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Lights Out Weekend – Are You Really Ready?

February 22, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Guest article, by ‘NRP’…

Does “Practice” make one better at what they do, allowing them to know “how to do it” and what to expect while they do it?

When you visit the Dentist, do you expect someone who has had enough “practice” filling that cavity?

When needing help at the Library do you look for that one person who actually knows what they’re doing?

When the truck/car breaks down, do you look for an “experienced” mechanic?

When you’re at a Nursery looking for that certain plant, who do you look for?

It’s common sense that practice makes perfect, and it’s the same when doing “stuff” for ourselves. Knowing what to do and what to expect when a skill-set is called upon (especially when least expected) is important and probably critical for success.

I have done many of “Lights Out Weekends” during the past few years. Now this may sound silly to some whom might ask, “Why would you spend a few days in the back yard or in the woods when you have a very comfortable house sitting right there?”

Well there’s an easy answer, “When is TSHTF going to happen?” Maybe when you’re home? Or away at work? Or in town, Or how about when visiting Aunt Martha 40 miles away?

One never knows; so is it not better to “practice” for “Lights Out?”

A great book (novel) of a lights-out experience:
LIGHTS OUT by David Crawford

Would it be good to know if you are ready to spend a few days, OR LONGER, living out of your Get-Home-Bag (GHB) or your Bug-Out-Bag (BOB)?

We all have seen many MANY lists telling us we need “this or that” in the BOB-GHB, right?

Well everyone has “lists”, I’m sure I’m on a few lists myself 😉 , BUT without using the skills, the “bags”, the “kits”, the “practice”, how will you know how well you will fare when “something” happens?

The only way is to actually spend a few days without; meaning on a Friday night, or whenever, when you drive into that nice warm Garage, just grab the GHB and park yourself in the back yard. Or better yet, park the truck a few miles away and walk home, then march to the Bug-Out-Location (BOL), aka back yard and let the fun begin.

I believe 90% of us will be very surprised how difficult this “practice” will be:

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Best Canned Meat For Your Deep Pantry Food Storage

February 21, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) for daily intake of protein is 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women. In other words that’s approximately several ounces per person per day. Note that these min. requirements do not factor laborious working conditions. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that 10–35% of your daily calories come from protein.

The foods that contain the most protein are meats. And if you’re putting together a deep pantry for long term food storage, it may be a bit of a challenge to store meats – because most of us purchase meats fresh at the grocery store.

Here’s what you can do:

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Think Again If You Feel Stuck And Cannot Prepare

February 20, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Often times on preparedness websites (including ours) there are articles and discussions having to do with deep levels of being prepared. Regular visitors and many of those who comment may be well on their way to ‘Preparedness 401’ and may themselves be already living ‘the lifestyle’ in near optimum conditions to take on SHTF…

For some of those who are just starting out or for some of those who feel that they are genuinely ‘stuck’ with their lot in life, it may seem a bit discouraging at times to hear about others who have been able to succeed at securing a deep level of preparedness, perhaps already living in the seemingly perfect ‘bugout’ location and living a reasonably self-sufficient lifestyle. But here’s the thing…


Here’s why…

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-2-18)

February 18, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness, or perhaps what you have done to convert your ‘fiat’ (paper) currency into tangible assets 😉

The more who comment, the more that’s spread around for the benefit of all…

Note: We appreciate that you stay on-topic with your article comments during the week. However for any ‘off topic’ comments, use this most recent Saturday open-forum article,
‘What did you do for your preparedness this week?’

Note: Read the most recent (150) comments (from all articles) on the ‘Discussion’ page.

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How Much Are Your Property Taxes?

February 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

We’ve recently touched upon things to do before you retire (5 Steps BEFORE You Retire) which included investigating the property taxes of a potential retirement location (because property taxes are always due, and they NEVER go down – only up).

There certainly are parts of the country with much higher property taxes than others and there are even counties and towns within counties that have higher property taxes. Some states rely on property taxes because they don’t have income tax or sales tax, etc.. So decisions have to be weighed out. Some states simply overcharge in ALL areas!

I thought it would be interesting to anonymously (if you wish) comment with your annual property taxes and list the state that you reside in. You can simply enter anon (or whatever) if you don’t want others to know that it’s ‘you’ 😉

Obviously there will be differences in property taxes based on one’s home (size, evaluation, etc..) but it should still prove interesting to discover if there are any trends…

Sound interesting?

Okay, lets get started…

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72-Hour Emergency Kit

February 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


EVERYONE should keep a 72-hour emergency survival kit in their vehicle. No excuses.

Why? Because if you unexpectedly have to evacuate or get away for any reason, or if you are unable to return home, your 72-hour emergency kit will provide you with the essentials that you might need to survive for up to 3 days.


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When Inflation Causes Mortgage Rates To Spike…

February 16, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

I couldn’t help but correlate what I recently read over on ZeroHedge to the reality that many people are ‘on the edge’ (paycheck to paycheck) with being able to pay their mortgage (“Mortgage Delinquencies Rise Most In 7 Years As Rates Spike”), indicative of the fragility that exists within the structure of our debt burgeoned system and society.

Evidently 30-year mortgage rates have increased from about 3.6% to around 4.4% during the past four months (inflation is coming) and the affects of corresponding higher mortgage payments (for some types of mortgages) have caused a sudden rise in delinquencies.

This is an indication of two things…

1. Inflation is coming (here?) 0.8% mortgage rate increase in four months.

2. Just how tight people’s budgets are – with literally zero wiggle room – such that they cannot afford to pay the uptick in mortgage payment. There’s no margin.

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