The way to think about EMP is the wave coupling to a circuit system and what the over-voltage would do to it. The military CUCV isn't very hardened against EMP (although some IC are in a metal cage and the components are over-designed to account for high current spikes) but it is a simple engine system that the military went with to easily repair to get back into the fight. The misnomer is that ALL electronics would cook, actually its any electronics with the low current level rated components that are susceptible. On Future Weapons he took is car out to the Military EMP generator and sat in it while fired a pulse.
This Starfish EMP estimate assumes that only 0.1% of the bomb energy is emitted by the bomb as prompt gamma rays.
This makes you think about getting your money out of the country, but even more than that getting your family out of the country. I strongly recommend you all read the book “ONE SECOND AFTER” for more details on what the results of an EMP attack would be!! Also it may be possible to get out of America IF you live on Hawaii after an attack for the reason I mentioned above. America is a country that is on its way down, just as the Roman Empire, it’s not a matter of IF but when, it could happened very fast, one EMP ove the country would do it!!! Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is a great way to test out your preps without the added weight of an emergency situation.
Setting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. Activities With and For Kids Getting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses.
The Waiting List: Ideally we would all love to join the best prepping group out there, but they are the best because they don’t just accept anyone. This might be the most feasible option for anyone wanting to have a prepping group, and because of this we talked quite a bit about forming prepper groups in the podcast. Finding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, Like this article?I get this question all the time, and these questions have seemed to increase in the last couple of weeks, so I decided to tackle the subject of forming or joining prepper groups.
When you are prepping, you will focus on many different areas, with the main area of focus being food, water, shelter, and weapons. This is actually taken from the five steps of grieving, but grieving does not only have to be about losing someone you love.
On the evening of 23rd of March we will be doing a live webinar with Paul the CEO of Sun Oven International.
There are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. If things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours.
Although it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. When I first sat down to research this story, I thought that America had no real enemy capable of using an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon. The electromagnetic pulse contains enough energy to destroy anything and everything electronic. An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon is far more dangerous and potentially more lethal than a nuclear bomb. Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China's so-called "assassin's mace" arsenal -- weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. A declassified intelligence report, obtained by the private National Security Archive, provides details on China's EMP weapons and plans for their use. And, it goes without saying that countries, specifically the USA and Israel, have invested in this technology. North Korea's nuclear tests have been dismissed as failures by some analysts because of their low explosive yield. The technology for producing a first generation implosion weapon has been around since 1945, and is thoroughly described in open source literature. In December 2012 Pyongyang announced plans to launch another rocket in a fresh attempt to send a "satellite" into orbit. Just two days after announcing that the launch window would be extended due to technical issues, a long-range rocket lifted off from a launch site on the west coast of North Korea.
I want to emphasize this: Unlike nuclear bombs that can destroy a large city like New York or Los Angeles, an EMP weapon is so effective that just one -- detonated over the central USA -- could knock out the entire mainland. Since a fusion reaction produces mostly neutrons, and very little radioactive debris, the concept of a 'clean' bomb has resulted: one having a small atomic trigger, a less fissionable tamper, and therefore less radioactive fallout. Carrying this progression further would result in the suggested "neutron bomb", which would have a minimum trigger and a non-fissionable tamper. The theorized "cobalt bomb" is, on the contrary, a radioactively "dirty bomb" having a cobalt tamper.
The half-life of Co-60 is just long enough so that airborne particles will settle and coat the earth's surface before significant decay has occurred, thus making it impractical to hide in shelters (unless one has supplies to last a decade or more). Such a doomsday device might be made and used as the ultimate threat in a political stand-off, effectively saying to the world, "Do as we say or we all die!" And it need not be put into the atmosphere.
No one spoke about it on the news, nothing was written -- it was "top secret" at the time -- but I later learned that it was the result of an atmospheric nuclear explosion. Scientists learned that nuclear explosions, in addition to the blast, heat and deadly gamma radiation, also produce a strong electromagnetic pulse that is capable of passing thousands of volts of electrical energy to just about anything that conducts electricity. The pulse is generated by the interaction of gamma rays, released by a nuclear explosion, with the atmosphere and the Earth. Because our bodies do not conduct this current, the EMP does not directly harm humans or other living organisms. Most vulnerable to this high current of EMP are transistors, those small devices that are inside computer chips, radios, cellphones, ATM machines, automotive ingnition systems, the gas pumps, calculators, lights, clocks and just about everything that requires batteries. Imagine surviving an EMP only to find you cannot call your family to see if they are safe, cannot get cash from your ATM or bank (since they cannot access your records), cannot buy food at a supermarket (no scanners) or even drive your car (ignition destroyed).
When you finally walk to your home, city water will not be pumped, lights will not come on, sewage treatment will be off-line, heat and air conditioning will be gone and the production, harvesting and transport of food will have come to a grinding halt.
If an EMP device were detonated, most of the electronics that control our many nuclear energy plants would be destroyed.
It is possible to shield electronic equipment from EMP radiation, but it is extremely difficult. John Kappenman, the chief science adviser to the US EMP commission, believes it would require just $1 billion to harden an estimated 5,000 power transformers around the country to shield them from the impact of an EMP-like event. Air Force One, the President's jet, and certain other strategic aircraft have been equipped with special shields to reduce the effects of the radiation.
Areas of medium yield EMP destruction with a single burst over Kansas at 100, 300 and 500 km.
The scientists describe three possible EMP effects, depending on the height of the detonation. Such an attack could easily be launched from a submarine, just off the coast, and need not be accurate. The House Armed Services Committee confirmed that these weapons do not need to be accurately targeted to destroy our infrastructure.
An orbiting nuke could possibly already be poised, waiting to be used in a future conflict.
Recently, scientists have developed a way to produce an EMP weapon without fissionable material.
The resulting electromagnetic pulse has a wide spectrum of wavelengths, capable of energizing metallic objects of varied lengths, from hundreds of feet to a few inches. This type of non-nuclear apparatus is almost impossible to detect but is limited in scope and power by the size of the charging capacitors. Commercially sold shock wave generators [right] are capable of producing focused acoustic or electromagnetic energy that can break up objects such as kidney stones and other similar materials. This is the 2008 in-depth report to Congress on the threat to the United States from an EMP. I have a couple of the military CUCVs diesals from the mid 80S They have few circuits board that I know of ,but they do have a board that controls the glow plugs.I am guessing that would be affected or would the military thought of that ??
Most circuit components are designed with low voltage and amp requirements so they would be the first to go. The control board for the glow plugs would need replacing after an EMP, keep a spare in a Faraday cage or underground. So an inspection of what circuits have these weak points will tell you what to protect or replace. His car ignition system was burned out, stopping the engine, and only the dashboard lights and electric windows would still work. Actually 3.5% of the energy of fission is prompt gamma rays, but the early bomb tests used bombs with thick cases that absorbed most of these gamma rays, limiting the EMP they produced. Low voltage sensitive ICs were only invented in 1958 and were not yet fully reliable and being manufactured cheaply. It turned out that if you have wires plugged in (charger, or USB printer), it is more likely to get burned out because the wires collect EMP energy like antennae.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to leave the country unless you happen to have a large sailboat and really knew how to use it! You could relocate to an island in the South Pacific like Tahiti, Fiji or the Cook Islands.
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We still have about 4 weeks before we can start planting outside, but that doesn’t mean I can be ready to go once all danger of frost has passed us. It’s also a great way to open the conversation about prepping with family members that might not be completely on board.Be careful how you approach this though. It’s actually easier to get small children interested than older children because older children have already formed some opinions.Doing things like the boy scouts and girl scouts do are fun ways to open the dialog with children about how there is more to life than cell phones and video games. Like the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind”Don’t make these goals too extreme, make them attainable.
Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place. I have been a little hesitant about this because there isn’t really a perfect solution, and quite a bit that goes into prepper groups other than what skills people have.If you have never given this a second thought, you might want to read this article that Lisa wrote about what to look for with prepper groups.
The grieving process can be related to everything, because it is how you grieve no matter the situation.
None of us ever know what is going to happen or when, so being flexible in an emergency situation is a vital part of being prepared. In the show we talked about how this is a double edged sward because you need people on your side, but giving out too much information could make you vulnerable.With operational security comes situational awareness. You never know who was using your stuff when you were away, so have wipes stored at your desk that you can wipe down everything before you get to work.


We known that the Russians have EMP weapons because of their published (an sometimes not) research and experiments with the technology. Annual Pentagon reports on China's military in the past made only passing references to the arms.
Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying group.
Amid a chorus of international criticism, Pyongyang declared the mission a success and says a "satellite" was sent into orbit. There would be blast effects and a hail of lethal neutrons but almost no radioactive fallout. Instead of generating additional explosive force from fission of the uranium, the cobalt is transmuted into cobalt-60, which has a half-life of 5.26 years and produces energetic and highly lethal (and thus penetrating) gamma rays. This prompted physicist Leo Szilard to call it a doomsday device since it was capable of wiping out life on earth. A simple ground based detonation would be sufficient to blast the cobalt-60 into the atmosphere where prevailing winds would carry it around the globe, turning Earth into something like Mars. The 1.4 megaton detonation, called "Operation Starfish Prime" [right] occurred 250 miles above Johnston Island in the Pacific.
Called the "Compton effect", the resulting pulse is like a radio signal and any metallic object acts like a receiving antenna.
What's even worst is that the lack of radio and television news will keep most people from understanding what has happened or how to respond. With no way to control the fission reaction these nuclear plants would eventually run away, reach critical states and melt down, releasing nuclear material in explosions similar to those in Fukushima, Japan. Oddly, old radio equipment using vacuum tubes are less likely to be hurt by the radiation than transistor circuitry and many existing Russian aircraft still maintain these old systems for this reason.[Above] Special Air Force E-4 being tested for EMP shielding. The House Armed Services Committee issued its warning to Congress on July 10, 2008 citing the fact that the Russians have already tested small yield EMP weapons of 300 kilotons at altitudes of 60, 150 and 300 kilometers and produced the effects described above at distances up to 600 kilometers from the test site. Because the gamma rays travel in a line of sight path, the most dramatic effect comes from a high altitude blast. The altitude and coordinates of detonation can vary widely and the effects will be just as lethal to the electronics. A medium size nuke, detonated from between 150 and 500 miles anywhere over Kansas, would be enough to destroy a hundred years of technological development. If such a weapon is already up there, it is completely beyond our current capability to destroy it. These non-nuclear devices are smaller than nuclear fueled pulse generators but their effect can be just as effective over a limited geographic area. All of the artificial "antennae" then become charged with enormous electrical currents which burn and render their components useless. In fact, a simple search of the internet yields plans and specifications for constructing small EMP devices from readily available components such as the megatrons from industrial microwave ovens, rated at 800 to 1200 watts, and several automotive batteries.
EMP generators can produce pulses of electromagnetic energy that can destroy the sensitive electronics in computers and microprocessors.
It is to make you aware that the technology is very real and that we are currently extremely vulnerable to the effects of this type of weapon. Well, I know some people who have stopped putting their money in banks and have started storing food and water. Also small engines any data on how they would be affected items such as coils would it burn them on an pre80s vehicle or small engine?? Also, a hemisphere of iron or uranium above the bomb will inelastically scatter some upward neutrons, causing additional prompt gamma rays to be given off in random directions (so 50% of those will go downward).
Even transistors (invented in 1948) were at first expensive and unreliable and were not commonplace until the late 1960s!
But even if it survives the EMP itself, a wireless laptop will be no use if the mains grid is taken out since the internet routers and all other fixed hardware will be taken out of operation. None of these island are strategic in any EMP or Nuclear conflict, they would have a very low impact as compared to other places in the Northern Hemisphere. Stay up to date with the latest prepper news and information like bugging out and bugging in. You can categorize each list, or just make a huge list of what you would like to accomplish over the summer. If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.
Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work. Like this article?When it comes to prepping, the old adage two is one and one is none comes to mind. Facing confrontation, having enough supplies for a multitude of different scenarios, and always having a plan B, and a backup plan to that plan, is what makes you a prepper.Critical thinking means that when you hit that road block you don’t just give up, you need to have the survival attitude and figure out an alternative option.
The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.
There is already a law in place that allows the government to take your stuff “for the greater good” in the event of a national disaster.If the SHTF, you can bet that the government will rationalize coming for your preps. Sure, I know that the Sun can cause this type of energy burst, but could a nation develop such a horrific weapon? Pry believes they bore the "signature" of the Russian-designed "super-EMP" weapon, capable of emitting more gamma radiation than a 25-megaton nuclear weapon.
This theoretically would cause minimal physical damage to buildings, equipment and infrastructure but would be highly effective at killing most living things.
I remember one summer in 1962 when I thought my receiver was broken; I even bought new tubes for it. Not only did the explosion shut down short wave radio communications in America, but it also overloaded and blew out over 300 streetlights in Oahu, Hawaii -- some 740 miles away! Whereas a radio signal might produce a thousandth of a volt or less in a receiving antenna, an EMP pulse produces thousands of volts. You probably also depend on a cellphone and, most likely, you have a car to get you from home to work or to the market. At such a high altitude, it could happen in the blink of an eye and might not be immediately associated with any type of explosion or blast.
Even a small hole will allow the radiation to enter and any wires extending outside the shield will defeat the protection.
Here, the gamma rays can travel further and the Earth's magnetic field deflects the pulse back to the surface. If several are launched, the chances of one reaching its optimum height is almost guaranteed. By comparison, the space shuttle and space station orbit about 110 to 150 miles above Earth, well below the optimal detonation of a potential EMP weapon. Once it is detonated, our remaining electronic defense systems would be relatively useless. This vulnerability, if left unaddressed, could have grave, societal altering consequences."--Rep. These devices are said to be able, with the addition of a parabolic reflector, to disable the electronics of a modern car or truck within 200 meters. Destabilized LCR circuits can produce multi megawatt pulses by using an explosive wire disruptive switch to achieve an effect similar to larger EMP devices. Nations, like the US and Russia, have already developed these weapons on a scale capable of devastating our modern, technological dependent civilization. The report is available in its entirety online (PDF format), for FREE--it's a public document.
Anyone with the technology to launch an EMP attack today will not use a duplicate of Starfish, but will seek to optimise prompt gamma ray output to get the maximum EMP possible.
FYI…all air and water currents stay above or below the equator, which is why I almost raised you all in New Zealand, which by the way came very close to happening, all I had to do was send for your mother, everything was set i.e. So during the winter I was plotting and planning my garden beds, and how I will use them this year. By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months.
This is extremely accurate, with maybe one exception when it comes to first aid supplies that you should have when preparing for the unknown.When you think you have enough medical and first aid supplies, multiply that by about 10 and you should be good for an unexpected emergency. Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that. Even is a situation where the government seems nonexistent, they can come back in the picture and say “we’re back, and we’re here to help”Do what you can to plan for this.
But even if your cellphone, radio or computer was still somehow working, there would be no electrical power in the grid -- for a long time.
On every band, on every frequency, there was a loud and annoying hiss that lasted for a couple of days. Antennae, pipelines, underground gas and water pipes, metal fences, iron railroad tracks, power lines, telephone wires, electric cables -- all suddenly act like antennae and become the recipient of huge currents, starting fires, explosions and frying all forms of circuitry beyond repair. Once the EMP has been discharged, the circuitry of subsequent missile eletronics will be useless, leaving the victims vulnerable to more attacks. Then an explosive charge begins at one end of the coil, shorting the coil by compressing it against the metallic shield.
Some are even exercising more, getting ready for long walks along deserted highways and roads. Chapters include Electric Power, Telecommunications, Banking and Finance, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Transportation Infrastructure, Food Infrastructure, Water Infrastructure, Emergency Services, Government and more.
Northrop's data show that an enhanced radiation weapon releases 2.6% of its yield as prompt gamma rays, for example.
In fact ALL electrical and electronic operated things will NOT work, unless you have some renewable energy source to operate them with.
Like this article?When the time changes, I start to get antsy for the longer sunny days that will be coming. If you think you have everything you could possible need, and have never had an emergency to use it for, trust me, you will need more.Unfortunately for me, I actually had a medical emergency recently that I had to put my emergency medical kit into use. And about a week ago he got into the worst trouble yet.I am not sure what happened, he got spooked somehow and put his back leg through the back of his stall. Or, what if you have to move, or life happens, and what do you do when your prepping plans hit a road block and get derailed?Even if we have tried to think about every hypothetical disaster scenario the we could possibly face, the odds are the situation won’t go as we planned. More troubling is that all of our defensive systems are designed to target a potential warhead as it re-enters. The explosion releases certain energies that spread out and radiate a large area underneath it. The effect changes the inductance of the coil, essentially shortening the field as the explosion advances down the tube. After being cooped up in the house all winter long, there is just something so satisfying about being able to stay outside without a coat on that motivates me to get busy.For those of us that live in cold weather states we get a little cabin fever this time of year, and also a little anxious to get out and get things done. In an SHTF event everything going according to plan will be the exception, not the rule.This is why it’s important to have a plan A, plan, B and plan C. If this means you have extra food and supplies in case the government men come knocking on your door, do it.


The higher up it happens, the more the radiation can extend beyond the curve of the horizon. Even if you live in one of the warmer states, these tips will be useful to keep your preparedness plans on track.This week we talked about springtime prepping and planning, and how to stay motivated throughout the summer months.
This even applies today if we need to bandage them up until medical help is available.SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. And to make it more complicated, these plans need to intertwine so you can change course at a moment’s notice. There are some things you just can’t do in the winter months, so it’s important to take advantage of the good weather while you can.SPP145 Springtime Prepping and PlanningGet Outside and ExerciseThis is really easy to do in April because we are all chomping at the bit to get outside. I quickly grabbed my headlamp and went outside to investigate what was happening.I pointed the light at the horses, and Ethan (aka Dennis) had blood gushing down his back leg.
If all you want is a group of people to learn from and talk about prepping, don’t join a group that requires a big commitment.Your Resume: Think of this like a job interview, what do you have to offer? Use the spring and summer months to their fullest by going camping, working in the yard and even taking walks with your bug out bag on.We talk about being “farmer strong” later in the article, and we need to be physically ready to handle life without all the modern conveniences.
I grabbed my equine first aid kit out of the barn, and proceeded to use EVERYTHING in the kit to create a compression dressing to stop the bleeding.I went through three rolls of vet wrap, three abd pads, and a roll of duct tape, and there was still blood coming through the dressing.
Attention to detail is critical to our survival, and the time to prepare is now, because once the game starts all bets are off.SPP 141 When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1Critical ThinkingThe most important quality, in my opinion, to a life of preparedness is being flexible.
If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.Activities With and For KidsGetting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. Thankfully I have a vet who is available 24-7, and about 45 minutes later, he got to us.The horse managed to gash his leg and cut through his saphenous vein, which is why there was such a large amount of blood. This article from On Point Preparedness talks about why it’s tough to keep a group together.Don’t be too hasty to make your decisions, It’s going to take time to get a feel for someone. This is a little gross, but the bold was actually squirting out every time his heart pumped.The good news is horses have a lot more blood than humans. Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that.Operational SecurityThere are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important.Goal SettingSetting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. So, just how many supplies would I need to have on hand to deal with whatever would come our way?The answer is; much more than I have right now!The good news is emergency’s don’t happen on a daily basis.
Prepping encompasses so many different areas that you are bound to find someone interested in bushcraft, First aid, gun clubs, ham radio etc. The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.The GovernmentIf things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work.Preparedness Plans List(s)For me, the best place to start is with my handy dandy notebook!
And a lot of the first aid supplies that are a part of a good medical kit have very long expiration dates. This is also important because in a SHTF situation you are going to be stuck with them being next door whether you like it or not, and if they know you, they are less likely to take advantage of you.Online PreppingFinding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, but it is also the riskiest. As with anything online we want to be careful about what information we share, and as preppers we are extra careful about it.Personally, I am more worried about people than the government. By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months.The GardenRight know the garden is taking all of my focus. I know I’m on a few lists anyway, but a person with bad intentions, and my personal information can be more dangerous.
Make a fake profile and don’t add your address or phone number.This article from the Survival Blog give a few options for finding groups (or people) online.
Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you and have a plan.Being the Lone WolfAlthough it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping.
To some this may seem like a no brainer, while others may have issues trusting other people, especially in a disaster situation.But you have to get over this aversion to others.
Cleaning out the dead and decaying plant material as well as beautifying the garden itself are things I can do now while waiting.
So you can keep adding to your kit over time in order to have a lot of supplies.But once you start accumulating more and more first aid supplies, you will need a storage plan to keep it all.
You never know who is on the other end of the conversation.There are two aspects of prepper groups we need to think about, the groups we can join now, and the groups we will have in an emergency situation. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.If you have livestock, you will need to incorporate their first aid supplies in to your plan as well. Develop relationships with likeminded people, and find out how your skills and their skills can complement each other. Also, our garage gets COLD, so I don’t really like working out there when the temperature outside is below zero. It is like anything we do, and change is inevitable.The more you work on it, the better you will become, so do it in baby steps.
If you feel better prepping alone, do this for a while, but then begin putting yourself out there. But I have to say, giving a HUGE injection to my horse every day for 5 days proved to be too much for me and the horse, so I was left to use the powdered oral antibiotic, which is a sulfa based drug.2 tubes of silvasorb gelAnd then that made me start thinking about my ‘people’ medical supplies, and how much do I have, vs. You can do the same with family members, and continue to grow our network.The most important thing to understand is that you cannot do this alone, there really is safety in numbers, and we are a social animal. Instead of spending a lot of money to go really far, or making one vacation plan, we choose to explore the beautiful country we live in.We will plan smaller weekend trips to places we can drive. Like it or not, you do need other people.All Tools and No KnowledgeYou have probably heard this a hundred times, but what would you do if you had nothing? But it is better to have the stuff, and never need to use it, kind of like an insurance policy. We need to have the ability to improvise, and the only way to do that is to understand the complete process.It’s great to have a good water filter, but if you don’t understand how water filtration works, you won’t be able to build your own if necessary. So now, we can go places and basically bring our hotel with us.You also don’t need to really go that far away from home. Do a weekend nature walk, learn about what is in your area as far game, plants, and resources. But I would rather be prepared and have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Or you can take a weekend class in firearm training, or outdoor skills.Rotating PrepsAs the summer will go on, our long term food storage and home canned goods will need to be rotated as we add to it with freshly canned vegetables jams and fruits. I will continue to bulk up all of my medical kits, and will most likely add things that most people will not need, such as needles, and IV start kits, but that is because I have been trained how to use it.One thing you may have noticed I did not add to any of my first aid kits is suturing equipment. So before we start canning like fools, it is good to know what we have, what we love, and what we have plenty of. I am of the opinion if I don’t have the training to use something, I am not going to wing it, and when it comes to suturing, I do not have the experience so at this time, it is not a part of my medical kit.
This also goes into my gardening plan, so knowing what we have helps.Now there are some things we won’t have a lot of control over, such as blueberries, apples and pears, because we plant those once, and they keep producing every year. You can listen to the full podcast when Sara publishes it next week.The post When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1 appeared first on Survivalist Prepper. Going back to my horse story, the vet came out three times in attempts to suture the huge gash closed, but the horse would not cooperate, and the window of opportunity passed, so we decided to leave it open, and let it heal by secondary intention (meaning, no sutures). So learning new ways to use the prolific fruits and vegetables will add new recipes, as well as making us be able to use what we have every single year.This is also a good time to start or add to your long term food storage with items from Legacy Farms, or Augauson Farms. Yes, it will take longer to heal, and yes, there is a risk of infection, but that just means I have to be more diligent in caring for the wound until it matures and heals. Dedicate a small amount of money each paycheck to increasing your long term food storage, just in case.Farmer StrongThis one is my favorite! This is something I am willing to do in order to have a good outcome.I feel the same way in regard to people. I don’t know about you, but I HATE working out, or I should say I hate working out just for the sake of working out.
However, I do LOVE being outside, and beautifying my yard, and playing in the garden, and working with my horses. So yes it will be a more difficult task, and take longer to heal, but sometimes that is the better way, especially if there is something in the wound (like debris, or contaminants) that the body will help to push out. So instead of going to a gym, I work out while I am doing things that will benefit me, or my family.For example, my daughter bought me a Fitbit for a Christmas present. If it is sutured closed, you could potentially be trapping the contaminant inside of the body.When in doubt, don’t do it. And I have a bunch of people that I compete with on a weekly basis to see who can get the most steps.
I like it, because it makes exercising fun and adds some competition to the mix, I love it!
How you choose to handle a situation like this is up to you.Another thing to think about, if you have never witnessed an emergency happen, attend some classes and get some training. But on the days where I basically only walk at work, I have to push myself harder than I do when I am doing chores around the house. No it won’t stop emergencies from happening, but you will be more prepared to handle a situation should it occur. Typically I will get around 10,000 steps a day, and I have to really work to make that happen.
Then if something does happen, hopefully your training will kick in, and make it easier to handle the emergency.Get the training BEFORE something happens.
But on the weekends just by working in the yard or garden, I will get around 18,000 steps a day! That is huge!And have you ever worked a piece of land for a garden, carried chicken or horse feed, or dug some fence postholes?
Have drills, and run through a scenario to get your hands in there so you will have a plan of what you would do in an emergency situation.You will never be prepared for every scenario, but the more you plan and practice and learn, the better prepared you will be if something happens.The post First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much? If you make a concerted effort to do this type of work on a daily basis not only will you get in shape, but you will get strong…farmer strong!So make an effort to get your work out by doing things that have the added benefit of making you more self-reliant. You will get in shape in a fun way, and you will be saving money, you don’t need a gym membership to get in shape, just do things to benefit your home, garden or property and use the money you would have used for the gym, and put it back into your ‘homestead’.Food Forestry, aka PermacultureInstead of planting flowers in beds, plant food! Now it was not a human medical emergency, but it was an emergency nonetheless.I know most of you don’t have horses, but the reason I am writing this is because of the lessons I learned, and how it applies to an emergency situation for humans as well. If you do plant flowers, be sure to use flowers that are beneficial to the bees, as well as having medicinal benefits such as lavender, peppermint or Echinacea.If you are planting a tree or shrub, plant fruit trees and shrubs. Put things on your list that you don’t necessarily have to do, but would do if you had the time.
It is pretty inspiring to look back through lists that I thought were pipe dreams, and they are now a part of my everyday life. So inspire yourself, make some lists, and get planning for what you would love to be able to do this summer. You are only limited by yourself, so stop limiting yourself, and just do it!The post Springtime Prepping and Planning appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.




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