Make Your Dog Part of Your Survival Plan

America is a land of pets. Several people have pets in our home and in many homes the pets are treated as good as the kids are. There are pet spas where Jack can get a new doo and even pet morticians who can help beware of Jack’s final resting place.

America is a land of pets. Several people have pets in our home and in many homes the pets are treated as good as the kids are. There are pet spas where Jack can get a new doo and even pet morticians who can help beware of Jack’s final resting place.

I really don’t know when man first started domesticating the dog, but it’s to go pretty way back. Dogs are a part of helping mankind in the struggle for survival since long before we had our modern conveniences creating our lives comfortable. Dogs are used in work and in searching, to increase their owner’s ability. They’ve also been protectors, guarding over youngsters, sheep and whole families.

If you’ve got dogs, then you need to make them part of your survival plan. Huge dogs are a lot of helpful for this, but even smaller dogs can be very useful in watching over your home and family.

Dogs as Guards

It is usually accepted amongst the prepper community that in the case of any major disaster, we can expect to own marauding bands of looters looking for food and whatever else they can find. This shouldn’t surprise us, because the looters come out for pretty much any disaster, to see however they can take advantage of it. The massive difference in a major disaster, will be that they’ll be looking for food and different necessities, more than looking for massive screen televisions to steal.

For this reason, a number of different books have suggested keeping guards on watch at your home or survival retreat. There’s just one downside with that; guards who agency ar watching for marauders aren’t doing much to assist your family survive. That’s not a very efficient use of manpower.

On the other hand, dogs are nice natural guards. They’re territorial, so it’s natural for them to raise the alarm once anyone approaches their territory, friend or foe. Even little dogs work in this capability, although their bark may not do a lot of to scare any would-be intruders away.

While it’s natural for dogs to act as guards, this natural ability can be enhanced by training. One factor that they need to be trained to do is to stay on their own territory and not run off to check out the neighborhood. A dog checking out the neighborhood isn’t much of an alarm. They will even be trained so that you can silence them with a command; permitting you to talk to the person, once the alarm has been raised.

Dogs as Defenders

Dogs are natural defenders of their family and property, especially massive dogs. A dog doesn’t think anything of attacking an armed unwelcome person, even though the unwelcome person is larger and higher armed than they’re. If there’s a threat, they’re likely to attack.

Actually, there’s something frightening regarding an offensive dog, which will scare several criminals who would face you with a gun in your hand. People don’t know how to respond to it and therefore the dog moves quick enough that they don’t create a awfully simple target to hit.

If you’re planning on using your dogs as defenders, you definintely want to get them some training. They don’t need to be trained how to attack, as their play teaches them that. What they need is the training to only attack on your command and to prevent attacking on your command. Otherwise, you could end up with a dog who may be a menace to neighborhood kids.

Dogs as Babysitters

One of the most important issues with surviving with young children is the problem of attempting to get any work done, while watching over the kids. Dogs can be plenty of help there also. Dogs have a natural affinity for watching over young children and protecting them from danger. You’ll see totally untrained dogs do things like move to block a staircase in order to stop a baby from falling down it.

This is even more vital in the wild, where there’s way more that can hurt our kids than there’s in the benign atmosphere of a suburban home. Dogs naturally understand the dangers in nature and will defend the kids from them.

It is possible to train dogs for watching over children, increasing their natural ability. The Pit Bull, which is usually known to be a very mean dog, used to be called the “nanny dog” for their great ability with young children and their naturally protective nature. Families would leave the Pit Bull to watch over the kids while they were busy, knowing that nothing would happen to them.

Be Prepared to Care for Your Dogs

If you’re going to make your dogs part of your survival plan, then you’d higher be ready to pay attention of your dogs. That means taking into account their food and water needs, stockpiling those along with your family’s food and water. Fortunately, dry pet-food is fairly cheap, so you can stockpile lots for a very little amount of cash.

Don’t forget that your dogs may be ready to augment their food by hunting. Some breeds of dogs are natural hunters. That’s good, as rodents and alternative pests tend to multiply during times of disaster. You might need Jack to take out some rats or raccoons to keep their population at bay.

You should also put aside a stock of medicines for your dogs. Fortunately, you don’t need a prescription for getting veterinary pharmaceuticals. Make sure that you have medicines to take care of the most common issues, as well as enough rabies vaccine to last for many years.

Finally, you want to be able to keep your dogs away from people who are just passing by. The majority keep their dogs in the yard, however if you’re expecting the dogs to assist act as alarms against intruders, you may want to keep them in the house or in the front yard. That may require adding some additional fencing or some chains to hold the dogs and keep them from leaving your property.

Investing for a Financial Collapse

Many people are talking about a financial collapse these days; not just preppers, however the population in general. We hear from billionaire investors, economists, politicians and average folks on the street that the economy can’t handle much more, before going over the edge.

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Many people are talking about a financial collapse these days; not just preppers, however the population in general. We hear from billionaire investors, economists, politicians and average folks on the street that the economy can’t handle much more, before going over the edge.

If you look at past financial collapses, there are many signs that we have one coming. In fact, according to some of those signs, we’re overdue for it. Apparently something is still holding up the U.S. economy and if that “thing” ever gets removed, we’re going to be on a fast elevator ride, heading for the financial basement.

There’s no way of knowing precisely when this monetary collapse is going to come, however we can be pretty sure that it’ll come. The actual timing depends upon several factors, with some people attempting to make it happen and others attempting to stop it from happening. Part of the matter is that different folks disagree on what will ultimately cause it, with totally different schools of economic theory claiming that the restorative measures of another theory being exactly what will put us over the edge.

One issue is evident, the economy can’t continue going as it is, without some type of negative consequences. Government spending is out of control; banks and the stock market are being pampered by national policy; the government is lying to us regarding the financial figures it releases; and less folks are working today than have been working anytime in living memory.

What Will the Collapse Look Like?

Without getting in a lot of detail regarding how financial collapses happen and the intricate money maneuvering that is a part of it, there are two basic signs we need to be searching for. The first is a rise in unemployment; not the figure the government is handing out, which shows unemployment dropping, however real unemployment. During The Great Depression, actual unemployment was at about twenty five percent.

The other sign is runaway inflation. Once again, the govt is lying to us regarding the inflation rate. They’ve been saying that we have had an average 1.5% inflation rate for the last five years. However, this is leaving out anything that’s rising at a higher rate, specifically food and energy. While gas costs have dropped recently, that’s a temporary situation, brought about by a price war that the Saudis are running to regain dominance in oil production.

Actual inflation has been regarding eight percent per year. While that isn’t enough by any means to make a financial collapse, it’s undoubtedly worse than the 1.5% the government has been telling us. In the Argentinean collapse, they’d over 1,500% inflation in 2 years! There was one month in which inflation hit two hundredth percent.

Investing to Survive the Collapse

Between high unemployment and high inflation, the idea of “investing” could seem a little crazy. After all, we’re going to need money to survive on, so setting it aside in investments seems like a waste of money that’s needed for different things. But the fact is that investing your money wisely might be what makes it possible for you to survive the collapse, when others are suffering.

I hope you understand that I’m not talking about typical investment here. This isn’t buying stocks, putting cash into real estate or maybe investing in a municipal fund. No, this is investing in your future, in ways that a financial collapse won’t damage, but indeed will increase your chances of survival. In some cases, it’d even make it possible for you to profit somewhat by the collapse.

Precious Metals

When the value of cash goes down, the value of gold and silver always go up. So, you’ll most likely see the price of gold and silver skyrocket. It may conceivably rise quick enough that you may sell off that precious metal and pay off your mortgage. That would provide your family much more security.

When the collapse ends, regarding the only issue that will retain real value is precious metals. So, if you hold onto it through the collapse and into the recovery, the actual value of those precious metals will be as if you had control onto the money, but adjusted for inflation. If inflation goes up 1,000 percent, the value of gold and silver can go up at least that much.

Your Home

Speaking of paying off your home, if you can pay off your home before the collapse, you won’t have to worry regarding having your home taken away from you during the collapse. During both The Great Depression and the Argentinean collapse, several lost their homes when they couldn’t make payments. If yours is paid off, that can’t happen to you.

Food and other Essential Supplies

Personally, this is what I consider to be the simplest possible investment. Food always goes up in value. I mentioned at the beginning of this article that food has gone up eight percent each year over the last several years. Well, if you had taken money out of the bank and bought food with it five years ago, that investment would have increased in value a lot of quicker than the interest the bank is paying you. It would have been a much better investment.

I understand that investing in food doesn’t seem much like an investment. That’s really just because we’re not used to thinking of it that manner. However, the results show it to be a very effective investment. That’s what matters.

A Repair Business

When the collapse happens, folks won’t be ready to replace things that stop working. They won’t be buying new cars, new lawn mowers or new toasters. Instead, they’ll try to repair what they have or they’ll do without. being able to repair anything will create a chance for business, in a time when others are losing their jobs.

In addition to the tools and training for the business, put in as good a stock of common repair parts as you can. The cost of those components will skyrocket and in some cases they will no longer be available. Any parts you buy today will be ready to be sold at the inflated prices, making them a good investment.

Barter Goods

When financial systems collapse, it’s common for people to return to bartering; either individually or in tiny groups. Anything that you need to survive will be helpful as trade goods as well. Folks will be willing to trade what they have, for what you have.

During WW II, several farmers in occupied Europe became wealthy through barter. The people from the town would go out to the farms, “visiting family,” with their suitcases packed full of silver and different valuables. Farmers were glad to trade hams, cheese, salami and butter for these valuable items. when the war was over and things returned to normal, those farmers were ready to sell off their acquisitions for a good profit.

Five energy surprises for 2016: The possible and the improbable

Many energy analysts like to make predictions at the end of the year for the coming year. Instead, I’ll point to five possible surprises in energy–surprises because few people expect them to happen. I am not predicting that any of the following will happen, only that there is an outside chance that one or more will occur. Naturally, these surprises would move markets and policy debates in unexpected directions.

Many energy analysts like to make predictions at the end of the year for the coming year. Instead, I’ll point to five possible surprises in energy–surprises because few people expect them to happen. I am not predicting that any of the following will happen, only that there is an outside chance that one or more will occur. Naturally, these surprises would move markets and policy debates in unexpected directions.

1. Crude oil ends 2016 below $30 per barrel. With oil hovering in the mid-$30 range it doesn’t seem implausible that at some point in the not-to-distant future, crude oil will dip below $30 per barrel, if only briefly. What would surprise most people is if the crude oil price finished next year below $30 per barrel. The conventional wisdom is that cheap oil is giving a boost to the economy that will lift worldwide economic growth and thus demand for oil. There is also a belief that high-cost producers will simply have to stop drilling new money-losing wells after more than a year of financial Armageddon in the oil markets. This will bring down supply just as economic growth is rising, sending prices much higher as the year progresses.

The alternate view is that oil in the mid-$30 range is a reflection of an economy that has been weakening since the middle of 2014 and foreshadows a worldwide recession which should hit in full force by the end of 2016. In addition, with Iran almost certain to add to the current oversupply as sanctions are lifted and with the continued determination of OPEC to destroy the viability of tight oil deposits in the United States, the oil price could surprise on the downside, even testing $20 per barrel.

2. U.S. natural gas production declines. Despite persistent low U.S. natural gas prices, U.S. production has continued to grow. Most of the growth has been coming from two places: the Marcellus Shale where ample deposits continued to be economical in the range of $3 to $4 per thousand cubic feet (mcf) and Texas where furious fracking for oil locked in deep shale deposits also produced associated natural gas without concern for the price of that gas.

With oil drilling across the United States in precipitous decline because of low oil prices, we won’t see nearly as much new natural gas associated with oil drilling as we saw in 2014 and 2015. With natural gas now hovering around $2, even the very sweetest of the sweet spots in the Marcellus are unlikely to be profitable to exploit.

Having said all this, U.S. natural gas production growth has continually defied predictions that it would dip in the face of low prices. Part of this had to do with desperate drillers carrying heavy debt loads who had to produce gas at any price in order to pay interest on that debt.

3. Several approved U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects are postponed or abandoned. One of the memes of the so-called shale gas revolution was that the United States would produce far more natural gas than it consumes and that that would open the way for liquefied natural gas exports to other energy-hungry countries. Two things went wrong. First, U.S. production, while growing, has not exceeded U.S. consumption. Despite the highest natural gas production in history, the United States had net imports of natural gas of about 3 percent of its consumption so far this year.

Second, with the price of landed LNG around the world between $6 and $7, LNG exports from the United States are currently noncompetitive. Even with U.S. natural gas at $2, when the cost of liquefying and transporting gas–about $6 per mcf–is added to the American price, landed LNG prices would have to rise to about $8 just for American suppliers to break even. And, of course, just breaking even is not a proposition investors are very much interested in.

Now, some of the export projects have already undoubtedly received commitments from buyers to take U.S. LNG under long-term contracts, usually priced at Henry Hub plus a certain amount for liquefying and transporting the gas (plus something to reward investors, of course). If those contracts are in place, then the builders of the LNG export projects don’t care what U.S. prices are. They make money no matter what. And, it doesn’t matter whether they export so much LNG that the United States is forced to IMPORT more from Canada via pipelines or possibly in the form on LNG itself.

Whether buyers make out under such an arrangement will all depend on how world spot LNG prices unfold over the next couple of decades. Undoubtedly, many of those with long-term contracts today would be better off buying in the spot market. But, of course, when prices are high, they have no protection.

What we’ll find out this year is which projects have contracts from buyers and which do not. The ones that do not yet have such contracts will almost certainly be postponed or abandoned. For those that proceed, investors who are not careful to understand how much of the capacity of the project has been taken up by long-term contracts and how much will be sold on the spot market may be in for rude surprises if they are too exposed to the spot market and that market remains soft.

4. Bipartisan support for climate change measures emerges in the U.S. Congress. You will certainly think I’m reaching here, and it would be a surprise if this does happen. But expectations for the recent climate conference in Paris were extremely low. And yet, world leaders hammered out an agreement that committed the parties to emissions limits with regular reviews. True, there is no enforcement mechanism. But even so, this result was better than most anticipated.

The same could go for a U.S. Congress stalemated on the climate issue. Even though the Republican majority has taken the view that regardless of the science, Republicans are better off opposing any measure to address climate change, not all Republicans have taken this extreme position. If enough of them peel off and join Democrats on even a small measure, it will mark progress–though it will certainly be a surprise coming in an election year.

5. World oil production declines. In the past world oil production has declined only during recessions or once in the early 1980s following a long period of rising prices and the most severe recession since World War II (that is, until 2008). We’ve had a long period of price rises from 2000 onward, followed by a severe recession. But production continues to eke out some growth.

According to figures from the U.S Energy Information Administration, worldwide production of crude oil including lease condensate (which is the definition of oil) grew by 15.7 percent in the nine-year period leading up to 2005. In the nine-year period from 2005 to 2014, production grew only 5.3 percent despite record prices and investment.

If worldwide production declines, it will almost surely be because drillers simply lay down even more rigs and companies delay development of tar sands mining projects in Canada to wait for higher prices. This restraint would have to counterbalance additions to world production expected from Iran which will have sanctions lifted in 2016 allowing it to increase its oil production and exports substantially. If peace breaks out in Libya, then the rise in Libyan oil production will probably prevent an overall decline in world production.

Recap of 2015’s list of possible surprises

1. U.S. crude oil and natural gas production decline for the first time since 2008 and 2005, respectively. While U.S. crude oil production in 2015 looks like it will exceed total production in 2014, production began to slide in June this year and continues downward. So, there was a surprise for those who thought the so-called shale revolution could go on without high prices. Natural gas production continued to rise so there was no surprise there.

2. World crude oil closes below $30 per barrel. This hasn’t happened yet and probably won’t with only a few days left in 2015. But a price in the mid-$30 range has certainly surprised a lot of people, especially those who were touting the midyear recovery of prices to around $60 as the beginning a new oil bull market. So, this did come as a surprise, but not quite (yet) the $30-per-barrel variety.

3. Developments in solar thermal energy show that it can solve the storage problem for electricity from renewable energy. Perhaps the biggest obstacle to broader use of electricity generated by renewable energy is the high cost of storing that energy for use when people need it. A Maryland inventor is still trying to put together funding for a prototype of a possibly revolutionary solar thermal capture device that he claims has 90 percent efficiency. There’s no prototype yet. Perhaps in the coming year we’ll find out whether the claim can be confirmed. So, no surprise here yet.

4. A climate agreement in Paris calls for binding greenhouse gas emissions limits. Okay, the greenhouse gas limits weren’t binding. And, of course, that’s not a surprise. What surprised me is how unanimous the world’s leaders were about the problem of climate change and how specific they were about limits in the agreement.

5. Oil prices reach $100 per barrel before December 31, 2015. This possible surprise was premised on a robust world economy and an OPEC relenting on its war on frackers in America and tar sands in Canada. The OPEC war continues, and the world economy seems weaker at year-end than when it began.

Improvised Weapon You May Not Have Considered

We all know that in a perfect world we will be atour bug out location with all the preparations we’ve made when disaster hits. Next worse case situation is we at least have our bug out bag with us if were on the road. We all know that you can’t always take a gun or sometimes the knives or weapons that we want with us if we have to fly, work at certain facilities, or travel in some groups for events that we have to attend for various reasons.

Improvised Weapon You May Not Have Considered

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We all know that in a perfect world we will be atour bug out location with all the preparations we’ve made when disaster hits. Next worse case situation is we at least have our bug out bag with us if were on the road. We all know that you can’t always take a gun or sometimes the knives or weapons that we want with us if we have to fly, work at certain facilities, or travel in some groups for events that we have to attend for various reasons.

You know the potential problems.Something happens that kills the power or causes a major disruption and you’re left short on solutions for protecting yourself when the zombies come out of the woodwork. Something that is available at many grocery, hardware, and dollar like stores, as well as many other places where you may be able to make a cash purchase is Hornet, Wasp, or Bee Spray. I know it’s not a gun. Let’s face it. Gun purchases will be stopped in a real SHTF situation. Hornet spray is a much better solution than a knife. It’s also quiet and won’t attract attention.

Hornet Spray is not a toy. It will fire a spray up to 20 to 25 feet and you hit someone in the face with it you will blind them and if they inhale much they are dead. Unlike Pepper Spray it will stop and kill even those on various drugs that Pepper Spray will not affect. It will not go through other objects such as a bullet. This could either be a good or a bad thing.

If the shit hits the fan you can be creative in purchasing it. Most won’t think of it as a weapon. Just tell the sales clerk that you are allergic and scared of bees and you’re on your way home or wherever and almost got stung by a bee from a new hive that just appeared on your route. Most sales clerks will be sympathetic and if you have cash you can usually get a can for three to four dollars. This is a huge advantage over firearms, knives, bows and arrows. You’re just trying to protect yourself from a household pest. Most people will not think that you are purchasing or carrying a weapon.

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Once you get the can, or two, do test fire the can outside so you are aware of the approximate range. Like any weapon you must know its range and effectiveness. You can carry it in your hand as you walk and most won’t consider you armed. Yes, if someone saw an old James Bond Movie and remember when he lighted up the hair spray with his lighter they may consider that you have some stupid defense idea like that in mind. Most thugs will laugh at that figuring a few flames at short-range they can put up with and still take you out.

I would recommend that if you’re in a real SHTF situation that you also wrap the can with some duct tape. It’s best if you can keep a potential attacker in the dark to what you have. In the early stages of a SHTF situation I’d recommend a bright color such as pink, neon blue, bright green. Use a sharpie and write Silly String on the can. It won’t pass for real Silly String on close inspection but to a casual observer it will work. Remember the rule: People will see what they want to see. If someone sees you carrying the can of silly string you might appear to be a bit nuts. No one will question you about carrying a can of Silly String. They may think you’ve lost it and stay away from you. Any functioning law enforcement will also most likely ignore you. If they think you’re carrying pepper spray they might want to take it from you.

In the later stages of a SHTF situation I would recommend that you wrap the can with a dark color of duct tape.

Thugs looking to take advantage of you are more likely to look at you as an easy mark and are more likely to get too close without using their weapons. If they start to make a move towards you I recommend you spray them in the face and maintain the spray till they drop. You do not threaten. You just act.

We all know the hardest part of surviving a SHTF situation  is the mental aspect of making the decision to survive. In a true SHTF situation there is always potential legal problems. But in most SHTF situations the actual number of accounting’s of holding someone responsible for the things they did are almost zilch. If you don’t believe me just look at the Rodney King Riots. The cops had people on video beating up people. How many were ever prosecuted? The few that have been prosecuted were excused of punishment regardless of the lives of others they ruined.

You can look at the Ferguson Riots. Many are on video. The step father of Michael Brown actually incited a riot. He was not even detained.

My best advice is to protect yourself the best way you can and get yourself to your safe haven. If someone attacks you be prepared and defend yourself. Do not worry about using lethal force. They are not concerned about your health of safety when they attack you.

There are some other aerosol products that may work in a closer range situation. I say closer range since the aerosol stream is not designed to shoot as far as a Hornet or Bee Spray. But it’s better than nothing and it may save your life. Most oven cleaners and car starting fluids (aerosol) are also very deadly. As you know in some situations it’s being able to identify something you can use and using it in a way to protect yourself.

If on the way out of the store you happen to notice Drano Kitchen Crystals—a red top blue can that retails for about six dollars a can I recommend you grab a couple. It can be used to take out a crowd, or someone behind cover if you can throw it into their area. You place the Drano Crystals in one bottle and tape another bottle to it with bleach. When the bottles break it creates an extremely deadly gas. Yes, I’ve known way too many people who have worked for our government in places they never were who had to make the stuff up as they went.

What are you own ideas for improvised weapons to use when SHTF?

20 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Do you think your home is ready for the cold winter weather? Are you ready? It can get really cold and you must be prepared if you want to stay warm. We have compiled a list of cost-effective ways that you can easily winterize your home to keep the heat in and the cold out.

20 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Do you think your home is ready for the cold winter weather? Are you ready? It can get really cold and you must be prepared if you want to stay warm. We have compiled a list of cost-effective ways that you can easily winterize your home to keep the heat in and the cold out. 

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Animals

Getting Rabbits Ready for Winter

Worried about your pet freezing over? Here are the things that you should do to keep your rabbits warm and try during winter season.

Winter Chicken Care

Winter can be harsh and your poultry pets may not survive if not taken cake of properly. Here are chicken care tips to make them comfortable during cold season.

Quick Winter Tips for Poultry and Livestock

Make sure your poultry and livestock running smoothly with these winter tips to help you better prepared when the weather turns harsh.

Caring for Geese in Winter

Just like chickens, geese need a lot of food and water to make it thru the winter. Learn what other things that you need to do for your geese to survive the winter temperature.

Winterizing The Barn & Chicken House

Worried about your flocks surviving thru the chilly winter? Read these great tips to get started on winterizing the chicken house and barn.

Food Storage

Winter Vegetable Storage

Have you started to store food this winter? If you are not sure how to do this, here’s a quick guide to help you out.

How to Store Potatoes for Winter

Are you prepared for the long and cold winter? For storing your homegrown or store-bought potatoes, you can check these steps to keep them fresh.

Harvesting, Storing, & Using Winter Squash

Are your squash ready for harvest? Check out these steps on how to harvest, store, and use them for later use.

Long Term Winter Vegetable Storage

Did your vegetable crops suffer when winter started? You can prevent it from happening again with these helpful ideas for storing your vegetables.

Storing Fresh Produce for Long Winter

How do your store fresh product to let it stay fresh for a long winter? Here are the best ways to do so.

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Gardening

Winter Garden Preperation: Seeds

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything for your garden. There are winter preparations that you can do so you can welcome a successful spring and summer gardening.

How to Plant Your Fall/Winter Garden

If your vegetable are not yet ready for harvesting and winter is already here, there are things that you can do to protect your garden from the cold climate.

Winterizing the Farm-with Printable checklist

If the past year had been your first time gardening, then you’ve experienced what winter can do to your garden. To avoid this in the future, winterize your garden and this can be made easy with this printable checklist.

9 keeper Crops to Grow for Winter Food Storage

You can preserve seasonal crops that you can use for winter food. Here are some of the crops you can grow easily and how to store them.

Starting A Winter Vegetable Garden

Want to start a winter garden? It can be done with proper preparation and care. Here’s what you need to know.

Home

Use Shredded Paper to Make Bricks for Fuel

Shredded paper is something that you would usually throw away. You can repurpose them to easily start fire for winter.

Make Your Woodburner Work Harder

Heating your home during the winter can get very expensive. You can make the most from your wood burning stove with these very helpful tips.

Winter Maintenence: Cleaning The Chimney

Every year, your chimney should be clean of flammable creosote. It is important to clean your fireplace chimney to avoid any dangerous incidents.

Line Drying Clothes in Winter

Do you think drying your clothes outside during winter is impossible? It can be done. Here’s how you can do it and save money at the same time.

WInter Water Catchment Solutions

Storing water is a must for winter. But collecting and storing it during winter can be a bit of challenge because of the frozen pipes. Here’s an idea on how to solve this problem.

Midwest: Floodwaters Rise, Residents Flee, Last-Ditch Emergency Steps Considered

A historic December flood continued to send rivers sweeping out of their banks and into hundreds of homes and businesses across Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday as some residents braced for the waters to get higher and the risk even greater.

Midwest: Floodwaters Rise, Residents Flee, Last-Ditch Emergency Steps Considered

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A historic December flood continued to send rivers sweeping out of their banks and into hundreds of homes and businesses across Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday as some residents braced for the waters to get higher and the risk even greater.

“Unusual doesn’t begin to describe it — it’s huge,” said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist at the National Weather Service’s St. Louis-area office, whose own backyard gauge collected 11 inches of rain from the warm-weather storms that drenched the region between Saturday and Monday. “This is a big, big, big flood for a lot of people.”

That rain has since drained into lakes, rivers and reservoirs and brought a belt of flooding stretching from eastern Oklahoma and through Missouri to downstate Illinois. So far, the storms and floods have killed at least 13 people in Missouri and five in Oklahoma.

It’s only the start of a winter flood-fighting effort that is likely to eventually stretch all the way down to Louisiana as the U.S. Army Corps forecasts major flood levels on the Mississippi River to eventually reach Memphis, Vicksburg, Miss., and New Orleans.

For now, the worst of the struggle seems to be Missouri, where Gov. Jay Nixon activated the National Guard on Tuesday as residents fled their homes in eastern Missouri and reports came in of drivers who died when their vehicles got swept off the roadways. Missouri and Oklahoma are now under a state of emergency, as are many counties in Illinois.

Hundreds of roads have been closed across the state, and temperatures hovered in the 30s as volunteers sandbagged in the cold. In Pacific, a community of 7,077 about 40 minutes west of St. Louis, the bulging Meramec River was nearing a record high and had completely submerged parts of the city’s downtown.

Some businesses near the waters are closed and circled by sandbags, and on Wednesday morning police hollered at onlookers who attempted to sneak past yellow police tape with cameras.

Pacific resident Cynthia Hurst, 45, fell asleep Sunday night after helping sandbag a neighbor’s house only to wake up Monday morning and discover that floodwaters had reached her own home. The waters had reached the floor of their family’s 2003 tan Ford Taurus parked in the street.

“Mom, the car’s underwater!” called out her 12-year-old son, Leviticus. The Hurst family quickly stacked their couches on crates, grabbed some clothes, packed a basket and evacuated.

Since Sunday, Hurst and her son were staying with a friend in Pacific in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom house now housing four adults, two children and two dogs.

Hurst’s daughter, Danielle, 20, is also sleeping in the house along with her fiance. She evacuated her home Monday afternoon when floodwaters approached the nearby town of Union. Neither family knows whether their homes are underwater.

On Wednesday, the family grabbed meals and showers at a local Red Cross shelter set up at a community senior center a few blocks from the floodwaters. A TV was tuned to live coverage of flood rescues while a few dozen people sat around and talked quietly.

Cynthia Hurst, an optician at Wal-Mart, was concerned about some of things she left behind, including pictures of her kids growing up.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do, or what anyone’s going to do,” Cynthia Hurst said.

In downtown Pacific, with floodwaters visible several blocks away, City Alderman Mike Pigg, 47, and volunteer Rita Duncan, 37, fielded questions and directed sandbagging efforts as pick-up trucks moved in and out, hauling sand to where it was needed around town.

Volunteers took Domino’s pizza, cookies and hot chocolate to a white-pop table near a cardboard sign that read “SAND LINE.”

“How much sleep have I had?” asked Pigg, whose voice has grown hoarse between taking power naps and organizing the town’s defense effort with Duncan since Sunday. “What day is it? Wednesday?”

Pigg’s home in Pacific is fine, but floodwaters claimed a clubhouse he owns along the river in the town of St. Clair, southwest of Pacific.

On Tuesday, Pigg said volunteers moved 50 tons of sand under an hour and a half, and he estimates the sandbagging station has moved about 2,000 tons of sand per day since Sunday.

Sand bagging efforts have been hampered because some of the quarries are now underwater. Duncan said sandbagging effort were halted as the Meramec River was expected to crest in Pacific on Wednesday.

The waters gushing down the Meramec River, however, will then head downstream to Valley Park, Mo.

There, the Meramec is forecast to swell higher than 44 feet early Thursday morning — about 4 1/2 feet higher than the previous record. Hundreds have been ordered to evacuate.

In one part of Valley Park, aerial news photos showed an I-44 interstate overpass and buildings protruding from floodwaters that covered the landscape, as if they were bones sticking out of the mud.

The Meramec joins the Mississippi River south of St. Louis, which has already gained monstrous strength.

Historically, the median flow of water rushing through the Mississippi River in St. Louis is 107,000 cubic feet per second for Dec. 30, according to Fuchs, the weather service hydrologist.

But on Wednesday, 780,000 cubic feet of water gushed through St. Louis every second — about 67 billion gallons of water a day — and is only expected to grow stronger, Fuchs said. In St. Louis, officials are expected to see the river reach its third-highest level ever.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already activated emergency flood-fighting operations with the possibility of activating some of the Mississippi River’s last ditch flood-prevention infrastructure: The Birds Point-New Madrid floodway that would release waters into rural southeastern Missouri, the Bonnet Carre’ spillway that protects New Orleans, and the Morganza floodway that helps keep the Mississippi River from changing course.

The Birds Point-New Madrid floodway was last activated during the flood of 2011, when the levee was dynamited to flood some Missouri farmland in order to protect Cairo, Ill., from becoming submerged.

In a Tuesday statement, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it “began mobilizing people, barges and operational equipment from various locations” to prepare for the possibility of activating the Birds Point-New Madrid floodway once again.

“Although we do not anticipate operating the floodway, we are preparing for any contingency that will protect the integrity of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project,” the Corps said in a statement, referring to the flood-control infrastructure that it says saved more than $230 billion in flood damages in 2011.

In Oklahoma — where Army Corps of Engineers officials are trying to strategically release water from the state’s reservoir system to control the amount of flooding — 29-year-old country musician Craig Strickland was still missing after disappearing on a hunting trip during the floods.

His friend Chase Morland, 22, was found dead not long after sending a now-ominous tweet: “In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm”

Near Langley, Okla., on Wednesday morning, Elisa Bridgeman walked toward a flooded section of Oklahoma 82, one of many flooded highways across the lower Great Plains, to see if she could spot her relatives’ evacuated home, according to an account from the Tulsa World.

“There’s my brother’s house,” Bridgeman told the newspaper, as the houses came into view. “It’s up to the windows. There’s Momma’s roof. It looks like it’s underwater. … Everything’s probably ruined.”

How To Hotwire A Car In An Emergency: 2 Surprisingly Easy Techniques

When in a survival situation, it can be hard to know which way is up. Some skills that are frowned upon in conventional society actually come in handy in times likes this. For instance, have you ever heard of hotwiring a car? This is the process where someone starts a car but without a key. It’s something that is often seen in blockbuster movies and will be useful if you have misplaced your keys or if you must get out of town during an emergency or survival situation.

How To Hotwire A Car In An Emergency: 2 Surprisingly Easy Techniques

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When in a survival situation, it can be hard to know which way is up. Some skills that are frowned upon in conventional society actually come in handy in times likes this. For instance, have you ever heard of hotwiring a car? This is the process where someone starts a car but without a key. It’s something that is often seen in blockbuster movies and will be useful if you have misplaced your keys or if you must get out of town during an emergency or survival situation.

Interested in learning more? Keep reading for instruction on how to hotwire a car in an emergency so you can get moving once again.

What You Need

Before we begin, it’s important to note that, while hotwiring is an important skill to have in your bag of tricks, it’s also illegal and can land you in jail if used for nefarious purposes. We are not promoting any such activities here.

Also, the following methods are better suited for older model vehicles, especially the ones that don’t need microchip activation to start.

When you are learning how to hotwire a car in an emergency, it’s good to know about certain parts of the car as well as how they function i.e. what to touch and what to leave alone. In this way, when it’s necessary, you can start your car easily and safely.

But, that’s not all — you must also learn about the tools that you will need for the job. Thus, the second thing you must do is gather the materials that you will need – every car owner should have these on hand in case of emergency:

** Insulated gloves

** Driver’s License

** Proof of ownership

** Wire stripper

** Flat-bladed screwdriver

The Screwdriver

This method is much simpler and thus, should be tried first. But, you should also know that although it’s a relatively effective method used to disable the lock pins, it’s use will permanently damage the key mechanism. In other words, any screwdriver, key, or even flat piece of metal will be able to start the car from now on:

** Drill about 2/3 of an inch into the keyhole, where the inner flap starts.

** Remove the drill bit and let the lock bits fall into place

** Repeat as needed, until all the bits are in position

** Insert a flat head screwdriver into the keyhole and start the car normally.

If this method doesn’t work, don’t worry. You can use the screwdriver again for step two – as long as it didn’t get stuck in the ignition cover.

The Literal Hot Wire Method

Before we delve deeper into this particular step, it is important to note that you must use extreme caution when undertaking this task. Take your time so you will be sure to avoid painful electrical shocks and discomfort.

If you choose to use this method, you will have to rewire the car and bypass the ignition system, hence the name. The directions are as follows:

** The first thing you must do is to figure out if you can disable the steering wheel lock. Simply, remove the steering shaft from the back of the steering wheel. You will be looking for a little disk that looks like it can fit a key, remove it if possible.

** Use a screwdriver and remove the access cover that’s beneath the steering wheel.

** Next, look for two red wires, remove a ½ inch of insulation off of each end and twist the wires together, making sure that the exposed wires aren’t touching any metal. These wires must stay connected at all times.

** Find the brown wire and strip about ½ inch insulation of the end.

** Touch the end of the brown wire against the twisted ends of the red wires until the engine ignites.

Once you have the engine going, it is important to note that you must keep the red and brown wires separate, to avoid sparks which can drain the battery.

Important Considerations

To put it simply, the actual process of hotwiring a vehicle is easy. But, there are certain precautions that you should take before undertaking this task to ensure a successful result. For instance:

** Use caution when you are messing with the wiring and check with the Owner’s Manual for specific instruction about the wires and color coding for your specific model.

** Always wear insulated gloves when you are working on wires, as their exposed ends carry a powerful live current which can hurt you.

** After you get the car started initially, pull the wires apart and tape your ends to avoid getting electrocuted when you are driving.

** Modern cars feature microchip and transponder systems for getting the ignition unlocked, and if you try to hotwire them, it may set off an alarm.

The Conclusion

There’s nothing worse than being in a terrifying situation – where you have to move quickly – but you can’t find your car keys. Before panic sets in, take a step back and breathe. The above steps should provide you with all you need to hotwire your car in an emergency where staying put is just not an option.

New Gun Control Bill Hits Congress: “To Ensure That The Right To Keep And Bear Arms Is NOT Unlimited”

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings we warned that sweeping changes were in the works for Americans’ right to bear arms. It started with ammunition tax proposals, restrictions on firearm accessories imports  and most recently Governors began bypassing Congress altogether by banning gun ownership for those on any of the government’s many watchlists. The Obama administration has targeted licensed firearms sellers across the United States by forcing banks to treat them like pornography businesses and impeding their access to transaction processing systems and business banking accounts.

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In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings we warned that sweeping changes were in the works for Americans’ right to bear arms. It started with ammunition tax proposals, restrictions on firearm accessories imports  and most recently Governors began bypassing Congress altogether by banning gun ownership for those on any of the government’s many watchlists. The Obama administration has targeted licensed firearms sellers across the United States by forcing banks to treat them like pornography businesses and impeding their access to transaction processing systems and business banking accounts.

States like California already ban “assault weapons” and outlaw “high capacity” magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. But the kinds of restrictive laws that strike at the very heart of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution have thus far been limited to just a dozen or so heavily liberal states.

Until now.

While Americans anxiously prepared for their Christmas festivities, anti gun proponents in Congress were hard at work drafting a new bill. If passed H.R. 4269  would literally redefine the Second Amendment as evidenced by the bill’s description, which in no uncertain terms clarifies its ultimate goal:

“To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.”

The bill directly targets every semi-automatic firearm in the United States including handguns, shotguns and rifles. It specifically mentions certain firearms and manufacturers, including the popular AR-15 and AK-47 rifles.

Because the law is Federal it would blanket the country with new restrictions, including making it illegal to own any magazine that exceeds a capacity of ten (10) rounds. 

And here’s the kicker, even if your weapon has a legally-defined low capacity detachable magazine but is modified with any of the following accessories, it is considered an “assault rifle” and would be outright banned in the United States.

Semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:

“(i) A pistol grip.

“(ii) A forward grip.

“(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.

“(v) A barrel shroud.

“(vi) A threaded barrel.

“(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

“(C) Any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.

To be clear, the new bill puts all half measures aside and goes for the jugular.

This is the worst case scenario that many Americans have feared.

If you own a weapon on the ban list or have accessories as described by the bill, your firearm will be outlawed in the United States of America.

SEC. 3.RESTRICTIONS ON ASSAULT WEAPONS AND LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES

(a) In General.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by inserting after subsection (u) the following:

“(v) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a semiautomatic assault weapon.

“(37) The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding device’

“(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has an overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored, changed, or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition;

“(w) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

The bill was introduced in Congress on Decemeber 16, 2015 and currently has  123- co-sponsors – all democrats.

We know that gun bans dont work but one can’t help but think the agenda goes much further than the notion that they want to make us safer. If that were the case then our lawmakers wouldn’t allow drug cartels, gang members and Islamic terrorists to cross into the U.S. through our porous southern border.

The reality is that a cloud of tyranny has descended upon America. For it to be successful the American people must first be disarmed.

As history has proven time and again, a disarmed populace can easily be led to slaughter. But unlike the tens of millions executed in ethnic, religious and political cleansings of the 20th century, Americans have a rich tradition of personal liberty and the right to bear arms. It is embedded in our culture and our founding document. And as Texas police chief Randy Kennedy recently warned, if the government pushes too far they may well incite a revolution.

Backpacking 101

Spending a few days out in the wilderness trekking from place to place is lots of fun but it isn’t as easy as it sounds, here’s why…

Backpacking 101

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Spending a few days out in the wilderness trekking from place to place is lots of fun but it isn’t as easy as it sounds, here’s why…

#1: You have to carry everything you need on your back;  this is a strenuous task no matter how light weight your gear maybe.  Even with a 2lb sleeping bag and minimal amounts of water, (not recommended) weight adds up fast.  We’ve found that a bag well packed typically weighs around 30-40 lbs.  Now that may not seem like much but it will after an hour or so of hiking.  So before you go backpacking make sure you can handle the strain.

#2: You have to find sources of water; When backpacking you will need double the amount of water you would need other wise, this would probably be around 170-190 oz of water per day for the average male.  Now are you up to carrying 10-15lbs of water?  Well actually nobody is, that’s why you have to bring a portable water filter, and find your own sources of fresh water.  Creeks are Ideal for this, especially when cold.  So before you go backpacking make sure you have a large water bottle and a water filtration system.  Also be sure to check a map to see where any water sources are along the trail and plan accordingly.

#3: There are no toilets in the woods; This maybe the most miserable part of backpacking, however, it doesn’t have to be.  Say your in the woods and you’ve gotta     go #2 and you’re 3 miles from the nearest bathroom, what then?  Well if you were properly prepared you would have brought a small shovel and some biodegradable toilet paper and then all you would have to do is find a tree to squat up against, dig a hole and do your business.  So before you go backpacking make sure you have a shovel and toilet paper.

#4: Bears, wolves, and raccoons; Depending on where you choose to hike you have to be on the look out for bears and wolves especially in the rockies.  Also, when you have your campsite set up and the critters come out you are in even more danger than you were in broad daylight unless you properly stored your food at least ten feet of the ground and five feet away from trees.  So before you go backpacking make sure you bring rope to suspend food and trash.

OUR RECOMMENDED BACKPACKING LIST

For a 1-3 night backpacking trip

  1. a sturdy backpack, we recommend one with at least a 50 liter capacity
  2. a water filter
  3. a large water bottle
  4. first aid kit
  5. a light weight tent (alps is an excellent brand)
  6. a change of clothes, preferably dry fitting clothes, no cotton
  7. a hiking stick, they make a world of difference
  8. food, make sure its rich in protein
  9. a lightweight stove (we recommend a jet boil)
  10. toilet paper
  11. a small shovel
  12. a poncho
  13. sturdy hiking boots, preferably water proofed ones
  14. bug spray
  15. sunscreen, especially when mountain climbing
  16. bear pepper spray (if hiking in bear country)
  17. at least 25ft of rope, 75ft if mountain climbing
  18. fire starter of some sort
  19. a light weight sleeping pad
  20. a light weight sleeping bag, preferably around 2-3lbs
  21. a bag to store food in trash in during the night
  22. a pocket knife
  23. a carabiner or two
  24. hand soap and personal hygiene products

Do you have anything to add? Comment below and we will see about adding it.

You Should Be Worrying About This Invisible Natural Disaster

Solar storm? I can hear your skepticism from here, but these sun burps are no joke. Extreme space weather poses a major threat to modern society. We narrowly dodged a particularly strong solar storm a couple years ago and—had it hit Earth—we would have spent a decade recovering.

You Should Be Worrying About This Invisible Natural Disaster

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Solar storm? I can hear your skepticism from here, but these sun burps are no joke. Extreme space weather poses a major threat to modern society. We narrowly dodged a particularly strong solar storm a couple years ago and—had it hit Earth—we would have spent a decade recovering.

Unlike many natural disasters, solar storms are practically invisible. The sun releases a series of solar flares—or magnetized coronal mass ejections—from its surface and hurls them towards Earth. Though invisible, these high-speed gas clouds of charged particles have the power to take out our entire telecommunication grid—power lines, cell phones, radar, and GPS. Take a moment to consider everything else that would be impacted by this: airplane flights would get rerouted, oil drill heads would go haywire, and major energy transformers would be fried. Total chaos would ensue.

Solar storms attack our technological Achilles tendon, and that’s scary. Governments could collapse, economies plunge—we could be sent back into the Dark Ages. Yet, few people consider solar storms when preparing their families for natural disasters.

“It’s like with earthquakes—it is hard to impress upon people the importance of preparing unless you suffer a magnitude 9 earthquake,” Janet Luhmann, of the STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Observatory) team, told Forbes last year. And, though we have been in the sun’s line of fire a few times over the past century, none of the aforementioned events were powerful enough to cause major damage—a 9-hour blackout in eastern Canada, a short-circuited radio, and some GPS disruptions.

If we were to get hit with flares like the 1859 Carrington Event—the biggest solar superstorm on record—it would be lights out. Literally. A recent study predicted that such an event would cost the world $2.6 trillion to recover from, which is 20 times more than the costs of Hurricane Katrina.

We might have an estimated dollar value for the damages, but it’s difficult to say how a solar superstorm would impact the day-to-day life of western civilization. Like a bad snow day, workplaces, schools, and services would cease to operate, but we can’t predict for how long and to what degree. You can be sure that there will be a bunker-down period—are you ready to hole up in your house for a week?

To avoid lengthy food lineups and crowded, cash-only grocery stores, you should have one week’s worth of food and water for your entire family.

MREs (or Meals, Ready to Eat) are the perfect emergency food because they store easily and have a five-year shelf life. Even though MREs are pre-cooked, each meal contains a flameless ration heater that activates with 30mL of any type of water. You can have a hot meal any time, any where, without using up valuable resources like fuel to boil water.

We recommend the consumption of two MREs per adult per day, or roughly 2,400 calories. A family of four would have more than enough food for a week with five cases of three-course MREs and 30 gallons of water.

The Doomsday Clock Just Struck Midnight: What’s Your First Move?

The word doomsday can be considered Prepper terminology now, because of the show “Doomsday Preppers”, because of the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world, and because some people just love the sound of the word. Doomsday is the final reckoning, the end of the world, and where some people are called to account for their actions in life.

The Doomsday Clock Just Struck Midnight: What’s Your First Move?

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The word doomsday can be considered Prepper terminology now, because of the show “Doomsday Preppers”, because of the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world, and because some people just love the sound of the word. Doomsday is the final reckoning, the end of the world, and where some people are called to account for their actions in life.

Mostly today, the word is used to define a catastrophe that would change the world, as we know it, change, and never be the same again, so the clock strikes midnight. Are you ready, and if you are decisions must be made, and your survival hinges on those decisions. If you are not ready, then assumedly, you will not live long enough to make any first moves.

1. Do a Medical Check and Render Aid If Needed

Is anyone in the group or family injured? Assess quickly, because injuries can influence all of your decisions from this point forward. Some injured people cannot be moved, and if you had planned to bug-out or feel the need to evacuate, then injuries change the plans. Go to plan “B”, you do have a plan B right?

2. Is Everyone Accounted For

If not, do you have the means to contact them if the grid is down, or for whatever reason the power is disrupted? Is there a staging area, and it does require prior planning. You cannot meet up if there is not a pre-designated area in which to meet. Disasters will occur while people are at work, at school and simply when they are out and about. You need to plan for this.

3. Do I Stay or Do I Go: Good Intel Is Important

The title may be misleading. Once disaster strikes, you usually do not make any moves until you have gathered some intelligence. Rushing headlong into the dark night may create a crisis in and of itself. In other words, do not panic, and then make impulsive decisions until you know what the situation is.

This is where good intelligence gathering skills come into play. There is passive gathering, which is ongoing before the crisis and then active gathering once in the midst of a crisis. The information gathered daily is used to piece together what brought the situation to a head and then you need real time Intel as the disaster unfolds. As stated earlier, communications are important, scanners, Ham radios, two-way radios and person-to-person encounters are just a few Intel gathering methods.

4. Are You Secure

First, you have to know if there is an imminent threat or if there could be. Was there a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack, or are there suicide bombers setting off their explosive vests in various locations. A nuclear, chemical, or biological attack close to your home requires an immediate response by you. You have to either evacuate or get into a protective posture, which would be a bunker or protective clothing and respirators.

You should have a plan for securing your home because now is not the time to wonder about security. You would need to know your battle space, the space where you would have to engage those wishing you and yours harm. You would need to know who walks the perimeter and who stays inside the shelter. This requires planning and practice drills, so everyone knows to go to his or her battle stations if you will, once disaster strikes.

5. Everyone Shoulders Their Bug-Out Bags

You may not have to move, but you have to be ready to move. Everyone needs their own bug-out-bag, or go-bag, action bag or call it what you will, so if someone gets separated they have the means to survive alone.

Everyone must be ready to move to a rallying point, or to evacuate to a bug-out-location, emergency shelters or to some other safe structure. You must always have shelter in mind whether it is your current one or an alternative one.

If you haven’t already, then cache some supplies on your property, so if the home is destroyed, or overrun you can resupply. Assign this task, while others stay on guard. Ideally, you would have supplies already cached, but it is better late than never. The thing about plans is that most of them do not work as intended once the action starts, so you have to adapt on the fly.

Other Considerations

Establish contact with neighbors, and others, because they may have information you do not have, and they may have certain skill sets that you can use. Previous articles have talked about the need to network somewhat, so you know who is living next door or in the immediate area, such as doctors, carpenters, retired police or military personnel and others that may have critical skills.

If you haven’t figured it out already planning is important and the above are just a few of the things that have to be done before anything else and Intel gathering, for example, must be ongoing so you have the information at hand to make decisions as to your next move.

TRAINING YOUR DOG FOR SURVIVAL

Survival training is a part of life for the prepper. It is about teaching yourself new skills that will aid in survival. Things like building a shelter, starting a fire without matches and cleaning water are all common survival skills. Prepping to handle a post-disaster situation also involves your family members. You probably run drills or teach the kids what to do when you give the word that it is time to jump into action. Have you considered how you will deal with your family’s dog in a survival situation?

TRAINING YOUR DOG FOR SURVIVAL

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Survival training is a part of life for the prepper. It is about teaching yourself new skills that will aid in survival. Things like building a shelter, starting a fire without matches and cleaning water are all common survival skills. Prepping to handle a post-disaster situation also involves your family members. You probably run drills or teach the kids what to do when you give the word that it is time to jump into action. Have you considered how you will deal with your family’s dog in a survival situation?

Many preppers decide ahead of time whether or not they will be keeping their dog with them. Many will agree that there are plenty of benefits to keeping a dog with you whether you are hunkering down or bugging out. However, if you are keeping Fido with you, it is just as important he gets some valuable and necessary training for survival as the rest of the family.

Your dog will know something isn’t right when disaster strikes. Many have a heightened sense that gives them advanced warning of impending danger, which is yet another reason to have dogs in the household. He will sense your fear and get antsy and nervous if you haven’t properly trained and prepared him for a stressful situation. A nervous dog may bite, run off or bark incessantly. These are all things you want to avoid. Proper training will achieve that.

WHEN TO BE SILENT

If you are hiding out and do not want your position given away, you need to train your dog to be silent when told. A basic hand command, like holding your hand up, is one way to train your dog to be silent when commanded. A barking, whining dog is irritating and can actually get you captured or killed. This is probably one of the most important things you can teach your pet.

HUNTING

There are obviously some breeds that are better for hunting than others, but most dogs can learn the art of fetching. If you are using archery or even a gun to hunt game, train your dog to fetch what you have taken down. You can also train your dog how to pick up a trail and lead you in the right direction. Hunting dogs require months and even years of training. It is best to work with someone who has experience in this area. If you will be using a gun, you need to get your dog familiar with the sound of a gunshot. You don’t want the dog to be spooked and run off in the opposite direction.

PROTECTION

Your dog will be an excellent protector for you and your family if you can train him when to attack and when to stand down. A single word command is ideal. Saying attack and pointing at the person or wild animal who is trying to hurt you will give you the time needed to escape or find a weapon to give your dog a hand.

BARK

Sometimes you want your furry friend to make his presence known. If somebody knocks on the door or seems to be threatening in any way, a good bark from your dog may be enough to scare them off. Teach your dog to “speak” or bark when asked. A barking or growling dog can be very intimidating and the average person will leave you alone when your dog gives out its warning signal.

SEARCH AND RESCUE

One of the biggest fears any parent has is losing their child in a chaotic situation. If you have bugged out and you are in the wilderness or forest, it is easy for a member of your party to get lost. Having a dog that is trained in search and the ultimate rescue of another person is an extremely handy tool. This is a training that is best started at a very young age. There is no one specific breed that is best for search and rescue, but you will see German Shepherds leading the way in this field.

It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of dogs in your pack. Some dogs are natural hunters while others are going to be natural protectors. All dogs have a very strong instinct for survival. They can truly be man’s best friend in a survival situation and assist in their human’s survival.

Do what you can to get young pups and start training them early. Be smart about the breed you choose. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a purebred, papered dog to be trained. There are plenty of mixed breeds that have become rescue dogs simply because they were given plenty of training. You are going to want to avoid pocket dogs. They are not going to be very useful in your survival, but they are cute and cuddly and could certainly be a nice companion. Extra large breeds are intimidating, but can be a little tough to squeeze into your tent at night. Mid to large dogs are typically the best bet and there are so many to choose from. Shepherds, labs, hounds and Pyrenees are all good dogs to consider.

Pit bulls, rottweilers and dobermans are all nice looking dogs that many people like to have simply because of their aggressive reputations and their very strong protective instinct. Shop around. Talk with other dog owners and find a dog or two that works best for you. Start the training early and keep up with it. The last thing you want is to have your dog run off scared when chaos ensues.

20 Common Wild Plants You Can Eat For Survival

Plenty of people believe that when things fall apart, they can just go into the wild, living off the land. While such a life has a lot of appeal to it, I’m also enough of a realist to understand how hard that will be. While many people did live off the land in the early days of this country, things have changed. There isn’t as much wilderness available today as there was back then, and as a people we aren’t accustomed to such a lifestyle.

20 Common Wild Plants You Can Eat For Survival

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Plenty of people believe that when things fall apart, they can just go into the wild, living off the land. While such a life has a lot of appeal to it, I’m also enough of a realist to understand how hard that will be. While many people did live off the land in the early days of this country, things have changed. There isn’t as much wilderness available today as there was back then, and as a people we aren’t accustomed to such a lifestyle.

The two biggest problems with trying to live off of what nature provides are too many people and a lack of knowledge. Back when people did live off the land, there weren’t a 10th of the people in the country that there are today. They also had a lot more knowledge about the flora and fauna around them. There are few people today who can hunt without baiting the animals in and even fewer who can identify edible plants.

Of course, that gives a distinct advantage to those who know how to hunt and can identify edible plants. In fact, being able to identify edible plants might just be what keeps some people alive. Considering that few people can identify them, there is little risk that there will be much competition for those plants.

Watch Out for Poisonous Plants

In addition to edible plants, there are many plants you can find in the wild which are dangerous to eat, even poisonous. Unless it is a dire emergency, survival isn’t the time to go around trying new things. You don’t know what you might find that would hurt you.

Since there is no sure way of identifying which plants are safe and which are poisonous, the best way of protecting yourself is to stick to eating only plants that you know and can identify as being safe to eat. When looking at other plants, you probably want to stay away from any plants that have:

  • Milky or colored sap.
  • Any sort of spines, thorns or fine hairs.
  • Seeds inside pods, as well as beans and bulbs.
  • Any plant with a bitter or soapy taste.
  • Plants whose stems have an almond scent.
  • Any plants with three-leaved growth patterns.
  • Grain heads with spurs that are pink, purple or black.

Of course, there are edible plants which display some of those same characteristics. That just proves that not all poisonous or healthy plants have distinguishable characteristics. These characteristics only apply to plants that you cannot identify.

Here are 20 of the most common wild plants that you can find, providing you with a starting place for identifying what you can eat in the wild. Learn them, and then go on to learn what else is available for eating in the area where you live.

1. Amaranth

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Amaranth is a prolific weed which is native to North America. All parts of the plant are edible, although you do need to be somewhat careful. The grain from the amaranth plant has become more popular in recent years. There are spines on some leaves which should be avoided. The leaves contain oxalic acid, especially if the plant has grown in nitrate rich soil. To protect yourself against that, boil the plant in water and then throw away the water. If worse comes to worse, it can be eaten raw.

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2. Asparagus

Asparagus grows wild in parts of North America, especially the northeastern part of the United States. Wild asparagus has a much thinner stalk than the commercial varieties. To harvest, bend it until it snaps off. It will snap at the right point to prevent killing the plant, while providing you with the most edible part.

3. Bamboo

If anyone around you has decided to grow bamboo in their backyard, it’s probably gotten out of hand. This prolific grass spreads rapidly, taking over everything in its path. While the mature plants are like chewing on wood, the shoots can be eaten. Shoots should be harvested before they are two weeks old and one foot tall. Peel off the outer leaves and boil them to soften. Bamboo shoots are often added to salads, put on sandwiches or used in stir-fries.

4. Cattails

Found near the edges of wetlands, cattails were a staple in the diet of many American Indian tribes. Most of the plant is edible. You can boil the roots and lower stalk for eating. The leaves can be cooked and eaten like spinach. The flower spike at the top can be broken off and eaten like corn on the cob. Surprisingly, it tastes much like corn.

5. Chicory

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Chicory is most easily identified by its flowers. It is a bushy plant with small blue, lavender and white flowers. Leaves can be eaten raw or boiled. The flowers are a quick, tasty snack. The roots can be eaten as well, but require boiling to make them edible. Toasted chicory root has been used in the past as a substitute for coffee when coffee wasn’t available.

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6. Chickweed

This low-growing plant has bright green, pointed oval leaves. It is highly nutritious, containing vitamins, minerals and omega-6 fatty acid. Young leaves can be used effectively in salads. However, if too much chickweed is eaten, it can cause diarrhea.

7. Clover

Clover is very common throughout the country. Anywhere you find a grassy area, you are likely to encounter clover as well. They are easy to identify for the three leaves. The plant can be eaten raw, but will taste better cooked.

8. Curled Dock

These are some of the hardiest, most widespread and most persistent weeds found anywhere. You can find them nearly everywhere. Like dandelions, it is almost impossible to pull one out of the ground. If you do, it will probably be replaced by two more. The leaves are tasty and can grow as large as two-feet long. There are also other types of docks in this family, but the curled dock is considered the tastiest.

9. Dandelion

This common “weed” is actually edible; in fact, the entire plant is edible: roots, leaves and flowers. It’s also rather healthy, being a “cure-all” in herbal medicine. You’ll want to eat the leaves while the plant is still young, as mature leaves have a bitter taste to them. Boil the roots before eating, and then use the water from boiling the roots as a tea. The dandelion flower makes an excellent garnish for a salad.

10. Fireweed

This is another plant that was eaten by many American Indians. It is easy to identify by the vein pattern in the leaves. Rather than terminate at the edge of the leaves, the veins create a circular pattern.

These plants are best eaten when young and tender. As they age, the leaves become tough and bitter tasting. Both the leaves and the stalk can be eaten. The flowers have a slightly peppery taste.

11. Garlic Grass

This is a wild strain of garlic which is often found in fields, pastures and forests. It resembles cultivated garlic or spring onions. The shoots are often very thin. Nevertheless, it can be used in sandwiches, salads, pesto or chopped like scallions to add to cooked dishes.

12. Green Seaweed

This particular variety of seaweed is found in all the oceans of the world. You can even find it close to shore and on beaches. Once harvested, it needs to be rinsed with clean water and allowed to dry. It can be used in soups or eaten raw. Add some fish and rice and you’ve got some sushi.

13. Kelp

Kelp is another common form of seaweed, and can be found growing in most parts of the world. The kelp plant grows very long, anchored on the bottom of the sea and reaching to the surface. Internal air bladders keep it afloat. This seaweed is used in many different oriental dishes. Like the green seaweed, it should be rinsed once harvested and can be cooked in soup or eaten raw.

14. Kudzu

This is known as the “weed that ate the South” for its prolific way of covering trees and other plants. Kudzu is a fast-growing vine, which could provide a literally unending source of nutrition if you have it in your area. The leaves make an excellent tea for treating colds, fevers and indigestion. The roots of this plant can be boiled until tender and eaten with a sauce, such as soy sauce. Jams and jellies can be made from of it.

15. Lamb’s Quarters

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This plant is a relative of wild spinach. It grows from two to six feet high and is easily identified by the shape of the leaves, which are a jagged-edged and diamond shaped. This plant has a high amount of protein, making it one of the few non-beans that does. It is also rich in iron and vitamin B2. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.

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16. Plantain

This weed will grow just about anywhere and is often found on the edges of gardens or driveways. Pick the rippled leaves, leaving behind the stems and flower stems. Like kale and other tough greens, plantain is best eaten after cooking. Blanching it with some butter and garlic makes it come out quite well.

17. Prickly Pear Cactus

Called “nopal” in Mexico, the prickly pear is not only edible, but extremely good for your health. Not all the leaves are eaten, but only the newest ones where the spines have not been fully formed. The spines are cut off and the leaf cut up for cooking. It can be boiled, but is most often fried, along with tomatoes and spices. The fruit of the prickly pear, which looks like a red or purplish pear, is also edible, although hard to encounter.

18. Sheep Sorrel

Although not native to North America, sheep sorrel has found a home here. It is a prolific weed, especially in highly acidic soil. That means it will grow in places where many other plants won’t grow. It has a tall, reddish stem that can reach 18 inches tall. You really shouldn’t eat large quantities of it, but the leaves can be eaten raw. They taste almost like lemon.

19. Watercress

Watercress, which comes in a number of varieties, such as garden cress, rock cress and pepper cress, is common in Northern Europe. It has been migrated to the United States, where it is more commonly found in northern climates with a lot of moisture. It has a spicy tank, making it great for salads, soups and sandwiches.

20. Wood Sorrel

Wood sorrel grows in all parts of the world and in all climates. There are many varieties of this plant, and the flowers vary in color. The Kiowa Indians ate it, and chewed on it to alleviate thirst. The Cherokees ate it to cure mouth sores. The leaves of the plant are a great source of vitamin C. If the roots of the wood sorrel are boiled, they can be eaten. It has a flavor similar to potatoes.

For further information on this and other plants, it would be advisable to buy a book that deals with the edible plants in your area, as it varies from region to region around the country.

10 Foods You Need To Survive

10 Foods You Need To Survive

The end of the world is something that has been a topic of debate for as long as anyone can remember. Some claim to know exactly when it will happen while others claim to know how it will happen. One thing is however certain; that disaster and the end of the world are unpredictable and unstoppable events. The best thing you can do is make sure that you are prepared in case anything like it happens when you are alive.

If you happened to survive a major catastrophic disaster such as a nuclear bomb, a major earthquake or something of the sort, the most important thing you will need is food. Getting food to grow after a disaster is tricky and you could die before your first harvest. Below is a list of foods that you can get now and store for long and food that grows fast and well under poor conditions.

1. Maize/Corn

This is one of the best food types you can have if you hope to survive after a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The reason is because it is one of the few on this list that can both be stored for long and can grow under harsh conditions. The practice of storing corn for emergency dates back centuries and was practiced as a way to survive draught. Corn can stay for up to eight months when boiled and frozen. When freezing is not an option, drying allows you to have your corn for up to four months. The other reason that lands corn on the survival for end times food list is its resilience in harsh conditions. All it needs to grow is good soil and water. This is the reason why you can find it growing well in any climate and region on earth. Maize is important as it is a carbohydrate which is the main source of energy for humans. And you better believe that if you end up alive during the end times, you will need as much energy as you can get.

2. Beans

Beans share corn’s resilient nature. Storing beans for long term purposes can be done in three ways. The first is by drying. Sun drying beans removes moisture from them making them safe from pest, bacterial and fungal infestation. In this state you can have beans safe for human consumption for up to three years according to food scientists. The second way in which beans are stored is through nitrogen treatment and hermetical sealing. This means that the beans are cleaned, treated with nitrogen to remove oil and sealed in the absence of oxygen (hermetically). This allowed them to last for a whopping8 years. Finally, beans are stored by canning. They are cooked and put in sealed cans with preserving chemicals. Depending on the brand and the bean species, canned beans can last between 3 and 5 years. They are popular in the army and are a great source of protein.

3. Radishes

Radishes are the fastest growing crops known by man. They take a mere two weeks to mature and be ready for harvest. If you were a survivor of a major disaster or a world ending catastrophe, a fast growing crop would be the equivalent of gold. The entire plant is edible but the root has the most uses. It can be used to make soups, stews and in salads. Radish roots are rich in carbohydrate sugars, fat and proteins. The leaves are rich in vitamins especially the vitamin B group and vitamin C. Its growth speed and nutritional value make it ideal for survival.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a spot on this list due to the fact that they are multi-nutritional, require little space to grow and ripen really fast. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and D, carbohydrate sugars, fats, minerals, fiber and water. They can be eaten raw as fruits or used as vegetables to make rich stews and soups. Tomatoes take between 20 and 25 days to ripen and be ready to eat. This short growth time makes it a great crop for surviving in case of disasters where food stores are destroyed or used up.

5. Flour

Flour is a great food to have in store in case of emergency. What is super awesome about it is the fact that it can be stored for a very long time without going bad. When stored in a cool dry place brown flour can stay for up to five years while white flour can stay up to seven years. The difference is due to the fact that brown flour has more oil which tends to speed up the process of food going bad. Flour from wheat, corn and oats is useful in making filling pastries that should see you through your until you figure out another way of finding food. Sorghum and millet flour are good for porridge.

6. Tea and coffee

Ground tea leaves and coffee beans can stay for up to four years depending on the brand. They belong on this list due to the ability to stay for long without getting spoilt. Tea and coffee will come in handy on cold nights after disasters helping to warm you and calm you down.

7. Canned meat and fish

This is a great source of protein. Canned meat can be anything from chicken and beef to turkey and lamb. The meat is cooked or dried, treated with preservatives and sealed in cans that have air suctioned from them. Cooked meats can last for up to six years canned whereas the free-dried variety of canned food can last for up to twelve years. So if you believe that there is a chance that you might survive an upcoming disaster, stock up on canned meats. They are real life-savers.

8. Rice

Brown rice can stay for up to five years when dried and kept away from moisture. This makes them a great food option in case of disaster. The other great thing about rice is that the grains are small and light making them easier to store and if need be, carry around. Rice also makes nice filling meals full of energy giving carbohydrates.

9. Salt and sugar and honey

These three food items can last indefinitely and therefore deserve their spot on this list. Salt is a rich source of iodine which is good for your blood. It also has medical advantages being used as an antiseptic and a stomach relief remedy. Sugar is a carbohydrate and is a great source of energy. It can be used when baking bread and when mixed with water make an energy drink.

10. Powdered milk

Finally, having powdered milk is useful for survival in the end times. An unopened can of powdered milk can last from between two and ten years. Milk is a great source of proteins, vitamin D as well as minerals.

These foods are awesome for the end times because of their ease of availability, speed of growth and resilience in bad conditions. If you chose to set up an emergency store of food remember to include water and medical supplies. Whether or not you believe that you might be caught up in the end times and disasters, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up stash.

If you happened to survive a major catastrophic disaster such as a nuclear bomb, a major earthquake or something of the sort, the most important thing you will need is food. Getting food to grow after a disaster is tricky and you could die before your first harvest. Below is a list of foods that you can get now and store for long and food that grows fast and well under poor conditions.

1. Maize/Corn

This is one of the best food types you can have if you hope to survive after a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. The reason is because it is one of the few on this list that can both be stored for long and can grow under harsh conditions. The practice of storing corn for emergency dates back centuries and was practiced as a way to survive draught. Corn can stay for up to eight months when boiled and frozen. When freezing is not an option, drying allows you to have your corn for up to four months. The other reason that lands corn on the survival for end times food list is its resilience in harsh conditions. All it needs to grow is good soil and water. This is the reason why you can find it growing well in any climate and region on earth. Maize is important as it is a carbohydrate which is the main source of energy for humans. And you better believe that if you end up alive during the end times, you will need as much energy as you can get.

2. Beans

Beans share corn’s resilient nature. Storing beans for long term purposes can be done in three ways. The first is by drying. Sun drying beans removes moisture from them making them safe from pest, bacterial and fungal infestation. In this state you can have beans safe for human consumption for up to three years according to food scientists. The second way in which beans are stored is through nitrogen treatment and hermetical sealing. This means that the beans are cleaned, treated with nitrogen to remove oil and sealed in the absence of oxygen (hermetically). This allowed them to last for a whopping8 years. Finally, beans are stored by canning. They are cooked and put in sealed cans with preserving chemicals. Depending on the brand and the bean species, canned beans can last between 3 and 5 years. They are popular in the army and are a great source of protein.

3. Radishes

Radishes are the fastest growing crops known by man. They take a mere two weeks to mature and be ready for harvest. If you were a survivor of a major disaster or a world ending catastrophe, a fast growing crop would be the equivalent of gold. The entire plant is edible but the root has the most uses. It can be used to make soups, stews and in salads. Radish roots are rich in carbohydrate sugars, fat and proteins. The leaves are rich in vitamins especially the vitamin B group and vitamin C. Its growth speed and nutritional value make it ideal for survival.

4. Tomatoes

Tomatoes have a spot on this list due to the fact that they are multi-nutritional, require little space to grow and ripen really fast. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and D, carbohydrate sugars, fats, minerals, fiber and water. They can be eaten raw as fruits or used as vegetables to make rich stews and soups. Tomatoes take between 20 and 25 days to ripen and be ready to eat. This short growth time makes it a great crop for surviving in case of disasters where food stores are destroyed or used up.

5. Flour

Flour is a great food to have in store in case of emergency. What is super awesome about it is the fact that it can be stored for a very long time without going bad. When stored in a cool dry place brown flour can stay for up to five years while white flour can stay up to seven years. The difference is due to the fact that brown flour has more oil which tends to speed up the process of food going bad. Flour from wheat, corn and oats is useful in making filling pastries that should see you through your until you figure out another way of finding food. Sorghum and millet flour are good for porridge.

6. Tea and coffee

Ground tea leaves and coffee beans can stay for up to four years depending on the brand. They belong on this list due to the ability to stay for long without getting spoilt. Tea and coffee will come in handy on cold nights after disasters helping to warm you and calm you down.

7. Canned meat and fish

This is a great source of protein. Canned meat can be anything from chicken and beef to turkey and lamb. The meat is cooked or dried, treated with preservatives and sealed in cans that have air suctioned from them. Cooked meats can last for up to six years canned whereas the free-dried variety of canned food can last for up to twelve years. So if you believe that there is a chance that you might survive an upcoming disaster, stock up on canned meats. They are real life-savers.

8. Rice

Brown rice can stay for up to five years when dried and kept away from moisture. This makes them a great food option in case of disaster. The other great thing about rice is that the grains are small and light making them easier to store and if need be, carry around. Rice also makes nice filling meals full of energy giving carbohydrates.

9. Salt and sugar and honey

These three food items can last indefinitely and therefore deserve their spot on this list. Salt is a rich source of iodine which is good for your blood. It also has medical advantages being used as an antiseptic and a stomach relief remedy. Sugar is a carbohydrate and is a great source of energy. It can be used when baking bread and when mixed with water make an energy drink.

10. Powdered milk

Finally, having powdered milk is useful for survival in the end times. An unopened can of powdered milk can last from between two and ten years. Milk is a great source of proteins, vitamin D as well as minerals.

These foods are awesome for the end times because of their ease of availability, speed of growth and resilience in bad conditions. If you chose to set up an emergency store of food remember to include water and medical supplies. Whether or not you believe that you might be caught up in the end times and disasters, it wouldn’t hurt to have a back-up stash.

What Would Happen If Our Transformers Were Attacked?

In 2013, an attack on an electrical substation in San Jose, California brought down 17 giant transformers.

In the aftermath of the attack, officials began to panic as they realized that there is a large vulnerability in our nation’s power grid.

But what is being done about it?

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In 2013, an attack on an electrical substation in San Jose, California brought down 17 giant transformers.

In the aftermath of the attack, officials began to panic as they realized that there is a large vulnerability in our nation’s power grid.

But what is being done about it?

The truth is that our power grid remains vulnerable to attack. And to make matters worse, these electrical transformers are so large and intricate that it takes 18 months to build just one.

That means that if someone were to attack our power grid, vast numbers of Americans could be left without power for a year and a half–or more.

The video below explains why our power grid is so vulnerable and the danger of a possible attack on the grid.

What Would Happen If Our Transformers Were Attacked?

Are you prepared for a power grid failure? If not, start now. After all, you never know when an attack like this could happen.

How Interesting…Anti Gun Celebrities Get Armed Guards at the Golden Globes Awards

Can you say Hypocrites… Yes, The almighty words being spewed out of the mouths of so called celebrities, about gun control and how we need to remove guns out the homes of Americans, are at the same time being protected by guns.  No only simple hand guns, but fully decked out military grade weapons with guess what, high capacity magazines.  What does this sound like to you?

Chris Gardner ✔@chrissgardner

Already happened:bomb-sniffing dogs, redcarpet cleared by security, one man says “did you see snipers on roof?” Very glam here #GoldenGlobes

Quick question: How many of the celebrities at the Golden Globes approve of President Obama and his ongoing plan to restrict your rights under the 2nd Amendment? We know this one does:

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The Hill ✔@thehill

Amy Schumer attends White House event on guns where Obama mentions Lafayette shooting: http://hill.cm/IP72d3x

We only ask because Schumer and the other Obama-voting celebrities in attendance are only able to gather in safety thanks to good guys with guns:

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Allen Schaben @alschaben

Increased security presence at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton #GoldenGlobes

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Janice Min ✔@janicemin

First time I’ve ever seen security with machine guns walking #GoldenGlobes (@ScottFeinberg) https://instagram.com/p/BAYKU_Ujspr/

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Amy Kaufman ✔@AmyKinLA

Security at check point v intense. Dogs, mirrors under car, had to open all car portals. #GoldenGlobes

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Robert Kovacik ✔@RobertNBCLA

#GoldenGlobes: #BHPD tells me extra security this year. “We’ve ramped it up”. That’s #RobLowe in my shot.

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Allen Schaben @alschaben

Security with machine guns patrol red carpet before 73rd Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton #GoldenGlobes

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Ashley Kewish ✔@ashleykewish

Beverly Hills PD armored vehicle in position. At 4, a look at prep and security going into tonight’s #goldenglobes

Even “Rambo” was there:

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Jacqueline Seabrooks @SantaMonicaCoP

@SantaMonicaPD K-9 Rambo pawz’d for a moment on red carpet while aiding in security check at the #GoldenGlobes

Carrying for Terrorism

While “Carrying for Terrorism” sounds like a Sally Struthers TV infomercial cause, it’s becoming a legitimate self-defense topic worthy of a rational consideration.

Let’s get one thing out the way first. The odds of you getting caught up in a domestic terror attack are pretty darn low. Yes, terrorism is now here on our shores. Actually, unless you work for the New York Times, you already know that it’s been here for decades. Yes, I fully expect there will be more attacks like the recent one in San Bernardino. Our enemies are persistent if nothing else and there is no reason to believe that they’ll take up a scrapbooking instead of decapitation if we promise to reduce the exhaust levels of Ford F-150s.

Carrying for Terrorism

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While “Carrying for Terrorism” sounds like a Sally Struthers TV infomercial cause, it’s becoming a legitimate self-defense topic worthy of a rational consideration.

Let’s get one thing out the way first. The odds of you getting caught up in a domestic terror attack are pretty darn low. Yes, terrorism is now here on our shores. Actually, unless you work for the New York Times, you already know that it’s been here for decades. Yes, I fully expect there will be more attacks like the recent one in San Bernardino. Our enemies are persistent if nothing else and there is no reason to believe that they’ll take up a scrapbooking instead of decapitation if we promise to reduce the exhaust levels of Ford F-150s.

Nonetheless, the odds of your home catching fire are pretty low too, yet a prudent person keeps a fire extinguisher near the kitchen. The bottom line is that there is nothing wrong with observing reality and taking rational and prudent measures to increase the odds of successfully protecting your family.

But what about the arguments that concealed carry can’t have any meaningful impact on a terrorist attack?

Come on! A concealed carrier citizen isn’t going to be able to stop a terrorist attack!

Listening to this type of argument makes me crazy, because the people making these statements generally know nothing about the topic of self-defense. I saw a meme the other day illustrating a van full of SWAT team members armed to the teeth. The caption read something like “It took 23 men like this to stop the San Bernardino killers. What makes you think an average citizen with a CCW will be successful?” That misses the entire point.

Take your brain to the very ugly scene of a mass shooting. By its very definition, a mass shooting is unopposed – by design. Virtually all of them have taken place in a legal “Gun Free Zone” where the perpetrators knew that they would be completely unopposed for 10, 20 or even 30 minutes. Now imagine how that went down. Picture innocent people sitting or kneeling, with their hands up, waiting their turn to be killed, completely at the discretion of the killer. There is no scenario worse that that. None. A concealed carrier drawing his or her gun and getting killed anyway is not worse than that. Even that’s better as it slowed down the process of others being executed.

What stops this methodical and orderly killing? Disruption. It’s as simple as that. With any resistance, whether successful or not, the painstaking killing plan of the murderers is suddenly shifted into reaction mode. They are no longer the complete master of every second in the timeline.

In the recent Umpqua Community College shooting, the perpetrators plan was disrupted by the actions of unarmed Army veteran Chris Mintz. Mintz ran towards the danger, getting students in the library to safety before arriving at the room where the shooter was present. After yelling to people outside to call the police, Mintz was confronted by the gunman. Efforts by Mints to talk the gunman down failed, and Mintz was shot five times. Thankfully, he survived. Shortly after, the gunman killed himself when police started to close in. We’ll never know exactly how many lives that simple act of disruption saved, but it was a lot. People got away while Mintz distracted the gunman from his slow and methodical killing spree for a period of time.

Another example is the Clackamas Mall shooting, which happened just before Sandy Hook. A gunman armed with a rifle and over 150 rounds of ammunition went into Clackamas Mall and started shooting. He managed to shoot two people before he was confronted by concealed carrier Nick Meli. Meli aimed his gun at the gunman, who then ran into a stairwell and took his own life. Meli never even fired because he was worried about bystanders behind the gunman. That’s right, whether Meli’s handgun was a match for a semi-automatic rifle was irrelevant in this case. The killer’s complete ownership of the situation was disrupted and his plan foiled. Action and disruption means everything.

One more factor to consider is that the range of these attacks is almost always frightening close. Even if the murderer is using a rifle, the range of shooting is typically measured in inches or feet. In a crowd of people waiting to be executed at will, would a person or two in the mix with a handgun be able to inflict damage on the attackers? Would they be able to provide a few seconds of critical disruption? You tell me.

Would a concealed carrier be able to stop an attack? Maybe or maybe not. Will they get killed in the process? Maybe or maybe not. Will they disrupt the killer’s plans? Almost certainly. When seconds mean the different between life and death for innocent bystanders, a little bit of disruption can make all the difference.

So what’s the rational course of action? I would hope that you’ve read the owners manual on your fire extinguisher, so you know how to work it. Learning its operation as a stove fire consumes the dishwasher is no time to figure that out. If you choose to use a gun for protection, that concept is far more important. In a home fire, your lack of preparation can result in the loss of your home. In an active gun use scenario, we’re talking about immediate life and death consequences.

A few years ago, while terrorism was a real threat, most people planned their defensive strategies and equipment around the more likely scenario of a criminal attack. In those scenarios, small revolvers, and lower capacity pistols are perfectly rational solutions. Reviews of defensive firearm use encounters show that the vast majority of gun uses involve no shots fired. In the cases where triggers are actually pulled, a relatively small number of shots usually ends the attack. Should these types of planned and deliberate murder attacks increase in frequency, and I think they will, you’ll want more rounds. It’s as simple as that. Many folks, me included, are finding that they feel a little better carrying a gun with 15 or more round capacity and an extra magazine or two. I’m not telling you that’s the only proper response; I’m telling you that I feel more comfortable these days carrying a gun with 15 or more rounds.

If you choose to carry a gun, first and foremost, get training. We’re blessed with a myriad of self-defense live training options all over the country. As long as you do your homework, you should be able to find a good one near you. Worst case, watch and study reputable video training programs. Then put those strategies to work on the practice range. If your range doesn’t let you draw or shoot and move, then do it at home with a squirt gun. Only after you’ve made a commitment to training and practice should you think about whether it makes sense for you to upgrade your carry gun capacity.

Expected in 2016

So, the next year is going to be a hard one. We can expect several things to happen. Sadly, they’ll not be things for the better. We’re going to have to wait for a conservative president to get into office, for things to truly turn around. The question is, will we get one?

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What Do We Expect in 2016?

So, the next year is going to be a hard one. We can expect several things to happen. Sadly, they’ll not be things for the better. We’re going to have to wait for a conservative president to get into office, for things to truly turn around. The question is, will we get one?

As I look down the road before us, these are the things I see happening. These aren’t prophecies, as I’m not a seventh son, born under a seventh son. Nor do I have a crystal ball to use. But I can look at what’s going on in the world and see trends. All I will offer you is where I see those trends going.

Terrorists AttacksISIS has made it clear that they intend to take the war to us. The recent attack in San  Bernardino  was the opening salvo of their war on our soil. We can expect a lot of to follow, as they try to wear us down and force us to submit to their will.

There is no way that ISIS will beat the United States in a conventional war, that’s why they are forced to resort to terrorism. Their goal isn’t to destroy our military might, however merely to sew enough fear and discord in our society, that we give up to them. That way, they’ll end up with what they want, rule over the world.

Of course, there’s a major miscalculation in that strategy. While I’m sure that liberals would be quick to surrender, thinking that they were doing the noble issue, conservatives won’t. If things get to that point, we’re going to see warfare in our streets. While there are many who might think that to be good, we have to remember that our government will side with the Muslims, as long as Obama is in office.

Increased Racial Tension

I firmly believe that the racial tension which we are experiencing in our country these days has been intentionally manufactured by Obama in an effort to bring about racial civil war. If he truly cared about Blacks, there would be no way that he would be permitting the things to happen that are happening. Racial warfare would be disastrous for the Black community, as they are so greatly outnumbered by Whites who own guns.

Every chance, Obama and his surrogate, Sharpton, push the race buttons, creating anger and lawlessness. Then, his Department of Justice refuses to prosecute, instead looking for excuses to bring hate crime charges against those who say or do anything against Muslims or Blacks.

Obama has already given himself the right to declare martial law at any time he so chooses. He could use racial warfare or terrorism as a legitimate excuse to do that, consolidating power in his hands and turning the United States into a dictatorship. I would not be surprised to learn that the whole reason he has been pushing the racial unrest rhetoric is for this very reason.

Obama Ignores Congress, Pushing Gun Control and Climate Change

We’ve already seen how Obama intends to spend the rest of his reign, ignoring Congress and pushing his pet problems. The gop led Congress can’t do anything, because they can’t get a supermajority to override his veto. As long as he has that, he can get his approach.

Of course, Harry Reid is telling Congress that they need to work with the Democrat minority. This is no different than the message he’s been pushing ever since Obama got into office. As far as the Democrat leadership is concerned, there’s only one opinion, theirs. Obama dictates it and they accept it. The problem, in their eyes, is that there are Republicans who won’t adapt their marching orders.

Obama’s Bid for a Third Term

Obama has already hinted at wanting to serve a third term, citing his wonderful track record as a president. He’s so delusional that he thinks he’s the best president this country has ever had. Of course, when you’re getting to dictate statistics and your minions cook the books to match them, it just confirms that delusion.

I think the large issue we’re going to see this year will be a push for a third term. Democrats have already talked regarding repealing the 22rd amendment of the Constitution. We can expect a true push for this in 2016, but i think it will fail.

That leaves Obama the option of remaining in workplace by executive fiat. That’s one thing I wouldn’t put past him. With the military leadership gutted, it’s doubtful that there’s anyone in a position of authority who can and will stand up to him. His hand-picked generals will capitulate, even if they complain regarding what he’s doing in private.

Of course, all he has to do to create that legitimate is declare martial law. Once he will that, he can suspend the Constitution, dismiss Congress and put the elections “on hold” till things get better. Of course, he’s the one who has to decide when things are “better” so that won’t ever happen.

This could result in civil war. That’s hard to predict, because civil war would require enough people getting mad at the same time, that they would be willing to risk their lives taking action. Without the ability to speak such plans, without the government knowing, it’s hard to collect the necessary momentum to form civil war break out. However if Obama pushes too fast, it could happen.

Th Economy Getting Worse

There’s no doubt that the U.S. economy is going to continue getting worse. We’ve been on a downward slide for several years, and nothing is being done to make it better. In fact, several things are being done to make it worse, especially by forcing major companies to move overseas.

There is absolutely no incentive for business in this country today. Company taxes are some of the highest in the world. Unless a company is receiving government stimulus or tax breaks, they can’t afford to continue operations. Smaller corporations, who don’t have the money to buy government officials, don’t stand a chance.

The massive number of regulations that Obama’s administration is putting out are making it harder and harder for businesses to succeed. His war on coal is going to cost millions of jobs. Likewise many of his other initiatives. If the $15 minimum wage goes through, you can be sure that it’ll cost many more jobs. Liberal models of economics don’t take reality into account; they’re pure theory, based on nothing more than smart wishes.

The Elections

Right now, I feel that the 2016 presidential elections are hanging in the balance. If Trump or Cruz wins the nomination for the republican party, the Republicans have a good chance of winning. But the establishment gop is against either of them winning. They need a fully brokered convention, so that they can take the nomination away from the will of the people and give it to some RINO that they want.

This would be disastrous. Trump and Carson have already said that they’d run as independents. I’m unsure if Cruz would, but it really doesn’t matter. If there’s any freelance conservative running, it’ll divide the conservative vote and the Republicans will lose. That means that Hillary or Bernie will win the presidency and be able to take the country farther down the slippery slope to socialism.

Either Democrat candidate will continue with what Obama has been doing. If anything, they’ll push harder to take more money in taxes, give away more goodies to their base and steal our rights.

We can expect that the country will suffer even a lot of and may not even survive. A wrong outcome from these elections or Obama staying in office by hook or by crook, could lead to the ultimate demise of the United States of America.

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What To Expect In 2016

This year has been an interesting one, to say the least. While I can’t say that I like much of what has happened since January, there has been little time for boredom this year. Between terrorist attacks and the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been enough unrest and violence to keep anyone awake. Nor does it look like any of that is likely to end.

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What To Expect In 2016

This year has been an interesting one, to say the least. While I can’t say that I like much of what has happened since January, there has been little time for boredom this year. Between terrorist attacks and the Black Lives Matter movement, there has been enough unrest and violence to keep anyone awake. Nor does it look like any of that is likely to end.

Regardless of the numbers coming out of Washington, the nation is not doing better. We all know that the government is cooking the books, putting out false data. But the reality and the numbers don’t match. Unemployment is higher than ever, as indicated by the workforce participation rate, and prices are going up all over, defying the “official” inflation rate.

There is little chance that things are going to get better during Obama’s last year in office. He is studiously ignoring reality, so he doesn’t even understand how things really are.

Like the academian that he pretends to be, all he sees is his theories, then he commands the government to make the data match what he sees. Someone operating like that can’t turn things around for the better, even if they had some idea of what to do.

What Do We Expect in 2016?

So, the next year is going to be a hard one. We can expect many things to happen. Unfortunately, they will not be things for the better. We’re going to have to wait for a conservative president to get into office, for things to truly turn around. The question is, will we get one?

As I look down the road before us, these are the things I see happening. These aren’t prophecies, as I’m not a seventh son, born under a seventh son. Nor do I have a crystal ball to use. But I can look at what’s going on in the world and see trends. All I can give you is where I see those trends going.

Terrorist Attacks

ISIS has made it clear that they intend to take the war to us. The recent attack in San Bernardino was the opening salvo of their war on our soil. We can expect more to follow, as they try to wear us down and force us to submit to their will.

There is no way that ISIS can beat the United States in a conventional war, that’s why they are forced to resort to terrorism. Their goal isn’t to destroy our military might, but simply to sew enough fear and discord in our society, that we capitulate to them. That way, they’ll end up with what they want, rule over the world.

Of course, there’s a major miscalculation in that strategy. While I’m sure that liberals would be quick to surrender, thinking that they were doing the noble thing, conservatives won’t. If things get to that point, we’re going to see warfare in our streets. While there are many who might think that to be good, we have to remember that our government will side with the Muslims, as long as Obama is in office.

Increased Racial Tension

I firmly believe that the racial tension which we are experiencing in our country today has been intentionally manufactured by Obama in an effort to bring about racial civil war. If he truly cared about Blacks, there would be no way that he would be allowing the things to happen which are happening. Racial civil war would be disastrous for the Black community, as they are so greatly outnumbered by Whites who own guns.

Every opportunity, Obama and his surrogate, Sharpton, push the race buttons, creating anger and lawlessness. Then, his Department of Justice refuses to prosecute, instead looking for excuses to bring hate crime charges against those who say or do anything against Muslims or Blacks.

Obama has already given himself the right to declare martial law at any time he so chooses. He could use racial civil war or terrorism as a legitimate excuse to do that, consolidating power in his hands and turning the United States into a dictatorship. I would not be surprised to learn that the whole reason he has been pushing the racial unrest rhetoric is for this very reason.

Obama Ignores Congress, Pushing Gun Control and Climate Change

We’ve already seen how Obama intends to spend the rest of his reign, ignoring Congress and pushing his pet issues. The GOP led Congress can’t do anything, because they can’t get a supermajority to override his veto. As long as he has that, he will get his way.

Of course, Harry Reid is telling Congress that they need to cooperate with the Democrat minority. This is no different than the message he’s been pushing ever since Obama got into office. As far as the Democrat leadership is concerned, there’s only one opinion, theirs. Obama dictates it and they accept it. The problem, in their eyes, is that there are Republicans who won’t obey their marching orders.

Obama’s Bid for a Third Term

Obama has already hinted at wanting to serve a third term, citing his excellent track record as a president. He’s so delusional that he thinks he is the best president this country has ever had. Of course, when you’re getting to dictate statistics and your minions cook the books to match them, it just confirms that delusion.

I think the big thing we’re going to see this year will be a push for a third term. Democrats have already talked about repealing the 22rd amendment of the Constitution. We can expect a true push for this in 2016, but I think it will fail.

That leaves Obama the option of remaining in office by executive fiat. That’s something I wouldn’t put past him. With the military leadership gutted, it’s doubtful that there is anyone in a position of authority who can and will stand up to him. His hand-picked generals will capitulate, even if they complain about what he’s doing in private.

Of course, all he has to do to make that legitimate is declare martial law. Once he does that, he can suspend the Constitution, dismiss Congress and put the elections “on hold” until things get better. Of course, he’s the one who has to decide when things are “better” so that won’t ever happen.

This could lead to civil war. That’s hard to predict, because civil war would require enough people getting mad at the same time, that they would be willing to risk their lives taking action. Without the ability to communicate such plans, without the government knowing, it’s hard to gather the necessary momentum to make civil war break out. But if Obama pushes too fast, it could happen.

The Economy Getting Worse

There’s no question that the U.S. economy is going to continue getting worse. We’ve been on a downward slide for several years, and nothing is being done to make it better. In fact, several things are being done to make it worse, especially by forcing major corporations to move overseas.

There is absolutely no incentive for business in this country today. Corporate taxes are some of the highest in the world. Unless a corporation is receiving government stimulus or tax breaks, they can’t afford to continue operations. Smaller companies, who don’t have the money to buy government officials, don’t stand a chance.

The massive number of regulations that Obama’s administration is putting out are making it harder and harder for businesses to succeed. His war on coal is going to cost millions of jobs. Likewise many of his other initiatives. If the $15 minimum wage goes through, you can be sure that it will cost many more jobs. Liberal models of economics don’t take reality into account; they are pure theory, based on nothing more than good wishes.

The Elections

Right now, I feel that the 2016 presidential elections are hanging in the balance. If Trump or Cruz wins the nomination for the Republican Party, the Republicans have a good chance of winning. But the establishment GOP is against either of them winning. They want a fully brokered convention, so that they can take the nomination away from the will of the people and give it to some RINO that they want.

This would be disastrous. Trump and Carson have already said that they’d run as independents. I’m not sure if Cruz would, but it really doesn’t matter. If there is any independent conservative running, it will divide the conservative vote and the Republicans will lose. That means that Hillary or Bernie will win the presidency and be able to take the country farther down the slippery slope to socialism.

Either Democrat candidate will continue with what Obama has been doing. If anything, they will push harder to take more money in taxes, give away more goodies to their base and steal our rights.

We can expect that the country will suffer even more and may not even survive. A wrong outcome from these elections or Obama staying in office by hook or by crook, could lead to the ultimate demise of the United States of America.