A buddy of mine and I recently got together for a little “off grid” cooking. Several methods of cooking were represented including a using a Deadwood Stove, a small backpacking stove, and an “expedient” stove made from a cinder block.
On the menu was an assortment of Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods. The Deadwood Stove worked well as usual. I used some cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly to get the fire going. Like all stoves operating on the “rocket stove” theory the sticks/wood had to be pushed into the lower burn chamber quite often. Worked great and I downed
Continue reading A little off-grid cooking……
Right off I have to mention that this post has nothing to do with Fozzie from The Muppets. Those old enough to remember might recollect the fuzzy bear saying “Waka Waka” whenever he really liked something. No – the Waka Waka Power is a really unique product that combines the following – a solar charger, a built-in battery, and a light source.
In any emergency situation having light when the power is out not only is helpful for safety reasons but is a huge morale booster in what is likely a very stressful time. The Waka Waka
Continue reading Review: Waka Waka Power – light and solar charger
For those new to preparedness the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website might be a first stop in their quest to get information. There are actually some good materials there.
One downloadable file provided is the PDF called “Food and Water in an Emergency“. In this 15 page document the basics of disaster preparedness are covered fairly well. Of course subjects such as firearms and personal defense are not covered but the foundations of survival are – food and water. The creation of a disaster survival kit is also discussed with a decent content list.
If every citizen read and
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The stock market has crashed. Grocery stores have closed. Gas stations have run out of fuel. People are growing more and more desperate by the day. Being in such a critical state groups begin to form. There are safety in numbers and people begin to hear of increasing violence. People no longer walk the streets by themselves as they are more likely to fall victim to violent crime.
What role will race play when things go bad?
Look at Hurricane Katrina. There were many accounts of white on black and black on white crimes after the hurricane hit. Of these
Continue reading Could a SHTF event create a race war?
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Warm up those keyboards folks! The next ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest will start March 15th and continue through May 15th. Have a guest post you want to enter? Send in to emergencycd(at)gmail.com.
Some great prizes are lined up – this is looking to be the biggest ever!!
First Place will receive:
Inergy has donated their “Lion” Ultralight, Portable Lithium Power System including a 20 watt semi-flexible solar panel and two 5 Watt LED Lights. Total Value: $560+ Forge Survival Supply is providing an awesome Parry Blade “Hunter” Knife. Value: $249.00 A $200 Gift Certificate from PatriotAmmoSupply.com
Total Prize Value in
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Today’s world grows more and more unstable. At any time the situation may arise that we won’t be able to go to grocery store to pick up milk and eggs. There may be a time when our electricity goes out, and we will need to survive on what we can catch and cook on a fire. It’s incredibly scary to think about, but there are a lot of things you can do to prepare for times like this. Brushing up on your survival skills and creating an emergency food storage will go a long way toward keeping you alive
Continue reading 5 Snares and Traps
As a subscriber to the “Threat Journal” I received an alert on February 22nd stating there was a release of radiation from an underground nuclear waste storage facility near Carlsbad, NM. Several days after the radiation release the facility remained closed as continued increased levels were detected. As of this publishing I do not know if it has reopened.
Here are a few excerpts from the story:
Known as the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the facility is the nation’s only licensed deep geological nuclear waste repository. Located approximately 26 miles east of Carlsbad, New Mexico, the
Continue reading Plutonium Release at U.S. Nuclear Facility: “We Don’t Know What Happened”
It is my pleasure to present an interview with Don (aka sootch00) – the owner of one of my favorite survival & preparedness YouTube Channels. This interview was originally published back in 2010. It can be seen HERE in its original format.
Sootch00 advertises the channel as “Fun Gun Reviews” and “Sensible Survival” – very accurate terms and describes the video’s well. I have been watching Sootch00 video’s for the past few months and have been very impressed. What I like most is to me Don’s video’s are meant for everyone. From beginners to those that have been
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The following interview was originally published back in 2012. The Retreat is a survival and preparedness website run by BadVooDooDaddy and he posts a few times a month. Check it out. – Rourke
Those who have hung around the halls here at ModernSurvivalOnline Institute for Preparedness Studies(M.I.P.S.) are likely familiar with the name….BadVooDooDaddy. This fine gentleman often comments on posts and engages in discussions providing his expert analysis and dazzles us with his vast knowledge.
OK – I am laying it on pretty thick.
BadVooDooDaddy is the owner of the website – The Retreat – Preparedness, Survival, and
Continue reading Blast from the Past: Interview – The Retreat’s BadVooDooDaddy……
I was recently contacted by a select group of preppers that are from the York County, South Carolina area. The have a fledgling MAG (mutual assistance group) and looking for new members in the York County area (or possibly south Charlotte).
If interested please send an email to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Please provide some details on your general location, how long you have been prepping, any particular skills you may have that would make you attractive to the group, and what you are looking for in a group.
I can tell you that the group has specifically told me they want
Continue reading Reminder: Preparedness group looking for members – York County, SC…….
Last week much of the Southeast was pummeled with snow, ice, and sleet. This highly unusual weather caused tremendous turmoil as many businesses and schools shut down and people were stuck inside their homes. In my area of South Carolina we received a total of approx 8-10 inches of snow along with periods of sleet and freezing rain. I am originally from New England so before anyone from areas that are used to getting significant snow start saying things like “Oh, those southerners just don’t know how to handle weather like that.” let me go ahead and go on
Continue reading Southern Snowmegeddon 2014
How has it not happened? Perhaps some mad version of submarine launched mutually assured destruction could be part of the reason. Each day, I am grateful that our comfortable, convenient, existence continues unabated.
I have authored a couple of posts regarding EMP with Modern Survival, one had to do with protecting electronics and the other with vulnerabilities of tractor and UTX diesel engines. [Readers - see articles HERE and HERE....Rourke] Some readers may have read TM 5-690, chapter five on electromagnetic pulse protection, the Metatech report to Oak Ridge, Meta-R-320, “The Early-Time (E1) High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) and
Continue reading The Panhandle Rancher speaks…..EMP and Caching
I have been hearing more and more about a possible EMP attack and have decided to start specifically preparing for such an event. Preparing for an EMP event has not been a major part of my preps. My emphasis has been putting away food, water, firearms, ammunition, etc. to prepare for what is most likely. I am now reaching the point in my preps that I have started putting a few things away in case of a solar or EMP event.
I already have some steel ammo boxes of varying sizes and have started securing
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by The Coach
Here is a question for you. What is the MOST important survival equipment that you have? Think about that question for a minute before you read on.
Here is the answer; the most important survival equipment that you have is the equipment that is on you when you need it! You can have everything to live like a king in a TEOTWAWKI situation but if you cannot get to that gear or do not have it when you need it, then it is no good to you.
This article is about what I carry on
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When you think of emergency preparedness, food, water and cash are probably the first things you think of. However, having the right clothing and tools is equally important in order to keep you and your supplies safe from the elements. Most of us have a wardrobe full of cotton, which is not the best fabric for staying dry and warm, so be sure to stock up on the following fabrics in order to be fully prepared should a disaster strike.
Technically paracord is a type of cord, but it is an extremely useful emergency tool that is commonly
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We are a nation of people who have forgotten how to work with together. We are a nation of people who are promise breakers and law breakers. We are a nation of people who do not trust their political leadership. We are a nation of people whose greed outshines morals and worship of the all mighty dollar outshines worship of the All Mighty God. We are a nation of people who would rather take a handout than to work, more so if the job is backbreaking and laborious. We are a nation of people who stink in the nostrils
Continue reading The Panhandle Rancher asks…..What has happened to this country?
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Emergency Essentials is having one of those great sales that is too good to ignore. The preparedness group that I am a member of is putting together a group purchase to take advantage of these great prices and split shipping.
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Priorities by “The Coach”
So you call yourself a “prepper”? You have done the usual and started stockpiling food, water, firearms, ammo, etc. and maybe went for some professional training. But are your priorities in the right order?
Your main goal as a prepper is to keep you and your family alive in whatever situation you are preparing for. However, what happens if something happens that you are not prepping for.
Let’s take a look at what it takes to stay alive!
If you cannot breathe, you have approximately three (3) minutes before brain damage
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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.
I would like to begin by thanking the thoughtful people who have commented on my posts. I read your comments whenever I have time and may respond to questions within the comment section of a particular post. Having read the responses to my recent post on leaving Texas, several readers posed questions that require longer answers. The retreat and relocation book I referenced is RAWLES ON RETREATS AND RELOCATION (http://www.amazon.com/Rawles-Retreats-Relocation-James-Wesley/dp/B002A6E7Q0/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390402893&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=jw+rawles%2C+retreats ). This book is not an end all but a starting place. Rawles writes about traffic flow in addition to resources and population pressure. I considered using his relocation
Continue reading The Panhandle Rancher speaks….and responds to questions
If you are a long time reader you may remember frequent commenter and sometime contributor John Gault. He comes around now and then but over the past couple years has written some fantastic stuff – and I thought I would share with those that maybe failed to read his work the first time around.
John Gault lives in Georgia on 40+ acres of country land. He left a good paying job and relocated to this small piece of paradise. John has been working his land and moving step-by-step towards building something he can not only call his own but provide
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The following post is a continuation of On Government and Responsibility.
As a native born Texan, there was never a doubt that ‘the eyes of Texas were upon me’ and that Texas was the best state in the union. Yet after retiring for the third time, I began to seriously think about becoming an expatriate. I owned a successful ranch in the in a lowly populated area in Panhandle of Texas. The ranch exported food and energy. I was secure in my person and secure in my finances.
One of my careers took me around the world, often to
Continue reading The Panhandle Rancher speaks……Why I left Texas