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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.


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 – Q & A

Q & A With James Rawles From

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, 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’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.


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 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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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 27th to 12:00 am MST November 3rd. Winner will be drawn November 3rd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

Good luck!


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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!

Good luck!

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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 Make sure that you use the email address you subscribed with.


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.

Fuel Storage


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?


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.


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 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:


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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Sunday Survival Around The Web

To start things off this week I want to let you all know to make sure to check back here tomorrow. There is a MEGA giveaway that is being launched as the last event for National Preparedness Month by myself and a group of fellow survival and preparedness bloggers. Make sure to check it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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:

BREAKING NEWS: 3 Afghan Soldiers in U.S. for Training Reported Missing From Cape Cod Base - There is a report coming from Massachusetts National Guard officials that three Afghan National Army officers are missing from their place of duty as part of a tactical strategies joint exercise. This could be a coincidence however, is a particular concern in light of the threat from groups like al Qaeda and ISIS who would like nothing better than to attack Americans on our own soil.

How To Communicate When The World Goes Silent – This is a great piece from Graywolf Survival (an awesome resource by the way!). In this article Graywolf covers a myriad of communication options that could be viable choices when events place strains on telecommunications or when things just plain don’t work.

10 Disaster Preparedness Tips for Couples – Some great tips for all couples who are working towards becoming prepared for a disaster. My favorite tip listed was to make the joint decision to prepare. Things are always easier in a relationship when everyone is in agreement!

Plans Fail…Skills Endure – Todd over at Survival Sherpa has this great piece on the value of having skills because while plans are great, they do not always come together in the end. This is a great point and further value can be gleaned from it when you stop and think about the fact that even if you have supplies, they will run out and all you will be left with is your skills.

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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Kelly Kettle – September Giveaway #3

I am excited today to introduce the 3rd giveaway for National Preparedness Month! This week’s group giveaway is for not one, but TWO Ketlly Kettles!

Who would love to win a Kelly Kettle in our group giveaway? A large group of my blogging colleagues and I are trying to show the world what is available to use in an unforeseen disaster or emergency. We are so thankful to Glen at KellyKettleUSA for sponsoring our giveaway today! If you are interested in seeing a post on how one of these Kelly Kettle kits work, we have you covered: KellyKettlePost. There is also a YouTube on the Kelly Kettle website that will show you the different sizes they have available. These rock because you do not have to store fuel. You can use dry leaves, twigs or pinecones. Basically you put a small piece of newspaper or scraps of tinder in the bottom and you light it with just a match or flint. You can add more pinecones, twigs and other natural fuel as needed to keep the fire going. Water boils in minutes. Gotta love it! In this Kelly Kettle giveaway we will have two winners. One will win the stove kit on the left, the second winner will win the stove kit on the right in the graphic shown above. Good luck everyone!

This weeks giveaway is brought to you by the great group of bloggers below. Please make sure to stop by their sites and check out the astronomical amount of knowledge that is available to you about survival and self-reliant living.

Group Involved In This Giveaway:

1. Food Storage Moms
2. Frugality Gal
3. Survival At Home
4. Home Ready Home
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Ever Growing Farm
7. Sharing Lifes Abundance
8. Food Storage and Survival
9. I Get Ready
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Kneaded Creations
12. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
13. Simply Living Simply
14. Your Own Home Store
15. Prepared-Housewives
16. PreparednessMama
17. Survival For Blondes
18. Common Sense Homesteading
19. Trayer Wilderness
20. Melissa K. Norris
21. Memories By The Mile
22. The Busy B Homemaker
23. The Backyard Pioneer
24. Whole New Mom
25. Imperfectly Happy
26. Lil’ Suburban Homestead

Here is some additional information from the NOAA about National Emergency Preparedness Month

The fine print: This Kelly Kettle 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, Sept. 15th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 20th 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!

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Survival Around The Web

I would like to start off by expressing a huge thank you to Brian N. for his generous donation this week via PayPal. If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, a monetary donation of any amount is always appreciated but I also appreciate any show of support whether it is a social media share or a comment about an article. If you would like to make a monetary donation of your own, it can be made via PayPal here. Thank you for your support!

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:

SR’s [Steve Reichert] Handgun Caliber Choice and Why – For those of you who are not familiar with Steve, he is a medically retired Marine who after taking an IED blast in Iraq has moved on to be a big part of the firearms training world. In this article Steve uses his knowledge and expertise to outline his handgun caliber of choice and why that is a good choice.

Prepping on the Sly – This is a great article for those of us who have a spouse or significant other who think we are crazy for being concerned with preparedness. It is also a valuable resource for those who might be looking for a good place to get started with the survival and self-reliance lifestyle but are overwhelmed with how to get there.

The 25 Points of Hitler’s Nazi Party - This link was sent to me by a good friend and reveals what was essentially the outline of the core beliefs of the Hitler’s Nazi party. What resonates with me is how similar some of the Nazi party’s beliefs are to those of America’s current politicians and government officials. See if this sounds familiar:

10. The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. No individual shall do any work that offends against the interest of the community to the benefit of all.

We can’t have anyone being offended now, can we? Of course, we would never do anything like force a sports team to change their name because of the perception of offense. Not in the United States anyway….right?

Self-Igniting Fire Starter - This is a great DIY on how to make your own fire starters that are not only self-starting, but if made properly will be waterproof as well. I like the concept and further appreciate the fact that they are simple to make. On a side note, one of the key elements to making these fire starters are strike anywhere matches which are becoming very close to impossible to find. If you are out and about and happen to notice these matches for sale anywhere, I would encourage you to stock up for you and your loved ones.

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?

Fresh Water Giveaway!!!

I’ve teamed up with a group of preparedness and self-sufficiency bloggers to bring you all a chance at another great survival item. This week we have another HUGE giveaway for National Emergency Preparedness Month!


National Emergency Preparedness Month
Most of you that read my blog are probably familiar with the fact that the month of September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. This is a great time to focus on what you have done, and what you still need to, to be ready for a disaster if one were to occur. It was really concerning to me when I read that the city of Toledo, Ohio was not able to use their water supply for quite some time. They could not even boil it to make it safe because of the toxic nature of the water. There was nothing that anyone could do except wait for clean water to be brought in! This is one more reason we need to tell the world about National Emergency Preparedness Month. Wow, this makes me wish every family in the world could have some type of system to purify their water. Today, you have a chance to win the security of clean water.

This is a sponsored giveaway by and you really need to check out this website. You will be glad you did! We are extremely grateful that Tom at Camping Survival believes in the Big Berkey Water Purifier system as much as we do! Thanks again Tom for showing the world what is needed to purify our water everyday, or in an unforeseen disaster. We thank him for helping the world celebrate National Emergency Preparedness Month. Please enter this giveaway and you will have a chance to win one of these Big Berkey Water Purifiers! Good luck to everyone, and please visit the other bloggers listed below.

Here are my blogging colleagues involved in this giveaway:

1. Food Storage Moms
2. Imperfectly Happy
3. Frugality Gal
4. Survival For Blondes
5. Fabulous Farm Girl
6. Home Ready Home
7. Prepared-Housewives
8. I Get Ready
9. Kneaded Creations
10. Timber Creek Farm
11. Ever Growing Farm
12. Sharing Lifes Abundance
13. Your Own Home Store
14. Blue Yonder Urban Farms
15. Survival at Home
16. The Backyard Pioneer
17. Food Storage and Survival
18. The Busy B Homemaker
19. Simply Living Simply
20. Memories By The Mile
21. Common Sense Homesteading
22. Trayer Wilderness
23. Whole New Mom

The Fine Print:

This Big Berkey Water Purifier 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, Sept. 8th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 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!

Let your frineds and family know about this great opportunity! Or don’t, if you want to increase your odds of winning! (Just Kidding)
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Proper Food Rotation & Storage Procedures

The following article is a guest post submission from Lee Flynn, a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

Proper Food Rotation And Storage Procedures

Rotating food supplies is important. During emergency situations, families must have plenty of food and if the proper food storage and rotation procedures are used, everyone will have enough food for several days or weeks.

Why Food Must Be Rotated

When food is rotated, the food will better maintain its nutritional content. Food must also be rotated often so that it maintains its flavor. When homeowners rotate their food items, there is always a suitable store because the stored food is not expired.

Rotation also helps families because everyone gets to try dehydrated or freeze-dried foods if that is what is stored. Learning how to eat these long-term storage foods is important because it may be the only option in an emergency situation. Eating long-term food storage items also offers health benefits because the items have less fat and plenty of nutrients.

Using Food Storage Items Efficiently

Many families store their food items in basements and in food pantries. These locations are great because they are cool and dry; these conditions make food last longer. This poses one unique challenge however…because basements and pantries are out-of-the-way places, homeowners usually do not use their food on a regular basis after it is stored. There is a way to solve this problem though. Many preppers use solutions that were designed by food storage specialists like the Shelf Reliance Food Rotation System.

Kitchen Storage Procedures

Food items in the kitchen should be stored in small containers. These small containers can be used to remind others that there are more items in the basement. Because the containers are small, they will not take up a lot of space and will need to be replenished more often, resulting in stored food being rotated. Canned items should be stored on the kitchen shelves.

Designing A One-Week Menu

Many preppers test their food storage skills by making a menu. After they design a menu, they usually notice that certain items are not as efficient as others. A menu also helps preppers understand if they have enough food for certain meals, such as breakfast. In most cases,  an initial trial of the menu will demonstrate that you do not have enough items for certain meals; this is why a menu is important. An efficient menu also prepares families for disaster situations because they can test emergency meals and know what they need to have stored.

Advanced Storage Procedures

It is also an important practice to rotate your food storage items in to your current recipes. For example, many food storage professionals use cheese powder in macaroni and cheese. They also make pancakes using wheat. Beginning to incorporate food storage products such as these into your current recipes will allow you to become familiar with the qualities of the food products you store and how they can be included in recipes you are familiar with and know how to make.

How To Increase The Life Span Of Stored Emergency Food

Food usually lasts longer when it is stored in an area that is 40-60 degrees. Each food item should be rotated and dated properly. All new foods should be placed towards the back. Placing the food on the floor is not recommended because the air will cause problems. Instead, place all food on a shelf. Depending on the weather, the food could get very cold. However, the food should never be placed in an area that has a freezing temperature to best preserve it.

Date And Rotate

Individuals and families should practice their food rotation procedures. Rotation keeps food in great condition, as long as the food is also properly maintained. Most long-term items should be used regularly, such as bulk foods. This procedure is what best helps preppers rotate and replenish their inventory.

It is wise to remember that there are food items that do not last as long as others. For example, canned foods do not last as long as a bucket of grain. However, most items have a date that lets you know how long the food will last.

It is also helpful to remember to use organizing techniques when storing preparedness items. One way to organize food is to place the newest food to the left, leaving the older food on the right. Then as food is used, take food from the right because the items on the right are the oldest. The oldest food should be eaten first because fresh food is needed during emergencies situations and it will avoid losing valuable food resources to spoilage.

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All American Sun Oven Giveaway


I am excited to be partnering with an awesome group of preparedness bloggers to giveaway a Sun Oven package worth $448!!!

All American Sun Oven Giveaway
As you may know, September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. It is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), within the Department of Homeland Security. Americans are encouraged to take the necessary steps to prepare for any emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, churches, neighborhoods and communities. We all need solid emergency planning in order to get back to business after a terrorist attack, a tornado, flood, landslide, fire, etc. It is imperative to have a plan before a disaster strikes us unexpectedly. Have a plan and talk about the plan with family, co-workers and neighbors. If we put our plans into action before we need them, we will be much better prepared for the unexpected.

The bloggers that I have partnered with are:

Here is the fine print:

This All American Sun Oven 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 Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 6th 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 time 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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Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning Issued

Judicial Watch has shared on their website that, “High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the [southwest U.S.] border has been issued.” Sources have revealed that ISIS and Al Qaeda operatives are currently in the Ciudad Juarez area across the border from El Paso, Texas. The specific threat that has been identified are Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs). Federal law enforcement officers have been placed on high alert and it is reported that Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, Commanding General of the U.S. Army III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas is also being briefed on the situation across the border.


All of this is happening at the same time that Britain has raised their terror alert level to ‘Severe’ indicating  that a terror attack in Britain is highly likely. See the entire article from Judicial Watch here.

Take the opportunity to be ready if you are in the immediate area. If you are not in the local area, be ready anyway. There is no telling what the repercussions could be of a wide spread terrorist attack. It is important to be aware of what is going on and the threat to our nation.

Some of the things that should be done or checked to get ready if there was an attack include:

  1. Have an evacuation plan to at least two bug out locations (vacation property, friend’s house, family member’s house, etc.) with primary and at least two alternate routes.
  2. Conduct inspections of your Bug Out Bag (BOB) to ensure that all items are functional and up to date. If you don’t have a BOB, get one.
  3. Review your security and defensive measures. Consider designating a safe area in the house. If you don’t have body armor, think about getting body armor while you still can.
  4. Have at least one way to defend you and your loved ones everywhere you go. If a firearm is your method of choice, make sure that you have appropriate defensive ammunition for each one. Alternates that are easily carried include a knife, pepper spray, taser, or stun gun.
  5. Maintain the flow of information. Have a portable radio with AM/FM, Shortwave, and Weather capabilities. Don’t forget some extra batteries!
  6. Have an ample supply of food, water, hygiene supplies, and a plan for dealing with waste and sanitation issues if you have to hunker down.

I know I missed some stuff but I wanted to get the word out if you haven’t heard about this most recent and imminent threat. My guess is if the government is finally admitting it, the threat has probably existed for some time.

Stay safe and let me know what I missed in the comment section. Thank you.

The Reality of Disaster Preparedness

This week I found myself on the receiving end of an inbound hurricane, a first for me. I have experienced minor earthquakes, tornados, wildfires, ice storms, blizzards, and a variety of strong storm systems before but this was the first time that I was on an island, with no where to go, waiting for a swirling mass of mother nature named Iselle to inflict her damage on us. (We were fortunate, the hurricane turned south and missed our island.) It is worth mentioning that because of technology, we knew that Iselle was on her way a full week ahead of her arrival. This gave me the opportunity to observe the chaos that ensued before the hurricane was even 2000 miles away.

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There was an obvious race by everyone on the island to secure items necessary to sustain life following the hurricane. It was so bad that radio and news stations were reporting the locations that still had items like water and generators. Most stores were limiting the quantity of specific items that could be purchased. The governor issued an emergency proclamation to prevent retailers from gouging prices on the sale of items but it didn’t prevent private citizens from selling cases of bottled water for upwards of $50 a case. It seemed to me that this situation was caused from two major factors; most people did not have what they needed on hand and most people also realized that we are on an island and there wasn’t any more inventory coming in with a storm on the way.

Some of the “hot” items that were being bought up faster than they could be put out on the shelves were:

  • Water
  • Ice
  • Shelf Stable Food
  • Bread
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Battery Operated Radios
  • Alcohol
  • Plywood
  • Tarps
  • Chainsaws
  • Generators
  • Fuel
  • Cookstoves

This is only a short portion of what would be a long list. To me, this would demonstrate the need to keep at least a minimal stock of these items in the event that there ever is a disaster. This is especially true with things happening recently like the Lake Erie algae bloom that caused over 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio to be left without any water to drink or cook with for a few days. You  would think that events like this would convince people that preppers may not be so “crazy” but that is not the case. Today’s newspaper already featured an article on the large number of items like generators that were being returned because they were not needed.

My family and I were fortunate in that we have taken the steps to ensure that we are not in crowd of people at the hardware or grocery store fighting over the last sheet of plywood or a loaf of bread but I think this made us the exception to the rule. Take it from someone who just lived through a close call, do what you need to do and get what you need to get NOW before you find yourself in a situation where danger is imminent and there are no supplies available to ensure your survival.

If a hurricane were headed your way, would you have everything you need to survive the aftermath?

See the Ninja… Be the Ninja… Secretively

This is a guest post from reader Lukas. I would like to say thank you to Lukas for sharing his take on secrecy and prepping.

See the Ninja… Be the Ninja… Secretively

As an avid reader of The Prepared Ninja, I am often interested in the knowledge that can be bestowed to me by others who have a similar passion for preparedness. There is something I enjoy when it comes to reading and sharing this knowledge with others. Maybe it is the common ground I see with others who have a general love and joy from prepping. Maybe it is the pure adventure that is found understanding the variety of tactics others use. Either way, I have realized that reading The Prepared Ninja helps me fill the void I have.

After reading The Prepared Ninja for several weeks now, I was prompted (mostly by curiosity) to read the About The Prepared Ninja Page. If you haven’t read this yet- you should. Tom does a great job explaining his reason for the site. While reading this page, there was one thing that stuck out in my mind. This was the relationship Tom indicates exists between ninjas and the prepper minded individual. Specifically, I wanted to discuss Similarity #2. As Tom indicates in this section, “– A ninja is secretive and does not share what he does with anyone other than other ninjas. A prepper will spread the message of preparedness but will not tip their hand by disclosing information about their preps, making themselves a target of the unprepared.” I couldn’t agree more with the ideas in this statement and quickly wanted to discuss some of its ideas in more depth.

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So how do preppers remain secretive and only talk to other preppers so as not to become a target? Especially when SHTF? Good question right? After some contemplation, I have had some thoughts I wanted to share-

Some might assume that being secretive like a ninja means keeping your lips sealed about all topics related to preparedness. Others might think it means taking some drastic measures, such as 100% covert prepping. I would tend to disagree with these ideas and present that there are problems with this mindset. For instance, how do you share your tactics and a love of prepping if your lips are glued shut? There isn’t much fun in that. How do you learn new tactics and help others prep if you aren’t willing to share ideas? How do you manage 100% covert prepping while being a regular person of society? If keeping complete secrecy was the best way to complete a task, I wouldn’t be on here writing about prepping.

So let’s think about this. I don’t think being secretive about prepping means keeping my lips sealed. I think it means taking preventative action to avoid “being the target of the unprepared.” Even if I were to keep my lips sealed… who is to say someone isn’t secretly spying on me and my every move? One step I have taken (at the most basic level) is to censor my information before making it public. I often ask myself, is this information going to expose some type of personal information about me? Is this information identifiable or going to expose me to problems when SHTF? I believe examples of information that might expose me, is information tied to my physical location, my family, and anything that might be traceable over time.

A second step I have started to take is to install a security system to protect the equity I have from several years of being a prepper. I have found this adds an extra level of security and eases my mind. If you are interested in installing a good security system , I have a found a good review of home security systems here. A third and final step I take in determining the type of secrecy I should have is to go with my gut feeling. If there is anything I have learned after many years of prepping, it is that if you have a funny feeling about something… it is probably right. This means, if you don’t feel right about something you are sharing online don’t make it public. If you feel good about it… share it.

Navigational Methods In An Emergency

Using Technology and Old School Navigational Methods in an Emergency

Finding our way from point A to B is something we now mostly take for granted. Navigational skills and technology can come in handy whether it’s using a satellite navigation system or using the night sky to find your way home.

In-car navigational tools

Satellite navigation systems- or sat nav- have been used by the public since 1983 although GPS was first used by the military during the 1960s. Our sat nav systems today use around 30 satellites to provide world-wide GPS ensuring that we should never become lost again. Many vehicles come with this little mapping system but the devices themselves are relatively inexpensive to buy. Maps of countries around the world can be downloaded via computer and these are essential if you’re looking to get somewhere, whether during an emergency or not.

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Navigational systems without the internet

The question of what would happen to our vehicle sat nav systems if the internet went down is one that many people consider. Many of our satellite navigational systems such as those in our vehicles would still run the maps if they are already downloaded. There are specific sat nav applications that can run maps without the use of data traffic, whereas assisted GPS such as those used on an iPad to triangulate position will need a Wi-Fi signal. However, car batteries do run down and if the electric grid was to go down it may be a case of returning to tried and tested navigational methods.

Old school navigational skills

Most of us over a certain age are familiar with the compass pointing north and a paper map technique. If these tools aren’t to handy then it could be a case of using the North Star to navigate and keep on course. First you would need to identify the ‘Plough’, which is a group of easily identifiable seven stars. From there you would identify the two ‘pointer stars’ – the North Star will be five times the same distance from the pointer star. It will take only a short amount of practice to identify the Plough and it’s relation to the North Star but once you recognise this you should be able to always find your True North.

Hopefully you will never have to rely on old school navigational methods but these are excellent skills to learn. Try some star-gazing and work out exactly where the North Star is; it’s an easy to learn skill that could indeed prove very useful.

Debt & Its Relationship To Prepping

This is a guest post from Gale about debt and prepping.

When it comes to prepping, it is often forgotten that prepping as a set of actions is much more than stocking up on extra cans of vegetables or gallons of water. It is also a common fallacy that prepping is done exclusively for the future when it is also a set of strategies to improve your current situation. Don’t believe me? Take debt as an example. While debt is something you’ll need to someday completely erase from your future, working to pay down starts now. Getting out of debt is prepping.

Never Go Into Debt By Prepping

Prepping can be bank breaking if done incorrectly. Prepping is one of those activities that can turn out to be a money pit; one purchase can lead to another, then to another, then to another, and so on and so forth until you’ve expended your entire account balance and still have other weapon attachments, security measures, food supplies, and improvements left to purchase. Set an overall budget for your prepping purchases each month (I limit myself to $225). Do not go over this arbitrary limit, even though I realize how difficult that can be as TEOTWAWKI draws closer with each passing day.

Pay For Everything In Cash

No more credit cards, no more loans. It’s easy to make purchases with money you don’t have, and this is exactly why people buy with credit cards. If I have a $5,000 credit limit, it is much easier putting a new television on a credit card as opposed to writing a check (or using a card linked to your checking account) for that money to be automatically deducted from my current account. This is how people get into trouble and deep debt fast. Pay for everything in cash and don’t give debt collectors a reason.

Become Debt Free And Stay Debt Free

Student loans, auto loan, mortgage, credit cards – these are all types of debt that can cripple your monthly budget, and for a long time. One of my best friends from high school went to college for 5 years. Here is the conversation we had:

-Friend: Man if it weren’t for my student loans, I’d be making bank right now.

-Me: Really? I’m sorry bud, is it that unmanageable?

-Friend: Yes! I barely even make enough to pay for rent and student loans! That doesn’t even count towards food or my other bills.

-Me: That’s so sad. Not to pry, but what are we talking – $20k to pay back?

-Friend: Nope, guess again – $70,000.

-Me: (speechless)

Sorry to say it, but my friend is a slave to his student loan debt. In some places in the United States, you can outright purchase a home for $70,000. Instead he is paying for a college degree for the next few decades of his life. While this is an extreme situation (average student loan debt is $29,400), it goes to show the tough situation many people find themselves in. If you have any debt, get all hands on deck to pay that debt off completely and as quickly as possible. Work on paying off one debt at a time, generally higher interest debts should be paid off first while making minimum payments on all other debts. As interest accrues, you are throwing money straight out the window towards whoever owns your debt. Break the shackles of debt and regain your financial independence.

At first glance, debt and prepping may seem unrelated. By looking a little deeper, you will find that debt and prepping are interconnected and it is imperative that a prepper must break the bonds of debt to protect themselves and their families. No one said the task would be easy, but as someone who regained control of their financial livelihood by putting forth all effort to paying off a heinous amount of debt on a new boat (talk about feeble financial decisions), I can say that the journey may be long and hard but the feeling once you reach the end is something so gratifying and liberating that it is a road certainly worth traveling, for anyone. Will you take control of your financial future?

About The Author

Gale Newell is continually working on being a self-sufficient human being. She finds herself spending her summer days outdoors, whether that raising her own food in her organic garden or playing cards with friends and family. She is very much into grilling meals on her old-school charcoal grill and has since lifted her addiction to multiple television series. She feels freer than ever and is truly happy. She is prepared for the future and ready for whatever happens next.

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A Packing List For All Occasions

I recently was cruising the endless chasm of the internet and stumbled upon a nifty tool that someone put together called the Universal Packing List. This immediately piqued my interest for two reasons:

  1. There is no possibility that there is a universal packing list for anything.
  2. This could be a great tool to provide a foundation for putting together a bug out bag or other survival kit.

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The packing list tool allows the user to enter a set of criteria and it in turn generates a customized packing list for the user based on the conditions they entered for their trip. Some of the components of the tool that determine what is on the list include:

  • Start & End Date Of The Trip
  • Maximum & Minimum Expected Temperatures
  • Gender
  • Expected Accommodations
  • Kids (By Age Group)
  • Various Possibilities (Is it an international trip?, Will it rain?, etc.)
  • Activities Participating In (Climbing, Beach,  etc.)
  • Transportation Method
  • The Size Of Your Bag

Another convenient detail that is included with the Universal Packing List is the option to email your completed list to yourself or someone else of your choosing. This makes it easy to share with family members or a group.

To get a good idea of how useful this tool would be, I went ahead and input the following information to simulate bugging out by myselfon foot during the summer:

  • Dates of Trip: 25-27 July
  • Temperatures: 50-86 Degrees Farenheit
  • Gender: Male
  • Accommodations: Camping
  • Kids: None
  • Other Conditions: It may rain, I use a backpack, wash my own clothes, and cook my own food.
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Transportation: Hitchhiking
  • Size of Bag: Normal

Here is the packing list that I was provided:

Things To Do Before You Leave -

  • Wash the dishes
  • Shave
  • Pet Care
  • Unplug electrical stuff
  • Turn down (or up, depending on where you live) the temperature in your home
  • Memorize PIN codes to credit cards and your phone’s SIM card
  • Memorize the PIN code to your phone’s SIM card
  • Check out what hospitals are covered by your health insurance
  • Install or recharge batteries
  • Get maps

Clothes -

  • Underwear
  • Shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Trousers ( Pants, Jeans )
  • Sweater
  • Cap ( Hat )

Shoes -

  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals ( Flip-flops )

Optional Clothes -

  • Belt
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Swimming trunks ( Bikini )
  • Pyjamas ( Pajamas )
  • Beach pants
  • Jewelry

Clothes For Cold Weather -

  • Jacket ( Wind breaker )

Money And Documents -

Basic Documents -

  • Insurance certificate ( Health Insurance card )
  • Cash
  • Credit/ATM cards ( Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express etc )
  • Driver’s license
  • ID card
  • Address list (with phone numbers and email addresses)

Optional Documents -

  • This packing list
  • International Student Identification Card ( ISIC )
  • Tourist organization certificate

For Carrying Money And Documents -

  • Wallet
  • Paper folder

Maps -

  • Small scale map
  • Large scale map

Books -

  • Novels
  • Guidebook

Equipment -

Things For Packing -

  • Backpack ( Rucksack )
  • Small extra backpack ( Knap sack, Day pack )
  • Luggage tags

Things For Sleeping -

  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Sheets ( Bed covers )
  • Pillowcase
  • Sleeping mattress

Cooking Equipment -

  • Stove
  • Extra fuel
  • Can opener
  • Eating utensils ( Cutlery )
  • Drinking cup
  • Plate
  • Washing-up liquid

Eating Equipment -

  • Cork screw

Miscellaneous Equipment -

  • Compass
  • Candle
  • Earplugs
  • Lighter ( Matches )
  • Sunglasses
  • Keys

Hygiene -

  • Toilet bag ( Bathroom bag, Necessaire )
  • Razor
  • Shaving gel ( Shaving foam )
  • Electric shaver
  • Toothbrush ( Electric toothbrush with charger )
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Soap box
  • Liquid soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Sunblock lotion

Hygiene (optional) -

  • Comb
  • Hair brush
  • Barrettes, headbands, hair ties
  • Detergent ( Laundry soap )
  • Sink plug
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Moisturizer

Health -

General Health Items -

  • Prescription medicine
  • Condoms
  • Sore tape ( Adhesive tape )
  • Insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifying filter

Pills, Tablets And Medicines -

  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Fever tablets
  • Pain killers
  • Allergy pills ( Anti-histamines )

Electrical Stuff -

General Electrical Items -

  • Cell Phone ( Mobile Phone, Cellular Phone )
  • Charger to Smartphone/Cell Phone
  • Multi Power Outlet
  • Computer
  • Watch
  • Flashlight ( Torch )
  • Bookmark reading light
  • Extra batteries for your camera, flash, torch, watch, MP3-player and GPS
  • GPS

Camera Equipment -

  • Camera
  • Memory cards
  • Film

Generic Photo Equipment -

  • Camera bag

Music Items -

  • Music player ( Cassette, CD, MiniDisc, MP3 )
  • Headphones

Mountain Equipment -

Hiking Equipment -

  • Hiking trousers
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Hiking Boots
  • Woolen socks

As you can see, there are WAY too many items here to fit into a normal sized bag. At the same time, there are items listed that would not be necessary in a survival situation like a music player and headphones, a computer, or a corkscrew while there are items that would be necessary to survive like food, water, and a knife. Regardless, if you are not sure where to start when putting your kit together or are curious how various conditions might affect your packing list, the Universal Packing List may be a useful tool.

Make your own packing list using the Universal Packing List