The Game Is Rigged and Preparation is a Must

The Game Is Rigged and Preparation is a Must

Matt Moody

Many of us in the United States today see a country we don’t recognize. As a “Boomer” I have watched transitions in this country that really concern me. Regardless of your political persuasion, changes have, and are, making the citizens of this nation less free. There is a police state on the rise and most of those individuals working in those positions are the product of a specifically designed educational and training program.

Mural inside the Denver International Airport


(Mural inside the Denver International Airport)

Water, food, and other items are starting to be controlled by major corporations and new government regulations seem to be a directed attack on religious organizations that produce massive amounts of food for emergency purposes and family storage.  (See ) Insiders have informed me that this is due to new government regulations. More and more we see that some element of top down control is being implemented. We also see shortages of firearms and ammunition, reloading supplies and equipment, and other preparedness items. I was once able to openly purchase sutures and can no longer do so due to The Affordable Care Act restrictions.

(Georgia Guidestones)

Over the last year I had been working on a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) from a university on the east coast. As I pursued the coursework I began to see a trend building – one that concerned me. I began to be referred to as a social scientist and much of the work dealt with social theory that looked exactly like that of Agenda 21 structure and New World Order ideologies. In fact, I had been invited to attend a webinar in which the discussion of “chipping” of human beings was a major topic of discussion and would allow for greater ease in identifying individuals after disasters in which they had been injured or killed. I am totally opposed to chipping of any kind due to my personal religious beliefs. That’s not to say that others would openly accept the chips for their own personal reasons.  

My point in this article is simply to state that there is a concerted effort underway by individuals, corporations, and others to control every aspect of our lives. I am very opposed to such a situation and encourage the readers of this article to seek out your own answers. I have done extensive research and have found enormous amounts of factual information on the subject matter. The more I research and the more I discover the more I am convinced that we need to really need to take preparedness very, very seriously.

(Stock artwork, Matt Moody)

Whether you believe it or not we are all in “The Game of Life” and we are NOT the one’s holding the best hand at this time. It seems that we have all become pawns to the powers that be and to an out-of-control government determined to oppress each and every one of us. I’m simply stating what you all already realize. Either, you understand that fact, you are asleep at the wheel, or you are in complete denial. Those are the only three options people have in this scenario.



In the end I am sure that those who have prepared will have the advantage over others who have not prepared should the times and seasons become very difficult. There is great wisdom in preparing for whatever may come. The essence of storage should be water and food.

desertWe need to understand that we control very little in our lives and so we need to be more determined than ever to control what we can and use wisdom in doing so.

There is a direct correlation between what our government, the powers that be, and what we are being subjected to as we live out our lives. We all need to do more research – open our eyes – and see what is really being thrust upon us today. So far, I don’t like what I’m seeing and it concerns me because I have children and grandchildren that will have to face this uncertain future. Truth seems to be the only thing that sets people free and it is in short supply when it comes from our leaders. The truth is that we as “preppers” are on the right track and we should continue to educate and help our friends and neighbors to understand the need for preparing for any disaster, economic collapse, or otherwise.


On a final note, it is my hope and prayer that those whose lives were impacted by the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma and other states will be


uplifted and comforted by our support on their behalf. What a tragic situation. It is also my hope that those of you who have prepared for such a disaster in the area are prepared to give of their substance to those who need your help right now. Share your good fortune with others – food – water – clothing – your home – your extra car – whatever is needed and you will be better for it. Let’s learn to be reliant on ourselves and each other and not the government.

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Beginners Need to Plan for Off Grid Living

Recently I received an email asking for advice.  It got me to thinking about people who want to live off the grid but have no idea where to start.  It can be overwhelming to think of all the things a person needs to learn before they can become off grid and independent.

The person who sent the email will be buying undeveloped land and wants to start out being off grid all the way.  This is a plus for them since they are not already tied to some property  they might not be able to modify because of where they live.

Because each family has similar and unique needs, it is important to evaluate all those needs before land is purchased.  Persons with medical conditions which will require frequent medical attention or may have life threatening attack probably should not choose to live 120 miles to the nearest hospital.  The longer it takes for an ambulance to arrive, the lower the survival rate for some emergencies.

With that being said, what you need depends on both your lifestyle, number of people and the ages of those who will be living in your home.   Factoring in how usage might change as people age.  You can get a rough estimate by gathering the annual usage statement for water and electricity.  Remember, older people often like a home that is warmer than a healthy 30 year old.

Search the internet for suitable locations in your state to put up windmills.  If there isn’t going to be enough wind, you won’t be able to Wind is important to living off grid.generate electricity.  Your windmill should be taller than any trees that might be near it for maximum output.  That being said, some generators will work at  wind speeds as low as 4 mph.  The department of energy put out this wind map. Solar panels to be roof mounted need to face the proper direction.  That determines the direction your home will face too.  
Choose your contractor wisely.  One who doesn’t know about off grid housing is probably not for you.  Quiz him.  Ask him questions that beginners wouldn’t know. The contractor who is building your house, if he is reputable, should be able to finish your home with those things in mind.  Perhaps with solar panels and wind generators included.

If you have not purchased the land, you will need to be sure to put a condition on the land purchase that the water and soil tests within acceptable levels of contaminants.  Likely the seller will want you to pay for those tests, but check with the local land office to see if there are tests on record.  

Given the water and soil test return a safe result, a water purification system will still be necessary for household use of Hand water pumps are important to off grid planning.well water.  The cost of having a well drilled on your property will not be cheap.  The deeper the well, the more it costs.  The more water you want to pull from the well per day, the more the cost.  There might even be a need for two wells if you are watering livestock.  Don’t fool yourself, cows drink a great deal of water.  Be sure to have a hand pump ready in case your pump stops working.  If you are moving to a community, you need to check the local laws because some cities don’t allow private wells.

If you are not going to be hooked up to city sewer services, you will need to consider what kind of septic system you want. Get a good one, and larger than suggested.  Having guests for a long period of time will increase the demands on your septic system significantly.  If you plan for two people, and some event causes another couple to move in, the demands on the septic system, and water resources, have just doubled.  Be sure to place the location of your septic system according to which direction the water will flow once it leaves the septic system.  
Do not put trees near a septic system because the roots will clog up the system and you may have to dig up your yard and have it routed out.  Look at mature trees of the type you want because what you see above ground is what you will see below.  Where the yard grows the best is where to put your garden.  
If you purchase land with maple trees, you will be able to tap the trees and sell the syrup for a good price.  We have friends who do it every year.  Some years they sell it and some years they have just enough for their use depending on annual rainfall.  The same holds true for fruit trees, if there are any on the land, you can sell the produce for money as well put up the harvest for the year by canning and making jams and jellies.
Try to get flat land, with no rocks.  If you get rocky ground, gardening will be difficult at best.  Removing rocks from the soil is tedious and time consuming.  Fortunately, you only have to do it once.  Try to look up online the regions you are interested in in terms of geology of the area.  This will tell you where good soil is and where the land is rocky and difficult for gardening.
Before you decide what kind of house to build, check out land prices.  The better the quality of land, the more expensive the acres are.  Five acres can make a great homestead to raise food for your family and to sell in farmer’s markets.
If you are going to go full off grid, consider livestock.  You might be able to include barns and what kinds of housing and fencing for your animals.  Remember to consider the winter months in your state.  Some animals might have to have at least some heat in winter.
The worst thing people do is not plan before they buy land and build.  Once you find out how much it all costs to get started, you might decide you want to build a much smaller home than anticipated, or maybe even buy a modular or pre-built home.  Some people even choose a mobile home because of the amount of space for the money.  It is best to dream big and then bring it back into the budget.
Lastly, don’t let all the planning issues overwhelm you.  Take it one step at a time.  Choose and buy land one year.  If you aren’t ready to build or move, you can at least decide where the house is going to be located. Which makes it the optimum time to plant your fruit trees.  Do just a little as time goes and you will see in a few short years you will be living off grid and be independent.
By no means is this intended to be a road map for every person who wants to become independent and off grid.  This is strictly a narrative on how to get started.  Everyone who wants to get off grid has to get started some how.  Hopefully this will at least give you some food for thought and some good ideas.  Good luck!

CNBC’s “America’s Gun, the rise of the AR 15”

Law abiding citizen using America's gun, AR 15.How many of you watched the show?  If you didn’t you should.  It’s on their website.  It starts out benignly.  But don’t let that fool you.  The plot thickens as Brian Sullivan, the narrator, starts changing his tone.  In the beginning his words sound like conversation about anything.  When he gets to the  discussion about gun control, his own bias shows in his tone.  He sounds like a used car salesman who wants to sell you a bill of goods.

True, he does admit that the AR 15 is not responsible for a disproportionate number of deaths, that very few are actually killed with the AR 15 rifles.  But that doesn’t prevent him from attempting to make more people afraid of gun owners.

Sullivan blames the NRA because people no longer trust the government to take care of them.  Seriously?  With Supreme Court rulings that say the police are not required to protect people from criminals, who is left to protect them?  That puts the responsibility squarely on the family with no real hope that any police officer will absolutely come to their aid.  But, more to the point, a lot can happen in the three minutes it takes police to arrive, assess, and act if they are going to.  What if it takes longer, as it does in large cities, say five to ten minutes?  Or, what if they just don’t show up at all?  What if they wait until it’s over and then go in to clean up?

The fact that people don’t trust the government has nothing to do with any actions of the NRA.  Actions speak louder than words.  The government has taken plenty of actions.

Of course they had to bring up Preppers.  Even though the word wasn’t used, inference that anyone who prepares for bad times is crazy was there.  Tell that to people in Spain who have an unemployment rate of 27%.  That is more than double most places in the United States.  Spanish citizens probably wish they were preppers and had food and medicines in their pantries now.  It is a known fact that when unemployment raises so does crime.  It would be interesting to know how people in Spain plan to protect themselves during crime waves.

Sullivan then talks about women and daughters who use and own guns as if it is a bad thing.  What?  So what if a female owns a gun she decorated with pink, purple or some other customization. She is trained and knowledgeable about her weapon.  She is obeying the laws and learning a skill that will teach her respect for human life, and respect for the art of shooting. She will be able to defend herself from a would be attacker.  No longer are women considered tomboys like Elly May Clampett.  Women finally got some equality!  That’s a good thing.  Men shouldn’t have to worry about leaving the wife and kids home alone.  But they do.  It helps if men know their families are safe and can protect themselves when no one else can.

Then we hear about Cody Wilson and ATF agent Charles Houser.   Clearly Mr. Wilson is well educated and thinks clearly.  He understands human nature and sees how government is seeking to control that which is uncontrollable, the human masses and the one in billions crazy guy.  He recognizes that freedoms are being taken away from law abiding citizens every day.  His plans level the playing field so that people on capitol hill, with their own private protection detail, can’t dictate to the average person how to protect themselves.

Houser, on the other hand, merely states that only people with a criminal intent would want a “ghost gun”.  Really?  And they call preppers paranoid.

CNBC – America’s Gun, the rise of the AR 15.

Supreme Court Rulings

Police Won’t Arrive


Should Preppers Use Stored Water During Drought?

Water consumption is limited during a drought.In a word, no.  No, you should not, even if your well goes dry, as long as you can get water from any other source.  Even if you have to drive a long distance to haul water, you should not use your water preps.  It took a long time and much effort to get those water resources built up.  In fact, you should continue to build up your supply even in the face of drought.  You will know when to use your water supply.

  • Buy bottled drinking water for drinking and cooking.  It’s cheaper than soda.  Stop buying soda if money is an issue.
  • Fill jugs in water supply stores.  Many of these stores are found in California.
  • Contact a local water delivery service which services water coolers.  They will deliver water in three to five gallon containers, or maybe larger.
  • Contact a water hauling company to deliver water in bulk.  Treat this water like lake water.
  • If you live on the ocean, install a desalinization plant on your property.
  • Remember public lakes and some rivers will most likely be considered part of the public water supply.  Pumping from these sources might be prohibited during a severe drought.



Preppers: Take Water From Thin Air

How many of you have an air-conditioner?   You know how it has a drain tube to let the condensation drain away?  What if you could capture that water and use it for drinking water?  What if you could use the same principle to gather thousands of gallons of water for storage?  Have it drain into a cistern or other water storage containers and you have it made.

These people have created a similar device.  It heats, it cools, it makes clean water.  Wow.

We have no financial interest in this product.


Selfishness and Preparedness: An Article by J. Vanne

Selfishness and Preparedness

by J. Vanne

Recently, a small firestorm was ignited by Valerie Lucus-McEwen, a government Emergency Management employee, who had the temerity to accuse preparedness types of “selfishness.” While your immediate reaction may be – as mine certainly was – “Are people really and truly this thoughtless?” this question does deserve a proper answer, particularly as those who are easily influenced by the leftist media, or who believe the state really and actually is the omniscient, omnipotent savior of our personal and corporate lives, are actually asking this question. So, let’s examine the issue:

First, many preparedness types have, as part of their goal, the intent of helping neighbors and family who were unable – or unwilling – to prepare. In Preparedness in the face of a own case, part of what I have in mind is assisting a large group of mentally retarded and Down’s syndrome children that my church has taken under its wing (a group the state would do no more than “warehouse” if it were under their direction!). Not all preppers feel this way, but I would bet my bottom can of stored tuna fish there is an exceedingly large percentage of preparedness types who feel similarly.

One significant point of observation – that has significant ramifications relative to preparedness – is that, in my experience, the non-prepper type is generally of a socialist orientation. Of course, as most of you know, this approach was tried – and found wanting – all the way back in the Pilgrim era. Many of you are aware that when the Pilgrims first arrived, they worked out of a communal system. The result was starvation and death. As this approach did not work, they then “privatized” their system – and of course flourished. You can easily research this history yourself, but if one has any experience with human nature, it is immediately apparent why this didn’t – and has never in history – worked. The issue is that human nature is imperfect and selfish, just as Adam Smith wrote about in the Wealth of Nations. A simple recognition of this basic aspect of human nature – and finding a way to work with this reality, rather than against it, provides the most good for the largest number of people – exactly as Smith wrote, and exactly as history has shown for anyone who has eyes to see. To do otherwise impoverishes people, and in times of crisis, will lead to otherwise avoidable deaths. Working with this reality of human nature, rather than against it, has brought the greatest good for people overall in both good periods of history, as well as difficult. And for those of you with Judeo-Christian worldviews, this issue is why Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn called Communism “a Christian heresy” – viz., the Communist assumptions about human nature were completely off-base. Long story short, the question is: Is man perfectible (particularly with the best and brightest, such as Hilary, George Soros, Al Gore and Obama telling – nay, forcing – us what to do!), or are all men fallible, and the dictum of Lord Acton correct that absolute power corrupts absolutely correct. There is an unbridgeable divide between these two assumptions, and this divide makes itself manifest in the Hamlet-like “to prep or not to prep” debate.

The Fleet Street Letter put this matter perspicaciously a number of years ago, and is worth quoting at length:

 “There are two major traditions in Western political thought. The first is Aristotelian, logical, rational, centrist, mechanistic. You concentrate power and truth in the centre and apply it outward, shaping the world according to plan. This was the guiding principle of the Roman Empire. It evolved into the Holy Roman Empire and the Church of Rome. Except for Switzerland, it has dominated politics on the continent ever since. Most recently, it has morphed into the European Union. The principle is simple – smart people can figure out how to run things, and should be allowed to do so. This was the idea behind Hillary Clinton’s health care task force (and now ObamaCare), as well as Japan, Inc. and even Adolph Hitler’s National Socialist Germany. It has animated nearly every politician (each one of whom, as Garrison Keilor notes about Lake Woebegone children, are above average) in this century. But there is another tradition that is much less well understood. It is the tradition of the Roman Republic… of English common law… of Adam Smith and Emmanuel Kant… of Austrian School economists such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek and of pre-Rooseveltian American. It is organic, rather than mechanistic – the tradition of tradition, based on the recognition that people, no matter how smart, cannot replace thousands of years of accumulated experience.Experience is embodied in the evolved systems of values, customs, rules and traditions that people use to order and give meaning to their lives. A free market and a free society allow people to express these preferences, as well as allowing the process of social and civil evolution to continue. This tradition, in other words, is neither liberal nor conservative in the modern sense, but anti-political. Indeed, it is often seen as “anti-intellectual” because it denies the authority of intellectuals to tell the rest of us what to do (through the political process).”

Prepared for war?Perhaps you, like I do, remember the “best and the brightest” who led the Vietnam war? How did that one work out? Or, if that news is too stale, perhaps you care to visit present day Detroit – which was the first city to adopt the socialist “Model Cities Program” under Mayor Coleman Young a number of decades ago. Similarly, Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” was a quasi- socialist endeavour, which was intended to end poverty. You can judge for yourself what all those $9 trillion dollars spent on this “war” resulted in (hint: we now have just under 48 million on food stamps, up from 32 million when Obama took office, and with more poverty than ever).

The basic misunderstanding is, as Frederic Bastiat wrote in The Law:

 “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.”

There is yet another misunderstanding to clear up for those of Christian persuasion, as exemplified in the Book of Acts, 2:24, in the New Testament, which states about the early believers “And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common.” Dr. Jay Richards addresses this superbly in his book Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem by simply noting that the early Christians held things in common privately, voluntarily and without compulsion. This is light years away from state forced sharing, and under compulsion.

One more important observation, that is applicable to the prepping community to consider is about charitable donations. When I donate my own money at present, I watch like a hawk where it is going, and what it is doing. When my money goes for taxes to “help” others – for the few dollars that actually make it past the money sucking gauntlet of bureaucrats – how much actually reaches its destination? Some research shows as little as 10% or so. As the saying goes, it is much better to teach someone to fish, rather than just gives them a fish for a day. I can do a thousand times more, with a million times more love, for 1% of the money, that the government could ever dream of doing, if I were left with my own money to donate as I wish.

Similarly, preparedness is most optimally left to the individual, not the state. I am clearly not saying there is no place at all for the state to assist. However, it should be ancillary and very secondary in function. To do otherwise is to set expectations that can only be dashed – exactly as was seen during hurricanes Katrina or Sandy.

So, how does this relate to preparedness with potential future catastrophic disasters?  In a collapse – whether it be Argentinian/Greek/Zimbabwe style, or EMP, or a global war, compassion must be personal and voluntary. Not only is it more effective, it is more ethical because it is more caring, more direct, and more efficient. In a collapse, there should be a voluntary exchange, and for those that are not prepared, there should be some type of assistance rendered by the one who has not prepared (it could be cooking, gardening; perhaps doing guard duty or carpentry). Where this is not possible, simple humanity and compassion should – and undoubtedly will be – the hallmark of many preppers.

In a serious collapse, there may well be a need to choose whom one would help, or not, but that is a decision that will be very personal. For myself – in contrast to the government representatives who so condescendingly accuse preppers such as myself of being self-centred, I will indeed (as noted above) look to help the weak and helpless. You may object by saying “A lot of good that will do – we should, as per people like Dr. Peter Singer, just let the weak die.” To which I reply “A society that only values those of utility is not a society worth keeping – and in fact, is precisely the type of society – with its abortions, euthanasia, etc. – that got us into this mess in the first place.”

Another point: I would be remiss not to mention in the context of this article the very self-apparent fact that for every person who is prepared, that is one less mouth to feed in a real crisis. This needn’t be addressed further, as it is patently obvious, but is yet another reality that the debunkers always seem, somehow, to neglect to address, though it is staring them right in the face. The regular silence by these debunkers about this very issue is a stark testimony to what is either a lack of critical thinking, or a purposeful lack of honesty when examining the relative merits of preparedness.

God – or for the non-believer, nature herself – has written self-preservation into our very DNA. Certainly, from a Judeo Christian perspective, each individual person has the right to self-preservation. The Bible is replete with laws allowing for self-defense in the Old Testament, and even in the New Testament – while unequivocally admonishing believers to be peaceful and forgiving. Even Christ instructed His disciples to be prepared in Luke 22:36 when he said, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.”

There are, historically, several approaches to defense in the Bible – complete pacifism, the use of “police” force, and just war, but that is beyond the scope of this paper. Suffice to say, self-defense is well within the historical understanding of options for Christians in a violent world, although admittedly this can be a difficult issue to navigate, and there is a range of conclusions which sensible people can come to within the pale of faith. Similarly, I extend this self-defense conception into the realm of preparedness. I think the extension is fair and reasonable, about which reasonable people can disagree in some areas.

Also, relative to preparedness and faith, Proverbs 27:12 explicitly states – and which passage many preparedness types are familiar – “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” In a world where well-regarded individuals like Dr. Lawrence Kotlikoff of Boston University state the total amount of unfunded liabilities – federal, state, municipal and corporate – are now a staggering $222 trillion, where the amount of derivatives (which Warren Buffet famously once called “financial weapons of mass destruction”) world-wide makes that amount look like a molehill, in a nation where people like Jon Corzine can “lose” $1.6 billion and simply walk away without a day in jail, where lives are lost during Fast and Furious and people just shrug their shoulders, or a in nation about which Billy Graham’s wife Ruth once said “If God doesn’t’ judge America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah,” is preparedness unwise? Leftists may object, and that is their prerogative. However, if they wish not to prepare, then perhaps they ought to take to their own hearts and written commentary the one thing they forcefully invoke for everyone else in every other situation – tolerance. What business of theirs is it?

With all due respect to them, why is it our non-prepper friends, as exemplified by the written commentary of Ms. Lucus-McEwen noted above, why cannot they practice what they presumably preach about tolerance? Why must people like this actively vilify those with whom they disagree?  But of course, the answer is obvious – just as in the days of Imperial Rome, everyone but everyone must bow to the all-encompassing supremacy of the state. To do otherwise means crucifixion – 2,000 years ago, this was in the arena; today, it is the high tech lynching of a Clarence Thomas, the fashion execution of a Sarah Palin, or the just the “mere” thuggery against those of us who beg to disagree with big government by modern day Kristalnacht Alinsky ruffians.

The whole area of faith and preparedness admittedly needs much further and deeper exegesis – but hopefully this scratches the surface of the subject, and opens up additional conversation.  But even for the non-believer, one’s body is wired for self-preservation. And if nature is all that exists, logically one has no basis to “backtalk against one’s DNA,” which has written self-preservation into the body. From either a Biblical or non-Biblical perspective, self-preservation is an intrinsic “good.” Why should preppers then be castigated?

One final – and extremely telling – point about “selfish preppers.” The woman who wrote this disparagingly of preppers was a government worker. ThisHigh taxes makes preparedness difficult. means she makes a good living off of private sector people such as myself. As a matter of fact, I cannot currently make adequate preparations for my family because I have to provide a “princessly” salary and retirement package for her (the average government worker may make a third more in salary than a private sector worker, and retires much, much earlier). But here is the kicker: If there is a disaster – it will mostly likely brought about by yet another miscalculation by the self-proclaimed “best and brightest,” (again, think Vietnam, the internet bubble, Long Term Capital Management, Jon Corzine, the housing bust, etc.). Do you know where these “important” will people go? They will go to official locations called continuity of government shelters!

In other words, if there is a miscalculation, and a nuclear war starts, or an EMP or biological attack starts, they are all set to retreat to giant, specially built, lavishly equipped caverns – while you and I fend for ourselves, due to a mess of their creation! Any word from our “preppers are selfish” commentariat on that? Why not? If nothing else in this article sinks home to you, this should make crystal clear the hypocrisy behind the prepper criticism. The truth is, just as we see with today’s cronyism in high places, as George Orwell so aptly noted, “In the socialist workers’ paradise, we’ll all be equal… only some of us (usually them!) will be ‘more equal’ than the others.” Just ask Nancy Pelosi why her Congress exempted themselves, their cronies and their districts from ObamaCare if you don’t believe that.

In sum, I prepare the same reason my all my ancestors did each fall: I don’t know what the winter (or in this this case, the future) will bring. While for believers, God has promised to be with us and sustain us, as the old saying goes, we can’t ask God to direct our steps if we are unwilling to move our feet. I trust, and my feet move.

Water Resources Strained During Drought; Preppers Should Pay Attention

Preppers should pay attention to droughts.One of the first things preppers secure is a water resource.  Often those include rivers, lakes and underground resources.  Preppers should be paying extra attention to the local water levels and drought predictions.

Normally dry states are arguing with citizens over how scarce the water supplies should be used as in the case of the San Pedro River in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Citizens there are upset because a Los Angeles based company was given permission to take water from the river.  The San Pedro River runs through an area which sustains life for endangered species and species that only exist in that location in the world.  They are also concerned about the reduction of available water if the river should dry up in the name of profit for Castle & Cooke, the housing developer.

States which normally enjoy a fair to generous amount of rain are now experiencing a long devastating drought.  Droughts are measured on a scale from zero to four.  Levels zero and one are inconvenient and most people get out the garden hose to water gardens and lawns.  Livestock get well water instead of pond water.

Levels two and three bring drought levels with lakes and wells going dry.  Some crops may fail, others might be at risk.  At this point, many cities will be buying water by the acre foot from areas of the country with more plentiful supplies of water. They will also implement various stages of their water conservation restrictions ranging from reducing to eliminating out door watering among other things.  The region may be declared a disaster zone.

Level four is the worst.  The exceptional conditions of this drought see large lakes dry up, water wells may be dry depending on the regional aquifers and underground water levels.  Crops fail and the area is a disaster zone.

As a drought progresses from a zero to a four, the risks of fire and dust storms increases with each day there is no rain.  While preppers can prepare to have enough water for personal and livestock uses, we can not effectively prepare to battle a range fire.

Sure, we can take appropriate measures such as clearing brush, cutting the grass short and perhaps cut a fire break along the boundary of our property.  But once all the preventative measures have been taken, there is nothing more we can do but evacuate in the face of a fire or risk death protecting our homes.

Currently, the plains states are all suffering under the drought level zero through four.  If this persists, there will be less wheat, corn, cotton, and soybean crops. Grocery prices will continue to rise. Already in our area, many farmers have sold off all their livestock because the cost of feed is too great.  For these reasons, preppers should reconsider their water sources and supply.


 The Wall Street Journal

“Lake Corpus Christi Water Level.” Lake Corpus Christi Water Level. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.

“Water Rights.” State Water Resources Control Board. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.

A Prepper’s Dream: Zero Water Consumption Homes

Zero Water ConsumptionIt’s called “Zero Water Consumption”. Think about it.  What would it mean to your independence if you could permanently detach from the public water supply ad sewer system?   What if you didn’t waste any water sending it to a septic system?  Wouldn’t everyone like that?  This “Recycle and Reuse” article is second in the series.

What if you could process your own water to remove the pharmaceuticals from the water because you no longer have to worry about removing the farm and factory chemicals from the water?

Most people think this means drinking the water you flushed down the toilet.  Not true.  Consider this project from the University of Miami:

  • Alleviate the need to treat for 11 billion lbs. of pesticides and toxic chemicals that are released to the environment each year in the US;
  • Allow treatment to focus on permanently destroying the pharmaceuticals and cleaning chemicals that go down our drains, removing them from the environment where they cause endocrine disruption in animals and humans throughout the world. In fact, studies indicate that 20% of male black bass in the US are feminized by such chemicals (Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 10, 1499-1518, 2008), and girls in the US now often reach puberty by age 7 (Environmental Health Perspectives, 108, 2000); and
  • Save energy used for conveyance and desalination, and replace water rationing and low-flow fixtures.

The University of Michigan thinks its a great idea.  They are retrofitting a historical home with zero water consumption technology.  They posted this video:

Zero Water Consumption Home

Many people who think they are not preppers are preppers at heart.  Why else would these people consider zero water homes and other ecologically sound technologies?  Because to save the ecology is to be prepared.



“Autonomous Net-Zero Water Dorm.” Autonomous Net-Zero Water Dorm. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.  

“Videos.” University of Michigan News Service. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

“Net Zero Water.” 100K House Blog Net Zero Water Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.


Asteroid Early Warning System: Another Star Trek Gift?

Russian Asteroid TrailThere’s been a lot of talk in the media the last several days about the asteroid they were watching, and the one they weren’t.  Now all the world is talking about an early warning system for objects that might come this way.  The whole discussion sounds like something out of Star Trek and how they had all those long range sensors to locate objects in space.  Is our technology really that advanced?  You bet it is.

What would something like that take?  Not so much “new” technology as much as creative use of existing technology.  Placing satellites further and further away from earth’s orbit with an array of sensors and transmitters.  Solar powered and computer operated these little gems could be placed and monitored.  Data transmission could be as easy as any other space program vehicle like the Mars missions.  Surely if they can put men on Mars, which they are currently working on, they can put information gathering satellites in orbits of any other planets in the solar system they choose.

The method might not be just like that, but to have some sort of space monitoring system that gathers more information in an hour than a few astronomers can gather in a month, well, that sounds like the ultimate prepper activity.

Recycle and Reuse Series: Tires

Recycled TiresThis is the first in the  recycle and reuse series.   While I don’t think I will have very many used tires to figure out what to do with them in a prepper’s way, there are things that can be done with them.

When I was a kid, sometimes grandpa would have to replace a tractor tire.  He gave us one of the tires which mom and dad promptly filled with playground sand.  We loved that thing!  I think we spend an entire summer in that thing.  Another time my uncles took an old tire and make a tire swing.  We played on that almost as much as we played in the sandbox years before.  That is until we found spiders in the swing.  All we had to do was sit there and get bit.  That was it.  We didn’t play in it any more.  Some more years later, when we lived in Minnesota, my mother used a few old tires, as did many other people, as a planter.  Some people used them for growing tomatoes and other easy to grow in pots vegetables.  Others just for flowers.

Then some years later there was a long discussion in the media about the problems associated with the chemicals used to make tires and that we shouldn’t be using them for growing vegetables.  I never forgot that.  I didn’t use any old tires for planters or in any location where they children might play.  I figured if arsenic in the wood decking would be absorbed by little feet, it was possible that children shouldn’t be playing with them either.  You might feel differently, but check for updated facts first.  If you find anything interesting, please post a comment!!

All that being said, there are sill many uses for old tires.  This website offers quite a few suggestions everything from retaining walls to bumpers in the garage to prevent car scrapes on the walls.

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