The End Is Near

The End Is Near
2nd Amendment

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Obama Needs To Read This!!!!

Bill of Rights

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789

Ratified December 15, 1791

1.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances

2.A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

3.No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law

4.The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

5.No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

6.In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense

7.In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law

8.Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

9.The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people

10.The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

I'm not sure if any of the dumb ass leaders in our government even know the meaning of this. This is the base of our law, it's the foundation our law stands on. With this Bill of Rights and the good word from our Lord in the Bible we have the laws we need to live life. Make your stand for good, fight the NWO and the fools who follow them.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

How to Prepare for Martial Law

If you have the suspicion that martial law is imminent, you would be wise to take certain steps to prepare for it. Since martial law severely limits your civil liberties, there are a lot of things you probably won't be able to do once it comes into effect. This involves preparing both physically and mentally, and making sure your family has all the necessary items to survive during the crisis.

Step 1
Assemble a survival kit well ahead of time. , It is possible that certain items will be pulled off shelves or become severely limited. This includes food that is imported or transported from other areas, certain drugs and medications and even tools that may be considered dangerous, such as guns, ammo, knives, shovels and sheers. Stocking up on these items will help you prepare for martial law. But you need to know how to use your tools of survival.
Step 2
Stockpile gas if you can. Whether you drive, have a secondary light source or simply want to be prepared, gas is usually rationed during martial law. Prepare by buying several containers as soon as you hear martial law is imminent. And use fuel stabilizer to keep the fuel for extended periods of time.
Step 3
Prepare an evacuation plan. And have more than one way out two or three is a must. This should include the best routes for escaping from your home in case of an attack, safe places to go to in your immediate area and another place within a 2-hour driving distance, preferably in a rural area. During martial law, you probably won't be allowed to drive at night, so anything that takes more than 4 or 8 hours of driving (depending on the season and how many hours of daylight you have) is out of the question. Rural areas tend to be safer than cities during times of extreme tension. But remember you can’t just jump into your car/truck and make a run to the woods, you must have a retreat or place to go like a cabin or vacation home. You should have stocked your retreat before any trouble and bring your extra supplies with you.
Step 4
Think of martial law as any other emergency situation. As you prepare for it, make sure you get all your valuable documents in one place (preferably a safe fireproof box), along with maps and directions to your "safe" place. But remember if you have a full blown collapse of this country the martial law will not be like an emergency the troops and law enforcement will rule with a iron hand. TRUST NO ONE!!!!!
Step 5
Keep cash on hand. During martial law, you may be limited to the money you have on hand or money may not be any good at all so trade or barter items will be needed and a little silver may be a good idea to. If you have money in your checking account, prepare by taking a good amount out of the ATM and keeping it safe at home or in a safe place in you car or truck.

Things You'll Need:

Silver bars or rounds
Gun and ammo
Flashlight and batteries
Survival kit with medications, food, maps and tools
Evacuation plan
Will to survive

Friday, February 26, 2010

When, Where And How?

I sit at my PC and read and type about the things that are going on in this country. And I try to think of where, when and how the collapse will hit. I see the great leader Obama is still beating the dead horse of health care, and I'm sure he will push it down the mouth of the American people. I think the last poll I saw said that 70% of the people don't like the health care bill. But the leaders of this country don't care what we want, because they have a plan that doesn't include us. The last thing they think of is the American people. We are just cannon fodder to them, or the grease to lube there wheels on the road to steal this country from the people. I see the collapse coming very soon. Now is your time to prepare;to stock up and stand ready for the fight of your life. Don't waste time stock up on all your needed items ASAP. Get your guns ready and have your ammo near, because this thing is going down and it will go down hard.
As I have said before evil is just over the hill and night is coming so stand strong and be ready.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

100 Items To Have Before The Crap Hits The Fan

A list I give folks who show an interest in getting prepared... Now mind you nothing is in specific order of importance. Its the shock value of the list I try to get. After they've looked at it for a couple days you weed out the ones that are going to waste your time... The folks that ask questions are the ones that get it...

1. Generators: Good ones cost dearly. Diesel ones are the best. Gasoline storage can be a bit risky, Noisy... They will also be a target of thieves; maintenance etc. Permanent mounted propane units really are the best for stationary usage.

2. Water Filters/Purifiers: Berkley and Brookfield outback units have been used in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America for years.

3. Portable Toilets, buckets with lids, chamber pots. Something to remove wastes.. An Outhouse is probably best but a pain to move.

4. Seasoned Firewood: Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home use.

5. Lamps, lamp Oil, Wicks, spare globes and glass chimneys (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!) Kerosene works in most cloth wicked lamps.

6. Coleman Fuel: It is impossible to stockpile too much.

7. Guns, Ammunition, reloading equipment, casting equipment, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots. I also suggest a compound bow or crossbow with plenty of bolts and arrow shafts for taking larger game.

8. Hand operated can openers, egg beaters, whisks, grater, and other manually operated kitchen tools and accessories.

9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar. Again, something you cannot store too much of. Makes a great trade/barter item.

10. Rice - Beans – Wheat (If bought whole be sure to have a mill/grinder)

11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food easily burns and must be boiled etc. Three gallons of oil per person per year is about right.

12. Charcoal and Lighter Fluid. (Will become scarce suddenly)

13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade poly barrels if for drinking water. 2 and 3 liter soda bottles are best. Store at least 20 gallons per person per week. Don’t forget your pets either.

16. Propane Cylinders 20# and 30# (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur. If you have empties get them filled or exchanged.)

17. Survival Guide Book. Mostly for entertainment purposes..

18. Mantles for Aladdin lamps, Coleman lamps, and replacement cotton wicks for liquid/oil lamps (Without these items, longer-term lighting is difficult.)

19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula, ointments, aspirin, Tylenol, etc.

20. Washboards, Mop, mop Bucket w/wringer (for laundry and cleaning)

21. Cook stoves and lots of spares.(Propane, Coleman fuel & Kerosene)

22. Vitamins, trace minerals, stock up on vitamin C, Zinc, and Calcium.

23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)

24. Feminine Hygiene, Hair care items, Skin products.

25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)

26. Bow saws and extra blades, axes, hatchets, wedges, hack saws and extra blades. (also, whetstone and honing oil)

27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)

28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)

29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many)

30. Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, and paper napkins. Toilet paper is cheap now but becomes very, very valuable when nobody can get any.

31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed. Follow rotational standards set forth by the expiration dates on the product. (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)

32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid and/or Heirloom) (AN ABSOLUTE MUST)

33. Clothes pins clothes line, clothes hangers (AN ABSOLUTE MUST)

34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit Get several along with cork filler seals.

35. Tuna Fish (in Oil and in Spring Water) Tuna in oil has higher density of nutrition.

36. Fire Extinguishers or a large box of Baking Soda in every room. Buckets of children’s play sand also.

37. First aid kits (Commercial or home-made) Include manuals if necessary. Nitrile gloves since some are allergic to latex.

38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates) You can never have too many batteries. Great trade and barter item.

39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies.

40. Have Dogs? Big Dogs require plenty of dog food both canned and dry, mostly dry. Great security so feed them well and keep treats if budget allows. Keep medications like flea treatments and heartworm pills for at least a year.

41. Bulk flour, yeast, beans, rice, sugar, pepper, & salt by the bag or box. Freeze the flour, beans, and rice for 48 hours before putting into final storage. It kills any bugs that might have gotten in to the bags. (Vacuum sealer is a good investment)

42. Matches {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first. Old chain Grocery stores are best source. BIC lighters, Zippo’s, and refillable butane lighters and an ample supply of butane and Ronsol/Zippo lighter fluid. You can use the “flint” from a BIC brand lighter after it runs out of fuel in your Zippo’s. Or use them in a 22lr HP projectile against hard targets with flammables around.

43. Writing paper, pads, pens and pencils, solar calculators, erasers,

44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Winter time.)

45. Work boots, belts, Levies & durable shirts. Good stuff not cheap.

46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns, Oil Lamps, LED head lamps and flashlights.

47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Write down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times) Keep dry with heavy duty Ziploc freezer bags.

48. Garbage cans Metal or Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels) Appropriate sized trash bags as well. Steel drum for burning trash is also a recommended item as well.

49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail
Clippers, razors, shaving cream, etc

50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient) Cast iron Dutch ovens too.

51. Fishing supplies, rods and reels, lures, and tools. Worm bed in your yard is best source for bait.

52. Mosquito coils, repellent, sprays and creams

53. Duct Tape, Electrical tape, masking tape and lots of it.

54. Tarps, stakes, twine, nails, rope, spikes, ratchet straps

55. Candles Emergency type, not just fancy ones from the Hallmark store.

56. Laundry Detergent. Liquid and powder both have their uses.

57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags, Military Surplus Alice packs w/frames

58. Garden tools & supplies- Shovels, rakes, hoes, 10-10-10 fertilizer, powdered lime, etc.

59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies and a book if necessary.

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, Stews, gravy, olives, pickles, etc.

61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) Pool “Shock” treatment will make gallons upon gallons of bleach.

62. Canning supplies- Jars, lids and bands, wax, pectin, pressure canning pot, hot jar clamp, canning thermometer, and a canning book or two. Pectin and paraffin wax also.

63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel, honing fluid

64. Bicycles...Extra tires, tubes, pumps, chains, etc

65. Sleeping Bags & blankets, pillows, mats, inflatable mattresses, extra sheet sets,

66. Carbon Monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. (Battery powered)

67. Boredom busting- Board Games, Cards, Dice, etc. But nothing that requires batteries like a Game Boy or Nintendo.

68. D-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer, or 22lr shot shells and a 22 pistol to take out mice and rats. Poison has other uses too..

69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets.

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils. (stock up, folks)

71. Baby wipes, bulk paper towels, essential oils, waterless & antibacterial soap. (saves a lot of water)

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, ponchos, rain suits, etc.

73. FRS, GMRS, or CB radios for communication. A shortwave is best for long range communication.

74. Hand pumps & siphons. (for water and for fuels)

75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bullions, gravy, dry soup bases,

76. Reading glasses

77. Chocolate, Cocoa, Tang, Punch, Root beer extract, and coolaid. (Water enhancers)

78. V-8 Juice "Survival-in-a-Can"

79. Woolen clothing, scarves, ear-muffs, mittens, watch caps, baklavas’

80. Boy Scout Handbook also Scout Leaders Catalog

81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO) or window film like tint.

82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix, Beef Jerky, Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts, chips, dried potato fries, candy bars, any of your favorite candies or treats. Comfort foods.

83. A year’s supply of any medications you or a family member is on.

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. A two week supply, at minimum, before having to wash.

85. Lumber of all types including plywood. Don’t forget nails, screws, bolts, glue, and exterior grade earth tone paints.

86. Wagons & carts. (For transport big, bulky, or heavy items to and from)

87. Cots & Inflatable mattresses for guests and family that pop in…

88. Gloves: Work, warming, gardening, etc.

89. Lantern Hangers, wall hooks, free standing Coleman style

90. Screen Patches, glue, epoxies, nails, screws, nuts & bolts

91. Teas (Any and all you like plus bulk up on sale branded teas for trade)

92. Coffee will be more valuable than gold in this Starbucks overly caffeinated world we live in. If you have to buy ground coffee in sealed cans that’s fine but I highly recommend whole beans vacuum sealed and a hand operated grinder. Be sure to have an old style coffee pot you can use over a fire.

93. Cigarettes (Your brands if you smoke, Generics or what ever is cheap at the time) See #97 also!

94. Wine, Liquors, and beer. (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)

95. Paraffin wax and bee’s wax

96. Toilet plunger, toilet repair kits, flapper valves

97. Chewing gum, hard candies, and pretzels if you have to quit smoking..

98. Atomizers and spray bottles are great for cooling off with and for bathing when water becomes scarce.

99. Hats, cotton neckerchiefs, gloves, and hand towels.

100. Goats/chickens- IMHO Chickens are best rapid feed to food conversion and the benefit of fresh eggs is so, so appealing. Imagine the trade values of fresh eggs.. Be sure to store up plenty of food for your animals.

Preparing for civil unrest By Claire Wolfe 118

I found this and think it's great.

Preparing for civil unrest By Claire Wolfe 118

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ammo ?????

I have always bought ammo when I see it. If I'm in Wal-Mart and they have ten boxes of 22LR Brick I would always buy one or two. And still to this day when I'm in Wal-Mart I walk by the ammo case to see what they don't have. I have not seen a brick of 22LR in months. They never have handgun ammo like .38, .44mag, .357 or 9mm and I go two or three times a week and I have a guy in the sporting goods dept that looks out for me. If 22LR, 9mm, or .38 comes in he will hold a box of each for me, but he has not see any for weeks. So I buy shotgun shells every time, #2, #4 and #6 shot. I think shotgun shells will be as good as gold WTSHTF so I stock up. Just remember that after the collapse what you have on hand is it, unless you can find or barter for it. Getting the items we need for survival and stocking up on them now is the way to go. Tomorrow is gone and you can never get it back, so take today and use it for survival. Start a plan for life and stock up on food, water, and medical supplies and don't forget ammo and lots of it. If you don't have a gun I am telling you that you will need one and you will need to know how to use it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Top 9 Reasons for Dehydrating Food

This is from The Survival Mom at

My food dehydrator has been working up a storm this past week as I’ve been transforming pounds and pounds of tomatoes and jars of applesauce into very, very dry versions of their former selves. I love dehydrating foods, and here are just a few of the reasons why.

1.Dehydrated fruits and veggies have intense, INTENSE! flavors! Each thin slice of dehydrated tomato packs a wallop of flavor that you don’t find in a fresh slice. Something amazing happens to the flavor once all the water has been removed.
2.It offers something different in the healthy snack category. My kids are loving the applesauce fruit leather they made themselves. They never get bored because one day it’s apple-cinnamon leather, another day it’s apple-peach leather, and a tasty apple-strawberry version is on tap for tomorrow! A #10 can of applesauce from Sam’s Club or Costco provides sheets and sheets of fruit leather, one of the easiest snacks in the world to pack in a lunch bag or backpack.
3.Something is always in season! The best bargains in produce are usually found when a particular fruit or vegetable is in season. Farmer’s markets, food co-ops, fruit stands, and pick-your-own-produce farms can offer amazing bargains. All that fresh goodness is easily transformed into dehydrated versions at a cost far less than commercially dehydrated foods.
4.Food dehydration is simple! Basic dehydrators can be picked up on Craigslist or eBay. You don’t need anything fancy. My dehydrator is very basic, but it does the job just fine. Unlike canning, you don’t need a lot of additional equipment, and the internet is filled with websites that give directions for dehydrating every type of food imaginable!
5.Variety! One day you can dehydrate apples and the next, pasta sauce! Cook up several pounds of ground beef and turn them into, “hamburger rocks”! When you find #10 cans of a fruit or veggie on sale, pour out the liquid, and place the food on your dehydrator trays for a few hours. Bags of frozen vegetables dehydrate just as easily.
6.Dehydrated foods don’t lose their nutritional value and maintain water soluble vitamins and minerals.
7.Dehydrate your own herbs and you’ll never have to pay top dollar for them again nor watch them rot in the fridge.
8.If space is an issue, dehydrated foods are your friend! Twenty pounds of fresh tomatoes filled two large glass jars in my pantry once they were sliced and dehydrated!
9.You’ll never have to run to the grocery store at the last minute for carrots or onions or potatoes or celery or green beans if you have jars of the dehydrated versions in your pantry.
If you have a garden and expect a decent harvest this year, put food dehydration on the top of your To Learn list! Once you’re past the initial purchase of the dehydrator, it’s just a matter of looking for bargains at the grocery store and then getting busy!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Top 10 Things You Must Do To Survive The Coming Economic Collapse And The Chaos That Follows

This is from BigJohn's web site
Great info from a true Patriot. He has a radio show M-F 8-10pm EST/5-7pm PST at You should check him out you will get hooked.

1. You don’t want these things to happen. That’s okay but it does not mean they won’t. Bad things happen all the time. So, stop ignoring the obvious warning signs and prepare for the worst and hope and work for the best.

2. Understand that you already believe in “conspiracies” like the JFK assassination, manipulation of oil/gas prices, banking bailouts, the Madoff Scam, news spins and slants, maybe even 9-11 as an inside job. So, get your head out of your ass!

3. Understand that every nation that has collapsed, did so after printing money like mad men. So, prepare for it to get worse.

4. In 1929, 80% of Americans were in farming- grew their own food, making it less difficult for the majority. Today, 2% of Americans grow a vegetable garden! Can you imagine the pain? So buy heirloom seeds- and start gardening this Spring.

5. It is true- these terrible things might not happen, but you have home and auto insurance because bad things sometimes happen. So, buy food insurance- dehydrated food and canned meat-

6. Investment gurus of the elite have recommended they buy rural property, seeds, dehydrated food, a gun and be prepared for a decade of chaos. Patriots are doing the same. So, unless you like government soup, you better act fast.

7. In chaotic times you must be able to defend yourself and your property. So, buy a gun and ammunition immediately.

8. When anarchy strikes, governments always panic and try to maintain control by using the military against the citizens. So, don’t trust government to be just or you might find yourself inside an internment camp.

9. Troubled times will not fade quickly. The most dangerous place will be a city. The less people, the less potential for harm. So, be packed and have an escape plan for getting out of the city in less than 30 minutes.

10. When nations crumble and chaos takes root, loved ones inevitably get separated. So, have a place to meet when communication is difficult.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Getting Ready For The Collapse

We used this weekend to rest a little and get as much prepping done as we could. We bagged more rice and beans with the food saver. Today I will bag some grits and quick oats with the food saver. I love the food saver and use it all the time. I am on my forth one. I buy my bags at Sam's or Wal-Mart and at times I get them from E-Bay, but sometimes the bags from E-Bay are not so good so if you do buy from there remember who you get them from and if you like them then buy from them only. Don't skip around because I did and got a group of junk bags.

This next week I will be working on any holes I have in my preps and trying to fill them. I will be placing an order to get more freeze dried meats this next week. I think for the next few weeks I will be working on my food preps only. The collapse is coming and I plan on being ready. I don't think we have much time before the collapse so if you are not ready I tell you to get your butt in gear and start working on a food storage plan.

Stand ready to fight to keep what is yours and stand strong before the collapse hits. The days after the collapse will be hell on earth, but if you have a plan and supplies and you can defend your supplies you will have a much better chance of survival.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Thomas Jefferson
3rd President

Patriotism is not a short frenzied burst of emotion, but the long and steady dedication of a lifetime.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

We confide in our strength, without boasting of it; we respect that of others, without fearing it.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.

Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.

All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to ... remain silent.

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.

It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.

Friday, February 19, 2010


Stand tall and fight for your right to survive.
Be ready to fight the NWO, because they are sure ready to fight you.
Check your preps and then re-check your preps.
Prep like there is no tomorrow, because we may not have a tomorrow.
Live life and love your family.
The collapse is very near!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

49 Great uses for vinegar

Andrea got me thinking about vinegar from her comment on my post yesterday and she was 100% right I need to add vinegar to that list. She has a lot of great info at her blog at Chick-Bit Run

Here are some of the uses for vinegar I'm sure you guys have more so post them to my comments and lets get a big list going.

1.Kill grass on walks and driveways.

2.Kill weeds. Spray full strength on growth until plants have starved.

3.Increase soil acidity. In hard water: one gallon of tap water for watering rhododendron's, gardenias, or azaleas.

4.Deter ants. Spray vinegar around doors, appliances, and along other areas where ants are known.

5.Polish car chrome. Apply full strength.

6.Remove skunk odor from a dog. Rub fur with full strength vinegar; rinse.

7.Keep cats away. Sprinkle vinegar on areas you don't want the cat walking, sleeping, or scratching on.

8.Keep dogs from scratching his ears. Use a clean, soft cloth dipped in diluted vinegar.

9.Keep chickens from pecking each other. Put a little in their drinking water.

10.Tenderize meat. Soak in vinegar over night.

11.Freshen vegetables. Soak wilted vegetables in 2 cups of water and a tablespoon of vinegar.

12.Boil better eggs. Add 2 tablespoons to water before boiling eggs. Keeps them from cracking.

13.Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting. Dot the irritation with vinegar and relieve itching.

14.Relieve sunburn. Lightly rub white vinegar; you may have to reapply.

15.Condition hair. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to dissolve sticky residue left by shampoo.

16.Relieve dry and itchy skin. Add 2 tablespoons to bath water.

17.Fight dandruff. After shampooing, rinse with vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.

18.Soothe a sore throat. Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle and then swallow.

19.Treat sinus infections and chest colds. Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer.

20.Feel good. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, with a bit of honey added for flavor, will take the edge off your appetite and give you an overall healthy feeling.

21.Deodorize the kitchen drain. Pour a cup down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.

22.Eliminate onion odor. Rub on your fingers before and after slicing.

23.Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards. Wipe with full strength vinegar.

24.Remove fruit stains from hands. Rub with vinegar.

25.Cut grease and odor on dishes. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to hot soapy water.

26.Clean a teapot. Boil a mixture of water and vinegar in the teapot. Wipe away the grime.

27.Freshen a lunchbox. Soak a piece of bread in vinegar and let it sit in the lunchbox over night.

28.Clean the refrigerator. Wash with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar.

29.Unclog a drain. Pour a handful of baking soda down the drain and add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rinse with hot water.

30.Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal. Make vinegar ice cubes and feed them down the disposal. After grinding, run cold water through 31 Clean and deodorize jars. Rinse mayonnaise, peanut butter, and mustard jars with vinegar when empty.

31.Clean the dishwasher. Run a cup of vinegar through the whole cycle once a month to reduce soap build up on the inner mechanisms and on glassware.

32.Clean stainless steel. Wipe with a vinegar dampened cloth.

33.Clean china and fine glassware. Add a cup of vinegar to a sink of warm water. Gently dip the glass or china in the solution and let dry.

34.Get stains out of pots. Fill pot with a solution of 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a pint of water. Boil until stain loosens and can be washed away.

35.Clean the microwave. Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.

36.Dissolve rust from bolts and other metals. Soak in full strength vinegar.

37.Get rid of cooking smells. Let simmer a small pot of vinegar and water solution.

38.Unclog steam iron. Pour equal amounts of vinegar and water into the iron's water chamber. Turn to steam and leave the iron on for 5 minutes in an upright position. Then unplug and allow to cool. Any loose particles should come out when you empty the water.

39.Clean a scorched iron plate. Heat equal parts vinegar and salt in a small pan. Rub solution on the cooled iron surface to remove dark or burned stains.

40.Get rid of lint in clothes. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

41.Keep colors from running. Immerse clothes in full strength vinegar before washing.

42.Freshen up the washing machine. Periodically, pour a cup of vinegar in the machine and let in run through a regular cycle (no clothes added). Will dissolve soap residue.

43.Brighten fabric colors. Add a 1/2 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle.

44.Take grease off suede. Dip a toothbrush in vinegar and gently brush over grease spot.

45.Remove tough stains. Gently rub on fruit, jam, mustard, coffee, tea. Then wash as usual.

46.Get smoke smell out of clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to a bath tub of hot water. Hang clothes above the steam.

47.Remove decals. Brush with a couple coats of vinegar. Allow to soak in. Wash off.

48.Clean eyeglasses. Wipe each lens with a drop of vinegar.

49.Freshen cut flowers. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar for each quart of water.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Top Foods for Stocking Up

1.Wheat. Once ground, it’s the building block for varieties of bread, tortillas, flat bread, pizza crust and more.
2.Rice. On its’ own, it’s a side dish. Mixed with herbs and a vegetable or two, it’s a simple main dish. It’s a great meal-stretcher when topped with, or served alongside, main dishes such as a stir fry. Note: brown rice contains oils which will become rancid after six months or so.
3.Dried milk. Without electricity, fresh milk will go bad in hours. In an emergency situation, fresh will be difficult to come by unless you own a cow or a goat. Dried milk provides not only milk to drink, but milk to use as an ingredient in other dishes.
4.Salt. Stock up on table salt at your local Sam's or Costco. It’s inexpensive and has multiple uses.
5.Beans. Buy canned beans and dry beans in different varieties. Versatile, economical and a good source of fiber.
6.Tomatoes. Canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, tomato puree, etc. Watch for them on sale and then grab a few dozen cans. They’re the basis for salsas, soups, stews, and sauces.
7.Other canned veggies and fruit. These will help provide important nutrients, variety to your recipes, and have a very long shelf life. If you can’t stomach canned veggies, try dehydrating your own or purchasing freeze-dried.
8.Peanut butter. High in protein, yummy on warm, freshly made bread! Add some honey and you have a winner!
9.Oil. Canola, olive, peanut, corn and sunflower oil you will need cooking oil.
10.Dried pasta. Another meal stretcher and a kid-pleasing dish any day of the week.
11.Sugar( white and brown) and honey
12. Dried Oats. For a hot bowl of oatmeal
13.Spices, Seasonings and Herbs. This will add flavor to your food.
Info from thesurvivalmom

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

10 Essential Skills Necessary for Survival

Although it is important to be prepared for disaster situations, many are not adequately trained to handle the disaster situations in which they find themselves in. Having the proper skills and training will provide an individual with a well diversified knowledge base on how to survive during and after a disaster.

Medical Training

In a survival situation, medical training is going to be a big one. Due to the increase use of saws, axes and knives, there will be more medical emergencies involving deep lacerated cuts. Knowing how to properly clean wounds, stitch wounds, as well as knowing how to treat infected wounds will be extremely important. Additionally, there will be an increase in burns from being in closer contact to fires. Burns can get infected very quickly, and knowing how to decipher the degree of the burn is and how to treat it will be a concern amongst survivalists and preppers. Typically, there are online courses offered for basic CPR/First Aid, however, those basic skills will not give a person the fundamental training they need. Finding a local Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) class that is offered for paramedics and first responders to accidents will be a better knowledge source and better equip a person to handle emergency medical situations.

Disaster Training

Disaster training is typically offered by FEMA, the American Red Cross and other disaster organizations. A person who is equipped with knowledge on how to plan for a disaster, how to properly prepare for a disaster, and how to mental handle the after effects of a disaster will be able to better adapt to the situation more quickly compared to those that are not. The American Red Cross offers extensive courses in disaster safety and training as well as basic First Aid/CPR courses. There are also online courses offered through FEMA.

Gardening Skills

In a long term survival situation, seeds will mean the difference between life and death. The only problem is, many have lost the necessary skill of gardening because there is a grocery store on every corner of the streets these days. It’s time to get your hands dirty and get back in touch with nature. Learning necessary gardening skills such as companion plants, crop rotations, beneficial insects, natural ways to replenish soil, and knowledge on proper gardening tools will be beneficial. Another relevant knowledge source is understanding the medicinal value of plants and herbs. It is amazing how many uses there are for plants besides spicing up our cooked entrees. Researching natural medicines is another major need in a survival situation, especially if the person has a pre-existing condition.

Firearm Certification and Training

There are dozens of firearm courses offered through the National Rifle Association. In a situation where a person needs to defend themselves, 99% of them would want a gun. I’m sure the Survival Mom would agree how beneficial these courses can be as a female and for teaching children. And, the more a person practices, the better their aim gets. This is one survival skill that a person should be as proficient as possible. Also, knowing gun safety and being able to educate others is essential when a firearm is around.

Canning and Food Preparation

Knowing how to can and preserve foods to eat during the long winter months is essential. Just think of all the delicious jarred goods a person can store up for when their food supply dwindles in the winter. The canning jars can be a bit of an investment. However, this author has found people selling their canned jars on, garage sales and even at second hand stores. Canning jars would also make an excellent bartering item.

Amateur Radio Classes

Having a radio is encouraged by many disaster relief organizations. And having knowledge on how to work and maneuver a HAMM radio will provide a person with an emergency communication source during a time when most communication is down. The National Association of Amateur Radio provides information based on a person’s location and course information on their website.

Sewing Classes

Typically if there is a fabric store, there are sewing classes and sewing events that are offered at the store. Everyone has heard of how their great grandmothers would sew quilts out of material from tethered or worn clothing. Not many of us have this skill anymore. Sewing classes will not only teach a necessary skill, but it will also get the survival mindset in place: make something new out of what you have available.

Outdoor Survival Skills Courses

Most preppers and survivalists are planning to “re-connect” with nature. Learning the necessary outdoor skills will provide a person with fundamental knowledge on how to better survive. The Boy Scouts offer adult classes as well as some community colleges. Get creative and search around the internet. There are some survival courses offered online (some offer free survival courses) that a person can learn from the comfort of their home. There are also wilderness courses offered at a variety of facilities such as local colleges, the YMCA, community park and recreation facilities, etc. Additionally, finding books, and e-books on survival skills is another way to find information on this topic.

Candle/Soap making Conventions

Soap and candle making are a lost art form in my opinion. Having a background knowledge of these skills would also be a great bartering skill. There are classes a person can take that are usually offered at homes as well as some conventions in certain areas. Searching on the internet would be a great start for finding these classes.

Hunting Skills

As many are planning to hunt wild game for a food source, they will need skills on how to gut the carcass, skin the fur and properly cut the meat. The “hunter-in-training” will also have to have a proficient knowledge on the different types of hunting tools used to prepare animal carcasses (and these tools come in different sizes based on the animal). The National Hunting Association is a portal that can take a person to their local area hunting association in order to get more information for their specific area. Also, this website offers the hunting guides for all of the states within the USA.

Info from thesurvivalmom.

Monday, February 15, 2010

10 Excuses Why I Haven’t Started Prepping

10 Excuses Why I Haven’t Started Prepping

1. Something new to add to my plate, really?
2. It sounds complicated.
3. It sounds expensive.
4. I’d rather read, take a nap, play, take a shower, do my chores, check
my email…
5. If I think about prepping, it will force me to think about Scary
Things That Might Happen.
6. Have you seen my tiny pantry? Did you say you converted an entire
7. We’ve started couponing and have 20 deodorant bars, 15 boxes of
Kleenex, and 2 cases of water bottles. Does that count?
8. I’m disorganized already and can’t even keep the house picked up;
where on earth would I begin organizing THIS?
9. Family, news, etc. hasn’t forced it higher on my To-Do List.
10. I don't like to waste my time doing something that I will never need.

Info from The Survival Mom

I Have A Question!

Will the US give Israel a firm green light to strike Iran? Or will the US strike Iran on it's own? Or maybe the US and Israel will strike as a group? Tell me what you think and tell me what you think this could do to the US and if you think this could be a trigger to the coming collapse? I think that the NWO is running their play book and all this falls into there plan of world wide domination. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Not Much Going On Today

Had a slow Saturday and plan a slow Sunday tomorrow. I worked on my preps a little today and plan a trip to the store on Monday to get more rice and beans for the food saver. I plan to take my wife out for a nice steak dinner and maybe a movie. I think we all need to have a little fun from time to time, we just need to remember not to let our guard down. If all we do is prep, prep and more prep I think we forget what we are prepping for. I know I prep for my family and the love I have for them. And because of my love for my wife and the help she gives me with the preps I am going to treat her with a nice dinner for Valentines Day. To all my prepper/survivalist friends I tell you to keep up your good work and to the walking dead who will not or do not want to prep I feel sorry for you because in a short time you will see the error you have made and I'm sure you will pay for your mistake with your life.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Call To Action

If you are serious about preparedness then it's time to get out of your armchair and start training and preparing. It will take some time and a lot of work, and you will have to spend a little money to get ready. But once you are on the road to preparedness you will start to get better nights of sleep, because you will know you have started to do something that will protect and provide for your family. Don't get stuck in the rut of simply studying and reading about survival. Unless the shelves in your pantry and garage are filling with supplies, and unless you are growing muscles and calluses then you are not preparing. You have to get out and use your skills of survival, and learn more skills to use for your survival. We have to remember that every skill we learn now is one more tool to use in our survival. And after the s**t hits the fan your skills and goods on hand will be the tools of life. When we have a skill that helps us to make a needed tool or item for survival this skill will be as good as or better than gold in life after the collapse. Your time is NOW to get ready!!! We have very little time, because the collapse is very near. Here is a place to start.....

Start a food and survival plan..... This is just a starting place!!!!
#1 Buy canned foods, dry rice, dry beans and cooking oil....NOW (buy what you eat now and get enough for 12-20 weeks make a meal planer and add extra)
#2 Get water and get a water filter with extra filters and know how to use it!!!!
#3 Build a First-Aid Kit and make it big and make it with needed items for your family.
#4 Get a camp stove and have lots and lots of fuel for it, Remember food with no way to cook it is just junk.
#5 Have light, like candles and oil lamps or camp lantern and have fuel for it.( And a way to light it!!)

My friends I tell you that our days are few and a collapse is very near. If your not ready I tell you to do all you can to get you and your family ready to survive this coming collapse.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Military Occupation of Pennsylvania

De Facto Military Occupation of Pennsylvania
Kurt Nimmo at February 10, 2010

WPIX in Pittsburgh reported on February 9 that the Army National Guard will remain in the city “indefinitely” in response to the weather. “The guardsmen are paired up with police and medics across town, turning dozens of humvees into welcome wagons,” the news channel reported.
This represents the de facto military occupation of Pennsylvania and martial law. Martial law is defined as the imposition of military rule by military authorities on an emergency basis when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively. This is apparently precisely the case in Pennsylvania. It remains to be seen if the military or the civilian government is in control there.
Note the soldier near the end of this video. He is identified as an Army Specialist, not National Guard. Specialist is one of the four junior enlisted ranks in the U.S. Army above Private First Class.
The Army National Guard is part of the National Guard, ostensibly under the control of state governors. However, members of the Army National Guard are federally recognized armed force members in the active or inactive service of the United States and are a reserve component of the United States Army.
The traditional role of the National Guard was abolished with the 2007 Defense Authorization Act (aka the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act). It increased the president’s powers to federalize National Guard units and to use federal troops in domestic situations.
Prior to the change, the nation’s governors protested the proposed unprecedented shift in authority from the states to the federal government. “This provision [the 2007 Defense Authorization Act] was drafted without consultation or input from governors and represents an unprecedented shift in authority from governors as commanders and chief of the Guard to the federal government,” the governors stated in a sharp worded letter that was transmitted to Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress in August, 2006.

51 governors, including some from U.S. territories, had signed the letter, an indication of broad bipartisan support that emphasized the depth of opposition among state executives to encroachments by the federal government in violation of the Tenth Amendment.
In January, Obama stepped up the ongoing process of federalization when he signed an executive order creating the Council of Governors. ““Obama signed an executive order establishing a panel to be known as the Council of Governors, which will be made up of 10 state governors, to be selected by the president to serve two-year terms. Members will review matters involving the National Guard; homeland defense; civil support; and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States, the White House said in a statement,” that UPI reported on January 11.
In Pennsylvania and other eastern states hit by historically severe snowstorms are now experiencing “military activities” under the guise of helping citizens. Or maybe that should be civilians.
Citizens need to be warned that they are in essence under military occupation and if the above report is any indication the occupiers plan to stay “indefinitely.”
“Standing armies [are] inconsistent with [a people's] freedom and subversive of their quiet.” said Thomas Jefferson in 1775. “The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force,” he said in 1807.
Maybe it was adverse in Jefferson’s day. Now? A lot of people seem to support deploying soldiers during snowstorms.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

10 Step Survival Plan

10 Step Survival Plan, This is a re-post from 2009 but needs to be seen again.

#1 Determination- You must have the will to survive, the tools and the know how to survive.

#2 Have a Short and a Long Term Survival Plan- You have to be ready for any disaster or emergency and for any length of time. From a day to a year or more.

#3 Be and Stay Healthy- You have to be in good health to be strong, and being strong will increase you chance of survival.

#4 Practicing Your Skills- You need to use the skills you have to keep them strong and as you learn new skills you need to keep them fresh in your mind.

#5 Training- Going with number 4 you have to learn new skills, like rope making, soap making, how to grow a garden and woodworking. Having skills after a SHTF event is going to be a very important part of life.

#6 Don’t Show Off You Preparedness Items- Don’t tell, don’t talk and never show anyone your preps. If you show a friend and then he never stocks an item the second a SHTF event happens the first place he will show up is your place because what you have is part his because you have so much. When the chips are down you have no friends.

#7 You must have or Start a garden- If you don’t know how to start one then find out. Go to garden centers and see if they have a class on starting a garden. If we hope to return to prosperity, America must return to a time when families grew much of their own food. Moreover, if we find ourselves in the midst of an economic disaster, we can persevere by growing our own food in the back yard. Heirloom seeds will provide you food forever because unlike hybrid and genetically modified seeds, you can save the next generation of seeds and replant next year. Hybrids are usually sterile and their offspring are worthless. Whether by design or accident, it appears that the world is headed towards a worldwide economic and agricultural collapse you need to get some seeds now and start a garden and store some of the seeds.

#8 Guns and Ammo- First if you don’t have a gun you need one, but first take a gun safety class to learn how to use and clean a firearm. Then buy as much ammo as you can. And remember you can own more that one gun.

#9 Food and water- You have to have both and you need to store at least three months of it. The government said you need three days, hell it took them 4-5 days just to get bottled water to the flood victims in N.O. Me I have a year of food and water but to start off with go for the three months and work up. Mountain House freeze-dried foods are packed in airtight NITROGEN PACKED #10 cans and have a 25+ years of shelf-life. With a little money you can get your three months all at once.
Water is a hard one you need at least two ways to get water. One could be to store it you can get stabilized oxygen to store your water for long term.
This is one of the most important uses of our Stabilized Oxygen.
To keep you water safe, and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria (while in proper storage containers like 55 gallon drums), we recommend the following:
First, make sure your container is properly disinfected and clean.
If you're storing filtered water - 10 drops per gallon.
If you're using normal tap water - 20 drops per gallon.
And you need a 2nd so get a water filter system like backpacker use and have a lot of extra filters.

#10 Household Items- You will need lots of household items for your survival.
AM/FM Radio / Solar Powered
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda
Multi-vitamins/Amino/Vitamin C
Stitching Kit (for serious cuts)
Beef Jerky
First Aid Kit
Blankets Booze & Beer
Snake Bite Kit
Bottled Water
Pain Killer (Tylenol, Advil etc)
Bullion Cubes
Canned Foods / all kinds
Decks of Cards
Hiking Boots
Feminine Pads
Rain Gear
Garden Hose /Garden Supplies
Ice Chests
Backpacks, Knives, Battery Charger, Light Bulbs, Binoculars, Lighter Fluid, Canteen, Matches / Lighters, CB Radio, Needles & Thread, Camp stove / Fuel, Notebooks, Chain Saws, Pens/Pencils, Coleman Lantern / Fuel, Plastic Bags / Garbage Sacks, Electrical Wire, Pots / Pans / Silverware, Fishing Gear, Rags (cloth), Gasoline / 5 Gallon Plastic Cans, Gun Oil, Scissors, Soap / Shampoo, Inflatable Raft, Spam and other canned meats, Lamps - 12V, Spices, Suntan Lotion, Magnesium Fire Starter, Tang & Vitamin C, Maps, Tape / Duct & Electrical, Thermos, Rope, Toilet Paper, Tools, Seeds - All kinds, Water pump/purifying filters, Tent & sleeping bag(s), WD-40, Water Purifier Tablets.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Something Most Don't Talk About But We All Do....

Sanitation after TSHTF and we are off the grid with no power and no water. How do you get rid of the poo?

Well for a time you will still be able to use the toilet in your house. Even with no water coming into your house you can use your grey water to flush your toilet, as long as your sewer or septic tank still works. But I am sure that this will not be the way you would want to do this for the long term, because the grey water can be used for so many other things. Like watering the garden or filtering to use for washing water.

The 5 gallon bucket with a plastic liner and saw dust works well. I have used this for years when camping. I have the toilet seat that fits onto a 5 gallon bucket so my wife is happy, but you can use just the bucket without the seat. What I do is put a trash bag in the 5 gallon bucket and then put a small amount of saw dust in the bottom. I buy the cheap powdered laundry soap from the dollar store and mix it with baking soda(65-75% soap to 35-25% baking soda) After someone uses the potty you pour saw dust in the bucket and then a cup of mix to keep the smell at bay. It works well. I use this set up with a 4'X4' toilet tent. I have a floor that I made out of wood that is 1 1/2" thick and has a small cut out that lets the 5 gallon bucket set into it about 3/4" so the bucket will not move. This whole set up takes me about 15-20 min to set up at camp and I empty it 2-3 time a day. When camping I put in the dumpster, but in a SHTF event I would dig a big hole and cover it.

You can use a Slit Trench, this is a hole in the ground that is about a foot wide and as long as you want it to be and about two feet deep. What you do is dig the trench and after you go potty you cover you stool with the dirt from the hole and you would want to have a can or box of your wood ash to put on before you cover with the dirt. This set out works well for a group of people. You can even use a standard toilet seat and make a wood jig that goes over the trench so it makes is a little bit easier for kids and the Lady's of your group.

The Cat Hole is about the same just a single hole and you cover your stool with ash and dirt as you go, and you can use a jig for this to with the toilet seat to make it easier for you to go.

Items you can use for your outdoor toilet are #10 cans with the plastic lid just like the big cans of coffee come in, use this to hold your toilet paper. And use the same size can to hold your wood fire ash with a small scoop in it. Remember to make your outdoor bathroom as useful as possible and as user friendly as you can.

Just remember that you will have to have a way to go to the bathroom, we all do it. So make plans now to make it as easy on you as you can. If you have a retreat on some land set aside some time and build an outhouse or two. With two you can use one and keep the other as a back up till you need it.

And remember not to do this right outside your door. Keep your outdoor toilet away from your home or tent. And don't do any of this near your drinking water, like don't dig a outhouse ten feet from you well where you get your water. Plan to live and live to plan. Stand strong and fight for what is yours.

Monday, February 8, 2010

A Survival List I Found Years Ago....


* MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat)'s - enough to last 30 days(This is good to have on hand)
* 3 months of food in the pantry
- Canned veggies (Use water in the can as supplemental drinking water)
- Corn, potatoes, peas, canned
- Canned fruit - pears
- Canned tuna
- Beans, canned
- Beef stew, canned
- Chicken, canned white meat
- Chili, canned
- Milk, canned
- Granola bars
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Crackers
- Dried beans, rice, pasta
- Warm drinks
- Pudding, canned
- Juices
- Cereals
- Nuts, raisins, candy, soups
- Dried fruit
- Extras - catsup, honey, jam/jelly, salt/pepper
- Date the cans and rotate stock

* Can opener (more than one) (non-electric)
o Also about 6 months worth of freeze dried & nitrogen packed
o High caloric items to keep up your strength
o Add a supply of good single malt scotch to your stash. (This is no joke.)
Aside from the fact that it makes good trading material, and *maybe* an OK
field expedient pain killer or disinfectant (don't take my word on the
latter), it's a great way of calming shot nerves. Keep in mind that even
though it may feel like it warms you, it really does the opposite, which
can be bad in cold weather. Also, don't get so squashed that you can't
respond to aftershocks or emergency situations. Guns and booze don't mix.
o cigarettes or pipe tabacco (if you're a smoker, so don't start now)

* 50 to 60 gallons of water - 1/2 - 1 gallon/day
- Heavy 5 gallon storage containers from Tri-City (about $14 each)
- 30 and 40 gallon storage containers from Rational Behavior
- Hand water filter/pump (They can be purchased at Big 5 and will filter
almost any dirty water into clean). It will also kill bacteria such as
Giardia. It won't take out things unless the molecules are bigger than
2 microns.

* Good solid footwear (with ankle support)
- Combat boots
* Work gloves
* Extra clothing (At least 5 days worth)
- Underwear
- Shirts
- Work pants
- Wool & cotton blend socks
- Goose-down or Dacron II backpacking clothing
* Layered clothing
- Windbreaker outerwear (gortex if possible)
- Wool medium layer - It stays warm even when wet (Don't forget mothballs)
- Cotton or polypropalene inner layer
- Silk is also very good

* Flashlight and batteries (waterproof & explosion proof)
- Don't keep batteries in the flashlight; store in freezer
- Extra bulbs
* Watch or clock - battery or spring wound
* Radio and batteries (don't keep batteries in the radio)
* Toilet paper (20-30 rolls for sanitation as well as for bargaining)
* Toothbrush and toothpaste
* Soap
* Deodorant
* Liquid detergent
* Shampoo
* Household bleach
* Powdered chlorinated lime - add to sewage to deodorize, disinfect, and keep
away insects
* Large, plastic trash bags
* Towels
* Paper towels
* Paper plates, napkins/paper towels, plastic eating utensils, plastic cups
* Blankets
* Sleeping bags
* 4-8 pack of replacement batteries (rotate stock; keep in freezer)
* Knife & razor blades
* Garden hose, for siphoning and firefighting
* Condoms
* Money (at least $100.00 allin small bills & plenty of change)
* Scissors
* Tweezers
* Rubbing alcohol
* Sponges
o Pre-moistened towelettes
o Ground cloth
o Candles
o Matches - dipped in wax and kept in waterproof container
o Newspaper, to wrap garbage and waste in
o Large trash cans
o Coleman lanterns
o Stoves
- Gasoline stoves and 10 gallons of white gas
- Propane stove with an 11 lb propane tank
- Weber and charcoal, lighter or sterno stove
- Big kitchen matches in a water-tight container
o Pots - at least 2
o Chafing dish
o Heavy duty aluminum foil
o 8,000 btu heater that runs on propane
o 12 volt battery backup system
o Medium sized generator to maintain the refrig, provide minimal lighting, and
for power tools
o Tents - Four-man dome tent, or regular 9X9 tent
o Set up for at least a week. That's my minimum time
o Fold up toilet seat. (Sure beats squatting.)

* Fire extihguisher (A-B-C type)
* Shovels, pick, axe, other 'round-the-house tools
* Broom
* Crescent wrench, screw driver, pliers, hammer
* Coil of 1/2" rope
* Coil of bailing wire
* Plastic tape
* Small and large crowbar (18") to help with jammed doors
- Small one in the bedroom
- Large one out in the shed
* Small, high quality, tomahawk or hatchet (useful for opening car roofs, house
doors, and for clearing rubble)
* Knifes
- A big one (like 8-10" fixed blade) to cut, hack, and to a limited amount,
pry, to make emergency shelters, do emergency surgery, kill alien invaders
- A little one (either 4" fixed blade/locking folder, or a large swiss army
knife) to do yet more surgery, as well as more mundane things such as peel
veggies, cut rope, open boxes
- New designs of serrated edges that will cut through anything more quickly
than a straight edged knife
- Paramedic rescue knife (has an edge and a little bolt which enables it to
be opened with one hand)
- Sharpening device
o Trauma shears and pouch (20 times more useful than any knife I've ever had.)
- The knife is very concealable as the pouch appears only to hold the shears
o Leatherman Pocket Multi-Tool
o A cold chisel
o Bolt cutter
o Guns
- .22 long rifle semi-auto handgun is nice for small game hunting,
shooting feral dogs (practice!), and for self-defense (practice!)
- Larger caliber handgun, primarily useful for self-defense only
- "High-powered" rifle, in semi-auto or bolt action
- 12 guage pump action, or semi-auto, shotgun
- ammo, ammo, ammo and more ammo

* Sterile eye wash
* Any long-term medications for family or pets (make sure they are current)
* Large cold packs (disposable) - Kwik-Cold is the best brand I've used.
* 1 space blanket
* Bandages - store in Zip Lock bags
- 2 4-inch wide roller bandages (Bulk non-sterile)
- Not all roller bandages are conforming, or stretch( plain gauze won't
adhere well)
- J&J SOF, and the Kendall Conform are the best, both are sold at Med Choice
- Can pour Betadine on the dressing before applying it (they do this in ER's)
- 2 4-inch wide Kerlix rolls (bulky roller bandages)
- 6 4X4 12 ply gauze dressings
- 1 Blood Stopper (a VERY multi-use telfa compress dressing)
- 1 multi-trauma dressing (10X30 heavy duty dressing)
- Several packages of vasoline gauze (for sealing sucking chest wounds)
- Adaptic dressings (fine mesh dressings for burns and abbrasions)
- 2 triangular bandages
- Bandaids in there somewhere I think, (not real important)
* Betadine
* Hydrogen peroxide
* Hibicleanse anticeptic soap
* Safety pins
* Pad and pen
o Squirt bulbs (for irrigating wounds)
o 1 unit instant glucose
o Air splints or 1 wire splint (just in case I can't find cardboard)
o Large selection of antibiotics and pain killers (check expiration dates)
o Scalpels, suture kits, and other items to perform minor surgery
o Stethoscope
o BP cuff
- Pediatric cuff (sized BP cuff for kids and little old women)
o Latex exam gloves (several pairs, disposable)
o CPR rescue mask (a mask you place on a victim to perform rescue breathing)
o Tape (I hardly ever use tape)
o Steri Strips or butterfly closures
- Large open wounds are only to be covered with a sterile dressing and left
to heal/close by themselves. This way, drainage takes place as the dress-
ing is replaced daily.
o Book called "Emergency War Surgery" that outlines the steps to perform
appendectomies, amputations, etc.
o Backpack to carry it all in
o 1 set of 5 oral airways (see explanation below)
- Airways are meant to be used primarily in conjunction with ventilation
equipment, resue masks, bag valve masks etc. If used improperly, or with
the wrong size, a patient's airway could be blocked. This especially can
happen if they're not inserted using the correct technique.
o 1 oxygen euipment tubing (connect my mask to supplimental O2,VERY important)
o Surgical scrub brushes (Med Choice has) packaged in betadine or hebicleanse
o Trauma Shears (actually, I carry those on my belt)
o 'Extractor' venom pump kit
o Book called "Emergency War Surgery" that outlines the steps to perform
appendectomies, amputations, etc.
o Fanny pack to carry it all in

10 4x4 Dressings*
3 Kling gauze rolls*
1 8x10 surgipad
1 roll wet proof adhesive tape
10 band aids assorted sizes
1 scissors
10 antiseptic wipes*
1 sterile water
1 pocket mask*
1 large trauma dressing
1 instant glucose
1 burn sheet
2 kerlix rolls
2 triangle bandages*
1 rescue or space blanket
1 roll hypo allegenic tape
1 tweezers
1 kwick cold
2 eye patches
2 pair sterile latex gloves
2 erg or gatoade packs
1 pen light
pen and paper
1 syrup of ipecac


o Sturdy, decorative footlocker or chest (keep it near the front door or patio)
- Keep it filled with as much of the above-mentioned stuff as you can
- Water and food being the most important considerations
o Rubbermaid Rough-Neck Totes - food in one tote, blankets in another, etc.
o Enclosed utility trailer - ready to go should I have to leave the area
- Compartments for food storage
- One large area for bulkier items such as my generator
- 5 gallon water jugs
- 2 5-gallon gas cans on the front
- 12 VDC battery that can be charged from the vehicle
- Fold down shelf on one side for setting up a propane stove for cooking
- Ham antennas and lights
- 1000 lb capacity - built small chassis available from Sears or auto stores

* Food
* Water
* Flashlight
* First Aid kit
* Clothes
* Money (at least $100. in small bills)
* Whistle or Police-shrieker
* CURRENT pictures of family members (incl pets)
* Documents like house deed, insurance, etc.
o A game or two & books

* Keep gas tank full (refill at 3/4 tank)
* 2 gallons water
* High energy protein bars
- Keep the food out of direct sunlight, so it lasts longer.
* First aid kit
* Fire extinguisher - CO2
* Metalic blankets
* Flashlight/siren/radio combination
* Sun logo emergency kit, in the SunWear catalogue
* Swiss-army knife, or better yet a good folding blade knife with a 3-4" blade
* A big knife
* Maps of the area
* Couple of MRE's (MEALS, ready to eat)
* Small backpack to carry it all in
* 4-5 D-cell Maglite with krypton bulb or 2 AA cells mini-maglite
- Extra bulbs
* Road flares
* Sealable plastic bags
* Critical medication
* Tissues
* Pre-moistened towelettes
* Tools - screwdriver, pliers, wire, knife
* Spare Clothing
- Poncho
- Warm, all weather jacket (A mil-surplus field jacket is great because it's
windproof, has 4 big pockets, a built-in hood, removable insulating liner)
- Long sleeve wool sweater
- Warm pants
- Warm shoes
- Rugged gloves (cheap mil-surplus leather gloves and removeable wool liners
are great. For upscale folks, a set of deerskin black leather gloves with
wool liners from Eddie Bauers.)
- The nice thing about military clothes and stuff is a) it's rugged and b)
it often is inter-designed to work with other components (Ex: the M-65
field jacket has fold out wrist liners to be cinched down by the military
- Knit wool cap
* Money (small bills/change)
* Toilet paper
* Tissues
* Tampons or pads (useful for first aid, also)
* A few large black plastic bags (environmentally incorrect, but very useful)
* Vitamins (at least C since fresh food may be scarce for a while)
* Spare glasses (if you wear them)
* Gas siphon - or short rubber hose
o Tow chains, tire chains (4)
o Tent
o Shovel
o Chemical lights (Cyalume)
o Walkman/batteries

* Don't rely on hot water heater for a source of water
- Check immediately if the water main has broken
- Listen to see if you can hear water leaving the water tank
- Close main off to preserve the water in the HW tank
- Shut-off valve on the tank
* Evaluate home and work-area for their strengths and weaknesses in the event
of an emergency---ie, where are the safest--and not-so-safe--places, know
where the exits are, the location of first aid equipment, best place/s to
store equipment, etc....

* Knowledge of how to use the equiment you own
* Get a good Survival Guide
* Backpacking books
* Firearms training

* Plan how to contact spouses, SOs, children, pets, etc.
o Handheld transmitter (i.e. "walkie talkie")
o CB radio
o Battery operated TV
o Ham radio
o Get involved with a community neighborhood preparedness
- Contact the Red Cross disaster services at 408/292-6242
- Start by inviting your neighbors over some evening. Tell them that you
are concerned about Earthquake Preparedness and would like to discuss how.
Have some brochures or handouts for them.

o Major factor in surviving is trying to return to as close a normal life
- Eating things you would normally eat
- Assigning chores to those who could handle tasks

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Big Game Is Today.

Millions of people will be in front of the boob-tube today watching the Big Game. All of them will have a large amount of food and drink, some of the drinks will be a alcoholic beverage. I know less than 1-2% of the people have food for more than two weeks in there home, but will go out of there way to set up a great meal for the big game. Pizza, chili, soup, sandwiches and plenty of chips and dip. But if you sit down with that same person to talk to them about a food prep plan they will look at you like you are a crazy person. They all live for the day and never think of tomorrow, but let me tell you tomorrow will come and the tomorrow we have before us is filled with doom and gloom. The collapse is very near and time is short. So today when you are watching the game and eating your bounty of food just remember that as every day goes by we draw closer to hard times, as if hard times are not here already, but believe me times will get much, much worse. Now is the time to store food, because tomorrow will be to late.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Time Is Getting Short!!!

It looks like our time is running out to get ready. I see things in the news that makes me think the collapse is near. So as many of my friends have said in there blogs you need to top off your preps ASAP. Go out and get as many of the items on your list as you can get. Today I plan to shop at three stores to top off my preps and step up my readiness. I plan to buy more bottled water and more dry goods, and if all goes well today I will be in overdrive tonight with my food saver. I need to do a recheck of my preps this weekend to see where I have holes. The recheck of your preps is very important part of your survivability. When the collapse hits the preps you have my be all you have for some time to come, so if you check and recheck your list of items and find the holes that you have before the day of the collapse this way you can fix problems before the event day. I see the day of collapse being the craziest day this country will ever see. The walking dead will run for anything they can get. The stores will get wiped out in a very short time. So I don't see the last second run to the store for most of us, but I do think some of us will see the collapse well before the walking dead and make that last run to the store. I keep a small amount of cash with me at all times to have just in case I'm out and about when TSHTF so I can grab the last second stuff. But I must tell you I will not be out in that mess for long. I will get myself home and set my plan into motion. My friends I tell you this with a strong feeling, GET READY ASAP!!!! I know this country is on it's last leg and is very near a collapse.
Stand ready and fight for what is yours. And as Michael Boone ends all his post at his blog, Stay alive. His blog is at this is a great blog and he has very good info.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Bankruptcy of the United States is Now Certain

Porter Stansberry
Thursday, February 4th, 2010

It’s one of those numbers that’s so unbelievable you have to actually think about it for a while… Within the next 12 months, the U.S. Treasury will have to refinance $2 trillion in short-term debt. And that’s not counting any additional deficit spending, which is estimated to be around $1.5 trillion. Put the two numbers together. Then ask yourself, how in the world can the Treasury borrow $3.5 trillion in only one year? That’s an amount equal to nearly 30% of our entire GDP. And we’re the world’s biggest economy. Where will the money come from?

How did we end up with so much short-term debt? Like most entities that have far too much debt – whether subprime borrowers, GM, Fannie, or GE –
the U.S. Treasury has tried to minimize its interest burden by borrowing for short durations and then “rolling over” the loans when they come due. As they say on Wall Street, “a rolling debt collects no moss.” What they mean is, as long as you can extend the debt, you have no problem. Unfortunately, that leads folks to take on ever greater amounts of debt… at ever shorter durations… at ever lower interest rates. Sooner or later, the creditors wake up and ask themselves: What are the chances I will ever actually be repaid? And that’s when the trouble starts. Interest rates go up dramatically.

Funding costs soar. The party is over. Bankruptcy is next.

When governments go bankrupt it’s called “a default.” Currency speculators figured out how to accurately predict when a country would default. Two well-known economists – Alan Greenspan and Pablo Guidotti – published the secret formula in a 1999 academic paper. That’s why the formula is called the Greenspan-Guidotti rule. The rule states: To avoid a default, countries should maintain hard currency reserves equal to at least 100% of their short-term foreign debt maturities. The world’s largest money management firm, PIMCO, explains the rule this way: “The minimum benchmark of reserves equal to at least 100% of short-term external debt is known as the Greenspan-Guidotti rule. Greenspan-Guidotti is perhaps the single concept of reserve adequacy that has the most adherents and empirical support.”

The principle behind the rule is simple. If you can’t pay off all of your foreign debts in the next 12 months, you’re a terrible credit risk. Speculators are going to target your bonds and your currency, making it impossible to refinance your debts. A default is assured.

So how does America rank on the Greenspan-Guidotti scale? It’s a guaranteed default. The U.S. holds gold, oil, and foreign currency in reserve. The U.S. has 8,133.5 metric tonnes of gold (it is the world’s largest holder). That’s 16,267,000 pounds. At current dollar values, it’s worth around $300 billion. The U.S. strategic petroleum reserve shows a current total position of 725 million barrels. At current dollar prices, that’s roughly $58 billion worth of oil. And according to the IMF, the U.S. has $136 billion in foreign currency reserves. So altogether… that’s around $500 billion of reserves. Our short-term foreign debts are far bigger.

According to the U.S. Treasury, $2 trillion worth of debt will mature in the next 12 months. So looking only at short-term debt, we know the Treasury will have to finance at least $2 trillion worth of maturing debt in the next 12 months. That might not cause a crisis if we were still funding our national debt internally. But since 1985, we’ve been a net debtor to the world. Today, foreigners own 44% of all our debts, which means we owe foreign creditors at least $880 billion in the next 12 months – an amount far larger than our reserves.

Keep in mind, this only covers our existing debts. The Office of Management and Budget is predicting a $1.5 trillion budget deficit over the next year. That puts our total funding requirements on the order of $3.5 trillion over the next 12 months.

So… where will the money come from? Total domestic savings in the U.S. are only around $600 billion annually. Even if we all put every penny of our savings into U.S. Treasury debt, we’re still going to come up nearly $3 trillion short. That’s an annual funding requirement equal to roughly 40% of GDP. Where is the money going to come from? From our foreign creditors? Not according to Greenspan-Guidotti. And not according to the Indian or the Russian central bank, which have stopped buying Treasury bills and begun to buy enormous amounts of gold. The Indians bought 200 metric tonnes this month. Sources in Russia say the central bank there will double its gold reserves.

So where will the money come from? The printing press. The Federal Reserve has already monetized nearly $2 trillion worth of Treasury debt and mortgage debt. This weakens the value of the dollar and devalues our existing Treasury bonds. Sooner or later, our creditors will face a stark choice: Hold our bonds and continue to see the value diminish slowly, or try to escape to gold and see the value of their U.S. bonds plummet.

One thing they’re not going to do is buy more of our debt. Which central banks will abandon the dollar next? Brazil, Korea, and Chile. These are the three largest central banks that own the least amount of gold. None own even 1% of their total reserves in gold.

I examined these issues in much greater detail in the most recent issue of my newsletter, Porter Stansberry’s Investment Advisory, which we published last Friday. Coincidentally, the New York Times repeated our warnings – nearly word for word – in its paper today. (They didn’t mention Greenspan-Guidotti, however… It’s a real secret of international speculators.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Proper Food Storage

How important is proper food storage? It can
help you:
Preserve food quality, including nutrients,
flavor and texture;
Make the most of your food dollar by preventing
Prevent food-borne illness caused by harmful
To store food properly, you need to know not
only how to store foods, but also how long they
will be safe and of high quality.
The quality of fresh meat or produce when it
is acquired greatly affects how long it can be
stored without spoilage or loss of quality. The
storage times in this publication assume that
foods are fresh and desirable when acquired. Remember
that stored foods are never fresher than
when first put into storage.
When grocery shopping, choose perishable
items last, go straight home and store them properly
in the refrigerator or freezer.
A good policy to follow is “first in, first out,”
meaning that you rotate items so that you use
the older items first. Also, buy foods in reasonable
amounts so that you can use them while
they are still of good quality. Excess food may
become waste.

Pantry storage conditions should be dry, cool
and dark. Ideally, the temperature in the pantry
should be 50 to 70 °F. Higher temperatures
speed up deterioration. Always store foods in the
coolest cabinets away from the range, oven, water
heater, dishwasher or any hot pipes. For example,
the area under the sink is not a good place
to store potatoes or onions.
Although many staples and pantry items have
a long shelf life and may be advertised at special
prices, buy only what you expect to use within
the recommended storage times.
To prevent foods from deteriorating in the
pantry, store them in metal, glass or plastic containers.
Keep these containers, as well as commercially
canned foods, clean and free of dust,
which can drop into them when opened. Treat
storage areas for pests and clean the pantry periodically
to remove food particles.

Storing Home Canned Foods
Testing Jar Seals
After cooling jars for 12 to 24 hours, remove the screw bands and test seals with one of the following options:
Option 1: Press the middle of the lid with a finger or thumb. If the lid springs up when you release your finger, the lid is unsealed.
Option 2: Tap the lid with the bottom of a teaspoon. If it makes a dull sound, the lid is not sealed. If food is in contact with the underside of the lid, it will also cause a dull sound. If the jar is sealed correctly, it will make a ringing, high-pitched sound.
Option 3: Hold the jar at eye level and look across the lid. The lid should be concave (curved down slightly in the center). If center of the lid is either flat or bulging, it may not be sealed.
Reprocessing Unsealed Jars
If a lid fails to seal on a jar, remove the lid and check the jar-sealing surface for tiny nicks. If necessary, change the jar, add a new, properly prepared lid, and reprocess within 24 hours using the same processing time. Headspace in unsealed jars may be adjusted to 1½ inches and jars could be frozen instead of reprocessed. Foods in single unsealed jars could be stored in the refrigerator and consumed within several days.

Storing Canned Foods
If lids are tightly vacuum sealed on cooled jars, remove screw bands, wash the lid and jar to remove food residue; then rinse and dry jars. Label and date the jars and store them in a clean, cool, dark, dry place. For best quality, store between 50 and 70 °F. Can no more food than you will use within a year.
Do not store jars above 95° F or near hot pipes, a range, a furnace, in an uninsulated attic, or in direct sunlight. Under these conditions, food will lose quality in a few weeks or months and may spoil. Dampness may corrode metal lids, break seals, and allow recontamination and spoilage.
Accidental freezing of canned foods will not cause spoilage unless jars become unsealed and recontaminated. However, freezing and thawing may soften food. If jars must be stored where they may freeze, wrap them in newspapers, place them in heavy cartons, and cover with more newspapers and blankets.
Identifying and Handling Spoiled Canned Food
Do not taste food from a jar with an unsealed lid or food that shows signs of spoilage.
You can more easily detect some types of spoilage in jars stored without screw bands. Growth of spoilage bacteria and yeast produces gas which pressurizes the food, swells lids, and breaks jar seals. As each stored jar is selected for use, examine its lid for tightness and vacuum. Lids with concave centers have good seals.
Next, while holding the jar upright at eye level, rotate the jar and examine its outside surface for streaks of dried food originating at the top of the jar. Look at the contents for rising air bubbles and unnatural color.
While opening the jar, smell for unnatural odors and look for spurting liquid and cotton like mold growth (white, blue, black, or green) on the top food surface and underside of lid.
Spoiled low-acid foods, including tomatoes, may exhibit different kinds of spoilage evidence or very little evidence. Therefore, all suspect containers of spoiled low-acid foods, including tomatoes, should be treated as having produced botulinum toxin and handled carefully in one of two ways:
If the swollen metal cans or suspect glass jars are still sealed, place them in a heavy garbage bag. Close and place the bag in a regular trash container or bury it in a nearby landfill.
If the suspect cans or glass jars are unsealed, open, or leaking, they should be detoxified before disposal.
Detoxification process: Carefully place the suspect containers and lids on their sides in an 8-quart volume or larger stock pot, pan, or boiling-water canner. Wash your hands thoroughly. Carefully add water to the pot. The water should completely cover the containers with a minimum of a 1-inch level above the containers. Avoid splashing the water. Place a lid on the pot and heat the water to boiling. Boil 30 minutes to ensure detoxifying the food and all container components. Cool and discard the containers, their lids, and food in the trash or bury in soil.
Thoroughly scrub all counters, containers, and equipment including can opener, clothing, and hands that may have contacted the food or containers. Discard any sponges or wash cloths that may have been used in the cleanup. Place them in a plastic bag and discard in the trash.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Who Can Or Will You Trust?

After TSHTF who can you trust? Or who will you trust? I know you may think you know everything about Tom down the street. He is a great guy, and will help anybody that needs help any time they need help. But do you really know him? If he is not a prepper and has no food for his kids how will he act toward you and your family. Will you share your food, or will you turn him away? And if you turn him away and he knows you have food how do you think he will act? How would you act if you knew someone had food and would not share it with you?
Just remember that the nicest person you know will turn on you in a heartbeat to feed there family. Your best friend will crawl over your dead body to get to your food stores. I have friends that I can trust with my life, but would never trust them with the information about my food stores. Tell very few about you food, water, medical supplies and you guns and ammo. Some things are better left unknown to even your best friend. I do have two friends that I share my info with, but only because I know they prep and I have seen there storage. I care for them and would do anything for them. But I have made it very clear that my preps are mine and I will fight to keep them. If one of the two of them lost there food I would help them because I know they have done as much as they can to store away food. But I would never put my family at risk and would never cut myself short.
When you make your plans to survive make sure you figure in that 10-20% of extra food for the just in case need.
When TSHTF trust will almost never be seen. So make sure you put your trust into the right people, because your life and the lives of your family will depend on it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Can You See It?

I can see it coming. I see the collapse coming and coming soon. The dollar is getting worse and the cost of food is going up. The housing problem is getting worse, when more and more people are losing there homes, and I'm sure it will only get even worse. I know the collapse is coming and when it hits it will hit like a ton of bricks. I hear the the Office Of Home Land Security has said that we should expect a attack within the next 3-6 months. Which means that they have something planed, I would bet all the money I have that it will be something to start this whole thing. The trigger to TSHTF will be a false flaged event started by our very own government. It will be an attack that will force the Obama to place us all under Martial law and that is when the fun will start. The gun grab will begin and the FEMA camps will be in full swing. I see the evil of this NWO now and only think of the evil it will have then. My friends you need stand ready and have the needed plans for survival. Because when TSHTF it will be to late to pull a plan out of thin air you need to be ready now.

The top ten items you need to cover in your plan.
1. Food and water
2. A way to cook food and heat water
3. A way to filter water
4. Shelter, a house, tent, cave or some other place to keep warm and dry
5. Bug out plan, a way to travel and a way to move your storage items
6. Security, a plan to protect your retreat and the people with you
7. Communication, a radio or shortwave radio to hear info from the outside
8. Power, generator or solar power and a way to keep it up and running
9. Heat, wood for fires and for light and even for cooking
10. Guns and Ammo, you must have them both and know how to use them. And when you think you have just the right amount of ammo stocked away double it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Seven common mistakes people make when storing food

If you are going to store food, make sure that the food you store is adequate for the need you and your family anticipate. This may not be as easy as to achieve as many people think, because the facts are that most people make serious errors when storing food—errors that will come back to haunt them when the food they’ve stored is the only thing that stands between them and their empty, dissatisfied, bellies.

There are seven common mistakes people make when storing food. They are:

1. Variety Most people don’t have enough variety in their storage. 95% of the people I’ve worked with have only stored four basic items: wheat, milk, honey, and salt. Statistics show most of us won’t survive on such a diet for several reasons. a) Many people are allergic to wheat and may not be aware of it until they are eating it meal after meal. b) Wheat is too harsh for young children. They can tolerate it in small amounts but not as their main staple. c) We get tired of eating the same foods over and over and many times prefer to not eat, than to sample that particular food again. This is called appetite fatigue. Young children and older people are particularly susceptible to it. Store less wheat than is generally suggested and put the difference into a variety of other grains, particularly ones your family likes to eat. Also store a variety of beans, as this will add color, texture, and flavor. Variety is the key to a successful storage program. It is essential that you store flavorings such as tomato, bouillon, cheese, and onion. Also, include a good supply of the spices you like to cook with. These flavorings and spices allow you to do many creative things with your grains and beans. Without them you are severely limited. One of the best suggestions I can give you is buy a good food storage cookbook, go through it, and see what your family would really eat. Notice the ingredients as you do it. This will help you more than anything else to know what items to store.

2. Extended staples Never put all your eggs in one basket. Store dehydrated and/or freeze dried foods as well as home canned and “store bought” canned goods. Make sure you add cooking oil, shortening, baking powder, soda, yeast, and powdered eggs. You can’t cook even the most basic recipes without these items.

3. VitaminsVitamins are important, especially if you have children, since children do not store body reserves of nutrients as adults do. A good quality multi-vitamin and vitamin C are the most vital. Others might be added as your budget permits.

4. Quick and easy and “psychological foods”Quick and easy foods help you through times when you are psychologically or physically unable to prepare your basic storage items. “No cook” foods such as freeze-dried are wonderful since they require little preparation, MREs (Meal Ready to Eat), such as many preparedness outlets carry, canned goods, etc. are also very good. “Psychological foods” are the goodies—Jello, pudding, candy, etc.—you should add to your storage. These may sound frivolous, but through the years I've talked with many people who have lived entirely on their storage for extended periods of time. Nearly all of them say these were the most helpful items in their storage to “normalize” their situations and make it more bearable. These are especially important if you have children.

5. Balance Time and time again I’ve seen families buy all of their wheat, then buy all of another item and so on. Don’t do that. It’s important to keep well-balanced as you build your storage. Buy several items, rather than a large quantity of one item. If something happens and you have to live on your present storage, you’ll fare much better having a one month supply of a variety of items than a year’s supply of two or three items.

6. Containers Always store your bulk foods in food storage containers. I have seen literally tons and tons of food thrown away because they were left in sacks, where they became highly susceptible to moisture, insects, and rodents. If you are using plastic buckets make sure they are lined with a food grade plastic liner available from companies that carry packaging supplies. Never use trash can liners as these are treated with pesticides. Don’t stack them too high. In an earthquake they may topple, the lids pop open, or they may crack. A better container is the #10 tin can which most preparedness companies use when they package their foods.

7. Use your storageIn all the years I’ve worked with preparedness one of the biggest problems I’ve seen is people storing food and not knowing what to do with it. It’s vital that you and your family become familiar with the things you are storing. You need to know how to prepare these foods. This is not something you want to have to learn under stress. Your family needs to be used to eating these foods. A stressful period is not a good time to totally change your diet. Get a good food storage cookbook and learn to use these foods! It’s better to find out the mistakes you’ll make now while there’s still time to make corrections.
It’s easy to take basic food storage and add the essentials that make it tasty, and it needs to be done. As I did the research for my cookbook, Cooking with Home Storage, I wanted to include recipes that gave help to families no matter what they had stored. As I put the material together it was fascinating to discover what the pioneers ate compared to the types of things we store. If you have stored only the basics, there’s very little you can do with it. By adding even just a few things, it greatly increases your options, and the prospect of your family surviving on it. As I studied how the pioneers lived and ate, my whole feeling for food storage changed. I realized our storage is what most of the world has always lived on. If it’s put together the right way we are returning to good basic food with a few goodies thrown in.

by Vicki Tate