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How To Bug-in And Survive

Bugging in can be defined as staying in your house and holding down the fort during an emergency situation. If you have everything you need in your home in order to survive there is no need to leave and head for a distant location. You will have to bug out only if there are solid reasons to do so. Reasons that are usually a threat for you and your loved ones. Even though the trend is to bug out and there is a lot of literature dedicated to it, for some this isn’t an option. In fact, bugging in is usually the first choice for suburban and urban preppers when a crisis occurs. Since, not everyone has the chance to go for the hills or get access to a bug out location (BOL) is better to know what to do in order to bug-in and survive.

When I’m discussing with my friends and family about preparedness, the number one question I always hear is: what disaster should I prepare for?

The answer is never simple and I tell them to first make a list with what disasters are most likely to occur in their area. Afterwards they should start preparing for the disaster that is most probable to occur and work their way down on the list. There are many factors that have an influence on the level of preparedness for each family. However, the most important one is the budget. The reality is that you have to prepare for as many disasters as you possibly can. You should do so without affecting your quality of life, social exposure and monthly budget. Although it may prove hard to do it, the best part is that many preparedness actions will be useful for different types of emergencies.

Before taking the decision to bug-in, there are some common sense questions that have to be acknowledged. They will provide the definitive answer to the question: to bug-in or to bug out?

You should ask yourself this before you decide to bug-in or bug out:

What is the number one threat for me and my family and how likely it is to occur?

What will happen with my house if it does take place? Will it affect the integrity of my house?

How long is the crisis going to last? Do I have all the supplies I need to survive that long?

Will there be an imminent danger for me and my loved ones if I bug-in? Am I staying because of comfort and because I don’t want to leave?

Is bugging out a safer option? If so, where will I bug out and how should I get there?

Is my BOL safer than my current location and does it have the supplies I need?

Based on the answers you get to these questions, you can take a decision and do the best thing.

If you have decided to bug-in, you have to know that it will require a lot of planning. You need to have short term plans (to survive on your own for a year) and long term plans (to survive on your own indefinitely). You should take each plan one step at the time, to avoid getting lost in the big picture. Try to prepare, to survive for a week, then for two and aim for a month. Do so on until you can live for a year without outside help. Most emergency situations will be under control in less than a week, so you should have at least enough water and food supplies to last that long.

Here is what you should do in order to bug-in safely.

Asses the integrity of your shelter

Your house might be damaged if a natural disaster occurs in you are. You have to make sure the structural integrity isn’t affected. If the walls or support beams have been damaged, the house could collapse and it’s better to move out. You should have at least 2-3 tarps that you can use to cover holes in the walls, broken windows, roof holes, etc. These are a temporary solution until you are able to rebuild or repair the damage. Also, you’re going to need a good tent. It will serve as a temporary shelter if your house is damaged and as a permanent location if you don’t have a BOL.

Another thing you have to do in order to assure the integrity of your house is to shut down the utilities. If your house is still standing you don’t want it to catch fire or get flooded. Installing shut off valves and labeling them accordingly should be a must for every house regardless if you bug-in or bug out.

Water, you must store water!

Regardless the nature of the crisis, you’re going to need water and lots of it if you bug-in. You won’t last much without at least half a gallon of water per day. Water takes up a lot of space and this is why most survival experts will advise you to store at least one month of water supply. You should also find other options to obtain water without wasting storage space. There are many ways to obtain drinkable water, even when you bug in:

  • Get a commercial water filter or make your own. Here are some tips on how to make one if you’re out in the open.
  • Collect contaminated water, boil or distill it.
  • Collecting rain water.
  • Acquire purification tables or use bleach to purify the water. You need to add between 10 and 20 drops of bleach per gallon of water.
  • Get a bath tub storage bag – this is plastic bag that can hold between 50 and 100 gallons of water. Amazon sells many models.

The main idea here is that you shouldn’t use all your storage space to stockpile water, but instead, you should have as many ways to purify water as possible.

Another alternative is to make a device that makes water out of air. Being able to produce your own clean water is vital when you bug-in.

Don’t starve, store some food

A stockpile of food is a must. Just like water, you have to make sure it lasts if you bug-in. Use the same tactic as you did for water storage. Aim to stockpile a week supply of food, move on to a month, aim for 3 months and so on. Of course that here the options are many and it is all up to you of what you buy or make. A good pantry will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. I’ve explained in an article about what are the essential foods for a good survival pantry.

When people ask me what they can do to stockpile food without breaking the bank I tell them to use some simple tricks: do a list with what you need, during your shopping trips, buy 2-3 extra cans of food, buy local, buy in season , buy in bulk and buy with discount coupons.

When buying canned goods, you have to keep in mind to rotate to the stock you have. Old cans to the front, new ones to the back. Another method is to make your own food, you can dry it and store it in airtight containers. Learn from this article how you can dry your food without breaking a sweat. Stockpiling food is great and it should be done with minimal costs. You should aim for at least 10 months of food as you never know for how long do you have to bug-in.

Even with stockpiling one question still remains: what can you do when food runs out?

The answer is simple: Learn how to make your own food and have a sustainable food source. Save seeds and plant a garden, learn how to fish and hunt if the area you live in provides these options. If the space allows it, raising chickens and rabbits will provide you with eggs and meat. Get your hands on an ingenious method to produce your own food and become self-sufficient. Aquaponics is a simple one to build. You should start to learn from time or at least gather the necessary info to have it available when you bug-in. An iPad full with self-sufficiency books will become priceless.

You need to stay warm when you bug-in

Depending on the time of the year and the part of the state you live in, heat will be one of your top priorities when you bug-in. You will need a source of heat since extreme cold will cause the core temperature of your body to drop and hypothermia sets in. A source of heat is a must if you want to stay warm when electricity will be just a memory. The best option would be to have a wood burning stove or fireplace installed. Something that can be used as a source of heat and as a cooking place. Make sure you also have a plenty of blankets, quilts and covers or a good sleeping bag.

The more ways you have to stay warm, the better your chances of survival are. One word of advice: if you improvise a heat source, from a barrel drum or candles you should have some battery-powered CO detectors, they might save your life.

You will need an electricity generator if you want to bug-in

A generator is good for many reasons, from cooking to charging your devices and power up tools. Having a generator running on fossil fuel might not be a good idea when you bug-in and here is why. First, you will eventually run out of fuel and you will have to scavenge for more fuel if you want to keep it going. Second, you will get used to it and with having electricity, and in a survival situation the sooner you learn how to live without electricity the better it will be. And third, generators running on fuel are not silent. If you want to stay under the radar when you bug-in, you will have to reconsider your options.

The best choice would be to go for a solar generator. You can charge it by day and use it by night, without attracting unwanted attention. There are so many models out there that it’s a matter of personal choice and budget. Amazon is full of generators, it all depends on your budget and how much are you willing to spend. Try to get a generator that is portable, that you can take with you in case you are forced to leave.

Regarding electricity and light in general, this can be both a good and a very bad thing. If you bug-in, you are going to need light at night to avoid stumbling in the dark. It is better to have multiple sources of light in your hose, a flashlight for every room. A LED lamp will do wonders, but it will also act like a beacon in the night for the other survivors roaming outside your house. If you are trying to stay out of sight when you bug-in, you will have to avoid using any light source during the night. Board up your house so that no light leaks out.

Another thing you should do when you bug-in, is to avoid spending too much time in a room that’s lit up with light. If something happens and you need to go outside, you’re not going to be able to see for a few moments. If you are attacked, those moments could make the difference between life and death.

Protect your fort if you bug-in

During an emergency, if you have secured the basic items for survival like water, food and shelter, the next thing you have to worry about is how to stay safe and protect your loved ones. The police won’t help you because they have to take care of their families. This means that the only protection you’ll going to get is the one you’re providing, for both you and your family. We all know that during a crisis the crime rate increases. Criminals know how to take advantage of these types of situations. There will be a lot of rioting and looting in a prolonged crisis.

Safety in numbers works for both homeowners and outsiders. If you have friends and neighbors who are prepared as you are, you can lock down the neighborhood and keep the looters outside. This would work in an ideal world, but during an emergency situation, most certainly, it will be every man for himself. Your most realistic options to survive are the following: make your home as hard to get into as possible. Arm yourself with weapons you can use and hold the fort down. From this article you can learn about weapons recommended for self-defense, ideal for when you bug-in.

You can install metal doors capable of being bolted shut. You can get a guard dog, you can install bars across the windows and so on. There are many methods to fortify your house when you bug-in.

Stay clean, personal hygiene is important!

If you bug-in, you need to stay healthy and you have to stay clean. Unfortunately, when water is scarce, personal hygiene will not be a priority for many. Even if you bug-in and you are alone, you still need to wash up and brush your teeth every day. A clean body will make you more comfortable and keep you healthy. Be sure to buy and stockpile unscented baby wipes as they will keep you clean without wasting precious water.

You will also have to stockpile on other items such as toilet paper, toothbrush and toothpaste (or make your own) and tampons. Using the toilets if you bug-in is a bad idea, therefore you are going to poop in an improvised toilet. You can either dig a hole in your yard or improvise a toilet out of a garbage can or paint bucket. You will need to line the bucket with a plastic bag so make sure to stockpile on plastic garbage bags.

Medical care will be needed at some point

Since the hospitals will be empty, you will be the best doctor you can find if you bug-in. This is why you will need a good medical kit. You will also have to stockpile on medication before you bug-in. If you have an understanding doctor, one that knows how to listen, chances are he or she will prescribe extra medication. So the best thing to do is be honest with your doctor and see how it plays out. Another thing you might want to do is to enroll in as many first aid and survival classes as you can afford.

The more you learn, the better off you’ll be. Here is where your IPad, once again, will come in handy. Try to get as many first aid and field surgery books as you can. Look up for medical courses, designed for emergency situations. The following list of supplies should be added to your medical kit: ace bandages, activated charcoal, allergy medication, alcohol, aloe vera, antacid, aspirin, band-aids, bandages, burn cream (learn how to treat burns from this article), compress dressing, cold packs, gauze, gloves, hydrogen peroxide, needle and thread, neosporing, pain relievers, petroleum jelly, snake bite kit, slings, surgical kit, tap, thermometer, tweezers, etc.

You can add to it as you see fit. I’ve read that some preppers add to their emergency aid kit even medical equipment like defibrillators. Don’t do that, unless you have proper training on how to use these machines. And last, but not least, if a medical emergency is too much for you to handle you have to seek professional medical care. Your best chance in this case will be your family doctor. Most probably, during a crisis, he will be at home attending to his family. Look for his address and look for his help.

Take care of your dead if you bug-in

This topic has hardly been discussed among the peppers’ communities. This is because no one wants to think about having to dispose of dead bodies, especially those of friends or loved ones. The reality is, in a bad crisis, there could be bodies piled up everywhere. The earthquake from Nepal is a fresh reminder of this horrific scenario. If you have to dispose of a body and you want to give a proper burial, you will have to bury the body 3 feet under to prevent disease transmission.

You don’t have to build a coffin as it will require for you to dig a bigger hole and it can be a backbreaking labor. You can wrap the body in cloth before burial, it won’t matter in the long run. Another option is cremation and for it to work you will need to stack logs on top and around the body, it may take time but it can be done. If you bug-in you have to take care of the dead ones, and I’m not talking about zombies here (except when man becomes zombie).

Get some vice items, they could save your life!

When everything goes up in smoke, paper currency will become useless. Even though precious metals might be of value, there are other items that will be wanted by everyone. We humans, are a specie enslaved by our vices. It doesn’t matter if it’s the latest gadget or a good bottle of Jack Daniels. If we want it, we will have it!

During a crisis the first stores that are being looted are the liquor stores and smoke shops. It’s happening even today. During the Baltimore riots, they didn’t steal food or water, they went for the vice items.

When these supplies run out, some people are going to have intense cravings for them. Having a good stock of these items will put you in a position of power. If you can protect yourself, you can use these items to barter with people who have the supplies you need. When you decide to bug-in you should stock up on cheap alcohol and tobacco (or make your own). You might find yourself in advantage in a crisis if you have those items. Read more  about the barter items you should have for SHTF.

If you’re prepared for multiple disasters and you know how to bug-in, you’re going to be in much better shape than those who didn’t prepare for anything.

 

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The 10 Principles Of Effective Family Survival

They say that every survival scenario defines a case of survival of the fittest. You might think you can make it, regardless of what the world throws at you, but what if you’re not alone? If you have loved ones depending on you, family survival becomes your main priority.

That being said, sometimes a group has better odds of surviving under the right leadership. Regardless if you prepare for or with your family, there are some principles you need to implement. Groups with great leaders can pretty much accomplish anything. Being a survival leader and the head of the family isn’t easy. You already struggled to build a family, now is the time to develop them into a survival group.

No matter how you look at things, being part of a dysfunctional team, can lead to disaster during an emergency situation. They may not all agree with your rules and plans for the future, but you can’t distance yourself from them. You should never see those close to you as expendables and you should always value them.

Just like you put a lot of effort into your prepping plans, human relationships need nurturing to survive. There is a natural tendency for families to get along since blood is thicker than water, but never take this for granted. As days turn into weeks and months, bad feelings can start to fester and frustration can pile up. Exposing your family members to an austerity scenario with no electricity, no water and no food can cause alienation.

To make family survival work, it takes an empathetic leader who can keep an eye on both the mission and his or her family.

Below are the 10 principals of effective family survival:

  1. Always show them love

Your family knows when you care about them and also when you don’t. Put your family first, regardless how busy you are. Be dedicated and loyal to them, even if it seems that you don’t have enough time for your prepping chores. Love in a family, loyalty and trust should never be taken for granted. Learn about their hobbies and preoccupations and show genuine interest in their lives. You shouldn’t assume that they will later understand and thank you for your effort. They might not stick around long enough to appreciate all you’re doing for them right now.

  1. Keep a healthy and fit family

Becoming a couch potato and letting your kids spend hours on the computer or game console is a toxic habit. If your family is out of shape or ill, you will tire more quickly and lack the stamina to survive. Tired people have less patience and quickly lose focus of what they are supposed to do. Family survival is impossible without a good health and physical shape of all its members. Is hard to care about anything else if you are exhausted or suffering.

  1. Keep everyone informed

Many people new to prepping have the tendency of keeping their kids in the dark. They are reluctant to share information about their prepping plans. It seems just too much for the kids or relatives to handle. As a family leader, you should learn how to talk to your kids about emergency preparedness. There is no safety net out in the real worlds and there are no prizes for trying when it comes to survival. When you’re confronted by relatives and friends, don’t argue and don’t impose your point of view. Briefly explain your course of action and the reasons behind your prepping plans. It they care about you, they will understand and respect your decision.

  1. Set an example

I come from a family line of hard working people that lived life with modesty and dignity. In all my life, I have never heard the words “it’s not possible” or “it can’t be done”. The way you guide your family in life reflects in everything you do. You should always be an example for them. Work hard and avoid being viewed as lazy. My grandfather used to say that ambition, good attitude and kindness are infectious. If you want your kids to learn about the world, you need to show them what’s out there. Spend time with them in the nature and allow them to figure things out on their own.

  1. Turn your family into a team

Set goals for your family members, inspire vision and establish responsibilities for each of them. Listen to their feedback and reward their patience when it comes to your prepping plans. Family survival is not possible if only one person struggles for all the others. If you want to maximize results, you need to make it a common effort. Even small children can accomplish big tasks by what it seems like playing for them.

  1. Be truthful

Credibility is a fragile thing inside a divided family. Do not lie to your family, because sooner or later they will figure it out. If the situation is critical, there is no need to sugar coat it, unless some of them can’t cope with the reality. If they have the proper age and mindset, it’s better to lay your cards on the table. Don’t lose your temper when confronted with bad news. It will make people around you lose confidence and they will lie as a self-defense mechanism.

  1. Take responsibility

Understand that you’re not superman and that nobody’s perfect. Don’t pretend to be more than you are and be accountable for your mistakes. Rather than covering something up and see how things develop. Make the corrections in time and apologize as needed.  Family survival requires you to be bold. Taking unnecessary risk means making mistakes. Not taking risks when situation requires it and playing it safe can have a diminishing return.

  1. Be tolerant

Zero tolerance is required if someone undermines your authority when leading a survival group.  However, this is not a group of random people, they are your family! You should provide adequate support for all your family members and take time to explain your actions. The “do as I say” mentality can backfire. You need to keep everyone united and you can’t do that if you push them around.

  1. Don’t forget to keep a good attitude

Things may seem grim, but remember that relaxed and funny people are a natural anti-depressant. Even if you have no power, and the weather outside is turning bad, you can still keep a good attitude. Humor is essential for family survival, especially if you have young ones. It is an important trait to deal with stress and can significantly boost the mood of your family.

  1. Communicate with and encourage your family member

I see a lot of parents criticize their children in public and they don’t realize how much harm they are causing. Praise in public and criticize in private is what my grandmother used to say. Tell your family members what you want them to accomplish and not how to do it. Keep instructions simple and concise and always ask for feedback. Trust the knowledge of your family members, but be ready to take charge when things get rough. After any crisis that affects your family you should discuss about the following:

  • What did we do wrong this time?
  • What did we do right?
  • How can we improve our preparations?

Family survival requires good leadership and involves much more than telling them what to do. Family survival is about being a better person for them. Encouraging them to learn new things and keeping them informed is what makes a good team. Leading your loved ones is the hardest job during a crisis scenario, but you should never give up on them.

 

 

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All Alone For The End Of The World

Prepper's Will - Seeking friend for the end of the world

 

Hardcore survivalists and preppers cherish the lone-wolf scenario. It goes something like this: The world is crumbling and cities collapse into mayhem. We,the preppers are well equipped for the end of the world. We are the last chance of humanity since we can withstand anything faith throws at us. Our society is no longer built on everyday trust and neighborly reliance, but do you want to be alone in the end?

Do you really want to be alone for the end of the world?

The world around us is full of unfriendly strangers and nobody cares anymore about the person next to him. If the other guy doesn’t take care of himself…well, then to hell with him and his legacy. It’s a dog eat dog world and only the fittest survive. The media keeps bombarding us with nothing but violence, tragedy and sadness. It’s us or them!

And it is true, in any major, long-term disaster, preppers and survivalists could face deadly threats from desperate and unprepared people. The only problem when it comes to “them” is that they are much more numerous than us and a lone-wolf scenario doesn’t work like in the movies. There’s no one to yell “Cut!” when a scene goes wrong and life doesn’t give you do-overs.

The fact is, for most of rural people, one of the biggest things they’re going to face in the event of SHTF is this: a need to join forces with others who are in the same boat and who share similar beliefs.

We need a circle of well-prepared friends more than we need five guns and a ton of ammo. We need to make connections with trust-worthy people for when the world crumbles. And, we need to do this because there is a preparedness truth that some of us chose to ignore: no matter how well prepared we think we are, we will always lack something. It may be something obvious or it may be something obscure, it may be something we had that got lost or damaged, or used up. Don’t fool yourself, we will lack something no matter how good we think we have it.

You can’t wait for FEMA or the National Guard when a disaster strikes and you can’t count on luck when the world becomes a dark place. Luck won’t prevent the grocery store to run out of food and luck won’t keep you safe for the end of the world.

You need to start preparing to count on each other. You need to get together with neighbors and friends and enhance each other’s preparedness. And it’s not something you have to do out of altruism, but out of pure practicality. In the end the goal is the same: we’ll all be better off when SHTF.

“What can I do to connect with my friends and neighbors when it comes to preparedness matters?”, you may ask.

Well, you shouldn’t go running and tell just anybody what do you stock, where do you keep it and what guns and ammo you have stockpiled, and then ask them” Now show me yours”.

You can start with small steps and if some real disaster has recently struck your area, the aftermath gives a perfect opportunity to go to your neighbors and do a mutual check. Find out what they run out of, where they screwed up and what they can do differently next time. You can get this info just by discussing with your neighbors without appearing to organize any sort of preparedness league. You can even make agreements with them: for example you could store some extra gasoline for them if they help you with medical emergencies or anything else that you might need during a disaster.

People are always worried about something because self-preservation is part of our nature. You have an opening to discuss about preparedness and you need to approach the people from your community. Don’t tell them you are preparing for the end of the world as they might think you are crazy. Bring up for debate topics related to disasters/threats that are happening or are most likely to happen.

You can start practicing mutual preparedness:

Instead of selling your farm produce to your neighbors, start seeing what those neighbors might have to barter for them. Barter will be more useful than money in a serious disaster. It gives you a chance to know the people you are bartering with.

Get involved in a food co-op because you can always establish a cooperative network based on the main element: food. They may be open to the idea of organically grown crops, hormone-free meats or bulk food purchases on a budget.

If somebody in your circle of preppers has a pick-up truck and others don’t, the truck owner can offer to transport goods for a small fee or for barter. The same goes with any other type of machines that can be used by the community.

You can find some neighbors and sign up for and commute to skill-building classes together. It doesn’t matter if you learn about first aid, home canning or defensive shotgun use as long as you do it with somebody else. It will help you stay committed and motivated to the activity but also to the people.

Start offering to do things for your neighbors and ask them to do things for you. Do this even if you can actually take care of everything yourself. It’s a good way of bonding and getting to know each other’s skills. It provides a good opportunity to learn whom you can trust and whether you yourself are trustworthy.

If somebody close to you, especially relatives, feels unable to prepare for a disaster, see how you can change that by helpfulness and gentle persuasion. When you talk with certain people about preparedness, they feel overwhelmed, too unskilled or too poor to handle it all. Everybody is vulnerable to something and being prepared doesn’t mean you have to become an expert prepper. You have to make sure you increase your odds of survival and you have a fighting chance. Having a bug-out bag will make a huge difference. Knowing how to fortify your home will keep your family safe. Everyone can start with small steps if the mindset is there.

Garage sales are good occasions to know your neighbors and to stock up on preparedness supplies. You will be able to discuss with people from your community and know more about their prepping plans. If someone sells a camp stove because he never used it and thinks he never will, then that person might not be into prepping. But if someone sells a similar item because he got a better model, you might have some common topics to discuss. It’s all about knowing your neighbors and you can tell a lot about a person based on the stuff he owns.

With those you must trust, talk openly about others in your community who might become a problem in harsh times. Those who are clueless about fending for themselves will get desperate and might become real troublemakers. Thieves or chronic freeloaders will bring down the community. Everyone deserves a chance, but I’m willing to consider it for people who ask for one in the first place and are willing to work for it, rather than for those who “make a mistake” and ask for forgiveness and a second chance. When SHTF, there will be no luxury such as second chances and you must act first in order to survive the fall.

Safety in numbers will save you and the community. Your home could be on a map outlining evacuation routes for your area, the government could make your propriety an assembly area just for the fact that it is situated above the flooding zone. Regardless the scenario, there could be many who will come your way and most of “them” won’t have peaceful intentions. What then? You can’t keep up your fort for long if you are all alone. Joining a militia or having a group of trustworthy friends will help you deal with the masses. If some will try their luck with a just one person, nobody will be foolish enough to go against a number of well-armed individuals.

Another aspect that we need to consider during a crisis is what to do with friends and family that come rushing in, knowing you’ve been prepping for anything and your home is a safe haven. I know a few people that said “if the end of the world comes we’ll just move in with you”. Although it sounds like a joke, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. There will always be someone who knocks at your door during a time of need and you just can’t turn your back on them. They are the “friendly freeloaders” and although you are well intended, odds are you won’t be able to take care of them forever. This is why they need to be integrated in your local community and here is where it gets tricky.

If you are a lone wolf you won’t be supported by your community. Even worse, you will be seen as a threat if you bring in outsiders when things turn bad. However, if you have a good reputation amongst your peers, if you have the same interests. If they know how the skills of someone can help the entire community, it will be much easier to integrate others and give them a job insides the community. It is important to show how the new arrivals can help everyone and it can be done much easier if there is room for debate.

A last word

No man is an island and we should make sure we have someone to spend our time with, when the world around us dies. The government will tell you to wait for their help, to be passive and rely on experts and outsiders. They will ask you to behave like dependent children and wait for big daddy when in reality, you have people you can trust around you. People, who can help us out or, if need be, take us in.

Would you rather wait alone or turn to others, your friends and neighbors, when the world ends?

 

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Must-Have Canned Foods You may not Know Exist

14 Must-Have Canned Foods You Didn’t Know Existed

There’s a reason preppers and even just people who like a well-stocked pantry purchase canned goods. They hold up for a long time, years even. They’re generally easy to prepare, many items requiring no more preparation than a quick warming in order to make sure the food is free from harmful microorganisms. Cans also come ready to store, no extra prep needed to sock them away for long-term storage.

Plenty of staples like beans, soup, veggies, fruit, and pasta are commonly found in the average family’s pantry, and found in great quantities in preppers’ stores. Those staples would get boring quickly, though. If you’re looking to add some unique and exotic foods to your food storage for either variety in your diet or for trading, read on for a look at the following canned goods you didn’t know existed.

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Bread- Canned bread is totally a thing, and it’s available in several different varieties. While it’s likely more practical to store ingredients to make your own bread for the long-term, canned bread could be a tasty, quick way to a full belly and to get some carbohydrates into your system. You can find Original and Raisin Brown Bread by B & M in many stores or online.

(B&M Brown Bread – plain and also B&M Brown Bread Raisin)

There is no cholesterol in this classic bread. While there’s no need to cook, you can slice it, toast it, bake it, microwave it*, or
use it for sandwiches with cheese and luncheon meats! You can also drop the can in boiling water after putting a hole in the can, and serve with butter. Made with water, whole wheat flour salt and corn oil, you’ll enjoy Brown Bread in a Can the New England way with the classic brick oven Boston baked beans.

Related: How to Make AmishSweet Bread


 

canned butter

Butter- Would you miss butter if you suddenly didn’t have access to the supermarket? No big deal, you can get that canned, too. There are a few brands of canned butter available, (canned butter) and it’s rather expensive since it’s not canned in the US. However, it’d be a lovely treat in a SHTF situation, and fat is a crucial part of the diet. For a less expensive canned butter, opt for powdered butter, instead.

     Related: Making Butter at Home,Like Our Grandparents


 

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Pudding- Canned pudding is more often found in Europe, but you can find it in stores in the US, too, as any buffet or cafeteria worker attest. Whatever your favorite type of pudding, it’s likely available in a can.  (Chocolate Pudding, Vanilla Pudding, Butterscotch Pudding)


 

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Cake- A pudding in the European sense that refers more to a desert dish in general, you can get canned Spotted Dick made by Simpson’s. It’s essentially a sponge cake with spices and raisins. While it doesn’t quite fit into what we think of as a cake in everyday life, I bet it’d be an incredible birthday treat in a SHTF situation.                                                               


 

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Bacon- Very few people don’t like bacon, so it’s great that Yoder makes it in a can for long-term storage. It’s salty, fatty, and flavorful, which makes it great for spicing up boring food made from more traditional prepper food items. You don’t need much of it to transform a pot of soup or some powdered eggs.


 

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Cheese- While making your own cheese isn’t rocket science, there is a lot of actual science involved, and the raw materials needed may not be easy to come by. So, there’s canned cheese.While it’s not quite like what we think of as ‘real’ cheese, canned cheese has plenty of fat and flavor to be a worthwhile addition to your prepper’s pantry. Check out Kraft’s Prepared Pasteurized Cheddar cheese or Heinz’s Macaroni Cheese for reasonably priced options.  (Also Bega canned cheese when available)



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Hamburger and other meats – Generally, people think of canned hamburger being home-canned. However, it’s available in cans from both Yoders and Keystone. There are even pre-seasoned canned hamburger products available, like the taco meat by Yoders.  (Ground Beef, turkey, pork, roast beef, pulled pork, chicken breast, chicken)

Related: Pressure-Canning Hamburger Meat for Long Term Preservation


 

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Whole Chicken- Canned whole chicken, like those available from Sweet Sue, are good for more than just the meat. When the entire chicken is canned, all the gelatin and fat is preserved, allowing you to make a fantastic chicken soup. 

Related:  How To Can Chicken(Step By Step Guide With Pictures)


 

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Sandwiches- Also known as the Candwich, these canned sandwiches will be available in several different flavors. They haven’t quite hit the open market yet, but they’re coming! They come in a can about the size of a soda can with a peel off top. They’re perfect for on-the-go eating. 


 

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Potato Salad- Who knew this traditional, delicious picnic side was available in a can? Canned potato salad would be a good way to add a little flavor into your preps, and it can be eaten warm or chilled, making it a more versatile side dish than you’d possibly realized.                                

Related: How To Can Potatoes for Long Term Preservation


 

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Tamales- We’re talking whole tamales here. Simply heat these canned tamales up, maybe add some fresh veggies or canned cheese to them, and voila! You’ve created an entire meal by simply opening the can. These provide a ready-made meal in a solid form, which can have profound positive psychological impacts. While canned soup is great for filling you up and providing a decent balance, it’s simply not the most satisfying food out there. 


 

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Cheeseburger- Made in Switzerland, these rather expensive canned cheeseburgers aren’t very practical, but they’re a fun addition to your preps. You simply boil the whole can and open for a tasty (that’s subjective, of course) cheeseburger.

 


 

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Escargot- Even if you don’t care much for fancy seafood, there are plenty of canned sea food items that could be great for bartering. Apart from escargot, you can find crab, lobster, clam, oysters, and other shellfish canned for long-term storage. 

 


 

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Duck Confit- Popular in France, canned duck with fat doesn’t seem terribly popular in the US. However, the high fat content in this canned dish could prove to be helpful in a SHTF situation. It’s great for soups and stews, and it adds a sumptuous touch that you won’t often find in the world of canned goods. 

 

 

 


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Peanut Butter- Peanut butter powder is a product that’s made by pressing roasted peanuts to remove most of the natural oils, and the remaining peanut “particles” are ground into a fine powder. Out with the oil/fat go many of the calories. You can reconstitute the powdered product to create lower-calorie, less-fat peanut butter, but the texture is not as smooth and creamy.

 


 

Whatever you goals, consider adding some non-conventional canned goods to your stores. Variety, after all, is the spice of life. We need a variety of foods to stay at our healthiest, and because of this, people generally want a bit of variety in their diet. The humor factor that many of the above items bring to the table shouldn’t be discounted, either. Psychological health will be remarkable important if society collapses or any disaster, as well, so attending to our psychological needs shouldn’t be overlooked. As is always the case with canned good storage, be sure you’re properly storing cans and rotating your stock as necessary.

 

Want more exotic foods? check out this list. From possum and rattlesnake to pork brains.

 

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Off-the-Grid Phone Chargers, Reviewed


Top off-the-grid phone chargers so you can stay connected when you unplug.

Most of us occasionally want to unplug from the hustle and bustle and head to the great outdoors for exciting adventures or some well-deserved relaxation, but that doesn’t mean we want to leave our phones behind. Smartphones offer many useful features for wandering off the grid, including GPS, maps, survival apps, and of course the ability to make emergency calls – not to mention access to our favorite games, books, blogs, and social media sites. The only problem? Keeping your phone charged when you’re off the grid.

No outlet? No problem! Here are some off-the-grid phone chargers so you can stay connected when you unplug.

Types of off-the-grid phone chargers

Before you can buy the best off-the-grid phone chargers, it’s important to understand the differences between each type. Several different kinds of outlet-free phone chargers are available, including:
Solar phone chargers
Hand-crank phone chargers
Camping/thermoelectric phone chargers
Water-powered phone chargers
Wind-powered phone chargers
Kinetic phone chargers
Bicycle phone chargers

Each type of charger has its own pros and cons, listed in the table below:

 

Phone charger type Pros Cons
Solar ·
Portable
·
Some have batteries so they continue to work
in overcast conditions
·
No manual power required
·
Free, easily-accessible energy source (the
sun)
·
Not always efficient
·
If no battery, will not work in overcast
conditions
·
Some have lengthy charge times
Hand-crank ·
Portable
·
Works anywhere
·
Some have batteries that are charged by the
hand-crank, so you can charge the battery and then use your phone
·
Requires manual power
·
Conversion process is inefficient; best-used
for emergency calls
·
If no battery, must crank while you use your
phone
Camping/thermoelectric ·
Works anywhere – set it and forget it
·
Not affected by conditions
·
Excellent for camping
·
Portable between campsites, but not on-the-go
(for example, hiking)
·
Requires water or wood and a heat source, such
as a camping stove
Water-powered ·
“Pods” are filled with water to activate
battery cells and generate power
·
Easy phone charging when you have access to
water
·
Portable
·
Must purchase individual pods and have access
to expendable water
·
Pods could get expensive and charger could cut
into your drinking water supply
Wind-powered ·
Unlimited free charging where wind is
available
·
Requires steady supply of ample wind force
·
Must position charger to catch the wind
Kinetic ·
Portable
·
Unlimited supply of power
·
Requires manual power to operate
·
Inefficient, lengthy charge times – best used
for emergency calls
Bicycle ·
Portable
·
Charges while you ride
·
Duplicates manual power (requires no
additional power beyond pedaling your bicycle)
·
Requires a bicycle and typically a special
adapter
·
Will not charge when you’re not riding your
bike

 

 

 

Best off-the-grid phone chargers

Once you determine which type of off-the-grid charger will work best when you bug out, it’s time to decide which model to buy. The following looks at models in each category.

Ayyie, Solar Charger, Solar Power Bank 10000mAh External Backup Battery Pack

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There are many contenders for the best solar phone chargers, each exhibiting its own unique benefits, but this one has the perfect blend of features for most off-the-grid trips. Unlike large (and expensive) solar panels, this is about the size of a smartphone so it’s ultra-portable.

The diminutive size doesn’t mean it’s not powerful; once fully-charged, the inboard battery has enough juice to recharge an iPhone many times. Moreover, the device features two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once. Because they’re USB ports, it is compatible with just about any popular device, including the Galaxy, iPhone, and even iPads and Kindles.

The only drawback is that it’s limited by its size: because it’s so small, it can take a long time to charge. That means you need to charge it completely before you leave the grid, then leave it in the sun all day and save charging your phone for overnight if you want the power to last. That’s easily within the realm of possibility for most contemporary campers.

Finally, it comes at a friendly price-point, having about a $30 price on Amazon.

SunJack 14W

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If not for the $140 price tag, the SunJack might be top of list. The four-panel charger folds to roughly the size of an iPad and fully charges within five hours – faster than any other solar charger listed here. Even better, the SunJack charges an iPhone as quickly as a wall outlet (about 75 minutes from 35% charge, according to Offgrid Survival).

The SunJack features a removable backup battery, and you can charge your devices directly from the SunJack while it charges or use the charged battery as a stand-alone device. If you buy a second SunJack battery, you can always have one on the charger and one in-hand.

SunJack also has a 20-watt model.

 

Zebora Powerful Portable Solar Charger – Equipped with 4 Foldable Solar Panels & 10,000 mAh Dual USB Ports Power Bank for Mobile Devices, Pads and Other USB-charged Devices at $47.

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Cobra Electronics CPP 300 SP

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The $18 Cobra CPP 300 SP doesn’t require direct sunlight (which can actually cause the batteries to swell), only daylight, and takes up to 28 hours to charge – a full 22 hours faster than the Apollo 2. That’s because the 300SP folds out into two solar panels, which nearly cut charge times in half.

The 300SP can deliver three to four iPhone charges on a single charge from its 2.1 Amp rapid-charge lithium battery. It’s small and lightweight, making it ultra-portable, and features three USB charging ports for simultaneous multi-device charging. An onboard illuminated LCD screen eliminates battery level guesswork.

It also has the CPP 100 SP model for around $47 an has 3.7V/6,000mAh Lithium Polymer Battery Pack.

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Voltaic Systems 4.0W

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At $89, the Voltaic Systems 4.0W might be one the best deals. That’s because its dual monocrystalline waterproof solar panels are capable of charging the average smartphone after just 3.5 hours of indirect sunlight – and a single hour of solar panel charging will generate enough juice to power a smartphone for three hours.

The Voltaic Systems 4.0W is unique in that it features a removable battery you can keep in your pocket for portable charging. If you get a second battery, you can always have one battery charging at your campsite and another in your pocket during hikes and other adventures.

Best hand-crank phone charger

American Red Cross FRX2 Hand Turbine ARCFRX2WXR

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There’s not much to be said about hand-crank phone charges, other than the fact that they require a lot of manual cranking to get a decent charge. That’s why they’re best-used for emergency situations only; all the more fitting for the American Red Cross to partner with Eton to produce an off-the-grid charger that not only charges your phone, but also doubles as an AM/FM/NOAA weather band radio. Add in the secondary solar charging panel – though small and slow-charging – and you can’t ask for much more at this model’s $39 price point.

K-Tor 120 Volt 10W

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For a no-frills, charge-only experience, check out the K-Tor 120 Volt 10-watt hand-crank phone charger. It’s unique in that it uses an AC plug to charge your devices for universal compatibility; plus, it’s capable of charging at the same rate as a standard wall outlet (though it would take hours of cranking to achieve a full charge). It’s a great emergency device, but at $50 it’s simply not as good a deal as the Eton American Red Cross model.

 

Nice combo unit for Solar and hand crank power

 

Eton FRX5 – All Purpose Weather Alert Radio with Bluetooth

The FRX5 BT is solar-powered, splashproof², smartphone and tablet charging, Bluetooth streaming and with S.A.M.E. technology. With the rechargeable lithium battery, super duper solar panel and hand crank power generator, it is an essential for everyday use at home, at work, or in the great outdoors. You now are essentially getting two products in one – a rugged weather radio with alerts and a speaker system where you can stream anything at anytime and anywhere for just $86.

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    • AM/FM/NOAA weather bands
    • S.A.M.E. and NOAA weather alerts
    • Bluetooth ready
    • 2000 mAh rechargeable lithium battery
    • Digital tuner and display
    • 5v—2.1A USB output
    • High efficiency solar panel charging
    • Hand crank power
    • Rugged¹ and IPX4 splashproof²
    • Bright LED flashlight, red emergency beacon
    • Ambient light with dimmer
    • Drop-proof from a height of 3.3 ft. (1m). Drop protection varies depending on drop conditions.
    • Water resistant to IEC 60529IPX4. It is not waterproof and should not be immersed in water.
    • Dimensions 5.8 x 7.1 x 2.3” (W x H x D) 14.8 x 18.1 x 5.8 cm (W x H x D) Weight: 1 lb 6 oz (0.62 kg)

American Red Cross FRX3 

The FRX3 which is a multi-powered, multi-function, smartphone charging, weather alert radio which will give access to news and information in an emergency. at $59 it is small and easy to transport.

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  • Receives AM/FM (digital radio)
  • Receives all 7 NOAA/Environment Canada Weather bands
  • ALERT function broadcasts in emergency weather alerts
  • Hand turbine and solar power charging in emergencies
  • USB smartphone charge
  • Long-lasting LED flashlight
  • One red LED flashing beacon

5.8 x 6.9 x 2.6” (W x H x D) 14.7 x 17.5 x 6.6 cm (W x H x D) Weight: 0.93 lbs (0.42 kg)

 

Best camping/thermoelectric phone charger

BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove

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Toss a few twigs in the chamber, and the BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove lets you charge your smartphone while you boil water and cook meals. Charge time is dependent on the strength of your fire, but generally speaking you can get an hour of smartphone use per 20 minutes of charging.

The main drawbacks to the BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove are that you have to continually feed fuel (wood) into the stove and it’s not really portable, save for transport between campsites. However, quick, easy charging makes the BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove a good alternative to solar chargers – no sun required. The $125 price tag might be a bit much for a charger, but when you add in the cooking features this dual-purpose device is a good deal.

I have even seen this at local Lowe’s store for as little as $104.

 

Power Pot 5

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Like the BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove, the Power Pot 5 converts heat into electricity so you can power your devices. Unlike the BioLite model, you’ll need to provide the heat source to make the Power Pot 5 work. You also need to fill the pot with water (or soup or other liquid) during operation.

Though the manufacturer claims you can get 90 minutes of talk time per 20-minute charge, customer reviews indicate actual performance depends on the output (some struggled to achieve five watts) and the size of your phone battery. As one reviewer put it, if you have a 2,000mAH battery it would take two hours to fully charge your phone, refilling the pot with water every ten minutes. The Power Pot 5 is a great idea and doesn’t limit you to a single heat source, but at its $82 price you might be better off with the BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove.

Best kinetic phone charger

Kinetic energy represents the next frontier in off-the-grid phone charging, but results to-date haven’t lived up to the hype. Several companies have gone out of business or received poor reviews (such as the nPower PEG). However, there is hope on the horizon.

For starters, you get AMPY, a $50 motion charger funded via a Kickstarter campaign. AMPY is said to convert the kinetic energy from a half-hour run into three hours of talk time.

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If AMPY is successful, you can expect similar products to be released soon after. Some products are borderline wacky, including foot pump and yo-yo chargers. Scientists have even developed a battery that can be charged by your heartbeat.
These are all cool ideas, but until kinetic chargers have proven themselves you’re probably better off choosing a tested option when you’re going off-grid.

Best water, wind, and bicycle phone chargers

Similar to kinetic chargers, these types of off-the-grid phone chargers aren’t as tested others. Still, there are some notable options you can consider for your next great escape, including:

myFC Power Trekk – put pods (called “pukks”) in the device and add water to charge your phones; with lukewarm reviews, it’s probably not worth the hassle at $130. Keep an eye out for myFC’s upcoming saltwater card charger, which is about the size of a smartphone and uses saltwater cards to instantly supply hydrogen power (no pre-charging required), but still have to keep replacing cards.

Vindur – Portable Wind Turbine– for $400, sun is more reliable than wind in most cases

K-tor Power Box 20 Watt Pedal Generator –For $200 can use hands or feet to pedal charge items.

Siva Cycle Atom– charges your devices while you ride your bike for $99. Also check out the BikeCharge Dynamo ($110)

Which off-the-grid phone charger should you buy?

There are a lot of cool concepts out there, but if you’re going off the grid your best bet is to choose proven, reliable technology – technology your life just might depend on. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a second option in case your first charger fails. Our recommendation is to choose one of the solar-powered models featured here, backed up by a hand-crank model.

Ultimately, of course, you need to make the best decision for your environment. If you’re venturing through an Alaskan winter, a solar charger won’t do you much good. If you plan to spend a month in the outback, you’ll probably need a larger, more expensive charger than the models mentioned here. For most weekenders, however, keeping an emergency charge on-hand can be accomplished with a solar charger and a backup hand-crank charger.

 

 

You could also choose to load up emergency supplies and have them and you ready and use the SolarGoPack solar powered backpack. at $250.

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Or if you want to go much bigger and money is no option, could always look at the Solar Powered Generator – 3.240 Kilowatt Max Output – 19ft Trailer – 24 Panels – NEMA 4X Enclosure at only $111,538.00.

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or the SOLAR MAX POWER TRAILER 8000– (SMALL HOUSE ON WHEELS) for only $29,885.00.

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another option the Quantum Harvest Model 6000 Portable Solar Power System for $14,995.00.

 

So many options you should be able to find or even build something yourself.

Portable Solar Wind Power Generator

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14 Brilliant DIY Wind Turbine Design Ideas For Living Off the Grid

How to Build a Solar Energy Generator for Emergency Backup Power

 

Don’t forget to check these posts out:

Family Disaster Planning

How to communicate when the world goes silent

50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

Emergency Preparedness for Everybody

Reliable Ham Radio Post-Disaster Security Communications

 

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How to communicate when the world goes silent

So how would you communicate with your family or get help if communications go down? If you found yourself in the middle of a wide-scale disaster such as a hurricane or other catastrophe and you had no government coming to help for a while, how would you communicate with your family or others? What if the power grid went down?

You won’t be able to rely on your cell phone. There are alternatives, however. This is a pretty long article that goes into some good detail, but if you want the short answer, this is what you need.

I’ll go over the basics of some emergency communication methods but if you want more detail, check out Personal Emergency Communications: Staying in Touch Post-Disaster: Technology, Gear and Planning.

Short-term emergencies have shown the limitations of using cell phones to coordinate with each other. Even if the towers are operational, they can’t handle the added traffic of millions of people trying to get a hold of loved ones – or help. Ever had trouble calling your mother on the morning of Mother’s Day?

During many recent events, cell phone service wasn’t an option for many for days. The system became seriously overloaded on 9/11 so calls wouldn’t go through, 70% of the towers went down during Katrina and were down for days, and most areas haven’t been adequately improved across the US.

These won’t be isolated events. Don’t think that because you live in a large metropolitan area that you’re safer. A quick look at some of the things that went on during Hurricane Sandy in NY will show that the government has a lot to deal with in addition to just trying to get your cell phone service back up so even though that was a pretty short-term event, it caused a lot of problems.

Here are just a few issues that would affect you being able to pull out your iPhone to call up people:

  • Cell phone communication has a lot of vulnerabilities that make it a poor solution for widespread or long-term emergencies.
  • Heavy winds or flooding can disrupt the cables between towers such as during Hurricane Sandy.
  • Cell towers require AC power to operate so if they don’t have an automatic backup system, they stop. Keep in mind that a lot of towers are just glorified antennas on the tops of buildings or mountains and backup power, such as an emergency generator, is a very short-term solution. Generators require fuel and that fuel has to be replenished quite often. In a lot of cases, the only backup power available is a bank of batteries that stop charging when the main power system stops.
  • Backhaul systems (essentially the system that connects and/or allows overflow from outer systems to the core, often including other carriers) aren’t always reliable. A lot of this system is wired but has been expanded to microwave and other systems.
  • Most cell phones will only stay charged for a day or three. If you don’t have local power to keep it up, when the system does come back up, you won’t be able to talk to it.
  • Cell phones require satellites, which are vulnerable to hackers, physical attack, or solar storms.

Now don’t get me wrong, for day-to-day emergencies, such as getting a flat tire, a cell phone usually works pretty well. It’s just a crappy solution for big emergencies. They’ll be pretty useless if the national grid goes down due to a cyber attack, EMP or CME, which is actually a lot more likely than you might think.

One cool idea that’s coming out is the goTenna cell phone radio antenna system. Your cell phone connects to it via Bluetooth and an app, and the signal is sent and received through an encrypted radio signal. How awesome is that? It won’t be able to reach to the other side of a city but you should be able to locate your family if they’re in the area and maybe even communicate with others if they have the system.

So if you can’t rely on cell phone service, what other options do you have?

CB radio for emergency comms

A lot of people grew up watching BJ and the Bear and they remember seeing all the truckers talking over the air with each other. CB radio is definitely more available during an emergency but they have a lot of limitations.

For one, not a lot of people are on CB. You might be able to find someone in a truck but even that’s harder to find. The problem isn’t just the lack of people who use it, it’s the lack of people in your range that use it.

One of the big reasons your range is very limited with CB vs other systems is that they’re limited to 5 watts input which is about 4 watt out. That may be just some vague notion but more power means more distance. At the frequencies that CB radios use, you can only expect to get between 1 and 10 miles or so, depending on the terrain. There could be a million people in the US with their CB’s all on the same channel at the same time, but if they’re not within range, you won’t be talking.

You might think that you could just hack into your ham radio and pump out more power, but the FCC goes after people who do that (just a few examples). Obviously if SHTF, you’re not gonna really care about that but remember that adding more power to transmit and receive farther doesn’t do anything to help you hear the other guy with a normal CB transmitter.

How good are satellite phones in an emergency?

For a lot of emergency situations, satellite phones are pretty good. The first problem with them though is cost. They’re mighty expensive. Not only do you have to shell out for the phone, you have to pay for service and minutes. If you’re stranded somewhere though, it may be worth the cost.

They don’t always work though. I had one with me at all times when I was in Uganda, and it came in hella handy at times. They don’t like jungles though due to the trees blocking the satellites and contrary to what every freaking movie shows, they don’t work indoors or inside a ship like they kept showing in World War Z (which was a decent movie but movie mistakes like that drive me crazy).

The real problem is that it’s highly unlikely you’d need it in a normal household so they’re ONLY good for emergencies and probably not worth the cost.

Another big problem is that just like cell phones, they rely on the satellites to function so if the satellites stop working, then so do the satellite phones. Obviously. Solar storms and CMEs have taken out satellites in the past. They will do it again.

GMRS/FRS/MURS radios

For local communication, GMRS, FRS and MURS radios are pretty good. They don’t require an FCC license for FRS and MURS, they’re cheap, and easy to use. They’ve pretty much replaced CB radios for a lot of families. As such, even though they’re an improvement, they have a lot of the same limitation on power and range.

If you have a true GMRS radio, you may be able to tap into a repeater, which will expand your range to possibly hundreds of miles, but the repeater obviously has to be running, and you have to be within range of the repeater for your radio to hit it. GMRS radios are also allowed to operate at higher power than a lot of other radios. You also need a license to use GMRS frequencies.

Basically, if you’re considering one of these radio systems for emergency use, go with a true GMRS radio and get the license.

Amateur radio (ham radio): the best emergency communication system

I have one of these – AWESOME radio!

So now that I’ve gone through several options that you could choose, but obviously from the title I don’t recommend, let’s look at ham radio.

Ham radio is the go-to communication system for pretty much every emergency response system and is what MARS (the Military Auxiliary Radio System) and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) both use, as well as many search and rescue and other emergency groups.

One of the nice things is that a lot of ham radios can reach the national weather system (NOAA) frequencies. That means that if you have a radio, you can find out what’s going on in the area. If you have a radio scanner, you can listen to what’s going on with emergency frequencies as well as any other that the scanner can reach, and you don’t have to know which one they’re transmitting on. That’s why they call it a scanner. It goes in a loop up through whatever frequencies you tell it to and it stops if it hears someone transmitting.

Here is a list of emergency radio frequencies that you should keep in mind when both looking for radios and coming up with your emergency communications plan. Just to pacify all the know-it-alls who keep telling me this list is crap because you can’t transmit on them – keep in mind that they’re useful to monitor in emergencies even if you can’t send anything out, and I wanted to make as complete a list as I could for everyone:

34.90:      Used nationwide by the National Guard during emergencies.

39.46:      Used for inter-department emergency communications by local and state police forces.

47.42:      Used across the United States by the Red Cross for relief operations.

52.525:    Calling frequency used by ham radio operators in FM on their six-meter band.

121.50:     International aeronautical emergency frequency.

138.225: Disaster relief operations channel used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency; it is active during earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and other catastrophic events.

146.52:    Used by ham radio operators for non-repeater communications on the two-meter band; it is very busy in many parts of the country.

151.625:  Used by “itinerant” businesses, or those that travel about the country. Circuses, exhibitions, trade shows, and sports teams are some of the users you can hear. Other widely used itinerant channels are 154.57 and 154.60.

154.28:   Used for inter-department emergency communications by local fire departments; 154.265 and 154.295 also used.

155.160: Used for inter-department emergency communications by local and state agencies during search and rescue operations.

155.475: Used for inter-department emergency communications by local and state police forces.

156.75:    Used internationally for broadcasts of maritime weather alerts.

156.80:   International maritime distress, calling, and safety channel. All ships must monitor this frequency while at sea. It is also heavily used on rivers, lakes, etc.

162.40:   NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.425: NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.45:   NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.475: NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.50:   NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.525: NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

162.55:    NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

163.275: NOAA weather broadcasts and bulletins.

163.4875: Used nationwide by the National Guard during emergencies.

 

163.5125: The national disaster preparedness frequency used jointly by the armed forces.

164.50: National communications channel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

168.55: National channel used by civilian agencies of the federal government for communications during emergencies and disasters.

243.00: Used during military aviation emergencies.

259.70: Used by the Space Shuttle during re-entry and landing.

296.80: Used by the Space Shuttle during re-entry and landing.

311.00: Flight channel used by the U.S. Air Force.

317.70: Used by U.S. Coast Guard aviation.

317.80: Used by U.S. Coast Guard aviation.

319.40: Used by the U.S. Air Force.

340.20: Used by U.S. Navy aviators.

409.20: National communications channel for the Interstate Commerce Commission.

409.625: National communications channel for the Department of State.

462.675: Used for emergency communications and traveler assistance in the General Mobile Radio Service.

Here is a large list of different frequencies that you could use to put together a list of channels to follow during an emergency or other times.

Ham radio operation requires a license, but as you can see in this article, they’re easy to get. This isn’t quite as daunting as it seems, especially considering you don’t need to learn Morse code anymore, but it still requires some studying.

There are three main levels of licensing: Technician, General and Extra. The higher license you get, the more frequencies you can use. This is important. The lower license will get you started but you really need the higher licenses if you want to communicate around the world.

Amateur Radio Frequencies as of 5 March 2012

So why is it important to get a license? In non-emergency life, you have to be concerned that the FCC will go after you if you transmit on a frequency that you’re not allowed to operate. For you to be ready for a SHTF scenario, you need to have the equipment and practice with it in order to make sure you’ll be able to get through.

Just like with FCC investigators and volunteers who track down offenders (you have to call out your FCC callsign every 10 minute on the air or you’ll probably get some unwanted attention), if you find yourself in martial law and don’t want to be found, they can track you down pretty easily.

So why does it matter about what frequencies? Just like with CB radios and the others, the frequency will affect how far you can transmit/receive a signal. This can be pretty complicated so it’s best to get a good book on antennas and propagation, and work with more experienced people to help you get going.

There are a LOT of people around the world who use amateur radio. These people are typically in tune with dealing with emergencies or working with communicating with people in different scenarios. Because of the range ham radios can get, it’s a LOT easier to get a hold of someone during an emergency. These people are also extremely resourceful so even if they don’t have a working radio (such as after an EMP pulse), they can make one.

I currently have three ham radios. An inexpensive Baofeng UV-5R handheldthat I keep on my Harley, a great Yaesu VX-6R waterproof handheld with an upgraded antenna that I keep in my bug out bag, and a portable Yaesu FT-857d radio that I can run off a 12v battery. I’m seriously considering upgrading to the Yaesu VX-8DR though because it’s pretty awesome. You might prefer the VX-8GR though.

Here’s a video that shows the difference and some of the cool features, btw:

 

 

A big part of getting your signal out and hearing others is the antenna so if you get a handheld, I’d suggest upgrading the antenna like I mentioned above. Keep in mind also that if you get a Baofeng that their antenna connections are different so you’ll need an adapter in some cases.

Repeaters:

There are a lot of repeaters around the world that can help you transmit long distances with just a little radio. Basically, a repeater will listen to the little radios in its immediate surroundings and then blast the signal out for hundreds, or thousands, of miles. Obviously the repeaters need to be functioning to do this but people who have repeaters are usually up on emergency communication and will have backup power systems. If they go down, they usually know how to fix it.

There are even repeaters that use the internet so if you tap into a repeater and type in the address of a remote repeater in another country, what you say on your little radio will blast out to that point on the other side of the world. I talked to a guy in Australia on the first day I got my Yaesu handheld that way.

Using stealth to operate an amateur radio:

Because ham radio people are crafty lot (and some places don’t allow antennas), there is a whole sub-genre of ways to make antennas so they can’t be detected (by sight, not by signal). Antennas can be made out of flagpoles, ladders, fences, railings, and a lot of other things in plain sight. They can also be hidden inside things or buried.

There are several books such as Low Profile Amateur Radio: Operating a Ham Station from Almost Anywhere that can show you how to do these (which is a great book, by the way but good luck finding a copy of it).

Here are a couple more:

With the proper knowledge (which you can pretty much only get with practice), you can make a radio out of stuff you can find pretty much anywhere that will transmit on frequencies that you can reach other people. Not only is this useful to hide your antennas, it could seriously come in handy if you had to make an antenna in an emergency.

Obviously, the more experience you have with radios, the easier it’ll be for you to do something like this.

The Ham radio community:

As I’ve mentioned, amateur radio operators are not only creative and resourceful, they’re very in tune with handling emergency situations. There are several groups that use ham radio for dealing with disasters or for search and rescue. The two biggest are Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

If you want to get started learning about ham radio as an effective emergency communications system for you or your family, check out the Prepared Ham Forum. My buddy AD owns the site, and it’s great for learning and asking questions. Lots of helpful people on there to help out.

 

Creative ways to communicate with ham frequencies:

With the right equipment and some practice, you can easily get around the world. And, you don’t have to actually buy a radio to do it. That’s one of the greatest things about learning and using ham radio. You can literally make a working radio out of scrap. There will always be scrap. You will always be able to make a radio.

In addition to the plethora of ham radio equipment and information available, a good basis of theory can get you talking to people even if all electricity and electronics are taken out. Here are some examples of what you can do with a little knowledge:

The Foxhole Radio

A foxhole radio was used by GI’s during WWII and beyond. The cool thing is that it doesn’t require a power source and is made from simple parts like a pencil and razor blade. It’s only a receiver though.

 

 

Crystal Radios

There are many, many, many ways to make a radio out of household items. Way too many to list them here. Suffice it to say that with all the wires and old electronics laying around, making a simple radio receiver is pretty simple. Just like the foxhole radio, these pretty much only receive. They can also be made to use power from the signal itself so they don’t all need anything else to power them.

Homemade AM transmitter?

Fear not dudes and dudettes, you can still make a transmitter out of stuff you can find in a lot of homes or junkyards:

 

 

The spark-gap transmitter

Spark-gap transmitters are pretty simple to make. The good thing is that they transmit over a HUGE frequency range so pretty much anyone nearby is gonna hear it.

The bad things are that they’re illegal (for the same reason) and can zap the heck out of you if you’re not careful. You also have to learn Morse code or create your own in order to have anyone have any idea what you’re trying to say.

 

 

If you don’t have a ham radio license yet (or actually, even if you do), you should look at getting an emergency shortwave radio so you can listen into weather bulletins etc. The Safe-T-Proof radio is a great little one to have because you can charge it with a hand crank or the solar panel, it has a flashlight and a cell phone charger outlet on it too.

It won’t have the range of a ham radio with a good antenna, but it could be really useful in an emergency, and you don’t have to worry about running out of power.

So, there are many different ways to communicate during a disaster situation or if society collapses but for the most flexible and effective way, you should seriously look into getting your ham radio license and start playing with it. It’s a great hobby and one that could be the difference between finding your family in an emergency or losing them.

Either way, make sure whatever you do that you come up with an emergency communications plan beforehand.

 

Other articles to review:

Reliable Ham Radio Post-Disaster Security Communications

Currently Available QRP Radio Kits (ham radio)

Ham Radio Show on TWiT.tv

Emergency Communications

 

Something else to consider:

The Inevitable Death of Ham Radio

 

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This is why we all need to stay prepared

Floods in Africa, Cyclones in Asia, hurricanes in America, fires, and more and now earthquakes in Mexico with a severe Tsunami alert. Now coronal mass ejection.

 

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The sun released two powerful solar flares which could also damage satellites, communications and power systems.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/solar-flares-cause-radio-blackouts-on-earth-coronal-mass-ejection-cme/

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That cloud of charged plasma would arrive within 1 to 3 or 4 days.

 

We’re shockingly unprepared for an extreme weather event that could fry Earth’s power grid

http://www.businessinsider.com/solar-storm-effects-electronics-energy-grid-2016-3

 

To make matters worse, a solar storm’s blast of electromagnetic energy can induct through Earth’s crust, knocking out power grids on the ground.

A relatively minor CME in 1989, for example, shut down power for 6 million people in Canada. A stronger geomagnetic storm may shroud about 130 million in darkness, possibly for months or years.

This has come close to happening before. In 2012, a monstrous CME barely missed Earth. And in 2014, NASA reported that we have a 12% chance of getting hit by a CME sometime in the next decade.

“If [the 2012 CME] had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker said in a NASA press release.

 

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WEEKLY THREAT ROUNDUP 9-3-17

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Health and Environmental Hazards Mount After Hurricane Harvey

 

September 2, 2017

 

Between August 27th and Sept 1st, the following related Flash messages were sent to AlertsUSA subscriber mobile devices:

9/1 – Large fire now burning at Arkema chemical facility, Crosby, TX. Those in the area should monitor local news for official guidance. Add’l alerts as warranted.

9/1 – Arkema Inc warns of threat of add’l “explosions” and chemical fires at Crosby, TX facility. 1.5 mile evac perimeter remains in effect. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/31 – EPA & TX Comm on Enviro Quality warn floodwaters may contain biohazards including bacteria & other disease agents. Precautions advised. Full stmt via email.

8/30 – TX HAZMAT officials stressing reports of “explosions” at Arkema plant incorrect. Chem containers “popped” from overpressure. Smoke not life-threatening.

8/30 – Explosions reported at Arkema Inc. chemical plant, Crosby, TX. At least 10 injuries. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/29 – CEO of Arkema Inc: No way to prevent explosion at Crosby, TX chemical plant due to flooding. Fire / explosion within 6 days. AlertsUSA Monitoring…

8/29 – Arkema Chemical Plant, Crosby, TX (NW Houston) at risk of fire/explosion due to damage by TS Harvey. Local area under evac orders. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/29 – Shelters are open across the affected areas of TX and LA. Get the FEMA app (Playstore & iTunes) for shelter info, resources, weather alerts, etc. in Eng/Span.

8/29 – Columbia Lakes Levee, Brazoria County, TX has been breached. This is located SW of Houston. RED NOTICE ISSUED. LOCAL RESIDENTS GET OUT NOW.

8/28 – Tropical Storm Harvey Situation Update – August 28, 2017 – sent via email.

8/27 – Addicks Reservoir / Barker Dam near Houston nearing capacity. Army Corps of Engineers plan emergency water release. Area residents should tune to local media.

8/27 – USCG: Widening USCG communications for Harvey rescue ops in Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Keep calling. Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS.

8/27 – NWS warns TX residents: “Weather event unprecedented, all impacts unknown & beyond anything experienced. Follow orders from officials to ensure safety.”

What You Need To Know

Eastern Texas is slowly beginning recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which dumped an estimated 20 trillion gallons of rain on Texas and Louisiana over a six-day period. Moody’s Analytics estimates the combination of property damage to homes, cars, commercial buildings and infrastructure, as well as losses from paused production at oil refineries and other businesses, will reach well above 100 billion dollars, making this one of the costliest natural disasters in the history of the country.

On Thursday, President Trump’s Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert stated that approximately 100,000 homes were damaged by the storm, though this number is expected to climb significantly as flood waters recede and inspections begin. Many towns outside of the Houston remain flooded.

About 40 percent of the buildings estimated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to have been flooded in Harris County, Tex., are in areas considered to be “of minimal flood hazard.

The Response

FEMA and its federal partners continue to mobilize personnel and resources to support state, local and tribal efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana. As of August 1, more than 21,000 federal staff were deployed in support of the storm response. A staggering 364,000 individuals have registered for assistance, the largest number after any single disaster event.

Two US Navy warships, the USS Kearsarge and the USS Oak Hill, are being deployed to Texas bringing supplies, heavy lift capabilities, as well as additional medical personnel who will join others from across the country to head off a looming public health crisis that extends far beyond the Houston metro area.

On Thursday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of a statement issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warning that floodwaters may contain bacteria and other disease agents from sewage, chemicals and the need for precautions and safety measures for anyone involved in cleanup activities or who may otherwise be exposed to floodwaters. There is also the long-term threat of different a variety of different types of dangerous molds, mosquito-borne viruses and more.

Of particular concern is the health of those displaced by the storm and living in crowded shelters as respiratory and intestinal illnesses are extremely contagious in close quarters, particularly when proper hygiene is impossible.

 


 

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OTHER ALERTS FROM THIS WEEK
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9/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring unspecified security incident at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Area being evacuated and sealed. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/31 – USGOV issues new Europe Travel Alert warning of the continued threat of terrorist attacks. Read the full alert here: http://bit.ly/2xBqE8u

8/29 – AlertsUSA monitoring evac of London’s Euston Station flwg reports of smoke coming from a bag on train platform and sound of blast. Add’l alerts as warranted.

8/28 – AlertsUSA monitoring mass casualty shooting incident, Clovis-Carver Public Library, Clovis, NM. Multiple fatalities and injuries rptd. Shooter rptd in custody.

8/27 – Clashes breaking out between demonstrators and police in Civic Center Plaza area of Berkeley, CA. Avoid the area. AlertsUSA monitoring…

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N. Korea Launches Missile Over Japan

 

Oct 26, 2013

 

On August 28th, the following related Flash messages were
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8/28(a) – BREAKING: Japanese gov warns residents of Northern Japan to take precautions against possible missile strike flwg DPRK launch. Monitoring….

8/28(b) – NHK reports DPRK missile has overflown Japan. Highly provocative move. AlertsUSA monitoring…

8/28(c) – DoD confirms DPRK missile flight over N. Japan. Missile flew ~2,700 km w apogee of ~550 km. S. Korea intel rpts activity at DPRK nuclear test site. Monitoring.

What You Need To Know

On Monday evening, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices that Japan’s government had just warned its citizens of a North Korean missile was headed their way. Overflying Hokkaido Island, the intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missile ultimately broke into three pieces and fell into the Pacific Ocean approximately 575 miles east of Cape Erimo.Residents of Northern Japan were advised to seek refuge, and local and bullet train services were immediately halted.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the country’s latest missile test over Japan “a meaningful prelude to containing Guam” and said his country should conduct more missile tests into the Pacific Ocean.

President Trump, who has vowed not to let North Korea develop nuclear missiles that can hit the mainland United States, warned on Tuesday that all options are on the table for the United States to respond.

Additionally, U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have also detected increased activity at North Korea’s main underground nuclear testing facility, signaling preparations for a sixth underground test blast.

As previously reported by AlertsUSA, when the cloudy historical and political narrative is removed, the world is now faced with the following realities:

Given these realities, restraint and the quest for diplomatic solutions virtually assures continued proliferation into the hands of rogue nations and those private individuals and groups with deep enough pockets.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment, and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.

 


 

Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft fly in formation over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Aug. 26, 2017, while returning to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. after participating in Red Flag 17-4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The aircraft are assigned to the 94th Fighter Squadron and the 1st Fighter Wing. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie. - ALLOW IMAGES

World News Roundup

September 2, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following

AMERICAS

Canada preparing winter shelters as migrant wave continues
Trump to host Sept. 18 meeting of world leaders on U.N. reform
Top CEOs warn Trump on ending migrant amnesty
White House weighing a tax on remittances to Mexico to fund border wall
Obesity epidemic at new high, costs $150B a year, hurts military recruiting
Stingray Unmanned Tanker Could Almost Double Strike Range of Air Wing
As it looks to fill capabilities gaps, the U.S. Navy is keeps an eye overseas
Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community

EUROPE

US warned Spain of Barcelona attack risk: report
Barcelona: US, CIA did not warn about terror attack, despite report
Russia and America’s Tit For Tat Continues
Lavrov: Russia will ‘respond harshly’ to ‘damaging’ sanctions
Bad blood between France and Italy undermines EU unity
Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears
Military Exercises Are Tearing Up Russia’s Infrastructure
The Russian Missile Program has Raised Concerns Among NATO Countries

MIDDLE EAST

‘We’ll just try to kill him’: US vows to hunt Isis leader Baghdadi to the death
Al Qaeda affiliate mining uranium for Iran, Somali official warns US
Trump keeps world guessing on Iran deal’s future
Last Isis stronghold in Syria could fall by October, says UN envoy
Kuwait’s ruler, mediating Qatar crisis, heads to Washington
Shock as Kenya court cancels election result, demands re-run

ASIA

France: N. Korea within months of nuke-capable rockets
Allies discuss redeployment of nuclear weapons
North Korea threat: Will Europe help S. Korea, Japan militarily?
The aircraft Kim Jong-un fears most. Or ought to
USS Wasp departs to join 7th Fleet forces in Japan
Putin warns North Korea situation on verge of ‘large-scale conflict’
North Korea threatens to turn South into ‘field of ruin’
Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities
US, allies conduct drills over Korean peninsula after latest missile launch
North Korea tourism: US travel ban takes effect

 


 

Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings

Ethiopia
08/25/2017

Bangladesh
08/24/2017

Mexico
08/22/2017

Iran
08/15/2017

N. Korea
08/10/2017

Somalia
08/03/2017

Venezuela
07/27/2017

Jordan
07/20/2017

S. Sudan
07/20/2017

Egypt
07/19/2017

Philippines
07/17/2017

Hurricane Season
06/05/2017

Europe
08/31/2017

Worldwide Caution

03/06/2017

Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

Canada Dept. of Foreign Affairs

Australia Dept. of Foreign Affairs

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

 


 

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ALERT: Evacuation order issued at DOE Hanford nuclear site

AlertsUSA monitoring evacuation order issued at DOE Hanford nuclear site flwg tunnel collapse at plutonium finishing plant.

 

 

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5 Great Reasons You Need To Be Preparing. We Are Living In Times Of Total Unpredictability

One thing we know for sure about these times that we are living in is that they are totally unpredictable. It’s not just the weather that can cause immediate change. Unpredictability can be found in our current political, social, economic, and financial situations facing our country.

There are many things happening right now that could set off a domino effect, and through us into total chaos. We hope it doesn’t happen, however putting our head in the sand doesn’t make it any better. We thought these 5 reasons to start preparing might at the very least be food for thought.

5 Great Reasons To Start Preparing Now

  1. Climate change – We have all witnessed the super storms, the tsunamis, and the widespread droughts that have been relentlessly battering America. Some are blaming harmful emissions and pollutants, while others feel it is from forced geopolitical warfare. Either way, the shift in our climate has created a food crises where food prices are rising dramatically due to shortages.
  2. Economic uncertainty – The Great Recession is acknowledged as the most devastating global economic crisis since the Great Depression. Unemployment, prolonged economic stagnation and price inflation are issues that can strike at the very core of a family’s stability. The sluggish economy caused many to quickly adapt to tighter budgets and now have less savings to fall back on. Naturally when this occurs, people become concerned with their family’s wellbeing and they want to protect themselves from the outcome.

 

  1. Epidemics – We are witnessing an unparalleled rise in infectious diseases. Many of these epidemics can be caused from poor sanitary conditions following natural disasters, such as the cholera epidemic that occurred shortly after the Haitian earthquake in 2010. According to WHO, the number of weather-related natural emergencies has more than tripled since the 1960s. When there is a sharp rise in severe weather-related events, there is also an increase in infectious diseases. Further, due to the increased consumption of unhealthy commodities such as junk food, soda, alcohol and tobacco, health-related epidemics are becoming an issue of concern.
  2. Political upheaval – Due to the political polarization in Washington, any form of progress has come to a screeching halt. To make matters worse, laws are being put into effect that take away the rights that have made America great. This is causing many issues with the political structure and if things don’t change, will cause this political upheaval to worsen.
  3. Societal downturns – Our society is in at a critical point. Social media and “reality” television have dumbed down our children resulting in a lack of discipline and an inability to focus on making responsible choices. Further, because of the need for two paychecks in order for households to pay the bills, the absence of parents present in the home are causing children to be left alone more frequently. This is causing a sharp increase in delinquency, teen pregnancy, lack of morals and low interest in education. The result is mob attacks, bullying, young single mothers and these things are causing our society to plummet.

Many believe these issues are the perfect recipe for catastrophe. While we can theorize about what may or may not happen, we need to understand that we are operating on limited information. Logically speaking, the best way to prepare for the unpredictable nature of these types of scenarios is by getting ready for them and making preparations ahead of time. Read More: Stayingprepared.net

 

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