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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

When it comes to “prepping”, many among the elite take things to an entirely different level.  As you will see below, the elite are willing to pay big money for cutting edge home security measures, luxury bomb shelters and superyacht getaway submarines. Some of the things that the elite are demanding for their own protection go beyond even what we would see in a James Bond film, and serving the prepping needs of the elite has become a multi-billion dollar business.  Meanwhile, the media outlets that the elite own continue to mock the rest of us for getting prepared.  All the time we see headlines like this one that appeared in a major American news source: “Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse“.  Well, if we are paranoid for setting aside some extra food and supplies for the future, what does that make the people that you will read about in this article?

The elite live in a world that is completely different from the world that you and I live in.  In wealthy enclaves of major global cities such as London, elitists are willing to shell out massive amounts of money to ensure that everyone else is kept out.  The following comes from an article that was just published a few hours ago by the London Evening Standard entitled “The paranoid world of London’s super-rich: DNA-laced security mist and superyacht getaway submarines“…

Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch. Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber hacking through to physical intrusion and kidnapping,’ says Bond Gunning. ‘We ended up installing fingerprint-activated locks for family members and programmable keys for staff that limit the time they are allowed into the property and the rooms they are able to enter and exit.

‘Inside and outside we installed 24-hour monitored CCTV cameras that are so hi-tech they can tell the difference between a dog, cat and a person. In the garden there are thermal-imaging cameras that can detect heat sources in the undergrowth. One thing intruders can’t hide is the heat of their bodies.

‘Should an intruder evade the cameras or ignore the warnings they automatically broadcast, the property itself is protected by bulletproof glass and alarm sensors in all rooms. There is a bullet, gas and bombproof panic or safe room, with its own food and water, medical supplies and communications, and an impregnable supply of fresh air. Just in case the family cannot make it there in time, key rooms are sealed by reinforced shutters.’

But for many elitists, those kinds of extreme security measures are simply not enough.  That is why sales of “luxury doomsday shelters” are absolutely soaring.  If “the end of the world” arrives unexpectedly, high net worth individuals want to know that there will be somewhere for them and their families to go.  The following is an excerpt from an article about one such facility located in Indiana

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: Superyacht Getaway Subs And Luxury Bomb Shelters: The Elite Are The Most Paranoid Preppers Of All

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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You cannot imagine how comforting it is to have fresh produce in hard times. But sometimes your garden just isn’t ready when you need it, or your availability to fresh produce isn’t ideal.  The thing is this though: fresh produce isn’t meant to stay fresh for very long. You’re usually left holding the bag if you want some good produce during a food shortage, societal breakdown or a major event. It’s not that difficult though, to get a good mix of veggies in your diet.

You can even have fresh fruit and vegetables without a huge, well-developed garden or aquaponics setup.

Now, this article is all about veggies and how to make them long term storage type foods but that’s not the only thing these articles are good for. There’s still got a ton of great information you’re going to want. Don’t forget to stay tuned for the other articles in this series of articles. The work has already been done to uncover the best items for your long-term comfort and survival. When stressful times exist, everyone is going to want to eat great food. Here’s how:

How to keep vegetables and fruit for the long-term

OK, here’s the deal: fresh produce doesn’t last long. There are more than a few secrets with you to help you extend the lifespan of fresh cut vegetables for your storage. It’s just that you’ll need to make an accommodation to allow that to happen. A root cellar is the answer. A what? A root cellar is a cool, humidity controlled container which allows your veggies to last for a very long time. How about lettuce that lasts for two months, garlic that will last two years, squash that will last three years or other root veggies which will last at least two years. THAT’S longevity.

This particular article is meant to whet your appetite and isn’t a big enough forum to cover the actual design and building of a root cellar (there will definitely be a few articles on that topic going forward). Let’s not get into details but simply basic concepts, for now. We WILL however talk more extensively about root cellars in the near future so we won’t be skirting that issue.

But let’s get you salivating for some fresh produce that doesn’t require a fully developed garden or hydro/aqua setup.

Which Fruits and Vegetables Will Work?

Ginger, Onions, Beets, Potatoes, Squash and Hearty leafy greens as well as cabbage are all perfect candidates for root cellaring. The usual suspects can be included of course as well, including apples, carrots, turnips, pumpkin and celery.

Each type of fruit or vegetable will require a different treatment to ensure longevity without refrigeration.  But it’s important to note that many items have substantially similar treatments, humidity levels and timelines.  For instance, cabbage and celery, leafy greens like kale and chard all store incredibly well in sand with a controlled humidity at the same level. The result is about 3-5 months peak longevity with very little waste involved.

Additionally, squash of all types, potatoes, yams, onions and turnips can all be stored in similar conditions. The key is that they are all “cured” properly in their own unique ways. So, after you prepare the items, you can store them in a very similar environment.

Root cellars are used all around the globe for storing produce.

The best part of the root cellaring ideology is that you don’t have to actually have a cellar, or even a lot of space. In third world countries, “root cellars” are often built out of terracotta pots, sand and water. An unused trashcan can be buried, incorporated with hay and newspaper and covered properly to provide a very cheap and easy to maintain root cellar.

The key to root cellaring is the controlling of humidity (some items need more, some need less). That’s the main reason why different storage vessels make some sense.

What Else Can Be Stored Long Term?

Let’s talk more about the types of food you can store though, because that’s what this is all about. Having fresh produce on hand even when you cannot guarantee access from your garden or the grocer is important.

Ginger root is an excellent vegetable for root cellaring. The rind that forms on the ginger allows the moisture to stay intact until it’s broken, and the relatively firm flesh keeps bruising to a minimum. It is bruising which causes vegetables and fruits to speed up degradation. You know that old saying: “One bad apple ruins the whole bushel”? It’s true. You need ripe, unblemished, uncut and non-bruised produce for root cellaring.

Garlic can be made to last for significant periods of time if properly stored in a root cellar. Having fresh, spicy, sharp garlic on hand can aid in a bunch of different preparations, including for medical reasons. Garlic can last 6 months on your counter, but 18 months or more in a proper root cellar situation. That’s longevity.

Beets and other similar items (like turnips and potatoes) are easy targets for root cellar advocates. These can last over a year, without any significant degradation to taste or texture. The biggest argument for a cellar is that the produce tastes infinitely better than waterlogged canned versions you buy in the store.

Get Started Now!

Now a few words to the wise: veterans of root cellaring will say without question that home grown produce lasts MUCH longer than store bought produce. If you cannot get your garden producing in time, but want to get your root cellar started there is a strategy. Visit a local produce farm and pick high quality specimens then utilize proper “curing” techniques.  Get informed on the proper storage conditions for each variety, then combine the techniques.

P.S. Don’t worry, you won’t be left hanging on a root cellar setup, but this article was just an introduction. There is a ton of great content on food storage coming down the pipeline, because you are probably hungry for great food in your storage. – Survivopedia

Find out more about food independence on Backyard Liberty.

NewYearsResolutions

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Its that time of year when we are finally cleaning up from Christmas – digging out from the sea of UPS delivered packages, polishing off the last cookies and putting away our new toys. The end of the year is time for taking inventory and a common practice we Americans like to partake in is New Years Resolutions. A resolution is simply a promise you make to yourself about some aspect of your life you are going to change in the new year. When the magical day of January 1st appears, you are going to start being a nicer person, loose that Christmas cookie weight (guilty as charged), start going to the gym, run that 5k or a million other things we say we are going to do. Most of us at least try some of our resolutions, but not all of us finish them and most of us quickly forget our heartfelt promises really quickly.

Knowing this is a trend that even I am guilty of glossing over and ignoring when I was lazy, I wanted to write down some ideas Preppers could use for New Year’s Resolutions this year. I know that personally I need to work on some of these aspects of my preps so jotting them down and trying to focus on them might give me a little more motivation, determination and the most important thing, follow through. Maybe it will help give you some ideas too.

Store Extra food

This is an easy one, right? Storing extra food is more of a habit you need to get into than anything. You are already going to the store, but you need to buy more of what you already eat. Once you have a week extra, go for two weeks, then a month. If you have a few hundred dollars buy some food you can store in Mylar bags and extend the life of your foods for 10 to 15 years easily.

Store Extra Drinking water

Another easy one. There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t have several dozen gallons at a minimum for each person stored in your home at all times. The trick is to not blast through this supply on a hot week in August. Buy or bottle your water in larger container’s for ease of storing, but keep your supply fresh and rotate your stored water out every 6 months. Water that is 2 years old is still drinkable, but you probably won’t like the taste of it.

Get in (better) shape

This is one that I want to focus more on next year and I am just as good as the next person at making excuses for not exercising. One simple fact is that the healthier you are, the better you are able to cope with stress and deal with physically challenging situations. One common theme that we always see in any survival situation is hardship. There is the hardship associated with being displaced, with having to flee or to make do without conveniences that we are used to. The better shape you are in, the better you will be able to adapt to your new situation. If you can’t walk a mile up and down your street when the grid is up, do you think you are going to be able to run 5 miles with a full pack when the grid goes down?

Tell someone about prepping

This is something I like to think we accomplish with the Prepper Journal and that is getting the message out to more and more people about the need to prepare. It isn’t lunatic survivalists, it’s you, it’s me, it’s your parents, friends and neighbors we need to ensure are prepared. Try telling some friends or coworkers. You don’t have to convince them to start a militia and move to a compound with you. If we are all able to take care of ourselves during the next winter storm that is a start. If we are all able to live for a month without a trip to the grocery store, that is huge.

Buy some precious metals

Back in 2008 when the stock market tanked I decided that for me personally, investing the traditional way wasn’t the safe bet it had been portrayed to me over the years. I took all of my money out of an IRA I had and purchased precious metals with some of it. I don’t have enough to finance the coup of a foreign nation, but I do have some money that is pretty much safe from bank failures, a collapse of paper currency or a stock market collapse. I am not saying that I am invincible, but having precious metals is one aspect in my opinion of true diversification. What the money guys will tell you is that you need to have some of your money in stocks, some in bonds and some in other investment portfolios so that you will be ‘diversified’. That isn’t diversification because your money is all tied up with other people in investment schemes that can lose their value over night. Precious metals are something you should at least look into if you don’t have any other options currently for your monetary security.

Reevaluate my bug out bags

This is one of those concepts in Prepping that I do talk about all of the time and that is that you are never done Prepping. You can’t buy some gear, throw it into a big back and shove that into the closet. Prepping should evolve with your knowledge, it should adjust to your lifestyle and living conditions and adapt to the threats you consider important to your family. Take the time to break out that bag and completely inventory it. Better yet, strap it on and go out into the woods for a few days to see if you can live off of what you have in there. The lessons you learn from that trip might help you rethink what you packed.

Work on outdoor skills

One of the areas I think I need the most work on is simple outdoor skills. Chopping trees, butchering livestock, growing, recognizing and using natural herbs. All of these skills could be required from you if the grid goes down and it’s better to practice now while you have Target to fall back on.

Pay more attention to the garden

I like to blame my gardens success and failures on how much time I am able to spend in there. I really want to force a discipline on myself to spend some time daily in my garden.  I know if I do, I will not only get more produce from my garden, I will learn more, it will be less weedy and the end result will be much more rewarding.

Spend more quality time with family

I have said before that everything I do when it comes to prepping is for the benefit and with the goal of taking care of my family and that is completely true. Its odd though that often my planning, prepping and activities that I take part in to ensure their safety sometimes comes at the expense of me spending time with the people I love. I want to make a point to take time during every day and week to appreciate and love on the people I want to protect.

Hopefully this gave you some ideas for prepper new year’s resolutions. If you have your own, please write them in the comments below and I hope you all have a safe and happy new year! – The Prepper Journal

compass

By Jeremy Knauff

The compass has been a tool of great importance for centuries. Every navigator considered it a crucial part of his or her arsenal, and for good reason. The world is a big place, after all, and one can become easily lost without the ability to find the four cardinal points. As technology has evolved the compass has seen various adjustments in size, utility, and efficiency. Today’s mobile phones are even capable of performing the duty of a compass. A wise route-finder, however, will want to recognize that such a medium is readily prone to elemental damage. Real compasses are still the most reliable option. There are three traditional archetypes available for staying on course today:

Lensatic compass

Lensatic CompassThe most robust style on the market; a lensatic compass can withstand formidable abuse. The majority come with aluminum framing—preventing rust—and particularly durable plastic protecting the instrument itself. Adding to the virtual immunity to elemental damage, these models often offer photo-luminescent technology enabling visibility in low-level lighting conditions. The lensatic sight can also be used to determine an objective’s exact bearing. This is the most dependable model for the survivalist – made apparent by its ubiquitous tradition amongst armed forces units. These benefits do not come without a price, however, as the user must sacrifice utility for a rather unwieldy size. This is not a compass that can be tightly compacted and slipped into a small space. Though its immense utility certainly makes up for any shortcomings.

Map compass

Map CompassThe map compass is very refined and primarily designed to permit extreme precision. These models tout a protractor feature and a transparent base. When used in conjunction with a map, the protractor enables a taking of bearings directly from the paper itself. The rectangular shape can make this model cumbersome if it becomes awkwardly positioned in a large pocket, but its flattened side-profile certainly offers advantages of its own – permitting storage in tight pouches. Nearly all models of map compass will have a lanyard; this permits an easy method of attachment via jacket button holes or belt loops whilst carrying.

Compact compass

Compact CompassThe advantage of a compact compass is that, by its very nature, it is designed around being easy-to-store and carry with you. The quality isn’t going to be nearly so great as the other options, but will be quite sufficient for the novice outdoorsman, or suburban enthusiast. The main function of this model is to provide you with an ordinary bearing, and it performs that function adequately. With the compact compass there is no ability to finely determine direction, but that is seldom a problem for those who are engaging in day trips of no more than a few miles, occasional campers, or hunters.

The type of compass you choose will be entirely up to your individual requirements. There are numerous models available that almost universally fall into one of the three above-listed varieties. Each has their strengths and weaknesses, but all are effective. – How To Survive It

Tip-up

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 By Josh

Previously we discussed some of the methods commonly used for ice fishing when you have the luxury of being there and tending to the line. In this post, we’re going to look at how to build and use a tool known as a tip-up that helps to “watch” your fishing hole for you.

Many designs, but all with a similar principle

The basic idea of a tip-up is a mechanism that can do two things:

  1. Hold onto your line for you until a fish grabs it, whereupon it will spool line off of the reel.
  2. Once a fish begins pulling on the line, it will tip up a flag, ring a bell, or give some other indication that a fish is on the line.

Any contraption that you can build and put on the ice that accomplishes these two tasks will suffice for a tip-up. You can setup multiple tip-ups at different areas and depths in the lake or pond in a survival situation, but be aware that in any other case your local government may have a limit on how many you can have working a single lake.

Tip-ups have the advantage of only requiring your help to keep the ice hole clear and to pull in fish once caught. The disadvantage is that you may lose stronger fish that could have been easily caught with a manual fishing style, and tip-ups are fairly obvious indications of human presence complete with obvious flags and ringing bells. If you’re trying to be discrete and only need a few fish at a time, stick with the pole but if you need large amounts of fish tip-ups increase can vastly your catch.

Types of Tip-Ups

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  • Rectangular Tip-Ups (sometimes known as a Beaver Dam design) lie flat on the ice above the hole and have string wrapped around a small spool that is actually placed into the hole. As the spool turns, it loosens the flag until it tips up and alerts you. These are simple to make at home and extremely stable on the ice, but they do tend to get lost if snow actually drifts over the lake. For a preparedess minded person, they have a low profile that is easy to hide when the flag isn’t up, making them very discreet.
  • The rounded hole tip-up design actually fits in the hole and uses a similar spool spinning mechanism to the Rectangular tip-ups. The key difference here is that since the device itself is placed at the top of the hole it can help keep it from freezing over in the short term, though some fishermen have complained that if left for a day or more they can freeze in place overnight, making them difficult to remove without damaging them.
  • The “Classic” design is one that is extremely light, simple and portable. Made of three pieces of wood held together with butterfly nuts, the classic is unfolded by loosening the nuts and formed into a rough “T” shape. Rather than relying on the spinning motion of the spool, the flag is released when the line is pulled off of a hook by the fish, releasing the flag to tip-up and become visible. These are generally very cheap to purchase, easy to setup, and extremely portable. However, they can be toppled over if improperly setup and do not keep the hole clear.

Each of them has different uses and all are suitable for a survival situation. If purchasing I recommend focusing on durability since these tip-ups tend to be made of portable, light materials such as thinner wood and plastic that can break easily on lower quality models. If properly cared for, however, a durable tip-up can last for many fishing seasons and provide you with a bounty of fish. – Prepared For That

Your Thoughts?

Would you buy a tip-up or build one for yourself? Would you use a tip-up in the first place? Let us know in the comments below!

HandTools

Here is another video from Wranglerstar in which he shares his recommendations for several tools that you my find yourself dependent upon if we have to survive Economic collapse. Most of this video is from the perspective of tools for cutting or managing firewood. If we do have a collapse, one of the first things you won’t have or most likely be able to afford is oil or gas to heat your home. In addition to heating, firewood will be necessary for cooking. If you have no tools to cut wood then this video can help you with some suggestions that you can add to your list of prepping supplies. – The Prepper Journal

 

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By Brian Meyer

Prepping is more than having a room full of food and supplies, it’s also about skills. All the food, weapons, and supplies in the world will only get you so far if you don’t have the skills for survival. A first-aid kit is great, but if you don’t know how to perform first aid, it loses most of its usefulness.

There are classes available all around the country that help with learning the skills needed for survival, and most aren’t even listed as survival, but just as quality of life skills everyone should know. Check out the list of the top ten training courses you should be taking right now and learn a new skill.

1. Red Cross First Aid and CPR

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These classes can literally be a lifesaver. Taking a first aid class can give you the skills you need to survive and not only help yourself but also help others.

The class involves learning how to respond to common first aid emergencies including burns, cuts, and injuries to the head, neck, and back. If you have kids there is a pediatric version available, too.

Along with first aid are classes on CPR. These can help teach you the proper way to give someone CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Trying to do this without the proper knowledge is a good way to kill someone, so make sure you take the time now to learn the proper way.

2. LDS (Mormon) Canning Classes

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No matter your religious beliefs, the Mormons are often glad to help teach the art of preserving and canning food. The storing of food for emergencies is a belief they hold closely, so it’s no wonder that they are skilled in the art of canning.

Visit a LDS Cannery close to you for classes and information. Most are free and open to the public with an appointment. Check out this site for a list of LDS Cannery locations.

3. ARRL Amateur Radio

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When the SHTF it’s not likely that there will be cell phone or even landline service for the foreseeable future, which means alternate forms of communication will be vital to survival.

Learning the art of amateur radio operation now can give you an interesting hobby as well as give you the skills you need to communicate in grid-down situations. The ARRL association for Amateur Radio is a great place to learn what you need to be skilled at using amateur radios as well as get certified so you can legally operate one today.

4. NRA Gun Training

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The National Rifle Association, or NRA, offers a variety of gun classes ranging from basic gun training and hunting, to youth programs and even gunsmithing. If you’re serious about security and safety in regard to firearms, these should be the classes you take.

Having a gun isn’t enough to protect you and your family. You need to know how to use it safely and correctly as well. Learn these skills now and you’ll be much better off when you need to use them.

5. Spinning/Weaving Classes

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In a survival situation it’s a pretty safe bet that the Wal-Marts and malls will be out of business. This means any clothes you need will have to come from yourself or bartered for. Learning how to make your own clothes and to do repairs on the ones you have is just as necessary as any other skill you prepare to use.

There are tons of local clubs and community college classes that will teach this, so your best bet is to look at the local community college or community center for a class. This will probably cost a few bucks, but it’ll be money well spent.

6. Candle and Soap Making

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Making your own candles and soaps can be a fun hobby to have, and can even be a great gift idea for friends and family. The best part about this is that when the SHTF you’ll be able to make your own soap and candles to keep you and your family clean and well lit.

You can learn how to make soap and candles from sites on the Internet as well as at local craft stores.

7. Gardening Classes

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In long-term survival situations you’ll need to know how to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to keep your food supplies stocked. You can even use these skills now to help build up your food stores by canning the leftovers.

These classes and clubs should be fairly easy to find by checking out a local community center or community college. There are more than enough books and sites on the Internet about gardening as well. National Geographic even has a special on how to make a secret, hidden survival garden, a real plus for survival situations where you want your food hidden.

8. Backpacking Club

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Knowing how to properly backpack and camp is a skill that will be invaluable in survival situations. There is far more to backpacking that walking around the woods with a large backpack on. By joining a backpacking club you can gain skills and information that you might not pick up on by reading alone. Best of all, you get to talk to other backpackers and see what skills they have.

Check out local community centers and outdoor shops for information on clubs and classes. Some retailers will offer classes free of charge to members or even the general public.

9. FEMA/CERT Training

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FEMA/CERT training is what people that do emergency response and rescue take to make sure their skills are up to any challenge. These are great for the average prepper, too, as you will need to be your own emergency response unit when things go bad.

Check out FEMA’s website for more information and training manuals. These should be a great place to start.

10. Shop Class for Adults

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Most community colleges offer some form of shop class or industrial skills class that you can sign up for and take. These usually cost a fee, but in them you can learn everything from welding to auto repair to woodworking.

Take as many of these classes as you can, as the money you invest will come back to you in both the short and long term. Immediately you can use these skills to help around the house and in the future you can not only care for your own house, but also barter and trade your skills to get things you need while helping your neighbor.

Wrap-Up

There are probably a hundred more skills you can learn to help survive, but these are a great place to get started. Too often prepping with food, weapons, and general supplies overshadow the most important part of a survival plan: yourself.

Improve yourself as much as you can now while information is easily accessible. When things get bad, you’ll have a much harder time finding someone to teach you these skills, and the thought of using the Internet to find your answers will be a dream. – Survival Based