Friday, October 31, 2014

ISIS Threatening To Use Ebola As A Chemical Weapon

ISIS Ebola threats are being taken very seriously by government officials in Spain. The Islamic State has reportedly encouraged supporters to use Ebola poisoned needles to kill Americans and other citizens in Western countries. The terrorist group is once again using the internet and social media to encourage the lone wolf attacks.
The Ebola poisonous needles attack threat by ISIS included directions on how to use the deadly virus as a chemical weapon. Francisco Martinez, the Security Secretary for Spain, said online ISIS chat room conversations have been discovered relating to the jihadist plan. During an address to the Spanish Parliament about the ISIS Ebola lone wolf attacks yesterday, Martinez said Islamic State militants consider the internet to be an “extension of the battlefield.”

Read the rest of the ISIS Ebola threats report here.

Dengue Fever Mosquitoes Hit California

The deadly dengue fever mosquito has surfaced in the San Diego, California area. The dengue hemorrhagic fever mosquitoes are also known as yellow fever mosquitoes. Most of the viruses the insect can spread are native to Central America and Mexico.
The dengue fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) were found in an office building on the 32nd at San Diego’s Street Naval Station, according to the Los Angeles Times. The yellow fever mosquitos were also reportedly discovered in the Los Angeles area counties of Pico Rivera and Commerce earlier this month.
Read the rest of the dengue fever mosquitoes story here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marathon County, Wisconsin Deploys ‘Military Tactics’ And SWAT To Collect Fine From Elderly Man

Marathon County, Wisconsin used “military style” tactics and deployed a SWAT team to collect a debt from an elderly man. Roger Hoeppner, 75, has been in a long court battle with his town over land use and $86,000 in fines imposed for work items “strewn across” his own property.
Roger Hoeppner retired from a paper factory and now runs a small pallet and tractor repair business on his 20 acres.

Screegrabs from a YouTube video taken on the Marathon County, Wisconsin property show several piles of neatly stacked wood pallets by a stand of trees which are visible from the road. A local court opted to levy a $500-per-day fine against Hoeppner in 2013 to convince him to comply with property clean-up orders.



Read more about the Roger Hoeppner SWAT raid by clicking here

X-Class Solar Flares Erupt From Sunspot 14 Times The Size Of Earth

A gigantic sunspot on the surface of the sun has released an unprecedented six X-Class solar flares just this week. Sunspot AR12192 is about the same size as Jupiter — approximately 14 times larger than Earth. X-Class solar flares are the most powerful type of eruptions from sunspots.

Sunspot AR12192 is not only the largest recorded in 25 years but is so enormous that it can seen from the Earth’s surface without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. Tariq Malik of Space.com told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that this is the first time in his career that he could stand on the roof of his office building and see a spot on the sun. Malik reminded viewers to wear eclipse glasses or at least good sunglasses, before staring directly into the sun in order to avoid eye damage.



Read more at about Sunspot 12192 and the X-Class solar flares by clicking here.

Ebola Nurse: Kaci Hickox Threatens To Sue Maine, African Ebola Patients May Be Coming To America

Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox is refusing to submit to a Maine quarantine. Hickox was subjected to an Ebola quarantine after arriving in New Jersey after treating patients with the deadly virus in West Africa. News of Hickox’s refusal to submit to a Maine Ebola quarantine comes just as an internal Obama administration memo considering the allowance of non-citizens with Ebola to come to the United States for treatment was discovered by the media.

Read the rest of the Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox story here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'The Survival Group Handbook' Review

Charley Hogwood's The Survival Group Handbook is a must read for every prepper, regardless of whether you live in a rural, suburban, or even an urban, environment. I have had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Charley several times and was delighted to get the chance to review his book about mutual assistance groups and survival.

Even though I read The Survival Group Handbook when it first came out, I discovered even more good advice the second time around.

First a bit about Charley and his expertise:

Hogwood was born and raised in Florida and is the resident chief Instructor on emergency preparedness and disaster readiness at P.R.E.P. Charley served more than 15 years in both the US Army and the Florida National Guard. He was an honors student in a class of 436 soldiers at the Leadership Development School in Fort Benning, Georgia, among many other leadership and survival certifications. His experience has been tested on several continents and in many natural disasters.

 During his time as a Lead Scout with the 11th Armored Cavalry, U.S. Army, he spent years deployed to Europe honing his skills in reconnaissance, first aid and humanitarian missions. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl incident, he was deployed to monitor the radiation dispersal over much of the fresh food system of Eastern and Western Europe. Large areas of agriculture and livestock were contaminated and had to be destroyed as governments rushed to provide safe food to millions of citizens who were used to having easy access to food.

As an active member of the US Army, he was charged with border security operations including planning and participating in patrolling and security operations, rapid reaction deployment and security of several international incidents. He also has experience in radiation detection and chemical warfare among many other tactical and leadership skills. After returning to the United States, he was in one of the first units of National Guard to be deployed to the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. His unit provided support by establishing relief areas to take care of basic human needs. Charley was also responsible for local security measures, including planning and participation of patrol units, looting prevention and serving as a liaison to local law enforcement to maintain order in a time of chaos and disarray.

As an Infantry Squad Leader with the Florida National Guard, he was qualified as Jungle Expert at the US Army Jungle Survival School during 3 separate tours through the Panama Canal Zone.

 The Survival Handbook was written to serve as an instruction guide for both the “solo survivor” and as a reference manual for established mutual assistance groups of all sizes.

Charley had this to say when I asked him why he wrote the book and how it will help other preppers survive a doomsday scenario:

"The most common fears we hear about have to do with trust and personal security. People worry that someone will turn on them and take their supplies, or shun them as crazy. While this is always a concern, the methods we outline in our book are specifically designed to mitigate these valid worries. Another problem many people have is just finding other people because they don’t know where to look or how to approach others. We have carefully outlined how to converse with potential group members and where to look for prepper friends. The recurring theme we found in our research was the importance of relationship building and teamwork for a successful group, survival or not."

Unless you live on a thousand or so acres of land and have a small army of friends and family to help guard and work you land, the community which surrounds you will matter greatly during a SHTF scenario. If the town nearest you turns into a disaster zone while awaiting for someone to show up and say, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help" the folks you sat next to at church, volunteered at school bake sales with, and waved to while picking up groceries at the now looted local supermarket, will ultimately wind up on your doorstep or perhaps storming your perfect prepper retreat in search of a few crumbs of break.



Opting for the lone wolf approach to survival is something that Charley strongly warns against. Readers of The Survival Handbook that already grasp and support this concept will also learn a lot form Hogwood's book.

Charley had this to say when I asked him about forming or approaching an existing mutual assistance group:

"It is important to play your secrets close to the vest until you are comfortable in the new relationship. If there is no important reason for someone to know something, keep it to yourself. Ask yourself, 'Why does this person need to know this?' before you share it. How might this information come back to harm you later? Take your time and share evenly with others. Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured into sharing private information. Conversely, if someone else is sharing too much, let him or her know. It is also important that you do share anything that may be a problem for the group or safety of a member. For example, if you are aware of a health concern, let someone know so they can be prepared in case you become incapacitated."



How can you tell if a mutual assistance group is right for you? Charley covers that in the survival book as well:

"Before you can make that decision you must understand yourself. We spend almost as much time talking you out of joining a group as we do in celebrating the benefits of working with others. This is because we want the individual to identify what is important to them and what goals they have for their own survival. Once you understand this, you can set out to assemble your dream team. If you try to shortcut the process you will invite unrealistic expectations from yourself and others. This will lead to dysfunction and disagreement."



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I highly recommend The Survival Group Handbook for anyone concerned about living through a long-term disaster.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

'Jake & Miller's Big Adventure' Preparedness Book For Kids Review





Prepping with kids poses some unique challenges. Teaching the youngsters self-reliance skills should begin at an early age and continue in an age appropriate manner as they grow. Coming from an education and coaching background, I felt compelled to include a chapter about the importance of introducing preparedness skills to children in my own book. When I was presented with Bernie Carr’s superb book, Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure, I was thrilled that such a wonderful resources was not available to prepping families.
Carr’s book belongs in the home library of every prepper mommy and daddy in America. Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure defines and introduces the concept of preparedness in an entertaining and easy to understand manner. The book will surely appeal to every preschool and early elementary school child that either reads or has the 32-page book read to them.
When faced with something unfamiliar, the first response is fear, even for many adults. Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure helps little ones understand that snowstorms, darkness, and other equally stark changes to their normal environment, are not cause for panic. Jake is a rather clever young man who paid attention when the adults in his life taught him about the importance of maps, flashlights, extra food and water, and other outdoor and survival skills. Jake repeatedly reassures his faithful canine companion that if they follow a plan and use both their minds and resources, they will arrive back home safely – and have a good time in the process.
Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure is definitely must-have preparedness tool for families with young children or grandchildren. As with any good read, Carr’s book will invoke thoughtful questions from the reader – or listener. After reading the book, present the child with their very own backpack and choose the items which should be placed inside, and how to use the, together as a family. If your child already has a bugout bag or get me home bag, open it up and compare what Jake and Miller used with what they have inside and allow the child to guide any additions he or she feels should go inside the bag and explain why they would be useful. Create your own adventure with a hand-drawn map of the neighborhood to help the youngster practice orienteering skills – the educational opportunities the book presents are nearly endless.
Bernie Carr is also the author of the Prepper’s Pocket Guide and the creator of the popular website, the ApartmentPrepper.com. Jake & Miller’s Big Adventure as expertly illustrated by Aja Wells.
Check out more books which have been selected as a part of Survivor Jane's Preparedness Blog Tour.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Practical Tactical Reviews 'Power Grid Down'

In Power Grid Down, Tara Dodrill shines a light on what is one of the most insidious threats our technologically advanced (read dependent) society faces, the complete failure of the nation’s electrical power grid. If you know anything at all about this threat, you know it is a terrifying possibility, but our author immerses us in this stark reality and shows us how to get ready for just such a future.
In the first couple of chapters the author details how precariously fragile the system is and all the ways it could be taken down, touching on everything from terrorism to solar flares. You may have not been aware of the how truly vulnerable our electric grid is to disruption, but after reading this portion of the book you will never flip a switch without thinking about where your electricity comes from again.
Just as the doom of a possible non-electrified future begins to weigh heavy on your shoulders, our author pulls us forward and offers solutions that you can get to work on today. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on grid down communications. Read the entire review by clicking visiting Practical Tactical.

Ebola: Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy Say Travel Restrictions Are Necessary To Stop The Spread Of The Deadly Disease In America


Ebola travel restrictions are not a good idea, according to the CDC and the Obama administration, but not all American doctors agree with the government experts. Dr. Joe Alton, aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Dr. Alton is also a member of Mensa and collects 19th century medical books to gain insight on off-grid medical strategies. Joe and Amy also recently created the Doom and Bloom Survival board game.

His wife, Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Together, they’re the authors of the number one Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid, The Survival Medicine Handbook, highly-regarded keynote speakers, The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour podcast hosts, and YouTube channel presenters, as well as contributors to leading survival and homesteading magazines.

Read more here: Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy Ebola interview.

 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Power Grid Down: How To Prepare, Survive & Thrive After The Lights Go Out Chapter 6 Excerpt



Chapter 6
Off Grid Housing Options and Homesteading Tips from the Amish - Excerpt



Finding a Prepper Retreat
While shopping for the perfect prepper retreat, do not be tempted by scenic soil, as the saying goes - beauty is only skin deep. Looking down at your feet frequently will serve you well when touring land. While picturesque sunsets are wonderful, if the land is unable to grow crops and is prone to flooding, your family will go hungry during a long-term disaster.
A little knowledge will go a long way as you enter the homesteading search process. When the dream of owning an off the grid property or the prefect homesteading site becomes fiscally feasible, do not rush to sign a contract or become so overwhelmed by the process that you make a decision which could hamper the survival of your family.
Real estate agents specializing in rural land sales are common, but agents trained in survival real estate consultation are not. Practical Preppers owner Scott Hunt’s new book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide To Disaster Preparedness is a superb source for prepper retreat consultation tips and advice. If contracting with a professional off the grid living expert is not financially possible, do your homework before scheduling land tours.


Prepper Retreat Buying Tips
   
Make a list of the land attributes you will need to successfully live off the grid, raise livestock, grow crops, and maintain a secure perimeter before meeting with a real estate agent or browsing property online. The list of wants and needs should include input from everyone in the family or mutual assistance groups. Talk to a farmer or a rancher if you are new to homesteading. The educational tips garnered could help prevent making a very expensive and potentially deadly mistake.
Online property browsing also gives you the chance to thoroughly research and compare similar properties in just your price range. Print off the listing sheets, property record cards from the county auditor website.                                                                                           
After reviewing those materials, go to the local courthouse and purchase plat map pages and deed copies relating to your list of properties. Do not assume that mineral rights go with the land unless specifically stated.

 Some of the most popular and expansive online real estate websites are Survival Realty, Trulia, and Land Watch. Trulia allows searches for specific types of real property, such as farms, vacant land, and ranches. Land Watch does permit listings for any type of real estate, but is most known for its rural properties on large acre tracts. Survival Realty is owned and operated by off the grid living experts and specific land attributes must be present before an agent or homeowner can list a property on the website. The search features on all three websites are simple to navigate and narrow down the listings to your area and specifications. 

                

Off The Grid Power
 A truly self-reliant lifestyle involves the development of a sustainable energy supply. Gas generators are great – as long as there is power getting to the local convenience stores and the roads are accessible to reach them.

Utilizing a heating system which would still function if the power grid failed, or to use immediately if going off grid, should also be factored into the real estate search criteria. Heating with wood, a propane tank, or a gas furnace are common in rural areas. Remember the basic rule of prepping, two is one and one is none. A backup heating source is strongly advised. If faced with a long-term disaster or teotwawki, buying additional propane will not be an option.
                                                                                                                             

So, You Are Going To Bug Out To The Forest After The SHTF, Better Read This Report First!

How many times have you heard someone say, “When the SHTF I am just going to bugout to the woods,” and think that such a “plan” is a simp...