What a real life economic collapse looks likeWhat a real life economic collapse looks like I ran across this while in my internet travels. Pretty interesting read. Good site, worth checking out Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term...

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A vertical garden from a 50 gallon drumA vertical garden from a 50 gallon drum This set up will let you grow 50 plants in an areas 2ft x 2ft. These barrels are easy to find. Craigslist is generally filled with them. You would prefer food graid and you want to make sure this wasn't carrying anything toxic

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Build-a-bag for your car (or for a Christmas present) for under $75Build-a-bag for your car (or for a Christmas present)... As the holiday seasons are upon us and you're probably going to be doing a lot of running around shopping. It's a good idea (if you don't already have one) to put together a little contingency bag for the vehicle. Shopping crowds are ridiculous in some places. Those crowds can cause just as much chaos as a severe weather...

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Raised Bed GardensRaised Bed Gardens Introduction So you want a vegetable garden, but don't have a large area to till up for the project? Your “soil” is hard as rock? A good way to compensate for such lack of space and rocky soil is by gardening in raised beds. Doing so helps you overcome problems with our less-than-perfect soil. A raised bed for vegetables...

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Lowering your Heat Bill This WinterLowering your Heat Bill This Winter  Replace old and worn weatherstrip in doors to reduce heat loss and drafts   2. Seal baseboards and caulk windows. This is especially an issue with older homes with wood floors. Cold air can come right up through the baseboards or the windows. Caulk is fairly cheap and this fix will save you BIG. 3....

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494 Convienient Meals In a Jar

Category : Equipment, Food


Meals canned for storage, ready to fix!

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Ebola: What You Need to Know

Category : Equipment, First Aid

140807-ebola-spain-7a_467e254a065a484d2c28f83b36a56d08The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of cases in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, have been associated with a man from Liberia who traveled to Lagos and died from Ebola, but the virus does not appear to have been widely spread in Nigeria. The case in Senegal is related to a man who traveled there from Guinea.

On 9/30/2014, CDC confirmed, the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries.
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2 Weeks to Make a 3 month Food Supply

Category : Equipment, Food

We encourage everyone worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food bag
water and some money in savings.
We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not
prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can,
over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”
“Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra
items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is
sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.”
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Gas Mask Selection Information – Need To Know

Category : Equipment

If terrorists really want to inflict the most harm, they would release bio-chem agents when people are at work or school. Most people will instinctively want to get home and they may expose themselves to more nasties in order to get there, dragging contaminants with them. It’s logical if you live in a high profile metropolitan city, there is higher risk, not just from the actual terrorist attack but from ensuing panic. If you’re thinking to make “the great escape” after a biological attack, it’s probable roads will be blocked by a massive exodus, and more likely, due to official road closures. Hard as it is to swallow, residents of any targeted town may not be allowed to travel lest contaminants go with them. A viable option is to batten down your home and rely on stored goods to see you through.
If you have the good fortune of notification prior to an attack – frankly this scenario is doubtful – go inside immediately. Seal windows, doors and vents with duct tape. Tape between the door and the frame and between the frame and the wall. The space between the door and the floor should be covered with a wet towel. Turn off air conditioning units, swamp coolers and forced air furnaces – anything that brings in outside air. Run them only if they are equipped with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. Don’t forget your pets. They will need the same inside protection you do. Even with these measures, it will not guarantee 100% safety if the “bug” is extremely small like an anthrax spore. Conscientious folks living in metroplexes are taking extra precautions They may choose to keep a gas mask at home in their night stand as well as in the desk drawer at work and in the trunk of their car. For those on a budget, one mask would suffice providing you are willing to take it with you – home-car-office and back again.
If you live in a rural community, odds are you won’t be exposed to a bio-chem agents. Osama bin Laden and other terrorists want to steal the biggest number of lives for their effort and that won’t be achieved targeting small towns.
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Making Fire With Flint/Steel

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In this method of fire-making, sparks are shaved off a piece of steel by striking it briskly with a piece of flint or other rock. In actual use, the steel is struck against the flint, since it’s usually easier to do it that way. A piece of char-cloth is held against the flint (or other rock) to catch the sparks. Once a spark is caught by the char-cloth, it is easy to blow into flame. Char-cloth is made by placing pieces of woven cotton inside an airtight metal container. That container is then placed in a fire and left there until the cotton becomes charred and black. Due to the lack of air in the container the cotton doesn’t actually burn.

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Putting Together Your First B.O.B

Category : Equipment

Picking your gear for your emergency bag is important. Some of the equipment out there looks really impressive but isn’t all that well made. If you spend your money well and buy the right kind of gear, you should be able to make a pretty decent preparedness bag. Here are some suggestions for gear that is of good quality, but with price in mind

The first thing needed is a well made pack. This can make the difference between you being highly mobile and wearing an uncomfortable bag that is going to be unweidly and a general pain in the butt to deal with. Many think ‘size’ and go for a full on hiking pack thinking this will be the best because they can stuff the most gear in it. Larger hiking packs can have their advantages, but also have some drawbacks. Generally a big hiking pack isn’t cheap, usually in the range of $190 to upwards of $350 dollars. The are also fairly large. Not all that easy to manage for someone smaller of stature, like a smaller guy or a female. They also tend to be somewhat top heavy when packed to the brim and usually stick up above the wearer’s head, making it harder to get in and out of smaller openings. They are made to be worn by someone out on a mountain face or off in the woods on a trail, not someone trying to evacuate an urban or semi-urban environment.

Many larger packs also have metal frames. This is great if you’re carrying a lot of gear for the support and load bearing capabilities, but again, makes ingress and egress through smaller openings somewhat of a pain. And the larger the pack, the more room its going to take up while being stored. But on the other hand, you can carry a hell of a lot of gear. Buying a loud, brightly colored ski/mountain pack is like wearing a big sign on your back that says ‘Here’s my stuff, come take it”

There are small “day packs’ available that are about as useful as a woman’s purse. Great for carrying keys, wallet, maybe a small laptop or a change of clothes but not all that useful for the gear required for a person to sustain themselves for 3-5 days.

There are a lot of companies that make a good solid mid-sized pack, that isn’t so large that its like carrying a small adult on your back, but still have a good amount of storage face and useful features. One of the better known names is North Face. They have a good mid-range pack called the

Meteor 20.
Meteor 20

A midsized, user-friendly pack with trekking pole attachments and a stowable rain cover AND it’s hydration compatible…. perfect for shorter outings!


  • Vertical meshchannel on back panelprovides cooling comfort
  • Easy access top-loader
  • Rain cover included
  • FlexVent™ injection-molded shoulder straps
  • Hydration sleeve and port
  • Mesh side water bottle pockets
  • Trekking pole attachments
  • $89.00


Weight: 1 lb 9 oz / 709 g
Capacity: 1281 cu in / 21 L
Fabric: 420D mini-ripstop nylon / 420D dobby nylon

Very solid pack for the price. Good support, loads from the top, built sturdy, actually made to be worn for a long time, so if you have to do so, it won’t be so bad. The pack is set up to add on a hydration bladder, never a bad thing to have more water, but if you don’t want to use it for that, it’s one more pocket you have to stick stuff in.


Family First Aid Kit

Excellent First Aid kit. A good collection of compresses, bandages, wraps, and accessories


  • Great for family of 4 for a trip duration of 1-4 days
  • Includes the comprehensive guide titled Caring for Children in the Outdoors
  • $27.99

Excellent if you have children, if you don’t there’s no such thing as too much first aid. There are smaller less expensive packs available, and for what this has in it, you can’t really beat the price even if you raid the dollar store.



Pointone Filter

Simply fill up the pouch of your choice at a lake, stream or river, screw the filter directly onto the pouch and

1) Squeeze the bag and filter water into your water bottle or container of choice.
2) Drink directly from the filter which has a built in push pull cap for on/off functions.
3) Attach the filter onto most threaded water bottles including 2 liter bottles.

The Squeeze filter is perfect for traveling abroad where tap and bottle water cannot be trusted.


  • Perfect for traveling abroad
  • Includes 3 reuseable pouches
  • Ability to roll up
  • Extremely lightweight – only 3 oz
  • $59.99

You could go cheaper here. Iodine pills cost very little, but if you don’t particularly want to drink iodine, this should do just fine. Light weight, can be rolled up and it comes with up to 32oz bags.

56 Serving Breakfast and Entree Emergency Food

  • 2 Servings per day for 1 adult for 4 weeks, or 4 adults for 1 week
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner Entree’
  • 25 year shelf life
  • $150.00

*Note each serving requires 1 cup of water

This is freeze dried, which is going to require a little bit of water to eat. Just about any food that is going to have a decent shelf life and take up as little space/weight as possible, is probably going to require water. You could probably throw in a handful of standard issue protein bars, which have a decent shelf life, but you probably really don’t want to know whats going to happen if you make a super dense protein bar the bigger part of your diet. MRE’s are also available. but they seem to run about $2 more per meal on average and well, it’s military field chow.
Magnesium Fire Starter

  • Sparking Insert


Less than $10 for the ability to start a fire when needed. Is this even a question?

Emergency Poncho


If you ever find yourself in need of it, this will be the best $1.59 you ever spend in your life.

Winchester® Lockback and Tool Set

·Tin with emobossed lid
·Stainless steel blade and handles
·Wood handle insert
·3-5/8″ closed
·Tool Features:
·Stainless steel construction
·Wood scales
·(10) functions
·2-3/4″ closed


This is a pretty handy (and inexpensive) multi-tool from Winchester. Not mandatory but damn handy.

Heatsheets Survival Blanket


  • Bright Orange Stripe: An easy to spot universal distress color for rescue
  • Reflects up to 90% of radiated body heat
  • Survival and first-aid instructions printed on blanket in English and French
  • Easy to open and fold
  • Flat shape makes it easy to pack



Weight: 1 Person
2 Person
2.5 oz
2.88 oz
Dimensions: 56 in x 84 in
60 in x 96 in
Folded Size: 5 x 3 x .4 in
5 x 3 x .5 in

An excellent addition to any bag. Takes up little space, next to no weight, reusable.

Tube Tent

The Coghlin’s Tube Tent is a perfect lightweight emergency shelter.


  • Sets up in minutes
  • Room for 2 people
  • Cord included
  • Fire Retardant
  • $7.95

This is a pretty good emergency shelter. Basically it is an 8′ long fire retardant, waterproof tube. It comes with rope. All it really requires is two tie points for the rope on each end, and just something of weight to spread the tent out. While it says ‘two man’ it’s really more like a ‘1 man and gear’ sized tent…but it is 8′ long. This is by no means intended to be a long term structure in anyway. It is more of a 2 week type of thing if you’re in some kind of cover or the weather isn’t rough. But it will definitely do in a pinch and at under $10 each, 2 would be the minimum to buy. It looks as though it one could slide this over an air matress like a sleeve and have a decent bed/shelter for dire times that would be fairly light and take up minimal space in the pack.

Final cost $368.68 (plus shipping)

This should easily take care of 2 people for food for 14 days,

First Aid
Weight Approximately 10lbs

These things are going to be more of personal preference/personal need thing that will vary from person to person. You could find some of these things cheaper, but you get what you pay for. If you go much lower in price, generally that means a lower quality equipment that may or may not be useful if/when you actually have to use it.

Sanitation and Personal Hygiene
Important papers
Required medications, antibiotics.



How To Avoid EMP Damage

Category : Equipment

Here are some things you should know about EMP damage.

1.A regular lightning arrestor reacts too slowly to protect against EMP. You need one that reacts within 2 nanoseconds. Look at the specification labels on any power strip you buy. Some will match this standard. There are several emp map

Emp bursts and ranges

manufacturers that have equipment you can install on your incoming power lines to add protection to your whole house. It’s not cheap, several hundred dollars. These units will divert any power surge of high voltage comes down your lines and shunt them to a large grounding rod. This shunt is a special switch which goes into operation when the voltage spike hits. It does not ground normal voltage (or you would never have any power).
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Making a Sand Filter

Category : Equipment, Water

Slow Sand Filters
If you use surface water sources for household use, slow sand filtration – or more accurately biologically active filtration – may be an effective choice for water treatment. Slow sand filters can remove up to 99.99 percent of turbidity, bacteria, viruses, and Giardia lamblia cysts without the need for chemical flocculents or the use of electrical power. Slow sand filtration is a preferred technology for customers who:
► Wish to use surface water (ponds, streams, springs)
► Use daily volumes that make cartridge use impractical
► Have no access to electrical power
► Cannot or do not wish to use chemical treatment

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Building a Survival Kit

Category : Equipment


a. The environment is the key to the types of items you will need in your survival kit. How much equipment you put in your kit depends on how you will carry the kit. A kit on your body will have to be much smaller than one carried in a vehicle.
b. Always layer your survival kit, keeping the most important items on your body.
c. In preparing your survival kit, select items that can be used for more than one purpose.
d. Your survival kit does not need to be elaborate. You only need functional items that will meet your needs and a case to hold them. The case might be a first aid case, an ammunition pouch, or another suitable case. This case should be-
(1) Water repellent or waterproof.
(2) Easy to carry or attach to your body.
(3) Suitable to accept various sized items.
(4) Durable.
e. When constructing a survival kit, you should have the following components:
(1) Fire starting items.
(2) Water procurement items.
(3) Food procurement items.
(4) Signaling items.
(5) First aid items.
(6) Shelter items.
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Remember the Word “Survival”

Category : Equipment, General Info


(From Survival Manual; John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Ft. Bragg, NC)

1-1. The following paragraphs expand on the meaning of each letter of the word survival. Study and
remember what each letter signifies because some day you may have to make the word work for you.
S—Size Up the Situation
1-2. If you are in a combat situation, find a place where you can conceal yourself from the enemy.
Remember, security takes priority. Use your senses of hearing, smell, and sight to get a feel for the

battlespace. Determine if the enemy is attacking, defending, or withdrawing. You will have to consider
what is developing on the battlespace when you make your survival plan.

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