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Survival Sunday – 1/18/2015

Survival Sunday

Well……Obviously it is no longer Sunday but even though Sunday Survival carried over to Monday, I still wanted to share some great stuff with you.

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Last week I was at a conference for work all week and when combining a full time job with a full time family, the blog here is what tends to suffer. While I dislike how little I have been able to get done here lately, I hope that you can understand that I have to put my family first and that includes earning an income to support them. But even with all that responsibility, I still spent some time on the internet. Here are a few items that I discovered around the internet last week that I want to pass along to you:

Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad – Have you ever dreamed of having true freedom? I mean the kind of freedom that allows you to work where you want and spend your time with who you want? Scott over at Graywolf Survival is a wealth of knowledge, literally and figuratively, and shares some of the lessons he has learned in his quest from financial freedom.

What is a Prepper? – I think that this is a question a lot of people ask. Regardless of the reason for your inquiry, Patrick has done a great job of putting together a summary of not only what a prepper is but also what to do to become a prepper and why you would do such a thing.

Ten Things to Think About When Buying the Land for Your Homestead – Part of my dream is to have a good piece of land to call my own some day and I think the bigger, the better. With that being said, it is not something to go about blindly. Purchasing a piece of land for a retreat, homestead, or recreation can be daunting but these ten tips are incredibly useful in finding a place to call your own.

89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression – This is a fairly robust article that provides a good overall summary of the steps that one should consider when preparing for a disaster. There are a good number of finance related tips as a result of the main focus of the article, the coming economic depression but my thought is that they all apply regardless of the reason for preparing.

Anarchy: Survival Tactics To Learn From A Veteran – What I found particularly interesting about this piece from Survivopedia is the amount of thought that obviously went into it. The threat of a lawless mob roaming a city following a collapse or disaster is very real and this information could prove useful if you find yourself in the city during tough times.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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

Survival Sunday – 1/11/2015

Survival Sunday

How is the new year treating you? I hope that you are doing well. So far my new year has been very busy and has been overall unsettling. The last week has reinforced some of the very real threats that we face; the terror attack in Paris and ensuing hostage situation, a Boko Haram massacre in Nigeria, reports of Jews leaving France in mass numbers, and on and on I could go. There has never been a better time to be aware of what is going on in the world and get prepared for tough times.

I have been really swamped lately but I seem to always find at least a few things of value. Here are a few items that I discovered around the internet this week that I want to pass along to you:

3 in 5 Americans Don’t Have Enough Savings to Pay for Unexpected Expenses – It is no secret that I am not rich but even I can afford a $500 car repair. This highlights the importance of having a well rounded survival strategy that includes surviving financially as well as all the usual points.

11 Earthquakes Jolt North Texas in 24 Hours – Part of being prepared is knowing the threats you face. Being aware of active threats in your area is even more valuable.

Cities Nationwide Limit Sledding Over Liability Fears – I was reading about the earthquakes in Texas and saw this story. This is another demonstration of how government has quickly embraced it’s role of making decisions for everyone so that we don’t have to make them ourselves.

Totally Homestead – Check out this awesome collection of homestead related pages and links from the creator of PrepperWebsite.com.

How To Do Your Laundry By Hand – This is a skill I learned the hard way in the Army. I would recommend just reading this article and saving yourself the trouble of learning by doing. It just makes more sense.

Getting Your Family On-Board With Prepping – Having our family on board makes prepping a whole lot easier for many reasons. These are some great tips from Dave over at the Trailer Park Homesteader on how to get your loved ones in alignment with your preparedness goals.

Challenging Commonly Held Firearms Beliefs – For those of us who are familiar with the world of firearms, these are likely familiar beliefs about firearms. Chris Ray at the Prepared Christian does a fantastic job about dispelling some of the myths and reinforcing good practices of firearm ownership and self defense.

That wraps things up for me this week. I hope that you have a great week! Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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

Survival Sunday – 1/4/15

Survival Sunday

Another week has come and gone and we now find ourselves in a new year. I actually spent some time last week thinking about how 15 years ago, there was great debate about whether or not we would wake up in the year 2000 with a functional infrastructure. Times change but the threat of events and people who would do us harm never seems to fade. This makes being prepared for the unexpected a prudent and wise decision.

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. It is important to me to  share what I find that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

Why I Don’t Work Out – This is a great article from Home and Farm Sense about how (what I would call) functional strength can be achieved without going to a gym. It makes a whole lot of sense to me and also provides an opportunity for the development of strength while achieving other goals at the same time. We don’t all live on farms so think of ways to make this information apply to you.

How To Buy Meat Only Twice A Year – I like this article because it applies to anyone and (almost) everyone. Vegetarians need not apply. This could be a huge money saving strategy, especially for a family.

Top 10 Prepping New Year’s Resolutions – I am not a resolutions type of person but there are nothing wrong with setting some goals in my opinion. Chris at The Bug Out Bag Guide has set up a nice outline for you to follow if you are interested in getting yourself set up for a well thought out bug out in the new year. Hopefully it is not needed. Regardless, the information is incredibly valuable.

4 Essential Ax Skills for Self-Reliance – Todd over at Survival Sherpa wrote an awesome article about the proper way to get firewood from a tree from start to finish…using an ax. This could just as easily be applied to harvesting logs for a shelter if the need arose. It is applicable information because most of us don’t have chain saws and even those who do, can’t rely on them working forever if there was a collapse.

Setting Preparedness Goals – The Preparedness Mama put together this post about setting S.M.A.R.T. preparedness goals in the new year. It is a great tool because all the goal setting in the world won’t matter if they are not attainable. There is also a free download of the SMART Goals Worksheet.

That’s a wrap for me this week. I hope that this week and your new year are blessed and prosperous. Keep preparing for what could be difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

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

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan is the latest book from Jim Cobb. In the book Jim covers the many aspects of urban survival, starting from assessing threats to making a plan and carrying out that plan. Don’t let the title fool you, while Urban Emergency Survival Plan is designed for the urban dweller, there is plenty of value for the non-urbanite as well.

Many of the areas in the book apply to rural survival just as well as the urban environment. After all, no matter where you go, food and water as well as shelter and security will be equally important in a survival situation. But with that said, urban areas carry several more areas of concern than other areas and Urban Emergency Survival Plan will help you in overcoming the challenges that come with being ready for an emergency in the city.

Urban Emergency Survival Plan

The first thing that struck me about the book is how easy to read it was. It is obvious to me that the book was written for a broad audience to understand the contents. I appreciate this about a preparedness book because it can actually serve the purpose of doing the most good for the greatest number of people. This is not always the case with books, even if they are supposed to be written to help people.

As I read through Urban Emergency Survival Plan, I also noticed how well thought out the content is. For example, you may be familiar with bug out bags and even the various reasons why you need one but have you ever given any thought to where is the best place to keep your bag? Jim covers this type of information and a whole lot more! From first aid to fire and pistols to procuring clean water, Urban Emergency Survival Plan has what you need. I could go on about the valuable information in the book but it might just be best for me to outline the chapters and highlight one of my favorites things about each chapter.

Chapter One – Urban Threats

The amount of effort spent on putting the book together is obvious by the extensive level of detail in the list of potential threats that may be faced by a person living in the city.

Chapter Two – Governmental Disaster Plans

Are you familiar with how the government may respond to a disaster in your area? You will be after you read this chapter.

Chapter Three – Making Emergency Plans

Do you have a plan for what you would do if you were stuck at work as the result of a disaster? Urban Emergency Survival Plan will give you the tools to make a plan in the event that you do end up stuck at work.

Chapter Four – Emergency Water

Jim covers not only how much water you should store, but how and where you should store it. There are also methods outlined on how to make water safe to drink.

Chapter Five – Food Storage

Food is expensive enough to make eating on a day to day basis a concern for many people. This further makes spending additional money on food for storage even more difficult. There are some practical strategies outlined for obtaining food affordably, not only for later but for the present as well.

Chapter Six – Sanitation, First Aid, and Shelter

Just because there is a disaster doesn’t mean that everything stops. You will need a plan to deal with bodily functions, injuries, and maintaining your shelter. It’s all here…including what the best alternative to a toilet is.

Chapter Seven – Security and Defense

There are some great pointers in this section. I was actually surprised at some of the things that Jim points out that I had not previously thought of. I also really appreciated the layered approach to security and defense that Jim lays out.

Chapter Eight – Bugging Out

Should you stay or should you go? That is the question that everyone is forced to contemplate in the wake of a disaster. Urban Emergency Survival Plan contains a number of criteria that should be considered when deciding whether to bug out or not.

After finishing the chapters that make up the bulk of the book, you will find a section of useful appendices that includes checklists for a:

  • Workplace Emergency Kit
  • Get-Home Bag
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit
  • Bug-Out Bag

These are very useful, especially for the person who is trying to put these kits together but is not sure where to start or if they are on the right path.

I also asked Jim a few questions about Urban Emergency Survival Plan and his books as well as survival in general. Here is what he had to say:

In the last three years you have written five books and have a sixth book scheduled to be released early next year, how do you manage to write books so quickly?

I’m very fortunate to have a day job that affords me a fair amount of free time each week.  In between assignments and such, I’ll work on writing or editing.  I also do some writing a few evenings each week but I try to keep that time free for family stuff.  Rarely ever do I work on writing during the weekends.  Plus, with these books I’ve always truly been writing what I know and what I’m passionate about, which helps make the writing go quicker.

Your latest book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan, is clearly focused on surviving an urban scenario. Would you rather face a survival scenario in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?

I’m a strong proponent of community-based survival planning.  I feel there is safety and strength in numbers.  However, it is sort of a balancing act because in any disaster scenario, once the immediate danger has passed, your biggest threat is likely to be other people.  Personally, I lean toward the suburban angle for the most part.  You’re far enough out from the city that you can avail yourself of natural resources, but you also have a community to work with and that can support you.

Of the choice to bug in or bug out, which is the most important to have a plan for in your opinion?

I firmly believe bugging out should be your last option, not your primary plan, for most disaster scenarios.  So, sheltering in place or bugging in would be the plan to work on first, in my opinion.  That said, you need to have a bug out plan as well, just in case.

A bug out bag (BOB) signifies that you will be going somewhere. If someone is not planning on bugging out, do you have any recommendations for how a kit should look for someone who is planning on staying in an urban area?

Every kit, whether we’re talking bushcraft survival, bug out bag, or get home bag, needs to be set up to satisfy as many of your basic survival needs as possible:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First Aid
  • Security
  • Navigation
  • Communication

An urban survival kit really isn’t that much different from one you’d use out in the wilderness.  Snares would still be useful, as there is a surprising amount of game present in cities.  Water filtration and purification gear is extremely important, of course.  Shelter needs can often be met by buildings in the area, but there are safety concerns with ducking into an abandoned structure.  You might find yourself going from a bad situation to one far worse due to the structure falling apart or suddenly learning the abandoned home is actually occupied.

Any kit needs to be assembled in such a way as to take into account the person’s individual skill sets and experience, too.

What is the most challenging part of being a prepper?

As with most people I’d guess, time and money.  Never enough of either to get everything done.

Do you find that shows like Doomsday Preppers has made it even more difficult to be a prepper because of the extreme image that is portrayed?

Yes and no.  Shows like that have certainly increased the awareness of disaster planning, which is a great thing.  I’ve heard from many people who have said it was through watching one or another of those shows that they started thinking, What if?  On the other hand, though, most of those shows go out of their way to find and profile the most extreme representatives of the group, so to speak.  While most of the audience is intelligent enough to realize not all preppers are like the ones seen on TV, every once in a while you run into someone who really does think we spend all day every day cleaning our 10,000 firearm armory and praying for the day the black helicopters come to get us.

If you had to start prepping all over again, would you do anything differently?

I don’t know, maybe.  Given the choice, knowing what I know now, I might have pursued more of the self-reliance skill sets at an earlier age.  The thing is, even though I’ve been at this for thirty years or so, I’m still learning.  I don’t know everything, no one does.  So, even though there are things I wish I’d learned earlier, that’s not to say I can’t learn them now, y’know?

What advice would you give to a new prepper?

Take it slow, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and burned out.  Try to do at least one thing every single day that will get you further down the path of disaster readiness but don’t try to do it all at once.

If you could have only five items with you at all times in the event that there were a disaster, what would they be?

Fully charged cell phone, knife, lighter, flashlight, handgun.

Besides your books, how can people follow your work?

My primary home online is Survival Weekly. There, we post articles, product reviews, book reviews, all that fun stuff.  My consulting business is found at Disaster Prep Consultants.

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/JimCobbSurvival

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/survivalweekly/

I really appreciate Jim for sending me a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan and for taking the time to answer these questions. The book is great and in my opinion, it would be a great addition to any prepper’s collection. It is full of valuable information. I also enjoyed getting to read Jim’s thoughts in response to the questions I sent him. It is always enjoyable for me to get to hear what other people’s thoughts are on survival and preparedness.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan, you can find it on Amazon or through other book retailers.

Survival Sunday – 11/30/14

Survival Sunday – 11/30/14

It is the last day of November! Where has the year gone? It seems like time just flies by, except for when I am at my real job. Which reminds me, today is Sunday. This means another week has come and gone so I will share what I found on the web last week in the way of preparedness and survival tidbits. It also means that I have to go to work tomorrow. (Insert semi-audible grumble here.)

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know that I enjoyed my time with my family and friends. It also seems to be the event that happens every year that actually makes me feel like Christmas is on the way. Believe it or not, all of the early decorating and premature playing of Christmas music by retailers does not do the trick.

We already got our fabulously fake Christmas tree put up.

Christmas Tree

It helps a little bit but I dislike the fact that we have a fake tree. Sometimes economics justifies needing to make a decision that we don’t always prefer. As a plus, there is no need to water or sweep up pine needles all the time. Enough about that. On with the show!

Survival Sunday

Here are the things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

20 Best Camping/Survival Gift Ideas For Kids – This is a great list of gift ideas for the little prepper in your life from Graywolf Survival. And don’t worry…while you may shoot your eye out, the classic Red Ryder BB gun does not make an appearance on this list. I actually think that it should be so I will say that I would add a BB or pellet gun to the list. They are a great tool to teach a youngster the basics of firearms and fundamentals of gun safety. Here is the model that I grew up with.

5 Tips To Cure Nature Deficit Disorder In Your Child – Todd at Survival Sherpa put together this great article about getting kids back out in nature. I personally believe this is something that should be a priority. There are many problems that we face with our youth that could potentially be addressed by a little time outside. This is a practice that probably shouldn’t be limited to just children!

Why Professionals Don’t “Shoot To Wound” – This is a great summary of why armed encounters by professionals like police officers and soldiers go the way they do. I would add that from a personal defense standpoint, you should not shoot to wound because a dead assailant no longer a threat. Period.

The Preparedness Review – Tomorrow is the launch of the next edition of The Preparedness Review. This is a downloadable and printable collection of some of the best preparedness and survival related material available. Make sure that you check it out. You will be missing out on a valuable resource if you do not.

It’s not a whole lot, but this wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

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

Food & WaterBrick Giveaway

There is another great giveaway this week! I’ve teamed up with the Prepared Bloggers and EarthEasy to give away some food and waterbricks. Check out the details below.

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FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway!

Eartheasy.com has graciously agreed to sponsor a pre-Thanksgiving Giveaway to one of our loyal readers so they can get their food and water storage off the ground! Today you get the opportunity to win FOUR waterbricks and FOUR foodbricks! The WaterBricks can hold up to 3.5 Gallons of water, and are sturdy enough to stack up to 4 feet tall. They are small enough to slide under a bed, and light enough (even when full) to be easily carried with their handy handle. The FoodBricks are the same size as the waterbrick, but they are specifically designed to pack, stack, and store food. They interlock and stack perfectly with the waterbricks. Both bricks are made of heavy, durable, BPA-free food grade plastic. Food and WaterBricks are perfect for preparedness, disaster relief, or any outdoor activity like boating, rafting, camping, tailgating, and more, and you can enter to win your very own set of EIGHT food and waterbricks (4 of each) today!

Meet the Bloggers Involved

The Busy B Homemaker
Home Ready Home
The Prepared Ninja
Living LIfe in Rural Iowa
Prepared Housewives
Food Storage and Survival
Blue Yonder Urban Farms
The Rural Economist
Abundant Living with Less
Are We Crazy or What?
The 7 P’s Survival Blog
Prepared in Every Way
Preparedness Mama
Stop Existing and Start Living
The Tattooed Homestead
Apartment Prepper
Homestead Lady
Trailer Park Homesteader
The Easy Homestead
Fabulous Farm Girl
Little Blog on the Homestead

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This FoodBrick and WaterBrick Giveaway is sponsored by Eartheasy.com, and is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 am (CST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 23th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (CST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/9/14

Survival Sunday On The Web

It’s Sunday again and hopefully everyone’s week treated them well! One of the things that is on my mind as I go into this next week is Veteran’s Day and how the sacrifices of the few make such a tremendous difference for the majority. This is a sacrifice that comes at a great price. Even those of us who made it home without physical wounds still live every day with the memories of what we have done and seen. Make sure to thank a Veteran for everything that they have done for us and our country.

Survival SundayThe internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

The Psychology of Survival – Because Sometimes Prepping Just Isn’t Enough – I think there is something to be said about the mental aspect of prepping. There are a myriad of situations where you can have all the gear and training in the world but if your mind isn’t right, none of that may matter. This is some great insight into survival and how psychology plays a huge part.

Personal Protective Equipment For Biological Agents – There has been no shortage of news about Ebola and how it is becoming a global outbreak. This article covers personal protective equipment (PPE) that will work for not only Ebola but any sort of pandemic or outbreak. Not only are the various pieces of equipment covered but so are the levels of protection.

Reasons To (And Not To) Keep Chickens – Chickens are part of what I would like to implement into my long term survival strategy. I just need to get to a place where I can do it. Here are a few reasons to keep chickens if you are thinking about it and also a few reasons not to choose to keep chickens. It is good info to have if you are on the fence about it.

How To Wear a Bullet Proof Vest Correctly – This is another example of how having the right gear will only work to its maximum efficiency if it is correctly worn. There is also a chance to win a set of free body armor.

Why You Should Learn Wilderness Survival Skills – To be a well-rounded prepper it is imperative to know a variety of skills and this includes wilderness survival skills. Check this piece out on some of the reasons that you should learn these skills if you are not already convinced. This is actually the area that got me started into prepping. Just to be clear, I meant well-rounded in the sense of being experienced in a broad spectrum of skills, not just eating too much at the buffet. (Insert lame laughter here.)

Six Preparedness Tips For The Mobility Challenged – This is some great advice not just from the perspective of dealing with those who are already dealing with these challenges but because this is something that could happen to any one of us in a disaster situation. Plan for it now and it won’t be a game ender later.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

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

Survival Sunday On The Web – 11/2/14

Survival Sunday On The Web!

It’s Sunday again and that means another edition of Survival Sunday on the web! I hope that everyone has been enjoying their weekend and had the chance to relax a little. With that being said, the world does not seem to be getting any better. We have a president who refuses to be a leader and has allowed Ebola to continue to spread among the general populace while he imposes a 21 day quarantine on the Soldiers who he forced to go to Africa to help fight Ebola. Talk about a slap in the face to the service members who put their lives on the line to try to stop a disease! They try to stop it while Obama tries to spread it.

That reminds me…have you all read that our new Ebola Czar, Richard Klain, believes that one of the top challenges that global leadership faces today is overpopulation? I find that just a bit ironic.

Survival Sunday

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Survival Sunday:

Here is an awesome video about turning an old meat cleaver into a bush crafting knife-

Body Armor Giveaway! – There are still a few days to get in on this giveaway! AR500 Armor is giving away a body armor package that is valued at over $1300. This is a great chance to improve your defenses and peace of mind.

Financial Preparedness – One of the key areas to preparedness is financial security, both in the ability to prepare as well as be able to do what needs to be done in response to a disaster (leave a job if necessary, etc.). Check out Sean Ogle and Pat Flynn for some great info about creating your own independent income streams.

How To Scavenge After The SHTF – I have given thought to scavenging after a disaster before but I will be honest, I have never given specific thought to how I would do it. Alan on the Urban Survival Site has laid out not only a plan that would work for scavenging, but a list of places to check for useable items. This is something that should probably be printed out and added to your library or survival binder.

101 Low Cost Items To Barter When The SHTF – Gaye over at Backdoor Survival has put together a great list of barter items that are low cost to keep on hand in the event that things fall apart. It is a great list and practical because it is not a bunch of high cost items.

What The Government Is Really Saying… – This is a great article from Todd over at EdThatMatters about the current state of government and how it directly correlates with the need to be prepared. If you are not familiar with it, you should also check out one of Todd’s other sites, Prepper Website. It is loaded with the latest and greatest articles from the preparedness and survival community.

How To Prep Like A Spartan – Here is an interesting look at preparedness through the perspective of the ancient Spartan warrior. It is a unique, but applicable, view on how the mindset and training that the Spartan’s endured ties into modern preparedness.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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

Make sure to check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday!

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

Survival Giveaways!

I hope everyone is having a great week. It is Thursday and that makes me happy because the weekend is almost here!

There are always obstacles in life. There is no exception when it comes to getting prepared for tough times. It doesn’t matter whether it is time, money, or something else, the resources required for prepping can be hard to come by. This makes giveaways a great way to build on your preparedness efforts for a great price…FREE! Here are a few giveaways running right now that you might want to enter:

Trayer Wilderness Giveaway – I teamed up with Trayer Wildernesss and several other bloggers to giveaway a $75.00 gift certificate for the Trayer Wilderness store. They have some awesome stuff!

Maxpedition Backpack Giveaway – Make sure to enter the Maxpedition Vulture II backpack giveaway that I am doing with some other bloggers. This is a great bag for and survival kit.

Zombie & Dystopian Books Giveaway – The Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford is running a giveaway of several Zombie and Dystopian themed books during the Halloween season. One of the books being given away is Expatriates by James, Wesley Rawles that I just reviewed.

Survival Bunker Giveaway – Rising S Bunkers is giving away a 10 foot by 30 foot underground survival bunker complete with NBC air filtration, solar power, and a whole bunch of other stuff. It is the real deal!

AR500 Armor Giveaway – This is a body armor package valued at over $1300. It would be a great addition for your personal security.

I hope this helps! If there is anything else that I can do to help out, feel free to send me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Sunday Survival On The Web 10/26/14

Happy Sunday Survival! I hope that you are all having a great weekend and are gearing up to not only survive the week ahead but the unknowns that our future may hold. It is imperative to be prepared because you never know what is going to hit and when it will happen. There has been a lot going on in my life this last week but I was still able to find some great stuff to share with you all.

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Sunday Survival

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week for todays edition of Sunday Survival:

Body Armor Giveaway! – AR500 Armor is giving away a body armor package that is valued at over $1300. This is a great chance to improve your defenses and peace of mind!

What If Your Apartment Has Ebola? – We are living in interesting times! Even if you do not watch the news or read the paper, we all know that Ebola is spreading and is a hot topic right now. This article by Bernie over at Apartment Prepper has some great advice about what to do if you find yourself living in close proximity to the Ebola virus.

Planning On Bugging Out? Some Things To Consider – It seems like the idea of bugging out in a survival situation is always viewed as being somewhat glamorous. Here is a look at some of the things that you should consider if this is part of your survival plan.

Build An EDC You Can Be Proud Of – Here is an area where I often fall short. It seems like putting together an Every Day Carry Kit, as simple as it should be, is often complicated because it can quickly become cumbersome. Here is a look at putting together a functional EDC set up.

How To Make An Emergency Shelter In 5 Minutes Or Less – Sometimes it seems like the simplest things are the best. This is especially true when you find yourself short on time. Todd at Survival Sherpa has put together a light weight, down and dirty plan for building an emergency shelter, quick.

Is Expired Food Safe To Eat? – This is a topic that I often find myself discussing with my wife. She will almost never eat anything, regardless of how the label reads, that is past the “expiration” date. Make sure to check out a little insight into what the information on our food labels actually means when it comes to the safety of eating it.

Ten Fall Preparedness Projects – The seasons are changing and that means that it is a good time to take care of some projects. We all have things we need to get done but here are some that we should focus on as preppers. I know that numbers 4 and 5 are the ones that are easy for me to forget, even though they are some of the easier and faster tasks on the list.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for the difficult times ahead.

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

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Expatriates Book Review

I just finished reading the book Expatriates by James Wesley, Rawles  and I was not disappointed. In fact, this is my new favorite Rawles novel. It is not only entertaining, but informative as well. This is not the first JWR novel that I have read (they were all good) but Expatriates clearly demonstrates what I believe to be his best writing and a great amount of research to develop such intricate details throughout the book.

In previous installments of JWR’s writing, I was somewhat conflicted by the fact that the story was often broken up with the explanation of what the characters had done to prep or were doing to survive. Don’t get me wrong, the additional details are what makes his novels very helpful and they would lose some value if those facts were missing. I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that Expatriates seems to be a great balance of the helpful preparedness facts that are reminiscent of a JWR novel with a story that flows nicely.

Expatriates

The story of Expatriates is unique because it tells the story of a missionary family in the Philippines and a petroleum engineer in Australia, all Americans, and their struggles as they find themselves outside the United States during a major socioeconomic meltdown. Away from their family and systems of support at home, the Jeffords (missionary family) and Chuck Nolan (petroleum engineer) are forced to not only endure the fallout of the socioeconomic meltdown (referred to as the “Crunch” in Expatriates), but the ensuing power grab that is carried out by the newly radicalized Islamic government in Indonesia. It is not the typical “defend the homestead” type of post-apocalyptic thriller.

While a fictional account, Expatriates also gives the reader a good account of what guerrilla warfare is all about and what the actions of a few can actually accomplish. This is why, as a conventional force, we have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan for years without “winning” these wars. But even as the Guerrilla forces fight against an oppressive Islamic army, there is plenty of knowledge to be gleaned from the experiences that the characters in Expatriates go through. It is a great demonstration in the power and importance of community and relationship building. Without the relationships that were formed in the story, the outcome would have been very different.

Not only did I enjoy the story, I appreciated the various quotes that were printed at the beginning of each chapter. Here are two of my favorites:

Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policeman, bureaucrats, and politicians.

– Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith, Hope, 2001

The more I learn about people and society the more I love guns and explosives. Guns and explosives are more understandable, more predictable, and less hazardous.

-Joe Huffman, in his blog The View from North Central Idaho

This first quote represents one of the ways in which some of the world’s most well known dictators have risen to power. The second quote I like because it is true.

The bottom line is that Expatriates was a great read that I could not put down. It was entertaining, informative, and thought provoking. You will not be disappointed. If you have read any of James Wesley, Rawles novels, you will love Expatriates. If you like the post-apocalytic thriller genre, you should read this book. It is available online and from most major book retailers.

Other fiction titles from James Wesley, Rawles include:

Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

Survivors: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

Founders: A Novel of the Coming Collapse

And the soon to be released:

Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global Collapse

In addition to these titles, JWR also has two great non-fiction books which are a great resource to either establish or grow your preparedness efforts. They are:

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times

Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own

Survival Sunday On The Web

This week I made a big move in trying to improve the quality and overall user experience of The Prepared Ninja by migrating my subscriber list over to MailChimp. As a result of this move, I will be able to offer new subscribers the opportunity to download a free copy of the Special Operations Forces Medical Kits guide (a look at the med kits that America’s elite medics carry into combat). If you are already a subscriber, I migrated your email address over MailChimp (unless you were a WordPress subscriber, then you will have to subscribe in the new box in the right sidebar). Thank you for your continued interest in The Prepared Ninja!

Survival

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for and Emergency – This is a great list of tasks that should be completed in the last few days, hours, and minutes leading up to a disaster. On a side note, if you are looking for more food storage information then you know what to do with, make sure you sign up for Jodi & Julie’s mailing list.

Four Greatest Kinetic Threats To Preppers – I recently hear about Forward Observer ( a magazine by veterans, patriots, and preppers) in a podcast interview. This article outlines the greatest physical threats to preppers. Look around the site because there is plenty of other useful information!

How to Safely Shelter In Place During a Pandemic – This is a great article from Gaye at Backdoor Survival about setting up your home to shelter in place during a pandemic. This is timely information based on the fact that Ebola seems to not be going away.

Where You Should Hide Your Food – Do you have a plan in place that allows you to hide your food from intruders, marauders, or even the government? Check out these great places to hide your food to keep it safe during a disaster or unrest.

Camp Fire vs. Survival Fire vs. Cooking Fire – Do you know which type of fire to build for each survival situation in which you might find yourself? This article sheds some light on the different types of fires you can build and what the best use of each type is.

Evaluate the Perimeter Of Your Property – I found myself thinking pretty hard about some of the questions posed in this article. How is the perimeter of your property protected? What would you do if you needed to better protect it? Read this article for some good questions that you should ask yourself.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

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

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21 Survival Uses For Dental Floss

Most everyone knows that dental floss is an integral part of daily oral hygiene but how many of you knew that dental floss was also a key component to a survival kit? In fact, for the little that it weighs and the amount of space that  it takes, dental floss could very well be one of the most valuable components in your survival tool kit!

Dental Floss
Survival Uses For Dental Floss
  1. Sewing – It is hard to beat the durability of dental floss, especially when it comes to making emergency repairs to clothing and equipment. Unwaxed dental floss is typically the best option for sewing.
  2. Whip A Rope – This is the best way to keep a rope that is not nylon from unraveling. Check out this tutorial to see how to whip a rope.
  3. Replace A Shoelace – This is pretty straight forward but doubling or tripling the thickness of the floss will work best.
  4. Clothesline – Fall in the lake? No big deal, just tie up some floss between two trees and hang your clothes up to dry.
  5. Trip Wire – A nice tight length of dental floss is a great trip wire for an early warning device. Just make sure to rub some dirt on the floss to keep it from standing out like…well, a piece of white dental floss tied between two trees.
  6. Suspend Food In The Air – If you find yourself in the woods without a good place to store your food, place it all in a bag and then suspend it in the air from a tree with some floss.
  7. Fishing Line – It is estimated that dental floss is equivalent to about 20 lb test line which makes it great for almost all survival fishing.
  8. Fix Glasses – While not pretty, a piece of floss can be tied through the frame of your glasses to replace a missing screw.
  9. Start A Fire – Wax dental floss burns well! Wrap dental floss around a match to significantly increase the burn time.
  10. Make A Snare or Trap – Dental floss will not hold its form as well as wire but it can definitely be used to make a snare or trap in a survival scenario.
  11. Lashing Together A Shelter – An improvised shelter will need to be lashed together in most cases but if you don’t have any cord, use some floss!
  12. Tie A Knife To A Pole – Dental floss can be used to secure a knife to a stick or pole for use as a spear to hunt or fish with.
  13. Securing Gear – Don’t have room in your bag for a piece of gear? Tie it to the outside with some dental floss. It can also be used to make a dummy cord for an important piece of equipment.
  14. Make A Bow String – I don’t know that a single strand of dental floss would work well as a bow string but a braid of three strands would likely work well as a backup or improvised solution.
  15. Hand Cuffs – This one makes me cringe a little. (I think it could be a bit painful!) If the emergent need arises to detain an attacker or invader, floss can be used for handcuffs in a similar manner to handcuffing someone with paracord.
  16. Make A Fishing Net – This takes the knowledge of how to make your own fishing net but, dental floss will hold up well against the water and makes a strong net.
  17. Cutting Food – While not sharp, the small diameter of dental floss allows it to easily cut through some foods. In this case, think soft foods like cheese or bread dough.
  18. Make A Rope – Dental floss can be woven together to make a rope.
  19. First Aid – Floss can be used as a substitute for sutures as well as for tying off a severed artery or the umbilical cord of a newborn baby. (It is not a great substitute for a tourniquet because it can just cut into the skin instead of effectively stopping bleeding.)
  20. Hide Items In A Wall – Use dental floss to suspend items in the hollow space inside interior walls.
  21. Treasure Hunting – This was a surprise to me but there has been successful treasure hunts using dental floss as the key component of the treasure recovery system. Read a first hand account here.

Hopefully if you didn’t realize it already, you now know how valuable dental floss can be in a survival situation and some of the many reasons that it should be included in your kit.

What else do you use your dental floss for?

Sunday Survival On The Web

To start things off this week I want to thank everyone for participating in the National Preparedness Month giveaways last month. They were a huge success! With that being said, just because September is over doesn’t mean that the giveaways are over. Make sure you come back tomorrow for the next great giveaway. Now on to last weeks great survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of…finds on the web!

Prepping and Fish Antibiotics – Dale and Lisa over at SurvivalistPrepper always put out great content and this article, with  its accompanying podcast, are without exception. (On a side note, the SurvivalistPrepper podcast is one of my favorites!) This will give you a good overview of the various fish antibiotics that are currently available and the uses that they serve. Make sure to check out the Camping Survival link in the right sidebar for a great selection of fish antibiotics.

Baiting Tips For Hogs – It doesn’t matter if you are hunting to put food on the table during good times or bad, the successful hunters are those who know what it takes to bag their prey. Check out these awesome tips on how to successfully bait when hunting for hogs.

CDC States…”now is the time to prepare” – Rourke over at ModernSurvivalOnline posted a piece about a short guide that the CDC recently shared with hospitals about being properly prepared for Ebola. Make sure to check out the checklist for tips on how you can get prepared for Ebola or any pandemic.

Why Carry A Gun?: People Carry Concealed Guns For Many Reasons – This article takes a look at the many assumptions that the anti-gun crowd makes about concealed carry and how that compares to the facts surrounding concealed carry and personal security.

How to Make Oral Rehydration Solution: This Knowledge Could Save a Life! – This is a basic recipe for oral rehydration salts (ORS). While there are several recipes that can be found for ORS, the basic ingredients are typically the same. This is a good bit of information to have in your survival tool kit!

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

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

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Sunday Survival Around The Web

To start things off this week I want to remind everyone about the Preparedness Month MEGA Giveaway that has one day remaining to enter! It is the last event for National Preparedness Month that was put together by myself and a group of fellow survival and preparedness bloggers. Make sure to check it out, and don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already!

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

Not A Good Sign: Iran and China Prepare Joint Naval Exercises: While not directly a survival article, this is information that is worth knowing. I don’t know what the future will bring but it is even more important to be prepared for the unexpected if Iran and China are becoming friends. Especially knowing that we just had China participate in the U.S. led, Rim of the Pacific naval exercises! But they wouldn’t share what they learned with Iran would they?

3 Barter Items You Probably Haven’t Considered But Will Be Valuable Even If The Poop Doesn’t Hit The Fan!: There are tons of articles out there about barter items but not all of them are about items you will actually use. I have seen many accounts where people were stockpiling up on items like tobacco when they don’t even smoke! This will only work if you actually get to barter with someone that needs tobacco. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

13 Steps To Prepare For Civil Unrest: Civil unrest can come about as the result of almost anything and it can happen without any notice. Ask the residents of Ferguson, Missouri. In all reality, next to a personal disaster (loss of a job, loved one, etc.) or a natural disaster, civil unrest is probably one of the most likely survival scenarios to occur. Check out these steps that we can all take to make sure we are ready!

Creating The Average Joe Look: I am sure that most of us are familiar with the “gray man” look but what is your plan to achieve mediocrity with your appearance? This will help you make sure that you are not noticed; good, bad, or otherwise.

So You Can’t Afford To Prep, Eh?: This is a valuable article that will help you think about the financial choices that we all make, and how those choices come at the cost of lost opportunities. At a minimum, this could be a valuable mental exercise on where we could all make some cuts.

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

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

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja it would mean everything to me if you would be willing to share my page with your friends and family! Of course, a monetary donation of any amount is always appreciated. If you would like to make a monetary donation of your own, it can be made via PayPal here. Thank you for your support!

Survival Around The Web

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

The internet is loaded with great information about survival, preparedness, homesteading, security, self-reliance, and literally just about anything you could possibly think of. I feel that it is important to share anything that could be valuable to all of us. Here are a few things that I found this last week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

This wraps up my best finds of survival related gems around the web last week. I hope everyone has a blessed week and continues to prepare for any difficult times ahead.

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

All American Sun Oven Giveaway

HUGE NEWS TODAY!!!

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

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

The bloggers that I have partnered with are:

Here is the fine print:

This All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Sept. 6th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the time designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

ENTER TO WIN!!!

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning Issued

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Reality of Disaster Preparedness

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

photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via photopin cc

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Packing List For All Occasions

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

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

 photo credit: lemonad via photopin cc

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the packing list that I was provided:

Things To Do Before You Leave –

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

Clothes –

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

Shoes –

  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals ( Flip-flops )

Optional Clothes –

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

Clothes For Cold Weather –

  • Jacket ( Wind breaker )

Money And Documents –

Basic Documents –

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

Optional Documents –

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

For Carrying Money And Documents –

  • Wallet
  • Paper folder

Maps –

  • Small scale map
  • Large scale map

Books –

  • Novels
  • Guidebook

Equipment –

Things For Packing –

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

Things For Sleeping –

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

Cooking Equipment –

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

Eating Equipment –

  • Cork screw

Miscellaneous Equipment –

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

Hygiene –

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

Hygiene (optional) –

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

Health –

General Health Items –

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

Pills, Tablets And Medicines –

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

Electrical Stuff –

General Electrical Items –

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

Camera Equipment –

  • Camera
  • Memory cards
  • Film

Generic Photo Equipment –

  • Camera bag

Music Items –

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

Mountain Equipment –

Hiking Equipment –

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

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

Make your own packing list using the Universal Packing List

What Convinced Me To Change My Lifestyle Choices For Good

The following is a guest post about one person’s story and what convinced her that prepping was the right choice to make…

When does preparation ever become over-reaction?  In my mind, never.  And my guess is: people who have lost their homes to disasters, lost their loved ones to an epidemic, and lost all they have to tragedies feel the same way. The bottom line is: you have to be prepared to survive.

The “polar vortex” officially became a thing this year as it turned weather conditions upside down. Epidemics and viruses, threats of war, and economic meltdown — these are some of the occurrences no man could stop from happening.  In June 2012, four million people went without electricity when an unexpected summer storm knocked out power across the mid-Atlantic region.  Hardest hit were the Washington suburbs of Northern Virginia and Maryland.  A storm during the summer? Who would have thought?

On that fateful day, I decided to never compromise the safety of my loved ones.  On that day, I decided to be a prepper.  Yes, a prepper — a growing community that gave National Geographic its highest ratings ever.  The majority of people who saw the “Doomsday Preppers” series were not very kind, calling preppers crazy and wild-eyed people waiting for the end of the world as we know it.  But the thing about preppers is they don’t wait, they prepare and not just for the apocalypse (as most assume) but for emergencies and occurrences that most people don’t take seriously.

However, if you were with my family who huddled in the basement as the storm ripped through our neighborhood, tearing our roofs, slamming windows, and blowing down trees, you would probably understand.  More than 20 people died.

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The next day after the storm, temperatures reached triple digits again. The extreme heat was hurting recovery efforts. Our house was damaged, we had no power, supermarkets and shops were mostly closed, and we ran out of food.  During those weeks, I thought: I will never let this happen to my family ever again.

A Prepper In All Of Us

It dawned on me that I was not alone.  I was not the only one who will do whatever it takes to keep my loved ones safe.  I was not the only one who fights hard to survive.

As many as three million Americans call themselves preppers.  They are regular people who like regular things.  They are professionals, couples, rich and poor, old and young. You could be living next to a prepper and not know it.  They are the new breed of survivalists whose preparedness guide and practices go beyond the norm.

A prepper’s emergency management includes not just a 72-hour survival food kit.  Prepping means sustainability.  Keeping a stockpile of food and artillery, getting survival training, and having an escape plan are among prepper practices that make people cringe and laugh.  But the truth is: there is a prepper in all of us.  Preparing for the future, preparing for simple home emergencies, preparing for hurricanes make everyone preppers.  The difference probably lies not in magnitude but the extent and degree of wanting to survive which transcends beliefs, orientation, and practices.

Being A Prepper

It is not easy to be a prepper.  The “Doomsday” series was more like a weekly invitation to laugh at us, “lunatics”.  Some imagine preppers as armed zealots hunkered down in bunkers.  When visitors drop by my house, I still don’t have the courage to show them my own survival kit.  We call them bug-out bags: our own array of disaster swag.  Members of the New York City Preppers Network proudly exhibited them at a church in Washington Heights last year.  They contain: compasses, hand-cranked radios, solar-powered flashlights, fire starters, road maps and pills.  Some preppers tweaked bug-out gear to suit their needs and interests.

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Preppers often have their own checklists and preparedness guides. Prepping seems like a tough practice and the common question is: “where do I start?”  If you are the type that will do everything to protect your family, then prepping should not be a difficult task.  Everything will come naturally with training and practice.  There is no single formula for prepping — emergency survival kits must be patterned with what you and your family need and the training required varies with what specifically you are preparing for.

However, for beginners to have an idea of what prepping is all about, the basics are food kits, the art of stockpiling food and preserving it, first aid kits and skills, keeping your place warm or cold, locating sources of water and power, and disaster training.

Preppers And Pop Culture

Preppers are an ever-growing community, thanks to television shows, documentaries, movies, businesses and dedicated websites that make the idea of preparing popular and common.  Taking after the National Geographic’s “Doomsday Preppers,” the Discovery Channel launched its own series called “Doomsday Bunkers” and the TV special “Apocalypse Preppers.”

Movies such as “2012,””Contagion” and “World War Z” show viewers that, while fictional, the world is not safe from disasters and epidemics.  Like these movies, preppers do not intend to cast paranoia among people.  They simply remind that complacency has no place in this world.

There are also hundreds of websites and blogs, personal or official that are dedicated to preppers.  Top websites such as SHTF Plan and Survival Blog get as much as 60,000 visits a day combined.

Whether for long-term or short-term emergencies, people seem to be taking action and industries cashing in on preppers are proof of this — from ordinary household items to bug out gear.  The demand has made prepping a multi-billion industry.

Prepping is often seen as overly-dramatic but to me it is nothing but preparing to survive.  It is survival revolution.  No one deserves to feel the pain of losing someone we love or losing everything we worked so hard for.  Prepping is more than just a phenomenon; it is here to stay because danger does not discriminate — it can happen anytime, it can happen to anyone.  Preppers are regular people who will do everything to keep themselves and their families alive. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

About The Author

Jona Jone has been a mortgage originator in Philadelphia, PA. She is also a Business and Property Specialist. She has been writing articles about real estate investment, business, and sustainability. Know more about her by following her Twitter.

Decreasing Summer Emergencies

Decrease Summer Emergencies By Staying Prepared

There are various types of emergency situations that tend to happen during the warm summer months. Whether it involves heat exhaustion, electricity blackouts, or dehydration, it is important to stay informed on things that you can do to protect yourself, your family and your pets. The summer heat can be dreadful for the elderly, young children, and people with serious health conditions. However, anyone who is exposed to the heat for a long period of time should be concerned about how the summer heat can have a negative effect on their health and everyday life.

Tips for Preventing Summer Emergencies

Summer emergencies can range from irritable to severe, however the good news is that they can be prevented. Here are a few things that we can all do to ensure safety this upcoming summer.

  • Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Water is best, but any non-alcoholic beverage can help keep you hydrated on a hot summer day. (Tom adds: Not all non-alcoholic beverages are as helpful in staying hydrated as others. In addition to water; fruit juices, sports drinks, and clear beverages like flavored waters are the best options for maintaining hydration.)
  • Wear light colored, light weight clothing that is loose fitting if you plan on being outside for a long period of time
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  • Stay cool indoors by keeping the thermostat turned down or keeping doors closed if there is only one source of cool air in the home. If fans are used, place them in the windows or doorway to circulate cool air.
  • Always wear plenty of sunscreen when you plan on being exposed to the sun.
  • Exercising outdoors should be limited to the early morning or late evening hours when the temperature is at its lowest
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  • Visit your local county facilities that are air conditioned and open to the public if you need to cool down quickly such as the local library or community center.
  • Conserve energy inside your home so that you can help decrease the possibility of a community-wide blackout which could be dangerous for many people.

The Dangers of Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia is a term that is used to describe a variety of illnesses that occur due to overexposure to heat. The most common types of hyperthermia include heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Seniors and those with serious illnesses are most likely to develop this serious medical condition. Anyone who is showing signs of hyperthermia should seek immediate medical attention. While it is most common in the summer, hyperthermia can occur at any time to anyone. Individuals who take a lot of medication can be at a higher risk as well as young children and the elderly.

Avoid Blackouts by Conserving Energy

Warm temperatures outside mean higher electricity bills for most homeowners. While it is important to stay cool, it is also a good idea to keep an eye on your thermostat and try to keep it at a comfortable and conservative level. With so many people turning on energy-draining air conditioning systems it is highly likely for many communities to experience blackouts due to heat waves. When a blackout occurs, the power can go out and stay out for several hours. It is important to take precautions if you suspect that a blackout may occur such as keeping emergency food and water on hand so that you can stay hydrated. Stock up on food and snacks that do not require heating up and keep plenty of bottled water available.

Summer should be a fun and enjoyable time for all, unfortunately there are many areas where the high temperatures can make this happy time of year, a dreadful one for many people. Be sure to keep a close eye on at-risk individuals in your local community by checking in on elderly neighbors or those who are sick or disabled to see if they need assistance with staying cool. Many charity organizations provide free fans or window air conditioners for seniors or low-income families. By staying hydrated and avoiding long time exposure to the sun, you can help yourself beat the heat and make the summer season more enjoyable.

About The Author

Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.  

Prepper Checklist Infographic

The information below originally appeared on thesurvivalistblog.net in the post, The Prepper Checklist – Ten Things To Do Now. M.D. Creekmore has now updated that info into an easy to follow infographic and has allowed me to share it with you. It is full of great information and is the perfect tool to share with those that are new to prepping or have been thinking about getting started on an emergency preparedness plan.

In addition to the above info graphic, make sure to check out M.D.’s follow up article, Ten MORE Things To Do Now.

Thank you to M.D. for all the great work he does and for being willing to share what he does with as many people as possible.

What Would You Do?

There is a named storm, Arthur, bearing down on the east coast of the United States and a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for some areas while voluntary evacuations have been ordered for other areas. This is not ideal by any means, especially because it is forecasted to make land fall today which would make it the first hurricane to ever hit the United States on Independence Day. Facing a hurricane, or any disaster, reminds us that things happen around us all the time and it reiterates the necessity to prepare for such events constantly. These threats are real and show up on God’s time, not ours. It is not possible to predict such disasters on any type of long term calendar.

Hurrucane Ike, Picture Origin Unknown
Hurrucane Ike, Picture Origin Unknown

Let me put a twist on the situation…imagine that you are there visiting a resort in North Carolina’s Outer Banks on your summer vacation, right where Arthur is headed. It is not likely that you have brought along much in the way of survival or preparedness kits or items. You might not even have a car! Do you carry the bare minimum essentials to survive if you were caught in this situation? Do you have the knowledge to complete the survival tasks necessary in this situation?

It is a good mental exercise to participate in. What would you do if you found yourself in this situation? It is typically not practical to travel with a dedicated bug out bag which can be cumbersome, not to mention that the type of travel can greatly limit what you can have in your bag. The amount of space needed to carry the bare minimum essentials can easily fit into a small portion of the average suitcase.

There are 10 survival items that I would suggest that you consider carrying with you when you travel include:

  1. First Aid Kit
  2. High Quality Multi-Tool
  3. Flashlight
  4. Chemical Light Stick(s)
  5. Whistle
  6. Emergency Poncho
  7. Paracord (~50 Feet)
  8. Water Bottle (Lexan bottles like Nalgene are durable and can be used to pack other items into.)
  9. Way To Purify Water (Tablets, Straw Filter, Etc.)
  10. Duct Tape (~50 feet wrapped around an old gift card) and Zip Ties
  11. Mylar Survival Blanket
  12. Snack Foods (Jerky, Protein Bars, Nuts, Candy, Etc.)
  13. Lighter
  14. Bandana
  15. Sewing Kit

What would you add to this list?

I would also like to say happy Independence Day! It is my hope that everyone enjoys their day and stays safe while celebrating the freedoms that we enjoy. Don’t forget to keep your thoughts and prayers with those who are dealing with Arthur on the east coast and our military who are serving abroad so that we can have fun at home.

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10 Items to Keep Your Survival Chances in Check

The following is a guest submission on some of the ways to ensure your survival in the wake of an emergency.

10 Items to Keep Your Survival Chances in Check

Zombie apocalypse. Doomsday. End of the world.

These are some of the situations that we just regularly see in movies, TV shows, or in books. We tend to be amazed on how the protagonist manages to survive a certain kind of situation that seems impossible to escape. But have you ever thought of your escape plan if ever these situations happen in your lifetime? More importantly, have you ever thought of the things that you need to have in order to survive?

And if natural disasters and panic have already raged your neighborhood, will you just get the items that you instantly see based on your instincts and or will you easily grab your ever-reliable emergency survival kits and run as fast as you can for your dear life? For me, the latter sounds much better.

Of course, preparing ahead is much, much better compared to rushing things especially during doomsday where the atmosphere is already tense, nerve-wracking and full of fear. A prepper naturally has the foresight and prepares everything as organized and as detailed as possible. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a single item that you need to have for you and your loved ones’ survival.

Here are 10 security items that you need to have to keep your survival chances in check if ever the worse day happens.

1. Water Supply To Quench Your Thirst

This comes first in our list. Without water for 3 to 4 days, you’ll eventually die and that is the ultimate situation that you need to avoid as you fight for survival. You will definitely need to have ‘drinking’ water intact and not just any other type of water unless you want to die of other water-related diseases. Have a big table-top ceramic filter type of water container to store your drinking water.

2. Food Storage To Avoid Starving

This is a no-brainer if you really want to survive doomsday. Come the end of the world, major supermarkets will definitely run out of their food supply because of the panicking people that filled the supermarkets and retail stores. You can choose to store and prepare survival food kits that match your nutritional needs. Don’t forget to address the food allergies of your family for your survival. Make sure that these food kits will last longer, say 6 months. These survival food kits in case of disasters will surely provide you food and energy that you need if ever the food supply totally runs out in your area.

3. A Handgun For Defense

If the situation becomes truly chaotic (think of the possibility if zombies attack you at your own home or if other people desperately try to get your food supply), you will need a handgun for self-defense and for defending your family. For example, if your home alarm system has been destroyed by an earthquake, you need to be aware of burglars and people who will target your house for their own supplies. Learn how to use one and for starters, experts recommend having handgun that you are comfortable shooting in a caliber that is 9mm or larger. Don’t forget to load set-defense ammunition in the handgun, that is what it is made for.

4. A Portable Radio To Be In The Loop

After you have safely evacuated your chaotic neighborhood, you’ll definitely need to be in the loop on the current events in your area and for possible safe places that you can evacuate to. Having a portable radio will allow you to stay informed and this is a great advantage since information is power.

5. First-Aid Kits

Prepping for the worst day also includes preparing for what might happen along the way during your escape. In case of an emergency, make a handy list of your first-aid essentials such as regular medicines, antibiotics, and gauze bandages if you or a family member ever gets wounded while on the run. Check to ensure that you have enough of each item in your first-aid kit.

6. A Handy Map And A Compass

Another no-brainer, these will come in handy should you need to locate the fastest and easiest escape route towards the next safe place. Yes, a lot of people are relying on their GPS or their other gadgets but if battery runs low, then your map will be your golden ticket to survival. Have a good quality road map of your area or secure a topographical map of your hometown and possible retreat areas. Along with a map, a compass will also come into good use if you need to go around the woods for your safety.

7. Flashlights

This will be extremely useful at night and for dark places that you might encounter. Be sure to have extra batteries as well for this item. A handy L.E.D flashlight that produces a strong light is needed for your survival.

8. Lighter And Fire Starters

If ever you need to stay out in the woods for several days, you will need lighters, matches and other fire starters to keep you warm and to possibly cook food as well. This will also be handy should you need to boil dirty water for it to be potable.

9. The Reliable Swiss Army Knife

This item is definitely included in the top security items list. A Swiss Army Knife is incredibly handy and valuable thanks to every function that it can do for your survival. You’ll never know when you’ll need it especially if you’re in an area where certain tools are out of reach.

10. A Hiking Backpack

You might think of the need for a place to put all the necessary items for your survival. Why not go for your hiking backpack as your “bug out” bag? Be sure that it has plenty of space and/or compartments and check to be sure you can carry it with a full load of your essential items. This will contain all of your emergency survival kits so be sure that your backpack is strong and intact.

Having this top 10 security items list will serve as your preparedness guide for terrible events such as doomsday. Properly securing and preparing each item will definitely help you in your survival and you will be assured that you’ve prepared ahead of those terrible times in the future.

About The Author

John Anderson is a writer and an Executive Street Contributor. He runs the blog InfiltrationAlert.com