Why Low-Tech Prepping Is a Better Option for a Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario

Why Low-Tech Prepping Is a Better Option for a Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario:

With power outages crippling cities across the nation, the potential for a nasty solar flare, and geopolitical tensions, it might be time to revisit your long term power outage plan. This article explains why low-tech prepping is much more affordable and sustainable for those of us without extravagant budgets.

This might be stating the obvious, but in the event of an EMP, things will not be the same, no matter how great your generator is.

Aaron Dykes of Truthstream Media wrote an excellent article about the extreme likelihood of a catastrophic event that could take out our power grid:

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Comprehensive list of REAL things that won’t vanish in the next great financial collapse

Comprehensive list of REAL things that won’t vanish in the next great financial collapse

H/t reader squodgy.

Related info:

100 Items to Disappear First

If You Want To Survive The Coming Greatest Financial Collapse In World History: Bosnia War Survivor: ‘One year in Hell …’ – ’35 Excuses That Will Doom The Non-Prepper’

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER SYSTEM & HACKS (VIDEO)

This is how I use the Sawyer Mini water filter system and a few tips to make it work a bit better too. This is the best, lightweight water filter you can get for the money and very versatile too.

@Amazon.com: Sawyer Products SP103 Mini Water Filtration System, Single, Orange

Related info:

Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter

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Wetterlings Bushman Axe By Les Stroud (Video)

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This is the best all-around backpacking axe that I have yet seen. It splits and cross-cuts. It hammers.
The extended beard makes it outstanding for fine cutting tasks and feather sticks.

@Amazon.com: Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud One Size

@Amazon.com: Wetterlings Les Stroud / WoodlandPRO Firewood Cutters Kit

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Bahco Laplander Vs. Silky Pocketboy: Battle Of The Bushcraft Saws (Video)

@Amazon.com: Bahco 396-LAP Laplander Folding Saw, 7-1/2 -Inch Blade, 7 TPI

Somehow Amazon does not provide a product link to the Silky.

If you want to buy a Silky click on the Bahco and then insert the Silky description below:

@Amazon.com: Silky Folding Landscaping Hand Saw POCKETBOY 170 Medium Teeth 340-17

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Cold Steel 3V SRK Fixed 6-Inch Blade Knife

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Survival & Rescue operations demand a versatile knife able to withstand the most extreme conditions. Simply put, the Cold Steel SRK (Survival Rescue Knife) was designed specifically with this in mind. A popular knife with Military and Tactical Law Enforcement Personnel, the SRK is the standard issue knife of the Navy SEALS for their BUDS – or Basic Underwater Demolition training – the SRK has proved its worth time and time again in the most demanding environments. Whatever the mission, we’re confident that the SRK is the knife for you!

Excellent survival knife, but if you want to use your knife only for hunting, then the Master Hunter is probably the best choice out there:

Cold Steel 36CC 3V Master Hunter Fixed Blade Knife ($99.80)

http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-master-hunter.html ($199.99)

If this really is a 3V SRK, then this is a bargain (that is hard to believe, but then the Master Hunter also looks incredibly cheap. Am I missing something?):

@Amazon.com: Cold Steel 3V SRK Fixed 6-Inch Blade Knife ($128.05)

http://www.coldsteel.com/3v-srk.html ($254.99)

Sadly, unlike the Gerber LMF II ($78.21), the 3V SRK is not equipped with a pointed buttcap that is made of stainless steel, but I still prefer the 3V SRK.

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How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag

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Former Counterintelligence Special Agent, US Army Chief Warrant Officer, and Combat Veteran. I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I’m here to tell you what I know.

How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag

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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?

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100 Items to Disappear First


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Which Items Will Disappear First During A Major National Emergency?:

One day in the not too distant future, a major emergency will strike this nation, and that will set off a round of hoarding unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Just think about what happens when a big winter storm or a hurricane is about to hit one of our major cities – inevitably store shelves are stripped bare of bread, milk, snow shovels, etc.  Even though winter storms and hurricanes are just temporary hurdles to overcome, they still cause many people to go into panic mode.  So what is going to happen when we have a real crisis on our hands?

We can get some clues about which items will disappear first during a major national emergency by taking a look at where such a scenario is already playing out.  One recent survey found that over 80 percent of all basic foodstuffs are currently unavailable in Venezuela, and about half the country can no longer provide three meals a day for their families.  Thankfully, some stores still have a few things that they are able to offer, but other key items are completely gone.  The following comes from USA Today

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25 Forgotten Survival Lessons You Need to Know – ‘Skills That Could Save Your Life’

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25 FORGOTTEN SURVIVAL LESSONS FROM THE PIONEERS WORTH FINDING AND LEARNING:

This article was originally written and published at BioPrepper.com.

Editor’s Comment: If doing it the hard way has any benefit, it means actually learning something. Experience is the best teacher; the modern world is filled with pseudo-experiences produced only through the electronic screen. But do it a few times in real life, and you’ll understood the pros and cons of each method, and learn to actually do things for yourself, instead of just transferring all your wealth and energy to a system of government that minimizes your value as a human.

By the way, if a critical mass of people reconnected with these kind of skills, or retook to self-sustaining, self-reliant ways, the power of the corrupt system would dwindle, and new associations would form… for a number of reasons, these are skills that could save your life.

25 Forgotten Survival Lessons From The Pioneers Worth Finding And Learning

by Bioprepper

Pioneer life has a special meaning in America. In less than 300 years, civilization spread across a vast continental wilderness.

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5 Must Haves For Your Next Winter Road Trip

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By Lee Flynn (Freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage)

Winter comes with treacherous road conditions. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain can quickly cause road conditions to deteriorate.

While none of us like to think that it will happen to us, we should always be prepared for the worst case scenario.

In addition to making sure that your gas tank is always half full there are five must have supplies that should always be kept in your during the winter.

1) Emergency Flares

Whether you slip off the road and down an embankment or come to a halt on the shoulder of the road, it is always important to let other drivers know that you are there.

Emergency flares are small and can be easily stored in the glove compartment or trunk of your car.

An emergency flare lets other drivers know that you are in trouble.

Emergency personnel often use these flares at the sites of accidents and other emergencies to illuminate the area creating a zone of safety.

Other drivers on the road will immediately know upon seeing a flare that the other driver as an emergency.

Flashers on your car may only indicate to another driver that you have stopped and not that you need assistance.

2) Warm Clothes/Blankets

Warm clothes and blankets are especially important during the winter months.

If your vehicle becomes disabled, you will have no source of heat.

Your only way to stay warm will be by layering on extra clothes and blankets.

Blankets made out of thick material such as fleece fabric can also be used to block any areas where cold air may be entering the car.

You should always make sure to group together with other occupants.

Use extra blankets to block off a section of the vehicle if possible and huddle together.

The more people that are huddled together the more you can use each other’s body heat to try and stay warm beneath your layers.

3) Water & Snacks

Hopefully, you will never break down or have an accident during the winter and if you do it will be on a frequently traveled road, where you are soon to be discovered quickly.

However, just in case, you need to make sure that you have an extra supply of bottled water and a few snacks, such as crackers.

You should always keep at least three days’ worth of food and water in your car.

Winter emergency food stashes could ensure that you keep your strength up and keep hydrated for when rescue comes.

These items can be stored under your seats or in the trunk of the car.

4) Cell Phone Charger

Your cell phone will be your only means of communication until help arrives.

You need to make sure that you have a dependable cell phone charger and should keep your phone plugged in and at full power while driving.

This way if your vehicle stops and the battery is dead you will have a full battery on your phone to contact help.

Cell phone chargers are small and easy to store. They will plug into your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port.

5) First Aid Kit

First Aid Kits are handy to have in the car no matter what the season.

You should ensure that at a minimum your kit contains hand sanitizer, bandages or gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain killers (such as Tylenol), a first aid manual, alcohol swabs, tweezers, scissors, and a packet of tissues.

These kits can be purchased from local stores or on the internet easily.

If help cannot get to you quickly, they could prove to be very helpful.

You should always keep your first aid kit within easy reaching distance.

The glove compartment or under the seat is an excellent place to store these kits.

Just remember it is always better to hope for the best, but plan for the worse and be prepared.

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Community Preparations For Catastrophic Events

Community Preparations For Catastrophic Events:

This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at Project Chesapeake

Many people now feel that pending trouble is in the air. They may not know what or why but they can feel it deep in their bones. For these people the urge to prepare for potential problems is now incorporated into their everyday lives. When something far reaching and catastrophic happens the ability of groups and communities to pull together is one way to deal with the aftermath and work through the problems to remain safe and healthy.

When something happens that may prevent outside help from reaching you, it is necessary to have the infrastructure and supplies to help yourself until the situation stabilizes. For the group or community there are certain actions that can be taken beforehand to insure the group can sustain themselves for the duration.

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Best Practices For Wintertime Seed Storage

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

By Lee Flynn (Freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage)

As the gardener savors the last of the autumn harvest, collecting seeds for next year’s garden should be a priority as well. Seeds can typically be collected and stored for one year while maintaining high levels of germination. Under ideal conditions, many seeds can be stored for much longer. Moisture, light and temperature are all important factors to consider when storing seeds.

Choose open-pollinated seeds

Seeds from hybridized plants will typically not develop into plants that are true to form. When a plant is cross-pollinated, it may take on characteristics from both parent plants, and desirable aspects of the hybridized plant may be lost. The gardener should save only open-pollinated varieties of seed, which are also known as heirloom varieties. Open-pollinated varieties of seed will stay true to form, despite different types of pollination.

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Economic Crisis: How You Can Prepare Over The Next Six Months

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Economic Crisis: How You Can Prepare Over The Next Six Months (Alt-Market, Sep 9, 2015):

I wouldn’t say that it is “never too late” to prepare for potential disaster because, obviously, the numerous economic and social catastrophes of the past have proven otherwise. There simply comes a point in time in which the ignorant and presumptive are indeed officially screwed. I will say that we have not quite come to that point yet here in the U.S., but the window of opportunity for preparation is growing very narrow.

As expected, U.S. stocks are now revealing the underlying instability of our economy, which has been festering for several years.  Extreme volatility not seen since 2008/2009 has returned, sometimes with 1000 point fluctuations positive and negative in the span of only a couple days.  Current market tremors are beginning to resemble the EKG of a patient suffering a heart attack.

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Why Preppers Need to Focus on Local Food for Self-Reliance

H/t reader squodgy:

“Might be worthwhile getting a stock of seeds of favourite vegetables, or even doubling up the stock and keeping half in the refridgerator in case…..”


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Why Preppers Need to Focus on Local Food for Self-Reliance

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And collect the seeds of edible weeds and medicinal plants growing all around you, like nettles (Urtica dioica), bishop’s goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria), dandelion, chickweed, gallant soldier (Galinsoga parviflora), buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata) etc.

Books on edible weeds/wild plants and herbal medicine are essential.

A manual (wheatgrass) juicer will prove to be very helpful to extract all those nutrients from wheatgrass, barleygrass and the above mentioned herbs, when there will be no electricity and no supermarkets during bad times.

This juicer is for the good times … 🙂

Building A Shelter In The Woods Using Only Dirt, Trees And Rocks (Video)


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I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather. The whole hut took 9 months from start to finish. But it only took 30 days of actual work (I abandoned it for a few months before adding bark roof, chimney and extra daub ).