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Articles the Preparedness Community Wants to Read - What About You?

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This is the third article that stems from a 4 question survey questionnaire that I asked recently on Ed that Matters. The questions were:

What ONE thing do you need help on to FEEL better prepared? Please type your response and feel free to elaborate.
What EMERGENCY is your biggest concern? Feel free to elaborate.
What other type of articles would you like to find/read about in regards to preparedness?
What question have you always wanted to ask but never felt comfortable to ask?

In this article, I have grouped the responses into major themes, topics and categories. However, if you would like to view individual responses, they will be at the bottom.

This article will work with the answers to, ” What other type of articles would you like to find/read about in regards to preparedness?

Major Themes/Topics/Categories

Food Storage – Food storage was listed the most out of any other preparedness topic. Many know that they need to store food, but they don’t seem to just want to buy MRE’s and stock up on freeze dried or dehydrated foods. This is a good thing because pre-packaged food is very expensive and it is not hard to do it yourself! However, with that said, it seems like people would prefer a list of “just get this” and “here’s how you do it.”

I can understand wanting to have a ready made plan. However, food is a tricky thing. Yes, your family might eat ANYTHING if they are starving and Mel Gibson is riding around in his Mad Max car. But most of us don’t prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse! You want to make sure that you store food your family will eat! And the person who knows that best is you!

I took easy food storage into consideration when I wrote, Anyone Can Do it! Fool-Proof Food Storage!  The article links to a resource I found, back from the Y2K era, that provided recipes and ideas from just canned food. The idea is that you get a week’s worth of recipes and multiply by 4! Presto, you have a month’s worth of food just like that. That article was part of a food storage web train that visited articles from many different websites. You will find all kinds of articles and ideas. The food storage blog train can be found below my foolproof article.

Someone asked about cooking with their food storage. The best resource I have found is Tess Pennington’s book, The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals .  She tried all the recipes on her family and all the ingredients are from her food storage. If you are storing raw food items, her book is a must have.  You can read my review – Click Here.

One person asked about food storage using “the old ways.” I don’t know how old they mean, but I believe that dehydrating, canning, fermenting and using root cellars might be the “old ways.” I believe it speaks to 1. how far we have come from touching and preparing our own food and 2. how hard it seems to store food in these ways. But, there are plenty of articles out there that tackle these subjects. Some with videos and a lot of pictures, which makes it easy for someone who wants to make sure they store food correctly. For a TON of articles on food storage, visit the TAG Cloud – Food Storage!

Water – The next topic preppers want to read about is water. This is not surprising as you always hear that water is important in any survival situation.

We take clean potable water for granted. We can turn on our faucets and for the most part don’t have to worry about getting diarrhea or some other nasty bug. Yes, many preppers even filter their faucet water, but the majority of Americans don’t. You just have to look at some of the real life examples that take place in Third World countries when they experience a disaster like an earthquake or hurricane. Haiti is a good example.
Specifically, preppers wanted to know about water purification. I’m assuming that when someone asks that, they are speaking in generalities in preparing water for drinking. However there is a difference between filtering and purifying water.

There has been a lot of articles written on this filtering and purifying water. I have linked to many on Prepper Website. Recently, Gaye Levy submitted an article to the 5th Edition of The Preparedness Review on using Pool Shock to purify water. The article is a how-to and easy to download and print out for your preparedness binder. If you are looking for more articles on water: storage, purifying, filtering, etc…, you can find a TON by visiting the Prepper Website TAG Cloud – Water and Water Storage.

First Aid – Medical – The next type of article that preppers want to read include first-aid and medical preparedness. If I include the desire to know herbal remedies and essential oils, it would be the first, even before food storage.

I understand why this topic is so important. When I first started in preparedness, the topic that was the most important for me was medical preparedness. Food and water is pretty easy if you are willing to search the internet. However, medical preparedness takes a level of skill.
With medical costs going through the roof, Dr.’s prescribing antibiotics for every little ailment, inappropriate personal questions when you visit the dr., and more, preppers are looking to learn some basics of taking care of their health. I wrote about this in Do Preppers Know the Future of Medicine? 5 Ways to Prepare Now!

The fact is that like everything else, going to the doctor at the first sign of a little something or something is the thing to do. Cheap co-pays and a desire for a quick fix has taught us that there is a med “for that.”

Some of the specifics that preppers inquired about where: medical storage, how to store medical supplies for the long term. Others wanted to not only know what kinds of meds to store, but how and when to use them.

On the essential oil and herbal remedy front, preppers wanted to have more in-depth articles. I agree that some of these type of articles are short and don’t give enough information. In cases where I needed more info., I have turned to my friend Nick (through email) over at The Herbal Survivalist or researched myself.

I believe that this will be more and more of a trend. As a result, I have started using essential oils (and became an affiliate with Spark Naturals) and stock up on meds that I know my family might use. One resource that is invaluable is Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s book, The Survival Medicine Handbook. Their book is different from most medical preparedness books because they write from a collapse medical scenario. Read my review on their book – Click Here.

For more info., visit the Prepper Website Tag Cloud:

Seven Way Tie

The next category of articles are a seven way tie: prepping on a budget, wilderness survival, frugal living, foraging, alternative energy, communications and making clothing.

Prepping on a Budget – Articles in this category have always been popular. Preppers want to know how to do more with less. This has picked up steam since our economy has really started to tank. It’s not just about “buying” gear, but knowing how to use what you have an learning how to make due.

Wilderness Survival – I wonder if this goes back to the romantic idea that people will bugout when the SHTF? I don’t know. I know I like the outdoors and so I’m always wanting to learn how to cook over an open flame, make traps, build shelters, etc…

Frugal Living – I wrote before that I believe this is going to be a big trend in the coming years. It goes hand in hand with prepping on a budget, but goes further than just preparedness. It is one reason why I started Page 3 – Frugal Living on Prepper Website.

Foraging – Yes, this is a lost art. There are websites that are devoted to this like Eat the Weeds and Foraging Texas. The best advice I have ever read about learning how to forage is to identify 5 wild edibles in your area. Learn to identify them in every season. Learn how to eat them/cook them. Then, learn another 5! It would be good to start your own journal complete with pictures that you take and print out yourself.

Alternative Energy – This is another trend that I believe is going to be big in the coming future. As our electrical grid ages, with no plans to upgrade the infrastructure, we are going to see more brown and blackouts. Add to that the possibility of a terrorist attack, real or cyber and this can be a problem. As solar panels become cheaper and better built, it is a no brainer to have some sort of alternative power to charge up phones, laptops and have some light. This is especially important for those who depend on electricity for medical devices.

Communications – There has been a lot done on this. But preppers are still wanting to read about how to communicate. This is where HAM radio comes into play. But it also has the ability to cover so much more. I wonder if the abundance of cell phones and the accessibility we know have to everyone at anytime plays into the desire to learn other ways of communication?

Making Clothes – This topic was a surprise for me. I didn’t realize that there would be so many wanting to learn how to make clothes. This is definitely a lost art for most people. And I’m sure that finding articles on how to make shirts, pants, winter clothes, etc… aren’t hard to find online. However, it is not a topic that most prepper websites write about.

One Category to Highlight

Although this topic didn’t make it in one of the above sections, I think it is worth mentioning. Several asked about articles that help prepare with disabled people, the old and young. This is a topic that I see few articles on, but I’m sure it touches a lot of preppers. The issue with this topic is that most articles will be very general and not specific. So, it would be up to those caring for disabled family members to know what to “think about in making preparations” and then plan accordingly.

Other Topics

  • Lastly, these topics received a few mentions and I would like to list them
  • Real life examples (stories) of preparedness, like from Argentina and Zimbabwe
  • How to and DIY articles on repurposing and recycling – should be considered in the frugal category.
  • Urban survival
  • Living off-grid
  • Keeping preps organized
  • Prepping with kids

My Thoughts

As stated in the two previous articles, there isn’t really any new revelations. The major themes of preparedness are there and the types of articles that the preparedness community want to read are pretty much what I see a lot of the time as I read and link to articles on Prepper Website.
The one thing I would add is that I read and see a lot of articles that I don’t link to. So, I might be a little biased in saying that I see many of these types of articles already written and out there.

One thing that stood out to me, was that there were no questions or desire to see articles on firearms, protection or self-defense.  This is such a big category, and a topic that I assume we are going to have to deal with as our economy tanks and people become more desperate.  Is the lack for articles in this topic because people feel relatively safe here in the US or is it because there is an over abundance of these types of articles?

I think that one thing the prepper community would like to see when they read articles is more of a how-to approach. Articles that are laid out step-by-step with a lot of pictures might be more popular. I speak from my own experience when I say this. For example, when I was looking up how to use mylar bags and oxygen absorbers to make my own food storage buckets, I read a bunch of articles, but when I was able to see it in video and how-to pictures, it made it all sink in. Preparedness bloggers need to remember that the topic of preparedness is so important, that people wanting to prepare don’t want to just “wing-it.” Preppers want to have confidence in their preps and as a result, they want to have confidence in the knowledge that they are reading to prep.

If you would like to learn more about any preparedness topic, and feel comfortable that you are not randomly getting information from a Google Search, you can visit the Prepper Website Tag Cloud.  Make sure you bookmark it!

 

Peace,
Todd

 

Raw Data Below

How to prepare on a tight budget,
Proper medical storage needs. Have food covered
Step by step outlines on preparedness plans…A to Z.
… how ordinary people in present day TEOTWAWKI situations survive.
Especially people in Zimbabwe, Argentina, etc. Please have look at this unbelievable woman in Zimbabwe and link her to your site if you can. I an very interested how she and other have survived in that country for so long. Her name in Cathy Buckle. My personal hero.

http://www.cathybuckle.com/

I would like to read more about how to preserve food the old ways.
Actual exprences
I would like more well written articles on herbal medicine and essential oils.
What happens after about the first 3 months after the SHTF?
water purification
I would like to see a food storage list for a family of four and how to put it together to make family meals…..like a month’s worth of recipes with food storage list needed to prepare them so it could be multiplied to get 3-6-9-12 month lists/recipes. I’m storing food, but I’m having problems “seeing” it translated into meals.

I know what to do in a fire….but I’d like a list of specific actions to take right after a hurricane or earthquake in order of priority.
Right now my biggest fear is a Pandemic with cases of Ebola in Texas has got me thinking that I’m not ready.
i would like to read more on wilderness survival.
Warning signs before catastrophe.
I would like to read more on how to repurpose items I would normally throw away.
What kind of meals to prepare from storage.
First Aid and Medical Preparedness
I would like to read more on the healing arts.
The reality for me as a single independent senior with no family close by is sheltering in place. Should I have to evacuate – which where I live would be a major earthquake – I would likely be going to an emergency shelter. I would like to see an article on bugging ut to a shelter.
Articles about financial preparedness, prepping on a low budget
More articles on killing/trapping/prepping animals, but not one’s where you have to take down a buffalo with a slingshot kind of thing. Try to keep it as simple as possible.
Urban survival, survival life-hacks, caching…
Water purification followed by wild foods. Has anyone made a water still from cooking pans??
Alternative energy
dyi food preps
comunication

I like to read about all aspects of prepping
Bartering, identifying or establishing prepper communities, emergency communications, making clothing, equine skills.
The fulfillment of biblical prophesy
I like good P.A.W stories but I read every thing.
Articles on how to make basic things, simple chemicals, medicines, etc. There are for instance a lot of articles on over the counter medicines but few on when to use them. There are many articles on making black powder, but few on making saltpeter.
I would like to read more on urban survival.
backup power
Well I am reading anything that I can read that is not costing money, rather use the money on items I will need. So anything that will help.
Would like to know more about wilderness survival
food storage info, different ways and with what to make a fire, diesel generators, old cars with no computer chips in them, where to get them how much, which are dependable, instructions on Faraday Boxes large and small, and what to do with a Ham radio to protect it while you are using it from EMP
I would like to read more on sheltering in place
getting better training for all disasters
I read a lot of articles. I try to take a well-rounded approach to preparedness, rather than focus on one or two areas exclusively.
spiritual preparedness…we have a ministry that has been doing that for 25 years…www.reclaimingvictory.org
I would like to read more on the emotional and physical stresses that we may encounter if things got real bad. The stress could be so overwhelming that it will paralyze many folks. Being able to except the situation that you are in will be paramount to taking the next step in our own survival.
I would like to read articles on bartering and how to improve so an individual isn’t cheating themselves by consistently undervaluing what items or services they have to offer.

I would like to read more about storing of water, i do use 2 litre bottles at the moment, but would like advice on something larger without too much work , like building etc
Food storage
Other than voting the idiots out, what are some other courses the average citizen can take to turn things around? Tea Party is a joke here. Even local offices can only be attained if your rich and can buy your campaign in. Castle protection and DIY security upgrades would be of interest.

Articles on dealing with infants, young children & disabled people (wheelchairs/mobility issues) during a crisis. Maybe interviews on what real people have done, and not articles based on supposition. Interviews with psychologists, doctors & other professionals.
Would like to read more in depth on decontamination and safety measures for pandemics.
Making necessary items when they are no longer available(clothes,shoes,ect)
Maps and alternative routes like fire roads, concrete flood control channels, river beds… After SHTF.
Power generation, aquaponics, mental preparedness, Water purification and storage
How to prepare when you are on a fixed income. Frugality is a must!
Do it yourself solar power. I gues that is preparedness tho
Carrying more using less space
I would like to see an article on packing my bug out bag accompanied by photos diagrams etc on what should go where. Not just generalizations. I need specifics.
I would love to read more on how other preppers prepare and why. I like to learn from others.
if i was stuck in my home without electricity how would i then prep?
Food storage
I would like to read more on how other preppers stay organized and how they prioritize their preparation plans.
Home skills- cooking, cleaning, health remedies that WORK, making/ repairing clothing and other necessary things.
Kids and prepping, pets and prepping, wilderness survival, hunting and fishing and preparing what you get, preparing for off the electric grid living
Ways to pack things away, especially with little room, ways to deter looters.

Things that are verified, I’m tired of reading things published by bozo’s that are for scaring and not true.
More articles written by women, and not just patronizing ones like “OMG how do I change my tampon in the woods?!” or “How do I entertain the children while my big strong husband is out hunting?”. Actual, in depth articles about survival, firearms, self defense, ANYTHING. Bonus points if nothing on the page is pink.

Prepping for the handicapped, elderly, disabled
I’d like to find more articles on local foraging and meeting like minded locals.
tsunami prepairedness
I am pretty much a loner, with just my closest family. I have a hard time putting effort in a community, but I know that is extremely important!
first aid
How to prepare for disasters with small children. Bugging in or retreating, it all seems impossible with kids.

Gear reviews, class reviews, how to pages, planning your own preparedness planner, etc…
Water purification and finding more potable water when & IF TSHTF? Also edible weeds & plants in my Midwest area.
Old skills we have all lost due to electricity and technology.
Id like to read more on wilderness survival in cold weather

Farming and alternative power. Communications (ham)
medicine

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Are You REALLY Going to Retire? Some Thoughts on Why You Shouldn't!

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I live in a world that is always talking about retirement, the education system.  Most teachers put in their time, retire and start a second career.  Now, I’m not insinuating that educators just work for their retirement.  In fact, I know many teachers who could retire, but they love what they do so they continue on.  However, the fact is that retirement usually always comes up from year to year, usually at the beginning of the year.

Retirement also comes up in the mainstream.  With our aging Baby Boomer generation and the current financial situation, everyone knows that Social Security and other government programs won’t be able to keep up.  The system is dependent on more workers to pay into the system to cover the costs of the retired and senior citizens.

As the economic situation becomes more dire, the government will either have to cut back on benefits, which many won’t like, or they will have to print more, which devalues the funds retired people do get which doesn’t buy what is used to buy.  Recent violent protests have happened in foreign countries because of austerity measures that should be implemented because of government benefits that are becoming too costly.

But in reality, retirement is a fairly new trend, as far as world history goes.  And it really became a necessity when big business needed to move the slower, not as healthy, older worker out for the younger, faster, healthier worker.

“Retirement came in very handy in the United States, where large numbers of aging factory workers were wandering around the Industrial Revolution, dropping things into the works, slowing down assembly lines, taking too many personal days and usurping the places of younger, more productive men with families to support. It was one thing when an occasional superannuated farmer leaned on his hoe in an agrarian culture — a few bales of hay more or less didn’t matter. But it was quite another when lots of old people caused great unemployment among younger workers by refusing to retire. The Great Depression made the situation even worse. It was a Darwinian sacrificial moment. Retirement was a necessary adaptation and everybody knew it, but the old guys were not going quietly. The toughest among them refused to quit, even when plant managers turned up the conveyor belts to Chaplinesque speeds.”

Source: This History of Retirement

So instead of losing money on employees, big business decided to pay them off.  Where did the idea start, California!  But the Federal government couldn’t stand by and let CA take all the credit, FDR got into the act and…. Social Security was born…

By 1935, it became evident that the only way to get old people to stop working for pay was to pay them enough to stop working. A Californian, Francis Townsend, initiated a popular movement by proposing mandatory retirement at age 60. In exchange, the Government would pay pensions of up to $200 a month, an amount equivalent at the time to a full salary for a middle-income worker. Horrified at the prospect of Townsend’s radical generosity, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the Social Security Act of 1935, which made workers pay for their own old-age insurance.

Source: This History of Retirement

So basically, retirement was a way for others to say, “get out of the way!  You’re slow and not valuable anymore!”  Well, I’m not really wanting to go out that way!  I want to work and be of value till the day I die.  The key though, is not to be involved with big business!

Plans and Attitude for Old Age

I don’t want to depend on my money in old age being tied up in the stock market.  I know of people who lost 1/2 of their retirements in the stock market when the stock market crashed in 08.  They panicked, moved it and didn’t get it back when the stock market went back up again.  The stock market is very volatile.  Many say that we can’t experience another uptick like we had this century.  I’m not saying that it is a bad thing to have some money in the stock market, I just don’t want to depend on it for my old age.  I want to have resources available to me.  I want to have tangibles.  I don’t want to have to depend on a big huge chunk of change!

Of course, you do need money, at least if you want to live in the real world.  So, there must be a way for someone who is retired, to continue to make money and not count on the stock market, the government, or even in the banks.  This is where the “wisdom” of old age can kick in and help.

Retired people have skills and abilities and know how to use them.  They might not be the most fit or the most healthy, of course, that is relative to who you are talking to, but they have knowledge.  I really believe that those that are in retirement or entering into retirement, really need to start preparing for what and how they will continue to contribute to their finances.   That’s what I plan to do.  I might not be able to lift like I can now.  I might not be able to work long hours outside, but I will be able to work.

The Family Factor

This brings me to another topic that should be considered.  In the past, the family unit was closer to each other, if not on the same  property and land.  Today, families can be spread out all over the world and only see each other on holidays.  I believe that as the economy gets tighter, families should think about this.  You should be there for your parents.  You should be there for your kids.

I know that there are many out there who just can’t stand to be under the same roof with family for too long.  Why?  It used to not be so?  Maybe it’s a “me” attitude or a respect thing.  But I can see only benefits from being close to my family.  Yes, there might be times when we need breathers from each other, but doesn’t everyone?  I don’t know…maybe it’s all in the way you were raised.

Am I Really Going to Retire?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I don’t plan on retiring the way the normal American thinks about retiring today.  I’m not going to draw money from my IRA, worry if I’m going to have enough till I die, sit in front of the TV waiting to for my jello to harden up in the refrigerator.  I’m going to stay active, resourceful and relevant.  I’ll plan out my garden, hopefully raise chickens and continue to be a resource to others.

What do you think?  I would really like to here from some retired folks…or some in retirement age who are bucking the system!

 

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Should We Protect Ourselves from Our Own Government? Your Feedback Requested!

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If you bounce around on Preparedness websites for any amount of time, you are bound to read an article on how the government has a grand plan to place all liberty minded people in a special FEMA camp or you’ll read something about a grand conspiracy that has been in the works since Pharaoh wouldn’t, “Let my people go” or something of the sort… It makes for interesting reading and sometimes it has a little truth to it to give the story a little bit of credibility. But we shouldn’t allow such stories or reports to shock us into fear and not carry on with our lives and our preparedness goals.

I know that I have even been swept up in the hysteria before. One time, a person I respect received “insider knowledge” of something that was going to happen a few months down the road. He received it from a trusted friend who knew this other trusted friend… He was so convinced that he convinced me. I asked some of the men from my church to get together after church to talk about it. Reason prevailed and of course, the given time came and went and not even a fart in the wind happened!

Like I said, some of this stuff is fun reading, if you can read it and not freak out. The truth is, it plays into our fears. The key is to think it through logically. For example, a quick Google search, “Were are the FEMA camps,” led me to this website, the first link on the page, “Location of FEMA Concentration Camps.” If you scroll down to Texas, where I live, it says,

 

Texas:

Ft.Hood Ft. Hood has a newly built concentration camp, constructed complete with towers, high fencing, and barbed wire.

Mexia WWII German/ Italian POW camp being renovated.

Amarillo FEMA Detention facility

 

Only 3 camps? Another quick search of “Amarillo FEMA Camp” took me to this site,

 

Carswell AFB – Fort Worth – 3,274
Dyess AFB – Abilene – 6,437
Fort Bliss – El Paso – Extensive renovation of buildings – 1,100,000
Goodfellow AFB – San Angelo – 1,137
Kelly AFB – San Antonio – 4,660
Pantex Plant
Amarillo – FEMA designated detention facility -16,000
Sheppard AFB – FEMA designated detention facility.
Austin – Robert Mueller Municipal airport has detention areas inside hangars.
Bastrop – Prison and military vehicle motor pool.
Eden – 1500 bed privately run federal center. Currently holds illegal aliens.
Ft. Hood – (Killeen -north of Austin) – Newly built concentration camp, with towers, barbed wire etc.
Reese AFB (Lubbock) – FEMA designated detention facility.
North Dallas – near Carrolton – water treatment plant, close to interstate and railroad.
Mexia – East of Waco 33mi.; WWII German facility may be renovated.
Beaumont / Port Arthur area – hundreds of acres of federal camps already built on large-scale detention camp design.
Ft. Worth – Federal prison under construction on the site of Carswell AFB. This is a women’s prison.

 

That’s a little better, 17 camps!

So if we look at this logically, even with all these camps, could they hold all the “liberty minded” people in Texas? According to WolframAlpha, the Texas population is 26.45 million! Out of 26.45 million, how many of those are “liberty minded?” I can tell you a whole hell of a lot! Does it makes sense to put all these people in FEMA camps? Would they have the room? Texas is a big state, If people started getting “rounded-up”, wouldn’t word get out? It would! And then every Texan who ever hunted white tail deer would all of the sudden become a sniper! I know tons of hunters, who are not preppers, who would never allow something like this to happen! Think about it!

The reason I’m going here is because I recently received a comment on Prepper Website.  A reader is very discouraged and asked, “I have viewed lots on prepping on TV, but I would like someone to tell me how are we going to prepare for our own GOV. turning on the American people, because I think that is more likely to happen then anything else.

I will give this reader that our government seems to be overly oppressive at this time. We see the police in Ferguson armed to the teeth and we saw it in Boston too, after the Boston Marathon bombing. I vividly remember remarking to my family that Bostonians didn’t realize what they were doing when they showed the public cheering for the police right after they had been forced into martial law.

 

 

To fuel this oppression, we hear and see rural police receiving military hardware when there is no reason that they would need it. But what about school police needing military hardware? According to a September 2014 article in the Huffington Post,

 

School police in several California public school districts are ready for anything — including, apparently, a small invasion.

The open news website MuckRock found through a recent Freedom of Information Act request that not only are California state and local police departments receiving military-grade equipment from the Department of Defense, but several school police departments are as well… The M16s were valued at $499 each, the grenade launchers at $720, and the mine-resistant vehicles, or MRAPs, at $733,000.

Source

 

M16’s, grenade launchers, mine-resistant vehicles??? I know….Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot!

What are we to think? How are we supposed to respond?

I think it is important to remember that the government is not really sure what it is doing. I recently wrote, What the Government is Really Saying... If they can’t even plan for Ebola and handle the debt, what makes you think that they have a grand plan to enslave the American people? Yes, they will be oppressive. We will see more Ferguson like riots and such. But the fact that the government is reacting this way shows that they don’t have another solution, “might will make right” in their eyes.

On the other hand, I think the American public is starting to have enough of the oppression. You can see the anger and frustration boiling over. The uncertainty of our future, economics on Main Street, available jobs, healthcare, food prices, etc… is starting to be felt. There is always a breaking point. I think one reason why the protests that we have seen in regards to Officer Daniel Pantaleo not getting indicted in the Eric Garner investigation, being so large is part of this. I believe people are partly protesting excessive force being used by police and partly there is a feeling of overall frustration.

This is how I get through…

  • Life goes on! – I go to work. I go to my kid’s football games. I get my vehicle inspected. I’m not rocking myself in the fetal position in the corner waiting for the hammer to drop!
  • I stay aware! – I read articles, watch videos, listen to podcasts, visit alternative media websites, monitor Twitter and catch the mainstream news from time to time. If something is going to happen, I’m going to know about it.
  • I prepare! – I’m a prepper. I prepare for the most common of emergencies: hurricane, financial problems, etc… But you know that because you are reading this article and more than likely you are a prepper too!
  • I’m not going into debt! – I’m making good financial decisions, even if that means we don’t have the newest, shiniest “thingy.”
  • I’m investing! – When I do buy something, I want to make sure it is quality and will last!
  • I have faith! – God is bigger than any government!  There is a future that I trust in where the only preps I need to worry about is where my heart is and if I’m forgiven.  And this faith brings more peace than anything I could possiblly stockpile here on Earth!

I really wasn’t expecting this post to be this long. I was really wanting to provide a forum for other preppers to respond to the question that was left on the Prepper Website… Again, a reader asked, ” I have viewed lots on prepping on TV, but I would like someone to tell me how are we going to prepare for our own GOV. turning on the American people, because I think that is more likely to happen then anything else.

 

What would you say to this reader? What advice would you offer? Leave your comment below.

 

 

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A Non-Prepper's Guide to Making Big Decisions!

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Making the wrong decision in a crucial time in life can really set you back.  As preppers, we make big decisions all the time.  And for some of us, a bad decision can cost you more than money!

For example, you might want to homestead, move out to the country or even the redoubt!  But picking up and moving, without really considering if it is the right move is not good.  We wish there was a fool-proof way of knowing if our decisions were the best for us at that time.  It would be nice to just ask someone or get our answers from a crystal ball.  Unfortunately, it’s not that easy!

However, there is one question that you can ask, that takes all the emotion and other things away that hinder you from making a good decision.  That question and follow-up questions are discussed in the newest release of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast.

I’ve been listening to Andy Stanley for a long time.  I’ve shown his videos at church and listen to his podcasts in my truck.

This specific podcast is called “Ask It.”  It touches on Andy’s new book by the same title.  Listen to the podcast for a very simple question to ask yourself when you are making big decisions.  Don’t let the simplicity of the question deter you from listening to the whole podcast.  Andy does a good job of “unpacking” and applying it.  If you like what you here, you can download and read the first chapter of his new book – click here.

Listen to the podcast below….  or open it in a new window – click here.

 

 

If you would like to buy Andy’s book, Ask It, you can – click here!

 

 

 

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Middle Earth Withdrawls

Ok, so this isn’t very preparedness or educational in nature.  But, I want to post it here for Tolkien fans who are having withdrawals of Middle Earth, Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Dragons, Sauron…and that darn ring!  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out December 17, 2014.  If you are needing a quick Middle Earth Boost, I stumbled on this Indie production called “The Hunt for Goluum.”  I think it is well done, considering it was produced not-for-profit.  And, all the shots are original, meaning the 38 min. video doesn’t contain any video from previous movies.

Here it is…  What do you think???

 

 

And, the reason I stumbled across this video?  I click on a 3 minute cliff-notes version of Tolkien’s Silmarillion.  Yes, I will admit that I started reading it when I was a kid and didn’t finish it.  But for those of you who haven’t heard of it, here is the cliff notes version.

 

 

And well….if you just need a little bit more…  Both 5 Armies Trailers put together…

 

 

 

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