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  • How to Transform Your Yard Into a Survival Garden

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    There are two kinds of preppers: those who plan to run for the hills and those who hope to stay put for as long as possible. If you are the latter kind, you’ve undoubtedly outfitted your home with every conceivable advantage, from security windows and doors to months-worth of shelf-safe foods. However, if you haven’t even touched your landscaping, you aren’t doing all you can to prepare.

    Your yard is more than a useless zone between the unprepared masses and your beloved family. There is plenty you can do to transform your yard into a space that improves your chances of survival, to include growing your own food and cultivating a line of defense against potential attackers. To make your very own survival garden, here are a few tip and tricks:

    Build a Natural Growing Environment

    It should be obvious, but plants don’t naturally grow in rigid rows like you normally see in landscaped gardens. In the wild, plants grow just fine without weeding, trimming, or pesticide treatments; they continue to bear fruits and seeds without human intervention. You should strive to build a survival garden based on a natural growing environment. Still, that doesn’t mean you can throw seeds into your yard and expect them to grow. Instead, you must carefully construct your natural survival garden to optimize your benefit.

    In nature, plants must share water, air, and sunshine, and they protect one another from pests like bugs and birds. This is typically achieved through loosely organized concentric circles. At the center is the tallest point, a large tree that protects shade-loving plants. Outside the shade grow thick shrubs that keep away larger pests like rabbits and voles and outside them, fragrant herbs that keep away smaller pests while attracting pollinators and protective insects like bees and wasps.

    Ideally, you should maximize your use of the three dimensions while planning your growing environment. By doing so, you can produce up to five times more food than you might with traditional growing beds. Even better, because your yard will simulate a natural environment, it won’t encourage scavengers and looters to pillage your hard-grown food.

    Choose the Right Plants

    The plants you choose will ultimately depend on your region and soil. For example, it is unlikely that a prepper in Minnesota will find much luck keeping a citrus tree alive outside in the frigid winter; similarly, peaches don’t grow well in the dry air and soil of Arizona. Additionally, the seasons may impact what plants thrive and produce food and what plants go dormant or die. If you want a hands-off survival garden, you need to research what to plant when — and maybe get some help from qualified professionals during your planning stages.

    Here are a few examples of possible plants for your survival garden:

    • Trees: citrus, stone fruit, and nut trees
    • Shade plants: members of the cabbage family, including kale, broccoli, and arugula
    • Shrubs: berry bushes, sweet ferns, and other edible shrubs
    • Herbs: basil, lavender, mint, lemon thyme, rosemary, and most any other herb.

    Consider Defensive Flora

    On one hand, wide-open fields and floodlights give you the visibility you need to see possible intruders before they reach your home; on the other hand, if your home looks inhabitable and defensible, you are more likely to attract people wanting to take what you have for their own. In truth, you might be better served by maintaining defenses that don’t look like defenses — which is to say, using your landscaping to protect you.

    The easier you make it to get to your front door, the more likely you are to have visitors. Thus, the attractive and inviting front walkway will need to go. Instead, you should try to make passage into your domicile as confusing and discouraging as possible. Around the exterior of your yard — around the valuable crops of your natural garden — and along the narrow, winding passageway to the interior, you should install plants that are less-than-inviting. Some examples (of varying soil and climate needs) include:

    • Creeping juniper grows like a blue carpet covered in thorns.
    • Golden bamboo grows in thick clumps, creating a hard, natural wall.
    • Firethorn is a tall shrub with thorny stems that makes for another natural wall, but this one is covered in beautiful white flowers and red-orange berries — that aren’t good for eating.
    • Sloe or blackthorn grows in hedges of thick, prickly foliage, and the berries can be used for flavoring gin.
    • Mountain or blue pine are trees with especially sharp needles.

    Be a Diligent Gardener

    Even if you do opt for a low-maintenance, natural survival garden, you shouldn’t expect to perform zero yardwork. At the very least, you will need to harvest your crops throughout the seasons, and you will likely need to manage your defensive flora so it doesn’t impede your passage through your yard. Though it takes some effort to build and maintain, your yard is among your most valuable prepping assets, and you shouldn’t neglect it.

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  • An affordable Recreational and Survival Community

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    There are many types of Preppers, but most of us find that we don’t have enough time, skills, or money to be truly prepared on our own or with immediate family. Most people are better off joining a survival community with professional staff and a good facility—providing economies of scale with large numbers of members to share the overhead costs of the facility, equipment and staff.  More people means more skills, more hands to do the work, more guards and security.

    Fortitude Ranch (FR) is a large survival community that can keep members spread out (when virus protection is needed) with sufficient size to deter/defeat marauder attacks and raise crops/livestock. Fortitude Ranch does not use expensive deep bunkers with blast doors—most residences are shallow underground shelters and basement rooms that have several feet of earth to protect against fallout radiation. FR has large walled compounds with many guard posts which provide the security needed in any significant event. Fortitude Ranch locations are situated in remote forested areas next to large areas of public forest providing access to thousands of additional acres for recreation and enjoyment in good times, and resources in bad times.
    Another valuable feature of Fortitude Ranch (FR) is that it is both a survival community and a recreational facility. Members sign up for times to vacation, hunt, fish, hike and recreate during good times. Indeed, for the price of a vacation you can join FR and vacation at their facilities (members can sign up to vacation at any FR location, not just their “home fort.”) Many members come out to use our firing range on weekends. We operate a Bed and Breakfast at our WV location. Fortitude Ranch is especially popular during hunting season since we are next to public forestland without nearby public access.

    FR uses an affordable “country club membership” format: a low upfront fee to join and then quarterly payments. FR membership costs about $1,000 per person a year. While we have full time staff in charge of security, we rely on all members to serve as guards, cooks, keeping woodstoves stocked, and other work during a collapse—keeping costs down and members busy (and psychologically healthy) during such an event.

    FR has two facilities now, located in West Virginia and Colorado, and is raising funds for expanding to a dozen locations across the U.S. FR facilities are equipped to survive any type of disaster and long-term loss of law and order, managed by full time staff.

    Fortitude Ranch (FR) CEO is Dr. Drew Miller, an Air Force Academy graduate, retired USAF Reserve Colonel and intelligence officer, with a Masters Degree and PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Miller served in the Institute for Defense Analysis, the top DoD think tank, and in the Senior Executive Service in the Pentagon. A former Vice President at Securities America, Drew has published articles and spoken at national conferences on major threats we face today, including bioengineered viral pandemics and our very vulnerable electrical system.

    FR is doing an advance sale of memberships to fund expansion using a “cryptocurrency” token, called a Fortitude, that gives you a discount price on Fortitude Ranch membership, protection from membership price increases, and priority in joining FR when there is a wait list. The funds raised will pay for building out the WV and CO sites and adding new sites. Fortitude token buyers will vote on what places they prefer for our next location. By owning Fortitudes you can buy into FR at a discounted price and have first place in line when there is more demand than we have room for.

    During a major crisis or media reports on developing threats, demand for membership in FR will surge beyond our capacity, and the price of Fortitudes will likely spike since those who want to get in will need Fortitudes to have priority to join. Because FR is offering a utility token with no equity features, it does not have the security regulatory risks associated with many other “Initial Coin Offerings.” Advisors on this fund raise include Larry Hall, the CEO of Survival Condo, the most successful survival services company.

    While the discounted price is a major advantage of buying Fortitude membership tokens, the more important benefit is to be sure you can have priority to join when a crisis is brewing and we cannot handle demand. You can vote on recommendations for future FR locations. If you later decide you have other reliable means of protection you can sell your tokens on a cryptocurrency exchange. You can buy Fortitude tokens with dollars on line—you don’t have to be a cryptocurrency expert.

    Watch the following video on Fortitude Ranch and our “Initial MemberCoin Offering”

    
    You can also learn more about FR at www.fortituderanch.com. You can download the White Paper on the Fortitude token offering at https://www.fortituderanch.com/initial-membercoin-offering/

    You are also welcome to email Dr/Col Miller, CEO of Fortitude Ranch, at manager@fortituderanch.com We hope you will consider joining our facility to enjoy the good times, and survive the bad.

    Note: “This blog post relates to a product advertised on the APN website.  APN does not endorse or guarantee any products or services advertised on our website.”

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  • An affordable Survival and Recreational Community

    http://americanpreppersnetwork.com/2017/12/affordable-survival-recreational-community.html

    There are many types of Preppers, but most of us find that we don’t have enough time, skills, or money to be truly prepared on our own or with immediate family. Most people are better off joining a survival community with professional staff and a good facility—providing economies of scale with large numbers of members to share the overhead costs of the facility, equipment and staff. More people means more skills, more hands to do the work, more guards and security.
    Fortitude Ranch (FR) is a large survival community that can keep members spread out (when virus protection is needed) with sufficient size to deter/defeat marauder attacks and raise crops/livestock. Fortitude Ranch does not use expensive deep bunkers with blast doors—most residences are shallow underground shelters and basement rooms that have several feet of earth to protect against fallout radiation. FR has large walled compounds with many guard posts which provide the security needed in any significant event. Fortitude Ranch locations are situated in remote forested areas next to large areas of public forest providing access to thousands of additional acres for recreation and enjoyment in good times, and resources in bad times.
    Another valuable feature of Fortitude Ranch (FR) is that it is both a survival community and a recreational facility. Members sign up for times to vacation, hunt, fish, hike and recreate during good times. Indeed, for the price of a vacation you can join FR and vacation at their facilities (members can sign up to vacation at any FR location, not just their “home fort.”) Many members come out to use our firing range on weekends. We operate a Bed and Breakfast at our WV location. Fortitude Ranch is especially popular during hunting season since we are next to public forestland without nearby public access.
    FR uses an affordable “country club membership” format: a low upfront fee to join and then quarterly payments. FR membership costs about $1,000 per person a year. While we have full time staff in charge of security, we rely on all members to serve as guards, cooks, keeping woodstoves stocked, and other work during a collapse—keeping costs down and members busy (and psychologically healthy) during such an event.
    FR has two facilities now, located in West Virginia and Colorado, and is raising funds for expanding to a dozen locations across the U.S. FR facilities are equipped to survive any type of disaster and long-term loss of law and order, managed by full time staff.
    Fortitude Ranch (FR) CEO is Dr. Drew Miller, an Air Force Academy graduate, retired USAF Reserve Colonel and intelligence officer, with a Masters Degree and PhD from Harvard University. Dr. Miller served in the Institute for Defense Analysis, the top DoD think tank, and in the Senior Executive Service in the Pentagon. A former Vice President at Securities America, Drew has published articles and spoken at national conferences on major threats we face today, including bioengineered viral pandemics and our very vulnerable electrical system.
    FR is doing an advance sale of memberships to fund expansion using a “cryptocurrency” token, called a Fortitude, that gives you a discount price on Fortitude Ranch membership, protection from membership price increases, and priority in joining FR when there is a wait list. The funds raised will pay for building out the WV and CO sites and adding new sites. Fortitude token buyers will vote on what places they prefer for our next location. By owning Fortitudes you can buy into FR at a discounted price and have first place in line when there is more demand than we have room for.
    During a major crisis or media reports on developing threats, demand for membership in FR will surge beyond our capacity, and the price of Fortitudes will likely spike since those who want to get in will need Fortitudes to have priority to join. Because FR is offering a utility token with no equity features, it does not have the security regulatory risks associated with many other “Initial Coin Offerings.” Advisors on this fund raise include Larry Hall, the CEO of Survival Condo, the most successful survival services company.
    While the discounted price is a major advantage of buying Fortitude membership tokens, the more important benefit is to be sure you can have priority to join when a crisis is brewing and we cannot handle demand. You can vote on recommendations for future FR locations. If you later decide you have other reliable means of protection you can sell your tokens on a cryptocurrency exchange. You can buy Fortitude tokens with dollars on line—you don’t have to be a cryptocurrency expert.
    A video on Fortitude Ranch and our “Initial MemberCoin Offering” is available at:

    You can also learn more about FR at www.fortituderanch.com. You can download the White Paper on the Fortitude token offering at https://www.fortituderanch.com/initial-membercoin-offering/
    You are also welcome to email Dr/Col Miller, CEO of Fortitude Ranch, at manager@fortituderanch.com We hope you will consider joining our facility to enjoy the good times, and survive the bad.

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  • Disaster Preparedness: Why It's Important to Be Mentally Ready

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    In 1980, Mount St. Helens experienced a major volcanic eruption. More than 57 people were killed as a direct result of the eruption, which experts believe to be one of the most disastrous in United States history.

     

    While the eruption itself was a dramatic and quick-moving event, it wasn’t without warning. In fact, for the two months preceding it, the mountain experienced multiple earthquakes and steam-venting activities that threatened the integrity of the land. As the north slope began to bulge and swell, it became obvious that a calamity was imminent.

     

    On May 18, it came to a head. The north face began to lose traction, eventually sliding completely off the side of the mountain. It was the worst landslide in recorded history, and it triggered the dramatic events that followed. With the foundation of the mountain compromised, the older rock inside of it began to rise. It shot northward, mixed with fiery hot lava, in a towering eruption column that maxed out at 80,000 feet.

     

    Eleven neighboring states experienced ash deposits, while the area around the mountain itself was completely saturated in debris, the land totally decimated.

    One Man Stayed

    As news spread that the mountain might soon be facing its demise, residents and visitors of Mount St. Helens quickly evacuated the area. As there had been a months-long warning period, thankfully many families were able to seek shelter on safer, calmer terrain.

     

    The scene was hectic, and most people were worried, but not one man.

     

    Harry Randall Truman ran the Mount St. Helens Lodge at Spirit Lake. A beloved figure in the area, he could be found telling residents and visitors alike that the mountain was “his mountain.” Even as evacuation orders spread throughout the land, Truman refused to leave, even though the Lodge sat on the south end of Spirit Lake — in the direct danger zone of any future eruption.

     

    This was a man whose military liner, the SS Tuscania, was torpedoed in 1918 off the Ireland coast. He was a weathered war hero and a little inclement weather wasn’t going to move him. He’d served as caretaker of the Lodge for a staggering 52 years and he was as interwoven in the land as anyone could ever be. In the two months before the eruption, when people were getting out, he told reporters, “If the mountain goes, I’m going with it.” Some reports even claim that when one minor earthquake knocked him off of his bed, he responded by simply sleeping in the basement instead.

     

    Now? Truman is buried beneath hundreds of feet of clay, rocks, and ash, along with his beloved cats.

    A Mental Shift: Why It’s Important to Realize the Significance of an Event

    As a mother, I’ve become much more aware of possible risks and disasters. Roads slick right after a rain wouldn’t phase me as a teenager, but now I wait until they’re safe to use before I even attempt them. I take winter weather advisories more seriously than I ever have before, and I slather sunscreen on my babies without fail to protect their skin from the dangerous heat.

    I share this story of Harry Truman (which I discovered while touring the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center in 2012) because it’s both interesting and informative.

     

    While likely not to his scale, I shudder to think that until recently, I would have probably responded similarly to Truman, and I think most of us can agree. We learn about the prospect of a natural disaster, and we prepare as much as we can, but a little part of us thinks, “This won’t really affect me.”

     

    That’s where the conversation has to shift. It’s vital to understand the severity of a disaster, even while it’s still being researched and new details discovered. We must teach our families and our friends that at the first sign of a weather event, it’s important to take action. Waiting until you’re in the midst of the emergency is too late.

     

    So how can we do that? Here are three ways you can get started today.

     

    1. Make a plan and keep it nearby. As a family, create a disaster preparedness plan together. Talk openly about escape routes you would take if a disaster, such as a fire, were to strike your home. Store this plan in a readily accessible place so you can quickly reach it if you need to. Don’t pretend like you’re immune to any event, but take all the necessary steps possible to offset any damages and keep each other safe.

     

    2. Learn more about the realities of ill-preparedness. History is full of Harry Trumans — people who didn’t take the time or make the effort to fully prepare in the face of a disaster. To help put the concept into perspective, consider learning more about the devastating consequences that could occur if you fail to make the right moves in time. For instance, if you live in an earthquake zone, understand the myriad deadly consequences that could occur, and how a little precaution can go a long way toward ensuring your health and safety.

     

    3. Practice makes perfect. You’ve heard it said that talk is cheap. Need a quick example? You’re looking forward to a fun event, like an outdoor concert, next week, when you hear on the news that a torrential downpour is anticipated to hit that exact area on that exact day. Sure, you listened to the meteorologist, but deep down chances are you’re praying he or she wasn’t right!

     

    Now, what if that same meteorologist had come to your house and dumped a bucket of water on your head? The scenario is absurd, but the logic isn’t. We often don’t believe something is real until it literally smacks us in the face.

     

    Take the inaction out of simply talking about an escape route, and put your feet in motion! Practice your route and execute your plans precisely as you would in the event you had to use them. This way, if you learn of a looming disaster, you don’t have to stress over not knowing what to do or where to do. You’ll know it all like the back of your hand, taking the guesswork (and the hesitation) out of responding.

     

    Reacting Well: Preparing Today and Acting Tomorrow

    We all look at Truman’s story and think he’s a bit of a lunatic to simply sit out in his lawn chair and watch the ash rise, not thinking twice about sticking out the storm. Yet, the truth is we all think we’re invincible to some degree.

     

    Whether we’re doning a Superman cape and trying to fly out of our bedroom window, driving in conditions where we should have stayed home, or sitting at the edge of a mountain waiting out an eruption, it’s easy to think it won’t happen to us.

    By taking the time now to prepare a plan and understand the reality of a disaster, we can mentally ready ourselves to respond when the time comes. We won’t have to think about whether it’s worth it or not to take action because we’ll know the answer is a resounding “yes.”

    Courtney Myers is a North Carolina-based freelance writer and work-from-home mother of two. As a business professional, she’s worked for 10 years as a proposal manager, technical writer, and grant coordinator. Personally, she’s passionate about teaching her family how to be safe, secure and ready for action in the event of disaster or emergency.

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  • The Hydra Light Product Review

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    I got word a water powered Flashlight was heading my way for a product review & immediately pictured a contraption with a propeller to dip in a running stream, or some penlight hooked up to a water bottle. Instead, I got the Hydra Light, a foot long, rubber-coated, yellow & black plastic cylinder, looking every inch a serious lighting device. It sported some heft to it too, but strangely, no propeller or water tank.  Instead, inside it was a long white cylinder where a battery would be, with two metal ends and holes along the length of it’s sides.

    End-cap with fold-out hook

     

     

     

    The end-cap flares out forming a stable base with a recessed fold-out plastic hook to hang it upside down. (Although I doubt the hook will hold up long.)

    At the business end, a clear plastic lamp bezel sports a mirrored concave top cover, and an aperture in the center. Around the single white LED inside the bezel, was more mirrored plastic.

    The bezel does double duty. Slide the bezel fully extended, the light is configured as a lantern. With the bezel retracted, it becomes a directed flashlight, projecting the light out the end through the aperture.

    So far, it LOOKS like a flashlight. But now what’s up with this white plastic can-like tube inside, where a proper battery would be? It looked intriguing.

    The fuel cell of tomorrow?

    I learned it’s the fuel cell that relies on a process of Ion Transfer involving oxygen as fuel. The Hydra-Light fuel cell has a generous heft to it. It rattles, which I assume is something that somehow reacts to moisture.

    I began to figure out that this ISN’T a water POWERED flashlight as the advertising implies. Instead, water is used another way, as a CONDUCTOR.

    A chemical reaction occurs when two dissimilar forms of metal interact with each other. It’s called ELECTROLYSIS. Simply put, molecular ions from one metal flows to another metal when a current path between the two is present. A common example of electrolysis is galvanic corrosion…how Iron becomes rusty when exposed to oxygen. All it takes is a conductor. It just so happens WATER is a conductor, and it’s conductivity is greatly increased when MINERALS are dissolved in it.

    It clicked…(like a light bulb over my head). Inside this moistened fuel cell container, enough electrical current is generated when the contents of the fuel cell is moistened and exposed to oxygen, causing Ions to flow from one metal end-cap to the other .

    Even though it only takes water to create electrical current, there’s not a whole lot of electrical current being produced. There’s another component in this that makes it work… a super efficient LED!

    The star of the show is this LED

    LED’s have revolutionized lighting. Light Emitting Diodes have become very efficient after years of development, all but replacing the incandescent light bulb. Being able to radiate bright white light from very little energy, modern LED’s are now the ideal low cost, low maintenance, long-life light source.

    And it’s a single LED that makes everything happen.

    Now…Something needs pointing out.

    While this Ion transfer process results in electrical current being generated, there isn’t a LOT of electrical current. So while the LED is efficiently producing light, it’s not the brightest of lights. The Hydra Light isn’t meant to blind, it’s made to produce light, JUST using water!

     

    Within these narrow constraints, the Hydra Light DOES IT’S JOB, LIKE NO OTHER!

    The Hydra Light is ideally suited as a emergency light source, one that can provide light with just water, without ANY other technology.  I get that, and anyone who is desperately NEEDING light when ALL ELSE FAILS would get that too.

    The Hydra-Light boasts up to 100 hours of continuous service. One short dunking of the fuel cell in water is all it takes.

    THAT I put to the test.

    I dipped the power cell in a glass of tap water, shook out the excess water, slipped it in the Hydra Light, and turned it on.  The LED immediately produced a bright blue-white light. As a flashlight it threw a very impressive beam. As a Lantern the single LED was able to light up a totally dark room to a respectable level, not super bright, but still bright enough.  Then I left the Hydra Light on and started the clock.

    72 hours later (that’s THREE DAYS), the light was noticeably dimmer, and it went dark while I was away at work at day four. at least 90 hours total. That’s close enough for me.

    Again, this is just dunking the fuel cell in water, shaking out the excess and turning the lamp on.

    Pretty darn impressive IMHO.

    For the Hydra-light, the duration test is more of showing how long the fuel cell will conduct current until the fuel cell dries out. Of course, normal battery powered flashlights can last 100 hours, (often brighter too.)  But after that, you just need to briefly re-moisten the fuel cell of the Hydra Light, & the light can stay on for 100 hours more. (Do that with other flashlights.)

    After a few dips in water, the efficiency of the fuel cell diminishes. Still, that’s remedied by simply adding salt to the water. The saltier the water, the brighter the lamp will glow. According to the maker, more fuel cells are available. But generally speaking, the whole idea of a emergency light source that can be left on a shelf for decades, & still be able to produce light after just a dip in some water, is just the thing to have when all else fails.

    And for that, I TOTALLY approve.

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