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Monday, May 6, 2019

Freedom, Self-Reliance Plus Action Steps and Resources

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…

ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources


I know, I know, another list of things to do before the SHTF

 I don't care--this one is really good. I found it on the Youtube channel, Serious Survivor, and it's a fantastic intro to preparedness. I typed up a summary.

5. Take into consideration things like health, dental, mental, and vision - The better shape you're in, physically and mentally, the better your chance of survival. Things like a tooth abscess or breaking your only pair of glasses could be disastrous.


4. Maintain your vehicles by performing regular work and eliminating any problems - A reliable vehicle is crucial for bugging out or changing locations, and you may not be able to find a mechanic after the SHTF. Also, make sure the vehicle has a survival kit and extra car parts, oil, etc...



10 Things to Never Do in a Disaster or Emergency

Emergencies and disasters are unpredictable. It can be difficult to know what to do, especially if you haven’t put much thought into planning. But, here are 10 things to never do in a disaster or emergency. Read More Here.

Ham Radio for Beginners: Simplex and Duplex Communications for Preparedness

Have relatives across town that you can’t talk to if cell phones or the power goes down? Ham licenses and repeaters can solve the problem.

Here is a simplified explanation of simplex and repeater operations as well as some advantages and disadvantages to serve your preparedness needs. Read More Here.


A few years ago, the New York Times published an article about how a third of people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, not even when they're out in public. It’s pretty gross thinking about some stranger's germ-coated hands touching the same chairs, doorknobs, and banisters that you touch, but it's okay since we live in a relatively clean society.

A few extra germs won’t kill you. And besides, there is plenty of soap and running water available, and nowadays there are anti-bacterial gel dispensers everywhere.

However, after a natural disaster or an economic collapse, the level of hygiene in first world nations is going to plunge dramatically for three reasons: no tap water, no sewage treatment plants, and no garbage collection...


In any grid-down disaster scenario, security should be a top priority. There will be criminals taking advantage of the lack of law enforcement, which means there will be looters ransacking stores and neighborhoods. Not to mention unprepared average joes who might want to take your supplies for themselves. So whether you like weapons or not, they will be an absolute necessity when the SHTF.

In addition to self-defense, weapons can be used for hunting, which could be crucial is certain scenarios. In fact, not having weapons as part of your preparation (or not being trained in the use of your weapons) means your chances of dying in a serious disaster will be higher.

This article will serve as the ultimate list of survival weapons that you should consider getting for your arsenal, including both firearms and non-firearms. Without any further ado, let’s dive right in...


10 Food Staples That Are Easy and Cheap to Make Yourself

Making any of these key foods yourself will improve your meals and your budget — not to mention your health, in some cases.

Multipurpose Items For Survival You Need To Stock Up On


Use a String to Unlock the Door

A long, sturdy string like a shoelace can help you unlock your car door. Note that this method only works on cars that have a traditional, post-type door lock with a small knob at the top (as shown above). Here’s how to unlock a car door using a string:

• Tie a slipknot in the middle of the string. (Don't know how? Learn!)

• Use a doorstop or a thin piece of wood to gently pry open a space between the top of a front door's window frame and the vehicle body (as far rearward on the upper door frame as possible). If you handle this process too aggressively, you could bend the door frame, causing an air leak and wind whistle, so exercise caution.

• Use the opening created to lower the slipknot into the car’s cabin.

• Adjust the ends of the string until the slipknot is positioned around the door lock’s post, beneath the knobby upper end.

• Tighten the slipknot around the post by pulling both ends of the string.

• Once the knot is secure, pull the post upward to unlock the car.

Try a Rod or Wire Clothes Hanger

You can also use a rod or a straightened wire clothes hanger to save the day during a lockout. This method works best on cars that have power door locks and their lock buttons located on the armrest:

• Use a doorstop or a thin piece of wood to gently pry open a space between the top of one of the car’s front-door window frames and its body. Proceed slowly and be gentle to avoid damaging the vehicle.

• Slide the rod or straightened clothes hanger into the opening you’re created.

• Use the rod or clothes hanger to slide or depress the car’s door lock flipper or button, and open the car door.

Remember, jockeying a string or a wire hanger into position in such a constricted space is extremely difficult. It can take quite a bit of time and many tries to maneuver these makeshift tools into place, but it can be done (we speak from experience). Be patient and don't give up! One of these methods may well help you to unlock your car's doors when you're locked out.

Call a Locksmith--or Not

If this happens to you and you have a membership with the Automobile Association of America (AAA), you can get assistance from a locksmith by placing a call to this organization. Free lockout service is one of the benefits of AAA membership.



Freedom Self-Reliance Action


Parting thought…

I’ve always wondered why it is CA will stop us at the border of AZ and search us for fruits and vegetables, not allowing us to bring any into the state but love to allow illegals to enter without any kind of health screening or criminal background checks?  CA is an anti-freedom, restrictive state which virtually ignores your right to bear arms and now one cannot even sell pocket knives to CA residents [a warning notice now appears on many mail order catalogs that knife sales are prohibited to Californians]!

Yours for smarter living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’


Additional FREE Resources


Living Frugally In Suburbia
You live differently than your neighbors.


14 Frugal Food-Rescuing Tips from Grandma
These depression-era frugal tips still work today!


8 Simple Ways to Put More Money in Your Pocket
Have more money without working harder!


Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
Stocking up could save your grocery budget!


Emergency Preparedness on a Budget 
Affordable ways to prepare for an emergency.


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Dave said...

Terrific array of useful goodies!

Rochelle said...

Amazing variety of resources-reminds of your full blown site before your heart attack. [glad you're still around]

Larry said...

Self reliance is what our nation used to be all about but certain elements of society have pushed us away from that-idiots! I'm glad to see you keep that at the forefront of your messages!