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Emergency Food Storage: 7 Tips for Getting Started

No matter where you live, there is potential for a disaster. If something were to happen, would you be prepared? Taking the time to store emergency food, water and first-aid supplies is essential in fully preparing your home or business for the unexpected. Starting with a basic food and water storage is a great way to make some headway. For this, you can start with a-la-carte food storage items and pick up more as you go, or purchase quick and easy kits for a solid base. Emergency kits are available in pails, backpacks and duffle bags, each designed for a specific use. These kits are great if you don’t have the time or desire to start building a food storage base on your own. They’re also inexpensive and designed to accommodate almost every emergency need.

Whether you choose to pick up food storage items as you go, or start with emergency food kits, it’s important that you store your items properly for optimal shelf-life and quality. To give you a better idea of how you can do this, we’ve provided the list of food storage tips below.

Food Guidelines for storing:

  • Keep food in a dry, unused area
  • Keep food enclosed at all times
  • Open food boxes or cans care-fully so that you can close them tightly
  • Wrap cookies and crackers in plastic bags and keep them in tight containers
  • Empty open packages and put into screw-top jars to protect them from pests
  • Inspect all food for signs of spoilage on a regular basis
  • Place new items in the back of the storage area and older ones in front

Starting a Storage

Now that you know where and how you should store your emergency food supply, it’s time to get started! Canned foods are the best choice as the food can be well-maintained for a very long period of time. Dried fruits, nuts, sugar, tea, and coffee can also be stored in sealed containers.  Review the tips below for a complete description of what you should start storing and when.

1)     Create Kits

First, make an emergency evacuation kit, also known as a 72-hour kit. Each member of the family should have their own emergency kit with an assortment of emergency supplies and food in a backpack or small bucket. Each kit should have enough supplies for three days. If danger strikes and you need to evacuate instantly, all you have to do is grab your backpack or bucket and escape. Don’t forget the following items: food, water, clothes, first-aid kit, hygiene needs, necessary medicines, important papers, and basic tools and utensils.

2)     Build Your Storage of Favorite Meals

Make a food storage plan based on your current diet. This would include a two or three month supply of the food your family eats regularly. In an emergency, you will want to have foods that you’re accustomed to eating as they will ease your transition into long term food storage items. Do not forget water.

3)     Stock PLENTY of Water

A top priority for getting started is an ample supply of clean water. The average person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day, and hot climates can double that amount. Water will also be needed for food preparation and hygiene. One gallon per person, per day is usually recommended. According to FEMA, you should have at least a two week supply of water per person in your family. Never ration water. You can always minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.

4)     Stock up on Food Staples

You will want to start storing long term food items. These are simple foods that store for extended periods of time and provide sufficient nutrition. These include grains, legumes, and other staples that will allow you to provide for your family in a reasonable manner for an extended period of time. You will need to incorporate these into your diet so your body can become familiar with them.

5)     Plan for Fire Needs

You also want to consider fire. It is very important to have the ability to light a fire for cooking and warmth. A fire starter is a vital item because it could be tough to locate burnable material and even tougher to ignite it.

6)     Make Sure Storage is Easily Accessible

Location is important. When an emergency is happening, you need to be able to locate your emergency kit and fast.

7)     Plan for Every Emergency

Your home isn’t the only place you should have an emergency kit. You will want to consider placing one in your boat, cabin, vehicle, etc. You never know when disaster could strike.

These are great suggestions and are compliments of the folks at Augason Farms.

Preparing For An Earthquake In Canada

Be Ready, Be Safe: Top Earthquake Preparedness Tips for Canadian Homeowners

In the run of a year, Canada experiences approximately 3,500 earthquakes. Unfortunately, earthquakes do not only damage property but take lives as well. Fortunately, there are some ways to prepare for such disasters. To help keep your home and family safe, here are tips for Canadian homeowners:

What to Do Before an Earthquake

1. Prepare an emergency kit.

To prepare for the worst, you should always have a disaster kit handy to deal with any situation. Your kit should include everything from water to copies of your health and identification cards. If you have any pets in the household, you should also prepare an emergency kit for them as well. Special consideration should also be given to the needs of family members with medical conditions or the elderly.

2. Come up with an emergency plan and practice it regularly.

To ensure that everyone knows what to do during an earthquake, it is essential that everyone in the household becomes familiar with safe spots and what to do if the worst should happen. Once you have a plan in place, practicing it regularly well help everyone (especially children) more effectively deal with a crisis. Ongoing practice of an emergency plan also makes the reaction to an emergency more of a natural response.

3. Secure your belongings.

To prepare for an earthquake, you should take the necessary steps to secure your belongings. For example, you should avoid placing heavy objects in high areas where they can fall down and cause injury. If you have pictures and mirrors on the wall, you should ensure that they are secured with strong hooks to prevent them from falling down as well. Appliances and large pieces of furniture should also be secured to avoid injury.

While securing your valuables, it is handy to take inventory as you go along. If you later need to make a claim, you will have the necessary details required for the process. Specialist companies like BrokerLink are ready to help you find insurance solutions for your particular needs.

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What to Do During an Earthquake

1. Take cover.

Many valuable disaster resources, including the Pocket Guide to Emergencies, state for people to immediately drop, cover, and hold on as soon as the shaking starts. If you are near sturdy furniture such as tables, you should crawl under the piece and hold onto the legs. If you are not fortunate enough to be near sturdy furniture, you can press yourself along, or crouch down against, an interior wall. An interior doorway can also provide structural protection to occupants during an earthquake.

2. Stay away from glass objects and tall furniture.

During earthquakes, glass can easily shatter and furniture can fall over. To avoid injury, you should try to avoid staying near glass windows, furniture with glass panels, mirrors, bookshelves, and light fixtures.

What to Do After an Earthquake

1. Prepare for aftershocks.

After an earthquake, the area may be hit again by aftershocks (smaller earthquakes that follow large earthquakes). In some cases, the aftershocks may actually be larger than the actual earthquake, so it is very important that you still remain vigilant even after the initial disaster.

2. Evacuate your home if you feel that the structure is unsafe.

If your home’s integrity has been compromised or you suspect that there is gas leak, you should immediately evacuate the home.

3. Call 9-1-1.

Once you are able to, you should call 9-1-1 to report what happened and get the assistance you need. If you need assistance while in the home, you can place a “HELP” sign in your window to attract attention.

Experiencing an earthquake is sure to change the way you look at the world. Fortunately, by following these tips and being prepared, you can best protect your home and family.

About The Author

John Wilber is a retired weatherman and grandfather of seven. He now enjoys spending his time helping others be safer by posting his informative articles online.


7 Different Aspects of Food Storage

Emergency preparedness includes getting ready just in case a natural disaster occurs. Because there may be power outages and dangerous conditions outside, local stores won’t be able to help feed you or your family. This will cause a need for food storage plans in order to survive until things are normal again.

Basic Ways to Prepare for a Natural Disaster with Survival Food

To truly be ready for natural disasters, you’ll need to prepare your emergency food storage to ensure healthy survival:

  1. Seasonings – When preparing meals, you’ll need to season your foods. Some natural seasonings include salt, honey and sugar. All three have indefinite shelf lives when stored in sealed, waterproof packaging and containers.
  2. Cooking Oils – Vegetable, corn, canola and olive oils are important ingredients when preparing roux for thickening your gumbos, sauces, soups and stews. They also come in handy for frying foods and greasing pans for baking foods.
  3. Baking Goods – Be sure to add baking mixes, flours, baking powder and baking soda to your food storage. These ingredients are necessities when making baked goods such as pastries. They can also be used to prepare pastries that don’t require baking. These goods usually have a one year shelf life.
  4. Starchy Foods – These foods provide carbohydrates, which are vital to healthy eating. Dry cereals are edible without milk. Or, you can eat them with canned milk, boxed milk, a milk alternative or powdered milk. Powdered potatoes contain a natural amount of carbohydrates to add to your emergency meals. Also, pastas and rice are starchy foods with very long shelf lives.
  5. Dehydrated Vegetables – Dehydrated onions, mushrooms and other vegetables have the same nutritious value as their fresh forms. These veggies, as well as soup bases and gravy mixes are useful for creating full course meals after a natural disaster. They can also be used to give your prepared foods some well-needed seasoning.
  6. Canned Foods – These are a favorite among savvy survivalists. Canned goods have extremely long shelf lives. They’re also great during emergency situations because the foods can be eaten out of the can without any cooking whatsoever. Cans are generally strong enough to survive most natural disasters. The liquids from many canned foods is great for giving your other foods a little seasoning.
  7. Freeze Dried Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, Starchy Foods and Desserts – Freeze dried food is another favorite emergency food for ninja survivalists. These foods have a 25-year shelf life. And, the flash freezing process essentially freezes the natural flavors, textures, colors, shapes and nutritional values in time. So, you don’t have to worry about your family going hungry because the foods just don’t look or taste right.

This article was written by Dirk Puckett for Need tips for incorporating freeze dried food into your food insurance plan? Visit to see how to prepare your emergency food for a natural disaster today?

Prepperview With The Berkey Guy

This week’s prepperview is with Jeff “The Berkey Guy” Gleason of LPC Survival, a powerhouse dealer of survival products that specializes in Berkey Water Filtration Systems. I would like to thank Jeff for his time and willingness to share some of his thoughts and insight into preparing for an uncertain future.

The Prepared Ninja Prepperview


 1. If I were limited to only one firearm for survival, I would own a:  Just cannot narrow it down to one, but having a handgun is a must.

2. The single most overlooked prep item is: Water Storage and a Water Purification System to purify the water.

3. The first thing to disappear following a disaster will be: Water in stores and preparedness products.

4. If I could have a retreat anywhere in the world, it would be: Any place away from big cities.

5. In my opinion, the best commercially produced survival food on the market today is: Mountain House – Any of their food.

6. The items that I have on me at all times include: Great question, but keeping it personal, other than keys for cars and house.

7. The last book that I read was: The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

8. One thing that I would miss the most if an EMP shifted my lifestyle back to the 1800’s would be: Internet

9. Stuck on an island and forced to choose one person to survive with, I would pick: My wife, she’s my life.

10. The vehicle I drive is:  A silver car and a blue car, no other info forthcoming.

Thanks again to Jeff for his time and thoughts. If you get the chance, make sure to swing by LPC Survival and check out all the great products offered for sale on Jeff’s website.

Prepping During Cold Weather

The winter months can require an adjustment in the way we approach our daily activities. Snow on the ground means the lawn doesn’t need to be mowed, but it also means that it is cold enough outside that the average person does not feel like spending much time outside. Colder temperatures could be an excuse to take time off from prepping all together because you “can’t work in the garden or spend any time at the range” but it can also be the catalyst to get some of the less exciting tasks completed at the same time.

Some of the prepping tasks that are ideally suited for cold weather months include:

  1. Rotate Food Storage – The food you put up for the future or for tough times should always be rotated and maintained. If it is consumed, it should be replaced. If it has an expiration date, eat it before it goes bad and then replace it! Even though some long-term storage food is good for 10 or even 25 years, it can still go bad far sooner if it is not properly kept. As a result of this fact, the winter months can serve as the perfect time to check over food stores and ensure that cans aren’t swollen, boxes aren’t stained or soaked with moisture, or that there are not “things” living in your food.
  2. Update Emergency Information – Curl up in the easy chair with your computer in front of the fire and make sure that the administrative side of emergency preparedness is together and organized. Things that can be updated include the evacuation routes that would be taken from home, work, etc., who to call if there were a tree that fell across your driveway, and ensure the accuracy of insurance information/coverage amounts.
  3. Plan Next Year’s Activities – What do you want to accomplish next year? Is the garden going to be bigger? Will you grow a different variety of a certain plant? This is also the perfect time to determine what your financial goals will be and how your projected income will fit into your prepping efforts.
  4. Learn New Skills or Brush Up On Old Skills – Some new skills can be acquired through reading, taking a class, or watching a video. If you are staying inside anyway, learn one of those new skills that you have been thinking about picking up! YouTube is a great resource for many survival, homesteading, emergency preparedness, etc. related videos and allow anyone with a computer and internet access to learn something new or brush up on a skill that lacks confidence. The local library usually offers a wide variety of books that can be useful in this same area. Many skills such as cooking or home brewing can have some level of mastery achieved in the course of one cold weather season.
  5. Perform Maintenance/Upgrades – Equipment needs to be maintained and upgraded. Maintenance and equipment upgrades can sometimes be put off and the downtime that winter affords can be the ideal time to perform some much-needed work. Firearms can be cleaned and oiled, knives can be sharpened, first aid kits can be upgraded, and the car can be taken to the shop to have the oil changed and the tires rotated.

Winter does not have to be down time for preppers. There is always something that can be done regardless of the weather. These are some of the ways that I could think of to stay prepping during the cold weather, how do you plan to stay with it this winter?

Travel Safety Checklist

Safety is a constant concern for almost everyone, especially with the current state of the world. There are places though where most people feel more comfortable. Being at home or at a loved ones house for example. It seems safe to say that a good percentage of people feel most vulnerable while they are traveling or in a foreign environment (which usually goes hand in hand with traveling). I am no different myself and have as a result of this insecurity, developed some practices that have served me well to ensure my safety as I travel. These practices have come from instinct, experience, my military training, and others from personal research that I have conducted. They have been compiled neatly into a checklist so that hopefully they can be of help to you all as well.

 Prior To Traveling:

  • Clean out your wallet. Remove any items not needed for travel and those that could be used for identity fraud.
  • Ensure that you have the correct directions and check local road conditions if driving.
  • Double check reservation information if flying, going by train, or other travel means.
  • Check the weather at all locations where you will be traveling for the duration of your travel to ensure that you have all of the appropriate clothing that you will need.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary at home. Include your travel arrangements and hotels where you will be staying.
  • Check your person and carry-on bag for anything that might be construed as a weapon. For an updated list of prohibited items see
  • Have a current emergency contact form left with your supervisor if the travel is work related.
  • Arrange to make regularly scheduled check-in calls at home and at work as appropriate.
  • Make sure your passport is current and not too close to the expiration date.
  • If you are going overseas: Photocopy the contents of your wallet, passport and visa. Include passport-sized photos of yourself in case you need to have it replaced. Make a list of the overseas contact numbers for your credit card company. Make a list of all embassies. Keep copies in your carry-on bag and in your checked luggage.
  • Make sure your medical coverage is effective in all areas that you will travel to including overseas. Bring all prescription medication in original containers. Bring copies of any prescriptions you need, this includes glasses or contacts.
General Recommendations:
  • Keep a low profile. Dress and behave conservatively.
  • Do not wear clothing with American logos.
  •  Keep $30-50 and one credit card in your wallet or purse when traveling. Store the balance of your credit cards, traveler checks, and cash in a money belt or similar item worn under your clothes.
  • Clothing that exhibits expensive labels or brand markings has the potential to make you the target of an assault or robbery.
  • If you have military or distinctive identification that could make you a target do not carry it in your wallet.
  • Lock all luggage. Do not place anything on your luggage identifying your nationality.
  • Vary regular travel routes by changing travel times or using different roads.
  • Avoid areas where you are likely to be victimized. These include crowded mass transit stations, tourist attractions, market places, festivals and marginal areas of cities or towns.
  • Don’t use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets. Try not to travel alone at night.
  • Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.
  • Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers. If it can be avoided, don’t discuss such matters in public either.
  • Beware of strangers who approach you, offering bargains or to be your guide.
  • Move with purposeful strides. If you are lost, act as if you know where you are going. When possible, ask directions only from individuals in authority. Generally, families or women with children are the safest persons to ask for directions.
  • Know how to use local pay telephones and have change to do so. Consider cell phone service that works in the country you are traveling in. Obtain local /international calling cards.
  • Learn enough of the local language so you can communicate your need for help, the police, or a doctor. Carry a list of emergency telephone numbers you may need: police, fire, your hotel, and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • If you are confronted, don’t fight back. Give up your valuables. Fight only as a last resort.
  • In nightclubs and restaurants locate the functional emergency exits before any emergency.

Airline Travel Safety:

  • Select an airline with a good safety record. Your travel agent will have this information.
  • Try to schedule direct flights.
  • Wide-bodied aircraft typically are the preferred airframe to travel on.
  • Arrive at the airport early enough to clear security, at least 3 hours prior to flight time for international flights and 2 hours prior to departure for domestic flights.
  • Verify that ticket or gate agents have taken the correct coupons of any paper tickets and returned all coupons that you will need for later flights.
  • Verify you have received a baggage tag for each piece of checked luggage and that the tag matches your destination.
  • Keep your passport and any paper airline ticket in a zippered pouch of your carry on bag. Always return them to the same place.
  • Clear the check-in area as quickly as possible and move into the secure part of the terminal.
  • Report any suspicious activity to airport security or flight attendants immediately.
  • Watch your belongings as they go through the X-ray screening machine. Make sure you watch the bags as they enter the machine and then pass through the metal detector in time to pick up your bag as it clears the machine. If the person in front of you stops or fails the screening test, do not allow your belongings to go through until the path to retrieve them on the other side is clear. Most laptops and purses are stolen at security by teams of thieves.
  • Place carry-on bags in overhead storage across the aisle from your seat so you can see if anyone is trying to open them during the flight.
  • To speed response time in the event of emergency and to avoid the possibility of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) use of sleep aids and alcohol should be avoided.
  • Traveling in natural fiber clothing is more comfortable for some and tends to be more fire resistant.
  • Upon arrival use hotel provided transportation where possible. If you take a cab, select your own taxicabs at random. Don’t take a vehicle that is not clearly identified as a taxi. Compare the face of the driver with the one posted on his or her license. Once seated in the cab insure doors are locked, position yourself so you can see the drivers eyes in the rearview mirror should they fall asleep while driving.
  • If you are being met at an airport make sure the placard used displays a number of your selection and not your name. When asked, the person holding the number sign must be able to tell you your name. Kidnappers copy names on signs and stand closer to the entrance than legitimate drivers.
Hotel Safety:
  • Stay at reputable hotels and motels. The large, western Hotel chains usually have adequate security. Select a hotel that allows you to take different routes to your destination if possible.
  • Ask for a second story room at a motel. Ground floor rooms are more susceptible to break in. Staying on the second floor also makes it easier to escape if there is a fire. Try to avoid staying above the third floor in any country without a modern and well-equipped fire department. Never stay above the seventh floor.
  • Check the windows and doors to make sure they are secure including the lock on the door of an adjoining room.
  • Read the fire safety instructions in your hotel room. Know how to report a fire. Be sure you know where the nearest fire exits and alternate exits are located. Count the doors between your room and the nearest exit. Do the same for an alternate exit. This will allow you to reach the exit if the corridor is dark or filled with smoke. Consider traveling with an emergency escape hood.
  • Don’t open the door to anybody unless you are familiar with him or her. Talk through the door without opening it. Hotel door chains are practically useless.
  • Keep your hotel door locked at all times. Meet visitors in the lobby.
  • Do not leave money and other valuables in your hotel room while you are out. Use the hotel safe. Do not leave business documents, especially proprietary material, in the room unsecured.
  • Let someone know when you expect to return if you are out late at night.
  • If you are alone, do not get on an elevator if there is a suspicious-looking person inside.

Traveling At Your Destination:

-By Car:

  • When renting a car, choose a type commonly available locally. Choose a model with a good safety rating. If possible, ask that markings that identify it as a rental car be removed.
  • Get the latest model available, make certain it is in good repair and that it has emergency roadside equipment. Always wear seatbelts.
  • Pick a car with power locks and windows.
  • Select a car with an air conditioner. This will allow you to drive with windows closed. This prevents items from being snatched from inside your car.
  • Check the car every time that you do not have direct eye contact with the car.
  • Try not to park your car on the street overnight. If the hotel or municipality does not have a parking garage or other secure area, select a well-lit area.
  • Keep all doors locked while driving.
  • Don’t leave valuables on your seats while driving or when you park.
  • Travel using different roads.
-Choosing The Best Road:
  • Drive on a main road.
  • Travel roads with more than one lane.
  • Prefer roads that are close to a police station.
  • When driving use the rearview mirror to detect any cars that may be following you.
  • Be aware of the location of safe-havens such as police stations, hotels, and hospitals.
  • Pay attention to any unusual objects on the road (road blocks, cars stopped on side roads).
  • As much as possible, avoid driving at night.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Don’t exit your car if there are suspicious looking individuals in the area.
-Public Transportation:
  • Check the Consular Information Sheets to find out if a country has a pattern of tourists being targeted by criminals on public transportation.
  • Only take taxis clearly identified with official markings. Beware of unmarked cabs. Chose them yourself and at random.
  • Avoid mass transportation at night. Spend the extra money and take a taxi.
  • Robbery of passengers on trains along popular tourists routes is a serious problem. It is more common on overnight trains.
  • Do not accept food or drink from strangers. It may be drugged.
  • On overnight trains, lock the sleeping compartment.
  • Do not be afraid to inform the conductor or other official if you feel threatened. Police are frequently assigned to ride trains that have been targeted before.
  • The same type of criminal activity found on trains can be found on public buses used by tourists.
How to Handle Money Safely:
  • Separate your cash into two portions. Keep some of the money in your wallet and the rest in a belt or separate place on your person. If you have a purse carry it in front of you, over your shoulder across your chest, hold on to it with your hands and walk with the bag away from the curb to avoid drive-by purse-snatchers.
  • Beware of pickpockets. Anyone can be a pickpocket. Generally, a pickpocket will use an accomplice to distract you while your pocket is being picked. A common ploy is to have an accomplice bump into you but anything that will distract you will also be effective.
  • To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, change your travelers’ checks or withdraw money from  an ATM, as you need currency.
  • Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill. Make sure your credit card is returned to you after each transaction. Check periodically for unauthorized charges.
  • Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money. Do not change money on the black market.
  • If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police. Keep a copy of the police report for insurance claims. After reporting missing items to the police, report the loss or theft of credit cards, traveler’s checks, airline tickets and your passport. This will be much easier to accomplish if you have remembered to photocopy the contents of your wallet and if you have written down the overseas contact numbers of your credit card companies. Contact the local embassy or consulate to replace your passport.
Travel to High-Risk Areas: 
If you must travel in an area where there has been a history of terrorist attacks or kidnapping or that is the subject of a State Department traveler alert, be sure you:
  1. Register with the U.S. embassy or consulate upon arrival.
  2. Do not discuss personal matters and your itinerary with casual acquaintances or strangers.
  3. Leave no personal or business papers in your hotel room.
  4. Watch for people or vehicles following you.
  5. Remember the golden rule of counter-surveillance; if you see the same person or vehicle two times, separated by time and distance, you are probably being followed. If it happens three times, you are being followed. Contact the local police and the nearest embassy or consulate for guidance.
  6. Refuse unexpected packages.
  7. Check for loose wires, packages or other suspicious objects around your car.
  8. Check under the car when you park. Note the presence of any object under your car when you return.
  9. Be sure your vehicle is mechanically sound in case you need to resort to high-speed or evasive driving.
  10. Drive with car windows closed in crowded streets. Bombs can be thrown through open windows and it is easier for an assailant to enter your car if the window is open.
  11. If you are ever in a situation where somebody starts shooting, drop to the floor or get down as low as possible. Do the same if you are in a building and you hear an explosion outside. Often, people will rush to windows after a blast in order to see what happened and are killed as the pressure wave, moving slower than the speed of sound, blows out the windows. Don’t move until you are sure the danger has passed. Take cover behind or under a solid object. If you must move stay as low as possible.
Hijacking/Hostage Situations:
Generally speaking, the most dangerous parts of a hijacking or hostage situation are the beginning and, if there is a rescue attempt, the end. Terrorists are typically are most volatile during the initial moments of a hijacking. Make every attempt to remain calm and alert. The following recommendations are from the US Department of State. These recommendations are under review in light of the events of 9/11. For the most part it is recommended that these guidelines be adhered to unless and until it becomes apparent that the hijackers intend to use the aircraft as a weapon. In that event, it is necessary to resist at all costs. I would also add that if the hijackers are only using boxcutters and are outnumbered 40 to 1 by the passengers, that overpowering the hijackers by force is likely to be in order but must be decided by the hostages that are in the situation themselves.
  • Do not resist. Follow their demands and make no sudden or threatening movements. Do not fight or try to escape unless you are certain of being successful.
  • Force yourself to remain calm and prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally for the possibility of a long ordeal.
  • Do nothing to bring attention upon yourself. Avoid direct eye contact with the hijackers and do not obviously observe their actions.
  • Initially, do not attempt to use a cell phone to call for help. Later, a cell phone may prove invaluable.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. Consume little food and drink.
  • Cooperate with the hijackers. Do not complain or be confrontational.
  • Expect to be interrogated. Answer questions directly but don’t volunteer information or make unnecessary overtures.
  • As the situation becomes less volatile, you can make reasonable requests for personal comforts such as going to the bathroom or getting something to drink.
  • If you are taken hostage for a longer period of time, try to establish a rapport with your captors, avoiding confrontational subjects such as politics in favor of universally understood topics like family.
  • Try to keep your mind active and try to exercise regularly if possible.
  • Eat what they give you, whenever it is given. You have no way of knowing if your food or water will be withheld later on.
  • If you are a religious person, pray earnestly and often. Don’t become despondent. People are looking for you and are trying to get you safely returned.
Remember the key point is to make a potential aggressor’s job more difficult. A serious criminal or terrorist will watch his or her target before attempting his crime / terrorist act. If they see that you are not an easy target, they will most likely move on to someone who is.

While I was putting this post together I recalled a piece from earlier this year that Bryan Black and the gang over at ITS Tactical put together about luggage security that definitely applies here and would be worth your time to check out.

Sources: Global Security Group, Rotary International, ITS Tactical

Friday Survival Scoop

Another week has come to an end and that means another round of the latest and greatest survival and disaster preparedness offerings that are available on the web. This week we have insight into the seven packaged foods you won’t have to buy again, choosing where to bug-in, the regular guy strategy, and medical preparations for your family.

The Nickel Pincher: 7 Packaged Foods You Never Need to Buy Again by Jean Nick from Rodale

This is a great article about seven store packaged foods that most families or individuals buy at that store that can also be made easily and affordably at home. The seven foods include crackers, corn tortillas, chips, yogurt, mayo/salad dressings, energy bars, and soda. The article also points out that by making these foods on your own, you can lose weight, save money, reduce the amount of packaging used, and also consume fewer chemicals when eating the same foods.

Bugging-In; Choose Your Location Wisely by Butch C. from Prep-Blog

Butch from the Prep-Blog gives additional thought in this post to his plan to bug-in in the event of a disaster. There is emphasis given to specific areas to consider when planning to stay put versus deciding to leave in a disaster. The specific areas to evaluate include:

  • Natural disasters that could occur in the area.
  • Man-made disasters that are possible in the area.
  • The distance of your location from any major towns or cities.
These are all serious considerations to keep in mind. More in-depth information can be obtained from reading the article.

The Regular Guy Strategy: Escaping Prepper Prison from SurvivalSherpa

The SurvivalSherpa does a great job of outlining the fact that sometimes being a prepper can feel a lot like being in prison. Why you ask? Because if you don’t keep what you are doing quiet you could get labeled a weirdo by your friends or even worse, a “homegrown” terrorist by your government. The Sherpa talks about building community, developing regular guy skills, and to prioritize tasks like a regular guy which allows the reader to look at prepping tasks from a basic perspective.

Medical Prepping in Three Months: A Guide to Safeguarding Your Family — Part 1 of 2 by Dr. Cynthia J. Koelker from SurvivalBlog

While this is only part one of a two-part series, this article is packed with information on how to medically prepare your family, group, community medically over a three-month period. The concepts contained include everything from establishing a means of keeping medical records all the way to identifying different rashes. Medical needs are addressed not only from direct patient care but also from learning the skills needed to treat patients as well as building community, medical resources, and preventive medicine. Because this is part one of two it covers weeks one through six of the three-month plan but will still provide you plenty of “food” for thought to help get you medically prepared for the worst.

What survival or preparedness articles caught your eye around the web this week?

Build A Barometer Workshop!

After yesterday’s post on how to predict the weather for yourself I was inspired to look at some other tools that could be useful in prognosticating future weather events if the end of meteorological forecasting AKA “weather guessing” were to occur. Something that could prove to be invaluable would be a barometer (an instrument used to measure barometric pressure). There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. The two basic methods are using air in a jar with a balloon over the top or the colored liquid in a jar with a plastic tube or straw method. I debated spelling out each method step by step, but then I got smart and found YouTube videos! In addition to showing how to make a barometer, the first video also gives some tips on how barometric pressure effects fishing.

What additions would you add to your weather prediction arsenal to ensure that you are ready to predict the weather after TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)???

“Roughing It”…Overcoming Toilet Paper Shortages

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A lesser focused on area of preparing for the end of the world/the apocalypse/zombie invasion often involve things that we as Americans take for granted such as having toilet paper to clean up after…ourselves. There are essentially two options, stock up on so much toilet paper that you never run out or come up with the best possible substitutes. This post will serve to highlight some of the best possible substitutes for T.P. that I was able to identify.

There is only one basic principle that applies (no pun intended) to toilet paper substitutes which is that you are essentially only limited to what you can stand to push up against your tush. Here are some ideas:

  1. Phonebooks (Cleaner backside from A to Z)
  2. Old Paperbacks – These can be found for free at yard sales, libraries, schools, universities, etc.
  3. Water – Take a squeezable water bottle and poke a few pin holes in the lid, fill with water, and squeeze. The light pressure will help wash away the mess.
  4. Cloth – Cloth scraps, rags, or ripped up old towels/clothing items are all great replacements for toilet paper and can be washed and reused. As a Soldier, when we were in the field we used to always joke around that you could always tell who wasn’t constipated because their shirts were always the shortest from tearing the bottoms off to clean up after themselves.
  5. Romans used to use a sponge attached to the end of a stick that they would soak in salt water to keep it clean. (My guess would be that it would only get to be “so” clean.)
  6. Natives in coastal areas and near bodies of water that contain mussels would used their shells to clean up “behind” them.
  7. The Cree’s weapon of choice was sphagnum moss to take care of business.

The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) recommends the following four options as the best alternatives to toilet paper:

  1. Pinecones
  2. Snow (Use in moderation. Environmental injury to the buttocks isn’t fun from what I have heard.)
  3. Sticks (Choose wisely, my son. I would avoid sticks with thorns myself.)
  4. Weathered Rocks (Emphasis on weathered here. If there are sharp edges there could be problems. Be especially careful in areas with lava flows/historic volcanic activity.)

While these four things are obviously found in the great outdoors, they are also items that can be found without too much difficulty in the suburban/urban environment should the need arise. The greatest difference being that in these environments, your available supply of second string T.P. in the suburban and urban environments will be far less than in the wilderness and rural areas.

Nine Solid Investments For 2012

Alternative Investments

This year has proven to be an interesting year for a myriad of reasons. Unemployment remains high, the economy is stagnant, unprecedented gun control has been threatened, and government assistance appears to be the mainstream income of the future. This is a great concern and leads many to wonder what the solution may be. These concerns bleed over into finances and investments which is a definite concern of mine.

I once heard a saying that went something like, “In the event of a collapse, all things will be equal.” If you think about it, there is a lot of truth in that statement. If electronic wealth was lost, many of those who were wealthy or financially comfortable could potentially be put on a level playing field with impoverished citizens. A little planning on what you do with your money now, can make a big difference in the future if things were to go in a downward spiral. If nothing happens…then you still have valuable items that you would likely have purchased to use anyway.

The following areas are where I am actually investing some of my money or would invest my money if I had more of it. But first, a word from our sponsor.

***DISCLAIMER*** – The author is not a licensed, bonded, insured, certified, or otherwise professionally affiliated financial advisor. The ideas contained in this blog post are merely shared to invoke thought and inspire the reader to consider tangible goods as part of any investing strategy. Any investments made based on the content of this blog post are the sole responsibility of the investor. The Prepared Ninja take no responsibility for such actions.

Guns – Despite all of the things that any of you may have heard, a gun is a tool. A tool that can be used to put food on the table or to protect you and your loved ones. The powers that be are trying to limit Americans rights under the Second Amendment. This year is also an election year which has the potential to bring even scarier times for America. Now is the time to buy guns. The best case scenario is that the laws will not change but even then prices are likely to be going up. The worst case scenario is…well maybe it is best to not think about that. I see there at least being a run on the purchase of firearms as the upcoming Presidential election nears. Firearms are a sound place to spend you money as they are items that can last a lifetime, be passed on to future generations, and sold easily and quickly if the need arises for liquidation. Buy now and buy often!

Ammunition – You need a ton of it! Like Jack Spirko always says, “Without ammunition, a gun is just a really expensive club.” It is important to not only have ammunition for your guns, but also to have the right type. It is likely that this will result in at least two types of rounds for each gun that you own, a specialized type of round that could be for things such as defense or hunting and a practice or target type of round to use for training. In the event of certain weapon systems like shotguns, you may have different rounds for personal defense, several types of hunting, and training. Only each gun owner can evaluate their individual needs. With the current political and socio-economic climate that exists in the country, my recommendation would be to come up with the number of rounds that you think you need for each weapon you have and then double it. It is better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it, right?

Storable Food – Food is fuel for the body and also provides psychological comfort in stressful situations. There is also the part about how you can die if you don’t eat also. Long term storage food such as the food that can be purchased from Safe Castle allows for a store of food that does not require special handling. On top of fueling your body, food can be used in building goodwill and partnerships with other. Typical caloric requirements average 2,000 calories per person, per day but you should consider that periods of extra activity such as during a disaster may require additional calories as well. If additional food stores for goodwill, bartering, or relationship building is desired than obviously the amount on hand would need to be increased as well.

Stored Water – A lack of water can kill a person in a short period of time. This makes water vital for survival. The greatest single advantage about storing water is that it can be acquired at a very low-cost. In fact it is likely to cost more to obtain containers to hold water than it will be to get the water itself. General guidelines would dictate that the amount of water that should be stored should be equal to one gallon of water per person, per day for the time period that you specify. This facilitates not only water for drinking and minimal cooking but for basic hygiene as well. If your preparedness plans involve heavy use of water for cooking or something else, then adjustments will need to be made to the overall figures. It would also be advisable to explore the option of getting a means to filter water such as a Berkey Water Filter to use as a back-up system.

Back-Up Energy Systems – Solar systems, gas-powered generators, and windmill systems are all examples of back-up energy systems that can used for continued life support if the grid and other life support systems were unavailable. On top of allowing life to remain comfortable, back-up energy systems could also open the door to income producing opportunities such as charging batteries.

Farmable Land – If you are in the market for property, then farmable land is the place to be looking. Farm and timber land are the two types of land that can be continuously planted and harvested, allowing for a virtually endless source of food and/or income. To be clear, farmable land does not have to be hundreds of acres. A single acre lot is capable of producing more food than a single family is able to eat while there are plots of land that are thousands of acres are not able to easily produce any type of useful resource.

Skills Training – I believe that a return to the basics is in America’s future. Part of this will be in the form of widely practiced “lost” arts such as gardening, blacksmithing, trapping, and animal husbandry.  Many useful training opportunities are available for little to no cost for those that are willing to look for them. Potential places for such training could include the county extension office, local university, or farmer’s co-op. Other opportunities that could be more costly are available through specialty schools and training programs.

Tools – The ability to use your newly acquired skills will likely mean that you will need tools to complete certain tasks. In a disaster or collapse scenario it is unlikely that an abundance of options, if any, will be available to readily purchase much-needed tools. The obvious solution is to invest in tools now while they are easily and cheaply available. Evaluate what your potential tool needs are and ensure that you have at least one of everything and back ups for tools that may break easily or that have short life spans.

Barter Items – Items that can be stored easily, in large quantities, and always are in high demand make great barter items. The value in purchasing barter items as an alternate investment comes from the fact that they can be traded or bartered (duh!) for other items that you may want or need. In the event of a collapse or long-term disaster, barter items will likely be used as currency until stability is achieved again. Don’t be left without a way to get what you need! For a list of suggested barter items see the GreatDreams website, an exhaustive list of barter items and trade skills available from SHTF Plan, and the best barter items from Pakalert Press.

In addition to these ideas on tangible investments, the Alpha Strategy is a wealth of information about alternate investments and investing in tangible goods.

Don’t forget to make a comment or mention your favorite ideas for alternate investments for the year 2012.

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11 More Things A Burglar Will Never Tell You

I was so inspired by the post, 21 Things A Burglar Will Never Tell You, that I decided to come up with 11 more things that a burglar would not like for you to know. There is not a source for these ten items other than my mind and the recollection of certain items from previous training and lessons learned. Hopefully they will prove useful, thought-provoking, and perhaps even a little entertaining. So without any further ado, here are ten more things that you will not hear a burglar tell you:

1. It was nice of you to leave the extension ladder for me to use out behind the shed. Getting up to those second story windows is much more difficult without it.

2. If you think that you can run down to the gas station “real quick” and not have to worry about completely locking up because you will only be gone 10 minutes, you’re wrong. I can tear your place up with a quickness and there will be twice the damage if my “business” partner comes along with me.

3. It was not a coincidence that I knew you and your family would not be home. I used to date your daughter so I’ve got your schedule and habits memorized. You haven’t missed a high school football game in the last two years. Go team!

4. Broken glass is no fun to clean up so I understand why you don’t lock your car doors. I am desperate enough to try to get into your car though and most nights I just go around trying cars doors until I find the ones that are unlocked. Why make so much noise when you were so kind anyway! By the way, if you think cleaning up broken glass is no fun…wait until you see what is in store for you with the police department and insurance company!

5. I appreciate your untrimmed hedge; it gives me great concealment while I try to pry your window open.

6. The mail service is great because they tell me all that I need to know. When your mail is stopped during your vacation, the delivery driver goes right past your house without even slowing down. By the afternoon of the third day I will be ready to strike. No one in America goes three days without at least getting one advertisement.

7. Leaving your guns on the top shelf of the closet makes them easy to take with me. I don’t mind though because I know a guy called ‘Boogie Man’ who will buy any gun that I bring to him. He pays cash and never asks questions. Of course, you could always keep your weapons in a gun safe.

8. Hanging all of your keys by the garage door really makes it easier for me to take your ATV’s. Not to mention that I will have a copy of all of your extra keys. It is true that you can always get your house locks re-keyed. But what will you do when I come back tomorrow night and take your cars? 

9. As a burglar, do you really think I am worried about being respected? Sometimes I will do whatever it takes to achieve my objectives, even if it means breaking into your house while you or your family are at home. I am not bulletproof though and your 2nd Amendment rights might be your best bet in making sure that I do not stay a threat.

10. Just because I am your cousin does not mean that I will not steal from you. Drug addiction is not a joke. It would be better for both of us if you helped me get into treatment instead of offering to take me into your home.

11. Have you ever heard the saying that locks are only good for keeping honest people, honest? There is a whole lot of truth in that saying!

Please feel free to make a comment and add any additional things that a burglar would not be willing to share.

509 Pages of Pure Preparedness (Free!!!)

Well…I am a little wiped out tonight after a long day at work and helping watch the kids all afternoon so today will not be a post that is chock full o’ endless wisdom. With that being said, I did not want to let the day go by without posting anything at all. I was contacted last night by Christopher Parrett, the owner of the website Another Voice Of Warning offering a great free resource for the Prepared Ninja readers. Another Voice Of Warning is hosting the new 2012 15th Anniversary Edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual. This new update almost doubled the size of the LDS manual! This is a great resource for preppers and is available as a free download here. The price is right. The information is great. There is nothing to lose. Go download the Preparedness Manual now!

I would like to thank Mr. Christopher Parrett and Another Voice Of Warning for not only making this great resource available for free to the prepper community but also for going out of his way to let us know about it here at the Prepared Ninja.

21 Things A Burglar Won’t Tell You

21 Things A Burglar Won’t Tell You

The economic and employment situation in America these days is, well…less than ideal. This is making life increasingly difficult for a growing number of individuals and families as the months tick by every year. To combat their money problems, many have taken the approach of doing whatever it takes from working odd jobs to going on government social programs and some have even gone as far as becoming criminals to make ends meet.



This new breed of criminals is in addition to your other run of the mill burglars and crackheads that are out there breaking into houses. The following things you should know in order to protect your home but you won’t ever hear them from from a burglar.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a device called the FakeTV for less than $30 that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television.

14. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

15. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

16. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Please leave a comment below if there are any additional tips or tricks that can be added on how to avoid a home burglary. It would be greatly appreciated if you did not add your name to a story of a crime that you committed! : )

Sources: Security consultant Chris McGoey who runs the website CrimeDoctor and Richard T. Wright, criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of the book Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-Ins.

Don’t Come In Grandma…Or I’ll Shoot!!!

Are preparedness minded individuals crazy? The outspoken consensus seems to be yes. Last night I was watching an episode of Doomsday Preppers from National Geographic and every time I see that show it reminds me of why the public perception is the way that it is. I think it is obvious that NatGeo has gone to great lengths to portray preppers in this manner which does not help the situation. However, some of the things that the subjects being filmed are willing to do are certainly not helping the image of the prepper community. Below I have outlined some of the, um…questionable things that are shared on the episode that I watched.

The first gentleman that was profiled on the episode was discussing his food stores and mentioned that he stores dog food for his dog but also for himself to eat. If that wasn’t bad enough they showed a nice shot of him breaking a can open and devouring the tasty morsels. In this case the man who was being profiled was smart enough to not give his full name or

One couple disclosed that they have over $30,000 in precious metals buried in various places on their property. The fact that someone has purchased precious metals in itself is not crazy but the fact that they are willing to share that they have so much and that it is all buried in their yard is super crazy! The show gave this couples first and last names and a general idea of where they live which certainly creates an opportunity for someone to victimize them if they are willing to connect the dots.

The third guy that was profiled blew my mind! He gave his full name, the city and state that he lived in, and the line of work that he is in as well as the fact that he owned his business. In addition to all of this information about who he is and where he lives and works this dude also outlined what seemed to be most of his preps and then mentioned the fact that he keeps most of them at his shop. He even went through his family’s bug out plan and showed how to get to his underground bunker which he mentioned is under his shop. The cherry on top of it all is the fact that out of curiosity I googled this dude and in about 5 seconds knew exactly where his shop was. Once again, someone with bad intentions could exploit this information and use it against him in a variety of manners. This same guy was asked if what he thought of his friends and family asking him if he thought he was wasting his time by being a prepper. He responded by saying, “What if i’m not wasting my time?” He then was asked if he would allow his family and friends into his underground shelter and he said that he would not. He would just kill them. Really? You are going to look your grandma in the eye and shoot her? This is the crap that I am talking about.

Some preppers seem like they might actually be crazy, especially the ones that are willing to shoot their grandmother. The biggest thing that I noticed was that NatGeo is not doing anyone any favors with their Doomsday Preppers show unless it is in terms of making their executives money. The biggest lesson to be learned is that operational security or keeping the information about what you are doing to yourself is paramount. There is really nothing to gain by broadcasting your plans on TV. Share what you are doing with your family and close friends that are in your inner circle but outside of that keep your yapper shut. Take this opportunity to learn from the mistakes of others and avoid making as many mistakes yourself.

Effective Food Heating in a Survival Situation

There are many potential issues that can arise during a survival situation. There are also many issues that will come about whether or not you find yourself in a survival situation. One of the absolute needs that everyone must address regardless of the situation in which you find yourself is fuel for the body, most commonly known as food. What complicates food preperation in an emergency or survival situation is a lack of cooking methods that are readily available. If the power is out then there is no electricity to use an electric stove, oven, toaster, microwave, etc. Even if a gas stove is available it may not be a viable option due to the dangers of doing so after a natural disaster. This leaves the option of an independent system such as a camp stove, backpacking stove, BBQ grill, or similar type of system. Any of these are likely to be good options for a home or base camp but because of their bulk, they are not good options for a bug out bag or vehicle kit.

So what is the answer to this quandry? My preferred solution is chafing fuel that is designed for foodservice use. This is also referred to as canned heat or Sterno and it is what you would see under a chafing dish at a catered event. What I think makes this an ideal solution for emergency kits including is the fact that there is no liquid or gas cooking fuel. Canned heat, being a foodservice product, is designed to be used indoors which is another significant advantage over other emergency cooking options which usually require significant ventilation.

The advantages that are offered by canned heat compared to other options are:

1. Compact Size

2. Light Weight

3. Low Cost

4. Long Cooking Time

5. Ideal Ratio of Size/Weight to Cooking Time

The disadvantages that must be overcome by using canned heat are:

1. Inability to boil water.

2. The need to purchase or create a stand that will hold a pot or pan over the can.

3. Flame is small and can be extinguished by stiff winds.

Canned heat is not the end all/be all of survival solutions. But for about $5 you can buy yourself about 12 hours of emergency cooking power that can be taken anywhere and used for a myriad of purposes.

Less Than 10 Months Until The Mayan Apocalypse!

Ok, just to be clear I do not really buy into the Mayan apocalypse thing but there is no shortage of reasons to be prepared for a disaster lately. From the terrible damage that was done by the tornadoes Tuesday night in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky all the way to the ever rising prices of gas, every day seems to bring at least one more reason to have a plan in place and supplies stored. The other thing that has become abundantly clear to me is that the government is not really gearing up to take of the people. Every time I drive anywhere I see a FEMA billboard that basically states to prepare myself because no one is coming to help me out if anything happens. This all serves as a great reminder that there is no time like the present to get your disaster preparedness supplies together and plans in place.

Basic preparedness guidelines dictate that you should at a minimum having the following 12 provisions in place:

1. DOCUMENTATION – Have a plan of what to do if there is an emergency and you have to stay where you are, are forced to go to a location of your choosing, or are forced to go to a shelter. It is also important to plan how you would get where you are going if you must leave your home (three routes to each location is the basic rule). As part of your plan you should also keep all of your points of contact for insurance, medical care, family, utilities, etc. All of this should be printed or written out and collected in one location like a three ring binder.

2. WATER – Water is essential to survival. The basic guideline is one gallon of water per person a day to cover consumption and personal hygiene. A simple formula is # of People X 7 Days = # of Gallons of Water to Store

3. FOOD – Food is also essential to survival. You should plan on having at least 2,000 calories of food per person a day. The simple formula here is # of People X 7 Days = # of Calories of Food to Store

4. SHELTER – Don’t get caught out in the weather. Make sure that you always have a plan of where you would go. If you do get stranded outside for some reason a simple shelter can be made out of a tarp or square of painter’s plastic, both items can be purchased at any hardware or general merchandise store. This square of plastic can simply be draped over a low hanging tree limb with the closed sides being secured to the ground using stones or logs. Obviously this is an item that is only needed as something that would be kept in the trunk of the car. If you were at home you would already have a more substantial shelter. While not exactly “shelter” items, a disposable poncho and emergency blanket from the sporting goods section of your local store will also come in handy when trying to stay warm and out of the weather. 

5. SECURITY – Times of disaster and emergency will bring out the best in people but it will also bring out the very worst making security a priority. Items for security could include firearms, knives, batons, pepper spray, or even a whistle to alert everyone in the local area that there is a problem. The point being that you should have some means of defending yourself. Whatever it is that you decide to have as your means of security make sure that it is legal in your area, that you are properly trained to use it, and you know the laws. It is also a good idea to have more than one means of security. Ideally you do not want to shoot someone if you can get by with just using pepper spray.

6. FIRST AID – There is no telling when an injury may occur. With an overloaded medical system or the potential for delayed access to medical care it is a must to have a basic emergency medical kit.

7. RADIO – A radio will facilitate staying current with events as they happen. Ideally the radio to have for emergency preparedness is an AM/FM radio with weather bands and a shortwave receiver. This covers regular radio plus you can receive weather information and what is being relayed by HAM operators in the area. As an added note, most city, county, state, and federal agencies have contingency plans that utilize HAM radios to communicate so having a shortwave radio receiver is a good idea.

8. LIGHT – In a disaster it is very common to lose access to electricity. This makes having a light source important. Some lights are better options than others for various reasons. Flashlights are probably the first and best choice but they are heavier and require batteries that have a limited useable life. Chemical lightsticks are lightweight and provide good light for about a 12 hour period but once that time is up so is your light. Candles can last for quite some time but they are not really portable when lit and will not stand up to weather. Pick the type of light that will work best for you but also consider the possibility of having more than once source of light in case one goes out.

9. HEAT – It’s important to maintain your body temperature. It’s as simple as that. Make sure that you have a plan to keep your shelter heated whether this is to keep a stock of wood for the fireplace or to use a kerosene heater. The key is to have a source for producing heat and plenty of fuel to run this source for a period of about a week. Ensure that you also have a few different means of igniting your heat source. Heat is also good for morale in a disaster situation.

10. TOOLS – Basic tools like a good multi-tool or basic home tool kit will go a long way in making sure that maintenance can be performed as well as simple tasks during a time when other help may not be readily available.

11. PERSONAL MAINTENANCE – What I mean by personal maintenance is not just the usual items that are needed for personal hygiene but also any prescription eyewear as well as prescription medication.

12. CASH – Cash is king! When the electricity is out or credit and debit cards are not being accepted for some reason then you will need cash if you wish to make any sort of transaction. Keep in mind that small bills will probably be the way to go because you may not be able to get any change back because of a lack of change available. The amount of cash that you keep on hand will be up to you obviously but try to think through what you might need in terms of food, fuel, lodging, etc. if you had to get out of dodge.

The government recommends having a three day supply of emergency items on hand but I think the minimum to shoot for is seven days. You should certainly do what you can afford to do but at the end of the day something is better than nothing. I think it is important to mention that this is not designed to be a comprehensive list but nearly a reminder of the need to have at least bare minumum supplies and a plan in place in the event of a disaster whether it is on a personal level or a global thermonuclear war.

Please feel free to comment and add your ideas on what some of the bare minimum preps should be for every house and family!



The Possibles Pouch

So today’s post is about the possibles pouch which is a concept I read about in an article written by Patrick Smith at Kifaru.  Esstentially the possibles pouch gives you a highly organized means of carrying your every day carry (EDC) gear.  The possibles pouch is kind of an emergency kit for every day carry but as explained in Mr. Smith’s article he also relies on it heavily as a wilderness survival kit when he is out camping, hunting, traveling, working, or whatever.  This is truly a great concept because it offers a ton of flexibility.  It can be used as part of a bigger kit or simply used as a standalone kit.  Either way it offers one more take on the possibilities that are out there on the various ways to configure your emergency preparedness gear.  The list of contents in the possibles pouch as described by the author along with some occasional discussion as to what the thought process is behind the particular items is as follows:

1. The Pouch Itself

2. Firestarter Kit

3. Water-Making

4. Let There Be Light

5. First Aid Kit

6. Toiletries

7. GPS and/or Compass

8. Cheap Drugstore Eyeglasses

9. Meat Baggie

10. Moss Tent Repair Kit

11. Two, Gallon-Size Ziploc Baggies

12. Space Blanket

13. Manzella Gloves and Turtle Fur Hat

14. Cordage

15. Ancient Megamid Stuff Sack

16. Accusite

17. Signal Mirror

18. Power Bar

19. Fog Cloth

20. Biodegradeable Soap

21. Duct Tape

22. Rubber Bands

23. Orange Flagging Tape

24. Foam Earplugs

25. Sewing Kit

26. Safety Pins and Paper Clips

27. Pocket Crock Stick Knife Sharpener

28. Super Glue

29. Heat Pack

30. Wire Saw

In addition to the items above in the possibles pouch, Smith also covers the list of items that he would have in his pockets as well as additional items that would be in his day pack.  Now most of you can look at this list and see that it may be tailored to a hunter but by all means if it does not apply then leave it out.  Not everyone is going to have the exact same gear.  Individualize your equipment to fit you for what is best for your individual situation as well as the circumstances that you might find yourself in.

One of my favorite parts of this article is the fact that everything on this list is something that has been proven over and over again through a period of years.  This is a huge advantage for the beginning prepper or someone that is unsure of what they have assmbled in their kit.  Check out Patrick’s article to read about the possibles pouch in its entirety and see how your kit compares or what you need to do to get your own kit together.  I hope it helps!

Basic Individual Survival Kit

Having a basic individual survival kit can make the difference in a life or death situation.  I am not talking about having 3,000 cubic inch pack with you at all times but a compact kit that can fit in a desk drawer, vehicle glove box, fanny pack, cargo pants pocket, purse, backpack…well you get the idea.

Water is also vital to survival and plans should be made to include water in emergency preps.  There are a number of ways to do this from simple bottled water all the way to carrying a water filtration method with a container to put the water in.  The important thing is to have water.  For minimal space and weight in this kit I would reccomend simple water filtration tablets and a platypus water bladder.

 2 – Large Garbage Bags

10′ X 10′ Sheet of Plastic (Use to create a shelter, solar still, etc.)

50′ – Parachute Cord (Many uses including shelter, snares,

Emergency Space Blanket

Emergency Poncho

Chemical Lightstick

Stocking Cap (Even in the summer it can get cold at night and a stocking cap can make a big difference)

Spare Socks (Also can be used as improvised mittens.)

Knife or Multi-tool

2 – Firestarting Methods (Waterproof Matches, Bic Style Lighter, Zippo, Magnifying Glass, Magnesium Rod, Flint Rod, Etc.)

Emergency Candle (Available at many dollar stores!)


Bandanna (Tons of uses, look here.)

Energy Bars (Clif, Lara, Powerbar)

 Mini Medical Kit – 2 Ster-Strips, 6 Asst. Band-Aids, & 6, 200mg Ibuprofen

Not a perfect list and you won’t be able to save the world with this kit but I am confident of one thing…you will be able to help save your life and the life of the people you care about with these few simple items and the proper training on how to use them.

Janie’s Got a Gun…Do You?

Ok, so this is not a post about Aerosmith but it is about guns.  Back in August there was an article that I read by an economist that was offering advice on the economy (as economists tend to sometimes do).  His advice…buy a gun.  That is right.  I was not sure I had read it right at first but it made sense once I had read the article.  If you do not currently own a gun it is definitely something to think long and hard about.  It is not for everyone.  But if you think that you should buy a gun there is no time like the present.  Prices will go up, laws will change, well you get the idea.  Always remember that with firearms come responsibility.  If you have not been trained, get trained.  If you don’t have a gun, buy a gun…

Below is the article in its entirety as I originally read it back in August:

Thurs., August 18, 2011
Buy a Gun
by Joseph McBrennan, Editor, Taipan Publishing Group

Dear Reader,

Buy a weapon to prepare for what may be the most devastating economic downturn our nation has ever faced. As one trained in economics, I never thought I’d write those words.

However, I’ll repeat them. Buy a gun.

The coming storm will not only impose financial hardships for those unprepared, but also entail a physical threat to you, your family and your property.

The threat will come from inside the halls of government with the constant attack on savings and investments through inflation, monetary gimmickry and, eventually, the destruction of our currency.

These events will be led by welfare programs gone awry. A recent nearby incident, and events in London, forced me to confront a reality too few wish to believe. Here’s what’s Gautam Malkani had to say:

The speed of the disintegration said everything. It took less than 48 hours for London to descend from self-styled capital of the world into a circuit of burning dystopian hells. The speed of BlackBerry messaging; the speed of kids on BMXs; the speed of Molotovs and petrol. Never mind the police, even the media couldn’t keep up.

The world around us is deteriorating every day: socially and economically. It’s not limited to London.

The Violent Bubble No One Is Talking About

Forget gold, the dollar or Greece. There’s a much larger problem looming on the horizon. A Chinese crash would wipe out all investments, disrupt the social order and make life miserable for at least three years…

Unless you take this precaution, TODAY, to protect yourself and your family.

England seems pretty distant, but when the chaos rears up in your backyard, literally, you begin to prioritize and prepare. I suggest you do the same.

Let me explain.

Last Saturday night, in a very upscale neighborhood a few blocks from where I live, a horde of what can only be described as feral youth descended upon a very upscale outdoor shopping area called the Country Club Plaza.

They arrived around 11 p.m. after their cellphones alerted them that this upper-middle-class shopping district, two miles from the third-richest residential area in the country, was the target for that evening.

Within an hour, shots were fired by one group of kids at another and three children were hospitalized.

It’s not the first flash mob to hit Kansas City and likely won’t be the last. If our city’s mayor had not coincidentally been on the scene, our local media would have swept it under the rug.

As you could expect, they’ve attributed the “disturbance” to kids not having enough activities “like night basketball.” In other words, the middle class needs to entertain these hooligans or they’ll entertain themselves by robbing and terrorizing the productive class.

Philadelphia’s mayor has been dealing with these thugs for 24 months. Here’s the recent reaction from Mayor Michael Nutter:

“You’ve damaged yourself, you’ve damaged another person, you’ve damaged your peers and, quite honestly, you’ve damaged your own race.”

Mayor Nutter didn’t stop there. He blasted the youth and their parents of Philadelphia with:

Take those God darn hoodies down, especially in the summer. Pull your pants up and buy a belt ’cause no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt. Nobody.

If you walk into somebody’s office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied, and your pants half down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won’t hire you? They don’t hire you ’cause you look like you’re crazy!

The Immaculate Conception of our Lord Jesus Christ took place a long time ago, and it didn’t happen here in Philadelphia. So every one of these kids has two parents who were around and participating at the time. They need to be around now.

Parents who neglect their children, who don’t know where they are, who don’t know what they’re doing, who don’t know who they’re hanging out with, you’re going to find yourself spending some quality time with your kids in jail.

To fathers: “If you’re not providing the guidance, and you’re not sending any money, you’re just a sperm donor.”

That’s powerful stuff, but I dare say many wish it were said sooner. I would also suggest that too many should have said it, but feared being labeled a racist if they utter such cutting, yet accurate, remarks.

If London, Kansas City or Philadelphia were isolated events, I’d not bother mentioning it. It’s occurring everywhere. The signs of our crumbling civilization are all around us. The same stories are being reported from Chicago to Miami and from coast to coast.

It’s even occurring in what is considered one of the most civilized countries in the world. The Associated Press reported Aug. 17 that Swedish police say unrest erupted overnight in Goteborg, the country’s second-largest city, as several officers were attacked by youths hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails.

I’ve heard all the theories of why this group or that group should be excused for animal-like behavior.

And, like Mayor Nutter, I’m calling those excuses what they are. B.S.

The root cause is the destruction of family by the federal government and its welfare policies. Fathers are no longer needed, or even economically beneficial, when Big Brother steps in and pays unwed mothers more, monthly, for each fatherless child they drop from their wombs.

If you look at the numbers, it’s a lucrative cottage industry in some parts of the United States.

Combine these destructive policies of the federal government with the costliest “free” education on the planet that teaches nothing except that you’re a victim, sprinkle a little left-wing media propaganda, and you have the perfect formula for a civil unrest.

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Here are the details…

Economically speaking, we had far more poor during the Great Depression than we do today, so please don’t tell me it’s because our poor are so underprivileged. We also had far less crime in the ’30s.

The real facts tell a very different story.

The United States has no significant amount of real poor. By this I mean destitute, suffering from malnutrition or without material goods. By most standards, our poor are very well off.

The so-called poor of our country are angry, though their rage is baseless. They have received without contribution, and take without merit.

The ones who should be outraged in our country are the middle classes. They should be rioting.

Our retirements are stolen. They’ll either nationalize it on the next major market drop, or it’ll be eaten up by Big Ben’s inflation. Either way, it’s locked into worthless dollar-denominated investments through the government regulations that assume we are too irresponsible to take care of our own lives.

Of course we know the Social Security we’ve paid into for a lifetime has been stolen right out from under our noses. There’s nothing there but Treasury IOUs, now rated AA+.

And all the while we face these delights, we’re browbeaten by Obama into believing we are not paying our “fair share.”

Everything we hold sacred, family, honesty, hard work, religion, savings and the Constitution, is snickered at by the elite of Washington and the puppet masters on Wall Street.

Their game is nearly over. Their world of social engineering and financial gimmickry is ending. The fabric of all nations is disintegrating before our eyes.

In February I wrote:

Our World Is Unraveling…[my theme has been one of] safety, capital preservation and self-reliance. We even recommended purchasing raw agriculture land as an alternative, or supplement, to precious metals.

Everything we’ve discussed from land to offshore banking was to prepare you without scaring you. It appears my time frame may have been overly optimistic. We have less time than I thought.

Now, six months later, our message is more urgent than ever.

In troubled times like these, the prepared will prosper, and so I’ll return to my constant message: secure rock-solid investments, have a reserve of cash on hand, maintain a reliable alternative to the dollar, consider a retreat outside major metropolitan area, and…

Buy a gun.


Joseph McBrennan

P.S. I am sure I’ve disturbed some of the social-justice crowd with the above. I welcome your emotionally based responses at

Publisher’s Note: Joseph is not the only one at Taipan raising a red flag. Another of our insiders — a U.S. dollar expert — believes the U.S. will see riots like those we saw in London

Disastermanblog – 50 Some Uses For A Bandana

Disastermanblog from my Northern neighbor of Canada has made a great post about the numerous possible uses of bandanas.  This is quite a comprehensive list that includes uses from canine fashion all the way to water filter.  This is certainly worth checking out and is an item that should be included in your preps.

Check out 50 some uses for a bandana: from Disasterman!

This Is Why We Prep

PREPARATION . . . Pass It On.  The Foundation for a Better Life billboard - Santan Loop 202
The recent storms in the Northeastern United States serve as a reminder of why everyone should have basic preps in place in our homes, cars, and places of employment.  With literally millions of people experiencing prolonged power outages, the need for emergency supplies is very clear.  The individual or family that keeps supplies on hand is always prepared for these scenarios and does not have to subject themselves to the chaos of trying to meet your basic needs during an emergency.  Some day I will get around to posting my own list of recommended items to have for your respective emergency kits but in lieu of having that available check out the Red Cross for a list of basic needs to have on hand for an emergency.  Don’t be one of the sheeple and make sure that you have a kit for your home, car, and work.