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Unfortunately we didn’t make the minimum attendance as requested by Jim for this meeting  so we had to cancel.


On Saturday we will be having a meetup with a seasoned Prepper from South Jersey.  Jim is a retired science engineer who has been a Prepper for over 50 years.  He has interesting connections, and will be sharing his experience and insight.  One of his side careers is teaching families how to prep for disasters.  Hopefully we will make the minimum attendance for this meeting (25 people).  After my phone conversations with him this should be a very interesting meeting.  He also has a few interesting Prepper experiences to share.



Its important for all Preppers to know first aid and CPR.

Your local chapter of the Red Cross should offer these courses plus they also offer preparedness classes.

There is also an online CPR and First Aid class you can take which is good to become familiar with the information until you can take a hands on class. is one such online class that I’ve checked out. They offer free classes but if you want to get a certificate you have to pay for it, so as long as you just take the class it should be free, just stay away from the certificate part or it will cost money. The best way to learn CPR or first aid is to take a hands on class.

Our group Northern New Jersey Preparedness Group is currently looking into First Aid classes and are hoping to offer them to our group soon.


Update:  July 2012: Judge Lawrence Katz ruled that Victor Alfieri is not guilty of violating a town law by keeping three hens on his property.  Here is the article by Dan Hubbard, my favorite reporter:  


Here’s the background on Victor’s story:


Victor Alfieri who is running a valiant campaign to get the town of Wayne, NJ to change their chicken law.  I live in Wayne and I am for this change.  Currently you have to own 2 acres to raise chickens, who can afford 2 acres in Wayne?  And where can you find 2 acres in Wayne to buy?  When I was growing up Wayne had plenty of farms, now we have ONE.  When the developers starting paying off the politicians the farms disappeared as did the majority of trees.

Victor has worked hard on his fight, I’m sure the council people thought he would go away, but he didn’t.  And now the movement is growing.  At the final vote for the change, after a year and a half of discussions the council people decided they needed to discuss it some more.  If I hadn’t been there I never would have believed their behavior.  Accusations were flying and they were acting worse than 3rd graders, I was embarrassed for our town.  These are the people that represent us?  Even one member of the council that had helped to make the revisions voted it down!  How incredible is that?  Well that debacle will just make the movement stronger.

Here is the Podcast location for Victor, he brings up a lot of good information:   (Episode 883) Podcast Interview with Victor Alfieri on the Urban Homesteading Movement
With Jack from The Survival Podcast

Here is Victor’s website:

And here is Wayne’s proposed town ordinance that needs to go through:

The Planning Board will be recommending a change to the Township Council to permit chickens with the following standards:

For properties 10,000 square feet or greater but less than 2 acres. The keeping of no more than 4 chicken hens, provided that the following criteria are met:

(a) there shall be 2 square feet of coop area per chicken hen;
(b) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the rear property line;
(c) coops shall be no closer than 10 feet to the side property line;
(d) coops shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; coops are not permitted in a front yard;
(e) there shall be provided a minimum 35 square feet of run area; Max 85 Sq. Ft.
(f) runs shall be located in a rear yard or a side yard; runs are not permitted in a front yard;
(g) roosters shall not be permitted;
(h) there shall be no breeding;
(i)  there shall be no slaughtering
(j) no selling of the eggs
(k) $25.00 yearly fee

An acre is 43,560 square feet.
10,000 square feet a little less
than a 1/4 acre.


Jason Charles giving a Preppers Bug out Bag presentation

Jason Charles giving a Preppers Bug out Bag presentation


We had our Preppers meeting (Northern NJ Preparationg group) yesterday.  Jason Charles gave an excellent Bug-Out-Bag discussion.  He brought in plenty of different types of bug out bags to show us, including the huge one he carried in on his back (the tan one in the right foreground of the above picture) and I believe he said it weighed in at 80 pounds!  I was impressed by that one as it was a big pack and had everything you could possibly think of needing, raft included.  He passed out a 10 page handout that included a listing of the essentials of a Bug Out Bag.  I was very impressed on how well Jason is prepared for different situations.   He pointed out that each member of the family should have their own Bug Out Bag including your children.

Jason also showed alternate ways to make a Bug Out Bag and gave out advice on how to make it easier to carry them on your back.  He feels that a 5 or 7 day Bug Out Bag is a much better way to be prepared rather than the tradition 72-hour Bug-Out-Bag that most push for.  Like he pointed out, Hurricane Katrina was a good example of how 72 hours wouldn’t have been enough and showed us all how important it is to be prepared.

Its also important to keep those Bug Out Bags close at hand, like next to the front door and don’t forget to have one in the car and don’t forget a good first aid kit.  And he pointed out the importance of keeping your own bag, don’t share with someone else… what would you do if you became separated?

It was a good meeting yesterday, lots of useful information, and Jason was fielded a lot of questions form the meetup group.  I am going to try to put up a copy of the video that I filmed of Jason’s presentation yesterday.  As soon as I end this post, I’m going to see what’s missing from our Bug Out Bags.


Prepper Bug Out Bag presentation by Jason Charles

Prepper Bug Out Bag presentation by Jason Charles




Have you started getting your garden ready for this year?

My husband has been getting the different garden sites ready around in the yard and also decided to expand one.  Last weekend I got the seeds started in the peat packs and some of the plants started popping up after only 2 days. Now I am hoping for the warm weather to finally stay so I can get them outside before the cat, dogs or myself knock any more of them over.  This year I’m including asparagus although from what I hear it takes about 3 years before you get a crop.  I am also going to cheat and get a few tomato plants from the local nearby farm, although I am starting some from seeds.

I’ve already planted some sunflower seeds outside… my biggest challenge every year because the squirrels or the groundhog seem to get to them before they are completely grown.  So this year I’m planting a lot more hoping we can all share.

I’ve added a lot of seeds to my seed vault this year and made sure I marked each envelope (I’m famous for not marking the seeds).

Its such a great feeling watching something grow from a seed that you planted.  Its an even nicer feeling when you get to put that food on your table.

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