please forgive this shortcoming as my intent is not to bore you to tears but to do my best to cover every point, large or small, that I think will be of assistance to you based on my personal experiences. Hopefully what follows will be of help to some of you regardless of all my failings as a writer.)
Part I: Why HAM?/Do I need a license?/How do I get a license?
Water… food… shelter… medical supplies… security. Since you are reading this on a blog dedicated to survival then I imagine you have these priorities covered or at least are working toward covering them. But what about communications? If the world goes to hell in a hand basket will you be able to contact relatives, friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel when the communications infrastructure goes down? Even if you don’t want to transmit, will you at least be able to listen to shortwave frequencies to hear what is going on in the world?
Anyone who has been interested in survival or general preparedness for a while knows by now how important food, water and other basic necessities are. For those who have opted to plan for a bug in, or who have a very secure bug out retreat they intend to relocate to and would like to stock ahead of time, this article offers 10 everyday items you could probably live without, but you certainly won’t want to.
1) Soap, including hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap and any other cleaning detergents that your home wouldn’t be the same without; but hand, laundry and dish soap is the most important. You can stock up on soap and/or learn how to make your own soap and possible store soap making supplies if you see fit.
2) Razor blades are a modern convenience that you can pretty much kiss goodbye in a post-SHTF scenario of whatever variety. Still, if you want to be able to shave without needing to sharpen up that knife, several extra packages of blades or a quality straight-edge razor will be worth their weight in gold if you ever find yourself in that post-SHTF scenario. Indeed, you may even find yourself with a valuable commodity that can be traded (so you keep the straight edge and trade the razor cartridges).
3) Toiletries such as cotton swabs, toothpaste, floss and new toothbrushes are all important for maintaining quality dental hygiene, and considering that a disaster could last years, limiting or eliminating your access to medical and dental care, you’ll want to care for those teeth. You’ve only got one set, after all, and brushing with baking soda just isn’t the same as using a nice, quality toothpaste to shine your pearly whites.
4) Feminine hygiene products; ladies know what I’m talking about, and men, trust me you want your wives and daughters to be well-stocked on these supplies. Just because the world as you know it has ended doesn’t mean mother nature’s going to change her course, so unless you enjoy using a rag for a week each month… you get the picture. Stock up and start growing cotton, ladies.
5) Hair care and grooming supplies such as barber’s scissors, clean combs (they are often available in bulk for very cheap prices and in a variety of sizes), several replacement hairbrushes and a reasonable supply of shampoo and conditioner (pay attention to how long it will last, though). Again, learning a bit about making your own shampoo and conditioner may also be a good idea (if nothing else, it’ll be a marketable skill for you to use in the future when the uneducated, unwashed masses would love some shampoo).
6) Toilet paper, oh yes; we’ve been chopping down Canadian old growth forest for decades to wipe our bottoms, but post-SHTF our supply of all those soft rolls of TP may be severely curtailed or cut off altogether. And if you think going without TP is something that might not be so bad, try it for a couple days and let us know what you think then. Call it a luxury if you will, but it’s one you’ll enjoy if you have it; and yes, you might end up in a situation where you decide you want something more than your TP and you trade it away, but hey, at least you’ll have it to trade even if you don’t use it. Personally, I’ll be monogramming my TP stash with my initials for easy identification.
7) Socks are one of those things that are often overlooked, whether you’re bugging in or hightailing it for the mountains and countryside. Our feet take a lot of wear and tear, day in and day out, so naturally our socks do too; but when was the last time you sat down to darn the holes that developed in your socks? Of course, everyone will do what they can to fix and repair their clothing and other materials as they go along after SHTF or the world as we know it ends, but socks are generally pretty cheap and easy to stockpile so go for it.
8) Condoms or another form of reliable birth control; this may seem like something that won’t be a priority, but you might be surprised by how adaptable human beings are. Natural biological functions and urges will still be around, and may even be heightened in some people, but you probably won’t want to risk bringing new infants into the world during a post-SHTF scenario; at least not for a few years or until things stabilize. Aside from their obvious use, condoms can also be used to protect weapons from water damage, they can be used as temporary tourniquets and for a variety of other non-sex purposes.
9) Spare eyeglasses and/or a one or two-year supply of contact lenses with appropriate fluids and eye drops. The importance of your vision in a real survival or post-SHTF scenario cannot be stressed enough, so make sure you have at least one backup pair of sturdy glasses (nothing flimsy or trendy, your backup glasses should be utilitarian and sturdy, they are there to serve a purpose and to endure for as long as possible in case of an emergency) in your current prescription, same for contacts.
10) Comfort food, you’ll want to ration it carefully of course, but a sweet snack here or there or a bit of cinnamon and sugar over your oatmeal can do wonders to improve the mood and raise morale, especially when times are figuratively or literally dark. Sugar, molasses, honey, jams and various syrups can last for years when stored properly, while canned fruits, fruit leathers and dry fruit medleys or trail mix can last anywhere from several months to upwards of several years. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are all reasonably easy to cultivate, as well, as are many fruit trees, which can be planted for long-term production year after year. In a slightly less nutritious vein, many hard candies (like traditional lemon drops) can last for several years when stored properly.
Survival Tips for Wilderness 'Vacations'
submitted by Sadie
A trip into the wilderness can be a fun and educational experience for those who like to seek adventure outdoors. On the other hand, it can also present a number of hazards that are potentially fatal. In addition to freezing or blistering hot weather, falls, hostile animal encounters, and other dangers, there is also the lack of access to nearby help. It may take hours or days for rescuers to come to one's aid in the event of an emergency, and delays like this can be deadly. It is important, therefore, for adventurers to understand basic techniques for survival in the wilderness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJbaD_5hhIk&feature=related please watch this first…to educate yourself on food storage.
http://www.dailybread.com/ They have Freeze Dried vs Dehydrated and it will last 25 years.
www.disasterpantry.com contact Stephanie Scruggs at 616 698 3132 or email her at email@example.com and she will add you to her "Preferred Customer" list on DisasterPantry.com. There is no charge or obligation.
You will receive a log on ID and password from Shelf Reliance in just a little while. Use this to log on and see discounted prices.
www.efoodsdirect.com (this is dehydrated food…but not in cans from what I can see)
www.grabillmeats.com - buy direct. Canned meats. Very tasty. No MSG - all natural.
>www.mountainhouse.com - although more expensive, their food is already made. All you have to do is add hot water. Scrambled eggs, Lasagna, Chicken Teriyaki and more. Comes in #10 cans (about 30 servings) to 1 or 2 serving pouches. Great for those who don't like to cook as well as for a bug-out bag.
> www.pleasanthillgrain.com ...they are both a middle-man for Walton Feed & Grabill Country Meats. They have other products as well.
>http://www.shelfreliance.com/ (for those that buy the cans…need space…lost of space…must lie on side and rotate)
www.samsclub.com (put food storage into the search bar on their site)
www.costco.com ( put food storage into the search bar on their site)
http://www.seedsnow.com/ 877 344 4669
also, informative website… www.survivalmom.com
Will A Bite From This Snake Kill You?April 13, 2015 The Patriot Caller
Venomous Snakes in North AmericaWhen the weather gets nice, it’s time for the hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts to come out of hiding… which happens to correlate with an uptick in snake activity (including venomous ones).
First things first, I’ll say that I’m not one of those people who believes all snakes should be killed on sight. If a snake is non-venomous, I’ll let it slither on it’s way every time. If it’s venomous, and too close to my house or yard, that’s when a decision has to be made.
In order to make that decision, I first need to identify the species of snake and determine whether or not it’s a venomous snake.
Despite the fact that we only have 4 major species of poisonous snakes to deal with in North America, it can be surprisingly difficult to calmly ID these snakes in the heat of the moment. In fact, that’s why I’m writing this article, to make it easier for the non-snake experts among us to avoid a nasty and potentially fatal bite.
The 4 Big Ones
These are the 4 groups of poisonous snakes that you may run across in the US:
You see, it doesn’t matter much if you’ve spotted a Texas Coral Snake or an Arizona Coral Snake, both are deadly poisonous. So stay away.
PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE UNEXPECTED EVENT
Numerous individuals in finance and government are suggesting that it is prudent to prepare for possible event that could have high impact.
Many are convinced that the Obama’s goal in Washington is to fundamentally change America from a Constitutional Republic to a Socialist/Marxist form of government. Some economists are so pessimistic about the future; they are predicting the end of the world as we know it. However, predictions are frequently wrong. Many in government, finance and technology were predicting that Y2K was going to usher in a financial meltdown, but they were wrong. Economics is not a science, and even respected economists contradict one another, and are frequently wrong. I pray that God will spare America from the economic devastation that many see coming, but we need to put feet to our prayers, and do what we can to protect our families. For an in depth analysis of America’s financial condition read, Government of Deceit by Patrick McConnell, and the book, It’s Over by Ron Martin www.its-over.info or one of the many other books, videos that are available.
I pray that these suggestions are helpful, but there is not anyone as interested in the welfare of your family as you. You are the final arbiter of how to best protect yourself. I am not a financial advisor. These are suggestions from many people who are more knowledgeable than I am. It is general information only, and should not be taken as investment advice or a recommendation to buy or sell any security or financial instrument, or to participate in any particular investment strategy. Investment decisions are dependent on your specific situation. Consult your legal counsel, tax advisors, and investment advisor before making investment decisions.
· 39.4 million Americans are on food stamps.
· Millions of Americans have filed for bankruptcy.
· Nearly all pension funds are underfunded.
· 39 States are nearly bankrupt, and 11 are near collapse.
· The Federal Government has 109 trillion in debt and unfunded liabilities, and pays 4.2 billion/day on interest.
· The dollar has lost 95% of its value since 1913 when the Fed was established.
CURRENCIES: There are no truly sound currencies in the world, but the Swiss Franc is probably one of the most stable. An account denominated in foreign currencies can be established atwww.Everbank.com
HYPERINFLATION: Twenty hyperinflations have occurred throughout the world since 1980. Milton Friedman said, “Inflation is a disease, a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease that if not checked in time, can destroy a society... The fate of a country is inseparable from the fate of its currency.” The Federal government is borrowing, and spending money at the fastest rate in the 230 year history of our Republic. Studies have shown the tipping point based on historical models is when government deficits reach 20% of their annual outlays. Obama’s 2009 budget projections confirm deficit spending will amount to 40.1% of the federal budget! If China and the rest of the world lose faith, the dollar will collapse, commodities will increase in price, shortages will occur and social unrest will likely ensue. Many believe that in the short term we are likely to have deflation followed by a prolonged hyperinflationary depression. Here is what happened in Germany. "] In July 1922 the exchange rate was 493.2 Marks to dollar. By November 1923 the exchange rate was 4,200,000,000,000 to the dollar! (Yes, trillion!) [Source: Gordon Craig, "Germany 1866-1945 For information on the true rate of inflation see www.shadowstats.com.
BANKING: 2009 saw the largest number of bank failures in 17 years, and the FDIC is in bad shape. Make certain your bank is financially sound by an independent rating surface such as: Veribanc www.veribanc.com 800-44-BANKS Due to the possibility of a bank failure, many believe it prudent to have some cash available to purchase necessities.
FOOD: Many believe societal unrest could result from any number of conditions, and lead to a situation in which food could become unavailable in supermarkets. Therefore, they recommend that families obtain nonperishable food sufficient for 2 - 6 months. The Mormon Church has long advocated this principle. A number of companies sell dehydrated and freeze dried foods such as: Alpine Aire, Mountain House, and WaltonFoods.
PRECIOUS METALS: Many people believe a core position in actual ownership of precious metals is advisable. Recommendations range from 5 — 25% of an investment portfolio in precious metals as a hedge. Precious metals can be held either in a safety deposit box, or hidden. Precious metals should be considered primarily as insurance against unstable governments and unstable currencies rather than as an investment. Most knowledgeable people suggest holding precious metals in the form of bullion. For the small investor silver is probably the most practical. A problem with silver is storage due to its increased bulk. However, silver coins are recognizable, and will be a more negotiable instrument than gold, and many believe that silver has a greater upside potential than gold. One method of owning silver is to obtain coins minted before 1965 that are composed of 90% silver. There is concern about confiscation of gold as Roosevelt did in the early 30’s. However, only one person was ever prosecuted. Gold denominated IRA’s and 401k’s are another method of investing in precious metals. You can also buy mutual funds and stocks of various gold mining companies. Read this article regarding precious metals:
STOCKS: Many people in the equity markets lost a considerable portion of their net worth in the downturn of the market in 2008. You have to decide what stocks to buy or sell, or whether or not you should even be in the stock market.
BONDS: Martin Weiss in December 2009 cautioned investors to beware of bonds which he believes are going to crash. Weiss states that the U.S. Bond market is almost TRIPLE the size of the U.S. Stock market. Rising inflation is a disaster for long term bond investors. Weiss recommended keeping your liquid funds in 12 week Treasury securities or Treasury only money funds.
PRACTICAL IDEAS TO HELP YOU THROUGH ANY CRISIS
GROW A GARDEN: During WWII many people had Victory Gardens. You can grow a significant amount of food in a relatively small space which will provide exercise and save money. If you plant a garden, obtain non-hybrid seeds which will allow you to plant a new garden every year. Companies supplying non-hybrid seeds are: www.waltonfeed.com www.alpineaire.com www.emergencyseedbank.com
DEVELOP MARKETABLE SKILLS: Knowledge is always in demand. Turn off the TV and spend time reading and learning additional skills. Make yourself invaluable to your boss. If you are retired or need additional income, perhaps you can use your expertise or turn a hobby into an income producing business. For instance, I pay a retiree to help me with my computer. Others advertise services by placing a sign on the side of the road stating, “Baby Sitting 24/7 – Call 0000, Detail Your Car – Call 0000, Clean Your House – Call 0000. There are many needs to be filled which do not require any investment other than your time and energy. Be creative.
ELIMINATE DEBT: Many people have tremendous debt burdens. The worst kind of debt is credit card debt. Pay your credit cards off monthly, and for information on the best credit cards www.creditcards.com/best-credit-cards.php www.creditcardtuneup.com For information on managing money, and getting out of debt read books by Dave Ramsey or www.crown.org
LOWER YOUR COST OF LIVING: Inflation will cause difficult times for those who fail to anticipate higher expenses, and fail to make adjustments in their spending habits. A good adage is; Use it up. Wear it out. Make do. Do without. Here are some good ways to save money, and remember; almost everything is negotiable. You can save a substantial amount of money purchasing from discount or consignment stores. Many items are available for sale at significant saving on www.ebay.com www.craigslist.com, www.amazon.com and www.upillar.com. Don’t buy a new automobile. Thousands can be saved by buying an automobile that is several years old with low mileage. Only buy a home you can afford. Don’t buy prepared foods, and eat out less often. Burger King & McDonalds sells coffee to seniors for about 80 cents – much less than Starbucks! If you’re retired you can find good information at www.retirernentliving.com Insurance is becoming increasingly expensive. The following online insurance companies may save you money: www.insure.com www.msweb.com www.esurance.com www.ehealthinsurance.com The U.S. General Services Administration publishes an annual Consumer Action Handbook that offers tips on being a smart shopper, avoiding rip-offs and seeking justice. It is free and can be obtained by phoning (888) 8-PUEBLO. You may be able to share a residence with someone, and there are numerous elderly people who might let you stay rent free in exchange for housekeeping and cooking. If you have a home perhaps you can rent out a room. To obtain discount coupons go to www.coupons.com www.restaurant.com www.printable-coupons.com Daily deals and steep discounts are available from restaurants, hotels and attractions online from websites such as www.LivingSocial.com www.Bloomspot.com and www.DealOn.com. www.Yipit.com and www.Citiesonthecheap.com compiles all the deals happening on that day from a variety of daily deal websites. Sometimes there are tax credits available for energy-efficient home upgrades. www.energysavers.gov www.energytaxincentives.org One way of making your home more energy efficient is to turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees and set the air conditioner at 80 degrees in the summer.
BARTER: The underground economy is growing. www.Barterquest.com and www.Craigslist.com are reporting an 80% increase in activity.
TAXES: Make certain you are receiving all the deductions you deserve. Don’t overpay the government. You can do this by simply increasing the number of exemptions you claim on your W-4 form with your employer. Consult your accountant regarding this.
PRESERVE YOUR HEALTH: Get adequate rest. Try to avoid stress. Eat plenty of vegetables, and cut down on red meats and carbohydrates. Use supplements and above all exercise. A major difference between Americans and Europeans is that obesity is rare in Europe! If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or hypertension, ask your physician to give you a prescription for a years worth of medication. The American Red Cross has information on how to provide first aid and emergency medical assistance. Products you should consider obtaining are hydrogen peroxide, Betadine, and bleach for sterilization.
RETIREMENT: Consider establishing a retirement fund such as an IRA or a Roth IRA. Don’t rely on Social Insecurity for your retirement. Some suggest establishing a Roth due to the fact that they anticipate taxes to substantially increase. However, every situation is different so check with your accountant.
PHYSICAL SECURITY: It is not going to be helpful to have food, if you don’t have the ability to protect yourself. Consider obtaining and learning how to safely use a weapon to protect you and your family. The first thing that tyrants do when taking over a country is to confiscate weapons. If there is any one thing that is an unmistakable signal that government is about to totally eliminate individual freedom, it would be passage of a law mandating registration or confiscation of firearms.
BECOME EDUCATED: Form local citizens groups, educate your neighbors on their rights, and inform them about the grave possibilities we face in the event of a government declared emergency.
HOPE FOR THE BEST BUT PREPARE FOR THE WORST: Never allow your gas tank to become less than half full, have a generator, candles and an alternative heat source in case of a power outage. If the pundits are wrong, you can eat the food, use the gas, and spend the cash in good times rather than bad. Think about it. If hard times come, and you are sitting back with no need to worry over your basic necessities, what type of ministry opportunities would possibly present themselves?
CONCLUSIONS: We are in a battle to preserve the Republic. It is much better to fight now to preserve what freedoms remain, than to reach a point where we lose all, and have to fight to survive with very slim hope of regaining that which we’ve lost. I spoke with a man who immigrated to the U.S. when Nicaragua was taken over by the Communists. He said that what he sees happening in America reminds him of what happened in Nicaragua. However, he added that he had some place to go, but that if tyranny comes to America there isn’t any place in the world for us to go.
SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH OTHERS: Christians should be prepared to provide not only for their family, but for others who are in distress, or who may find themselves in distress if conditions deteriorate.
www.survivalblog.com www.shadowstats.com www.chrismartensen.com www.trendsresearch.com www.thestreet.com www.bls.gov www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5yxFtTwDcc
SEND THIS LETTER TO ALERT OTHERS
I have a great concern which is, how should or how can I respond if there is a significant event that will make it either difficult or impossible for people to obtain needed essentials. As a Christian I want to do whatever I can to help my fellowman, but the scope of an event could be so great that it would be impossible to help even a fraction of those in distress. The best thing I can do is to encourage others to prepare, and I’ve sent the following letter to friends and relatives. Here is the letter:
My reason for writing this note is due to my concern for you and your family.
Numerous events could have a great impact upon our way of life. If you are aware of what happened in south Florida during hurricane Andrew or New Orleans during Katrina you probably realize that you can’t depend upon government. Regardless of the cause or timing many informed people in finance, government and the military believe America is poised for a prolonged event which could disrupt life as we know it.
An event with the potential to disrupt life as we know it could happen anytime, or it could be a year or more away. I view being prepared in the same way as I view fire insurance. I don’t expect a fire, but I want to be covered in the event of a fire. Everyone desires ‘normalcy’, i.e. most people do not welcome a major unexpected change in their lifestyle. However, please consider. If a significant event should occur your friends and neighbors will be busy trying to provide for their own families, and will probably not be able to help you. Here is an excerpt from an article which I read recently that discusses this issue:
“Many believe that those who have stored food will share with those who have not. Though that is a nice thought, dispel that notion: When people are able but unwilling to take care of themselves, we are responsible to employ the dictum of the Lord: “That the idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer." In other words, do not expect your neighbor to feed you. For if he has obeyed the counsel to store up for his family, and you have had the resources, but instead procrastinated, which one of his children should he let starve in order to feed you?
If it is not a priority for you to save yourself and your family, why should another family have to take of that responsibility? ... Some confuse the commandments of sharing and taking care of the poor and needy with sharing their food with the rebellious. There is a huge difference in sharing with the poor and needy and sharing with the rebellious – those who could afford to get their food storage, but don't because other things, buying a big screen T.V., vacations, the latest fashions, take precedence”
In a major event it may be very difficult for a single family, even if they have provisions, to survive. Consequently, I have decided to join with others. One of the provisions of the group’s bylaws states: “I will only bring immediate family members to the designated area if an event should take place. Immediate family will be defined as one of the following: Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, Spouse, Children. Members agree to these strict guidelines and will be expelled from the group if they violate the guidelines.” If you wish to consider joining the group let me know, and I will discuss the procedure.
Everyone has different needs, but here are some suggestions that pertains to everyone.
An absolute necessity. If there is not a supply of safe water it is possible to sterilize water by adding 16 drops of unscented bleach to one gallon of water.
Consider having a minimum food supply. This is what you need in order to provide for the needs of one adult for 30 days: 5 lbs of lentils, 25 lbs of grain, 5 lbs of sugar, 1 lb of fats & oil, 8 lbs of dairy. This list is meant to prevent desperation on your part. It is not a balanced menu, but a good multivitamin such as Centrum can help fill in the shortfalls. This supplies the basic amount of food for a very small investment. For more information see: http://readynutrition.com/resources/category/preparedness/calculators/
You should also consider how to protect your family should rioting or anarchy result from an event which disrupts the economy or the power grid. History shows that following major disruptions looting is a significant problem. It’s not going to help having supplies if you can’t protect your family.
KNOWLEDGE is power and there is a great deal of information on this issue at these web sites.
I hope you will consider the above. Most people are unable to obtain everything needed all at once, but this information can help you get started, and if you would like to discuss it further give me a call.
Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities
A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the city’s code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard. She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden after becoming unemployed as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self sufficient. She filled her yard with things like, fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.
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Communication Infrastructure – Preparing for Chaos
In terms of preparedness, emergency communications should be at the top of your list. In times of crisis, the ability to send and receive information could mean the difference between life and death.
As part of our infrastructure series, we are going to take a look at our country’s communications infrastructure.
Who is Listening?
Let’s face it; every time we talk or transmit messages through our modern communications infrastructure, we put ourselves at risk. From bored teenage hackers, to more sophisticated criminal groups, hundreds of thousands of hackers are hard at work trying to steal every piece of data they can get their hands on.
If you use one of these modern forms of communication, (cell phones, the internet, email, etc…) there’s a good chance that your information will eventually become compromised.
The technology is out there, and it’s getting easier for criminals to use it.
At a security conference a couple years back, a group of hackers showed how easily they could intercept just about anyone’s cell phone conversations. With under $1,500 worth of gear, the security expert built a device that mimicked a cell phone tower. The device tricked cell phones into routing their outbound calls through the device, allowing the hacker to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear.
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Antibiotics if needed
In a crisis Antibiotics will be in short supply. Even a simple cut can get infected and without treatment can cause death. Antibiotics used in aquariums are human grade and can be bought over the counter. Apparently, fish are sensitive to impurities and as such their antibiotics must be pure. Here is a list of products and links. Do I suggest you take them now ? NO ! but if SHTF some antibiotics are better than none.
**IMPORTANT:FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY**
Please do your own research.
Fish Cillin, 250 mg Ampicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline Forte, 500 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline, 250 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Flex Forte, 500 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Flex, 250 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Mox Forte, 500 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mox, 250 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mycin, 250 mg Erythromycin, Non-prescription
Fish Pen Forte, 500 mg Penicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Zole Forte, 500 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Fish Zole, 250 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Freeze Dried Vs Dehydrated foods
Freeze drying is a process where food is cooked and then flash frozen. After it’s been flash frozen, it is brought to a lower temperature to help evaporate any ice and as much of the food’s
Moisture as possible.
The food is then placed in a sealed moisture and oxygen-proof package to help ensure freshness when it is opened.
Once water (hot or cold) is replaced in food that is freeze dried, the food regains its original flavor, aroma, texture and appearance.
Why Freeze Dried?
With foods that are freeze dried you keep the freshness, color and aroma, as well as maintaining both a long shelf life and reduced weight (due to water removal)
Food this is freeze dried also give you advantages over frozen food, dehydrated food or canned goods.
Foods that use the freeze dried method DO NOT REQUIRE LOWER TEMPERATURES for storage, don’t lose freshness over time as easily as canned foods,
And they maintain their flavor and texture over dehydrated foods.
Originally produced for the U.S. Military and NASA, freeze-dried food has several advantages over frozen or dehydrated foods. Frozen foods retain flavor and nutritional value, but require low temperature storage conditions. Dehydrated/canned foods are shelf-stable, but lose flavor, texture and nutritional content. Freeze-drying is the best of both worlds, preserving freshness, color, and aroma, while being completely shelf-stable. Freeze dried retains nutritional value and keeps for 25years.
Do not forget to have a stash of any medicines you are on … as well as aspirin, peroxide, cough stuff, flu stuff, any over the counter common crap…bleach (can purify water), female hygiene products, toilet paper, soap, paper plates, forks, cups (no water…throw away)
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Liquor…. For bartering, and for numbing pain
Guns and ammo….do we need to discuss why…you have food…others won’t….
There is also a company called www.sunoven.com
can cook without electricity.
Seeds…NON HYBRID seeds…can plant a garden and used for barter….
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