Thank you to loyal reader JR for sending me this video……
Would like to hear your thoughts-
Thank you to loyal reader JR for sending me this video……
Would like to hear your thoughts-
There are a couple of local preppers that I meet for lunch every so often. It is great getting together with fellow preppers and having discussions that you just can’t have with most co-workers and friends.
I have had a couple of requests to plan a get together in the Charlotte NC area. I certainly would like to do this – however I am really not interested in any kind of seminar or putting on a presentation. I think it would be great to get a small group together, maybe watch a short topic-related video, and talk about “prep’n-stuff”.
If you are interested in attending a get together – please email me at emergencycd (at) gmail.com and put in the subject line “Meeting”.
ModernSurvivalOnline is participating website in the contest described below. At the end of the year I will select one Guest Post to send to Safecastle.
Go For It! — Prizes Worth $12,000 in the 2011 Safecastle Freedom Awards — a “New Media” Survivalist Contest
“I’m pleased to announce the 2011 Safecastle Freedom Awards–a program in which we will provide the talented, deserving winners with some of the greatest preparedness-related prizes in the survival realm!” said Vic Rantala, owner of Safecastle.
“What we aim to do is find and recognize the best, original, web-based content of the year, related to survivalism and preparedness.”
This is essentially a contest of skill. Eligible entries will include new non-fiction articles written and originally posted online at a recognized, participating blog or forum and new survival/preparedness videos originally posted this year and “sponsored” by or posted at a participating blog or forum (see below for participating websites).
Every one of our finalists will be a winner and will receive an engraved “Safecastle Freedom Award” as pictured here, signifying the noteworthy achievement of contributing materially to our country’s preparedness.
The creators of the articles and videos judged to be the very best of the best will be awarded the prizes described further below.
Competition Guidelines are few, but what there are, are there for good reason:
1. Keep it clean and family-friendly.
2. Modern attention spans are short. That means, in this new media, we are looking for articles that are concise. 1500 words in a non-fiction article is the maximum length please. For the short-form video, 6 minutes is the limit. Note that shorter just may be better.
3. Submit your own original article or video to ONLY ONE of the participating blogs or forums for entry into this contest. Note your intention to enter this contest with that submission to the participating website so that there are no mistakes. If it becomes apparent that an entry was submitted to multiple websites as an original sole entry, it will be disqualified from the contest.
4. Do not plagiarize anyone else’s work. The author is solely responsible for the content of his or her article or video. Plagiarization results in the forfeiture of any prizes that may be awarded as well as any potential legal ramifications.
5. Article and video submissions must be posted originally at a participating blog or forum. For videos such as those first posted to YouTube, they must appear on the sponsoring blog or forum within one week of that YouTube posting to qualify as an original creative eligible for prize consideration in this contest–and not appear somewhere else first.
6. Original article authors and video creators can enter as many different stories and videos as they wish–but again–see #3 above. To be clear–you MAY submit one creation at one participating website and another creation at another participating website–but not the same original piece at more than one site.
7. Authors and video producers retain ownership rights to their work, but they also agree that those articles and videos may be subsequently posted at Safecastle’s blog, Refuge and/or on Safecastle’s store site, www.prepared.pro without further renumeration.
8. Contest prizes are awarded only to residents of the continental U.S. where there are no legal constraints to such a contest awards program. Prize winners are responsible for paying any taxes that may be due as a result of their prize awards.
9. Each participating website will be fully responsible for selecting their own article and video finalists (one of each if they have suitable submissions) by Dec. 31, 2011. Then in January of 2012, a panel of expert judges assembled by Safecastle LLC will manage a playoff judging system to determine the prize winners from among the many finalists.
10. Owners, employees, and their family members of Safecastle and the participating blogs and forums are NOT eligible for participation, recognition, or prizes in this contest.
11. Contest winning decisions are final and cannot be challenged or altered, except at the sole discretion of Safecastle LLC.
The PRIZES are very nice! …
1. Grand prize, for overall best in show (video or article): a brand new, fully geared-up Joey-XP Teardrop Trailer, list price of $7065.
2. First prizes for the best video and best article: winner’s choice of an EcoloBlue 30 atmospheric water generator , list price, $1500.
OR a portable solar back-up system by POWERENZ — the LFP10. list price, $1550.
3. Second prizes in the article and video categories will be awarded a Katadyn Pocket , value $320.
Third prize in each of the two categories will be Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrators, value $275.
4. All finalists will receive a Safecastle Freedom award.
5. Sponsoring blog/forum owners for the grand and first-prize winners will receive Safecastle gift certificates worth $250 each.
More on the Judging
Participating forums and blogs will solicit original entries from their readers. It is up to those websites to use whatever method works best to determine their chosen contest finalists (one for each category–article and video). Entries must have been first posted to those websites during 2011.
In January of 2012, the various finalist entries will be submitted to Safecastle LLC. The final prize winners will be determined by selected playoff system managed by a panel of judges chosen by Safecastle. Prizes will be awarded no later than February 2012.
Very simple – send the completed post to Rourke – email address emergencycd (at) gmail.com .
If you have pictures or video’s - please attach to the email or provide download links.Got questions? Shoot me an email.
Thanks and good luck!!!!!
The majority of my food storage revolves around common foods found in grocery stores all over the country. Storing what I eat and eating what store is what I practice for the most part. I have recently begun purchasing freeze dried and dehydrated foods to supplement.
On a shopping trip to a local “Mart” recently, I came across a couple of products that peaked my interest. These are complete meals that only require water to prepare.
The first one I came across was the Banquet Homestyle Bakes. The link takes you to Amazon which actually sells these meals through a subscription/delivery service. Check the link for more information on this product. These are a “just add water” product. There are several flavors and many contain meat – which for me is a bonus. They are relatively inexpensive as well at around $3.00. Shelf life is in excess of a year- I suspect much longer is the reality.
The next product I saw was the Betty Crocker Helper Complete Meals. This link also goes to Amazon and they offer a subscription/delivery service on these as well. These also from what I have seen are “just add water” and many varieties contain meat. Storage life is in excess of a year. Price – same at around $3.00.
These two products look to be a good addition to my food storage program. Some plus’s are light weight, simple to prepare – just add water, and pretty inexpensive.
I have not tried them yet – will report when I do.
Take care all -
The 2nd ModernSurvivalOnline Guest Post Writing Contest has come to a close and although it was super difficult to choose – the winners have been selected.
Here we go:
- 1st Place -
“Sorry, Bob. Go Die Somewhere Else.”……by D.B.
Excellent post on a very difficult subject – certainly got many readers attention.
Donated by Ready Made Resources….an
AR-7 Survival Rifle!!!!
Winner is responsible for all transfer fee’s as firearm must be sent to a FFL dealer in your area.
- 2nd Place -
……by Tess Pennington
Donated by Directive21.com…….
A great combination - an
Emergency Seed Bank and an Herb Seed Bank
Emergency Seed Bank
37,000 seeds, 1.4 Lbs of Non-Hybrid seeds, Heirloom Vegetables, sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault.
Herb Seed Bank
68,000 seeds, 21 varieties of highest yielding crops, Heirloom Seeds, Sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault.
- 3rd Place -
“The Bogus Bug-Out Bag Argument”……….by L.M.
Donated by Shelf Reliance
Pair(2) of Cansolidator Pantry’s
Featuring SmarTrac technology, the Cansolidator Pantry is a front loading system that automatically rotates up to 40 cans. This adjustable, expandable, stackable system takes the hassle out of can rotation and allows you to organize cans the way YOU want. The Cansolidator is easy to assemble and guarantees a more organized pantry in minutes. Sturdy, compact, and reliable, the Cansolidator Pantry is the perfect stand-alone solution for any pantry.
The Cansolidator’s are also stackable – which allows for maximum storage in minimum space.
Winner gets two of these.
- Tie for 4th Place -
…….both by Gilfner
Donated by SurvivalGearBags.com
5.11 Bail Out Bag
The 5.11 Bail Out Bag features tough 1050D nylon body fabric construction that delivers extreme versatility. While staying close to the body, the Bail Out Bag provides users with easy access to all its compartments while still being compact enough to deploy from a vehicle. The Front Mag pockets hold up to 6 AR magazines with the side utility pocket designed with web platforms. You can rest assured that the 5.11 Bail Out Bag will have all the room you need for easy deployment. By 5.11 Tactical Series.
- 5th Place -
“Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven“……by Ken B
Donated by SurvivalGunsandSupplies.com
SurvivalGunsandSupplies.com has generously donated both a S.O.G. Revolver Seal Knife as well as one of their Basic Survival Kits.
Due to the quantity of quality submissions I have added some additional prizes
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Honorable Mention Prizes
“Guest Post – A Preppers Nightmare“……by T in Texas
“The 1 Pound Tool Kit“……by Al
“Sharpening Your Edge“…….by DL
“Communication Options for a Natural or Man-Made Disaster“……by Badvoodoodaddy
“Girls and Guns”……..by Amber Waldroup
“It’s All In The Timing“……..by PADRE
Honorable Mention winner will get one of the following……….
This awesome DVD shows you step-by-step how to grow food on a part time basis, with little money, and no previous agricultural experience.
Why not get the skills and resources so you can become independent of the whole crazy system? Why not become free of the weekly grind at the supermarket?
You are sitting at the dining room table just about to eat dinner. You’ve just popped out the back door and picked some lettuce and other greens to make a quick salad that doesn’t even need washing as it was grown in pure rainwater with all organic soil. As you put the bowl on the table you realize with pride that everything in this fresh, delicious, nutritious meal was grown by you and your family.
The ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness DVD which is jam packed with preparedness articles, books, manuals, and video’s. Over 4 gigabytes all on one DVD that auto-starts to an easy to navigate menu-system on any PC.
A free membership to the Self-Sufficient Gardener Garden Club Membership
Tons of eBooks, articles, vendor discounts, video’s – and the full content of the Food Security Knowledge Pack.
Mountain House Eggs and Bacon #10 Can – donated by Rourke
LED Mini Maglite Flashlight – donated by Rourke
Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filtration System - donated by Rourke
I wish I had more prizes to give to everyone that participated. I really appreciate all the entries and look forward to more contests in the future.
As always – if you hav something to say and wish to contribute to the cause here at ModernSurvivalOnline – drop me a line – emergencycd (at) gmail.com.
I wish to give an extra special thanks to the participating sponsors of the contest:
I will be in contact with all winners over the next couple days and then with the participating sponsors.
by Thunder Bearer
On September 8th, 2011, an outage rocked a large swath of Southern California, from Mission Viejo, to the Mexican border and beyond. Somewhere close to a million people were affected by the actions of one person who made a seemingly small mistake in Arizona which took a portion of the power grid down. While not a cataclysmic event, it certainly provided a story that preppers everywhere should consider, and take heed of. The actions of a prepared person wound up with them being injured, in the hospital, away from their responsibilities of protecting the family.
In San Juan Capistrano, a Los Angeles fireman started up his gas powered generator, to provide electricity for his family. Apparently a neighbor didn’t take too kindly to the noise of the generator, and asked the fireman to turn off the generator. The fireman declined the request multiple times, for whatever reason he saw fit to present at the time, whether medical, or simply the fact that he thought the neighbor was jealous. without getting into the reasoning behind the generator, whether it was right to have a loud generator running, or medical or other reasons for the generator, the aftermath is the exploration of my post here.
The neighbor came back (news says allegedly, for politically correct reasons), and tried to turn off the generator on his own. Upon finding out that some neer-do-well was trespassing, and tampering with his property, the fireman went out and confronted the neighbor, who hit the fireman over the head with what sounds like a heavy Maglite flashlight. The fireman received severe lacerations and a possible concussion over this incident. Obviously, the neighbor was arrested, and thrown in jail, and will distinctly have to deal with the legal system.
My exploration here, is not to cover the incident itself, but the related incidents that all preppers should be aware of. When it all hits the fan, we who have practiced sensible preparations, will stick out like sore thumbs. We will become magnets for awareness, attention… and resentment. The news story distinctly mentioned that this wasn’t the only generator on in the area, and that many people were similarly prepared. So the situation now becomes something more for us to explore.
In a major event, we need to be aware that hospitals are not our destination. Ambulances, police support, and even neighbors may not be available, and in some situations, could make things even worse. A recent post here entitled “Sorry, Bob. Go Die Somewhere Else.” explored the concept of what do we do in regards to the relative who shows up after it’s all gone bad, but what about the neighbors. Think about the implications that are raised here, no matter where you are. We’ve talked about how society may go lawless in a matter of 24-48 hours, but perhaps it bears good measure to realize that sometimes it’s far less than that before we might experience a situation that places us in danger. Perhaps your own neighbors have already made plans to come to you when the world goes upside-down, or perhaps your actions after the cataclysm, will have the neighbors adjust their plans and make you the target.
I don’t want to instill paranoia in anyone’s heart, nor unseemly thoughts, but just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean…
So, it’s a sad prospect to think of this, but we all need to take even further measures towards our awareness of how we appear to others. We may have all prepared well, with our large quantities of food, our trips to the ammo store, our frequent excursions to the gun range, and more. We know of people who have prepared, but we know far more that have prepared by planning to rely upon us. The ongoing build-up of an entitlement society, and the encouragement from certain political groups, could make us all targets for being prepared in an individualized way, in what they consider a non-individualistic society.
When (yeah, sure… whatever… “If”…) things have turned sour, and the smelly stuff is being flung everywhere, I’ve already identified not only those that will take part in my plans, and those that won’t, but I’ve already identified specific persons who are on my list for being troublemakers. I know specific neighbors that are unprepared, and will become resentful when they realize that I have prepared far better than they have. One in particular, with an extreme pro-entitlement bumper-sticker on their Prius, has already been involved in a confrontational situation, and shown a distinct defiance for authority, shown a distinct neglect for property rights, and exhibited a foul-mouthed tirade that indicates he will be a vocal opponent to anything that doesn’t go his way. He will distinctly be unprepared when it all goes bad, and will expect many of us to just blindly help him, and when we don’t, he’ll throw a monkey wrench into our plans.
You know the same style of person in your life, or at least suspect them. The fireman’s neighbor may have already exhibited signs of being a troublemaker prior to this incident. Had this been a real emergency, that fireman… a prepper… could have been in far more danger. Indeed, another 48 hours later, and it might have been crowds of indignant people clamoring for his supplies, his knowledge, his expertise in whatever problems they may have.
My wife takes the position that when the evil arrives, that we (all preppers) should not be bartering ammunition, guns, toilet paper, or food… simply for our own safety. It would advertise that we are prepared at least a little bit more, and make us bigger targets. Indeed, it’s possible that word would travel, and many people would generate rumors that we are all far more prepared than we reveal, and make us targets for the locals, the refugees, the government, and more. Our actions, something as simple as having a generator, being the “Have” in a neighborhood of “Have-nots”, could strike up something deeper in the hearts of men.
Questions that I ask myself all the time: Should this incident stop us? What could have been done differently in this situation? What are the changes that you need to make, in order to be less of a target? What have you done to evangelize people towards being self sufficient? What actions can you take to ensure that you are not alone in your part of the world when trouble happens? How will you know the difference between a simple power outage, and the complete long-term failure of the power grid?
Last night I went and saw the movie Contagion. It was very good.
From Wikipedia: Contagion is a 2011 American thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film has an ensemble cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon,Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kate Winslet. Contagion follows the rapid progress of a lethal indirect contact transmission virus (fomite transmission) that kills within days. As the fast-moving pandemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. As the virus spreads around the world, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.
I have recently seen quite a few posts and discussions going on around the ‘net regarding this movie. Some positive but many are negative as people are commenting that the people in the movie are not prepared and there is little preparedness knowledge that can be taken from it.
My thoughts? Come on man! It’s just a movie.
I really enjoyed Contagion. The movie was well done showing the level of panic that would erupt from a pandemic outbreak (or other mass disaster). Grocery stores quickly emptied out and looters/desperate citizens started going door to door searching for food and supplies as they try to stay alive. My oldest son Jonathan leaned over and said – “That’s why we prepare Dad.” He was right.
During the movie I thought often of what I would do in a similar situation. Certainly gets you thinking.
I highly recommend seeing it.
PS – I have a suspicion that the makers of hand sanitizer might have funded this movie. See it and you will understand why.
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