Protecting Your Preparations Part 9: Guns and Ammo

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[This article is part of a series.  If you’re interested in protecting your preparations, that’s GREAT, but please do not start with guns!  Start with keeping quiet, planning to share, or passive defense options.] A discussion on preparation and emergency preparedness is incomplete without addressing the issue of guns as part of preparedness.  In my… Read more »

Protecting Your Preparations Part 8: Knives

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[This article is part of a series.  If you’re interested in protecting your preparations, that’s GREAT, but please do not start with knives!  Start with keeping quiet, planning to share, or passive defense options.] I would really hate to actually have to defend my preparations (or even defend my own life) with a knife.  I… Read more »

Protecting Your Preparations Part 5: Big Dog

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When I was a teenager, my dad acquired a vacant house in not-the-best neighborhood.  He tried to fix it up so that he could sell it, but anytime he would purchase supplies, local gangs would steal the materials and vandalize the house.  Dad replaced broken windows and missing supplies over and over again.  Eventually, he… Read more »

Storing Wood or Coal: Storing Fuel, Part 4

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We’ve been discussing fuel storage for quite some time now.  We’ve looked at storing gasoline, propane, kerosene, white gas, and butane.  Today we’re going consider wood and coal as emergency fuels! Wood and coal are still a pretty common way to store fuel.  If you have campfires or barbecue much, you may use them pretty… Read more »

Kerosene, White Gas, and Butane: Storing Fuel, Part 3

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Today we will talk about a few other types of fuel that you may think about storing: kerosene, “white gas”, and butane. Kerosene Although kerosene has become less common in the United States, it is still commonly used in Japan and in developing nations.  The Amish use kerosene for their lighting at night.  In addition… Read more »

Protecting Your Preparations Part 7: Other People

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So far, we have looked at a few ways to reduce our need to defend our preparations (by hiding them, keeping quiet about them, or planning to share) and we’ve looked at a few passive ways to defend our preparations (with big dogs, or by securing your home).  Today, we’re going to consider one final… Read more »

How to Turn Off Your Gas

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IMPORTANT: It’s very simple to turn off your gas, but the gas company must come out to turn it back on, so don’t actually turn your gas off unless it is an emergency! In order to turn your gas off, use a wrench, a pair of pliers, or a gas shut off tool to rotate… Read more »

Protecting Your Preparations Part 6: Secure Your Home

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We’ve looked at several ways that you can protect your preparations: you can hide them (or at least keep quiet about them), you can plan to share your preparations, or you can defend them.  Last time we started talking about passive defense options (big dogs), and we’ll be discussing a couple more of those before… Read more »

Storing Propane: Storing Fuel, Part 2

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So, if storing gasoline is tricky because of explosive vapors and a short shelf-life, what other sorts of fuels can be stored for emergency usage?  Today we’ll look at another option… Propane! You may already be storing propane gas.  If you have a gas barbecue grill, you likely have a propane tank just waiting to… Read more »