Be Prepared for ECONOMIC COLLAPSE and CIVIL WAR! Without A Doubt The U.S. Economy Is Deeply Troubled. A Collapse Of The Financial System Would Change All Of Our Lives Permanently.

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Prepared for ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

There are a lot of things that can impact your access to food, but one of the scariest and most viable disasters doesn’t come from a volcano or earthquake or even a terrorist. The most possible disaster that could impact your food is an economic collapse and civil war. Without the economy to support and regulate business and the nation as a whole, food as we know it will disappear.


Via Michael Snyder

All over America, there are millions of Americans that are quietly preparing for doomsday.  They are turning spare rooms into long-term food storage pantries, they are planting survival gardens, they are converting their homes over to alternative sources of energy, they are taking self-defense courses and they are stocking up on just about anything you can imagine.  They are called “preppers”, and their numbers have absolutely exploded in recent years.  In fact, you might be living next door to one and never even realize it.  According to a recent Daily Mail article, there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today.  Others believe that the true number is significantly higher than that.  This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows being done about preppers.  The most popular is probably “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel.  This movement is still growing and is not going to go away any time soon.  In fact, as the world continues to become even more unstable it is likely that a lot more Americans will find themselves becoming preppers in the years ahead.

So what exactly are all these people so concerned about?  Exactly why are there millions of Americans that are feverishly preparing for doomsday?

Well, the truth is that you will never find two preppers that are exactly alike.  Some are deeply concerned about the potential for natural disasters and believe that we are now entering into a time when there will be catastrophic earth changes.  Other preppers believe that terrorism is the most significant threat to our way of life.  Killer pandemics, an EMP attack, World War III, martial law, solar megastorms, asteroid strikes and societal chaos are some of the other things that some preppers are worried about.

Of course an economic collapse is one of the biggest concerns for preppers, and without a doubt the U.S. economy is deeply troubled.  A collapse of the financial system would change all of our lives permanently.

Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system. So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers. Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves.

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So what can you do to protect yourself from this scary giant looming over your grocery store? How can you make sure you and your family have an uninterrupted food supply for the foreseeable future? The short answer is emergency food storage, but there’s more to it than just that.

When you get right down to it, the economy is far shakier than anyone involved with it would ever admit. While there are safeguards in place for stock market crashes, there are few protections to stop rampant inflation or the loss of your job.

Start your emergency food storage now and no matter the disaster that strikes, you’ll be prepared with one of the most valuable things around: food.

Food storage is viewed as a part of emergency preparedness. It is also a part of the program of a gardener to preserve and store away some of the fruits of his or her labor.
Whatever the reason a person has for storing food beyond immediate needs, planning must be done to avoid waste.
There are a number of approaches to building a food storage program. Only two will be outlined, which can be adapted to fit individual needs. A major reason for not having food storage is the expense. A simple way to avoid a large cash outlay is to merely purchase double the items on the grocery list with each shopping excursion. The extra items are then marked with the purchase date and put into storage to be rotated out and replaced on the next shopping trip.
Perishable items such as fluid milk or eggs are difficult to work into this system.
Therefore substitutes such as nonfat dried milk may be purchased for storage. Keep in mind, however, that there is a limit to the length of time that even these semi-perishable or dehydrated items can be stored.
A disadvantage of the double purchase system is that it is not as easy to benefit from sales prices. One advantage is that items are only purchased that are routinely used in menu planning, thereby reducing waste and improving rotation.
Another approach to beginning a food storage program is to use a lump sum of money such as a tax refund or a bonus check to purchase a large amount of basics for your family.

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The pamphlet “Essentials of Food Storage” has suggested that basics should include wheat, sugar or honey, salt and nonfat dried milk. While it is true that these items do store well, it is important that the family will use what they store. This list could be modified to include grain products such as wheat and white flour, pasta products, rolled oats, rice, dried beans, split peas, lentils and other dehydrated fruits and vegetables. Cracked or whole wheat products do not store well because the membranes are broken that keep the oil in the wheat germ away from the iron and other minerals in the endosperm and the bran layer. Rancidity occurs at a rapid rate. Rolled oats are heat treated which destroys the lipase enzyme and therefore will store quite well.
When establishing a food storage program do not forget:
1. Store only those items you will use. If you do not currently include a food in your diet it is not likely that you will use it.
2. Do not purchase more than you will rotate and use within a 2 to 3 year period of time to reduce waste.
3. Insure that the quality of the item you purchase is acceptable. Quality does not improve upon storage for most foods.
Planning before you begin a food storage program will help to avoid pitfalls.

Many families or individuals desire to maintain a 12 month supply of food. Most food storage systems in Utah involve growing and preserving food at home from gardens and orchards. Generally, these sources provide a major portion of foods to the storage systems between June and October. Home meat supplies are most commonly obtained in the fall of the year when wild game seasons occur, and following pioneer traditions of slaughtering domestic animals during the cooler months to take advantage of natural refrigeration.
If you were to sample most Utah family food storage programs in November, about 45 percent would have adequate stores of food for one year. If the same families were resampled in May only 20 percent would still have a years supply on hand. Families which did not have a years supply in May had used food from storage and had no garden or orchard to replenish the supply during the winter months. For this reason, it is suggested that an 18 month supply be stored in order to maintain a 1 year supply of food. The extra 6 months supply of food would be available between December and June when most systems are at their lowest level.
Families that were resampled and still had a years supply in May did so because they never used food from their storage system. We have analyzed over 10,000 food storage systems in Utah and found that many people are under the illusion that food lasts forever. Their food storage systems are designed so that a years supply is purchased and stored until needed. Consequently they have some stored food that is 10, 20, and 25 years old.
In view of what is known about shelf-life, these systems are quite wasteful and inefficient. One pound of dry matter provides about 1600 calories of energy. Because energy is the most critical item in a food storage program (it will prevent the baby from being hungry) it should be considered first. Thus dried beans, flour, wheat, rice, sugar, dried fruits or vegetables, pastas or dried skim milk all provide about 1600 calories per pound. While 1600 calories will not adequately meet the energy needs of a hard-working large man it will quiet hunger pangs for individual members of a family. One pound of dry matter per person per day serves as a basis for a food storage program. Generally in Utah with our home gardens a family will supplement the dried products with fresh fruits and vegetables in a storage pit or
cellar as well as canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
The cooler your storage, the longer the food will maintain quality.
Properly processed canned, dried, and frozen (never thawed) foods do not become unsafe when stored longer than the recommended time, but palatability and nutrient quality are diminished. family will supplement the dried products with fresh fruits and vegetables in a storage pit or cellar as well as canned or frozen fruits and vegetables.
The cooler your storage, the longer the food will maintain quality.
Properly processed canned, dried, and frozen (never thawed) foods do not become unsafe when stored longer than the recommended time, but palatability and nutrient quality are diminished.

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Panic And Apocalyptic Global Economic Collapse Coming 2017

Survival Food Prepping Ideas/ULTIMATE Top Skills 2017

Discover how to survive: Most complete survival tactics, tips, skills and ideas like how to make pemmican, snow shoes, knives, soap, beer, smoke houses, bullets, survival bread, water wheels, herbal poultices, Indian round houses, root cellars, primitive navigation, and much more at: The Lost Ways

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food-to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and many, many, many more!

Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll find in The Lost Ways:

From Ruff Simons, an old west history expert and former deputy, you’ll learn the techniques and methods used by the wise sheriffs from the frontiers to defend an entire village despite being outnumbered and outgunned by gangs of robbers and bandits, and how you can use their wisdom to defend your home against looters when you’ll be surrounded.

Native American ERIK BAINBRIDGE – who took part in the reconstruction of the native village of Kule Loklo in California, will show you how Native Americans build the subterranean roundhouse, an underground house that today will serve you as a storm shelter, a perfectly camouflaged hideout, or a bunker. It can easily shelter three to four families, so how will you feel if, when all hell breaks loose, you’ll be able to call all your loved ones and offer them guidance and shelter? Besides that, the subterranean roundhouse makes an awesome root cellar where you can keep all your food and water reserves year-round.

From Shannon Azares you’ll learn how sailors from the XVII century preserved water in their ships for months on end, even years and how you can use this method to preserve clean water for your family cost-free.

Mike Searson – who is a Firearm and Old West history expert – will show you what to do when there is no more ammo to be had, how people who wandered the West managed to hunt eight deer with six bullets, and why their supply of ammo never ran out. Remember the panic buying in the first half of 2013? That was nothing compared to what’s going to precede the collapse.

From Susan Morrow, an ex-science teacher and chemist, you’ll master “The Art of Poultice.” She says, “If you really explore the ingredients from which our forefathers made poultices, you’ll be totally surprised by the similarities with modern medicines.” Well…how would you feel in a crisis to be the only one from the group knowledgeable about this lost skill? When there are no more antibiotics, people will turn to you to save their ill children’s lives.

If you liked our video tutorial on how to make Pemmican, then you’ll love this: I will show you how to make another superfood that our troops were using in the Independence war, and even George Washington ate on several occasions. This food never goes bad. And I’m not talking about honey or vinegar. I’m talking about real food! The awesome part is that you can make this food in just 10 minutes and I’m pretty sure that you already have the ingredients in your house right now.

Really, this is all just a peek.

The Lost Ways is a far-reaching book with chapters ranging from simple things like making tasty bark-bread-like people did when there was no food-to building a traditional backyard smokehouse… and many, many, many more!

And believe it or not, this is not all…

Table Of Contents:

The Most Important Thing
Making Your Own Beverages: Beer to Stronger Stuff
Ginger Beer: Making Soda the Old Fashioned Way
How North American Indians and Early Pioneers Made Pemmican
Spycraft: Military Correspondence During The 1700’s to 1900’s
Wild West Guns for SHTF and a Guide to Rolling Your Own Ammo
How Our Forefathers Built Their Sawmills, Grain Mills,and Stamping Mills
How Our Ancestors Made Herbal Poultice to Heal Their Wounds
What Our Ancestors Were Foraging For? or How to Wildcraft Your Table
How Our Ancestors Navigated Without Using a GPS System
How Our Forefathers Made Knives
How Our Forefathers Made Snow shoes for Survival
How North California Native Americans Built Their Semi-subterranean Roundhouses
Our Ancestors’Guide to Root Cellars
Good Old Fashioned Cooking on an Open Flame
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Preserve Water
Learning from Our Ancestors How to Take Care of Our Hygiene When There Isn’t Anything to Buy
How and Why I Prefer to Make Soap with Modern Ingredients
Temporarily Installing a Wood-Burning Stove during Emergencies
Making Traditional and Survival Bark Bread…….
Trapping in Winter for Beaver and Muskrat Just like Our Forefathers Did
How to Make a Smokehouse and Smoke Fish
Survival Lessons From The Donner Party

 

Books can be your best pre-collapse investment.

 

The Lost Ways (Learn the long forgotten secrets that helped our forefathers survive famines,wars,economic crisis and anything else life threw at them)

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

 Survive Any Crisis (Best  Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

Drought USA (Discover The Amazing Device That Turns Air Into Water)

Vaccination Nation: Facts You Need to Know About Immunization

Vaccination Nation

At the end of the eighteenth century, British physician Edward Jenner, with highly questionable medical credentials, initiated the theory and practice of live virus immunization that continues to serve as the scientific basis for the ever increasing vaccination of the world’s citizens. With the number of vaccinations given to infants and children rising, kids are receiving doses of toxic mercury and other heavy metals well above environmental safety levels. [Read more…]

Scientists Are Predicting Polar Vortex To Bring Big Freeze And Coldest Winter For Five Years :”People Should Be Prepared For a Real Flagstaff Winter”

Polar Vortex

Scientists Are Predicting Polar Vortex To Bring Big Freeze And Coldest Winter For Five Years

Polar vortex enters Northern U.S.

The stratospheric polar vortex is a large-scale region of air that is contained by a strong west-to-east jet stream that circles the polar region. This jet stream is usually referred to as the polar night jet. The polar vortex extends from the tropopause (the dividing line between the stratosphere and troposphere) through the stratosphere and into the mesosphere (above 50 km). Low values of ozone and cold temperatures are associated with the air inside the vortex. [Read more…]

55 Percent Of Americans Believe That The Government Will Take Care Of Them If Disaster Strikes

Americans

55 Percent Of Americans Believe That The Government Will Take Care Of Them If Disaster Strikes

If a major emergency happened in the United States, do you have faith that the government would take care of you?  Amazingly, even after all of the examples to the contrary that we have seen in recent years, a solid majority of all Americans actually believe that the government will be there for them when things hit the fan.  According to a new survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the authorities will come to their rescue when disaster strikes.  Sadly, most Americans still view the government as a “nanny state” that has both the capability and the willingness to take care of them from the cradle to the grave.  [Read more…]

The Horrific New World Order Master Plan that has full UN approval

New World Order

The Horrific New World Order Master Plan that has full UN approval

Written by Peter Eyre

They say “A picture paints a thousand words.” Look deep into this picture and you will see what the New World Order is all about – False Flags – Natural Resources & Money – Chip and Pin for everyone – Mass depopulation by whatever means including WMD’s (depleted urnnium), Vaccinations (HPV, Swine Flu and other toxic jabs), Mind Control, Forced removal –  Imprisonment – Assasinations/Deaths –  Matial Law – Police State – Drones – CCTV/Internet/Phones Monitoring and Total Control of your life!! Basically do what they say or have your chip switched off making it impossible for you to go to the bank, go shopping, go to hospital or see a doctor etc without these basic needs ones fate is clearly sealed!!

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U.S. Fascist Government Wants Complete Control Over The People

Fascist Government

U.S. Fascist Government Wants Complete Control Over The People

Greece is not preparing to default on the debt. The Greek people are the poorest since 1980. IMF new forecast, Greece will improve. Retail sales pumped up by auto sales. Citi economist has a solution to help the economy, get rid of cash. Obamacare has made the insurance companies even richer. Obama plotting adult mandatory vaccines. US Government needs to control the people, via healthcare, vaccinations, weapons and identification tracking. CISA is back and the Government wants it passed. Normandy four reinforce the Minsk II agreement. China is ready to receive the S-300 missile system. Russia and Iran bartering. IS 8 miles from the US border in Texas.( source

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Preparing for an apocalypse in America

Preparing

Preparing for an apocalypse in America

The American Preppers Network is a group of people storing supplies, equipment and ammunition in case an end of the world disaster strikes the U.S. RT visits one such family.

A typical house in a regular suburban town, but here – a family is preparing for the end of the world.

A German Mauser and P-38 from the Second World War, a twelve-gage shot gun, a forty caliber pistol and an AR-15 – weapons and ammunition are key.

“If we are carrying this out on the street for some reason – all hell broke out. It’s an end of the world type situation. You can’t walk around with these guns here,” said Keith Proskura.

A certified NRA instructor and owner of two businesses, he stores food and supplies to help him survive no matter what disaster might hit.

“Brake down of government is one thing a lot of people are preparing for now. We are facing possible pay delays for social security. I am not going to need all of this stuff for that, but you are going to have a lot of Americans who are upset,” he explained.Sold-Out-After-A-Crisis

The 37 year old is among thousands of American preppers who would rather be ready than sorry. RT spoke with Tom Martin – the founder of the Preppers Network – from inside his truck.

“It’s not so much political, but more economic. I see people every day lose their jobs and have to rely on food that they have stored up previously to live on that food, just because they’ve lost their jobs,” said Martin.

Gas masks, bullet-proof vests, canned food, tents and helmets fill basement like this one.

A prepper’s survival bag is not a regular first aid kit. It includes things like a parachute cord, a survival knife, a meal ready to eat, a body heat-retaining space blanket and bagged emergency drinking water. According to preppers, one must also be ready for chemical catastrophies, or a large-scale terrorist attack.

“If contaminates land on top of you, you’ve got to have a couple of pairs of gloves on. Your feet will slip into a chemical-proof boot. If you go into an unknown situation you are going to want to have one that’s fully incapsulated. So that you are 100 percent sure that nothing will get through to you,” said Keith Proskura.

A variety of walkie-talkies are ready for use if the communication network shuts down. On the other end of the line is Keith’s father, John Proskura, who is actually in the next room. A police officer for 25 years, he is now retired; his main past time is operating a ham radio. For him, communications will be key if disaster strikes.

“The tsunami and earthquake in Japan a couple of months ago – amateur radio played a big part in that in providing emergency communication. And the big hurricane in Haiti a couple of years ago,” said the man.

There is one scenario he fears more than others.

“If there was some kind of a nuclear fall-out, radio wave propagation would probably for all practical purposes seize,” said John.

Around $10,000 is the hefty price tag for these supplies.

But to preppers, it’s not just ten grand sitting in a basement – with uncertainty taking over the US, they say those who seem paranoid today may end up being the smartest tomorrow.

 

 
Other useful resources:emp_2701_20-c1e7ce6

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : rt.com

All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers

Preppers

All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers

Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families?  There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled out for punishment by bureaucratic control freaks that are horrified at the thought that there are families out there that actually want to try to become less dependent on the system.  So if you use alternative methods to heat your home, or if you are not connected to the utility grid, or if you collect rainwater on your property, or if you believe that parents should have the ultimate say when it comes to health decisions for their children, you could become a target for overzealous government enforcers.  Once upon a time, America was the land of the free and the home of the brave, but now we are being transformed into a socialist police state where control freak bureaucrats use millions of laws, rules and regulations to crack down on anyone that dares to think for themselves.3

For example, people have been burning wood to heat their homes since this country began.  And this is still very common in rural areas.  But the Obama administration does not like this at all.  The Obama bureaucrats at the EPA fear that our little wood stoves may be contributing to “global warming”, so they have outlawed the production and sale of 80 percent of the wood stoves that are currently in use.  The following comes from a recent Forbes article

It seems that even wood isn’t green or renewable enough anymore. The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents. The agency’s stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.

While EPA’s most recent regulations aren’t altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe. Whereas restrictions had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 microgram limit. To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.

Most wood stoves that warm cabin and home residents from coast-to-coast can’t meet that standard. Older stoves that don’t cannot be traded in for updated types, but instead must be rendered inoperable, destroyed, or recycled as scrap metal.

Does that make you angry?

It should.

There are other preppers that try to use very “clean” methods to power their homes, but that is still not good enough for some government control freaks.

For example, one prepper down in south Florida that had gone “off the grid” was recently ordered by a court to connect back to the grid or face eviction from his home.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by Guiles Hendrik

Think you are still free to make choices in your life? Do you think the government will allow you to live independent of their utility monopolies? If you think so, try opting for renewable non-grid tied power and utilize environmentally friendly composting toilets and your own self-sufficient water supply. Today, those life choices could land you in jail if you live in South Florida. Take the case of Robin Speronis.

Robin Speronis has lived off the grid, independent of the city’s water and electric system. A Florida court ruled this off-the-grid living illegal last week and has given Robin until March to connect her home to a municipal water line or face possible eviction. Further, officials in the city of Cape Coral have justified this by deeming Robin’s home “unsanitary,” citing the International Property Maintenance Code. First of all, since when did we begin to locally recognize “international codes?” Where in the US Constitution does it provide for international jurisdiction over local codes? Ironically, this “international” code mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source, even though most of the world lives without reliable electricity and municipal water and sewer. Further, the code is outdated and obsolete because it was written without consideration to both old and new technologies that relegate the need for grid tied power and municipal water as unnecessary and expensive; especially, in locations where it simply isn’t feasible to have grid tied utilities. Nonetheless, Speronis’ home does in fact have power and water through far cheaper and more environmentally friendly means — solar panels and rainwater, but that reality is ignored by the local government.

Incredibly, most Americans still seem to believe that we live in a “free country”.  But we don’t.  Our lives are very tightly constrained by literally millions of laws, rules and regulations, and more are being added every single day.

Even some of our most basic fundamental rights have been seriously eroded.  One of these is the right to make basic health decisions for our own children.  In New York state, children that have not received all of the designated vaccines can now be banned from attending public school, and this requirement was recently upheld by a federal appeals court

New York state’s requirement that children be vaccinated before attending public school does not violate their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court in Manhattan said on Wednesday.

In affirming the requirement’s constitutionality, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also upheld a previous ruling by a federal judge that students exempted from the requirement for religious reasons can be barred from school when another child has a disease preventable by a vaccine.

The decision was the latest to go against three parents from New York City who say their religious rights were violated when their children were kept out of school as a result of the immunization policies. The parents’ lawyer, Patricia Finn, said her clients planned to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

So what are we free to do without government interference these days?

Not much.

In fact, in some states we can’t even sit on our own land and collect the rain as it falls from the sky for our own personal use.

If you do this in the state of Oregon, for example, you could go to prison

Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.

“I’m sacrificing my liberty so we can stand up as a country and stand for our liberty,” Harrington told a small crowd of people gathered outside of the Jackson County (Ore.) Jail.

Several people held signs that showed support for Harrington as he was taken inside the jail.

And of course these are just a few examples.  Almost every single day there are more stories in the news about government bureaucrats cracking down on preppers.  They almost seem to relish the opportunity to go after the “non-conformists”.

But the good news is that the number of Americans that are seeking to become less dependent on the system just continues to grow.

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Are you a prepper?

My friend Daisy Luther recently wrote a piece entitled “45 MORE Signs That You Might Be One of Those Crazy Preppers“.  The following are some of the most interesting “signs” from her list…

*You spend your days off digging an underground bunker in your backyard.

*Your family doesn’t dare take something from the food stockpile without marking it off the list.

*Your kids know how to don a gas mask in 30 seconds.

*Everyone in your survival group carries the same firearm so that ammo is standardized.

*Your family is no longer surprised when you announce, “Hey, we’re going to learn how to make (insert anything here)!”

*You have long since accepted the idea that if you’re not on someone’s list, you’re probably not doing it right.

*You don’t just rotate food, you rotate ammo.

*Moving to a new house is no longer “moving”, but “strategic relocation”.

*Your kids think it’s a fun game to see who can find the most potential weapons in a room.

*Your EDC includes a knife, firearm w/extra mag, flashlight, mylar blanket, Chapstick, and an ounce of silver — and that’s just for when you’re walking the dog.

*One criterion for your new winter coat is that it fits over your body armor.

America was built by people that loved their families, worked hard and were self-sufficient.

Now our government is specifically targeting those kinds of people.

What in the world is happening to us?

 

Other useful resources:

Survival MD (Best Post Collapse First Aid Survival Guide Ever)

Backyard Innovator (A Self Sustaining Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness)

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Build and make your own energy source)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)

Sold Out After Crisis (Best 37 Items To Hoard For A Long Term Crisis)

 

SOURCE : theeconomiccollapseblog.com

Are You Prepared for the 2014 Pandemic?

BIG-pandemic1If you think that a pandemic would not be possible in 2014, in modern society, think again. In fact, the last pandemic happened just a few years ago, in 2009. It was the swine flu pandemic which mostly affected areas of Africa and Southeast Asia. However, it managed to kill around 280,000 people.

The danger is still very real. New influenza viruses keep appearing, while Ebola virus, the Rift Valley fever and the Lassa fever virus are still dangerous.

Where the Danger Comes From

pandemic2A pandemic is a widespread outbreak of a particular contagious disease, affecting people over a large region, even several continents.

There have been a number of pandemics throughout history: cholera, smallpox and tuberculosis. Flu pandemics have also been common as there are many different strains of influenza viruses.

A flu pandemic happening today is possible because new strains of the influenza virus keep appearing. These pandemics differ from regular seasonal outbreaks of the flu because we do not have immunity or a vaccine to treat them. Modern medicine doesn’t have all it needs to prevent a bursting pandemic, and a new virus can infect thousands of people and do a lot of damage before a flu shot is developed.

This is getting worse. In the past, people used to stay put in a general geographical area which would have restricted the spread of the virus. Now it is easy for anyone to travel round the world. So an infected person could unwillingly spread the virus to other continents, causing an all-out outbreak which only becomes harder and harder to contain with time.

That’s why we need to prepare for a new pandemic, and it will most likely be a flu pandemic. After 2009, there was another close call with bird flu which, despite spreading and causing casualties, it was never actually labeled as a pandemic.

The biggest problem with flu is that it can spread from species to species. A range of different influenza viruses are present in wild aquatic birds and they can travel the entire globe, spreading their disease to humans.

Other viruses which are highly contagious also have the potential to cause a pandemic. They include the Ebola virus, the Rift Valley fever and the Lassa fever virus, among others.

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Lastly, there is also growing concern regarding bacteria which keeps building up a resistance to our antibiotics, leading to the potential for re-emergence of deadly diseases which we used to have under control.

Depending on your location and the extent of the outbreak, help might be scarce and delayed. Medical assistance usually goes to the most affected locations first. This is an attempt to contain the pandemic as much as possible, but also leaves other areas vulnerable.

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If the pandemic bursts in your area, you need to be prepared to go on living isolated from the rest of the population. This is the best way to ensure that you do not get infected. It also means cutting yourself off from services such as schools, hospitals, transportation and is something that you definitely need to prepare for in advance.

Getting Ready for a Pandemic

Obviously, in order to remain isolated you will need supplies.

Food is your main concern. Concentrate on food which will last for a long time. Meat, fruits and vegetables can be found in ready-to-eat cans which prolong their lifespan significantly. Even so, they will eventually go bad so never eat something that has passed its expiration date. The last thing you want during a pandemic is getting sick because eating spoiled food.

Besides canned food, you can also stockpile protein bars, dried fruit, dry cereal, jarred food, peanut butter and crackers. Do not forget to also have pet food on hand if you keep animals. Besides food, you will obviously also need plenty of drinkable water. You also want to make sure that you store your supplies in a proper environment – somewhere cold and dry in order to preserve the food better.

Medical supplies are also very important in case you or someone in your family becomes ill. Remember that just because there is a pandemic does not mean that you cannot get sick from other diseases. Stash away all the medication you can which is used to treat common symptoms of illnesses such as fever, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, nausea etc.

Keep several first aid kits on hand in case someone gets injured since going to the hospital would not be a good idea. Lastly, you need plenty of disinfectant on hand. Soap works; hand wash works as long as it is alcohol-based; you can even learn to make your own disinfectant. Keeping your hands clean at all times is one of the best ways to ensure that you do not get infected.

How to Stay Healthy

pandemic3A virus will target everyone indiscriminately, but some people make better targets than others. This is simply because certain people are healthier, they have a stronger immune system so it is less likelier for them to get infected.

If you want to decrease the chances of getting infected with a virus, make several lifestyle changes that will improve your overall level of health. These are not quick fix solutions, most of them will not produce noticeable results until they have been used for a long period of time.

The first tip is getting seasonal flu shots when necessary. These vaccines would not work against a new strain which causes a pandemic, but they are supposed to provide you with a good healthy baseline. They will make sure that you do not also get infected with the seasonal flu which would lower the strength of your immune system.

Following a healthy lifestyle will ensure that your body is strong and ready to take on the virus: eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting plenty of sleep at night.

If an outbreak happens and SHTF, it is good to think like a germophobe. Always wash your hands thoroughly, regularly clean the surfaces that you get into contact with frequently, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, wear a mask in public etc.

Furthermore, in the event of an outbreak, you need to practice something called “social distancing”. Stay away from other people as much as possible. If you have to meet somebody, keep a safe distance just in case. Avoid crowded places such as hospitals, restaurants, stadiums and definitely avoid public transportation.

If you follow these tips, you stand a good chance of making it through the next pandemic by avoiding getting infected altogether.

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SOURCE : www.survivopedia.com

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Tipping Point: The Time When Your State Of Mind Will Make The Difference Between Life And Death

UnknownWe all have our own ideas about what the terminal event will be. The event that above all others, tips mankind over the edge, throws us into a level of turmoil that the human race has never experienced before.

After doing a great deal of reading, and visiting dozens of websites devoted to our survival after such an event it seems that failure of the power grid, and a total economic collapse, are the two things that are at the forefront of most peoples mind.

It’s easy to see why these things should feature so prominently, they both affect the fabric of the society we live in. If one of them happens it could without too much imagination lead to the other.

Obviously there are many other things that could go wrong, Yellowstone could blow its top, a coronal mass ejection could hit,  or a new ice age could begin. The list is almost endless. Some people  will survive, of that there is little doubt, but surviving well is a different thing entirely.

To me, prepping is something I do to help me live after such an event. I want to do more than exist, merely existing is something that should be reserved for those who have put no effort into preparing. Those of us who have prepared deserve to benefit from those preparations.

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Regardless of what most believe, that is that urbanites will perish in the first zombie wave, I refuse to accept this. I refuse to give up, it is not part of my character. I have moved from the city to a much smaller town, but the dreams of rural isolation still exist, alongside my city mindset.

My dream version of my life sees me with a charming log cabin and a gun in my hand, and in my dream these things would enable me to live happily ever after. The reality is I would probably freeze to death the first winter or shoot myself in the foot and die of infection.

The reality of the situation rarely measures up to the dream and often comes as a huge shock. Regardless of our location, our needs are in essence the same. Food, water, shelter, heat, health and a way to defend ourselves. Removing any one of these will most likely lead to our demise. Having them all however will not mean we will make it.

State of mind plays a massive part in survival situations. I am not just talking about the will to survive though obviously that is essential. Depression will be a constant bedfellow in dire circumstances. Everyone will experience days when they wonder if it’s worth it, if they can go on.

Living in a constant state of high alert causes stress and high blood pressure, both of which can lead to heart attack and stroke, both of which are a threat to our survival. Depression leads to fatigue and loss of focus, both of which  could be a threat to you and your family.

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Everyone has different coping mechanisms that they employ in their daily lives and if at all possible these mechanisms should continue to be a part of our lives after the arrival of the crisis.

Routine and ritual gives us a sense of continuity, a taste of normality, that can help keep us calm in adverse circumstances. Try to incorporate something that uses little of your resources into your daily routine before the event, so that you can continue to employ it afterwards.

This can be anything, five minutes with a crossword puzzle, meditation, prayer, singing whatever allows you to detach for a few moments from the stress of the situation you find yourself in.

Many will decry this as psycho-babble, it is not. Depression and constant high alertness actually alters the chemistry of the brain which affects both focus and function in a relatively short space of time, this is something you cannot afford to have happen to you in a shtf situation. Constant high alert stress can lead to incidents we read about, where a soldier snaps and turns his weapon on those around him, or where a model, but under pressure worker can take no more and blows his brains out.

Depression leads to the opposite, you go through the motions but nothing gets done, you fail to see you are neglecting important tasks, and even if you notice, or it is pointed out, it will make little difference. Both of these situations are possible, but you may suffer from neither, you may suffer from one or the other, or from both at different times either under the same or different conditions.

We have no idea what the situation will be and therefore we can have no idea how we will react to it. We all make plans to deal with whatever comes our way, we make plans for how we will occupy our children, care for our elderly, even how we will feed our pets, but little is said about taking care of our own emotional health.

The demands that a crisis situation will make on us are varied and many and as it will be a situation of a magnitude none of us have faced before we cannot assume we will manage to make it through without issues. Taking time to think about this, how you will cope with the demands made upon you, both physically and emotionally can at least allow you assess your emotional health as it stands now and how it changes as you move through the crisis.

Delegation of certain duties and responsibilities in times of crisis is beneficial to the entire group, not least to the person charged with the role of team leader, or head of the group. Even quite young children can be part of the team, being assigned some minor responsibility will make them feel part of what’s going on and will teach them skills that will be valuable to them later in life.

Even those seniors in the family or group that are no longer capable of hard physical work should be given responsibility for something in order that they do not feel a burden. If you know in advance who will be a part of your group thinking about which tasks will be allocated to whom will make the transition far smoother than leaving it until disaster has struck to start discussing it.

This is the basic principle behind major catastrophe teams operating all over the world. By everyone having a pre-designated list of tasks the team works well together without wasting time and energy, both of which are extremely valuable in a crisis situation.

Whatever we face in the future being aware of the negative side effects of stress can help us plan accordingly, allowing us to maximise the potential of our survival group. A strong leader is one who provides solid foundations that the group can build on both emotionally and physically. Having this firm basis will make the challenging conditions that we all know are coming our way far easier to bear.

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SOURCE : undergroundmedic