Survival Sunday – 4/26/2015

Survival Sunday

It is hard for me to believe that it is the last Sunday of April already! The year really is flying by. This week was pretty busy for me (as it always seems to be). We had some VIP’s visit at work and that always requires extra straightening and cleaning on top of the need to talk about all the great things we are doing. After all, no one wants to talk about what we are not doing well.

Yesterday I had a big health scare. I started to not feel real great so I sat down; but then I felt like I was going to pass out. I had sweat pouring out from every square inch of skin I have and that was followed by losing the ability to move my arms or legs. I honestly thought I was having a seizure because of the way that my hands and feet were curling up. I happen to know that was not likely though because typical seizure activity happens in a way that the person experiencing it does not know what is happening.

As all of this was happening, I was trying to tell my wife what was going on but she said I was slurring my speech really bad. She told me later that she thought I was having a stroke. This was scary for both of us. After a couple of minutes of not being able to move (including my wife forcibly trying to straighten my limbs), she called an ambulance. I did not know what else to do. As it turns out, by the time the ambulance got there I was able to move a little bit and with the help of my wife I was now laying on the bed. They checked me out and said that I could either go by ambulance or car to the hospital. I opted to have my wife drive me. The doctor told me that it was presyncopal syndrome that led to hyperventilation which caused such an extreme reaction in my body that I could not move.

Needless to say, this was a huge scare for my whole family. I have never been in a situation like that and have never had to have anyone call an ambulance for me. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again. With all that being said, value what you have and make the best of your time…we never know when our number might come up.

Here are my official findings for this week:

A Green Beret’s Guide To Planning Your Personal Posture: “First Things First: Always Be Armed” – Another installment in the “Green Beret” series that has been running over on SHTFplan.com. This installment is about the items that you carry with you every day and important considerations when putting this kit together.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Action Bags: “Your Go-To-Kit When You Have To Pop Smoke & Depart In a Rapid Manner” – Continuing from the last installment, this article covers your EDC bag in an effort to be prepared for the day-to-day stuff that life may throw at you.

Another American Water Emergency: Utah Municipal Water Supply Tainted by Chemical Spill – Just one more real event that has happened that provides legitimate reason to have your basic preparations in place and a few tips about making sure you have the water you need to survive.

8 Steps To Surviving A Job Loss – Personal disasters, like a job loss, are some of the most common disasters that you may encounter in your life. Here are 8 practical, and implementable, steps that can be taken to overcome a job loss.

Create A Secure Hiding Place For Electronic Documents – This is an awesome step-by-step guide on how to securely store documents and files on a USB flash drive, a great way to keep important documents on you and without taking up any space at all.

24 Lost Survival Tips From 100 Years Ago (With Illustrations) – Some of these survival hacks are great to have in your back pocket just in case the need arises. It might even be worth adding a couple of them to your survival binder in hard copy.

6 Cheap DIY Greenhouse Designs Inspired By Traditional Shelters – This is a great resource for those of you who may want a greenhouse but do not want to spend hundreds of dollars to get a cheaply made greenhouse kit that really is not all that sturdy.

Hydration For The Apocalypse: How To Store Water For Long-Term Emergencies – Water is vital for survival and it is certainly easier to store it now, than look for it later. This article from The Art of Manliness covers some great strategies for keeping water on hand for an emergency. If nothing else, check out the WaterBOB.

Resource Of The Week: Free Digital Editions Of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, Shooting Industry, And American COP

Check out the FREE searchable, downloadable, and printable topographic maps that are available from AnyplaceAmerica.com

That’s it for me this week. I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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Survival Sunday – 4/19/2015

Survival Sunday

Well, hopefully everyone got their taxes filed. Uncle Sam wants you to be punctual so that he can get your money from you. If you are lucky, the government will actually return some of the money you lent them (without any interest of course). We have to keep the welfare machine going though, and that requires taxes.

In case you are looking for even more reason to be prepared for the unknown, it seems as though the Obama administration is willing to forget everything that has ever happened in the world and accommodate the radical Islamist regime in Iran. Here is a country that already viewed Obama’s presidency as so weak that they ramped up their nuclear program and Obama wants to make a deal with them that will result in significant economic benefit to Iran, seemingly without any consequence.

As I stumbled around the net this week, here is what I found:

University Detains Veteran Who Stopped Flag Desecration – We have gone too far in this country to protect those who are unwilling to even understand how they got the rights they did. All I have to say is send those protestors to Iraq or Afghanistan for a week so that they can watch their friends die at the hands of radicals and see what they think. I especially like how they tried to play the race card.

Dear Farmers: U.S. is Now Importing Organic Corn to Satisfy Consumer Demand – It wasn’t bad enough that we only grow corn for fuel and animal feed, now we have to import even more corn. What if we just grew our own food and could actually support ourselves? It’s just one more reason to grow your own food at home.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Developing Local Intelligence Networks: “Allies and Assets” – This is an interesting piece about developing intelligence networks, something that could be extremely valuable following a collapse or in the event there is one of those wars within the homeland that is rumored to be planned between the DHS and anyone who doesn’t like them.

12 Survival Lessons from Ukraine: “Nothing Provides as Much Valuable Information as Real World Situations” – Here are 12 lessons that can be taken away from the recent conflict in the Ukraine as written by Fernando “FERFAL” Aguirre. It is great information for those who include (or would like to) being prepared for armed conflict in their survival plans.

How To Prep BIG In A Small Space – Not everyone lives in a huge space so it is valuable to have a plan on how to prep, even if you live small. These are actionable tips to help you get prepared no matter where you live.

Mr. Mason’s Safe House or the Modern Underground Railroad! – Mr. Mason discusses the possibility of a modern underground railroad system as a way to connect safe houses together if the need arose to covertly move through an area. It is an intriguing idea.

How To Salt Cure Ham Old-Fashioned Preserving – I don’t have a homestead, but this may be beneficial information to have on hand in the event that a need comes along to be able preserve your own meat.

Unraveling the Mystery: Making Cheese – Here is another one to add to the archives. It could also be a fun family project!

DISASTER! The first 9 things to do when SHTF – A set-by-step process that would be a great primer for establishing an SOP for a family, group, or team.

That’s brings the conclusion of this week for me. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come 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!

7 Killer Bartering Strategies

7 Killer Bartering Strategies

Bartering. It’s a survival skill that you absolutely must master post-SHTF, there’s no doubt about it. There’s only one problem, though: for most of us, it’s trivial to practice. If learning to shoot an arrow or making fire is something you just go out into the woods to try out, unless you’re working at the flea market, it’s very hard to practice negotiation.

Bartering

The bad news is, I can’t help you with that. You either find someone to practice with or get a job in sales. The good news is that I can give you a few killer strategies that will surely make you feel like one of the most advanced negotiators in your neighborhood. Just try them on your friends the next time you sell one of them your iPhone. Here they are…

Always Ask for More Than It’s Worth…

…and always expect the other guy to do the same. Don’t go the “oh, I want to be fair” route. When the world as we know it ends, your life and the life of your family could depend on you getting a good deal.

The “price” most decent people ask is way below what the others are willing to pay anyway… so be a little greedy and you’ll go back home with more than you hoped for. If it’s the other guy who’s asking, always assume he’s “overcharging” and start off with a really low counteroffer.

Bluff

When you assert things that you don’t know they are true, you make your opponent fee self-conscious for even thinking about him like this. And, for all you know, this might be the truth! …particularly when you’re dealing with a wise guy who thinks bartering with you is like taking candy from a baby.

Take Your Time

This works well when your partner is irresolute to your offer. The fact that you show no rush to make the exchange makes him more comfortable with you and leads him to believe you are trustworthy and not trying to screw him up.

The more you talk about the deal instead of saying “Let’s do this”, the more tension he will feel. At some point he will be the one wanting to go for it.

Ways to delay things include:

  • pausing a lot when you speak and before you answer
  • analyzing the object thoroughly, even if you’ve done it already
  • going to the bathroom, ordering another drink
  • calling someone to consult with
  • excusing yourself from the table to call someone for whatever reason (no need to tell him that)
  • asking lots of questions about the product

Be Pessimistic

This one is tougher to do but works like a charm. Say things like:

I can’t afford it…

I’m not sure it will work for me…

I don’t think I’ll be able to handle it…

I’m probably going to screw it up…

…these all ways of sharing doubts without saying you want a discount or a little bonus should the deal go through. It’s a less intrusive way of getting the other guy to say:

Ok, you can have these chickens as a bonus. Let’s just do this, all right?

Make Promises

If the other guy really wants what you promised him and you really intend to keep it, then why not? It’s a great way to get something cheaper. Just remember: a good, solid reputation is hard to acquire and easily destroyed. Since you’re looking for long-term bartering partners, the last thing you want is for one of them to be or even feel cheated. Always make sure they’re ok with the deal, no matter what you promised.

Make the Deal on Your Terms

You may not be able to control what or how much he’ll give you in exchange for your goods and services but you can always decide the little things, such as the meeting place, the date, time, even the kind of beer you’ll be serving (if that’s the case). This will show them who will be dominating the bartering process.

Use the “Take it or leave it” Technique

This may sound extreme but it all depends on how good a negotiator you are. Practice in front of the mirror if you have to. You’ll be surprised to see people agree to your terms simply because you told them this is a one-time offer and that they must take it or leave it.

Good luck!

This was a guest post from Dan “Survival” Sullivan who can be found at survivalsullivan.com where you can learn about everything survival; from urban survival skills to how to catch fish and everything in between. Don’t miss out on Dan’s free report, “Gun Factor” that is a great resource for anyone interested in firearms for survival and self defense.

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Survival Sunday – 4/12/2015

Survival Sunday

Another week has come and gone and I would imagine that most of us are still living a fairly normal life by most standards. My week was absorbed by work and not much more than that. One thing that I am very confident about is the fact that the world has not gotten any more stable than it was last week. In my opinion, things are looking worse this week than they were last. In all fairness, I base part of this conclusion on the fact that Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the presidency today. Does anyone really think that Hillary in the white house is a good idea?

Preparedness

Here is the week’s haul of my favorite finds in the preparedness world:

12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed – There are many ways that a person could be killed and sometimes it is a result of the decisions that we make. This is a scenario that some preppers may face if certain decisions are made. These are twelve potential things that might get a prepper killed and I have heard all of them before.

What Type Of Survivalist Are You? – I have heard several of the stereotypical types of preppers that are out there before, like those who prepare for peak oil and economic collapse but this is a very interesting list that includes several that I have not heard before.

Speaking of types of types of preppers…10 Reasons To Prepare For An Economic Collapse outlines some of the very real events that could happen in response to an economic collapse. They are also ten very real reasons that being a prepper makes sense.

18 Ways Owning A Bike Can Prepare You For Anything – There are many potential benefits to owning a bike. I have thought about the fact that I could use my bike in a disaster if I needed to but this list far exceeds the reasons that I have come up with up to this point.

Lesson’s Our Family Learned Before, During, And After A Hurricane – Anyone who has survived a natural disaster has a few takeaway lessons that they learned during the experience. Here is one family’s account of the experiences they went through during Hurricane Hugo. This is invaluable information because you will get the lessons without having to go through the experience. You will also be better prepared if you ever do find yourself in the same position.

That’s it from me for the week. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come 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 – 4/5/2015

Survival Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday! I hope that you spent your time with family and had the chance to reflect on what today means for you. I am spending my time today with my wife and boys. As a matter of fact, technology is so handy that this post is being made while I am at church this morning.

As far as how things were last week, I battled a cold all week that really took a toll on me. It ended up being bad enough that I needed to stay home from work a couple of days so that I could get the rest that my body needed to get better.

Here is what I found last week that I feel is noteworthy:

How To Build A D.I.Y. Portable Solar Generator – This is a step-by-step article that was put together by Dale over at the Survivalist Prepper about how he put together a portable solar system. If you are interested in putting together a back-up power source, this is a must read.

Bartering Your Skills To Fill The Cupboard – Barter can be a great way to get something that you want or need without having to spend any money. Whether you barter for food for your cupboard like the example in the article or use your talents for something else, barter skills are handy now and will be vital in a survival situation.

17 Common Home Security Mistakes – As a prepper, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the gee-whiz gadgets and overlook the basics. When it comes to security, it is often the basic (and low cost) things that we can do that will make the most difference. These are some great points. One of my favorite and low cost home security items is the FakeTV.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low -Budget Home-Defense Techniques 101: “Early Warning Systems And Fortifications” – The title kinda says it all but I will say that if you don’t get anything out of this, you didn’t read it close enough. Also make sure that you check out part two in the series; A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

10 D.I.Y. Projects From PVC Pipe For Your Homestead – Some of these projects might apply to you more than the rest, but they are all nifty in my opinion. I especially thought the PVC Snow Shoes were cool.

Docs To Build A Life On – What would you do if there was a huge disaster and you had to start your life all over again? Would you have all the documents that you need? Here is a great list of documents to organize now in the event that this unfortunate situation ever comes along.

How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears? – This hasn’t happened yet, but it does highlight the need to be prepared. It also brings up a scary subject…the possibility that there will be at least a segment of California that will have to relocate, a move that will place a strain on the resources in other parts of the country and transplant the political ideals that are synonymous with California.

I hope this last week has been great for you. If nothing else, hopefully you weren’t sick like I was. Keep preparing for tough times.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come 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!

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