“Concerned about Deterioration of the Economy” Interview with Tess Pennington, Author of The Prepper’s Blueprint

250x250-PreppersBluePrintI had the opportunity to read The Prepper’s Blueprint written by Tess Pennington and edited by Daisy Luther.  This is a huge book and it give you a wealth of information about preparing for any disaster.  Becoming prepared can be overwhelming but this book will walk you through what you need to know.

The Prepper’s Blueprint, offers a “no nonsense” guide to preparing for either short term or long term emergencies. The book is written in a friendly, non-judgmental tone; you feel like a friend is helping you get motivated. Tess Pennington knows of what she writes. I liked the practical advice and actionable steps that anyone can follow. This book is a keeper.

In addition, I also interviewed the author, Tess Pennington.  Tess has made the big leap that many of us can only imagine:  moving from life in the big city to a small town.   Even though we can’t move just yet, there are many things we can do to live more sustainably while living in the city.  Read on…

1.  There are multiple threats to prepare for – what are you most concerned about?

My largest concern is with the deterioration of the economy. Currently, 1 in 4 Americans have no emergency savings. Emergency savings is hard to do when the country is in such a fragile economic state. Americans are struggling and finding ways to cut corners and learn to make ends the best they can. We are dealing with an epidemic of unemployment, the amount of families on food stamps is staggering, and it is becoming clear that an economic recovery is nowhere in sight.

Many years ago, I was enslaved to debt, we had no savings, I had no preparations and my young children were depending on me to get them through. My husband and I made some abrupt changes. We consumed less and worked at paying off our bills. Rather than taking vacations, we invested in emergency supplies and began growing our own food sources. I wouldn’t say that we are 100% self-reliant, but we are close to being debt free and are closer to our goal. One aspect of preparedness that is not discussed often is the time involved in accumulating supplies, learning the pertinent skills and becoming confident in your abilities. This takes years and those who are new to prepping may become discouraged in the process. The best way to approach prepping is with open eyes and new mindset.

If we can each take steps to eliminate debt, save money, simplify our lifestyle and prepare for the unexpected disasters that life can throw at us, then when those emergencies do happen, we will be prepared and ready to face them head on. We will not be as dependent on the economic cycles.

2.  What was a driving reason to leave the city and relocate to a different location?

Our driving reason was that the life in the city/suburbs didn’t reflect what we wanted anymore. We were ready to get some land and practice a more self-reliant lifestyle. Luckily, my husband and I work from home, so we were able to be picky about where we moved to. Not many people have the opportunity to pick up and move. Where our job is usually reflects where we can and cannot live.

For us, living in Houston, TX came with certain concerns. This is a densely populated area, crime rates seemed to be increasing, and there were concerns of multiple natural disasters and man-made disasters that we didn’t want to subject our family to. When we made the decision to move, we did a lot of research on areas around the country that were not densely populated, were rich in natural resources and didn’t pose as many natural disasters compared to where we were living. One resource that was exceptionally helpful during this research period was http://www.city-data.com/.

3.  What was the most difficult adjustment you (or your family) had to make?

In all, I feel that the adjustment was easy because I had done a lot of research in homesteading and self-reliance living. I knew going into it that there were going to be some challenges and learning curves. I wanted to get my hands dirty and knew that mistakes were all part of the process.

The most difficult thing I have found about the whole process is not be complacent. We get comfortable with things, maybe a little cocky in learning new skills and then you just stop learning, stop reading about new products and perhaps, become less open to new ways of thinking. In my experience, you should always be continuing to learn and train your skills. Find people around you or online that share your interests and learn from them.

4.  What steps can be taken to ease the transition when you move away from convenient and familiar surroundings?

When you make the decision to move away from all that you know, it can be scary at first. You may doubt yourself and your abilities. But, don’t give up! As mentioned above, my husband and I did a lot of research on where we were moving and had a plan of action before we moved. I had my checklist of things to do before I left.

My biggest advice for this question is to trust in your decision and give yourself time to adjust and acclimate to your new surroundings. One of the first things I did when we moved was start getting my garden set up. I am one of those people who have to have a garden growing. It calms me and gives me time to myself. You could also join local grounds (master gardeners, go to the gun range, meet up groups, etc.) to get you meeting the locals.

5.  Many families are unable to move out of the city due to financial and family reasons – what would you recommend in their situation?

Roughly, 80% of the population is urban, so you aren’t alone. There are many things you can do to promote a more sustainable lifestyle while living in the city. Make the best of where you are and refine skills you can use in an urban setting. Some great skills you can easily learn are:

Raise micro-livestock
Garden and produce your own food supply
Forage for local plants and herbs
Learn about Hydroponic/Aquaponic food production
Train your physical body in the event of evacuations
Take an emergency first-aid class or self-defense class
Start a prepper’s pantry and store shelf stable foods
Learn how to preserve your food supply
Go to farmer’s markets and get in contact with local growers and practice bartering
Visit self-reliant or prepper expos and take some prepper classes

Many families have to stay in urban areas but do not let that stop you from your prepping endeavors. There are lots of things you can do and many people who are in the same place as you with the same interests. Hopefully, the above suggestions can help you get started.

Now for the giveaway…

Tess is giving away a copy of The Prepper’s Blueprint to one lucky winner.

To enter, just comment on the question below:

Describe what skills are you trying to acquire to live more sustainably and why?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, August 9th at 8 pm Central.  *Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or other winners will be drawn.

 

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Forsaking Home by A. American – Book Review and Giveaway

Forsaking HomeToday we are looking at Forsaking Home, Book 4 of the Survivalist Series by A. American.  As you know, I am a fan of the Survivalist Series, having reviewed the books in the past.  As soon as I heard the fourth book was available for review, I jumped at the chance.

As a quick summary, Forsaking Home delves into what our main character, Morgan Carter has to do for his family’s survival in the aftermath of the failure of the electric grid.  At the same time, the book also covers the actions of Sarge, who plans to take down a refugee camp run by oppressors.

I enjoyed reading this book and was happy to find out what happened after we left off in the third book.  However, I the book felt divided to me, as about 1/3 of the book dealt with Morgan Carter and his family, and 2/3 dealt with Sarge and the planned take down of the camp.  I would have preferred more of the book dedicated to Morgan, as I was more attached to Morgan’s character than Sarge.

As in the previous books, you can pick up some great survival tips as you are reading Forsaking Home.  The story moves along at a satisfying pace, and keeps the reader interested in the unfolding events.

I like the books overall, and hope this is not the final book in the series.

Now for the giveaway…

If you have not started reading the books, this is a great opportunity!  One winner can win all four books in the entire series.

Going Home

Surviving Home

Escaping Home

Forsaking Home

To enter, please leave a comment below regarding:

What outdoor or bushcraft skills are you most interested in learning and why?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, July 26th at 8 pm Central.

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Survivor Max – Book Review and Giveaway

Survivor MaxI just finished reading Survivor Max:  Too Smart to Die by Davi Barker.  The story starts out when Max, an 11 year old boy, finds himself in a school lockdown.  He escapes and runs home, only to find that his father who was researching the disease, has already fallen victim to the “plague.”  His apartment complex is overrun with the infected who feed on humans, whom he calls “lamebrains.”  Max must use his wits to to survive, using his Porcupine Freedom Scouts training, knowledge of science and scavenged supplies.

The story is very fast paced, and once you start, is very hard to put down.  Max is a very capable and likeable character.   The story is fast paced and enjoyable to read.  Max does seem a lot older than his 11 years – he knew a lot more than your average middle school child, but this did not detract from the story.

I also liked that Max lived in an apartment complex and the book showed how quickly things can get much worse in a multi-family dwelling.  Max does a good job gathering his resources and rigging up contraptions to foil the “lamebrains” and escape.  The story imparts a great lesson that having skills and a preparedness mindset are essential to survival.  I think the book would be enjoyable for both younger (age 9 and up) and older readers.  I recommend Survivor Max as a fun summer read.

Now for the giveaway…

To enter, please answer the following question in the Comments below:

What is your favorite zombie book, show or movie, and why?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Friday,  June 20th at 8 pm Central.  *Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

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Book Review: The Shadow Patriots by Warren Ray

The Shadow PatriotsToday we are featuring The Shadow Patriots by Warren Ray.

What is the book is about?    The country is in a crisis as the government breaks down and violent riots become commonplace with police firing on citizens.  The Chinese invade California prompting the military to send all their troops west, but the war is a disaster.  As the casualties mount, the government calls for volunteers.  The hero of the story Cole Winters, a middle aged guy, answers the call to fight for his country.  This is where the story takes a twist:  Cole finds out about a plot to kill the new recruits and now he must try to save them while trying to find the truth being these heinous actions.

The book starts out in a slow build-up but it has a good premise and a storyline that keeps you interested.   The author paints a good picture of the prevailing attitudes of the populace:  complacent, self entitled and addicted to handouts.   As the story’s action scenes unfolded, I would have also liked a more detailed description of weapons used as he tended to overuse the generic term “machine guns.”  I had some difficulty believing that there was no uproar over the missing recruits, not even from friends and family who all lost touch with them as soon as they signed up in the recruiting centers.  Granted, the government controlled the media, and the military was weakened; however, even in a media blackout, people would be able communicate over ham radio or even local gossip and word would get around.

All in all, The Shadow Patriots would be a good choice for a weekend read.  I look forward to the next book and hope the author develops his characters and action sequences with more details.

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AP Book Feature – The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness – Interview with Jim Cobb + Giveaway

CompleteGuideToday we are featuring Jim Cobb’s latest book The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness.

Jim Cobb runs DisasterPrepConsultants.com, and SurvivalWeekly.com.  He is also the author of Prepper’s Home Defense.  Clearly, he knows and lives the prepping lifestyle so I thought it would be great to do an interview with Jim and find out his thoughts about urban prepping.

1.  New preppers get overwhelmed by all the possible threats facing our
world.  What do you think are the most likely disasters to prepare for
and why?

Most threats can be termed as either short-term or long-term, which refers
to the duration of the crisis.  The short-term threats are the ones most
likely to occur, whether you are in an urban or rural area.  These include
things like extended power outages and severe weather.  Disasters like
those happen every single day, all around the globe, and are the ones for
which many people need to prepare.  The long-term stuff, like EMP,
economic collapse, and the eruption of the Yellowstone caldera are all
*possible* but the odds of any of them happening at any given time are
somewhat remote.

That said, I like to suggest that if you are prepared for a total societal
collapse, you are certainly prepared for lesser emergencies.

2.  What would you advice city dwellers on improving their chances to
survive a disaster?

The primary risk factor facing urban preppers, as opposed to those who
live out in the sticks, is other people.  Therefore, that’s where to
concentrate efforts on improving the odds of survival.  Those who live in
the cities and who cannot or will not move to lesser populated areas
should develop something of a bunker mentality with their disaster
planning.  Stockpile supplies in sufficient quantities to negate the need
to go out looking for more, at least for a good period of time.  Food,
water, medical needs, all should be accounted for and on hand in the event
of a crisis.

On top of that, security measures should also be at the forefront.  Some
means of self-defense as well as methods of preventing intrusions are
important.

Finally, learn how to blend in to the area.  No, I don’t mean purchasing
or manufacturing some sort of disguise that makes you look like a brick
wall.  What I’m getting at is that urban preppers, perhaps more so than
their country cousins, need to learn how to develop a “gray man” approach.
Look for ways to hide their very presence within the community, or at
least do nothing to stand out from the crowd.

3.  How would you get around the extra challenges of space and close
proximity to others facing an apartment dweller?

Naturally, in any sort of apartment or condo, space is at a premium.
There are ways, though, to hide things in plain sight, so to speak.  For
example, a Rubbermaid tote can contain quite a bit of canned goods or
other supplies.  Drape a patterned bed sheet or tablecloth over it and it
can serve as an end table or coffee table, with few being the wiser.
Another option is to utilize the storage unit that is commonly provided in
the basement of apartment buildings.  Store your goodies in cardboard
boxes, but label them as being “old clothes” or “Grannie’s books.”

4.  Please tell us a bit about your background.

I’ve been a prepper for about thirty years, well before the term prepper
even came into being.  I’m an author, of course, as well as a licensed
private investigator.  Prior to that, I worked in corporate security and
also facilitated many diverse training programs on topics such as loss
prevention and preventing workplace violence.

When it comes to educating people about disaster readiness, I’ve always
tried to focus on practicality and common sense, avoiding things like
conspiracy theories and the like.  Personally, I don’t care so much about
*why* people prep, as long as they do it.

5.  Any plans for other books?

I have a couple of books coming out in 2014.  Prepper’s Long-Term Survival
Guide should be released around the middle of March.  Whereas my previous
books have concentrated mostly on the short-term sorts of disasters, this
book speaks to the extreme long-term crises and how to prepare for them.
In other words, The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness shows
readers how to prepare for extended power outages and Prepper’s Long-Term
Survival Guide shows them how to plan for a time when the lights might
never come back on.

Then, in May or thereabouts is coming Countdown to Preparedness.  This is
the book version of a project I ran on SurvivalWeekly.com back in 2012.
Essentially, it is a 52 week course in disaster readiness.  There is one
lesson to be completed each week, along with homework assignments.  If the
reader faithfully completes each lesson and assignment, at the end of the
course they will be fully prepared to deal with disasters that could last
upwards of several months.

Both of these will be published by Ulysses Press and are available now for
preorder through Amazon and other booksellers.

Our thanks to Jim Cobb participating in our Book Feature and for his thoughtful answers!

Now for the giveaway:

What aspect of disaster readiness are you most concerned about and why?

The winner* will be chosen at a random “Pick a Giveaway Winner” drawing on Saturday, February 22nd at 8 pm Central.*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.
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R.P. Ruggiero, BrushFire Plague: The Reckoning – Author Interview and a Giveaway

Brushfire Plague ReckoningThe second book in the Brushfire Plague series, The Reckoning is out.  A brief description from the author:

The Reckoning begins as the Brushfire Plague that has crippled the globe slowly loses its lethality, only to be replaced by the harsh reality of its origin and what this will mean for civilization. 

Driven by his obligation to honesty at all costs, Cooper Adams has made himself a wanted man by exposing the truth he has learned about the plague. After being rejected by those who once viewed Cooper as a hero, he is forced to go on the run with his 11-year old son and his few remaining allies. As he tries to escape to the safety of his friend’s rural hideout, Cooper is faced with the challenge of doing what it takes to survive, while trying to preserve his son’s slowly disappearing childhood innocence.  

                The Oregon that Cooper witnesses along this journey only resembles fragments of the state he calls home. Death and despair are unavoidable and lawlessness is slowly taking over. When he reaches his final destination where he can go into hiding and protect his son while digging more deeply into the truth behind the Plague, Cooper finds himself in the middle of a town’s political and social battle for dominance. When his son is taken as a hostage by a power-hungry local, a guilt-ridden Cooper must use his increasing bravery and leadership skills to gain the trust and support of doubtful residents in order to save him.

 

I reviewed the first book, and had good things to say about it.  This time I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview the author, R.P. Ruggiero:

1.  Most of our readers live in big cities, and it is a big concern that cities will become unsafe in a disaster especially a pandemic.  What would you advice city dwellers on improving their chances to survive a large scale disaster?
Water.  Store what you can, but invest in water filters.  The gravity-fed ones by Sawyer are around a $100 but will filter thousands and thousands of gallons.  Of course, the Berkey filters are the holy grail if you can afford them.  But, get your water straight.  Then, is food.  Store at least one year if you have the room–but do whatever you can.  For “less than full collapse” scenarios, even a month supply will put you ahead of most people in the city.  Finally, you’ll need to secure your dwelling and/or have plans to do that.  And, if you plan on having a gun on hand, which I recommend, get trained on how to use it and please keep it away from the kids!
2.  What role does having a community play when a disaster happens?
To me, nothing is more important.  Humans live in a society because there is safety in numbers.  Now, a crisis or disaster scenario can flip that–but having a group you can trust will put you in a much better survival situation.  For example, the ‘neighborhood defense’ scenario I set up in Brushfire Plague is actually what happens in real life.  And, the neighborhoods that rally to their own defense are typically left alone by the bad guys!  Beyond the added defensive capacity–you gain access to more resources, skills, and the support a group gives you will be beyond valuable when and if the SHTF.
3.  Many preppers are surrounded by family and friends who do not prepare.  What advice would you give them?
Honestly?  Give them a copy of Brushfire Plague or other prepper or apocalyptic fiction.  I’ll never forget when my wife finished reading Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and literally looked up from the book and said, “I now know why you have all those guns.”  The other way to go is to just get them talking about natural disasters and how we might all be ready for them….that’s one way to get others started on the road.  I don’t think preaching or telling people they are wrong or stupid ever gets anyone to do anything!
4.  Please tell us a bit about your background.
Think the strength of Chuck Norris with the street smarts of Ray Liotta and the wisdom of Buddha and you’ll have a pretty good picture of me.  Nah, just kidding.  Well, I grew up loving to read apocalyptic fiction so I guess I’ve always been thinking about how to be ready for “the end” since I was pretty young!  And, in my adulthood, I work with groups that experience a high degree of stress and challenge to achieve their goals.  So, that really helped me focus on group dynamics in the Brushfire Plague series.
5.  When is the third book scheduled for release?  Any plans for other books?
My plan is to release it by early 2015.  I don’t believe in just churning books out as I want to maintain the high-quality writing I feel I have established.  I take my relationship with my readers as a bit of a sacred trust, so this is important to me.  And, then, I hope they return the favor and do reviews online and tell their friends!  I will finish the Brushfire Plague’s core tale with the third book.  But, I might continue in that world with some or all the characters.  Or, I might launch into a new story.  In any case, I will definitely keep writing!  It’s a joy and the feedback has been extremely humbling and rewarding.
Our thanks to R.P. Ruggiero for the interview as well as the giveaway!

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Rivers: A Novel by Michael Ferris Smith Book Review and Giveaway

RiversI had the opportunity to read a review copy of Rivers:  A Novel by Michael Ferris Smith.  It is a tale about a few remaining stragglers who crossed paths in a world that is constantly battered by never ending storms and hurricanes.  The story follows Cohen, who lost his wife and unborn child a few years earlier, as he tries to continue surviving in a devastated area, long after the region was declared unfit for living.

The constant misery and greyness of the weather pervaded the entire atmosphere of the book.  There is really no explanation of what is caused the violent weather patterns  it just is.  The idea of having daily storms pounding one area of the country may be a bit hard to accept at first, but as I continued on, I found myself suspending my disbelief and becoming more accepting of the idea.  The writing is rich with vivid images and story moves along in a fast pace that the reader quickly becomes caught up in the story.

You are not going to pick up any ideas about living through a disaster, but it portrays how people react to life threatening situations and their mental states are depicted quite thoroughly.  Many of the characters have done evil things to survive, though they would not inherently consider themselves evil.  They “just had to.”  The road to hell is indeed paved with good intentions.

The story moved along in a good pace, and it was easy to become “immersed” in the story, so to speak.  The characters are well written, however I had trouble relating to characters’ choices.  In many instances, I did not feel a connection with the characters, and disagreed with many of their actions.  In spite of this, I still felt invested enough to  find out how they fared.  Not wanting to provide any spoilers, I won’t say how the story ends.  Though this is a completely different story, there are some parallels to The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, in the struggle to survive and find redemption.

All in all, Rivers:  The Novel is a highly engrossing book and I liked reading it.

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Glen Tate, Author of 299 Days – Advice for Preppers and a Giveaway

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299 Days: The Visitors (Volume 5)

I was excited to have the opportunity to interview Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days series of books.  Thus far I have read four of the books, soon to read Volume Five.  First, a quick background from the author’s bio:

Glen Tate has led an amazing life – and one that took a surprising turn. He grew up poor in the rural logging town of Forks, Washington. He worked hard to become a successful professional with a job in the political arena. Thinking he’d finally made it and everything was great, he was stunned to see how corrupt government is. From his observations at his job, he realized that America is collapsing and bad things are coming. Very soon. He began to prepare for him and his family to make it through the civil unrest of the coming collapse. That meant he had to return to his rural roots – quite a shock to his family and friends. Even more amazing was that he wrote down what he foresees happening during the collapse and it became a ten-book novel series published by Prepper Press.

On with the interview…

1.  The first book, 299 Days delves into the main character’s need to prepare, but his wife is not convinced.   Many preppers can relate to this predicament – what advice can you give them?

GT:  When dealing with non supportive family members, you have to stay calm and not be perceived as over-reacting.  The first thing you need to do is accept their position:  they feel your concerns are crazy.  Get them interested by appealing to what’s important to them.  For example, if they are concerned about the kids, then keeping the kids safe in a disaster would appeal to them.  On the other hand, if guns are a “turn-off” to them, downplay or stay away from that topic.  You know your relative or friend very well, so you already know their likes and dislikes.  Use whatever works in your favor to get them on your side.

Editor’s note:  This is excellent advice and I am going to try it.  I personally know people in my family who consider preparedness “just something that I do,”  One of the relatives is motivated by financial gains, so perhaps stressing how stockpiling can save money, while others are protective of their families.  Family safety in an emergency would be of interest to those relatives.

2.  Most of our readers live in big cities, and it is a big concern that cities will become unsafe in a disaster.  What would you say is the biggest obstacle to getting a bug-out location and what can you do about it?

GT:  The biggest obstacle to finding a bug-out location is money.  Not everyone can afford to buy land in a rural area.  While things are normal, write down a list of potential places, including names and addresses, that you can run to in the event of a large scale emergency.  Don’t store it electronically in the event there is no power.  This list can include friends and family whom you know enough to have contact information.  They do not need to be immediate family, but can be 2nd or 3rd tier contacts.  Try contacting them ahead of time and get a feel for how they would react.  If anything happens, such as an economic collapse, during the early stages, try and be the first one to ask.  Have something to contribute – bring your supplies with you.  Throw everything you can take in a U-haul trailer and get out.

3.  Grant Matson, the main character, has a group that he trains with – what do you think about defensive training for the average person who does not have the same contacts?

GT:  Spend as much on training as you spend on guns and ammunition.  Training is often overlooked but it is essential to build confidence and familiarity with your weapon.  Even if you just try something once, it takes the mystery out of it and you will not hesitate to act when the time comes.  You can practice at the range or even shoot at cans in a gravel pit.  You will carry yourself with confidence which also makes a difference in how people perceive you.

4.  In the book, Grant’s daughter learns how to shoot – what is a good age for children to start learning about the proper use of firearms?

GT:  It really depends on the child’s maturity.  Some seven to eight year old children have a readiness to learn while some may not be ready.

5.  Although ammunition is starting to become available again, they are still expensive.  What advice can you give?

– Stock up when you can.  Always get a few boxes as they become available.

– Consider team reloading.  Find a team you can do hand-loading with and share the cost.

–  Use 22s at the range.  If you can, get a 2nd gun that functions the same, mechanically, as your favorite gun.  This way you are training with less expensive ammunition.

6.  If you can only choose one rifle, what would it be?

GT:  I am an AK fan, but since the question is only of one type, I would choose the AR-15, because it is easy to operate ergonomically.

7.  We try to stay away from politics at Apartment Prepper, but what would you say is the biggest risk for our country at this point?

GT:  The problem is non-partisan, the country is borrowing too much, spending too much, and printing money too much.  Both parties are not acting fiscally responsible and the highest risk is economic in nature.

Politicians do try to do what the people want, and many or their constituents feel entitled and believe there is such a thing as a “free lunch”  The problem is, this willingness to take stuff is not sustainable.  An economic crash will cause problems to the political system, which in turn will cause social break downs.

The good news is we can all prepare while we still can and I feel I am doing what I am meant to do:  get people aware of the need to prepare and get the message out.

We had a great interview with Glen Tate.  Although the 299 Days series of books is pure fiction, Glen is an active prepper and has experienced or witnessed many of the situations described.  Thank you Glen for taking the time to speak with Apartment Prepper.

Now for the giveaway:

You can win a copy of 299 Days:  The Visitors

For a chance to win, just leave a comment below:

– What are your biggest concerns that you are preparing for?

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– What have you done lately to prepare?

The winner* will be chosen at random on Saturday,  Sept, 7 at 8 pm Central.

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The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington: Recipe Test and Giveaway

The Prepper's Pantry by Tess PenningtonI received a review copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook:  300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals by Tess Pennington.

In it you will find 300 recipes using common food storage items, many of which you may already have in your kitchen shelves.  The recipes are easy to follow, and require no special equipment.

The book includes practical tips for starting, building and using your emergency pantry.  I liked the section on making your own seasoning mixes, ingredient substitutes, and enjoyed the section on beans and rice.  Beans and rice are some of the most common and inexpensive items you can keep in your food storage, but sure can get boring if you prepare the same thing day after day.  The Prepper’s Cookbook includes a lot of variations that no one will mind eating.

I tested the recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice because I already had all the ingredients available.

The dish turned out very well – here is a photo:

Beans and Rice

Even if you don’t like beans and rice, there are lots of recipes to choose from, and there is a whole section on kid-friendly snacks.  You too can try these recipes – I recommend you pick up The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington.

The Giveaway

A copy of The Prepper’s Cookbook is reserved for one lucky winner.  For a chance to win, just leave a comment below:

— What is your favorite food storage tip?

OR

— How many months worth of food storage do you currently have?

 

The winner* will be chosen at random on Saturday,  August at 8 pm Central.  Good luck!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

*Winner will be notified via email.  Winner must reply to email notification within 48 hours or another winner will be drawn.

 

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

Monday Musings: 8/12/2013

Welcome to this week’s Monday Musings, our sporadic post where we share blog news and interesting links.

This week may be lean on postings, as we are in “back to school” mode and finishing up summer activities.  I still have a few giveaways planned, books to read or review and products to test:

Reviews:

The Prepper’s Cookbook by Tess Pennington (giveaway is also planned)

The Amazing 2000-Hour Flashlight (Kindle) by Ron Brown

A Failure of Civility by Mike Garand and Jack Lawson

Don’t Be a Victim! An Officer’s Advice on Preventing Crime by John Elliott

299 Days:  The Visitor Volume 5

Upcoming Giveaways

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms by Pelle Holmberg and Hans Marklund

The Darkness After by Scott B Williams

Product Reviews

The Original Crash Stove

SurvivAmino

DVD:  Own the Night-Tactical Training for Preppers

Some of the books I review are ones I pick up myself and some are from interested authors or publishers.   I am not compensated for doing book or product reviews.   I receive a lot of requests; but the one thing I stress when I agree to review is I always give a fair and honest evaluation regardless of the result.  After mentioning this, I sometimes I never hear back from them or they may agree to it, but never send me the  item.

Prepper Exhibits and Shows.  I’ve visited gun shows that carry prepper items, but I haven’t been to an actual “Prepper Show”.      See if you have one coming to your town, (not an endorsement, just passing the word)    check out PrepperShowsUSA                  

Haven’t Heard Much on this Lately  For a while Cyprus savers were in front of the news; now we don’t hear much about what befell their accounts. Cyprus, lenders set Bank of Cyprus bail-in at 47.5 percent, sources say

This Sounds Dangerous  These scientists may have some compelling reasons for wanting to try this, but sure sounds like playing with fire.  Scientists plan controversial lab-made bird flu         What’s that they say about good intentions?

Do it Yourself!    Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items

Lifesavers for I-Phone Users   I-phone Apps that Could Save Your Life   Just have backups for when there’s no cell service!

More Storage Help    Articles to help you find hidden storage ideas

I haven’t posted an infographic in a while so here’s one:

Conquer Clutter in a Month by Terrys Fabrics
Conquer Clutter in a Month by Terrys Fabrics.

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Good ideas for building a food storage plan can be found here:

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