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Baby Steps: DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls


Looking for a unique DIY present? Why not give the gift of soft, sweet-smelling laundry all year long . . . (and no, we unfortunately don’t sell a laundry-scented 100-hour candle . . .) Last summer, we wrote a post about how to make DIY Laundry … [Read more...]

Video: 45 Incredible Survival Tips if SHTF

This video has some amazing and weird survival tips. Be warned there is a slight bit of foul language. Here’s 5 really cool ones I think you’ll like. Use a soft guitar case as a bug-out-bag so it doesn’t draw attention to you. Use an analog … [Read more...]

Simple Rabbit Box Trap


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Star Navigation


So you’re stranded in the wilderness without a GPS or compass. You’re lost and have a terrible sense of direction. Suddenly the stars that you never notice in your cushy life become your best friends. Star navigation is a forgotten tactic but has … [Read more...]

What’s the Difference Between a Burn and a Scald?


Many of us may be familiar with the impact a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree burn may have on the human body, but most of us aren’t as familiar with the impact a scald can have. Since scald recognition and prevention may not be discussed as often as burns, … [Read more...]

Thinking the Unthinkable

I’ve worked numerous Natural Disaster and Humanitarian Relief missions all over the world from Southeast Asia to Central America, from the Middle East to Europe and back here to the U.S. I have seen firsthand on numerous occasions the massive … [Read more...]

Family Survival System

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4 Essential Home Remedies

Chances are you have a pantry or closet stocked with health and medical items like Band-Aids, vitamins, cold medicine and other miscellaneous supplies, but are you stocked up on good old home remedies? Having these items on-hand is beneficial when … [Read more...]

Raised Bed Gardening for Beginners: Simple Guide to Growing Beautiful Gardens!


***Raised Bed Gardening for BeginnersHave you ever thought about building your very own garden? But don’t know where to start? If so, this is the book for youThis short beginner’s guide to raised bed gardens will teach you everything you need to know … [Read more...]

Kaito AC/DC Powerpack Product Review


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9 Survival Skills Your Child or Grandchildren Should Know Today

Today’s kids seem to go through life with their collective noses glued to one type of screen or another. As a result they have missed out on learning many of the basic survival skills that children knew in past generations. Here Are Nine Survival … [Read more...]

Build Your Own Solar Water Heater


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Making Water Drinkable: Ways to Filter and Purify Water You Have on Hand


Water is so vital to our lives and well-being that it’s a number-one concern during emergency situations. It's even more important than food for the first few days when dehydration could set in and cause illness, confusion, and even death. You may … [Read more...]

How to Clean Seeds for Sprouting


Sprouts are one of the most nutritious foods out there. When you sprout at home, they can also be some of the cleanest food produced. You can usually guarantee the quality of what you create because you oversee every step of the sprouting process. … [Read more...]

Cooking with the Sunflair Collapsible Solar Oven


Learning to cook with a solar oven is a useful skill to develop as you prepare for emergencies. It helps to have a variety of ways to cook your food in an emergency so that you’ll always be prepared to feed you and your family. A solar oven is the … [Read more...]

Arm Up System: Defense Without Regulation


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Winds Of War: Is Russia Conducting A Massive Mobilization Of Troops For An Invasion Of Ukraine?

The drumbeats of war are growing louder.  Fighting in eastern Ukraine between separatists and pro-government forces has risen to an intensity not seen in well over a year, and the Russians claim that they recently foiled a “Ukrainian … [Read more...]

35 “Must Have” Items For Your Emergency Car Kit

You never know when you might find yourself stranded in your car, and are unable to obtain necessary supplies. For this reason, you should plan on having a vehicle emergency kit, or “bug out bag”, in your car as well. Here are a few things you should … [Read more...]

Water Storage Solutions


Water Storage Solutions As I've learned more the past year about being prepared for everyday situations as well as emergency situations, I've discovered one area I am sorely lacking in is water storage. My efforts in this area have been almost (but … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Building your Food Storage

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If you’re just starting out, building a long-term food storage supply can seem a little overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be. About two years ago we published an article giving you 15 Tips for Shopping for Food Storage and now here are 5 tips to … [Read more...]

How to Winterize your Car


Winter is coming: the sparkling snowfalls, the unexpected storms, the chilly nights. Are you ready? Amidst the rest of your holiday planning, don’t forget to prep your car. Vans, trucks, cars, and SUVs all handle the winter weather differently, but … [Read more...]

You Know We’re in Trouble When Walmart is Hurting

It’s been a bit of a side hobby with me to take note of “The Signs of The Times” concerning our failing economy. Ever since the “economic downturn” sideswiped America five years ago, we keep seeing clear signs that things are not turning around the … [Read more...]

Cheese Blend Tip


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Basic Two Person Pandemic Kit Pandemics can occur anytime, any place. Usually, they involve a highly contagious virus that’s transmitted from person to person via close airborne contact – these are viruses like bird and swine flu, to name but a … [Read more...]

7 Natural Toothache Remedies

Toothaches have a way of striking at the most inconvenient times, and can seriously hamper your ability to perform everyday activities. If your area is hit with a disaster, it might not be possible to get to the dentist right away. Here are some home … [Read more...]

Kaito KA006 Hand Crank Emergency Radio w/ Flashlight Product Review


Click Here To Get The Kaito KA006 Hand Crank Emergency Radio w/ Flashlight ! If you liked this post, subscribe below with your name and best email to get more survival tips! … [Read more...]

11 Unusual Uses For Milk That Can Revolutionize Homestead Life

Image source:   Got milk? Although there is an ongoing debate about the complete range of health benefits that cow’s milk provides to humans, milk remains a staple beverage in many American households. A USDA study found that the … [Read more...]

Alternative Energy Made Easy

Alternative energy is generated in a variety of ways that neither harm, nor deplete, our natural resources. Although not every form of alternative energy is easily accessible for the consumer, there are a variety of alternative energy solutions that … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Let’s be honest. We put a ton of chemicals with names we can’t pronounce into our bodies every day, and most of them probably aren’t good for us. And we’re not just talking about pink slime burgers from McDonald’s. We’re talking about many of our … [Read more...]

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration


“An important missing story from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.”—Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep SurvivalOn January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge … [Read more...]

5 “Not So Obvious” Ways Your Cell Phone Could Save Your Life

Smart Phones have become an indispensable part of our lives. It feels weird to be without your phone for just a few hours, but having your cell phone could help in a survival situtation. Here are 5 more reasons to keep that phone with you at all … [Read more...]

Oxygen Absorbers: Their Function and Use


Oxygen absorbers are little packets of iron powder packaged in a material that keeps the iron in, but allows oxygen and moisture to enter and be absorbed. The iron absorbs the oxygen causing the iron to rust. As it rusts, or oxidizes, it absorbs any … [Read more...]

Best Practices for Dealing with Wounds in a Survival Situation

Depending upon who you talk to, a severe wound or lasceration should always be sutured close.  Or should it?  When faced with an austere survival situation, the decision you make to close an open wound could spell the difference between proper … [Read more...]

The Rain Barrel: SoCal’s Hot New Backyard Accessory? – See more at:


If California’s (no) water situation seems to be taking up a lot of our attention, it’s because certain circumstances, while unfortunate, provide us opportunities to talk about good preparedness practices that may otherwise slip off our … [Read more...]

Can’t Wait for Government Help

Food storage help is what many Americans now feel is important to them, because they want to be prepared for a disaster or emergency. Disasters from extreme weather, emergencies caused by power outages and other problems, as well as the concern … [Read more...]

Getting your Ham Radio License


Since communication is vital in an emergency, getting your Ham Radio license could go a long way in giving you up-to-date information during a crisis. Ham Radios, also known as amateur radios, give you access to hundreds of different frequencies and … [Read more...]

Survivalism in the 21st century

Survivalism is the act of preparing for an emergency including government opposition, natural catastrophe, economic collapse or any other life-altering event, either as an individual or in a group. A survivalist is someone that practices how to … [Read more...]

Adventures in Solar Cooking Part 3


This week, we are testing out our new SOS Sport Solar Oven. Check out Part 1 and >Part 2 in our Blog series, where we give you all the details about how this oven works. Its Pizza time! Coming off of our successful experiment in Dinner Rolls, we … [Read more...]

The Day The Lights Go Out And The Trucks Stop Running

What would happen if some sort of major national emergency caused a massive transportation disruption that stopped trucks from running?  The next time you talk to a trucker, please thank them for their service, because without their hard work none of … [Read more...]

3 Unusual (But Effective) Self Defense Weapons

With the government tightening down on gun ownership, many people fear they will be unable to protect themselves should they no longer be allowed to have one. Prior felons are also concerned, since they are largely unable to obtain a firearm license … [Read more...]

When Mountain Lions Attack


You’re hiking in the Colorado Rockies, enjoying the fresh air and just-rising sun, when suddenly you hear a snarl from a tree above you. Your blood chills. What is it? A bear, a mountain lion, a bobcat? How can you tell, and how should you react? You … [Read more...]

Caught in a Mudslide: Survivors’ Stories


Imagine hearing a crack and then sliding from zero to 20 miles per hour in half a second while sitting in the front room of your home. That’s how many described the massive mudslide that crashed through a neighborhood in Washington state on Saturday, … [Read more...]

4 Sweet Treats to Make from Food Storage for Valentine’s Day

Getting tired of eating the same chocolate chip cookies all the time? Are you looking for new desserts to try? If you're looking for a way to spice up your dessert menu, you’ve come to the right place. You can make tasty bakery-style treats any … [Read more...]

How to Survive a Bear Attack

I grew up in Rocky Mountain bear country. I spent a lot of that time in the mountains trying to get as far from my fellow human beings as possible, I even tracked several bears in the fall snows, and in all that time (over 25 years) I saw exactly … [Read more...]

Discover the Best Water Treatment System for You


Whether you’re on the go, having an outdoor adventure, or in an emergency, make sure you stay hydrated with refreshing, clean water. But remember that water isn’t always just water. Often times, if you find your water source in the outdoors while … [Read more...]

Water Crisis


Basic Two Person Water Crisis Kit Each year throughout the United States, water contamination events happen like clockwork. Whether it’s manmade contamination (chemical spill, sewage accident) or natural contamination (flooding, algal blooms), the … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Preparedness Fair

Like the proverbial elephant that must be consumed one bite at a time, planning a major event like a Preparedness Fair is best done one step at a time. Follow these simple steps for a successful fair: DECIDE THE PURPOSE OF YOUR PREPAREDNESS … [Read more...]

Dual Burner Propane Stove with Piezo Igniter Product Review


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MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) Shelf Life


Originally designed for the U.S. government, MREs—or Meals Ready to Eat—are compact pouches that contain delicious, ready-to-eat foods. The U.S. Space Program, Military, Forest Service, and FEMA have used MREs since the 1970s. In more recent years, … [Read more...]

Zombie Industries Targets: Shooting zombies, a family affair 

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August 29, 2016 Miscellany News Brief

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Money Mondays: “Your Playbook for Tough Times” May Be Just What You Need

This post is by Bernie Carr, I just finished reading my review copy of the new book by Donna Freedman, Your Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large On Small Change, For The Short Term Or The Long Haul.  I have read Donna … [Read more...]

Why You Should Be Prepping… No Matter Who Gets Elected

by Ryan The most heated topic of discussion right now is the upcoming election for president.   The general consensus is that neither candidate is ideal.  Neither candidate has the true support of their party or the support of the public. No matter … [Read more...]

Preparing by Developing Your Skills


By learning some basic and needful skills, you can become your own best resource in an emergency situation. Keep in mind that not all emergencies are major natural disasters. Smaller but significant personal difficulties such as job loss, greatly … [Read more...]

Heat Related Stress: Treatment and Prevention


The dangerous effects of unusually high temperatures on the human body fall into three basic types: Heat Cramps, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Stroke. The heat may come from the sun or in industrial settings such as open-hearth furnaces in steel mills, … [Read more...]

The SHTF Stockpile: 21 Essential Survival Items to Stock Up On (The SHTF Stockpile, Prepper stockpile, Survival handbook)


If the worst were ever to happen and the world was turned upside-down by disaster, would you be prepared? Could you sit down right now and make yourself a list of the most important items to stock up on in case of an emergency? For most people, it’s … [Read more...]

The Katadyn Vario Details


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Ultimate Preparedness Library


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Pure Water Freedom


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The Simplest And Quickest Way To Make Apple Cider Vinegar, From Scratch

Image source:   Apple scrap vinegar is a great way to get multiple uses out of your apples each fall. If you’re planning on canning applesauce or pressing your own cider, chances are you’ll have a lot of surplus apple … [Read more...]