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Why Books Should Be Part of Your Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag is an emergency store of sufficient food, water and whatever else might be deemed necessary to survive for up to 72 hours following the occurrence of a natural disaster or major catastrophic event.
Bug out bags, also called go-bags or good bags (Get Out Of Dodge) must be portable and therefore of a reasonable weight. After the addition of water, which is almost certain to be the heaviest necessary commodity, there is not an awful lot of leeway for other items. Many survivalists lay in a stock of electronic gadgets and gizmos, believing that these will be able to carry enough information to get the party safety back to civilisation. It is unwise to place too much faith in delicate electronics which can be disabled by electro-magnetic pulses and GPS systems which rely on satellites for navigation – depending on the nature of the emergency, the satellites may not be functioning properly. Even the relatively simple matter of a vital cell-phone tower being knocked out of action could be enough to scupper a survival plan that relied entirely on a mobile signal.

Despite books being made of weighty paper and taking up a fair amount of space there are several books which certainly should be included in a bug out bag.

Atlases

To cover for the event that satnavs and mobile phones are not working after a disaster, every bug our bag should contain an up to date set of road maps and detailed atlases showing all the features of the surrounding area. Maps must be updated regularly, possibly even yearly if that is feasible. This information can be invaluable if a party is trying to navigate safely to a predetermined meeting spot, saving time-consuming detours and backtracking.

First Aid Books

A medical encyclopaedia with anatomical diagrams, information about common illnesses and their symptoms and treatments as well as information on basic medical knowledge, and step by step first aid treatment are a vital part of every bug out bag. These must be kept up to date to stay on top of the latest medical treatment processes.

How to… Survive books

People are always fascinated with the idea of being cast away on an island, lost in a desert or stranded in impenetrable jungle, and publishers have long been aware of this fact. When choosing survival books for the bug out bag be sure to choose those that deal with survival in a setting that is relevant to your particular area or terrain – desert survival is not going to be much help to someone stranded in a wintry city! Make sure that as many people as possible have read through the book, long before any disaster strikes as it is foolhardy to assume that one specific member of the family will be healthy enough to take charge, the designated first-aider may be unconscious and in need of care!

We human beings have not changed too much from our caveman ancestors on a primal level. We still have only three basic needs: shelter, food and warmth. Sure, we like our televisions and computers, but we can survive without them if necessary. Being able to cater for these three needs can ensure our survival until such time as we can return to safety or begin to rebuild our lives in a wake of a disaster.

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Benefits of Preppers Giving to Charity and Storing For Strangers

disaster_response-8348500I have heard from people and seen people commenting that being a prepper is a selfish lifestyle.  I personally don’t understand this mentality. The first thing I think about when referring to selfishness is someone who only cares about themselves and will do anything to satisfy their own desires. While there are selfish people in every parts of life I don’t feel that selfishness is the mentality of most preppers.  I feel that the real words that describe preppers are responsible and independent.

Storing More than Just for your family

I think just the independence portion of prepping actually makes preppers a benefit to society instead of a hindrance. The idea of prepping is actually very selfless in that preppers want to be able to take care of not just themselves, but also there families and in many cases friends and others who need help. So just being able to be independent frees up a prepper to do other things in an actual time of trouble.  They may be able to help the less fortunate and become leaders in a TEOTWAWKI situation instead of having to resort to unethical ways to get food and stay alive.

Should we really have more than we need?  While I am not talking about hording I am talking  about having a storage of food and resources that can be a benefit during society. Before an actual disaster we may think those people that didn’t prepare are just idiots and why should we have to support the people who did not do the responsible thing and prepare for the future.  While I understand this (and even agree to this in many scenarios)  there would probably times that being able to give to others will be very fulfilling and it would even be hard to not help.  A couple situations I can think of are a little child who by no fault of there own has no food to eat, or a person who has prepared but for some reason or another no longer has there storages (this could be because they were on a vacation when the TEOTWAWKI situation struck, or they may have even had their storages stolen and were able to escape for their life), and also having more food will be good to reward those people that have done something nice or beneficial for you or your family.

I am not saying give all of your food away or have your family go without because you are helping others.  I think we need to take care of our family so I would say first get your storage to a level that makes you feel comfortable and able to provide for your family, but if you are to that level it may be a good idea to have a little extra for those unforeseen good Samaritan opportunities.  Being able to help in a TEOTWAWKI situation may actually boost your morale, because I know when I am able to do something good for someone, during their time of trouble, I feel good about myself.

Helping others and Giving to Charity Before a TEOTWAWKI Situation

Being a Conservative Christian I have always felt that government is not the answer when it comes to helping those less fortunate.  I think we really need to be the ones to help each other.  Like I said before you should be prepared yourself and not giving everything you have away or you just become a liability when there is collapse of society, but being able to give back to others is not only uplifting, but it can also help them become more prepared.  I strongly believe that each person that is prepping is one less person that will give me a problem in a TEOTWAWKI situation.

The main thing we think about when talk about helping is giving money to a charity.  The charity that I really like and also relates directly to prepping is Convoy of Hope.  They are an organization that are a non-profit disaster relief company.  They go in after disasters and help those directly affected.  They help people get back on their feet by helping them rebuild and getting people food, water and other necessities to survive.  If you would like to give to this Christian organization just click here to Donate.

Giving donations to charities is only one of the many ways we can help each other and in the process help ourselves.  Think about some of these other options.

  • Teaching people the value of Prepping (each person preparing is on less person that will be a problem in a SHTF scenario)
  • Volunteering at an orphanage or a Group home (every child that we can help become a good citizen is a benefit and will help society)
  • Helping the elderly in your city (most of the elderly have helped us in one way or another through our lives and have helped shape us into the people we are now so why not give back to them)
  • Being a Neighborhood watch volunteer (This is a great way to meet others in your neighborhood and is a step to being a leader and being able to have some form of community and plan if we are forced into a TEOTWAWKI scenario)

I know there are many other things I have not listed that would be beneficial to help our society and minimize the problems that come with TEOTWAWKI.  Comment and let me know some other ways that we can help our communities and in the process prepare others. I think showing others that we care is the best way to show others that they should also be prepared.  Being prepared should also not be a selfish act, but a selfless act.

Firearms

The $5 Part that Saved My AR-15!

Ok so maybe this is a little bit of an exaggeration, but the part definitely helped.  So as many people know AR-15s have very tight tolerances compared to something like an AK47.  This seems to help immensely with accuracy, but it seems to make problems with jamming and requires these guns to be cleaned quite often.  My dad had a MAK90(AK47 variant) that could fire thousands of rounds with no cleaning (but also not very accurately) and no problem, but if you are to get an AR-15 just know that these require a bit more upkeep or they become temperamental.  The AR-15 I have is also by no means an expensive one.  I have the Bushmaster Carbon 15 $600 special so this may have something to do with it.

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So what was the problem I was having.  Like many people you want to find the cheapest price on ammo at least for target practice.  This was my first problem.  Steel ammo is the cheapest ammo you can get, but many AR-15s don’t seem to like to eject it very well.  This is a great article from Lucky Gunner about the differences in brass vs steel ammo that everyone that has an AR-15 needs to read.  Originally I had gotten Wolf Steel ammo and it was cheap, but I didn’t have much problem these.  I had a couple jams, but I now believe that was the junky 42 round pro mag that seem to have a problem feeding.  So I shot through about 200 or so rounds like I said no real problems.  I stupidly just put it back in the safe and didn’t clean it.  After this I had started stocking up on steel Tulammo because it was about 25 cents each.  So first mistake not cleaning the gun, second mistake getting a cheapie mag that didn’t work, and the third mistake was buying Tulammo.

The reason steel ammo can have problems in ARs is because of the metal that expands differently then brass.  It does not fully expand allowing a gap that allows powder residue to build up.  (Some also say the if it is a hot day they will be worse because of the coating that can possibly build up, but the main and only real substantiated claim that I can find is the problem I listed.)  Over time this build up will cause the gun to malfunction.  So I went to the range and the first shot with Tulammo I had the casing not eject and get stuck in the chamber.  This was a pain in the butt as I didn’t have a rod with me, but one of the range officers had one and let me use it to get the casing unstuck.  I tried to shoot one more time and the same thing.  When the casing was pounded out with the rod the lip that the extractor holds onto was sheered off.

So I stupidly chalked this up to a hot day as this is what the range officer said.  So I decided to go out another day that was much less cooler, but just went out to some cinder pits where many people shoot.  I also did a thorough cleaning before I went as I thought this must have been the problem.   I didn’t bring a rod this time either and both my dad and me had the same problem and couldn’t shoot anymore.  As this was getting quite frustrating I decided to do some research.  What I found is many of the cheap AR-15s have cheap extractor springs, who woulda thought?

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What I found is an extractor spring that can stand up to the pressure of the Steel ammo especially Tulammo.  The part is called the BCM Extractor Spring Upgrade Kit and it is only $4.95 plus $7 shipping though(they also have a 3 pack for $11.95 so that is the better deal).  All it consists of is a small spring, small O-ring and a tiny rubber extractor insert.  One of the great things about AR-15s is that they are so easy to take apart.  I was able to get this fix done quite quickly. Below is a video of the easy install and the differences in the spring (I already had it in so I will just show you how to get to it).  Just putting this little piece inside my gun has made it work a million times better.  It extracts correctly and I don’t have casings getting stuck as I did before.  Though I would still recommend getting better ammunition especially like brass Remington at least I now have the option to use some of the cheaper ammunition for target shooting.  If there is no other upgrade you get for your AR15 get the Extractor spring upgrade as it is the best bang for your buck and may help you be able to shoot cheaper ammo with less to no malfunctions.

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The Wayward Journey: Post Apocalyptic Book Review

I personally am not a big reader of fiction, but there are a few things I really like.  The Wayward Journey was one of those books that I couldn’t put down.  It is definitely one of my favorite books and I can’t wait for the 2nd one.

Think of what is happening now in Detroit with the bankruptcy they are going through, in this book most of the US is succumbing to the same demise.  With the high inflation and unemployment rates many are unable to afford the things they need, so when a natural disaster hits at this worst possible time there is really not much to do other than hunker down and defend yourself from the lawlessness and brutality that becomes everyday living.

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When John the hero is on a business trip, a couple states away from his home, the disaster strikes.  John must use all his know how, and his tenacity to get back to his family when everything around him is falling apart.  Can he get to his family to protect them from the dangers?

That is just a little bit of what this book is about.  While this book is not as technical as the books from Rawles, Patriots and Survivors, I found it much more enjoyable and easy to read.  One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was that you get the story of John who is basically at this point a survivalist trying to live on whatever he can find and attain, but you also get the story of John’s wife and their middle class neighborhood.  Because of John’s prior preparations his family is more prepared than many others in the neighborhood.

There were a few techniques that I learned, but more than anything I think this is a great example of how people can act during tough times.  There will not only be some violent people, but some of the worst will be those that are manipulative and that are only trying to gain power and control for their own terrible motives.  Being able to see through people and figure out their motives will be very important in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.

Being that the book I received was one of the first issued there were a few editing errors, but this book has gone through 2 more edits and another proofread cycle.  So if you get the new version on Amazon it should have no errors.  Any of the errors I saw were also not a problem for me enjoying the book.

So if you are looking for an interesting, fun and easy read that will be beneficial to you as a prepper, this is a book to get.  Nathan really did a great job in writing this his first book and he really knows how to leave you wanting more.  He is not stopping there he is writing the 2nd volume of the Wayward Journey which will be a definite read for me as soon as it comes out.  If you are interested in checking this book out just click on any of the pictures.

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How Our Food Storage Helps Us in Times of Typhoons

A tropical country, like the one in which I live, generally experiences more or less 20 typhoons in a year, some more devastating than others. Personally, I experience around seven typhoons in my part of the country every year, two or three of them disastrous.

If there is one thing I learned from my struggles with typhoons is that it is more important to have a full storage of food and supplies than a wad of cash or a wallet full of credit cards.

Having lived through typhoons that are bad enough to cause flooding and for us to have no electricity and running water for several days, I learned many things from each calamity that I feel more prepared when the next typhoon comes around. Obviously, the basic needs that must be met are food, water, clothing and shelter. While these things are supposed to be common sense, most still overlook them. I made the same mistake the first time I took charge of my family during a typhoon. However, I have since learned my lessons well and I would like to share some emergency food disaster preparedness and supplies storage tips so your readers will find comfort at the thought that, when disaster arises, their families are provided and cared for.

Having a well-stocked pantry is a good place to start when preparing for typhoons and other disasters. It is important to have food inside the house.  Food.  Not cash, not credit cards, but food. You see, the very first time I experienced a typhoon where I had to be in charge, I thought it was good enough to have cash at home, I thought I could just go to the nearest convenience store in order to feed myself and my son. Boy was I wrong. There was intense flooding a few blocks from my house so I could not even get out of the village to buy food. When the flood did subside, stores were closed because their inventory was mucked up by flood.  ATMs were either offline or had no cash to dispense. I was in dire straits. I learned that lesson well.

Building and maintaining a pantry of staples and other essentials do not have to be expensive or complicated. The trick is to build one’s stock over time. Personally, when I do my grocery shopping, I always buy an extra can or two of food like canned vegetables and the like. On the next errand, I would buy two extra boxes of soap. The following week, I would purchase extra batteries or toiletries, and so on. In time, the pantry will have enough food and supplies to last a week of disaster, maybe even more.

The point is to buy food that the entire family would eat. There is no point in buying canned beans if no one in the family would touch it with a ten-foot pole. Keep to the basics, the family’s staple food. Aside from food, it is also important to store drinking water. Finally, the pantry or stockroom must be at a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

I cannot stress just how vital it is to have well-stocked food storage for a family’s survival in typhoons. My son and I actually had to make do with very little food on those three days of the typhoon, flood and blackout and I never want to experience that ever again. For more tips on building and managing food storage, follow food insurance on twitter.

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Wearing Body Armor as Part of Your EDC

Your garage is home to piles and piles of food. Your home’s security is on point. All the weapons you need are safely stored. However, do you have the protection you need?

There’s no date set for when a civil collapse or doomsday will stir the nation into a chaotic mess. When such occurrences become a reality, you won’t have time or the ability to head out and gather all the missing pieces to the puzzle of security. This is something that preppers are aware of and as a result, they ensure that no time is wasted in checking all the essentials off their list. However, body armor is something that many forget. Others have thought about it but aren’t certain if such an investment is truly necessary. The fact is, body armor needs to be incorporated into your EDC. The benefits are high and the protection is insurmountable.

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Another thing that needs to be considered is what body armor needs to secure a space in your Every Day Carry. With so much out there, the decision can be quite tough. Do you need a level II, a level III, a covert or an overt vest?

When speaking of Every Day Carry, the ideal vest will be a covert bullet proof vest. There are quite a few reasons why this is true. (Warning:  Remember to check local laws to make sure it is okay to wear body armor before attempting.)

Covert body armor is lighter

If the time comes that you need added protection wherever you go, whether fleeing your home, heading to your bug out location or attempting to carry out daily activities without posing as a target to other civilians, concealable body armor is important and thus, covert gear should be opted for. Covert body armor is generally a lot lighter than overt body armor which means that the wearer is offered a greater level of flexibility and can exercise their speed without restrictions.

Covert body armor offers more comfort

Made from thinner and more breathable materials, covert vests also take comfort into consideration. This is important for Every Day Carry for multiple reasons. Firstly, a vest that is uncomfortable is one that you’ll be more reluctant to put on and thus, may opt to leave the vest behind in times where you believe, but aren’t certain, that the threats you may face are low. Another reason that comfort is important for Every Day Carry is that focus and concealbility can be attained and upheld through comfort. The need to constantly adjust your vest will redirect your focus to the vest rather than the threat at hand and through this, potential enemies may uncover that you’re wearing a vest.

Covert vests are available up to NIJ

This is a necessity when the risks that you may face involve hand guns. An NIJ level IIIa is the highest level available for covert vests. The Soft armor used in covert vests are usually level 2 and level IIIa and can also include stab and spike protection. The best aspect of a covertly worn vest is that it can usually be worn against the skin for long periods of time. (Remember covert vests do not protect against rifle rounds only pistol rounds and make sure to check what they are equipped to handle.)

Stab level II and spike Level II

In the case that stab and spike protection are needed, level II Edged Blade and Spike protection will give you maximum protection from engineered blades and protect you from high velocity stab and spike thrusts. Spike protection at level 2 are usually made up from platelets attached to the outer-side of the Kevlar.

What else should be considered when purchasing body armor?

Having determined which protective gear is best suited to your need for protection, there’s still work to be done. Sizing is just as important as the protection you decide on. In order for body armor to stay true to its promises, it needs to be given a fighting chance. This means that before body armor is purchased from suppliers, proper measurements need to be taken in order to obtain the best fit possible. Especially when covert type bullet proof vests, which are worn directly against the skin, are your option, you’ll want to be certain that the highest level of comfort as well as the utmost protection is achieved.

How should a vest fit?

Body armor should stop slightly above the navel. The reason for this is that your level of flexibility needs to be high and vests that are too long may work against you, by restricting your movement. In addition, body armor needs to protect the heart; lungs, kidneys and other vital organs and thus, a vest that is too short will also have short comings.

Male vest versus female vest

Thankfully, the perfect body armor isn’t only available to the male preppers. Female preppers can also get the protection they need through a vest that was designed specifically with their body type in mind.

So what’s your next step?

Your next step should be to know what you’re preparing for, carry out a threat assessment and get to taking measurements for your new protective gear. The end may not be tomorrow, but there’s no telling just how close it is.

Here is a great review I did of Safeguard Armor’s concealable body armor.  As you can see it can easily be concealed and could be used as part of your EDC.

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Simple Survival Tips Anytime You Are Stuck in the Wilderness

Camping, hiking and even exploring mountains and woods can be exciting and thrilling, especially if you consider yourself an avid nature lover. Whenever you are planning to take a trip to the woods or a new environment altogether, there are a few survival tips for the wilderness that can ensure you stay safe, healthy and comfortable at all times, regardless of your location and surrounding climate.

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Research Where You Plan to Visit

Any time you are planning to take a trip into nature, it’s essential to thoroughly research the area you want to visit, the climate as well as its overall environment. Having an understanding of the climate, type of insects and animals you may encounter as well as the various risks you may find is one of the best methods of preparing for a wilderness trip. Take note of the direction you are walking in any time you start on a trail to have a better understanding of where you need to go when returning home without getting lost.

Food and Water is Essential

Packing and traveling with enough food and water is essential any time you are out in the wilderness, whether you are in the woods near your home or trekking through wilderness you are not familiar with personally. Ensuring you have enough food storage and the ability to provide enough water for each person with you in the wilderness is imperative to guarantee survival. Packing extra emergency food and water is also recommended in case you find yourself lost or stranded for any reason. Having a gallon of water each day per person in your trip is ideal to stay hydrated and keep your body healthy, especially if you are walking and staying active throughout the day.

Pack Necessary Survival Gear for Weather Conditions and Environment

Packing a first aid kit, tweezers, scissors, medications and even allergy pills is necessary any time you are planning a trip into the wilderness. Whether you are camping for an evening or hiking for a week, first aid kits, bandages, rubbing alcohol, lighters, lighter fluid, rope and other materials will keep you from feeling stuck, stranded and without assistance if you find yourself lost.

Communication Devices and Methods

Packing along cell phones, disposable phones and even a CB radio is also necessary when you are heading into the woods or any form of wilderness. Having a means of communication is a way for you to send potential signals and messages to others if you are stuck, hurt or lost while you are out on your own in nature.

Avoid Panicking

It is imperative to avoid panicking when you are out in the wild, even if you believe you are lost. When you begin to panic, the body is less likely to be prepared to take on any potential threats or challenges. Stopping, taking a deep breath and rethinking your situation slowly and calmly is necessary whenever you are trapped in the wilderness or trying to survive on your own while in nature.

Getting Oriented With Your Location

Get oriented with the location you are in any time you are out in nature. Regardless of where you are in the world, it is possible to determine direction by understanding that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. If you are also able to locate the North Star once nightfall arrives, it is much easier to determine which direction you should go in based on where you began your trip.

Knowing how to ensure your safety and healthy any time you are camping, hiking or simply exploring a new area is a way for you to keep from panicking, getting lost or being left without food, shelter or water. The more research you conduct prior to taking a trip or exploring new areas of nature, the more prepared and confident you will feel navigating and discovering the land around you.

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The Benefits of Living Off Grid

The collective sprawl of societal living shapes, and molds dictates what people are as well as what they become, and it is far from far fetched that living in isolation from society would have its benefits. To completely cut oneself off from the rest of the world with a solar-powered home and a well for water in addition to everything else that is necessary for healthy isolation is to become truly independent. Even those immersed in society whom we call “independent” are actually quite dependent on the very society in which they live. A measure of dependency is relative to the levels of dependency that others have. Children raised in isolation would be bred stronger in several important ways, and one of those important ways is psychologically. One’s perspective of “self” would be different, and there would be less chance of depression. Depression typically stems from issues with outside influences whose conveyed messages seem to indicate that one is somehow of lesser value while isolation greatly decreases the number of outside influences. There is also no economic standing to reach or to be used as self-classification.

One would likely have whatever he or she needed because the only thing standing in his or her way is the will to put forth the requisite effort to obtain it. Food, for instance, is either grown, hunted, or caught; a person gets out of life what he or she puts into it rather than reaping what someone else has sewn. Most societal dwellers do not know how to farm for example, so they are dependent on someone else’s knowledge in that department; moreover, they reap what real farmers have sewn, which is not of their own effort and, thus, may not be their preference. Even the concept of “preference” is a result of societal living. Isolation yields an ability to maximize the essentials in life. The complexity of irrigation in an inner city, especially within a landlocked state, raises the price of such a simple and common commodity like water, yet isolationism requires only that one build a well for oneself, not for a community; furthermore, the cost is merely the effort that is put forth to build and maintain this well.

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A person who has lived in isolation is liable to have a different concept in his or her mind of the word “cost”. This word has a direct correlation to the concept of currency for those who dwell in today’s society, but isolationism would more likely denote the effort or even the loss necessary to gain something. This means that a person living in isolation would have a firmer grasp of what effort is worth than someone who lives in today’s society. The idea of ascribing a numeric value (currency) to a resource or a service has skewed most people’s ideas of what things in life are really worth, and it has indirectly impinged upon common self-worth.
In a more practical sense, isolationism promotes critical thinking and provides a stable availability of resources not shared with anyone else. Pollution also amounts to essentially a non-issue; isolation can only even be attained away from the sprawl of others and, thus, outside the rim of waste and air pollution from things like streetlights, hairspray, or car exhaust. In this, isolationism contributes more toward healthy living.

Although being in total isolation would not be realistic it can show some of the possibly emotional and intellectual benefits.  A more realistic situation is living off the grid but still being connected to society.  It is a great thing to be able to use all of the things that make life easier, but to also know how to live when these luxuries may not be available due to  a collapse of society or a disaster.

As I talked about previously our level of dependency is based on others so if we are able to do the things that are necessities to life we are much further ahead than most in society.  By living off grid you can sustain yourself much longer than others which in most cases will help you wait out the early and worst times of a disaster or a societal breakdown.

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The Perfect Prepper Home

wp_20130615_028-300x168-3716508I apologize to my readers that I have not gotten out an article in a while.  I have been with busy with home projects as my wife and I just bought our first home two weeks ago.  As this is right now taking most of my time I thought a post about what a prepper may want to get when buying a home.  Here are some things to consider when buying a home and how will it benefit your prepping and keeping your family safe during a TEOTWAWKI situation.

Neighborhood and Neighbors

First off while living in a poor neighborhood may be your only option with a first home, this could definitely be a problem.  In a poor neighborhood many people may be on government assistance and most are not self-sufficient.  This means that these areas are more susceptible to riots and violence not only in normal times, but even more so during TEOTWAWKI.  These areas are normally urban as well so not the best location for a prepper.  If this is where you must live you may want to have more security devices and weapons to protect yourself.

wp_20130615_006-300x168-3019945So would an off grid home with 40 acres and no neighbors be the best bet? I wouldn’t see any reason this would be worse than an urban bad neighborhood.  Having an off grid home also gives the benefit of being out of the way and possibly invisible to those who do not know it is there.  The main problem you will have here is that you are basically on your own and may have to do more work than those that have good neighbors they can trust.  For a bugout location I would definitely want off grid.  Another problem with off grid homes is most lenders will not lend so many times the home must be bought with cash.

The home we were able to buy has the benefit of having a decent neighborhood.  Each lot is 1 acre so we have some space while still having neighbors.  One of the first things I noticed was that both neighbors have chickens and gardens.  This clued me off that both of the neighbors understood self sufficiency and would be at least partially beneficial during TEOTWAWKI.  I also noticed that one of the neighbors had an archery target setup so he was probably into hunting and guns as I am.  The benefit I see with living in a rural or semi rural area with neighbors is that you can help each other as well as being able to barter goods and services.  I do believe you need to make a plan or at least talk to your neighbors about how things would go down.  Instead of having to do everything whether strengths or weaknesses the more people the more strengths you can focus on.

Storage Space

This is one of the most important things to consider.  If you are prepping in an apartment it is going to be much more difficult than if you were to have a home with a garage or spare rooms.  Just the food and water you want to keep is going to need a lot of space to be stored and most likely can’t be just stored outside because fluctuations in weather and the critters that may try to get to your supplies.  Then we have all the other necessities like toilet paper, batteries, and the many hygiene products.

So having a place to store your preps is definitely something to think about when buying a home.  A basement can be a great place to store food.  In our area there are really no basements so we have a few other places.  We will have a large pantry when we finish moving the washer and dryer to another part of the home.  We also have two other huge areas to store food the first is an enclosed carport that is now a large room.  At the moment it is really not being used. The second spot is a separate structure next to the home that is about 10 x 10 and is more of a hobby room with electricity.  Another great area to store things that are not food items are attics.  Many times attics can be easily made into great storage areas with some plywood and nails.

We also have a few other small structures.  There is on old roofed but open horse stable that works great for storing wood and keeping it from getting wet.

Self-Sufficiency

While the best type of home for this would be a totally off grid home, as there would be little change to how you live other than using your storage food and hunting for food, many people don’t live in these types of homes.  So what can we do in homes that aren’t so self sufficient.  There are quite a few things to do in homes like I have gotten.

First off in many areas you are able to have solar panels.  This not only will reduce your electric bill, but can also be wired to a battery bank to provide power in grid down scenarios.  Another way is to have a wind generator, in towns you may not be able to have them there are many rural locations that have no restrictions on them.  Having  a propane or diesel powered generator can also be a lifesaver.

The best way to get water would be from a natural spring or a well.  In the area I am in we have signed an agreement with the private water company that we will not drill a well, this is not a huge problem as it is very deep to drill a well in our area anyway.  It would cost $50 to 70k just to drill and install a well so it is not economical.  So we will be installing a water catch system from our gutters.  It will be caught in Food Grade IBC water totes which will bring a decent amount of water storage to water gardens and in case of TEOTWAWKI.  Make sure to have a water purifier on hand.  Also watch out that your area allows you to catch water, there are many places including Colorado that has all but outlawed water collection.  Water storage with water bottles, water tanks and gallon jugs is also a great idea.

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Having a fireplace or a wood stove in the home can be very beneficial.  Even if your stove does not heat the whole home during TEOTWAWKI there will be no problem with sleeping near the stove or fireplace.  The Mr. Buddy propane heaters are also great to have as many can be used indoors and can be used with bigger propane tanks with the correct hookups.  Most of the times you will have extra blankets on hand, but in hard times this can be a life saver.  Just keep extra blankets at your home for power or gas loss.

There are numerous ways to cook without electricity or natural gas.  It is good to have a propane or charcoal barbecue not only for TEOTWAWKI, but it is fun and delicious to grill your food.  There are numerous other propane stoves and cook tops you can get.  Also don’t forget the trusty solar oven they can work great and can be a lifesaver.  The one other thing to use is your wood stove.  Our home has an area for a wood stove but it had been taken out.  We were lucky enough to find a wood parlor stove that has a cook top.  Just make sure they are air tight.  The wood stove that can be used for cooking is really a kill 2 birds with one stone appliance, you will be able to heat your home and cook.  If you have enough room you can always have a bon fire outside which makes for great times and is great for cooking.

Currently we only have a Coonhound dog he is not only a companion, but a guard dog and he keeps the yard from being infested by prairie dogs.  We are also looking at getting chickens.  The great thing about chickens is many cities allow chickens in your backyard so they can be used in many areas.  You will need a chicken coop to house the chickens and keep them warm.  There is a chicken coop on our property that just needs a little love and we should be able to get it going.  There are also 3 other animals you may think about getting.  They are  goats (for the milk and cheese), pigs(for the meat) and rabbits (for the meat they also reproduce quite quickly).

Having trees and gardens are fantastic.  The best types of trees are those that produce some type of fruit.  Remember to find trees that will work in your climate zone.  Most of the trees that are sold in the nurseries in your area should be fit for your climate zone.  They not only produce fruit but will bring shade and also some privacy.  Like fruit bearing trees gardens can also produce lots of food.  An area for a green house or garden should definitely be on the top of your lists when figuring out what you want in a home.  In the area where I live it gets below 0 in the winter so having the green house to protect plants and be able to grow early will be necessary.

Working Space

wp_20130615_003-300x168-2411204By working space I mean an area where you have your tools and work benches and can make and repair things.  Most of the time this will be a garage or a shed.  A garage is probably the best way as you can also work on vehicles and there is a garage door so you will be able to have large things stored in it.  We were lucky enough to find a home with a 25 x 40 quonset hut garage with 220 power.  In TEOTWAWKI there will be much more reliance on yourself and your skills to fix and build things as there will not be a Walmart down the street.  So having an area to work will be invaluable.

HOAs

Personally I hate HOAs and that was one of the things we ruled out.  In many HOAs a lot of the self sufficiency things are banned.  So watch out and make sure you check the by laws for what you can and can’t do if you are buying a home with an HOA.  There are many varying levels of HOAs from what color you could paint your house to where your trash can must be put.  I personally was not a fan of all this ridiculous regulation.  There was one home we looked at that said there was a $70 a year HOA fee, but the only thing it was paying for was use of a horse arena, which I personally had no problem with.  So just make sure you know what you are agreeing to before you are buying a home.

There are probably a million other things that you may prefer in a prepper home, but I hope this list has gotten you thinking.  If there are other things that you couldn’t live without in your prepper home leave a comment and let me know what else you would want.

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7 Essential Items to Keep in Your Vehicle

If you’re like most car owners, chances are there’s some junk in your trunk. Time to clear it out and make space for some items that just might save your life one day. You probably think that you already have them—but then again you might not. Time to pop the lid and take a look at the 7 things you do not want to be caught in your car without.

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  • Fully charged fire extinguisher –

Unlike the seatbelt law, there is no law that says you have to keep a fire extinguisher in your car. But should your car or the car of another motorist you come upon ever catch fire, you’ll be glad you have one on board. Note that the above title reads “fully charged fire extinguisher,” which means that once you obtain your fire extinguisher it should be checked periodically to make sure it is fully charged and functional. Although most car fires are electrical, the fire extinguisher you purchase should be rated to handle all types of fires. You should also become acquainted with the proper use of a fire extinguisher, as using it incorrectly could result in a serious injury.

Sounds obvious, but a flat tire has stranded many a motorist because they neglected to make sure they had the full tire-changing setup in the trunk. A fully inflated spare tire, check. Jack, check. Lug wrench, check. Chock or block of wood to keep the car from rolling if on an incline, check. Once the complete setup is assembled your work is not yet done. You must now make sure that you and everyone who is going to drive the car has a working knowledge of how to change a flat tire. The best way to accomplish that is to give a tire-changing tutorial wherein you physically go through every step.

  • Reflective signs or road flares –

You can’t control where your car breaks down, but you can be prepared to warn other drivers of the road hazard your car has become. If you’ve ever taken a defensive driving course, you would know that road flares or reflective triangles are essential emergency items that very well could save your life and the lives of other motorists.

There’s nothing like the sinking feeling you get when you go to start your car and discover that the battery is dead. Fortunately, most motorists will be willing to give you a jumpstart. But don’t bet on them having jumper cables. It’s best to carry your own set. Make sure your cables are in good shape and that the positive and negative clamps are clearly marked and corrosion free. In addition, you’ll want to make sure you know how to use them correctly.

  • Fully functional flashlights –

Flashlights are another important item to keep in your car. Other than providing light at night, a flashlight can also come in handy when looking under the hood, under a seat, or in the trunk during the daytime. Buy a flashlight especially for your car. If you live where it rains a lot, a waterproof flashlight is a good idea. And while you’re at it, keep a set of fresh batteries on hand so you’ll have a nice bright beam when you need it.

You never know when you may need to render first- aid while on the road. Your car first-aid kit should contain the basics, such as bandages, tweezers, and antibiotic ointments. Over the counter pain medications and instant cold or heat packs could also be included. For those with medical conditions requiring prescription medications, a one-day supply should be included in the event of being stranded. Make sure to check all expiration dates to make certain all items in the kit are in date.

In the event of a road emergency that leaves you stranded for any length of time or requires exertion, such as changing a tire in extreme weather, you’ll want to keep several bottles of water in the trunk to make sure all passengers stay adequately hydrated. On that note, for those who live in areas where being stranded in inclement weather could be a real possibility—particularly during the winter—it’s best to be prepared by storing extra blankets and warm clothing.

From Global Change:  A few other things I would have is a tool kit like the one in the picture.  I have used that goodyear one in the picture for about 7 years with no problems.  I would also recommend having a hammer, crescent wrench and vise grips. I would have some beef jerky or some type of food like datrex emergency bars in your vehicle.