The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon.
“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing.
Earnest said he would “quibble” with anyone who criticized the president for not voicing any specific gun control proposals during his press conference, asserting that the White House was working behind the scenes for more executive actions on guns.
Dresden (Germany) (AFP) – Thousands of German anti-Islam protesters on Monday vented their fury at Chancellor Angela Merkel over her welcoming of refugees, accusing her of “high treason” and “crimes against the German people”.
With Europe’s top economy expecting to take in up to a million people fleeing war and poverty this year, anger has flared among anti-foreigner groups and members of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement (“Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident”).
“Merkel is guilty, commits ethnocide against the German people,” read one banner at the rally in Dresden, the historic city in the former communist East where PEGIDA emerged about a year ago and, after a lull, is now looking to swell its ranks.
Waving flags, the agitated crowd cheered on co-founder Lutz Bachmann, 42, who was charged last week with inciting racial hatred by labelling asylum-seekers “animals”, “trash” and “filthy rabble”.
“It won’t stop with 1.5 or two million” arrivals, he said.
“They will have their wives come, and one, two, three children. It is an impossible task to integrate these people.”
Just how exposed our nationwide electrical grid is – is very disconcerting. It seems every few months we hear of another attempted breach or probe of the controls or actual hardware that supports our electrical dependance. This video from The Blaze really lays out the scenario.
China’s People’s Liberation Army has a specialized unit dedicated to launching cyberattacks, and its main target is the United States.
U.S. intelligence agencies warn that China operates on a scale so sophisticated it could bring down the entire American electrical grid. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned the Senate Armed Services Committee in September that the Chinese have the ability to launch “a massive Armageddon-like attack against our infrastructure.”
Most usCrow articles encourage preppers to bug out if they’re in the city, but what if you can’t? This article will give you plenty of tips on how you can survive in the city. As with all our articles we suggest you evaluate your situation. Reality is – most people will be unable to leave the city. Many preppers have to stay in the city, and rely on it for their livelihood. Others might have family members with physical disabilities inhibiting their ability to bug out.
Regardless of your individual situation you should be fully aware of the risks associated with bugging in so that you may be adequately informed. No matter the disaster your city faces – the result will be the same for one simple fact; American cities are incapable of sustaining themselves. Cities across the nation will succumb to a systematic breakdown…
This is a great article that addresses some of the challenges of sheltering in place if you live in or near a city. Topics include the ‘herd mentality’, fortifying your home, food and water storage, and avoiding detection.
Your home is the hub of your family life. It’s where you can gain a respite from anything that’s going on. You can relax, spend time with the people you love and be secure from harm and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have this safe haven.
When you look around you at the homes already in existence, you can see a myriad of problems that the owners deal with. Not only that, but the homes manufactured aren’t always made with materials that can stand the test of time – let alone be sturdy enough to act as a survival home.
Knowing this, many people decided to look for other housing options for their living needs. There’s a simple, affordable option that can protect you and your loved ones quite well – shipping containers!
What Is a Shipping Container Survival Home?
People wanting to make sure they have a sturdy home in the event of a survival situation aren’t the only ones buying and setting up container homes. Because they’re easier to put in place and can be turned into homes that are functional and beautiful, builders, architects on the cutting edge of design and some of the grid home buyers are searching for these containers to use.
Shipping containers are in demand for use as survival homes and it has to do with their reputation as being almost indestructible. These homes are made out of square or rectangle shipping containers.
Since the containers are made of steel, they’re extremely durable. They’re strong enough to handle the rigors of long distance shipping – even from country to country.
They can handle travel by cargo ship, by truck over the road and by train. They can be lifted by forklift high into the air and settled on land or moved from one point to another without it affecting the structure of the container.
You can’t do that with a regular home because they’re not made to withstand the kind of treatment a container can take. These containers are also built to withstand long periods of storage when they’re not being used for any purpose.
They can be used repeatedly regardless of whatever was in them prior to purchase. These containers can also be used in any climate because they’re resistant to what would normally wear out regular home building materials that are built in harsher areas.
Like other survival homes, these are meant to be used as either short term bug out retreats or long term survival homes. They can be used as bug-out shelters or made into a permanent home that can withstand the fallout from a collapsing economic or society.
It all depends on how the container is set up. They can be left in their natural state – which means they actually look like a shipping container to anyone looking at them – or they can be retrofitted to look like a modern home.
How this turns out depends on the purpose of the container and the amount of money and effort the buyer is willing to put into outfitting the container for use. These survival homes can offer a lot of amenities quickly and cheaply.
While you might think of these containers as simply a means to survive, many of these can be turned into homes that are actually more beautiful than the high-end homes you see available on the market today.
Anything that goes in a regular home can be used in a container survival home and in fact, most of the container homes turn out to be far more eye-catching and comfortable.
Why Do Preppers Love This Option?
There are several good reasons that preppers choose shipping containers more often as a survival home option. These containers are plentiful. You can literally find them everywhere.
They’re in every state, every country and you’ll find hundreds of businesses that have shipping containers available for purchase. These kind of homes are a better choice for the environment because repurposed steel containers are kept out of the landfills or aren’t left empty and abandoned in some vacant lot for years.
Besides being good for the environment, purchasing a shipping container is a good financial move as far as housing options go. These containers are very inexpensive to own.
You can purchase ten containers for far less money than you would have to shell out to give as a down payment on a traditional home. And with a shipping container, you’re not dealing with a mortgage payment for the next thirty years.
These containers are built to last and they have reinforced ends on either side. That reinforcement gives them the ability to be stacked and fitted together on top of each other with good support.
That means you can use them to build a two story or taller home if you choose to. The support of a steel container is better than what’s offered in a traditional home.
There are plenty of bonuses from using a container home because some of the common issues that come along with living in a wood home, you don’t have to deal with in a container home.
If you get water damage in a home that uses wood materials, you end up with mold issues, including the highly dangerous black mold. But with steel containers, mold is never a problem because mold can’t grow in or on steel.
Another plus is that unlike a regular home, these containers are fire proof. Steel doesn’t catch fire like wood homes do. So your family is safer living in a steel home instead of a bug out cabin.
Pests can be a big problem for people who have their homes built from materials that are currently available. Termites can work to destroy a home and are often not seen until the damage is substantial.
In some cases, a home isn’t livable after termites have caused extensive structural damage. But those who live in a container home don’t have to worry about termites and their destructive habits because termites can’t destroy steel.
Preppers also prefer shipping containers as survival homes because they can easily be hidden from view with foliage, trees and other natural coverings. This helps protect your family against would-be thieves and people who might want to harm your family or your property or steal your supplies.
Designing a Shipping Container Home for Your Needs
All shipping container survival homes won’t look alike despite their outward appearance. These homes can be designed around whatever needs you plan to have them serve.
Some people opt for very simple and basic furnishings. They make only enough changes in the container to make it livable. Others prefer to make more drastic changes and outfit the container so that it looks more like a luxury home than a container.
Whatever your needs, you can create a container to match it. Since these come in small or large sizes, you can choose the size according to how big of a space you want to live in.
For some people a small space works well. They’re able to live very simply and keep everything running smoothly in a smaller area. Others, however, either need a larger space due to their family size or they prefer to have a roomier place to live.
The sizes of these containers can range from six feet to 45 feet. The smaller the container, the less width you’ll have. For example, a twenty foot container would give you just over 2,400 width space.
All of the containers can be left as an open floor plan or the sections can be divided into rooms according to need or privacy. You can take a forty-five foot container and have enough space to make two or three bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom and each room would be spacious.
The containers are low maintenance shelters, which leaves buyers with more freedom to make changes. The containers can be wired for electricity or they can be fitted with solar panels.
The walls can be left in their natural state or they can be covered by drywall or paneling. The ceilings can be changed, skylights can be added and so can windows and doors.
You can even have sliding glass doors installed. You do have to use materials that are specifically designed to fit with steel containers – since fitting them with doors and windows have different requirements than a wood home does.
Any amenity that you have in a home, you can have with a steel container. That includes a fireplace if you want one. Heating, cooling and plumbing can be done just like you’d see in a regular home.
Or, you can use other means such as passive cooling and composting toilets if you want to stick with environment friendly options. The good news is that a shipping container is so easily retrofitted, you can do most of the changes you want done yourself without having to hire help.
How to Acquire the Shipping Containers You Need
Obviously, you can’t run up to your local home improvement store and order however many shipping containers you’d like to have. Though they are plentiful, you have to know where you can get them.
You can expect to pay a couple of thousand dollars or less for the container that you want to buy. Don’t spend more than that because the going rate for containers is between $1,000 and $2,000 – depending on the size of the container you want.
But another thing that can affect the cost is whether or not the container is refurbished or insulated. Some companies will charge more for high cube containers – but not all of them will.
Buying the biggest container at a decent price will allow you to save money to be able to customize your purchase. Make sure that you look for places that sell after market containers.
This means the container is no longer used for the company’s shipping purposes and has been retired. Many of these containers will have been in use about ten years.
Shipping companies have limits and regulations they have to follow for pulling containers out of service but these containers are still viable home options for savvy buyers.
Some containers are offered at great prices at auction sites, both local and online. You can bid on the containers as they come available. Some trucking companies have containers they will sell.
Pay attention to certain code words that are used. For example, “one-trip” means the container was used to make a trip to another country. Sometimes, these containers are not reused for other purposes but sometimes they are.
You also want to make sure you look for words like “cargo worthy.” It’s in your best interest to closely inspect the container before buying or have it inspected. While some dents are normal in shipping containers, large dents can indicate that the container experienced damage that may impact its support capability if the dents are in the corners where the support structures are.
You can find the containers at local container companies in your area by simply doing a search online. Put in the phrase “shipping container sales” or “buy a shipping container.”
If you want to be specific for your area, then type in your city and state. But what you want to look for are companies that offer delivery and set up. If you don’t go with a company that also offers delivery and set up for an additional portion of the selling price, then what ends up happening is you’ll have to pay extra to a third party.
This is because you’ll have to have the forklift on your property that’s strong enough to handle retrieving the container from the bed of the truck and has the ability to situate the container where you want it to go.
You have to have the area already prepared before you have the container delivered. The area should be flat and stable to support the container. Or, if you plan to bury it underground, then you need to have the hole dug out and prepped beforehand.
What You Can and Can’t Do With a Shipping Container Home
Using a shipping container home is a wise investment, but there are some limitations to using these homes. Some buyers think that a container home means that nothing can destroy the home or cause it to be damaged and this isn’t true.
There are some things that are not safe to do with a container home unless you take a few extra steps to make sure it’s safe first. Some preppers believe that it’s okay to bury a container home under the ground to keep it safe from nuclear fallout, invaders and other issues.
But burying a container home is unsafe because it can cause the container walls as well as the roof to cave inward. This happens because the container is built to withstand a certain amount of pressure.
When you bury a container, the pressure limits are exceeded by the force of the earth around it as well as the force on top of it. If you feel you absolutely have to bury the shipping container, then you have to take steps to keep the collapse from happening.
This includes steps like building concrete barriers on the sides of the container to keep the pressure off the walls. The weight must be supported on the roof as well.
You’d have to retrofit the container so that the weight of the soil was kept off the roof of it. A shipping container home can be used to grow a garden right on the roof of it.
This serves a few different purposes. One, it helps to make the container blend in with its surroundings. Two, having a garden on top can be a source of sustainable food if you choose to have that over a flower garden and three, covering the container from the impact of direct sunlight can help create a way to keep the container cooler in the summer.
It can also keep the container warmer in the winter. Some people use the top of their container to create a small covered patio area where they can entertain and barbecue with friends or sit on chairs to enjoy the outdoors. Others simply plant grass seed to make it look like the container is part of the area.
During a disease outbreak, you may need to quarantine your family to keep disease from entering into your home. But it’s difficult to quarantine your family if you don’t have supplies on hand to survive during a long period of time.
You may also encounter a situation where you have a sick family member that needs to be quarantined from the rest of the household. If you don’t come in close contact with a virus, you can’t get sick from it.
The purpose of quarantine, then, is to prevent the possibility of coming into contact with a virus that can be deadly and spread quickly – just as the common cold is easily spread.
Keep Disease Out of Your Home
If the purpose of quarantine is to keep healthy family member well, you’ll need to be prepared ahead of time with all of the supplies you need for food, sanitation, and hygiene.
You’ll want to seal off the outside entrances of your home using duct tape and plastic sheeting to cover doors and windows. Most people find it helpful to cut out plastic sheeting ahead of time that will fit these entrances so that in times of stress, all you have to do is tape them up.
It’s important to have a designated area outdoors where you’ll place items such as used bags for personal waste. It’s not a good idea to store these in your home because they increase the risk of developing a host of diseases.
Once you’re sheltered in place, you’ll want to keep communication lines open with radio communication so that you’ll know when it’s safe to leave your home.
What to Do When a Family Member Is Ill
A more likely scenario when it comes to illness is that you’ll have one or more members of your family who has become ill. Those people will need to be quarantined in a room of your home or in another nearby place.
For example, if you have a motor home, cabin, or detached garage you can use these as quarantine areas. These rooms need to be sealed off with duct tape and plastic sheeting.
You’ll also need to place a sign on the entrance stating that it is a quarantined area. This warns people to stay out unless they’re wearing protective clothing. Right outside the entrance you’ll need to set up a sanitation area that contains soap, water, latex gloves, masks, and other protective equipment as needed.
Before people enter the room, they need to put on the proper protective gear. Before returning to the rest of the household, they need to properly dispose of gloves, masks, and other disposable items and make sure they wash their hands thoroughly.
Chris Ray of PreparedChristian.net asks “Have we been warned to flee America“?
From that post:
We normally prepare for possible future events. For Christians, those possibilities should always include the biblically prophetic. That said, if you knew that a major, nation-changing, prophecy-fulfilling event were to occur in your lifetime, an event that would forever change America and alter the course of the world, would it change how you prepare?
Trudee and I recently read a book called The End of America. It is my opinion that every Christian should read this book and do their own study, pray on it and see if they come to the same conclusion as the author John Price has.
They’ve set up a special online forum for discussions and questions raised in the book, and the book’s author has agreed to participate in answering.
Here’s a great article on avoiding germs on a plane – even better, check out the comments! Lots of great ideas to save time & money on the things you need when traveling.
I was reading an article here, and the question above was posed – frankly, it probably won’t matter in the long term. In the beginning state of each, how you would prepare for these threats may be quite different.
The author apparently has some forecasting models for each scenario – you might be surprised at when he thinks this could happen. Hint: Enjoy the holidays….
So, if an EMP renders your vehicle incapacitated – or post-collapse fuel is impossible to find – would you know how to turn your car into a tool to produce Food – Shelter – or Energy? Travis at CatastropheNetwork.org has a few ideas…
Following a major catastrophic event or economic collapse, we’ll call it post-SHTF, the plethora of cars we have in everyday society will quickly become useless. Whether its immediate, as a result of an EMP, or delayed as liquid fuel either runs out or goes bad, the bottom line is that we will have a lot of vehicles sitting around doing nothing. That is unless we plan to use those vehicles for a variety of alternate uses.
Read the entire article here: Post Collapse Uses of Vehicles