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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Support your Local Tea Party!!

I found a listing of the Tea Party events for this Independence Day. I find it very important that we continue to show our support at these events and let the world know we are not taking these new policies lightly!!

Please see Tea Party Patriots for RSVP and Details

Fallon Tea Party II
Fallon, Nevada
Saturday, July 4, 2009
12 noon
Fallon Millennium Park
Maine & Williams
Bob Clifford (organizer)
775-530-7881 (organizer phone)

Las Vegas Tea Party
Las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, July 3, 2009
10:00 am / ?
Deser Breeze Park
8275 Spring Mountain Road
Frank Ricotta (organizer)
702-920-8788 (organizer phone)

Independence Day Tea Party Las Vegas
las Vegas, Nevada
Friday, July 3, 2009
10:00am - 2:00 pm
Desert Breeze park
8275 Spring Mountain Rd
FRANK RICOTTA (organizer)
702-920-8788 702-920-8788 702-920-8788 702-920-8788 702-920-8788 (organizer phone)

LAS VEGAS, NV., June 17 -- Several local groups will host a TEA Party at the Desert Breeze Park beginning at 10:00 AM, Friday, July 3rd. The program will feature three different speakers, each presenting varying solutions for the current federal fiscal morass that affect all of our lives. Featured speakers include Heather Kydd of KXNT radio 840AM, who will MC the event. There will be an Oath Keepers presentation ceremony at the event. The program will start promptly at 10:15 A.M. There will be a prize contest held for Best Sign and people will have an opportunity to find information on how to take back our city, state and nation. What better way to honor those who have fought and died for our country then for us to meet to discover actions to preserve the country for which they are fighting. The public is invited to attend and admission is free. About Nevada Leaders Coalition

Mesquite, NV TEA Party
Mesquite, Nevada
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
12:00 PM
Mesquite City Hall
11 W. Mesquite Blvd.
Rick Crain (organizer)
702-521-4665 (organizer phone)

Reno, Nevada
Saturday, July 4, 2009
10 am-noon
S. Virginia Street & Moana Lane
Debbie Landis (organizer)
775-827-1900 (organizer phone)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cap and Trade .. Vote NO on the Energy tax!

Regardless of what side of the fence you are on.. This bill takes away all OUR rights and freedoms!

Call your Senate Member today!!

If you are looking for what to say, here's a list of facts about how the energy tax would:

1. Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2. Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3. Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4. Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5. Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6. Raise an average family's annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7. Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Source for facts: Heritage Foundation

Let's Talk about First Aid Kits!!

So everyone should have a first aid kit of some sort in the car, but what about at home? Sure most people have some band aids and Neosporin but what else do we need?
This weekend I started my first aid kit, and found that I there are a few things I need to pick up. I am curious out there, what do you all find important to have in your kits? Please comment and let us know!

Here is what I have started with:

I purchased a fishing tackle box, works great for organizing all the little things!

2 Pair of latex gloves 50 Individually wrapped alcohol pads
1 Box of large assortment of Band-Aid 20 12 ply Gauze Pads
1 Drawing Salve 1 Bottle of New Skin
1 Tube Hydro cortisone Cream 1 Tube Triple Antibiotic Ointment
1 Digital Thermometer + covers A set of Tweezers, Medical Scissors
A File and Finger/Toenail Clippers 10 Oral Swabs
1 Bottle of Allergy Medication 1 Bottle of Saline & Allergy Eye Drops
A heat/cold pack 5 Steri-Strips
Aspirin/Baby Aprin Advil/Aleve/Tylenol LiquiGel Caps
2 Ace Bandages 1 Roll of Coban Wrap
1 Wrist/Knee Brace - ACE 1 Eye Wash Cup
5 Sterilized Needles 20 Finger cots
Betadine Wipes Mouth Moistener

Also on hand I have:

1 Hot Water Bottle 1 Box Masks (See Swine Flu Blog for link)
Aloe Vera Plant for Burns Heating Pad (given there is electricity)
Cane Extra Advil, Aspirin, and Tylenol
Rubbing Alcohol Witch Hazel
Hydrogen Peroxide Pepto Bismol
Epsom Salt Vaseline
Calimine Stool Softener (Change in Diet can cause issues)
Arithicare Pain Rub Immodium AD
Abosol and Oragel Demiform - Hypo Allergenic Knitted Tape
Dermaplast Pain Relieving Spray 12 Heavy Duty Masks

I still need to pick up... , Dentutemp, and I am sure I will think of more.

Most important to go in the First Aid Kit is instructions for CPR, and how to treat common ailments. When danger strikes you don't want to be searching for it!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Learning as we go

This preparation process can be very daunting, if you have not been a creature of this habit for years now. But don't fret every step we take today; is a learning experience, and one step closer to self reliance.

There are a few things that we really need to put thought into. Like diversification of our investment portfolios (or what is left of them anyway) we need to do the same for our preparations.

For example for the food storage you don't want to place all your eggs in one basket. Here is what I have done.

For the short term:
  • Bought fresh fruit and veggies flash froze and vacuum bagged. They will be good for one year.
  • Bought twice my normal amount of pasta, rice, flour, sugar, instant milk, and protein powder. Also used the food saver and vacuum packed.
For the Emergency without power:

  • Canned meats as I could, this included chicken, albacore, tuna, salmon, corned beef hash, beef stew, chicken and dumplings,
  • Case of canned corn, peas, broths, potatoes, and canned milk
  • Used the food saver again for sugar, cornmeal, cereal, cake mix, pancake mix, pasta, beans, dried peas and instant milk
  • Spices, Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Extra canola oil and other cooking provisions
  • LABELED each box with what was in it and when it expires.
For the long term plan:

  • Years worth of #10 cans of veggies
  • A starter pack of # 10 can entrees
  • Live animals to breed and have organic meats.
  • A special #10 can of seeds that we can plant in the garden.


I plan to add to each of these three plans as I can, but i think it is a great start. So you may be wondering, what about non food items?

These are things we want to ensure for not just good hygiene and safety but there is only so much roughing it that is feasible. So I am starting my list for non foods items to include:
  • Toilet paper a couple of cases
  • Extra paper and cloth kitchen towels
  • Paper plates and utensils
  • Bleach
  • White Vinegar
  • Borax
  • Case of Ivory Soap Bars (for cleaning body and making cleaner with)
  • Washcloths
  • Stock up on underwear and socks for every household member
  • Disposable and cloth diapers
  • Rubbing Alcohol & Hydrogen peroxide
  • First Aid Kit essentials (I will save that for another blog but I put my own together)
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Ambosol and Dent u temp.
  • Deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner if you cant live without it.
  • Feminine Products and spare contraceptives (not sure about the expiration date on the last one but I would hate for someone to be in a bad situation in bad times, and not able to purchase birth control
  • Vitamins, Herbal remedies
  • Spiral notebooks and Pens
  • Learning materials in case your children are housebound! Workbooks are fantastic

As I write this blog I see lots of areas I will go into more detail, but this is a start! Naturally people with limited space, or living in an urban location would expand in some areas and not others that is really up to the individual but the important thing is to make it feasible to attain, and happily live. Make it a fun learning experience for the whole family. Not only is learning self reliance fun, but it is a skill that you can pass down to the generations. Especially if you write a diary of your journey and make binders of your new learned skills!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Big Brother in Healthcare....is coming full speed ahead!

It is bad enough that the Government has determined that soda is not good for us so it must be taxed, along with the higher taxes on nicotine products which was already ridiculously high. It is preposterous to allow your health care to be determined by a governmental agency and not your doctors. Do you want your medical records open for the world to see, might as well. Do you think your medical records are accurate to begin with? You may be surprised with what you find. Just like your credit report that has flaws, and errors; your medical record does too.

A report on Fox News today will terrify you, and if it doesn't it should. Check the link below for the video footage

Big Brother? Health House Keeps Patients 'Safe' by Watching Every MoveGov

So with Government watching how many times you open your fridge, wash your hands, and any and I do mean ANY move, that in turn will be used against you in paying for your health care. Not for your "safety". Do you want your safety in the hands of others? What makes Government believe that we as a whole cannot and will not think for ourselves? Does it take away from what our founding fathers intended? Definitely, Big Brother takes away freedom. It is amazing that no one understands that. Once it is taken away my friends we will never see it return. Like IRS and Income Taxes were to be a part time thing this too will be permanent. It cannot be allowed, the Health Care reform has to be scrutinized very closely by ALL of us while we still have a choice.

For example as I was a Medicare claim specialist for 9 years I had the opportunity to see first hand how Governmental Health care works, or should I say essentially does not work. Doctors and hospitals had to conform and compromise to Medicare rules which were usually absolutely ridiculous. Which, sorry folks in turn compromises the care of the disabled and elderly.

Here is a simple example; Medicare can say we will not cover this procedure, test, or hospital stay because they have a diagnosis of obesity. Now what if the diagnosis is purely secondary to steroid use for an auto-immune disease, asthma, or other inflammatory condition. What if the weight gain is contributed to thyroid, hormones or diabetes? Those are not normally included in a claim if they were not seen directly for that condition that visit. However as your blood pressure and weight are taken every visit it is commonly included in your diagnosis without your even knowing. Then the patient gets the bill and has to fight from there.

Sadly a persons care depends on what the insurance allows, or in this example the Government. We don't want this for our children, ourselves or our nation. We want our disabled and elderly to be treated with respect and dignity and not denied care because of the conditions they face. Not all illness is a result of bad behavior, but even if it was it should be our freedom to have our own practices in life. We forget that we have paid along with our employers into the Social Security/Medicare system and should not be penalized for its lack of ability to run efficiently.

My suggestions are to obtain a copy of your medical records from all your doctors, labs, hospital stays, etc. Go as far back as possible. Verify these records stem to stern for accuracy and completeness. When you see an error in dictation or possibly the doctor misunderstood you, make an appointment to discuss the errors in your medical record. I recommend making an appointment instead of calling so you can ensure it is corrected then and there. Then request a copy of the correction along with the current visit note. Once you obtain all your records make a habit of requesting them at each visit.

These records in your possession are good for many reasons;

  • You may require specialist care that you may need the information. No matter how healthy we are, our memories are not perfect and it is good to refresh ourselves of what was preformed when or what medications we have tried.
  • To verify accuracy and completeness in our permanent medical record.
  • For legal issues, we never know what will be sequestered and used against or for us in a court of law.
  • Lastly before our records become property of the Government which may happen we want to ensure what is in there is correct to safeguard our own care.
On that note I think I will enjoy a bubbly refreshing soda of my choosing... from while I still can.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Looking for Nevada HAM Radio Operators!!

Do we have any HAM Radio users out here? This is an essential communication technique to use when all utilities are down, so if you have a HAM license or know someone who does who would like to be apart of this effort please visit the

West Virgina Prepper Network
and/or email so we can get to work on this. wvsantaclaus@aol.com

Ham radio nets are a very coordinated and organized effort, so what I am hoping for is to show Ham's that we can coordinate a message thru this forum. I believe it would show them that we are being serious about this subject. What I would like to see is all of the sites come together and post this on the same day. I know many of you update your sites more than once a day but it sure would be great to show we can get everyone on the same page for one day on this subject. If we all do nothing now to get this working it will surely not work once SHTF. That being said, what I am hoping for is to help set up a network of HAM'S to run a net over the air. This can be used to promote more people to join the effort's Tom and everyone else are putting in to make this network grow. We will reach a whole new audience over the air and some will surely come join us on the Internet while we still have it. In the future this net could be used to keep all of us in touch when the Internet is not a option. This could also be used for a very quick way to exchange information on bartering and many more things in the future. In HAM radio we have the ability to spread this world wide thru radio waves but it could take forever to get this going strong without getting more Ham's involved before going ON THE AIR with a net. Most ham's are set up for emergency power operation so this is a way to communicate even when the GRID is down, which today is becoming more of a reality every day as our utility grid ages.

From the Website of West Virgina


OK now I have done it in true DX fashion for all you HAM'S out there.
I know others that read this will be real confused now but I would really like to hear from you HAM'S out there so I figured I would write in a language you would understand. We need to get HAM'S involved here so we can try to get a net going to help with off the grid communication among the prepper networks. I know there are many Ham's already involved in the prepper network and many more that read so please come forward and help us with getting this going. Now that all the people that read this (that are not HAM'S) are confused let me add one more slang that only the HAM'S will understand.

73 de W4DMH

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Fox News Story on Disaster Preparedness

Fox covers exactly what we are all doing, preparing for the unknown, and having the tools to provide for our families. Great to get the information out there, knowledge is power and everyone needs to step up and be ready!

Click on the link below for an interesting video that people of all types, are preparing!

Fox News on Preparedness

So it is not just extremists, right-wing nut jobs, or the like. It is Americans concerned about our future from natural disasters, economic meltdown, and terrorist attacks. Some are just concerned American families realizing that we have lived for generations and taken life as we know it for granted and realized when it comes down to it, nobody really owes us anything and we want to be able to take care of our family IF the unexpected strikes! Personally, I think it is a good sign that people are taking the initiative to be ready and not relying on others or government to take care of their families for them.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why Become a Prepper?

By: Woodirae

There are several reasons why I decided to become a "Prepper". The most important is to help my family be prepared for whatever life throws at them. To have the ability to help other people achieve the same. When my Mother was asked what her daughter did she said matter of fact "She is a people person, she loves to help people." At that moment I knew I had to redirect my efforts to achieve exactly that. Up until that moment my "helping people" entailed me lending a hand, always wanting to help people in times of personal crisis.

It's true, I hated to see people hurting, in any kind of situation; physical, emotional, financial, usually resulting in too much help, too much advice, and possibly enabling that person to continue to make poor decisions. I just want to fix things, and make people happy. The end result is my frustration when I could not understand why they were not better prepared or allowed their situation to get to it's current status.

Facts are, my generation (Generation X) has had a pretty easy laid back life, living paycheck to paycheck and moving home when things got tough. We were not taught that credit was bad, in fact collages across the United States had an applications for a Visa or MasterCard when you applied for school. Very few of us were taught self discipline and even less taught preparation.

This is something I don't want my family to learn the hard way, I want them to have all the advantages in life they can. Isn't that what every parent wants, the best for their children? It is what my parents wanted for me, to be armed with knowledge to be able to help and think for myself. As I think back some of my family's most cherished moments, they were not moments of financial bliss or going from dramatic event to dramatic event. The opposite in fact, laughter and deep conversation doing things together; canning the gardens harvest, my mother and grandmother going to the laundromat, my father working two jobs to keep it together, my family worked together as a team to ensure that we all were well taken care of....no matter what.

So if I can help someone here, today with a sparkle of knowledge, then I have done something worthwhile. I want to share what I have learned, and researched about financial independence, food storage, uplifting books, preparing for the unthinkable. I want for you what I want for my family. Preparation and peace of mind.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Moment we knew was coming: Swine Flu

Swine Flu Pictures, Images and Photos

As we prepare for food shortages, Government crisis, financial meltdown why not add in a global pandemic? Is all the abounding crisis coming to a head at once seem a little fishy to anyone? Well we could discuss conspiracy theory's all day but that is not what we are here for. With the WHO announcing that the Swine Flu has been upgraded to a Level 6 Pandemic we all need to take notice, and prepare for quarantine. Some of us are blessed to live in the sticks and breathe a little easier, but we all need to know the facts. My new friend Kelleene Bishop @ Preparednesspro has written a fantastic blog digging into what you really need to know about the Swine Flu and I am happy to share it with you along with some other information of interest.


Masks along with immune system enhancers can be a helpful tool in this situation, they are good to have on hand. A lot of us take medications that lower our immune systems ability to fight by lowering our white cell count. Do you know if your medications do? A call to your Pharmacist or a look-up of the medications side effects should give you the information you need. Ignorance is bliss but knowledge is pure power.

Time to Stock Up!

So now I see that not only was my gut feeling right, but that regardless of the state of the Nation long term food storage should be something more families should have in place. Just like the emergency evacuation plan that families and schools have in place, this is something even more important. The ability to feed our families in times of strife. To have the tools for first aid and know how to use them.

Yesterday, I took the steps at long term storage, made some purchases that will ensure my families well being from The Ready Store, but I also found a site called Shelf Reliance which sells not only long term food storage, first aid, and the like, but the site includes tools to help you calculate what you need for any specified time and number of family members you have. You can pay as you go, and it estimates the cost per month. Each can includes not only the contents, but recipes and instructions for storage. They also have solutions for storage of these cans and normal canned goods as well. So I bought a few pouches to try it out. Very simple and user friendly, and wish I would have thought if that idea!! I will definitely let you know my opinion of the products when I receive them!

So how much long term food storage should a person have? Well financially three to six months of bills in your emergency fund is appropriate. So I would think the same of long term food storage to start with. I am able to go shopping I REALLY shop. So I could easily go three months without going to the store, other than for perishables. So this is just an extension of what I already have in place. Also just the beginning I am sure but we have so start somewhere!

So as quickly as one can blow money at a quick mart, fast food or the movies you can buy a can of food that will last 20 -30 years if it had to. A can a month and quickly your safety net will grow!


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