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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Coins for a Survivalist

By Joseph Parish

In the event of an emergency it is extremely important that one have a tank full of gasoline, all the necessary survival equipment and a good supply of money prior to bugging out. This supply of money should include not just small bills such as ones, fives and tens but also a healthy amount of coins.

This supply of coins can usually be accomplished by merely saving any loose change that you happen to have in your pocket. You would be amazed at how quickly the amount of money in change will add up. How often do you give the clerk a dollar for your morning coffee? If you are like me you do not like fumbling in your pocket for the change but rather find it simpler and faster to just hand the store clerk a fresh dollar. The change of course goes into the pocket with the other change. At the end of the day you can take all this change out of your pocket and use it towards your survival money.

In no time at all you will have accumulated a considerable amount of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. While you are saving your coins make sure that you always keep an eye out for any of the older ones which may possibly contain silver and keep these separate from the others. They are naturally more valuable not only now but during a crisis.

You can easily recognize the silver coins from the non-silver versions. To easily identify which of your coins are made of silver merely separate them into dimes, etc then hold them together. There is no need to look at each coins date to determine if it is made of silver or not. Just take a glance at the edges of the coins. The newer coins will have a brown edge since the middle of the coin is composed of copper, while the silver coins will display all silver along their edges.

The silver coins will readily stand out from the non-silver. Be on the lookout for any of the extremely dirty silver coins that easily resemble the copper versions. If in doubt look at the dates.

Don’t expect to find an abundance of these coins in your change however since they are becoming very scarce these days but you may get lucky and locate a few of them every now and then. So get busy and save some of your change for those emergency evacuations or bugs outs when they occurred.

Copyright @2008 Joseph Parish

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DPT--Set a Goal and Exercise

You need to be as healthy and physically fit as possible because good health has a number of survival implications. For example, you may be able to get off meds for chronic conditions such as high cholesterol or diabetes (always a good thing during a disaster when medications may be hard to come by), you will be better able to haul your carcass out of a second story window during a fire or run from your neighborhood carrying a fully filled BOB, and healthy people tend to recover better if they are injured in a disaster or other type of accident.
Now having a routine exercise program can bore the socks off of you, especially if you are working out with no real goal. To "get in better shape" is too vague and unmeasurable to be very effective. The military has physical fitness goals in writing that recruits can strive for. The "Biggest Loser" has a competition to lose more than the other people to strive for. The runner has the New York Marathon to strive for. Get the idea? If you want to get in optimal (or even just better) shape, it is quite helpful to have a worthwhile goal to reach. A girl in our office is now working out with a group of beginners who want to enter a mini triathlon. Sounds like a big goal for someone who doesn't exercise but she is enthusiastic, she has a goal with a set deadline, and she has the group to help her be accountable. This is an excellent way to pull yourself back into shape. Consider setting a reasonable goal (ie: start off with a 5k run instead of a full marathon), work your way up to the condition necessary to be successful at your goal, then sent another, larger goal. You will thank yourself for this foresight should disaster strike.

Original: http://codenameinsight.blogspot.com/2009/02/dpt-set-goal-and-exercise.html