Keeping Prepping Secret - 8 Simple Tips

 

Keeping Prepping Secret

 

OPSEC, or Operational Security, is critical to the military. When it comes to prepping, just like the military, keeping prepping secret from your potential enemies is essential.

With only 1-2% of the population prepping for a serious crisis, the vast majority of people will
be begging for help when disaster strikes. They'll depend on the government and when that doesn't work out they'll be desperate to find someone to help them meet their basic needs. If they find out that you may have what they need, you'll no doubt find them knocking on YOUR door.

Desperate people do desperate things so this could be very dangerous. And if you're forced to turn them away, they might very well come back. But next time they may have guns and/or back up. This is why you need to take the steps necessary for keeping prepping secret from all potential enemies.

Tips to stay under the radar:

  • First of all, don't tell anyone about your prepping that you wouldn't want to see at your front door, desperate and afraid, when the SHTF. You should carefully consider who you prep with. If it turns out that you don't work well together they'll still remember you when they need your help. Someone who was once your friend could turn out to be
    your worst enemy.
  • If you have children you'll have a harder time keeping prepping secret. Of course you want them to be trained and involved in your prepping, but you don't want them telling their friends about it. Consider coming up with a story they can tell people and reward them for keeping prepping secret.
  • Fortify your home, but don't make it obvious. Keep your home defenses subtle. They'll never be able to keep you safe if someone is determined to attack you, they're just there to give you enough time to put your defense plan in action.
  • Hide your prepping supplies. We all have visitors come to our homes and if your visitors see boxes of supplies stacked out in the open they'll probably figure out what you're up to. So find places to store your supplies out of sight. If you don't have an attic, or a basement, get creative. Think of all the empty space in your house, like empty space in closets or under beds.
  • If you order a lot of supplies online, be careful how you receive your shipments. You don't want to raise suspicion by having large or multiple shipments arrive at your home all at once.

This goes for the preps you buy in person too. You don't want to show up with a truckload of food and start unloading it for all your neighbor's to see. If you buy large quantities of preps all at once unload them in the garage or back yard where nobody can see what you're doing.

Once an emergency situation arises, here are more tips for staying under the radar and keeping prepping secret:

  • Blend in. Make sure that you and your family look like everyone else. If food shortages are causing everyone around you to lose weight, don't make it obvious that you are all well fed. If the lights are out in your city but you have a generator for electricity to keep the lights or radio or television on in your house keep the sound down and your window coverings closed so others won't realize that you have power. It's better to let other people believe that you are suffering just as much as everyone else.
  • Keep a low profile. The less others see you, the less they'll think think about you.
    You can't avoid going outside altogether, especially if you have a survival garden to tend to, but try to be as inconspicuous about it as possible and keep out of sight as much as you can.
  • This goes against everything we learn as preppers but...register for government assistance. Unless the emergency situation is nationwide, FEMA will show up, as well as other government agencies. So sign up for help along with everyone else so you won't stand out like someone who doesn't need the help. You don't want your neighbors, or the government, to notice or they may show up at your front door wondering what supplies you have.

Conclusion

To keep prepping secret the less people are aware of your plans, the better. If any of your prepping becomes obvious then be prepared with a cover story. So, if you're digging a well you may want to complain about the cost or limits of using city water. If you're growing your own garden you may want talk about how you're trying to avoid GMO's and save money on organic food.

Make sure your cover stories are believable enough to keep other people from wondering what you're up to, which will help keep you off their radar in the event of an emergency situation.

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Off Grid Cooking - 6 Ways to Cook Without a Stove

Off Grid Cooking

6 Ways to Cook Without a Stove

 

We all cook without a stove when we're camping or enjoying a Summer BBQ. But most of the time we use electricity or natural gas to prepare our food. Think about it, our stoves, coffee makers, electric frying pans, crock pots, waffle makers and more all require electricity.

In an emergency situation even the gas could stop flowing so a gas stove would only be useful if it uses propane. And then only until the propane runs out.

But when the power goes out we'll still need to cook our food. Not just for the sake of taste but to kill any bacteria that could make us sick. Especially when it comes to poultry and meat.

6 Off Grid Cooking Methods

BBQ Grill. Most of us enjoy cooking outside when the weather is nice so odds are you have a charcoal BBQ or gas grill, or both! Charcoal and gas grills are are excellent ways to cook without a stove. Some gas grills even have a burner so you can cook with a pot. But if yours doesn't you can still put a pot on the grill but it most likely will be damaged at least to some degree.

Most gas grills run on propane tanks but if you're out of gas you can use them with charcoal or even wood, although this could cause some damage to the grill.

This Video Shows You How to Make Your Own Emergency BBQ Out Of a Tin Can & Foil:

Fire Pit. If you have a fire pit in your yard or on your patio you can use it to cook more than just marshmallows. If you don't already have a grill to go over it you can buy one, or improvise one as an alternative cooking method.

Cooking over a fire pit is pretty much like cooking over any other wood fire. Just let the wood burn down until it's charcoal, before you place your food on the grill and then add more wood or charcoal as needed.

You can use a dutch oven in your fire pit or fireplace for baking. You place what you want to bake (bread, cake, pie) inside the cast iron dutch oven, place it on the coals, and pile more coals on top. This is also a great way to cook one pot meals like casseroles!

Fireplace. If you have a fireplace in your home you can use it not only to heat your house, but to cook your food. When America was first settled, using a fireplace to cook was the most common way to prepare food. The temperature of pots could be controlled by either placing them directly on the coals or by suspending them over the fire. Meats can be cooked on a spit, rotisserie style.

Wood Burning Stove. Like fireplaces, some people have wood burning stoves to help heat their homes. And, like fireplaces, they can be used for preparing food (and boiling water). The flat top makes them perfect for cooking food in pots.

Camp Stove. Obviously camp stoves are intended to be used when camping and you expect to cook off the grid. There are several types to choose from that use different types of fuel:

  • Wood burning - These are basically just portable boxes that use wood as fuel and have a spot for a pot on the top.
  • Propane Powered - Odds are that you'll eventually run out of propane. But this type of stove can also be used with wood as fuel.
  • Dual Fuel - This type of old school camp stove can use both a special kind of fuel or gasoline. And while gasoline may be hard to come by in an emergency situation it will probably be easier to get than a small propane tank.

Solar Cookers. Cooking with solar energy is great and works especially well in the Summer when cooking with a fire in the house might be too hot. Solar ovens do cook slowly, kind of like crock pots, but once you get the hang of it they are a great way to cook without a stove

There are 3 different kinds:

  • Reflective Box. These are the most common. You can buy one but you can even make your own. They're basically just a box with flaps. The inside surfaces are covered with something that's highly reflective, like foil, to reflect the sunlight onto the food. You can place the food in an oven bag or cover the opening with plastic wrap to keep the heat in.
  • Parabolic Reflectors. These are usually made out of a large old satellite antenna but they can be made out of plywood and other materials too. The larger they are the more powerful they are. Again, the inside surface is covered with something reflective and then the pot is suspended in the center.
  • Fresnel Lens. They are the most powerful type of solar cookers. These solar concentrators are really magnifying glasses made out of flat plastic panels, or mirrors, that focus the power of the sun onto a spot. They are powerful enough to scorch even metal and concrete. You can make your own out of an old TV screen set in a frame.

In an emergency situation you'll want to have more than one way to cook without a stove. Practice with some of these methods before hand, if you don't already, so you'll be able to easily prepare food when the power goes out.

Prepping Supplies - 18 Basics for When The SHTF

18 Basic Prepping Supplies

For When the SHTF

 

When it comes to preparing for an emergency situation it's important to start with the most important prepping supplies and then improve on your preps as you move forward. Here is a list of the most basic supplies that every family should keep in their homes.

Basic Prepping Supplies

 

Water: You can probably survive 3 weeks without food but most people can only go 3 days without clean drinking water. Water is the most basic and important of all prepping supplies.

So what is your plan for having clean water when the taps run dry? Do you have enough water stored to get you and your family through a crisis? Is there a supply of clean water nearby that you could take advantage of? Do you have the tools and supplies you need to purify water?

Food: Most families in America have less than a one month food supply in their homes at any given time. And food is second when it comes to prepping supplies. Take the time to asses and supplement your own supply so you know how long you could survive if the supermarket shelves were empty or if it wasn't safe to leave your house.

Basic Hygiene Supplies: Toilet paper, soap, hand sanitizer. Click here to read more about the basic personal hygiene supplies to keep in case water becomes scarce.

First Aid Kit: In the event of a disaster or crisis Hospitals are quickly overrun. Click here to read more about the basic supplies you need for a good survival first aid kit.

A Sewing Kit: Aside from its obvious use a sewing kit could become necessary to suture wounds.

Gasoline: It's a good idea to always fill your gas tank when it reaches half full. You should also consider keeping an emergency supply of gasoline, especially if you plan to use a gas powered generator if the power goes out. In an emergency situation Gas stations are likely to run out quickly, or at the very least ration what gas is available.

Self Defense Gear: Whether it's a knife, a gun (don't forget plenty of ammo), an axe, pepper spray or all of the above get the supplies you need to defend your home and family BEFORE the SHTF.

A Flashlight: In addition to candles when the power goes out you will need a flashlight and/or lantern. And don't forget to keep a supply of batteries on hand! You can also purchase a Solar Lantern. Let the sun charge it up during the day and it will provide you with light when he sun goes down.

A Radio: In order to keep up on what's going on in the outside world you'll need at least a basic radio. Get either solar, battery powered or hand cranked in case there is no power.

Communication equipment: There's a good chance that you'll no longer have access to your cell phone or the internet. It's one of the more advanced prepping supplies but in order to communicate with the outside world you may need a CB Radio. Also, have a predetermined place set up where you will meet with your group in case you're not able to communicate with them in an emergency situation.

Shelter: But what if your home is unlivable and you have to bug out? Do you have a back up plan? Keep a supply of tents, sleeping bags and blankets in case you do have to bug out.

Warm Clothes: If you do find yourself in a situation where you have to survive without proper shelter you'll need to have warm, weatherproof clothing.

Hiking boots: You'll also want warm sturdy foot ware in case you have to travel long distances through forested areas or even on roads to get to a safe location.

A Swiss Army Knife: They have SO may uses. Don't leave home without one!

Axe: Your basic prepping supplies should also give you the ability to build a fire for warmth, water purification and food preparation. Axes are inexpensive and necessary to keep up your supply of firewood. They can also be used as protection in case of an attack.

A Firestarter: You'll need to be able to start a fire so keep firestarters such as lighters and waterproof matches on hand. You can also get pocket  Emergency Firestarters to keep in your Bug Out & EDC (every day carry) kits.

A compass: If you do need to bugout and have to avoid the roads you'll need a compass to know what direction where you're heading.

Self Defense Gear: Whether it's a knife, gun (don't forget plenty of ammo), an axe, pepper spray or all of the above get the prepping supplies you need to defend your home and family BEFORE the SHTF.

Bug Out Bags: Be prepared by having a bug out bag ready for each member of your family.

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Survival First Aid Kit - 22 Must Haves

Survival First Aid Kit

22 Items Your Family Needs to Be Prepared

 

A well stocked survival first aid kit can be one of the most important resources on your emergency preparedness checklist. In a real emergency situation hospitals become quickly overwhelmed and you may have to wait a very long time to get the attention you need.

Most families keep some type of first aid kit in their home, especially if they have children.

They’re inexpensive and easy enough to pick up at the local drug store. But a ready made kit may not be of much use for anything more than a minor cut or scrape

Keeping the right items in your own survival first aid kit could make the difference between life and death in a crisis situation. Every family needs to be able to handle minor injuries in their home.

First Aid Kit Essentials

Common Adhesive Bandages: These are standard items in even the most basic first aid kits. These types of bandages are useful for most minor cuts and scrapes. Fabric bandages tend to be more expensive but are more flexible and adhere to the skin better. Also consider adding some water proof bandages to your supply.

Larger Bandages: In a crisis situation you may be dealing with injuries that require more than just a simple band aid. You’ll need gauze pads and wrapping for more severe wounds caused by such things as gun fire or power tools. If you don’t have these things in your kit a simple alternative is sanitary napkins. They are common in most households and can be less expensive as well.

Elastic Bandages: Elastic bandages are used to support sprained joints and can also be used to secure an aluminum splint. They come in various widths and sizes, from 2-6 inches, and are important part of your survival first aid kit.

First Aid Tape: Large gauze rolls and pads usually do not come with their own adhesive and will require first aid tape to keep them in place. But there are some medical tapes made of material that is stretchy and also sticks to itself without sticking to skin so it does not cause pain when removed.

A Blood Clotting Agent: Extensive bleeding from a serious injury can cause death. Celox, a common blood clotting agent, will help stop bleeding quickly and is even effective if the injured person is on prescription blood thinners. Most people don’t keep a blood clotting agent on hand so for small to medium wounds black pepper can be used. Most people have it in their kitchens and it is a natural antibacterial that helps blood coagulate more quickly. A generous amount of black pepper (finely ground) applied with pressure to the wound and covered with a bandage should help stop the bleeding more quickly. Keep in mind that medical attention may still be required.

Antiseptics: Wounds must be thoroughly cleaned out before bandaging to kill bacteria and prevent it entering through broken skin. Hydrogen peroxide and/or rubbing alcohol are commonly used for cleaning wounds. Then an antiseptic, such as iodine, should be applied to reduce the risk of infection.

Adhesive Sutures: Adhesive sutures, also referred to as adhesive tape closures, are a good alternative to stitches for larger cuts if you are unable to get to a hospital for proper medical attention. It’s important to be sure the skin is clean and dry where the adhesive will be applied.

CPR Masks: It is common for a person administering CPR to use a CPR mask to avoid direct contact with the bodily fluids of the person they are trying to revive. This helps reduce the risk of transmitting viruses from one person to another.

A Glucosameter: These devices are used by diabetics to help monitor their blood sugar levels. Most diabetics have issues with high blood sugar but low blood pressure can also cause problems such as weakness, dizziness, confusion and unconsciousness.

A Blood Pressure Cuff: Like blood sugar, high, as well as low, blood pressure can be problematic and a key indicator of a person’s overall condition.

An Ear Thermometer: A person’s temperature is another medical vital sign to monitor. Oral thermometers are common in most households and will certainly do if needed but ear thermometers are faster as well as more accurate.

Aluminum Splints: It’s important to quickly immobilize broken bones. Many common items can be utilized to improvise a splint. But aluminum splints, which are made of aluminum strips coated with a thin layer of foam rubber, are easily configured and formed making them convenient and easy to used.

Saline Solution and an Eye Cup: A saline filled eye cup is the best way to flush chemicals, dust etc. out of the eye without the risk of further injury.

Syrup of Ipecac: Most moms, especially if they have young children in the house, will have Syrup of Ipecac on hand. It is used to induce vomiting when someone swallows a substance that is potentially poisonous.

Cold Packs: Cold packs are used to relieve the pain and swelling associated with many injuries, such as sprained ankles or wrists. It’s best to apply them quickly and they come in handy when ice is not readily available. If you don’t have a cold pack or ice, a bag of frozen peas or corn make a really good substitute!

Hand Sanitizer: The best way to clean your hands to reduce microbes and germs is to wash them with soap and water. But in an emergency situation, where soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol based (60% alcohol or more) may be the best, if not only, option.

Antimicrobial Wipes: Like hand santizer antimicrobial wipes can be used in an emergency when soap and water are not available. They can also be purchased individually wrapped for easy storage and carry.

Rubber Gloves: Like a CPR mask, rubber gloves can help protect care givers from viruses and bacteria transmitted through person to person contact.

Magnifying Glass and Tweezers: These two items can be used to remove painful splinters which can easily become infected.

Over the Counter Pain Relievers: Once again, these are common in most households and are important and necessary in helping to help relieve pain, as well as swelling, when someone suffers from an injury.

Personal Prescription Medication: If you, or anyone in your family relies on prescription medication to maintain their health it's important to keep an emergency supply on hand. Don't wait until you're down to your last pill. You never know when an emergency could prevent you from getting your prescription refilled.

Potassium Iodide: Potassium Iodide is a salt that blocks the Thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive iodine, which helps protect it from radiation poisoning. For more detailed information on why you should include Potassium Iodide in your survival first aid kit visit the CDC Website.

Final Thoughts

Most households will have at least some of these survival first aid kit items already on hand. But there may be some items you are unfamiliar with. Once you add those items to your kit it’s also important to take the time to learn how to use them properly. In an emergency situation seconds can count and knowing how to take quick action could make a big difference when caring for someone in a serious first aid situation.

Better prepare your family for an emergency situation by taking advantage of the many instructional videos available online.