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  • Presidential Proclamation -- National Preparedness Month, 2014 (original document)

    08/31/2014 11:37:30 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | August 29, 2014 | President Zero Hussein Obama
    NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH, 2014 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In times of emergency, our Nation pulls together --neighbors support each other, communities react with compassion, and afterward, our country emerges stronger and more resilient. But 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...
  • The .22 Ammo Shortage Mystery -- Solved!

    08/31/2014 9:34:25 AM PDT · by lbryce · 128 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rich Smith
    Earlier this year, CBS News spotlighted a growing shortage of .22-caliber ammunition. "One of the most popular and common" -- and cheapest -- calibers of ammo for hunters and target shooters alike, CBS reports that .22 shells are in short supply these days. Interviewing one supplier, CBS reported that while as recently as two years ago it was still possible to buy .22-caliber ammunition "by the pallet-load... now they're putting restrictions on how much you can get and how you get that ammo." Retailers are shooting blanks This is a problem from ammunition retailers -- and for gun owners as...
  • 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...
  • Total Breakdown In Less Than 24 Hours: Images and Videos of Missouri Riots and Looting

    08/11/2014 4:45:30 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 8/11/14 | Mac Slavo
    Over the weekend a police officer shot and killed a teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. While the circumstances of the incident are still unclear, what is clear is that our seemingly stable society is just hours away from a total breakdown given the right trigger event. Within a few hours of the incident residents of the town began assembling, a move that drew a quick response from law enforcement, who set up police lines. Some came geared up with riot masks, shields and rifles.
  • NY DHS Will Pay You $500 To Rat Out Fellow Citizens Buying Legal Goods

    07/31/2014 6:17:37 AM PDT · by HammerT · 65 replies
    Truth and Action ^ | July 29 2014
    New York’s Division of Homeland Security is posting signs on businesses to encourage people to snitch on fellow citizens who buy such things as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), ammunition, flash lights, match containers, gas masks and other items deemed to be ‘prepper’ in nature. In this video a girl working at LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY tell us how a state trooper put up a flyer in their window which encourages customers to call the New York State Terrorism Tips Line to report this ‘suspicious activity’ under the as part of the “See Something, Say Something”...
  • Paul Singer: This threat is 'head-and-shoulders' above all others

    07/29/2014 6:23:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/29/14 | Lawrence Delevingne
    "(A natural EMP event) today would cause a massive disruption to the electric grid, possibly shutting it down entirely for months or longer, with unimaginable consequences," Singer wrote. "Only two years ago, the sun let loose with a Carrington-magnitude burst, but the position of the earth at the time prevented the burst from hitting it. The chances of additional events of such magnitude may be far greater than most people think." Carrington refers to a solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph systems to fail around the world. Singer warned that a man-made EMP attack would be even worse.
  • Perspective (vanity humor)

    06/28/2014 6:30:32 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 28 replies
    from an email
    You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.
  • As wars wind down, small-town cops inherit armored vehicles

    06/24/2014 6:04:03 AM PDT · by bamahead · 48 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | June 24, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Robert Shellmyer was relieved to see last week at his hometown’s 175th anniversary celebration that the local police department’s new prized possession was not driving alongside the tractors and floats in the parade. That’s because a 45,000 pound, explosion-resistant vehicle from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan might spoil the mood. Shellmyer, a 78-year-old city councilman for the small town of Washington, Iowa, was the sole local politician to vote against the department of 12 police officers getting the free MRAP—short for mine resistant ambush protected vehicle—from the Defense Department two months ago. Washington is one of hundreds of towns...
  • Doomsday Prepper Martin Winters Surrenders, Held Without Bail

    06/19/2014 5:24:39 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 112 replies
    Tampa Bay Timess ^ | June 18, 2014 | Patty Ryan & Dan Sullivan,
    TAMPA — Federal authorities sought doomsday prepper Martin Winters for two days in the woods of east Hillsborough County, attempting to arrest him on weapons charges. On the third day, agents didn't need to look far at all. Winters, soggy-shoed and hungry, waited with a daughter in a car outside the FBI field office on Gray Street in Tampa on Wednesday morning as his attorneys stepped up to a reception desk and arranged his surrender. In trade, he got cheeseburgers, fries, Gatorade, dry shoes, praise from the FBI and a morning free of gunfire — all this from the agency...
  • FBI: Valrico 'Doomsday prepper' still at large

    06/17/2014 3:41:05 AM PDT · by rarestia · 82 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 5:58 AM | Jason Lanning
    An FBI manhunt is ongoing for the 55-year-old Valrico man wanted on federal charges of manufacturing illegal weapons. The search for Martin Winters ranged from Plant City to Lithia on Monday. Officials say Winters, described as "extremeley dangerous" is the subject of an FBI investigation. There currently is no law enforcement presence in the area. Agents say Winters was illegally obtaining assault rifles and building pipe bombs. Federal agents dressed in camouflage gear and holding rifles kept their eyes on an area of woods off Lithia Pinecrest Road Monday evening. According to authorities, Winters was approached by authorities while in...
  • The Madness Of Crowds And The Great Insanity (the coming economic collapse)

    06/08/2014 6:42:22 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 139 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | June 8, 2014 | Ty Andros
    Never in my 30+ year career as a market observer have I seen so many out on a limb which is about to be SAWED OFF. Those who live within the matrix are fully loaded for a recovery which is not and will not appear. Nominally the Main stream media can proclaim ECONOMIC recovery has arrived, point to the rising developed world stock markets, seemingly benign bond markets of all categories: sovereign, investment grade and Junk, Private equity, corporate buy backs and more have priced in “Happy Days are here again”. HFT, unrestrained leverage in a financially repressed world and...
  • Syrian woman survives 700 days trapped in house

    06/11/2014 2:17:35 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11th 2014 | Diaa Hadid
    Over the course of the 700-day blockade, her world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived by eating plants and reading books. She refused to look in the mirror, because seeing her withered state might break her spirit. Zeinat Akhras, a 65-year-old pharmacist, still bears the effects of nearly two years trapped in her home, surrounded by rebel fighters during the government's siege on the ancient quarters of the central Syrian city of Homs. She's still a wispy 38 kilograms (83 pounds), even after gaining four kilograms (eight pounds) since the blockade ended in early May with...
  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    03/25/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by No One Special · 73 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 28, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember our daily food always coming from a long, long line at the end of which was a loaf of bread, a liter of milk, a stick of butter, a bottle of murky cooking oil, or a kilo of bones with traces of meat and fat on them. [...] If we wanted to eat, we learned at a very young age that we had to stand in long lines every day, often in bitter cold at 4 a.m. in hopes that the store would not run out of bread or milk by the time we made it to the...
  • Government Agency Warns If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    03/19/2014 6:11:36 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 108 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03/19/2014 20:49 -0400 | Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would...
  • SHTF Lessons From Venezuela

    03/07/2014 6:49:48 PM PST · by Kartographer · 72 replies
    So the people of all classes now find themselves in a situation in which electric power is no longer reliable, blackouts are common, and diseases that were eliminated are returning. Inflation can run up to 50% per month, rendering the Bolivar fiat currency nearly worthless. Since the government had forcefully expropriated (through the Venezuelan socialist version of eminent domain) huge tracts of productive domestic livestock and then given it "to the poor" who didn't know how to farm it, domestic food production crashed. Food was then imported, using dollars. Once inflation soared, the government clamped down on the ability to...
  • Make Your Own Dehydrated Meal Packs

    02/19/2014 5:29:11 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 43 replies
    The DIY World ^ | April 6, 2011 | Techman2015
    For the survivalist, outdoor enthusiast, hiker or end of world planner, this is the perfect long life vacuum packed one day supply of food. Set up like the military MRE Meal-Ready-To-Eat, this is a vacuum packed daily ration of food. And it all weighs under a pound. The total cost of this DIY full day supply of food is just a fraction of the cost of commercial freeze dried food packs. Anyone who has gone on an extended hike knows that every ounce of weight you carry adds up fast. It is important to get all of your gear down...
  • Buy Before Banned: guns, ammo, lightbulbs, wood stoves, cars

    02/17/2014 12:29:27 PM PST · by AdamBomb · 67 replies
    Over the past 6 years, our oppressive government has essentially forced me to buy numerous items prior to them being banned. 1) Increased CAFE standards lead to one of my vehicles being discontinued 2) Closing of lead smelting company 3) EPA about to put the hammer down on wood stoves by introducing particulate filters and other ridiculous controls. 4) Lightbulbs....well, you know the story So, I've invested in gas cans, lightbulbs, ammo, a new wood stove (1990 regs), guns, etc. What items have you purchased simply because you fear they will be phased out of existence?
  • Prepper Primer for Your Non-prepper Loved Ones

    02/13/2014 7:37:22 PM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 2/14 | T.S.
    Purpose: To quote my spouse, “I didn't know when I married you that you were a bucket of crazy.” So essentially, this article is intended to help the spouse whom you love but whom is not a prepper. There are many hundred-plus page books written on this subject, but this primer can be read in less than an hour and is tailored to my personal situation. It is the hope of the author that others will create their own such document for family and friends using this as a starting point. Whether I am dead, geographically separated from her, injured,...
  • Honey Bees

    02/08/2014 5:04:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    08 Feb 2014 | US Navy Vet
    Well to day I ordered 2 3 lb PKGS of (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carniolan_honey_bee). This will be my first go with this type of Honey Bee(in the past I have kept Italian Honey Bees(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_bee). Wish me luck!
  • Report: Power Plant Attack: “Most Significant Incident of Domestic Terrorism" (shortened)

    02/06/2014 3:47:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2/6/14 | Mac Slavo
    Chances are you didn’t hear about it when it happened or the investigation that followed. Last April just outside of San Jose, California the grid system came under direct attack. Investigators have yet to identify any suspects, but the attack seems to have been well planned. First, someone accessed an underground vault housing fiber optic telephone cables and cut off communications to a large PG&E Substation. Then, for 19 minutes, someone opened fire from long-range. The sniper apparently utilized 7.62x39mm rounds, such as those used in an AK-47, to target the oil-driven cooling systems for 17 large transformers. The shell...
  • NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT - "When There is No FEMA"

    01/31/2014 9:42:25 PM PST · by The Duke · 73 replies
    self ^ | Feb 1, 2014 | self
    Hi All, This posting is to announce the publication of my new book "When There is No FEMA - Survival for Normal People in (Very) Abnormal Times". Before posting this I coordinated with JimRob to receive guidance on how to do this properly. This professional, textbook-quality, 500+ page book represents the culmination of 3 years of painstaking research and authorship, and is intended to be the definitive reference for anyone interested in modern day disaster preparedness. Topics covered include: Disaster Planning Bugging in and bugging out Emergency food and water Emergency fuel and power Raising small livestock (chickens, rabbits, etc.)...
  • “Lessons from Argentina’s economic collapse”

    01/31/2014 5:14:56 PM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    A popular article in the survival sphere entitled “Lessons from Argentina’s economic collapse” from Ferfal documents the struggles of living in a collapsing society. Download it here in pdf Argentina Collapse or simply read below.
  • Why This Harvard Economist Is Pulling All His Money From Bank Of America

    01/31/2014 5:00:19 PM PST · by Kartographer · 65 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/31/14 | Tyler Durden
    From Terry Burnham, former Harvard economics professor, author of “Mean Genes” and “Mean Markets and Lizard Brains,” provocative poster on this page and long-time critic of the Federal Reserve, argues that the Fed’s efforts to strengthen America’s banks have perversely weakened them. First posted in PBS. Is your money safe at the bank? An economist says ‘no’ and withdraws his Last week I had over $1,000,000 in a checking account at Bank of America. Next week, I will have $10,000.
  • How to store dry foods in canning jars

    01/25/2014 10:01:31 AM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    Survival Mom ^ | 2/22/13 | Lisa (ChocChipCookie)
    There’s a whole slew of things that I want included in my food storage pantry, but many of them don’t lend themselves well to the canning process (chocolate!), can’t be dehydrated (walnuts!), or aren’t a great candidate for the classic 5-gallon bucket (sunflower seeds!). Packing these foods in canning jars and then using a vacuum sealer, such as a Food Saver, to store them long-term is super easy.
  • 20 Early Warning Signs That We Are Approaching A Global Economic Meltdown

    01/23/2014 6:41:44 PM PST · by Kartographer · 51 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/22/14 | Mac Slavo
    Have you been paying attention to what has been happening in Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Ukraine, Turkey and China? If you are like most Americans, you have not been. Most Americans don’t seem to really care too much about what is happening in the rest of the world, but they should. In major cities all over the globe right now, there is looting, violence, shortages of basic supplies, and runs on the banks. We are not at a “global crisis” stage yet, but things are getting worse with each passing day. For a while, I have felt that 2014 would turn...
  • Typhoon Haiyan: Desperation triggers anarchy in storm-devastated areas

    11/13/2013 6:58:21 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 53 replies
    World News on NBCNews.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Eric Baculinao, F Brinley Bruton, Courney Kube
    Desperation triggered anarchy in communities flattened by Typhoon Haiyan as survivors of one of the most violent storms ever to hit land struggled to find food, clean water and medicine Wednesday ....[snip].... ANC Television said security forces exchanged fire with armed men amid widespread looting of shops and warehouses for food, water and other supplies
  • Survival/utility vest

    10/24/2013 4:09:42 PM PDT · by Hugin · 20 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | Issue #144 • November/December, 2013 | David Eddings
    There have been many articles written about so-called "bug-out bags," "grab-and-go bags," etc. All I have read about are very good. My problem is, if I needed something, I would have to rummage through the bag to get whatever I needed. I think my survival vest would be a perfect companion to the bags. Everything you might need in a hurry would be right at your fingertips, plus you could wear the vest while hiking or hunting. When not in use, it can be kept in a vehicle for other emergencies. With the vest, you always have your hands free...
  • The Spoil of Mariners (a good reason to store Vitamin C for emergencies)

    10/01/2013 9:24:28 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 62 replies
    Lapham's Quarterly ^ | 18SEP2013 | Colin Dickey
    -snip- In reality, Smeerenburg was usually abandoned at the end of each season, though by the 1630s, years of vicious competition led Dutch whalers to try something novel: leave a crew of volunteers to overwinter at Smeerenburg, both to be on hand to protect more expensive equipment that could be left behind, and in order to get the whaling station up and running as soon as possible the following spring. And so in 1632 seven men were left in Smeerenburg to wait out the winter. It did not go well. The Dutch volunteers quickly succumbed to the “polar night disease,”...
  • James Rawles Warns: “Be Prepared To Hunker Down For Months”

    09/23/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 174 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/23/13 | Mac Salvo
    For someone in an urban area who plans to hunker down and doesn’t plan to bug out with country cousins, one thing that should be at the top of everyone’s list but that’s very much overlooked is… if you’re in a situation where you have power because you have photovoltaics but your neighbors don’t, you really should concentrate on black-out curtains for your windows. You need to black out your house completely, without any light leaks so that your house will look just as black as any other on your block. Otherwise you’re going to be targeted as the rich...
  • 'Game changer:' Tourniquet for abdominal wounds is already saving lives

    09/04/2013 5:12:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 18, 2013 | Megan McCloskey
    Some special operations medics in Afghanistan now have a new device that helps save soldiers with the most common cause of preventable death in combat: a traumatic pelvic wound. Unlike a hemorrhage in the arm or leg where a tourniquet can be used to shut off bleeding, there was no way until recently to do the same for wounds in the lower torso, which can kill a person in a matter of minutes. It was “a noted capability gap on the battlefield: How do we treat bleeding where we can’t use tourniquets?” said John Croushorn, a former Army doctor. After...
  • As Worries Over the Power Grid Rise, a Drill Will Simulate a Knockout Blow

    08/21/2013 5:41:40 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 112 replies
    NYT ^ | 16 AUG 2013 | MATTHEW L. WALD
    WASHINGTON — The electric grid, as government and private experts describe it, is the glass jaw of American industry. If an adversary lands a knockout blow, they fear, it could black out vast areas of the continent for weeks; interrupt supplies of water, gasoline, diesel fuel and fresh food; shut down communications; and create disruptions of a scale that was only hinted at by Hurricane Sandy and the attacks of Sept. 11. ~ SNIP ~ One goal of the drill, called "GridEx II", is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain...
  • Former CIA Director Woolsey Warns of Existential Threat to America

    Former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey led a panel discussion on the growing and imminent threat a nuclear or natural electromagnetic pulse, EMP, to America's power grid and devastating loss of life that would follow such an attack. President Bill Clinton’s former Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey, led a panel discussion on Natural EMPthe growing – and perhaps imminent – threat of a natural or nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to the U.S. electric grid and other critical infrastructures that sustain modern civilization and the lives of millions of Americans. The event was sponsored by the newly...
  • People that Won’t Survive SHTF

    06/22/2013 8:34:12 AM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 79 replies
    The Modern Survivalist ^ | June 11, 2013 | Fernando Aguirre
    It happened a few years ago during a trip to USA for the Self Reliance expo in Utah. After the expo we decided to go have dinner to this place nearby. Jack Spirko was driving and as he turned to enter a parking lot he had to hit the breaks to avoid running over a woman and her two brats that just walked in front of the car without a care in the world. “People like these, they will be the first ones to go when SHTF” said Jack. You know what? Jack was right. People like that are the...
  • Bomb Shelter Boom Sees Underground Pools, Basketball Courts

    05/20/2013 4:14:15 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 5/20/13 | COLLEEN CURRY
    The latest real estate boom to sweep America comes with all the trappings of luxurious living: custom-built swimming pools, gyms, full-length basketball courts, and even airplane hangars. The only catch is that this time, the features are all buried underground. The boom in bomb shelter sales over the past 15 years has taken the spartan 1950s notion of a fallout shelter and given it a makeover, according the owners of three companies that make and sell shelters. Now, custom installations can create 100,000 square foot underground dwellings that could hold dozens of people for months or years.
  • A Prepper Magazine, For Us, By Us (Vanity)

    04/17/2013 9:25:03 AM PDT · by 101stAirborneVet · 64 replies
    101stAirborneVet
    Any of you who frequent the prepper threads, or are on the Prepper Ping List, I am putting together a monthly free magazine, BY US and FOR US. This is not a blog pimp post, I don't have a blog or web site, and don't want one. I am looking for interested FReepers to provide content (articles, photos, columns, gear reviews, etc.) that will be assembled into a PDF that is ad free and noncommercial, which will be posted here monthly and, if Kartographer agrees, pinged to the Prepper ping list for free download and enjoyment. Readers will not have...
  • Special Forces commander: 'Constabulary force' coming

    03/25/2013 9:49:40 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    WND ^ | March 25, 2013 | Unattributed
    Says Obamacare leading U.S. down pathway to socialism The surge of bullet-buying confirmed by the federal government – purchase estimates run into the billions of bullets – even as the U.S. military scrimps to find training ammo is raising lots of questions about the government’s so-far unexplained actions. But a video that has been around since last year is being forwarded across the Internet as an explanation. The six minutes recorded by Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, retired, warns that America is well along the pathway that other societies have used to bludgeon and beat their populations into submission...
  • Drill To Prepare First Responders For The ‘Big One’ (CA)

    03/21/2013 7:18:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 65 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | March 21, 2013 6:58 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — First responders from across Los Angeles County are practicing for the “big one” Thursday in a drill designed to measure the response to a magnitude-7.8 earthquake. The exercise is hosted by the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management and will take place downtown from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “It’s our game day. The NCAA basketball tourney is starting, it’s their game day. It’s our game day for the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Offices, Office of Emergency Management,” Emergency Manager Kenneth Kondo told KNX1070. This year’s functional exercise will feature the California Integrated Seismic...
  • Gun and ammo sales skyrocket in Hawaii

    03/17/2013 6:11:22 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 38 replies
    More and more people continue to buy guns in Hawaii and this weekend's gun show at the Blaisdell was packed. Business at this weekend's gun show is booming. "A lot more women a lot more families, it's not just a man thing anymore," says Sheldon Tyau, Event Coordinator. Organizers say it's the largest crowd they've seen in the show's 35 year history. The longest line was for ammo.
  • Medical Preparedness with Doomandbloom - an AAR

    02/25/2013 7:31:42 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 35 replies
    Self, with doomandbloom ^ | 25 FEB 2013 | Old Sarge
    Greetings, Folks! Today I'd like to share with you what The Bride and I did over this last weekend, because it was pretty exciting stuff. The Bride had the opportunity to enroll in a Medical Seminar geared to disaster medicine, including suturing, stapling and wound care, taught by none other then Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy of DoomandBloom.net. On Sunday, we made the trek to Weston, FL, just west of Ft. Lauderdale. In the class were eighteen people (including three MD's) learning how to suture wounds using stitch and staples; nine folks were in the back of the room, schmoozing...
  • The Preppers Next Door[NYC Region]

    01/26/2013 8:46:01 PM PST · by Theoria · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Jan 2013 | ALAN FEUER
    A couple of weeks ago, on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, 40 people gathered at a church in Washington Heights for a show-and-tell session sponsored by the New York City Preppers Network. One by one, they stood in front of the room and exhibited their “bug-out bags,” meticulously packed receptacles filled with equipment meant to see them through the collapse of civilization. Onto a folding table came a breathtaking array of disaster swag: compasses and iodine pills, hand-cranked radios and solar-powered flashlights, magnesium fire-starters and a fully charged Kindle with digital road maps of the tristate region. Many of the items...
  • The Battle of Athens, Tennessee 1946

    12/31/2012 6:36:54 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/31/2012 | History
    The Battle of Athens was an armed rebellion led by WWII veterans and citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the tyrannical local government in August 1946.
  • All hell will break loose: Inside the strange world of the 'Prepper' families planning for Doomsday

    12/22/2012 1:30:44 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    mirror ^ | 22 Dec 2012 | Rachael Bletchly
    Once a week Tim Ralston and his wife Marie take their three teenage kids to a secluded cabin in the Northern Arizona desert. Surrounded by wildlife and the cows, sheep and chickens they raise it looks like a perfect eco-friendly family retreat. But the Ralstons are not there for an American version of The Good Life. On arrival Marie heads straight to the pantry to check the 15 years worth of tinned and freeze-dried food they’ve stockpiled, the kids test out their survival gear, first aid kits and water purifying tablets and Tim gets in some self-defence practice with his...
  • City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’ Because Of....

    12/02/2012 7:53:32 AM PST · by joesjane · 57 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | November 30,2012 | Juan Fernandez
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — The city attorney of San Bernardino is under scrutiny for telling residents to “lock their doors and load their guns” during a city council meeting. The official explained that because the city is bankrupt and slashing public safety budgets people will need to start protecting themselves.
  • What's is your bug out bag?

    11/25/2012 3:37:35 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 133 replies
    11-25-12
    What's in your bug out bag? My eldest calls them Good bags, Get out of Dodge. My second daughter (see home page) calls it her apocalypse crate, a rubber maid container filled with all the stuff she'll need, and has it in her car. It has all her old army stuff that couldn't be returned. For example, gas masks, mre's etc. Ours has the normal stuff, blankets, food, flashlights, water, clothes, fire, ammo, etc. It might be a good thread to have input, suggestions, what's good, what's frivolous.
  • gas storage options question

    11/03/2012 9:08:05 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 76 replies
    me ^ | 11-3-12 | TurboZamboni
    What are the best long term gas storage options("long" being 2-3 years) It will be in a non-climate controlled shed with summer temps up to 100 and winter down to -30.
  • Preppers: Who's Crazy Now?

    10/31/2012 12:33:08 AM PDT · by GeronL · 111 replies
    After Big Sandy, I wonder how many people who thought preppers were "crazy" have changed their minds??
  • Dollar Sell-off and Hyperinflation by 2014 – John Williams

    10/24/2012 9:15:04 PM PDT · by Errant · 24 replies
    USA Watchdog ^ | 24 October, 2012 | Greg Hunter
    Economist John Williams says the latest round of “open-ended” QE has set the table for a global “dollar sell-off” and “hyperinflation” no later than 2014. Williams says, “There’s no way the consumer can fuel the economic recovery, and there is no way we’re going to see one in the near future.” Williams predicts, “The Treasury is going to have funding problems, and that means the deficit gets a lot worse.”
  • Millions to take part in largest ever-earthquake drill

    10/17/2012 7:29:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 6:20PM BST 17 Oct 2012 | By Raf Sanchez,
    Families from Los Angeles to New York will dive for cover at 10.18am in each timezone as they rehearse what to do in the event of a major quake. Local radio stations will simulate news announcers warning that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake is about to strike, while ominous rumblings will play in the background. The en masse rehearsal is being coordinated by Shakeout, a Californian group set up to encourage awareness among people living on the San Andreas fault, a tectonic fault line that runs along the West Coast. Major earthquakes are expected to strike the same area every 150...
  • Violent crime jumps 18 percent in 2011, first rise in nearly 20 years (OMINOUS!)

    10/18/2012 12:09:17 PM PDT · by StandAndDeliver1 · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 10/18/12 | AP
    Violent crimes unexpectedly jumped 18 percent last year, the first rise in nearly 20 years, and property crimes rose for first time in a decade. But academic experts said the new government data fall short of signaling a reversal of the long decline in crime.
  • What are you doing to prepare?

    10/07/2012 2:50:25 AM PDT · by djf · 101 replies
    We often have threads that quote recommendations of others about things you should do to prepare. Those threads usually focus on food, water, medicinal items, bug out preparations, etc. So I think it would be interesting to find out what FReepers themselves are doing. Combined, we are probably one of the most intelligent, experienced, honest, and practical group on the planet. Without further adieu! In the last two days I: Bought 3 food grade 5 gallon buckets Bought enough oatmeal to fill one, which amounted to 18 lbs. Bought a 5 lb bag of tobacco (I'm a smoker, I admit...