Author Archives: Brian Meyer

Brian is a technology nut who loves craft beer. Still a Boy Scout at heart, he believes in always being prepared. Brian believes the most important tools you can have when the SHTF are your brain and the ability to keep a level head, no matter what the situation is.

  • Planning Your Survival: Are You Prepared?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Ways Being a Runner Makes You a Better Prepper

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

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

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

  • Do You Leave Yourself Vulnerable Daily?

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

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

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

  • 5 Easy Preps for Those Inevitable (and dangerous) Power Outages

    While power failures can happen at any time of the year, the most dangerous time for one is when it’s cold and snowy outside. What is an inconvenience in the summer could easily kill in the winter.

    Freezing temperatures and roads that can be difficult for repair vehicles to travel on add up to longer times to fix the issue and more time for you without power, and most importantly, heat. By preparing for a power failure now you can stay safe when the power goes out.

    Power Failure Causes

    Before getting into the checklist, let’s look at some of the most likely causes... Continue Reading →

  • When Looting Becomes Survival

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

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

  • 7 Alternatives to Toilet Paper

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

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

  • How to Survive the Cold like a Navy SEAL

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

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

  • Prepping Effectively in an Urban Environment

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

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

  • How to Survive a Riot

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

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

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