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Prepping: It’s a Family Affair

Prepping: It’s a Family Affair

by LM

 

As even the most seasoned prepper will attest to, the hardest part about preparing for when the SHTF is often trying to communicate how important this is to our families. At best, they may not understand. At worst, they may turn away from you completely – even if what you’re doing is in their best interests.

It’s understandable that people may not recognise a danger until it is right underneath their noses. But when it comes to preparing for emergency events, making allowances is not a viable solution. It’s important, therefore, that

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Thoughts on ammo availability…….

I received the following note from frequent contributor D. - 

 

Various calibers of ammunition are now starting to make an appearance on the marketplace. (Natchez Shooters Supply, Midway USA, etc)    Most are still selling for 3 to 4 times the pre-panic pricing.   Unless you would like to forever pay an extortionate price for ammo, I strongly suggest, WAITING!    If you can hold off on your purchases until prices fall to below $.50 a round (in 20 round quantities) you will send a message to the manufacturers and retailers that you will not abide by such pricing.(This

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Guest Post: The 3 5′s……….

 

The 3 5′s

 

We know that in the aftermath of any major event like a hurricane or even some riot brought on by a political differences, society tends to fall apart. Once that happens, we know what comes next. This is what is known as the 3 5s. Check out how this law has played out in real life scenarios.

 

3-5 Hours Looting Happens

Within three to five hours of an incident, looting starts to happen as people begin to panic. People will do whatever it takes to get the supplies they need to survive or simply

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Guest Post: On Being Overwhelmed……

On being overwhelmed….

 

If you have been a Prepper, Survivalist, whatever you wish to call yourself, for any length of time, you may have become overwhelmed with it all. That it’s just too much to do….and time is running out. If you feel a deep responsibility to your family and friends and haven’t been there yet, you will be at some time in the future. Ours is not a happy future we contemplate.

There are a few different types of preppers. Some are visitors and become involved, sometimes deeply, until their attention wanders and they are off on a

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Guest Post: To the Wives, Girlfriends and Other Happy Ladies

Jennifer S. in Reno

Today I woke up and did some house cleaning, I did some laundry and vacuumed the carpets, I harped on the kids to get them to clean their rooms and I changed the cat litter box, I mopped the kitchen floor and made sure all of my dishes were washed.  When I was done with that I went to the grocery store.  Actually, I went to four grocery stores because I like to go where the good deals are.  I like to come home and put my purchased food away and know that my

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EMP Weapon developed by North Korea?

Fellow blogger over at ModernSurvivalBlog wrote up a post about the following -

An EMP attack is one of the most feared methods of TSHTF for me. Unfortuately – I also believe it is one of the most likely. Imagine a total collapse of the power grid along with most all electronic equipment ceasing to funtion. Got those fancy GMRS radio’s? – don’t work. Got that 4 wheeel drive bug out vehicle? – don’t work. Of course – there would be no grocery stores open, no fast food drive thru’s, banks would be closed, and life

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Growing potatoes in buckets

bucket potatoes, survival, gardening, TSHTF, preparedness, food storage

Alright guys….this is a post I wrote last Fall for another blog but they never published it. Wanna grow some potatoes? It is amazingly easy. Check it out…….

Over the past few years I have tried growing potatoes. Not wanting to use precious garden space for experimenting with potato’s – I tried growing them in containers. I found it surprisingly easy. In the Spring of 2010 I planted 27 buckets and had great success. Potatoes are generally started in cooler weather. For those that have never tried bucket potatoes – this is for you.

To grow your own potatoes in

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Inexpensive perimeter alarm

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Security after TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It) will be important. Depending upon your location – methods used to be aware of “trespassers” will vary. For those on a budget – I have discovered a very inexpensive method to provide a decent alert when  a passerby trips the alarm.

The main component is a window/door alarm that can be purchased at your local Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. These alarms are very loud (90 decibels). They contain a simple on-off switch and work via a corresponding piece that when

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What’s your “trigger”?

I was recently contacted by loyal reader AP. AP brought up the fact that his group meets a few times per year and develops guidelines as to what needs to occur to cause his group to drop everything and head to the groups site. Interesting.

This is a popular subject in many survival & preparedness forums (see here, here, and here). What qualifies as a TSHTF event is one of the main items of discussion in these forums and in my opinion very difficult to answer. There are certainly events that are obviously so cataclysmic that they almost go without saying –

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Book: Family Preparedness Handbook

 James Talmage Stevens is known as “Doctor Prepper” due to his decades of survival & preparedness experience. All the way back in 1974 Doctor Prepper wrote Making the Best of Basics—Family Preparedness Handbook. A book before its time – it is now in its 11th edition.

Here is a summary of the book:

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine what would happen if you became ill and couldn’t work, or if an earthquake or hurricane or bomb left your community devastated. It happens all the time. When unexpected disasters happen, people who are even a little

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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 and very BAD! A double dip recession is very distinct possibility. I am very concerned that a continuation of the economic decline with the United States being a consumer-based economy

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Thoughts on Antibiotics After TSHTF

I watched After Armageddon the other night (I DVR’d it). I have seen it a couple of times and think the show does a good job of showing the necessity to prepare in case of a major collapse. One of the parts that really caught my attention was someone cuts themselves and the cut becomes infected. No antibiotics – infection spreads and eventually the guy dies. Not good. I need to stock some antibiotics. Life expectancy has increased over the past 100 years so dramatically partly due to antibiotics. Decades ago the smallest cut/infection could lead to serious complications. I am

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Entertainment after TSHTF

After a major disaster event – a little pre-TSHTF world could make a huge difference in the morale of your group – especially kids. Here are a few examples to consider: -  Portable DVD player with 10-20 DVD movies. -  Portable Game System – such as a PSP or Nintendo DS with a few games. Both require battery recharge – not batteries. -  MP3 player pre-loaded with songs and extra batteries. You must consider that the wearing of headphones will greatly reduce your ability to hear – think security!! Board games. Card games such as Uno, Skip Bo, or just

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