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Submarine Cars: They’re Not Just for James Bond Anymore

 

Submarine Cars: They’re Not Just for James Bond Anymore

Got a Secret Lair You Need to Flee To? Do it in Style.

 

This week at Rob Raskin’s Millionaire Survivalist, we’re going to begin our review of the best personal submarines with something you may have thought you’d never see outside of a spy movie: a submarine race car.

Swiss designer Rinspeed Inc. originally debuted their sQuba race car at the Geneva Auto Show in 2008. The vehicle is reminiscent of the amphibious Lotus Esprit James Bond drove in The Spy Who Loved Me. In the movie, Bond’s car was capable of traveling by land and by sea. If he needed to make a quick getaway, there was no shoreline to stop him. This idea is appealing to preppers for obvious reasons.

In fact, underwater travel using a variety of vehicles could serve numerous purposes in a survival situation. If you were one of only a handful of people in the world who had the capability of traveling this way, you would remain virtually undisturbed in all of your endeavors under the water.

Imagine being able to transport goods without fear of having them taken from you, and being able to safely change locations undetected. Underwater vehicles could also allow you to sneak up on an enemy without being spotted until it’s too late.

The security benefits offered via the use of underwater vehicles are so numerous that the Navy SEALs are now training their men in this technology. Keep reading to learn more about how a submersible vehicle can benefit you after TEOTWAWKI.

 

Why Navy SEALS Are Relying on Underwater Travel

Navy SEALs are now using underwater vehicles called dry combat submersibles to deliver them to their targets during missions. These missions are matters of national security, so it is imperative that they do not fail.

The submersible vehicles the SEALs are using are approximately 39 feet long and seven to eight feet in diameter. Each one weighs 30 tons. In testing, they were found to be able to travel at speeds of up to five knots for as many as 60 nautical miles.

These vehicles have the features you’d find in a standard submarine, including:

  • A periscope
  • Ballast tanks
  • Scrubbers
  • Oxygen manifolds
  • Propellers
  • Thrusters

The submersible vehicles are powered by batteries, as opposed to the nuclear power that drives many submarines. Each one can hold as many as eight SEALS, a pilot, a navigator, and all of their gear. The total cost for three of these submersibles is $236 million.

The original vehicles that were tested required the SEALs to be exposed in the water in blackout conditions, sitting in total silence for up to 10 hours at a time. Newer models are called dry combat submersibles because they will eliminate that problem, allowing the SEALs to be more combat-ready when they arrive at their destination.

If you want a means of underwater, undetected travel that can be powered by battery (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?), consider a personal submersible vehicle. For the most possible fun you could have underwater, consider a sQuba.

 

About the sQuba

The main drawback we can see in the sQuba’s design is that unlike James Bond’s submersible vehicle, this one isn’t armed. However, it may be possible to have the vehicle customized to incorporate this feature. If the global sociopolitical climate continues to fall apart at the rate it is going now, the manufacturers themselves may even begin offering this feature in the future.

On land, the sQuba handles like any other super car, which is to say it’s an outstanding vehicle to drive. However, your ride in any other super car will end at the shoreline. With the sQuba, you can pull a lever and take your vehicle underwater. It is powered by two jets at the front of the vehicle, which allow you to steer and lift with ease.

The sQuba will allow for travel of depts of as much as 33’ down, with movement of up to two knots. It is powered by six 48-volt Lithium-ion batteries and a 54kW, 160NM motor. When it’s fully charged, it can drive for up to three hours under the water and as many as 80 on land. On land, its maximum speed is 75 mph. The submersible vehicle also features a laser-guided sensor, which enables it to operate autonomously.

 

The vehicle holds two people, so if you need to travel with a larger group you may need to buy a whole fleet of them! Next week, we’ll be taking a look at the best personal submarines to have onboard your yacht. Join us again for Part Three of our three-part submersibles series.

 

Take a closer look at the world’s first submersible car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNLL0fo9apc

 

The making of the James Bond submarine car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOoc8WLgYPU

 

 

 

 

These are the five best personal submarines for yachts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPzs93A3hRM

 

The Killer Whale Submarine is ideal for a quick getaway!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fdFAYtJwRg

 

How Chickens Can Help You Survive

 

After the SHTF, chickens will have uses that go far beyond eggs.

 

Hello everyone! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I’m going to discuss how chickens can help preppers survive after the SHTF. Chickens can be a huge benefit to survivalists, but only if you get the right kind for your needs and environment. You’ll want to find chickens that can forage and find enough food where you are in every season.

 

A disaster doesn’t have to spell the end of fried chicken dinners. Read this guide to chicken keeping for preppers and learn how to raise your own roosters and hens for meat, eggs, and more.

 

Why Preppers Should Have Chickens

Survivalists need to do whatever they can to extend their renewable food sources, and raising chickens is one way to do it.

 

Eggs

Few foods are as versatile as eggs, and they are also an excellent source of protein and fat. They can be scrambled, fried, or used in baked goods, casseroles, and other dishes. You can also use powdered eggshells as a source of calcium. Plan to have one egg per hen, per day. This will help you determine how many hens it will take to meet your family’s needs.

 

Compost and Pest Control

You can use also eggshells in your compost to add calcium to the soil in your garden. It will deter pests like slugs and insects from destroying your plants. Try it in the soil around your vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are infested by pests.

 

 

Fertilizer

Chicken manure is an excellent fertilizer for your garden, provided it has been properly prepared. To use manure in your garden, you’ll need to cure it for 45-60 days. You’ll know it’s ready to use when it smells sweet and is dark and crumbly.

Meat

Did you know chickens who haven’t been given hormones and had other alterations courtesy of the poultry industry will not have as much meat as you’re used to? If you’re planning to butcher your chickens for meat, expect less meat per bird. If your birds are older, they may be too tough to roast but will still be excellent for soups.

 

Bartering

When you have more eggs left over than you can use, you will be able to use the surplus to barter with. You can also trade your older hens once you have raised their replacements. Another issue that could happen after TEOTWAWKI is a lack of breeding stock with genetic diversity. By bartering some of your animals away, you’ll have back-up breeding stock available.

 

10 Best Breeds of Chickens for Survivalists

Thinking about getting chickens for your homestead? These are the best breeds for preppers.

 

  • Buckeye – You’ll like this breed if you live in a cold climate and want a decent egg-layer
  • Dominique – This is another breed that is cold-hardy and also a decent egg-layer
  • Chanticler – This breed is also a great choice in a cold climate and good for eggs
  • Ameraucana – Another good breed if you’re looking for eggs in a cold climate
  • Turken – Adaptable breed that is good for cold or hot climates
  • Marans – This breed is excellent if you live in a wet climate, and it too is a decent layer
  • Egyptian Fayoumi – consider these disease-resistant good layers if you live in a hot climate
  • Brown Leghorn – These are great layers who are ideal for a hot climate
  • Buff Orpington – These are good foragers who are ideal for laying or butchering
  • Australorp – This docile breed is good for laying or butchering, though they are on the small side

 

If you already have chickens and they aren’t producing the way you’d like them to, the problem could be that you have the wrong breed for your climate. Consider choosing broody hens, as they require less effort and they’ll reproduce on their own.

 

Tips for Selecting Your Breed

Before you settle on any one breed, ask yourself the following questions. Doing your research now will ensure that you end up with the correct breed for your situation.

 

  • There won’t be incubators once the grid is down, so look for a breed that will hatch its own chicks
  • Choose chickens who will forage for their own food and can meet their own nutritional needs
  • Find a breed that will blend in with the landscape, making them less vulnerable to predators
  • Choose the breed that is right for your climate

 

Check out your local farm supply store in the spring to see which breeds of chicks are available. Their employees will be knowledgeable regarding the breeds that do best in your area.  Before you buy chickens, go to the library, visit websites, and buy books to learn everything you can about them. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be in the event disaster strikes.

 

In our next CATS2010 post, we’ll take a look at the predators that may harm your chickens and what you can do to keep them safe.

 

 

Learn more about raising chickens for survival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs35BD4Jppw

 

These are the best chicken breeds for preppers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmbabnFcOgo

 

SHTF Guide to Growing Tobacco

SHTF Guide to Growing Tobacco

Even if you don’t smoke, you should consider growing tobacco.

The use of tobacco is a dangerous habit, one that causes three million deaths annually worldwide. However, it is legal, and adults who enjoy using tobacco are free to make their own decisions. Whether you’re a smoker or not, there are plenty of reasons you should consider growing your own tobacco.

 

Tobacco may not be healthy, but let’s face it—after the apocalypse there may be situations when you want to take an edge off with a cigarette. If you don’t, someone else will, and that’s where tobacco’s real value to preppers lies.

 

Is It Legal to Grow Tobacco?

Most people never consider growing their own tobacco because they assume it is illegal to do so. Commercially grown and processed tobacco is heavily regulated, but surprisingly growing your own is not. At least not in most areas.

 

Prior to an apocalyptic event, you should check your local and state laws to make sure it’s legal to grow tobacco where you live. After the SHTF, however, there will be no more laws. You’ll be able to grow wherever the conditions are right.

 

Why You Should Grow Tobacco

One of the main reasons smokers grow tobacco is they want the cigarette without the additives. While that is a good reason to grow tobacco, it’s hardly the only reason. Keep reading to learn more about why you should grow tobacco, even if you’re not a smoker.

 

Medicinal Uses

In the past, tobacco had a wide variety of medicinal uses. In Pre-Columbian America, the use of tobacco was believed to promote good health. The smoke from tobacco was believed to disinfect and help ward off disease and fatigue. It has also been used as toothpaste, as an antidiarrheal, for pain relief, and to heal wounds and burns.

 

Today we know tobacco does more harm than good, and there are better medicinal solutions. However, after TEOTWAWKI you might not have access to those healthier alternatives.

 

Bartering

Unlike many other barter objects, like lighters, tobacco isn’t something you’ll need to stock up on ahead of time if you want to trade it. You can grow your own tobacco. After the SHTF, tobacco will be as valuable as coffee. It’s one of those creature comforts people need when they’re under stress.

 

If you’re a smoker, think about what you would be willing to trade for a cigarette when you really need one. Other smokers feel the same way, making this one plant that will be worth its weight in gold once the grid goes down.

 

How to Grow Tobacco

Believe it or not, you can buy tobacco plants on Amazon. Once the grid goes down, however, you’ll have to grow your own from seed. This needs to be done indoors. You’ll transplant the plants once they reach a height of 2-3 inches.

 

Use a flat tray or other type of container that is 4” to 8” deep. You’ll want to fill these with mineral-rich soil. Spray the top of the soil with water from a spray bottle to keep it moist. Sprinkle the tiny seeds across the top of this soil. Take care not to let the soil dry out. Spray as often as is needed to keep it moist.

 

To successfully grow your own tobacco, make sure the following conditions are met:

  • Your soil pH is around 5.8
  • Start your seeds indoors
  • Keep your potting soil damp
  • Grow in partial shade

 

After you’ve transplanted your tobacco plants, care for them as carefully as you would any other plant. Take measures to keep predators away and make sure they get the water, sunlight, and nutrients they need. It will take approximately 40 to 60 days for your plants to grow big enough to harvest.

 

How to Grow Tobacco Indoors

Although tobacco is a relatively easy plant to grow in most parts of the United States, you may not want to grow your tobacco outdoors for security reasons. If you aren’t able to grow plants outside you can still grow them indoors.

 

To grow tobacco indoors, find a warm, sunny location for your plants. Make sure the soil you use has the right nutrients. If growing indoors is something you’re planning to do, stock up on fertilizer that contains potash and nitrogen now.

 

How to Cure Tobacco Leaves

To cure tobacco leaves for use or barter, hang the leaves up in a cool, dry area. It takes a long time to cure tobacco, but hanging the leaves is most of the work. Once that’s done, you’ll let them dry for eight to ten weeks. Take the leaves down, and you’ll have tobacco that is ready for use.

 

 

Why you should grow your own tobacco.

 

Learn more about the forgotten medicinal qualities of tobacco.

 

 

Prepper Myths That Can Get You Killed

Learn the truth about these commonly held but incorrect beliefs—before it’s too late!

 

Hello all! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss the truth behind some of the myths many preppers believe that could cost them their lives. When it comes to survival, believing something simply because it’s what you’ve read or what the experts said or the way your grandfather did it isn’t enough.

 

There are a lot of commonly-held beliefs that simply aren’t true. Separating fact from fiction is something you’ll need to do now, before TEOTWAWKI, because afterward it’ll be too late.

 

Ready to bust ten of the biggest survival myths? Keep reading!

 

10 Survival Myths Busted

These ten survival myths are far from being the only prevalent myths out there. While these are important, it’s just as important to double-check any information you get that is related to your survival.

 

If You See a Bear, Play Dead

The myth: If you see a bear, you should play dead to get it to leave you alone.

 

The reality: Playing dead when you see a bear is a great way to end up in that bear’s stomach. This technique will only work if you’re trying to get a mother grizzly who is trying to defend her cubs to leave you alone. Try it with any other bear and you won’t end up on the winning end of that situation. Research the bears that are in your area and find out how to handle each individual type and situation. For example, in most cases you should back away from a bear as quickly as you can, and if it’s a black bear you’d better hope you have a weapon handy.

 

Use Moss as a Compass

The myth: Even without a compass you can navigate your way through the forest by relying upon moss, which always grows on the north side of trees.

 

The reality: Moss can grow on any side of the tree where it can safely avoid sunlight. The location of moss on trees is entirely dependent upon their location and how much sun or shade they get, and it has nothing to do with a compass. To reliably find your direction in the forest, learn how to use the sun, moon, and stars as your guides. They’ve been there for millennia, and they’re much more reliable.

 

Rubbing Sticks Together Creates Fire

The myth: If you need to start a fire but you don’t have matches it’s no problem, because you can rub two sticks together to create a flame.

 

The reality: Unless you’ve had a lot of practice starting a fire this way, you may be rubbing those sticks together for a long time without any effect. It’s better to keep matches in a waterproof container or to invest in waterproof matches or other fire-starting implement. And remember, you can’t use matches once they’ve gotten wet, even if they’ve since dried. The chemicals will be ruined once they’re wet.

Yes, friction is a way to create a flame, but no, you can’t just rub any two sticks together. Friction-fire techniques require practice, patience, and luck. Just because it looks easy on television, don’t assume you’ll be able to do it under pressure without a lot of practice.

 

Drink Whiskey to Stay Warm

The myth: If it’s cold, you can warm up by drinking alcohol.

 

The reality: Alcohol will make you get cold even faster because it dilates your blood vessels. While you may temporarily feel warmer, this will only serve to mask the signs of hypothermia. Instead, try warming up with a shelter, some mylar blankets, and a warm non-alcoholic beverage. If you find a cave to take shelter in, be sure you don’t light a fire instead or you could cause a collapse. Also, remember a well-constructed shelter will keep you warmer than a fire will.

 

Animals Eat Raw Meat, and So Can You

The myth: To survive, you can eat what the animals eat—including raw meat.

 

The reality: Raw meat, raw fish, and many other things that are safe for animals to eat are most definitely not safe for human consumption. While they can be in certain circumstances, you won’t know whether or not the raw meat you’re consuming has been contaminated by pathogens until it’s too late. If you want to stay safe, make sure any meat or fish you consume has been thoroughly cooked beforehand, and educate yourself about the edible plants in your area.

 

Suck the Poison Out of a Snake Bite

The myth: If you are bitten by a venomous snake, cut the puncture holes with a knife and suck the poison out of the wound.

 

The reality: The last thing you want to do with an open wound is put your mouth on it, because your mouth is filled with bacteria. Snake venom travels to the bloodstream far faster than you can possibly suck it out. Not to mention the fact that you don’t want venom in your mouth! If there are still doctors after TEOTWAWKI, your best bet is to compress the wound and get the victim to a doctor. Educate yourself about the snakes in your area and learn how to avoid them.

 

 

These are the top five most dangerous animal attack myths.

 

EMP myths debunked by a NASA engineer.

 

How To Hide Your Water

How To Hide Your Water

If there’s not enough water to go around, use these tricks to stay hydrated and safe.

Hello everyone, this is Rob Raskin, and this week I want to discuss a topic that is of great importance to people like me who live in Las Vegas—water. More than anything else, water is the most critical element of your survival. Without it, you’d be lucky to live more than three days.

 

You don’t have to be in the middle of the desert to experience drought conditions. If you depend on a pond, creek, or lake for your water, don’t take it for granted, because it could dry up or become contaminated for a number of reasons. After TEOTWAWKI you could potentially lose your water supply through natural events, by accidental means, or even though a deliberate act of sabotage.

 

Aside from survival, without water you are making yourself and your loved ones vulnerable to disease. Germs spread readily in unsanitary conditions, and you need water to keep things clean. You’ll also need water for your cooking needs.

 

Having your own stash of water where others can see it will make you vulnerable to predators who are willing to take what’s yours—or even kill for it—in order to ensure their own survival. Understanding your water storage options and how to keep your water safely hidden is your key to getting through a drought alive.

 

How To Hide Your Water

If you want to avoid the catastrophic consequences of losing your water to theft, you’ll have to know how to hide it while still being able to access it easily if you need to. Believe it or not, after the SHTF you will have to guard your water as closely as you do your firearms. One thing to keep in mind is you should use many different types of containers so if looters find one, they won’t find another.

 

This guide will teach you how to keep your water for your own needs instead of losing it to those who didn’t prepare.

 

A Word About Plastic Containers

For your health and safety, only food grade quality plastic containers to store your water. Beggars can’t be choosers, and if you wait until after an apocalyptic event to gather containers, you’ll have to take whatever you can find. That’s why it pays to invest in #2 HDPE BPA-free containers now, when you can make sure you have the best quality.

 

No matter what kind of container you use, it is recommended that you rotate your supply every six months to make sure you’re using the oldest water first. Keep your containers out of the direct sun, in the coolest possible location where they can be safely concealed.

 

55-Gallon Drum

When you think of stored water, most likely it is these large, blue barrels that comes to mind. It is certainly what thieves will be looking for when they’re dying of thirst. It’s easy to see why 55-gallon drums are so popular. Each one holds enough water for one person for three to four months. This is precisely why you’ll need to bury your water drums underground, using a siphon attachment to access the water when you need it.

If you live in an area where it freezes, be sure to leave plenty of room in the barrels and avoid overfilling them.

 

20-Gallon Water Box

These cardboard boxes contain four mylar bags, each of which can hold five gallons of water. These can be directly filled from your sink, assuming you still have running water. If you’re going to buy these 20-gallon containers, fill them while you still can.

 

5-Gallon Stackable Containers

If you need water containers you can stack and easily carry, these 5-gallon stackable containers are an ideal choice. This is a lighter, durable alternative that can help reduce the growth of bacteria in your water supply due to the fact they are typically built from 90 mils UN rated plastic.

 

Plastic Jugs

And speaking of plastic, when you’re in a bind, any plastic jug will do. In an ideal situation, you’ll only reuse jugs that originally contained water. But let’s face it, once the grid is down you may be very far from an ideal situation. In a pinch, you can also reuse milk and juice jugs. Just be aware, doing so means running the risk of increased bacterial growth that can destroy your supply.

 

Canned Water

For a durable option, choose canned water, which is sold in one-year and three-month supplies. This kind of water contains added minerals. This is not only healthy for you, it also creates water with increased alkalinity that contributes to a longer shelf life.

 

Water Bottles and Pouches

This is the ideal choice if you need something small, portable, and durable. You’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to buy them by the case.

 

Join me, Rob Raskin, again for the next installment of our three-part series. In Part 2, we’ll discuss what you’ll need to pack in your drought survival kit.

 

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Cast Iron Cooking for Survivalists

Cast Iron Cooking for Survivalists

Why cast iron is a prepper’s best friend in the kitchen

 

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to talk to you about why cast iron cookware is a must-have for survivalists. Why limit yourself to eating merely for survival when cast iron cooking makes so many dishes a pleasure to eat. You can use cast iron to cook everything from meat to pizza to cornbread.

 

This article will tell you everything you need to know about cast iron cooking’s history, the benefits of cooking this way, and why once you try cast iron you’ll wonder how you ever cooked any other way.

 

The History of Cast Iron Cooking

Although cast iron cooking is trendy now, cast iron cookware has been used for centuries. If man used cast iron to cook his food before electricity was invented, you can also use it after a catastrophic event that knocks the grid out.

 

The Chinese first developed a technique for melting iron into a cast to make cookware around 220 A.D., and by the 16th century the technique was in-demand across Europe. The modern cast iron cookware we use today was originally patented in 1707. This technique hasn’t changed much since then because frankly, it doesn’t need to. It’s been popular for hundreds of years as-is, and it’s likely to remain popular for hundreds more years into the future—at least to the preppers who make it that far.

 

During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was said that cast iron pots were worth more than gold. These durable pans can last hundreds of years if they’re cared for correctly. You’ll want to keep this in mind if you have cast iron and you ever need to barter for something valuable.

 

The Benefits of Cast Iron Cookware

The benefits of using cast iron in your indoor or outdoor kitchen are nothing short of incredible—and delicious.

It’s Healthy

Aside from the obvious benefit of having cookware that will outlive you and double as a bludgeoning instrument and impromptu body armor, the biggest benefit of using cast iron cookware is the fact that it adds iron to your food. When you’re in survival mode, iron deficiency will be a big concern. You can increase your food’s iron content as much as 20 times by switching to cast iron.

 

It’s Non-Toxic

You may not know it, but the pans in your kitchen could be coated with poison, all in the name of convenience and saving calories. In an effort to avoid using oil, non-stick Teflon was invented, and testing has shown the chemicals it contains are able to kill birds. You won’t have to worry about toxins when you use cast iron.

 

Your Food Will Taste Great

People who use cast iron agree it’s worth the effort of seasoning the pans because the taste of food that is cooked this way is far superior.

 

Why You’ll Love Cast Iron Cooking

Aside from the health and taste benefits of cooking with cast iron, there’s a lot more to love about this cookware.

It’s Non-Stick

Once your cast iron skillet is well-seasoned, its surface will be non-stick and slick as glass. If a cast iron skillet is worth its weight in gold, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet is worth its weight in platinum.

 

It’s Easy to Clean

You don’t need to use soap on a cast iron pan, which is a big bonus in a SHTF situation. No soap—no problem! Simply lift the food off the pan with a spatula. You can also boil water to remove stubborn cooked-on food afterward.

 

It Evenly Disperses Heat

Unlike cookware made of cheap steel and aluminum, cast iron cookware will evenly disperse heat, leading to food that is cooked uniformly throughout the dish.

 

It’s Versatile

In your kitchen at home right now, you’ll be able to cook your meal in cast iron on the stovetop and move it directly into the oven. After TEOTWAWKI, you’ll be able to use your cast iron cookware directly on coals in your outdoor kitchen. As long as you have a skillet and a Dutch oven, you’ll have everything you need.

 

It’s Affordable

If you’ve ever bought a set of new cookware, you know how expensive it can get. When it comes to cookware, there are so many gimmicks that come and go. Cast iron remains affordable, and it can often be found in thrift shops and at garage sales. You can get a durable cast iron skillet at a big box retailer for under $20.

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but writing this made me hungry for a steak! Until next time, this is Rob Raskin, hoping you have a great weekend. Next week I’ll be discussing how to care for your cast iron cookware and what to do if it rusts.

 

Remember, there’s no such thing as being to prepared! When the SHTF, your loved ones will thank you for  the time you spent educating yourself about survivalism online.

 

 

Learn how to clean a cast iron skillet at camp.

 

You’ll be amazed by this cast iron cookware survival kitchen transformation!

 

 

Why Kansas City Is the Place to Survive

Why Kansas City Is the Place to Survive

Preppers are flocking to this western Missouri survival destination, and for good reason.

 

 

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and today I’d like to discuss Kansas City, Missouri, the number-one prepper destination in the United States.

 

Kansas City is the home of the Greater KCI Survival Expo & Gun Show, an annual event between 2015 – 2018. This survival expo featured hundreds of booths of survival and preparedness gear, and it drew thousands of preppers to the area. If you’re looking for a place to survive the apocalypse where you’ll find a like-minded and well-trained community, look no further than this Missouri City.

 

Why You Should Consider Kansas City

One study conducted by CareerBuilder used marketing analysis data to rank which states are the best—and worst—to live in if you want to survive a zombie outbreak. Kansas City is right at the top of the list, with only one other city ranking higher.

 

Although the vast majority of us are not really afraid of a potential future zombie outbreak, the reasons KC ranked so highly are also the reason it’s considered a top prepper destination.

 

CareerBuilder used factors like the abundance of food sources, containment, and defensibility to rank each city, and when it came to Kansas City, Realtor.com agreed. The real estate industry website named KC first on their list of the 200 largest metro areas in the country in which you are most likely to survive the fallout of a nuclear incident.

 

Realtor.com determined KC was the top destination based upon the number of property listings that had:

  • A bunker or fallout shelter
  • A safe room
  • A lake or pond
  • A basement
  • Solar panels
  • Brick construction

 

Other factors the real estate website used to determine rankings included the state’s gun score, population density, and the number of likely nuclear targets in the area.

 

They also considered the percentage of the population that is currently employed as health care workers. In a catastrophic event, the more trained medical personnel you have on-hand, the better.

 

Missouri’s Underground Missile Silos

Want to learn how to get a Kansas City missile silo of your own? You’ll need to keep your eye on the market because on the rare occasion that these properties become available, you can expect other buyers to try to outbid you.

 

About Minuteman II Missile Sites

Between 1964 and 1997, the US Air Force managed 165 Minuteman II missile sites in Missouri. Construction of the sites took place between 1961 and 1972. These missile silos could be found in 14 counties, and Kansas City itself is spread out between four counties. While the majority of the city sits in Jackson County, there are also parts of the city that are located in Platte, Cass, and Clay Counties.

 

 

 

After the International Strategic Arms Reduction treaty in the 1990s, the missile sites were decommissioned. This often involved removing the missiles and imploding the silo. However, some sites were merely launch facilities without missles. Of those 15 facilities, 14 were not imploded.  Today they still exist in the State of Missouri, and from time to time these former missile silos hit the market.

 

In 2017, one western Kansas Minuteman II missile silo was listed for sale on eBay. The price? A surprisingly reasonable $325,000.

 

Currently Available KC Missile Silo Properties

According to MissleBases.com, there are currently two Minuteman II properties available in the greater Kansas City area.

 

One of these properties, a communications bunker in L-5 Junction Center, is priced in the $1M – $2.9M range. According to the listing, the bunker is in “amazing” condition, and it has been meticulously well-maintained. The systems in this bunker have potential, and the lucky buyer of this home will easily be able to expand their capabilities. This property is located just an hour outside of KC, so it’s close enough, but far enough away to increase your safety after an apocalyptic event. Owner financing is available.

 

The second property, a hardened underground bunker-home, is located in Polo, Missouri. This property is a little more affordable at $500K – $999K. This circa-1960s nuclear-proof communications center simply has to be seen to be believed. The previous owners have done so much with it, and it’s easy to imagine what a motivated new owner could add to the property. The space is safe, gorgeous, and in move-in ready condition.

 

Are you ready to head to Kansas City to take a closer look? So am I!

 

 

Take a look inside the Kansas City survival expo.

 

One KC prepper was arrested for making his own grenades in preparation for TEOTWAWKI. What do you think, survivalists, was this arrest unfair?

 

 

Are you a Kansas City survivalist? Why did you choose the area, and why do you recommend it? Please let me, Rob Raskin, and the rest of the readers know in the comments.

What Homesteaders Need to Know About Predators

What Homesteaders Need to Know About Predators

You need to understand your local predators to keep your animals safe.

 

Hello everyone, Rob Raskin of Las Vegas back again with Part Two of my three-part series about protecting yourself from predators. In this week’s installment we’re going to discuss the most common predators, how you can tell what is attacking your animals, and what you can do to stop it.

 

What Are the Most Common Predators?

If you’re homesteading, these are just some of the many predators that put your animals at risk.

  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Hawks
  • Weasels
  • Bobcats
  • Minks
  • Wild boars
  • Owls
  • Raccoons
  • Opossums
  • Snakes
  • Mountain lions

 

What Predator Is Killing Your Animals?

When it comes to identifying a predator who has attacked your animal, the best place to start is by doing your homework. Before you set your homestead up, understand which predators are native to the environment and what they like to eat. This will allow you to understand the level of threat that is posed and to plan accordingly.

 

If the predator has already attacked, like a forensic investigator, you’ll have to examine the scene of the crime. Are there any footprints still visible? Not only can you identify a predator by its prints, you can also identify it by its gait. Were any claw marks left behind? Were your animals killed and left at the scene, or were their bodies dragged away? The answers to these questions will help you determine what kind of predator you’ve got on your hands.

 

You can also identify a predator via its scat. This can not only tell you what has been eating your animals, it can tell you what else it is eating: an important clue when you’re trying to identify a predator.

 

How to Protect Your Animals

There are both lethal and non-lethal methods of protecting your homestead from predators. Here are a few you may want to try first. You don’t have to wait for a predator to make its presence known before you take proactive steps.

 

The Best Defense Is a Strong Offense

Most barriers aren’t going to keep predators out. No matter how high you make your fence, predators can still climb and fly over or burrow underneath. You can bring your animals into a fully enclosed anti-predator shelter at night, but these can be incredibly costly to construct if you want them to be truly effective. There are also animals that prey during the daylight, like mountain lions.

 

Your best bet is to build a barrier and use it in conjunction with another method. To begin with, clear away any brush where predators can hide, and make sure you don’t leave pet food outside where it may attract them.

 

Electric fences can be effective for keeping larger predators like coyotes and wolves out, and some homesteaders believe these animals have the ability to communicate the rest of the danger to the rest of the pack. This is beneficial because the original animal who received the shock will prevent others from approaching the fence. That said, an electric barrier may not be effective where smaller predators are involved.

 

When it comes to protecting your animals from predators, a dog really is man’s best friend. A livestock guardian dog is a pastoral dog that has been specifically bred for the purpose of protecting everything from chickens to larger animals. These dogs become a part of your herd, and they’ll fight to the death to protect it. Because of this, they’ll be right there protecting your livestock 24/7.

 

Believe it or not, you can also use llamas as livestock guardian animals.  Llamas will stay your flock to protect it. Male llamas have been known to protect female sheep who are giving birth, and female llamas will circle the flock to keep it safe.

 

Keeping cats on your homestead can also keep your eggs safe from predatory snakes.

 

When It’s Time to Shoot

In many cases, there’s no reason to shoot a predatory animal. It is possible to live peacefully together with predators. As long as it hasn’t attacked your homestead yet, it’s best to hang back and observe it to determine whether or not it’s a threat or it’s just passing through.

 

A good general rule of thumb is to never take a life unless someone else is in danger of losing their life. The predatory animal being in the vicinity of your homestead alone is not a threat. However, if the predator has already attacked your animals, you may have to kill it to keep it from coming back because it’s developed a taste for what you’ve got.

 

Be sure to join me, Rob Raskin, again next week, when I’ll be discussing how to protect your homestead from mice and other rodents in Part Three of my three-part pests and predators series.

 

 

Learn how to identify what killed your chickens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc8jMscrQYo

 

These are the best dogs for homesteading.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euw7SVy0nz8

 

SHTF Guide to Pest Control

SHTF Guide to Pest Control

Mosquitoes Existed Before Us, but We Don’t Have to Let Them Outlive Us

 

Hello everyone! Rob Raskin of Las Vegas here again, and this week I’m going to be discussing pest control. This is Part One in a three-part series, because there are a lot of different insects and other animals out there that can pose a threat to survivalists, homesteaders, and their animals.

 

According to the most recent studies, mosquitoes have existed for 226 million years. They survived the Ice Age, and they’ll survive the apocalypse. Just about everyone in the world has been bitten by a mosquito at least once, and most of us have been bitten multiple times.

 

 

Mosquito Facts

Once you learn more about the habits of mosquitos, you’ll understand why mosquitos are winning the them vs. everything else in evolutionary history war. Mosquitoes come out on top every time, and here’s why.

  • Mosquito season is several months long, beginning in summer and continuing late into the fall.
  • How did the mosquito survive the Ice Age? The same way they survive every winter: hibernation.
  • Mosquitoes bite day and night, so there’s no time you can avoid them.
  • These pests can be found indoors and outdoors, so there’s no place you can go to avoid them.
  • Mosquitoes can drink three times their weight in blood. Your blood. While you sleep. Let that sink in for a while.
  • There are no vaccinations or medicines that are effective against most mosquito-borne illnesses. These illnesses include malaria, Zika fever, West Nile virus, and many strains of encephalitis.
  • Mosquitoes can smell your breath, so the only way to hide from them is to stop breathing. It sounds like the plot of a horror movie, but it’s real.
  • You may not even feel a mosquito’s bite. You won’t know until your system reacts to it after the fact.
  • Over a million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne illnesses, with another 700 million sickened by mosquito-borne illnesses.

 

The only way you can stay completely safe from mosquitos is to prevent their bites in the first place.

 

How to Make a Homemade Mosquito Trap

Commercial mosquito traps can be pricey, and they won’t be available after the SHTF. You can make these inexpensive mosquito traps at home.

 

Bottle Mosquito Trap

To make a bottle mosquito trap, you’ll need a two-liter soda bottle, a knife, a measuring cup, yeast, and brown sugar. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors, so whenever possible go with a green soda bottle.

 

First, you’ll need to use the knife to cut the soda bottle in half. After that, mix ¼ cup of brown sugar with 1 ¾ cups of extremely hot water in the bottom half of the bottle, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Let the water cool off, and then add two pinches of yeast but this time don’t stir.

 

The next step is to insert the top half upside-down so the mouth of the bottle is pointed down toward the sugar-yeast-water mixture, with the wider opening of the bottle pointed upward.

 

You have now created an effective mosquito death-trap. Mosquitoes typically fly four to six feet off the ground, so this is the best height to place your mosquito trap. They prefer to feed at night when they can avoid the sun, but they’re also attracted to certain types of bright lights. Try to place your mosquito trap near a UV light if possible.

 

Amish Flying Insect Trap

The Amish avoid electricity and the conveniences of modern society, and because of this they are already prepared for TEOTWAWKI in many ways. The Amish have already developed an inexpensive mosquito trap that doesn’t rely on electricity, and it works on other insects, as well.

 

The Amish flying insect trap relies upon scent to attract mosquitoes. They say you’ll attract more flies with sugar than you will with vinegar, but this insect trap calls for both. To make it, you’ll need a cup of sugar, a cup of vinegar, two cups of water, one or two banana peels, and a two-liter soda bottle.

 

This trap is supposed to give off a scent that insects are attracted to, and once they fly in, they land in the fluid and drown. It is supposed to be hung in a tree or place on an elevated area to help get the scent into the air.

 

To make the Amish flying insect trap, cut the bottle in the same method we described in the last trap, but you’ll also need to punch two holes in it so you can hang it from a tree.

 

Mix the ingredients together, making sure the banana peels are completely submerged, and then place the mixture in the bottom half of your cut bottle. It’s simple, yet effective.

 

Next week we’re going to discuss how to protect yourself from predators if you’re homesteading, so be sure to check back!

 

 

Here are 8 all-natural ways to keep mosquitoes away.

 

Are you fore of a visual learner? This video will teach you how to build a mosquito trap.

 

Your Guide to Emergency Winter Shelters

Building a shelter to protect yourself from the elements is a matter of life and death.

Hello all! This is Rob Raskin of Las Vegas, back with Part Two of our three-part winter survival series. In this installment, I’m going to discuss emergency winter shelters, why they’re necessary, and how you can build them.

 

After TEOTWAWKI, sheltering in place as we do for many storms today may be out of the question. Your home may have been destroyed, and staying in a neighborhood where people can find you could prove deadly.

 

Recent studies show that as many as 75% of Americans are not prepared for a disaster. According to a US Department of Housing and Urban Development report, 0.17% of the population is homeless, with over half a million of this country’s citizens out on the streets. In a cold weather climate in which failing to find shelter will mean certain death, there will be a lot of panic. You want to be as far away from it as possible.

 

With so many people who will be lacking even basic supplies and preparation after a catastrophic event, expect any shelters that are available to be filled to capacity. In winter, you can expect shelters to be much more difficult to get into, if it’s even safe enough or possible for any shelters to exist at all. That is why it’s imperative to have the knowledge, tools, and skill to create an emergency winter shelter yourself.

 

If you’ve done your planning, you may already have a skilled survival team in place, which can significantly increase your manpower. If members of your group are injured, they may still be able to help. For those whose injuries are too significant, the rest of the group can build a shelter that will give them protection from the cold while they recover.

 

Building Your Shelter: What You Need to Know

As I mentioned last week, hypothermia can kick in quickly. If you don’t get a weather-proof shelter into place, and fast, none of your other prepping efforts will matter. Whether you have tools on-hand or not, you can build an adequate shelter.

 

Tips for Building Your Winter Shelter

These basic tips will get you started.

  • Build during the daylight if possible. At night you’ll be vulnerable to predators, human and animal, and you’ll be more likely to have an accident while using your tools.
  • Don’t try to build an elaborate shelter. In the cold, it’s important to conserve your energy. Your shelter should be quick and easy to assemble.
  • Make sure your shelter is small enough that it can hold heat. If you are part of a group, think multiple smaller segments that can easily be added onto.
  • You want your shelter’s entrance to be at a 90 degree angle to the wind. It needs to be well-ventilated, and if you’re facing into the wind you won’t be able to blow smoke out and away.
  • If visibility would be in your favor, take steps to stand out from the landscape to help rescuers to see you.
  • If visibility would not be in your favor, take steps to make sure your shelter blends into the landscape, so predators won’t find you.

 

Snow Shelters

In this week’s installment, we’ll take a look at shelters you can build out of snow or directly in the snow. Even with no other materials around, you can still create these shelters with a few basic tools.

 

Snow Cave

If you find yourself without shelter in the deep snow, the snow cave is your best bet. You’ll want to make sure you only attempt this in an area where the snow is firm enough that it won’t collapse, because you could be suffocated or buried alive.

 

To build a snow cave, dig into the side of a snowbank, but only after you’ve determined it’s stable enough. From there, dig upward again and create a makeshift platform out of snow with enough space for you to sleep on it. For ventilation, create a small hole in the “roof” of the structure.

 

Snow Trench

If you have a saw and solid snow, you can create a snow trench of spur-of-the-moment winter survival. Saw a trench in the snow, cover it with branches, and pack those branches with snow for insulation. If the snow isn’t solid you can build blocks out of the snow to insulate the shelter. You can fit two people in this type of shelter.

 

Tree Shelter

In heavily wooded areas, you’ll find areas under tree branches where the snow is not as dense because most of it landed on the boughs above. Find an area like this and dig down to the ground beneath the snow to create a small shelter. You can pack the hole you dug with insulating materials like leaves, branches, or even heated rocks.

 

Be sure to join us again next week for Part Three of our three-part winter survival series. We’ll be discussing more elaborate shelters for long-term winter survival and give tips for choosing the site.

 

 

You can make a winter shelter without any tools!

 

Learn more about preparing for winter survival.