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.

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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.

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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!

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!

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!

Forgetful Am I!

Forgetful Am I!

(In my best Yoda voice.)

There are days where I really wish that I had better memory and concentration. Oh wait! That is every day. Some day I hope that this will change, but in the mean time I will just have to keep chugging along and do the best I can. Until it does get better, my wife will constantly remind me of how forgetful I am. If for some reason she forgets, my kids will pick up the slack and say something. At any rate, I meant to mention something yesterday in my weekly Sunday Survival that I failed to do.

Prepared Ninja partner, Black River Outpost has put together a great opportunity to get a LifeStraw Water Filter for less than $20 with free shipping and a bonus of 10 feet of premium, 7 strand paracord (the real deal). This is an additional value of anywhere from $5 and up depending on where you are at in the world.

Forgetful

For those who are not familiar with the LifeStraw, it is the perfect water filter to throw in your kit, keep in the car, or to even have one in your desk drawer in case the poo hits the spinning thing. It is not necessary to even have a container to put your water in! The LifeStraw can be placed right into any water source and clean, potable water can be sucked right out. It is only a couple of ounces and can be easily stashed just about anywhere.

I think the question now is, so why make a big deal about a little water filter? I’ll tell you why. The LifeStraw is already a smokin’ deal at $20 and then to add free shipping AND 10 feet of free cordage is too good to pass up. This bonus package will also not be around forever. Get your LifeStraw deal today before it is too late!

Plus if you wait, you may end up forgetting. Let me tell you, it rarely pays to be forgetful!

Check out the rest of the particulars about the LifeStraw:

  • Surpasses EPA guidelines for E. coli, Giardia (beaver fever), and Cryptosporidium oocysts, and many others.
  • Reduces water turbidity, filters particles of approximately 0.2 microns.
  • Filters up to 264 gallons (1000 liters) of contaminated water per manufacturer.
  • Contains no chemicals. Does NOT contain iodinated resin (iodine): safe for your thyroid gland. BPA-free.
  • Will not allow water to flow when it reaches capacity.
  • The choice of NGOs for worldwide humanitarian relief since 2005. A portion of sales goes to support clean water projects worldwide.
  • No after-taste. LifeStraw® has no after-taste, since no chlorine, iodine or other chemicals are used.
  • No waiting time. You can drink from your LifeStraw right away. There is no need to wait for water to drip or chemicals to act.
  • 5-year shelf life: Can be stored and used periodically. The shelf life is not reduced if the LifeStraw is used occasionally and then put back in storage.
  • LifeStraw® meets or exceeds EPA standards for efficacy. LifeStraw® was successfully assessed in laboratory conditions (harsher conditions than what is required by the EPA in terms of turbidity and organic matter), up to 1600 liters (approximately 160% of design life). Independent testing at the University of Arizona showed that LifeStraw® exceeds the EPA requirements of LOG 6 reduction for bacteria and LOG 3 reduction for protozoan parasites. Bacteria removed include: Escherichia coli (“E. Coli”), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholerae (“Cholera”), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Shigella, Salmonella. Protozoa removed include: Giardia lamblia (“Beaver Fever”), Cryptosporidium parvum (“Crypto”), Entamoeba histolytica.

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/23/2014

Survival Sunday On The Web

Another week has come and gone and I am still here. That is a good thing I believe. My wife hasn’t told me otherwise anyway! I had a busy week trying to balance all of my commitments which makes it hard to focus on getting prepared. This can be a challenge we all face, not just with preparedness but with life in general. I hope that you all are doing well and have had a great week.

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:

Gag Gifts For Preppers: The 2014 Holiday Guide – Dan from the Daily Prep put together a holiday gift guide that has some pretty interesting ideas because he looks at it from a gag gift angle. There are some pretty interesting and funny ideas here but don’t worry, there are some legitimate ideas too. The one thing I noticed was missing was dehydrated water.

Peasant Bread: The Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make – I have not had the chance to try this recipe yet but it looks delicious and fairly simple to make. It will be added to my recipe inventory.

What Prepping Supplies Do I Need – Bug Out Bags – This is a great list from Dale over at Survivalist Prepper about the basics of supplies to include in your bug out bag. It is not a one size fits all list but it is a great foundation for putting a bag together.

How Do I Store That? Powdered Milk – Food storage is important but it is not always straight forward. This is great information from Preparedness Mama on the storage and repacking of powdered milk for storage.

4 Questions To Ask When Prioritizing Emergency Preparedness Goals – It can be hard to decide when to do what or what to do when. Angela from Food Storage and Survival has put together a few questions that everyone should answer when setting and prioritizing their survival and emergency preparedness goals.

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!

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 & WaterBrick Giveaway

There is another great giveaway this week! I’ve teamed up with the Prepared Bloggers and EarthEasy to give away some food and waterbricks. Check out the details below.

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FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway!

Eartheasy.com has graciously agreed to sponsor a pre-Thanksgiving Giveaway to one of our loyal readers so they can get their food and water storage off the ground! Today you get the opportunity to win FOUR waterbricks and FOUR foodbricks! The WaterBricks can hold up to 3.5 Gallons of water, and are sturdy enough to stack up to 4 feet tall. They are small enough to slide under a bed, and light enough (even when full) to be easily carried with their handy handle. The FoodBricks are the same size as the waterbrick, but they are specifically designed to pack, stack, and store food. They interlock and stack perfectly with the waterbricks. Both bricks are made of heavy, durable, BPA-free food grade plastic. Food and WaterBricks are perfect for preparedness, disaster relief, or any outdoor activity like boating, rafting, camping, tailgating, and more, and you can enter to win your very own set of EIGHT food and waterbricks (4 of each) today!

Meet the Bloggers Involved

The Busy B Homemaker
Home Ready Home
The Prepared Ninja
Living LIfe in Rural Iowa
Prepared Housewives
Food Storage and Survival
Blue Yonder Urban Farms
The Rural Economist
Abundant Living with Less
Are We Crazy or What?
The 7 P’s Survival Blog
Prepared in Every Way
Preparedness Mama
Stop Existing and Start Living
The Tattooed Homestead
Apartment Prepper
Homestead Lady
Trailer Park Homesteader
The Easy Homestead
Fabulous Farm Girl
Little Blog on the Homestead

Terms and Conditions

This FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway is sponsored by Eartheasy.com, and is 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 Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 am (CST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 23th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (CST). 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!

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Sunday Survival On The Web – 11/16/14

Survival Sunday On The Web

Happy Sunday! This week has been pretty busy and left me a little short on the preparedness finds but I did discover a few things that will hopefully add some value for you all.

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:

4 Life-Saving Tips For Vehicle Preparedness – I know that I am guilty of most often assuming that I will be at home if a disaster were to hit. This is not always the case. Besides home and work, most of my remaining time is spent in the car. This makes having a plan for survival on the road not only necessary but probably pretty smart. Check out these tips from Patrick Blair over at Survival at Home.

How To Build A Sturdy Takedown Bucksaw – This is a project that I have seen before but this tutorial from Todd at Survival Sherpa is the best. A bucksaw is a mandatory piece of equipment to have on hand anyway and can be a make or break in a survival situation. If you are not too handy or would prefer to not build your saw, check out this 21″ Sven Saw that breaks down for easy inclusion in your bag or kit.

Keep Your Power Out Supplies Together – This is a project that we have undertaken at our house but this article takes it to a whole new level. Our black out kit consists of the bare essentials to see in the dark. This article is awesome and will have you doing everything in the dark!

Getting Preps Ready For Winter – This is an article that has some great information about getting ready for winter as a prepper. I will be honest though, it is also just a great reminder to see this info from a preparedness perspective because it is a great reminder. We need to remember to not only obtain the skills and equipment that we need to be prepared but maintain them as well.

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!

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!

James Rawles from Survivalblog.com – Q & A

Q & A With James Rawles From Survivalblog.com

I recently wrote a review of Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles (JWR for short) and as part of that review I was provided the opportunity to ask a few questions of JWR. (Like a bonehead, I forgot to include the Q & A with my review post.) This was both an honor and a daunting task for me. What I mean by that is that Mr. James Rawles is with certainty, one of the foremost authorities on modern survival. I wasn’t sure at first what I was going to ask him. Of course I had about 100 questions I wanted to ask him but I wanted them to be questions that may be able to help you all as readers of The Prepared Ninja. For those of you who may not be familiar with James Rawles, he is the founder of survivalblog.com, a preparedness consultant, and an expert on all things modern survival.

James Rawles

I hope you enjoy his insight:

1. Expatriates is in part, the story of a family living in the Philippines and a man living in Australia, all Americans, who are forced to ride out a global collapse abroad. If you were forced to choose a location out of the United States to live, where would you go?

I’d much rather stay here, but if forced to move, I would consider Belize, Uruguay, Chile, or perhaps some of the less populous small islands in the central Philippines.

2. While many of us would argue that the United States is slipping away from our roots, what makes the U.S. a great place to weather the storm if there were a disaster?

Our diverse economy, our rich natural resources, livable climate, and the fact that we are a net food exporter.

3. What surprises you most about the success you have achieved with Survival Blog and your books?

The market longevity of my books has amazed me. For example, my nonfiction book How To Survive The End of the World as We Know It has been in Amazon.com’s top 3,000 books for five years, and it is still ranked #4 in their Survival and Emergency Preparedness category. In a book market where most titles go out of print within 18 months, my books have had remarkably long legs.

4. If you could go back to the beginning and start prepping all over again, what is the primary thing you would do differently?

I would get an earlier start at growing fruit and nut trees. They do take a long time to reach their full potential.

5. Of the many items that are considered essential to being prepared for difficult times, what is the item that is most important to really do your homework on prior to purchasing and is worthwhile to spend the extra money for the highest quality?

Water filter quality ranges from abysmal to outstanding. Do your homework, folks!

6. As a parent, did you find it challenging to get your children involved in survival and preparedness?

No. It is part of our lifestyle. The challenge for us is getting our kids to understand the unprepared mindset of outsiders.

7. What are some pointers that you could provide to other parents that are interested in getting their children more involved in preparedness?

Make prepping and self-sufficiency fun for kids. It should not be seen as drudgery. Encourage your kids to excel in areas where they show a particular interest. For example, two of our kids really enjoy riding our horses.

8. As a veteran I have found that my military service revealed a side of our government that I was not previously familiar with, and not in a good way. Do you find that your military service motivated you to ensure that you were the best prepared that you could be?

Yes, my working in intelligence enlightened me about the vulnerability of western societies. I also gained a full appreciation of the effectiveness of weapons of mass destruction, and precision guided munitions. That was all the more reason to move to a remote, lightly populated region. I don’t want to end up “down range” of any of those weapons!

9. Do you believe that the average person can actually be prepared to survive the majority of threats that we face?

Absolutely. While there is no absolute “ultra safe place”, simply prepping while living in the suburbs will give people a substantially better chance of survival in most scenarios.

10. What advice do you have for someone who is reading this interview but has not taken any steps to get prepared for the tough times ahead?

Take the time to read SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies.

I really appreciate Mr. James Rawles taking the time to share his thoughts on survival and the current global environment. Hopefully it was helpful for you all. If you haven’t read them already, make sure to check out all of JWR’s books (available online and at most major book retailers). They are all great!

Veterans Day 2014 – Always Remember

Happy Veterans Day 2014!

I just wanted to say that I hope everyone has enjoyed their Veterans Day 2014 today. It is a time to have fun and hopefully get a respite from work as we celebrate the sacrifices that have been made by the uniformed service members of the United States.

Veterans Day 2014
My 2nd Tour in Iraq, 2005-2006

This is a special day to me because I made the choice to serve my country and to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. This has come at a price. There are many days that I missed with my wife and kids. Christmas and birthdays came and went and I was in the middle east just hoping for the chance to call and wish them a Merry Christmas or happy birthday. But even as hard as that was, there are many of my friends, brothers and sisters in arms, who have come back missing a part of themselves.

There is nothing wrong with having a good time today. In fact, I am making the best of my day by grilling hamburgers with my family and friends. My hope though is that you will all take the chance today to at least pause for a moment and think about everyone out there who has gone above and beyond so that we can live the life we have.

I also wanted to share a little bit of what the Department of Veterans Affairs has to say about the history of Veterans Day.

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and

Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

To read the entire history, visit the VA webpage.

It is important to know why we take this time of remembrance. Please make sure to share the true meaning of Veterans Day with your kids. I hope that you all have a great day!

Thank you for celebrating Veterans Day 2014 with me!

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/9/14

Survival Sunday On The Web

It’s Sunday again and hopefully everyone’s week treated them well! One of the things that is on my mind as I go into this next week is Veteran’s Day and how the sacrifices of the few make such a tremendous difference for the majority. This is a sacrifice that comes at a great price. Even those of us who made it home without physical wounds still live every day with the memories of what we have done and seen. Make sure to thank a Veteran for everything that they have done for us and our country.

Survival SundayThe 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 Psychology of Survival – Because Sometimes Prepping Just Isn’t Enough – I think there is something to be said about the mental aspect of prepping. There are a myriad of situations where you can have all the gear and training in the world but if your mind isn’t right, none of that may matter. This is some great insight into survival and how psychology plays a huge part.

Personal Protective Equipment For Biological Agents – There has been no shortage of news about Ebola and how it is becoming a global outbreak. This article covers personal protective equipment (PPE) that will work for not only Ebola but any sort of pandemic or outbreak. Not only are the various pieces of equipment covered but so are the levels of protection.

Reasons To (And Not To) Keep Chickens – Chickens are part of what I would like to implement into my long term survival strategy. I just need to get to a place where I can do it. Here are a few reasons to keep chickens if you are thinking about it and also a few reasons not to choose to keep chickens. It is good info to have if you are on the fence about it.

How To Wear a Bullet Proof Vest Correctly – This is another example of how having the right gear will only work to its maximum efficiency if it is correctly worn. There is also a chance to win a set of free body armor.

Why You Should Learn Wilderness Survival Skills – To be a well-rounded prepper it is imperative to know a variety of skills and this includes wilderness survival skills. Check this piece out on some of the reasons that you should learn these skills if you are not already convinced. This is actually the area that got me started into prepping. Just to be clear, I meant well-rounded in the sense of being experienced in a broad spectrum of skills, not just eating too much at the buffet. (Insert lame laughter here.)

Six Preparedness Tips For The Mobility Challenged – This is some great advice not just from the perspective of dealing with those who are already dealing with these challenges but because this is something that could happen to any one of us in a disaster situation. Plan for it now and it won’t be a game ender later.

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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18 Reasons Not To Suture A Wound

18 Reasons Not To Suture A Wound

Sutures, most commonly known as stitches, are the single most familiar method used to close a wound of any significance. It doesn’t seem to matter if it was a playground accident or a bar fight, there are many injuries that rely on being sewn (sutured) shut to promote healing and provide a pleasant looking end result. Not only because of their effectiveness but the level of appeal that sutures have, it seems that any wound that is serious in appearance warrants sutures in the eye of the person who does not know any better.

Suture

While there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of different types of lacerations and wounds that get sutured, there are many reasons NOT to suture a wound. This part can be tricky because when a wound is really long, deep, or both; it can seem like the only right thing to do is to close it up with sutures. This is not always the appropriate choice and the distinction is important to be able to make. This is especially true in a survival situation where further care may not be available within a reasonable distance, if at all.

Here are some of the most common reasons that a wound should not be sutured (contraindications):

  1. Any wound that is more than six hours old.
  2. A wound that is dirty with severe contamination that requires extensive cleaning or debridement.
  3. Some concave skin surfaces like the temple is best healed through secondary intention (natural healing).
  4. Complex structures like the eyelid require complicated repair and should not be closed.
  5. Damaged tissue, especially in severe wounds, crush injuries, and gunshot wounds.
  6. Any bite wounds whether from an animal or a human.
  7. All open fractures.
  8. Absorbable sutures should not be used where prolonged approximation (joining) of tissue under stress is required due to risk of potential tearing of the tissues.
  9. If the patient is set to go on a long journey/prolonged travel.
  10. All wounds that are a result of combat.
  11. Any wound that involves a tendon, nerve, or major blood vessel injury.
  12. Any wound that is so severe that anesthesia cannot be obtained without a toxic dose of local anesthesia or sedation.
  13. Silk sutures should not be used in any patient with an allergy to silk or silk products as well as in any location where permanent retention of tensile strength is required.
  14. Most open joint wounds.
  15. A wound should not be closed if antibiotics are not available to treat an infection if one becomes present.
  16. If the patient has a known allergy to collagen or chromium, neither plain or chromic gut sutures should be used to avoid potential allergic reaction.
  17. The wounds of a patient that is in severe shock should not be closed because of the risk that poor peripheral circulation could hinder proper wound repair and healing.
  18. Avoid suturing a wound that may have to be treated with skin grafting (degloving injuries, etc.)

With all of that being said, while the reasons listed above are all reasons to not suture a wound, many of these reasons are just indicators to delay closure of the same wound. You can take several of the reasons listed above to not suture a wound and change the circumstances by introducing the ability to clean the same wound or the availability of antibiotics and the reason to not suture the wound is gone. This may delay the closure but does not ultimately rule out sutures in the long run.

The importance of knowing when to suture a wound and perhaps more importantly, when not to is applicable to everyone. You may not be the one that is doing the suturing but you still need to know this information. What if you see a person that was going to suture a dirty wound shut? You now know that a dirty wound should not be closed. This knowledge could potentially save the life of that person. Closing that dirty wound could lead to an infection that if not properly treated could eventually result in death. It is probably just best to know better to begin with.

For more information about sutures, please download the Wound Closure Manual on the downloads page.

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/2/14

Survival Sunday On The Web!

It’s Sunday again and that means another edition of Survival Sunday on the web! I hope that everyone has been enjoying their weekend and had the chance to relax a little. With that being said, the world does not seem to be getting any better. We have a president who refuses to be a leader and has allowed Ebola to continue to spread among the general populace while he imposes a 21 day quarantine on the Soldiers who he forced to go to Africa to help fight Ebola. Talk about a slap in the face to the service members who put their lives on the line to try to stop a disease! They try to stop it while Obama tries to spread it.

That reminds me…have you all read that our new Ebola Czar, Richard Klain, believes that one of the top challenges that global leadership faces today is overpopulation? I find that just a bit ironic.

Survival Sunday

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:

Here is an awesome video about turning an old meat cleaver into a bush crafting knife-

Body Armor Giveaway! – There are still a few days to get in on this giveaway! AR500 Armor is giving away a body armor package that is valued at over $1300. This is a great chance to improve your defenses and peace of mind.

Financial Preparedness – One of the key areas to preparedness is financial security, both in the ability to prepare as well as be able to do what needs to be done in response to a disaster (leave a job if necessary, etc.). Check out Sean Ogle and Pat Flynn for some great info about creating your own independent income streams.

How To Scavenge After The SHTF – I have given thought to scavenging after a disaster before but I will be honest, I have never given specific thought to how I would do it. Alan on the Urban Survival Site has laid out not only a plan that would work for scavenging, but a list of places to check for useable items. This is something that should probably be printed out and added to your library or survival binder.

101 Low Cost Items To Barter When The SHTF – Gaye over at Backdoor Survival has put together a great list of barter items that are low cost to keep on hand in the event that things fall apart. It is a great list and practical because it is not a bunch of high cost items.

What The Government Is Really Saying… – This is a great article from Todd over at EdThatMatters about the current state of government and how it directly correlates with the need to be prepared. If you are not familiar with it, you should also check out one of Todd’s other sites, Prepper Website. It is loaded with the latest and greatest articles from the preparedness and survival community.

How To Prep Like A Spartan – Here is an interesting look at preparedness through the perspective of the ancient Spartan warrior. It is a unique, but applicable, view on how the mindset and training that the Spartan’s endured ties into modern preparedness.

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!

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 Giveaways!

I hope everyone is having a great week. It is Thursday and that makes me happy because the weekend is almost here!

There are always obstacles in life. There is no exception when it comes to getting prepared for tough times. It doesn’t matter whether it is time, money, or something else, the resources required for prepping can be hard to come by. This makes giveaways a great way to build on your preparedness efforts for a great price…FREE! Here are a few giveaways running right now that you might want to enter:

Trayer Wilderness Giveaway – I teamed up with Trayer Wildernesss and several other bloggers to giveaway a $75.00 gift certificate for the Trayer Wilderness store. They have some awesome stuff!

Maxpedition Backpack Giveaway – Make sure to enter the Maxpedition Vulture II backpack giveaway that I am doing with some other bloggers. This is a great bag for and survival kit.

Zombie & Dystopian Books Giveaway – The Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford is running a giveaway of several Zombie and Dystopian themed books during the Halloween season. One of the books being given away is Expatriates by James, Wesley Rawles that I just reviewed.

Survival Bunker Giveaway – Rising S Bunkers is giving away a 10 foot by 30 foot underground survival bunker complete with NBC air filtration, solar power, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It is the real deal!

AR500 Armor Giveaway – This is a body armor package valued at over $1300. It would be a great addition for your personal security.

I hope this helps! If there is anything else that I can do to help out, feel free to send me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

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