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Transforming Your Home Into A Fortified Castle

June 23, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

As we increasingly move into an uncertain and dangerous world, for many of us our homes will be our last refuge of safety and security.

While the ordinary home at a minimum provides shelter from the elements, the fortification of the home will become (and is becoming) an important and even crucial aspect to deter or defend against human elements who wish to steal or do harm.

The environment is already dangerous to an extent. It will become ‘orders of magnitude’ worse during societal collapse conditions. Will your home be safe from the elements then?

For example, lets say that society (for whatever reason) has crumbled into social chaos which has badly affected the ability to acquire one’s daily needs. Vast numbers of people have subsequently become hungry and desperate due to the lack of reliable supply and distribution. Maybe there has been some help but it has not been enough. Or maybe the help has run out or has run low. The government has not showed up in the community and there has been no definitive word whether or not they will show up at all with truckloads of food and other needed supplies.

Those who are inclined to be more aggressive will be out first on the streets and neighborhoods looking to resupply – always on the lookout for food. As others become increasingly hungry they too will hit the streets in search of food and supplies.

One might expect that all grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.. will be hit first. It won’t take long to clean them out. Then what?

They will begin prowling homes. Even the homes in your neighborhood. Even YOUR home.

How will they do it? Some, especially in the beginning, will knock on doors asking for handouts. If they receive a handout, I suspect that they will soon be back for more. I’m not suggesting one way or the other what to do – that’s a personal choice – I’m just saying…

Additionally, it won’t be long after the first knock on the door — there will be yet another knock, this time from someone else. And so on… What then?

It may eventually reach a point where there will be no knock on the door as the street danger increases. With little or no warning the takers will be on the hunt and may break into your neighbor’s home and then your home to “take”.

It’s bad enough that home burglary is a problem already (obviously much worse in some areas than others). However when you couple that particular bad element with desperation, there’s going to be a whole new set of problems…

And in fact, it will likely get violent.

People today are already on the edge. When I travel outside of my rural area I especially see the aggression, the bad behavior, the rudeness. When these same people become increasingly desperate, there are going to be fireworks. And it won’t take long.

How are we to defend against it from the standpoint of our homes?

First, obtain your own long-term food storage supplies so that you will not become one of them!

That said, how does one turn their home into a fortified castle?

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I Am The Enemy -by EE Borton

June 22, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

I Am the Enemy
by EE Borton

My cousin is young, intelligent, witty, and kind. Her presence commands your attention and she has the ability to light up the darkest room. She’s an educator in the D.C. area with a passion to teach the next generation that they can become whatever they can dream. If she believes it in her heart, she shows it in her actions.

She’s driven to make this world a better place by teaching children to respect each other, to be tolerant of different opinions, to heal rather than hurt. I’m proud of her for all those things…and I am the enemy.

I am everything she’s teaching them not to be. In her eyes I’m short-sighted, stubborn, and intolerant. I voted for a monster and support policies, executive orders, and laws that would lock the doors against the rest of the world and throw away the keys. I’d rather stand at the border with a gun than a brochure. I can’t argue with her. I am all those things.

She doesn’t understand that I wish I wasn’t. She doesn’t understand that I don’t have a choice. I am who I am because of what I’ve experienced. She is who she is because of what she hasn’t. I thank God every day for that fact.

She doesn’t understand that I don’t want to carry a gun. I’d rather spend money on traveling the world instead of spending it on supplies, equipment, and training to protect my family against anything looking to hurt us. I’d rather be comfortable around strangers instead of profiling them.

She and I don’t see eye to eye on many subjects and I hope it stays that way for the rest of her life. If we ever do, it means that she witnessed something horrible, something horrible happened to her, or she did something horrible to protect life. It’s why I don’t get angry with her when she doesn’t understand me.

It’s easier for her to be passionate, outspoken, and public about her opinions and ideology because they both hold hopes for a better, safer, more tolerant world. On top of that, she’s young enough to believe that the change she wants to see in the world can happen in her lifetime. Me, not so much.

It’s more difficult to voice my opinion that you need to put more rounds downrange so you’ll be more effective in a gunfight. It’s more difficult to voice my opinion about stockpiling food so you don’t get stabbed for a can of beans at the grocery store after the power has been out for a week. It’s more difficult to voice my opinion about closing our borders until the rest of the world can prove they’re not exporting terrorist.

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8 Things That Attract Mosquitoes

June 21, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


Whether out in the woods, camping, hiking, or at home in the backyard, mosquitoes are not equal opportunity biters. Some people seem to actually attract mosquitoes and are constantly bit while others not so much. Why is that?

Particularly with the health risks associated with a mosquito bite, it may help to know the following things that attract mosquitoes:


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If War Were To Break Out Between The US and Russia…

June 20, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

“If tomorrow a war were to break out between the US and Russia, it is guaranteed that the US would be obliterated.”

I recently read the quote above from an article on allnewspipeline sourcing a group of Russian insiders living in America, who also said, “If there is going to be a war with Russia, then the United States will most certainly be destroyed, and most of us will end up dead.”

There would no longer be…

-an electric grid
-no internet
-no oil and gas pipelines
-no interstate highway system
-no air transportation
-no GPS-based navigation
-Financial centers would lie in ruins
-Government at every level would cease to function
-US armed forces, stationed all around the globe, would no longer be resupplied
-At a maximum, the entire landmass of the US would be covered by a layer of radioactive ash

“We tell you this not to be alarmist, but because, based on everything we know, we are ourselves alarmed. If attacked, Russia will not back down; she will retaliate, and she will utterly annihilate the United States.”

US Shoots Down Syrian Warplane

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Vegetable Garden Staggered Planting Every Two Weeks

June 19, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

Depending on the growing time to maturity (time to harvest) for a given vegetable you might consider a two week staggered planting delay instead of starting everything all at once.

Why might this be a good idea?

One of our readers recently said this:

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-6-17)

June 17, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

This weekly post is an open-forum (any topic) to voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others. Lets hear about what you’ve been doing this week for preparedness.

The more who comment, the more who benefit from the discussion…

First timer? Lets hear from you too!

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

Note: Read the most recent (100) comments (from all articles) on the ‘Discussion’ page.

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Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life

June 16, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin


4 Factors That Affect Home Dehydrated Food Shelf Life



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