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Even though I’m not a huge proponent of “Bugging Out” during a disaster scenario, I do think it’s important to have numerous bugout plans and the required resources on hand in order to affect an efficient and safe evacuation if it becomes necessary.
I have numerous bugout plans depending on the situation at hand, and I’m sure you do too. In fact, if the discussions on social media are indicative of anything, it’s that bugging out is the go-to plan for a lot of preppers for most major disasters. However, I do think that a lot of people tend to have tunnel vision when coming up with bugout plans and don’t think about a lot of the practicalities or other considerations that could seriously disrupt their plan if they ever had to use it.
One of these considerations is elderly family. I think there are a lot of preppers out there with elderly family that have overlooked what would happen to them after a serious disaster and haven’t included them into their plans.
Prepping for the elderly is something that doesn’t get talked about very often. If it does, it’s usually in articles talking about stocking up on prescriptions and making sure they have plenty of stored food and other supplies. Some articles I’ve found even talk about making bugout bags for your elderly family, the best firearms for elderly family. Essentially they’re the same prepper articles you see everywhere, but have “..for the elderly” added in a few times in the text.
That’s all well and good, but I think it’s time that someone brought the subject of prepping for the elderly back to reality; so before you make your final decision on how much weight great-grandma is going to be able to carry in her bugout bag, you might want to read on.
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For Anyone That Wants to Grow Their Own Food But Can’t Get Started
Less than 100 year ago, before you could simply run down to the nearest store and take your pick of any piece of produce you could want (whether it’s in season or not) nearly everyone had a vegetable garden.
Vegetable gardens were a way of life. Even early city dwellers that could no longer go out and hunt for meat still used a vegetable garden to supply a huge chunk of their daily food. During World War 1 and 2 even the government strongly encouraged the public to plant “Victory Gardens” to help supplement domestic food production since so many resources were going to the war.
Gardening is a crucial part of a well-constructed food storage and food production system. Even if you’ve been stockpiling food for years, you still have a massive hole in your preps if you haven’t started a garden. Preps only last for so long. In order to be truly self-reliant you have to start PRODUCING food as well as storing it.
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Step By Step Guide To Making Fuel from Animal Fat
In today’s post we’re going to be talking about biodiesel, specifically making your own biodiesel from animal fats. Making fuel from animal fat has the potential to eliminate our reliance on outside fuel sources for vehicles and machinery. If we are ever in a long-term, grid down scenario, fuel will be a precious commodity. Knowing how to make biodiesel from animal fat could keep your generator and other machines going well after everyone else is thrown back into the dark ages when conventional gasoline runs out.
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20 Quick Steps to Making Your Home Fireproof
You’ve finally finished up laundry, did the dishes made lunch for tomorrow and have just lain down to bed. In about 4.51 seconds you’ll be blissfully asleep.
All of a sudden you find yourself in a heated debate with your own thoughts. It usually goes something like this:
“Did I turn off the oven?”
“Pretty sure I did”
“It could start a fire you know”
“I’ve got smoke detectors”
“When was the last time you checked them?”
Then of course, anxiety wins out, you angrily get up out of your warm cocoon of blankets; check the oven (of course it’s off) and finally head back to bed.
Then a few seconds later….
“Did you remember to check the burners?”
People in the disaster preparedness community talk a lot about what I call the “Hollywood” disasters. Global pandemics, invading armies, nuclear war, EMPs… Apparently the end of the world as we know it is a pretty popular topic of conversation.
Yet for every 10 Hollywood disaster-type articles or discussions I see out there, there may be only 1 or 2 about the more “minor” yet serious disaster threats. It’s not even fair to call these scenarios “minor” disasters considering most of them can be extremely dangerous and unlike most of the Hollywood disasters, these disasters are actually likely to happen.
Residential fires are one of the most common and deadly disaster scenarios you’ll ever come across. Last year alone there were over 350,000 reported residential house fires in the US; killing nearly 2,500 people and causing over 6.6 BILLION dollars in damages.
The threat of fire is very real and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I know fire prevention and safety aren’t nearly as fun as taking the AR out to the range or spending the day in a tree stand in hopes of filling the freezer with meat, but the fact remains that if you’re a prepper, house fires should be one of the most important disaster scenarios you’re preparing for; and if you haven’t taken the steps to make your home as “fireproof” as possible, you’ve got a massive hole in your preps. It might be time to forget about EMPs, the Super-flu and the hordes of post-apocalyptic marauders for a few days and start thinking about what you can do to mitigate the realistic risk of fire in your home today.
This is real life… Not a Robin Hood story.
Privatize handouts for the needy, I’ll choose where my money goes thank you very much.
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Today we have an excellent guest post from Nick at Whiteside Seed! There are a lot of misconceptions about organic seeds out there. Today Nick is going to shed some light on some of the most common myths of organic seeds.
Over the course of the last couple of decades we’ve been faced with a new choice. Not that the choice wasn’t available to make before that, but for thirty years we didn’t even consider the impact of hybrid vegetables being a staple at the supermarket. With the advent of genetically modified crops, people are suddenly starting to have some pretty strong opinions. Things are changing now. We see things that we haven’t seen before. We want to save our own seeds and we don’t want to be persecuted for it. We want tomatoes that don’t taste like Styrofoam and don’t have the texture of raw potato. We want staple vegetables that aren’t saturated in petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides.
The powers that be would have us think differently. They cite statistics heralding hybrid and GMO crops as the way to save the starving masses. What many of these overly-educated politicians don’t understand is that these crops are significantly less nutritious than their predecessors. Not to mention their bathing in petroleum-based fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides can cause multiple problems within the human physiology… and within the ecosystem. And there are plenty of independent studies that have been done to prove it.
After the Second World War we took on a posture of arrogance. We stopped the Nazis. We ended terror. We were responsible for the bulk of the world’s manufacturing. For some unknown reason we still think we’re better than every other country on the planet. But we haven’t even called for GMO labeling practices when other countries (countries we’re much better than, by the way) have adopted such policies. Even Russia has a non-GMO policy. And we’ve expanded our debt exponentially. Jefferson would be so proud. By the way, he was an avid gardener at his beloved Monticello and he never had a complaint about the production of his favorite heirloom crops.
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Operations Security (OPSEC) is probably one of the most debated topics in the preparedness community. The main area of debate with OPSEC is about whether or not it is a good idea to be open about your preps and trying to talk to people outside of this community about preparedness.
Despite what other people might tell you, there is no “right” answer here. For some people OPSEC is a big deal, and maybe for a good reason, for others it’s not. Only you can decide what you’re comfortable sharing with others when it comes to prepping.
In today’s post I’m going to be sharing some of my thoughts about OPSEC and some of the realities about the importance of OPSEC in both normal life and in disaster scenarios.
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The Collapse of Ancient Rome – A Look into Our Future?
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
The first time I heard this quote was back in middle school when our Teacher, Mrs. Moore was attempting to explain why our daily history lessons (and homework ugh!) were important. At the time, this quote didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me and I figured Mrs. Moore was pretty much just blowing smoke up our collective, adolescent rear ends.
As maturity set in (as much as it could I guess) and I started waking up to some of the serious problems that surround us today, Mrs. Moore’s words have now become one of the most important lessons of my childhood.
Ancient Rome was THE international powerhouse of its time. Rome was the birthplace of much today’s organized medicine, architecture, roads, transportation, government, literature, art and military.
Heck, Ancient Rome was actually the first modern empire to adopt a government-ran welfare program.
Much of our modern day society can be attributed to the innovations and successes of Ancient Rome. Many of these innovations, which were revolutionary at the time, have become the foundation on which our modern global society functions today.
Unfortunately, we have also adopted many of the same mistakes that led to Rome’s eventual decline as a world power; and if things don’t start changing, America could soon be headed into the oblivion of history, simply because we failed to heed the words of teachers like Mrs. Moore and the lessons of the Roman Empire.
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Building a Fortified Panic Room in Your Home
When I first started reading about panic rooms, I have to admit, my first thought was about that terrible movie with Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart and Forest Whitaker from a few years back and how ridiculous it would be to spend tens of thousands of dollars for some high-tech secured room that most of us could never afford or have a practical use for.
I mean, I don’t have 3 million dollars, a daughter that starred in the Twilight movies and last I checked, Forrest Whitaker doesn’t even know where I live, so why the heck should I care about a panic room?
Panic rooms seemed very much to me like an expensive “vanity prepper” luxury item like one of those underground “survival bunkers” with the 6 figure price tag. Cool in theory, but unless you’ve got a ton of disposable cash and a desire to be featured on “Doomsday Bunkers” (god I hope not) it’s pretty impractical for real life.
However, recently I started thinking more about the actual concept of a panic room and how they could relate to realistic and practical preparedness. After a lot of research I’m now very much on board with them… so much in fact that I think you should build one in your home too. In today’s post I’m going to explain how and why.
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