Survival Sunday – 3/1/2015

Survival Sunday

Well…we made it to the first week of March already! I am just not sure where the time has gone. I can tell you this much, I am not getting any younger. With working full time and then some, having a family, going to school, and trying to write something here from time to time; I think that is where my time is going.

My week overall was unremarkable. I definitely did not catch another duck this week. That would have been something though! On a very personal note, my oldest son has a chronic health condition that has really flared up over the last few weeks and this week has been the worst by far. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We truly appreciate it.

Preparedness

I found a few things this week that I deemed especially useful and would like to share with you. Here’s what I’ve got:

The Prepper’s SMS Texting Cookbook – An article worth printing out and adding to your collection, this texting guide for prepper’s is a must have. This is especially valuable if you are looking for a good idea of the different ways that communication can be done during a disaster, a time when text messaging can be much more successful than actual calls.

Lessons From One Year In Hell – Selco is one of the few people on the prepper scene who has actually lived a life of survival. Day in and day out he and his family navigated the war in Bosnia. Here are some of his lessons learned about real life survival.

Are Medication Expiration Dates Accurate? – This is a quick read but provides some good information about the reality of medication expiration dates.

Small, Micro, and Cottage Business Ideas – Have you ever thought about what you could do with a little extra income? I know that I always do. Here is a little primer on some of the low costs ways to make a side income.

How To Catch Fish Anywhere – I love fishing! This is a great article about some of the methods that can be used to catch fish, a skill that could be quite valuable if you find yourself trying to survive somewhere.

Full Scale Simulation: New Study Reveals Where To Go When Civilization Collapses – “Head For The Hills” – You will likely not be surprised at what you read here but a new study and corresponding simulation from researchers at Cornell University reveals the best place to head in the wake of a disaster.

Thats a wrap for me this week! Keep getting things together for any tough times that may lay ahead and don’t be frustrated if the world does not end. It’s actually better that way!

Did you find anything last week that everyone else could benefit from? Make sure to share it in the comments.

Check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Only A Few Days Left…

B.R.O. Inventory Blowout

I just wanted to share a few notes with you and remind you that there are only a few days left to take advantage of the Black River Outpost Inventory Blowout sale. Saturday is the last day of February and the last day of the sale. Get your low cost prepping supplies while the getting is good!

News and Notes

Here’s a few interesting bits of prepper related news that should provide you with a little entertainment

When the apocalypse comes, preppers will be ready. But you won’t (The Guardian) – Here is an interesting article written by a “journalist” that obviously has a particular view about prepping. Unfortunately, it seems as if this is another situation where those with views that may be a little “off the grid” have influenced his perspective. I thought it was worth sharing because it is interesting to see how others view preparedness. (Warning – Adult Language)

Nat Geo’s prepper fortress Doomsday Castle now renting rooms

Would you shell out $1500 for a Taurus Judge in a fancy case?

Patriot Playing Cards is a new project being launched by the crew of Conflicted: The Survival Card Game. Check out their project on Kickstarter.

California Dems push to repeal ‘welfare queen’ law – Child poverty is too much of a problem so California wants to repeal a law that limits the amount of money a welfare recipient can receive regardless of the number of children the individual has. My take on this is that there are certain people who want to reward others for their irresponsibility at the expense of those who are working to provide for themselves and their own families. Really? It makes me sad and scares me that there are people who think this is a good idea.

Rant and link sharing complete. I hope your week is going well. Leave a comment or shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com if there is anything I can help you with or if there is something you think I should know.

Survival Sunday – 2/22/2015

Survival Sunday

It’s hard to believe but today is the last Sunday in February. It is amazing how fast the year has gone. Hopefully everything is going well for you. I have spent the last week hanging out with my parents. Hi mom and dad! (I guess I am figuring that they will read this. If anyone reads a blog you would think it would be the parents of the person writing it!) I had a great time and even caught a funky looking duck!

Don’t worry…he wasn’t hurt and neither was I. He was so comfortable with people, he came right up to us.

I found a few things this week that I deemed especially useful and would like to share with you. Here’s what I’ve got:

10 Ways To Deter Burglars – I don’t think there is such a thing as too much security. Here are 10 straight forward and fairly basic ways to increase the security of your home and deter unwanted visitors.

Six Things To Scout Along Your Evacuation Route – There is  plenty of information on the web about bugging out and evacuating but I like this because it talks about looking at your route ahead of time and what to look for. This is definitely something to recon and mark on your maps or GPS that you will use when you hit the road in reaction to a disaster.

Dealing With Prepper Burnout – Prepping, like anything, can get old, monotonous, stressful, and eventually lead to burnout. Here are a few great pointers on how to deal with burn out as a prepper.

No, You Can’t Come To My House – I am sure that most of us have either heard a story about someone, or heard first hand, an account of a person who simply says, “If things go bad, I’ll just come to your house! You’re preparing for the end of the world, right?” This is a very interesting account of that same conversation as told by a fellow blogger.

Exploring Water Filtration Options – It can be difficult to decide which water filter is the best fit for you. The only thing that is not up for debate is that you need a water filter. This article makes it a little easier to decide which water filter is the best fit for you.

Starting Seeds In Recycled Containers – Gardening season is just around the corner! That means that now is the time to start thinking and planning. Starting seeds is even easier now with the assistance of these recycled materials.

PVC Drip Irrigation System For Your Garden – After you plant the plants that you started in your recycled containers you will need a way to water them. Check out this do it yourself idea for setting up a garden irrigation system.

Thats a wrap for me this week! Keep getting things together for any tough times that may lay ahead and don’t be frustrated if the world does not end. It’s actually better that way!

Did you find anything last week that everyone else could benefit from? Make sure to share it in the comments.

Check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 2/15/2015

Survival Sunday

It’s Sunday again. This week has been relatively uneventful. I went golfing which is something that I do not do often. In fact, I golf so little that my score would be better suited for bowling than it is for golf. I had fun anyway and while golf is not survival related, it is important to remember to have fun and relax from time to time.

While cruising the web this week, here are a few things that I found:

Smoke Inhalation: What To Do If You’re Trapped – This is a great and very accurate piece from James Hubbard, The Survival Doctor. It is good information to have because no one plans on getting trapped by fire and smoke but it happens every day.

Back To The Basics: Water For Survival – Water is one of the basics but also seems to be one of the greatest challenges for the prepper. Even though it is so simple, water can be tough to store because it is heavy and takes up a lot of space. This article from Gaye at Backdoor Survival is a great starting point if you are trying to sort out your water storage.

First Things First: Key Questions Facing The Beginning Prepper – SHTFplan.com is a great site and provides valuable information daily. With that being said, here is a great rundown of some of the areas that new preppers should evaluate. Let’s be honest, it can’t hurt the experienced prepper to take a look at these areas too and make sure they have done what they need to.

Does Size Matter? How long should the blade on a survival/bushcraft knife be? – There is no question that whether you plan on bugging in or bugging out, that a survival knife is a necessity. The decision on which knife is best is hotly contested and is one that we all have to make for ourselves but this article can help you decide what may be best for you.

An Often Missed Prep: Your Home Inventory – You need to have a home inventory for many reasons; insurance, preparedness, planning for the future, rotation of supplies, etc. But it is often overlooked and is not really hard to do. Look a these tips and either plan to do your inventory, or update the last one you did.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Low Cost Prepping Supplies

Have you ever wondered…when is the best time to buy something? Today I have the answer. NOW! My friends Rob and Don over at Black River Outpost, long time partners with me here at The Prepared Ninja, are having an inventory blow out sale for the month of February. Not only are they having a sale, they are selling some stuff I really like!

If you want to skip my input and just check out the sale, go straight to Black River Outpost.

So I was excited to see that some of my favorite stuff made the list. You might ask why I am excited that Rob and Don are clearing out items that I claim are awesome? Two reasons:

  1. You can get some great stuff at rock bottom prices.
  2. They are making room for more awesome stuff.

It seems hard to beat.


Here are some of my favorite items that are on sale:

  1. Cold Steel Nightshade Series Push Blade II – Made out of Grivory, the latest technology in fiberglass reinforced plastic, this push blade is impervious to the elements and can be used for defensive purposes almost anywhere.
  2. Shemagh – A shemagh is one of those items that can be used for so many purposes that I think it is a prepper requirement. At 44 inches by 44 inches, think of it as a giant bandana of sorts that can be much more useful than a plain bandana.
  3. Kubaton Self Defense Keychain – At only a few bucks, I don’t see why everyone wouldn’t have one. This Kubaton is a great addition to your keychain as a layer of your security strategy. One of the advantages of this tool is that it can go almost anywhere with you because it is just a “keychain.”
  4. Deluxe Range Bag – A range bag is a nice thing to have if you are going to the gun range but they serve more purpose than that. This range bag would also make a great blow out bag, first aid kit, or small vehicle emergency kit.
  5. Wild Cat Self Defense Keychain – This is another one of those defensive weapons that doesn’t necessarily look like one and handily fits on your keychain. It’s super lightweight and at the price of a few dollars, it can’t hurt to have one for your keychain, survival kit, bug out bag, etc.
  6. Datrex 2400 Calorie Emergency Ration – These are awesome because it is a full day’s worth of calories, weighs only a pound, and are super affordable. The ration is also broken down into 12 individually wrapped bars of 200 calories each so the ration can be shared with others or spread out over more time than a single day.
  7. Sabre Pepper Spray Gel – I think pepper spray is a great item to have because it provides an alternative to lethal force. I like the gel option as well because the consistency is less likely to be dispersed and more likely to make it to your intended target.

Don’t forget that you will earn reward points for your purchase that can be used to get other gear for free AND all orders over $50 get free flat rate shipping.

I can tell you this much, you can’t lose by at least checking out the Black River Outpost Inventory Blowout Sale.

Are Smart Meters A Danger?

It seems like I have been hearing more and more about smart meters lately. I will be up front in saying that most of what I have heard is not in favor of the use of smart meters, mostly because of the fact that they can gather way too much information about you and your habits. From what I have been able to gather they are far too intrusive and risky but, like what seems to be a lot of things these days, it seems like we are not going to have much say in the matter.

Interestingly enough, if you do a Google search for smart meters, you will find more results of organizations trying to stop the usage and implementation of smart meters than anything else. That says something to me.

You might be thinking…what does this have to do with survival or preparedness? Well, I think that it ties in a couple of ways:

  1. It is important to be aware of potential dangers and threats.
  2. You should know that new technology may not be the best technology or there may at least be some merit to waiting before immediately jumping on the bandwagon.
  3. More likely than not, you need to rely on what you know to be the best decision for you and your loved ones. In many cases, others will not always have your best interests in mind.

I’ll tell you what…the more this kind of stuff happens, the more I want to disappear into a cabin up in the mountains and just escape from society. With all that being said, I don’t think that is going to happen any time soon (if at all) and I might miss a few things that modern life has to offer that is not as scary as a smart meter.

I was sent this infographic and would like to share it with you because I think there is some value in knowing the reality that we face with some of the emerging technology.

Smart Meters

How A Smart Meter Can Shut Off Your Home’s Power [Infographic] – By the team at Jones Oil

Mountain House Sale!

Prepared Ninja partner, Camping Survival is having a huge sale on Mountain House! For those that may not be familiar, Mountain House is typically considered the freeze dried food company of choice for preppers, backpackers, etc. They have a long history and are not one of these companies that have popped up to try to make a buck of the popularity of preparedness. Mountain House has been making freeze dried meals for the U.S. Army Special Forces since the 1960’s and since then has gained popularity for the flavor of the meals, the ease of preparation (add hot water and stir), and the fact that there are so many people that swear by Mountain House!

Get your Mountain House cans and pouches here.


You will also find that Mountain House foods last a LOT longer than the other freeze dried foods on the market. Most of the other companies claim a 5 year shelf life on their pouch meals as compared to 12 years for the Mountain House pouches.

Camping Survival has 72 Mountain House items marked down including their #10 cans, pouches, and bucket assortments. It is a great opportunity. Buy your Mountain House food storage before you miss out on the great selection.

If you are not convinced yet, see what some others had to say:

If you are looking for a tasty freeze-dried vendor for your next camping trip, long term storage plans or Bug Out Bag, Mountain House gets my vote.

-Pat Henry, The Prepper Journal

Like most of their meals, the Mountain House Noodles and Chicken is very tasty and a huge upgrade from the majority of the new comers in the market. The meal quickly sets up and is a hearty , you can eat it with a fork unlike some soupy entrees Iv’e had recently from Wise Foods.

-Shawn Anderson, Top Food Storage Reviews

When you are looking for quality freeze dried meals, look no further than Mountain House Freeze Dried Food.

-Freeze Dried Food Reviews

This is only a sampling of what is out there but as you can see there are some pretty good reviews. Now I think if I looked hard enough, I could find some less glamorous reviews but this is no different than any other product out there. As they say, “haters gonna hate.”

One last thing, Camping Survival is offering a free bottle of KIO3 with every purchase of $100 or more. This is a bottle of 90 FDA approved tablets of potassium iodate, the active ingredient needed to block the absorption of radiation in the thyroid following a nuclear or radiological event. This single bottle can sustain a family of four adults for 10 days following a nuclear or radiological disaster which makes it a great bonus!

 

Survival Sunday – 2/8/2015

Survival Sunday

It’s been another week and hopefully it has been productive for you. My life has been really crazy so far this year but I feel like over the last week that things have started to stabilize. Besides being a crazy year so far, things have been overall going well. I hope that you are enjoying 2015 as well. I was cruising the internet and found some great articles. I like to think that everything I do here has at least some value to somebody but I think that this week’s Survival Sunday has some extra great stuff.

Here is what I found:

SOG Tactical Tomahawk Review – I have always been curious about the quality of the various tactical tomahawks on the market. This review from Father Son Preppers of the SOG Tactical Tomahawk was very helpful in clearing up my curiosity. Not only does the review cover the quality of the tomahawk but also covers the uses for one and ends with a great hack on how to make your tomahawk as awesome as possible.

Rx: Guns – For those who are not familiar, Rx is a symbol for a prescription. Knowing that, when I saw the article titled, Rx: Guns, I was naturally curious. This is a well written article by Massad Ayoob (a firearms industry rock star!) about the appointment of the new Surgeon General and how health care ties in with firearms.

Survival Infection Control – Here is a very informative article about infection control during a survival situation by the very knowledgeable Joe Alton, M.D. (AKA Dr. Bones). What I like about it is the fact that it stresses prevention of infection. This should always be the primary treatment.

Free Resources For Preppers – This is a recent list of some great resources that are free of cost and particularly beneficial to the prepper. There are some great resources here. Number two on the list is something that I seem to always forget about.

How To Effectively Prepare Your Family For Power Grid Failure – Chris from the Bug Out Bag Guide put together a great collection of information in the article about how to prepare for a power grid failure. This is one of those articles that you could share with someone who is new to, or thinking about starting, prepping.

Will Your Moral Values Survive The End Of The World? – This is a valid question and one that I think most of us don’t really want to think about too much because we are afraid of the truth. There are going to be some rough and tough choices that have to be made if it hits the fan and taking the time to think things through now could be a big help in the long run.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Father of the AR15: The Legacy of Eugene Stoner

Father of the AR15:

The Legacy of Eugene Stoner

His name may not be as recognizable as the late Chris Kyle, but Eugene Stoner is the man behind the design of the AR-15. “American Sniper” Kyle’s autobiograpy and motion picture, depicted Kyle using a sniper variant of the AR-15. It all began in 1954 when Stoner, a World War II veteran, became the Chief Engineer of ArmaLite. Today, not only is the AR-15 extremely popular, AR15 accessories can be purchased separately so gun owners can create a fully customized rifle. It has become a favorite rifle for militaries, sportsmen, and preppers alike.

This infographic captures a synopsis of the proud history of the AR15 rifle:
AR15

The U.S. counterpart to Russian, Mikhail Kalashnakov, Eugene Stoner actually first invented the AR10 which was rejected by the U.S. military in favor of the M14 rifle. With the base design already down, the team at Armalite made some changes to the AR10 (the big one was changing the caliber from 7.62 X 51mm NATO to the 5.56 X 45mm NATO cartridge) and arrived at the final product of the AR15. This finalized design is what the U.S. military adopted as what most know as the M16 rifle. While at Armalite, Stoner also designed a survival rifle for the U.S. Air Force that was designated as the AR5 and was later upgraded to today’s AR7 Survival Rifle.

Stoner continued his work with firearms going on to work with well known firearm companies including Colt (who had purchased the rights to the AR15 from Armalite) and Knight’s Armament. He even co-founded the company ARES Incorporated where he had a few other successful firearm designs.

It is safe to say that while not only bringing us the AR15 platform of rifle, Eugene Stoner is an amazing contributor to the modern firearms industry, not only on the military side of things but the sporting side as well.

9 Meals From Chaos

9 Meals From Chaos

Yesterday I was listening to an interview featuring Jim Cobb on the Survivalist Prepper Surviving Mondays Podcast and there was a quote that really hit home for me. I am very familiar with the concept of just in time inventory and the fact that the average grocery store has only three days worth of food in stock. This is at normal buying rates and does not reflect that if there is word of a disaster, the shelves will be cleared off in a few hours. What really put this into perspective for me is that while listening to Jim’s interview with Dale and Lisa, he said that we are only nine meals away from chaos at any given time.

That statement just really hit me. When you stop and think about it, nine meals is not that many at all. It is pretty scary. The obvious solution is to make sure that you have enough food stored to not have to fall prey to the need to run out to the store when a storm is forecast. But even if you do your part, there are others who will not be prepared. I guess the answer to this falls into two parts, plant the idea of preparedness with as many people as possible and have a plan to protect what’s yours in the event anyone ever comes after it.

You can listen to Jim’s interview with Dale and Lisa by following this link to the Survivalist Prepper Podcast. If you are interested in Jim Cobb’s  books, they can be found in most major book stores or on Amazon.com. I also recently reviewed Jim’s latest book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan.

On another note, since Dale and Lisa launched the Survivalist Prepper Podcast, it has been the one podcast in the survival and preparedness arena that I listen to consistently. I think that it is the straight forward delivery style and common sense approach that I appreciate. If you are into podcasts, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a great way to break up a drive and I would much rather listen to a podcast instead of the same five songs on the radio over and over again.

Survival Sunday – 1/25/2015

Survival Sunday

Another week has come and gone. i am not sure where all the time is going but we are already in the last week of January 2015. At this rate I am not sure how I am ever going to get everything done that I need to. It would be nice if things would slow down a little bit.

While I didn’t save the world last week, I did find a few valuable nuggets of prepper information on the web. Here is what I found:

Building A Pit Greenhouse – I have seen a pit greenhouse (also known as a walipini) before and I thought it was pretty cool but I did not get a chance to see how it was put together. Andrew over at A Prepping Homestead has not only built a pit greenhouse, he documented the steps on his blog as he went! This is a great resource if you are interested in learning about another way to extend your gardening season.

Putting Together A Preparedness Binder – There are a ton of survival and preparedness blogs that advocate for the preparedness binder but Todd over at Ed That Matters has put together a great tutorial on how to put together a binder of your own. The great thing is that Todd will show you how to save everything electronically. It is a worthwhile read.

City Squirrels, The Meat You Can Eat – Meat is a vital component of the average person’s diet but in a grid down or collapse situation, the ground beef and chicken breast at the grocery store is likely going to no longer be an option. Finding a large animal as a meat source is difficult and only applicable to those outside of urban areas. This makes squirrels a go to meat source in the city. Check this article out on city squirrels and what to do with them.

The Future of Preparedness and Modern Survivalism? – For those who are not familiar with FerFAL, he lived through the economic collapse in Argentina in the late ’90’s and the first couple of years of the 21st Century. His experience offers a unique and valuable perspective on preparing for tough times. This piece is his look on what the true threats are facing the modern survivalist.

What To Do If Your Partner Thinks Prepared = Paranoid – This is a common problem in relationships, especially when it comes to prepping. Bernie at the Apartment Prepper has some great pointers on how to overcome the challenges associated with trying to prepare for difficult times when your significant other thinks you are…should we say, off the reservation?

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 1/18/2015

Survival Sunday

Well……Obviously it is no longer Sunday but even though Sunday Survival carried over to Monday, I still wanted to share some great stuff with you.

Survival

Last week I was at a conference for work all week and when combining a full time job with a full time family, the blog here is what tends to suffer. While I dislike how little I have been able to get done here lately, I hope that you can understand that I have to put my family first and that includes earning an income to support them. But even with all that responsibility, I still spent some time on the internet. Here are a few items that I discovered around the internet last week that I want to pass along to you:

Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad – Have you ever dreamed of having true freedom? I mean the kind of freedom that allows you to work where you want and spend your time with who you want? Scott over at Graywolf Survival is a wealth of knowledge, literally and figuratively, and shares some of the lessons he has learned in his quest from financial freedom.

What is a Prepper? – I think that this is a question a lot of people ask. Regardless of the reason for your inquiry, Patrick has done a great job of putting together a summary of not only what a prepper is but also what to do to become a prepper and why you would do such a thing.

Ten Things to Think About When Buying the Land for Your Homestead – Part of my dream is to have a good piece of land to call my own some day and I think the bigger, the better. With that being said, it is not something to go about blindly. Purchasing a piece of land for a retreat, homestead, or recreation can be daunting but these ten tips are incredibly useful in finding a place to call your own.

89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression – This is a fairly robust article that provides a good overall summary of the steps that one should consider when preparing for a disaster. There are a good number of finance related tips as a result of the main focus of the article, the coming economic depression but my thought is that they all apply regardless of the reason for preparing.

Anarchy: Survival Tactics To Learn From A Veteran – What I found particularly interesting about this piece from Survivopedia is the amount of thought that obviously went into it. The threat of a lawless mob roaming a city following a collapse or disaster is very real and this information could prove useful if you find yourself in the city during tough times.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 1/11/2015

Survival Sunday

How is the new year treating you? I hope that you are doing well. So far my new year has been very busy and has been overall unsettling. The last week has reinforced some of the very real threats that we face; the terror attack in Paris and ensuing hostage situation, a Boko Haram massacre in Nigeria, reports of Jews leaving France in mass numbers, and on and on I could go. There has never been a better time to be aware of what is going on in the world and get prepared for tough times.

I have been really swamped lately but I seem to always find at least a few things of value. Here are a few items that I discovered around the internet this week that I want to pass along to you:

3 in 5 Americans Don’t Have Enough Savings to Pay for Unexpected Expenses – It is no secret that I am not rich but even I can afford a $500 car repair. This highlights the importance of having a well rounded survival strategy that includes surviving financially as well as all the usual points.

11 Earthquakes Jolt North Texas in 24 Hours – Part of being prepared is knowing the threats you face. Being aware of active threats in your area is even more valuable.

Cities Nationwide Limit Sledding Over Liability Fears – I was reading about the earthquakes in Texas and saw this story. This is another demonstration of how government has quickly embraced it’s role of making decisions for everyone so that we don’t have to make them ourselves.

Totally Homestead – Check out this awesome collection of homestead related pages and links from the creator of PrepperWebsite.com.

How To Do Your Laundry By Hand – This is a skill I learned the hard way in the Army. I would recommend just reading this article and saving yourself the trouble of learning by doing. It just makes more sense.

Getting Your Family On-Board With Prepping – Having our family on board makes prepping a whole lot easier for many reasons. These are some great tips from Dave over at the Trailer Park Homesteader on how to get your loved ones in alignment with your preparedness goals.

Challenging Commonly Held Firearms Beliefs – For those of us who are familiar with the world of firearms, these are likely familiar beliefs about firearms. Chris Ray at the Prepared Christian does a fantastic job about dispelling some of the myths and reinforcing good practices of firearm ownership and self defense.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 1/4/15

Survival Sunday

Another week has come and gone and we now find ourselves in a new year. I actually spent some time last week thinking about how 15 years ago, there was great debate about whether or not we would wake up in the year 2000 with a functional infrastructure. Times change but the threat of events and people who would do us harm never seems to fade. This makes being prepared for the unexpected a prudent and wise decision.

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. It is important to me to  share what I find that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

Why I Don’t Work Out – This is a great article from Home and Farm Sense about how (what I would call) functional strength can be achieved without going to a gym. It makes a whole lot of sense to me and also provides an opportunity for the development of strength while achieving other goals at the same time. We don’t all live on farms so think of ways to make this information apply to you.

How To Buy Meat Only Twice A Year – I like this article because it applies to anyone and (almost) everyone. Vegetarians need not apply. This could be a huge money saving strategy, especially for a family.

Top 10 Prepping New Year’s Resolutions – I am not a resolutions type of person but there are nothing wrong with setting some goals in my opinion. Chris at The Bug Out Bag Guide has set up a nice outline for you to follow if you are interested in getting yourself set up for a well thought out bug out in the new year. Hopefully it is not needed. Regardless, the information is incredibly valuable.

4 Essential Ax Skills for Self-Reliance – Todd over at Survival Sherpa wrote an awesome article about the proper way to get firewood from a tree from start to finish…using an ax. This could just as easily be applied to harvesting logs for a shelter if the need arose. It is applicable information because most of us don’t have chain saws and even those who do, can’t rely on them working forever if there was a collapse.

Setting Preparedness Goals – The Preparedness Mama put together this post about setting S.M.A.R.T. preparedness goals in the new year. It is a great tool because all the goal setting in the world won’t matter if they are not attainable. There is also a free download of the SMART Goals Worksheet.

That’s a wrap for me this week. I hope that this week and your new year are blessed and prosperous. Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan is the latest book from Jim Cobb. In the book Jim covers the many aspects of urban survival, starting from assessing threats to making a plan and carrying out that plan. Don’t let the title fool you, while Urban Emergency Survival Plan is designed for the urban dweller, there is plenty of value for the non-urbanite as well.

Many of the areas in the book apply to rural survival just as well as the urban environment. After all, no matter where you go, food and water as well as shelter and security will be equally important in a survival situation. But with that said, urban areas carry several more areas of concern than other areas and Urban Emergency Survival Plan will help you in overcoming the challenges that come with being ready for an emergency in the city.

Urban Emergency Survival Plan

The first thing that struck me about the book is how easy to read it was. It is obvious to me that the book was written for a broad audience to understand the contents. I appreciate this about a preparedness book because it can actually serve the purpose of doing the most good for the greatest number of people. This is not always the case with books, even if they are supposed to be written to help people.

As I read through Urban Emergency Survival Plan, I also noticed how well thought out the content is. For example, you may be familiar with bug out bags and even the various reasons why you need one but have you ever given any thought to where is the best place to keep your bag? Jim covers this type of information and a whole lot more! From first aid to fire and pistols to procuring clean water, Urban Emergency Survival Plan has what you need. I could go on about the valuable information in the book but it might just be best for me to outline the chapters and highlight one of my favorites things about each chapter.

Chapter One – Urban Threats

The amount of effort spent on putting the book together is obvious by the extensive level of detail in the list of potential threats that may be faced by a person living in the city.

Chapter Two – Governmental Disaster Plans

Are you familiar with how the government may respond to a disaster in your area? You will be after you read this chapter.

Chapter Three – Making Emergency Plans

Do you have a plan for what you would do if you were stuck at work as the result of a disaster? Urban Emergency Survival Plan will give you the tools to make a plan in the event that you do end up stuck at work.

Chapter Four – Emergency Water

Jim covers not only how much water you should store, but how and where you should store it. There are also methods outlined on how to make water safe to drink.

Chapter Five – Food Storage

Food is expensive enough to make eating on a day to day basis a concern for many people. This further makes spending additional money on food for storage even more difficult. There are some practical strategies outlined for obtaining food affordably, not only for later but for the present as well.

Chapter Six – Sanitation, First Aid, and Shelter

Just because there is a disaster doesn’t mean that everything stops. You will need a plan to deal with bodily functions, injuries, and maintaining your shelter. It’s all here…including what the best alternative to a toilet is.

Chapter Seven – Security and Defense

There are some great pointers in this section. I was actually surprised at some of the things that Jim points out that I had not previously thought of. I also really appreciated the layered approach to security and defense that Jim lays out.

Chapter Eight – Bugging Out

Should you stay or should you go? That is the question that everyone is forced to contemplate in the wake of a disaster. Urban Emergency Survival Plan contains a number of criteria that should be considered when deciding whether to bug out or not.

After finishing the chapters that make up the bulk of the book, you will find a section of useful appendices that includes checklists for a:

  • Workplace Emergency Kit
  • Get-Home Bag
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit
  • Bug-Out Bag

These are very useful, especially for the person who is trying to put these kits together but is not sure where to start or if they are on the right path.

I also asked Jim a few questions about Urban Emergency Survival Plan and his books as well as survival in general. Here is what he had to say:

In the last three years you have written five books and have a sixth book scheduled to be released early next year, how do you manage to write books so quickly?

I’m very fortunate to have a day job that affords me a fair amount of free time each week.  In between assignments and such, I’ll work on writing or editing.  I also do some writing a few evenings each week but I try to keep that time free for family stuff.  Rarely ever do I work on writing during the weekends.  Plus, with these books I’ve always truly been writing what I know and what I’m passionate about, which helps make the writing go quicker.

Your latest book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan, is clearly focused on surviving an urban scenario. Would you rather face a survival scenario in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?

I’m a strong proponent of community-based survival planning.  I feel there is safety and strength in numbers.  However, it is sort of a balancing act because in any disaster scenario, once the immediate danger has passed, your biggest threat is likely to be other people.  Personally, I lean toward the suburban angle for the most part.  You’re far enough out from the city that you can avail yourself of natural resources, but you also have a community to work with and that can support you.

Of the choice to bug in or bug out, which is the most important to have a plan for in your opinion?

I firmly believe bugging out should be your last option, not your primary plan, for most disaster scenarios.  So, sheltering in place or bugging in would be the plan to work on first, in my opinion.  That said, you need to have a bug out plan as well, just in case.

A bug out bag (BOB) signifies that you will be going somewhere. If someone is not planning on bugging out, do you have any recommendations for how a kit should look for someone who is planning on staying in an urban area?

Every kit, whether we’re talking bushcraft survival, bug out bag, or get home bag, needs to be set up to satisfy as many of your basic survival needs as possible:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First Aid
  • Security
  • Navigation
  • Communication

An urban survival kit really isn’t that much different from one you’d use out in the wilderness.  Snares would still be useful, as there is a surprising amount of game present in cities.  Water filtration and purification gear is extremely important, of course.  Shelter needs can often be met by buildings in the area, but there are safety concerns with ducking into an abandoned structure.  You might find yourself going from a bad situation to one far worse due to the structure falling apart or suddenly learning the abandoned home is actually occupied.

Any kit needs to be assembled in such a way as to take into account the person’s individual skill sets and experience, too.

What is the most challenging part of being a prepper?

As with most people I’d guess, time and money.  Never enough of either to get everything done.

Do you find that shows like Doomsday Preppers has made it even more difficult to be a prepper because of the extreme image that is portrayed?

Yes and no.  Shows like that have certainly increased the awareness of disaster planning, which is a great thing.  I’ve heard from many people who have said it was through watching one or another of those shows that they started thinking, What if?  On the other hand, though, most of those shows go out of their way to find and profile the most extreme representatives of the group, so to speak.  While most of the audience is intelligent enough to realize not all preppers are like the ones seen on TV, every once in a while you run into someone who really does think we spend all day every day cleaning our 10,000 firearm armory and praying for the day the black helicopters come to get us.

If you had to start prepping all over again, would you do anything differently?

I don’t know, maybe.  Given the choice, knowing what I know now, I might have pursued more of the self-reliance skill sets at an earlier age.  The thing is, even though I’ve been at this for thirty years or so, I’m still learning.  I don’t know everything, no one does.  So, even though there are things I wish I’d learned earlier, that’s not to say I can’t learn them now, y’know?

What advice would you give to a new prepper?

Take it slow, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and burned out.  Try to do at least one thing every single day that will get you further down the path of disaster readiness but don’t try to do it all at once.

If you could have only five items with you at all times in the event that there were a disaster, what would they be?

Fully charged cell phone, knife, lighter, flashlight, handgun.

Besides your books, how can people follow your work?

My primary home online is Survival Weekly. There, we post articles, product reviews, book reviews, all that fun stuff.  My consulting business is found at Disaster Prep Consultants.

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/JimCobbSurvival

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/survivalweekly/

I really appreciate Jim for sending me a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan and for taking the time to answer these questions. The book is great and in my opinion, it would be a great addition to any prepper’s collection. It is full of valuable information. I also enjoyed getting to read Jim’s thoughts in response to the questions I sent him. It is always enjoyable for me to get to hear what other people’s thoughts are on survival and preparedness.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan, you can find it on Amazon or through other book retailers.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Today is the first day of 2015! I hope that everyone had a safe night last night. I chose to do what I always do which is stay safely at home with my wife and children. We did not do a whole lot. The highlight of the evening was a game of Monopoly that we didn’t even finish because we got too tired. It was 8:30 pm. I love being boring! I actually really do. Excitement is not what it is cracked up to be.

Happy New Year!

It somehow never really feels any different on the 1st of January than it does on the 31st of December but to me it signals the arrival of new opportunities. There are many reasons to be concerned about the future of the country and the world but there are also several reasons to be hopeful. We don’t have to accept things for what they are. It is possible to make a difference, even if it is just for you and your loved ones.

I am not a resolution type of guy but I am going to set some goals for myself this year. Here is what you can expect from me and The Prepared Ninja this year:

  1. Be more consistent in writing here. This has been an area where I have been slow last year, 2014 had me short on time no matter which way I turned. With the arrival of 2015, my goal is to ensure that I post an average of at least one article a week. This will be in addition to the continuation of the weekly Survival Sunday episodes.
  2. Complete my first book. I have no idea whether it will be an ebook that I put out myself or if a publisher will come knocking, either way I intend to get it done. It may be short or long, good or bad, but it will happen.
  3. Begin posting content to YouTube. I would like to put videos out so that you can get to know me better and to share the message of preparedness with a larger audience.

I am sure that there will be more ambitions along the way but this is where I stand right now. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do to make things better here on the site? I value your input and would love to hear from you.

Here’s hoping to a great year ahead and a prosperous 2015! Happy New Year!

Survival Sunday – 12/28/2014

Survival Sunday

Well….it is officially the last Sunday of the year. Where has the time gone? For a change, I don’t have much to say this week. I am just grateful for another holiday season with my family and I am looking forward to the new year.

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. It is important to me to  share anything I find that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

Your Bags Are Packed, But Are You Ready To Go? – This is a somewhat lengthy, but well thought out piece from JWR’s Survival Blog about having the realities of fear and when it is that we really should bug out.

7 Ways To Lighten Your Bug Out Bag – It doesn’t seem to matter what it is anymore, people are always looking for an “edge” and a bug out bag (BOB) is no exception. Here are 7 actionable items by Pat Henry from the Prepper Journal on how to lighten your BOB.

Do You Need To Know Outdoors Skills To Be Prepared? – Chris Ray over at the Prepared Christian really hit the nail on the head with this article. There seems to be a fantasy about survival that always involves running off into the woods to ride out the storm. Check out Chris’ thoughts on whether or not outdoors skills are necessary or not to be prepared.

Not Just Oil: Guess What Happened The Last Time Commodity Prices Crashed Like This? – I have been intrigued by the recent drop in fuel prices. Not upset by any means but interested to know what the long term outlook was for oil. In my quest for a greater understanding, I came across this insight from Michael Snyder over at the Economic Collapse Blog. It is enlightening.

Eight Times It Pays To Be A Quitter – This article is not specifically geared toward survival or preparedness but it is filled with some great life lessons. Many of these I wish I had not had to live so much life before I realized that I should have done something differently. I am optimistic though that I have done more good than anything else.

2015 Predictions – List Of – If you are looking for something to do, check out this list of various sets of predictions for the year 2015 from sites around the web as compiled by Todd Sepulveda. Most of the predictions seem to be related to economics and technology but some of them go as far as to predict zombies and the end times. Like most predictions, almost all of them are interesting.

Emergency Self-Defense – Have you ever met a Bayou Renaissance Man? Me neither! Regardless, Peter A.K.A the Bayou Renaissance Man wrote this great piece about the realities of defending yourself in an emergency. If you have not thought long and hard about how you would handle a home invasion, especially if you are a gun owner…you need to read this.

Those are my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope that you are enjoying your day and get at least one chance to sit down, relax, and reflect on the true meaning of today.

This year was a little different for my family. As our sons get older we have reached the point that the gifts seem to be more expensive so there are fewer of them. While it takes less time to open presents, which I enjoy, I am already missing the days where they would be thrilled with a one dollar matchbox car.

I am also grateful for the chance to spend time with my wife and sons while relaxing a little bit. There has been so much going on the last few months that it just seems like I can never keep up with it all. So I guess that it almost goes without saying that it is nice to have a day off. If you are working today, thank you for sacrificing your time to serve others.

Merry Christmas 2014 from the Miller Family to yours!

Survival Sunday – 12/21/2014

Survival Sunday

It’s the last Sunday before Christmas! I am sure that makes you either excited, anxious, or both. Regardless of where you stand with your holiday preparations, I hope that your week has gone well and you find yourself better prepared for any potential difficult times.

Preparedness

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

 The Downside To Investing In Precious Metals – This is a great article from a blog that is new to me, The Deliberate Agrarian. I don’t ever really see many people say not to invest in precious metals but Herrick really makes some great points here. From taking a look around at some of his other articles, it looks like there is a ton of great material on his site.

Even More Reasons You Are Not Crazy For Prepping – In case you were not already convinced that prepping might be a good idea, here are 20 reasons from Preparing With Dave. I think my favorite reasons was number 9 which is, “People have lost so much general character, that are protesting the harming of harmful people, and causing violence and destruction in memory of their criminal and thuggish lives.” It makes sense to me.

This Is What a Currency Collapse Looks Like – Here is a snapshot from those who have been there, and done that, about what a financial collapse looks like when a currency has the bottom drop out. While I hope to never see that happen, it is good to have some historical perspective on what this looks like.

Most Popular Clever Uses and MacGyver Tips of 2014 – This is a list from the website lifehacker about some of the most ingenious ways to make your life easier. I think my favorite hack was how to use a broken metal fork as a quick door lock.

6 Skills Every Suburban Homesteader Needs – I particularly liked the 6 skills article because while it is written for the suburban homesteader, it is applicable to anyone who is interested in living a self-sufficient lifestyle.

DIY: Make Your Own Shoot-and-See Targets – I think every shooter is familiar with the targets that highlight the area where a bullet penetrated the target. The problem is that these targets usually cost a couples of bucks each. This tutorial makes it possible to make your own shoot-and-see targets of only a fraction of the price.

Those are my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 12/14/14

Survival Sunday – 12/14/14

I want to start this weeks segment of Survival Sunday by apologizing for missing last week’s installment. Life seemed to be leaving me less time than I needed to get everything done last week. I will cover one thing that I wanted to include had I done Survival Sunday last week.

The 7th of December, 1941 was the day that the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and marked the entrance of the United States into the Second World War. I had the distinct honor and privilege of hearing the firsthand story of Brigadier General (Ret.) Robert Hardaway, an Army surgeon who was at the Schofield Barracks hospital when the attacks occurred that morning. He told us that he heard the sounds of the planes outside and when he looked, he saw so many airplanes that they could not all be counted. When he noticed the way the warbirds were painted, he told his wife that it was probably a training exercise where U.S. planes had been painted. Obviously that was not the case. He went on to perform surgery on dozens of casualties for the next 48 hours, even covering his head with a blanket and using a flashlight when a blackout order was issued. His story was absolutely amazing. It saddens me to think that we are running out of time with these amazing veterans who endured more than we could ever imagine. If you want to read about some heroes, check out the stories of America’s Greatest Generation.

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Here are the things that I found this last week for today’s edition of Survival Sunday:

15 Brilliant Uses For Buckets – Buckets are great for everything! These are some great uses for buckets, regardless of whether you are experiencing a disaster or not. I enjoyed reading this list because I had not heard of some of these uses for buckets before.

Bugging In vs Bugging Out: How To Decide In An Emergency – The decision on whether to bug in or bug out in an emergency is a huge sticking for almost everyone that has considered it. There are the extremists who think that no matter what, they will always either bug in or bug out but there are those who are somewhere in the middle. The moderates if you will. I tend to be a moderate. This article will give you some food for thought and a few pointers if you ever find yourself needing to decide which direction is right for you.

How To Make A Homemade Long Bow With Wood From The Hardware Store – This is a great tutorial from Dale at Survivalist Prepper on how he made a long bow using wood that he got at his local hardware store. I read Dale’s article a while back but kept forgetting to share it. If you enjoy doing projects, this might be a good survival related project to do. The results are great and I will be honest, I am thinking about making my own. If you have not already, make sure to check out Dale’s podcast. It is one of my favorites and a great source of preparedness information.

30 Reasons To Carry A Handkerchief – There are some pretty well known reasons to carry a handkerchief, especially in the event of a survival situation. Here are 30 of those reasons. My take is that there are just too many uses and handkerchiefs are too light and compact to not have at least a few of them in all of your kits.

Custom Made Bullet Casing Earbuds – This is exactly what it sounds like…a set of earbud headphones that are made with a set of bullets casings. While not a practical prep, they are ridiculously cool! They would also make a great gift.

33 Brilliant Non-Traditional Preps – Here is another great article from Gaye over at Backdoor Survival. The regular list of preparedness items seems to be about the same no matter where you see it. This list is a few of the items you don’t typically hear about but would be great to include in your preparedness plans.

What Makes You A Prepper? – This is an interesting article from the Florida Hillbilly about what exactly makes someone a prepper. Using a personal experience, DB shares what it is exactly that does or doesn’t make someone a prepper.

Those are my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Food Storage Hacks

Food Storage Hacks

Access to food and nutrition is not only a human need, it is a right.  It must not only be accessible, but also sufficient, safe and affordable.  Unfortunately, this right has turned into a privilege for people living in poverty who have limited access to food.  The disruption of food production and distribution are also causes for hunger and malnutrition worldwide.  Food shortage in this respect is usually caused by natural disasters like calamities, drought, and floods and also by manmade disasters such as war and conflict.

Scientists from the Stanford University and the University of Washington estimate that half of the world is at risk of facing severe food shortages by the end of the century because of changing weather patterns.  They estimate a 20 to 40% reduction in harvest of dietary staples like rice.  With the world population expected to double by 2100 and agricultural land expected to deplete, food shortage becomes even more likely.

Food Storage Hacks

This is the reason why the United States Civil Defense is already recommending the creation of a food storage program wherein a family stores food and drink adequate for a two-week period.  Man cannot control calamities and disasters but human beings can be taught to prolong the shelf life of food.  It is good to have your own survival food storage guide that will come in handy in times of emergencies. This will not only serve as emergency food supply but also a way to inspire future generations to always be ready.  Below are several food storage hacks to keep food from rotting too fast and have it stay fresher for longer.

Paper Towel Treatment for Veggies

Whether air-dried or placed in a refrigerator, vegetables do not usually maintain freshness for a week.  An effective food storage tip is placing a paper towel in the bag where your veggies are to be stored.  The paper towel will soak up extra moisture to prevent rot.  For greens like lettuce, make sure the bag or container is closed but for zucchini, cucumber and beans leave the bag open.  For fresh herbs, wrap a moist paper towel around them to keep them fresh for a longer period.

Two Is Better Than One

Even in food storage, it is better with a partner.  For example, if you have an avocado leftover already cut in half, place it in an airtight container with a piece of cut up onion.  The gases from the red onion that make your eyes burn also prevent oxidation.  This will keep an already sliced avocado from browning for at least five days.  Onion works for guacamole, too.

Keep your potatoes from sprouting by storing them with an apple.  The ethylene gas from apples does the trick.  By doing this, potatoes stay firm and sprout-free for eight weeks.

Tossing a slice of apple or orange peel in brown sugar will prevent it from hardening.  Adding a few marshmallows can also keep brown sugar clump free.  Celery and bread also go well together.  Put the loaf in a plastic bag with a fresh celery stick and leave it overnight.  The celery stick gives off humidity that the bread can absorb to keep giving it fresher taste and bounce.

Vinegar for Berries

Give your strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries a sour bath using one cup of white vinegar and three cups of water as solution.  The pH level of the vinegar kills spores and bacteria and gives the fruits longer shelf life.  Rinse them thoroughly and put them in a container lined with paper towels.  Make sure to leave the lid slightly open to avoid moisture build-up.

Storage for Ages

Aside from airtight containers, those brown paper bags are also good for food storage.  Punch holes on a bag and put your onions and garlic.  They will remain fresh for three months. Using an old panty hose to hang your onions is also a good trick.  They can last for as long as eight months.  Keeping diced herbs like celery sticks in a plastic bottle will also let it retain its freshness.

Use a vacuum sealer to lengthen the shelf life of many food items whether for the pantry or the fridge.

It’s in the Tip

Wrapping the stem of bananas with plastic wrap will keep them from ripening too fast.  Removing the stem of tomatoes and storing them topside down will prevent them from going bad.  Cutting the tip of red chilies also keep them fresher for a month longer.  After you cut the tips, rinse them in cold water, dry them, and place them in a sealed container in the fridge.  Cut your herbs like you would flowers and throw them in a jar of water.  Put a plastic bag above them to keep them fresh.

The Rule for Leftovers

When there is a strong typhoon and you can’t get out of the house for a day or two, tendency is your leftovers become your emergency survival food.  Anticipate this and store your leftovers properly.  Put them in airtight containers or wraps.  Divide them into small containers so they will cool faster. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of cooking and don’t stuff the ref too full because cool air needs to circulate to keep food at safe temperature.

Freeze to Extend Shelf life

Frozen food is also good for food stock in case of emergencies.  Freeze meat for a 50% longer shelf life.   Wrap meat in aluminum foil before putting in a container or plastic wrap and throwing them in the freezer.  The foil is good for a month’s storage.

To Freeze or Not To Freeze

The freezer is a food storage buddy.  However, remember that not everything should be stored in the fridge.  Aside from raw poultry and meat, butter, margarine, most bread, milk, and raw pastry are great for freezing.  On the other hand, vegetables with high water content such as lettuce and bean sprouts go limp in the fridge.  Soft herbs go brown, egg-based sauces like mayonnaise separate and curdle.  Yogurt and cottage cheese go watery.  Better to store them in room temperature.

Still Best After

As a general rule, obey expiration dates.  However, it is a relief to know that in times of emergencies, there are foods you can consume even if they are past the best before dates.  According to the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic, nine out of 10 Americans waste food due to confusion over expiration date.  Note that the printed date is the manufacturer’s suggestion for when the food is at its freshest, not when it is unsafe.

Canned goods lead the pack when it comes to survival food kits.  Extend and even double their shelf life by storing them in a cool, dark place.  Frozen food also usually last longer than their expiration dates.  Packaged greens are okay for as long as they are not decaying.  Soak your lettuce in ice-cold water to restore some of its freshness.  For as long as dry goods like crackers and chips do not smell odd and funny, you may re-crisp them in the oven.

Aside from the food in your 72-hour survival kit, remember that there are food storage hacks you can do everyday to keep your produce and groceries longer in the shelf and keep from wasting good food.

Fire Bag Giveaway!

Fire Bag Giveaway!

It’s time for another giveaway! This week I am pleased to be a part of a giveaway for a Fire Bag and Thumb Drive Cover. It may sound a little different but that is because it is. This would be a great bag to keep handy in the event you needed to bail from the house because of a fire or if you work in a higher risk profession where your personal items need additional protection. The material the fire bag and thumb drive cover are made from is fire resistant and allows the owner to carry documents, precious metals, or other valuables out of harm’s way.

fire bag
ZquaredAway is kindly sponsoring this giveaway for the Prescott Fire Resistant Bag. ZquaredAway manufactures and sells a line of protective covers for home archival use. These patent pending bags have triple layered covers that will protect against flame, smoke, heat and the water application used to mitigate most house fires. Their motto “Fire Fighter Gear For What You Hold Dear” serves to protect many archival items and keepsakes to include wedding albums, emergency binders with important documents such as passports and birth certificates, scrapbooks, collections such as baseball cards, thumb drives, family home movies, baby books, genealogy documents, and much more. The Prescott Fire Resistant Bag, their largest cover is an ideal carrier for any prepper’s “grab and go” binder. These covers are manufactured in the U.S. and are currently sold on Amazon.com.Today’s giveaway includes The Prescott Fire Resistant Bag and the Outer Bank Thumb Drive Cover.

This Prescott Fire Resistant Bag and the Outer Banks Thumb Drive Cover is a sponsored giveaway and open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Dec.5th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Friday, Dec.12th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Cyber Monday Survival Deals

Cyber Monday Survival Deals

The Monday after Black Friday has become known as Cyber Monday, a day where online retailers can post their best prices of the year. This offers online businesses the chance to boost annual revenues similar to their brick and mortar counterparts. For preppers, most suppliers and retailers of preparedness products are mostly online which make Cyber Monday the best opportunity to stock up at rock bottom prices!

Prepared Ninja partner, Black River Outpost is running a huge sale for Cyber Monday. There was just one problem, Rob and Don couldn’t quite wait all the way until Monday and have launched their sale a little early. If you are seeing this post, you can take advantage of their amazing Cyber Monday sale!

Here is a preview of some of the almost 200 items that are on sale:

Mayday 400 Calorie Food Bars – $1.23 Each, These have a shelf life over 5 years, weigh only a few ounces, and store well; even in ridiculous conditions.

3 LED Dynamo Squeeze Flashlight – ONLY $1.50!!! That is obscene! This is my favorite flashlight. At this price, you should buy at least four of them. You will not regret it!

Wild Cat Self Defense Keychain – $3.80,  This thing is cool and well over 50% off of retail! It would be a great defensive tool for anyone and will go a lot of places you would never even get a knife.

Datrex 2400 Calorie Emergency Ration – $3.45, This is an entire days worth of calories in one package. There are 12 bars individually wrapped and sealed in a foil package. They have a 5 year shelf life and store well, even in harsh conditions. There is a reason they are US Coast Guard approved!

Emergency Outdoor Double-Sided Mattress – $6.95, This is an awesome mattress for survival. I have seen similar mattresses sell for $20. At only half of a pound, it is perfect to attach to your bug out bag.

Spark One-Handed Fire Starter – $6.94, This is a sweet fire starter that frees up a hand. Instead of requiring two hands, you only need one which makes starting a fire so much easier. It also creates plenty of spark.

Live Fire Sport – Emergency Fire Starter – $3.76, This is the perfect item to accompany your one-handed fire starter! At less than an ounce, capable of burning 15 minutes or more, and featuring a slidable lid; the Live Fire Sport can be used more than once!

Streetwise Security Door Stop Alarm – $7.33, This would be a great gift for someone who travels or as a back-up alarm. It is a 120dB alarm that is ultra portable and runs off of only one 9 volt battery.

Gerber Gorge Folding Shovel – $13.95, A must have for the car, this shovel would also be great for a camping kit. This versatile tool is a steal at over 50% off.

Operators Field Bag – $19.95, A great bag for a go bag or blow out kit. It could be used by an operator or the layperson alike. It would also be an ideal bag to keep in the trunk or under your desk at work.

Czech M10 Gas Mask – $17.95, This is a smokin’ price for a gas mask! New and unissued, it would be great to have just in case things fall apart.

Adventure Medical Ultralight & Watertight .9 – $23.54, This is the perfect med kit for any survival kit or the glove box.

Israeli Civilian Gas Mask – $24.95, This is another super deal for a new and unissued gas mask.

Grand Trunk Double Parachute Hammock – $36.95, This is a great hammock that barely weighs a pound and will hold up to 400 pounds. It would be a good match for a bug out bag or wilderness survival kit.

Wise Foods 120 Serving Breakfast Only Bucket – $140.92, This bucket has 120 serving of three different breakfast cereals that will last up to 25 years! It would be a great start or addition to a food storage program.

These are only a few of the items. Check them all out here to see what else Black River Outpost is practically giving away!

Don’t forget, all orders over $50 come with free flat rate shipping and purchased items qualify for loyalty points.

Survival Sunday – 11/30/14

Survival Sunday – 11/30/14

It is the last day of November! Where has the year gone? It seems like time just flies by, except for when I am at my real job. Which reminds me, today is Sunday. This means another week has come and gone so I will share what I found on the web last week in the way of preparedness and survival tidbits. It also means that I have to go to work tomorrow. (Insert semi-audible grumble here.)

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know that I enjoyed my time with my family and friends. It also seems to be the event that happens every year that actually makes me feel like Christmas is on the way. Believe it or not, all of the early decorating and premature playing of Christmas music by retailers does not do the trick.

We already got our fabulously fake Christmas tree put up.

Christmas Tree

It helps a little bit but I dislike the fact that we have a fake tree. Sometimes economics justifies needing to make a decision that we don’t always prefer. As a plus, there is no need to water or sweep up pine needles all the time. Enough about that. On with the show!

Survival Sunday

Here are the things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

20 Best Camping/Survival Gift Ideas For Kids – This is a great list of gift ideas for the little prepper in your life from Graywolf Survival. And don’t worry…while you may shoot your eye out, the classic Red Ryder BB gun does not make an appearance on this list. I actually think that it should be so I will say that I would add a BB or pellet gun to the list. They are a great tool to teach a youngster the basics of firearms and fundamentals of gun safety. Here is the model that I grew up with.

5 Tips To Cure Nature Deficit Disorder In Your Child – Todd at Survival Sherpa put together this great article about getting kids back out in nature. I personally believe this is something that should be a priority. There are many problems that we face with our youth that could potentially be addressed by a little time outside. This is a practice that probably shouldn’t be limited to just children!

Why Professionals Don’t “Shoot To Wound” – This is a great summary of why armed encounters by professionals like police officers and soldiers go the way they do. I would add that from a personal defense standpoint, you should not shoot to wound because a dead assailant no longer a threat. Period.

The Preparedness Review – Tomorrow is the launch of the next edition of The Preparedness Review. This is a downloadable and printable collection of some of the best preparedness and survival related material available. Make sure that you check it out. You will be missing out on a valuable resource if you do not.

It’s not a whole lot, but this wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

What did you find last week that everyone could benefit from?

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

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Black Friday & Happy Thanksgiving

Black Friday & Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I look forward to Thanksgiving every year. It is a great time to eat some awesome food, spend time with those I love, and remember everything we are thankful for. I hope that each and every one of you is having a great day, some great food, even better company, and most importantly…something to be thankful for.

This year I am very thankful for:

  • My life and health.
  • My wife and sons.
  • Supportive parents and family.
  • A way to provide for those I love.
  • The Prepared Ninja and YOUR support!

Y’all mean a lot to me! And it means a lot that you are willing to spend your time with me here at The Prepared Ninja. I hope it is helpful.

So if today is Thanksgiving, that makes tomorrow the ominous, yet somehow greatly anticipated, Black Friday. There used to be only two types of Black Friday shoppers, those who were and those who were not. I would have to say that there are now more than that; those who shop in store, shop online, both, or none of the above. As a result of multiple combat deployments and the annual trampling deaths, I choose to do some online shopping if there is something that I am in need of and/or desire. What is great is that this year there are some great deals being offered! Including some great stuff from my Prepared Ninja partners.

Camping Survival is running a Black Friday sale on ALL of their fish and bird antibiotics. For those who are not familiar, fish and bird antibiotics are manufactured in the same facilities and by the same people who make the antibiotics you would get from your family doctor. All they do is put the same medication in different packages. One package says something along the lines of send to the pharmacy and charge people a lot of money for it and the other one is for the pet store. Check out their great prices!

Black Friday

Have you heard of Conflicted, the game? I am excited to have partnered with JD from Conflicted to offer you all a smokin’ deal for Black Friday on this awesome game for preppers, by preppers. For those who are not familiar, Conflicted puts the players into the role of the leader of a survival or bugout group and allows the players to discuss their courses of action when faced with a myriad of survival scenarios. It is also specifically named Conflicted because that is exactly where you will find yourself when evaluating what you will do when forced to survive. Follow this link to get an awesome deal on Conflicted.

Black Friday

So that is what I will be purchasing tomorrow for Black Friday. I also have my eye on a generator that is more than half off at Sam’s Club. Just remember to stay safe and be aware of the situations in which you find yourself.

The sales don’t stop there, be on the look out for some other great deals coming up on Cyber Monday!

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