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Panhandle Rancher speaks….Rain Water Harvesting

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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.

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Product Evaluation: Powdered Gatorade



By “The Coach”

(Contributing Editor)

Recently I took my grandsons on a weeklong camping trip. We were going to be camping in a tent, in central Mississippi during the month of June. The weather forecast said that the temperature would be in the mid 90 degree range with 70 to 90 percent humidity all week long.

I learned a long time ago about the importance of staying hydrated. Many years

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Do you need Potable Water stored?



I was speaking to a person I recently met while shopping at an outdoor equipment store. During our conversation the topic turned to storing food and water at home in case of an emergency. This person I was speaking with made the following statement. “I can maybe understand storing some type of food for a few days at home, but why in the world would ever need to store water? We are on our

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Water filtration on a “string”



Here is a very inexpensive water filter experiment I conducted over the past weekend. I was taught this method while serving in the military several years ago and remember it being one of the easiest and most simple methods I know of. All you need for this is two containers and a 1 foot piece of string, cord, or strip of cloth.

Simply place the container of muddy/dirty water at an elevation slightly higher

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How the California Drought Will Affect our Food Prices and Availability


by Arlene

The drought in California is the WORST it’s been in 500 years. The Weather Channel will be offering a special program soon entitled Cracked : The Soil in California.


Stock up now on the items that are produced primarily in California. as soon they may be extremely cost prohibitive or non-existent. California produces approximately 3/4 of all vegetables, nuts and fruits grown in the USA.

In California the

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Video: Water Purification and Filtration

Great video from ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor – Short discussion on different options to handle water purification and filtration.



FEMA – Emergency Food and Water in an Emergency

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

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Update on West Virginia water contamination problems


Below is an update from Warren who has documented the water contamination issues in West Virginia.

Officially, all of the water has been cleared and most people are once again bathing and cleaning with it, me included. A lot are not drinking it yet however. I suspect that will go on for a long time. The water company president drank a big glassful on tv the other night to prove it is ok but

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First hand account from the West Virginia contaminated zone……


Recently I had “Warren” leave a comment regarding the West Virginia water contamination situation. Realizing that he was smack dab in the middle of the event I reached out to him with some questions and a request to share his experience with readers.

Here is a first hand account from Warren in West Virginia:

I’ll answer your questions as best I can…

How did you handle washing clothes? We were lucky to

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West Virginia water contamination….are you ready?



There has been a developing crisis in West Virginia effecting over 300,000 people across nine counties. Currently the State of West Virginia has declared a state of emergency in these areas due to severe water contamination. Citizens can no longer use tap water to drink, bathe, wash, or cook with.

Grocery stores have had a run on all bottled water sources and shelves emptied out. Tanks of potable(drinkable) have been being brought in to

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Method for gathering water…….

I live in the Southeast and we have gotten a tremendous amount of rain. I looked out my kitchen window and saw an umbrella sitting there in the rain – “BINGO!”

I stuck the umbrella upside down on top of a Home Depot bucket. The simple idea here is to use the surface area of the umbrella to capture falling rain – and allow it to drain into the bucket.


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Call to Action: July ’13 – Water

This is the third installment of a monthly series called “Call to Action”. Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it.

Water is taken for granted in many countries – but especially in the United States. Most all have crystal clear water at the turn of a knob or the twist of a bottle cap. Just imagine if the water stops flowing and the

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Review and Giveaway: The Lifestraw

I have numerous methods of making water safe for drinking. One that I had always heard of but had never tried until recently was the LifeStraw. The LifeStraw is an ultra-portable water filter that you use just like a straw. Place the straw in the suspect water – and as you suck it through the unit the water is filtered.


The LifeStraw has been used all of the world by those desperate for life

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Water filtration……..

I have been spending some time going through my preparedness supplies, evaluating strengths and weakness, and getting more organized. Throughout my time doing this I came to a conclusion – I really need to focus on essentials. Yeah, I know….a real miraculous discovery, heh?

As I prep for what would be considered a “long-term” crisis, basics such as water will be incredibly important. Although discussed often – how many of us can really say we

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YouTube Video and a few thoughts on water…….

“Water, water everywhere – not a drop to drink.”

That is a famous saying and when it comes to preparedness, water is certainly on the top 5 list for most of us when it comes to our preps. The thing is – I think most of us tend to “underplan” our water contingencies. We will go out and spend literally thousands of dollars on firearms, magazines, scopes, red dots, and ammunition – and then go

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Important Announcement: Berkey Systems now being sold in California

From ModernSurvivalOnline Sponsor –  



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Sales of the following systems are now available to customers in the state of California:

Berkey Light™ 2 filter systems (With or without LED lights) Travel Berkey® Go Berkey Kit® Sport Berkey® Black Berkey Elements PF2 Fluoride & Arsenic Filter Elements SuperSterasyl™ Elements

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Guest Post: Water Off the Grid

Water Off the Grid

By Bev


When I was a little girl we used to go visit my great-grandfather, Harry, on his farm in Trout Valley. We would carry buckets of water from the fresh water spring that bubbled out of the base of the bluff in the pasture to the house for drinking and cooking. But my grandmother, Marge, would tell us of a time, when she was a young girl,

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Water isn’t just for drinking……

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There is so much information and discussion out there on water filtering and purifying. From Berkey’s to Brita’s, to Clorox and boiling – it is an active topic with a lot angles. What I do not see are a lot of discussions on water’s other uses beyond drinking.

Here are a few uses for water –

cooking (yes – I know that is still consumption) washing clothes washing ourselves sanitizing cleaning cooling

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Guest Post: Emergency Sanitation Basics – Food and Water

[Guest Post courtesy of Dr. Bones from – Rourke]


Hey Prepper Nation,


It’s just makes common sense that there will be sanitation issues in a major disaster or collapse situation. Any water source that has not been sterilized or any food that hasn’t been properly cleaned and cooked will be an opportunity for pathogens to start their damage. As a community medic and chief sanitation officer, your duty will be to assure

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Preparedness Video – Save a lot of work in WROL situation

SouthernPrepper1 recently released this video. He talks with common sense and discusses a lifestyle that the vast majority of people today just are not prepared to live.

A couple thoughts:

– People that think there will be plenty of time to do anything or nothing in a WROL situation because there is no “work” need to think about it. Think about a garden which is providing food and nutrients for your family. A lot of

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Sponsor Highlight: American Tank Company –

I am very pleased to highlight one of my longtime sponsors – American Tank Company.


Water carries a simply amazing selection of methods to store water. Anyone reading this blog likely knows the critical need for water in a survival situation. The ability to have stored water in bulk could make a huge difference in many situations.



As I mentioned –

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YouTube Video: Update from SouthernPrepper1

This is one of SouthernPrepper1’s latest video’s where he updates viewers on a few thoughts about the Middle East, what he does for as living, and some projects he and partner Scott are working on.



Take care all –


Guest Post: Water, the Key Nutrient

by E.T.


Water (H20) is the main constituent of the body, making up 70-75% of the body’s total composition. It has many functions within the body, including maintenance of the body’s core temperature, helping in digestion (fats and proteins primarily), cushioning / lubricating organs and joints, transporting nutrients, and flushing toxins. The primary biochemical pathways that occur in the cells take place in a water-based medium and involve water as some of

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