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By A Gardener's Notebook, on April 10th, 2016 in Food, Gardening, General Prepping with Tags: fruit, photos, plants Link broken? Raindrops may help power the next-generation solar panelDigital TrendsSolar technology has improved gradually over the past decade with most of the advances focusing on extracting as much energy out of sunlight as possible. It’s wonderful having the time to do a bit of preserving when the opportunity arises. By Down to Earth, on April 10th, 2016 in Food Storage, General Prepping, Homesteading with Link broken? April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
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From ISIS to North Korea,  an economic collapse to a grid down scenario to ongoing cyber attacks, there are no shortage of dangers that face Americans in this day and age, and should one or a combination of possible events occur that would throw the nation into chaos, your level of preparation may be the only difference of whether you survive the unthinkable or you don’t.
Early spring is the ideal time to divide ornamental grasses just before, or just as they are starting to grow.  A few years ago I made a movie about that process, you can watch that here. Early spring is also the ideal time to divide hostas.  Just dig out the clump just at the eyes start to show, before the leaves unfurl and divide into two or three clump eyes.
By Mikes Backyard Nursery, on April 10th, 2016 in Gardening, General Prepping with Tags: rural living Link broken? Local residents now feel that their privacy has been violated and the utility company, SRP, said that the equipment was mounted without their knowledge and that they did not give the ATF permission. Younger Daughter and I were in Spokane last week doing errands, when we passed a startling sight: a new dental office. Far be it for me to question the advertising tactics of a business, but I have to wonder what on earth an octopus has to do with dentistry or orthodontics. By Rural Revolution, on April 10th, 2016 in General Prepping, Homesteading, Humor with Link broken?
Even though magnets are used in many areas of life, you may think that you can just scavenge them as needed after a major crisis hits.
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50 Tips for Eating From the Pantry When You Have No Money for Groceries When do you actually use the stuff in your prepper’s pantry? By SHTF Preparedness, on April 10th, 2016 in Canning, Food, Food Storage, General Prepping, Homesteading with Tags: pantry, preparedness, SHTF, storage Link broken? 10 April, 1796 is the birthday of James Jim Bowie, who died March 6, 1836 at the Battle of the Alamo. Today, we present another entry for Round 64 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest.
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In the event of an EMP strike or solar flare, all of your electronic devices are vulnerable to destruction. In 1836, English scientist Michael Faraday conducted an experiment on electrostatic charges that resulted in the creation of the container that bears his name.
A Faraday cage is an enclosure made of conductive material that blocks both static and non-static electrical fields. There are many less complicated ways that you can improvise an EMP-proof container of your own for a far less expensive price tag. First of all, if the grid does come back up at some point, a person with devices that have been protected will be in the vast minority of people to possess a working unit. Secondly, if you have planned other sources of power (such as solar or wind power) then the items that you have protected can be used with those power sources.
Do you have any devices stored away to be protected against the possibility of an EMP strike or solar flare? If you found this article useful, please Vote for Ready Nutrition as a top prepper web site. I imagine a steel 55gl drum lined with something non-conductive and a lid would work as well then?
An EMP of sufficient magnitude to damage electronic devices can be generated solely by a nuclear airburst, and will only be effective within a small radius, say 30 miles from the blast’s epicenter. A metal garbage can is a good idea but lining with a smaller plastic container will only work if the plastic will not transfer static or other electrical charges.
A CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) contains some solar magnetic field which interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere and can induce powerful current in power transmission lines. A flare is a magnetic explosion on the Sun – caused by recombination of magnetic fields. Even in the case of a super-duper flare, the effects at ground level will be hard to detect – and certainly not worth worrying about.
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Cyclocross started in Europe more than one hundred years ago when cyclist were looking for a way to stay fit in winter. Cyclocross requires the power of a sprinter, the speed and endurance of a time trialist, the bike-handling skills of a mountain biker and the tactics of a road racer. It is not surprising that cyclocross has become the fastest growing part of the sport of cycling in the U.S.
Events foster a festive atmosphere and encourage everyone to have fun while racing as hard as possible. However, if we were to consider which cataclysms have their candy-apple-red warheads, pointed squarely in our direction, then we arrive at a few very different conclusions. For instance, we’ve talked about EMPs in previous posts, because it seems to carry a very high likelihood that one might just be headed our way in the future, and shut down the power grid for months or years.
An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, is an energy wave of electrons that can be emitted unidirectionally or omnidirectionally. Amazing Breakthrough In Compact Portable Backup Power — Charges Your Phone, Laptop And Even Jump Starts Your Car! However, let’s just say that the EMP devices we should be worried about have the potential to wipe out a couple billion desk clocks.
A nuke will blast a massive EMP, which will wipe out any electronic devices that are presently plugged in to the power grid, along with anything that has an exposed three-foot antenna.
By the way, we might also end up taking the equivalent of an EMP in the event that we’re directly blasted by an X-class solar flare — because those have basically the same effect. When that energy wave is emitted, it acts like a lightning bolt, except for the fact that it expands and doesn’t travel in a linear direction. The problem with an EMP is the fact that it’s an expanding wave — and doesn’t just hit one thing.
Go to the local hardware store and purchase a metal 5-gallon paint bucket with a metal lid. Using HVAC metal foil tape, seal all holes where the EMP could “leak” into the inside of your faraday cage bucket.

BONUS: For added protection from the elements if you decide to bury this bucket, then spray the entire surface of the container with rubber sealant. In addition, you can also go to your local craft or dollar store and purchase a smaller tin container. With little things like this, I simply find enjoyment in the fact that an enemy military will spend a few hundred million bucks on a mass-destructive weapon — only to be “foiled” by an average-Joe that read an article like this, and made an $8 trip to the dollar store. I am just wondering what good these electronic devices are going to do you if there is no electricity or anything to connect to ? What if you drop a rubber trash can with lid sealed with rubber tape into a galvanized trash can with lid and use the metal tape to seal it? The Earth dodged a bullet two weeks ago when an electromagnetic pulse strong enough to take down the power grid sped through the planet’s typical orbit just ahead of us. Fires caused by bursting power grid transformers, downed power lines, gas line eruptions, and airplanes falling from the sky would cause a massive loss of life.
FEMA estimates regarding the death toll and loss of property from a solar flare powerful enough to knock out the electrical system infrastructure are not even in the ballpark.
After speaking with Forstchen, I realized just how divorced from reality the FEMA estimates are and the woes which will face even the most prepared rural off-grid or prepping family.
According to the FAA, there are about 7,000 types of aircraft flying over the United States at any given time.
Many extremely informative and educational books address what to do when you can’t call a doctor or a dentist, but what will we do when a 911 call to the fire department is no longer possible? Missile defense expert and High Frontier veteran Henry Cooper told the Washington Examiner the world escaped catastrophe when referencing the EMP near miss. Cooper, Pry, and former CIA Director James Woolsey want the federal government to help protect the power grid by encasing the nearly 3,000 transformers in the system with a “high tech metal box,” in addition to purchasing spare transformers to use to rebuild the system.
While the SHIELD Act may not correct all the problems with the power grid, it is truly a first step in the right direction. Cooper also recently noted that North Korea could already have the capability to initiate an EMP attack against America. The EMP commission was created in the late 1990s in a Republican-controlled Congress and then re-initialized during a Democrat-controlled congressional session. Preventing the downfall of America due to a solar flare, EMP attack, or cyber hacking into the power grid’s lax security system is everyone’s problem. Add to EJ Playlist  This is a short video on SOME of the things you can do to protect your equipment from a electro magnetic pulse or EMP for short. A rock crawling Jeep has an edge over this IH Scout, but it's not a practical for everyday use. WESTERN, MEYERS, CURTISS, FISHER, SNO-WAY, DIAMOND, SALT-DOGG, BLIZZARD, BOSS V SNOW PLOW ANY V PLOW EAT YOUR HEART OUT! Add to EJ Playlist  The box I setup for EMP blasts & also for my backup portable solar charging system. Add to EJ Playlist  Taurus gets zapped by an elctromagnetic pulse just to see what happens. Add to EJ Playlist  My Answer to Portable, Take anywhere, Disaster proof amateur radio communications.
Add to EJ Playlist  I read Lights out by (Halffast) as a PDF a few years back and it scared me enough to make some changes in my preps. WESTERN, MEYERS, CURTISS, FISHER, SNO-WAY, DIAMOND, SALT-DOGG, BLIZZARD, BOSS V SNOW PLOW ANY V PLOW other than HINIKER IS THE BEST THOUGH. Add to EJ Playlist  Uploaded by anthonyp43 on Jun 11, 2011 This is a WOODEN RAIL on WOODEN bridge. I have had to activate the "Comment Approval", this is the first time I've had to do this but I will NOT TOLERATE such rude and foul comments anymore on this video. Power systems: widespread voltage control problems and protective system problems can occur, some grid systems may experience complete collapse or blackouts. Add to EJ Playlist  Protecting electronics from damaging Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) effects is much easier than you might think.
Budget Prep: Faraday Cage Protect Your Electronics From an EMP With this Simple Solution Published Dec. A Faraday cage is a conductive structure that acts as a shield against electromagnetic energy.
Michael Faraday (September 22, 1791 – August 25, 1867) was an English physicist and chemist who is one of the most influential scientists of all time.
Despite the unseasonable April showers here in the San Fernando Valley, my wife and I headed out to our local independent nursery to pick out our favorite edible Monrovia plants to add to the garden this spring — our own personal “Splurge on Spring”, you might say! Click here if you’d like to download a PDF version of Basic Gardening Terms Part 1 which deals with types of plants and plant forms. Trump against the wishes of the majority of party voters in a Colorado Delegate sweep Saturday. Have you ever stopped to think about what is the most frequent disaster that causes people to turn to their emergency food supplies? There, I heard a consistent undercurrent from the attendees as they spoke among themselves on end times, evil, uncertainty, failing economics, Islam, terrorism, failing education, and especially on politics. Both cause a dramatic fluctuation in the magnetic field of the Earth that, in turn, causes voltage surges and damaging currents. He was not the first to experiment with this concept; his work was based on research performed by Benjamin Franklin nearly one hundred years earlier, in 1755. This protects devices from a weapons EMP strike, a solar flare event, or a lightning strike. Although these homemade Faraday cages are perhaps not as stylish and elegant as the retail units, they should be just as effective. Anything that you don’t want to live without post-EMP and anything that you can charge in an alternate manner is a good candidate for residence within the container. They wonder, why protect items that must be plugged in if the entire electrical grid is down? If the device has been unprotected, even with the return of electrical power at the flick of a switch, the item cannot be repaired and used in the future.
If this is the case, also be certain to protect the proper inverters or solar chargers to be used with the stored devices. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.
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When this pulse comes into contact with electronic devices, it essentially overloads their more delicate components and fries their circuit boards. At which point, we’ll have to re-adopt the Pony Express as the most viable form of sending a text. We’ll have no way to communicate, no water treatment, no medical assistance, no economic supply chains, and emergency services will be dead in the water without the ability to coordinate rescue and crime-stopping operations. A lightning rod, for instance, attracts that energy surge and causes it to travel along the wire and into the ground — thereby bypassing any of the electrical components in the building (since no electrical components should have been connected to the lightning rod).
If you make sure to wrap your smaller electronics in protective non-electrically conductive materials, then simply seal it up with that HVAC tape mentioned above, and you can spend less than $10 on the finished project. And when they need clean water, elite soldiers are choosing the Paratroopers Water Purifier -- the smallest, lightest, and most durable water purifier on earth!
If the antiquated and overly taxed power grid were to fail due to a solar flare, cyber hacking, or EMP attack, the lack of access to electronic gadgets would be the least of our worries.

Rolling blazes caused during a solar flare or EMP attack are rarely ever factored into either FEMA planning or even discussions by preppers themselves. It was the North Carolina professor who first got me pondering the fire aspect following a solar flare or EMP and thinking about the number of planes which will come crashing down across the country. In addition to the thousands of passenger and crew deaths, the fires which will occur during the crashes (which will occur when a solar flare or EMP renders the plane’s electrical system useless), will destroy entire communities. Preppers often live in rural areas surrounded by thick forests and a plethora of wood structures for livestock and supply storage. The government cannot simply walk 300 miles to a warehouse (cars build after 1950 will likely not run after a solar flare or EMP attack) and pull a transformer back by horse and buggy.
Even if the high-voltage protective boxes around transformers are put into place and spare transformers are carefully held in storage until they are needed, the impact a solar flare or EMP would have on America is still extremely dire. According to the missile defense expert, North Korea tested a Space Launch Vehicle last December. Unless the public applies pressure to get the SHIELD Act passed and continually pushes for more electromagnetic pulse preparedness steps to be taken, we will remain solely at the mercy of both the sun and our nuclear weapon-holding enemies. This would also cover strong solar storm that would be the equivalent of a world wide EMP that would last for hours or even days.
A diesel pickup truck like a dodge, ford or chevy GMC is good but then you have to have an ex cab if you have more than 2 people. We have a great lineup of speakers (including William Forstchen the author of "ONE SECOND AFTER" ) that will give you many tips on preparedness. What that means is if there is an EMP (electro magnetic pulse) that wires out all electronics, this car will keep on going. If you are thinking of off road BOV check out my video "Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle" I talk in detail about situations and when where and why a BUV Bug Out Vehicle. It is a vehicle that if there is civil unrest or a major evacuation or whatever happens, is a vehicle that is reliable and will carry you and your friends to a safer place in a minuets notice. All you need to do is wrap whatever you want to protect in paper towel, using some masking tape to keep in in place.
This is how you can easily create a situation, where you overlook having the proper magnets for all your needs as well as ones that can be used until new ones become available. These surges will irrevocably destroy any modern electrical components they come in contact with. It is vital that none of your electronics directly contact the metal of the container. It is important to add that your make-shift Faraday cages should be grounded in order to disperse the energy. And FWIW, a garbage can, being made of steel, will have zero shielding effect as it is electrically transparent above 1000 Hz. In fact, you can even hop on YouTube and build your own small EMP device that will emit a blast to completely wipe out electronic devices as large as … well, a small desk clock.
It’s so small and lightweight you can easily carry it in your pocket or purse, backpack or glove box. Air Force One and Strategic Air Command used to control nuclear-tipped missiles are the only aircraft which are supposedly EMP proof. While bugging in is the most viable option for rural preppers and off-grid individuals, staying on the family farm might not be an option when fires from more settled areas spread unchecked towards the beautiful wood cabin you call home. Except for a few news segments over the past two years by Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, the main stream media has simply dismissed the idea of an EMP attack or a Carrington Event-size solar flare as pure prepper paranoia.
Like most products we use during our daily lives, transformers are not made herein America. Citizens who have not put their generators, appliances, cell phones, and basically anything else with electronic components and a cord into a Faraday cage, will still be living an Amish-style existence. The vehicle could reportedly launch a nuclear attack against the United States by orbiting the weapon at the South Pole, where missile interceptors and radar do not exist. I even took a Karate class for about a year until I lost patience with the rituals and didn't feel like it was doing me much good.
Due to great MPG you can get far and pass by gas stations where people in an PHFT (Poop Hits The Fan) scenario. If this strikes a cord with you and you realize that things in this world are getting pretty volitle, then pay attention to this channel. The paper towel serves as an insulator between the device and the aluminum foil you will now wrap around the device. Little was said about faith, hope, and confidence, though God was mentioned from time to time in the conversations I overheard. They are “guaranteed” to protect your items from an EMP strike, but collecting on that guarantee could be rather difficult, given the circumstances that would cause the necessity for that protection.
Solar flares are very real and devastating ones have hit our planet before, I believe in 1859 was the last huge one although the one in canada a few years back is still suspect as to causation.
And that’s just another reason why hearing about Russian or North Korean threats of WWIII gets my dander up. As long as your devices aren’t touching the metal on the inside of the faraday cage, then they won’t even feel a thing. Between you and your four neighbors, chances are that at least one of the five households will experience a break-in… or worse, a home invasion. The SHIELD Act, the first real attempt at protecting the power grid from an electromagnetic pulse event, has been stalled in Congress for weeks. Preserving the power grid is extremely important, but it’s just one step in the process to mitigate disaster. This International Scout has just a 100" wheel base, same as a Jeep scrambler, it's built like a tank and drives like a Cadilliac. Car goes about 580 miles and everything functions beautifully with most wear age parts replaced.. Scientists, professors, and FEMA cannot agree upon or pinpoint an exact repair time frame, but many feel that if a solar flare impacts the entire world, we could be without power for as long as a decade. I feel the most beneficial aspect of the passage of the SHIELD Act is the headlines the legislation approval will create. Plus it's narrower than most full size suv's so it will get in and out of most places you want to go! Far too many Americans are blissfully unaware of the major threat we continue to live under. Science has already shown us that our planets ability to fend off electrical pulses such as the ones the sun produces has reduced with all that us humans and nature itself have done to our planets protective shielding (ozone layer) Not a doomsayer but prepper? Ask anyone whose home has ever been robbed what if feels like, and they’ll say it feels like they were violated.
The more citizens who are prepared for life after a solar flare or EMP attack, the less civil unrest and death will occur. In the end I suggest to do your homework but you will need to come to your own conclusions.
Because not only do criminals violate what should be your sanctuary from the world and walk away. The Dana 300 t-case has a real low low, so even though I have 3:07 gear axles the low gearing more than makes up for that.

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