So, there I was (alone) at my secluded cabin, after a week of nature, getting ready to pack up and leave for home. I pressed my door unlock button and "NOTHING HAPPENED". From past experience, Roadside Assistance will not come to my cabin. When I came home I did more car battery research and updated this web page. I have made some new purchases. I urge you to consider these preventive measures.
Having the “money” talk with your teen is as important as speaking to them about any other life challenges. A healthy relationship with money starts at an early age. This guide will provide you with tips and tools to have that all-important conversation, a big step in getting your teen started on the road to financial independence.
A Facebook group
is calling for people to not watch and not listen to NFL games on Veterans Day in a counter-protest to the national anthem demonstrations. The group wants members to not watch or listen to any NFL games on November 12 and 13 in deference to Veterans Day. This would affect all Sunday NFL games and the Monday Night Football game. “We love football, but we love our flag more,” it concludes.
Neighborhood Watch is an organized effort by concerned residents to look out for each others safety, and to help law enforcement officers protect people and their homes against criminals. If your neighborhood has not yet become a crime statistic, consider crime preventive measures by starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. At the very least, call the police any time something looks suspicious or out of place. If your neighborhood has already become a crime statistic, a Neighborhood Watch Program can tackle this problem. Ignoring the problem will not fix it.
Take steps to prevent a fire in your home/business and train family/employees in case a fire occurs. President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8, 1871, and did most of its damage October 9. The horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. See also: http://www.esfi.org/home-safety
USDA Forest Service, explains current research about how homes ignite during wildfires, and the actions that homeowners can take to help their home survive the impacts of flames and embers. See also: http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire
I love the outdoors, the fresh air. So I am all for banning the total and complete manufacture, sale and use of tobacco products and other air pollutants such as eCigarettes; at the very least, the use of them in public and anywhere non-smokers can be affected.
Equifax’s data breach compromised personal data for nearly half of all U.S. adults — over 145 million people! Millions are now at risk for identity theft. In the wake of this crisis, it’s critical that Equifax takes the correct steps to help make things right for all of the consumers affected. Consumers Union members have already collected more than 134,812 signatures on our petition to Equifax asking them to do right by consumers in danger. To date, Equifax’s response to these requests has been negligible. Sign our petition calling on Equifax to take the right steps in the wake of the breach. We will be delivering your petition to Equifax leadership soon!
Diet, no doubt, has a major impact on a person's health. You eat poorly, you feel poorly; you eat better, you feel better. But is there a formula for eating better?
After making some serious lifestyle changes, I thought this would be a good reminder about a major money-saving venture.
A few handy tips and tricks that may just come in useful one day.
Need to hide some money? Documents? Keys? Maybe even your meds. Here are some awesome ways to secure your items.
I believe that if everyone physically and mentally prepares for inevitable catastrophic events, there will be less shock and more calm when emergencies happen.
Pipe being used is 1/4". Larger diameter pipe will be more difficult to coil and increase the diameter of the coil.
Building a wood-burning water heater out of used parts using a Stovetec Rocket stove to start the thermosiphoning process.
Reaching for the faucet and expecting water to flow out of it, is so ingrained in us that for many it seems impossible to imagine a life without that luxury.
As for the fitbit, go for regular walks outside in the fresh air and don't waste money on a fitbit to tell you how fit you are. You might also meet other people with similar interests and you won't be annoying your neighbors with the horse-like walking.
It's a jungle out there in Cyberspace. Everyone is after your information to steal everything you own, including your personal identity (who you are). The only sure way to prevent this is to stay off the internet and get rid of your cell phone. So how inconvenient is that in todays world? Very. So what can be done to mitigate the potential, and probable, attacks?
One of the safest and most effective methods of termite control is the use of beneficial nematodes. These microscopic roundworms seek out and enter termites and other insects. They then feed on them parasitically until they die. Beneficial nematodes are an all-natural way to control termites that doesn’t put you or your family at risk.
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments. Ready to harness the power of the world’s most proven therapeutic compounds? Then let’s talk about 101 ways to use these amazing essential oils.
Essential oils were used by kings and queens as part of their daily health regimen and were often more costly than gold and silver. The purpose of this guide (The Kings' Cabinet) is to empower and train you to take control of your health with essential oils. This guide combines both science and ancient wisdom to give you the best recommendations for do-it-yourself home remedies with essential oils.
Medicine men have used essential oils since ancient times to treat all kinds of health problems, but nothing has made these potent cures popular as their pain-relieving properties. They can be as effective as, or even better than, the modern day analgesics, but with few of their side effects.
If an EF5 tornado barrels over your home, there's not much you can do about it. But there is a compendium of technology available to prepare your house in case disaster strikes.
As floods become more frequent and severe with climate change, protecting your home becomes even more crucial. Here’s how to assess your risk—and make sure you’re prepared for the worst. See also: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/7-ways-flood-proof-your-house
The way someone smells can either make you want to cuddle up close or head for the hills. To avoid being the person that everyone avoids, follow these odor emission guidelines.
Being on the “grid” is generally considered to mean that one is connected to the electrical grid supplied by a local electrical provider. Today, labeling yourself as “off grid” can mean a whole bunch of things. Here are the top 3 questions we get on a regular basis about our alternative energy setup.
Solar power provides cleaner, more sustainable electricity, but few people can afford to mount solar panels on their houses, and few power providers have invested significantly in solar power generation. It’s time to take solar power into your own hands. These devices won’t let you take your house off the grid, but they will help reduce your power bill and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
Every grown up human being needs about two litres of drinking water each day. It is very important to have pure drinking water. Otherwise you can suffer from diarrhea or even worse diseases. This article shows you how to sterilize water at no cost. Use a PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle with water that is not turbid (murky, opaque, cloudy, unclear, muddy, thick, milky, roily)
Across the world, our lives are being tracked and monitored as never before. Maybe you want to be off the government grid. Or maybe you just want to have less information out there about yourself for privacy reasons. There are ways to do this. While implementing these methods all at once may not be practical, they can be phased in a little at a time. Knowing that it's possible is the first step.
Start a home business as a second source of income. If you lose your job, for whatever reason, it might be difficult or even impossible to find another job. Having an alternative source of income can help you to keep your home and avoid poverty.
While some states are legalizing stun guns, many other self-defense tools are still illegal and many people would rather not want to carry them. So take your night time walk with something you would normally carry; a flashlight, only a little longer. If you are attacked by an animal (human or otherwise) strike a legal blow with your innocent flashlight.
Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat. While it is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that bears are wild and can be dangerous and their behavior is sometimes unpredictable. Although rare, attacks on humans have occurred, inflicting serious injuries and death. Following bear safety guidelines is the first step to avoiding an encounter with a bear that could escalate into an attack. See also: https://www.wvdnr.gov/Hunting/PDFFiles/NEBBTC_BearEncounterMessage_April2013.pdf
It is not enough to just collect food and stick it away somewhere until it's needed. Knowing where and what it is and when it will expire is essential. A little planning ahead of time will save a lot of space and organizational problems in the future.
A fog/dew catcher is a stretched out piece of mesh over copper piping which allows fog/dew to condensate into droplets of water and flow down to be collected into a barrel or bucket.
These videos, produced by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, demonstrate setting up an electric fence, including how they work and the components needed for both backcountry (temporary/portable) and more permanent installations. Above all, it is very important to avoid attracting animals by keeping attractants out of sight and smell when possible.
The government's "Universal Basic Income
" is the idea that every citizen with a social security number will be given a set amount of money every month, directly deposited into their bank account, to help them with their basic living expenses, whether they work or not.
Technology is fast replacing the working man and will eventually reduce the work force to bare minimum. And government's "Universal Basic Income
" is the idea that every citizen with a social security number will be given a set amount of money every month, directly deposited into their bank account, to help them with their basic living expenses, whether they work or not.
How long could you survive without going to the grocery store? Take the 30-Day No Grocery Shopping Challenge with me in honor of National Preparedness Month, and see how long you can hang!
The perfect companion when you're travelling, camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting. Just add a small quantity of water and this Tablet expands into a very usable wash cloth. They can be found on Amazon and eBay. Full-Size Compressed Towels are also available.
Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about the most or focus on the most will appear as your life to come. Watch FREE on Tubi TV.
Ah, the washing machine. Arguably one of the great inventions of our era, this device has freed up hours of time and energy. But even now, some questions remain. Namely, is washing clothes in hot water always the way to go? Or is all that heat doing your favorite shirt more harm than good? Also, read the articles and comments at: https://www.consumerreports.org/washing-machines/dont-bother-using-hot-water-to-wash-your-laundry/
It is interesting, and disappointing, that AARP charges $7 more per year than if I go directly to Allstate Motor Club (AARP's Roadside Assistance provider).
During a total solar eclipse, the disk of the moon blocks out the last sliver of light from the sun, and the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, becomes visible. ... During totality, the area inside the moon's shadow is cloaked in twilight — a very strange feeling to experience in the middle of the day.
There are many instances when you may need to pump water, but you find yourself without electricity. You may need water out of a well or attempting to pump from a pond, creek, or some other outside water source. Today we will discuss how to pump water without electricity with this step by step guide.
All of us believe that humans are, basically, good. DON'T.
Cell Phone Plan deals are getting cheaper as "little providers" team up with the "big 4" networks. I have an unlimited plan, for $27/mo. through (H2o Wireless) https://www.h2owirelessnow.com/
which uses the AT&T network. Do some shopping and you will save.
2016-07-27 - Currency devaluations. Negative interest rates. Minimal economic growth. During such turbulent times, how can diligent wealth-holders safeguard their earnings? Learn more about the benefits and disadvantages to holding cash over gold to make the best decision for your portfolio.
Proper maintenance is crucial to a top-performing, long lasting stove. Without it, the stove will not function as intended. A poorly functioning wood stove can lead to smoke damage or cause a fire.
So you want to live off grid and build your own homestead? But you want to build your house yourself and do it right. What about living in a temporary shelter in the mean time? Each tiny home comes with 4 solar panels that provides the home with enough power for 4 hours of lighting at night and use of small appliances and USB power options during the day. Unfortunately, this product is only for sale in bulk (96+ units). See http://www.bettershelter.org/order/
When we decided to make artisan cured meats on the homestead, it was not out of a desire to sell to a market or create a business. It was out of a necessity to save meat for long term storage.
When we say “I could never…” we are limiting the possibilities for our lives.
When I think about off grid necessities, a wood stove is at the top of the list. It is so important in making off grid living possible. And there is nothing like the feeling of a home heated with a wood fire. It creates such a cozy glow during cold winter nights. I’ve looked forward to a lot of things in my life, but the day we got our wood stove is high on that list. I will always remember that day.
Congress is out of control. Put control back into the hands of the citizens they are supposed to serve.
See Also: http://www.5six7.com/flushgov/
"Thanks to just-released emails from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, we now know that AARP worked through 2009-2010 as an extension of a Democratic White House, toiling daily to pass a health bill that slashes $716 billion from Medicare, strips seniors of choice, and sets the stage for rationing. We know that despite AARP's awareness that its seniors overwhelmingly opposed the bill, the 'nonpartisan organization' chose to serve the president's agenda. The 71 pages of emails show an AARP management taking orders from the White House, scripting the president's talking points, working to keep its board 'in line' and pledging a fealty to 'the cause.' Seniors deserve to know all this, as AARP seeks to present itself as neutral in this presidential election."
He is the single most successful investor of the 20th century. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world.
We love Morels and look forward every year to mushroom hunting time! Morel mushrooms are truly a seasonal food because they only grow in the wild. It is recommended that you use a bag such as an onion sack so that the spores can disperse as you walk along. . . . there is a false morel that is poisonous if consumed. True morels have a honeycomb like cap and can be black, yellow, and tan in color. Some true morels can also have a blue and gray color to them. False morels don’t have as distinct honeycomb pattern as do the true morels. When a false morel is cut in half it will have a milky white substance inside and should not be eaten. . . . some morels have more toxins than others and if you eat a lot, the toxins will make you sick . . . all I can say is don’t eat too many.
See also: http://www.register-herald.com/gallery/sports/morel-mushrooms-are-a-w-va-delicacy-but-be-careful/article_0ebcbf6a-54e0-530b-a824-80327b3d1abd.html
. . . the subject of ticks and chiggers can often be a daily topic. These pests can make your life miserable and even be life threatening. That’s why we are serious about eliminating them . . .
It's perhaps one of the most important and pitched battles of our time: The battle to control information and sway public opinion. What can you believe? Who's telling the truth? What's real? Trust in social sites like Facebook and Twitter is in the single digits for all political persuasions; a reflection that the web is a free-for-all, where news is faked, and popular sites are subject to manipulation or censorship.
. . . She sent me a message recently with a recipe she thought that I might want to try: Smoothie Popsicles. It made me laugh so hard! I told her that they looked delicious, but I have two problems. I don’t have a blender and I can’t freeze anything! It’s hard to understand what it means to live off grid. Even someone who spent four days in my home has forgotten that I don’t have a freezer. I don’t blame her because EVERYONE has a freezer. Everyone except me. So how does my family live without refrigeration?
Some people think that bartering is a really complicated procedure. Come on, it was an economic system that was created without the use of modern technology. How hard can it be? If you take a closer look at how the system works, you will understand that it is just as challenging as any other form of trade. You need to utilize them the right way in order to ensure that you find your profit. Listed below are some tricks of the trade that you will definitely find useful in this field.
. . . I think it is very possible to produce a limited amount of our own ethanol for fuel. With a few modifications, this can be used much of the time like normal fuel.
Kerosene takes little to no modern technology to produce. In fact, I’ll be so bold as to claim that kerosene will be one of the first resources to come back into trade once a REAL collapse happens.
Today’s global cyber attack
, affecting banks, grocery stores, power plants and other industries around the world, is a warning to be prepared for a global financial collapse. Chances are this was a "proof of concept" (test) to determine if it could be done. Now that the test was successful, when will the more sinister attack occur? How will you handle it? Use this link for other preparation resources: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=preparing+for+a+global+financial+collapse&spf=1498606617805
Everyone has experienced some form or level of public utility outage. It's inevitable. During those times, maybe some notes were taken to prepare for the next inevitable outage? If not, here are some things to consider doing and acquiring before
the next outage:
It occurred to me that every family or close-knit group of friends should have at least one way to convey information and messages to each other secretly.
Want to naturally unclog a sink or clean a slow-moving drain? Learn why you should never use baking soda and vinegar to clean your FOG clogged drains and see the experiment!
There is something nostalgic about Dutch oven cooking over an open flame. The smell, the feel and the taste of this experience cannot be replicated by any other method of cooking. The Dutch oven brings out that warm feeling of being “home” regardless of where I may be in the world. As I huddle around the fire ring with my group, preparing our meal, the Dutch oven becomes part of my extended family.
So, let’s talk about ways we can stretch your dollar and get the most bang for your buck.
. . . you should deal with your medical issues BEFORE a societal collapse occurs. Bad eyesight might be one of those issues.
When the pioneers began their trek west, they took with them, supplies, food, clothing, animals.. All the things they felt they would need to make the journey. When they got where they felt was far enough, they stopped and set up shop. This was likely somewhere near a town, but not like we know it today. If they were 30 miles from town, (a trip that would take us 30 minutes) it would take them 2-3 days to get there, and the same getting back. Obviously, that trip wasn’t made very often, and certainly not for a loaf of bread or a quart of milk.
It is a recurring theme in post-apocalyptic stories. The hero, in a moment of need, happens to stumble across a ravaged but still intact department store. Through diligent searching, he’s able to find food, clothing, and supplies. Thus re-equipped, he ventures forth to do battle with the ne’er do wells. But, does this mean our hero has fallen from the path of the straight and true? Isn’t this looting?
….how are we going to keep cool after the sh*t hit’s the fan??? Our grandparents didn’t have air conditioning, at least mine didn‘t. In fact, my parents didn’t have a/c either. So.. How did they stay cool?
See also: http://www.5six7.com/survival/P4T/P4T_Blog-Cooling_Living_Area.htm
Ok, . . . the power has gone out, and it might stay out. What are the options for cleaning around the house?
On March 4, 1929, President-elect Herbert Hoover took office. Under his predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, a runaway stock market produced great prosperity . . . A mere seven months after Hoover assumed the presidency, the Great Crash of October 1929 occurred . . . I think our new president, Donald Trump, is facing a similar scenario, and time is running out quickly on today's drastically overvalued market… See the Full Letter. http://newsletters.newsmax.com/uwr/issues/uwr0517hoover/0517-UWR-hoover.pdf
For gardening, rainwater is, naturally, best unfiltered. But, for household use, . . . the following instructions yield a cheap and easy way to make a filter just as good as a patent filter costing 10 times as much:
I’ve been warning for months that risks are sky-high in today’s stock market. In this week’s video update, I talk about the key signals and indicators that will point the way post-crash.
Why would we need to buy food coming far from China when we have so much local food and farmland in America? It is all connected to the price. We buy food from China because is cheaper. But everything comes at a cost.
The methods behind kidnapping are as varied as their motivations. While kidnapping, especially for ransom, can be a crime of opportunity, foreigners are often targeted due to their high-profile appearance, vulnerability, and assumed wealth.
After losing my job and the medical insurance that went with it, I researched my options. Health Share Programs may be an alternative and recognized by the Affordable Care Act as an Exemption to government-mandated Health Insurance requirements. Basically, people come together to help one another share medical expenses. Understanding the requirements and limitations (Sharing Guidelines) should be carefully considered. Generally, the "premiums" are cheaper than conventional medical insurance.
Termite control doesn’t have to be toxic. There are effective, natural methods to get rid of them. Here are some options.
See Also: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/241716704970651232/
Not having researched baseball (because I'm not interested), I'm gonna guess it was drummed up by people who wanted something to do but did not want to exert a lot of energy during the hot summer months.
We had already heard about Tesla’s plans for total clean energy integration – a one step carbon reduction process that involves pairing solar panels with your Tesla electric vehicle. Now for the latest: thanks to a surprise appearance of Chairman Elon Musk in SolarCity’s 2nd quarter earnings call that lead to a highly anticipated Tesla solar roofing product launch at the end of October, we’ve now seen the future of PV roofing and the future of Tesla. One thing is certain: building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are going to be a part of Tesla Motors – or should we say Tesla Energy’s – future.
We live in an age where our electric infrastructure is half a century past its prime... From freak storms to targeted terrorist attacks, we are never more than a minute away from an outage. Are you ready to go off-grid?
When it comes to off-grid energy, solar might seem like the ultimate stand out option… But you may want to consider these five things before you invest your time and money...
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I have experimented with several homemade mixtures for natural alternatives to commercial personal care products such as toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, shampoo and bug repellent. My most recent attempt for a single product that I intend to use for toothpaste and deodorant appears here.
Herbs aren’t just for cooking. Many herbs possess medicinal properties that aid with so many ailments! Here are my top 5 herbs you should add to your survival garden.
Not only are herbs a tasty additive to the meals you prepare for yourself and your family, they also possess many medicinal properties that I have found are beneficial for many ailments such as stomach upset, skin conditions such as psoriasis, muscle aches, joint inflammation – and MUCH MORE!
Installing a gray water drainage system at an off-grid cabin.
See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb-VPpLI7HM
In an attempt to protect children from the “real world”, parents often fail to teach important lessons about money and finance. Discussing the topic of responsible money management openly, even at the family dinner table, can help children understand the “whys” and “hows” of budgeting, saving and investing with real-life examples. Soliciting their input can also help you communicate and clear up any questions or confusions they may have. It’s also one of the best ways to get a child interested in the concept of financial responsibility. Most parents understand the importance of teaching kids about money and finance, but many don’t know how to do so or where to start. To help, here’s our go-to guide for teaching your children the important life concepts of money and financial responsibility . . .
Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund.
You may be unaware that this has happened until you efile your return and discover that a return already has been filed using your SSN. Or, the IRS may send you a letter saying we have identified a suspicious return using your SSN.
The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.
The following tips can help ward off unwanted calls and scams:
• Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
• If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
• If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.
Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.
All joking aside, it never hurts to be prepared with a good shower bag. You never know when you might need one. Here are my tips on how to choose a good one. When we first began using a shower bag, I thought that all of them were made the same. Use this link for other off-grid water options: http://www.5six7.com/survival/P4T/P4T_Blog-PlumbingOutage.htm#shower
So when people ask if we do family games night my instinctive reaction is to stifle a laugh. Family games night? Ha. No, we just game All Of The Time.
Nearly anything you can buy at the grocery store can be made at home often with the tools and equipment you already have. It can be less expensive and always tastes better – but it takes a little practice. Breaking commercial food dependency is just another step to self-sufficiency and a way to control what goes into your family’s food. Breaking commercial food dependency is important.
Do you have the basic home emergency procedures in place? Does your family know what to do in case of fire, tornado, hurricane, or robbery? If not, you should put some thought into making some emergency preps. It is important to make a plan, set up procedures, and practice them with your family until everyone knows what to do — without panicking — in case of emergency.
In a ruling last year, the Supreme Court suggested stun guns and tasers are protected under the second amendment.
. . . warning about the dangers of homemade slime because of one of the main ingredients, borax.
I believe you have the abilities to make positive changes to the U.S. government and improve this country and the lives of its legal citizens. To prove me, and the millions of others who believe in you, right, would you, please, consider the following suggestions?:
If it has crossed your mind to upgrade your vehicle’s rubber radiator hoses to silicone ones, you might be wondering what the benefits and drawbacks are for both options and whether it’s worth it to go for silicone. Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of each type.
Are you doing what you love? Are you passionate about what you currently do to earn a living? You may have heard it before… do what you love and the money will follow.
A typical government approach to a problem is "fund it and it will get fixed or go away". So it is with the recent minimum wage increase attempt in Baltimore City.
It is said that you cannot put new wine into old wine bottles because the old wine bottles will burst. We must get rid of the old wine bottles so that we can reap the benefits of the new wine. All or nothing? Clean out the old, dead wood (politicians)! And, Frequently Change Politicians and Diapers for the Same Reason.
. . . anxiety-laden documentary about government "oversight" (sometimes at gunpoint) of our farming and food ... story of family farms that were providing healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop by agents of misguided government bureaucracies. Regardless of when this documentary was produced, monitoring of government intervention must continue and their unjust practices brought to light.
Movie Link: https://tubitv.com/video/322718/farmageddon
Repel Insects and other Pests…Naturally! Here are eight plants that can deter those annoying insects and different pests such as mice.
Most people, when in need for self-defense, usually turn to purchasing a manufactured taser or stun gun. But few people actually embark on the journey of making their own.
An old school mower may sound kind of boring, but I was excited when my friend brought one home from an auction for only a dollar. So why do I think mowing the “old school” way may be better than a self-propelled or riding mower?
Summer is just around the corner and while it’s fun to go to the beach, the same cannot be said about going back to a home that feels like an oven. Turning on the air conditioning is the most convenient solution, but you won’t be excited to see the electric bill.
Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.
If you need to file a homeowners insurance claim, will you be able to recall and report all the valuable items you own? If you want to get your money's worth, it's important to have an updated inventory of your home. It's not as difficult as it sounds. Use your smart phone to video your home and contents and do a commentary on what you are viewing. Save to a USB drive or the Cloud for safe keeping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3l61rCsLO4
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I started trading in the stock market in November 2012 with about $1500. Since then I have gradually increased my investment. There are several "rules" I have adopted over the years by learning the hard way and still learning:
CAREFULLY empty dead battery of any existing liquid (acid). Add 8 liquid oz of Baking Soda to One Gallon container of Water. Fill battery compartments with the Baking Soda Water. Empty and repeat until bubbling stops. Empty the battery again and fill with plain water. Empty again. Add 8 liquid oz of Alum to One Gallon container of Water and fill and close battery compartments. Attach to battery charger for about 24-hours. Search for other solutions here:
. . . one thing that you can always count on, . . . , is gravity. And one special type of electric generation uses the power of gravity to harness electricity from moving water: Hydroelectric power.
Truth be told, clothes will always get dirty and, eventually, stinky. Here are some manual Laundry Plans to reduce chances of harmful bacteria and illness and improve morale during an emergency or living off the grid.
Chances are GOOD that something BAD will happen to you during your lifetime. Do you prefer not to think about that or choose to be prepared for it? 2 TV shows (one hosted by Mike Rowe  and the the other involving Bear Grylls ) show you how to think on your feet when the bottom falls out and keep a cool head when the heat is on.
Water does have a shelf life. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency.
Entertaining if nothing else. While a store bought trap, such as the spring loaded rat trap works just fine, it doesn’t hurt to know how to get things done with the stuff you already have around your house.
Do It Yourself (DIY) emergency goggles to protect eyes from blowing sand, dust, wind, desert sun or snow blindness. Make from tree bark, wood or your supplies (duct tape, etc.)
Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, are the two most popular speakers in the country regarding crisis medicine. Their entire focus is preparing the average person to handle medical issues during or after a disaster, either short term or long term.
Besides highly publicized problems at restaurants like Chipotle Mexican Market, a number of food companies have announced recalls of a wide variety of products. So how do you prevent infections with Listeria, and really, any bacteria that causes food poisoning? The below recommendations come from the Food and Drug Administration:
It’s simply common sense to take measures to prevent rodent infestation in the home and to eliminate those already there. Once an infestation has occurred, much more effort is required to dislodge these unwanted guests. Rodent-proofing a home requires careful evaluation for points of entry from the level of the foundation to the roofline.
When Crazy and Paranoid Interfere With Rational Thinking! Use Caution And Common Sense. The Internet Is Not Always Your Friend. Weed Out The Crap!
When planning your next journey, keep in mind to have a solution for the following. . . even highly experienced mountain packers can get into trouble – in a heartbeat.
Using your money wisely can pay many dividends for you over time. Learning to spend your money wisely is a habit most people must learn through discipline, it is usually not inbred into a person’s lifestyle.
The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.
Anyone who has spent time in the military is familiar with chem lights, 12-hour military grade light sticks. Don't be fooled by the dollar store variety. Military grade chemical sticks can be seen a mile away
Resources and Recipes for canned ground meats with a shelf life of nearly 10 years.
Mold in the bathroom, oven cleaner, drain cleaner - make your own and forget the toxic, store-bought, costly commercial products.
New breads to feel better about. Coconut, Ezekiel and Tapioca with Pistachio butter. See also http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/eat-bread-again-new-breads-can-help-you-lose-weight
Dr. Oz debunks the claims that Seltzer Water is bad for you. - See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVLgTDHAzag
The Federal Reserve raised interest rates a quarter of a percentage point yesterday, while also signaling more hikes to come this year. So how does that move affect the key industries . . . ?
As of January 1, 2010 it is illegal to charge any residential hvac equipment manufactured after January 1, 2010 with R-22 freon.
1776PatriotUSA.com - . . . with the advent of the Internet and ebooks, the creation of a truly massive digital preparedness library is very possible.
Your pants never get too tight if you don't wear any. But seriously . . .
Watch these videos that question the view of Fat in the American Diet:
Eat more FAT, reduce Protein intake and stop eating Carbohydrates - Can a person be "cured" of Type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that it can, and the solution is simpler than you might think.
The cameras have become popular in recent years with consumers looking to keep an eye on their homes, children, or pets while they are away. . . they could be vulnerable to hacking and risk having images of homes and loved ones published online.
My neighbor just lost her house, 5 mortgages, new swimming pool and many vacation trips but not one penny saved.
. . . breaking down the Food Storage process into EASY and FUN Baby Steps.
Here are 8 camping survival tips and tricks to make your [camping] experience a little more manageable and enjoyable.
Because it’s unlikely that the electrical grid will be functioning properly following a major crisis, knowing how to cook without power is essential. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to prepare food without electricity. Here are six of them:
We all know that we live in uncertain times. Whether you are in your home, in your car, at work, or on the street you have to be prepared to defend yourself. Every person has to decide what they are willing to do to defend their families and themselves.
there is a common issue that I see with a big percentage of those that want to go out on the trail and travel for distance…They rarely make it to the midway point! I have seen many factors, continually repeated, that contribute to this failure. I would like to go ahead and share 10 of the issues that stand out the most to me in hopes that you do not make the same mistakes.
The wet season is here. As usual, it comes with cold, cough, and catarrh. . . . The best way to prevent cold and any wet season infection is through natural remedies that boost the immune system, fight of virus, bacteria and fungi, and help the body cleanse toxins.
‘Patient Zero’ denotes the primary case of an outbreak, the first person to show symptoms of an illness. . . . Each disease emerges from the structural conditions surrounding it. Casting blame on a Patient Zero merely distracts us from the larger and more important task of tackling the inequalities that shape global health.
After a bite from an infected tick, microscopic malaria-like parasites are transmitted into the host where they can infect and destroy red blood cells, causing nonimmune hemolytic anemia. . . This autoimmune form of anemia occurs when the body attacks its own red blood cells, eliminating these cells from circulation.
. . . nearly half of all antibiotics prescribed may be inappropriate.
Even though a one-hour time change does not sound like something that could do much harm, it can have some alarming effects on the body's internal clock, which scientists call the circadian rhythm
If you have longed for a soap that you can trust is made with pure, all-natural, chemical-free ingredients, Castile would be at the the top of the list. Castile soap represents one of the best natural and biodegradable soaps that can be manufactured by hand.
Castile soap is great soap for washing your body, shampoo, shaving, brushing teeth, laundry, general-purpose househlld cleanser and lots more uses.
Of all the pleasures of camping, sipping a freshly brewed cup of joe around the morning fire is, as the old TV commercial hummed along, the best part of waking up. 1 - Warm the water in the pot. 2 - Add coffee grounds. 3 - Bring to a rolling boil (removes acid) for 2-3 minutes. 4 - Let it sit for 2 minutes. 5 - Add small amount of cold water which drops the grounds to the bottom of the pot. 6 - Let it sit for another minute then drink.
When you find yourself in a dire situation in the wild, a piece of string can become an important survival item. Making cordage from plants you can find all around you is a good skill to master. It will help you in the construction of almost anything you need.
Making cordage from common plants is a forgotten skill. This skill is being kept alive thanks to survivalists and bushcraft enthusiasts.
I see a lot of posts on people talking about stopping prepping or doubling up on your preps. My question is why for either choice?
Aside from the comforts of home (yeah, I still bring my pillow with me), safety is also a concern. There are lots of things that you should have in your safety kit. That’s all the more true if you your RV doubles as your bug out vehicle. Here 10 essential items that you will need to survive an emergency.
A well-prepared bug out bag is an absolute necessity for any great survivalist. But when it comes to your supply list, the possibilities are endless. So how do you narrow it down to just the essentials?
Not many of you may be aware of the fact that the last day of February each year is marked as Rare Disease Day,. It is celebrated worldwide to draw attention to various kinds of diseases that affect a specific number of people and there are still no definite cure for them.
When did one life start to mean more than any other life?
Sometimes, in hard situations, people have to live and survive off of very little. Knowing how to this now, instead of when disaster strikes, will only help you survive the more difficult situations.
I not only use these tools but give them as inexpensive, useful gifts
We can't function on emotions (boo hoo); they are too fickle. Get back to enforcing the facts and the laws.
I ask myself the question "do I NEED this or do I WANT it?" Is it a necessity for my health or to perform a task, or is it something I want, just because?
The list helps us stretch our dollars, limit our output of refuse, and choose items that are easier to transport and maintain should we be forced to evacuate or relocate during an emergency event.
It is rather obvious but the kit should be stored in a waterproof container in a cool dry place. They should be easily accessible, properly labelled and reviewed on a periodic basis to make sure all contents are present and within date if applicable. As a basic minimum the first aid kit should contain the following:
Children can better cope with disasters if they know what to expect and feel like they can help protect themselves and their family. When children are allowed to be part of the process, you give them the ability to face the situation without fear, and you give your family better odds of surviving the crisis without harm. You also help them develop the skills they need to stay safe throughout their life.
When Rudolph Diesel invented his internal combustion engine, he used refined peanut oil as fuel. The reasoning behind it was that farmers could essentially grow their own fuel for their tractors. . . . this article is going to give you the basics of converting a standard pickup truck or car so it will run on Dinodiesel, Biodiesel, or Straight Vegetable Oil!
Modern surveillance technology can be scarily effective, and it’s getting better all the time.Thermal imaging, also called passive infrared, doesn’t need any light to detect you. But, if you know what you’re doing, it isn’t impossible to evade detection.
This article takes into consideration only the effects of a nuclear EMP, not a solar flare. A solar flare would only affect any electronics connected to the grid.
Once upon a time, root cellars were the only way people had to preserve their food. . . . A root cellar is still a great way to store fruits and vegetables, though, especially when you need to store more than you have room for indoors. They will also keep the fruits and vegetables fresh without electricity. If your house doesn’t have one, you can still take advantage of nature’s “ice box.” All it takes is a shovel, a little elbow grease and a trash can.
Dehydrated potato flakes are a highly portable, convenient source of nutrition. They are fairly easy to cook, don’t weigh much and keep for a long time without refrigeration. Also, you know what’s in them when you make them from scratch and they taste better.
In an extreme and long-term emergency situation, many items we take for granted today will be highly prized. . . . top of the list are ammo, food and life-critical prescription drugs. Slightly lower on the list, but no less in demand, are over-the-counter medications as follows:
Access to clean water could be the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Whether you find yourself in the aftermath of a natural disaster or out in the wilderness, make sure you’re prepared for the worst. Keep this list handy so you’re always ready.
Resourcefulness is one of the most important traits of a great survivalist, especially when it comes to building an outdoor shelter. But when it comes down to it, how can you be sure that the shelter you’ve built is strong enough?
Decades of weak leadership, caving to immorality and perceived "entitlements", this country has become the proverbial frog being boiled alive without even knowing it. Our skin has become very thin and soft and our backbone has turned to rubber.
After reporting my Stock Market gains/losses while doing my 2016 taxes, I discovered an option I love that some online brokers offer; automatic importing into my tax preparation software.
Believe this or not, but preparing for ANY emergency should be a priority. Get physically fit. Get financially fit. Stop unhealthy habits.
Europe Poll Rejects Muslim Migration - Millenials a lost cause but Gen Z Is Ours - http://www.infowars.com/ - Alex Jones explains how the leftists are panicking
When the infrastructure is compromised, understanding and preparing for these diseases will help you survive.
. . . having bad habits that stand in your way could be just as detrimental to your survival as not arming yourself with the proper skills and equipment.
A bad habit that may simply be an annoyance to your spouse on a regular day could have severe consequences in an emergency.
Improving your survival fitness doesn’t mean perfecting your body to fitness model standards, it means conditioning your fitness level to enable your body to handle the various physical tasks that will be necessary in a disaster scenario.
What if all of your favorite coping mechanisms (ways of getting through sucky circumstances) were GONE?
Rabies is still a mystery illness without a cure once the illness "sets in". So, what if this illness, contracted after being bitten by an infected animal, became airborne?
It's been said that people are afraid to be quiet because they do not know how to enjoy their own company or are afraid of what they may hear, or not hear, in their minds.
If you find yourself in the wilderness with no lighter or matches on hand, knowing how to start a fire will save your life. In this tutorial, we teach you how to start a friction fire using a wooden spindle and fire board.
Your household items may be all you have to rely on when an emergency happens. Want to know how to turn them into survival tools? You just need a few simple hacks to make your own matches, compass, water filter and more. With this list of 7 survival hacks, the right household items become your key to survival. Find out how...
When public officials propagate racial language, they do a disservice to their constituents . . .
Luckily, this urban survival kit will keep you prepared at all times. This pocket-sized kit may be small, but don’t let its size fool you. It contains all the supplies you’ll need in case of emergency
Herein lies the problem for anyone trying to be a productive member of society right now: the decision between connecting with friends and family and talking about news on social media, and keeping your sanity.
When I got the news, I started thinking what I was going to do next. The things I did, the plans I had made, started coming to mind. I did not freak out. I could visualize how much a good thing this can be.
Insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying have been incredibly successful at preventing the spread of malaria, but their widespread use has driven mosquitoes to evolve resistance to these insecticides.
Traditional viral vaccines contain a weakened or killed version of the virus or isolated viral proteins. By contrast, the new Zika candidate vaccine uses tiny strands of RNA that hold the genetic codes for making viral proteins.
How well would you survive in an emergency situation? We've got you covered...
A lot of people think DIYs are just for fun. When they hear “DIY,” they think of cute crafts and recipes. The fact is, DIYing is a truly lifesaving skill, and many DIY enthusiasts have other interests that include homesteading, survival and preparedness. DIY and self-reliance go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that so many DIY-ers are survival and homesteading enthusiasts, as well.
So what can be the most useful survival hacks and skills that can get you out of any hitch? There just isn’t one, not two but a lot of them. You’ll never know what nature can throw at you on any given day wherever you are and whatever you may be doing. That’s why you need to learn to be skillful in so many things.
While there are actual serious humanitarian problems in this country, these congressional loads take aim at legitimate companies making legitimate company decisions . . .
Flu season is officially in full swing, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an increase in positive flu test results at the end of December and expects that trend to continue in the coming weeks.
In 2012 the total cost amounted to US$ 1436 billion, with nearly 40 per cent of this sum borne by developing countries, the calculations show.
The findings, published Jan. 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could be a first step toward developing drugs to treat or prevent diseases caused by alphaviruses (such as chikungunya) and coronaviruses (such as SARS).
It's not only cold and flu season; it's also norovirus season. Norovirus typically peaks between December and April, and right now there are wide-spread outbreaks of norovirus cases throughout the United States
Five years ago today, the heads of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical groups gathered in London with leading health experts, donors and governments to commit to an unusual medicines programme. In the London Declaration, they pledged to work together rather than compete in an innovative programme, and to donate rather than charge for supplying large volumes of drugs.
You will find advice telling you not only what to buy, but how much to buy, where to buy it, how to store it and to a lesser degree, how to eat it.
Visit A Vertical Farm of MicroGreens in Baltimore City (Fells Point), Maryland
A unique documentary telling the sensitive, powerful stories of people facing their own mortality, of the family and friends caring for them, and of the medical professionals trying to ease their patients’ pain and the families’ burdens.
We all know the significance of clean water in our body. It helps our cells, organs, and tissues to regulate temperature and it maintains other bodily functions. So without clean water, it would be difficult to survive or persevere especially in an emergency. So, what happens if you find yourself in a survival situation with no access to clean water? You might find yourself trapped in a predicament where you have to choose between dehydration or gulp a cup of cholera-infected water. With that being said, we’ve come up with 5 survival techniques on how to purify water in a survival situation.
For those who have never experienced this, here is articulate Andrew Solomon to help explain.
Malaria is one of the world's most serious infectious diseases and affects more than 200 million people each year. Scientists at the University of Oslo have examined the bark from two African trees and found substances that can kill both the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, and the parasite itself.
The decision to raise rabbits, for me, came down to a few factors. I wanted an animal that would supplement the usual meats in my diet: chicken, beef, and pork. I also wanted an animal that would be easy to take care of, easy to clean, wouldn’t cost too much, and one where I would not have a big allergic reaction. I found out later that rabbit meat is very high in protein and very low in fat.
If you raise or hunt rabbits, you need to know how to kill and butcher one. This tutorial will teach you how to butcher a rabbit Step-By-Step. Warning: This article contains graphic images that may be disturbing, especially to younger readers.
The way prepared people spend their time before an emergency is the real key to survival, and this is something that no amount of money can buy. It’s the small daily habits that become an innate part of our everyday lives – habits that may not even be noticeable to someone outside the lifestyle.
Have A Storm-Proof House With These 17 Trouble-Free Tips
I'm always amazed how much drama people can manufacture from the least important things; making the proverbial mountain out of a mole hill (ant hill, more like it).
8 Bold Predictions for 2017: I look forward into 2017, telling you what dangers we need to be wary of in the stock market, as well as what opportunities lie ahead for prepared investors.
What is the most deadly animal in the world, when it comes to human disease? Some might be surprised to learn that it’s a bug: the ubiquitous and irritating mosquito. Mosquitoes kill about a million people a year and cause a multitude of problems for millions more, including blindness, neurologic problems and disabling joint disease.
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center, have developed a new detection test for Zika that is faster and more accurate than currently available tests. The new test can detect Zika in a very small sample of blood in less than four hours.
The world remains "grossly underprepared" for outbreaks of infectious disease, which are likely to become more frequent in the coming decades, warn a team of international experts in The BMJ today.
With the North Koreans gathering plutonium for nuclear warheads, and their Supreme Leader unhappy with Trump’s ascension to the office of President, nuclear preparedness should be everyone’s concern. How to stay safe while bugging out makes part of this plan, for sure.
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Despite recent headlines declaring the success of an experimental Ebola vaccine, the world is not fully prepared for future epidemics — and not in position to use vaccines to prevent another deadly outbreak, a report published Tuesday warned.
Instructions for putting the parts together is not included (I'm sure you can easily find that on the web) but the list includes estimated pricing and where you can get each part.
Whether you're trying to evade a hostile military force, kidnappers in a foreign land, or a group of looters or rioters in a situation of civil unrest, the following information can help for disguising your movement and remaining undetectable while on the run.
Small, inexpensive, useful tools for camping or everyday carrying.
Knife laws vary wildly by state. Knives like switchblades, spring-assisted knives, butterfly knives and others are legal in some states and illegal in others. Getting caught or crossing state lines with an illegal knife or switchblade can lead to serious consequences
Anyone can find themselves in a sticky situation without all of the gear they’d like to have. But just because you aren’t prepared doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.
Unlike the doomsayers, I see some strong times ahead for our country, and for those ready to embrace the investing opportunities.
Learn different ways to generate electricity at home in case you can no longer rely on the power grid.
. . . you’d be surprised to know how the most simple of items and ideas can save millions – yes, millions – of lives. Check out these ten surprisingly simple everyday items that can definitely save lives.
Just as the North and South Poles will, eventually, swap places, I believe Alaska (cold) will become the new Florida (warm) and Florida (cold) will become the new Alaska (warm). The "green movement" uses scare tactics to further their agenda and the Paris Climate Treaty does not solve Global Warming.
The colder seasons bring a new set of survival scenarios. So, you need to find new ways to make it out alive if you're caught in the wilderness. Knowing how to build a survival snow shelter is essential. Find out how to build one that is strong, sturdy and durable to withstand all winter weather situations.
Using your mini foundry, a few coals and a ton of heat, you can turn soda cans into aluminum pucks that can become practically any object. This technique is a great way to recycle old soda cans, and you can make awesome new objects in just a few steps.
Most security systems require electricity and a large budget. But anything that depends on the grid and money isn't a solid plan. Switch up your home security to solar-powered systems for more assurance.
A great survivalist knows how valuable a paracord bracelet can be in a survival situation. This double-wide cobra bracelet allows you to carry multiple feet of paracord around your wrist at all times. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to make your own.
If foxes prowled around your house at night, would you know? You need to know the signs to stay on top of these nocturnal hunters.They're more active then you realize. Find out their behaviors during the winter months so you can repel them away from your property permanently.
You never want to risk ruining a hunt. Anything that could cause a distraction or risk your chances of ending the day with a kill should be avoided. That's why the clothes you wear to hunt are important to consider. You don't want anything too noisy, uncomfortable or bright. Here's all the practical advice and tricks you need to stock up on useful hunting clothes at a reasonable price.
If you can't find matches or a fire starter, don't freak out. There's probably plenty of items around your house that you never realized could start a fire. Once you know what they are and how to use them, you're guaranteed fire. Here's our list of 10 items from around the house to get your fires started anytime.
. . . where ammo is scarce or you’re forced to leave your supplies behind, improvised weapons may be your only choice.
The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: The country had signaled strongly . . . they were not happy. The Dems’ answer . . . give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.
Remember Home Alone? Little Kevin had to come with some creative and innovative ways to booby-trap the house against the burglars. This flick serves as a great reminder that just about anything can be used for home security if you put your mind to it.
Although smallpox has been eradicated, “we can’t become lazy or apathetic about its evolution —and possible re-emergence . . . Samples of the deadly virus are now known to exist in high-containment labs in Russia and the U.S. . . . the smallpox virus would make a “scary biological weapon” because of the speed at which it can pass from one person to another, especially in crowds.
Scammers are always updating their attacks — here's how to stay ahead of their game in the new year.
More than 15,000 victims fall for IRS scam costing them more than $300 million. After a three-year joint investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained an indictment involving 56 alleged fraudsters based in the United States and also five call centers in India, all accused of tricking people into paying fake tax bills either by wire or placing money on prepaid cards.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a paracord strap that is strong and durable.
Electrical Vampires are the appliances and devices in your home that use too much electricity or suck 50 to 100 watts when you’re not even using them. If you have money to burn, don't bother reading any further and keep wasting money and power. But, if you want to reduce your power bill, read and follow the tips found in the following article; you will save money.
What are you paying for your utilities? Check here to see if you can get them cheaper. Review annually for cheaper providers.
Avoid deep powder skiing. Stay clear of trees. Use the buddy system (keeping your buddy in sight).
What do you do when you are lost in the wilderness in winter? How to properly prepare for your activities.
You can’t always rely on the power grid to help you stay warm. In case of an outage, you need to know how to heat your home even without electrical power.
Response Options to violence
Whether it's the economy, a desire to be more careful with your money, you're burnt out on getting and giving gifts that just clutter up your house and theirs, or a combination of everything above, midyear is a great time to take a moment to reconsider gift giving traditions.
Have you taken your multivitamin today? Well, you might want to reconsider that decision. A number of studies have shown that not only is synthetic vitamin supplementation unnecessary but it may also be a potentially harmful habit altogether.
At least 23 million Americans have packages stolen from their porches, mailboxes, and stoops. Take measures to deter the 'porch pirates'
. . . This, combined with my anxiety experiences this past holiday, had me dreaming of a giant mute button I could carry with me and press any time things got loud or spastic.
Transpiration is the process in which plant life collects distributes and finally evaporates/dispels moisture from certain parts of the plant in particular the leaves. Transpiration bags work similar to a solar distiller, but with considerably less effort, which means you are not using more sweat than what you can collect in water. In a survival situation, you have to weigh the effort against the results. A solar still usually requires considerable digging. You need a shovel/entrenching tool, a sheet of plastic and a collection cup and adequate ground moisture.
A solar still will provide you with 100% pure water, and will not require purification or boiling prior to drinking. The solar still technique will work just about anywhere, provided that there is enough sunlight to assist the process. Here are simple instructions how to build a solar still to extract pure drinking water from the earth.
In my opinion, the SAS Survival Guide (not Handbook) is highly recommended due to its comprehensive content and compact size.
If you’re headed outdoors, you should always carry either a prepackaged first-aid kit or a DIY kit that you can create using our list as a guide. Knowing how to use the items in a first-aid kit is as important as having them, so consider taking a training course.
This list is intentionally extensive so you don’t forget anything. It also includes emergency essentials that you might carry separately from a kit.
Both fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet, and tomatoes are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. Tomatoes also help provide fiber to the diet. In addition, tomatoes are low in a lot of things you might not want. Tomatoes have beneficial effects on a number of organ systems. In addition, tomatoes may lessen the chance of prostate cancer, stomach, colorectal, and other cancers (again, due to Lycopene) and may have a role in inhibiting cancerous cell growth. Tomatoes are a terrific way to help with weight loss, as well.
Being prepared for disasters means storing food, but it also means putting together a stockpile of medical supplies. While bandages and instruments may keep acceptably in a variety of environments, medications are another story.
Once last night’s race was called for Donald Trump, stock in the gun manufacturing industry began to tank. Smith and Wesson saw a 16 percent plummet while Sturm, Ruger & Co. saw a 12 percent drop – the largest decline since February 2014. . . . Now that the election is over, it looks as though ammo sales will normalize.
We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes. Read/hear what burglars said were the biggest deterrents, what didn't stop them and how you can protect your home.
Watch the video and read the responses to the 17 questions asked.
Now that the presidential election is in the books, and Donald Trump is headed to the Oval Office with a Republican-controlled House and Senate, we have some clarity moving forward.
As I’ve said before, I’m a supporter of Trump — and his administration will be a strong positive for our positions, notably commodities. In this week’s video update, I talk more about the election impacts as I review each holding in our portfolio.
I’ll take you step by step to learn how you or loved ones can survive hypothermia if symptoms occur.
There’s a stock market storm brewing, meaning it’s time to be especially cautious as an investor. In this week’s video update, I outline five Ultimate Wealth positions that could benefit most from a tumbling market and weakening U.S. dollar. Hint: Precious Metals and Currency
No knife sharpener? No problem. If you have an old coffee mug or broken glass laying around, chances are you won’t even need one. We found a few quick and easy tips to make your knives good as new, and best of all, it only takes a few seconds!
The founding fathers of this great country were, by and large, working people, not politicians. They rebelled against political tyranny. They did their political duties and then went back to work.
Expert says an outage could last 9-18 months and propel us back to conditions similar to the 1850s. Read also http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-23/is-the-energy-grid-in-danger
Finding Your Place in the World -
"Does the opportunity have heart?" If not, what could you do that does? In other words, begin your journey by doing things that naturally harmonize with your values, skills, abilities, and God-given talents. Create a vision—your game plan for your personal path through life—then map out how you'll get there. If you haven't found out already, you'll learn that the things you do right now affect who you will become in the future.
When the leaves start turning, I start reaching for my cough drops, feeling that all too familiar tickle in my throat. If I can, I try to drink tons of water, wash my hands like crazy, and keep the bug from taking hold. But once I know I’m past the point of no return, the following things can help cut the duration of my cold and get me back to my busy life.
In case you are unfamiliar with a tiny house and the movement behind them; a tiny house is typically between 100 to 400 square feet. This is in contrast to the American average of 2,600 square feet for a home.
"It was a strategic decision to get a jump on the looming recession and to prepare for the even harsher realities that lie ahead for the economy."
...knowing how to make fire cakes will arm you with the ability to prepare food even when all you have is flour and water.
"And when you come before God, don't turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? "Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
From "Ask Doctor K" ... two recent studies, ... show that less ... still brings benefits.
If the choices from the ”big 2” have finally made you give up your voting privilege, one or more of the other options may appeal to your way of thinking. Find the 2016 Presidential Candidates List here
Documented from video step-by-step process
What has changed to make gun violence worse is NOT the availability of guns (which has actually decreased) but Societal Decay.
Being prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane, as with any type of storm, is the key to staying alive. The damage left behind after a hurricane can be devastating and very costly. The most important thing to remember with any type of storm: you and your family’s safety is the number one priority! Material possessions can be replaced — a human life cannot.
, embracing self defense as ‘natural born’ right
A vehicle breakdown or a flat tire can happen to anyone at any time, and what you have in your car or truck can make the difference between getting back on the road quickly and enduring a long, trying, even dangerous ordeal by the side of the road. A suggested reading with Winter approaching.
See also "Preparing Your Vehicle for an Emergency" on P4T
Despite covering your hands and feet during frigid weather, you still find yourself suffering from icy toes and fingers. . . . What else can you do?
. . . disasters come in a variety of forms and can strike at any time of the year. People of all ages should have a plan of action in place.
A personal topic of interest to me.
Would you know how to survive if you were lost or wounded in the wilderness? Each survival scenario is different and requires unique skills. Let's see what you've got.
1. Canned Vegetables & Fruit
2. Canned Meats
3. Peanut Butter (all-natural varieties have a shorter shelf life)
4. Raw Honey
5. Mixed Nuts
6. Instant Oatmeal
7. Ramen Noodles
8. Dehydrated Foods
To prevent metal shavings from contaminating the contents and injury with sharp tools, rub the can on concrete/rock, to break the lid/bottom seal.
The mad rush to do everything. The brainwashing that we need it all and need to do it all. The demands of others to do what they want. The frustration, depression and emptiness because it couldn't be done. Stop the pursuit of everything and find the "one thing" that causes joy, peace and fulfillment.
It's a fact of nature that everyone needs to take a dump or two or more a day. Consider alternative sources and methods of cleaning up when the reliable Toilet Paper is not available.
The effectiveness of the annual pay raise is fading. Typically, this tactic has been used to drive performance, boost satisfaction, and retain and reward employees. But the job market is changing, and it’s time for employers to begin changing with it.
Whatever you might want to believe, it is strongly suggested that Millennials and Beyond start, as quickly as possible and stay diligent, to build their own personal retirement nest egg.
Emergency planning is mostly about education and developing a think-outside-the-box view of what most would consider obvious.
. . . if a full-fledged gas mask isn't in your budget, and you don't want to build one from a 2-liter soda bottle, consider the Seaview 180° Snorkel Mask.
When it comes to bugging out, the acronym R.E.D.O.U.T may help to know when that time has come. Hopefully this will give some ideas as to when it is time to carry out your bug out plans.
For a carefree vacation and homecoming, what you do before you leave home can be as important as what you do when you are away.
Here’s a check list to consider for planning before leaving home for extended periods of time.
Have you priced gel ice packs lately? They run $10 to $15 each and as you know, one is not enough. You need to have a backup pack to use while a melted ice pack is rejuvenating itself in the freezer. When I turned to the internet for help, oh my gosh, I found hundreds of recipes for DIY gel ice packs.
Gas Buddy is also available as a Smart Phone App.
No matter where you are on your financial journey, you need to know that it’s possible for anyone to turn their financial life around. Sometimes all it takes is that first step in the right direction to get things moving in your favor. But, as with most things, sometimes that very first step is the hardest part.
Don't . . . whack it across your bent knee . . . place the stick against your knee and slowly increase the pressure until the stick hopefully broke . . . hitting them against a tree trunk or propping them up against a log and jumping on them. When in survival mode, taking any unnecessary risks is not a good idea.
Staying Alive If You’re In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time - Situational awareness is key to understanding your environment so you can know better both your circumstances and your options. (daisyluther.com and graywolfsurvival.com)
Don’t waste your time, money and energy by repeating the same mistakes that I and so many others have already made. Instead, read this list of prepper tips I wish I’d heard before I started prepping.
. . . many people are finding themselves splitting off from things that have been considered mainstream, including medicine, and seeking new or improved ways to live. Everyday Roots is a place to discover and plant new ideas to inspire people to make changes, big or small, that will benefit the wellbeing of everyone.
A common misunderstanding to preparing is for some end of the world situation or Hollywood doomsday scenario. Truth is, it's not about preparing for some statistical anomaly, but for the real life challenges that we are all going to face at some point in our lives; the kind of situations that feel like the end of your world if you're not prepared. Consider these reasons to have a real, documented plan:
While putting up a wooden fence for a friend yesterday, I disturbed a yellow jacket nest in a bed of ivy. . . Knowing my reaction to wasp stings, I started walking the yard to find my favorite remedy,
Our ancestors walked our woodlands and learned to use the resources most modern outdoor enthusiast overlook. Essential woodland resources seem to be invisible to the modern eye. The stuff you’ve got packed in your woodcraft/bushcraft kit or bug out bag are consumable. You’ll eventually use up that roll of duct tape… or, more than likely, you forgot to pack it.
Not a problem. Pine trees produce a sticky substitute with superior benefits!
Learning to identify and use natural resources has gotten me out of many sticky situations in the woods. Pardon the play on words as we explore the many uses of this tacky, amber-colored pine sap I call Jewel of the Woods!
The power of simple machines, smartly employed, are capable of moving most anything. Over the years I helped my daddy move really heavy stuff in his plumbing/welding business and on our farm. He once moved and installed a new 3,000 gallon metal water tank at our elementary school using only ropes, pulleys, and levers… by himself.
Daddy didn’t possess superhuman strength, he simply understood the power of simple machines.
Among the many articles that I’ve read regarding ‘fish antibiotics’ being the same thing as antibiotics prescribed for humans, I recall a few articles over on Rawles website. One of them, written by a doctor (who is apparently into prepping), ordered a variety of ‘fish antibiotics’ for his preps – to discover that these antibiotics were the same that he would otherwise prescribe to his patients. For more information, go to http://modernsurvivalblog.com/health/fish-antibiotics-for-preparedness/
LifeStraw is a compact portable water filter. It enables you to drink straight from rivers and lakes, or from a container filled with water that you’ve scooped up from that water source. . . just place the bottom part of the LifeStraw in the water, and sip through the top end.
There are lots of foods that store well for a very long time under the right conditions, however there are foods that do NOT store well for long term (1 year or more) storage.
Ever wonder how to buy boots with a good fit? Whether you’re buying boots for hiking, on the job, or working around the home, it is important to know how to find the best fit.
There is nothing we can do to prevent calamity, but there is plenty that can be done to prepare for it. The chief handicap in all disasters is a lack of preparation. Taking the necessary steps today, may mean the differ-ence between life and death, tomorrow. So, what can you do today to prepare for anything tomorrow may throw at you?
Sean Hyman, Senior Financial Editor of the Ultimate Wealth Report, looks back at the major crashes in 1987, 2000 and 2008 — and explains why the markets are back in dangerous territory now. Pinpointing the exact date the crash will begin is impossible. However, we can see that it's coming soon.
As I have always said, research for yourself. Annoying Windbag Andrew Snyder, Editorial Director for The Oxford Club, makes a convincing, but misleading, sales pitch. If your IncomeTax does not exceed Sales Tax you paid, this is MIGHT work for you. It's one or the other, not both. So why doesn't The Oxford Club post this info on the web, "free of charge" as they claim, for everyone to see? They just want your Subscription of $49 to $99. That's all. As I have always said, research for yourself. Here the IRS web site: https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/deducting-sales-tax
Any survivalist that’s worth his salt has a stockpile of things he or she has identified that they may need to survive a natural or man-made disaster. However, it is extremely important that you realize the value of maintaining a barter store as well. When things go south, particularly in an economic collapse where the dollar is nearly worthless, a number of non-monetary goods will be more valuable than a fistful of dollar bills.
Having nothing more than a baseball bat isn’t going to give you much mental assurance or real physical protection in the event of a break-in while you or a family member is at home. Countless people have taken the responsibility to arm themselves appropriately for the protection of themselves, their property, and their families. There is little reason why you shouldn’t be prepared for the event of a home invasion for the same reasons.
. . . while many firearms on the market are perfectly suited for home defense, there are some firearms that are absolutely terrible for this purpose. Here are five of the worst types of firearms to use for home defense.
Harvesting rainwater is the process of catching rainwater in tanks for use in landscaping and home usage. It is a process that has been around for thousands of years, and as our distant ancestors knew, it’s one that has many benefits.
Alas, in life, curve balls come out of nowhere all of the time. Something unexpected happens that throws you off your game. . . . When this happens, we suffer fear, disappointment, vulnerability, and a loss of control. In general, life sucks.
Here are a few life hacks that are applicable not only to regular everyday lifestyles but to those crazy preppers – ahem – people who are of a preparedness mindset as well. While all of these aren’t necessarily life-saving, they all have the potential to save you money and effort in a survival situation.
Here is a breakdown of 5 common diseases and how you can prepare for them
Robocallers invade our homes and privacy. They circumvent the Do Not Call list. And they cost us real money – an estimated $350 million a year is lost to phone scams. We have a plan to stop them.
among all of the food preservation methods that are so popular with preppers, there is one little known method that stands out. It is by no means unheard of, but it isn’t nearly as popular as it used to be.
I’m referring to the process of making pemmican
The homes of many rich, famous people have a secret hidden within them. Somewhere, in the depths of the home, is a secure room to which the residents can retreat in the event of a home invasion or violent intruder. A safe room was carved into the original house plan, and many of these are state of the art.
this article is to cover the many virtues of the bicycle and how to deploy it readily in the sense of preparedness and the SHTF. Now, I am not detracting in the least from anyone who uses the bicycle as their main mode of transportation. If you can swing such, then more power to you. The way I use it is a little different, and I wish to give you my mindset and methodology so you can tailor it to your own needs.
Everywhere you walk you’re subjected to an array of CCTV (Closed-circuit Television) cameras. When you’re in the convenience store, the shopping mall, in a restaurant…all of these cameras are continually capturing your photographs. No big deal, right? I mean, you’re a twitter and tweet social butterfly with e-mails, texts, and Facebook posts…what could be the harm in that, you may ask?
The dandelion is a perennial, and it contains a wealth of vitamins and nutrients, as well as naturopathic applications that are astounding. The dandelion is edible in its entirety, which is really good to know from a survival perspective. From a naturopathic perspective, dandelion tinctures and teas can be used to help the liver and gall bladder, and the root can be tinctured and used as a diuretic, especially good for women with excessive water weight caused during the normal course of menses.
My husband always jokes that mosquitos like him because he’s so sweet (thereby implying that I am mean because I almost never get bit). It’s a joke, but there’s definitely something to it. We can go outside and I’m completely fine while he’s covered in bites.
This begs the questions, why are some people more prone to mosquito bites than others?
It seems like everywhere I turn I see something about ZIKA. The Z virus.... Its a weird disease that just came out of nowhere and is basically unstoppable. This is concerning to many.
From American Alligators to Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes... can you name the 7 most dangerous animals in North America? Discover what they are, what they eat, where they live, and exactly what you need to do should you encounter them.
Krik of Black Owl Outdoors thoroughly yet simply explains how to navigate with just a compass and a map. Regardless of why and how you spend your times in the great out of doors, you should at least know the basics of map and compass navigation and basic orienteering.
I'm disgusted with the recent commercial, by Merck, on HPV. "Did you know, Mom?, Dad?"
Before you dump the coals, make sure you read this blog first; these tips might just be able to save your life in a survival situation.
Can we assume the water coming out of the kitchen faucet is safe to drink? And what about well water or home filtered water? Wouldn’t you like to know about the lead, bacteria, pesticide, iron, and copper content of your water?
This venison jerky recipe is so delicious, I remember snacking on it as a kid on road trips. Learn to make it yourself here....
Concealment cabinets are designed to hide valuables, firearms, or other things you want to keep away from thieves, but they do so in plain sight, usually in a decorative way.
It may seem like being attacked from behind is one of those situations in life you can’t really prepare for; but you’d be wrong.
Yesterday’s Newspaper Its Still worth Plenty
This video shows how simple ingenuity and recycled materials can take advantage of Bernoulli’s principle to provide some relief from the heat!
The Greeks had an uncanny ability when it came to healing the body, and the medicinal purposes of many of nature’s wonders and bees were at the top of the list when it came to natural wonders that also contained healing powers.
Next to mastering fire, a knowledge of picking edible & medicinal plants is considered one of the most difficult, complex and one of the truer signs of being a genuine expert in homesteading.
With my shift to a "Conserver Lifestyle", I have a new-found friend; the Dollar Store.
When we do not have a stove we can turn on at the flick of a switch we have to find a way to cook. Like our ancestors did before us they found a way
Many experts agree that an economic collapse for the U.S. is not a question of “if” but a question of “when” with perhaps some disagreement over exactly “how” it will happen.
The most important thing to remember with any type of storm: you and your family’s safety is the number one priority! Material possessions can be replaced — a human life cannot.
Most preppers are probably familiar with the sideways looks and awkward situations that arise when they tell others of their emergency plans and readiness. When that skepticism comes from within the immediate family, things become much more complex.
When things get really ugly, we’re left to fend for ourselves. What would you do when there is no gun or ammo around?
Think of it as a “Tactical Adventure & Medical Preparedness Outdoor Necessity” (T.A.M.P.O.N.)… Feel better now?
2-Liter plastic bottle serves as a DIY Tear gas mask
Ways to Save on Your Water Heating Bill - Make Your Refrigerator More Energy Efficient - Kill Your Electrical Vampires
A few weeks ago I was asked for an interview by the Washington Post in regards to the influx of people (preppers) moving to the north west. I eventually accepted but not without thinking; why the hell would I give such a liberal paper the opportunity, a chance to twist and lay their own spin on my words? The article included several preppers and to my surprise I thought pretty well written and fairly unbiased. Not to my surprise were the liberal remarks that followed. However my biggest surprise of all was both the tremendous increase in those liberals that visited the website and the time they spent (listening hours) on the shows. I can only hope they retain what they learned.
Doxing (from dox, abbreviation of documents), or doxxing, is the Internet-based practice of researching and broadcasting private or identifiable information (especially personally identifiable information) about an individual or organization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing
Duct tape has become so popular because of its versatility. Ask anyone who is familiar with the polyethylene-coated, pressure-sensitive roll of adhesive about how they have used it and they will tell you about the many ways it has helped them.
Search for the Truth on FactCheck, Hoax-Slayer, OpenSecrets, PolitiFact, Snopes or TruthOrFiction
Used to determine whether or not it's safe to continue onward.
As its title implies, this is not all-emcompassing but intended to provide some useful reference material.
Growing up in such great hardship equips one with mental toughness and the skills to survive almost any situation.
Urban environments present their own unique challenges when it comes to survival… but if you arm yourself with these “street survival skills,” you’ll be equipped with the knowledge you need to survive.
TMI (too much information) leads to IDT (identity theft).
This book is a companion to my Minimalist Living blog:
How to Survive WITHOUT A salary
With the (in)famous obamacare, there is a fine for not having health insurance, even for a few weeks. But there are options for reducing the cost of health insurance. Take a look at these discussion groups for some ideas.
Even during seemingly harmless situations, travelers need to be what security professionals describe as "situationally aware."
"Situational awareness" is the foundation of personal security.
The need to maintain situational awareness extends to every minute you're on vacation -- whether you are walking down a street, riding a bus or shopping in a crowded market.
Even in hotel lobbies, thieves can be lurking.
"There are predators out there that look like us, they act like us." "They are looking for their next victim. A victim isn't responsible for the crime that happened to them, but they are in the best position to prevent it."
No one is immune from being a victim of some sort of calamity or another. While you can't be ready for every possible scenario, you can be prepared for basic responses and avoidances of most situations.
There is one item that every prepper in the world is guaranteed to have: canned food. Even if they mostly have dehydrated or freeze-dried food, every prepper has at least one can or corn or beans somewhere. And of course, canned food usually comes in tin cans. Most people throw them away without a second thought, but in a survival scenario they can be put to good use. As you’ll soon see, there are lots of different applications for tin cans.
If your power source is native 48VDC (or -48VDC) as part of a telecom or off-grid solar application, DC4812VRF all-DC air conditioners are your most efficient cooling choice. DC48 air conditioners can substantially reduce power supply/generation costs and battery requirements. An all-DC system means you get the advantage of extreme high efficiency without the need for inverters.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe during your international travel.
Knowing how to tie the correct knot for the situation keeps things secure and in control. Their use and tie diagrams are included here.
Published by: 'Above Average' Joe
Above Average Joe (Survival Life)
The "basics" of a camping/survival bag should include the "Ten (10) Cs"
This has been one of my greatest challenges to leaving civilization so I have collected these ideas for contemplation. Take a look at some alternatives:
With built-in fans, enhanced venting airflow, pre-entry vestibules, blocking of infrared heat, ultraviolet, and visible light, this is one "cool" tent.
I was blown away with the total lack of restraint this public official displayed during her news conference after charges were dropped against all of the Baltimore City Police Officers charged in the Freddie Gray death.
. . . don't come knocking on my door expecting a handout when you have done absolutely nothing to prepare for an emergency. Take a basic step to buy or build your own one person 3 day emergency kit
The following training videos use the Lee Precision Reloading Kit
Why would anyone think it can't happen elsewhere, anywhere else, in the world? Given the "right" set of circumstances, it can.
Camping Product (2 servings - Teriyaki Chicken and Rice) - Tasty with rice and small bits of chicken and vegetables but nothing to write home about. More like a thick soup/gravy consistency than a normal rice dish. I would add less (than the 2 cups recommended) water, or let stand longer and open (for water to evaporate) next time.
I have owned ten of the tan-colored water bricks for over a year. Each brick comes with its own carrying handle and holds 3.5 gallons. This allows me to store 35 gallons of water in case of emergency. They are designed to be stackable (similar to Legos) so they don't take up a lot of floor space.
I have owned the 50 quart ARB refrigerator/freezer for over a year now and use primarily for camping. Don't confuse this with one of those boxes that cools stuff thirty degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. This is a real refrigerator/freezer. No more hauling ice.
I have owned all of these Solar Panel models for several years. For me, they are high quality, durable and easily transportable.
This is my first time reviewing a manufacturer. I do it because of the multitude of Goal Zero (GZ) products I own. They have developed a wide variety of solar products that can be applied to nearly any situation from camping to a full-home solar power solution.
The kit comes with four 30 watt solar panels, two 33 Amp hr batteries, one 400 watt inverter (which has a 6.0mm female 12V plug and another female 12V cigarette lighter plug, a USB port, and a standard AC outlet). There are also four 3 watt LED Lite-a-Life lights.
The entire system is plug-N-play. The inverter attaches to one of the batteries. You then connect the two batteries together with the supplied cord. The lights are really good quality. You connect the first one to the 6.0mm plug on the inverter. The rest you can daisy chain to the first and spread throughout the camp site and each light has its own hook. The four solar panels connect together and then are connected to the inverter. I have, in the past, used sticks to prop the panels towards the sun and this has seemed to work well. I did just buy a tripod but have not had a chance to use it yet.
While camping I have run between one and four of the 3 watt lights, a CPAP (without the heating unit), a 50 qt ARB frig/freezer (described on another posting - draws less than an amp per hr), a two speed fan that Riverrider told us all about, and recharged my phone all with no problem. Even when it was cloudy the two 350 Power Packs recharged completely. The bad news. I am not an electrician but I don't believe the 400 watt inverter would be large enough to run a full size refrigerator/freezer which would be the primary reason for emergency backup power.
I have long been a fan of Honda and Yamaha products and when it comes to their portable generators, my fondness doesn't diminish. I have owned a Honda 3000 (sold in a packaged deal with a cabin) and now own the Yamaha 3000.
I was gifted with a case (12-pack) of A-Pack (Ameriqual) "low-sodium" MREs (Meal Ready To Eat). Each meal comes with the main meal in a pouch, a heating pouch, salt solution (to activate the heating pouch), 2 large crackers (like matzo), 2 large fig bars, pack of raisins, skittles candy pack, a plastic spork, seasoning packets and a pre-moist towelette. Quite honestly, this is a lot of food per meal and they do taste good with seasoning but kind of bland without. You do not need any external heat source to cook these meals; it's build-in, but follow the instructions carefully for using the heating pouch or the meal will not heat properly or the salt (heat activation) solution will drip out.
This is a credit card-size metal tool that I've given as gifts but, depending on where I purchased them, the instructions may not be in English so I'm posting this here as a reference to my gift recipients just in case you can't speak Chinese.
I wear one of these whenever I am camping and hiking and I have given them as gifts and consider a must-have for anyone doing outside activities. At the very least, it has a whistle to call for help and the fire striker can be used as a cutting tool or small screw driver. Used with the flint, it creates sparks for starting a fire but can also be used as a visual signal to summon help. It contains about 10 feet of Paracord (when unraveled) which is (usually) made of 7, 50-pound Tensile strength strands that can be used for sewing and other things needing less-bulky cordage. While most have the fire flint and striker and whistle, some versions come with a compass. Cordage, fire, signaling, cutting, and direction-finding are essentials for any survival situation and this little package has them all conveniently strapped to your wrist.
One day I got the bright idea to make my pickup truck a rolling solar power station.
During one of my favorite survival/homesteading TV shows, I was introduced to the "Portable Sawmill"; a chainsaw attachment used to cut planks of wood from a downed tree. Naturally, I bought one without any specific project in mind. Well,
Good taste. Soup/stew consistancy. Enough for only 1 serving, (not 2) in my opinion, unless additional meal courses are added. Does not prepare in the bag but requires preparation in a saucepan.
I believe that part of preparing for an emergency is staying healthy. Good eating habits and exercise will help cope, in many ways (physically and emotionally), with an emergency situation. And while I believe this, I haven't been very good at practicing it. I don't "cook" and I "eat to live" and don't "live to eat" so, when it is time to eat, I don't want to spend much time preparing my meals. Unfortunatly, that leads to eating processed foods that are not nutritionally good for me and, usually, with lots of salt.
Can I help save the planet for future generations to enjoy? Can I improve the environment, NOW, for me to enjoy it while I am still here? I think yes and yes.
I am, by no means, rich or a financial guru. But I do monitor several that are; one of which is Warren Buffet. With bank interest rates at an all-time low for several years, investing in the stock market seems to be my current best option for a better ROI (Return On my Investment)
The phrase "Thank you so much" makes me ill.
Winter Storm Preparedness Tips
Choice of Waxes for Candles and Other Uses
Produce Drinking Water from the Air, Ground and Undrinkable Water
Chances are, if you are not at home when an emergency strikes, you will be in, or near, your vehicle. So, for the majority of us, our everyday car or pickup truck will need to be ready to serve us in nearly any emergency big or small, while driving to the local grocery store or taking a cross-country trip, while changing a flat tire or surviving a serious accident, blizzard, hurricane, tornado or whatever else in the middle of nowhere.
Unfreezing Car Lock with Hand Warmers
Some of the simplest and cheapest Survival Tools & Supplies can come from the weirdest places
Find Low Cost Survival and Emergency Preps From Pawn Shops and Flea Markets
Learn The Secrets Of Urban Survival To Keep You Alive After Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, and Breakdowns In Civil Order.
A lot of emphasis seems to be put on survival products and building a storehouse of stuff for an emergency. If you can't find something (not to mention multiple variations on the same theme), you're not even trying to look. But, what happens when your storehouse is used up and bare?
A rocket stove is an efficient cooking stove using small diameter wood fuel which is burned in a simple high-temperature combustion chamber containing a vertical chimney and a secondary air supply, which ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames reaching the cooking surface.
Do-It-Yourself Bath and Laundry Soap
Where do you put snow tire chains if you have only one pair?
Snow chains on front or rear axle - what is best?
Sure, you should have 2 pair - but what if you have only one set?
Allow me a word about traction first:
Other than having a source of drinking water, shelter is your top priority in most survival emergencies. Severe weather conditions can kill within a few hours if you don’t have some type of shelter to defend you from the elements. Luckily, there are a wide array of techniques and materials (wherever you may be) for escaping the elements.
Shaving: Natural & Money-Saving
Honestly, guys and gals, I've tried a lot of homemade recipes on the web for a lot of stuff. I wonder, sometimes, if people just dream up anything to put "out there" to have something "out there" rather than for practical use. I feel that "homemade" is intended to be more natural, less expensive and nearly as convenient. When I have to start cooking my toiletries, convenience has flown the coop; when I have to purchase exotic ingredients, less-expensive and convenience have flown the coop; and when I'm combining a bunch of commercial-grade products to make another product, "natural" has flown the coop. So, I hope, what I propose below, will fit the "homemade" category a littel bit better.
Retirement Planning Starts at Age Zero
Preparing 4 Tomorrow is more than emergency/disaster Planning or a clever slogan. It's a way of life that affects nearly everything I do. If you are anywhere near my age, you may have, or will, repeat this phrase many times; "if I had known, in my youth, what I know now, I would have __________." My main fill-in-the-blank answer is "learned financial responsibility and started saving for retirement earlier."
No Power? No Problem!
HARNESSING THE POWER OF NATURE:
With few exceptions, the use of Solar, Wind, and Water (Hydro) to generate power requires several components, not the least of which are batteries. Batteries store the power, that is harvested from these resources, to power your appliances. Generally, direct power from these natural sources is not enough to power appliances so power must be stored and/or converted. Refer to our DIY Power Setup that can be applied to any of these natural sources of power. If gas becomes scarce or unavailable, these will still be around:
DIY (Do It Yourself) Off-Grid Power Systems
No Plumbing? No Problem!
The other day, a friend of mine and I were discussing my emergency planning activities and supplies. When it came to plumbing, my friend said “I couldn’t live without running water”. Well, with that I responded, “If you think you can’t, you haven’t tried or you haven’t looked at alternatives”. I then began to explain the methods I have used in place of conventional plumbing. It all boils down to this; if you seek alternatives, you will find them but you may need to give up some of the creature comforts like taking long showers and automatic dish washers.
Potassium Permanganate: Antiseptic, Water Purifier, Fire Starter and more . . .
Disaster Preparedness Tips for Pet Owners
Think, for a minute, how often we come into contact with things that others have touched; elevator buttons, door handles, door bells, stairway handles, telephones, keyboards/mice, handshakes, counter tops, appliances, toilets, toilet stall doors and paper holders, sink knobs, hand dryer buttons, utensils at food bars . . . the list is endless. Unless you continually wear surgical gloves, you WILL be exposed to the germs of someone else you may, or may not, know and those persons could be infected with any number of nasty communicable germs that could make you mildly sick or worse.
In a survival situation, finding your way to a specific destination or to avoid getting lost does require some special skills and knowledge. Hopefully, these links and information will help prepare you for whatever situation you find yourself in, whether you’re car/cell battery’s dead and don’t know how to get back to civilization or you're lost in the wilderness.
The older I get, the less I need, and the more I realize how my possessions have become more burdensome than comforting. The more I have, the more I have to lose. I am a slave to my stuff. The more money I make, the more stress I have and more fearful of losing what I have strived so hard to accumulate. "The one with the most toys wins" is a favorite saying for the one who seeks stuff to make them think they are happy. A movie called "LESS: Losing is Everything" helps to make the point that "when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change" and you will gain a new-found sense of freedom.
Naturally, when disaster strikes, people will be injured as a result and normal health issues, sickness and injuries will still occur. In a public emergency, chances are great that medical facilities and first responders will be overwhelmed. Whether in crisis or normal routine living, everyone should be ready to handle their own personal medical conditions(s), first aid and serious injuries without the aide of trained medical personnel.
Job Loss - Plan B - Don't wait for it to happen.
Have you established a Plan B source of income? Have you thought about what you would do if you lost your job in today's volatile and uncertain economy?
Tincture of iodine in Emergency and Survival Planning
Natural Insect & Pest Repellents & Remedies
Emergency Cooking and Heating When the Power Goes Out
Crayons and Crisco for Light or as a Fire-Starter
We are at the beginning of a major shift out of paper assets into real assets and the more I studied the merits of owning gold and silver the more I realized that silver was the smart decision. Let me explain.
When planning for emergency situations, the focus is so often on the aspect of meeting physical necessities for survival that other things are not taken into account. If a natural disaster, such as a severe winter storm, makes it so you are unable to leave your house for a week, what are you going to do besides eat food and huddle under blankets to stay warm? As odd as it may seem, including forms of entertainment, in your emergency preparedness plan, can be a great asset to cope with an emergency or unpleasant situation.
Having fun activities, to lighten the mood, can be especially useful during a natural disaster or other type of emergency. Undergoing too much stress has been shown to be detrimental to physical, mental, and emotional health; something you would certainly wish to avoid during a crisis.
A wood gas generator (gasifier) converts timber or charcoal into wood gas which - after cooling and filtering - can then be used to power an internal combustion engine or for other purposes.
It is not enough to hoard food and water. Applying methods to self-replenish these resources is necessary for anyone serious about emergency planning.
If you’ve read 40 Ways to Save Money on Groceries, you’ll want to know these simple methods to keep food from spoiling.
Remember Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy; Oklahoma tornadoes in April 2013; and Colorado floods in September 2013?
For those of us in regions where snowfalls can drop 4-12 inches at a time, we have seen how spastic people get for bread, milk and toilet paper. Can you imagine how they would react if all food deliveries, to stores, were interrupted for an extended period of time? An EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) can stop trucks, cars, aircraft and watercraft engines from running, delivery truck hijackings can occur and disasters and riots can close travel routes. If this happened, and the people panicked (guaranteed), how long do you think it would take for stores to become void of food and then streets to become unsafe to travel? Have you been to a grocery store after an announcement of potential inclement weather? Estimates are 3 days for stores to be empty of food and a week for people taking to the streets to get food from other sources (including those who have prepared for this event).
Can you eat pet food to survive? Is it safe to eat pet food?
Camping Food & Emergency, Long-term Food Storage
Preparing For The Flu Season - In the Northern hemisphere, winter is the time for flu, but the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary. While seasonal flu outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
While not the most accurate, and certainly not what they are designed for, a Marine or Aviation Flare Gun can not only signal for emergencies but can be used for defense and can inflict a serious, if not deadly, injury to an attacking predator (animal or human).
Never assume that fire-building conditions will be ideal and a match or lighter will be readily available in an emergency. Here are some other options for starting a fire with some fire-building tips included:
Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures for medicinal and health purposes. Essential oil uses range from aromatherapy, household cleaning products, personal beauty care and natural medicine treatments.
Faraday "Cage": Protect your important electronics from EMPs or Solar Flares
How to Stay Safe During an Earthquake
"You can minimize your tooth decay, prevent it entirely, and even heal tooth decay once a cavity has formed, if you make good choices for yourself based on the knowledge of the lifestyle led by decay-free Indigenous people."
I've used an electric dehydrator. It worked but don't waste money or electricity. Use the power and heat of the sun. Take a look at some alternatives:
In reality, even in my current day-to-day life, I am defending myself against those things or persons that could negatively affect my lifestyle and peace of mind. I have insurance, alarm systems and locks and methods and plans if those first lines of defense fail.
Debt can be the single most debilitating "disease" we can have in our lives. We are, truly, a slave to the lender. It affects our relationships, our jobs, our joy (even though we feel that getting more stuff will make us happy). Getting out of debt, frees us from the bondage it has on us. If you feel that debt is affecting your joy of life, you can free yourself from it. If you have gotten into the habit of immediate gratification, spending more than you make, it won't be easy. But the habit that you made, you can break and create new and better ones.
Emergency Cooling of Your Living Area (DIY air conditioner of sorts)
Sun (Solar) Ovens - Using and Uses
Emergency Cooking and Heating When the Power Goes Out
Survival Companions: Strength in Moral Character, not in Numbers, Skills or Stuff
Emergency Communications - Portable 2-way Radio (CB or Ham is the way to go)
Camping Checklist - Ten (10) Cs Camping/Survival Kit - Three (3) Laws of Survival - Five (5) Components of Survival - Lemon System - 1-10-1 Rule of Hypothermia
Bugging Out vs. Staying Put - Assessing Threats for the correct course of action
Emergency Bag / Go Bag / BugOut Bag / 72-hour Kit - A Rose by any other name . . .
Many Uses For Bubble Wrap
Batteries Die! The battery in any battery-operated device will die eventually and, usually, when you need it most, like a flashlight or radio you don't use often but really need when you need it; especially those kept in vehicles for "emergency" use. Has there been a time when you needed a flashlight only to find the batteries were dead?
Bartering (Have --> Want) and Finances
Throw out those deodorants and antiperspirants. Go natural.
Colloidal Silver; Quackery or Cure?
Why do modern buildings still have stairs? Because technology fails.
When technology fails completely and terminally, what will you do?
What will you do when:
the power grid fries
there is no air conditioning
there is no heat
there are no television or commercial radio signals
cell phone towers and satellites die
there are no lights
there are no electronic games
batteries no longer power appliances, equipment or vehicles
electronic security fails
fuel can no longer be produced or found
grocery stores are empty
restaurants are closed
hospitals are too full to accept any more injured
there is no running water, water filtration or public sewage
laundry appliances or facilities are no longer available
the Red Cross supplies are depleted
guns and ammunition are no longer available
pets are viewed as liabilities or food
people, who have nothing, come to take what you have
Police and military are busy with looters and rioters
Plants Help Clean Indoor Air