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The Time Is Close

The time may be near when preppers will have to break in to those precious food stocks. Ok well we don’t know that for sure, but what if the collapse of society is tomorrow? Are you squared away? Chances are you are not, I don’t know a serious prepper out there that says they are fully ready. You can never have enough food, water, medical supplies, or equipment; or at least for a global collapse that sends us all into the Stone Age.

Really though, what is most likely to happen that requires our preps to be activated; not a collapse or an EMP but more of a localized disaster. A tornado, earthquake, job loss, or power outage is more likely to happen than a national or global disaster. That is what we prepare for the most? You can stockpile stuff for a EMP or other equally horrible event, but if you do then you should be more than adequately ready for the mostly and if you aren’t; you aren’t doing it right.

Now lectures aside. Now all your preps are stored properly and away from moisture and sunlight to keep them lasting a long while, do you ever test them?  One thing you absolutely do not want to do is open a can of beans or tuna to find out the seal was bad on them, especially when you really need it. Yes, store bought canned goods can have bad seals also. An example for me is when I opened a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for my kids and there was a layer of green slime on the top. Remember watch how your MREs are stored in your BOB as well. A friend and I just today took a hike with our BOBs and ate some of the food in them. He had a MRE that had been sitting in his vehicle for a year or so that, though it was still in date, was bad… Let’s just say the cheese spread was the texture of taffy and the Salisbury steak, he contributed the smell to the pile my dog left in the yard before the hike. Other than quality testing of the food, it may be a good idea to test cooking skills in which you have to be “unconventional” in your preparedness and cooking of recipes. It’s funny how a hundred years ago, our unconventional methods were the standard method; did I say funny, I meant sad. Have you tried cooking over a wood fire lately?

You may want to try your technique out before relying on it. With the spring around the corner, camping season will be also. Taking your family camping is the best way to try out fire starting methods, primitive cooking styles, and all around basic survival skills. When I say camping though, I am not talking about taking your camper down to the K.O.A. and hooking up power and water, I’m talking about rustic. You need to camp simulating off the grid living, someplace where you don’t have neighbors 20 feet to each side singing kumbaya. In a real emergency situations you will use whatever you have at your disposal including a camper, so I’m not saying to avoid using it; use your camper on without outside influence. You also should find either a campground that has rustic sites that are away from people or public land that you can camp out for a weekend. Each member of your family should have their BOB and use it. On public land you can take it a step further and get the proper hunting/fishing permits to trap small game or catch fish to eat over the weekend. I do recommend getting the licenses though before you attempt it, last thing you need is a conservation officer ruining the weekend by fining and or arresting someone.

You should try to have a survival skills camping trip with your family every month or two in the warmer months. As your family gets better you could try in the colder months as well. Now if you are just starting out with them, don’t be surprised if you can’t cover everything or even a quarter of it in a weekend. Don’t get short or irritated with them if they don’t get it either, last thing you want to do is turn them off at the whole idea of camping every month by being pissy over their slow learning curve. It is crucial that if you want your family and you to survive a national emergency, that you are all on the same page and being impatient with them will cause more failure than success. Start small with some basics like fire making, cooking over wood fire, water collection, and water purification. Those four skills can be more difficult than the average person realizes, but once mastered, will allow them to eat stored food and drink clean water which I shouldn’t have to tell you the importance of. Your next skills training with them could be shelter building and snare making. There are a lot of skills that you can work on at home on weekends you are not in the woods like knots, map reading, and sewing; so don’t think you have to do all your training outside.
The better you and your family get, the more you can incorporate into these weekends. You could start testing some of your toys like HAM or two-way radios. You should also start putting some trail hiking or off the trail hiking in as well. One day you and your family might just get so good and enjoy living off the land that you never leave the woods. Please share some of your stories or experiences with us and the other readers by commenting below.

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APIIINation Episode 8

Overview of this weeks podcast from Charlie01
Legislative Up-date:
Congress is on recess currently, but upcoming events to watch…
• Senate will start considering the Iran nuke deal sept. 8th
• The end of the federal government’s fiscal year is sept. 30th, will there be a budget passed? Will we see more quantitative easing?… how do you think the world will take more devaluing of the dollar?
• More bills to defund planned parenthood
• Two bills introduced in congress involving sanctuary cities:
1. “Enforce The Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” HR3009 has passed the house and is going to senate judiciary committee after the recess. It denies state or local govt funding if they fail to enforce immigration laws.
2. “Stop Sanctuary Cities Act” S1814- similar to House bill.
• Another Benghazi hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22nd and will be questioning Clinton again regarding her emails
• Congressional Gold Medal HR2567 which gives congressional gold medals to the 4 victims of the Benghazi attack has been proposed in the house.
Today we morn and send our prayers to the families and friends of Alison Parker and Adam Ward after they were gunned down early Wednesday morning. Unfortunately gun control advocates are already beating their drum… be vigilant for gun control attempts.
Events of the week… as everyone knows the market has been very volatile lately with the plunge on Friday and starting out on Monday causing New York Stock Exchange to invoked rule 48 for the first time in 18 years allowing the market to open without setting opening prices during uncertain market conditions and were planning to halt trades if the S&P 500 dropped 7% on Monday.
Preparedness: Emergency Bag (bug out bag, go bag, get home bag)
• Before you build a doomsday bug out bag, build a hotel bag
• Emergency bag items should be tailored to your specific needs, but necessities are food, water, first aid, hygiene products, flashlight, whistle, multi-tool, lighter, duct tape, rope, extra clothes.
• If camping is a possibility add shelter, blankets, fire starters

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Team Building And Training At The Minnesota Chapter


This up coming May the Minnesota chapter will have a two day camp-out, it will be full bug-out SHTF type of drills. We will be setting up camp in stealth mode, have guards rotating all night, coordinate movements through the woods unseen, go over hand signals, and review wild edibles.

We are training and building three ERTs (Emergency Response Team) in the great state of Minnesota. We are about training and more training with our members. We also put into place this year group dues to help pay outside instructors for training.

June Training
Knife fighting and close quarters combat and training for our ERT teams

July Training
Weapons disarmament along with more training for the ERT teams

August Training
4 day survival camp deep in the woods

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Cheapest Ultra-light stove worth a look

I have been asked several times what I keep in my backpack for cooking food. Until a few months ago, I just always told people that I have a stainless steal camp mug. I would use it with a stick next to a hot fire to boil or cook my food. It was not ideal and other than the fact it would only directionally cook my food from what ever side the fire was on, it was also a pain if the stick failed. If I was camping someplace that regulated campfires though, I’d have a heavy sterno stove packed away too. It would evenly cook my food, but when you’re hiking especially long distances, every ounce matters. Also the sterno stove is about as efficient or less as a campfire. My camping buddy however has one of those nice fancy butane backpack stove that he brought out a couple times. That thing was awesome: boils water in under two minutes, light weight, and compact. I imagined keeping one in my backpack, “bug-out” bag, and maybe in my preps at home. So I started pricing them for myself after that and was finding name brand stoves ranging $25-75 at the time, a little pricy for what I was looking at doing with it. Then I stumbled on to this one on amazon.

Ultra-light Stove

I was skeptical to say the least, I mean $6.99 for one of these bad ass ultra light backpack stoves and skipped over it. A year went by and then as a little Christmas present, my daughter gave me it. I was of course very appreciative to have gotten it, but was still skeptical on quality.
Challenge accepted, I decided to start putting the $7 ultra light stove to the test. I threw it in my car bag and decided I would start testing it on some endurance hikes. I would go hiking a few miles with my car bag in the winter and after getting to point A or B I’d make myself a hot cup of coffee with the stove. First thing that stood out about it was every time I attached a butane tank to it, I’d get sprayed from around the fitting when it was being screwed on… It wouldn’t keep doing it, it was just until you fully mounted the stove to the tank, not too big a deal… Just had to make sure your face wasn’t right at the fitting as you did it or you’d be hosed with butane. Once the canister is fully mounted you turn the valve open to start releasing the butane through the burner and use the ignitor to fire it. In my opinion the ignitor is decent quality, I have seen the name brand models have the ignitor give out early on in their life.

As with all ultra-light stoves, you are limited to the size of your pan or pot that you are cooking with. I use a $4.99 stainless steel camp mug from Walmart that holds maybe 18-20 oz of liquid.


My conclusion after using using this stove as much as I have, it is a must have. For the price you can get some back ups just incase.