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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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.

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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:

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!

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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.

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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:

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!

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!

Trayer Wilderness Giveaway

I am stoked today to offer up the chance to get in on another great giveaway. I’ve partnered up with Trayer Wilderness and some other preparedness bloggers to support the Trayer’s Handcrafted Christmas! The Trayer’s have agreed to give away a $75.00 gift certificate that is good for anything in their store! This is a great opportunity to get your hands on a great gift for the prepper in your life! (Or maybe even to get yourself a gift!) Make sure to enter the giveaway but also make sure you take the time to check out the Trayer Wilderness store.

Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness is offering

(1) $75.00 gift certificate, usable on their website towards any combination of their handcrafted items!

Who is Trayer Wilderness?

Welcome To Trayer Wilderness

Trayer Wilderness is a family of three homesteading traditionally off-grid in northern Idaho with 100% solar power. Their family consists of the Mountain Man, Glen Trayer, his Mountain Woman, Tammy Trayer and their Mountain Boy Austin. They utilize the land and their God given talents to earn an income while living their dream. All their items are handcrafted on their homestead offering a little bit of something for everyone with their girly homemade goats milk soaps, candles and melting bricks by the Mountain Woman, the elk hide leather moccasins and paracord survival items such as gun slings, belts, bracelets and more made by the Mountain Boy and the Mountain Man’s hand forged tools, survival fire tools, paracord items, decorative metal art and decorative metal horse shoe art. The Mountain Man also invented and fabricated three different tools for fire making called the Trayer Fire Tool, the MultiFlame Tool and the MultiFlame Mini Tool for the outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists. The Mountain Woman also has several e-books soon to be released at their website TrayerWilderness.com which will educate on solar living, building a traditional cabin, building a traditional smokehouse and more. Additionally, they will be adding e-courses in the new year offering more in depth education and training on blacksmithing, brain tanning, canning, soap making, etc. They offer a weekly newsletter that will keep you well informed on all they offer.

Here are some reviews on the Mountain Man’s Fire Tools:

Trayer Fire Tool

MultiFlame Mini Tool

MultiFlame Tool

They not only handcraft items in the wilderness, but they also educate on homesteading, natural health, healing and essential oils, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, autism, whole foods and a gluten free and casein free diet, living off the land, off-grid and solar living and so much more. The Mountain Woman has a weekly radio podcast on the Survival Mom Radio Network and they share their information on many social media platforms and on YouTube. The Mountain Woman also writes for the New Pioneer Magazine, American Frontiersman, Prepare Magazine, Self Reliance Illustrated, Backwoodsman Magazine and Cabin Life Magazine. Be sure to connect with them below and check out their website to see what items you would purchase if you were the winner of their $75.00 gift certificate!

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Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway

I am excited this week to be part of another great giveaway. A great group of fellow bloggers and I have joined up to give away a Maxpedition Vulture II backpack. The preparedness applications for this bag are almost endless. It would make a great bug out bag, car bag, day pack, or even a school bag. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

Maxpedition Vulture II

Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous gift for someone special!

Meet the Participating Bloggers

The bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter form below have come together to purchase this prize for one lucky contestant. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

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Common Mistakes Preppers Make

Today I wanted to do a post on some of the common mistakes that are made by preppers. It is a good topic to cover because I think we all make mistakes. Some of us (myself included) have made some stupid decisions that seemed like they would help one way or another but they never quite worked out.

As I started to type, I suddenly remembered that I had seen a great video over on The Daily Prep about common mistakes preppers make before. I did a little digging on YouTube and found the video! I understand that we all have a different way of presenting things but I didn’t feel like I could do it any better than Dan.

I really like Dan’s work. He has a great way of wording things. Did you hear anything that surprised you? I think even if we have heard all of this before that it can be an important reminder of what to steer clear of (or avoid doing again).

It is worth mentioning that there is more to Dan than his YouTube channel. If you visit his website, you will see a lot of useful information. He has a few great guides that he has put together and offers free to his subscribers! They are:

  • Pulling The Trigger: 6 Steps To Purchasing A Prepper Pistol
  • The “Average Joe’s” Guide To Long Term Food Storage
  • A Prepper’s Come To Jesus: The 8 Biggest Mistakes That Preppers Make (I believe this is the companion guide to the video above.)

Don’t miss out on the quiz that Dan has put together titled, “What Kind Of Prepper Are You?” My results were that I am a pantry prepping pro! I suppose that is a good thing. You wouldn’t want to be reading this if it turned out that I was a prepping idiot and have nothing to offer! Unless it was for entertainment of course.

Common Mistakes Preppers Make

It is always good to ensure that we all keep our focus and learn from one another. I appreciate Dan sharing a few common traps that we should all avoid. What do you think are some common mistakes preppers make? Did Dan miss anything?

Survival Sunday On The Web 10/19/14

I hope that everyone has had a great week! I want to start off this week with an apology. Last week I mentioned that I had migrated everyone but my WordPress subscribers over to MailChimp. This has been a good move but I made a big mistake! While I remembered to mention that new subscribers could get a free download, I failed to mention that my existing subscribers aren’t excluded! I am sorry for the omission. If you are a current subscriber and would like to receive a free copy of the Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide, send an email to tom@thepreparedninja.com. Make sure that you use the email address you subscribed with.

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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:

Building Tribe, Part I and Part II – This is a great two part article about putting together a group of like minded individuals. I like it because it takes a different approach than the average ‘build a prepper group’ article. These articles talk about the importance of people and not necessarily their practices. If you take your survival seriously, you will eventually need to band together with a tribe of your own.

Tips From A Storage Unit Auctioneer – There are many people who buy the contents of storage lockers who have been defaulted on as a way to find survival items. This is a great article about storage units that is full of useful tips from an experienced auctioneer who has not only sold storage units, but bought them as well. Whether you are buying abandoned storage lockers to profit or to prepare, this article is very useful.

39 Fantastic Prepping Tips – Here are some excellent tips on prepping and survival. Most of them are designed to be done in ten minutes or less. There are some great ones but one of my favorites is #8 – The 10 Minute DIY Water Distillery.

How To Filter & Purify Water – This is a great article that compiles several outstanding ways to get clean water in an emergency. It would be a great one to print out and add your files.

Build A Brick Rocket Stove – There are several options for cooking during a grid-down or survival scenario. Not all of them are quick, efficient, and cheap but this brick rocket stove is. It would be a great low-cost addition to anyones preps.

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 any difficult times ahead.

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

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2014 Midterm Elections – Make Or Break?

I have great concern over the direction that the country is headed. With that being said, I am even more concerned about how the results of the 2014 midterm elections will impact some major issues. Earlier this year, the president opted to postpone executive action on immigration because of the potential impact of the midterms this fall. Legislative action did not come together for the president so in true Obama form, he was threatening to make another royal decree take executive actions on immigration. To me this means that if the Dems were concerned that this executive action would cause some loss during the 2014 midterm elections,  they are not supported by most Americans.

2014 Midterm Elections

The single greatest step that can be taken to avoid disaster is to get out and vote (if you still believe in the system) and choose a candidate that truly will represent the people and stand up for what we actually want. If not, that is your prerogative but my guess is that if the Democrats manage to get the outcome that they desire from the upcoming elections, they will feel emboldened to take wide and sweeping action on a number of issues. We all know the president has nothing to lose and a good outcome in the midterms for the Dems will likely make them feel like a Hillary Clinton 2016 victory is in the future. All of this could add up to the perfect storm against liberty and freedom.

If LibertyGate 2014 comes to fruition, it seems like some of the most likely proposed executive and legislative actions will impact us as preppers. Some of these issues will probably look familiar to you as they have already been pushed before and failed. The immediate things that come to mind include:

I am sure there are others that will be on the list but this is what comes to mind as I sit here typing. If this does happen, there is going to be a run on guns, magazines, ammunition, maybe body armor, and perhaps even internet goods. Just the threat of action is all that is needed. It might only take a Democrat sweep of the 2014 midterm elections and not even the threat of action! Nothing even has to actually pass legislation to wipe the store shelves clean.

It seems the prudent thing to do is look at what might be threatened in the future and take appropriate steps to obtain those goods now. If scary black guns are on your wish list, time may be running out. There is finally some availability of AR series rifles, 30 round AR magazines, and “high-capacity” pistol magazines. I would hate to see what would happen if there is the threat of gun control legislation or additional executive action again. Does everyone remember the $100 PMAG’s following the 2012 presidential election? I do!

My intent is not to be a fear monger. That is the last thing that I feel is helpful but, then again, a little bit of fear might be a good thing if it provides the motivation required to get you and your family prepared for tough times. Keep your eyes toward the future and take action today!

Will Your Fuel Stores Fail You?

It is impossible to survive a hardship for any significant amount of time without a plan. Improvisation can work, but not usually for longer periods of time. This demands a long term plan. While a solid plan is multi-faceted, two of the key components of a complete survival plan are energy and transportation. For mostly obvious reasons, one of the easiest ways to get energy during a disaster is from a generator and most of us rely on a vehicle as our primary means of transportation. While these two items serve two different purposes, they do share one common thing…their fuel source.

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THE PROBLEM

Unless you are using newer technology like a solar generator, you will need gasoline for both your car and your emergency generator. This poses some unique challenges for the prepper who is concerned about not only having enough fuel for the here and now but for long term survival as well. The primary challenges with fuel storage are where to put it and how much of it to store. This takes a safe storage area like a specialized underground tank and probably some math to calculate the fuel consumption of all necessary equipment multiplied by the amount of time that you would like to be able to run the selected equipment. But that is not what this is about. What if you have all the fuel in the world but it becomes worthless?

ETHANOL IS A KILLER

Why is alcohol bad for an engine? The ethanol (most modern gas has up to 10% alcohol content) in fuel attracts water which in turn causes the formation of rust and corrosion in your engine. This is especially true in vehicles and equipment like generators and mowers that have a tendency to sit for long periods of time. In addition to rust and corrosion, ethanol causes the rubber and composite seals and gaskets to break down and fail. Most newer vehicles have been built to better withstand the use of 10% ethanol fuel but that is only if the fuel is consistently replaced and not allowed to sit for any length of time. This is the exception though. Almost all power equipment is adversely impacted by ethanol containing fuels, especially those that have been stored. Just to add to the problem, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the ok a few years back to add up to 15% ethanol to fuel. It is not only effecting cars, trucks, and power equipment; outdoorsman have been warned that ethanol fuel may kill their boat motor too.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

The best solution for fuel storage is to avoid ethanol containing fuels all together. (By the way, you get better gas mileage with 100% gas because of the higher energy content that is watered down in 10% ethanol gas.) There are gas stations that still sell ethanol free fuels. You can find the closest ethanol free gas stations at pure-gas.org which seems to have a fairly accurate account of not only the street address, but the GPS coordinates of these stations. That is not always realistic though. Consider these options to deal with ethanol fuels:

  1. Use the fuel that you are storing and then replace it immediately. By doing this, your fuel stores will be rotated and not have the opportunity to go bad so easily.
  2. Add fuel stabilizer to fuel stores to remove water and prevent the fuel from going bad.
  3. There is also the option of installing a shut-off valve on the fuel line. An article from The Crux titled, ‘How To Protect Your Vehicle From Ethanol Gas‘ has some a great tip on using a shut off valve to save some engines.

Most motorcycles have a fuel tap that you can use to turn off the flow of fuel from the gas tank to the engine. When you’re done riding, turn the tap to “off” and let the engine idle until it burns up the remaining fuel in the carburetors. Then it will just stop running – and you can leave it that way for awhile without worrying about stagnant fuel in the carburetors decomposing the internals. You can do the same with a car – if you install an shut-off valve in the fuel line, ahead of the carburetor. With power equipment, your best bet is to drain their tanks and run the engine until it shuts down.

I am not an expert but I would speculate that you could install a fuel cut off valve on almost any piece of power equipment if it doesn’t have one already. Here is a YouTube video on how to do just that:

ALTERNATIVES

If you would like to avoid the difficulties of fuel storage all together, make a long term survival plan that does not require fuel at all. Seems simple right? The reality is that this can be a challenge, but it is not impossible. Solar systems, even on a small scale, can be a great way to charge the batteries needed to provide the necessary energy to survive. Here is a great article from fellow blogger Graywolf on how to build a simple, portable solar power system. A system like this could be used to charge a variety of batteries from AAA all the way up to high performing deep cycle, marine grade.

Fuel free methods of transportation are limited but in the event that there were some sort of long term survival scenario, a bicycle can be invaluable. Not only have bicycles been the transportation solution of choice during disasters in the past, they are often used in third world countries and high population density areas as the best non-vehicle option for getting around. In addition to a bike, a bike trailer could be incredibly useful if things were to go bad.

While there are problems with todays fuel, there is no avoiding it for most of us. We have become a society that is dependent upon using gas for almost everything. If you can’t avoid it, make a plan to properly store fuel and don’t forget to have a secondary plan in the event that you run out.

Fall FoodSaver Giveaway

This week I am excited to be a part of the Fall FoodSaver Giveaway with the Prepared Bloggers! It couldn’t be happening at a better time either. The FoodSaver is the perfect tool for putting up the last of the vegetables and will come in handy when deer season starts! On top of that, I love using my FoodSaver to vacuum seal items for my survival kit. It sure saves a lot of room!

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This is a great way to preserve your food for an extended amount of time. You can make mason jar salads, package your cheese in smaller bags, the list is endless. We are all thinking about how to be prepared for the unexpected times in our lives. This FoodSaver will help you save money by not wasting any of your precious grocery dollars.

The fine print: This FoodSaver Giveaway 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, Oct. 6th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT). 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!

*****Please note: We may have to exchange this exact FoodSaver with a comparable or more expensive FoodSaver should this item sell out or not be available when our giveaway ends. Thank you so much for your understanding. Good luck!
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Zombie Survival Classes Anyone?

The following is a guest post from Kimberly about survival and the recent appearance of zombie survival as the topic of study in college courses.

Zombie Survival Classes Anyone?

Admit it, you’re one of the few zombie apocalypse addicts who, at one point, played “The Walking Dead” roles just so you could feel the rush of being chased by zombies. Right? Or maybe you are one of those avid zombie fans that have read and studied all techniques to survive the zombie armageddon. Well, you don’t have to wait for dead men to start walking, you can now officially be a bachelor of zombie survival!

Last year, the University of California, Irvine announced that a massive open online course titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’” will be offered to students interested in zombie survival. Apparently, this was not the only one. The University of Pennsylvania offers a course titled, “A Zombie’s History of Medicine and Technology”, George Mason University offers Anthropology 314-Zombies, Columbia College Chicago opened the course Zombies in Popular Media, and even Harvard University which offers Zombies, Monsters, and Super Heroes: The Fantastic in 20th Century America. You may think it’s crazy. If so, then the US government is crazy too!

In 2011, the US government drafted the CONPLAN 8888-11 titled “Counter-Zombie Dominance” which documents a strategy to defend the state against a zombie attack. As the document read, “ this plan was not actually designed as a joke.” With all the zombie courses and zombie survival classes, it seems that we are now embracing the idea of having an actual zombie attack. (Tom adds: The actual idea behind CONPLAN 8888 was to outline a viable plan to deal with the fallout from a fictional training scenario that the public perceives as real, similar to the panic experienced by some with the broadcast of  ‘The War of The Worlds’ in the 1930’s. Labeling the plan as “Counter-Zombie Dominance” would eliminate confusing the plan with a real location or scenario.) This may sound foolish for most people but for preppers, this is where their expertise comes in.

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Preppers 101: Are They Crazy?

You might be thinking: Preppers are indeed crazy! Most people have a prepper stereotype, one who locks all their doors, keeps a huge amount of canned goods, guns, and locks himself in the bunker. However, preppers are people who believe that a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future. With this thinking, preppers stock food, ammunition, and other supplies. In recent years, the number of preppers in the US has exploded to an estimated 3 million. All over the country, people are stockpiling their pantries, planting gardens, utilizing alternative sources of energy, and studying self-defense courses among others. Besides, there’s no harm in getting ready if problems arise, right?

Due to the term itself, the word is exaggerated to mean someone who prepares for the doomsday. But in reality, there are different reasons to be prepared. Some prepare for the collapse of the economy, saying that if the economy burns down, numerous aspects of life such as transportation and communication could be crippled. Others prepare for natural disasters.

Terrorism, killer epidemics, and mass hysteria are other dangers preppers prepare for. Being a prepper does not necessarily mean preparing for a doomsday or a zombie apocalypse. It does not mean you want to experience it as well. Look within your neighborhood, there’s bound to be one person planting crops in her garden, another who keeps a healthy stock of food in the pantry, another keeps a gun inside his home – that’s prepping already. So you see, preppers are not at all crazy because thinking of survival steps and being ready for disasters is being systematic.

Walking, Reading, Writing, Studying With The Dead

You’ve probably seen the show Doomsday Preppers, the show that gives us an insider look of extreme preppers. Well, there’s a new one on air, the Zombie Preppers, which basically showcases people preparing for the zombie apocalypse. For preppers, preparedness is everything. Just like insuring your house or car, why not insure your life with some survival lessons?

In an article published in express.co.uk, National Geographic’s Tim Ralston said, “Prepping is a kind of insurance. You have car insurance, health insurance, life insurance. Why not this?” Another article published in the National Geographic, David Donohue, Franklin County Emergency Services Director said,  “Let’s face it – if you’re prepared for zombies, you’re prepared for anything!” Such was the point of the entire Zombie course of UC Irvine, “There will be something for everyone in this course, which will explore concepts as varied as post-disaster nutrition, the foundations of human survival and stereotypes in a Darwinian environment,” UC Irvine professor Zuzana Bic said.

Even the CDC showed support on zombie survival titled “Preparedness 101:Zombie Apocalypse,” which noted that “zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”  Given that there might be a zombie apocalypse, or even if there won’t be any, arming yourself with survival skills can have huge benefits.

Increase The Prepping Experience

Your prepping experience is incomplete without survival training up your sleeve. Survival training should be the basic training to prepare you for any type of disaster or dangerous situation, starting with basic skills such as finding your way in the woods, building a camp or shelter, looking for trail signs, or gathering food in a different environment. There are numerous videos online and even classes which offer survival skills training.

You should remember that part of the training does not involve actual zombies nor an asteroid actually hitting your home. Therefore, you should practice on your own and regularly. Work on those skills during your free time; go hiking or mountain climbing. Be one with the environment which you intend to be your safe place. If you intend to stay at home, master your house and your neighborhood. Always have a back-up plan. Here are some of the benefits that you can get from survival training:

  1. It increases the odds of your survival.
  2. It helps you manage yourself during tough situations, building up your character in dealing with harsh realities.
  3. You learn to be less dependent on the system.
  4. You gain a stronger sense of self reliance.
  5. You also learn which gear and kits to buy among a whole lot of necessary things.

Have you ever pondered upon these points? The world, nature, economy, everything is unfathomable. It may be here one second, and gone the next. People who are building their survival skills to become independent and prepared are not at all crazy. The concept of a zombie apocalypse may be crazy but just like everyone else, you value your safety and even that of your family’s. Now, would you like to take on zombie survival classes? Anyone?

Preparedness Month MEGA Giveaway

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In honor of this month being Preparedness Month, The Prepared Bloggers are proud to present a Mega giveaway of some of the best preparedness products on the market.

We are proud to partner with six great companies for a total of seven great prizes. These prizes are the perfect way to either begin your preparedness journey or add to your preps.

The Fine Print: We will have seven winners in this giveaway. Each winner will win one of the following prizes listed below. The giveaway starts September 22nd, 2014 @12:15 am (CST) and ends September 29th, 2014 @ 11:55 pm (CST). This giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older who is a US resident of the 48 Continental US States only. Each winner will be sent an email and the winner must respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.

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1 Royal Berkey System–From LPC Survival–This system is perfect for 2-6 people, filtering 3.25 gallons in about 2 hours. It comes with 2 Black Elements and is perfect for large families but is small enough for travel.

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1 Sun Oven–From Sun Oven–This is a great off-grid cooking solution using only solar energy. This Sun Oven includes a cookbook, dehydrating and baking rack set, two easy stack pots, a WAPI, and two loaf pans.

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1 Scout Kelly Kettle–From Kelly Kettle–The Kelly Kettle boils water quick and with very little fuel. It’s great for camping trips, hunting trips and emergencies.

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1 Wonder Junior Deluxe–From Wonder Mill–This is the perfect solution for making your own bread off-grid. It’s one of the easiest to use hand mills on the market. A great mill to use in an emergency situation, an off-grid environment or for everyday use.

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1 Propur Big with 2 ProOne 7″ G2.0 Filters–From End Times Warehouse–A clean water supply is super important in every situation. This gravity fed water treatment system makes it super easy to always have clean water.

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2 Seventy Two Hour Kits–From Survival Based–Be prepared for a sudden storm or power outage with this all in one 72 hour kit. Complete with fuel to cook the food contained in the kit. Keep this kit in your car, house, or grab it if you need to evacuate. Two lucky people will each win one 72 hour kit.

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1 Case of Six 5lb Creamed Honey (30lb total)–From Cox’s Honey–Honey is the perfect item to place in your food storage. It’s also great for a number of other uses. Cox honey is raw and unfiltered making it some of the best honey on the market.

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