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Economic Collapse Approaches – Preppers Shall Inherit the Earth

Posted on Sep 13, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan

This latest micro documentary from New America Now discusses the many problems facing modern day American society, namely the US Dollar, our country’s ever growing debt, rising prices and the crisis that will ensue as a result – and how you can survive and thrive.

So what are we to do?

There is a growing movement of people who are taking proactive steps to control their destiny. These people, dubbed “Preppers”, are people from all walks of life, all political persuasions, all ethnicities and races who have come to the conclusion that danger is in fact a likely reality in the near future. These people , by no means, have all the answers to the many problems that face us or a crystal ball to see into the future, but they are quite sure they should not leave their well being and the well being of their families in the hand of their less than competent leaders. They have seen the writing on the wall and prepare for the worst and hope for the best.


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Phrase of the Day: “Civil Unrest” – It’s Here and It’s Spreading

Posted on Sep 07, 2011 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden - Source: SHTF - by Mac Slavo It already happened in Greece. It’s happening in Italy and Spain, and the contagion of unrest is spreading rapidly. The German Supreme Court may have solidified a future for Europe plagued with violence and riots with their decision today to allow lawmakers to move forward with bailout packages for the EU. The Germans, who are by all measures the richest of the union and have the strongest economy (at a whopping 0.1% GDP growth), are now the backstop for the entire $16 Trillion European Union economy – and they’re not happy about it. While protests outside of Germany will flame because of proposed austerity measures and a destruction in the quality of life of the people in places like Italy, Spain, the res

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Preparedness Capability Checklist – Minimum & Extended Levels

Posted on Sep 07, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Source: The Preparedness Blog by Rob Hanus

Preparedness Capability Checklist

The Preparedness Capability Checklist (PCC) is a list of functions, or capabilities, that you need to provide for in each of the survival categories.  Unlike other survival lists, the CC isn’t a shopping list of items that you need to get or put into a kit.  Instead, it helps identify which functions you need to make sure that you can perform within a category.

Another way of stating it is that the checklist will tell you WHAT you need to accomplish, but not HOW you need to accomplish it. This method allows for individual needs while still accomplishing common goals.

The list is broken up into general categories to help keep things organized and each Category is broken up into several sub-sections, allowing for Minimum and Extended Capabilities.

The Minimum Capability is the minimum amount of preparedness that you should strive to accomplish as fast as possible. It’s the basic set of functions that a person starting out should strive to achieve as soon as possible....

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The Strategic Advantages of Community Building

Posted on Sep 06, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt-Market

The year was 2002, and while the majority of Americans were completely obsessed with the so called “War On Terror” and other devices of distraction, something much more real and decidedly prophetic was going on in our southern hemisphere. Argentina was in the midst of total collapse, driven by banker fraud and extreme currency devaluation in tandem with government mismanagement and corruption.

First, cities exploded with rioting and violence as Argentinian police and military attempted to crush all dissent. Soon after, displaced refugees from population centers along with roving bands of thieves flooded into the countryside, wiping out isolated farms, murdering families, and hunting down any small group of survivors weaker than themselves and flush with supplies. The authorities (and I use the term loosely) were too busy trying to suppress civil protests to bother protecting those who were caught unprepared.

This behavior is part and parcel of economic destabilization, regardless of the time or place in which it occurs. Only nine years ago, a very modern and technologically savvy nation of people, nearly cannibalized itself. ...

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Preparedness: Water Treatment Basics

Posted on Sep 06, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Russ MichaudOwner of Homespun Environmental Ceramic Filters 

Water Treatment Basics

Water found in natural sources often contains impurities, chemicals, and living organisms and is treated to remove them using several methods, (often in combination) to make the water safe for human consumption.  This paper attempts to describe (at a very high level) some of the more common issues concerning water treatment.  Specific attention is paid to water filtration which is an important subset of water treatment methods.

Sediments:    Sediments are simply solid particles.  When they are suspended in water they affect the clarity of the water and this is called turbidity.    Typically when sedimentation is discussed it is considered to be inert and harmless, like sand (although that may not be the case).

A common pre-filtering technique used for larger particulates is simply to keep the water as still as possible and let gravity do its thing.   Once the larger particles have settled to the bottom, the water at the top is taken out and fed into a filter system.

Filters improve water clarity by removing the remaining solid particles.  


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Vermont Disaster Relief Slowed Due to Guard Helicopters Being in Iraq

Posted on Sep 02, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Burlington Free Press by Sam Hemingway

Eight helicopters on loan from the Illinois National Guard were expected to arrive Tuesday night in Vermont to help the Vermont National Guard deliver food, medicine, water and other supplies to 13 Vermont towns cut off from the rest of the state in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.

The outside helicopter support is needed because all six of the Vermont Guard’s Black Hawk helicopters are still in Iraq, where they and 55 Vermont soldiers are wrapping up a yearlong hospital transport mission, said Lt. Lloyd Goodrow, spokesman for the Vermont Guard.

The eight helicopters being sent in include six massive, double-bladed Chinook choppers and two smaller Black Hawk helicopters, said Vermont Guard Capt. Doran Metzger.

Goodrow said the Vermont soldiers in Iraq are on their way home and should be back in the state late this week or early next week. The six helicopters, however, will need to undergo an extensive maintenance check to remove desert sand and grit from their machinery before they are cleared for use back in the state. ...

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The Five Steps of Operational Security – an Assessment

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Survival Blog by Stone of Scone

Operational Security (OPSEC) is the evaluation and control of any critical information that could be used against you by an adversary. The result of good OPSEC is the elimination or withholding of the most damaging information that your adversary has the ability to gather and understand how to use against you. OPSEC happens everyday. When you go on vacation and hold your mail and newspaper delivery, and use timers to turn your radio and lights on and off to make it appear that you are home, you are practicing good OPSEC.

Here is a another example of OPSEC –

A business contact I had worked as the Information Systems Director for the Department of Corrections in a populous state in the US. When he was at his office near the State Capitol, he wore a tie, nice shoes, and a business suit. But when he had to travel to the prisons, he would dress in jeans, tennis shoes, a faded work shirt, and would drive a State vehicle to and from the prison....

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10 Lessons from People Who Lived Through the Great Depression

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Business Insider

It isn’t difficult to see shades of the Great Depression in the Great Recession, and in today’s volatile economy.  High unemployment, staggering debt, and a volatile stock market that worries many.

Still, the hardship of the late 1920s and the 1930s has yet to be replicated on such a grand scale. The 25% unemployment rate was a reality back then. But corners were cut, ends were met, and the generation that lived through it still stands as a testament to getting past tough times.

Some of the men and women of the Great Depression are still around today, and perhaps it’s time to turn to them for inspiration.

Here’s a list of 10 ideas that were formed during that era that may help us recover, as well as remind us that hey, it could be worse.

Click here to learn about our most resilient citizens > in a series of photos and brief stories....

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10 Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient and 10 Steps to Help You Get There

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles – Kevin Hayden

Source: Activist Post by Michael Edwards & Jeffrey Green

Additional content by Kevin Hayden

We are now three to five generations removed from the rural backbone that strengthened America.  The world at large has undergone a similar transformation as the promise of easier work has created a migration to big cities.  These mega-cities could be seen as an experiment gone awry, as general well-being has declined.  Crowded conditions and economic strife have led to rampant crime, pollution, corporate malfeasance and a dog-eat-dog type of competition that can be described as a temporary insanity.

The economic crisis we are living through has been the final straw for many people, as promises of a better, easier, and more creative life seem to have been sold to us by carnival-style tricksters who are laughing all the way to their bank.

Here are the top reasons for becoming self-sufficient; these are based on fundamental, systemic concerns for why undertaking this lifestyle change will not be a fly-by-night fad, but rather a long-lasting means for personal independence.

10 Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient

  1. Freedom from Market Manipulation – The traditional market-driven investment vehicles are more and more obviously controlled by traders and banking institutions.  

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Empty Shelves: Hurricanes, Disasters and Civil Unrest – a Contingency Plan

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

If you think that you’ll be able to simply drive to Wal-Mart or the grocery store and load up on food, water and supplies during an actual emergency, you are living in a fantasy world.  We now experience freak weather on a regular basis.  Oklahoma has experienced a record-breaking 53 days of 100+ temperatures, a massive hurricane is nearing Washington, DC and the New York City area, and NASA continues to amplify their warnings regarding solar storms disrupting our way of life.

Photo by James Spann - Trussville, AL Wal-Mart, Jan. 8, 2011

What if gasoline hit $5 a gallon and unemployment was still hanging around the current ~15%?  What if there were a few small protests that turned a bit violent – not even on the scale of what we see in Europe – but a few townhall meetings that get out of hand?  The level of comfort in this country is quickly sliding downhill and it will only take a few provocations, a few simple emergencies and all hell will break loose.  When it does, I hope that you have taken the time to at least have a 30 or 60-day food supply, some water and basic neccessities (if not a full-blown food storage plan and the related tools, accessories and means to provide power, warmth and protection)....

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Surviving Financial Collapse and the Reversion to the Local

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Activist Post by Julian Rose

Read the daily news, even in a relatively mainstream newspaper, and you cannot fail to notice that an unprecedented event is unfolding in front of our very eyes; the simultaneous collapse of two of the World’s largest economies: the US and European Union.

Both appear to be teetering at the edge of a financial precipice and the great politico-bureaucratic machines that run the show – on both sides of the Atlantic – seem incapable of agreeing what economic medicine might keep this beast on the rails.

They, and we, are now learning that in a finite world no resource is infinite, least of all institutionalized financial wealth whose very existence is dependent upon interest payments made on capital lent to those who cannot sustain the levels of repayments demanded of them. In a ‘debt based’ economy (which ours is) all participants will ultimately end up losers.

We cannot know the exact timing surrounding the unhinging of a large sector of the global market place, but that some form of large scale collapse is imminent, there can be little doubt....

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When the Mob Becomes Violent – Hayden’s Note

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Sovereign Man

[Simon Black’s Note: Tim Staermose, our partner in Asia, is filling in for Simon today. Hayden’s Note at the end.]

Today I was accosted by someone begging for money. I know… big deal, right? It’s not an unusual occurrence anywhere in the world, especially here in the Philippines.

Begging is actually big business in Manila. Often small children are forced to work the streets by a ‘begging syndicate,’ and adults keep a watchful eye from a distance before confiscating the kids’ proceeds.  This is one of the lowest acts of humanity I can think of.

The person who approached me today, however, was not a child. He was a perfectly able-bodied, 17 or 18 year-old youth. He chased after me shouting, “My friend! My friend! You give me coins!” If you notice the language, he wasn’t exactly asking… more demanding.

This is a mentality that I will never understand.

Yes it’s unfortunate that there are people in the world who struggle to make a decent living for themselves and their families. But I firmly believe that tossing a few occasional coins is not going to solve their underlying problem....

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10 Signs That Economic Riots and Civil Unrest Inside the United States is a Possibility

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

Source: Michael Snyder – Truth Contributor

You should let the video footage of the wild violence that just took place in London burn into your memory because the same things are going to be happening all over the United States as the economy continues to crumble.  We have raised an entire generation of young people with an “entitlement mentality”, but now the economy is producing very few good jobs that will actually enable our young people to work for what they feel they are entitled to. 

If you are under 30 in America today, things look really bleak.  The vast majority of the good jobs are held by people that are older, and they aren’t about to give them up if they can help it.  It is easy for the rest of us to tell young Americans to “take whatever they can”, but the reality is that there is intense competition for even the most basic jobs.  For instance, McDonald’s recently held a “National Hiring Day” during which a million Americans applied for jobs. 


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FBI Targets Self-Reliant Preppers and Emergency Preparedness in Domestic Terrorism Bulletin

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 in Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

Source: SHTF Plan

If you’ve been preparing for emergencies, disasters, or economic collapse there’s a strong likelihood that you’ve been added to a watch list somewhere.

Hard to believe?

The latest Communities Against Terrorism guidelines distributed by the FBI to military surplus stores in the state of Colorado outline specific activities that owners and retail associates should look for when trying to spot terrorist related activity. Much of the suspicious activity listed describes the behavior and shopping list of any modern day prepper:

What should I consider suspicious?

People or groups who:

  • Provide identification that is inconsistent or suspect or demand identity “privacy”
  • Insist on paying with cash or uses credit card(s) in different names
  • Make suspicious comments regarding anti-US, radical theology, vague or cryptic warnings that suggests or appear to endorse the use of violence in support of a cause
  • Demonstrate interest in uses that do not seem consistent with the intended use of the item being purchased
  • Possess little knowledge of intended purchase items
  • Make bulk purchases of items to include:
    -Weatherproofed ammunition or match containers
    -Meals Ready to Eat
    -Night Vision Devices; night flashlights; gas masks
    -High capacity magazines
    -Bi-pods or tri-pods for rifles

View the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation Memo [PDF]

The brief bulk purchases list described above is something you might find in the wish-list or supply closet of any serious prepper....

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Keeping Your Stored Water and Filters Clean

Posted on Aug 02, 2011 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival – Kevin Hayden

Source: Homespun EnvironmentalTruth Supporter

It is a well known fact that clean water is one of the ‘Must Have’ essentials in disaster relief and survival situations.  Consequently, a lot of money and time is spent procuring water purification devices.   There is a level of confidence that comes with knowing that you have your water supplies taken care of even if the worst occurs, however having good equipment is not enough.  Proper care and vigilance is required to ensure that your clean water sources remain that way.   In one particular case study conducted in Central America with 100 test subject families relying on water filters, it was found that without training and following procedures almost half of the filtered water was still harboring dangerous bacteria in large quantities due to accidental recontamination.   This paper presents a few simple precautions that can prevent recontamination from occurring in generic water filtration equipment.  

Start with clean equipment    One of the steps that should to be taken when setting up water purification equipment is to disinfect all the surfaces that will touch the filtered water. ...

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