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Everyday Food Items You Can Stock Up On Now

As we’ve said before, preparing can be a daunting and sometimes, overwhelming task. They key is to start small and gradually increase our supply of items; and to remain focused so as not to get distracted and completely focus on one area over another. Here is a list of everyday food items that many of us use. These items are relatively inexpensive, take up little space, and can be easily found. These are also items that will be subject inflation and “supply and demand” issues; and if the supply is disrupted, will quickly become scarce. Peanut Butter Rice and Pastas … Continue reading

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10% of Americans Getting Food Stamps!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Food stamps, the main U.S. antihunger program which helps the needy buy food, set a record in September as more than 31.5 million Americans used the program — up 17 percent from a year ago, according to government data. The number of people using food stamps in September surpassed the previous peak of 29.85 million seen in November 2005 when victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma received emergency benefits, said Jean Daniel of the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.  (see Reuters Story for rest of story) That’s simply amazing! One out of every 10 Americans is receiving … Continue reading

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'12 Days of Christmas' Items Would Cost Over $86,000

’12 Days of Christmas’ Items Would Cost Over $86,000 While this little funny, tongue in cheek article is only slightly amusing to most people, there’s a real piece of data that we should all be looking at: “The price is up $8,508 or 10.9 percent, from $78,100 last year.” Hello? Not one mention of inflation in this article. 11% rise in prices in just one year. Keep that in mind the next time you hear that the National Inflation Rate is about 4% – 5%. – Rob

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NBC attack "likely" by 2013

It’s something many have decided will happen. Now there is a report from a bipartisan commission stating it publicly and with enough candor that it sounds like they are certain. Fox news article Commission report Still wondering if preparedness is something that needs to be done? With everything else going on, these types of reports and urgings from officials act like a bunch of roadsigns pointing to the need to be prepared. Honestly, did anyone really think with all the misguided people out there that we’d never experience another attack on our soil. The scary part is that when it … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times?

Nebraska was the last state in the union to pass Safe Haven laws and in there inability to agree on a maximum age, a bill was passed without an age restriction. This has resulted in people dropping of many of their older children, I mean teenagers… according to the target new article: five 17-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, six 15-year-olds, two 14-year-olds, three 13-year-olds — have been abandoned, along with eight children who were 11 or 12. Five of the children dropped off have been from out of state. To me, that’s pretty amazing, but it begs the quiestion: Are these people … Continue reading

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It's Official – The Economy Sucketh

The National Bureau of Economic Research, a private organization, proclaimed today that we entered into a recession in December 2007. Yup, you read that right: December 2007. It took this whiz-bang groups of economists a full year to figure out what you and I already knew; that the economy sucketh. Here are some informational points to consider: Manufacturing is at a 26-year low. Employers have cut 1.2 million jobs in the first 10 months of this year. It’s expected that number will increase to 1.5 million jobs lost when the November figures are tallied. It took the “geniuses” a full … Continue reading

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Everyday Items You Can Stock On Now

Sometimes, it’s hard to start preparing because it can be a daunting task. When you start to seriously think about all the things that you should do to prepare, it’s easy to get so overwhelmed that you either give up or start focusing on the wrong things. Here’s a list of common everyday items that most people use on a daily basis. They’re cheap enough that you can stock up on a whole year’s worth for relatively little money. Inflation is going to drive the prices on these (and everything else) up, so take advantage of it while you can. … Continue reading

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Have a good, safe Thanksgiving folks!

Take a day off, be with your family and loved ones, load up on food and other, um, liquid consumables *cough cough*- and be thankful for what you have. Tomorrow, it’s back to prepping, and replenishing some of those supplies you used. Here’s wishing everyone sees a good Thanksgiving day in the year to come too. Be well -Greg

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$7,700,000,000,000!

So, you really believed the Federal Government when they said that it was only going to cost the American Taxpayers $700 Billion for the bailout. I don’t think the ink was even dry on that paper when it already began to increase. The Federal Government is prepared to give away $7.7 Trillion dollars of your money. Isn’t that nice of them? Read the Bloomberg article. I don’t remember giving anyone in the government permission to spend our money like that, but they’re doing it anyway. Why? Because they can. What does it mean? It means we’re in for a whole … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Supplies

One of the main tenets of preparedness is having sufficient supplies – to enable you and your family to be comfortable and enhance survival during a disaster, and also to aid those less fortunate. One of the issues we deal with as preparedness advocates and practitioners is bulk storage, small item storage, inventories and moving all of the things that we accumulate, if need be. As we get more advanced the problem just becomes that much more difficult to deal with. If you’ve ever had to truly evacuate, you’ve developed a deep appreciation for just how bulky things are and … Continue reading

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