Tuesday, July 16, 2019

I Survived an Urban Survival Course with SELCO

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

What happens when you take a chubby, middle-aged mom, put her on a creepy, abandoned military base and tell her to clear a building in which to take shelter?

Since it’s not a real SHTF scenario, hilarity ensues. But had this been an actual emergency, (read that in the voice of the guy who does the National Broadcast System on television) it wouldn’t have been one bit funny. It would have been deadly and now I understand far better how so many people died quickly when Bosnia descended into mayhem.

Let’s go back to the beginning and I’ll tell you about how I survived Selco’s first Urban Survival Course for Women.

U.S. Farms Are Facing Their Worst Crisis In A Generation – And Now Here Comes Another Monster Storm

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The combination of the wettest planting season in U.S. history, a catastrophic trade war with China and economic conditions that are brutal for small farms has produced a “perfect storm” for U.S. farmers.  Farm bankruptcies have already risen to the highest level in 7 years, but many expect that they will soon surge to all-time record highs.  Due to the incredibly wet weather, millions upon millions of acres of prime U.S. farmland will not be planted with crops at all this year.  And millions of acres that do get planted will yield a lot less than usual because of the wretched conditions.  Meanwhile, the U.S. will export far less corn and soybeans than usual this year due to our trade conflicts with China and Mexico.  With much less international demand, U.S. farmers are going to have an increasingly difficult time trying to make a profit on anything they are able to grow.  In the end, thousands of farmers will not be able to recover from this crisis and will be forced out of the industry for good.

Can you survive on your own garden if you need to? Having a productive garden could make or break your survival

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by Zoey Sky, Natural News:

A well-maintained garden can enhance the beauty of any home. But a survival garden can offer so much more: It allows you to harvest fresh produce, and it can even be a source of useful medicinal herbs. (h/t to ThePreppingGuide.com)

The benefits of cultivating a survival garden

Preppers are practical, and a survival garden is perfect for people who love to grow both beautiful flowering plants and fresh, organic produce. Unlike ornamental gardening which highlights aesthetics, survival gardening focuses on the cultivation of herbs, fruits, and vegetables that can help you survive when SHTF.

Prepper health: Understanding sleep cycles so you can get some rest during a crisis

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by Zoey Sky, Natural News:

Lack of sleep can negatively affect your physical and mental condition, especially during a disaster scenario. But learning about sleep cycles and having good sleep habits can prevent common problems associated with poor sleep quality. (h/t to BeansBulletsBandagesAndYou.com)

Sleep deprivation is linked to a decline in cognitive ability. This means you can make wrong decisions during time-sensitive scenarios, which can endanger your life when SHTF.

Picking a BOL

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by Pete Thorsen, Survival Blog:

Many people think that there are very troubled times ahead for the United States. Some who think that realize if that comes to pass their current residence could make their very survival problematic. So what to do? Move now or if tied down, like because of a job, etc, then maybe set up a bug-out-location (BOL). Great but where would you go? And what would be the determining factors in BOL selection?

THE FIRST 3D-PRINTED HOUSE IN THE US WAS SO SUCCESSFUL, 50 MORE ARE BEING MADE

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by Mandy Froelich, Waking Times:

One year ago, America’s first 3D-printed home was unveiled in the city of Austin, Texas. In the time that has passed, the structure has proven itself to be resilient and cost-effective. Now, 50 more of the 3D-printed homes are being constructed for poor families in rural Latin America.

Icon, the tech company that designed the specialized 3D printer, partnered with the Silicon Valley-based nonprofit New Story for the initiative. Currently, they are working on constructing their “first-of-its-kind” neighborhood for Latin American families who make less than $200 per month.

As The Perfect Storm Hits America’s Food Supply All At Once, ‘Miracle Foods’ & Hydroponics Will Be The Keys To Long-Term Survival

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by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

With this Spring’s flooding in the Midwest decimating many crops, with millions of calves lost during the flooding, along with the recent barrage of tornadoes leaving a path of destruction from Kansas to Pennsylvania, along with the recent news of Asian “pig ebola” sending “shock waves through the global food chain,” we have seen and written a number of prepping pieces encouraging Americansto prepare, many focused on emergency survival food, but eventually even that would run out as the long term effects of food shortages started affecting production.

Our DIY Solar Well Pump

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by PJA, Survival Blog:

About four years ago, my wife and I finally got all four children out of the house and “on their way.” This allowed the two of us to pursue our dream of “leaving the city” and moving to a “rural homestead” on the edge of Middle Tennessee. The property we settled on is a modest five acres nestled within miles of rolling hills and cave fed streams within each “holler.” It included a 1940s farmhouse, two streams, a springhouse and a no-longer-used capped well casing. We managed to fence the 3-1/2 acre hill and stocked with Great Pyrenees herding dogs and a small herd of goats. We also dove into raising chickens.

To support our new collection of livestock, we constructed a small barn and fed a watering trough via roof gutters. This water source worked well for all the animals except in the hot summer months of July thru September when the rain slows to once a week or so. We needed an alternate source of water without running a county water line from the house to the barn.

MILLIONS LOSE POWER IN OHIO AND INDIANA AFTER TORNADO: “IT LOOKS LIKE A WAR ZONE!”

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

The tornado that ripped through Ohio and Indiana has left millions of Americans without power.  Right now, about 5 million still have no power and nine are dead after the latest installment in a two-week span of powerful tornadoes and thunderstorms which have devastated the Midwest.

State officials in Ohio told the press that they have confirmed at least seven people were injured in the storms. The town of Celina in Mercer County, about 80 miles north of Dayton, sustained extensive damage, prompting the Ohio Department of Transportation to employ snow plows to remove debris off Interstate 75. Across the region, the NWS issued 36 tornado warnings. –ZeroHedge

This 100 Year Old Gun Might Out Last Any Glock or Sig Sauer

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from Government Slaves:

More than a century after its introduction, how much longer can the 1911 go on? As a pairing of high-powered bullet and frame, it’s difficult to beat. Other manufacturers including Glock and Springfield Armory have come out with competing .45 ACP designs that also have lasting appeal.

The 1911 is one of the most notorious handguns in history and easily the most famous in America, having seen action in every U.S. conflict since World War I. One of the most successful product designs ever, the 1911 has achieved something rare in the world of machines: immortality. Over a hundred years old, it remains largely unchanged.

Why You Might Be FORCED to Bug Out Even If Your Plan Is Bugging In

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by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

If you’re like me, Plan A is hunkering down and waiting out a disaster or bad situation. You want to be home where you’re comfortable, where you know the territory, where all your supplies are stored. The last thing in the world you want to do is to take off and leave behind your gardens, maybe some livestock, and your huge stash of ammo.

But in the immortal words of the Rolling Stones, you can’t always get what you want.

Sometimes the situation is so dire and so sudden that you have no choice but to drop everything and run.