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Let’s look at some helpful survival knowledge from around the web, with a little commentary from us to help you decide which ones to read!

From rethinksurvival.com: 8 Reasons Why Upgrading to an iPhone is a Good Idea for Emergency Preparedness

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Most preppers tend to dismiss technological gadgets and smart phones owing to the lack of electricity for charging their batteries. However, the author makes a good case for using the applications, information, and even offline data available via a phone for many disasters that don’t annihilate the electrical grid. Flexibility is always good for preparedness, and a smartphone gives you a fair amount of information even if your internet connection is severed!

 

From  buzzfeed.com: 41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner

Although not all of these are best for strict survival, many of them do help you in improving comfort while bugging out. Others are useful for helping you to pack as many useful items (matches, toilet paper etc) in a single small container as possible. Finally, a few of these tips will assist you in scavenging your garbage to make other useful tools like spoons.

 

From apartmentprepper.com: How an Average Person can Prepare for a Pandemic

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A pandemic is one of those disasters that can strike fear in ways few others can. You can’t shoot germs or viruses, after all! This article provides some excellent tips for keeping you and your family safe during pandemics, as well as other interesting information. After all, while knowing how to prevent catching some deadly disease is valuable, it is equally good to know how previous pandemics have spread and the damage they caused. Check this article out and see if you have all the necessary supplies and knowledge to survive!

 

From momwithaprep: 8 Tips to Spring Clean Your Pantry

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Spring cleaning may not be fun, but it is a necessary part of keeping your food stocks stored and rotated properly. This article gives a great list of tasks that will help you to reorganize after a winter of using the occasional can or stealing some toilet paper from the shelves, as well as tips for keeping your stock clean and ready to go. If you’re anything like me your shelves get somewhat disorganized over time, with a few expired cans lurking in the back and half-opened packs of batteries littering the area. Take a few tips from this article and keep things clean.

Your thoughts?

Let us know what you thought of all this survival knowledge in the comments below!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: Why Upgrading to an Iphone is Good for Emergency Preparedness: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge

nuclear power disaster

By Tara Dodrill

Nuclear disaster preparedness is likely a concern for many, but such a scenario is of particular importance to Americans living within 100 miles of a plant or waste disposal facility.

A majority (32) of states have a nuclear power plant, and even ones that don’t are located next to one right across the border. Nuclear waste disposal facilities are also located in a multitude of states. Sadly, many folks live within a dangerous fallout zone and do not even realize they are at risk – especially if it storms or high winds occur right after a nuclear disaster.

The Fukishima nuclear plant meltdown in Japan illustrates the broad reach such a disaster can have.

Here are six tips for preparing for a potential nuclear disaster:

1. Prepare escape routes. Leaving your home if you live within 100 miles of a nuclear facility after either a man-made or natural disaster is of course the first and best option for survival. But hopping into your car and rolling down the freeway is not likely to be an easy task. Alternative exit routes should be devised and practiced. Walking, hiking, bicycling, boating and 4-wheeling away from the danger zone should all be considered. These options all depend on the amount of warning time given. Getting caught outside when a radiation shower occurs will be the last walk, bike, hike, canoeing, or ATV ride you ever take.

2. Get a meter. An electroscope such as a Kearny Fallout Meter to detect fluctuations in radiation readings is a wise investment. Survival is dependent upon garnering as much warning time as possible. A Kearny Fallout Meter (KFM) is a simplistic and affordable electroscope that is highly regarded for its accuracy.

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3. Wash food. Some nuclear disaster preparedness experts feel that despite contrary arguments, thoroughly washing produce will remove radioactive particles. If the plants the produce stemmed from have been exposed to radiation, the crop has been lost. Radiation fallout on produce can be dealt with by using baking soda or calcium bentonite clay, if predictions are accurate. The clay is a natural substance that reportedly absorbs radiation and has a strong negative ionic charge. Once activated by water, the calcium bentonite works like a heft magnet and absorbs anything with a positive ionic charge in its path. Possible substances with a positive ionic charge include pesticides, various toxins, and radiation. This captures and removes the tainted materials as the object is washed off. The Ready Nutrition website suggests mixing one part of the clay to 8 parts of purified water in a non-metallic bowl or tub. Put the produce, or any object touched by radiation, in the mixture, cover it, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with yet more purified water and eat or use. Gloves should be worn when touching the tainted object. If going the baking soda route, wash the produce in a half-and-half soda and water mixture, rinse, and then peel and eat.

nuclear plants us4. Eat the right foods. We are what we eat, just like we learned in middle school health class. Adopting an “anti-radiation” diet now, and storing such foods for consumption during a nuclear disaster could also enhance survival. Some foods are believed to possess natural qualities that aid the body in “ridding itself from radiation exposure.” Foods which could help protect the body from radiation poisoning and fight off the ill effects of exposure include rosemary, kelp, miso soup, niacin and spirulina. Foods that are high in potassium are also often touted as a good way to combat radiation sickness. High potassium foods include bananas, potatoes, apples, pineapples, oranges and pomegranates. Mushrooms which are black or brown in color, reishi mushrooms in particular, are also believed to be high in antioxidants that will help the body fight radiation sickness. Both green and black teas might also help a victim of radiation poisoning. Teas recommended include ones made from dandelions, cumin, lentils, garlic, ginseng, mustard and collard greens.

5. Look into natural body cleansers. Drinking natural body cleansers is also recommended for anyone within 100 miles of a nuclear disaster. The same mixture of baking soda and water noted above, along with apple cider vinegar, is also believed to flush radiation and other toxins from the body and cleanse the stomach lining. Baking soda is the one prep that keeps on giving in just about every survival facet. Mix some of the soda with your laundry, liquid body, and dish soap to further cleanse radiation dust (it binds to the soda) from your body, clothing, windows and doors.

6. Plant Spiderwort around the home to alert you to radiation exposure. The distinctly dark purple leaves of the plant turn pink when exposed to radiation. Spiderwort plants may be toxic to some animals and pets.

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This article first appeared at Off The Grid News: Be Prepared: 6 Critical Steps To Survive A Nuclear Disaster

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A number of recent events have given rise to the question of whether the United States is heading towards martial law, sometime in the near future. We are seeing an increased militarization of police forces across the land, as well as more and more police excesses, as those militarized forces flex their muscles in the direction of the citizens they are supposedly sworn to protect.

The Bundy ranch is only the most recent of these excesses. Probably the most infamous of them is the way that police forces dealt with the Boston Marathon Bombing. In the aftermath of that atrocity, police instituted what was essentially martial law on their own authority. Citizens were forced to remain in their homes until police showed up. As the police reached each home in their house-to-house search, they would kick the family out and make them stand on the street. They also confiscated firearms, even those that were legally owned.

None of this did a thing to help capture the bombers, who were eventually captured due to an alert citizen calling the police and telling them that they saw someone who looked like one of the bombers hiding in their neighbor’s backyard. This raised the question; were the police justified in their actions?

Technically, the police acted within the confines of the law. Recent changes to the law allow police and federal agents much more latitude in how they deal with the citizenry. In a sense, they are no longer responsible to the people who pay their salaries; rather serving the “higher cause” of the “greater good.” In other words, if they can state they are acting to protect society at large, then they can get away with a lot.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that all police and all federal agents have become bad guys or even that they’re comfortable with some of the things that they are doing. One of the things that came out of the Bundy ranch was that some of the federal agents on site stated that they were uncomfortable with what they had been ordered to do, but they had to do it or lose their jobs.

So, where are we going with all this? It appears rather clear that we are heading in the direction of becoming a police state. Honest citizens are being villainized and named as terrorists, while true criminals and terrorists are being left alone, so that the police aren’t accused of being “racist.”

The Long Arm of Politics

The big question actually boils down to one of politics. While the country may be approaching that of being a police state, that doesn’t mean that martial law is in effect or will be in effect. Theoretically, martial law is only declared by the military, when government organs are no longer able to meet their requirements to take care of the people.

The government steps in temporarily to reestablish order, and then turns the country back over to the government once again. In reality, martial law is usually declared by politicians who are afraid of the citizenry. Instead of being enacted to protect the citizens, it is usually enacted to protect the government from the citizens.

That’s the type of situation we might soon find ourselves in. It is clear that the ongoing events in Nevada have captured the attention of the highest political offices in the land, even though they have been strangely quiet about it. American patriots are sending a clear signal to Washington; one that we will only be pushed so far. That strikes fear in the hearts of the politicians, especially liberal ones.

President Obama has already signed the executive order which gives him the right to declare martial law at any time. I think that’s a significant sign. If he didn’t think that there would be a reason for him to need that authority, why would he have given it to himself?

Let me add something else into the mix here. In just a few short months, we have the 2014 midterm elections. Pundits are already predicting a landslide victory for the Republican party, with Democrats losing seats in both the House and the Senate. Should that happen, it would put President Obama in a very dangerous situation. For the first time in his presidency, he would be faced with a senate that is opposed to him.

There are several possible outcomes to the Democrats losing control of the Senate. The first and most obvious is that Congress would do everything in its power to put a stop to the president’s socialist agenda. As part of that, there’s a very strong possibility that they would start impeachment proceedings.

Once Obama is impeached, there’s a possibility that he will also be tried as a traitor to the United States of America. Many people have been speaking out about this, including some on the halls of government. Obama the narcissist can’t afford to let that happen. Being convicted of treason would not only stop his liberal agenda, but would also put him in jail for the rest of his life.

I’m not sure which would be worse for him. While nobody wants to go to jail, he may actually be more focused on his agenda. After all, he is firmly convinced that he and only he can lead this country in the direction that he feels it needs to go. It doesn’t matter to him how many people oppose his ideas; he has his pen and his phone and he intends to use them to the max. But if he is impeached and tried for treason, he won’t be able to use either of them.

The only way out that Obama has is to declare martial law, either before the elections or before those newly elected Congressmen can take office. That would leave him even more firmly in control than he is now, as he would be able to suspend the Constitution, as well as the Bill of Rights.

Obama has relieved almost 200 top commanders in our military forces, in an effort to make the country’s military loyal to him and his liberal vision for America. He has quietly asked members of the military to swear a personal oath of loyalty to him. In addition, he has emasculated the military, giving control to minorities which — just as in the rest of society — are receiving preferential treatment in our armed forces, while true heroes are being stripped of their rights.

The Other Army 

But the military isn’t Obama’s ace in the hole; the Department of Homeland Security is. When Obama was running for president the first time, he stated that the country needed a Department of Homeland Security that was as well equipped and trained as the military.

Why is that so? Don’t we have a military to protect us from foreign threats? If so, then what do we need the DHS for? Even worse, why do they need to be equipped like the military?

The Constitution denies the military the right to operate on U.S. soil. So, if Obama is going to declare martial law, he needs a military force that he can use, which is not part of the normal military establishment. That’s what the DHS gives him. It is quite possibly the military that he intends to use, in order to establish his version of martial law.

It appears that Obama is keeping an ace up his sleeve; the ace of declaring martial law. When and if that happens, there are only two possible options. Either we all buckle under and accept our new Marxist dictator or we will need to rise up and declare the second American revolution.

The question we need to ask ourselves is; which will it be?

Find out what to expect in the event of the societal crisis on Conquering the Coming Collapse, and learn more home and self-defense techniques on Bulletproof Home.

Video first seen on Info Wars.

This article first appeared at Survivopedia: Is Martial Law Coming Soon?

About Bill

Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them. You can send Bill a message at bill.white [at] survivopedia.com.

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By Michael Snyder

No, the economy is most definitely not “recovering”.  Despite what you may hear from the politicians and from the mainstream media, the truth is that the U.S. economy is in far worse shape than it was prior to the last recession.  In fact, we are still pretty much where we were at when the last recession finally ended.  When the financial crisis of 2008 struck, it took us down to a much lower level economically.  Thankfully, things have at least stabilized at this much lower level.  For example, the percentage of working age Americans that are employed has stayed remarkably flat for the past four years.  We should be grateful that things have not continued to get even worse.  It is almost as if someone has hit the “pause button” on the U.S. economy.  But things are definitely not getting better, and there are a whole host of signs that this bubble of false stability will soon come to an end and that our economic decline will accelerate once again.  The following are 17 facts to show to anyone that believes that the U.S. economy is just fine…

#1 The homeownership rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 19 years.

#2 Consumer spending for durable goods has dropped by 3.23 percent since November.  This is a clear sign that an economic slowdown is ahead.

#3 Major retailers are closing stores at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

#4 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20 percent of all families in the United States do not have a single member that is employed.  That means that one out of every five families in the entire country is completely unemployed.

#5 There are 1.3 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than when the last recession began in December 2007.  Meanwhile, our population has continued to grow steadily since that time.

#6 According to a new report from the National Employment Law Project, the quality of the jobs that have been “created” since the end of the last recession does not match the quality of the jobs lost during the last recession…

  • Lower-wage industries constituted 22 percent of recession losses, but 44 percent of recovery growth.
  • Mid-wage industries constituted 37 percent of recession losses, but only 26 percent of recovery growth.
  • Higher-wage industries constituted 41 percent of recession losses, and 30 percent of recovery growth.

#7 After adjusting for inflation, men who work full-time in America today make less money than men who worked full-time in America 40 years ago.

#8 It is hard to believe, but 62 percent of all Americans make $20 or less an hour at this point.

#9 Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year.

#10 The middle class in Canada now makes more money than the middle class in the United States does.

#11 According to one recent study, 40 percent of all Americans could not come up with $2000 right now even if there was a major emergency.

#12 Less than one out of every four Americans has enough money put away to cover six months of expenses if there was a job loss or major emergency.

#13 An astounding 56 percent of all Americans have subprime credit in 2014.

#14 As I wrote about the other day, there are now 49 million Americans that are dealing with food insecurity.

#15 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

#16 69 percent of the federal budget is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs.

#17 The number of Americans receiving benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million.

Taken individually, those numbers are quite remarkable.

Taken collectively, they are absolutely breathtaking.

Yes, things have been improving for the wealthy for the last several years.  The stock market has soared to new record highs and real estate prices in the Hamptons have skyrocketed to unprecedented heights.

But that is not the real economy.  In the real economy, the middle class is being squeezed out of existence.  The quality of our jobs is declining and prices just keep rising.  This reality was reflected quite well in a comment that one of my readers left on one of my recent articles

It is getting worse each passing month. The food bank I help out, has barely squeaked by the last 3 months. Donors are having to pull back, to take care of their own families. Wages down, prices up, simple math tells you we can not hold out much longer. Things are going up so fast, you have to adopt a new way of thinking. Example I just had to put new tires on my truck. Normally I would have tried to get by to next winter. But with the way prices are moving, I decide to get them while I could still afford them. It is the same way with food. I see nothing that will stop the upward trend for quite a while. So if you have a little money, and the space, buy it while you can afford it. And never forget, there will be some people worse off than you. Help them if you can.

And the false stock bubble that the wealthy are enjoying right now will not last that much longer.  It is an artificial bubble that has been pumped up by unprecedented money printing by the Federal Reserve, and like all bubbles that the Fed creates, it will eventually burst.

None of the long-term trends that are systematically destroying our economy have been addressed, and none of our major economic problems have been fixed.  In fact, as I showed in this recent article, we are actually in far worse shape than we were just prior to the last major financial crisis.

Let us hope that this current bubble of false stability lasts for as long as possible.

That is what I am hoping for.

But let us not be deceived into thinking that it is permanent.

It will soon burst, and then the real pain will begin.

More at The Economic Collapse: 17 Facts To Show To Anyone That Believes That The U.S. Economy Is Just Fine

tornado-signs

By Ken Jorgustin

What are the signs of a tornado?

How do you know when a tornado is be forming or approaching?

Here are 10 signs that a tornado may be imminent:

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1. When looking at the bottom of the cloud base. Beware if you see that it is actually rotating (even if slowly), rather than just gliding along.

2. Look for a lowering of the storm cloud base to what is called a wall cloud, a large lowering cloud formation. This is a potential tornado sign.

3. If you notice an area of whirling dust debris above the ground (similar to a ‘dust devil’ but bigger), and it is beneath a large storm cloud base, it may be a tornado sign – one may have already formed but is still up in the cloud.

4. If you are in a storm with heavy rain and hail, and it suddenly stops and becomes eerily quiet, it may be a sign of an impending rain-wrapped tornado.

5. An intense wind shift after the dead-calm is a further sign.

6. If the sky becomes a greenish black color, it may be a tornado sign.

7. The storm’s updraft creates hail and is located right above the tornado, so, hail (especially large golf ball size or larger) is a sign indicative of a possible tornado.

8. A loud continuous roar, rumble, or waterfall sound which does not quickly fade out like thunder, may be a sign that a tornado is approaching. Other sounds are similar to a train or a jet.

9. If you notice debris falling from the sky, it may be a sign that a tornado has formed and has scoured objects from the ground – hurling them up to great distances.

10. If at night you see bright ground flashes near a thunderstorm (blue-green-white), it may be a sign that a tornado is blowing out power transformers and power lines there.

Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: 10 Tornado Signs

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The outbreak of severe weather will continue on Wednesday and will begin to affect part of the Northeast, while the threat of violent storms continues in the South and Midwest.

Travel along stretches of I-20, I-40, I-70, I-77, I-80, I-81 and I-95 could be hazardous at times due to gusty storms and areas of blinding, heavy rain.

A nearly stationary storm system over the Upper Midwest will continue to push warm, moist air across the Southeastern and Ohio Valley states on Wednesday and will begin to push warm, moist air across the mid-Atlantic.

The threat of heavy, violent thunderstorms on Wednesday will span from northern Florida to southeastern Alabama, much of Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. However, depending on how successful the push of warm air is, severe thunderstorms can also reach into Delaware, southeastern Michigan, southern New Jersey and portions of Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon.

Part of the northern Florida Panhandle was overwhelmed with heavy rainfall Tuesday night. Portions of the Pensacola, Fla., area received over a foot of rain which caused flooding.

During Wednesday evening, advancing warm, humid air can bring the risk of severe weather into portions of New York state, the balance of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as southwestern New England.

According to Northeast Weather Expert Dave Dombek, “The main threat of severe weather in the Northeast will be from flash flooding and locally damaging wind gusts.”

Some areas have the potential to receive more than 4 inches of rain, factoring in rainfall from earlier in the week.

Enough rain and poor visibility can occur to disrupt flights at major airports from Detroit to Pittsburgh, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“A few of the storms will also bring the potential for large hail, while a handful of the smallest storms could produce a tornado,” Dombek said.

For some storm-weary people in the South, this will be the second or third day in a row with the potential for damaging thunderstorms.

“Wednesday has the potential to be the worst day of the outbreak for people in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia,” Kottlowski said. “Storms that erupt will bring damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.”

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The number of storms will be decidedly less numerous and less intense over much of Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. Part of this area may have no storms at all.

During Thursday into Saturday, the large storm stalled over the Midwest is forecast to weaken gradually and lift northward into Canada.

However, this slow process may allow another round of thunderstorms to fire along the Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday from New England to Florida. Should a disturbance rotate in during the afternoon and evening hours, the thunderstorms could become locally severe.

Chilly showers over the Midwest are forecast to become less extensive moving forward into the weekend as the old storm diminishes. There is just the chance of a brief shower for Derby day at Churchill Downs.

More at AccuWeather: Dangerous Storms to Threaten I-95 Wednesday