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The Importance of Prepping: Forecasters Are Predicting a Bad El Nino This Year

On March 6, 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an El Nino watch for the spring and summer of 2014. Occurring every two to seven years, with the last El Nino happening in 2010, experts say we are due and they are calling it a “doozy.” El Nino also brings droughts, wildfires, heavy rains, flooding and landslides in other parts of the States and the world. In March, food prices had already reached a 10-month high due to droughts and most weather experts are claiming that 2014 could be our hottest year yet, with possibilities of 2015 being even hotter. Now is the time to prepare for severe weather events.

Diamondback DB9, Baofeng radio, paracord braclet and pocket knife

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What is Your Emergency Communications Strategy?

I was intrigued to see where he was going with the conversation though. In my thinking, Ham radio was a dead art. Sure, it had its purpose—in its time—but we have cell phones, email and text messaging today. Communications are much easier than they were 30 or 40 years ago.

Hidden H2O: Ice Cubes

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Quick Prepper Tip: Hidden H2O

In an emergency, we need safe water daily to drink, cook, clean, flush toilets and do laundry. Along with storing extra water for emergencies, you may find some hidden sources around your house. Read this article to help you identify hidden water sources.

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Yugoslavian JNA Gas Mask: MIL-1206

The Yugoslavian JNA gas masks date from the 1970s to the 1980s, with no choice of year. The one I received was dated 1978. They are exact copies of the extremely popular U.S. M9A1 gas mask. It is one of the most copied designs in the world and is one of the only proven-in-battle gas masks to work against nerve agents and mustard gas. The Yugoslavian gas mask Cheaper Than Dirt! sells is the model M-1. It comes with the gas mask, canvas bag, instruction book (not in English) and one 60mm-threaded filter. Each gas is new and unissued, heat-sealed in a plastic bag. The filter also comes in a separate, sealed plastic bag.

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30 Days of Preparing for Severe Winter Weather Day 18: The 5 Best In-depth Winter Weather Posts

We are little over a half way through our 30 days of preparing for severe winter weather. So far, you should be geared up and ready to face a blizzard on the roadways and a snow-in at home. If you have been following, you have winterized your home and car and both your house and vehicle are stocked with enough supplies to ride out a winter storm. So far all posts have merely skimmed the surface of prepping, each covering simply the basics. In the past, The Shooter’s Log has gone more in-depth in winter weather survival. Today, Day 18 is a good day to revisit the following past posts.

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The Budget Bug-Out Bag: 20 Cheap Essentials

Don’t let the price of prepping scare you off. If you are strapped for cash, you can build a budget bug-out bag perfect for your car, or for an unexpected disaster that will keep you dry, fed, warm, and hydrated for 24 hours. Here is a list of essential items, most of them well under $10.

Picture shows a character from the show, The Walking Dead on top of a car pointing a pistol.

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Return of the Walking Dead Season Four and The Seven Best Zombie Posts

Will we see more zombies in season four of the Walking Dead? Internet rumors say that walkers are going to be more dangerous in season four, while executive producer Gale Ann Hurd says, “It’s true that there are more and more walkers in the world.” In honor of the show’s return, CTD Suzanne compiled a list of her favorite past zombie apocalypse survival posts.

A man rubbing a chocolate bar on the bottom of a soda can on a green mottled background.

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Make a Coke and Candy Fire

Fire is an essential tool when you’re hiking or camping and there is an ingenious way to make one without matches. Read this post to learn how to make one with 3 simple ingredients: a soda can, a chocolate bar and sunshine.