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  • 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 · 57 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 · 59 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...
  • We Aren’t All Farmers, Soldiers, or Master Gardeners

    09/09/2014 4:48:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 9/9/14 | Sootgrinder
    I would like to share some of my observations, feelings, and plans for dealing with the current and future difficult times that we face. As I have read and studied the survival plans and strategies of the fine members of the SurvivalBlog community, as well as other sources, I have frequently been overwhelmed and discouraged about my ability to deal with the inevitable trouble that is barreling toward us faster every day. I read the stories of people moving to a fully-stocked and well-equipped retreat with their ex-military buddies, who are also master gardeners, trained medical personnel, and have every...
  • “Grid Jihad”: What If You Had a Week to Prep for the End of the World?

    09/04/2014 6:21:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 229 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/4/14 | Daisy Luther
    Pry provided details of recent attacks on electricity systems and said that ISIS could easily team with Mexican drug cartels to ravage America. He told Secrets, for example, that the Knights Templar drug gang blacked out the electric grid of the Mexican state of Michoacan in 2013 to provide cover for killing those fighting the drug trade. “The Knights Templars and other criminal gangs in Mexico will do anything for money, and ISIS, the richest terrorist organization in history, has hundreds of millions of dollars at its disposal,” said Pry. “ISIS could hire one of the Mexican cartels, or one...
  • Fed says Americans are hoarding cash

    09/04/2014 12:10:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    msn money ^ | 9-3-2014
    One of the great mysteries of the post-financial crisis world is why the U.S. has lacked inflation despite all the money being pumped into the economy. The St. Louis Federal Reserve thinks it has the answer: A paper the central bank branch published this week blames the low level of money movement in large part on consumers and their "willingness to hoard money."  The paper also cites the Fed's own policies as a reason for consumers' unwillingness to spend. Though American consumers might dispute the notion that inflation has been low, the indicators the Fed follows show it to be running well...
  • Authority & Stereotypes Post Collapse

    09/01/2014 3:10:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 8/25/14 | Selco
    I had friend who was cop. Actually he was police inspector (detective) when SHTF in first few weeks he simply used his badge and authority in chaos and „confiscate“ gold from people in the name of „cause“. The cause back then was to support our fight against the enemy troops who have surrounded our city. But the cause can be anything of course. At first it was story about how it is not secure to have gold inside home because bad security state in town, so it will be kept in safe in town hall. Sounds stupid maybe, but people...
  • U.S. Preps For Ebola Outbreak: Cases May Exceed 100,000 By December: “The Numbers Are Really Scary”

    09/01/2014 3:06:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 119 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/1/14 | Mac Slavo
    Vespignani has analyzed the likelihood that Ebola will spread to other countries. Using data on millions of air travelers and commuters, as well as mobility patterns based on data from censuses and mobile devices, he has built a model of the world, into which he can introduce Ebola and then run hundreds of thousands of simulations. In general, the chance of further spread beyond West Africa is small, Vespignani says, but the risk grows with the scale of the epidemic. Ghana, the United Kingdom, and the United States are among the countries most likely to have an introduced case, according...
  • Obama turns 'prepper,' warns of coming 'crisis' 'Families should assemble a disaster supplies kit'

    08/30/2014 8:58:57 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 126 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    President Obama on Friday turned prepper, with a proclamation regarding National Preparedness Month that warned emergencies, “from hurricanes and wildfires to cyber and terrorist attacks, can strike anywhere at any time.” In his proclamation, he said each household should have its own plan. “Before emergencies occur, we must make sure we are ready to respond, and it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. There are simple but important steps we can all take to ensure we know what to do and have what we need in the event of a crisis. National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to talk...
  • Collapse Scenario: Bio Warfare: Ebola as Biological Weapon?

    08/13/2014 4:03:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/13/14 | Joseph Alton, M.D. (AKA Dr. Bones
    With Ebola in the news, there are some that have pointed out the possibility that some nations may attempt to weaponize the virus. This is a concern that deserves discussion, so let’s talk about something that few consider a likely cause of a collapse scenario: biological warfare. Biological warfare is the use of infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or their by-products to wreak death and havoc among a specific population. The user’s goal is to achieve control over an area or a segment of the population by weakening the ability to resist. Biological weapons don’t necessarily have to...
  • How to deal with diseases in long term survival situations

    08/12/2014 3:59:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 8/11/14 | Selco
    They also say that there is no way of some doomsday scenario of sick person getting onto regular flight, contaminating everyone, because it spreads through body fluids only etc. All good info, but somewhere at the end of article there is one sentence that goes like this: „… so there is clearly no reason for panic…“ As I said few times before, whenever someone from government, law enforcement, or similar says „no reason for panic“ I get strong urge to buy more ammo (food, water, gas masks…). OK, I’m a burned man and had bad experience from listening to similar...
  • State of Emergency in Ohio: They can’t even boil their Water

    08/06/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 63 replies
    Surviving Argentina ^ | 8/4/14 | Ferfal
    The situation is very bad. It seems that water in the area is contaminated due to algae in the area, mostly in Lake Erie, which releases a toxin called microcystin when it decays. The algae grows best in warm, shallow waters like those of Lake Erie. It can’t be boiled, boiling only concentrates the toxin. What about filters? Even filters such as Berkey filters have their limitations. They are capable of filtering pathogens and microorganisms, but getting rid of a cyanotoxins is a different story. The way I would deal with the situation would be this: I’d drink the water...
  • Map Of Ebola Quarantine Stations: (shortened)

    08/01/2014 5:35:08 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/1/14 | Mac Slavo
    Despite concerns around the globe that the Ebola virus may continue to spread and mutate into something even more deadly, the director of the CDC attempted to assuage fears about the possibility of an outbreak on U.S. soil. “It is not a potential of Ebola spreading widely in the U.S.,” director Thomas Friedman told reporters on a conference call Thursday. “That is not in the cards.” But while the CDC downplays the potential threat, emergency planners behind the scenes have been getting ready since as early as April of this year. In a report presented to Congress while the virus...
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ebola!

    08/01/2014 5:12:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies
    doomandbloom.net ^ | 8/1/14 | Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.
    In a special edition of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, devote the program to a discussion of Ebola virus, its origins, signs and symptoms, precautions, risks, and why you should care, even if you don't live in West Africa. What will we do when Ebola victims arrive in the U.S.? Read more: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2014/08/01/survival-medicine-hour-ebola#ixzz39BlxsN6D
  • Pandemic Masks

    07/30/2014 1:49:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 70 replies
    Doom and Bloom ^ | 7/7/14 | Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones the Disaster Doctor
    Your Strategy doctor and patient with masks You’ll need both standard and N95 masks as part of your medical supplies. I would recommend a significant number of each as the masks will be contaminated once worn and should be discarded. A simple truth regarding medical supplies in a pandemic: You can never have too many. Any “extras” you might have will be incredibly valuable barter items in times of trouble. There are no absolute standards with regards to who wears what in the sick room. I would recommend using the standard surgical masks for those who are ill, to prevent...
  • Rural vs Urban Survival

    07/23/2014 3:54:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 7/22/14 | Selco
    What you have with you is what you gonna have for some time if you find yourself in urban survival scenario. If you have stored food and water most probably you can count on that only for some time, before situation changes or you manage to find some more supplies. There are ways to obtain resources at the beginning of SHTF in the chaos, but it is not like in the movies, and you can count on the fact that mostly you will be late for these events and more organized units such as local gangs control who gets what...
  • Have You Started Getting Ready for Hard Times

    07/22/2014 6:35:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 118 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 7/22/14 | LS
    When Paul Revere’s alarm, “The Redcoats are coming!”, was sounded through the countryside centuries ago, it was made to people who were prepared to meet a challenge. Whether the coming challenge in our present day is one of economics or something else, will you be prepared to respond when the alarm is sounded? Here are some ideas you should consider as you get started in your preparations for whatever hard times might await:
  • The Reality of Survival: “Forget Good Guys and Bad Guys… The Prepared Guys Win”

    07/21/2014 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 26 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/21/14 | Selco
    TV news and internet are covered with headlines like “shocking, captured Iraqis beheaded” or “they are killing everyone on their way” and “prisoners executed” and similar. And folks who watch and comment on the news and videos who still live in a “normal” world without this kind of crazyiness going on, are shocked of course. First comments are that those people and groups who are doing that are animals and they need to be “bombed to stone age”, or “they are not deserving better anyway” and then goes “they are all same there, let them kill each other” and similar....
  • Martin Armstrong Warns Civil Unrest Is Rising Everywhere: "This Won't End Pretty"

    06/28/2014 7:46:16 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 123 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 6/28/14 | Tyler Durden
    People simply do not comprehend why and how the economic policies of the post-war era are imploding. This whole agenda of socialism has sold a Utopian idea that the State is there for the people yet it is run by lawyers following their own self-interest. The pensions created for those in government drive the cost of government up exponentially with time. The political forces blame the rich and this merely creates a class warfare with no resolution for the future. Even confiscating all the wealth of the so-called rich will not sustain the system. Consequently, we just have to crash...
  • 'Drastic action is needed' now to stop Ebola epidemic

    06/27/2014 11:27:38 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/27/14 | Danielle Dellorto, Miriam Falco, and Jen Christensen
    Officials believe the wide footprint of this outbreak is partly because of the proximity between the jungle where the virus was first identified and cities such as Conakry. The capital in Guinea has a population of 2 million and an international airport. People are traveling without realizing they're carrying the deadly virus. It can take between two and 21 days after exposure for someone to feel sick.
  • Prepare Without Looking Prepared

    06/25/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 110 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 6/25/14 | Farm Operator
    “Have you watched Doomsday Preppers? Man, those people are crazy!” “We’ve got this neighbor down the street who’s prepping for the end of the world. What a weirdo!” We’ve all heard these comments (or similar ones). As for the wife and me, when friends, delivery men, in-laws, out-laws, offspring, or third cousins (who only show when they need something) come by the house, we don’t want them thinking we’re crazier than we are. Most importantly, we don’t want them knowing we’re prepping. For obvious security reasons, we don’t want those cousins to be the first at our doorstep when SHTF....
  • 30 Signs That You’re One of Those “Crazy Preppers”

    06/24/2014 6:42:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 6/24/14 | Daisy Luther
    Here are the top 30 signs, should you ever be the subject of a nationwide manhunt, that you too will be considered a “Crazy Prepper on the Loose“: 1. Pantries are so mainstream…you have food stashed in strange places in every room of the house. 2. You have enough toilet paper to get through a year of uncomfortable digestive upsets…occurring with 6 people simultaneously Speaking of which, you possess at least 3 different ways to use the bathroom, only one of which is an actual bathroom. 3.Your kids know what OPSEC means…at the age of 4. 4. You have topographical...
  • Survival Among Humans

    06/16/2014 3:20:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 114 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 6/16/14 | Selco
    People do not want to watch or think about bad things, people want to forget that, and yes, at the end there comes again that famous „it cannot happen to us“ idea. Do you really think that when (not if) SHTF events would be much different in your part of the world? Do you think that when collapse happens, you and people around you in your town will be somehow able to organize food distribution, security and safety for residents, and all those criminals and sick bastards will somehow disappear, and there is going to be new better society? Are...
  • Pentagon studying protesters to prep for ‘mass civil breakdown’

    06/14/2014 2:37:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 42 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/13/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Department of Defense has disbursed some funds to universities so that scientists might study the dynamics of civil unrest — and how the U.S. military might best respond. It’s called the “Minerva Research Initiative,” and it’s a program that was kicked off in 2008 to “improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S.,” The Guardian reported.
  • Bugging out: Why I missed best time to bug out

    06/04/2014 7:09:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 6/2/14 | Selco
    Best way to survive is not being close to any problems. Like I describe in my survival course about my experience in Balkan war I missed my chance to bug out in time. I ended up surrounded by enemy army and trapped in city for a year without power and regular resources. Everyone fighting for the little what was left and being shot at by snipers and artillery from enemies did not make experience any better. There are many reasons why people fail to bug out. Last week Jay (guy I run this website with) left Bangkok because of military...
  • Blending In and Survivalist Hate

    05/23/2014 8:30:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 91 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 5/23/14 | Selco
    It is OK if you think that government is corrupt and incompetent, I think that too. It is OK to have weapon in your home, and will and knowledge to use it, and it is very good if you think that TV is full of crap. I think too that S. is gonna hit the fan, and that it makes sense to have bug out location and bug out bag, and lots of cans and ammo. So we are clear that we agree that all of the above (and lots more) make perfect sense. But one thing does not make...
  • Free Kindle Ebook: Survival Pantry

    05/22/2014 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Dealnews ^ | May 22, 2014 | Dealnews
    Amazon offers downloads of Charlie Morgan's Survival Pantry: The Prepper's Guide to Survival Food Storage for Kindle eBook for free. That's $1 off and the lowest price we could find. A Kindle or Kindle-enabled device is required to download and read this eBook.
  • 16 Reasons Why the United States is Going to Hell in a Handbasket

    05/21/2014 9:25:31 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/21/14 | M.D. Creekmore
    1.Free Trade with Communist China 2.A break down of the traditional family 3.A break down of morality 4.A declining belief in God, the Bible and Christian values 5.Declining freedom and turning away from a constitutional government 6.A militarization of the police forces nationwide 7.A one party political system 8.Corruption of the political system 9.School system used to indoctrinate children 10.A government controlled main-stream media via newspapers, magazines, radio, movies and TV 11.Taking control of the internet… 12.Political Correctness is out of control 13.An entailment mentality 14.Foreign companies taking over big business and buying up property in the U.S. 15.Declaring anyone...
  • Silently among us: Scientists worry about milder cases of MERS

    05/18/2014 12:11:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 5/16/14 | Julie Steenhuysen
    Scientists leading the fight against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome say the next critical front will be understanding how the virus behaves in people with milder infections, who may be spreading the illness without being aware they have it. Establishing that may be critical to stopping the spread of MERS, which emerged in the Middle East in 2012 and has so far infected more than 500 patients in Saudi Arabia alone. It kills about 30 percent of those who are infected. It is becoming increasingly clear that people can be infected with MERS without developing severe respiratory disease, said Dr David...
  • How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

    05/18/2014 11:38:44 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    The Apartment Prepper ^ | 4/24/14 | aptprepper
    What is a pandemic? According to Flu.gov, a pandemic is defined as a global outbreak of disease. It’s not determined by the number of deaths, but by how quickly it spreads. Do they happen? Pandemics do happen, as in three outbreaks of flu pandemic in the 20th century: Spanish flu killed $40-50 million in 1918 Asian flu in 1957 killed 2 million people 1 million deaths from Hong Kong flu in 1968 What are the chances? I don’t have a crystal ball, and there is really no way to predict when and how a pandemic can happen. Certain “tells” would...
  • Report: Food Prices Skyrocket: “We’re Going to Have a Major Problem Coming Into the Fall”

    05/14/2014 4:32:58 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 188 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/14/14 | Mac Slavo
    The Producer Price Index made available by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics this morning has now confirmed those fears. Consumers are seeing an immediate impact to their wallets in the form of food price inflation and in all likelihood the trend will continue going forward. These latest numbers are serious. So much so that according to Zero Hedge, “the last time food prices spiked by this much in one month, the resulting Arab Spring wave of revolutions tumbled governments across north Africa and the middle east.”
  • Why Most Of The Western Half Of The U.S. Is Completely Unsuitable For Strategic Relocatio

    05/14/2014 4:29:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 68 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5/13/14 | Michael Snyder
    If there is one thing that you cannot live without, it is fresh water. Just try it some time. Seriously – try to live for 24 hours without using a single drop of fresh water. You will quickly learn how indispensable it is. Unfortunately, a lot of people that are “strategically relocating” to another part of the United States are not taking the availability of fresh water seriously when making the decision about where to move. If you live in an area that receives very little precipitation and that is not close to a consistent source of fresh water, what...
  • Loyalty in your survival group

    05/13/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 5/13/14 | Selco
    Loyalty is one thing that you need to “grow”, and it needs time to grow, that is why it makes sense to have prepared your group before SHTF, it may be slow process, and you need to be sure what kind of people you have there. My SHTF experience was very bad from the perspective of what I saw when it comes to loyalty. When you have big number of unprepared folks thrown in really hard situation like war, you can see all kind of examples, mostly bad one. Yes, I saw people betraying their friends, or even families. Sometimes...
  • 41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

    05/13/2014 4:27:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Peggy Wang | June 5, 2013
    I was sent this article into this article and I agreed that it would be of interest to many of the preppers in the group. A few are pretty ingenious ideas here that could use. Hat tip to The Working Man for the heads up!
  • Stopping Power Myths & What Really Matters to Stop Attackers

    04/28/2014 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/25/14 | Selco
    Will to kill When I wrote those 3 points about what the guy with TT gun did and why he did not shoot the other man, there needs probably (but I never know for sure) to be number 4 and that is “he did not want to kill the man”. Yes, even in life threatening situations lots of people simply would choose not to kill, even if that means death for them. I believe it is something that some people simply can not do. They are not capable of that, to take some other mans life. Maybe it looks that...
  • If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?

    04/14/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 209 replies
    The Week ^ | April 14, 2014
    Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists' improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of...
  • Survival Mom Radio Show: Prepper Myths with Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL)

    04/09/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 5 replies
    The Survival Mom ^ | 4/9/14 | Lisa Bedford(ChocChipCookie)
    Hey folks, here's the link to the interview with Lisa Bedford, author of the book "Survival Mom".
  • 16 Signs That Most Americans Are NOT PREPARED For The Coming Economic Collapse

    04/09/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/9/14 | Michael Snyder.
    #8-16 The following are nine more statistics that come from a survey conducted by the Adelphi Center for Health Innovation. As you can see, a significant portion of the population is not even prepared for a basic emergency that would last for just a few days… 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 52 percent have not designated a family meeting place if they are separated during...
  • Overwhelmed by crime, Argentina declares emergency in Buenos Aires

    04/08/2014 6:32:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    The situation has become a major political issue with magistrates and the Church calling for restrain. “This is a fight to defend the most sacred, life” governor of Buenos Aires province Daniel Scioli said and called on “all political forces” to coordinate efforts in the battle against crime. Escorted by all of his cabinet ministers, Scioli held a press conference in the City of La Plata to declare a 12-month security emergency in the province which represents over 35 per cent of the electorate registry. “The emergency is the legal instrument we have to speed up the investments we need...
  • http://shtfschool.com/general/a-typical-day-during-shtf/

    04/07/2014 4:56:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 4/6/14 | Selco
    I kept looking at him suspiciously, because I remembered our neighbour who stated (OK he was completely drunk) that he had brilliant plan to end this siege. When we asked him how, he explained that he will shoot at the airplanes, and when they respond to that they will bomb whole area and everything will end. One of most stupid things that I ever heard. It was like shooting the man who brings you sandwich when you are hungry but desperate folks will talk lot of nonsense. “I am just thinking how funny and how far away we are to...
  • Venezuela Enforces Fingerprint Registry to Buy Groceries:

    04/02/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 99 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4/2/14 | Daisy Luther
    What if you were forced to “register” in order to buy groceries? And what if, through that registration, the food you bought could be tracked and quantities could be limited? That’s exactly the plan in Venezuela right now. The AP reports that in an effort to crack down on “hoarding” that ID cards will be issued to families. These will have to be presented before foodstuffs can be purchased.
  • Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings

    04/01/2014 9:01:03 PM PDT · by blam · 46 replies
    BI ^ | 4-1-2014 | Trae Bodge
    Nearly Half Of Us Couldn't Live A Month On Our Savings Trae Bodge , RetailMeNot's The Real Deal Apr. 1, 2014, 5:56 PM April is Financial Literacy Month (and dreaded tax time), so let’s talk about your financial know-how. Are you financially prepared if you need to stop working for a few months due to a layoff or illness? Do you know how much money you have lying around? What about your kids? Are you setting them on a path to financial health? RetailMeNot recently polled more than 1,000 Americans and found that overall consumers are doing pretty well on...
  • TSHTF Inflation: “What YOU Will Pay for What You Need to Survive”

    04/01/2014 4:22:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    SSHTF Plan ^ | April 1st, 2014 | John Galt
    To begin with, this article is neither to demean the starting prepper nor launch into my fellow bloggers and authors about their version of what being prepared for the worst case scenario might well be; even though the criticism is valid and should remind everyone of the old adage that NO ONE is totally prepared for a societal collapse. The theory that many of the Pollyanna view of the end of modern convenience then in the end civilization is that indeed, mankind would seek his brother out and be at his best working together to rebuild and save humanity and...
  • Canned Food Gone Bad

    03/31/2014 4:34:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 77 replies
    Now that’s theory and it does apply but as we know sometimes things just don’t work out as well. Today my wife was opening a can of chopped tomatoes and as soon as the can was pierced the contents burst out in all directions. While there was no swelling, pressure had clearly built up inside, a clear sign of decomposition. The food inside didn’t smell awfully bad, but it didn’t smell good either.
  • Preparing for Economic Instability: Six Ways to Ready Yourself For the Inevitable

    03/28/2014 3:54:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/28/14 | Tess Pennington
    It’s Not If, But When We’ve all heard the reports and seen the tell-tale signs of the storm brewing on the horizon. As a whole, we cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the ever-growing issue of our economic instability. Start taking steps to lead a more self-reliant lifestyle and invest into your future wellbeing. The tips provided above can help you gain a greater edge in readying yourself for the uncertain future.
  • Get Training for Le Tour de TEOTWAWKI

    03/26/2014 4:36:06 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | MK
    Bicycles offer us a quick way to move around, and if you know what you're doing and where you are going, they can be very stealthy. They give us options for carrying gear on racks and saddle bags, or even in trailers. A good bike will carry you over a variety of terrain, whether paved or not. They are easy to maintain, can be stored in a number of locations, and can be hidden fairly easily, when need be. Most importantly, with a little skill, their maneuverability will help you dodge even the stickiest of situations. Let's suppose I have...
  • Report: Poland Calls Up Army Reserves: “The World Stands On the Brink of Conflict”

    03/26/2014 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/26/14 | Mac Slavo
    At least 7,000 reservists have been recalled to the colours for immediate exercises lasting between 10 and 30 days. They’re told by the Polish authorities that the call-ups are “routine”: but the men say they haven’t been asked before and they’re well aware of the growing alarm in Warsaw at President Putin’s aggression. Three weeks ago, their Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, called a press conference to warn that “the world stands on the brink of conflict, the consequences of which are not foreseen… Not everyone in Europe is aware of this situation.”
  • Food hoarding illegal during WW I

    03/21/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    Survialist Boards ^ | 3/18/14 | txprep
    "It was alleged that the food hoarded was sufficient to maintain the family for more than a year and hence far in excess of the requirements for 30 days, the period recognized by hoover as a "reasonable one" for residents of cities."
  • Barter Goods

    03/20/2014 7:03:59 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | C.Y.
    This article is about identifying, stocking, and using the post collapse equivalent of a pocket full of dollar bills. It should be enough that if someone is trading eggs or socks you can buy a pair without having to run back to the house, but not so much that if someone robs you at gunpoint, you've lost a major part of your savings. That's barter. I define trading being qualitatively different, because it involves much higher-value items. Trading involves some psychology on both sides, similar to buying a car or a house, as opposed to daily shopping. Also, it is...
  • Take These Steps Today To Survive An International Crisis

    03/20/2014 5:45:11 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/20/14 | Brandon Smith
    Buy Three Months Of Food Stock Buy A Water Filter Buy A Small Solar Kit Store A Fuel Source Find Alternative Shelter Buy One Semi-Automatic Rifle Buy 1,000 Rounds Of Ammunition Approach One Friend Or Neighbor Learn One Barter Skill Grow A Garden Prepare Your Mind For Calamity
  • Prepping and the Mind

    03/18/2014 4:16:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 3/14 | D.R.
    When people talk about "The End Of The World As We Know It” (TEOTWAWKI), it is almost always in ways of how we might prepare for the end, what equipment to have, how much food to store, and what skills we must learn. These are all valid points. Most people can agree on common standards in these areas, but what if the act of preparing for the end can cause danger to yourself and your family? I'm not mocking prepping; I'm a prepper myself. I'm simply stating that a prepper must be in the correct mindset to make choices they...