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  • Coming To America: The Hoarding Begins: (Shortened)Collapse

    06/30/2015 5:25:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/30/15 | Mac Slavo
    It was a seemingly normal Sunday — except it was anything but normal. For many people in Athens, it was time to prepare for an approaching storm. A short walk from Plaka, a line of people waited to withdraw cash from an A.T.M., hours before the official announcement that banks would be closed starting on Monday. Some bank machines in central Athens had run out of money or were out of service, as screens blamed “technical difficulties.” Elsewhere, some people had started hoarding gasoline and groceries. “We don’t know what the new day will bring,” said Katerina Vorreadi, who was...
  • Christian Woman Prepper Podcast

    06/03/2015 12:14:08 PM PDT · by reformedcrat · 8 replies
    PrepperRecon.com ^ | 6-03-2015 | Mark Goodwin
    Katie Owen joins me today to talk about prepping with a feminine touch. She tells us why the apocalypse doesn’t have to be so depressing. http://prepperrecon.com/prepper-recon-blog/
  • The Danger That There Will Be No “Big Event”

    05/30/2015 7:21:24 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 58 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/28/15 | Paylie Roberts
    How many times do you hear preppers and liberty-minded folks make statements along the line of “When the schumer hits the fan, I will take such action,” or “After some event I will make that change,” or “If it gets to that point, then I’ll take a stand!”? These ideas are based on the premise that there will be “the big event.” The assumption among many preppers and liberty activists is that there will be a clear cut “before” and “after,” with a defining moment, event, or series of events, delineating between the two. Such events could include economic collapse,...
  • Community Comms: Jungle Telegraph Part One

    05/08/2015 7:33:26 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 23 replies
    communications tradecraft ^ | May 8, 2015 | dialtoneblog
    When an event occurs that disrupts everyday life and your trusty smart phone becomes a brick, don’t be left deaf, dumb and speechless. If you don’t think the cell phone networks are fragile then you need to think again. We have become so dependent on communication that without it, most level-headed people would lose their minds. As commo people, we need to think of ways to keep our team on the up and up. Not all of us are radio nerds so we also have to think of the “other guys”.REQUIREMENTS: You need short-range communications (around town/neighborhood) FRS is...
  • A Green Beret’s Guide to EMP: Practical Steps to Prepare for a “Lights Out” Scenario (Part 1)

    05/07/2015 4:52:56 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 101 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/7/15
    Ben, I’m doing this article for you as I promised, and I hope it will help you (and others) to make those decisions in the critical moments and days following an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) event. Although I had plenty of science courses in college, I am not a scientist. Certainly someone with a scientific background will comment on this article. Let me state this: Scientists, I welcome all comments, positive or negative, but please make them proactive. These articles are forums where the writers are “emcees” that introduce topics for discussion and present some salient points. You guys and gals...
  • Survival’s first lesson: Staying out of trouble

    05/05/2015 6:44:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 5/4/15 | Selco
    Looking for goods and usable items during the war often meant I got myself in some weird situations and scenarios. I knew lots of guys who risked their lives just to get to some destroyed places because they knew they could find some items that meant a lot for them personally but actually those items were useless in given situation around us at that time. But people often act like fools and if you find yourself in a survival situation it is the perfect time to lose your life if you act like fool.
  • 12 Survival Lessons from Ukraine

    04/19/2015 8:24:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Modren Survivlist ^ | 3/2/15 | FerFAL
    1)Artillery & infantry beats survivalist hero fantasies. Every. Single. Time. 2)Cover the basics. Food, water, shelter and medicines. 3)Don’t get involved. 4)Attitude, clothes, and gear can get you killed or arrested. 5) Learn to deal with checkpoints. 6)Guns can save you, but they can also get you killed. 7)Get a Glock 9mm and a rifle with a folding stock. 8)Passports and ID are crucial. 9)Cash is king 10)Work on your EDC 11)Open an off shore account 12)Be ready to bug out and know when to do so
  • Life in a war zone: How people in Ukraine adapt to Survive

    04/19/2015 8:14:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Modern Survivlist ^ | 4/8/15 | FerFAL
    Lets recap on some of the lessons learned: 1)Cash is still king, as it usually is. Never underestimate how useful a roll of USD can be, anywhere in the world, from New York to Ukraine. 2)Financial mobility is a great asset. Whenever possible, take the time to open an off shore bank account. This can be one of your best assets. 3)During desperate times, food becomes a priority. Stock up on food, grow your own in your garden to supplement you supplies. 4)Cash, medicine and diapers are on high demand. 5)You need your “papers” to move around. It doesn’t matter...
  • Common mistakes while bugging out

    04/17/2015 6:46:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 89 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/11/15 | Selco
    Bugging out is something that I once failed to do, because I did not even realize that it needed to be done, actually I saw what was happening but I did not „proccess“ the information in correct way, so I stay and had to go trough whole period of watching, doing, and getting hit by violence, together with being cold, hungry, sick and everything else. Because bugging out is so important and survival done right is often not getting into survival situations in the first place I stress importance of bugging out (if you are not already live in great...
  • 12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    04/14/2015 7:28:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 180 replies
    The Organic Prepper ^ | 4/11/15 | Daisy Luther
    Bad Strategy #1: “I’ll just hunt and live off the land.”Bad Strategy #2: “I’ll go into the woods and live there.”Bad Strategy #3: “I’ll bug out on foot for 73 miles through the mountains, even though I don’t regularly exercise.”Bad Strategy #4: “I don’t need a group. I’m going to go it alone.”Bad Strategy #5: “I don’t need to store food, I’ll just take everyone else’s because I’m a bad-ass.”Bad Strategy #5: “I don’t need to store food, I’ll just take everyone else’s because I’m a bad-ass.”Bad Strategy #7: “I don’t store food. I store seeds.”Bad Strategy #8: “I’ll just...
  • Weekly Preppar Ping!

    04/04/2015 2:34:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    4/4/15
    I haven't done a weekly Preppar ping in a while, but I got the following FReep Mail this week and I thought is would be good to remind you that just like your house, your preps need a regular spring 'cleaning'. So dig out your stuff check it twice! Dry rot has set in on some of the stuff that was new 10 years ago, and the device is useless until those plastic parts are replaced. Nothing critical was dry rotting. Just my toys like air-brushes, the water color dyes, the helicopter, and stuff (mainly big-boy toys) I was saving...
  • What Do You Prep For: Common Personal Disasters*

    03/18/2015 7:43:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 3/17/15 | Karl Denninger
    How many times have you seen someone who survived with nothing more than their underwear? They had no "go bag" sitting inside their sleeping area they could grab that had a few basics in it -- like some sort of lightweight but effective means of preserving body heat. Now consider that if this occurs while in a place not so-populated in the winter time you might well be in serious trouble or even die of exposure! The other place that such disasters commonly happen is in our vehicles. Do you have a small, easily-toted "get me the F out of...
  • First Trades after collapse

    03/17/2015 4:26:23 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 3/17/15 | Selco
    The items for trade during my SHTF very often changed value, and some of them became unavailable for some period of time, just to suddenly show up again much more expensive. Yes, situation in the city dictated that, but also people, the black market lords made this happen. The whole situation was always changing where and if you can find what you were looking for. Some of the items that were circulating in the city were completely new to everyone, one of the reasons was that all sorts of stuff from humanitarian aid was coming to the city through different...
  • Survival: Are We Aware Enough?

    03/10/2015 3:32:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/9/15 | S.S.
    Awareness comes in many forms. Awareness of one’s surroundings, including physical, situational, and political, is perhaps what is taught most in many survivalist courses and books. These are critical to dealing with threats, both minor and major. What is often missed in teaching awareness is how we will emotionally react to these threats. We are so lucky in 2015 in the U.S. to have relatively significant means by which to live and prosper. Compared to most countries, our ability to eat, sleep, find resources, and thrive is very easy, even for people at lower income levels. So, I ask these...
  • Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: “You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last or Run”

    02/18/2015 8:30:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/18/15 | Selco
    It looks like there is no sense and order in what ISIS folks are doing while they are terrorizing people and burning them alive, stone them to death, kill captured soldiers or simply women and kids. But spreading terror and pure fear makes lot of sense in terms of strategy, especially in already „chaotic“ times and territories where they are trying to advance. Terror is a psychological game.
  • And Now, The Truth (Measles Outbreak)

    02/14/2015 1:04:01 PM PST · by Kartographer · 90 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 2/14/15 | Karl Denninger
    Among the 110 California patients, 49 (45%) were unvaccinated; five (5%) had 1 dose of measles-containing vaccine, seven (6%) had 2 doses, one (1%) had 3 doses, 47 (43%) had unknown or undocumented vaccination status, and one (1%) had immunoglobulin G seropositivity documented, which indicates prior vaccination or measles infection at an undetermined time. Twelve of the unvaccinated patients were infants too young to be vaccinated. Among the 37 remaining vaccine-eligible patients, 28 (67%) were intentionally unvaccinated because of personal beliefs, and one was on an alternative plan for vaccination.
  • A Tactical Plan for Surviving Major Disaster in the North American Suburbs – Part 1

    02/06/2015 5:04:13 PM PST · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 2/6/15 | A.M.
    How would you survive a long-term disaster situation? I am talking about the worst case scenario– gangs of marauders, hungry people fleeing the cities, and/or soldiers storming through neighborhoods with no electricity, no grocery stores, no water, and no heat. The lead recommendation in this scenario is to bug out to a rural area. Ideally, you would own a self-sustaining property away from the population masses and get there before the chaos begins. Many people will attempt this approach. People from the urban areas will spread out toward the suburbs and ultimately to the rural areas. Those who are fleeing...
  • Be The Gray Man

    01/27/2015 5:29:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1/27/15 | by M.F.
    One of the lesser-discussed survival topics, even among preppers, is the eventual need to go out into what’s left of the world after the fan turns brown. Most preppers focus on making preparations to survive the onslaught of unforeseeable calamities that are more than likely heading our way in the near future. While none of us can say for sure what exactly will happen to bring on a survival situation, we are all pretty sure that something wicked this way comes. Even non-preppers can “feel” that something is wrong. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that the...
  • When Real Disaster Strikes: These Are The People Who Will Loot, Pillage and Kill You For Your Food

    01/27/2015 5:15:35 PM PST · by Kartographer · 68 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/27/15 | Mac Slavo
    Time and again we are reminded why it is prudent to have a back up plan just in case things go wrong. You’ve already got car insurance, house insurance, medical insurance and life insurance. But what about disaster insurance? And no, we’re not talking about a piece of paper guarantee issued by some behemoth corporation who you’re supposed to call when things go wrong. Real disaster insurance in this context refers to your own personal and familial emergency reserve supplies and strategies, to be consumed and implemented when all hell breaks loose.
  • Basic Supplies for a Winter Snow-Storm Power Outage

    01/26/2015 6:52:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Modern Survival ^ | 11/4/11 | Ken Jorgustin
    Here are a few of the basic items that you may want on-hand while in ‘survival mode’ during a winter snow-storm power outage situation. These are very minimal considerations, but they at least should provide a small amount of comfort inside your home, and will hopefully get you thinking about other items to have on hand.
  • Prepping for Prepping: Initiating the Uninitiated

    01/23/2015 5:07:36 PM PST · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1/23/15 | R.S.
    If you are like many in the prepping community (not of the lone wolf variety), then you have developed or are working to develop a network of people with similar ideology regarding SHTF or TEOTWAWKI. We’ve been taught to believe that there is strength in numbers, and OPSEC aside, I tend to agree that surviving together beats surviving alone. In that case, you will inevitably need to reach out to people to build your network, and if you’ve had more than two if these conversations, I’m sure you’ve run into someone that either thinks you’re crazy or needs a great...
  • The Benefits of Preparedness When All Is Well

    01/17/2015 3:33:54 PM PST · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1/17/15 | WLC
    What if nothing ever happens that leads to me really needing a hand-cranked wheat grinder to survive or breaking out an AR-15 to defend my home? My answer is that even though the biggest emergency I have experienced is the occasional brief power outage, my preparedness efforts have already benefited me in more ways than I can probably enumerate. One of my first efforts was putting an emergency bag in my car. Almost immediately, I found that I was using it. I would need to cut something, and there in my bag would be a knife. If I cut myself,...
  • Guest Article: Is Your First Aid Kit Complete?

    01/12/2015 6:56:32 PM PST · by Kartographer · 21 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1/12/14 | Dr. T., DMD
    Why should I focus on dental health? It may surprise some, but until the last two generations most people have needed all of their teeth extracted during their lifetime. In England few dentitions remained intact much after age 40.1 Even George Washington was toothless; it hit all social classes. The main reasons for this were lack of proper hygiene, unbalanced diet, and few ways to fix and keep teeth. Modern dentistry has provided many ways to preserve, fix, and even replace teeth, as well as maintain systems for preserving dentition. All of this is available, even in the face of...
  • Lessons on Prepping From an Afghanistan Deployment – Part 1

    01/04/2015 11:24:35 AM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 12/14 | by A.K.
    The round hit the ground right in front of him, but it seemed as though he started to pedal harder. I noticed now that he had something on his back wrapped in a blanket. When he did not stop after the warning shot was fired, that same Staff Sergeant began unloading the entire magazine of standard 9mm ball ammunition carried by NATO forces. I remember thinking, “Wow, this guy can’t hit shit” because it appeared that the man on the bike wasn’t getting hit. I expected him to be thrown from the bike with the first shot. After the first...
  • Collapse Survivor: “Try To Imagine Yourself In The Worst Moments of Your Life”

    12/16/2014 5:36:18 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Shtf Plan ^ | 12/15/14 | Selco
    There were mant accidents and stupid events, like a guy who had adrenaline rush and forgot that he needed to switch safety so he tried and tried to shoot, but nothing. At the end he beat the other man with rifle like he was holding a baseball bat and not a rifle, luckily the other guy was confused more than him so this worked. People made lots of mistakes in that time. Knowledge about weapons and knowledge about fighting was very low, so that was another reason why folks loved that rifle. Easy to handle and easy to kill. Real...
  • A Winter Car Survival Kit Will Keep You Warm in Emergency Situations

    11/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PST · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    American Preppers Network ^ | 2/2/13 | Craig Caudill
    When traveling in cold weather it is wise keep a winter survival kit in your car. The most obvious place to put this valuable kit is in your trunk, so unlike other survival kits, a car survival kit can be larger and more bulkier. The focus of a car survival kit is to help maintain your core body temperature to as close to 98.6 degrees as possible. There are a variety of ways this can be done but here is a list of items that should be in your car during the winter in cold climates. This winter kit will...
  • Video: Rally@MN state capitol urges nurses to file OSHA complaints over Ebola unpreparedness

    11/14/2014 3:41:17 PM PST · by wtd · 1 replies
    Twin Cities Daily Planet ^ | 11/14/2014 | Howard Kling
    VIDEO: Rally at Minnesota state capitol urges nurses to file OSHA complaints over Ebola unpreparednessThe Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) held a rally and candlelight vigil at the Minnesota Capitol to draw attention to the lack of uniform and adequate safety procedures for dangerous viruses like Ebola at hospitals around the state. Nurses from the Twin Cities, Bemidji and Duluth were joined by members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and others. They called on state officials to live up to their responsibility to protect front-line healthcare workers by providing mandates around equipment and training and enforcing existing laws.
  • 5 Steps: Preparing for Widespread Looting & Rioting

    11/14/2014 8:18:13 AM PST · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Ferfal.Blogspot ^ | 12/11/13 | Ferfal
    1)Have a gun. 2)Get training. 3)Organize. 4)Stock up on supplies. 5) Stay put.
  • 15 Tips For Staying Safe During Times of Civil Unrest

    11/13/2014 7:48:15 PM PST · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | Lisa Bedford(ChocChipCookie)
    It can happen completely out of the blue, but usually there a lot of very unhappy people complaining very loudly before a group reaches the point of civil unrest. The problem is, you never know what will trigger it to boil over, when it will happen, or where it will be. These 15 tips will help you stay safe, especially if you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • St. Louis Schools – Townships Warn Residents to STOCK UP

    11/13/2014 12:51:05 PM PST · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    The Gateway Pundit.com ^ | 10/13/14 | Jim Hoft
    The City of Berkeley, near Ferguson, released this statement warning residents to stock up on water, food and medicine before the verdict is announced.
  • House to hold two more Ebola hearings

    11/11/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    House Republicans have scheduled two more hearings on the U.S. response to Ebola, focusing on the health system's readiness for more cases and the development of cures and treatments. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations will host the events on Tuesday and Wednesday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden will appear at one to discuss training for U.S. health workers and other preventative measures against the virus's spread. "The threat of the Ebola outbreak is real and extends beyond its source in West Africa," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred...
  • What Does Societal Collapse and Martial Law Look Like?

    11/05/2014 4:32:16 PM PST · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11/4/14 | Dave Hodges
    America’s Level of Preparedness A brief summation of the Adelphi study reveals the following: 44 percent don’t have first-aid kits 48 percent lack emergency supplies 53 percent do not have a minimum three-day supply of nonperishable food and water at home 55 percent believe local authorities will come to their rescue if disaster strikes This means that 56% of those with first-aid kits, 52% of those with emergency supplies, and 47% of those who have more than three days worth of water, will be victimized by those who have not properly planned. Please allow me to put this into a...
  • McHenry Questions DOD on Ebola Preparedness

    10/25/2014 10:57:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/24/14 | Congressman Patrick McHenry Congressman Patrick McHenry
    Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10), the Chief Deputy Whip, questions witnesses on how prepared the Department of Defense is should a member of the American military be stricken with Ebola while in Africa.
  • Audit: DHS pandemic supplies expired

    10/25/2014 8:41:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sarah Ferris
    A new audit has found major gaps in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) preparations for viral pandemics like Ebola: many of the supplies purchased by the government are expired. Officials have spent millions to stockpile medical supplies since 2006 without knowing exactly what to buy or how they would be used, DHS Inspector General John Roth said Friday. The agency also failed to track the supplies it did purchase. “We could not determine the basis for DHS’s decisions,” Roth told a panel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as he presented the 43-page report. DHS, which is...
  • “I’ll Come To Your Place When SHTF” – No You Won’t

    10/24/2014 8:03:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 104 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/22/14 | Glen Tate
    I tried to persuade you to prepare for what’s coming and, in the process, revealed that to you that I’m preparing. You realized that I have food, guns, etc., and ended up saying, half kidding but half serious, “I’ll come to your place when SHTF.” No you won’t. I will shoot you. If you threaten me and my family, I will use force to defend against any threat. And showing up at my place hungry and unprepared is a threat to me. You will eat my food and use up my medical supplies, generator, firewood, etc. That’s less of these...
  • “If The Dow Drops Below 15,000… I Would Suggest People Start Buying Food & Ammo” (Shortened)

    10/15/2014 3:59:26 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/15/14 | Mac Slavo
    According to Ameduri, if the market breaks under the technical levels in the area of 15,000 points on the Dow Jones, we could be in for a serious crash. “Below 15,500 on the Dow and it could get ugly,” he says. “Below 15,000 and all bets are off.” BREAK “If it drops below 15,000 points I would suggest people start buying food and ammo, because this depression is about to turn nasty.”
  • Surviving Disaster---Pandemic

    10/15/2014 12:56:54 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 58 replies
    Spike Tv ^ | 12/11/09 | Cade Courtley
    The world is under attack from terrorists with deadly nerve gas and a global pandemic that kills millions. Navy SEAL Cade Courtley will show you how to escape from a gas attack, create an isolation room, and defend your house against dangerous looters.
  • A Few Thoughts on Water Storage, by N.P.

    10/13/2014 6:28:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 45 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 10/10/14 | N.P.
    I’d like to discuss a few ideas about water storage and describe what I’ve decided to do in our situation. My background, since most of this is my opinion, is that I work as the chemist (meaning I manage the water treatment systems) in a large power plant, hold the highest drinking water license possible in the state where I live, and am a degreed microbiologist. I’ve dealt with various water treatment systems for awhile. I don’t claim to know everything, but I do think that I’ve learned some things, and I hope to pass along a few ideas and...
  • Staff Article: Rotation, Rotation, Rotation! – Effective Food Storage Strategies

    10/06/2014 9:32:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 10/6/14 | L.K.O.
    Another vital aspect of an effective rotation system is knowing the shelf life of the foods you are storing. A few items, when stored properly, have such a long shelf life that they may be considered relatively exempt from the best practice of rotation (although it’s still a good idea), or at least their shelf life is measured in decades rather than years; among them, you will find such things as water (depending on the container), honey, salt, wheat berries, rice, sugar, maple syrup, corn starch, distilled white vinegar, pure vanilla extract, liquor, and wine. Here’s a list of eight...
  • Ebola Confirmed in America: Here’s What You Need To Do Right Now

    09/30/2014 7:35:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 118 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/30/14 | Daisy Luther
    What You Need Right Now Right now, before panic ensues, you need to ensure that you have everything you need to survive as though the world we know has ended. You need to be prepared to stay in your home for weeks, if not months. You need to be ready for a potential disruption of services. Best case scenario: You get these supplies, the outbreak never occurs, and you can dole them out into your regular usage or stash them with your prepper stockpile while snickering at the crazy preppers.
  • Repost: Ebola: Does It Matter?

    09/30/2014 6:02:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    FR ^ | 9/16/14 | Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones
    Despite the best efforts of the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders, Ebola is expected to rage on in West Africa for another 12-18 months, with 20,000 cases predicted. Without coordination of relief efforts, the ability to contain the disease is limited and has been labeled a “failure” to date. Countries are sending supplies and equipment in piecemeal fashion. The U.S., for example, is setting up a 25 bed hospital for its part. Unfortunately, it’s far too little to make a dent in the epidemic. It’s difficult for a person in a developed country to believe that medical systems,...
  • Single Mom Prepares

    09/30/2014 3:04:44 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/30/14 | MB
    I am a single mom with a ten year old daughter, a Christian Constitutionalist, and a prepper. I grew up very poor, both physically and emotionally. However, my grandmother gave me a tremendous spiritual foundation for which I am forever grateful. Life is about making choices– choosing to put one foot in front of the next and keep going, regardless of the circumstance; choosing to prepare for whatever comes; and choosing to trust in and follow God in all ways.
  • Communications for When SHTF, by N.M.

    09/25/2014 3:47:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/25/14 | NM
    Communications is a key element in our everyday lives. If you don’t believe me, try going a whole day with no cell phone, Internet, television, or any other means of communications (COMMS). So it stands to reason that having COMMS, when SHTF, is essential to gaining intelligence (COMINT), the safety and security of your family, keeping informed, and keeping at least one step ahead of anybody with bad intentions. Like any skill, it is essential to practice; that means practicing before SHTF, so that you have the necessary skills. While most of the communications methods discussed in this article are...
  • Covert Communications

    09/24/2014 3:58:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/23/14 | J.K.
    When it all hits the wall, one thing you should be sure of is that someone is listening to every communication you make within reception range. Many will use scanners to try and find you or your group. If they hear radio activity, especially activity on the short-range radios, they will know you are near. Some will use direction-finding antennas to get your exact location. The idea with radio comms is to use the least power and radio with the least range that will get you reliable comms. If all has gone south, you will want to use radio only...
  • Decision Making in Survival Situations: (shortened)

    09/24/2014 3:22:13 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/24/14 | Selco
    He monitored how telephone lines went out, electricity and water too. Later he was trying to „catch“ some news over his radio that he used before for football (soccer) games broadcasts. His son later told us that they ate a lot of some old jam because they had eaten everything else. And then one day he simply was forced to go out, they delayed that moment as much as they could, but when you watch your kid and wife go hungry it is very hard to just do nothing. You see those who are close to you slowly get worse...
  • Why Is Kansas Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse?

    09/24/2014 9:48:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/24/14 | Clare Foran
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants his state to be ready when zombies arrive. And to make sure Kansas takes the zombie apocalypse seriously, Brownback plans to officially declare October "Zombie Preparedness Month" during a ceremonial event Friday at the Kansas Statehouse. Zombie Preparedness Month, however, is not actually about planning a defense for viral reincarnate flesh eaters. Instead, Brownback's administration wants to capitalize on pop culture's zombie obsession to raise awareness about disaster planning and response.
  • Water scarce for thousands in Mexico's Los Cabos as new storm looms

    09/18/2014 6:18:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 9/18/14 | German Medrano
    By Thursday, 15,000 tourists had been airlifted out of the area, Mexico's Ministry of Transport and Communications said. But just as many remained trapped and bottled water was being rushed in with other emergency supplies.
  • Letter Re: What Retail Might Look Like at TEOTWAWKI

    09/17/2014 3:16:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/14 | Dave
    Another thing to point out is the amount of time it takes to get back on track following a disruption in supply. Take a blizzard that shuts down a distribution center for a day. The way things work is that shipments are coming in constantly, but they are timed so that basically only the items projected to be necessary are delivered. There are not warehouses full of every item imaginable that can just be run out to a store. Now a blizzard not only shuts down the warehouse and its delivery vehicles, but it shuts down the trucking that supplies...
  • How To Get a Family of Four Prepped–In The Quickest and Easiest Way Possible (Shortened)

    09/16/2014 3:55:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 88 replies
    The Survivalist Blog ^ | 9/10/14 | M.D. Creekmore
    This morning as I was trying to catch up on my email (I get a massive amount of email each month, last month over 3,000), I opened a great one from John W. In a nutshell John, is new to prepping and hasn’t really done anything prep-wise yet, but he has been thinking and making plans. John said that he has his home on two acres paid-off, and that he has a job and works to support his wife and two children (one 6 and the other 9 years old). He said that he knows from all of the news...
  • Selfishness and Preparedness: Why Prepare?

    09/10/2014 8:48:17 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 60 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/10/14 | Jim Roberts
    Recently, a small firestorm was ignited by Valerie Lucus-McEwen, a government Emergency Management employee, who had the temerity to accuse preparedness types of “selfishness.” While your immediate reaction may be – as mine certainly was – “Are people really and truly this thoughtless?” – this question does deserve a proper answer, particularly as those who are easily influenced by the leftist media, or who believe the state really and actually is the omniscient, omnipotent savior of our personal and corporate lives, are actually asking this question. So, let’s examine the issue: First, many preparedness types have, as part of their...