The Steem News in 10 posts @ 14 April 2019

Another big day on the Steem range…

HUNT tokens list on Daybit, Actifit completes ISO and Steem Monsters TRON crowdfunder gets underway.

And there is news from NextColony, PeakMonsters, Swapsteem, SEVEN77, Homesteaders Co-op and Steemeum.


1. HUNT token listing begins on Daybit Exchange

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Following the highly successful IEOs Steemhunt’s HUNT token has now been listed on the Daybit Exchange.

The token listing went live at 3.50am UTC on 15 April.

There are ongoing trading competitions for the listing event with a US$ 25K equivalent prize pool.

Steemhunt are now working on the release of its new products Reviewhunt and later Ideahunt.


2. Actifit completes successful ISO

@actifit’s Initial Steem Offering (ISO) on Steem-Engine.com has now finished with 240,000 AFIT tokens being sold for over 12,000 STEEM.

The funds raised will be used for future development, marketing and for preparing for the forthcoming IEOs.

Due to community demand Steemhunt are continuing the sale of the AFIT tokens on Steem-Engine.com at the discounted rate for the next one or two weeks.


3. Steem Monsters launches SEEDGerminator campaign

Steem Monsters crowdfunding campaign on the TRON network with SEEDGerminator launches on 15 April.


4. NextColony achieves another milestone

New space game NextColony has achieved another milestone with the completion of the Fleet module.

The third and final planet auction now has 6 days left to run. 8500 STEEM was spent on six planets in the first two auctions. Bids have already topped 4000 STEEM in the third auction.

The game will launch after the third auction has finished.


5. PeakMonsters Rental Market update

PeakMonsters has added a facility for the rental (delegation) of Steem Monsters cards…


6. Swapsteem SWEET’Drop progressing well

@swapsteem’s airdrop of 2.1 million SWEET tokens that began on 5 April is progressing well.

The project has also now received over 15K SP in delegations.


7. SEVEN77 Steem Twitter push moves on

Steem promoter @nathanmars is continuing with the SEVEN77 campaign on Twitter to attract Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists to help grow the price of STEEM to $7.77.


8. Homesteaders Co-op Community Forum

Steem’s own ‘ethical Etsy’ the Homesteaders Co-op is initiating a monthly Community Forum…


9. New Android version of Steemeum released

A new Android version of the virtual mobile miner app Steemeum has been released.


10. Steem Distribution Levels look promising

@taskmaster4450 has released his latest analysis of Steem distribution levels…


BONUS #1. Buy Comics with STEEM

US comic shop owner @blewitt is offering a special deal to buy a collection of comics with STEEM.

For just 50 STEEM he will send you US$ 75 worth of comics – shipping free in the USA.


BONUS #2. Beginners Guide to Steemit

Crypto-Coach @connecteconomy is selling her ‘Beginners Guide to Steemit’.

It is available as a pdf or as a continually updated Google Doc from her website for around $13.


KEY DATA  [ from CoinMarketCap & @arcange ]

(change on previous day in brackets // n/c = no change)

Steem price US$ 0.449 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC
SBD price US$ 1.03 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC
CoinMarketCap Ranking #50 (+1) 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC
FCAS Score 543 (-3) / C 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC
No. of Whales 35 (n/c) 12 Apr ’19
No. of Orcas 340 (n/c) 12 Apr ’19
No. of Dolphins 1975 (n/c) 12 Apr ’19
No. of Minnows 9329 (+2) 12 Apr ’19
Alexa rank (steemit.com) #5,090 (-35) 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC
Unique visitors (steemit.com) 225,404 / day 15 Apr’19 7.05am UTC

Follow @penguinpablo, @steem-data & @eforucom for more statistics.


Visit the Steem Meetups & Events Calendar for a full list of meetups coming up…


This is #132 (14 Apr ’19) of this daily news service.

Please let me know of any important posts or key data that should be included. Comment below or message me on Discord Pennsif#9921

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Floody hell – and mine is only 4 inches

We are currently experiencing our first ever house flood.

About 2.30am on Friday night I went to the kitchen and discovered that it was flooded and just starting to enter the living room.

First off I thought a pipe had burst or something was wrong with the washing machine (as has happened before) but after a quick survey of the situation and a peek in the dark outside the back of house I realised we were being flooded.

With very heavy continual rain for the past few days the massive amount of water pouring off the mountain side behind the house had just overwhelmed our protective drainage system and was then coming through our old farmhouse walls.

And it was rising fast.

I woke my wife and we kicked into action. By now most of the living room was already flooded and it was moving to the hallway. From there it was heading to the office.

The office is the centre of operations where all the computers were located and where I am writing ths post.

We rushed to grab old towels and blankets and anything absorbent we could find to try to stem the flow from kitchen to living room.

We failed – it was rising too fast so we moved our efforts to barricading the door to the hallway. The dog’s spare bed was even called into action.

We had more success there and managed to stop more ingress into the hallway and office.

The situation was just about under control. The flooding was contained in the kitchen and living room. My wife went back to bed. I stayed on watch until my wife came back on duty before 7am.

With daylight we were able to make a better assessment of the situation.

Being preppers, although flooding of the house was never on our risk radar, we were partially prepared.

We had an old submersible pump that was called into action to try to at least stabilise the still rising water level. The pump only had a capacity of 7000 litres per hour but it did seem to make some impact holding the kitchen to just around 4 inches.

We also had a builders dumpy bag of sand on hand, and a pile of hessian style sacks. Our youngest daughter joined in making sandbags. They reinforced much more effectively the barrier to the office in particular.

By now we were getting reports from friends of the situation around the area. The nearby town was more or less all flooded including the supermarket, many shops, the local college and many houses.

Indeed one friend’s house was under 4 foot of water and the fire brigade was trying to pump him out. We were lucky with our meagre 4 inches.

This is all the fault of Callum – Storm Callum in fact…

* Storm Callum : One killed as Wales suffers ‘worst flooding for 30 years’

Next we turned our attention to the back of the house. I was clear that we could not do anything about the existing drainage – it was just overwhelmed by the volume of water coming off the mountainside.

We started digging a secondary drainage ditch. My trusty mattock was definitely the tool for the job.

An hour or so later we had a working drainage ditch with a good flow of water away from the house. It still needs deepening further but it started to do its job.

With the extra drainage in place and the pump running full tilt, after a couple of hours the water level in the kitchen began to go down even though it was still raining heavily.

I stayed on duty through the night to monitor the pump. By the early hours of the morning – just over 24 hours after the flooding started the water was down to just over an inch and the submersible pump shut off. It had done it’s job as best it could. It is now over to us to do some bailing…

The very annoying side effect of the flooding is that it got into the electrics of the fridge and central heating boiler. I am very much hoping that they will just come back on when the water has gone…

So this was, and still is, a real life prepping situation for a real life prepper.

We haven’t done too badly. A bigger pump and having sandbags more immediately to hand could have been very useful. And a secondary drainage ditch looks like it will be a necessity.

But house flooding was never a risk on our preppers radar. Now it is.

Keep on prepping…

 

Pennsif’s Progress #573 – I go out to dine every day, and it doesn’t cost me a penny

 

One thing I like to do it each day is go out to dine.

But I don’t go far – usually just down our lane and into our fields.

I gorge myself on berries and leaves and buds and seeds.

Ever since I got a copy of the original edition of Richard Mabey’s excellent ‘Food for Free’ (now reprinted) I have been hooked on foraging.

I just love being able to graze on little bits of nature as I walk around our property.

Of course you have to be a bit careful of what you eat and where, but there are many excellent foraging books available as well as lots of great videos and articles online. And if you do have the opportunity to attend a local foraging course go for it.

My hit parade of favourite foragings varies with the seasons but three of my favourites at the moment are…

Blackberries (Rubus fruticosus)

As mentioned in yesterday’s blog me and the dog just love gobbling up the blackberries as we are out on our walks.

And we have lots of blackberries – wild and organic – all over our 17 acress, so we will never run out.


Nettles (Urtica dioica)

We have loads and loads and loads of nettles.

I started drinking nettle tea about three years ago. Then we started adding nettles to soaps. And then I got the idea from a @papa-pepper video of eating them raw as a green leaf. Tasty … and you will soon get the hang of picking them without getting stung.


Pennywort (Umbilicus rupestris)

This one I picked up on from a foraging course about 4 years ago.

This grows in good abundance along our rather shaded quarter mile long lane.

Pennywort is lovely and juicy and succulent. It tastes a bit like fresh peas.

It is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.


Foraging is a key skill…

For any prepper or would-be prepper.

Oddly they rarely seem to feature it in most post-apocalyptic / SHTF type movies. The main characters often seem to get close to starvation rather than grab any of the abundant free food all around them.

Learn to forage and you will never starve.

Pennsif’s Progress #603 – Am I prepared for this crazy world?

Today’s headlines were quite an eyeful for any aspiring prepper.

“Wildfires in Greece kill 74 people”, “Many feared dead as Laos dam collapses”, “Japan heatwave declared natural disaster as death toll mounts”.

Is the world going crazy? Is the earth fighting back? Is Gaia seeking instant karma?

How much these tragedies are freaks of nature, and how much they have been brought about by human action, may be difficult to judge.

Are such disasters becoming more commonplace, or do they just catch my eye more often as I get older and I get more concerned.

As a prepper I will always have a heightened sense of concern, but as a father and as a citizen of earth it gives me ever more anxiety about how my family, my children and everyone I know will cope with this changing world.

Sometimes that anxiety spills over into outright despair.

I am for sure not yet a 5 star prepper, but I am considerably more prepped up than the average Jo on the block.

Yet when I mindport into the horrific settings of at least the first two of these headlines today I suspect in reality all my prepping would most likely not have saved me, my family or our possessions.

Could we have outrun the wild flames of Greece?  And even if we had our homestead would have been burnt to the ground.

Could we have escaped the torrents of water from the collapsed dam in Laos?  The same answer I fear.

And the 40+ Celsius temperatures in Japan?  We have struggled with the effects of the mid twenties here in Wales.

But these things will never happen to us…

Why not?  The world is changing. Mother Earth seems to be fighting back.

And as technology grows, we think we are getting smarter.

In fact all the time we are getting weaker and unhealthier, dumber and more dependent, lazier and more reliant.

Our society is becoming ever more fragile.

Our resilience is evaporating in the white heat of technology. 

Our chances of survival are diminishing.

But there is a way. I hope.



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Pennsif’s Progress #606 – Dreaming of nothing, or very little at least

I love organising. I love sorting out. I love getting rid of things.

I dream of a being a minimalist.

But I am a prepper. I have a wife and three children. I run a business. I accumulate things.

Lots of things.

Accumulate | Hoard. There is a dangerous line between those two words.

As I prepper I accumulate. You need to store as much as you can of most things.

The key I believe is good organisation.

Organisation helps you find things when you need them, and it stops you repeat buying when you don’t need to.

Two of my main areas of prepping storage are food and medical.

For food we have food ‘layers’ of food storage :

  • short life, perishable fresh food for current usage
  • longer shelf-life and dried goods for current and medium term usage
  • bulk canned and other long shelf life goods for medium and long term storage
  • freeze dried good and MREs for long term storage

We have a pantry but that is full to bursting. The overflow is currently rather scattered around the house which is not good.

That needs to improve and get sorted very, very soon. It is important to have it well organised so I know what we have and we keep on top of stock rotation.

I am going to cover what I have in my medical supplies in a more detailed post in my medical prepping series but we do have a growing inventory of medical preps. First aid supplies, vitamins, water purification tablets, and more ‘precious cargo’ like antibiotics.

Currently these are all stored in two separate locations in plastic storage boxes. Not too bad but some stock-taking is definitely needed.

What about everything else…?

Clothes, books, business records, tools, craft supplies…. and all those bits and pieces that you just don’t want to get rid of.

I am not big on clothes, and this is the one area I can probably reach minimalist nirvana quite quickly. I have specific targets of how many of each clothing item I need and I quite ruthlessly send any surplus that is worn out or doesn’t fit to recycling.

Books are a more difficult one for me. I have a pretty ample library. But it badly needs sorting.

Business records are currently getting heavily chopped. I have everything stored electronically so a lot is going now.

Because the shelf holding the business files was collapsing my youngest daughter helped me fix it today. To do so we had to remove all the files. As there were returned to their after the repair heavy culling took place – almost a half of got the recycling chop.

That felt good.

As well as the efficiency gains, organising, sorting out and throwing out makes me feel good and lifts my spirit.

It makes me feel a little bit more that I control life, and not the other way round.

This summer’s project, with my youngest daughter on the payroll, is to really go on an organising and minimalising purge.

You won’t recognise the place come September.

So much will be gone. So much will be better. And I will be feeling on top of the world.



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Pennsif’s Progress #607 – 6 months on and the radio waves to everyone

In just under an hour I will be on air again with another episode of ‘The Alternative Lifestyle Show‘.

Amazingly I have now being doing the show for 6 months.

It really has been a super experience. I have learnt so much. I have gained confidence week by week.

And I have spoken to so many fantastic people of steem.

Together with my other show, My Life In 8 Songs, I have calculated that I have now interviewed almost 200 people.

When I joined steemit back last June I never dreamed I would become an internet radio show host. I came to steem to blog about prepping and homesteading and hopefully earn enough to buy a solar PV system.

It was in the first Homesteaders Slack group a month or so after I joined that I met @crazybgadventure, a British ex-pat living in Bulgaria. He had just started a radio show on the newly formed MSP Waves Radio on the new PAL Discord, and he was looking for guests. I volunteered.

Unfortunately CrazyBG had to drop out of the radio show before I got to be on, but a week or two later I heard @ma1neevent was looking for guests for his Wednesday interview show.

That then was my first time live on MSP Waves with Ma1ne and I loved it.

The bug had bitten.

The Alternative Lifestyle Show

It wasn’t long before I had my idea for a show for the homesteading and prepping community accepted by @globocop and @r0nd0n at MSP Waves.

The Alternative Lifestyle Show was born and heading for the airwaves.

When I first thought of the show title I had planned to put brackets around the word (Alternative) as I was rapidly discovering that what might be considered alternative in the outside world is pretty much the norm on steem.

Almost by virtue of being on steem you have to have a little bit of alternative in you somewhere.

Thoughout the autumn months I worked through the technicals, got a better internet connection and built up contacts.

I was still lacking confidence but a chance encounter with my two year old self fixed that when @globocop invited me to co-host a series of 1960s music shows he was running.

That was a great soft entry into hosting a radio show.

We did about 10 weeks of that and then by the beginning of the new year I was ready to start my new show.

The Alternative Lifestyle Show debuted on MSP Waves on Friday 26 January with guests @redrica talking about homeschooling, @geordieprepper discussing prepping, @halcyondaze speaking about gardening and @thebugiq chatting about a whole bunch of other things.

@redrica, together with @ravenruis and @awesomehomestead, helped me track down guests for the first couple of months. Gradually that got easier as the show became more well known.

As the weeks rolled on the remit and the appeal of the show broadened. I have had guests talking about homeschooling, unschooling, anti-vaccinations, basic income schemes, veganism, GMOs, cannabis cultivation, dumpster diving… as well as the staples of homesteading and prepping.

The highlights for me have included the Ozarks special with @papa-pepper and a whole bunch of great steem homesteaders from the Ozark Mountains region of the USA.  The vegan special with @teamsteem, @krnel, @lenasveganliving, @ura-soul and others was an important show for me as it started me on my (almost complete) journey to becoming a vegan.

Having White Walking Feather @wwf and his Stewards of Terra Mater was an engrossing and very thought generating episode. Liberatarian Party presidential hopeful @adamkokesh was certainly a milestone interview for me. Interviewing @papa-pepper again for his second steem anniversary was another good one.

And tonight I have @surfermarly, @woman-onthe-wing, @jackdub, @makinstuff and @sir-thrive.

The show rolls on … and I am loving it !

Join me every Friday on MSP Waves, 10pm – midnight UTC.



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Pennsif’s Progress #612 – Can I build a local steem community (take 2)

Several posts back I wrote about the importance of local community as a key part of any good prepper’s security strategy.

That still stands tall in my planning for the bad times.

But community is for the now. It is a relish that gives more true flavour to the dish of life whatever your eating preferences or dietary requirements.

Like many on steem I have enjoyed and thrived in the community that has grown up on steemit and Discord.

But it is virtual and I suspect, alas, I will never get to meet the large majority of people I have met in the steem world.

I envy the steem homesteaders of areas like the Ozarks in the US where there seems to be a like-minded steemian at the end of every road.

How cool it would be to part of a local steem empowered community in the real world here in west Wales.

That is a great goal of mine.

I have long been active in the local community getting involved in organising festivals, establishing schemes to develop the local economy, serving as a trustee for local charities, and even running a community cinema…

At the turn of the year when I was setting up the first Wales steem meetup, I was also actively recruiting people in the area to steem.

I signed up almost a dozen at the time, including one well established YouTuber with 70K subscribers. A few of them came to the meetup in February.

I even developed plans to run steem training sessions and ‘Cooking with Steem’ classes for young people.

Then the steem price took a dive. Even with personal mentoring and upvoting as much as my steempower permitted I could not keep the large majority of those new recruits active on steem.

Some found it too difficult, others found it way too time consuming, and of course others just didn’t think it worth the effort for the tiny rewards they were getting. The YouTuber struggled with the limitations of the 7 day payout window.

I failed in my quest to develop a local steem community.

Now I am 6 months steem wiser, my steempower is twice what it was then, and I have a bunch of new steem dApps in the toolbox.

It is time for another go

How, who, what, when, where, if, maybe…

What can I do differently this time round?

With the steem price so low is this the worst time to try?  Or is the only way up from here?

Through my work with the @adollaraday charitable giving project I have witnessed the power of steem in helping people that really need it.

Is that a clue?  Is that relevant in Britain?

I am just starting volunteering with a local food bank. Is that a place to look for people that steem can help?

Or is that way off the scale of presumption and middle class arrogance?

In the thinly glazed steem community of the UK I am fairly sure nothing in this realm has yet been tackled or attempted.

Is their a role for steem to help tackle food poverty in this ‘prosperous’ nation called Great Britain?

Maybe I can mashup and stirfry my connections in the local permaculture community, with users of the food bank and a great big spoonful of steem sauce to cook up something that can taste good for everyone?

I am sure there are other recipes in the book, but for this first course, on the second sitting, I am willing to give it a try.



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Pennsif’s Progress #613 – Medical Preps 01 – Keeping Fit and Healthy

As I mentioned in my previous post the starting point for any medical prepping is keeping as fit and healthy as possible in the here and now.

In a comment in that post @cecicastor put it very neatly :

People have a tendency to forget about looking after the mind and the body when prepping. They are not something you can buy extra in a can and have it waiting for when you need it.

Unfortunately for most people, me included, good health and fitness is something you have to work at.

Diet, exercise, sleep are the three big ones that underpin physical wellbeing. But getting them all right, all of the time can often be mighty difficult.


Diet

This is probably the easiest for me.

I am what I eat. I eat what I believe in.

My marker words on the food front are organic, local, fresh, raw, fruit, vegetable…

Luckily sweets (candy) and cake really don’t tempt my palate at all.

I love fruit and I could probably just eat that all day if I had a plentiful enough supply.

And I am big on salads, raw food is a bit of a fetish of mine.

The big change for me diet-wise this year was moving from omnivore to vegetarian en route to almost vegan.

I had always been a low meat eater, primarily consuming what we raised ourselves, but after a couple of vegan episodes of The Alternative Lifestyle Show I began to cut out animal products from my diet.

Veganism and prepping is a very interesting topic – and one I will return to in a separate post as it is too complex to cover in a quick paragraph here.

In terms of prepping the key factor is having a good diet that keeps you at a good weight and BMI, and in a healthy state.


Exercise

This one is trickier for me. My job is desk based, and when I finish my daily work, steem ties me to my office chair way longer than it should.

I don’t have a gym membership – in fact I don’t have a gym anywhere near me.

I’ve only got nature’s gym – working in the garden and around the homestead is my main form of exercise.

But I have to admit I can see a big ‘Must do better’ on my report card for this one.

Switch off the computer, and feel the soil between your toes…


Sleep

Arggggh.

I run on IST now – and that can really mess up sleep patterns.

IST, in case you didn’t catch it, is International Steem Time.

I’m in the UK, most of the people I deal with are at 5 or 6 hours behind me.

I stay up way too late. I sleep way too little.

Tonight is going to be different, I promise…


Regular checkups are super important

Like cars, regular service checks are important for the body too.

We aim for dental checkups and hygienist visits every six months.

For eyes it is every 12 or 24 months with the opticians.

Keep a diary or spreadsheet for all the family, make sure you hit those appointments on time.

If you have any other particular health issues, asthma for example, make sure you attend any check up clinics as regular as needed.


Now is the time to get healthy, tomorrow is the time to stay healthy

There is always some excuse to put off changing diet, or to start exercising, or to begin a better sleep routine.

Excuses won’t cut it. The world could collapse tomorrow.

Start now and stick at it.

Monitor and record if that helps. Set up a spreadsheet recording your weight and your BMI.

Keep a note of how long it takes to walk a mile, or better run.

Set some targets and see you how far you get in 6 months.

I will leave the last word on this post to @sir-thrive who commented some wise words on my last post :

I love preaching health and fitness. Especially to the newbies who are hell-bent on packing massive BOBs. It is incredibly hard to hike 3 miles if you’re out of shape. It’s impossible with 100lbs on your back and elevated stress levels.

Get fit now. You will be glad you did when the zombies are after you.



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[ dentist image from pixabay – Creative Commons CC0   //  book cover from Hesperian ]

Pennsif’s Progress #616 – Medical Preps – in 3 or 4 easy stages

Today I got a letter from my opticians informing me of my next appointment. I also received a phone call from my dentist.

Keeping up to date with regular checkups at the dentists, opticians and at the doctors for any medical conditions is a key part of our health and medical prepping.

We’ve all seen the post-apoc film or TV show when someone has toothache – it always end painfully !

I’m not a wild fan of the dentists but I would definitely prefer to have that filling sorted now than when the bad times come and the anesthetic has run dry.


Medical Prepping in three easy stages

Medical Prepping is a big, big part of any prepper’s planning.

Outside of the core preps of food, water and shelter I spend more time on our health and medical preps than any other area.

There are many layers to health and medical prepping, for me these include :

  • Current health and fitness
  • Training and skill acquisition
  • Equipment and supplies

Of all the areas of prepping medical prepping is also the one that really needs most participation from the whole family.

Everyone needs to keep as fit and healthy as they can, everyone needs to learn some basic skills.


A Spoonful of Medicine

My adult life began with a year at medical school. I have a post way back that tells why I didn’t continue.

Although I didn’t continue to become a doctor it did give me a certain level of basic knowledge that has certainly been of help in my medical prepping over the years.

I have done first aid courses, studied herbal medicine and accumulated quite a healthy collection of medical related books.

Collecting paper books is one of my prepper passions. I am definitely not an ebook Kindle sort of guy. Despite Amazon’s best attempts to lure me electronic books just don’t cut it in my prepping setup.

I will do a separate post about my medical library but one book that has been with me through various editions over the years is ‘Where There Is No Doctor‘ – primarily targeting developing countries but still a must-have in my collection.

If you buy Where There Is No Doctor, along with its sister book Where There Is No Dentist, direct from Hesperian who produce the books you can help their charitable work around the world. The Doctor book is $26.95 and the Dentist book is $16.95.


As Medical Prepping is such a big and critical area I am going to expand this into a number of separate posts.

But picking up on yesterday’s 10 Mile Radius Project post I would highlight the point of getting to know where all your local doctors, clinics, pharmacies, veterinary practices are.

If things go bad medical supplies are going to become valuable, and vital, commodities.

For now get fit, stay healthy, plan for the worse…

And if you have a bit of viewing time to spare check out the YouTube channels of Skinny Medic and Dr Bones & Nurse Amy :

 



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Pennsif’s Progress #617 – The 10 Mile Radius Project – levelling up for scavengers

When you watch any good post-apocalyptic movie or TV show a big part of the life of the survivors is scavenging.

They are always hunting for food, or petrol, or medical supplies … and usually get into some sort of tricky situation in the process.

I am sure you know the story, seen the movie and got the T-shirt.

Prepping in real life is not all about the post-apocalyptic scenario. We would have needed to hit a Level 4 or 5 event on Pennsif’s Personal SHTF Scale to be treading that path.

But as I said in my previous Pennsif’s Progress post I endeavour to prep for all eventualities and levels of uncertainty.

So prepping for a scavenging scenario is a go in my book…


Scavenging v Theft – when does the needle flick over?

Before I get into my idea on how to prep for scavenging I want to back up a bit and just take a reality check.

I am an honest citizen, so I have to take a mindcheck on when I would consider it appropriate to start scavenging.

Scavenging too early would really just be another term for theft or looting.

On my Personal SHTF Scale that I published in my last Pennsif’s Progress post I am pretty sure I would be looking for a Level 4 or Level 5 event to be totally comfortable with taking other people’s stuff without permission.

Thinking further on this, and taking into consideration the needs of family and the likely lack of available law and order (WROL anyone?), I might see even a Level 3 event as my morally acceptable entry point into active scavenging.

The line for me would though still be whether the owner of what I was wanting to take was alive… and present, or likely to be returning anytime soon.

Pow – there’s a big puff of greyness shot up there.  How would I know if they might be returning to claim possession in the near future?

And what if it was a matter of live or death for my family?  Vital medicines for example? Water, food…

The 10 Mile Radius Project

I live on a homestead where I plan to stay. Bugging-out would be a super last resort.

On the homestead we are stockpiling and building as much resilience and self-sufficiency as we can.  But if those high level bad times do come a-calling I am also making plans to be as effective as possible in scavenging the local area for additional supplies.

Learning from the movies, the key to successful scavenging is knowing where to go as quickly as possible.

You need to know where the supplies you want are located and how to get there and back with maximum speed.

The key to all this is knowing your local area.

To help with this I have started my ‘Ten Mile Radius Project‘ to systematically search and document the useful resources potentially available within a 10 mile (16 km) radius of our homestead.

The choice of 10 miles as the radius is calculated as the distance I could comfortably walk there and back, laden on the return journey, in one day at any time of the year. This assumes the worst case of having no other means of transport.

Ten miles radius gives over 300 square miles of territory to search and document.

My starting point is the local Ordnance Survey map and a piece of string to mark out an approximate 10 mile radius centered on our homestead.

I use this as a basis for searching and recording useful resources.

If you haven’t got a paper map to hand, check out this great online radius drawing tool to get an idea of the area included in 10 miles around where you live :

The 10 Mile Radius Project – what am I looking for

I am using a mix of ways to search the area – on the ground visits, paper map examination, Google Earth maps and satellite images, local directories, local newspapers and an array of other online sources.

Most of what I am looking for, and recording, is quite obvious :

  1. Gun shops
  2. Hospitals, doctor surgeries, veterinary practices, pharmacies
  3. Petrol stations
  4. Agricultural suppliers, hardware stores and anywhere that might stock generators and batteries

All of these are top level resources that will be early, prime targets that would likely be picked clean very quickly.

I haven’t even mentioned supermarkets and other food stores as they will be emptied within a day or two – even in lower level emergency event scenarios.

If you want to take this project concept a stage further you can turn it up a notch or two and hover on the edge of just plain stalker-mode.

When you level up to Elite Stalker Prepper you might start to …

  • Find out where all local doctors live – they might keep some emergency medical supplies at home. Likewise community nurses and vets.
  • Check out local gun clubs and clay pigeon shooting clubs. Can you find out where the members live – there might be guns in them there hills.
  • Track the farmers, farmers, farmers – they commonly have guns, red diesel tanks, and electric fence batteries.
  • Look up Pest Controllers –  they often have guns.

The list goes on. Limited only by how far off the scale you are prepared to go.

The Big Red Bottles – My Personal Favourite

I live in the countryside where very few people are connected to mains gas.

Some people have large Calor Gas tanks, but many people use bottled gas.

While it is not transportable on foot, if the means are available grab all you can.

We use 47kg propane cylinders for our cooking. On average we use one bottle about every 6 – 8 months. We keep three at any one time.

An even more interesting use of propane is for electricity generation. Diesel and petrol are likely to disappear quickly. Fewer people will be collecting the gas cylinders. And the gas is safer to store and doesn’t, as far as I know, go off like liquid fuels.

LPG converted generators are readily available, for example in the UK :

There are many resources available to convert petrol or diesel generators to run on gas, for example :

And there are several videos on YouTube showing how to install conversion kits, for example :


So now I’m a red bottle spotter.

When I am out and about in our local area I make a note when see any gas bottles – homes, farms, public buildings, blacksmiths, caravan parks…

And of course bottle gas suppliers – you can look these up online as well.


So that’s my little hobby of the moment.

Is it prudent and resourceful?

Or too wierd and stalker like?

Have I been watching too many movies?  Or am I earning my hardcore prepper stripes?

In every good prepper there’s a wierdo just waiting to get out…



You might also be interested in some of my other posts :
MY RADIO SHOWS
MY PROJECTS

[ photo by Jordy Meow on Unsplash ]

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