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5 Signs You Might Be A Prepper

It is a pretty common stereotype to picture preppers as 50-year-old men hiding out in bunkers with a bunch of guns and ammo. Shows on tv that focus on these types of extremists as well as news reports about people labeled as preppers who have committed crimes haven’t helped to negate this stereotype either. The truth of the matter is, however, that you don’t have to be preparing for doomsday or the destruction of mankind to be a prepper. In fact, if any of these traits sound like you, you may be a prepper too.

1. You Invest in Food Storage

While most of us don’t have five or ten year’s worth of food tucked away, due to national disasters, such as hurricane Sandy, the value of having more than a day’s worth of food on hand has become more prominent. In fact, FEMA, the federal disaster recovery agency, encourages everyone to have food storage since the agency can’t help everyone immediately after a disaster occurs. Do you consciously maintain two weeks worth of your regular food items on hand “just in case?” Do you have a closet full of non perishables for those times you can’t get food from the store? If this is the case, you are probably a prepper.

2. You Participate in Self-Sustaining Practices

When your electric heater went out that one winter, did you decide to invest in an alternate heat source or generator in case it ever happened again? Do you make sure to have savings and cash on hand in case you needed to get out of the state quickly? Do you garden? Probably most of us can answer, “yes,” to one of these practices because we don’t want to get stuck in a difficult situation without being able to help ourselves. After all, you probably also carry extra water when you drive across the desert, or make sure you have a coat when driving in freezing temperatures.

3. Emergency Preparedness

Preppers are big on emergency preparedness, whether it’s taking a CPR class, learning first aid or having a plan for when an emergency occurs. These people may have an emergency kit with all of the essentials that they can quickly grab and go. They also invest in equipment, such as water pumps, radios or solar ovens. Many preppers also have additional skills due to their background in mechanics, scouting, fire fighting or the military.

4. You Volunteer

Do neighbors turn to you when a tree falls down in their yard, or are you the first to show up to help clean a neighborhood town? Do you like to share your knowledge or resources with those in need? Have you ever volunteered as a firefighter or nurse? Then you just might be a prepper. Due to their extra preparedness, preppers are often the best equipped to help out when a disaster strikes, since everyone else will be scraping to survive and waiting for help at that point.

5. You Value Self Reliance

Cooking from scratch, grinding your own wheat, learning how to make soap or knowing how to sew may seem like hobbies, but they are also a form of self reliance. Almost everyone who has gone camping has also learned some form of self reliance: building a fire, staying warm without a heater, cooking without a microwave. Other common practices, such as living within your means, eliminating debt and gardening are all forms of self reliance that leave you better prepared for when disaster strikes.

While there are many stigmas and negative impressions that surround the label of being a prepper, it is by no means a negative thing. You are only as crazy as you make yourself and if being prepared to survive things that are inevitable makes me crazy, then lock me up in a padded room. Who will be the crazy ones when something happens and they don’t know how they will survive?

Free Download: Food Storage Buyer’s Guide

The folks over at Legacy Food Storage were kind enough to share their Food Storage Buyer’s Guide with us here at The Prepared Ninja. It is rich with information about the different types of food storage options and some of their pros and cons as well as addressing some of the other concerns about food storage. Download this great resource for free today!

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Top 5 Summer Food Storage Tips – Guest Post

Top 5 Most Important Summer Food Storage Tips

By Lee Flynn

Whatever time of year it is, and whatever your situation in life, it is always important to keep a good supply of food for emergencies. What this entails, is creating a store of nonperishable food, enough for you and your family in case of any kind of emergency that might make you unable to leave your house or purchase food for whatever reason. Natural disasters are the most cited reason for needing food storage, but anything from a blackout to the loss of a job could make a person unable to buy food. And when it comes to the summer, there are certain factors that you should take into consideration. Here are five important food storage tips for the summer.

1. Store Food Properly

With the summer, there comes a swarm of unwanted visitors in the form of pests, insects, and rodents. Bacteria also grows faster when it is warmer. If you don’t store your food properly, you could quickly run into trouble with contaminated food and infestations of certain creatures. Make sure that your food is stored in tightly sealed containers. As it is the summer, it is also likely to be much warmer. This makes it equally important to choose a good location for you food storage somewhere that is cool and out of the sunlight, preferably insulated.

2. Check the Type of Food You Store

Sometimes the only space that you have is in a basement or attic, or somewhere else with little to no insulation. If this is the case, you will have to be incredibly careful with the type of food that you store. Don’t store anything that can easily melt or suffer other alteration because of extreme temperatures. In fact, even if you do have an insulated storage space, you will still need to only include non perishable items in your food storage, as they are the items that will last until you need them.

3. Store Other Necessities

In any emergency food supply, there needs to be a stock of other important items to prepare for any eventuality. Such items include a first aid kit, a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and medication. But in the summer, there are also other circumstances to take into consideration. Sunblock and insect repellant are both things for which you will be grateful, should you be forced to leave your house at a moment’s notice. Hay-fever medicine should also come in handy.

4. Plenty of Water

Any emergency that could occur would, more likely than not, affect the availability of good, clean water. For this reason, it is recommended that we store a gallon of water for each person who lives in the household. In the summer, you may need more; let’s not forget that we need water for washing, cleaning, and cooking as well as drinking.

5. Store Food that You Like!

You don’t know how long you may be stuck eating the food that you store, so it only makes sense to store food that you like and that is sure to be different in the summer from how it is in the winter. So if you are going to create food storage, why not make the most of it, and have some fun!

Lee Flynn is a freelance writer interested in helping others develop self reliance through food storage.

Eight Things to Consider Prior to November 6th

The next two months are a questionable time for the United States. The general election in November will make some Americans happy and will also upset many Americans, regardless of who wins. What is absolute is that the upcoming Presidential election will change America for the good, the bad, or otherwise. In light of the chaos, implications, theories, conspiracies, rumors, truths, or lies there are some things that absolutely must be considered. Take a look at these eight areas:

1. Consider Purchasing Firearms  – It seems safe to assume that with the highly publicized shootings that have occurred this year, if President Obama gets re-elected, there will likely be a big push to outlaw certain types of firearms on more than a state level. It seems that it could be possible, if not probable.

2. Stockpile Ammunition (There May Be Legislation Limiting Types/Quantities of Ammunition) – There is nationwide fear that the government may go after American’s ability to purchase ammunition as an alternate or perhaps even an additional means of gun control. By stockpiling ammunition now, you have the ability to avoid this possibility and even if restrictions do not come along, it is likely that ammunition prices are likely to go up regardless of who gets elected.

3. Diversify Investments – Obtain precious metals while they are easily accessible and able to be purchased. The government has interfered with private citizens and our ability to purchase or even hold certain quantities of precious metals in the past. Now would be a good time to make these purchases before restrictions come along. It is possible that the future could  also bring a registry or other means of tracking who is holding precious metals so making these purchases now will avoid this possibility.

4. Calculate water storage needs and stockpile all necessary water for you, your loved ones, and anyone else who may be reliant upon you for their survival. Recent government interference in Oregon has resulted in individual citizens without water rights on their own property.

5. Determine the appropriate amount of long-term food storage needed for you, your loved ones, and anyone else who may be reliant upon you for their survival. It seems likely that there will be limits imposed on the amount of supplies that can be stockpiled by one family or in one residence. The recent introduction of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes wording that determines that citizens who participate in the act of storing food or medical supplies could possibly be terrorists. Just to be clear, this does include Americans.

6. If you have the ability to keep cash on hand, do so. If there is a run on the banks as a result of concerns about the economy or banking system, it could be impossible to get access to any cash. During this same period of time, it is likely that credit and debit cards will be worthless because business owners will realize that if the banks are not giving customers their own cash that they will not likely give businesses the money either.

7. Build a medical kit for your home, car, office, bug out location, camper, and any other location that you determine to be necessary. The country is in a volatile state right now and part of being able to deal with this is having the ability to handle a medical emergency. Don’t forget that a medical kit is almost worthless without the proper training on how to use the contents of the kit.

8. With the full-scale implementation of “Obamascare” on the way, I feel that it is imperative that every single American gets a complete copy of their medical records. My prediction is that the introduction of socialized medicine to the United States will cause several doctors to either retire, go into a different line of work, or close their private practice and go somewhere else. Any one of these options will increase the chances that medical records will be lost and is records are lost the process for any medical treatment would need to be started over…if it is even allowed under Obamacare.

These are a few things that I could think of that warrant serious consideration by everyone over the next two months. I feel that the elections will drastically chance the direction of the country. I am hoping for the better. Please add a comment if there is something that you can think of that should be added to the list of things that must be done before the sixth of November!

Do You Own Forever Foods?

Photo Credit: SueBee Honey

I recently came across an interesting tidbit on the Mother Nature Network about forever foods which I found to be quite intriguing. The premise of forever foods is that certain foods as long as they are properly stored, can literally last for decades. Even after they have been opened! While they might not literally be foods that last forever, they are likely to last far longer than the average person would ever feel comfortable using them. Like all foods, normal storage practices such as placing items in a cool dark place and in air tight containers should be utilized. Here is the list of 10 forever foods from Mother Nature Network:

1. Sugar – It doesn’t matter what kind of sugar it is, sugar does not support the growth of bacteria.

2. Pure Vanilla Extract – Just like it says, it must be PURE vanilla extract.

3. Rice – Types of forever rice include white, wild, jasmine, arborio, and basmati. Brown rice is not a forever food because of its higher oil content.

4. Corn Starch – You’ll never have thin gravy because corn starch is a forever food!

5. Honey – Like the vanilla, to last for years on end, the honey must be pure. I hate when honey gets crystalized though, so check out the link below to the original list at Mother Nature Network for some great tips on how to deal with grainy honey.

6. Hard Liquor – This makes a lot of sense from many perspectives. Liquor can be used for drinking, cooking, medical purposes, and even for bartering. Make sure that you keep plenty of booze in the cupboard, it could be part of your investment strategy for 2012!

7. Salt – Great product to have around and cheap to buy, plus it never goes bad. Seems like you can’t go wrong with salt!

8. Corn Syrup – Even though Mayor Bloomberg would make all corn syrup illegal, there is good news…corn syrup will last forever so you can start storing it now in case there ever is corn syrup prohibition.

9. Maple Syrup – In order for this to be a true forever food, maple syrup has to be refrigerated or frozen.

10. Distilled White Vinegar – Vinegar is awesome! I must say that. It has a myriad of uses, including some that I have covered before. With applications from cooking to cleaning and almost everything in between, I am not sure that you can have too much vinegar in the pantry.

The list of forever foods and some additional information about them including best storage practices, why they last so long, and what some of their uses are can be seen in the Mother Nature Network article.

If you have any comments or additional information on these or other forever foods please leave your remarks in the comments section below.