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Survival Sunday – 5/24/2015

Survival Sunday

This week I stayed busy with life as always but I had a very special conclusion to the week. Unfortunately, my wife’s grandfather is sick so it was decided that she should make the trip to go see him (this was not the special part of course). As a result of my wife being gone, I had the chance to spend the entire weekend with our three sons. This is a rarity for me. It seems that I am usually the one who is gone somewhere. Either way, it was a great time and we all lived to talk about it!

I had some time to watch TV this weekend since my wife was gone. I was watching Hawaii Five-0 and found myself thinking that there is no way that the police respond that quickly to anything. Pair that with my need for an ambulance a few weeks ago and how long that took, I then find myself thinking about the fact that we may get help eventually if we need it but it may take a while. Whether it is a medical emergency or police response required, it can take emergency services a great deal of time to come to your aid. That is based off the assumption that they are even available. When making your preparedness plans, don’t write off the possibility that you may have to fend for yourself for a while. Have a plan in place to deal with these delays.

One last thing…as a reminder, if you would rather not pay full price for all of your preparedness related items, the Black River Outpost Sunshine Sale is still going on for the remainder of the month of May.

Here is the haul for this week’s wandering on the web:

Survival Skills Of The Great Depression Era – Things tend to be easier in life when we are able to reference the hardships of others in an effort to avoid the same hardships ourselves. Here are five survival skills that were helpful in seeing people through the depression era. They happen to make a great deal of sense too.

Best Bug Out Vehicles You Can Actually Afford – The idea behind this article is sound and I like most of the information contained in it. One of my points of disagreement is the fact that while these vehicles can be considered affordable, some of them could pose an issue for someone who was trying to minimize or avoid debt. Also, one of the options listed is a surplus military humvee. My issue with the humvee is that they break down constantly and the government spends a fortune on parts trying to keep them running. Ask anyone who has worked with them, there is a reason that the military does maintenance on their vehicles every week.

Networking After TSHTF – Whether it is now or after a disaster, survival will likely require having relationships with others for safety, barter, and a variety of other survival related functions.

Free Home Plans: Cabins, Cottages, Bungalows, Small Houses, Etc. – These plans may not all be complete but they are a great starting point if you are looking to build your own home. Some of these plans would be the perfect fit for starting a homestead, putting together a bug out location, or as a means to live a life with little or no debt.

Preppers Checklist: 10 Things To Do Now! – I like this list because it is actionable. These are also affordable steps that anyone can take to be better prepared for about 90% of the likely scenarios that we may all see. There is also a follow up to this…Preppers Survival Gear List: Ten MORE Things To Do Now.

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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 – 5/17/2015

Survival Sunday

I would like to start this week off by highlighting a great cause that fellow blogger Tammy Trayer and her family are supporting, CampPatriot.org. Tammy along with her husband and son will be doing a 5K Ruck March with 100lb packs on July 4th in an effort to try and raise $25,000 to support wounded and disabled veterans. You can read about the Trayer’s challenge here. You can also contribute to their efforts on their gofundme page.

If you find yourself in need of some super affordable prepping supplies, Black River Outpost is having their Sunshine Sale for the month of May. Some of the great items that are marked down include: packs, storage food, paracord, tools, and even more paracord! Don’t miss out.

My week has not been overly exciting. I am just trying to stay on pace with life and if you haven’t noticed, the area that has suffered the most is this site. To be completely honest, I would rather have my site stats, etc. here on the blog suffer than to negatively impact my family or the ability to provide for them.

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After being on hiatus for the last few weeks, here is what I found around the net this week:

The Video Carjackers Don’t Want You To See – An interesting collection of some of the indicators that carjackers look for when selecting a victim and what you can do to make sure that you portray  the look that will keep you from joining the pool of victims.

The Dos And Don’ts Of Preparing With Children – This is pretty self explanatory but the content is great. Prepping with children can be a challenge and Dale outlines some great tips on how to take this challenge head on.

The next three articles are from retired U.S. Army Green Beret, Jeremiah Johnson and cover even more ground than J.J. has covered in his previous installments on SHTFplan.com:

A Green Beret’s Guide To Basics and Priorities: Rucksacks, Vehicles and Specialty Gear

A Green Beret’s Guide to EMP: Practical Steps to Prepare for a “Lights Out” Scenario (Part 1)

Special Request Article: A Green Beret’s Guide To Relocation and Sustainability: “It Will Take Some Serious Planning”

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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!

Valley Food Storage Review

Valley Food Storage Review

I am honestly not even sure how many food storage companies are selling long term food storage products right now. It seems like there is another company that pops up every month. They always claim to have the best tasting, longest lasting survival food on the market. Because of the fact that there are so many food storage brands on the market, I was somewhat hesitant when I was contacted by Valley Food Storage to see about sending me a sample of their product.

Valley Food Storage

A few days after I agreed to try the product, I received a package in the mail that contained a single packet of Valley Food Storage’s Pasta Primavera entree. I can’t say for sure that I know what makes something primavera or not, but I know that I was optimistic. First of all…primavera sounds fancy and most of all, before I agreed to have a sample sent to my house, I did a little snooping around at some of my fellow blogger’s websites that had reviewed Valley Food Storage products to read their thoughts and there was overwhelming feedback that Valley Food Storage was the real deal.

I decided that the best way to give it a try was to make the pasta dish for dinner one night. My wife didn’t mind because she didn’t have to cook. The preparation was very simple and the instructions are so easy that my 9 year old son helped me make it without issue. I added the butter that was suggested by Valley Food Storage in the directions but I don’t think that it really made too much of a difference. As it cooked, I also discovered that I needed to cook the pasta for about ten minutes longer on my stove to get the dish to the consistency that I wanted it to be. This is not uncommon on our stove though. For some reason, things seem to take a little longer to cook on our stove. The extra cooking time didn’t make the noodles mushy or anything so we came out just fine in the end.

Valley Food Storage

(A funny note about the pictures above...my boys kept giving me a hard time for taking pictures of our food. They told me that if I wanted to tell people what I thought that I should just tell them and not worry about taking pictures.)

Once the pasta was to the consistency that I wanted, I served it up. Surprisingly, the final number of servings matched up accurately to the number listed on the package. This is how things should be but I often see food packaging that says that it contains “X” number of servings and what actually ends up happening is that the realistic number of servings is less. I chose to finish mine off with a little parmesan cheese but I am not sure that really changed the flavor much. If anything, it probably changed the texture a little.

So…when we dug in, the findings were positive. The flavor was good. Actually, the flavor was surprisingly good. I was not alone in my opinion either. All three of my boys had great things to say about the pasta but what really sealed the deal was the fact that my wife not only tried it, she ate all of hers. For anyone who knows my wife, you know that food storage types of food are not something that she would ordinarily even smell, let alone taste. This really let me know that the Valley Food Storage entrees were a truly great option and would be something that I could stock in my preps.

Another great thing about Valley Food Storage is the fact that they have so many options when it comes to their food choices. Valley Food Storage’s inventory includes eight breakfast options, seventeen lunch and dinner choices, and three different sides (including brownies!). Purchase options include the choice of purchasing items by the pouch, by the case, in a grab and go bucket, or in monthly increments.  On top of everything else, there are dairy free and gluten free options available, everything is made in the United States, and the food can be stored for up to 25 years!

The only thing that I can say that is even remotely negative is the fact that I thought the pasta primavera was a little on the salty side. Even so, all five of us completely finished off our portion. I don’t hesitate (even a little bit) to recommend Valley Food Storage products to you. I don’t think that you will be disappointed at all. My future plans definitely include ordering some of the other entrees to give a try. I personally have my eye on the pasta alfredo, mac and cheese, Irish pub cheddar potato soup, chili mac, and the baked potato soup. Valley Food Storage is also graciously willing to send you a free sample, all you have to do is pay the shipping.

If you choose to try Valley Food Storage foods, let me know what your thoughts are.

Survival Sunday – 4/26/2015

Survival Sunday

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

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

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

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

Here are my official findings for this week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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

Survival Sunday – 4/12/2015

Survival Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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