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Sustainable Livestock for SHTF……SHEEP

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By P Tabakaru

Do your prep plans include the addition of a small flock of sheep for fresh, meat, milk and or wool, for creating fabrics? The addition of just a few could mean the difference between life and death. They are great multipurpose animal that requires just a little care.

You have to ask yourself what would you like the most, meat, milk, wool? There are certain breeds that are specific, and there are dual purpose breeds, but in a SHTF situation any breed will do.

If you aren’t interested in wool (merino, Romney, Columbia, Lincoln breeds) then

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Through The Eyes Of A Young Prepper

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By TP

As a teenage prepper, who has scoured the immense depths of the internet to view many of the available prepping forums and how-to’s, read every survival book that I could get my hands on, and also has spoken to quite a few outdoor enthusiasts…I would like to discuss a couple of topics that have caught my attention about that the prepper community as a whole, which I have observed within the community that these topics have either been overlooked or in some cases have not had an agreed consensus amongst the prepper community on

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Wilderness Treatments for Burns

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By Rose Cceberio, RN, BSN 

Today, if one is out and about camping, hiking, or on a dry run or for real “Bug Out” route, one can encounter a few things alone the wilderness path that can cause bodily harm. Unless you thought of everything and you’re hiking with a 100 lb backpack, even then, anything can happen and you may be fresh out of supplies other than Old Mother Nature can provide.  If so, never fear, for if you get hurt, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself and others, if you are calm, confident

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Things you may not think of…

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By TekkieFae

I do things differently than most. I spread my perspective in hopes to assist and inspire others. I only list the things I do here that aren’t often or aren’t mentioned at all in most ‘prepper’ or ‘survival’ circles.

 

Off-grid supplies:

* My favorite prep item is my library. I have been collecting books ever since I had access to bookstores, not only for fun and survival, but almost as a cultural ‘ark’ of sorts. My private library consists of over 1000 books. I have books on homesteading, natural medicine, midwifery and childbirth, survival, ho-to’s, nature and wildlife

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NOOB Guide to Getting Started Being Prepared

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By TekkieFae Firstly and most important, DON’T PANIC!! Pay more attention to preps vs. threats to not get stressed and overwhelmed. 

Start small, and grow bigger as you go. Start with prepping for the most common and likely things that could go wrong, and worry about the bigger possibilities once the basics are mastered.

Common scenarios to prep for first:

Being stranded in your car. This has happened to myself, my family, and many others from floods, snowstorms, traffic or impassible roads, etc. One thing I do that’s different is to have toilet paper, a small plastic urinal,

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The Psychology of Survival

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For many in dire circumstances, just living day-to-day is very difficult.  Working in a low-income area with many who are homeless, I routinely see examples.  Others I know are unemployed, or if they work, they do so part time and/or below their skill or education level – just to survive.  Although these people have roofs over their heads, they also face day-to-day financial challenges.  Fortunately for now, most of us in this country still have jobs/income, homes, and food on the table.    Psychologists tell us there is a natural tendency for us to compare ourselves to others.  Studies

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Surviving a week in the Murder Capital of the World

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San Pedro Sula- Central America

Honduras, a country of some 8.5 million people, suffered an average of 19 murders each day in 2013, down from 20 the year before.

December 24, 2013- The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high.  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/honduras-travel-warning.html

Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world’s highest murder rate. More than half of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is one of the lowest in the region.  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ho.html

While

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Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest

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Warm up those keyboards folks! The current ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest started March 15th and continues 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!! 

 

Prize List

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 excess of

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Top 4 Tactical Conferences and Exhibits You Shouldn’t Miss

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This year’s SHOT Show was a blast for all law-enforcers!

Exhibitors received a lot of attention at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas where overall attendance hit a record this year. Visitors, in turn, were overwhelmed by the huge numbers of amazing products, which included the latest tactical gear developments. Guns, knives, boots, bags, watches, pants – you name it – the best gear new and old was all there and worth seeing.

If you missed the SHOT show (see highlights here), but can’t wait until next year to get your

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Don’t Wait to Build Your Survival Kit

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The predominant culture often views those who value disaster preparedness as fanatical and irrational. Their predictions may sometimes sound apocalyptic; their preparations, drastic. The idea of an implosion of the national infrastructure and financial system simply strikes some as the stuff of fantasy. An honest look at the numbers, however, reveals that survival planning is actually a wise and prudent endeavor. In fact, academic research, practical business experience and good old common sense corroborate the very real possibility that such national and global dysfunction is real, and growing more likely every day. Taking steps to ensure the safety of

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest coming March 15th.

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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!! 

 

Prize List

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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5 Snares and Traps

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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

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How to keep it together when the power goes out!

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With all of the recent whether upheaval causing power disruptions lately, it seems that now is an appropriate time to review what to do in the event of a power outage.

First, make sure the power is actually out by checking your fuse box to make sure none of the fuses are blown. If everything is fine there, then call your power company to report the outage and to get an estimated time it will be turned back on. Now you know the power is definitely out and will be for a while, so what do you do?

The

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The Deadwood Rocket Stove as a Convection Heater

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Another awesome post from SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke

 

By Beverly Sandlin

With heating bills skyrocketing I have cut back my thermostat and need an inexpensive auxiliary source of heat. When I was playing around with cooking on the Deadwood indoors, I decided to try making it into a convection heater like we posted a little while back.

I am unbelievable impressed with the Deadwood as a convection heater and have set it up in my living room on a semi-permanent basis – until spring – with Mylar reflective backing and beneath.

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The Deadwood Rocket Stove for Cooking Indoors

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This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke

 

By Beverly Sandlin

You all  know I am a fan of the Deadwood Stove for camping and by my grill, because I wrote about it in 2012. I even have two Deadwood Stoves! These are, to my mind, mini-wood stoves that are so well built they will be passed down for generations.

With the bitter cold winter we have had this year and the electric going on and off, I got to thinking about the Deadwood for interior cooking as well.

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Guest Post:HAM RADIO

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            I was rereading through suggestions from your readers as to what articles they would like to see on your website. One person mentioned learning more about Ham Radios. I have been a ham radio operator for about 2 years and would be glad to share what I know a about them.

Ham Radio, also called Amateur radio, is licensed by the FCC, who reserves certain radio frequency bands for use by Ham Radio operators exclusively. BTW, Ham Radio is completely different from CB radio and operates on different frequencies, and it is illegal to

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Alternative uses for common items; an exercise in frugality.

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By P. Tabakaru

In a post-apocalyptic world there will be no more running to the store for items.

As a modern world species we have become complacent in a comfortable life style of readily available items and services. Truth of the matter is, all it will take is the power grid to go down to send us all back into the 19th century.

Here is an exercise in frugality that might just save your life.

Take a look around your home, or surroundings and try to find alternate uses for items you see.

Let your imagination run wild, once

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The Best Emergency Fabrics

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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.

Paracord

Technically paracord is a type of cord, but it is an extremely useful emergency tool that is commonly

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Watch Out For Food Storage Lies

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The following post originally appeared over at The Berkey Buy Blog. The Berkey Guy carries more than just water filtration equipment. Check ‘em out. – Rourke 

 

I have noticed a trend over the last few years when it comes to food storage,  A lot of companies are claiming anything in order to get your business. I wanted to expose these things as food storage lies, whether intentional or not.

At the very least, they are misleading claims, but having received many calls and emails from food storage companies, I had to share this list of what I see as

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Personal Security for your Home when SHTF

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A home is not simply a place to sleep and watch mindless television episodes hour after hour. A home is a personal shelter for your home and family. Protecting those that you love and care about is something we can’t just play around with. We need to have systems in place that can withstand the best of times as well as the worst. I’ve been around the world and have found some very unique (and oftentimes disturbing) home security systems. If you really want to your home to be synonymous with a fortress, here is some

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Fuel from chicken $#@%

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This post was originally published as part of a Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke

 

In the event of a collapse, water, shelter, food and fuel are the most basic of necessities.  As most of us who have put some thought into this have at least these bare minimums.  A good water supply and a way of filtering a not so good water supply.  A location that provides shelter from the elements and safety.  A durable food supply that hopefully will last long enough to get

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Emergency Communications

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This post was originally published as part of a Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest here on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. It can be seen in its original format HERE. – Rourke

            As I learned from working in the areas ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and several others, cell phones and land-line telephones are basically useless.  It became obvious very quickly that I could not call home from most areas due to the telephone lines and cell towers being “down” or busy.  Fortunately, I was prepared by having a 2-meter, a 10-meter (both now

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My philosophy on preparedness, and an MD perspective on wound closures

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The following article was originally published on April 12th, 2012 and won 1st Place in a past MSO Guest Post Writing Contest. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

 

When I reflect on what drives me to prep, I realize that this motivation was born long before I actually started prepping. In fact, it was something that was forged through my life experiences beginning as early as childhood. My parents divorced when I was young, and with that I spent the good portion of my life experiencing what it is like to be financially limited. Although difficult,

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How to Prepare Your Storm Shelter

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 by Jordan

If you live in an area of the country that experiences extreme weather or suffers from tornadoes like Oklahoma or Missouri then you understand the importance of a storm shelter. A storm shelter by itself is a great resource to have to hide form storms but it can be so much more, it can be also be a store house for the materials you’ll need to recover from the aftermath of the storm.

Here is a list of things to store in your storm shelter now, so that you are prepared for when an unexpected storm comes.

 

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