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Monday Mania – 8.24.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Could You Really Turn Family Away  During A Disaster?, The Woodland Homestead, 150 Reasons To Be Prepared For Life, Who To Survive A Stock Market Crash, 6 Most Popular Types Of Fuel To Store, and 3 More.

Monday Mania

OK, my personal highlight of the last week was, hands down, having surgery on my right shoulder. It was not a ton of fun but it can always be worse.

I can tell you this much, I would rather have arthroscopic surgery twice in one week instead of having one hernia repair. That is just my opinion based on my own experience. Please do not tell the United States government that I am not being fair because I expressed my thoughts based on what I have actually experienced, whether it lines up with your thoughts or not.

You may be able to sense it but I am really heated this week because it seems like things just continue to go further down the drain as each day goes by.

The stock market is looking like crap in the U.S. so make sure that you keep track on things and get out before it’s too late. You may be best off to take your money out of the stock market and spend it on things that will actually be useful to you if things hit the fan.

The U.S. military is also continuing, one step at a time, to turn itself into a freak show. Is allowing transgenders to openly serve in the military really a good idea?

Just an observation but when George W. Bush was the Commander-In-Chief, the military was not fundamentally “transformed” (pun intended) because of how a very, very small minority percentage of Americans (most who are not, nor ever will be in the military) feel.

I am plain disgusted that we are falling apart at the seams and the organization that we depend on to secure our country and defend the Constitution, is being watered down into a group of people who can’t even decide if the parts that are connected to their body really play into who they are as a person!

This doesn’t even account for the fact that I am an Army veteran, with three combat tours under my belt, who is being told it is not ok to feel this way because it is discriminatory. If you are concerned about discrimination America, treat me equally even if I am a white Caucasian-American, Christian male that feels like I should be entitled to an opinion as well (even if I don’t fall into a small group that is different from the majority).

On top of all else, how am I supposed to look my three sons in the eye and tell them that this is a great place to live and everything is going to be ok?

Rant complete. Enjoy the show.

THIS WEEK’S DISCOVERIES:

Could You Really Turn Family Away During A Disaster? – Not an easy question but it is one worth pondering now. These questions are important for making a good decision.

The Woodland Homestead: How To Make Your Land More Productive & Live More Self-Sufficiently In The Woods by Brett McLeod – A book recommendation which will reveal what to do with a woodland parcel and make it into the homestead you would like it to be.

150 Reasons To Be Prepared For Life – We all have our reasons for wanting to be prepared. Here are several more and perhaps, some justification to convince friends or family to prepare themselves.

How To Survive A Stock Market Crash – This is especially timely information that, in spite of last week’s financial performance, could really be of assistance.

The 6 Most Popular Types Of Fuel To Store For Emergencies – Some good pointers on storing different types of fuel for emergencies. It is beneficial to decide what fuel(s) you will store now so that you can plan appropriately for later.

Straight Talk About Expiration Dates – There is a lot of controversy around expiration dates but I think we all know that they are not what they were intended to be.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Indiana Freshmen Can’t Go To School Until They’ve Watched A Musical About How Not To Be Rapists – Stupid. Also, clearly sexist seeing as it is directed towards men.

At This Nevada High School, You Can Have A Gay Club, But Not A Pro-Life Club – This is pretty much par for the course in today’s America, you can believe whatever you want as long as it does not go against the idea of what the establishment thinks you should believe.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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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Start Prepping by Tim Young – Book Review

Start Prepping

Start Prepping: Get Prepared – For Life

by Tim Young – Book Review

Naturally, as a blogger within the survival and preparedness niche, I have a keen interest in all things related to it. This often means reading books related to the field and having read quite a few so far, I have seen all kinds (good, bad, and indifferent).

One of the things that I often struggle with when reading preparedness related books is the fact that some seem to be aimed toward the beginner or veteran but to a fault.

What I mean by this is that prepping books aimed at beginning preppers can be so simplified that you don’t get much out of them and vice versa, the book for the prepping veteran can be so advanced that if you don’t have an engineering degree, you won’t be able to accomplish any of the projects discussed.

Having said all of that, the latest book that I read, Start Prepping!: Get Prepared – For Life, the newest of several books from Tim Young of the website, selfsufficientman.com. It is a great book that I feel everyone can get something out of. I can honestly say that I was impressed as soon as I got through the introduction because it created buy-in on the part of the reader right away.

Instead of telling me why I should like the book, the introduction demonstrated to me why the information in the book is important to me and made me believe that prepping was indeed in my best interest.

Tim takes the time to educate his readers. I appreciate the fact that he spends time pointing out that preparedness is not an activity that only on the fringe lunatics participate in, almost everyone is a prepper! Tim outlines that you might be a prepper if you:

  • Carry a spare tire in your car.
  • Have a life insurance policy.
  • Ever practiced an emergency drill (fire, earthquake, etc.).
  • Take a diaper bag with you when you go out with a baby.

That last one really does drive home the fact that being prepared is not only a normal activity, it is one that we should all do. After all, if you have a baby that you are responsible for, you know that not every time you leave the house that the baby is going to need a bottle or pacifier…but you darn well better bring it because you know there is a chance you will need it and you want to be ready if you do. Why? Because it is really painful to navigate life with a crying baby and no way to calm them down.

So it can be said for navigating a natural disaster and not having water, food, a safe place to stay, and so on and so on. Yes, there are people on TV who are “preppers” that do outrageous things but that is for ratings and certainly does not reflect the prudence that people exercise when making sure that they have an option other than relying on the government or certain death when facing a disaster.

The guiding principle throughout Start Prepping! is that of the 10-Step Path to Preparedness which lays out 10 steps that can be combined together that will result in a very solid foundation for any prepper. From water storage to obtaining additional skills, Start Prepping! covers everything that the veteran or novice prepper needs to ensure their plan is complete.

A definite selling point for me is the fact that each chapter stands alone from the others. Because of the 10-Step approach, you can read the chapter on food storage and get a wealth of information on that specific topic that you can use without having to have read the chapter on water.

Another great thing that I liked about Start Prepping! is the fact that Tim does not just write a chapter about a subject and leave it at that. Integrated into each chapter there is a ‘Checkpoint’ or ‘Challenge’ where Tim has a couple of questions to ponder or points to help you take the information and move forward with it.

Start Prepping! is not only relevant, it is well put together. I told you that the introduction alone has me sold on reading the book but it is also so logical in how Tim put it together. I can tell that this is not the first book he has written, that much is true. I enjoyed that, while I can read the book out of order, if reading from the beginning the reader will gain a great understanding of why to prep, the threats that make prepping relevant (there are more than you would imagine), and the steps that every prepper should take to get prepared.

This book is great for new preppers or those who are thinking about getting into prepping. It would be a great gift for a friend or family member who you know is not prepared or needs a plan to help get them on the right track.

I probably need to make the best point of all…isn’t a few dollars spent on this book worth far more if the information in it results in you, your loved ones, and friends being the best prepared they can be for a disaster? It’s a great return on your investment and I am confident that you will not be disappointed with Start Prepping!.

Lastly, the listed resources that Tim has included with his book are so valuable that it is worth the price of admission without including the numerous tips, tricks, and pointers sprinkled throughout the book. Don’t miss the prepper challenges and lists at the end of the book!

There really is no way to outline how much help this book will help actually you in just a blog post, but I know that it will be worth your time and money.

You can view every title by Tim Young on Amazon or his website.

Monday Mania – 8.17.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Top 3 Threats To All Preppers, Is Being Prepared Expensive?, Prepper Questions I Can’t Answer, Getting Them Prepared-Helping The Helpless Emergency Binder, 4 Tips To Help Quit Soda, and 3 More.

Monday Mania

First of all, I want to start by saying that I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read the words I share here on my site. It is a great honor for me to try to help anyone that I can. If there is something I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was a blur for me. I spent most of my time just trying to take care of the usual, every day activities in my life. While most everything was routine, I was pretty stoked about one thing. The highlight of my week was getting a chance to play drums with my band at a pretty good sized event. We play classic rock and some oldie’s and with four guys who are mostly out of our prime, it was a blast!

I am really pleased with the WaterBOB that I ordered. It was exactly what I expected. I know that it will be there and function properly if something happens and we really need those extra 100 gallons of water. It is a great form of insurance. I pay thousands of dollars a year in different forms of insurance and yet $23 for the WaterBOB seems like a better value for my money compared to all the insurance I pay for.

The essential oil diffuser that I got is also something that I have been very happy with. I don’t know if the diffused oils have directly impacted my pain at all but I do know that it has been very calming which reduces my stress that in turn helps prevent pain flare-ups. So far, my favorite has been the doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil followed by the doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil.

Lastly, I will be having surgery tomorrow on my right shoulder to get things cleaned up and if you feel so inclined, I would appreciate any prayers or well wishes that you want to send my way.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Top 3 Threats To All Preppers – There are a lot of threats in the world. As preppers, we tend to identify the threats we face fairly well. While maybe not the top three threats to everyone, these threats warrant some consideration for sure.

Is Being Prepared Expensive? – The answer to this is of course, yes and no. I go into further depth in my latest article for Personal Liberty Digest.

Prepper Questions I Can’t Answer – This is a great article from Jim Cobb over at Survival Weekly. Jim discusses some of the common questions preppers ask, but each of us will have a different answer to each one. Check out his insight and see what you think.

Getting Them Prepared-Helping The Helpless Emergency Binder – I have heard and read plenty about the idea of an emergency binder but this is a new take for me. An emergency binder to me was always somewhere where a prepper kept important information together. Dale and Lisa over at Survivalist Prepper put together this great article and podcast about putting together an emergency binder for those in your life who don’t see the importance of being prepared.

4 Tips To Help Quit Soda – This is near and dear to me because it is something that I have struggled with in the past and continue to struggle with (although not as bad as I did before). You may wonder how this pertains to preparedness. I think that being in better health would be ideal if things go bad as well as the fact that soda won’t be available if a long-term disaster occurs.

Going Off The Grid-How To Make Your Home Self-Sufficient – It is my dream to one day live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. This article covers some key areas and the options available to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Southwestern Cities Forced Onto “90-Day Supply Of Water” After Toxic EPA Spill Contaminates Entire River – Just in case you need even more proof that keeping water on hand as well as a way to get more clean drinking water is a good idea.

More madness in the world:

Sweden’s Response To Violent Migrants: Stop Selling Knives, And Protect Immigrants From ‘Backlash’ – The United States is a few decades behind our friends in Europe. This should scare you because it is only a matter of time until we experience the same things unless we make a change.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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!

Monday Mania – 8.10.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome, Prepping w/ Contacts or Glasses, 10 Everyday Items That Will Be Missed When The SHTF (With Substitutes!), Greece Reverts To Barter Economy, Grants To Start A Farm, and 8 more.

Monday Mania

I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to Thomas for his feedback on my regular Survival Sunday posts. He brought up a great point that, because of my posting schedule and how email subscribers get their notification, it is often Monday before most people get their update. Long story short, I am going to try out Monday Mania instead of Survival Sunday and see if it fits my schedule a little better.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was chock full of medical appointments and meetings so I don’t really feel like I got much of anything done. We did dodge a bullet when Hurricane Guillermo broke up and was downgraded to a tropical storm but now we are facing the incoming Hurricane Hilda that is predicted to be downgraded further (currently a category 2 hurricane) but did reach category 4 hurricane status Saturday night.

My latest Amazon.com shipment came in that had my new WaterBOB in it along with a diffuser for essential oils to assist in treating my chronic pain. As far as I am concerned the WaterBOB is an absolute must for any home that has a bathtub. I am anxious to see if the diffuser makes a big difference or not. I am hopeful.

Lastly, I am always proud of my children but I was especially proud of my oldest son this last week. Even with some of the struggles he has had this year, he tried out for his school’s bowling team and made the cut. I am looking forward to getting a chance to watch him compete this season. As a bonus, if things fall apart we can use my son’s bowling balls to shoot out of a bowling ball mortar. I just need to convince my wife that I need to build a bowling ball mortar.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome – I wasn’t sure what to expect of this article based on the title but I am glad that I took the time to read it. If things go bad, you have to take things like ‘stray cat syndrome’ into consideration when making decisions.

Preparedness For People With Contacts Or Glasses – Wearing any type of corrective lenses, regardless of the reason for doing so, makes emergency preparedness more complicated. Being prepared is more than just having extra contact lenses though. Make sure you have all that you need.

10 Everyday Items I Will Miss When The SHTF – If things ever fell apart I think there would be things that we all would miss. This is especially true considering all of the technology that we have become dependent upon. While everyone’s list will be different, the think I like about Lisa’s list is the fact that she identified the closest replacement for each one following a SHTF scenario.

Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation – It’s the natural transition when the economy falls apart but that does not mean that a barter economy is ideal. But since Greece is living that reality right now, we might as well learn from it.

Government Grants For Starting A Farm – Here is a list of a few resources that can be used to find financial assistance to get starting in farming. I took a look through some of them and there is some great information to be found.

Treating An Animal Bite – Animal bites can be nasty injuries. With the amount of bacteria in an animals mouth, infection can easily set into a bite. Check out this step-by-step guide by Dr. Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones on how to properly treat an animal bite.

OPSEC & The Dangers Of People You Thought Were Like-Minded – Don’t take everything at face value and closely consider the claims of other. Always remember to do your due diligence.

More madness in the world:

Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?

Louis Farrakhan: If The Federal Government Does Not Intercede, Then ‘We Must Rise Up And Kill Those Who Kill Us’ – Farrakhan, a Barrack Hussein Obama ally, decided that the answer to the blood that has been spilled of blacks on America’s streets is to kill more people. I guess he takes that eye for an eye thing in the Bible pretty seriously. Oh wait! He’s a muslim…isn’t that supposed to be the religion of peace?

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions – Finally a reasonable perspective on the killing of Cecil the lion.

California City Council Meeting Erupts After Two Illegal Immigrants Are Appointed to Commissions – I erupted in my chair from across the country. This is absurd.

Death By Pain Reliever – For those who believe that because a medication is “safe” because it is sold over the counter, it is not. A recent report by the FDA even warns users of NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. that these medications and others like them could quickly increase your risk of death from their use.

The Seattle business owner who promised all employees a $70,000 ‘minimum wage’ is now fighting to stay afloat. Who would have ever thought that paying everyone across a company regardless of position or responsibility would lead to any sort of problems?

What is it with the folks up in Seattle? I think there has been something ridiculous in the news that comes out of Seattle just about every week!

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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!

Preparing Your Child For Emergencies

Preparing Your Child for Emergencies

One of the hardest things to talk about with our children is what to do if there is an emergency. We don’t want to scare our kids, but we want to make sure they are prepared in case something happens such as a fire, natural disaster, or in this day and age, a terrorist attack. One way to make it fun and easy for a child to participate in emergency planning is to make it fun for them. FEMA has a lot of free resources for disaster planning that are made specifically for children. Don’t know where to start for your family’s emergency preparedness? We’ve gathered some tips to help you and your children get started!

Child

Make a Plan 

Tip #1 is to make a emergency plan for what to do if there is an emergency of any kind. Children need to know that their family has rules set in place for them to follow if there is danger. First, pick a designated adult to contact in case of emergency. Things will be less hectic if one person is the go to for calls or text messages in case of emergency. Next, choose a fire escape plan for your home or apartment. Make sure you have two exits for each room and designate a meeting place outside and away from any dangers (roads, water sources, woods). For example, a specific tree in your back yard, maybe even a neighbors house if they live next to you. For emergencies when not at home, pick a location where everyone can meet, like a park or school.

Memorize Useful Information 

Tip #2 is to have your child memorize key pieces of information in case of emergency. Their name, address, phone number, and birthday are essential to know if your child needs to ask for help. Parents names are also important, however if your child is too young to remember this information, make sure it is written down on a card and kept in your child’s backpack at all times. Teach your child to carry their backpack in an emergency and the information will always be safe and ready at hand.

Pack Your Child With Essentials 

Tip #3 is to begin your child with a small readiness pack to carry with them in case they need it. Things to pack could include a small first aid kit with bandages and antiseptic ointment (get permission from school nurse), reflective material, emergency whistle, small flashlight, water bottle, protein snack and small comforts like candy or a stuffed animal. These things will help your child should an emergency arise at school and you are separated from them.

Emergencies At Home 

Tip #4 is to make an emergency response kit for your household to keep at home. This should include emergency food rations, water, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, eating utensils, paper plates, whistle, can opener, blankets, hand-crank radio, first aid kit, and baby supplies if needed.

Practice Brings Progress 

Tip #5 is practice, practice, practice. Having a plan for emergencies will not help your family unless you practice those skills into your child’s memory. Practicing can also be a fun way of letting your child show you how much they have learned!

It’s All In The Family 

Tip #6 is to allow your child to be an advocate for emergency planning. Encourage them to talk to their neighbors, friends, extended family, church members, little league team and just about anyone else about the plan they helped create for the family. It will assist your child with retaining the information and spread the word about emergency preparedness planning in a cute and positive way.

Now that you have some ideas, start implementing! In no time you could have your children ready in the face of danger, emergencies, or disasters. Being prepared will allow your family to enjoy their lives to the fullest and worry less about what could happen.

This article was a guest submission from Lee Flynn who is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.