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Even though the temperature inside my house will soon be close to the same as outside, I know it won't be forever. This is a temporary situation unlike disasters we may face in the future. Luckily, I get to use this as a practice run and when the house gets too cold, I'll be reaching over and kicking on the space heater for added comfort.
A little preparedness goes a long way during disaster situations. A weeks supply of food, water and shelter can mean life or death while you are waiting for government resources to save the day. This is no knock on the victims of the typhoon because this storm was strong enough to destroy any supplies these people may have had. But this is a factor you don't have much control over. I would rather know my supplies were destroyed by a super storm than know I didn't have supplies because of my laziness.
These storms continue to grow in intensity and it should be a growing warning in your mind. Governments and citizens must take these threats seriously and begin effective preparedness plans for the next super storm. It could only be a matter of time before mother nature comes knocking on your door.
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I am not an economist but I have my doubts folks.
First of all, the only reason we have seen a consistent growth in the stock market is because of the feds $85 billion monthly purchase of bad bonds. Where are they getting $85 billion? They're just printing it. When a government prints and prints and prints, inflation is bound to show it's ugly head. Unfortunately for you and I, we don't own the proverbial money tree like our government. Every country around the world is facing dire economic conditions because our economies are now interconnected. Keep an eye on world news and maybe you will see the collapse unfolding before others.
Secondly, what happens when they stop spending $85 billion per month? I mean, they can't continue doing this much longer, can they? When the purchases cease, we may see the largest drop in the financial markets because the big investors will try to save every penny they've made. Everyone who has money is investing while markets are great, but you better believe they are pulling out just prior to the big announcement.
Sure, everything looks to be improving, but don't let our government trick you. The person who continues to prep, even in fair weather, is the one who survives. No one knows when the next economic collapse is coming and you better believe the day before it happens will be no different than today.
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U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76This manual is full of survival tips which will undoubtedly come into handy during any disaster. The best part is the app is free and will work without a signal. A must-have!
This is a global social network where users can share knowledge of disasters throughout the world. This app is free but also requires a signal to function. Could be a great warning system of a coming disaster.
First Aid - American Red CrossThe Red Cross app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. This app includes videos, quizzes, and step-by-step advice. This app is also free and appears to function without a signal.
Monitor existing police, fire, and rescue frequencies and stay abreast of activities in your area or around the world. This app requires a connection to function.
Google MapsIt sounds silly, but what happens if a disaster happens in an unfamiliar area. Remember, we have no idea when disaster will strike so we have to always be prepared. The map is available without a signal but you will be unable to use the locate features.
BONUS TIPDon't forget to have some entertaining apps as well because they can help time pass and keep morals up. Games, books, and even coloring apps can be extremely helpful during hard-times.
HackersShortly after the U.S. began contemplating an attack on Syrian soil, The New York Times website went down from a cyber attack. The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for this attack and promised more if we proceeded with our plans to bomb. A cyber attack on our grid can have detrimental effects on our society and cause chaos within hours as the crazies take advantage of the opportunities to pillage. There are numerous reports claiming our grid is highly susceptible to an outside cyber attack.
Terrorist AttacksThe risk of a large scale terrorist attack is very real if we proceed with attacks. Iranian sleeper cells on our soil could be activated and we have no idea what to prepare for. They could launch a chemical attack, nuclear attack with stolen Russian supplies, attack our nuclear power plants, suicide bomb public locations. The threats are endless. If this country is attacked during war time, it may mean the president will place the country under martial law.
Risk of World WarThe threat right now is small, but real. Russia and China have used strong words advising the U.S. to stand down and it is reported Putin has already approved a military strike on Saudi Arabia (our ally) should we strike Syria. Iran has also approved a strike on Israel (another ally) should the U.S. strike Syria. It doesn't take a fortune teller to assume North Korea won't be too far behind if the opportunity presents itself. If you recall in history class, Japan attacked us in World War II while we were busy in Europe. A war of this magnitude would weaken our defenses at home opening the doors to would-be attackers. Thankfully, America has more armed citizens than any other country in the World and we will defend our soil.
Do not stand idly by while others around you prepare.
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According to the article, only 19% of Americans feel they are very prepared for a disaster. That number is scary if you ask me because that means 81% of America is not prepared. That means well over 250 million Americans will be panicking and killing each other if we have an extended national emergency. The ability to stay home while everyone else fights over supplies is just another benefit of being prepared.
I hope these ads will motivate more families to take their future into their own hands and forget relying on others for help.
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There is a lot of planning that goes into prepping your family for disaster. Unfortunately, I find that many families leave their pets out of the picture when storing supplies. Either they have forgotten about them or they believe they can just let them outside and they will survive on their own. The latter may be true for some pets but like us Americans, our pets have grown dependent on handouts and won't survive long without help.
Prepping with pets is typically much easier than you think. Because most pets eat the same brand of food everyday, you only have to worry about buying a few extra bags or cans of food and your pet suddenly has a stockpile of emergency food. I recommend you store the same amount of food you stored for yourself. So if you have 1 month of emergency food, so should your pets.
Next, your pet needs water. Typical house pets do not require as much water as us humans so again this isn't a difficult task. If you believe you have enough water stored for your family, store a little extra for your pets. You don't have to store a lot because as an added bonus, your pets can drink from the puddles outside if clean water becomes a shortage.
Finally, if your pet uses medication you may want to make an attempt at acquiring extra. Some vets will understand your reasoning and appreciate you thinking about your pets safety. Other vets may deny you but at least you tried. Depending on the medicine, your pet may still survive long enough until help arrives.
As you can see, preparing your pets for disaster is one the easiest steps to prepping but it is often overlooked. Do your pets a favor and make some room in the survival plans for them.
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1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter At $19.95, this water filter will clean up to 1000L of water giving you close to a year's supply of clean drinking water. No question there should be one of these in everyone's survival kit.
2. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets At $6.49, this is your back-up to clean water if the LifeStraw fails. The downfall is one bottle will only treat about 4 gallons of water. You might want to pick up a couple.
3. Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter - Black Next you need fire. Fire not only provides warmth and safety, it also gives you another back-up plan for clean water. Remember, boiling water is another method for acquiring clean water. $15.12
4. Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter - Black You need something to heat your water in don't you? If you plan on relying on the boiling method for clean water, you better have a reliable pot for collecting and heating the water. $18.43
5. Rothco Type III Commercial Paracord (Black, 550-Pound/100-Feet) Paracord has many uses in the wild and it's only $8.89 for 100'. Enough said!
6. 1/2 Dozen (6 PAK) Duke 110 Single Spring Body Trap for Mink, Muskrat, and Weasel Trapping is an excellent method for acquiring protein rich food. Set up the trap, walk away, come back later to your next meal. $20.72 for 6 traps.
7. Texsport Reinforced Rip-Stop Polyethylene Tarp (Camouflage, 10 x 12-Feet) Protecting yourself from the elements is another priority when trying to survive. This tarp will help you stay dry for $18.13.
8. 2pk blue 721 Mens Merino Wool Calf Boot socks for Hiking and Camping What are socks doing on a survival list? You'll thank me when you are out in the woods with warm comfy feet. Only $17.90 for a 2pk.
9. 6 Mechanical Fisher's Yo Yo Fishing Reels -Package of 1/2 Dozen- Yoyo Fish Trap Don't forget fish when planning on food sources. Yo yo fishing reels catch fish while you're away setting up camp so you have something to eat before bedtime. Have 6 of them working for you for $19.99.
10. Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series, Folding Sheath Knife I hate to recommend a knife on a discount list, but this knife is fairly reliable, and well, you need a knife. For the budget conscious survivalist, this knife is sufficient and only $16.91.
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Hacking is another threat we must be concerned with. Hackers have gained access to our electrical systems in the past and they will continue to find these weaknesses and threaten our grid. Without power for an extended period of time, most Americans will die. Our enemies are quickly learning how dependent we are on the grid and how easy it would be to take away our life line.
I hope you aren't one of the millions of Americans who will turn a blind eye to this threat. As we become more dependent on technology, we also become more vulnerable.
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1. Cost is too highAs of this writing, gold is selling for over $1300/ounce. $1300 can buy a whole years supply of food for one adult, a tactical rifle, 1000s of rounds of ammo, or even a down payment on retreat land. The list goes on and on. What is an ounce of gold really going to do for your family?
2. Precious metals will not be used for currencyDespite everything you have read, precious metals will not be used for currency exchange if the economy collapses. Survivors will turn to bartering goods and services and will have little interest in gold or silver. Why will they turn to bartering? Because a very small percentage will be prepared and the others will be scrambling for supplies. It will take months or even years before metals have their place in a bartering system, because people will be too concerned with the essentials.That brings into the final point.
3. Limited identification methodsHow many people do you know who can properly identify a coin which is 90% silver? How many people can identify real gold versus fake gold? The fact that I can still find circulated silver coins is a bad sign, folks. Most of the general public has no idea there is value and they don't really care. Do you think that mindset will change when their cold and hungry?
If you already have a small stack of gold and silver sitting in a lockbox, I highly recommend you sell it and use that profit for prepping supplies. Supplies will do more to guarantee your survival than a few silver coins and gold jewelry.
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Setting out to purchase guns for your survival plan can be daunting. The list seems to be exponential and constantly growing, but I am here to give you some basic quick guidance. Before we look at my list, please understand guns have their place in a survivalist's plan, but I recommend you focus your initial purchases on clean water, shelter, and food. The list below is based on price, usability and necessity. This means guns with a higher possibility of use and lower price tag rank higher on my list.
1. 22 Gauge RifleA rifle like the Ruger 10/22 can be had for under $200 and ammo comes extremely cheap. The gun is versatile in that it can be used for self defense and hunting small game. Don't let anyone fool you, you can also snag yourself large game like deer and use it for self defense.
2. HandgunThe caliber of handgun you choose is your preference. The .40 and .45 tend to be popular choices but don't rule out a 9mm. I only rank a handgun above a shotgun if you live in a State with Concealed Carry laws. Shotguns are great, but you can't wander very far around town with one in your pants. If you can get a CCW permit in your State, get it.
3. 12 Gauge ShotgunPurchasing a shotgun accomplishes home security and hunting in one purchase. Ammo again is fairly affordable and the sound of a shotgun is a universal "you better get out of here" sound. Buy different shots (bird, small game, buck, slug) when storing ammo so you have multiple uses for this weapon.
4. High-powered Hunting Rifle.270, 30-06, .338, etc. The beauty of hunting rifles for larger game is they can also be used for self defense WTSHTF. I have these ranked next to last because I am assuming you aren't an avid hunter and this gun will see very little use. Otherwise, you wouldn't be reading this post. However, if you plan on hunting then move it on up the priority list and get out there. Don't forget to send me some jerky.
5. Tactical RifleThis list can include an AR-Variant, AK-Variant, SKS, etc. I list tactical rifles last because I believe they are more for show and fun. Yes, I would prefer to have one if SHTF, but the cost (>$1000) is a little too high when you factor other necessary gear you could buy with this money. Tactical rifles have tons of optional gear (sights, optics, lasers, lights) which can run you another $500+, and this is before you even began buying ammo. Unless you're one of the few swimming in money, I suggest you hold off on this purchase until your other survival supplies are overflowing. - By the way, I guarantee I am the only author suggesting this.
This list is only a recommendation based on price and necessity. Everyone has a differing opinion when it comes to guns and I look forward to hearing yours in the comments below. In the end, don't let anyone tell you what gun to buy, it is your final decision.
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For those who have yet to hear about HAARP, I will give a quick history lesson. High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program is yet another Government project our taxes are funding without our knowledge or approval. The short version is they are using acres of high frequency transmitters to send millions of watts of radio waves up to the ionosphere. The stated goal is to study how the ionosphere effects radio signals. It is rumored there are over 200 of these installations across the world. Why do we need to study the effects all over the world?
Theories claim these projects could be altering our weather systems, causing earthquakes, or even tell us what to think. Honestly, I don't know what to think because the government rarely tells us the truth. One thing is certain, weather has gotten crazier and more deadly in the past decade.
My concern is what was made public by HAARP program manager, James Keeney. HAARP is currently in between contractors and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning on entering the facilities for testing this Fall. DARPA is responsible for developing new military technologies, so why would they be interested in these "harmless" radio waves? Let's think about this. This is the same agency who is working on developing humanoid robots, eavesdropping satellites, and weapon systems that can strike anywhere on the planet. The Government said everything is cool, so I'm sure we're safe.
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1. You don't have enough clean water stored.We all know water is extremely important to our survival, yet over 95% of Americans don't even have 3 days worth of water stored as recommended by FEMA. To those that have heeded the warnings of our government, what happens after 3 days? Do you have access to water by your shelter? Do you have a water filter? Do you have back-up containers to store rain or water you've filtered?
Solution - Start filling empty plastic containers with clean water, invest in a good water filter, and look into installing rain barrels around your property. If you have a well, having a back-up power source for pumping the water out is helpful.
2. You don't have enough food stored.We store food for the time when fresh food is no longer available. I commend you if you have been to the store and bought extra canned food, but is it enough? Canned food can take up a lot of room quickly and can be difficult to rotate through when we have access to fresh food. I have heard people state they will just turn to hunting if we face a food shortage. How long will the animal population survive if each of your neighbors turn to hunting? The goal when storing food is to have more than you believe you will ever need.
Solution - Decide how many months of food you would like to have on hand and add 25% for unknown circumstances. Chickens and rabbits are easy to raise on small lots and can supply additional sources of food. Growing your own garden is also a skill every prepper should be practicing.
3. Winter.Cold weather sucks, especially when you don't have an escape from it. Preppers tend to focus on water, food, and guns and believe they are set. Clothing and shelter is a forgotten supply because it isn't as fun to buy and takes up storage room.
Solution - Each one of your family members needs gear which will keep their body temperature up during cold spells. This means wool clothes, heavy hunting jackets, sleeping bags for 0 degrees and under, and shelter options like tents and tarps. Many of these can be bought much cheaper during the off season as stores try to make room for next season's inventory.
4. You don't have others you can trust.Safety in numbers, folks. It's amazing how a couple of burly men with rifles draped over their shoulders can make even the bravest attacker reconsider. It can also become more affordable when buying supplies if you divide up responsibilities.
Solution - There are many ways to find others concerned about the future state of our living situations. The art is finding who it is because preppers don't want others to know their plans. You also need to be able to trust the people. Prepper groups can be a good start. I recommend only inviting those who bring necessary skills; hunting, medical, cooking, engineer, soldier, blacksmith, leathersmith, etc.
5. You aren't as prepared as you thought.You can buy all of the canned food, water filters, and guns you can afford, but it is worthless if you aren't mentally strong enough to survive. Post-disaster is going to be the most stressful and dangerous time you have ever experienced. Paranoia will set in within a week and you will think everyone is out to get your supplies. Your sleep will be immediately effected unless you have a group you can trust with your protection.
Solution - Go out camping away from everyone else. Take only the supplies you plan on relying on and see how you do. I believe camping with minimal supplies is the closest we can come to experiencing a post-disaster America. Military veterans who have experienced war should be better at handling the stress of potential combat so it is a good idea to incorporate some into your group. Dogs are another form of protection you can't overlook.
When the general public sees a person in camo, they immediately assume they're a hunter or soldier. The common denominator between these two types of people is both are armed. During a disaster situation you do not want to bring attention to yourself as being armed because you will quickly become a target of those who do not have a firearm.
Camo also tells others that you are most likely better prepared, both physically and mentally. Now you have to worry about others following you and looking for help. I am all for helping others but not at a risk to my own safety.
Don't get me wrong, camo has it's place in the survivalist's bug out bag, but when in an urban environment, jeans and a t-shirt will do more to conceal your preparedness than camo. Blending in shortly after a disaster is your best chance at early survival because others will believe you are just as hungry and thirsty as them. Don't give them a reason to think otherwise. If you are the lucky few who live in a rural setting, then feel free to wear all the camo you want.
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2. SHELTER: Have a back-up plan for shelter, especially if you experience harsh winters. Tent, sleeping bags, Fire Starter will all be necessary if your home becomes unlivable.
3. FOOD: Decide how much food your family will need until help arrives. How much you store depends on how long you believe help will take. Canned food is an excellent start because it lasts long, can be had for cheap at your local Walmart and won't be an exotic addition to your diet.
4. POWER: Buy batteries. In an emergency, power will most likely be the first to go. Make sure you have enough back-up power for flashlights and the devices your family members may rely on.
5. MEDICINE: People who survive with medicinal help will be the first to die during a prolonged crisis because shipments will cease. Talk to your Dr about acquiring extra supplies for storage and be honest why you want them. Your Dr may be more willing to write you a few extra prescriptions if you are honest.
6. PLAN: Have a plan for staying at home and a plan for leaving your home. Make sure all family members are aware of the plan and meeting areas. We will not know when disaster will strike so you can't rely on the family being together. Meeting areas and even a small survival bag are necessary for making sure your family can find each other.
Laziness is the only excuse to not be prepared.
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Discovery channel has unleashed a great series about surviving off the grid. According to the show's website, using ancient skills and innate ingenuity, these men fend off nature’s ceaseless onslaught, carving out the lives they’ve chosen from a harsh and unforgiving landscape. If you are a person interested in self-reliance and surviving after WTSHTF, this show is a must-watch.
Each episode follows 3 or 4 men in different wilderness areas of the country and documents the difficulties of living alone, away from civilization. While the show is filled with danger, we also get to experience the beautiful landscape each man is surrounded by on a daily basis. While this view may not be an even trade for many Americans, I would be interested in taking on the challenge.
Do yourself a favor and tune in.
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If you found your way to my blog, then this image should really hit home. Parks always post signs asking visitors not to feed the animals, because they do not want the animals to lose their ability to find food on their own. If the animals become reliant on a free food source and suddenly that source is gone, what happens to the animals?
Think about this next time you are wandering through your local grocer and imagine if the trucks stopped running and stores locked up tomorrow. Will you survive longer than 30 days without the government and commercial assistance you have come to rely on?
Do not let the media or others interrupt your plans to be prepared. Being judged by others for decisions made is part of life. Remember, your family's future is priority and the media will move on when the public loses interest.
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