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Survival Sunday – 6/14/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Living Off The Land, The Minimalist Tool Bag, Metalworking Tools For Preppers, Dropping Off The Grid, Are You Prepared Enough? and 7 More…

Survival Sunday

I hope that everyone has had a great week. My week has been pretty good. I have been on vacation for the whole week which was really nice. We did spend a good time of it moving and getting everything settled in our new house. It is nice to have a little more space and that’s not a bad thing for a prepper. There is not really much else to report from my end. I have just been enjoying my time with my family while I don’t have to work all day.

Here are the highlights of what I found this week:

Tools And Tips For Living Off The Land – Not everyone can make a go of living off the land. This article highlights the challenges associated with living off the land and has some great pointers on what it takes to be a modern hunter-gatherer.

The Minimalist Tool Bag – When it comes to completing a task, I have always believed that you have to have the right tool for the job. There are plenty of times where I have tried to do a job with a tool that I knew was not the right selection and while this can be done, it is often times significantly more difficult. This is a good piece about putting together a basic tool kit as a prepper, or anyone for that matter.

Automotive & Metalworking Hand Tools Every Prepper Should Have – Once you have your basic tools together, look at obtaining tools for special purposes like automotive and metalworking specialities as mentioned in this article.

Dropping Off The Grid: Advice From Experienced Homesteaders – I don’t think that this is really a roadmap to actually drop off the grid, more like reducing the need to rely on others. There are seven actionable steps in this article to make this happen.

Are You Prepared Enough? – From one of my favorite resources, The Prepper Journal, this is about how to approach preparing for difficult times and what the reality is of actually being prepared for “the event” or whatever it is that you make the effort for.

Where To Find Food & Water After The SHTF – This is great info for everyone but it especially applies to the urban crowd. It is great to have a good supply of food and water on hand but it is good to also know where to find more, whether it is out of necessity or a strategic move.

How To Create A Safe Room In Your House Or Apartment – I think a safe room is on the dream list of most preppers. Probably right before the underground bunker on my list. This is well thought out information about putting a safe room together.

If Your BS Detector Isn’t Shrieking, It’s Broken – Are we all being conned?

Home Defense On A Budget: 20 Inexpensive Tips – Not the end all, be all of home defense guides but there are some great ways to harden a structure against unwanted visitors.

5 Survival Tips From The USMC Survival Course – While this is predominantly geared toward wilderness survival, these ideas could certainly be employed in an urban or suburban environment.

Create An Office Emergency Kit – Of the many survival kits that a well prepared person should have, an office survival kit is a must. This is especially true if you work a good distance from home, in an urban environment, or in a high-risk area.

K-10 Survival Dog Collar Review – There are a ton of paracord bracelets that are marketed to preppers these days. This is the first survival dog collar that I have seen though. I am not sure of the durability or the practicality of these collars but it seems like a novel idea. I am not sure whether or not there is great advantage to having a dog collar that contains fishing materials or a straw, but for the prepper who loves dogs or has everything else it might be a great thing to have.

That’s it for me this week. It ended up being quite a few great pieces that I found…it must be the extra time from being on vacation. I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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Survival Sunday – 4/5/2015

Survival Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday! I hope that you spent your time with family and had the chance to reflect on what today means for you. I am spending my time today with my wife and boys. As a matter of fact, technology is so handy that this post is being made while I am at church this morning.

As far as how things were last week, I battled a cold all week that really took a toll on me. It ended up being bad enough that I needed to stay home from work a couple of days so that I could get the rest that my body needed to get better.

Here is what I found last week that I feel is noteworthy:

How To Build A D.I.Y. Portable Solar Generator – This is a step-by-step article that was put together by Dale over at the Survivalist Prepper about how he put together a portable solar system. If you are interested in putting together a back-up power source, this is a must read.

Bartering Your Skills To Fill The Cupboard – Barter can be a great way to get something that you want or need without having to spend any money. Whether you barter for food for your cupboard like the example in the article or use your talents for something else, barter skills are handy now and will be vital in a survival situation.

17 Common Home Security Mistakes – As a prepper, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the gee-whiz gadgets and overlook the basics. When it comes to security, it is often the basic (and low cost) things that we can do that will make the most difference. These are some great points. One of my favorite and low cost home security items is the FakeTV.

A Green Beret’s Guide To Low -Budget Home-Defense Techniques 101: “Early Warning Systems And Fortifications” – The title kinda says it all but I will say that if you don’t get anything out of this, you didn’t read it close enough. Also make sure that you check out part two in the series; A Green Beret’s Guide To Low-Budget Home-Defense Techniques 102: “Defensive Positions”

10 D.I.Y. Projects From PVC Pipe For Your Homestead – Some of these projects might apply to you more than the rest, but they are all nifty in my opinion. I especially thought the PVC Snow Shoes were cool.

Docs To Build A Life On – What would you do if there was a huge disaster and you had to start your life all over again? Would you have all the documents that you need? Here is a great list of documents to organize now in the event that this unfortunate situation ever comes along.

How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears? – This hasn’t happened yet, but it does highlight the need to be prepared. It also brings up a scary subject…the possibility that there will be at least a segment of California that will have to relocate, a move that will place a strain on the resources in other parts of the country and transplant the political ideals that are synonymous with California.

I hope this last week has been great for you. If nothing else, hopefully you weren’t sick like I was. Keep preparing for tough times.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Survival Sunday – 2/22/2015

Survival Sunday

It’s hard to believe but today is the last Sunday in February. It is amazing how fast the year has gone. Hopefully everything is going well for you. I have spent the last week hanging out with my parents. Hi mom and dad! (I guess I am figuring that they will read this. If anyone reads a blog you would think it would be the parents of the person writing it!) I had a great time and even caught a funky looking duck!

Don’t worry…he wasn’t hurt and neither was I. He was so comfortable with people, he came right up to us.

I found a few things this week that I deemed especially useful and would like to share with you. Here’s what I’ve got:

10 Ways To Deter Burglars – I don’t think there is such a thing as too much security. Here are 10 straight forward and fairly basic ways to increase the security of your home and deter unwanted visitors.

Six Things To Scout Along Your Evacuation Route – There is  plenty of information on the web about bugging out and evacuating but I like this because it talks about looking at your route ahead of time and what to look for. This is definitely something to recon and mark on your maps or GPS that you will use when you hit the road in reaction to a disaster.

Dealing With Prepper Burnout – Prepping, like anything, can get old, monotonous, stressful, and eventually lead to burnout. Here are a few great pointers on how to deal with burn out as a prepper.

No, You Can’t Come To My House – I am sure that most of us have either heard a story about someone, or heard first hand, an account of a person who simply says, “If things go bad, I’ll just come to your house! You’re preparing for the end of the world, right?” This is a very interesting account of that same conversation as told by a fellow blogger.

Exploring Water Filtration Options – It can be difficult to decide which water filter is the best fit for you. The only thing that is not up for debate is that you need a water filter. This article makes it a little easier to decide which water filter is the best fit for you.

Starting Seeds In Recycled Containers – Gardening season is just around the corner! That means that now is the time to start thinking and planning. Starting seeds is even easier now with the assistance of these recycled materials.

PVC Drip Irrigation System For Your Garden – After you plant the plants that you started in your recycled containers you will need a way to water them. Check out this do it yourself idea for setting up a garden irrigation system.

Thats a wrap for me this week! Keep getting things together for any tough times that may lay ahead and don’t be frustrated if the world does not end. It’s actually better that way!

Did you find anything last week that everyone else could benefit from? Make sure to share it in the comments.

Check back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

If you appreciate the content here on The Prepared Ninja, I would love it if you left a comment or shared a post with your friends or loved ones! We are all in this together after all, right? With that being said, it does cost me money every month to keep The Prepared Ninja up and running. If the site does help you and you would like to help support it, you can provide monetary support to help keep things going via PayPal here. Thank you!

Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning Issued

Judicial Watch has shared on their website that, “High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the [southwest U.S.] border has been issued.” Sources have revealed that ISIS and Al Qaeda operatives are currently in the Ciudad Juarez area across the border from El Paso, Texas. The specific threat that has been identified are Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs). Federal law enforcement officers have been placed on high alert and it is reported that Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, Commanding General of the U.S. Army III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas is also being briefed on the situation across the border.

 

All of this is happening at the same time that Britain has raised their terror alert level to ‘Severe’ indicating  that a terror attack in Britain is highly likely. See the entire article from Judicial Watch here.

Take the opportunity to be ready if you are in the immediate area. If you are not in the local area, be ready anyway. There is no telling what the repercussions could be of a wide spread terrorist attack. It is important to be aware of what is going on and the threat to our nation.

Some of the things that should be done or checked to get ready if there was an attack include:

  1. Have an evacuation plan to at least two bug out locations (vacation property, friend’s house, family member’s house, etc.) with primary and at least two alternate routes.
  2. Conduct inspections of your Bug Out Bag (BOB) to ensure that all items are functional and up to date. If you don’t have a BOB, get one.
  3. Review your security and defensive measures. Consider designating a safe area in the house. If you don’t have body armor, think about getting body armor while you still can.
  4. Have at least one way to defend you and your loved ones everywhere you go. If a firearm is your method of choice, make sure that you have appropriate defensive ammunition for each one. Alternates that are easily carried include a knife, pepper spray, taser, or stun gun.
  5. Maintain the flow of information. Have a portable radio with AM/FM, Shortwave, and Weather capabilities. Don’t forget some extra batteries!
  6. Have an ample supply of food, water, hygiene supplies, and a plan for dealing with waste and sanitation issues if you have to hunker down.

I know I missed some stuff but I wanted to get the word out if you haven’t heard about this most recent and imminent threat. My guess is if the government is finally admitting it, the threat has probably existed for some time.

Stay safe and let me know what I missed in the comment section. Thank you.

The Survivor’s Guide To Storing Firearms

THE SURVIVOR’S GUIDE TO STORING FIREARMS

The following post is a guest submission from Aaron. In this article, he discusses some great storage ideas for gun owners and how to properly care for these.

A gun can come in handy when caught in very tough situations. While some would likely promote the idea that guns be totally eradicated in all parts of the globe, this proposition is still only perfect for an ideal world. If everybody was following the written laws and unwritten ideals as was intended by most governments in the first place, then living in peace without the need to carry or keep a gun may be possible. Until the world is a safe haven free from criminals, then it is the right of every sane person to own a gun and protect themselves and their loved ones from the possible dangers of robbery or related incidents, and always being prepared for tougher times. To all gun owners, remember that having a firearm at home also comes with the responsibility to store these safely for the sake of everyone at home. It is understandable that you may want to keep guns in places that are easily accessible when the need arises for you to use them.

Firearm Concealment Ideas

There are a lot of ways by which you can hide your firearms without arousing suspicion from other family members or visitors. Here are some tips that might help you come up with your own idea:

1. The Prized Painting by the Wall

This one is probably one of the most used ideas as shown in many action movie films. You may have seen one too. You also might recall how the bad guy decided to crash into the hero’s home and wanted to make quick money and maybe get lucky and bring home some jewelry too? But alas! The owner of the home heard someone trying to break in and the gun stored behind the paintingwas just what he needed to take a warning shot and scare the goon away.

2. The Librarian’s Stuff

Do you have a bookshelf in your living room, bedroom or home office? Unless your visitors are bookworms and love to read books in somebody else’s home, your books would go untouched and unnoticed by anyone but you. For the old books that you no longer use, you can use the side covers, glue this in a small box and use this as a hidden gun and ammo storage compartment. Keep the box at the upper level of the bookshelf to prevent small kids from reaching it.

 

3. The Household Furniture

If you love working with carpentry and building your own furniture, then you can put your talent to good use and incorporate hidden spaces in these. Get creative. Even solid and bulky parts can be made to look like it is made of pure wood, but what most would not notice is that there may be something hidden behind the façade. The coffee table, the bed post, the arm of the chair, and even the underside of the dining table – all these could be used to store guns.

4. The Not-So-Usual Places

There are many things in your home that usually go unnoticed. The more plain these are, the better the chance that these will never be thought of as something that carries your prized guns. Examples of these are the food containers at the top of the kitchen shelf that you’ve never touched and will never probably be able to use. Other firearm safe storage places could be a hollow trophy or a wall shelf, an old violin case, inside a jacket pocket in your closet, an old boot, behind the window curtains or places that can be seen in plain sight but are not considered a usual place to hide a firearm.

Caring For Guns Prior To Storage

Remember that your guns are made of metal. With constant use and abuse, these could easily succumb to rusting. Instead of your family being protected when you needed it, a rusting gun may fail to work or end up hurting you instead. Prepper gun storage comes with being able to care for guns the right way. Here are some tips to keep your guns always in top condition.

  1. Clean guns from the inside out. Whenever your gun is used, gunpowder residue is released and this could accumulate inside your firearm. With its buildup inside your gun, this can be likened to dirt that seeps at the insides of your shoes. Just as dirt attracts unwanted bacteria and fungus in shoes, gunpowder attracts the formation of rust since this easily absorbs moisture from the air. Take note that there are many small movable parts inside your firearm and these can stick together with the presence of gunpowder.
  1. Grease is not always a good option. Steel metal windows may need constant lubrication for these to open and close easily and to prevent rusting. However, this rule is not always applicable when it comes to firearms. Many products which were specifically designed to prevent rusting in firearms are now available in the market and these only leave a protective film instead of grease.
  1. Keep guns away from moisture. The easiest way to render your gun useless is to keep this in a moist place. While keeping your gun in a movable tile in the bathroom or the kitchen sounds like a great idea, this is not doing any good for your ammo and guns. Keep your guns in a dry place and/or airtight containers.
  1. Periodically perform maintenance. Just because you have cleaned your guns before storing them is not enough reason for you to never clean them again. Even after applying a rust protective agent and keeping firearms in an ideal storage space, you still need to check these from time to time and take them apart for regular cleaning.

Additional Reminders

Take note that guns can be dangerous when used by the wrong people which includes children. For additional safe gun storage tips, keep your guns out of the sight and reach of your children until they come of age and are responsible enough to use one. If you choose to get a gun for the lady of the house to protect herself and the kids, teach her some of these tips too.

About The Author

Aaron Mulligan creates content for Gun Mate, Hunting Magazines as well as being a regular contributor for other hunting websites. His expertise has seen him camp alongside some of the greatest campers, trekkers and adventure seekers in the world – unfortunately he hasn’t cracked the Kokoda Trail. You can grab him on Google+ or via his current Twitter Profile: @Gun_Mate