What Did You Do To Prep This Week

Before we start today, I would like to thank C Farley and   Benjamin R for their donations this week – thank you. While I greatly appreciate your support, please be sure you can afford to do so before contributing, I don’t want anyone putting themselves out to help me.

Since releasing my survival CD this past Sunday, I’ve been swamped with over 400 orders so far and they’re still coming in at a rate of several per hour. I’m working as hard as I can to get every order out as fast as possible, but since I can only burn around 50 a day it may be a couple of days before I can get your order in the mail.

Remember, Feb 202011 (tomorrow) the price of the CD will go to $29.95 and you’ll need to order it today to take advantage of the discounted price. If you’ve received your CD please let me know what you thought of it. 

Now, let’s see what did I do to prep this week…

  • Bartered for a Bushmaster AR-15
  • Built a light weight folding wire box trap (look for post in a few days)
  • Turned the soil in my garden to get it ready for planting in spring
  • Added three cans of coffee to the pantry
  • Bought two 25 round boxes of 12 gauge #6 shot
  • Ordered a copy of Pocket Ref by Thomas J. Glover
  • Ordered a copy of Boston on Surviving Y2K – I know Y2K is over but, the book still has some good information that is applicable to prepping for other disasters.

What did you do to prep this week

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  1. This week I finished reading “Lights Out”. Loved the book, hated the ending. Ordered MD’s CD and watching the mail for that. Bought some more canned goods, pasta and baking supplies. Found some dehydrated egg whites to try. Hope to buy a dehydrator next week when the taxes come in. Got a few old cookbooks, One on New Orleans cooking from 1976, the other the cover is missing so I don’t know the title but it is from Vermont and it is handwritten. Will be fun to go through the recipes. Got a box of warped candles to make firestarters. Good luck, Christine on your job search.

  2. I spent all day Friday cleaning my guns. Thursday I cut 2 loads of firewood, and also put up some more rice.

  3. MD have been trying all morning between my tablet, pc and pda but i must still being doing something wrong just the same. I have been trying to buy a copy of your cd but onlt place i have found anything that resembles a payment link was last Sundays blog and it has 39.99 crossed out and 29.99 clear print. Am afraid I will miss out on your sale but I still wish for a copy please, email me if you have to as to how I can order your cd.

  4. i bought sleeping bags, packs & a 20 gauge shotgun w/ various ammo.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      20 gauge is great for most women. With various size shot, you will do well. What make?

    • That is sweet Melissa! Kinda making a reference to an old Almen brothers song. 20 guage is a good gun. Steve

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      melissa………..YOU ARE ONE LUCKY GIRL……a 20 gauge is on my list.Just waiting till I run across a few extra bucks.Very good choice.

  5. last week, got my seeds in. ordered some DE & activated charcoal. been reading up on wild edible/medicinal plants & am amazed @ how many i already knew. also picked up a bunch of misc stuff…. tarps, gas cans, water cans, camp fuel, rope, hatchet, hand saw, etc. & tons of bulk food. feeling pretty accomplished 🙂

  6. Very interested in the wire box trap write up

  7. Mountain lady says:

    Lint: The name Cobb is not familiar. I am one big county away from the county that hits the NV border, almost a straight line from the angle where Lake Tahoe sits. Starts with a “Y”. Not much here but trees, rocks and clay soil.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Oh, thanks ML, I thought you were closer to the coast. Was hoping you and your husband would like to meet at a coffee shop for a cup of whatever and talk preps. But you and I are a far piece apart.

      • Mountain lady says:

        I, too, wish we lived closer to you. We have a lot in common, and could have a lot of good talks.

        Downloaded Alas, Babylon yesterday afternoon, just finished it. Reminded me of the movie “The Day After”. Was probably written in that timeframe.

  8. Picked up 40lbs of white rice ($19.98 at my local Canned Food Outlet), a 45lb bucket of soft white wheat, a 45lb bucket of pinto beans, a 12lb bucket of organic alfalfa honey.

    I also did a test of the Mainstay 2400 calorie pack over a period of two days. My results? Not enough calories to sustain someone physically active in a survival situation. The vendor even states you should eat 2 bars at 400 calories each if in a seaborne survival situation. Shoot…..you would burn more calories than that just combating the motion of the ocean.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      Tony, thats awesome that you did a test! Way to many just rely on what they “think”.

      • Matt-

        It was nowhere near enough. The average person is going to require 2000 calories per day just to maintain with minimal physical activity.

        1200 calories a day with minimal activity and I felt sick. Maybe if you were to eat an entire pack in one day, it might be enough. Add in all of the physical activity one might expect in a survival situation and you will be passing out before noon.

        The way I look at it is this, you don’t buy a gun and stick it in the closet for when the time comes. You need to practice with it. Same thing with your rations. How many people buy wheat, with no way to grind it? =)

      • Yeah, great idea.

        Another thing that we can all do, while times are still good enough is this…

        The next time that we grab a bag of potato chips, or some peanuts, or whatever, just put a couple of handfuls in a small bowl. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and that is your snack.

        How would that help? Simple – in a post SHTF world, just like the native americans, we’ll be able to forage from the land (about a bowl full of whatever) and then if we are lucky, we’ll knock out some game and have dinner.

        We really don’t need a lot and can run much leaner than we are used to consuming.

        Staying active and eating less, that’s really the secret behind any diet. In fact, I was going to start a business once, it was going to be called the “Post Card Diet” – the premise was simple, people send in $5.00 and we send them a post-card, it says, “Eat Less – Move More”. – Anything else is just silly post-commonsense consumerism. So, I digress.

        This week? I cleaned up the garage, organized the tools, took stock of a decreasing inventory (consuming some older grub before deciding what else to purchase for stock). The winter is almost over here, so we’re planning the garden now.

    • Hi Tony.. I am a “survival food tester” of sorts too.. Weird hobby huh? When I was a kid, I used to sample C Rats from my Granddad’s buddy in the Guard – they got a kick out of me actually eating them. I am working on a plan to make and stock Pemmican – Look it up.. It’s classic – no it’s ancient ..Highly nutritious , tasty and satisfying. Not a bunch of no good sugar and flour – like most “survival food”.. Since I went primal in everyday eating (Meat, fat and vege only – minimal to no flour and sugar or starch) I have had to re-build my food supply preps. Pemmican is part of my new plan.

      • Scout – there are a lot of different recipies for Pemmican, but I can tell you that the Grand Portage, Minnesota, and across through Rainy River district of Ontario, was vital to the early fur trade because of the wild rice and berry crops which increased the nutrition and taste of the Pemmican. Maple sugar was also the sweetner of choice. Traditionally within the fur trade it was buffalo meat that was used (the Hudson Bay Company’s attempts to control the sale of buffalo meat resulted in the Pemmican Wars in 1814). Which protein have you found to work best?

        • I make mine with Sheep meat, I have made it with different kinds of meat but this is the one I like the most, used to use mainly saskatoon berries/moose in Western Canada and mainly elderberries/Mutton here in the eastern part of canada, Used Bearberry and Boo meat when I was in the Iqaluit, Nunavut area, as that was what I could get locally.

          Interested to see what you like to use

        • I have only used deer so far.. Will try beef this year. blueberries and honey too.

      • nancy (Northwest) says:

        Scout, I had to rethink my food stores also. (Keeping the grains for dire emergency and/or charity.) Will look into pemmican. The one Lake Lili describes sounds good! Otherwise, I have gone freeze dried and canned.

  9. sheeple_no_more says:

    off tropic but it came up in weekly prepping. What are you doing for acquiring and storing Meds? My family has no current needs (thank the lord) but I would prefer to be prepared and other than basic first aid stuff we don’t have anything.
    Can you suggest sources and what to store.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Check out “The Patriot Nurse” on YouTube. She has suggestions for meds. And her other videos are pretty good, too. Apparently most meds stay good even after the “use by date.”

      Her meds vid will explain which antibiotics to get and she has a few vids on the well-stocked first aid kit.

      Somebody here recommended her YT channel a week or two ago, and it is a good one. My thanks to whomever that was here.

    • We took the advice of the Patriot Nurse & ordered four bottles of different antibiotics from the site she references. I figure that each illness would require 1/3 of a bottle so we have 12 rounds of treatment. We will order more in 3-6 months (to have a fresher stock).

      We also have a good friend who is a doc & he’s written us a few presciptions that we have filled. We could get more from him but we don’t want to abuse the friendship.

      I also wrote down all the true expiration dates she suggests as well as what each antibiotic is used to treat and the dosage. I keep that paper with the antibiotics.

      The antibiotics are for fish so we’ll only use them if there are no other options (shtf!) but it sure is nice to know we have them. And, I think they are the exact same stuff we take from the doc.

      We store them in the refrigerator in a zip lock.

      We also have a bottle of Vetericyn Equine Wound & Infection Liquid – you can get it online or at an animal supply store (We got it at Tractor Supply). We plan on getting another bottle or 2 – it’s pretty expensive.

    • Also make sure you’ve got cold & flu medication (for symptoms), advil/tylenol, snake bite kit, betadine, set of crutches, butterfly enclosures, etc.

      We’ve got a good bit of chapstick. We don’t have enough sunscreen. We also plan to get a suture kit or a staple gun. I’d like some sort of numbing substance that we can inject for stitches – I think I’ll check out Tractor Supply again for that – they have syringes & everything. I do need to watch patriot nurses videos again & write up a full list.

    • http://www.alldaychemist.com is reliable, but you have to be aware the Amoxicillin or whatever antibiotic you order may be confiscated by customs. The shipments usually get through though. Big Pharma and AMA hate the idea that we can get something as simple as antibiotics without paying an arm and a leg at some Drs. office. What cracks me up is all the Drs. where I am at are Indian anyway. This Co. is in India.

    • templar knight says:

      Try armageddonmedicine.net sheeple. This web site is the best I’ve ever seen on the subject, and there are also dentists who regularly post. An overall exceptional blog, IMHO.

    • Thanks for mentioning Patriot Nurse again. I’ve wanted to check her video’s but forgot her name. She’s in the “Favorites” now.

    • Go through Amazon and search for these: Ciprofloxacin, Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Ampicillin, Zithromax, Cephalexin, Tetracycline. If the SHTF, the fish in your fish tank may live to thank you for their preps.

    • Saline solution for cleaning injured eyes – we use contact lens saline solution
      Anti-diarrheal medicine – Immodium
      Rehydrating solution – Pedialyte, but I’m looking for a recipe if that runs out
      These are things that came up recently at our home, but I hadn’t prepped for them. The eye injury especially took us by surprise. Now we have two bottles of saline solution.

  10. I just realized something as I was reading through the comments. Taking an inventory of the supplies, trying to figure out what we consume in a month is prepping! Duh! I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake!

    I’m trying to get a handle on what we have so I can fill in the holes.

  11. LarryMoReady says:

    I am just wondering if we spend much to much time convincing each other of the importance of being prepared and maybe more time should be spent on teaching others how to prepare with the basics to get the ball rolling by doing. There seems to be the talkers and the doers in every crowd and I think that the talkers talk a good story of how they did things in the past and the doers just do without much time convincing others of why things are done. The blend of talking and doing is important for things to really progress in the right direction. I propose that some of us talk about helping others with the basics needs to start out working towards survival in general,like dealing with water, food, and shelter. If I was someone new to this forum I would want to know of all the concerns and actions to gather, store or test water for its use. Can all of you here explain your own way of dealing with water and it protection against other non-disaster preparers just taking it when things go very wrong out here? Where do you get your water during hard times? How safe is the water that you get? Do you let others in your network or neighborhood know that you have large storages of water? Glass or plastic bottles? All of the things that concerned you with such a basic item as water can be addressed. This would be so useful and empowering to the beginners just starting out here in our increasingly more complex world of unpredictability. The Art of Water and all of it’s nuances would be the best start. Thank You Guys and Gals. Lar

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Water storage, filtration, and purification have been covered quite a bit. But if somebody needs a few reminders, here’s a couple previous blog posts to get started.



      As for my own water storage, I would never use glass containers. They are too apt to break and then you’ve got a potentially dangerous mess as well as loss of water. Plastic bottles, juice bottles, clear soda bottles, water jugs, and 5-gallon water cans are best IMHO. For larger quantities, there are 55 gallon drums as well as above or below ground tanks. That’s for potable water. For irrigation, there’s pond water, rain catchment (harvesting), streams, etc.

      For current OpSec, I’m not telling others how much I have or where I keep it. I will tell those who meet my set of criteria when SHTF.

      Or maybe I totally misunderstood your comments??

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      LarryMoReady easy enough, just ask, and I mean anyone just ask whatever you want to know, I will answer anything I’m capable of and sit queitly on everything I dont know, which is alot. Perhaps my answers will help, perhaps not but I will always try.

      “Can all of you here explain your own way of dealing with water and it protection against other non-disaster preparers just taking it when things go very wrong out here?”
      I have water stored both in and outside of the house. My plan is to move the large drums inside post SHTF or into the storm cellar both easier protected under my range carded fields of fire.

      “Where do you get your water during hard times?”
      I have a deer cart and 5 gl containers and several prior reconned water sources within a mile to replenish if I’m unable to use the well. My son and I have practiced movement and cover during hunts after getting a deer and transpoting it back to camp and are very good at the communications nessesary, we have even killed a second deer while transporting the 1st. The water would be filtered after returning home and placed in the large barrels. I have done topo maps of my area and marked the best locations so if something happens to me it is availible to the family in a “what to do in each situation survial binder”. The locations were determined by water depth during droughts and ease of access while maintaining concealment and proximity. Most collection would be at night for security.

      “How safe is the water that you get?”
      Totally unsafe and must be strained, boiled, filtered, treated or all the above depending where it came from and how much has died recently around the sources. Any water you get Post Event should be treated as such IMHO. It only takes one screw up for your world to crash!

      “Do you let others in your network or neighborhood know that you have large storages of water?”
      I don’t advertise however over the last few years, where I did live, I helped my neighbor, when we lost power for 3 days, by transporting water to them and this year when the temps hit sub zero I took care of my landlords horses with water stored in the house which blew their mind so there have been a few caculated breaches of OPSEC.

      “Glass or plastic bottles?”
      Glass breaks, earthquakes, bugouts etc. However Plastic weakens as it ages and will burst too. My choice is plastic but everyone will need to make up their own mind and there is no wrong answer IMHO. Perhaps a mixture is you are unsure.

    • I have 350 gallons stored in Barrels. Plus my neighbor has a swimming pool. I have several different kinds of filters. Plus I am fairly near a river. Another neighbor has an old grandfathered well and I have scoped out the big water tanks in my area.
      I am not worried about testing water. Between filtering, boiling and additives I feel I have it pretty well covered.
      As far as neighborhood goes, it probably would pay to keep a fairly low profile.

    • AZ rookie prepper says:

      The Art of Water – I keep 4 x 55 gallon drums full, poured in a generous amount of bleach (unscented, pure bleach) roughly 1 quart bleach per drum. Also have 75 gallons stored in my RV water tank, also treated with bleach. Have a Berkey water filter, and resources to boil water too. Have another 110 gallon capacity in a rain harvesting system (gutters from the roof). Currently empty due to prolonged drought here in AZ. Could fill those from a hose with enough warning. Also keep several cases of bottled water on hand, have several 5 gallon jugs of tap water on hand, and have about half dozen 2 liter soda bottles full of tap water. Have scoped out the neighborhood and know where there are several swimming pools, could use that in an emergency, but will ask first before just taking water. Nearest spring is several miles away and nearest river is almost 10 miles away. If I have to go on the public dole for water, have a cart that could be used to haul several jugs. Only my prepping partner locally knows of my storage. He has a hot tub full of water, plus an additional 55 gallon drum. We obtained the drums used from our local feed store for $30 each, they were formerly used for soda syrup. Also have on hand pool shock that could be used to treat water, but have not tried that yet.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        how will you remove the bleach to drink the water. boiling or reverse osmosis?
        thanks for your knowledge. Lar

        • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

          LMR, You don’t remove the bleach. You don’t use that much in the first place.

          Everything you’ll need to know is on MD’s new CD. You could order a copy and then read all about survival at your leisure.

        • AZ rookie prepper says:

          Like Lint Picker said, you dont remove the bleach. It was tap water to start with, and 1 quart of bleach in 55 gallons of water wont hurt you. I would probably run it through my Berkey water filter, or could boil it if need be, but that isnt really necessary, can drink as is.

          • There is no need to add liquid household chlorine bleach to tap water before storage as this water has already been treated by the water utility company. In this case all you need to do is fill the bottles to the top and tightly screw on the cap.

            • AZ rookie prepper says:

              M.D. You are absolutely correct on the non-need for bleach for tap water. I do use the bleach in my 55 gln drums in case I didnt get all the crud out of them before filling up, although they seem clean. Same story on the RV water tank, the RV sits out in the weather and over time, nasty stuff can grow in the tank if it isnt treated. Smaller containers I rotate the water and dont use bleach. Thanks for the reminder.

            • Matt in Oklahoma says:

              On the cholrine added to the water. True IF you trust your source. We have had incidents in my State especially in smaller towns with ecoli and other bad buggies in the water. I am overly paranoid I guess but my luck has never been that good either LOL

          • OhioPrepper says:

            Growing up we had city chlorinated water and we kept tropical fish. You could buy tablets to treat the water, or just plan ahead a little. Place 2 gallons in a 10 qt bucket and let it sit for 24-36 hours. The chlorine will outgas from the water all on its own. You can cover the container with an air permeable cover like cheesecloth or a well used (e.g., getting a little thin) towel. You can do this in pretty much any container (e.g., 5 gallon pail) as long as you leave enough headspace above the water for the chlorine to leech out.
            Since I’ve been using well water for more than 30 years I don’t worry about chlorine (or fluorine) in my water, and hadn’t thought of treating tap water for tropical fish in a long time. Brings back some good memories.

            • Sodium Bisulfite will bind with chlorine and remove it from water, not a method to use for guessing. Get a test kit, it can be as simple as a pool kit to check free chlorine and Ph. The simplest method for removing Cl2 from water is areation, bubbler or pouring back and forth from glass to glass. Again a test for Cl2 content is cheap and easy to use.

    • I would suggest getting the book “Dare to Prepare” by Holly Deyo. It’s worth the money. http://www.standeyo.com

    • We have a 1,500 gallon rainwater catchement system. The 1,100 gallon tank is not hidden from viewers who would drive by on the road we live on. This tank was only purchased last summer as a way to collect any possible rainwater from our roof (last summer’s drought taught us that we needed more water for our gardens). We do not consider this water drinkable without thorough treatments (it would be a last resort for us). With such a mass of water, we can store it year-round as long as the release-valve is protected from the freezing. Not hidden, most people around here would assume it’s a livestock water tank, not a rainwater tank. Regardless, a fencing screen to hide this beast is one of our projects for this year.

      Stored drinking water is inside — individual-size bottles, gallon jugs, and 5 gallon water dispenser jugs.

    • It doesn’t take long lurking on this site to realize that a question asked will be answered many times over. I’m not going to set up a booth at the mall, but anyone who seems receptive I will discuss prepping with. In the anonymity of on-line sites I will tell you what I have, and how I’ve done it. You may compare it to others opinions and come to your own conclusions.

      We’re willing to help anyone who’s willing to learn. We won’t do it for ya though.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Living in a rural setting has its downside, like providing your own maintenance for water (pump, filters, softener, R/O system) and waste, primarily flipping the leech bed valve and getting the septic tank pumped every 5 years or so. All in all though I suspect the long term cost is less than folks with city supplied water, who in most places pay for the water and then pay for the sewage treatment based on the water usage.
      The big upside is control. I have a spare pump stored in one of the barns, and I’ve changed pumps before, because they do eventually wear out, or become the perfect grounding point for a lightning strike. Our well water is very good quality, and we soften it primarily for bathing and laundry, using the R/O system to provide great drinking & cooking water. In a pinch we could do without the extras, but since they are both non-electric, they will keep going as long as we have salt and water pressure. Basically, as long as I have a functional generator and fuel, we will have potable water. The problem with this scenario is that you can only run the pump while the generator is running, and you’ll eventually run out of fuel; therefore, some storage is required. In a grid down situation you run the generator and the pump and fill all of your storage containers. Additionally, when we have the rare power outage, it isn’t all that advantageous to drag out the generator and hook things up for what may be less than an hour, or only a few hours. So here are the storage containers we use.
      Water on hand at all times:
      10 – 5 gallon buckets with lids. This provides us with flush water and water for the animals if power is unavailable. We keep these full at all times, rotating them 2 or 3 times a year.
      2 liter and 1 gallon plastic jugs, stored in the chest freezer. The number of these in storage varies based on the available room. The frozen water keeps indefinitely, and having a large mass of ice in the freezer kelps keep it colder for longer in a grid down situation.
      Additional storage capacity when required.
      A water Bob, which allows you to store 100 gallons in your bathtub.
      Finally, the 50 gallon blue drums and the stock tank in the barn which would be filled while the generator is running. The more we can store, the less often we need to run the generator, and the longer the fuel will last.

  12. I ordered your CD among other things. This week I am learning to shoot an m16. I have shot basic rifles and bb guns and the like, but never anything like this so it should be interesting at the very least.

  13. Rhonda Sue says:

    Well…not much this week.We have out of town company,so been busy with them.Oldest daughter added a few cans of soup to our larder.Ordered and recieved MD’S CD……havent had a chance to look at it yet what with all this going on but I will soon.I am sure its gonna be great….cant wait.

    • Rhonda Sue,

      Please let me know what you think of the CD – it took me over a year to put it together.

      • Rhonda Sue says:

        I looked at some of it tonight and I am really impressed with it,MD………I cant imagine the time and research it took.You did a great gathering all the info for us.I didnt see anything missing that I needed. As my little grandson would say..’Yu da man’….Hes only 4yrs old and heard that somewhere. Its like a one stop Shopping mall….everything we need in one place.Very handy. Thank you from this lady in Texas.

  14. MD,

    Sounds exciting to have over 400 orders for your CD – great job!

  15. SrvivlSally says:

    Well, this week I watched two interesting videos with someone. The first was “Islam Rising, Warning to the West” by Geert Wilders and the second, entitled, “Homegrown Jihad, The Terrorist Camps Around U.S.” Both were very good films and they help viewers to understand the severity and urgency of the situation, as a whole, within our land. I learned that the camps’ members are practicing martial arts so I am now glad that I know how to at least defend myself against those types of fighters. Before the videos arrived and we watched them I had began brushing up on using escrima sticks to defend myself with and now that I have seen the footage of what the camps’ members are doing I am glad that I am. The part that I did not like much is that they were using putty with wire and casting it into a large dirt pool as they watched the water shoot up several feet into the air. Having recently heard over the television that alky-kada recently told the deetroidt, Michikun muzlimbs to act is cause for me to be on guard. Not long ago, a muzlimb woman fully clothed in her uglified black, she-hide and we-hope she does not have something under there, dress and her man were giving my mother stares as they passed her in our Wal Mart’s parking lot and another time, several days later, they were there again but this time the woman saw me and would not take her eyes off of me. Could it have been that I made direct eye contact with her and she knows that her man would love nothing more than to slice and dice my k-neck?…don’t know, but I wish they would go back to their own country and stay out of mine. I think they may have taken up residence in our local community to set up one of those camps and train others from our area but only time will tell…or will it?

    • Seriously?
      It seems like a lot of calories being wasted keeping the hatred burning towards someone that you don’t even know.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      Well said, SrvivSally!

      At the risk of sounding xenophobic ( and I really don’t care if I do) they do not belong here. Their values are not our values, i.e. the original Judeo-Christian values this country was founded upon. They hate us and would just as soon see us dead. You just have to ask yourself “why are they here?”, if we are so clearly infidels and demons according to their beliefs? What would possess them to want to live amongst us? After all, we allow our women to walk unshrouded , to live and work among men (!), and be involved in society. Why would they choose to live amongst us, if not to transform our country into another theocracy?

      I know some may feel these comments are “too harsh” or may disagree. But if we are to discuss prepping, isn’t one of our foremost duties to learn and discuss what possible and legitimate risks we face?

      Radical islam is a distinct threat to this country and there has been no outcry from so called “moderate” muslims. I suspect the term “moderate muslim” may be a misnomer, or may be in direct conflict to the quran.

      If you are not already familiar with her, I’d suggest my fellow bloggers read about Bridgette Gabriel’s experiences in Lebanon.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        The BW Wore Off – I’m absolutely on the same page as you are. They come here to destroy our country from within. Even the so-called “moderate muslims” don’t do a dang thing to suppress their radical brethren. They are not willing to assimilate and they want us all to die or convert. Ain’t gonna happen on my watch.

  16. I expired the introductory price today to give me time to catch up with all the orders – I plan to put it back on sale in a few weeks.

    • M.D,please let me know when you have more,as I need to purchase one ASAP.Thanks brother,Be Safe and God Bless You.Stay Low and Watch your Back. Dave

  17. I finally got out to the free gun range in town and tested out my new glock 23. I found it awesome. For .40 s&w I would recommend a 155 or 165 grain bullet, not the 180 grain – recoil is noticeably sharper with 180. However, overall recoil was very good. I’m assuming this has a lot to do with Glock’s gen 4 dual recoil spring. Fired around 150 rounds through the gun with no malfunctions. Will be putting it to the test more in weeks to come. Hopefully I can find time to practice shooting at least once a week.

    The 18.25″ barrel for my win 1300 arrived yesterday.

    Ordered several mylar bags (I got quart size ones so that I don’t have to open a huge bag for meals). I also ordered some silica gel dessicants for ammo storage and other supplies which need a dry environment.

    I bought a sterilite locking trunk to keep my on-the-move (truck) survival gear in. Bought a set of nutdrivers and a rubber mallet.

    I cleaned all my guns thoroughly this week.

    Question: most O2 absorbers I’ve found online come in single bags of 100+ absorbers. All of which I will not likely use at once. What is a good way to keep the absorbers after opening the original package so they do not absorb O2 until you need them?

    Also, for anyone who reloads ammo, what do people think of the lee handloader? I’m still a student and live on a pretty meager budget. Wondering about this as an affordable reloader until I can get something more efficient down the line. As far as reloading goes I am an extreme novice. No experience whatsoever except for a friend who reloads and will walk me through the process.


    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      They have smaller packs on the oxy absorbers.

      I wait to bucket/bag my stuff until I get enough food to use everything. I have not had real good results trying to reseal the absorbers. Some worked and some didnt.

      The Lee will do you fine as a starter. It will be slow but as you learn and progress you may want to move up into the progresives. Loading is fun and gives me a great sense of pride that I created that. I started with a Lee and now a gazillion rds of 50 calibers later I’m using a Dillon. If you need to do real accurate you will need a single stage and if you ever have a place like retreat or BOV I would mount the Lee there as a backup IMHO.

      • Thanks Matt!

        Yeah, I really want to get into a more efficient press but I feel like I’ll learn more by going the rough route first. Also, I’m still at a relatively nomadic period of my life (i.e. grad student) and try to keep most of my preps fairly mobile.

    • Open the O2 at the last possible moment. Quickly re-seal them an a container that is not air permeable (zip locks won’t do). I use a canning jar, the smallest possible that the leftover packets will fit into. They will suck the lid down tight. Some people use their vacuum sealing machines. (foodsaver) The bags for these are non-permeable (air can’t eventually pass through them.)

      • OhioPrepper says:

        You can use the Foodsaver to vacuum seal the lids on the jars. Also, you can put in a sacrificial fast acting O2 absorber in the form of those little hand warmers. They absorb O2 exactly like the absorbers, but they’re design to do it faster and generate heat in the process.

        • If you use a foodsaver, do you have to have the O2 absorbers also? Can I take cereals, pasta and grains and put them in foodsaver bags? I don’t know a lot about long term storage yet. Getting a foodsaver and a dehydrator next week.

          • Buy the plastic storage containers for the Foodsaver for items that could get crushed (cereal, etc), and for food that could poke through the bags (uncooked rice). They work really well. Make sure the Foodsaver you buy has the attachment for sealing the containers. There is a similar attachment for sealing canning lids onto jars. I would also recommend the bags instead of the rolls. We have had some seams open up on the rolls, but never on the bags.
            We absolutely love our Foodsaver. When we open food that has been stored this way it tastes really fresh.
            I dehydrate fruits, put them in Foodsaver bags and keep in the freezer. We pull them out when camping, hiking, etc. I keep them in the freezer to extend their storage life.
            Have fun with your new toys.

    • That’s how I started, and allthough I have a turret press for 45acp I plan on getting one for my new 45. Stick to loads that come with the kit, same powder and bullet weight. Once you have a few boxes reloaded you’ll want a dial caliper, or maybe the electronic one from harbor freight. [case length, OAL, etc.] Get a good mallot I like the plastic one with shot inside deadens recoil from striking the case to resize and is easier on the hand. My next step was a scale, a beam balance, but digitals are much cheaper now than back then. I still have a Classic Field Loader for most of my guns and keep one for 357 in a BOB as I have a levergun and revolver that go with that pack. In my experiance it is the cheapest way to get started, and produces a good reload, slow but a good grounding in the basics of how to reload.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        I’ve been using a progressive press for years along with a non-digital dial caliper and a beam balance. We’re putting on an NRA reloading course at my gun club next month, and in our instructor prep meeting last night I was amazed at the components people are using. There are digital dial calipers and accurate digital scales for under $50.00. When I bought my beam balance the scales were more like $350.00. One of the guys involved with the class is a Hornady rep and said that load cell in the scales do wear out, so you need to replace the scales about every 5 years of heavy use. At $30-50 that’s not a bad thing.
        As a good basis for reloading I highly recommend the “NRA Guide to Reloading” available directly from the NRA website at http://materials.nrahq.org under the Certified Instructor Training Materials section. Here’s a direct link to the book and description: http://materials.nrahq.org/go/product.aspx?productid=EF%2013527 where it’s available for $8.00 plus S&H. You’ll need to create an account. It looks like the same book appears to be available on Amazon for about $10. This book along with the loading books from Speer and Hornady are a comprehensive library for reloading.

  18. Nor Cal Ray says:

    First of all I would like to thank you M.D. for all you do. I hope all is well with your girlfriend and her family and you. You are her strength right now. God Bless you.
    What with my anniversary last Friday, Valentines on Monday nand my wifes B.D. yesterday it was a kind of short of funds but did manage to get 2 lbs of yeast, 3 boxes of 20 ga. 2 3/4″ slugs for wifes shotgun, 2 rolls of nickels, and an 8 qt. pressure cooker to go along with the 16 qt. already have. Took some CPR training offered thru my regular job and read Bug Out by Scott Williams.
    Thanks everyone for all your posts as they are very helpful to me as well as all of the lurkers out there. (of which I was one until about a month ago.

    • Nor Cal Ray,

      Thank you – she is doing better, but it has been tough on her.

    • Ray…..is there something about the nickels I should know.There another mention of them on a forum I frequent.Come on…..clue an old lady in…lol.I hate being in the dark!

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Rhonda Sue, I’m not Ray but I’ll try to answer your question. There is a clause in some piece of legislation (I don’t remember if it’s the budget, the health care, or just which one since there are so many now) that allows the federal government to change the content of our coins at any time they feel the “need” to do so. Right now, the price of copper and nickel – the two major components of the US Nickel – are well above the face value of nickels. IOW, it costs the US government (you and me, as taxpayers) more than 7.5 cents to make each nickel (5 cents) in just the metals used. So each nickel minted is a losing proposition. IF the government switches from making nickels out of copper and nickel, and goes into making them from stainless steel, for example, then the value of each copper/nickel nickel is bound to increase. Currently, melting nickels is illegal, but that could change someday and that would make them highly desirable. If they become highly desirable, they would quickly disapppear from general circulation just as silver coins disappeared from circulation in the mid-1960s when they were replaced by the clad coinage we use today. This is Gresham’s Law – you can look it up on Wikipedia for details.

        Bottom line: some of us are acquiring nickels as a form of savings account. Of course, it may take decades before they are worth even twice their current value. Who knows? It’s always a game of speculation in the world today. LOL

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Thank you,Lint!

        • Is it any nickel, Lint, or only pre-1965?

          • OhioPrepper says:

            All current nickels. There’s been a discussion of changing the composition, but that hasn’t happened yet, and when it does I suspect you’ll very quickly & loudly hear about it here.

          • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

            OP is right, any nickels for now. They are 75% copper and 25% nickel. And, no, I don’t have those figures reversed. LOL :))

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Lint Picker,
          There is no specific clause in any recent legislation. The US Mint is tasked with coining money and they select the composition they have deemed to be the best trading off cost and durability. There is no conspiracy or anything here. Nickels are made of 75% copper and 25% nickel. During WW II (1942-1945) they were made of 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese containing no nickel at all. The change was made due to either a shortage of materials, or the strategic use of materials for the war effort. For more details see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_(United_States_coin).
          Pennies likewise have had different compositions of copper, tin, and zinc and in 1943 were zinc coated steel for the same reasons. Details on pennies can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_(United_States_coin)
          The good thing about collecting a common coin is that in any case, they’ll still be worth a nickel to everyone, where unloading ammunition or even Silver bars and rounds may be a little harder.

      • OhioPrepper says:

        Rhonda Sue,
        You buy what you can afford. Gold is good, but probably 1/10 OZ is more useful in a post SHF situation. Silver is more affordable. It’s been said that Silver is the poor man’s Gold, and that Nickels are the poorer mans Silver. Keep in mind that you can’t eat any of these, so sufficient Beans, Bullets, and Band-Aids should be acquired first.

  19. Becomes the Bear says:

    Long time lurker, few time poster but here goes…

    I went to a coin auction and stocked up on some junk silver coins. Silver hit $32.66 on Friday but I was able to get some at about $25/ounce. No one seemed very interested so I got as much as I wanted along with one other bidder. I also stopped at the bank and stocked up on some nickels and pennies. Now I gotta go through the pennies to separate out the 1982 and after. I actually found 2 Indian head pennies and a lot of Wheat pennies in the last batch. I keep the pre-1982 pennies as they are 95% copper and worth about 3 cents. The 1982 pennies are a mix. You can weigh them to separate out the copper and the zinc ones. The post-1982 are 97.5% zinc with copper flashing and they go back to the bank. The ladies at the bank don’t mind as long as I keep them supplied with chocolate! BTW, the best way to keep chocolate is to wrap it air tight and freeze it.

    Then I needed something to keep them in along with my rifles. It just so happened that there was a sale on gun safes at a dealer nearby. Talked the wife into stopping by for a look-see and we ended up getting one- delivery included. No use breaking something that I need on my body.

    I ordered MD’s CD and it arrived yesterday. Took a look at the contents today. What a ton of useful information! It’s going to take quite awhile to go through all of it. NICE JOB!

    Picked up a couple of plastic rain barrels for water storage and two more metal drums for storage of diesel fuel for the tractor.

    We also went to Border’s store closing sale and stocked up on some survival and putting food by kind of books that I have had my eyes on.

    I am green with envy of all of you folks getting your gardens ready. My square foot garden is still covered with snow and more is predicted tonight and tomorrow night. Will it never be spring???

    Last but not least, I finished figuring out my taxes and filed my returns with the IRS. Thank goodness that is over with! I HATE that chore!

    Good luck on the job searches and keep on preppin’.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      I have been wondering about spring, also. Snow flurries forecast for four days of the next week, but no accumulation. Guess that is something.

    • Nickels again? I need to know….

      • templar knight says:

        Rhonda Sue,

        The contents(nickel and copper) of a regular nickel are now worth 7.5 cents. Many people are now buying nickels and storing them with the anticipation of making additional monies on them above face value(.05).

        This method has been highly recommended on a blog I shall not name. Personally, I think you should spend your money on preps, meaning beans, bullets and band aids. However, if you have plenty of time, space and money, and you need a hobby, why not, I suppose. But nickels are heavy, take up needed space, and would require a lot of time and effort. I would recommend buying pre-1965 silver coins over nickels myself, and ammo over both. I think .22 cal ammo will be one of the best investments, and I would rather have an ammo box full of them as opposed to nickels. Just my 2 cents. LOL.

        • Becomes the Bear says:

          A lot of blogs are talking about saving nickels not just the one who shall remain nameless. I just don’t want to end up kicking myself for not stocking up like happened when silver disappeared in ’65, although I was too young back then to know what was going on. 🙂 If nothing happens to the price, so be it but I still will have a couple of hundred dollars in an emergency to fall back on. I also go through them looking for mis-strikes/errors and for the war time silver nickels that are now worth $1.91. I agree on the food and ammo first. Lots more important things on the list! Check those 2 cents, they may be Indian heads!

          • templar knight says:

            Hahaha, Bear, I think you have something there on the 2 cents. Bear, I’m not criticizing those who have the time and space to store nickels. Heck, it’s guaranteed that you will make money, and I know many folks who could have benefited from saving the old silver coins but didn’t, and some of them are kicking themselves in the pants.

            I just want people to store what they really need before buying nickels, and not to get sidetracked. It’s obvious you have your stuff together, so more power and more money to you, my friend. Good luck.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Thank you,templar knight!Gonna have to talk to my hubby about this,lol……he prob already knows……he reads more than I do.

    • Becomes the Bear,
      Funny you should mention indian head pennies. When times get tough, people cash in or spend old money they have been saving. I received a $1.00 silver certificate from 1953 in my change from a hardware store recently. I have also been noticing more wheat pennies in my change, too. In the late 70’s I worked Saturdays at a gas station during summer vacation from school, people would occasionally use silver certificates in several different denominations (1’s, 5’s & 10’s) and old coins (silver Franklin 1/2 dollars, pre-1964 Washington quarters, etc.) to make gas purchases.

      All those $2.00 bills from 1976 will probably start surfacing along with all the $1.00 coins they have been minting over the years, too.

      • Becomes the Bear says:

        Jim- I am seeing a lot more of that lately in the rolls that I get from the bank and from a local gas station (especially the gas station). I have never once gotten a silver certificate in change. I think that folks are getting down to the nitty gritty and raiding the last stashes for buying essentials. The checkout lady at the cafe at work keeps showing me the silver coins that she gets almost daily. She keeps them….. 🙁

        • Jim Murphy says:

          Becomes the Bear,
          I was a coin collector as a young man but as life and increased responsibilities came along, I stopped cold.
          Didn’t have a big budget, so I basically bought no gold coins at all. Bought some coins at a local flea market (liberty coins, buffalo nickels, indian heads cents, mercury dimes, peace dollars, morgan silver dollars, and the like), would buy rolls from the banks and go through them for more recent coin books. My brothers and I also liked to scavenge freshly disked farm fields for arrow heads. Once right after it was disked and the same field again after the first rain. Had a fantastic time doing both of those activities and still have everything I acquired in a box in the closet. I know I’ll never retire on the contents of the box, however
          I like to drag the box out every once in a while and go through it. Brings back so many good memories.

          • Becomes the Bear says:

            I love arrowhead hunting. There is something about holding a tool that an ancient human being made by hand hundreds or thousands of years ago. They were all survivalists and preppers back then.

            My wife and I go out a good bit still but it is getting harder to find good fields that are plowed still and owners who will grant permission to hunt. A box of chocolates works sometimes! Depending on what points you have, they may be very valuable. A good Clovis point is worth its weight in gold just about. Great memories…

            We are also moving into metal detecting now but not until the spring thaw. CAN’T WAIT!

            • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

              I’ve been a relic hunter all my life. Also got into metal detecting about 12 years ago. And I’ve been known to dig old dumps for bottles and other junk.

              Scavenging and prepping just seem to go together.

              Also used to collect coins until the house got burglarized — that quickly ended the coin collection and killed off my desire to have another one.

              Metal detecting is a lot of fun, but it’s also getting hard to find places to go. Too many people, too many laws.

            • Jim Murphy says:

              Becomes the Bear,
              Unfortunately, all the farming taking place in my area is “till less”. They no longer break the sod to plant corn or soybeans. I have 38 different pieces.
              Of those only 7 that are not chipped or broken.
              6 arrowheads that are just about perfect and 1 spearhead. No clovis points in the bunch. I too wonder, who made the piece, did they have a successful hunt that day, what were they shooting at and so forth.

          • Funny story, I had a forest ranger confiscate some arrowheads I left on a picnic table in a camp ground, When he came back the next day to warn me of taking things of cultural value from public lands, I knapped a few more for him, wouldn’t have been so bad if his partner could have kept a straight face.

  20. Tomthetinker says:

    Final preps for the week. Accountant called… taxes are done and we don’t owe Uncle Sugar anything. Dropped by Gander Mountain sporting goods and they are out of stock on common cal.? and yes 22 too? Picked up outter ware for Mommasan and I. Early this morning I picked up a 300 WinMag form a fella that ‘had to have the cash’. Scoped, laminate stock. got absolutly no use for it but now I own it? Will trade it off for a 20 or 24 inch flat top AR upper at the March gun show sense I got the two stage lower Friday. Found out that a full Cup of everything in a bean pot ( beans, veges x 3, smeet, rice, pasta makes enough for about 10 people…. I now have enough in the freezer for 8. See you all in here next week……… Tinker out

  21. My first What Did I Do to Prep Post — It’s a good way to wrap up my weekend I think.. Tonight’s responses are really informative too. Tractor Supply – 50% off of clearance – stocked up on work gloves, lighters, butane, a couple collapsible buckets (1.50 ea!!) Some jackets and shirts for the boys’ future sizes, and a hand-crank / solar charge LED Lantern – Pretty nice model I think. Saturday – Took the Scouts outdoors for some skills work for upcoming winter camping events. Tripod lashings, stalking games, 1/4 mile run for time, practiced tent pitching, showed em how to use backpacking stove and have a Mountain House dehydrated meal. They liked it! We usually cook old-school with raw ingredients / Dutch ovens..This was a fun and useful diversion. Took my youngest son (9YO) out to shoot his 22. That’s it.. Afer this, I’m starting to wonder if all I do is “prep”. Oh, and I spent 10 minutes watching a TV show tonight – and couldn’t stand it anymore and had to get up – I cleaned up the garage instead. Check out Tractor Supply Center big deals if you have one nearby !! No I don’t work there.

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      We really like the Tractor Suppy store.Its my Go-to place when I cant find what I need any closer to home.The closest one is an hour and half away.

  22. LarryMoReady says:

    The water information was absolutely great. Does anyone have any ideas on hand generator radios, lights, horns or recharging systems for batteries out there that are of good quality? Is there a bicycle generator system that will run an appliance of a sort or other things.
    A backup gas powered home generator would be nice if I could afford it but all the other things like water food and safety take the balk of funds for now.
    One last thing is Food needs. How do I keep dry and what types of food will last long enough to feed the family. Are there better types of food that will not spoil over months of time?

    • templar knight says:

      Larry, go to MD’s Home Page, look on the left side, scroll down through the categories until you see food. Click on food and you will find a wealth of information on all your questions, including some very good posts on water purification as well.

      It will take you awhile, but keep going until you find what you need. Most likely you will find multiple posts on each subject. MD also has a new CD that has all this info categorized if you would prefer that route, but he has also graciously provided the info for free to those who can’t afford it. And for doing this we should all thank him.

      Thank you, MD, you are a good man, and it’s people like you who are helping turn things around, whether we have a disaster or not. Living within your means, being happy with less, and enjoying the self-sufficient livestyle is improving this country no matter what happens in the future.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Thanks Temlar for being patient with a new comer like myself.

        • templar knight says:

          It’s always a pleasure to welcome new preppers, and I think you will find the people who inhabit this blog to be the best in the World, both in prepping and willingness to help others new to prepping. And there is no such thing as a dumb question on this blog, as everyone knows what it is like to have to learn. And you will find the folks here knowledgable on just about everything.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      This will help you on the food IMHO.
      Rice, honey, beans, pasta, powdered milk, salt, sugar, oats, instant potatoes are good long term (20+yrs) cheap starters that require no extra equipment but all need water. So refer back to the water post also LOL
      Also these can be incorporated into your normal diet so no money is wasted and it is easily rotated over time.

  23. Let’s see…

    – Read this blog through the week and kept current on world events.

    – Reading and learning more about the Winchester Model 1600. Thanks to those that made mention of it a few weeks ago. I’m seriously looking to pick one up very soon.

    – Kept both vehicles topped-off with fuel. Also, did a little PM by checking and replacing some fluids, checking the tires, and vacuuming the air filters. Even though we’re seeing some unseasonable warming, I added a fleece blanket to my truck. Wifey’s car already has a blanket.

    – Filled a few more 2-liter bottles with water. After two weeks, we have about 16 liters… amazing how quickly things are coming together. I’ve been keeping a keen eye for 2 liter bottles at work.

    – Added some downloads to our grab-n-go binder. A few recipes, water purification info, and some shortwave radio literature.

    – For our 1st aid kit, I purchased a cheap copy of “A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine” via Amazon for a little over $4.00 (including the shipping – the book was only $0.49) – dealio! The free Prilosec samples also arrived and found a home in the kit.

    – We added more food to the pantry – mostly pasta, some canned vegetables, and cornbread mix. Clipped a few coupons last Sunday that enabled us to get three tubes of Colgate toothpaste for FREE. Bonus!

    It was a good week. Nice to see the sun, and the warm air really lifted our spirits. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

  24. The Prepper says:

    Busy week last week. Picked up a couple of bags of charcoal and another case of water. Also attended a vehicle defense and defensive carbine course over the weekend. Since it’s ammo month, I picked up 1000 rounds of 5.56 and 2000 rounds of #8 shot. Hoping to start shooting some clay targets in the coming weeks.

  25. Cleaned my ancient J.C Higgins 12 gauge Shotgun, bought a rocket stove and a case of freeze dried food and 25 lbs of beans at Honeyville farms. Picked up another bucket of Hard White Wheat at Costco, along with 50 lbs of salt and 25 lbs of sugar. started my income taxes, thankfully, it looks like my refund check will help my make a lot of progress on my prep supplies ‘wish list’, the more costly stuff I’ve been wanting, but couldn’t fit into our budget. I’m hoping to get a good, new shotgun, a Ruger 10-22, a trailer hitch and trailer, a basic solar power setup for the house, and a well pump that I could power by solar. Our garden is planted (Yay Arizona!) and we’re hoping to see sprouts any day. Speaking of sprouts, my wife sprouted beans and grains to add to our salads. She canned some turnips and cooked turnip greens for the first time. I love the bitter taste, but she’s not quite sold on it. It seems most days we make some kind of progress in our prepping. I’m sure glad my wife is fully on board with it. It’s given us a lot to talk about and work together on. It’s helped build our relationship too, as we feel we are working hard for our own future, not squandering our days chasing idle wants, and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’.

    Thanks for all the inspiration MD!

    • templar knight says:


      Add a little sugar to those turnip greens, and they will mostly lose the bitter taste. Or you can add mustard greens, which is what many Southerners do, sometimes having as much as 50% mustard greens mixed with the turnip greens. My mama used to do both these tricks for us when we were kids, and less accustomed to the bitter taste. One of these two methods(sugar is the likely one) will get your wife on board. Hopefully!

      • Thanks for the tip, TK. I passed it on to my wife. We aren’t growing any mustard greens, or at least not yet, so I guess we’ll try the sugar tip. It’s a shame to throw nice greens on the compost pile!


  26. Becomes the Bear says:

    Nickels are worth 7.2 cents melt value right now. You can’t melt them since that is illegal. But you can stock up on them. The gov’t can’t afford to keep stamping them out at a loss (if they were smart but that’s an oxymoron!). Eventually they will make the lowly nickel out of some other even more lowly metal which will drive up the value of the old nickel. This higher value will remove the current nickels from circulation since people will be collecting them. Better to collect them now when you don’t have to sort them out and you don’t have to pay a premium on them to anyone. Predictions are that the gov’t will start producing new pennies and nickels soon- maybe steel, maybe aluminum.

  27. Candy from Nebraska says:

    Well I now know I can cook for 8 adults and 5 children on a constant basis. Not something I enjoy doing by myself ever again but it can be done. I had 7 qts of left over to can and 4 lbs of sausage which everyone is munching on instead of me canning it up. Now to clean my small home after all the rugrats. Had fun overall, but I sure am glad that half of them can go home…lol

    • Rhonda Sue says:

      Good job,Candy! I also can up leftovers.My oldest son teases me all the time.I asked for more canning jars for my birthday last year….lol….its a running joke in my family.That whoosh and rattle is one of my fav sounds.

      • Rhonda Sue…I’m with you! I LOVE the sound of the pressure cooker saving my food for me.

        • Rhonda Sue says:

          Lol…….alot of people just wouldnt understand that.LindaG!!! To me that sound is right up there with ‘Baby giggles’ and ‘The door shutting behind pesky cousins that borrow and never return what they borrow’….lol.

          • HAHA…too funny!

            • Annie Nonymous says:

              I remember as a kid the joys of pressure cookers – the poor woman’s microwave >>giggles<<… Its one of the best pieces of equipment a woman (or a guy) could own… the good ones are geting hard to find, my mom had one with a 14 and 20 pound "rattlers" for the top… it's one of those things I look at 2nd hand stores for… you get a good one it's worth it's weight in silver coin…

  28. Mostly routine. Replaced outdated Micropur with a new order.

    For years now, I have maintained a chart of the items that need replacement in various kits and bags. The Micropur is one example of that. This chart includes batteries, medicines, and other such items with limited shelf lives. On the chart, I note the bag or kit, what the item is, the date it was last put in the bag or kit and the date of expiration. That way I don’t have to physically go through every bag and kit to check on these items. Also, it insures that these items are fresh…. just a suggestion.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      (W), Good idea! Being organized and knowing where everything is and if it’s up-to-date seems to me to be very important. It would be a real travesty to have something useful, forget where it is, then not have it at hand when needed. Or find out at the wrong time that the batteries don’t work.

      Think I’ll work on making my own chart this coming week. Thanks for the suggestion.

  29. Annie Nonymous says:

    Well, to add to the exploits, went out “tool testing” at the local “testing facility” >>grins<< … amazing how rusty things get (like skills – hint hint) when one doesn't practice regularly… yikes!! Also ordered a copy of the CD… thank you for putting together such an awesome collection, I can't wait to get it!

    What else? Oh yeah, was looking over some of my old supplies, realized that some were cached so well I couldn't find them (treasure hunt time)… While doing more adjustments and tests on the ham antenna, had the power too high when the antenna shorted (oops) and popped the finals (more oops) so now we get to do a quick lesson on emergency radio repairs. As you never know what may befall if and when SHTF it's good to have these kinds of resources available… and to know how to make field repairs to critical equiupment!

    Off to the treasure xhest, to aee what we can uncover!

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Annie Nonymous,
      What rig are you running? The old tube rigs with a pair of 6146’s have nearly bombproof finals. Most of the newer solid state radios will fold back the power on high SWR or shorted conditions. Actually new is relative, my nearly 30 YO TS-430 will fold back nicely, and it’s saved me on numerous occasions.

      • Annie Nonymous says:

        The good news is it did for a while (its an icom 756)… the bad news is (or was) the transmit button on the radio was pushed in with a high SWR due to the short… ug!. Even WITH the cooling fan going it wasn’t eniugh to keep the transistors cool… and pow!

        A friend had a yaesu… I don’t remember the model, with the dual tube finals… it wouldn’t work so (cringe) she got rid of it (she hadn’t used it in years) of course this was years ago, but still, looking back…

        we found a guy up in Washington who works on these beasts, so I figure it’s also a chance to have it gone thru… since it IS an older radio, it’s better to get it at 100% now…

        Speaking of radio stuff… we were talking about this last night… are there any good HF nets up and running?

        • OhioPrepper says:

          Annie Nonymous,
          Ouch. I guess even the best technology can be killed if abused enough 🙂 One of my first rigs many years ago was a Heathkit, with all tubes including heavy tube finals. Good radio, but it wasn’t meant to run in the mobile (12VDC) and tubes are real power hogs. The solid state stuff is really better, but perhaps not quite as robust as the old tubes.
          As for nets, locally we have the Ohio Single Sideband Net, which is primarily a traffic net. Assuming you’re not in Ohio, I suspect a little poking around would find something similar in your state or region.
          From the prepping perspective there’s the American Preparedness Radio Net (http://www.taprn.com/) which runs nets on 80 meters @ 3.818 MHz LSB. I’ve never checked in, but have listened a few times, so I can’t really vouch for them one way or another. For all of you non-hams on the list, you can tune in and listen on any good shortwave receiver.

          • Annie Nonymous says:

            TY!!! Once we get a workable radio going, I’ll check it our, thanks!!! (No, not in ohio… a little closer to the disaster in Christchurch than that… Reminds me, even if you’re not in Hawaii or California, you’re still subject to Earthquakes… remember the mighty Mississippi R. was relcated by one!) tho I have friends there… And if you’re IN the ring of fire area you NEED to remember it’s not an IF, it’s a when.

            (Please, if you’re so inclined, say a prayer for the Kiwis digging out… I have friends in the affected area, almost moved there as a kid, so it bit me hard… but please, if nothing else, remember mom nature has her own little tricks that can throw a wrench on your prep plans…)

            TY for the info!!!

  30. LarryMoReady says:

    I am asking all the people of this forum about something very important to a disaster survival situation:
    What is the thinest breathable camouflage material that you can get to make a long sleeve shirt and pants with four colors. The outside would have white velcro-able material that covers a green camo layer. The first layer would be a reversible white to underneath light tan woodsy color on the outer shell with the same procedure on the inside layer going from green camo to black on the underneath inside layer. Four different colors in one shirt and pants outfit. But there are only two actual layers which is the outside one layer and inside inner layer each with two of their own colors. I have repeated just to make things as clear as I can using this communicational approach. Thanks

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      LarryMoReady I have never seen anything like that. I dont know that it would work with all that velcro in the real bush long term IMHO. The design seems short term but interesting.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Yeah maybe it would be short term but hopefully short enough to keep me alive during pressing times. I think that the wick shirts might be a good material in the summer heat. My sports wick shirts work great when exercising inside or outside. Such a lite material would afford sun protection along with camouflage mainly. This is all cutting edge because I have not heard of anyone ever using air permeable camo clothing yet. Maybe there will be a trend that I put into action with this message by sparking the thought of such a thing. Who can I contact to see about the possibility of this being done or done already?

    • LarryMoReady,

      I’m thinking you could make your own out of either muslin (which is VERY breathable (and seethru)), but I don’t think it would have great durability. You might also want to consider parachute nylon, which would be a tad more durable (maybe). I still think you would have to locate the fabric, then sew the two colors together to get the ‘reversability’. Anyway, that’s the best I can come up with. Sorry

      • LarryMoReady says:

        Thanks LindaG. I will look into the materials that you have suggested and really wanted to get some that would be pre-colored. But now I am entertaining the thought of having a flat spray paint in many colors that I could just spray the background that I want to be hidden in. I just hope that the paint does not give my location out because of the smell from it’s freshness. I guess if I start out lightly spraying layers then there might be time enough to complete the job without giving my location away. Some other decoy smell might be a good thing to look into also. A strong smell of mothballs or rotten flesh might cover up the smell of paint. I just might place some mothballs 100 yards in six directions just to keep people at bay from really knowing the central location of my spot. Or keep some dead rats in a bag for just that occasion of concealment, to be open up at the right time to fume up the air around me.

  31. I really like all the information and cooperation found here. I have a lot to learn/relearn.

    Received MD’s latest disc, skimmed thru them (bought two). No offense MD…I scan and review all discs I receive. Tons of info there.
    Replaced door locks and added extra security devices. Reviewed supplies on hand, go bags and car kits.
    About two thirds thru “Written in Time”. Just started “Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual”.
    Been playing with new emergency radio ( KA500). Good reception so far but still haven’t validated the battery packs. It’s a bit smaller and lighter than I expected but then I suppose that may be a good thing.

  32. I cannot tell you how much your prayers mean to me regarding my nephew serving in Bahrain and his family. Their son is only 6 months old. Seriously, your kind words, thoughts and prayers touch my heart so much. Wife and son should be out of the middle east this week.

    Thank you MD for putting such a great web site together that allows such kind people to be connected.

  33. Stardusthill says:

    Spent the weekend filling vehicles with stored gas, refilling the emptys so they will be fresh. Bought 5 new cans and also filled and conditioned them. Bought 4 gallons of kerosene. Good on lubricants. Like money in the bank.

  34. I ordered a bunch of mylar bags and oxygen absorbers from Mylar Bags Direct.com.Anyone ever purchase anything from these folks? Prices seem good.

  35. Mountain lady says:

    Finally got to town today. Got 30 lbs of rice, two big bags of pinto beans, and 6 small bags of red kidney and some other white beans. Also got two large bags of dry cat food. Also picked up 5 more jars of dry roasted peanuts, good until end of next year at the dollar store. That is all I could do, but am thankful I could even do that. Gas is now all but 3.60/gal here in norcal.

  36. Added more 12 more boxes of cereal – took them out of their boxes and popped them into ziplock freezer bags – keeps the friendly visiting critters out and the product fresher. Not much point in using up the ozygen absorbers, cereal never lasts long… Also got a 12-flat of diced tomoatoes at $0.89 a tin and four pairs of gardening gloves.

    Have been going through linens and purchased replacements while cotton prices are still “reasonable”. Also picked up 6 new pillows. Hope to finish latest quilt tomorrow – one wool blanket between two layers of cotton batting and two cotton sheets. Not as gorgeous as what my grandmother could produce but warm as all get out. I hope to have three for each bed by Easter.

    The best was my son coming home from Sunday School with a first aid kit they had made so they would all be prepared. He put it right into his BOB.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Lake Lili,
      still “reasonable” LOL, what an optimist.
      Another thing you can do for warmth, although I’d probably never sew this permanently, is a sandwich with a soft to the skin blanket (I personally don’t mind wool, but others get itchy. On top of that place a basic $3.00 Mylar space blanket, followed by a nice heavy wool blanket. Fasten these layers together with as many large safety pins that you deem sufficient. That extra heat reflective layer can make all of the difference.

    • nancy (Northwest) says:

      Lake Lili, I had planned to sandwich wool blankets into quilts, but hadn’t thought of using the cotton batting also. Good idea. Will try to find a source of cotton batting. Thanks! (Do you quilt or tie your quilts?)

      • Hi Nancy – I have just been tying these ones – too thick to quilt. I do quilt but it is so time consuming – I have never got the hang of machine quilting. I began sandwiching wool blankets because my sister is allergic to wool and the cotton surround resolves that issue.

  37. Have just been reading about the 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand. In addition to the clogged roads as they try to evacuate the city, and a seriously damaged hospital, there are comments about SUVs been commandered to act as ambulances… something else to keep in mind… To any of you with family down there our throughts and prayers are with you.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      It’s a real tragedy, and I can’t think about those folks without wandering when the same thing will happen here. It’s just a matter of time.

      Christ’s Church – odd that it was the city so badly damaged. Does this mean Satan is trying to tell us something?

      SUV’s are very versatile vehicles and I would hate to part with mine. The higher gas prices will lead many people to give up the comfort, safety, and usefulness of their SUV’s, but I’m holding onto mine for as long as possible. I can literally sleep in the back if need be (I’ve done it a few times).

      New Zealanders, may your sorrows turn into triumphs.

  38. What did I do this week to prep? This week I bought a food dehydrator, added 3 cases of coconut milk to my food storage supplies and ordered 30 pounds of hemp protein powder in 5 lb. containers.

  39. Mother Earth says:

    Didn’t do a lot this week, money is tight. Dehydrated 4 bunches of celery and ordered a grain mill. Already have one child “hinting” about coming back home to live for a couple of years. Talked to a couple of friends about storing some food with the economy shaky. All that got me is; they will come to my house if shtf happens. Lesson learned…will keep my mouth shut from now on.

    • Matt in Oklahoma says:

      MotherEarth I hear ya if I get that “they will come to my house if shtf happens” I’m gonna scream. Actually too late I did and pretty much ended a “discussion” recently.

      • LarryMoReady says:

        An Indian story from long before writing, was that Mother Earth created Bear………..that was feared by man. Bear protects Mother Earth and you can find Bear in all of us who want Mother Earth to be protected from danger of the Valueless People. The Bear lives to protect for tomorrows followers that past generation after generation on the land of Mother Earth.
        One American Indian passes “The Cherokee Nation Story to All”.

      • Mountain lady says:

        I got the same reaction from my neighbors. Told them I could spare some rice and beans, but that is about it. No sure if that registered or not.

  40. Hello all new to the site and like what it has to offer.heres 2 cents.Put in a acre and a half pond last year, have a 24″ buy 30 ft brick well, 2″ and 4″wells.I think water is covered.But heres somthing most havnt thought about with wells no power most of the time means no water.check into well torpedos or as in my line of work ground water bailers offered at water sampling supply house, and standard poly bailing twine from tractor supply.bailers come in 2″ and 4″. hope this helps.

    • OhioPrepper says:

      Lehman’s carries the bailing buckets that are made to fit a well casing. Also, you can fit a hand pump on the well. Lehman’s also has these; but I suspect they’re available elsewhere also.

  41. Hello everyone! Great website. Tons of great information and a lot of kind, helpful people here. I’m a newbie and just getting started with food storage. Just purchased a food dehydrator. Can’t wait to get started dehydrating and storing. Thank you all for your great suggestions and ideas!

    MD, we received your CD today. It’s loaded with a wealth of information all at your fingertips. My husband and I can’t wait to get started.
    Thank you!

  42. Tomthetinker says:

    My prep loop for this coming Friday is going to be short. One Item I’d like to get done with is the CB radio. I am swamped with variations, models, better-bests, gawd is there one or two out there that will keep on ticking… so to speak… with out a book load of hooppala to read through? I’m not a wirehead. I need one….. solid unit that will be a home base station first… moved to my vehical.. second! Any suggestions, comments, shared wizdom or death threats will be of great help. To those with any……… Thank…You

  43. This week we did something that should have been taken care of a long time ago. We have prepped for quite some time now and have an abundance of the usual necessities (although I never think it is enough). This was not food storage, ammo or any of the usual things that we often do for prepping. I looked into the possible futures and realized that although we are both (Op3S42 and Op3SCO) relatively healthy in most ways, I (Op3S42) was in need of having some surgery to insure my best health and ability to survive in the event of any SHTF event. The surgery, elective in nature for the most part, with several weeks of recovery at home, will make a major difference in my ability to live an active and productive life as I always have until now. Doing something like this is not a small thing. Most people will think of their own bodies LAST. They will think of prepping as the usual food supplies, ability to get water, amount of ammo on hand, types of guns and such as their first lines of defense. For most people this is natural. But our way of thinking is that no amount of prepping ITEMS will help much if your BODY cannot handle the stress, strain, possible scenarios that can and will happen in a major SHTF event. The BODY needs to be maintained and repaired just like any other tool in your preps. Not to mention the almost unthinkable case that any true medical help, especially a major surgery, will or might become unavailable in such an event. As always, this is just our opinion, but something that I hope other people think about. Best of luck and wishes to all.

  44. axelsteve says:

    I got real lucky today. I was driving northbound on the freeway and I saw a few things on the side of the road.I picked up a ll bean down jacket. a R E I down mummy bag. and this rolled up pad.I am going to have the jacket and bag dry cleaned and save it for next year. The jacket is a big tight in the shoulders but my wife and 2 sons can wear it. These are real quality items and I am kinda stoked. I may not fit in the sleeping bag because I am kinda wide in the shoulders but it can be used by someone. Steve

  45. krealitygroup says:

    Well.. I purchased ammo for my nosin.
    Purchased 75 lbs of rice
    about 40lbs of pasta,
    printed out the lds list,
    Tested out a mossberg 88
    rearranged my shevling to fit everything.