A Huge wildfire like the One at Fort McMurray can Affect You.

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Could you stop this? No but the cleared land may

For the last week or so, I have been watching the huge wildfire that has been occurring in Canada and has destroyed portions of the town of Fort McMurray.  For the last two or three years I have posted articles on the dangers of wildfires and on the whole feel that most people do not pay them any mind.  But I decided to do it this last time in the hopes that it may save someone’s life or home.

From the last news reports that I saw, this huge wildfire has forced the evacuation of over 80,000 people and destroyed by the latest count over 2400 homes. …

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Food Crisis in Venezuela Shows What could Happen Here

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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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Every Prepper Needs a Good Reference Library

libraryIt seems like at least once or twice a day I am on the internet looking something up.  It is a great reference source.  We have a huge amount of information at our fingertips.  Now I remember the time before the internet, you had to have books at home or go to the library.  Information was harder to get.

You used to see books in people’s homes and they read them.  Today many people no longer own more than a few books.  Why bother when all the information you could ever want is readily available on the internet.  In many areas, even the library services are being reduced.…

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Grits a Southern Food that Will be Good for hard Times

gritsI am always looking for new ways to use foods that are easy to grow and prepare.  I recently become interested in grits.  Now grits are very popular in the South, two thirds of the ones sold in the U.S are sold in the south.

The Native Americans were using grits long before the white man arrived.  Grits are small broken grains of corn.  There are basically two types  “corn” grits and “hominy” grits.

In the past, I have put up a post on making hominy, but never on corn grits.  Hominy is made from field corn that is soaked in lye water (potash water in the old days) and stirred over the next day or two until the entire shell or bran comes loose and rises to the top.  …

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So You are an Older Prepper and You Want to Stay in Shape

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If you look like this it is time to get moving.

I personally feel that part of being an older prepper is to stay in shape, both physically and mentally.  Now six mornings a week I write this blog.  Most of the time I have no idea what I intend to write about it just comes to me.  Four mornings a week, I go to the gym and work out.  I try to keep my weight down and have been fairly successful.  Weight control is 80 % diet and only 20% exercise.

I have never been partially strong, but I have always been able to walk for long distance at a good speed.  …

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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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Why Preppers Should Own Bikes and Know How to Maintain Them

The viet cong carried huge amounts of supplies on bikes

The viet cong carried huge amounts of supplies on bikes

I have had a bike sitting in a corner of my garage for some time, since I no longer ride.  It is something that I have been reluctant to get rid of because I always thought it could be useful in an emergency. Even if I couldn’t ride maybe, I could load gear on it and move it like the Viet Cong did.  It could also be traded or loaned to others.

Well a friend of mine recently needed a bike and I though he can use it.  So we got it out and tried it.…

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The Best Survival Knife for Preppers

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Now I love knives and have many different kinds, but do I know the best survival knife for you.  I don’t, I can make some suggestion, but you have to make the final choice. I see experts recommending all different types and sizes of knives, and all of them are good in some ways. However, the bottom line is that the best survival knife is the one you have with survival knifeyou when you need it.  You can own the best survival knife in the world and if it is in a drawer at home it doesn’t do you a bit of good.…

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Breeding Rabbits to Supplement Your Food Storage

breeding rabbitsI recently had a conversation about breeding rabbits for food after TEOTWAWKI.  The gentleman I was talking with was somewhat skeptical about breeding rabbits for meat, because he had heard about rabbit starvation.  Now rabbit starvation is a condition that occurs from a lack of fat.  People eating only wild rabbits and no other foods have been known to stave from the lack of fat.  Now these are wild rabbits, not the fat lazy ones you are raising.  Yours have fat inside their bodies and in their organ meat.  Plus you should be eating other foods.

Rabbits are a good source of protein for the prepper.  …

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Learn the Heimlich Maneuver, a Friend of Mine Choked To Death

This last weekend while eating at a restaurant a friend of mine choked to death.  The first thing that goes through your mind is why someone didn’t give him the Heimlich maneuver.  Actually several people tried unsuccessfully to give it.  He was a large man and his size may have made it hard to accomplish. The paramedics were unsuccessful in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Since then I have talked to several medical people about the Heimlich maneuver and have learned a lot.  First it doesn’t always work.  One friend who is a paramedic in Canada says that their procedure is to try the Heimlich 5 times, then bend the person over and strike between the shoulder blades with the palm of your hand 5 times and then repeat the Heimlich 5 more times.  …

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