The Urban Survival Toilet

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If the grid goes down and you’re trying to stick out the disaster at home, one of the most immediate problems you’ll have to deal with is what to do with human waste. If the water stops running, you won’t be able to flush your toilets, and you don’t want to just keep using them […]

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5 Coffee Substitutes to Forage When The SHTF

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Recently I got on a bit of a health kick, and I decided to stop drinking coffee. I’m sure a couple cups a day is no big deal, but I was drinking it all day long and was starting to wonder what it might be doing to my health, so I quit cold turkey. Big […]

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13 Scary Things that Happen When an Economy Collapses

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In modern days, economic collapse is one of the most likely disasters that people all over the world must contend with. Even in an economic stronghold such as the United States, the possibility of economic collapse looms large. In fact, many experts predict that the U.S. is due for an economic downturn, the severity of […]

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TSA-Approved Travel Kit for Preppers

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If you’re planning on doing some traveling by plane this summer, you should put together a small travel kit to make your journey more comfortable. I’m not talking about a full-blown survival kit. Just something that contains items you might want while sitting around in airports or airplanes. Having a handy kit is a lot […]

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15 Survival Uses for Triangular Bandages

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A triangular bandage is one of the most common types of bandages, and for good reason. Basically, it’s a large piece of cloth in the shape of a triangle with a right angle, like this. It can then be folded into a long narrow band called a cravat. One of the most popular ways to […]

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Budget Friendly Survival Kit

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A popular new trend in the prepper community–which I really like–is using gadget pouches and tool rolls to make survival kits and bug out bags. It makes perfect sense because, rather than digging through a bag and struggling to find what you’re looking for, you can just unroll the pouch or roll and immediately see […]

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5 Things You Must Learn to DIY Before a Collapse

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As we all know, after a major collapse, many important supplies will be hard to come by. This is why preppers stock up on essentials ahead of time. But while a lot of attention is given to stockpiling supplies, not much is given to making your own supplies. If you find yourself living through a […]

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13 Things NOT To Do When Disaster Strikes

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Plenty of attention is given to the things you should do when disaster strikes. However, knowing what not to do can be just as important for your survival. In this list, you’ll find 13 things that you should avoid doing at all costs when disaster strikes. 1. Panic Few things are more likely to cost […]

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25 Survival Uses for Rubber Bands

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Everyone has a few rubber bands somewhere in their home, probably in the bottom of their junk drawer. When I was a kid, my brother and I shot them at each other. I even had a rubber band gun (until he stole it from me). You might be surprised to learn that rubber bands aren’t […]

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How to Skin, Butcher, and Cook Wild Game

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Are you one of the many preppers who plan on bugging out to the woods after the SHTF? I’ve heard many people say they plan on doing this (both in person and online), and most of them think they will hunt for food while they’re at it. This always makes me cringe. First of all, […]

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EMP Survival: How To Be One Of The 10% Who Survive

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The United States has conducted five atomic weapons tests in outer space. On July 9th, 1962 they conducted a test that would become known as Starfish Prime. The test was done in the Pacific and exploded so high that it devastated the satellites that were orbiting the earth. It wasn’t the explosion that mangled the […]

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How to Read a Map and Contour Lines

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Countless times, I’ve recommended buying detailed paper maps of your local area and all the areas along the path to your bug out location. During a major disaster, satellites might be down and GPS might not be working. If that happens, you need to know how to find your way with paper maps. They will […]

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19 Everyday Items You Can Use for First Aid

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Some of the most incredible advances of the modern age have been in the field of medicine. When we get hurt, we just go to the hospital and a doctor treats us. But as we’ve become more dependent on hospitals, we have forgotten how to deal with many health conditions and injuries on our own. […]

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How to Win a Gun Fight: 14 Things to Remember

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Everyone knows security is important not only when the SHTF, but also during day-to-day life. We carry a weapon in order to feel safe and protect ourselves, but what would happen if you got into an actual gunfight? What would you do if bullets were flying overhead, and how would you make sure to come […]

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Top 10 Survival / Prepping Items

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There are literally hundreds–if not thousands–of prepping tools, gadgets, and supplies that are great to have during a disaster. But if you had to pick, what would be your top 10 favorite survival items? Making a list like that isn’t as easy as you might think. I’ve made this list several times, and each time […]

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30 Urban Survival Items You Forgot To Buy

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My most popular article by far is 50 Survival Items You Forgot To Buy. The list is interesting to both newbie preppers and experienced preppers because both groups usually find at least a few items they overlooked. Since this site is mainly focused on urban survival, I realized I should make another list, this time […]

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How to Reinforce a Shipping Container to Bury It (EMP Proof)

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Other than a full-blown nuclear war, a widespread EMP (electromagnetic pulse) is probably the scariest thing that could happen. The whole world would be plunged into darkness, followed by months–if not years–of anarchy. Your best chance of surviving such an event is to hole in a shelter or bug out retreat that you can defend. […]

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Bugging Out in the Rain: How to Waterproof Your Gear

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Of all the thousands of articles about bugging out, very few of them talk about bugging out in the rain, but it’s a very important topic. According to the National Weather Service, some parts of the country, such as the Pacific Northwest, get rain almost every other day. Even parts of the country with average […]

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9 Street Survival Skills for the Concrete Jungle

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Major cities may still only take up a small portion of the land mass in the United States, but they are nevertheless home to over 80% of the population. With this being the case, the odds of being caught in the concrete jungle when disaster strikes are quite high. Of course, the survival skills necessary […]

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10 Inexpensive SHTF Barter Items To Get Right Now

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Many preppers like to hoard cash and precious metals in case of an economic collapse. The cash is in case of a deflationary collapse where banks run out of money and cash is hard to find. And precious metals are in case of a hyperinflationary collapse where banks print too much money and cash becomes […]

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50 Tools You Should Own

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If you could only have 50 tools for the rest of your life, but you want to be able to build or repair just about anything, which 50 tools would you choose? In this series of videos, Wranglerstar answers that question. I really enjoyed this video series and wanted to share it, so below you […]

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How $5 a Week Can Get Your Family 379 Pounds of Food

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If you’re a prepper on a budget, you’ll find this video by The Green Prepper very interesting. In it, he proves that a little money and patience can lead to a huge stockpile of food. You just have to be consistent. He created a document (which you can download here) that has a schedule of […]

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11 Best Knives to Have in a Disaster (and Why)

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A tool that has been around since mankind first began chipping rocks into weapons, few items are more essential to an outdoorsman or survivalist than a quality knife. As with any versatile tool, though, knives serve a wide range of purposes – some better than others, depending on the blade you choose. From skinning an […]

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$100 Walmart Bug Out Bag

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Every prepper understands the importance of having a bug out bag. Unfortunately, a good bag and all the gear that goes in it can be a bit pricey for some people, costing hundreds of dollars. In this video, Tim from EverydayTacticalVids proves you can make a bug out bag for very little money. Granted, it’s […]

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11 Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Oftentimes, the world’s best medications are not the ones developed in labs, but rather the ones made by Mother Nature. For thousands of years, mankind has relied on various herbs to treat a wide range of conditions. While the advent of antibiotics drastically reduced the popularity of these herbal alternatives, they still remain effective to […]

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How To Defend Your Apartment From Looters After The SHTF

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While there are many preparedness articles about home defense, most of them are about defense for someone living in a house. Very few articles explain how to defend an apartment or condo, but it’s an important topic for the many preppers who live in them. While you obviously can’t survive in your apartment forever, you […]

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12 Survival Uses for Vaseline

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Vaseline (the most popular brand name for petroleum jelly) is surprisingly useful when it comes to disaster preparedness and survival. As Sensible Prepper demonstrates in this video, there’s at least a dozen survival uses for Vaseline. Here’s his list: Moisturize dry, chapped, and sunburned skin. Protect small wounds, scrapes, and cuts. Lubricate metal parts on […]

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Top 20 Prepping Mistakes to Avoid

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With the abundance of bad information out there and the overwhelming amount you need to learn, it’s easy for new preppers to make a lot of mistakes. I’ve made many mistakes myself and I’m sure I’ll make more, but that’s part of the learning process. To help you speed up this process, here are some […]

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50 Places to Search for Supplies After SHTF

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A while back, I wrote about places to scavenge for supplies in a post-apocalyptic scenario. I thought I came up with quite a few ideas, but Reality Survival & Prepping made a list that’s over twice as long. When thinking about scavenging, everyone’s first instinct is to head for grocery stores and restaurants. But if […]

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Rationing Food After SHTF: Who Eats Last?

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Here’s an interesting question that I don’t hear very often: If you start running low on food, how do you ration what’s left? Hopefully, you won’t ever run low on food, but there are plenty of scenarios where it could happen. So in the interest of preparedness, I think it’s important to think about this […]

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Urban Survival Gardening: A Guide for Beginners

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According to a 2015 survey, 62.7 percent of people in the United States live in the city, despite US cities taking up just 3.5 percent of the total land area. No doubt, living in a city provides plenty of advantages, from dining and entertainment options to proximity to your place of employment. One advantage that […]

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Urban Survival Gardening: A Guide for Beginners

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According to a 2015 survey, 62.7 percent of people in the United States live in the city, despite US cities taking up just 3.5 percent of the total land area. No doubt, living in a city provides plenty of advantages, from dining and entertainment options to proximity to your place of employment. One advantage that […]

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How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels

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When I first started prepping, I knew I needed to store plenty of water, but I didn’t realize how much. Every time I went shopping, I would pick up a case of 32 half-liter water bottles. I did this for a couple months, at which point I was satisfied that I had more than enough […]

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11 Highest Calorie Crops for Your Survival Garden

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Right now, most of us live in a world where the fewer calories a food has, the better. Should the day ever come when food is in short supply, though, that trend will reverse. When preparing to grow a survival garden, the number of calories a crop offers is an important consideration. Although veggies like […]

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20 Pioneer Foods We’ll Be Eating A Lot After Doomsday

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Ever since I saw Little House On The Prairie as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by how the pioneers lived. How could anyone be happy without indoor plumbing, central heating, microwaves, refrigerators, and televisions with dozens of channels? Well, not only were many of them happy, they were arguably happier than most people today, but […]

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25 Supplies You’ll Need to Survive the Next Pandemic

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Right now, the United States is experiencing the worst flu season in nearly a decade. Over 100 people have died, and as of this writing, the flu virus continues to spread rapidly. Experts thought it would peak weeks ago, but it still hasn’t. Currently, no one knows how bad it will get. All of this […]

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5 Medical Uses for Raw Honey

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I’ve written about the health benefits of honey, but it also has many other uses, particularly in survival scenarios. In this video, SkinnyMedic shares 5 ways raw honey can be used for first aid. I typed them up, but be sure to check out the video below for more details. Note: If you try any […]

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30 Best Foods For Your Bug Out Bag

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Food is one of the most important things you can put in your bug out bag. After all, the whole point of a bug out bag is to help you survive, and you definitely need to eat to survive. But this is where most people mess up. They fill their bags with canned soups and […]

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Quick Trick for Keeping Your Feet Warm in Freezing Weather

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Are you sick of your feet freezing every time you go outside in the winter? Sometimes even multiple socks won’t stop your toes from going numb, especially if there’s snow on the ground. There’s a really easy way to keep your feet warmer that only costs a few dollars (if that). I learned this trick […]

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15 Improvised Weapons You Can Find Around the House

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When someone breaks into your home, you don’t usually get a five-minute warning. Oftentimes, you won’t even see the intruder until he’s already inside. If that happens, you won’t have time to run to your room and get your gun out of your safe. You might be forced to defend yourself with something that is […]

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33 Over-the-Counter Meds You Need to Stockpile

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(Updated 1/15/18 with 16 more meds!) It’s easy to take the power of medicine for granted. We all grew up with the idea that you can just pop a pill and get rid of your cold and flu symptoms, but just a little over a century ago this was completely unheard of. Back then, people […]

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9 OTC Items To Help Fight Radiation Poisoning

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Every day it seems more and more likely that we will end up in a nuclear exchange with North Korea. Although the concept of mutually assured destruction has kept a nuclear war at bay, it’s possible that if the U.S. invades North Korea and Kim Jong Un believes his dynasty is about to collapse, he […]

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9 Most Overlooked (But Important) Survival Skills

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There are many different survival skills that could prove invaluable in a disaster scenario. Some of these skills–such as marksmanship or the ability to preserve food–receive a lot of attention, while others often fly under the radar. Nevertheless, these skills are each incredibly valuable in their own right, and some of them may prove just […]

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25 Survival Uses for T-Shirts

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Survivalism isn’t just about gathering supplies. It’s also about making use of everything around you–or on you–in a survival scenario. As you’ll see in this video by Sensible Prepper, even a simple T-shirt has at least a couple dozen survival applications. Here’s the list, but I recommend watching the video below so you can see […]

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7 Reasons to Keep Prepping (Even Though Trump is President)

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When Barak Obama was president, preparedness was a very popular topic. Many people were certain that Obama’s policies would eventually crash the economy, so they wanted to be ready. And although preparedness is still a popular topic, now that Donald Trump is president, most conservatives aren’t as worried as they used to be. In fact, […]

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How to Make a Soup Can Stove in Just 5 Minutes

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Here’s a quick and easy DIY stove tutorial by NightHawkInLight. All you need is a soup can and an old fashion can punch opener like this one. The great thing about this video is he actually tests out the stove by cooking a full meal on it. For those of you who prefer written instructions, […]

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How to Make a Biogas Generator In 7 Easy Steps

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In poorer countries, where blackouts are common and supply lines are tenuous, people have to be inventive if they want to heat and light their homes. One way they do this is by building their own biogas generators. You would think this would be very complicated, but it’s a lot simpler than you might think. […]

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The 5-5-5 Bug Out Test: Are You Really Ready?

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Are you as ready as you think you are? You might be prepared to ride out a disaster in your home, but what if you have to evacuate? Be honest with yourself. How quickly could you get yourself and your family on the road and out of town? The only way to answer this question […]

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Warning: Crime Skyrockets During the Holidays – Here Are 17 Things That Are Making Your Home a Target for Burglars

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Everybody loves the holiday season, including burglars. Every year, the rate of theft and property crime skyrockets between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. There are two main reasons for this: 1) Burglars know that after Black Friday, most homes contain expensive gifts and gadgets. 2) Burglars know that many people are off visiting relatives, leaving […]

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5 Preventive Health Measures To Take Before The SHTF

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In the past, I’ve written about the importance of getting your teeth fixed and stocking up on contacts and glasses before an emergency. I admit, it’s not the most fascinating topic, but it’s extremely important and I don’t think preppers talk about it enough. If you’ve ever had a horrible toothache, you know how important […]

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5 Preventive Health Measures To Take Before The SHTF

In the past, I’ve written about the importance of getting your teeth fixed and stocking up on contacts and glasses before an emergency. I admit, it’s not the most fascinating topic, but it’s extremely important and I don’t think preppers talk about it enough. If you’ve ever had a horrible toothache, you know how important […]

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6 Ways to Minimize Generator Noise

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In a survival scenario, few pieces of machinery are more valuable than a quality generator. At a time when we have become almost entirely dependent on electricity for survival, having the ability to generate power when the grid is down could be the difference between the life and death. However, generators are also known for […]

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6 Things That Preppers Often Don’t Do Enough

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The year is almost over, which means millions of people are going to try to lose weight and get in better shape over the next few months. Sadly, most of them will fail. But if you’re a prepper, you can’t afford to fail at this. I believe physical fitness is one of the most important […]

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12 Surprising Uses for Super Glue

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Some products are famous for their versatility. For example, both duct tape and paracord come to mind as items with an almost unlimited number of uses. However, another product that falls into the category of surprisingly versatile and useful is super glue. In survival and emergency situations, super glue is definitely something that you want […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

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When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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Active Shooter Medical Kit

When the Sandy Hook shooting happened in 2012, it was the deadliest in U.S. history with 27 casualties. A few years later, the Orlando nightclub shooting became the deadliest in U.S. history with 49 casualties. And now the Las Vegas shooting is the deadliest in U.S. history with 59 casualties. That means the record for […]

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5 Survival Skills to Learn From Native Americans

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This article makes an interesting point about Native Americans. It calls them “survivors of the highest order” because not only did they live off the land, they protected their resources and lived sustainably. They may not have had much in the way of technology, but there’s still a lot we can learn from them. In […]

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5 Tiny Items That Will Keep You Nourished in a Survival Scenario

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This video is a little different from all the other “survival food” videos out there. In it, The Green Prepper talks about five tiny items that are often overlooked, yet pack a big punch in terms of taste, energy, and nutrition. Here’s his list: 1. EmergenC – Mix this stuff with water to make a […]

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19 Best States To Go To When SHTF

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If you live in the United States, which state do you live in? If the grid went down nationwide and society as we know it collapsed, would be people be escaping from your state, or escaping to your state? Hopefully, you live in one of the latter states. If not, you might want to think […]

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Top 100 Bug Out Bag Items

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Here it is, the ultimate list of bug out bag items! Now to be clear, this is not a checklist. It would be very difficult to squeeze every one of these items into a single bag, nor should you. Rather, it is a list of suggested items from which you could create any number of […]

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How To Survive A Dog Attack

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I live in a very large neighborhood where I go jogging on a regular basis, and every now and then, a dog runs into the road and starts barking at me. If it’s small or friendly-looking, I just ignore it and keep jogging. But a few times, I’ve had a very vicious-looking start toward me, […]

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10 Reasons Why Building a Community is Key When SHTF

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This article is several years old, but I just came across it recently and the advice is timeless. There’s a reason John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” Some people are more independent than others, and some people might be capable of surviving a very long time on their own. But […]

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What if a Disaster Strikes While You’re Away from Home?

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A person’s home is their castle. For preppers, almost every aspect of their survival plan is centered around them being at home when disaster strikes. But what if disaster strikes while you’re away from home? Everyone spends some time away from their home for one reason or another, be it a vacation, a business trip, […]

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5 Reasons People Don’t Prep

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2017 had the worst hurricane season in a long time. Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in Texas. Hurricane Irma caused damage all over Florida. And Hurricane Maria absolutely decimated Puerto Rico. You would think that this would be enough to cause most people–or at least those on the gulf coast–to become preppers. But sadly, 99% […]

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8 Survival Hacks Using Safety Pins

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There are a lot of items you may start reaching for when SHTF – a gun, a HAM radio, even duct tape and its seemingly endless list of uses may come to mind. One item that probably doesn’t come to mind is the lowly safety pin. It turns out, you can do a lot with […]

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5 Emergency Heat Sources to Get You Through the Winter

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How would you stay warm if the power went out during a winter storm? If you only have one answer to that question (or no answer at all), it’s time to prepare some extra emergency heat sources. As they say, two is one and one is none. If your main source of emergency heat is […]

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How To Turn Salt Water Into Drinking Water

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Everyone living in a coastal area should learn this skill. If you run out of drinking water and there’s a drought or you have no access to lakes or rivers, you might have to gather water from the ocean. The cruel irony of planet Earth is that there is water almost everywhere, but less than […]

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Make Your Fuel Storage Last As Long As Possible

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During a disaster, fuel is an invaluable resource. The problem is that everyone else needs it as badly as you do, and supplies are limited. That’s why any time a natural disaster strikes, the lines at gas stations seem to stretch on forever. Even if you do have the time and patience to sit in […]

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101 Paracord Projects

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If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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101 Paracord Projects

If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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101 Paracord Projects

If you’re a paracord enthusiast, then I have the ultimate article for you. PrepperZine made a list of 101 paracord projects complete with a table of contents, instructions, pictures, and videos. He even lets you know the difficulty level of the project and how long it should take. This is pretty much the best paracord […]

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11 Home Security Tips for Life After SHTF

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the biggest threats during any type of disaster is people who are unprepared. At first, they’ll stay in their homes and wait for the government to send help. But after several days, when they start running out of food and realize no one is […]

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10 Critical Principles Of Tourniquet Use

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A tourniquet is a crucial medical item that should be in every prepper’s first aid kit. If someone has a major wound, applying pressure might not be enough. You may need to use a tourniquet if you want to save their life. But how exactly do you use a tourniquet? Like most first aid items, […]

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Get Your HAM Radio License in 7 Days

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HAM radio is one of the best ways to communicate after a disaster, especially over huge distances. The thing is, they’re a bit complicated. As with most electronics, it’s easier to learn as you go. The problem is that you need to get a license before you can even use one. Tin Hat Ranch wrote […]

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