Feb 17

Food Deserts Affect Both the Poor and Preppers

Consider this from The Advocate:

Mayor-President Kip Holden and the group Together Baton Rouge said Thursday that they have teamed up to try to find a solution to the problem of “food deserts” in East Baton Rouge Parish, which are areas defined by poverty and poor access to supermarkets and large grocery stores.

This article focuses on bringing the fresh produce to the “food deserts”, but does not speak to making them affordable to low income families.

All of this discussion about people living in “food deserts” and because of their poverty can’t travel to a grocery store which carries produce makes me think about another issue.

Are preppers who have the income to prepare and support more than one household willing to include poverty stricken families if the families are willing to trade skills or labor for their place in the prepper bug-out location?

What do you think?  Would you adopt people in poverty if they came to you today and asked to be included in your preps?


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“Subscriber Services.” EBR Officials Tackle ‘food Desert’ Problem. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.



Feb 04

Happy, Healthy, and Prepared

So much of what you see on television about “preppers” is negative.  Or at least it comes off that way.  It seems they think we all stash weapons and food and plan to kill off anyone who tries to take our stash.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Most people who prepare for a disaster of any kind are conscious of the issues our society faces and the limitations of the government to be everywhere at all times.  The reasonable person would realize that the government is going to be there to help.  Not to do everything for you, but to help us out.

In the mean time, there will be those people who didn’t plan and prepare, for what ever reason, that will require the assistance of the community more than others.  And I know I am not alone when I say most of us would not mind helping out someone who is unable to prepare for reasons beyond their control.  For instance, what if you had a child whose condition required every dollar you earned and every spare minute?

Every prepper I know would not mind helping such a family, but they would appreciate a heads-up because even if your situation is that difficult, there are things you can do to contribute to the community.

Evidence of this desire to help others is found all over the internet and examples are shown on popular television show Doomsday Preppers.  Everywhere you look people are helping other people learn how to take care of themselves and their families in case of an emergency.


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Sep 16

Not a Prepper yet?

by CCCooper

Preppers are all about mind-set. Making the right choices. We understand the concept of “Sacrifice NOW for greater rewards later”. We understand that living a prepared life is just as gratifying as a life that includes the normal excesses and fluff that most people have as their priorities.

We try not to SPEND money or time. We try to invest money and time. Invest in knowledge and stored information that will make things easier in the event that we need to use it. Invest in family and friends of good character, high moral standards and good ethics. We have FOOD INSURANCE in addition to the generally accepted Home, Life, health, Dental, and Auto Insurance. We believe in personal responsibility and place absolutely NO FAITH in the US Government to solve problems. We are Constitutionalists. We understand history and the IMPORTANCE of understanding history. Also, that those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat it.

Your whole life should be consumed with Freedom, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Use some common sense and understand the true meaning of that. Understand the meaning of personal responsibility. Maybe, just maybe, you will have a revelation. I sure hope so.

Jul 04

Some recent advice

by CCCooper

A friend asked me one day “What do I do? It’s too much to handle. Food, Shelter, Self-defense. Do you have any advice?”

I rarely talk to people about the very long list of “bad things” happening in our world. Most do not want to know. (Cognitive Dissonance)

I did, however, write a quick list to address a few points.

1. Acknowledgement of the pressing need.
2. Read and be familliar with your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly requirements.
3. Choose the 5 or 6 scenarios that concern you most and take the steps to minimize the negative impact on you and your family.
4. Learn skills that you will NEED to use on a regular basis should the SHTF.
5. Start off with buying a little extra Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 04

Practice…Mentally and Physically

by CCCooper

Being mentally aware is an important step in preparedness. Actively seeing and assessing information is crucial when it comes time to actually put a plan into action. And remember, you MUST have a plan.

Be aware of your surroundings. Notice the sun’s position at different parts of the day. Notice the cars/trucks you see on a regular basis in and around your AO.

Practice getting home with no vehicle once or twice a month. (Make sure your better half understands why). Use this practice to develop your must-haves at all times list.

Kill the gas and electric for a weekend. Extend that to 3 or more days if possible.

Do a hasty position 100 meters behind the house or more and spend some time figuring out if it is suitable for a defensive position.

Use your imagination (and your growing distrust of govt.) to come up with ideas that may help save or improve your life.

May 02

Survival Communities

Survival Communities

I’m sure most of us have heard the dreaded words, “I’ll just come to your house” when trying to convert the masses to the advisability of prepping. How do you handle it? How do you choose who to help? Do you help your parents? Your in-laws? What about your ex-wife/husband? What about your ex’s new spouse? How about those 8 little boys that were spending the night at your house when the world as we knew it came to an end? Where do you draw the line?

My best advice is if the situation is short term- like a hurricane, tornado, loved ones injury or job loss. Help them all you can. Take them food. Loan out that generator that you’re not using. Share your garden skills. It may help change how they view prepping.

If it is TEOTWAWKI you may need to reevaluate.

I love my family. I love my husband’s family. They all own guns. Most of them hunt and garden. We’re country folk. They would be assets in an end of the world situation but I also know that I cannot Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

Children are…..

Children are ????

I really wanted to title this, these Children are Stupid but children and my son in particular are not stupid, they are just children. He’s actually very smart. However he is 14 and at this age they seem to be bound and determined to drive me to homicide. I say that because he is my 3rd and final teenager. Hubby and I also have two 18 year olds and our mantra has become…last one, he is the last one, the end is in sight, don’t strangle him and bury him in the backyard, we‘re almost there repeated until the desire to murder has passed.

The subject of this article is not actually about my son’s intelligence or his attempt to drive me to kill. It is about his ability to apply what he has been taught all of his life and my misconceptions.

We are a gun family. There is not a single place in my home where you cannot lay your hands on a gun in three steps. All of our children started handling guns at a very young age, my oldest couldn’t even sit up in her stroller the first time I took her shooting. The oldest two started with their BB guns at age two, 22 rifles at 4, pistols hunting rifles and bows at 7 and were hunting on their own around 9. Shotguns were a bit different for them because of their size differences (a girl and a boy). Our youngest is 5 years younger than the older two. He got a bit of an advanced course because he was following behind his siblings. He knocked out his first four baby teeth learning to shoot an AK-47 from a prone position. He was doing wonderfully with it when at the last second he turned his head and placed his mouth against the butt as he pulled the trigger. He never cried, he just got up, walked over to me, spat four tiny little teeth into my hand and said, “That hurt. I not do that no more.” and asked if he could shoot it again. They have all received their Hunter Safety Certifications and excel at marksmanship.

Hubby and I have drilled gun safety into their heads. REPEATEDLY!!! We were considerate parents when the kids were small and wanted to have sleepovers we always informed the other children’s parents that we had guns in our home. We always reviewed the safety rules with Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 13

Good Samaritan or Victim Volunteer

by rebelgirl

Good Samaritan or Victim Volunteer

Have the times changed or have we? Are people meaner and more vicious then they used to be or are we just more aware and less trusting? I have memories of my grandfather offering rides to strangers or even bringing them home to his family for a meal. I can remember him doing business deals with nothing but a handshake and a man’s word. That’s right no lawyers no de facto Latin legal language that you have no chance of understanding with out your own law degree. Just a handshake and a promise. Was my grandfather ever ripped off? Probably…if he was I never heard about it and it never stopped him from doing business that way. Did that make him naïve or was he just good at reading people and their intentions? Is it just a case of the generational gap?

Estimated crime in United States-Total
Violent Crime Rates
Crime rate per 100,000 population
Year        Population     Violent Crime    Murder    Rape    Robbery   Aggravated Assault
1960       179,323,175      160.9                5.1         9.6         60.1              86.1
1970       203,235,298      363.5                7.9        18.7       172.1            164.8
1980       225,349,264      596.6               10.2       36.8       251.1            298.5
1990       249,464,396      729.6                9.4        41.1       256.3            422.9
2000       281,421,906      506.5                5.5        32.0       145.0            324.0
2010       308,745,538      403.6                4.8        27.5       119.1            252.3

Notes: National or state offense totals are based on data from all reporting agencies and estimates for unreported areas. United States-Total –
The 168 murder and nonnegligent homicides that occurred as a result of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 are included in the national estimate.
The 2,823 murder and nonnegligent homicides that occurred as a result of the events of September 11, 2001, are not included in the national estimates.
Sources: FBI, Uniform Crime Reports as prepared by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

While the population hasn’t even doubled; violent crime rates, rape, and aggravated assault have all almost tripled. In the good news department, your chance of being murdered has Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 09

How I became a Prepper

by rebelgirl

This is my story of how I became a Prepper. Let me give you a little history here. I’ve always been a country girl and I grew up being the only girl in a family of all boy cousins. I can remember learning to skin squirrels and rabbits by tying their legs onto my swing set. I loved running the woods, I played softball, I did every event a girl could do in a rodeo (and I worked the chutes for the guys events) and I loved riding my horse and pawpaw’s 3 wheeler. I didn’t get to hunt cause guns were a boy thing and the only time I got to go fishing I came back with 2nd degree sunburn on the top of my head (Daddy forgot to pack me a cap and I had white blonde hair). When I got married for the first time (3 days after my 18th birthday), Grandpa took me to a local store, bought me a little .22 semi-automatic pistol and a box of bullets, and told me to learn to use it. That was my intro course to Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 29

Prepper Meetup Groups in Louisiana


Map of all American Preppers Network and Partner meetup groups.

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