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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Being self sustainable is our only hope

With the impending collapse of our economy our only hope is to be self sustained.Inflation is here now in a big way and it will only be getting a lot worse.We might not "officially" see a default but with the economy in the crapper it will be a lot harder to just get the basic's.Keeping a few Chickens for eggs & meat as well as growing a little in a garden would be a good idea as these things are going up in the stores as well.And if any disasters hit all bets are off.The time is now to store food as well as thinking about alternative energy-think Solar baby because if you can't keep food-a few lights and a fan going at a minimum your pretty well screwed.Also it is definitely time to get into canning food for long term storage.That is surely the one thing I have been putting off for to long.And don't depend for the Government to help ya.Hell they don't even want anybody else to help you.(see below) Not to mention putting the pinch on you for any Damm thing they can dream up.(also see Below) Yep doing it at home that's the ticket.Get with it or be prepared to do without.........





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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Record Heat Waves

With the record heat waves and drought across the nation, the American Preppers Network hopes that you have been prepared.  Disasters of any type can and do happen anywhere, at anytime, and without warning.  We are now witnessing and will continue to witness a prime example of how one disaster can cause a chain reaction leading to other disasters.  Here are some potential disasters to be aware of as a result of the drought and heat waves.


1) Water shortages.  Water is the number 1 most important necessity to survival.  The average human can only survive 3 days without water, and even less in a heat wave.  I hope you've stored some.  If the water system shuts down or does not have enough, you could turn on the tap only to have a few drips.  If you run into a situation where there is not enough municipal water supply to your home, start looking for other sources of stored water.
  • Your hot water tank may have 30 - 50 gallons of water stored. 
  • The top supply tank to your toilette is typically clean water that you can use.
  • Your plumbing in your house could have a few gallons.  Open a higher faucet in your house as in a shower, sink, or upstairs source to relieve pressure, then open a lower outside faucet to retrieve water from your plumbing system.
Don't short change yourself on water!  Make sure you have plenty for personal consumption.  If you stop sweating, that means you are dehydrated!   

Got Water?

2) Heat.  Heat poses many risks, including but not limited to:
  • Heat Stroke.  Watch family members closely, especially the elderly, watch for slurred speech and disorientation.  When in doubt, call for help.  Time lost is brain lost.  Never leave pets or children in a vehicle, and keep them out of the direct sun.  Drink lots of water.
  • Fire.  Fires are much more common in the heat.  Things dry out and become more flammable.  Keep dry brush and trash picked up.  Do not store fuel in or around your house, and keep well ventilated in a cool area out of the sun.  Keep grass cut short, especially if your city is rationing water and not allowing watering of lawns.  Do not store any flammables in the direct sun or in your attic.  
  • Vehicle breakdowns. Avoid driving unless it's absolutely necessary, or drive at nite. Check your fluid levels and make sure your oil and coolant are topped off.  Bring extra oil and coolant with you in case you need it.  DO NOT top off your fuel tank!  Make sure your tires are property inflated and not over or under inflated.  Bring extra water with you in case you do break down.  Drive with the A/C off when going uphill.  Watch your vehicles tempature when climbing grades.  If your car starts to overheat when going uphill, pull over at a safe location to let it cool.  Check to make sure your thermostat is working before you make your trip.
3) Blackouts.   The nations grids are maxed out.  With everyone using A/C, expect rolling blackouts.  If you are in a blackout, you can wrap sleeping bags around your refrigerator or freezer to help insulate it.  To conserve power, only use what you absolutely need.  Keep lights turned off and keep your A/C set to the warmest temperature that you can safely stand.  Do you have a generator?  Be prepared to use it.  Do you have plenty of non-perishable food stored?  If there is an extended blackout, you may need it.  Stores and gas stations will be shut down in a blackout.  Do you have an emergency battery powered radio and flashlights?

4) Food Prices   Expect food prices to increase.  Especially meat.  Many ranchers are butchering all of there livestock as there is not enough food and water to care for them, this means shortages in the future.  Produce crops are drying up. Prices of corn, wheat and other grains will increase.  Even produce grown in unaffected areas may increase in price as well due to demand.  If the blackouts are too severe, stores, gas stations and truck stops may close down temporarily disrupting the supply chain and preventing food from making it to the stores.

Stay safe during this heat wave and dought.  This is a serious and potentially devastating national disaster.


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Here are some free helpful pdf files to download

Fire and Heat Waves
- ARC - Are You Ready - Fire

- ARC - Are You Ready - Heat Wave

- ARC - Are You Ready - Wildfires

- Fact Sheet: Fires

- Fact Sheet: Fire Safe

- WildFires

Water
- ARC - Food and Water in Emergency

- Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water 

- How To Make A Solar Still (Plastic Cover)

- Purification Of Water On A Small Scale 

- Simple Solar Still For The Production Of Distilled Water

- Slow Sand Filters

- Water Purification

- Water Treatment

Fire Safety 

- Fighting Fire 

- Fire Safety

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Monday, July 18, 2011

How quick things can change


Just goes to show ya how a bad situation can sprout up fast.I was at work with a hour to go on the overnight shift when at about 6am BAM!! 6 inchs of rain in 1 hour.Needless to say tshtf for my little world.4 feet of water on the street .Sandbagging the front lobby door.Pumping out the underground garage housing a bout 75 high end cars.Keeping my Engine room dry 2 floors below ground level.A real ball-buster.instead of getting off at 7am my ass was dragging out of here about 10 with waterlogged feet and soaking wet.After a hour long commute home I got a bath(more water!!) and slept like a rock. Just goes to show ya you never know when ya will get caught with ya pants down so ya gotta be prepared at all times.Well at least it wasn't a Hurricane...........prep on


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what have you done to prep?

Well Hurricane season is upon us and I am always nervous this time of year.Try as we may the garden didn't do well this year.Too hot and dry. we had about 60% of our crops do ok but hardly any tomatoes my favorite thing in the garden.I have my backup power supplies together pretty much. Serviced the gen set and I have my Battery back up ready to go with a spare inverter in a homemade Faraday cage just in case shit happens.90 watt solar panel set up ready to charge em up after the storm. Topped off the Emergency food pantry from the gradual usage to keep things rotated. Fresh gas stored with stabilizer and propane tanks topped off and stashed.One thing I want to mention is that with the rough times people are really out looking to pick up things that are easy to snatch so keep em out of sight.BE GRAY ! Anyway be vigelent and prep on................------------------------------------------
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Financial expert warns to get ready

I know this is not new but it is necessary to repeat get ready or be prepared to go to the fema camps to work and eat.........


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

U ready for a storm?

Well I have been a little down on myself about the state of my preps lately,Money has been tight,bills have been getting bigger and my food stash has been getting raided little by little.Well as luck would have it I got a sweet lil bonus check from work & will be at sams tomorrow to restock and bring my inventory back up,refill my propane tanks & buy me a new pair of shoes.I am also gonna get a additional solar panel set up so I can charge those batteries up quicker & get a smaller inverter for a spare. The season is upon us,do what you can because when they start rolling in you either have your preps or you don't.And I for one don't want to depend on uncle sugar to feed me.
prep on ...............................
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