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Preparedness baby steps…….


Visiting some websites you can get the feeling that if you do not live on a huge farm, off-grid , 3 years of food storage, massive garden, farm animals, and military platoon ready for action – that you are not prepared.

This might be true if Earth is being invaded by an evil alien force.

It just makes sense to have “extra stuff” on hand to help with different situations. Kid gets cut outside playing?

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Top 10 Survival Items for a Survival Kit


This is a popular topic among survival & preparedness forums all over the ‘net. The list of items and different ways of ranking them are probably endless. There are a huge variety of factors that could go into deciding on what to include in a survival kit -including but not limited to weather, geographical region, hostile terrain or not, length of “event”, etc. Figured I would post my list here.

1. fire starting kit 2.

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Priorities of preparedness…..


I recently left a comment on someone’s FaceBook wall concerning preparedness – and left a list of “Steps to Preparedness”. Here is what I put:

Food & Water Shelter Medical Supplies Firearms

Shortly thereafter a comment was left disagreeing (which I have no problem) with the order which I placed the list in. The comment stated that Shelter should be first. Putting some more thought into “Steps to Preparedness” gave me some idea’s –

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Bartering after TSHTF


In the event that there is some type of cataclysmic situation that reduces society and the economy back to the stone ages (or close to it) – bartering will become a common method of commerce. With that in mind – I have been putting some additional items in my preps with “barter” in mind.

Here is a list of worthy additions to a “barter list”:

Seeds Bottled water Food of any kind

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Book Review: BUG OUT by Scott Williams


Scott Williams book BUG OUT – The Complete Guide for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late has been on my nightstand for quite some time. A review is long over due.

Bugging out is not a major aspect of my preparedness system however this book has certainly provided some perspective. “Bugging in” should the SHTF is my main plan. BUG OUT really opened my eyes. I have realized

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Left-handed or Right?


I am left handed for most things that I do. Just recently I began doing common everyday tasks using my right hand – and was amazed at how difficult some things were.

Tonight when I made myself a bowl of Cheerios I carried the bowl into the living room with my right hand. Of course – I usually use my left. This is really not a huge feat but felt very weird. Why am I

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Getting Started with Survival Preparations


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.

Now, I am not going to get into all the in’s and out’sof the economic situation – I will however express my opinion that it is SEVERE

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Survival Book Review: The Survival Template

The Survival Template, survival, preparedness, SHTF, TSHTF, organize, economic collapse,

Browsing through different products on Amazon I came across The Survival Template and after reading the description I decided to order it. Written by John Heatherly, the book takes a very methodical and organized look at preparedness as well as life in general.

The author takes the reader through a systematic approach of writing down goals along with the steps required to accomplish said goals. Time periods

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Preparedness consultants PracticalPreppers,LLC – just excellant

PracticalPreppers,LLC is a recently created consulting service that deals specifically within the realms of survival & preparedness. Whether it be retreat design, food and water storage, or security – the folks at PracticalPreppers can assist you with whatever your preparedness needs may be.

The video above will fill you in more on the services available – but let me tell you a little bit about these guys:

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Life update……upgrading supplies


Hello all –

I don’t talk about my personnel life too often – but find it therapeutic to sit here in front of the TV watching Dual Survival and put stuff that is on my mind on “paper” – so here I go.

I live a typical life with typical problems, worries, concerns and events.

My job – which I have been at for 14 years – is driving me crazy. I know it will

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What if TSHTF was about to happen?


What if you just found out “it” was about to happen? Lets say – you have 24 hours notice. I know this is solely a fantasy here – but work with me.

Maybe it will be a sudden discovery of an asteroid to impact the Earth tomorrow. Possibly – a terrorist organization announces that 12 cities throughout this country will have nuclear bombs detonate at noon tomorrow. Maybe there is a pandemic

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Guest Post: From Guns To Gardens

by Stephen H.

I never really thought about preparedness.

Yes, we had some extra batteries, candles and a few cans of food relegated to an often looked over pantry area. That was about the extent of our safety net concerning unforeseen circumstance or calamity. My waking up was slow and methodical. It was a gradual evolution , stepping from one stone to the next.


It all began with the desire to protect

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Guest Post: OPSEC Before and After a Major Emergency


Sure, you’re ready for the “big day” when everything goes to hell, and you have to fight to survive. You’ve stocked up on food, water, weapons and ammo…and you’ve got one or more places to go to if you have to bug out.

But are you sure no one else is planning on using YOUR supplies? Has anyone taken notice to the location of your stockpiles…and how much you’re stockpiling?

If you are practicing

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10 Things You Can Do Right Now……….

In these troubling times of uncertainty – many people are seeing signs of things coming to a head.

With the massive violence and turmoil going on in the Middle East to the terrible and ever dangerous situation in Japan – along with the ripple of effects that are coming from both – it would be a good idea to shore up your preparations as rapidly as possible. If everything turns out just

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Guest Post: Bugging Out-If you have to bug out on foot.


Written by BadVooDooDaddy

If you had planned on bugging in and things go bad and you have to bug out and leave your home or retreat and your doing it on foot, there are a few important rules that you need to remember:

The first rule to follow is to make sure that you have a plan in place for bugging out. This means making sure

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Recent event a “wake up” call

The other day I had something happen that was kind of a “wake up” call.

A co-worker – who was on vacation in process of moving – called me at work. This is how the conversation went:

Co-worker: “Are you sitting at your desk?”

Rourke: “Yes – why?”

Co-worker: “I need you to bring up bring up”


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2011 Preparedness Goals: Updated 3-21-2011

NOTE: Goals update for March 2011 – note these quantities are not inventory numbers – but rather inventory increases.

At the end of December I posted about some of my 2011 Preparedness Goals. I mentioned in my post that I would provide status updates periodically through the year on my goals.

So – here are some updates of my preparedness goals for 2011:

Food Storage: [UPDATED – New Qty’s Left]

Increase my

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The time is now………

Just over the past few years there has been a lot of disasters on this small planet. There have been tsunamis, earthquakes, tornado’s – and more. Nature is always threatening and if you are reading this then you are not unfamiliar to the man-made problems that can occur. The word seems – at least to me – to becoming more and more volatile and dangerous. I tend not to post much about specific “current event”

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Alternative power planned

I have a big interest in alternative power – specifically solar. I have a limited emergency power system now -not good for much more than powering just a few things for a limited time. I am planning to expand my alternative power capabilities early this Fall.

Solar power will be an integral part of this system. The video below describes a very similar system to what I will be installing – mine a little bit

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