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200x251DonationJarWelcome!  Thanks for being a regular visitor to SurvivalRing and continuing to make our site one of the most useful prep and survival sites on the web. Every year, we are in need of support from our regular, and even new visitors to help cover the cost of keeping SurvivalRing on the web, and always growing. For 2014 we've set a goal of only $750, a 33% increase over last year...and we're counting on you to please help us reach our goal, with a donation of any amount. Use the links below, or the SR Fundraiser donation widget at the top of the page to support us in any way you can. Here's some suggestions...or Donate any amount...and be sure to read the notes directly below.
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  • 11) Add to my advertising fund savings account, so we can buy advertising and spread the word about SurvivalCD - $500 donation
  • 12) Health fund - I need my right knee joint replaced (and have since 1999) because it's crippling me - $1,000 donation
P.S. - We can now accept Bitcoin and Litecoin payments as well...ask us how. ANYONE WHO DONATES $35 OR MORE GETS MY SURVIVALCD.COM PACKAGE MAILED TO YOU. The bigger the donation, the more I can throw in bonus survival items, books, tools, and more into the package you'll get. NOTES: #4 - Most of the software I use requires annual updates, #6 - I'm planning a 500 gigabyte compendium of Survival data, and your purchase of a drive, let's my buy one to FILL up for you and send back.  # 7 - half my external drives in my 7 terabyte storage array are 5 to 8 years old, and need replacing, before I loose data, #8 - My malfunction printer has done a tremendous job of handling everything I throw at it (disk labels, documentation for SurvivalCD mailouts, DVD case labels, etc), but it's getting worn out.#11 - I'd be glad to spend money to go big-time with my SurvivalCD system, but unless I can truly enter the marketing world, and go full time with SurvivalRing, instead of working in the real world 50 hours a week, I can't afford running with the big dogs yet. #12 -  At age 15, I was nearly killed by a drunk driver who nearly took off my right leg in the accident. After 39 years, the only medical relief I can get for the pain and mobility it to replace it (I do have full health insurance, but can't get the operation until I've got the deductible in hand to start the surgery process rolling). Below, you'll find a poll, site updates, site stats, and SurvivalRing trends...and upcoming additions... We continue to add new files, build new associated websites to enhance SurvivalRing offerings (see below), and create new CD and DVD offerings every year. We have six new disks to add to our digital offerings, and have started shooting HD video projects exclusively for SurvivalRing supporters, and the prepper world at large.  Ever since SurvivalRing went online, we have invested nearly every penny earned from your SurvivalCD purchases and all donations received, into SuvivalRing infrastructure. We have hundreds of hard copy documents to scan in and add to our vast download section (one of the most unique, and literally largest collections of authentic government produced survival literature in the world). We have tens of thousands of files over our entire website system based around SurvivalRing. We have the ability to produce thousands more. I cannot stress enough the most IMPORTANT fact about SurvivalRing... We offer one of the most inexpensive, yet truly value packed tangible preparedness products on the market, with the SurvivalCD.com system. And as we enter our SEVENTEENTH year online, we are setting records for longevity and quality content in the online survival world. For example, where else can you find the largest fallout shelter file collection on the planet, and all compiled in one place...and all for FREE? Here's REAL demographics about the entire SurvivalRing network...
  • Updated - As of End of MARCH 2014
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  • Average Daily Users =  2774 per day
  • Annual Sites = 349,147 referred to SurvivalRing
  • Annual Visits = 1,011,458
  • Data downloaded Annually = 2,571,356,704 kb (2.5 terabytes)
  • Pages Served Annually = 6,615,601
  • Files Served Annually = 11,749,463
  • Hits served Annually = 15,348,989
  • Google Page Rank of 4
  • Social Rankngs – 5,000 FB friends,
  • Twitter  1224 TWEETS,  1,997 FOLLOWING,  782 FOLLOWERS
  • Klout ranking of 62 (as of 4/12/14)
  • Listed in the TOP 50 Survival Sites  =  #41
  • SurvivalRing has been online for nearly 17 continuous years
  • Interviewed by national and international global mass media over 150 times since 1998.
  • Leading source on the internet of authentic government produced survival information
  • (IMPORTANT: several websites are run from the main SurvivalRing server, all within the same genre)
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What do you want most from SurvivalRing?
With only occasional mentions in several social media sites last year, we sold only 19 sets of our SurvivalCD library in all of 2013. We received 11 donations in last year's fundraiser. Total funds raised did not cover total website funds spent. I cannot tell you how much your support does to keep SurvivalRing alive and online. I know the economy is killing all our abilities to get things done, with choices between rent, groceries, or gas being the hardest decision we ever make each month...and I've been there for years. In fact, last year, my wife and I moved back into town to save on rent, utility, and gasoline costs, because we didn't have any more income to stay at our homestead. We made the decision, and the move cost us nearly a thousand dollars more than we had, meaning I had to sell several large tools, our window a/c units, other equipment, and even things we thought we couldn't live without. We downsized to a place 1/3 the size of the old place. Staying afloat meant giving up a lot of things we never thought we had to.  Just last weekend, I spent a long five days rebuilding the top end of my engine with hand tools, because it was cheaper to do it myself in my own driveway, taking 3 days of vacation, than to take my truck into the shop and pay nearly $1500 in labor...which I could not afford. Talk about self reliance...massive tasks like this engine rebuild are one of those things that just have to get done, and these days, get done completely by myself, since friends are having to work long hours like me, and can't spare their precious time off away from their families, suffering the same thing we all are from this near-depression of a  national economy. In October 2012, we suffered a horrific hacker attack, completely destroying every part of the website.We were back to 90% of full service within three weeks, restored completely by late November, and have since added much new material, schedule full site backups every week (55 gigabyte archive file when done), and watch our back end of the site like a hawk...watching for bad guys weaseling their way in. We did not have a single hack in all of 2013...and that is a first, and I vow to KEEP it that way. Our CD and DVD package known as the  SurvivalCD.comDIGITAL FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNES LIBRARY is exclusively unique, and ONLY available from SurvivalRing. This vast collection of survival, preparedness, civil defense, and historical prepping materials contains over 24,000 unique titles, 3.2 million printable pages, and nearly 30 gigabytes of readable, classic, useful, and in many cases rare documents, manuals, reports, and more. Wait until you see what's being added this year. Click through for the complete details on our library, as well as more about the future of SurvivalRing Continue reading →
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  • By: Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
  • Posted on: April 01, 2014
< p>trilobite-extinction (1)A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteria, with a little help from massive volcanism, produced large quantities of methane, thereby killing 90 percent of life on the planet. Mass extinction About 252 million years ago, more than 96 percent of ocean life and 70 percent of land-based life forms died in an event known as the end-Permian extinction. The mass die-off happened in a geologic flash of just 60,000 years. Scientists have proposed everything from massive meteor impacts to coal explosions to rifting super-continents to explain this cataclysmic extinction.  Rocks from that time period in locations such as Meishan, China, show that atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels skyrocketed right around the time of the extinction. Sediments also show that during this time, the largest set of volcanic eruptions in recorded geologic history called the Siberian Traps spewed enough lava to cover the entire landmass of the United States, said study co-author Gregory Fournier, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Therefore, many researchers have theorized that the Siberian Traps could have belched out the extra carbon dioxide, choking life on the planet. Deadly microbes? But if volcanic eruptions caused the great dying, shifts in carbon should occur as big bursts followed by gradual decays. Instead, the carbon-dioxide (CO2) levels rose at faster-than-exponential rates, which points to a biological cause of the shift, the researchers said. [...] Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting foxnews.com Fair Use Statement
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CNCS Disaster Brief Update: April 14, 2014


Montana Conservation AmeriCorps members respond to Avalanche in Missoula, MT Missoula, Montana Avanlanche AmeriCorps members with the Montana Conservation Corps (MCC) responded to a deadly avalanche that occurred outside of Missoula, MT on February 28, 2014. AmeriCorps members were a key part of the full response effort, working alongside hundreds of volunteers assisting with debris removal. Check out the latest news coverage on ABC FoxMT and KPAX.

Flowood, Mississippi Flooding AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region deployed a composite team of 7 AmeriCorps members to work with the American Red Cross Capital River Chapter. They are working out of the chapter office in Flowood, MS, performing disaster assessment, client casework, and other support in several small communities throughout central Mississippi affected by last weekend's floods. 


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Bioterrorism
Source: SecurityDegreeHub.com

Biological Attack — Are We Ready?

Imagine the nightmare scenario of an attack from a terrorist group or hostile nation. It probably involves a radioactive blast and a mushroom cloud, right? What about an attack that involves germs and surgical masks? How does that factor in? The reality is biological attacks may be just as devastating as the typical terrorist attack. How prepared is the U.S., and what’s the history of biological warfare and terrorism throughout the world?

Where We Stand

The news isn’t good — the U.S. is scarcely prepared for a large-scale infection of the population, whether man-made or naturally occurring. And this is despite spending billions to improve response efforts.
How prepared is the U.S. for a large-scale contagious disease outbreak?
Area Grade
Detection and diagnosis D
Attribution F
Communication C
Medical countermeasure availability D (B for smallpox)
Medical countermeasure development and approval D
Medical countermeasure dispensing D
Medical management D How much does the federal government spend on preparedness?
$5.5 billion
Annual federal spending on biodefense programs
That’s more than the National Institutes of Health spends on HIV/AIDS, immunization, mental health and women’s health.
Biodefense $5.5 billion
HIV/AIDS $3.1 billion
Immunization $1.7 billion
Mental health $2.3 billion
Women’s health $3.9 billion
$1 billion
Total spent since 2003 on federal BioWatch program, which aims to detect the release of airborne pathogens as a result of a terrorist attack
BioWatch operates in about 30 cities across the country, reportedly including Philadelphia, New York, Washington, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston and Los Angeles, though the cities where it operates have never been officially released, and criticisms about the program remain.
149
Positive results for dangerous pathogens reported since the start of the BioWatch program
0
Actual pathogens detected; all results were false alarms

What They’re Looking For

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list more than 40 pathogens as potential bioterrorism agents; here are a few of the most dangerous:
Anthrax
Spores are found readily in nature, can be produced in a lab and can last for a long time in the environment. Contact with anthrax can cause severe illness in both humans and animals, though it is not contagious.
10%-15%
Survival rate from inhalation anthrax without treatment
55%
Survival rate after aggressive treatment
Symptoms of inhalation anthrax
  • Fever and chills
  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Cough
  • Nausea, vomiting or stomach pains
  • Headache
  • Sweats (often drenching)
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Body aches
Botulism
A muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. Foodborne botulism is the most common cause of infection.
6 hours
Most rapid appearance of symptoms
Symptoms of foodborne botulism
  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
Brucellosis
It’s most frequently transmitted to humans through dairy products, but those who spend time around infected animals are also susceptible, such as hunters, veterinarians and meatpacking workers.
Death from infection is rare (only 2% of cases), but recovery can take several months.
Symptoms of infection
  • Fever
  • Sweats
  • Malaise
  • Anorexia
  • Headache
  • Pain in muscles, joints or back
  • Fatigue
Plague
Plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacterium found in rodents and their fleas in many areas around the world. Yersinia pestis used in an aerosol attack could cause cases of pneumonic plague.
Without early treatment, pneumonic plague usually leads to respiratory failure, shock and rapid death.
Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Rapidly developing pneumonia
  • Bloody or watery sputum
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
Smallpox
Smallpox is a serious, contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease. There is no specific treatment for smallpox disease, and the only prevention is vaccination.
1949
Last reported case of smallpox in the U.S.
1977
Last naturally occurring case in the world, reported in Somalia
Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Malaise
  • Head and body aches
  • Vomiting
  • Rash that develops into raised bumps
Tularemia
Tularemia is a potentially serious illness that occurs naturally in the United States. It is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, which is found in animals (especially rodents and rabbits). Tularemia is not known to be spread from person to person. The disease can be fatal if it is not treated with the right antibiotics.
Symptoms
  • Sudden fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint pain
  • Dry cough
  • Progressive weakness

A Brief History

< p>The world is no stranger to people using diseases as weapons.
1000 BC
Arsenic smoke is used by the Chinese.
184 BC
In a sea battle, Hannibal of Carthage hurls clay pots full of vipers onto the decks of enemy ships.
1100s
Bodies of plague or smallpox victims are hurled over city walls.
1495
The Spanish offer wine spiked with the blood of leprosy patients to the French .
1650
Polish artillery general Siemenowics fires spheres filled with the saliva of rabid dogs at his enemies.
1763
British officers come up with a plan to distribute smallpox-infected blankets to Native Americans at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania.
1914
German artillery soldiers fire 3,000 shells filled with dianisidine chlorosulfate, a lung irritant, at British troops. The shells contained too much TNT, which destroy the chemical.
1915
Allied troops make their own chlorine gas attacks; Germany comes up with diphosgene gas; the French try cyanide gas.
1917
Germany introduces mustard gas, which burns the skin and lungs.
1936
German chemist Gerhart Schrader comes up with nerve agent tabun (later called German agent A or GA). Two years later, he develops sarin.
1950s
British and U.S. researchers develop VX, a nerve gas so toxic that a single drop on the skin can kill in 15 minutes.
1959
Researchers at Fort Detrick, Maryland breed yellow-fever-infected mosquitoes.
1967
The International Red Cross says mustard gas and possibly nerve agents were used by the Egyptians against civilians in the Yemen civil war.
1969
23 U.S. servicemen and one U.S. civilian are exposed to sarin in Okinawa, Japan, while cleaning bombs filled with the deadly nerve agent.
1972
The U.S. and Russia sign a treaty banning the use of biological weapons, and the U.S. claims by the following year to have destroyed its weapons.
1979
A Soviet bioweapons facility releases a plume of anthrax, killing at least 64 people. Thousands could have died if the wind was blowing the other way. Despite the treaty banning biological weapons, the Soviet program had been going full speed.
1980
Iraq attacks Iran and soon unleashes a mustard agent and the nerve agent tabun, delivered in bombs dropped by airplanes.
1984
Followers of a cult member running for a county judgeship in a local election sprinkle homegrown salmonella bacteria on supermarket produce, door handles and restaurant salad bars in Oregon. Nobody dies, but 751 people become ill.
1994
Residents of Matsumoto, Japan, develop symptoms of illness due to nerve gas. Seven die and 500 are sickened. A second attack in 1995 strikes a Tokyo subway, killing 12 and infecting thousands.
2001
A newspaper editor in Florida dies of anthrax traced to a letter. Anthrax-laden letters also turn up at the offices of ABC, CBS, and NBC in New York. Anthrax is also found in the New York office of Gov. George Pataki. Letters containing anthrax also arrive at the U.S. Senate mailroom. bioterrorismfb SOURCES:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
http://www.wmdcenter.org/
http://report.nih.gov/categorical_spending.aspx
http://www.securitymanagement.com
http://www.cdc.gov
http://www.webmd.com
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  • By: SCL
  • Posted on: April 2014
< p> This is my first time to submit anything to a blog. Since I found survivalblog.com about a year ago, I have become a daily reader. In my opinion, it is the most worthwhile site on the Internet. I do browse a lot of the other sites but not on a daily basis. I have considered myself a survivalist since I was a teenager, some 40 years now. I grew up in a very small town on a small farm. We raised animals and always had a garden. The animals we raised were chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits, horses, and cows. The smallest garden we ever had was about a half an acre, and the largest I remember was four acres. My grandfather and father trapped most of their lives, with me tagging along sometimes. Everybody in my family hunted, including my mother andaunts. We would hunt rabbits, squirrels, deer, ducks, bear, and elk. I spent time fishing with polls, what we called trot lines, Yoyo's, traps, and nets. I guess that this gave me a head start on most people in the preparedness department. I learned job skills through my work with fabricated steel as a fitter's helper, fitter, and welder. My side jobs were as an electrician's helper on residential buildings. After that, I spent eight and half years in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft electrician and flight deck troubleshooter, during which time I managed to get in some jungle survival training. Then I moved back to the private sector as an aircraft electrician, aircraft technician (sheet metal and mechanical), and machinist. After years of school, I then worked my way up to become a Senior Manufacturing Engineer in the aircraft industry. My last job was as a Process Improver. As for the title of this article “State of Mind” is where all Preppers should start, and from there they should try to improve. What I believe is the biggest part of prepping is situational awareness, which means paying attention to your surroundings. Your surroundings include everything– your home, your neighborhood, your community, all the way out to your solar system and beyond. I've always liked to observe people in public, and you can tell which ones are not aware of their surroundings. It's the people who go to the shopping mall, park the car, go in shopping, and then come out and cannot remember where they parked their car. One of the best examples of someone unaware of their surroundings was a lady at the mall; she was walking while texting and fell into a pool. How do you know when to bugout, if you don't pay attention to what's going on around you? I believe your mind is your best weapon, but like any gun the more ammunition you have, the more useful it is for long-term use. Knowledge is your ammunition. There are many sources of knowledge– the public library, the Internet, family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and personal observation. Security can come in many forms and should be personalized to every individual. Operational security (OPSEC) is first on my list. Without this you become a target. Next is a large area that I call passive security. If you think of security as layers of security, this would be most of the outer layers. First of all, you want people to decide to go the other direction. How is this possible? Say you live some distance outside a large city. People fleeing the city come to a road that splits off from the one they're on, and they see a sign that points in your direction naming the city they just left. They do not want to go back where they just came from, so unless they know the area, they will not take that road. During World War II the retreating Germans often changed the road signs. This misdirected and slowed the advancing armies, in many cases. Second, people are like animals; they followed the paths of least resistance. Downed trees would make a lot of people choose a clearer path. For the best effect, the trees need to look like they have fallen naturally. A tree that has been cut down would make smart people wonder what is being protected that direction, but a tree that has been partially dug up on its far side and then had its roots cut would not be as obvious. The same goes for a burned bridge. A burned bridge does not look natural, but if there are also a few burned vehicles or trucks that look like they may have caught fire and burned the bridge, it looks more believable. In an area with hills or mountains, rock and landslides may look natural. A third item could be signs that look like a gang has moved in and that the fleeing people are entering their territory where signs say, “Keep Out”. There could be a lot of dead animals along the roads with no obvious signs of what killed them. I believe either of these would work far better than official looking signs from the government telling people to keep out. The one exception to this would probably be a set of yellow and black sawhorse type “Road Closed” and “Bridge Out” signs. These can always be made ahead of time and set out fairly quickly. The road really does not even need a bridge. One important point here is to make sure none of these items point directly to your location. It would be best if they point to the location a few miles away from your hideout that you can observe from a distance. Now we move on to what I call active security. Get to know as many people in your area as possible. Join the local church. Join other local organizations, such as the ham radio community, volunteer search and rescue, volunteer fire department, and/or the local book club at the library. All these people could be a good resource for knowledge or serve as an extra layer of security. The towns around where I live hold emergency preparedness fairs. T hese are a great source of information and connection with people. See if people that live around you would consider joining an emergency assistance group. This could mean a lot of different things to different people. This group could be formed to help during storms, just look out for each other, form a neighborhood watch, or maybe just be someone close by to call for a helping hand. I have read that some people in communities start and run a tool-lending group. This is a group of people, who each has a certain dollar amount worth of tools (or chips in a certain amount of dollars for buying tools) that anyone in the group can use. This is a great cost-saving way to possess access to a large number of tools. This would be even better for you if you happen to have a large detached garage or building that could be used as storage and for checking out all of the tools. All members would have a key and would be able to use the tools at any time, as long as they checked them out on a logbook or some other way. I have joined groups in the past that had a woodworking shop set up and another that had a mechanical shop set up similar to this. Anything that gets the community working with you gives you more security. Of all the people you meet, make notes where they live, what do they do, what they like to do, what skills they have, and how to contact them. Are they elderly or do they have needs that you could help with in a disaster? Do they have skills that could help you in a disaster? Security closer to home would be a subject for many more articles. There are many out there already. That is because it needs to be detailed to each individual's location and situation. One of my highest preps on my list is knowledge of my surrounding area. By this, I mean knowing the location of all water sources within about 20 miles, as well as access points and other resources. This means identifying all creeks, rivers, ponds, and any town or city water storage facilities. Learn all the roads in and out of the area, noting the location of any bridges or structures that could block or be a choke point on the roads. This includes trees, rock formations, and areas that could be flooded. Terrain features are very important. Large-scale maps of the area are handy for note keeping. I also like to note all the other resources that are in the area. These would include any solar panels, even the small ones on polls or equipment. Mark locations of private and commercial fuel storage (gas, diesel, propane and kerosene). Note all businesses as to type and what materials they utilize or keep on hand. Just visit any of the businesses, introduce yourself, and tell them you have an interest in learning what they do. Most would be happy to give you a tour. Learn what waste products the businesses produce and how they dispose of them. This might be a good supply of prepping material. Find out how many local farms are producing certain goods, such as local dairy, chicken houses, and grain farms just to name a few. Every bit of knowledge you can gain by observation could be useful in one scenario or another. It could be very useful to know all about these resources after a large percentage of the population dies off or when you need to trade for certain items. An old saying says, "Knowledge is power". Now that you have the basics down, let's fill in all of the details. How many, what kind, and what is the location of the fruit trees, nut trees, and citrus trees in your area? Who grows a garden every year, and where do they live? The county I live in and surrounding counties all have county-owned canning facilities. Do you have any near you? Where are all the greenhouses in your area? Are there gardening or tree nurseries in your area? Where are all of the libraries and bookstores in your areas? So, it's a state of mind. I think a lot; it's free. The right question is more useful than a book of irrelevant facts! Some say that wisdom is "knowing how little you do know". I have lots of questions. Does that qualify? If you have all of this figured out already, I don't really want to talk to you because I don't believe I would understand you. For me, I still have a long way to go, and hopefully we all have a long time to get there! Thank you for your effort and good luck. Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting survivalblog.com Fair Use Statement
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  • By: nanations
  • Posted on: September 15, 2013

In a nutshell, the modern-day Prepper is a Survivalist. A Prepper is a person who actively prepares for emegencies such as natural disasters, war, social unrest, or disruptions in food, water, or fuel supplies. Some Preppers learn martial arts or archery skills, others store weapons and ammo, but most stockpile food, water, fuel, and medical supplies in an effort to become more self-sufficient and prepared for any catastrophe. There are also those Preppers who build above or below ground structures, or convert vehicles to help their families survive disasters.

     The discerning Prepper doesn't only prep for disasters, but also for loss of a job, illness, family emergencies, etc. Would you rather have a full pantry or an empty one if you should suddenly lose your job or get ill and can't work for a period of time? You never know what is around the corner.

     Now some people think Preppers are selfish people because they stockpile food, medicines, water, etc., but these people are usually the naysayers of this world. They are the type of person who would never prepare for anything, who think "it would never happen to them." Well guess what, it can, and it will. Remember Katrina? Super-storm Sandy? Preppers are not whackos (although admittedly there are some that come really close), nor are they uneducated. In fact some of the Preppers I know are highly educated people who have educated themselves in self-reliance and prepping and will be ready. Will you be ready when the the catastrophe waiting to happen…happens?

< p style="text-align: left;">     Historically there have always been Preppers. Before we had grocery stores and vehicles we were far more self-reliant. We used to grow and preserve much of our own food and barter with others for what we didn't produce ourselves or for services. If something bad happened, there was no FEMA or Red Cross to bail us out, all we had to rely upon was ourselves. For the most part we used natural remedies for a variety of afflictions and we looked after our tools, handmade clothes, and possessions. As you can see, in the past we were all Preppers of a kind, with skills, many of which have been forgotten. Thankfully many people are realizing there is still so much value in these old skills and knowledge and are re-learning them everyday.      Now you know what a Prepper is, why not become one yourself? Your family will thank you one day. by Rhiannon West, @ www.doomsdayprepperssource.com Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting doomsdayprepperssource.com Fair Use Statement
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  • By: KJ DELL'ANTONIA 
  • Posted on: APRIL 8, 2014
< p> Eighty percent of the population would not survive the first 100 days of the apocalypse, Bob Gaskin, who served in the Marines and is the founder of the Black Dog Survival School, told an assembled crowd at the Third Annual National Preppers and Surivalist Expo in Tulsa, Okla. “If you don’t know now what you’re going to do then,” he said, “you aren’t going to make it.” Sure, some of the attendees and speakers at the Expo, like Mr. Gaskin, sound a little extreme, whether their fears come from the left (climate change) or the right (U.N. takeover of America). But not all of them, Alvin Jackson, a jazz musician from New Orleans, told Alan Feuer of The Times (read more in The Capitalism of Catastrophe). ” ‘People think that preppers — and I use that term with caution — are guys in beards who live in bunkers and bury ammunition in their yards,’ said Mr. Jackson, a dapper man in a pageboy cap who had come to the conference with his wife, Marlane. ‘But I went through Katrina, and I’m not crazy. I know from experience that things go south, and it can happen just like that.’ ” Many families know where Mr. Jackson is coming from. Those $4,299 solar-powered generators don’t sound quite so crazy when you’ve gone five days without power, nor do the stockpiles of food and water seem excessive to families who weathered Sandy. (Now, the mass casualty bags may not be something most of us would purchase.) Sandy, like Katrina and Irene before it, was notable for the way it caught residents off guard, both in its severity and the length of time it took to restore services. Anyone affected could be excused for going a little overboard in preparation for another disaster, and there’s an argument to be made that every family should be ready for the unexpected — maybe even more so now, with much of the country headed into tornado season. But I admit I’m not (except for the generator, propane-powered, which is pretty standard in rural New England). No communication plan if disaster strikes the school (other than whatever the school has in place). No stockpile of food and water, no emergency bags ready to grab if we need to leave the house suddenly, no $50,000 greenhouse. No nothing, really. We do have fire alarms and we’ve at least talked about that. Is your family more “prepped” than mine? (Photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the New York region are on display in “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy,” at the Museum of the City of New York through April 6. Photographers with work in the show shared the stories behind their images in the New York Times here.) Follow KJ Dell’Antonia on Twitter at @KJDellAntonia or find her on Facebook and Google+. Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting parenting.blogs.nytimes.com Fair Use Statement
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