Merry Christmas!!

Did you prep for Christmas??   all your shopping done??   lol   A2ZPrep Hope’s you all have a great Christmas and new year!!



GOOD QUESTION!!……..I’d like to point out something about that moment when SHFHTF,(S***Has Finally Hit The Fan)   If you look out your window…and there’s troops outside, or you see it on TV, or your bug out buddy calls and says it’s time to go….you are already to late!! You need to be gone way before that, days or even weeks before. Part of your prep planning should be/NEEDS to be gathering intel…watching whats going on nationally, but also and more importantly know what’s going on locally;…whats going on at the local NG armories; is there a build up of vehicles? military and government; plain white with Gov plates?.   Troops? Road barricade equipment?. Are there previously local abandon train tracks being retrofitted/cleared? And hospitals being barricaded. This will all happen very quickly…you should/NEED to be gone before this!!   If you wait for the war to come to you…you won’t win, it’s not that kind of battle.

The biggest mistake that I have seen in the whole “Truth movement” is that people don’t understand the kind of war they are in! some don’t even know it’s a war,… for me, if there’s anything that my 26 years in the military has taught me, it’s how to recognize when you are at war and what kind of battle you are facing. There is no War on terror! There is no War on drugs! …There is no battle for “healthcare”!!, or better education for our children!  We are however right smack in the middle of the Largest Psychological operations war the US has ever seen, and it is directed against us!, it is a war against our citizens, families, our way of life, our freedoms and our faith!

Buggin out before you “have to” is MUCH easier, way less stress!! Much easier to just disappear on your own!

Remember..What will you be willing to do??


Top 9 Mistakes Of Prepping Newbs

A good list of things to check from The

1. Following the wrong advice: Many new survivalists become fixated upon the advice given by others. They read the latest preparedness book or blog post and automatically assume the advice given is best for them, without considering their individual needs, skill level or location. In order to be self-reliant you need to learn to think for yourself.

2. Not eating what they store: Many new survivalist fill their pantry with unfamiliar foods, thinking they will adapt their diet “when the time comes” this is nonsense. You need to learn how to prepare and use these foods now, so they become a familiar staple.

3. Relying only on their food storage: Many new survivalists think once they have their one year supply of survival foods, that’s the end. Don’t get me wrong, having a deep larder is important, just don’t overlook the possibility of needing to replenish your supplies, and obtaining the skills and resources needed to do that.

4. Not storing enough salt: Many new survivalists fail to store this staple in the quantities needed. Don’t discount the importance of salt. I suggest at least ten pounds of iodized salt per person as a minimum. For baiting game (illegal in most areas), I’ve put away several salt blocks. These can be found at any agricultural feed store and are sold for cattle.

5. Building an arsenal: I see this all the time. Many new survivalists spend thousands on weapons and related gear, yet have only a two-week supply food and no water filter. This is stupid. I love guns and gear as much as the next person – but I know food and water are more important to my survival. Sure; we need weapons to protect what we’ve put away, just don’t neglect the other stuff.

6. Relying on bugging out: I’m not a fan of the “grab a bug out bag and head for the hills survival strategy”. In most cases you’re better off staying where you are. Having a bug out bag is a good idea, just don’t make bugging out your only plan or first priority.

7. To much stuff not enough skill: Many new survivalists believe they can be saved through buying. This fantasy has been promoted by self-serving survival gurus for years to fill their pockets with cash. Sure supplies are useful and some are needed – just don’t become dependent on stuff – instead develop your skills.

8. Storing only one type of food: More than a few new survivalists have made this mistake. I can’t remember exactly where I read it, I think it was on another survival blog – but the author suggested his readers store hundreds of pounds of wheat and nothing else. While wheat is the backbone of my food storage, storing only one type of food, no matter how versatile is foolish.

9. Not taking care of pet needs: Many new survivalists fail to consider the needs of their pets. If you have pets you must plan for their needs by laying back the necessary supplies to keep them fed and healthy.

What was the biggest mistake you made when you were a newb?

Choosing a Wood stove – Cookstove


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Heartland Wood Cookstove

Heartland Wood Cookstove

It’s been a bit of a process but we’ve finally made up our minds what to do about the wood stove – cook stove dilemma we’ve (I’ve) been struggling with. I have written before about my absolute love of all things old and beautiful but I would NOT want an old stove because burn technology and heat shields  have come a long way in the past 25 years and I am concerned about safety above all.

Our search had several criteria.

  • It had to look good.
  • It needed to be efficient.
  • I would like to cook on it.
  • The price needs to be taken into consideration.

It may sound shallow but that was in order of importance!

We spent part of the past weekend  learning about wood stoves by visiting different wood stove dealers.  We asked lots of questions and were able to see – in person – some of the stoves I had researched on-line. The real dilemma in making the choice lay in what we want the stove for in the first place.  Our first priority is an alternative way to heat the house – the second is cooking.  I had to keep reminding myself of that goal.

My all time favorite is the Heartland Wood Cook stove – and who wouldn’t love it???  It’s even more beautiful in real life!  This is the stove I drooled over – almost literally…  The problem: It was pricey – about $7000.00 and It has a small firebox which means it needs to be restocked regularly and although many people use it to heat their homes I was looking for something that I could fill up and leave longer than the 7-8 hours max it is rated.  Chopping wood is not on my list of – I-can’t-wait-to-do-this-some-more so if I gotta do the work then I want all the bang  for the buck I can get for my sweat equity.

Blaze King

Blaze King

I’ve researched the most efficient wood stoves on the market in the past few weeks and came up with the Blaze King. It’s Canadian-made wood stove with a catalytic system built right in to create less emissions and therefore less creosote.  In some cases it allows for a 40 hour burn! Wow – that’s impressive.  I watched all the videos on Blaze King I could find.  Great technology.  The problem: it is the ugliest stove you have ever seen and it didn’t improve AT ALL in person.  It’s a big square ugly box and no matter how I squinted I could never imagine it in my dining room and therefore who cares what it costs :)  If it was out of sight – i.e.  a basement or a garage – it would be my first choice.

One of the others I wanted to see was the Esse cook stove.  This stove made in the UK has great reviews for heating a home and cooking.  It looks nice too.  I liked it but the price tag of $7000.00 was more than my budget could bear.

Esse Ironheart

Esse Ironheart

So – we needed to look for something else.  We stopped in a place called Friendly Fires in Peterborough and walked into WOODSTOVE-COOKSTOVE-GAS-STOVE-BBQ HEAVEN!  We found really nice people who really knew what they were talking about.  We got the most answers to our questions of all our stops and they took their time to explain everything without making us feel we were taking too long (or we were dumb – which of course we were!)

All through this process I had my conversation with Michelle Mather (who lives completely off-grid) in the back of my mind.  Last year she pointed out that having a cookstove as your main cooking appliance meant you would have to fire up the beast in the middle of the summer in order to cook – oh yeah. Her suggestion was to get a good quality wood stove – and she and her husband Cam recommended the Pacific Energy Brand (and later get a gas cookstove that looked like the cookstove of my dreams. oooh!)

After looking at many other brands we settled on one made by Pacific Energy – the Alderlea.

Built around Pacific Energy’s legendary Super Series steel firebox, the Alderlea T5 combines the very best features of both cast iron and steel stoves. Elegant, historic cast iron styling that adds to the decor of any room, radiant and convective heat, huge glass for a full view of your fire, a concealed cook top for peace of mind during power outages all in a proven easy- lighting, clean, long-burning heater with 30 years of wood stove technology behind it.

Alderlea by Pacific Energy

Alderlea by Pacific Energy

Matt – they guy we talked to at Friendly Fires mentioned that one of the other men who worked there had guided the purchase of wood stoves for his whole family and wouldn’t let them buy anything BUT an Alderlea because as a repair man he KNEW that these were the least likely to break down, the easiest to fix if they did and the most efficient.  Apparently people who own one never want anything else – even 20 years later they are coming back for the same stove.  Well – that was the kind of recommendation we were looking for. It’s also pretty, it has a swing out cook top and the price of $2500.00 was more within the budget range.

Our stove chimney will go straight up through the ceiling of the dining room, through the corner of second floor family room and out the sloped roof – the install cost was quoted at around $3000.00.  Spending that kind of money I think it’s worth our while to purchase a really good stove rather than put an old stove in and hoping for the best.  I feel very confident the Alderlea will last for many years and safely do the job with style.

Soon we will have one more step done in the plan to be more self sufficient!

Read the original article on the Canadian Preppers Network

Worst Case Scenario

Don’t make the mistake of NOT planning for the worst case scenario. Remember, it can ALWAYS be worse then what you plan for!!

From Blue Collar Prepper;

Orwellian Police State tracking preppers and confiscating all their food, imprisoning them as insurgents.

Many preppers think that when the shit hits the fan, they will be able to escape to their Bugout retreat and live out the rest of their days in survivalist bliss, mostly just having to fend off the occasional armed thug or opportunistic interloper with an empty stomach. How many of us are prepared for Sky-Net style hunter drones being used to ferret out and/or rain hellfire missiles down on our last standout, to be followed up with military units sweeping through afterward and confiscating our carefully prepared food and supplies, hauling off the survivors (insurgents) to a windowless cell indefinitely without trial or possibility for release?

The disturbing truth is that the groundwork for this dystopian scenario has already been laid. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2012 officially authorized the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) AKA drones,  within US domestic airspace. The Obama administration, which has ordered more than 298 drone strikes overseas from 2008-2012, killing more than 50 civilians (at the most conservative estimates), claims that armed drones will never be used within US airspace. However, the Justice Department has spent over $5 million on domestic drones for the FBI, ATF, and local police departments which may or may not be armed (such as the Montgomery, Texas Sheriffs department which is arming its drones with rubber bullets and Tasers). Even if they are not armed, however, the drone’s primary stated purpose, surveillance, is bad enough. With drones, police and government officials can monitor you, your home, and your preps from a distance without needing to obtain a warrant.

Furthermore, the National Defense Authorization act of 2012, building on the infamous Patriot Act, authorizes the indefinite detention of US civilians as enemy combatants (and extends the US Army’s jurisdiction, classifying cyberspace as a battlefield, making anyone “opposing US interests” online a “combatant on a battlefield”).

The president also signed last year the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order, which authorizes the DHS, DoD, and the Departments of Labor, and Agriculture, to seize and stockpile all resources (including food) and infrastructure deemed necessary for “national defense”, and all civilian workers’ labor to be utilized “for the purposes of national defense”.

just something to think about.


REALLY GOOD article on how to make soap!!

Hey, say you decide to bug out.. after a week your buddies might want to bug out from you if you are stinkin it up!






Soap making is a great “self-reliance” skill that enables a person provide something for themselves that they would otherwise have to depend on a store to get.  


Homemade Soap and Emergency Preparedness
Making soap is one of those old skills that used to be really common and now is nearly unheard of.  If soap makers are ever again needed, learning it would give you a valuable skill that could help your family and community.


However, for prepping purposes I prefer keeping a stock of ‘pre-made’ ready-to-use soap or even store bought soap rather than prepping ‘soap making supplies’ (click here for Five Great Soaps to Prep).  While I always have a good supply on hand, soap making fats and oils do not store well, so it is difficult to keep them for longer than a few years.


The only exception I make to this is lye, I stock plenty of lye as it consumes time and fuel to make.  I am not aware of a shelf-life on lye, and have personally used lye that was nearly 20 years old.  The store bought version is inexpensive, and has many uses – this makes it very easy for me to prep.


Soap Making Facts
Soap is actually a salt (source).  It’s the result of a chemical reaction between fat (an acid) and lye (sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or  potassium hydroxide (KOH) a base. Lye is also commercially sold as a plumbing solvent for clogged drains and is also used to preserve food like in the Norwegian dish lutefisk. Lye is not a scary man-made chemical, it occurs in nature and with a little knowledge can be handled very safely.



All Photos by Stephanie Dayle 2013


Soap cannot be made without lye.  It is possible to create a cleansing substance without lye, but it will not be soap.  Sodium hydroxide is often used to make solid soap while potassium hydroxide is usually used to make softer soaps and liquid soap.  For this article we will be using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) for a harder bar of soap.


The amount of lye needed to react with the fats and oils will vary depending on the chemical makeup of the fats and oils you are using.  This is why it is important to use either established soap recipes or a lye calculator, when you make soap.  A cup of olive oil may not need as much lye as the same amount of  a different type of oil, so if  you swap oils on the recipe you may end up with too much or too little lye. Too much lye means the soap will be caustic (capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue) too little lye means the soap will contain too much fat, which will go rancid in time.


Cold Processed Soap vs Hot Processed Soap
Cold-processed soap still requires some heat but not much.  This soap making process requires exact measurements of lye and fat amounts and computing their ratio, using saponification charts or a lye calculator.  With cold processed soap, the bulk of the saponification happens after the combined oil and lye solution is poured into molds, usually over a period of two to six weeks. Because of this, cold processed soap still contains glycerine which is generally considered good for human skin.


Hot-processed soaps are created by encouraging the saponification reaction by adding heat to speed up the reaction. Unlike cold-processed soap, in hot-processed soap, the oils are completely saponified by the end of the handling period.  Therefore hot processed soap is ready to use right away.  In the “fully boiled hot-process” technique the glycerine and most of the impurities in the fat, lye, and water (which gives cold pressed soap its color) are completely cooked out of the soap and drained off as a liquid to be repurposed, leaving a pure hard white bar.


For the purposes of this article I will go over cold processed soap. But you can click here to learn more about each process.




Equipment List


  • IMG_5537Scale that weighs in pounds and ounces (digital is preferred in soap making for precision but a manual scale will also work)
  • One large stainless steel or enamel pot (do not use aluminum for soap making, aluminum is reactive)
  • One large stainless steel or enamel bowl (use this if you are splitting a batch for different scents or colors)
  • Hand stick blender (you can stir by hand if you want, it just takes more time)
  • Plastic measuring cup (for weighing out your oils and anything else)
  • IMG_5543Two cooking thermometers that must read over 100 degrees
  • Two wooden or plastic spoons (if using wood or plastic, here on after, use this equipment ONLY for soap making)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Clear half gallon plastic container – like a juice pitcher
  • Soap mold (a couple of cardboard boxes lined with freezer paper, chunks of PCV pipe, or a clean kitty litter box will also work as a mold)
  • Old bath towel 
  • Rubber spatula (for scraping the pot and/or bowl after pouring)


There are many different types of soap; like goats milk soap, pine tar soap, castile soap, and coffee soap, but I will cover those in future articles.  Once the equipment is obtained and the process is learned these new types of soaps will be fun and easy.  For this article I will include two simple recipes (below) the instructions are universal and can be applied to most cold pressed soap recipes.




Simple Cold Processed Soap
This recipe will make 25-30 nice bars of soap that will be kind to your skin, that you could gift to friends and family.  The lye is discounted at 7% (this means there is more fat in the recipe than the lye can convert to soap, the extra fat is good for your skin).  You can make it as fancy or as simple as you want and it stores really well.  I recommend that people learn how to make soap with this recipe then move on to other recipes that may peak their interests.






First gather your equipment and pre-measured ingredients.  Wear a long sleeved shirt, rubber gloves, eye protection, keep your hair pulled back and wear shoes. Keep some vinegar nearby, so that if you get some lye on you (it will start to itch before it burns) you can treat it. Wash with plenty of soap and running water *first* and then rinse with vinegar.  Same with surfaces, wash and rinse in case of spills then spray with vinegar and then repeat when you are finished making soap.  If you get some on your clothes, immediately throw them in the washer.


  • 32oz Cold Water
  • 12oz Powdered Lye – pure sodium hydroxide (NaOH)


Add 32oz of water to the plastic container.  In a well ventilated area slowly add the lye into the water, stir gently trying not to splash. Never the other way around – you will get a violent volcano reaction.  Always add lye to water.  Set aside with one of the thermometers to cool to around 100° F – this could take several hours, to speed the process along set pitcher in an ice water bath or on a cold cement floor.  If the lye has cooled too much vigorously stir the mixture, this will heat it back up.





All Photos by Stephanie Dayle 2013




In the large stainless steel or enamel stock pot add following solids, then place over medium-low heat on the stove until all are liquified:


  •  24 oz Coconut Oil (coconut oil gives soap its bubbles and gives hardness to the bar, this is why most soap makers will tell you that bubbles to do not necessarily equal cleaning power).
  • 28 oz White Shortening (Crisco will work)
  • 10 oz Rendered Bacon Grease, or Rendered Tallow (click here to see How to Make Your Own Tallow) unsalted butter will also work.  I don’t do vegetarian soap, I live on a farmstead so I use animal fat in all my soaps.


Remove melted solids from heat (from here on out you are done with the stove, turn it off). Check your lye water temperature.



This will start lowering the fat temperature, you want  it at 100° F as well (you can combine lye water and the oils anywhere between 125°F -100°F as long as they are the same temp or within 4 degrees of each other). Use the other cooking thermometer to check the temp. Once the temperature of the lye water and oils are the same, slowly stir the lye water into the melted fats and oils. Watch as the mixture begins to change color, get cloudy and thicken as the chemical reaction starts.  You just made soap!





All photos by Stephanie Dayle 2013




Stir the soap for 10 minutes, then let it rest for 15 minutes, set a timer if you need reminding.  Some people say to stir continuously, I have found this has no effect on how fast the soap finishes, so you might as well do something else for 15-20 minutes.  Continue on this way until a thin layer of oil remains and the surface thickens to the point where you can see a trail where you just stirred (see picture below). This is called “trace,” and it indicates that the soap is ready to be finished.








Hand stirred soap can take several hours to achieve “trace,” to speed things along use a stick blender.  Be sure to run the blender for a few minutes and then let it rest.  Their cheap little motors will burn up if they are run continuously.  Don’t lift the bender above the liquid level, doing so will mix in a bunch of air into your soap.  Trace can be achieved in as little as 5-10 minutes using a stick blender, but it can take longer.


  • Add 3 oz of any desired essential oils, or any colorants and desired botanicals (like corn meal or oats for scrubbing power) an mix well at this point.




Finishing the Soap
Stir thoroughly, then pour into molds.  If the mold does not have a lid, place a piece of butcher paper over top of the soap.  This will help prevent soda ash from forming on the soap.  Wrap with the towel, and place in an undisturbed dark area for 24 hours.  Do not check on it.  Leave it alone.  After 24 hours remove the towel and let it sit for *another* 12 hours.







All photos by Stephanie Dayle 2013




Cutting the Soap
After that point it should be a nice block of soap that you can pop out of the mold.  Continue to wear gloves, at this point the soap is still caustic.  Once out of the mold you may want to let it firm up for another day before cutting.  A mitre box can be used to cut straight bars.  It’s important to do this fairly early in the game, because if the soap firms up too much it will cut poorly and flake.


Collect the soap trimmings after cutting soap bars and press them together with your hands to make soap balls.


Set the bars some where dark to cure and harden uncovered for 2-6 weeks.  Like wine, the longer cold pressed soap sits the better it will be.  If you jump the gun and use your soap too soon it may burn you or it may just be too harsh, so its important to let it sit.







All photos by Stephanie Dayle 2013




Long Term Emergency Basic Soap Recipe
(recipe credit –


This recipe makes about 9 pounds of pure, hard, smooth no-nonsense soap suitable for hand washing, cleaning, laundry or soap flakes, follow this simple recipe:


  • 13 oz of lye 
  • 5 cups cold water 
  • 6 pounds clean fat (tallow or lard or some combination of both)


Follow the above procedures of making lye water, melting the fats, combining the two, stirring until trace, then adding to a mold.  If you  are in a cool area and it looks like the fat is starting to set up before the lye can convert it to soap (this is known as a false trace), apply some gentle heat to the bottom of the pot.  A false trace may present itself as a really grainy texture.  Stirring continuously and briskly for this recipe is better, when it starts to trace for real it will start to stick to the side of your pot.


There is nothing fancy about this recipe, the soap it produces will not lather real well, and may dry your skin – but it will get things clean.  You may want to give this a try some day, and/or print the recipe out and keep it on hand just in case. 

Stay tuned to my articles for future adventures in soap!

the fun part of prepping…

IMG_0015 IMG_0014  IMG_0013 IMG_0012 IMG_0011 IMG_0005 IMG_0004 IMG_0003 IMG_0002 IMG_0001well be able to order yours soon.

Prepping: The only thing necessary for the triumph of EVIL is for good men to do nothing

Posted By Joe McMaster on Oct 13, 2013 in Police State, Prepping, Survival

As an instructor and combat veteran working in survival and prepping I get a lot of different questions about what to get and in what order, priorities. The answer varies from person to person because of their many different experiences. For instance if a Force Recon Marine was caught in a bad situation but managed to have a 22. rifle, he’d probably do just fine for awhile.  However most folks aren’t Recon Marines. preppingchecklists_imageIt comes down to what you have, what your background is, who your with and their background(s) and whether you have a plan or not. Lastly have you practiced your plan. Doomsday preppers and the survivalist will do quite well.  Combat veterans who have prepared will do well. Outdoors people who get out of the cities and gangs of bad people will thrive. Groups of well armed good people who are prepared for whatever comes their way will get by as well. There are no boundaries for bands of thugs. Whereas good people should and do have boundaries.  I have been preparing for a financial collapse or whatever comes first for quite some time.  However I have children too and I hope for the best.

Unfortunately, I see a whole bunch of trouble coming our way in short order. I am not alone either, our government has been taking our taxes, printing money and turning our country into a Police State. They have also been preparing for a Shooting Revolution.  You don’t build 2,700 up-armored military trucks and order up 1.6 Billion with a “B” hollow-point rounds to collect the rent. That many rounds would last for a twenty five year war. This also keeps the populace from getting any ammunition. While they continue to dismantle our military, they build up, train, equip and arm the Department of Homeland Security and a slew of other Law Enforcement agencies. They have been practicing and are ready to deploy at any given time within the United States of America. While building a Police State our Constitution is being destroyed. Not in some back room somewhere, right in front of our eyes. Make no mistake about it, our government is corrupt to the BONE! Some states within the union have already completely destroyed our Constitution with no repercussions or consequences.  Some people still believe that the voting system works. I beg to differ as only a wealthy person can even run for office. Even when they do, they don’t have a chance against the two party machine (Ross Perot / Donald Trump).  I don’t believe passive resistance would even get their attention, let alone change anything. The Veterans went and took down the barricades to their outdoor Memorial today. The government just sent more Law Enforcement and considers mobilizing the National Guard. It’s my opinion that we should all be prepared for what is coming sooner or later.

The ideas, issues and other things described below are just my opinion.

What do I need?

survival-guyThis is a complicated question and depends on what your plan is. I recommend getting out of the cities as soon as possible. Then be prepared to get off the power grid. I like solar panels, water wheels and wind power. Get as much food as possible. Get weapons and get good with them. Get together with like-minded people that you can trust with your life. If a couple pick-up load of thugs shows up in your drive way with intentions of taking everything you have, can you defend you and yours? Be prepared to leave your place and have other caches of what you’ll need or defend what’s yours until the end. Some people will not leave their place no matter what the circumstances. I understand this way of thinking, just be prepared for everything to come your way. Get all the training you can get your hands on. If you don’t have the time to train at least get the books on what you will need to know; emergency medical, food preservation, canning, home defense, tactics, water storage and so forth. I also pick up magazines by the bundle every month. A large variety such as; weapons, tactics, survival, homesteading, living off the grid, trapping & tanning, Mountain Man and others. These are all chalked full of good information.  Usable reading material and manuals will come in handy when the lights go out.

  • Beans, Bullets, Band-aids and a Bible
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Training
  • Trauma kit with sutures
  • Hand Tools
  • Stay in or get in Shape
  • Make a surplus of medicine you require
  • Bartering material (Silver)
  • Walkies-Talkies (Communications)
  • A Practiced Plan
  • Be Prepared for anything
  • Bible

How much food?

After I had a ton of beans and a ton of rice and enough vitamins to last twenty years. Then I’ll start wondering if I have enough. Keep in mind all of this food has to be placed in resealable buckets or drums with anti-oxygen and anti-moister packets. Better yet inside a Mylar bag, then a resealable bucket.  I use the Gamma bucket lids with a threaded cap so they can be reused.

  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Chickens / Rabbits
  • Canned Heirloom Seeds
  • A couple cases of Multivitamins
  • Pet food

What kinds of guns?

This question will get different answers from different folks, from different backgrounds. I come from a military and hunting background and these are the weapons that I use.

  • AR-15, 5.56 caliber, They can be set up multiple ways for any environment
  • A Remington  Model 700, 308 caliber w/ a 3x9x50 Leupold Scope
  • A 12 gauge Tactical Shot-gun w/ a 20 round bandoleer and 00 Buck Ammo
  • A 40 caliber pistol
  • Any over and under combination is good to have
  • A 22 Magnum rifle bolt action with scope
  • A Ruger 22. caliber Model 10/22 rifle
  • A 338 or 50 for long shooting
  • Any weapon with bullets is a game changer
  • A weapon with no ammo is useless!

What kinds training?

  • E.M.T. / CPR / First Aid
  • Fire-arms classes
  • Concealed Weapon Permit
  • Fire-arm home defense tactics
  • Archery
  • Martial Arts / MMA training
  • Survivalist courses
  • Target Practice
  • Paint balling
  • Physical Training

Is a Bunker or Shelter necessary?

If you have the property and the money a shipping container would be a good idea. I can think of several scenarios where these would come in very handy; a tornado, nuclear attack, a cache, or solar flare just to name a few.

What will the Police and Military do?

Do you really believe the cops and military would fire on average Joe citizens? You bet I do! It’s already been done in the USA several times and will only get worse. The military killed World War I veterans who were protesting in D.C. to get their bonus pay.  They lit up college kids in the sixties. Look up Ruby Ridge, Idaho – Randy Weaver or Branch Davidians-David Koresh, Waco Texas. When people are killed by their government in broad daylight a Police State is what you are living in. Over twenty Vets kill themselves a day while the V.A. gets more unionized and bigger bonuses. Do you know the difference between a Patriot, Freedom Fighter and a Domestic Terrorist?

Can I survive with just my family?

Could your family hold off a band of twenty thugs? The only way a Lone wolf survives is completely cut off from everything that has to do with society. I Like Alaska for Lone wolves…

Where can I buy Ammunition?

  • The Sportmans Warehouse
  • Big-R
  • The Grange Co-op
  • Cabela’s
  • Wal-Mart
  • Bi-Mart
  • Sporting Goods Stores
  • Hardware Stores

Online stores that I use

  • Midway USA
  • Cheaper Than Dirt
  • Graf & Sons
  • Brownells

What Odds & Ends should I buy?

  • Toilet-paper
  • Toiletries
  • Small comforts
  • Re-loader and dies for your weapon of choice
  • 550 Cord, duct Tape, Bailing wire
  • Livestock antibiotics

In the end, you should ask yourself a question. If your kids were starving, hurting and crying and asking for something to eat, what would you do? The answer is what everyone who doesn’t prepare will be asking themselves, then they’ll do it.

A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. –Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. –Proverbs 22:3
A prudent man seeth the evil, and hideth himself; But the simple pass on, and suffer for it. –Proverbs 22:3

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Situations we should all be prepared for

So many people I meet and talk to about prepping dismiss the practice as absurd and alarmist, and some even say a little bit weird. So I decided to write a little series of blogs listing some scenarios everyone should be prepared for. Those of you who think prepping is a load of nonsense, this is for you!

Heavy snow – getting stranded in your carmotorway closed

For the last few years, Britain has been slammed to a standstill due to heavy snowfall. Trains have been cancelled. Power lines have gone down. Villages have been cut off. This pictures shows the M6 in UK that was closed due to bad conditions. Lots of people end up having car accidents because they insist on driving in the difficult conditions with standard tyres, and a lack of experience. Other countries are used to this type of weather, and every one has winter tyres, a kit in their car, and experience driving in snow. It seems no matter how much snow the UK gets, we will never adjust to it. The featured image to this article shows the A7 in Germany in 1979 during the New Year.

This article describes how drivers were forced to spend the night in their cars on the motorway, and how the weather was so bad that football matches were cancelled due to the dangerous conditions on the pavements around the stadium.

The Solution?

Simple preparations are all that’s needed for this one.

  1. Put a blanket in the car. If you don’t want a thick woolly blanket taking up too much space, try a thermal blanket which reflects 90% of body heat, and takes up barely more space than a deck of cards.
  2. A torch is always useful, and to negate the risk of running out of batteries, or having to carry spares, buy a dynamo torch. Modern ones are excellent, with bright LED bulbs and long charge times. Many, like the ones we stock also have radios, and USB ports so you can charge a mobile device.
  3. A big bottle of water. Some would say just pack a big bottle of your favourite drink, but water is really the best option. It is more versatile, and won’t give you blood sugar spikes like the popular sugary fizzy drinks.
  4. A 24 hour drinks ration pack contains a variety of high quality drinks that will keep you hydrated and provide some calories. There are even storm proof matches in the pack, so if you decide to include the next item in your preps, you can have hot drinks, which will help keep you warm, and raise your morale.
  5. A method of cooking. There are several, and two that we favour are the BioLite CampStove which can also charge devices through a USB port, and the DS kettle, which is the same principle without the electronics. Both of these run on natural fuel sources, so you could either carry a bundle of dry sticks in your prep bag, or rely on finding some. Bear in mind that fuel sources outside are likely to be wet, so we would recommend carrying the next item instead of hunting for wet twigs.
  6. Bio-ethanol fuel. This is an easy to light, non-toxic fuel which takes up little space and has a good burn time. Dragonfuel and WetFire are 2 brands which are available in blocks, and Fuel4 is available as a gel. All of these light very easily, and can be extinguished just by smothering. WetFire in particular burns well when actually in water. Please remember that if you choose to include a cooking device in your kit, you must NEVER burn fuel inside an enclosed space, and all usual fire precautions should be taken.
  7. Pre-packed food. If you have a spare sandwich in your bag from the conference earlier in the day, then great, but just luck. To make sure you will be okay for a selected period of time – you choose, let’s say 24 hours – you should pack enough food to sustain you through that time period. Your options are dehydrated meals, ready to eat meals or meal replacements. Dehydrated food will take up less room and weigh less, but it will use up some of your water allowance, and will need heating. Ready to eat meals can be eaten straight out of the packet if you choose. Meal replacements are available in both dehydrated and ready to drink formats, so the same choice applies here.
  8. Camping cutlery and crockery. A basic set of bowl (can be used for food and soup) mug and cutlery should be included. There are several types to choose from, including silicone, plastic and stainless steel. This is purely a matter of personal preference. The large bottle of water can also be used to give these items a quick rinse, more effectively than Coke!
  9. Combination wind-up radio, torch and USB charger. If you choose to use a torch purely as a torch, it may not be a bad idea to get yourself a wind-up radio. Listening to your car radio all night will drain the battery. I would recommend the Encore Player, because the idea here is to leave your kit in the car. Most people can spare a bit of boot space for some decent kit, and in most cases, you would stay with your car, so don’t need the compact radio for easier carrying. If bugging out is your plan, then I would recommend the TUF Radio which is also a torch, but still compact. The Encore Player also has a solar panel, so if you are stranded during daylight hours, you have the option to charge that way. As well as being an excellent radio, which can be charged by hand or by solar (or by mains) this product also charges USB compatible devices.
  10. An inflatable pillow. If you think you will actually be able to sleep in your car in the snow, stranded on the motorway or the middle of nowhere, an inflatable pillow will reduce your neck pain the next day. You could instead carry one of those travel pillows which is full of polystyrene beads, but that takes more space and comfort wise, there’s not a lot in it.

So there you have a list of basic preps that could make a potentially scary and unpleasant experience much more comfortable and tolerable. Some of the items which could make up you car kit can be found in our store, and many of them you will have already. This list certainly isn’t exhaustive, you will need to tweak it to suit your preferences, but it is a good starting point!

From the Prepper journel

“One of the concerns of anyone who is preparing for a SHTF scenario if you are being honest is the dark side of human nature. You can have all of the supplies you ever need; you could have a fully stocked pantry with enough food to feed your family for 10 years, enough ammo to conduct a 21 gun salute every minute of the day for the next 5 years and it could all be taken from you in a minute by desperate individuals who care nothing for you or your family. When hard times come, the true survival instinct kicks in at some point and that is when some of the biggest evils happen and you might find yourself defending your life. When it is desperate and it’s either you or them, most people will side with themselves and do whatever is necessary to take anything you have if what you have can help them.


We discussed the concept of Marauders in a couple of posts here on the Prepper Journal and while I think the shining example of an idiot used in Doomsday Preppers was not something I would be overly concerned with (the person, not the scenario) the threat itself is very real. That is one of the reasons we talk about security for your home, maintaining an active Situational Awareness and how society can break down when there is no rule of law. History is full of too many examples of good people being killed for senseless reasons, and ignoring the very real threat that this could happen to you isn’t going to make it go away.


One of our readers is from Australia and they commented on a post I wrote a while back about the top 5 guns you need to get your hands on. The comment was essentially, that since there are no guns in Australia, this person has nothing to worry about and I don’t believe that is true. If you have no guns, you have even less of a chance of protecting yourself from bad guys that do, but lets assume for a second that Australia really had no guns whatsoever. Do you really believe that the absence of firearms is going to guarantee your safety? Tell that to the people in Nigeria who were killed with Machetes. A lack of guns doesn’t mean everything is peace, love and singing. This isn’t new and it violence won’t stop no matter what law you pass or what right you take away from people. If someone wants you dead bad enough, you are dead. That is unless you can stop them.


Guns aren't the only way to kill a person.

Guns aren’t the only way to kill a person.


Now, that is one problem, not having some means of protection, but the bigger problem is that dark and sinister element I talked about in the first paragraph. No matter what happens, if society devolves to the point of desperation people will do desperate things. There will not be any negotiating with someone who is starving if they have a plan, superior numbers and firepower. There will be people coming to take what you have and you will be lucky if this happens that nothing worse than theft occurs.


I saw this YouTube movie last year I think and again recently on another blog I visit, but it has always struck a chord with me. Yes, some of the graphics are a little cheesy, but for a video it isn’t bad at all. Actually, I think it does a really excellent job of painting a hypothetical scenario that a lot of Preppers could be faced with. You have saved, planed and prepared and it could all be taken from you by people who didn’t prepare. Your family could be stolen by criminals who have planned to take what you have because it is what they want.


No amount of planning can prevent people out there from trying to steal what they need in order to live. You can plan all of the charity in the world, but eventually it will come down to what you need to feed your family. The line will be drawn somewhere, maybe your stocked, solar-powered retreat that they want. If you have anything at all you will be a target for people like this. I invite you to watch this short presentation and imagine your family after the grid goes down. Imagine people like this watching your home from the woods. Will this change how you prep? If you know that these predators are out there, would that change anything you are doing now?”

you can NEVER talk to much about security!!