Aug 24

Do you know Charlie in the Box? You should!

About Charlie in the Box!

charlieinthebox166x125I’m neither a republican nor a democrat, not rich or poor, black or white, I’m your brother, and I’m your son. I’m your cousin, I’m your uncle. Giving my perspective to the American public about everything, including government and things that we all deal with in our everyday life. We all could feel it in our guts that there’s something wrong. You can feel it in your heart when your kids ask you, “Is everything going to be alright?” and you don’t have that answer for them. So if you would like to start looking at things differently, maybe in a different perspective…please tune in week after week for this adventure that we will be going on., and I promise you at the end,. Things will start looking a lot more differently.

APNRBT300Charlie in the Box airs every Friday night at 6:00pm/Pacific time on American Preppers Radio giving a real life perspective of what it’s like living in a State that is bankrupt giving away handouts for votes with nothing left to give but empty promises. Tune in every week and learn what you can to stop the out of control State and federal government  from destroying the future of your family’s generations to come and a whole lot more.

Listen Live every Friday night with an interactive chat room where you can visit with others across the United States having the same concerns as your self. Follow the links below.

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Visit us and learn more about all the hosts sharing with other how to become a little more self reliant and independent using the tools we provide at American Preppers Radio!


May 14

Preppers and Wildfires

Wild FireGiven that southern California has already had its first wildfire of the year, it gives one pause to think about what could be coming for the rest of the year.  It also reminds preppers they need to plan what to do with their preps and how to best protect them from fire.

If you are like many preppers, you have a large amount of preps and moving them could be difficult on short notice.  While California seems to deal with more fires than other regions, no one is immune to the risk of fire.

What is the best course of action when protecting your preps from fire?  Burying them?  Moving them to underground shelters?  Storing them in a location not as prone to fire?  Build a safe room?

A person could create underground storage on their property that would protect their preps in case of fire and some other possible disasters.  Building what is known as a storm cellar would work for fires if it had a fire door installed.

Those people who have installed underground shelters for humans could, and maybe already are, storing their preps inside the shelters.  Some people are installing “urban shelters” which are installed under your garage so that the entrance is concealed inside your home.  Again, a fire door would be necessary.  Likely it would be better to lock up the shelter and leave than to stay in the shelter during the fire.  There could be concerns about fresh air and being trapped by the fire if you needed to get out for any reason.

If one were to decide to store preps in a location off property, they would be safer from fire, but it might be difficult to get to them if some other disaster were to demand preps be retrieved.

Building a safe room is expensive, but it might be worth the cost if your preps are at risk.  A good safe room has fire safe walls, ceiling, and a fire safe door.  Even so, it would be wise to move things away from the walls in case the walls get hot.

When protecting their preps against wildfires, what ever California preppers decide to do to ,there is no real wrong answer.  The only wrong answer is to do nothing at all.

Happy Prepping!


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Apr 08

Finding Water with None in Sight

Dear Readers,
This is a guest post by Jason E. Hill about finding water. If you are interested in more information from him, he can be reached at No Jokes Survival.

Please enjoy!

APN State Blog Editor
The Daily Prepper News


You’re out hiking when you come across a neat looking trail. You follow it for a while, taking pictures, when you realize the trail is gone and you do not know where you are. It is getting hot outside and you are really thirsty. Your short hike has now turned into a survival situation. This scenario plays out frequently in National Parks and trails all over the country.

There are numerous ways to find and collect water in a survival situation. When in survival mode, you want to do as little as possible to preserve fluids and energy. Transpiration is a very easy method which requires minimal materials and minimal effort.

What is Transpiration? Transpiration, in generic terms, is when plants ‘sweat’ the moisture inside them. The Finding water with no water in sight.amount of water shed will depend on heat, humidity, sunlight and the amount of water inside the plant. The way that we can harness is this wonderful and natural occurrence is with the use of a plastic bag…and the rays of that burning mass of gas called the ‘Sun’. Here are the steps:

  1. Find a tree or bush with as many green leaves possible. Avoid plants like poison oak, etc
  2. Use a plastic bag you find or one you brought with you, because your prepared, and place it around a big bunch of leaves.
  3. Bundle up the open end of the bag against the main branch and tie off with rope, shoestring or whatever you have available.
  4. If the bag is not naturally hanging low, tie a string to the branch and tie it to something low to the ground. This will allow the water collecting to pool in a corner of the bag.
  5. Allow the bag to be exposed to as much sunlight as possible. This will heat up the plastic bag, the plants will ‘sweat’, and the water will condense on the inside of the bag and eventually drip and collect in the corner.
  6. Enjoy clean fresh drinkable water that needs no filtration or purification!

Feb 16

What do Russia and California have in Common?

The meteorite that caused over 1,200 injuries, mostly due to flying glass and crumbling buildings, was unexpected.  So was the one many Californians saw over San Francisco.  What is the big deal?  None really.  At least not this time in San Francisco.  It seems the people in Russia think its a big deal.  I’m pretty sure the village hospital in Chelyabinsk, Russia didn’t have the preps for the over 1,200 injured seeking medical treatment.  It just as easily could have hit any other high populated region of the world.  All it needs is the right path.

It seems that the force of 30 A-bombs would be quite disturbing to any urban area.  Those who survive will be pressed into service of helping the injured and rescue those trapped under falling buildings.  Preppers will already know what to do because they will have been trained in first aid and other skills necessary for the situation.


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Meteor Explodes over Russian City of Chelyabinsk with Force of More than 30 Hiroshima A-bombs.” NY Daily News. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

NEW: Bright Streak of Light Reported over Calif.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.




Feb 07

Who,What Where and Why

I had a post in progress a few days back, took a break to check out some blogs and found this! This is what I had started, but since Ranger Squirrel already had it posted

I’m a relative newbie when it comes to preparedness, but I’ve learned a lot in the year or so that I’ve been slowly building my family’s preparedness level and I figured I’d share what I’ve learned to help others move along the same path a little more quickly than I did.
Step 1.  Answer the “Who?”
If you’re married, you need to convince your spouse to get on board.  If you have kids, you should get them involved.  Make a gentle attempt, and if they don’t come along, prep for them anyway.  Lead by example and quit preaching.  The biggest obstacles to getting people on board, in my opinion, are 1) the reasons you give to them about why you’re doing what you’re doing; and 2) their own desire to continue as if everything will be okay no matter what.  When it comes to reasons, let me just caution you against conspiracy theories.  No matter how much you believe in them, you need to realize that most other people don’t.  Furthermore, so many preppers have evangelized to others about their fears that every day when people find out I store food, they initially think I’m nuts.  I’m not nuts, but I am a father, a husband, and a sole earner, and it is my responsibility to make sure my family is cared for.  I have life insurance, medical/dental insurance, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and now I’m building food insurance.  My wife can understand that.  My kids can see the wisdom in that.  My friends and family, for the most part, don’t think I wear a tinfoil hat (except when I get on my soapbox about GMO foods and organic stuff).
Step 2.  Answer the “What?”
Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you are preparing for.  Preppers/survivalists prepare for lots of different reasons, and it’s not my place to judge any of them.  Personally though, I have a family to feed and I’m the sole earner.  If I stop working or lose my job, my family goes hungry.  That’s a lot of responsibility.  Before we started prepping, we’d have had maybe a week’s worth of food in the pantry, and without supplementing it, that would have made for some odd meals … “Kids, tonight we’re having rice noodles and baked beans! Yum!”  Having been unemployed before, I know how scary it is to think about your family going hungry.  I work hard at my job, but I also feel like I’m expendable in the long run, so I prepare for us to go without a paycheck for 3-6 months.  I figure that’s how long in this economy it would take me to either find a job or somehow better our situation.  I also prepare for major weather problems.  That’s a direct result of having to live through an ice storm in the South where electricity was out for 11 days and all the stores were closed.  Even when they reopened, there was no food to buy.  Having money in your savings account isn’t enough.  Money is no good if there is no food to buy.  To me, these are the most realistic threats faced by my family.  Therefore, we store food, we find ways to keep ourselves warm if there is no heat, and we try to save money.  That’s just good common sense.
Step 3.  Answer the “Where?”
Where do you plan to be?  You need two answers.  The terminology is bugging-in and bugging-out.  Plan for staying put, and plan for getting out if you need to.  If a tree falls on your house or your place burns down, all the preps in the world in your garage might become useless.  Keep that in mind and have a backup plan.
Step 4.  Answer the “When?”
If your answers to 1 and 2 are compelling enough, there is only one answer to when do I start – NOW.  The hard part of this is setting goals to when do I finish?  Set incremental goals: 1 month of cash needs in the bank or safe at home somewhere.  2 weeks worth of meals in the pantry.  2 months of cash needs in the bank.  1 month of food in the pantry.  Etcetera.  Just a note: when you’re buying foods to store – buy foods you actually eat.  Eat what you store and store what you eat.  That’s really rule #1.
Step 5.  Answer the “Why?”
Why does it make sense to prep?  I think I covered most of the answer to this in step 1, but here is one more reason.  If you have 30 meals on the shelf in your pantry, ready to go, you’re never put into a position of buying food that is not on sale.  Ideally, you would never “need” anything because you’ve got several of that thing at home, so you can buy only things that are on sale.  In the long run, storing food saves you money.  If you think of it as an investment the price of food has gone up consistently over time at a much higher rate than the stock market.  Converting money into food is a good investment.
Step 6.  Answer the “How?”
Once you’ve done the first three steps it’s time to plan your approach.  You’ve got to deal with a few things: shelter, medicine, water, food, transportation, alternate plans, and home defense.  The things you consider threats will have a great impact on your priority of work.  The first step is to figure out what you already have and get organized.  Put all of your medical supplies in one place, take an inventory, identify needs, and then store them in a way that makes them easy to find if its dark and you’re under stress.  Then do the same for winter clothes.  Food.  Water supplies.  Etcetera.  You’ll identify a list of needs, and it will seem overwhelming.    Seek help.  There are books, forums, blogs, DVDs, and even chat rooms full of information.  Two places I’d recommend that are loaded with resources:  Be cautioned, in both cases, that there are people participating in these resources who are HIGHLY political and who you may disagree on many subjects.  There are also people that most would consider as being on the fringe of sanity.  That doesn’t make them bad people.  It also doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them.  I have many friends in these communities, some of whom I disagree with on almost everything.  I’ve learned from all of them.  Look for people who are actually doing and ask them for advice – but as always on the internet – think critically about what you read.  Their solutions may work for you or they may not.

Jul 15

American Debt Collection: Spiraling Out of Control (Infographic)

As someone that’s been in and out of debt, I know well what it feels like to be hounded and haunted by creditors. And I’m terrified over the increasingly aggressive measures collectors are taking to recover payments. U.S. collection laws are loose, but there are many lines they cannot cross. It’s important for every borrower to know the difference between persistence and harassment. Collector abuse is definitely on the rise. Since the recession, formal complaints against collectors have risen 66% and dozens of private debt collection agencies have lost licenses for their abusive collection methods. This is due in part to the major shove big banks have made since 2008 to recover billions in unpaid credit and penalties. Since then, most of these creditors, from Chase to the Dept. of Education, have contracted collections to private firms. These smaller agencies pay collectors little and reward with commissions on debts recovered. As a result, some collectors, many in debt themselves, have been found lying, stalking and even threatening to make collection quotas. I really hope that our latest infographic on this surprisingly large and mostly-legal industry will prove as a resource to those working hard to stay a payment and step ahead of their creditors.

american debt collection infographic



Apr 21

San Diego Preppers

Hello Preppers,

Next Saturday April 28 San Diego Preppers will be gathering in order to share ideas, tricks and trades. If you are in the area we would love to meet you and prep with you. For more information go to

Mar 23

Prepper meetup groups in California


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Mar 16

Hollywood Preppers


Do you know what a ‘Prepper’ is ?

We are starting a new group community here in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Are you interested in how you’ll survive after a large earthquake, a tsunami or terrorism occurs? How might you communicate after a heavy mass object finally makes it’s appearance and the cell towers are down? Where will you live, how will you provide for yourself and your family and those with medical needs, food, water? Do you need help? All these questions, others like them and other issues will be explored by other like-minded preppers in the surrounding areas. All meetings are open to the public. This first forum is simply to sign in, exchange info and gather ideas for what other people need to discuss in such a crisis.

Here is our email :

You can reply to this post and join the group by following the link below:

Aug 30

Purslane – Another "weed" you can eat

Common in our yard but little known in the kitchen, purslane is both delicious and exceptionally nutritious.

Regarded by many as a weed, common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is also known as duckweed, fatweed, pursley, pussley and wild portulaca.

Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste. Some people liken it to watercress or spinach, and it can substitute for spinach in many recipes. Young, raw leaves and stems are tender and are good in salads and sandwiches. They can also be lightly steamed or stir-fried or simply make a wonderful fresh garden salad with it.

Purslane has high levels of soluble fiber help lower cholesterol, six times more vitamin E than spinach, is best known plant source of essential omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), seven times more beta carotene than carrots, rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorous.

In addition to ALA, other omega-3s include eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids mostly found in aquatic plants and animals, especially oily fish. Nutritionists now think all forms of omega-3s need to be plentiful in our diets plants such as purslane may be part of the missing link to better nutrition. Ethnobiologists — scientists who study the relation between primitive human societies and the plants in their environment — believe that the plants humans ate long ago provided a greater proportion of nutrients than the plants we consume today. They estimate, for instance, that humans 40,000 to 10,000 years ago consumed an average of 390 milligrams per day of vitamin C from wild plants and fruits. In contrast, the average human today consumes just 88 milligrams of vitamin C per day.

One cup of cooked purslane has 25 milligrams (20 percent of the recommended daily intake) of vitamin C

Records show that wise folks in the East Indies and in Persia were chowing down on this glorious weed 2,000 years ago. Folks in China and Mexico, in Europe and Africa were all getting into Purslane munching long before it was ever introduced to the good old U.S of A.

In England a number of varieties were raised just for nutritious eating. Purslane can be confused with another plant that is dangerous to eat, so before you go grabbing a handful to eat, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT PLANT!

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