Category Archives: Self sufficiency

You’re Right to Fear Government Interference During Emergencies

Government During EmergenciesI’ve been watching the recent flooding in Louisiana and the response to those in need. Churches in my area have loaded up trucks and trailers and have coordinated with Louisiana churches to provide assistance. No requirement of church membership, proof of tithing, approval of lifestyle, racial quotas — none of that. It’s just, “You need some diapers for your baby? Here they are.”

That’s how charity is supposed to work. You learn about someone in need and then you find a way to meet that need. The founder of Salvation Army knew this and founded the organization on those principles. You can read his fascinating life story in this book.…

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10 Last Minute Things to Do Before TEOTWAWKI

Last Minute TEOTWAWKI (1)If you are watching the news and following events you know that the country could be in major crisis with very little notice. The average citizen in Venezuela had little time to prepare for the collapse of their economy, and the author of this book lived through Argentina’s multiple collapses and can give you tips for preparing and surviving.

An economic collapse, an EMP, war — these worst case scenarios are part of the reason we all prep, so that we can handle the unexpected. But suppose you have a few hours notice? What are the 10 last minute things that are most important?…

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9 Reasons Why Preppers Should Join their Volunteer Fire Department

Preppers Join Volunteer Fire DepartmentIf you are a prepper who lives in a smaller community, you should join your Volunteer Fire Department. This morning I was watching the news on the large wildfire that is currently burning in Southern California. It has already destroyed over 51 square miles and forced over 20,000 people from their homes as of the date of this article.

Now, this seems like a large fire, and it is, but I believe that after TEOTWAWKI, wildfires could be much larger and more frequent. The other day I had a discussion with some other retired wildland firefighters on this subject. We agreed that without any proper fire suppression efforts, a fire that started in the spring, say early June, could burn until October or November.…

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14 Things to Consider If You Choose to Bug In When SHTF

Bug In When SHTF (1)I believe that for many of us sheltering in place, or bugging, in will be the best choice if everything hits the fan, such as a major pandemic as depicted in this book. The only way I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than to leave. Becoming a refugee isn’t an attractive option.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B for leaving, but if possible, I plan on bugging in. I know this area well, I have family and friends close by that will help, and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.…

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Don’t Panic, Preparedness is a Process

preparednessMy wife and I were talking this morning about how some of the people we know react to events.  They put preparedness on the back burner until something happens, then they panic.  They end up spending money that they don’t have, borrowing or putting preps on charge cards.  Now it is better than doing nothing.  But it is not the best way to go.

Preparedness is a process that should be ongoing.  It should be part of your monthly expenses the same as a house payment or utility bill.  Budget a set amount to buy preps with on a regular basis. …

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Get Inexpensive Preps by Going to Yard Sales

yard sales

My new water tank

I love this time of the year, its spring and the yard sales are starting.  Every year I add to my preps for pennies on the dollar.  Last week I bought a good Alice pack complete with fame and all the straps, plus a pistol belt, canteen and a small pouch for the total sum of $10.

This morning I bought a 300-gallon water tank with most of the piping to hook it up to rain gutters for $50.  A great buy, since it had only been used for fresh water at a couple of home shows. …

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Venezuela Style Martial Law, Is It Coming to the United States?

VenezuelaAlan Greenspan on Thursday May 26 told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US.  Former Reagan budget director David Stockman on Wednesday told Neil Cavuto the U.S. could be on the verge of a market economic collapse.

So that brings up the question what is happening in Venezuela.  Well for preppers this may very well prove to be a good primer of what can happen here.  They are already having food shortages, riots, chaos and looting.  I would not be surprised if within a few days the army is shooting the rioters and looters in the street. …

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Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

food crisis

Food lines, they sometimes last from 5 am until well into the evening

There are always lessons to be learned from watching what goes on in other areas during crises.  For the last several years Venezuela has been having food shortages, infrastructure problems and inflation.  While this is an oil rich country, their socialistic economic policies have pushed them into a major food crisis.

Yesterday I received some information on the current food crisis in Venezuela.  Food is in short supply and very expensive when you can get it.  Supermarkets are locked into a system that controls their sales.  They are not permitted to sell Venezuelans food 15 days since their purchase of the same product. …

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What are Realistic Expectations for TEOTWAWKI

Realistic Expectations I remember when I first started with the fire department in 1968, as we went through training we all wanted a fire to occur.  After we went to a few we discovered that while it might seem exciting to us, it could be a devastating event for the victims.  While we still enjoyed being firefighters, we began to think more about the victims and less about ourselves.  The same thing occurred later in my career as I became involved with the law enforcement side of public safety.  We didn’t always have realistic expectations.

Now today I talk to some preppers that I believe want TEOTWAWKI to happen. …

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22 Uses for Plastic Trash Bags for Preppers

  1. plastic trash bags

    Staying dry in a trash bag, I carry black in my packs

    Plastic trash bags can make good emergency rain gear. Simply tear a hole in the bottom for your head to stick out and two holes in the side for your arms.  If you have duct tape you can use it to reinforce the bags around the holes.

  2. If you have to build a lean to shelter trash bags can provide waterproofing for the roof.
  3. You can make improvised foot wear out of plastic trash bags. Step into the trash bag with your stocking feet and then put your shoes on. 
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