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10 Morale Boosters for Any Worst Case Scenario
Survival Mom ^ | 11/20/11 | Jack C. (Kartographer)

Posted on 11/20/2011 2:38:42 PM PST by Kartographer

Ok, so the SHHTF (S#!t Has Hit the Fan). You are hunkered down with your preps about you. There’s no ‘zombies’ knocking down you door, but the first few days are nerve-wracking to be sure. You will be busy securing what you can, monitoring the situation and generally getting into a survival routine to match whatever is going on. Generally, you will be too busy and with your adrenaline pumping and all the work to do it won’t seem that there are enough hours in the day to get everything done. But what happens when the initial action is over and now you are just biding time and waiting for things to get back to a more normal? What if it’s an extended period? How do you keep morale up, stave off depression, and keep hope alive? First, hopefully you are prepared for whatever the event is. Being prepared and being able to provide even just the basics will go far in reducing worry and panic. Full bellies (even if it isn’t exactly what you wanted), sated thirst, and a warm, dry place to sleep will at least give you something to build on.

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I am posting this in my roll as a unrepentant Blog Pimp. This is the first article I have written for any blog and ChocChipCookie (Lisa) over at Survival Mom felt it was good enough to post on here blog. Thanks ChocChipCookie!

Look for it in the next update of my Preparedness Manual comming soon.
1 posted on 11/20/2011 2:38:46 PM PST by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Prepper Ping!


2 posted on 11/20/2011 2:39:36 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
Crime Mapping
3 posted on 11/20/2011 2:43:20 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (For years the Left protested "the occupation of Iraq"- now they want to "Occupy" all across the US)
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To: Kartographer

Well done. Regarding number 5 I would add that many of the hand crank radios now come with a charging USB port for just that purpose. They take a while. I know because I’ve tested ours.

But they do work. And the cranking supports number 2, keeping busy. The games are a great idea, too. Every one of our emergency backpacks in our vehicles has a deck of cards in there. Something to pass the time can really help.

We’ve laid in a good supply of those baby wipes, too. When water is in short supply they do a fine job of washing off the worst of the stink. LOL

Thanks.


4 posted on 11/20/2011 2:47:21 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Kartographer
I have two suggestions for reading material. Even if you had nothing else, you would be all right if you had The Bible and The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett.
5 posted on 11/20/2011 2:48:22 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: Kartographer

Good job!


6 posted on 11/20/2011 2:48:25 PM PST by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Kartographer

Good article, Kart - well worth clicking-through to read in its entirety...

Since you won’t, I will point out the unspoken (technically, ‘unwritten’, I guess..) common sine qua non for all of your excellent points —

To wit - “company”... We’re ‘social animals’, and rely on others of our kind for our emotional and spiritual needs...

The ‘solitary strong man’ fantasy is a sure path to insanity or worse, IMO....


7 posted on 11/20/2011 3:10:23 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Lurker; All
All of the hand cranked radios that I have seen use rechargeable batteries inside. I have decided to get an excellent quality battery charger, one that can run off of AC or 12 volts DC and that does a sophisticated job of charging the AA and AAA batteries. This gives me more versatility than a crank radio. Of course, you need a reliable way to charge a 12 volt DC battery.
8 posted on 11/20/2011 3:13:22 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

Excellent suggestion, sir. Thank you. Would you mind sharing the model of the charger you got? If you’re uncomfortable putting it out in the forum feel free to reply privately.


9 posted on 11/20/2011 3:21:33 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Kartographer

Nicely done, Kartographer.

And, I love the purple crushed velvet. My fav!


10 posted on 11/20/2011 3:24:41 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: marktwain

Thats been my thinking as well I’ve been debating all the various chargers and there are many out there, but Ive been think of possibly getting a decent size solar panel 60 to 85 watt, a deep cycle battery and a inverter and mounting the whole thing on a two wheeler so I can easily move it around with the battery providing enough weigh to stabilize the whole thing in most wind conditions. Such a rig would give you some real usable power enough to even charge cordless power tools.


11 posted on 11/20/2011 3:24:52 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

You left out a low maintenance woman who “cleans up” nicely.


12 posted on 11/20/2011 3:30:44 PM PST by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: marktwain
Down at the auto store they sell single wire alternators, with built in regs, that hook up directly to the battery terminal. I installed one as a replacement for a generator on my tractor.

Wonder how it would work with an old a/c fan attached to the shaft, then hoisted up on a pole?

13 posted on 11/20/2011 3:31:04 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: magslinger
The English/European royalty and banking families, enraged over the Falkands war, collapsed the Argentine Economy in the 90's. I recommend this book, a first hand account of a survivor, to help prepare for what the same scum have begun in America.

Some interesting notes....Police were no where to be found, except in wealthy communities and to make arrests for acts of vigilantism. Packs of dogs, which folks turned loose when they couldn't feed them, quickly went wild and were almost as big a problem as rampant crime.

14 posted on 11/20/2011 3:34:26 PM PST by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

low maintenance woman isn’t that in the same category as big foot, the loch ness monster, the abominable Snowman.....


15 posted on 11/20/2011 3:34:36 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: marktwain
All of the hand cranked radios that I have seen use rechargeable batteries inside.

Not the Freeplay. I have one. It uses a spring to operate a generator. It works like the motor on the old wind up phonographs.

16 posted on 11/20/2011 3:38:15 PM PST by Octar
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To: Kartographer

Might that not be the abominable Snow-woman?

;-))


17 posted on 11/20/2011 3:44:25 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Kartographer

bfl


18 posted on 11/20/2011 3:45:32 PM PST by spankalib (The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
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To: Octar
This freeplay radio uses an internal, chargeable, battery. What model uses the spring system? I have been looking for something like that.

Thanks.

19 posted on 11/20/2011 3:58:55 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Octar

This freeplay radio uses an internal, charable, battery. What model uses the spring system? I have been looking for something like that.

Thanks.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/frsushrars.html


20 posted on 11/20/2011 3:59:26 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kartographer

This is the one I am very close to ordering. Just haven’t done it yet. My daughter got married yesterday.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/md-1600l-combos.html


21 posted on 11/20/2011 4:02:29 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kartographer
low maintenance woman isn’t that in the same category as big foot, the loch ness monster, the abominable Snowman.....

No, they are out there, but they are almost always happily married with children.

22 posted on 11/20/2011 4:03:56 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kartographer

A 6 kw solar power system is in process of being installed on my place in Yuma.


23 posted on 11/20/2011 4:08:03 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kartographer

I posted on an earlier thread the Dollar General has Libby brand canned veggies on sale through Wednesday for $.40/can. If it’s time for anybody to rotate stock or add to, this would be a great time to do it. It is a better deal than Aldi’s and store brands.


24 posted on 11/20/2011 4:08:44 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Octar
Not the Freeplay. I have one. It uses a spring to operate a generator. It works like the motor on the old wind up phonographs.

The early Freeplay radios had that system. An Internet search has indicated that they have not made them that way for quite a while.

25 posted on 11/20/2011 4:10:25 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

http://www.freeplayenergy.com/page-view.php?pagename=Audio&language=


26 posted on 11/20/2011 4:14:54 PM PST by Octar
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To: going hot; Kartographer
"Wonder how it would work with an old a/c fan attached to the shaft, then hoisted up on a pole?"

It probably wouldn't. Try the following, if you have some welding and other technical experience (especially industrial safety and construction). It will work, but winds of 10 mph or more, much of the time, are required (e.g., the commonly raging winds in a basin on the east side of real mountain peaks, like those on the Great Divide).

10-foot wind turbine instructions (homebuilt)
http://www.otherpower.com/turbineplans.html

The following would work the best to save a lot of money on energy in most parts of our country, but it also requires real work. Contractors only build closed loop systems with all of the parts out of boxes (far too little thermal mass in such systems, but easy for retards to install).

$2K Solar Space + Water Heating -- One Simple DIY System

Technocracy--read the real definition, and embrace it. It will precede the rebuilding. The current social paradigm is dying. The "service economy," overly high "property values" and their friend, bipartisan socialism, will be gone for decades.

Have fun. Enjoy the slide.


27 posted on 11/20/2011 4:20:05 PM PST by familyop ("Don't worry, they'll row for a month before they figure out I'm fakin' it." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Octar; All
Freeplay does have a 12 volt standalone charging system available. It looks handy.

http://www.freeplayenergy.com/page-view.php?pagename=Freecharge-12v-link3

28 posted on 11/20/2011 4:23:46 PM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Kartographer

Kart, Letting you and other preppers out there know that Lowes is selling food grade #2 HDPE 5-gallon buckets for only $3.98. At prepper sites, you’ll pay around $6-7 for them.

I found the buckets at the front of the store by the registers. They are done up for Christmas - red with candy cane stripes and green with Happy Holidays. Added bonus is whatever food you store in them would be mistaken for Christmas lights or decorations by anyone poking around.

They come without lids but you can purchase gamma lids from beprepared.com, just watch for their sales.


29 posted on 11/20/2011 4:27:53 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: Kartographer; All

Thanks for the post and your work. Thanks to all contributors to this thread.

BE PREPARED!


30 posted on 11/20/2011 4:32:06 PM PST by PGalt
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To: SENTINEL

I wasn’t talking about books to read before the collapse or how to manuals you will read during and after but apres deluge morale books.


31 posted on 11/20/2011 4:35:58 PM PST by magslinger (Who cares if they are"electable" if they are going to govern like Democrats? -noprogs)
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To: marktwain
"http://www.batteryjunction.com/frsushrars.html"

Good site for rechargeable and solar things. Thanks.


32 posted on 11/20/2011 4:40:01 PM PST by familyop ("Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice." --Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: marktwain
These recently ubiquitous inexpensive solar charged items have AA rechargeable batteries in them that are easily removed for use in other devices.

33 posted on 11/20/2011 4:43:53 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: magslinger

On that show “The Walking Dead” one kid returns some paperpack to the old guy in his motor home.

“Here’s your book - thanks.”

“You’re welcome. And sorry, If I had known, I would’ve grabbed better books.”


34 posted on 11/20/2011 4:45:27 PM PST by 21twelve ("We can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust....and another lost generation.")
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To: marktwain

Here’s the set-up I am looking at:

http://www.amazon.com/HQRP-Monocrystalline-Controller-Regulator-Radiation/dp/B002WHQL2U/ref=pd_sim_ol_3

Then adding a inverter and a Deep Cycle battery and a inverter. Mount the whole thing on a two-wheel dolly.

I am also looking at this as a back-up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001BKS3Z2/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_g23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1KY45AY7ZEF2PD473D1F&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846


35 posted on 11/20/2011 4:48:33 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Grizzled Bear; Kartographer

You left out a real man who isn’t afraid of getting his fingers dirty and has at least one handyman brain cell.


36 posted on 11/20/2011 4:53:07 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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37 posted on 11/20/2011 4:53:24 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: call meVeronica

Bump


38 posted on 11/20/2011 5:10:43 PM PST by call meVeronica
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To: Kartographer

Will you add me to your ping list please?


39 posted on 11/20/2011 5:22:21 PM PST by Pipe Dog
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To: marktwain
What model uses the spring system? I have been looking for something like that.

These might be of interest. BayGen Radio

40 posted on 11/20/2011 5:37:34 PM PST by Pipe Dog
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To: I see my hands
Of course by "these" I mean these:


41 posted on 11/20/2011 5:49:06 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

“You left out a low maintenance woman who “cleans up” nicely.”

Where do you get those?


42 posted on 11/20/2011 7:31:51 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Kartographer

Good article, Kartographer! Lisa’s blog has a good readership in the preparedness community, too.


43 posted on 11/20/2011 8:04:59 PM PST by backwoods-engineer (Any politician who holds that the state accords rights is an oathbreaker and an "enemy... domestic.")
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To: Kartographer

Didn’t see tobacco on that list...good for morale, and after initial retail sources are looted, probably a premium barter item as well.


44 posted on 11/20/2011 8:17:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: SENTINEL

“Packs of dogs, which folks turned loose when they couldn’t feed them, quickly went wild and were almost as big a problem as rampant crime.”

Maybe you can’t feed your dogs, but you can eat them.


45 posted on 11/20/2011 10:14:38 PM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
That's a great idea. When I saw the writing on the wall that tobacco prices would quadruple, I bought out the Navy exchanges full stock of canned (6oz) Bugler/Top and two other brands, nearly eighty cans in all...

Believe I paid around eight dollars per can. I checked out the exchange last week and they were going for twenty nine dollars!

Opened up one yesterday and the product is fresh as can be... WTSHTF we are going to have quite a bartering chip!

46 posted on 11/20/2011 11:18:53 PM PST by JDoutrider (The democrat party has morphed into an evil institution that is hell bent on destroying America.)
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To: dsc
A dog makes a fine meal.


47 posted on 11/21/2011 6:26:24 AM PST by SENTINEL (Romney is to Conservatism what Mormonism is to Christianity.)
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To: outofsalt

Wanted: Women with boat and motor.
Send picture of boat and motor.


48 posted on 11/21/2011 6:31:55 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: goodwithagun

There’s also a Libby’s 4/$1 canned vegetable coupon out there in a printed ad insert. If your Dollar General doesn’t take coupons, HEB has buy Libby’s canned pumpkin ($1.68) and get Carnation ($1.08) evaporated milk free. Yes, the Libby’s pumpkin is more expensive than the store brand but with the free milk and coupon, it comes to $1.43 for pumpkin and milk. Pumpkin does last a long time.


49 posted on 11/21/2011 9:30:38 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Kartographer

Thanks for the ping Kart. Flashy threads.

Entertainment will be mostly for kids and women. I will be busy with security issues and won’t have extra time.

Remember, odds of survival increase if you have a small, trusted group of well armed and TRAINED men. Lone wolves will not survive.

The group of folks I plan to hunker down with are very entertaining just being themselves.


50 posted on 11/22/2011 12:41:21 PM PST by appalachian_dweller (Live each day as if it's your last. It might be.)
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