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I read a lot  in an effort to post the best PREPAREDNESS content on Prepper Website.  Sometimes though, I wonder if the Preparedness Community might have some questions that are not getting answered by the Preparedness websites and forums.  In an effort to provide a place to exchange ideas and gather information, I have created this questionnaire with 4 short questions.

I will keep this questionnaire up for about a week and then synthesis the questions and  share them here.  My goals is to provide Preparedness bloggers with a host of great questions and topics in which articles that are valuable to the Preparedness Community can be prepared and posted.

The questionnaire is anonymous.  So, feel free to ask any preparedness related question that you might have.  I hope that this questionnaire and the responses from the preparedness community will be a blessing to all.

Peace,
Todd

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Top 10 Prepper Website Posts of All Time!

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This summer (2014), Prepper Website hit a sort of milestone.  The actual day past me up, but somewhere between droughts, earthquakes, CME’s, war, terrorism and financial collapse, PW linked to its 10,000 article!  When you take into account that I post many of the best articles on preparedness, that’s a lot of great content that the Prepper Community is putting out!

In celebration of this milestone, I decided to look back at the articles that generated the most traffic and share them again with you.  They are as relevant now as they were then.  I hope you enjoy them!

The Top 10 Prepper Website Posts of All  Time are:

  1. Survival Communications on the Cheap…or…How I put together a HAM radio setup for less than $120.00 that allows me to talk with other HAMS hundreds of miles away. – The Survivalist Blog.
  2. 30 Survival Tips From Les Stroud – Prepare4survival
  3. Sugardine, an Easy to Use, Homemade Antiseptic – Preparedness Advice Blog
  4. 8 Easy Ways to Increase Your Preparedness Knowledge - Food Storage & Survival
  5. VID:Quick Tip — Easy Way To Delimb A Pole – Reality Survival – Youtube
  6. 3 Ways to PROTECT Your Family in the Future - Ed that Matters
  7. Baby Steps: Have to Evacuate? Take Your Info Along – Emergency Essentials – Be Prepared
  8. Sorry to Get Your Panties in a Wad, But This Has to Be Said. **WARNING – Contains Graphic Images** – Whole New Mom
  9. We’re Living Within A Money Bubble of Epic Proportion – Peak Prosperity
  10. VID: Here is how to find a survival water source in vines - Survival Common Sense

Now, I believe that a lot goes into how many times an article gets viewed on Prepper Website.  For instance, if I only link to 6 articles, there is less of the “new posts” to choose from.  So, there are many GREAT articles that didn’t make the list.  I’m working on another way to highlight those! :-)

I also want to share some of the top internal Prepper Website pages and posts.  These range from The Featured Website of the Month to a product or book review.  Here are the Top 3.

  1. Prepping for the Beginner – List of links/articles
  2. Page 2 News - Feeds from news sources on: collapse, precious metals, liberty movement, 2nd ammendment, war, Middle East, etc…
  3. An Open Letter to Family & Friends

And lastly, the Top 5 Preparedness Websites that have the most “click outs,” meaning readers have clicked over to their articles are:

  1. SHTFPlan
  2. Backdoor Survival
  3. The Survivalist Blog
  4. Modern Survival Blog
  5. Graywolf Survival

I’m sure over time, these articles and websites will change. I look forward to many more years of providing great content to the Preparedness Community!

Peace,

Todd

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3 Barter Items You Probably Haven't Considered But Will Be Valuable Even If the Poop Doesn't Hit the Fan!

barter1The idea of bartering gets a lot of attention in the Preparedness Community.  Many preppers believe that when the SHTF and our economic system crashes, precious metals and bartering will be the system of exchange.  As a result, preppers stockpile certain items that might be desired in a post-SHTF world.

There are many lists out there.  From time to time, someone comes up with a new list that includes items that others haven’t considered.  The thing that preppers need to remember is the difference between “needs” and “wants.”  If you want to stockpile items, you should be concentrating on what people will “need” vs. what they might “want” in a post-SHTF situation.  Of course, some people’s “wants” might be another’s “needs.”  So, this can always be subjective.

I think about items that I would want if I was in a post-SHTF world.  I try to imagine a typical day and what would be valuable to me and maybe to others.  Below are three items that might be barter worthy if/when the SHTF.

Medicine – This is a no brainer.  In a post-SHTF world, people are still going to need medicine and have health issues.  Yes, if all hell breaks loose, those who know how to use herbs to heal will share with the rest, but that will take time and people will still need meds!  However, what I want to highlight here is not just the stockpiling of meds, but the stockpiling and repackaging of medicines.

If you are planning on bartering with some sinus medicine, there is nothing that says that you have to barter away a whole bottle or package.  This idea really hit home with me when I read one of Rawles’ books, I think Survivors.  In the book, there is a character that stocks up on seeds.  Later, she starts a bartering store and one of the things she barters with are seeds.  But she doesn’t barter away the whole packet, she barters a few seeds for items that people might want/have.  The same concept applies here with meds.

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Above you will see some meds that I have in my Altoids First Aid Kit.  I purchased the plastic bags at Walmart in the crafts section.  In the pic, I have Advil, Sudafed and Benadryl.  Wouldn’t it make sense to barter a small package of meds instead of the whole box or package?  You could even barter away a combination package.  Think like a business here!

If you choose to do this, keep all the meds in their original package until you need to barter them.  Remember, medicine expires, but it doesn’t go bad, it just loses its potency.  So rotate them, but never throw them away.  And for those of you who just want to know this…just stay away from Tetracycline if you are concerned that it will harm you.  I believe the issue with Tetracycline was fixed, but whatever…there are other options.

hornAir Horn – Air horns make a lot of noise…basically a big horn sound in a little can.  This might fall in the “wants” category, but it could easily find itself over in the “needs” category.  Let me explain…

Make a Perimeter Alarm – What if you find yourself at your bug out retreat, camp ground, house, etc… after the SHTF with just your family.  If you are not part of a big group that has trained and setup proper defenses, you might have to live in constant worry and fear that someone sneaks up on your family in the middle of the night.  Setting up a perimeter alarm with an air horn is so simple and cheap, you will kick yourself for not having this option available to you.  Check out this article over at Outdoor Life for more info.

 

 

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Communicate with Far Away Neighbors – We camped out on our first couple of trips to my dad’s property in East Texas.  We can see our closest neighbors behind us, but they are really far away.  But still, in the woods, at night, sound travels.  One evening, our neighbors decided to play loud music and shoot off a ton of firearms.  This went on all hours of the night.  I suspect that mom and dad weren’t home.  It wasn’t very cool to have to try and sleep through all that, but it brought home the idea of how sound travels out there.

So in a post-SHTF world, you could setup with your neighbors that certain blasts on the air horn mean certain things.  For example:

  • 3 blasts of the horn = emergency come quick (could mean having to defend against others)
  • 2 blasts of the horn = meet me half way, I have something to tell you

I’m sure there are other uses that we can come up with, feel free to share below.

greatstuffGreat Stuff Foam – You’ve seen this “stuff.”  A big red can that shoots out expanding foam.  In a post-SHTF world, houses will shift, repairs will need to be made, holes will need to be sealed.  If you are a carpenter and have the materials, this won’t be a big deal.  But there are many who won’t have the skills and more than likely won’t have the materials since all the Home Depot’s will be closed.  This stuff might come in real handy!

In closing, when it comes to stockpiling items for barter, I think you need to be real careful.  You should first make sure you have the important preps taken care of: food, water, self-defense, medicine, shelter,etc…  You also need to really think through what might be needed in a post-SHTF world.  Some things that I have seen on lists might not really be necessary.  You could find yourself with a bunch of stuff no one needs.

For more articles on bartering, click here and here!

 

 

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The Prepper Website Family of Sites

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The Prepper Website Family of Sites

 

Prepper Website – An aggregator of the very best preparedness articles on the internet.  Prepper Website is updated daily.  You can also subscribe to the newsletter and get direct links to every article posted the day before.  To subscribe – click here.

Top Prepper Websites – A list of top prepper websites ranked by the Preparedness Community.  Voters can vote “FOR” their favorite website by clicking on their link on their website.  You can also vote “OUT” by clicking on their link on Top Prepper Websites.  Visit the popular websites, but visit the lesser known websites too.

Ed that Matters – My personal blog.  I write on matters of preparedness and at times, education.  I try to approach articles from different perspectives.  Don’t miss an article, you can subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.  For subscribing, you will get a FREE Family Emergency Contact PDF that you can save, edit and print out for the whole family.

Totally Homestead – An rss feed aggregator of Homesteading blogs.  You can visit Totally Homestead and see all the newest articles posted on your favorite homesteading websites.

Your Preparedness Story - A website for The Preparedness Community to post their own articles, pics, recipes, tips, etc… You don’t have to create your own website or wait to hear back from a website owner to get your article posted.  On YPS, you post articles yourself.  There is a video tutorial on the top of the front page that shows you how to post your own content.  All the posts go out to Prepper Website social media channels.  If a post seems relevant to Prepper Website readers, articles might be posted there too.  To be informed of new articles on YPS, subscribe to the newsletter – click here.

Prepper Small Biz – This site was created to support small preparedness businesses.  It doesn’t matter if they are online or local, you can find preparedness businesses on PSB by categories.  You can also find reviews on certain preparedness related gear and equipment.

The Preparedness Review – A Bi-Annual eReview (Spring & Winter) for the Preparedness Community.  You will find some of the best articles written by well-known preppers on the internet.  The idea is that TPR will contain articles that you will want to have if the internet is not around anymore.  Click here to download past issues.  If you want to subscribe to the newsletter, you can subscribe on the TPR homepage.  Newsletter subscribers find out about new issues first!

Top Prepper Websites – Social Media – This site works exactly like Top Prepper Websites.  However, the focus is on the social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Youtube.

Page 2 News – For Those Keeping An Eye on Things – A sub-domain of Prepper Website, Page 2 News pulls in current news in the categories of collapse, pandemic, Liberty Movement, 2nd Amendment, stock market, war, Middle East, conspiracy, border, revolution, gold and silver and terrorism.  The site updates daily.

 

 

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An Open Letter to My Past Female Students Entering College

FormerI started in education late in life. It was kind of a lateral move since my wife and I ran a group home for kids for 11 1/2 years. And although many of the kids we had in our group home are married or have kids of their own, the students that I first taught, have this year started college. It seems like a long way from 2nd and 4th grade, but it goes by fast!

I also have some good friends who have a daughters who have moved away from home into dorms or apartments for the first time ever. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be scary. With all the stuff that I read for Prepper Website, it is very easy to see the world as a crazy and dangerous place for a young woman…or anyone for that matter. But when you’re 18 years old, and away from home for the first time, you don’t always see it that way. Dad and mom can give all the advice they can give, but in the end, they are mom and dad and they are supposed to worry. So their advice might not be taken as serious. Lately, I’ve been thinking about young people that I know who are going away to college this year, and I’ve chosen to write them a letter, hoping they will take some advice from one of their former teachers.

Dear Student,

I’m very proud of you! Graduating high school, with all the standardized tests and dumb requirements that really don’t mean anything nowadays is an accomplishment. You’ve shown that you can manage certain responsibilities and now you are moving on to bigger responsibilities and to tackle bigger accomplishments. I know it probably doesn’t seem like it to you, but time has flown by. And it will continue to fly by. Soon, you’ll be tackling BIG challenges that not only effect you for four years, but will impact you for a lifetime: marriage, kids, career, etc.. In fact, all the challenges of college will seem like a cake walk on the other side of graduation. But until then, I want to give you a little advice for your college years. Because, although you are going to have some BIG decisions to make after college, some of the things you do right now can also impact you for the rest of your life. It’s a crazy world out there. I want you to tackle it and come out on the other side feeling successful and knowing that you accomplished everything you set out to do! I’m writing this letter to give you a little bit of practical advice about how you can safely achieve your goals and experience all that college life has to offer.

Become very familiar with your surroundings. Learn your campus like the back of your hand. Know where your classes are located BEFORE the day you have class. If it is a night class, make sure you walk it during the day. Know where the student center is located, the bookstore, the library, the campus police headquarters and where the emergency call boxes are located. Know which areas are lit up well at night and which places to avoid after certain times. Ask older female students about the campus and for advice. This might be scary, but pay attention to big bushes or places where someone could jump out at you. Don’t walk around with your head buried in your cell phone. Keep your eyes up and scan the areas where you are walking. I want you to be safe.

Always, always, always go with someone. Two are better than one and three is even better! Never attempt to walk across campus or go to a meeting or whatever by yourself. If you have a class and don’t know anyone who is taking the class, make friends with someone quick. Ask them if you can walk together to your destination. A little bit of being proactive here will go along way!

Find friends that you can count on. If you go out for the evening, to eat, to a party or to a club, determine that you and your friend will not separate from each other for ANY REASON. Actually, if you are going to a club, it would be better to have a group of friends go who will always partner up, even to go to the restroom. Please be aware of your drink! Evil people will slip drugs in your cup and you will wake up the next morning not remembering anything. This is why having someone else with you, who can help back you up is important.

Make boys work for it. I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about the time and effort you put into a relationship. Make sure you know the opposite sex very well before going out on a date. Have “study dates,” with others there, in the library. Meet up in the student center for lunch. Sit together at a football or basketball game. If they really like you and want to get to know you, they will respect that you want to take it slow.  Doing so will allow you to see their real character and what they are “REALLY” after.

Always tell someone what you are doing or where you are going. This is important if someone needs to find you or get a hold of you. Don’t just count on your cell phone. They lose power and can have bad coverage in some spots. It’s always responsible to let someone know where you are and what you’re doing, even if you are going somewhere with friends.

Think about what you would do to protect yourself if you need to. Something simple as a good can of mace is not a bad thing to have in your purse. Get familiar with it and learn how to use it. Get a good can, not a cheap one that will break easily.  You can also carry around a specially made whistle to draw attention to yourself.

Stay up to date on news. Many universities have emergency text messages and social media messages regarding emergency news. Be sure that you will receive an alert if there is an emergency campus wide. It’s not a bad idea to hit some news channels online every once in a while so that you know what is going on in the world. This goes for watching the weather too!

Lastly, make plans! I don’t mean never be spontaneous. I mean, know what you need to do or have if certain situations come up. For instance, make sure you have a working flashlight in case the power goes out and you need to get around your dorm in the dark. Make sure you have some food stored in the room and a means to cook it in case something happens to the cafeteria. Know where the nearest hospital is located. Have hard copies of phone numbers and email addresses somewhere safe, not just in your cell phone. Know the fastest way back home in case there is an emergency. And, I know things will be tight financially, but always try to carry $20 with you. It’s important to know what you should do in these scenarios because you might not have time to sit down and get advice or think it through when something comes up.

Again, I’m very proud of you. I know that you are going to grow into a responsible women and I can’t wait to see all your accomplishments. As you move forward on your journey, just remember that keeping in mind the above advice can keep you from a lot of grief later on. Be safe and have a ton of fun. I wish you the best!

Sincerely,
Mr. Sepulveda

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