How To Prep For the Worst

I’m going to write a new series of articles based on my idea of how to prep for the worst short term, and even long term emergency scenario’s. We live in an uncertain world and it’s only prudent to consider and even make emergency preparations for a bad case scenario.

I’m going to cover the basics, food, , water , fire, heat and cooking sources,  and basic shelter. I’m also going to cover other topics like first aid, transportation and direction, power and fuel, bugging out and long term survival.

As I write each article or section of the coming ebook I will post here for your perusal and input (feel free to offer any input or insights you might have, or just like if you do 🙂 ) When I’m finished I will mash it all together with the appropriate photo’s and diagrams into the ebook titled “How To Prep For The Worst”

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Be Self Sufficiant

Being truly self sufficient encompasses much more than working a regular job and putting food on the table. Paying bills and keeping up with a nine to five job and family lifestyle are things that have become commonplace in our daily lives.  While they can be cause for stress, bills and jobs are not something we would ever consider not having. Grocery stores for instance are largely taken for granted. Consider in your grandparent’s and parents youth that grocery and department stores being available and not far away is something they hadn’t experienced. Back in those days, families were self reliant. They grew gardens, raised rabbits and chickens for food. They made their own soaps and washed their clothes without electricity. Oil lamps or candles were used at night. They didn’t have the luxury of flipping a switch for electric lights or flushing the toilet of the indoor plumbing. A person would have to go outside to do their bathroom business, even in the dead of winter.

To us that all might sound dreadful but those people got a certain satisfaction knowing that they provided for themselves. At that time they didn’t give the lions share of their earnings to big government and corporations the way we do today. Even if they were dirt poor, our ancestors were much better off than we are in the twenty-first century in the sense that they could truly provide for themselves. Over the past fifty or so years Americans have become dependent upon convenience and easy living compared to those who came before us. Many people around the globe still live in this fashion. Most people in America would be in big trouble if they were flung into this sort of situation today.

Companies like Monsanto wouldn’t be a problem if somewhere down the line we hadn’t stopped paying attention to what was and is being done to our food supply. As important as our food and water supply is to our health and well being, I find it hard to believe we have become so lax in paying attention to where it comes from, what’s in it, and how it is managed. Some of the things we’re being sold for consumption are laced with poisons, genetically modified and harmful to our bodies. If you do a little snooping online you can easily find some disgusting reports about the daily foods many Americans enjoy on a regular basis.

It has become painfully obvious that the corporate and other entities that are in charge of making sure our food is safe to eat has become more concerned with higher profits than public safety. Taking control of your food supply now will ensure that in the event of a disaster you and your family will have something to eat. It will also help you regulate the amount of hidden poisons you are consuming on a daily basis. Sure it’s not the easy way, being self reliant never is, but in the long run you will save money and your whole family will be healthier for it.

Growing and raising your own food will be a huge benefit in the event of an economic collapse or other disaster that may leave you and your family without transportation to a grocery store, or in the event that the shelves at the store are suddenly empty and there is nothing to buy. Having a stockpile of the basics supplemented by your garden and or food animals will likely keep you alive. It is also a good idea to make sure you have a solid clean water source and way to filter dirty water for cooking and drinking purposes. Being self reliant in the old days meant you carried water from a stream or well to the house in a bucket. In today’s world, any water you might get from a stream, river or open well needs to be checked to be sure it’s sanitary before drinking it.The odds any water from public sources outside of a bottle or natural spring may well be polluted and will need filtered There are a few methods for doing that I’ll discuss in a later post, but having a source of clean water is detrimental for your survival though bad and emergency situations. My point here is that self reliance entails providing the needs of you and your family far beyond paying bills and working a regular job.

Here’s another hypothetical query. What if the power grid went down tomorrow? Would you have lights? Would you have a way to cook food? Would your water work? A local power outage can cause all kinds of issues and is normally only an inconvenience for a short time. After a bad storm it may be out for 2 weeks or more but then everything goes slowly back to normal. But what if the power wasn’t coming back on in a hurry, or at all? How would you power your heaters in the winter? How would you keep your food in the refrigerator from spoiling? A back up power system is vital in survival instances even if it’s only a small source for lighting, radio for news and other small items but a generator or a decent solar system with good power output would be more suitable. A wood stove for heat and a good supply of seasoned wood will help to ensure you can stay warm and cook during the winter. In the event of a utility outage, wood may be your only option for heat and cooking. You don’t need to convert your home entirely to wood heat but having a working stove installed somewhere, a garage, shed, back porch or other suitable area can provide a safe warm place during the winter if the power goes out.

Being  truly self reliant means providing the needs of you and those around you. Society has tricked us into becoming dependent upon convenience and big corporation for most if not all of our needs. Each day they find new and interesting ways to get more and more of our hard earned money, all the while paying us less and less of fair market value. Becoming self reliant may not only save your life in the event of an emergency or disaster, but it will save and potentially generate money in the sale of excess items you can sell or barter with your neighbors and friends.

The basics of life we as humans need are food, water, shelter, fire and clothing. There are many more things you may feel like you cannot live without but our ancestors lived sometimes with these very basic needs. In the event of a terrible situation we may also be reduced to this sort of living. It’s not something we like to think about but it’s better to be somewhat prepared than caught totally unawares.

My overall intent on this blog is to share the basic living, self sufficiency and sustainable ideas I know of and am currently researching with anyone who is interested in traveling the road with me to real self reliance. Not the kind where you run down the the corner grocery and buy dinner and a movie for the family. This is the kind of self reliance your family will know they can depend on when the going gets tough. How to make tasty food from scratch, how to clean and prepare animals for food, how to use basic materials to build comfortable shelters and how to grow and raise food, even in the winter. There are a ton of topics I plan to cover on this blog. Many of them will save you money now and put you on a steady road to self reliance. You don’t know what tomorrow may bring and that’s all the more reason to get yourself in the right frame of mind and begin preparing immediately.

Make your own things, save money, prepare for hard times, These are the ways of true self reliance.

The following video was made for 2012 viewing but its message is as much true today as it was 2 years ago, if not even more so. The ideas portrayed in this video are hypothetical but not impossible and it is full of good information and tips for self reliance and survival in the event of catastrophe.

There has never been a better time to prepare for the worst. It seems the worst may be right on our doorstep.

Spiders Of Indiana.. Good And Bad

Large Spiders Commonly Found In Southern Indiana And Through out The Midwestern Regions Of the USA

There are many different types of spiders in the southern regions of the United States, some native to Indiana. Some are poisonous, some are harmless and some eat the insects living around our homes. It’s important to know which ones can do you harm.

Wolf Spiders

1. Wolf Spider…If the spider has a leg span of about 2 inches, is brown with a dark gray/black Union Jack or cross pattern on its back, and it is very furry and bulky looking, then the spider is most likely a wolf spider. These are rarely found indoors and only mildly venomous. Their bites will usually only cause itching.

 

Fishing Spider

2. Fishing Spider…If the leg span is around 3 inches long and the spider is a dark-brown color with light and dark gray markings, it could be a fishing spider. These spiders enjoy living near water or dark, damp places. They can run across water to hunt for prey, do not maintain a web and are just poisonous enough to cause minor redness and necrosis near their bites.

 

Yellow Garden Spider

3.Yellow Garden Spider…Check to see if the leg span of the spider is about 2-1/2 inches long, and look for yellow and black markings with a white area near the head. If your spider fits this description, it is likely a yellow garden spider. Bites result in only mild itching and swelling for a couple days, though it is believed their bites could inject a small amount of neurotoxin as well.

 

Yellow House Spider

4.Yellow House Spider…Look for a yellow-green color on the spider’s body and a darker color on its legs. If this coloration is present and the spider is about one-fourth of an inch long, then it is probably a yellow house spider. These spiders cannot puncture the skin and are only mildly venomous.

 

Hobo Spider

5. Hobo Spider…Look closely at the spider to see if it is brown in color with smooth light-brown legs. If it is, then this spider may be a hobo spider. This spider is sometimes confused with the brown recluse spider, but a hobo spider lacks the violin-shaped dark marking on its back. The bite of a hobo spider can be painful, and it is only slightly less poisonous than a brown recluse spider and just as aggressive.

 

Triangulate Cobweb Spider

6.Triangulate Cobweb Spider…Check the spider in question to see if it is brown with triangle-shaped tan markings on its back. If it is, then this spider is most likely to be a triangulate cobweb spider. These spiders are not dangerous to humans, but they do hunt brown recluse spiders and black widows, so they are nice to have around the house.

 

Black Widow Spider

7.Black Widow Spider… Look at the coloration of the spider and see if it is black with a red hourglass-shaped pattern on its underbelly. If it is, then it is almost certainly a black widow. These spiders have extremely poisonous venom and commonly hang upside down from their rough, messy webs.

 

Six Spotted Orb Weaver Spider

8.Six Spotted Orb Weaver Spider… If the spider has a leg span of about 1-1/2 inches long with a very round body and six (or eight in rare cases) black spots on the abdomen, then the spider is most likely a six-spotted orb weaver spider. It is easier to tell when these spiders are around, because they weave huge webs up to 6 feet in diameter to catch flying insects outside. These spiders are nontoxic to humans.

Though Many of you may have the Natural Response to Kill these Spiders. Remember first that they are a natural part of your Local Ecology.They are Bugs that Eat Other Bugs, and in the Case of the Triangulate Cobweb Spider, could be Handy to have around….

 

Be Nice to Nature and it Will be Nice to You!!!