Every so often a publishing company will send me a book to review. One example is Scott Hunt’s Practical Prepper’s Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness. If unfamiliar – author Scott Hunt is Engineer775 on YouTube. I have been reading through it – impressive. Water, food, shelter, power, medical, security, community – it’s all covered with down to earth information and suggestions. I have visited Scott’s property – this guy knows his stuff.
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Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 15th, 2014
This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Enjoy! – Rourke
Being fit continues to be an aspect of preparedness that is mostly ignored. I guess it is not as cool as a “tactified” AR or a Benchmade Nimravus knife. In a survival situation the ability to perform physically (and mentally) could very well mean the difference between life and death – or maybe not. Who knows?
The vast majority of us sit in
Continue reading Wanna workout? No gym membership? No problem!
Just started reading one of my favorite books – Day After Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne – for the 2nd time. This is a zombie apocalypse story written in a unique format – a handwritten journal detailing the events as they happen. If your a fan of The Walking Dead – you would like this book.
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Time to start stocking up on some of the small 1-lb cylinders of propane
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 14th, 2014
The following link will take you to the Emergency and Disaster Information Service(EDIS). This emergency information service is provided free of charge and is operated out of Hungry. The link provided goes to the North American map, however other maps are also available.
What is really cool is the ability to zoom in close to an area. As of this writing – zoom in to Dallas, TX. No doubt many
Continue reading North American Alert Map
Magpul PMAG 30-rd. Gen 2 AR Magazine – only $9.95
Federal XM193 55-grain 5.56mm – 420 rounds/stripper clips in ammo can – $220 Free Shipping
Nebo ProTec Elite Tactical Firearm Light
Streamlight PolyTac LED HD Tactical Flashlight
TrustFire 1000 LED 5 Mode Flashlight plus Battery and Charger
Helotex G2 Tactical Light
Articles From Around the ‘Net
How to Safely Shelter in Place During a Pandemic
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Negativity runs through our society like a fire through a match factory. Listen to conversations all around you – someone is always criticizing something or somebody. They will talk on a subject as if they are an expert and could do better though they likely have no training or expertise. People talk about other people and what they do, how they look, and every aspect of their life.
The reality is this negativity is often
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 13th, 2014
A couple things I want to state right off the bat.
I am NOT saying that the 45ACP, 40S&W, .357 Sig, 45GAP, or any other pistol caliber is inferior to the 9mm. Shoot what you can shoot accurately with the ability to get back on target for follow up shots regardless of caliber. Period. A pistol is NOT the ideal defensive or offensive weapon. It is vastly under-powered compared to a rifle. ALL common pistol
Continue reading Why I like the 9mm…..
BREAKING NEWS: Sunday it was announced that the first domestically contracted case of Ebola has been initially confirmed. It is being reported that a health care worker(nurse?) has tested positive for Ebola. This health care worker was involved in the care for Thomas Eric Duncan prior to his death in Dallas and had “extensive ” contact with Duncan.
Head over to the DrudgeReport.com for news links for the latest information.
The video below shows Dr.
Continue reading 1st domestically contracted Ebola case
By “The Coach” – Contributing Editor
I thought I was fairly prepared for most disasters. Then Hurricane Katrina struck and I found out I was not as well prepared as I thought. The following article is a couple of the hard lessons that I learned during the days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
I live in a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. However, I worked in the central business district of
Continue reading Realities of a disaster!
My youngest husky – 5 month old “Jake”, puked round worms the other day. Pretty damn gross if you ask me. He had been acting fine with no issues. This was on a weekend so my only option was to call the local 24/7 animal hospital. I had performed some research prior to calling and of course they said he needed to see a vet. I asked I could use something over the counter meds
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 10th, 2014
By Joe Alton, M.D – Contributing Editor, ModernSurvivalOnline
When I first wrote about Ebola early this year, I was hoping that it wouldn’t be a news item 6 months later. In my March 2014 article, I mentioned my concern about 86 cases and 59 deaths reported in the country of Guinea. The article you’re reading now counts 7500 cases and 3500 deaths in several countries. Dire projections by some experts predict more than a
Continue reading Ebola: The Year of Living Dangerously
I am hearing from friends that they are finding .22LR more and more frequently. Prices pretty much suck though. Even places like Academy Sports have a hefty premium on what I would call plain-jane lead .22LR 40-grain solid points. $4.99 for 50 rounds is cheaper than is was – but no where near “old” prices. Yeah – I know – supply and demand. Well – Wal-Mart sells pretty much at old prices(when you can find
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 9th, 2014
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.
Hammocks can be a great alternative to tents for camping, bug out kits, etc. I have used a Grand Trunk Ultralight numerous times and love it.
Continue reading Video of the Week: The fastest homemade hammock setup
Emergency Essentials is having another great monthly sale. I am proud to have them as an official sponsor.
This month a wide variety if items are on sale. A couple of items of particular note include their 4-person/72 hour food bucket for $124.99 as well as a Kaito 4 power AM/FM/shortwave radio for only $29.99.
Both these items are representative of numerous other selections including:
Emergency Essentials 1-month Breakfast Bucket Regular:$179.99 SPECIAL: $119.99 Supreme Pizza
Continue reading Emergency Essentials monthly sale…..
Member of my preparedness group recently sent me a link to some information on making Mylar packed meals providing nutritious sustenance for long term storage – cheap. We are both going to do some experimentation and I will report the results – and recipes.
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I went and saw The Equalizer this past weekend. Fantastic movie – very entertaining. I was a huge fan of the old TV series and the
Continue reading From the desk of John Rourke – October 8th, 2014
From the CDC website:
Symptoms of Ebola include Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) Severe headache Muscle pain Weakness Diarrhea Vomiting Abdominal (stomach) pain Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
Continue reading Symptoms of Ebola
Special Edition of “From the Desk of…….” Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Camp Harrison – Boomer, NC.
I went on a Men’s Retreat with guys from my church. What an incredible experience!
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View as I entered Camp Harrison – Boomer, NC
Road snakes its way to main living quarters.
From the Desk of John Rourke – October 7th, 2014
Our Texas ranch was blessed by the Ogalalla aquifer. Anywhere we drilled to 400 feet, water was found. Windmills and electric pumps provided ample and cheap water.
Those of you who read my scribbles know that my family relocated from Texas recently. One of the places we purchased was on a rural water system. This retreat is in an economically challenged area and shortly after closing, the water coop experienced a pump failure.
Continue reading Panhandle Rancher speaks….Rain Water Harvesting
Properly Cleaning the AR-15
Rourke Climbing a Rope Using Hands Only
Canik TP9 Review
HAM Radio’s for Dummies
Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse
The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary
PB2 Peanut Butter Powder – Peanut butter. Second only to bacon.
Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablet – Kindles offer a lot of value and function in one small device.
Yaesu FT-2900R HAM Radio – Powerful HAM radio with a
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My wife and I continue to evaluate when we will get chickens. Looking like a Spring project. My HOA does not allow them however we think we can do it without getting caught. If we do not a big deal we’ll just give them away.
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If you are not aware I have decided to give up SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. Priorities. Life is to busy and I have to prioritize. I am hoping
Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – October 6th, 2014
So by now Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out and hopefully you have watched it. It is not only great escapism for a couple of hours it has at it’s core a very significant message. How much protection is too much protection and more importantly, who exactly is providing that protection?
The main premise of the movie is about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to
Continue reading OPSEC and you.
“Early this week the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Ebola, Anthony Banbury, warned that the longer the Ebola epidemic continues infecting people unabated, the higher the chances it will mutate and become airborne.”
“While the message is being broadly trumpeted that Ebola can only be contracted by direct contact with infected individuals or their bodily fluids, according to Dr. Barbara Knust of the CDC, there is risk of exposure through casual contact,
Continue reading UN/NIH states Ebola could go airborne
I have heard from a few subscribers that asked if I could send out my daily posts once per week, rather than every day. They felt that their inbox is clogged up and they would rather get an email with all the posts listed weekly.
I also had a few email me and ask if I could arrange the subscription service so that they would receive an email once 5-6 posts were published, again rather
Continue reading SUBSCRIBERS: Please let me know…..
As more information is brought froward regarding the person and their travels who has been diagnosed in Dallas, Texas it is becoming more concerning. It appears that this person visited the hospital at least once and was provided some antibiotics and sent home. Let’s hope that is where it ends but it does not look good. Time to panic? No – but as always awareness is valuable as well as preparations.
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Continue reading Top doc: ‘Several people were exposed,’ more will be infected by Dallas Ebola case