in regard to municipal sewers and backing up in the home >>> it could really occur much faster than weeks into a grid down SHTF – modern sewers in the newer subdivisions can have an electric pump lift station involved – waste storage entirely within the system of connecting pipeage – and flush water could continue with an adequate municipal tower tank and a pump powered by emergency generator >>>> flush flush flush with no where for the waste to go ….
That is a great point! Thanks for bringing that up!
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I see that the tools you list are all hands tools. I don’t know why but the assumption seems to be that power tools won’t work post shtf. I use battery powered drills, saws, impact drivers, grinders etc. If we have a complete loss of power I’ll find other ways to charge them. If need be I’ll hook an alternator up to a bicycle frame and generate 12v.
Yep this list is primarily hand tools. But I have a post coming out soon that will talk about useful machines as well and many of those items will be a part of that post. 🙂
I work with metal for a living so I have many many hand tools and powered tools..
#1 post SHTF tools you missed were (in order) a
Antique style nail puller, it allows you to pull nails with minimum damage to the wood the nail is holding , It removes the nail so the nail can absolutely be reused
any type of…… spoke shave, block plane, hand saws, axe. adze ETC ETC ETC
Also they make large manual punches , bar shears , pole drills , post vices, hammers hand taps. reamers that would be priceless if you know how to use them
Good stuff and thanks for adding to the list!
….and then we turn to hand-tools for farming & gardening!
Yep for sure! I talked about those in a separate video. Will be talking about useful machines soon as well!
Farming equipment is definitely needed here… I. E.: Hoes, shovels ( round tip, flat tip, sharpshooters, picks, fork , horse drawn plow, leather harnesses and reins for said horse/mule, carts that can be pulled by the same animal(s) . .. if the SHTF , I think I have that end covered… Lol. I live in the country , in Texas on 10.5 acres, and grow a garden(s) every year. My horse is my back up plan. I have 2 antique plows being used as yard ornaments at the moment, but could be put to serious use, if the SHTF. All I need now is a harness to be set.
Yep for sure. All of those type tools were in a different video in the series. I just havent got that one added to the blog yet. 🙂
Nail straightener. when I was on a building project in Guatemala I learned a lot. they rent lumber for concrete forms and nails are expensive so they used nail straighteners yo salvage bent nails.
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Prepping is short for disaster preparedness. Preppers are highly intelligent people who understand and recognize that disasters happen on a regular basis all around the world and they try to do what they can to be ready when something strikes in their area. Prepping is all about risk & crisis management. Preppers understand that the people who are well prepared for the disaster; are usually the people who fare well through the situation, and are in a better place to be able to help others get through the tough time. Those who were unprepared took the gamble that it wouldn’t happen to them and they lost. In many cases they loose big and it takes years to recover. In general preppers are people who strive to be as self reliant as possible. They do not want to have to rely on their neighbors generosity or government handouts in a crisis. In fact, preppers would prefer to be the people in the neighborhood who are able to help their neighbors out when bad things happen.
Within the prepper community it is quite common for most people to hold the view that there are essentially three basic types of people in the world. The first and most common are the sheep. Sheep are the unprepared masses. People who generally keep their head down, go to work, pay their taxes and work hard, but generally don’t pay attention to much. They generally follow orders and try not to make waves. The second type of people in the world are Wolves. Wolves are the takers, predators, criminals and just all around bad people who love to take advantage of the sheep. There are a lot less wolves out there than sheep. I estimate them to be about 1 in 100. But a determined wolf or a small pack of wolves can do a lot of damage and cause plenty of Chaos against those who are unprepared and untrained to deal with them. Then there are the third type of people the sheep dogs. As a general rule most preppers fall into the sheep dog category. Sheep dogs are the protectors. They are the people who are willing to stand in between the sheep and the wolf to keep the wolves at bay and if necessary fight with the wolves. I estimate that the sheep dogs are the smallest of the three groups and probably number about 1 in 1000.
Prepping is generally centered around three equal tenants. Knowledge, equipment and experience. A good prepper will do their best to try and balance these three things in each category of prepping. Doing that will help them to be very well prepared and will help them be able to maintain a very self reliant lifestyle. Preppers also generally attempt to favor the concepts of redundancy and multiplicity of use. Meaning that they recognize it is important to have backups for your backups. Additionally preppers do their best to utilize items that are not only helpful in a disaster but also helpful even with there is no disaster.
So what is it that Preppers are preparing for you might ask? In general terms preppers start with preparing for high probability disasters that routinely occur in their area. For example if they live in Florida, then they start by getting prepared to deal with hurricanes. If they live in California then they might begin with preparing for earthquakes or forest fires, or both. If they live in northern tier states then they might prepare for major snow or ice storms that can leave them stuck in their home without power for weeks on end. And all preppers should also prepare for things like house fires, economic recession or depressions, job loss, being the victim of a violent crime, etc. Things that can and do happen to people all over no matter where they live. Many preppers often say that we are just trying to live a common sense lifestyle similar to what our grandparents (many of which who lived through the great depression) lived.
Once a prepper has done a really good job getting ready for those high probability / low impact regional events then they might begin to prepare for the more low probability / high impact type events. These events could be a wide variety of things so I will just name a few here. Cyber attacks that knock the entire power grid down, high altitude nuclear detonation that causes an electromagnetic pulse that is capable of frying the entire electrical grid for many years, or perhaps a major asteroid strike, or the Yellowstone volcano erupting, etc, etc. Basically any major disaster that would effect the country on a nationwide scale and that would not be easily recovered from like a smaller regional disaster like a hurricane, flood or tornado.
In this section we will talk about a number of different categories or subsets of prepping in general. I will just provide a brief description of each but you should remember that a good prepper will do their best to have knowledge, equipment and experience for each area listed below. Or at least they will be working towards those goals as they have the time and money to do so. These items are not necessarily listed in any particular order because any one of these items could be critical at some point depending on the situation you are facing at a given time.
There has been a lot of social media posts and news coverage about human trafficking lately. I have seen numerous cell phone videos where mothers are claiming that strange men were lurking around them or their children in Wal-Marts and similar stories. Well even though most of these stories are not likely true, the fact of the matter is that right now there are more people in forced slavery globally than there were before the US Civil War started! According to the US Census there were approximately 4 Million slaves in 1860 in the US. The UN currently estimates that there are somewhere between 21-70 million people in slavery right now across the world. Now this is not an apples to apples comparison because we don’t have the numbers for slavery worldwide in 1860, however it does clearly show that slavery (i.e. human trafficking) is still a very clear and present problem across the globe. Overall violent crime statistics in the US are at 40 year lows and in general we are all safer now than at any point in history. However, there are still things that we need to be vigilant about and human trafficking is something that we should be aware of and we should know how to keep from becoming a victim of human trafficking and even if you are not at high risk for being targeted this advice generally applies to many situations that anyone could find theirselves in on a weekend out on the town with your spouse or friends!
The Google Dictionary defines Human Trafficking as follows: “The action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation.” About 70% of the total number of people being trafficked is for sexual exploitation. Of those 70% the vast majority are females between the ages of 15-23 years old. So with that in mind this information is geared primarily towards that group of people and the parents of those young ladies who read this blog. As I am sure I undoubtedly have very few teenage girls reading this site. But as I noted earlier all of this advice is good for good old fashioned personal safety in a variety of settings.
Many people tend to think of Human trafficking as being snatched up and thrown in a van and being taken somewhere and being held hostage. In reality those kinds of circumstances are quite rare. Usually the traffickers are targeting runaways, drug users, and troubled teens with bad home lives and little parental involvement. Traffickers are looking for victims. People who see themselves as victims and carry themselves as victims. They know that people with this mindset are easily manipulated and can be controlled. There have been many instances of young women who were being forced to be prostitutes while they were still living at home! So understand that this does not have to be a kidnapping scenario it can be as simple as allowing your children to hang out with the wrong types of people.
The key to not being targeted is to not allow yourself to look like a victim. How you carry yourself and present yourself to the world is a primary factor in the traffickers selection process. Take a look at the list below to see the big items that will keep you from being trafficked.
People have had enough of the mass shootings and are looking for solutions. And rightfully so! No one wants our children to be unsafe at school! So this post will try to offer what I believe are 11 Commons sense solutions to school shootings. Take a look below and let me know what you think should be added to the list!
This may seem like a no brainer but all too often parents do not effectively discipline their children and society is paying for the effects of that lack of discipline. To me it makes sense to look at previous generations and use what was effective for them. The new wave forms of discipline are clearly not effective so how much longer do we or should we continue to use them? I am not advocating for child abuse or anything like that, but a good spanking or a swat on the behind has proven to be effective throughout multiple generations.
Again another solution that may seem not to be pertinent to school shootings but I would beg to differ. In the West Roads Mall Shooting in Omaha, NE the shooter killed 8 people and wounded 4 more all because he was fired from his job at Mc Donald’s and his girl friend broke up with him in the same day. He couldn’t handle the failure or rejection so he decided that his life was over and he was going to take a bunch of people out with him. I believe this is a direct result of not learning to deal with failure. As Bill gates once said “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” His point I think is that failure is a wonderful teacher and it helps people to keep a sense of humility.
I believe both of these go hand in hand. It is important to teach your children just how dangerous guns can be. The also need to learn how they work and what they are capable of in terms of destruction. At the appropriate age and maturity level you should take your children target shooting and hunting. Let them experience first hand what it feels like to take a life of a small critter. This can be very impactful and is a great opportunity to talk with them about the dangers of using guns incorrectly and to speak with them about the ethics involved with hunting. Additionally, talk with your children about the importance of protecting the lives of unborn babies as well. Having a society that openly condones and encourages infanticide through millions of abortions per year is sending our children an open message that we as a society do not really value life.
In all of the mass shootings this far there has been a very high correlation with the use of ADHD and Antidepressant medication with the shooters and I believe we need to stop allowing our children to be given these medications until some comprehensive studies have been completed on how these medications affect teenagers and what are the possible complications and serious side effects of their long term use.
Many people will say that linking First Person Shooter (FPS) game usage to Mass Shootings is ludicrous. However, those people probably do not know that FPS games were initially developed by and for the US military in order to help de-sensitize US Soldiers to combat violence. Then combine FPS games with children who are also being prescribed ADHD and or Antidepressant medications and are allowed because of a lack of discipline to play these FPS games for hours and hours unchecked and you have created a serious receive for disaster. I am not suggesting that FPS games should be banned or that children (15 years old or above) should not be allowed to play them. But I am suggesting that they should be limited to no more than 2 hours a day. I am also suggesting that you should probably not allow children who are being prescribed ADHD and or Antidepressants to play these games at all. The combination of these mind altering drugs and hyper realistic FPS games being played for hours on end can and does cause a dissociative behavior in some teens that is destructive and counterproductive and can lead to them acting out in violent and dangerous ways.
What is truly our most precious resource? I believe unequivocally that it is our children. We have our money guarded by armed guards at all times, but we allow our children to be unprotected? Why? There is no excuse for every one of the nearly 100,000 schools in American to have at least 2 or 3 armed guards on duty at anytime there are children present in our schools. I do not think this should be a federally funded initiative but instead a locally funded initiative. This would allow different areas to figure what methods would be most effective for there area. Some jurisdictions may want to utilize an all volunteer force or retired veterans or police officers and yet other locations may prefer to hire and pay for a professional force. Either way it is high past time to make this happen in every school in America. Not just because of teenage school shooters (because statically they account for less than 1 half of 1% of gun deaths each year). But there is also the threat of radical islamic terrorism. Schools have not yet been attacked by radical islamic terrorists but we do know that they have openly planned to attack our schools. Should we wait for them to do so or should we act now?
There are multiple options currently available for making our classrooms harder targets for criminals. We have the technology to ensure that school room doors are ballistically hardened and capable of being instantly locked from the teachers desk. We could even look at building “panic rooms” disguised as coat closets that could be used in case of active shooter emergencies as well. Again, there are multiple options for this to be accomplished and all schools should look into how they can harden their classrooms. What local jurisdiction would not be willing to pay for these actions?
Ending gun free zones is a nonnegotiable item. We must allow responsible law abiding citizens to be armed at all times and in all places. Even though it may sound cliche it is true that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun! Gun free zones have been targets for mass murders time and time again and it is time that we stopped freely giving them fertile killing grounds.
The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution is extraordinarily clear on this issue. We have the right to bear arms. Period. Constitutional Concealed Carry should be recognized as the universal law of the land. We don’t need another law allowing this to happen, we just need to strike down any unconstitutional laws that prevent it from being so. There has and always will be a direct correlation between lower crime rates and higher percentages of people who legally conceal carry firearms.
In America we have created a culture of not wanting to report suspicious or dangerous behavior. This has to stop. In many of these mass shootings when people are asked after the fact about the shooters many people often say that they were not surprised that they shooters did these heinous crimes. Many people even say that they were aware of them making statements openly to the fact that they were going to commit these crimes. And in some instances they were even reported to the authorities and it wasn’t taken seriously. We have to change how we approach these situations. I don’t know that I am for limiting free speech and arresting people based on of statements alone. But when it comes to public statements about intending to commit mass shootings perhaps we should give local, county, state and federal authorities the power to force the people to undergo psychiatric evaluation before we decide that they are to be allowed continue to walk freely among us? Do sane people openly make threats to commit mass killings?
This is one issue that I can see both sides of and I am always in favor of maintaining the rights of free speech. However, in this instance I do believe that there may be good reason to consider some limitations on allowing broadcast media to publish the shooters names or pictures across public air waves. The FCC already limits the use of terms that are “obscene”. I believe that showing the shooter’s face and giving them the fame that they sought out is obscene. The most deadly mass shooting in history was committed in Las Vegas, NV by a man who wanted nothing more than to be the mass murderer with the highest body count. He was a suicidal megalomaniac who wanted to be famous for killing the most people at one time. If he knew that his face and name would not be publicly shown by broadcast media would he have done what he did?
Even though the overall trend line for violent crime is at a 40 year low in the USA, we should still consider some common sense ways of protecting our most precious resource. Making more gun control laws has proven over and over that it does not work. Just look at all of the cities with the highest murder rates in the country and you will find that all of those places have the most strict gun laws in place. Why don’t those laws stop the criminals? Well because they are criminals and they don’t care about laws. Making new gun laws just limits the freedoms of those law abiding citizens who do follow laws. In the USA we currently have over 300 million firearms and 1.5 trillion rounds of ammunition. As gun ownership has increased crime has decreased overall. If guns were really the problem in the USA then we would expect to see higher crime rates in those states that have the least restrictive gun laws, but in fact we do not see that happen. We see the most violence in the states with the most restrictive gun laws. So we obviously need to consider some other solutions that do not limit the ability of law abiding citizens to defend themselves, their families, their communities and their nation.
7:45 EST. I do believe that YT is still stepping on your right to free speech. I do agree with your list. To me, it boils down to the most extreme form of bullying. Bullying is best resolved with greater force in my opinion. We can’t keep taking a completely passive approach, and expecting different results.
Have a good day, sir.
Still can’t watch on YouTube. Great list JJ. Totally agree.
Can’t watch your video YouTube pulled it down
Yeah Youtube is censoring it… Going to have to make a change to another platform I think.
Yep Youtube is censoring it… Sucks.
Thanks for the ideas. We should be good role models because children tend to outdo their parents in whoever they were or were doing.
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