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Monday Mania – 8.10.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome, Prepping w/ Contacts or Glasses, 10 Everyday Items That Will Be Missed When The SHTF (With Substitutes!), Greece Reverts To Barter Economy, Grants To Start A Farm, and 8 more.

Monday Mania

I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to Thomas for his feedback on my regular Survival Sunday posts. He brought up a great point that, because of my posting schedule and how email subscribers get their notification, it is often Monday before most people get their update. Long story short, I am going to try out Monday Mania instead of Survival Sunday and see if it fits my schedule a little better.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Last week was chock full of medical appointments and meetings so I don’t really feel like I got much of anything done. We did dodge a bullet when Hurricane Guillermo broke up and was downgraded to a tropical storm but now we are facing the incoming Hurricane Hilda that is predicted to be downgraded further (currently a category 2 hurricane) but did reach category 4 hurricane status Saturday night.

My latest Amazon.com shipment came in that had my new WaterBOB in it along with a diffuser for essential oils to assist in treating my chronic pain. As far as I am concerned the WaterBOB is an absolute must for any home that has a bathtub. I am anxious to see if the diffuser makes a big difference or not. I am hopeful.

Lastly, I am always proud of my children but I was especially proud of my oldest son this last week. Even with some of the struggles he has had this year, he tried out for his school’s bowling team and made the cut. I am looking forward to getting a chance to watch him compete this season. As a bonus, if things fall apart we can use my son’s bowling balls to shoot out of a bowling ball mortar. I just need to convince my wife that I need to build a bowling ball mortar.

Here are this week’s discoveries:

Avoid Stray Cat Syndrome – I wasn’t sure what to expect of this article based on the title but I am glad that I took the time to read it. If things go bad, you have to take things like ‘stray cat syndrome’ into consideration when making decisions.

Preparedness For People With Contacts Or Glasses – Wearing any type of corrective lenses, regardless of the reason for doing so, makes emergency preparedness more complicated. Being prepared is more than just having extra contact lenses though. Make sure you have all that you need.

10 Everyday Items I Will Miss When The SHTF – If things ever fell apart I think there would be things that we all would miss. This is especially true considering all of the technology that we have become dependent upon. While everyone’s list will be different, the think I like about Lisa’s list is the fact that she identified the closest replacement for each one following a SHTF scenario.

Total Collapse: Greece Reverts To Barter Economy For First Time Since Nazi Occupation – It’s the natural transition when the economy falls apart but that does not mean that a barter economy is ideal. But since Greece is living that reality right now, we might as well learn from it.

Government Grants For Starting A Farm – Here is a list of a few resources that can be used to find financial assistance to get starting in farming. I took a look through some of them and there is some great information to be found.

Treating An Animal Bite – Animal bites can be nasty injuries. With the amount of bacteria in an animals mouth, infection can easily set into a bite. Check out this step-by-step guide by Dr. Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones on how to properly treat an animal bite.

OPSEC & The Dangers Of People You Thought Were Like-Minded – Don’t take everything at face value and closely consider the claims of other. Always remember to do your due diligence.

More madness in the world:

Do You Qualify As A Domestic Terrorist?

Louis Farrakhan: If The Federal Government Does Not Intercede, Then ‘We Must Rise Up And Kill Those Who Kill Us’ – Farrakhan, a Barrack Hussein Obama ally, decided that the answer to the blood that has been spilled of blacks on America’s streets is to kill more people. I guess he takes that eye for an eye thing in the Bible pretty seriously. Oh wait! He’s a muslim…isn’t that supposed to be the religion of peace?

In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry For Lions – Finally a reasonable perspective on the killing of Cecil the lion.

California City Council Meeting Erupts After Two Illegal Immigrants Are Appointed to Commissions – I erupted in my chair from across the country. This is absurd.

Death By Pain Reliever – For those who believe that because a medication is “safe” because it is sold over the counter, it is not. A recent report by the FDA even warns users of NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) like Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc. that these medications and others like them could quickly increase your risk of death from their use.

The Seattle business owner who promised all employees a $70,000 ‘minimum wage’ is now fighting to stay afloat. Who would have ever thought that paying everyone across a company regardless of position or responsibility would lead to any sort of problems?

What is it with the folks up in Seattle? I think there has been something ridiculous in the news that comes out of Seattle just about every week!

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.

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Preparing Your Child For Emergencies

Preparing Your Child for Emergencies

One of the hardest things to talk about with our children is what to do if there is an emergency. We don’t want to scare our kids, but we want to make sure they are prepared in case something happens such as a fire, natural disaster, or in this day and age, a terrorist attack. One way to make it fun and easy for a child to participate in emergency planning is to make it fun for them. FEMA has a lot of free resources for disaster planning that are made specifically for children. Don’t know where to start for your family’s emergency preparedness? We’ve gathered some tips to help you and your children get started!

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Make a Plan 

Tip #1 is to make a emergency plan for what to do if there is an emergency of any kind. Children need to know that their family has rules set in place for them to follow if there is danger. First, pick a designated adult to contact in case of emergency. Things will be less hectic if one person is the go to for calls or text messages in case of emergency. Next, choose a fire escape plan for your home or apartment. Make sure you have two exits for each room and designate a meeting place outside and away from any dangers (roads, water sources, woods). For example, a specific tree in your back yard, maybe even a neighbors house if they live next to you. For emergencies when not at home, pick a location where everyone can meet, like a park or school.

Memorize Useful Information 

Tip #2 is to have your child memorize key pieces of information in case of emergency. Their name, address, phone number, and birthday are essential to know if your child needs to ask for help. Parents names are also important, however if your child is too young to remember this information, make sure it is written down on a card and kept in your child’s backpack at all times. Teach your child to carry their backpack in an emergency and the information will always be safe and ready at hand.

Pack Your Child With Essentials 

Tip #3 is to begin your child with a small readiness pack to carry with them in case they need it. Things to pack could include a small first aid kit with bandages and antiseptic ointment (get permission from school nurse), reflective material, emergency whistle, small flashlight, water bottle, protein snack and small comforts like candy or a stuffed animal. These things will help your child should an emergency arise at school and you are separated from them.

Emergencies At Home 

Tip #4 is to make an emergency response kit for your household to keep at home. This should include emergency food rations, water, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, eating utensils, paper plates, whistle, can opener, blankets, hand-crank radio, first aid kit, and baby supplies if needed.

Practice Brings Progress 

Tip #5 is practice, practice, practice. Having a plan for emergencies will not help your family unless you practice those skills into your child’s memory. Practicing can also be a fun way of letting your child show you how much they have learned!

It’s All In The Family 

Tip #6 is to allow your child to be an advocate for emergency planning. Encourage them to talk to their neighbors, friends, extended family, church members, little league team and just about anyone else about the plan they helped create for the family. It will assist your child with retaining the information and spread the word about emergency preparedness planning in a cute and positive way.

Now that you have some ideas, start implementing! In no time you could have your children ready in the face of danger, emergencies, or disasters. Being prepared will allow your family to enjoy their lives to the fullest and worry less about what could happen.

This article was a guest submission from Lee Flynn who is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.

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.

Get Ahead of the Coming Storm

The following article is a guest submission from Carlee about getting prepared for a Hurricane, a timely submission based on the fact that I spent some time last week ensuring that I was prepared for this very type of event.

Get Ahead of the Coming Storm

Years ago hurricanes were storms that only the Deep South had to worry about. Not anymore. Whether or not you believe global warming is real or a political ruse, the fact is the ocean temperatures are increasing. The eastern seaboard and the gulf coast are particularly vulnerable. But with warmer oceans, the threat for damaging hurricanes extends all the way into the Northeast, where places like Vermont have suffered extreme flooding.

Add to the mix the growing population along the coasts and, as we’ve witnessed in recent years, you’ve got a recipe for disaster. I went down to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina to help with cleanup and witness firsthand the destructive power of a hurricane. To put it mildly, I was awestruck by the devastation. It showed me that natural disasters are nothing to take lightly.

But we can prepare for these storms and ‘weather’ them successfully if we prepare ourselves ahead of time. As preppers, we should never allow ourselves to be caught unaware when Mother Nature throws one of her tantrums. Like any adversarial condition we may face, we should learn about hurricanes now so that if we find ourselves in the path of one, we won’t be unprepared.

Plan Ahead

Make your preparations a family affair. Sit everyone down ahead of time and make sure everyone’s involved. Prepare your plans and make sure everyone understands what to do. Even give your children responsibilities, with the proper oversight. You usually only have a few days at the most to know that a hurricane is barreling down on you, so get organized ahead of time.

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Know where your local evacuation routes are located and where local storm shelters are. If you evacuate and have young children, make sure they carry identification and contact information. Have an out of state relative or close friend act as a contact person for everyone in the family in the event you get separated and can’t contact each other locally.

Make sure the needs of elderly friends and family will be taken care of. If necessary, register family members with special medical needs at the local shelter ahead of time. Don’t forget about the needs of your pets as well.

Cash

Make sure you have plenty of cold, hard cash on hand. Most likely the power will be down, which means many stores, gas stations, etc. won’t be taking debit or credit cards.

Food and Water

The American Red Cross suggests you keep at least three days’ worth of water and nonperishable food on hand. After my experience with Katrina in Mississippi I would err on the side of caution and suggest increasing your supply of food and water to at least a week. Nonperishable food will keep for some time, so if you don’t need it immediately it will get used eventually.

Supplies

Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio, preferably battery or wind up (self-powered). If you take medications, make sure you have at least a week’s worth on hand. Keep a well-stocked first aid kit on hand.

Gas up your car and fill up any spare gas containers you have. If you have a portable generator make sure you are familiar with its safe operation.

Prepare the Exterior

Bring inside anything that can be picked up by the wind. This includes lawn furniture, decorations, planters, and the like. If you have shade awnings and don’t want to see them turned into sails, fold them down securely or put them away as well.

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If you pay attention to the veterans of hurricanes, you’ll notice they have pre-cut and labeled plywood pieces ready for quick window covering. Use ¾ inch exterior grade plywood, not OSB, at a minimum. It’s amazing what a projectile pushed by 100 mph winds can do to a house.

Powered Necessities

Make sure that anything that can hold a charge is fully powered. The first thing that comes to mind is likely your cell phone. But also make sure other devices are charged as well. This includes things you might not think of as important, such as a power drill or electric razor. Keep in mind that you can’t be over prepared.

Also important—turn your refrigerator and freezer down to the coldest settings and avoid opening them unless absolutely necessary to ensure that your food will last longer if the power does go out. And pack them full if possible. An empty freezer warms faster than one full of frozen items. If you have room, freeze water containers.

Power Down

Make sure you unplug your small appliances, computers, and other electronics. Turn off propane tanks. If you are evacuating and think your house faces a good chance of suffering damage, turn off the water and natural gas at your own discretion.

Stay Inside

If you are going to ride out the storm, stay inside. If the storm suddenly lets up and everything looks calm, don’t venture out. You are likely in the eye of the storm, and the dangerous winds will be returning soon. Even if you are not taking a direct hit from the storm, keep in mind that dangerous winds along with lightning and tornados can be present anywhere in the storm.

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

Paracord Bracelets: Survival Near the Palm of Your Hand

When it comes to survival, there’s no such thing as “too much rope.” Need a shelter built? You’d better have a rope handy. Want to secure your food against scrounging wildlife? A little bit of rope might mean the difference between having supplies to eat, and having something eat all of your supplies. Need to bind up a broken limb or build a makeshift litter in which to drag an injured companion? You guessed it; without rope, you’re going to have a pretty difficult time (trust me, duct tape doesn’t work nearly as well as some people would have you believe).

Rope is a key ingredient in a hundred different emergency survival solutions, and as such, it’s always a good idea to keep plenty of strong rope on hand as part of any emergency kit. Of course, there’s a downside as well: rope, even when it’s bunched up into coils, can still take up valuable space, and unless you want to be carrying around an entire extra pack full of rope the next time you head out into the wilderness, you’re going to want to find a better way to pack and carry it. Well, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Or rather, paracord has got you covered, and by that of course we mean that you should cover yourself in paracord.

Paracord is a light, thin nylon kernmantle rope that can generally hold up to 550 lbs without fraying or breaking. As you may have gathered from the name, It was originally designed to be used in parachuting during World War II. However, soldiers quickly learned that the rope itself was good for more than just allowing them to hang safely from canvas tarps as they descended gracefully from the sky. Once they were back on solid ground, they found that it actually came in handy in other situations as well. When a bootlace would break, paracord could easily fill in as makeshift replacement. When cargo needed to be secured on the go, paracord proved to be as durable as anything this side of steel cable. So, it’s no wonder that well over half a century after it’s initial introduction, paracord is still being used by hikers, campers, and survival enthusiasts around the world. Of course, most of them aren’t taking the paracord off of parachutes; instead, they’re finding other ways to keep paracord on their persons, in the form of belts and bracelets.

In addition to its strength, paracord is so thin that it can easily be weaved into a variety of intricate shapes and patterns, such as braids. Doing so allows the paracord to take up less space. This means that by turning a length of paracord into a belt, a necklace, or even a bracelet, a survivalist (or anyone else for that matter) could easily carry as much rope as they could ever need, without having to worry about how to pack it all. When properly woven, 50-100 feet of rope can be turned into a fashion accessory that could potentially save your life. A paracord survival bracelet can be easily unwound at a moment’s notice, and the rope itself can be be cut to varying lengths, or unraveled to produce even thinner strands that can be used for everything from floss, to fishing line, to suture thread.

Perhaps best of all, you don’t even need to be particularly crafty to create your own paracord bracelet; just buy a length of paracord and follow the instructions in the video linked to above.

Easy right? Once you’ve got your paracord bracelet, you’ll feel as though you’ve got the dangers of nature wrapped around your little finger (or around your wrist, or whatever). If only other emergency supplies were this easy to carry around. Of course, wearing a belt made from road flares would probably present its own unique issues, so maybe we should just stick with the paracord for now.

About The Author – Lee Flynn is a freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage.