Close the main supply valve feeding your house as soon as the public water system is compromised.
In our time of plentiful and cheap drinking water available at every faucet, it is easy to forget how precious this simple liquid is in our lives.
Homemade weapons have a very important place in history and as we see today, our current world has not overlooked this concept.
Someone commented on another blog about the protests that they didn’t see anyone sitting around Ala Occupy Wall Street playing the drums. I don’t know what was bolted on to the end of this, but those spikes would make this club deadly if it contacted with your head. As I have been reading through the Patriots book, I have been thinking about bugging out, and overnight survival. I started doing some searches for different survival methods when you are traveling by foot.
One such article is by a website called Backpacking Technology, where they detail how to build a debris hutt for overnight survival. If you are lucky enough to have a tarp or even a scrap piece of plastic bag, while bugging out on, there are many different shelters that you can back, detailed by Its Tactical, a simple A-Frame tent made out of plastic bags or tarp may be effective.
Another great shelter that you could make is a shelter that is one-sided to prevent wind or rain from hitting you too much, this type of shelter would be called a lean-to.
First, I commend you for at least considering OPTIONS, but I would be concerned for your survial over any contracted period of time.
I totally agree that Sanitation is a big deal, with no running water available, there is a whole plethora of issues that can pop-up. I had heard The Patriot Nurse say that the population and occurance of lice on people will explode in a grid down situation.
Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I often get called a "Renaissance Man" by the people that know me because I am always taking on some challange that most other people would "call a specialist" for. My formal training has revolved around Information Technology, I have been awarded a AAS degree in Network Administration and also a BAS degree in Organizational Administration.
Our first greenhouse was entirely plastic, a snazzy do-it-yourself kit Darren ordered online for about $1,600. Although he later called it a “toy”, Darren built a foundation for the 8’ by 12’ greenhouse and filled the north wall with black 55-gallon barrels to retain heat. Rather than building a stand-alone greenhouse of plastic, you can have a sturdier, less-expensive and warmer greenhouse of real wood, metal and glass by attaching it to a south-facing wall of your home or other building. Using some scrap material, old sliding glass doors and windows, and as few purchased supplies as possible (cinder blocks, wire cloth, 2x4s and roof tin), we built such a greenhouse last fall for about $400.
So far, these no-cost methods have kept the greenhouse at a perfect temperature for spinach, lettuce, kale, mustard greens, radishes and bok choy. Once the ground was smooth and level, we built a foundation of cinder blocks topped with 5-inch x 5-inch beams. To keep out moles and other dirt-digging rodents, Darren “sewed” together two pieces of quarter-inch hardware cloth by weaving a wire along the edges of two pieces. We added plastic (oops, there’s that word again) landscape edging along the inside of the foundation at soil level, but only because the edging was given to us and will help keep wet soil away from the lumber. We carted home our used sliding glass patio doors from a junk shop for $10 each and $5 for a window, although I have heard of people just giving them away.
Our used patio doors are about 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall, the perfect size for three along the south face and one on the west. An old 70-gallon stock tank we found for $20 in the local thrift store sits under a downspout where, in winter, it stays full of nutritious rainwater. Our first glass greenhouse here, a lean-to Darren built along his shop in late 2011, supplied us with delicious, organic greens from mid-December until May.
Even if you hire someone for the actual construction project, round up some used windows or doors for a real greenhouse.
The best part of projects like this for us is being able to do all if it ourselves, keep recycled building materials out of landfills and put ourselves another leap toward self-reliance. A STEP-BY-STEP, DON’T-OVERLOOK-ANYTHING WORKBOOK OF DIY PROJECTS THAT PREPARE HOME AND FAMILY FOR ANY LIFE-THREATENING CATASTROPHEThe preparation you make for a hurricane, earthquake or other short-term disaster will not keep you alive in the event of widespread social collapse caused by pandemic, failure of the grid or other long-term crises. Over on the Urban Survival Site there is a list of 50 survival items that are often overlooked.


As another example, I have water bottles with an integrated filter so I can dip water out of a roadside ditch and safely drink it. If you live in the urban jungle and a hurricane or Nor’Easter is bearing down, you might be wise to leave well ahead of time.
This is the flip side of the previous point — you might live in a relatively secure rural location and your primary strategy is to hunker down in the event of some sort of disaster. The previous point illustrates a principle that should apply in all aspects of preparation — contingency planning.
This comes from yet another obsession; this one about OPSEC, or Operational Security, which is being extremely secretive about your emergency planning.
It’s WEIRD when people capitalize random WORDS in their SENTENCE as if to emphasize what THEY are saying. Good reply and most of us can figure out why you (and many others) use caps to EMPHASIZE certain words since no-one can hear our voices as we type.
He made a statement you didn’t like, so you focused on an off-topic point to divert the subject. Also lets add to start with practical fundamental preps and work yourself in a circle out of those once established. And I see these guys plunging into this with no plan of action or sense of practical application. Do any of you have any idea how far into the gas tank you have to go before you start sucking gas? THINK what will happen with all those non-working mouths to feed when they can’t get any food!!! One of the more interesting aspects to me of this historical event were the protests and how civilians, armed mostly with homemade weapons poured into Maidan Square to battle the Ukrainian army and brought about the eventual overthrow of President Yanukovych. I do remember some violence, but if you are looking to overthrow a government, expect to get a little bloody. The nails were surely responsible for removing the flesh of anyone who was unlucky enough to come in contact with this weapon.
This is also something that could come in handy should you need to improvise weapons due to a confiscation or if you find yourself in a situation where a big club with nails gets you too close to the action.
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The concept of building a debris hutt seems like a great idea, especially if you are going to be stuck in the same place for quite a while, and need to be able to take shelter from the elements, cold weather. The idea of this blog post was to aggregate some information that I came across today that I found interesting. I also attended a two year Bible school in Plymouth, Minnesota where I was awarded a Certificate of Theology. He eagerly awaited the day the UPS truck showed up with the soon-to-be mega-veggie-growing house. All winter long, it provided more than enough greens for our heaping, twice-daily salads, and cost a fraction of that plastic model.
Attaching it to the house, we used less materials and the greenhouse needs no artificial heat.
We banked the blocks on both sides with some of the excavated clay to keep them in place during construction. The wire-cloth base may not be necessary in all parts of the world, but, here it is absolutely the difference between us crunching on spinach or crying over our empty salad bowls. Darren put on the tin roof while I painted the interior walls glacier white, snow-blinding bright.
The east side has a homemade wooden door and another used window, about 3-feet wide and 6-feet tall. By the time it got too hot in the greenhouse to grow food, our raised beds outside started producing.  So, the greenhouse became a large and super-efficient compost bin. A former newspaper editor and reporter, Holliday blogs for Mother Earth News, sharing her skills in modern homesteading, organic gardening and human-powered devices. Government pamphlets and other prepping books tell you how to hold out through an emergency until services are restored.
Scan through the groups of blogs to see the newest posts on prepping, survival, and homesteading.
With that exception, the first step in preparing for emergencies is not to quit your job, sell the house, and move to Utah. The first thing you need to do is prepare for likely emergencies.


The most common risk is interruption of public utilities by any number of natural causes, so prepare to eat, drink, shelter yourself, and administer first aid for at least two weeks before you start digging that fallout shelter.
I do product reviews, so I have a lot of gear lying around, most of which adds some measure of convenience, but very little of it is truly essential.
But before I ever owned one of those, I knew how to make a filter with moss, grass, a shirt sleeve, and homemade charcoal.
By all means, be wise about sharing your plans, but no man is an island — you need a support and communications network.
Everybody knows I prep, and a good many people know some of my stock locations, but almost no one knows even half of them, or what is there. Or at the very least, makes people think they are better conveying an assertion, when in reality they are making their paragraph annoying to read.
The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced. Like a kid at Christmas, Darren ran out to help the delivery man with the boxes, thinking they’d weigh a ton. The temperature in our part of the Missouri Ozarks rarely gets below 0, but, on really cold nights, we set the pail of woodstove ashes in the greenhouse for extra warmth. I’ve heard, too, that a few candles will produce enough heat to keep the tender plants from freezing, although we haven’t needed to try that trick. I thought we’d keep the excavated dirt for greenhouse soil, but it was mainly clay and rock, so was used elsewhere. With a roof overhead, we headed to the woods with a wheelbarrow for topsoil, which we mixed with some of last year’s compost.
The old porch window opening is now a very handy, narrow doorway leading from the porch into the greenhouse with only a scruffy wool blanket as a door. We also lined the wall behind the shelf with aluminum foil to reflect even more light onto the seedlings.
I let the water warm up to the greenhouse’s ambient temperature before watering so the plants aren’t shocked by ice water. We kept it damp with rainwater, and in just 2-3 weeks our peelings and whatnot became compost – many weeks ahead of the outdoor compost pile, and without rodents. Our challenge was joining a square and level greenhouse onto a very un-square and out-of-level old porch. What if your family is scattered around town, and by the time they all get home the escape routes are hopelessly snarled? The only thing that has to change fundamentally is this: You need to regain a certain degree of self-reliance and reliance on reliable resources. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. For example, I have several types of compact camp stoves that use available fuels like twigs and pine cones to boil a quart or so of water in just a few minutes. The homemade weapons that the Ukrainians came up with were documented by photographer Tom Jamison. So don’t put your family at the mercy of an emergency plan that has never seen a drill. His images of the protestors holding their improvised weapons against a black background are very interesting. But before you buy any of them, know how to do without them, and spend that money getting your food and water stock up to par.
Your primary location might be compromised any number of ways, so you need a contingency plan for that. When times get so tough that you are grabbing anything you can get your hands on and modifying it to do serious damage you know that this aint no ordinary protest. Whatever the case, you need someplace to go and some way to get there, all of which are worked out in advance. Those skills and the mindset undergirding them have been lost, but you can regain them and teach them to the next generation.



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