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Free Training! The Survival Summit – January 2014

January 19, 2014 by Leave a comment
Free Training! The Survival Summit – January 2014

The Survival SummitAs you probably know, preparedness is much more than what you have. It's what you know. So keep learning!

I live up in snowy New England, yet for some reason preparedness expos and survival training services are few and far between up here.

That's why I was excited to learn of The Survival Summit happening THIS WEEK (January 20-25, 2014).

It's not local, but it's the next best thing: online. Which means I can attend without travelling to Florida, Texas or somewhere else warm (what, they think preppers only live down south??).

Here's the great news. You can attend too.

And it won't cost you a dime because the organizers of The Survival Summit have graciously allowed me to offer you a free ticket to attend!

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Should Christians be Preppers?

August 19, 2013 by 12 comments
Should Christians be Preppers?

Over 3 million Americans consider themselves “preppers” today.

There’s no shortage of books, websites and even television series detailing how to become a prepper. (Or arguably, how NOT to be a prepper.)

However, the real question for many modern day Christians is whether you should become a prepper at all.

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Saturday Survival Scenario: The Perfect Solar Storm

March 17, 2013 by Leave a comment
Saturday Survival Scenario: The Perfect Solar Storm

Aurora Over Colorado March 17, 2013 Photo Credit: Jimmy Westlake

Aurora Over Colorado March 17, 2013
Photo Credit: Jimmy Westlake

Saturday night as you prepare for bed you notice a striking glow from outside your bedroom window. Looking outside you're pleasantly surprised by a brilliant yet gently shifting prism of colors lighting the sky - an aurora borealis.

Interesting how far south the "northern lights" are appearing lately. That's twice this week.

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Saturday Survival Scenario: Lethal Flu Epidemic

February 2, 2013 by 1 comment
Saturday Survival Scenario: Lethal Flu Epidemic

It's Saturday morning. You wake up and flick on the news.

State and local health officials have announced a state of emergency. Hospitals are filled past capacity with sick and dying patients from a fast spreading and highly lethal flu epidemic.

The CDC has set up triage and treatment tents ...

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Surprises at the Preparedness Expo

January 20, 2013 by Leave a comment
Surprises at the Preparedness Expo

EmptyChairsWhether you're a prepper, merely curious about prepping or a provider of the types of products and training folks like us are interested in - you owe it to yourself to attend a preparedness expo if one comes nearby.

Since we live in a northern New England state, these kinds of affairs come infrequently at best. In fact, I haven't seen one there yet!

That's why being in Tampa this weekend meant jumping out of bed extra early to drive two hours across the state with the family to attend the Life Changes Be Ready Preparedness Expo and Gun Expo in Deland, FL today.

Besides attending excellent presentations by well-known individuals including Lisa Bedford (Survival Mom) and James Rawles (of SurvivalBlog.com fame) and organizations like Project Appleseed (thanks Trey Dawson - your presentation was my boys' favorite) there were some notable pleasant surprises - and they weren't all from the classrooms.

In fact, I hadn't intended to blog about the Preparedness Expo at all, but I simply felt I needed to spread the word about two "surprises" I enjoyed today.

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Daily Emergencies Teach Preparedness Lessons

January 14, 2013 by Leave a comment
Daily Emergencies Teach Preparedness Lessons

Hospital Emergency RoomThe kids were outside playing. I had finally gotten into work mode and was in the middle of a business call when screams erupted from the back yard.

A moment later my wife appeared at the sliding glass back door with our 7-year-old son, rushing him in toward the kitchen sink while yelling for someone to grab a towel.

Quickly telling the person on the other end of the call I had to go, then leaping up as I fumbled with the End Call button, I was barely out of my chair at the dining room table before I discovered the problem.

Jacob had cut his hand. Bad.

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Prepper 101: Is Hoarding Wrong?

November 26, 2012 by 2 comments
Prepper 101: Is Hoarding Wrong?

Empty Shelves
Some years ago I read on a survival website a note about a large solar flare heading our way.

Knowing the tremendous risks of an EMP, but not fully knowledgable about what kind of solar storms could cause the next Carrington Event, I became Chicken Little.

I literally ran off into the night - to the great consternation of my wife - to purchase as many last-minute supplies as my checking account could handle. I even brought along a backpack to carry some of the supplies home - just in case an EMP knocked out  my truck before I could get back.

The fact I'm writing this today proves I was quite wrong about the magnitude of that incident.

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December 21, 2012 – It’s Not the End of the World

November 22, 2012 by Leave a comment
December 21, 2012 – It’s Not the End of the World

Planet Earth
Happy Thanksgiving!

One of MANY things I'm thankful for this year is the world is NOT going to end on December 21, 2012.

Most preppers, including me, aren't concerned with next month's pending date with doomsday. Besides, how would one prep for the actual end of the world, other than getting ready to meet your maker?

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Is It Time to Secede?

November 13, 2012 by Leave a comment
Is It Time to Secede?

Is it time to secede?
What happens when 47 out of 50 states secede from the United States?

Tens of thousands of "signatures" have been gathered on electronic petitions asking for the right for their state to peaceably withdraw from the union. All but three states have active petitions at last count.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia already weighed in on the issue of secession a few years ago by directly stating "there is no right to secede."

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3 Modern Prepping Lessons from the Titanic

April 15, 2012 by Leave a comment
3 Modern Prepping Lessons from the Titanic

Titanic Survivors In Lifeboat
Tonight marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Anyone remotely familiar with the story recognizes much of the tragedy was largely preventable.

Even though the Titanic sank a century ago... there are still important modern prepping lessons to be learned from the disaster.

Here are three big ones...

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