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 →
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Posted on August 5, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on June 29, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
In a survival situation, a knife is a critical piece of gear to have. A good old-fashioned knife can do all sorts of things. It can help cut wood for a fire, fashion traps to catch food, fight off predators, make tools, drive in stakes, cut bandages for first aid and much more. Consequently, it is an essential part of an emergency kit and/or survival pack.
So what if something happens and you don’t have one on hand? Your best bet is to make one yourself.
Posted on June 22, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
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.
Posted on June 13, 2016 by Brian Meyer
So where do you hide your cache? Think about where you are on a regular basis and where it would be safe pretty consistently. Your hiding spot should be somewhere you’ll always be able to access, and it should be somewhere that isn’t going to change in a significant manner for a very long time.
Just like the old infomercial for the rotisserie oven, when it comes to a survival cache, you should ideally “set it and forget it,” meaning you should build your cache and hide it somewhere that you’ll be able to get to in an emergency, but you won’t be checking on it ever... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 6, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 30, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 26, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on April 25, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on April 18, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on March 17, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on March 7, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 25, 2016 by Rebecca Maxwell
The beginning of a new year is always a good time to stop and evaluate your goals. It’s common to make resolutions related to health and fitness in January and February, but what about making preparedness goals?
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Americans are woefully unprepared for natural disasters and emergency situations. A 2015 survey found that only 40 percent of participants have developed
Posted on February 18, 2016 by Tara Dodrill
Posted on February 15, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 1, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 25, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 18, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 11, 2016 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on December 21, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on December 1, 2015 by Kent Page McGroarty
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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Posted on November 24, 2015 by Kent Page McGroarty
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:
Posted on November 16, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 19, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 12, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on September 30, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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
Posted on September 16, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on August 12, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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
Posted on August 10, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on August 5, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on August 3, 2015 by Brian Meyer
Nobody likes a power failure, but what happens when a simple blackout turns into days or even weeks of inadvertent off-the-grid living? Sure, no power means you can’t watch TV or charge your iPhone, but we take for granted all the other things that run on the grid like sewage pumping stations and communications towers.
Necessities like sewage pumping and water purification have backup generators, but they only last as long as the diesel in their tanks. When the tanks run dry they become as useful as a flyswatter in a major league baseball game. As the backup supply of dies... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 20, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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.
Posted on July 13, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 22, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 15, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 10, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on May 28, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
Have you ever thought about starting your own garden? Gardening is a rewarding activity. Many people find joy in growing their own food and discover that the time outside in their gardens is therapeutic. Moreover, gardening can save you some money if you are on a tight budget for food.
Keep in mind, however, that gardening takes some work and you will probably have to dive right in and learn as you grow. No one is the perfect gardener when they first begin. Here are some ... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 25, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 18, 2015 by Brian Meyer
“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 →
Posted on May 11, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 7, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on April 16, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on April 9, 2015 by Lorin John
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 →
Agenda 21: Multiple States Passing Laws To Protect Property Rights, But Few Americans Are Even Aware Of The Mounting Threat Against Them
Posted on April 8, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
Agenda 21 has attracted the attention of lawmakers across the country, finally, - but the masses in America are still virtually unaware of the potential threat to property rights and states rights posed by the biodiversity plan.A detailed map of America created by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity shows exactly what the country would look like if the
Posted on April 6, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on April 2, 2015 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on March 26, 2015 by Rebecca Maxwell
In the case of an emergency or natural disaster, it makes sense to make sure that your basic needs will be taken care of, especially those for food and water. A prepper’s basic objective is to ensure that their family has enough essentials to survive but are you prepared in terms of shelter? If you were forced to evacuate your home, what would you do to shield yourself and your loved ones from the elements?
Clothing can only go so far to protect us. Therefore, additional shelter is usually ... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 23, 2015 by Brian Meyer
Prepping doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Part of preparing to be self-sufficient is learning to enjoy the things you may be forced to do at some point. This means shooting, fishing, hunting, and hiking. While most people focus on the shooting and fishing aspects of this, hiking is an often-overlooked aspect of prepping. With transportation at a likely standstill, most travel will be done solely with your two feet.
This means you should probably get pretty used to carrying a pack and walking fairly long distances. By practicing hiking for fun, you will learn what yo... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 20, 2015 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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’.
Posted on March 13, 2015 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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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Posted on March 9, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on March 2, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 28, 2015 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on February 20, 2015 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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’).
Posted on February 9, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 2, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 26, 2015 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 16, 2015 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on January 14, 2015 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on January 9, 2015 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on January 5, 2015 by Brian Meyer
Packing a solid Bug Out Bag (BOB) is an important task, you want to make sure you have everything you need while keeping everything within a single bag for easy carrying and escape.
It’s all too common to pack a BOB when you’re at home and not use it until necessary. While you might be able to easily walk around your house or even your neighborhood with your bag fully packed, how many miles will it take for all that weight to slow you down and wear you out?
If you have... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 26, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
Photo: Laura Simpson © 2014 – Lakes, streams and ponds provide potential water sources as well as fish
In this series, we are considering the very basic steps that would allow anyone with average skills and the requisite adventuresome disposition, to successfully establish an ‘off-grid’ homestead. Going off-grid requires some of the same ‘spirit’ that many of our forefathers had when they first came to America in the 1800’s, taking their families into the ... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 5, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
‘Starting From Scratch’
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 →
Posted on November 28, 2014 by Catherine Alford
Before getting serious about my finances, I’d never even heard of an emergency fund, let alone why it’s important to have one. However, in today’s economy, it is even more important than ever to be prepared with an emergency fund.
Here are 5 reasons why:
- Cover a Job Loss: No matter if you are laid off or fired, having some sort of emergency money saved up can be a stress-reliever when you no longer have a steady income coming in. It ge... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 24, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on November 22, 2014 by Catherine Alford
Over the past few years, buying local has become a hot topic. A largely grassroots movement, the trend of buying local has reached nearly every area of the United States.
When people hear “buying local” most automatically think of things like produce and meat, and while these are great examples of things you can and should buy locally, there are also lots of other things that you have to option to buy locally every day. Here are just a few reasons why you should buy as many locally grown and produced products as possible:
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Posted on November 21, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
I get a fair amount of email from readers on various subjects related to economic collapse leading to hard-times, social unrest and a lack of monetary exchange. And one particular question that keeps coming-up is: Should I buy some golf or silver?
We are barraged with commercial ads saying one expert or another is forecasting that gold and silver will be going up and that, gold and silver will be an important form of monetary exchange should there be a collaps... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 10, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on November 7, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
‘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
Posted on November 1, 2014 by Catherine Alford
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<... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
Posted on October 27, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 24, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on October 21, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
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.
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Posted on October 20, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 17, 2014 by Lorin John
Often, when you read about tips and tricks for backpacking and hiking, the tipper has an outdoor resume that makes you wonder why they are not on their cable TV “I survived this” show. It seems like they have been a guide for twenty years in the Tetons, or lived three consecutive winters in Alaska, or at least founded a graduate level program in Backcountry Studies at the University of Way Off Y... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 15, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on October 14, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on October 13, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 10, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 9, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on October 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on October 6, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 3, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 2, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
More and more people are beginning to appreciate the importance of sustainable living, the practice of reducing their impact on Earth’s resources. You might be wondering what this looks like for you and your family. Well, the good news is that there are many different ways that you can implement sustainable living. A ... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 24, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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?
Posted on September 19, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on September 18, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
One of most overlooked parts of putting together a survival kit is collecting and including important documents. It is clear that you can survive only so long without food and water but getting back to normal after a natural disaster also involves having critical documents at your disposal. This way you can avoid the long an... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on September 15, 2014 by SurvivalBased
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 →
Posted on September 12, 2014 by SurvivalBased
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 →
Posted on September 5, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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
Posted on September 3, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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
Posted on August 30, 2014 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on August 29, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on August 26, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
Convert Your ‘Pavement Queen’ RV
Into A Mean Off-Road Prepper Machine
By: William E. Simpson © 2014 All Rights Reserved
Posted on August 21, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on August 20, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on August 18, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
GMO crops and chemical pesticides and herbicides have become commonplace in American agriculture. The search to garner non-GMO or heirloom seeds can be a lengthy one for both backyard gardeners and professional farmers alike. As with antibiotics, alcohol, and drugs, weeds can build up a tolerance and resistance to substances much in the same way as the human body does. Glyphosate appears to no longer not ju... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 18, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on August 15, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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
Posted on August 12, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on August 9, 2014 by Catherine Alford
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
Posted on August 8, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on August 6, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on August 5, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on August 2, 2014 by Catherine Alford
If you’re like most brides-to-be, you already have some ideas floating around in your head (or on Pinterest) of what you want for your summer wedding. Now the next step is funding the wedding, of course. Here are some helpful hints for getting what you want without breaking the bank!
Setting Your Wedding Budget
Once you set your date, start doing some price shopping. This isn’t actually the planning stage; you a... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 25, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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
Posted on July 21, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on July 19, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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.
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on July 9, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on July 8, 2014 by Kent Page McGroarty
Ah, apple cider vinegar. Is there anything it can't do? Okay, it can't fight a bear, but if you were lost in the wilderness and had a lifetime supple of raw, unprocessed ACV with you, you'd be in pretty darn-good shape. When purchasing apple cider vinegar, forget the filtered junk you normally find on grocery store shelves! What you want is raw ACV that features "the mother," i.e. a cob-webby substance that's packed with highly-beneficial enzymes. Let's take a look at a few of the many ... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 8, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on July 2, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
Weeds are bad for our farms and gardens and we should pull them, right? Wrong. Permaculture expert and Secret Garden of Survival author Rick Austin is nationally renowned for his agriculture skills and insights. Austin left the corporate world behind to live off the grid in North Carolina several years back. Rick has ... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 30, 2014 by Brian Meyer
When your gear gets low on power today it’s easy to find a wall outlet and plug in for a few hours. What happens when that wall outlet doesn’t work any more? When the SHTF power will be one of the first things to go. With nobody running the power stations or to repair downed wires, all those gadgets you have will become useless within just a few days.
So what’s the solution? You could stop using electronics entirely now to prepare, but that’s nearly impossible and ultimately unsafe today. You need to use communication devices, recharge flash... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 28, 2014 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on June 24, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on June 23, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 20, 2014 by Brian Meyer
So, you want to start building your emergency food storage to prepare for whatever disaster may come, but the task seems insurmountable. You’ve probably seen posts that tell you the proper caloric intake and base foods to build a good diet, but those don’t tell you exactly what you should be saving, do they?
Sometimes it’s just better to have specifics so you can make a simple shopping list and go to the store with a mission, or better yet, keep a list in your wallet for when you see sales, so you can buy your emergency food on the cheap.... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 19, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on June 16, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Obstacles can seem insurmountable when we're tackling them alone, but together---they turn into exciting challenges.
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 →
Posted on June 13, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 12, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on June 12, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
The fact of the matter is that anyone can be a prepper. The word prep is an action verb that simply means to prepare. You might be wondering what you should be preparing for. Well, there are all kinds of natural disasters and emergency situations that could happen in your area. No one is immune to these occurrences, and it is to your advantage to be prepared for when they do by having adequate food, w... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 9, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on June 6, 2014 by Lorin John
One of the toughest things you could face in a disaster is having to spend a night out without a roof over your head. Alone or with your family, this is a whole different ballgame than during the day. It’s colder, you are not moving around, and obviously it’s dark. Add to that the confusion of an emergency situation. Let’s look at how to get at least a little rest and shut-eye when you didn’t plan on spending the night out.
If you bugged out with a trailer/RV, or have a real tent in your 72 hour kit, you don’t need to read much further. Just get set up and relax. One thin... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 30, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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.
Posted on May 28, 2014 by Tara Dodrill
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 →
Posted on May 24, 2014 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Getting yourself and even your spouse/significant other into prepping is overall fairly easy. You cans it down, weigh out the facts, and make some decisions on what you need to do to protect yourself and others from disaster.
Kids on the other hand, do handle facts and reasoning as well as an adult does, which means you can’t just give them facts and expect them to make the right decision. Worst of all, it’s much easier to scare a child with facts about disaster and the end of the world, something you really don’t want to do.
Facts are ... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 23, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 9, 2014 by SurvivalBased
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 →
Posted on May 9, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on May 8, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on May 6, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Water is an element essential for human survival, and during an emergency or disaster, clean drinking water may be scarce. Main water lines may be shut off during an incident or may be contaminated and therefore compromised. Prepare ahead of time by safely storing enough water for you and your family.
When preparing your survival kit, water should be one of your top priorities. Everyone’s water needs are different, varying by age, health, activity, and climate, but there are st... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 5, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on April 30, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
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!
Paint, paper, or polish ... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 29, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Water is always a concern in a survival situation. Unless you’re property has its own well for water, you’re probably going to run out of water pretty quickly. As long as there isn’t a nuclear or chemical catastrophe a rain barrel is a great way to collect and store water for when you need it. Making one is fairly easy if you follow the steps outlined below.
First things first, you need a barrel. Not j... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 25, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on April 24, 2014 by Lorin John
If you are giving more than lip service to being prepared (assuming you have a decent yard), then you almost certainly have planted a nice garden to supplement your family's supply of vegetables and fruits. A garden has so many things going for it, not only can it reduce your food bills, you can preserve your harvest for food storage, it gets the kids out from in front of the TV and in the sunlight, and I h... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 21, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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.
Posted on April 18, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Most of us are familiar with the standard bug out bag, but this catchall for 72 hours worth of survival should be considered more of a bigger picture kind of tool while a survival kit is the barebones items you need to survive.
The exact contents of a good survival kit will vary with the environment you plan on using it in, but there are some basics that every good survival kit should have.
Survival Kit Basics
A good survival kit should be three things. First, it should be as portable as possible. T... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 17, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on April 3, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on April 2, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on April 1, 2014 by SurvivalBased
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 →
Posted on March 28, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on March 26, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
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 →
Posted on March 26, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on March 24, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on March 18, 2014 by Lorin John
When the chips are down and things get crazy, a warm, crackling fire can make the difference between being cold and miserable and being safe, warm, and comfortable. A fire is more than warmth, when you gather around its pulsating orange tendrils; it offers an almost primordial sense of security.
Having said that, in any given situation, the first question that needs asking is if you should light a fire at all. If you are warm and dry, and just need to boil... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 18, 2014 by Jacob B.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.
Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global skills race, supporters of a no-tuition policy see expanding access to community college as way to boost educational attainment so the emerging workforces in their states look good to employers.
Of course, such ... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on March 10, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on March 6, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on March 3, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 24, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 20, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on February 14, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on February 13, 2014 by Lorin John
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 →
Posted on February 7, 2014 by Brian Meyer
“But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Benjamin Franklin penned this quote in 1789 and it still rings as true today (unless you’re a big corporation, then the taxes thing is out) as it did back then.
This quote means a lot to preppers, as no plan you make is guaranteed to work. There are far too many variables to plan for, which me... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
From my chair, if you’re not living on a boat, the best investment you can make is in your own home (where you live). There are potential scenarios where your home will become your survival shelter or safe haven. And therefore, it makes sense to minimize as much vulnerability in your home as possi... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 31, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 30, 2014 by Catherine Alford
Even though the U.S. economy has slowly improved since its downward spiral in 2008, the housing market is still in recovery. Although we don’t hear about it as much as we used to, there are still many families who are struggling to pay their mortgages and who are buying houses that they simply can’t afford.
Just turn on the TV, and you’ll watch couple after couple on those home buying shows turning their noses up when... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 29, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
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 →
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on January 21, 2014 by Jacob B.
Guest Post by: Loren Spendlove
The dictionary definition of survival is ‘the state or fact of continuing to live or exist, typically in spite of an accident, ordeal, or difficult circumstances’.
As I write this post, I can’t help thinking of the five years my wife and I spent living in Mozambique, Africa. Survival is a daily fact of life in Mozambique. The people there lack many of the basics that we often take for granted. Clean water, sufficient food, economic activity. All of these things are deficient or non-existent. All of them are “no-brainers” as far as their... Continue Reading →
Posted on January 20, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 17, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 10, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 3, 2014 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on January 2, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
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 →
Posted on January 1, 2014 by Rebecca Maxwell
Millions of people each January start off the New Year by making resolutions. Oftentimes, these promises have to do with self-improvement and typically include health and fitness goals for after the holidays. On the other hand, how about including preparedness goals as part of your New Year’s resolutions?
These goals are important to make because disaster and emergency situations can happen anytime and you might not have time to prepare b... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 30, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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
Posted on December 27, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on December 23, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on December 21, 2013 by Brian Meyer
Just because you technically have enough food to last you 5 years doesn’t mean you’re in the clear in regard to food prepping. There’s a lot more to emergency food storage than just buying canned food and hiding it under a bed or on a shelf in the garage. There are a few major missteps that many preppers make when storing food and here are the top seven to get you headed in the right direction ... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 17, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on December 13, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on December 12, 2013 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on December 11, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Keeping an emergency food supply, especially for an entire family, is important but can be a bit overwhelming with all of the expiration dates and shelf lives. You can keep your supply fresh and your family happy by incorporating food storage ingredients into your daily cooking. It is surprisingly easy to use freeze-dried fruits and veggies, textured vegetable protein (tvp), and powdered dairy as substitutions in almost any... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 10, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on December 9, 2013 by Brian Meyer
Just like preparing water, food, weapons, and other supplies need to start well before the SHTF, getting your mind in the right place needs to start well before then, too. It’s easy to prepare supplies, vehicles and bunkers, but not so easy to prepare your mind for dealing with the situation at hand when things go bad.
Keeping a positive attitude can mean the difference between life and ... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 6, 2013 by Brian Meyer
Keychain and Wallet Tools
When talking about survival one thing that constantly comes up is the bug out bag. While this is a definite necessity, there are many times that you’re not near your bag and just like time, disaster waits for no man. This is why the need for small, discreet tools is a must to make sure you are as prepared as possible in any situation.
These tools fit into your wallet or onto your keychain with limited impact on your day-to-day use, and most should go through airport se... Continue Reading →
Posted on December 4, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Experiencing a natural disaster, such as a flood, earthquake, or hurricane, can be scary for anyone, and especially traumatizing for children. Whether the event affected them directly or they are aware of its impact on a different part of the world, it is important for parents, teachers, caregivers, and neighbors to recognize disturbances in a child’s behavior and help them cope with the fear and stress they are experiencing.<... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 27, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on November 21, 2013 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on November 16, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
Winter is fast approaching, and for many of us that means dealing with harsh weather conditions. Winter brings snow, ice, storms, and even blizzards to many locations. This weather can be especially tough on vehicles, and the last thing you want to happen is for your car, truck, or SUV to break down in the middle of adverse conditions that could turn life threatening. The best way to keep that from occurring is to make sure you vehicle is in good ... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 15, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on November 9, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
In modern-day life, electrical outages are not everyday occurrences, yet they can happen at any time. Electricity blackouts are often short lived, usually lasting for hours, but some can last for days or even weeks if there are natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, floods, blizzards, or severe storms. Blackouts can also happen at any season throughout the year. They can occur in the summer when the electrical grids are overloaded, in the wi... Continue Reading →
Posted on November 8, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on November 2, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on November 1, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on October 25, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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.
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
During a disaster or emergency, being prepared to survive on your own may just save your life. There are many ways to prepare yourself for an emergency, and having survival kits is crucial to keeping you alive. Everyone’s needs are different, so it’s best to create your own survival kits, although they can be purchased premade featuring basic survival necessities.
You may be required to remain in a safe room in your house (Shelteri... Continue Reading →
Posted on October 11, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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:
Posted on October 10, 2013 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on October 9, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
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.
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Posted on October 4, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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 →
Posted on September 28, 2013 by Kent Page McGroarty
Is a big storm, such as a hurricane, tornado, or one of the tropical variety headed your way? There’s a laundry list of things to do to prepare for a storm, including teaching your children about emergency preparedness. Survival skills are imperative during a storm, after all! So what are some of the things you need to do to prepare your children for an impending storm?
First Aid Kits and Other Emergency Supplies
If you don’t have a first aid kit put t... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 23, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
Moonrise in the Sea of Cortez – Photo by: Capt. William E. Simpson
Without actual experience in long-term off-the-grid survival it’s really tough to figure out what you’ll really need, and what is not so important after all. And there is no substitute for actual experience.
From my chair, when it comes to the discussions of survival and di... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 17, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
As the summer comes to a close and Fall begins, it is time again for hunting season. Many people will be getting out their camouflage, cleaning their firearms, and heading out into the wilderness. Hunting is an activity as old as the human race. The earliest humans hunted for game in order to eat, and even in modern times, humans depend heavily on hunting for food. Large numbers of people hunt in order to... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 16, 2013 by Savannah Humes
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 →
Posted on September 13, 2013 by Brian Meyer
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.
Posted on September 11, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
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 →
Posted on September 4, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on August 28, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on August 8, 2013 by Catherine Alford
Posted on August 1, 2013 by Catherine Alford
One of the best ways to save money is to eat at home, but has your grocery bill gotten completely out of control? If so, you might be surprised to find that some of the most expensive things you can buy are dried herbs. In fact, if you stock up your kitchen with 8 of the most popular herbs used in cooking, it can actually set you back about $40.00!
Actually, even fresh herbs in the produce department will set you back quite a fe... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on July 24, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
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 →
Posted on July 23, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on July 23, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on July 17, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
If you have a backyard or a garden, you probably enjoy spending time out there. Why not share your space with your local native bird populations? Attracting birds to your garden can be beneficial to you, your family, your garden, and the birds and local plant life and wildlife. A few easy tricks can get your backyard bustling with the chirps and chatter of happy birds all year round!
There are many benefits to attracting birds to your outdoor space. Besides being fun to watch, bi... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 11, 2013 by Catherine Alford
Hiking is one of those activities that people absolutely love all around the world. The best part is that there are so many amazing places to see, and the best ones often take several hours and a certain level of skill to reach.
Whether you are hiking to a mountain peak, visiting a rainforest, or just taking a walk through your local National Park, there are several safety concerns to consider if you will be hiking for an hour or mor... Continue Reading →
Posted on July 9, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on July 9, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on July 8, 2013 by Andy Selby
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 →
Posted on July 5, 2013 by Andy Selby
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 →
Posted on July 2, 2013 by Rebecca Maxwell
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 →
Posted on June 28, 2013 by Andy Selby
Posted on June 27, 2013 by Catherine Alford
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 →
Posted on June 26, 2013 by Kacey Herlihy
Rainwater harvesting is an environmentally friendly way to capture, direct, and reuse rainwater. Collected rainwater can be used for watering your garden, water for irrigation and livestock, and if done appropriately, it can even provide safe drinking water for you and your family. If you live in an area that is prone to droughts or wildfires, rainwater collection can help protect you and your l... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 25, 2013 by Kent Page McGroarty
Posted on June 20, 2013 by Catherine Alford
Emergency Kit Splurges. When it comes to shopping, I am always looking for budget items. Whether it’s the store brand of cereal or a great deal on a new pair of shoes, you can trust that I’m scouring the aisles looking for a product that’s affordable.
However, despite my frugal ways, there is one aspect of my life where I refuse to cut corners. That, my friends, is the ... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 14, 2013 by Jacob B.
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
Posted on June 13, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Jacob B.
How to make Homemade Granola. Granola is a great, healthy, energy-providing snack to keep around the house or to bring with you on a trek. The store-bought stuff can come with a hefty price tag and tons of calories and sugar, but making your own granola is a fun and healthy alternative!
Making homemade granola is incredibly easy and allows you to add all of the things you like and omit anythin... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 12, 2013 by Jacob B.
Simple items made with paracord. It is best to be as prepared as possible for any emergency that presents itself. However, it is difficult to prepare for the unexpected. That is why paracord is a valuable resource to have because it is small and easy to pack and extremely versatile in it's uses. And, it is really affordable.
With a breaking point at 550 lbs., 550 paracord can easily be woven into everyday items to acc... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 10, 2013 by Jacob B.
Posted on June 9, 2013 by Jacob B.
In emergency situations it is important to get the family to their safety destination as quickly as possible. When a disaster strikes in a neighborhood or a storm or flood happens while people are out on a hike, they should be prepared with emergency survival kits for the worst case scenarios. Even when taking hiking trips in fair weather, people should also have the required survival supplies they need in order to hike safely. When ... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 3, 2013 by Capt. William E. Simpson
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 →
Posted on June 3, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on May 23, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on May 6, 2013 by Jacob B.
How to build a raft. A raft can be a great benefit to a person lost in the woods, or stranded on an island in a lake. If you're stranded in the ocean, a raft would not be a viable choice of escape, unless you're Tom Hanks. Rafts are great for short distances, but would not stand up to ocean currents, and weeks out to sea. It also would not be able to carry enough supplies to keep you alive. However, if you simply want... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 1, 2013 by Jacob B.
Tornadoes are one of the most deadly natural occurrences in nature. They often occur with little or no warning. Many people think that they are not at risk or that there isn't anything that they can do to prepare anyway. They are wrong. Every state has a risk for tornadoes. Tornadoes can form from thunderstorms. If you notice severe thunderstorms in your area, check your local weather station to see if you are under a tornado watch. If you are,... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 30, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on April 29, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on April 25, 2013 by Jacob B.
The first rule is to stay calm at all times. Panic can cause death in an instant. Take several minutes to tread water as you calm yourself down and assess the situation. How far away is land? How long are you likely to need to float? Is ther... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 23, 2013 by Daisy Luther
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 →
Posted on April 15, 2013 by Jacob B.
What to do with your tax refund. Sometimes it is hard to save your income tax money or to spend it on things that will really matter. With a little thought and planning, you can use your tax refund to paint a brighter financial picture for your family and also get the things you want. There are several ways to make your tax refund pay off all year.... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 1, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on March 28, 2013 by Jacob B.
Best Firearm for You. When people decide to purchase a firearm, it’s something that requires a little understanding and some thought to make certain the proper firearm is purchased. It’s important for you to decide the purpose a firearm will serve in your life. Self-protection, hunting, target shooting or even skeet shooting all require firearms that meet different specialized needs. There are budgetary concerns, siz... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 21, 2013 by Jacob B.
Survival Gear: In any outdoor survival situation it is vital to be prepared. Taking appropriate precautions before embarking on an outdoor adventure could mean the difference between life and death. Imagine getting lost while hiking, injured while camping, or any of the other dangerous outdoor survival situations without having the necessities. It could be disastrous. Below are important
Posted on March 12, 2013 by Jacob B.
Emergency Water Supply - As I am sure you are aware, there are many disasters facing our families each and every day. While we cannot see the future, we can prepare for some of our basic needs if we find ourselves facing an emergency.
While many of us are not experts in survival preparations, we are all aware of the things we need to get through most average days. When we take into consideration... Continue Reading →
Posted on March 9, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on March 7, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on March 5, 2013 by Jacob B.
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.
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 →
Posted on February 20, 2013 by Jacob B.
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 →
Posted on February 6, 2013 by Jacob B.
What Is Emergency Food Storage?
In the Western world, having regular access to food and drinking water is taken for granted. If your access to food and drinking water was interrupted for any amount of time, what would you do? Having a plan will ensure your survival and comfort, and the time to be prepared is now. Emergency food storage is simply having a supply stored for emergencies. It can be any type of foods or meals. It can be purchased from the grocery store, market or from a com... Continue Reading →
Posted on September 11, 2012 by Paul McHardy
Emergencies can happen at any time and almost anywhere. Natural disasters, financial collapse or sudden accidents can turn life on its head in a matter of seconds. The only way to keep your family safe and secure in the face of crisis is preparation.
September is National Preparedness Month, so there’s no better time than NOW to get your emergency plan up to date. SurvivalBased.com is your headquarters for all things emergency prep—helping you be more than prepared for anything.
And in September, as you get ready, ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
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 →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
What if you went to the grocery store and found the shelves empty, or had to evacuate your home in fifteen minutes? Chances are, you would be in a world of hurt.
It is overwhelming to think about emergency preparedness.
“I need to acquire a year’s supply of palletized, freeze-dried food, 10,000 gallons of water and gasoline, cutting-edge emergency gear, paramedic certification and a bazooka to protect it all.”
So instead, you give up and figure you will be like your neighbors, waving at the helicopters and hoping they drop food, toilet paper and tarps.
But ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
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 →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
In our final installment of this four-part series on how to prepare your 72-hour survival kit, we have just a few final essentials we need to make sure get stashed away for an emergency. You will note we said the last of four; we strongly encourage you to review parts one, two and three of this series. They cover everything from pre-planning, food and water, to medical supplies. It is information you cannot afford to go without.
There are just a few more things to consider when customizing a complete 72-hour kit. They are essentials, but are too customized to really lump into... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
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.
Part 3 – ... Continue Reading →
Posted on August 14, 2012 by Paul McHardy
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 →