How to Make a Potato Pot
MARCH 30, 2017
First, choose your container. You can grow them in anything from a 5-gallon bucket up. Use a bucket or container that has never been used to store any type of chemical or poison. A great place to get food-grade buckets is local restaurants and bakeries. They usually buy in bulk, and items such as pickles, lard, sugar, flour, and frosting often come in 5-gallon buckets.
Fill your container with a mixture of potting soil and compost. I’ve even heard of people using sand and sawdust, but for this method, use the potting soil and compost. Let your potato sit long enough to start growing eyes. That way you know that it will grow because some are treated with chemicals that keep them from sprouting in order to extend shelf life. While you’re waiting, prepare your bucket and get your clover growing.
Drill holes in the bottom of your bucket for drainage and make sure that you have a place to put the bucket so that it’s not in direct contact with something such as dirt that can clog the holes and prevent drainage.
Put a few inches of gravel (and sand if you’d like) in the bottom of the bucket and fill it with soil to within several inches of the top. Sprinkle white clover seeds across the top of the soil and just run your hand over them to get a bit of soil over them.
Once your potato sprouts eyes and you know it’s good to grow, your clover should be starting to grow, too. Dig a hole 12 inches deep or so in the center of the bucket. Don’t worry if you have to dig through the clover – it will grow back. Plant your potato at the bottom and cover back up with dirt. You’ll see a plant within just a couple of weeks, then all you have to do is water it once or twice a week and let it grow. After 3 months or so, the plant will die back. When it does that, your potatoes are ready to harvest.
How To Store Tap Water For Survival
You turn on the faucet and there it is: as much water as you could possibly want. But then, as a prepper, you think, “What about the day when I turn it on and nothing comes out?”
Many people buy bottled water for their stockpile, and that’s fine, but you can also store tap water for survival and it won’t cost you a dime beyond your monthly water bill, if you have one. There are some precautions that you need to take, but otherwise, turn on the tap, fill your containers, and store away!
The 6 sections for consideration are:
1) Use Clean Containers
2) Containers to Store Tap Water
3) Store Your Water in a Cool Location Out of the Sunlight
4) Add a Few Drops of Bleach
6) Store in Different Sizes Read more:
5 MYTHS ABOUT WATER STORAGE
Since storing water is very different from storing food, there are a few things you should consider if you’re new to water storage. Water storage needs to be protected against viruses, contamination, and bacteria. So you must take different measures to protect your water from these threats than you would with food.
Here are 5 common myths and facts about water storage that you’ll want to consider as you start your water storage reserves.
Myth #1: Water can expire.
Water does not expire. It can become contaminated (chemically or biologically), but it doesn’t “go bad.” Water can have a stale taste, but that taste can be eliminated by rotating your water and purifying it. If a water storage source is in ideal conditions (it started out clean and was stored in a dark, cool area, not directly on concrete or near harsh fumes and chemicals), it technically can store indefinitely. Read much more:
Survival Gardening: How to Plan Your Low Water Garden
JANUARY 8, 2017
Low Water Gardening Droughts are becoming more common. The impact of droughts on food production is very real. After all, plants need water to grow. But, you don’t always need a ton of water to grow food. That’s where low-water crops come in. They can produce food for your family to eat without taking nearly as much water.
If you don’t have a large water stockpile, or you are concerned about a coming drought, it might be time for you to switch to a low-water garden. Read the Article:
Surviving Blackout: 12 Survival Alternatives to Candles
OCTOBER 9, 2016
The electric is out and you’re digging frantically through the drawer trying to find the candles. Or maybe you’ve already used all of your candles and still need alternative light. Well, the good news is that you have plenty of options and most of these are readily available in most homes.
Before we talk about makeshift candles, we need to talk about wicks and containers for a minute. If you don’t have any candle wicks at home, you can make one using:
A shoestring with the plastic end cut off (which, by the way, is called an aglet!) A strip of cotton cloth from a shirt, towel, sock, etc. A piece of rope from a mop Para cord Candle wicks, which can be bought online individually or by the roll or at craft store. Unless you’re using actual candle wicks that aren’t coated in wax, prime the wick by dipping it into whatever you’re using as a candle.
Good containers include:
Mason jars , Sturdy used food jars ,Tin vegetable/fruit cans .Sea shells .Empty tuna cans Altoids tins Teacups/coffee cups Metal lids Aluminum foil shaped into a cup/bowl Beer/soda cans Birch bark Crayons
Crayons: those magical wax sticks that allow your 4-year-old to express his artistic side on your wall. Well guess what? They’re flammable and can serve as a candle in a pinch. Granted, you won’t get much light from a single crayon, but it’s better than nothing and one crayon will burn up to 30 minutes. Before you light the tip, heat the bottom a little bit, then stick it to a solid surface. Put it on something that you don’t mind getting wax on. Then all you need to do is light the tip.
You can also create a longer-burning candle by taping 3 crayons together around a wick, then lighting a wick, or go big and make a pillar candle in the same manner using as many crayons as you want, along with a couple extra wicks.
A single can of Crisco can light your nights for a month. That’s right – just one can will burn for 8 hours a day for a month. Just stick a wick down the center of it, push the Crisco back around it, and light it. If you’d like more light, put more than one wick in it. If you want to spread the light around into different rooms, put some Crisco and a wick in a few smaller containers such as jars or cans. (Read more):
CANNED FOOD GONE BAD – DO YOU KNOW ALL 8 SIGNS?
1. A Lid That Bulges Moving Up & Down
2. Food Projecting Or Exploding When Opened
3. Rusting / Corrosion Of Can
6. Acrid Smell
7. Rising Bubbles Or Unnatural Looking Colors
8. Sound – Hisses Loudly When Opened Or
No Sounds Of Liquid Inside When Shaken
URBAN DANGER DOCUMENTARY (Full Length) Must See!
Like it or not, it is a fact... life in urban areas is about to radically change due to developments most people are not aware of. Find out what the issues are and what YOU can do to not only survive but also thrive.
Real Goods Are The Real Money
When goods become scarce, it does not matter what the cost is if you have no money to get them. The lack of basic goods in the economy will be the straw that breaks the American illusion that everything is just fine. It will happen just as sure as the sun rising every morning. It will be a slow process where you notice more and more empty shelves and certain brands become out of stock for longer and longer periods. No production and no shipping carriers means no product on the shelf in time.
When this happens it will not matter to people if we are in deflation or hyperinflation, they will suffer the same in either case due to lack of goods and lack of a medium of exchange with which to maintain their living standards. If society has the goods it needs at the local level it does not matter what mechanism people use to trade for those items. The trade will happen and living standards will be maintained. Money can be printed at will but real goods must be made from scratch with labor and raw materials. Real goods determine your standard of living and not necessarily the amount of money that exists in society.
Because of this the ability to store and produce real goods at the local level are the only solution to a collapse in the medium of exchange in a country. It is happening now. Fiat money is becoming more worthless by the day and goods are not being produced and shipped as normal. This can only end one way if nothing is done to curtail the lack of goods that people need.
It does not matter if money is little pieces of paper or plastic cards, if the goods are not available the result is the same. The ability of government entities to control either money or goods is a way to control society and force compliance from the people. This is the reason for calls for a cashless society. The government can control money all they want but if they have no control over real goods in a community they really have no control over society.
Real goods trump money of any kind when it comes to everyday living. If you have a years worth of goods stored in your home or the ability to produce them locally, it does not matter if you have a million dollars or no money at all. It does not matter if the store shelves are full or empty. It does not matter if goods are being produced and transported. If you have access to those goods you have what you actually need and not paper promises to get them at some future date for an unspecified amount.
When people think about economic collapse they almost always think about how they will get the money they need to buy stuff. They do not realize that real goods are the actual key to getting by in those dysfunctional times until it is too late. Economic collapse almost always goes hand in hand with the lack of physical goods. You can do without the money but you cannot do without the goods.
In times of monetary dysfunction, real goods become the actual currency society relies on to survive day to day. Real goods can be traded and sold when fiat money is useless. Real goods are the real currency of the world, and now is the time to realize that before the monetary crisis prevents the acquisition of those resources. A pantry full of food is worth more than two million in a frozen bank account.
MARTIAL LAW SURVIVAL STRATEGIES YOU SHOULD KNOW
We live in uncertain times and with constant threats knocking at our doors. One day, we might live under Martial Law and although the use of Martial law should bring end to the scenario that imposed it, most of the times it will lead to further violence and chaos. The United States, like many other nations has a long history when it comes to Martial law and some fear it may soon be upon us. The current scenarios that foresee Martial law are all related to ISIS attacks that could happen on US soil. This is why you need to have a survival strategy for when Martial law hits.
What is martial law and when it is declared?
It is nothing more than the imposition of military rule and a takeover of the government over a specific region. Martial law is declared when there is an imminent threat to peace and order and it can be imposed in any of the following situations:
Uncontrollable riots and protests (Muslims protests in France are a good example, it’s just a matter of time until it happens in the United States); Natural disasters that are too overwhelming for local authorities (Katrina is a good reminder of what nature can unleash); State of war; Insurrection or rebellion.
Most preppers are already set to outlast any scenario that cuts them off from all the common supply lines. This is why it will be easier for them to survive when the government takes full control of everything (foods and supplies). You shouldn’t wait on the rationing done by the military and you should have your own supplies. Your supplies should last you for at least 30 days, but any prepper knows that it is ideal to have supplies that last for 12 months. Your food and water supplies will become propriety of the government under martial law.
Having a method to generate electricity is also ideal as you will be able to use it for many tasks (from cooking to charging your devices – UV water filters, lanterns, etc.). Try to get your hands on some portable generators, that are easy to carry and that don’t make noise, as you don’t want to attract unwanted attention. Bartering is also a good way to get what you need, stockpile on items that will give you the upper hand and increase your chances of survival. Bartering will assure your survival under martial law.
70 Tips That Will Help You Survive What Is Going To Happen To America
JANUARY 13, 2016
You may have noticed that things are starting to get crazy. Financial markets are imploding, violent crime rates are soaring in our major cities, and we have witnessed a truly unusual series of natural disasters in recent months. War in the Middle East continues to rage out of control, and Islamic terror continues to spread all over the globe.
And many believe that 2016 is going to be a year of political shaking, civil unrest, governmental crackdowns and great economic chaos in the United States. All it is going to take to plunge our society into full-blown panic mode is a major “trigger event” of some sort. Another 9/11, a new “Lehman Brothers” moment, a massive EMP burst from the sun or a historic seismic event are all examples of what this “trigger event” could look like.
So are you ready for what is about to happen to America? In previous articles, I have urged my readers to focus on the five basics – food, water, shelter, energy and self-defense. If you focus on those five things, you will probably be in pretty good shape during any major disaster or emergency.
In this article, I want to dig a little deeper and give people some more specific tips regarding what they can do to prepare for the times that we are now entering. The following are 70 tips that will help you survive what is going to happen to America…
Preparing For a Disaster
t's important to know how we can prepare for natural disasters with proper emergency preparedness plan for less natural disasters damage.
We have developed several natural disasters early warning system which provides warnings of natural disasters before they impact people and property. However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, we are still quite poor at preparing for these natural disasters.
An emergency kit is essential for short term survival to prepare for, survive and cope with consequences of natural hazards.
According to the emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a basic natural disaster emergency kit could include the following twelve recommended items:
Water: One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
Flashlight and extra batteries
First aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Manual can opener for food
Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
How to Turn Salt Water Into Drinking Water
Though our planet is covered in water, only one half of 1 percent is drinkable! For example, people who live in coastal regions are surrounded by water but it does them no good because one of the quickest ways to die of dehydration is to drink salt water.
There are ways to make that water potable, though, and science is finding even more ways. In order to turn salt water into drinking water, you need to desalinate it first. That just means that you need to remove the salt. There are many methods for doing this but the most efficient and realistic way to do it at home in a survival situation is by using the distillation by evaporation method.
Distillation by Evaporation
One of the easiest ways to convert salt water to drinking water is by using heat. You simply heat the water until it turns to steam, then capture the steam.
The water will evaporate but the salt and other impurities won’t. The problem here is that it requires a ridiculous amount of energy in the form of heat to get the job done. Still, it’s effective and if you combine the process with others, such as cooking or heating, you won’t be wasting nearly so much fuel.
This is a simple method but won’t net much fresh water at a time. If you’re on the run or just need enough for a couple of people, it will work, though. You’ll need a metal cup heavy enough not to float or heat-resistant glass, a pot with a domed lid and heat.
1.Place the cup in the pot.
2.Add salt water to the pot, making sure that it doesn’t get in the cup. Don’t fill it so high that you run the risk of the water boiling into the cup.
3.Turn the lid upside down and place it on the pot. Make sure that your cup is underneath the lowest point of the lid and that the lid seals well. Otherwise, you’ll lose most of your steam before it drips into the cup as fresh water.
4.Turn the heat up under the pot so that the water boils gently. You don’t want it to boil so hard that it splashes salt water into the glass or upsets the glass.
5.As the water boils, it will turn to steam, which will rise to the lid and run down the lid into the cup, leaving salt and other impurities in the bottom of the pan.
As a side note, you can do this with a pressure cooker too, and it will require less heat. Just be sure that you don’t boil it dry and crack the cup or the pot.
Hint: You can perform this method for turning salt water into drinking water using solar heat, too. It will take several hours so be sure that you have plenty of time and sunlight. Just put the pan out in the morning so that it has all day to evaporate. You could even substitute plastic wrap for the lid and just put a small rock or something in the center over the glass to form a drip point. If you use a round, see-through glass bottle or jug, the process will be much quicker because the glass will act as a prism, heating the water faster.
Evaporation Distillation Method 2
This method for turning salt water into drinking water allows you to distill a bit more water though you’ll still be using quite a bit of energy. It operates on basically the same theory as an alcohol still. You’ll also need a heat-resistant glass or metal bottle, a cork or rubber seal for the bottle, a few of feet of tubing and a catch-basin.
1.Make a hole in the piece of rubber or cork just big enough for the tubing to fit in.
2.Fill the bottle with water, leaving some space at the top.
3.Place the tube through the cork or seal so that it is even with the bottom of the cork, then put the cork in the top of the bottle.
4.Run the tubing to another container that is lower than the bottle so that the water can run out of it and not back into the bottle.
5.Put the bottle over your heat source, being careful not to get the tubing hot.
6.Bring the water to a boil and watch as the steam comes out of the water, through the tubing and converts back to water as it drips out of the end of the tube into your container.
Just a hint: If you have a teapot, you could attach the tubing to the spout. Same theory!
Have You Considered Wild Gardening?
If you are the type of person that would like the benefit of a vegetable garden without all the time and attention that a traditional garden requires then a wild garden might be a good option for you.
What is a Wild Vegetable Garden?
A Wild Vegetable Garden is a plot of earth where vegetables have been planted that has:
1. No Rows
2. No Labels
3. Embraces Weeds
4. No Tilling of the Soil
5. No Method to the Madness
7 Water Purification Methods Compared
There are several factors to consider when determining which water purification method you will prep for when bugging out and bugging in. Factors like cost, time it takes for the purification process, difficulty level, weight to carry in your bug out bag, and how well it removes harmful substances. The water purification methods that are being compared are Micropur MP1 Water Purifier Tablets, Cholr-Floc, LifeStraw, bleach, boiling water, charcoal, and solar disinfection.
Hands on Survival Advice
There’s no better advice than hands on advice. The kind that you can see how it’s done, before trying it out by yourself. For me it’s so much easier to try a new recipe, or start working on a new skill once someone shows me how to do it, or I’ve at least watched a video with a demonstration. This is how I got to the 5 videos bellow, that I’m sure you’ll find both interesting and useful.
"By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household,"
Disasters and emergencies, like death, come like a thief in the night. No matter how sophisticated warning devices are or how you much psyched yourself for the worst, emergencies will still stop you cold. Ask yourself now: do you really think you can get out of your home alive when a huge fire eats it up? Do you know where to evacuate your family when floods ravage your town? Do you have emergency kits that will keep your family alive for days? You think love will keep you alive? No, that’s a great song but not really true in times of emergencies. A survival kit and a preparedness guide, not love, will keep you alive.
The Ad Council along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that 6 out of 10 American families do not have an emergency plan. The study further revealed that only 19% think they are “very prepared” for disasters. That is alarming considering various threats to life that become even more common everyday: natural disasters brought about by extreme weather conditions, drought, food insecurity and hunger, war and terror, and even home accidents. It should be a no-brainer then that the time to prepare is now.
We all want to be spared
Disasters know no social standing. Whoever you are, you are not safe. The best we can do is to prepare to at least get a chance at being spared. A study by the International Monetary Fund estimated that more than 450 million people were affected by natural disasters from 2010 to 2012. If you are not part of the statistics, lucky you. However, chances are becoming slimmer and having a preparedness guide might just make your chances better.
We want to keep our families safe
Weather seems unpredictable, today. Yes, heavy rainfall during summer is not impossible anymore. Keep your family safe by having a comprehensive guide to disaster preparedness and practicing them at home. Sit down with your family and complete your emergency checklist: from making sure everyone gets to eat and no one gets left behind.
Preparing For an Emergency (Essentials)
Memorize Psalm 91 (I call it 91:1)
Minimum-prepared foods are those that require little or no cooking before eating.
Flatware means plates, bowls, cups, spoons, forks, knives, napkins, etc. The idea of disposable flatware is to reduceconsumption of water and is typically for shorter-term events. Water will have less use for disposable flatware.
Oils: make sure you have enough oil, lard, etc. on hand to cover the increase in pan-cooking.
Grow food and harvest the seeds for the next planting
Stored food for 30 days (minimum, work up to 90+ days) of food you eat everyday (store what you eat, eat what you store)
Portable capability for minimum-prepared foods for 14 days (for traveling, short-term missions, etc.)
Gather more food: hunt, fish, trap /snare, gather wild plants
Dress and prepare gathered food
Keep perishable food cold using alternative energy methods for 30 days
Disposable flatware for 30 days
Can Opener and other packaging
Have cookware that can be used over an open fire (pots, pans, kettles, etc.)
Durable cooking utensils (including pots, pans, etc.)
Equipment to cook over fire pit (grates, tripods, hooks, etc.)
Recipes for making a variety of dishes from the food you store
Spices to make food more palatable, enjoyable, varied
Learn to Pray Before Crisis comes
Block Sun UV rays
Repel (keep away) insects
Protect care-giver from infection while treating others
Take CPR and other First-Aid courses
Maintain good dental hygiene practices
Clear the airway / Start the breathing
Treat bite and stings
Remove splinters, stingers, etc.
Primary (ABC – Airway, Breathing, Circulation)
Secondary, Head-to-Toe survey
Determine body temperature
Determine blood pressure
Determine heart rate
Recognize signs and symptoms
Treat and Protect Wounds
Disinfect minor wounds
Wound irrigation and/or cleansing
Splinting and limb immobilization
Dress and bandage wounds
Relieve allergy symptoms
Stave off infection (antibiotics)
Ice & heat packs
30 days of life saving prescription medications
30 days of OTC and “maintenance” medications
A Good First Aid Book
Strong Faith in Jesus
A list of “last-minute purchase items” – in case you have time to “top off”
Resource materials (books, CDs, etc.) covering a wide range of topics
Instruction and repair manuals for everything
Backups of all important computer files
Hard copies (printouts) of all critical information contained in computer files
Backup copies of your computer data on discs, USB flash drives, portable HDDs
An evacuation plan and prioritized grab list
Pocket list of contact numbers for family, friends, team members
Pocket list of radio frequencies used
Forms of entertainment (games, books, music, DVDs, CDs, MP3 players drawing, coloring, cards, football, frisbee,
baseball/throwing ball, soccer ball, etc.)
Instant-on light for each member (a decently bright flashlight that doesn’t burn through batteries, like an LED light)
Area light (prefer safe LED or fluorescent instead of flame-based light)
Spotlight, handheld, battery powered (see Alternate Energy)
Provide power to all normal light for home with Alternative Energy.
Spare parts for all lights (bulbs, etc.)
LED lights are preferred due to their lower consumption of battery power.
Ability to handle human waste (ask yourself, “how and where am I going to go to the bathroom, and what am I going to do with it once I’ve finished?” and “Do I have enough toilet paper?”)
Two pairs of eyeglasses, both with current prescription
Eye glass retaining straps
Toiletries: Make sure you can do everything in the bathroom that you do on a daily basis, including:
bath / wash (soap)
trimmer - nails
Keep skin from drying (lotion)
Feminine hygiene items
Garbage disposal and recycle/reuse
Plastic trash bags for waste both human and other to keep buckets clean
Deodorizers (Lysol, baking soda and vinegar, liquid porta-potty enzymes, etc.)
Shelter and Warmth:
Tent(s), enough tent space to contain all members and gear
Tarps, decent selection for general and miscellaneous use
Sleeping bag or other bedding of choice for each member, capable of keeping person warm in sub-freezing temperatures
Ability to make fire in, at least, 3 different ways Matches, Magnifying Glass, Lighters
Spare sheets and blankets
Pillows (as needed)
Alternate heating source for home
Land Mobile – more durable and mobile sheltering system (e.g., camping trailer)
Shelter building tools (see Tools, Repair and Utility)
Shelter repair supplies: plywood, wood strips, plastic sheeting, screws, nails, etc. ï‚§ Pre-cut plywood for covering windows if you are in a Hurricane area
Ability to repair and maintain your home: Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, Roofing, Fencing, Concrete, Welding, etc
30 days of stored food and water for each pet
Ability to handle pet waste if pet cannot go outside for 30 days
Pet care needs, special medications, toys, etc for 30 days
Leashes and kennels for each animal
Pest control for pets
How to Make Survival Cement For Your Off Grid Home
What are you going to do if someday you lose your home in a large-scale disaster of some sort and you have to build a shelter from scrap? Imagine that there will be thousands of people in the same situation as you and the building materials will be scarce or not available at all. Or, what if you’re stranded somewhere in the wilderness for a long time and you have to build a strong shelter for you and your family, in order to survive cold winter months and prevent wild animals from attacking your premises and food supply?
Well, humanity already solved this problem thousands of years ago by using “survival cement”, i.e. good old cob. Cob is the old-school name for the modern-day, overly hyped “survival cement” thing.
You can use cob or survival cement for building a multitude of structures, ranging from primitive shelters to walls or even a house (and an oven inside the house, made from the same stuff) or just about anything you want to build. Basically, if you’re out of options and you require a structure to protect you from the elements or wild animals that’s more permanent than wood, cob, aka survival cement, is the answer.