Top 5 #Prepper Twitter Profiles – #PrepperTalk #Preppers #socialmedia

5. @zombielyptic

Twitter Description:

Fighting Global Stupidization! ZombieLyptic Is A Community Dedicated To SHTF Disaster Preparedness And Survival In A Post Apocalyptic World. Follow Me

Texas · http://www.zombielyptic.com/

About 1,400 followers

4. @snomannews

Twitter Description:

The best source on the web for emergency preparedness! Survival, guns, supplies, tea party lover, freedom expert. We follow back.

http://www.survivalnewsonline.com

Current followers: approximately 3,600

3. @isurvivalskills

Twitter Description:

Anything related to #bushcraft#survival#preparedness#preppers#preppertalk#shtf#wrol#teotwawkihttp://paper.li/isurvivalskills/1314252498 …

http://isurvivalskills.blogspot.com

Current followers: approximately 3,900

2. @beprepared_com

Twitter Description:

“Helping People Prepare for 25 years. Food Storage, Emergency Kits, Water Filtration, First Aid, MRE’s, Survival Kits, Camping Gear, Preparedness, and more.

Utah USA · http://beprepared.com

Current followers: approximately 5,000

1. @SurvivorJane

Twitter Description:

Girlie Girl once clueless about what was happening in Politics, Economy, Disasters. Passion: Educating Ppl in Survival/Preparedness Creator of #PrepperTalk

United States · http://www.survivorjane.com

Current followers: approximately 6,000

Repurposed Wood – Hallway Table – Retro Legs: You Can Do It Yourself

Recently, I’ve been going through all my old stuff.  I bought a scruffy looking table at Goodwill for $10 some time ago, never looking under all that terrible fake paint stain stuff.

Much to my surprise, it is wonderful quality pine wood.  So, I decided to do something with it.

Had another old 40’s table, so I took the legs and spray painted them with a dark Chameleon Purple (changes to dark Burgundy depending on the light):

And voila! After repurposing the old wood from a $10.00 table, sanding, using the legs from an old free table I had, plus some left over metal spray paint for the legs and hardware, here is what is looks like now:

It is not difficult to repurpose old things.  It just takes some imagination (or use other people’s ideas, Pinterest is so great for this!) and a bit of effort.  Old becomes new again, saving you money and bonus, reuse, recycle – REPURPOSE!!!  Total cost: $10.00, a few screws, spray paint & time.

Repurposed Wood Shelves into Country Style Crates – Do It Yourself

repurposed wood turned into crates

I found an old, solid wood shelf in the trash and stared at it.  I also had some pallet wood left over from another old shelf.

What to do.

Repurposing wood into something new takes some thought.  What is the shape of the wood? How much of the shape can be used without altering it too much? What kind of creation becomes the result only takes your imagination and some effort.

I sawed apart the shelving into sections and sanded off the old and extremely ugly varnish.  The wood underneath was beautiful.  Then it finally occurred to me: the wood & shape of the shelving reminded me of those old fashioned country style fruit and veggie crates.  Only even better.

So, with the help of some pallet wood I already had, I cut it into 2 bases and 1 top, allowing me to not only have a crate, but a chest as well.  A few screws and a bit more sanding and going from nothing to something:

Cost: A couple dozen screws & time.

Please consider repurposing when designing in your home.  There are so many creative ideas out there!

Lemon Vinegar – The Art of Homemade, Safe Cleaning

Vinegar. A versatile & classic liquid, used in cooking & cleaning.

When it comes to cleaning, it’s a natural disinfectant, a brilliant cleaner, but … it stinks.

Salt & Vinegar Fish & Chips, sure, loves it! But not a house that smells like pure vinegar?  Too abrasive to the senses.

Hence, a formula for Lemon Vinegar.

Now, you can use orange peels if you like … I’m a lemon girl!

What you need:

500 ml Mason Jar or whatever size you wish

Peel from 2 -3 lemons (add more for bigger jar)

Vinegar

How to do it:

Place peels in jar. Fill to top with vinegar. Cap tightly.

Let sit in a cool, dark place for about 14 days, give or take.

ET VOILA!

Lemon scented vinegar to be used for making the house not only shine its cleanest, but smell like bright, fresh lemons!

Enjoy.

Gardening Protection: 10 Natural Insecticides and Repellents For You to Use

Howdy Folks! Yes, I put that SH*T on my plants (see further down) to keep the bugs away!  Besides Franks, here’s a few ideas to tell those pesky insects to bug off:

Depending on the kind of vegetables you’ll be growing in your vegetable garden, the methods of getting rid of the pests will change. And since that could turn out to be a never ending topic, let’s tackle this a little differently. Given below are some general and natural insecticides for vegetable gardens that will work for any kind of vegetable garden. So take note and start moving.

Also, here is a good guide to herbs that you can grow that are also natural repellents: Your Garden: Growing Herbs That Repel Insects & Other Critters Naturally

Tomato Leaves: Take some tomato leaves and add cornstarch (1 tbs) and water (3-5 pints) and blend well in the juicer. Now strain the liquid and transfer the contents into a spray bottle. Spray around the plants for getting rid of ants in vegetable garden. Actually a whole other set of bugs as well.

Vegetable Oil Soap: Take any mild liquid soap and measure out about ½ cup of the same. Add vegetable oil (2 cups) in that and mix together in a blender. To a tablespoon of this mixture, add 1 quart of water. Use this formula to cover both sides of the leaves on our plant. Make sure that you do not use a stronger formula ‘coz it’ll be harmful for your plants. And even though this is a tedious process, it really works in answering how to get rid of bugs in houseplants as well as other insects that infest houseplants and vegetable gardens.

Garlic Spray: Take about 4 garlic cloves and chop them up. Now add them in a liter of water and let it sit through an entire night over. You can boil garlic cloves in a cup of paraffin wax as well. Now add some soap flakes to the same by grating about a level full of any mild soap bar in it. Mix the liquid well and transfer into a spray bottle. Spray over the leaves.

The other alternative to this is to add hot chillies or onions to the same. Garlic has been known to get rid of spider mites, rabbits, mosquitoes and several other garden pests. This has been seen to work wonders as a natural insecticide for basil and other plants.

I would suggest to watch the reaction of your plants after spraying with a garlic infused recipe.  Some plants may not like it.

Mixed Recipe: Mix 3 tbs of onion and garlic juice, 1 tbs pf Tabasco sauce, 3 tbs skim milk, 2 tbs baby shampoo in 1 gallon of water. Mix all ingredients well and spray all over the plants. Repeat every 10 days.

Neem Oil: Neem leaves are extremely bitter to taste and are usually used as a natural insecticide. Oil made from these leaves is also makes for one of the very effective and natural insecticides for vegetable gardens. Just dab a cotton ball into the neem oil and spread over the plants. Neem oil as insecticide will not only repel the insects but also discourage them from breeding.

Cloves: Crush several cloves in a gallon of water, mix well, let sit overnight and then use this mixture to spray over the plants. The strong smell of the cloves drives the insects away.

Wormwood Spray: Take some wormwood leaves and dry them out till you have about 15 gm of these. Add these to a liter of water and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Now cool the liquid and spray on plants. This is a strong solution and should only be used for larger pests and insects.

Cayenne Pepper (Diluted Frank’s Red Hot Sauce) – I put that SH*T on everything, including my plants.  Diluted with water of course.  Or use powdered cayenne pepper mixed with a litre of water and 1 tsp. of baby shampoo. Spray onto plants.

Crushed Mint & Cucumber Peels: Problems with ants? No more. Use this in your garden and also, along any entry points ants may have into your home. Bitter cucumbers work best.

Essential Oils: Try essential oils such as lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium mixed with 1 tsp baby shampoo and 1 litre of water. Wash before and after spending time outdoors.

The advantage of using natural insecticides for vegetable gardens is that it rids the insects without harming the plants. And that is exactly what you need in the end. Now that you know what some of the ways of controlling insects in vegetable gardens are, use them and rid the area for a cleaner and better garden.

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10 Unusual and Useful Hiding Places for Valuables at Home

Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, so if they do enter your home, they want to be out quick. Break-in, run-out.  Money, jewellery and small electronics are the choice prizes for most of these culprits, since small to pocket and carry is what they want.

1. A Decoy Can Be The Best Place to Hide

There are several ways to distract burglars, the best one being to leave out a decoy.  One of my favourites I’ve heard is to leave a jewellery box on your bedroom dresser or a box in your sock drawer that contains $50-$200 in cash, some fake gold & cubic zirconia jewellery plus one key with the label, “safety-deposit box”.  Albeit you may lose a few bucks, the illusion has been created and the deal sealed with a fake safety-deposit key.  The burglars will take that and run, as the majority of break and enters last no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Always remember, burglars can’t afford to be seen or heard, so they need to be quick.  With adrenaline pumping, their decisions will be immediate and reactive to what they have found.  A decoy is a perfect way to satisfy them.

Other great places to consider:

2. Sew an extra “pocket” at the bottom-back of long window curtains (not sheers).

3. An empty, opaque aspirin, medicine or vitamin bottle. Roll up your money, use an elastic & insert.

4. Tape your money envelope & even small jewellery (use duct tape, a handy person’s best friend!) to the bottom of your dining room or kitchen table.

5. Tape your stuff to the bottom of your cat’s litter box. Or in the alternative, wrap it up in skid marked underwear (ewww is all I said when I heard that one!)

6. A couple of coffee cups, with your valuables taped inside, upside down in the dishwashing rack or machine.

7. Suitcases or chests with false bottoms.

8. There is usually a compartment hidden at the bottom of stand up and table lamps.  As long as you are careful (electricity), its a good stashing place.

9. Hidden crawl spaces underneath your home.  Air ducts in an apartment.

10. In plain sight specialty modified items, such as furniture & even documents, like these (which I love!):

And to top off the good, here’s a few of the worst I’ve heard:

Sock & underwear drawers

Glove compartment of car (like really?)

Stereo equipment

Mattresses

The biggest suggestion when hiding your valuables is to have a second person you can trust to know where they are.  This holds true especially in the case of the elderly because should they pass, their valuables may accidentally end up either being thrown out or eventually sold at a garage sale.

Since burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, we suggest our quality security laminates for basement windows, patio doors and 1st floor windows. No burglar is going to try bashing glass over and over.  Otherwise, we hope that the ideas above help with securing your valuables.

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Security Tips: Protecting Your Vehicle

A vehicle is usually the second most expensive asset that we own, the first being our home.

Too many vehicle owners pay too little thought to the security both of their vehicle, and their personal security and safety, whilst using their vehicle. Driving and owning a vehicle should be a pleasure, it is no pleasure at all to have your automobile stolen. You owe it to yourself to do all that you can to prevent that from happening. You should have insurance (if you drive your vehicle on public roads, you are required by law to insure it), but there is always some ‘out of pocket’ expense not covered by insurance when replacing a car—not to mention the time consuming hassles of having to identify, report & replace what has been lost. By following these vehicle security tips you can greatly reduce the chances of an auto thief stealing or breaking into your car. Keep safe, keep secure.

Vehicle Security When Parked or Parking.

It’s so simple, but it needs to be said—when you park your vehicle take the key from out of the ignition, close the windows all the way and make sure all the doors are locked. Only parking for a minute? Do it anyway, it only takes a second for the opportunist thief to slip into the driver’s seat and your vehicle is gone. And you? You’re standing there looking at the space where your car was and feeling nothing less than foolish! If you leave it, lock it.

Do not leave valuables in plain view in your vehicle, even if it is locked. Put them somewhere out of sight or take them with you. Left your wallet on the dash? It only had a few bucks in it…but then there were the credit cards and the rest of your identity! On top of that there is the cost to repair the damage that the thief did to get at your wallet.

Even inexpensive items should not be left in plain view in your vehicle. “That coat? Oh, it looks expensive but really, it’s a copy, if it gets stolen what does it matter? I can replace it easily.” The coat may be cheap, but will the thief know that when he sees it inside your car? There will be nothing cheap about the cost of repairs to your vehicle! Hide the coat away.

Never leave anything on show in your car that could attract the attention of a criminal. If it could interest a thief, put it out of sight or take it with you—it’s basic vehicle security.

Be choosy where you leave your vehicle. Think security.

Whenever possible park somewhere that has traffic, either pedestrian or vehicle traffic. Park somewhere that has good lighting even if it is daylight when you park, you may not get back to your vehicle before nightfall. If you park somewhere quiet and dark you are making the auto thief’s job much too easy.

When using an attended parking lot, leave only the keys that you need to leave and never leave keys that are marked with a key code. Don’t leave all your keys, why risk leaving your house keys?

When you return to your vehicle, look around, make sure it is safe to approach your car. Check out the back seat for intruders before getting into your car, think of your personal security.

Avoid parking next to large vehicles, dumpsters, bushes, etc. Be choosy where you park.

Always leave yourself plenty of time to make it to an appointment. Try and avoid arriving pushed for time so that you are tempted to park somewhere less than desirable.

If you have a garage at home, use it for parking your car. Don’t fill your garage with junk so that you have to park on the street, that is not what the garage was designed for. Lock your car and lock the garage. Don’t lock the garage and leave your vehicle unlocked with the key in the ignition, a thief only has to break into your garage and he’ll find your car ready to go.

If your vehicle is fitted with an immobilizer or alarm system then activate it every time that you leave your vehicle. Make it a habit.

Use a device that locks the steering wheel. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, use a device that locks the clutch to the brake pedal—it’s hard to drive a vehicle that brakes every time the clutch is depressed. Yes, they can be a little cumbersome, they may not look cool, and they are not unbeatable, but they are highly visible vehicle security. Thieves don’t like spending time breaking into a car. If your car is fitted with a visible security device and the next car along isn’t, which vehicle do you think the thief will give his attention to?

Got a locking fuel cap? With gas prices on the rise, you may want to fit one. It does not take a petty criminal long to siphon your tank dry. Compare the cost of a locking fuel cap (they are not expensive) to returning to your car and finding your gas tank has been siphoned empty. Replacing a tank of stolen gas will cost you more than a locking cap would have.

Do you have one of those in-car entertainment centres that have removable faces? Always take the face with you every time that you leave your vehicle. Do not leave it in the glove compartment. If your stereo system has security code make a note of it and any serial numbers. Keep the note in a safe place—not in the car.

Do not hide a spare key in your vehicle, auto thieves know all the places to look. Do not hide a key under the car in a magnetic box either, the thief will know to look there as well.

Vehicle Security When Driving

Lock all doors and, if possible, keep windows closed when you are driving.

When you are stopped in traffic leave enough room, between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, to be able to maneuver out if the need arises.

If you are signaled to stop by someone, perhaps indicating that you have a flat, keep driving until you can stop somewhere safe, a gas station for example.

If someone appears to be in trouble and you are not completely confident about the situation, stay inside your car and use your cell phone to contact the emergency services. Keep your doors locked and if you need to speak to someone just lower your window a crack.

If you are threatened by an armed robber do not resist, give up your car or money and call the police when safe to do so. Your car is not worth your life.

Keeping Track of Automobiles Using GPS Vehicle Tracking

If you have always wondered what a Global Positioning System (GPS) is, you are not alone. But luckily, the answer is quite simple.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) was created by the United States military to allow for the precise tracking and positioning of war ships, land based attack vehicles, fighter and bomber jets, and other pieces of military hardware. This technology was later opened up for public use, and has been proven as the genesis of a multi billion dollar industry.

The most common and visible use of global positioning is for GPS vehicle tracking. Global Positioning System vehicle tracking serves two primary purposes. In the first place, many new automobiles come with a GPS system that can notify authorities of the automobile’s location in case of a disaster or theft. Many companies that have fleets of cars or trucks use this tracking system to ensure that their fleet vehicles are being used in the proper manner.

GPS and Car Theft

The number one advantage of GPS is that it allows automobiles to be tracked in ways that were never before possible. The most common use of some GPS vehicle tracking systems is to help locate the vehicle in the case of theft.

Should the vehicle be stolen the system is triggered and sends out a unique signal that can be tracked by the police. With some systems if your car is disturbed you receive an alert, by cell phone, text, pager or e-mail, should your vehicle actually be started you receive a second alert.

Several GPS tracking systems have a password protected web site, which gives precise location coordinates, down to several feet, and the speed, and direction in which your car is traveling, you can pass this information on to the police. With some systems, you are even able to prevent your vehicle from being restarted after it has stopped just by a click on the web site.

GPS vehicle tracking can be used to alert authorities to the vehicle’s position in the case of an automobile accident (the system can detect when airbags have deployed, and will notify a command station). If no one answers a call from the operator after airbag deployment, local authorities are informed of the accident and are given complete vehicle tracking information.

A GPS stolen vehicle tracking system may seem an expense for the private vehicle owner (you will need to take account of any monthly charge), but if the system results in an early recovery of a stolen car it could save you a good deal. Also, lower insurance may be available for automobiles with GPS vehicle tracking, by as much as 15 percent.

global Positioning System Vehicle tracking used by fleet operators.

Another increasingly common use of GPS tracking is used by fleet operators to keep track of their units. This system allows a central command center to monitor the location of all fleet vehicles in real time, thereby allowing for more flexible scheduling and dispatching.

GPS vehicle tracking is particularly important in the trucking industry. Many provinces and states have legislated mandatory rest periods for truckers, and trucking companies are at fault if their truckers do not comply.

Companies can use GPS real time vehicle tracking to ensure that all truckers are stopping for the required amount of time. This tracking system is also useful to ensure that vehicle operators are staying on their assigned routes. The GPS real time vehicle tracking data collected can be used to engineer more efficient routing and dispatching procedures.

Overall, the global position system has revolutionized the way people and objects are tracked. GPS vehicle tracking is an example of military technology that has been opened to the public. Even though it may be difficult to understand the technology that is behind this system, it can be a very useful feature in a number of different situations. This is evident by the way that so many industries have taken advantage of this equipment.

Put these vehicle security tips put into practice, they won’t do anything to improve the security of your vehicle until you use them.

source: http://www.crimereductioncanada.com