Feb 16

Preppers be Ready! Blown Transformer Today, Bad Weather Next Week

About 7,200 households were left without power in Vanderburgh County.  This outage only lasted a few hours.  Not really long enough for houses to get too cold.  But, it serves as a reminder that anything can happen.  Even the big storm expected next week.  Some parts of the storm area will have snow, others light snow and sleet.  Be ready for next week and next year.

Josh

The Daily Prepper News

Jan 31

Almost Spring

Spring will be here before you know it.  Just thinking about spring makes you think of warm summer days, lazy weekends fishing, and getting rid of that bulky sweater.  That is until you remember that it’s cold outside and you have to either shovel snow or do some other chore in the cold.    There are some things you can do to feel warmer, even though it is just the end of January.

Looking through your stash of seeds, planning the garden will give you comfort and that warm feeling you get when you know you are about to produce food for your family.  Not just any food, but fresh, pure, yummy food.  The extra bounty can be stored for winter use when that cold day in January feels just a little warmer when you opened a home canned jar of applesauce.  But first you have to garden.

Right now you should have your seeds sorted and all the supplies gathered ready to plan them.  Once planted and sitting near a window sill they will mature and be ready when you are ready to set them in the garden.  Watching the seedlings grow during the weeks leading up to planting season will give you a sense of happiness and accomplishment every time you look at them.  Not only that they will give you a thrill of anticipation of the harvest.  Happy Gardening!!

Joshua Livengood

The Daily Prepper News

Jan 22

Beginner BOV Outfitting

We are reprinting this article because it is always a good idea to review where you are compared to where you want to be.

 

by fren2ken

Many Preppers believe that if the SHTF and they need to Bug-Out (B-O), they can load up the family car and go. Do you have all your Preps in Good-to-Go packages? Have you done a trial run to see how much can be loaded, and how fast? It is worthwhile to do some planning around this subject. If the time comes that you need to B-O, you will be glad you did. Some items should be stowed full-time in the vehicle while the others need to be prepackaged for easy loading.

This article is intended to give the Beginning Prepper a general framework for outfitting their BOV with current resources and how to best utilize it.

Let’s look at what should be loaded full-time in your vehicle. Here is a minimum essential list:
Bug Out Bags (BOB’s) – 72 hrs. minimum survival gear
• Spare belts – fan, serpentine, alternator (depending on vehicle)
• Spare radiator hoses
• Jumper cables
• Minimum mechanic’s hand tool set – screwdrivers, socket wrenches, pliers, vice-grips, adjustable wrenches
• Hammer
• Can of Flat Repair
• Gas can and funnel
• Vehicle Jack and Lug wrench
• Spare tire

With the above items included, you will be able to deal with most common problems that may happen to your vehicle on the road. You may, of course, add to this list if you have the knowledge and expertise to perform more extensive repairs.

Look over your stored preps and make the hard decisions of what must go with you verses what can be left behind. What items are necessary to take? How much room will you have? On the road, you will need in addition to your BOB: food, water and means for water purification for the longer term, shelter, cooking utensils, means of making fire, personal protection items, and lighting for at least 2 weeks on the road in sufficient quantities to support all people in your BOV. More is better if you have enough space for it. Segregate the items into 2 piles and repack. Pack the “Go” pile into your vehicle. Did it all fit? How much space do you have remaining? How many passengers did you plan on? Those seating areas cannot be used for cargo. Do you have rooftop space to use? Repack as required to maximize fit.
by fren2ken

If you have a compact or sub-compact car that you are working with, you should consider adding a small trailer to your outfitting. Even the smallest car can tow 1200 lbs. This equates to 200 lbs. trailer weight and 1000 lbs. cargo weight capacity and utility trailers are cheap. Additionally, the trailer can be preloaded if you have a secure location to store it or, quickly loaded at need if you don’t.

If you have a pickup truck to work with, don’t forget the tarp and tie-downs. You sure don’t want your supplies to get soaked or blown out of the bed in inclement weather. That’s no fun for sure.

It is important to plan how you load your vehicle. You need to place the frequently accessed items to the outside of your load and place the less often needed items to the inside or bottom. You don’t want to be packing and repacking every time you need a knife or light to set up camp. Likewise, you don’t want to unload everything to get to your water filter either.

While this is not an “everything” list, nor is it the “Complete BOV Encyclopedia”, it is a place to start your vehicle prep and, hopefully, giving you something to start with. There are many fine articles concerning BOV’s on APN that will give you more ideas but, I have seen few that talk about your getting started with what you currently have available. I hope this helps the Beginning Preppers.

Mar 25

Prepper meetup groups in Indiana

 

Map of all American Preppers Network and Partner meetup groups.

Scroll past the map for a listing.


View American Preppers Network Meetups in a larger map
Hamilton County:
http://hamiltoncountypreppers.org/

Feb 17

Pickles for Heartburn?

By AbeeNormal

Whether my job carries with it undue stress, or I’m just a type A personality, I have routinely taken heartburn medication for at least 15, if not 20 years. In fact, knowing that I would be miserable in any situation without them, I packed heartburn pills in my bug-out-bag. They went with me on business trips, accompanied all holiday meals, came before date nights, church socials and any other occasion where food would be present. Often, even when food wasn’t present, the heartburn pills were still a necessity. I spent $40 to $50 per month on heartburn medication.

I hate being dependent on anything, but I couldn’t live (comfortably) without these pills. What’s worse, my gallbladder had started hurting. I knew I had to get rid of the heartburn pills, but I didn’t know how. Diet wasn’t the answer, even water gave me heartburn. Sometime around mid-September I heard a guest of a podcast I listen to talk about treating heartburn with pickles. Yes, pickles; but not ordinary pickles – organically grown, lacto-fermented, non-pasteurized pickles. They’re made without any vinegar at all, and they have changed my life. I haven’t taken heartburn medication in about four months now. My gallbladder has stopped aching, and if I do get a touch of heartburn, water will put out the fire – rather than before, when drinking water was the same as throwing water on a grease fire.

I haven’t been able to eat the pickles everyday, but I ate enough in the beginning that I could stop taking medication. Now just a few pickles once-in-a-while keeps heartburn at bay. I will grow my own cucumbers this year, but for now, $10 at the farmer’s market every eight weeks sure beats $50 at the pharmacy every four weeks.

If you suffer from heartburn and are looking for a way to manage it naturally, here’s my recipe:
10 to 12 smallish cucumbers from the farmer’s market
Fresh garlic
Onion
Whole Pepper Corns
Dill Weed
A bay leaf or two
Sea Salt
Water

Dissolve 1 Tablespoon of sea-salt for each pint of water (because it’s hard to know how many pints of salt water will cover your cucumbers, I prepare several pints in advance each with 1Tbs of sea salt). Chop your desired amount of garlic and onion, and place in the bottom of a clean container. It can be plastic or glass, but not metal. Add some whole peppercorns, a bay leaf, ample amounts of dill weed, and then fill the jar to within two inches of the top with sliced cucumbers. Pour in enough saltwater to cover. Weigh down the cucumbers so they won’t float out of the brine – I use a small Tupperware lid wedged into the top of my jar. Cover and let sit at room temperature for 3 to 5 days.

The pickles will get bubbly and start getting cloudy. If your container is sealed very tightly, you’ll need to let off the pressure once or twice per day. When the pickles are fairly cloudy, put them in the refrigerator. This will slow the fermenting process.

You’re supposed to wait three weeks before eating, but we can never wait that long. Usually one week is all we can accomplish before starting to eat them – not due to heartburn anymore, but because they’re so good!!!

For more on our journey to self-reliance visit: http://thegoodstorehouse.blogspot.com/

Feb 01

Preparing for a Tornado

By PillarsofSalt

According to Wikipedia, when a Tornado siren sounds, people have fifteen minutes at max to prepare for a tornado to hit. Fifteen minutes is not a long time to be ready for a tornado. Consider the day when a tornado hit Windsor. No one knew what to do in a situation where a tornado hit. Some people were driving down the interstate when they saw funnels building in their rearview mirror. Some people were out jogging around the neighborhood, and others were at the office typing on their computers.

The question is how do you really prepare for a disaster like a tornado? It can happen so quickly you may not have time to think about what to do. Here is a few things that can help save your life, just in case you ever happen to experience a tornado.

We’ve mentioned it previously, but a bail bag is always good to have on hand. To learn how to prepare a bail out bag, please visit our page . It’s always good to have one of these on hand for if you have to leave your home at a moment’s notice.

Always have a plan with your family, in case something happens. Have a plan on where you will meet before, during or after something happens. The best way to prepare for a disaster is to practice what you would do if one occurs. Make sure your kids know what to do if you’re not home to protect them and keep them calm. Prepare them for the worst so that they can make the best out of what they learn from you.

If you are in a house with a basement, go straight to the basement. Go to a corner of the basement and cover your head with a blanket or some article of protection to keep you from getting hit by flying debris. Stay away from windows.

If you don’t have a basement, go to a stable area of your house like a doorway or a bathroom. Once again, try to cover your body with some type of article to protect you and avoid windows or anything with glass.
Trailer homes are also extremely dangerous in a tornado. If you live in a trailer, go outside and lie close to the ground or find an area that’s protected. Take blankets and your bail out bag if you have one. Cover yourself with the blankets to avoid getting hit by objects…

For entire article, please visit http://www.pillarsofsalt.com/2012/01/30/preparing-for-a-tornado/

Jan 13

DIY 12 Volt Chlorine Producing Unit for Water Purification

by tngun

The way I approach prepping is that I have a list of tiers of preparedness, and I try follow a consistent approach of not jumping tiers for specific sections until all sections on a tier are filled (This is flexible based upon situational factors). For instance, in my Defense tier, I would really like to have .45 Camp Carbine with an integral suppressor and mounted thermal imaging. However, if I spent my resources on that and only had a CB radio and a 72 hour kit as my only other preps, then I would not be spending my resources wisely. From another standpoint, It’s more cost effective to buy a year supply of food using the LDS list before you spend twice as much on a 3 month supply of freeze dried food.

That being said, you might have noticed I am on a water purification kick. Some of that is that I have noticed the amount of water I have been using on livestock and gardening, some is that I realize its impossible to store water for an extended period due to space and weight issues, and the third is that I ended a preparedness tier with my Calcium hypochlorite prep (The ability to disinfect approx 50k gallons of water), and it is easiest to start the next tier on water since that’s what I have been researching lately.

Today’s project is a device used to create a practically inexhaustible supply of the same disinfecting solution as the calcium hypochlorite makes. You might ask why I went through the trouble of buying the HTH pool shock if I had planned all along to make a device that does the same thing, especially considering the storage considerations of the corrosive chemical. Well, the pool shock is does not need an energy input to work, I cannot break it, and I bought a lifetime supply for under $25.00.

The Chlorine Producing Unit (CPU) I am about to show you works very well, but it requires 12 volt electric input, uses expensive and technologically advanced electrodes and cost a little over twice as much to make.

I have found that American missionaries that work in the third world are an excellent supply of information in what some call “appropriate technology” This is people centered, small scale, labor intensive, energy efficient, environmentally sound devices and processed. It’s a lot like “Macgyverisms” from my favorite 80’s TV show. He had advanced knowledge and primitive supplies and was able to cobble together 1900’s level tech with modern scientific principles.

One famous example of this is the CD3WD which is a collection of appropriate tech, Travis Hughley and barrelponics (which I AM going to build one day) and Safe Water International Ministries the developers of the CPU that is the focus of today’s article.

SWIM has developed the CPU to provide a chlorinating solution for water disinfection in third world countries. I would highly recommend you check out their website and consider donating to their mission as they are doing wonderful work.

If you want a CPU, but don’t have a DIY gene or interest in building one yourself, SWIM sells complete CPU tool box kit which includes an instruction card, a chlorine test kit, 2 mixing bottles, a salt measuring cup, and a couple of solution droppers. All you need to provide is 12 volts of electricity, salt, and water. A donation of $150 to their ministry would support this kit.

I wanted to turn this into a project so I gave a $50 donation and received the anode and cathode from them. They will email you the plans for free if you contact them on the website, and they have a technology link online with the instruction manual and a basic lesson plan for teaching this to others. I will warn you, the cathode and anodes are the main expense in the CPU, and you may have a hard time finding a supplier. One is a titanium mesh; the other is a mixed metal oxide (ruthenium).

However, I must tell you that their primary mission is to provide these units for missionary work in third world countries, so if demand causes a supply backlog, I would imagine they would fill that need first.

Basically what happens is when you bridge the electrodes with a salt water solution and apply an electrical charge to them you start a chemical reaction called electrolysis. In this particular process the water bubbles and produces a caustic chlorine solution roughly half as strong as laundry bleach. After the 9/11 attacks many municipal water treatment plants converted to this process so that they could remove their one ton chlorine gas tanks from their sites to mitigate their attractiveness as a terrorist target.

Per the SWIM for Him website the directions for use are:

Mix salt & water solution ( approx. ¼ cup salt to 16 oz water)
Connect wires to 12 volt source (negative, or black, to negative; positive, or red, to positive)
Pour the saltwater solution through the CPU into another bottle (observe the bubbling process)
Carefully repeat the pour-through process 5 times.
This is different from a chlorate cell as that the water free flows through the unit which does not allow chlorates or perchlorates to form. This process operates at a different voltage and a much lower temperature.
Unhook the battery wires.
Rinse the CPU by pouring clean water through it.
Add 10 drops of the solution for each gallon of drinking water.
Wait one hour before drinking.

Additionally, if you are using solar power to charge your battery, you will want to recharge it for 3-5 hours after this process to ensure it is fully charged.

You will also need a test kit to ensure you use enough chlorine solution to properly sanitize your water supply.

This was a very simple project and I built the device in under an hour, I have to wait about 24 hours for the sealant to set, and then another 30 minutes in finishing touches. Please watch the video below to see all the steps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ_MhPVYotg

You can read more about this and my other projects on my blog
http://www.tngun.com

Jan 10

Getting started

by marshwillow

Procrastination can kill a “Would Be Prepper”.Never put off doing something.Not only you but you loved ones will suffer less in the event of a disaster.There are many old addages or proverbs that come to mind…Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.

1.Set goals and priorities.

2.Start small .-Many become discouraged when they see a large list.Just do what is resonable and prudent.Dont get overwhelmed.

3.Don’t exhaust yourself or your resources.-Not everyone can buy a new glock,ammo or a year supplies of provisions.But putting back within your means is a great start.Wont be long before you have amassed a sizable cache’.

4.Get your family involved.-Children thrive during stress situations.Let them help.It will give them a sense of accomplishment and help releave some of your responsibilities.

5. Dont get consumed stress ,it wont do you any good.-Stay calm and work efficently and results will happen.

6. If you wish to include people other than family,such as close friends-be advised-Observe them during a crisis.See how they handle it.If you have family already you might not want the responsibility of taking care of another person.Everyone should pull his or her own weight for what their capabilities are.

7. Keep quiet about what you do.When the disaster strikes you dont want the neighborhood breaking down your door for your food and resources.

8.Above all use the information resources provided online .Never overlook an observation or tried and true method of a fellow prepper.It may be what saves your life.

9.You dont have to buy everything at a store.Yard sales,garage sales,estate sales ,auctions and flea markets are good and low cost alternatives to finding survival gear for pennies .How many yard sales have you gone to and found camping gear,non-electrical appliances(such as graters,choppers,grinders)extra kitchen knives,canning jars and supplies,dehydrators gym bags.Plenty !

10.Please learn storage techniques.Food is only good as long as it is edible.Equipment must be stored properly for maximum useage.

11.Be thrifty.Use coupons learn to can,dehydrate and hone your pioneer survival skills.They will save you in the long run.Learn to grow a garden,collect heirloom seeds.

12.Knowledge is your best tool.Listen -learn-DO !

This is provided to you as a way to boost you in your prepping endeavors.Have a blessed great day.-Marshwillow

Mar 19

Dollar General 10 for $10

 By: roolu

I’m not a big Dollar General shopper when it comes to getting grocery items, but I did notice this past week that they have items priced at 10 for $10. Among those were 2lb bags of rice, 16oz bottles of Olive Oil, Mashed potatoe boxes and bags, and Pace Picante Sauce. There were other items like canned Salmon, sardines, herring, etc., but I thought this would be a good way to get some preps at a reasonable price.

Just wanted to pass this on for those that may be limited on funds like myself. I try to take advantage of whatever I can and this just seemed like a decent price, especially for the rice.

To respond to this post please go here:
http://americanpreppersnetwork.net/viewtopic.php?f=314&t=9706

Mar 11

A quick cheap solution for extra space

A quick cheap solution for extra space 
From: 

A space issue we were having in the kitchen is addressed here. A drill, construction adhesive, and other materials were used. You could do this by getting a table from a yard sale, thrift store, local freecycle, or craigslist.You could also just add some wheels to your own kitchen table. The wheels you can buy them or maybe find them from yard sales or frugal finds. We actually bought the wheels at lowes a year ago and it took me until last week to find a table that was perfect enough for our needs.

Directions: Flip the table over drill a hole in each table leg that is the same size as the wheel fixture arm thing. Blow all the dust out of the holes. Squirt some construction adhesive(not a lot) in the holes and pop the wheels into place let sit for 10-15 minutes. Have someone help you flip the table back over. Let it sit on a flat level surface, putting some heavier objects on it to help weigh it down a bit, for 24-48 hours. This has worked very well for us anyway.

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