Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lemongrass Survival Uses

Are you prepared to survive during a long-term disaster when you can’t call a doctor? Medical preparedness is often the most difficult part of any preparedness plan. Even if you have some type of emergency medical training or are super lucky and have a doctor in your mutual assistance group, garnering needed medications will still ultimately be an issue.

Stocking up on over-the-counter medicine, using medications designed to aid animals, or stockpiling prescriptions are all options preppers routinely debate when working on their first aid disaster preps. Some feel that when the noted shelf life of a medication has passed, the pill can still be used but will be weaker and less effective. I am not a doctor or a nurse, and I only lasted as a candy striper for two weeks in middle school; only a doctor can give accurate advice on such matters.

There are other places to look for “medications” other than in the health section of big-box stores and the pharmacy that help sustain the family after the SHTF. Nature offers a plethora of ingredients that were used as medicine for centuries before “Big Pharma” thudded onto the scene. Click here to learn the survival uses of lemongrass in my report for Survival Based!

Lemongrass is one of a multitude of essential oils that can offer health benefits to humans. Before using any essential oil, please read the warnings on the label and do a bit of research. Lemongrass, like several other oils, is not suitable for pregnant and nursing women and can be harmful if ingested in significant quantities by children and pets.

Half Of All Americans Live In An Earthquake Danger Zone - Do You?

Do you live in an earthquake danger zone? If you think all of those not living along the West Coast are basically safe, then you may be shocked by a new USGS study. Approximately half of all Americans are at risk from “damaging earthquakes,” according to the U.S. Geological Survey report.

Among the lower 48, a total of 143 million Americans live in areas that could experience the “big one.” Among that number, a full 28 million live in places with “high potential” for ground shaking and 57 million live in “moderate” hazard zones.

The new USGS study is indicative of a surge in the number of Americans blissfully unaware that they would be affected by an earthquake. A previous report stated that a much lower number — 75 million people in 39 states — were exposed to earthquake risk. Click here to learn more about earthquake danger zones in the United States in my report for Off The Grid News!

Harsh Winter Is Coming Our Way, 'Old Farmer's Almanac Predicts

We are in for yet another extremely wet and cold winter, according to the just-released forecast from the Old Farmer’s Almanac. Although many modern meteorologists and weather experts dismiss the predictions in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the book published annually since 1792 is rarely far off track. It relies in part on historical data as well as sunspot activity.

“[Founder Robert B.] Thomas believed that weather on Earth was influenced by sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun,” the book says. “Over the years, we have refined and enhanced that formula with state-of-the-art technology and modern scientific calculations.” Generations of Americans have found the long-range weather predictions to be both invaluable from a planting perspective – and astonishingly accurate.

The forecast for winter 2015-16 calls for much of the Pacific Northwest, Plains, Midwest and Northeast states to be cold and snowy. Much of the South also is forecasted to have lots of snow. (For details, see the map.) It also has some surprises. Chicago, for example, is forecasted to be cold and dry. Click here to read more about the Old Farmer's Almanac predictions for an exceptionally hard winter in my report for Off The Grid News!

Bandana Survival Uses - Learn How These 'Hankies' Could Help Save Your Life!

Your bugout bag, INCH bag, or get-me-home bag should not resemble Mary Poppins’ purse. The bottomless pit the British nanny packed around would be way too heavy to carry in real life. Miss Poppins may have subscribed to the prepper “one is none” mantra, but the beloved caregiver certainly did not consider the dual-purpose nature of basic survival items;  she would have needed Popeye’s muscle to pack that big dang purse of hers.

In theory, we all know that carrying out BOBs for many hours, over long distances in possibly rugged terrain will take a physical toll. But, have you actually conducted a field test to determine exactly how difficult carrying your pack would be during a disaster?

While practicing my preps this summer I started carrying my get- me- home bag while walking two or three miles at the old school track with our wild dingoes (aka Jovie and Ruger, the Blue Heeler pups), and it was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. My prepper hubby, Bobby, got the dingoes their own canine BOBs as well. Since they are not quite seven months old yet, they are still carrying them empty to get used to the movement and weight of the packs.

Although I always packed my trusty handgun during our walks, – I don’t go anywhere my Ruger SR40c cannot go as well. When switching from carrying my pistol sling to packing my full GMH bag, I quickly realized the weight increase was substantial. The sling bag contained just my handgun, two extra magazines, and my wallet. In Ohio, you must have both your ID and CCW card on you at all times. Click here to see the top 20 bandana survival uses in my report for Survival Based!

Medical Preps - Top 10 Natural Medicines You Might Have In Your Kitchen Right Now!

Medical preparedness is often on the minds of off the grid families and members of the prepper community. Unless your or someone in your family or tribe (my favorite phrase for a mutual assistance groups) has a medical background, a lot of learning must occur while prepping for a SHTF disaster.

Approaching prepping as a lifestyle choice and as a form of insurance, has prompted many self-reliant individuals and families to get certified in advanced first aid, to take basic nursing courses. Cross-training other members of your group on all skills will likely enhance the overall chances of survival for the family or tribe.

While taking medical basic courses will not help you learn how to perform open heart surgery, such classes are worthy of both your time and money. In addition to learning how to better address injuries and illnesses with conventional medicine, add some natural and holistic therapies to your preps as well. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are leaders in the medical preps field teach others how to better deal with survival health emergencies via a multitude of free YouTube videos, a best-selling book, and by teaching visitors at prepper expos. Click here to learn more about natural painkillers that you may already have on hand in my report for eFoodsDirect!

Earthbag Homes The Best Choice For Prepper Retreats And Off Grid Housing?

Earthbag homes are the dirt cheap way to build the ultimate bugout retreat or 24/7 self-reliant homestead. The ultra-sturdy homes can reportedly withstand hurricanes, floods, fires, and flying bullets far better than a home constructed in a traditional manner – and far more cheaply.

Although the term earthbag home may be unfamiliar to many folks, that style of construction has been a hot topic in the off grid community for quite some time. The military may not have “invented” the process, but did help to perfect it. Bunkers and temporary living quarters for soldiers were often quickly built using bags full of dirt.

 The claims of indestructibility of earthbag houses appear to have some merit. During the Nepal 7.8 magnitude earthquake the entire village of Sangachok was leveled – with the exception of just one structure.

The village school was an earthbag structure, and was all that remained after the ground shook and wreaked havoc in the region. As Nepal began to rebuild, local officials decided to construct emergency shelters using earthbags – as was done in Haiti after the massive earthquake of 2010. Click here to see more earth bag home designs and to read the rest of my report about this popular off grid prepper retreat building choice in my report for eFoodsDirect!

Are You Avoiding The Top 10 Prepping Mistakes?

Oh, I wish I knew then what I know now. Odds are, at least a few times in your life this phrase has either rolled of your tongue or crossed your mind. We were all once prepping newbies, and likely made at least a few mistakes when first embarking on a self-reliant lifestyle or diving head-first into survival shopping sprees.

Once upon a time I became rather disgusted when I realized we had wasted time or money (or both!) along our preparedness journey. The head-shaking which occurred when I wondered aloud how we could have made such a silly mistake nearly caused whiplash a time or two. I approach the concept of prepping from both an educational and insurance perspective. I thoroughly enjoying the process of learning new off grid living tips, testing my survival skills, and researching homesteading techniques.
Although I still prefer never to waste either time or money, I can now look upon the discoveries of failures with a big sigh of relief. Better to make mistakes and learn from them now, then after the lights go out.

Top 10 Prepping Mistakes You Should Avoid Or Correct Right Now!
  1. Do not attempt to buy everything you need to survive a long-term disaster right off the bat – unless you are a millionaire. Establish a firm prepping budget, prioritize your preps, and stick to the plan. As your self-reliance skills grow, you may find that money was blown on items you will never need or could have found on sale or secondhand far more inexpensively if you would have exhibited some patience. Click here to read the rest of the top 10 prepping mistakes in my report for eFoodsDirect!

Extreme Temperatures Threaten The Stability Of The Power Grid ... Again

The power grid has been pushed to the edge of collapse in Texas. Record-setting temperatures have both residents and energy experts concerned about the fragility of the vital infrastructure. Although the kiddos are heading back to school, the summer heat is still far from over. Heat-weary Texans have cranked their AC between peak hours, causing the power demand to surge to record-setting heights.

Would the health and safety of your family be in danger if the power grid failed, even for only a few days or a weak? Extreme temperatures, be they hot or cold, would be the most immediate concern – but many other life-threatening problems would also present themselves in a rather rapid fashion.

If the power grid fails, the tractor-trailers would no longer be able to deliver food to the grocery store.

The food you are growing in your backyard and have stored inside you home, would be all that stands between your loved ones and starvation. Shelf staple, or long-term storage food, would definitely be a good investment and should be at the top of you prepping budget list. A lack of medical care and the inability to call 911 to get help with safety and fire emergencies could also be a major obstacle to hurdle during a grid down disaster.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)said the demand on the power grid in the Lone Star State beat all previous usage records.

“With temperatures expected to continue to rise, we likely will see even higher demand,” ERCOT Chief Operating Officer Brad Jones stated in a release warning customers that the grid was being overly-taxed. Temperatures in have reached 101 in recent weeks, with a heat index of 107, the National Weather Service reports. ERCOT engineers have reportedly been kept quite busy working to “maintain overall reliability” in an effort to “protect the grid.” Click here to read more about power grid threats in my report for eFoodsDirect!

'The Harbinger' Warns That Economic Collapse Could Soon Destroy America

If you have not read The Harbinger, the best-selling novel should be placed at the top of your preparedness “to do” list. Jonathan Cahn’s book focuses upon a series of “signs” or omens which have happened in America since the 9/11 terror attacks of 2001. Cahn feels that he has unearthed the ancient prophecies of Isaiah 9:10-11 and fears an economic collapse on a global scale is looming.

Cahn uses fictional narratives as the foundation of the novel designed to detail ancient prophecies which he undeniably feels relate to the Bible verse and historical events which correspond with occurrences from 8th century B.C. Israel and events of the last decade in America.

 “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real,” Jonathan Cahn says at the beginning of The Harbinger. The author is both a pastor and a rabbi. He is the leader of Hope of the World. The religious organization is an outreach dedicated to spreading the gospel through “projects of compassion to the world’s poorest.” Cahn is also the leader of the Jerusalem Center a worship center comprised of Jewish and gentile people from around the globe. Click here to read more about The Harbinger warnings in the rest of my report for eFoodsDirect!

How To Render Tallow - Homesteading Skils Which Enhance Your Chances Of Survival!

Tallow is the hard and fatty substance made from rendered animal fat, which has been used for centuries for cooking and in candle and soap making. Tallow is rendered (melted down) from basically any meat other than pork, but beef has traditionally been the meat most often used. Modern day folks who utilize the old-fashioned homesteading staple often do so because tallow is regarded as being extremely resistant to the heat required during the cooking process.

Tallow is comprised of 50 percent saturated fat, 42 percent monounsaturated fat, and just four percent polyunsaturated fat. You can quickly purchase quality grass-fed tallow from online retailers such as U.S. Wellness Meats, Eat Wild, Eat Local Grown, and Grass Fed Traditions – but the price tag can take away from the tight budgets of many preppers. Tallow is surprisingly easy to render and learning how to complete the process is a valuable survival skill. One day soon, going to the local big box store or corner grocery to buy cooking oil, soap, candles, and gun cleaner, may no longer be an option.

The fat rendered from pork is known as lard. Tallow makers often use the fat from beef cattle, sheep, deer, poultry, and even bear to garner inexpensive stockpiles of the handy little ingredient. Grass-fed beef or free-range poultry is typically preferred when making tallow because the fat contains more helpful nutrients and is not compromised by hormones or other non-natural ingredients often used in commercial feed. Click here to learn how to make tallow candles, tallow soap, and to read about other survival uses for animal fat in my report for eFoodsDirect!

Aloe Vera Survival First Aid Uses

Aloe Vera has a plethora of beneficial properties. The inexpensive green plant adorns the kitchen windows of millions of folks around the globe and is routinely cultivated by preppers as well. Folks who merely grow the plant so it can be broken open to be applied to burns are missing out on some of the best ways to extract its healing powers.

Alexander the Great is believed to have ordered his army to travel from Greece to an island near Somalia just to find a crop of Aloe Vera plants. The plant naturally grows in East Africa and the Mediterranean region, Egypt, and Greece. A study by Japanese scientists after World War 2 reportedly found that individuals who had rubbed Aloe Vera onto their skin after potentially being exposed to radiation had a far lower rate of skin cancer than had been predicted.

The Aloe Vera plant is 99 percent water and one percent absorbable solid. That tiny little non-water percent contains more than 200 bioactive constituents including a vast array of amino acids, minerals, enzymes, vitamins, polymannans, fatty acids, and polysaccharides. Most the properties of the plant are both healthy and helpful, but a few are not. Separating the inner juice, or gel, from the outer leaf sap is extremely. The leaf sap can have a toxic effect on the human body and works as a strong laxative. Click here to read the rest of my Aloe Vera survival uses report on eFoodsDirect!

Diatomaceous Earth Survival Uses And Health Benefits

Diatomaceous earth has a multitude health benefits and should be part of your survival medicine preps. The DE supplement is a basically the dietary form of silica, which is essential to many bodily functions, according to several recent health studies. Diatomaceous earth can reportedly help strengthen joints and bones, the immune system, and aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

DE is also highly regarded as an “internal cleanser” and is believed to have the ability to remove parasites, intestinal bacteria, various toxins and viruses such as E-coli, from the body. Diatomaceous earth is also reportedly helpful in removing heavy metals from the body and in treating tinnitus, insomnia, and headaches.

What Is This Beneficial Type Of Earth And Where Does It Come From?

Diatomaceous earth is comprised of the fossilized shells of diatoms. A diatom, is a one-celled water plant, such as algae and phytoplankton. The miniscule plants are an essential food source for nearly all marine life. Diatoms make their exoskeletons, or shells, from soluble silica – which is basically sand, from their surroundings. When the plants die, their shells sink to the bottom of the waterway and form thick and chalky fossilized bed overtime. The fossilized sediment is diatomite or diatomaceous earth. Click here to learn the survival uses of diatomaceous earth in my report for eFoodsDirect!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

12-Hour Warning Until TEOTWAWKI If Solar Storm Is Directed At Power Grid, New Report Says

Can you cram in 12 hours all the survival essentials you would need to save your family for several months? That’s all the warning you would have before a solar storm takes out the power grid, according to a new government report from the United Kingdom.

The Space Weather Preparedness Strategy report revealed that the warning could be as little as 12 hours before a coronal mass ejection (CME) hits Earth and sends us all back to a 1800s existence.
It typically takes one to three days for a CME to arrive, and predictions are accurate to within about six hours.

“Generally speaking, the faster the ejection, the greater the potential impacts,” the report said. “The [1859] Carrington Event, for example, travelled to Earth in as little as 18 hours. It is therefore likely that our reasonable worst case scenario would only allow us 12 hours from observation to impact.” Click here to read the rest of my report for Off The Grid News!

Prepping And Homesteading Tips - How To Make Mason Jar Oil Lamps

Mason jars are a staple item for nearly all preppers and homesteading families. The sturdy jars are first and foremost used to pressure can the annual harvest, but they possess a plethora of other potential uses as well.

Oil lamps are one of those items that often gets passed down from generation to generation. Unless you go camping or have experienced a power outage and do not own a generator, granny's oil lamp probably just sits on the shelf and gathers dust.

Investing in tangibles, like oil lamps, means that you will always have something of value to barter both during and after a long-term disaster. In addition to stocking up on the lamps themselves, you also need to purchase extra wicks and mantles. Click here to read the rest of the report and learn how to make Mason jar oil lamps in my report for Survival Based!

Dental Floss Survival Uses

Making sure that your bugout bag and EDC (every day carry) kit has everything you need to survive if disaster strikes is a daunting task, to say the least. Re-evaluating the items in out BOB bags, INCH bags, or get home bags on a regular basis — and making sure we know how to fully use all the items contained inside — is an extremely good and potentially life-saving idea.

Any survival item that is lightweight, takes up little space, and has multiple uses should get a gold star and be given due consideration for inclusion in the aforementioned bags. We have covered many prepping must-haves with a multitude of off-label uses on Survival Based. Dental floss is but the latest cheap-o prepper item to add to the list.

Dental health is, of course, extremely important during a long-term disaster. Poor oral hygiene can lead not only to loss of teeth (which we don’t want because teeth help us chew food, which gives us energy), but can also cause overall health concerns. Additionally, this little white string has a plethora of potential survival uses. Click here to read the rest of my dental floss survival uses report for Survival Based!

Yard Sale Prepping Tips - How To Stretch Your Survival Budget Further!

Prepping is more often than not done on a shoestring budget, or at least a rather small budget consisting of the flexible funds left over from the weekly paycheck. Self-reliant folks are very good at stretching their dollars to build what they need themselves or searching out bargains to satisfy the survival checklist.

Yard sales are an excellent option to score cheap preps. Each year my rural county has an annual yard sale. Folks come from many counties away to sell, swap, and buy secondhand treasures. My cousin-in-law and I found so many incredible preps during this year’s event that I had to call my husband Bobby to bring a truck to fetch the gear — it took him two trips. Missy and I were not cruising the back roads in a small vehicle. We completely filled the large SUV once, dropped off our goodies, went back out and filled it again, and still needed the pickup.

Although the glorious sunny days of summer will be over in just a month or so, the yard sale season never seems to end anymore, thanks to Facebook. Although I am not a fan of the social media platform, the “items for sale” community pages and county “trading posts” allow money-conscious preppers to find yard sale prices even when we are knee-deep in December snow. Click here to read the rest of my yard sale prepping report for Survival Based.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Prepper Community Raided By Government Officials

The owner of a major off-grid underground bunker is fighting the government for the right to keep the shelter open.

“Ark Two” was built by Bruce Beach in Horning Mills, Canada, 35 years ago, with a total of 42 school buses buried under 14 feet of dirt and two feet of concrete in Dufferin County, approximately 60 miles northwest of Toronto.

Ark Two is regarded as the largest privately constructed nuclear fallout shelter in the world and encompasses 10,000 square feet. It is designed, Beach said, to help humanity survive a nuclear world war.

After living harmoniously in the county for almost four decades, Canadian officials only in recent years decided that the underground bunker community creates a hazard and began raiding it, checking for safety problems. Dufferin officials, in fact, want the survivalist community welded shut and closed permanently. A July preparedness summit was expected to attract hundreds of self-reliant people from across North America who would visit it. Click here to read the rest of my report about Ark Two - the underground bunker community raid on preppers on Off The Grid News.

Cyber Hackers Can Now Take Control Of Your Car!

The power grid, government computers, and nearly all major retailers all have been hit by hackers in recent years. That is scary enough, but a recent experiment by a couple of computer experts is downright terrifying – and could possibly provoke a deadly result.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek are “good” cyber hackers who try to expose flaws in systems before disaster strikes, and the two were able to hack into a vehicle’s computer system and take control of a car.

A Wired journalist volunteered to be part of the test.

“I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system."
Click here to read the rest of my cyber hacking cars report for Off The Grid News.

Survival First Aid - Snake Bites

Summer is finally upon us. Millions of Americans are enjoying the great outdoors or tending their crops and likely just a few feet away from a snake at any given moment.

Snakes terrify many people unnecessarily. They are really more afraid of us than we are of them. Seriously folks, they are not lying in wait for human flesh 24/7. Unless startled, snakes rarely strike out and sink their sharp teeth into the skin of equally startled people. However, snake bites do happen, and it is far better to learn how to deal with such wounds now instead of waiting until after you can't call 911.

Last summer some very young copperheads were swimming in the shallow water next to a bank where my trusty horse Ruby stopped for a drink. The watering hole was down a narrow embankment and had only enough room for a few horses to water at a time before moving along up the other side and back onto the trail.

Thankfully, my Ruby did not notice the tiny copperheads. Another horse and rider were making their way down the slope after I saw the baby snakes, and several more were lined up for their turn as well. I whispered the word, "copperheads" as calmly as possible without moving Ruby's head a single hair. I told the other riders to back up, and they did so with as much speed and quiet as they could muster. Click here to read the rest of my survival first aid for snake bites report for Survival Based.

Are You Practicing Your Survival Skills This Summer? Tips To Make The Most Of Your Prepping Drills

Summer is not only a time for BBQs, baseball games, and trips to the beach. The most glorious months of the year are also a perfect time to practice your preps. Getting the entire family involved in SHTF drills and enhancing your physical readiness can be both a fun and potentially life-saving endeavor.

Prepping isn't all doom and gloom, or at least it shouldn't be. Approaching living a self-reliant existence as a form of insurance helps to keep the focus on survival while still allowing us to enjoy our lives.

Working preparedness training into your daily life — and into the lives of your children — is not a complex concept. Mundane tasks and family-time activities offer a multitude of prepping skill enhancement opportunities.

Prepper Fitness

Every day I take the wild dingoes (aka Blue Heeler puppies that are supposed to belong to my husband and daughter) to the old high school track. The old track is in a beautiful secluded spot with mildly cracked pavement. Local folks can walk with their dogs off-leash and allow their children ride bikes without fear of traffic. Click here to read the rest of the summer survival skills practice tips in my report for Survival Based.

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...