Friday, August 26, 2016

How does a 13 year old prep?

Question: My name is Danny. I just turned 13 and am starting the eight grade.  I live with my Mom and little sister. I see a lot of scary things happening, and want to get ready for whatever happens, but my Mom isn't concerned and thinks I worry too much. How can I be a prepper? How do prepare for bad events?

Answer: Hi Danny. Thanks for sending me your question.  There's actually quite a lot you can do, even if you mom isn't into prepping.

First, let's talk about your mom. Many folks not into prepping get turned off by what they see as paranoia, or excessive worrying, on the part of preppers and survivalists. They don't believe any of the "extreme" events we seem to be preparing for are actually going to happen. And many folks, especially some women, simply don't want to think about something really scary like an economic or political collapse.

My suggestion is talk to your mom about "safety," rather than "survival" or "disasters." Ask her questions like: Do we have a first aid kit? Where do we keep the flashlight? Do we have a fire extinguisher? When is the last time the batteries were changed in the smoke detector? If a winter storm knocks out power for a couple of days, do we have enough food and water on hand to last us until the power is back on? If she asks why you asking, just tell her your conducting a home safety inspection, which you heard about in school, saw on a TV show, or learned in scouts. Actually, if you join a scout troop (a really good idea), you will have to do a home safety inspection as one of the requirements for several skill awards and merit badges.

Beyond talking to you mom about safety, there's really not much more you can do with her. But there's still lots you can to prepare yourself. One thing is to work hard on developing your health and fitness. Being healthy and physically fit will go a long way to helping you be prepared for whatever comes your way.

Health & Fitness Tips

1- Don't smoke or do drugs.
2- Don't drink sodas or sweet teas. Prefer water or unsweetened tea.
3- Don't eat too much bread. When you do, try to make it whole grain bread.
4- Don't eat much white rice. Eat brown rice or wild rice instead.
5- Don't eat much fast food and junk food like pop tarts, french fries, potato chips, nacho chips, Big Macs, and Whoopers. 
6- Don't eat much candy and other sweets (have an apple or orange, instead).
7- So, what can you eat? Eat plenty of vegetables. Also fruit, nuts, eggs, fish, chicken, and turkey. 
8-  Don't eat anything you know you're allergic to, of course.) 
9- Don't be a couch potato!!! Be physically active everyday. Walk, hike swim, ride your bike, play ball, mow the lawn with a push mower, etc.  

Join a sports team at school. There's probably lots to choose from at your school. I recommend joining two teams: one an individual sport (track, cross country, tennis, wrestling, etc.), and the other a team sport (basketball, baseball, football, etc.). Being part of a team will not only help get you in good shape physically, but it will also help develop your self-discipline and ability to work as part of a team.

Joining a Scouting program is probably the best way for someone you age to start preparing! Even if you are in a small town, there is likely a Boy Scout troop or Trail Life USA group near you. They are often connected to a church, so ask if your church has one. Or ask your friends  if they know of one, or even ask your coaches. Many coaches are involved in scouting also. 

Scouting programs will teach you a lot of valuable skills, and give you lots of opportunities to put those skills to work. Scouting programs will encourage you to be healthy and fit, develop your maturity, and increase your self-discipline and responsibility. Working towards merit badges and other awards will allow you to explore a variety of topics that will be useful in any disaster or even a post-apocalyptic world everything fro Animal Science and Archery, to Veterinary Medicine and Wilderness Survival (click here to see a list of merit badges you can earn). 

Another bonus of being in a Scouting program is that you will start to accumulate all kinds of useful gear - sleeping bags, back packs, compasses, and other camping and hiking gear, first aid kits, flashlights, fishing gear, etc. Its a great way to start getting some of those prepping supplies your mom might find strange and worrisome otherwise...


Take school seriously. Apply yourself, and learn as much as you can. Especially math and science. That stuff actually does come in handy to know later in life. One word of warning, however. If you are in public school (or even some private schools), what you're taught will be, at times, little more than propaganda. Especially history, economics, and some science. Just be aware of the bias of your textbooks and teachers, and seek good information elsewhere. Here are some suggestions to counter the propaganda:

     Economics - Actually, economics is pretty much ignored in schools, though it is an incredibly important subject. And what economics you will be exposed to will be little more than "Capitalism is bad. Collectivism is good." I suggest you get a copy of Richard J. Maybury's book "Whatever Happened to Penny Candy." You may be able to find it at your local library. Or get your mom to order you a copy off Amazon.  Its a short and easy-to-read introduction to economics without the anti-Capitalist propaganda. Read it. Actually read it several times. I guarantee you will learn more about real economics than 90% of the adults in America know today!

     History - Another subject twisted by decades of Leftist propaganda. Unlike economics, you will be required to learn "history," but it is a history that will be anti-America, anti-Western Civilization, anti-Christian, and anti-Capitalism. Take on the task of learning Real History for yourself. Read the actual documents for yourself. Check out my #HistoryHub for the text of over 40 primary historical documents. I've also have a list of Real History Books tht I recommend. For you, I suggest staring with Juliette Turner's two books Our Constitution ROCKS! and Our Presidents ROCK! Read those books and you'll understand more about American History than the average college  history professor understands.

     Science - Two problems with the way science is taught today: global warming/climate change and evolution. Both are merely theories (and both with big problems), but are taught as absolute, unquestionable facts. Question them. Climate change occurs naturally over time due to a number of natural (not man-made) cycles. The theory of evolution has a large number of problems that it cannot address, but which can be explained by special creation (the Genesis account). There are political reasons behind the push for those two ideas.  For the arguments against man-made climate change, check out the video What They Haven't Told You about Climate Change, as well as the other videos on that You Tube channel (PragerU). For the alternative to the theory of evolution, I suggest watching the show "Creation in the 21st Century" on TBN if you get that channel. If not check out the You Tube channel by the show's host David Rives. If you are really into science and want to explore Creation from a Christian point-of-view, get a copy of In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood. This book is thick and technical (but well written), so you may want to hold off until you get into high school before trying to tackle it. But if you can handle high school chemistry class, you can handle this book.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not argue these issues with your teachers. It will only get you in trouble, hurt your grades, and frustrate you. Instead, for now just make yourself aware of the problems and alternatives to the climate change and evolution theories.

A final recommendation: Start reading the Bible on a daily basis. In my opinion, all our problems today ultimately come from our deviation from our Judea-Christian heritage and our relationship with our Creator. The most important preparation anyone can ever make is building a personal relationship with your Creator. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Common Survival Mistakes, and Solutions

Are you making any of these long-term survival mistakes? 

Here are some commons mistakes, and their solutions, that many preppers/survivalists may be making:

Mistake: Put All Your Money Into Gold and Silver, or Guns and Ammo. The radio and TV ads make it seem simple: buy some gold and silver, then rest comfortably in the knowledge that you are prepared for any economic meltdown or the collapse of the dollar. Gold, silver and other precious metals might be a good hedge against hard times, but only after you have done all your other preparations. In any start of collapse, the value of money will only be one small concern out of the myriad of other, more pressing concerns. Same thing goes for guns & ammo. Nothing against having guns and ammo, but by themselves they are not much of a long-term survival strategy. Like gold & silver, guns & ammo only cover a small portion of the problems that you will face in most collapse scenarios.  You still need to do a lot of other preparations.

Solution: Strive for Balance. Don't concentrate all your efforts into only one or two categories of prepping because they are easier or more interesting/fun than other preps. Get your finances in order, pay off debt, learn first aid, take some permaculture classes, take some home repair courses, buy hand tools and gardening tools, make your home energy efficient, accumulate at least a year's worth of food, water, medicine and other supplies, and plant some fruit and nut trees in your backyard. Then you can consider putting some of your excess wealth into gold and silver, or add some more guns to your already extensive collection. 


Mistake: Go/Stay In Debt. I get the impression that some preppers are actually looking forward to an economic collapse in order to "wipe their slate clean," so to speak. This is highly unlikely for several reasons. Even if the dollar collapses completely and is replaced by a new currency, it is most likely that your debts will simply be re-denominated into the new currency. It won't just disappear. And in any martial law/police state scenario, some form of debtors prison is likely to make a comeback, especially for debts the government has a hand in (back taxes, unpaid fines, student loans, etc.). In fact, this is already happening in some cities and states in the USA. (See off-site news stories: Return of the debtors’ prison? and Debtors' Prisons — Again.)

Solution: Find ways other than maxing out your credit cards to prepare. And if you are in debt, find ways to pay it off. Remember the axiom "The debtor is slave to the lender." Too much debt causes stress and bad decisions, yields some control of your life to others, and interferes in your ability to make needed preparations. My article Prepping 101: Finances - Get Back to Basics may give you some ideas. If you are already struggling with debt, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey's books, website, and radio show.

Mistake: Don't Take Care of Your Health. Let me get this straight, you say are preparing for the difficult times ahead, but you are still overweight, badly out of shape and smoke a pack a day? Mark this well: when rough times really hit you are going to need your health and strength more than just about anything else. If you aren't taking care of your health, you are not preparing. 

Solution: Learn Good Health, and Get Motivated. You need to get motivated to learn what a healthy diet and healthy living really is, and get motivated to actually d it. Learning is easy. There are lots of great books, websites, and other resources out there. I list what I consider the best of those resources in my article Steps to Good Health, which I recently updated. Please check it out. 

The real problem for most seems to be getting motivated to eat and live healthy.  My best advice for motivation is to focus not on how difficult healthy living is, but on the positive aspects. For example, if you want to quit smoking, don't focus on how hard it will be, or the cravings you will have, or all those past times you failed to quit. Instead, focus on how much healthier you will be, and how much money you will save. After all, just a half-pack of cigarettes a day may cost you $1,000 or more in a year, depending on where you live. How nice would it be to suddenly have an extra $1,000 a year?

Mistake: Lack of Actual Experience. Books on gardening sell like hot-cakes, but how many are ever fully read? How many gun owners actually hunt or at least target practice? Reading books and taking classes can help you build knowledge. But do you have the skills and experience to put that knowledge to use? Many folks have a theoretical knowledge of useful skills, or at least the collection of books to give them that knowledge. But actually doing is very different from reading.

Solution: Start doing things now. Prepare for difficult times by actually doing things now - gardening, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, canning, sewing by hand, doing your own home & auto  repairs... Here's a great idea: volunteer to help build a house with Habitat For Humanity.  Also, check out local gardening clubs for both training and volunteer opportunities. You will learn lots of useful skills while actually helping people in need. Put all that theoretical knowledge you've been collecting to use now, and develop the actual skills & experience you will need later on. 

Mistake: Not Having Back-Up Plans. You've decided that your going to ride out the future being self-sufficient on your homestead. What if for some reason you can't stay there? Or you've decided that when TSHTF you are going to bug out to Grandpa's old cabin in the mountains. What happens if you can't get there? You've decided you are going to raise your own food, but your crops fail due to drought or disease. Do you have a store of food as a back-up? Do you know how to hunt or fish? 

Solution: Always have a Plan B. And a Plan C is nice, too. My primary plan is to ride out whatever comes where I am at now. That is where I am putting most of my efforts and resources. But I also have a back-up plan (three actually) in case things become too dangerous to stay where I'm at now for whatever reasons. I've even pre-positioned some supplies at two of the three locations. And I have figured out (and actually driven) at least two alternative routes to each of those locations, in case one of the routes were blocked for some reason. 

Don't just have back-up plans for your location. Have them for accomplishing various tasks, too. For example, your plans for water may include 1) your current primary source, 2) stored water, 3) a nearby creek or pond, plus having the ability to filter and purify it, and 4) collecting rainwater, plus having the ability to filter and purify it. Do the same for other tasks, such as cooking (regular stove, propane grill, charcoal grill, wood stove, etc.), staying warm (natural gas, electric heaters, propane heaters, fireplace, wood stove, plenty of insulation & warm clothes, etc.), and so forth. Have multiple back-ups for every task/system. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 8-21-2016

In addition to continuing to pray for America, for the next few weeks I will be throwing out a special prayer challenge to motivate folks to start praying for those people around you that you ordinarily might not think to pray for...

Special Prayer Challenge: Pray for people you know throughout this week.
  • Know someone (family, friend, neighbor, co-worker) who does not know God? Pray for their salvation - that God opens up their heart to a relationship with Him. 
  • Know someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. Pray for them by name - that God works in their life to help them overcome their addiction.
  • Know any single parents? Pray for them by name - that God grant them the strength bear the responsibility of single parenthood, and the wisdom to raise good children.
  • Know someone struggling with any form of sexual sin? Pray for them - that God gently corrects their sin and brings them back into accord with His will for their life. 
  • Know someone struggling with a job loss or financial problems? Pray for them. 
  • Know someone with serious health issues? Pray for them.
  • Know an elderly or disabled person living alone? Pray for them.
  • Know someone in prison? Pray for them.
Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America (short version)

God, we have sinned and deserve the just punishment for our sins as a nation who has rejected you in e very possible way. And yet, Lord, I cry out for mercy for myself, my family, and this nation. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christi, I pray. Amen. (This prayer is taken from the cartoon I shared on 8-7-2016.)

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America (long version)

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance - a returning to You - as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Prepper Alert! Defective Product Design

The defective Ozark Trail water jug
I want to make my fellow preppers aware of a serious design flaw in the Ozark Trail 6-gal water jugs sold at Wal-mart stores (and perhaps elsewhere). This design flaw lead to 100% of my Ozark Trail jugs leaking within two years. These green water storage jugs have an X-design stamped on two sides. This X-design apparently creates weak spots in the material, eventually leading to leaks along the edges of the X. 

About two years ago, I bought four of the Ozark Trail water jugs at Wal-mart to use as part of my water storage. I filled them up and put them in a spare bedroom that I use for storage. About six-months later, I noticed that on of the jugs had developed a leak along the X on one side. I had to throw out the leaking jug. 

Over the next year-and-a-half, all three of the remaining jugs started leaking, all along the same spot - the edges of the X stamped in their sides. This X is a serious design flaw that apparently will eventually cause all these water storage jugs to start leaking. If you have these jugs, you may want to check to see if they are leaking yet. I suggest feeling along the edges of each X for moisture. 

I also have several of the 7-gallon Aqua-Tainers by Reliance. These water storage jugs are actually a couple of years older than my defective Ozark Trail jugs, yet none of them are leaking. I plan on replacing the Ozark Trail jugs with Aqua-Tainer jugs. 

My older Aqua-Tainer water jugs are still not leaking.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Patriots' Prayers for 8-14-2016

"So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." --Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)  Don't let this happen to our land - America. Be willing to "stand in the gap" between God and our country, and #PrayForAmerica.

Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of America 

Our Father in heaven, have mercy upon these United States of America, according to Your lovingkindness and tender mercies. Blot out our transgressions, cleanse us of our sins. We acknowledge our transgressions, our many sins against You: We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemics of abortion, pornography, and sexual immorality to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace.

As a nation, we have replaced the authority and perfection of Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments, or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance - a returning to You - as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

For Our Government Officials  

Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon all leaders, politicians, and civil authorities of these United States of America. I especially hold up to you President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, Chief Justice John Roberts, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. I also pray for all the President's Cabinet members and advisers,  the associate judges of the Supreme Court, all federal, state, and local judges, all members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as all governors, state legislators, and local authorities. Grant them wisdom in their duties and decisions, and have them serve Your Will in all things. Block all of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. (Additionally, please feel free to pray by name for any elected officials at any level, especially those with jurisdiction over your locality.)

Pray for the Church and Clergy in America 

Remember, O Lord, Your Church, which You purchased with Your precious blood – protect it, strengthen it, and multiply it. Keep Your Church in peace, and bring to naught all plots and threats against Your Church. Have mercy, O Lord, upon the whole clergy of Your Church in America, and grant them the wisdom, courage, and strength needed to boldly preach Your Word and do Your Will during these perilous times. Have them stand strong for Your Word, and not yield to the pressure of legal threats or political correctness to water-down Your Word. (Please pray by name for your pastor or priest, Sunday School teachers, and others in ministry.

Pray for Safety of Law Enforcement and Other First Responders  

Watch over, O Lord, and protect all those who serve as law enforcement officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders. Bless them, have mercy on them, and keep them safe during these dangerous times. Most importantly, Lord, reach out to them, and bring them into a saving relationship with You. For it is in Your name, Jesus, that we pray. Amen. (Please pray by name for any LEOs or other first responders that you know.)

"Let my prayer be directed in thy sight as incense, and the [a]lifting up of mine hands as an evening sacrifice." --Psalm 141:2 (1599 Geneva Bible)