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  • What If Nothing Happens?

    07/07/2012 3:23:24 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7/7/12 | David SafeWater
    Now, let’s take that conversation into context for my focus of writing an article this morning: What if nothing happens? That’s exactly the question I’ll ask you. You, the prepared individual. You, the prepper who purchases food to have in the event your employment situation loses its revenue temporarily, or a minor movement of the earth closes local markets and grocers. You, the healthy student of nutrition. You, the responsible parent who works to provide the necessities of life for your children and grandchildren and works to secure those ongoing needs. You, the involved citizen who talks with your neighbors...
  • No Matter How Much Food You’ve Got Stored, It Will Eventually Run Out in a Full-Blown Collapse

    03/01/2012 10:29:42 AM PST · by blam · 212 replies · 26+ views
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-1-2012 | Joe Alton, M.D.,aka Dr. Bones
    No Matter How Much Food You’ve Got Stored, It Will Eventually Run Out in a Full-Blown Collapse Joe Alton, M.D.,aka Dr. Bones March 1st, 2012 The following article has been generously contributed by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, of Doom and Bloom Nation where you can find strategies to stay healthy that include traditional medicine, alternative remedies, and medicinal/survival gardening. For the best in emergency and long-term disaster medical preparedness we encourage you to check out The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook and follow Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on their weekly podcast. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To Survive, How Much...
  • Other • The Other Things (Needed for Preparedness)

    03/01/2012 11:36:56 AM PST · by Kartographer · 26 replies · 2+ views
    LessBull.com ^ | 2/29/12 | Eric Peters
    The Boy Scout motto — Be Prepared — is probably considered evidence of terrorist (or at least extremist) inclinations in the USSA Today. I won’t even get into the parts about hiking in the woods, carrying knives and practicing “survival” strategies. In my day, we even had a merit badge for marksmanship with a gun. But, weekend camping expeditions aside, how to be prepared in situ? In your home? For when the SHTF? Guns (and ammo) are obviously good things to have. And every person who wants to be prepared for a possible fecal-flinging scenario ought to have them. So...
  • Weekly Preppers' Thread

    02/24/2012 10:02:25 AM PST · by Kartographer · 72 replies
    2/24/12 | Kartographer
    As promised this is the weekly preppers' thread for preppers' to share especially good buys, idea's, new equipment, methods etc.
  • Ammo Can Rocket Stove

    02/24/2012 12:56:05 PM PST · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    A rocket stove is an efficient cooking device that uses small twigs and branches as fuel to achieve high temperature cooking though an insulated combustion chamber and feed tube. Here are the plans for a quick and easy rocket stove that’s made out of an old ammo can, a piece of stove pipe and a used coffee can. I built this ammo can rocket stove in under an hour and it works great.
  • Life After An EMP Attack: No Power, No Food, No Transportation, No Banking And No Internet

    Most Americans do not know this, but a single EMP attack could potentially wipe out most of the electronics in the United States and instantly send this nation back to the 1800s. If a nuclear bomb was exploded high enough in the atmosphere over the middle part of the country, the electromagnetic pulse would fry electronic devices from coast to coast. The damage would be millions of times worse than 9/11. Just imagine a world where nobody has power, most cars will not start, the Internet has been fried, the financial system is offline indefinitely, nobody can make any phone...
  • Are You Preparing for Nothing?

    02/21/2012 10:04:08 PM PST · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    Prepping 101 ^ | 2/21/12
    What happens if we do all these preparations and nothing goes wrong? I am made fun of sometimes for being prepared. Mostly people will say “Are you one of those survival types?” NO. Number one I don’t like the word survivalist, I like being prepared. There are no tin foil hatters involved with preparedness. It sounds more prudent. If nothing goes wrong then I am ahead is how I see it. When you prepare you are ready for what may eventually happen. Why do you carry a spare tire in your car? Because the zombies might eat one and then...
  • 5 Black Swans That Could Obliterate America's Future

    02/21/2012 5:11:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 134 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a fantastic book on the impact of large, high impact, statistically rare events called The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. According to Taleb, history tends to swing much more than we realize on these theoretically foreseeable, but often unexpected large events as opposed to the much more predictable trajectory that we tend to forecast when we look ahead to the future. Technically, Taleb would probably classify the events we're about to discuss as "grey swans," unlikely events that we should still be able to anticipate, but that's splitting hairs. Long story short, we...
  • If SHTF, Could You and Would You Shoot Someone?

    02/13/2012 7:41:48 PM PST · by djf · 171 replies
    Backdoor Survival ^ | Survivalwoman
    For most of us, our home is our refuge. There is even an old proverb: a man’s home is his castle. But what happens if there is an intruder? Or worse, an intruder whose intent is bodily harm toward you or your family members regardless of the reason? How would you defend yourself and, more specifically, would you shoot someone? Could you shoot someone? I have struggled with the answer to these questions and more, because, if there were a collapse of society – a true SHTF situation – there is a strong likelihood that I would be placed in...
  • Kartographer's Preparedness Manual Rev J

    02/11/2012 3:53:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    Well I've finally finished my latests update of my Preparedness Manual. I hope everyone likes the changes! At 492 pages now it's a real labor of love, but worth it. As I have said repeatedly if my manual helps one family, even one person survive SHTF then it was well worth it. Now I want to say a special Thank You to FReeper Eaker for hosting the file. Eaker you are a scholar and a gentleman and a FReeper in need. Thank you so much for your help and may God Bless you.
  • THREE MILLION PREPPERS IN AMERICA Are Getting Ready For The End of the World As We Know It

    02/12/2012 7:41:15 AM PST · by blam · 81 replies · 2+ views
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-12-2012 | Mac Slavo
    THREE MILLION PREPPERS IN AMERICA Are Getting Ready For The End of the World As We Know It Mac Slavo February 11th, 2012 In the autumn of 2008, as Presidential hopefuls sparred over whether we had entered a recession or not and well before the onset of the most serious global crisis since the 1930′s, trend forecaster Gerald Celente advised his Trends Journal subscribers to prepare for the worst and plan for the best. “It will be,” warned Celente, “like nothing we’ve ever seen in our lifetime.” The aware and prepared … those understanding just how out of control society...
  • Snow in Europe cuts off tens of thousands

    02/11/2012 9:31:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | February 11, 2012
    Snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes Saturday as the death toll from Europe's big freeze rose past 550. More heavy snow fell on the Balkans and in Italy, while the Danube river, already closed to shipping for hundreds of kilometres (miles) because of thick ice, froze over in Bulgaria for the first time in 27 years. Montenegro's capital of Podgorica was brought to a standstill by snow 50 centimetres (20 inches) deep, a 50-year record, closing the city's airport and halting rail services to Serbia because of an avalanche....
  • Older and younger people during SHTF

    02/11/2012 6:50:25 AM PST · by Kartographer · 27 replies · 1+ views
    SHTF School ^ | 2/10/12 | Selco
    It was not about “they are old and they are not strong, so we do not need them”. Not in my case. Everyone was needed. The question “how older and very young people did during SHTF?” is to wide. Easiest answer would be that they did like everybody else. Not well, life was hard. During my trip out of the town, over that mountain, to get some stuff, one of the most important persons in the group was men in his 70ies, he was not strong, he was not powerful, he was old grumpy dude. But his value was in...
  • Beware Of Highly-Trained Armed Parasites In A SHTF Situation

    02/10/2012 12:57:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 188 replies
    This morning, I want to talk about these armed parasites. Some time ago I picked up the book Urban Survival Guide by David Morris. On page 86 of the text, which is really a comprehensive twelve-week urban survival course, Morris wrote: … many people’s survival plan consists of buying just enough ammo to take whatever food they need by force. Just two weeks before writing this, I stood in a circle with eight active duty military talking about how quickly things were crumbling. When the conversation moved to preparations, I found myself listening to them mock families who stockpile food...
  • On TV: Doomsday Preppers TV Series

    02/09/2012 6:14:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    The first two episodes of the new series were broadcast Tuesday night, and a total of seven “prepper” individuals/groups were assessed, including (in order of appearance): Paul and Gloria Range, the “Retiree Preppers,” outside of Floresville, Texas “We’re preparing for a polar shift that will cause a sudden climate change and change life as we know it forever.” Christopher Nyerges, the “Street Survivor,” Los Angeles, California “I’m prepping for a killer earthquake that could completely flatten the city of L.A.” Megan Hurwitt, the “Young Urban Prepper,” Houston, Texas “I’m prepping to survive a catastrophic oil crisis.” David Sarti, the “Hillbilly...
  • The ABC’s of Self-Reliance - A core American virtue becomes a pejorative in the media.

    11/12/2011 10:16:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 November 2011 | Stefan Kanfer
    A few paragraphs separated by nearly two centuries chart a downhill slalom from liberty to dependency. First, here’s Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Self-Reliance”: “The education at college of fools; the building of meeting-houses to the vain end to which many now stand; alms to sots; and the thousandfold Relief Societies;—though I confess with shame I sometimes succumb and give the dollar, it is a wicked dollar which by and by I shall have the manhood to withhold.” Then, on October 26, ABC News: “At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses...
  • my shtf expirience-wartime

    10/25/2011 12:57:51 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 140 replies · 1+ views
    Survivalist Boards ^ | 9/6/11 | Selco
    OK, i wanna share with you my own experience. (be patient with my English, i am from far away ) I am from Bosnia, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year i lived and survived in a city of 50 000- 60 000 residents WITHOUT: electricity, fuel,running water,real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.The city was surrounded for 1 year and in that city actually it was SHTF situation. (SNIP) Some of us was better prepared, but most of families...
  • Ray Dalio On Whether The Current-Hopeless, Mob-Rule

    10/24/2011 6:27:12 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies · 1+ views
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/24/11 | Tyler Durden
    Mobs are at the doors of bankers and others in the financial system, screaming to politicians to put these people in jail while the vote-seeking politicians are fanning the flames rather than reminding people that the legal system is the way these people should be judged. Since banks are levered about 15 to 1, it doesn’t take much of a debt problem to cause them solvency problems, and since in deleveragings debt problems are big, there is significant risk banks will run out of equity again and the fury against them will intensify. For these reasons risks to the global...
  • Preppers a diverse group

    10/24/2011 6:41:25 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    Salina Journal ^ | 10/24/11 | GORDON D. FIEDLER JR.
    "Nobody can afford right off the bat to buy 20 years of dehydrated mashed potatoes," he said. He would buy a little extra every time he went to the store. Peace of mind increases as the larder grows, he said. "If you stock food for a year and lose your job, you can at least eat for a year," he said. Besides food and water, his stash includes certain medicines and some cash -- "If it's worth anything in the end" -- and important documents, some of which he's duplicated and stored off site. "You can't be prepared for everything,...
  • Leading Trend Forecaster: We Are Not Entering a New Recession (We're In A Depression)

    07/15/2011 4:26:02 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9-14-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Leading Trend Forecaster: We Are Not Entering a New Recession Mac Slavo July 14th, 2011 Trend forecaster Gerald Celente, of the Trends Research Institute, in his latest Trend Alert to subscribers, says that media presstitutes continue to sell Americans and the rest of the world the big lie of recovery. It’s nothing more than a cover-up. We never exited the recession that started in 2008.For the second consecutive month, employers added scarcely any jobs in June, startling evidence that the economic recovery is stumbling … The government also revised downward the small gain for the previous month to 25,000 new...
  • 10 Signs That The American People Are Starting To Freak Out About The Condition Of The Economy

    07/16/2011 3:58:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 137 replies · 1+ views
    Hawaii News Daily ^ | July 15, 2011 | Michael Snyder
    All over America, restlessness and frustration are growing. It has now been almost three years since the great financial crash of 2008, and yet the U.S. economy is still a complete and total mess. In fact, there are all sorts of signs that things are about to get even worse, and the American people are just about fed up. Virtually every major poll, survey and measure of consumer confidence shows that the American people are becoming more pessimistic about the economy. Millions of hard working Americans that worked their fingers to the bone for their employers and that did everything...
  • Neighborhood Prepper Meeting: Getting Together

    07/16/2011 3:33:47 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/16/11 | LDSPrepper
    I would like to thank my neighbors and friends for participating in our annual emergency preparedness meeting. Your comments and contributions were what made the meeting great. Hopefully we all left with a desire to be better prepared so our family and loved ones are well taken care of in the event of...