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Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations Page

Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations. Gear, books, blogs, forums, facebook pages, and more.I’ve created this page to collect all my recommended best prepper websites, gear, books, and other online or offline resources so you guys would have one place to send people or to reference for the good stuff.

Also, I’ve pulled in all the recent posts from every recommended prepper blog out there with an RSS feed so you can check them all at one time. Isn’t that cool?

Here’s what I got for ya here. You can jump down to each section from the links below:

  • TL;DR
  • Best Prepper Gear Recommendations
  • The Best Prepper Websites and Online Resources
  • Best Prepper Book Recommendations
  • Best Prepper Blogs Most Recent Posts Feed
  • How you can recommend things to add to the list

TL;DR – I write long posts with lots of detailed information, and this won’t be any exception. Because I know a lot of you will be reading this from a phone, I’m going to list everything out real quick and then go into the what-for afterward. This page is going to be well over 10,000 words so I wanted to give you a shortcut. BTW, TL;DR means “Too Long; Didn’t Read.”

The Best Prepper Gear Recommendations

As you’ll see here I’m not going to have recommendations for each category such as food, water purification/filtration, firestarters, shelter, clothing, etc.

This list will be driven by the gear itself and not individual categories. That way I don’t have to try to find an interim solution for each category just to fill the spot. Each thing will have to be something special or it won’t be listed.

So here’s the first gear I’m gonna put on the list, in no particular order:

5.11 Rush 72 backpack

When I asked everyone on my facebook page what their number one recommended bug out bag was, this bag was suggested more than all others BY FAR. So much that I actually got one for myself. If you’re looking for a very tough and useful tactical bag, I would definitely suggest it. If I ever deploy again, I’ll be taking this bag. It also comes in two smaller sizes: The Rush 48 and The Rush 24.

Osprey Atmos 65 backpack

This is what I use for my personal bug out bag. Like the 5.11 Rush series, this bag comes in several sizes, and even those sizes come in small, medium, and large to fit your body size. This is by far the best backpack I’ve ever owned, and I’ve owned a bunch. It’s strong, lightweight, has a built-in rain cover at the top, and has the right balance of pockets and access points.

If you’re new to prepping and not sure what kind of bug out bag to get, get this one.

Solo Stove Wood Burning Backpacking Stove

I like to be as flexible as possible with scenarios. I do carry a Trangia Alcohol Spirit Burner Stove and some Yellow Heet for fuel because it makes cooking on-the-go really convenient, but I don’t like relying on cooking with only what I can carry.

The Solo Stove not only cooks really well with twigs and other combustible things, it actually makes an alcohol stove more efficient by focusing the heat onto your pot – and the Trangia fits inside it while it’s in your pack. This way I can cook very efficiently with the small amount of alcohol I carry but have a never-ending supply of fuel for it once that runs out.

CREE 7W Flashlight

I forget now where I first heard about these little gems but damn, I was pretty surprised when I finally got a hold of one. So surprised, I ended up writing a whole review of them.

They’re under $5 but built like you could literally run them over with a truck (I haven’t tried it yet but I’d lay money that it would be fine).

Not only are they super cheap and super strong, they’re SUPER BRIGHT for a single-cell flashlight, and run off an AA battery, which is one of my requirements (so I can use the rechargeable setup to always have batteries and could always find batteries if I lost all the ones I had).

These are so good that I’ve seen a lot of people buy like 20 of them (I’m probably getting close to that now) and put one in each vehicle, give one to each family member, and give them out as great little gifts.

MPOWERD Lucy Inflatable Solar Lantern

I hunted for a long time to find a good lantern for my bug out bag and for camping. Flashlights and headlamps are cool and all but when you’re sitting in your tent or RV either reading or going through your stuff, a lantern is much better.

The problem was that all the lanterns I could find were WAY too bulky and heavy to carry in a pack. Then one day, MPOWERD contacted me and asked if I’d like to do a review of their product. I almost said no (because I usually say no when people want me to review their stuff unless it’s super awesome stuff) but I started reading about how they were using these in Africa and became curious. I certainly could have used one of these when I was in Northern Uganda.

These are absolutely wonderful little lamps. They fold up to about the size and weight of a CD case, are water-proof (they float, actually), and they recharge with the built-in solar panel.

Goal Zero 41022 Guide 10 Plus Solar Recharging Kit

Currently, I have several different solar panels that people have sent me for reviews. I like to be able to charge AA batteries for my flashlights or to keep my cell phone running.

There are many options out there for solar panels, and each have their strengths and minuses, but this setup is the best I’ve found for an out-of-the-box solution to making sure you have AA batteries for your electronics and can also charge your cell phone or tablet through a USB output.

Doan Magnesium Fire Starter

I’ve tried a LOT of fire starters out there over the years. After much thinking, research, and feedback, I think the Doan fire starter is the best overall solution. They’re very cheap, very portable, won’t ever run out of fire-starty stuff, and won’t get ruined when they’re wet.

Just don’t get a cheap knockoff one because the magnesium in those doesn’t work. The real thing is so cheap that there’s really no reason to go with anything else anyway.

SOG Seal Pup Survival Knife

I carried this knife’s big brother, the SOG Seal, in Africa, Iraq, and Afghanistan but it’s just a bit too big for my personal bug out bag gear at home.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how important it is for me to cut down on weight and space as much as possible without sacrificing quality. This knife is the right balance for me of everything a good knife should be.

Fiskars X7 14″ Hatchet

You can certainly bang out a shelter and chop up firewood with a good, strong knife like the SOG Seal or Seal Pup but batoning is much harder than just using a good old-fashioned hatchet.

The Fiskars X7 is the one I chose to go with, and I recommend it for your bug out bag or camping gear, but you should also consider the Estwing E24A above. It was really a toss-up between the two when I got mine, and I did a crap-ton of research.

Sawyer Mini Portable Water Filter

I’ve tried several different water filtration systems but this is the best overall. It’s inexpensive, extremely portable, can be attached in-line to a Camelbak or similar system, and with the backflush syringe can filter 10’s of thousands of gallons. Per gallon of filtered water, it’s the cheapest thing out there.

Suunto M-3 D/L Compass


There are a few compasses that Suunto makes that are similar to this that would work very well but this is the one I landed on. I used my Army-issue tritium lensatic compass for a long time but wanted to drop the weight and space for something that would still work well. This one does.

The Best Prepper Websites and Online Resources

For this section, I’m going to list each website here and a blurb about it but if you head to the Resources and Recommendations page, you’ll also see the most recent posts for each blog that has an RSS I can tap into. This means that page will be updated pretty much live with the best articles on the web about prepper-related topics.

This doesn’t mean that there aren’t other very good websites out there on prepping and survival. I just haven’t had a chance to check them all out. It also doesn’t mean there are a lot of really good sites out there, because there aren’t. Most of them suck.

The quotes for each are from the owner of the site:

Prepper/Survival Blogs

Backdoor Survival –

Backdoor Survival is a lifestyle website that promotes the pursuit of a preparedness lifestyle. It speaks to the need to prepare without fear and without being overwhelmed by the daunting nature of storing food, water and gear. At the same time, there are plenty of articles for learning life-skills such as fire-making, cooking from scratch, and making your own soaps, salves, and first aid remedies. I think of Backdoor Survival as a kinder, gentler, prepping and survival blog.

Gaye Levy consistently puts out some great information on her site. Her articles are well-researched and thorough – and relevant.

Prepper Website –

Prepper Website exists provide links to quality articles and websites that focus on preparing for emergencies, survival, homesteading, simple life and alternative news.

There are only a couple sites I’d list that don’t write their own material because almost all of them just post random articles and the worst of them just outright steal posts from people who take the time to actually research and write them. Todd Sepulveda’s site is different. It’s actually very useful. It’s like the Drudge Report of prepper information. Not only does he have a LOT of articles listed on his site, he personally vets each one. If you’re looking for a good article on some topic or a great list of sites to look into, this site is where to start.

Survival Sherpa –

This Todd writes survival articles. What I also like, other than the fact he has good information, is that he does videos as well. If you’re looking for bushcraft articles or DIY projects, check this one out.

American Preppers Network –

This site is a gateway to a LOT of information about prepping and survival. It’s not just a prepper website, it’s a community (several communities, actually) of preppers from all around the US. Their mission statement is, “To bring knowledge and understanding of living a Self-Reliant lifestyle into the mainstream and teach it to every household in America.”

Ready Nutrition –

My name is Tess Pennington and I am an author of two preparedness books: The Prepper’s Cookbook and The Prepper’s Blueprint, and founder of Ready Nutrition. I started my website as a testament to the preparedness path that I found myself on. As time went on, I realized how important it was to develop skills, plan accordingly and to be more mindful of the way we are living. Since then a great community has developed and I hope you will come and visit with us.

Tess Pennington has a very good thing going on with this site. She has some very thorough articles on more than just canning etc.

The Organic Prepper –

I have a background in alternative journalism. When I read the news, I automatically relate it to my two greatest passions, preparedness and nutrition-based health. This is evident in my website, where I tie all three subjects together. As well, I like to encourage those beginning their preparedness journey, so you’ll find a lot of articles geared towards those just getting started.

This is the prepper site to go to if you have an anti-GMO/vaccine or similar bent. Daisy doesn’t ONLY write about those topics but a lot of her articles have a sort of rational anarchy rant to them.

Prep for SHTF –

Preparing For SHTF is an Emergency Preparedness and Survival blog that touches on Homesteading, Bushcraft and other various skills needed to survive an impending disaster.

This site has a balance of bite-sized information or videos along with more thorough posts.

Tin Hat Ranch –

Sometimes campy, often entertaining, the Tin Hat Ranch is a unique website tied to an equally unique Youtube channel. While they solidly cover the tenants of emergency preparedness, survival gear, and a bit of homesteading, for subjects such as “How to Hide From Drones” and “How To Survive a Nuclear Bomb”, you might need to break out the Reynolds Wrap. All in all, the site is a great place to follow for new and old prepper’s alike.

Some great information on this site but make sure you check out his youtube channel (listed in the menu at the site). He has over 20,000 subscribers to his channel and sometimes it’s just easier to watch someone than to read about it.

Mom With a Prep –

Mom with a PREP is a blog dedicated to helping families be prepared for whatever life throws at them, through learning more about emergency preparedness, survival, homesteading for the whole family.

This site is more about homesteading and gardening but is geared toward preppers (hence the name) and has prepping-specific information as well. The articles aren’t fluff so you’ll actually get something out of reading them.

Survival at Home –

Survival at Home is a site that focuses on homesteading and preparedness for the modern family.

Patrick has some really good information on his site about gardening, homesteading, food preservation, survival skills, and basic prepping. Unlike most sites out there, he writes good information and gives enough detail so you actually learn something.

SHTF Preparedness –

SHTFpreparedness.com is an aggregator for the best prepping, homesteading and DIY articles from around the web

This is another prepper content curation site but Matty not only chooses each link carefully, he writes his own take on them instead of just pulling the intro from the post like most sites do.

Camping Survival Blog –

CampingSurvival.com. It’s not about the END OF THE WORLD – It’s not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH – It’s about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

This site is a good mix of prepper information with some down-to-earth camping and outdoor articles. They have a separate site (in the quote) that sells camping- and survival-related gear.

Survival Mom –

The Survival Mom blog gives moms tools, tips, and strategies to help them worry less and enjoy their families more. Lisa Bedford, blog founder and editor, is also the author of Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Emergencies and Worst Case Scenarios.

One of the big ones out there in the online prepper world. Great articles on healthy living and preparedness. There’s a lot more to this site than it looks at first glance.

Offgrid Survival –

OFFGRID SURVIVAL, run by emergency preparedness expert Robert Richardson, Author of The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide, is a website devoted to giving its readers essential tactics and step-by-step instructions for surviving real-world disasters, threats, and crisis. From detailed articles on both urban and wilderness survival, to real-time preparedness news and threat alerts, OFFGRID SURVIVAL gives you real-world advice on how to survive the very real threats present in today’s society.

Very good and thorough articles about much more than just off-grid living. Good articles on camping, prepping, survival, and quite a bit more.

Survival Magazine –

(currently hacked – sorry for now) This site has survival-related articles and a very strong facebook page following but one of its real strengths is its forum.

Food Storage and Survival –

Sharing the peace of preparedness from our family to yours. Simplified, no hype help with food storage, survival, preparedness, and self reliance.

Not only does this site have a ton of great food preservation, survival, and homesteading articles, it has its own podcast.

Ultimate Survival Tips –

This site has not only good survival-related articles, they have some really good product reviews and even some videos. I just found this site but I already like it.

Survival Blog

SurvivalBlog.com is a comprehensive blog on family preparedness that has been posted daily since 2005.  This site has an emphasis on “how to” practical skills and has more than 85,000 archived articles and letters.

This is James Wesley Rawles’ own website. It’s been around forever and has TONS of information on it. He has lots of people send in articles and they choose the best to post on the site.

Prepper/Survival Facebook Pages

You’ll notice that some of these pages belong to the blogs above but that’s not necessarily the case. These Facebook pages were chosen on their own merits because they provide good information outside of just reminding you when they publish posts on their site. Facebook pages that only promote their own website were not chosen.

Survival Watch

Survival Magazine

Homestead & Survival

The Survival Mom

Food Storage and Survival

American Preppers Network

Camping Survival

Prepper-related Forums

PrepperForum.net – This forum has grown quite a lot since I came across it during my last deployment to Afghanistan. They now have almost a quarter million posts and over 8600 members.

The Best Prepper Book Recommendations

There are many different kinds of books that could be listed here as the best book for preppers and those interested in survival but I have to keep the list manageable to be useful to people. I have a lot of these books myself but a few are those that have a crap-ton of really good reviews and were suggested to me.

In the future, I may divide this section into different categories but for the moment, this is essentially the list of books I’d recommend for pretty much anyone interested in prepping or just being prepared for emergencies. If you’re looking for a book to read or to give as a gift, this list will help you.

SAS Survival Guide – I haven’t found any book better for teaching survival skills. I’m not alone in thinking that either. Every time I ask for feedback on the best survival or prepper books out there, this book is recommended more than the others by far.

LDS Preparedness Manual – This book has a lot of information for people who would like to be prepared to bug in instead of bug out. It was written by several members 0f the LDS church so there are a few pages of religious information in it but the majority of the book by far is information on being prepared, and they do a good job with it.

The Prepper’s Blueprint – This book is more of a pure prepper book than the others and has tons of good information in it. This is the book you have in mind when you’re looking for a prepper book.

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family – This book is a great complement to the Prepper’s Blueprint. Some of the information is obviously the same but it’s written from a different perspective and covers a few different scenarios.

Prepper’s Long term Survival Guide – This is a great book to get started. It has a good reference list in it that you can use to get even more information. This book is definitely written with practicality in mind.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself – This book has a LOT of good info in it. If I were going to head off into the woods to start a small colony, this would be the book I’d take.

The Preppers Cookbook – Surviving most scenarios doesn’t have to mean eating bugs and snakes. It also doesn’t mean you have to be bored to death if you have to spend some time eating out of your survival stores. Not only that but there are some good recipes in there that you can use today, especially if you’re into canning or other food preservation.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way – Great book that covers a lot of what you need to know if someone needs medical attention but there isn’t a doctor or hospital around.

One Second After – This book is good for getting you in the mindset of what could happen if SHTF. It’s set just after an EMP hits the US and explores the changes in society and how people deal with things once normal life changes.

Ancestral Plants by Arthur Haines – You can never learn enough about what to eat out in the woods. The more you know, the more food will be available and the less likely it is that you’ll accidentally eat something to make you sick.

Going Home series by Angery American – If you liked One Second After, you’ll really like this set – and you can go through the whole series. It’s written in a very approachable way by A. American. Start with Going Home and read the whole Survivalist set.

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Wed, Aug 17, 2016
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Two of the most common reasons to evacuate your home, workplace, or any other safe area are flood and fire. Right now, both are being delivered in spades, and perhaps, your family is being affected by an emergency evacuation. In the Los Angeles area, nearly 90,000 people are being evacuated due to the Blue Cut wildfire that is virtually out of control, still. Where do 90,000 people go? That's the first question that crosses my mind. Are they all headed to hotels? The homes of friends or family? How many have nowhere to go and can't afford even a single night [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles on the Internet that describe in detail what you can do, or need to do to survive without electricity. Some of the articles are well thought out, and provide the readers with practical, common sense advice, and are well worth reading in most cases, but, there is always a but when it comes to survival. It is not a matter of you being able to survive without electricity, it is the fact that the entire grid system in the United States has collapsed. You as an individual or even as a family could [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
How to Straighten, Haft, and Fletch River Cane Atlatl Darts ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Atlatl Series (Part I) – Ancient Atlatls: How to Make a Down-N-Dirty Spear-Thrower Having built an atlatl in Part I, you now need to make a straight stick to launch. In this tutorial, we will make river cane atlatl darts from scratch. Even if you haven't made an atlatl, primitive archery enthusiasts can use the same technique in arrow making by adjusting the nock end for a bow string. Atlatl Darts I was called out by a gentleman about using the term “spear-thrower” in the title of my first post on making atlatls. If you've read my article, you quickly find [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984 the year they began keeping track of such things. The study further reveals that blackouts cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year in lost wages, spoiled foods, halted production, damage to the grid components themselves and so forth (Clark, 2014). The 150 billion is just what they know about. How much would it cost you as an individual or family if the grid failed and you were without electricity for days, weeks, or even months? The American [...]
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Three Ways to Use Healing Essential Oils That Work | Backdoor Survival
When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to a carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Most EO brands include an orifice style dropper but just when you think you have doled out the requisite drops, more come out. This is not only wasteful, but when it comes to essential oils, using more is not always better. A solution to this dilemma is to create custom salves, butters, and lotion bars that make [...]
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
Is there an IQ test to be one of the so-called “global elite“? Do you need to show a certain level of intelligence or an ability to learn? … Read the restThe post Hurry, Kill the Messenger: Hacker Exposes Soros's Evil Plans for World Domination appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Rhetoric: language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable The art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively, especially as a way to persuade or influence people It's a presidential election year. You will hear a lot of rhetoric, and some of it will not be honest or reasonable, and this from both parties. Will politics have any effect on you as a Prepper? The outcome of any election, whether it is at the local, state, or federal level can have an impact on how you live and how you prepare going forward. Most [...]
Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Have you ever noticed that most Americans live in cities are large towns, but most of the information out there for preppers relies on a plan that will only work … Read the restThe post Urban and Suburban Preppers: The Forgotten Majority appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Coloring Flower Mandalas | Backdoor Survival
Taking a break from your preps is something we all need to do from time to time and what better way than to immerse yourself in a calming and relaxing hobby. This time around, I am not going to tell you to go camping like I did early this week. Instead I am going to ask you to break out the coloring books and start coloring. To help me twist your arm a bit, I have asked artist Wendy Piersall to join us in a Prepper Book Festival. Today she is here to tell us a little bit [...]
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
The wailing from the left is even more deafening than usual lately. The current bout of politically correct tyranny and hand-wringing (exactly as Keith Preston wrote about) ensued … Read the restThe post Here's What It Actually Sounds Like When Someone Calls for an Assassination appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
The truth about situational awareness, what you can do to develop the mindset, and why it's the single most important survival skill you can have. [...] The post Situational Awareness: How to Protect Yourself by Developing your Situational Awareness appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
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Being a Survival Mom means you have a plan to feed your kids, no matter what, whether by having some food storage, growing as much as you can, or even finding free food. That means not just if SHTF, but also if you experience unexpected, personal events that leave you actually wondering about your next meal, as happened when this couple hit rock bottom. For example, with one of my children, maternity leave lasted twice as long as I planned. We had savings for the expected time, but found ourselves in a financially tight spot when I had to stay out [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
We all generally have some sort of first aid kit or emergency supplies, especially if you have children. When preparing your medical bag, you try to think of everything you can add to it that would be beneficial in some way. Preparing a medical bag you want to take with you in a grid down situation can be tricky as well. Nurse Amy Alton and Dr. Joseph Alton have found one of the best bags I have seen in a long while. In the video below Nurse Amy walks you through hundreds of items and what they can be used for. According [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
It is important to realize and understand that if we ever have a grid down situation or some sort of natural disaster that prevented us from getting our medication, a lot of people will die. Diabetics, epileptics, anyone with heart disease. You name it. So what can you learn and put into play that will help you with the disability that you have? Well we can help with that! Below we have another cheerful video by ThePatriotNurse. She talks about what sorts of herbal medicine will help with your heart health and in possible emergencies. She gives a brief crash [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
Nine Things You Can Learn from Camping | Backdoor Survival
One of the best ways to test your survival skills is to spend some time outdoors, without electricity, running water, and flushable toilets. This is not to say that every disruptive event will require you to live outdoors, but rather that such an event will require you to cope without modern conveniences. As preppers, our hope is that such an event will be short-term in nature, but, as the saying goes, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”. About a year ago I was discussing this topic with Phil Cox, the CEO of Buy Emergency Foods. [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
The thought of food storage can be very overwhelming, especially if you are new to being self sufficient. You have just realized the need for food-storage and the dangers of what is happening in the world. So now what are you going to do about it? You may find some very good answers in the video below. The best answer that I have is research and lots of it. You Tuber ObessivePrepperAz shares her thoughts on an easy and affordable way to start off making sure you have two weeks' worth of food. She walks you through how to calculate food [...]
Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
Building your own emergency medical kit is a huge priority and can be some what over whelming. Having first aid supplies for different types of emergencies is important as well. You will want these on hand at home, in you're vehicle or in a bug out situation. From a different perspective, most of us have already started our own kits with out even realizing it, especially if you have children. A lot of times it is simply scattered all over the house and needs to be brought together in one bag being easily accessible when it is needed. You Tuber PreparedMind101 has [...]
Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
When it comes to emergency communications there's a lot of advice out there on what types of emergency radios you should carry in your bug out bags. Baofengs are often called the perfect radio for preppers; They are NOT! [...] The post Baofeng UV 5RV2+ Review: Why Baofeng Radios are a Bad Choice for Preppers appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Sat, Aug 06, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
In nearly every movie about an epidemic, from a sci-fi zombie flick to a more true-to-life thriller like “Contagion,” there is a scene where scientists crowd around screens full of data to create detailed maps containing infection zones and spread rates for the public. While the stirring music, eye-catching maps, and beautiful scientists may be major stretches, these scenes do draw from reality. Millions of scientists and doctors do devote their lives to studying how disease spreads through populations, and understanding their methods might keep you alive longer during a disaster. Roles of Public Health Specialists The primary goal of most public health [...]
Fri, Aug 05, 2016
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Ancient Atlatls: How to Make a Down-N-Dirty Spear-Thrower ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Somewhere down your family tree a spear-thrower used a simple, two-piece weapon to bring home the bacon… or wooly mammoth… or mastodon. Ancient atlatls have been discovered on every continent except Antarctica. What's an atlatl? A simple dart-throwing stick with a handle on one end and spur (male end) or socket (female end) on the other end. The dart, a flexible spear, mates with the spur/socket when thrown. Typically about two feet long, an atlatl employs leverage to extend the arm's length to propel a dart further and with more velocity than when thrown using only the arm. Spanish conquistadors discovered [...]
Fri, Aug 05, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
How to Teach Your Kids About War via The Survival Mom
I sat in my 6th grade classroom in January 1991, when an announcement was made over the loudspeaker stating the war with Iraq had begun. The classroom was located on a military base in Japan and some of the students' parents were deployed for the war. Some students sat stunned, some started crying, and a few laughed, not knowing at such a young age how to handle their emotions. Whenever there is war, there are children who have to find a way to deal with the suddenly changed state of the world around them, such as the young daughter of [...]
Thu, Aug 04, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
pioneer weather wisdom
This year when I was getting ready to plant my spring garden, I was a little hesitant to plant according to frost date this year. In February, I had seen a local farmer post on Facebook something that sounded to me like pioneer weather wisdom: February thunder brings a May frost. It sounded like something out of the Farmer's Alamanc. We had a thunderstorm on February 2, this year, and while our last frost date is usually around Mother's Day (May 8), we had a frost on May 16. That frost damaged several crops in the area, and I was glad I [...]
Tue, Aug 02, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
make coffee from chicory root
Here's my story of how I discovered a simple, common weed can be used to make coffee from chicory! For several years, I've noticed a beautiful blue wildflower lining the road during the summer. It starts out looking like a weed, but when it blooms, the flower is the color of a Tanzanite gemstone. I've noticed that it also grows well along sidewalks, in gravel, or any other harsh environment you can think of. The plant is a dark green and is about 12-24 inches high. The bluish flower petals are flat at the ends, and slightly “fringed”. The leaves closest [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
How to Harvest, Prepare, and Use Yellow Dock Root for Medicine - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker My neighbor hired a gentleman to pour a foundation and do the block work for an addition on their house. DRG and I stepped over to see the progress. A distinguished looking gentleman turned around as I admired his work. We shook hands and he introduced himself. “I'm Albert Floyd,” he said. Sometime you meet a kindred spirit and a spiritual connection happens. Albert and me after a morning of digging and cleaning dock roots Albert and I began a conversation about his horse, Tiger, he taught to count, add, and subtract. Somewhere in our twenty-minute conversation I mentioned that [...]
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
When you are in danger, it is natural to get stressed. However, the way you handle your stress and respond to the danger make a huge difference to whether you will come out a winner. And, your odds improve if you have a well-trained dog at your side. So if there is a bug out situation, you definitely want a dog at your side. It will give you peace of mind and also ensure you come out unscathed from the SHTF situation. If you are skeptical about taking a dog as your companion for bugging out, here are 10 reasons to [...]
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Making and canning delicious apricot syrup! Step by step directions here!
It's apricot season here! I love apricots and one of my favorite canning products of apricot season is apricot syrup! This stuff is to die for. Tangy and sweet and perfect on french toast, pancakes, or German pancakes. And it's easy to make and can in your own home! Ready to make some? Here's what you'll need: Fresh apricots Fruit Fresh (optional) Sugar Food sieve or strainer (like you'd use for making apple sauce). Here's a great one I've used, or this one makes it SO easy if you have a Kitchenaid mixer. Jars and canning lids Canning funnel Water bath canner [...]
Fri, Jul 15, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Making and canning your own homemade delicious apricot nectar is so easy! Step by step directions here!
It's apricot season! If you have access to an apricot tree, you know they can produce plenty of the sweet tart little guys. Where we live, apricots are a luxury, only producing on years where there is a mild enough spring not to freeze all the blossoms. And this year is one of those! I'll be posting a few different ways to preserve them over the next couple of days so you can get some variety in how you preserve your apricot harvest this year. One of the easiest and tastiest ways to can a lot of apricots is to [...]
Fri, Jul 15, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Wilderness Survival: 3 Core Skills to Keep Your Child Alive - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Two roads diverged in a wood… and your child is lost! Hiking and camping season is upon us. Families are hitting the trails to enjoy nature and all its benefits. Nature is neither for you or against you. Nature is neutral. But Mother Nature can also be brutal. Any survival instructor that says otherwise is delusional. Over the past two years, my 9 year-old grandson and I have spent time together learning survival and self-reliance skills. When he visits now, he usually asks if we can build a fire. The thermometer reading in Georgia matters not, he wants to burn [...]
Thu, Jul 14, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?
It's summer and to celebrate the sunshine, Solavore sent me their Solavore Sport solar oven to test out. Having a powerless cooking method is important if there is an emergency and you aren't able to use your normal stove or oven. It is also nice in the summer to be able to cook without heating up your house running your oven! The Solavore Sport is a slick little solar oven that is easy to use and cooks some delicious food. About the Solavore Sport The Solavore Sport comes in three pieces. The base is large enough to hold [...]
Tue, Jul 12, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Campfire Cooking- Grill, Cook, and Bake on One Fire Pit - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Good food makes outdoor adventures worthwhile. Long days in the woods end with boiling water over a propane burner which is poured into a mylar bag of freeze-dried food for some outdoor enthusiasts. Those add-water-meals have their place. But for a traditional woodsman's basecamp, that simply won't do. Nope. Up your cooking game with what Steve Watts called “honest grub cooked over an open fire.” There are many campfire cooking arrangements in old journals from the days of Classic Camping. Today, I want to share with you one I came across in an old Scout handbook. The time and [...]
Wed, Jul 06, 2016
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In a survival or emergency situation you're going to be burning calories fast – so food will become a critical need to maintain your morale, stamina and most importantly, your core body temperature. But you can only carry so much food, and it runs out quickly if you don't have the right tools to catch dinner on your own. So let's build a modular, everyday-carry, survival FOOD kit – that will allow you to cook, hunt, trap and fish and is designed to clip onto a bug-out bag, slip into a pack, throw in a vehicle or keep close by… just in [...]
Thu, Jun 30, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
When I launched the MSK-1 (Multi-Scenario Knife) on Kickstarter – May 16th, 2016 – All I knew was that Jeff Freeman and I had poured everything we had (for TWO years) into designing, building and testing – what ended up being a very special, all-purpose, survival knife. Now it was time to release MSK-1 to the world… but I had no idea if anyone else would feel the same. So, if I am honest, I was a bit nervous as I clicked, “Post Campaign.” Support Began Immediately I posted the MSK-1 Campaign on Kickstarter at around 2:00 AM EST to make sure [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
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Tue, May 24, 2016
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Who isn't entranced while walking a shady wooded path strewn with a carpet of wild violets? It instantly creates an almost magical atmosphere, intoxicating with the sweet scent of the blooms. Makes me wonder what virtue of the violet gained it prominence on the Napoleonic Imperial Army's emblem! It is certainly a plant full of offerings for us, be it for just sensory enjoyment or for practical purposes. There are many varieties of wild violets, some more fragrant than others, but all are edible and beautiful. Johnny jump-ups, or Viola tricolor, are a well-loved cousin to the violet, also with many [...]
Fri, May 20, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
DIY Solar power may seem like a daunting task. Fear not, this video WILL set you on the right path. We start by unraveling the mystery of off-grid solar power and teach you the basics, how to understand and think about your system. From there, we show you how to access and size the proper … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, May 14, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Learning how to clean cast iron cookware is not as intimidating as some people make it out to be. "Do this", "don't do that"... Phooey! It's not difficult. The post How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, May 14, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
Super easy banana applesauce bread recipe! Slice for toast, this stuff is perfect!
My kids love bananas. Until they don't. And they never tell me when the banana consumption will spontaneously shut off, so occasionally, I'm left with a bunch of over ripe bananas. When there are 4-5 of them, we make this amazing super simple banana applesauce bread. It does help rotate some of your food storage items, but the recipe itself is not food storage friendly without some substitutions. I'll cover those at the end so you can make this out of food storage if you want to! This bread is dense, moist, and can be cut [...]
Tue, May 10, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Cast iron cookware can be a bit intimidating, but this beginners guide to cast iron cookware will help you take that next step in your cast iron journey! The post The Beginner's Guide to Cast Iron Cookware appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, May 07, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
The Abolitionists--showing May 16, 2016 at a theater near you!
Today I'm sharing with you a cause I feel very passionate about. Part of being prepared is being prepared to help others. Especially those who cannot provide for or protect themselves. The Abolitionists is a documentary that shows how one group is working to do just that by rescuing children around the world who are being held as sex slaves. Child sex trafficking is one of those topics that is almost too heart wrenching to want to talk about. I hate having to admit that there are people in the world that are so evil that they [...]
Fri, May 06, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Straight from the bargain bin at the Shenzen copycat flea market is the “Ultralight Backpacking Stove”. Will you burn up your six bucks or load your family's packs with these gems? The choice is yours, the opinion is mine. Check out the $6 Ultralight Backpacking Stove These ship straight from Shenzen, so be prepared to … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Learning how to make dehydrated beet chips will help you preserve your harvest, expand your emergency food storage, and provide a delicious healthy snack! The post How to Make Dehydrated Beet Chips appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, Apr 23, 2016
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If you love the taste of honey (with a hint of meringue pie) and have a lot of dandelions in your yard, you can turn that nuisance “weed” into sweet tasting jelly for your family and friends, Here's how… A couple weeks ago, a friend of a friend remarked during dinner about her enthusiasm for making dandelion jelly. “Tastes like honey…” was her commentary and since I love honey, I purposed to create this nectar of the dandelion at my first opportunity. (In addition to jelly, you can create a syrup or wine from the blossoms as well.) Dandelion Petals Have [...]
Fri, Apr 22, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
So scams promise to make you rich overnight, in the case of off shore goods that could be useful to our everyday lives, they make you poor slowly. In this video I take a look at the $12 headlamp that claims some amazing things. Spoiler alert..It doesn't do anything it says it does. Does that … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, Apr 02, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Whether you're a camping pro, a hiking buff, or just looking to preserve your garden's bountiful harvest, dehydrating food at home is a useful skill! The post Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food at Home appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Mar 28, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
GMRS or General Mobile Radio Service is one of the tools available to us for communications. In this video we talk about how you can make the most out of GMRS. One of the best radios for the task is the Midland MicroMobile. The MicroMobile offers a few key features not found in other commercial … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
A little while back, one of the fans on our Patreon page suggested that there wasn't a good how to on the internet on building a Radio Go Box. What is a radio go box? Simply put, it is a radio in some sort of enclosure that is self powered that you can take out … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. When the power goes out and you're in the dark, what is the first thing you reach for? A good lights out kit has all the essentials you'll need! The post 10 Items to Include in a Lights Out Kit appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Jan 04, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
I'm part of a group of amazing women who are interested in keeping their families prepared for any of life's emergencies (big or small), and about creating a life that's more self-sufficient, self-reliant and sustainable. I'm proud to call them friend, to look to them for information and knowledge and advice.Recently, we've all gotten together to create the 150 Series, and I'll be sharing them with you here on the blog. 150 Preparedness Items You Need to Stock150 Preparedness & Homesteading Skills You Need (coming soon)150 Reasons to be More Prepared (coming soon)I want to thank all the ladies who [...]
Tue, Aug 18, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
I didn't discover cherries until last year. My only experience with them had been when my grandmother would ruin a perfectly good cheesecake by topping it with whole can full of canned cherries. My grandfather loved it. I loathed it, and it put me off what cherries really tasted like. I disliked the texture in cherry pies, too.I've always loved them as a dehydrated snack in trailmix or granola, but could never learn to love the only way I'd ever had them – overly processed.But last year, Aldi's had them on sale, so I bought them for my son to [...]
Mon, Aug 17, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
What's the real difference between the bargain dehydator sheet and the name brand sheet for the Excalibur Dehydrator? I put them to the test to find out for you! I am all about saving a buck, even if the product isn't quite up to the name brand product. There's little in this world I must purchase as a name brand when it comes to my daily household items. Even when I first invested in a dehydrator, I didn't go to the name brand Excalibur Dehydrator like everyone suggested, but invested, instead, in a less expensive Nesco FD-80 (which I was [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
Mom told me never to write on the furniture — but I disboyed!! I found an awesome way to write on my cabinets with this cabinet door hack and keep myself organized!Growing up, I remember my grandmother having a little note holder on the inside of her cabinet with a pen and her handwritten grocery notes. I'd always wanted one, but hadn't found one that works on my cabinets (the self stick stuff just wouldn't stay). Then I found a solution – look what I just did!I found this Scotch brand Dry Erase Tape at our local Lowes, but it's [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
You know that time that you are looking at a local grocery ad and seeing mushrooms on sale for 1.29/lb and you squeal? You just might be a food storage junkie!When Aldi's has a mushroom sale, I stock up HUGE! It's not unlike me to call and reserve 3-4 trays (each tray holds 12 8oz packages) to bring home because they prefer you don't purchase that many at once just walking into the store (but you can do it. They won't turn up their noses at your money, they just want to make sure you aren't clearing their shelves for [...]
Thu, Aug 06, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep

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Hi everyone. Long time lurker but finally decided to join. I recently moved to Baltimore by way of Philadelphia. I am a long time ultralight backpacker and have recently gained an interest in prepping and bushcraft. I look forward to learning a lot. Tee [...]
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Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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The permafrost in Russia is melting this year much more than usual. Graveyards that have been frozen for a hundred years are being eroded by creeks. Dangerous disease spores of anthrax have been released and caused deaths of animals and humans. What's really scary is that graves of smallpox victims may thaw. Smallpox can survive freezing for long periods. Because smallpox has been 'eradicated', no one alive today has any resistance to it, even us old folks who got smallpox vaccinations back in the 50's and 60's are suseptible now. Smallpox is highly contagious, and if it gets loose in [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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Share on social media, All Lives Matter. This is sickening, if you can make it all the way thru the videos you will be nauseous. Stop the mind conditioning where white people should be ashamed now because of historical wrong doings. You should be proud to be white and it should not be thought of being racist to do so. [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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Hello there I would just like to provide a little input and maybe your thoughts on this subject. I think bats are a valuable ally during shtf for many reasons 1 Eat garden pests 2 Eat mosquitoes 3 Save money on bug killer 4 Make valuable fertilizer 5 Help stop illness in both plants and animals (1,2) So my question is what do you think? I plan on putting a couple bat houses up next spring. [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Source: Survivalist Boards
How many here have a castnet in their bug out bag? Is it for bait fishing only or for food gathering? What brand and size do you use that is quality. Do you feel it is too much extra weight that is not needed in your bug out bag? [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Source: Survivalist Boards
In a way I am glad to hear this. I said before that quickly rounding up and deporting 11 to 30 million illegals could only be accomplished in a way that violated civil rights of legitimate citizens and would involve no-knock midnight raids. That it would be very disruptive to the economy, and would be morally wrong to terrorize this group of people in a manner reminiscent of "Crystal Night" in Germany. Furthermore, that alienating 11 to 30 million voters (We all know they will be voting by now, don't we?) was political suicide. I was of course shouted down by [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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I own the Glock 21 and like it, but every time I pick it up it feels heavier. Their loaded weights as: Glock 19 30.18 oz. Glock 17 32.12oz. Glock 21 38.3oz. The weight of the 21 isn't really a problem for around the home, but with all the other gear in my BOB/cart would switching to the Glock 19 or 17 be a wise choice? Not only for the weight of the pistols, but the extra ammo I'd need to take? The next question is the Glock 19 felt fine in my hand at the store, but does it fall into the [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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Love these "Bad Lip Reading Guys:!!:vs_rocking_banana: [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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What's everyones thoughts on Angelfire Ammo ? [...]
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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In 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon erupted with an estimated billion cubic yards of carbon dioxide gas. The gas had apparently been accumulating in the crater lake, held down by the weight of the water. When it finally erupted, the gas cloud smothered and killed every living animal, including insects, in its path until it dissipated. Outsiders learned of the disaster when they approached the villages and found animal and human bodies on the ground. The best estimate is that 1,700 people and thousands of cattle died. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Survival Blog
Making and Storing Tomato Sauce for the Long Haul Crushing, Peeling, Seeding There are a number of ways to do this, but I am one who likes efficiency. I just have too much to do to take time to do things the “hard” way. Of course, I like to do things myself, but why make it more difficult than it has to be, right? At some point, if the grid goes down and the solar power system fails, I may be forced to boil and peel tomatoes and hand crush them or use a hand-cranked crusher/separator, but until that happens I am [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Survival Blog
HJL, What the writer says is spot on for infection occurring more often in warm and moist conditions. One note here, however. Flies in a wound are going to lay eggs and you are going to get maggots. As disgusting as that sounds, it might not be a bad thing. Maggots have been used for centuries to debride wounds. (Debride means to remove non-viable tissue.) Maggots only eat the dead tissue, which is where the infection is at its worst. The less infection present the easier it is for the bodies defensive mechanisms to fix the problem. I first became aware [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Survival Blog
Gold Price Will Go High As Hyperinflation Is Nigh o o o Socialism: The World's Greatest Generator of Poverty o o o Irrational Exuberance Is Back… And Even The Fed Is Worried (Note: Link requires a membership to read. You can read a reprint of it on Zero Hedge.) o o o Investor Complacency Is Smashing Records o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Survival Blog
US judge orders Clinton to answer queries o o o Is Civil Unrest Coming to Suburbia? Rest Assured, the Media Will Lie About It. Some very good advice. Remember what Willie Sutton, bank robber, said decades ago when asked why he robbed banks? “That is where the money is.” The burbs have food, money, et cetera. – H.L. o o o Louisiana Underwater: Life After Another Huge Flood o o o You use what you have, but this is definitely not recommended: Alaska Outfitter Defends Fishermen from Raging Grizzly with 9mm Pistol – B.P. o o o Pesticide-resistant whitefly could ‘devastate' many US crops – H.L. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Survival Blog
35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats That Could Be Used In An Emergency Situation These 35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats could save your butt in an emergency situation too… camping season is upon us. Camping is always a great way to practice survival skills while having fun all at the same time. Make camping … Continue reading » The post 35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats That Could Be Used In An Emergency Situation appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast Call me “green, frugal, cheap, or just smart”. I do not buy store bought yeast anymore. I am cheap and I admit it! I actually prefer to make my own because I know what's in it and I save a ton of money over the years! Knowing ways of … Continue reading » The post 3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
A Portable Washing Machine That Doesn't Need Electricity Have you ever heard the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”? now this can be true even if you live off grid or your power is out for weeks at a time. The Drumi from Yirego is a compact portable washing machine that can clean around six … Continue reading » The post A Portable Washing Machine That Doesn't Need Electricity appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
23+ Ways Foil Will be Handy When SHTF Of all the items in your kitchen, aluminum foil is the most versatile. If you made a list, I am positive you could easily break the 100 mark in terms of different uses for aluminum foil. For purposes of this article, they stick to ways that would … Continue reading » The post 23+ Ways Foil Will be Handy When SHTF appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
Vegetables You Can Plant In August Summer is in full swing and our spring crops are probably producing great vegetables by now. It is not to late to plant a second or third crop in August and have great, organic food well into the cooler months. I posted an article a last month on what vegetables … Continue reading » The post Vegetables You Can Plant In August appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week's news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared. This Week in the News This week on Survival Saturday, we'll … Read the restThe post Hacks, Lies, and Censorship of the Non-PC appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Has Our Infrastructure Collapsed to the Point It Is Dangerous Now According to a U.S. study,( Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts) the water supply to more than six million Americans contains unsafe levels of industrial chemicals. The toxic chemicals have been linked to certain cancers to include kidney and testicular cancers along with hormone disruption, high cholesterol, and obesity. The chemicals are known as PFASs (polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances). The chemicals are used in fire-suppression foams, food wrappers, clothing, and non-stick cookware to name a few. According to one researcher that was part [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
18 herbal remedies for aches and pains | Backdoor Survival
As well versed as I am when it comes to using essential oils for aches and pains, I have little practical experience using herbal remedies to resolve those daily creaks in my joints and elsewhere that seem to occur at the worst possible time. Given the popularity of our recent Prepper Book Festival entry, Be Your Own Herbalist, I decided I better get with the program and continue the discussion of herbal remedies by calling in some experts with first hand experience. That, plus getting some first hand experience myself. This week I called in Carmen Reeves, the author of Homemade [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
A look at some of the top commercial bug out trailers and off-road camper trailers. From barebones travel trailers to luxury offgrid bunkers... [...] The post 5 OFFGRID Trailers: Bugout Trailers that will Go Anywhere appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
Many people watching Milwaukee burn on the news from the safety of their homes in the suburbs feel immune. It seems like this only happens in big cities, right? “These … Read the restThe post Is Civil Unrest Coming to Suburbia? Rest Assured, the Media Will Lie About It appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Alcohol Mantle Lamps | Backdoor Survival
When it comes to emergency lighting, I am the first to raise my hand to try out the newest and bestest lighting gizmo out there. It is not that I am a gizmo-junkie but rather I don't like pitch black darkness. As a result, I have tried to learn as much as I can about emergency lighting and who better to learn from than my pal Ron Brown, author of the The Non-Electric Light Series of books and e-books. Today I introduce Book 8, Alcohol Mantle Lamps. I do believe this is the final book in the Non [...]
Thu, Aug 18, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
On October 1st the Obama administration will give away the United States' governing control of the internet; something internet freedom experts say could further stifle free speech and kill open commerce, [...] The post Obama Admin to Handover Control of the Internet: Open Internet in Jeopardy of U.N. Takeover appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
On October 1st the Obama administration will give away the United States' governing control of the internet; something internet freedom experts say could further stifle free speech and kill open commerce, [...] The post Obama Admin to Handover Control of the Internet: Open Internet in Jeopardy of U.N. Takeover appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
Two of the most common reasons to evacuate your home, workplace, or any other safe area are flood and fire. Right now, both are being delivered in spades, and perhaps, your family is being affected by an emergency evacuation. In the Los Angeles area, nearly 90,000 people are being evacuated due to the Blue Cut wildfire that is virtually out of control, still. Where do 90,000 people go? That's the first question that crosses my mind. Are they all headed to hotels? The homes of friends or family? How many have nowhere to go and can't afford even a single night [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
There are hundreds, if not thousands of articles on the Internet that describe in detail what you can do, or need to do to survive without electricity. Some of the articles are well thought out, and provide the readers with practical, common sense advice, and are well worth reading in most cases, but, there is always a but when it comes to survival. It is not a matter of you being able to survive without electricity, it is the fact that the entire grid system in the United States has collapsed. You as an individual or even as a family could [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
How to Straighten, Haft, and Fletch River Cane Atlatl Darts ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Atlatl Series (Part I) – Ancient Atlatls: How to Make a Down-N-Dirty Spear-Thrower Having built an atlatl in Part I, you now need to make a straight stick to launch. In this tutorial, we will make river cane atlatl darts from scratch. Even if you haven't made an atlatl, primitive archery enthusiasts can use the same technique in arrow making by adjusting the nock end for a bow string. Atlatl Darts I was called out by a gentleman about using the term “spear-thrower” in the title of my first post on making atlatls. If you've read my article, you quickly find [...]
Wed, Aug 17, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often than it did in 1984 the year they began keeping track of such things. The study further reveals that blackouts cost American businesses as much as $150 billion per year in lost wages, spoiled foods, halted production, damage to the grid components themselves and so forth (Clark, 2014). The 150 billion is just what they know about. How much would it cost you as an individual or family if the grid failed and you were without electricity for days, weeks, or even months? The American [...]
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Three Ways to Use Healing Essential Oils That Work | Backdoor Survival
When it comes to using essential oils topically, most recipes will simply say “add to a carrier oil and apply”. That sounds simple enough but the reality is that measuring the proper number of drops can be hit or miss. Most EO brands include an orifice style dropper but just when you think you have doled out the requisite drops, more come out. This is not only wasteful, but when it comes to essential oils, using more is not always better. A solution to this dilemma is to create custom salves, butters, and lotion bars that make [...]
Tue, Aug 16, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
Is there an IQ test to be one of the so-called “global elite“? Do you need to show a certain level of intelligence or an ability to learn? … Read the restThe post Hurry, Kill the Messenger: Hacker Exposes Soros's Evil Plans for World Domination appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Rhetoric: language that is intended to influence people and that may not be honest or reasonable The art or skill of speaking or writing formally and effectively, especially as a way to persuade or influence people It's a presidential election year. You will hear a lot of rhetoric, and some of it will not be honest or reasonable, and this from both parties. Will politics have any effect on you as a Prepper? The outcome of any election, whether it is at the local, state, or federal level can have an impact on how you live and how you prepare going forward. Most [...]
Mon, Aug 15, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Have you ever noticed that most Americans live in cities are large towns, but most of the information out there for preppers relies on a plan that will only work … Read the restThe post Urban and Suburban Preppers: The Forgotten Majority appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
Coloring Flower Mandalas | Backdoor Survival
Taking a break from your preps is something we all need to do from time to time and what better way than to immerse yourself in a calming and relaxing hobby. This time around, I am not going to tell you to go camping like I did early this week. Instead I am going to ask you to break out the coloring books and start coloring. To help me twist your arm a bit, I have asked artist Wendy Piersall to join us in a Prepper Book Festival. Today she is here to tell us a little bit [...]
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
The wailing from the left is even more deafening than usual lately. The current bout of politically correct tyranny and hand-wringing (exactly as Keith Preston wrote about) ensued … Read the restThe post Here's What It Actually Sounds Like When Someone Calls for an Assassination appeared first on The Organic Prepper. [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: The Organic Prepper
The truth about situational awareness, what you can do to develop the mindset, and why it's the single most important survival skill you can have. [...] The post Situational Awareness: How to Protect Yourself by Developing your Situational Awareness appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
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Being a Survival Mom means you have a plan to feed your kids, no matter what, whether by having some food storage, growing as much as you can, or even finding free food. That means not just if SHTF, but also if you experience unexpected, personal events that leave you actually wondering about your next meal, as happened when this couple hit rock bottom. For example, with one of my children, maternity leave lasted twice as long as I planned. We had savings for the expected time, but found ourselves in a financially tight spot when I had to stay out [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
We all generally have some sort of first aid kit or emergency supplies, especially if you have children. When preparing your medical bag, you try to think of everything you can add to it that would be beneficial in some way. Preparing a medical bag you want to take with you in a grid down situation can be tricky as well. Nurse Amy Alton and Dr. Joseph Alton have found one of the best bags I have seen in a long while. In the video below Nurse Amy walks you through hundreds of items and what they can be used for. According [...]
Wed, Aug 10, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
It is important to realize and understand that if we ever have a grid down situation or some sort of natural disaster that prevented us from getting our medication, a lot of people will die. Diabetics, epileptics, anyone with heart disease. You name it. So what can you learn and put into play that will help you with the disability that you have? Well we can help with that! Below we have another cheerful video by ThePatriotNurse. She talks about what sorts of herbal medicine will help with your heart health and in possible emergencies. She gives a brief crash [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
Nine Things You Can Learn from Camping | Backdoor Survival
One of the best ways to test your survival skills is to spend some time outdoors, without electricity, running water, and flushable toilets. This is not to say that every disruptive event will require you to live outdoors, but rather that such an event will require you to cope without modern conveniences. As preppers, our hope is that such an event will be short-term in nature, but, as the saying goes, “hope for the best and prepare for the worst”. About a year ago I was discussing this topic with Phil Cox, the CEO of Buy Emergency Foods. [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source: Backdoor Survival
The thought of food storage can be very overwhelming, especially if you are new to being self sufficient. You have just realized the need for food-storage and the dangers of what is happening in the world. So now what are you going to do about it? You may find some very good answers in the video below. The best answer that I have is research and lots of it. You Tuber ObessivePrepperAz shares her thoughts on an easy and affordable way to start off making sure you have two weeks' worth of food. She walks you through how to calculate food [...]
Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
Building your own emergency medical kit is a huge priority and can be some what over whelming. Having first aid supplies for different types of emergencies is important as well. You will want these on hand at home, in you're vehicle or in a bug out situation. From a different perspective, most of us have already started our own kits with out even realizing it, especially if you have children. A lot of times it is simply scattered all over the house and needs to be brought together in one bag being easily accessible when it is needed. You Tuber PreparedMind101 has [...]
Mon, Aug 08, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
When it comes to emergency communications there's a lot of advice out there on what types of emergency radios you should carry in your bug out bags. Baofengs are often called the perfect radio for preppers; They are NOT! [...] The post Baofeng UV 5RV2+ Review: Why Baofeng Radios are a Bad Choice for Preppers appeared first on Off Grid Survival - Wilderness & Urban Survival Skills. [...]
Sat, Aug 06, 2016
Source: Off Grid Survival
In nearly every movie about an epidemic, from a sci-fi zombie flick to a more true-to-life thriller like “Contagion,” there is a scene where scientists crowd around screens full of data to create detailed maps containing infection zones and spread rates for the public. While the stirring music, eye-catching maps, and beautiful scientists may be major stretches, these scenes do draw from reality. Millions of scientists and doctors do devote their lives to studying how disease spreads through populations, and understanding their methods might keep you alive longer during a disaster. Roles of Public Health Specialists The primary goal of most public health [...]
Fri, Aug 05, 2016
Source: American Preppers Network
Ancient Atlatls: How to Make a Down-N-Dirty Spear-Thrower ~ TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Somewhere down your family tree a spear-thrower used a simple, two-piece weapon to bring home the bacon… or wooly mammoth… or mastodon. Ancient atlatls have been discovered on every continent except Antarctica. What's an atlatl? A simple dart-throwing stick with a handle on one end and spur (male end) or socket (female end) on the other end. The dart, a flexible spear, mates with the spur/socket when thrown. Typically about two feet long, an atlatl employs leverage to extend the arm's length to propel a dart further and with more velocity than when thrown using only the arm. Spanish conquistadors discovered [...]
Fri, Aug 05, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
How to Teach Your Kids About War via The Survival Mom
I sat in my 6th grade classroom in January 1991, when an announcement was made over the loudspeaker stating the war with Iraq had begun. The classroom was located on a military base in Japan and some of the students' parents were deployed for the war. Some students sat stunned, some started crying, and a few laughed, not knowing at such a young age how to handle their emotions. Whenever there is war, there are children who have to find a way to deal with the suddenly changed state of the world around them, such as the young daughter of [...]
Thu, Aug 04, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
pioneer weather wisdom
This year when I was getting ready to plant my spring garden, I was a little hesitant to plant according to frost date this year. In February, I had seen a local farmer post on Facebook something that sounded to me like pioneer weather wisdom: February thunder brings a May frost. It sounded like something out of the Farmer's Alamanc. We had a thunderstorm on February 2, this year, and while our last frost date is usually around Mother's Day (May 8), we had a frost on May 16. That frost damaged several crops in the area, and I was glad I [...]
Tue, Aug 02, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
make coffee from chicory root
Here's my story of how I discovered a simple, common weed can be used to make coffee from chicory! For several years, I've noticed a beautiful blue wildflower lining the road during the summer. It starts out looking like a weed, but when it blooms, the flower is the color of a Tanzanite gemstone. I've noticed that it also grows well along sidewalks, in gravel, or any other harsh environment you can think of. The plant is a dark green and is about 12-24 inches high. The bluish flower petals are flat at the ends, and slightly “fringed”. The leaves closest [...]
Sat, Jul 30, 2016
Source: Survival Mom
How to Harvest, Prepare, and Use Yellow Dock Root for Medicine - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker My neighbor hired a gentleman to pour a foundation and do the block work for an addition on their house. DRG and I stepped over to see the progress. A distinguished looking gentleman turned around as I admired his work. We shook hands and he introduced himself. “I'm Albert Floyd,” he said. Sometime you meet a kindred spirit and a spiritual connection happens. Albert and me after a morning of digging and cleaning dock roots Albert and I began a conversation about his horse, Tiger, he taught to count, add, and subtract. Somewhere in our twenty-minute conversation I mentioned that [...]
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
When you are in danger, it is natural to get stressed. However, the way you handle your stress and respond to the danger make a huge difference to whether you will come out a winner. And, your odds improve if you have a well-trained dog at your side. So if there is a bug out situation, you definitely want a dog at your side. It will give you peace of mind and also ensure you come out unscathed from the SHTF situation. If you are skeptical about taking a dog as your companion for bugging out, here are 10 reasons to [...]
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Prep for SHTF
Making and canning delicious apricot syrup! Step by step directions here!
It's apricot season here! I love apricots and one of my favorite canning products of apricot season is apricot syrup! This stuff is to die for. Tangy and sweet and perfect on french toast, pancakes, or German pancakes. And it's easy to make and can in your own home! Ready to make some? Here's what you'll need: Fresh apricots Fruit Fresh (optional) Sugar Food sieve or strainer (like you'd use for making apple sauce). Here's a great one I've used, or this one makes it SO easy if you have a Kitchenaid mixer. Jars and canning lids Canning funnel Water bath canner [...]
Fri, Jul 15, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Making and canning your own homemade delicious apricot nectar is so easy! Step by step directions here!
It's apricot season! If you have access to an apricot tree, you know they can produce plenty of the sweet tart little guys. Where we live, apricots are a luxury, only producing on years where there is a mild enough spring not to freeze all the blossoms. And this year is one of those! I'll be posting a few different ways to preserve them over the next couple of days so you can get some variety in how you preserve your apricot harvest this year. One of the easiest and tastiest ways to can a lot of apricots is to [...]
Fri, Jul 15, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Wilderness Survival: 3 Core Skills to Keep Your Child Alive - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Two roads diverged in a wood… and your child is lost! Hiking and camping season is upon us. Families are hitting the trails to enjoy nature and all its benefits. Nature is neither for you or against you. Nature is neutral. But Mother Nature can also be brutal. Any survival instructor that says otherwise is delusional. Over the past two years, my 9 year-old grandson and I have spent time together learning survival and self-reliance skills. When he visits now, he usually asks if we can build a fire. The thermometer reading in Georgia matters not, he wants to burn [...]
Thu, Jul 14, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?
It's summer and to celebrate the sunshine, Solavore sent me their Solavore Sport solar oven to test out. Having a powerless cooking method is important if there is an emergency and you aren't able to use your normal stove or oven. It is also nice in the summer to be able to cook without heating up your house running your oven! The Solavore Sport is a slick little solar oven that is easy to use and cooks some delicious food. About the Solavore Sport The Solavore Sport comes in three pieces. The base is large enough to hold [...]
Tue, Jul 12, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Campfire Cooking- Grill, Cook, and Bake on One Fire Pit - TheSurvivalSherpa.com
by Todd Walker Good food makes outdoor adventures worthwhile. Long days in the woods end with boiling water over a propane burner which is poured into a mylar bag of freeze-dried food for some outdoor enthusiasts. Those add-water-meals have their place. But for a traditional woodsman's basecamp, that simply won't do. Nope. Up your cooking game with what Steve Watts called “honest grub cooked over an open fire.” There are many campfire cooking arrangements in old journals from the days of Classic Camping. Today, I want to share with you one I came across in an old Scout handbook. The time and [...]
Wed, Jul 06, 2016
Source: Survival Sherpa
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In a survival or emergency situation you're going to be burning calories fast – so food will become a critical need to maintain your morale, stamina and most importantly, your core body temperature. But you can only carry so much food, and it runs out quickly if you don't have the right tools to catch dinner on your own. So let's build a modular, everyday-carry, survival FOOD kit – that will allow you to cook, hunt, trap and fish and is designed to clip onto a bug-out bag, slip into a pack, throw in a vehicle or keep close by… just in [...]
Thu, Jun 30, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
When I launched the MSK-1 (Multi-Scenario Knife) on Kickstarter – May 16th, 2016 – All I knew was that Jeff Freeman and I had poured everything we had (for TWO years) into designing, building and testing – what ended up being a very special, all-purpose, survival knife. Now it was time to release MSK-1 to the world… but I had no idea if anyone else would feel the same. So, if I am honest, I was a bit nervous as I clicked, “Post Campaign.” Support Began Immediately I posted the MSK-1 Campaign on Kickstarter at around 2:00 AM EST to make sure [...]
Mon, May 30, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
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Tue, May 24, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
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Who isn't entranced while walking a shady wooded path strewn with a carpet of wild violets? It instantly creates an almost magical atmosphere, intoxicating with the sweet scent of the blooms. Makes me wonder what virtue of the violet gained it prominence on the Napoleonic Imperial Army's emblem! It is certainly a plant full of offerings for us, be it for just sensory enjoyment or for practical purposes. There are many varieties of wild violets, some more fragrant than others, but all are edible and beautiful. Johnny jump-ups, or Viola tricolor, are a well-loved cousin to the violet, also with many [...]
Fri, May 20, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
DIY Solar power may seem like a daunting task. Fear not, this video WILL set you on the right path. We start by unraveling the mystery of off-grid solar power and teach you the basics, how to understand and think about your system. From there, we show you how to access and size the proper … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, May 14, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Learning how to clean cast iron cookware is not as intimidating as some people make it out to be. "Do this", "don't do that"... Phooey! It's not difficult. The post How to Clean Cast Iron Cookware appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, May 14, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
Super easy banana applesauce bread recipe! Slice for toast, this stuff is perfect!
My kids love bananas. Until they don't. And they never tell me when the banana consumption will spontaneously shut off, so occasionally, I'm left with a bunch of over ripe bananas. When there are 4-5 of them, we make this amazing super simple banana applesauce bread. It does help rotate some of your food storage items, but the recipe itself is not food storage friendly without some substitutions. I'll cover those at the end so you can make this out of food storage if you want to! This bread is dense, moist, and can be cut [...]
Tue, May 10, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Cast iron cookware can be a bit intimidating, but this beginners guide to cast iron cookware will help you take that next step in your cast iron journey! The post The Beginner's Guide to Cast Iron Cookware appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, May 07, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
The Abolitionists--showing May 16, 2016 at a theater near you!
Today I'm sharing with you a cause I feel very passionate about. Part of being prepared is being prepared to help others. Especially those who cannot provide for or protect themselves. The Abolitionists is a documentary that shows how one group is working to do just that by rescuing children around the world who are being held as sex slaves. Child sex trafficking is one of those topics that is almost too heart wrenching to want to talk about. I hate having to admit that there are people in the world that are so evil that they [...]
Fri, May 06, 2016
Source: Food Storage and Survival
Straight from the bargain bin at the Shenzen copycat flea market is the “Ultralight Backpacking Stove”. Will you burn up your six bucks or load your family's packs with these gems? The choice is yours, the opinion is mine. Check out the $6 Ultralight Backpacking Stove These ship straight from Shenzen, so be prepared to … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Apr 24, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Learning how to make dehydrated beet chips will help you preserve your harvest, expand your emergency food storage, and provide a delicious healthy snack! The post How to Make Dehydrated Beet Chips appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Sat, Apr 23, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
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If you love the taste of honey (with a hint of meringue pie) and have a lot of dandelions in your yard, you can turn that nuisance “weed” into sweet tasting jelly for your family and friends, Here's how… A couple weeks ago, a friend of a friend remarked during dinner about her enthusiasm for making dandelion jelly. “Tastes like honey…” was her commentary and since I love honey, I purposed to create this nectar of the dandelion at my first opportunity. (In addition to jelly, you can create a syrup or wine from the blossoms as well.) Dandelion Petals Have [...]
Fri, Apr 22, 2016
Source: Ultimate Survival Tips
So scams promise to make you rich overnight, in the case of off shore goods that could be useful to our everyday lives, they make you poor slowly. In this video I take a look at the $12 headlamp that claims some amazing things. Spoiler alert..It doesn't do anything it says it does. Does that … Continue reading » [...]
Sat, Apr 02, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. Whether you're a camping pro, a hiking buff, or just looking to preserve your garden's bountiful harvest, dehydrating food at home is a useful skill! The post Beginner's Guide to Dehydrating Food at Home appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Mar 28, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
GMRS or General Mobile Radio Service is one of the tools available to us for communications. In this video we talk about how you can make the most out of GMRS. One of the best radios for the task is the Midland MicroMobile. The MicroMobile offers a few key features not found in other commercial … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 27, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
A little while back, one of the fans on our Patreon page suggested that there wasn't a good how to on the internet on building a Radio Go Box. What is a radio go box? Simply put, it is a radio in some sort of enclosure that is self powered that you can take out … Continue reading » [...]
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Source: Tin Hat Ranch
Written by Patrick Blair on Survival at Home. When the power goes out and you're in the dark, what is the first thing you reach for? A good lights out kit has all the essentials you'll need! The post 10 Items to Include in a Lights Out Kit appeared first on Survival at Home. [...]
Mon, Jan 04, 2016
Source: Survival at Home
I'm part of a group of amazing women who are interested in keeping their families prepared for any of life's emergencies (big or small), and about creating a life that's more self-sufficient, self-reliant and sustainable. I'm proud to call them friend, to look to them for information and knowledge and advice.Recently, we've all gotten together to create the 150 Series, and I'll be sharing them with you here on the blog. 150 Preparedness Items You Need to Stock150 Preparedness & Homesteading Skills You Need (coming soon)150 Reasons to be More Prepared (coming soon)I want to thank all the ladies who [...]
Tue, Aug 18, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
I didn't discover cherries until last year. My only experience with them had been when my grandmother would ruin a perfectly good cheesecake by topping it with whole can full of canned cherries. My grandfather loved it. I loathed it, and it put me off what cherries really tasted like. I disliked the texture in cherry pies, too.I've always loved them as a dehydrated snack in trailmix or granola, but could never learn to love the only way I'd ever had them – overly processed.But last year, Aldi's had them on sale, so I bought them for my son to [...]
Mon, Aug 17, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
What's the real difference between the bargain dehydator sheet and the name brand sheet for the Excalibur Dehydrator? I put them to the test to find out for you! I am all about saving a buck, even if the product isn't quite up to the name brand product. There's little in this world I must purchase as a name brand when it comes to my daily household items. Even when I first invested in a dehydrator, I didn't go to the name brand Excalibur Dehydrator like everyone suggested, but invested, instead, in a less expensive Nesco FD-80 (which I was [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
Mom told me never to write on the furniture — but I disboyed!! I found an awesome way to write on my cabinets with this cabinet door hack and keep myself organized!Growing up, I remember my grandmother having a little note holder on the inside of her cabinet with a pen and her handwritten grocery notes. I'd always wanted one, but hadn't found one that works on my cabinets (the self stick stuff just wouldn't stay). Then I found a solution – look what I just did!I found this Scotch brand Dry Erase Tape at our local Lowes, but it's [...]
Mon, Aug 10, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep
You know that time that you are looking at a local grocery ad and seeing mushrooms on sale for 1.29/lb and you squeal? You just might be a food storage junkie!When Aldi's has a mushroom sale, I stock up HUGE! It's not unlike me to call and reserve 3-4 trays (each tray holds 12 8oz packages) to bring home because they prefer you don't purchase that many at once just walking into the store (but you can do it. They won't turn up their noses at your money, they just want to make sure you aren't clearing their shelves for [...]
Thu, Aug 06, 2015
Source: Mom With a Prep

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Sun, Aug 21, 2016
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Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Source: Prepper Website
Sun, Aug 21, 2016
Source: Prepper Website
35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats That Could Be Used In An Emergency Situation These 35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats could save your butt in an emergency situation too… camping season is upon us. Camping is always a great way to practice survival skills while having fun all at the same time. Make camping … Continue reading » The post 35+ Camping Tips, Tricks & Treats That Could Be Used In An Emergency Situation appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast Call me “green, frugal, cheap, or just smart”. I do not buy store bought yeast anymore. I am cheap and I admit it! I actually prefer to make my own because I know what's in it and I save a ton of money over the years! Knowing ways of … Continue reading » The post 3 Ways To Naturally Make Yeast appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
A Portable Washing Machine That Doesn't Need Electricity Have you ever heard the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”? now this can be true even if you live off grid or your power is out for weeks at a time. The Drumi from Yirego is a compact portable washing machine that can clean around six … Continue reading » The post A Portable Washing Machine That Doesn't Need Electricity appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
23+ Ways Foil Will be Handy When SHTF Of all the items in your kitchen, aluminum foil is the most versatile. If you made a list, I am positive you could easily break the 100 mark in terms of different uses for aluminum foil. For purposes of this article, they stick to ways that would … Continue reading » The post 23+ Ways Foil Will be Handy When SHTF appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness
Vegetables You Can Plant In August Summer is in full swing and our spring crops are probably producing great vegetables by now. It is not to late to plant a second or third crop in August and have great, organic food well into the cooler months. I posted an article a last month on what vegetables … Continue reading » The post Vegetables You Can Plant In August appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central. [...]
Sat, Aug 20, 2016
Source: SHTF Preparedness

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