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By Tess Pennington – Ready Nutrition  

For those of you eagerly watching The Walking Dead series on AMC, in the last episode, you may have been wondering what Carol’s acorn and beet cookies would have tasted like. As you know, the residents of Alexandria are dealing with a dwindling food supply and during those long-term disasters, you need to get creative with your food sources. Luckily for them, Carol has got them covered and used items laying around in nature and in the pantry to whip up a special treat. As many preppers know, being able to make a special treat will help to improve morale among group members.

Why Did She Use Acorns and Beets?

Carol may be one of the most badass zombie killers of all times but gauging by the response from the residents of Alexandria, she apparently makes a pretty good cookie, as well. All she needed was some acorns, some beets and a dash of imagination.

Carol’s use of acorns and beets in her cookie recipe is brilliant. Beets are a natural source of sugar and can easily be grown in survival gardens. As well, acorns are readily available in many parts of the country, can be ground into flour and can serve many other uses in a long-term disaster. In fact, many indigenous tribes and groups from around the world have utilized the acorn for its ability to give us nutrition and sustenance. It is estimated that in some regions of California, where the natives used them, fifty percent of their yearly caloric intake came from the humble acorn. By having these natural ingredients on hand and with just a few extra ingredients, you can also make Carol’s Apocalypse Cookies.

For anyone looking for recipes for when all hell breaks, check out the best-selling book, “The Prepper’s Cookbook“. In The Prepper’s Cookbook has over 300 recipes and is based on a list of 25 must-have foods to have in your emergency food pantry. As well, there are loads of tips and tricks to prolonging those precious food stores.

Carol’s Apocalypse Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup of acorn flour (you can probably buy some OR make them how Carol likely did)
1/3 cup of date sugar (palm and coconut blossom sugar are good substitutes)
1/4 cup beet puree
1 egg
1 tablespoon of orange juice
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon of ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/8 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

  1. Peel as much beets as you want to use. Cut into chunks. Steam or cook for about 20 minutes until soft. Let it cool off a little, put it in a blender or food processor and blend into a puree. You might want to add a little water while blending. I used 1/4 cup of water for 800 grams of steamed beets.
  2. Add all cookie ingredients to a food processor and process into a dough. This can also be done with a mixer or just by hand and spoon. You choose.
  3. Preheat oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  4. Form 10-12 balls from the dough by using your hands.
  5. Put the balls on the baking tray and make them flat by patting on them with your fingers.
  6. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.

Recipe Source

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The Prepper's BlueprintTess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

 

 

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Walking Dead

By Brian Meyer

The Walking Dead is one of the most popular post-apocalyptic shows ever seen on television, and while the gripping story focuses on the characters and their travels through the ruined world, there are some lessons to be learned by us along the way.

Sure, not everything the characters do is spot-on correct for survival, and honestly much of what they do is the opposite of what you should do in a survival situation, but even bad actions can be learned from, just never repeated. We’ve rounded up seven lessons to be learned for survival from watching the Walking Dead and listed them below. The show does a great job at showing us what average people will do in an EOTWAWKI situation, and thanks to their many mistakes, we can learn and be better.

1. Beware of Other Survivors, No Matter How Nice They Seem

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If there’s one thing this show has taught us, it’s that you need to be just as scared of your fellow survivors as you are the enemy. While someone might seem nice, they could easily be playing you for a chump so they can steal your supplies or just so they can do you harm.

The Governor seemed like a really nice guy and we saw how that turned out. The same goes for countless others in the show that lead people on just to take advantage of them later. Don’t even get us started on the “people” at Terminus. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

2. A Secure Location is Great, But Never Perfect

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This is best shown with the example of the jail in seasons 3 and 4, but can be applied to just about any refuge taken in the show. It doesn’t matter how secure you think your location is, something can always happen to make you have to bug out.

Keep your eyes open and no matter how safe you feel, always have a plan to get out quickly and to meet up after you bug out. As we saw in season 4 when the survivors were pushed from the prison, not having a plan to meet up after an emergency can leave your fellow survivors scattered to the wind and in constant danger.

3. Someone Always Has a Bigger Gun

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It doesn’t matter how big your gun is, or how many guns you have, there will always be someone out there with something bigger. Don’t rely on the size of your guns or the amount of ammo you have to protect yourself.

Learn how to survive and make sure you have other methods of defending your camp that aren’t guns. If you think you’ll be safe because you have the biggest guns, you’re destined to fall. Just look at The Governor and his tank for a great example.

4. Basic Survival Skills Will Save Your Life

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When it’s all said and done, at the end of the day it’s basic survival skills that will keep you alive. All the guns and gadgets in the world won’t replace the basic skills like building a fire, tracking prey, and building snares. At the core of most episodes is the innate skills of the survivors.

Finding water, catching dinner, and setting up a safe camp are all core necessities to keep the survivors in the Walking Dead alive. Without these, they’d be zombie bait pretty quickly.

5. “Zombies” are Everywhere

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While the chances or real zombies being everywhere is pretty low, in a survival situation you’ll have to deal with a different sort of walking dead. While you might be prepared for most of what the world might throw at you when the SHTF, most people out there won’t have the slightest bit of preparation ready.

These people could be considered zombies, since they will be wondering around, ready to pounce on anyone who is prepared and take what they want. While you probably won’t find one that wants to munch on your brains, most of these real-life zombies will want to take everything you have.

6. Learn Weapons Other Than Guns

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Guns are pretty useful tools. While you’d rather not think about having to use one against another person, especially when a major disaster may have wiped many people out already, sometimes it’s a necessary evil. If things have gotten so bad that there isn’t any real law enforcement, your gun might be the only thing standing between survival and death.

This doesn’t mean it will be useful forever. Ammo manufacturers are not likely to be pumping out rounds to buy at your local gun shop in a major survival situation, and finding a gunsmith to fix a majorly broken firearm will be nearly impossible.

Learn how to use and fight with weapons that aren’t guns. This includes knives, bows, and heck, even a samurai sword if that’s your thing. Don’t just carry these, learn how to use them and use them well. You’ll be glad you did when things go bad.

7. Always Have Your Bug Out Bag Ready

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The last tip is very much a summary of all the tips above. The basic idea here is that you never know when things will go bad. It doesn’t matter if you’re behind walls of wire and cement, it doesn’t matter if you have a cache of rifles and handguns, and it doesn’t matter if you have the best-trained group out there. Things can go bad quickly and easily get away from you.

Always keep your bug out bag handy with all the supplies you need to get out of dodge quickly. Whether it’s a tank rolling over the fences surrounding your compound, or some “zombies” overtaking your camp, being able to pick up and run at a moment’s notice is vital to your survival. Keep this in mind and you’ll be far more likely to escape the hordes and make it to another season.

Brian Meyer is a technology nut who loves craft beer. Still a Boy Scout at heart, he believes in always being prepared. Brian believes the most important tools you can have when the SHTF are your brain and the ability to keep a level head, no matter what the situation is.

Jacob is the editor at SurvivalBased.com.  His website offers emergency preparedness products, as well as shares practical and useful prepping tips, tactics and tools. The goal at SurvivalBased.com is to help people be more than ready for any emergency situation—from the hardcore prepper to the family on a budget. You can follow SurvivalBased on Facebook and Twitter, and you can find more great articles on the SurvivalBased Blog

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

 

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By Brian Meyer

Everyone loves a good zombie movie. With zombies on TV, in the movies, and just about everywhere else, you might suspect that the zombie apocalypse has already started.

In reality, though, zombies are just a work of fiction. There are more than enough scenarios out there to worry about that actually have a chance of happening. There are some people out there prepping for just such an outbreak, but while this is pretty far-fetched, there are some solid prepping skills to be learned from zombie preppers and zombie movies.

1. Weapons

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If you’re familiar with zombie movies or TV shows like The Walking Dead you know that ammunition will run out at some point. The big difference between movies and real life here is that the starts of the movie pick up hand weapons and just magically know how to use them, the truth couldn’t be farther from this idea.

Learning any weapon takes time and practice. Too many preppers spend all their time learning how to shoot and ignore bladed and blunt hand weapons. Learn how to properly wield a machete, sword, or even a basic knife if a self-defense class and you’ll be much better rounded in any situation that a weapon is needed.

With learning hand weapons, make sure you learn all there is about firearms as well. A good reloading class can mean the difference between having ammo and running out. Guns are still important, but other weapons can be just as necessary, especially when the ammo runs out.

2. Mobility

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If you subscribe to the slow, lumbering zombie idea then you know that zombies generally only kill people when they let themselves get cornered or don’t have a good escape plan. Even though the real risk of zombies is pretty low, this idea is still important.

You need to know how to escape where you currently are, and should have at least two ways of doing it. Make sure you can be mobile as quickly as possible using both motorized and foot travel.

Keep all of your gas tanks as full as possible during daily use. You don’t want to be running from zombies or looters in a car with an empty fuel tank. When things go bad, you don’t want to be one of those people waiting in line at a gas station, fully open to attack. In an emergency where cars still work gas equals freedom and safety.

3. Defense

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Some say the best offense is a good defense, and in this situation it’s totally correct. Zombies are fairly silent when alone, which makes it easy for them to sneak up on unsuspecting survivors and bite them. The same goes for looters and other people that can harm you or your family, minus the biting, maybe.

Wherever you are, set up a good perimeter defense and warning system. Make sure there’s at least something to warn you of attack. That could be trip wires tied to cans that rattle, or someone watching a road for travel on it. Ideally a combination of these is the best option.

Make sure you have a defense plan before you need to enact it, too. Think of the situation like you were a zombie or looter and think how you would approach. BE aware of what direction civilization is, as most people will come from that direction, and always look behind you.

4. Operational Security

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In this situation OpSec is less about letting others know your plans and more about protecting what you have. Don’t let your full defenses show unless absolutely necessary. Keep as quiet as possible and keep warning signs like smoke as invisible as you can.

In the movies a zombie can easily hear for a mile and will alert his friends that there’s a buffet waiting for them. The same goes for regular people in survival situations, too. If you’re in a valley that carries sound, you should be aware of that. You’ll need to make a fire at some point, so try to hide the smoke as much as possible.

Keep yourself and your survival as close to the vest as possible and less people will know you’re out there, which is a good thing no matter if the other people are alive or the walking dead.

5. Water and Food

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There isn’t a disaster scenario in which water and food isn’t important. The CDC even has a zombie preparedness page that, while far-fetched, has valuable information in it. In a zombie outbreak, water and food supplies could become tainted, making it very valuable for you to have your own saved up.

Replace “zombie outbreak” in that sentence with any other disaster and it still rings true. You should make a survival plan and store up enough food and water to work around that plan.

Natural disasters happen a little more frequently than zombie outbreaks, so planning food and water to get you through one of these is the best idea, and it’ll even help with zombies. Just like with having a full gas tank, you don’t want to be that person running for the grocery store when something bad happens. When times get tough most people get ruthless, and honestly, almost zombie-like. Keep yourself out of a potentially bad situation and have your water and food stores already set before you need them.

Wrap-Up

The idea of the dead walking the streets looking for brains to eat is indeed a scary idea, and for the sake of preparedness you shouldn’t rule anything out, but you’re far more likely to be in a survival situation with less supernatural beginnings and more explainable ones. This doesn’t change the need for prepping, however.

If you want to prep for a zombie outbreak, I say go for it, as long as you’re planning smartly and with other scenarios in mind, you’ll be as safe as possible. – SurvivalBased

Are Marauders A Credible Threat To Preppers?

By William Simpson

Since the premiere of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers season three episode ‘We are the Marauders’ there has been a lot of discussion on various blogs and even a couple articles addressing the show and this episode. All of the articles I read were highly critical of the episode, some essentially suggesting that National Geographic made a mistake airing the show.

The real question however for Preppers is; do so-called ‘Marauders’ pose any real threat to anyone who has made any investment of time and money into disaster preparedness?

First of all, let’s take a quick peek at Mr. Tyler Smith (if that’s his real name). Normally, you can’t judge a book by its cover; however in this particular case it wouldn’t be unwarranted.

Tyler Smith – A legend in his own mind.

First of all, it’s apparent that Mr. Smith has zero imagination, let alone a workable, sustainable survival strategy.

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As Mr. Smith’s photo above demonstrates, the best ‘innovative prep’ he could come-up with for his photo-op was nothing more than a total knock-off  prosthetic arm, exactly like ‘Merle’ wore on the Walking Dead (below)…

Then, moving on to his so-called strategy; …. Ok, what strategy?

It’s clear this man has absolutely no concept as to how to formulate a survival strategy. In fact, in addition to having no workable survival strategy, he violates many of the key concepts and teachings that are outlined in Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of War’.

Even in good times, the concept of engaging others who may be more or less trained and armed is not a sustainable paradigm. Sooner or later (likely very soon) Mr. Smith will be looking down at the side of his so-called ‘body armor’ and see his blood leaking out, just before he passes out; end of story.

The obtuse notion of going from place to place and attacking others for what supplies they may have is merely a movie concept and even in movies, doesn’t work out for very long, as depicted in the movie ‘The Postman’ with Kevin Costner.

It’s a plain fact that short-term and regional disasters are totally survivable with very basic training and supplies, especially since there will be help from nearby areas and various government and NGO organizations. It’s the long-term large-scale post disaster scenarios where things will get really dicey.

Since our population has far outstripped the sustainable carrying capacity of the land and its natural resources (the ability of the land to support people), there would immediate conflict for the very limited resources should our fragile supply chain infrastructure fail for any reason. It’s only by way of our highly leveraged technological infrastructure that we are able to import and distribute enough resources to prevent chaos, even in good times!

During such a large-scale long-term event (I.E. EMP leading to a Grid-Down scenario), everyone will be looking to relocate once the local resources are depleted. This may take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks depending on the location and types of resources involved. Of course food, water, medicine, guns/ammo and other supplies will go fast. Once the resources are depleted, survivors may turn against each other, especially in areas with high population densities (Tacoma and Seattle Washington are prime examples). People who become desperate and who are armed are in fact the biggest risk to other survivors, including Tyler Smith. The ‘un-prepped’, as I call them, are in fact far more dangerous than any so-called ‘marauders’ due to their sheer numbers. Desperate people will do anything to survive. In fact, the masses of un-prepped who will be coming from all directions, day and night for many weeks and months may become the real marauders!

At this point, many survivors (the vast majority of whom will be well armed, and many will be former military) will logically attempt to relocate to areas that pose lower combat related risks, which would also ideally have more available resources (such as fresh water, fish and game animals).

However, there is only so much ‘promised land’, and there are too many people; three hundred thirteen million people! (313,000,000). Any way you roll the dice, there will be too many cranky and desperate people with guns in most locations. This doesn’t bode well for Mr. Smith or anyone else. The only way to mitigate this risk it to adopt the correct survival strategy.

So with all that said, in the event of a long-term large-scale disaster, Tyler and his band of followers (great example of the blind leading the blind) would be caught in the middle of a real meat grinder, where he and his gang will become just as big a target as everyone else.

Finally, it’s hard to imagine anyone with as much as a brain-stem going on national TV and telling everyone that they are actively engaged in a conspiracy to commit a felony crime. I’m no lawyer but I think that actively planning with others to commit any felony may in of itself be a felony. In Mr. Smith’s case, planning and training with weapons with the intent to attack others (in their town), before, during or after a disaster may be considered a felony crime, if not ‘menacing’, also a crime in most places. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some law enforcement authorities who saw this episode of Doomsday Preppers decided to serve an arrest warrant upon Mr. Smith and some of his band of merry men. And this wouldn’t be anything new; we’ve already seen several Doomsday Preppers having some encounters of the ‘third-kind’ with law enforcement officials.

Practical Preppers, LLC scoring of this episode

I have to say that I was amazed by the high score (‘82’) that was awarded to Mr. Smith by Practical Preppers, LLC, who judge the show, and who seem to have suddenly opened the flood gates for ‘easy high-scores’ in season three of the Doomsday Preppers series. It seems that above all things, Practical Preppers, LLC continues to provide irrationally high scores for seriously flawed high-risk survival strategies, especially ones that embrace the over allocation of firearms and risky paramilitary tactics in lieu of logically superior low-risk survival strategies. If the show was titled ‘Doomsday Militias’, I could see more logic in their scoring, however this is supposed to be a show about preparing for disasters and ‘staying alive’ during and after such disasters. This new scoring trend certainly demonstrates a lack of scoring standardization between seasons, and does nothing except to further diminish the already tarnished image of Preppers in the eyes of the mainstream American viewing audience (and media), further fueling misconceptions about the majority of real Preppers. Quite frankly, from my own chair, I have to now seriously question the competency of Practical Preppers, LLC as so-called ‘experts’ when it comes to judging the show and other Preppers.

So, in the final analysis we see that Tyler with his Michelin-Man Home-Depot body armor may in fact become target practice for thousands of armed un-prepped evacuees (the real threat), and the other possibility is that he may in the meantime get a serious education in the criminal statutes of the State of Washington, possibly resulting in the confiscation of all his firearms, and maybe worse; remember David Sarti?…

The bottom line is: Mr. Tyler Smith and other so-called ‘marauders’ will in fact be totally marginalized by the sheer masses of other armed and likely better trained survivors and evacuees.

From my chair, being a true ‘Prepper; means you have a sustainable/workable strategy that is based upon a logical risk analysis, as outlined in this article.

And the hands-down ‘best strategy’ places you and your family well out of harm’s way… where combat is highly unlikely, since it is the ‘last resort’ (at least according to thinking people with actual experience). – The Prepper Journal

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By Daisy Luther

Will your teen behave like…well, a teen…when the SHTF?

I watched the National Geographic show American Blackout on Sunday night with a friend.  This part in particular got us thinking about the psychology of teenagers and young adults.

Let’s be realistic about teenagers.

If you have one, know one, or have been one, you know that they are a breed apart.  Most of this is a mixture of biology and psychology, and it affects different kids to different degrees.

Some merely find their parents to be rather embarrassing, others think mom and dad are complete idiots, and then you have teens who are outright rebels.

If your child attends a public school, watches television, hangs out with other kids, or has any exposure to popular culture whatsoever, you can be assured that society is trying to create kinder, gentler children, aka sheep who will be easily led to slaughter.  They are taught to fear the very word “gun” through the ridiculous zero tolerance policies, like the one at a Texas school which recently punished a student for wearing a t-shirt with a Bible verse and the words, “God, Guns, Country” on the sleeve, because it might “incite fear” among the students.

Furthermore, those of us with a liberty mindset spend a great deal of time teaching our kids to be critical thinkers and not to blindly follow orders just because someone is an “authority figure.”  We teach them to stand up for what they believe is right, regardless of the consequences.

When the SHTF, that “think for yourself” mentality can be a real Catch-22 that can backfire, as is illustrated in the clip above.  Later in the program, the young man snuck into the food supply and gave away rations to the neighbors under the cover of darkness.  This resulted in an armed attack on the compound by the same people to whom he was dispensing charity.

Now, in all fairness, the boy in the clip is the daughter’s boyfriend and was not raised by the prepping dad. However, can’t you easily imagine an idealistic young person intent on “doing right thing” taking a similar action?

Instilling the Preparedness Mindset in Young People

This is why it is so very vital to teach the preparedness mindset to the young people in your life. It isn’t enough merely to tell them WHAT they should do.  The nature of the beast – ummm…I mean teenager…is that you must also impress upon them why you should take these actions.

This requires a great deal of attention to consequences and to the study of disaster and unrest scenarios.  There is another fine line to draw here – you don’t want to terrify your child, but you must impress upon them that during an unusual scenario, unprepared people behave in predictable ways.  The media tries very hard to downplay these predictable behaviours, but incident after incident has shown us that when disaster strikes, you can anticipate  the reactions of hungry and frightened people.

Some of you may have raised ideal teens who are completely in line with everything you say, and I salute you for this and would love to hear how you’ve accomplished this feat.  In my own parental experience, though,  as wonderful, intelligent, beloved, and well-adapted as my daughters are, this has not been a perfectly smooth journey. Between hormonal surges, the psyche’s struggle for separation from the parent, the traumatic and shocking death of a parent, and the yearning for independence, sometimes our own home has been like a cross between the floor of Congress and a post-disaster looting party.

Despite this carnival of fun, we can’t lock them safely away from the world and slide food through an opening in the door until they reach an age where their judgement is unimpaired by all that is teendom.  It falls upon us to teach our kids:

  • The importance of secrecy regarding preparedness supplies, bug out locations, and prepping in general (OPSEC)
  • How and when you can safely help others
  • How to assess a disaster situation and predict the next move of the unprepared people that may be around you
  • How to get home or to a designated meeting place if they are away from home with the SHTF
  • How to deal with the most likely disasters in your area
  • Mob psychology in the event that they are with a large group of people or in a public place when disaster strikes
  • Basic survival skills like finding safe water to drink, foraging for food, using a compass, and self defense

Here are some teaching methods that seem to work well with my girls:

Watch current events unfold together.  When Hurricane Sandy struck one year ago, we watched the events on different news sites on the internet.  We saw the terror in people’s faces, heard about their hunger, discussed the fact that folks were urinating and defecating in the stairwells of their apartment buildings, and then “toured” the devastation the day after.  We witnessed the unprepared shoving each other and fighting over a jerrycan of gasoline and saw them standing in line for hours to receive nothing more than an MRE and a tepid bottle of water.  This opened up a lot of discussions about why we do what we do in this household, as well as talks about how some of the problems we were watching could be solved with some simple critical thought.

Involve them in preparedness.  Take them with you for a fun-filled day at the LDS Cannery.  (Okay, bribe them if you have to!)  Teach them to garden or can.  Find ways to share your off-beat skills with your kids by zeroing in on the things they most enjoy, like target practice or caring for livestock.

Discuss the mob mentality every time you see it happen.  This is one of the best ways to emphasize the importance of OPSEC.  By watching people riot and pillage through the city streets in the aftermath of a disaster, you can clearly illustrate the thin veneer of civilization.  When the EBT cards failed a couple of weeks ago, I happened to be at the grocery store with my youngest daughter. We watched as a woman harangued the cashier relentlessly when her card didn’t work, and then stormed out of the store when I said something in the young man’s defense.  Her cart joined a dozen others which had been angrily abandoned, shoved into a display of salsa and and sending some glass jars to shatter on the ground.

Practice your prepping skills.  Center your recreational activities around learning handy skills.  Go camping, hiking, or orienteering. Learn to wildcraft and forage for food.  Teach your kids needlework and other crafts.  Let them have their own patch of garden for which they are responsible.  Have a “lights out” weekend to drill for off-grid scenarios. Go to the range for target practice. Learn archery and martial arts. Play laser tag and paintball.

Find apocalyptic movies, books, and television shows.  Even fictionalized depictions of societal breakdowns can really help to illustrate what happens when disasters occur. American Blackout, although unrealistic in places, opened up several discussions with my youngest daughter. Shows like , The Walking Dead, and Revolution, books like Lights Out and One Second After, or movies like The Grey, Red DawnContagion, World War Z, and 2012 can open the door to some very interesting conversations and concepts. Actually watching the dramatic events occur, complete with characters to whom you can relate, even when it’s occurring fictionally, can make it more real to your youngster.  This has the added benefit of proving that maybe Mom and Dad aren’t quite as crazy as the teen squad may have thought.

Ask them to predict what they think will happen.  When some startling event occurs, even one on the other side of the world, be sure to ask your teen’s opinion on the matter.  For example, when the Fukushima disaster struck, we spent time researching ways to protect ourselves from radiation and discussing how much better it would be if people could stay in their homes drinking their stored water and eating their stockpiled food instead of standing out in the open air, waiting in line to get something to eat and drink.  Talk about safety in those events and ask what they would do to stay safe if they happened to be present during such an occurrence.

Find examples of when failed OPSEC caused problems.  Like in the episode of American Blackout cited above, the boy broke OPSEC and let the neighbors know that the family had stores of food that they were not willing to share.  There are many events in which someone tries to help, only to become a target for desperate and unscrupulous people.

Communication, as you can see, is the key to all of these tactics.  Make it entertaining and interesting, and be sure to always ask their opinions.  Even if their theories on how to deal with a problem are not the same that you would suggest, be careful not to shoot them down – instead, go deeper into the discussion and point out the pros as well as the cons.

How have you mentally prepared your teenagers to be an asset instead of a risk? Please share your ideas in the comments below. – The Organic Prepper