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How to prepare for an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly
anyone knows anything about science and technology," so says Carl Sagan. It's true,
our humans depend on the grid.

Top Ten Most Dangerous places to be during an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP):
  1. in flight of an airplane or helicopter;
  2. trapped in an elevator;
  3. belted in a ride in an amusement park;
  4. trapped in the subway system;
  5. on vacation away from home or your bugout location;
  6. at school tens or hundreds of miles away from parents;
  7. in your car in the desert tens of miles away from water;
  8. hanging on to life support in the hospital or a nursing home;
  9. locked in prison or jail (or living anywhere near a prison or jail);
  10. anywhere near a nuclear plant!


Have a Happy New Year, Preppers!
With the New Year comes resolutions. Now's the time to step up your prepping efforts,
so you can live happily ever after!
  1. Make paper logs! You likely have all sorts of wrapping paper, cards, envelopes
    and bills for which you can put to good use after Christmas by making paper logs
    for your fire place or fire pit..
  2. Get "fired up" on Fire Safety Preparations! A Fire Escape Ladder is a "must
    have" item if you're a prepper who has a bedroom on the second or third story.
    Make sure you have smoke detectors installed and batteries checked!
  3. Light candles. While you wait for Spring to arrive, why not go off grid entirely
    with candles for the evening! Votives are not only decorative, but useful for
    preppers in emergency preparedness. Teach fire safety to kids and be cautious
    of  candle placement. Do not place candles near high traffic areas or near
    draperies or Christmas decorations. Do not leave candles unattended. Never
    light your Christmas tree with real candles.
  4. Can candles! Right now you'll find Christmas candles on sale everywhere!How
    easy a prep it is to place votive candles in a mason jar along with matches to
    ensure you're always ready.  The trick is to place a piece of sandpaper on the
    lid, so you have a striking surface. This time of year, you'll find festive candles on
    sale. Another option is to melt the candles you already have and pour them into
    mason jars, or use Epsom salt like snow to add a festive touch to your mason
    jars.
  5. Get your fill! At this time of plenty, ensure you have plenty (plenty of water,
    that is)! Ensure your family has enough water to survive a pandemic or other
    disaster where water may be in short supply. A family of four needs 270 gallons
    for a three-month supply, according to Utah State University. Fill 260 gallons
    with the unique water storage tank pictured right.
  6. Gather pinecones. Did you know pinecones make excellent kindling? Have fun
    gathering and decorating pinecone firestarters! Spray paint or sprinkle with
    glitter, hang, make a centerpiece:

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  • Winterize your prepping!
  1. Buy a generator is before you actually need one!
  2. Get cozy by the fire and grab a few good prepper books!
  3. Warm your apocalypse soup with sweet and savory soup toppings!
  4. Check your windshield wipers and think about building a car survival kit!


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    viruses), and a disinfectant (destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi). This article
    highlights the

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    look at the available natural antibiotics. Prescription antibiotics may not be
    available when you need them most, so you'll need alternatives. There are many
    natural, botanical antibiotic alternatives to find in the natural food stores or
    search easily online. Natural antibiotics can be your first line of defense (before
    going to the doctor for antibiotic drugs).  Natural antibiotics can help you with
    sinus infections and colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections and ordinary cuts
    and scrapes. You need only have the knowledge of the right natural antibiotics.

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    subconscious level to improve morale and help you survive. Preppers can help
    plan for a sense of well being and normalcy in uncertain times by stocking
    variety.

Master List of Prepping Supplies

  1. Alcohol  – Even if you don't drink, preppers should stock alcohol: rubbing alcohol
    for first aid and also spirits for bartering.
  2. Antibiotics You may not have access to antibiotics from the doctor, so consider
    the natural antibiotics available to you now.
  3. Antibacterials Good hygiene is the start of being happy and healthy. Go
    beyond antibacterial soap and find options.
  4. Antiseptics – Neosporin (or polysporin if you are allergic) are only the beginning.
  5. Aspirin 11 Weird (and not so weird) uses of aspirin for preppers.
  6. Axe / hatchet and sharpener for wood chopping. Learn also about the
    importance of a Pulaski axe.
  7. Bic lighter.
  8. BlanketsStock up on both mylar and wool blankets. Mylar is lightweight and
    helps you retain 90% of body heat (it's essential for you bugout bag). A fire-
    resistant wool blanket for first aid is a valuable prep to own and ideal for
    Winterizing your vehicle.
  9. Bleach 10 Things you should know about bleach before you buy too much.
  10. Bugout bag
  11. Bugout bike
  12. Boots (hiking, work boots). Stash an extra pair of good walking shoes in your
    car and another at the office.
  13. Borax
  14. Bucket Openers. You'll need a way to open your food storage.
  15. Buckets of Emergency Food. Bulk Emergency food (three months minimum)
  16. Bullion – silver and gold (for long term scenarios)
  17. Cable ties
  18. 'Camp stove, The Volcano collapsible grill and stove, pictured right, takes three
    kinds of fuel: 1.) propane, 2.) charcoal 3.) Wood.
  19. Camp solar shower.
  20. Cash in small bills will be immediately useful; however, not in the long term
  21. Compass and maps
  22. Communications (cell phone, weather Radio, CB, HAM radio, two wave radio,
    walkie talkies)
  23. Candles (emergency candles) and candlemaking supplies
  24. Canned foodmeats, fruits, vegetables, soups, stews, stocks
  25. Can Openers – multiples for redundancy
  26. Carts – hauling food, water, wood, and equipment
  27. Chemical Suit. Pictured left, is a chemical suit strong enough to handle Ebola!
  28. Chewing gum. Chew on this: Gum could help save your life in a survival situation
    and we'll show you how, so don't over look this inexpensive part of your preps!
  29. Cigarettes  – for tinder and bartering
  30. Cordage - paracord
  31. Dehydrator
  32. Duct tape
  33. Dental aid dental wax, braces kit, Chlorahexamine
  34. Dental Hygiene –  dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash (which is
    an antiseptic!)
  35. Disinfectants (chlorine bleach, Steramine tablets)
  36. Drink mixes, powdered milk, and other emergency drinks
  37. Essential Oils. When medicines are not available, preppers will be turning to
    wisdom of the centuries with tinctures and essential oils.
  38. Electrolytes – Pedialyte, Saltstick Electrolyte Capsules
  39. Epsom Salt
  40. Flashlights – LED, hand crank, and solar
  41. Flu Mask
  42. Firearms (guns and ammunition)
  43. Fire extinguishers
  44. Fire starters – BIC lighter, matches (including waterproof matches), flint, fire
    steel, magnesium fire starter
  45. Freeze dried foods Augason Farms, Honeyville Farms, Mountain House,
    Legacy Foods, bucket of potatoes.
  46. Fishing gear – fishing pole and reel, fishing line, lures, swivels, sinkers, tackle
    box
  47. First Aid supplies – bandages, butterfly bandages, finger cots, finger splints,
    smelling salts, (see also Medic Bag)
  48. Fuel – kerosene, propane, white gas
  49. Gas Mask – Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) gas mask
  50. Gardening tools – rake, hoe, planters (see also shovel and spade)
  51. Generator
  52. Grains
  53. Grain mill
  54. Hammer and nails
  55. Home defense tools – barbed wire
  56. Homestead supplies – chicken wire (aka poultry netting) and garden staples,
  57. Hunting – alternate gear including, BB gun, crossbow, snare wire, slingshot,
    pellet gun
  58. Hygiene – cloth diapers, plastic diapers, sanitary napkins or tampons, adult
    diapers, wipes
  59. Hydrogen peroxide
  60. Immunity Boosters - Vitamins
  61. Knives (fixed blade knives)
  62. Knives (folding knives )
  63. Lanterns  – solar, gas, hand crank
  64. Laundryoff grid washing machine, centrifugal dryer, washboards, clothes pins
    and washing line
  65. Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment – chemical and splash resistant,
    disposable clothing, booties  pandemic mask, goggles, nitrile gloves, gauntlet
    gloves
  66. Protein bars, energy bars, cereal bars, granola bars
  67. Manual kitchen tools – butter churn, cheesecloth, cheese wax, manual egg
    beater,  manual knife sharpener, juice press, corn husker, heavy duty apple
    /potato peeler, pea sheller.
  68. Mason jars
  69. Medic Bag and first responder supplies – scalpels, Quickclot
  70. Morale boosters – chewing gum, coffee, hard candy, desserts
  71. Powdered milk.
  72. Pressure cooker – for home canning
  73. Rain barrels
  74. Rice and beans
  75. Respirator – Niosh certified (e.g., N100 or N95)
  76. Salt
  77. Saw, plus saw horses, clamp
  78. Screwdriver and screws
  79. Seed vault (non-GMO, heirloom seeds)
  80. Soap laundry
  81. Solar chargers  – cell phone solar batteries
  82. Shoe repair –inserts, laces (or thin paracord), rubber heels savers and soles.
    Shoe Goo
  83. Shovel and spade
  84. Sewing Kit –  sewing notions (needles, thread, sewing awl), patterns, treadle-
    powered sewing machine
  85. Spices
  86. SuperGlue
  87. Survival Guide(we recommend Mykel Hawke’s Survival Guide)
  88. Tarps (green or camouflaged, not blue)
  89. Tent, car camper recreational vehicle, temporary shelter or bugout location
  90. Toilet paper
  91. Thermometer, no touch (infrared) or disposable, digital and analog
  92. Vaseline
  93. Vinegar
  94. Vehicle essentials – jumper cables, fluids, tire repair kit, tire chains, tow straps
  95. WD-40  –  a good all-around lubricant
  96. Wood, seasoned.
  97. Water filtration system and water purification system (there is a difference).
  98. Water Storage. If you have kids, you'll want a 260-gallon water tank that will
    ensure a family of four has water for three months.

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