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Global Warming – Extreme Weather

Global warming is no longer the key phrase, now it’s referred to as climate change.  Which is obviously more accurate.  We have seen/experienced an increase in hurricanes, floods, heat waves, etc. over the past several years.  More recently was the October snow storm that crippled many places along the east coast.  According to some of the experts, this is basically the beginning, and it is going to get worse and more frequent.  This presents itself to a whole slew of issues.

Flood


How have you prepared?  If you have prepared to your area and weather you may need to expand or alter your plan for a long term scenario.  Some of you have prepared for everything and will be in pretty good shape, others that haven’t prepared as much may be in trouble.  So what to do? Evaluate your preps and your plan.  Try to determine how you need to adjust for your area.  Think about the weather in your area over the past several years, particularly the storms and other events that were the most severe.  The experts have said that climate changes lead to changes in the frequency and intensity.  So, i urge you to take these things into account with your preps, and make adjustments as necessary.  Remember, flooding isn’t the only thing to plan for, snow storms, power outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.  These all can seriously infringe on your preps and your prep plan. 

the SurvivalGuy

Beware the Delivery Man

Yes, you read that correctly, beware your delivery man.  If you order things on-line, you will want to exercise a level of caution (OPSEC).  The more you have delivered the more you will be noticed.  You will be noticed by both your delivery man and possibly your neighbors also.  Depending on what you are having delivered can have a significant impact on how much others observe.  If a package is labeled as ammunition and this isn’t a normal item for you, this may make others start to look at you a little differently.  If you get a shipment of grains and or other heavy or bulky items, it will be even more noticeable, especially  if they are sitting on your doorstep waiting for you to get home so you can take care of them.

Some companies are diligent about how packages are labeled, and others will label the boxes with the biggest advertising they can fit.  Others just don’t put any thought into it, and it is hit and miss.  This is a serious matter that isn’t always addressed.  The people that know you have preps and even worse those that know what you actually have is a significant risk to OPSEC.  The box won’t necessarily have it’s contents identified on the outside, but the company name may be blazed all over the outside.  With general merchandise companies this isn’t as much of an issue.  When it comes to companies that deal primarily with specific types of products, the less attention the packaging draws the better.

What to do?  I hope you are thinking now.  One option would be to use a mailbox service like theupsstore.com you have to check your local store for rates and services.  This would afford you the ability to have packages delivered to a physical location that isn’t your home.  This in turn gives you the security that your stuff won’t be stolen while waiting for your return and your neighbors won’t see the delivery truck leaving packages for you all the time.  This is probably the most secure option, although it lends itself to other security issues as well as the cost. In the event of a disaster, your neighbors won’t necessarily be pre-programmed to come pounding on your door because they have seen some of  your preps delivered…

Some things you can do to help maintain your security would be to have someone home when packages are due for delivery.  This isn’t an option for everyone, sometimes we just can’t get the time off work, as well as it could burn up a lot of vacation time if you had to take time off every time you had a delivery coming.  If you have a friend or neighbor that you trust or even better one that is a prepper also.  If you have someone at an alternate address (friend, family member) that is home during the day, that could receive packages for you.  Remember not to put these people in danger either.  If they are in an area that has nosy neighbors you could ultimately be putting them at risk for looting/theft.

You may also be able to talk with the delivery company, and have them hold your package for you to pick up in person.  This may be the most secure way.  Your local delivery man isn’t involved, your neighbors don’t see things being delivered, and you aren’t putting others at risk, receiving your items.  And most importantly, you are the only one aware of what is ‘going on’, thus helping to maintain OPSEC.

Don’t forget, to use caution when bringing your items into the house also, it’s best to do park in the garage and unload the car there.  You never know when you might have your own Gladys Kravitz.

Until next time,

the Survivalguy

 

Dehydrator

I love our new dehydrator Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P 1000 Watt Food Dehydrator Kit.Since we received it we made 2 batches of beef jerky and currently have our second batch of fruit leather drying.

We decided on this model for a few reasons:

  • Made in the USA
  • 8 trays
  • 8 fruit leather trays
  • 8 sticky/small food screens
  • Price
These are only some of the reasons we went with this model, these are just some of the highlights.
This is a special edition model, it comes with 8 trays and screens.  The standard model Nesco Gardenmaster FD-1010 only has 4 trays and costs almost as much as the FD-1018P, so it was pretty much a no-brainer.   I considered the next model up Nesco GARDENMASTER FD-1020, but this unit doesn’t have the potential capacity.  I would however recommend getting a timer, my second batch of jerky was a bit over dried since I had to leave it running overnight.

Now an electric dehydrator isn’t ideal for a post apocalyptic world but, won’t be a total loss.  If you have one and have experience using it you will have the knowledge to dehydrate and what to dehydrate.  You can use the trays for other dehydrating methods.  You can ask the Prepwife, I don’t make purchases very lightly, I spent a good amount of time researching the pros and cons of this unit before deciding on this particular dehydrator: Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P 1000 Watt Food Dehydrator Kit.  I could keep writing on this topic for a while.  I am going to wrap it up for now. We will revisit this topic multiple times.  It is an important one for preparedness…

the Survivalguy

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish everyone a Happy healthy and blessed Thanksgiving.  I would like to ask everyone to take a little time to actually reflect on what you personally have to be thankful for.
For to many people today Thanksgiving is little more than an excuse to over eat and get ready for the

Christmas shopping season.  That is not what Thanksgiving is about, we (the country) need to get back to the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday season.

One of the many things I am thankful for is our troops fighting for our freedom.  Please say a prayer for them, especially the ones that are away from their family’s.

the Survivalguy

Interesting E-mail – Security – OPSEC

I received an interesting e-mail the other day.  The e-mail was in regards to what a burglar is thinking.  Many of the points are common sense for those that are even a little concerned, especially with the current state of society.

There are some really great tips here: The best are near the end. Common sense applied in a vigorous way.

1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system . If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find it athttp://www.faketv/ <http://www.faketv/> . Com/)

8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON’T TELL YOU:

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again.. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.

4. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.

8. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky ; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job

Protection for you and your home:

If you don’t have a gun, here’s a more humane way to wreck someone’s evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):

WASP SPRAY

A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection…  Thought this was interesting and might be of use.

FROM ANOTHER SOURCE

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School. For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

“That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.”

Maybe even save a life.

PUT YOUR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night…

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.

For the most part, these are no-brainers.  But I am sure some of them may be new to some of you out there.  OPSEC (Operations Security) is an important topic for everyday life.

the SurvivalGuy

ONE STOP CHRISTMAS SHOPPE – Cornerstone Christian Academy

OK, so below is the flyer for the Cornerstone fund raiser that is going on today 11/19/2011.  Stop by and support some local businesses and get some deals saving money.
I will not be there, as I will be in the woods trying to  harvest a deer or 2 for my family.
The PrepWife will however be there ‘manning the store’ so to speak.  so stop by and say hi.
Tell her you saw the blog post and get 10% off (has to be a minimum of $20 purchase).  She doesn’t know about this yet, she is still sleeping.

ONE STOP CHRISTMAS SHOPPE

Multiple local vendors of quality handcrafted items, Apple Blossom Gifts/Dabeck Business Solutions, Avon, Bead Art, Enchanted Forest Alpaca Crafts, FHG Furniture and Crafts, His Hand … Crafts, Mary Grace Knitting, Mary Kay, Miche Bags, Premiere Designs Jewelry, Salvation Station Christian Books etc., Silpada Designs Jewelry, Stamping Up, Sunrise EZ Shop, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Camping survival gear, and more!

    

   

AND

   Family Pasta Dinner   

Fundraisers 

         

  Open to the Public

Cornerstone Christian Academy

60 Holley St., Brockport

 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

One Stop Christmas Shop: 9am – 5pm

Pasta Meal Served from: Noon – 7pm

 

While the One Stop Christmas Shoppe is free,

Tickets for the Pasta Dinner may be purchased

through any school family or by calling the School Office.   (637-4540). Takeouts Available

 Cost: $7.50 Ages 13+;     $4.50 Ages 5-12;

Ages 4 and Under Free

ADVANCE SALES DUE IN THE CCA OFFICE BY MONDAY AM, NOVEMBER 14.

Pre-sales recommended.

 Tickets may be purchased at the door while supplies last!

We welcome all of our school families and relatives as well as all community members and our alumni.

We’re looking forward to your visit!

Joan Johnson
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Office Administrator
585-637-4540
585-637-4518

’til next time
Be Prepared to Survive
the SurvivalGuy


Kids and Accountability

Accountability; this is a topic you will probably see here more than once. I was walking into the local public school the other day and just inside by the entrance was a large plastic tub labeled lost and found. This tub was overflowing with coats and hats, etc. There was a woman that walked in just in front of me that made a comment “…how can you lose a coat and not know it.” My response was “if they aren’t held accountable, they don’t care.” She agreed as she walked into the room she was headed to.

This is a major problem with society today. People don’t think twice about shelling out money to buy replacements for things they bought not that long ago. What is even worse is the continual upgrading. We all know people that have to have the latest and greatest all the time. This is something that is a bit of a pet peeve for me. I am quite content with using something as long as it is feasible. I am also a firm believer in the 3 R’s, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Some things, yes it is inevitable, but something like a coat that has nothing wrong with it, that is just ridiculous. The way things are headed with the economy both in the US and globally, when our children and grandchildren are grown they won’t be that far removed from bread lines of the past.

It is a sad affair that our government encourages this behavior.  There are entitlement programs for just about anything.  These welfare programs are not necessarily a bad thing.  They do however need to be revamped.  We need to make the receivers of these services accountable.  One of my primary gripes would probably be to institute mandatory drug testing.  This would be before receiving and throughout the process.  As long as someone is receiving government services or benefits they need to be tested.

OK, I think I will end my rant for now.

-the SurvivalGuy

Christmas Tree Tax

I just read an article where the Obama administration has added a new tax to the list…..

If you are planning to buy a fresh Christmas tree, you may be paying a little more.  They have instituted a $0.15 fee on all sales of fresh trees, for sellers that sell more than 500 trees a year.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-admin-announces-tax-on-chistmas-trees-to-improve-image-of-chistmas-trees/

This is being done to help fund a campaign to improve the image and help in marketing of Christmas trees.  This makes complete sense in regards to the Obama administration.  This is going to hurt American businesses and will probably boost the sales of artificial Christmas trees.  Guess where most of them are made…. that’s right oversees.  So not only will they hurt American businesses but they will be helping oversees business.

About the only effective thing I think we can do is to support our local small businesses.

-the SurvivalGuy

Peanut butter

Peanut butter is a wonderful thing.  It tastes great, and it’s packed with protein.  We go through a considerable amount of it in our house.  So when we heard the news of peanut butter prices going up, we weren’t too happy.  On the up side our local Wegmans will be keeping their price through the end of the year.

Prices for peanut butter are going up 20-40%, varying by brand.

Peanut butter prices going up

This is just another in a long line of rising food costs.  When the cost of foods started rising the manufactures did it in a covert manner.  Most made the packages smaller while keeping the prices the same.

‘Till next time,
the SurvivalGuy

 

Seneca Alleganay Sportsman Show

We are getting ready for the Seneca Allegany Sportsman Show February 19-20.  9-4 daily.  Hope to see you there.

http://www.senecaalleganycasino.com/seneca_event_center.cfm#ss

Seneca Allegany Events Center (Directions)