xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' 2014 ~ The Prepared Guy

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Are you intense?!

Unless you are fully comfortable in your preparations it is time to get serious!  It is time to get intense!

What do I mean by intense?  Let me give you a few examples:

If you aren't already doing so... save 10% of your income or more if you can.  Keep cash on hand.  Make your money work for you.  Invest it in physical assets; in essential items.  Save it in precious metals.  Put it into income producing real property like residential rental property.  Start a business and put it into your inventory. a hard asset that is an essential everyday need.  

Keep your cash out of the bank!  How much interest do they pay you anyway .125% to maybe .25%?!  It's not worth the risk.  Get it out of the bank!  Keep only the cash you need to pay bills in the bank.  Pay cash for everything else. 

Complete your 1 year supply of food storage asap!  3 months of everyday supplies to keep in your pantry, 6 to 9 months of bulk grains, oats, rice, beans, etc. and 3 to 6 months of freeze dried/dehydrated meals for easy preparation and as much water storage as you can (at least 2 - 4 weeks) with a plan on how you are going to get more.   

Don't forget the other supplies you need such as medications and medical supplies, sanitary supplies, flashlights, batteries, etc., etc. etc.  Many of these items do not expire so you can build up a years supply over time but have at least 3 months worth.  Possibly even stock up on some of these items in excess of what you will need so as to use them for bartering. 

Have at least one firearm and know how to use it competently and safely.  Train your family as well.  Keep at least 500 rounds of ammo for each weapon.  Practice often, keep your ammo supply up and add to it as you can.  Learn how to clean and fix your weapon and have spare parts for it.  As the saying goes; " Beware of the man who only has one gun.  He probably knows how to use it."  

Get some silver!  It's dirt cheap right now and its true value is immensely higher!  In a crisis it may be extremely valuable or it may be worth nothing as you can't eat silver.  So, have at least 12 - 24 oz. of silver just in case.  If silver reaches it's true value you'll be extremely glad you did.  If it does not, then you won't feel too bad and you'll have something that you can pass down to your kids in hopes that someday it will reach it's true value for them.  Regardless, it is highly likely that it will increase in value significantly.   

Stop eating out as often!  Think of it this way: that burger, fries and a drink you just paid $8 for could have bought you nearly 1/2 oz. of silver!  That's pay for about five full days of hard labor at the true value of silver!  Was it worth it?  The more often you compare the real value of silver to the current price of goods and services today the more you will realize how expensive everything is.    

Get out and stay out of debt!  I know this is hard, especially while attempting to build up your supplies and savings.  Although a trip to Disneyland would be a great time to create memories with the family DO NOT put that trip on a credit card!  Pay cash or don't go.  Cut up your cards and don't ever use them!  Period! Make due or do without. 

Be observant. Realize that our current economic system could quite literally crash at any moment. There are also numerous other events that can occur without any indication or advanced warning.  This means that you need to be ready now and wherever you go.  Keep a 'get-home' bag in your vehicle and other supplies you may need.

Turn off the TV!  There is a lot of good programming on TV but there is even more junk, propaganda and brainwashing/programming being done that is harmful for you and your children.  Sometimes this can be hard to distinguish.  From Disney channel to the major news networks don't believe everything or maybe even anything that you hear or accept what they are attempting to 'teach' you.  Scrutinize and criticize everything, including alternative media sources.  Come up with your own conclusions and make your own decisions.  Don't let the media unduly influence what you really feel is true and right.

Become physically fit.  Being overweight, unhealthy and 'out of shape' could but most likely would be a detriment to your survival in a difficult situation.  A survival or stressful situation will be physically demanding.  If you are healthy and fit your comfort level will rise and your stress level will drop and you will be able to benefit you family and community greatly.  If you are not overweight or unhealthy but not 'fit' you could potentially injure yourself in an emergency or at a minimum be less effective.  Get fit and you'll thrive when others are struggling.

Make tough decisions now.  Do you know where you'll go if you have to get out of town and how you'll get your family and supplies there?  Have you already decided when you'd leave?  Are you aware of any unique potential 'dangers' where you live?

Secure your home.  Have more than just deadbolts on your exterior doors.  Install locking window well covers on your basements windows and security films on your main floor windows and glass doors.  Don't delay performing repairs to your home.  If it's time to get a new roof, get it done now, while you can.  Save some money and do this work yourself.  Build some working shutters to add an additional layer of protection to your windows.

Don't be shy.  Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, friendly cashiers, taxi driver, accountant, hairdresser, and whomever you get the chance to speak with.  Yes you risk looking like a 'nut' but if you really believe that hard times are coming you need to warn everybody about it.  Just plant the seed.  If it takes root within them and it grows they will then begin to wake up to the awful condition of our world and start to do something about it.  This will not happen with everyone.  I am confident that many of you have already experienced this.  Some catch on immediately, others get it but will take a while before they take action but only a small percentage will think you're crazy.  As I speak to people daily it seem to me that they know there are strange things happening but really don't know what to think of it.  A short conversation could get them on their way.

Use your time wisely!  Every minute of every day is precious to me.  The days, weeks and years fly by!  My kids keep getting older, someday they'll move out and I won't see them everyday.  If I hesitate even for a moment that moment is gone and will never come back.  Take time now to do what is most important.  Being prepared is not for me, it's for them.  My greatest satisfaction is knowing that I am doing my best to take care of and prepare my family.  That's what i'm in this for.  Don't waste a minute! Whether it's gathering knowledge, working hard at your job or grocery shopping.  Get intense!    

Are you spiritually prepared?  I'm a religious guy.  We are raising our family with a belief in Christ, living by his teachings, and are preparing for his 2nd coming.  We are in the last few seconds of the last minute before his coming by the way.  The physical preparations are important, at least if you want to be around to actually see Christ return is his glory.  I know that I do!  This is the purpose of our physical preparations.  I anticipate that this will be difficult.  I'm sure that it will be far more difficult than I can imagine.  However, if we die, we die unto the Lord but if we live we also live unto the Lord.  I choose for me and my family to live unto the Lord.  Those who are spiritually prepared will be protected and blessed, especially in these last day.  Being spiritually prepared means a lot of things which I will expound upon in a future blog post.  But specifically it means that we will be Christlike.  If and when we need to share our preparations, even though it may be to our detriment, we will take care of others.      

Don't give up!  Be consistent with your savings and your preps. Continue on the course of becoming self-sufficient.  It's not too late to start and it's better to be 7 years too early than 1 day too late.       

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Non-traditional construction methods

There are many ways to build a home and all kinds of different materials to build it with.  Just because most everyone builds homes using the traditional method of stick framing do not feel that you have to do it the same way.  The benefits to building with traditional lumber are the cost, availability, ease, and convenience.  But there are many negatives to building with sticks including fire danger, durability, maintenance, longevity and security.  I won't expound on these topics but just keep in mind that there are better ways to build a home that are low maintenance, durable, inexpensive, strong, secure and resistant to fire, rot and insects.



Here is a system that I have used in the past to build homes.   http://www.tridipanel.com/   It is cost effective and has been used in areas all over the world where tropical storms are a big concern because structures built using this system will survive high winds, floods and other natural disasters.  Typically a home built using this system will qualify for traditional financing whereas homes built using the monolithic dome construction method usually do not.  http://www.monolithic.org/   Both use gunnite/shotcrete and become monolith structures with incredible strength and high R-factor (insulation).

Another great way that is relatively easy, fast and provides a secure and inexpensive way to build a place to live, whether you call or consider it your home, cabin, shelter, shed, shack, get-away, etc. is to build it using an international shipping container.  Where and how you live will dictate exactly how you build it.  It can be done very cheap or very expensive.  The main benefit of using a shipping container is; once it is dropped off at your location you instantly have a virtually indestructible shelter already in place.

Shipping containers are stacked up to 8 high when traveling across the ocean and can be loaded with as much as 80,000 lbs each.  For this reason they are built to be so incredibly durable.  You will need some somewhat specific tools and skills in order to cut, weld and otherwise modify a metal shipping container to make window and door openings.  There are many ways to finish the inside of a shipping container to make it more comfortable and livable.  The climate you live in will determine what the best way is to go about this.  You could use a single 20' or 40' container to construct what I refer to as a 'shelter' home or tiny home or combine multiples of either to build your own custom creation.  There are many resources online for you to educate and instruct yourself including my own site that I continue to update.  http://www.utahcontainerhomes.com/   In the near future I will be building one of my own and will show you my step-by-step process.

At this time I am not yet aware of any traditional financing available for homes built using shipping containers although I have been told that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are currently working on fixing this.  In the mean time you may have to get creative with your financing methods.  

There are many other excellent ways to build that I think are great including using logs, SIP's (structural insulated panels) and ICF's  (insulated concrete forms) that would qualify for conventional financing.  Before you build your new home, guest house or off-grid cabin it is my recommendation that you take a look at some of these alternative construction methods before giving in to the traditional and inferior stick framed home.

I am sure that you have all seen what happens to a stick framed home when it is subjected to a natural disaster whether it be a hurricane or tornado, flood, earthquake or fire.  It doesn't usually make it.  Choosing a superior non-traditional construction method for your new home could ensure the survival of your home as well as your family.

  

Friday, October 31, 2014

First slowly, then suddenly.

The snowflake/avalanche' theory is when a single snowflake will eventually cause an avalanche to break free.  You may never see the offending snowflake and thus never know the actual cause of the avalanche.



If you are watching the events in our world unfold you see the snow, and thus the danger, piling up.  You can see things happening which are slowing building up and ultimately working against our liberties, toward the financial system collapse and world war.  This process is viewed from our day to day perspective as a slow process but then all of a sudden something breaks free and a large event occurs.  

Looking back over the past decade it is quite obvious to me that this process is happening.  The truth is that this avalanche could happen today or it could happen three years from now.  My point is that you need to be ready NOW.   It is better to be 7 years too early than 1 day too late.  

An avalanche is a unique event in that its speed moving down the mountainside is greater than terminal velocity, than an object falling out of the sky.  This is because the snow is subject to both downward and outward forces.  I believe that this also applies to our current situation.  Things may seem to be happening slowly but the frequency of occurrences and severity have been and will continue to increase to such a speed that it will astound us and overtake those that aren't already prepared.

The process of change starts slowly but momentum increases almost imperceptibly over time.  There will then be an event, or series of events, that will take place as if it were an avalanche traveling so fast that we can not get out of the way of it.  However, if you are watchful and prepared you can and will see it coming.    

As we move slowly, but at an accelerating pace, toward social chaos we may become accustomed and insensitive to events that would have disturbed us a decade earlier.  "Progress" and "Political Correctness" are very dangerous paths which degrade moral standards, quality of life and freedom of choice.  Let the world do what it will but keep your eye on the goal of self-sufficiency and liberty.  No one else can take away your right to choose.  NO ONE, and especially not governments!  This is a gift from God.  Trust your instincts and follow what you feel is right for you and your family as to the choices and steps you should take to prepare.

The US and the worlds financial systems are a ponzi scheme.  The only thing that can be done to maintain them as they currently are is the continual printing of currency.  Even so, there will be a point when this strategy no longer works.  All ponzi schemes collapse.  They do not go away quietly but rather they fail suddenly and violently.  This will be the eventual fate of the US dollar as well as that of all other fiat currencies.

This progression has been transpiring slowly for many years and decades, for longer than most of us can perceive, is accelerating and will shortly and suddenly conclude.


WARNING!!!  If you don't want to know what I really think then you should stop reading here.  As with many of my other blog posts these are my own beliefs and opinions.  You should take the time and put in the effort to learn and study to come to your own conclusions while relying on inspiration and common sense to make proper decisions.   


There is one very important consideration that I believe many people either do not realize or simply do not accept.  I hear many statements about how we can turn this county around and get back to our roots; about how we can elect the right leaders and once again be the country we once were.  I don't mean to be Mr. doom n' gloom but it ain't gonna happen.  I am not advocating that we stop voting or stop standing up for what is right.  If we don't continue to stand up for morality, rights and freedoms what reasons do we have to continue on?  We have every reason to continue on doing good and to continue to be a polite society looking out for each other and doing what is right before God.  These are the people who will make it through the trials and tribulations and come out on the other side, through the refiners fire as it were, ready for Christ's 2nd coming.  

All of the events we are seeing and experiencing right now, that may be hard to distinguish and interpret, are leading up to the literal events that are described in the New Testament in the book of Revelations; and then the end comes.  We are seeing the signs every day.  Theses events are inevitable, they are prophesied and will not be changed.  The time is coming soon and we'll be out of time.  The preps we already have in place will be all we have, with very little possibility of adding to them.  "The end" will not be one set moment in time but rather will occur over an extended period; a very difficult time for those of us who make it through the trials, and then the Savior will come once again.  Even then it won't be over, but Christ will reign on earth.

We are almost out of time to prepare for our temporal needs as well as to prepare spiritually.  (I'll give you my POV on spiritual preparation in a future blog post.)  If you are not currently preparing then I suggest you repent and get started.  Do not delay any longer.  Make every effort you can and do it now.  Sell those expensive toys and unnecessary luxuries, get out of debt and buy food storage.  Cash in your 401k or IRA and get rid of your stocks and bonds at whatever loss and get into real, hard assets.  Work like your life depends on it, because it does.  And remember; If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.  As for me and my house I choose to 'live unto the Lord' and so am preparing accordingly.     

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Back Doors, Rabbit Trails and Losing Tails

There are small things that you can do every day, wherever you go, to help ensure your safety.  I am especially cognizant when my family or others under my stewardship are with me.  Simply by being aware and keeping your eyes open, instead of glued to your smart device, you can minimize potential dangers all around you.

Ask any of my kids what I mean by a 'back door' and they'll tell you.  We don't always take the obvious and most accessible route wherever we go.  Say, for example, we are going to get groceries.  There is usually a back way to get where we are going other than by the main entrance where most of the traffic is.  This mostly applies when driving but can also include, for example, using the lawn and garden or automotive shop entrance at the Wal-Mart.  Staying away from large groups of people can reduce your exposure to dangerous possibilities.  Having alternate escape routes can also give you the advantage if you need to exit quickly should anything happen.  The route may take longer but we generally encounter less traffic and fewer people which makes the trip more pleasing or at least less aggravating.

When in public areas you can be an unsuspecting target whether you're at a farmers market, the mall or a sporting event.  As a fiercely protective father of my teenage daughters I suspect everyone of having bad intentions. Laying down a rabbit trail can help to identify those who could be a danger to us.  This is really just about being alert and observant.  I am a very efficient shopper.  Being efficient with my time and travel takes me directly from the produce to the dairy to the bread isle and then exactly where I need to go next to get only what is on my list without doubling back for something missed.  Being this focused can make it easy to be targeted.  To employ a rabbit trail is completely the opposite of being efficient.  It is more like being the casual shopper doing lots of window shopping.  If you suspect that someone is following you take time to 'window shop'  while casually surveying your surroundings.  This will give you the ability to observe others without making it obvious to whomever may by targeting you.  Repeat this several times, jumping around to different spots while noticing the people around you.  Thus, we call it a rabbit trail.  This may make someone stand out to you who could be more interested in what's in your or your wife's purse than 25% off ground beef.

I do my best to be a hard target.  To be the gray man.  Standing out by wearing 'loud' clothing is just the opposite.  Wearing the color gray, and other muted colors, is an effective way not to attract attention.  It is necessary to have the training and tools to protect yourself but it is better to stay unnoticed and un-targeted.  The guaranteed way to survive a gun fight is avoid one altogether.  I'm not saying that there will never be a time or a need to stand up and fight.  You should train and be prepared for as many possibilities as you are able but you're going to be better off by avoiding trouble.

Here is a link to a short article about what to do if you are being followed.  Good, simple and effective techniques.  Guys, make sure the women in your life read this too!

http://survivallife.com/2014/10/02/being-followed/?utm_source=wrapup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10-5-2014-wrapup#





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Economic Understanding

Over the past few years I have been doing my best to educate myself and to understand where we are right now as to the economy and why.  There are a lot of great videos out there but I recently found these two very easy to understand and enlightening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5JcmpN2mrA&list=UUThv5tYUVaG4ZPA3p6EXZbQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2uiAeGqRK4&list=UUThv5tYUVaG4ZPA3p6EXZbQ


My advise to you is to take some time to review more of Mike Maloney's videos.

https://www.youtube.com/user/whygoldandsilver/videos


I am not, nor have I every been, very interested or involved in the stock market or the financial world for that matter.  Several years ago I opened an E-trade account and gave it a go because I saw plenty of people making plenty of money at it, but I had no passion for it.  There was always something that held me back and I remained skeptical.  Back then I was very much in the dark about... well, most everything economical and political.  Now, because of what I have learned, I see that everything is being manipulated; stocks, bonds, gold, silver, politics, banking, lending, etc, etc.  I had been brainwashed as to how to live my life; in debt and in the dark.  Without debt the wheel that is the US economy does not turn.  Without the light of knowledge we get stuck in the debt paradigm.    

There are many that would tell you that it is a good time to be in the stock market; that there is a lot of money to be made.  They are probably right but there are no more free markets, only manipulations.  

If you take the time to learn about what is really happening in the financial world you will better understand my position.  I didn't truly understand my stance on avoiding the stock market until my eyes were opened as to the truly awful state our nation is in.  Now I get it.  Now I understand that my intuition was right.  Maybe there is money to be made but at what cost?  Will you compromise your integrity for the chance to make a quick buck in an immoral and corrupt system?

If you don't hold it you don't own it!  Even if you hold a stock certificate it is only paper.  Real money is only gold and silver.  Real wealth only exists in physical assets.

Although I have learned a wealth of knowledge concerning the US economy and how the US and world financial systems work over the last few years I do not pretend to be an expert so I will end my advice here.  There are plenty of other resources for you to consult for this kind of information.   Mike Maloney is a great place to start.  If you feel, like I did, that there was and is something just not right with the financial world, I am here to tell you and confirm to you that your feelings are correct.

Work hard, stay out of debt, save a 10th and give away a 10th and you will become financially successful.  You don't have to gamble with your money by putting it in risky investments.  Look for low risk investments that pay a fair return and let your savings work for you.
   

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EDC

Here are some things I have with me every day.  Only some of these things I carry on my person and others items I have in the bag I carry for my work.  Other bags stay in my vehicle.  I say that these things are my EDC (Every Day Carry) items because there are always close enough to me that I have access to them at any moment I may need them.  For me EDC does not necessarily mean only what I can carry in my pockets and on my belt.

First, the 'traditional' or basic EDC items that you may also carry with you all day every day.  XD-9 sub-compact handgun, additional magazine, small swiss tool, spiderco Manix knife, Fenix PD-20 (single CR123) flashlight, paracord bracelet, wallet with some cash, smart phone, watch.


From there my EDC expands to my 'briefcase' which holds a swiss card, light stick, pens, sharpie, Fenix E-11 (single AA) LED flashlight, a little more cash, one ounce silver coin, power bars or other energy bars, small fixed blade knife (Tops FDX), Essential oils, Excedrin Migraine, duct tape, AA batteries, notepad.

A 'get-home' bag stays in the back of my vehicle and has additional supplies and tools I may need in case I have to abandon my vehicle including: water filter and pouch, purification tablets, emergency blanket, 100' paracord, small first-aid kit, 50rds of 9mm ammo, fire starting supplies including tinder and fuel tablets, signal mirror, work gloves, heavy duty garbage bag, light sticks, power bars, large swiss tool, small socket set, additional flashlight and batteries, pen and notebook, cash.


A fully equipped medical 'jump kit' also stays in my vehicle along with 2.5 gallons of water, 8000 lb winch (on the front of my vehicle), CO2 tank (for airing up tires, etc.), extraction gear including snatch block, shackles and straps, hatchet, folding shovel, jumper cables, small socket set and other basic tools as well as a tire repair kit for patching holes made by screws or nails.  Other gear also includes a 400 watt inverter, fire extinguisher, wool blanket, tarp, hand saw, gloves, empty stow-able bag, 1 gallon gas can, complete maps of the areas I travel, phone charging cords and tire pressure gauge, A good gore-tex jacket is also an essential item any time of the year.


I have been doing this a long time.  Everything I carry has a purpose and is not more or less than I need to be prepared for myself alone or to assist others. For my work I do plenty of driving by myself.  When as a family we go on any kind of extended driving trip this list of items grows significantly mainly because of the needs of my 4 daughters and wife.  :-)  When fall and winter hit an additional bag of cold weather gear gets added to my rig that includes winter gloves, socks, baklava, glove liners, winter hat and additional warm layers.  I may also even throw in my snow boots, snowshoes and gaiters depending upon where I am going.  When my kids go on a trip without me I always tell them to be prepared to walk home if they have to.  

Additional gear that I take with me on extended excursions includes:  additional loaded magazines, AR-15 or shotgun & ammo, weather appropriate gear, additional batteries and solar battery charger,          

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Choose to Be Prepared.

With the anniversary of 9/11 very near the propaganda concerning a possible terrorist attack in the USA is obvious and blatant from the mainstream media.  While the possibility of another major terrorist attack similar to or larger than that of 9/11 is real and most definitely possible those who are prepared do not need to fear.  Here are my recommendations as to what you should do to prepare for this possibility as well as any other incident.

1.  Have some cash on hand and out of the bank.  I recommend that you have at least a few weeks worth of cash on hand for necessities.  Events like the 9/11 attacks can interrupt banking and make it difficult or impossible to make basic purchases.

2.  Keep your gas tanks full on all your vehicles. At the very least don't let them get below a half tank.  Have a few 5 gallon gas cans filled and stored in a safe place.  Rotate this fuel regularly or use a stabilizer so that it does not become stale.

3.  Get your grocery shopping done early.  Stock up on your daily supplies so that you can hunker down at home if you really need to.  Staying out of public places decreases your exposure and vulnerability.

4..  Stay close to home.  If you are a business professional and find yourself traveling a lot I recommend that you don't schedule meetings requiring you to travel.  Plan on working at the office or even take a few days off before and after the 11th.  Take this time to enjoy being with your family at home.  Stay out of public places; especially high profile locations or other events with large crowds such as sporting events.

5.  Keep your eyes open.  Keep the radio on to your favorite news channel and be observant.
 
6.  Make sure your vehicle is stocked up on essential items.  Take a look at my EDC (Every day carry) blog post and adjust it for your needs and area you live.

7.  Be prepared to help others.  Since you are reading this i'm pretty sure that you can take care of yourself and do not depend on others for your safety and well being.  The opportunity for you to help others will be greatest in an emergency.  There is little more fulfilling in life then helping others who can not help themselves.  We find ourselves at our best and learn the most about our life, our earthly existence and about ourselves when we are in the service of others!  Be ready!  To some this advice may sound selfish, to help others for our own benefit, but I assure you that it is not.  Service to others can help heal wounds caused by traumatic events.

I don't feel that any of these recommendations are extreme precautions but rather common sense solutions to everyday situations that may arise with a few extra steps for extenuating circumstances.  I'm sure that many would say to carry on with life as normal; to not let the threat of danger effect our lifestyle, and that if we don't continue on as normal then the terrorists have achieved their purposes.  This may all be true.  However, it does not hurt anything to be prepared nor does it give power to our enemies but rather takes it away.

If you choose to go to an event, be prepared to know how to get you and your family out quickly and safely.
If you choose to travel a long way from home, be prepared to get yourself back.
If you choose to live with your tank and cupboards near empty be prepared to deal with the effects.

The beauty of this life is that you get to choose for yourself what you will do.  My advice to you: choose to be prepared.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Warning shot

Today I watched the morning post by Suspicious0bservers on YouTube as I usually do.  You can find the link below.  There was a massive solar eruption on the back side of the sun yesterday.  Even though this solar flare was not aimed toward earth it was so large that it weakened our magnetosphere and bombarded us with protons.  I am taking this was a warning sign; a shot across the bow.  Be prepared and watchful.

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWXYLH44T7U&list=UUTiL1q9YbrVam5nP2xzFTWQ  


Monday, August 25, 2014

Scrounging, The art of

Ok, maybe it's not an art.  But it's definitely an acquired skill.  I don't hear much if anything about this topic yet I consider it to be an important skill or trait of a prepper.

For those of you whom are experienced preppers the art of scrounging is already second nature.  You always have your eyes open for things of value that others probably don't readily recognize.  Those of you who don't really know what i'm referring to allow me to shed some light on the subject.

What I mean by scrounging is to acquire something from any available source by salvaging or foraging through items that are discarded or unwanted.  What I don't mean by scrounging is stealing or looting.

A part of my bug-out or bug-home bag is an additional bag that is durable and stowable to be used to collect other items that you may come across that would be of value when SHTF.

Here is a short list of items that would be plentiful that I would keep my eyes open for when making my way back home or to a bug-out location.

Tinder. (dry grass, bark, paper, rags, etc.) - Add a large heavy duty zip-lock bag to your pack to collect fire making materials as you go.
Lead tire weights.  Depending highly upon the situation, you can easily salvage many things from abandoned automobiles as you go.  Lead tire weights can be melted and used to cast bullets for those of you who reload or if you know someone who reloads it can be a good asset to barter with.
Car batteries.  Although these are much too heavy to carry long distances you should think about salvaging car batteries. You can use them in conjunction with an inverter to recharge other batteries, power small appliances, lights, etc.  You should have a solar panel and charge controller or other generator to charge a car battery.  Be careful!  Car batteries are very dangerous if shorted out between the positive and negative posts.  Try to protect/insulate at least one of them to minimize the danger.  Keep a small folding dolly and a wrench in the back of your vehicle so you can take your own battery with you if you should become stranded.
Water bottles.  Pretty much every where I go, even in remote places where it seems like no one has ever been, I find empty plastic bottles.  Use these to collect water that you may find along the way.  They can be filled up and left in the sun to allow the suns UV rays to purify contaminated water.  Keep your eyes open for other kinds of containers that would be useful for carrying water or other wild edible plants that you may find along your way.
Rope/Cord.  A myriad of uses.  Carry as much as you can.  Learn some good knots if you don't already.
Plastic bags.  Easy to carry and have lots of uses.

The next time you see a homeless person carrying a large backpack or pushing a shopping cart notice the items that they have collected.  These items would be useful to you as well.

Check out my other blog posts as well.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

When in doubt, BUG-OUT.*

This is a very serious topic that each of you should be thinking about and planning for.  When the SHTF are you going to bug-in or bug-out?  It is the quintessential part of being prepared; of being a prepper.  It is potentially the life or death decision that you'll have to make at some point.  Have you already made your decision as to what you'll do and where you'll go?  I don't have all the answers myself yet and I can't tell you exactly what is best for you and your situation.  You'll need to seriously consider what I've outlined below and with some inspiration make the right decision for your family.  This all depends specifically and personally on your situation, location, level of preparedness as well as other conditions.

Here are some of my thoughts on when you should as well as should not bug-in/out.

BUG-IN if you already live in a rural community and have your garden and other resources all around you.  In my opinion, this is the ideal situation in an SHTF scenario.  This acceptable rural area must be far enough away from a major metropolitan area so as to eliminate or minimize the possibility of refugees spilling over into your community and ravaging its resources.  This means 200 or more miles away and should include some kind of natural barrier such as a mountain range, major river or deep canyon between you and most of the closest population.  A small rural community will be a valuable resource when you are trying to be self sufficient but make sure that you have something to contribute and/or barter with that will benefit the community.

BUG-IN if you live in a suburb and you live at the edge of it, near a rural area or wilderness boundary and if you are prepared.  If you are going to bug-in you should already have your food and water storage and a practical plan on how to obtain more resources once yours run out.  Hopefully you have a larger lot where you have planted a garden and have years of experience growing it, have a rainwater collection system as well as some solar panels on your roof with at least a basic battery system or other provisions for your most basic power needs.  You'll need to keep a low profile and have some luck with staying unnoticed.  Your home must be secure and you must be able to adequately defend it.  You should have a plan to cooperate with your neighbors on how to help support each other and combine your talents, efforts and resources to ensure everyone's needs are taken care of.  This, I believe, is the most critical part of your preparedness.  Your supplies will eventually run out and it is virtually impossible to prepare for every scenario unless you have limitless funds.  Having good relationships, and a preparedness plan with your neighborhood, can make the difference between comfortable survival and chaos.

On the other edge of the sword your neighbors can also be a detriment to your survival if they have not previously prepared adequately.  This will be entirely up to you to determine.  If you find that it will not be possible or feasible to work with your neighbors in a crisis you may determine that bugging-out is your best option.  If you have amazing neighbors that are currently a great support system to your family you may want to think very hard about leaving them.

When in doubt, BUG-OUT. *  The asterisks indicates the caveat.  *If you are not prepared to bug-out then don't.  If you don't have anywhere to go you shouldn't just bug-out without a plan.  Because you are reading this you are way ahead of most people who we all know are oblivious to the immediate dangers that currently face us.  If you haven't already you need to lay plans and determine your course of action now.  It is a fact that if you can live in a remote rural area with resources including water and crops as well as a supportive community you WILL be more successful at surviving difficult times.  This is why I say: When in doubt, prepare to bug-out.

BUG-OUT if you are not fully prepared to bug-in, BUT you must be prepared to bug-out.  It's a conundrum, I know.  It can be a confusing and tough decision to make!  If you don't already live in a rural area and you run out of resources you'll be forced to bug-out anyway.  Unless you get lucky you're gonna end up dead.  Don't count on luck.  Get prepared and have a plan.

Do NOT bug-in if you live in a densely populated city.  In an SHTF situation you could eventually lose both power and water.  (Let me clarify; SHTF could mean any number of various situations including: grid failure, financial system collapse, natural disasters, social chaos, pandemic, etc.)  Your access to water is likely dependent upon electric water pumps.  River or streams are possibly nowhere nearby.  Collecting rainwater may not be consistent enough to supply your needs.  A reliable source of water will be your most important resource for both drinking and sanitation.  As the storage space in an apartment is typically very small your ability to store enough supplies to outlast an extended emergency event will be limited.  When grocery store shelves are empty don't expect that they'll be replenished any time soon.  In large cities your biggest danger will be the population.  Unlike you and me most people only have 3 days worth of food in their cupboards.  This means only 9 meals until anarchy if the food supply is cutoff even if it's only for a relatively short period.  When people need food to feed their children they get desperate.  Desperate people can be dangerous.  Keep yourself out of this situation and bug-the-heck-out.      

Do NOT bug-in if you are not prepared to bug-in.  That's kind of a stupid obvious statement.  What i'm trying to communicate is if you only have enough supplies for two weeks you need to get out early.  In all cases, if you plan on bugging out, you need to get out early.  Don't wait until you are down to your last can of chili and then realize that you are unable to get more.  Make a plan to go to a friends or families place as far away from a major population center as possible.  Take all of your supplies with you so that you won't be as much of a burden on your hosts.  This will hopefully give you some time to prove yourself an asset and not a liability as a guest in someone else's home.  Have some tools and skills that will contribute to everyone's self-sufficiency and you will be appreciated and not unwelcome.  Always keep your gas tanks full and leave early.  If the emergency gets resolved you can always go back home.  You've got to watch what is happening in the world and anticipate.  If you are trying to get out of a densely populated area during an emergency you are likely to get permanently stuck in traffic which would be a really bad scenario for anyone! Plan your route as well as alternate routes but know exactly where you are going first.  Have a way to carry as many supplies as possible with you such as an enclosed trailer.  

Plan to BUG-OUT if you live in a densely populated area.
Plan to BUG-OUT if you have friends or family who live away from dense population centers who are willing to take you in.

One thing that I see often are videos on YouTube from preppers that plan on bugging out with only what they can carry and plan to live off the land.  This may be possible for them but it is not for me and my family in our situation.  As a family of 5 children we would never make it that way.  That is a hard way of life and would be our last option as it would not be a very successful option.  In this situation do NOT bug out unless you already have a bug-out location ready for you that is already prepared and stocked with supplies.  Leaving your home where you have resourceful and prepared neighbors to a place where you are all by yourselves may not be your best option.

Make an arrangement with a farmer in a rural community to work their land in exchange for a place to pitch your tent or park your trailer.  If you have friends or family nearby you could plan on consolidating resources and moving in together.  There is safety in numbers.

When is it time to bug-out?  Your answer is as good as mine.  If you are prepared to bug-in that makes the answer much easier.  If your bug-out location is 250 miles away that's a different story.  When the banks say they will be closed on a Friday but will be back open on Monday that may be a good indication of when to head to the hills.

You must also consider your method of transportation to get to your bug-out location.  Do you need an EMP resistant vehicle in order to get you, your family and additional supplies to your bug-out location? Personally I feel that this is a low percentage possibility.  But, if this did happen, for me to move my family hundreds of miles to a bug-out location would be impossible to do if we did not have a vehicle that could get us there.  Having a vehicle that is appropriate should be an essential part of your bug-out plans.

When in doubt, bug-out.  Again, this is a very personal decision which should not be taken lightly.  If you can get prepared to bug-out your chance of comfortable survival in an SHTF scenario will be much more likely in a remote rural area.  Decide what is best for you and get to it.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Every Day Carry

Do you have a concealed carry permit for a firearm?  If so, how often do you carry?  Why do you carry? How do you carry your handgun?  Where do you carry it?  Do you carry it loaded, with a round in the chamber?  If you don't, why not?  What kind of training do you have?  How often do you go to the range?  What kind of a handgun do you carry and why?

If you hold a CCW permit it is important for you to know your own answers to these questions.

I got my CCW permit nearly 15 years ago.  At that time I only carried my firearm occasionally.  Actually, very infrequently would be more a more correct statement.  I have been carrying my firearm with me everyday for only about the last four of those years.  For only the last few of those years I had decided to carry with the chamber loaded.  For me it has been an evolving and learning process.  I've decided to share with you to what I have learned and what my experiences have been with the hope that it may help you shorten your learning curve and help you better make your decisions.

Here is a link to a guy that I have learned a lot from.  I trust and respect his opinions and follow many of his training methods.  There are many other great instructors out there that I learn from also.  Hopefully you'll take the time to expand your knowledge and understanding.

https://www.youtube.com/user/RobPincus/videos

http://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/

http://www.icetraining.us/index.html

http://www.combatfocusshooting.com/


During all this time I purchased and carried several different weapons including revolvers, pocket pistols and full size handguns.  I have settled on and been carrying the same firearm for nearly 4 years.  It's not a full size semi-auto pistol or revolver and it's not a pocket pistol.

The reason pocket pistols are made is because they are lighter, slimmer and much smaller than a standard 'full-size' semi-auto which makes them easier to conceal.  Being able to stick them in a pocket holster or IWB holster with minimal discomfort and intrusion is a definite benefit, especially to accommodate your particular wardrobe.  But does this benefit outweigh its disadvantages?  To retrieve a pistol from a holster in your pocket can be slow and awkward.  For me, no matter how small the pistol is, it's too heavy and uncomfortable for it to stay in my pocket all day long.  Reaching into a pocket to grab a pistol and place your hand properly on the grip and extract it without having to re-situate your hand on the grip after it is out of your pocket can be tricky and slow, unless you have petite hands.  If your wardrobe isn't oriented toward pocket carry your hand could get stuck in the cookie jar.  Pocket pistols carried in an IWB holster can also be difficult to grip because they are just plain small.  A good pancake or 'crossbreed' type holster could eliminate this problem.  Many if not most pocket pistols are double action only.  This action is just like a revolver without an exposed hammer.  Pull the trigger which pulls the hammer back and drops it in one motion.  This trigger pull can be long and somewhat heavy which makes accurate shots difficult.  Pocket pistols are small, which makes them more difficult to manipulate, less comfortable in the hand and less fun to shoot.  The small size makes them less accurate and harder to be accurate with even at close range.  They are meant for very close distances only.  As always there are a few exceptions but in my opinion they are all a compromise to a full size pistol.  The felt recoil of a pocket pistol can be more than that of a full size pistol because of their lightweight frame and small size.  Pocket pistols also are generally smaller and less effective calibers because they have to be so to make them small.  As you can tell, i'm not a fan of the 'pocket pistol'.  That being said, they do have a purpose and a place.  Just not as many as I believe most people assume.  Don't assume that you have to compromise.    

Carrying a firearm in a purse or other bag is always an option if you don't have the options to carry it on your person.  It is always better to have a firearm with you than not.  However, do remember that whatever bag you carry your weapon in will need to stay with you at all times when you are away from your home.  Don't leave it sitting by the side of your desk when you are not there with it.  Also, consider how much additional time it takes for you to draw your pistol from a bag.  It will always be much faster to draw and fire from a holster on your waist especially in a stressful or close quarters situation.

Personally, I always make sure that my wardrobe permits that I carry the most effective way possible.  There are many ways to carry and many different weapons that can be carried in many different ways.  You'll need to experiment and put the thought in to determine which method is best for you.  You will also need several different kinds of holsters to accommodate your various wardrobes and activities.  Like me, you will or already have purchase several different holsters that didn't work just right.  Your choice of holster(s) is almost as important as your choice of firearm.

I tried carrying in the small of my back for a while but I did a lot of driving which made it quite uncomfortable.  Then I read several articles about how people were severely injured in car crashes because of where they carried their pistol.  Ouch!  I'd have to take it out when I sat down in the car which is not very convenient.  I'd also have to be discrete and careful about handling my weapon inside my car.  You may consider mounting a 2nd holster in your vehicle which can be a more effective way to draw then trying to extract it from an IWB holster while you are buckled in.

Just a quick word on revolvers; they are great!  Just aim and pull the trigger.  Simple and reliable but maybe a little bulky depending upon which one you choose.  There are many designed for CC and holsters that work extremely well for this purpose.  The downside is that they have lower capacity and can be slower to reload unless you are very well practiced.  A revolver may be a great choice for someone new to firearms and carrying concealed because of the simplicity.

So, for me, no pocket pistols and revolvers don't have the capacity or versatility of a full size handgun.  A 'full-size' semi-auto handgun will always be the most accurate, most comfortable and most fun to shoot, have the most capacity and are available in most any caliber.  The problem is that they are usually a little to large to conceal adequately.  My conclusion is the sub-compact.  Not every manufacture makes one but most do.  The sub-compact is a full size version of a semi-automatic but with a shortened grip and barrel which makes it easier to conceal.  The shortened barrel doesn't make it easier to conceal but it does cut down on it's weight.  The sub-compact is definitely heavier and bulkier than a pocket pistol but carried the right way, with the right holster in the right place/position makes it perfectly concealable.  The sub-compact is just as fun to shoot, as accurate and has as much capacity as a full size pistol.  Most sub-compacts come with a short magazine because of the shorter grip to keep it easy to conceal as well as a full size magazine with an extension to match the size of a full size grip size and capacity.  Carrying a sub-compact is almost as good as carrying a full size.  In my opinion there are no compromises.  If you carry a pocket pistol you are compromising comfort, capacity, accuracy, etc.

In my opinion the best place to carry is on your strong side hip in a inside the waist band (IWB) holster such as the Galco King Tuck.  This position allows for very fast extraction and presentation from a concealed holster.  This holster allows me to tuck in a shirt so that I can have my firearm with me while wearing a suit.  Although open carry is legal in most states I feel that it is better to be covert than overt.  Be prepared at all times and nobody has to know or question your reasons for carrying or get scared and cause a scene because they don't get it.

Which comes to the question of why.  Why do you carry a concealed weapon?  Your answer may be because it is better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it.  Because it's my God given right to choose for myself.  That's good enough for me.  However, when it comes down to drawing and using that weapon I believe that you'll need to have a better reason why.  For me it's a lifelong string of events and reasons that I won't go into here.  It's about responsibility and duty as well as freedom.  Hopefully you have figured out your reasons why already.  If someone asks that question what are you going to say?  Hopefully you don't feel like you have to say anything but it may be a good opportunity to teach them something important so be prepared to do so.        

Friday, May 23, 2014

Silver!

Gold and Silver will always go up in value during an economic decline.  This is what happened during the great depression and is what will again happen as the US dollar continues to decline and eventually collapses.  Gold and Silver are the only true forms of money.  Precious metals should be a part of your preps.



For many hundreds of years silver is how men were paid their wages.  1/10th of an ounce for a days wage.  It may very well revert to this during a financial collapse.  Although silver is currently priced at around only $20 per ounce right now it is highly undervalued.  It costs the mining companies a minimum of $25 per ounce to get it out of the ground.  The USGS has reported that by 2020 we will be out of silver, at least economically feasible silver.  Silver is used in many consumer and industrial products.  It is rare, scarce, is typically found in small volumes and is produced as a by product from other mining operations such as copper and zinc mines.  The US government has long since exhausted its stockpile of silver which at one time was many millions of ounces.  More silver is currently being consumed than is being produced.  The US mint has seen record demand for US silver eagles and is rationing them this year to the tune of one million plus ounces per month.  Silver typically sells at a ratio of about 50:1 compared to gold yet it is mined at a ratio of approximately 9:1.



What does all of this mean?  It means that silver is actually worth much more than what the manipulated markets say it is.  It means that if you don't already have a stack of silver coins or bars, you should get on it.  Take some of your debt based dollars and exchange them for some real wealth.  If you don't hold it you don't own it.  


One ounce silver coins and silver rounds will be an excellent bartering tool, and in my opinion, the best way to preserve as well as increase your wealth in the coming years.  Concentrate on your food storage and other necessities first and then buy silver.  If you have money in savings I feel you should consider taking it out of the bank and trading it for silver one ounce coins and rounds.  This is only my opinion because most banks pay a very low interest rate to use your money.  If you hold physical silver your wealth can never go away unlike our debt based currency in a financial disaster.

Stay away from proof coins and numismatics as the premium cost does not represent actual silver content value but rather its value as a collectible.  The premium (the cost added on top of the current cost [spot cost] of the metal) on coins such as the American Eagle or the Canadian Maple Leaf are higher than that of silver rounds, which are not considered coinage but are the same 1 oz. of .999 pure silver.  To get the most out of your money consider purchasing mostly 1 oz. rounds as the added premium is typically about half the cost or less.  These rounds are not usually as 'pretty' as a government issued or other premium coins.  The higher the premium the less silver you can buy with your money.  However, the benefit of purchasing government minted silver coins is that they are widely recognized and may be easier to barter with.

   

There are plenty of excellent resources on the web for you to learn more about why you should own precious metals, especially silver.  Here are a few of my favorites:

http://siamkidd.blogspot.com/2013/01/silver-to-become-extinct-by-2020.html

https://www.youtube.com/user/TruthNeverTold

Friday, April 11, 2014

Everyday Survival Techniques

This post is meant to provide you with some ideas to aid you with survival in our current day conditions.  You say you are getting along just fine?  You say that 'survival' only applies to being stranded in the wilderness?  Let me point out some things for your consideration.

Wilderness survival is difficult, takes knowledge as well as practice.  Urban survival can be quite different and requires a different set of skills.  While you won't need to know which wild plants you can or can't eat there are skills that we should be learning and practicing now for when we unexpectedly find ourselves in a survival situation.  Watch Les Stroud for wilderness survival information.  :-)

Start by creating good habits of preparedness.  In order to survive an event that many others refer to as SHTF you need to be always prepared and prepared in all ways.  This takes daily effort and the prepared state of mind to recognize the signs.  You must have a general knowledge of what is going on around you in order to know what you should be preparing for.  I have seen that some people prepare for a specific event.  I am not preparing for any one single even but rather I am preparing for a wide range of possibilities.  If you live in a busy metropolitan or urban area you may want to have specific preparations oriented toward 'bugging-out' regardless of what the emergency is.  If you live in a rural area you may have more specific plans for preparing to survive nuclear fallout.  Most of us can't specifically prepare to survive every possible event all at once.  Thus, a good round knowledge of these survival techniques will serve you well.    My thoughts today revolve around the threat of economic collapse and following civil unrest.  I continually expand my preparations to accommodate more complex and varied scenarios as my level of awareness and ability to prepare increases.

Get your food storage in place first.  Each time you go to the grocery store purchase a few additional supplies.  Ideally you should have at least 3 months worth of the food that you eat every day on your shelves that you rotate appropriately.  After you have accomplished this then concentrate on getting another 3 months worth of freeze dried and/or dehydrated food supplies but don't neglect keeping your 3 months of pantry food stocked up as they get used up.  With the additional 3 months of supplies you can also concentrate on purchasing the foods that you eat everyday like mac and cheese, fettuccine Alfredo, soups, vegetables and bread mixes.  You'll also need supplies like butter and honey powder, flour, milk, salt, cereals and other baking ingredients.  Don't forget your comfort foods.  For us this entails most anything sweet so we have included fruits, brownie mixes, fruit drinks, chocolate milk and the like.  From there I recommend increasing your food storage an minimum of 6 additional months worth of bulk grains and the supplies you need to prepare and season these foods.  For our home these supplies include 5 gallon pails of hard white and red wheat, quick oats, rice, milk, sugar, honey, and black and kidney beans.

Don't forget water storage.  Fill up your used two liter soda bottles with chlorinated tap water and store in a cool place out of sunlight.  Large water storage drums and tanks are available.  You should store at least two weeks of water for each member of your family.  A minimum of 1 gallon of water per person per day will do but preferably two gallons per person per day or more.  Refill these storage containers each year.   Prepare a plan on how you will obtain additional water during an emergency situation.  For me and my family we are able to hike for about an hour to a small spring up a small nearby canyon.  We also plan to travel by vehicle, as we are able, about two miles to a nearby river and use a gas powered water pump to fill a 250 gallon tank in an enclosed trailer.  Also make provisions for water purification and treatment.
        
There may be the need to protect your family and your supplies.  If you do not already own firearms then you should consider becoming educated about them and training to use them safely and effectively.  Store enough ammunition for an extended period of need and anticipation that it may become scarce.  Just like with your food storage plan on adding to these supplies regularly and as you are able.  Go to the range and practice at least monthly.

Stop using credit cards all together.  It had become a habit in our family to use our credit cards daily.  If and when something happens we may get stuck with these balances.

Pay off all your debts.  Debt is slavery.  For those of us who have debts the best case SHTF scenario would be a solar flare or EMP that would wipe out all electronics and thus theoretically all debts.  Don't count on getting out of debt that easy.  Those who would enslave us will continue to do so even if and when the economy and dollar crashes.  Be sure they don't have a hold on you.

Don't keep your hard earned cash in the bank.  Only keep enough money in your bank account to cover the necessary bills, otherwise use cash for all of your purchases. You need to have a bank account for obvious reason but keeping cash in the bank earning a small percentage of interest in a savings account just doesn't make sense if you ask me.  Consider putting your savings into tangible assets like gold and silver.  I'm talking about 1 oz. .999(9) silver rounds and coins.  If you don't hold it you don't own it.  In most cases your money in the bank only exists digitally and is not backed up by actual cash in the vault of your local bank branch.  Buy a piece of land in the country and some equipment to farm it or other assets that can contribute to your self-sufficiency or help you to produce extra income.  Consider that hyperinflation is knocking at the door and that the prices that you see on most everything at the store are comparatively on sale right now.

Grow a garden in your backyard.  Build a green house. Learn how to do it now not after you really need to.

Catch rainwater.  Use this to supplement your garden watering.  It is not illegal to catch rainwater where I live as long as my home system has less than 200 gallons of storage.  If it is more than 200 gallons then I simply need to register it with the state.

Store fuels.  Storing gasoline can be dangerous so use prudence and be careful.  Firewood, charcoal briquettes, propane canisters, lamp oil, kerosene, are much safer to store. You'll need various ways to cook your food in an emergency.

Store other daily supplies including: batteries and rechargeable batteries, medical supplies, detergents, cleaning supplies, etc.

Build your supply of tools and other essential items.  High quality flashlights, hand tools, spare eyeglasses, and other equipment can make life much easier.  You must have it before you need it, especially if your survival depends upon it.

Expand your knowledge and skills.  Become especially good at something that you can use to help others or barter with.  Learn how to sew and own a good quality sewing machine and supplies.  Learn how to bottle and can foods, own canning equipment and supplies.  Learn how to reload and have the necessary tools and supplies.  Learn where to collect lead from, how to cast your own bullets and have all the right tools.  These are just a few examples.

Secure your home and keep it maintained.  Don't let an emergency come upon you as a thief in the night. Use heavy duty specialty locks and keep your doors locked at all times. Use security films on your windows and glass doors (or get rid of your glass doors altogether). Keep locking window well covers on your basement windows.  If you need a new roof on your home don't delay.  You may not have the chance to replace it later.

Stay healthy and fit.  Life during an emergency will be both stressful and physically demanding, probably more so than even your worst normal day.  Incorporate aerobic exercise with strength building workouts to reduce the possibility of being hurt, to maintain your good health which will allow you to be of service to others.

Buy rural property.  If you can, move away from the big city and urban areas to increase your ability to be self sufficient.  If you can't, or don't want to move, buy some recreation property in a place you love where you can 'bug-out' to in case of an emergency.  Dig a well, plant some fruit trees, a garden and improve your property.  Buy an old trailer and put it up on blocks as a low budget shelter home.  Shipping containers make for great shelters and storage too.

Always carry what you need.  If you don't already, consider getting your concealed firearm permit, train and carry everyday.  Carry a knife, flashlight and spare magazine with you.  Prepare a 'get-home' bag with items you may need in case of an emergency that will help get you back home to your family and preparations.  A cell phone (hardly worth mentioning as even my 13 year old always has her cell phone) and other methods of communication such as a HAM radio are an important part of your survival kit.

By generalizing in your preparations you may not be able to handle a specific situation perfectly but you'll be able to deal with a wide array of possibilities.  If you are not doing something everyday to increase your level of preparations then you are not doing enough.  Consider selling unused items around your home to come up with the additional cash you may need to add to your supplies.  Once you have the basics covered then expand on your preps to include items and training to prepare for more specific threats.



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Essential Oils

Yes, this is a shameless plug for doTERRA oils but it is a well deserved and necessary plug.  Essential oils SHOULD be part of your preparedness plans.  Needless to say, staying healthy is very important, especially in an emergency situation.  Natural remedies have their place and should be used, in my opinion, as your first choice to treat a condition or injury.

Oils have a very long shelf life which means that you can stock up on the ones that you use most.  doTERRA oils are known to be expensive but they are the most pure and refined and are the most effective available.  When it comes to our health we won't use anything but the best.

My family and I have integrated the use of essential oils into our everyday lives.  It wasn't something that we just jumped immediately into but rather as a need arose we tried the recommended oils and found that they did make a difference for us.  We have become believers.  Not every oil we tried worked immediately for each recommended use for us but as we tried them we found which ones we liked best.  You will always find our home with an assortment of the oils that we find the most valuable for our families needs.

Some of the oils that we regularly use include the following:

Deep blue: For sore muscles, neck and back pains.
Peppermint: for headaches and aromatherapy
Lemon: for swelling and can be taken internally, as an antiseptic, anti-viral, astringent, and much more.
Melaleuca: Cure all... use for many different things including anti-fungal and anti-inflamatory.
Lavender: As an antimicrobial/infections/imflamatory, and has a long list of uses.
Terra-Shield: As a bug repellent, this stuff is amazing.
Helichrysum:  This work amazingly well on healing cuts as well as skin disorders.
Purify: We use this in a diffuser/vaporizer along with 'OnGuard' in our home to protect from airborne illness.  
There are many other oils and oil blends with uses for pretty much anything under the sun.    For more information you can find it here.  http://www.mydoterra.com/shanecoles/

Let me know if you have any questions about oils and their uses. In addition to the benefits of their oils doTERRA is an excellent way to make additional income.
        

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Be at a constant state of readiness.

The time has come, or rather, the time has long since come to be ready for whatever may come our way.   Being at a constant state of readiness and being in a constant state of readiness are two different things.  Knowing that there is a need to always be prepared for any given situation, as GI Joe says, "is half the battle."  Since you are reading my thoughts on this subject you are half way there, kind of.  Hopefully you are also researching the other local and world wide conditions that could effect your need to be at and in a state of readiness. Being in the right state of mind is knowledge which is power.  Having the supplies you need and having the right knowledge is being at a state of readiness.

Brothers and Sisters, Ladies and Gentlemen; it is time to be at a constant state of readiness.  World, government and environmental conditions dictate that this should be so.  For you to count on anyone other than yourself for your own preparations would be unwise.  2014 is a year in which anything can happen.

Make ready, hope for the best but prepare for the worst.  Your preparations can only do you good.  Spend your money wisely on items that both help you to prepare and contribute to your self-sufficiency including everyday items as well as long term food storage.  Make sure you have the tools, supplies and skills that will allow you to take care of your own needs as well as help others.

Make your home a secure place by reinforcing the doors and windows.  You can visit my post to learn about what I have done to my home.  http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/07/practical-home-security.html

Wherever you go take a get-home-bag with you in case you become stranded and have to make alternative plans to get back to your home.  Include items appropriate for the season and geography.

Plant a garden and practice growing your favorite foods.  Learn how to preserve and bottle/can what you don't immediately use.

Store various different types of fuels for cooking and heating such as wood, propane, charcoal and kerosene.

Electrical power is a very nice luxury when you don't have it for an extended period of time.  Store the batteries you need and buy or build a renewable power source of your own.  A renewable solar, wind and battery power system for your home     http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/06/build-your-own-power-station.html

Keep some cash on hand and not just in the bank.  The reliability and security of our power grid is a concern.  This includes the small possibility of a solar flare that could wipe out our electronics which necessitates having some cash in your pocket.  I personally recommend having real money on hand in addition to a few dollars.  Silver and gold have proven themselves a safe place to secure your wealth and would be essential in a collapse.  My personal choice is silver coins and silver rounds.  They are easier to own for most of us and would be a much easier medium to barter with if it came down to that.  Most economists that I follow say that silver has bottomed out and can only go up from here.

Don't waste your time and money on things that don't help you to become more prepared.  Do whatever you can, sell whatever you don't 'need' and get your food and water storage first. Do it as soon as you possibly can.  Do not procrastinate any longer.

Buy a shotgun.  No, don't get a double barrel shotgun and definitely don't fire off two blasts to scare off intruders.  Buy a 12 gauge pump shotgun and a case of 00 (double ought) buck shot to defend your home.  This is the most economical and effective way to defend your property.  You can read more about my firearms recommendations here:  http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/06/preppers-firearm-recommendations-pt-1.html , http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/06/firearms-recommendations-pt2.html ,http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/06/firearms-recommendations-pt-3.html ,  http://www.preparedguy.com/2013/06/preppers-firearms-recommendation-pt-4.html .  Get some training and learn how to use it safely.

Watch alternative media sources to keep an eye on current events around the world and see what it being said in addition to what the main stream media is reporting.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Is there still time left to prepare?

As a follow up to my post "There is still time." I wanted to share with you some of my most recent thoughts.

I still believe that there is time to prepare, however, it is painfully apparent to me that this time to prepare is waning.  There will soon come a time when it will be no longer possible for the majority of us to become prepared.  

The elements of disaster, of whatever crisis may come upon us, seem to me, to be coming together even more quickly and radically.  I have always pictured and compared these upcoming events to an avalanche or to the snowball effect.  Although terminal velocity of an object falling from the sky is somewhere around 160 mph, depending upon its wind resistance, an avalanche can move much faster than this because of all of the different forces being exerted by both downward and outward motion.  I believe that this is also true in these last days.  There are so many possibilities for distress, and forces that we can not control or even foresee, that we are currently exposed to because of our dependence on the world that we have built around us that we need to adequately prepare for.  It is becoming more and more difficult, and urgently necessary to prepare if we wish for our families to endure well these inevitable stressful times.  When a snowball starts to roll it moves downhill rather slowly and is seemingly nonthreatening.  As it moves downhill with unstoppable force gathering speed and building mass the momentum and size increases exponentially until it is larger and moving faster than we expect or can expect ourselves to realistically comprehend.  I believe that this is how the ever growing list of dangers will befall us.  The snowball started rolling long ago, has been building momentum and size and will soon, I believe, be moving so quickly and get overwhelmingly large more and more rapidly that it will take even us preppers by surprise.

If you don't understand what this avalanche of dangers is comprised of please take the time to learn more about these imminent dangers that may be part of our future which you should already be preparing for:

Collapse of the US dollar 
WW III starting with Syria, Iran; Middle East...
False flag events
Cyber-terrorism
Trampling of the US Constitution - loss of basic American freedoms.
Fukushima radiation.
Martial Law
Power grid vulnerability

The effects on our families of the events on this short list will be more than profound.  Although there are MANY more things that we need to be aware of I believe that if we are wise to these situations we can then adequately prepare.  I was once 'in the dark' about current events and trusted that what I saw on the mainstream media news channels was truth.  That's no so much the case anymore.  I advise that you look to the alternative media sources for more information.  
       

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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