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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Guest Post: Firestorm Chapter 7 , by Christopher Young


Sam the trucker take on the matter

 
Well, folks, this is the moment I didn't want. Chris says I got to write some on this book. I'm a truck driver, not a writer.  I don't even like to write in my log, while I'm driving. Mostly just a word or two. Lucky for me, I'm at the house and Brenda my sweet wife is going ot help by typing all of this. Damn, girl, you're just as pretty as the day I met you. I sure do love the way your hair curls behind your ears and how your perky nipples poke out from under your dress. We got to get rid of them boys, and spend some quality time. Hope you aren't blushing too badly as you are writing this, seweetums. Hey, you don't have to type that all in, just the story. Oh, well, I guess you're going to write it in whether I want you to or not. Honey, people might read this. I don't get no respect. OK, so frieking type it in. See if Marybelle down at the grocery teases you about this for the rest of your life. What a gossip, I think that fat old hag should have her mouth stapled shut.

I guess this has been my week for things I didn't want to happen. I mean, I could see it coming down the pike as we truckers say. I could see trouble coming and I didnt want to be so far away from my family when it all got bad. But the dispatcher said I had to take the load of soybean oil to the food processing plant in New York, and if I didn't, I could be the next guy laid off. So, lucky to have a job, and I signed the dispatch form, and went out and got into the truck. it sure was a screw up, I don't have a job now cause the whole country is shut down. I coulda stayed home and not had a job, it would have ended up with me unemployed anyway. And here i am with a broken leg. Man, screwed myself over even worse.

You know, I try not to be a control friek. That's what my kids call me, the control friek. I like to do the driving, I like to make the decisions. It isn't really control. it's more like I want things to turn out OK. When other people start making my decsions for me, then I start to get nervous, you know? When the Fema guys started to corral us into that parking lot, I really was getting antsy. I figured it was more than a traffic stop, it was the end of my world as I knew it. Goign to the concentration camp.

And with the news we been hearing on the AM FM radio, I was right. I am right most of the time. It was only the prompt action I took that kept me out of a prison camp. Hide out, and bail out the far side of the parking lot and take my bug out bag with me.  Hoof it home.

And then I'm almost to the Ohio line, and then I had to break my leg. More of me being out of control again. Them two boys were nice about it, but still, I like to to the driving. And so they picked me up like some guy in the back of an ambulance and took me home. Deliver me all wrapped up in a splint like a UPS package. Sign here, lady! yeah, we chatted and  all, but it was still out of control.

Now I got two guys living at the house, and they are good guys, but I really want em out of here, and then I can go back to living in my own home again. I'm thinking food, and supplies. Wonder how long it's going to be so I can get back to work, and bring home the paychek again. Looks like it's gonna be about two years, the way the guys on the radio are talking. We only have a couple weeks food in the house, not like we are Mormons or something. What are we going to do when the canned stuff and the MRE and the buckets of macaroni run out? I'm not sure what we will do.

Brenda has been great about it, she's been a strength like she always has been. I knew she'd be great, she's always been great. She seems to like having the boys in the house, it is kind of like having a couple more kids. That Gomer is about the same age as my boy, Sammy. Except that Sammy is a liberal arts college kid, and Gomer is a military man. Yeah, the dove and the hawk. maybe not as similar as I thought.

Hang on, honey, I got to go potty. Hey, leave the radio on or something. I may be a while. Where's my crutches, there they are. I'll holler if I can't get back up.

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And now the news at the top of the hour. President has said that repair efforts continue at a rapid pace, and that the nation should be up and running again in two years, at the outside. In a briefing from the alternate command center in Wisconsin, President said that the nation would need for the first time in American history to accept foriegn aid, in the matter of infrastructure. For the first time in American history, the USA would be dependant on the generosity of nations such as China, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, to provide the basic equipment, manpower, and guidance to rebuild our infrastructure. In the weeks and months ahead, we will be inviting in limited numbers of United Nations relief workers. They can be spotted by the blue helmets, and the distinctive UN logo. As in some many other nations around the globe, UN workers can be trusted to treat the civillians with respect, and human dignity. As we have seen on the telethons in the recent past, UN workers have been in the poorest nations of the world such as Africa. They have provided much aid and comfort to the starving, helped clothe the naked, and have provided shelter to the homeless. Here in our great nation, we should give the UN workers every courtesy. We should treat them like family. Follow their lawful orders, and realize that they are here under the invitation of the President, and the Congress. Do what the UN workers tell you; they are here to help us rebuild. In this time of great need, there will be many oportunities to sacrifice for the good of our great nation. Many will be asked to give of thier time, labor, materials, gasoline, other fuels, and their food. This is essential for the general welfare of the nation in this time of trouble. If the UN workers ask for something, do not hesitate to give it to them.  It is for the good of the nation. As with other nations of the world which are rebuilding, we have instituted a temporary gun control legislation which will make the streets much safer for the UN workers. We realize this may be dificult to understand, but it is for the good of all.
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Yeah, honey, I'm done. Don't go in there for a while, the stink will kill you. We got any more of that Lysol spray shit, ah, nevermind. It will clear up. Maybe we can have some of them UN workers declare our crapper a radioactive zone, and apply for federal aid?

Gee, honey, did you get a load of that crap on the radio? Like we're some third world country now, and we need a bunch of them thugs and rapists from the UN to come in and tell us savages how to build electric plants, basketball courts, and all that. Honey bunch, how would you like to make wild and passionate love with a savage? Just get near me again......

Chris, well, I can't figure him out. He left his trailer in New York and was planning to go visit Gomer and move there. And he drove all this way back to get me, and take me home. Wow, that's some kind of kind way to be. I don't know that I can ever repay him for all that. Sure enough, Brenda couldn't have come and got me in the car, the Mussies burned it already the first night of the rioting. I've got to get myself in gear and go kick some Mussie ass. They can't get away with that. Well, in about six weeks. Now days the only thing i can kick is my slippers, cause I got to walk with these crutches. I can't put any weight on my left leg, account of the broken bones. I won't be kickign any ass for a couple more months or weeks.

Wish I could trade places with Bill for a couple hours. He sure needs to do some serious ass kickinng. I'm finding out later what some of the details were. I didn't know this at the time, so you'll have to hang with me. Pretend like I can see across the country, you know? And we'll pretend that I'm a fly on the wall there, and like I know all the things that are going on. I only found out bits and pieces later, and I am putting it alll together now as I'm wrtiing. What, honey? Yeha, I know. I'm just talking, and you're the one doing the writing. I know, I know.

Hey, and so lets go take a look at the compound down in Tenn. David is busy watching car chase movies. Bill is at the sentry post. David has been sneaky, he's only running the generator while Bill is at sentry post, and hides the generator in the trunk of his car while Bill is home from the sentry post. Connie hasn't said anyting, and the kids are sworn to secrecy. They don't care one way or the other, they like the car chases, too. And, they do know that David will spank them if they say anthing to Bill.  He's established that a long time ago, that he'll kick butt if they say anythign to Bill. David  can be really nasty with the paddling butt. He uses a stick  or a paddle or what he can get his hands on, and the kids cry and hurt for hours. They have learned.

And a look at the retreat at Gomer's. Hey, this is kind of fun looking at all kinds of stuff like I'm some big ugly bird flying over head. And can see through walls. I'm superman! 

And it sure is nice to have a look at Gomer's retreat. Them babes Faith and Heather sure is worth a second look.  OUCH! Hey, sweetie, you didn't have to whack me in the head. I was just kidding about them perky young things with the tight nipples at Gomer's. You look just fine to me. So, Faith and Heather are busy keping the house cleaned up. I've been wishing for a couple kids, so that my baby grand daughter didn't have to be all alone. Yeah, she's got mom and gramma, but it isn't the same. The five kids there are tkaing turn teasing each other, and being upset. Faith and Heather are referees for most of the fights. They have to separate the kids for ten or twenty minutes, and then it's all good again. Funny thing is, that they are fixing for a big one themselves. I can see the manners wearing thin. No kitchen is big enough for two women, and they are both trying to elbow each other aside for control. They are on party manners for now. It's Faith's man, he was hers first. Heather has the home court advantage. But, they are both fixing for a serious blow out real soon.

Nice thing about Gomers, he's got all the right stuff for a retreat. He's got a wood stove, plenty of food, and some growing equipment for planting crops next year, and some heirloom seeds he can plant year after year. Plus a kick ass solar system, for power forever. I mean, the man's got his act together.

Chris isn't doing too badly for the short to medium turm stuff. He says he's got a couple weeks food and supplies there. He ought to be OK long after the rest of the civilized world starved. But, how is this all goign to come together? Yeah, I'll get it all figured out some how. When I figure out how we're going to eat in a  month or so.

Back to the present moment. Gomer just came in from the garage. The Model A is ready to roll. Sweet, at least we'll be able to get around. For a while, as the gas holds out. Sammy has been busy studying his college books. I havn't got the heart to tell him that it's a waste of time, to be studying liberal arts while the world is falling apart. Well, he's got to do what brings him peace. My sweet grand baby just woke up from a nap, and she's a bit cranky and hungry. Hey, Brenda, how about go fix her a bit to eat, and we'll leave the typing for later.

OK, so it's later. After dinner actually. Brenda took the Model A out for a quick drive around the block. She never told me she was an ace driver. I mean, she eased the clutch out, goosed the gas, and the car purred away just like she'd been drivign Model A for years. She got back about two  hours later, I was so worried. Well, she'd stopped at everyone's house and ask if they were ok. She came home and give me the big report, who was hungry and who was in the dark and all. Like I relaly care about all them people, but she does. So she rattled on and on. In the meantime I find out that Chris can type, so I've got his fat butt in front of the typer. Gadzooks, he's ugly. But what can you do about it, you can't choose how your look unless you are movie star and have lot of money. Even before the crash, I don't think money could have helped Chris any, he's just beyond help. Hey, Chris, you aren't writing all this down, are you?

After dinner is when we usually light the kerosene lamp, and turn on the radio. We been doing this since I was a kid, and so we keep the tradition. Now, more than ever, it's important ot keep up on the news. The radio staton we listened yesterday is off the air, so we tuned around the AM dial, and see what we could find. Finally we found a station in a city not far way, and they have the news. It was the same old same old, the news teletype wires had been down. So, they were tallking local news. The folks from the power company said no where near two years to get the power grid back on, all they needed was a couple transformers for the main sub station, and they would be good to go. they had the men and the tools to put the new transformer in. I guess the idiots there didn't figure out that the nation is all dark, and there are no more transformers to be had? D'uh, think they would get a clue. Maybe if they had a chance, they could buy a vowel, and start to make some sense.

I'm wonder if the nation could import some of that kind of thing from other nations. But the radio guys say the rioting is world wide, and no one seems to have any parts for sale. I guess they are playing close to the vest, and keeping thier own supplies under wraps. I'd do the same thing, I guess.

So, I'm thinking some more. Hey, what's going to happen after the couple months when all the food runs out? Be some time in the spring, and we'll all be hungry. That is, if we havn't been rounded up and sent ot camps by then. Or if the Mussies don't come and kill us in our sleep. We really can't defend this house too good, only us three adults. My daughter doesn't show much interest in gu ns. So, I'm asking Gomer and Chris what their places are like. Chris is telling me how he lives in a trailer in a park, much worse off than me in Ohio in a real house. But, Gomer is doing OK, hes got a house  with a gate and all. So, I'm thinking it's time to talk to Brenda, maybe we need to change adress. PUll stakes and move, again. I'm not sure they will take us, but I can ask.

I talked with Brenda, and she said that moving to Gomers sounded like a good idea. More kids for the baby, and more suppies. It's farther north, but they do have the wood stove, and we can keep warm that way. When Gomer and Chris came back in from tuning the last of the settings on the Model A, I asked if it was OK for us to come to Gomers place. Gomer said that was fine, he could make an exception for us, he usually doeesn't allow new members of his compound. We discussed what to take, and how we could all get there. It wasn't all that clear, so we decided to figure out all the details tomorrow.

Just about that time, it was maybe 7 PM. It's dark out, and I heard a shot. And then a pause, and then two more shots. Chris and Gomer diasappeared in an instant. I figured Gomer could move, but damn, that fat man sure has got some moves. He was out the door and nearly knocked down Gomer, he was moving so fast. They were out about ten minutes. I figured with shots in the area, we were in danger. I got to my feet, careful not to put any weight on my left leg. Blew out the kerosene lamp on the table, and yelled for everyone to get on the floor.

A couple minutes later, I hear the door knob rattle on the back door. I holler at the top of my voice to identify yourself or be shot. Chris hollered back that it was OK, and take it easy. He cracks open the door, and finds the place dark. So, a quick shot of flash light and he sees us all on the floor. Chris turns his light on the ceiling, so he can see to walk around, and walks around me, and around Sammy, and steps over the baby. He lights up the lamp on the table, and turns off his flash light. I can tell, he's giggling cause the sight of us all laying on the floor.

We start to get up again, and I have to stay on the ground a couple more seconds, my leg is acting up. Finally, they help me slide up into the sofa, which is fairly close to the ground. Gomer told us what had happened, in crisp clipped military jargon.

"couple of locals had engaged with two Mussies who were tyring to burn down a house. After a verbal challenge it became clear that the Mussies were not about to desist, and so the locals opened fire, killing two. Engagement considered a success, no friendly casualties."

I mumbled that we ought to go out and give them locals some more ammo for their guns. And Brenda looked horrified. Gomer started giggling, and then we all laughed. Except for the baby who was scared.











22 Home Remedies And Medicines (Recipes!)

Anti-Fungal / Anti-Yeast Treatment

2-tablespoons boric acid.
1-cup cornstarch.

Place in a large salt shaker. shake on any area with fungal rash.
Some skin rashes are severe enough to take two weeks to heal. Also works great on athletes foot.
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'Lung Fever' Salve -Amish Recipe

12oz.-unsalted lard
2 oz.- camphor
3 oz. - beeswax
3 oz. - rosin (powdered)
Heat the above in a double boiler.
Take off heat, then add....
2 teaspoons raw linseed oil
20 ml. turpentine
bottle up, used for colds and pneumonia, rub on chest and back.
It will store for years.
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Homemade Saline Solution


1/4- teaspoon kosher salt
8- oz. water
1/4- teaspoon baking soda

Mix well.
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Elderberry Extract

Take 1/2 cup berries to 8 cups of water.
Boil berries and simmer down to 2 cups of liquid (It takes about 30 - 45 minutes).
Strain off berries and add 1/2 cup honey and store in refrigerator. This can also be canned.
USE: a tablespoon or 2 at a time to ward off sickness.
NOTE: This is great for treating flu and can improve health with bird flu
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Herbal Compress To Stop Bleeding

1-teaspoon tincture of yarrow (or other suitable herb)
1/2- cup warm water
A clean soft cloth or medical gauze

Combine both ingredients.
Soak the cloth in the liquid, wring it out and aply it with pressure over the wound.

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Homemade Hand Sanitizer

1- cup Aloe Vera gel (or you can make your own)
1- teaspoon rubbing alcohol
2- teaspoons vegetable glycerin
8-10- drops tea tree essential oil or lavender essential oil

Simply blend all of the ingredients together and store.
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Amish Cough Syrup

Lemon Juice
Honey
Castor Oil

Mix equal parts of lemon juice, honey, and Castor oil.

Adult dose: take 1 (one) tablespoon per day.
Children's dose: (over 2 years old) take 1 (one) teaspoon per day.
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Homemade Nighttime Cold Remedy (reminiscent of Nyquil)

This remedy lets you sleep very sound all night.

1-lemon
1/4-cup maple syrup
1/4-cup hot water
2-tablespoons brandy

Squeeze all the juice out of the lemon.
Mix lemon juice with the 1/4 cup maple syrup. Then add 1/4th-cup hot water, and 2 tablespoons of brandy (or more if you want :D)
DRINK.
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Restless Leg Syndrome Remedy
I have not tried this

1-teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 cup of warm water
1 teaspoon of honey

Mix and drink
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Homemade Diaper Rash Cream

mix a half cup of milk of magnesia and half cup of corn starch. Mix in equal amounts to make a creamy consistency.
Apply liberally to baby.
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Homemade Pedialyte

2-quarts water
1-teaspoon baking soda
7-teaspoons sugar (get those electrolytes up!)
1- (1/4 oz.) packet unsweetened kool-aid -OR- lemonade mix (any flavor)
1/2-teaspoon salt or salt substitute

Mix all together.
Store in fridge for NO more then 3 days. can be made into ice cubes.
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Nerve Pain Tincture

1-teaspoon each tincture of St. John's Wort flowers, skullcap leaves,
fresh oats and licorice root
1/2-dropperful each tincture of ginger rhizome and vervain leaves

[U]Combine ingredients. {/U]
Take 1 dropper-ful every half hour, as needed during an emergency. to relieve chronic pain, 2 to 4 dropper=fuls a day.
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Lice Remover Shampoo

1-oz.olive oil
6-drops tea tree oil
6-drops rosemary oil
4-drops oregano oil

Mix together well into hair and scalp. Keep on hair for 30 minutes. Repeat twice a day until lice is removed.
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Herbal Remedy for Pink Eye

The herb Eyebright has astringent and antibacterial properties to drawl out infections such as pink eye and soothe eyes.

Make an infusion:
Pour 1 cup boiling water over 1 teaspoon of dried eyebright herb.
Steep for 10 minutes; Stain and allow to cool.

Now you can use this infusion in a few different ways:
You can use as an eyewash 3-4 times a day.
You can also use as a warm compress:
Take a soft cloth and dip into infusion while still warm, gently ring out cloth and apply to eyes. Repeat as cloth cools. You may need to reheat your infusion. Leave the compress on the eyes for at least 10 minutes.

You can also purchase eyebright tincture already made from a herbal shop. Put three drops of eyebright tincture in a tablespoon of boiled water. When cool, use as an eyewash.

Wash your hand REALLY good after handling your eyes to stop the spread of pink eye. Use the herbal hand sanitizer recipe for your hands afterward.
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Bay Leaf Tincture for Tendinitis

In a 1 quart wide mouth jar, put 6 oz. of dried bay leaves in jar. Fill the jar to half full of vodka. Fill the rest of the jar with water.
Cover and store in cool dark spot, shake once or twice a day. Leave sit for 2 weeks to 1 month. After this time, strain and save liquid. Store in darker bottles or away from light. Apply tincture to a soft cloth and rub/massage the affected area. Can also warm (don't boil, it will evaporate the alcohol) the liquid.
NOT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
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Anti Itch/Coagulant/Diaper Rash/Insect Bite/Cure-All

Pick Plantago leaves (there are over 200 species, don't confuse with the banana) when they are vibrant and green.
Chop them coarsely and pack loosely into a clean, very dry jar.
Add olive oil, dislodge air bubbles with a knife or chopstick until the jar is filled to the very top.
Label and cap securely. Let sit out of direct sunlight, on a surface that won't be marred by oozing oil.
Decant after six weeks, pouring off the oil and squeezing out what remains in the plant material. Discard the herb.
Grate one tablespoon of beeswax for every ounce of oil. Stirring constantly, heat the oil and beeswax until the wax melts, usually within a minute.
Pour the liquid into small, wide-mouthed jars (a good excuse for buying marinated artichoke hearts) and cool.
Use this ointment lavishly for diaper rash, insect bites, all itches, and minor wounds. It heals, stops itching, checks bleeding, and eases pain.
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Nettle Beer
One of the most delightful medicines for joint pain

1 pound/500g raw sugar
2 lemons
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1 ounce/30g cream of tartar
5 quarts/5 liters water
2 pounds/1 kilo nettle tops
1 ounce/30g live yeast

Place sugar, lemon peel (no white), lemon juice, and cream of tartar in a large crock. Cook nettles in water for 15 minutes.
Strain into the crock and stir well. When this cools to blood warm, dissolve the yeast in a little water and add to your crock.
Cover with several folds of cloth and let brew for four days. Strain out sediment and bottle. Ready to drink in 12 days.
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Homemade Ice Pack

2- cups of water
1/3- cup (80%) alcohol- rubbing alcohol or vodka, etc.
Zipper- top plastic bag

Combine water and alcohol in a zipper-top bag. Seal top and freeze. The alcohol keeps it from freezing solid and creates a gel-like ice pack.
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Natural Mosquito And Tick Repellent

1- cup of spring water
1/2- cup lemon juice
15- drops of peppermint oil
1 shot of Vodka
10- drops of lavender oil

Place all ingredients in a clean spray bottle and store in the refrigerator. Shake well before each use.
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Homemade Baby Powder (Talc-free)

½ cup corn starch
½ cup Arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon dried ground chamomile
1 tablespoon dried ground lavender
¼ cup finely ground oats

Blend well and put in a shaker style bottle. Now you can powder your baby’s little bottom in safety.
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Lavender Dryer Sachets

1 small muslin drawstring bag (you can usually get these at craft stores)
Dried Lavender
2-3 drops lavender essential oil

Fill the muslin bag with the dried lavender and add the essential oil. Close the bag tightly and throw in the dryer. Your clothes will come out soft and smell great.
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Tiger Balm


1 oz cayenne infused oil
3 oz goldenrod or arnica infused oil
3/4 oz beeswax
20 drops white camphor (essential oils)
20 drops cinnamon leaf (essential oils)
20 drops rosemary (essential oils)
30 drops clary sage (essential oils)
10 drops sweet birch (essential oils)

Melt beeswax, add infused oils and stir well. Let cool a bit before adding essential oils. Mix well and pour into clean, sterilized container.
Be careful not to use near body orifices or on open skin.
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Coffee Can Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

Coffee Can Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

Here’s a short post today folks.
It seems like every time I turn around there’s a spot that could use another survival kit.  Home, work, vehicles, camp… everywhere!  I hate putting a lot of money into something I probably won’t use, but on the flip side I want to have stuff good enough to save my ass in case TSHTF and I DO need to use the kit.
Anyway, I was staring at the French Roast coffee can I talked about in one of my posts and the thought popped into my head to fill it with items that could help out in case I get stuck somewhere.  Keep in mind this is just for basic survival in an overnight situation and also keep in mind I wanted to keep the kit as inexpensive as possible.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
(Click the picture for a larger view)
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So far I’ve added a compass, multi-tool, pen, paper (to write a note or start a fire), nails, spoon, stove, paracord bracelet, flashlight, knife, matches, and some small food items.   One thing I’m thinking about putting in there is one of those cheap Walmart ponchos (thus the nails to help make a temporary shelter if necessary).  They’re less than $10 the last time I looked and if you go easy on this poncho you might get a few uses out of it and it should fit in quite handily.
Another thing I need to put in here is some fuel for the stove – not a whole lot, but enough to boil a few cups of water or maybe to help start a fire when the wood is wet.
Below you can see the items packed into the coffee can.  What doesn’t show up as well is the empty space in the can.  I’d like to pack it full, but right now I’ve still got roughly half the can empty.
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For some reason I’m drawing a blank and as I was sitting here racking my head and trying to dream up stuff to put in a small vehicle kit I said to myself, “Jarhead!  Don’t be a dummy!  There’s a thousand people out there with good ideas.  Tap into your network.”  So…. what would you put into this kit given the criteria above?   Help me dress out my kit folks! Would you put in a space blanket?  More food? Spark plugs?  Coffee packets?  Send me some good ideas!
-Jarhead Survivor
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Guest Post: GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT, By Northern Raider


From a British viewpoint
© 2011Northern Raider from http://britishpreppers.freeforums.org/         

Back in the 1960s and 1970s pioneer Survivalists like Mel Tappan led the way in getting the message out that Survivalism was a growing phenomenon in the USA. Mel wrote in Guns N Ammo and other magazines that caused a wave of interest across the states, it soon spread north of the border into Canada as well. Mel went on to write the book Tappan on Survival which became a sort of defacto bible for survivalists like me way back then. (Yes I am that old)

Mel’s work was matched by the equally pioneering work of the likes of Ragnar Benson whose multiple noted books on Survival Retreats, Survival Nursing, Modern Survival etc help thousands of people make plans to survive during the long darkness of the Cold War era.

About this time environmentalism and environmental awareness was becoming more important in peoples lives, this saw organisations such as the LIVE FREE ORGANISATION start producing their now treasured news sheets which in time led to an international organisation which embraced survivalism, preparedness and self reliance as part of its core values right through the 80s and early 90s. I still have some of the early LF newsletters they sent out.

We owe much to these pioneers whose campaigning has done much to change the world in which we live.

By the time of the mid 1990s and the advent of the World Wide Web survivalists and preppers found that through this new media they could reach out and touch other survivalists not only in their own communities but also across the world. It soon became clear that Survivalism was now out of the bag and reached places like Britain, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, South Africa, and Eire followed soon after the fall of the Iron Curtain by Russia, Ukraine and Poland, with lesser numbers of advocates cropping up in most other EU nations.

Suddenly instead of being limited to exchanging messages in the small ads section of Guns n Ammo, Combat and Survival, American Survival Guide, Australian Survivalist etc and hoping some kind editor would print your letter in the next month’s edition; we found that some bright spark had invented ONLINE NEWS GROUPS. We got instant messaging across the world available between contributors on different continents compared with the previous 2 month wait to see if a reply was posted in a magazine, what a difference.

TNG

Thanks to the new techniques available the next generation of survivalist elder statesmen like the crazy Canadian “Bax” and American “Rourke” we gained Miscellaneous Survivalism Moderated and Retreat Survival and Secure Home to play with, within a few brief years they both passed the 3000 membership mark each and still thrive today. Their huge input changed the world of survivalism beyond recognition and without their 2nd generation work huge numbers of preppers would still be struggling to communicate. The Survivalist magazines provided news but the forums provided CONTACT.

In Britain, Ireland and Australia other early day’s pioneers were also fighting to get the word out and build connections between survivalists, bush crafters and latterly preppers.
Iconic people like Ferfal served South America, In Britain Nick Norwood’s (aka Nemesis) creation of the Widening Gyre website led much of the way for UK based survivalism, and backed up Steve Day’s UKSG which also was hosted for a while on Nick’s website. Steve organised the first Survivalist Conference weekend in Birmingham in the mid 1990s before focusing on writing articles and campaigning for the survivalist and prepper community in the UK. 

Meanwhile the Wilderness Survival, Bush-Craft and Traditional skills world followers in the UK found they were suddenly very well served by the hard work and graft by Dave D who set up and ran the still flourishing very high quality Ludlow Survivors Group. (LSG) the work done by the LSG team has in this author’s opinion done far more to forward and develop wilderness survival skills in the UK than all the glossy mags and TV shows put together.

American based forums and news groups like Alt Survival, Misc Survivalism which served well in the early days started to lag behind because of the very unmoderated and openness that once made them great. These open unmoderated forums sadly became dominated by spammers, flamers, trolls, bigots, and extremists, yet even so they still retain a hard core of ardent supports.
However our community is now also served by the huge and massively popular Survivalist Boards which is truly amazing and international http://www.survivalistboards.com/

The opposite can be said of some British forums where excessive moderation, harsh membership requirements, inner cliques and sadly a degree of nepotism slowed down the growth of the somewhat more conservative version of prepping and survivalism in the UK.
Yet undeniably these forums also find their membership growing steadily so they must be doing something right, and their efforts must also be applauded.
And today British and Irish Prepping is flourishing and very well served on forums like British Preppers.org. and Irish Preppers.com. British Preppers is probably the least moderated forum at the moment and places few constraints on members.


Coming right up to date our second generation pioneers like Bax and Rourke still work tirelessly to build bridges, share information and help people plan and prepare for the very uncertain future we now face. Whilst in Europe forums like British Preppers grow and grow the primary focus for serious preppers in the US is now focussed on running BLOGS providing daily news and information as well as opinion to the now very large global prepping community.

Bax is running the Daily Survival http://daily-survival.blogspot.com/ like an online newspaper and is well worth a visit as Bax searches the whole web to find only best best stuff for folks to read.  Now we find we are getting PODCASTS produced by the latest generation of survivalist broadcasters getting the message out using the latest technology.

Links

British Preppers                  http://britishpreppers.freeforums.org/         
Irish Preppers                      http://www.irishpreppers.com/
Daily Survival Blog            http://daily-survival.blogspot.com/
Ludlow SG                          http://www.ludlowsurvivors.co.uk/forum/
Survivalist Boards               http://www.survivalistboards.com/
Ferfal                                   http://ferfal.blogspot.com/
Survivalist Podcast              http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

MSM , RS & SH                 Can be found on Yahoo Forums
Other British based forums can be found either as stand alone forums like P2S and UKP or and sub sections on international forum, all are very much worth joining.
UKP                                      http://www.uk-preppers.co.uk/forum/
P2S                                       http://www.p2s.uk6.net/

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