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Monday Mania – 2.15.2016

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: How to Make a Solar Generator, 5 Things Everyone Can Learn From The U.S. Army Survival Manual, Survival Caches: The Ultimate Back-Up Plan, 5 Essential Emergency Protocols For Family Members Who Are Apart, 6 & More

Monday Mania – 2.15.2016

It’s looking like a good week is ahead for me (crossing my fingers). With the President’s Day holiday today, I am looking at only having to work four days which will be nice. I also got to spend more time with my family because of the three day weekend. I’ll take what I can get.

I hope that y’all have a great week!


How to Make a Solar Generator – While putting together a solar energy system will cost you some money, the ability to produce energy almost anywhere you go, at any time is invaluable.

5 Things Everyone Can Learn From The U.S. Army Survival Manual – I wrote this article for Personal Liberty to share some of the many things that we can all learn from the U.S. Army Survival Manual. While there are 5 things listed here, that hardly scratches the surface.

If you are interested in buying a copy of the U.S. Army Survival Manual for your preparedness library, please consider supporting my friends at Black River Outpost and buy your copy here.

Survival Caches: The Ultimate Back-Up Plan – To be honest, because of the nature of my work, I do not have any caches in place anywhere. If things change will I start stashing things? I couldn’t tell you for sure. I will probably always have some apprehension about taking anything that my life may depend on and burying it in the ground. But, what is the point of a cache? To take supplies that may save your life and bury them in the ground or hide them elsewhere. Only time will tell.

5 Essential Emergency Protocols For Family Members Who Are Apart – There is probably not enough that could be said about the importance of communication…especially during an emergency.

The Whole Thing is About To Come Unhinged: 6 Ways To Prepare For the Next Collapse – Are we really that close? Some of the signs are there and no shortage exists when it comes to things to be concerned over.

What Guns? What Gold? Prepper Tips On “Hiding Your Guns in Plain Sight” – With an election scheduled, this is timely.


John McCain Joins Call To Register Women For The Draft – This is not really about a “draft” but the selective service. As a male who, in order to follow the letter of the law (whether you agree or not), registered for the selective service, I don’t think this thought process is far off at all.

That said, with the calls for the equal treatment of all women it does not seem to be unreasonable at all. After all, if a women can do everything I can do, and deserve to be treated the same as me, then it is not unreasonable to ask for a female to fill out piece of paper…just like I had to.

This is my opinion after having served alongside my brothers and sisters-in-arms in the Army for well over a decade.

On the other side of the coin (which I actually like better), there is a bi-partisan group of lawmakers that would like to scrap the draft system all together. This is probably the best idea. Why continue to spend $23,000,000 a year for a system that is not likely to be used. If we reach a point where a draft is needed, we can just start it up like it was done before.


National Sheriff of the Year Pleads Guilty, Rats out Deputies, Exposing Rampant Police Corruption in LA


Are Americans too insouciant to survive? – I can admit, I had to look up what insouciant meant. It happens to mean:

showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent

synonyms: nonchalant, untroubled, unworried, unruffled, unconcerned, indifferent, heedless, careless

Some of this may have some sound theory behind it but I do know this, a vote for Hillary Clinton OR Bernie Sanders is a vote for the death penalty for America.

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.

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BBQ’s, Fireworks, & Baseball

I know, what an odd title for an article on a preparedness blog but I promise I will make it relate. (Bonus fact – I love BBQ, fireworks, and baseball.) Most of the country is preparing for the big celebration next week by readying parades, festivals, and all the security measures that go along with them. It is such a weird time in America right now when there has been such a seismic shift in the militarization of the police forces, the way we look at the risk of terrorism, and perhaps even the way we look at each other. I feel like what used to be ok, no longer is and what was once incomprehensible has become quite popular.

I truly believe that we still live in the greatest country in the world. I know that there are many parameters that the government likes to highlight as areas where we are failing; education and healthcare as examples. While this is very true in some regards, we still have more freedom (at least those freedoms that matter in my opinion) than anywhere else you can go in the world. (I don’t believe that freedom has anything to do with the government providing clean needles for drug users as an example.) We can still for the most part, say what we want, own firearms, do what we want, live where we want, and own what kind of car or house we desire. It is apparent that based on recent government activity that some of these liberties may be eroding.

For me, this makes it vital that steps are taken now, while they are still legal and items are still available, to secure my family’s and my future. This means a lot of things. It means getting out of debt, finding a place to call home that I own, storing up food and water, obtaining the tools necessary to survive on my own, and most of all, learning and sharing skills with others to be ready for difficult times. All to the best of my ability.

Now I guess I better bring things back around to my article title. We are officially a week away from the annual celebration of our country’s independence and that can only mean a couple of things: bbq’s, fireworks, baseball, and Black River Outpost’s 4th of July sale. My friends over at Black River Outpost have not only put a bunch of their items on sale but they have also made shipping FREE on all orders from now until Friday, July 4th. This provides a prime opportunity to make a shift towards personal independence in your personal lives at a great savings. I hate to make this post sound like a commercial but I am absolutely concerned about the ways things are going and the opportunity to secure the items we need for survival NOW is the only way to ensure you have them when they are needed. There are a number of items that can help you accomplish your survival goals at Black River Outpost and it would be a shame to miss out on the discounted prices AND free shipping (this can be a huge savings). Check out the Black River Outpost 4th of July sale here.

Cache Me If You Can!

A popular tactic for storing survival and preparedness items is to bury them in a cache. The term cache (which is pronounced ‘cash’ by the way) comes from the French term cacher which literally means to conceal or to hide. Contrary to the popular opinion, a cache does not have to be buried in the ground. There is plenty of history behind the cache but typically it was explorers, fur trappers, and mountain men who would use caches to preposition supplies or stash their furs for periods of time. From the survival perspective, a cache can be used to position supplies at a retreat, along a bug-out route, or even to keep supplies on your property without them being easily found or accessed. Often times, a survival cache will be placed covertly in an area like a National Park or some sort of public land.

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There are a number of theories on what the best technique for caching items is but I thought the best source of information would be those with some experience. I know a specific group of men who are spectacular at places caches, the United States Army Special Forces, commonly known as the Green Berets. The Army Special Forces even have specific guidelines spelled out in the US Army Special Forces Caching Techniques training circular. [ddownload id=”5746″] it now.

The Special Forces training circular covers all aspects of caching and considerations that go into it over the course of 25 pages. The three sections that are covered include:

Caching Considerations

-Planning     -Concealment     -Site Selection     -Soil Types


-Determination Factors for Packaging     -Steps in Packaging     -Wrapping Materials     -Containers

Methods of Emplacement

-Burial     -Equipment     -Emplacement Site Considerations     -Submersion

-Special Considerations For Specific Types of Equipment

The single greatest thing about this training circular is the fact that the entire range of caching possibilities is covered. Once you read this information you will have the tools that are needed to cache items underground, in the water, and covers all the angles involved in caching. There is even a 12-Point Cache Report.

Don’t forget to print off a copy for your survival library. Leave a comment if you have something you would like to contribute and feel inclined to do so!