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The Ultimate Guide to Gun Control

Gun control has elicited a heated debate in the country over the last two decades. Before the gun control laws were passed in the 90’s only a handful of people understood the pros and cons of having guns among civilian populations.

This guide intends to highlight what you can do about gun control and why we might need it.

What is Gun Control?

Gun control, is the set policies and laws to control the production, sale, purchase, modification, and use of firearms by civilians. As any other controversial issue, the facts tend to get twisted, making it difficult to separate facts and fiction. In some instances, the phrase is used to cover correlated matters such as limits on some types of ammunition or weapon technology.

The state of gun control today

Federal law limits certain individuals from owning firearms: those with criminal records, mental illness, drug addicts, veterans who left the military with dishonorable charges, and immigrants without legal status. Further, Federal law requires gun dealers to conduct comprehensive background checks to see if a client is prohibited from owning a firearm.

On the ground, however, there seems to be minimal enforcement of these laws based on the devastating mass shootings we have witnessed so far. These indiscriminate shootings have affected even learning institutions. For example the Florida school shooting that claimed seventeen lives.

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The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Such language has created considerable debate regarding the Amendment’s intended scope.


Recommended:  United States Bill of Rights

What you can do about control

Gun control requires a collective effort for it to be a success and reduce mass shootings around the country. However, at an individual level you can get involved in the push for a safer country. Here is what you can do;

Support anti-gun violence campaigns
Anti-gun violence campaigns seek to sensitize the masses about the effects of gun violence have been launched countrywide. These campaigns afford you the opportunity to have your voice heard. If there is one such movement in your neighborhood, you can sign up.

Educate yourself about gun safety
Given the current state of affairs, it is vital to educate yourself and your family about gun safety. You can start by learning the basic first aid tips for someone who has been shot. Also, get to learn how to react in emergency situations for example when there is a shooting.



Know the laws governing gun control
Getting to know gun control laws will enable you to know who shouldn’t and who should harbor a firearm. With the basics of the law at your fingertips, you can report any suspicious gun holders to the authorities. This way you can help alleviate a possible shooting.

Engage your congressman
There are several legislation today meant to abolish gun control laws. If you are against such legislation, you can make your voice heard by calling your congressman and urging them to vote against the bills. This might seem like a long shot, but it is always worth a try for a safer America.

Newly Discovered Legal “Loophole” Allows You To Carry Concealed In 28 States

Why we need gun control?

General safety
According to mass shootings tracker, there were 427 cases of mass shootings in 2017 alone. Schools have also been affected despite them being gun free zones. With such compelling statistics, it only makes sense that gun control laws are implemented fully, and stricter measures added.

Also, with gun control, it is easier for the police to distinguish assailants from victims during a mass shooting. Otherwise, if all civilians attempt to protect themselves, the police find it hard to tell apart the gunmen and innocent civilians.

Anti-gun control laws will lead to more guns
Proponents of the anti-gun control laws forget that this will facilitate gun ownership among civilians. Whereas this is seen as a strategy to enable people to protect themselves, the opposite is bound to happen: With more people harboring firearms, isolated incidences of shootings will increase.

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Strict gun control measures have succeeded overseas
Strict gun control measures have succeeded elsewhere in a bid to curb indiscriminate shootings. For example in Australia, after the government banned all semi-automatic rifles, gun violence declined by a great deal.

Whereas results may vary from country to country, the general observation is that gun control facilitates a safer society. As such, it makes sense to implement stricter gun control measures in the country.

Gun control has also completely failed overseas…


As the gun control debate picks momentum, it is vital to remember that at the end of the day we are all on the same side. We all want a safer society for our children, our parents, our friends and all Americans. Gun control is a logical way to achieve this and create a safer country where every individual can pursue their goals without fear.


Amazing Herb Kills 98% Of Cancer Cells In Just 16 Hours


Consuming thought it’s among the most deadly ailments, finally place and finish and researchers continuously try to look for a remedy to cancers. This plant is some of those remedies also it may destroy as much as 98PERCENT of cancers tissue in only sixteen hrs.
Specifically, based on the studies printed in “Life Science”, artemisinin, a “Sweet wormwood” or “Artemisia Annua” by-product, was utilized in Oriental medication also it may destroy 98PERCENT of lung cancers tissue in under sixteen hrs.



“In common, our outcomes display that artemisinin halts ‘E2F1′ transcription element and intervenes in damage of lung cancers tissue, indicating it provides a transcribing method based on which artemisinin regulates reproduction cancer-cell growth”

There are many tests performed to date plus they most show that in conjunction with metal, artemisinin may effortlessly ruin cancers, which remove was utilized regarding tens and thousands of decades in Cina, like a remedy for malaria.

Parasite can’t endure within the existence of artemisinine, since it is not poor in metal, and Bio Engineers Holly Lai from Washington’s College were the very first researchers to find out this.


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How To Raise Chickens in your backyard for off the grid living

How to raise chickens in your backyard for off the grid living

There are many different chickens. Which ones are best for off grid living

When it comes to living off the grid and finding a sustainable form of food, chickens are one of the cheapest and most sustainable living meats that you can find.

However, not every chicken is the same and there are some chickens which are better for certain purposes where others fall short. Also, creating the space for a chicken can be a bit of a challenge if you have never made a chicken coop/pen.

Do not be discouraged. This article will give you all the information that you need to get started in raising chickens in your backyard for meat and eggs as a way for off grid living.


Create a Space

The first thing which you will need to do is create a space. Some people would say that you can let your chickens roam free, and to those people I tip my hat. Chickens have a tendency to fight and pick and prod.

Keeping them in a contained area will help you to keep your various types of chickens from killing each other, especially if you have more than one rooster in the bunch.

To create your space you need to calculate that each chicken will take up 10 square feet of walking space. If you are confining the birds to a nesting box they will need to be a minimum of 18 inches per box.  For example:

If Old McDonald has 10 chickens on his farm he needs to have 180” of nesting box (or 15 feet) and at least 100 square feet of space  for them to walk around (a 10 foot by 10 foot area).

Once you have established the area simply put up a chicken wire fence for that area ensuring that you give space around the nesting boxes. You will want to make sure that you get a grade of chicken wire that will not allow snakes to get in or for the chickens to get their heads stuck. When putting up your fence it is advised that you make it a minimum of 6 feet.


To keep your  chickens from flying out or climbing over the fence consider putting PVC arched over the top of the fence topped with a hardwire cloth.

Cut access doors behind each nesting box (attached with a simple bolt lock) to allow for quick and easy collecting of eggs

Elevate the chicken coop 12 inches to minimize snakes and vermin from getting in. Put moth balls under the coop to keep snakes away

Make sure that you have plenty of ventilation on the nesting box area/coop. Even though it may be the fall or winter season, birds need air just as much as we do.

If you have a chicken coop already, do not try to introduce chicks into the coop with the older chickens. Instead pick one hen to act as an adoptive mother for the chick and separate them until they have bonded. In a lot of cases chickens will attack an outside bird to protect their young. However, if a hen adopts it in the chances of its survival are greater.

Which Chickens should I buy?

You should note that there are several different kinds of chickens available. However, I prefer to stay within three very broad categories when discussing chickens.

You have fertile chickens (which lay eggs with yokes), non-fertile chickens (meaning they lay eggs but they will never produce any more chickens), and then you have poultry chickens (chickens raised for eating).

Of course you will need to have a rooster if you want eggs. Only have one rooster per coop or you will have fighting and problems.

As a survivalist, you will want to have chickens that lay fertile eggs. This will give you the option of eating the eggs or keeping some around for future chickens.

Keep in mind that if you get a fertile group of chickens that you will need to collect eggs every day and maintain your overall population of chickens. You do not want to have an overabundance as they will die quicker.

Poultry chickens live about 9 weeks and are ready to eat. They are different from regular chickens in that they grow exceptionally fast. Their bodies resemble softballs, and they tend to stay in one place.


They are a little bit nastier than the other chickens and have a tendency to stink of fecal matter if not kept cleaned consistently. You MUST harvest poultry chickens by the 9th week or you will be at risk of having the bird just kill over (obesity will kill them dead at about 9 to 10 weeks).


A survivalist has to eat, true. However, your chickens will also need to eat. Ensure that you have enough seed (corn) put aside so that you can feed your chickens without causing a strain on your food supply.

If you are in the process of prepping consider stocking up on some chicken feed for the first few months in order to grow your own supply of food for your chickens.

As you will be raising your chickens in your backyard, you will need to ensure that you have a way in which to secure your food supply. Because the chicken fence is made of thin material, it is a target for easy access from those seeking food. When you are not able to attend to (or at least keep an eye out for trespassers on your property) keep the chickens locked up in the chicken coop.

If you need help in getting your chicken coop started, you are advised to seek out your local feed and seed store or better yet find a local farmer.

Chickens are just one of the ways in which you can become self-sufficient and provide your family with meat and eggs without having to go to the grocery store.

It is just one more step in moving towards being off the grid and prepared for any situation.


Giant Grouper Inhales Four-Foot Shark [VIDEO]

Watch this grouper inhale a four-foot shark foot in one bite.

Seriously, have you ever seen something eat a shark? We always see videos of shark attacks and everyone has seen the movie, Jaws.

But this blew my mind.

If you’re an avid fisherman, you know that grouper have to swallow their prey because their mouth edges aren’t loaded with teeth.

This video shows the unbelievable inhaling power of a grouper as it swallows a shark.

Watch the video below to see how this small shark is swallowed in one bite.

Yes, we know the footage is a bit shaky…but wouldn’t you be a little shaky and in shock if you watched this happen?

This rare sight was luckily caught on camera and you can see the grouper make one swift motion to attack the shark while it was still hooked by the fisherman.

The grouper’s mouth and gills create an intense sucking power to bring prey in to eat, even from a distance. Did you know grouper use their mouth to swallow sand in order to form their shelters under big rocks, and then jet it out through their gills?

Something else that is crazy about grouper is that their gill muscles are so powerful that it is nearly impossible to pull them out of their cave if they ever feel attacked. They extend the gills and it locks themselves in.

If you’re out in the ocean fishing, you should always have your camera handy because you never know when a grouper might pop out of no where and steal your catch!

3 Aquaponics Instincts to Master – and 2 to Ditch

Anyone who has studied aquaponics would agree that this is the FUTURE.

It doesn’t need fertilizers, pesticides or even herbicides. You effectively eliminate most of the toxins that go into the food we grow in soil, solving the problem of organic and non-organic foods without increasing the costs associated with organic food growth.

Even leaving the quality of the food and its nutritional value aside, it helps us save many of the limited and precious resources we have such as water, land, energy and so on.

Just the fact that you use the same place and resources to farm both fish and vegetables at the same time, you effectively improve your efficiency and reduce costs.

All of these reasons and many more make aquaponics an amazing technology, and a great way to grow our food in a sustainable manner in a world that is deteriorating at an alarming rate.

aquaponics instincts

Besides, just the fact that everything that is commercially being grown is killing us, should be enough to make us install a small aquaponics system and grow some of our own food to ensure that the food you and your family consume doesn’t have anything dangerous.

Here are three aquaponics instincts to master and two you should be able to ditch.

Instincts to Master

1) Fish Stocking

Since there is no particular standard for aquaponics, each system can be slightly different and the environmental conditions can also play a huge factor.

However, there is a guideline that can help most people properly learn about stocking fish. The most widely accepted standard suggests you stock 20 to 25 fish for every 500 liters of grow-bed media in your system for fish farming.

This is based on the assumption that your grow-beds are at least 25 to 30 cm deep.

Ultimately, the quantity of fish you can safely farm in your system depends mostly on the following factors: oxygen levels, water flows, number of plants, feed rates, pumping rates, water temperature and of course the type of fish you opt for.

For beginners, the standard should be as following and then slowly experiment with other suitable methods, which will help you better understand your system.

home aquaponics system

2) Oxygenation

Similar to any garden, your aquaponics system also needs oxygen to function in a sustainable manner. Both your plants as well as your fish need optimum levels of oxygen to thrive. If you fail to master this instinct, you will most likely end up with dead fish and withered plants.

Oxygen is used in the process of breaking the toxic ammonia that is present in fish excrement. The ammonia is broken down in to less harmful nitrates and this is the substance that becomes nutrients for the plant.

The water is oxygenated using a process called aeration.  Aeration involves a pump that continuously blows air into the water through a tube.

But the reason you need to master this instinct is because you need to regularly check for oxygenation and if the nitrates are at desirable levels. The better you get at this the better your aquaponics system will perform.

3) Aquaponics pH Management

Managing pH in an aquaponics system is slightly tricky. This is because we have three living things, fish, plants and bacteria, all of which need to be facilitated for the system to thrive.

While the plants tend to thrive in acidic conditions such as low sixes or upper five (pH levels), whereas the fish and bacterial are more inclined towards alkaline based conditions, high sevens to low eights.

Thus, the entire process is a battle, where you need to figure out the best possible compromise for all three of the constituents.

The mineral content found in our water supply is what pushes the pH levels higher. But this is not necessarily a problem because when a new system is created, we have to grow through the process of cycling, which encourages beneficial nitrates to fully establish inside the system, effectively benefiting the plants.

Mastering this will help you understand when you have to push the pH levels down and when to let them increase.

Instincts to Ditch

1) Stop Feeding Your Fish Only Pellets

Yes, it is recommended to use quality aquaculture pellets as feed for your fish but make sure that’s not the only things you’re feeding them.

A lot of people believe that pellets are enough to keep the fish healthy, but you also have to take into account their excrement, which is crucial for the survival of the ecosystem of fish, plant and bacteria.

You will also want to include alternate feeds such as maggots, worms, black soldier fly larvae and any other nutritional bugs you can find.

There are also people who prefer to have a completely closed system, producing all of the feed within the system.

But it is recommended to have external food input as nutrients are constantly removed in the form of food.

Also, remember to remove all uneaten food, as they start to rot and waste oxygen, all the while increasing the ammonia levels.

2) Avoid Growing the Same Vegetables

It only makes sense to grow the things you would like to eat. A lot of people consider that focusing on a few plants will help ensure their quality.

But the fact is you can grow a number of different vegetables together and not hamper their growth. Another extremely important thing to avoid is taking all of the plants out of the system.

You need some plants consuming the nitrates and converting them into nutrients. If you do take all of them out, you risk affecting your fish’s health and eventually causing their death.

The best possible thing you can do is have a broad mix of plants within a single system. Meaning, also have half grown plants, seeds and completely mature plants.

They naturally complement each other but more importantly, you will be able to remove and replace them as the need arises, without worrying about leaving your system empty.

7 Reasons Why You Can’t Live Without Aquaponics

Aquaponic systems provide you with sustainable meat and vegetation

Sustainable food is needed in today’s economy. With the cost of food constantly increasing, there needs to be a focus on creating a source on the individual level.

Those which are focused on living off the grid have found that aquaponics is a great method for providing their needs.

However, if you need to have additional convincing, here are 7 reasons to implement this system.

1) The Aquaponics system is a multi-tasker

The whole concept of the system is to combine agriculture with hydroponics. This is done by raising the fish and using their waste to fertilize the plant system.

home aquaponics system

As each plays upon each other, you’re getting the most out of your time.

Meat is provided by the fish and then you get your additional nutrients from the plants. No more need for grocery store trips.

2): Massive Growth in a small area

The Aquaponics system allows you to grow and harvest food in a relatively small space. It has been calculated that for every fish you will need 2 gallons of water.

For every gallon of water you will need ½ to 1 square foot of space for your vegetation.

A 20 square foot system provides you with enough food for a standard size family with enough food to store for later.

3) Low maintenance

One of the top benefits of using an Aquaponics system is that it does not require a ton of maintenance to keep going.

True, you will have to monitor the water levels (PH) as well as make sure that the fish are healthy, but that is about it.

There is no daily weeding needed, no buying of massive amounts of grain, worming livestock, and other activities associated with “traditional” agriculture.


It is true that you will have to have a water system to pump the water as well as an electrical source, but compared to the amount of supplies that will be needed to plant a “traditional” crop and to keep that crop going, you will end up saving money in the long run.

Adding to this the costs which are associated with creating and up keeping a fish farm, and you will quickly see that the amount of maintenance is grossly less.

The system is known as a recirculating system. This means that you fill up the tank and then let the tank and system does all the work.

Yes, you will have to keep the water at a certain level and you will have to occasionally remove a fish that does not make it, but that is a minimal amount of work for the food that you will get.

4) The upkeep is not labor intensive

Those which are looking for a sustainable way in which to grow and maintain a food supply do not want to have to spend the entire day working to do so.

In many cases those who use the aquaponics system will have other tasks to perform to keep them living off the grid happily.

As the systems are at waist level, you do not have to worry about strains on the back and on the other muscles. Aches and pains that typically come from having to bend down and tend a garden are gone. The guess work of cage fishing is gone as you have the fish, quite literally, at your fingertips.

5) All above ground

The Aquaponics system is completely above ground. There are no ditches required, no digging, and most of all no land that must be dedicated to the system (apart from the area in which the system is placed).

Agriculture systems which rely upon “traditional” planting must be overturned repeatedly, have trenches and planting rows developed seasonally and monitored rigorously.

Because the system is above ground, you do not have to worry about any of this.

Simply make sure that your fish are happy and that your water is at the proper level.

Then harvest the results.

6) The system is so easy that a child can work it

I am not saying use child labor, so don’t think that. The system is so easy that any age can use it.

As it is at waist level, both the elderly and those that can reach the tank can do so.

The system requires that you keep the water PH stable. This can be done with simple measures. Harvesting only requires a net for your fish.

As you will have abundance of fish, a child has only to dip the net in the barrel to get food. Your vegetation can be picked just as easy.

7) Food Year Round

Unlike traditional agriculture practices, the aquaponics system provides food year round. It is indoors (most of the time anyway) and so you do not have to worry about the elements.

Neither do you have to worry about climate changes too much.

Exterior crops can easily be ruined with one storm or frost. With the aquaponics system (which is typically installed in an indoor location) you are far less likely to have such issues (unless of course you have your system installed outside in which case you will have a great deal of the same issues as a standard crop). 

Water temperatures can be regulated and if needed you can add grow lights around your plants to ensure that they are getting enough light.

Are you ready to get started?

Getting started is easier than you may think. There are several companies which offer a variety of systems to meet your space requirements. Individual systems typically run a few thousand dollars to set up.

After the initial set up, you will only have to maintain the system (very low cost) by keeping the PH at the right level and occasionally replenishing the water supply.

Your fish will need to be fed with a floating food, but this can be done through an automatic feeder.


How to Heat Water with Solar Power

Step by step instructions for warming water when living off the grid

Maintaining water is by far one of the key steps in off grid living.

However, you have to ensure that you can heat your water properly in order to kill bacteria and other contaminants.

To do so, you will need some form of renewable energy, such as solar power.  Here is how you can use solar power to heat water.

Making a solar powered water heater

You can make your current electric water heater into a solar paneled water heater using a system of solar panels.

These systems can run you about a thousand dollars, but considering the cost of water and electricity, I would say the payoff is worth it.

The system feeds the cold water through a circulation unit and solar controller and back into the tank.

While you could substitute your own parts here and there to reduce costs (such as using pool heating collectors over the marketed system) it is not advised. 

As the market for residential solar heating systems is very small, you will more than likely have to purchase a kit and install it yourself.

Solar Powered Hot Shower

If you want to make a solar powered shower and not have to worry about using a water heater, you can do so fairly easily.

You will need:

  • A metal 50 gallon drum
  • 1 inch PVC pipe
  • A shut off valve connector
  • A rubber gasket to go over the 1” pipe
  • Clear waterproof sealant
  • A way to mount the tank

Start by drilling a hole at the base of the 50 gallon drum for your 1” pipe. Once this is done, ensure that the pipe fits snuggly into the hole.

Add the shut off connector. Make sure that your pipe is out far enough to stand under.

Slide the rubber mount over the pipe and seal it with the clear waterproof sealant. Let it completely dry.

You will want to check the connection for leaks so it is advised that you fill the tank to just above the pipe to check.

Once you have ensured that you have no leaks in the pipe take the entire shower and spray paint it black.

Spray paint the metal container with back paint. Ensure that the paint is meant for exterior applications to avoid from getting paint chipping latter.

Then mount the tank in a place which receives a fair amount of sunlight.

*If you do not want to mount your tanks you can always construct a pump system (though this would entail sealing the drums to build up pressure and boring a hole for water input)

Heating water on a smaller scale: Option 1

One easy way in which you can heat water is to purchase a small solar panel and hook up the power to a positive and negative line.

Connect the two lines to a meta conductor container. You will want to be sure that the wire are covered in rubber.

As the solar panel draws in heat, the energy is transferred to the wires and then to the metal conductor.

The water inside is warmed.

NOTE: You will want to transfer the water to a non-conductor container after heating (you are working with electricity after all). Things to avoid:

Do not touch the water. If you need to keep an eye on the temperature use a metal thermometer

This is for small projects only, do not attempt this with large containers

The solar panel will emit electricity. Do not stick your finger or any other part into the water or touch the metal container. You will get an electrical shock.

Disconnect the wires once heated and transfer the water (holding the container with gloved hands).

Heating Water on a smaller scale: Option 2

Should you not have the option of using solar panels or just do not feel comfortable with messing with electricity, you can warm your water by using your old plastic bottles.

Simply cut the bottle, place the containers end to end over a water hose and let it sit in the sun.

You can use this method with larger containers by harnessing solar power through a clear plastic tarp over a large plastic container.

The key is that you use a clear plastic as it will magnify the sun and therefore warm the water.

Heating water the 100% natural way.

There are several ways in which you can heat your water with solar power.

Do not confuse solar power for solar panels.

Where the two work together, solar power is using the sun to heat the water and solar panels are used to conduct solar power.

Anything which holds heat can be used as a conductor to warm your water.  The best containers are metal.

Yet, those which are survivalists or those in a wilderness survival setting might not have a metal container.

When nothing is available but nature you will have to get a bit inventive.

Here is how to do it:

  1. Find large dark rocks (about the size of your hand). You will need enough to line a 2 foot by 2 foot hole.
  2. Find a spot receiving a lot of sunlight and dig a hole at least a foot deep. The earth will help to hold in the heat from the rocks.
  3. Set your rocks along the base of the hole ensuring that the darkest side is face up. You do not want to overlay the rocks, but you do want to make a tight fitting base.
  4. Place your water container on top of the rocks.
  5. Using Stripped sticks cover your water container and lay smaller rocks on top.
  6. Leave the water be and let the sun work. Where it will not boil your water, depending on the temperature that day you can get some fairly how water.

Off the grid living takes time and dedication as well as a creative mind.

Do not limit yourself to the methods above.

Remember to use water purification tablets when applicable to further reduce the risk of sickness from contamination.


5 Most Useful Prepper Skills to Learn in 5 Days

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What would you do in the event of a catastrophic event?
Would you be able to continue your life as though nothing had happened? Or would you be at the mercy of others, unable to fend for yourself?

Learning a few basic survival skills could keep you self-sufficient in the event of an emergency—and mean the difference between life and death for your family. Even if the worst-possible scenario never happens, learning these skills could still give you peace of mind, reduce stress and keep your family safe.

1. Raising, Butchering and Hunting Animals

Most Americans have little to no knowledge as to where their food comes from. If something happened to our food supply, would you know how to find your own food sources? Some basic livestock, butchering and hunting skills could mean the difference between life and death.

There was a time when most people knew the basics of raising farm animals like cows, chickens, pigs and sheep. Now, the relationship most people have with such animals is in the meat section of their supermarket.

Learning a few basics about raising livestock could help you lead a more self-sufficient lifestyle. You might want to start with small animals, like chickens and rabbits to get started. Chickens not only produce meat, they also provide nutrient-rich eggs. Once you’ve gotten the hang of smaller animals, try pigs or goats. Goats produce milk, which is easily digested and has a tangy taste.

After you’ve gotten the hang of raising farm animals, the next step is butchering them. Hopefully you haven’t gotten too attached to any of them, because an important step in self-survival is the ability to complete the cycle.

A lot of local farms have popped up in the whole farm-to-table movement, and many of them offer classes on animal butchering. Knowing how to properly render the meat, fat and bones from an animal is a delicate and useful skill. These classes can show you how to use every part of the animal—from the bones to the meat to the organs.

You might want to expand your horizons to more than just domesticated animals. Learning how to hunt and fish will keep you fed when you’re not in the confines of your own property. Plus, it’s a great way to stay in shape and calm your mind.

Most states require hunters to obtain a license before setting out into the wild, and one of the license requirements is a class in basic hunting skills. These classes not only teach you how to find food in the wild, they teach you the basics of another self-sufficiency skill: using a weapon.

Give yourself a little variety in the food you catch by taking a fly fishing class. You’ll learn how to find bait in the wild, what bait works best for each type of fish and how to use your fishing equipment.

Should anything happen that requires you to fish for your survival, you’ll also need a way to relax from time to time—fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy nature and learn how to keep a peaceful mind.

2. Learning How to Farm and Garden

Your meat supply might not dwindle—thanks to your newfound butchering, hunting and fishing skills, but you’ll still need a supply of fresh fruits and vegetables to keep your diet balanced. You’ll also need to know what plants are safe to eat and which plants are poisonous.

Learning to farm and garden will help keep you self-sufficient, not just in the case of an emergency, but in your current day-to-day life. Like fishing, gardening can be very relaxing and meditative.

There are plenty of books and articles on the internet that teach people the basics of gardening. You could start with a basic herb garden that yields fresh herbs to flavor your food. Then, try your hand at some hearty veggies and nutrient-packed lettuce.

There are plenty of courses on the basics of gardening. Any gardening or hardware superstore has inexpensive classes that will teach you what plants work best in different climates.

You can even learn about the biology of plants to get a better understanding of them. Even libraries offer free or inexpensive classes on the basics of gardening.

3. Preparing for the Winter by Canning and Dehydrating

Once you have a solid understanding of plants and gardening, you’ll need to learn how to preserve your bounty so it stays fresh during the winter or in times when the soil becomes contaminated or unsafe to grow.

Local colleges and community centers offer classes on canning where you’ll learn the basics before moving on to more complex recipes. If you simply want to try canning on your own, you can find basic how-to canning and food dehydration information online.

Being able to can the food you grow throughout the year and dehydrate the meat from the animals you’ve butchered will keep you fed all year long.

4. Saving Yourself and Others with Emergency Medical Care

Learning how to clean a wound or stitch a basic suture could save your life in the case of a major disaster; however, these skills can keep you safe even before tragedy should strike.

What would you do if you were hiking in the woods and your foot was caught in an animal trap?

How would you set your leg if you broke it in the middle of nowhere? What do you do when your child has a fever during a snowstorm when the roads are blocked?

Taking a basic first aid class is the first step to keeping you and your family safe. Once you’ve passed a basic course, you can even continue your medical training to learn more advanced techniques to keeping your loved ones safe.

5. Learning Basic Mechanical Maintenance

Knowing how to change a flat tire or repair your generator are invaluable skills.

But what if tragedy were to strike and you had no one to help you with these repairs?

In the event of a catastrophic event, your car or truck would be invaluable resources. Knowing how to fix and maintain your vehicle could eliminate hassles and potentially save your life.

If you have a gas-powered generator, it could keep your house’s electricity powered in the event of a catastrophe. Learning how to fix your generator will keep your home’s electricity running indefinitely.

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The 5 Essential Survival Skills Every Homeowner Needs To Know

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Your home is your castle. Why rely on others to maintain it? What happens when those others are no longer available to keep it working? It is up to you to know how to fix these things. In an emergency, no one will be around to save you from electric mishaps or flooding from clogged drains. Know how to deal with these issues before they happen, and you’ll be set to take on any emergency, no matter how serious.

Circuit Breakers

Know these and have them labeled clearly. If they aren’t because either the builders left them unmarked or you moved into an older house with no tags, take the time to learn what each one connects to so you can mark them. Purchase a few small labels and employ a friend and their mobile phone. Plug in lights or electronics that clearly indicate when they have power. Now start throwing switches. Your friend will call or text you with the area that was affected. Be sure, however, to label the circuits clearly. It won’t help you in an emergency if the downstairs and upstairs bedrooms are not differentiated.

Overflowing Toilet

Scary and unpredictable, overflowing toilets can happen for a number of reasons, resulting in water damage and a disgusting clean up once the water is stopped. While they can’t always be prevented, they can be stopped much faster by you than if you waited around for a professional who probably won’t be there in a reasonable amount of time if they’re even available. While turning the water off is always an option, it’s not the quickest response and may already be behind the cascade of toilet water. Instead, look to the tank. Inside is the float. When it reaches a certain height, the valve that causes the water to fill the bowl closes, stopping the water flow. If the toilet floods, chances are high the float is stuck. Take off the lid to the tank and pull the float up. This will trigger the water to stop.

Seized Lock

These are rarely sudden and more often can be felt happening. Each time you use the lock, you feel it take more and more pressure to turn. Locksmiths aren’t available when you find yourself with a stuck lock and no phone. Purchase lubricant and spray it into the lock. If this does not fix the jam, buy a new lock immediately. Lubricant not working means the mechanism itself is broken and will stop working at any moment.

Screws and Nuts

Stripped screws and rusted nuts are the bane of any house owner. They can happen at any time no matter the age of the house and can prevent you from making the upgrades you need to keep the home in working order. For stripped screws, find a screwdriver you can get rid of after using. Take a hammer and hammer the screwdriver into the screw head. Apply downward force as you slowly rotate the screw to extract it. As for rusted nuts, find a blowtorch or a hair dryer. By applying heat to the metal, you cause it to expand, cracking the rust and, thereby, loosening the nut.

Clogged Sink

Do not assume that chemicals will fix everything. Instead of burning away the clog, they cause irreversible damage to the pipes. Invest, instead, in a plunger and some hot water. Fill the clogged sink with hot water, making sure to plug up and connected holes. Then, plunge. Work it up and down a few times before removing. If the water drains, all is well. If not, keep plunging until the clog is destroyed.
Don’t allow your home to fall to waste. It needs upkeep just like everything else, and it is up to you to ensure it is safeguarded against the elements. Knowing how to control the water flow, electricity and structural supports gives you the advantage in the face of an emergency.

Surviving A Blizzard Or Winter Storm Without Power

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While you may believe that you and your family are perfectly safe when inside the home that you provide for them, there are times where your life and the lives of your family members are in danger. One such scenario is if a blizzard or winter storm hits and strands you without power as the storm is raging on. If this happens, you need to prepare for anything by helping both yourself and your family survive. The following will provide you with some tips and tricks that will help you to best prepare for such an eventuality.

Be Prepared For Anything

Though being stranded within your house during a blizzard or winter storm isn’t a hugely common occurrence, it does happen more often then you think. As such, you will want to make a few preparations before this ever happens, to ensure you have everything you need to keep you and your family safe when the blizzard hits. First of all, you should wrap your water pipes with insulation before a winter storm hits, as they can actually freeze when below 15-20 degrees Fahrenheit, stopping the flow of water altogether. You also need to make sure, if a winter storm does occur and shuts the power off, that you only use your cellphone when absolutely necessary, as it will be the only access you have to contacting those outside of your home.

Stock Up on Batteries and Food

Two of the foremost essentials during a winter storm without power are food and batteries. Given this fact, you should always be stocked up on both. In regards to food, stocking up well before a winter storm is forecast will allow you to avoid the empty aisles that have been picked clean by other shoppers. Stock up on enough food to feed each member of your family for 7-10 days. This includes any pets that you may have. Canned goods are typically the easiest way to accomplish this. When it comes to batteries, stocking up on a dozen or so will allow you to have ample power to use for flashlights and portable radios as your waiting for the worst of the storm to pass.

Safeguard Against Hypothermia and Frostbite


The two most dangerous things that can happen during a winter storm that leaves you without power are frostbite and Hypothermia. Lengthy exposure to extremely cold temperatures will create ice crystals on your skin, possibly resulting in superficial or deep frostbite. To safeguard against this, apply hot water to the area immediately upon it starting to itch or become discolored. Make sure to wear tons of layers and gloves when inside the house. Hypothermia will occur if your body loses more heat than it can readily produce. This will result in slurred speech and a slow pulse. The best way to safeguard against this is by wearing tons of layers as well.

Keep Your Home Secure and Safe

While it’s unlikely that a break-in or looting will occur during the middle of a blizzard, it’s still necessary to keep your home secure in order to keep your family safe during a blizzard. First of all, make sure to lock all of the doors and windows within your house. It might also be wise to know where a knife is stored just in case you are ever faced with a situation in which someone is able to break in while your power is out. The most important thing is to keep your family safe.

Purchase a Portable Generator

It’s also recommended that you purchase a portable generator before a storm ever hits. As such, you can simply place it just outside and turn on the transfer switch if you are left without power, which will at least turn on the lights and the furnace, providing your family with the means of getting warm.

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Top 10 Reasons To Use Green Energy

You are moving your family to a vast homestead in the country.

You have an excellent start on your prepper plan: a large wood pile, plenty of backup medication, a huge stash of non-perishable food and water filtration tablets, a strong method of home defense.

What plans have you made for alternate energy?

It is essential to remove your household from the grid. The following are the top 10 reasons why you should consider using green energy instead.

1. The inevitable energy crisis.

The fossil fuels (coal, gas, and oil) many Americans currently rely heavily on have become very limited resources. One day they will completely dry up. You need to ensure your home’s continued functioning by implementing green energy practices.

2. An energy crisis is critical.

Americans continue to drive around in gas-guzzling Hummers, leave lights on around the clock, and keep television sets running day and night. Once the fossil fuels are gone, panic will ensue. Cars will not be drivable. People will be at a loss regarding how they should function in this new, powerless world.

3. Water will be in short supply.

Without power, water will no longer magically appear from your kitchen faucet. There are over 300 million people in the United States alone. While it is usually easy to find a body of water, not everyone has the knowledge or means to ensure this water is properly and safely filtered.

4. The modern oven will no longer cook food.

Most American households are only equipped with electric or gas fireplaces and stoves. Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves have become unwelcome dinosaurs in our modern age.

5. All forms of communication will effectively be cut off.

Most people will not be able to get in touch with loved ones living far away. There are many devices out there that run off of solar or hand-crank power, such as radios, phones, and flashlights.

6. Solar panels are an excellent source of energy.

They are unbelievably easy and fairly cheap to build from scratch with tools and materials you can find at your local hardware store. The guide found here will give you all the information you need to build them. Solar power can be used as an energy source, it can be used to heat your water, and it can also be used to cook your food. It is clean, free, and readily available. Just ensure that you have a suitably sized battery bank to store your solar power for nighttime use and cloudy days.

7. Windmills as power generators.

Windmills as power generators are another excellent energy source that is easy and cheap to build by using the instructions in this guide. You will need to ensure you have an appropriate sized battery bank to store this wind power for times when the wind is low or not blowing.

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8. Hydropower is an effective way of generating home energy.

If you live near a flowing stream of water, you can build a water mill that will provide continuous power.

9. Vegetative roofs

Vegetative roofs are a fairly new enterprise for America, but they have been around for centuries and they offer many benefits to the user and the environment.

They provide insulation, reduce rain runoff, and you can even plant a vegetable garden up there. Get rid of those shingles and add some vegetation.

10. Geothermal is a method of using the internal ground energy.

In this technique, fluid is piped through the ground to capture the Earth’s natural heat. It is then piped into a geothermal heat pump located in the house. The pump then uses this energy to heat and cool your house.

These are ten important reasons to convert to green energy. There are many more reasons that can be found with a little research. In the end, the crucial question is just how ready do you want your home and family to be for an energy deficiency?



How To Choose Clothing When SHTF

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When preparing for doomsday, what sort of clothes to bring along can be the last thing from your mind. But out in the elements, whether you face extremes of heat or cold, the right, thoughtfully chosen clothing can mean the difference between life and death.

Cold And Damp: A Recipe For Misery

Lets talk about being cold, particularly with wet clothes and a brisk wind. Even in warm months, being soaked with a decent wind blowing at you can cause chilling. Hypothermia, or what is sometimes called exposure, is the number one killer of people living in the great outdoors.

Aside from the body’s core being chilled, there is a cascade of rapid degeneration mentally and physically. Keep in mind that you may not have a chance to go someplace to warm up that often.

So How To Prepare?

It is always wise to keep several changes of underwear and socks on hand, so when one pair is drying over the fire, the next set is dry, warm and ready to go to work. For socks, the first layer should be a moisture wicking polypropylene, followed by a layer of warm, insulating wool. A set of good long-johns is vital in the colder weather months. It’s important to dress in layers, so that you can trap precious body heat.

Waterproof, Goretex pants are ideal, repelling moisture, the one thing you do not want on your clothes. Be sure to wear a fleece hoodie for extra warmth, covered by a water-repellant coat or shell, ideal for layering when you get warm and sweaty from exercise. Shoes should be top quality hiking boots, or shoes with heavy soles with good grips.

Be sure to break them in before using to avoid blisters. Water-repellant, good-quality ski gloves are a must to keep fingers from getting frostbitten. Mittens are even better, allowing the fingers to touch and warm each other. Top it off with a ski mask to cover any exposed skin, and a wool and fleece hat, and you are ready for Old Man Winter!

Consider camouflage, for those situations where you don’t want to attract notice. Be sure to pre pack your clothing, and have it packed as efficiently as possible.

Practice carrying it around with the rest of your gear. It’s so much safer and smart than waiting until the last possible moment.

At Night: Be Prepared

Even in warmer months, nights can be unexpectedly cold. We are so used to sleeping in our temperate homes that we don’t realize how the temperature actually fluctuates.

At night, always change out of your day clothes. Even if you don’t realize it, your clothes have been dampened by your normal everyday perspiration.

Cold damp socks on a chilly night is a recipe for insomnia, a luxury you can’t afford in a doomsday setting.

Too Hot: How To Dress In Warm Climates Or Warm Months

The main concerns in hot weather are hyperthermia, or raising of the body’s core temperature, and dehydration from excess sweating. Truly excessive sweating can cause electrolyte imbalance, causing mental instability, something you don’t want when you must be on your toes at all times.

The key is to drink plenty of fluids, and also dress in self-cooling, quick-drying clothing.

Choose pants or shorts and a button down shirt that can easily dry in the sun within several minutes, and does not retain moisture. Good quality work gloves will also be helpful as you set up camp or climb rocks on your odyssey.

High-quality, waterproof sandals with strong grip soles are a must-have. A rain jacket for pop-up thunderstorms or cool, rainy days is a good investment. Consider also a ghillie suit, if you can manage toting it along.

Blending in with an array of terrains, the ghillie suit provides superior cover and camouflage, for those situations where you absolutely do not want your presence known.


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How to Choose a Bug Out Bag for Your Child

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A bug out bag is a simply bag that comes packed with items needed for survival. Most manufacturers make bags that provide health and safety items, food and other products that will let you survive for up to 72 hours without help from the outside world. These bags are a great way to keep yourself calm before help arrives after an earthquake, a natural disaster or another emergency situation. Choosing a bag for your child ensures that your son or daughter has the items needed during one of these situations. Selecting the right bags for your kids depends on a number of different factors.

Choosing a Size

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One of the first things you want to look at is the size of the bag. Depending on the situation, you might find that your child needs to move quickly. A larger bag on a smaller child will prevent that child from moving comfortably. A smaller bag may not have enough space for everything your child needs. If you need a smaller bag, look for those that have additional pockets on the outside. You can use those pockets for extra items.

Take into Account Comfort

When it comes to selecting a bug bag, comfort is king. Buying a larger bag like those designed for adults can leave your child struggling when wearing that bag. After buying and stocking the bag, take the time to see how your son or daughter responds when wearing it. The bags should not keep your kids from running, jumping or doing any other sudden movements. You can look for signs that your children are struggling with the bags or that the bags put too much pressure or strain on their shoulders and their backs.

Examine Quality

Would you spend $30 or more on something that would break within a few minutes? If you don’t look closely at the quality of the bags you choose, you might find yourself in this same position. Good quality bug bags have durable and dependable stitching. This stitching can withstand everything from wind and snow to running and jumping without breaking or unraveling. Pay special attention to the stitching on the bottom and sides. Give the bag a good tug and try hitting it against the floor a few times just to make sure that it holds up to pressure.

Prepacked Bags vs. Backpacks

There are two different types of bug bags that you can buy for your children. Manufacturers of these bags now make special packaged bags that contain many of the items that you need. These bags often include granola bars, canned meats and a few other nonperishable foods. The bags should also contain some type of first aid supplies, a type of light and some other basic goods. Once you look at some of the top bug bags, you might find that the prepacked bags don’t contain everything that your child might need in an emergency situation and that you’d rather pack the bag yourself.

What to Pack in a Bug Bag

You can easily turn a simple backpack into a bug bag for your child. You generally want to fill the bag with enough food to last for several days. This includes nonperishable foods that can serve as three meals per day. Parents will also want to add clean socks and underwear for their kids, an emergency blanket and a small first aid kit. The bag should also contain a few bottles of water and some water purification tablets that kids can use when clean water isn’t available. Depending on the age of your kids, you may also want to add a few toys.

When an earthquake, flood or natural disaster strikes your home, you won’t to feel prepared for the inevitable. A simple way to do that is with a bug bag for each member of your family. The right bag for a child should contain some simple items and fit comfortably.

10 Essential Items for Your Bug Out Vehicle

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If you want to protect you and your family, you will want t a bug out vehicle. With this, you can not only feel safe when disaster strikes, but you can prepare for the long-haul. With this in mind, here are 10 items to bring in your bug out vehicle.

Tools for the vehicle itself

Think about it, if you have the perfect vehicle but it breaks down on the side of the road, you are going to be in a lot of trouble. To avoid problems, you should bring a well-stocked tool kit so you can change a tire or fix any small issues .that way, if you break down, you can fix up your car and head back out on the road.

Extra fuel

If you want to get anywhere, you will need extra fuel. This is especially true if there is a major event and you can’t get to a gas station quickly.


Without water, you are going to end up in trouble within a few hours. For this reason, take plenty of water in your bug out vehicle. At the same time, if you have room, you will want to bring a filter or iodine capsules to clean the water.

Basic first aid kit


While you can’t perform surgery or fix major problems, you will want to carry a simple first aid kit so you can bandage up wounds or fix minor issues. Also, before you need the kit, you should open it up and make sure it has everything you need.


If you live in a warm climate, you still need blankets as it’s easy to get cold if you have to sleep in your bug out vehicle for a night or two. The great thing about blankets is you can use them to lay on when you need to work on your car.

Jumper cables

With cables, you can jumpstart your car if your battery dies. Of course, to be even more self-sufficient, you should consider buying a tool to allow you to jumpstart the car on your own. Or, if you drive a stick, you can start your car on your own.


Now, if you are going to take off quickly in a disaster, you will want to have food in your car. Ideally, you should have MRE or ready-made meals. That way, you can eat with ease. While it’s easy to buy a few things, you should remember that you will get bored with the same meals and you should try to get some variety as you and your family will appreciate it in tough times.


With a knife, you can do a lot of things. Not only can you protect yourself, but you can open cans and even use it as a backup screwdriver. While true, don’t rely on a knife for full protection unless you are well-trained on how to use one to ward off an attacker.

Tire pump

When running away from issues or going out into the woods, you may have to lower your tire pressure. This is certainly true if you live in a desert. To get the most out of one, you should buy a pump that you can plug into the car, that way you won’t exert too much energy.


Now, if you are in trouble, you will probably want to get help from strangers if you can. Luckily, with flares, you can reach out to people and let them know your locations. This is truly useful if power grids go down or your phone and other communication devices no longer work.

If you have a bug out vehicle, you will want to ensure it runs well and starts tight up. Not only that, you will want to fill it up with plenty of items that can help you protect you and your family during a disaster.

Top 5 Gifts for a Prepper

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When looking to give a gift to your friend who is a prepper, you may want to think a little more deeply. Yes, it’s easy to run out and buy some canned foods and call it a day. However, when preparing for disasters, one should have more than some extra food and water. In fact, with these five gift ideas, you can offer something of true value that the receiver will come to use in a time of need.


Water filtration system: Let’s face it, a lot of people will save up water for the big day. While this is wise, it’s not going to be enough as humans require a lot of water. So, if you want to provide something that will be used often, you should buy a solid water purifier. By going all out and spending some cash, you can buy one that will last a long time. Sadly, plenty of people will spend $20 and buy a cheap one that doesn’t work well. But, as we know, since you need water constantly, you should buy a high-end kit that can clean massive amounts of water for a family.


Compass: Believe it or not, a lot of survivalists don’t buy compasses. However, if things fail and you need to get somewhere, you may not have cell phones or GPS to rely on. Luckily, with a compass, you can find out where you are going, all without the need for batteries. Since a compass is easy to carry in a bag or around ones neck, this is the perfect gift. Remember, while it’s easy to rely on GPS and phones now, smart preppers should think ahead and get a compass. While a compass is a good investment, remember to get one that doesn’t require a battery as you don’t want to cause unnecessary problems for your survivalist friend.

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Sewing kit: If there is a long-term problem and you need to keep your clothing in great shape, you need a sewing kit. Since most survivalists will want to keep their clothing to a minimum, they will, naturally, want to do what they can to keep their clothes in good shape. Much like a compass, this is a small item that won’t take up much space as you can throw it in a bag along with other small items. Then, not only can you save money, but you can fix up your clothes without relying on finding new ones, which may become difficult if there is a serious issue in the world that people are dealing with.


Really good sleeping bag: Most people, including survivalists, like having a sleeping bag in the garage. However, if a survivalist lives in California or another warm climate, he or she probably doesn’t have a good sleeping bag as it’s easy to buy a chap one from a local big box store. But, if you want to stay out in the wilderness in the cold, especially for a long time, you will want to buy a good sleeping bag. Then, the survivalist can remain comfortable and not worry about hypothermia, which is a serious problem when camping out for a few weeks at a time.


Waterproof matches: Without a fire, a survivalist is going to struggle very quickly as it’s hard to stay warm, cook food and get clean water without a fire. However, a lot of preppers will buy a lighter or two and think they are done. Others will use cheap or free matches. But, to avoid problems, you should get your survivalist friend some waterproof matches. Then, when serious issues occur, a person will be well-prepared as fireproof matches will stand the test of time and the water.

With these five items, you can, with ease, help your prepper friend prepare for the inevitable. Simply put, by getting one of these items, you are going to help him or her in the future.