Welcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
This week I have been sorting out my gear and ordering additional items to round out my auxiliary kits (such as the kits for our vehicles and a kit for my handbag). In addition, I am learning to safely use my new knife, the Kershaw OSO Sweet. Until now I have been using a smaller, all purpose Swiss army knife so there is quite of learning involved in terms of safety. Luckily, Survival Husband is a good teacher.
Enough about me. There is lot’s to report this week so best get with it.
On March 16th, President Obama signed a new Executive Order which expands upon a prior order issued in 1950 for Disaster Preparedness, and gives the office of the President complete control over all the resources in the United States in times of war or emergency.
The National Defense Resources Preparedness order gives the Executive Branch the power to control and allocate energy, production, transportation, food, and even water resources by decree under the auspices of national defense and national security. The order is not limited to wartime implementation, as one of the order’s functions includes the command and control of resources in peacetime determinations.
This can not be a good thing. I just learned about this Saturday night and still need to digest what it means. That said, it is time to add more items to our preps – and especially ammo. I am afraid that there is a possibility that we are going to have more rights taken away from us . . . and sooner rather than later.
Here is the full text: Executive Order — National Defense Resources Preparedness
Could it Really Happen?
A couple of weeks ago I read an article by Mac Salvo on the SHTFPLAN website. Talk about an eye-opener but not for the reason you may think. But first the title: Trajectory Unclear: Feb 2013 Asteroid Will Be Within Thousands of Miles of Earth; Impact Would Be As Big As Siberian Tunguska Event; 1000 Times More Powerful Than Hiroshima.
Now if that does not get your attention, nothing will. This is a worthy read and here is why:
Whether DA14 makes a direct hit or merely passes by, the likelihood of such apocalyptic even happening to earth at some point is not out of the question. Will it happen in 2013 or 3013 or even 5013? Your guess is as good as mine. The best we can do as residents of planet Earth is prepare for the less cataclysmic events and moreover, to embrace each day as if it was the last.
In my case, just reading about DA14 makes me want to hug my loved ones and step back from my personal pursuits so that I can spend quality time with people I care about.
The Internet Archive
There are a lot of sources of information on the internet – some more credible and reliable than others. That said, I would like to introduce to the The Internet Archive, a non-profit that was founded to build a permanent Internet library of historical collections that exist online in a digital format. The idea is to make this digital library accessible for use by for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public.
Of special interest to survival and prepper types are the survival oriented videos. Just enter “survival skills” in the search box and you will see what I mean.
But there is an easier way. The Free Film Girl has created a list of freely downloadable public domain survival and preparedness-related videos that are already nicely catalogued for you. Check it out – there is a lot of interesting stuff ready for your viewing and learning pleasure.
The Economic Collapse Blog
Last week, the Economic Collapse Blog posted an article titled Why are Millions of Americans Preparing for Doomsday. Towards the end of the article, their advice was:
Get educated. There are dozens of prepper websites out there where you can get an education in prepping for free. The following are a few examples of some of the excellent prepper websites that are out there today….
I had a blushing moment when I saw that Backdoor Survival was one of eight prepper website mentioned. All I can say is THANK YOU to my loyal readers for helping to make my blog a success. I know I have mentioned this before but I am learning right along side you and truly appreciate the many tips, questions and comments that you make.
And the Winners Are . . .
Back in February we had a special offer where readers that signed up for a free subscription to the Threat Journal would be entered in a drawing to win a free radiation safety kit valued at $190. I am pleased to announce the winners:
Larry K. Hawkins
Each of the winners have been sent an email with instructions for providing a shipping address to the folks at Threat Journal. I would like to thank you for your participation and look forward to sponsoring more contests and drawings soon.
Consumer reports magazine is reporting that scammers frequently pop up in the wake of weather-related disasters. Following the recent tornadoes that caused massive damage across several states, the Federal Trade Commission has issue a warning watch out for urgent appeals for charity and fraudulent home repair offers.
Before you donate:
- Check a charity before you donate. See the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
- Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight.
- Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they works for, and what percent of your donation goes to the charity vs. the fundraiser.
- Don’t give out personal or financial information unless you know the charity is reputable.
- Never send cash.
Fraudsters are also looking to cash in on property owners’ insurance settlements and any financial relief from the federal government. It goes without saying that before you have work done:
- Check a contractor’s identification and references.
- Ask for copies of a contractor’s general liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
- Avoid paying more than the minimum in advance.
- If you suspect a con, call your local law enforcement
Practically speaking, this is good advise whenever you have repairs done – not just following a disaster. Here is a link to the FCT warning: FTC Warns Consumers: Charity and Home Repair Scams May Appear After a Disaster.
Hot Cheese Wax?
In response to a reader request, I am trying to locate some credible information on using wax to preserve cheese for the long term? Do you have some information to share or a link to a reliable source. If so, please email me.
Hook, line or delusion?
That is the question George and I explore today on Strategic Living: Fishing as a Survival Skill. (And yes , that is really Survival Husband pictured as he hooked our night’s dinner a few years back.)
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
. . . Your comments welcome here and at The Buzz.
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From the Bargain Bin: I continue to recommend that you include a fishing kit with your survival gear. Depending on where you live, the kit may be quite simple or, if you live in an abundant fish area such as I do, you will want to go all out with both fresh water and salt water gear plus a crab pot or two. Learn fishing skills now and remember, your fresh caught bounty will need to be cleaned and cooked.
Rapala Fillet Tool Combo Fishing Pliers, Fillet Knife & Sheath: This is a good compromise when choosing an all-round fishing knife. Relatively inexpensive at $25, you will find lots of uses for this combo unit.
Fishing for Dummies: Never fished before? This guide will give you the basics and even old-salts might learn something new.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Nothing will beat a cast iron skillet for frying up the day’s catch. Need a refresher on cast iron? Go back and read 7 Tips for Cast Iron Mavens or Soon-To-Be Mavens.
Best Glide Survival Fishing Kit – Standard Version: This is a pretty good basic kit – compact with all of the basics. Priced at abut $25.
Clam Shovel 9-Inch Blade with 41-Inch Handle: Other than the fillet knife and cast iron skillet, this is probably the most useful item on this list
The New Seaweed Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Discovering the Deep Flavors of the Sea: Many military and civilian survival courses teach you how to harvest and eat seaweed. This is definitely something to consider if you live near the ocean or other salt water body.
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