Saturday, April 28, 2012

Another Week for Our Maximum Mountain House Sale; MH prices will be going up soon

We Just Marked Our 10-Year Anniversary as Safecastle LLC

In April 2002, Safecastle emerged from the warm, secure womb of my imagination to take on the world. Today, here we are, still learning and growing. Thank you to each of you for your business, friendship, and assistance in our efforts to make a positive difference in the state of personal preparedness.
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Warning

In that 10 years time, many of you who have been around long enough have benefitted from a few "ahead-of-the-curve" calls I've put forward in terms of pricing and supply warnings, etc. Today, I am giving you another heads-up. This is not at all official. No one from Mountain House has said anything to me, and I have not asked--though I will next week when they are back in the office, to see if I can get confirmation.
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But I am almost sure that we will be seeing significant price hikes for MH canned foods in the near term. This expectation is based on several indicators and my past 10 years of experience in this marketplace. Moreover, once that happens, we will see other storage food manufacturers follow the leader. When will this happen? July 1 is my guess--that is typically when MH price changes have taken effect in the past.

So, you can take that warning however you want. If you've been with us for a while, you know I have never been wrong about these kinds of things before. If I am right, then that makes our current storage-food sale series doubly important (it will be about 5 months before our next MH cans sale) ...
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Buy Low
Phase 4 of our ongoing Emergency Food Sweep series of storage food sales is midway thru its two-week duration. The maximum-allowed discount of 25% off Mountain House cans only has one week left.
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Several other major brands and varieties of storage food are also now on sale. And of course the ground-breaking Spring Rebate Offensive cumulative rebates for all foods purchased between April 1 and June 30 is in effect for buyers club members.
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This is the Big One
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Let's again count the ways your savings add up for this awesome MH-buying opportunity ...
  1. We are discounting all Mountain House cans in our store 25% for members and non-members alike--the maximum allowed discount 
  2. It ships free to the lower 48.
  3. Buyers club members additionally receive Royalty Rewards gift certificates for qualifying MH can-case purchases--$40 worth for every three cases in a single transaction (good toward the subsequent purchase of anything in our store, other than MH cans).
  4. The Spring Rebate Offensive is worth a 3-7% gift certificate rebate on all storage food purchased from April 1-June 30.
  5. Prices will very likely be going up soon (see email intro above).

Friday, April 27, 2012

Perspective on Cost of Emergency Storage Food - Let's Be Real

Some folks think they should be able to buy a year's worth of storage food for a few hundred dollars at the most. I think they believe that in a crisis, when all hell has broken loose, and they've lost any semblance of normalcy in their lives, and perhaps even a loved one or two, they will be satisfied with eating starvation rations of rice, beans, and sawdust.

What I say to that approach is, just save the few hundred dollars and instead plan on getting your rations at the local FEMA camp or soup kitchen when they get around to setting up shop and herding you into your pen.

I mean, really. Think about it ... in the darkest days of your life, when a major crisis has come calling and you are as down in the dumps as you will ever be, wouldn't it be nice to have some good, normal food? Would it not be a little uplifting to be able to look forward to your daily meals, knowing that at least mealtime will be something worthwhile in your day? That the food you have on hand is quality food that you know how to prepare and that you will enjoy ... and that you know will provide enough calories in the meal to satisfy you?

Two things to consider when you are shopping for your storage food ...

1.  You may be willing to cut back on how many calories you will eat after or during a crisis. But don't plan to reduce your daily caloric intake below 2000 calories a day. Americans are accustomed to closer to 3000 calories a day. A minimum level of 2000 calories a day will be enough to sustain the average adult (though you will probably be hungry for a while till you grow used to that).

Many storage food sellers misrepresent their time-period packages, saying, for instance, their one-year packages will supply 900 or 1100 calories a day. If they have any honesty in their bones, there will be some fine print somewhere that admits you will need to supplement your diet with other food. And as far as number of servings go--serving counts are irrelevant. Research what the legal definition of a serving actually is, and you'll see my point. Three servings of food a day will leave you literally starving, though most folks think that means three full meals.

Finally--also know that chicken-flavored or beef-flavored dishes are going to be devoid of real meat. TVP is soy-based material, textured to imitate the feel of meat in your mouth. If you are a vegetarian, that might be OK with you. But many folks are not aware of that when they purchase bargain-basement food packages.

2.  That said, cost is next to consider. This is where perspective is needed. How much do you spend on food every week or every month? Do you know?

Well, the USDA knows. Here is a link to the latest Official USDA Food Plan: Cost of Food at Home at Four Levels, US Average, Jan. 2012. Now consider--this is about how much you spend at home for food, given your household size and your general budget, as well as ages of individuals in the family.

I'm going to pull out a couple of numbers from the table here for the purpose of simplicity and enlightenment. Consider that one male, between the ages of 19 and 50 years old, with a moderate food budget, spends better than $292 a month for food at home. With a "liberal" budget, that man spends about $360 a month. Now how much more does that man spend eating out through the month? I won't venture a guess, but you can keep that in mind when you consider how much you spend on the food you are eating today.

Knowing that most folks spend funds on eating out as well as eating in, I'm going to simply use that $360 a month food budget number. That means, if that man was to plan to put away good year-supply of food that he is used to eating, that he enjoys eating and that he knows how to prepare--he should logically expect to pay at least $4320 for that food--for one male adult. The fact that food is specially produced, prepared, and canned to last a long time--for decades in fact--may or may not enter his understanding of the value of that food, but he should take that into account as well.

The cost and the real value of food continues to escalate. Today's purchase of GOOD quality storage food is an investment that many very smart people are making today. They know that when they make good choices in this area, their investment cannot help but grow in value. Think about it.

Cheap, tasteless food you buy today is not going to be any better years from now when you need to count on it to keep you going.


Vic Rantala owns Safecastle Crisis Preparedness Buyers Club. Shop online at www.safecastle.com and get club member discounts and free shipping all the time on the world's best storage food brands, such as Mountain House freeze dried food.


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Free Lifetime Membership at Safecastle (or gift certificate if already a member)-Act VERY fast!

Our members get 20% discounts or more on most everything we sell, free shipping to the lower 48, and several buyers incentives and rewards.

This current membership offer is for a VERY limited time so don't put it off ...

If you want a free membership (or if you already a member and would like an equivalent gift certificate), please do the following ...

1. Our favored option - Go to our store at www.safecastle.com Find a cool listing that you love and like or share it to your Facebook timeline. Include a short, heartfelt explanation as to why it is cool or important. Then go to our Facebook page and click on the message button and point out that you have added it to your timeline so we can have a look. (If only your friends can see your timeline, send me a friend request ... Victor Rantala). You'll also want to message me so I can send you your gift certificate code.

2. If you don't use Facebook, post a link to a favorite listing here in this linked SurvivalistBoards thread: http://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...38#post4078438 To get the full gift certificate, you will include an image and good, brief reason for why you like the product you are sharing.

3. Caveat: Good product referrals as described above will receive the full gift certificate worth a membership (or current members will receive a $49 gift certificate). That means, it will include an image or one of our vids, and a genuine reason why the product is cool. Something judged less than that will get a $25-value gift certificate or less (toward a membership for non-members). One gift certificate per person. We don't want to make this difficult--or hard to achieve ... on the contrary--we are simply trying to discourage trolls who might have less than honorable intentions.

See our membership terms here.

Please be patient as right now we are swamped with business and emails, etc. I will get back to you with your coupon or gift certificate code as soon as I can.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bug-Out-or-Dig-In.com: Cool Interactive Infographic Resource


Preparedness 101
What's Your "Plan A" - Bug-out or Dig in? 

Is "Plan A" to "get out of Dodge" in the event of a pending or sudden crisis? Or is "Plan A" to "bunker down" at home?

An intelligent approach to crisis preparedness planning requires consideration of specific crisis scenarios as well as individual constraints and limitations. Thinking about it before the pressure is on helps you arrive at the right decision when the time comes.   

Pre-crisis--honestly assess your general options, constraints, overall risks, and best odds for surviving and thriving.   

Options for most people are usually an either/or proposition:
  • Stick it out at home where your supplies, tools, and community support network are established.
  • Bug-out to a hoped-for relative place of safety.   
Best odds are arrived at by looking at the strength and position of your home and community vs. the circumstances of the crisis. For most people, "Plan A" in many events would be to "dig-in" and fortify at home. However, there ARE events when bugging out is the smart move.   

Bug Out Or Dig In?
Want Help Calculating Your Best Option?

Here is a very cool interactive graphic to plot some of your strengths, weaknesses, and potential crisis scenarios:  bug-out-or-dig-in.com

Share this tool with your friends and use it as a starting point for discussion.

What a great way to break the ice about preparedness with those who are still "on the fence" about preparedness!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

This is the Big One: Prepare & Fortify

Best-Ever Mountain House Buying Opportunity for Buyers Club Members -

Sunday, April 22 ... Phase 4 of our ongoing Emergency Food Sweep series of storage food sales kicks in.

All the previously announced sale discounts in the Sweep continue. And of course, the ground-breaking Spring Rebate Offensive cumulative rebates for all foods purchased between April 1 and June 30 ... that's in effect and club members are racking up their rebate earnings as we go.

But This is the Big One

The ever-popular Mountain House cans sale is Phase 4. Important to note--this Mountain House sale lasts only two weeks. As you know, hands-down, Mountain House is the world's premier storage food.

Let's count the ways your savings add up for this awesome MH-buying opportunity ...

1.  We are discounting all Mountain House cans in our store 25% for members and non-members alike--the maximum allowed discount. Of course it ships free to the lower 48.

2.  Buyers club members additionally receive Royalty Rewards gift certificates for qualifying MH can-case purchases--$40 worth for every three cases in a single transaction (good toward the purchase of anything in our store, other than MH cans).

3.  The Spring Rebate Offensive is worth a 3-7% gift certificate rebate on all storage food purchased from April 1-June 30.

Shop the sale here ... needless to say, all our storage foods are shipped fresh from the manufacturer and store for years and years ... in the case of MH cans, they store 30 years or more! That's peace of mind.

I do love this Mountain House video:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Mighty Weather Channel Smote Our Shelter, But We Feared Not

The Weather Channel tries everything to destroy one of our shelters--good luck with that! ... They are engineered to withstand 330mph winds and more ...

This is absolutely the kind of testing you want done on your shelter if you are going to be placing your life on the line in one versus a killer storm threat. The video itself showed on The Weather Channel and is proprietary. They don't allow embedding of their program video, so please go to these two links on YouTube to view the ridiculous abuse they put the shelter thru (without any more damage than some scorch marks) ...

Explosion, car hurled into the structure, and appliances dropped onto the saferoom:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Allk757jaOg&feature=player_embedded

Jet engine throws 300mph wind at the shelter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpHZXc7mIUs&feature=relmfu

See our steel-plate shelters page here (storm, NBC, saferooms): http://www.safecastle.com/sheltershome.aspx

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Phase 3 of Our Most Aggressive Emergency Food Sale Ever

Take advantage of our most ambitious U.S. emergency-food sale ever ... a building series of food sales over the course of about 12 weeks. We're discounting most every kind of emergency food line in our store during the Emergency-Food Sweep!

As of now, Phase-3 discounts have been activated:

That means, at Safecastle, we are up to 54 food listings at maximum discount to this point! (And next week we launch our next maximum-discount Mountain House sale!)

Remember--we are also offering to our buyers club members cumulative Spring Rebate Gift Certificates on ALL emergency food purchased at Safecastle from April 1 through June 30!

Summary: In addition to our standard FREE shipping for everyone on everything we sell, and the 20%+ club member discounts on most everything we sell, and our Mountain House Member Rewards incentives, we're now also offering up our own hard-charging spring stimulus package including these limited-time sale discounts and purchase rebates!

View offer details here.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Russian Troops Massing on Iran's Northern Border, Waiting for a Western Attack

Must read (must heed):  (Excerpts ...) The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources

The implication of preparing to move Russian troops not only is to protect its own vital regional interests but possibly to assist Iran in the event of such an attack. Sources add that a Russian military buildup in the region could result in the Russian military potentially engaging Israeli forces, U.S. forces, or both.

Informed sources say that the Russians have warned of "unpredictable consequences" in the event Iran is attacked, with some Russians saying that the Russian military will take part in the possible war because it would threaten its vital interests in the region.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-thinks-an-israeli-attack-on-iran-by-the-summer-is-almost-certain-2012-4

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Phase 2 of Our Most Aggressive Sale Ever ...



It's our most ambitious U.S. emergency-food sale ever ... actually a series of food sales over the course of about 12 weeks. We are discounting most every kind of emergency food line in our store at some point during the Emergency-Food Sweep!

As of right now (I'm a few hours early according to our schedule), Phase-2 discounts have been activated:  

10% off all Yoders, Keystone, and Grandma's Country listings!

Remember--we are also offering to our buyers club members cumulative Spring Rebate Gift Certificates on ALL emergency food purchased at Safecastle from April 1 through June 30!

Summary: In addition to our standard free shipping for everyone on everything we sell, and the 20%+ club member discounts on most everything we sell, and our Mountain House Member Rewards incentives, we're now also offering up our own hard-charging spring stimulus package including these limited-time sale discounts and purchase rebates (details below)!
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For Everyone -
Emergency-Food Sweep Series
-Shop in our "Now On Sale" Category-
April 4 thru June 30 -Red Feather, Bega, Future Essentials, MREs, Honey, Ghee: 5% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 8 thru June 30 - Grandma's Country, Keystone, Yoders: 10% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 16 thru June 30 - (to be revealed) 15% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 22 thru May 6 - (to be revealed) 25% off
May 7 thru June 30 - (to be revealed) 35% off

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For Safecastle Royal Members Only -
Spring Rebate Offensive
Safecastle Royal Buyers Club member purchases of any storage food from April 1-June 30, 2012, via our online store's shopping cart will qualify for this Rebate program (must be logged in to your account for the purchases to qualify). Those purchases will qualify for as much as a 7% gift certificate credit (see below) to be used toward any future purchases in our online store before Sept. 1, 2012.
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Members earn ...
3% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30, 2012 have not exceeded $2499.
5% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30, 2012 have totaled between $2500 - $7000.
7% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30 exceed $7000.
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Important: One Rebate Gift Certificate will be issued per buyers club member for the sale period.
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Members must email Vic with a request for the rebate gift certificate. Vic will email a rebate gift certificate code within one business day of the emailed request. Rebate gift certificates will expire September 1, 2012.
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These offers are for U.S. customers only.

He is Risen!

He is risen indeed!

Friday, April 06, 2012

Good Friday ... by the Skit Guys

A dramatic retelling of Jesus’ last day. Hear from six individuals who were close to Jesus before his death on the cross, Good Friday.

 

Need to Point Out the Obvious Need for Preparedness to Someone Near and Dear? This Will Work Wonders ...

How fragile our intricate, modern weave of social and economic interdependence!

A document prepared by the American Trucking Associations a few years ago is an excellent reference for what WILL happen when one of any number of proverbial monkey wrenches gets tossed into the gears of our smooth-running existence today. Important: read the whole doc here.

Below, I've captured the last page summarizing what we can expect when America's trucks stop running (think such causes as pandemic, war, social upheaval, fuel disruption, border crossing delays, material or parts importation halts, security clampdowns, earthquakes, etc.) ...

"When Trucks Stop, America Stops"
A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries Following a Truck Stoppage

The first 24 hours
• Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will cease.
• Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes and catheters
within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become
unusable.
• Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
• Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop component
shortages.
• U.S. mail and other package delivery will cease.

Within one day
• Food shortages will begin to develop.
• Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle, leading to skyrocketing
prices and long lines at the gas pumps.
• Without manufacturing components and trucks for product delivery,
assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.

Within two to three days
• Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of hoarding and
consumer panic.
• Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk, and
canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
• ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to process
transactions.
• Service stations will completely run out of fuel for autos and trucks.
• Garbage will start piling up in urban and suburban areas.
• Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport will be disrupted,
eventually coming to a standstill.

Within a week
• Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel. Without autos and
busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for groceries,
or access medical care.
• Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.

Within two weeks
• The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.

Within four weeks
• The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water will be safe for
drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal illnesses will
increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.

This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement, increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely, civil unrest.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Emergency-Food Sweep & Spring Rebate Offensive

Crisis sucks. That's why, in the midst of some of the most widespread misery of modern times, the popularity of crisis preparedness is booming. Safecastle is right in the midst of the madness and mayhem, as folks scramble to get better situated for the days ahead. So in the humble spirit of doing our utmost to encourage confidence and hope ...
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We're pleased to launch our most aggressive U.S. emergency-food sale ever ... actually a series of food sales over the course of about 12 weeks. We are discounting most every kind of emergency food line in our store at some point during the Emergency-Food Sweep!
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We are also offering to our buyers club members cumulative Spring Rebate Gift Certificates on ALL emergency food purchased at Safecastle from April 1 through June 30!
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Summary: In addition to our standard free shipping for everyone on everything we sell, and the 20%+ club member discounts on most everything we sell, and our Mountain House Member Rewards incentives, we're now also offering up our own hard-charging spring stimulus package to those folks we call "too good to fail" -- including new temporary sale discounts and purchase rebates (details below)!
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For Everyone -
Emergency-Food Sweep Series
-Shop in our "Now On Sale" Category-
April 4 thru June 30 -Red Feather, Bega, Future Essentials, MREs, Honey, Ghee: 5% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 9 thru June 30 - (to be revealed) 10% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 16 thru June 30 - (to be revealed) 15% off (in addition to normal member discounts)
April 22 thru May 6 - (to be revealed) 25% off
May 7 thru June 30 - (to be revealed) 35% off

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For Safecastle Royal Members Only -
Spring Rebate Offensive
Safecastle Royal Buyers Club member purchases of any storage food from April 1-June 30, 2012, via our online store's shopping cart will qualify for this Rebate program (must be logged in to your account for the purchases to qualify). Those purchases will qualify for as much as a 7% gift certificate credit (see below) to be used toward any future purchases in our online store before Sept. 1, 2012.
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Members earn ...
3% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30, 2012 have not exceeded $2499.
5% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30, 2012 have totaled between $2500 - $7000.
7% rebate gift certificate if their total member food purchases from April 1 - June 30 exceed $7000.
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Important: One Rebate Gift Certificate will be issued per buyers club member for the sale period.
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Members must email Vic with a request for the rebate gift certificate. Vic will email a rebate gift certificate code within one business day of the emailed request. Rebate gift certificates will expire September 1, 2012.
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These offers are for U.S. customers only.

Monday, April 02, 2012

'Massive Wealth Destruction' Is About to Hit Investors: Faber

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000081815

Runaway government debts have triggered uncontrolled money printing that in turn will lead to inflation that will decimate portfolios, according to the latest forecast from "Dr. Doom" Marc Faber.