Is Prepping Success Kinda Like The X-Files?

The truth is out there.

But, “they” don’t want you to find it.

Those two sentences sum up the Fox hit show, The X-Files. Mulder and Scully, out there in a search for the truth. There were always hidden truths and inside men protecting that truth from average folks on the outside.

It seems to be human nature to suspect hidden truths or that we are being kept out of the loop or inner circle. That human nature also bleeds over into the field of survival planning. How do I know?

Recently, I’ve gotten several emails from readers asking me for the secret to being prepared for any disaster. They assume something more complicated is going on than there is. That I’m keeping secrets or hidden truths for myself.

They assume that survival planning or prepping is more complicated than it really is. And they want me to reveal my secrets – well the truth is I don’t have any. Perhaps, the “secret” is to actually do something.

When I started preparing, I didn’t know any more than anyone else just starting out – I was a prepping newb. And I made many mistakes along the way.

I’m still learning new stuff all the time. No one knows everything or has all the answers to every conceivable situation or skill. It is a continuing learning process.

We need to stop wasting time looking for secrets and instead put what we know to use before it is too late. And another thing, don’t just read about survival, actually learn the skills being illustrated.

Just because you read it once in a book, doesn’t mean you have mastered that survival skill or that it will a work in a real life situation.

Readers often ask me for ways to ensure their survival, build a supply of survival food, and to “tell me stuff that hasn’t been said by everybody else already.” We’ve all heard the saying “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know” this is true also for survival planning.

While there are new products and new techniques being introduced, the core needs of survival stay the same. Air, water, food and shelter. We may all have different approaches, but it all basically comes down to the same stuff.

No secrets. No smoking man. It’s just a matter of applying the basics and hard work.

It seems everyone is looking for the easy button when in fact it does not exist. The truth isn’t out there yet hidden… it is everywhere and in plain view.  The problem is that you’re not applying what you already know.

Perhaps that is the biggest secret of all.

So I’ll ask you… what is your number one prepping secret and or tip… what’s the one thing that you’ve done or figured out that will help other preppers the most?

What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks, here we are again,  another week of prepping under our prepper belts and what did you do with the past week prep wise?

I hope you didn’t set on your butt and do nothing or worse completely stop prepping because of the results of an election… That’s the definition of false hope, because as I’ve said before we are too far past the tipping point to bring the economy or the country back to center.

Either you prep for what is coming or you and your family will be forced to face the hardship of your inaction. We are being set up for a crash anyone who has been paying attention knows that our economy is doomed no matter who is president.

Which could be Why So Many Among The “Elite” are Building Luxury Bunkers

Do they know something that the rest of us do not? There are tens of millions of ordinary Americans that are feeling really good about the future now that Donald Trump has won the election, but meanwhile the elite are feverishly constructing luxury bunkers at a pace unlike anything we have ever seen before. So why are so many among the elite preparing for an imminent “apocalypse” when tens of millions of other Americans are anticipating a new era of peace and prosperity? Are they smarter than most of the rest of us, or are they simply being paranoid?

But I digress… what did I do to prep this week?

Bought these little solar powered motion activated lights at Walmart in the as seen on TV section. So far they seem to work good and at only $12 each are a bargain. They are priced even lower on!

Received and mounted the Holosun HS503GU Circle Micro Red Dot Sight on my Cold M4

Dreamed about finding time to go fishing at the lake.

I also added some food items and aluminum foil and a few other things that I’d rather not disclose here.

Well that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks, it’s almost 2017 and we are still prepping… well you should be, if not then you’re just silly and will be wishing you had put more effort into it when you have to watch your family suffer, starve and die after the balloon goes up... and it will go up.

So if you’re just reading this site and doing nothing else then get off your butt and start prepping because no one else is going to do it for you…

Okay, before we get started I’d like to thank and give a huge shoutout to Willard N, Kelli M, and Mark A for their contributions via Paypal this week. Thank you. If you too feel that this site has helped you in some way and you would like to give something back via a monetary contribution then you can do that here.

Okay, now what did I do to prep this week…

  • I put up more metal shelving for my expanding food storage
  • Bought more canned foods
  • Bought another 150 box of green tip 5.56 ammo
  • Ordered a Holosun HS503GU Circle Micro Red Dot Sight
  • Bought a used bunk bed frame – full on the bottom bunk and twin on top for my “guest room”

Well, folks, that’s it for me this week.. what about you? What did you do to prep this week?

Merry Christmas From

We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and blessings this day celebrating the birth of our lord Jesus Christ. Stay safe my friends and keep prepping because the new year is going to be interesting and I have a few major predictions that I’m putting into an article that will be published here next week.

If after opening presents and eating Christmas dinner you get bored and need something to read then I suggest that you look over and read articles that interest you from this massive list of free prepper information.

What did you do to prep this week?

Here we are again… this is the first “what did you do to prep this week” this winter, and prepping during winter stinks, I think because I can’t do as much outside and that’s where I need the most stuff done. I’m about to go stir-crazy looking at my to-do-list because most of the to-do is outside.

Okay, now that I’ve sufficiently gripped and whined about the cold weather and winter I’d like to thank and give a shout-out to Andrew R, Mr. Bill D, Terry R, Dennis P, Norman B, Kenneth B, and Clean Survival for their generous contributions this week.

If you feel that this site has helped you prep better or in some other way and you’de like to give a little something back via a small monetary contribution then you can do that here.

Okay, now what did I do to prep this week…

This week I bought three more of the metal shelving units at the local Walmart that I’m using to expand my food storage to provide for more people over a longer period.

Put up more pegboard in my garage to hang more tools and stuff as a prepper you can’t have too many tools and stuff – a good book on prepper tools is Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own.

And the big purchase this week… well I traded a shotgun and gave some money… was a Semi-Auto Colt M4.

Well, folks, that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week?

Well, folks, it’s that time again… you know where you use an anonymous name to tell others what you did to prep this week, thereby giving them ideas and encouragement to further their own preps. And that’s the goal to become a little better prepared each week so that you will be as prepared as possible when the balloon goes up, bursts or whatever.

But before we get started I’d like to thank Peter W, Mike D and Tammy B for their contributions via Paypal this week. Thank you very much, it is appreciated. If you too feel that this site has helped you in some way, and you would like to give a little something back via a small donation then you can do that here.

Now, what did I do to prep this week…

I made a big list of stuff that I want to get done outside when it warms back up… get my garden area fenced, put my solar panels back up, build a small barn, build another extension on the wood shed, fence my property etc. Moving to a new location has thrown me behind some and trying to catch up.

This week I also… cleaned and organized my tools… I know cleaning tools some might see as “unnecessary”, but I was raised dirt poor and take extra special care of what I have now because I appreciate it so much. Having nothing and being homeless several times will have an effect on a person… or it should.

I also bought two of these storage shelves at Walmart…

survival blog building a shelf

Well that’s it for me this week… what about you… what did you do to prep this week?

What did you do to prep this week?

Starting next week this segment will be posted on Friday along with our regular postings for that day. This will give everyone more time to comment and interact with that popular segment. I think that moving the segment to that day will work out great. What do you think?

Before we get started with what we did to prep this week and the conversation that follows, I’d like to thank Encourager for her Christmas gift via PayPal, thank you so very much, it’s appreciated.


Now, what did I do to prep this week…

Worked on my indoor root cellar in the basement project…

survival cellar

This is going to be great when I get it finished…

prepper home security

New 15-inch monitor for my security cameras.

Bought 300 rounds of “green tip” .223

Well folks, that’s it for me… what about you… what did you do to prep this week?


Prepping for Your Dog

by Millie in K

In the rush of prepping for your family, don’t forget the canine members (and other pets) of your family! I will be writing about dogs, much of this same information will apply to cats and other pets. I have owned and cared for dogs all my life, owned a boarding kennel, taught obedience classes and trained service dogs, I was a retail sales clerk in a pet department, and was a groomer. I will try to cover things in a practical manner for you.

The first thing to consider is food. There are a couple of ways to approach this. You can buy and save commercial dog food for your dog. Or they can eat what you eat, in which case you want to make sure you buy for “another person”.

Dog food is processed and packaged to last 18-24 months. There is a date, somewhere on the bag that will indicate when the food expires. The little secret the dog food companies don’t tell you is that it will be good for at least a year afterwards, if the packaging is intact and you have not gotten bugs in it, or mice. So buy the food with the furthest expiration date you can and rotate, rotate, rotate! When SHTF you should not worry that Fido has the super-premium, all organic, all meat formula. Buy what you can NOW to meet his needs. If the super-premium food costs $60 a bag or the average food costs $40 a bag, save yourself some money and get extra food from the $20 you will save. Most of the mid-priced foods are very nutritious, especially if you can find a brand that is not so nationally advertised. For example, you can buy Blue Buffalo which is a good food in so many ways, but costs $50-60 for a 28 lb. bag. Or you can buy Premium Edge (manufactured by Diamond) for about $40 a 35 lb bag. There isn’t really a whole lot of difference, nutritionally, the difference in the price is the heavy advertising that Blue Buffalo does.

If you buy your food, check the expiration date. If it is getting within about 6 months of expiring, find someone ask for a big discount for you to take that food off their hands. You know it will last longer and you can use that food now, setting back food with a longer date for later use. They don’t want this food around because if it expires, they will have to throw it out.

This gets more complicated if your pet has a medical problem or allergies. In that case, you may want to think about feeding them what the family eats. Family dogs have eaten scraps for years, so long as you don’t overdo it on the fat, they will be fine. You can experiment now with two sources of nutrition. One will be a protein source, one will be a carbohydrate source. Most of the allergens that dogs react to are the grains, second is the meat source. If they are on a trout and sweet potato based food, you can start with that. Find a fish that the dog can tolerate. You can stock a pond, if you have it, for fresh fish for everyone. You can buy cans of fish for them for storage until you can figure out something else to do. You can fish for the dog every few days. Sweet potatoes can be grown in the garden and stored easily. Try and find other things your dog can eat in this case. Experiment by adding a singular kind of food to the regular diet for two weeks. If no reaction, you probably have found something else they can have. This needs to be done NOW so you can be ready for the future and know what they can have.

How much to buy? My dogs on average, eat about a cup of food a day. Sometimes the bag will indicate how many cups are in the bag. Sometimes you have to weigh a cup of food, divide the pounds in the bag by that weight to get the number of cups. Or you can take the kilocalories in the entire bag (don’t ask me why they put this on the bag) and divide that by the kilocalories found in a cup which will also be on the side of the bag. This will give you the number of cups in a bag. One thing to keep in mind is that most dogs are somewhat overweight. Dog food takes up room. So figure out how much food every day that Fido can have and then buy appropriately. Go ahead and get him slimmed down to what he needs to be. Then you won’t be wasting prep room for an overweight dog that is certainly going to be developing some kinds of health problems over time.

I have bought enough food for my pack for a year. I figure by that time, I may be sharing the food we have with them, or we will have figured out what will work for us. I worked out how much oatmeal I would need for each dog and it was an enormous amount. Oatmeal is a great thing to feed because it is one of the most nutrient dense grains there is. Corn, wheat or soy which often causes food sensitivities in dogs over time are not good choices, but rice is a good choice for most dogs, as is bread or macaroni. You can also explore other grains such as amaranth or milo.

When storing the food, it doesn’t matter so much if it gets cold. But it should not get hot. Most dog food is “extruded” meaning it is cooked, then made into a gooey mass and then extruded into nice little kibbles, which are then heated to “bake” them and sprayed with flavored oils to make them more appetizing for your pet. That oil can go rancid if the food is in a place where it is warm. Your dog will not eat it and nothing will make your pet eat that food if it smells bad to him. Canned food should be kept from freezing, as any canned goods should, as well as not getting hot. If you have it in a pile with your supplies, be sure you have some sort of rodent protection around it. Mousetraps or poison (make sure Fido does not go in that area!) or mothballs work. Dogs will eat mothballs and they are poisonous. They taste sweet to them. A better alternative is cedar oil or peppermint oil or dried leaves. Put the oil on cotton balls and refresh them every month, tuck them around the bags.

Plant a package of mint somewhere on your land. It can be very invasive so keep it away from your gardens or it will take over. It will re seed itself every year in that same patch; while you are about it, throw down a package of catnip for Kitty. She will appreciate the fun she can have with a fresh branch every day and you can dry it for winter fun or even tea for yourself if you desire.

When you run out of commercial food, Fido will have to rely on scraps, crows and other birds I can shoot, road kill and/or predator meat. If I shoot a coyote, I will put it to use. I probably won’t want to eat it but the dogs could. Any varmints, such as possums, groundhogs, foxes, feral cats, all could be useful for this. I am also working on a better chicken house so that my chickens are not being picked off by hawks, a cup of oatmeal and a fresh egg or two would make a fine meal for most dogs.

When hunting after SHTF don’t forget to save the bones for the dogs. Raw, uncooked bones will keep their teeth cleaner and provide some nutrition as there will be meat on the bones. If you still have electricity and can freeze them, they can be kept that way for a while, they can also be smoked. Be aware that all bones can splinter and cause awful problems, especially the cooked ones, so look for the sturdier leg bones for them. Take them away after most of the meat has been removed, throw them on the roof to dry out better, pulverize them in the spring to put calcium in your garden. Bones of smaller animals should not be given. However, if you decide to cook a whole rabbit or a chicken (or birds that have been shot for this purpose) in a pot of water, cook it covered on low (a la crockpot style of cooking) for 24 hours. Take a potato masher and mash it all up. The bones will be fragile and disintegrate. I cook chicken this way all the time for my dogs in the crock pot. Remove the skin on the chicken and the rabbit. Dogs can also have tongues, brains, liver, heart, etc. of whatever you hunt. You can also teach your dog to help hunt. Right now my barns are filled with mice and I’m going to be taking one down every day and letting them learn the joy of catching and eating a mouse.

Make sure you have a water bowl and a food bowl in your BOB, with food, a sturdy leash and collar for your pet. The water bowl can double as a food bowl if necessary and to save on weight. Kitties should always have a small crate; they get frightened and take off if you let them out. Some kind of litter box would be helpful and you can use just plain dirt for litter if necessary.

Water: A dog will need about 8 oz. of water (one cup) for every 5 lbs. of body weight. They will need a little more in hot weather. Dogs can and do drink some really scummy water and don’t seem to mind but some can be more particular. Mine really like the algae water that is in their swimming pool on a hot day, warm, green, very yummy apparently. They do have a shorter digestion system, so many of the things that would affect us can pass through their guts quickly and without problems. But you cannot count on that; giardia comes to mind, and coccidia. Those will cause digestive upsets and especially diarrhea. Make sure your water filter can make enough water for your pets, too.

Medicine, wormers and flea control: Please verify what I am telling you. I am not a vet nor do I play one on TV. Double check the dosages of anything you might need to give to your dog. Also be aware that many things that work well in humans and dogs will kill a cat, such as aspirin. Never give a dog Ibuprophen. Do some research on what you put in the kit for use in animals.

Also, NOW is a good time to be sure your pets are up to date on vaccinations and wormings. Get this on your to do list now and keep an eye on the timing for this. There won’t be vaccinations for animals when SHTF. Rabies is particularly important, no one wants to see a redux of Old Yeller with their beloved family pet.

Make sure there are things in your medical kit that will help Fido, should he need it. Benadryl for insect bites, particularly bees and wasps, is helpful. 1 mg. per pound is the dosage. A couple of different antibiotics for fish is a good idea, tetracycline is not as effective for most things but amoxicillin and cephalexin are good choice and easily obtained as fish medicine. Make sure you look up the right dosage for your pet’s weight.

You can buy tapeworm medicine made for fish, too, check the dosage and make sure it is written down. They will get tapeworms from fleas, they nibble the fleas and the fleas are ingested and then you have tapeworms. People can get tapeworms so it’s a good idea to keep on top of this. You can keep flea preventative on hand, I’ve not seen expiration dates on the spot on type. You can also make a tea out of mint and spray that on your dog, it will repel the fleas at least. Diatomaceous earth can be rubbed into the coat and put in the dog’s bedding, it supposedly cuts the flea larva up and dries out the adult fleas. Pennyroyal is also good for repelling fleas but should not be used on pregnant dogs.

If you are in an area with heartworms (carried by mosquitoes) you will want to be sure you have preventative on hand. You can buy cattle Ivermectin, the 1% injectable kind. The recommended dosage of cattle Ivermectin for dogs to prevent heartworm is .0015 milligrams to .003 milligrams per pound of body weight once a month. Figure the dosage very carefully and measure out with an insulin syringe, be sure you know what you are doing. This will be given ORALLY, not injected, once per month. Put it in something tasty to get it down your dog. You use the insulin syringe to get a more exact reading. Cattle Ivermectin is good for longer than the expiration date on the bottle. Never give Ivermectin to dogs that are of “collie” origin, collies, border collies, Australian shepherds, or mixes thereof. The measurements on an insulin syringe are in units. There are 100 units to 1 cc or 1 milligram. The 40 unit syringes are easiest to work with and you can reuse them for this purpose only. Do not think you can make a mistake on this; Ivermectin poisoning can kill your dog. Do some research to be sure you know what you are doing.

Training: You may need to train your dog for various duties when SHTF. One may be that you want the dog to raise Cain and bark its head off any time it sees a stranger or something unusual. Barking vigorously gives the impression that the dog means business, even if it is a small dog. Most people cannot read a dog’s body language and assume the dog means to bite if the dog can get to them and will give a wide clearance. Conversely, you may wish the dog to be silent. It may be best not to draw attention to what appears to be an abandoned house where you may be. Training to bark is easier than training not to bark. You may need to have some help bringing in cattle or sheep. Be sure your dog has some instinct in this area, you aren’t going to be able to bring in cattle with a Maltese, but you can train a poodle to retrieve ducks, it’s what they were bred for.

Toys: At some time, there will be worn out toys and we all like our dogs to have some fun. Old socks, knotted together make a fine tug toy as does an old rope. The lid from a 5 gallon bucket makes a pretty fair Frisbee. Bones are always amusing. And it’s probably not a bad idea to lay in a small supply of tennis balls for the dogs who love those to play with, we never know when we may run across another tennis ball!


An Alternative Way To Prepping… For The Frugal Minded

Today we present another article in our non-fiction writing contest – By Rural Buckeye

Many of us want to be prepared as much as possible when the crap hits the fan. A favorite and another practical method of obtaining items that may of be of such interest, is visiting your local recycling center. I have been making frequent visits (every 7-14 days)to a local recycling center for the last 5 plus years. I was and still am amazed at what items end up there. Some of these items can be very useful and others you may want to just to pick them up for a resale.I have

I have found by selling a few of my finds it is a good way to help subsidize your other purchases. Or just hang on to them for bartering items down the road. Scrap prices do fluctuate and depending what the item is made out of, will be a factor when purchasing. But typically all my purchases are around five to ten cents on the dollar of what the item would cost elsewhere. Except for scrap, I pay around twice what they pay out. Keeping in mind that this article is more about acquiring and not on construction or refurbishing items.

Before I continue, I would like to make it very clear. Be careful what you are buying and inspect the items very carefully. Have an idea on why someone may have wanted to get rid of it in the first place. Some of these treasures are just no longer needed and others have defects. I have made bad buys only to take them back and sell them for less than what I paid originally. Also, although I will not be disclosing my sources or location (competition and security reasons) hopefully you will find some places to visit in a city near by you.

Fuel Tanks-A couple of my early on finds were aluminum fuel tanks. One being a 30-gallon tank that came out of a retired boat and the other is a 100-gallon tank that was removed from a tractor trailer rig. Both tanks appeared to be in very good shape, but before filling with fuel I checked them for leaks and cleaned them. The larger tank had 1/2 inch plug leaking. I replaced it with a new one and all is good. These are being used for emergency backup reservoirs and I am going to rotate fuel through them once a year. And yes, I am using a fuel stabilizer.

Hand tools- The one location I go to has a flea market type area setup. These items that they place there are recognized by their employees and set up to sell to people like myself. The reason I mention this is, because some items cost a bit more than d. Because a hoe or rake has very little metal in them, they are put out with a $1.00 price sticker on them. On all hand tools. I have purchased several hatchets, hoe, shovels, maul, sickle potato fork and other oddballs.

Steel-When buying raw steel, I normally pay twice what the center pays out to people I have picked a variety of steel, from 24 gauge galvanized sheet metal to many different lengths of cold and hot rolled steel. Along with piping from 1/2 inch to 6 inch. I have probably collected around 300 to 400 lbs of steel and still have less than $60.00 in it. One of my projects in the making is building a couple of rocket stoves. If you are not familiar with them, use a search engine like google and check them out. They area biomass cook stove that runs very efficient and are fairly easy to construct.

Although you will need metal working tools and a welder. The 3″ stove pipe will just be a cook stove, while the 6″ will be a vertical evaporator for boiling down maple sap to syrup. This will be used with a cut off stainless steel beer keg. But the keg really is nothing more than a 20-gallon pot boiling on a wood stove. This is nothing fancy or expensive like a commercial evaporator, but will work just fine for home use. I just want to make enough syrup for the family and some friends. I should have less than $50.00 in it by the time I am done.

Climbing Tree Stands- Believe it or not, someone scrapped out 2 brand new never used climbing deer stands. I have thoroughly inspected them, but I have not yet tried them out. And yes safety is critical here. Heck, they would make great zombie lookouts as well. These just might be a resale item, for I do most of my hunting from a ground blind anymore and I really do not need anymore.

Weight Distribution Hitches- This is something I did not need but I picked up 1 complete unit along with the makings of 3 others along with sway bars. If you do not know what a distribution hitch is. It helps level out a trailer to the truck it is attached to. Just this purchase alone has made me enough money to continue picking the scrap yard for a quite while. I paid $50 bucks for the hitches and turned around and sold them for $350.00. Once again, you have to be careful what you buy because of liability issues. These were a name brand item and appeared to be never used. I sold these on Craigs list and I had no problem getting rid of them.

This is just a small list of items that I have acquired over a small period time. To me, it is a win-win-win-win situation. The person getting rid of the item is freeing up space and picking up a little cash. Fewer items are ending up in the landfills. The recycling center is turning money. Lastly, I am obtaining items that help make life easier now and to be better prepared in the future for whatever may come our way.

The great thing about the treasure trove is that you never know what is going to show up. Good hunting my conservative friends.

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