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Keeping illnesses like the common cold and the flu at bay are a top concern during flu season, but preventing disease when SHTF is even more important. There are many reasons to keep a stock of essential oils in your arsenal of supplies for when disaster strikes. With an array of medicinal properties, essential oils can serve many purposes — including disease prevention.

Aromatherapy is the most widely recognized use for essential oils, but they can do far more than just boost your mood or help you sleep at night. The antimicrobial properties of essential oils are so impressive that they may even replace “conventional” antibiotics one day. Essential oils have a lot to offer, especially as a tool in your preparedness kit.

Essential oil remedy to prevent flu

Writing for Strategic Living, Gail Levy shares a potent essential oil bomb that will kick your cold and flu symptoms to the curb.

The ingredients for this miracle solution are simple. Just combine the following ingredients in your favorite essential oil bottle:

Levy recommends using this cold and flu blend in a few different ways. It can be used as a rollerball solution, applied to the chest, throat and bottoms of the feet to help relieve congestion. She suggests mixing 60 drops with a carrier oil at a 30 percent dilution for this purpose, and cautions that this mixture is quite potent. Levy explains that when fighting illness, using a stronger solution can be helpful. She suggests applying the solution three times a day, but that it can be used up to six times a day if you’re feeling really lousy.

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Adding six to eight drops of the cold and flu blend to a diffuser is another great option.

As Levy notes, there are many favorite essential oil protective blends on the market today, such as Thieves or Robbers blends.

Additionally, Levy offers her own recipe for an EO blend, which consists of the following:

The protective blend can also be used in a diffuser, in soaps, and in salves.

More about essential oils

While essential oils are generally regarded as safe, it is important to exercise a level of caution with essential oils when treating infants or children. Always speak with your naturopath or other preferred care provider before beginning a new health regimen for your child, especially if they aren’t feeling well.

As Healthline reports, alternative health organizations often suggest a substantially lower amount of essential oils for children than adults.

Essential oils have a wide array of uses, ranging from medicinal to more industrial. In addition to using essential oils to keep illness at bay, these concentrates can also be used as natural cleaners and disinfectants. The versatility of essential oils is part of what makes them such a valuable component of any prepper’s pantry.

Recently published research has found that the antimicrobial effects of essential oils are so potent that they are even effective against drug-resistant bacteria. With the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs now threatening global health, essential oils are showing themselves to be a great alternative.

And when you’re bugging out, essential oils can offer a bevy of other benefits: They can help you sleep better, and keep the bugs away.

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The consensus is that vehicles manufactured prior to 1986 can withstand an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) attack and still operate because of the lack of technology, no electronic components in other words. The problem is that no one really knows. Based on common sense and a slight understanding of what an EMP is you can assume that vehicles without electronic ignitions and on board computers would be able to function after an attack.

However, finding one, that age still operational could be a challenge but they are out there. You may have to do some work on the vehicle but to be a true survival/bug-out vehicle it would have to be capable of withstanding an EMP.

Diesel or Gasoline

Diesel engines are the logical choice for several reasons, one being fuel efficiency and the durability of a diesel engine. If you put 100,000 miles on a diesel engine, you have scarcely broken it in whereas a gasoline engine may be gasping for air at this point. You can make bio-fuels for diesel engines if you have the raw material and skill as well.

Have the supplies packed that allow you to siphon fuel from stalled or abandoned vehicles and even from underground storage tanks. Newer model vehicles have guards in place that prevent a hose from reaching the fuel but in a true SHTF situation, you will be able to find older vehicles with fuel in the tanks.

Use clear plastic tubing to siphon with if doing it the old-fashioned way. Using clear tubing means you can see the fuel in the line as it moves upward to prevent getting a mouthful. You can also use hand operated bulb type siphons. Ensure you have enough tubing length to reach underground storage tanks.

You get better torque/pulling power with a diesel. The decision is yours of course based on your situation on the ground at the time you make that decision, but you must also think long-term and not just about what is happening today.

Pickup trucks or SUV’s are the logical choice because of the cargo space. Pickups when empty are lighter than an empty SUV so they would not crash a barrier as easily. On the other hand, you can install a brush/push guard on the front and add weight to the bed using sand bags. Weight of course reduces fuel efficiency.

Things you need to consider include space for people and room for supplies, and in particular space for extra fuel. Adding a trailer is ideal because you can double or even triple your cargo space and you can use the trailer for shelter as well. The trailer should not just be a flatbed type. You should have cargo rails and ideally have built up sides. Simply secure some tarps to the side rails for an emergency shelter. The ideal trailer would be an enclosed one with a door you can secure with a lock.

Most SUV’s allow you to remove the third row seats to increase the cargo space. You can use this space for sleeping as well. The biggest problem you will have however is once you begin packing it you may find you have more gear than room.

Even if you get all of your supplies in then you have taken up all the sleeping space. This means you would have to spend time removing gear for sleeping and this is not an ideal situation when bugging-out. You can sleep outside of the vehicle but you cannot count on being able to do this every time because of weather conditions, safety reasons or other environmental factors.

Cargo carriers on top of the vehicle are an option but they can be a hindrance if you have to go off road because the boxes can snag on overhead limbs and heavy brush. Speaking of off road, four-wheel drive is necessary for any bug-out vehicle because it is unlikely you will encounter clear roads ahead during a bug-out situation.

Answers Some Questions First

Do you have a bug-out-location picked out, and how far away is it? Do you have supplies at your safe haven, extra fuel, tools for vehicle repair and parts for your vehicle and so on?

If you know, you only have to get from point “A” to point “B” during a crisis and you know the number of miles and the terrain along the way this may influence the type of vehicle you need, and what you need to bring.

The reality is you cannot pack enough to last you indefinitely and once you begin packing you will see just how little you can actually carry. You will have to choose carefully and prioritize.

You may not have a place to go to and plan to camp out essentially in some remote area, so this will have an impact on what you pack and how much. You cannot assume there will be a set timetable for when things get back to normal, if it ever does get back to normal. You may have to deal with a new normal. It could be days, weeks, months or even longer that you have to survive away from your home.

Additional Considerations

There are several schools of thought on bug-out vehicles and even about whether you should ever bug-out at all regardless of the situation.

Some, and rightly so make the argument that a person walking can surpass virtually any obstacle they may find along a highway or trail, whereas a vehicle cannot. You as a person walking can cross-rivers, go through deep snows, maneuver steep inclines and go around stalled vehicles and other obstacle on a bridge for example.

Vehicles run out of fuel and breakdown, and the biggest concern is you load your vehicle with precious cargo only to drive a few miles and you have a mechanical failure or you find you simply cannot find a way around a barrier. Then what, you have supplies that you cannot carry, and decisions have to be made quickly. This is something that must be given considerable thought.

If you are traveling with your family or others, on foot, you can carry only so much and you will only move as fast as the slowest person will in your group. However, the human body is designed for walking and running and you could walk for an indefinite period regardless of the terrain.

To make a decision about a bug-out vehicle you need to think long term. What may apply today could change tomorrow. However, you should always prepare for evacuation because you simply do not know what conditions may arise that will force you from your home or community.

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Concerns include the spread of diseases caused by human contact and contamination of food and water. Dirty hands will spread contaminates to food, water, and contact surfaces throughout the home. Just because the water supply is disrupted does not mean you forgo proper sanitation, in fact you need to be even more diligent during a crisis. You may not have access to medical care or medications so it is important that you do everything you can to keep diseases in check.

Disasters can lead to outbreaks of infectious diseases. We have seen this time and again with natural disasters. In some cases the diseases after the crisis has struck cause more loss of life than the disaster itself.

Diseases that cause diarrhea account for over 40 percent of deaths in disaster and refugee camp settings in developing countries. Of course the United States is a developed country, but a prolonged crisis could create a situation that promotes the spread of infectious diseases.

Epidemics in some countries are typically related to polluted water sources, sources contaminated by fecal matter. Water can also be contaminated during transportation and storage if proper procedures are not followed.

Diarrhea is a symptom of infections caused by a host of bacterial, viral, and parasitic organisms. Usually the infections are spread by feces-contaminated water. Infection is most common when there is a shortage of adequate sanitation and hygiene and safe water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning (WHO, 2015).

Clean Water is Essential

Protecting what water you do have is equally important. Private Wells can also be contaminated by floodwaters, ground runoff and if a makeshift latrine is located too close or you begin to burn garbage close by that would allow toxins to leach into the soil. 

Human waste as well as household waste will build up. People may burn it or try to, or simply allow it to pile up on their property and inside of their homes, all of which will promote the spread of diseases.

You need water for drinking, as well as, for personal grooming and area cleaning. Ideally you would have the ability to heat the water for bathing, hand washing and for dishwashing. You can use pre-moistened wipes and hand sanitizer for your personal cleanliness needs to conserve on water.

You cannot just use the backyard for your bathroom. You need a latrine that is 200 feet or more away from a water source, has a containment area, and is vented to remove methane gases from the pit if the pit is not an open one.

Makeshift methods would include “portable potties” that use chemicals to reduce odor and to control bacteria and specially designed bags for human waste.

Sewers may very well be shut down and certain septic systems do require electricity to operate. For those that have their own wells they would need a power source for the water pumps. Additionally, those with a private well that need a purification system will need to consider alternative power sources for the system.

People grouped together will spread body lice, as well as, infectious diseases so it is crucial that everyone wash their hands/ use hand sanitizer, keep their hair trimmed and washed and bathe regularly. Dirty clothing can spread diseases as well, so you must have an ample supply of clean water for laundering of clothes and other items.

Keep your area clean and never allow garbage to pile up inside the home. Most household garbage will not burn completely unless you have the means to create enough heat to incinerate it. If you simply pile it up and try to burn it you will end up with a toxic mass leaching into the ground and it will attract rodents, insects, and predators.

You can bury it or contain it in heavy garbage barrels with lids. Simply bagging it up and tossing it to the curb or letting it pile up in the backyard will create problems for you down the road.

For most of you the crisis will be a repetition of mundane tasks that will take on more meaning during the crisis. It will be harder to prepare meals, give baths to the children and harder to keep the home clean but it must all be done.

You will have to make sure the home is kept clean, and this will be more difficult with everyone essentially grouped together. If you have animals they will need to be sheltered and kept clean as well. If allowed to roam the neighborhood they may get into garbage and refuse piles and carry contaminates back home, so special care must be given to your animals.

Common household bleach should be in all homes for disaffecting of surfaces, dishware, and even clothing in some cases.

Hand sanitizer uses alcohol to destroy bacteria while scrubbing the hands with water and soap emulsifies the bacteria that are clinging to the hands so it can be removed by friction and by rinsing with water.

Washing the hands vigorously using soap and water for 20 seconds is one of the more effective ways or removing bacteria and to help stop or slow the spread of viruses. Hand sanitizer will not work as well when there is visible dirt and grime on the hands. Hand sanitizer destroys certain microbes on the hands it does not necessarily clean the hands, but it is an excellent alternative when soap and water is not available.

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I wouldn’t necessarily categorize the Volcano 3 as a survival stove, though; it could be used as one. The reason being is the weight. At 25 pounds, it would be difficult to pack in a survival kit and tote around the backwoods. We can call it the perfect Prepper stove however.

This stove is capable of providing you and your family three meals a day for as long as it takes during any crisis or emergency. I like that it collapses to five inches with a quick snap of the wrists. It is ready to pack away in minutes after you have let it cool down, of course, and remember to be responsible when disposing of hot ashes from a wood or charcoal fire, and never use this stove in an enclosed area even if you are cooking with it using propane.

With that being said, however, it is perfect for emergencies at home, or if you become stranded in your vehicle and it makes an ideal camping stove. It is ideal because it can utilize propane, charcoal, and wood. It will easily pack away in your trunk or cargo space and keep one in the garage for when the power is out.

It collapses to five inches for transporting and all components fit in the carrying case.

There is an optional hood for the Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill/Stove that allows you to smoke and bake using the stove, and yes, the hood really does allow you to bake and smoke using the Volcano 3.

Ideal for Canning

Because your new Volcano 3 Collapsible Grill and Stove uses propane, canning is made easy outdoors. When using propane you can control the heat and thus can any foods as if you were inside on your electric or gas range, and furthermore, you will not be heating up the house. When the power is out in the middle of the summer, you certainly do not want to add more heat to the home.

Stockpile enough propane for canning and other cooking or baking that requires regulated and consistent heat. Wood and charcoal of course, will cook many of your meals, but it is very difficult to regulate or provide consistent heat for baking bread, pies, biscuits, and so forth using wood or charcoal.

Ideal accessories for your stove would include a set of various sized Dutch Ovens. This stove and a Dutch oven, for example, would be all you need to prepare any meal in your backyard, at the campsite or during any emergency. Being able to use three different fuels means, you will never be without the ability to cook in any situation.

Put one in the boat when you go fishing, have one packed for hunting trips, and take one to the game for tailgating, and always have one in your vehicle, at home for emergencies, and at the  campsite.

When using wood or charcoal there is an air vent at the bottom to control airflow, and while the stove is designed to cook with pots and pans, you can place food directly on the top grate for grilling. Remember the grates are not far from the flames, so don’t put a steak on the grate, and wander off.

Manufactures’ Description Along With the Contents

If You Grill With Briquettes, Place Your Briquettes On The Diffuser Plate For A Better Searing Temperature.

As I had told you earlier this stove would not be ideal for a bug-out-bag, but it would be perfect for your bug-out-location and for certain emergency caches. Because it burns wood as well as charcoal and uses propane you can use it anywhere wood is available.

EMP’s are on everyone’s mind these days and no one is sure what would or would not work if an attack were to occur. Newer appliances regardless of what they are may have some sort of electronics in them and could be rendered useless, so you need a backup cooking method for the home.

You don’t have to wait for an emergency either. If you have a 20lb propane cylinder, charcoal or wood, you can start grilling in your backyard anytime.   

Final Thoughts

For a week straight I cooked every meal I ate on the Volcano Grill; everything from your typical grilled burgers to fried eggs, even smoked salmon. The process was easy to control and produced nearly perfect results every time. What amazed me was the efficiency of the grill, it used far less fuel than something like a typical Weber. The versatility was also nice as it fits a Dutch oven that is twelve inches or smaller, being designed to cook with pots and pans opens up all kinds of cooking possibilities. Whether utilizing the Volcano Grill solely on its cooking merits or as a SHTF cooking alternative, it is one piece of gear to consider.  If you are interested, you can purchase a Volcano Grill on Amazon for $146.99.

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Yesterday I did some trout fishing with the Emmrod fishing pole that I bought for my bug out bag, so today I’m going to show you how to clean a trout. If you want to see the rod in action check out the video below or check out my Emmrod PackRod reviewBe Warned! This post contains a graphic step-by-step decapitation and the gutting of a real trout. With that being said continue on with the rest of the article below.

Step 1: If you’re not going to eat the skin you can skip this part, but I like my trout pan fried. Grab the fish by the tail and scrape firmly from the tail to the head several times on both sides with a spoon or knife until all the scales are removed.

Step 2: Next remove the head by cutting at a slight angle just behind his gill, it will take a little force to cut through its backbone. I like to remove the lower front fin with this cut also.

Step 3: Once the head is removed turn the fish over so you can see its belly. You should see its exit hole just a little bit above the tail.

Step 4: Insert your knife or scissors into the exit hole and slice the belly all the way up to where the head once was.

Step 5: Spreading the belly that you just sliced open will reveal the innards. Grab the innards and pull them out with your hand, they should come out fairly easy.

Step 6: Once the innards are out you should see a membrane that covers the blood vein running up the fishes backbone. Take a knife and slice the membrane open.

Step 7: Next take your thumb or a toothbrush and scrape or brush out the blood vein until its clean like the picture below. I’ve always heard that not cleaning this will affect the taste of the fish.

Step 8: Rinse the trout (inside & out) thoroughly and prepare to cook as you like. To pan fry rinse the fish and pat dry, then roll the fish in flour that is seasoned with salt and pepper. Pan fry in olive oil (about 2-3 tablespoons) on medium heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until meat flakes with a fork.

Here is the video of the Emmrod in action.

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I’m tired of homesteading!
I’m tired of the loss! There is no way around loss on the homestead. Its the part of reality to this chosen lifestyle that one cant escape.
You can prepare yourself, prepare your animals and flock, but its never easy when you loss a animal.
And our homestead there has been much loss.
Is it the nature of how we chose to live?
Irrelevantly if you chose this life you to will have to approach loss.
What will you do]
Will you be prepared?
Do you ever get us to it?
Starry Talks…..frankly about it all

How the SHTF in Bosnia: Selco Asks Americans, “Does this sound familiar?”

Selco interviewed by Daisy Luther

I was recently emailing back and forth with Selco and we were discussing the situation in the US right now, with the political polarization, the rage, and the general cognitive dissonance. I asked him if he saw any similarities between our situation and the one in Bosnia when the SHTF there during the war. When he replied I knew I had to share this information with you.

While we might like to think it could never happen here, the current events here are eerily similar to what happened there in the 1990s.

When you read this. think about recent events. The anger about immigration. The destruction of Civil War monuments. The unease between the races. The deep rage about the recent presidential election. The scorn and derision for neighbors who think differently. The way the media fans the flames of dissent between our fellow Americans.

You’ll realize that it definitely CAN happen to us…and there’s not one darn thing we can do except to be prepared.

What parallels do you see with events in the US and Bosnia before the SHTF?

US and Yugoslavia (in 1990) on first look do not have anything in common because people are going to say, “The USA cannot have anything similar to any socialistic system.”

This is true but only on first look.

Yugoslavia had somewhere around 20-22 million citizens, six republics (similar to states in the US), 3-4 main religions, and many national groups (ethnicity).

The official state policy was to build Yugoslavian “nationality” (from the end of WW1) and through different ways that effort was successful until the 90s.

We were “something big, united through differences with a strong connection to make something big.”

And then those differences were used to make chaos.

In the late 80s and beginning of the 90s (when democracy came) the problems started and ended up in series of wars and cases of complete collapse.

Things that I experienced in my case prior to SHTF, and things that you might recognize:

  • Things that make differences between people are more and more problematic (race, religion, political opinion).
  • Polarization is getting obviously stronger.
  • People want to come to your country, but they do not want to “assimilate” or contribute to greater good. They want to preserve their way of life which is often absolutely contradictory to the way that your country (society) works.
  • The political way of solving those problems often fails, because, in essence, those problems are hard to solve in a democratic way (in the spirit of democracy).
  • Your freedoms are “shrinking” as a result of that.
  • Calls for “radical solutions“ for the problems are stronger and stronger.
  • The media is absolutely working a dirty job, and it is hard to find out what is the truth anymore.
  • Suddenly people and events from history are “brought back” so people can judge and argue about it, to write history again, to build myths sometimes.

Can you explain how the current political polarization could make matters worse when the SHTF?

Strong polarization eventually brings fear and hate towards “others”, and once you get into that state of hate and fear it is very easy to be manipulated, even though prior or later, it looks weird and funny how easily you were brought into that state.

I remember the exact moment roughly 25 years ago when I was brought in discussion and actually rioting over the statue of a general from WW2 which was about to be destroyed because for some people he was a war criminal and for others he was a hero and important political figure.

It was a big event, and people were brought into that event in big numbers, arguing and fist fighting and rioting…

At the same time, the wheels of big events were actually already starting to move, and if I were smart I would have left the country or bought a weapon instead fighting over a historical figure.

Does this sound familiar?

It was only one event that was used in order to polarize people more. “Us” and “Them”.

It is so easy to manipulate people when you throw hate and fear in the game.

Polarization makes things worse when SHTF because it is easier to “dehumanize” others that are different than you. Through the fear and hate, groups are pushed to do whatever the people in power want them to do, even if that means horrible crimes. Remember, once some group of people (religion, political, regional, race…) is dehumanized (for example through smart media work) the rules are changing and everything is possible.

For example, with careful media work even today (in time of the internet, social networks, and independent information) it is possible to make the prepper movement look like a terroristic and anarchistic movement and then it’s open season on preppers.

Did political disagreements go away when it hit the fan or did they intensify?

In essence yes, they went away because it all went to how much food, ammo, or whatever resource you had. You realized that big opinions simply do not matter, especially once when you realize that all was somehow planned, and especially once when you realize how foolish you were because you trusted some things.

But of course rage was fed with again fear and hate for ”others”.

It is like that story about how they tried to explain to a conscript [someone who was drafted into the military] what is war all about: higher causes and honor and everything else, and he simply could not get it. Then later in the middle of a fight he suddenly understands everything and yells: “Oh I understand now – THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL ME.”

When you strip everything down to the bare facts, he was right.

How does it move from political arguments to one day, it has all hit the fan and everything has changed? Is there something predictable we could look for?

Again it is about dehumanizing, no matter who or what group. It is about adopting opinions like “they are so different that they do not deserve…( to live here, to have rights…)

Once that happens a whole new set of rules jumps in and those rules mean that lot of your liberties and rights gonna be taken too, and that is the problem actually.

When that happens, you will understand that it is not really important who is who. The only thing important is that somehow you do not have your rights anymore (for example the right to carry a firearm) and then you are in s..t.

You can be so mesmerized with “important political events” or something else that you might even not notice that you are suddenly not allowed to grow your own food or have a solar panel on the roof, or carry a pistol.

You might say now “it is impossible in the US”  but I think in this moment it is bigger news than if some reality show star had “spicy” video than to understand how food delivery in your city works and how much food is in one average store if everything stops moving.

Which events in the US have you seen that made you immediately flash back to your situation?

I do not follow politics too deeply even in my country, not to mention politics in the US, but what I do follow is people’s reaction to political events. By that, you can sense where the majority of people’s opinions go and what you can expect from that.

Maybe a year ago I did comment (through an article) on some events in the US and I got an excellent comment from one of my readers who said “My nation, America, is being abruptly dragged out of a deep and prolonged state of subconscious anxiety and depression. It is being assaulted with hope and this is beginning to produce a state of relief which will be managed into uncritical nationalism if at all possible. This euphoric state of national mind is the perfect cover from which to ambush a nation. The pressing for a one world government did not die under Trump, it simply got a new face. The danger to America and to the other nations of the world is more real now than ever. Extreme sobriety is warranted at this time. Most people I have spoken with cannot see this…”

Hope in something new and something better was exactly what I was experiencing just prior SHTF, new leaders, new democracy, freedom…

It clouded my perception, I trusted too much.

What suggestions, if any, do you have to help us be better prepared for political upheaval?

As always, operate in “small circles” (your family, prepper group, network of friends). Learn useful skills, meet good and interesting people (in prepper terms).

That small circle is what it is all about and what is important when SHTF. Sorry, but your political opinion and worries about state policies are worthless, and can not change anything big- it is the big circle, and it is important only in terms of looking and recognizing signs of future events, so you may recognize the correct moment for bugging out for example.

Do not be pulled into general fear and hate because it clouds your judgment and it simply wastes your time.

Do not be pulled into it.

Do people start to realize that their opinion means nothing in politics or do they still hang on to their illusions even after it all goes sideways?

Illusions were the first victims when SHTF. Here are a few of many:

  • “There are police, this cannot happen. There is law, this is against the law.“ Actually, the police are police when the system works. When it does not work, the police are just a bunch of trained people with weapons, and it is completely up to them what they are going to do.
  • “I have rights.” Yes, when there is a system and law to protect those rights. If you want to have rights when SHTF you have to be ready to protect them.
  • “I have gun and lot of ammo. I will firmly stand my ground.” Good luck with that. There is a huge number of people already organized in violent groups, ready and skilled in violence, who wait for the system to collapse to jump in. People with more guns, more ammo, more skills than you, and less morals and ethics. You need to lower your expectations.
  • “This kind of chaos can not happen here (in the US). We have the best political system in the world.” This is my favorite actually because in my case the S. did hit the fan. For some period of time I was repeating this to myself, and even more, something like “This can happen only in some country in Africa, not here. Somebody going to stop this.” It can happen, and actually, it would be very bad because fall is going to be bigger. It is going to hurt much more, and people are going to be shocked much more.

Anything else to add?

I have seen many people killed, a lot of women and children too, civilians. A huge number of people suffered, were hungry and cold and were terrified through that period.

But I can count on one hand the dead or hungry politicians in that time.

Things were good for them through that period. Some of them ended up even richer. A lot of them are still powerful in the same or different parties, and are still talking about “their people” or “ causes” or “fear from others”.

Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution.

In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today.

He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations like Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months.

Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.

Selco shares the events that led up to the SHTF in Bosnia and how it's eerily similar to what is happening in America right now. | The Organic Prepper

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I’m tired of homesteading!
I’m tired of the loss! There is no way around loss on the homestead. Its the part of reality to this chosen lifestyle that one cant escape.
You can prepare yourself, prepare your animals and flock, but its never easy when you loss a animal.
And our homestead there has been much loss.
Is it the nature of how we chose to live?
Irrelevantly if you chose this life you to will have to approach loss.
What will you do]
Will you be prepared?
Do you ever get us to it?
Starry Talks…..frankly about it all