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Videos, Movies, and TV shows • Re: Video Games for Preppers

July 21, 2017 NJMike 0

This is an interesting topic.

I haven’t played computer games in a long while. I was always more of a tabletop board and miniatures gaming person because I favored the social interactions and crafting. Back then most people didn’t have the internet linked gaming that can be social as well. My GF’s kids play a bunch of first person shooters. I watched one of the games being played. Looked pretty good. It was Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In the future though, would prefer to get the kids out to the range. Have to make time for that myself.

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Videos, Movies, and TV shows • Re: Video Games for Preppers

July 21, 2017 NJMike 0

This is an interesting topic.

I haven’t played computer games in a long while. I was always more of a tabletop board and miniatures gaming person because I favored the social interactions and crafting. Back then most people didn’t have the internet linked gaming that can be social as well. My GF’s kids play a bunch of first person shooters. I watched one of the games being played. Looked pretty good. It was Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In the future though, would prefer to get the kids out to the range. Have to make time for that myself.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: UK’s Run Hide Tell video

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

Thanks for sharing. I thought the video was well done overall. People on holiday vacation aren’t going to be armed, so this is generally the best advice to avoid becoming a casualty for the types of public space attacks currently in play. Might be a different story if you’re cornered and an approaching gunman is between your family and the exit.

Just a side comment. The video does a good job of putting faces on the potential victims. And yet…the law enforcement arrive in full tactical gear behind faceless masks. I do think that’s a wrong way to portray law enforcement; as some faceless force that sweeps in to neutralize a threat. I’d have preferred to have seen some first responders with faces as people. I suppose if they looked like you and I, that people watching might think they could play a role in protecting themselves (given the means of course). Oh well.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

We do all seem to write from our personal frames of reference. lol.

I think you’re both right, depending on if you’re standing in the Alaskan wilderness or somewhere in the lower 48. ;)

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Primary Four Prepper Needs

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

If it’s a storm coming, in NJ it’s called French Toast Fixins- Bread, Milk, Eggs, and buying up all the Water in a store to make coffee to wash that down. Just a little local humor.

Different situations warrant different needs. Yes; water and food, shelter and security are important. So is hygiene, sanitation, and access to medical treatment. Just to be different, I’m going to throw out Situational Awareness, Resourcefulness, Social Acumen, and Health as personal needs to get through a crisis.

I’d also throw in Luck for good measure. One could find themselves in a BOL surrounded by food, water, supplies, and a group of like-minded friends, but if you’re unlucky and find yourself in ground zero of a nuke, meteor, or a plane falling out of the sky during an HEMP attack, then that’s the breaks.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Primary Four Prepper Needs

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

If it’s a storm coming, in NJ it’s called French Toast Fixins- Bread, Milk, Eggs, and buying up all the Water in a store to make coffee to wash that down. Just a little local humor.

Different situations warrant different needs. Yes; water and food, shelter and security are important. So is hygiene, sanitation, and access to medical treatment. Just to be different, I’m going to throw out Situational Awareness, Resourcefulness, Social Acumen, and Health as personal needs to get through a crisis.

I’d also throw in Luck for good measure. One could find themselves in a BOL surrounded by food, water, supplies, and a group of like-minded friends, but if you’re unlucky and find yourself in ground zero of a nuke, meteor, or a plane falling out of the sky during an HEMP attack, then that’s the breaks.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Is it time to get rid of cash?

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

Cashless will happen eventually on the current trajectory of BIG business and government alignment. The government wants to get rid of cash too. Then everything is track-able, traceable, taxable, and controllable. This benefits banks, business and government. Then someone will come around and grab up everyone’s PMs, or find a means to devalue them. People will be taxed on self-sufficiency (more licensing requirements and inspections on animals, limitations on exchanging goods, high fees to have non-robot cars, etc). “Progress” might be slowed given the election upset, but it’s moving along nonetheless.

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Louisiana Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Is it time to get rid of cash?

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0

Cashless will happen eventually on the current trajectory of BIG business and government alignment. The government wants to get rid of cash too. Then everything is track-able, traceable, taxable, and controllable. This benefits banks, business and government. Then someone will come around and grab up everyone’s PMs, or find a means to devalue them. People will be taxed on self-sufficiency (more licensing requirements and inspections on animals, limitations on exchanging goods, high fees to have non-robot cars, etc). “Progress” might be slowed given the election upset, but it’s moving along nonetheless.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0
Cadit wrote:
I see a lot of truth stated here, but some Bull S**t too. First off, there will be so many die right off the bat. Then you have those that will be killing and looting the cities and towns. After a short time of those type of activities; diseases will start up. So in a very short time, our population will dwindle considerably. People are not given to change that well, so most will stay where they are, resisting that urge to run. We are creatures of habit and most times that will lead to ones death in a SHTF event.

While I don’t want to disagree with your described scenario, I do want to suggest that there are many flavors and degrees of SHTF scenarios, and perhaps scenarios that are more likely do not have the die off, WROL, environment that you are contemplating.

I do believe that local order will be established locally, resources permitting, so WROL is perhaps something to consider in more rural areas where there is more real estate to cover. I don’t see cities melting down unless in the most desperate of situations. It may of course depend on the city and its strategic significance. What’s more likely is strict martial law, rationing, and confiscations. Nomads = Looters in many scenarios where there is any semblance of rule of law, given any established local authority (military, local law, militia, individuals). Armed groups of nomads will be disarmed or shot in dire scenarios. Campers = Squatters = resting Nomads/potential Looters in rule of law scenarios, and thus I’d expect wandering masses herded into formal camps, maybe even those FEMA camps some are paranoid about.

All the above is conjecture. It’s all conjecture until it happens.

To bring this more back on topic, I’d suggest in most nation wide scenarios that bug in, or a formal BOL, may be better as a first recourse. You know your ground, you know your neighbors, you know resources, you know your situation. However, one has be able to discern their area of operations being seriously compromised and then move on from there. I then think camping would be a needed short term strategy to utilize in a bug out from an established location. One should consider in camping whether a large group is a benefit or a liability for them. There are pros and cons to both large and small groups.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 16, 2017 NJMike 0
Cadit wrote:
I see a lot of truth stated here, but some Bull S**t too. First off, there will be so many die right off the bat. Then you have those that will be killing and looting the cities and towns. After a short time of those type of activities; diseases will start up. So in a very short time, our population will dwindle considerably. People are not given to change that well, so most will stay where they are, resisting that urge to run. We are creatures of habit and most times that will lead to ones death in a SHTF event.

While I don’t want to disagree with your described scenario, I do want to suggest that there are many flavors and degrees of SHTF scenarios, and perhaps scenarios that are more likely do not have the die off, WROL, environment that you are contemplating.

I do believe that local order will be established locally, resources permitting, so WROL is perhaps something to consider in more rural areas where there is more real estate to cover. I don’t see cities melting down unless in the most desperate of situations. It may of course depend on the city and its strategic significance. What’s more likely is strict martial law, rationing, and confiscations. Nomads = Looters in many scenarios where there is any semblance of rule of law, given any established local authority (military, local law, militia, individuals). Armed groups of nomads will be disarmed or shot in dire scenarios. Campers = Squatters = resting Nomads/potential Looters in rule of law scenarios, and thus I’d expect wandering masses herded into formal camps, maybe even those FEMA camps some are paranoid about.

All the above is conjecture. It’s all conjecture until it happens.

To bring this more back on topic, I’d suggest in most nation wide scenarios that bug in, or a formal BOL, may be better as a first recourse. You know your ground, you know your neighbors, you know resources, you know your situation. However, one has be able to discern their area of operations being seriously compromised and then move on from there. I then think camping would be a needed short term strategy to utilize in a bug out from an established location. One should consider in camping whether a large group is a benefit or a liability for them. There are pros and cons to both large and small groups.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 15, 2017 NJMike 0

Just a thought, but if someone is camping and not at their own ground either BOL or Buggin In, then they are on someone else’s property, right? That would be a negative to consider.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Prepper Quote of the Day

July 1, 2017 NJMike 0

Several quotes that strike a chord in me.

“I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“Seek first to understand, before being understood.” – Dr. Stephen Covey

Taken out of context from a larger work – “For all people strive to grasp what they do not know, while none strive to grasp what they already know; and all strive to discredit what they do not excel in, while none strive to discredit what they do excel in. This is why there is chaos.” – Chuang Tzu

“Do, or do not, there is no try.” – Jedi Master Yoda

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Prepper Quote of the Day

July 1, 2017 NJMike 0

Several quotes that strike a chord in me.

“I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates

“Seek first to understand, before being understood.” – Dr. Stephen Covey

Taken out of context from a larger work – “For all people strive to grasp what they do not know, while none strive to grasp what they already know; and all strive to discredit what they do not excel in, while none strive to discredit what they do excel in. This is why there is chaos.” – Chuang Tzu

“Do, or do not, there is no try.” – Jedi Master Yoda

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Camp Perimeter Defenses

June 26, 2017 NJMike 0

How does one’s perimeter defenses distinguish between potential friend or foe? What if another group’s people are out collecting firewood or foraging for wild edibles and run into a perimeter defense?

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A.N.T.S. • Re: What are the 5 skill Sets you would Want in a GDS

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Think I’d be happy with, or be able to hone the skills I have for a short term GDS. Here’s my off the top of the head wishlist of what I would want to know for long term GDS: blacksmithing/metallurgy, practical chemistry, circuit board level electronics repair, bio-fuel generation, forensic science (e.g.-being able to identify pathogens under a microscope).

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A.N.T.S. • Re: What are the 5 skill Sets you would Want in a GDS

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Think I’d be happy with, or be able to hone the skills I have for a short term GDS. Here’s my off the top of the head wishlist of what I would want to know for long term GDS: blacksmithing/metallurgy, practical chemistry, circuit board level electronics repair, bio-fuel generation, forensic science (e.g.-being able to identify pathogens under a microscope).

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A.N.T.S. • Re: What are the 5 skill Sets you would Want in a GDS

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Think I’d be happy with, or be able to hone the skills I have for a short term GDS. Here’s my off the top of the head wishlist of what I would want to know for long term GDS: blacksmithing/metallurgy, practical chemistry, circuit board level electronics repair, bio-fuel generation, forensic science (e.g.-being able to identify pathogens under a microscope).

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Gardening • Re: “Mittleider Method” Anyone doing this?Is it really worth

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0
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Yep been doing it now for 2.5 years. NJMike is wrong. With a cost you can store 10 years worth of everything you need for growing food.

Happy to be wrong. :)

I don’t dispute that this method could work for others depending on their space, climate, and logistics. Don’t think at this point it would work for me.

Appreciate you very much supplying the first hand experience. Still interested in the cost benefit analysis (upfront + maintenance >= ouput) if you’re able to calc that out.

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Gardening • Re: “Mittleider Method” Anyone doing this?Is it really worth

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0
Gunns wrote:
Yep been doing it now for 2.5 years. NJMike is wrong. With a cost you can store 10 years worth of everything you need for growing food.

Happy to be wrong. :)

I don’t dispute that this method could work for others depending on their space, climate, and logistics. Don’t think at this point it would work for me.

Appreciate you very much supplying the first hand experience. Still interested in the cost benefit analysis (upfront + maintenance >= ouput) if you’re able to calc that out.

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Gardening • Re: “Mittleider Method” Anyone doing this?Is it really worth

June 24, 2017 NJMike 0
Gunns wrote:
Yep been doing it now for 2.5 years. NJMike is wrong. With a cost you can store 10 years worth of everything you need for growing food.

Happy to be wrong. :)

I don’t dispute that this method could work for others depending on their space, climate, and logistics. Don’t think at this point it would work for me.

Appreciate you very much supplying the first hand experience. Still interested in the cost benefit analysis (upfront + maintenance >= ouput) if you’re able to calc that out.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

June 21, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve got several camping solar shower bags for solar heating of shower water, but also a number of black plastic totes that can be re-purposed for the same need. That said, since I’ve temporarily relocated I don’t have as much access to water. For the short term living situation, I’d prioritize stored water for drinking, and defer to use of wipes or wet towel methods for personal cleanliness.

I do also have a fine collection of hotel soaps and shampoos to offer any smelly neighbors.

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Gardening • Re: “Mittleider Method” Anyone doing this?Is it really worth

June 21, 2017 NJMike 0

I wasn’t familiar with this method, so I looked it up.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible … method.htm

Per that info, the plant media sounds a lot like the Square Foot Gardening’s peat/compost/vermiculite combo, just lacking the nutrient rich compost in favor of sand/sawdust with lots of fertilizer.

Not thinking I’d bother with that. I imagine there’s got to be some calculus on if the cost of fertilizer is worth it vs. the crop yield, however I’d also consider the extra maintenance time.

Personally, I’d lean towards Square Foot gardening vs. MIttleider, as the use of compost is more self-sustainable than commercial fertilizer. In my opinion of course. If I lived in a sandy area next to a saw mill and fertilizer plant I might have a different view. :lol:

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Cooking in a Grid Down Event

June 20, 2017 NJMike 0

Lots of options for low to no smoke for basic cooking- alcohol stoves, butane hiker stoves or single range burners, propane camp stoves, solid fuel stoves (hexamine or trioxane), and solar for example.

Otherwise, I’m not expecting to cook early into a situation. There’s plenty of canned and dried items that can be eaten room temperature. Boiling water, yes. But that’s not going to create an odor.

Flavorful aromatic dishes that are simmered half a day will wait until there’s security. I won’t be frying bacon until then too.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Russia Threatens U.S. Planes after U.S. shoots down SU-2

June 19, 2017 NJMike 0

Syrian airspace has been a crowded place the last few years. List of aircraft lost:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_a … _Civil_War

Perhaps some turnabout will occur in the near future, but I don’t see this as an escalation/flash point…any more than it already was.

I’d suggest we’ve been engaged in WWIII since 9/11 or earlier. It just doesn’t look like the previous two wars, so Western societies haven’t truly accepted it as that, just yet. We were brought up to have a different idea, that of bilateral conflict resulting in nuclear wastelands, rather than this slow bleed cluster that’s leading to destabilized governments and various economic crises.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who is the Authority on Prepping?

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0
3ADScout wrote:
NJMike,

Re: gear specs- Mike know what your saying but even then you have to be very cautious with “advertised” specs. How many FRS radios say 2 miles?!?!? That is why I still think it best when looking for gear to look at reviews from people who have actually used the gear. Case in point I bought a NOAA weather radio made by a well known radio company, the darn thing was so complicated to use/program I never used it and went and bought one that is very simple to use for the whole family (by the same company). Buts great points!

Yes, I agree. Coincidentally I recently replaced rechargeable batteries in a pair of FRS radios. My AA and 9volts lasted longer. :rolleyes:

You bring up a good point on difference between advertised specs (what is said) and true specs (what it does). I believe this crowd here is pretty savvy and would look up product reviews and by product type be able to separate out the sales pitch material. I’d hope that others learn along the way as it’s a valuable life experience skill. ;)

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who is the Authority on Prepping?

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0
3ADScout wrote:
NJMike,

Re: gear specs- Mike know what your saying but even then you have to be very cautious with “advertised” specs. How many FRS radios say 2 miles?!?!? That is why I still think it best when looking for gear to look at reviews from people who have actually used the gear. Case in point I bought a NOAA weather radio made by a well known radio company, the darn thing was so complicated to use/program I never used it and went and bought one that is very simple to use for the whole family (by the same company). Buts great points!

Yes, I agree. Coincidentally I recently replaced rechargeable batteries in a pair of FRS radios. My AA and 9volts lasted longer. :rolleyes:

You bring up a good point on difference between advertised specs (what is said) and true specs (what it does). I believe this crowd here is pretty savvy and would look up product reviews and by product type be able to separate out the sales pitch material. I’d hope that others learn along the way as it’s a valuable life experience skill. ;)

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:17 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who is the Authority on Prepping?

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0
3ADScout wrote:
NJMike,

Re: gear specs- Mike know what your saying but even then you have to be very cautious with “advertised” specs. How many FRS radios say 2 miles?!?!? That is why I still think it best when looking for gear to look at reviews from people who have actually used the gear. Case in point I bought a NOAA weather radio made by a well known radio company, the darn thing was so complicated to use/program I never used it and went and bought one that is very simple to use for the whole family (by the same company). Buts great points!

Yes, I agree. Coincidentally I recently replaced rechargeable batteries in a pair of FRS radios. My AA and 9volts lasted longer. :rolleyes:

You bring up a good point on difference between advertised specs (what is said) and true specs (what it does). I believe this crowd here is pretty savvy and would look up product reviews and by product type be able to separate out the sales pitch material. I’d hope that others learn along the way as it’s a valuable life experience skill. ;)

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Educators • Re: How to organize and not overwhelm folks new to preparing

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0

Good topic. My thoughts on a category ordered list would be something like the below, but possibly skipping to more advanced topics depending on the reception of the material.

First, discuss a past local or well known disaster and how people were affected or dealt with it. (use as springboard for other topics below) {edit- yes, agree with what Ajax said}

Present relevant every day preparedness topics.

    Fire Prevention and Safety (start off with statistics on fire related deaths, open ended question on if people are prepared, discuss options, home escape routes, etc.)
    Vehicle safety topics (maintenance, inspection, roadside kit, introduce idea of get home bag)
    Camping topics (camping gear, food/sanitation), Arrange a camping trip.
    Financial security (debt reduction, diversification, savings)
    Basic home security (topics around not making your home or person the target of a robbery)
    Back up of personal and important documents

Feel out people for interest in basic skills, relate back to local disasters. Relate to Red Cross, FEMA, CERT type advice.

    Water
    Fire
    Heat/Cold survival
    First Aid

Feel out people for interest in sustainable lifestyle skills

    Gardening
    Food storage techniques
    Small livestock
    Similar topics

Feel out people for interest in SHTF type skills

    Situational Awareness
    SHTF Scenarios and thoughts on preparing for those
    Communications
    Social networking
    Threat evasion
    Self-defense
    Advanced First Aid

Hope that helps. I’ve provided some teaching on several topics locally where I knew enough to provide enough information to get people started. I’d be interested to hear how it works for you and your experience.

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Educators • Re: How to organize and not overwhelm folks new to preparing

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0

Good topic. My thoughts on a category ordered list would be something like the below, but possibly skipping to more advanced topics depending on the reception of the material.

First, discuss a past local or well known disaster and how people were affected or dealt with it. (use as springboard for other topics below) {edit- yes, agree with what Ajax said}

Present relevant every day preparedness topics.

    Fire Prevention and Safety (start off with statistics on fire related deaths, open ended question on if people are prepared, discuss options, home escape routes, etc.)
    Vehicle safety topics (maintenance, inspection, roadside kit, introduce idea of get home bag)
    Camping topics (camping gear, food/sanitation), Arrange a camping trip.
    Financial security (debt reduction, diversification, savings)
    Basic home security (topics around not making your home or person the target of a robbery)
    Back up of personal and important documents

Feel out people for interest in basic skills, relate back to local disasters. Relate to Red Cross, FEMA, CERT type advice.

    Water
    Fire
    Heat/Cold survival
    First Aid

Feel out people for interest in sustainable lifestyle skills

    Gardening
    Food storage techniques
    Small livestock
    Similar topics

Feel out people for interest in SHTF type skills

    Situational Awareness
    SHTF Scenarios and thoughts on preparing for those
    Communications
    Social networking
    Threat evasion
    Self-defense
    Advanced First Aid

Hope that helps. I’ve provided some teaching on several topics locally where I knew enough to provide enough information to get people started. I’d be interested to hear how it works for you and your experience.

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Educators • Re: How to organize and not overwhelm folks new to preparing

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0

Good topic. My thoughts on a category ordered list would be something like the below, but possibly skipping to more advanced topics depending on the reception of the material.

First, discuss a past local or well known disaster and how people were affected or dealt with it. (use as springboard for other topics below) {edit- yes, agree with what Ajax said}

Present relevant every day preparedness topics.

    Fire Prevention and Safety (start off with statistics on fire related deaths, open ended question on if people are prepared, discuss options, home escape routes, etc.)
    Vehicle safety topics (maintenance, inspection, roadside kit, introduce idea of get home bag)
    Camping topics (camping gear, food/sanitation), Arrange a camping trip.
    Financial security (debt reduction, diversification, savings)
    Basic home security (topics around not making your home or person the target of a robbery)
    Back up of personal and important documents

Feel out people for interest in basic skills, relate back to local disasters. Relate to Red Cross, FEMA, CERT type advice.

    Water
    Fire
    Heat/Cold survival
    First Aid

Feel out people for interest in sustainable lifestyle skills

    Gardening
    Food storage techniques
    Small livestock
    Similar topics

Feel out people for interest in SHTF type skills

    Situational Awareness
    SHTF Scenarios and thoughts on preparing for those
    Communications
    Social networking
    Threat evasion
    Self-defense
    Advanced First Aid

Hope that helps. I’ve provided some teaching on several topics locally where I knew enough to provide enough information to get people started. I’d be interested to hear how it works for you and your experience.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Measles

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0

I haven’t had any vaccinations since childhood and have no idea what I had and when. I’ve been generally very healthy in terms of flu and the like. But past performance is no indication of future performance. There’s good information in this topic to chew on, and I’ll be considering a few shots in my near future. Thanks.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who is the Authority on Prepping?

June 14, 2017 NJMike 0

I would echo the above. There are lots of opinions, and in many areas there is no one true way. Skills are skills, but how people go about applying them will differ depending. Canning is pretty cut and dry from long established practices. Same for first aid. There are only so many right ways to field dress an animal. There are acceptable well known methods to successful gardening and farming. Fire starting can be done many ways and it’s obvious soon enough when there’s a fire made or not.

There are facts though. When it comes to gear, there are specifications. One can’t debate the superiority of water filtration systems or methods based on gut feelings, unless that gut feeling is a negative one brought on by cryptosporidium…

Other topics are subjective to the type of SHTF, and none of us are able to predict which scenario would happen first. A generally accepted notion is that living on the East Coast near the cities is bad. Yet what if Yellowstone goes up, or the Northwest is hit by a major quake/tsunami before economic meltdown or a pandemic?

Personally, I think there are many authorities on aspects of prepping. I use my own filter in determining whose life story and information is most applicable and when. I’ll take medical advice from a medical professional with greater seriousness for example. But the rest of that person’s advice may not be as valid as someone else given a different topic like outdoor survival or farming.

And I’m happy to say I’m an authority on nothing at all. Always learning instead. :smartass:

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: June 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

June 12, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve been handing out my extra seedlings, paying it forward.

Reconnected with some old friends. Found out I’d successfully inspired one family to start raising chickens. Yay! Another friend had saved a gift for me…and it was a good one. Got a free FILBE pack system, practically complete and only missing the hydration bladder and one of the hydration pouches. Everything else was all there, plus an extra hydration carrier from another company that did include a brand new hydration bladder.

Ordered a pair of IFAK pouches, plus some first aid kit refill sets to pack out the IFAKs and add to/refresh the other first aid kits.

The container garden is going well. However, I’ve been paying attention more to the amount of water I’m using, which has been about 15 gallons per watering. When I had the larger garden with raised beds and in the ground I wasn’t really thinking about the water usage from the sprinklers. So this has been a bit of a revelation about how much water would be required for growing in a bad situation. Thus, I’m thinking more around the sourcing of water for planting when I relocate. Going to consider irrigation, cisterns, catchment systems, etc.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:19 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: June 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

June 12, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve been handing out my extra seedlings, paying it forward.

Reconnected with some old friends. Found out I’d successfully inspired one family to start raising chickens. Yay! Another friend had saved a gift for me…and it was a good one. Got a free FILBE pack system, practically complete and only missing the hydration bladder and one of the hydration pouches. Everything else was all there, plus an extra hydration carrier from another company that did include a brand new hydration bladder.

Ordered a pair of IFAK pouches, plus some first aid kit refill sets to pack out the IFAKs and add to/refresh the other first aid kits.

The container garden is going well. However, I’ve been paying attention more to the amount of water I’m using, which has been about 15 gallons per watering. When I had the larger garden with raised beds and in the ground I wasn’t really thinking about the water usage from the sprinklers. So this has been a bit of a revelation about how much water would be required for growing in a bad situation. Thus, I’m thinking more around the sourcing of water for planting when I relocate. Going to consider irrigation, cisterns, catchment systems, etc.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:19 pm