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After Sandy Winds Down, Recovery Ramps Up.

Tempers Mount as Gas Runs Out
With gas lines lasting over 6 hours,only to find no gas left, many motorists all over NY & NJ, are finding patience wearing thin. Add to it the destruction of homes & businesses,plus the biting winter cold, the situation looks grim for many along the NY & NJ coast. While recovery is surely to take weeks to months across the region, for the time being, it's better to stay home if at all possible.

Power is being restored to more each day, but officials admit it may be weeks before power will reach all affected by the storm. As the recovery unfolds, we can only be reminded of the importance of being prepared, having a plan, and if at all possible, have a bug out location to wait out the storm and the recovery period.

Wrecked Beachhomes litter NJ coast
Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Now what?
By Janet Liebsch
(reposted from previous issue due to missing link)
After disaster strikes, families and businesses are faced with many questions including... what?

This post is not intended to replace local officials' instructions, but contains tips and resources about disaster response, assistance and recovery.

During the response phase of any major disaster, people must keep in mind First Responders will do everything in their power to help those in need, but it may take hours, days or possibly even weeks before the cavalry arrives.  Read more...  

3 Days After... The Lights of Lower Manhattan are only Car Headlights
Three Days After... Headlights are the only lights in lower Manhattan.

APN FB Page & Open Group See Surge
There's nothing like a disaster to create new converts! This past week we've seen a steady stream of likes & joins on our two flagship Facebook entities, our APN Like Page, and our reader contributing APN Open Group.  If you do facebook, come join us, and if you have How-To Prepper advice, CONTRIBUTE!

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New Rules make APN Forum Family Friendly
Recently a couple of rules have been amended to the APN forum terms of use in order to help our goal of keeping the community family friendly.  We have added stricter guidelines in regards to flaming and trolling of the forum.  While there is no such thing as "free speech" on privately owned websites, the APN does strive to keep a fair balance between members ability to post opinions while at the same time keeping things friendly to all of our members and readers.  We hope these new rules will make the forum a friendlier place to be while at the same time allowing reasonable opportunity to debate and express opinions.

International Preppers Vibrant & Growing
Preppers isn't just a U.S. thing... While we have been making our list and checking it twice, the movement has been spreading to the north, the south, and across the seas.  There has been a Canadian Preppers Blog and Forum for quite some time now.  But did you know that the International Preppers Network hosts sub sections for Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Panama, Germany, Mexico, Portugal and links to other national groups?  There is even word that APN founder Tom Martin is working hard to help establish a group in the Philippines.
Denob, IPN admin

Denob at the Reins
The former global moderator for the Canadian Preppers Network, Denob has recently accepted the admin position on the international forum and in just a short time has brought the group to new heights with excellent growth and exceptional moderating skills.

"The IPN offers a place for people from all over the world to get together and share knowledge, ask advice, and support each other in their efforts to be prepared for whatever may happen.  With over 1600 members and growing every day, the IPN brings together preppers from Canada to Australia and everywhere in between.   Members can share ideas with others from across the globe, or even organize groups and meetups from fellow preppers right down the street.  Members can discuss all prepper related topics such as growing and storing your own food, alternative energy, home defense and much, much more.  Someone, somewhere has the answer to that issue that you just can't seem to figure out and the IPN lets you poke the brains of preppers from all over the world, bringing you knowledge and experience that months of research couldn't match.
Whether you're an experienced survivalist or just waking up to the fact that the world around you can be a dangerous and volatile place, the IPN is a one stop shop for preppers to get together and share what they have learned."

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Survival Recipe: Tasty Hardtack
By Leon Pantenburg
One of the more popular posts on has been how to make hardtack, a basic survival food.  I was gearing up for an elk hunt, so I tried this recipe from Mark, who had commented on the post.

"I've been making and enjoying hardtack for years," Mark wrote.  "I like to use native pecans in mine."  Immediately intrigued, I made up a batch, using Mark's recipe as a base.  Using only the ingredients that were on hand, I had to make a few substitutions.

And, as is my wont, I can't resist tweaking a recipe when there is potential to make it more healthy.  (I always amend flour:  For each cup of white flour, add 1 Tbs of soy meal; 1 tsp of wheat germ, and 1 Tbs of dried milk.  This creates a whole protein!)

The result was wonderful!  Unlike the traditional hardtack recipes which can be nutritious, but REALLY bland, this recipe is tasty!  And it's kind of like opening a bag of chips - you can't eat just one!

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SHOCK: 72 Hours After Grid-Down: Starvation, Supply Shortages, Food Lines, No Clean Water, No Gas, Transportation Standstill *Independent Reports, Pics, Video*

Mac Slavo
November 1st, 2012
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A recent study noted that the majority of people have enough food in their pantries to feed their household for about three days and that seemingly stable societies are really just nine meals from anarchy. With most of us dependent on just-in-time transportation systems to always be available, few ever consider  the worst case scenario.
For tens of thousands of east coast residents that worst case scenario is now playing out in real-time. No longer are images of starving people waiting for government handouts restricted to just the third-world.
In the midst of crisis, once civilized societies will very rapidly descend into chaos when essential infrastructure systems collapse.
Though the National Guard was deployed before the storm even hit, there is simply no way for the government to coordinate a response requiring millions of servings of food, water and medical supplies
Many east coast residents who failed to evacuate or prepare reserve supplies ahead of the storm are being forced to fend for themselves.
Frustration and anger have taken hold, as residents have no means of acquiring food or gas and thousands of trucks across the region remain stuck in limbo.
Limited electricity has made it possible for some to share their experiences:
Via Twitter:
  • I was in chaos tonite tryin to get groceries…lines for shuttle buses, only to get to the no food left & closing early (link)
  • I’m not sure what has shocked me more, all the communities around me destroyed, or the 5 hour lines for gas and food. (link)
  • Haven’t slept or ate well in a few days. Hope things start getting better around here soon (link)
  • These days a lot of people are impatient because they’re used to fast things. Fast food, fast internet, fast lines and fast shipping etc. (link)
  • Glad Obama is off to Vegas after his 90 minute visit. Gas lines are miles long.. Running out of food and water. Great Job (link)
  • Went to the Grocery store and lines were crazy but nail salon was empty so I’ve got a new gel manicure and some Korean junk food (link)
  • So f*cking devastated right now. Smell burning houses. People fighting for food. Pitch darkness. I may spend the night in rockaway to help (link)
Things are starting to become horrific for the unprepared, as food lines stretch for miles and Meals-Ready-To-Eat are in short supply:
(above images via Gothamist)

With mass transit out of service and no gas, residents have no choice but to commute by foot. Survival Blog founder James Rawles has referred to the masses of starving people who will roam the streets in a post-collapse world as the Golden Horde – here’s a small taste of what that will look like:

The situation has become so desperate that some have been forced to resort to rummaging through the garbage for food:
“We’ve seen everyone here from the elderly, to families with children…”
A simple 72 hour survival kit and some basic hurricane preparedness would have prevented days of heartache for residents of stricken areas.
The vast majority of those waiting in mile-long long food lines, rummaging through the trash, and criticizing their government officials for a slow and insufficient response have no one to blame but themselves.
This may be harsh – but it’s true.
We wish all those having a difficult time dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy the best going forward. Perhaps it will be a wake-up call for the rest of the nation.
Hurricane Sandy, while disastrous, is not nearly as bad as it could have been.
It has happened before. It will happen again. Prepare or suffer the consequences.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 33,931 people
Date: November 1st, 2012