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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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7 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency
When tornado season arrives, it’s important to make sure that you and your family know what to do when a twister strikes. If you’re caught off-guard, the results can be tragic. Even a little bit of warning can save lives. So if you find yourself with a little bit of time to prepare, here are seven ways to get you ready.
Establish Your Shelter Spot
Tornadoes can leave one house virtually untouched while it flattens the one next door. Since you never know for certain the level of damage
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The following article was originally published back in July of 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Readers requested me to bring back some “Blasts from the Pasts”….here we go. - – Rourke
One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food.
The most abundant fuel available is wood. There are many ways to use wood to cook food…the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”.
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The following post was originally published back in 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. – Rourke
I was the lucky winner of the Paladin Go Bag during the last ModernSurvivalOnline.com guest post contest. Rourke asked me if I could do a review of the bag after receiving it. Upon receiving the bag, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I made my Paladin Go Bag a portable toolkit for emergency repairs on vehicles.
Before we start, a bit about me, so you can understand my “qualifications” for reviewing this bag,
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by “The Coach”
I live in southeast Louisiana in a town approximately 12 miles from New Orleans, La. Lake Pontchatrain boarders New Orleans to the north. It is a lake that is 24 miles across at its widest point. I have been boating, camping, fishing and hunting southeast Louisiana for the past 50 years.
It all begin on the warm sunny Veterans Day of 2003, my wife and I decided to go for a boat ride in my 14 foot, Aluminum, V-hull, out board.
We launched my boat from the Williams Blvd. Boat Launch, in
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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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The following post originally appeared HERE. It has been edited due to its age. – Rourke
There are many people that are just now looking into “survival”. Many of these new “preppers” have become interested due to severe economic situations in this country as well as uncertainty throughout the World. Many people are having their eye’s opened due to the reality of the situation.
Regardless of the record heights the stock market is reaching – our governments fiscal policy has placed the United States in a serious debt crisis – one which is doubtful we can recover. Many experts believe at some point sooner
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My wife and I used to have three cars until my 91 Ford Ranger P.O.S. bit the dust. Three cars for two working adults. It was not an uncommon event to ask me why was owned three cars. My answer was simple – “Just in case – you never know.” Now I am down to two and I feel nervous as it will be a serious pain if something happens to one of them. Oh well – will look for a cheap one.
It just kinda clicked this morning that cars are not the only thing I
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As I write this, I stare out my window at the minor destruction caused by the recent thunderstorms that ripped through the Midwest over the past few days. It always amazes me what Mother Nature is capable of. At the same time I find it a shame we can’t avoid the rain while the southwest can’t get a drop. But, my problem isn’t with Mother Nature, it’s with human nature.
The problem is what to do with those unprepared family and friends that have willfully or ignorantly choose not to prepare themselves who WILL show up on my doorstep
Continue reading “Sorry, Bob. Go Die Somewhere Else.”
This post was originally published here on ModernSurvivalOnline as an entry to one of our Guest Post Writing contests. It can be seen HERE in its original format. – Rourke
by Wolf Grulkey
15 years ago I bought 13 acres of cedar forest in NW Arkansas with the idea of building a self sufficient homestead/retreat. The first thing was to organize a water supply. There had been a well drilled on the property so I called the local driller to come do a clean out on the well to rid it of debris. With
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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 am constantly trying to get organized and I think the case shown in this video would be a great way to store some supplies - especially in a vehicle.
Husky Storage/Organizer Bin
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The following post was originally published as part of a ModernSurvivalOnline Guest Post Writing Contest. It can be seen in its original format HERE.
THE UN-THOUGHT OF
The author has collected a small group of like- minded and recently moved from a major metropolis to the country six miles from a small rural agro-city. The retreat has multiple water sources, a solar system, several back-ups and an Aquaponics fish farm. The other members practice food storage and pre-positioning. He does not believe in bugging-in for no other reason than the high risk of
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On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me……
Twelve Holy BiblesEleven Cylume LightsticksTen SOG Tactical TomahawksNine Israeli Battle DressingsEight Preparedness BooksSeven Fresnel LensesSix Trustfire LED FlashlightsFive pairs Mechanix GlovesFour Fishing KitsThree LifeStraw Water FiltersTwo Midland GMRS Radiosand a Cold Steel Recon Tanto in a Condor Assault Pack.
12 Holy Bibles? Absolutely…..share them!
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About 35 years ago I fled the VA system in fear of my life. I never refiled a rejected claim and swore I would never go back. I dealt with various PTSD demons on my own nickel and discovered both my cervical and lumbar spine was disintegrating from a severe mine incident in 1968. I have been crippled on and off for the last five years. I have worked and payed into the SS system since I was 14, rarely making more that $25K a year. All told I worked about 24 years in government service. When I retired early a
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