You need to know these 8 essential survival tips to prepare you for the next catastrophe

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Hurricane Harvey is a natural disaster that has rocked this nation to its core. The devastation left in its wake has placed hundreds of thousands of people in uncertain and terrifying situations. Unfortunately, Harvey is far from being the last major natural disaster to assault our country. Many more will come, and there’s no telling if they’ll be just as bad or even worse than Harvey. Before that happens, be sure that you won’t be caught with your pants around your ankles, like how many people were when Harvey swept through our Gulf Coast region. Here’s some tips for how you should prepare for the next catastrophe:

  1. Ready disaster preparedness kits  Disaster can hit at any given moment, so be sure to have an emergency kit with all the essentials at the ready. Fill this kit with food, water, medical supplies, lights, personal hygiene items, a means of communication (radio and/or cellphone), and personal documents. Place everything in a sturdy, easy-to-carry bag and situate that bag in an accessible area. Furthermore, be sure to keep at least three disaster preparedness kits: one for your home, one for your workplace, and one for your car. You could be at any of these places when something bad goes down. (Related: Hurricane Harvey proves again why it is foolish if you don’t become a prepper.)
  2. Plan for your area – Knowing your environment will give you a good idea of what you could be facing. Whether your hometown is prone to flooding or earthquakes, being aware of it will help you plan better since no state or city is truly the same as another. This will also help you become familiar with your area’s shelter locations and evacuation routes if ever you’re forced out of your home.
  3. Plan for your family, pets included – Even if you’re at peak physical condition, other members of your family might not be. Children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and pets should all be taken into consideration when you make emergency preparations and plans. If a member of your family needs special medications, then be sure to have them on hand. For pets, you can opt to have them microchipped to make it easier for them to be returned to you if you ever become separated.
  4. Learn basic emergency skills – What would you do if you’re bleeding from a deep wound and first responders are nowhere near you? Having a working knowledge of how to treat bleeding will make a huge difference in situations like these. Not just bleeding, though: being familiar with how to perform CPR, how to treat a burn, and even how to use a fire extinguisher can and will come in handy one day.
  5. Set aside some cash – Your debit or credit card won’t be of much use if there’s no electricity or electronic systems online. That’s why you should always put away a few hundred dollars just in case. Small denominations are ideal since a $100 bill is going to be harder to break.
  6. Have an out-of-area emergency contact – Should you ever need to leave your hometown, it definitely helps to know someone outside of it whom you can always rely on for shelter or supplies.
  7. Keep your car in top condition – If you have a car, don’t forget to maintain it. A well-maintained car with a full tank of gas should always figure into your emergency plans. You never know when you need to hit the road or when your vehicle will be all you’ll have left.
  8. Practice your plan – Having an emergency plan is one thing, carrying it out is another. Make it a point to practice your emergency plan every few months to see if there are still any kinks that need to be ironed out.

As with many things in life, a little preparation goes a long way. That’s why the Health Ranger Store is proud to offer Survival Preparedness Gear to help you get through just about anything. From multi-purpose tools to pandemic protection kits to the space-saving Garden Tower, the Health Ranger Store has got it all and so much more. Don’t let the next catastrophe catch you by surprise and hold you down. Stock up on the equipment and food you need to protect and support you and your family.

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Antifa Manual Leaked! Prepare for TOTAL SHOCK


The Antifa Manual. What are they all about? Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children has received leaked documents allegedly from inside the Antifa organization that are extremely disturbing. This information is not yet verified. While it appears to be in keeping with their agenda, something else may be going on. Stay tuned.

We will show you excerpts here, and remind you: Antifa originated from Nazi Germany. They are not now nor have they ever been for “tolerance” or “peace.” They are bullies, intent on manipulating America to do their bidding – through media, through violence, through protests, through shutting down the opposition by any means possible.

The front of the manual specifically states not to give it to “cis white males, non-PoC, or non-LGBTQ peoples.” Cis is a term used for males who identify with their birth gender.

Here are excerpts from the Antifa Manual:

Hatred of White Males – It’s all about the paint

Antifa’s hatred of white males is totally unreasoning, since George Soros is a white male and he pays most of their bills. Africa was home to slavery for centuries. Blacks and Muslims who sell their own countrymen still practice the barbaric culture today in many parts of the African continent and Middle East.

We have seen pictures of some of the Antifa groups in which there are many white males…so what’s the deal? It’s all about the paint used to create a picture. A picture of “fascists.” They WANT YOU TO BELIEVE that they are the good guys.

Control the media- Both social and mainstream

Here the Antifa recruit is reminded that they should call any opposing person “racist, homophobic, misogynistic” and use it as a weapon against them. They are to wield power in the media and hide their true intent.

“Culture of Tolerance” by intimidation

Here we have the hypocrisy of the Antifa Movement displayed for all to see. To create “tolerance” they must “eliminate all forms of hate speech.” They do it by ridicule and name-calling, rather than discussion or rational thought. To say they have “facts and history on our side” is purely ludicrous. To Antifa, EVERY Conservative is a fascist, something we have been trying to tell you for a long time. They are redefining “American” on their own terms.

Note here that they view their color first – in a later article we will discuss their plan to use that as the basis for who can say certain words.

Friends, this is most certainly NOT “tolerance.” This is control and manipulation.

Long Term Plans

Here one of their long term plans is stated: turn America into a Socialist/Communist Utopia where everyone is equal. Their stated goal is to split the media into “worker-owned, Antifa controlled entities.” It also says they’ll have to raise the tax rate on the “1%” (wealthiest and mid to upper middle class) to accommodate their plans.

I hate to burst their bubble, but their definition of “worker” is completely Communist in origin. Using the term “worker” instead of “employee” is a dead giveaway.

They want to “confiscate” foreclosed properties to give to the “homeless.” It never works that way. People who believe this are fools.

Unfortunately, in ALL cases of socialist/communist governments there are no opportunities for anyone but the “rich.” Evidence? Look at Venezuela. The people starve while the leaders get fat. The government has become so repressive that protesters are either killed or disappear never to be seen again.

More? North Korea – where the people starve and Kim Jong-Un enjoys a multi-million dollar luxury compound. Dissidents are imprisoned in labor camps, killed or disappear.

And Cuba – there’s reason a huge population of Miami is made up of ex-pats from that island nation. Dissidents end up shipped off never to be seen again or imprisoned.

The Antifa manual specifically says that they will “succeed where others have failed.” Is that anything like “you can keep your doctor?”

Threaten the livelihoods of the opposition

“Threaten the livelihood of anyone who dares speak out against our agenda.” Here we have evidence that Antifa is a pack of bullies, intent on intimidating, coercing people to bend to their will.

They are agents of the New World Order. There is much more to this Antifa Operating Manual, which we will share with you in more articles. We have also located a supposed list of Antifa members. Are these documents real? We have people working to verify them now.



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Finland Builds Massive Underground City To Prepare For Russia Invasion

Finland is currently building a massive underground CITY to fit all 600,000 residents of the capital should there be a Russia invasion.

Hundreds of miles of tunnels underneath Helsinki, Finland, have been constructed in the case of an emergency. Putin pushing military drills around eastern Europe adds to unease in Finland.

The Underground Master Plan contains 40 new areas reserved as rock resources and 100 new space allocations for future rock construction. Approximately 9 million cubic meters, consisting of about 400 separate facilities or tunnels, have already been built under the city. The more important facilities are listed and classified by theme in connection with the Helsinki Underground Master Plan.

Russia is currently preparing to conduct its Zapad 2017 military exercise, the largest since the end of the cold war during which Russian troops will carry out drills close to the Finnish borders. Unease is spreading across the European country.

It has now been revealed Finnish soldiers are carrying out training to deal with a mass evacuation. In March, soldiers carried out an exercise which was designed to prepare for a siege on the city.

Neighboring Estonia has already voiced major concerns over Putin’s practice close to their country. Kristjan Prikk, undersecretary for defense policy at Estonia’s Ministry of Defense, said earlier this week: “We don’t consider this year’s Zapad exercise in itself to be a direct threat to us [NATO] or a cover for an attack, but we have to keep in mind that the Russians have the nasty habit of hiding their actual military endeavors behind exercises.


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Colleges and universities increasingly seen as scams that fail to prepare students for the real economy

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To many, it serves as a shiny badge of upward mobility – a milestone that someone took their education seriously and is now ready for the next level of responsibility in the world. But a college degree doesn’t always deliver on its promises anymore, as many graduates today are learning the hard way. Not only are many of these freshly-minted degree holders discovering that they can’t just waltz into their dream jobs simply because they hold a piece of paper. Some of them are also coming to the stark realization that they were duped by their alma maters, which failed to teach them the necessary life skill for facing the “real world” post-commencement.

Depending upon which school a student attended and the primary subject he specialized in, a degree admittedly holds varying degrees of value. A computer scientist, for instance, will have more than likely interned at a large company prior to graduating, after which time he’ll take up a full-time position for great pay. A women’s studies major, on the other hand, will find that she basically shelled out several hundred thousand dollars for a four-year safe space, and now has no marketable skills to find a real job.

There are various other factors that determine whether or not a college degree is valuable, of course. But the main point is this: College isn’t for everyone. For many young people coming out of high school, community college or technical school is a much better and typically more affordable option that offers real-life training in actual skilled work. But how many students are being told this by their guidance counselors before they sign right up for traditional college or university, a.k.a. agreeing to ratchet up huge debt unless they’re independently wealthy?

“Colleges have convinced nearly everyone that you need a degree to be an effective employee or higher-income adult, but this is just not true,” writes Daniel Ameduri from (as published in an article by

“I can tell you as an employer that I’ve never asked a single person what their grades were and I’ve never asked to see a degree. The ugly truth is the ones with college degrees usually end up writing SEO articles for $15 an hour and the skilled workers who’ve been writing code as a hobby or editing videos for years on a MAC end up as managers making $75+ per hour.”

College puts many students in deep debt

Unless a student is awarded grants or scholarships, attending college is expensive. According to the College Board, the average cost to attend an in-state public college is now nearly $25,000 per year. At a private college, this yearly cost doubles to almost $50,000.

This means that by the time a student graduates – assuming he pays these costs out of pocket or with loans – he will already be between $100,000 to $200,000 in debt. Based on job availability, this debt could haunt him for decades, or worse – ruin his credit if he ends up defaulting due to an inability to pay.

There are so many other options besides going this precarious route, including taking short courses online or at a local training facility, or even on the job depending on the industry. There are many ways to learn useful information that don’t have to cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“When I was 18 years old, I made $55,000 while my peers sat in a classroom learning things that were forgotten before they even left the campus that day,” Ameduri adds, noting that the four years that many young people typically spend to earn their Bachelor’s degrees could have been spent getting a head start in life.

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Russia & China Declare All Out War on US Petrodollar — Prepare for Exclusive Trade in Gold


The formation of a BRICS gold marketplace, which could bypass the U.S. Petrodollar in bilateral trade, continues to take shape as Russia’s largest bank, state-owned Sberbank, announced this week that its Swiss subsidiary had begun trading in gold on the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

Russian officials have repeatedly signaled that they plan to conduct transactions with China using gold as a means of marginalizing the power of the dollar in bilateral trade between the geopolitically powerful nations. This latest movement is quite simply the manifestation of a larger geopolitical game afoot between great powers.

According to a report published by Reuters:

Sberbank was granted international membership of the Shanghai exchange in September last year and in July completed a pilot transaction with 200 kg of gold kilobars sold to local financial institutions, the bank said.

Sberbank plans to expand its presence on the Chinese precious metals market and anticipates total delivery of 5-6 tonnes of gold to China in the remaining months of 2017.

Gold bars will be delivered directly to the official importers in China as well as through the exchange, Sberbank said.

Russia’s second-largest bank VTB is also a member of the Shanghai Gold Exchange.

To be clear, there is a revolutionary transformation of the entire global monetary system currently underway, being driven by an almost perfect storm. The implications of this transformation are extremely profound for U.S. policy in the Middle East, which for nearly the past half century has been underpinned by its strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia.


The dollar was established as the global reserve currency in 1944 with the Bretton Woods agreement, commonly referred to as the gold standard. The U.S. leveraged itself into this power position by holding the largest reserve of gold in the world. The dollar was pegged at $35 an ounce — and freely exchangeable into gold.

By the 1960s, a surplus of U.S. dollars caused by foreign aid, military spending, and foreign investment threatened this system, as the U.S. did not have enough gold to cover the volume of dollars in worldwide circulation at the rate of $35 per ounce; as a result, the dollar was overvalued.

America temporarily embraced a new paradigm in 1971, as the dollar became a pure fiat currency (decoupled from any physical store of value), until the petrodollar agreement was concluded by President Nixon in 1973.

The quid pro quo was that Saudi Arabia would denominate all oil trades in U.S. dollars, and in return, the U.S. would agree to sell Saudi Arabia military hardware and guarantee the defense of the Kingdom.

A report by the Centre for Research on Globalalization clarifies the implications of these most recent moves by the Russians and the Chinese in an ongoing drive to replace the US petrodollar as the global reserve currency:

Fast forward to March 2017; the Russian Central Bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing as an early step in phasing in a gold-backed standard of trade. This would be done by finalizing the issuance of the first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan and to allow gold imports from Russia.

The Chinese government wishes to internationalize the yuan, and conduct trade in yuan as it has been doing, and is beginning to increase trade with Russia. They’ve been taking these steps with bilateral trading, native trading systems and so on. However, when Russia and China agreed on their bilateral US$400 billion pipeline deal, China wished to, and did, pay for the pipeline with yuan treasury bonds, and then later for Russian oil in yuan.

This evasion of, and unprecedented breakaway from, the reign of the US dollar monetary system is taking many forms, but one of the most threatening is the Russians trading Chinese yuan for gold. The Russians are already taking Chinese yuan, made from the sales of their oil to China, back to the Shanghai Gold Exchange to then buy gold with yuan-denominated gold futures contracts – basically a barter system or trade.

The Chinese are hoping that by starting to assimilate the yuan futures contract for oil, facilitating the payment of oil in yuan, the hedging of which will be done in Shanghai, it will allow the yuan to be perceived as a primary currency for trading oil. The world’s top importer (China) and exporter (Russia) are taking steps to convert payments into gold. This is known. So, who would be the greatest asset to lure into trading oil for yuan? The Saudis, of course.

All the Chinese need is for the Saudis to sell China oil in exchange for yuan. If the House of Saud decides to pursue that exchange, the Gulf petro-monarchies will follow suit, and then Nigeria, and so on. This will fundamentally threaten the petrodollar.

According to a report by the Russian government media, significant progress has been made in promoting bilateral trade in yuan, between the two nations, as the first step towards an even more aambitiousplan—using gold to make transactions:

One measure under consideration is the joint organization of trade in gold. In recent years, China and Russia have been the world’s most active buyers of the precious metal.

On a visit to China last year, deputy head of the Russian Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said that the two countries want to facilitate more transactions in gold between the two countries.

In April, Sberbank expressed interest in financing the direct import of gold to India—also a BRICS member. Make no mistake that a BRICS gold marketplace could be used to bypass the dollar in bilateral trade, and undermine the hegemonic control enjoyed by the US petrodollar as the global reserve currency.

“In 2014 Russia and China signed two mammoth 30-year contracts for Russian gas to China. The contracts specified that the exchange would be done in Renminbi [yuan] and Russian rubles, not in dollars. That was the beginning of an accelerating process of de-dollarization that is underway today,” according to strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl.

Russia and China are now creating a new paradigm for the world economy and paving the way for a global de-dollarization.

“A Russian-Chinese alternative to the dollar in the form of a gold-backed ruble and gold-backed Renminbi or yuan, could start a snowball exit from the US dollar, and with it, a severe decline in America’s ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance her wars with other peoples’ money,” Engdahl concludes.

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Beware of the summer bugout: Prepare to stay hydrated or the heat might literally kill you

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A recent sad case in Texas nevertheless served as a reminder why any legitimate summer bugout plan should include making provisions to ensure you’ve got plenty of water to stay hydrated, lest you die trying to get away from collapsing cities and urban chaos.

As reported by Lifezette, a 15-year-old Boy Scout recently perished in Texas during a backpacking trip after developing a case of heat stroke, the worst kind of heat injury. The site noted further:

While hiking in Fort Davis, Texas, at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch on June 12 along with other Boy Scouts, Reid Comita collapsed. The group had apparently been hiking for hours on end in the heat at the ranch, which is just north of Big Bend National Park.

Separate news reports said that temperatures were in the upper 90s the day Reid and the others were hiking; the heat index was in excess of 100 degrees F.

Of course this is a tragedy, but what makes the story particularly relevant is that, should stuff hit the fan tomorrow, perhaps millions of American preppers who have already put together a plan to get out of their cities and hightail it for a pre-determined bugout location may very well have to hike part or even all of the way, and in summer heat. In some parts of the country that will mean a “dry heat,” as was the case for this unfortunate young man, but in others like the Midwest, high temperatures are often accompanied with high humidity, dramatically boosting the heat index.

So while I certainly grieve for this young man and his parents, I also believe his death should serve some good, too, by reminding those of us who want to survive a chaotic scenario of the importance of preparing to travel distances, on foot, in summer heat. (Related: 11 Mistakes you can’t afford to make when moving off grid.)

Always remember these basic steps at staying cool in summer heat:

— When traveling, keep your clothing lightweight and loose-fitting, as tighter clothing does not allow for proper bodily cooling.

— Avoid getting sunburned: “Sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or sweating,” Lifezette noted.

Not only that, but a sunburn can also lead to blistering and unusually high fluid loss — a very big deal considering that fluid intake will become a priority while traveling in summer heat.

Do you have some sunblock in your bugout bag?

— As should be obvious (but unfortunately, as the Boy Scout death reminds us), it is important to stay hydrated. Too often, though, preppers only think they have enough water for their journey, but they may find out (too late) they don’t. It’s summer; it’s hot. If you have to lighten your bugout load some to make room for more water, do it. It will save your life.

And to remind as well, make sure you’ve got a good supply of H20 when you get where you’re going; you’ll need it.

— Some medications can put you more at risk of heat exhaustion/heat stroke because they may dehydrate you or impede the dissipation of heat. If you take meds and you don’t yet know if they will make your life in the heat more difficult, find out.

— You may feel the need to get away as quickly as possible from the evolving, worsening situation, but if you can wait until the hottest part of the day is over, do so before heading out, even traveling at night if possible. If you must bugout in the heat of the day, take care to rest frequently and hydrate in a cool spot.

— Get acclimated to the summer heat now by getting outdoors. Wear what you’re going to wear to bugout, and “practice” with your pack and gear at a local park or hiking trail. Don’t take a long trail right off the bat; pick shorter ones and work up to longer trails.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for and, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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