Sep 23

51st State Initiative

Texas SucedeSecession. the word invokes a lot of emotions, both good and bad. The nation tore itself apart in the 1860’s over the word; however, the Constitution allows for states to have counties or regions secede. Really, it does! With the growth of political extremism in some states and regions, people caught in the minority on the opposing side of the extremism have little lawful means of redress for political or civil liberty wrongs perpetrated against them. Increasingly, people have sought to secede from individual states to form new states within the Union. Join us for our round table interview with representatives from the secession movements in Colorado and Maryland. These people are making national news and this is YOUR opportunity to speak to them live!

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Chris Watson

Feb 17

Three Topics: Gas Prices, Gun Control and Police Protection

Preppers don’t hide in a closet while quietly putting stuff in the back room.  Instead they are paying attention to what is going on around them. They have to keep up with current events if they truly want to be prepared for an event.  Here are three topics for consideration.

The gas company has been allowed to charge a $2.00 surcharge to update the aging infrastructure.  The company has been in business for 100 years.  You would think that some time during those 100 years the management would have thought about the pipes aging and begin to set aside money from their profits to take care of that.  Nope.  They are Keynesians, too.  They don’t believe in preparing for the inevitable and instead chose to keep the profits for themselves.  Over a 100 year period of time, the surely could have come up with a savings plan that would have allowed them to painlessly make the repairs.  Shame on government for allowing them to add the surcharge.

Next, people have turned out in record number to state their opinions about the proposed gun control laws.  More people opposed to the legislation signed up than those who encouraged it.  Will the law makers remember that when they get down to business?

Lastly, and most sadly, a woman was murdered after years of harassment and threats from a former boyfriend.  Even after spending years in prison he still wanted to harm her and others.  Could it have gone differently if she had a firearm when he appeared inside her door?  We’ll never know.  But what we do know is that if you are a victim of domestic violence and threats, no matter how hard the police try, they can’t protect you unless you are willing to go into hiding for an undetermined period of time.  At some point, you have to choose to protect yourself and your family.  If you are a woman, you need something more than a 911 operator.


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“Measure That Could Raise Utility Bills Advances in Senate.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013. .

“Thousands Go to Annapolis for Gun-control Rally and Hearing.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.

“Balto. Co. Woman Murdered despite Police Safety Watch.” N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Feb. 2013.



Feb 04

Use Resources You Might Not Thought Possible

Did you know your state, county and city governments all have programs to help you prepare for a disaster?  While the programs might not be labeled disaster preparedness, they are all helpful and you should at least check them out.

Some communities offer locations for gardening.  They even provide the water!  All you have to do is show up and plant seeds, tend the garden and harvest.

County extension offices offer all sorts of assistance from livestock to gardening and home canning, and some even have equipment they may be willing to loan to you such as grain mills to make flour out of your own grain.

Of course almost all cities have an emergency plan.  You should be away of where the command center is, what their planned procedures are and how to be in contact with them should a problem result.

In Maryland, there is a state website that discusses water drainage and water resource management.  Someone who has land could use that information to apply to their own property for the collection and storage of water to be used at a later date.

Making your local government your friend doesn’t mean you have to tell everything you do.  But, it might be nice to have a friend in city hall if TSHTF.


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“Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) – Reisterstown, MD – Government Organization | Facebook.” Facebook. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.

“Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.” Anne Arundel County Department of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.

“Grow It Eat It.” - Grow It, Eat It! N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.

“Public Drainage/Watershed Associations (PDAs & PWAs).” Public Drainage/Watershed Associations. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.

Jan 24

Uses For Dryer Lint

Just about everyone has dryer lint. I suppose most people just toss it out in the trash. But I don’t. I’ve been saving dryer lint for what seems like ages. I happen to know that there are lots of other folks out there that do the same thing. How do I know this? Because not only have I had LOTS of people actually admit that they save lint, I have seen it with my own eyes.

Walk into most laundry rooms and you will probably see a pile of lint somewhere. On top of the dryer, in a separate trash bag, in an old coffee can and some even have a “special container” just for lint saving. I’m one of those. I have an old trick or treat bucket stuffed to the rim with dryer lint. Somewhere I even have ANOTHER container to dump the bucket into when it gets full.

I was thinking about it one day (yeah I do tend to think of off the wall stuff sometimes) and asked myself just what in the world I was going to do with all that fluffy, multi-colored recyclable material. I don’t know why I even started saving it to start with. I just kept thinking ” There must be something I can do with this stuff”. I also decided to ask around and see what others had to say about the stuff. The number one answer, hands down, was to use it for firestarter.

I started searching around and came up with a few other things that dryer lint can be used for. I’m kind of glad I did too. Somehow it makes me feel better to know that I’m not alone in my “harvesting” of lint!

Here is where I have to put in a serious warning. Dryer Lint is EXTREMELY flammable. Which is, I suppose, one reason that the #1 use for it is for starting fires!

You have to be careful when you burn dryer lint as well. Remember that how it burns depends on what the lint was made out of. Things that are man-made will melt and/or smoke. It might smell like burnt plastic or even put out fumes. Cotton, wool and linen dryer lint will work just fine. If you aren’t sure about what’s in it you might want to take it outside in an open area and burn some. If it morphs into something ( like little beads etc) don’t put it in your fireplace or bbq pit.

Some of the things people use it for call for caution and a bit of common sense. If you decide to use any of these ideas please use your head and remember just how flammable this stuff is ok?

Alrighty then…. We have the warnings out of the way. Now on to some of the interesting things you can use all that harvested dryer lint for……

Here are a couple of ways to use that fluffy stuff as a firestarter. I like a couple of these ideas because not only does it call for using your dryer lint but also some of the other things just laying around the house “just in case”.

Try using it instead of lighter fluid the next time you fire up your BBQ pit. Lay little pieces around your briquettes to start your coals.

Lint also makes a good woodstove or fireplace tender. Just ball up some of the soft lint and place it in your starter kindling. They should ignite quickly and get your fire started easily.

Take an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll and stuff it with old newspaper and dryer lint. Close up the ends and you have a great firestarter. Use it in your fireplace or put a couple in your stash for your next camping or hiking trip.

This idea seems to be one of the most popular in the searches I’ve done. Take a cardboard egg carton and stuff lint into it. Then, using old candles, paraffin, or even used crayons, Pour melted wax over each cup on top of the lint. Use one or two of your “lint eggs” to start your fire.

Make firestarter “kisses”. Take a small piece of wax paper and wrap lint and little wax bits in it. Then twist the wax paper ends like a candy wrapper. Put them in your stack of wood and light the end of the waxed paper. This would be a good way to use up some of those little bits of crayon pieces that the kids have laying around too.

Something else I ran across while reading about lint is to use it when making small dolls and teddybears as well as the batting for quilts. Stuff your home-made cushions with it. I saw where someone used it in their old farmhouse for insulation against drafts. Personally I’m not sure I would want to do this though because of the possibility of it catching on fire. I only mention it because it actually would work.

You could leave some out in the yard somewhere for birds to make their nests from as well as using it in your worm beds. Again, I would do a bit more research before trying one of these ideas.

How about using it to make a draft stopper? It would work well on a tile floor, especially if you have a metal door or one of those metal kickstopper on the bottom of your door. You could use a tube sock and stuff it with dryer lint and then sew the end closed to keep the drafts from blowing in under the door.

You know that nesting box material you pay an arm and a leg for at PetSmart for your hamsters and guinea pigs? Try using dryer lint instead. Warm, clean, cuddly and cheap!

How about using it for packing material? It can’t be any worse than using those dang peanuts that get everywhere when you open up a package.

Use your artistic abilities and make a masterpiece from old dryer lint. Use it for kid’s craft projects. You can shape the lint into almost anything or even use it to replace cotton for things like snowmen or clouds. Just glue the “shapes” onto construction paper. How about using it for things like hair or even fur for your craft projects! You can make some dryer lint clay from it or even make paper out of it. There are several places to get recipes for either of these projects on the internet.

You could make candle wicks from it, as well as rope. Just roll it the same way that the Indians used to make rope from plant fibers. It would take a bit of time but it would work!

You could use it to help with growing your plants. You don’t want to put the lint on the soil next to the plant. It could mold. But you could use it in the bottom of your pots. It will keep the soil IN the pot and let the water OUT. If you are going to do this though you might want to be careful with what kind of lint you use. Some fabrics and some laundry detergents have chemicals that you might not want on your plants. But if you use the dryer lint from natural fabrics like cotton and linen and eco- friendly detergents it should work just fine!

Here’s another use. Use dryer lint to soak up used motor oil. Before you change the oil in your car, put down a “sheet” of lint under the car and on the sides of the front of the car. If you spill oil, cover it with another layer of lint and firmly step on it so it soaks it up well. Be sure to discard the lint carefully.

So there you have it! Some actual uses for that stuff that seems to magically “grow” without much help.

Arthur: SciFiChick

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Jun 13


by RedHorse_Ronin

What is your motivation for prepping? Are you prepping for natural disasters primarily? Economic collapse? UFO invasions? Zombies? All the above? We called ourselve preppers yet how many of us are prepping out of fear and not pruence or optimism? This irrational fear of the government that is rampant amongst the community is not conducive to anything but making you a better and more compliant sheep. Your fears give the government more powerful than it can ever tangibly wield. Even IF if things got to the point where the government could do all that maky fear it can do, what could you do to affect it? Might as well give up if you have that kind of mindset, IMO. Just melt back into the flock and graze at the public’s expense with bovine indifference.

OR, you can take stock of your motivations and allow reality to intrude. Prep for the likely. The incidents of martial law are VERY remote compared to, say hurricanes and earthquakes, or even recessions and lay-offs. I am not saying to trust the government. I surely don’t. HOWEVER, the government is so inept that their alleged grand designs cannot work without a compliant flock. Be the black sheep, or better yet, be the sheep dog and then YOU can help to protect the flock from themselves in times of emergency. That IS what community and APN is supposed to be about.

The same government that you say was not good at assisting during Katrina, or that will not control the borders, or balance the budget is the SAME government that many say is omniscient and omnipotent. I don’t know about YOUR belief system but NO human construct can ever be either….

Apr 01

Do we have any “Preppers” in Baltimore?

Here in Baltimore, our biggest issues in the last few years has been hurricanes (winds bringing down old trees, flooding and lots of snow, which also causes flooding). No electricity is the end product of each of these emergencies.

All of these scenarios “assume” you will be in your home. That is the easiest way to get people to really consider what they will need should an emergency strike.

So let’s start with the basics.


The FEMA Preparation Checklist is a good, basic place to start. This will give you most of what you will need for about a week depending on your food and water supplies. For more detailed information, please refer to FEMA Readiness PDF. This 204 page journal is broken down into individual sections and can be download for what will fit your family’s needs. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Are you prepared to live without water?

By: Michelle SmithWater

Water is taken for granted in a society where you only need to turn on the tap to have access to this precious element.

While this is considered civilized, there are still places around the world where getting, having and keeping clean water is a chore and a privilege. Think not that this is a guilt trip- simply a fact for many around the world.

In Bermuda, 40 years ago, water was pumped into the house using – you guessed it, manual labor. Bermuda is considered highly civilized, but each home is required to collect a minimum amount of water, and have a place to store it. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Do Not Think That The Military Defaults To Prepper Mentality

by RedHorse_Ronin

I do not want to judge my brothers and sister in uniformed service but I discern a tendency in some to think that the average military member is predisposed to be sympathetic to our movement. This is similar to the assumption that the military is an overwhelming voting bloc for GOP candidates.

In the service, we have cliques and communities. We are truly a sub-culture. I even did a college sociological paper on the military as a separate culture years ago. There are divides such as between combat arms and support in the Army or operations (attached to the aircraft) and mission support in the USAF. There are divides between regular forces, reserves, and National Guard. There are divided between officers and enlisted. There are enlisted divides between junior enlisted, junior NCO’s, staff level NCO’s and Senior NCO’s. These are all important dynamics and many a fight has broken out for Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Welcome Freestate Preppers!

As the newest moderator for Maryland’s APN board ,I want to welcome you to the new and improved Maryland site.  Maryland, long known for its blue state politics is not often associated with the prepping and homesteading community but many don’t look past our politics of the day and at our history.

Maryland earned the moniker, the Free State when many Marylanders gained national attention with their opposition to the Volstead Act which eventually brought about the 18th Amendment and Prohibition.  This was a big fight for states’ rights and for curbing federal encroachment.

Maryland is also known as the Old Line State, as commemorated on the quarter, for our Continental troops’ bravery under Genera,l and future first President under our Constitution, George Washington.  He was known to admire the bravery and staunch discipline of the Maryland Line as the troops were then called.  Maryland was also home to the first post Civil War combined arms division that shared units with a former Confederate state, Virginia.  The Blue and Gray Division would later gain prominence as the lead division of mostly National Guardsmen on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day.  The distinctive blue and grey ying-yang unit patch represents the healing of the nation after the Civil War.

Next to Ellis Island, the Port of Baltimore took in more European immigrants than any other point of entry east of the Mississippi River.

During the Civil War, riots in Baltimore and Hagerstown, in defiance of martial law and President Lincoln’s threat of violence against the city of Baltimore from the guns of Federal Hill, broke out to protest the draft of citizens for an increasingly unpopular federal war effort that many Marylanders felt was a threat to state sovereignty.

Maryland was originally chartered and founded to, among other things, serve as a bastion of religious tolerance from the Puritanical Movement and totalitarian hold of the Church of England.

Marylanders, with a history like that, we can again become what those that came before us strived to create- a state for free men and respect for liberty, freed from the oppressive shackles of overreaching government. A state where men and women are free to exercise responsibility and self-reliance.  Welcome to American Preppers Network’s Maryland page.  Let reason, respect, and education prevail, and may we prepare to face whatever the future may hold with dignity, grace, and perseverance.

Lyrics to the state song, Maryland, My Maryland


The despot’s heel is on thy shore,
His torch is at thy temple door,
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Hark to an exiled son’s appeal,
My mother State! to thee I kneel,
For life and death, for woe and weal,
Thy peerless chivalry reveal,
And gird thy beauteous limbs with steel,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Thou wilt not cower in the dust,
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Remember Carroll‘s sacred trust,
Remember Howard‘s warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Come! ’tis the red dawn of the day,
Come with thy panoplied array,
With Ringgold‘s spirit for the fray,
With Watson‘s blood at Monterey,
With fearless Lowe and dashing May,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And chaunt thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Dear Mother! burst the tyrant’s chain,
Virginia should not call in vain,
She meets her sisters on the plain-
Sic semper!” ’tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Arise in majesty again,
Maryland! My Maryland!


I see the blush upon thy cheek,
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek-
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!


Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Better the fire upon thee roll,
Better the blade, the shot, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!


I hear the distant thunder-hum,
The Old Line‘s bugle, fife, and drum,
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! she spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! she burns! she’ll come! she’ll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

Feb 01

They’re Doing It as We Are talking About It

By C.Watson aka Redhorse_Ronin

A couple days ago, I was running some errands with my aging father and we stopped at local convenience store for soft drinks. It was a typical Baltimore winter day-chilly, biting blustery breeze, with bone seeping damp air. It being the eastside of the county less than 15 miles of the downtown gentrified sections of Baltimore City with impoverished crime-ridden neighborhoods characterized by hopelessness, open air drug dealing, and vacant homes and business in between, we were not surprised to see a shabbily dressed man with a 40oz can in a bag loitering. My father remarked on him being there and I mused about whether he might belong to the tent city that intermittently springs up behind this convenience store near the railroad in a copse of wooded area.

I had watched this camp for months and at certain times was actually impressed at some of the innovations the residents went to lengths to accomplish to make the area more comfortable. I have watched this particular camp for a reason, because it is within a mile of my home and I have a child attending school at the halfway point between us. Even so, I had intended to bring some clothes and drop them off around Christmas but with an unseasonably cold snap, the camp had dissipated by the time I got there.

I can think of at least a half dozen such camps within 5 miles of my house. Baltimore is the ugly little secret that Governor Martin O’Malley chooses not to acknowledge as he positions himself for a national office, but I digress. This is indicative of how depressed, not recessed, the local economy is, despite the incongruous fact that Maryland is one of the richest per capita states in the Union. Couple this with the disproportionately high rate of government employment and the similarly high percentage of liberal democrats that monopolize this state and you have to wonder at the hypocrisy of the class warriors of the OWS and the rest of the left. Mea culpa, I digress yet again.

But I began thinking about how these disenfranchised people survive. Yes there are at least two large non-profit shelters and training programs in the same radius and yes, many of them have government entitlements and maybe even jobs, but that does not take away from the fact that they are living in modern day Hoover-villes with tents, shanties, and anything else they can scrounge. Maryland is far enough north to have some brutal winter weather that is as unpredictable as any weather can be in the Mid-Atlantic.

I wonder what lessons we could learn from these souls who are braving the elements and living outside more often than they are under a roof. Obviously these people are transient and move about on public transportation but they move about on foot, as well. These are the people that will have an advantage in a collapse. They know where the best dumpster diving is. They know the best routes to get around expeditiously and surreptitiously. They know how to engineer scrounged materials into life saving and life improving devices. In short, we can learn a lot from the actual actions of the homeless.

I am seriously considering trying to befriend some of these people and to see if I can learn some valuable lessons on urban and blue-collar suburban survival. I am curious as to what motivates them but I am more curious as to how they live.

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