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Monday Mania – 2.8.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: What Would It Take To Go Completely Off Grid, Evac Strategy: How To Create a Coordinated Bug Out Plan, Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority, In A Crisis, Your Paper Dollars Are Worthless: “Real Goods Are The Real Money”, & 9 More

Monday Mania – 2.8.2016

Yesterday there was a marathon of Alaska: The Last Frontier on the Discovery Channel. I have seen this show many times before but I found myself reflecting on what it is that the Kilcher’s do to get by in their day-to-day lives.

Seeing the skills and knowledge to survive in a challenging environment really had me reflecting on the importance and value of skills and knowledge. It really is number one on the list of importance when it comes to preparedness. If nothing else, prioritize learning about the basic skills that will keep you alive if there is a disaster.

Watching the show, I was actually reminded of a TV series that was on in 2008 and 2009 (If I remember correctly) called The Colony that was pretty interesting.

The show followed a group of ten people that are placed into a simulated post-apocalyptic setting where they are expected to not only survive, but rebuild their colony using their skills and knowledge along with whatever they are able to scavenge from the surrounding areas.

As an example, the season that I remember watching, they were able to get an old diesel tractor to run using the oil that they were able to get from rendering pig fat that they got from a few decomposing pigs they found. While the show is definitely designed to work as it does (casting, environment design, supplies, etc.), it was still very interesting to watch.

All that aside, I had a fairly busy work week. I spent the balance of my time hanging out with my family. There is really nothing exciting to report on that front. Just business as usual.

I hope that y’all have a great week!

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

What Would It Take to Go Completely Off Grid? – I can’t speak for everyone but I know that to me, the ability to live on a piece of property that I own, with complete freedom from others to get what I NEED, would be a dream come true. The points made here are very good items to consider when determining whether or not to homestead, whether on or off the grid.

Evac Strategy: How To Create a Coordinated Bug Out Plan – If you gotta go, it’s best to have a good plan. I especially like number one. Organization is key.

Preppers – Foot Care is a Top Priority – I will definitely stand behind this. If there is one thing that I learned in the military, it is to take care of your feet. Nothing is worse than trying to use your feet and, either wanting to quit every time you take a step or screaming out in pain every time you put weight on your feet.

In A Crisis, Your Paper Dollars Are Worthless: “Real Goods Are The Real Money” – I wholeheartedly believe this to be true. If things are bad enough, the only currency that will matter are the things that one person needs or wants in exchange for something the other person needs or wants.

Free Heating – How To Build a Solar Heater Using Aluminum Cans – This is a pretty cool idea.

Why to be a Prepper: 8 Realistic Threats you should be Ready For! – Boom! Drop the mike, walk away.

Understanding the Two is One, One is None Concept – We’ve all heard it. Here it is explained.

Bugging Out: Living in a Van or SUV – This isn’t going to work for my family! It might be a good concept for you though.

Preppers, a growing generation of ‘crazy’? – Here is a good look at what most preppers are; not what most people think of preppers.

How to put together your own bug out bag perimeter alarm kit… or how to sleep better at night when the “zombies” are on the move.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Border Patrol’s New Stand Down Policy: “We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether” – Nothing to worry about. It’s not like anyone that entered the country illegally has ever done any harm to an American, right?

In Case You Missed It: Obama Just Proposed Raising the Federal Gas Tax 136% – That’s what we need, more taxes!

Shocking! Judge Tazes Man in Court Because He “Continued To Speak When Ordered To Stop” – This will improve your faith in the justice system (read with a sarcastic tone of course).

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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 Monday Mania.

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Monday Mania – 8.17.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Top 3 Threats To All Preppers, Is Being Prepared Expensive?, Prepper Questions I Can’t Answer, Getting Them Prepared-Helping The Helpless Emergency Binder, 4 Tips To Help Quit Soda, and 3 More.

Monday Mania

First of all, I want to start by saying that I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read the words I share here on my site. It is a great honor for me to try to help anyone that I can. If there is something I can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was a blur for me. I spent most of my time just trying to take care of the usual, every day activities in my life. While most everything was routine, I was pretty stoked about one thing. The highlight of my week was getting a chance to play drums with my band at a pretty good sized event. We play classic rock and some oldie’s and with four guys who are mostly out of our prime, it was a blast!

I am really pleased with the WaterBOB that I ordered. It was exactly what I expected. I know that it will be there and function properly if something happens and we really need those extra 100 gallons of water. It is a great form of insurance. I pay thousands of dollars a year in different forms of insurance and yet $23 for the WaterBOB seems like a better value for my money compared to all the insurance I pay for.

The essential oil diffuser that I got is also something that I have been very happy with. I don’t know if the diffused oils have directly impacted my pain at all but I do know that it has been very calming which reduces my stress that in turn helps prevent pain flare-ups. So far, my favorite has been the doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil followed by the doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil.

Lastly, I will be having surgery tomorrow on my right shoulder to get things cleaned up and if you feel so inclined, I would appreciate any prayers or well wishes that you want to send my way.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Top 3 Threats To All Preppers – There are a lot of threats in the world. As preppers, we tend to identify the threats we face fairly well. While maybe not the top three threats to everyone, these threats warrant some consideration for sure.

Is Being Prepared Expensive? – The answer to this is of course, yes and no. I go into further depth in my latest article for Personal Liberty Digest.

Prepper Questions I Can’t Answer – This is a great article from Jim Cobb over at Survival Weekly. Jim discusses some of the common questions preppers ask, but each of us will have a different answer to each one. Check out his insight and see what you think.

Getting Them Prepared-Helping The Helpless Emergency Binder – I have heard and read plenty about the idea of an emergency binder but this is a new take for me. An emergency binder to me was always somewhere where a prepper kept important information together. Dale and Lisa over at Survivalist Prepper put together this great article and podcast about putting together an emergency binder for those in your life who don’t see the importance of being prepared.

4 Tips To Help Quit Soda – This is near and dear to me because it is something that I have struggled with in the past and continue to struggle with (although not as bad as I did before). You may wonder how this pertains to preparedness. I think that being in better health would be ideal if things go bad as well as the fact that soda won’t be available if a long-term disaster occurs.

Going Off The Grid-How To Make Your Home Self-Sufficient – It is my dream to one day live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. This article covers some key areas and the options available to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Southwestern Cities Forced Onto “90-Day Supply Of Water” After Toxic EPA Spill Contaminates Entire River – Just in case you need even more proof that keeping water on hand as well as a way to get more clean drinking water is a good idea.

More madness in the world:

Sweden’s Response To Violent Migrants: Stop Selling Knives, And Protect Immigrants From ‘Backlash’ – The United States is a few decades behind our friends in Europe. This should scare you because it is only a matter of time until we experience the same things unless we make a change.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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.

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 – 7.26.2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Enhancing Situational Awareness, Dacha Farms, Powerless Laundry, What Happens After TEOTWAWKI, Firearms Production, Pros & Cons Of Being Suburban Prepper, Are You Living An Outsourced Life? plus 4 More.

Survival Sunday

This week has been fairly routine for me. I am pleased to have my family back with me under the same roof. Their absence over the last two weeks got me thinking about how things would be if we were to be separated when a disaster hit. Honestly, the thought is terrifying to me but it is a reality that should be contemplated. If that were the case, I just hope that I am the one in hardship and not them.

I don’t have any significant accomplishments to report this week in terms of being better prepared for the unexpected. I wish this were not the case but the reality is that whether it is due to time, finances, lack of opportunity, or even something that my wife and I don’t agree on, not every week will result in being more prepared than the previous week.

I almost forgot, I saw the Minions movie with my wife and sons. I love those guys!

Survival

Here’s what I managed to find this week:

5 Ways To Enhance Your Situational Awareness – The term “situational awareness” is a buzzword in the preparedness arena and as such, tends to be written off sometimes. Regardless, a tenet to surviving is the ability to tune in to what is happening around you.

How The “Dacha Farms” Made Russia Self-Sufficient – What would the United States be like if the majority of our food was grown within our own borders? These farms in Russia have the capacity to provide greater than half of the food in the country, an impressive feat. Come to think of it, maybe the better question to ask would be something along the lines of, what would it look like if the food grown in the United States was consumed by the people in the United States?

Which Powerless Laundry System Is Best? – Deployed to Iraq three separate times, I have a little experience with powerless laundry. This article covers the topic fairly well. I will say this much, if you are doing laundry by hand you are going to have clothing that looks dirtier than what you are used to. It will just be your new reality.

What Happens After The End Of TEOTWAWKI? – What would we do if the things fell apart and we were forced to rebuild the country from the ground up? There are many who speculate that, at the rate we are going, the United States may find out sooner instead of later.

Firearms Production Has More Than Doubled Since Obama Took Office – This is not a surprise to me at all but it does say something about how people are feeling about the current climate of America.

The Pros & Cons Of Being A Suburban Prepper – There are several key points that demand consideration in this article. Even if you don’t live in a suburban or urban area, it is worth contemplating what types of situations would keep you where you are and what might be the decision point to bug out.

Are You Living An Outsourced Life? – When I read this, I found myself thinking back to my own life and I was surprised at how much has changed in just the last three decades that I have been alive.

Is there a good solution for the ever-growing national debt in America? Former U.S. Senator from the State of Oklahoma discusses the debt and a potential plan of action (which I happen to like) in a USA Today OpEd titled, ‘Tom Coburn: A deficit of debt discussion‘.

More madness in the world:

Seattle’s Nanny State Is “Deputizing Trashmen As Secret Police” To Snoop Through Wastebins – It seems as though the Emerald City has taken it upon itself to ensure that anything that can be composted, is. This is from City of Seattle Ordinances #121372, 124313, & 124582 along with Director’s Rule SW-402.1. F.Y.I. Seattle…unless you’re growing a giant garden, compostable items are going to break down in a compost pile or the landfill just the same.

Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment – Excuse me? ‘Cause there are not other countries who actually did remove this right from it’s citizens and still have mass murders, right?

Former U.S. General Calls For Rounding Up & Interning “Radicalized” & “Disloyal” Americans – General (Ret.) Wesley Clark thinks it might be a good idea to put people in internment camps like it is World War II. Just be careful what you say around this guy!

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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.

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 – 7/5/2015

In this weeks edition of Survival Sunday: Living In Your Car, Staying Cool w/o Power, Prep For A Power Outage, Traveling As A Prepper, Civil Asset Forfeiture, Gabion Walls, and 4 More.

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

I don’t have a lot to report week. As July has arrived I am not sure where all the time has gone this year. I didn’t really do a whole lot in the way of preparedness this week. It seems like I probably spent a little too much time being a bit dismayed about the direction that things are going in the country right now. Honestly, it has me thinking long and hard about where I want to settle down for the long term. I have more to say about all of that but I will save it for later this week.

Other than that, I found a few things that I thought I would pass along. Also, I hope that you all had a great Independence Day. Even with everything going on in the United States, there is no place I would rather be.

Here are my favorite finds this week:

12 Tips For Living Out Of Your Car – From where to park to dealing with storage, these 12 tips could be useful if you find yourself living out of your car. I also think that some of them could be useful if you were homeless. These tips would hopefully never be needed but are good to know just in case.

20 Ways To Stay Cool Without Power – This is timely advice as we start off into the month of July. Some of these ideas I have experience with but there were a few that I will add to my repertoire  for future use if the need arises.

How To Prep For A Summer Power Outage – There is a wealth of information here on dealing with the summer heat without power. All of the information is good but I especially liked the section about how to deal with food and what can or cannot be kept.

30 Items Every Prepper Should Carry When Traveling – I have often thought about what I would do if I traveled more. I dislike being away from my home base for a multitude of reasons but the multitude of restrictions while traveling is one of the big ones. These may not all fit into your travel plans but anything you can fit in might be a good addition.

An Illustrated Guide To Civil Asset Forfeiture – Interesting, concerning, fairly accurate, and while not necessarily related to preparedness, it is something to ponder when planning to save cash or have it on hand.

Gabon Walls For Form And Function – This is a great technique for building stout barriers around your property. They are very similar to Hesco barriers and could be filled with a variety of materials including those that can be scavenged like old bricks, etc.

Seven Secrets Of Dutch Oven Cooking – Using a dutch oven to cook may be the perfect solution during a long term power outage, while camping, etc. There is some great information here about getting your dutch oven ready and how to cook in it.

Installing Your Own Small, Remote Off-Grid Solar System – A great primer on putting together a small solar system as a back-up or independent energy system.

To wrap things up I found a couple of ways to pick up some cash:

Start A Post-Construction Cleaning Business

10 Ways To Make Money On Your Land

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

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.

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.

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!