Category Archives: Survival

Survival Sunday – 4/26/2015

Survival Sunday

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

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

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

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

Here are my official findings for this week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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Survival Sunday – 4/12/2015

Survival Sunday

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

Preparedness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 4/5/2015

Survival Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 3/29/2015

Survival Sunday

This week was a continuation of my streak of busy weeks. Although not leaving a lot of time for leisure activities, I always find something to enjoy about my day. One of the most enjoyable experiences I had this week was hearing that Bowe Bergdahl would be charged with desertion and endangering troops. I think he is lucky. He should be charged with murder for those who lost their lives looking for Bergdahl and terrorism related crimes for all that I am sure he told the Taliban as well as the fact that at least one of the prisoners that was released from Guantanamo has tried to reconnect with the Taliban.

As a veteran of the Iraq War, with three combat tours under my belt, it frustrates me that Bergdahl, identified early on as a probable deserter, was given a hero’s welcome while many service members have done far more and not received the recognition that they deserve. I guess we’ll see what happens over the next few months.

I would also like to make sure to say thank you all for taking the time to read what I write here. If you are interested in reading more of my writing, you can check out my work over at the Personal Liberty Digest as well as the Ghillie’s Corner blog on Black River Outpost.

Survival

Here are this weeks finds:

Keep Monsanto And GMO Out Of Your Home – Most anyone who is familiar with Monsanto gets chills when they hear the name. This is a good summary of some of the dangers of our modern food supply as a result of GMO’s and Monsanto’s work.

World Health Organization: Monsanto’s Roundup “Probably” Causes Cancer – Speaking of Monsanto, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that one of Monsanto’s products, the very popular Roundup, is as most of us suspected and is probably capable of causing cancer.

A Practical Look At The Economy And What You Can Do To Prepare - There is a lot of concern about the economy and there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the economy. When it comes to preparedness, finances play a big part of how prepared you are. The information contained here is valuable and will help you have a better grasp on finance and the economy and how you can prepare.

Revolvers In A Grid-Down Collapse Scenario – I am a big fan of revolvers. I have one and if my wife didn’t mind me buying guns all the time, I would actually have more. Unfortunately, my wife actually thinks that there is such a thing as too many guns. Regardless, this is a good article that makes some valuable points about the advantages of revolvers in a survival situation.

It wasn’t a ton that I found this week but I hope that you get some value out of these articles.

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger Review

SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger

I recently got the SunBell Solar Light & Phone Charger from EarthEasy and ironically it could not have come at a better time. A solar light is one of those items that seems like a good thing to have on hand “just in case” you need it. As sure as things happens sometimes, the SunBell arrived just a few days before we had a power outage. This gave me the chance to not only see if it works, but see if it works in an emergency.

Solar Light

I was very pleased with the SunBell. It is built from sturdy materials and all of the connections and connection points are well protected from the elements. The performance of the solar light function was flawless and versatile, offering three different settings (5 lumens, 50 lumens, and 150 lumens). The option to use it as a gooseneck lamp, flashlight, lantern, or overhead light is super convenient and really makes it practical for numerous applications. That is only half of what the SunBell does!

In addition to being a solar light, the SunBell is a cell phone charger as well. A USB adapter plugs into the Sunbell that allows phone charging cords with a USB plug to be connected for charging. I did not try charging anything other than the prescribed cell phone but I am almost thinking that the USB charger could be used for more than just a cell phone. Of course, you will have to expirement on your own and at your own risk.

I took the SunBell outside on a sunny day and plugged my phone in just to see how well it worked. It took only ten minutes for my phone battery to increase twelve percent. I was very pleased with the results to say the least. What was also impressive is that there is no need to direct the solar panel in any certain direction. I just set it on top of my table outside and the SunBell did the rest. It is even possible to leave the solar light unit itself inside and place the solar panel outside using the nine foot cord that the SunBell comes with. The panel could easily pass through a window on the sunny side of a house for charging.

Overall, the specifications are quite impressive:

  • 150 Lumen Output for 4.5+ Hours
  • 50 Lumen Output for 14+ Hours
  • 5 Lumen Output for 130+ Hours
  • Charging Time: 3-8 Hours (Depending on Sun Conditions)
  • 1.8 Watt Solar Panel
  • Weight: 21.2 Ounces

If you were to set the solar panel out for just a few hours every day, the SunBell could meet the lighting requirements for the average room. In fact, since I got my solar light, I have charged it once and use it every evening for general tasks around the house and it doesn’t even exhibit any sign of getting dimmer after about four hours of use. To say that I like this solar light would not do it justice. The fact that it has the phone charger option is just icing on the cake. I think the SunBell is worth every penny!

If I were going to live off grid or set up a bug out location, I think that I would definitely select the SunBell as a viable lighting option. The SunBell Solar Light & Charger is a perfect solution as a back-up light during a power outage, camping light, or for living off grid. If you have been looking for a versatile solar light to serve as a backup lighting source, primary lighting source, or both; there is not really any need to look further than the SunBell Solar Light & Charger.