Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Making informed decisions about gear.

Seven years ago, almost to the day, I posted about going camping to test your emergency gear.  It wasn't the most popular, commented on, or viewed post on the blog, but it was a turning point for the network.  It attracted the attention of some very influential people in the preparedness industry that shared the post, and even wrote about it on their own websites.  Soon after that, readership began increasing, and the momentum never stopped.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Movie Monday - Pioneer Quest (By Popular Demand)

Pioneer Quest Episode 6

The settlers celebrate a traditional Christmas.

 These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Book Recomendation

EMP-Hardened Radio Communications

An extremely practical how-to manual to protect almost any radio from both EMP and CME damage. James Wesley, Rawles thought this book so important that he wrote the Foreword, pointing out this book could save the life of your loved ones, and keep your business from being destroyed by EMP/CME events. If you want your radio to work no matter what the Sun or a nuclear EMP throws at you, this book is for you. Written by an experienced Electrical Engineer / Physician with > 40 years of amateur radio experience.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Amazing Amazon Deal

  •  Military-grade duffel-style padded utility faraday bag designed for military ops, forensics, preppers, hunters, data security, grab-and-go missions, law enforcement forensic investigators, executive travel, personal security, EMP and CME protection
  •  Includes a removable faraday liner with two layers of high-shielding RF fabric with dual paired seam construction. Durable outer shell with padding in walls, MOLLE webbing on three sides to attach MOLLE-based packs, carabiners, and accessories. Removable padded insert with dividers. Rubber feet on bottom to protect bag from damage. Two unshielded side zipper compartments and adjustable carrying strap. Water-resistant outer ballistic nylon material.
  •  Shields night vision goggles, Wifi-enabled rifle scopes, range finders, thermal cameras, DSLR cameras and optics and other sensitive electronics. Also shields cell phones, small tablets, GPS units, electronic toll collection transponders, keyfobs, or other similar size devices from ALL wireless signals. EMI shielding & RFI shielding.
  •  Blocks WiFi (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth, cell signals (4G LTE+), GPS, RFID, and radio signals with 60-80dB average attenuation. Extremely high shielding with DURABLE faraday liner.
  •  Inner dimensions WITHOUT padded liner: 16"L x 6"W x 7.5"H | Inner dimensions WITH padded liner (padded liner provides about 1/2" extra padding all around): 15.5"L x 5.5"W x 7"H.
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    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Faraday Bags For Everyday Use

    Preppers are well aware of the possibility and dangers of EMPs.  While there is a lot of misinformation out there claiming that pretty much anything electrical or electronic will be systemically fried after an EMP, there is significant research showing this is not the case.  The fact is, some devices will be rendered useless, and others not so much.

    Small electronic devices have been shown to be unpredictable in succeptability.  One test demonstrated this by subjecting four different models of handheld radios to en EMP burst.  One of the four were rendered useless while the other three continued working (perhaps needing to be turned off and back on again).

    For this reason, many preppers have backup electronics stored in faraday cages.  One common way to do this is to use a modified metal garbage can stocked with various gadgets.  While this approach works, it does have it's drawbacks.  First of all, unused redundant items.  It can get expensive to have redundant items sitting in a faraday cage that may or may not be necessary.  Secondly, these redundant items are usually stored at home, or at a bugout location.  Far out of reach if an EMP occures while you are at work, or out and about in general not to mentioned stored seperately from connecting items.  Lastly, these can get bulky, especially if you only need to store a few small items.

    Preppers like bags...go bags, bug out bags edc bags, get home bags...the list goes on.  The radio prepared are no different with radio go bags.  There are likely many ittems in a radio bag that do not need protection such as guy ropes or spare batteries(that are not installed).  However, radios, laptops, scanners, and other items could benefit from EPM protection.  It would be a waste of space to place the entire bag in a faraday cage and inconvenient to split off those items and try to reassemble the bag when minutes count.

    This is where EMP bags come in handy.  You can keep regularly used items in these convenient packs and protected from EMP.  This ensured that they will be useable when the need arrises.  EMP bags come in various sizes for use with cell phones or handhelds up to full size laptops.  Why not use one to keep valuable information packed USB drives safe in a bug out bag?  How about the convenience of storing that spare inverter in one and keeping it with your solar panels?

    Faraday cages have their place for sure, but again, have their inconveniences.  Faraday bags can protect everyday use items so they are handy AND useable when you need them.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Amazing Amazon Deal

    Faraday Cage Military Grade Uber THICK EMP ESD Solar Blackout Bags 10pc

    • 10pc Kit (Qty 5 5x7, Qty 3 8x10, Qty 2 12x18) usable interior dimensions
    • Premium 7.0mil RFID blocking material
    • >40db blocking attenuation
    • Sturdy ziplock, moisture resistant
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      Monday, May 21, 2018

      Movie Monday - Pioneer Quest (By Popular Demand)

      Pioneer Quest Episode 5

      After a crop failure, the settlers must hunt for their food.

       These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

      Sunday, May 20, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Appropriate technology for food preparation and preservation:
      • Is low tech
      • Re-purposes and reuses materials on hand
      • Uses natural materials
      • Enables you to eat healthy, homegrown, safely preserved food while saving money and the planet!

      Saturday, May 19, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Learn to perform three simple grafts anyone can do at home. Lose your fear of grafting forever!
      • The three kinds of grafts and when to use them
      • 5 reasons to graft trees
      • Learn why growing trees from seed makes sense

      Friday, May 18, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Melinda Myers

      • Growing an herb bar for guests to add their own condiments to their drinks
      • 39 different container ideas for growing herbs and vegetables
      • 5 tips for success growing in containers.
      • “Ketchup & Fries” growing tomatoes and potatoes in one pot – a great kids project.

      Thursday, May 17, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Growing Tomatoes In Cold Climates

      Stephanie Syson

      • Secrets for growing GREAT TASTING tomatoes
      • How to start your tomatoes from seed; ideal conditions
      • Transplanting tips from the pros
      • Avoid these disease triggers.
      • Getting your soil just right for best success

      Wednesday, May 16, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Learn about normal poultry behaviors so that you will recognize when things aren’t normal.
      • Identify and manage behavior problems
      • 13 common chicken ailments and how to treat them
      • Should you vaccinate your chickens?
      • When do you need to quarantine your birds?

      Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      Our gardens need sunlight to flourish, but there so many other ways to capture and use sunlight. Discover ways your sunlight can:
      • Kill insects, seeds, fungus and bacteria in used potting soil to restore it to its original sterile state.
      • Dry herbs without breaking down the essential oils and vitamins to increase nutrients.
      • Be better prepared for Emergencies.


      Patrick Jones
      • Clinical Herbalist & Veterinarian Dr. Patrick Jones Shares how to make healing medicines from common plants
      • Do it yourself using tools you probably ALREADY have in your kitchen
      • See why making your own medicines is empowering and fun.
      • Become a self-reliant “HomeGrown” herbalist.

      Monday, May 14, 2018

      Movie Monday - Pioneer Quest (By Popular Demand)

      Pioneer Quest Episode 4

      Tension builds between the couples while they undertake their biggest project - building their house.

       These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

      Home Medicine Summit - Daily Presentation Pick


      • How a trip to a convenience store changed Kari’s life
      • 6 ways to design your garden for efficiency
      • How to choose the plants best for you to grow
      • The single best tool to maximize your garden yields

      Wednesday, May 9, 2018

      Emergency Preparedness Week 2018

      Emergency Preparedness Week

      This year, Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is May 6-12, 2018.
      Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually since 1996. It is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level, in concert with Public Safety Canada and partners. EP Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
      • Know the risks
      • Make a plan
      • Get an emergency kit

      Facts About Emergency Preparedness

      1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
      2. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
      3. Canada’s first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
      4. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
      5. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family’s safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at
      6. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
      7. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
      8. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
      9. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
      10. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
      11. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
      12. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
      13. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
      14. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
      15. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
      16. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the "Monsterstorm" by the media.

      Emergency Management in Canada: How Does It Work?

      In a country that borders on three oceans and spans six time zones, creating an emergency response system that works for every region is a huge challenge. That's why emergency management in Canada is a shared responsibility. That means everyone has an important role to play, including individuals, communities, governments, the private sector and volunteer organizations.
      Basic emergency preparedness starts with each individual. If someone cannot cope, emergency first responders such as police, fire and ambulance services will provide help.
      If the municipality needs additional assistance or resources, they can call on provincial/territorial emergency management organizations, who can seek assistance from the federal government if the emergency escalates beyond their capabilities. Depending on the situation, federal assistance could include policing, national defence and border security, and environmental and health protection.
      Requests for assistance from provincial/territorial authorities are managed through Public Safety Canada, which maintains close operational links with the provinces and territories. It can take just a few minutes for the response to move from the local to the national level, ensuring that the right resources and expertise are identified and triggered.
      Everyone responsible for Canada's emergency management system shares the common goal of preventing or managing disasters. Public Safety Canada is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts on behalf of the federal government. More information is available on the Public Safety web site at (click on “Emergency Management”).

      Using Technology During a Disaster

      We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:
      • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
      • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
      • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
      • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
      • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
      • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
      • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!
      Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

      Tuesday, May 8, 2018

      Watch all 42+ talks… on your own schedule! [Home Medicine Summit 2018]

      Great news …
      …  Marjory Wildcraft is once again inviting the world to a world-class event, this time to watch her Home Medicine Summit for FREE!
      She has lined up 42+ leading experts to show you how to live FREE of drugstores and be naturally healthy…
      … By using food as medicine and learning to make your own 100% natural kitchen remedies.
      Including BIG NAMES like Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett and so many more.
      To give presentations on topics that include:
      • The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!

      • Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
      • 100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)

      • How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
      • Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!

      • How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
      And that’s just to name a few!
      It’s going to be a very exciting week, and again it kicks off on Monday, May 14th at 9 a.m. CT.

      However, if you’re like me and you don’t have 40+ hours to dedicate to watch this event around the clock next week… (Sure wish I could!!!)
      … You should know that Marjory has just opened the doors to a DEEPLY Discounted PRE-SALE EVENT!
      Until Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CT:
      You’re invited to claim LIFETIME ACCESS to watch this entire event on your own schedule at a significant discount (… with access to digital recordings – online or shipped to your door).
      Plus … be entered in a MASSIVE PRIZE DRAW!
      Win 1 of 14 prizes valued at $5,446.23
      Personally, I’d love to win one of the three $1000 gift certificates that Marjory is giving away.
      But there’s also:
      • A Vitamix 5200 Professional Blender
      • Omega Juicer (Dual-Stage, Slow Speed)
      • Excalibur Food Dehydrator (9 Trays)
      • A Simply Organics Spice Rack…
      • A Kombucha brewing package …
      … And so much more!
      Again, you’re not obligated to purchase.
      You can watch the entire Home Medicine Summit for FREE by registering here today.
      But if you’d like to take advantage of the PRE-SALE SAVINGS as well as be entered in the prize draw
      … You must act before Monday, May 14th at 9 p.m. CST.
      Register to watch for FREE:
      Once you’re registered, you’ll be given the opportunity to:
      • Grab life-time access at the pre-sale savings, and
      • Be automatically entered in the prize draw.
      Some people ask me, “what’s the catch.”
      Look – there’s no catch.
      Watch for free, or purchase lifetime access.
      Marjory’s mission over at The Grow Network is to stop the destruction of the earth by teaching and inspiring people to grow their own food and medicine.
      This event is made possible by the sales of the digital + shipped recordings.
      But everyone is invited to watch for FREE.
      So either way, I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity.
      I sure plan to!   I’m excited for Monday…

      Monday, May 7, 2018

      Movie Monday - Pioneer Quest (By Popular Demand)

      Pioneer Quest Episode 3

      The settlers endure an infestation of mosquitoes; isolation and close quarters cause emotional stress.

       These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.