Apr 24

What that expiration date on your groceries REALLY means

homestead honey 125Did you know one of our own from North Carolina has been doing an internet radio show for preppers and anyone else that’s interested in a self sustainable lifestyle. Noreen also known as atticus9799 on her YouTube channel where she shares her skills in food preserving, canning, dehydrating, gardening, and a multitude of other things  has also been doing an internet radio show at Prepper Broadcasting on the same subjects.

Noreen, along with three other very knowledgeable women in self reliance make up the show “The Homestead Honey HourRead the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

Undocumented Immigrant Sues After Being Denied Driver’s License in North Carolina

This article was recently posted in the “Latino Daily News”.

An undocumented immigrant in North Carolina has sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles for denying him a driver’s license despite having the required documents and passing all the tests.

The law firm McKinney Perry & Coalter filed suit Thursday on behalf of Erick Renteria, an 18-year-old resident of Greensboro.

While this issue may at the face of it seem to be that of a state denying someone a drivers license, at the heart of it is the issue of states’ rights and whether or not they have to extend rights and privileges to illegal immigrants.  Erick Renteria does not meet the current immigration status requirement of the state of North Carolina.  The federal government gave the applicant deferred action beneficiary because he was illegally brought over at one year of age by his parents.  However, North Carolina does not recognize the deferred status.

If that isn’t enough, it seems as if the DMV and the attorney general’s office disagree about what is a legal immigrant. One would think that the DMV is going to lose the court case with their own attorney general agreeing with the applicant.   Now one has to wonder why the DMV didn’t act in accordance with the opinion of the attorney general?

Absent from the article is the blaring question about what about Renteria’s illegal parents?  He said he needs the drivers license to do errands for the family.  Are they still in this country illegally?


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Apr 10

Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar

By Jack Dyer

The Second Annual Sensible Mountain Preparedness Seminar will be held May 4 &5, 2012 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC.
If you have any plans to be in that area at that time, or are just interested in going, it sounds like a great time.
This is the town where the novel “One Second After” took place – and the Author, Mr. Willaim Forstchen will be a guest speaker.

See Details

Mar 28

Doomsday Preppers? I don’t think so!

Doomsday Preppers. Is that meant to describe us? Does the phrase define us? I don’t think so, not in reality. We do not believe in preparing for the final destruction of the Earth, commonly called “Doomsday”. That is not survivable and cannot be planned for. Do Preppers go through their preparations with the goal of surviving specific threat scenarios? Yes. We prepare for those events that we CAN survive and which CAN reasonably be prepared for. Let’s remove the sensationalistic parts of the title and refuse to be labeled by it.

Preppers are trying to accommodate multiple threats, concentrating on specific ones in turn as available funding and time allows but, starting with common items first. We attempt to puzzle out which preparations are common to the greatest number of scenarios and work toward getting ready to meet those challenges. Once we are satisfied that we have reached a predetermined level of preparation towards those threats, we then look at the next most critical threat(s), and so on down the line.

Beginning Preppers have immediate needs that they work to overcome. They generally concentrate on storing away food, starting with a 72 hour to 2 week supply and the means to prepare it. Next they look towards water storage and water purification equipment. These are Primary or Common Preparations. They are mostly consumable items and there never seems to be enough stored. Primary Preps are expanded to a greater depth while working on Secondary Preps. Having worked through the Primary Items, the New Prepper will usually look at the question of “Bug In or Bug Out” to determine their next priority. If the decision is to “Bug In”, they will look at home security, infrastructure improvements, and items for long term viability and defense of their primary residence. If the decision is to “Bug Out”, they will look at mobility issues (BOV’s), relocation destinations (BOL’s), camping gear, and specialized security and defense precautions. This is usually the time that they work at medical training, at least First Aid, and stock some level of medical supplies that are applicable in the broad spectrum of their needs.

Up to this point, most new or fairly new, Preppers are just looking at the common SHTF impacts, and have not looked at any specific event that starts the SHTF ball rolling. Once they have satisfied themselves that they have an initial (general) Plan, they look at expanding their existing stocks of goods and adding comfort items as they are available. This is also the time that they start looking at possible impacts of the most likely scenarios that may initiate the SHTF. These are Secondary Preparations. They may expand wilderness survival preparations. They may expand communications and EMP protections. They may expand watercraft and related supplies or equipment. They may be expanding advanced preps for radiation threats. Each Prepper will, according to their best judgment of the probability of those events occurring, and their primary geographic location’s conditions, begin to specialize their preparations to accommodate special situations. These are up to the individual’s preference, needs, and a calculation of the impact of event probabilities.

The New Preppers will have become Old Hands at Prepping by this point and will have gained experience and knowledge via training and exposure to other Preppers via discussion, blogs, articles, or other media inputs. It is here that Preppers need to reach out and become acquainted with other Preppers in their area. It takes many skills to survive in the long term beyond TEOTWAWKI and it is through comparing notes and abilities with others that the need for greater depth or additional skill sets is discovered. Working to learn those additional skills in advance of the need will help the Prepper to add to their knowledge base and become a greater value to their surrounding community, thereby adding to the likelihood of survival in the long term.

Again I ask, “Doomsday Preppers?” No. Just realists. We believe that our natural, political, and personal, environment is threatened by forces of Change that are beyond our control. Be it from CME’s, earthquakes, social upheaval, food shortages, or any large number of possible events. Preppers feel the need, and are in fact driven, to protect themselves from the impact of these changes. Well, Change is inevitable. It is a fact of life. Preppers believe that it is better to take care of our loved ones, and ourselves than it is to trust that Society, or some other large entity, will take care of us. We know that we can only rely on ourselves and those who are like-minded that we have established a trusted relationship with. Look to establish that trusted relationship with nearby Preppers. Form a personal network. It may mean the difference between lasting for a couple lonely months, or lasting for a long lifetime with good friends. It may also mean the difference between giving your children a heritage, or not. You decide.

“Prepare for the worst, hope for the best”

If one doesn’t learn from the Past, then they are sure to repeat it. Is that the way we want to go?

Mar 26

Prepper meetup groups in North Carolina


Map of all American Preppers Network and Partner meetup groups.

Scroll past the map for a listing.

View American Preppers Network Meetups in a larger map

WNC Survival and Thrival Group
(APN Partner Group)

WNC Preparedness Group
(APN Partner Group)

High Point

Preppers In The Triad
(APN Partner Group)



Raleigh Preppers

Eastern NC Preppers
(APN Partner Group)



Jan 22


by CCCooper

To many, the idea of Insurance is perfectly acceptable. Life insurance, Auto insurance, Health insurance, Disability insurance, etc. What is not routinely acceptable is Food insurance, Safety insurance, or on-hand medicine insurance. To those that remember Katrina in New Orleans, the lessons were all to clear.

In todays society, most have a full schedule of home, family, work, and, if time permits, a little play. What is not spoken of in general conversation, is the utter lack of understanding, by the common man, of exactly how fragile our society as a whole has become. Deliveries are made every day to keep store shelves stocked. Ever shopped at Wal-MArt at 7:00PM? Empty shelves are commonplace. Ever shop there immediately prior to a storm or hurricane? Madhouse!! And, shelves even more bare than usual.

If you polled the average American, they would tell you that they may have 2-3 days of food in their home. When queried about the amount of water they have on-hand, they look shocked! They have running water in their homes. Why would they need water? Most have never even considered an interruption of their water supply for more than a few hours.

For those with the presence of mind to actually take stock of the items they have on-hand, they would be shocked to learn just how dependent they are on the daily deliveries in their communities and just how bad off they would be if those deliveries were somehow interrupted for an extended period.

Dependence in the extreme may get you into a world of hurt. Independence is the goal. Preparation is the journey.

Jan 17

Apples and Oranges: Getting the Kids into Permaculture

We are blessed with three beautiful children. One of the rules we have for the children is that at least one hour per weekend be devoted to something they want to grow or raise. Our oldest son chose apples; our daughter chose oranges. The youngest son hasn’t made a choice yet (I’m hoping for rabbits). I’m not sure if our oldest chose apples because he loves to eat them or because he killed one of my young apple trees last year and was racked with guilt. Whatever his reason, he spent many weeks looking up varieties of apples that will grow in North Texas, when to plant, how to prune, etc.

Wanting to encourage his new interest, I bought 5 trees online from the Willis Orchard Company. I was glad to be able to order the varieties my son had picked; however, I’ve never planted bare-root trees before. I hope they live! Last year we had planted two trees grown in 5-gallon containers from Ron’s Organics. Both trees grew very well and survived the severe drought (but only one survived the teenage boy with the weed-eater). Our new trees will get protective French-drain collars.

The trees arrived just before the weekend and with rain in the forecast for Monday we decided Saturday morning would be the best time to plant. Our son shoveled compost and mulch, hauled bucket after bucket of water and root stimulator, measured meticulously between the trees, and was incredibly helpful getting them planted. But the thing that really impressed me happened after lunch. When I went back out to plant my blackberry bushes (ordered from Berries Unlimited), he came too. It wasn’t required, wasn’t part of his project, and isn’t a fruit he’s particularly fond of, but he shoveled compost and mulch, hauled water and was again, very helpful.

At fourteen, the boy usually thinks we’re a little strange. He admits to the value of storing supplies, having 3-day bug-out-bags, and growing our own food; but when asked his opinion, the words “weird,” “extreme,” and “unconventional” are usually involved. He was already ten or eleven when we began prepping so it’s not engrained in him. By taking an interest in growing apples, not only will he develop a useful skill, but he’ll understand that quality takes time and nurture. My hope is that by the time the apple trees begin bearing fruit “weird,” “extreme,” and “unconventional” will be replaced by “healthy,” “prepared,” and “wise.”

Seeing that we were serious and would put actual money behind their research, my daughter has been eating a variety of oranges, trying to find one she enjoys that can be grown in containers on the patio. She’s twelve and loves being prepared, but then, she was only eight when we got started. What a difference just a few years can make – or maybe our kids are as different as apples and oranges.

For more visit: http://thegoodstorehouse.blogspot.com/

Jan 13

The Antelope & the Deer

by ramidus

Every epiphany or level of understanding we reach comes with the equal and opposite realization that what we thought was true, may not have been. There are events in our lives that seem trivial at the time, that will prove otherwise with time. Being able to recognize these events and gain insight from them is crucial.

I was introduced to the theory of the Normalcy bias a long time ago. Its quite simple to understand, and vastly improves your critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills. Being able to make good decisions when your life depends on it…equals continued survival. Dont allow your “blinders” to make you choose a pine box because thats the only thing you can see!

The best way to understand the Normalcy bias is to study people and their reactions to disaster events. For example, Fukishima. They knew it would fail in a tsunami of that size. They simply didnt think a Tsunami of that size would happen in their lifetime. WHY? Because a Tsunami of that size had not happened in their lifetime. It has not happened, so it wont happen… That is not logic, its a recipe for disaster. Once you understand how and why people under react, you can better predict their over reactions.

The best way to describe the Normalcy bias; People will react to a “self realized disaster” like a Deer in your headlights. It hears this loud rumbling noise (disaster) coming at it. It gets “blinded” by the headlights (shock). Its too confused and afraid to move because its “blind”. The deer is not afraid of the car, it doesnt understand what a car is. Its afraid to make the wrong choice, so it makes no choice. It freezes, just like a lil fawn. Instinct says do not move and maybe it wont see me. The result. The deer is dead from inaction. The deer wanted “normal” to return because normal is familiar, and cars are unfamiliar.

Logic and reasoning are built on understanding. If you dont know the world is round, it appears to be very flat. Your level of understanding is vital for good decision making. Foster your ability to think critically.

We are coming to a bottle neck. We are at the onset of the Quickening. A cataclysm of epic proportions is probable. You are in a tunnel, and you see a light at the other end. The light is actually a train coming at you. You can stare it down like a Deer, or you can bolt like an Antelope and get out of the tunnel! The choice you make depends on your understanding of what is normal…What is the Normalcy bias… what is familiar. Prepare for the unfamiliar.

I urge you to Google, Wiki, research and project the far reaching arm of the Normalcy bias.

Run Antelope…RUN! Join the Herd!

Jan 09

Pest Control for Preppers Especially When The Grid Is Down

by getawayman

Hello to all.. My intent with this thread is to share some of my experience and knowledge in an area that does not get much exposure. Pest Control. I have been prepping for a little over three years now. I have read many books and articles, many blogs and have talked with other preppers. The one topic that gets virtually no attention is pest control. Now I know that it may not seem like much, But bugs and rodents can create real problems, not only for our stores, but also our familys.

I have been a commericially licensed pest control technician, “exterminator”, for over twenty years. I have worked in both the residential and commercial sectors. I have seen first hand the destruction that pests can do to a home. From severe cockroach infestations to rats and mice rendering properties uninhabitable. Not to mention the diseases that they can carry. Remember the Bubonic Plauge?
But what happens when you can’t reach someone like me or you can’t reach anyone? (My motto, “Always think worst case senario”)

As Knowledge is Power and Caring is Sharing… how corny is that!…I would like to offer my insights and wisdom on a variety of topics that hopefully none of us will experience. Imagine going to your stores to rotate stock or take inventory and finding that twenty-five pound bag of rice full of little white worms with red heads (Indian Meal Moths). Belive me, it happens. It doesn’t matter where you live, what your income level is or how clean you keep your home. Bugs Don’t Care.

I do not advocate the random spraying of pesticides all over the place with the hope of killing whatever happens to be in the area. While this may be fun and exciting, it is NOT the safest or most effective. My goal has always been to provide pest control with the least impact to people, pets and the things we care about. I have used a more homeopathic approach to pest control that anyone can learn and anyone can use when you can’t reach a qualified pest control operator. Not that the proper application of materials isn’t warranted from time to time.

The first topic I will be discussing is “Mice, Furry Little Ninjas” in the next week or so. I would love to answer your questions, hear your stories and share my experiences, not just about the topic at hand, but anything pest related. Should you have a question or topic idea that you would like to learn more about, please send me a message and I will respond.
I look forward to hearing from you
God Bless

**Editors note: To contact this author, join our forum at www.AmericanPrepperNetwork.net and send a Private Message (PM) to: getawayman

Jun 08

Preparedness Convention in N.C. June 18th, 2011

Preparedness Convention in N.C. June 18th, 2011
Posted by kbreeding

Carolina Readiness Supply is holding an all day preparedness seminar on Saturday, June 18th at the Haywood Community College Auditorium in Clyde, NC., starting at 8 am until 5 pm. We have a great lineup of speakers that will give you many tips on preparedness. Admission fee is $5, to help defray the costs, and will include 2 tickets for door prizes. Lunch will be available for $5. Venders will be set up in the lobby with items for sale.

Schedule: Subject to change.

7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Meet and Greet

8:30 – 8:40 Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance

8:40 – 9:00 Welcome and Gomer Parable – Larry Porter

9:00 – 10:00 William Forstchen author of One Second After

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 10:45 How do I begin? Ryan Croft

10:45 – 11.15 Communications – John Swain

11:15 – 11:45 Water – Engineer775

11:45 – 12:00 Questions & Answer

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch & Breakout Sessions

FireStarting – 3 ways to start a fire without matches

Medications & Tinctures

Bug Out Bags

1:30 – 1:50 Food Storage – MadMick15

1:50 – 2:20 Sanitation – Southernprepper1

2:20 – 2:50 Retreat Design – Engineer775

2:50 – 3:00 Break

3:00 – 3:40 Disaster Security – southernprepper1

3:45 – 4:15 Weapons – Ryan Croft

4:15 – 4:30 Neighborhood Security – Dr. Dan Eichenbaum

4:30 – 4:45 Questions & Answers

Please sign in to our guest book so we will know how many to plan for lunch. www.carolinareadiness.com

Advanced ticket sales: $5 per ticket – email number of tickets to kkdjan@aol.com These tickets must be paid for when ordered.

Hotel reservations can be made at:

Holiday Inn at Exit 44 off I40. 435 Smoky Park Hwy, Asheville. 828-665-2161. Room rate $89+ tax. Reserve by June 3 for this rate. Approx 10 miless from campus.

Comfort Inn – 737 Champion Drive, Canton, NC Exit 31 from I40. 800-424-6423 Group rate $104.39 + tax. Approx. 4 miles from campus.

Super 8 Motel – 79 Liner Cove Rd. Exit 103 off 23/74. 828-454-9667. Approx. 2 miles from campus.

Our schedule of speakers includes You tubes greatest preppers: Engineer 775 and Southernprepper1 from South Carolina and our own WNC Ryan Croft, John Swain, and Dr. Dan Eichenbaum. Special Guest Speaker is William Forstchen, author of One Second After.

Venders: Please contact me and tell me how many tables you will need. There is limited space so please call soon! 828-456-5310 or email at kkdjan@aol.com.

This will be a great opportunity to meet folks in your area and network with.

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