Feb 17

Maine More than Doubles Gun Permit Requests

Some people claim Maine residents rightly believed Obama would attempt to take away gun rights from law abiding citizens.  Because they are concerned, they are voting with their dollars and their pens.  Their dollars buy guns and accessories, not to mention paying fees for permits.  Their pens?  By putting their names on those forms they are sending a clear message what they think of the attempts to further restrict gun and gun accessory ownership.

Other people claim the increase is due to people knowing about “more things” happening around the country.  They see more and hear more.  Most of the people filing for permits already had firearms, but now they might want to put them in their pocket or purse.

The link to the article is below if you want to read more about it.

Josh

The Daily Prepper News

References:

Maine News, Sports, Weather | Kennebec Journal, Augusta, Maine.” Changing Attitudes toward Gun Control Swamp Police with Concealed-weapons Permit Applications. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

 

 

Feb 04

Chest Cupping — What to Do When You Have the Flu

In line with todays headlines of more and more cases of  Flu popping up across the country I want to share a technique that could save the life of someone you love if this flu turns into a pandemic and health services are hard to access. Or in the event of an EOTWAWKI scenario and health services have been totally interrupted.

Its called chest cupping. I learned this technique years ago when I did a practicum as a CNA and was fortunate enough to do rounds with a respiratory therapist. This technique is not hard and if done correctly with cupped hands should not result in injury. However, as a disclaimer, use at your own discretion and caution. I will add a link at the end that will describe this and other methods that can be used to assist a patient breathe easier and help clear mucus secretions….but pay specific attention to the warnings.

The basic concept of chest cupping is that the percussion of your cupped hands in a rhythmic motion on the sides along the rib cage and across the back in the lung lobe region will result in the loosening of thick mucus that accompanies the flu and often results in the flu turning into pneumonia. It makes flem easier to cough up and improves oxygen intake. The patient will have immediate relief and be able to breathe much easier and deeper.

This is not a flat of hand slapping motion but rather a cupped hand (picture using your hand to get a drink of water) motion.

Read more about it and other techniques here- http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Chest+Physical+Therapy

You also may find the following link to narratives from people who lived through the 1918 pandemic intresting. 2008 marked the 90th anniversary of the pandemic that killed millions of people world wide.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r080821a.htm?s_cid=mediarel_r080821a_x

Apr 03

Boss, What do We do?

by Leonaria

Boss, What do We do?
By Leonaria

In my professional life, I work as a Human Resources Director for an entertainment entity; I’ve also worked in manufacturing, retail, and in the temporary services industry. There have been occasions where I have had to write emergency preparedness plans, and almost all of them end at the emergency. What happens after?

It is not difficult to store some personal prep items at work, most employers provide lockers, and for those lucky enough, offices for their employees. However, a company wide emergency, or a local or national emergency that lasts more than a day or so is going to have a mix of people, possibly having to bug in place until things clear. So how do you and your employer handle this situation?

First, take care of your own workplace preps, two to three days of food, water, and a small first aid kit should fit in most lockers. Be observant, know who else makes sure they have a couple days’ worth of lunch and who only keeps mints and gum. Be aware of resources within your workplace, vending machines, cafeteria if you have one, if not where food resources might be near your place of work.

Your next step, get in contact with your OSHA officer or Safety officer. Suggest to them, as a part of the emergency preparedness plan for your work place, that they stockpile some non-perishable food and water in case people are stuck in the building during an emergency. If you have a disaster shelter in place, ask questions. Is it stocked? Is there a potable water supply? What are the plans if something happens and you are snowed in for two days, or if something happens? Make yourself aware of what is going on at your workplace.

Employers, look around at the people who work for you, if there is an emergency and you are stuck in place, these are the people you will have to survive with, the ones you will go through the shit hitting the fan with, and it is just as important to prep in your place of business as it is in your home.

Ensure you have shelter in place plans for your employees, just in case. I know many places do not have more than an industrial bathroom, and if the water is shut off for any reason, you need to plan for being able to remove waste after a day or two. If you have tank toilets, that will not be too hard for the first few days, but you will need to plan for water needs to ensure the toilets flush properly or you will have a serious health risk situation within a few days. Plan for ten gallons per day per employee, and then plan another ten gallons for waste flush.

Food needs for each employee needs to be considered, vending machines will only really work for a few days, if that; if you have to feed your employees in place for more than two days, you need to plan ahead. I would recommend having non-perishable foods on hand for each employee for at least three days.

Medical supplies should be on hand. I know most industrial and retail locations have large first aid kits with basic supplies and medications in them, but recent rulings from OSHA have recommended taking medications out of industrial first aid kits, ruling that employers are not licensed to prescribe medications. If you have medication in your kit, remove it to a location where employees can get to it on their own, then you as an employer are not liable for dispensing, they make that choice. It is recommended that anyone with more than 10 employees have a portable defibrillator device on hand, and I recommend at least one trained first responder.

Prepping is not just something we do in our homes, but in all parts of our lives. The workplace is just as important as prepping your family home and bug out location. For all we know, the shit will hit the fan right as your first break whistle goes off, or while you are sitting at lunch, and there is no clear cut way of knowing when you will be able to get to your family and preps.

Jun 26

Hardening Your Home

Hardening Your Home
From R.F.

Most of us who consider that we may get caught by deteriorating societal circumstances in our present homes wonder how we might be able to harden that house for ballistic protection in case it is needed. Almost anything you can come up with is going to have to be prepared well ahead of time & might ruin the value of your home if the poop never seriously hits the paddle & may cost a tremendous amount of time, effort & money.  Berming your perimeter walls w/gravel, building a thick veneer of some sort of masonry ?
 
Well what about this – – unless you live in the most southern locations you will probably want to have plenty of firewood stocked.  Especially in the north you may want to invest in a LOT of firewood while it is relatively cheap & available – so why not pile it against your house to protect it ? You do NOT want it piled in the back yard to provide cover for attackers.  Don’t pile it the first way you’d think of which would be perpendicular to your walls – this would be easiest, but pile it parallel and held in place by a frame of uprights driven in the ground & attached to house at top & also some horizontal members. Get the cheapest (salvaged ?) wood you can – do you have access to ‘slabs’ ? Lay your hardwood at least 16″ thick (softwood out west thicker) by at least 5 ft. above your interior floor (go right over your windows). A military .223 or 7.62 cal. may go through a softwood 6×6, but not 16″ of hardwood – make it a little thicker if you’re not sure.  Cover the top of this w/a tarp strip – I like free ‘lumber tarps’ from the lumber yard down the road. Anyone should be grabbing as many of these excellent tarps as they can anyway.  A cord of wood will cover 16 running ft. of wall at 6 ft. high & 16″ thick, so under 10 cords would protect my house.  This will admittedly look strange to your neighbors, but less so than a gravel berm laid up against your home, or concrete blocks poured full of cement ? When law & order is restored, or if it never quite fails then you pull the wood down & burn it that winter in your stove – doing no damage to your home.  Hope y’all are chipping in a few fading US dollars each year to this legendary blog ?? (SurvivalBlog. com)
 

P.S. of course I got some flack from many people in termite country (which ME isn’t), but that could be dealt with easily enough.

R.F. in Western Mtns. of Maine

Jun 08

Keeping deer from eating your garden

Keeping deer from eating your garden
by Hunter

Over the years I have had to deal with deer eatting my gardens and have come up with some ways of at least making it not worth their while. A few of the things that I have used are as follows.

1) Eggs and dish soap. I put three or four eggs in a blender with some dish soap once mixed I add to a watering can with the rest filled with water. Then I cover the pole beans that are growing on my fencing. If I keep up with this every week or more if heavy rains and watering I find that the deer will leave them alone. I have also used this methode in open gardens and have had simular resaults. works well on bunnies and bugs to.

2) mouse traps and peanut butter. Take a dozen or so mouse traps and drill holes to run a wire through and hand them about two feet off the ground. deer love peanut butter but are not to fond of the mouse traps hitting their nose. The same idea can be used with an electric fence by smearing the peanut butter on the wire for the deer to lick off.

3) fencing, I have used the high 6ft fence with good resaults

4) deer follow trails at least to get into your garden area, if you remove as many theings that the deer nibble on around the edges and use tactics around the boarder of your land in will help reduce the number of deer that cross your land. Trim lower limbs that deer eat on and find cover in. If you have dogs use there droppings up and down the trails the deer have been using to get onto your land. supply the deer with something they like that draws them away from your garden area. Create obsticals.

5) Motion activated lights and radio. It is nice to have the lights turn on and a radio play when you are enjoying the garden in the evening hours but with it on a motion activated system the deer will be surprised. To set this up get a two light motion activated light unit and one screw in outlet to plug in a radio ot tape player.

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Mar 07

Maine Preppers Roll Call – All Preppers Please Check In

The American Preppers Network is conducting a network-wide roll call.  Whether you are a member or not please check in and let us know what you are doing to prepare.

This is a good opportunity to network with other preppers near you.

Maine Preppers, to respond to the roll call please follow this link:
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  • Reply to the Roll Call and let us know what you have been doing to prepare.

If you are not yet a member of the forum you can register here for free:
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Feb 28

Military Resource

Maine military supplies. A good resource for all military related items:

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Feb 09

Baking Powder

by roger o

Hi Everyone! Most of us who bake, (or want to learn to bake!), realize that one of the staples of baking is the use of baking powder as a leavening agent. Baking powder when mixed with wet ingredients causes a chemical reaction to start that produces CO2 gas bubbles which makes the mix lighter.

What most don’t know is that baking powder does not store very well, and loses it’s leavening power quickly.

What I have found is that it is very easy to make your own baking powder, and use it as you need it. The 2 ingredients that make it up last indefinitely when stored separately.

For each teaspoon of fresh baking powder, mix 1/4 tsp baking soda (sodium bicarb), and 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter (http://spicebarn.com/cream_of_tartar.htm.

Try it, it’s easy, less expensive than the commercial product, and you will always have a fresh supply of baking powder!

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Jan 16

Few good bills. Many freedom smashing bills

Government Legislation and Government Documents

Government Legislation

Bills We Support

Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act — H.R. 5577. To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and The Poultry Products Inspection Act to require that food that contains a genetically modified material be labeled accordingly.

National Emergency Employment Defense Act — H.R. 6550. Introduced by Dennis Kucinich on Dec. 17th, this outlines, among other financial recommendations, “to restore authority to the Congress to create and regulate money.” In short, the much-needed abolition of private Federal Reserve. The full copy can be read HERE.

American Traveler Dignity Act — H.R. 6416. Introduced by Ron Paul, it is only 10 lines in length and was hailed by Judge Andrew Napolitano as a “work of Jeffersonian genius and simplicity.” It is important to stop the government over-reach here, before it spreads onto the streets of America.

Free Speech About Science Act of 2010 — H.R. 4913. Will allow for the free exchange of scientific evidence.

Freedom of Health Speech Act — H.R. 3394. Sponsored by Ron Paul. Stops the FTC from arbitrarily deciding which products make false claims and which don’t. The burden of proof will switch to the FTC to back up their censorship.

Health Freedom Act — H.R. 3395. Will amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and switch burden of proof to the FDA in making judgments about the safety of natural products.

FREEDOM-SMASHING BILLS

FOOD

The Livable Communities Act — S. 1619. Chris Dodd is helping to embody the spirit of the UN’s Agenda 21, which would reshape entire neighborhoods in any way the federal government pleases. Local officials will be pressured to comply with federal standards from a new permanent bureaucracy “Interagency Council on Sustainable Communities.”

Food Safety Accountability Act — S. 3767. More power for the FDA, enabling up to 10-year prison sentences for supplement makers.

Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act — S. 425. The companion to H.R. 875 seeks to regulate organic and home gardening.

Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 — H.R. 875. A bill created for Monsanto. Introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband is connected to Monsanto.

Food Safety Modernization Act — S. 510. Blanket authority for federal agencies to impose international guidelines on food producers. Extends the power of the FDA, and seeks almost 4,000 new bureaucrats to be hired in 2010.

These are just some food bills. Look at these other bills on Green, Weather, Terrorism, Internet, War, Banking and Emergency. Also a few DE-CLASSIFIED GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS: Follow this link: http://www.activistpost.com/p/documentslegislation-research.html

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Jan 01

A Brief History of Maine

Maine is a product of the Ice Age. The last glacier was responsible for cutting what had been a relatively straight coastline into the hundreds of bays, inlets and picturesque harbors we know today. The receding ice sheet formed the 2,000 or so islands found off:

To read more of the history of Maine follow the link below then click on A Brief History of Maine:

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