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Thursday, February 19, 2015

All Preparedness is Local-Many, Many Resources You Can Use!

Poor Man Survival                                             

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A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring
one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own
pursuits of industry and improvement."

-- Thomas Jefferson


Something we no longer have!


Preparedness Is Local: 7 Simple Ways to Get Ready

A famous politician once said, "All politics is local." The same is essentially true for prepping. Let me show you how to get started on sizing up, and making arrangements for, your possible needs in an emergency.

In any social disruption or national crisis, you can expect diminished access to vital resources that come from national or large regional distribution systems – food, water, fuel, medicine. Whether it's a natural disaster, a terror attack, or social chaos, your access to key resources will become severely limited or cut off completely.

When that happens, you end up totally reliant on local resources.

Savvy preppers know it's important to get a feel for what's available locally before there's a disruption. Where does local food come from? What do you know about your local water supply? What resources exist nearby that you can use now to make you more prepared later?

Training Resources
You Should Take Advantage Of

SUGGESTION ONE: Your local Red Cross offers a number of low-fee workshops – some are even free. One of the classes many Red Cross branches offer is an Individual Preparedness Skills Workshop.

This workshop teaches basic skills intended to help you be self-reliant for an extended period of time. You'll learn basic preparedness, emergency response, and recovery skills that you can share with your family, neighbors, and colleagues and that you can fall back on in any number of difficult situations. While the workshop is truly basic, it gives you a framework you can build on for more advanced and personalized prepping. I would highly advise you get friends, neighbors, and family members to attend with you so you aren't shouldering the load alone.


Preparedness Contest…although none of you ever entered ANY of the contests we held through the years, I thought we’d share this one with you.


Secure communication for preppers »
Have you ever considered how you would communicate covertly and/or securely if the need were to arise? It could be for a number of reasons; maybe you simply don’t want someone to know what you are talking about or maybe it is more serious and electronic communications are not functioning because of an EMPMore »

Bio-gas from what? Yes, that’s right, human poop!
Human waste is often sieved, dried and used as manure in countryside locales, but in an increasing number of urban environments it’s now contributing to the local power grid.

Finding water in an emergency
You’ve done everything right. You set up a food storage system. You stored enough drinking water to last your household for a month. But what if something unexpected happens? What if your drinking water is contaminated? Or spilled? Or stolen? You and your family can’t live without clean water. So what do you do?

Preventing Septic Problems


Charcoal Powered Generator

 Ask any farmer, survival expert, Boy Scout, hippie or prepper and they will tell you the awesome uses for charcoal- from improving your garden to filtering water and field medicine. But did you know with a few scrap parts you can run an unmodified internal combustion engine?



The Weekly Roundup of Useful Stuff


How to Find Truly Free Tax Software: You'd think "free" wouldn't be complicated. In the world of tax software, it is. This article published on Forbes covers what you need to know.

  • The Disease of Being Busy (On Being):  "How did we create a world in which we have more and more and more to do with less time for leisure, less time for reflection, less time for community, less time to just… be?"

  • The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment (Gallup): "There's no other way to say this. The official unemployment rate, which cruelly overlooks the suffering of the long-term and often permanently unemployed as well as the depressingly underemployed, amounts to a Big Lie."





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Bruce, the Poor Man

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