278 Million Americans Are Totally Unprepared

It is not likely that your grandparents, parents, teachers, spiritual counselors or even your government have taught you how important it is to be prepared for an emergency, disaster or catastrophe. There is more than a 90% chance that my statement is accurate based upon numerous surveys conducted recently to determine how many Americans are prepared for an apocalypse. Was I wrong, or are you by chance part of the 10% that is totally prepared for a catastrophic change in your world as you know it?

If you are not, than let me assure you, based upon the most recent predictions of scientists, meteorologists, seismologists, geologists, volcanologists, physicists, astronomers, geophysicists, oceanographers and epidemiologists, you should be storing up a few extra cans of beans.

Why is it that only the Boy Scouts of America have a motto, “Be Prepared”? They also have an aggressive training program that teaches young boys survival, from the age of six, covering every scenario imaginable from surviving in a wilderness to staying alive at sea. They are taught how to tie dozens of knots, build a shelter, find water and food, and even find their way without the use of a compass. For every skill set they learn, whether it be swimming, mountain climbing, skiing, archery, rifle skills or how to start a fire without matches or a lighter, they receive a “Badge of Merit” to sew on their uniform sleeves or a sash worn around their neck and across their chest.

As they accumulate these merit badges they automatically are advanced to higher levels or ranks. These recognitions start in the Cub Scouts. And no matter what age they join, the Bobcat level is earned first by all Cub Scouts, then Tiger for 7-year olds, next level Wolf at 8 years of age, followed by Bear. Ten year old boys become Webelos, followed by fourth grade Arrows of Light. Next is graduation into Boy Scouts with advancement ranks of achievement being Scout, Tenderfoot, Second-class, First-class, Star, Life, and Eagle. Eagle Scout is the highest rank to be attained in the Boy Scouts. Since the Eagle Scout rank was introduced in 1911, more than two million young men have earned this highest rank. The Eagle Scouts are taught leadership and social skills.

If you ever wondered why most Boy Scouts grow up to become prominent citizens, consider the organization’s framework, part of which is the Boy Scout Oath or Promise: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.” So what is this scout law they are sworn to obey? The Scout is to be:

· Trustworthy

· Loyal

· Helpful

· Friendly

· Courteous

· Kind

· Obedient

· Cheerful

· Thrifty

· Brave

· Clean

· Reverent.

Wow, “… to do their duty to GOD and their country… ” The Scout Oath and Promise is about the only place the Godless pagan judges and atheists haven’t removed God entirely.

However, I digress. Why have I bored you with the history of the Boy Scouts? Because the Boy Scouts are one of this nation’s vertebrae that help support its rapidly disintegrating, decaying backbone. Let me help you put all this in perspective. The proverbial feces is about to hit the fan, according to all the experts; and less than ten percent of this God-forsaken country is prepared for what is coming. Sorry, but the light you see at the end of the tunnel that you think is daylight is actually the headlight of an out-of-control locomotive bearing down on you. Americans are totally spoiled, they are not totally prepared. The early pioneers did not have a Costco or Ralphs, clothing or hardware stores, electricity, appliances, cars, roads, pharmacies or hospitals. Did I mention Starbucks? They had no choice but to become one with each other and nature in order to survive. They learned quickly to prepare for natural disasters, droughts, and long freezing winters and always be prepared for that inevitable “coming storm.”

Americans have never been taught how to work together at common tasks or major community projects such as building a church. Trust me and the experts when we say it is not a matter of if a disaster is coming, it is only a matter of when. The storm is coming! When it does you will want to be totally prepared, or at the very least have a Boy Scout nearby to share with you what he knows about survival.

If there is a major earthquake in California, it could trigger other faults such as the Madrid Fault in the Midwest, affecting seven states: southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, western Kentucky, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and northwestern Mississippi.

Experts say Mt. Saint Helens is ready to erupt again, along with Mt. Rainier and the Super Volcano, the Caldera in Yellowstone National Park. (Hundreds of tremors this year in a 100-mile diameter of the Caldera. Do your own research and you will learn that any of these pending events along with an attack on our electrical grid from the sun, EMP weapon, or terrorist will plunge our country into darkness and total chaos, with millions perishing. Most of the casualties will simply result from being unprepared, lacking the simplest supplies, adequate water, food, medical supplies, alternate ways to cook, stay warm, etc.

If I have in anyway motivated or persuaded you to do your own research on survival preparedness, please understand, preppers on the internet can be your best friend or your worst enemy pertaining to survival tips. Many have an ulterior motive or agenda, trying to sell you something on their website. I spent hours trying to find an unbiased website regarding the most critical survival supplies or gear to share with you. I found dozens of websites claiming they have the perfect top 10 or top 20 list of the most important things to have in a natural disaster. What a joke! The 10 or 20 items they list are simply what they are hoping to sell you.

What is sad or actually pathetic is, most don’t even have water on their list! Water is the single most important critical component determining life or death. The average healthy person can live 50-80 days without food, (depending on stress level) but will die in 3 to 5 days without water. I personally fast on nothing but distilled water every two years or so for a minimum of 21 days, and every three years for 40 days, water only. I even went on a 60-day fast. Fasting cleans out your body and gives it a chance to rest. Imagine, most of the lists don’t include water or it is at the bottom of their list in a quantity of a few liters.

You should always have three to six months of both food and water on hand. For the sake of argument, let’s say nothing happens in the next ten years. What is the worst case scenario? You have two years’ worth of food to eat over the next two years and you store up two more years of fresh food. Now, what if something does happen? Case closed!

What’s better than simply having stored water, is to have a way to purify water in case you run out or gangs steal your stored water. In emergencies, disasters or catastrophes, the Red Cross, Homeland Security and FEMA all recommend electric or non-electric water distillers, not filters This is because the distillation process kills viruses, cysts, all bacteria, parasites and will remove toxins and most all chemicals. If you lose water pressure, water filters and RO units are worthless; and simply boiling water only kills bacteria. Distillation removes all contaminates. With a non-electric water distiller you can purify water from any polluted water source, river, lake, pond, pool, drainage ditch, even a sewer or the ocean. Since water is the most important survival item, if all you had was a non-electric water distiller you could easily trade water for anything you need! There are several non-electric water distillers on the internet, and there is one that is totally automatic and produces 18 gallons per day using any heat source. I figured that out to be six cups per day for 48 people. Google survival stills and compare.

When it comes to food storage, remember: you’re not thriving, you’re surviving… A great long-lasting survival food is rice and beans. Together they have all the nutrients the body needs — protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. Plus, one cup of rice cooks into three cups, the same with beans. They both store forever in a seven gallon plastic bucket with a water-tight, airtight screw-on Gamma Lid. Two 7 gallon buckets of both rice and beans supply one adult with a year’s supply of nutritious food (about 50 lbs.). Survival websites want you to spend thousands on freeze dried gourmet food in Mylar packages. For $20 at Costco you can buy 50 lbs. of rice and 50 lbs. of beans that will last one adult a year.

You should have warm blankets or sleeping bags in case you’re forced to leave your home and sleep outdoors. A tent would be good and a tarp to pitch it on. You need a first-aid kit, extra batteries, flashlight and/or lantern, fire starting tools, lighter, matches, Ferro rod & striker, a way to cook food, mess kits, solar oven, propane single burner stove with a dozen 1lb tanks (you can cook on campfires when you run out of propane). Have a backpack with items like a knife, can opener, hatchet, rope twine or Para cord, crank radio/light/cell charger. Get a complete list for a Bug Out bag on the internet. Please research getting totally prepared for the next inevitable emergency or disaster. Watch National Geographic’s “After Armageddon” on YouTube and ask yourself, what would you do in that same situation or would you have prevented it?

Interpreting the Times

Jesus said to the crowd, “When evening comes, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,” and in the morning, “Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Common Sense: The Scarcest of All Natural Resources

Generally, with the rise in literacy and income levels, the standard of living should go up. This is not so with the present society. Most people boast of having senses like the Knowledge sense, Money sense, Digital sense, Health sense, Dress sense, Civic sense, etc. However, they have little or no idea of Common sense, the vital aspect of the life. In fact, they will rebuke as ” What is it, Nonsense? Some might even search this on the Internet while few would equate it with the Google.

The educated people tend to display less of this sense than the illiterates. The human mind has become blunt with the advent of computers to the extent that people have almost lost their memory and mental capacities. For anything and everything, they seek the help of computer and Internet. A stage will come when man will not have any thinking and reasoning powers and will become slave of the digital devices(robots).

What is ‘Common Sense?

Merriam-Webster dictionary calls it as a sound judgment based on the mere perception of a situation or fact. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, it is the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment required to live in a reasonable and safe way. In short, it is a practical application of knowledge and mind to decide anything. This sense is different from common or general knowledge. A graduate might be good at general knowledge but lacking in common sense. However, there are school dropouts that exhibit great depth of common sense and administration skills.

Reasons for the poor level of common sense.

Ignorance about its value. In public places like the library, club, airport lounge, etc., some people have the habit of grabbing and keeping all the newspapers and magazines with them, least bothered about how other visitors will avail the common facility.

Selfishness for personal interest and convenience. When an individual changes the TV channels endlessly in search of his preference, the rest of the audience get frustrated. A money-conscious person will switch off the fans and lights in his home, but ignores the same at the office where he is not the owner. Politicians give attractive promises that cannot be implemented.

Casualness leads to a carefree approach. Acts like throwing the lit cigarettes, and spitting in the public places affect the safety of pedestrians. Rash driving, Using the cell phones while driving and walking, and the haphazard parking of the vehicles not only pose the traffic problem but endanger the lives of the self and others moving on the road.

Craziness for thrill and fame induce some towards adventurous things. Taking selfies in dangerous conditions such as the building rooftops, mountain cliffs, and running trains show the neglect for common sense. Walking on the steel ropes hung between the two buildings, Eating the poisonous insects are some examples of this.

Competition and responsibilities make many people forget common sense. When his father suffered a heart attack, the son hastily drove the car ignoring the traffic signal. To present a rosy picture of the business, the boss of a company tweaked the financial reports without a second thought, that the truth will be exposed one day. Some individuals mix the problems of office and home affecting the productivity and peace of mind.

Laziness is another reason behind the absence of common sense. Many people do not replace the objects in the place from where they picked up. In a housing society, some households leave their motorcycles in the buildings’ entrance blocking the common passage.

How to develop Common sense?

Some reliable methods are given here to improve common sense:

1) Launching a curriculum on Common sense at all levels of educational system

2) Sensitizing the masses about its importance through widespread publicity

3) Learning from the experiences of others by reading the write-ups like this article and the thoughts of others shared through print and digital media, and

4) Self-practice in all situations is the best of all.

The benefits of Common sense. It results in safety and security of life and helps in saving money, resources, efforts, and time. The most noteworthy benefit is the gain of peace and happiness to everyone in the second society.

Let wiser counsel prevail with common sense.

Mountain Safety – 7 Simple Ways to Stay Safe in the Hills

Staying safe hiking

Hiking is fantastic form of exercise, enabling walkers to enjoy the outdoors, take in the fabulous scenery, and most importantly, get their heart rate up for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, mountains can be a dangerous environment, and should rarely be attempted alone, especially if in experienced.

Mountain conditions are notorious for changing very quickly; weather can go from clear skies to thick fog in a matter of minutes.

So here are a few tips for staying safe in the mountains

1. Plan your route, stick to it, tell people

Having a well planned route is essential to mountain safety. You must have a very clear idea of where you’re going. Make people who are not in your walking party aware of your plan also. If you are staying out for several days, make sure you check in when you can. Never deviate from your plan without first telling people.

2. Have the correct skills

As a minimum, everyone should be able to use a map and compass, and it is ideally worth having a first aider in your party. In most cases, you don’t need to be an expert at everything, but having enough skills in map-reading and basic first aid is usually a good start.

3. Take the correct equipment, know how to use it.

Make sure you have the right equipment. Remember, it’s always possible that you will be out overnight or need to be rescued. There is basic equipment and supplies you should never leave without:

  • A topographical map of the area of sufficient detail (in the UK, an OS Explorer map, 1:25,000 scale is perfect)
  • A compass (must know how to use it!)
  • A torch
  • A whistle
  • Waterproof matches / firelighting equipment
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Extra food
  • Extra clothing
  • Extra water

4. Have the correct clothing

It might be quite warm down in the valley, but when you get on a ridge, the weather can be dramatically different, cold, windy, wet. You should always carry waterproof and windproof layers with you, even if you don’t expect to use the. It’s always a good idea to carry a few extra layers in your pack anyway. Take spare gloves, and hats in your pack. There’s often someone in the party who forgot theirs!

5. Take enough food and drink

Hiking in mountains is a strenuous endeavour; make sure you have plenty of food, a good mix of carbohydrates (such as rice or pasta) and high energy food such as nuts, or Kendal Mint Cake. Again, keep in mind that you might be out for longer than you expect, so take plenty.

6. Check the weather before you go

In the UK, the Met Office has a superb web site, the mountain area forecast (http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/index.html). This site offers advice on the conditions at varying altitudes, the likelihood of difficult weather. If the conditions look too difficult for your level of expertise, don’t go. It’s not worth the risk.

7. Never walk alone

Walking alone in the hills, especially for the very inexperienced is not big, and it’s not clever. It’s true not everyone enjoys hiking, but a lot of people do, it’s a very common form of exercise or and popular hobby.

How to Protect Yourself From a Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm Protection

A thunderstorm can be defined as a storm with thunder and lightning. Thunder can be very frightening since it roars very loudly. Thunder and lightning mainly occur during the warmer months during which there is atmosphere instability and there are cumulonimbus cloud formations. They occur when a warm air pocket at the ground level rises to collide with the cooler air above it. Lightning is a fast and strong electricity discharge from a storm to the ground usually originating from clouds. There are a lot of myths accompanying lightning, for example; that the tallest buildings are always struck by lightning. Another myth is that it doesn’t strike the same place twice. Neither of these is true.

Dangers of Thunder and Lightning

When hitting the ground, a single lightning bolt normally carries around 25,000 amps of electrical current. This is around two thousand three hundred times more electrical current than what is used in a washing machine. People prone to strikes are those who spend most of their time outdoors in unsheltered places, for example; golfers, farm workers, or hikers. While the majority of lightning flashes take place and stay bound within a storm cloud, about twenty percent of lightning makes contact with the ground. One should not only be worried about a direct hit, but a strike next to an individual is also worrying since it can be dangerous. Whenever lightning strikes there is a high amount of electricity in the surrounding environment.

How to Protect Yourself from a Thunderstorm

The first strategy in protecting yourself is to be prepared. Doing some research before heading outdoors is the best way to avoid being trapped in a storm. Check the weather in your area or planned destination via a weather app or a newspaper. Before a storm, one should unplug all the electrical appliances such as televisions because lightning sometimes causes power surges. If you are outdoors you should look for shelter as soon as possible to shield yourself from the storm. When there is a thundering roar, you are normally within range of a lightning strike. Even at ten miles distance from a storm’s center, lightning can strike.

What to Do When Staying Inside during a Thunderstorm

While indoors, stay away from windows, doors and skylights as strong winds can break and shatter glasses. In addition, the blinds and drapes of windows and doors should be kept closed. Closing them prevents shattered glass from flying around or blowing in. During a lightning strike, metal pipes conduct lightning. Therefore, it is advisable not to shower, do laundry, and wash your hands or dishes. Furthermore, during thunderstorms do not use cell phones or corded electronics such as computers or phones. Electrical wires are good conductors of lightning.

What to Do if Outside during a Thunderstorm

If you are outdoors, look for shelter as soon as possible. However, if there is no shelter near you, try to keep all electrical and metal devices at least twenty centimeters away from your body. If you are exposed to bare ground, squat close to the ground with your head tucked between your knees and place your hands on your knees. Do not lie on the ground and try not to touch the ground as much as possible. Remember to keep a safe distance away from poles and water and locate an area of open ground that is low lying. Avoid contact with water because water conducts electricity and lightning strikes that hit water that is far away can be dangerous to you if your body is in contact with the same body of water. Low-lying areas are safer as lighting mostly strikes high objects. Furthermore, while sheltering in a tent, one should stay away from metal poles because metal objects attract and conduct lightning. A very safe place to be is in a car, if possible, because lightning will be transmitted all over the metal parts of a vehicle and run to the earth via the tires.

After the storm, broken cables or power lines should be avoided. If a person has been struck by lighting they normally experience severe burns. Also, the strike affects the heart. Therefore, the pulse of the victim must be checked. As soon as a person is struck by lightning, call an emergency number in your country because help is needed as soon as possible. Before approaching the victim make sure there is no risk of you being struck by the lightning or residual electricity.

Where to Find Safe Places during a Thunderstorm

During a thunderstorm, it is more likely that most elevated, pointy objects standing alone in an open ground are highly likely to get struck but this is not a certainty. Sometimes even an open ground next to a tree can be struck. Therefore, the safest places for shelter during a thunderstorm include;

  • A car or any enclosed metal device is the safest place because the electric current travels through the metal and is earthed on the ground.
  • A ditch or a trench can be helpful since these are usually below the ground and it is hard for the lightning to strike these first.
  • A group of shrubs that are of uniform height can be helpful.

Planning Ahead

It is always important to plan, even when there are non-lightning related storm threats. The key is to take action ahead of time while adjusting your daily routines when you hear of potentially frightening weather forecasts. To aid in lessening the risk, these plans can be put into practice:

  • Practical measures such as trimming overhanging branches or removing clutter from downpipes and gutters are some simple tasks that can be performed to prevent anyone at home from harm during stormy conditions. Storm-proofing can make a significant difference between a disaster waiting to happen or peace and safety.
  • If there is a prediction of a severe thunderstorm, you should park your car in a garage where it is protected.
  • Driving during a storm can be dangerous. However, if you are caught in a storm while driving, head for a strong roof area, such as a garage. If there is no available shelter, pull to the side of the road and cover your face with clothing for protection from broken glass.
  • The last, and essential thing to do, is to make sure that all loose items that could blow away are secured before a storm strikes.

Conclusion

A thunderstorm is a combination of both the lightning and the thunder. They can be frightening and even cause death from the lightning. People should always ahead before a storm happens to avoid being trapped in one. However, if a storm is suddenly upon you, you should look for safe places such as in uniform shrubs, inside a car or in a trench. While indoors, you should avoid using electrical appliances and specially coded ones as these all conduct electricity. When outdoors, look for flat, bare ground and squat. Avoid water surfaces as they transmit electrical currents from a far distance.

Wild Edibles: Amaranth Aka Red Root Pig-Weed

Wild Amaranth or Red Root Pigweed

Amaranth, or otherwise known as red root pig weed, is all over the place and is actually a very nutritious plant. You know them all to well if you are a gardener or crop farmer. As gardeners, we tend to fight the so-called weeds in our gardens or crops. Even in our lawns, many spend a lot of time and or chemicals trying to do away with pig weed. Why not just eat it since its edible and nutritious?

What if it were available in the grocery store like lettuce or spinach, or even as a grain or tea, would you feel the same about it? Would you allow them to grow where they are hardy and harvest their nutrition as a new but old food source?

Pig weed is an annual leafy green vegetable that many gardeners try to do away with. This wild edible is a great companion plant, serving as a detour or trap for leaf miners and other pests. The ground beetle is often found under pig weed which preys upon other garden pests. Some farmers grow it even today because of its nutritional value.

Pig weed is generally found in gardens, or cultivated ground.

Flowers/Seeds

The flowers are small, green and arranged into rough spikes at the top of the plant and in the leaf axles lower down the plant.

The seeds of wild amaranth/pig weed are extremely nutritious. I think they are best eaten roasted because I love the nutty flavor they bring when roasted. They are better than adding even sunflower seeds to your salads!

You can ground them to powder and use them as a cereal grain/mush, or you can sprout them and eat the sprouts. I have also added them as a whole grain in breads, and cooked them like oatmeal. It’s like a super nutrition to many people disregard!

Leaves

The leaves grow alternate on the stem. Leaves have long stalks, and range in color from green to reddish green. The single leaf or leaf blade is somewhat shaped like a diamond,with the wider area at the base. The leaves are smooth. The leaf tips have jagged edges like teeth.

The young leaves can be eaten raw in salads or on sandwiches. The flavor is mild, and I find it pairs well with stronger flavors. I often will search for wild leeks or garlic to add to salad or sandwiches alongside my wild amaranth/pig weed. The older leaves are not as tender as the young leaves, and are usually boiled like any other greens such as collard or turnip greens. Again, this is mild in flavor and pairs well with more pungent flavors.

The leaves can also be made into tea, or act as a medicinal treatment.

Roots

I have yet to eat the roots, but talking to some fellow weed eaters, I hear they are edible just as other root veggies are prepared for consumption. I still need a bit of research on the roots before I attempt it myself.

*** Important NOTE:

A caution about wild edibles is that you really need to know your plants before guessing on the ones you can eat. Always talk to a doctor or professional before ingesting wild plants. Always get multiple opinions from experts in the field of wild foraging.

The author of this article is in no way responsible for any negative reactions or occurrences resulting from your use of wild plants. You are encouraged to do your own research and talk to medical professionals before using any wild plants.