7 Tips for Avoiding an Urban Terrorist Attack

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Although technically a terrorist attack can happen anywhere, it is far more likely to happen in an urban area. In addition, it is more likely to happen at a large gathering such as a concert or sporting event. So whether you live in an urban area or just visit one occasionally to see a singer […]

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5 Most Important Survival Skills To Have After SHTF

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If you could only learn five survival skills, which ones would you learn? That’s the question I’m going to answer in this article. It’s a tricky question, though, because it depends on the scenario. For example, surviving in the wilderness requires a different set of skills than surviving in an urban area after an EMP […]

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6 Ways to Keep Your Food Cold Without Electricity

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We are right in the middle of summer, and it’s a hot one. Parts of the United States have seen record high temperatures, and in Phoenix, nearly 50 flights were canceled because some planes can only operate in temperatures of 118 degrees F or less. Of course, the heat is no big deal if you […]

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7 Ways to Prepare for a Financial Crisis

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The Great Recession officially ended in June of 2009–over 8 years ago–and since the United States has never gone over 10 years without a recession, something tells me hard times are just around the corner. If you’re not prepared for a financial crisis, it’s time to get started. And even if there’s never another recession, […]

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5 Disaster Movie Scenarios That Probably Won’t Happen

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Thanks to disaster movies and survival TV shows, most people have a very unrealistic idea of what will happen after the shit hits the fan. You know what I’m talking about: The power goes out, and immediately people flood into the streets and start rioting and killing each other while the police are nowhere to […]

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25 Survival Uses for Clothes Pins

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Clothes pins–along with bobby pins, paper clips, and Q-tips–are one of those handy little items that almost everyone has around the house, but most people don’t realize they have multiple functions beyond the ones they were invented for. In this video, the very creative Youtuber known as Sensible Prepper lists 25 ways to use clothespins […]

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DIY Alcohol Stove With a Dollar Store Water Bottle

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Today I want to share a really cool tutorial I found by Survivalist Prepper. For a lot of people, money is tight, so buying little camp stoves for your bug out bag or whatnot can be a challenge. This is why it’s worth learning how to make your own things. This DIY alcohol stove requires […]

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32 Tips for Finding & Purifying Water

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At this point, there are literally hundreds–maybe even thousands–of articles about finding and purifying water, but every now and then I come across one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. This one, in particular, is my personal favorite and anyone who is interested in wilderness survival–or really any kind of survival–should bookmark it. […]

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15 Desert Survival Tips That Could Save Your Life

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As someone who grew up in Arizona, I can assure you that survival in the desert is a very different beast. The dry air sucks the moisture out of you so quickly, it can be difficult to stay hydrated even while working in your own backyard. Without water, you won’t survive in the desert for […]

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The 5 C’s of Urban Survival

In case you don’t know, the “5 C’s of Survivability” is a term coined by survival expert Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival. It’s an easy way to remember the things you need to survive in the wilderness. His list includes a cutting tool, combustion, covering, container, cordage. Since they are the most difficult things to […]

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The 5 C’s of Urban Survival

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In case you don’t know, the “5 C’s of Survivability” is a term coined by survival expert Dave Canterbury from Dual Survival. It’s an easy way to remember the things you need to survive in the wilderness. His list includes a cutting tool, combustion, covering, container, cordage. Since they are the most difficult things to […]

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8 Hidden Fresh Water Sources To Tap for Urban Survival

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Finding water in the wilderness is actually pretty straightforward. Walk downhill, look for animal tracks that are all heading in the same direction, watch for areas with lots of insects such as mosquitoes, and listen carefully. There are many other ways to gather water in the wilderness, but those are the basics. Gathering water in […]

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17 Prepping Tips Every Newbie Should Know

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Sometimes people complain when I post survival information that is “obvious” or “for newbies.” I understand where they’re coming from, but I think they’d be surprised just how many of my visitors are brand new preppers. I regularly get messages from people asking where to start or what to read first, so I’m going to […]

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5 Things You Need to Survive a Nuclear War

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Of all the disasters that might happen in the near future, a nuclear war is the one I fear most. Not only are tensions between the United States and Russia higher than ever, the increasing number of Jihadists–who are not deterred by the threat of mutually assured destruction–means we are in more danger every single […]

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Setting Up Camp With Just 5 Dollar Store Survival Items

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This video by Corporals Corner shows that if you know what you’re doing, you can survive in the wilderness with only a few simple supplies. There are lots of “dollar store survival item” lists out there, but what I love about this video is how he takes the items into the woods and uses them […]

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9 Guns You Can Count On After The SHTF

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As the post-civil war slogan famously said, “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal”. Firearms themselves, however, are not all created equal. This is especially true when you put them under the pressures and strains that a post-disaster weapon would have to live up to. When the SHTF, you […]

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10 Items to Grab When The SHTF

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I recently discovered a fairly new Youtube channel called The Prepared Wanderer who in just one year has already made nearly 100 videos. His focus is on camping and bushcraft and he’s been a Search and Rescue Team Leader for over a decade. This video is his response to a viewer who wanted to know […]

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Survival Psychology: How to Never Surrender

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Canadian Prepper is probably the best survival-related channel on Youtube. He’s made hundreds of high-quality videos on a variety of topics. This particular video is on a topic that isn’t discussed often enough: survival psychology. People in the first world live such easy, cushy lives compared to everyone else. Yes, even those of you who […]

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25 Survival Foods You Forgot to Buy

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When it comes to survival foods, there are the staples such as rice and beans and pasta that can be found in almost every bunker. But there’s a whole host of other great survival foods that are often overlooked. If you’re a prepper, then chances are you already have most of the foods on this […]

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10 Things That Could Cause the S to HTF

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SHTF is by far the most popular acronym in the prepper community, but what exactly would cause SHTF? What sort of crises should we be on the alert for? In this video by Reality Survival, JJ Johnson talks about 10 realistic disasters that could happen at any time. If nothing else, this list will remind […]

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12 First Aid Tricks That Really Work

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In today’s age, we’ve grown pretty accustomed to 21st century medicine and all of the convenient solutions that it offers. However, there could come a day when the medicines, technologies, and medical professionals that comprise modern medicine are no longer so easily accessible. When and if that time comes, you can rely on these first […]

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What Will You Do If The Sewage System Is Down?

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One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of preparedness is the question of what to do with excrement after the SHTF. Disaster movies often show people starving to death or killing each other, but one of the most common ways people die during disasters is from diseases like cholera due to a lack of sanitation. […]

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25 Survival Uses for Q-Tips / Cotton Swabs

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Q-tips, cotton buds, cotton swabs, or whatever you want to call them, can be found in almost every single household. So if you’re a prepper, you may as well learn how to use cotton swabs in a survival scenario. In this video, Sensible Prepper shares 25 survival uses for cotton swabs. Below is the complete […]

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Will You Have Enough Caffeine After SHTF?

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Several months ago, I got a terrible case of the flu. I was running to the bathroom all night, and in the morning I couldn’t even get out of bed. After a few hours, the nausea subsided, but I started to get a headache. It gradually got worse, and worse, and worse, until by lunchtime […]

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20 Survival Foods That Can Last At Least 20 Years

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When disaster strikes, no one ever knows when things will return to normal again. In some cases, there may be the possibility of things never truly returning to normal. With this being the case, it’s a good idea to stock up on foods that are meant for the long haul. Before we begin, it’s important […]

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Post-Apocalyptic Bicycle Camper

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If you’re a prepper or survivalist, you gotta check this out. Youtube creator, Paul Elkins, put together what he calls his post-apocalyptic bicycle camper / bug out vehicle. Obviously, this wouldn’t work if you have a group or a family, but if you plan to go it alone after the SHTF and there is no […]

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7 Things You Need in Order to Hunker Down During a Disaster

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Here’s a great article for those who are new to prepping. Unless your home is burning down, getting flooded, or being overrun with looters, or in the path of some other dangerous threat, you’re best off hunkering down in your home during a disaster. With any luck, you can just wait it out until things […]

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The 26 Best Snares for Survival: Land, Air, Sea

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The ability to turn the woods around you, and maybe some cordage, into a trap that can actually feed you is near mythical. I think a lot of preppers have an idea about how this process works but I don’t think many are well practiced. For one thing, it’s kind of ugly to take the […]

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13 Prepper Uses for Plastic Sheeting

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For those who are prepping for tougher times, there are certain items whose number of uses is almost limitless. Duct tape comes to mind, as does paracord, but another item that certainly deserves consideration for one of the most useful things you can have is plastic sheeting. From collecting rainwater to making a shelter, there’s […]

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12 Signs Your Survival Food Has Gone Bad

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Survival food can quickly go from the thing keeping you alive to the thing that does you in. No matter how desperate your situation is, you will want to avoid eating spoiled food at all costs. While good survival food is meant to have a long shelf life, there are many things that can destroy […]

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How To Build An Underground Survival Bunker From Scratch

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The whole underground shelter thing is not as cut and dry as you may think. I have serious reservations about long term bunker living. How effective would it actually be? How mind-numbing would it be? Having a short-term bunker or storm shelter, on the other hand, is an idea that I can get behind. Even […]

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10 Ways to Get Survival Supplies When You Have Almost No Money

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Prepping for a disaster can be expensive. While fully-stocked private bunkers and steel safes full of weapons and supplies are great for the wealthy, low-income people need to be able to survive when the SHTF, too. Thankfully, prepping for tough times doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you are looking for a way to get […]

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6 Guns to Buy Before a Gun Ban or Civil Unrest

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Guns are an issue. They have always been an issue and they will always be an issue. There is always someone out there with the great utopian idea that if we simply take away all the guns we will eliminate all the crime. This idea has been proven to fail for many reasons. And yet […]

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11 Facts That Prove The Economy Is In Far Worse Shape Than It Was In 2016

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The economy is a tough thing to keep up with. If you don’t have irons in the fire and allow much of your investments to be handled by others, understanding the economy is just a dog. It’s hard for people to get the whole picture and that’s not getting around all the contradictory views and […]

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7 Reasons You Should Raise Backyard Chickens

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Not only is the idea of backyard chickens a fun one, there is so much to gain from this little, feathered friend. Owning chickens for me is about a mutual relationship where they offer me so much and I am responsible for protecting them. This is not always an easy thing to do. Chickens are […]

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13 Ways to Blend in During a Disaster

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In any dangerous situation, the last thing you want to do is stand out from the crowd. Attackers, thieves, and other people who would do you harm need little reason to target a person, and often the only reason behind who they target is that the person stood out to them. Instead of being the […]

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Composting Guerrilla Style

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This is an entertaining video from The Urban Farming Guys who are doing their best to make urban farming exciting. There is no shortage of talent and resource in most urban areas, but there is a serious shortage of fresh foods. This is a giant problem in America today. This food shortage would only be […]

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11 Weeds You Should Be Eating, Not Killing

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As a general rule, weeds aren’t especially well-liked. Even among the prepper community—a group of people known for salvaging everything that can be salvaged and putting to use everything that can be used—weeds are seen as little more than a bothersome obstacle that gets in the way of growing plants that are of actual value. […]

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Situational Awareness: 4 Steps To Follow

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If a major disaster strikes your town, the disaster itself won’t be the only threat to your safety. You’ll also have to beware of two types of people: those without food or supplies who are desperate enough to rob anybody, and criminals who are taking advantage of the lack of law enforcement. That’s why situational […]

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5 Best Places to Bug Out in the USA

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Bugging out is one of the most popular topics in the prepper community, but most of the discussion is about what to put in your bug out bag. Although this is important, we ought to spend more time talking about where to go when bugging out. After all, you can’t just wander into the wilderness […]

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17 Natural Antibiotics Our Grandparents Used

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I’ve written about the importance of stocking up on antibiotics, but since antibiotics require a prescription, it can be difficult to stockpile enough to last a long time, and they won’t last more than a couple years anyway. Plus, if the people in your group get a lot of infections, you might go through your […]

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11 Most Popular Survival Foods

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One of the cornerstones of survival, finding enough food to keep you and your loved ones alive when times get tough, is arguably the most important challenge you will face. In survival situations, though, some foods will make the cut while others are best reserved for softer times (sorry chocolate cake lovers). When it comes […]

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Are Millennials Ready for SHTF?

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The further we get from the days of the pioneers, the more helpless people become. It’s gotten to where most young people (millennials and generation Z) have no basic survival skills. To them, cooking dinner means putting a frozen entree into the microwave. Many of them have never cooked a meal from scratch in their […]

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11 Important Comfort Items for Stressful Times

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There are some tough guys out there who are going to read this article and think, “Books, blankets, hot cocoa? What kind of wimp needs all that?” But the fact is, everyone has comfort items they use to deal with stress. You might not be the type of person who curls up with a book […]

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4 Things You Must Eat To Avoid Malnutrition

Nutrition is a topic that doesn’t get much attention in the prepper community, but it should. Let’s say you’re living through a long-term disaster and every day you’re eating rice, gravy, pasta, sauce, and canned soup. You’ll certainly be getting enough calories, but what about vitamins and minerals? Without a well-rounded diet, you will slowly […]

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4 Things You Must Eat To Avoid Malnutrition

Nutrition is a topic that doesn’t get much attention in the prepper community, but it should. Let’s say you’re living through a long-term disaster and every day you’re eating rice, gravy, pasta, sauce, and canned soup. You’ll certainly be getting enough calories, but what about vitamins and minerals? Without a well-rounded diet, you will slowly […]

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4 Things You Must Eat To Avoid Malnutrition

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Nutrition is a topic that doesn’t get much attention in the prepper community, but it should. Let’s say you’re living through a long-term disaster and every day you’re eating rice, gravy, pasta, sauce, and canned soup. You’ll certainly be getting enough calories, but what about vitamins and minerals? Without a well-rounded diet, you will slowly […]

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11 First Aid Supplies You Can’t Have Too Much Of

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Next to food, water, and shelter, nothing is more important in a survival situation than medical supplies. Without the right supplies, diseases and injuries that would normally be completely treatable could be a death sentence. Unfortunately, many first aid supplies such as medication and bandages are not reusable, meaning you will want to have ample […]

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20 Survival Uses for Wire Coat Hangers

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Most people use plastic hangers nowadays. But if you’re like me, you have an extra closet with dozens of wire coat hangers inside. Before you throw all those old hangers away, you should know there are several ways you can make use of them in a survival scenario. Sensible Prepper made a video all about […]

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10 Things You Should NOT Do After SHTF

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There must be a million articles about the things you should do after the shit hits the fan, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an article about things NOT to do… until now. I really enjoyed reading this article by Bob from Preppers Will and I’m happy to share it with you guys. The […]

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15 Most Nutritious Plants To Grow In Your Garden

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When planning a survival garden, you can’t just focus on the number of plants you can grow–you also have to think about the nutritional value of those plants. Most survival food isn’t very nutritious due to all the processing and preservatives, so it’s a good idea to supplement your stockpile with healthy produce from your […]

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7 Types of Preppers You Should Avoid

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Here’s an interesting and controversial article worth reading. It’s about the wrong types of preppers. At first, some people will probably disagree with the author. After all, what’s wrong with being religious, a gun enthusiast, or interested in “conspiracy theories”? Nothing at all! The point of the article is that you don’t want to be […]

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7 Types of Preppers You Should Avoid

Here’s an interesting and controversial article worth reading. It’s about the wrong types of preppers. At first, some people will probably disagree with the author. After all, what’s wrong with being religious, a gun enthusiast, or interested in “conspiracy theories”? Nothing at all! The point of the article is that you don’t want to be […]

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27 Ways To Prep When You’re Poor

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I’ve known many people who talk about prepping for disaster but never actually do it. Their reasons vary, but the reason I hear most often is, “It’s too expensive.” While it’s true that stocking up on supplies can cost a lot of money, that’s no reason to give up on prepping altogether. There are many […]

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8 Basic Skills You Need To Master Before The SHTF

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You don’t have to be an expert at every survival skill to survive a disaster–very few people have mastered all the skills. However, there are a handful of skills that everyone will need in a true SHTF scenario, especially if they’re on their own. In this article from Modern Survival Online, Ryan explains what he […]

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27 Useful Items You Should Have In Your Bug Out Bag

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Everybody has their own ideas about what are the most important things to include in a bug out bag. Different strokes, different folks. But whatever items you choose, make sure a lot of them are multipurpose items. Your bug out bag might not seem very heavy, but after carrying it all day, it will begin […]

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Pulled Over By Police While Carrying (How to Handle It)

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I know a lot of people who complain about how paranoid the police are. It seems like police officers always assume the worst about the people they pull over, and many officers are apparently very trigger happy. For example, an officer shot this man because he exited his vehicle while holding his wallet, which the […]

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3 Survival Breads Pioneers Made Without An Oven

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If you’ve ever baked bread from scratch, then kudos to you. Most people wouldn’t even know where to begin. But chances are, you used an electric oven, and there could come a time when electricity is either too expensive or completely unavailable. That’s why you should learn how to bake bread without an oven. There […]

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15 Reasons to Prep Even If Doomsday Never Arrives

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After the stock market crash in 2008, many preppers warned that doomsday was imminent and that people should prepare while they still can. But doomsday never arrived. In fact, over the last few years things have gradually improved. The stock market is higher than ever, and unemployment is ways down. Because of this, some people […]

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80 Clever Uses for Paracord

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Paracord is one of the most versatile survival tools. Originally it was used for parachutes, but people quickly found many other uses for it. Paracord was even used by astronauts on a mission to repair the Hubble telescope! Standard strength paracord can hold up to 550 pounds. The reason it’s so strong is because the […]

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8 Biggest Mistakes That Preppers Make

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This week I want to share a video by Homestead Launch (formerly known as The Daily Prep). Everyone–and I mean everyone–makes mistakes. This is especially when it comes to prepping, which is a lot more complicated than it looks. Your best bet is to learn from the mistakes of others, and that is the purpose […]

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Bicycles: The Ultimate SHTF Ground Transportation

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The term “bug out vehicle” gets thrown around a lot in the prepper community, but it almost always refers to a car or truck of some kind. That is great if you have a family, but if you’re single and in good shape (or have a partner who is also in good shape) and don’t […]

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5 Ways to Make Your Home More Defensible

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Most houses are not designed with a post-apocalyptic disaster in mind. There are multiple entry points, weak locks, and thin windows, which means gangs of looters will have no trouble breaking into your home in search of food and supplies. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your home easier to defend. […]

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7 Dangerous Events That Could Lead to Martial Law

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For most of humanity’s existence, entire countries were run by little more than glorified warlords. Although today we take the concept of individual rights for granted, the vast majority of people had never heard of such a thing until a few hundred years ago. As democracy began to shape the face of the Western world, […]

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Unarmed Combat: An Often Overlooked Survival Skill

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When I use the term “survival skills,” most people think of classic skills like making fire, purifying water, building shelter, first aid treatment, and so forth. Few people think of unarmed combat as a survival skill. But if you think about it, unarmed combat is one of the most important skills, especial in urban areas. […]

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25 Ways to Teach Kids About Disasters Without Scaring Them

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I grew up in the early 1980’s at the height of the Cold War, and my parents were very paranoid about communist Russia. In fact, Red Dawn was one of their favorite movies. I was less than 10 years old when they warned me that a scenario like Red Dawn could happen someday soon. Naturally, […]

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6 Steps to Harvesting and Drinking Rainwater

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Every drop of water you’ve ever drunk, swam in, bathed in, or watered your plants with was once a drop of rain falling from a cloud. Of course, those drops of water were probably purified at your local water treatment plant. But what if the treatment plant shuts down due to a major disaster? Is […]

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13 DIY Stove Tutorials for Urban Preppers

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There’s no way to downplay the importance of being able to cook in a survival scenario. With a simple heat source you can stay warm, sterilize water, cook out impurities in meat, and even begin to manipulate soft metals. Cooking over an open campfire is simple enough if you’re in the middle of a forest, […]

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20 Things You Should Never Throw Away

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With all the garbage piling up in our landfills, everyone should take the time to recycle whatever they can. Especially if their local government provides recycling bins. But even if they don’t, it’s still worthing finding ways to recycle and upcycle used items, if only to save a little bit of money. Odds are, you’re […]

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12 Gardening Hacks for New Gardeners

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With spring coming up in just a few weeks, it’s a great time to begin planning your garden. If you’re new to gardening, you’ll be glad to hear that there are many tips that can help make the process cheaper, easier, and more efficient. The great thing about the hacks in this article is that […]

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20 Alternative Weapons for Preppers After SHTF

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The only weapons that most preppers own are a gun and/or a knife. But in a long-term survival scenario, you’ll need a wider variety of weapons. For example, bows are quiet but can hit targets from a long distance. Sling shots don’t reach as far, but there’s an unlimited supply of ammo on the ground. […]

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INCH Bag Survival Kit: Red Dawn Edition

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Some of you are probably asking, “What in the world is an INCH bag?” Most survival sites focus on everyday carry bags and bug out bags, but it’s a good idea to have an INCH bag as well. It stands for, “I’m Never Coming Home.” An INCH bag is the ultimate end-of-the-world bag, the kind […]

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Survival Cooking: How to Use a Dutch Oven

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Of all the tools you can use to cook food off the grid, the best one (in my opinion) is the Dutch oven. Every prepper who is concerned about long-term power outages should get a Dutch oven and learn how to use it. Why? Well for one thing, a good cast iron Dutch oven can […]

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25 Survival Uses for Mylar Blankets

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If you’ve ever seen a list of emergency supplies on the Internet, odds are that one of the list items was Mylar blankets. These blankets can be found in almost any survival kit or bug out bag, and for good reason. They are small, weigh only a few ounces, retain 90% of your body heat, […]

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Build a Hand Crank Generator Out of a Dish Washer Motor

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If the grid goes down, generating power is going to be a top priority. The question is, how can everyday joe living in an urban area generate power without drawing unwanted attention? Gas generators are too loud, and solar panels only work on sunny days. Well, electronicsNmore came up with another option. In this video, […]

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