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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide

Cold weather is nasty and deadly. But before it gets deadly it gnaws at parts of you until there isn't much left. Yet Cold weather is easily defensible and with a little prep and knowledge you are set to survive and flourish.

Take a moment to review the Extreme Cold Prevention Guide made available trough the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for short).

Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety

The Extreme Cold Prevention Guide combines all of the key content of the CDC Winter Weather website into one downloadable, printable file. Printing this PDF file ensures that you will have important winter weather health and safety information available even when you're without power or Internet service.

Download the Prevention Guide (3.45 MB/15 pages)

Credits and Links:
CDC Home
CDC Emergency Preparedness & Response
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Winter Strom Preperation and Survival

Today we watch is astonishment as New York and the major Cities of New Jersey have failed to handle the task of snow removal. These are fine examples of governments inability to maintain control and demonstrate core government competency.

From over at Michelle Malkin :
Two feet of snow paralyzed trains, buses, plows and emergency vehicles in the Big Apple this week. Perhaps if Bloomberg — the nation’s top self-appointed municipal food cop — spent more of his time on core government duties instead of waging incessant war on taxpayers’ salt, soda, trans-fat and sugar intakes, his battered bailiwick would have been better equipped to weather the storm.
As opposed to Newark Mayor Corey Booker who has been on the streets since the snow started falling, shoveling and coordinating trucks and crews. But that doesn't change the fact that our city and municipal governments are poorly trained, led, and budgeted. So poorly in fact we can not count on them to be there when the citizenry needs them. Making prepping all the more critical.

So take a look at this post that was put up a couple years ago on Suite

Winter Storm Preparation and Survival

Cold Temperatures, Snow, Freezing Rain and High Winds are Dangerous

Nov 6, 2008 Maureen K. Fleury

Power and Telephone Lines Sagging After Ice Storm - National Oceanic Atomospheric Administration NOAA
Power and Telephone Lines Sagging After Ice Storm - National Oceanic Atomospheric Administration NOAA

Every autumn, residents in the temperate climates start to think about shoveling snow and driving on treacherous roads. This is also the time of year to put together a survival kit whether it’s for everyday winter weather or for a winter storm.

Preparing a Winter Survival Kit

Here is a list of items that would be essential when hit by a winter storm. Remember, it’s not unusual for power outages to occur.

  • Non-Perishable Food: Canned goods or boxed foods will keep for long periods of time and don’t need refrigeration. A few days supply is recommended because grocery stores may be closed or streets may not be passable. Refrigerated and frozen food can be put outside during a long power outage.
  • Can Opener: An electric opener won’t work during a power outage so a manual opener is necessary.
  • Shovel: This is needed for digging out after the storm and during a storm if there is need to get outside or to create access for incoming emergency services.
  • Rock Salt: It is good to have this on hand to melt the ice on shoveled walkways, driveways and porches.
  • Camp Stove or Barbecue: In case of a power outage, this is a alternate means for cooking food. Ensure there is sufficient backup fuel on hand. Cooking on charcoal or propane equipment must be done outside.
  • Matches and Candles: It is recommended to keep matches on hand because lighters may run out of fuel or malfunction.
  • Extra Blankets and Warm Clothing: If there is no heat in the house, these items will help everyone keep warm.
  • Flashlights and Battery Radio: Make sure there is an ample supply of batteries on hand. In addition, self-powered or solar flashlights and radios are available with battery backup. Some radios are able to charge cell phones.
  • Non-Battery Household Phone: These phones derive their power from the telephone line whereas many cordless phones won’t work because their bases are powered by household electricity. Some cordless phones have battery backup and may be used.
  • Bottled Water: This is essential for people whose water supply is from a well. The pump will not work during a power outage.
  • Extra Essential Items: The supply should last a few days. This would include prescription medicine, diapers, oxygen tanks, baby food, pet food, insulin, toiletries and lots of batteries.
  • Entertainment Items: If there is a power outage or the weather is too severe to go outdoors, having board games, deck of cards, books and craft projects available will keep everyone busy.

Preparing for a Snow Storm

In addition to having an emergency kit, there are other tasks that should be done:

  • Keep up to date on weather forecasts in order to know in advance of an approaching storm.
  • Shop for groceries and other supplies as soon as possible rather than waiting until the last minute because the stores will be crowded and stock may be gone.
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged and ensure there is an adequate supply of batteries for the survival kit.
  • Gather up all winter clothing and make sure it’s clean and usable.
  • Plan to take public transportation during the storm. It is recommended to not drive a car during a snow storm unless it’s absolutely necessary. According to the American National Red Cross,” about 70% of winter deaths related to ice and snow occur in automobiles.”

With a winter survival kit and making preparations at the first notification of an approaching storm, a household can operate efficiently and safely.

Copyright Maureen K. Fleury.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Doomsday Fear Mongers Get It Right Again

By now, you’ve likely come across the recent 60 Minutes segment titled State Budgets: Day of Reckoning. If you have yet to view it, you can do so below.

Millions of Americans who have been told that our economy is now in a period of recovery may be surprised to learn that most states are so broke that they are left with no other choice but to cut spending on literally everything. Governor Christie of New Jersey is, according to 60 Minutes, the canary in the mine:

We spent too much on everything. We spent money just crazily. The credit card’s maxed out. It’s over. It’s over.

For readers of this web site and other alternative news and contrarian outlets this report was to be expected. We’ve been reporting on, and our readers have been contributing their insights via comments for quite some time - at least a couple of years now - about the fundamental problems facing our country. For those who have questioned their own sanity, or have had their sanity questioned by friends and family when trying to spread the message of preparing for the Greatest Depression, Governor Christie just proved that you’ve been right all along:

Where am I getting the money? I don’t have it. I literally don’t have it.

It’s not like you can avoid it forever because it’s here now. We all know it’s here. And the Federal government doesn’t have the money to paper over it anymore either for the states. The day of reckoning has arrived. And it’s going to arrive everywhere.

Unlike the federal government, states don’t have the ability to issue debt and print as much money as is needed via the digital presses at the Federal Reserve. They are left with no choice but austerity measures via spending cuts. And, as Charlie McGrath pointed out recently, Austerity will hit America like an Eight Pound Sledgehammer.

Earlier this year, we discussed the Collapse of Dysfunctional States as Another Step To The Federal Bubble Detonation, and according to mainstream reports as of late, we’re well on our way to complete destruction of the way of life as we have come to know it in our spend and consume society.

If you thought the housing bubble was bad, consider what financial analyst Meredith Whitney has to say about state and local governments. Take note that it was Whitney who blew the doors open on the problems in housing and the excessive leverage in the banking system - which led to the collapse that has left us where we are today. And while investment houses and ratings agencies are still promoting municipal bonds as a great way to preserve wealth, you might want to sleep on Whitney’s latest comments before you go all in:

It has tenticles as wide as anything I’ve seen. I think next to housing this is the single most important issue in the United States and certainly the largest threat to the US economy.

When asked why no one is doing anything about it, Whitney provides an answer that is as true today as it was before the housing bubble pop:

Because they don’t pay attention until they have to.

It is only at the precipice of disaster that people, especially politicians and vested interests, are willing to change.

The worst thing about all of this, is that, as Meredith Whitney suggested, the states will likely find a solution to their problems. Our view is that this solution will come down to massive, unprecedented bailouts from the Federal government. Not billions - not trillions more will be printed.

We maintain our previous forecast, though we can’t put a specific timeline on it, that the collapse of state governments will eventually lead to the largest bubble detonation in history - financier George Soros refers to it as the Super Bubble and trend forecaster Gerald Celente calls it the Government Bubble:

How long will this be?

It’s hard to say, but in terms of the states, we’re likely looking at sooner rather than later. States are already broke, with California, Illinois and New Jersey already showing serious fiscal strain. In the near future we’ll begin seeing states requesting bailouts directly from the federal government. Eventually, we suspect that the majority of states will be standing in the welfare line looking for hand outs.

For now, the US dollar remains fairly strong given our economic problems. In fact, any time a financial emergency spreads across the globe, investors seem to be running to US bonds for safety, so there is still confidence in the US government’s ability to service our existing debt.

However, we believe that once the states begin to require federal involvement to pay government workers, emergency responders and pensioners, we will be much closer to a serious collapse of not only our economic system, but the monetary system as well. It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world realizes that we’re completely broke and takes action accordingly.

The states blew a government spending bubble, and that bubble is about to pop. The federal debt bubble will not be far behind.

Naturally, there will be skeptics. In fact, most are skeptical of the possibility of a complete collapse of the US Dollar and our way of life, but it is in process as we speak.

Just like the states, the federal government will soon be on the precipice.

Meredith Whitney says that municipal bond defaults will start occurring in scores over the next 12 months. We’ll see what the federal government does, but our guess is more bailouts - hey it worked before!

But who will bail out the $150 Trillion (official figure) government debt bubble?

Any takers?

Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Author: Mac Slavo
Date: December 22nd, 2010
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sing the health praises of parsley and sage

Those of us who go back a few years likely remember the line about parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in the huge Simon and Garfunkel hit song about two ill-fated lovers, "Are You Going to Scarborough Fair". Many have speculated that the reference to the four popular herbs was due to their use in Medieval Europe to help cleanse the air and ward off the infamous black plague. Others have thought that the reference to the four herbs was because the combination may have been used as a love potion. Whatever the reason for their inclusion in the popular song, the many health benefits of parsley and sage are worth loving and singing praises about in their own rights.


Parsley is an amazing medicinal herb with a world of health benefits. The root contains calcium, B-complex vitamins, and iron, which nourish the glands that help regulate the uptake of calcium. It is a source of magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Among the many benefits reported for parsley are:

*It is a diuretic which helps the body produce more urine to keep the urinary system operating smoothly and which helps prevent problems such as kidney stones and bladder infections.

*It is wonderful for removing toxins from the body, such as heavy metals.

*It is an effective breath freshener. It is believed that the practice of including parsley on a dinner plate began due to its breath freshening abilities and not merely for its decorative effect.

*The root and leaves are good for the liver and spleen.

*It helps relieve bloating during menstruation.

*It provides relief for edema, often helping when other remedies have failed

*Parsley root and seeds help relax stiff joints, often making stiff and unmanageable fingers work again.

*It helps remove gallstones when used properly by taking a pint of the tea daily.

*It is beneficial for the adrenal glands.

*It is a powerful therapeutic aid for the optic nerves, brain and sympathetic nervous system.

*Parsley juice is an excellent tonic for the blood vessels.

Note: It is best to avoid large amounts of parsley if you are pregnant, especially the use of the volatile essential oil.


Like rosemary, its sister herb in the mint (Labiatae) family, sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids, including rosmarinic acid. The oils found in sage are both antiseptic and antibiotic, helping it fight infections.

Besides the antioxidant and other properties shared with Rosemary, sage`s other health benefits include:

*It is effective for symptoms of menopause, night sweats and hot flashes because of its estrogenic action and because its tannins help dry up perspiration.

*Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years. It helps provide better recall and research has suggested that it may be an effective option to help treat Alzheimer`s.

*There`s also compelling evidence that sage may be of value to people with diabetes for whom the hormone insulin does not work as efficiently as it should. Lab studies indicate that sage may boost insulin`s action.

* The ability of sage to protect oils from oxidation has also led some companies to experiment with sage as a natural antioxidant additive for cooking oils that can extend shelf life and help avoid rancidity.

In an upcoming article, we will also sing the praises of the other two herbs mentioned in the popular song - rosemary and thyme.

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About the author

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.
Mr. Isaacs is currently residing in scenic East Texas and frequently commutes to the even more scenic Texas hill country near San Antonio and Austin to give lectures in health seminars. He also hosts the CureZone "Ask Tony Isaacs - featuring Luella May" forum as well as the Yahoo Health Group "Oleander Soup" and he serves as a consultant to the "Utopia Silver Supplement Company".

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Terrorist may poison the food supply (but the food companies already have)

Always on the terror streak, the mainstream media is now warning Americans that terrorists may strike the food supply by dumping poison into restaurant salad bars and buffets, for example. CBS News broke the story, quoting anonymous "intelligence" sources who insist that terrorists might use ricin or cyanide to poison foods in salad bars.

I have news for CBS, the federal government, and the terrorists: If you really want to poison the U.S. food supply, just use aspartame. It causes neurological disorders and yet remains perfectly legal to dump into foods such as diet sodas and children's medicines. You don't even have to dump it into the food supply in secret, either: You can do it right out in full view of the public. Heck, you can even list this chemical right on the ingredients label!

Or get into the MSG business. MSG, which is often hidden on "natural" foods under an ingredient called yeast extract, is a potent neurotoxin that promotes obesity and even cancer, according to some experts. Feed people enough MSG and they'll probably die of cancer sooner or later, and that counts toward the goal of terrorism too, doesn't it?

If you really want to get nasty and up the body count, start a hot dog company and dump sodium nitrite into your processed meat like all the other hot dog companies do. Sodium nitrite promotes aggressive cancers -- even in children -- and yet the USDA and FDA allow its use in the food supply (

Better yet, feed the population genetically modified corn and then wait for the mutations to kick in. GMOs might actually be called a biological weapon because they cause so much harm to humans and the environment. (

Why be a terrorist when you can do so much more damage as a processed food company?

If you're a terrorist looking to poison the U.S. food supply, get in line, buddy! The food companies have beat you to it!

In the U.S. food supply right now, you can find toxic mercury, BPA, acrylamides, petrochemicals, dangerous preservatives, synthetic chemicals like aspartame, pesticide residues and artificial colors that alter brain function. The FDA doesn't seem to care about any of this, of course: All these poisons in the food supply are legal!

So here's a message to Al-Qaeda and all the other terrorists trying to kill Americans: Don't bother with bombs and missiles... just get into the processed food business!

Or, heck, if you really want to kill Americans with poison, get into the cancer industry! The "Al-Qaeda Cancer Clinic" could really rack up some body bags by doing what all the other cancer clinics do: Inject patients with chemotherapy and watch them die (

Seriously, if you want to kill Americans, all you really need to do is keep supporting conventional medicine and the FDA with its do-nothing position on dangerous chemicals that threaten the health of Americans right now. FDA-approved drugs kill well over 100,000 Americans each year -- a statistic that dwarfs the body count of any terrorist group.

Come to think of it, how do we know the FDA isn't already being run by terrorists? Their actions, which blatantly endanger American lives, are entirely consistent with the aims of a terrorist organization. (

By the way, this is all depicted in a CounterThink cartoon I created in 2006 called The Food Terrorists:

This cartoon anticipated today's terror news alerts by four years. That's because when it comes to the U.S. government's rhetoric on terrorism, it's not that difficult to see where they're taking it.

Want to know what the next four years will bring us? I'll soon be publishing a list of predictions for 2011 and beyond. Watch for that announcement.

In the mean time, you might want to steer clear of FDA-approved foods and drugs, because you just never know what's really in them.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Jersey Preppers Roll Call

The New Jersey Preppers Network is conducting a Roll Call on our forum.  If you are a prepper please check in.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Preparing your vehicle for winter driving

It's getting to be that time again. I saw that the UP got some snow today so it set me to thinking. A little knowledge and preparation can be the difference between being in an emergency and avoiding one.
Preparing your vehicle for winter driving

Have your local mechanic help you with all of the following. Or, if you have the time, there are a few items you can perform yourself:

  • Have your battery tested
  • Get your brakes and transmission inspected
  • Have your exhaust system checked
  • Check your wipers and replace the blades if they are split, leave streaks or skip
  • Make sure your headlamps and taillamps are working
  • Examine your tires for any signs of wear
  • Check to make sure your brake fluid, oil and power steering fluid reservoirs are full
  • Add windshield washer fluid and make sure you have more on hand
  • Consider snow tires if you expect to encounter a lot of snow or ice
Tips for safe winter driving

Check the weather first. A little common sense can go a long way. Before you even venture out, listen to your local radio or TV station or check the Internet to see what weather and road conditions you should expect. If you can postpone your trip, it's always safer to wait out any potentially hazardous weather.

Keep your gas tank at least half full. Fuel gives added weight to the vehicle and this also helps ensure that you won't run out of fuel in adverse weather. It can also help keep ice crystals from forming inside your fuel line.

Keep a closer eye on your tire inflation. Your tire pressure can drop one pound per square inch for every 10°F drop in the outdoor temperature.

Clear your view. Be sure your windows are all free from snow, ice and frost. Don’t forget to scrape your side view mirrors too.

Know your vehicle’s features. If your vehicle is equipped with Traction Control™, the feature will automatically detect and control your wheel spin to help maintain the stability of your vehicle in slippery conditions, such as snow and ice. If your vehicle is equipped with Four-Wheel Drive (4WD), you can give yourself extra traction in slippery conditions by shifting into 4WD. Consult your Owners guide for details.

Give other vehicles extra space. Err on the side of caution when it comes to your speed. Accidents often happen when drivers travel too close or too fast for wintery conditions.

Know what to do if you start skidding. Sometimes skidding or sliding on icy, snow-covered roads is unavoidable. If your vehicle starts to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, gradually turn your vehicle in the direction you are skidding and gently apply steady pressure to your vehicle's brakes. Don’t pump them, as it may cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

Don’t spin your tires if you get stuck in the snow. This won’t help you regain traction and will only create a rut. Instead, use a shovel or ice scraper to remove any snow or ice from underneath the tires. Pour sand or gravel (or salt if you have it) under the drive wheel tires to help improve your traction, floormats under the wheels can be a real help as well. Then turn off your vehicle’s Traction Control (if equipped) and try accelerating gently both forward and in R (Reverse). If none of these techniques work, call for assistance.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On Line Manuals

For information that's handy you can't beat online manuals. Some of these you may have seen, others are unique and some are new but all are useful.

Marine Corps Manuals

Military Manuals

Service (repair, not military) Manuals for just about everything.



Corpsman / Dentalman:

Metalworking and engines.

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision

Random Manuals.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

From the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management:
During his 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush asked Americans to volunteer their services in order to improve and safeguard their country. Harnessing the spirit of cooperation that developed as a result of the tragic events of September 11th, he created the Citizen Corps Program to organize volunteer services in the areas of crime, natural disasters and terrorism. The Community Emergency Response Team or (CERT) is a part of the Citizen Corps Program.


The CERT concept dates back to 1985, when the Los Angeles Fire Department recognized that in the early stages of a disaster – earthquakes in particular – local emergency responders would be overwhelmed, and basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of community members to survive until responders or other assistance arrived.

Recognizing the universal value of this program, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) worked in conjunction with the LAFD to make the CERT program applicable to all types of hazards and developed a CERT training program which could be used nationwide and adapted to meet local conditions when the need arose.

The tragic events of September 11 remind us that disaster can strike anywhere or anytime, and that basic safety and disaster survival skills can mean the difference between life and death. CERT training empowers community members to prepare responsibly and respond appropriately when emergencies occur.


CERT members give critical support to first responders in emergencies, provide immediate assistance to victims, organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site, and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

READ MORE HERE: New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

List of NJ C.E.R.T.S from APN

County C.E.R.T. Coordinators

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

October in NJ

It's the second week of October and as fall creeps in it's a good time to take stock of your shelves and make use of the harvest season. In my neck of the woods (North West Morris County) tourists from the more urban sections of the state flock to get hay rides and pick pumpkins. But for those of us who live here there is a nice bounty of falls crops just begging to be put up for the winter dinner table.

Today the wife canned some Apple Butter and spent sometime in the back yard picking crab apples to make Crab Apple Jelly. These things aren't hard to do and it makes the house smell great. It's also a way to develop your prepper skills for cooking, canning and preserving food for future use. These skills have been lost over time and replaced with supermarkets. Should the world go in a negative direction, supermarkets won't be of much help and you'll need to have the ability to gather and store for yourself and your family.

As the fall closes in an opportunity arises for those that don't have a garden and that is farmers markets. These markets are chock full of great value for all your winter needs. Acorn and Bottleneck squash are inexpensive and store extremely well in a cool dry spot in your basement. As do potatoes, onions, gourds and those beloved pumpkins. Pumpkins are tremendously versatile for roasting, baking and lots of different Pumpkin Soups!

So do yourself a favor and get out the cookbook, do some foraging in your yards and local farmers markets and practice those canning and food storage skills.

Prepping in NJ, it's a way of life.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hello NJ Preppers

Please welcome to the group our new members:


Hi everyone. I'm a member of SurvialistBoards and decided to join up over here too. Im a 38 yo male located in way South Jersey near the shore. So it looks like there arent' many NJ people here... kinda sad really. Hope to learn alot here....

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Hello NJ Preppers, wonderful to be part of group from the great state of New Jersey, I am happy to see a group who are here for each other. Glad to be here

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How To Join The New Jersey Preppers Network

Come learn survival, preparedness and sustainable living with us!

The Preppers networks are all about volunteering our knowledge and skills with each other. We share ideas, tips and basically network with each other to survive any type of disaster whether natural, man made, or economic. Information that you learn and share with others will help everyone learn how to find "Freedom Through Teaching Others Self Reliance."

Joining the New Jersey Preppers Network is simple, and most of all, it's Free! To join, just follow these few steps.

1) Register to become a member of the American Preppers Network The registration page is here:

2) Once you have your account, go to the index page of the forum and do your first post by introducing yourself in the new members area.

3) Once you know how to do posts, visit the New Jersey forum and introduce yourself. The New Jersey forum can be found by scrolling to the lower section of the index page where you will find a list of states, or you can go directly by following this URL: www.New

4) After you've visited the New Jersey forum, follow this link to learn how to join the New Jersey Preppers Network group:

APN's success depends on your contributions. If you would like to donate to our organization by becoming a Gold Member you can join the APN Gold Members club by following this link:
Gold Membership is only $5 per month. For a list of Gold Member benefits go here

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Power Outage Yesterday

Yesterday I got a call from both my wife and daughter that power was out due to an unfortunate incident between an errant driver and a utility pole. It was interesting to note that other than the disgruntlement over not having the internet available, no one was concerned. Plenty of light sources in the house, candles aplenty, reserve fuel and ways to cook on hand. Heck I went so far as to actually offer an extension cord to run the fridge....if it was really necessary :).

I did take the opportunity to use the event to remind the wife that we needed either a big time generator or a large bank of batteries and some solar equipment. A discussion ensured about the generator being an attractant to looters in times of unrest, but that was reserved for another time.

My point here is that with very little prep, and having everyone participate in it, little issues like power being out for a dozen hours or so need not be an issue at all.

What did you do to Prep today?

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Soap Making Class - APN Forum

While browsing the American Prepper Network Forums I came across a little soap making class. It's pretty cool and simple to do. patchouligrrl Provides us with an information step by step "how to" that is easy to follow. Hit the jump to read more.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Citizen Corps + disaster/prep volunteer groups

Not much is closer to my heart than being a volunteer firefighter. I did it for 14 years and my parents, specifically my father, always said you should try to leave your community a little better than you found it. And being a volunteer in emergency situations is a perfect way to not only be prepared, but to give of yourself to others.

A new post on APN yesterday the 26th speaks directly to being an emergency volunteer and provides fantastic links and explanations for many levels. PLEASE hit the link and jump over to APN forums and read more.


Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities that make the nation’s communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation. Citizen Corps is managed at local levels by Citizen Corps Councils, which bring together existing crime prevention, disaster preparedness, and public health response networks with the volunteer community and other groups.


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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Straw Bale Gardens - UpDate

Awhile back I spoke about experimenting with a concept called Straw bale Gardening in which you garden without dirt. Seemed like a neat Idea so I embarked on an experiment and bought 3 bales of straw and found a spot along the fence in my garden that was being used to grow weeds. The process goes something like this :
Place the bales on their sides and make sure they are firmly in place, stakes can be used but they will most likely sit still without them.
Everyday for 1 week sprinkle 1 cup of Ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) if you can get it, another high Nitrogen fertilizer if you can't (But it has to be at least 12-0-0), over each bale and water in thoroughly. Reduce that to 1/2 cup the following week, always making sure to water it in. After that you are ready to plant.

I planted excess plants that I had no room in the garden for. 1 Bell Pepper, 2 Cucumbers, and a pack of gourd seeds. So far the Pepper is going great, the gourd seeds have sprouted and are doing very well, but the cucumbers seem to be on the skimpy side and I'm not sure if that's because of the internal temperature of the bales or a nutrient issue.

A couple of points about this experiment: 1) The amount of fertilizer it takes to prep the bales, to me, is excessive and the time is also a tad on the crazy side. 2) The amount of water up front was huge, but after that it doesn't seem to need regular watering at all as the bales really hold the moisture once they get swelled up. And finally 3) The Straw grows too! but scissors keep it to a dull roar :).

Once the season is over I'll just till in the bales and consider the experiment as experience. I'm not sure that if you have room and dirt to garden in, this is worthwhile, bu tit is fun so far.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Value of Honey

Honey has values that are many, both medicinal and nutritional. Where I live you can find local honey pretty much everywhere as the farmers keep bees for their pollination value and the honey is a nice by product. But maybe you don't have that access, maybe your only shot at honey is the local grocery store or health food store. Well read up a bit on this thread at American Preppers Network and start to stockpile some honey. It will be a valued asset in your preps.

Other Honey Resources:
The Medicinal Value of Honey
The Nutritive Value of Honey
The Therapeutic Value of Honey
The NJ Bee Keepers Association

"All acrimony of the mind is pacified with sweet liquers, the spirits are made peaceable, the passages made softer and fitter for transpiration; and they are also good physick for manners."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Handling Dead Bodies

This was posted on the APN Forums a week or so ago. Critical information not often seen or discussed. Thanks to the folks over at Arizona Preppers for posting this.

Often First Responders cannot reach a disaster site for hours, days or weeks so citizens should be prepared to deal with death or the handling of dead bodies.

Death in a shelter during a nuclear / radiological event – If a person (or pet) dies while in a shelter, cover body with a sheet or put it in a bag (or tape several large plastic bags together) and move it outside the shelter. Don’t try to bury it if high levels of radiation are still in the area, but do poke several pinholes in bag so gases won’t build up. (Make sure to decontaminate yourself before reentering shelter.)

If in a Disaster Situation with Casualties and No Help

- Dead bodies typically do not cause epidemics after a natural disaster. In fact, it’s survivors who will most likely spread disease.

- Don’t put yourself in danger to recover a body if there is any chemical, biological or radiological contamination in the area or structural damage due to an earthquake, etc.

- People handling bodies should wear gloves and boots and avoid wiping their face or mouth with their hands. (Facemasks are not needed but may be helpful to some handlers.)

- Wash hands with soap and clean water often, and disinfect tools, clothing, equipment and vehicles used to move the bodies.

- Bodies often leak feces after death so avoid contact with it (and body fluids) to limit exposure to any possible diseases.

- If no First Responders are on scene (and it may be a while before any are), write down any known details about where and when a body was found, name (if known), personal belongings on or with the body, take a photo (if possible) to help with identification later, etc.

- Graves should be between 5 ft (1.5m) and 9 ft (3m) deep.

- Burial sites should be at least 218 yards (200m) away from water sources such as streams, lakes, springs, waterfalls, beaches, and the shoreline. (If 4 or less bodies: 650 ft (200m) from water … if 5 to 60 bodies: 820 ft (250m) from drinking water well)

- The Department of Health and Human Services for North Carolina suggests pets and wild animals be buried in holes at least 3 feet (1m) deep where there is no possibility of contaminating surface or ground water. Livestock animals should be disposed of by incineration.

Some FAQs per PANO:

Do dead bodies cause epidemics?
Dead bodies from natural disasters do not cause epidemics. This is because victims of natural disasters die from trauma, drowning or fire. They do not have epidemic causing diseases such as cholera, typhoid, malaria, or plague when they die.

What are the health risks for the public?
There is a small risk of diarrhea from drinking water contaminated by fecal material from dead bodies. Routine disinfection of drinking water is sufficient to prevent water-borne illness.

Is spraying bodies with disinfectant or lime powder useful?
No, it has no effect. It does not hasten decomposition or provide any protection.

Local officials and journalists say there is a risk of disease from dead bodies. Are they correct?
No. The risk from dead bodies after natural disasters is misunderstood by many professionals and the media. Even local or international health workers are often misinformed and contribute to the spread of rumors.

Resources: City of Surprise Crisis Response Team and Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations by The Pan American Health Organization

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Our Governor is becoming a standard

Reading some posts about Governor Christie this week has led me to believe that he is becoming sort of a Standard by which other governors looking to balance state budgets and deal with the oppressive government labor unions. I applaud the man for coming through on his promises to straighten out the state Supreme Court and to go toe to toe with the state labor unions over the budget issues. The State of New Jersey will surely run down the California and New York path if some of the current issues are handled and corrected right away.
Gov Christie calls S-L columnist thin-skinned for inquiring
about his 'confrontational tone'

From American Thinker
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Preppers get more respect......

The prepper movement is getting some press of late and that's a real good thing. The more press we get the more we can educate others of the need to be self sufficient. Read More HERE

Congratulations to matthiasj over at Kentucky Preppers for his great work on the Prepper Podcast, I'm proud to say I've listened to at least 31 episodes :) , great stuff.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grab and Go First Aid Kit

I've addressed first aid kits on this blog before ( Something as simple as... ) but I have not discussed a "Grab and Go" First Aid kit. A topic that has been discussed at length by many a survivalist. but one thing I have learned is that everybody likes pictures and simple How-To's. Towards that goal I point you to a really great thread that shows multiple mobile first aid kits that you can learn from an maybe build one for yourself and family.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Emergency Home Repair Supplies

We talk about food storage food growing food preserving..we talk about water storage water purify water usage..has anyone considered construction items??
nails screws window glass plywood etc..if someone just happens to drive by and throw a brick through your window during a riot or upheaval do you have glass to replace that window? if you get a bunch of bullet holes in the side of your house do you have something to fill them..if during a snow storm after SHTF and your hunkered down a tree branch lands on your roof do you have the means and parts to fix it? a house that is not intact makes it even tougher to survive during a bad situation..your beets and beans may make your belly full but that mason jar wont fix the broken window..building supplies may be very hard to come by when you need them most so now maybe the time to pick up some nails and screws and plywood, plastic tarps, battery operated tools and hand tools..this would be for both current and BOL houses if you have them, but it is very important for those of us that will have to stay in place ..i dont care how big your woodstove is it wont heat a house with a hole in the roof..

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Straw Bale Gardens

While surfing the garden sites looking for new and organic ways to garden I came across using Straw Bales as raised beds. Now, I know from when I was living on a farm that a wet bale of hay can be an issue in the barn and I also knew from looking at bales left in the field that stuff had no problem growing in them. But I never ever thought about growing vegetables in them. Well, I do now. I will be settting a bunch of bales along my fence line for additional plantings as well as a barrier to that pesky groundhog (He can also climb the fence as well as go under it). The bales as they are cultured and watered generate a good amount of heat for the roots while keeping them nice and moist. In the fall, till the bales into the soil and bam, they're gone.

Check out this "how to" site on using Straw bales in your gardening.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Food Expiration

I have been reading up on Food Storage and various related topics when I found a post over at titled "Online sources for Food Date, Shelf Life, & Closing date code information" that provides a wealth of info. My concern when I started the reading was the various types of codes you find on canned goods and how to decode that. I always went by the school of thought that a can was good until it could be "popped" indicating that contents had gone south. I still like that rule but there should be more thought and planning with regards to your food rotation and storage.

Read more about food expiration codes HERE

Monday, February 1, 2010

American Preppers Network: How To Make A Fire With Vaseline

American Preppers Network: How To Make A Fire With Vaseline

Our Friends over at Idaho Preppers offer a quality post on using household materials for making serious fire starters. Take a look.......

Book Review

The Book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and while the authors politics may not be in kind with most of the views expressed by myself or other preppers, the information and story are very pertinent to a family looking to be able survive solely on what they can raise.

The author starts the book by picking up the family and leaving their comfortable home in Arizona to return to her childhood roots in the mountains of Virginia where they hope to become totally self sufficient and live off what they can raise, slaughter, and put up for the winter. The family has a noble goal to not purchase any types of foodstuffs that can not be grown at home or locally and are not out of season. The planning involves takes you through the seasons of the crops and how intricate your garden has to be to have it producing from May to October. Admittedly the authors reasons for doing this are more rooted in environmental issues that survival ones. However the self sustaining goal is basically the same one and we can learn from her experiment. As the book and seasons move along new issues crop up such as what to do with all the vegetables. As such the author offers new found "old world" recipes and canning methods that provides lots of variety to our standards. The author takes us through all of the seasons all the while offering up failures as well as success to show what works and what doesn't. In the end the experiment is not a complete success, but it's only their first year of trying and the lessons provided are valuable ones. I particularly enjoyed the section on choosing turkeys as the protein source, totally amazing.

All in all the book might throw you into a slow burn every now and then as the Author expands on her view of the world but that doesn't change the information provided from the family's experiment. It's a good read and the accompanying website ( ) provides expanded sections on recipes and seasonal meal plans that work with your garden.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NJ Emergency Management Links

Listed for your use, New Jersey Emergency Management Links:

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management

Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Salem County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County

Some sites are more robust than others depending on budgets and politics. But all have good information you can use. Please email me with corrections.

Month Long Supplies

The amount you prepare is based on you and only you. But a good place to begin is with enough supplies to last you one month. that should be enough to get anyone through a specific crisis such as an Earthquake or flood. Remember that you can't count on anyone to be there for you and your family other than YOU and your family.

As you purchase your regular stores, buy a few extra things every week and soon you will have that month long supply. If you can you should stretch that to a three month supply over time.

Things to consider:
  • Food should provide 2,000 calories per day per person
  • Water should be a minimum of 1 gallon per day per person for drinking and hygiene. More for cooking.
  • Water Purification tablets or filters.
  • Don't forget things like condiments. Purchase these in large lots of individual packets to minimize storage needs.
  • Hygiene supplies like toilet paper and soap.
  • A Weapon and any supplies needed to maintain and use it.
I know this is all redundant and you've read it before but in the face of disasters like the Haiti Earthquake we all need to make sure that we can survive on our own until order is restored.

Links: MRE's, Water Storage, Portable Power, Can Storage

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hello, I'm A New NJ Prepper

Hi all,

I've always been interested in preparedness and I've made being prepared a New Year's resolution. I'd like to say Happy New Year you all and it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance.

I'll make my bio really short...I was a fishing boat deckhand for years and have now retired from the industry and settled into a suburban existence. As I was always prepared for anything out on the ocean, I guess I need an outlet here on land.

I've been reading all of your posts and the ideas are excellent. I have gotten started on prepping from reading your posts, and I'm finally feeling a sense of accomplishment concerning what I consider important to me.

My Google bio will give you a bit more information as far as my preparedness training is concerned. I can answer question concerning things that could hopefully be useful to the preppers here( ie. how to read a barometer, how to tie knots, how to catch, skin and fillet pretty much any type of fish, how to handle someone who has been recovered from cold water and has hypothermia, how to handle someone who has sunstroke etc.) I'm most willing to answer any questions.

I have a question that I hope one of you can answer:

I know one of the members posted a list of cold weather car emergency supplies (I have already outfitted my car with the supplies after reading the post). My father's pickup truck is getting old and his birthday is coming up. I'd like to get him an emergency kit as this winter here in NJ is turning out to be a bit of a nasty one so far. I know some places that have some pretty nice ones (ie Home Depot, Lowes etc.) and cost is not an issue. I was just wondering what supplies are essential in a car emergency kit; what should I be looking for? I'd like to get him a kit with the most useful and reliable supplies.

Best regards and thanks,



BOAT - Bug Out Altoids Tin. Cool Idea right? So how much "stuff" can you shove into a used Altoids tin? I entered a contest and found that other people put much much more stuff in theirs. Take a look at mine and try one for yourself. They can be handy when you backpack, or to keep in the car or stashed around where ever.

This Kit includes as numbered in the photo:
(1) Tin - Also usable for Reflecting
(2) Surgical Razor
(3) Hacksaw
(4) Pencil
(5) Mini Prybar
(6) Peanut Lighter - uses lighter fluid, has a flint, and is sealed watertight when the lid is screwed on.
(7) P-38 Can Opener
(8) Compass
(9) Strike anywhere matches x7 and Cotton swab x7 on a wooden stick, inside waterproof bag
(10) Large Band aids
(11) Butterfly Band aids
(12) Single Use Burn Gel x 2
(13) Single Use Anitbiotic
(14) LED Light
(15) Wire Aircraft Key Ring
(16) Flat and Cross head screw drivers
(17) Post it notes
(18) Nylon Velcro carry case for the tin. Once the tin is in there there is stil a little room at both ends for other things. The case Velcros to your belt of backpack and stays pretty dry.
(19) Cash

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