Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to post another one of Another Prepper's thought-provoking and informative prepping posts! Our apologies to Another Prepper for not getting this posted sooner!
If You Want the Rewards, You Have to Do the Work
At our public library, like libraries everywhere, there is a summer reading program for children. There is a list of prizes to be won, and the more books that a child reads, the more prizes they are able to earn. The concept is simple: the more you work, the bigger the reward.
Now for the purposes of this post, let’s call one child "A" and another child "B". Both are good readers for their age level. Both wanted to sign up for the reading program. Let’s also say that sign up for this program begins the beginning of June and ends sometime near the end of June, so there is some leeway--the earlier you start, the more slack you are giving yourself in terms of accomplishing your goal.
Let’s also say that the scenario at this point (somewhere in between the beginning and ending dates for the reading program sign-up) is that:
-- "A" has started reading books in earnest. "A" knows which prizes on the list are the desired ones, and is zealously reading to attain them.
---"B" likes the list, but not so much being told to read. When it is pointed out that "A" will end up with prizes, and "B" will not if this trend continues, "B"’s response is "I don’t care."
What does this scenario have to do with prepping?
--In terms of prepping, everyone is at different levels. The goal is the same: get prepared. Some can prepare faster than others for various reasons, such as having more experience or knowledge, or even money. The fact remains that everyone can do a good job for where they are at.
---Also, when it comes to prepping, the rewards are the same, even if the exact efforts, (like the books being read) are not identical. Everyone wants the same things when it comes down to it--enough water to drink, enough food to eat, shelter, security, etc. When it comes to preparing for emergencies, in most cases how much you prepare will be directly tied to which of these basic "rewards" will be available to you when a crisis hits.
---Fortunately, for most people there is still time to prepare, giving nearly all of us a little leeway if our goal is to get prepared. If, for example, our funds for prepping are low, there are still things that we can do. If you are reading this, it means that you have access to a computer. You can use a computer to learn about how to better prepare for emergencies, how to cook with the basic staples you have managed to amass, and how to learn skills that you may need in an emergency situation.
--It would be very surprising indeed if anyone "liked" talking about emergencies and all the consequences that come with them. It is possible that sometimes there seems to be so much to do that people get overwhelmed and decide that they just "don’t care" anymore. They will care when they are not prepared.
And child "B" will almost undoubtedly care a lot more if/when child "A" reaps the rewards of hard work, and child "B" doesn’t. Thing is, child "B" still has a chance to get the rewards on the list. And with few exceptions, everyone still has the opportunity to prepare, even if knowledge is the "only" thing we can afford to stock up on right now.
Child "A" is off to a good start. Child "B" can do better. Both situations can change, because there is still time. If we are prepping, let’s say we continue. If we are just starting, or are overwhelmed, let’s say we do better. There’s still time.
Also, check out Another Prepper's new blog "Live on Your Feet"...I love the tagline - "Live on Your Feet. Stand Up and Be Heard."
Once again - thanks Another Prepper!!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
OK now I have done it in true DX fashion for all you HAM'S out there.
I know others that read this will be real confused now but I would really like to hear from you HAM'S out there so I figured I would write in a language you would understand. We need to get HAM'S involved here so we can try to get a net going to help with off the grid communication among the prepper networks. I know there are many Ham's already involved in the prepper network and many more that read so please come forward and help us with getting this going. Now that all the people that read this (that are not HAM'S) are confused let me add one more slang that only the HAM'S will understand.
73 de W4DMH
PS Please email me so we can get to work on this. email@example.com
God Bless all from the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
Friday, June 19, 2009
Very Special Post to appear all over the Canadian Preppers Network and the American Preppers Network on Saturday, June 20, 2009
I can't give away any more clues but the entire Preppers Network will be coming together and -
You won't be disappointed!!!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And next, American Prepper and Bullseye have teamed up for another great contest with great prizes - go here for more information.
I hope to see you in the chatroom on Sunday and I hope that you all enter the contests! Enjoy preppers!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Scarecrow and other friends recognized at Be A Survivor - First Survival and Disaster Preparedness Blog Carnival
Scarecrow's awesome post "Emergency Heat for Your Home" was mentioned in The Best of the Rest Section of the Blog Carnival...along with excellent prepping posts by our friends Matt, Riverwalker, Mayberry, and YeOldFurt...(links are provided below!)
Here are all of the winning Carnival entries:
The EDITORS PICK:
First Editors Pick: Albert Rasch presents The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles: Disassembling, Cleaning, and Reassembling your Ruger 10/22 Rotary Magazine posted at The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles, saying, "Here is a highly rated tutorial on the maintenance, disassembly, cleaning, and assembly of the Ruger 10/22 rotary magazine."
Second Editors Pick: TennZen presents TennZen: Enlightenment, Southern Style: Unsafe canning practices - don't try this at home posted at TennZen: Enlightenment, Southern Style, saying, "Review of safety procedures and mythbusting of unsafe canning methods that are still spread around, especially on the Internet"
Now on to the BEST of the REST!
matthiasj presents Get Home Bag: Summer Edition posted at Kentucky Preppers Network.
Carolyn presents The Barber Bunch: How to make Strawberry Jam posted at The Barber Bunch.
YeOldFurt presents Brain Tanning Hides posted at Old Lightning.
Ranger Squirrel presents Am I Crazy? posted at RangerSquirrel's Ramblings
Dan Wolfe presents The Survival Knife Wolfe's Blog posted at Wolfe's Blog.
Riverwalker presents Stealth Survival: Homemade First Aid Kit posted at Stealth Survival.
Mayberry presents Keep It Simple Survival: Gettin' Philosophical...... posted at Keep It Simple Survival.
Phil Burns presents Prepping for Prepping Utah Preppers posted at Utah Preppers, saying, "One of our best for general preparedness and what it takes to be a true Prepper."
Mikkal Travvis presents How To Survive A Flu Pandemic posted at Bird Flu Pandemic.
No Fate presents Supplies: water posted at Nuclear Disaster Preparedness.
Brian presents Super Sturdy Trellis posted at Meadowwood Garden, saying, "Need support? The Super Sturdy Trellis is inexpensive, easy to make and a hurricane couldn't knock it down! Perfect for pole beans, peas, melons, cucumbers etc. Visit us to learn how to make yours!"
Mesquite Pete presents Mosquitoes - Fact and Fiction posted at Mosquito Basics, saying, "Some myths and facts about mosquitoes."
Scarecrow presents Emergency heat for your home... posted at ONTARIO PREPPERS NETWORK.
Better Homemaking Network presents Swine Flu and a Healthy Immune System posted at Better Homemaking: Health and Fitness, saying, "The Swine Flu seems to be pandemic imminent. Are you prepared?"
Nomad presents Survive The Worst: Can One Nuclear Weapon Cripple America? posted at Survive The Worst.
Shreela presents Be Prepared: EDC Keyring posted at Que Sera Sera.
Everyday Prepper presents How much of X will fit in a 5 gallon bucket posted at Everyday Prepper.
FernWise presents Suffering Is Optional. posted at Fern's Fronds.
John Mellem presents Survival Stew: Survival Garden posted at Survival Stew.
A Big Kudos to Scarecrow and to all of our other friends on their win!
And a big thanks to Flea for hosting the Carnival!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The CPN is proud to post another post by Another Prepper - I think that you will all enjoy Another Prepper's latest post as much as I did! And as always - a Big Thank You to Another Prepper for always contributing here at the CPN as well as at the APN...
What About Windbreaks?
A plantation in the Hawaiian islands has a practice put in place so that they can protect new crops that they are trying out. Because they don’t know how well the new crops will do, they provide a windbreak for them--they plant rows of sugarcane to protect them from the wind, thus hopefully increasing the chances for the new crops to survive. This made me think of some things that might be considered "windbreaks" for those who are starting out with food storage.
What if you know that items such as wheat, beans, and rice are best for long-term storage, and most likely will give you the best quantity for your money, but don’t know how to use them? Although it is not a perfect analogy, for purposes of this post, I propose that the meals that you would make from your long-term storage be considered the "new crop", and the "windbreaks" for that crop would be anything you can do to make sure that those meals will help you and your loved ones survive. If that is the case, then some potential "windbreaks" might be:
--Knowledge you can gain from cookbooks, blogs, and people with know-how when it comes to how to prepare meals from your storage staples. There are many, many excellent blogs online that go into detail on how to use your food storage items, whether they be considered long-term, like the beans and rice, or part of a shorter term system where items such as canned meat, canned soup, prepared foods, etc., are part of the plan. How can you make your items last longer? How can you save money so that you can increase your long-term storage? Everyone is at different points when it comes to growing or harvesting their "crops"--the point is that you need to plant the seeds and actually begin your food storage if you want to harvest any results at all.
--If possible, give yourself some time as a windbreak--time to learn how to use your food storage items before it is absolutely necessary. It will be much easier to live off your food storage if you have already incorporated some of the meals into your weekly or monthly menus. Food won’t be as strange, and the stress of whatever emergency you are going through will not be increased by a drastic change in eating habits.
Another way that you can give yourself time is to buy what you can when you can, and as you can afford it. If you are just starting out building your food storage, accomplish it step by step, and don't expect yourself to do it all at once. Progress is progress, whether it be a can of food at a time, or compiling more recipe information. If you give yourself time in this manner, the more likely it is that you will continue your efforts rather than deciding not to build your food storage at all.
--If possible, try to work some "comfort foods" into your food storage. If there is a certain brand of soup or canned pasta that is a family favorite, it might come in handy if or when appetite fatigue over the staple foods sets in. If you have the means to purchase mostly or all comfort foods for your food storage, you are fortunate indeed, and by all means do so. If not, some discretion on when to use the limited quantities you have during an emergency may be in order. Having some is always a plus, and again, everyone’s supply will look different. The "windbreak" in this matter is that variety increases the chances of everyone eating better.
What are your windbreaks? I don’t write this as a "Perfect Prepper", just "Another Prepper" who is busy working on windbreaks of my own. Could those crops in Hawaii survive without the rows of sugarcane? Quite possibly. Could someone with food storage survive on supplies that they had not used previous to an emergency? Quite possibly. The sugarcane provides a buffer that makes difficult conditions easier to weather. Windbreaks that we provide for ourselves and our families will make emergencies easier to weather. I’m all for the windbreaks.
-----One last time - Thank You Another Prepper!