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Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

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Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby North Idaho Patriot » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:20 pm

The American Preppers Network is conducting a network-wide roll call.

Tennessee Preppers, please reply to this post and let us know what you are doing to prep.


Are you new or not sure where to start?

Here are a few tips

Networking
The APN focuses heavily on promoting our state groups at the regional and local levels, more so than most forums. Here is the State Network directory, use it to get to know and communicate with others near you.
viewforum.php?f=36

Some other things you can do:
* Check in to your states group at least once or twice a week to help keep your local groups active
* See a storm or disaster in your area? Post about it and let others know
* Find a good deal at a local merchant? Tell us about it.
* Join your local CERT teams. Each state directory has a link that lists the teams in your state.
* Join ANTS (Americans Networking To Survive) ANTS is a unique group that forms supply chains between members so that members should not have to rely on the government for emergency supplies in a disaster. Here is their website: http://www.americansnetworkingtosurvive.org/
Here is their sub-forum here on APN: viewforum.php?f=618
* Join a local survival, preparedness, or sustainable living meetup group, or start one yourself. Meetup.com is a great social network that helps you meet others near you. APN is offering for a limited time free Meetup.com pages for our Gold members who want to start local Preppers meetups. Normally these pages are $20 a month to get started but with APN Gold membership being only $5 a month you can realize a net savings of $15 a month. Here is information on the offer: viewtopic.php?f=606&t=9170

Learning
Here on the APN learning is free. Our index page (index.php) is organized and categorized so that you can browse easily by subject to find the categories you are looking for. If you dont see a topic that you are looking for you can use the search bar. If you still can't find what you are looking for, then pose a question in the appropriate category and our members are more than happy to share their knowledge.

Resources here on the forum:
* The basics section here on the forum: viewforum.php?f=616
* The Survival, preparedness, and sustainable living directory: viewforum.php?f=12

Free downloads:
* http://cd3wd.com/ (Over 4,000 titles totally over 13 gigabytes)
* http://www.preppers.info/Free_Downloads.html (Over 300 ebooks, manuals and pdfs for download or get them all on disk for free. There is a suggested donation of $2.97 to help cover shipping and handling)
* http://www.stevespages.com/page7c.htm Hundreds of military training manuals and coursebooks for download
*Here is an article on how to build your survival library for pennies on the dollar: http://www.americanpreppersnetwork.com/ ... y-for.html

Teaching
By sharing what you know on how to prepare, survive, or live sustainable you are helping others to become more self-reliant in the process. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." The more prepared everyone is and the more self-reliant everyone is, the freer we all are. When the unprepared become prepared they are no longer a liability for everyone else. Understand the difference between being in a disaster where there is only one able bodied person who is prepared and 10 who are unprepared vs a disaster where there are 10 prepared and only one who is in need. An unprepared populace that is dependent on the Government means less freedom for YOU. Do you see how you can "Find Freedom Through Teaching Others Self-Reliance"?

Some things you can do:
*Share your knowledge on these forums. You may find it to be a fair and equitable barter when you do. If are able to learn something from others here, then repay the favor by sharing with them what you know.
*Contribute articles to the blogs. The APN and state blogs are member and reader contributed blogs. We are holding a weekly contest now: viewtopic.php?f=606&t=9086
*Attend the local meetups if there are any in your community and teach your skills.

Do you have most of the bases covered already? Then reply to this post and tell us what you've been doing to prepare. You may inspire others to try something new. Good luck and Prep On!
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Magnolia66 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:14 am

East Tn here! New to the forums but I've been following on FB & listening to the podcasts. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby grinder » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:46 pm

The missus and I spent Saturday repackaging bulk food, e.g. quick oats, hard white wheat, rice, and pasta, into smaller 1 gallon mylar bags. The bags I got had both a ziplock closure and a tear notch above the ziplock so that they can be easily ripped open after being heat sealed. I got them here: http://www.sorbentsystems.com/longtermfoodstorage.html. We decided to go with smaller bags after trying some 5 gallon bags because they are both easier to handle and because once they are opened, there's less to possibly go bad if it's not used in a timely manner. Only 4 bags cat fit in a 5 gallon bucket, so you lose some storage capacity, but that seems like a reasonable trade-off for the convenience of the smaller bags.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby riverrat30 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:07 pm

checking in
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby lildinks » Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:34 pm

:clap: Hi well this weekend I gathered alot of helpful information. Knowledge is power. With the high risk of earthquakes and tornadoes lately, it is essential that we have some things set aside for emregencys. A few weeks ago when the power went out for a 3 days, I was able to make coffee and make toast for some of my neighbors on my lil camp stove. I also dehydrated 5 dozen of eggs and got parts for my rain barrel set-up. I started some seeds indoors for my garden with good results. All my lil babies are breaking ground this morning. Happy Prepping!
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby Slaw901 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:23 pm

Hello,

I am still working my way through college as an Agricultural student at age 40. I am also still tending to my little farm and planning and working on my garden.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby dressagerider95 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:17 pm

Right now I'm working on starting heirloom seeds for the garden. I guess that's about it right now. It doesn't sound like much but I'm sure many of you gardeners can sympathize with how busy it keeps you.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby oldcountryboy » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:03 pm

Just got my baby chickens. Looking for coop design for quail to build before ordering them. Ordered a long term seed package can.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby GoldenRamoth » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:06 pm

Middle Tennessee checking in! I went to a beekeeping class, worked on two new Bug Home Bags, drooled over some AR15s and shotguns while waiting for the gun and knife show to come to town.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby shogun01 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:03 pm

Hi all,
Been very busy here at the ole homestead. I also apologize for not living up to my posting ability.We've started prepping the garden areas, I installed a solar system in the greenhouse and the wife has started sets already. I put a new lean-to over the chicken pen run area. Planted a small grape vine arbor and am propigating many fruit bushes and trees.
Inventories are all up to date and preps overall continue.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby cwallen » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:07 pm

:clap: Just went to a good demonstration on maple syrup making here in East Tennessee. Fired up. . .went out and started marking maples on the mountain. Found 6 buckets/6 spiles on ebay, hope this will help in my goal to be self sufficient.
Also jumped in to beekeeping . . .with a beautiful cypress hive. . .and I am looking for a local bee supplier that is close to to East Tennessee.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby TNWARHORSE » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:45 pm

:tank: Morristown here just getting started and trying to catch up. Trying too convince the wife that this is really needed. Got my first 5 gallons filled and sealed the other day. Got shelving to build and reloading to do. Starting to garden and sneak in some non hybrid seeds on the boss lady....
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby LateToTheScene » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:47 pm

East Tennessee here.
Been busy preparing my garden which is my first real garden. All I have ever done before is container gardening...so this 125 x 30 ft. garden plot is a huge step for me! I have started my seeds indoors and they are progressing nicely. When not busy working on garden related things, I've continued dehydrating fruits I find on sale (which is becoming quite rare!) and packaging bulk goods for long term storage. I've also been experimenting with my whole grains to master the art of whole grain breads. Some of my bread making attempts have been disasters :eek: , but others have turned out quite good :clap: . Next up is prepackaging the ingredients for soups and stews. I really need to finish all that asap since I think my garden will take up a LOT of time once I start planting.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby lovie_5 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:54 pm

hello from east Tn. Went to the Mormon cannery today and bought lots of bulk stuff. Need to pack it in mylar and buckets now..Started some garden seeds, and am stashing back some $ to maybe purchase a Volcano and also maybe a solar oven.
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Re: Tennessee Preppers Roll Call 3/06/11

Postby eggerta14 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:59 pm

:help: Southeast TN checking in. Working on getting family on board. Trying to get planning from paper to product.
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