Archive for December, 2009

You know, one of the things that separate those who have a true survival mindset from what I call the macho gun crowd is the sense of responsibility for the future, our own future that is. We tend to look at things differently, and because of that live a different lifestyle as well.

One of those aspects of a different lifestyle is the trend to home school our children. Teaching our kids in a home environment means that they will be exposed to what we believe in, and not some government mandated mantra that may abridge our free thought. Because of this many home schooled families are above and centered in the government radar, and in many communities face problems with the authority of secular government.

Governments generally detest the idea of future taxpayers being taught something other than the governments own agenda, and wind up being hostile towards these families in many cases.

An article by One News Now’s Pete Chagnon brings to light a case in Sweden where a family faces being torn apart because of the parents desire to home school their own children. The article, Swedish authorities frown on home schooling
says that ‘A Swedish family is faced with the prospect of losing their children simply because they home school’ Apparently, Swedish authorities boarded a plan the couple, Christer and Annie Johansson, were on with their seven year old son, Dominic, were on as it was getting ready to depart for India.

Without any warrant beyond citing the UNs Convention on the Rights of the Child, and took Dominic into state custody. The couple, by the way, are Christians. The local authorities have not charged the Johanssen’s with any crime, but acted under the direction of the Swedish Social Services local offices.

The Johanssen’s were planning to fly to India where Annie was from to start a new life. Being of the sort that prefers to live close to the land, as some would call it, the couple preferred the natural way, or the back to nature way of living. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has taken on the cause by defending the Johanssens. Most of the tale can be found here.

According to Michael Donnelly,
director of international affairs for HSLDA, “the Swedish government does not believe that home schooling is a proper way to educate a child.”

In my opinion, the family is the core of any civilized society. To destroy a family based upon a purely ideological stand is a reprehensible act. While on the one hand officials use the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to support their action, at the same time they violate articles 3, 9, 12, 13(2), 16(3), 18, 26(3), and others of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Rights. As there is no claim, indication, or proof of danger to the child, this child should be immediately returned to his family, and the family should be allowed to pursue the life they desire. And that’s what I added to the petition calling for the return of this child to his parents, which you can sign here.

The HSLDA says; After some testing by Swedish authorities, it was discovered that Dominic was only slightly behind in some subjects, but that he had been making academic progress. The family had been refused school materials by their local school when they had asked for them last year. As a homeschooling family, the Johanssons lean towards unschooling, profess the Christian faith, and try to live close to nature. Mr. and Mrs. Johannson had made plans to move to India to work with several orphanages to help them to live simply and economically. Although their lifestyle is out of the ordinary to Swedish officials, nothing in their approach to family life justified such a radical state intervention. In addition to living simply, the Johanssons exercised their legal rights to opt out of vaccinations for their son as well as only taking him to the doctor when he was sick, also reasons cited by the court to allow Swedish social services to retain custody of Dominic.(emphasis mine)

It is a “very dark time” in Sweden, says Donnelly.

Sweden is a highly socialized nation, which is what many politicians here in the U.S. would like to see. The last ten months of disastrous and costly legislation the democrats have pushed onto us is proof of that. Are we soon going to see the government swoop in and grab homeschooled kids from their families here in the U.S.? I would hope not, but given the fact that the Christian faith is on the defense in every state, it may well come to that.

In other countries, and to some extent here in the U.S. legislation has been passed in some cases making it illegal to home school, such as in Germany, to placing such stringent requirements upon the family who chooses to home school that it becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible to meet all requirements. In an attempt to further the destruction of family values many of these government bodies forcibly remove children from their families. In the Johanssen case, local police officials boarded the plane the family was on, and took the child into custody. The Swedish court apparently initially granted the Johanssens no visitations until after the new year, and was generous enough to allow them one hour of visitation every five weeks after that time.

Seems pretty generous to me. Right. And I pledge allegiance to the hammer and sickle. As America degrades further we will become more and more like these socialist nations that put the state at the center of our lives, and not what really counts.

This sort of thing is what I am talking about when I speak of the coming times. There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there that claim one thing or another about what is coming down the road, and who is trying to control the earth. But most of them are wrong. The changes will creep in one wrong at a time, and America won’t realize it until it is too late. The damage will be already done, and there will be no turning back.

Tell you what, go into a MacDonald’s or other fast food joint. Take a look at those credit card terminals they have in front of you. See that little bulge at the top with a symbol that looks like sound waves? That is the symbol for a near field RFID reader. If you have one of those tap and go cards, you are carrying an RFID chip around with you. That’s how simple the takeover will be. One little step at a time. We get sucked into the idea of convenience and secure financial transactions, and all we have to is give them access to our identity and income.

People who prefer to be different from the system, like home schoolers, will stand out and be persecuted for being different, even if what they are doing is legal. We can work to slow this change from occurring by banding together and defending our way of life. Stand up for what you believe in and fight to be heard. Especially at the local level of government. Home schoolers have the right to teach their children at home if they so desire. Defend that right and support them in their endeavours. Sign the petition to reunite the Johanssens here, and then see what you can do to help home schoolers in your own community.

Not so long ago I wrote a post called Welcome to Bartertown  where I discussed the possible future of non cash financial transactions. I made reference to the extreme, but unlikely, development of communities in the future resembling trading posts of the past by way of Mel Gibson’s movie, Beyond Thunder Dome. Set in a gritty, filthy environment, Thunder Dome was a closely run outpost in the Australian outback in the post apocalyptic future. While it was a good movie, there is a lot about the scripting that is wrong for a realistic future.

Looking the reality of what may be the future in relation to the everyday task of making simple everyday financial transactions like buying a gallon of milk, I can see some grave differences between what Hollywood presents and what the trends of finance present. Some futurists present a story whereby bartering may become the way of life after the financial breakdown occurs that we are all waiting for. In the past, if you needed medical attention, the doctor would treat you and you would give him a chicken in exchange. The doctor, needing a new hat would trade it at the general store for a new hat, and the store would sell the chicken to a farmer, or perhaps a homeowner looking for a good supper. If you were a farmer and needed some lumber, you cut some acreage and bring the trees to a sawmill. The miller would cut your lumber in exchange for a quantity of the trees for his own use. The miller would then sell his new lumber to those who had cash to pay for it.

A thousand years ago, bartering was the main method of conducting business in most of the world. Currency was relegated to those areas that were more heavily populated. But as time went by even bartering transactions ended with currency being traded at the end. Today, bartering is a forgotten art, even though it is growing in popularity in some corners. But in the near future, bartering may well become an illegal act.

There are many conspiracy theorists floating a wide range of reasons for the current financial affairs of the world, and especially damning are those who suggest that the economy is being specifically controlled by one faction or another. The fact is, the current financial crisis we are undergoing is hardly the worst economic downturn we have ever been through. While it approaches the great depression of the thirties, it really does not have the same impact. But even before that time was the collapse of the 1850’s, and in fact the worldwide economies suffered declines in the eras of 1825, 1836, 1847, 1857, and 1866. So dips and peaks are nothing new to the world’s economies.

However, what is new is the governments increasing compulsion to draft legislation imposing new, and not really necessary controls over our lives under the pretense of saving us from calamity and financial ruin. But the damage has been done, and there is no going back. We have allowed our public servants to become our masters, and now we have to pay the price.

With the advent of government controlled health care, and soon to be passed carbon legislation which will ultimately result in our energy needs also being doled out by the government, the nationalization of our banking system and other, numerous rules, laws, regulations and controls we will soon find that cash has become useless. While some say that we’ll never have a national ID card, they are wrong. Not only will we have a national ID card, that card will also be our ticket to buying and selling. RFID is on the way, and in fact is being implemented in various communities even now.

At first you’ll see bank issued cards with the RFID chips offered for use as a more convenient way to pay via contactless payment methods called touch and go. You need only place your card near a reader at a point of sale and the transaction is completed. Communities are beginning to use them for convenience of public transportation. Colleges are using them as combination ID and debit cards. It’s only a matter of time before we all use these cards every day without question. And we’ll like it too.

Once we have come to accept the ease of using contactless payment and having RFID chips in our back pocket, it will be a simple matter to combine these cards with an ID factor or component. As the occasions of terrorist attacks increase and security measures become more stringent we will insist upon more and more safeguards to protect our well-being. The latest occurrence with the attempted destruction of Flight 253 in Detroit, and the scurry to increase and tighten airport security after the event only proves that point.

And of course, when we arrive at the point whereby our ID and banking needs are all self-contained in one little plastic card, there will be no need for other forms of tender in financial transactions. The UK has already announced that paper checking will be eliminated by 2018 in that country, and other nations will follow suit. Credit will be our only source of money. Our paychecks will be automatically deposited into our bank account, and bills that we owe will be electronically processed through that same card and account. So won’t our taxes. And we all know how much the government loves to collect taxes.

And here’s the danger to the idea of bartering for our needs in the future. The government will not be able to track these transactions and will attempt to control them, or make them illegal. I believe the government will increase the surveillance and tracking of us to the extent that all we possess will be on record, and any changes to those possessions will ultimately be taxed. We can already see the trend to do so by the way local and state governments tax us through what we call the property tax. Included in that assessment is the value of appliances and other major possessions that we may own. Businesses generally pay a large percentage of taxes on equipment they own year after year, and that tax changes when new equipment is purchased and/or old equipment is sold.

Bartering will be closely watched for as this will be an area for loss of tax revenue by the government. Therefore, if you do wish to include this as a means of getting by in the coming times, you’ll have to learn how to do so without giving any indication that you are bartering. In a sense, you’ll need to learn how to become an income tax evader. The smart way to get ready for financial calamity is to prepare yourself to not need any financial support at all. Of course, property and income tax needs will eliminate your idea to live with no income at all. Unless of course you are willing to live off the welfare dole. But since you are reading this blog I doubt that you will be willing to give your freedom away for free beer and cable TV.

Bottom line here is that no matter what kind of end time scenario you want to believe in, it probably won’t be what you think it will be. If you want to be truly prepared for the coming times, you have to be able to see beyond the hype that many marketers and publishers are pushing today. Examine carefully what you see, hear and read for validity beyond selling some manual or survival commodity. Get yourself out-of-town and onto some rural land were you will be able to grow your own crops and trees for fuel. If you have everything you need, then your need for bartering will be minimized, thus reducing your financial profile.

One of the primary considerations we need to keep in mind for emergencies is the benefits of fire. With a proper fire you can keep warm, cook food, sterilize water, signal for help, keep insects at bay, see at night and many more benefits come from fires. But today, we need to restrict ourselves in many cases to fires that may not be so efficient or convenient for our best interests. As a society we have drifted away from fires in the home for many reasons, and that’s too bad. I remember when I was a little kid that on occasion my Dad would build a fire in one of our two fireplaces and we little kids would huddle around the fire, gazing in awe at the crackling logs and glowing coals, as we unknowingly kept warmer than we would have been without that fire.

And then there have been many occasions growing up where we have visited relatives, and there would be a fire in the fireplace, and during the summer a fire in the barbeque pit in somebody’s back yard. And don’t forget the campfires as we enjoyed the great outdoors. For some strange reason I remember this one particular camping trip where we all went camping, except for my mother and younger brother, and when we arrived at the campground it was drizzling pretty bad. The first thing my dad did was to get a fire going in the fireplace, put some water on to boil and after the tent was up make us some hot chocolate. We huddled around that fire on that dark soaking summer evening and the warmth dried us, and entertained us as well. I think without that fire we would have all been miserable campers, instead of happy campers.

With these thoughts in mind, turn to what we have today and the home you live in, and think about your emergency preparedness plans. If the power were to be out for several days, does your home have what it takes to keep you warm, cook your food, sterilize your water and light up your nights? If it does, bravo for a job well done. If it doesn’t, why not?

There are many options today for alternative heating, and most people with a survival mindset already have a plan in place for when the lights go out. Some folks use what is affectionately called a top hat, or kerosene heater. These are possibly the best choice you can make in the way of emergency heating, as you can also cook on them as well. Toyostove, Kerosun, Corona, and Dyna-Glo are all popular names, and they are all similar in appearance and operation. Dura-Heat, Sengoku, and Kero World are some other names on the market as well. So there are plenty of choices available. This type of heater is what is known as a convection type heater.

Instead of taking air from another location and blowing to the area you want to heat, such as in a hot air furnace, these heaters heat the air within the room the heater is placed in. as heat rises from the top of the heater it draws cold air in through the bottom to be heated, and continue the cycle. In this way the temperature of the room becomes consistent throughout the room, instead of having a room with cold spots. With radiant heat, only certain objects in the path of the heater become warmed. With an ambient heater only a small area becomes warmed. These more limited heaters are usually propane or butane powered, and while they work well, they don’t have the same capabilities.

Often times tank mounted, the propane style are radiant, and catalytic in nature, whereby a screen covers the burner assembly, and the flame burns inside a cage like structure. Supposedly this consumes all of the harmful particles of the gas and its burn process. the heat is directed in one direction only, and can be quite effective in smaller contained areas, such as ice fishing shacks and other small shelters. If you desire to go the propane route, there is a convection type heater available as well, and for general use is a better choice. This type of burner works the same as the kerosene fueled convection heaters. One popular name for the radiant propane heaters is the Mr. Heater Buddy heaters. Widely available, these units can be powered by either a bulk tank via an optional hose, and the smaller ones by the one pound canisters of propane you can get in most hardware and camping stores. The biggest unit is claimed by the manufacturer to be able to heat up to 400 square feet, so bear that in mind when shopping for a portable heater.

Another type of heater on the market is the butane powered type. Not widely available here in the US, the butane heater is more popular in Europe. Delonghi and Calor are a couple of well name brands. Butane has a lower BTU rating than propane, so it takes more fuel to do the same job, but on the other hand is a safer fuel. But as a plus, the butane heater manufacturers make some more attractive units that can look good in your home. In my opinion, I would prefer to reserve the butane for small portable stoves and lighting appliances. Their efficiency is much greater in that respect even with the lower BTU rating. Perhaps if a greater variety of butane heaters and larger canisters of fuel were available I would have a different opinion, but in a survival situation, an inability to get fuel for your needs is a critical point, and the lack of bulk butane’s availability removes it from my list of choices for survival equipment.

And herein lies the rub of making your decisions for any type of heating unit. Where is the fuel for it going to come from? When talking about a full fledged break down of the world around you, are you going to be able to call up the oil company and order a tank of oil for your furnace? While localized disasters such as the great ice storm of 98 occur, you are only talking about a short period of time. But there are other problems to contend with as well. A tank of oil for your furnace is useless if you have no power to run the furnace. You have a generator for electricity? That’s a good move, but what will you do when the gas supply runs out?

Long term, your best choice for a back up should also be your best choice for long term use with no commercially available fuel source. That leaves you with little option, and usually means wood. Or in some parts of the country, coal. Wood is a plentiful fuel in most parts of the country, and can be had in an emergency situation for the cost of the labor you put into harvesting it. Of course, the idea of simply going into somebody’s forest and hacking up their trees will rankle some folks, so you have to take care in where you get your fuel from. And if you are really prepared you already own your own woodlot or acreage where any trees you cut are your own.

A wood stove provides an excellent heat source, as well as an appliance for cooking. They can be had new for as little as a couple of hundred dollars, and sometimes used for next to nothing, if you look around some for one. But there are some drawbacks to owning one. For instance, if you live in an apartment building, what are the chances you can install one in your apartment? Thinking about the long term ramifications of this issue puts a different picture on your wall, doesn’t it? Here you are, living in a dinky little apartment with a jerk landlord who has left you in the cold because the world outside came to a screeching halt. No electricity, no fuel deliveries, no gas stations open, stores and supply houses all shuttered because of the catastrophe, what to do, what to do?

If you have a survival mindset, you’ll see what I am saying here and resolve that situation now, not later. But if you are stuck in an urban setting and cannot get a wood stove, at least get yourself one of those top hat style heaters mentioned earlier in this piece. I had one when the ice storm of 98 hit and we were without power for just over two weeks. My house was always in the seventies, and I could cook on top of the heater as well. And this was in the middle of a Maine winter, mind you. While there were no local places to by kerosene for the unit, I did have two hundred gallons of #2 heating oil in my tank for the boiler, which was useless because of not having electricity. It was a simple matter to siphon the fuel out of the tank, into a five gallon jug and used that to fuel the old corona heater I had picked up that prior fall for ten bucks at a flea market.

While #2 fuel is not an ideal mix for those heaters, it does work quite well. I found the wick needed to be cleaned a tad more often, however. Probably due to a higher water content. But if you do have one of those heaters, it would be an easy job of siphoning fuel from anyone’s fuel tanks for your own use. That, of course is illegal to do as you would be stealing from other folks, but in an end time scenario where there no longer is any law, and the homes have been vacated by people fleeing from themselves, who cares?

The point here is that you need to take control of your own destiny and figure out what you need to do to survive in the end times. It won’t be a pretty picture, and there probably won’t be any source of assistance beyond what you, and people around you of the same mindset can provide for. Widespread infrastructure collapse will be a far worse catastrophe than events like Hurricane Katrina was. As bad as that event was, it was still a localized event and help was available from outside the area. With a complete breakdown, there won’t be an outside area to rely upon for assistance. Remember that when you formulate your plans for survival in the coming times.

Headlines from today’s papers are all hyping the Obama’s administration’s decision to move the terrorist detainees to a prison in Illinois from Guantanamo next year. Makes me wonder when the revolution will begin. But in real terms, I see it as just another slick move designed to show that the Great B.O. is really the “one” as Oprah seemed to like calling him. Another promise kept, no matter the cost. I suppose at some point and time somebody will decide to let Obama know that he won the election, and that he can stop campaigning anytime.

So, to get to the meat of the matter, I see this as a tragedy waiting to happen. Possibly even an engineered tragedy, as a way for the government to finalize its control over the taxpayers of this once free nation. But whatever happens, it’ll be a hoot!

Apparently the 1,600 bed prison was offered for sale this past October to the Feds. Not surprising that this offer comes from Obama’s home state of Illinois. Holding around 200 minimum security prisoners at the moment, it does seem like the facility is wicked underused, but is it really a good idea to plop these detainees, who would just as soon slice our Christian throats in our sleep? I mean c’mon now people, wake up and smell the burning toast! A promise is made to close Guantanamo by a presidential contender. That contender also promised to bring our families home from the Middle East conflict as well, and look how that turned out.

Anyways, he has a couple of choices here. We could close the center and farm off these detainees to other countries. Been there, done that, and nobody wants them because of the danger they pose. So Obama can’t make good on his promise that way. Another choice would be to close the center and simply let everyone free, depositing them into their home countries. Can’t do that either because of the threat they pose to the nations of the world. So, to make good on the promise, the center in Guantanamo has to be closed. He never promised to release them, just close the prison.

Aha! Here comes an offer from the Presidents own state of a very fine prison that is currently underutilized. A perfect solution. But wait, first, this prison has to undergo some major upgrades to make it more secure, and it won’t be available for at least six more months after that work starts. Hmmm. Job creation in Illinois, but nowhere else during the construction period. Speaking of construction, this prison was built in 2001 for around 120,000,000 bucks. I wonder how much the feds are gonna give Illinois for it? Not that they have any money to appropriate for it. Going by some articles, the money may come from the 2010 military appropriations to be voted on next year. So no matter how we look at it, Guantanamo isn’t closing anytime soon.

No big surprise there, however. Another lame promise from yet another lame politician un-kept. The promise was that Obama would close Guantanamo within a year. Not gonna happen, is it? It’s nearly the end of December, and short of just opening the gates and simply letting the few dozen (about 200) of detainees free there is no opportunity to move these people. But an even bigger problem with this scheme is that before these detainees are moved onto US soil, the government has to pass a law allowing prisoners to be held even if they are not awaiting trial. And let’s take that one step further. Should such a law be passed, who is to say that it will not be used to detain US citizens that disagree with the current administration? Suppose you get tossed in the clink because you were at an anti-Obama rally. What then? There need be no trial planned because you could legally be incarcerated, and denied your constitutional rights we now have. After all, these same congressmen passed a law earlier this year prohibiting moving these prisoners onto US soil unless they were being tried here, didn’t they?

With 1600 beds, the Thomson Correctional Facility looks like an interesting place. I checked it out on Google Map, and from the sky it looks like one of those vacation condominium resorts. It also has some strategic pluses, as well as some big negatives as well. But I won’t go into those as I’d rather not help anyone out here. I will say that there is ample opportunity for the facility to come under attack by unfriendly forces, and that attack could easily be successful. It will be interesting to see what happens to the mix of prisoners. For one thing, there are only a few dozen at Guantanamo, which means the rest of the facility will be dedicated to regular federal inmates.

The question here is how would these prisoners be guarded? Will the facility be surrounded by troops? Or will the normal cop wannabe looser security staff be put in place. You know the type, lazy, with an air of superiority, and an inflated opinion of their own abilities. Or better put, will they be capable of repelling an attack from the outside? And if the facility is in fact breeched, what about all of the other inmates, let alone the terrorist population within?

Dick the turban Durbin seems to believe the new federal prison will provide 3,000 new jobs for the area. Another hmmmm. Three thousand new jobs in Obama’s home state of Illinois. The whole idea stinks, especially when you place military security side by side with regular prison security issues and needs. I say keep these people in Guantanamo where they belong, and give them a military trial as they truly deserve. After all, they were captured from military units weren’t they? At least for most, they were. That makes them enemy combatants in my book.

So here’s an idea; let’s just quietly slip off the island one night, leaving the prisoners behind. Then we can through the keys over the fence and say, “Here ya go Fidel, enjoy!”

Here are a couple of stories on the issue;

U.S. to announce transfer of detainees to Ill. prison

U.S. Said to Pick Illinois Prison to House Detainees

As I go through my growing collection of survival related books, magazines and videos, I have noticed that little attention seems to be directed to the task of establishing hidden caches of supplies that can help one avoid capture, detection or whatever(with some exceptions). I’m not really certain as to why that is, as a secret cache can be a vital component to your long-term survival plans in the worst case scenarios that may soon play out here in the US. Part of a good plan to survive the coming times is to have a destination to go to when all else fails and you need to get out of Dodge before the Marshall rides into town, and by secreting caches along your planned route you’ll be able to get by with carrying less.

Perhaps one of those reasons for lack of coverage is because of the stigma that seems to have been attached to the idea of depositing these containers in the middle of no where, like a thief hiding his stolen treasure. No matter the reasoning, it is still an important aspect of your survival plan. But what exactly do I mean when I say hidden cache? A hidden cache is a container built to be placed underground for a long period of time, with essentials that you may need at a moments notice, but may be cut off from those essentials under extreme circumstances. Normally, when dealing with a survival situation firearms and MREs are usually the first things to come to mind. But other things can be cached as well.

Tools, maps, repair parts are all things to consider stashing away for later, because you may well need these things. But what exactly is a cache, you may be asking? A cache can mean a lot of things. For instance, if you are out hunting or fishing, and you suspend your catch from a tree to deter the critters, you have a cache of meat. There is also a sport called geocaching that requires people going around finding things others have hidden, using clues to find them, normally using a GPS device. But for our discussion, a cache is simply a container placed underground filled with whatever you have decided to cache, or hide. Frequently this will be a firearm and ammunition of some sort. So a cache can encompass a lot of meanings and uses.

How do you build a cache container? Well, there are as many ways to build a tight container as there are ideas for it, but there are a few tried and tested ways to go about it. For very short-term, you could get a heavy wall ammo can or locker, seal the lid with a toluene based caulking and paint the whole thing with a couple of layers of the paint that is used to coat industrial shop floors. But steel tends to oxidize fairly quickly, even if protected, so don’t plan on more than a couple of years at best. It could last longer, but I would not want to place my chances of survival on this sort of rig. A lot of people do, though, and some swear by the old ammo can cache.

To illustrate my point, let me say here that everyone I have talked to that recommends the ammo can regularly checks on their cache every couple of years, and replaces the can, and sometimes the contents. Other choices are rocket and mortar tubes, provided they are epoxy coated in and out, but the size is pretty limiting for most calibers. And then you have the problem of all that metal should a stray metal detectorist come along. Far better is the old standby, Poly vinyl chloride piping, or PVC as most people know it by. Introduced to the world in Europe early in the last century, it gained prominence during the 30s, and there are still homes using the then installed piping systems, over seventy years later.

The type usually called DWV, which stands for drain, waste and vent, is the better choice as it has a heavier wall, and if you can get it, schedule 80 piping is the strongest and most durable over time. Usually you’ll only be able to find schedule 40, though. But no matter, PVC piping has a life expectancy of over 100 years, and some say it could well last for an eternity under some circumstances. As to the sizes, most of it comes in ten foot lengths, with readily available sizes up to 24″ in diameter. Figure out what you want to store in the tubes, and get your size from that need. Just remember that the larger the diameter, the bigger the profile will be in the ground. Also, you’ll want to bury it in a vertical position for that reason.

Once you size your tube, cut it to length with a saw, and remove the burrs left behind. Lightly sand one end of the tube and coat it with a PVC primer. Then coat an appropriately sized cap with adhesive, and install it on the end of the tube. When dry, stick that end of the tube into a bucket of water and leave it there for a few minutes to make sure there is no leakage. If it leaks, seal it again, or start over. When ready to move on, take a fitting that will take a screw on plug, or a threaded cap and glue it to the other end in the same way. Coat the threads to the plug with a thread sealer, or tape and screw it onto the tube. Then submerge the whole thing for a couple of hours in a tub of water.

After a couple of hours is up, remove the tube and dry it off, remove the plug, and if it is perfectly dry inside, then you are good to go with it. Remember that when it comes to storage, moisture is your enemy. You want zero percent humidity in your cache tubes, or your material may/will be ruined. The next step is to pack the tube with whatever you want to cache. Insert a desiccant large enough for the space to be on the safe side along with your products. Make sure any containers with liquids are double sealed in a leak proof bag, just in case they get broken. It also wouldn’t hurt to double bag any ointment or creamy compounds you may have as well. I have read in a couple of places that you should also paint the tube with an epoxy paint, but I am not convinced it is necessary to do that.

This type of tube device should be more than sufficient long-term storage for just about anywhere. You could easily expect ten or more years, depending on how good it is sealed and what you have inside for product. However, I would try to avoid locating it in areas prone to earthquakes, swampy areas or bogs, and below a water level, especially near the sea-shore where the water may be salty. Also, think ahead and try not to put it someplace that might be developed into housing of a strip mall in a few years.

Once you’ve decided where to bury your cache, you’ll need to get an auger or post-hole digger for the burying part of the job. Remember, vertical burying means a lower profile if somebody comes along looking for buried treasure. A long hole will eventually create a long trench, a tell-tale sign that something is there that shouldn’t be. Dig your hole as deep as you can and place the tube into it. Pack dirt around and on top of the tube as tightly as you can to minimize settling of the earth and leaving a depression. Scatter the dirt so there remains no indications that any digging took place at the location. One trick here is to carefully remove a layer of sod and topsoil, then dig your hole. Carefully returning the sod to its location does a better job of hiding the fresh dig.

As for finding the cache agin, five or even ten years later, that’s a tough one. Scenery changes over time so merely writing a brief description of the spot may not be helpful. Some say take the GPS coordinates and save them as a waypoint in your data log. I say that is dangerous. Having a record that anyone can tap can cause you a lot of problems down the road. It is better to check the coordinates, write them on paper, and then later save them in some sort of coded message. That way, if someone gets your GPS, they cannot use it to find your caches.

As with any survival storage and supplies you may have, don’t broadcast what you have or where it is. You are just inviting trouble to come waltzing through your front door if you do. Things will be tough enough as it is without having to fend off greedy little lazy buggers that failed to provide for their own survival. Remember, if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.