Q&A – What is the Shelf Life of Flour?

By Ray Gano

Hi Ray & Tracye,

Do you know what the shelf-life is of flour, and how do you keep it from getting weevils? – Peg

Hello Peg,

This is a great question, especially for folks who are setting up their food storage.

To give you a short answer, it depends on where you store it.

You can store it in your freezer for up to 12 months.

You can store it in your refrigerator for up to 6 months

Or you can store it at room temperature (your cupboards / pantry) for  up to 3 months


Before tackling the question, I want to talk a little bit about food storage.

When you store any sort of food, it is oxygen that is the enemy.  The more air you can take out of your food storage containers, the better.

One of the greatest investments Tracye and I have made is our FoodSaver. The one we own is the FoodSaver FM2435, and we love it. This one also has the ability to do wet / moist foods where older versions could not do that. These run about $100.00 and they are worth every penny.

You can get one on Amazon w/Prime for $96.47 – https://amzn.to/2XVmIfI

You do not know how much leftovers we have saved and not gone to waste because of this. This was one of the first “preparedness” products that we purchased.

I mention this product because with this you can help prevent getting those weevils in your flour and possibly even extend the food items you are storing.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, then you can also use 1-gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bags.

Don’t go cheap and get the regular 1-gallon storage bags, get the thicker freezer bags. They will prevent punctures a lot better instead of the regular bags.

Another item I want to mention are Oxygen Absorbers. These are the little packets you find in vitamin bottles, specialty chips, dried seaweed, basically anything that needs to maintain zero humidity in the package.

What these packets do is “absorb” the left-over oxygen in the package and helps prevent oxidization of the food product, which makes it stale and then rot.

Here are the ones we use – Oxygen Absorbers – https://amzn.to/2VRg74i

These come in two vacuum sealed bags. Just open one bag and use it and leave the other sealed. To protect the already opened bag of absorbers, put them in a mason jar and they will last a long time. When they turn pink, they are used up.


With the FoodSaver
FoodSaver Vacuum Food Sealer
1 FoodSaver Bag cut to size and sealed on the bottom.
1 Oxygen absorber (optional)
1 Bag of Flour

Without the FoodSaver
1 Gallon Zip Lock Freezer Bag
1 Drink Straw
1 Oxygen absorber
1 Bag of Flour


  1. Keep your flour in the packaging. This is yet another barrier to help keep your food safe and bug free.
    2. Put your bag of flour into a FoodSaver bag.
    3.  Add your oxygen absorber packet
    4 Suck the air out and seal the bag

Once you have done this your bag of flour has a pretty dense feel to it because almost all the air has been taken out of the package.

Now that you have this, you can store it in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer.

If you do not have a FoodSaver, you can achieve something close to these results by putting your flour in the freezer Zip Lock bag and zip it just about all the way.

Put your drink straw into the un-zipped portion of the bag and try to suck out as much air as you can. You can put your fingers around the straw and zipper opening and that will help you keep a better seal.

As you are sucking the air out and once you have gotten to the point where you are ready to seal, you need to pull the straw out while sucking and zip the bag all in one motion.

You may not get this on the first try, so do the best you can.


In today’s world I have been telling people to start looking at food as an investment. I have been tracking the commerce department’s Personal Consumption Expenditures Index and guess what, food and energy prices have risen about 15% + every year. So, the food you buy and store today, will be worth more tomorrow. This is a fact. Think about it, that is a good rate of return for your money. Money saved is money earned.

Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the prices are only going to continue to go up further as the years progress.

So not only is buying in bulk wise, it is also prudent of you to do so.


1 5-gallon Plastic Storage Container- this needs to be HDPE, which stands for High Density Polyethylene. If you look on the bottom of the bucket you will see the recycle symbol, a triangle of arrows surrounding the number 2.

If the bucket has this, it is food grade.

Now check what was stored in the bucket prior to storing your flour. Often dill pickles are stored in these, if you get them used. To check, just smell the bucket. You can tell what was stored usually by the smell. It might smell like maple syrup, ketchup, mustard, relish, pickles, there are a lot of things. If they smell, you may want to find a different bucket because your flour may absorb some of the smell.

1 5-6-gallon mylar bag
1 2×4 approximately 12- 14 inches long
1 cotton bath towel
4-5 oxygen absorbers
6-7 whole dried bay leaves

A cheap or used standard iron for ironing clothes – if you have a FoodSaver, you can use this as well.

You can get a great 10 Bag Mylar Bag Kit here — https://amzn.to/2Cf7CZn

The kit contains the following…

  • 10 – each 20″x30″ Foil lined, 4.3 mil Thick
  • Sealable With Hot Iron-Can Reseal After Opening
  • Ideal for Long Term Food Storage
  • 2,000cc Oxygen Absorbers made by Oxy-Sorb with indicator pill/eye
  • Light, Moisture, Oxygen Barrier and Puncture Resistant

You can use these for rice, beans, noodles, lentils, as well as flour. If you go with the kit, you will not need the smaller oxygen absorbers, but it isn’t a bad idea to add a few of these to the flour for extra added safety.


Take your bucket and make sure it is cleaned out. In the bottom of the bucket put 1 oxygen absorber and 3-4 bay leaves.

Next, open your mylar bag and put it in the bucket. Push it down to the bottom and get a good fit.

Put an oxygen absorber into the mylar bag

Add your flour to half way

Add another oxygen absorber

Fill the rest of the bag to about 3 inches from the rim of the bucket

NOTE: You should have a good amount of bag left.

Put an 1-2 oxygen absorbers on top of the flour and close up the bag.

Make sure the bag is NOT folded but both sides of the bag can touch each other.

Wrap the 2×4 in the towel and put it across the rim of the bucket

Lay a part of the bag on the 2×4 and with the hot iron, quickly seal the bag.

Depending on how your bag is situated, you can seal 2-3 places.

Cut off any excess mylar bag

Put 1-2 more oxygen absorbers on top of the bag with 4-5 bay leaves.

Put the lid onto your bucket and seal it up tight.

On the lid or on the side tape a label telling you the contents as well as the date you sealed the flour.

If you have the room, store it in your freezer and it will keep up to a year, 6 months in your refrigerator or 3-6 months in your pantry depending upon the temperature.

Above all, make sure you rotate your stock and eat off of your food stores. In the end you will see your grocery bill start to go down because you are not shopping as much because you have purchased in bulk.

Now you can use this same method in storing dry goods like beans, lentils, rice and wheat. These items will keep for years.

Just to make a point, wheat discovered in King Tut’s tomb was still edible and able to make flour from it even after being over a thousand years old.

Finally, if you want to get flour with a 5 year shelf life, then look at purchasing some flour from our Thrive Life store.


A one gallon can (#10 can) is $13.29 per can.

We also have a gluten free flour and a whole wheat flour.

I hope that this has helped answer some of your food storage questions.

I enjoy answering these sort of emails, because it often leads to creating a great article that I get to share with all of you.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

Realistic Prepper Shopping

By Ray Gano

When you’re walking around a store – any store – and you’re doing your shopping, how often do you think about your survival supplies?

Is it something you make a list of and make a special trip to town?

Or do you incorporate your survival supplies shopping into your everyday life?

You want to know our secret? We try to buy at least $5 of something every time we go to the store.

Let’s take the other day for example, Tracye and I went shopping at the local Walmart here in Conroe.

While we were walking through the store, I picked up a 2 pack of strike on box matches. At 250 matches per box, that is 500 matches. I took inventory of my matches a while back, and it came to like 6 or 7 boxes of 250 matches per box. So that equals out to around 1,500 – 1,700 matches.

I am one who believes you can never have to many means to make fire, so I picked up another 500. I also got a box of Federal 9mm ammo & 12-gauge #4 shot.

When we got to the food section, we checked our grocery list and as I was walking around, I grabbed 2 jars of peanut butter to put up. One can never have to much peanut butter.

Tracye picked up some Jiffy corn bread mix. These are great. One box is good for one meal and all you have to do is add water. They cost some thing like $1.00 each. Our Walmart has them on sale all the time so you can pick them up for .75 cents a box at times.

While we were standing there in the isle, I was wondering “how well corn bread mix would store in vacuum sealed bags with oxygen absorbers? The mix has an expiration date of 2020. So, I bet storing them like that we can extend the life. That is the kind of stuff I think about when shopping. We got $5.00 worth of corn bread mix.

Here is what I added to my preps from this trip –

  • 50 rounds of Federal 9mm ammo
  • 25 rounds 12-gauge #4 shot – #4 is great for small game – rabbit – squirrel – etc
  • 2 jars of peanut butter
  • 5 boxes of corn bread mix
  • 2 boxes strike on box matches

The ammo is going to be put in their boxes and stored, peanut butter, corn bread mix and matches will be stored.

If I did not get the ammo, the cost of the food and matches was under $10.00.

Easy-peasie, you just have to think about it every time you go to the store. After a while it becomes habit.

I am mentioning this because I see new preppers / survivalist that put a lot of time an effort into their preps. If I put a “lot” of time and effort into it, I would probably get burned out. So, I try to take the slow and steady approach. This is why it has to be a lifestyle. Prepping is what you do all the time, and you do this by taking baby steps. An item here, jar of something there and once you do this for a month or two, you will be amazed at how much supplies you have on hand.

One of the problems that I see especially today, is that people put “too” much time and effort into survivalism. Yea, I know this is an “oxymoron” statement, but hear me out. They feel like they are behind the “8 ball” and they are trying to play catch up. They are prepping in a panic and always on the “go” with their preps. It’s like they jump in with both feet, take off running, but after a while get tired and drop out of the race. This is why I say take baby steps. Think like a turtle and be slow yet steady. Or think like a squirrel, a squirrel buries 1 nut at a time.

It is never too late to start, in fact right now with Easter approaching, it is an excellent time to start. There are many great deals on food as well as supplies. You can save a lot of money because all the stores are competing for your Easter food and gift dollars.

In the prepping world January is when many of the Mormon churches start the preps. Because of this many, prepping companies, like Thrive Life have great sales on their shelves and supplies.  In fact, Thrive Life should be ramping up their Super Sale they have every year around this time. This is a great time to buy and get some incredible deals and really stock up.

Now is a great time to start your preps, things are on sale and the ability to take baby steps will allow you to really make a good prepping effort in a short amount of time without burning out. Remember the corn bread mix? When you see sales like that, buy extra, you will be glad you did.

When I find good deals, I will try to share them with you so that you can take advantage of the savings as well.

In the meantime – check out my Thrive Life Store at …


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to answer your questions.

Gray Man – The Art of Blending Into Your Surroundings

By Ray Gano

Gray Man – A man who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out , hiding his skills and qualities. Source – urbandictionary.com

Becoming the gray man, it will be an important skill; a skill you will need in the future days to come. You will need to learn how to blend into your environment, look like everyone else, and become the “average looking Joe.”

But what makes you different is that you are alert to your surroundings, you suspect everyone that comes within your 20-foot perimeter and you are ready to react if need be. The real mission is to just be left alone while putting off that “sheepdog” disposition instead of being one of the sheep.

You are not some weekend warrior or paramilitary nut, you are just like everyone else except your everyday carry gear probably includes keys, cell phone, wallet, wrist watch…. a folding lock blade knife, multi-tool, pepper spray, maybe even a flashlight and if you are C&C licensed, a handgun with an extra loaded magazine.

This is today and you have adapted to the “new normal” that we now call America.

Radicalized Antifa members conducting crime, looting, blocked roads, creating riots, muggings, theft, rape and murder. These are more common place today than the days of yesteryear.

Luke 22:36 (KJV) Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

We live in a time where going to the mega-mart or the grocery store is an act of bravery, determination, logistics and security. No longer is it just running to get a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs.

Not that way in your area yet? Just wait.

How To Be The Gray Man

Look around, what are all the guys wearing? Now I am focusing on the guys because I am a guy. Ladies, this is for you also, take my examples and adapt them to what you would wear and so forth.

Here in the Houston Tx area, the majority of men wear some sort of “cargo” shorts or jeans. They go above the knee and tend to be a little baggy. Beige, brownish red, or blue jeans tend to be the color of choice. If not shorts, then blue jeans are the norm.

For a shirt, one will wear a common “T” shirt that is lose fitting sometimes with a pocket on the left breast. Or if they want to dress it up a little, a button up short sleeve or a golf polo shirt will do.

When it gets close to hunting season, around the beginning of August, the “Real Tree” cammo “T” shirts become the norm. See here in Texas, hunting is a big deal, and everyone gets in the mode. It also helps that the local Walmart sells these cammo “Beefy T’s” for only $8.00 each.

On his feet, are ankle socks or rolled over tube socks, he wears hiking shoes, or some form of work boots.

If he is wearing jeans, then cowboy boots are usually the norm.

Finally, the common baseball cap on top of the head and sporting sunglasses.

This is what an “average Joe” looks like when he is in his casual dress out on the street.

This is how I dress, except I try not to wear loud logo-based shirts or something that has verbiage on it. I wear an over-sized survival bracelet on my left arm with my watch, my wedding ring on my left hand and a crusader’s ring on my right.

Now some of you may be asking why an oversized survival bracelet? This as well as my watch could help deflect a knife cut if I had to block a blow with my arm.

Now, of someone asked about you, could they describe you or would they be describing just about everyone else, the average Joe?

How you DON’T want to dress

Like I said You don’t want to attract attention towards yourself. Don’t wear bright colors or “haute de couture” fashion, nothing that makes you stand out.

Example: Here in Texas everyone thinks of the cowboy. We have a lot of cowboys walking around, but they are not dressed in the “A” typical cowboy dress.

The cowboys here are not wearing the long-sleeved shirt with fringes dangling, no 10 gallon cowboy hat, nor fancy rhinestone pants. Everyone imagines the average cowboy looks like Roy Rogers or Hop-along Cassidy, but they don’t.

The average cowboy looks just like the person that I described above except that he probably wears some sort of work jeans. Come fall and winter here in Texas, we all look like the average “cowboy.”

Once in a while you will see someone wearing a cowboy hat. Straw cowboy hats are acceptable for guys over fifty during the summer time. During the winter everyone switches from straw to a black felt hat or baseball cap.

Believe me, if you step out of this mold, you will get noticed and that is not what you want to do.

If you are a prepper, you do not want to be dressing in some sort of combat BDU pants, army boots, and definitely no shirts with paramilitary sayings like “death from above” or pictures that you see at all the gun shows. This is a dead give-away and shouts “HEY… Look at me, I am a weekend warrior.”

Become The Gray Man

Become the average Joe, blend into your surroundings. But walk with a purpose and be alert to what is going on around you.

While you want to look like the average person, you want to project a demeanor about you that tells the wolves “to leave you alone, you are not one of the sheep, don’t mess with me.”

See, the sheep will not notice you, just like real sheep, they do not really notice the sheepdog. But the wolves will see you. Wolves are cowards and seek out the weak, frail and innocent. They do not want to have to work too hard, they want to be in and out and be done with the job.

So, while you don’t what to be wearing some neon sign blinking ” GUN… GUN…. GUN … KNIFE … KNIFE … KNIFE … with an arrow pointing at you; you want to be acknowledged as someone who is alert, aware and not some soft target.

How you achieve this is by training yourself. Look like you are someone alive, not some drained zombie who stairs at the ground, shoulders slumped as if he has the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Make eye contact and smile at people, greet them and wish them a good day or just a simple nod of the head will do.

You don’t want to seem like some bodyguard type either. You know the guys with the little curly tube sticking out of their ear, dark Ray-Ban glasses, constantly scanning, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. That is going overboard.

I bring up the Mega-stores because that is where America shops, it is also where the wolves hang out for some quick prey.

When walking in the parking lot, have a determination to your step, enter Mega-Store and look the greeter in the eye, nod your head say hello and smile. Then take a basket, eye the cashier and the customers checking out, assess if anyone is out of place then move on for that gallon of milk, dozen eggs and a few extra boxes of ammo.

BUT for example, if you enter the store, scan the area and notice someone wearing a trench coat and it is 90 degrees outside. This should raise your red flags. If this happens, step up the pace and move into the store, get out of the general area and do your shopping.

Every Day Carry – What I wear

I do not want to go into much detail in this article as to Every Day Carry (EDC), that is for another article, but for your E.D.C. kit carry what you want. The items above are what I carry, and I don’t look like I am wearing Batman’s utility belt either. My clothes do not scream “Hey.. It’s Mr. Tactical Guy here” either.

I wear Wrangler brand cargo shorts. These have cargo pockets on each side as well as a cell phone pocket that opens above the cargo flap. They have side pockets which the right pocket has a coin pocket inside the deep right. Finally, there are left and right rear pockets.

As for a shirt, I wear a common black, blue, beige, Fruit of the Loom pocket “T” shirt or a short sleeve button up with a left breast pocket. If it is hunting season, which at the time of this writing it is. I also wear cammo “Real Tree Beefy T” shirts because just about every other guy is wearing them also.

An important item that I want to touch on is your belt. I wear a double thick “Justin Boots” black leather belt with a common cowboy belt buckle. Your belt needs to be sturdy enough to carry all your gear if you do not put the items in your pockets as well as hold up your pants. So, you do not want some inexpensive belt from the big mega stores. Invest some money in this and you will not be sorry. You would be surprised how much a cell phone, buck knife, and a Multi-tool weighs when you are carrying it on your hip. With a heavy-duty belt, it will also help distribute the weight of these items more evenly and honestly once you get used to them, you forget they are even there. Another thing, my belt is also a last-ditch defensive weapon. The buckle weighs a good 10-12 ounces and makes for a mean bludgeon and can help keep someone at arms distance if need be.

How I developed my EDC was that I slowly carried one item, then added another and another. It took time in getting used to carrying gear, finding the spot where it is easy to access and not have it banging around on my leg or chest. You will find that some things work, and some things don’t. Carry what tools and gear you need but don’t make it obvious that you are a prepper, or you will look like some paramilitary tactical guy.

If you can get away with it, use a back pack or messenger bag. Look at what others are carrying in your area and adapt to the look. If everyone carries a back pack, carry a back pack. If they carry a messenger bag, well then messenger bag. With this you can also carry a water bottle, small first aid kit and any other gear that is important to you.

Just remember to keep it light, you do not want to turn yourself into some pack mule.

When I dress up, I usually wear black jeans, black cowboy boots, a black long sleeve shirt and a tie. If need be and I need to dress up more, I wear a beige twill sport coat and in all of this, I can still carry most of my gear. This is what the average guy wears here when they dress up, so I am still blending in and looking good too.

If someone would describe me, they would say he had on black shirt, pants and cowboy boots. In other words, I look like every other Joe that walks into a nice restaurant or business meeting.

Becoming the gray man will be an important skill for you to develop, especially with crime on the rise, thanks to the socialist Marxist left pushing the “hate whitey” narrative.

You will need to be equipped to protect yourself and possibly others if needed. You will also want to blend in the background.

Above all, your goal is to get home safely that day. You are not some super hero nor are you there to protect the world. You are ready to defend yourself if you must, but your goal is not having to resort to that.


Tactical retreats, AKA running away is totally acceptable. The only one who didn’t walk away was John Wayne and that was in the movies. You are not bullet proof nor knife proof, so run don’t walk if you think you need to get out of the area fast. Your spouse will be glad you did and so will you.

And as a last resort, always remember it is better to face 12 than to be carried out by 6.

So, if you have to protect yourself, fight to win because you will be fighting for your life.


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Society Breaks Down – Wolves ,Sheep and Sheepdogs

By Ray Gano

If you have not been paying attention to what is going on in France & England, you need to be.


Because this is a foreshadow of things to come here in the US.

Here is a new acronym you need to learn. SHTF = Shcumar (crap) Hits The Fan.

Folks, many people out there have bought into the Hollywood scenario of the apocalyptic world of Mad Max and the Thunder Dome.

When the SHTF, we are not going to resort to being Will Smith in “I am Legend” world.

You know what is going to happen?

Life will go on as soon as the main crisis slows down.

What people do not realize, it will be a completely different world from the one you used to live in.

Those who have prepared will make the transition, those who don’t will fall by the way side and become a casualty of the crisis.

Everyone is worried about EMP, or a Nuke attack and zombies. Can these things happen? Sure, well not the zombies, but the odds are pretty high to possibly not happening at all.

But the odds of a financial crisis hitting this country is very good. In fact, I am going to say that it isn’t a matter of “IF”, it is a matter of “WHEN.”

One of the greatest teachers is history.

It is a teacher we often ignore.

Scripture says…

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)  The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

What we are seeing taking place in Europe is a repeat of history. This is the same thing took place in Bolivia, Zimbabwe and in Argentina just in the last decade.

Folks, a financial crisis is here, the masses just don’t know it yet.

It isn’t zombies that you will be fighting, it will the crime, the high price of everything, sporadic water services, sporadic electricity, all the while everything is breaking down around you and nothing getting fixed or replaced.

Looking at history and those countries that have come before us we see what will take place.

But out of all of it, it is the crime that will sooner or later be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. History and just knowing the sin nature of man will show this to be true.

When the SHTF,  you’ll feel a real, urgent need to increase your security habits and find means of self-defense.  Problem is that the million or so other people that live in your general area will have the same real urgent need.

You want to get a gun? The shelves will be empty. That or the cost will be so high that it will be basically impossible. Those who are prepared will have already taken their personal, family and home security into consideration and have already acted. This is why I highly encourage you to get a Carry & Conceal license now. On top of that, take at least some basic fundamental classes on how to handle the weapon and even some close quarter tactics. They are out there, call your local gun shop owner and they can usually hook you up.

What about any sort of home alarm system, security system, even automatic lights? You will see the prices go through the roof. But not only because the money you are using is basically worthless, but the fact that you are now competing against the million or so masses who are looking for the same things you are. Those who are prepared have already set this up as well.

When the SHTF you will not be able to make ignorant mistakes, they will cost you in money and God forbid, possibly your life if you are too foolish.

In his book “On Killing” Lt. Col David Grossman noted that people are divided into three groups. There will be the “sheepdogs” and there will be the “sheep.” The third group, they are the wolves. It is the wolves who the sheep and the sheepdogs will need to contend with.

What About a Job and Food?

Like during the great depression, people will be job hunting for months, even years. Competing for a job will become an art form of its own. Monster and the classified ads in the newspapers will be a joke. Those who are prepared will already have friends of friends, networks and abilities to help secure a much-coveted job.

In fact, just getting to and from work will be an exercise in logic, tactics and nerves of steel. You will have riots, roadblocks, fires, carjacking, kidnappings, shootings and looters to contend with. That’s just to name a few of the obstacles.

Grocery stores will have very limited supplies and when they do, getting in and purchasing food will be like walking the gauntlet. You will be on alert getting to and from your car with pepper spray or other means to keep the wolves at bay in hand.

Once inside you will have to contend with the prices being 200%, 300%, possibly even 700% higher.

Do you know that today it costs 32 billion Zimbabwe dollars just for a dozen eggs?

But that is not all.

The banks are going to be closed and when they do open, they will limit how much you can withdrawal.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the equivalent to our own Fed Reserve has fixed the daily withdrawal limit at Z$100 billion. Folks, that is roughly US$1.25 per day for individuals. Newsflash –  that doesn’t even cover the average day to day cost of living for people. Not to mention that they are living in the world’s most inflationary country on the globe today.

Want a shocker, a loaf of bread costs Z$100 billion, meat sells for Z$450 billion a pound. (about US$5.60) and a half-gallon of milk costs Z$200 billion (about US$2.50). These items are all fixed priced by the government by law too. If they weren’t the cost would be astronomical.

In Zimbabwe, local shops that are open associate a fee just for using Z-dollars, and although these fees differ, most charge about 15% commission for cash.

Why? Because the hyperinflation is so bad that within 24 hours, they have lost money due to prices going up higher and higher.

Those who have prepared have protected their wealth by putting it into silver, gold, jewelry, hard based assets. They may even have other hard currencies on hand like the Swiss Francs, Chinese Yuan or other currency that has not lost value in the world’s economy.

They in turn can trade these items in and will be able to afford food to feed the family, gas to go to work, and other day to day expenses and not have to worry to much about the bank limits set upon them.

People, you have time right now to decide who you will be. Take this opportunity so that you can prepare for this situation now.

Life will go on after the SHTF, but it will be the end of the world as you know it and be an entirely different world the next morning with new rules and new attitudes.

Those who have prepared now will have the upper hand and be able to transition. They will have already seen the writing on the wall for a while now.  These people will be the sheepdogs

Here is what they have already done…

They have purchased food and have a well-stocked pantry – they see food as an investment.

They have provided means to protect themselves, their family, their home with as many means as possible.

They have chosen to be the “sheepdog” instead of being the “sheep.”

They blend into the crowd, walk with a purpose and completely alert to their surroundings before they even step outside their front door.

They prepared knowing that this situation was coming not only because they have learned from history, the bible told them also told them too.

There is nothing new under the sun.

The key is will you take the time to learn and be a sheepdog or will you ignore it and become one of the sheep.

The wolves will be out there, and you will have to learn how to contend with them either way you look at it.

Take the time now and learn from Greece, Zimbabwe, Argentina and the others. It is not a matter of “IF” it is only a matter of “WHEN.”

Special Thanks to Lt Col Dave Grossman for his insight and his great article On sheepdogs, Wolves and Sheep.

Surviving The Emergency No One Ever Plans For

By Ray Gano

Hmmm, I am ready for earthquakes, tornadoes and floods. I even have NBC gear, KI Pills and my trusty radiation meter just in case of a nuke.

What can hit me now that I am not ready for?

Can you say Pink Slip?

I have been writing now about preparedness and stewardship for close to 6 years now and this is the weak link I see in most people’s preparedness plans. They have not prepared for being fired, laid-off, or unemployed for long periods of time.

Except for suffering serious illness like cancer, that and unemployment for a long period of time seems to be never thought about.

Even most folks who are preparedness minded say “it can’t happen to me.”

See many folks out there have been watching way too many “Mad Max” or “I am Legend” movies and think that when “the schumar hits the fan” the world will melt down and turn into” apocalypse now.”

Folks, history as well as what is going on currently in the world show it in a completely different picture.

Just look at the war in Iraq. People are going about their day to day business, kids going to school ect. But there is also high unemployment, high crime, terrorism, sickness, and in spite of all of this, life goes on.

The key question that you need to ask is what level of quality of life will you have if you get the pink slip?

Can earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and even nukes happen? Sure, they can, but the odds of them effecting you are actually pretty slim. But the odds of you getting a pink slip are very good. In fact, in today’s economy, the odds are against you.

Person 1 or Person 2 – Which One Are You?

There are two types of employee. Ask yourself, which one of these people are you?

One has a good idea of what they do, who they are and what position they play in the company. They are alert to their environment, their position, their subordinates and supervisors. When they see the beginnings of the ship starting to go down, they are under no delusions, and will no doubt have already had other irons in the fire; jumping ship for another job long before they are ever considered for the pink slip.

And then there’s the other kind people out there. You know who I am talking about. What about that person who lives to text, chatting on the phone to friends all the while surfing the web doing online shopping?

Or what about this scenario, you got Joe down in sales who is completely oblivious that the recent merger means his job is now obsolete.

How about the person who thinks they are the only one who can perform their job, therefore making them irreplaceable?

Is this you?

All these folks have what I call Ostrich Syndrome. They couldn’t see a pink slip coming if it was as big as the broad side of a barn screaming “you’re fired!”

Here is a little hint, you want to avoid being in that 2nd category at all costs.

To really be prepared, you have to keep an eye on the horizon. In the military there was an old saying that I still use today. “Stay Alert – Stay Alive”

One of the first things you can do is to is pay attention to your environment and watch for tell tale signs of a possible job loss.

Here are some things you need to personally look out for…

  • Are you no longer in the loop about, well, anything?
  • Did you recently screw up big-time?
  • Are people avoiding you at all costs?
  • Did your last performance review read like a train wreck?
  • Has your company recently been sold or merged?
  • Are you being given impossible jobs with no chance of success?
  • Do you now have less responsibility than the intern?
  • Has your office, cubicle or working space recently been down-sized?
  • Do people whisper more, or does the conversation change as you approach?
  • Did your recently receive a pay freeze or, worse still, a pay cut?
  • Have you seen a job posting for your company that matches your job description?
  • Does everyone hate you? I mean really dislike you with a passion?

And sometimes there is no warning at all!

Folks, if you can answer “YES” to three or more, you may want to drag out the resume and start bookmarking those job websites like Monster.com or Dice.com. Why, because the odds are that you are on the way out.

Something that you need to realize is that this has happened to the best of us and there are times that the odds are just against you, things happen that you have no control over. It is what you do about it that matters.

Or better yet, what contingency plans did you have in place knowing that sooner or later this would happen to you.

What you need to do is take control over those things that benefit you and your family now before you see that pink slip. Thing is that if you have said yes to at least three of those things above, you don’t have much time and should have been prepping for this when times were “good.”

What you need to do now is address the coming problems that will be coming no matter what.

Problem #1 – Food & Water

If you are reading this, then you are probably a “prepper” like me.

With that said, the odds are good that you have already started your food storage.

Folks, this is called “insurance.”

We have car insurance, home insurance, renter’s insurance, health insurance, but it amazes me how many people have all these different insurances, and yet refuse to insure that their family can eat three square meals a day if the store shelves went empty after three days.

If you lose your job and you have no more money, what will you eat?

When money is short, 6-12 months’ worth of food is a wise idea. Is it too much to insure that your family has enough to eat?

It is hard, especially for a man to get fired or laid off. The stress is up there, add to that the problem of not having enough food for your family and having the problem of finding another job and the stress levels have reached stratospheric levels.

On the flip side of that, if you have 6 – 12 months of food stores laid up, that means you have at least that amount of “breathing room” time and that is less money going out that you can retain in your pocket.

Think that you could sleep a little easier at night knowing that you have this sort of “insurance / safety net” already in place? Would having the knowledge that your family will not go hungry help in lowering that stress level instead of it going through the roof?

The answer is clearly “YES.”

Using the rule of 80-20-10-2, I can bet that 80% of you reading this do not even have a single months’ worth of food stored up.

20% have at least a month to three months…

10% have 6 months …

and 2% have 12 months’ worth of food stored up.

Let me spell this out for you.

For 80 % of you, the dreaded PINK SLIP equals NO MONEY which equals NO FOOD, which means you and your family will be standing in the soup kitchen lines, begging for food or eating out of a dumpster in less than a week.

This is not the movies, Mad Max or make believe. In today’s world, this is reality and with the economy going south in the good ol’ US of A, odds are very good that things are going to get worse and take you right along with it for the ride.

Solution… start today in creating that food insurance plan. You don’t have to go out right now and buy 6 months. Start out small with getting the basics.

  • Buy 5-6 boxes of oatmeal and 5-6 boxes of Cream of Wheat – there… 30 days of breakfast
  • 6 – 7 cases of assorted Rami-noodles – there, 30 days of lunch
  • 20 boxes of Mac & Cheese
  • 10 lbs of pasta
  • 10-20 cans of spaghetti sauce
  • 2-3 spiral sliced Hams
  • 2-3 cooked Turkeys
  • Couple cases each of canned green beans, corn, peas
  • Get 20-30 boxes each of instant pudding and instant jello
  • 10 cans of Instant drink mix in different flavors
  • 10-20 boxes of instant milk

This is just an example, but you see what I mean. Here is a rough menu that you could feed a family of four on for almost 30 days.

Now is it the greatest meal plan and menu? No, it isn’t, but it is a start and the total cost is about $200 – $300.00. The Ham, Turkey and Instant Milk will be the costliest. If you replaced that with other alternatives, you could probably get away with 30 days of food for around $100 – $150.00. If you used coupons and shopped the sales, you would save even more.

Now if you cannot purchase this all right now, then purchase a little every week. Plan it out and then work your plan.

Next, clean out that closet that every home has and that no one really uses except to store junk in. Add some shelving to it and that will be your food storage pantry. Once you have place to store your food, and you keep adding to it every time you go to the grocery store, you will be amazed how fast you can then fill it up.

The key is taking concerted steps forward and buying at least one item for your food storage every time you go to the grocery store.

Problem #2 – No Place To Live

This is already happening at an alarming rate. In Southern California, tent cities are popping up all over the place. Why? Loss of income / unemployment.

Because of very unwise lending practices coupled with personal greed and the need to keep up with the Jones’s; people got in over their heads with huge mortgages that they could not afford.

Do you realize that most Americans today are one flat tire away from bankruptcy?

People have stretched their financial budget so thin that just about any unexpected event will cause a major cascade of financial loss. In other words, people are simply losing their homes because they can’t keep up with the payments. This is happening right here right now…today.

Local authorities say the number of families seeking help has risen in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Washington.

USA TODAY found:

In New York City, 2,747 families applied for shelter in September 2008, up from 2,087 in September 2007.

In Hennepin County, including Minneapolis, 880 families were in shelters from January through August 2008, up from 698 in that period last year. At least 10% this year came from foreclosed properties where most had been renters, says Cathy ten Broeke, county coordinator to end homelessness.

Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor of social policy, expects foreclosures to cause a “big increase” in homeless families.

Mangano says a new federal law gives communities $3.9 billion to buy foreclosed properties or provide services to the homeless.

What is happening today? We are beginning to see multi-family homes come together. In other words kids and their families are moving back in with “Mom & Dad.” And that is normal, family needs to help and work together. Times are getting tough and it is a strong family unit that will survive. Everyone brings their assets together for the good of the family. It is what our great grand parents did during the depression, we can do it also.

Now the real problems happen when you don’t have that family safety net and the need for some sort of shelter becomes more primal.

A tent isn’t much of a home, but it is better than nothing for a couple days or even a couple of weeks. It is wise for every family to have several tents for “just in case.” If you have a camper or motor home, then you are living in luxury.

Here in the Texas Hill country we have what we refer to as “snow birds.” These are retired folk who come down from the north during the winter and leave back home in the spring. We see trailers, campers and RVs of all sorts and sizes.

So in a survival situation a family can get by for several weeks and even longer periods of time in an RV, trailer or camper. Living in one of these also are a lot more safer and solid than that of a tent. Living in one of these will also boost your moral verses having to crawl in and out of a small camping tent.

Bottom line is when you have no job, you have no funds; no funds mean no roof over your head. Go out and at least get a 7-man multi-room dome tent. Spend the money now for something with lots of room, compact and easy to set up. During the spring you will see camping gear start to go on sale, that is a great time to purchase a good dome tent for around $150 plus.

Becoming homeless is a real issue and it can happen to you if you got the pink slip. Is a $150.00 tent too much to spend for this type of “insurance” for you and your family?

Don’t believe it can happen to you?

Look at all the people who lost their homes due to foreclosures and living in tent cities all over the US.

Problem #3 – No Jobs To Be Found

The job just doesn’t appear. You pour over the daily newspaper, search all your on-line job websites, but there’s just no job to be found.

In the corporate world when there are more workers than there are jobs, it goes in the favor of the company. In fact during hard times it works greatly in favor for the company.

They can pay you want they want, not what you are worth

They can make higher demands upon you for less

They can cut back on benefits or have no benefits what so ever

And the list goes on …

Basically they can turn you into a company slave and if you need the money, there is nothing that you can do about it either because there is a line a mile long of people who will be more than happy to do what you are doing and agree to do more of it for less.

So what do you do?

If you are one of those people who are proactive and alert to your environment, the best thing to do is create a home-based business now.

Like food storage and having that “just in case” roof over your head, these are things that you do not need “right now” but need to put in place for “insurance” sake.

If you have not figured it out by now, self-sustainability is what you need to work towards. You need to build a means of cash flow coming into your home right now.

What is the old saying? The best time to look for a job is when you have a job. Well, the best time to create a home-based business is when you have a job already that can “subsidize” you while you are building this secondary form of cash flow.

This in and of itself is a whole article, which I will write at a later time because it is needed. But the key point of having a successful home-based business is that you have got to truly love what it is you are doing.

For example, my primary source of income is writing about Bible Prophecy and World Events. I have a website that I started back in 1991 called Prophezine. I send out a 30-40 page newsletter, daily news and commentary, produce a weekly podcast and even produce videos I post on You Tube, I do all of this for a subscription of only $20.00 a month. Now I have only about 120 monthly subscribers and it is slowly growing.

In doing the math, you can see that I bring in about $1200.00 a month from subscriptions.

Does this cover our family expenses? No, it does not, so I create more streams of cash flow.

For example, I try to produce a book, audio CD or video DVD once a month and then sell it to my website members and visitors.

Now, I love what I do and it is what God has called me to do, that is what is commonly referred to as a “watchman on the wall.”

Because I love what I do, it is that love that pushes me to get up every day, commute to the computer, answer hundreds of emails, search the news, research the bible, pray for people, update my website, mail out products, write articles, blog, produce podcasts, produce you tube videos, ect, ect, ect.

On average, I spend from 7:00 AM to about 9:00PM working at my home-based business. That is 6 days and almost 7 days a week.

Now, here is where the rubber meets the road.

As I stated I earn about $1200 in monthly subscriptions and about another $300.00 in product sales. That is about $1500.00 a month.

Let’s just average and say I work 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. That is 27 days in a month, 12 hours a day. That comes to be about $55.00 a day or roughly $4.62 an hour.

This is why you have got to love what you do with great passion, because otherwise, you will not work yourself hard for $4.62 an hour. But it is the passion that you have that will get you through the hard times and it is your passion that will help you grow your home-based cash flow.

Add more forms of cash flow into your home and you can see that you can create a home-based business that you can live off of.

Another thing that you can do is get the whole family involved and create a family run home based business. Invest in your kids and help them create a home-based business.

For example my son enjoys the outdoors and is considering going into business with our other son and do a pool cleaning business. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

The Catch – Lowering Your Expenses… A LOT!

I need to caveat all of this by saying that one of the primary things that you need to do is also cut way back on your family expenses. You need to go through your budget and really ask yourself do you really need 250 cable channels or will 150 do just as well for half the price. Or better yet, do you need cable at all?

Do you need a land line phone as well as cell phones? Can you get rid of one over the other? Can you sell that car you still are making payments on and go out and get a “cash car” for a couple thousand dollars that you then own outright?

These are just some of the things and there are even more that you need to start doing now while you have a job that can “subsidize” your home-based business.

You need to also realize that it takes years to grow a solid cash flow home based business. That is why you need to start now instead of being behind the “8-ball” and trying to start one when you are out of work.

Finally, you need to have patients and allow your efforts to compound.

Often, I tell people I advise that you cannot go out into the yard this week and plant tomatoes and expect next week to go out and harvest tomatoes.

It takes time and patients. You have got to nurture your cash flow and allow it to grow. You will have set backs, obstacles and even lose money. But it is the love of what you do that will help you push through a lot of this and keep going on growing your home-based cash flow.

In summary, if you have been prudent and you have created these multiple “insurance” plans such as food storage, a “just in case” roof over your head, and home-based cash flow. You are well prepared for that one emergency that about 95% of the population says “can’t happen to them.”

When you boil all this down, it is just practical and biblical stewardship put into action.

Do the right thing, hold a family meeting and put goals in place and then start taking baby steps to achieve those goals. It is amazing how far you can go when just taking baby steps forward and not look back.

Please start today.



Really? You Sure You’re Prepared For The Inevitable?

By Ray Gano

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

We have started another year. 2019, who would have thought? At lease if you listen to all the doom and gloom folks, which at times I get lumped into that pile myself.

Much has been written and published by a host of commentators about the ominous signs ahead for our country’s government, economy, health and spirituality. In all my years of writing, I can safely say that things have dramatically changed in all four of these categories – and not for the better. But, that’s not really news.

There seem to be two kinds of people in our world today: those who are preparing for the inevitable and those who are, for whatever reason, ignoring it.

Folks, the warnings are everywhere. They’re like blaring civil defense sirens that never shut off.

You would think everyone could hear them – but only a few have responded. The rest just continue on as they always have, unaffected by the unrelenting sound of the sirens.

Have you ever considered what your life would be like without just one modern day element, like electricity? In the 1800s it wouldn’t have been a big deal; but here in 2019, it would be catastrophic.

Remember when that strange missile soared through the sky unannounced and undeterred off the coast of California a few years ago? If a small nuclear device had been aboard one of those and detonated high enough over Middle America, chances are, most, if not all of our country would have gone dark and stayed dark for months or years. And, many of the things we take for granted every day that are powered by electricity would have been indefinitely shut down, having had the insides fried by an electromagnetic pulse generated from the explosion.

Just look at the crazy talk coming out of Iran. They are ramping up their missiles and they have come right out and said that they want to put America in the cross hairs.

Think if they actually did it.

Forget the abrupt halt that would have come to Wall Street and Main Street, not to mention our out-of-service cell phones, telephones, televisions, radios, computers, traffic lights, streetlights, coffee makers, microwave ovens, hairdryers and all those plug-in appliances we rely on each day to keep and prepare food for our families.

What do you think powers all the pumps and filtering systems that keep “clean” water coming into your house, condominium or apartment?

Imagine life without drinking water and running water for showers and flushing toilets. Guess you could build a little outhouse in the back yard or alleyway if you’re not the shy type and your neighbors don’t object. But, don’t build it around any nearby creeks or ditches because that may be where you have to go for water to drink – that is, if you don’t mind the taste of fertilizer, weed killer and animal feces.

Think there will be plenty of bottled water for you to buy at the grocery store when the power goes out? Even if any are open for business or have anything left on the shelves, you’ll need lots of cash to make your purchases since today’s registers and payment card systems are all electronic and computerized.

Remember, those ATM machines are electronic and computerized too, so if you don’t already have plenty of cash on hand, you’ll probably be without the means to purchase food, water or anything else when the grid goes down.

Maybe you have some non-electronic items around the house you could take with you to the store to barter with. Not really sure you’ll have many takers though. After all – it is food and water we’re talking about here and supplies would be limited. And, that’s assuming your highly computerized automobile will even start or run to get you there. I suppose you could ride your bicycle to the store if you have one – if it’s not freezing or icy outside. But, I really don’t think you’d be able to carry much back home with you on that bike anyway.

Logic suggests that when the power goes out for an extended period of time, desperation will eventually lead to growing violence and theft as a means to survive.

Are you prepared for that?

I’m not trying to frighten anyone here. I’m just trying to point out how easily, quickly and dramatically things can change under certain circumstances and how important it is that we all thoughtfully and carefully prepare ahead of time – not wait to see what happens.

And if you think the government will help you under these conditions, remember, they’re going to be without electricity too and many of the electronic and computerized systems, equipment and devices it runs.

But the most important inevitability we should prepare for is our own demise.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior – the One who gave His life on that cross 2000 years ago to pay for your sins and mine, then I encourage you to get on your knees right now in repentance and faith and confess that you are lost, dead in your sins and in desperate need of His salvation. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the forgiveness of sins and the everlasting life only He can provide.

None of us know how much time we have left in this life or whether we will even survive another night – much less the difficult years ahead. Heed the call right now and surrender your heart and life over to the only begotten Son of God. Don’t wait for another time, another invitation or another opportunity, because it may not come.

Faith doesn’t procrastinate or panic – it prepares.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13



PZ Survival Book, Coin, Knife, P-38, 9Gig Data Drive Offer

Hello PZ Family

With the New Year, I wanted to present to you a very special offer.

I am calling this the PZ Survival Book, Coin, Knife, P-38, 9Gig Data Drive Offer

With this offer you will get an autographed copy of my best selling book “Survive The Coming Storm.” This book teaches you about preparedness from a biblical Christian perspective.

If you purchase this from Amazon, it is $14.95

I have put together a 9 Gig data drive with over 800 ebooks, PDFs, audio and video files. These are all my files are from my two data DVDs – TEOTWAWKI & TEOTWAWKI City Version.

The great thing about this data thumb drive is that you can copy it and give each family member this great survival library.

When you open this data thumb drive survival library you will notices that the folders are either all CAPS or upper case lower case. The folders that are all caps are general survival topics that can be used for people living anywhere. The other folders are geared more to the suburban / city dweller and has a lot of information to help in more city / urbanized living environment.

These two data dvds were selling for $40.00

I am also including the ebooks – Where There is No Doctor and Where There is No Dentist. Both of these are must have books for anyone to have in their survival library.

If you buy these today from Amazon they are $37.00.

Also included is the documentary that I produced back in 2010 titled…
“The Christian’s Guide To Buying Silver”

In this video I also teach you how to find “free” silver that is still out there. This DVD sold for $20.00.

AND Speaking of silver, I am also including 1 – 1/10 .999 pure silver walking liberty coin.

If you bought this today at today’s silver rate, plus shipping, handling and insurance, it would come up to around $10.00


I am also including a “Secret” credit card knife. I had one of these and it made it past airport security in the US, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. Finally a inspector in Panama finally discovered it.

You can purchase this on Amazon for $4.00.

Finally, the one little tool that has saved me a number of times, my trusted P-38 US Army Can opener. The one I have is the one I got in the army and I still have it on my survival key ring. This is the one tool that everyone should have, they do a lot more than just open up cans.

You can get this on Amazon for $4.00 for a P-38 and a P-51. So basically $2.00 for the P-38.

Here is what you are getting in this special PZ Survival offer…

  • Autographed copy of “Survive The Coming Storm” – $14.95
  • TEOTWAWKI & TEOTWAWKI City Version – 9+ Gig Thumb Drive – $40.00
  • 1 hour documentary – “The Christians Guide To Buying Silver” – $20.00
  • 1/10 oz .999 Silver Walking Liberty Coin – $10.00
  • Secret Credit Card Folding Knife – $4.00
  • P-38 US Army Can Opener – $2.00

If you total all this up that is $90.95 (without S&H – except the coin)

But I am offering this incredible offer to my PZ Insiders for only
$50.00 + $5.00 S&H

NOW… I only have 25 sets that I can offer due to my supplies.

So if you want to get in on this great PZ Survival Offer, then you need to act now and order.

PZ Survival Book, Coin, Knife, P-38, 9 Gig Data Drive Offer


Creating & Personalizing A Mini EDC Pouch

By Ray Gano

EDC… you hear that term a lot in the prepper circles and it is starting to become more main stream.

What is EDC ?  … Every Day Carry.

I got the following email from a reader…

Hello Ray,

My husband and I enjoy your articles on Steve Quayle’s website and have found them to be really informative. I like your writing style and it seems like you writing specifically to us.

I have an idea and I need your help.

I want to make a mini EDC bag that my husband can carry on his belt. He is a business man and can not wear his cargo pants. So he really does not have anywhere to keep his EDC items on him.

The problem is that I do not know what to get him and what sort of things he might appreciate. We are new preppers, and I don’t want to waste a lot of money getting all that “cool guy stuff”, as you like to call it, but I do not want to get him shoddy stuff that is a waste of money.

Please point me in the right direction.

Thank you,


I started to write Bev back and thought, HEY… this would make a great article So I hope that you do not mind Bev that I will share this with the world and possibly help some other wives put together a “Mini EDC Pouch.”


Just so you know, my daily EDC is pretty minimal. Here is what I carry daily…

First…If I carry nothing else, I carry a knife and in fact the few times where I have ran out the door and forgotten it, I have stressed out knowing that I do not have a knife on me. I have two knives that I rotate…

Cold Steel Voyager Clip Point XL … OR

Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6”

Both of these are great knives and depending on where I am going I have one of these on me at all times.

Cold Steel Voyager Clip Point XL – this is a great all duty knife. I use this for just about everything. I cut meat, chop small trees and branches, skin a chicken, and it makes for a great self defense weapon. This is the knive that I carry most of the time.

Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6” – This is my go to battle blade. This is the knife I wear when I know that I am going down town and could possibly run into a situation. When people see this knife, well they kind of freak out because it is so large. I tell them it is my “pocket sword.” This thing is long. But what I like about it is that it is very versatile in the fight. You can use it as a kubaton, a fist filler like brass knuckles and when things get bad, flick the wrist and you can deploy the blade very easily.

BEV – Get your husband at least one of these knives. I do not know his day to day needs, but if you are worried about him getting into a mix up, get the Ti-Lite. If you are thinking day to day, get the Voyager Clip Point. He can carry this in his suit pocket and it will not weigh it down.

The other things I carry daily…

Tool Card Money Clip

Para-cord survival bracelet

Uzi Tactical Pen

There are many other things that I can add to this list and at times when I am totally “geared up” it looks like I am wearing Batman’s Utility Belt.

But when I started thinking about Bev’s request I have to say that I was getting pretty enthusiastic about her idea. “HEY… no more Batman belt.”

Here are the issues and what I am looking for….

1 – I personally do not want to carry a man purse / messenger bag. Those are to big and like it or not, the bigger the bag, the more stuff you want to add to it.

2 – it has to hook / clip to my belt.

3 – it would be great if I had room in it to carry more of my EDC items, but not bulky.

Well, I have to give credit where credit is due. My wife Tracye actually found the perfect bag. The Reebow Gear® Tactical Molle Pouch.

She sent me the link and WOW…. This thing is perfect and what is better is that the price is right. It ranges from $14.99 to $16.99 depending on the color you want.

The Reebow Gear pouch is a great organizer for big screen smart phone, camera, key, wallet, pen, knife, notebook, small tool etc small accessories, and even can be a holster. It has a lot of positive ratings and one guy even carries his Beretta 21A in it. Another comment also stated that you can carry a Glock 26 in this as well, which is what I carry when I am in C&C mode.  It is made out of CorDura, which is a really tough canvas material that takes a beating. Finally it has an external phone holster and slot to keep a tactical pen.

It has the MOLLE system attachment straps, so it can even be carried on a tactical belt or MOLLE vest or backpack.

The one negative that I have is that the canvas loops on the back that hook to your belt, well they can cause the pouch to droop a bit. Some guys may not mind this. Me, I like things snug so that I can access them quickly.

How I solved this is using the Blade Tech Tek Loc. This is a great locking mechanism that clips things that have the MOLLE set up to your belt. I have several of my larger fixed blade knives with this set up so that I can carry the fixed blade horizontally on my back clipped to my belt. This way I can pull the knife left handed and have a main weapon in my right.

The Blade Tech Tec Loc has all the hardware needed to make it nice and tight and hold it really well to you belt. It also has a locking mechanism that will then lock down and prevent what ever it is holding from dropping away.

This was a perfect solution to a small / mini EDC pouch.

BEV – this is your starting point; you can fill this tactical molle pouch with just about anything as long as it fits. I love this and I think your husband will also.

Gearing Up The Reebow Gear Tactical Molle Pouch

One of the main things I like about this tactical pouch is that it has a phone holster. I have a Samsung Note II, it is a tad big and I like a bigger screen. That is what happens when you get older.  But The Reebow tactical pouch holds it with no problem and it fits perfectly in the phone holster, and it is easily accessible when it starts ringing. If you use a blue tooth device then perfect, you don’t have to always pull the phone out.

Right next to the phone I can carry my Uzi Tactical Pen.

Uzi Tactical Pen

Folks, I love this pen and I have owned this thing for over 7 years. Back then I bought it for around $14.00. The price today is still around $14 – $16. It has some nice weight but not too heavy and really fits nicely in my hand. You can fill it with any sort of ink cartage. I personally like the .07 gel ink cartage because I like a thicker line when I write. The great thing is that I have carried this in airports and other “secure” areas and it has never been taken from me. Heck, even it is does, I just buy another one off of amazon. This is truly a worth while pen and a great gift to get any dad, son or boyfriend.

BEV – This is one of the first things that I would purchase for your husband. The Uzi Tactical Pen. Even without the mini EDC pouch, this is something that he can use daily and it might help save his life as well.

Swiss Fire Steel

Next, I am huge on having fire. This is why I carry a Swiss Firesteel on my key ring, I have one in my car and now have one in my EDC pouch. These things are great. They spark at 1200 degrees and you can spark up a fire in no time. Carry as small vile of cotton absorbed with Vaseline and you will spark up a fire within one – two tries. Try that with two pieces of wood.

Here is an alternative use for the fire steel… if you are somewhere and you do not have a flashlight or fire making materials, you can spark this and it will light up an area. It will give you enough light to find your way around if you have to. So… stuck in an office building and the lights are gone out, you can whip this out and it will cast enough light to help you find your way

BEV – Get your husband a Swiss Fire Steel. This is one item that could save his life if things got hairy. Everyone needs fire. Get a small plastic vile also for Vaseline soaked cotton and he can start a fire anywhere.

 Fenix PD35 TAC 1000 Lumen CREE LED Tactical Flashlight

Both my wife and I have one of these and they are great. In fact, I am looking at getting another one for my car. I have to get out and get our gate at night and this really lights up the area. Tracye carries hers in her purse. What I like about this is that if you need light, you can switch it on to its highest setting and it will light the area up big time. It has four settings and a strobe setting as well to confuse a possible attacker.

This also can double as a kubaton sort of weapon. It fits nicely in the hand and if you have to punch someone, this will help leave a solid impression on that person. This is a police grade flashlight, so it is waterproof and meant to take a beating and will not die on you.

BEV – This is pricey, but it is the best flashlight that I think is on the market. Forget those stinking cheap Chinese things that you see advertised. I have a few of them, but you drop them  just once and they are toast. Spend the money on quality and it will serve your husband well when he really needs it.

Small Travel First Aid Kit

What I like about this small first aid kit is that it is small. But it has a great plastic case that you can repack with items more suited to your needs. Maybe some Neosporin packs, iodine packs, or some other sort of first aid items that you think you will be more in need of.

Here are the highlights of this small first aid kit …

  • adhesive bandages, cotton swabs, safety pins, tweezers, mini scissors and multi-functional knife
  • Measures 1.8 by 4.2 by 0.9-inches

BEV – what I like about this is the case and for $5.89, it is a pretty good deal that is lite and small, but also has what your husband may need in a pinch.

SABRE Red Campus Safety Pepper Gel

I am a big fan of pepper gel and pepper foam. Cold Steel used to make a great pepper foam product, and if you can find some, that is what I would recommend. But SABRE makes a great pepper gel that has a few more pluses over that of the pepper foam.

This stuff sticks because it is gel. The SABRE peper gel even has training videos online that will help you and teach you how to use this effectively in an emergency. The shooting radius is about 10 feet with this product and it says that it gives you 25 – one second bursts. Personally I would spray the person down with this stuff.

BEV – This is a great product and for the price, you are getting your husband a good self defense weapon.

Cold Steel Secret Edge Knife

Not only does this make a great neck knife, but it is perfect in size for the mini EDC pouch.

First, I think that everyone should have a primary EDC knife that they carry on their person at all times. This is where my XL Voyager Clip Point or my Ti-Lite 6” knife play their role.

But I am also someone who believe that you need to always have a back up knife and this is why I am recommending the Cold Steel Secret Edge. Like 99% of the knives I recommend, I also own one of these and I love it. It is small, compact and it also doubles as a neck knife if I wish to wear it. You can slip it in your sock like a Scottish Sgian-dubh, which this knife is patterned after, in your back pocket, or in your mini EDC pouch.

What is amazing is that when I carry this knife, I really find myself using it a lot. It cuts open boxes and envelopes, makes a clean slice on paper, no problem with 550 cord, there are a lot of uses for this knife.

It has the G-10 grive style handle, so holding it and having a solid grip is a plus. It is a great tool and a great weapon. This is why I really like this knife a lot.

BEV – You get this for your husband, he will love you for it. This is one of those knives that every guy secretly wants. AND for under $25, you can’t go wrong.

Leatherman Skeletool CX Multitool

This is another pricey item, but it is something that will last a lifetime. I have owned mine for close to 10 years, or at least when Leatherman first brought this great multitool to market.

What I love about this is that it has the basics that you REALLY NEED. Not all the added on stuff that you think you need. This is truly the perfect EDC tool. Weighing only 5 ounces, it is the lightest full-size multi-tool on the market.

What do you get out of this tool?

The Skeletool CX has a large straight knife blade that can be accessed while the tool is closed; to open it, just place your thumb in the thumbhole at the base of the blade and rotate it out until it’s fully extended — which will engage the safety lock. This locking mechanism is noted with a padlock symbol on the tool. To unlock the blade, press the locking mechanism towards the handle until the blade slides past the lock.

Equipped with a universal bit driver, the Skeletool offers real utility options like no other multitool. To change the tool bits, simply unfold the tool and remove the bit from the bit driver — and pop it out. And replacing bits is just as easy. Just press a new one into position and you’re good to go. There’s even a spare bit located in the handle side opposite the knife blade. This tool includes the following bits: Phillips #1 and #2, screwdriver 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch.

In the plier jaws you’ll find a hard-wire cutter and a regular wire cutter. The regular wire cutter is great for softer grades of wire, but the hard-wire cutter is excellent for heavier jobs — like cutting and bending fishhooks.

Finally, the carabiner style clip also doubles as a bottle opener.

I have used mine like crazy and believe it or not, the knife edge still holds a razor sharp edge.

BEV – This is something that your husband will recognize as being top of the line quality. I have recommended this multi-tool a lot, and everyone who has ordered one was very pleased with it.

Field Notes – Expedition Model

These are great little note pads. The whole book is printed on Yupo Synthetic paper, a water- and tear-proof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. Yep, made in the USA.

Everyone always needs some paper to write a note on and having this in your mini EDC pouch is a great idea. You get a pack of three of these for just over $9.00. Field Notes is a solid brand name and they really make their note pads to be used in the out doors.

BEV – This is something that is important to me. I don’t know your husband, but having some paper to write on when it is needed is a nice thing. Having it be water proof and such, well that is “cool guy” bragging rights at the office. This is kind of a trend setting item that can really help him.

Finally – A Couple of Silver Eagles

It is a good idea to keep a couple American Eagle silver dollars in your Mini EDC Pouch. Why? You never know when you will be in a situation where you need to have some quick money.

The good thing is that this is money that is difficult to spend quickly.  But in an emergency situation, people have offered services or it is used to purchase goods.

As always, I recommend getting your silver from Steve Quayle’s Renaissance Precious Metals. He makes it easy to purchase a few ounces just for a situation like this

Renaissance Precious Metals – http://www.sqmetals.com

BEV – This is a no brainer, get a few ounces of silver so that your husband always has some insurance to fall back on.


Folks, in today’s world more and more people are looking at EDC as a reality, not something you see crazy people on TV do.

Believe it or not, everyone has some sort of EDC. Women have purses full of stuff, guys have their wallets, keys, change, ect. We carry much of the same stuff daily. All I am pointing out is why not carry stuff that might make life differences?

The The Reebow Gear® Tactical Molle Pouch is a great starting point. Add some or all the items that I am recommending and you have a pretty good EDC collection going.

Sure there is more that you can add, but this is why I limited myself to such a small pouch and not a messenger bag or sling bag. Again, bigger the bag, the more stuff you will add to it. This is a fact and any married man who has carried his wives purse for her can attest to this.

Folks, this will make a great Christmas present and I know that just about any guy out there that is worth their “man card” would totally dig getting something like this for Christmas.

Add some or all of the gear that I recommend and your husband, son, boyfriend would be the envy of all the guys.

AND… they would be showing off all the cool stuff the you got them and you would become the greatest wife in the world, not that you already are, but you would rate some major points with your man’s friends.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ray.gano@raygano.com

Stay Safe!

11 Things You NEED To Get NOW To Survive!!!

By Ray Gano

My name is Ray Gano, in my past not only did I jump out of perfectly good airplanes serving with the 82nd Airborne, I learned to eat bugs, snakes and yes even monkeys. I have also lived through several natural disasters. The biggest was the 1989 San Francisco earthquake that measured a huge 7.1. Buildings, homes, roads, and lives were destroyed. It even put a damper on the World Series, which I was disappointed because my team the SF Giants lost.

BUT… it was hurricanes Katrina and Rita, that my wife, family and I learned some ever valuable lessons.

What was the real eye opener that we learned? Stuff disappeared off the shelves at the local Mega Mart when these sort of events take place… at a warp speed too.

Fast forward a few years later and my wife and I were sitting at Ground Zero here in Texas for what is being called the Swine Flu / Mexican Flu pandemic.

It can’t happen to you? Think again…

In the world we live in we face dirty bombs and terrorism globally. 9-11, London, Paris all are proof to that.

NOW …What would happen if a dirty bomb, a weapon of mass DISRUPTION, was exploded in the US soil? Dick Chaney once stated that it is not a matter of “IF” but “WHEN” something of this magnitude would take place.

With all of this staring us in the face, what are we doing about it?

The best time to prepare you and your family is now when you have the time, patients and clear thinking are in your favor.

This list is not totally chronological, but important things are at the top of the list and ones I would seek out first. You will need these items if and when a disaster arises. When disaster takes place, these items will also be very hard to find. The best thing to do is have these items now so that when the need arises, they are there for you and your family.

Another point I would like to make, you should try to have extra on hand for others you care about, trade and for sale; because if you need them, so do others.

water_bottles_turqoise1. Water

Water, water, water!!! You can not have enough water! Also have on hand water bottles, bottled water, water jugs, 5 gallon jerry cans, canteens, ect. All these items and the water will be the first items to go. In all the disasters I have been in, water was either cut off, or in very short supply. If you hear of a disaster coming your way, clean out the bathroom tub with regular bleach as fast as possible, make sure you rinse the tub and then start filling it up with COLD WATER. If there is residue bleach, that is ok, it will help preserve the water. Duck tape the over flow hole so that you can get maximum water in the tub. Start filling jugs, canteens, bottles as fast as you can, you do not know how long the water will last. You must move as fast as possible during this time! Make this your primary focus if you are to remain in the home. Do not use hot water!!! Your hot water heater is a secondary reserve. This is why you fill everything you can with a cold water source. If you have multiple bath tubs, fill all of them. Speed is of the essence.
Now, if you are really thinking ahead, 50 gallon water barrels are good to have. You can purchase these at feed stores, farming supplies, ect. Fill them and rotate the water about every other month to every 12 months.

2. Food

Try to keep on hand 30 + days worth of food. Large amounts of canned, dried and frozen goods are a very good idea. One of the best investments we have ever made is the vacuum food sealer, these small appliances suck the air out of bags and seals them.

This is a great way to create dried food meals, pre made meals, ect. This also gives dried grains, beans, rice and such extra shelf life. Canned goods and dry goods are the best to keep for long term. Remember to have several hand operated can openers around. I personally keep a P-38 US Army can opener on my key chain. Believe it or not, there is a lot you can do with a P-38.

3. Battery Operated Items

hand-crank-flashlight-radio-PZSuch as flashlights, lamps, radios and the extra batteries needed to keep them going. If you are able to find “crank” operated items, then get them. Keeping extra battery operated items on hand is also good when one breaks and can also be used in trade.

Here is a GREAT flashlight / radio that I highly recommend. Not only does it have a lot of purposes and you can hand crank it, but it will also act as a charger and has a built in cell phone charger.

* Emergency Hand-Crank Power Generator
* Built-in Cell Phone Charger, Flashlight, and Emergency Siren
* Rechargeable battery pack provides reliable, renewable, internal power for everyday use
* Stereo headphone jack

camp-fuel4. Camp Fuel Operated Items

A camp stove that runs on camp fuel is a great investment. These can run on just about anything. Camping lanterns as well as the old fashion oil lamp and other items are also good to have. They even make camp ovens. Coleman Fuel, it is impossible not to stockpile too much of this stuff. What comfort these items bring is what makes or breaks surviving critical times. The thought of simple warmth is a great motivator in times of distress. Remember to get “tune up” kits for all your items to keep them running at peak performance. Example: Wicks, mantles for lamps, gaskets for stoves.

For oil lamps, make sure you have on hand lamp oil, wicks and maybe an extra chimney. If any of these items are scarce, stockpile so that you have these on hand! If you run out of lamp oil, you can move to Coleman fuel as well. Sooty, but it works.

A quick note on Coleman lanterns that utilize a mantle; although they give off great light, these mantles are very fragile. Make sure you have an excellent supply of these. You will break the mantle almost every time you move the lantern. Once you do not have any more mantles, your lamp is not very functional if at all.

Final addendum to camp fuel is also have on hand plenty of Candles, Wood, Seasoned Firewood, Charcoal & Lighter Fluid, these items too will be in short supply.

5. Barter Items

Gold and Silver Coins, the president “gold” coins, gold & silver bullion, these are items that maintain value and barter-ability. (http://www.sqmetals.com) This is Steve Quayle’s precious metals site and where I recommend you purchasing your precious metals. Steve is a good guy and has been in the business for a long time. I like his motto “If you can’t touch it, you don’t own it.” I totally stand behind that.

The gold to silver ratio is approximately 80 – 1 . So what we are doing is acquiring silver. We do not know what shape the US economy will be in down the road. Our economy is growing under President Trump, but the Communist Left is doing everything in its power to bring about a socialist revolt. We need to be prepared.

6. Tools & Ducktape

Hand tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, hand drills, saws, tape measures, bow saws, axes and hatchets & Wedges (also, honing oil) Anything that one can use to build with or cut down with. Don’t forget the nails, screws and most of all DUCKTAPE. It is amazing all the things you can do and repair with DUCKTAPE. I would buy a whole case of duck tape because when you start using it, you will run out pretty fast.

weapons-hunting-fishing7. Weapons, Hunting & Fishing Items

Guns, Ammo, Knives, Bows, Arrows and Slingshots. In fact it is a good idea to get everyone in the family a good fold up wrist rocket AKA sling shot and a solid knife. Many a squirrel have fed a family due to the sling shot and quick cleaning with the knife.

Include a good supply of fishing gear as well as snare wire and trapping items.

Pepper Spray, Clubs, Bats and other self protection items are also good to have on hand as well as multiples of each. Have enough to “arm” the entire family with at least one of each. In doing this, you can have many of these items “stored” all over and within an arms reach if needed.

The key to all of these hunting, fishing and home protection items is that if you do not know how to use them, they are pretty much useless. So if you purchase a gun or rifle, take it to the range as well as take some lessons if you have not used a weapon before.

For Fishing, get to know the local fishing areas around your home. You would be very surprised at all the fish you would find in simple city drainage water ways. When I lived in CA, a drainage ditch was one of my secret bass fishing areas. Get to know these areas and get to know your fishing gear.

8. Camping Gear, Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Sleep Pads, Tarps, Stakes, Rope, 550 Cord (parachute cord), etc.

Pretty much anything that you may need so that you and your family can live out doors. You may not be able to stay in your home after a disaster, so camp out in the back yard and have a “guard post” in the front.

9. First Aid Supplies & Personal First Aid Kits, Medications and Vitamins

Put together a major family first aid kit. A very large fishing tackle box or better yet a plastic bin that you are able to close and secure is even better. Remember when putting your supplies together, check any expiration dates.

If you take prescriptions, it is good to have an extra 30 day supply on hand if you are able.

bible10. King James Version Study Bible

If I had to grab and go and could take only one item, it would be my bible. There is more knowledge, comfort and answers in this single book than all the supplies one could take. This is the most priceless item on this list.

NOTE: People are going to ask, why did you put this at #10 when you consider it #1? Well it is people’s expectation. If I would put the bible at #1, no one would take it seriously and jump into the “survival” items. Here at #10, the importance of it being #1 is well understood. I also want to reinforce here that I call out a King James Version and not a NIV, NASB, or some paraphrase. The KJV has been saving souls for over 400 years. With your life on the line you will need some serious answers; the modern versions do not deliver. Believe me you will thank me on this one once we make it to heaven.

11. Family Pictures

When I went through the 1989 SF earthquake, this was one of those “I wish I thought of that” items.

So many people lost their homes and personal possessions. On top of that, they lost friends and loved ones. The idea of family photos all of a sudden become a big deal.

For those few who thought of taking family pictures, these were also a great comfort and is the second most priceless item on this list.


Ok now that you have the basics and you understand why they are just basics. Now you can start filling in the holes. The following is a good list of items that if hard times hit, these items will become rather scarce rather quickly disappearing from the mega store shelves.

The following list is in no real order, but these are items I know that will be scarce.

I know and understand that you can become very overwhelmed with all of this. In many cases people become like “deer in the headlights” and never take the first step.

The key to eating an elephant is taking one bite at a time. That is the same thing you can do here. By taking “baby steps” you can assemble the items you need. For example, while you are shopping at mega mart, pick up one, two or even three of your items on the list. When you get home place these items in your storage area where you keep your emergency items. After a while you will have a fully stocked emergency cabinet with the supplies you need for you and your family.


  • Water filters and non electric purifiers
  • Hand-Can openers & hand egg beaters, whisks (Life savers!) If you are able to get a stash of P-38 US Army can openers, they in themselves will be good trade.
  • Honey/Syrups/ white, brown sugars
  • Vegetable oil (for cooking) (Without it food burns/must be boiled, etc.)
  • Grain Grinder (Non-electric)
  • Aluminum foil Reg. & Heavy. Duty (Great Cooking & Barter item)
  • Milk – Powdered & Condensed (Shake liquid every 3 to 4 months.)
  • Garden seeds (Non-hybrid – Heirloom) (A MUST)
  • Tuna Fish (in oil), jerky, dried or preserved meats (protein)
  • Flour, yeast & salt
  • Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Winter time)
  • Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
  • Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
  • Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
  • Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
  • Paper plates/cups/ utensils (stock up, folks…) Great fire starters too.
  • Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillon/gravy/ soup base
  • Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
  • Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
  • Chocolate/Cocoa/ Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
  • Teas
  • Coffee
  • Wine/Liquors (for bribes, barter and medicinal, etc.)
  • Paraffin wax
  • Chewing gum/candies
  • Chickens / Goats – if you have the room and if regulations permit with in the city


  • Portable Toilets
  • Mini Heater head (Propane) (Without this item, propane won’t heat a room.)
  • Propane Cylinders
  • Baby Supplies: Diapers, formula, ointments etc
  • Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
  • Vitamins (Critical, due to daily canned food diets.)
  • Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item.)
  • Feminine Hygiene/Hair care/Skin products
  • Thermal underwear (Tops and bottoms)
  • Garbage bags – Impossible not to have too many, there are a thousand and one uses.
  • Toilet Paper, Kleenex, paper towel
  • Fire extinguishers (or.. large box of Baking soda in every room…)
  • Men’s Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
  • Mosquito coils/repellent sprays/creams
  • Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting – if with wheels)
  • Laundry detergent (Liquid)
  • d-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
  • Mousetraps, Ant traps, Cockroach traps, if you got creepy crawlies, get traps for them.
  • Shaving supplies – razors & creams, talc, after shave. A good shave can make a bad situation look good.
  • Reading glasses


  • Gasoline containers (Plastic or Metal)
  • Clothes pins/line/hangers – clean clothes are a moral booster
  • Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky, noisy target for thieves; maintenance, etc.) Nice to have around though.
  • Coleman’s Pump Repair Kit: 1(800) 835-3278
  • Batteries (all sizes…buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
  • BIG DOGS and plenty of dog food
  • Matches ( “Strike Anywhere” preferred. Boxed, wooden matches will go first.) waterproof with melted paraffin
  • Writing paper/pads/pencils/ solar calculators
  • Work boots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
  • Flashlights/ LIGHT STICKS & torches, “No.76 Dietz” Lanterns
  • Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (Jot down ideas, feelings, experiences: Historic times!)
  • Tarps/stakes/ twine/nails/ rope/spikes
  • Backpacks & Duffle bags
  • Garden tools & supplies
  • Cigarettes – GREAT FOR BARTER!!! That is if you do not smoke.
  • Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
  • Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
  • Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
  • Bicycles…Tires/ tubes/pumps/ chains, etc.
  • Sleeping bags & blankets/pillows/ mats
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
  • Board Games Cards, Dice
  • Baby Wipes, oils, waterless & Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
  • Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
  • Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
  • Woolen clothing, scarves/ear- muffs/mittens
  • BSA – New 1998 – Boy Scout Handbook / US ARMY SURVIVAL GUIDE
  • Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
  • Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, Hats & cotton neckerchiefs etc. (extras)
  • Lumber (all types)
  • Wagons & carts (for transport to & from open Flea markets)
  • Cots & Inflatable mattresses (for extra guests)
  • Gloves: Work/warming/ gardening, etc.
  • Bailing wire, 550 cord, strong rope plus the tools to cut these items.
  • Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts
  • Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.

Where Do I Start? – STORAGE

Now this is not the end all to be all lists. There are probably a thousand things I am missing here, but this gives you a start. I encourage you to adapt to your needs, again this list is just a starting point.

Another thing, the best time to plan for an emergency is now. You don’t have to go out and buy everything on this list, but start now.

First thing to do is determine a place to keep all your emergency supplies. Then start working on the list. Odds are that you have a lot of these items already. Problem is that they are all over the house. In an emergency sometimes time is working against you. If you have all your items in one single place; that means you can be more effective for you and your family when the time for action is called upon.

You can also refine this list and create what is called a “Bug Out Bag” AKA BOB. By getting a small back pack, place in it items from this list, at least the top 11 and put this in your storage area. If you have to leave in a hurry, you have these items ready. It is good that each member of the family have a BOB. If an emergency takes place, your family can quickly evacuate the area and head to safer ground.

Now you can refine even more and create a work BOB and auto BOB. Same ideas, just smaller and adapt to the needs.

Example, for your Car BOB you would put a blanket that you can place on the ground if you need to change a tire or do some auto work. In your Work BOB maybe a fire hood to protect you from an office fire and chem light sticks so you can see to escape a building.

Again, you have a better idea of your surroundings than I do. Plan ahead and try to put in place the items needed to better ensure your survivability.

For more information on what you can do or if proper Christian stewardship is important to you, visit our website http://www.prophezine.com, we have a lot of great articles that can can help you and are geared for “realistic prepping for realistic people.”

You can also contact us at ray.gano@raygano.com

I leave you with the follow words from Proverbs…

Proverbs 3:5 – 7 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.


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Why I like the .22

By Ray Gano

Yep, it is true, I like the .22 rim fire bullet as a survival weapon.

Now, I know that I will take a lot of flak but, the .22 rim fire AKA 22 is a great ALL PURPOSE round in many situations.

Yea, yea the first words that are coming to your mind are “stopping power” if I ever need to defend myself.

Hey, that is a great point and one that I agree with, but what I am talking about is ALL AROUND SURVIVAL not an all-out war.

Think about this for a moment and chuck all the “Mad Max” Hollywood junk.

Most of the things that I am going to shoot are rabbits, birds, snakes (rattlers and we have a lot) feral dogs & cats, coyotes, chickens, turkeys, and other small livestock.

Now you and I both know that these critters listed above will be more likely be put within my crosshairs than the two-legged ones, that is a fact.

That is the reality of the situation.

Another fact that I want to point out that you probably already know is that the .22 is a cheap to fire round. They are so cheap, you can literally buy thousands and thousands of rounds.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you are going to go out and shoot this weapon more often, thus get more proficient and not stress out about shooting a couple hundred rounds in one afternoon.

Fact, I am so proficient that I can literally shoot flies off the wall with my .22 because I have fired it so many times. Now the wife would be upset with me putting holes in the walls, so I am not going to attempt it.

So what does having this ability mean?

It means that if I had to put a bullet right in the “T” zone of some dirtbag’s face, I could do it without thinking or flinching and I would get the job done with purpose.

WHY? Because I have fired my .22 so much and have also put myself in a lot of situations to perform under pressure.

Here is another thing to think about. Have you been shot with a .22?

I have and it hurts like H – E – Double Tooth Picks. It did damage and I had to go to the doctor to get the bullet taken out of my right knee. (Note – I did this when I was about 10 yrs old and I still have the powder burns to show for it.)

What I want to point out is that in a TYPICAL situation, you fill someone with 5-10 rounds of .22, they are not going to get back up any time soon.

AND… if you are like me where all I really need is one shot, then you are dropping the dirtbag right then and there.  End of story… buh-bye

So to start things out…

My .22 Handguns of Choice

Ruger Mark III Target– all stainless steel so it will not easily rust. A 5.5 inch bull barrel which improves accuracy. You can shoot a fly off the wall at fifty feet easily. I like the fact that this also comes with a weaver rail so you can mount a “aim point / red dot” sight or better yet, a laser site for totally point and shoot accuracy.

This is a great “ranch gun” specially with all the rattlers we have out here in Texas. You know rattlers are “good eating” to; they taste a lot like tangy chicken.


Walther P22 – This is a great carry and conceal weapon. Double action, which means you can pull the trigger and the hammer comes back and fires. Holds ten rounds with one in the chamber makes 11.

Again, the larger caliber has greater “stopping power.” But you know what, eleven rounds at center mass will definitely not make a person’s day. This is a great weapon to get your wife, I should know, because they come in pink too.

Now the reasons I like the 22 is that they are pretty inexpensive. The Ruger and the Walther both run around $300.00. So this is affordable and able to easily save for this amount. I advise that if you are going to purchase, check out a gun show, you will be able to shop around and possibly get one of these at a great price.

Both of these are pretty light weight considering a 9mm, 45 or .357.

Now the Ruger Target is a bit heavier, but I know that my wife has no problem shooting the bull barrel Ruger, but she does like her Walther P22 better. It fits her smaller hand a lot better and more comfortable for her to shoot.

Another feature I want to point out with the Walther is that many of the barrels are already threaded and ready to mount a suppressor. You can also get the Ruger with a threaded end and equip a suppressor on that as well.

Other Great Points About the 22

It is a pretty quiet round to shoot compared to a 45 or .357 which sounds like a cannon firing.

The 22 also does not have that heavy recoil that many females and kids tend to be concerned about.

If you have any sizable property, you can shoot it also and maintain safety. There are many targets with built in back stops that will handle a 22. So, practicing is easy, just gotta find the time to do it.

Now for all you James Bond wanna-be’s, what you may or may not know is that many professional assassins use the 22.

In fact, get on the web and go to You Tube. Once there, type in “Ruger Amphibian.” That is a modified Mark II or III with a fully enclosed suppressor / silencer.

Average price for this little beauty, about $1200.00 plus. The interesting thing is that in many states, it is actually legal to own one, but you do have to jump through some legal hoops to do it.

Funny story, my friend who is a 20 year Special Forces and now works for a “private company” saw my Ruger and the first thing he tried to do is unscrew the front end to expose the internal section of the suppressor / silencer. I told him it was as standard MkIII bull barrel. He smiled at me and said that a lot of his buddies “at work” carried the Amphibian as a back-up. It looked exactly like my MkIII.

You want to see a Ruger Mark IV Tactical in action? — https://youtu.be/eHgTC1ZPyc8

Finally, another point about a 22 is that if it gets lost or stolen, it isn’t going to set you back several pay checks to replace it. Again, we are talking a little over $300.00 to get a new in the box replacement. Sight it in really quickly and you’re are back in action.

So looking for an all-around survival weapon, I like the 22. There are a lot companies and models to choose from. Me I am partial to Ruger, made in the good ol’ US of A. Can’t go wrong with that.

My 22 Rifle of Choice

If you are looking for a rifle, then it is hands down, the Ruger 10-22 semi auto rifle. It has got to be one of the best buys for your money.

The great thing about the Ruger 10-22 is that there are many third party companies that sell all sorts of add-ons, modifications, 20, 30, 50 and even 100 round magazines.

The 10-22 is a pretty cool weapon, which if you want to have fun modifying it, then this is the weapon for you.

What are you looking for in cost? Again, around $300.00 – $350.00. Very affordable. This is a great varmint weapon that you can use for plinking, hunting and even self-defense.

As will all the benefits that I mentioned above regarding the 22, the same goes for the Ruger 10-22. You got cheap ammo, so you get so proficient that you can shoot a fly at 100 yards, or bring home some rabbit dinner if times get lean.

 In fact, they sell what is called “Ruger 10/22 Full Auto Simulator” which you simply attach to your trigger guard, and crank for simulated FULL AUTOMATIC FIRE!!!!!!

The “Ruger 10/22 Full Auto Simulator” is easy to install and cranks out rapid fire. This little gem fits most semi-automatic .22 rifles. BUT it is NOT legal to own, carry or sell to residents living in California or other liberal states.

So, if you want one, move to Texas, then you can send all the lead down range you want. All you just have to worry about reloading your magazines. This little modification costs about $30.00 – $40.00. In fact, mount a Caldwell Lightweight Bipod to the front end of your Ruger 10-22 and with the “Ruger 10/22 Full Auto Simulator” you can do a lot of damage to that gang of rabbits down range that just keep gett’en in your cabbage patch. Folks, that is a lot of rabbit in the pot and a lot of lead down range.

This is why one of my weapons of choice in a survival situation is the 22. Everyone can shoot and become very proficient with it. Ammo is cheap so you don’t feel guilty about sending 200-300 rounds down range plus you can find ammo everywhere. The cost of getting a 22 is really reasonable and if you are a first-time gun owner, the 22 is a great place to start for all the reasons I gave above.

Shooting and hunting is a great sport and an American heritage.

In today’s political climate we need to be exercising more of our rights and passing on more of our heritage.

Because if we don’t, we will have neither.