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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: December 23, 2014, 4:27 pm
The price of oil is rising quickly, with no signs that it will stop any time soon. From now on into the future, it will only become scarcer and more costly to produce. And as the price of oil rises, so too does the price of almost every other commodity. This includes everything from electricity to the bread that you buy off the shelves of your local grocery store or bakery.

For people in Texas, a state that has always had its fair share of accessible oil, the rising cost and declining supply of oil fuel is an especially bitter pill to swallow. Oil plays a role in almost every facet of our lives and economy - while nearly 2/3rds goes towards transportation, additional applications include plastics, asphalt, fertilizer, feedstock, and military and defense.

Necessity being the mother of invention, some smart and adventurous homeowners are turning to natural gas as an alternative to power their appliances and everything else they need. Freeing your family from the grip of Big Oil might take some additional effort and ingenuity, but the outcome will be rewarding.

Why Natural Gas?

Natural gas is a combustible mixture of several hydrocarbon gases. A clean burning fuel, it can be used by homeowners as either compressed natural gas (CNG)or liquified natural gas (LNG). CNG offers a plethora of uses due to the versatility it has as a fuel. It can be burned directly to produce heat that can be used to cook or to simply keep your home warm in the coldest of months, or it can be used as fuel for a generator to produce electricity. It’s also commonly used as a transportation fuel.

Homeowners in Texas are at a considerable advantage due to the fact that there are a large number of available and plentiful natural gas deposits in Texas. This allows for CNG to be offered at a price that tends to be below that of grid-provided electricity for the amount of energy that it can produce. This also allows for homeowners to invest in wells on their land, which allows them to become both self-sufficient and to have an alternative to relying on an often inadequate and aging electrical grid.

Natural gas also burns cleaner than age-old alternatives like coal or charcoal, which means that there's less harm to the environment and less hazards to you and your family when you use it as a fuel source.

If you have the proper knowledge, it is possible to install a gas line on your own. Directions for the assemblage and installation of gas lines can be found online and in print - though if you doubt your skills, it may be best to call a professional. Converting vehicles to run on natural gas can also be done relatively cheaply and easily.

How Does It Compare to Other Green Alternatives?

Natural gas tends to produce electricity more efficiently and reliably than most other green methods of energy production.

For example, it takes around eight times the amount of investment to reliably produce the same amount of energy with solar power as it would with natural gas. Couple this with the fact that natural gas costs around the same as coal, which is currently one of the cheapest methods of producing electricity, to see why it's preferable in terms of efficiency.

In states where the energy market is deregulated, like New York, Nevada, and Ohio, many homeowners have chosen to work with electricity providers that utilize natural gas to create electricity (more info here). The switch makes sense from an environmental standpoint too, especially when you factor in that, per megawatt hour, electricity produced by coal creates roughly twice as much carbon dioxide emissions than electricity which is generated with natural gas (approximately 2,000 pounds vs. 1,100).

The other notion to keep in mind is that natural gas can reliably produce energy during all hours of the day with an independence from environmental conditions. That means a lack of wind or sun won't stop it from providing you with heat or electricity.

The biggest and only real disadvantage of natural gas is that you must always have a source of it to reliably produce electricity. In other words, you must have an independent source of natural gas if the utilities ever go out for a prolonged period of time. Natural gas delivery tends to stop when the power grid fails.

Drop in Texas Natural Gas Prices

Natural gas prices in Texas are at an all-time low since 2008. The main reason this has occurred belongs to the recent advancements in shale well technology making it easier and safer to drill new natural gas wells that produce a large amount of product.

The price of natural gas in Texas is likely to remain on a slight incline over the next few years. The supply of natural gas will support this as the technology to efficiently meet any increases in demand will be in place. While natural gas, like oil, is a non-renewable resource, the amount of natural gas that lies beneath the earth will meet much of our needs for decades into the future.

My thanks  to Beth Kelly for an excellent article.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: October 9, 2014, 10:49 am

Congratulations to Trish! She is the winner of the SteriPen Sidewinder in Riverwalker's Gear Giveaway.

Here is the comment on the original post:

Great Prize! As a newer prepper, with the wind up lights and radio, and the MRE boxes. This would help to keep our water safer. Thanks for the opportunity! God Bless and keep us all safe. Trish692@aol.com

Trish please send an email to riverwalker_texas@yahoo.com and include your shipping address(no PO boxes please). As soon as I receive your shipping information, we will get your prize sent to you right away.

I would also like to thank everyone who commented and stay tuned for future giveaways.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 21, 2014, 11:01 pm

The Texas Preppers Network is kicking off spring with a great gear giveaway! One lucky prepper will receive a free SteriPen Sidewinder ($89 value) to add to their preparedness gear. The winner will be determined by the comments left on this post. The winner will be announced on April 21st in a separate post. The winner will also need to send an email to Riverwalker at riverwalker_texas@yahoo.com with their shipping information.

Clean drinking water is always a priority and the SteriPen Sidewinder will insure you have clean water available when you need it. You can read reviews and get more information about this gear item here.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 3, 2014, 1:47 pm

Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vixl/4939117481/

When packing for camping, many would prefer to think about rations, campground supplies, and tent poles than ways that we might be able to defend ourselves. While it’s true that crime rates at campgrounds are significantly lower than in the city, a reduced likelihood is not very solid grounds to forget the importance of your group’s safety. When camping, it’s wise to heed home security measures like you would if you were home if you want to create a safe environment.

While advanced monitoring and alarm systems clearly aren’t feasible in most outdoors situations, taking some basic principles of home security systems and applying them on your next camping outing can increase your chances of deterring crime and give your campers a greater peace of mind. However, I’d like to make one reservation; whereas crimes in residential properties occur more often in well-traveled areas, the ideal camping grounds are more popular areas where there is a moderate presence of other campers. When it comes to the wilderness, isolation is a key ingredient for disaster.

Without further ado, here are just three ways that we can boost our security while camping to make sure that keep everyone in our party safe, no matter where we are:

1. Maintain a secure presence

The first aspect to keep in mind is adequate lighting, especially during night. Some might choose to avoid light to gain security through stealth, but this is a far greater disadvantage when potential predators lurk. It isn’t advisable to leave a campfire unattended while sleeping, so the better option of maintaining some light at all times is to either use a lantern or a few floodlights with a moderately sized generator. Solar panels are a natural fit if your camping plans go on for longer than your generator can manage.

2. Keep watch

One of the best deterrents in reducing the rates of crime in suburban and urban areas is a solid neighborhood watch. In fact, the FBI’s statistics project that these programs have an efficiency of up to 43%. Likewise, keeping a sense of watch over your campgrounds can make a great difference in keeping criminals away. This doesn't necessarily entail staying up and taking turns maintaining post; rather, simply being aware of sights and sounds of your environment and having a protocol to respond to emergency situations can save the day.

I always take a whistle when I go camping, which I use for an “alarm” in case I detect something suspicious. Others might use lights, signals, or even walkie-talkies to maintain communications about potential dangers.

3. Keep a tight ship

When you buy a new television, you wouldn’t simply leave the box next to your trash can; it would be a blatant advertisement to crooks that you have a shiny new HDTV for the taking. Similarly, it’s always wise (and courteous!) to pick up after yourself when camping. Leaving garbage around can attract potentially dangerous wildlife, pose an environmental hazard to your group or other campers, and leave a trail that criminals could use to determine your resources and tail your group.

When it comes to demonstrating your resources, whether you’re at home or outside, the best policy is discretion.

4. Have a backup plan for worst case situations

No matter how thorough you are in establishing a safe campgrounds and maintaining safe practices, it’s impossible to guarantee that someone (or a wild animal) won’t target you or others with you while camping. Just as you might keep a firearm at home in the case of a home invasion, it’s a good idea to carry some kind of firearm to defend your camp from criminals or dangerous wildlife should your camp fail to deter a dangerous element.

While it’s always preferable to make sure you never have to use it in the first place, keeping a firearm with you is a valuable last resort in keeping the peace while camping.

This guest post was provided by Naomi Broderick.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: October 15, 2013, 12:21 pm
Looking for a great bargain? Need to replace some gear or just pick up a couple of needed survival gear items? PrepareNOW Outfitters has a one time opportunity to get survival gear at some really great prices.

My friend, Brian Howard, is closing out his retail outlet in Fort Worth on Saturday, September 21st, and is offering some great close-out specials on survival gear. This is going to be a one day only sale and his retail outlet will be officially closed after this Saturday. For those of you in the DFW area this will be a great chance to find some real bargains.

Brian’s retail outlet is located at 707 N. Freeway in Fort Worth, Texas. This is going to be an “everything must go” one day only blow-out sale at his retail location. Brian’s online survival store will continue to offer some great survival gear items for preppers.

If you live in the DFW area, mark your calendars for September 21st and check out the bargains on survival gear at PrepareNOW Outfitters retail outlet. After September 21st the retail store will be officially closed but his online store will continue to offer some great survival gear and supplies afterwards.

Be aware, Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: September 19, 2013, 2:07 pm

Many times preppers have an increased level of awareness. This is usually due to the fact that they stay informed about current events in order to be ready if something out of the ordinary occurs. Everyday day events are usually quite easy to manage but an unexpected event can cause you a lot of grief if you aren’t prepared. This is why your level of awareness is of vital importance.


Unexpected events complicate things and destroy the routine and familiar parts of our lives that help us maintain a comfortable level of existence. Being aware of our surroundings is a vital part of any daily routine. Your level of awareness will help you see the potential for a bad situation before it develops into a crisis.

Your level of awareness can involve numerous things that can be easily accomplished if you make them a routine part of your life. That strange noise coming from your vehicle could be a sign of a possible breakdown. One that will most likely happen at the worst possible moment. It may be a simple change in the weather and your level of awareness will help you avoid a flash flood or other dangerous weather-related circumstances. With the proper level of awareness you can be in a better position to handle an unexpected event.

It is a simple process of being aware of your surroundings, being informed of possible changes to your environment and making sure you are properly prepared.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: June 11, 2013, 2:03 pm

There are things people routinely store: clothes, food, exercise equipment, furniture, antique photographs, etc.

But water? Hmmm, an interesting concept. Believe it or not, the average person needs to drink at least one gallon of water per day. And that doesn't include water for important tasks such as bathing or cooking.

So, when an emergency arises, it stands to reason that clean water is one of the most precious commodities around.

Water storage really is a vital part of any disaster preparedness process. But what’s the best way to go about it? Here are three things you must know when storing water:

1.  Choose the right container

If you don’t know what to look for in a container, you’ll be sunk before you even start trying to store water. Key container attributes include:

·                                 Size — Strive for a container that holds 14 gallons per family member.

·                                 UV yes, BPA no — UV coating keeps light out of your water, preventing contaminant growth. And you won’t want your unit to have BPA in the material, because this chemical can seep into the water.

2.   Clean the container

Once you have a water storage container, make sure it’s sufficiently clean before filling it up. Add a teaspoon of unscented household bleach to 1 quart of water, then let it sit for 30 seconds before pouring out the solution. Your container is now clean and ready to store water.

3.   Change it or preserve it

You should only keep your stored water for about six months before swapping it out for fresh stuff. But if that sounds like too much of a hassle, consider using a liquid preserver to boost your water’s shelf life up to several years. You can also purchase water filters or a water filtration device.

If a natural disaster occurs, the absolute last thing you can afford to be without is clean water. Considering how good people are at storing things, why not put this skill to good use for your family and invest in water storage?

This guest post is a courtesy of Food Insurance ™.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: May 15, 2013, 11:29 pm

The amount of man-made occurrences and natural disasters continues to climb. It's during these times that electricity, gas and water supplies aren't functioning. There are also emergency situations where you may be quarantined to your home, or even evacuated from it. Either way, you probably won't have access to groceries because most stores will be closed. So, what will you do? How will you feed your family?

5 Different Ways to Go About Building Your Food Storage

The best way to ensure that you're able to feed your family when a disaster strikes is by being prepared with a food storage plan. Wondering exactly how to get started? Here are five different ways to build your food storage without breaking your bank:

Buy in Bulk
As you know, anything you buy in bulk will get you more for your dollar. Buying non-perishables and other foods in bulk allows you to pay the lowest prices possible, per item. If you do choose to go this route, be sure to check the expiration dates of your products. The last thing you want is to have a need for your emergency food storage just to find out everything has spoiled or turned rotten.

                   Buy a Little at a Time
In today's economy, it may put a dent in your finances to buy large quantities of food at one time. This is especially true with food storage, as these are foods you won't be eating until a future date. If you're on a strict budget, a good way to build up your food storage is to buy a little bit at a time. Each time you go grocery shopping; simply add a few items that will go directly into your emergency food supply. In time, it will build up to include the amount of products needed for you and your family's emergency crisis.

                    Sales & Coupons
Are you a coupon-clipper or sales-watcher? If so, this is another cost-efficient way to start your food supply. Let's say you see a 2-for-1 coupon or a sale on a food item you generally buy. Simply add one to your pantry, and the other to your food storage. Keep following this procedure on a regular basis and you'll soon have the food supply you need.

                    Clean Your Cabinets
Many people don't even think of this great idea. You'd be amazed at some of the items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets that would make great additions to your emergency food supply. Go through them today! If you have two containers of salt, add one to your storage. Do you see 12 boxes of mac n' cheese. At least six of those can be stored away for an emergency. Continue this process until you've gone through all of the duplicate food items in your kitchen.

                     Freeze Dried Foods
These foods are one of the best investments you can make towards your emergency preparedness plans. Freeze dried food is prepared before being flash frozen. That means that they retain their quality, freshness, look and great taste. The foods also last more than 25 years, giving your family decades of security.

Author Bio
This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 23, 2013, 3:35 pm

5 Essentials for Your 72 Hour Survival Kit

Catastrophes always strike without warning. When they do, they hinder the services of local government agencies and community emergency crews. Their equipment, communications, buildings, and personnel will all be affected, making them basically immobile. If this happens, there will be no one to respond to your emergency calls in a timely fashion. This could be a very overwhelming situation for you, unless you're prepared.

5 Essentials Every Prepper's 72 Hour Kit Must Have

Experts on emergency preparedness warn that everyone should be prepared for self-sufficient survival for no less than three days after a catastrophe. That means that you need to have the emergency supplies you need to survive for 72 hours. Many recommend that you keep a 72 hour kit in your home, your office and your car. Here are five basic essentials that every prepper should have in a 72 hour survival kit:

1) 3-Day Supply of Water

·         A 1-day supply is 1 gallon of water, per day = 3 gallons for one person for 3 days

·         The human body can only go only so many days without water before suffering from dehydration. During major emergencies, local water services may become contaminated, or simply may not be working at all. It's vital to your survival that you have enough clean drinking water to last until these local services are restored.

·         Experts recommend such a large amount of water per day because you'll also need clean water for more than just drinking. Your water supply will be there when you need to bathes, wash dishes or clothes, brush your teeth, and other hygienic purposes.

2) Food Storage Supply for 3 Days

·         Should contain at least 9 meals per person (3 meals per day)

·         Being prepared with emergency food storage will really help to ease your stress during a crisis situation. Remember that your local stores will have suffered the crisis with you. So, they will probably be closed, along with all your other local businesses. Also, credit card processors and ATM machines may also be down. That means you'll have no way of going out to buy food during your emergency situation. Be sure you have enough food stored to feed yourself until things get back to normal.

·         Your food storage should be made up of mostly non-perishable foods. These types of products have longer shelf lives than fresh or frozen foods. That way, when you it’s time to eat your emergency food, they're still good for consumption. For good ideas for your 72 hour food storage plan, look into buying canned food, dehydrated food and/or freeze-dried food.

3) Basic First Aid Kit

The following items are recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be included in your basic first aid kit:

·         Antibiotic Ointment

·         Hydrogen Peroxide

·         Antiseptic Wipes

·         Gauze and Adhesive Tape

·         Safety Pins

·         Tweezers

·         Instant-activating cold packs (disposable)

·         Sharp Scissors – should have rounded tips

·         Bandages – assorted shapes and sizes

4) Battery-Powered Flashlight

Electrical services will probably be non-operational. So, be sure that your flashlight is battery-operated and pack extra batteries.

5) Battery-Operated Radio

·         There will probably be no power in your local area after the disaster strikes. Make sure your radio is battery-powered and be sure you have extra batteries for your radio.

·         During a man-made or natural disaster, television services may be out. The radio will be your only form of communication with the outside world. You'll need your radio to stay tuned for important emergency updates like more upcoming disasters, emergency shelters, evacuations, etc...

Author Bio

This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.


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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 3, 2013, 11:44 pm

I recently had a chance to attend The Ready, Set, Prep Summit in Irving, Texas on March 20-21, 2013which was hosted by Food Insurance™. I had a chance to network with a number of people in the preparedness community from around the country. I also had the chance to network with and meet a number of people whom I knew only by their online presence.  It was a very informative preparedness summit.

Here’s the list of attendees at the Summit:

There were a number of very informative speakers with several new ideas for being prepared that I will cover in later posts on TPN or on my main site at Stealth Survival. You may want to check out the sites of the others in attendance. They all have valuable information that will help you be better prepared.

The Summit ended with an appearance by the attendees on the Glen Beck Show as part of his live studio audience. I also like to give a big Texas thanks to our host Food Insurance™.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: March 22, 2013, 2:08 pm
Rocky has put together a free Skills Library for Preppers. It's made up of books from the 1800s through early 1900s. All of these books are in the public domain or have expired copyrights. Most are available for free but are pretty time consuming to search for on the web.

There are many skills and a lot of knowledge that has been lost and many of these are skills that can be invaluable in surviving a disaster or a crisis. Although the Survival Skills library hasn't been completed yet, it has grown quickly and there is a huge number of free books that can be downloaded at the site.

You can visit Rocky's Survival Library here:


Our thanks go out to Rocky, the Lighthouse Survival Librarian

Be informed. Be aware, Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: December 20, 2012, 2:00 pm

After a flood, fire or storm, most disaster victims will tell you that the resulting water damage was the most destructive part of the event. Water damage and the mold that follows are some of the most common and problematic results of a disaster because they can affect every part of a building or home – from plywood to plaster to precious family photos.

While you can replace many items, you can’t replace one-of-a-kind photos, heirloom books or other important documents. You can save them, however, if you act quickly with vacuum-freeze drying.

Water Damage Classifications

Whenever there is water damage, disaster recovery experts generally classify it in one of three ways:

Clean water describes water damage that doesn’t pose a health risk. Examples of clean water damage can include a leaky pipe or a bathtub that overflowed.

Grey water refers to water that has biological, physical or chemical contaminants in it to varying degrees. The water that flows down the drain after you wash your hands, for example, is grey water. If you consume or are exposed to grey water, there is a risk of falling ill. Some of the most common sources of grey-water damage come from washing machine, toilet or dishwasher leaks.

Black water is the term used for water that’s unsanitary because of the possible fungal, bacterial and chemical agents within it. Exposure to black water can lead to severe illness. Sources of black water include seawater, contaminated bodies of water and sewage.

Any type of water damage, regardless of its classification, can be severe. The restoration technique used for salvaging wet documents depends on the type of water damage that occurred. If you believe your documents were affected by grey or black water damage, contact your local fire department or water bureau for assistance with making the affected area safe.

Vacuum-Freeze Drying

Vacuum-freeze drying is the answer when you think you’ve lost your documents, books, photos or other precious items to water damage. As one of the best-recognized methods in the restoration industry, the high-tech process of vacuum-freeze drying is excellent for books, fragile items and large volumes of documents.

When your documents are wet, professionals place them in a special chamber that brings the temperature down to between 0 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure within the chamber instantly vaporizes the ice that forms so there is no risk of it melting and causing additional page tearing or ink bleeding. A high-tech sensor within the chamber monitors the reduction in weight as the vacuum-freeze drying process occurs and notifies the professionals when the documents are dry. This sensor helps prevent over-drying, which can harm documents.     

The best vacuum-freeze drying systems come with variable settings. These settings allow document restoration experts to create the optimal conditions within the chamber for different types of wet documents, such as old books that need extra care, clay-coated papers or large volumes of documents.

When you experience a disaster, vacuum-freeze drying gives you peace of mind; your wet documents are not lost. With this specialized restoration technique, you can preserve even your rarest or most fragile documents and receive the highest-quality results.

Joe Perko is Director of Field Services at Rapid Refile. Rapid Refile is a recognized leader in document restoration and recovery, vacuum-freeze drying, mold remediation and flood restoration services for businesses and individuals.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: October 4, 2012, 12:09 pm

On Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Boerne Convention & Community Center from to there will be a special and very informative presentation on rainwater harvesting presented by rainwaterrevival.com. There will be presentations by rainwater professionals and users of rainwater. There will also be water conservation-related vendors and several displays of different rainwater systems. There will also be plenty of experts to provide guidance on rainwater harvesting and to answer your questions in this regard.

You can get additional information here:

“When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: September 29, 2012, 3:35 pm

Shane Connor from ki4u.com will be sponsoring a Meet & Greet for Texas Preppers in Gonzales on Friday October 19th through Sunday the 21st at his facility in Gonzales.

He’s got plenty of room so bring your camper, trailer or tents. There will also be water, electric and bathrooms available, along with a dormitory style camp house with cots.

Everyone is invited to come for a day or to stay all weekend. There are also some special activities planned for Friday night but you will have to RSVP Shane for the details.

 KI4U is centrally located in Gonzales right between
San Antonio & Austin on the Guadalupe River. Here is a link to a map:


Please RSVP to shane@ki4u.com so he can be sure to make accommodations for everyone that plans to come. He’ll also let you know about the special activities that are planned for Friday. I plan on trying to make it to the meet & greet as well. Hope to see you there.

Special Notes:

Sorry, but leave your guns at home since he doesn’t have a shooting range at his facility.

To help you with your travel costs, he’s got 100 for-real NATO gas cans for sale at a cost of $25 each. This is the same as CTD gets $44.95 for here not including their shipping and handling.

If you have prepper friends you'd want to share this invite with, please do so because we will be glad to have them join us. Just RSVP my friend Shane at shane@ki4u.com.

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: September 26, 2012, 12:22 am

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: September 11, 2012, 7:48 am

We have a winner of the free disaster preparedness guide. Kimhas won the free preparedness guide. Congratulations Kim.

Here is the winning comment about preparedness by Kim.

kim said...

Being prepared is important because you never know when a disaster can happen.

Kim, please contact me by email so that your freedisaster preparedness guide can be sent to you. you have 72 hours to claim your prize. thanks.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: August 29, 2012, 8:27 am

Here's a chance to win a free Disaster Preparedness Guide. This free guide is suitable for carrying in your BOB or GHB and is full of great information. Just leave a comment on this post about why you think it's important to be prepared. A winner will be chosen at random to receive the free preparedness guide. The Disaster Preparedness Guide also includes information to access free additional e-books for download.

The winner will be announced on August 29, 2012. 

Got a reason to be prepared?

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Author: Riverwalker
Posted: August 14, 2012, 5:08 pm
Although many of us wish we could afford an off-grid survival retreat, they can be a pretty expensive project.  Here' s an example of a fairly nice place that is coming up for auction north of Houston which looks like it has most everything you would need to survive off-grid. This should give you a good idea of the kind of costs and effort that is involved in building a survival retreat. It doesn't come cheap.


Saturday, August 25th,



17863 Reinhardt Rd, Conroe, TX 77306

Online Absentee Bids:

Pre-Register & Place Bid Online


Tour & Preview:Saturday, August 11, and Day of auction

Appointments will be considered on case-by-case basis.

INSPECTIONS: By Appointment

Appraisals, Mechanical, Termite, etc. - All inspections must be completed no later than 72-hours prior to auction.


From Hwy 59, New Caney: Take FM 1485 exit. Go West on FM 1485 approximately 8.3-miles.
Reinhardt Rd
is on your right (Maximum Auto Repair on the corner, just past Dollar Store).

From Houston, Hwy 45:
Take Needham Rd
(Hwy 242) exit, turn right (East) and go ~10.7-miles. Turn left on FM 1485.
Reinhardt Rd
is 2-miles on your right (Maximum Auto Repair on the corner, just past Dollar Store).

From Conroe, S Loop 336: Take FM 3083 South, approximately 9.2-miles. Turn right on FM 1485.
Reinhardt Rd
is ~500-Feet (0.1-mile) on your left (Maximum Auto Repair on the corner).

Please Note:

Personal Property items seen in photos were sold in a different auction that ended July 26th.

The August 25th Auction is for the Real Property Only. No Personal Property will be sold at this auction.

For more information, contact us by

Email or 281-241-7848

Self-Sustaining Homestead Overview Country living with big city amenities nearby. This MontgomeryCounty property is in a rural area, but minutes away from restaurants, shopping, theater & hospitals. Fire, ambulance and emergency services are minutes away. It is located ~8 miles west of New Caney (Hwy 59) and ~12 miles east of I-45 at Conroe , ~14 miles from The Woodlands, ~15 miles from Kingwood and ~20 miles to the Will Clayton Pkwy to reach Houston's Intercontinental Airport.

This 7.7 acre property consists of 4 Deeds to a total of 6-lots and due to the many features that ties it all together, it will be sold as a complete package. The Montgomery County Appraisal District indicates this property consists of Lots 6 (A & B), 7, 14, 15 & 16, as referenced in the survey map.

The front property borders include 250´ road frontage to FM 1485 and approximately 512´ on
Reinhardt Rd.
There are also two rear entrances to the property on
Nonesuch Rd.
The property is completely fenced, with 6´ chain-link fencing on the front, 8´ wrought iron security fencing on the back and has three 8´ security gates.

This "Green Living" property is fully self-sustaining. In addition to natural gas throughout the property and public electric utilities, it also has two 20KW natural-gas-powered back-up generators tied into the breaker boxes on each of the two houses.

There are three (3) water wells. One is a hand-pump well and the other two wells have electric pumps connected to the whole house generators for water during power outages.

Features & Amenities:

4200sf House w/Detached Two Car Garage2400sf House w/Carport578sf cottage house being used as country store Above Ground Pool w/Decking Mobile Home3200sf Workshop1600sf Welding Shop324sf Greenhouse900sf Goat Barn w/Stalls & Milk Room450sf Chicken House w/Brooder Two Dog Kennels800sf Hay Barn1200sf Storage Building400sf Stucco Storage Building225sf Stucco Well House Two Organic Garden areas Fruit Trees Orchard Grape Arbors & assorted Berry Bushes Lots of Shade Trees & Bamboo


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: July 30, 2012, 12:27 pm
There's a new meetup group that has formed for preppers in the Waco area. For those of you in the Waco area, you may want to visit the site and check out what's happening.I'm sure they would welcome any preppers in the area to their group who might want to get more involved in preparedness. The Waco Preppers is listed in the side bar under Prepper Groups in Texas. 

You can also visit the site directly at this link: 


Welcome Waco Preppers!

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: June 10, 2012, 10:20 am

There are going to be some great give-aways at the American Preppers Network booth at the Ram Home Safety Prep Tour in Houstonon June 2nd at the ReliantCenter. Stop by the APN booth (#316) for a visit and enter the drawing for a chance to win some great preparedness products. There will also be examples and demonstrations of several of these great preparedness products for you to check out while you’re at the APNbooth on June 2nd.

Hope to see you at the expo at the ReliantCenter in Houston.

In the mean time, you can read some reviews of some of the great items that will be included in the give-away at the APNbooth here.

You can also get more details here.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn how to be better prepared to handle an emergency or a crisis!

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: May 24, 2012, 9:39 am

The American Preppers Network is going to be at the Home Safety Prep Tour 2012 in Houston at Reliant Parkon June 2nd. The sponsors of the Home Safety Prep Tour have graciously donated booth space to the American Preppers Network. The booth will also be staffed by some local Texas preppers who will be looking for preppers who want to take the opportunity to get more organized by developing meetup groups in the area or who may be interested in becoming meetup organizers.

They are going to have some great give-aways and a lot of classes by some very knowledgeable and interesting people. This is a great chance for you to learn how to handle a disaster and meet some local and celebrity experts on preparedness.

You can get more details here.

Don’t miss out a great opportunity to learn how to be better prepared to handle an emergency or a crisis!

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: May 11, 2012, 9:47 am
The Texas Preppers Network would like to say thank you to our supporters. With the continuing support of our members, it is my hope that we can continue our efforts to help everyone become better prepared for all those bumps in the road that seem to pop up now and then as we journey through life.

Thanks go out to the American Preppers Network and their continued support of the Texas Preppers Network. Please take time to check out our forum which is also sponsored by APN.

Special thanks to Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness for being a guest contributor and their continued support of preppers everywhere. Thanks Someone You Know!

Special thanks also go out to JC for his recent and very generous donation to TPN. Thanks JC!

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 27, 2012, 11:28 am

The Texas Preppers Network would like to announce the initial meetup of the Tyler Preppers. This meetup will be on Thursday, April 26th, 2012. After the meetup at Martin Creek Lake State Park, head over to Tyler and get to know a few more preppers in the area.

You can check out the meetup or register to attend at this link:

They will be gathering at the pavilion in Golden Road Park. Bring the whole family. There is a playground near the pavilion with plenty of room for the kids to play. The meet will start at approximately at and you might want to bring along something to eat or snack on while you are there. They plan to spend some time getting to know one another, introducing new members to the APN and discussing the basic principles of prepping. The organizer of the Tyler Preppers is an RN and also plans to give a brief presentation on preparing for the summer heat. This will include information about the signs and symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heat stroke.

Here is a link to the Golden Road Park website:

Current plans are for a meetup of the Tyler Preppers on the 4th Thursday of each month.

The Tyler Preppers hope all the preppers in the Tyler area will take some time out to attend the meetup and get to know each other a little better.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 14, 2012, 12:01 pm

This is a reminder for those preppers in the Northeast Region of Texas that there will be a Prepper Meetup on April 20th through April 22nd at Martin Creek Sate Park .

You can also contact Bryan McLaughlin, the organizer of Longview Preppers, for further information at familypreparednessconsulting@gmail.com.

Bryan McLaughlin is the meet up organizer for the North East Texas region.

You can obtain additional information about the meetup here:

You can obtain additional information about the state park here:

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.


Author: Riverwalker
Posted: April 13, 2012, 11:42 am

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