Your Car is Caught in a Flash Mob, What Do You Do?

flash mobTodays post is written by my friend, Ed, on what to do if you are caught in a flash mob or surprise protest while driving.


You are driving with your family in a rented car in a foreign country on vacation.  You make a wrong turn and find your vehicle and other cars around you swarmed by demonstrators. Car windows start being broken out and down the block you see Molotov’s being thrown.

What do you do?  If you just hit the gas and run folks over, depending on ground clearance of your vehicle you will move only a short distance before getting high centered on bodies.…

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Free Produce and How to Glean It Fresh From the Fields

free produce

Food left in the field to rot

This morning I ran across an article that states that ½ of all the produce grown in the United states is thrown away.   Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests .   This is something that I believe based on personal experience.  For the last few years we have been able to get lots of free produce.

If you ask, many farmers will let you glean their fields.  Sometime the vegetables are not perfect, being deformed, but still taste the same.  Late in the season after the main harvest there are often new vegetables and fruit appearing. …

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5 Tips on Cooking with Wet Pack Foods

wet packMany of us plan to cook with wet pack canned foods after TEOTWAWKI.  Our stocks would include canned vegetables, canned fruits and canned meats. Now using these canned foods sounds simple.  However, after watching people cook with them and doing a bit off experimenting we have found some differences. 

The first thing that most people do with canned vegetables is to pour off fthe juice, often because it tastes salty.  In an emergency, you don’t want to throw these calories away. 

1. The juice can be used for numerous purposes, including.

  • Drinking if you are short of water
  • Adding to stews for flavoring
  • Gravies
  • Soups or broths for flavoring
  • Sauces


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The Truth About Precious Metals for Survivalists

precious metalsA friend sent me this article on Precious Metals and I thought you might find it interesting.

There are a few common misconceptions associated with precious metals and how they may not be helpful to a preparedness plan for either a SHTF scenario or potential economic collapse.

  1. If I can’t eat it, drink it, or use it to defend myself, I don’t need it.
  1. I’ll just get stuck buying some worthless coins and never get anything out of them.

Although these are some generally popular perspectives, they are completely misguided and incorrect.

So how can precious metals be useful for survivalists when the economy collapses?…

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16 Reasons Why You Need Vinegar in Your Storage

vinegarVinegar is a great multi-purpose item it can be used for preserving food, as a condiment, salad dressing, medicinally, as a disinfectant and as a cleaner.  There are numerous types on the market, but for the purposes of this post, but we will only consider white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar.  White vinegar will store almost indefinitely if tightly sealed in a glass or plastic bottle with a plastic lid.  The acid it contains will destroy enamel-coated metal caps over time.  White vinegar works well for pickling and most other uses.

Apple cider vinegar is sold in two types: one is a cider flavored distilled acetic acid, the other is a true cider vinegar fermented from hard cider. …

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What to Do In an Active Sniper Shooting Like Dallas

sniperLast month I wrote two posts, Some Thoughts on What to Do in an Active Shooting situation, and 16 Things You Need to Know When Caught in a Panicky Crowd or Riot.  This morning after watching the news on the 11 police officers that were shot in Dallas by a sniper, I reviewed these posts.  I wanted to see if the information that I published would have helped anyone.  But first I want to express my condolences to the families and friends of the officers who were killed.  My prayers are with the wounded officers so that they will make a quick recovery.…

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EMP & CME Are Serious Threats

emp cme threatsThis morning I found an interesting article in today’s news that I feel we should pay attention to in planning our prepping.  US intel intercepts memo showing Iran wants to attack grid with EMP weapon… So today I decided to address the subject of EMP and CME. It has been some time since we posted any information on this subject.

As of yet I have not seen the government take an concrete action to mitigate the effects of and EMP attack or a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) event. UPDATE: The 2016 Republican platform mentions EMP as a major threat.

An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also sometimes called a transient electromagnetic disturbance, is a short burst of electromagnetic energy.…

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Storing Salt and Sugar for Preserving Food

storing salt and sugarSomething that is often forgotten in people’s preps is salt and sugar. Now, the reaction of most people when I tell them to store salt and sugar, is that these are not important items. Some even make the statement that for health reasons you should not store them. I am as health conscious as most people and try to avoid things that are bad for me. However eating sugar and salt is a better option that starvation, which can occur if you are unable to preserve your foods.

My wife and I have spent quite a bit of time learning different ways to preserve foods.…

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If You Have to Bug Out, Don’t Become a Refugee

refugee bug outThroughout history, refugees have always been a fact of life. Whether driven from their homes by weather, a natural disaster, war, persecution, or some other event that causes their homes to become more dangerous than hitting the road. In all cases, these people have come to realize they have no other choice.

In modern-day America, we’ve seen our share of refugees in such instances as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, but who knows what future events may cause you to decide your home is no longer a safe refuge. If that time ever comes, you’ll be glad you spent time thinking through your options and doing some planning for bugging out.…

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14 Thoughts on Finding the Perfect Bug Out Location

bug out location While I am not a fan of bugging out, I realize that situations can force any of us to leave our homes. Of course the perfect bug out location is to have a fully equipped home in a good area of the country. That’s just common sense, but most of us can’t afford that, so what are our options?

You can find friends or relations that you can join in an emergency. If you make prior arrangements with them and stock some supplies, you will probably be welcome. Don’t just make the mistake of showing up and expecting that they will take care of you.…

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