The American Redoubt on Survivalblog.com

From SurvivalBlog.com

Jim Rawles is a promoter of what he calls The American Redoubt. This is a geographic region of the US where people seem to be relocating in order to find safety for a common set of beliefs, politics and practices. I had given some thought to such an idea years ago, but it seems to soon for such tribal gatherings. Over time, people in my circles expressed interest in such a thing. When he posited this a

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What if You Aren't There?

I was reading a good article describing types of brain injuries at Doom and Bloom. “Traumatic Head Wounds” describes how various head injuries progress from initial injury to possible outcomes. It is worth reading.

I got to thinking, though, about the effects head and other injuries have on others – when the injured person dies. Imagine, if you will, a scenario wherein the individuals involved rely on a relative few of their number for major supply and protection. If persons

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Prep & Pantry Review

How Much Stuff Do I Have?

Let’s face it. When our preps get to be more than just a few day’s worth of food and related items, remembering what we have gets to be a chore. As the inventory gets even larger, remembering expiration dates and item locations can be overwhelming. Pen & paper and spreadsheets can help, but wouldn’t something like what the supermarkets use be nice to have? How can we quickly scan-in and scan-out things into

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Short-term Emergency Power in a Disaster

Localized or even regional disasters have a shelf life. After a while, they aren’t such a big deal any more. But while they are here, the loss of power that sometimes comes with them should be something you include in your planning.

The news reports leading up to expected trouble, such as we see with oncoming hurricanes, usually include notes on generators flying off the shelves and quickly becoming scarce. No matter how many hurricanes come through an area, there

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The RV Bug Out Practice Run

Each bug out plan needs to be run on occasion. For the RVer, this is little more than doing what you do for a snap shot trip, with some modifications. Going over RV BOVs, we can quickly see that they take the form of:

Motor Homes of all classes Truck /camper rigs Travel and Fifth Wheel trailers Tent trailers and small tear-drop type trailers

Each of these has its own pre-trip readiness requirements. I believe that most owners have their

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Observations Regarding Hurricane Sandy

Plan A will generally require the assistance of Plan B. But what if there is no Plan B?

Or, in the meaning-laden question of a friend of mine, “Are you ready?”

News feeds from the Sandy Theater of Operations illustrate the reality of conditions that live large and powerful within internet PAW fiction and prepper guru predictions. It can get ugly, even with FEMA preparations and promises. Words, fliers and official FAQs are useless when it comes to providing disaster

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Goat Milking Series from Twitter

A follower on Twitter (@SurvivingNStyle) posted 5 short Youtube videos on how she goes about her goat milking. I found them to be entertaining and easy to watch. If you’re new to goats, or considering getting a few, this might be for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXVGn1zOzI4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p56W2HJp984 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm7xIZu0TmQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD9sVGUzTgY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKzSTdI95BI

Prep and Pantry

From the Prep and Pantry website

An ingenious individual has added one more great piece to the world of iPhone Apps – Prep and Pantry. Prep and Pantry is an iPhone and iPad based inventory system for all your food stocks, but can also be used for any other item. We have been playing with it here at The Keep, and have found it to be very useful. Other applications are out there, but this one has them beat

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Will This Faraday Cage Work?

I’m not sure that the open mesh created by screen material will work in defeating the effects of an EMP pulse . I’m a believer in complete sealing and shut out – a metal box with a metal seal. The silencing of the radio is interesting, but that only shows that one range of freqs is attenuated. EMP pulses are expected to produce energy over a wide spectrum. I’m curious, though.

Potential issues that I see are:

The radio’s antenna

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Are You a Good Enough BOV Driver?

No. You are not.

Does that hit hard enough? I setup this post that way to get you in the mood to read the following.

I was leaving a work site today. At one end of the parking lot I happened across a Prius at a stop sign. I expected the driver to make the required left turn onto the exit road leading to the boulevard. I thought there really was no other way for the car to go.

I

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