Sep 20

Herbal Medicine, First Aid to Save Your Life!

Sam Coffman herbal medicineHerbal medicine is a must know in first aid in saving a life. There have been some major natural disasters this year so far, from the California fires to the very recent (and current) flooding in Colorado. I am originally from Colorado and over two decades ago I lived in two of the canyons that flooded and were evacuated this past week. Many of the mountain towns are stranded right now with Colorado Flooding herbal medicineno supplies coming in and no vehicle routes out. People are in self-sustainability mode that live in those towns. The good news is that most folks living in the mountain towns along the front range (at least when I used to live in those areas myself) are usually pretty well prepared. How would you fare if it were you (and maybe it is you) – especially if you or someone close to you became injured, which is a common occurrence in a major disaster? FOLLOW THE LINK TO LISTEN TO THIS SHOW AND READ MORE!

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Jan 18

Cape May gears up for winter preparedness

According to the Cape May County Herald the County Office of Emergency Management and County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton are encouraging all residents to prepare for harsh winter weather.

Director Thornton said, “In light of the Winter Storm Advisory for Cape May County, our residents should take time to prepare their homes, vehicles and discuss with family members the potential effects of winter storms as well as learning about how to manage some of the winter season’s challenging conditions.”

While the county has been prepping for the current weather system and getting their 17 trucks ready to clear roads of snow and ice, it is still a good idea for citizens to be prepared as individuals.  In addition to proper travel notification, motorists should have a plan and pack a winter kit for their vehicles.  A thorough checklist and travel tips can be found here

Director Thornton added, “Being proactive, prepared and informed will help to keep everyone safe even during the worst weather conditions.

A winter weather safety guide can be found on the official New Jersey Office of Emergency Management website at

Aug 15

Reminder for Preppers Conference in Greenville, NY


Only 21 days left to sign up for the NJ Preppers Weekend Conference!

We are looking for a few more people to present Prepping skills.

This is a great opportunity for new members to jump in and participate.

Thank you to those that have already signed up as presenters and/or plan to attend.

Having fun, learning Prepper skills and connecting with like minded people.

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Aug 15

Prepper’s Weekend Conference in Greenfield Park NY

Northern New Jersey Preparedness Group (APN Chapter)

Is Sponsoring

A Prepper’s Weekend Conference

A Weekend of Learning, Fun, and Connecting with Other’s

In a Beautiful Mountain Setting


September 14 – 16. 2012

Friday – (Optional) Arrival after 4 PM for meet and greet

Saturday – Program starts at 11 AM Sharp! ( 9 – 10 AM arrival)

Sunday – Program ends at 2 PM after lunch

Conference will take place rain or shine

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Apr 12

A Plan…In Place?

by CCCooper

While no one can be prepared for every single scenario that MIGHT happen, the prudent man does try to take some cues from his observations during his daily routine, factoids gathered from various news sources, and possibly even extrapolating a possible event from bits and pieces gathered over a period of time.

Today, we discussed the possibility of Martial Law being pre-emptively declared IF (if?) a race war were to burst into flame after being fanned by the media for a few weeks. The rhetoric alone (although not addressed by the US Atty General) from the New Black Panther Party is enough to get the ball rolling in some communities.

Whether or not it spreads like “they” seem to want it to spread, remains to be seen.

It would make sense, while there is ample time, to discuss BUG OUT, BUG IN, OR BUG HOME scenarios or plans with your family members. A little forethought and preparation may save you some grief, heartache, or aggravation in the near future.

FWIW, the details are very important. Back-up plans and alternate routes are a must. Use your head, remain calm, and ride it out if it happens in your area.

If it doesn’t, consider it practice for some future event that WILL happen.

Mar 26

Prepper meetup groups in New Jersey


Map of all American Preppers Network and Partner meetup groups.

Scroll past the map for a listing.

View American Preppers Network Meetups in a larger map

Northern New Jersey

New Jersey Preparedness Group (APN Partner group)

Aug 03

Monthly New Jersey Roll Call

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Jul 22

The Record Heat Waves

With the record heat waves and drought across the nation, the American Preppers Network hopes that you have been prepared.  Disasters of any type can and do happen anywhere, at anytime, and without warning.  We are now witnessing and will continue to witness a prime example of how one disaster can cause a chain reaction leading to other disasters.  Here are some potential disasters to be aware of as a result of the drought and heat waves.

1) Water shortages.  Water is the number 1 most important necessity to survival.  The average human can only survive 3 days without water, and even less in a heat wave.  I hope you’ve stored some.  If the water system shuts down or does not have enough, you could turn on the tap only to have a few drips.  If you run into a situation where there is not enough municipal water supply to your home, start looking for other sources of stored water.

  • Your hot water tank may have 30 – 50 gallons of water stored. 
  • The top supply tank to your toilette is typically clean water that you can use.
  • Your plumbing in your house could have a few gallons.  Open a higher faucet in your house as in a shower, sink, or upstairs source to relieve pressure, then open a lower outside faucet to retrieve water from your plumbing system.

Don’t short change yourself on water!  Make sure you have plenty for personal consumption.  If you stop sweating, that means you are dehydrated!   

Got Water?

2) Heat.  Heat poses many risks, including but not limited to:

  • Heat Stroke.  Watch family members closely, especially the elderly, watch for slurred speech and disorientation.  When in doubt, call for help.  Time lost is brain lost.  Never leave pets or children in a vehicle, and keep them out of the direct sun.  Drink lots of water.
  • Fire.  Fires are much more common in the heat.  Things dry out and become more flammable.  Keep dry brush and trash picked up.  Do not store fuel in or around your house, and keep well ventilated in a cool area out of the sun.  Keep grass cut short, especially if your city is rationing water and not allowing watering of lawns.  Do not store any flammables in the direct sun or in your attic.  
  • Vehicle breakdowns. Avoid driving unless it’s absolutely necessary, or drive at nite. Check your fluid levels and make sure your oil and coolant are topped off.  Bring extra oil and coolant with you in case you need it.  DO NOT top off your fuel tank!  Make sure your tires are property inflated and not over or under inflated.  Bring extra water with you in case you do break down.  Drive with the A/C off when going uphill.  Watch your vehicles tempature when climbing grades.  If your car starts to overheat when going uphill, pull over at a safe location to let it cool.  Check to make sure your thermostat is working before you make your trip.

3) Blackouts.   The nations grids are maxed out.  With everyone using A/C, expect rolling blackouts.  If you are in a blackout, you can wrap sleeping bags around your refrigerator or freezer to help insulate it.  To conserve power, only use what you absolutely need.  Keep lights turned off and keep your A/C set to the warmest temperature that you can safely stand.  Do you have a generator?  Be prepared to use it.  Do you have plenty of non-perishable food stored?  If there is an extended blackout, you may need it.  Stores and gas stations will be shut down in a blackout.  Do you have an emergency battery powered radio and flashlights?

4) Food Prices   Expect food prices to increase.  Especially meat.  Many ranchers are butchering all of there livestock as there is not enough food and water to care for them, this means shortages in the future.  Produce crops are drying up. Prices of corn, wheat and other grains will increase.  Even produce grown in unaffected areas may increase in price as well due to demand.  If the blackouts are too severe, stores, gas stations and truck stops may close down temporarily disrupting the supply chain and preventing food from making it to the stores.

Stay safe during this heat wave and dought.  This is a serious and potentially devastating national disaster.

If you have tips, ideas, news, videos or pictures that you wish to share regarding this heat wave you can submit your article to  If your article is chosen we will post it on your states preppers network blog.  Top articles will get posted on APN.  The top article of the week will win a free flashlantern valued at $49.95 (made in the USA).  Articles must be submitted before 7/29.

Feel free to copy and repost this article in it’s entirety.  Credit source as

Here are some free helpful pdf files to download

Fire and Heat Waves
- ARC – Are You Ready – Fire

- ARC – Are You Ready – Heat Wave

- ARC – Are You Ready – Wildfires

- Fact Sheet: Fires

- Fact Sheet: Fire Safe

- WildFires

- ARC – Food and Water in Emergency

- Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water 

- How To Make A Solar Still (Plastic Cover)

- Purification Of Water On A Small Scale 

- Simple Solar Still For The Production Of Distilled Water

- Slow Sand Filters

- Water Purification

- Water Treatment

Fire Safety 

- Fighting Fire 

- Fire Safety

Get More Free Downloads here:

Mar 17

A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers

A Quick Start Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Apartment Dwellers
From: Bernie Carr

If you live in an apartment and want to prepare for a disaster, you may initially feel overwhelmed by everything that needs to be done, and the feeling worsens when you realize a disaster can happen at any time and you don’t have any supplies at all.

Don’t let all this worry get you down; the most important thing to do is to get started. Whether you live in a small apartment, or a small home, there is always a way to prepare regardless of your lack of space. Just focus on a few things at a time.

Here are a few steps to get you started:

  1. Focus on the basics. You need water and food to survive, so focus on those first. Each time you go to the grocery, pick up extra gallons of water, and extra cans of food that your family likes. You need one gallon of water per person per day. Pick up foods that do not need heat to be edible: canned pasta, tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal or granola bars etc. If you have babies, make sure you pick up extra formula. Keep going until you have at least two weeks worth of water and food.
  2. Buy enough toilet paper and other sanitation items (diapers, trash bags, sanitary napkins etc) to last for two weeks. Toilet paper is a necessity, so don’t put this off. Pick up disposable plates, cups and utensils, so you don’t have to use dishes in an emergency.
  3. Assemble a First Aid kit or buy a prepackaged First Aid kit. There are several available-I picked up a fairly large one at Sam’s for under $20. Add medications or prescriptions your family normally uses.
  4. Stash emergency cash in case ATMs or debit cards don’t work. The amount is whatever you think the family would need for a few days. Start with just $20, and keep adding to it.
  5. Pick up battery-powered flashlights, radios and extra batteries, and store them within easy reach in case power goes out.
  6. If you have a space issue, get creative with your storage. You don’t have to store all food and water in the pantry. Store your stash in a closet, under the bed, or behind the couch. Just keep track of where you store things, so nothing gets forgotten.
  7. Make copies of your important documents: licenses, ownership statements, 401k statements etc and keep them in a binder.

This is not a complete list by any means, just a few steps to take as a fast track way to get started. Once you have a few supplies set aside, you will feel encouraged by the feeling of security you get, knowing that you are taking steps to prepare yourself and your family. If you are interested in additional preparedness tips for apartment dwellers, please check out my blog at

Helpful links: 
Year Supply of Basics
Apartment Prepper Store

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Mar 07

New Jersey Preppers Roll Call – All Preppers Please Check In

The American Preppers Network is conducting a network-wide roll call.  Whether you are a member or not please check in and let us know what you are doing to prepare.

This is a good opportunity to network with other preppers near you.

New Jersey Preppers, to respond to the roll call please follow this link:

  • Reply to the Roll Call and let us know what you have been doing to prepare.

If you are not yet a member of the forum you can register here for free:

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