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All About Fire Bricks

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about fire bricks. What are fire bricks? This is a brick that is made from refractory materials that has many uses, including lining fireplaces, furnaces, and kilns. You can buy these at Home Depot and many other stores, but in a SHTF situation you won’t be able to go to the store. So what then?

This is where your old junk mail can come in handy. We’ve all got it lying around. I know I’ve got so much of it that even in a post-apocalyptic situation I could probably find plenty, but it doesn’t hurt to think ahead and start turning your junk mail into fire bricks now, before it’s too late. It’s easier than you think, and you’ll appreciate having them later.

To transform your junk mail into fire bricks, check out this informative post and video from Highly recommended!

Pioneer Preps: Fire Bricks

Essential Survival Skills for Kids

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about survival skills every child should know. Parents know how terrifying it is to think of being in a TEOTWAWKI situation when there are children involved, but the truth is if there is an attack or a natural disaster, our children will be at risk—and they will need to learn how to be contributors to your family unit.


If you’re a prepper parent, make sure your children possess the following skills:

  • Recognizing edible plants
  • Hunting for, cleaning, and preparing wild game
  • Building a fire and basic fire safety
  • Firearms safety
  • Growing plants from seeds
  • Cooking on an open fire
  • First aid and hygiene
  • Filtering and boiling water
  • Identifying water sources that are safe
  • Building a shelter
  • Opening a can without a can opener
  • Effective hiding and camouflage
  • Basic self-defense
  • Tree climbing
  • Map and compass reading
  • Weapons making
  • How to use the sun and stars as a compass
  • Mending tents, garments, etc.

More than anything else, your child’s attitude is the key to a family unit that functions effectively in times of crisis Make sure your child understands that they are a contributing member of society and their work is as needed and appreciated as anyone else’s. Instill good morals in your children that will carry them through adversity and help them to make the world a better place going forward.

Why You Should Have an Air Rifle

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here, and today I’d like to talk to you about air rifle prepping. If you think of Ralphie putting his eye out first when you think of air rifles, think again. This is an undervalued tool that any prepper should add to their inventory because it offers high velocity and accuracy. You can also make your own air rifle pellets at your homestead or while you are out hunting, making them your go-to weapon when you don’t have access to ammo.


Are you shopping around for an air rifle? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re choosing one.

  • Distance – How far do you need to shoot?
  • Purpose – How do you intend to use your air rifle?
  • Type- PCP, Gas Ram, or Spring Gun?
  • Trigger Sensitivity – Buy the gun that is designed for your needs.
  • Features – Do your research and make sure you are getting the features you require.


One thing many preppers use air rifles for is hunting small game. This is another reason to consider this weapon. If it’s TEOTWAWKI, there will be a shortage of wild game, as I have discussed in previous blogs. In this situation, small game may be all you’ve got.


Another benefit of using air rifles is they are a quieter option. This may also be to your benefit in a SHTF situation, when you may find yourself trying to avoid detection.


Did you know air rifles aren’t considered to be firearms in many, if not most, jurisdictions? Although state laws vary, in most situations it is legal for survivalists to own these weapons.


Do you own an air rifle? Share your opinions and tips in the comments!

Prepping for an EMP Attack

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the threat of EMP attacks and what preppers can do about it. Kim Jong Un has not kept his word, and North Korea has threatened an EMP attack in the past. An EMP attack would devastate the electrical grid, and depending on its strength it could cost millions of lives. Make sure you and your loved ones aren’t included with the casualties by taking steps now—before it’s too late!


What Would Happen During an EMP Attack?

  • People would be trapped anywhere you needed electricity to get out of. Think elevators, subways, and anywhere else you’d depend on automated doors or security.
  • Hospitals would not be able to do their jobs and there’d be no life support.
  • Nearly all communication as we know it would cease, including phones and internet.
  • Water treatment plants would no longer function, so no more clean water.
  • There would be panic and disorder in the streets, putting everyone in danger.


If your car doesn’t work, your phone doesn’t work, and planes are falling out of the sky, it may be the result of an EMP attack. Are you worried about an EMP attack in the future? Many of us are, but luckily there are steps we can take TODAY that will help you to prepare.


Return to Your Home Immediately

This is not the time to stay at the office wasting time trying to get your computer or phone to restart. The first few hours after an EMP attack will be make or break, and time will be of the essence.


Use Your Cash While You Can

Think your cash will hold its value for long after the electrical grid has collapsed? Think again. Use cash to get as many essential supplies as you can, while you still can.


Fill Every Receptacle You Can with Water

Sinks, tubs, buckets—everything! You’ll never regret having enough water on-hand, and if you don’t you may not live long enough to regret for too long anyway.


Make a Security Plan

If you are in a neighborhood, you’ll also want to meet with your neighbors to organize. You’ll want to consider issues like safety, rationing food, and possibly securing the community.


You can never be too prepared, so remember, do your homework today for a better tomorrow!

Most Watched YouTube Prepper Videos

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to share some prepper videos with you. More people are prepping now than ever before, and one place where this is really evident is YouTube. As long as we still have electricity and the Internet, we will have a steady stream of new survivalist videos, but not all content is created equally. Here are a few of the most popular videos you’ll find online today.

How To Start Prepping: Top Ten List

YouTube user DynamicPrepper’s video has an incredible 1.5M views. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a prepper but you aren’t sure where to start, this is the place.

Top SHTF Prepping Ideas 2017

YouTube user SurvivalGuru’s video deals with important topics like SHTF food, the best survival training, and economic crash warning signs.


My Top 10 List of Survival/ Prepping Items

If you’re worried about the future of Canada under Trudeau, check out Canadian Prepper’s video, in which he shares his survival and prepping Top 10.






Which Greenhouse is Right for You?

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today we’ll be discussing different types of greenhouses. Choosing the right greenhouse can make all the difference to the viability of your survival efforts. Depending on your constraints, you can find the right greenhouse that can serve your needs. There is an incredible variety to choose from, and you’ll be able to work with the one you are most comfortable with. Take some time to learn about the different types to better prepare for an emergency.

Tunnels or Igloos

One of the least-expensive options can be found with tunnels or igloos. This simply involves placing some kind of disposable plastic bag or tarp over your crops, possible around oops, but often using nothing at all. These are easy and cheap to install, but have a low survivability against extreme elements, especially wind-blown debris. You also won’t have very good ventilation with them, which can make it easy for your plants to get diseases.

Screened Greenhouses

These greenhouses provide some level of protection against insects and some debris, but they allow a free-flow of air between your plant and the outside environment. These can be ideal for mild climates that stay warm year-round and which have many insects. However, these will be unsuitable for most other environments.

Warm House

A warm house will be a mid-sized greenhouse that has some ability to warm your plants, but which won’t be able to reach the tropical temperatures of a hothouse. This can be ideal for growing a wide range of fruits and vegetables and can be easier to maintain than a full-scale hothouse. Overall, these offer an ideal compromise between function and cost which many growers will find attractive.

Hot House

A hot house will be the most expensive kind of greenhouse but will offer the widest range of capabilities. You will need to install sufficient ventilation and power capabilities in yours in order to gain the full scale of functionality available to you. It will also be a significant drain on your water and energy supplies, so you will want to make sure you are able to recycle as much of the water as possible and find a way to make the greenhouse also energy-independent. However, they can offer significant yields.

A greenhouse can make all the difference to the success of your survival strategies. Choosing the right kind from the outset can help you avoid difficulties later on.

Where to Buy Silver

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again to talk to you about the importance of buying silver. While many Survivors focus on accumulating gold, silver has a number of advantages that shouldn’t be overlooked. Obtaining silver can be an inexpensive alternative to accumulating gold and can be more suited for daily transactions in an environment where fiat currencies are no longer accepted. Silver is also easy to obtain through a wide array of sources and learning about the best ways to do so can give you an advantage in a survival situation.

How to Buy Silver

If you are interested in buying silver, you’ll be able to obtain it from online outlets as well as from traditional brick-and-mortar stores. If you are shopping online, you will want to be careful where you buy it from. A disreputable supplier could simply take your money or infect your computer with malware, which may access other financial information that you have. However, with a reputable supplier, you can purchase silver in just about any amount you wish. Smaller one-ounce bars are ideally-suited to day-to-day transactions, while bigger bars and bullion are better suited to long-term storage of value.

What Kind of Silver Should I Buy?

If you are in the market for silver, you’ll be able to choose from a wide array of different types. Sterling silver is of uniform quality, but generally less pure than more refined alloys. However, it is commonly found in jewelry and kitchenware. You can also purchase .999 silver, usually sold in troy ounces, which is a much more pure and refined alloy of silver. This will need to be protected so it does not oxidize, so keep it in a low-oxygen environment and you should be able to protect its value over the long-term.

Finding the right way to obtain silver can help you secure financial stability for years to come. With gold and silver on your side, you could enjoy a life without risk of losing your wealth.

What are Xenoestrogens?

Hello Survivors! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here to talk to you today about ways you can protect your body from harmful substances that are all around us. If you have picked up a bottle of water lately or consumed packaged, processed foods, you’ve ingested xenoestrogens. What are xenoestrogens, you might ask? They are arterial chemicals that when ingested by the body take on the same roles as estrogens. While this might seem strange to consider, these can actually have a significant, harmful effect on your body, and protecting yourself against their effects is one of the ways that you can preserve your health.

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a chemical additive that has been used in plastics since the 1950s. It helps to make them more easily moldable and reactive to their environments. However, it has been revealed in recent years that this chemical can cause abnormal growth in fish and frogs, along with other wild animals. It is used in a wide range of common household products and is so widespread that even polar bears have tested positive for it.

What Can Bisphenol A Do?

Studies have shown that BPA can have tremendously negative effects on the health of animals and can encourage the appearance of more feminine physical traits. In addition, they can affect fetuses and their brain development and can may high blood pressure and prostate problems in adults. In short, they can be devastating to the health of anyone, and protecting against them is one step you can take to protect yourself before any SHTF scenario hits.

How Do I Protect Myself from BPAs?

The first and most important step you can take to protect yourself from BPAs is by reducing your exposure to them. Throw away any and all plastics that you can spare, and if you must use any, use ones that are BPA free. In addition, some filters are able to remove them on their own. TAAML activators mixed with hydrogen peroxide can cause BPA particles to clump, making them easy to remove, but this may be outside the reach for all but the most serious survivalists.

BPA is part of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil we walk on. Removing as much as we can from our environments is one of the best ways to ensure our long-term health and survival.

Protect Against Hyperinflation

Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, here to talk to you today about what to do in a hyperinflationary environment. If you are paying any attention to the Federal Reserve, you’ll know that it’s only a matter of time until hyperinflation destroys the dollar. Many stories of people living through hyperinflation can be seen in the news, and if you are interested in protecting your wealth, this is one scenario which is sure to keep you up at night. However, by guarding against inflation today, you can be ready to profit from it tomorrow.

What is Inflation?

Inflation is the decline in value of any currency in relation to goods and services. This can happen when a central bank turns on the printing presses, either to pay down a debt or to buy off supporters with free money. Either way, it spells bad news for those who have saved diligently and built wealth over a lifetime. This is easy to accomplish with fiat currency, as it can literally be printed as a central bank decides. Diversifying your wealth can protect you from many of the risks inherent in fiat currency.

How to Diversify

Instead of holding all of your wealth in currency or dollar-denominated assets, you can diversify toward a wide range of useful items which will be in demand in any post-dollar world. A few of these are

  • Machinery or tools
  • Guns and ammunition
  • Seeds
  • Fuel or energy sources
  • Rare and precious metals
  • Construction materials
  • Luxury goods, such as cloth
  • Animals
  • Knowledge and information

While you can build wealth in dollars, the wise survivor knows that this can disappear overnight. Hard, durable goods, however, won’t lave unless you decide to part ways with them, and can instead [produce more wealth for you in the meantime.

Finding the best ways to diversify will depend on your needs and the situation you are preparing for. You must continually re-evaluate these in order to make the right decisions for yourself and your wealth.

Nutrient Supplements for Survivalists

Hello again, Survivors, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here once more to tell you about survival tips. Today we’ll be looking at nutrition supplements which can help you survive a long-term emergency. While many people rightly pay attention to more immediate concerns such as food, water and shelter, a nutritional deficiency can cause you to slowly waste away, no matter how high your walls are or how deep your bunker may be. Many an intrepid explorer has met an untimely end, not due to a wild animal or a clash with an enemy, but simply because they didn’t have enough thiamin.

Getting the Nutrition That You Need

If you are looking at a long-term survival situation, you will want to make sure that you have a handful of essential elements on hand, which can help you to make the most out of your rations without having to look for costly supplies which may not eve be available near you. Purchasing these in bulk ahead of time can make a significant difference in your livelihood and can help you to better survive and thrive in a no-rules environment.

Common Supplements

While there are a wide range of supplements you can take, there are a handful which you should pay special attention to thanks to the benefits they can bring you, and their necessity for anyone who may be living off-the-grid for an extended period of time.

  • Zinc: This mineral is essential for healthy functioning of the immune system, and is missing from most plant sources of protein. It can only be found from animal food sources, along with a handful of legume, such as pumpkin seeds. Keeping zinc on-hand could help to protect you from disease.
  • Selenium: This is vital for the proper functioning of your thyroid. If you do not have enough selenium, you can easily feel tired or This mineral is one of the rarest on earth, and one of the only foods with a high amount of it are brazil nuts. Adequate selenium supplies can help you function properly in a SHTF scenario, where you will need to be alert at all times to monitor threats on the horizon.
  • Vitamin C: Sailors used to often get curvy, which is a degenerative illness that destroys the tendons and other connective tissues in the body. You can avoid this fate by taking regular supplements of vitamin C. This can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, which may be hard to acquire in any emergency situation. However, a powdered form can keep you in good health for years.

Choosing a few key supplements to take during an emergency situation can help you better survive the long haul. Keeping your health in any emergency situation is of paramount importance, and this could be a great way to do so.