The Prepper Journal Store is Open for Business

11 Apr

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Everyday we are adding new and different prepping supplies at some great prices.

I mean, really, who else has only Blue Waivian Jerry cans? The fact that we already sold all the Red and Green ones we had attests to our great pricing!

More than forty (40) different items and growing day by day.

Check it out for yourself!

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Our Store is Open for Business

20 Feb

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

The Prepper Journal Store is “Open for Business”!

Softly (quietly) launched this past weekend, it is now up and running with some serious prepper supplies for those serious about their preparations for self and family. Look for new items to be added almost daily as we vet the necessary and the gotta haves. If you know of a product preppers shouldn’t have to face a disaster without drop us an email and we’ll check it out. 

This week, the best trauma kit a prepper can buy, is in the store now.

The Prepper Journal is proud to offer a unique 2nd-party trauma kit that is every preppers dream. A true no fluff, pure function, full featured individual first aid kit. The AR500 Armor® Vacuum Sealed Trauma Kit contains the necessities to combat severe trauma wounds, with an emphasis on bleeding sustained from gunshots, stabbing weapons or encounters with wildlife that got way too close and personal. And in true prepper fashion it is vacuum sealed for extended shelf-life, a true purchase, store and forget until it is needed item.

With a uniquely compact profile, measuring smaller than two M4 magazines (I for one love our unique units of measurement), their Vacuum Sealed Trauma Kit fits into any double M4 magazine pouch, whilst including a full-size tourniquet! Don’t take the risk, own a trauma kit and be prepared! It also fits into any prepper bag from BOB (bug out bag) to SHTF (stuff hits the fan) to NCHA (never coming home again) to TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) and everything in between – gym bag, bike bag, glove compartment, car bag, and even your off to Grandma’s for Thanksgiving bag where it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between grandpa’s turkey carving and his flashbacks to his Katana and Gendai Budo combat training.

And yes, we will have the “one more flashlight and just another lantern and the knife you can’t live without” later, as we fill out our offerings, but the initial focus is on the medical that isn’t sold in every storefront or easy to find on Amazon, and the ones WE have tested with EMT’s and first responders and can stand behind. Being added this week is the Dynarex Triangular Bandage ($1.00), a true prepper multi-function medical aid and their ActiSplint ($10.00) splint – both compact, lightweight and proven by EMT’s and inexpensive enough to order in quantity. 

And when we get the light, the lantern and knife they will be ones we have vetted in field trials.

Add to your muscle-memory training by clicking on our store to see what is new each time you visit The Prepper Journal to read its unique content.

And of course, coming soon, there will be our patches!  What better way to distinguish your BOB from your kids backpack when you are on your way out due to an emergency or disaster? 

Take a look on your site visits, hopefully we will both surprise and interest you. Be safe out there!

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Prepping Gone a Little Mad

8 Feb

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

The end of the complacent world where others control their fate is staring the United Kingdom in the face and the stories of their leap into prepping are lessons for us all.

What happened to the Empire upon which the Sun never set? In 1973 they joined the European Union and ostensibly gave up their sovereignty to the bureaucrats of Brussels, the first real “one-world” government experiment. And now that the generations of Britain’s who have never lived without the shadow of Brussels over them have reached their age of rational thought the panic of being responsible for themselves is setting in and we as preppers can take some lessons from their sudden interest in preparedness. BTW, a generation is defined as between 22-33 years, so in the 46 years since they joined the EU they have raised 1.7 generations. Preceding generation have not yet died off and have to be somewhat amused to some extent.

To quote Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper:

This being Britain, people are not retreating to underground bunkers, as America’s “Doomsday preppers” do, and Britons are more likely to hoard toilet paper than weaponry. But with time running out and negotiations at a delicate point, some Britons are preparing for a crisis that could upend their way of life.

“People are talking about World War II and rationing,” said Ms. Mann, a former midwife. “People have also been talking about the blackouts in the 1970’s, and how power was rationed.”

“This has the potential of being a combination of the two,” she said.

The government of Prime Minister Theresa May dismisses such talk, but its own ministers have published contingency plans for an exit on March 29 without a deal, and for the first time since the end of rationing in the 1950’s, Britain has a minister responsible for food supplies. More ominously, the government has advertised job openings in emergency planning. (source)”

The “(source)” quoted above is the ever truthful pillar of integrity, the New York Times. Ms. Lindsey then goes on to use the the saga of Super-storm Sandy 2012 as an example of how unprepared the people of the Northeast were, and most likely remain (the full text of her article is in the link above.)

As for the British the truth be told they have to stockpile toilet paper because they aren’t actually allowed to stockpile weapons, not even knives in their nations capital and this is for a peaceful transition back to control and sovereignty, not a doomsday SHTF, TEOTWAWKT scenario, but try and tell them that.

The stories abound about seaports suddenly being closed or gridlocked within this island nation that for centuries ruled the Seven Seas. Sprinkle in the normal stories of market shelves emptied, shortages of everything, and the real prospect of an interruption in the convenient life that they are accustom to for a period of time and their reactions become a case study in perhaps a little over reaction, but more a fast-track to beginning prepping. The light bulb above their heads has noted that they have seven (7) weeks and counting with a government that really has no solid planning in place. Note that their government has been more and more omnipresent in their everyday lives than we would ever (hopefully) accept and there is still just under 50% of the population that wants to remain under the thumb of Brussels.

This is not an indictment of the British people who throughout history have demonstrated resilience to hardship that few nations can match, but of generations facing a bump in the night and letting their imaginations perhaps run away with them a little.

The changes will be at the highest level of government, business and trade and trade agreements. This nation, the size of Alabama, has fifteen (15) refineries to keep providing the same products they have been producing since the 1950’s, and fifteen (15) nuclear power generating stations – Alabama has four (4). And with a population of sixty-six million (66,000,000), the same as California and Texas combined, fuel supplies should not be a major concern, or gridlock, or an ingeniously timed invasion from outer space.

Opportunity to Learn 

What it is for us is an opportunity to watch, live, a microcosm of how the unprepared will react and learn from it for our own planning. From now until March 29th, and certainly for the two weeks past that date, the United Kingdom is going to give us a preview of economic change – I predict it, like most other doomsday predictions will have some minor bumps but will mostly go unnoticed or not widespread. Time will prove me right or wrong. But it will show in real time how people react, we will get to see on a small scale the grasshoppers knocking on the ants doors.

As preppers we know that water, food and medical supplies should always be a concern and to that vein we can be encouraged that more and more people in the United Kingdom are actually starting to see this as a safety net for themselves and their families and not as a knee-jerk reaction to any media-fueled hysteria, of which there is plenty swirling around, as their media, like ours, lives in the one-world government camp.

To their credit the United Kingdom never sought to adopt the Euro as their official currency as a part of their membership in the European Union (EU); they secured an opt-out at the Euro’s creation via the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This makes the separation back to sovereignty so much easier and straight forward. As an aside, I found it interesting that the original countries that started the EU who had a monarchy did not originally adopt the Euro, kept their currency honoring their royals for a period of time. And the Euro, once $1.38 vs the dollar is today $1.14. It will be interesting to see how it reacts to the March 29th withdrawal of the United Kingdom. The British Pound Sterling is valued at $1.30 and how it floats over the transition period will be another trend to watch.

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That Droning Noise is Getting Louder

11 Jan

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

The Prepper Journal has posted a number of articles on the coming of drones to our daily lives and if you put your ear to the west wind, and have really excellent hearing, the buzz from Australia is getting louder and louder.

Alphabet, Inc., the holding company that owns Google, is using Australia’s capital city as a test bed for that which we all saw coming – delivery by drone of almost anything that does’t exceed the lift capacity of the craft. Wings, the Google company is actively doing testing by delivering everything from hot chocolate (in aerodynamic containers) to sunblock in Canberra.

And reading the news story on Wings (link provided above) this is becoming more and more of a reality coming to us all, and perhaps a concern when we think of our privacy and our personal security. Even Hollywood has long understood this and has been using drones as the tools of bad guys with bad intentions in movies from Star Wars, to Oblivion to Upgrade.

For our part our past posts on drones have been:

Force Multipliers – Should Preppers Consider Using Drones

We Promise No Armed Drones in America

Drone Countermeasures

Power to Do Good

This is one of the “brave new world” items that we will get to see from its humble beginnings to its ubicious coming of age, much like people born in the 1970’s and early 1980’s saw the spread of cellular phones and mobile devices, as the people at the turn of the 20th century saw the horse replaced by the automobile.

The applications are as endless as the imagination, from search and rescue, to delivering supplies to places where other vehicles can’t go, to clearing flight paths and runways of hazards. As preppers their application for scouting, security and area control and hunting are just a few of the ways they will make TEOTWAWKI a different animal in the very near future. I joked when Amazon first floated the idea of delivery by drone “trap shooting with prizes” was a favorite (in spite of all the city ordinances on firing weapons, noise, and on and on.)

Other robots have been work horses for decades, like bomb squads robots, complete with mounted weapons that can be aimed and fired remotely. We’ll leave the military drones that deliver Hellfire missiles and are controlled through our satellite networks by operators thousands of miles away to others, thought a re-read of Pat Henry’s post on “We Promise No Armed Drones in America” is worth a review.

Edmonton International Airport, like many others, is using robirds to keep bird flocks away from runways. But they also annoy neighbors and scare dogs.

NASA is already developing a biodegradable drone:

A lot of interesting possible uses with this one. Can’t quite cast your lure/bate from shore to that sweet spot where you know all the fish hide, well, there is a drone that can help. What better way to access crop damage after a violent hail storm? How better to search for that one cow who moved away from your herd? Again the benefits are endless.

The Realities

These are perhaps as close to flying cars as those of us alive now are going to see and of course as soon as they are making money there will lawyers involved, right-of-way issues, definition of operating zones to not only define where they can be used but where they can’t because of other structures (above ground utility lines, airports, no-fly government zones, etc.) NASA is already developing an Air-Traffic Management System for Unmanned Air Vehicles. And we could go on almost forever on the liabilities, the insurance required, operator licensing for those designated as commercial vehicles (politicians licking their chops as to licensing fees, taxes, right-of-usage airways, pretty much anything they can tax they will.)

The Preppers Reality

As in the articles above we still have two basic issues, the advantages of drones to be our eyes and the disadvantage that they can be others eyes. They are Big Brothers dream come true. In London there are few public places where a government camera is not photographing you, and now they are adding drones to their network. Has it provided a benefit? The crime statistics don’t support that premise and are misleading as they don’t single out London because well, the public doesn’t need to know.

With drones becoming as commonplace as cell phones, the testing in Canberra being a long step forward, one can envision a world where the government will have the ability, as we do now on our computer devices, to “Point, Click and Delete” just about anything and anyone anywhere. Just a few minutes on YouTube will bring this home to non-believers. Is getting sunblock delivered in 9 minutes as opposed to having to spend 25 minutes to drive to the store and get it worth the loss of anonymity and privacy, on our own property? Sadly the question is moot as market pressures and money are going to bring this about. All we can do is add it to our planning, dig deeper into effective countermeasures and get on with our lives.

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Welcome to 2019

1 Jan

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Happy New Year to all from The Prepper Journal!

As we leave the Chinese Year of the Dog and move into the Year of the Pig, let us all remember the joys and the trials of the past year, file them away to success or lessons learned and look forward to a year of new hope and opportunity.

And while we hope for the best this is not the time to let our guard down, to let our preps dwindle or decrease, but to reaffirm why we prepare. These past two years have seen world-wide upheaval from revolts against globalist governments to wars unending to natural disasters unimpeded.

As you either continue the party started last night, or recover from it in preparation for resuming your normal routine tomorrow, keep in mind that things reaped now are what prepares us for the rainy days ahead. Be safe, be happy for the respite from life, be suspect of everything you read and hear and now, with the maturing of Photoshop, what you see as well.

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Tips to Prepare Your House for Future Disasters

26 Nov

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: An article from Dennis to The Prepper Journal. A sponsored post promoting choices in home warranties. I am posting this because it serves two purposes – it contains some good prepping tips and my being saddled with a poor choice in a home warranty, my own fault, I hope to help others avoid the same mistake.

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Indeed, precaution is better than cure. This cannot be more practical in our everyday life. No matter what we are doing, we should expect the best but at the same time, be prepared for the worst things that can happen.

You know why it is called home sweet home? Because it is your only personal space in this vast world.  It is the place where your children took their first steps, it’s the place where you take a rest when tired and a place where you sleep peacefully. You would never want anything bad to happen to your home, right?

While hurricanes and floods and even a tsunami come with warnings, sometimes days before the event, sometimes with precious few hours, things like tornadoes and wildfires can come with little warning, a simple shift in winds, and earthquakes come with no warnings at all. We always need to be prepared for the worst.

I lost everything when my house was wrecked by a hurricane that hit my city, so trust me I know how much I regret not doing anything before it happened.

Do not repeat the same mistakes I did and prepare your house for future disaster. Here are some tips for you.

Tips to Prepare your House for Future Disasters:

Keep a Bag prepared:  In the event of a disaster, you might need to leave your house in a rush so what would you take? Prudence demands you keep some essential supplies packed and ready so you can rush out with them.

As per FEMA (Federal Management Agency), here is a list of essentials you must keep in the bag:

  1. Store at least 3 days’ worth of water and food
  2. Batteries
  3. First Aid Kit
  4. Flashlight and a radio
  5. Whistle
  6. Can opener for food
  7. Trash bag, dust mask, and a duct tape
  8. Maps
  9. Cellphone with charger
  10.  Towelettes

Preppers know that there is so much more that should be packed. Apart from these items, you should also keep items like snacks, a means of self defense, walking shoes, some extra cash; you just don’t know what infrastructure will survive. Make sure to keep these things stored and re-check the bag every 6-months to remove the expired foods, medications etc.

A Home Warranty: If you have ever bought a home, then you should know about insurance. Homeowner insurance covers any external damage to your house like fire, theft, storms, etc. It can also protect the contents and usually for a set amount. BUT, unless you have specifically insured, and paid for, coverage for expensive items such as art, jewelry, collections of value (guns, stamps, musical instruments, etc.) you are at financial risk.   Has your home owners policy been updated to reflect such things? 

However your home owners insurance is very limited in any coverage of equipment failure due to the normal use of items. For this a home warranty policy will cover all your appliances from microwaves to refrigerators to fans and everything, depending on the specific coverage purchased. They can also cover pools and pool equipment as well as your roof. KNOW what you are getting when you seek this type of insurance as there are lots of home warranties to choose from. This article has listed some of the best companies that offer home warranty insurance, as always, do your due diligence.

Fill up the gas containers: Get a 5500-watt generator, or equivalent and it will run about 8 hours on 5 gallons of gasoline, a necessary back up if you plan to shelter in place. Of course gas management is extremely critical here.

You never know when there can be a power outage, so just be prepared for it. Have full gas containers, and a generator can get you by until the electricity returns.

Prepare for power cuts: Whenever you get a power cut, the first thing to do is unplug all the appliances and electronics in your house. By unplugging all the appliance, you will be able to save them from electricity surges.  Of course you can mitigate this by installing surge protectors. Just leave a light plunged in a normal outlet, surge protector in place, as an indicator as to when grid power is restored.

Prepare for Hurricanes: You can prepare for hurricanes by boarding windows and securing potential flying debris. It will provide some measure of protection for your home and family and minimize some damage.

Prepare ahead of time and cut the plywood in proper dimensions so that you can use them immediately. Mark each with where they should go and mark them on the side that will face inward. Of course, installed storm shutters are a better solution, but they are a significant expense.

Keep an extra can of gas for your car at home and run with your vehicle always at half full instead of waiting for the “fuel low” indicator telling you to fuel up, you never know when you might need to evacuate the area and fighting for fuel should NOT be your first destination when you need leave.

Also, remove all the dirt and debris from the neighborhood. By getting rid of the dead trees and woods you can avoid the high storms from picking up the debris and making deadly projectiles out of it. If only California had done this on a planned, routine basis.

Put the Refrigerator in Coldest settings: In the time of any disaster, put the refrigerator on the coldest settings, so when the power goes out, you can keep the foods cold as long as possible. And keep the doors closed! If you need something from it get in and get out quickly. What child hasn’t heard their parent say “…so are you waiting for something to grow in there?” as they open the door and casually search for food items?

Also, unplug your refrigerator right after the power goes out to prevent it from malfunctioning when the power is back, unless, of course, you have installed the surge protectors.

Keep the insurance Papers: You should keep insurance papers close and safe all the time. It is recommended to keep all the insurance papers (including your home warranty and renter’s warranty) in your storm kit so that you do not lose them after things are back to normal.

As soon as things start to get back to normal, you will need those papers in order to get financial help and fix your house. Thus, keeping them in your storm kit is the best thing to do.

Think about your Pets: When bad weather is about to hit, you need to think about what to do with your pets. If you are forced to shelter them because you are forced to leave and the shelter in your area doesn’t have the facility or staff to manage them then you need to already know about shelters that allow pets, or facilities set up to care for them and plan to get them there safely. A basic pet owners responsibility.  Also, keep a picture of your pet in case they gets lost. Many states provide some great means for this, do your homework.

Conclusion:

There you go, the 8 tips to prepare your house for future disasters. We hope you have enjoyed reading this article, keep them in mind and surely, they will help you out.

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Vehicles As Weapons

28 Apr

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

As most of you who follow the news already know there was a vehicle attack in Toronto this past Monday. Reported a ten people killed and 15 injured in the initial report, updated on Thursday to nine killed. This is just the latest in what has become a convenient weapon of choice for the lone wolf, or so the media would have you believe, that has been employed world-wide in the past few years.

No politician and no public official is ever going to state that these are anything other than random acts of madmen, and perhaps, by some miracle, or some stretch of logic, they are, but one needs to understand the realities of these attacks to understand if we can be prepared should we face such a situation.

Molasses in Winter

The average speed some one can run: While scientists claim 40 mph may be achievable I choose to stick with the established fact that the world’s fastest runner, Usain Bolt, was clocked at “nearly” 28 mph in the 100-meter sprint. Bo Jackson once ran the 40 yard dash in 4.13 seconds, the fasted recorded to date. But drag them out to the 100 yards or a mile and the speed virtually disappears. Marathon runners can average 8.8 mph for 26.2 miles. Best information available is the average human jogs at about 8 mph, and sprints at 10.2 mph and of course distance is the great variable, as well as physical condition, terrain, age, an obstacles – like things and other people.

To get a comparison the average cycling speed is estimated at 9.6 mph and, in a race, a reasonably fit rider can ride at 25 mph on flat surface.

No match for any motorized vehicle driven by a human (RC cars don’t count.) So the reality is always that your self as a physical being is the best thing you can work on to be prepared but ones limits are pretty much defined. You are not, in spite of what you have seen in the movies, going to outrun a vehicle intent on hitting you. Dodge, weave and hide behind things, sure, but that assumes an awareness of the situation and an awareness of your surroundings, and the option to find things to weave around and hide behind and time to react.

So What Can We Do?

Avoiding crowds and crowded places – not realistic, probably not possible unless you already live on the edge of the grid.

Making mental health a tribunal-level judgement that limits ones freedoms?  By who? Who is qualified to be the judge? I have had the misfortune to have three mental health professionals as relatives in my life so far and I’ll pass on their judgement and qualifications to make even simple choices. This buys into the mentality that we “can make the world safe” if only “__________”! (Fill in the blank with you own personal choices.) Realists know that making the world a safe place in an unattainable goal generally. My goal here is not to answer your questions, I am unqualified to do that, but to make you think of questions and work out how you will respond and react presented with this new (?) threat as vehicles have been used as weapons through their existence.

Vehicle bombs can be complicated, or they can be simple. As any military vet of the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can tell you the use of IED (improvised explosive devices) has come a long way for the days of Viet Nam – In Viet Nam the military jeeps had the gas tank under the drivers seat, you actually lifted the drivers seat up to refuel the vehicles. The Viet Cong figured this out and used it as a weapon early on. The gas tank opening would accommodate a frag grenade so if you pulled the pin but left the handle on and used plain old scotch tape to keep the handle in place, you simply dropped this into the gas tank. It would take a couple of hours before the gasoline ate away the scotch tape and bingo, wherever the jeep happened to be at that moment.

Another cute trick was using a flare round from the old style flare pistols. You could disassemble the old rounds, duck tape the magnesium package which has a self-contained oxidizer made of potassium chlorinate to a gas tank and then wrap the parachute around an axle. A few revolutions and the ignited gets set off by the pull, like the jerk of the parachute when it is in normal use. Modern rounds do not “facilitate” this any longer, but many other available igniters do.

Bank robbers along the other side of our Southern border had a favorite. They would put explosives in an old vehicle attached to a 12v battery but not close the circuit – wire it to both terminals. Normally on the floor in the front seat and then set the back seat on fire and call the fire department. First thing firemen did was douse the vehicle with water, hopefully completing the circuit by soaking the battery terminals with water and “boom” – injured firefighters, police rushing to the scene, and then they would rob a bank on the other side of town. Sound far fetched? The fail-safe is the fire would eventually achieve a similar effect.

But now, with a valid drivers license, something some states pass out like the free mints at a restaurants hostess station, and a valid credit card – for sale at every Walmart for cash, and you have rented a potential weapon. No distinguishing marks, no smoking fuse, other than the driver, no rifle barrels pointed out the window and 4,000+ pound at 6′ wide and 7′ tall, most capable of accelerating from a normal street speed to 60+ mph in seconds. From a clinical point of view, this is an excellent weapon. Inexpensive, leaves a cold/close trail,

and if you survive you just walk away, and in most gun-free zones this is a possibility if for not the off-duty police officer or the on-duty policemen, moments away. The reality is that in the case of most on-duty policeman they are moments away when seconds count. And these incidents take only seconds.

So what are your opinions? I would like to know what the community thinks as to possible courses of actions or preventative measures. If this is more organized that the media wants you to believe then constantly looking over your shoulder is certainly the result these perpetrators want as a result. The fear, the uneasiness. While this may sound extreme, is this a rational to be used for autonomous vehicles? Another kink in our rights as we give up another freedom for a possible safety? Bad trade in the authors opinion. Reasonable due diligence and situation awareness are what I have come up with, and you?

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Guest Recommended Free On-Line Summit

5 Sep

Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A contribution from R. Ann Parris. The Prepper Journal hopes the content of the summit recommended here lives up to her expectations, as does she! Also note this starts in just five (5) days.

Free Online Summit & Email Protections

Every year we see more and more free online summits come out. Some are excellent. Some are … not. Most have good nuggets in there somewhere.

This time around, it’s the Self Reliant School hosting one. (I am not affiliated with SRS, nor to my knowledge, with any of its staff or scheduled speakers.) They have 28 speakers on a wide variety of topics running from Sept. 10-Sept. 16.

As usual, you visit a site, http://backtobasicssummit.com/, and provide a name and an email – some tips for that later. They send you a “Welcome” email and it usually includes some goodies.

SRS’s “Back to Basics” summit is no different there. This time around the freebies you can download just for signing up are, in PDF format:

  • Day After Disaster (150+ page fiction piece by Sara F. Hathaway, the uncut edition from “The Changing Earth” series; somewhat unique in prepper fiction in that it takes a woman’s perspective – I’ll try to read it tomorrow night)
  • Easy Homemade Crackers
  • Oxygen-Absorber Chart
  • Simple Salad Dressings
  • The Soda Quick Start Guide
  • Tutorials for Homesteaders (It’s actually recipes for sauerkraut, smoking bacon & gouda cheese.)

Several include links to related or additional information within the pdfs.

Videos Released Daily

I prefer the format of this summit to some of the other types. Each day, they’ll provide access to a set of presentations. You have 21 hours to watch those videos, whenever you want. Whether you can pause and back up or skip ahead remains to be seen.

I haven’t seen many of these speakers before, but the topics and faces are largely fresh compared to some of the prepper and homesteading summits in the last few years.

Not being familiar with past presentations of the speakers, I can’t tell you how many or which ones will basically be 15-30 minute advertisements for their books and DVDs sets, etc., but even when there’s self-pumping, there’s regularly good information available, too.

Nor can I tell you how many are going to stay close to topic, which has been an issue with some of the prepper-focused summits in the past, or how much is going to end up being a re-hash of stuff we hear pretty much every summit.

Even so, it’s free. If you also have open internet access, it might be worth giving a listen.

Topics of Interest

I’m doing a quickie TPJ write-up for this instead of just posting it to my forums because some of the presentations are actually topics that I’ve seen come up here as suggestions and questions. Some of those include:

  • “Never Buy Garden Seeds Again – How Our Ancestors Had it Right”
  • “Seed Saving”
  • “How to Plan a Year’s Supply of Food”
  • “Jump Start Your Urban Farm”
  • “Secret Garden of Survival” (This one may be repetitive if you’ve watched others, but it’s really, really, really good if it is what he’s presented before.)
  • “Year Round Gardening” (Season extenders if it holds true to his DVD-book-online course)
  • “Starting a Homestead from Scratch”
  • “DIY Everything” (I suspect this may be about the DIY mindset or basic tools, because that’s a pretty broad topic; if it’s a book or DVD set, I will suspect lots of self-promotion)
  • Intros to mylar bag storage, preservation, & canning
  • Off-the-grid lifestyle challenges and perks
  • Syrup tapping and boiling, farm cheese, bread, & booze among other recipes
  • Intros to homesteading businesses, budgeting, & frugality needs
  • Homestead purchase & setup tips

 

 

Put Up Protections

The summit is free. Since it’s free, it will likely include not only the daily emails during the summit, but also several to “many” ad-type emails leading up to it.

They’ll be pushing not only their own sale of the presentations to watch at our leisure (wait until some of us watch to buy – we’ll stick up reviews and an overall “great” or “too much of this is out there for free somewhere to be worth THAT much money”), but probably the sale items offered by sponsors, presenters and people/things the presenters promote.

That’s part of what you get with free summits.

Happily, it’s more free than the “let me send you a free knife” that costs $10-25 to ship and comes with a lifetime of spam that will find you and all of your friends.

Too, there are ways to make these things easier to deal with.

One, set up a “drop” account.

Go with gmail if you like. It’s apparently preferred by the SRS summit’s tech people. I go with Yahoo and Hotmail for “use-and-forget” accounts. I find them faster and easier to set up, and they rarely make me jump through hoops to log in from different devices and locations.

Use an initial, nickname, location, inside joke, or favorite author instead of your actual first and last name. Something like “C Lemmingsrun”, “Four Freestuff”, “H Franklin”, or “My Prp-Ntwkg”.

Write these down somewhere, either physically or keep a little notepad sheet with a running tally of account info, along with the password or a hint to your password – which ideally does not match the password for your actual emails and other accounts.

Two, DON’T link/synch that email to the ones you open and use daily – you’ll just have to wade through stuff you want if you do.

Three, If you email yourself or somebody else from your free-stuff spam-happy email account, delete the contact information later. That way, if it ends up out in the world, you’re not sending crap to everyone you know and yourself.

Keep The Spam Temp

I do have “drop” accounts that have developed somewhat long lifespans, usually for preparedness networking or those free sites. Some of them are solely for initial contact, and if I decide you’re a keeper, you get pushed to a more permanent drop account and updated when I move on.

The biggie though, is that besides stuff like monthly site contests (grabagun, seedsnow, etc.), once a competition or freebie’s time has come and gone, I largely unsubscribe to the site(s). No more email inundation, mass “delete”, easy-peasy.

Yes, some stuff is persistent. Happily, the free email providers I use allow for me to block and-or report persistent problems (unsubscribe first, or you won’t be able to get their stuff from another run).

Then, when I feel like it, I can abandon that drop email account, without it ever having affected my business or personal email accounts or my preparedness networking accounts.

 

Online Summits & Drawback Mitigation

Online summits do require you to have the bandwidth available for them, which is a bummer. Locations like McD’s, Starbucks, and the public library may work with some, but most of us would only hang out for an hour or two, tops.

Even if you’re not going to “attend” you may want to go ahead and sign up. Eventually they’ll drop the price for the summit for members.

I’ll try to check back here after the first day or two to give a quickie review of “so far” and how much new and useful information is available with that buy-skip roundup later.

That way, you’ll have some feedback to help decide about buying if you just can’t watch it but wanted to.

As I said, this is a new summit and SRS is a new host for me. I don’t know if it’s going to be QA, stay on topic, be sale promotions, or be useful.

I’m not familiar with many of the speakers. I’m likely to go do more research on them to see what they’ve done in the past to help me decide which ones I’ll watch. I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can get hours of listening done, and September is still processing season, so I can pop a device open while I husk, shell, winnow, chop, sweep, wash dishes, and groom animals.

I can already tell you there are presentations I’m likely to skip. They just don’t hold interest for me at my stage. However, I’m likely to keep a notepad open for marking good tips, info to research and regulate the video times, and I usually run some commentary on the preparedness forum where I’m an admin and moderator.

Good or bad, the freebie summits usually have something for everybody, beginner or old hat. (Psst … take no single authority’s word for anything.)

With some five-minute steps ahead of time to keep from being inundated with spam and reminders, we can take advantage of those freebies and good nuggets without having to pull our hair out.

Hope you can catch it and add to the reviews!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Worst of Times, Best of People, Mostly.

1 Sep

Written by Wild Bill on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: The good and the bad in real time.

“My faith in humanity restored”…”THIS is how Americans really treat each other”….”We see heroes and victims, we don’t see colors”….the images are undeniable, they are both heart-breaking and faith-restoring.

    

This is the America we know, these are our neighbors and friends and our family members stepping up. This is happening in Texas. As someone who has been to 49 of our 50 states I know this would also happen in Alaska and Florida and Maine and California and all the places in between, and yes, even Hawaii. Stories of large furniture stores opening their doors to all who need a refuge, bakers working around the clock and giving away the food, pizza chains delivering free pizzas by kayak to flooded homes, beer companies switching production to canned water and donating it for free, are endless.

Sadly, to every silver lining there is a cloud, and in this case it is price gouging and looting. Two (2) more reasons to prep if you aren’t already. It is about being realistic as to the endless good in some people as well as the expedient dismissal of rules and laws and moral behaviors in others. And even the good can turn to the dark side when they are cold and wet and hungry and desperate.

Chain store employees and their local management NOT thinking that for every extra $40 a case they make on bottled water, they will be loosing thousands from customer who will see this and never buy from them again. Hotels, working the economics of “scarcity” with 17,000+ local households displace, and thousands of rescue workers flowing in, tripping their rates; gas stations hiking prices 10% in a single night in spite of the fact that they had no new delivery at a higher price but did it in “anticipation” of that event. In reality, while it could be a reasoned out as a rational economic move, not on this grand a scale and over a single night and people, especially people in desperate circumstances, have long memories.

The message here is clear to preppers, we know these things may come to pass and we wish to maintain as high a place on the food chain as we can for as long as we can. We look to protect ourselves and our families and that is a noble thing.

And then, at the bottom of the food chain, looting:

 

As we know in a SHTF scenario this is to be expected of people in need, and supplies left unattended, but that is not the case here. This is the ROL ending, even briefly, and this is motivated by hate more than need. Remember that the next time someone asks you why you prep. It is real and it would happen from sea to shining sea and this is something people need to prepare for, come to grips with, and have a plan.

I expect a lot of comments as this is an emotionally charged issue. Twitter is buzzing with well-wishes as well as message so hate-filled I will give them no platform. Humans are complicated in the comforts of a stable environment, unknowns when thrown into chaos.

As Howard Ruff said “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark”.

 

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