What is a Prepper?
A Prepper is a person who takes Personal Responsibility and Self Reliance seriously. Preparedness is an important part of life for a serious Prepper. They follow the Five Principles of Preparedness while they Walk the Path of the Prepper.
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8 AIR TRAVEL TIPS TO CONSIDER From first-time travelers to frequent flyers, there’s always certain steps we can take to make our journey more comfortable. Follow my 8 tips (some obvious, others not so much) to make sure your flight and travel is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
If you’re going somewhere for more than a few days, you might have to pack and check a suitcase. If not, try to get by with a carry-on and a personal item. For one thing, your luggage doesn’t risk getting lost, and another, you’ll save money with a no baggage fee (depending on what airline you fly) and save time by potentially avoiding a long line to drop and pick up luggage.
Forgo the Sandals or Flip-Flops.
Yes, they are usually more comfortable than closed-toe shoes. But you increase the chances of a painful incident happening in a crowded airport, walking barefoot through security or in the cramped airplane. It’s best to wear a pair of sturdy shoes, with socks for your flight.
Take Earplugs or Noise-Cancelling Headphones
I’m always jealous of those people who can be lulled to sleep before the plane even leaves the runway. Some people can sleep on planes, and others can’t. If you can’t, you might be better out with some outside help, like earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. That way you can block out the chatty seatmates, plane engines and crying babies and enjoy your music or laptop in peace.
This might be a surprising tip for some, but avoid the temptation to joke around with the TSA agent, pilot or flight attendant. You may think you have the funniest line possible for a situation, but it could be taken the wrong way. The last thing you want is someone thinking you are a flight risk. Hold the chit-chat.
Have an Internet-Ready Device.
Even if you have a direct flight, most airlines offer free tv channels, music or internet on flights or in the airports. Now with smartphones, connecting to the internet is much easier than bringing a laptop. This gives you the ability to check emails, flight status and communicate while you’re waiting to board or in-flight.
Take Your Kindle (or book).
Other than sleep, nothing makes time go faster during a flight than a good book. You may not be sure exactly which book you may want to read, having a Kindle gives you an advantage over lugging several books around.
Stand, Turn Around, Proceed.
Get in the habit of turning around to look behind you every time you get up from your seat in an airport. It’s possible you set something down when you sat, or something fell out of your pocket when you stood up. If you leave something behind in an airport, there’s a good chance you may never get it back.
It’s easy to get uptight or stressed out while traveling, due to airport transit, parking, security lines, etc. If you assume everything will go perfect, it probably won’t. Just take a deep breath, try to relax and go with the flow. It will make things easier for yourself and anyone traveling with you.
A Checklist for Preppers
WRITTEN BY: JARRY COLE
PUBLISHED ON: FEBRUARY 18, 2015
“Protect your family now. Make a plan. Be Ready.” These are compelling words on the home page of survivormall.com, which specializes in “Emergency Supplies and Survival Kits for Disaster Preparedness.”
In these days of rapidly accelerating moral decay, clever deceit and unmitigated evil of all kinds in government, business, education, churches, media and personal lives in general, we must seriously consider how not just to survive, but how to prepare ourselves for living wisely in the “perilous times” (II Timothy 3:1a) in which we find ourselves.
Here’s checklist which may be helpful to you:
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Wasp Spray - get several cans of wasp spray.
The wasp spray can shoot up to twenty feet away
The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote.
Keeps cans on desk in the office .. also keeps several nearby at home for home protection. Front door, back door, nightstand, bathrooms, tv/computer room, bedroom closet, laundry room, garage, golf cart and car.
Self defense experts have a tip that could save your life. ... suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.
It is inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, "spray the culprit in the eyes".
"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.
Please share this with all the people who are precious to your life
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An average of 500,000 earthquakes occur around the world each year, approximately one-fifth of which can be felt by humans. Measured on the Richter scale, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 to 7.9 is considered “major,” while an 8.0 quake or higher is considered “great.” The U.S. Geological Society estimates that since 1900 there has been an average of 18 major and one great earthquake per year. The most recent great quake occurred in Japan in 2011, measuring 9.0 on the scale.
The result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves, an earthquake is usually caused by the rupture of a geological fault, but can also be caused by volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts and nuclear tests. The point of initial rupture is called the “focus” or “hypocenter,” while the point at ground level directly above is known as the “epicenter.”
In addition to the incredible amount of damage that an earthquake can cause, one of the scariest things about a quake is how quickly it occurs. We can see a storm brewing and we usually receive plenty of advance notice if a hurricane is approaching, but an earthquake seemingly comes out of nowhere. Still, there are preparations you can make, and knowing what to do during and after an earthquake could save the lives of you and your family members.
As with other potential crises, you should have an emergency response plan in place in the event an earthquake occurs near you. Assemble your 72-hour survival kit, have bug-out bags ready for you and your family, and organize important documents in advance to be as prepared as possible.
Here are 4 things you can do in advance to make yourself ready for an earthquake:
Most earthquake-related injuries occur due to flying debris and falling objects. Following are 4 steps you can take during an earthquake:
Planning on Surviving a Nuclear, Large-Scale EMP. Here’s How:
Hello fellow survivalists, this is Seamus Finn, writing to you from the beautiful, French-speaking province of Québec, Canada.
Some of you might already have considered the risks of a large-scale EMP attack over North-America. To the few of you who have not, this is but a small amount of information that might help you survive an EMP-related TEOTWAWKI. The author does not consider himself to be an expert about this matter, but would like to share his little bit of wisdom about what he sees as the most potential survival scenario to happen in the next few years, months maybe.
First of all, here are some frequently-asked questions about EMP attacks.
1: Would an EMP affect items that are unpowered at the moment of the pulse?
Answer: Yes, it would definitely ruin any unpowered, printed-circuit, technological item that remains unprotected at the very moment of TEOTWAWKI.
2: Would a homemade Faraday cage protect my equipment?
Answer: It depends. Most industrial/military Faraday cages rely on a self-sufficient, internal power-supply that would, too, remain unaffected by an EMP attack because it is self-protected inside the Faraday cage. Most homemade designs I have seen consist of a .50 caliber ammo box or an aluminum/steel trash bin that is linked to a car battery or some other non-reliable apparatus. The idea of making a survival Faraday cage is good, but the cage needs some specifics to be considered:
The size of each hole in the cage must be smaller than the wavelength of the pulse/excess charge. The power supply of the cage must be DC and placed inside of it, because the 3 waves of particles that follow an EMP attack can last from 2 to several minutes, so it’s very likely that a power-supply located outside the cage would only protect the content for about 5 nanoseconds.
It needs not be grounded. Actually, it is better not be. Partial Faraday Cages (such as a microwave oven or a car) MAY protect items that are inside. Since it is impossible to really test a Faraday cage, don’t rely on it too much.
3: How likely is it that a rogue country would detonate a nuclear device above North America?
Answer: Well, if I was a psychopathic, red-button-owning, aggressive dictator, I definitely would. Most countries do NOT have sufficient nuclear power to set ablaze large countries such as the United-States or Canada. The best and most reliable way to ruin these countries, considering they completely depend on electricity, would be to launch a 1MT nuclear warhead in space above North-America (see graph), rather than destroy MAYBE 0.1% of their industrial capacities with above-ground-detonations like in Hiroshima.
So here comes the main topic. I know very few survivalists who would completely refute the risk of such an attack on American soil (or space). Since it is one of the most credible man-caused TEOTWAWKI scenarios, I strongly suggest that every survivalist consider it when prepping. In this matter, this text will focus on how to adapt to the possibility of an EMP attack and the best ways to survive it if it were to happen.
The very first thing to do when prepping for such an event is to acquire skills and knowledge about the way an EMP attack would affect a post-industrialized country such as the United-States. Know that electric centrals would stop generating power.
Most cars would completely stop working (forget about your nice automatic transmission sedan or pickup truck, pals), television, radio and Internet news networks as well as government emergency signals would be off, there would be no more running water and oil/gas facilities would stop working. Since urban citizens do not produce their own food, the cities would be full of hunger-driven rioters and raiders.
It would be a nightmare to live in a city after the first 48 hours. Considering this, a good prepper needs to plan his bugging out routine according to the situation. Rural citizens, on the other hand, would be mostly unaffected by riots and chaos, unless there is a large city less than a hundred miles around.
A good prepper needs to learn skills and knowledge about how to work things out when completely off the grid. Basic skills such as gardening, power-generation, raising livestock and building structures are essential, but gathering and preserving food, as well as treating water on a long-term basis must not be neglected.
So now, how can someone survive such a crisis? Let’s focus on getting out of the city for a minute. Remember, your car doesn’t work. Actually, less than 1% of the cars would keep working after an EMP. Only some pre-90′s cars would not be affected by an EMP attack. And let’s say the pulse happened during the 4pm rush-hour.
ALL roads are blocked by idle, useless vehicles. So unless you go by foot or on a bicycle, you better bug-in. Plan on having a good-ol’ pickup truck and pray that the blast would occur at night. Still, let’s say you don’t have a running vehicle. You must go by foot. How far is your bug-out location? 50 miles? A hundred miles?
You better have cached supplies on the way, or you might just die of dehydration while bugging out. Is your flashlight affected by an EMP? If so, forget about nighttime traveling, you’ll be walking with the sun, pal. Buy yourself an oil lantern or risk having a shortage of light, especially during short days in winter.
Okay, you’re at your BOL, what now? Did you buy/build a manual water pump inside your shelter? If not, you’ll need to walk all the way to the nearest stream and then back to your shelter with several gallons of water, which is very energy and time-consuming. Did you plan on having a radio working? If not, better start building a Faraday cage right now.
No guarantee it will work, but it’s sure as hell better than NOT having one. Don’t forget to install your power supply inside the cage, or you’ll have a very bad surprise when the grid goes down. Sun goes down again; do you own candles, lanterns and other “antiques”? Did you spend most of your prepping budget on high-tech gear? A 200$ red-dot rifle sight is good, but you could also buy a basic scope instead. Or about a month of food supplies for the same price.
All these questions, a rural prepper must also ask himself. To rely on electricity is to trust international corporations and a corrupted government when it comes to basic needs such as eating, drinking and heating your home. A hobo stove is good, but a cast-iron wood stove is better, and you can use the chimney conducts to heat ALL of your home with these hot pipes. And you know the best? It’s less expensive than your brand new, flat-screen TV! WOW!
On a serious note now: remember Katrina. If a regional-scale event caused such a chaos on a mid-sized city, imagine what it would do if the whole east-coast was to be in the dark for a year. Most people would DIE or evacuate. Some would die trying to stand their ground, others would bug-out and maybe make it. But what if help never comes? What if you spend a whole year waiting for federal troops to restore order, while you had NO WAY of knowing that they have been sent away in another country for a large-scale war?
If you think you are ready for an EMP attack, you are wrong. You can only be less unprepared. Be wise, be self-sufficient, be geared, and pray that it never happens.
5 main enemies to storing food
Source: National Center for Home Food Preservation
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- No refrigeration, plan for emergency assuming no electricity.
– Be nutritious, there may be some more physical activity required (ie. Blizzard requires more shoveling)
– Keep calorie count
- Recommend you start with 2 week supply of food
– Good no-cook food items
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The 7 Essential Items for Everyday Carry
by Paul-Martin Foss February 6, 2018
With an increased focus on preparedness in recent years, there has also been an increase in focus on being prepared all the time. That means carrying on you or near you most of the essential tools you need to survive for at least a few hours in the event something goes wrong and you can’t make it back home immediately. It doesn’t have to be a terrorist attack or natural disaster that messes things up either.
An unexpected earthquake in the middle of the day can shut down a subway system, stranding thousands of riders. A severe thunderstorm can take down trees that block major commuter roads, backing up traffic for hours. And snow or ice storms in the middle of the work day can also lead to commuting chaos. So here are the the few of the items that you should carry every day to make sure that you’re prepared for every eventuality.
Wallet, Keys, and Phone
These are the three essentials that everyone should have on them at all times. Even if you’re just stepping outside to take out the trash, what happens if the door locks behind you and you don’t have your keys? In cold weather, being stranded like that could be fatal. Always have your house keys on you. Keeping one set of car keys on you can be helpful too, if only to drive to a friend’s house to wait for a locksmith.
Keeping your phone on you is essential to being able to call for help. Maybe you went down to your apartment lobby to check the mail, something you do every day. On your way back to your apartment the elevator gets stuck. Maybe the emergency intercom works, but maybe it doesn’t. Or maybe the person monitoring the other end isn’t paying attention. Having your phone on you can make sure that you’ll be able to call for help in any situation.
Making sure you have your wallet on you is also important. Again, if you find yourself stranded outside your house or your place of work, you may need to hail a cab, pay a stranger to drive you home, or buy food and water. You need to have the ability to do that, so make sure you have your wallet on you whenever you step outside.
This is another everyday carry (EDC) item that is becoming more important to people. If your subway gets stranded in a tunnel and the power goes out, having a flashlight makes sure that you can see. And if you need to evacuate the train, it’s a lot better to have your own source of light rather than be dependent on transit workers’ flashlights.
In other everyday scenarios, flashlights can help you find something you may have dropped on the ground or in your car. They can also be used to blind attackers or, in the case of flashlights with strike bezels, be used as a self defense weapon or to break auto glass.
A knife is another EDC essential whose uses are endless. From cutting open a package to slicing a piece of food to cutting a stuck shoelace, there are numerous daily uses in which a knife can come in handy. And in the event of a car crash, having a knife can allow you to cut you or someone else out of a stuck seatbelt.
Handkerchief or Tissues
Handkerchiefs or tissues have numerous uses, so make sure you have some in your pockets. You’ll obviously need to blow your nose at some point, or wipe off some spilled food. But they can also be used to clean up blood from a wound, wipe off your dipstick when checking your oil, or clean your glasses.
Water is the last but perhaps most essential EDC item you’ll need. And it’s not only for drinking. If you need to clean up stains on clothing or clean a cut or open wound, you’ll want to have some water handy.
Building an Outdoor First Aid Kit
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The last big frontier
A movement of staunch conservatives and doomsday-watchers to the inland north-west is quietly gaining steam
Aug 6th 2016 | BONNERS FERRY, COEUR D’ALENE AND SANDPOINT, IDAHO
ASKED by an out-of-stater where the nearest shooting range is, Patrick Leavitt, an affable gunsmith at Riverman Gun Works in Coeur d’Alene, says: “This is Idaho—you can shoot pretty much anywhere away from buildings.” That is one reason why the sparsely populated state is attracting a growing number of “political refugees” keen to slip free from bureaucrats in America’s liberal states, says James Wesley, Rawles (yes, with a comma), an author of bestselling survivalist novels. In a widely read manifesto posted in 2011 on his survivalblog.com, Mr Rawles, a former army intelligence officer, urged libertarian-leaning Christians and Jews to move to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and a strip of eastern Oregon and Washington states, a haven he called the “American Redoubt”.
Thousands of families have answered the call, moving to what Mr Rawles calls America’s last big frontier and most easily defendable terrain. Were hordes of thirsty, hungry, panicked Americans to stream out of cities after, say, the collapse of the national grid, few looters would reach the mostly mountainous, forested and, in winter, bitterly cold Redoubt. Big cities are too far away. But the movement is driven by more than doomsday “redoubters”, eager to homestead on land with lots of water, fish, and big game nearby. The idea is also to bring in enough strongly conservative voters to keep out the regulatory creep smothering liberty in places like California, a state many redoubters disdainfully refer to as “the C-word”.
Estimates of the numbers moving into the Redoubt are sketchy, partly because many seek a low profile. Mr Rawles himself will not reveal which state he chose, not wanting to be overrun when “everything hits the fan”. But Chris Walsh of Revolutionary Realty says growing demand has turned into such a “massive upwelling” that he now sells about 140 properties a year in the north-western part of the Redoubt, its heart. To manage, Mr Walsh, a pilot, keeps several vehicles at landing strips to which he flies clients from his base near Coeur d’Alene.
Many seek properties served not with municipal water but with a well or stream, ideally both, just in case. More than nine out of every ten Revolutionary Realty clients either buy a home off the grid or plan to sever the connection and instead use firewood, propane and solar panels, often storing the photovoltaic power in big forklift batteries bought second-hand. They also plan to educate their children at home. The remoter land preferred by lots of “off-the-gridders” is often cheap. Revolutionary Realty sells sizeable plots for as little as $30,000. After that, settlers can mostly build as they please.
Lance Etche, a Floridian, recently moved his family into the Redoubt after the writings of Mr Rawles stirred in him “the old mountain-man independence spirit—take care of yourself and don’t complain.” He chose a plot near Canada outside Bonners Ferry, Idaho, cleared an area with a view, put down gravel, “and they dropped the thing [a so-called “skid house”, transported by lorry] right on top of it”, he says—no permit required.
Some newcomers are Democrats keen to get back to nature, grow organic food or, in Oregon and Washington, benefit from permissive marijuana laws. Not all conservatives dislike this as much as Bonny Dolly, a Bonners Ferry woman in her 60s who says: “We don’t want liberals, that’s for sure,” and carries a .45-calibre handgun “because they don’t make a .46”. But lefties who move in and hope to finance tighter regulations with higher taxes often get the cold shoulder. Mr Walsh weeds out lefties from the start, politely declining to show them property, noting that they wouldn’t fit in anyway. This discrimination is legal, he says, because political factions, unlike race or sexual orientation, are not legally protected classes.
A red dawn
Todd Savage, who runs Survival Retreat Consulting in Sandpoint, Idaho, works with the more usual sort of client: political migrants who rail against “morally corrupt” nanny government elsewhere. He does a brisk business helping them set up their food-producing fortress-homesteads. Staff train clients in defensive landscaping, how to repel an assault on their property with firearms, and the erection of structures “hardened” to withstand forced entry and chemical, biological, radiological or explosive attack.
Very few redoubters, however, wish to secede from the United States. The Confederacy’s attempt fared badly, notes Mr Rawles. He did, however, exclude the politically conservative but mostly flat Dakotas from the Redoubt because mechanised units could manoeuvre easily there. The same went for swathes of Utah, a state also left out because it has little water.
Purists have criticised him for including eastern Oregon and Washington in the Redoubt, since their larger liberal populations near the west coast dominate state politics. But he believes that the designation will quicken efforts in the eastern reaches to form new, freedom-minded states within a generation. As Mr Walsh puts it, easterners’ taxes get them “nothing back except for a bunch more rules” from socialist bureaucrats.
As for doomsday itself, redoubters differ. Mr Rawles considers the most likely cause to be a geomagnetic solar storm like the Carrington Event in 1859, when a coronal mass ejection from the sun generated sparks in telegraph lines, setting some buildings on fire. Had the nearly 3,000 transformers that underpin America’s grid existed then, a quarter of them would have burned up, according to Storm Analysis Consultants in Duluth, Minnesota. Some redoubters have signed up to receive a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration alert of any approaching solar storm like the big one that blew across Earth’s path on July 23rd 2012, missing the planet by days.
Alternatively, a nuclear explosion 450km above the central United States would produce enough high-energy free electrons in the atmosphere below to fry the grid and unshielded electronics in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. Conceivably, and unpredictably, North Korea or Iran might dare to launch such a missile.
A more likely catastrophe, Mr Rawles believes, would be a pandemic virulent enough to cause the breakdown of the national sewerage system as well as the grid. Mr Savage, for his part, worries most about a “slow slide into socialism” akin to “death by a thousand cuts, right, you just keep whittling away at liberty” by, for example, restricting gun sales. Some of his firm’s clients fear that bankers may deliberately collapse the financial system in order to introduce a single global currency.
The dominant view is simply that institutions and infrastructure are more fragile than most believe, says Dave Westbrook, an American Redoubt consultant homesteading north-west of Sandpoint. Videos sold by his firm, Country Lifestyle Solutions, show redoubters how to assess the viability of off-grid properties, plant orchards and tend crops. But paranoia is out there, says Ben Ortize, the pastor of Grace Sandpoint Church. Terrorism, and the widespread belief that President Barack Obama’s progressive agenda is naive, have fuelled strong support for Donald Trump in the Redoubt, which has a disproportionately large population of former policemen, firemen and soldiers. To calm them down, he tells his flock that the Bible advises them to trust in the Lord, rather than in shotguns and Tasers.
The area’s bad rap is sometimes undeserved. “Hate in America: A Town on Fire”, a recent Discovery Channel broadcast about Kalispell, Montana, attempted to conflate gun-lovers who recoil at big government with the few white supremacists shown at the start. In fact, there is much less racism in the inland north-west than in the South, says Alex Barron, founder of the libertarian Charles Carroll Society blog and self-proclaimed “Bard of the American Redoubt”. Some are quick to label ideological opponents as white supremacists, he says. Liberal bloggers have called him one; but Mr Barron is black.
The Redoubt does give refuge to more than its fair share of outlaws, whether ageing draft-dodgers or crooks on the lam. So says Mike “Animal” Zook, a bounty hunter in Spirit Lake, Idaho with a gunslinger image enhanced by his sidearm’s faux-scrimshaw handle. Pointing east from the Riverman Gun Works car park, he notes that a man can trek that way for nearly 150 miles and see nothing but majestic forest and game. Turn south, and the wilderness extends more than double that.
Wanted men can and do disappear here, Mr Zook says. Some pan for gold, hunt, trap game and quietly slip into a town once a year or so for supplies. Nationwide, perhaps only one in 1,000 indicted felons skip bail and run for it, he says, but the percentage is higher in the Redoubt and especially in Lincoln County, in nearby north-western Montana. That provides enough work, he says, for more than 2,000 fugitive-recovery agents—as bounty hunters are also known—who, like himself, operate at least part-time, typically as private contractors for bondsmen in the Redoubt. All in all, the frontier spirit of America’s Old West is still alive and well.
Villages Amateur Radio Club tests abilities in annual Field Day
June 27, 2015 By Staff Report
Volunteers Maury Schwartz, Wayne Brown and Pete Stafford, man a Morse code key and new FLEX SDR (software defined radio) technology.
The Villages Amateur Radio Club (TVARC) were major participants in the nationwide annual Field Day this weekend. The Field Day is a 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) -- the national organization for amateur radio in the USA.
During the Field Day, amateur radio clubs all over the country set up temporary stations, using emergency power, and make on-air contacts with as many stations as possible.
With the assistance of Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer’s Office, who lent the group their mobile command center and main antenna, TVARC set up their operation in air-conditioned comfort behind the Sumter County Sheriff’s Annex.
Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer loaned the group his well equipped mobile command center for their drill.
The volunteers were grateful for the SCSO’s well-equipped and comfortable trailer, which shielded them from 100-degree afternoon temperatures. The set-up began at 2 p.m. on Friday. Operations began at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and were slated to run until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“The premise for the annual drill, which is set up in contest mode,” club president Rich Erlichman (ND4G) explained, “is to prove local amateur radio operators can have a functional emergency management communications center available quickly in the event of a hurricane, tornado, or other catastrophe in which everyday modes of communications infrastructure is down.
“We don’t specify what kind of disaster the drill simulates,” Erlichman continued. “It could be an act of war, a storm, just about anything — and it’s a contest that isn’t really a contest. What I mean is that nobody wins any big money — but the operators get involved for the recognition, for enjoyment, and to demonstrate that they can accomplish what’s needed within a good time frame.
“As an example, with a hurricane like we had in 2004, or the 2007 tornado, when police and other radios didn’t work, we could contact Tampa or other local areas, who could send ambulances, medicine, additional police or fire personnel — whatever might be needed.”
A close look at the Morse code key and advanced equipment.
In rotating shifts, teams of volunteers, including Maury Schwartz (K6LWD), Wayne Brown, Pete Stafford (K2PS) and others, simultaneously manned a Morse code CW (continuous wave) transmission unit, using a backup generator; and a guest operator, Glenn Allen W4GJA, visiting from Melbourne, worked on a single side-band set-up using a microphone as well.
“We like the newest FLEX technology we use,” operator Pete Stafford said. SDR stands for software defined radio — it has no buttons.
For demonstration purposes, there was a GOTA unit set up for interested visitors and their grandchildren to learn about HAM radio operations. GOTA stands for Get On The Air — and shows how quickly HAM radio signals can be sent and answered. HAM radio is a popular hobby, with more than 700,000 licensed amateur radio operators in the United States.
Lest one think everything the club does is grim and serious, the group had a delicious cookout at lunchtime on Saturday; and lots of refreshments. Additionally, members Pete Stafford and George Briggs (K2DM) traveled to the leeward West Indian island of Monserrat about two weeks ago for a similar practice drill.
Guest operator, Glenn Allen, visiting from Melbourne, and club president, Rich Erlichman, operated single wide-band radio equipment with a microphone.
“The 1997 volcanic eruption devastated two-thirds of the island, including the port and the airport,” Stafford related, “and their tourism industry is all but wiped out. But from a radio operator’s point of view, it was exciting. The minute we sent our first signal: ‘We are here’ with Monserrat’s call letters, everything lit up immediately — there were so many replies — because there hadn’t been much radio activity from that part of the world lately.”
Fellow volunteers razzed Stafford, asking him if he got beach sand in his radio equipment — but according to Stafford, operations were all indoors in a serene guest house.
The group welcomes drop-in visitors who are interested in seeing how HAM radio operates. For more information, go to www.arrl.org.
THE COMING COLD CRISIS
Chronic record cold temperatures, double the normal high magnitude earthquakes, and massive volcanic eruptions. While government sponsored scientists are not making the connection, top scientist John L. Casey has. John will share his perspective on a coming cold era that has repeated itself through history every 200 years.
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Here are 7 Tips You Need to Know:
Don’t be a "sitting duck," stuck in traffic when the storm hits. Have alternative evacuation routes.
Make plans to secure your property with permanent storm shutters or plywood.
Keep a well-stocked Family Disaster Kit in case you lose power.
Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Stay informed by monitoring the store via radio, TV, and internet.
Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Turn off propane tanks.
If unable to safely evacuate, stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
In a post-apocalyptic world, protecting your home and yourself should be your highest priority. You will no longer be able to rely on law enforcement to protect you and there are going to be crowds of angry, scared, unprepared people struggling to survive. Just because you took the time to prepare for the events that broke down society doesn’t mean that your job is done. On a daily basis, you will be tasked with protecting the supplies you so carefully stockpiled during better times.
Don’t Show Off
Just about anything you have acquired for post-catastrophic survival makes you a target for attack. Machinery, vehicles, tools, even your garden make you more susceptible to possible assault. Try to keep your possessions hidden from plain view whenever possible. Fences work but make it pretty obvious that you are attempting to hide something. Instead, consider using natural ways to obscure your possessions. Trees, shrubs, and other foliage block the view of people passing through without making it seem too obvious that something is being hidden.
Make sure that windows in your home do not divulge what may be inside either. If your family is sitting at the table eating a home cooked meal and someone can see this event from the window there is a good chance they will try to join you; invited or not. Take a look at your home from the street to get a better understanding of this vantage point. You are better able to make changes after seeing for yourself what angry mobs of people will see as they pass your property.
As a general rule, home invasions tend to be a crime of opportunity. An open window or unlocked door serves as an invitation for criminals. A home that looks secure is less likely to be attacked by people looking for an easy score. More often than not, these people will move on in search of an easier target elsewhere.
Secure the Yard
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is a technique that relies on landscaping to make your property, and ultimately your home, less likely to be targeted for attack. Trees and shrubs can serve another purpose in addition to obscuring the view of your property. By carefully landscaping your property, they also make it difficult for intruders to gain casual access. In fact, shrubs can be used to create natural funnels that force potential threats to move into defined areas. These areas should be easily viewable from your home so you have time to make preparations for an attack.
CPTED has another aspect known as Natural Access Control. This refers to the use of holly bushes or other thorny foliage near potential access points. It becomes very difficult (and painful) for an attacker to climb through these obstacles and into your window. It may thwart the attack completely. At the very least, it weakens the attacker making your counter-assault more effective.
Secure the Windows and Doors
Sometimes all the landscaping and other perimeter defenses in the world are not enough to stop a determined attacker. Fortifying all the entry points into your home can keep attackers at bay long enough for you to plan your next move.
Doors are the first point of entry that any thief looks for. The front door should be a reinforced security door. Although intricate glass paneling makes your home look inviting now, those glass panels can become weak points in your structure during an attack. There are thousands of security doors available that compliment the design of nearly any home without sacrificing protection. Installing a security screen door adds an additional layer of protection. The security door can be broken into but it makes access more difficult.
Pay special attention to the back door of your home. As many as half of all home invasion attempts originate from the back door because it typically provides additional cover for the intruder and the doors tend to be much weaker than front doors. A plain wood or hollow-core fiberglass door is very common in the back of a home and both of these can be destroyed relatively quickly. Consider replacing your current back door with a more robust model similar in construction to your front door.
Be sure to use deadbolts on every exterior door in addition to the handle locking mechanism. Each deadbolt should be a Class 2 (rated the best for residential use) and the throw bolt should be at least one inch in length. Inferior deadbolts are far too easy to bypass with simple tools.
Even if the door is robust, there is another weak spot that should be considered. The door frame itself can often be unseated or broken with a swift kick or a battering ram. Most door frames are simply tacked into place using small finishing nails during home construction. Installing three-inch screws into the door frame every few inches is an easy way to increase the security of these entrance points. Flimsy striker plates are another weakness inherent to most doorways. Replace striker plates with high-quality metal and use three-inch screws to secure these into the door frame.
Sliding glass doors are easy to break. Consider boarding them up with plywood to make access more difficult. The locking mechanisms on these doors are also notoriously easy to break. Place a wooden dowel into the track behind the sliding door to prevent opening if the lock is compromised.
Windows are the second access point that requires your attention. Even locked windows can easily be popped open if there is a gap big enough to force a crowbar or screwdriver into. Adding stoppers to window frames makes access more difficult. The stopper is simply a metal pin or nail installed in the window frame. This prevents the window from opening more than a few inches even if the lock is compromised. Since these pins are not easily viewable from outside, the attacker will waste valuable time trying to force the window open. This time can be used by you to prepare a defensive stand or retreat is necessary.
Board up any windows that are not absolutely necessary to survival. Windows that allow in sunlight can help with passive solar heating techniques but other windows are not needed and create unnecessary access points during an attack. Securely boarding up these windows forces intruders to look for alternative entrances and increases the chances that they will give up and look for an easier target down the road.
If you live in a populated area you are much more likely to be attacked. Especially in the days immediately following the apocalypse, high-population areas are expected to fall victim to extreme violence and riots. Although these techniques can help ward off an attack, determined individuals will find a way in. Consider retreating to a bug out location in a remote area. Attacks are much less likely in these areas and your chances of launching a successful counterattack are much better.
Taking steps to secure your home now is helpful after a catastrophe but can also thwart home invasions now. In the United States, a home is broken into approximately every 11 seconds. Fortifying your home and property now ensures that you are less likely to become a statistic now or in a survival situation in the future.
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Dear Fellow Survivalist;
There’s a conflict in our thinking within the prepping and survival community and it’s one that has always bothered me. On one hand, OPSEC (operational security) states that we shouldn’t let people know what we are doing, but rather keep it a secret. This makes sense, because those who know what we are doing could very well show up on our doorstep during a crisis. But on the other hand, it’s commonly agreed that we need to form a survival team, as it’s considerably easier to survive together, than to try and be a lone wolf survivalist.
Should a major disaster occur, you’re going to need to be working with others to survive. That’s not just to share resources and knowledge, but also for mutual defense. The stronger your team is, the less likely you are to come under attack, and if you do come under attack, there will be more of you to fight, defending yourselves.
So how do we do both at the same time? More specifically, how do we meet other like-minded preppers or survivalists, with whom we might be able to share information and form a team?
Because I write about survival, a fair number of my friends know that I’m a survivalist. There response is usually to say something like, “I know where I’m going to go if things go bad.” That’s not the type of response you want. For that matter, it’s not the type that I want either. What I end up doing in those cases is start working on them, converting them to my way of thinking. But they don’t all accept it.
In the case of a major disaster, I imagine I’ll see a lot of those people, so I try to be ready for that. I have lots of rice and beans I can share. But I prefer helping them become self-sufficient, rather than expecting to be dependent on me. There’s no way that any of us can afford to feed our whole community, and once you start, they’ll come back for more.
So unless you have someone in particular, who you think would be a good candidate to be a prepper, I don’t recommend trying to tell all your friends what you are doing. That could end up being a problem for you, when the brown stuff hits the rotary air movement device.
But that still leaves us with the problem of finding people who we can form relationships with, with the goal of forming a survival team. Where can we find them?
In the mean time, like always, keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.
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BARE SUPERMARKET SHELVES IN GREECE SHOULD BE A HUGE WAKE UP CALL TO MILLIONS OF CLUELESS AMERICANS
What you are watching unfold in Greece right now is eventually going to come to your own neighborhood
by MICHAEL SNYDER | END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM | JULY 6, 2015
What you are watching unfold in Greece right now is eventually going to come to your own neighborhood.
Someday, people living all around you will be storming the supermarkets in a desperate attempt to secure the food and supplies that they neglected to store up when they had the chance. Of course the Greeks never thought that it would happen to them either. Their civilization had endured for thousands of years, and they were a part of the most powerful economic alliance on the face of the planet. Most Greeks never imagined that they would be plunged into a multi-year economic depression that would ultimately lead to “bank holidays”, long lines at ATM machines, and people diving into dumpsters in a frantic search for something to sell. And this is just the beginning of the chaos in Greece – things are going to get much, much worse for them. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake up call for millions upon millions of clueless Americans out there, because we are on the exact same path that Greece has gone down. The sad truth is that no amount of “American exceptionalism” is going to prevent us from suffering the consequences of decades of very foolish decisions. We are steamrolling toward our own version of economic collapse, and when that time arrives you don’t want to be caught totally unprepared for it.
In some cities in the United States, it only takes an inch or two of snow during the winter to set off panic hoarding at local supermarkets and hardware stores.
So what is going to happen during a real crisis?
The Greek people are just like us. They are proud, sophisticated people that are highly educated. But now that a full-blown collapse of their economy is imminent, they are feverishly hoarding cash and food…
Greeks were hoarding cash and food Saturday amid mounting fears the economy could collapse, cracking open their wallets only to stock up on essentials and stripping supermarket shelves in the process.
Mothers, elderly men and university students were spotted pushing heavily overloaded trolleys or coming out of shops weighed down by bags of food, with essentials such as sugar, flour and pasta top of the list.
In the well-off area of Glyfada in Athens residents appeared to have panicked, thrusting everything from vast rolls of toilet paper to multiple packs of lentils into their carts.
If you do not believe that something like this could happen in the United States, you are being delusional. And someday, we may actually experience a crisis in which the store shelves are emptied and they do not get resupplied. What would you and your family do during such a scenario? The following photo of what is happening in Greece right now comes from Twitter…
And of course not all Greeks have enough money to hoard food and supplies at this point. As poverty has grown, dumpster diving has become increasingly popular. Some dumpster divers are looking for something to sell, while others are simply looking for something to eat…
Piled high with rubbish congealing in the summer heat, municipal dustbin R21 on Athens’ Sofokleous Street does not look or smell like a treasure trove.
But for Greece’s growing army of dustbin scavengers, its deposits of rubbish from nearby stores and grocery shops make it a regular point of call.
“Sometimes I’ll find scrap metal that I can sell, although if I see something that looks reasonably safe to eat, I’ll take it,” said Nikos Polonos, 55, as he sifted through R21’s contents on Tuesday morning. “Other times you might find paper, cans, and bottles that you can get money for if you take them back to the shops for recycling.”
But that could never happen in America, right?
After all, aren’t we “the greatest nation in the world”?
Sadly, what we experienced in 2008 was just a preview. We have piled up the greatest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, our financial system has been transformed into a gigantic casino, and our leaders have been making some of the dumbest decisions imaginable for decades.
In the end, all of our foolishness is going to catch up with us in a big way.
But of course most Americans don’t want to believe it. They want to believe that we will always be the biggest, baddest, most powerful nation on the entire globe. The following are some actual comments that were left on some of my recent articles…
-“The dollar is not going to collapse. It is too big of a cog in the global order.”
-“We’re Americans! This could never happen to US.”
-“we will have a recession nothing more. Some people will see injustice from looters and some elderly will be meet their maker b/c no one will care to help anyone. But The recession will end and we will have a real recovery.”
-“There is no collapse coming, at least not in the U.S. There will be recessions and depressions, but the resiliency and the sheer economic power of this nation means there is no collapse in any reasonable time horizon. Doomsday prophets have a history of being wrong in the United States of America.”
-“C’mon guys look around. This is the best time to be alive ever. I believe in being prepared for what you can’t see coming, but the world is doing just fine. There’s no need to EXPECT some variation of a doomsday scenario. It’s highly improbable.”
Yes, there are a couple million Americans that are actively prepping, but for the most part it appears that most people still have a tremendous amount of faith in the system. They arrogantly believe that we are just too smart, too powerful and too wealthy to ever fall.
But I am here to tell you that the greatest economic crisis in modern American historyis imminent. That is why the title of my new book is “Get Prepared NOW“. On the cover of the book, the word “NOW” is in larger letters than everything else. There is a reason for that. I am not kidding when I say that you need to get prepared immediately. If you wait, you are going to end up like the people rushing into the grocery stores at the last minute in Greece.
When it comes to preparation, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Initially, it is good to focus on “the big five”…
During any major emergency, every single one of us is going to need a roof over our heads, food on the table, clean water to drink, a back up source of emergency power and a way to defend our families and our homes.
You would be surprised at how many Americans do not even have those basic things covered. They just trust that Wal-Mart will always be open, that Obama has things under control, and that the federal government will swoop in and save them if some sort of emergency ever does happen.
To those that still trust in the system, I would urge you to look at what is happening in Greece. A modern European nation is plunging into a full-blown economic collapse, and the same things that are happening over there will be happening over here someday. It is just a matter of time.
So please, get prepared now, because time is running out.
Top 5 Ways To Survive A Government Takeover (Martial Law)
Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
What is Martial Law?Technically, martial law is when the military takes over governance and imposes its own rules and regulations on the populace, bypassing the civil government.
Many people equate martial law with a heavy handed civil government takeover of their rights, along with the suspension, either temporary or permanently, of the Constitution. This can happen for a number of reasons as seen in the past with Hurricane Katrina or police manhunts like the Boston bombers or New York trooper shooter.
Either way, the effect on us is basically the same; an authority suspending our rights and imposing their own rule of law.
In certain situations, this may seem like a reasonable course of action to those outside the effected area. This is how they can get away with it on a small scale. But if you are under martial law, there is a good chance you are not going to want to be under it, or think highly of those who have placed you in that situation.
What should I do?If something like this happens to you, there are several things to keep in mind.
Every situation will be unique, and you will have to take all the facts and options available in your own situation into account in deciding how to react.
Here are a few general tips that will help you get through, hopefully unscathed, and without loss of life or property.
Be SmartThe number one thing to remember is that the U.S. Constitution no longer will apply. You can not stand up for your rights when you have none in the eyes of the “law”. We Americans have been spoiled to have been raised in a country where our rights are guaranteed (well, at least until they are suspended).
This can lead to confrontation with authority that can turn deadly over your pride.
Is freedom of speech worth dying for? Of course it is, but is talking back to a cop that now has the authority to throw you in jail indefinitely with no charges filed worth it, just to satisfy your pride? Maybe…but who will care for your family if you get thrown in jail for something stupid and avoidable?
Will there be things worth fighting for? You bet, but do it smart, not by getting busted for something petty that, if you swallowed a little pride, would go right by without any incident.
You must keep in mind at all times that authority figures in this situation are not your friends. Your friends may not even be your friends. There will always be those Quislings who will turn you in to gain some sort of favor or perceived sense of power over you.
Be smart. Don’t poke the bear.
If you think this is the pansy play, read on.
DecideIf a Government takeover lasts more than a couple weeks, it will most likely give rise to a resistance of some form. I’m not talking about the people out rioting and burning; I am talking about actual freedom fighters.
You will need to make a choice for you and your family…will you become involved. If so, how involved will you be?
There are several levels of involvement that can be carried out with a fair degree of safety (if you stay smart). Things like gathering information, having a message drop on your property, scrounging food and supplies for the actual fighters.
Each person will have to make their own choice about how involved they want to become. In most cases, your family safety should come first, but that is your decision to make.
Be SilentLoose lips sink ships.
If you have prepared, that means you have some supplies put back for an emergency. The problem is that in a time of martial law your supplies might be seized to be redistributed to others. And trust me, the Government might know you are smart and prepared, so they may come looking.
The best bet is to have a stash that is easily found and then one that is a little better hidden (how, I will leave up to you). So when they come they may take your stash, but your main stash will remain behind.
Now, don’t go telling folks about this awesome prepping advice. Don’t be running your generator nonstop for the neighbors to hear when everyone else has no power or gasoline.
Some of us, because of our faith or other beliefs, will help others in need. This is fine, but don’t go advertising that you have extra supplies or some Quisling will turn you in for sure.
Keep it under wraps.
Blend InPart of blending in I already mentioned in “Be Smart”; don’t poke the bear.
Don’t do things that will draw attention to your family. This means do what all the other sheep do for the most part. Don’t break curfew, follow the rules as best you are able. If everyone else shows up at high noon for a government handout of food, you should be there also, or folks will begin to wonder how you are feeding your family, and you may become a target.
If you need to avoid detection, you will need to learn what kind of cameras are out there and how to avoid them.
You will only be able to drive on rural back roads. I drive a short stretch of interstate in my daily commute. Aside from rest area cameras and cameras at each interchange I have counted seven cameras on signs and poles between my home and work. You can find the rural cameras fairly easily just by looking for the small solar cell used to power them.
You will not be able to buy gasoline at a station without being filmed. It will be best to workout with a willing neighbor to buy it for you and transfer it in cans.
Did you know an ATM can be set to take pictures at intervals? Even when it is not in use the ATM is still filming the area and recording anything and anybody that passes by it.
There are eyes everywhere, do what you can to keep a low profile.
Be Ready to Leave (Bug Out)Sometimes you may be able to turn grandma’s picture to the wall and get out. If martial law is a localized event you should have a window of opportunity to get out before they secure the borders of the effected area.
This reason alone should be enough for everyone to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go at all times. If you can keep your head when it is all going down, you may be able to get your family to safety before things get really bad.
If you cannot get out of the effected area, or the takeover is nationwide, a rural retreat will come into its own. If you have taken the time to get to know the neighbors of your rural area they will watch out for you and there is a good chance they are like minded in their beliefs about the government.
If you do end up in a FEMA camp or some other such facility, the best advice I can offer is go back to the steps of be smart and blend in.
The less attention you bring on yourself, the better your position will be to survive the takeover. Avoid others as necessary and remember the people in charge are not your friends.
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Terrorist Attacks and Pandemic Flu???
Flu season is ramping up and you’ve only got a few short weeks to get your preparations in order. There are some VERY simple things you can do to drastically reduce your chances of contracting any strain of the flu. I’ll tell you a few simple ones in just a minute.
First, what do terrorist attacks on schools and the flu have in common?
Last year, militant Islamic websites were suggesting multiple simultaneous attacks on schools. They assumed that the FEAR caused by 5-10 attacks, regardless of the success or the number of fatalities would cause parents to take their kids out of school in massive numbers. The result would be a huge drop in the workforce for as long as they could make people believe more attacks were coming.
To put it short, in addition to the loss of life and innocence, the economic cost would be devastating.
With pandemic swine flu, people are over-reacting to non-severe cases and the media is underplaying severe cases among otherwise healthy people to keep the general population from panicking.
Similar to the terrorist attacks, no matter how bad the actual effects of the virus are, most of the consequences of the flu virus becoming a pandemic will be the result of people taking action based on FEAR.
I’m of the school of thought that it would be GREAT if everyone in the country could catch the weakest strain of H1N1. Right now, even people with the weakest strains are being quarantined, keeping people from catching it and developing antibodies that could protect them from the more aggressive strains.
As I discuss in the pandemic lesson in Survive In Place, the flu virus is relatively weak and gets killed very quickly by direct sunlight. One of the reasons why the flu spreads more rapidly in the fall and winter is that people in the Northern Hemisphere start spending more time indoors.
This has a multitude of effects that I discuss in detail in the course, but one of them is that when people with the flu breathe or sneeze indoors, the sun can’t kill the virus in their spittle. (By the way, the virus can stay airborne for 11-17 minutes after being sneezed)
If people keep reacting the way that they are now, it’s very likely that when the number of H1N1 cases start to spike this fall, we’ll either see school shutdowns or mass incidents of parents taking their kids out of school to keep them from getting the flu. I understand this, but one of the consequences of this is a decrease in the workforce due to parents staying home…just like what the terrorists were trying to accomplish with their attacks.
This won’t be like when kids are home for holidays and breaks and go to movies, shopping, and other social activities. When parents take their kids out of school to avoid the flu, they’ll likely avoid densely populated areas (warehouse stores, mass transit, sporting events, etc.) and probably won’t even do as much shopping as they normally would.
So, what can you do to prepare, regardless of how bad the flu season is?
Well, I want to tell you straight out that this is ALL speculation. I don’t have a crystal ball. Frankly, I pray that I’m wrong, and that H1N1 fizzles out and it doesn’t have any economic impact on the country. That being said, the steps that you can take to prepare for it are very simple and fit in with the rest of the Survive In Place course:
1. Have a reserve supply of food/water/herbal medicines on hand. Ideally the same foods that you normally eat. If you can, make it a point to stock up on 2-4 weeks of non-perishable food in the next few weeks. This way, if you decide to self-quarantine, you will be all ready to go.
You should have these supplies in place anyhow, but if you you’re opposed to “hoarding”, keep this in mind: If nothing happens with H1N1, you can eat up the food in December to free up money for Christmas.
2. Carry hand sanitizer with alcohol and aloe. Use it often, especially after opening doors, shaking hands, etc. If you don’t use a sanitizer with moisturizer in it, you are very likely to develop micro cracks in your skin that will allow viruses and bacteria direct entry into your system.
3. Wash your hands regularly throughout the day.
4. Carry a pen to use rather than the “leashed” one at stores & your bank.
5. Use a paper towel to shut off water & open doors in public restrooms. Consider carrying an extra few for when you run into air dryers. (Remember that less than 1/2 of men wash their hands after using the restroom.)
6. Try to telecommute and/or explore ways of making money from home.
7. Avoid touching your face unless you’ve just washed your hands. Pay particular attention to your eyes, mouth, and nose.
And…a GREAT couple of tips from a fellow student (THANK YOU!). I was able to verify them and want to share them with you:
1. Drink tea or warm liquids every day.
2. Gargle twice daily with salt water.
3. Use saline spray or a neti pot to irrigate your nose, sinuses, and throat with salt water.
Why? Because the H1N1 virus needs time in the back of your throat to reproduce enough to reach critical mass and overwhelm your immune system. By using salt water and/or warm liquids, you can wash many of the virus particles out of the throat and into the stomach, where stomach acids will kill them Black Flag DEAD!
As a bonus, this approach is MUCH like getting an immunization. Since there will be fewer active virus particles left, your immune system will have a chance to adapt and figure out how to kill the virus and increase your immunity.
Please share any other PROVEN H1N1 tips, tricks, and ideas that you have, as well as first hand accounts from medical personnel.
Also, please take a second and tell me what you’ve done to improve your immune system and prepare yourself for the flu season and the threat of a pandemic.
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Holly says: September 28, 2012 at 11:55 am Bob, I know the feeling. My husband is diabetic, and will die within a month with no insulin. Me personally, I’ll rob every pharmacy to try and stock pile as much as I can. Then I have to figure out how to keep it cold. :/
Reply Mike says: September 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm I too am diabetic so I already know my days are numbered if and when an event occurs.
I am sure he has become stabilized with insulin, but might want to find out if he can migrate to tablet forms such as Glipizide and Metformin.
Typically, once refrigeration is lost, the water tank for toilets tend to be one of the cooler spots in a home due to the nature they are usually out of the sun and an inside room. Just do not flush.
Top 9 Mistakes Of Prepping Newbs by M.D. Creekmore
1. Following the wrong advice: Many new survivalist become fixated upon the advice given by others. They read the latest preparedness book or blog post and automatically assume the advice given is best them, without considering their individual needs, skill level or location. In order to be self-reliant you need to learn to think for yourself.
2. Not eating what they store: Many new survivalist fill their pantry with unfamiliar foods, thinking they will adapt their diet “when the time comes” this is nonsense. You need to learn how to prepare and use these foods now, so they become a familiar staple.
3. Relying only on their food storage: Many new survivalist think once they have their one year supply of survival foods, that’s the end. Don’t get me wrong, having a deep larder is important, just don’t overlook the possibility of needing to replenish your supplies, and obtaining the skills and resources needed to do that.
4. Not storing enough salt: Many new survivalist fail to store this staple in the quantities needed. Don’t discount the importance of salt. I suggest at least ten pounds of iodized salt per person as a minimum. For baiting game (illegal in most areas), I’ve put away several salt blocks. These can be found at any agricultural feed store and are sold for cattle.
5. Building an arsenal: I see this all the time. Many new survivalist spend thousands on weapons and related gear, yet have only a two-week supply food and no water filter. This is stupid. I love guns and gear as much as the next person – but I know food and water are more important to my survival. Sure; we need weapons to protect what we’ve put away, just don’t neglect the other stuff.
6. Relying on bugging out: I’m not a fan of the “grab a bug out bag and head for the hills survival strategy”. In most cases you’re better off staying where you are. Having a bug out bag is a good idea, just don’t make bugging out your only plan or first priority.
7. To much stuff not enough skill: Many new survivalist believe they can be saved though buying. This fantasy has been promoted by self-serving survival gurus for years to fill their pockets with cash. Sure supplies are useful and some are needed – just don’t become dependent on stuff instead develop your skills.
8. Storing only one type of food: More than a few new survivalist have made this mistake. I can’t remember exactly where I read it, I think it was on another survival blog – but the author suggested his readers store hundreds of pounds of wheat and nothing else. While wheat is the backbone of my food storage, storing only one type of food, no matter how versatile is foolish.
9. Not taking care of pet needs: Many new survivalist fail to consider the needs of their pets. If you have pets you must plan for their needs by laying back the necessary supplies to keep them fed and healthy.
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