5 Non-Lethal Self Defense Weapons for EDC

Non-Lethal Self Defense Weapons EDC

First, your non-lethal self-defense weapons should be simple to use, lightweight, legal to carry, and above all be effective.

Essentially anything can be used as a weapon, and keep in mind any weapon can be lethal, as well. A blow to the head using a rock, a punch to the face, or a stab with a pen, or even a shock from a Taser can be lethal. The weapons and methods described here would be considered, under normal circumstances, non-lethal by definition.

Stun Gun

Some states and local municipalities regulate the sale and possession of stun guns or Tasers and a few states ban them outright, illegal to have one in your possession in other words. Generally, they are legal to have in states that do not have specific regulations, if carried for self-defense purposes. In some cases you may be required to purchase one from a licensed firearm dealer. A Taser or stun gun is considered a non-lethal device, and they are very effective in subduing an aggressor.   

One downfall when using a stun gun is that you have to make physical contact with your aggressor. A Taser will fire probes, so you can subdue a person without them getting close enough to grab you, while a stun gun uses prongs that must make contact with a person. If attacked and you are grappling with an aggressor than they are ideal for stopping the attack immediately.

Tear Gas/Pepper Spray

Keep in mind Mace is simply a brand name, but for the purposes of this article it will be used to indicate so-called tear gas products. Mace is essentially tear gas, usually called defense spray, and the name Mace may be associated with other products such as certain pepper sprays.

Some find that tear gas or a derivative of tear gas, which is available to civilians, is not as effective as pepper spray when it comes to personal defense. Mace is generally used to control large crowds or to force someone from a structure/room, and is used often by law enforcement and the military.

Mace is classified as an irritant, while pepper spray is classified as an inflammatory. Pepper spray has an immediate effect on most people, and generally will incapacitate an assailant. Tear gas available “over the counter” usually does not have an immediate effect on those intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

There may be restrictions on the concentration of the active ingredient when purchasing and there may be restriction on where Mace or Pepper Spray can be purchased. If there are restrictions then they would usually have to be bought from a licensed firearm dealer or even from a pharmacist.

Baton

Typically, you can carry a baton in the absence of criminal behavior. What this means is that you cannot carry one with the intent of committing a crime with one. We will leave it there for you to decipher.

Some states and local municipalities however, do restrict the possession of one, so check first. However, generally they would be allowed, as would a walking stick, or even a tire thumper used to check for soft tires. You can purchase collapsible batons that would make carrying one easier, and you can ever buy collapsible stun batons. A stun baton extended would prevent an assailant from making physical contact with you.

Tactical Flashlight

Most tactical flashlights are equipped with a striking bezel that can be used for self defense. Some models are also equipped with a blinding strobe feature that can disorientate an attacker. When gripped in the fist a metal or even a hard plastic flashlight can be used to pummel the head and face or other parts of a body. Grip one in your fist as if you were going to pound on a door.

Tactical Pen

A heavy metal pen can be used to stab any part of a body. Usually they are sold as tactical pens, but any pen for that matter would work to some extent. Metal is of course sturdier, and metal is recommended for self-defense purposes. With metal you would get greater impact and penetration.

Other Items

A purse, satchel, or briefcase can be swung at an assailant, and while they may not do much physical harm, the distraction may be enough to allow you to escape.

Your car keys can be used by slipping a key between your fingers as you make a fist. This gives you a metal object for stabbing/punching the hands, head, or face.

As stated earlier, essentially anything can be used to defend yourself, but the best case scenario is to always have an item on your person that can be used. You probably would not find too many rocks or pieces of two by fours lying around a store’s parking lot late at night, so you do need something close at hand.

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The Doomsday Seed Vault: The Syrian War Prompts First Withdrawal

Doomsday Seed Vault

There is a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies. Now for the first time since the vault was established on the Svalbard archipelago in 2008, seeds have been withdrawn. The original intent or charter if you will was designed to protect crop seeds such as beans, rice, and wheat against the worst cataclysms of nuclear war or disease (Doyle, 2015).

Once you crack the seal, or pop the cork as the case maybe, it is easier to go back to the wine for a sip or two, and sooner than imagined the bottle is empty. The vault has more than 860,000 samples, from almost all nations and of course the seeds are stored so the world or a particular nation can recover from a catastrophe, a catastrophe that threatens the food supply.

The Middle East as a whole could probably qualify as a catastrophe, where disease and starvation account for many deaths, not to mention war. With the refugee crisis and millions leaving the area is there anyone left to plant the crops and harvest them, process them, and then distribute them?

It won’t take long for the terrorist organizations who are trying to take over certain countries to realize they too need to eat and have a reliable food source, so what happens when, because of their actions the seed vault is tapped again, and again, and how long can it sustain itself. Maybe it’s time you started your own seed vault.

The doomsday seed vault is for countries to secure their future food supply, and while you live in a country, you would not be able to call up and order up your tomato seeds from the vault, if disaster strikes. It would take years after a calamity for nations to get the seeds in the ground. It requires people with skills to plant, tend to, and then to harvest the crops, not to mention once you have all this how to distribute the crops. Once again, you realize you are on your own.

We are not going to get into the debate about GMO’s, heirloom, hybrid, and all that. That is for you to decide what is best for you and yours. However, when the SHTF your choices may be limited, so if you want perfection and will not settle for less than perfect, then it is up to you to make it happen now, because no one will do it for you once a crisis is upon us.

Droughts, floods, a volcano, war, or even a major earthquake could ruin crops and crop land for years, and it would take years to recover. This means you would need several years’ worth of food stockpiled, or a sustainable and renewable source of food, your own private source in other words.

What Do You Need

Gathering up seeds is the easy part, and relatively inexpensive. If you only plant heirloom seeds then the plant itself will produce seeds ensuring a renewable source of seeds for every season. However, many heirloom varieties have inherent weaknesses. They are not drought tolerant, pest resistant and in some cases the growing conditions need to be near perfect for a decent harvest. Hybrid plants cannot produce seeds for an identical plant. However, the plant itself has had the best qualities bred into it and so hybrids are more suited for problem soil, and in many cases require less water. This is something to consider as you begin your stockpile, think about a combination of both.

Aside from the seeds, you will need certain skill sets, materials, and above all knowledge of the growing seasons, and of the plants themselves. Knowing how to compost properly will ensure you have fertilizer and the tools needed are not complicated, or all that expensive, but needed nonetheless.

The biggest problem is space and soil. If you live in a suburban area, vacant lots and other areas of the city could be contaminated after years of vehicular traffic and factories discharging contaminates into the soil. One solution is to stockpile your own soil, which would be a monumental task and you could use raised beds virtually anywhere. If you have a backyard suitable in size then that problem is solved, but consider the need to expand when calculating size of area versus harvest.

It takes planning and it can take months if not years to reach the level where your garden could supply you with daily sustenance during the growing season. Keep in mind you need to grow enough so there is a surplus that can be preserved for the off seasons.

Doyle, A. (2015, September 22). Retrieved 2015, from https://news.yahoo.com/syrian-war-spurs-first-withdrawal-doomsday-arctic-seed-143300148.html

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The FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium Vacuum Sealer Review

FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium

Hunting season is upon us, and this means game meat processing will soon be in full swing. Freezers stuffed with meat, fish, and poultry, food that required skill and considerable effort to bring home to help feed you and your family over the long winter months. Will it carry you over the months however, will it be ready to eat whenever you grab a package out of the deep freeze.

How do you ensure it stays edible for months or even years in some cases? It has to be packaged correctly to make sure it is ready when you are hungry, and one of the best ways to ensure this is by vacuum sealing your game meats and fish.

FoodSaver has an incredible deal right now, well they have incredible deals all year long, but right now the deal is especially appealing for hunters and anglers. The FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium Vacuum Sealer is designed with hunters and anglers in mind.

Already you are thinking the bags are too expensive to make it worthwhile. Similar to a printer, which is relatively inexpensive, but they get you on the ink right. Maybe that’s true but we are talking about vacuum sealer bags not ink cartridges. 

The bags, when sealed properly keeps meats, poultry, and fish up to 5 times longer than traditional storage methods. The savings from not wasting foods would far outweigh the cost of the bags.

The bags in many cases can be reused, in particular the Ziploc bags that can be vacuum sealed and then opened and resealed a number of times. Mason jars can be sealed, opened, and resealed indefinably using this sealer as well with the optional jar sealing accessory. Simply wash the bags or jars and let air dry between sealing. Buy once and use repeatedly.

With this model you can seal mason jars as well, but this is not a replacement method for proper canning procedures it’s more for sealing dry goods like salt, sugar, and rice to name a few. When you can stop the waste, you save money, and eat better in the process.

Manufactures’ Description and Items Included In Offer:

  • 1 – 11″ X 10′ Heat Seal Roll
  • 3 – 15″X10′ Heat Seal Roll
  • 3 – Gallon DAM® Bags
  • 2 – Heavy Duty Rolls
  • 2 – Expandable Rolls

Bonus Offer Includes:

  • 1 – Heavy Duty Rolls, 2 Pack
  • 1 – 15 Inch Rolls, 2 Pack
  • 1 – Square Container to Marinate In (The vacuuming process opens the pores of the meat or food allowing the marinade to penetrate the food for better flavor and for tenderizing)
  • 1 – Outdoor Cookbook

Vacuum seals up to 15″ wide bags for large cuts of game and fish, which allows for larger packages, and this of course cuts down on meat processing time and uses less bags.

  • Up to 100 repetitive seals
  • Dual pump for more power
  • 2 seal settings – single and double
  • XL rubberized buttons
  • Patented, removable, dishwasher-safe, drip tray
  • Convenient bag cutter and roll storage
  • Accessory port and vacuum hose seals canisters and marinates food in minutes
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Product Dimensions: 26″ L x 12″ W x 6″ H

Meats and fish wrapped in butcher paper or sealed in Ziploc bags do not fare well in the freezer, and typically after a few months they have lost the battle with the cold. The food gets freezer burned, it discolors and ultimately loses its flavor.

Vacuum Sealed Ground Beef

Hard cheeses left in the refrigerator that have not been sealed properly will grow mold and absorb odors from whatever else is in the refrigerator. You can prolong the life of cheese and other products that are traditionally stored in your refrigerator as well.

Once you have the FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium Vacuum Sealer home, you will realize other uses for the GameSaver Vacuum Sealer. Snacks for the kids can be sealed up and kept fresh in the reusable Ziploc bags and all they have to do is break the seal and eat, and then start all over again with the same bag.

Seal up items you want to protect from moisture such as matches for your emergency kit. Seal up socks and smaller clothing items to save space in your closet, vehicle or survival bags. The uses go on and on only limited by your imagination.

The savings you will see when you stop wasting foods will add up, and soon the cost of the vacuum sealer and bags is well behind you as the real savings add up day after day.

Final Thoughts

After months of reading reviews of all the different vacuum sealers out there I decided to go with the FoodSaver GameSaver Titanium. This machine is built like a tank so if you’re planning on keeping it on your counter top you’re going to need a lot of room. I was tired of throwing away hundreds of dollars worth of food and I couldn’t really justify buying meat in bulk to save money because it would just end up going bad, so I decided to make a vacuum sealer purchase and I’m glad I did.

The GameSave Titanium is a bit pricey but I wanted something that had the double seal feature and could handle repetitive seals to make processing my fish and game go by a lot quicker. Keep in mind FoodSaver has plenty of models to choose from so you can find one that fits your budget and needs. Plus if you purchase from the FoodSaver site they allow easy payments so it’s not so hard on the wallet. They also have plenty of deals on the bags all the time and a rewards system to get free products. You can purchase the GameSave Titanium for $449.95 at FoodSaver.com.

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Winter Checklist for Your Vehicles

Winter Checklist Vehicles

Cold weather is on its way, so is your vehicle ready for cold mornings and snowy or icy roads. Are you ready for cold weather? It is time to inventory your vehicle’s emergency gear and to pull out the swimsuits and sandals and replace them with cold weather clothing. Vehicle maintenance is important as well, and so there are certain things that should be checked before the first cold snap.

Already you may be thinking, “Really another checklist for winter driving”. Yes, there are hundreds, if not thousands of articles out there on this very subject, and yet every year people jump in their cars and head out unprepared.

They wear their office/work clothing and inadequate footwear when snow and ice storms are predicted, because they think it is only a few miles to work and I can beat the storm. Many have no gloves, hat, or any cold weather survival gear in their vehicles.

Some end up stranded, and this is when tragedy strikes, and so yes, another article, call it a friendly reminder, if you will, that nature is unforgiving and we are not yet able to control it or even forecast it very well.

1.) Depending on your location, you may be required to have snow chains available. Signs usually go up stating they are needed to proceed along the highway or road, so you better have them if you live in certain parts of the country.

Keep in mind studded tires are not a replacement for chains if tire chains are called for. Typically, there is a weight requirement when it comes to studded tires, some states do not allow them on vehicles over 10,000 pounds. Obviously, make sure the tires themselves are serviceable, because worn tires are a hazard regardless of the weather.

All wheel drive vehicles are usually exempt from chain requirements, but check your state laws. There are only certain times of the year that you can drive with studded tires/chains so check first. Studded tires are not nearly as common as they were a few years ago, because of all wheel drive and advances in tire chain technology.

2.) Anti-freeze should be checked and it is always a good idea to have your system flushed and checked once a year. Adding anti-freeze on top of old anti-freeze or on top of water dilutes the solution and this could lead to problems when the cold gets extreme. You can check the solution yourself with a coolant tester available at any parts store or at many retail stores.

3.) Have cold weather shoes/boots in the vehicle. While you should always stay with the vehicle if it is safe to do so, you may have to hike out in some circumstances, or even explore in and around the vehicle so you need the proper footwear. You cannot walk on slippery surfaces with high heels and loafers and some people have been stranded, because their footwear would not let them get 10 feet from their vehicle if the ground is slick with ice or snow.

4.) Heavy coat, gloves, and hat should be in the vehicle as well as, blankets such as wool and/or Mylar solar blankets. Sleeping bags can also be used.

5.) A cell phone charger could be a lifesaver, so make sure you have the right one in the car, and having a spare battery is not a bad idea either. Batteries are expensive so it is not always practical to have extras lying around, but keep it in mind if you happen to find a deal on one. The point is you always need the means to communicate. You cannot let a dead battery come between you and survival.

6.) If you get stranded for more than a few hours you will need water for hydration. Have a gallon of fresh water on hand at all times. Break it up into bottles that can be carried with you, and in some cases you may have to protect it from freezing if your vehicle is left outside for an extended period in the cold.

7.) Food is important for morale. You won’t starve if you go for 24 or 48 hours without any, but you need it to keep your energy levels high, and to keep your spirits up. Food as it digests will also help maintain proper core body temperatures. When choosing, consider what effects the cold will have on your foods. It is not likely you would have the means to cook foods but some Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) will come supplied with a heater.

8.) Extra battery/battery pack and cables for jump starting a dead battery. You can jump start your vehicle battery from a spare battery if you have the cables. Battery packs can be used and the cables are already attached, but you have to match the cranking amps with your battery. In the manual for some packs the fine print may state works best or only works with six cylinder vehicles, so match the pack with your vehicle to ensure it has the power, because in some cases you only get one chance.

9.) Basic tool kit and other gear. Duct tape, small battery operated or hand crank radio with a weather station, multi-tool and small tool kit for minor repairs. Today’s cars are complicated and most repairs would be out of the question alongside the highway, but you can replace radiator hoses, or patch one that holds long enough to get you to a service station.

Make sure you know how to change a flat tire and that the jack and lug wrench are in the car and they actually match the vehicle. Carry matches, lighters, road flares, and signal flags, along with glow sticks, flashlights and candles in a metal can for emergency heat and light.

10.)  Do not get in a hurry and stay informed on weather conditions. Leave yourself plenty of time if you are worried about getting to work or to anywhere on time. You simply cannot rush when the roads are slippery and you need to be patient.

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Winter Checklist for the Home

Winter Checklist for the Home

It seems like the summers are getting shorter and the winters longer, but then again, we say this every year, and it may just seem that way as we get older. Nonetheless, winter is just around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Some things can wait, while others cannot.

1.) Garden hoses can be damaged if left exposed to the cold, so start thinking about storage places. In addition, if you have freeze proof spigots, hoses have to be uncoupled to allow the water to properly drain from the spigot to prevent freezing and bursting the line.

2.) Cover outdoor spigots with insulated covers as an added measure to prevent freezing.

3.) Lawn sprinkler/irrigation systems must be drained to prevent damage to the system.

4.) Crawl space vents will have to be closed or covered to keep cold air out of the crawl space. In warm weather, of course, the vents are opened to reduce moisture buildup which can lead to mold and mildew problems, not to mention moisture attracts insects in particular certain termites.

5.) Have your heating system checked before you need it. Heating and air conditioning service companies experience high demand for services during the first cold snap of the season, so get ahead of the rush.

6.) Make sure your gutters are cleaned out. Stopped up drain spouts will allow water to build up and if it freezes it can damage the roofline, soffits, and the guttering system itself.

7.) Prune back any branches that overhang the roofline. Snow and ice can weigh down even healthy limbs that right now do not seem to be a hazard, but once under strain from the weight of snow and ice could snap and damage the roof or walls of the home.

8.) Stock up on ice melt now, because as you know, the minute the first snow or ice is predicted people rush to the stores and clean out the supply. Retail stores never seem to have their act together when it comes to inventorying certain items, because if they order too much then they have to inventory a product that has only one use for a short period.

9.) Service your generators and stabilize the fuel. Make sure they work properly and that you have fresh fuel going into the colder months. Inspect your electrical cords for serviceability and if you had purchased appliances over the summer months, make sure you have electrical cords rated for the appliance and ensure your generator can handle the additional load.

10.) Check your water pipes insulation, and if you use heat tape make sure it is working by testing it before it gets cold.

11.) Inspect your hot water tank blanket, and if you do not have one it is recommended you do get one if your tank is located in a non-heated part of the home such as in the garage, basement, or crawlspace.

This may also be a good time to drain your tank to clear out the sediment. Too much build up in the bottom of the tank can have an effect on the efficiency, and may even cause damage, and in some cases the sediment may build up to the point you cannot drain the tank, because of a clogged spigot. In addition, if you need to use your hot water tank as an emergency water supply, you want it as sediment free as possible and of course you want the drain to work.

12.) If you have a wood burning fireplace or wood stove have your chimney cleaned and inspected for damage before your first fire. Creosote buildup as you know is dangerous and over time it will build up even if you only burned well seasoned wood. Seasoned wood will still have up to 20 percent moisture content which will cause a buildup.

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Urban or Rural EDC

Urban or Rural: Everyday Carry (EDC)

Everyday Carry or EDC, you have read the articles and have seen the posts and then realized that everyone has their own ideas on what to carry. Everyone’s situation is different, however. Geography, threats, weather, local laws, and your own personal preferences will help determine what you carry every day.

You Can Break Up Your Gear in to Zones, Levels or Tiers, or Whatever Term Suits You Best

The first level would be the minimum needed to get through a normal day. Your normal work day, or any day away from home, and of course tailor the gear for the environment you expect to be in throughout the day.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Will It Affect You

Syrian Refugee Crisis

President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, the White House said on Thursday September10, 2015 (Edwards, 2015).

National security is of course a major concern when considering Syria refugees and others from neighboring countries. The areas in question are rife with anti-American sentiment and with people that seek to do us and other western countries harm. The screening process as the refugees arrive can take up to 18 months according to the report.

There is no guarantee any screening process would be effective however. U.S. Intelligence Agencies simply do not have the human and signal intelligence assets on the ground in many of the areas from which the refugees are arriving.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing, and how many will there be, no one knows. No doubt many of not most of the refugees are families looking to escape war and persecution, but it doesn’t take many bent on destruction to create a catastrophe. We would likely see small attacks against soft targets, malls, schools and other institutions that do not traditionally have any measurable security in place.

The United States and the President are under pressure from various humanitarian groups and from members of the President’s own party to do more to help. However, we as a country need to consider the security nightmare this would cause.

What Can You Do To Stay Safe

The short answer is not much. It not as this is a piece of machinery that needs new brakes or hydraulic lines to make it safe, there is no clear solution, no fix that can be pinpointed.

The only thing you can do is to reduce your risk, and unfortunately this means you will have to change some of your habits. You will have to adapt to the new normal. You would have to avoid certain public holiday events, large crowds, and prominent symbolic events, because they can become targets, but as recent events have shown, anyone, anywhere can become a target.

It would be difficult, if not impossible to predict when a person might go on a rampage and shoot up a recruitment center or military base. However, once the dust settles people come out of the woodwork to proclaim that they thought that person was odd or that he or she dropped a comment or had made threats against this country or particular people, and the list of attention seekers goes on and on as people seek the limelight.

Any social media sites that a person that commits an act had used are gone over with a fine toothed comb, and there are clues there many times, if not outright proclamations stating that person planned on something. Who is responsible for keeping track?

In some sense we all are, but if we responded to every comment, every word written or shouted in anger we would be speed dialing 911 24/7. It is nearly impossible, and that is why it is difficult to predict anything. As stated earlier all you can do is to reduce your risk by avoidance.

People use the Internet to vent frustrations, to say things without reprisal and this can be a good thing, but there is a darker side as well, and then there is our constitutional right to free speech.

You have to be alert, and you simply cannot let yourself be trapped anywhere. Exits and places that provide cover must be noted wherever you go. Defending yourself from an active shooter in a public place, is far different than defending yourself in your own home, so going out well armed may not provide much protection if any at all in a crowded area, especially if terrorists use explosive devices.

You have to consider different routes, and plan when to go shopping and when to take trips out of town.

We all have to assume that there will be terrorist mingling with the refugees, and without a doubt some will arrive here. Once here they will melt into the shadows to plot their acts.

Edwards, J. (2015, September). Retrieved 2015, from https://news.yahoo.com/obama-wants-u-prepare-10-000-syrian-refugees-172337928.html

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Collecting Rain Water Runoff Legal or Not

Rain Water Collection

The following is for informational purposes only. The advice and opinions are just that, and in no way should be seen as conclusive. Laws and regulations are continually changing, and it is up to you to stay informed as much as possible on your local and state laws as well as any applicable federal laws.

Currently Colorado prohibits the collection of water runoff, except in certain cases where permission is granted, and how you get permission is still a mystery. Otherwise you cannot collect rainwater runoff even in small amounts for personal use.

Nevada has some very vague language in their regulations that leads many, if not most, to believe it is illegal.

A spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources states however, that water collection is subject to existing water rights per NRS 533.030. The interpretation is that you cannot collect water in rain barrels without the benefit of a “water right”. However, the spokesperson goes on to say that the Division of Water Resources does not police nor will they police rain barrels. You have to decide what this means if you live in Nevada (Robison, 2015).

Some states like Minnesota have restrictions on the amounts, but for the normal household you would never exceed the amount you can collect without a permit.

You would need a permit called a “water appropriation permit” for use that exceeds 10,000 gallons in any one day or 1,000,000 in one year with the exception for domestic use if less than 25 people are being serviced. Again you have to decide how this affects you.

{See Minnesota Statutes, Section 103A.201, and Section 103G.271, subd. 1, and Minnesota Rules, Part 6115.0600.}” ( State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, n.d.)

As for the rest of the country no state specifically prohibits the collection of water runoff from your roof, but the wording is again vague in some cases, and there are certain regulations in place. You can collect in barrels in most instances for your own use, and in some states people are encouraged to do so.

In most jurisdictions you cannot divert the flow of so-called public rivers or streams or dam such waterways or collect water in a containment pond/receptacle that may overflow onto public lands or contaminate public use waterways.

The headlines came out and the hue and cry went out as well, people being jailed and fined for water collection on their own property. In one particular case a landowner diverted flowing surface water and created a containment problem. He was in clear violation and was given numerous warnings to cease without penalty but he refused.

Some states heavily regulate water collection and it takes some reading to figure it all out, as is the case in California. However, in 2012 the state legislature made it legal to collect rainwater from your own roof in barrels. Assembly Bill number 1750.

(https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB1750)

The problem many face is the wording in most laws. What does water containment mean to you and what does it mean to regulators.

Unless it specifically states you cannot collect runoff such as in Colorado, you can collect rain water off your own roof in barrels.

What you cannot do is dam up rivers or streams, build ponds, and let them overflow and do certain other things to contain runoff from other than your roof. Some of the regulations do protect you and the rest of us. Suppose your neighbor dug a containment pond and let rain runoff fill it. You may have a private well on your land, and if your neighbor were careless about his or her farm equipment and let oils and fuels run into the pond what would this do to your private well. You really do not know what might be leaching into the ground water when there are large containment ponds that are not regulated close to your well.

Read the laws carefully, but the bottom line it is unlikely that if you have a few or even a dozen barrels under your gutter spout that anyone is going to jail or fine you. This of course is an opinion based on research, and it is up to you to do your due diligence before moving forward.

Anything you do has to be tempered with some common sense. There are regulations and there always will be. You can accomplish a lot as a Prepper if you do not draw attention to yourself and keep your plans to yourself. Neighbors and others with too much time on their hands always seem to want to have their nose stuck in everyone else’s business at times. Do not give anyone a reason to look to closely at what you are doing by keeping your plans a secret.

State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved 2015, from http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/waters/water_law_questions_and_answers.pdf

Orpheus. (2015). Retrieved 2015, from http://www.enlight-inc.com/blog/?p=1036

Robison, M. (2015, May). Retrieved 2015, from http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/05/26/ask-rgj-can-nevadans-collect-rain-barrels/27983037/

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Survival Uses Tarps

5 Survival Uses for Tarps

If you have ever researched bug-out-bags, wilderness survival, and survival articles in general, you will find tarps listed as a survival must. There is a reason for this of course, because they are versatile. Emergency shelters usually come to mind, but they have other uses as well, many other uses.

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Open Carry and Swatting

Open Carry and Swatting

The gun control lobby and certain citizens at large who do not believe that anyone should own, or carry a firearm are putting legal gun owners, police and citizens in danger (Chiaramonte, 2015).

It is called “swatting” when people see you carrying a firearm or even suspect you are concealing one, and then call the police (911). People with an agenda in most cases, falsely report you are doing something illegal just to get the police to show up, and hope they drag you off to jail. In some instances a person is reported as a “suspicious person” and is acting in a threatening manner and of course has a gun on them.

Most of the time the reports have been exaggerated to inflame the situation. For example, stating a person is brandishing a firearm or a person has threatened another with a gun when this is simply not the case. Some do this in hopes there is a confrontation (a violent one possibly?) between the police and the gun owner.

This of course puts the police on high alert and can get the gun owner, the police or citizens in the area injured or killed. Any confrontation would be tense to say the least, because the police are responding to, in many cases, a 911 call about someone with a firearm, a so-called emergency, so the only information they have is what the caller wants them to have. The anti-gun lobby is doing this to incite the police to essentially harass gun owners who are doing nothing wrong.

Should You Open Carry If It Is Allowed In Your State

First, just because your state does allow open carry per the constitution does not mean that those that cannot legally own a firearm can carry one openly or otherwise.

Police unless they ask for and check your identification do not know if you can legally own a firearm or not just by looking at you. Like it or not there are laws that prohibit certain individuals from owning a firearm. Everyone has an opinion on who should be able to own one, and we will leave it at that for now, that is an argument for another day.

Of course there are those people that openly carry just to incite a response from others. They want to provoke others, to make a point, a statement, or whatever the case may be, and this is their right to do so if your state allows open carry, but also expect the police may want to check whether you can legally carry a firearm, if you draw enough attention to yourself.

Unfortunately, there are citizens that simply do not know the laws in their state concerning the carrying and possession of firearms. As often is the case, if they see a person who cannot be identified as a police officer carrying a firearm then the overly concerned citizen may call the police.

Openly carrying a firearm could in some instances deter crime. If someone, who plans on robbing a convenience store, sees an armed citizen, that person may think twice about robbing the store. However, those on drugs may not notice, nor care, they are not in control of their actions, and so may forge ahead with their robbery plans. In some rare cases a person may be targeted simply because someone wants his or her firearm.

It is a personal choice. However, if you know that the police in your area routinely stop those that open carry to check identification, then you have a decision to make. You can stand on principle, or blend in so you do not become a target every time you step out.

The reality is that those not trained in the use of a firearm are scared of them. They do not want to see them and they immediately judge those that carry or own a firearm, usually in a negative way. There are groups so radical that they believe that even sworn law enforcement should not be allowed to carry firearms.

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