Survival Gold and SHTF Silver Will Make You A Disaster Target

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For a long time silver and gold have been the ultimate hedge against the coming financial collapse. It’s astounding how many people believe that we are just a year or two, at most, away from a serious economic collapse.    

You cannot go a week without some investor talking about why and how the economic collapse is going to appear. 

Gold and silver are always the answer to the economic collapse. You see, we all worry about losing money in one way or another in that collapse. Maybe its the value of the house, maybe its the stock market, maybe it’s the dollar’s value that puts us in a bad situation. 

Gold is a big deal and has many benefits. Its been currency forever and appears as such in books as old as the bible. Its a very valuable metal and there are tremendous means to use it. It’s a little high in price so it’s not the best for small purchases.

Silver 

There are lots of people who believe that silver is undervalued. Not sure what that means in the long run. It valued much less than others like gold and platinum but it works for smaller purchases. 

Buying in Cash

Who knows you have precious metals? If you buy in cash than people will have less awareness about what you own and what you dont own. When it comes to metals you want to pay in cash. 

Trading with Metals 

All that said, beware of who you trade with. The moment you pull out that gold or silver in a SHTF scenario, everyone is going to know what you got going on. They will know you likely have more of these metals. SO, most important beware that where those metals end up. 

After watching recent events unfold and speaking to family and friends, my wife and I decided to start prepping. Preparedness is a big part of our lives now and I would be honored to share some knowledge with you. Here at SHTF Prepping & Homesteading Central we gather the best prepping, survival, homesteading and DIY articles from around the web.
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by Megan

The truth is although you may get some advanced warning of a SHTF situation, no one will predict it with absolute certainty. There are however some predicted behaviors and events that experts can predict may happen leading up to the chaos and afterwards.

These predicted behavior patterns are important to understand for anyone who is trying to protect their family and homestead during and after a SHTF event. If you are aware of the changes that could take place, you can prepare your homestead for SHTF and its aftermath. The more steps you take to prepare, the better off you and your family will be.

What Could Happen When SHTF

  • extended power outage
  • widespread panic and looting
  • overwhelmed emergency services personnel
  • stores and businesses are wiped out or closed
  • shipping delays or complete stop
  • pandemic due to poor sanitation or lack of medical care
  • spoiled or stolen food and other supplies
  • injuries, illness and/or mass casualties or death

Plan for Food and Water

One of the big issues following a SHTF event is going to be having access to enough water and food to sustain you and your family through an extended period of chaos and possibly indefinitely. Below are some steps you can begin to take now to help ensure that you and your family have an ample supply of food and water when you need it.

Most people may not be able to do all of these at once but it’s a good idea to make a plan for implementation over a period of time. Do what you can the first year and gradually add to your food and water resources when you can.

  1. Start a food garden to grow vegetables and fruits to sustain your family when grocery stores shut down.
  2. Plant an orchard now so that you’ll be able to harvest fruit for pies and jams to boost morale following a SHTF event.
  3. Grow an herb garden to supplement your food stockpile and for medicine when pharmacies and professional medical services are shut down.
  4. Start a compost pile to use to fertilize soil so your garden will flourish.
  5. Gather/Buy manual kitchen appliances and equipment so you can cook without electricity.
  6. Stockpile food for livestock and pets when shipping is delayed or stopped.
  7. Create a hidden food forest to sustain your family if your garden and stockpile are confiscated or wiped out.
  8. Build a rainwater collection system to use for watering the garden, for livestock, personal hygiene, and if necessary for drinking.
  9. Make a smokehouse for preserving meat if refrigeration fails.
  10. Gather/Buy manual tools for gardening and other homesteading tasks.
  11. Install an aquaponics or hydroponics system to supplement your garden
  12. Plant berry bushes so they can mature and be ready to harvest following a SHTF event.
  13. Stockpile home canned food to create a sustainable food supply without refrigeration.
  14. Build a root cellar for preserving harvested vegetables to extend shelf life through the lean winter months.
  15. Stockpile as much water as possible to prevent dehydration.
  16. Identify nearby fresh water sources to supplement your water stockpile.
  17. Save seeds from garden for future crops in the event shipping is shut down.
  18. Identify wild game and fishing resources on and around your property to supplement your food stockpile.
  19. Identify wild edibles on and around your homestead as a backup food supply.

Plan for Security

Another major issue when it comes to a SHTF event will be shelter. Whether it’s an extreme weather event or something else, steps you take now will mean you can quickly protect your house and livestock shelters against extreme weather or intruders.

  1. Build storm shutters to protect windows and doors to protect against extreme weather. Have these ready and accessible or even installed so they can simply be closed and locked with very little warning.
  2. Reinforce door locks to keep intruders out of your home. This is a step everyone should do anyways to protect against burglary and home invasion.
  3. Build a safe room to use in the event intruders do get into your home or in the event of a tornado or other extreme weather event.
  4. Clear out brush around your home to create a clear line of site to protect against intruders sneaking around your property.
  5. Consider forming a “survival group” with trusted neighbors or family/friends.
  6. Build a secure fence with locked gate around the perimeter of your homestead to secure against intruders.
  7. Establish early alert systems and other perimeter deterrents to protect against intruders.

Additional Ways to Prepare Your Homestead for SHTF

  1. Prepare for waste disposal (Composting Toilet/Humanure) when sanitation systems shut down.
  2. Install a fireplace for heating your home and for hot water.
  3. Install a solar power system to run critical appliances if the power grid fails.
  4. Stockpile batteries of various sizes to use during a power outage.
  5. Install a wind turbine for supplemental power in case of a grid failure.
  6. Buy/Build a generator to run critical systems during short term power outages.
  7. Bury backup supplies in hidden cache locations on and around your homestead as a backup in the event your supplies are stolen or confiscated.
  8. Stockpile personal medications or identify natural alternatives to treat chronic medical conditions when pharmacies are closed.
  9. Buy/Build a ham radio system for communication with family or group members and to monitor news and events happening in your area.
  10. Make any repairs to house and livestock buildings regularly to safeguard your shelter.
  11. Stockpile replacement parts for vehicles and manual equipment in the event of a mechanical failure.
  12. Create plans and assign duties for possible scenarios (in case of fire, tornado, intruders, etc.) so each family can act quickly in a crisis.
  13. Consider bulletproof options for your vehicle and house to safeguard against an intruder attack.
  14. Establish a method for properly storing gasoline and other fuels for vehicles and for heating your home.
  15. Begin growing your own fodder to feed livestock to sustain them if feed supply stores are wiped out or shut down.
  16. Improve insulation in your home and barn to increase your ability to stay warm in cold weather and cooler in hot weather.
  17. Establish a system for washing clothes without power.
  18. Stockpile firewood to use for heating and cooking in an extended grid down situation.
  19. Pay off as much debt as possible, use excess to enhance your stockpile.
  20. Stockpile items (honey, cigarettes, sugar, coffee, etc.) that can be used to barter for other items you may need to survive.

Is your homestead prepared for SHTF? What steps have you taken to prepare? Which of the 50 ways to prepare will you consider?  If we’ve missed something you think is vital for homestead preparation, let us know in the comments below.


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(Midland GMRS ‘base’ or ‘mobile’ 2-way radio)

 
2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery.

2-way radios may have their limits on how far they will transmit and receive, however there are some that are perfect for local communications while serving a wide variety of purposes.

We have been using GMRS 2-way radios here at the homestead for awhile now, and they’ve been great (The General Mobile Radio Service)… Since it’s just Mrs.J and I, whenever either of us goes out somewhere on the property, we ALWAYS bring a 2-way radio. It’s not only convenient for normal comms, but you just ‘never know’ when an emergency situation may arise. I also always keep a set of handheld radios in the truck for ‘just in case’.

Here’s a bit more about GMRS radios, a decent ‘base station’ concept (and base antenna), handhelds, and why I like GMRS for local general purpose comms…


 
CHOICES
There are several choices when it comes to choosing the best type of 2-way radio for local communications. In short, there’s MURS, FRS, GMRS, and CB radio. I’m not going to get too technical about it, but to put it simply…each of these types of radios operate on different frequency bands and each have their pros and cons. I feel that GMRS is the best for ‘local’ communications, especially given that these radios can operate up to 5 watts power.

‘LOCAL’
What do I mean by ‘local’? I’m talking about a range within just several miles or less. Again without getting into potentially boring technical reasons (although I find it interesting 😉 ), there are many factors which affect range. GMRS is ‘line of sight’ (from one radio to the other) although it will transmit through forest, buildings, some terrain, etc.. to an extent depending on density. I won’t go deeper into it than that, so just know that I’m talking about communications within a several miles (although you can go hilltop to hilltop up to 20 miles or thereabouts…).

Handheld and ‘Base Station’ GMRS radios

I have had handheld GMRS 2-way radios for years. They work well. With that said, a radio designed as a ‘base station’ may offer some attributes that potentially make it more powerful. Their electronics may be better designed (although not always). More importantly they can be paired up with a better antenna which enables the radio to reach out further than a handheld.

For example, the following GMRS radio although designed to mount in a vehicle, serves well as a base station for inside the house (use with an upgraded external antenna).

The radio being designed for the vehicle will require a 12-volt DC power connection. Alternatively for inside the home you simply need a small 12 volt DC power supply. Example:

Note: I really like the simplicity of this radio. However (tech alert), it does not have ‘repeater’ capability (Duplex mode) (See the next note). But that’s okay with me since I’m only using this type of radio for local communications.

Note: Some GMRS radios include ‘repeater’ functionality that enables you to transmit further by way of repeater stations which ‘repeat’ your signal by first receiving your transmission and then re-transmitting it from the repeater location (typically located in high spots like tops of mountains, buildings or towers.). There’s more ‘technical’ description, but I’ll leave it at that.

GMRS Base Station Antennas

While a handheld GMRS radio typically has an attached short ‘rubber ducky’ antenna (a short whip), an antenna can be a factor that can increase your range.

A ‘base station’ type radio will enable you to choose your own external antenna which may have characteristics that increase your range. Additionally by increasing the height of your antenna (mounting it up high), you can improve the distance your signal radiates.

There are a number of GMRS base station antennas which are designed for this specific frequency range. One popular and relatively low cost GMRS antenna with 6.5 db gain is the…

Additional considerations will be procuring the coax cable between the radio and the antenna, mounting it (e.g. to the house via a pole and mounting brackets), making a feed-through from the inside to the outside of the house, fine tuning the antenna,…

 
HANDHELD GMRS 2-WAY RADIOS
There are LOTS of these radios out there. Some more simple to operate than others.

Years ago I purchased several pairs of the following handheld GMRS radios – and they’re stilling going strong today with lots of use and abuse…
Midland GXT1000VP4 FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair)

A very popular and highly rated 2-way radio:
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio

Uses for GMRS 2-way radios

Camping and keeping your group in communications with each other
Great for large properties and farms
Local neighborhood communications
vehicle to vehicle travel
Security watch/patrol
Hiking
?

 
DOES GMRS REQUIRE A LICENSE?
Note: Technically, GMRS does require a license from the FCC to transmit, and transmitting power is allowable up to 5 watts. However in 2010, the FCC proposed to remove the individual licensing requirement for GMRS and instead license GMRS “by rule” (meaning that an individual license would not be required to operate a GMRS device). This proposal is still pending. In practice, hardly anyone uses a license on this band due to its consumer popularity…

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If there is a disaster and there is no food on the shelves, what will you eat? Where will you find food? Should you be trapping for food?

Trapping for Food After SHTF

Picture this: No food in the stores. What is your first thought?

“I’ll hunt for food!”

That’s what I thought too, until I realized that everyone else will attempting to hunting too. Wildlife will hide. People who aren’t hunters will shoot anything that moves, including themselves and others. It will be forest mayhem.

You’ll have plenty on your mind already, with protecting your loved ones and supplies from roving gangs and looters, while trying to lay low. How will anyone have time to hunt?

To make things even worse, everyone will be stomping around the forest and scaring the food, you’ll have to spend longer looking for wild game.

The smart move will be to make the food come to us! Why hunt for food when you can catch food while doing other things? Multi-tasking will be the key.

Traps and snares
Some leg traps and snares placed at strategic locations along trails and streams, creeks, and rivers should provide some good meat. Animals will hide from hunters and humans, but they’ll still need to hunt and to drink water.

I know many of you have never trapped or setup snares, but if you Google “rabbit snares” and you’ll see how easy it is to snare small game, with nothing but some wire.

In addition to the traps and snares, you should setup some “trotlines” and Fish YoYos to catch fish, without fishing.

For those of you who aren’t very outdoorsy, let me give you a quick tip:

Squirrels may not look like much, but many a pioneer survived on fried squirrel.

Luckily those suckers are lazy. All you have to do is prop a stick or log against a tree and they will take that new route almost every time. If you happen to put a bunch of snares on that log, they’ll walk right into the trap. Squirrels do have an unfortunate instinct to leap once they are caught, so they leap right off the log with the snare around their neck.

The funny thing about squirrels, they’ll go down the same log that just hung 20 of their friends, just to see what the heck is going on.

Instead of just hunting and foraging the wilds for food, make sure to add some trapping to your bag of tricks.. Set traps in places that make sense. This allows you to handle other survival business, while the food comes to you. Many people think they can hunt, but how many know how to trap? Get some books and read up on trapping now, so you can feed your family and make cool fur crafts after the SHTF.

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Every once in awhile the metaphorical you know what will hit the fan. A drain clogs, a toilet overflows as you have guests coming in for a dinner party, and so on and so forth. Bottom line? If something can go wrong, you should be prepared to fix it when it does.

That in mind, here are four affordable items that will be you priceless the next time you find yourself in a SHTF situation.

  1. Plunger

Chances are, you probably already have a plunger. Most people do for the obvious reason that when you need one, you really, really need one.

But did you know that plungers can be for much more than just a clogged toilet? Yep! The same mechanism of pumping and releasing air on your toilet bowl to free a clog can also be applied to shower and sink drains in a pinch.

Handy to know right? But if you are going to be using your plunger in this way, you may want to think about investing in more than one. What happens in the toilet bowl should stay in the toilet bowl…

  1. Vinegar

Spilled red wine on your white rug? Don’t panic. Instead, run on over to your pantry. Vinegar is great for lifting stains, and actually for cleaning in general.

For best results, tackle the stain with two cups of water, and a teaspoon of laundry detergent. As for the vinegar itself, you will want to use about two tablespoons.

  1. Baking Soda and Crazy Glue

Oh no! A crack in your wall! If you find yourself in the pickle of having a small to moderately sized crack in a concrete wall, all is not lost. In fact, the solution is easy to use and very affordable: Crazy glue, and baking soda.

Blend the two together, and you get a workable, rubbery solution that can be applied to cracks. When it dries, it will turn into a plasticky, durable filling.

  1. Acetone

Super glue is, for many people, a household essential. The problem? It isn’t always a great fit for homes that have young children. If your young one (or, let’s face, you) have made a serious mistake with the super glue, it can be easy to panic. Resist the urge! Super glue has one powerful weakness: Acetone.

Acetone is a powerful chemical solvent that is a key ingredient in nail polish remover. Acetone can be used to remove superglue from both skin and objects. Just try to be sparing with how much you apply at once. This chemical is very harsh on skin and can discolor certain fabrics if used in excess.

Conclusion

Who says that handling disasters needs to be hard? All of the solutions we have seen today are simple and easy enough for just about anyone to execute. The best part of all of this is that most people have the above-listed items already tucked away somewhere in their house.

Next time things go catastrophically wrong, don’t panic. Rush over to your cabinet, your cupboard, or yes, even your plunger, and proceed confidently, with the knowledge that you can fix it.

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Everybody has personal disasters. Accidents happen, bones break, jobs are lost, houses burn down, expensive mechanical devices fail, financial troubles escalate, we get sick, and loved ones pass away.

Personal disasters… or personal Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF) moments… happen to all of us, they are unfortunately all too common, yet they are also the single-most overlooked prep by the prepping community.

Priority: Prep For The Most Likely Personal Disasters

If you’ve been reading 3BY for any length of time you will know that I am recovering from a personal disaster, a severely broken leg & torn ligaments. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from the experience, and found out several holes in our “personal disaster” prepping that we’ve had to fix.

Even though we had holes in unexpected areas, this particular personal disaster was not catastrophic for us as a family because we HAD done a lot of personal disasters prepping.

Before I go into details of my own lessons learned, let’s take a look at some core preps that we had done to mitigate the damage caused both financially and logistically.

Personal Disasters

They may sit dormant for years, but having preps ready and waiting is the key dealing with personal disasters

Personal Disasters Prepping: A List Of Preps

I’m going to list just a few things that we deem very important as our own preps for personal disasters. Of course, your list may be entirely different depending upon your situation, but I think that many of these things are relevant to all of us. Please keep in mind as you read this that we have been “in the workforce” since 1984 and it has taken us 35 years of hard work to get to this spot. Younger people starting out may think “I’ll never be able to do some of this stuff” but I’m telling you, with focus and living an intentional lifestyle, you can.

  1. We intentionally live a debt free lifestyle, including our house.
  2. We make sure we have medical insurance for both of us
  3. In addition to our regular medical insurance, we also have “short term disability” insurance
  4. We keep an emergency fund of six months expenses (minimum) of cash in the bank at all times
  5. We keep an additional “deductible” fund that has enough money to cover both of our medial deductibles.
  6. Another set of funds that we keep in the bank at all time is a “car replacement fund”, a “house repairs” fund and a “vacation fund”
  7. We keep a huge, easily accessible medical kit in the house at all times. Our kit contains easily accessible bleeding control that can be used by one person on themselves if necessary.
  8. We keep and maintain GOOD insurance on our cars, including very high limits on our liability plus an umbrella (250,000; 500,000; 250,000 with a 2-million umbrella), plus a good uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. This probably seems excessive to a lot of people, but it’s not much more expensive than bad car insurance (i.e. state minimums).
  9. We keep a full contact list for all financials (i.e. we keep all credit/debit card numbers, plus all of the company contact info so if they are lost/stolen we can immediately notify the company). 
  10. Full emergency kits for cars are a must, including a full-size run-ready spare tire, all the tools necessary, a spare quart of motor oil, jumper cables, a lithium car starter, 2 ice scrapers, seat belt cutter/window breaker, etc.
  11. Winter car items
  12. Living wills & medical records
  13. We always carry 3 days worth of any critical prescription meds
  14. An extra credit/debit card unused for anything else with a different account number hidden in each vehicle
  15. Each family member carries 2 credit/debit cards, each with different accounts.
  16. A large enough amount of cash to get you home from wherever it is you are, and a significant amount of cash in the house to take care of any cash-only emergency.

OK, That Sounds REALLY EXPENSIVE!

It IS really expensive upfront. I admit it.

In reality, however, by the time the above is fully implemented, it turns out to be a lot less expensive than what most people do.

Why?

The key to all of the above is that, once executed, there is no ongoing outgoing interest payments… instead, there is INCOMING interest payments. True, right now, banks aren’t paying enough to keep up with inflation, but it sure beats paying them 10-24 percent!

As you can see, our number one way of prepping for personal disaster is financial independence, which is something you can ONLY really do if you live a debt free lifestyle.

The debt free lifestyle is FAR outside of the scope of this article, but we will be doing a whole series of debt-free prepping starting soon here at 3BY.

We Don’t Live To Impress People

I will say that we own our own home, we own The Place, we own all of our own vehicles, all of them debt free. While that sounds amazing to a lot of people, I’m going to be brutally honest here when I say that we are willing to make sacrifices up front so that we don’t have to be slaves to a paycheck.

Living debt free and prepped is a choice, but it’s still a HUGE commitment. It means, for most of us, we can’t do what other people do. We can’t go out and buy new cars or season tickets to our favorite sports teams. We can’t spend nights drinking away our paychecks at a bar.

We have reliable cars but they are not new. We have a paid for, well maintained house but it’s 100 years old, and we have lived in it for 30 years. Spice and I don’t buy stylish furniture. We don’t have a big fancy TV (although those are cheap now), and we don’t redecorate every 5 years. We wear pedestrian, utilitarian clothing. 

In short, our lifestyle will impress nobody.

We’ve never owned a new car, not one.

Having said that, if our car were destroyed today (not even counting the insurance payment) I could go out today and write a check for a replacement. Why? Because we make a car payment, to ourselves, every month.

It’s All About Priorities & Forward Thinking

 Everybody (who doesn’t sell the stuff) hates insurance.

I hate insurance. I hate it with a passion. It’s a rip-off, and we all know it’s a rip-off. Having said that, it allows us to have financial security for things we can’t afford to take a big hit on. 

When I broke my leg, it meant that I could put no weight on the leg for 8 weeks. My foot was in this enormous cast for much of the time, meaning I couldn’t drive.

My job involves being able to drive up to 500 miles a day, if necessary. 

Obviously, I couldn’t do that. Does this mean I lost my job? No, I work for a company that holds places for injured employees.

Did I lose my income?

No, because I had Short Term Disability insurance as a part of my employer’s insurance plan. With the plan we are on, it’s optional and we pay for it out of our paychecks (i.e. it’s a post-tax payment). That’s crucial, because it means that the insurance payments are tax-free to me. I got 60 percent of what my salary would have been before taxes (so, pretty close to what I really earn) which took the bite out of the accident.

Having that insurance meant the difference between 3 lean months and three normal months financially. In reality, with the way we work our budget, it paid for most of my deductible plus out-of-pocket maximum.

Salty, C’mon Man This Is BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where Are The Guns? Where Are The Zombies!

Sorry, folks, prepping for personal disasters isn’t fun. There’s no AR’s. There are no zombies.

But you want to know a secret? You are a lot more likely to slip on the ice or in the shower than you are to come face-to-gun barrel with the walking dead… so let’s get back to boring.

Our Financial Plan Covers Us

The bottom line here is that we worked very hard to pay off our debts years ago, and instead of taking on new debts, we set up funds that we pay to ourselves. We have a house fund for repairs, a car fund, and a deductible medical fund which knock out the biggest threats to our overall emergency fund.

Yes, this does sound very Dave Ramsey. We agree with a lot, but not all, of his plans (yes to the debt part… investing? Not so much). 

We even have a vacation fund, but it gets funded LAST. 

We think that the best thing preppers can do (besides having the obvious preps of water, enough food to eat, heat, etc.) is to make debt elimination the highest priority. Once you don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck to pay debts, a whole new world of preparedness opens up for you.

That world helps you knock out all of the preps you REALLY need, the preps for personal SHTF moments, because unlike zombies, these personal disasters happen every day to us all. 

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Getting Out of Harms Way: Massive Retirements From
the Alphabet Soup Agencies

When government officials, from the various alphabet soup agencies, retire en masse, it is not necessarily a noteworthy event. However, when the same officials retire en masse and then relocate to form their own survivalist enclaves, then this is something that we should all sit up and take notice of, especially when we are seeing the same behavior on the part of Wall Street executives.
In my dealings with purported alphabet soup agency informants, I have been receiving some very dire warnings in terms of what lies ahead for America. At the time I began to receive information, two years ago, about the dangerous times that we are living in, Doug Hagmann also went public with conversations he had with DHS’ “Rosebud” telling us much the same thing.

I have had conversations with two insiders and a relative of another insider who tell similar stories of a coming series of apocalyptic events. Much of the Hagmann information, to a large extent, corresponds to the information I have received.

DHS and CIA Relocations

It is a matter of official agency policy that some current DHS and CIA officials and their families will be provided safe sanctuary in various strategic locations in Colorado in times of trouble. Most people in the know are aware of the underground facilities which lies below the Denver International Airport which has an underground connected railway to the Cheyenne Mountain NORAD/Fort Carson/Peterson Air Force Base underground facilities. The structures are part of the Continuity of Government program developed by the United States government in the early days of the Cold War. However these facilities are increasingly becoming the planned refuge for many of the global elite residing within the United States when all hell breaks loose.
In September 2011, the evacuation of the elite to this safe hideaway was rehearsed in the DHS exercise known as Operation Mountain Guardian in which the Denver airport was shut down to commercial air travel except for specific, undesignated planes which were allowed to land in preparation for some staged catastrophe.
This aforementioned event is not newsworthy because it has been reported in the mainstream. However, where this event becomes noteworthy to the public is because it is not coincidental that the CIA has relocated its major data collection facilities to underground structures in the Denver International Airport. The implications for residents living in or near the Washington DC Metropolitan area should be clear. The planned obsolescence for the nation’s capital is becoming increasingly apparent. The previous information is what is publicly available. The following information has not been disseminated but is highly relevant to what lies ahead.

NSA Relocations

Recently, retired officials from the NSA have relocated to an area in the Ozarks where they have access to underground safety zone which have/are being transformed into mini-villages of self-sustainable protection. Their properties consist typically of 5 to 10 acres for each family, contains a portable water supply, residents are armed to the teeth, have alternative communications that are not reliant on the grid and have years of stored food. My source is an individual who retired from the NSA almost three years ago. His decision to participate in the relocation was triggered by the re-election of President Obama which he said will hasten the onslaught of what is to come because Obama’s administration fully embraces the current course of action. Those were the words of  20 year veteran of the NSA, not my words.

Ex-FEMA Relocations

Recently retired officials from FEMA are relocating to the rolling hill areas, in North Carolina. Their enclave contains the same resources involving air, water, food and guns. These enclaves also include underground structures which are sensibly self-contained and can serve to isolate the inhabitants from the outside. I have two sources on this information which includes a family member and a retired FEMA official who has chosen not to participate in this relocation. The nonparticipant ex-official from FEMA did not seek sanctuary with these groups because he feels that several of these enclaves will be targeted for destruction by the powers that be because of the knowledge contained by the inhabitants in this case of “dead men tell no tales.” This makes sense because it would allow the elite, following the coming cataclysms, to rewrite history in their own version without any contradiction from knowledgeable individuals that know what really has gone on. This insider knowledge is a threat which would serve as an obstacle to the new truth. Personally, I think this view has a great deal of merit.
When I began to receive information on these relocations, two years ago, all informants were clear on one point, when Americans begin to see the massive shifting of military assets accompanied by an increase in the sightings of foreign military on American soil, serious trouble is upon us. To that, I would ask what have we been witnessing in recent months?
Sightings of these vehicles have been widely reported beginning last Spring. And this has led some to suspect that an occupation force is being mobilized.
And for a much longer period of time,  many of us have received information about the presence of Russian soldiers “training” on American soil.
Meet the new terrorists according to DHS. This is a target practice sheet used by DHS agents.
The above is a case of a picture being worth more than a 1000 words.
In the next article in this series, a listing of the coming threats, as related by insider sources will be laid out in a clear and systematic fashion.

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While harvesting seeds from a squash and making a video about it, I mentioned if preppers wanted a good item for bartering after SHTF, heirloom seeds is where it is at. There is an old saying, “A friend in need is a friend in deed.”

Add starvation and chances are preppers could win friends with food.

This brings up an important topic, and that is ethical seed bartering. Would it be ethical for someone to offer heirloom seeds for barter, but the seeds are in fact hybrids?

Let’s get back to the squash seeds. Yellow squash could cross pollinate with various members of the melon family. Knowing this I did not plant anything the squash could cross pollinate with. When the seeds were harvested, I knew with absolute certainty the seeds were heirloom.

However, let’s say someone planted various members of the melon family near each other, and the plants cross pollinated. This could possibly result in hybrid rather than heirloom seeds. If the person knew the plants could cross pollinate, it would be unethical to say the saved seeds were heirloom.

Now comes the twist. For the sake of discussion let’s say the person knows nothing about cross pollination. Would it still be unethical to say the seeds were heirloom?

As for the person receiving the seeds, let’s be honest, how many people reading this article would know the difference between a turnip and snap bean seed? It would be pretty much impossible to tell the difference between a hybrid an heirloom squash seed.

Then there are the old seeds which may not germinate. When seeds are stored properly, they can last hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. However, in a long term grid down situation, seeds will not be able to be stored in climate controlled environments.

On a personal note, I personally germinated decade old seeds. The seeds were bought in May of 2007, had been stored in a deep freezer for 10 years, germinated, planted, and grown in 2017.  Without the benefit of a deep freezer, seeds will typically lose some of their germination every year.

Would it be unethical for someone to offer up several decade old seed packets for barter?

Maybe it would depend upon who knows the most about seeds?  A decade ago I harvested seeds from a store bought cantaloupe, just to see if they would sprout. It would be easy to tell someone the seeds were fresh and been harvested from my garden. However, to lie would be unethical.

So maybe the line should be drawn when someone lies, or tries to deceive the other?

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Home security is of monumental importance when SHTF… have you reviewed your security plan recently?

Your home is notionally your castle, a place that is meant to be safe for you and your family. Even preppers who plan to bug out when SHTF will stash some emergency supplies at their homes due to the sheer convenience. recommended improving the security of your home to prevent thieves from taking advantage of your home and supplies while you are away.

Losing your carefully accumulated survival stockpile to burglars is just as terrible as not stockpiling in the first place. It can even be outright disastrous or deadly if the disaster you were expecting happens right as you are scrambling to rebuild your supplies.

Deny these advantages to a burglar

The best way to defeat an enemy is to understand his mindset. If you know what drives his actions, you can accurately guess what he is going to do. Then you can adopt measures to stop him in his tracks.

A burglar has three primary concerns on his mind: Time, sound, and visibility. If he takes too long, acts too noisily, or stick out like a sore thumb, he is more likely to draw attention and get caught in the act. Therefore, he wants to do his job in as little time as possible while making the least bit of sound and assuming the lowest possible visibility.

To deny him time, install additional locks on your doors and windows. Locks are not unbreakable, but they take time to defeat. Only the most determined or obsessed burglars will try to force their way through multiple locks.

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A loud sound will draw the attention of your neighbors or a passing police cruiser. In the past, people kept watch dogs that would bark at intruders or guard dogs that would take a bite out of trespassers. Nowadays, we have electronic alarms that can be heard from blocks away and cannot be poisoned.

Finally, eliminate any hiding places that a burglar can take advantage of. Trim down tall bushes in your garden, get rid of very big trees, and separate the smaller trees that are clustered together.

Consider supplementing traditional home security methods with smart gadgets

You might also want to consider investing in a couple of automated home security systems that use smart gadgets. Security cameras can keep an eye on suspicious activity. The remote versions let you see through their lenses even when you are far away.

Motion sensors are a good substitute for 24/7 lighting or cameras. They will be able to detect any intruders in low visibility conditions.

Smart locks will automatically lock your doors after you leave. Alarm systems will generate loud sounds – like the barking of a loud dog – that can get the attention of people.

These smart gadgets rely on a steady source of electricity. They can also be hacked. However, when combined with conventional means of security, they can deter potential thieves from targeting your home. And if you can keep them running after SHTF, they can continue to keep your stockpile safe.

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Do you have a “plan B” in the event of a financial SHTF?

When people hear the term SHTF, most immediately think of hard-hitting calamities. But financial SHTF situations can happen, too, and unfortunately, they’re not something a lot of people are prepared for. In the off-chance that your finances do go crashing down, here are some tips to help you recover. (h/t to )

Before anything, it’s best to define what a financial SHTF is. It could be any event, whether it’s sudden unemployment, losing your business, or seeing the economy go downhill, that causes the loss of your source of income. It may or may not affect other people besides yourself.

The very first thing you need to do is determine where you’re going. So you lost your job or business – what do you do? Do you find another job? Do you open another business? Or do you try something new? Looking for a job is a very straightforward option – if you love your independence and decide to have a business, then you need to answer a few more questions.

Forming your plan B

Ideally, you need to have a plan B in place as early as before SHTF occurs. But getting on it, even when things have already hit the fan, is always better than not having done anything at all.

Selling your own product or service is one of the best strategies you can opt to do. But whether you have experience in business or are a newbie, you’ll find yourself going through a brand-new learning curve. Business often changes with the times, after all.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself:

  • What are the newest trends or developments in retail?
  • What will you sell and to whom? Will you be selling from your own stash or will you be restocking?
  • Will you be selling from home or a physical store? You need to identify the advantages of each.
  • Is there any compatible service you can sell along with your product?
  • Will you be physically capable of delivering the service?
  • If you need to relocate to another area, where will you go?

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Once you have chosen your product and your intended customer, you need to keep a few more factors in mind. For instance, you may not have the necessary raw materials, ingredients, or equipment on hand to make your product. You need to determine where you will source these for a price that will not be seriously detrimental to your already limited finances. (Related: How to save loads of money while still eating organic, non-GMO foods.)

Some people would actually opt to combine two strategies – that is, work in a job and operate a business at the same time. If you ever decide to go down this path, you need to choose where more of your time will go. Will you be giving your business more focus or will be working on your job more? If you don’t think you have the energy to combine the two, it’s better to focus on just one and be very good at it.

The most important advice

A financial SHTF situation can be very stressful and difficult to deal with. But as is the case in any calamity, the very first thing you need to keep in mind – and perhaps, the most important, too – is to not panic. Keeping yourself focused will not just save you from the frequent pitfalls of panicking, it will also keep you alert for new opportunities to recover.

Always remember that your sudden loss of income does not define you as a person, nor does it embody your potential. A lot of people have gone through failure and have walked out with a scar or two, but all the better for it. Nothing’s stopping you from doing the same – or even better.

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