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Illinois House Adopts ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’ Resolution, Schedules ‘2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ Hearing

While bills related to the ongoing budget impasse are drawing the bulk of attention these days, there has been activity in the Illinois House of Representatives on two other pieces of legislation that may interest Survival And Prosperity readers.

First, there’s House Bill 413, which seeks to create the “2nd Amendment Preservation Act.” From the Illinois General Assembly website:

Short Description: 2ND AMENDMENT PRESERVATION

House Sponsors
Rep. David B. Reis

Hearings
Judiciary- Criminal Committee Hearing Feb 15 2017 3:00PM Capitol Building Room 114 Springfield, IL

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act. Provides that other than in compliance with an order of a court, notwithstanding any law, regulation, rule, or order to the contrary, no agency of this State, political subdivision of this State, or employee of an agency or political subdivision of the State acting in his or her official capacity shall: (1) knowingly and willingly participate in any way in the enforcement of any federal Act, law, order, rule, or regulation issued, enacted, or promulgated on or after the effective date of the Act regarding a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition; or (2) utilize any assets, State funds, or funds allocated by the State to local entities on or after the effective date of the Act, in whole or in part, to engage in any activity that aids a federal agency, federal agent, or corporation providing services to the federal government in the enforcement or any investigation under the enforcement of any federal Act, law, order, rule, or regulation issued, enacted, or promulgated on or after the effective date of the Act regarding a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Some might ask if this pro-2A legislation is even necessary considering the Republican-controlled Congress and an NRA-backed President who seems to support gun rights.

From what I understand, its purpose is to have something in place to combat some future Oval Office that’s made gun control and civilian disarmament a priority.

As indicated above, a “Judiciary-Criminal Committee Hearing” on Illinois HB0413 has been scheduled for next Wednesday, February 15.

Moving on to Illinois House Resolution 30, seeking to designate October 2017 as “Zombie Preparedness Month” in the state. From the Illinois General Assembly site:

Short Description: ZOMBIE PREPAREDNESS MONTH

House Sponsors
Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch- Grant Wehrli and Tim Butler

Synopsis As Introduced
Designates October 2017 as “Zombie Preparedness Month” in the State of Illinois, and urges all Illinoisans to educate themselves about natural disasters and take steps to create a stockpile of food, water, and other emergency supplies that can last up to 72 hours…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I just learned this morning that Illinois HR0030 was adopted by the House Thursday.

Now, prior to the adoption of this legislation and even as recent as Friday morning, some are criticizing this resolution as being a distraction from more pressing matters facing the state, like the budget/debt crisis.

I don’t know. While this part of the country is generally thought to be less disaster-prone than other regions, major emergencies and man-made/natural disasters can strike anyplace at anytime. Besides the significant earthquake danger posed to southern Illinois (just blogged about Tuesday), other threats to the state include severe weather, terrorism, nuclear power plant accidents, and economic collapse, among others. And I’m guessing the majority of Illinoisans probably aren’t prepared to deal with any of these.

Since the zombie fad is still “hot” these days, why shouldn’t Springfield capitalize on it NOW and use the Zombie Apocalypse as the vehicle to get Illinois residents prepared for future emergencies/disasters?

Plus, did any critics take a moment to consider it’s possible (likely?) Representatives Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside, Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), and Tim Butler (R-Springfield) were shrewd enough to figure out that introducing this resolution and getting it adopted when they did- in the middle of a raging budget battle- would generate significant publicity about Zombie Preparedness Month?

Query the event in a search engine and you’ll see what kind of attention their action is getting.

All for a good cause, if you ask me.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, February 10th, 2017 Ammunition, Debt Crisis, Emergencies, Firearms, Food, Government, Gun Rights, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Political Parties, Preparedness, Public Safety, Supplies, Terrorism, Water, Weather Comments Off on Illinois House Adopts ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’ Resolution, Schedules ‘2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ Hearing

Chicago Water Treatment Plant Breach Worrisome?

Back on August 16, 2014, I wrote on Survival And Prosperity:

Chicago residents and those from surrounding suburbs who get their tap water from the city really should consider setting aside an emergency supply of water if they haven’t done so already…

This was mentioned in light of a Chicago Sun-Times piece about security concerns at Chicago’s James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant- the largest water treatment plant in the world.

Water plant security in the “Windy City” was in the news again right before the weekend. Brad Edwards reported on the CBS 2 Chicago website on November 10:

Clean drinking water is essential for our health, so when a man with a foreign passport is discovered trespassing in a protected Chicago water plant, the FBI and Homeland security are alerted.

Authorities say Shahroon Augustine entered the Eugene Sawyer Water Purification Plant with a duffle bag, containing a passport from Pakistan.

He was charged with trespassing, then vanished…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Was this simply a case of criminal trespassing, or something more sinister? Regardless, unauthorized parties having access to a portion of Chicagoland’s supply of drinking water isn’t a good thing.

Once again, those potentially-affected really should consider socking away an emergency supply of H20 if they haven’t done so already. And it’s something that can be done relatively inexpensively.

You can read the entire article on the CBS 2 Chicago site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 Crime, Government, Middle East, Preparedness, Public Safety, Security, Supplies, Utilities, Water Comments Off on Chicago Water Treatment Plant Breach Worrisome?

Resource Of The Week: SurvivalBlog.com’s Quick-Start Guide For Preparedness Newbies

Even before I started Survival And Prosperity back in November 2010, I’d been dropping by SurvivalBlog.com, “The Daily Web Log for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times,” on a regular basis. James Wesley, Rawles (“JWR”) is behind that blog, which launched in 2005. The former U.S. Army intelligence officer-turned-survival author, blogger, and retreat consultant has managed to turn the project into the “Internet’s most popular daily blog on survival and preparedness topics.” And his books are pretty good too.

A couple of weeks ago while surfing SurvivalBlog.com I came across a link to a guide for new preppers on the site. From the section entitled “SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies”:

I often get e-mails from folks that have just found SurvivalBlog or that have just finished a copy of my novel “Patriots”, that they received as a gift from a relative or a friend. Their response is surprisingly uniform: People feel overwhelmed by the enormity of what it takes to get a family prepared.

First, take a deep breath and relax. Just realizing that you need to get prepared has already put you ahead of 70% of your neighbors, who are sadly little more than clueless sheeple. If you accumulate a one-month food supply then elevates your preparedness into the 80th percentile of preparedness. And by the time you work your way up to a one year supply, you’ll be in the 98th percentile. It’s not very difficult, it’s not very expensive, and it’s not very time-consuming. Just do it one step at a time…

The “Quick-Start Guide” focuses heavily on tackling a “List of Lists,” which includes:

• Water List
• Food Storage List
• Food Preparation List
• First Aid /Minor Surgery List
• Chem/Nuke Defense List
• Biological Warfare Defense List
• Gardening List
• Hygiene/Sanitation List
• Hunting/Fishing/Trapping List
• Power/Lighting/Batteries List
• Fuels List
• Firefighting List
• Tactical Living List
• Security-Firearms List
• Communications/Monitoring List
• Tools List
• Book/Reference List
• Barter and Charity List

It’s impressive for a “quick-start” guide, chock-full of useful preparedness/survival information. If I thought TEOTWAWKI was fast approaching and hadn’t done much to prepare for it, I would likely turn to this resource to rapidly get me going in the right direction.

Check out “SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies” for yourself here.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

Christopher E. Hill
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Chicago Magazine Article On Area Preppers

This morning I read an article on the Chicago Magazine website that focused on Chicago-area preppers- particularly those in the suburbs. Rod O’Connor spoke to preppers residing in Downers Grove, Glenview, and on the North Side for his piece, in which he observed:

The prepper movement has climbed out of the bunker and established itself, quietly, along affluent streets in Chicago, its suburbs, and beyond…

The article is a pretty good read. Finding it difficult to get a suburban prepper to interview, O’Connor wrote:

Preppers are, not surprisingly, a paranoid bunch. Locating people willing to speak with me about their habits was more challenging than finding vegans at a gun range…

Obviously, a little bit of discretion with such matters goes a long way in protecting preppers and their loved ones in a SHTF scenario. But O’Connor also needs to realize that preppers are only too familiar with the numerous hack-jobs perpetrated by the mainstream media at their expense.

From my experience, it’s rare that these individuals are given a fair shake by the press. Instead, ignorance, inherent bias, and sensationalism often shine through in the various MSM articles/segments.

By the way, if you do read the piece on the Chicago Magazine website, I penned the following comment in response to a blanket claim by another commenter that preppers are “selfish” and “paranoid”:

A popular misconception. As a regular observer of the prepping “movement,” there’s no shortage of preppers who have adopted a “give until it hurts” mindset when it comes to helping out neighbors/strangers in a poop hits the fan scenario. It’s discussed often in various prepper forums (“What should I be stocking up for my neighbors/others?” and “What’s the best way to get my neighbors/others food and supplies without putting myself and loved ones in danger?” are pretty common questions). In addition, those in public safety might disagree with the notion that preppers as a whole are “selfish.” In a neighborhood-wide or larger emergency, police, fire, and other public safety agencies might not have to aid citizens (preppers) that had the foresight and follow-through to prepare for such an incident, thereby freeing up responders to help others in the community who for some reason or another weren’t prepared. Selfish? How about carrying out their civic duty? Like “L O” points out, Ready.gov and other emergency preparedness-related government initiatives implore Americans to sock away at least 72 hours of emergency food, water, and other supplies. When it comes to prepping, plenty of practitioners look at it this way. Americans insure their health, their vehicles, their residences, etcetera. Why not insure one’s standard of living, at least as best one can in a significant emergency/disaster? Not such a “paranoid mindset” if you ask me.

Like I said, the Chicago Magazine article is a decent read- particularly if you’re from the Chicagoland area. You can view the entire article on the publication’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Emergencies, Food, Government, Insurance, Mainstream Media, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Public Safety, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI, Water Comments Off on Chicago Magazine Article On Area Preppers

Free, Discounted Rain Barrels For Cook County, Illinois, Residents

Shortly after I moved to my new residence in the Chicago suburbs, I started looking into rain barrels for use around the property. I came across the following program for free/discounted barrels from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District), “an independent government and taxing body encompassing approximately 91 percent of the land area and 98 percent of the assessed valuation of Cook County, Illinois.” From the MWRD website:

Rain Barrels are a type of green infrastructure, a new approach to managing stormwater by keeping rain on the property and out of the sewer system. We provide rain barrels at cost to Cook County residents. $58 (plus tax) includes a flexible connecting elbow to attach your barrel to your downspout, a linking hose to connect it to a second barrel, detailed instructions, and free delivery to your home…

Some lucky Cook County residents might even qualify for FREE rain barrels. From the site:

Some Cook County municipalities are also partnering with the MWRD to offer free rain barrels to residents who meet certain requirements. See the list below or check with your municipality to find out if they are participating and if your home meets the requirements of the program.

Village of Bellwood
City of Berwyn
City of Blue Island
City of Calumet City
Village of Crestwood
Village of Forest View
Village of LaGrange Park
Village of Midlothian
Village of Oak Park
Village of Riverside
Village of Stickney
Village of Stone Park
Village of Wilmette

Head on over to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago website here for more information about their rain barrel program.

Christopher E. Hill
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Sunday, March 29th, 2015 Preparedness, Supplies, Water Comments Off on Free, Discounted Rain Barrels For Cook County, Illinois, Residents

Project Prepper, Part 24: Restart And Recap

It’s been a few months since I last published a “Project Prepper” post.

Considering all the material I have that’s just waiting to be blogged about, I don’t envision another layoff like that one happening again soon with this or one of the other series of posts currently running on Survival And Prosperity.

Today, I want to recap the “Project Prepper” series so far.

At two dozen posts, key topics I’ve blogged about since October 2012- when the first post debuted- have included:

• Starting up the “Project Prepper” series due to an increased awareness of man-made and naturally-occurring threats to life and lifestyle where I’ve decided to acquaint myself more with “prepping” via a sustained “hands-on” program of learning by doing

• Relocating from Chicago to the suburbs with an eye towards eventually settling down in Wisconsin (moved from Chicago to the northwest suburbs in late spring 2013)

• Establishing a prioritized list of 6 “innate survival needs” that my preparedness education will focus on:

1. Security
2. Water
3. Food
4. Shelter
5. Sanitation and Health
6. Energy

• Starting and building the foundation of an emergency water supply

• Starting an emergency food supply

Now, in these two dozen posts I’ve talked about items I’ve purchased as part of the “Project Prepper” series. For example, the Scepter 5 Gallon Manual Venting Water Jerry Can with CRC (Light Blue/Military Style) to store emergency water.

Going forward, I’m adding a new page to Survival And Prosperity this weekend entitled “Gear And Supplies” where I’ll be listing gear, supplies, and other items talked about in this series of posts and elsewhere on the blog- and links for where to buy them- if I feel they might offer something to readers.

It’s nice to be back in the saddle again. Until next week…

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 Emergencies, Energy, Food, Health, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Project Prepper, Sanitation, Security, Shelter, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI, Training, Water Comments Off on Project Prepper, Part 24: Restart And Recap

Project Prepper, Part 22: The Nutnfancy Project’s Emergency Water Storage Video

Just when I thought I was done blogging about my emergency water supply as part of the “Project Prepper” series of posts comes a new video from The Nutnfancy Project focusing on the subject. Never heard of TNP? From their YouTube.com channel:

Welcome to the original Gear Adventure Channel, the first of its kind in the world. It has many emulators both in YouTube, online, TV, and in print media. Established in 2008, The Nutnfancy Project is ongoing work that serves adventurers, military members, contractors, law enforcement personnel, outdoorsman, and responsible, good civilians. Hundreds of videos exist already that cover system enhancing gear items like guns, knives, multi-tools, backpacks, clothing, dog gear, flashlights, tactical gear, and much more. Vids are organized into playlists. While the gear is core to TNP, the Project goes much deeper. Many Philosophy and Political videos abound here, encouraging service, kindness, service to community, and defense of freedom. Adventure videos and lifestyle show these values, a love of life, sense of humor, and an investment of one’s time. The world of TNP is your new online home…welcome! [TNP, 10322 S. Redwood Rd, PMB 038, South Jordan, UT, 84095]

I came across “Lt Col Nutnfancy” and his YouTube material some time ago, and was very impressed. On November 27, Nutnfancy uploaded “WROL: And Many Will Die for Want of Water” by Nutnfancy [Water Storage].” Six months in the making, Nutnfancy put together a superb informational and how-to video on acquiring, filtering, and storing emergency water. He spent over 48 minutes talking about the following:

-Recommends 2 gallons per day per person, and a 30-day emergency water supply
-Filtering and water filtration devices
-Instead of adding bleach or chlorine to the water for extended storage, Nutnfancy uses an additive called “stabilized oxygen”
-Doesn’t like repurposed 2-liter plastic bottles
-Likes 3- to 7-gallon water storage containers, 55-gallon drums, and 150-gallon plus “water buffalos”
-Sample emergency water storage program? “For family of four providing 2 gal per day, per person, 745 gal total: One 325 gal buffalo, 5 55 gal barrels, 7 15 gal barrels, 12 3.5 gal waterbricks”

Nutnfancy made me rethink some parts of my own fledgling water storage program. For example, I’ll have to look into that “stabilized oxygen” additive. I’ll be back shortly with another “Project Prepper” post letting you know what I found and what I’m changing, if anything.

In the meantime, enjoy the video…


“WROL: And Many Will Die for Want of Water” by Nutnfancy [Water Storage]”
YouTube Video

By Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 Emergencies, How To, Preparedness, Project Prepper, Supplies, Water Comments Off on Project Prepper, Part 22: The Nutnfancy Project’s Emergency Water Storage Video

Project Prepper, Part 17: The Future Garden

I’m still working on building that foundation for an emergency water supply that should last my girlfriend and me a little over 2 weeks (by the government’s calculations).

As a matter of fact, that second Moeller Scepter 5-gallon water container I ordered last week was just delivered by the Post Office about an hour ago.

Today, however, I’d like to introduce you to the future garden at my new residence in the Chicago suburbs.

One area in particular behind the detached garage at the back of our lot gets an awful lot of sun, and while it’s not much to look at yet, I believe it has tremendous potential for growing vegetables and maybe some fruit as part of a future emergency food supply:

Garden Future Site

In the middle of the backyard is a raised garden bed that was constructed by the prior owners of the house. My girlfriend’s mom, who has a green thumb, has not only graciously gifted us a number of plants but has also created a small herb garden in this area.

Note the smiling Underpants Gnome in the upper right-hand corner of the photo. This cousin of the infamous Sock Monster is responsible for my constant “laundry emergencies” I’ve been having as of late:

Garden Herb Plants

My mom, who’s also an accomplished gardener like my girlfriend’s mom, has also given us a couple of plants. One in particular, a Bishop’s Crown Hot Pepper plant (top-left container in above photo), is started to produce ripe peppers. Check out these two beauties that I just picked this morning:

Garden Peppers

Fruits, vegetables, herbs- I also want to explore the possibility of growing medicinal herbs (natural herbs and flowers known for their uses in herbal medicine) somewhere in the backyard.

Truth be told, I’m not much of a gardener. My only other experience at growing food was nurturing a lima bean plant that sprouted from a single bean back when I was in the third grade. Let me guess- you did that too in science class?

But I am willing to learn and put in the hard work that will be required to make this garden a success and help move my girlfriend and me towards some self-sufficiency when it comes to food.

Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you posted on the garden on a regular basis.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Project Prepper, Part 16: Building The Foundation Of My Emergency Water Supply

Over the past week, I’ve made some pretty good progress in building the foundation for my emergency water supply. This includes:

• Busting out that remaining Desert Patrol 6 gallon rigid water container from Reliance Products and recently-acquired Scepter 5 Gallon Manual Venting Water Jerry Can with CRC (Light Blue/Military Style) from Moeller Marine Products, cleaning them up, and setting them both out to dry
• Digging out 4 empty 2-liter bottles that I’ve also cleaned and dried for this purpose (as a reader pointed out earlier in this series of posts, these are cost-effective vessels for storing water long-term)
• Ordering a second Scepter 5 Gallon water container ($19.99 including shipping @ Amazon.com)
• Ordering a two-pack of 3.5 gallon WaterBrick containers ($38.31 including shipping @ CampingSurvival.com)

You may recall I blogged about a good deal of this activity last Tuesday.

I’m still waiting on all the new water containers to arrive, but once they’re in my possession, I’ve calculated that I’ll have 25.11 gallons of emergency water stored in these items alone, which gives me and my girlfriend a 12.56 day supply of water each for drinking and sanitation if one were to go by Ready.gov’s calculations (at least one gallon of water per person per day).

Personally, I’d feel more comfortable having at least a two-week emergency supply of water for each of us to start. And having a good deal more than the minimum amount recommended by Ready.gov is probably wise.

Therefore, I’m aiming to have at least 28 gallons (14 days each) of emergency water stored.

I figure I’d bridge that gap- even surpass it- by socking away a couple of cases of bottled water. Around here, the standard size of one of those disposable plastic bottles is 16.9 ounces. Say I buy and store 4 cases of these at around $3.50 a case off sale, this would give me an extra 1,622.4 ounces of water, or 12.68 gallons of water total.

Add this amount to that 25.11 gallons from the other containers, and now my girlfriend and I have 37.79 gallons of emergency water stored, or an 18.9 day supply of water each for drinking and sanitation by Ready.gov’s calculations.

In the meantime, I intend to keep amassing, cleaning, and filling more empty 2-liter pop bottles as I come across them.

Now, you might be asking yourself, why the variety of water storage containers?

Convenience.

I figure, if there’s a temporary “inconvenience” like a water main break that prevents us from using the water from the tap, then my girlfriend and I will just bust out the smaller water containers like the bottled water and 2-liter soda bottles. Should there be a longer-term situation, after using up those water bottles we can turn to the WaterBricks and eventually 5-gallon/6-gallon containers. You don’t need me to tell you water is heavy, and as I’ve found out first hand, it’s better to postpone having to break out the big containers full of water as long as you can. Your back will thank you for it, especially if that temporary “inconvenience” morphs into an extended event.

I can’t wait to get my hands on those new water containers- much less blog about these new acquisitions.

Another “Project Prepper” post- with photos- soon.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Project Prepper, Part 13: Water Container Photos

The following are some photos of the two different types of water containers I’m utilizing as part of my fledgling emergency water supply.

First, the remaining Desert Patrol 6 gallon rigid water container from Reliance Products (the second one sprung a leak, but I got my money’s worth out of it):

Reliance Desert Patrol 6

Next up, the new Scepter 5 Gallon Manual Venting Water Jerry Can with CRC (Light Blue/Military Style) I ordered from Amazon.com for $20.90 (now $19.99, but temporarily out of stock as of tonight):

Scepter Water Jerry Can

So far, so good with the Scepter. No discernible leak(s) to date. I do appreciate how much lighter it is compared to the Reliance Desert Patrol 6 container, but I’m also losing a gallon of water at the same time.

I know I said “I’ll probably order another one unless I come across something better in the next couple of days.” But seeing that it’s out of stock right now, I think I’ll look around and see what else is out there.

More soon.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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