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  • Keeping PACE with Your Survival Plan

    Throughout our lives we use acronyms to learn and remember a variety of things. From NASA to AWOL to SEALs, we certainly do love our acronyms. When it comes to survival there’s a wealth of acronyms to help you be as prepared as possible. Take, for example, PACE. Typically pace is a word that’s more at home in the realm of car racing or running, but in the survival world, PACE is a way of making sure you’re ready for whatever the world has to throw at you. This can be a bug-out plan, a get-home plan, or a home-defense plan. Whatever type of prepping or survival plan you’re thinking o... Continue Reading →

  • Why Your Everyday Carry Needs a Reality Check

    One of the easiest and most personal forms of prepping is your everyday carry, or EDC. Your EDC says a lot about you as a person and as a prepper, which is why there’s never a single answer for how to build one properly.

    Sure, there are tips and tricks for building out your EDC, but at the end of the day it’s all about you and what you might need on a moment’s notice. Trying to build your EDC based on specific advice from someone else can be maddening to say the least, and for anyone who’s tried, you probably know the end result is a mishmash of tools and items that you’re ... Continue Reading →

  • 10 Odd but Useful Items to Include in Your Survival Kit

    Putting together a survival kit is not all that difficult. There are some items that just make sense to include in your kit. Things like extra food and water, first aid items, a multi-tool, a fire starter and cooking devices are essential.

    There are other items to consider putting in your survival kit that you might not immediately think of. However, these things could still help you out in a pinch.

    1. Zip ties – Zip ties are neat little tools that can be used in a large variety of... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Survival Tips from “10 Cloverfield Lane”

    I’m a sucker for a good monster movie. Not only are they entertaining and suspenseful, but they also speak to the prepper mindset. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching “Godzilla” or “Pacific Rim,” the stories all basically start the same.

    Life is mostly good and going on as it always does until a monster appears seemingly out of thin air and starts wrecking the place to the point of complete societal collapse. It’s at this point that those that are well prepared for a variety of situations step up and help lead humanity to a victory.

    Ok, so maybe it’s... Continue Reading →

  • How to Avoid a Gator Attack

    One of the risks of recreating outside is that of encountering animals and possible animal attacks. Those encounters hardly ever go well for the parties involved. Take, for example, the death of a two-year-old boy in Florida after he was attacked by an alligator in June 2016. Not only was the boy killed, but officials also hunted down and killed the animal that was most likely responsible.

    However, there are things that parents can do to make sure their children are safe fro... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill this Summer

    For most families, summer is a time of the year when they see their electric bills spike. Of course, the air conditioner is one of the biggest culprits of this increase in energy usage. Just a few degrees higher in temperature outside means that your air conditioner is working harder to keep the indoors comfortable; next thing you know, you get a (not-so) nice surprise in your electric bill.

    There are, however, ways to save money on your electric bill this summer.

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  • Prepping Like a Pirate Part 1: Survival Cache Basics

    Pirates are rarely used as role models, and for good reason. They’re known for theft, murder, and all-around bad behavior, so how exactly can they be used to help you prep for a disaster? It’s not their love of rum or treasure that matters to the modern-day prepper, but rather it’s what they did with their treasure that should interest you. Pirates buried their treasure in various locations to keep it safe and allow it to hide in plain sight. By burying their treasure, they could spread their wealth across multiple locations so it was available to them wherever they were shoul... Continue Reading →

  • More Than Surviving: The Importance of Morale

    What exactly do you need to survive? If you’ve read up on survival at all, the first thing that probably comes to mind is water. Without water you won’t survive more than a few days, at best. Next comes food, shelter, medical supplies — the list goes on and on, and it’s these lists that we typically build our prepper plans around, making sure we have what it takes to survive the worst case scenario.

    While, yes, these are all critical components to a successful survival plan, in the end all the supplies in the world won’t be enough if you don’t have the will to sur... Continue Reading →

  • How to Survive a Drone Attack

    Drones, or unmanned, remote-controlled flight vehicles, are proving to have many uses. In the past, they have been used mostly for military operations and intelligence gathering. However, we’re seeing more and more uses in everyday life. They can be used for everything from surveillance, scientific research, and rescue operations to food delivery, photography, and monitoring the weather.

    The FAA predicts there will be over 30,000 drones in U.S. airspace by 2030. The bad news is drones... Continue Reading →

  • Wilderness Survival: Basic Medical Tips

    Finding yourself stranded in the wilderness is hardly a recipe for fun; however, a thorough or at least partial understanding of how to survive will prevent you from becoming bear food. Some basic knowledge of medicinal plants and first-aid skills is very, very helpful when trying to stay alive in the wild, and with that in mind, check out the following tips to store in your brain’s “su... Continue Reading →

  • Planning Your Survival: Are You Prepared?

    Planning is quite possibly the single most important aspect to prepping, yet so many preppers fail to plan at all. Instead, many choose to prepare for the worst by buying supplies and collecting weapons when they would be much better suited with some good old-fashioned planning.

    Survival planning is so important. In fact, the U.S. Army Survival Manual has this to say about it:

    “Survival planning is nothing more than realizing something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and, with that in mind, taking s... Continue Reading →

  • 4 Tips For Not Drowning

    Learning how to not drown is pretty darn important, as death by water is enough to ruin anyone’s day. Water safety is an essential survival skill, so if planning any trips that involve the great blue sea, rivers, lakes, or any other waterway, check out th... Continue Reading →

  • 3 Post-Apocalyptic Skills You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

    Imagine this: You’ve spent years perfecting your survival plan, learning skills, stockpiling food, and building what amounts to a fortress that’s basically in the middle of nowhere. You’re all set to ride out almost anything the world has to throw at you. When the inevitable disaster finally does come, you’re all set. This is the idea that many preppers have as an ideal scenario, but there’s one thing missing: the rest of the world.

    When talking about a disaster, is the act of surviving enough? For some people the answer to this is a resounding yes, but if you stop ... Continue Reading →

  • Mental Health First Aid

    Many of us know and can apply the basics of first aid. We understand that to stop bleeding, we put pressure on the wound. A sprained ankle is treated with RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. But less of us understand the basics of mental health first aid, or even recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse in the first place.

    It is important to at least know the basics of mental illness, because, according to the National Council for Behavioral H... Continue Reading →

  • Have You Made These Essential Updates to Your Long-Term Storage?

    Whether or not you consider yourself to be a prepper, it’s always a good idea to have a food storage supply for emergencies. You’ll want some extra food and water on hand that will last for a few days or weeks when natural disasters, power outages, severe winter storms, and man-made calamities occur. In these situations, you might find yourself without the basics of survival.

    Even if you do have an... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways Being a Runner Makes You a Better Prepper

    More often than not when prepping we take great care lining up the proper food, water, and other supplies and completely forget about the most important weapon you have in your prepper arsenal: your own body.

    Your body is by far the most important piece of any prepper plan because without it, the rest of your work really isn’t worth much, now is it? By keeping yourself physically fit you give yourself the best chance to carry out any plans you have and to react to any surprises that you might encounter.

    When it comes to general exercise, running gives you the most ba... Continue Reading →

  • Do You Leave Yourself Vulnerable Daily?

    Have you ever been so focused on a task that when someone walked up and said hi, it scared you? While we’ve all experienced this before, whether playing on our cell phone, reading a book, or just focusing on something and thinking, this is a great example of poor situational awareness.

    Situational awareness is defined by the U.S. Coast Guard as:

    The ability to identify, process, and comprehend the critical elements of information about what is happening to the team with regards to the mis... Continue Reading →

  • Herbal Electuaries Guide Part 2 - Survival Medicine Tips And Recipes

    Herbal electuaries, elixirs, and cordials may help you ward off serious health issues during a long-term disaster. As SurvivalBased electuaries guide part 1 noted, when the SHTF, calling 911 or rushing to the local em... Continue Reading →

  • When Looting Becomes Survival

    One of the biggest fears many of us have in an emergency situation is the all-too-real danger of looting. All it takes is a protest to get out of hand, and before you know it, people are breaking into businesses and homes to take what they want. This only gets worse when you add in a true disaster that may never be recovered from. It’s times like these you have to ask yourself if what’s going on is simple looting or if it’s for survival.

    Take, for example, Hurricane Katrina. This SHTF-level event laid waste to an entire city, leaving thousands of people stranded for day... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Alternatives to Toilet Paper

    You might have your food, water and protection all planned out, but one modern luxury that will be sorely missed when the SHTF is the unsung hero: toilet paper. Toilet paper is something that we all use and rarely think about until it’s not there. You’re never as thankful for a new roll of toilet paper as when you think you’re out and find one emergency roll sitting behind you on the toilet.

    Now, imagine a world where the core necessities are no longer being made, let a lone a luxury like toilet paper. Without some real alternatives, things can start to get pretty messy... Continue Reading →

  • How to Survive the Cold like a Navy SEAL

    Few people would disagree that Navy SEALs are a pretty tough group. Their training alone is more than most of us will experience in our entire lifetime, and that’s only what they do BEFORE they become SEALs. As tough as they are, even a SEAL is vulnerable to the cold, especially when he’s wet. Hypothermia can affect a SEAL just as much as you or me.

    So what happens when a SEAL gets wet when it’s frigid out? Well, the same thing happens to them as would happen to us: They get in trouble. How much trouble are we talking about? More than you probably can guess. If you look... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping Effectively in an Urban Environment

    The chances are pretty high that if you’re reading this you don’t live on a pristine prepper compound with a year or more of food and supplies saved up. If you are, then kudos to you — you’re living the prepper dream. The rest of us, however, have to find a way to fit prepping into our daily lives and, most likely, smaller spaces.

    This means the best ways for urban preppers to always be prepared is to stick with smaller, more manageable prepping techniques. By working with what you have at hand, you can be a more effective prepper and overall be ready for a variety of... Continue Reading →

  • How to Survive a Riot

    Social unrest is something that is becoming more and more common, and while these incidents range from people justly speaking their frustrations to greedy looting and destruction, riots are something you want to avoid at all costs. As people increasingly feel the need to protest and riot over any perceived injustice, the danger of a full-blown riot becomes more real.

    By being prepared for a riot and knowing what to do to stay safe, you can effectively avoid them and the dangers associated with being caught up in one. Check out the steps outlined below and see how you can be m... Continue Reading →

  • Prepper New Year's Resolutions

    The old saying goes, “New year, new you,” and while few of us actually stick to any of the resolutions we make for the new year, that might be because we’re not setting ones that are important. Losing weight, getting into shape, and reading more are all common resolutions and are probably the ones most often left incomplete.

    This year, instead of setting the same old resolutions, consider setting some prepper-based ones in order to make yourself safer and better prepared for the coming year. A little action in a few key areas can really get you far more organized and pr... Continue Reading →

  • How to Build a Quick Holiday Get-Home Bag

    As we move into the holiday season, it’s more and more common to find yourself far away from home. Whether you’re flying to meet up with your family or heading out for the day to celebrate with some friends, travel is almost always involved.

    As we travel more, the danger of a disaster or emergency situation happening when you’re away from home becomes all too real. Sure, you have your bug-out bag and possibly even a full-home prep waiting at your house, but that doesn’t do you any good if you’re not there to use it. What you need is a way to get home and deal with t... Continue Reading →

  • How to Stay Warm in an Emergency Situation

    As much as emergency situations suck, it’s still important to keep your wits and do what you have to do to survive. One of the keys to coming out of an emergency situation virtually unscathed is to keep warm. Unless your emergency happens on a hot day, you’ll need to stay warm if you want to, you know, live.

    Let’s check out a few tips for staying warm during disasters.

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  • Large Event Safety Tips

    Planning on attending a huge festival or other sizable event that’s sure to draw hundreds, if not thousands, of people? As fun as these events are, it’s important to stay safe, as various unpleasant things can occur. Rather than finding yourself in a sticky situation or facing serious injury, learn how to best protect yourself. Check out the following tips to help you get started:

    Cooking Like a Boy Scout

    The Boy Scouts of America are a pretty great group to be a part of. They teach young boys the basics of survival. When taken seriously, this training gives boys skills they can bring into their adult lives for not only emergencies, but for everyday use, too.

    Cooking is something that must be done even if there’s an emergency going on. Just about every food requires some type of cooking, and during or after a disaster you’ll be cooking everything you eat, so knowing how to cook is pretty important business.

    Just like almost every other survival skill, there’s a lo... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways to Deal with Stress in an Emergency

    No matter how well you prepare for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it), there really isn’t anything that can truly prepare you for the reality of an emergency situation. Sure, you can keep backups of your backups, but when it comes down to it, a true emergency or TEOTWAWKI situation will get under your skin.

    A situation like this brings an average stress level up into the red zone, and while this can help give you more focus and purpose, stress can tire you out and cause you to make mistakes. In a real survival situation, you need to avoid stress as much as possi... Continue Reading →

  • Five Multi-Use Survival Items to Carry

    It is every outdoor adventurer’s dilemma: How can I carry the items I need to survive an emergency yet cut down on weight? Those who venture into the wilderness miles away from help must be prepared with the skills and tools to cope with survival situations. Yet, being far from civilization means that they must carry all the essentials on their backs, and extra weight makes things more difficult.

    The answer to this problem is to invest in items that have more than one use. K... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping For a Flood

    Not every disaster is world ending, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less devastating to those involved. Floods are a serious threat that can ruin lives; as we saw with the post-Hurricane Katrina flooding, floods can easily decimate entire cities.

    Prepping doesn’t have to be reserved for End of the World as we Know it scenarios, but instead should be used to keep you, your family, and your belongings as safe as possible in any survival situation — floods included. By knowing your risk and planning accordingly, you can keep safe and survive a flood and live to fight ... Continue Reading →

  • EMP Attack Threats From Iran Discovered Military Manual Found In Tehran

    The controversial Iran nuclear deal sparked weeks of heated debate. Now, another potentially deadly hidden secret has emerged from the rogue Middle Eastern nation.

    National security experts who claim to have read translated excerpts from an Iranian military manual have stated that an

    Plastic Water Bottles Survival Uses

    We can live without a lot of things, but water is not one of them. During any type of disaster, potable drinking water could (and likely will) become in short supply rather quickly. American pioneers lived during an era where clean drinking water was readily available from natural sources and possessed the skills to easily filter questionable water before... Continue Reading →

  • 3 Survival Skills Learned from NASA

    Recently I finished the book “The Martian” by Andy Weir. In it, a man named Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after his fellow crew mates escape a disastrous storm in which they believe him to be dead. I don’t want to ruin the story for you, but that’s the basic idea. The rest of the book (and soon to be movie) takes you through his experiences surviving on the red planet.

    While the writing is amazing and the characters are solid, the thing that really got me about this story is the innate want to survive that’s inside every human. With no hope of rescue Watney took... Continue Reading →

  • Yard Sales Finds Every Prepper Should Add To Their Shopping List

    Prepping is more often than not done on a shoestring budget, or at least a rather small budget consisting of the flexible funds left over from the weekly paycheck. Self-reliant folks are very good at stretching their dollars to build what they need themselves or searching out bargains to satisfy the

    Skills Versus Stuff: What’s Better?

    So what’ll help you more in an emergency: skills or stuff? If you need to start a fire, what’s better to have with you, the tools to easily start a fire or the knowledge of 20 different ways to get it lit? Should you know how to hunt, fish, forage, and basically make food, or is it better to spend your time stockpiling what you need for an emergency?

    It’s this balance that you have to work with in order to build a successful survival plan, and while there are emphatic voices on both sides of this discussion, what you really need to do is take a good look at both sides ... Continue Reading →

  • How to Make Mason Jar Oil Lamps

    Mason jars are a staple item for nearly all preppers and homesteading families. The sturdy jars are first and foremost used to pressure can the annual harvest, but they possess a plethora of other potential uses as well.

    Oil lamps are one of those items that often gets passed down from ge... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Bug Out Bag Essentials

    Bug Out Bags are far more common than you may think. If you’ve ever had a pregnancy in your house, you know that when it starts getting close to the baby being born momma usually keeps an overnight bag next to the front door so it’s easy to grab and run.

    This is, technically, a bug out bag. Taking this idea and making it more about survival than comfort after a pregnancy, bug out bags are crucial when talking about emergencies, both big and small. The idea that you can grab one bag and survive for 48 hours or more is not only important, it’s downright necessary.

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  • 3 Reasons it’s Better to Conceal Carry than Open Carry

    As the gun debate has heated up in the United States, the call for open carry has increased. With more and more citizens carrying their guns on their hip open for all to see, the question has come up, is it better to carry out in the open, or to get the proper license to carry your handgun concealed?

    While open carry is a right in most states, it comes with its own set of issues, many of which preppers and survivalists would rather not be forced to answer. Think about it this way: do you want to be known as the guy that goes for walks with a gun on his hip, or as the nice, qu... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips for Warm Weather Conceal Carry

    One of the most important parts to any Every Day Carry (EDC) is a (legally) concealed firearm. Carrying a handgun concealed with you at all times is one of the best ways to be prepared, and in the winter months this task is easily accomplished without detection thanks to bulky clothes and winter jackets.

    The same cannot be said for the warmer months however. Shorts, t-shirts, and the lack of jackets or sweatshirts means there’s often nothing between your con... Continue Reading →

  • Emergency Medical Cards: Do I Need One?

    The outdoors provides plenty of opportunities for recreational activities like backpacking, camping, and boating, but secluded environments come with their own risks. For one, you are far from civilization where the nearest help could be hours or even days away. In dire circumstances, being properly prepared could mean the difference between life and death.

    There are several things you can do in order to improve the chances of your survival. Be sure to let friends and family know when a... Continue Reading →

  • EMP Weapon Revealed - Could It Be Used Against Us?

    The Air Force EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapon was recently revealed in a joint release by the U.S. Military and Boeing. The high-tech weapons system has eased fears in some Americans, and prompted concerns by others.

    Maybe the general public finds the EMP weapon comforting—on some level maybe I do—but the Continue Reading →

  • 5 Essential Tips For Your First Bug Out Vehicle

    It’s time you up your survival game. Sure, you probably have a bug out plan and a bug out bag, but why walk when you can drive? Having a car or truck especially prepared for "getting out of Dodge" (GOOD) isn’t only a good idea, it’s vital for any solid bug out plan. Nothing can replace a well-planned bug out bag for mobility and effectiveness, but having a vehicle that’s prepared for the worst can put you quite a few steps ahead of anyone else trying to survive and can give you the advantage you need to survive.

    With this idea in mind, there are a few levels of bug o... Continue Reading →

  • Make Your Groceries Go Farther with Grannie Pam [Interview]

    Growing your own food is just the first step in becoming more secure and self-reliant. Sure, most preppers, homesteading families, and off-the-grid folks know how to can and dehydrate their garden produce. But turning what you grow into complete meals and using your livestock to sustain a family is a bit more involved than simply plucking crisp veggies out of the garden.

    Pamela Gail Peters, or "Grannie Pam," has turned showing others how to take charge of the fam... Continue Reading →

  • 12 Items Every Prepper Should Have in Their Car

    The things you keep in your car or truck can do more than just clutter up an otherwise clean and tidy ride, they can actually save your life. The idea of keeping a Get Home Bag is one you need to institute for your car or truck now, but what do you need outside of this? The vacation variant of the Get Home Bag is a great way to change things up for a specific reason, but what about when you’re... Continue Reading →

  • How to Decide When to Stay and When to Go by Using The Dip

    “The Dip” is a book by Seth Godin that touts itself as “A little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick).” So what exactly does this mean, and what does it have to do with prepping? Well, the main idea of the book is that every new project or major change starts out fun and interesting, but as time goes on, these once fun activities can become difficult, boring, and downright irritating. This is why so many of us have half-finished projects at home, half-read books, and emails that we know we’ll get back to.

    The trick, as taught by the book i... Continue Reading →

  • Food and the Danger of Economic Collapse

    There are a lot of things that can impact your access to food, but one of the scariest and most viable disasters doesn’t come from a volcano or earthquake or even a terrorist. The most possible disaster that could impact your food is an economic collapse. Without the economy to support and regulate business and the nation as a whole, food as we know it will disappear.

    So what can you do to protect yourself from this scary giant looming over your ... Continue Reading →

  • What Every First-Time Homeowner Should Know How to Do

    For many people, homeownership is a rite of passage. It is a way to grow one’s net worth as well as serving as a sign of success. However, homeownership comes with its own problems. Consequently, there are some things that every first-time homeowner should know how to do.

    These tricks will not only save you headaches down the road but ensure that you are prepared for the unexpected.

    Take an Inventory of Your Home – For insurance purposes, it... Continue Reading →

  • Level 4 Solar Storm Hits Earth: Lack Of Attention To Fragile Power Grid Could Spell Doom For America

    Every minute of every day we face a deadly threat in America, yet very few are paying attention to the problem. A downed power grid would change life as we know it more than virtually any other doomsday scenario ever could; and is far more likely than a plethora of the apocalyptic scenarios contrived by Hollywood producers.

    Solar flares hit Earth on March 16, but few noticed. The

    Tips for Finding Financial Independence

    All of us understand the importance of money. We need money to provide for our basic needs, save up for the future, and maybe even splurge on some luxuries. The problem is that, for many of us, our spending habits have gotten us into trouble, and we need help achieving financial independence.

    So what is financial independence? Financial independence can mean different things depending on who you ask. It could refer to managing your finances in such a way that you can cover all your ... Continue Reading →

  • The Food Dilemma: Are You Prepared?

    We live in an amazing time. Just about anything you could want is at your fingertips. We go to one store to buy all our food and supplies and drive them home in our trucks, cars, and SUVs.

    This has been the way the world has worked for as long as most of us can remember, so the thought of something happening that could not only disrupt this, but destroy it completely is almost unthinkable, but when you get right down to it, our food supply system is extremely fragile and could come crashing down if a disaster of moderate size struck.

    This means that food storage and pr... Continue Reading →

  • Footwear For Your Emergency Kit

    Should footwear be a part of your Emergency Kit?

    So many things need to be in your 72 hour kit, or grab and go kit, if you prefer.  You are balancing what you will need with managing the size and weight of the kit.  After all, you probably wouldn’t call a bulging monster duffel bag that weighs over 100 pounds your “grab and go” kit.  More like a “drag and go slow” kit!

    So as a general principle, assuming you have the common sense if an emergency threatens to ... Continue Reading →

  • Why Fear and Prepping Don’t Mix

    There’s a reason people say “don’t look down” when climbing. It’s a simple trick to not let fear interfere with your actions and to help you keep a level head. People that are outside of the prepping world often look at survivalists and peppers with the idea that they are a fearful group. What else would drive someone to spend money and time getting ready for something that may never happen but fear itself?

    While fear of a major disaster or TEOTWAWKI is what often gets people into the survival and prepping lifestyle, successful preppers and survivalists quickly drop... Continue Reading →

  • Hunker down; get outta town, or something in between.

    A lot of emergency prep articles concentrate on the “SHTF” (Stuff hits the fan) scenario, where society breaks down, gangs of marauders are roaming the streets, and the only avenue of safety for you and yours is to find a mountain hideaway complete with camouflaged lean-to shelter made from twigs and pine needles, from which you can sally into the forest in search of game to kill, butcher, and cook over a crackling fire. Makes for a good movie, and I certainly am a proponent of knowing h... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Spear Fishing Tips

    Knowing how to spear the heck out of a fish is a great survival skill to have should you find yourself marooned who-knows-where. Like most things, learning how to spear fish takes practice, so check out the following tips to get you started:

    Get in Shape

    If you aren't in good or great shape already, you'll need to be if you want to successfully tackle this activity. Sp... Continue Reading →

  • How to Get Kids Involved in Prepping and Survival

    Getting an adult family member on board with prepping should be pretty easy. While it might take some time to convince your significant other that the bunker you want to build is totally worth it, the basic idea of getting someone you live with into the prepper mindset should be relatively simple.

    The same cannot be said for children and prepping however. The major draw for adults and prepping is an understanding of how quickly the world around us can fall apart, but this isn’t something a child can easily understand, and if they do, can scare them more than help.

    Th... Continue Reading →

  • The Myths Around ‘Preppers’ & Disaster Preparedness

     

    We live in a world where civilization, reason and logic are said to be at historic heights, yet so many people today, especially our youth, are making new lows in relevant intelligence and labor under a host of myths and illusions. A few of the myths and misconceptions relate to disaster preparedness and ‘Preppers’.

    FEMA / RED CROSS & DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

    Over the past few months, I have heard the Red Cross in Southern Oregon providing ‘advice’ to radio listeners on one or more radio stations. In the radio announcement, they are providing preparedness information about the predicted 9+ earthquake that occurs off the Northern California-Oregon coast every 300-350 years, and is expected to hit anytime now. More Here.

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  • The Principles of Prepping

    When you think about prepping, are there specific images that come to mind? You might envision stores of food and supplies stashed away in someone’s basement or spare bedroom. You might even think about those who plunder stores in the wake of an oncoming storm. Preppers themselves might come across as a little bizarre to you.

    In actuality, prepping is a simple concept. The ultimate goal behind prep... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Food Storage Mistakes to Fix Right Now

    One of the most important pieces to the prepping puzzle is making sure you have enough food to get you and your family through an emergency. Whether it’s a snow storm that cuts you off from the grocery store for a few days, an earthquake that can cut you off for weeks, or a true SHTF scenario that cuts you off indefinitely…food storage is vital to survival.

    While food storage is important, many people don’t investigate how to store food properly before getting started. This means there are mistakes in how food is stored, what food is stored, and how much is kept. There ... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Survival Tips Learned From The Walking Dead

    The Walking Dead is one of the most popular post-apocalyptic shows ever seen on television, and while the gripping story focuses on the characters and their travels through the ruined world, there are some lessons to be learned by us along the way.

    Sure, not everything the characters do is spot-on correct for survival, and honestly much of what they do is the opposite of what you should do in a survival situation, but even bad actions can be learned from, just never repeated. We’ve rounded up seven lessons to be learned for survival from watching the Walking Dead and listed... Continue Reading →

  • choices for lighting your emergency camp

    Every night, the sun goes down, and we reach automatically for the light switch that enables us to continue to cook, to read, to continue our lives even with the night and the dark all around.

    But in an emergency situation, the power may be out, you may not be comfortably inside your home, but you still need to function and to function, you need light. So what is the best way to illuminate your surroundings when the night is dark and you need to get things done?  Let’s take a l... Continue Reading →

  • Fear and Prepping

    What’re you afraid of? If you’ve ever talked about prepping to someone not of the same mindset when it comes to preparedness this is a question you’ve surely been asked at least once. It’s hard for many people to see why you’d be worried about disaster when things are going great. Instead of being seen as someone of sound mind and solid foresight, being a prepper is more often than not seen as being “weird” or “creepy.”

    To say that a prepper isn’t scared would be a lie. At its core, prepping is the act of wishing for the best, but preparing for the worst. ... Continue Reading →

  • ATF Planning For Grid-Down Disaster?

    Guess what? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (‘ATF’) has their own version of a Disaster Preparedness plan, or as Preppers say; a plan for when the excrement hits the fan (‘SHTF’).

    I don’t intend any disrespect towards the ATF, but, as I read theirplan’ it’s clear that they are trying to catch-up with the rear of the ... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Reasons to Get a Light For Your Gun

    While your trips to the shooting range are generally in near-perfect lighting and great conditions, the majority of times you will use your gun will probably be the exact opposite. You’ll probably use your gun when it’s dark, you’re tired, and adrenaline is pumping.

    This means your plan on holding a flashlight while aiming your gun will be well north of difficult, and worst of all, you might not even be able to find your light when you grab your gun! Having a light on your gun is not only smart, it’s ... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Reasons Why Bugging Out is a Bad Idea

    If you’re reading this, chances are you have a bug out bag ready and waiting for the STHTF. It’s probably packed with just about everything you need to pick up and run with, and while it’s a definite necessity to have a bug out bag of your own, bugging out under most circumstances is, for the most part, a bad idea.

    Sure, the thought of bugging out at the first sign of disaster seems great, but you can quickly get yourself into more trouble than you’re leaving behind. Shor... Continue Reading →

  • The Food Dilemma: How Natural Disasters can Impact Your Food and What to Do About It

    We’ve all grown pretty accustomed to getting everything we need from the grocery store, from food to cleaning products today’s supermarket is a haven of necessities and not-so-necessities for our modern age.

    But what happens when there’s a major natural disaster? Even if your supermarket isn’t damaged a natural disaster on a large enough scale can not only impact your food supply, but wipe it out completely. Check out the list of viable natural disasters below, how they each can impact your food supply, and what to do to prevent it from happening to you.

    Massive Hurri... Continue Reading →

  • FIREARMS AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

    With the start of the new-year, there always seem to be several articles that come out promoting guns as part of a preparedness solution. And it’s an unfortunate fact that firearms have become almost synonymous with Preppers and disaster preparedness. I will explain why that is truly unfortunate…

    Sadly, thanks largely to movies and bloggers with little or no ‘real’ long-term survival experience, far too much emphasis is placed on owning battle rifles as a primary part of surviv... Continue Reading →

  • Senior Citizen Preparedness - Give A Gift Which Could Save A Life And Enhance Self-Reliance

    Senior citizen preparedness is a concern not only for those preppers who have reached their golden years, but for those of us in the self-reliance community who love and cherish and elderly person. If a parent, grandparent, or favorite aunt happens to live far away or in a nursing home, concerns about the relatives surviving even a short-term disaster are heightened.

    My husband Bobby’s fire page woke me up around 3:00 a.m. on an incredibly chilly late October morning. I tried to go back to sleep, but our dogs and my ducks weren’t about to have it. I rubbed my sleepy eyes and went... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips to Fine-Tune Your Every Day Carry Setup

    Having a proper every day carry (EDC) setup is one of the most important things you can do to be prepared, well, every day. While you can get separated from your bug out bag and might not be able to get home quickly, your every day carry is always on you to help you survive and get things done.

    We’ve covered some basics on the

    Transportation During A Grid-Down Disaster

    Most of us have read or seen the recent headlines where various government agencies have warned that the United States is under a serious threat for a devastating cyber-attack capable of bringing down the entire national electrical grid, as well as most of the related supply-chain infrastructure.

    For those readers who may be new to the nuances of what a cyber-attack means in practical terms; it goes well beyond not being able to access your Facebook account, a bank ATM machine o... Continue Reading →

  • Should an RV be your evacuation vehicle? Pros and Cons.

    It seems to make perfect sense. You have thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars invested in a trailer, 5th wheel, or motor home. You use it as your recreational getaway vehicle for family fun. And there it sits, all self-contained, a second home on wheels, either ready to roll at a moment’s notice, or at least with a short hookup. But is counting on your recreational vehicle the smartest plan to have for an emergency? Let’s look at both sides of the coin:

    Y... Continue Reading →

  • 10 Cheap Yet Effective Home Security Tips

    Part of prepping is making sure your home is secure now so your prep as well as your family is safe and secure. As your stockpile increases the threat of robbery becomes all too real. All it takes is the wrong person seeing you load up your guns for a day at the range to get a thief more than a little interested in what else you have in your home.

    Instead of leaving things to chance or relying on an alarm system, check out these cheap yet effective home security tips below to keep your home safe and secure while making sure you have as much of your budget as possible to use f... Continue Reading →

  • County Bucks: New Reality Show Might Be A Big Hit With Preppers [Matt Busbice Interview]

    Looking for a television show that is appropriate for the entire family? Perhaps you are seeking a viewing experience that can also teach you a bit more about the great outdoors and hunting so you can get better at putting food on the table. Country Bucks might be just fill the bill and become a bit hit with American prepping families.

    Country Bucks is a new reality show that premiered on A&E on November 19. The Busbice brothers and their family are buddies (city people transla... Continue Reading →

  • Going Off-Grid ‘Starting From Scratch’ PART 3 Energizing Your Off-Grid Homestead

    Going Off-Grid

     ‘Starting From Scratch’

      PART 3

    Energizing Your Off-Grid Homestead

    A solar array is the heart of your off-grid power system

    In this series, we are considering the very basic steps t... Continue Reading →

  • Cyber Hackers Could Cause An Economic Collapse, President Obama Warns

    President Barack Obama issued a “doomsday” warning during a recent fundraising stop in New York City. The president told a room full of wealthy celebrities and Wall Street types about a looming disaster scenario which could drastically and negatively impact America in the near future.

    During the New York City fundraising stop President Obama told w... Continue Reading →

  • How Did You Prep This Week?

     

    Some people think of prepping as something that has an end point, an act that can be mapped out with a completion at the end. In actuality however prepping is not an act or even a group of acts; it is a lifestyle. Prepping is a mindset that you get into and use to guide your actions in every day life and as such, some act of prepping should be taken every day.

    You can do something every day to prep, all it takes is a little focus and with small daily steps you c... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Tips for First-Time Preppers

    Photo Credit: ApocalypsePACK.com

    It usually takes a massive world event to bring the idea of prepping into the minds of new people, and with the world today, those seem to come on a fairly regular basis. Whether it’s the massive tornadoes that wipe out towns in the Midwest, to the Ebola scare or even threat of terrorist attack; the need for prepping is being seen by more and more people than ever before.

    If you’re a ... Continue Reading →

  • Tried and True Ways to Make Income on the Side

     

     

    It’s a fact of life that most things you want require money, and money usually takes more effort to earn than to spend. Relying on income from a 9-5 full time job may not be enough to help you accomplish your life’s goals whatever they may be, or at least not in as timely a manner as you would like.

    So, it’s important to develop a way to earn income on the side so that you can achieve your goals faster no matter if your goal is to travel the world or save a lot of money and retire at an early age.

    Here are some ways to make an income on the si... Continue Reading →

  • Going Off-Grid ‘Starting From Scratch’ PART 2 – First Steps

    Going Off-Grid

     ‘Starting From Scratch’

    PART 2 – First Steps

    In the previous article of this series, we considered the ‘overview’ and possible reasons for getting out of the city now, and relocating your home and family to a remote location and getting set-up to live a life totally off the grid. Some movies (Jeremiah Johnson, Robinson Crusoe, etc.) touch on this tantalizing concept, and what may be mere fantasy to most people. But the reality is that many of us have forefathers who actually did just that; relocated here in the American wilderness from Europe. And those early settlers faced many of the same ‘off-grid challenges’ that any of us would face today, except that, we have much more technology. Continue reading

  • Does Bulk Buying Really Save Money?

    Everyone loves to save money when shopping, so it’s no surprise that membership at warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club has soared over the last few years. In fact, from 1997-2002 shopping in club stores increased by 231%*!

    Though this type of shopping has become very popular, it’s important to ask, “Is bulk buying really saving money?”

    Here are some things to consider before you begin buying in bulk.

    Consider Price Per Unit

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  • Weather Prediction in a World Without Power

    Believe it or not, people were actually able to predict the weather before we had satellites to look down on moving weather patterns, and iPhones to get severe weather alerts. There was a time where farmers were the best meteorologists and grandpa was who you asked about the weather later today, not the guy on TV.

    These people of a time forgotten didn’t have super powers, and they didn’t go to school to predict the weather. Instead, they paid attention to the world around them and understood that most things in the world are connected, and ... Continue Reading →

  • Limiting factors in emergency prep-How long can you provide for yourself?

    If you are serious about emergency preparation, then I’m going to suppose your home is a place you could stay for a long, long, time.  Plenty of food and water stored away, fuel to cook, a way to stay warm, if you can “Bug in”, you should be just fine no matter what the circumstance.

    It's when you have to hit the road and quickly, that things get interesting.  Of course you have your 72 hour kit.  One for everyone in the family, plus kits for your autos, k... Continue Reading →

  • The Most Poisonous Plants and How to Recognize Them

    It makes sense to be concerned about the perils of wild animals that could severely hurt or kill you when outdoors. The dangers of animals like grizzly bears and mountain lions are well established. But have you ever considered the perils of poisonous plants? Accidentally bumping into or ingesting poisonous plants out in the wild could lead to harsh consequences including things like diarrhea, abdominal pain, heart problems, hallucinations, and even death.

    Next time you head outside keep your eyes out for the following toxic plants, some of which are some of the most poisonous in the... Continue Reading →

  • Tsunamis: How To Survive

    The result of major landslides into the ocean or earthquakes beneath the ocean floor, tsunamis are no joke and can easily cause massive damage and many deaths. Those who live on the beach or in coastal areas need to know what to do if a tsunami hits, as it only takes minutes for these enormous waves to reach land. The "danger period" can last for hours. Since tsunamis can occur any time of day or night year round, it's important to be prepared and know what to do first.

    S... Continue Reading →

  • How Likely is an Ebola Outbreak in the US?

    Hopefully by now you’re aware of Thomas Duncan, the man who flew from Liberia to Texas and brought with him the first case of Ebola in the United States. The introduction of this deadly disease to the US was inevitable, as the disease in Africa is widespread and doing substantial damage to the population in the affected countries.

    While everyone seems to be focusing on the guy in Texas, what you really need to focus on is the two planes he was on between Texas and Liberia, the hospital waiting room he sat in, and all the people he contacted betwee... Continue Reading →

  • Wilderness First Aid Certification

    A large part of survival is knowing what to do when plans go wrong. So when an injury occurs to you or someone else around you, do you know what to do? Would you know how to treat common injuries or traumas so that you can help in an emergency medical situation?

    In order to be well-prepared for medical emergencies, it is a good idea to be certified in basic first aid and/or CPR. More specifically, if you plan to be outdoors in a remote area... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping for Ebola: 5 Tips

    Is An Ebola Epidemic Inevitable In America?

    And What Can People Do To Protect Themselves?

    With each successive day since the man (Thomas Eric Duncan) who flew from Liberia to Texas was diagnosed with the first case of the Ebola virus in the U.S., more and more unsettling facts are starting to emerge. As we are seeing, Americans are the ‘las... Continue Reading →

  • Ebola Preparedness Tactics – Do’s And Don’ts

    As the CDC and our government continues to ‘slow-roll’ their cards (not providing timely, accurate and complete info to the public), Americans need to get educated and take effective action to protect themselves. Some people may ask; ‘why would they be ‘slow rolling’ the info? One reason is they want to have the political damage control in place if possible before making any disclosure. Another possible reason generally involves incompet... Continue Reading →

  • Volcano Eruption: What To Do First

    The sight of a volcano erupting is pretty darn terrifying, and it's easy to completely and totally panic. Rather than screaming and flailing about, know what to do should lava start to flow! This is especially essential if you live in an area with an active volcano. There's many things you can do to protect yourself and your family...check a few tips out:

    Leave. Duh.

    If lava is flowing towards you, vacate the area as soon as possible. Drive rather than wal... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Ways to Use Zip Ties for Survival

    Few will argue that zip ties are one of the most useful tools out there. From keeping wires nice and tidy to restraining serious bad guys, they’re the tool of choice across the board.

    Knowing this it should be no surprise that zip ties are incredibly useful in survival situations. While you’ll probably have less of a need to organize surround sound wires and more need to catch food, they remain one of the most useful items in your arsenal. Make sure to only use black zip ties, as they hold up best against sun damage, which can eat away at plasti... Continue Reading →

  • How to Make Money in Your Neighborhood

    You may not realize it, but there are plenty of side hustle opportunities all around you every day. You can easily take advantage of a few different ways to make money all without leaving your neighborhood. Or, if you’re looking to put your kid to work on the weekends or over school holidays, they too can use some of these ideas to make some money on the side. After all, it... Continue Reading →

  • How a Backpacking Trip Can Prepare You for Bugging Out

    Bugging out is something we talk about often, but just as often the true meaning behind bugging out is forgotten. Bugging out isn’t a mythical mass egress from your house, but instead it’s simply the act of leaving where you are for someplace safer. More likely than not, the result of bugging out will be you in the wild for a period of time either waiting things out or moving on to find a better place. Whatever the reason is, you’ll probably be in the woods for a little while.

    The only thing that comes close to this is something that many prep... Continue Reading →

  • Planting and Growing Herbs

    Having your own garden can be an extremely rewarding yet intimidating experience for first-timers. Beginners often have many questions about what to grow, when to plant, how often to water, and so on. If you are wondering where to begin, you just might consider planting and growing herbs.

    Herbs have many advantages over traditional vegetables for many reasons. Most impo... Continue Reading →

  • Running Free: Why Horses Are Good For Wilderness

    Photo: courtesy Laura Simpson; wild black stallion at a full run (copyright 2014)

    Few people could disagree that the wild horses of America represent the true strength and freedom that made America great. Frankly, what has an eagle ever done to help man? Today, we thrive on the legacy of their past service to mankind, and most people have completely forgotten this very important fact; we built America off the... Continue Reading →

  • When Disaster Strikes and You Aren't Home: What To Do First

    Many plan for disasters expecting they'll be home when the worst happens. This is not always the case! Often times a natural disaster hits and people are at work, school, vacation, etc. In addition to creating preparedness kits and plans for the home, it's also important to know what to do when you aren't home during an emergency. Let's take a look at a few tips to ensure you remain safe:

    Communication

    If possible, one of the first things if not t... Continue Reading →

  • 12 Bug Out Bag Items You Might Not Know About

    There are more than enough posts out there that mean to tell you exactly how to pack your bug out bag, and while these are fine, there’s something personal about what you pack in your own bag, and how you do it.

    This is the reason why instead of telling you exactly what to carry and how to carry it, we’ve gone ahead and found twelve items that you may have not thought about including in your pack. A good bug out bag is very limited on space, so each item must be vitally important to survival to be included. The items below focus on the basic points of survival, so check them out ... Continue Reading →

  • Stay Safe by Becoming the Grey Man

    The idea of the Grey Man is a simple one: don’t stand out. People are pushed more and more today be stand out from the crowd and to be the best they can be, which of course always includes making sure everyone knows you’re the best.

    Instead of the common practice of showing off and being noticed, the Grey Man concept is all about blending in. This means dressing, acting, and behaving in such a way that you’re totally forgettable. While being forgettable is ... Continue Reading →

  • ISIS In America: Are You Prepared?

     

    ISIS militants may already be inside America. Concerns about homeland terrorism on soft targets by small groups of Islamic State militants will likely increase as the Christmas season nears and millions of Americans will be participating in large religious gatherings and converging on the local mall.

    President Obama recently placed the blame for the ISIS threats at the feet of the national intelligence community, sparking backlash from the agents and officials who offer presidential briefings regularly. According to the Government Accountability Institute, President Oba... Continue Reading →

  • Most Common Preparedness Mistakes

    Being prepared is a survival skill that takes a little time to get right, and it's not uncommon for mistakes to happen along the way. If looking to seriously strengthen your preparedness/survival skills, check out some of the most common preparedness mistakes!

    1) No or Not Enough Water

    While survival without food is possible for about a month or so, the body starts to shut down from lack of agua in a matter of da... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Reasons to Always Carry a Knife (and none of them are for self defense)

    Being a former Boy Scout, I was taught that you should always have your pocketknife on you at all times. This was usually a folding Swiss Army Knife with four or five tools built into it. This was perfect for just about everything a camping trip could throw at us, and beyond that, it was cool to have.

    Today I’m many years out from being a Boy Scout but I still keep a knife on me all the time. Instead of the BSA Swiss Army knife, I now carry a Gerber with finger guard and pocket clip. Along with my wallet I always have my knife on me, clipped secur... Continue Reading →

  • Be Prepared When Renting Out a Room

    Renting out an un-used room has become an attractive and popular way to earn a little extra cash each month, especially since the economic downturn. However, don’t be fooled. Renting out a room can be a lot of work and stressful if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to get it just right:

    Make Sure Everyone is On Board

    Before ... Continue Reading →

  • Preparing Your Children For Disaster To Strike While They Are At School

    If you do not homeschool your children, include a basic first aid kit, a map with the route home highlighted, directions to survival caches along the route, several nutritional bars and a survival straw in their school backpack. The child, regardless of age, must be taught how to respond if at school or on a field trip when disaster strikes. A teacher will not allow a student to simply ignore the shelter ... Continue Reading →

  • The Problem with Survival Television

    It would stand to reason that anything that helps get people excited about prepping and survival is a good thing, but awareness isn’t always the best thing. For example, take the popular survival shows on cable television today.  Hosts like Bear Grylls will show you how to hunt an elk, survive falling into glacial ice water, and even drink dirty water via an enema, but how much of this is really important?

    SEE ALSO: 8 Prepper ... Continue Reading →

  • Self Reliance 101: Learn How to Spot a Bargain

    If you want to become self-reliant, one of the best ways to do so is to become a bargain shopper. In fact, lots of shoppers these days only buy things when they are on sale or marked down. But, when is a “deal” a good one? That is the true question!

    Learn how to spot true bargains and find real deals with these tips:

    Peel Back the Sale Sticker

    Lots of retailers will cover up the original pr... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Survivor Traits That Make a Prepper Successful

    It’s easy to prepare supplies, weapons, and training for impending disaster, but these will only get you so far. While doing more than just storing food in your basement is a great start, if you lack the traits that are inherent for some, and learned by most, all that prepping can be for nothing.

    While nobody wants to try and define what a prepper is specifically, there are some basics that make up someone that is truly prepared, as part of preparing for anything is getting your mental faculties in order to deal with whatever the world can throw a... Continue Reading →

  • Foraging Recipes: Cattails

    Foraging for food could very well become a necessity during a disaster. Being able to identify what plants are safe to eat is just step one in the process. Knowing how to prepare and store food plucked from the forest should also be a preparedness priority.

    In North America two species of cattails are common – Typha latifoliaand Typha angustifolia. Typha, a Greek word, means “marsh.” The disease known as typhoid and the phrase Typhoid Mary both stem fro... Continue Reading →

  • Preparing for a Short Term SHTF

    By Lukas Nicholson: I worked my way through college as a fire fighter with the Forest Service. It was a dream job for me, for I worked outdoors and made good money during fire season. I learned a lot about fire behavior and its devastating effects on what is termed the ‘urban interface,’ where human development meets and intermingles with undeveloped wild land. Fires in these areas turned out to be the most dangerous, as they presented dangers from both wild land and structural fire... Continue Reading →

  • The Romance and Reality of Wilderness Survival

    By Emily H.

    Surviving the wild is not what like TV shows Survivor and Lost may seem to look like: no reward challenges, no immunity, and most of the time there’s no conspiracy involved. In real life, many bad things can happen in the wilderness as it’s a hostile environment and things can easily go out of control. What was supposed to be a breezy weekend camp can turn into a horrible one as a violent storm could chase you into a nearby cave and get you stuck for the next 48 hours. If t... Continue Reading →

  • Are Prepper Groups a Good Idea?

    At its core, prepping is all about self-reliance. It’s about learning the skills you need to survive and gathering the right supplies to weather anything the world can throw at you.

    Sure, being self-reliant is the ultimate goal, but the reality of the situation is that everything goes a little easier with some help. The idea of a prepper group is nothing new, as like-minded people have been banding together to help one another out since we were drawing on cave walls, but there is something different in this context however. We’re not taking abou... Continue Reading →

  • Do You Have The Skills Necessary To Survive A Disaster? Prepper Camp 2014 Offers Interactive Training

    Prepper expos abound during the spring and summer months, but few offer the level of hands-on survival training that will be available at Prepper Camp. The North Carolina 3-day prepper expo will be held at the Orchard Lake Campground in the mountain town of Saluda, as previously reported by Survival Based.

    The list of

    How to Baby Proof Your Home

    If you’ve recently had a baby (or babies like me!) it won’t be long before the little bean(s) will be crawling around your home and getting into things, like cabinets, cupboards, and trouble! So, it’s important to be sure that you and your home are ready to safely be explored.

    The best way to see what your kiddo will see when crawling around your home is to get down on their level. Go around your home on your hands and knees. It sounds crazy... Continue Reading →

  • Unhappy campers and what it means for Emergency Preparation

     

    When I lived in Southern California years ago, I would often take the “Cajon Pass” out of the LA Basin onto the desert. For me, it was the start of one of two trips: Either to see my in-laws in Utah, or heading for the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains for an adventure, usually with my children, sometimes the whole family. When I took the turn off that would lead me to Lone Pine ... Continue Reading →

  • Convert Your ‘Pavement Queen’ RV Into A Mean Off-Road Prepper Machine Part Two WATER SUPPLY

    Convert Your ‘Pavement Queen’ RV

    Into A Mean Off-Road Prepper Machine

    By: William E. Simpson © 2014 All Rights Reserved 

    Part Two 

    WATER SUPPLY

     

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  • Ebola and Prepping: What You Need to Know

    Who would have thought that the 1995 movie Outbreak might have some future ties to the real world? While the recent outbreak is Ebola instead of Motaba, the ideas behind it are eerily similar.

    While this was only a movie, the reality is that there is a fairly large outbreak of Ebola in West Africa right now that has killed nearly 2,000 people in the area in 2014 alone. So what does this have to do with prepping? Well hopefully nothing at all, but telling a prepper to not worry about something is like telling a cat to come when called: it might happ... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness Overload

    If you’re busy ‘living’ your life, it’s impossible to read the thousands of articles about disaster preparedness. And the truth be known, I think we all get weary of reading the constant debates over how many cans or bags of beans we need to stockpile, or which survival knife is best, or which backpack is best, and so forth. The key is simple; have the basics; somethingContinue Reading →

  • 'Doomsday Preppers' Star Jay Blevins Talks Self-Reliance And Prepper Expos [Interview]

     

    Doomsday Preppers star Jay Blevins was inspired to educate others after his appearance on the National Geographic hit show. Blevins is once again playing host a prepper expo rooted in self-reliance training and informational presentations. Blevins is a former DC area Deputy Sheriff and SWAT officer, current author, business consultant, speaker, prepper, father, husband, and believer. He has more than a decade of serious prepping experience and is passionate about his faith, his family, prepping, and reaching people about important life issues.

    Blevins ... Continue Reading →

  • What Can a Prepper Learn From Ferguson, Mo.?

    The recent unrest in the town of Ferguson, Missouri seems more like a wartime environment than simple protests, and much of this has to do with what is turning out to be a far more militarized police force than anyone would have suspected existing in and around a small Missouri town of around 21,000 people.

    While the cause of the shooting and identity of the officer involved are still not known, but what you can see from the events in Ferguson is that the police in this town are not about protecting and serving the people, but instead about protecti... Continue Reading →

  • Top Safety Tips for Parents with Small Children

    As parents, our main job is to protect our kids and raise them to become healthy adults. Here are just a few things to think about when considering how to keep your kids safe from harm’s way.

    Keeping Kids Safe at Home

    In many homes, the kitchen is a main gathering place, so be sure to have lower cabinets and drawers locked with child-proof locks... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Ways to Prepare for Off Grid Living

    There’s more to moving your life off-grid than preparing for a disaster or apocalypse. As the economy becomes more and more unstable and jobs are less and less secure, the act of moving even a portion of your life off grid can help you stave off the type of disaster that comes in the way of a pink slip or worse yet, economic collapse.

    Check out the six tips below to start moving off grid and see how you can begin to employ all the prepping you’ve been doing for real, well before it’s even necessary.

    Reduce Your Expenses

    Is Your Survival At Risk Due To ‘Hi-Tech Handicap’?

     

    Far too often I run across people who feel that their disaster preparedness plans are well in hand only to observe numerous flaws related to what I call ‘high-tech handicaps’.

    What is a ‘hi-tech handicap’? That’s a fair question, so please allow me to detail what I mean by that phrase and how it affects the various aspects of disaster preparedness.

    H... Continue Reading →

  • What to Carry While Backpacking

    Backpacking is a great way to get exercise, connect with nature, and see amazing sights. A few years ago, my husband and I backpacked through Europe, and we had the time of our lives. Of course, if you want to do the same, there are some very important things you need to bring on your hike. Check them out below:

    Water and High Energy Snacks 

    Water is the absolute mo... Continue Reading →

  • The Importance of Noise Discipline

    One of the first things people notice when they get out of the city and into the middle of nowhere is the lack of sound. There’s still the sound of crickets, locusts, and the wind mind you, but there’s not even a hint of cars, trains, trucks, or other people to ruin the stillness and quiet of a night in the woods.

    While this is great for a weekend getaway to recoup and relax, it’s a very real and dangerous obstacle to overcome when in a survival situation. In a grid-down environment there won’t be electrical signals to make noise, no power ... Continue Reading →

  • Prepper Camp: Hands-On Prepardness Expo [Rick Austin Interview]

     

    All the prepper gear on Earth will not increase your chances survive of you lack the knowledge to use it, or lose it, during a disaster. Bestselling author, survival gardening expert, and television star Rick Austin urges Americans to come Prepper Camp and learn how to stretch both their minds and their muscles while increasing their self-reliance skills.

    A multitude of preparedness events occur routinely from spring to early fall, but the hands-on camp being organized by the Survivalist Gardener Rick Austin, is shaping up to be one of the most comprehensive prepper exp... Continue Reading →

  • The Importance of Light Discipline

    Imagine this: A major disaster has struck the United States/world and you’ve implemented your survival plan. You know how to start fires, use solar power to run lights and small electronics, and finally cracked open those emergency food stores. Things are going great.

    But as you probably imagine, things aren’t going great for a lot of the population. For those that didn’t plan or prep the post-SHTF world can be pretty terrifying and dangerous. Without grocery stores and Costco’s f... Continue Reading →

  • Marine Animal 101, Part One: Shark Safety Tips

    Most humans love the great blue sea, which covers most of our world and features depths and creatures we can only dream about. While the majority of marine life will do you no harm, it's important to know what to do should you encounter one or more of them. Some are seemingly terrifying (thanks, JAWS), while others are gentle giants. In Part One of this series, we'll take a look at what to do should you encounter the ocean's la... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways to Better Secure Your Home in an Emergency

    Imagine this: Disaster has struck and you’ve decided to ride it out in your home so you can be near your supplies and have home field advantage.

    This is great, but if you're anything like most people, your house is in a neighborhood and is far from defendable in its current state. All it'll take is for someone to see lights through the window when there's no power or smoke coming from the chimney when

    The Vacation Get Home Bag

    Summer is the time for family getaways and vacations, but just because you’re taking time off from work doesn’t mean you should be taking time off from prepping. Instead of thinking about prepping as an act you do when you buy supplies or put in a new garden, it needs to be a lifestyle. Disaster is just as likely to strike when you’re 500 miles away from home at the beach as it is when you’re sitting on your front porch at home.

    This is why you need to be prepared no matter where you are, and doubly so if you’re far away from your supplies... Continue Reading →

  • Getting outta Dodge

    Getting outta Dodge-what to do when you need to leave.

    We have all seen this picture, or ones like it:

    A major city is in the path of a hurricane, or wildfire, or some other disaster, and the call goes out to evacuate the city, and chaos ensues. Our transportaton grid just isn’t designed to handle the entire population of a metro area on the road all at once. Being stuck in a parking lot while a storm bears down on you doesn’t seem like the best emergency plan.  So ho... Continue Reading →

  • WHEN WILL AMERICAN FARMERS, RANCHERS AND MINERS BE LISTED ON THE EPA ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST?

    The recent news about the EPA’s new definition of ‘tributary’ had me doing some research into EPA related news, recent studies and actions that have been undertaken by the EPA and the current administration, including some of the people in the House and the Senate.

    http://farmfutures.com/blogs-water-police-part-three-epas-definition-tributary-... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Reasons Olive Oil is a Prepper’s Best Friend

    Most people think olive oil isn’t good for prepping because it goes bad too quickly, but what you might not know is that olive oil will last for at least 1-2 years if it’s left unopened and stored in a cool dark place.

    That means that as long as you cycle through your stock regularly you can keep a year’s worth of the wonder oil stocked up in case things get bad. Olive oil is better for much more than cooking, and can do just about everything from medical uses to making a candle. Check out the five uses for olive oil below and start keeping so... Continue Reading →

  • Prepper Quiz: What kind of "Prepper" are you?

    So, what kind of a “prepper” are you? From not one at all to ghilly suits for the whole family, our preparations for emergencies run the gamut. So let’s take a look and see where you fall. There are really not right and wrong answers, and I realize some categories, especially firearms, might be sensitive for some folks, that‘s why we have ranges of points. And like the title says, have a little fun with it.

    Food: You sto... Continue Reading →

  • REPTILES AND RADIATION

    REPTILES AND RADIATION

    By: Capt. William E. Simpson

    All Rights Reserved © 2014

     

    This Arizona Mountain Rattlesnake is not the ‘reptile’ to which the article title refers

    Photo by: Capt. William E. Simpson II © copyright 2014

     

    This is the secon... Continue Reading →

  • 3 Safety Features to Put in Your Nursery

    When you bring a new baby home, especially if you are a first time parent, it’s easy to get obsessive about safety. I brought home two new babies just a few weeks ago, and we are constantly trying to make sure everything in their nursery is safe enough for them to sleep in every night.

    Our babies have slept in their nursery in their own cribs from the first day we’ve had them at home, although I know this isn’t the norm. Many parent... Continue Reading →

  • Is It Time To Get Out Of The City?

    It seems that with almost every passing day there is news of great concern. The U.S. monetary situation is among the top worries of many critical thinkers. Of course as many readers realize, there are numerous other scenarios that might materialize and create a situation that would make living in large congested cities untenable, and possibly deadly. ... Continue Reading →

  • Camping or evacuating with kids

    Part 1-Keeping them entertained

    It’s sure to happen. Be it on a family campout to the lake, or forest, or beach, or hopefully not, but possibly, when you and your family have to evacuate with ten minutes warning, sooner or later will come a tug on your sleeve, and a little voice letting you know: “Daddy, I’m bored”.

    Being in the outdoors removes children from all the electronically generated time fillers that they have come to expect, and that a lo... Continue Reading →

  • Gimmicks, Scams, and Everything Else a Prepper Doesn’t Need

    Preppers are a unique group of people. We see the benefit in spending money now for things that hopefully never get used. From food to weapons to vehicle upgrades, preppers know how to spend some serious money.

    Since we’ve never been through an EOTWAWKI situation, it’s easy to fall for gimmicks and scams if you aren’t careful. Sadly there are more than a few people out there willing to take your want to be safe and prepared and use it as a way to get rich quick, leaving you without your hard earned money and worse yet, leaving you high and dry... Continue Reading →

  • Convert Your ‘Pavement Queen’ RV Into A Mean Off-Road Prepper Machine

    Part One – Suspensions/Tires 

    Factory leaf springs compressed nearly flat due to max loading of payload 

    By the time my wife and I reached Provo, Utah I was already disenchanted with the 5th wheel RV that we had recently purchased. But maybe I should back-up just a... Continue Reading →

  • The Basics of Building a Prepper Team

     

    Obstacles can seem insurmountable when we're tackling them alone, but together---they turn into exciting challenges.

    -Spencer West

    We've talked about who you should include in your prepping, and more often than not the answer is nobody; that OpSec is more important than talking to friends or family about your prep, which can lead to disaster if they talk to others.

    ... Continue Reading →
  • 10 Old Tools the End of the World Will Make Useful Again, Especially Number 6

    I remember the first time I was allowed to use power tools and what a difference it made in my ability to fix and build just about everything. Instead of the old hand saw I could use a circular saw or a sawzall to get the job done.

    We’ve all grown pretty reliant on power tools, which begs to question what would happen if there wasn’t any power? How would you build a deck without a power drill to put those hundreds of screws in? How would you cut through metal without an angle grinder? What about felling trees without a chainsaw?

    When the ... Continue Reading →

  • Survival skills you can have fun practicing

    Hunker down folks, Armageddon is coming!  Howling hurricanes, terrible tornados, devastating earthquakes, not to mention the collapse of civilization if the Democrats (or Republicans, depending on your political bent) win the next election.  Meanwhile, you are just trying to get through to your next paycheck, worrying about how fast the mileage is stacking up on the minivan, and trying to figure out where your adorable toddler le... Continue Reading →

  • Survival and the Importance of Planning

    One of the keys to thriving in a survival situation is definitely planning. Detailed planning prior to the need can mean the difference between life and death when the SHTF.

    The U.S. Army Survival Manual defines survival planning as:

    “Nothing more than realizing something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and, with that in mind, taking steps to increase your chances of survival.”

    That’s the long way of saying that survival planning is basically prepping. Seeing a potential issue and making arrangement... Continue Reading →

  • How to Start a Budget 101

    If you've always wanted to start a budget but never knew how to get motivated, we’re sharing tons of tips today that will get you excited and energized about getting financially fit.

    Now, the first thing you have to realize is that budgets are fun. I know you probably don’t believe me, but it’s true! Budgets have gotten a bad name over the past few decades, and many associate them with being boring o... Continue Reading →

  • Emergency Food Storage Tips

    When the SHTF the last thing you want to worry about is where you’re going to get your food.

    As Hurricane Katrina proved, the government and FEMA can’t be relied upon to save you in time of emergency, so it’s up to you to keep yourself and/or your family fed for as long as it takes for the emergency to subside or for you to start growing and sourcing fresh food.

    The 72-Hour Kit

    Also known as the extreme bare minimum in emergency food storage, the 72-hour kit represents the amount of time it sh... Continue Reading →

  • How to Save for Any Goal No Matter How Big It Is

    We all have things that we want to buy in the future. It could be something as small as a new pair of shoes or as big as a college education. Some of these goals might seem daunting or like you could never have enough money to save, but in reality any goal is achievable with enough planning, motivation, and organization.

    1.     Keep the Goal in Check

    Having a goal to buy a multi million dollar mansion... Continue Reading →

  • Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire Part 1: Survival Fire Basics

    Having a fire in a survival situation is more than important; it can be the difference between life and death. Not only is a fire good for keeping warm and cooking food, but it can scare off wildlife and give you peace of mind and a feeling of companionship.

    Knowing the basics of getting a fire going is important. For the first part of this 2-part post, we’ll look at basics principles of fire and in part 2, we’ll go over how to build and maintain a fire.

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    Self-Reliance Tips: What You Should Know Before Making A Lifestyle Change

    Living off the grid or making the decision to live more self-reliant existence in a rural area takes planning, lots and lots of planning. As with all things worth doing, embarking on a self-reliant lifestyle should start with a solid foundation, and some homework. The best self-reliance tips ... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Easy Things You Can Skip to Save Money

    If you want to save money, it’s amazing how easy it can be! All you need to do is really assess your habits and daily spending to find some things to cut out. Here are some examples below:

    1.     Magazine Subscriptions

    I love flipping through magazines in the grocery check out line, but I never buy them. To me, magazines always seem to have the exact same stories in them cycled over and over again. I’d rather buy a... Continue Reading →

  • Bug Out: The Basics of Packing A Bug Out Bag

    While you’re probably familiar with what a bug out bag is and why you need one, unless you’re in the military or an experienced camper, you probably don’t know how to pack a bag effectively.

    Packing a bug out bag is more than just shoving items into a bag, though. There’s a science involved that when followed, will get you the most space possible while keeping you safe and getting you access to the things you need.

    Bag Packing Basic... Continue Reading →

  • Gimme Shelter Part 2: Types of Shelters

    With a proper shelter site picked out, the next step to getting you under some shelter is to build the best shelter for not only the conditions, but the supplies you have and can find.

    Part two of this series on sheltering in a survival situation will show you the basic types of shelter structures and give you the basics on building each. Obviously there are more types of structures out there and a nearly infinite number of alterations you can do to these to fit your needs, but by lear... Continue Reading →

  • Genetically modified foods confuse consumers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.

    The Food and Drug Administration says they don't need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation making his state the first to require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

    What about the rest of the countr... Continue Reading →

  • Thinking Clearly: Getting the Prepper’s Mindset

    One of the single worst setbacks for preppers to be taken seriously and not as crazy, gun-hungry kooks has to be the so-called “prepper” shows that have been appearing on TV in recent years. While they are opening up what is usually a very private lifestyle to a much larger audience, the shows are taking something that can be and should be done as a part of everyday life and turned it into an activity where building underground bunkers and trip wires is completely normal.

    Anyone familiar with prepping and the prepping lifestyle knows that these ... Continue Reading →

  • Five things you need in your 72 hour kit that you don’t know yet.

    When you put your 72 hour kit/bug out bag together, most contain the obvious-food and water, ways to stay warm, dry,  treat injuries, hygiene supplies, and such. But there are a few items that are not in most kits, which most of us don’t think about, but can make a big difference in our comfort and safety. Here are five that I bet most of you don’t have in your bag. (Kudos if you beat me to the punch)

    Plastic sheeting ... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Survival Lessons to Learn From The Book of Eli

    The Book of Eli takes place in a post-apocalyptic future in which gangs have taken over and the world is a seemingly endless wasteland. The images in The Book of Eli are very much akin to what many of us in the prepper community feel could really happen, so while there’s a lot of incongruities with reality throughout the movie, there are definitely some quality tips that every prepper can use.

    1. Gangs Will Only Get Worse

    Gangs today are a real problem. While they are mostly focused in urban environments, they are still a major issue that... Continue Reading →

  • 4 Tips for Staying Safe in a Foreign Country

    I was fortunate to spend three years living abroad, and during that time, I learned quite a bit about staying safe. Here are some of my top tips:

    1. Don’t Get Too Comfortable

    It’s so easy to get comfortable living abroad or even traveling there. I've seen many people drink too much at the beach, party too late, and in general let their guard down. Although vacations are meant for fun, it’s so important... Continue Reading →

  • Latest weather wallop: Florida, Alabama flooding

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest, the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast were hit with widespread flooding early Wednesday, with people stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.

    Crews weren't able to respond to some calls for help because of flooding in and around Pensacola, and one woman died when she drove her car into high water, officials said. Boats and jet skis were moved from the beaches to the... Continue Reading →

  • Creative Ways to Repurpose Mint Tins

    Those little metal tins hold mints quite well, but when you run out of breath-fresheners, don’t throw away the packaging! That tin that your mints came in can be reused for a multitude of creative purposes.

    Start by cleaning your tin thoroughly, with a mild soap and warm water. Once you have removed all of the residue from your minty treats and your tin has dried, you are ready to assign it a new reason to live!

    Decorating

    Paint, paper, or polish ... Continue Reading →

  • Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off, but why?

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.

    Not a single piece of confirmed debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been recovered by a massive multinational hunt that began after it disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

    "It is highly unlikely at this stage that we will find any aircraft debris on the ocean surface. By this stage, 52 days ... Continue Reading →

  • Live to Fight Another Day: Basics of Survival Medicine Part 1: Health Requirements

    Keeping healthy isn't too difficult in our current society but in a survival situation the need to protect your health becomes one of the most important factors to most decisions.

    In a non-survival situation, if you get a cold you go buy cold medicine. If you eat some bad food you drink Gatorade and hug the porcelain throne for a little while. Get a nasty cut? Bandage it up with some antibiotic cream and if it’s really bad you go to the ER and get a few stitches.

    In a survival situation however, a simple cut can kill you if not treated corr... Continue Reading →

  • "Zombie Apocalypse": What's With The Fascination?

    Ah, the zombie apocalypse. This concept has pervaded American culture for decades, arguably beginning with the classic 1968 horror flick Night of the Living Dead and plenty of movies after that, including Dawn of the Dead and more comedic takes such as Shaun of the Dead and Warm Bodies. AMC's The Walking Dead remains insanely popular, and fans have even been known to throw zombie-themed weddings in addition to zombifiying themselves for Hallo... Continue Reading →

  • How Important is Water, Really?

    Everyone knows water is important for survival. Go 1-2 days without it and you’re in for a pretty bad time. The human body is 65% water and 2-3 liters of this water is expelled every day via sweat, urine, and excrement.

    This means you need to replace that water on a VERY regular basis or else everything in your body is affected, and in a survival situation that means some pretty nasty side effects.

    So how important is water really? Let’s check out the details and what happens if you stop drinking it.

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    How to Keep Produce Fresh for Longer

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of any diet. These food items provide many essential vitamins and nutrients our bodies need every day. On the other hand, produce is extremely difficult to keep fresh for long. Fruits and vegetables spoil rather quickly compared to canned and processed foods. In the United States, families throw out about a fourth of all fresh produce they buy each year because it has gone bad before it was consume... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Things To Know About Tax Day - You May Be At Most Risk To Be Audited

    The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

    1. YOU MAY NOT FACE MUCH OF A DEADLINE

    If you're due a refund — and about three-quarters of filers typically are — the April 15 deadline is no big deal. Penalties for late filing apply only to people who owe money.

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  • Stress and Survival: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    We all deal with stress every day. From waking up late to balancing work, family, and friends, stress is inevitable. Most of the time stress comes and goes, and while it’s not healthy to be stressed all the time, a little stress can actually be helpful every now and then.

    Once you switch gears from daily life and move into a survival situation however, stress can easily become the norm, which gives way to all sorts of health and psychological issues. In such an environment avoiding stress is just about impossible but understanding stress can help ... Continue Reading →

  • 4 Camping items that have multiple uses: The 2nd one may surprise you

    The idea of "less is more" certainly applies to camping, with the goal usually to bring as few things as possible. After all, you're camping, not glamping! With that in mind, let's take a look at a few multi-use camping items to bring with you on your next Great Wide Open excursion:

    1. "Swiss Army Knife"

    While you don't... Continue Reading →

  • The Art of SURVIVAL

    The word “survival” means a lot of things. To some it means being prepared for anything while for others it means doing whatever it takes to keep moving forward. For the U.S. Army Survival Manual it’s an acronym that covers the basics of survival itself.

    By knowing what SURVIVAL stands for, you can be a better prepper and be ready for when the SHTF.

    S – Size Up

    The first step in getting out of dodge or just preparing for survival is to size up everything that’s going on. Emotions can overp... Continue Reading →

  • The Best Survival Games to Improve Your Skills

    For survivalists and preppers, basic knowledge and skills are essential. If you are looking for ways test your knowledge and abilities and even improve them, here are some of the best survival games to try:

    The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game

    Go old school and test your survival knowledge with the Worst-Case Scenario board game. The premise behind the game is simple; m... Continue Reading →

  • Are You Suffering From Radio Waves?

    Sounds crazy huh? Well that question and questions related to it are now being studied by some leading scientists around the world. The study of electromagnetic energy covers a lot of ground, and this new field of study relates to what is known as ‘frequency pollution’.

    Have you ever wondered how a microwave oven actually works? Or exactly how the energy from the sun causes photosynthesis? These questi... Continue Reading →

  • When to teach your child about guns

    Article By: Paul Dutton

    Every parent asks themselves this question. If you’re lucky enough to be brought up with them, this probably isn’t a big deal for you. However within the last five years, more Americans are first time gun owners with little to no experience. This can be a cha... Continue Reading →

  • Spotting Quick Changes in the Weather

    Anyone who spends time outdoors knows how quickly the weather can change. A clear, sunny day can turn rainy and stormy in a just matter of minutes. When outdoors, these weather changes can hamper your plans or even put your life in danger. For example, afternoon thunderstorms are common in higher elevations where you could get struck by lightning. Moreo... Continue Reading →

  • How to Build an Effective Get Home Bag

    Few would argue that a Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a must for every prepper. Having a bag that you can pick up and live off of for three days makes you more prepared than the majority of the world, but what happens when you’re at work and disaster strikes? You don’t want to bug out necessarily; you want to get home. Even if you keep your BOB in your car or truck, it’s used for a completely different situation and needs, and your car isn’t near you at work. For most people, getting home is a ... Continue Reading →

  • Simple Ways to Learn About Investing

    You've heard that investing is best when you start young, but if you’re anything like I was a few years ago, it’s hard to know how to start! Well, the good news is that investing is a lot easier than you might think, and since it’s one of the most important long-term survival skills you can master, you might as well start today!

    Here are a few ways to learn about investing easily and quickly:

    Start Readi... Continue Reading →

  • Survival on a Budget: 10 Easy Ways to Earn and Save Extra Cash

    Survival on a budget. No survival kit is truly complete without a supply of cold, hard cash. During natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies, credit card and wireless systems will likely shut down, rendering credit and debit cards temporarily useless. If you need to buy something during that time, cash may be your only option.

    Given the shape the economy has been in recently, many Americans find it difficult to keep... Continue Reading →

  • Survival cooking options | Do you know how to cook in an emergency?

    OK, that was crazy. What you prepared for and worried about all these months actually did happen. You had to grab your family, snag your “bugout bag”, and make a run for it.  A close call, but everyone is safe from the fire/flood/earthquake/hurricane/riot/tornado/whatever.

    Now your evacuated, you have found a sheltered spot where your family can take a deep breath and wait for the first responders and c... Continue Reading →

  • How To Keep Friends And Family Calm During Any Emergency Situation

    Any emergency situation, whether a natural disaster, injury while camping or hiking, or other crisis, is going to get adrenaline coursing through the body and can induce moments of undiluted panic. Since panicking is one of the worst things you can do in an emergency, check out a few tips for keeping yourself and everyone around you calm. When you're calm or reasonably calm, you will be able to address and handle the situation much more effectively.

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  • 7 Weird Survival Skills The Original Boy Scouts Can Teach Us

    Every good Boy Scout learns basic survival and camping skills and what most don’t realize is that the skills they’re learning are more than just ways to become an Eagle Scout; they’re actual survival skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

    The Boy Scouts were founded in 1910, and the first issue of Boys’ Life magazine was published in 1911 and many of the tips and skills shown in this inaugural issue are just as useful today as they were back then. Check out the seven weird survival skills you can learn from the Boy Scouts of 1... Continue Reading →

  • Cameraman recounts Crocodile Hunter's last moments

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's famed "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin knew he was dying after a massive stingray stabbed him in the chest hundreds of times, the only witness to the fatal 2006 attack said in his first detailed public account of the beloved conservationist's death.

    "We're saying to him things like, 'Think of your kids, Steve — hang on, hang on, hang on,'" Justin Lyons, Irwin's longtime cameraman, told Australi... Continue Reading →

  • How To Survive When Lost in the Wilderness

    Getting lost in the wilderness can be terrifying, and even the most experienced outdoorsmen can get stranded in unfamiliar terrain or inclement weather. In addition to being prepared for your expedition, there are several things you can do to ensure your safety and increase your chances of making it out alive if the occasion arises.

    Even if you've taken all of the precautionary measures to avoid getting lost or stranded in the woods, it is equally as important to know how to resp... Continue Reading →

  • Survival Using RVs

    Over the past year many people have reached-out to me asking the same question; ‘What can people do to survive a catastrophic event besides sailing to an island on a bug-out boat? This was of course a natural response by some people to my book; The Nautical Prepper

    My experience led me to believe that there was in fac... Continue Reading →

  • How To Cope With Sleep Deprivation

    Planning for the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) is one thing, but experiencing a world-changing event and continuing to thrive and survive is something else completely. Once the initial shock and implementation of your plan is over and done with, the real survival skills come into play. While most people plan for food, water, and other supplies pretty well, few prepare for the emotional and physical drain of always being on guard and attentive when trying to survive.

    Sleep deprivation is a major concern for anyone dealing with a stressfu... Continue Reading →

  • Father of Sandy Hook Gunman Speaks Publicly About "Evil" Son

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In his most extensive comments about the 2012 Connecticut school massacre, the father of gunman Adam Lanza describes his struggle to comprehend what his son did — an act that "couldn't get any more evil" — and how he now wishes t... Continue Reading →

  • The Different Kinds of Fire Starters

    In any survival or emergency scenario, the ability to create fire is a must-have. Fire is useful for all sorts of things in the outdoors including keeping yourself warm, cooking food, making signals so that rescuers can find you, having a source of light at night, and even just providing a psychological boost to your morale. To that end, having tools to start a fire is essential for anyone who recreates in... Continue Reading →

  • 8 Prepper Tips Learned From World War Z

    Before Brad Pitt starred in the movie World War Z, it was a book by Max Brooks. The movie and book are just about as different from one another as possible, with only a little carry-over from one to the other, but both of these combined give us some pretty great tips on how to prep for a disaster.

    While the chance of zombies overtaking the world is in reality far-fetched, these tips apply to just about every form of disaster preparedness and survival. Here are the top 8 prep... Continue Reading →

  • New food labels would highlight calories and sugar

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels on nearly every food package in grocery stores are getting a new look.
    Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers would know whether foods have added sugars under label changes proposed by the Obama administration Thursday. Serving sizes would be updated to make them more realistic. A serving of ice cream, for example, would double to a full... Continue Reading →
  • Avalanche Safety: What To Do And Not Do

    Avalanche Safety for people who don’t think they need to worry about it.

    OK, if you live on the Great Plains and never go near anywhere mountainous, you don’t need this article.  Avalanches are just not a problem in Kansas or Florida. But anywhere there are mountains, even if you never go deep into the “backcountry”, you need to be aware of avalanches and how to minimize the risk of being caught in one.  It’s really common sense, but there are a few things to be aware of, because the risk is real. Just a few weeks ago, a local university student was killed in an av... Continue Reading →

  • The Best Everyday Carry Setup

    Bug Out Bags and home preps are great, but there will always be a time in which you’re not near your BOB, vehicle, or house. In these situations all you have to survive is what is in your pockets or on your person, which is why having a solid Everyday Carry, or EDC is so important.

    The things you carry with you can do far more than just make opening boxes or telling the time easier, they could very well save your life. Because this is such an important idea, you shouldn’t ... Continue Reading →

  • Tips for Backcountry Travel in the Winter

    One of the ways to enjoy wintertime recreation is by getting out into the backcountry. More and more people are traveling out into the backcountry in the winter months to enjoy all kinds of snow sports such as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and winter camping. The backcountry is the perfect setting for those who want to revel in the silence of the wilderness in the winter, unwind from the hustle and bustle of the... Continue Reading →

  • Who Should I Tell About My Prep?

    One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your prep is to tell the wrong person or people about it. While helping people in a time of need is one of the most selfless things you can do, if you’re the only person prepared in your neighborhood and everyone comes looking to you for help, all your work will be for not as less friendly people take the things you’ve worked so hard to save.

    While you don’t want to tell the world about your plans, it’s expected that you want to share with friends, family, and possibly coworkers. Some of these ar... Continue Reading →

  • 10 Survival Essentials For Those Wanting To Be Prepared

    Most of you, if you have been around outdoors activities for any length of time, especially if you like to propel yourself in the outdoors with your feet, have heard about the “10 Essentials”, that short list of things you should never be about when you are away from civilization. Since emergency preparation is also about what you need when the comforts that we are used to go away, reviewing both the list of Essentials and the uses of those items can be of great use to both outdoor ... Continue Reading →

  • Budgeting Tips for University Students

    If you are about to be a college freshman, chances are this will be the first time that you’re really out on your own. Sure you might have a meal plan, a dorm, and a part time job, but many college students aren't equipped with the necessary tools to handle their personal finances.

    Let’s look ahead a few years. When you graduate, you’ll likely find a job and for the first time you’ll have to manage your own finances. You ... Continue Reading →

  • How to choose the best Bug-Out-Bag

    No matter how much you plan for the contents of your Bug-Out-Bag (BOB), if you don’t choose the right bag to place the supplies in, you’re not going to get very far. For a BOB to be great, it needs to be compact yet big enough to hold everything you need, it needs to be lightweight yet sturdy, and it has to be recognizable as your BOB but not flashy enough as to draw attention.

    Confused yet? Picking the right BOB sounds tougher than it really is. Check out the tips below and get the best BOB for you and start prepping it today.

    1. Weight... Continue Reading →

  • How to Prepare Ahead of Time to Prevent Getting Lost in the Wilderness

    Exploring new terrain can be exhilarating for both new and seasoned hikers, backpackers, and climbers, but outdoor fun can quickly turn into a life-or-death situation if you lose your way. When embarking on a wilderness adventure, there are several things you can do ahead of time to avoid getting lost in the woods and to prepare for survival if the occasion arises.

    Each year, hundreds of people get lost... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness & Leadership

    Leadership is a complicated concept. Many people simply think of it as having some form of ‘control’ over others, however that form of leadership usually fails in achieving the desired results. Generally speaking, the best form of leadership taps-into and channels the positive energy of others into a cohesive and focused effort that achieves the needed objecti... Continue Reading →

  • The Best Ways To Save Money and Stay Safe in 2014

    One of the best goals you can have for 2014 is finally getting on track with your finances. I know it’s not as fun as some other resolutions we could come up with, but it’s one of the best for long-term success.

    I truly believe that understanding money and becoming a savvy saver are some of the most important qualities that anyone can have. Plus, if you’re young, understanding a little bit about finance will set you up for a really successful future. It doesn't take ... Continue Reading →

  • Prep Better With These Bug Out Bag Basics

    A good Bug Out Bag (BOB) is one of the most important pieces to any prep. Things can go bad in a moment, which is why having a pre-packed bag with everything you need for 72 hours ready to go is more than smart, it’s just common sense.

    Packing everything you need for 72 hours into a single bag isn’t easy, but there are a few key areas you need to focus on to get the most bang for your buck. You could pack more, or even plan for more than 3 days, but remember this is all supposed to fit into a bag you’re going to carry on your back while on the move, so the less it has in it, th... Continue Reading →

  • What the Spanish Flu Pandemic Can Teach Us About the EOTWAWKI

    The influenza pandemic of 1918 infected some 500 million people around the world, killing anywhere from 30 to 50 million of those infected. This equates out to 3 to 5-percent of the word's population. A staggering number that so impacted the world that in the US the average lifespan was reduced by ten years! The world of disease study learned a lot from this outbreak, and the world of prepping can learn just as much.

    ... Continue Reading →
  • Bug Out Vehicle: Upgrade Your Truck For Survival With These 7 Tips

    The one piece of survival gear that’s with you just about all the time is your truck. No matter how much you prepare at home or your bug out spot, if you can’t get to it safely when the SHTF you’re out of luck. Since you rely on a truck so much for safety in survival times, it only makes sense to get it ready for survival just like you. Here are seven tips to get your truck ready for survival and whatever TEOTWAWKI can throw its way.

    1. Upgrade Tires

    Standard all-season tires won’t cut it when you’re having to off-road to get around traffic... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips To Help You Prepare For an Economic Collapse

    One of the scariest scenarios out there is a full economic collapse. Out of all the possible doomsday scenarios you can think of an economic collapse is one of the most viable, especially since we’re already moving full-steam in that direction.

    With over $16 TRILLION in on-book debt it’s hard to see how our country will ever dig out from that hole. Add in the fact that much of this debt is with China and you have a serious problem brewing. All it take... Continue Reading →

  • Factors That Affect Food Storage: How to Keep Your Emergency Supply Safe for Consumption

    So, you’ve created an emergency food storage supply, stocked it with things you and your family love to eat, and you regularly check the expiration dates and replace foods as necessary. There are, however, many factors that affect the safety of your supply, and knowing about them and how to prevent them will ensure that your emergency stash is ready for consumption when a disaster str... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Tips For Better Home Protection and Defense

    Protecting your home isn’t something you only need to do once the SHTF. Your home is where not only your belongings are, but most importantly it’s where you and your family live. There are real threats today that make home protection and defense a real concern and make it just as important now as it does in a post-SHTF world.

    1. Start on the Outside

    5 Prepping Skills You Can Learn From Zombie Movies

    Everyone loves a good zombie movie. With zombies on TV, in the movies, and just about everywhere else, you might suspect that the zombie apocalypse has already started.

    In reality, though, zombies are just a work of fiction. There are more than enough scenarios out there to worry about that actually have a chance of happening. There are some people out there prepping for just such an outbrea... Continue Reading →

  • Top 10 Training Courses You Should Take Right Now

    Prepping is more than having a room full of food and supplies, it’s also about skills. All the food, weapons, and supplies in the world will only get you so far if you don’t have the skills for survival. A first-aid kit is great, but if you don’t know how to perform first aid, it loses most of its usefulness.

    There are classes available all around the country that help with learning the ski... Continue Reading →

  • Why Women Are Important In Disaster Preparedness Scenarios

    Photo: Michonne from the TV series ‘Walking Dead’

    During long-term large-scale disasters, where sustainability is critical, good morale is absolutely critical for survival success. Being able to comfort people and children in crises has always been a natural ability (gift) for most women, and if I am being honest, is lacking in many men. In... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Preps You Can Do For Under $6

    Prepping can be a pretty expensive venture, which is why any time you can prepare on the cheap without sacrificing quality; it’s a good thing. Best of all, most cheap preps are usually pretty small, so they fit perfectly into a bug out bag or other larger kits.

    Save your money for big things like food stores or that cabin in the Rocky Mountains. Here a... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Money Tips for Getting Through the Holiday Season

    The holiday season has officially arrived. Christmas jingles are all over the radio, big box stores have had ornaments out since Halloween, and everyone is taking family photos for their holiday cards.

    Usually, in the season of giving and receiving, it’s so easy for your money to go straight out the window. There is a small group of people who budget and plan for gift giving during the holiday season, but most people charge Christmas gifts for their kids to a credit card and sp... Continue Reading →

  • What’s The Number-One Prepper Mistake?

    If you are considering some level of disaster preparedness for yourself or your family then this article may provide some insights so that you might avoid making a classic Prepper mistake. And if you’re already well on the road to preparedness, this article might be the catalyst for re-working your strategy, supporting tactics and equipment.

    From my perspective, the s... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness - Which Strategy Is Best For Me?

    The combination of recent disasters on American soil and a multitude of movies and reality TV shows have finally gotten the attention of many Americans. And now questions are starting to circulate; the most common question I am hearing is ‘what’s the best strategy for me’? The fact that people are now asking this question for the first time offers hope for many because when there are more people w... Continue Reading →

  • Ideas for Creating a Disaster Plan

    No matter where you live in the world natural disasters can and do happen. Earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, blizzards, droughts, heat waves, and even just severe storms occur all around the globe. Yet, many people do not have a plan in place of what they would do in the case of a natural disaster. Either they believe it will not happen to them or put it off until an ... Continue Reading →

  • Everything You Need In Your Pet Emergency Kit

    Last week, my dog did the unthinkable. Just 12 hours before we were about to take her on a plane, she ingested an entire bar of dark chocolate.

    After living for over two years in the Caribbean without one single incident, she gave us a major scare right before we were trying to bring her home to the United States.

    It took some quick thinking, but we called the vet immediately who told us to bring her in. It was because of our quick reaction time that we were able to get he... Continue Reading →

  • How to Plan For A Disaster Scenario and Survive if You’re Wrong

    Survive a disaster scenario

    At the center of every prepper is a great planner. Prepping is built around the idea of planning for unforeseen events to be ready when they come. But what if you plan for the wrong disaster and something you didn’t even see coming happens? You could be planning for a bank shutdown and an economic collapse, but instead a random solar flare knocks out all electronics and power.

    Planning is gre... Continue Reading →

  • The Most Important Supermarket Survival Items That Aren’t Food

    Important Supermarket Survival Items That Aren't Food

    When things start to get bad, supermarkets are one of the first places most people will go. The majority of people that haven’t planned for the EOTWAWKI will grab all the food and water they can carry, but that’s not all a supermarket has to offer.

    There are more than enough other survival items in... Continue Reading →

  • Survivalist and Prepper Terminology Explained

    No matter how you prep or what disaster you feel might be on the horizon, one thing just about every prepper and survivalist loves are acronyms. There are so many that it’s easy to get them confused or worse yet, have no clue what they mean.

    To help ease this problem, below is a list of the most common terminology used by preppers and survivalists. It’s a good idea to brush up on these terms so you know what everyone else is talking about. If you’re already a pro at this, send the list to friends interested in prepping so they can start t... Continue Reading →

  • 3 Ways Anyone Can Save A Life

    When we think of “saving a life,” we often think of firefighters, doctors, and other first responders. However, there are many ways that anyone can save a life if they find themselves in a position to do so. With just a little bit of knowledge and the ability to stay calm in emergencies, just about anyone can make a huge difference in someone else’s life.

    ... Continue Reading →

  • Underwater Caches?

    Well, the third season of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers is off and running, and oddly enough, there is a new scoring system which provides the audience with even less information as to how and why Practical Preppers is making their evaluations of the Preppers who are depicted. My regular readers know that my style is direct and based upon facts and experience; I call-them like I see-them when it comes to p... Continue Reading →

  • The Top 7 Most Important Features of a Bunker

    With the recent shutdown of the US government it has started to become clearer how fragile the civilized world around us really is. If voting on a single topic can shutter the entire government, what would happen is something major happened?

    The more things like this happen, the better an underground bunker starts to look. No matter how good your bug out location is, if it’s above ground it can be v... Continue Reading →

  • 10 Survival Skills to Teach Your Kids

    Survival skills are so important to pass down to your kids. You never know when they’re going to use them, so below are our top picks for things your kids should know even when they are young.

    1. How To Call 911

    This is probably the most important

    Top 5 Foods You Need to Start Saving Now

    5 Food Storage Items You need

    When preparing your food stores people tend to focus on items such as canned food, grains, and canned/preserved meats. While these are all vital to your survival, there are a number of other food items that you will want and need.

    Along with the essentials, smaller things you take for granted now, like vitamins, will be necessary to keep you healthy and strong. Below are the top 5 items that might not be on your list but should be.

    <... Continue Reading →

  • The Inconvenient Truth About Disaster Preparedness

     

    The recent release of the movie ‘World War Z’ has catalyzed a lot of conversation about potential catastrophic disasters; namely long-term large-scale disasters, where everyone everywhere is engulfed in the same situation. It’s a scary fact that only a small minority of people who have a keen understanding of world history realize the relevance of what is depicted in this block-buster movie. If we look back in histo... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness – Radiation Exposure And Prophylaxis

    It seems that everywhere you look in the media these days, there’s yet another story detailing the threat of radiation from one source or another ranging from Fukushima to solar radiation. Now we are being told by numerous sources that some of our food supply may be affected:

    Joseph Mangano, executive director of the nonprofit Radi... Continue Reading →

  • The Ultimate Earthquake Survival Kit Checklist

    If you’re like me, one of the things you've been meaning to do is set up an earthquake survival kit. So, if you've been putting it off, now is the time to get started! To make things easy, I've included a handy checklist so that you can make sure you have all the supplies you need to stay healthy and safe during a worst case scenario.

    Shoes for Walking. After an earthquake, there will likely be an extensive amount of rubble and broken glass around your l... Continue Reading →

  • Sheltering In Place – Another Essential Part of Your Emergency Preparedness Plan

    In an emergency situation, choosing the right type of shelter can greatly increase your ability to survive. It is always important to adhere to the instructions of government officials during a disaster, and understanding the terms they use can be lifesaving.

    It is becoming increasingly popular to prepare survival kits and evacuation plans in case of an emergency. Keeping a list of local evacuation shelters and routes, fallout shelters, and emergency services (like hospitals, police stations, fire stations, etc.) can help you and your family feel safe when disaster strikes.

    Continue Reading →

  • Knots Every Survivalist Should Know

    An often-missed survival skill that everyone should have is that of knot-tying. Learning to tie various kinds of knots is somewhat of a loss art. However, all different kinds of knots can come in handy when you find yourself stuck out in the wilderness trying to stay alive. Whether you need to secure an emergency tarp, combine two ropes into one longer rope, or lash together multiple pieces of woods, knots are important to know and practice. Plus,... Continue Reading →

  • How Bartering Will Save Your Life

    When things go bad, paper money will ideally not be worth much. It really won’t matter how much you have in your bank account if the banks crash, now will it? What will matter are tangible items; things that either have intrinsic value or can be used for survival. This is why it is crucial to save items that are great for bartering now, so when you need something that your neighbor ... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Awesome Online Tools and Apps That Will Save You Money

    One of the great things about the digital age is that there’s literally an app for everything. You can use apps to help you plan every aspect of your life, but my favorite way to use them is to save money.

    There are several very popular money saving apps currently available but the apps and tools below are some of the best!

    Mint

    Mint is perhaps one of the most... Continue Reading →

  • Should I Stay or Go When Lost?

    If you spend any amount of time out in the woods, chances are good that at some point you will find yourself lost. Becoming lost or unsure of where you are happens to even the most experienced wilderness expert. During outdoor recreational activities, things happen that we can’t control. Vehicles break down and you can become stranded on a back-country road. While hiking or backpacking, you ... Continue Reading →

  • Emergency Pet Kits

    Building an Emergency kit for your Pets.Did you know that there are nearly 79 million pet dogs and 87 million pet cats in the United States alone? Approximately 39% of households have at least one dog and 33% have at least one cat. Chances are you probably have a dog, cat, or some other pet that relies on you for food, shelter, and safety. In the event of an emergency it’s necessary to prepare for your fur... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Skills to Learn Right Now for Survival

    The world of prepping and survival is filled with products, gadgets, and upgrades for you to prepare for tough times or worse yet, the end of the world as we know it. While all these weapons, tools, and bug out bags are great, after a few days, what you’ll really need is some real life skills to get you through. I put together what I think are some of the most important skills every prepper and survivalist should know, and listed them below.

    Emergency Preparedness in 12 Easy Steps

    An emergency preparedness kit is something everyone should have: a set of household and survival items that you might need during an emergency. Having an emergency kit and a survival plan will increase your chances of remaining safe during a natural disaster or survival situation.

    Don’t wait until danger is imminent to build a survival kit and organize a preparedness plan – you may not have time to gather all of the items and information you need for your kit as a storm approaches. Follow these... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness – Stress Testing Your Ability

    Anyone truly serious about disaster preparedness (Preppers and First-Responders) need to constantly ask the question; am I ready mentally and physically for a short term or long term emergency or disaster situation. Regular self assessment is key in being prepared for almost any situation. Simply assuming you can handle the stresses of an emergency or a more serious situation is a mistake. By testing yourself, you w... Continue Reading →

  • Disaster Preparedness, Preppers And Moral Standards

    What determines how someone might act during a crisis or disaster depends largely upon three things:

    1. Upbringing: How a person was raised provides one of the most important aspects of character development and morals, and a considerable amount of that is related to a person’s parents. Parents control and affect many important aspects of the child’s development, including;

    A.) Providing a home that is nurturing and supportive; children need to feel loved and safe when they are at home; the world... Continue Reading →

  • Can Survivalists and Preppers Benefit From Reality TV Shows?

    National Geographic – Reality TV ShowDoomsday Castle

    Can Survivalists and Preppers Benefit From Reality TV Shows?

    The quick answer is yes; absolutely, if the show is true to its viewership. That said, it can also go horribly wrong; let’s examine why.

    Much of modern society today is operating with a complete... Continue Reading →

  • How to Survive a Lightning Strike

    Surviving a Lightning Strike. If you have spent time outdoors, whether it is for camping or other recreational activities, you probably know how quickly storms can roll in. One of the most frightening experiences is being caught outside out in the  open in a thunderstorm with the possibility of lightning. Being struck by lightning can be deadly, of course. Lightning is responsible for about seventy deaths each year and o... Continue Reading →

  • Skills (A Dystopian Author's Perspective)

    Guest Contributor Article By Archer Garrett

    We all have skills/abilities/talents/whatever that we were endowed with or learned along the way. We are all certainly not equal in this manner, but we do all have some manner of things we are good at.

    James Rawles, the patriarch of the survival community, talks a lot about developing skills for a grid-down scenario.  Ideally, they could also be used to generate add... Continue Reading →

  • Lasagna Gardening - A Recipe for Growth

    If you don’t know by now, there are many ways to benefit from growing your own food. Call it lasagna gardening, sheet composting, or no-till gardening; this is a low (or no) cost, low effort method of creating a garden that requires neither digging nor tilling. Using mostly natural or household items you can generate very rich soil, perfect for planting seeds or starters into!

    Lasagna gardening is a fantastic way to recycle and reu... Continue Reading →

  • On Guard! Protect Yourself & Survive

    It's very easy to get caught-up and become distracted by all the fun prepping toys. The blogs are choked with articles about guns, knives and survival gear.

    However, the single most important consideration in prepping is you! Your health and well being is by far the most important consideration there is in any survival situation.

    Short-term situations are important, but it’s the long-duration disa... Continue Reading →

  • Protecting Your Pet from Natural Disasters

    Protecting Your Pet. Our pets are some of our closest friends, and they become an integral part of our lives to the point where they are like family members. Yet, when it comes to disaster planning, many people forget their pets. Animals left to fend on their own during emergency situations are often killed, injured, or lost forever. Just like you need to plan for the safety of any... Continue Reading →

  • Do You Have the Mental Toughness to Survive?

    Mental Toughness. If you find yourself in a survival situation, the right tools and knowledge can make a big difference. Having the ability to make a shelter, collect water, and hunt or trap for food is essential. They could be the difference between life and death in many cases. While you might already have the right gear, knowledge, and skills to survive a life-threatening situation, you might be ignoring the most... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping for Large-Scale Disaster

     

    Large-Scale Disaster 

    A Sobering Problem - Requiring A Different Approach

    Most survival strategies and related tactics today draw upon the methods that worked in much smaller disasters and will likely work to some extent today in similar small scale disasters. However, large-scale (contin... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping On A Budget: How To Earn Some Quick Cash


    How To Earn Some Quick Cash
    . What if the economy collapsed, where would you get supplies? How will you protect yourselves from the zombie apocalypse? Can your bunker withstand nuclear fallout? These are just a few of the possible SHTF scenarios.

    Prepping for The End Of The World As We Know It is already difficult. While preppers always look ahead to the potential problems of tomorrow, sometim... Continue Reading →

  • Doomsday Luxury Living

    Doomsday Luxury Living. Water, canned goods, Swiss army knife, first aid kit, matches, batteries….

    These are the first things that come to mind when preparing for the end of the world as we know it. You probably have all your bases covered when it comes to the necessary prepper items. You know you're in great shape and have a better chance of survival than the average person, but are the... Continue Reading →

  • Have a Fun and Safe Fourth of July

    Safe and Fun Fourth of July. One of my favorite holidays is the Fourth of July. Also known as Independence Day, the day we celebrate the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States of America. The holiday is the perfect time to spend time with friends and family, watch fireworks, have a BBQ, or even go on a road trip. A good thing to remember though is that according to the National Safety Council, the Fou... Continue Reading →

  • Common Prepper Mistakes to Avoid

    Prepper Mistakes to Avoid. Prepping can mean different things to different people. It can be a hobby or an occasional activity, a job or a way of life. Preppers can go from preparing only the barest minimum in survival kits, to creating and acqu... Continue Reading →

  • How To Remain Calm In An Emergency

    Remain Calm In An Emergency. A real emergency: it’s the last thing any of us ever expects. Yet, most people will experience an emergency situation at least once in their lives.

    When one happens, there is always a great divide between people who remain calm and people who are overwhelmed by the stress and find it hard to function.

    While emergencies are terrifying and often life threatening, it’s extremely impo... Continue Reading →

  • When Animals Attack: What to do

    When Animals Attack

    One of the less-pleasant things that can happen while camping or otherwise stranded in the wilderness is encountering a wild animal. While the old saying “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them” still rings true, you may still encounter a large animal that is hungry or fears you will harm her young. So what do you do when you find yourself face-to-face with one of our world’s lar... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping On a Budget: How to Properly Store Dry Goods

    By: Andy Selby

    Storing Dry Goods. During catastrophes or other situations where food scarcity is prevalent, storing food comes in handy. It is often difficult and/or dangerous to acquire food during a hurricane, so storing goods is a basic element in anyone's

    Learning How to Prepper Parent

    It’s not easy raising children, even on a good day. Readers who already have, or who are currently raising families know this very well. It’s a huge responsibility being entrusted with life, and the initial core values that children develop must come from their parents because frankly, who else can they trust? Subjects like religion and politics must be taught initially by parents, who ... Continue Reading →

  • Survival Engineering And Disaster Preparedness

    Capt. Bill repairing an 800 pound transmission in the Baja wilderness

    By: Capt. William E. Simpson - USMM

    If you need it, can you make it? If it breaks, can you fix it?

    These are serious questions that require consideration by anyone who believes there are disaster scenarios that could p... Continue Reading →

  • Budget Prepping: Bug Out Bag

    By: Andy Selby

    Budget Bug Out Bag. One of the first things that every new survivalist does is put together their Bug Out or Get Home Bag. This bag is a collection of tools, materials, and food that is designed to get your through the first 72 hours of whatever disaster or situation you might find yourself in.

    There are many different methods and budgets that apply when deciding what should go ... Continue Reading →

  • What is the goal of Everyday Carry Gear?

    By: Tom Linden of UK Preppers Podcast Radio Network

    I think the goal of EDC (Everyday Carry) gear is to increase your quality of life.

    Every piece of... Continue Reading →

  • 7 Great Ways to Use Wheat WITHOUT a Wheat Grinder!

    By: Jodi and Julie of Foodstoragemadeeasy.net

    A lot of times people just getting started with their food storage have a big hang-up about wheat and how to use it.  We are told to store hundreds of pounds of this food that we actually NEVER cook with in our daily cooking.  For a long time we decided we wouldn't store any wheat until we had a wheat grinder so that we could “use it”.  We didn't r... Continue Reading →

  • How My Dad's Preparedness Saved Me During Hurricane Katrina

    By: Catherine Alford

    Losing your childhood home is something you never, ever think is going to happen. Natural disasters are things that affect other people, not you, right?

    I wish that were true.

    In 2005, I was getting ready to start college in ... Continue Reading →

  • Emergency Preparedness: How to prepare for a hurricane

    Emergency Preparedness. As hurricane season approaches, everyone who lives in the paths of these terrible, potential life threatening acts of nature, should review how prepared they are for disaster. Anyone who lives in the path of hurricanes knows what can happen, and what needs to be done to be ready for whatever destruction and disruption these killer storms can leave in their wake.

    There ... Continue Reading →

  • Five Tips to Starting a Garden

    Starting A Garden. It's the time of the year when many folks get the urge to get out and get their hands dirty. The thought of fresh grown tomatoes and the snap of green beans in their hands is a tantalizing day dream.

    As with any project, the first thing to do is have a good plan. As the saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail. Each region of the United States is a little different in their veggie gar... Continue Reading →
  • Cheap by Choice: When Frugality Means Freedom

    By Daisy Luther orginally posted on theorganicprepper.ca and shared on survivallife.com

    I suffered some great financial losses back in 2010. I lost my house, my car, and my business.  We had been living frugally in comparison to many people,  but not frugally enough to counteract that personal economic disaster. Looking back, I’m not sure if any amount of frugality could have really made a difference.

    It was a de... Continue Reading →

  • Planning can Help You Survive a Disaster

    Emergency Preparedness. The biggest tip for staying alive in a disaster is in the preparation. Planning ahead can make things easier. It can mean the difference between life and death. Disaster preparation and planning starts with a plan in place and having your loved ones know and even practice the plan. Sort of like being back in school with a fire drill and that is a good ... Continue Reading →

  • First Aid: How to Treat a Burn While Camping

    How to Treat a Burn. Camping is still considered by many to be one of the greatest of all American pastimes, from roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire to grilling hot dogs and hamburgers on a sizzling metal skillet, camping is truly the sport of kings. Receiving a painful burn while camping however, can put a damper on your entire wilderness outing but knowing enough first aid and how to treat a burn is half the battle.

    Depending on the... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Basic Knots Everyone Should Know How to Tie

    Basic Knots. Some things in life never get old, even after many centuries there are basic knots everyone should know today. Knotsmanship is not only for sailors and boy scouts, it is a valuable skill that is essential for mountain climbers, securing items in the back of a truck or on top of a vehicle. And knots can be used around the house in many other ways. Surprisingly, many people today do not know how to tie basic knots. So what type of knots should people learn tie?

    Bowline Knot – This is a loop knot that is very common and is used everywher... Continue Reading →

  • Survival Gear Must Have Items

    Survival Gear Must Haves. If you are looking for gear to survive, there are definitely items that should be on your must have survival gear checklist. These include things you use to pack, along with a bag that carries all your critical supplies. Many situations in the space of a relatively short ... Continue Reading →

  • A Look At 5 of the Best Handguns For The Average Person

    Best Handguns. There are a few guns on the market that have rated high in customer reviews. We wanted to put a list together of guns that are highly rated and could be a great fit for the average person. There are many things you might want to consider when purchasing a firearm that are specific to you. But if you are looking to get a handgun, you can't go wrong with any of the guns on this list.... Continue Reading →

  • Tips For Being Aware of Your Surroundings

    There are three main precautionary steps you should take with regards to being cognizant of your surroundings. Being aware of your surrounding is not only proactive, but it could prevent a dangerous situation from arising. Those three steps are time, setting and common sense. To break these steps down a little more, it will also be important to see how they all interrelate.

    Time is a crucial element for being alert with re... Continue Reading →

  • Uncommon Uses of Household Salt

    Uses of Salt. Salt is often known for being an added ingredient in our food and is primarily used for cooking your favorite dishes. However, household salt actually has a variety of ways it can be used besides add flavor things and preserving food for storage. For decades, many have used salt to solve common household problems. Some of these problems are often the cause of your frustrations. So what can household salt be us... Continue Reading →

  • Putting an emergency survival pack together

    Everyone should have an emergency supply pack (also know as a 72 hour kit) ready . Unfortunately, most households do not have an emergency supply pack, or they lack the essentials and needed items. It is not difficult to create kits, it should only take a few hours. Although everyone is different; here are five tips to put together emergency kits.

    When putting together an emergency pack, it is crucial to stock it with unique needs... Continue Reading →

  • 5 ways to put a food storage supply together for emergencies

    Planning for an emergency can sometimes be a challenge because it is so unexpected. When the unexpected natural disasters occur like a power outage, earthquake, snow storm or typhoon, depending on which side of the world you live, you must take preventive measures for storing food. One of the main things people need when all else goes wrong is to sustain your body with food along with the proper storage of it in the right... Continue Reading →

  • A Look at Different Firestarters For Everyday and Survival Use

    Firestarters 

    Fire starting has always been one of those subjects of common interest at home or wilderness survival. Lets start with listing a few commonly used fire starting tools firesteel, charcoal, knife, tinder, cloth, Instafire, and many other great options.

    Charcoal

    Lighting your fire with charcoal is a common option. However it is commonly used for bbq grills and no you don't have to use lighte... Continue Reading →

  • What Every Household First Aid Kit Needs

    The one guarantee in life is that accidents happen and usually at the worst possible time. Since preventing an emergency is impossible, the next best thing is to be prepared. Every home needs a first aid kit and most people have no idea what to put in one. One solution is to buy a premade kitContinue Reading →

  • Holiday Emergency Preparation

    Door-buster shopping. Visiting family. Getting kids to sleep before Santa comes.

     

    There are plenty of events that require keen survival skills during the holiday season, and some of them require more than just patience and longsuffering to overcome. With everything else going on this time of year, it is easy to forget some of the basic safety and preparedness skills. Here are a few to keep in mind whether you trim the tree, light the menorah or participate in any other holiday festivities:

     

    1. Real Christmas trees are a real hazard. It looks and sm... Continue Reading →
  • More Than Just Food - Preparing Your Family for Financial Emergencies

    When your family is confronted with a disaster, once life and limb are made safe and basic needs like warmth, shelter, nutrition and hydration secured, reality may start setting in and you realize, “What is this going to cost me?” Not all disasters involve weather catastrophes, but even the ones that do often turn into financial emergencies pretty quickly.

    Is your home underwater or beneath a pile of rubble? Will you have a job to return to once the roads are clear and life returns to normal? Besides the obvious short-term expenses, are there new long-term commitments that will a... Continue Reading →

  • When Preparing a 72-hour Survival Kit: Thought Starters

    When preparing a 72-hour survival kit, there are many things to consider. Here are some thought starters:

    Food and Water: Water is almost always your number-one priority in a 72-hour kit. If it’s not, and you don’t have any or enough, it soon will be. Almost every guide says you need a gallon per day for drinking and hygiene, but that’s 24 pounds of water per person for a three-day supply! If you are likely to not have access to water, especially in hot climates, pay the price and lug the water. If there are water sources nearby, purification may be a better id... Continue Reading →

  • 72 Hour Kits—Part 3: First Aid, Hygiene and Keeping Comfortable

    So far on our journey toward building a 72-hour survival kit, we have discussed how to assess your circumstances and the essentials of shelter, water and food. If you have not had the opportunity, we encourage you to review parts one and two before continuing your planning.

    After a disaster hits, your top three priorities are shelter, food and water. Once you have taken care of these essentials, the reality of your situation sets in ⎯ you might be here for a little while. That is why you will want to be ready with clothing, hygiene and first aid supplies.

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  • 72 Hour Kits—Part 2: Food, Water and Storage Techniques

    Preparing for an emergency should be top of mind for every family today, with the increase in natural disasters and other disasters. Many are trying to get ready, but do not know where to start. What should I store? How much should I pack? What are my essentials and what can I spare? The simplest launching point is a 72-hour survival kit. This series of articles is intended to help nudge you into action with everything you need to consider.

    In the first of this four-part series, we discussed what scenarios to plan for: types of disasters, your geographical location and your f... Continue Reading →