How to Make Sure Your Stuff Lasts Forever — or Close to It

17 Jul

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: A guest contribution from Scott Huntington to The Prepper Journal.

Whether you live primarily off the grid and rarely venture to town or you simply wish to extend the life of your belongings to save money, taking certain steps can make everything from your clothes to your home last longer. Even though many now live by the convenience principle of tossing broken things and buying new, learning to extend the life of our objects also helps protect the planet we share. In a world where every other product bears a label reading “Made in China,” the cliche they just don’t build things like they used to has merit.

Any way you slice it, extending the life of anything from your car to your kitchen appliances makes sense. When survival is on the line, protecting your tools keeps you alive. Here’s how you can maintain the items you own so they last as close to forever as possible.

Extend the Life of Your Clothes

Washing and drying your clothes can cause them to pill and wear more quickly. Whenever possible, opt to hand wash your clothes. It takes longer, but it’s far kinder to the environment and your wardrobe.

Tossing your clothes in the dryer may help them dry faster, but it does a number on the fabric — the lint screen gets full of all the bits of thread pulled from the fibers of shirts and more. Plus, line-dried fabrics smell so much more amazing than those dried with chemically laden sheets. If you live in an area that prohibits outdoor clotheslines, invest in a drying rack you can place on your porch or balcony to dry your duds.

Rotate your clothes and maintain proper hygiene. When you wash a load, put the clean clothes further back in the closet so every item sees relatively equal wear. While it’s not true you must shower every day unless you’ve been working in a coal mine, do wash your armpit and groin areas twice daily, as sweat can leave salt stains on clothes.

Make Your Food Last Longer

Using the right materials for food storage requires a small upfront investment, but you will save money and your stash of strawberries in the long run. Rinsing fruits such as berries in a vinegar and water solution before putting them in the fridge eliminates bacteria that cause spoilage before your produce hits the drawer. As fruits decompose more quickly than veggies, store them in separate drawers.

Invest in quality reusable food storage containers designed for different products. Store leafy greens in cartons lined with paper towels to draw out moisture and keep them crisper longer. Keep milk in sealed glass jars to extend shelf life, and spend the money for washable cheese cloths to keep your cheddar from molding after a few days.

Keep Your Vehicle Running Strong

Protecting your vehicle means performing regular and preventive maintenance on engine and body. To keep your car or truck rust-free for years, invest in rust protection for your undercoating and wash the underside of your car regularly. Wash your car at least every other week, or more often if salt and grime accumulate faster due to inclement weather.

Keep your engine running by getting regular oil and filter changes. If you drive a four-wheel drive or high-performance vehicle, speak with your mechanic about using synthetic oil — this extends the time between changes and keeps engine heat lower. If your car is older than 2007, change the oil every 3,000 miles. Newer vehicles can average 5,000 miles between changes. Replace your air filter every 15,000 to 20,000 miles.

Do the Same for Appliances

If you’ve got an older fridge, take a dollar bill and close your refrigerator door on it. If it pulls right out, it’s time to change the gasket. Doing so costs only $30-$70 and takes a screwdriver and an Allen wrench. You’ll save a fortune on electricity and keep food fresher longer.

Change the air filters for your HVAC system out monthly. Some experts recommend doing so less often in the winter, but deciding to cut down on filter changes depends on many factors. If you have pets who shed or if you smoke, keeping up with monthly maintenance can save you in terms of costly future repairs.

When it comes to your dryer if you use one, invest in a snake wand to clean out the lint trap more effectively. Create a spill barrier when using the oven by placing cookie sheets on the rack underneath your casserole or pie. Use a paste of baking soda to clean spills up if they do occur — as soon as the oven safely cools, of course.

Protect Your Furnishings

Do you ever feel warm when you sit next to a sunny window in your home? The heat isn’t only burning your skin — it’s also fading the wood and fabrics of your furnishings. Investing in window tinting can cut your cooling and heating bills, as well as preserve the life of your leather. Even your blinds become faded over time from sun and heat, so you’ll maintain your window coverings too. A bonus of such tint is that you can see out, but strangers cannot see into your home.

If your leather furniture suffers minor tears, you can buy repair kits and fix them at home in little time. Did you carelessly take a chunk out of a chair leg with a hammer while using it for support on another project? Get some wood putty and stain to repair the nick instead of buying new.

Extend the Life of Your Roof

If your roof leaks, the entirety of your homestead can suffer damage. Extend its life by keeping your gutters clear of leaves and debris, as overflows can lead to leakage. Perform a visual inspection of your roof while you do so — if you notice missing patches of tile or shingles, repair them without delay. If water damage reaches the rafters, black mold and significant water damage can occur.

Are you roughing it and having problems with your tent gear? Keep repair tape and basic tools with you to patch holes quickly. When you change campsites, shake out tents thoroughly to remove debris and insects. Pass on using water to clean it, as this can cause mildew, but if some develops from exposure to the elements, use a distilled white vinegar and water solution to kill it. Be sure to dry the area thoroughly.

Extending the Life of Your Belongings

Living in the sticks means driving miles to get supplies — and who wants to tackle such a drive every time something breaks? If you’re living rough or minimalist, no doubt you need to preserve the life of the possessions you keep with you. Even if you live in New York City, though, extending the life of your belongings saves you major moolah. Cash is better kept in your hand or even under your mattress than doled out constantly to merchants in a disposable-minded society.

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Mobility vs Armored: Which is Better?

10 Jul

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Survival is more of an art than a science and there are as many opinions on the “right” way to do it as there are preppers. While everyone isn’t certain they have the final answer, the truth is, no one really knows because the showdown, apocalypse, calamity, SHTF, disaster, fall of America, whatever you want to call it, hasn’t happened yet. Since it hasn’t happened yet, and reliable prophets are few and far between, there is no way of knowing what kind of situation you’ll find yourself in when it arrives.

If history has taught us anything it is that the earliest ones to recognize the coming change will be mocked and chastised by the masses, and persecuted by those bringing about the coming changes. It will be subtle, covert and matter of fact as the spin is set into motion. A transgression here used to quell the first flash points by complicit and coordinated judgement by the 5th estate, supported by the social media infrastructure we see as more benevolent that would George Orwell. History abounds with such grant illusions, the sheep in denial until slaughter is inescapable. The government of Venezuela has been killing its citizens for months, do you see that on the news or do you see the latest tweet from some troll elected to Congress by a disconnected populace?

Since we all like planning for vacations and trying to get the best travel bargains so should we also be trying to plan ahead for the long term when it all goes south. That means you need to consider which option is better for you and your family. Should you hunker down in an armored bunker and ride out the storm? Or, should you opt to be mobile so you can stay one step ahead of the storm? (taking into consideration the lessons of the Golden Horde, of course.)

Armor Up

If you’ve ever been in the military you might be familiar with the saying among tank crews about scratching each other’s backs. This happened a lot in Vietnam, where a VC would wait until a tank got right up close to them. When it was close enough they would jump up on the tank and try to stuff a grenade or something down the hatches. They were locked of course; after all, what good is armor if you leave the door open?

Then a second tank would radio in that they were going to scratch the back of the first tank with the VC on it. The second tank would hose down the first tank with machine gun fire until all the enemies were gone. They knew the crew inside the first tank was safe behind all that armor so they could fire away.

Is that your goal?

A heavily armored bunker dug deep in the ground with limited access in or out, is a tough nut to crack. When the balloon goes up you’ll be safe and sound behind steel and concrete walls while the world tears itself apart outside. This is an especially good option if the outside world is engaged in a war of all against all. Widespread guerrilla warfare, mainly dependent on small arms, doesn’t generally include the use of the kind of heavy-duty explosives that could breach an armored bunker.

Properly constructed and camouflaged, your bunker might not even be noticed during that type of conflict. Once all the heavy fighting is over or has moved out of your area, you can emerge with all your own firepower intact and ready for action.

Staying Mobile

But what if a situation develops where two large enemies are fighting it out with heavy artillery and bunker buster bombs, going after anyone who won’t declare for their side? In a case like that, you might want to get out of Dodge. That means you need to stay mobile.

Wherever the fighting is, you need to be somewhere else. If you’re in a jeep or truck of some kind you’ll have to sleep in a tent or portable shelter at night. If you’re running in an RV, then you’ll be sleeping in your RV when you have the chance.

An RV is certainly an attractive choice since it has so much storage room inside and acts as a home away from home when you’re on the road. It is also clearly a civilian vehicle, one of the millions on the road, which allows you to perhaps hide in plain sight, lost in the crowd. Any military style vehicle will draw unwanted attention but an RV, the vehicle of choice for aging (and “harmless”) snowbirds, will have a much greater chance of letting you fly under the radar. 

Now driving one while armed to the teeth, decked out head-to-toe in camo and wearing your body armor might make yo boil to the top of the “harmless” crowd, but having all those items at the ready affords a measure of confidence, and preparedness that, as preppers, give us some comfort.

Staying Healthy in the Apocalypse

Weapons, armor, and mobility aside, you need to stay healthy while the world around you is eating itself. Water first, a well-stocked medical cabinet and first aid supplies is next, of course. After that, you need to ensure your and your family have a balanced diet, enough to last for several months during the initial unrest, then a good supply of seeds to grow your own food after that.

And son’t forget the value of sleep. Sleep deprivation is a well-known tactic for wearing down prisoners. Don’t do that to yourself with primitive sleeping quarters or rotten mattresses that kill your back. When it comes to survival, you need to be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and bring back a sense of balance to a world that has gone crazy.

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Survival of the Richest: How the World’s Financial Elite are Preparing for Armageddon

9 Jul

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

As we normal folks prepare for emergencies, disasters and the like, I was curious as to how one might approach this should “money be no object.” I myself have never had that problem, when cost was an afterthought, not a concern. But there are those that are born to or succeed to a point where this is their reality and in such Daniel Williams brought the following to my attention.

I for one found it fascinating, not just for the content and presentation but for the reality that if the EOTWAWKI, SHTF happens some of the “Golden Horde” is going to be its own little fiefdom, replete with private armies and weapons you only see in the movies. Another consideration to take into account as we all try to survive.

If it demonstrates anything it clearly shows that being rich and successful does not mean you are not just as flawed as us little people.

Since The New Yorker unveiled the doomsday survivalist strategies of the super-rich in 2017, the planet’s most monied men and women have proceeded to amp things up.

And you can’t fault the scope of their ambition as they look to inter-planetary escape, de facto states and even immortality to evade the collapse of our planet and the revolt of its stinking, heathen masses.

As such, the content team at Loanable have created an infographic which shows the freshest, weirdest and most popular ways the master’s of the universe will side-step doom should a catastrophe topple the natural order.

Mars Biospheres

Do you believe this better for mankind than to become extinct?

It is possible this dilemma will come to pass. Because what if Musk musters only a few thousand survivalists to colonize the red planet? It will be their duty to spread life on Mars.

Musk’s recent pledge to bring Pizza Hut to his biospheres also extends to some of The Hut’s industry rivals, so his Spaceship X survivalists will see out their days with a heady mix of fast food inside a giant greenhouse with an anti-gravity chamber on hand. Should the world end, some will perhaps consider that an upgrade on our current form of civilization.

Laser Eye Surgery

To prepare for post-nuclear melt down and martial law being unable to contain the baying mobs, then first things first. You absolutely, positively, need to pre-emptively correct the plus 1.2 vision in your left eye, right?

Because this is what Steve Huffman would have us believe.

And if you can’t get round to laser eye surgery before the world goes to hell, then you must face down the existential threats by stockpiling contact lens solution instead.

And who am I to deride Huffman and his survivalist priorities? This man who is the brilliant, billionaire, founder of the “front page of the internet” as against a glib content creator, sitting in pajamas in a tiny basement flat, with pieces of peppermint immovably lodged in between his teeth?

Private Armies

The private standing army is the essential end-of-the world accessory for the financial overlord. And what really matters is how big your force of mercenary soldiers is compared to the next man’s.

In this spirit, a number of American survivalist billionaires recently met in secret in Switzerland – with the size of their squadrons top of the agenda. After all, what’s the point in accruing billions of dollars if you don’t have a system in place to protect it from the antsy hoi polloi when the world is in peril?

But if food and water and law and order are in short supply, and hyper-inflation kicks in as it typically does during extreme crisis, then subordinating one’s troops becomes a real issue.

And whereas in the past, the very rich could trade Givenchy, Chapaud and furs for loyalty, today’s fiscally elite survivalists are largely austere, righteous and lacking in ostentatious possessions (other than, ironically, their anti-armageddon accouterments) This means they’ll be faced with the futile task of trading stock in solar powered hectares in Arizona for the fading loyalty of their soldiers.

Food Mountains

Instead of posing the tired question of what would be your last meal before you die, we can instead ask what’s the best meal to have when the planet dies?

And on this front, survivalist food kits are a multi-billion dollar business. They are also a great leveler: rich and poor alike will typically be reliant on the same, boring types of emergency food: cereals, tinned fruit and vegetable and freeze-dried produce.

Many of the survivalist food kits, though, do offer charming, unexpected flourishes such as the hand wipes provided by leading emergency food kit manufacturer, Gear Hungry. After all, it’s bad enough having the world end before your very eyes without also having to deal with pesky, sticky fingers from your mini-pack raisin and sultana mix.

Survival Condo Projects

Luxury living inside a former nuclear bunker is a special pitch for special times. This form of subterranean existence is perfect for the super rich survivalist who isn’t grandiose or romantic enough to set their sites on living in space.

The full luxury, doomsday units in Wichita Falls, Texas can be yours from around $3 million USD and they will allow 75 people to outlive the real world for up to 5 years.

There is also a special, organic hydroponic and aquaculture facility which is THE place to get your hands on luxury survivalist produce. This means that when the general public run out of food and start eating each other’s radio- active flesh, you can dine on carefully cultivated matsutake mushrooms, saffron and albino sturgeon procured from the Sterlet fish being farmed in the sea water tanks.

The Wichita Falls condo units also offer a further, rich blend of banal and apocalyptic features. So you can enjoy “Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical air filtration” alongside the “Washer and dryer in each unit”. And as well as the “Command & Control Center” you will find “Full kitchens with High-end stainless appliances” lest you endure a nuclear fall out with the added indignity of not having a sashimi-grade cutting knife.

The Doomsday Clock

The time of the clock (which gauges how close the world is to catastrophe) is governed by The Board of Atomic Scientists whose numbers include a dozen Nobel prize winners and experts in various fields.

As well as the present day, the only other occasion the Doomsday Clock was as far gone as 11:58 pm was in 1953 – after the Soviet Union and the U.S had developed and tested “H-Bombs”.

So it doesn’t look good for us then.

It might, perhaps, be said, though, that The Board of Atomic Scientists a doom- laden lot. The earliest time they have ever recorded was 11:43 pm in 1991, after a pact between Russia and the U.S to reduce nuclear arms.

Which means we’ve never been more than a figurative 17 minutes from the end of the world. And this begs the question of what insane level of utopia we’d have to attain to make it, say, 08:27 am?

New Zealand

Many New Zealand media outlets reacted with anger to vast parts of their beautiful country being sold to over a dozen Silicon Valley billionaires. Presumably, it was more irritating still, though, when James Cameron started buying up land there.

All of the above contributed to a change in the law in 2018, restricting non-citizens’ right to buy property in New Zealand. This can be side-stepped, however, by acquiring permanent residency if $7.5m USD is invested in the country year-on year after an initial outlay.

This forms part of a bigger picture of “passport collecting” amongst dozens of the world’s richest survivalists. Because as well as allowing them to find political and economic safe havens, multi-citizenship is the ultimate keeping-it-classy-the hell with-you status symbol; the non-gauche equivalent of the mega-yacht.

Inside the mind of Ray Kurzweil

Eternal life achieved through a downloaded conscience is of long-running intrigue to survivalists, science fiction writers and raging narcissists alike. So let us ponder, then, what it means to exist without bodily movement or sensation for infinity…

…Those billions of years you’d have alone with your biggest regrets. The trillions of years spent with no means of generating new memories. Or perhaps you’d lose your mind and your memories altogether; for there can be no absolute guarantee against that.

So maybe, then, you’d be terrified, trapped and confused ad infinitum. In which case you’d think someone would flip the switch and put out of your misery. Unless you get overlooked in the data base, lost in the system. Forever conscious.

Enjoy it, Ray.

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How to Prep for an Earthquake

5 Jul

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: A contribution from Scott Huntington to The Prepper Journal. As a native and one who has been through multiple earthquakes I can say “amen” to holding our breath. There are so many faults that half of the quakes I experienced personally were generated by previously unknown faults in the Pacific plate, still considered the “ring of fire” by scientists worldwide. Whenever traveling to and from California I cross that mother of all faults, the San Andreas, where discussions always gravitate towards…. while the article speaks to California it applies to anywhere along the ring of fire, and yes, maybe Yellowstone as well.

Californians have been holding their breath for 20 years now, waiting for “the big one” to hit. Living in a fault zone can be nerve-wracking. The mental impact of not knowing when an earthquake might strike might be almost as damaging as the effects of the physical quake when you consider it over time.

But you can do some things to feel better. Earthquakes have been taking place since the beginning of time, and people have come to understand how to prepare for them. Here are our suggestions for the best ways to make ready for a quake.

Know If You Live in a High-Risk Area

Prepping for an earthquake might not be a good use of your time if you live in Nebraska. California gets a reputation as a seismic hotspot, which it probably deserves, but other places are high-risk zones as well. The USGS survey identifies areas across the country with seven levels of risk, which you can view in a color-coded map on their website.

The West Coast is particularly suspect when it comes to the risk of earthquakes, with the USGS map indicating the strongest probability of a quake is in Southern Alaska, Washington, California, Hawaii and Nevada. For those who choose to live in these states, there will always be a high risk, although the right construction can reinforce your home against the harmful effects of a quake. There is also a USGS program called Shakealert that claims to offer early warning of coming earthquakes, which might be worth your time if you live in a high-risk zone.

If earthquakes aren’t your thing, move away. That’s the best way to avoid them. But these are excellent places to live (political climate aside), so if you’re going to stick around…

Prepare Your Home

Minimize loose, heavy items in your house by fastening heavy furniture to the wall or avoiding it altogether. If you have the budget, you can consider installing reinforcing walls like we mentioned earlier, which will help ensure your home remains a safe zone during most earthquakes. If you work or live in a tall building, have a clearly marked evacuation plan and make sure everyone knows how to access it.

Have a communication plan with your children, which is fairly simple in the age of cell phones but, should damaged cell towers cause coverage to go down, it’s smart for children to have a phone number or two memorized and know how to use social media to communicate they’re safe. At a minimum have a stated, know “meet location” for all family members. You really can’t depend on any infrastructure remaining uninterrupted in an earthquake.

An earthquake readiness kit isn’t quite the same as the bug-out bag you’d pack for a hurricane or tornado, but it’s similar. You could be facing a situation where communications and other infrastructure is down, so have extra doses of any special medications your family needs, clean water and snacks, a powerful flashlight and extra batteries. Apportion your supplies to last at least three days. Pack a first-aid kit with medical supplies to treat lacerations and bruises. While off-the-shelf kits are available for purchase, only YOU know your family and their real needs so start with the basics and build out your kit your way. Pick a couple of 72-hour periods and note everything the family consumes during that period, from water to food to medications as a starting point and then do the “what if’s?” – water supply is compromised, home is compromised, missing family member, what is Plan B – always have a backup/Plan B. As any military officer will tell you Plan A is out the window as soon as the first shot is fired.

In addition to these must-haves, some other items will round out your kit nicely, such as two-way radios and pet supplies if you’ve got any furry friends in the family. A multitool is a good idea as a substitute for a full selection of hand tools, and a breathing mask with a particulate filter is another excellent addition to protect your family’s lungs from the smoke and dust that could fill the air in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Know How to Respond During a Quake

Earthquakes are one natural disaster we usually can’t predict until it’s too late. That means you need to practice what to do when one hits before you’re in a bad situation. If you have kids, make sure you have a plan as a family for what to do if an earthquake starts.

As for what to do, less is more in the case of an earthquake. You aren’t going to have time to seek much shelter. The best motto is “drop, cover and hold on,” which is what children learn in school. If you are outdoors, don’t seek cover indoors. If you’re sleeping, use your pillows to protect your neck and head.

If an earthquake occurs while you’re driving, pull over in a space that’s clear of overhead buildings or potential debris. All you can do is wait the quake out in the safest possible place. Once the shaking stops, it’s time to evaluate the situation. Know what natural gas smells like, and immediately disable the gas lines in your home if you smell a leak. There are valves available to automatically shut off natural gas lines in case of an earthquake, have them installed by a licensed professional. Locate your earthquake kit and check in with your family. Once you have everything squared away, you might head out to see if you can help others.

In the Aftermath

Earthquakes often have aftershocks up to a day later, so be vigilant, because these can be severe incidents if the earthquake was powerful. Once you’ve established that you and your family are unharmed, put on your sturdy footwear and take a walk around the perimeter of your home to spot any damage that may have occurred.

Unlike the movies, and like hurricanes, the majority of injuries and deaths occur in the first 72 hours after the event, downed power lines, floods, broken infrastructure like damns and freeway overpasses, etc.

Monitor your radio and other means of communication for information about the damage the quake did and whether there is any public action to help those affected. Depending on your situation, it may be appropriate for you to help, or you may need to reach out for assistance, which is why it’s so critical to have your radio and supply of batteries.

Perhaps the most frightening thing about an earthquake is the way they happen with little to no warning. Having a practical plan and the right supplies in place can give you the peace of mind to get through an earthquake safely. It’s only a matter of time, so think ahead and practice these good habits to be ready when the day comes. Stay safe!

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OMG, Now What?

26 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

While we all hope to never have to make the decision to use deadly force to defend ourselves and our loved ones, it happens everyday somewhere and with an opposition party in the USA that incites and advocates violence, hate and criminality in the place of reasoned debate and an open mind, criminals may not always be that person kicking in your front door.

From road rage escalating to flag burning to destruction of public and private property to the assault on our history, the flash points can be anywhere and escalation is sometimes impossible to control.

The Christian approach of “turning the other cheek” can often result in that one getting struck as well or worse. 

“How Did This Start?”

Always the first question, how did this start, how did it escalate so quickly, how did it come to this? This is also the map of the trail that is going to play out in your life going forward. Like the 5 steps of grief each must be examined under a microscope and defined ad nauseum before moving on to the next step.

The temptation to find self guilt in your actions will be real, no matter what endless keyboard warriors and armchair quarterbacks claim. Every soldier and every police officer goes through the same process, or lies about it. 

And this is your most dangerous time, as you try and process what happened those tasked with determining what happened will not give you the time to process your actions. Memories go stale and get convoluted by time and distance from any event. And every word spoken in that first hour will haunt you forever, set the trail map mentioned above and map out where things will go from there. This is your most vulnerable period.

“MAKE IT STOP!”

When someone escalates a confrontation to the level of using deadly force every one who has faced this, including professionals like police officers and soldiers, has the same gut reaction – NOT to shoot to kill, but to shoot to make it stop. That they may be one and the same is situational. This is why your first reaction is to keep pulling the trigger until it doesn’t go “bang” anymore, why suspects in armed confrontations with police are often shot multiple times. It isn’t some macho thing, it is preservation of self and loved ones. It is subduing the threat. 

I for one blame the mind-numbing desensitization of this on the media, from the old westerns of the post WWII period to the movies to TV news who refuse to show the reality. (Thank goodness Sam Peckinpah finally showed up.)

If you take nothing from this article other than to make your first statement as to what happened “I shot to make it stop!” as opposed to “I shot to kill” then I will have provided some value. 

Remember, the Police Want to Go Home that Night too

To quote Hans Gruber from the first Die Hard Movie “Relax, police intervention was inevitable….” And it will be in your case should you be involved in any self-defense using firearms.

Understand that they are responding to an “active shooter situation” and are clueless as to who shot who or why when they arrive BUT will engage, with gunfire, anyone they see with a gun, so, if the threat has been neutralized by you, make sure to holster or put down your weapon before they kick in your door and keep your hands in clear sight. And answer from cover and then follow their demands. They will arrest you and handcuff you and take your weapon. So would you if you were in their role. They want the situation completely defused, the same “make it stop” mindset.

Do not, under any circumstances pass the weapon you used to anyone else, not a trusted family member, no one. It is now a crucial piece of evidence in your defense and you do not want it convoluted by others fingerprints, etc.

Lawyer Up

No matter how justified, no matter how many witnesses, get professional council immediately. Look into Texas Law Shield or USCCA now, before you need it. There are others, these are the two I have used, and still do. KNOW what they do and do not provide.

Know also that it only takes one prosecutor looking to make a name for him or her self and further a political career to make a justified shooting in self defense into a jumping off point for their gain, at your expense. And don’t lose site of the fact that criminals have families and they can hire lawyers too and they have a complicit media always willing to give them public voice. 

Now is NOT the time to tell your side of events other than to state you were assaulted and you want your lawyer.

The ten (10) things NOT to do are:

  • Call 911 in a Panic
  • Leave the scene
  • Move or tamper with evidence
  • Have your gun in your hand
  • Make a statement to police without your lawyer
  • Fall for the “good cop/bad cop” routine
  • Try your case on the spot with them
  • Lecture them on “your rights”
  • Fail to address them as either “sir or officer”
  • Be surprised if you are treated as a criminal

In a society so over-burdened with laws by so many governing agencies you can be assured you have broken at least on law, if not several, in your act of self defense. For example most cities make it a crime to discharge a weapon within their limits, no matter the reason. The list could be long. Even if the city doesn’t have that law, the county may, or you may be withing a restricted distance to a school, government facility, and on and on. 

Consider simply stating “My gun is laying over there, and that is the gun that I used to shoot my attacker in self defense because I feared for my life. I do not want to say anything else until I have had time to talk to my attorney. I want to cooperate with the investigation completely, but I’m very upset right now and I need to talk to my attorney first. I hope you understand.”

Believe me, if you can say the above in a clear controlled voice you are better than 90% of you fellow citizens who will be traumatized by the situation. Taking a life is a necessary evil sometimes, but it is never easy, and you will never be the same.

Better to be judged by 12 than carried by six, you will be judged. Try and not be your harshest critic and seeking professional counseling is not a sign of weakness.

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Really, the FIRST Day, Really?

21 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

June 21st – The beginning of Summer north of the equator, the longest day of the year (daylight vs. night) and the Summer Solstice, the opposite for those south of the equator. Really? REALLY?

Well it was 111 degrees in Phoenix last Wednesday and Thursday and 112 degrees last Friday. One can understand my skepticism about today being the beginning of summer, but then it did cool to a bone-chilling 104 degrees over last weekend.

Like living on the surface of the sun. What better time than talk about water and hydration and how they sustain all life on earth.

Water

We have spoken of this often in other posts such as:

Bug-Out Bags – Water on the Move and Lessons From History, the Importance of Water by R. Ann Parris

Building Your Water Storage and Safe Water In Case the Grid Goes Down, Pt. 2 by John Hertig

Hydration

Good to know, good to review and understand, but hydration is something we should always have on our minds.

As Pat Henry wrote in 2015 – “A critical prep that you have to plan for including in your bug out bag is water. When I first got into prepping, I had people saying that they would carry all of the water they needed in their bug out bags. If you figure 3 gallons (1 gallon per person per day), that would simply not be wise or possible for most people for very long. Then I started seeing people say they would pack 3 liters of water. That’s better, but 3 big plastic bottles is almost 7 pounds, not to mention you must have space for them. Not the end of the world, but not insignificant either.”

And as John Hertig pointed out – Water is water, but not all water is the same.  There is pure water, just combinations of two Hydrogen atoms and one Oxygen atom (H2O).  Generally the closest you can get to this is distilled water.  This is useful and fairly harmless, although it is hypotonic (has a lower solute concentration than do human cells) and can cause hemolysis (rupturing of red blood cells); this is usually not a major concern even if this is all that is available to drink.  Using it on wounds may delay healing a bit; and it might be a problem for people with ulcers (bleeding in the stomach).  But this is still way better than no water.  On the other end of the scale are various degrees of contaminated water, polluted with chemicals and/or biological organisms, which can make you very sick and even kill you.  Salt water can be considered in this latter class as well, even if there is nothing else in it besides the salt.  In between are various types of water, all of which are potable (suitable for drinking without major harmful effects).

Look, we all know keeping hydrated is crucial for our health and well-being, yet many people do not consume enough fluids each day. Around 60 percent of the body is made up of water, and around 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered by water, though only 2 percent of that is fresh water.

Are salt-laced energy drinks really good for you?

We know Gatorade has been around forever, developed by the University of Florida. It was developed to replenish electrolytes, a set of minerals that your body needs to maintain healthy fluid levels and regulate its muscle function. There is science in this one. On the other hand the rash of new energy drinks has been a double edged sword. While they do give you a sugar or caffeine rush, it is at a price.

Bottom line – a growing body of scientific evidence shows that energy drinks can have serious health effects, particularly in children, teenagers, and young adults. In several studies, energy drinks have been found to improve physical endurance, but there’s less evidence of any effect on muscle strength or power, and in one case a woman who had six-to eight energy drinks a day for several years ended up having to have a pacemaker attached to her 32 year old heart.

So follow R. Ann Parris’s advice and if you must have something other than water consider these drink mixes.

Be smart, stay hydrated, always carry water with you and stay away from the energy drinks that do as much to dehydrate you as they do to quench your immediate thirst. First day of Summer, yeah, right.

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Are We Spinning Out of Control?

12 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

I posted last week on having a positive outlook at our current world so now, for the flip side.  I have often wondered if we as a people really appreciate what our founders went through.

In 1776 our forefathers and sisters had to come to grips with actually taking a stand, possibly shooting their neighbors, culling the loyalists and shoring up their circles of trust. This stand was a choice between life and death for not only themselves but for their families as well. The British Crown did not become the masters of an Empire Upon Which the Sun Never Set by being flexible, accommodating and accepting and executing without question anything other than the dictates of their monarchy.

Fast forward to now and the sun indeed sets on the remnants of that empire (as it does of colonial Spain).

For us as the first to break away, through the implementation of organized violence (I love people who say “violence solves nothing” – besides ours and others revolutions I always point to World War II and to the fact that policemen are armed and may indeed use violence to obtain peace). I fear the same forces that have destroyed every great society, forces from within are hard at work to accomplish the same goal for their selfish wants.

Our founders suffered greatly, under conditions so harsh I doubt any currently living human could endure. It is not the British to fear but the state of medical treatments available and the hygiene associated with food and disease.

Even after their hardships the resulting constitution was not ratified until 1788, so it took almost 12 years to come up with a document that the 13 original colonies representatives could agree upon. Talk about a “sigh of relief” moment. 

In the words of John Adams ““Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I never took half the pains to preserve it.”

Only the child and the fool think that politics and government were ever pure in purpose, strictly for the benefit of others and benevolent. And of the two only the fool not taught history continues in that belief. What we see today was around long before there was an America, was there at our settlement and founding and has been there through our history, as it has in the histories of all countries. We are, after all, not perfect. Every generation has had to deal with the internal strife of political dissension. Have the margins changed? Were we always close to a 49% vs 49% split? 

Yes, government has a purpose, a limited purpose, such as providing for the common defense, and other things but the list of “other things” has not only grown out of control but in fact, has been used as weapon to enforce control. How does one balance “my body, my choice” with being penalized for not purchasing government mandated health care (at great expense)? 

In the Now

We could review history ad infinitum and find example after example of how this same circle has repeatedly brought about the end of societies. We would merely see the same forces at work, cloaked differently perhaps due to their period in time, but with the same underlying purposes.

I Blame My Generation

I am a tail-end baby-boomer, an outsider to the madness of the 1960’s, the drug-fueled hysteria, and the corruption that financed politicians then. It was a time of social upheaval, political assassinations (ones with still more unanswered questions than facts), never-ending wars, and a press that sent it all into your home in full-color every night. But we were naive enough to trust the press then. 

I for one claim outsider status because I never was interested in the loss of control that drugs offered, just maintaining control with hormones raging, the pressure of college entrance being the only way to avoid being drafted and sent off to war, was challenging enough. I did not avoid the draft, extended my enlistment for a better MOS, and ended up spending 14 months in Vietnam anyway. I was not alone, there were others like me but it was then that my illusions of control were shattered.

But those with an agenda in the 1960’s became masters of the long-game. They patiently sought to infiltrate the education system at every level, to gain positions in politics at the local levels and to work those into careers. They were all representative at a lesser success level than the Senators from Vermont and Delaware that never worked a day in their lives, never earned a paycheck for their labors, and their success were on smaller stages.

But these became the most influential of all the political class because they targeted the very foundation of society – the education system. They ascended to the School Boards who decided what textbooks were to be used, what subjects were to be taught and what the very syllabus of those classes would contain. They now decide that Dr. Seuss is politically incorrect,  self- anointed demigods, working from the underbelly of society up, planting their seeds. 

The Magic Fertilizer

What has brought all this to a head (almost) – what magic? It started as the ARPNET (I had an account on the original implementation). That was the seed, and the rest we have all seen blossom to today’s Internet. The speed and shear size of this parallel to the universe (ever-expanding in every direction) is a double edged sword. No, I am not a Luddite, and I am a frequent user, but for the price of convenience has come the cost of control, there are no checks and balances other than uncontrolled “experts” claiming they do checks and balances. This brave new world is still unfolding as media giants become mega-corporations and who dictate policy from their secret chambers. This monster breeds the need for control, and who better to control them than “the government” and thus these two feed other.

Obscure Examples

In the ongoing trial of Navy Seal Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher the military Judge in the case, Navy Capt. Arron Rugh, dismissed the Prosecutor. Rugh chided Navy investigators who refused to testify about putting spyware in an image sent to all principals in the on-going proceedings. He asked who authorized the tracking scheme, saying the “lack of candor or cooperation in this process, I think, could be huge as a sign of culpability.” The defense discovered the tracking code hidden in a suspicious logo of an American flag with a bald eagle perched on the scales of justice beneath Czaplak’s (the prosecutor) signature. 

The official excuse given – they were looking to find the source of a leak. Such is the power of the internet. As a prepper I find this troublesome, and I have known about such things for decades.

We have institutionalized “accepting less” in everything, from academics to acceptable social behavior to integrity and it is now corrupting every facet of our lives. When my nephew graduated for a high school with a 3,000 plus student body he was Valedictorian, well actually one of 72 valedictorians, with One Scholar of Scholar’s (the real singular valedictorian.)  72 students who failed to reach the top rung, but had demonstrated academic excellence but not the maturity to accept reality.

Enough Already

With all the advances of our world I would surmise that out founders would find our current world nightmarish.

Unbelievable in the diseases that have been conquered, mystified as to why they have been permitted to again fester and spread in the name of political correctness and globalism.

They would marvel at our machines and question our loss of community, our “parade-wave” at neighbors only seen, not known.

As preppers, the continued growth of government, their ability to peek into every corner of our lives, is troublesome. Actually scary on a level that would even make George Orwell step back. The message here is vigilance. My years in the defense industry taught me many things, but since leaving that two decades ago the advances are beyond my imagination and keeping up is important.

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Best Car Security Gadgets to Look Out For in 2019

7 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

As preppers our vehicles are important parts of our survival gear, whether needed to get home to family and supplies in an emergency, to retrieve family members or to get out of dodge, we depend upon them. So they should get the same scrutiny as any other piece of survival gear, more considering their relative expense. And their security should be considered as important as that to which we give our homes or our bug out locations. In that vain Wendy Dessler has provided some tips on security equipment to consider for your vehicle.

Buying a new car can be both exciting and extremely stressful. Finding the right vehicle to purchase will require a lot of time and research. Using tools like VINCheck.info to get a vehicle history report is a great idea. With this report, you can see how well a specific vehicle has been taken care of.

Once you have found and purchased a new vehicle, finding ways to make it more appealing and safer should be one of your main concerns. Each year, over $6 billion is lost due to vehicle theft. Instead of having your car burglarized, you need to find great security gadgets to use.

The following are some cool car security gadgets you need to look out for in 2019.

Taking Advantage of Bio-metric Technology

Over the past few years, bio-metric technology has exploded in popularity. These days, everything from door locks to phones can be unlocked with a fingerprint. The best part about using this technology is just how fail safe it is generally, though dirty fingers and dirty touch pads can be a frustration. But so can frantically searching for keys or, in the worst case, being car-jacked. 

If you are looking for a way to secure your vehicle, then getting bio-metric door locks is a great idea and these will be offered on a number of 2020 vehicles. With these locks, you can rest assured that only authorized users can unlock and use your vehicle. Before investing in new bio-metric locks for your vehicle, be sure to do your homework.

Ideally, you want to choose locks that have an app that allows users to alter settings when needed. An easy-to-use interface will make using these locks a breeze. Then again, if you can alter it, so can a hacker.

The Power of Car Shield

Are you looking for a way to bring your car into the 21st century? If so, then consider using the diagnostic and security system known as Car Shield. This system will monitor data like battery life, oil levels and even heat levels to ensure your vehicle is running correctly.

The Car Shield system also doubles as a security system. This means that if your vehicle is burglarized, the system will send an alert to the authorities with the GPS coordinates of your car. With this information, members of law enforcement may be able to catch the criminals trying to gain access to your vehicle.

While you will have to pay a fee to have this type of monitoring, it is worth it. 

Invest in a Vehicle Tracking System

One of the biggest mistakes most car owners make is abiding by the “it will never happen to me” philosophy when it comes to having their vehicle stolen. Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst is the mantra all car owners should live by, something prepper do by nature. This is why having things like a vehicle tracking system installed is vital.

These systems will allow law enforcement to pinpoint exactly where their automobile is in the event it is stolen. These units use GPS technology to offer up the location of a vehicle in a timely manner.

There was an incident a few years ago in Long Beach harbor where a single Lo-Jack system lead police to a shipping container already loaded on a ship about to set sail through the Panama Canal that had 7 other vehicles in the container, total worth of the automobiles was in excess of $2.1 million. 

There are tons of different vehicle tracking systems on the market. Taking the time to weigh the features each one has to offer will help you make the right decision. The time and effort invested in this research will pay off in the end.

Don’t Forget to Add a Kill Switch

Stopping car thieves in their tracks takes a lot of hard work. While having a vehicle tracking system and bio-metric locks is a good idea, there are a variety of other security additions you need to make. For years, car owners have used devices known as kill switches to make it hard for thieves to make off with their prized possession.

A kill switch is an anti-theft device that is mounted onto the car’s electrical system. Newer model vehicles can have their fuel pump and starter shutdown if the electrical current is interrupted. When activated, the kill switch will interrupt a car’s electrical system and make it stop running.

This means you can switch off the car and then activate your GPS tracking system to figure out where it is. Allowing car security professionals to install these systems is imperative. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake during the installation process due to the long-term electrical issues this can cause.

A Good Old Fashioned Steering Wheel Club

If you are looking for a functional and reliable way to keep your car from getting stolen, then a steering wheel club is probably the most affordable option. A club locks in the middle of your steering wheel and extends out on both sides. This device is designed to prohibit car thieves from being able to turn the steering wheel. Using a mix of both traditional and new age car security tools is vital when trying to keep your vehicle safe and sound.

Most thieves will move on to an easier target when they see these. But then again, some are adept at even defeating these proven standards.

Seek Out Some Professional Guidance

Instead of trying to find and install car security gadgets on your own, consulting with experienced professionals is a good idea. These professionals will be able to consider things like your budget and the type of vehicle you have before offering up suggestions.

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Survive and Thrive, in Spite of the Media

6 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

It’s a jungle out there! Yep, that’s the title of a song by Randy Newman. In one of the lines, he sings “there’s confusion everywhere, no one seems to care.” Indeed, to survive, you have to be smart, very smart.

The Poisonous Cocktail

Look around; people cannot seem to agree on anything. Plus, it’s hard to believe half of what you read in the papers or watch on cable news. It’s not surprising that tempers flare whenever you raise a simple argument. Everybody is seemingly on edge.

And then there’s social unrest, and the greedy politicians. The ripple effect is a messed up society, where everybody is struggling to survive. You have to be more than average to make it.

So, what’s the Way Out?

Sure, things are unstable and might get rocky if you don’t prepare yourself and your family for the future. On the flip-side, however, you don’t have to live an unfulfilling life while doing so. Sometimes, it is the small tweaks that make the biggest difference. Here’s what you need to do to get started.

Take Some Time Off

Yes, get away from the hustles and bustles of life. It’s a rat race out there and the more you get involved, the more it becomes exhausting. So, consider going on a trip. See what other people and cultures are doing to make things even, to cope. You can consider a romantic getaway. The idea is to help you feel reinvigorated, with new energy to tackle the demands of life. To learn by observing and interacting with others, other than watching a YouTube video.

And, it doesn’t have to be something expensive. A weekend of fishing is enough to give you time to breathe fresh air. It is one of the most relaxing “breaks” from the world running amok. If you venture into deep waters, and your goal is not only tuning out for awhile but actually restocking your freezer for those rainy days we all prepare for then do it right and arm yourself with an edge, check out Focus Fishing’s’ Garmin comparisons to help you make the most out of your trip.

The long and short of it is – all work and no play makes both Jack and Jill dull. So work hard at making your downtime truly downtime.

Prepare for Deflation

Prices of basic things will eventually want to deflate. Especially in today’s world of newer, better, way better always just around the corner. Do you know what that means? Well, it implies that you’ll use your credit card beyond the fundamentals. Don’t get caught in the trap though.  Increasing your credit will leave you in compounding debt, leave that to our government and try and eliminate it from your life. Who doesn’t remember that “SPEND” impulse when we got our first credit card? The reality is buyers remorse is more likely the result.

Instead, you should try to remain liquid to enable you to deal with the effects of inflation, and be prepared for those expenses that always pop up. Banks are fine for small savings funds that are readily accessible and liquid. And who hasn’t given and received US T-Bills as a gift. But there are more prudent investments with better yields, do your homework. After all it is YOUR money (unless we become Venezuela).

Prepare for Inflation

Then again, inflation, like deflation, will happen from time to time, especially with the Fed still in existence. How do you survive? Well, by ensuring that you invest your money in assets that will withstand the after-effects of inflation better than most. People in the Orient and Europe for example, buy precious metals and stones as inflation hedges. Do your research on this one please. 

And of course be sure to stock up on prepper supplies. Don’t forget to invest in bond funds, but keep the maturities short. Why? When interest rates rise, you can reinvest your dividends for higher yields.  Other than that, learn more ways to cope with inflation.

Maintain Healthy Relationships

You will need other people to survive – irrespective of what the future brings. So create bonds that will last forever with people who can help take your ambitions, business or any other plans to the next level. Love those who love you. Talk to your close friends and family whenever you’re in a stressful situation.

Most importantly, don’t hesitate to let go of people who are not willing to grow. Avoid those with negative energy as well.

Prepare for Emergencies

Yes, as cliché as it sounds, you have to get ready for the unknown. Nothing will go 100% according to your plans. There will be mistakes, errors, surprises, unforeseen consequences, and accidents.  Purchase liability insurance to protect you in case of emergencies. Be sure to get the sum assured right – the last thing that you want is to do is to under-insure your risks.

The Bottom Line

Ensure that you have a plan for your life. Make calculated moves. Get a mentor to help you make the right decisions. As the famous saying goes, “the best revenge is to live well.” Develop resilience to enable you to overcome adversity.  In other words, you should strive to enjoy prosperity in your day to day living.

It is essential to note that you shouldn’t hold grudges for long. And that some people may not be happy with your success. But then again, you don’t live the way you do to impress others, do you?

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If Only….

4 Jun

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

If only we had to deal with such a problem….we all hope to have this problem BUT it does bring things one must be prepared to deal with to survive.

How to Survive Winning the Lottery

So, you hold a winning ticket in your hand, and the shock has yet to set in. What next?

Winning the lottery is one of the best things that can happen to you, but only if you do it right. Just take a moment to imagine life after winning millions. Your name would be available to the public, and you may have to make a press appearance or two. Even if you don’t, most of the people around you will know you won. You’re an instant celebrity, and your life is now open and public. As a prepper, likely living a rather private and secluded life, a lot will change.

Of course, the next question is what to do with the earnings? What is the best way to spend so much money, particularly when it comes to prepping for future events? Should you trust a bank? Should you hold onto cash yourself? Are there better ways to invest, or is that something you should stay away from altogether?

More importantly, where do you go from here?

Consider Your Anonymity

After realizing you won, but before turning in your ticket, there is something you should consider. Most state lotteries require winners to claim their earnings publicly. However, a handful of states allow winners to remain anonymous if they so choose. Those states include Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, North Dakota and South Carolina. Arizona, Georgia, Texas and New Hampshire also allow some form of anonymity.

If you live in one of the aforementioned states, then you can decide whether or not to go public about your win. But if you live in another state — California and Wisconsin prohibit anonymity altogether — you will have to claim your win in front of everyone.

Even if the option is not available, this is something to consider before turning in a ticket. Understand how your life may change after coming forward, and what that means for your prepping journey.

Hire Some Help

Unless you’re already a millionaire with a trusted circle of advisers, you’re going to need some. As soon as you can, look into hiring an attorney, financial adviser and an accountant. The attorney will deal with escrow, legal and public affairs. The financial adviser will help invest and safely store your money. The accountant will help with a new budget as well as tax and IRS requirements.

No matter what you plan to do with the money, enlisting help is one of the best things you can do to ease any stress or additional burdens you might incur. Plus, it’s rare that people really know how to handle that much money. That’s why 70% of people who receive a big sum of money end up broke a few years after.

Know Your Plan

Preppers always think ahead, which means you probably have a five or ten-year plan in motion. Follow that plan, just speed it up a little thanks to all the new funds. If you were planning to acquire some property or a home in the next few years, get it now. If you planned to outfit your existing property with a bugout shelter and supplies, push up the timeline.

The best part of prepping is that you’re always ready for what’s coming next. It’s likely you already have everything in place to survive as-is, so you technically don’t need much more.

Sticking to your plan, despite the money, will not just keep you on track, but it will also keep you alive if something does happen in the middle of all this.

Where to Keep Your Money

With that much money, there’s no need to keep it all in one place, but you don’t want to trust the banks to hold onto it either. In an emergency situation, everyone knows that the banks will be one of the first places to be hit, not just by criminals and thieves but by all kinds of panicking people too. And anything in a bank is within easy reach of the government

It’s safer to have the money set aside already. So, where do you keep it?

Cryptocurrency is popular these days, but it’s not a good idea as far as prepping is concerned. If and when the grid goes down it’s basically useless — as are most paper currencies including federal bonds and cash.

The best way to invest the money as a prepper would be to roll it into your real estate or property, hide away some cash just in case, or purchase precious metals. If not metals than trade goods and supplies that you can use to barter when society goes to hell.

As for hiding spots for the cash, the obvious place would be somewhere in your bugout shelter. At the least, make sure it’s close enough to your exit that you can grab it quickly on the way out. The last thing you want to do is forget any cash or valuables you have stored because you’re in a hurry. You’ll need them to barter.

Watch Out for Greed

 

Money does some weird things to people, especially huge lottery sums. Family, friends and acquaintances might come calling, asking for money they didn’t earn. Strangers might show up on your doorstep begging for charity. Others still might hide malicious intent, like targeting you with a lawsuit.

Unfortunately, all of these things come with the territory. You need to understand that it will happen and you need to be prepared. Learn to say “no,” especially when it’s about something you don’t want to do. Only give away or share what you’re truly willing to lose. Do your best to hunker down, especially during the weeks after winning, and stay away from the public world for a while. If you’re lucky, most people will forget what happened.

This is also where having a plan in place helps. If you know how you plan to spend and invest your money in advance, you are in a better position to turn away others or refuse offers.

Take it in Stride

Winning the lottery doesn’t have to be a death sentence for your old way of life. It will change some things, sure, but if you play your cards right you won’t live any differently, and that’s a good thing.

For starters, stick to your prepping plans, including those you had for a buying property or installing a shelter and then outfitting it with supplies. The great part about having more money is that you can speed up the entire process and even add some extra here and there.

Hire some help as soon as possible. You’ll need an accountant and attorney at the very least, but a financial adviser is also a safe bet as long as YOU, and not them, retain full and singular control of execution of expenditures.

Finally, try to invest or spend the money on things that would hold valuable after a disaster or emergency. A little cash is okay, but you don’t want to keep all your currency in cash and you certainly don’t want to store it at a bank.

If you do these things, you should be well on your way to surviving a major lottery win!

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